Conrith Davis - Reappointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as one of three to the Judicial Compensation Comission for a term to expire on February 1, 2023.  The commission recommends the proper salaries to be paid by the state for all  justices and judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and Courts of Appeals and state district courts.  From Sugar Land, Conrith previously served as a board member of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.  He retired from the US Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, having served 22 years on active duty.  During this time, Davis earned numerous awards meritorious awards and citations for excellence in leadership.  He also worked as a sales executive, consulting medium to large law firms.  He is the chairman of the Sugar Land Ethics Task Force, Multi-cultural Advisory Team,  and Parks Bond Committee.  He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a member of the Rotary c-Club of Houston.  Davis received a Bachelor of Arts from Fayetteville State University, and a Master's degree from Pepperdine University.  Additionally, he attended several executive education programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, and the Naval Graduate School, International Resource Management Program.
 
 
Proud of the Rotary e-club of Houston Rotarian Conrith Davis! 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the Hashoo Foundation, I am very proud to share the Rotary Books for the World Completion Report. This report highlights the activities undertaken by Hashoo Foundation and Rotary Club Rawalpindi  to sort, classify, and distribute books from 5 containers (6-10) donated by Rotary Books for the World and The Second Wind Foundation.
Hashoo Foundation and Rotary Club Rawalpindi distributed 190,578 books, desks and educational materials ranging from primary to higher education levels to 170 educational institutions, organizations, libraries and community reading rooms.
Additionally, Hashoo Foundation implemented the USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) in 40 government schools in the slum areas of Islamabad. During this project, 300 Rotary Books were distributed to each one of the 40 schools for a total of 12,000 books. These books were specifically sorted to help improve the reading habits of Grade I and Grade II students through story books and Parental Engagement. The books were placed in the class libraries established during the project. HF monitored the utilization of Rotary Books for 6 months.
The report illustrates our work and partnerships with other institutions as well as the impact Hashoo Foundation, Rotary Club Rawalpindi and the Rotary Books for the World are making in the lives of thousands of girls, boys, mothers, fathers, and teachers across Pakistan.
To date, Rotary Books for the World and the Second Wind Foundation have donated 10 containers, 397,527 books and educational material which are making a remarkable difference in 391 educational institutions across Pakistan.
Thank you, Charlie, Rotary Books for the World and Second Wind Foundation for your enormous contribution to literacy and education in Pakistan!!
Warmest regards,

Cristal Montañéz Baylor,  Executive Director
Hashoo Foundation USA
Direct +1 (713) 483 4990
www.hashoofoundationusa.org
www.hashoofoundation.org
Empowering communities by facilitating equitable access to opportunities
Books for the World & the Hashoo Foundation 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting Date & Time:  This Monday, JUNE 26th, 6:30PM (let's arrive at 6:00PM and order food/drinks)
 
New Venue:    Fratelli's Ristorante  
                        1330 Wirt Road
                       Houston, Texas 77055
                       713-263-0022
 
Growing Rotary enables us to do more good in our communities and the world.  Attendance at the D5890 Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to bond with your club's Area Membership Chair (AMC) & other district leaders.
Speaker - Sandra Liu, President, Rotary Club of Houston Energy Corridor (recently chartered)
 
Topic - Club Flexibility
The Rotary Club of Houston Energy Corridor is implementing many of the 2016 Council on Legislation changes in policy allowing clubs more flexibility affecting when, where, and how clubs meet and the types of membership they offer.  You don't want to miss Sandra's presentation, for she will be elaborating per the frequently asked questions regarding the five new options available, and how your club can apply these flexible options.  One aspect of a vibrant club is its flexibility, and a vibrant club is integral to membership growth and retention.  This recently chartered club is already growing exponentially, so let's find out how the club's leadership, and the implementation of club flexibility have influenced its growth.
 
We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club.  
 
Yours in Rotary service,
Ann Wright
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2014-2017
713-647-8400 - Direct
awright_tmg@yahoo.com
 
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2016-2017
832-473-5729 - Cell
derpaint@yahoo.com
        
District Membership Committee Meeting - Open to All 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Human slavery and sex trafficking happens all around the world.  Last year we did have a program on sex trafficking in Houston and the State of Texas.  Rotary Peace Fellows have been working on this issue and many Rotary clubs have invited speakers on the topic to increase awareness of the problem.  In 2014, a speech was given by Geoffrey Ketchum on human trafficking in India. The talk concerns the global exploitation of labor generally but focuses on the trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation in India.  Ashlie Bryant spoke to the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks (California) in August, 2016.  Irene Hickey has held task force meetings in Houston to address this issue in Rotary District 5890.  Ashton Kutcher spoke to Rotarians at the Rotary International Convention 2017. 
Weekly Program: Rotarians Joining the Fight vs.Human Sex Trafficking 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher took the stage today at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to address a major human rights issue: human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Kutcher, who rose to fame in the early 2000s with a series of hit film and television roles, is co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization that combats human trafficking and the conditions that enable it. Trafficking in humans takes many forms but includes forced labor and sex slavery. It is among the world’s largest illicit trades, with many of the transactions happening online.

“As a young man coming up in the public school system in the United States, I thought slavery was done, a thing of the past," Kutcher said. "When I realized this was happening – happening even right here in Atlanta, a hotbed for trafficking as a travel hub – I was floored, and set out to learn as much as I could about it.” 

Thorn specifically works to address sexual exploitation and the proliferation of child pornography online. By exploring and supporting new digital strategies for identifying victims, deterring predators, and disrupting platforms, Thorn helps lead the global conversation on trafficking – a conversation that’s continuing at Rotary’s annual convention.

More than 40,000 people, including Rotary members, partners, and friends from 175 countries and territories, have gathered in Atlanta this week to exchange ideas on how they can work together to improve lives in their communities.

Kutcher joined other prominent voices for a panel discussion on trafficking and how communities can combat it. Gary Haugen spoke about his work as CEO of International Justice Mission, a nonprofit that aims to strengthen local law enforcement and support survivors of trafficking.

Also at the panel, U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee discussed the legislative framework that allows traffickers to thrive in plain sight, and survivor Rebecca Bender offered moving testimony about the abuse she endured in the United States.

Recognizing the role that vast global networks like Rotary play in sustainable social change, Kutcher encouraged attendees to join the fight.

“There’s an inbound pipeline to trafficking," Kutcher said, "and that is vulnerability and poverty,” two issues that Rotary addresses through humanitarian projects and partnerships. Kutcher cited the example of the foster care system in the U.S. “Kids going into this system don’t have someone in their lives that loves them, which makes them vulnerable to someone who reaches out and shows them that attention. That’s how traffickers get in.”

Haugen pointed out that Rotary is already connecting with vulnerable groups, building relationships, and improving lives.

“What’s clear is this issue is everywhere around the world,” Haugen said. “There are survivors like Rebecca back home in your neighborhood and your country. Educate, serve survivors, and encourage local law enforcement, and Rotary can change this in our lifetimes.”

Weekly Program - Ashton Kutcher and Rotary address the global scourge of human trafficking Sallyann Price 2017-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
As the human population continues to grow, so does our impact on the environment. In fact, recent research has shown that three-quarters of Earth’s land surface is under pressure from human activity. In this short film, spoken word artist Prince Ea makes a powerful case for protecting the planet and challenges the human race to create a sustainable future.
 
The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.
 
His Epic Message Will Make You Want to Save the World | Short Film Showcase 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
 We are well represented at the Rotary International Convention with at least 12 attendees or about 20% of our club.  We are all enjoying great programs, fun and fellowship.  If you are in attendance, you have no worries about attendance.  If you are not in Atlanta, it is worthwhile to share with you some of the inspirational programs.  Here are some highlights from Monday, June 12, 2017:

Minda Dentler

Insurance professional, triathlete, health advocate, and mother

Despite her legs being paralyzed from contracting polio in India, Minda Dentler became the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in October 2013. This accomplishment led her to be an ESPN ESPY Award Nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Dentler has been featured on CNN, NBC, Time, CCTV America and Glamour. She has also written articles for Time and Huffington Post on the importance of global childhood immunization and polio eradication.  Dentler is a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. She earned an MBA from Baruch College in New York and a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Washington. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and daughter. 

John Cena

WWE Superstar, actor, Rotary polio ambassador 

John Cena devotes much of his time working on behalf of numerous charitable causes. He joined Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign in 2015 as a celebrity ambassador and is Make-A-Wish’s most requested wish granter of all time and the only celebrity to grant 500 wishes. Cena also committed to Susan G. Komen and has helped raise more than $1.6 million for breast cancer research and awareness. He is a longtime supporter of the U.S. military, recently recognized by USO Metro as the recipient of their 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award. He recently starred in Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, We Are America, to further the message of acceptance and love for all communities across the United States. In addition to his work in the community, Cena is a powerhouse on social media with 44 million Facebook fans, making him the most popular active U.S. athlete on Facebook. He is also one of the most followed athletes on Twitter and Instagram with 9.5 and 6.8 million followers respectively.

Cena’s well known acting credits include roles in The Wall, Trainwreck, Sisters, and Daddy’s Home. Cena is the host and executive producer of American Grit, the second season will premiere in June 2017.  Cena has hosted the ESPYS, the Teen Choice Awards, Saturday Night Live, and the Kids’ Choice Awards. He frequently co-hosts the 9 a.m. hour of TODAY. This Christmas, John will voice the title role of Ferdinand the bull in Ferdinand, the animated film based on the iconic children’s book.

As the face of the WWE and a 16-time world champion, John Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic, and genuine personality to make him one of today’s brightest stars.

Bill Gates

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair, Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grant-making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the direction of the organization. Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, focusing on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

ill Gates, speaking on 12 June at the Rotary International Convention, highlighted the extraordinary progress that’s been made toward a polio-free world, along with challenges ahead. 

Speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Gates reminded the audience of more than 22,000 attendees, who were given LED bracelets to wear, that the effort must continue and be strengthened before polio cases can be reduced to zero. 

ill Gates, speaking on 12 June at the Rotary International Convention, highlighted the extraordinary progress that’s been made toward a polio-free world, along with challenges ahead. 

Speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Gates reminded the audience of more than 22,000 attendees, who were given LED bracelets to wear, that the effort must continue and be strengthened before polio cases can be reduced to zero. 

 
 
News from Rotary International Convention 2017 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Coca Cola has been one of the major sponsors of this year's Rotary International Convention in Atlanta and a dinner was held at the Coca Cola building as an optional ticketed event.  Enjoy this music from 2012 from this commercial released in Pakistan.  Even though most of us will not understand the words of "Reason to Believe in Pakistan", the visuals will likely leave you with a feeling of happiness.
 
Song of the Week 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotary e-Club Houston, TX, USA members,
 
We challenge you to bring a new member or more to our club by June 15th 2017.
 
Awards*:
 
1) Members who bring 1 new member will be given a sponsor pin + special mention by your president during the installation or the next available opportunity.
 
2) Members who bring 2 or more new members will get the above awards plus a small gift of appreciation.
 
Requirements:
1. New members proposed must send the completed membership application form to Adriane Miller or Barb Conway and pay the $50 registration fee + $150 of annual dues by June 15th 2017.
 2. Members proposing a new member must fully explain to the new candidate what it means to be part of Rotary and how to do our club’s attendance.
3. Anybody can join, as long as they are of good character, hold a profession or skill that can be used to serve Rotary and the local or international community, live anywhere in the world with Internet connection, pay membership dues accordingly, and are willing to engage in the club’s activities online or in person.
4. Members bringing in new members must help the new member engage in the club’s activities and facilitate social interaction whenever possible, making the new member feel welcome.
5. Retention: the new added member must remain in the club after June 30th 2017 and not be in arrears.
 
Members who already brought new members since July 1st 2016 will also be awarded.  Members who qualify for the award so far:
Marcia Allgayer: sponsored 3 new members
Lizette Odfalk: sponsored 3 new members
Wind Nguyen: sponsored 1 new member
Robin Charleswhorth: sponsored 1 new member
Barb Conway: sponsored 1 new member
 
SHARE ROTARY!
 
Membership Drive 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May.  It was also known as Decoration Day and originated at the end of the American Civil War (1868).  Memorial Day is reserved for those soldiers who gave their lives so that others may have a peaceful life.  This is a special day to pay tribute to those Americans whose indomitable will, eternal courage and great love for their nation are remembered by placing flags on grave sites of the fallen.  Many Americans display flags outside of their homes, and some organizations have community projects which display flags at the curbs of houses in many neighborhoods.  Our thoughts and prayers are lifted to those special men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in hope of protecting their loved ones, family and friends. 
 
MEMORIAL DAY - MONDAY< MAY 29th 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
American flags are placed on the grave sites of those who served and lost their lives in the service of our country, and many neighborhoods proudly display flags on homes this weekend to honor those veterans who died while serving the United States.  This is a federal holiday traditionally celebrated on the last Monday of May.  It was also known as Decoration Day, originated at the end of American Civil War (1868). Memorial Day is reserved for those American Soldiers who laid their lives so that the others may live a peaceful life, this is a special day to pay tribute to the indomitable will, eternal courage and great love for the nation that resonates in their heart.  Memorial Day is reserved for those American Soldiers who laid their lives so that the others may live a peaceful life, this is a special day to pay tribute to the indomitable will, eternal courage and great love for the nation that resonates in their heart.   Our thoughts and prayers are lifted to those special men and women who have given their lives in hope of protecting their loved ones, friends and family, and hope for one day to establish a peaceful world.
MEMORIAL DAY - MONDAY, MAY 29th 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Elizabeth Stine

 
First day as a Rotarian and eager to participate in this service project packing layette bags to be shipped to Nicaragua for new mothers.  Elizabeth is a Language Instructor and Painting Instructor and resides in Richmond, Texas.  She shared Rotary today with her husband and daughter.  She enjoys traveling.  Her sponsor is President Dree Miller who officially pinned Elizabeth during the volunteer event earlier today..  Welcome, Elizabeth, to the family of Rotary!
Welcome, New Member! 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.

Why you should listen

Phyllis Rodriguez is an artist, a teacher and a social justice activist. On September 11, 2001, her son Greg died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Rodriguez and her husband wrote an open letter, "Not in Our Son's Name," calling on President Bush to oppose a military response in Afghanistan.

Aicha el-Wafi is an activist with the French feminist group Ni Putes Ni Soumise, working with Muslim women. Her son, Zacarias Moussaoui, was tried in relation to the attacks on US soil, and faced the possibility of execution if convicted.

In November 2002, Phyllis Rodriguez and several other relatives of victims of the attacks were invited to meet Aicha el-Wafi. Rodriguez and el-Wafi have since appeared together throughout Europe and the US, telling their story of reconciliation and forgiveness.

What others say

“Our suffering is equal. Yet I'm treated with sympathy; she is treated with hostility.” — Phyllis Rodriguez, on Aicha el-Wafi

Rotary's Friendship Exchanges are conducted in peaceful nations, yet those of us in Rotary have built bridges and made friends across continents. Our Rotary Youth Exchange students choose several countries they would prefer to experience with the exchange program, and also meet many additional exchange students from all around the world.  Friendships are built for a lifetime.

Ambassadorial scholars study abroad with all expenses paid thanks to Rotary and not only further their education, but participate in service projects and become immersed in another culture.  This, too, is peace-building.

Rotary Peace scholars are trained specifically in conflict mediation and hone their verbal skills to help communities in turmoil.  

Peace is promoted with new friendships across boundaries, whether they be country boundaries or cultural boundaries. 

Weekly Program: The Mothers who Found Forgiveness and Friendship 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 3rd.  Our online social will begin at 10:00 am.  We will have a guest speaker, Dr. Jean Louis Nguyen Qui, Past President of Rotary E-Club Francophone.  His topic is "Can a 10)% E-Club achieve anything?"
 
The last online meeting we had was fantastic and fun.  We talked about our hobbies and interests. This time, during the first half of the meeting I will ask you this: “What brings you happiness?” Your answer can be as simple as ice cream or as complex as solving Quantum Chromodynamics equations, but either way we would love to hear more from you about it.  As an e-club, these online meetings are important so we have a chance to get to know each other on more personal levels, not just as committee members or having a business agenda.
 
This next online social meeting promises to be inspiring because we have a great guest speaker, Jean Louis Nguyen from our twin club Francophone E-Club. It is a great opportunity for us to boost even more the great relationship we have with our twin club, hear his message about what Rotary E-Clubs can achieve, and get to know about our club members in a relaxed fellowship atmosphere.
 
To join the meeting:
From PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/566825819
 
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,566825819# or +14086380968,566825819#
 
Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 566 825 819
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=i-CEmAT6FyMYDLddmGru23UZ8OTi9LqS
 
I expect great attendance from our club and that you all will help me in giving a warm welcome to our guest speaker. This is also my last online social as president of our club, and I’d love to use this opportunity to thank you for a most vibrant year in Rotary.
 
JOIN US for an on-line SOCIAL MEETING - JUNE 3rd Adriane Miller 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar and represents the historic period during which the Koran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. The Koran is “the sacred scripture that Muslims revere as the words of God,” Imam Sohaib Sultan, of Princeton University, wrote for Time magazine this week.

“For most of the rest of July, it is Ramadan in the Islamic world, and the focus is on faith, humility, sacrifice, and forgiveness,” said Greg Mortenson, CAI Co-Founder. “Most of the communities we serve observe Ramadan. Even the schoolgirls and teachers observe the fast, but continue on with their education.”

Wakil Karimi, a CAI manager in Afghanistan, said by phone, “Children are taught to observe Ramadan from an early age as one of the five pillars of Islam. But they also learn that the first word of the revelation of Allah in the holy Koran is Iqra – the Arabic word that means ‘read’ – and that education should be a top priority of all Muslims.”

Ramadan’s spirit of gratitude, humility, and self-restraint Central Asia Institute 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
GOING TO ATLANTA?  THIS IS OUT PARTY on JUNE 12th 2017-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Health official predict tha this summer will be the worst tick season ever.     Most people in the United States are already familiar with  the tick-borne bacterium, which causes the Lyme disease.  However, this time the Powassan virus is grabbing all the recent headlines.  The virus causes the relatively uncommon disease Powassan, which can lead to serious neurological impairment and death if untreated. Approximately 1 in 15 people who contract the disease die from it.  There have been 75 cases of Powassan reported in the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It can be difficult to detect Powassan at first.  The illness generally starts out with flu-like symptoms. Those milder symptoms eventually become severe, and include vomiting, seizures, and memory loss.  Thomas Mather, a professor at the University of Rhode Island, told Healthline that while it is important to be mindful of Powassan, it’s not the first time an obscure tick-borne disease has caused a scare, despite remaining relatively rare.   “We know that we are in a ‘more ticks in more places’ world,” Mather said.
 

Cases of Lyme disease have tripled since the 1990s, but the CDC thinks that number is actually significantly higher.  Much of that is being driven by the blacklegged tick, sometimes called the deer tick.  “So many people generalize, and it runs into problems because they assume a tick is just a tick and it’s not that way,” he explained. “Different species of ticks — all have pretty much their own suite of germs that have pretty much adapted themselves to be propagated by that one type of tick.”  Lyme disease is so localized to particular areas of the United States that the CDC reports that 95 percent of cases occur within just 14 states located in the Northeast —like Maine and Vermont — and around the Great Lakes area in states like Wisconsin.

Epidemiologists Rick Ostfeld, and his wife, Felicia Keesing, have been studying Lyme disease for more than two decades, and they are predicting 2017 will be risky. By measuring populations of wild mice — prominent carriers of Lyme disease — it is possible to predict an increased risk of tick-borne illness the following year.  So, with large populations of mice in 2016, they are predicting 2017 will yield a higher prevalence of Lyme disease.

What you can do:  Basic steps to making yourself safer from ticks include performing a “tick check” after being outside.  First examine clothing — especially below the waistline — for ticks. Virus-carrying nymphs can be the size of poppy seeds.  Use tick-repellent sprays on clothing and shoes.  You can also, for a modest investment, have your clothes infused with insect-repellent technology through a company like Insect Shield.  For in-depth information and resources, Mather recommends checking out www.tickencounter.org.

 

 

summer tick season
 

Cases of Lyme disease have tripled since the 1990s, but the CDC thinks that number is actually significantly higher, NPR reports.

Much of that is being driven by the blacklegged tick, sometimes called the deer tick.

The issue is in understanding the lifecycle of a tick.

Those that live through the winter will be dead soon, and their larvae will not be mature enough to spread disease until 2018.

The ticks that people are seeing now “aren’t even going to make it to the summer. They will be lucky to make to Memorial Day,” he said.

Nonetheless, he hopes that the news will serve as an important reminder for people to get “tick smart,” as he puts it.

“You can either get tick bitten or you can get tick smart,” he said.

Tick Season 2017 Healthline.com 2017-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Our eClub needs your help today, and I know you will help because Rotarians never say no, besides we hope we are not asking you for much.
 
As our President Dree mentioned in our newsletter and website, we are very close to earning our Presidential Citation but we are quite behind, 40 members have not donated and we can change that today, yes! Please help!
 
Its very easy! This is how you start if you have never donated before...thank you in advance.
 
Please.....mail your check or international money order or donate thru Paypal, by June 30th or EARLIER!: $26.50 to get started!
 
(1) Send your check payable to "The Rotary eClub of Houston, mail it to our Treasurer Michael Miller at 11 Beebrush Pl, The Woodlands TX, 77389 USA
 
(2) Process your online payment through our eClub's Paypal. https://www.paypal.com/webapps/shoppingcart?flowlogging_id=718b4170d6b91&mfid=1495080127162_718b4170d6b91#/checkout/openButton
 
Can I count on you helping us achieve our goal this way? Can we achieve 100% participation?
 
Are Rotarians real Super Heroes in disguise?  Yes!
 
Yours In Rotary Service,
Liz
 
Latest Rotary Foundation news:
World polio update: 6 weeks with no new polio cases reported worldwide! Work remains still to close the $1.5 billion funding gap. Polio virus positive environmental samples continue. Zero is the magic number, could we the final polio case in 2017? There will be a major global polio event to be held at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention: http://polioeradication.org/news-post/drop-to-zero Watch this video: https://vimeo.com/200735939
 
The final three Endemic Countries: PAKISTAN: no new Polio cases reported this week. Two cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Diamir district, Gilgit Baltistan province with an onset on 2/13/17. AFGHANISTAN: No new Polio cases reported this week. Three cases reported in 2017 - the most recent in the Kunduz province with the onset of paralysis on 2/21/17, NIGERIA: No new Polio cases reported this week.
 
Can YOU Be A Rotary HERO Before then End of June, 2017? Liz Odfalk 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - Lanny Sherwin's "Everyone Is Different" 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Plan to attend afternoon breakout sessions 12-14 June:
  • Rotary Friendship Exchanges: Enhancing the Rotary Experience Through International Exchanges: — participating in an exchange deepens global understanding, strengthens international ties, raises opportunities to explore vocations abroad, and even helps develop international service partnerships. Find inspiration from previous exchange participants, meet prospective exchange partners, and trade ideas on how you’ll join the program as a host or visitor.
  • Rotary Community Corps: Community Solutions for Community Challenges — a Rotary Community Corps consists of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to service and carry out community projects as well as support Rotary club projects. Nearly 8,500 RCCs in 90 countries are working to develop future leaders and conduct effective service. Learn about the role of RCCs in community development, along with how to form an RCC and how to team with RCCs on projects.
  • Vocational Service and Appreciation: Enhance Member Engagement — learn how recognizing the worth of members’ occupations, skills, and talents can improve member retention.
  • Rotary and Peace Corps: Partnering to Empower Communities — the service partnership formed in 2015 between Rotary and Peace Corps offers opportunities for clubs to work with active and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Learn how teaming with Peace Corps volunteers can address Rotary’s six areas of focus while enhancing goodwill, international understanding, and capacity building in more than 60 countries around the world.
  • Life as a ShelterBox Response Team Member — Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief, ShelterBox, will bring to life the mission of a response team and show what it takes to help on the ground immediately after a disaster.
  • These Rotarian Action Groups will host sessions about their service initiatives and opportunities to team with them on a related cause in your community: Clubfoot, Peace, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Malaria, Hepatitis, Slavery, Literacy, and Family Health and AIDS Prevention.
Rotary Convention Break-Out Sessions 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
ROSE BAGLIA - Rose resides in Antigua, Guatemala and recently attend our District Conference.  Her classification is "Non-Profit" as she is the Executive Director of a non-profit called SANA Children's Project.  When asked how she would like to serve in Rotary, she replied:
"Our program addresses healthcare (we operate a clinic for 7,000 patients each year), education (operate a preschool for 100 children and provide education to the community).  These programs affect Mayan mothers and their children in a rural, impoverished town of 30,000 in Guatemala.   Becoming a member of Rotary will provide me with additional information and experience so I can improve our programs.  I can also share our experiences with others. "   Rose lives in an area which is so remote that there is no mail service.  There is a branch office in Houston which brings Rose to our area on business, and we hope that she will soon be able to join us in person for a social meeting.  Welcome, Rose!
 
Welcome, New Member! 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
PDG Ed Charlesworth will be the speaker at the Rotary Club Francophone meeting online next week.  His talk will be entitled "Your Piece of Cloth is Not Enough".  Rotary e-Club of Houston (District 5890) and Rotary e-Club 9920 Francophone became official "Twin Clubs" on June 24, 2014 when Dr. Ed Charlesworth and Dr. Jean-Louis Nguyen Qui were both club presidents.  These two met in person last year while the Charlesworth's were on a river cruise in France, and Dr. Jean-Louis joined them for dinner on board the cruise ship, also meeting club member Linda Caruso (then Club President).  This meeting had been discussed since last year and we invite any of our club members to join this online meeting. 
Please come on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 8pm, France time, on ZOOM.US...
Come on Tuesday, 23 may at 20 H00, hour of France, on zoom. US...
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Sister Club - Francophone Asks PDG Ed Charlesworth to Speak Next Week 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Many Rotary clubs require new members to complete certain tasks as a "Red Badge" member prior to gaining the status as an "Active" member ofthe club.  We aim to identify a mentor Rotarian to guide each new member through this step toward active membership.  The tasks are chosen to introduce the new member to the responsibilities of being a Rotarian, such as reporting attendance and supporting our Rotary Foundation.  We are also committed to "Service Above Self" and encourage members to spend time making a difference through service in their own community, joining another Rotary club service project either in your community or an international project, and it may be done individually or with a group.  It also must be reported so we may track our club's service hours.  Below are the steps in the program:
 
Welcome to Rotary!  As a new member of the Rotary e-club of Houston we want you to have the opportunity to discover more about being an Active Member of our club.  We encourage your participation in our club’s projects and activities, although if you are distant from our programs we want you to know how you can be actively engaged in our club and Rotary International.
 
Please review the list below, and know you are not expected to complete all activities.   Simply accumulate 7 points (each activity is one point) and submit your report to either your sponsor or designated mentor who will be willing to answer any questions you may have or offer additional explanations for your throughout your discovery process.
 
Read three club newsletters.
 
Submit three attendance reports.
 
Set up your own My Rotary page on the Rotary International website.
 
Write your biography and upload a photo for our club website.
 
Interview 2 active members of our club (see interview questions).
 
Visit one traditional Rotary club meeting anywhere in the world.
 
Attend a board meeting (in person or online or video conference call)
 
Submit an article for the newsletter about Rotary or another community service or leadership training or personal growth, etc.
 
Attend an online social event – meet and greet our members.
 
Donate to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Attend a district committee meeting - listen and learn, and meet more Rotarians.
 
Attend a meeting of New Generations – perhaps Interact, Rotaract, or even EarlyAct.
 
Attend a District Conference or Zone Institute.
 
Attend  Rotary International Convention (2017 in Atlanta, GA)
 
Tour Rotary International Headquarters in Chicago, IL.
 
Participate a minimum of two hours in a service project.
 
Upon completion, we ask that you mentor the next new member through this process.
 
Red Badge Member_______________________________________________________________________________
Rotarian Mentor/Sponsor _______________________________________________________________________
 
 
New Red Badge Program for New Members 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Why you should listen

An expert on animal behavior, Temple Grandin has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US, and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines. As PETA wrote when awarding her a 2004 Proggy: “Dr. Grandin's improvements to animal-handling systems found in slaughterhouses have decreased the amount of fear and pain that animals experience in their final hours, and she is widely considered the world's leading expert on the welfare of cattle and pigs.” In 2010, Time Magazine listed her as one of its most Important People of the Year. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Grandin’s books about her interior life as an autistic person have increased the world's understanding of the condition with personal immediacy -- and with import, as rates of autism diagnosis rise. She is revered by animal rights groups and members of autistic community, perhaps because in both regards she is a voice for those who are sometimes challenged to make themselves heard. 

 
WEEKLY PROGRAM: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Not everyone learns the same way and learning does not come easily for everyone.  There are various learning disabilities, and it important to diagnose learning difficulties and discover interventions to promote learning.
Researchers use eye-tracking software to peek inside a child's mind when words fail, reading eye patterns to understand language production and combat conditions such as specific language impairment.
Tracing a Gaze
Tracing a Gaze to Understand Language Delays Scientific American 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Members of the Rotary e-Club of Houston,
 
We are well on our way to earn the Rotary International Presidential Citation Award for 2017.    A Presidential Citation is for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Activities include growing your membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.Yet, we need your help to complete our final task regarding donations to The Rotary Foundation.  We have 40 members who have not yet contributed to the foundation this year; some have never donated.  We need these 40 members to donate at least $27 to the Rotary Foundation, and $500.00 of these contributions need to go to the Polio Fund.
You can look at the goals below and see all that we have done. If we meet those requirements and don't lose more than 3 members by the end of June we will for sure be awarded the presidential citation. I would really love if our club starts to get these awards every year from now on.
Mandatory Activities:  Goals Set in Rotary Club Central    -   YES
                                        Pay July 2016 and January 2017 semiannual dues on time -   YES
Membership Development:  Large club - net 2  (*we have net 5!)  -  YES
  Improve membership retention by 1% (we improved 30%!) -  YES
  Induct new members under age of 40 -  *need one more (need 4 and we now have 3)  -  NO
 *needed two of three in membership development - we did it!
Foundation Giving:(must achieve 3 of the following 6 goals)
   Each member contributes at least $26.50 -  Not met
   Contribute to Polio Plus Fund  minimum of $2,650 (we have donated $2,152.93) -  Not met
   Contribute to Annual Fund a minimum of $100 per capita (we have only $36.41)  - Not met
Humanitarian Service:
   Sponsor a Global Grant or District Grant -  YES
   One or more members attend Grant Management Seminars -  YES
   Implement a project with a Rotary service partner -  NO
   Partner on a project with a corporate or government entity - YES
   Partner with at least 5 clubs in your region on a project -  NO
  (Achieve 3 or more goals -  YES)
Public Image: 
  Host event informing community about TRF centennial - NO
  Project covered in local media - YES
  Local media involved with event, project, or fundraiser - YES
 (Need to achieve 1 or more) - YES
 
We are having an awesome year, so let's make our donations to the Rotary Foundation (minimum $26.50) and Polio Plus before June 30th.  The funds donated this year are the monies that will support our district grants in three more years, or global grants in the future.  We hope you will participate and support The Rotary Foundation and our imminent success to eradicate polio.
 
Thank you,
 
President Dree Miller
 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2017-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
Please mark your calendar for our Rotary e-Club of Houston Installation on June 17th, 2017, 6:00 pm at Dr. Ed & Robin's home. We will have catered Vietnamese cuisine, drinks, silent auction, and our Wisdom High School - Interactors will be joining us. Please let me know if you would like to donate anything for the silent auction, and I will also personally be donating one of my artwork for the auction.  Also, we will join with Rotary Club of Cy-Fair for  Installation of Officers. 
 
To register for this event, please purchase the $25 per adult Eventbrite ticket linked below. Please RSVP soon for us to prepare an accurate number of foods/drinks.
 
Eventbrite RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rotary-e-club-of-houston-installation-tickets-34395623235
 
Club Executives & Directors 2017 - 2018
President: Wind Nguyen
President Elect: Robin Charlesworth (2018 - 2019)
Secretary: Nicole Wycislo
Treasurer: Alexis Campestre
Community Service Chair: Tracy Darjean
Vocational Service Chair: Debra Harper-LeBlanc, Ph.D.
International Service Chair: Isis Mejias
New Generation Chair: BELINDA KAYLANI
Public Relations and Marketing: Rebecca McGee
Membership Chair: Tiffany B. Cady
E-Club 501c3 Foundation Chair: Dr. Ed
Rotary Foundation Chair: Lizette Ödfalk
Technology Chair: Klodian Ian Hoxha

Sincerely,
 
NGUYEN T. NGUYEN
Rotary e-Club of Houston - President-Elect
Disaster Aid USA Ambassador
Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463
JUNE 17th Installation of our own Club Officers 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you. Benjamin Wallace is a journalist and author of The Billionaire's Vinegar, the true story of the world's most expensive bottle of (possibly phony?) wine. He's been a contributor to GQ, Details, Salon and The Washington Post.

Why you should listen

A Washington D.C. native and a current Brooklynite, Benjamin Wallace is fast establishing himself a master of the brainy nonfiction thriller, rooting up feuds and controversies in pop and less-than-pop culture while buddying up with their embattled and larger-than-life personalities (whom he sometimes meets on their way down). He profiled conserative mouthpiece Glenn Beck for GQ in 2007 shortly after the pundit landed a controversial slot on CNN, and in 2002 looked at chef Georges Perrier of Philidelphia's then-five-star restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

Wallace's orderly, deadpan writing style hints at one of his secrets: his love (and talent) for playing the straight man to the once-mighty in downfall, right as they go aflame in tragicomic hubris. (The Billionaire's Vinegar is simply a pleasure, not least to schadenfreude junkies.) It's easy to imagine him, the bespectacled wallflower, watching as brouhaha over a wine bottle once valued at $165,000 -- the highest price fetched for a bottle, ever -- culimates in a court trial that reveals at least two of its main characters, a wine collector and a wine expert, to be frauds. Or at least emperors with no clothes.

What others say

“Ben Wallace has told a splendid story just wonderfully, his touch light and deft, his instinct pitch-perfect.” — Simon Winchester, author, The Professor and the Madman.

Sooooooo.......Rotarians........some of us have sybaritic tastes and some of us work hard for the money to feed our families and also to give back to those in need.  We may certainly enjoy ourselves, but think about what we truly value in life and the world we want to leave to the next generation.  Do you want to make a difference in this world?  Assess your lifestyle, your willingness to help others, and your willingness to celebrate special moments in life.  Is it really worth the price?  Does the experience  you have paid for really induce a feel good moment or set up others for years to come?  Don't get me wrong - we need to have special celebrations, but we also need to fulfill our drive to inspire, to create, to motivate, to make a difference. That is why we are Rotarians, so if you believe this your brain chemistry will prove it.
Weekly Program: The Price of Happiness 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

From the breathtaking opening ceremony and world-renowned speakers to informative programs and spectacular entertainment, the Atlanta convention promises to be an unforgettable experience. Here are some highlights.

All convention activities will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center unless otherwise noted.

News briefs

 

On Tuesday, 13 June, experience the power of virtual reality

During “One Small Act: A Virtual Reality Experience,” you can be among the first to see Rotary’s new virtual reality film and participate in one of the largest simultaneous virtual reality viewings. You and your fellow Rotarians will use Google’s virtual reality viewer, Cardboard, to join the extraordinary journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict. Plan now to attend and see for yourself the impact that small acts of compassion can have.

You don’t want to miss this special event. Space is limited — Purchase your tickets today! Cost: $10

Sign up for the convention orientation webinar

Learn how to make the most of your convention experience during this live online event. Join us for the convention orientation webinar on Thursday, 11 May, at 11:00 Chicago time (UTC-5). If you miss the live event, you can view it online later.

Bill Gates to address convention attendees

Business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates will talk about the importance of our continued commitment to a polio-free world. Read a letter from RI President John F. Germ.

June 10            House of Friendship – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
                          “ Grand Opening -                        10:30 am
 
June 11            ·  Opening Ceremony – first seating | 10:00-12:30
·               Opening Ceremony – second seating | 15:30-18:00
 
June 12            General Session 2 | 10:00-12:00
                         Breakout sessions | 13:00-17:00
 
                         6:30 – 10:00  Der Biergarten  E-Club Party
 
June 13            General Session 3 | 10:00-12:00
                         One Small Act: A Virtual Reality Experience | 17:30-18:30
(doors open at 17:00)
 
June 14            General Session 4 | 10:00-12:00 
 

AND a Book signing

Have your copy of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years” signed by its author, David C. Forward. You can purchase the book in the Resource Center in the House of Friendship
Book signings will take place in the House of Friendship, booth 2063.
10 June | 11:00–12:00 & 13:00–14:00
11 June | 11:00–12:00 & 13:00–14:00
12 June | 09:00–10:00, 13:00–14:00 & 16:00–17:00
13 June | 09:00–10:00, 13:00–14:00 & 16:00–17:00
14 June | 09:00–10:00
 
          
RI Convention Coming Soon - June 10 - 14 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Remember all of those wonderful baby blankets made by President Dree?  We are invited to share the assemblinh session to fill Rotary layette bags to be sent to Nicaragua on Saturday, May 27th.  This will begin at noon and should not take longer than 3 hours.  Whre?  At Luigi's Italiano Ristorante located at 12779 Jones Road.  This is the third and final work session to assemble these layette bags.  This is a great hands-on service project, and it does count as credit for weekly attendance. 
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - NW HOUSTON 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Inspirational Message 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017
WHERE: OMNI Hotel & Resorts, Four Riverway, Houston 77056
SCHEDULE: 6:00 pm Registration/Cocktails (cash bar), 6:45 pm Introductions/Dinner/Entertainment, 8:00 pm Installation Program, 9:00pm to midnight DJ/Dancing
PAYMENT INFORMATION:
 Table of 10 $1,000 (Includes 10 drink tickets)
 Individual $100 (Includes 1 drink ticket)
 YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE AT https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/boot-scootin-boogie--- district-installation
 Or Complete this registration form and return with your check by Friday June 9, 2017
 MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: North Shore Rotary
 
Save the Date: Installation Dinner of Rotary District 5890 District Governor, Bill Palko, and District Officers Rebecca Maddox 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

White, marble, chocolate, German chocolate, ice cream: There are hundreds of types of birthday cake in the world, each beautiful in its own sugary way. Odds are, you’ve indulged in one during at least one (hopefully all) of your birthday parties. But in between delicious bites of cake and frosting, have you ever stopped and wondered, “Why am I eating this? What makes this dessert fit to commemorate the day of my birth?”

 

It’s because you are as important and beloved as the gods. Kind of.

The ancient Egyptians are credited with “inventing” the celebration of birthdays. They believed when pharaohs were crowned, they became gods, so their coronation day was a pretty big deal. That was their “birth” as a god.

Ancient Greeks borrowed the tradition, but rightfully realized that a dessert would make the celebration all the more meaningful. So they baked moon-shaped cakes to offer up to Artemis, goddess of the moon, as tribute. They decorated them with lit candles to make the cakes shine like the moon. Hence, the reason we light our birthday cakes on fire.

Modern birthday parties are said to get their roots from the 18th century German celebration “Kinderfeste.” On the morning of a child’s birthday, he or she would receive a cake with lighted candles that added up to the kid’s age, plus one. This extra candle was called the “light of life,” representing the hope of another full year lived.

And then, torture—because no one could eat the cake until after dinner. The family replaced the candles as they burned out throughout the day. Finally, when the moment came, the birthday child would make a wish, try to blow out all the candles in one breath, and dig in. (Sorry to break it to you, but you’ve probably been cutting cake wrong your whole life.) Like modern tradition, the birthday girl or boy wouldn’t tell anyone the wish so it would come true.

Since the ingredients to make cakes were pretty expensive, this birthday custom didn’t become popular until the Industrial Revolution. More ingredients were available, which made them cheaper, and bakeries even started selling pre-baked cakes.

 

Here's Why You Should Thank the Ancient Greeks for Your Birthday Cake Reader's Digest 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
In the previous newsletter our speaker, Pope  shared a message of hope for the future.  He suggests that we can build a brighter future by standing together, yet it can be sparked with the interests and actions of only one person.  He would like to see people build a sense of solidarity with the goal of helping each other with compassion and tenderness in our hearts.  We are encouraged to share our talents and resources, sometimes financial, to assist others. 
 
In our Rotary family, we have active members around the world who practice varied religions.  Certainly there are differences, yet we put aside our religious practices to serve others as Rotarians.  Now let's explore the messages taught in some other world religions.  This newsletter will take a look at Buddhism and Compassion this week.  This is shared from the March 23, 2017 posting in ThoughtCo. online:
 

The Buddha taught that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. Wisdom and compassion are sometimes compared to two wings that work together to enable flying, or two eyes that work together to see deeply.

In the West, we're taught to think of "wisdom" as something that is primarily intellectual and "compassion" as something that is primarily emotional, and that these two things are separate and even incompatible.

We're led to believe that fuzzy, sappy emotion gets in the way of clear, logical wisdom. But this is not the Buddhist understanding.

The Sanskrit word usually translated as "wisdom" is prajna (in Pali, panna), which can also be translated as "consciousness," "discernment," or "insight." Each of the many schools of Buddhism understands prajna somewhat differently, but generally, we can say that prajna is understanding or discernment of the Buddha's teaching, especially the teaching of anatta, the principle of no self.

The word usually translated as "compassion" is karuna, which is understood to mean active sympathy or a willingness to bear the pain of others. In practice, prajna gives rise to karuna, and karuna gives rise to prajna. Truly, you can't have one without the other. They are a means to realizing enlightenment, and in themselves they are also enlighenment  itself manifested.

Compassion as Training

In Buddhism, the ideal of practice is to selflessly act to alleviate suffering wherever it appears.

 

You may argue it is impossible to eliminate suffering, yet the practice calls for us to make the effort. 

What does being nice to others have to do with enlightenment? For one thing, it helps us realize that "individual me" and "individual you" are mistaken ideas. And as long as we're stuck in the idea of "what's in it for me?" we are not yet wise.

In Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts, Soto Zen teacher Reb Anderson wrote, "Reaching the limits of practice as a separate personal activity, we are ready to receive help from the compassionate realms beyond our discriminating awareness." Reb Anderson continues:

"We realize the intimate connection between the conventional truth and the ultimate truth through the practice of compassion. It is through compassion that we become thorougly grounded in the conventional truth and thus prepared to receive the ultimate truth. Compassion brings great warmth and kindness to both perspectives. It helps us to be flexible in our interpretation of the truth, and teaches us to give and receive help in practicing the precepts."​

In The Essence of the Heart Sutra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote,

"According to Buddhism, compassion is an aspiration, a state of mind, wanting others to be free from suffering. It's not passive -- it's not empathy alone -- but rather an empathetic altruism that actively strives to free others from suffering. Genuine compassion must have both wisdom and lovingkindness. That is to say, one must understand the nature of the suffering from which we wish to free others (this is wisdom), and one must experience deep intimacy and empathy with other sentient beings (this is lovingkindness)."

No Thanks

Have you ever seen someone do something courteous and then get angry for not being properly thanked? True compassion has no expectation of reward or even a simple "thank you" attached to it. To expect a reward is to maintain the idea of a separate self and a separate other, which is contrary to the Buddhist goal. 

The ideal of dana paramita--the perfection of giving--is "no giver, no receiver." For this reason, by tradition,  begging monks receive alms silently and do not express thanks. Of course, in the conventional world, there are givers and receivers, but it's important to remember that the act of giving is not possible without receiving. Thus, givers and receivers create each other, and one is not superior to the other.

That said, feeling and expressing gratitude can be a tool for chipping away at our selfishness, so unless you are a begging monk, it's certainly appropriate to say "thank you" to acts of courtesy or help.

Developing Compassion

To draw on an old joke, you get to be more compassionate the same way you get to Carnegie Hall-- practice, practice, practice.

It's already been noted that compassion arises from wisdom, just as wisdom arises from compassion. If you're feeling neither especially wise nor compassionate, you may feel the whole project is hopeless. But the nun and teacher Pema Chodron says, "start where you are." Whatever mess your life is right now is the soil from which enlightenment may grow.

In truth, although you may take one step at a time, Buddhism is not a "one step at a time" process. Each of the eight parts of the Eightfold Path supports all the other parts and should be pursued simultaneously. Every step integrates all the steps.

That said, most people begin by better understanding their own suffering, which takes us back to prajna--wisdom. Usually, meditation or other mindfulness practices are the means by which people begin to develop this understanding. As our self-delusions dissolve, we become more sensitive to the suffering of others. As we are more sensitive to the suffering of others, our self-delusions dissolve further.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weekly Program: Buddhism & Compassion Barbara O'Brien/ThoughtCo. 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."

Why you should listen

Pope Francis was elected in March 2013, becoming the first Pope from the Americas and from the Southern hemisphere. He was born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in a family of Italian immigrants. A Jesuit, he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires and then a Cardinal leading the Argentinian church. Upon election as the 266th Pope, he chose Francis as his papal name in reference to Saint Francis of Assisi.

A very popular figure who has taken it upon himself to reform the Catholic Church, Pope Francis's worldview is solidly anchored in humility, simplicity, mercy, social justice, attention to the poor and the dispossessed -- those he says "our culture disposes of like waste" -- and in a critical attitude towards unbridled capitalism and consumerism. He is a strong advocate of global action against climate change, to which he has devoted his powerful 2015 encyclical, Laudato sì ("Praise be to you"). He invites us to practice "tenderness," putting ourselves "at the level of the other," to listen and care. He is committed to interfaith dialogue and is seen as a moral and spiritual authority across the world by many people who aren't Catholics.

Weekly Program: Why the only future worth building includes everyone 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Ruby Powers - Ruby is a Board Certified Immigration attorney, world traveler, past Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, wife, and mom who also finds time for Rotary.  She is being recognized with the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Advocacy Award which will be presented to her in June at the annual conference in New Orleans.  She was selected from a pool of 14,000 attorneys.  Congratulations, Ruby!
 
Michael Miller - Our club treasurer for three years,  has been selected to Chair the Electrical Transmission & Substation Structures Conference 2018 to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is married to our club president, Dree, and they will both be in Atlanta this June for the Rotary International Convention.  On a site visit earlier to Atlanta, they selected the site for our joint Rotary e-club party during the RI Convention.  His work as Vice-President of Engineering gives him the responsibility for North America, Mexico and interfacing with his company's plants in Brazil and India.  With 20 years of experience working for the Department of Energy, plus some 10 years in the private sector, he is one of the best in the world as a Civil Structural Engineer.  Thank you, Mike, for all that you do for our club, and for being a leader in your chosen vocation!
 
PDG Ed Charlesworth and Robin Charlesworth -  Returned to their alma mater, The University of Houston on April 28th, to present a the first awarded research grant  to a deserving first year graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the Annual Psychology Research Showcase.   The recipient, Liz Smith, B.A., presented her work on "Perceived Stress and Alcohol Dependence in Firefighters:  The Role of Posttraumatic Stress".  A synopsis of her study is shared below.  Thank you, Ed and Robin, for supporting the next generation of research on stress with clinical applications!
 
RNASA - The prestigious awards night for honoring outstanding achievement in space which was founded by the Rotary Club of Space Center Houston in 1985.  Our e-club member Philip Harris (a Systems Engineer with NASA) was in attendance as a supportive Rotarian along with our District Governor Eric Liu and First Lady Sandra Liu.   The National Space Trophy is presented annually to an outstanding American who has made major contributions to our nation's space program. Dr. John Grunsfeld, NASA Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate,  received the National Space Trophy (NST) on April 28, 2017 at the Houston Hyatt Regency.  See more in the video below.
 
 
Honor Roll of Rotary e-club Houston Rotarians 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Lia Smith is the student honored with a research grant by the Charlesworth's.  Her research study is shared below as Rotarians in our district have a special interest in firefighters.   The Rotary Club of University Area Houston is proud to be the leader in organizing and planning the much needed Rotary Firefighters Home in the Texas Medical Center in partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston Fire Department, the International Brotherhood of Fire Fighters, Rotary International, and Rotary District 5890.  Xerox Corporation has been a tremendous help in this endeavor.
 
"Perceived Stress and Alcohol Dependence in Firefighters:  The Role of Posttraumatic Stress"
 
Authors:  Liz J. Smith, B.A., Anka A. Vujanovic, Ph. D., Daniel J. Paulus, M.A., Matthew W. Gallagher, Ph. D., Sonya B. Norman, Ph. D. & Jana Tran, Ph. D.
 
Abstract:  Firefighters are at an elevated risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology and alcohol use, the combination of which is highly complex and difficult to treat.  One promising factor with relevance to alcohol use and misuse among firefighters is perceived stress, defined as the degree to which individuals experience life events as unpredictable, uncontrollable, or generally overloading.  As firefighters are at elevated risk for exposure to various occupational stressors, the current study examined the indirect effects of perceived stress on alcohol dependence via posttraumatic stress severity using structural equation modeling.  It was hypothesized that post-traumatic  stress would significantly mediate the association between perceived stress and alcohol dependence.  Participant data analyzed at the time of submission included 2,790 male urban firefighters employed by a large fire department in a major U.S. metropolitan area (62% White 25 - 34 years old).  Measures included the Perceived Stress Scale, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist for DSM-IV, and the Rapid Alcohol Problems Screen-4.  Structural equation modeling results demonstrated that posttraumatic stress significantly mediated the association between perceived stress severity and alcohol dependence.  This model suggested that 70% of the effect of perceived stress on alcohol dependence was accounted for indirectly via posttraumatic stress.  Thus, perceived stress is associated with heightened posttraumatic stress severity, which in turn, is associated with greater level of alcohol dependence.  Furthermore, direct effects of perceived stress on alcohol dependence were statistically significant and a significant association was found between posttraumatic stress on alcohol dependence,  Results underscore the importance of considering symptoms of both perceived stress and posttraumatic stress in order to better understand alcohol use among firefighters.  Clinical interventions for AUD among firefighters may potentially integrate a focus upon perceived stress as well as PTSD symptom severity in order to maximize effectiveness and applicability.
Trauma & Stress Studies with Firemen Kia Smith, B.A. 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
What is RNASA? 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Veronica Kerssemakers - Regularly commits her time to provide care and support to the elderly, and also creative arts classes for the elderly.  She taught meditation classes for the caretakers of the elderly, too.  Veronica is one of our distance members, residing in The Netherlands.
 
Ruby Powers - Earlier this week Ruby read Granddaddy's Turn:  A Journey to the Ballot Box to Janowski Elementary School (in Houston) second graders on Law Day 2017.
 
Brittany Johnson - Volunteering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, and planned the send-off party for a four-year old child to go to Disney World with his family. 
 
Cristal Montanez - Attended America's Global Leadership Roundtable on Foreign Policy held in Houston on April 27th.  The USGLC is a broad-based influential network of over 500 business and NGO's; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.  Thank you Cristal for attending as Rotarians are committed to peace-building and leadership training!
 
Dree Miller - Dedicated many hours to creatively design and produce the millefiori reflections mandala mosaic to be auctioned as a fundraising project to support The Rotary Foundation.  And don't forget the blankets she has made for the infants in Nicaragua, and the lil dresses for children in Africa.  Thank you, Dree, for your leadership, role-modeling, and endless energy to support Rotary!
 
 
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO VOLUNTEER.  OUR CLUB MEMBERS ARE NOT LIMITED TO ROTARY SANCTIONED OR CLUB-SPONSORED EVENTS OR PROJECTS.  WE DO ENCOURAGE ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS TO VOLUNTEER IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.  WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK ON THE ATTENDANCE FORM, IT DOES COUNT AS A WEEKLY COMMITMENT TO OUR ROTARY CLUB'S ATTENDANCE AND ENGAGED PARTICIPATION.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Volunteering in Communities 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Take a minute to listen to Isis Mejia's invitation on Facebook (Rotary e-club Houston, WASRAG) to attend the World Water Summit June 9 in Atlanta. It's going to be a great opportunity to find inspiration, find projects, and connect with partners. Isis will be speaking about her work in water and sanitation as well as others. Don't miss it! https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx…

WASRAG's Annual General Meeting
  Saturday June 10, 4.30 - 7.00 pm

World Water Summit 9 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Friday, June 09, 2017 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
United States

This year's Summit will be held on the morning of Friday June 9th

BUT!  When the formal Summit ends at 12.30 pm there will be more opportunities to learn about WASH. 

Starting at 1.15 pm we'll feature a series of workshops.  Our sponsors will be available to talk about the wide range of services and products available to support your projects.  Members of WASRAG's Professional Services Team will be there to discuss your WASH challenges and facilitiate informal technical workshops. 
 
Rotary International Convention - WASRAG 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary is an international, non-political humanitarian service organization whose mission is advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace. We focus our efforts in six key areas including preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, promoting peace, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop. We are especially dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide. Rotary members have persevered in this fight for more than 30 years, and have helped decrease the number of polio-affected countries from 125 to just three.
What is Rotary? - You Will be Asked When You Wear Your Pin 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians - Let us be like this father who is supportive and encouraging, accepting another's goal and passion, and continue to help others to the finish line while allowing them to celebrate their victory.
Inspiration - When You Don't Give Up You Cannot Fail 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Inspiration of the Week - "Everything Happens for a Reason" 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Fundraiser

This beautiful Millefiori Reflection Mandala mosaic was hand-made by our own talented President Dree Miller to raise money for The Rotary Foundation.  Tickets are $10 each for a chance to win this piece and the drawing will be held at our installation of officers on June 17th.  This multi-media mosaic was inspired by the work Rotarians do around the world.  From the Italian word "mille" which means "a thousand" and  "fiori" meaning "flowers":.    Adriane sees Rotarians as thousands of flowers that bring life and color in the most needed places in the world.  Flowers can grow in between hard surfaces and harsh terrain as the flowers represented in this stained glass.   All that is needed is goodwill and action, represented by the Rotary "wheel" in the center. Adriane says, "Rotarians make the world go 'round spreading hope, peace, and love.  The mirrored pieces symbolize this evolution.  The result is the3 harmonious mosaic of kindness.  All proceeds from this go to The Rotary Foundation to fund service projects where most needed in the world.  This mosaic measures 24 inches in diameter. 
 
Tickets were sold at the District Conference and will be available at the Rotary International Convention.  For a raffle ticket, please contact President Adriane Miller at eclubofhouston@yahoo.com. 
Our Fundraiser to Support The Rotary Foundation Adriane Miller 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
 
 

Did you ever try to yo-yo?  This speaker discovered his talent and with 10,000 hours of practicing became the world's expert.

Why you should listen

At 14, BLACK picked up his first yo-yo. Initially he couldn't do even the easiest trick -- but after one week of practicing, he realized: I could be good at this. Very good. Four years later (and 10,000 hours of practicing), he took the title of 2001 world champion. And then ... he gave it up. Went to school, got a job. But he missed the passion of performing. He realized: "I want to do this: Entertain, and bring excitement and joy to people with the yo-yo."

Returning to competition after six years, he won the 2007 World Yo-Yo Contest in the artistic performance category. After that, he started dance and acrobatic training to create a new form of performing and art. Imagine a yo-yo performance graceful and thrilling enough to pass the audition for Cirque du Soleil ... while being fast and precise enough to pull a tablecloth out from under a stack of champagne glasses!

 
Weekly Program: Becoming a Yo-Yo- Champion Ted Talk 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
An excerpt from the book Becoming Your Best - The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LEADERS by Steven Shallenberger:
 
A mother once brought her child to human and civil rights pioneer Mahatma Gandhi and asked him to tell the young boy to stop eating sugar because it was not good for his diet or his developing teeth.  Gandhi replied, "I cannot tell him that.  But you may bring him back in a month."   Gandhi then moved on, brushing the mother aside.  She was angry; she had traveled some distance and had expected the mighty leader to support her parenting.  But having little recourse, she left for her home. 
 
One month later she returned, not knowing what to expect.  The great Gandhi took the small child's hands into his own, knelt before him and tenderly said, "Do not eat sugar, my child.  It is not good for you."  Then Gandhi embraced the boy and returned him to his mother.  Grateful but perplexed, the mother queried, "Why didn't you say that a month ago?"  "Well," said Gandhi, "a month ago, I was still eating sugar." 
 
This is an example of the moral authority that comes from having a strong principle-based character.  Lead with bedrock principles which include integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, perseverance, humility, compassion, and respect for others.
 
A Lesson In Leadership - Be True to Character Steven R. Shallenberger 2017-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
Ludmila Claro - Ludmila is President of the Brazilian Women Association and teaches Portuguese.   She is sponsored by Marcia Allgayer.  She is new to Rotary International and her leadership skills and interest in community service will readily sweep her into our Rotary projects.  Hope we see you, Ludmila, at our kayak event in May!
Welcome, New Member! 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
To Jewish Rotarians around the world -  Thinking of our Rotarian friends celebrating Passover this week.  The name “Passover” is derived from the Hebrew word Pesach which is based on the root “pass over” and refers to the fact that God “passed over” the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt during the last of the ten plagues. Passover is also widely referred to as Chag he-Aviv (the "Spring Festival"), Chag ha-Matzoth (the "Festival of Matzahs"), and Zeman Herutenu (the "Time of Our Freedom").  Probably the most significant observance involves the removal of chametz (leavened bread) from homes and property. Chametz includes anything made from the five major grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt) that has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after coming into contact with water (Ashkenazic Jews also consider rice, corn, peanuts, and legumes as chametz). The removal of chametz commemorates the fact that the Jews left Egypt in a hurry and did not have time to let their bread rise. It is also a symbolic way of removing the “puffiness” (arrogance, pride) from our souls.
 
To Christian Rotarians around the world - Happy Easter!  Easter Sunday is an important day in the Christian church calendar because it celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief.  In Christian times, the spring began to be associated with Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the resurrection is remembered on Easter Sunday.  Many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church bells. Easter processions are held in some countries such as the Philippines and Spain. Many Christians view Easter as the greatest feast of the Church year.

Many towns and villages in Italy have sacred dramas about the episodes of the Easter story – these are held in the piazzas on Easter Day. Pastries called corona di nove are baked in the form of a crown. Other traditional foods include capretto (lamb) and agnello (kid/goat). Easter in Poland is celebrated with family meals that include ham, sausages, salads, babka (a Polish cake) and mazurka, or sweet cakes filled with nuts, fruit and honey.

Although Easter maintains great religious significance, many children in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, think of it as a time to get new spring clothes, to decorate eggs and to participate in Easter egg hunts where eggs are hidden by the Easter Bunny. Some children receive Easter baskets full of candy, snacks, and presents around this time of the year.

Inspiration - Toasts to Rotarians Celebrating With Their Families 2017-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
There is  great interest in Grassroots Peacemaking in many areas around the world.  Grassroots Peacemaking Groups, in different parts of the world, take advantage of formal and informal networks of leaders in Rotary, the United Nations, the Holy Sea and many NGO's.  There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 215 countries and territories around the world.  Rotarians share a passion for enhancing communities and improving lives across the globe.  With clubs in almost every country, the members embrace their diverse backgrounds and unite to exchange new ideas, apply expertise, and implement improvements that transform communities. 
 
Rotary's peacemaking history goes back to the days when Rotary was active in the creation of the United Nations.  The U.S. State Department asked Rotary International to help develop the Statutes of the United Nations.  Rotary also organized and managed the United Nations charter meeting in San Francisco in 1945.  Forty-nine of the delegates from different countries were also Rotarians.
 
Rotary Grassroots Peacemaking Groups have made positive differences in conflicts between Argentina and Chile, Cyprus, India and Pakistan, and between China and Taiwan.  We have also seen interest in Grassroots Peacemaking in Zimbabwe, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Russia, Ukraine, and Mexico.  Our Grassroots Peacemaking Group on Facebook has more than 3000 members and it's still growing!
 
It is a big challenge to develop peace and prosperity between nations that hate each other.  The only possibility would be for the parties to agree on a common philosophy and vision of peace and prosperity on a win-win basis.  It is in their self-interest to do so.  The Grassroots Peacemaking Process provides a solution to a widespread problem in many countries.  The problem is that the parties fail to agree on a common philosophy and vision.  The result is that they pursue uncoordinated missions and actions with many people continuously killed.  This also leads to a conflict escalation.  The longer such a conflict lasts, the parties dig in more and become increasingly bitter and hostile. 
 
The Grassroots Peacemaking Process has the following four steps that the conflicting parties create and develop together:
1.  Philosophy
2.  Vision
3.  Mission
4.  Action
 
For example:
1.  Philosophy - In peace everybody wins and in war everybody loses.  Studies have shown that nowadays there are no winners in war.  Once the conflicting parties can agree to this, it becomes in their own self interest to pursue peace. 
2.  Vision -  The parties will jointly develop a vision of peace and prosperity on a win-win basis.  Rotarians on each side of the conflict know each other and share the same values.  They can use their relationships with leaders of their countries to promote a win-win vision of peace and prosperity.
3.  Mission - The conflicting parties develop a joint mission based on their win=win vision. Local Rotarians can create peacemaking projects between groups of people in the conflicting area.
4.  Action - The conflicting parties act to implement their mission plan.  Rotarians can help by generating support from the United Nations, as well as different countries and NGOs around the world.
 
With tensions continuing to escalate with different countries around the world, this major focus area of Rotary, PEACE, is  desperately needed.  Do you know about our Rotary Peace Scholars?   Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships to pursue a Professional Development Certificate Program or Masters Degree Program related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention at one of the participating peace centers around the world (USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, Thailand).  Up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree and 50 for certificate studies are awarded each year.
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Grassroots Peacemaking & Rotary Grassroots Peacemaking Newsletter 2017-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

When we introduced in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office.

Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving.

But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They wanted a tool that was more robust, faster to use, and easier to navigate. It was time for an upgrade.

In July, we’ll unveil a new and improved Rotary Club Central. We’ve completely redesigned it with a fresh, modern interface. Pages load faster, navigation is more intuitive, and easy-to-read charts and graphs make past and current club data more accessible.

Members and club leaders can view trends, plan for the future, and track progress in just minutes. Plus, Rotary Club Central offers an individual user experience, allowing club leaders to plan and evaluate what is important to their own clubs, like membership activities or Rotary Citation goals. You can even enter your Rotary Foundation giving goals in local currency.

Rotary Club Central is also a great tool for succession planning. Club leaders change annually, so the historical record of goals and achievements eases the transition and ensures continuity. It’s just one way to boost trust between members and club leaders, because everyone has access to the same data and is working together to achieve the same goals.

The Rotary Club Central upgrade will happen seamlessly, which means you don’t have to do anything. All data already in the platform will automatically migrate into the new system. Additional updates about the new Rotary Club Central will be posted on My Rotary in the near future.

Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

President Dree Miller, "My small contribution of 54 blankets for Rotary Layette bags for Nicaragua I finished hemming today. I feel great that they will be wrapping up with love the tiny lives that will come to this world. Other Rotarians are doing the same, because we care that these newborns need all gestures of love they can get. If you are reading this and would like to know of big or small ways to make changes in the world, let me know and I'll tell you how to join a team of Rotarians."   Thank you, Dree, for being a great example of a Rotarian who is generous of her time and talent!

Blankets to be sent to Nicaragua 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents' house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch. Her research began in her family kitchen — and eventually led to a major science prize. Hear how this teenage scientist developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to purify water. Water is the basis of life, and too many people around the world suffer from waterborne illnesses. Deepika Kurup is working to change that.

Why you should listen

Deepika Kurup is a scientist, speaker, social entrepreneur and student at Harvard University. She has been passionate about solving the global water crisis ever since she was in middle school. After witnessing children in India drinking dirty water, Kurup developed a water purification system that harnesses solar energy to remove contaminants from water.

Recognized as "America’s Top Young Scientist" in 2012, Kurup won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In 2014 she was honored with the "United States President's Environmental Youth Award" and represented the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Most recently Kurup was named one of the Forbes' "30 Under 30: Energy" and was the National Geographic Explorer Award Winner in the 2015 Google Science Fair. She attended the 2016 (and 2013) White House Science Fair. Currently she is CEO and founder Catalyst for World Water, a social enterprise aimed at deploying the technology she developed in water-scarce areas. 

Along with research, Kurup is passionate about STEM education, and she feels that STEM education has the power to revolutionize the world. In her free time, she enjoys giving talks and writing articles to encourage students all around the world to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, and to increase awareness of the global water crisis. She has been invited to speak at schools, international conferences and the United Nations. 

 
Weekly Program: Clean Water 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
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Our Club Social & Bingo was a great Sunday gathering of friendship and fun!  The fundraiser supports Earn & Learn.  Earn & Learn is an after school program in India that provides kids from the slums with education and better nutrition.   If you were unable to attend the event, but would like to support this international project, please go to our website and make your donation online or send a check to our treasurer, Michael Miller. Here are some of our club members who enjoyed the fun at two fundraisers held at the Miller's and the Charlesworths homes:
Here is the philosophy of the Earn N Learn Program which takes place every day at the Ghandi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India:
Provide a safe environment where children can learn and socialize
Provide children with tutorials
Provide children with English lessons
Provide children with a nutritional meal and a snack
Teach children arts and crafts
Teach children to care and nurture the elderly
Teach children to value their community
Teach children the value of mindfulness
Expose children to volunteers from all over the world who teach them music and dance
Description of the program:
Children range from ages 8-16 (60-80 participants)
Children attend school in the morning
Children attend Earn n Learn in the afternoon for 4 hours
Children work only 2 hours per day on handmade paper products (notecards, journals, calendars, invitations)
Children are paid a fair wage for their work (meticulous records are kept on time spent and difficulty of task)
Children are fed, engage in afternoon prayers, tutorials, fun events and
Once a year they are taken on educational field trips
The Earn ‘n’ Learn family spent one afternoon recnetly serving 60 elderly women, all of whom are widows struggling to support themselves. With kindness and joy, the children distributed 10​​ kilograms of grain to each woman, prepared and served a delicious Gujarati snack, and performed several bhajans, while the women sang and danced. 
 
Fundraiser results:
$548.11 from bingo at  President Adriane Miller's house
$140 from fundraiser/social at PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth's house 
Subtotal $ 688.11  PLUS matching grant with Kindness in Action, Inc.
    Total: $1,376.22
 
Special thanks to the combined efforts of President Dree and Michael Miller; PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth; Rachael Blair, President of Kindness in Action; and sponsoring Rotarians and guests who made this international project possible!!! 
 
 
BINGO! APRIL 9th FUNDRAISER SUCCESSFUL! 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Published on Mar 5, 2013

A Cliff McAulay song, written in response to the problems of refugees throughout the world.
Film by Andy Freegard.2012.
Recorded in Melbourne Australia. Paul Richards Drums, Phil Smith Bass,Toni McDonald violin,Charlie

 
Song of the Week - I Am So Weary (Song for Refugees) 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?

Why you should listen

Dr. Aala El-Khani develops and researches innovative ways to reach families that have experienced conflict with parenting support and training. She has conducted prize-winning field research with refugee families and families in conflict zones, exploring their parenting challenges and the positive impact parenting support can provide. Her work has significantly contributed to an agenda of producing materials which together form psychological first aid for families affected by conflict and displacement.

El-Khani s a humanitarian psychologist, and she works as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as well as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester at the Division of Psychology and Mental Health. Her current work collaborates the efforts of the UNODC and the University of Manchester in developing and evaluating family skills programs in countries such as Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.

El-Khani is passionate about highlighting the significant role that caregivers play in protecting their children during conflict and displacement. She has trained NGO workers, school teachers and affected families internationally on family skills and research methods.

 
Weekly Program:  What it's like to be a parent in a war zone 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

This is where the Rotary world comes together and where ideas, best practices, and project successes are proudly shared. You can:

  • Browse booths showcasing Rotary projects, Rotary Fellowships, and Rotarian Action Groups
  • Shop for Rotary-licensed merchandise, including pins, shirts, and banners
  • Meet with staff in the Resource Center about Rotary’s programs and services
  • Enjoy food and entertainment unique to the American South
  • Register for the 2018 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hours of operation
The House of Friendship is located in the Georgia World Congress Center, and is open:
Saturday, 10 June | 10:30 (grand opening ceremony)
Saturday, 10 June | 09:00-18:00
Sunday, 11 June | 09:00-18:00
Monday, 12 June | 09:00-18:00
Tuesday, 13 June | 09:00-18:00
Wednesday, 14 June | 09:00-16:00

“Every convention breathes new life into your Rotary experience. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the House of Friendship, where you quickly realize how international Rotary really is.”

*****SPECIAL NOTE*****  After today the registration increases from $415 to $490.  This may be done via fax, online or mail.

Carol Colon, Rotary Club of Gainesville, Georgia; House of Friendship Co-Chair, 2017 Atlanta Convention

 
A Glimpse into the Friendship House at RI in Atlanta 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
This assembly is for every Rotarian in the club and especially for the incoming board under President-Elect Wind Nguyen.  The cost is $10 if you register in advance and $15 at the door.
 
Where: Houston Community College West Loop
              5601 West Loop South
              Houston, TX  77013
When:  April 1st  8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Houston Community College West Loop
5601 West Loop South
Houston, TX  77013 - See more at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/club-leadership#sthash.pawv5BcF.dpuf
Houston Community College West Loop
5601 West Loop South
Houston, TX  77013
United States - See more at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/club-leadership#sthash.pawv5BcF.dpuf
 
Below is some of the break out sessions and topics covered:
 
President Nominees-Getting a Head Start for 2018-19
 
Best Practices for the Club Secretary (2 part session)
 
Best Practices for the Club Treasurer (2 part session)
 
Club Membership Chairs & AMCs
 
Club Rotary Foundation Chairs
 
Club Vocational Service Chairs
 
Club Community Service Chairs
 
Club International Service Chairs
 
Club Public Image Chairs
 
Club Youth Services Chairs
 
Rotary 101- The Basics of Rotary (Great for new members!)
 
 The Rotary Foundation 101: The Basics of the Foundation
 
                                      Grants Training - (2 part session)
 Membership Retention, Recruiting, and Planning
 Vibrant Club- Is your Rotary Club Vibrant?
Public Relations- Getting the Word Out about Rotary
Interact & Rotaract: How to sponsor a club?
Youth Exchange- How does our club get involved?
Fundraising- How to raise money for your club projects
How to Conduct a Board Meeting
Conflict Resolution-How to handle disagreements within your club effectively.
Membership Relations: What should you say and not say from the podium?
International Service Project Ideas
Community & Vocational Service Project Ideas
Club Leadership Training TOMORROW 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
John Allen - John studied Electrical Engineering at Texas A & M University and then Engineering Economic Systems at Stanford University.  John is the CEO of Delantero.  His classification is ITSystems Integration/Software Development.  He was raised in Lake Jackson and now divides his time between Folsom, California or New Braunfels, Texas.  He raised two daughters in Folsom.  He retired from IBM seven years ago.  His father, James B. Allen, was a well respected figure in the Brazosport Rotary Club.  Also, he is the cousin of Robin Charlesworth (first cousin) and second cousin of Brittany  (Charlesworth) Johnson.   John enjoys hiking in the Sierras, playing ball and training his black Lab, traveling, going to San Francisco Giants games, and Octoberfest.  He enjoys working with kids and seniors and supports programs of education.  Welcome, John!
 
Marluce Whitley - Marluce is also new to the family of Rotary International and resides in Greenville, South Carolina.   She owns Rio Body Wax and is an Esthetician.  She is interested in traveling, reading, going to the movies, and having friends over.  Marluce has already expressed interest in attending the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, so our international group of members may meet her at the dinner for e-club members.  She in sponsored by Wind Nguyen.  Marluce was introduced to Rotary by Marcia Natali de Assis Allgayer.  Welcome, Marluce!
 
Rebecca McGee - Rebecca is transferring from the Rotary Club of Kingwood within our district.    She joined Rotary in 2012 with a classification of Mobile Marketing & Digital Signage.  She enjoys kayaking, animal activism, environmental activisim, diversity awareness, and community service.  Rebecca has indicated a willingess to assist with technology needs for our club.  Welcome, Rebecca!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome New Members! 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Breakthrough Tool, Line of One is a team value, a practice, and a set of behaviours, that members of a team can take on to create powerful results. It exists and is present in any successful team.

In the natural world, this team value of mutual support is illustrated by the behaviour and practices of Geese as they fly together.

Line of One focusses on Lessons we can learn from Geese. Inspired by the words of Milton Olson.
Lessons from Geese: Breakthrough Line of One www.breakthroughglobal.com 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Participants at a biosand filter implementer's workshop in Uganda, hosted by the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, sing the praises of clean water and the possibilities for health improvements in their community.
Song of the Week - Clean Water released in Ghana on International Water Day 2007 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Published on May 7, 2015

Sometimes life leads you to far flung places and puts you in positions that you never dreamed. When you follow the rabbit hole and embrace it with both arms you might never realize it how it might change your life. Mark Balla's simple and personal story is beautifully expressed from a guy who just wanted to do the right thing. Mark discovered something that could at the very least change people's lives when he started an organization called 'We Can't Wait'.

After several years working as a travel writer and then establishing his own business, Mark found himself as a board member for a company...in India. During one of the frequent trips that he made from his home in Melbourne he unravelled an issue too large to ignore. Some years later Mark discovered that the best job he has ever had doesn't pay a cent but may just save lives.

Mark Balla is a founding director of We Can’t Wait - a not for profit that works towards it's mission of providing clean, safe and sustainable sanitation solutions for schools and surrounding communities in the developing world.  Mark is a Rotarian and project director of Operation Toilets at the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central. He is a Board Member of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group - the peak global influencing body within the Rotary International focus area on Water and Sanitation.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.  Filmed in Queenstown.

 
Weekly Program: Toilet humor is Serious Business 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, and focused on WASH projects.  Since then it has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices.  We encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water is not the end in itself, but is rather the means to a better life and livelihood in the community.  Most importantly WASRAG links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community – especially women, irrigation and agriculture, education and literacy and, ultimately, child mortality.

Vision Statement:  Health, education and prosperity for all through safe water, sanitation and hygiene. 


Mission Statement:  Providing human,  technical and financial support to Rotary clubs and districts seeking to help communities to gain sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
WASRAG Goals:

Access and connect with experts in WASH

Provide technical guides for all stages of WASH projects including program life cycle

Seek funding outside the Rotary domain to complement internal resources

Facilitate connections with other organizations sharing Rotary goals

Alert Rotarians to the availability of expertise and financial resources

Identify and share Rotary and other resources available to Rotarians.

Assist and enable clubs to seek support from other clubs, from TRF and beyond Rotary

Ensure clubs can learn of the needs of other clubs

Maintain and build a collaborative working relationship with RI and TRF

Implement appropriate processes to monitor and evaluate the impact , efficacy and sustainability of Rotary projects and programs

Facilitate the exchange of idea and information

Going to the RI Convention in Atlanta?

Plan on attending the 9th annual WASRAG World Water Summit on Friday, June 9th beginning at 7:30 am with a light breakfast and speakers kicking off at 8:30 am.  This year's theme will focus on WASH and Women,  showing how women and girls are elevating their communities through water, sanitation and hygiene programs.  The opening speaker will be Kate Harawa, Malawi Country Chair of Water for People. 

As a child in in Malawi, Kate experienced first-hand the challenges of fetching water from a distant, often contaminated water source.  Not surprisingly her university studies focused on WASH and she has dedicated her professional career to advocating for change and working to improve access to safe water.  As Country Program Director for Water for People her work has included such diverse areas as:

  • Leading an initiative to pilot composting toilets;
  • Conducting tests on the safety and nutritive value of compost;
  • Capturing lessons learned and sharing knowledge.
Her talk will be "Motivated women will change the world through WASH".
 
About WASRAG 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

More than 100 million children below the age of five will be vaccinated against polio in a synchronized campaign covering 20 countries in West and Central Africa starting on Friday.

Tens of thousands of health workers and volunteers including Rotarians are uniting with health ministries, UN Agencies, and communities during four days of door-to-door vaccinations. Nigeria, one of three remaining polio-endemic countries along with Afghanistan and Pakistan, is aiming to get the two drops of oral vaccine into the mouths of 57.7 million children.

This year’s progress in India has proven what is possible when we focus on the task at hand. In Africa, the end of polio is in sight, but we still have hard work ahead. Failure is not an option.

From Rotary Voices - Stories of service from around the world

Polio vaccination campaign to immunize millions in Africa By Ambroise Tshimbalanga Kasongo, chair of RI’s African PolioPlus Committee 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

The recent arrest of two admitted members of the MS-13 gang, and the shooting earlier this month that injured two Houston police officers and killed one member of the the 52 Hoovers, also known as five-deuce Hoovas gang, is raising public awareness for an issue that has been present in Houston for many years.

Long considered just an inner-city problem, criminal gangs have spread to suburban and rural areas in many regions, and that includes the Greater Houston area.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Cerda, who currently works as part of the department's auto theft task force, has a lot of experience with criminal gangs — or “Clicks” — as they are commonly referred to by law enforcement.  In fact, there are hundreds of gangs in Houston, with membership nearing 20,000.  The gang problem has become an issue that affects the whole of the Houston area, and not just isolated pockets, or a block or two that might be claimed as turf. They might be identified by the clothing they wear, the tattoos they have on their bodies, or how they communicate, such as with hand signs.

In January, the Texas Department of Public Safety released an overview of gang activity in Texas that includes threats from terrorism, Mexican Cartels, Human Trafficking and gang activity.  This report disclosed the following: 

All eight of the major Mexican cartels operate in Texas, and they have enlisted transnational and
statewide gangs to support their drug and human smuggling and human trafficking operations on both
sides of the border.
Gangs continue to pose a significant public safety threat to Texas, and their propensity for violenceand many kinds of criminal activity is persistent. While the greatest concentrations of gang activity tendto be in the larger metropolitan areas, gang members are also present in the surrounding suburbs, and inrural areas. Gang activity is especially prevalent in some of the counties adjacent to Mexico and along key smuggling corridors, since many Texas-based gangs are involved in cross-border trafficking.

 

According to the report, MS-13 is gaining influence and membership, and poses the greatest criminal threat because of their relationship with Mexican Cartels.  However, MS-13 is far from the only gang in town.  In fact, there are more than 350 gangs in Houston and Harris County, with roughly 19,000 members, according to a KPRC report.

Gangs of Houston: Law Enforcement Officials Cite Growth Of Criminal Gangs In Houston Houston Patch 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Music of the Week - An Irish Blessing 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - "Let's Work Together" by Canned Heat 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

Why you should listen

John McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, teaching linguistics, Western Civilization and music history. He is a regular columnist on language matters and race issues for Time and CNN, writes for the Wall Street Journal "Taste" page, and writes a regular column on language for The Atlantic. His work also appears in the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Aeon magazine, The American Interest and other outlets. He was Contributing Editor at The New Republic from 2001 until 2014.

McWhorter earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and is the author of The Power of BabelDoing Our Own ThingOur Magnificent Bastard TongueThe Language Hoax and most recently Words on the Move and Talking Back, Talking Black. The Teaching Company has released four of his audiovisual lecture courses on linguistics. He guest hosted the Lexicon Valley podcast at Slate during the summer of 2016.

Beyond his work in linguistics, McWhorter is the author of Losing the Race and other books on race. He has appeared regularly on Bloggingheads.TV since 2006, and he produces and plays piano for a group cabaret show, New Faces, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.

 
Weekly Program: 4 Reasons to Learn a New Language 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Join active members and guests of the Rotary e-Club Houston on Saturday, March 18th at 11:30 am.  Arrive early to order lunch at Caliente restaurant located in Town & Country Shopping Center next to Flemings.  Garage parking can be validated - bring your ticket with you into the restaurant.  The address is 790 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Suite 112 (Houston, TX 77024).   This meeting is for everyone in Houston to meet face-to-face and have great Rotarian fellowship.
 
Come learn about learning differences with speaker Gayle Fisher.  Gayle has a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University, and she has a passion for advocating for the rights of those with learning differences.  Her presentation:  Self-Directed Learning, Platform Building and Intrinsic Motivation Lead to "In the Flow" of Learning.  This same talk was presented at EduCon 2016.
 
We also need to discuss selling tickets for the Kayak Fundraiser and other Rotary business for the remainder of this year.  Hope to see you there! Next month we will have another on-line social/meeting,
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Early Irish-American immigrants couldn't foresee the St. Patrick's Day celebrations of today: Hoards of drunken people elbowing their way to the bar for another green Bud Light.

After all, 19th Century immigrants celebrated St. Patrick's Day — always March 17 on the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland — as a way to honor their heritage while embracing their new homeland. It often came with parades, food and a little bit of partying.

It wasn't until later on that St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in Ireland. There it's a national holiday with schools and government buildings closed. Eamonn McGrath, a native Irishman and executive director of the Irish Cultural Center of New England, equates the day to the Fourth of July, where people spend time with family, attend a special Catholic mass, drink, eat and go to a parade.

McGrath claims St. Patrick's Day is "more raucously and widely" celebrated outside of Ireland than inside, a phenomenon he said makes sense. All people with Irish heritage, he said, long for home."

"Pub culture was never about getting drunk," said Professor Christopher Dowd of the University of New Haven, "It was about socializing, usually around music or storytelling."

That means any St. Patrick's Day revelry should be kept social and celebratory. Here are other ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the right way.

Eat Irish -

It's peasant food, but a perfect meat and potato base for your celebration.

Shepherd's Pie is made with beef and vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes. There's colcannon, mashed potatoes mixed with a type of green, often cabbage. Irish soda bread is a simple, dense, not-too-sweet bread that goes well with corned beef and cabbage.  That dish, it turns out, may be more American than Irish. McGrath said Irish immigrants ate bacon and cabbage in the homeland. But they couldn't afford bacon in America, so they opted for the cheaper corned beef.

Don't forget about Irish boxty, a potato pancake, and Dublin coddle, a mixture of potatoes, onions and sausage topped with bacon.

Drink Irish

The Irish are known for their Guinness, but there's plenty of other beer options such as Harp, Murphy's, Smithwick's and Beamish & Crawford. If it's in the cards, Irish whiskey is always popular. Try Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore D.E.W. For those early starters, Bailey's Irish Creme goes well in coffee.

The raucous nature of today's St. Patrick's Day celebrations, McGrath explained, doesn't rattle the Irish.

"I think people want to feel Irish for the day and feel part of the Irish diaspora," he said, but added, "it kind of feeds that old stereotype that the Irish are drunks. That's probably not a good thing."

Jam Irish

Upbeat traditional Irish music is crucial, McGrath said, to a proper St. Patrick's Day. Some Irish classics to consider: "Skibbereen," "Finnegan's Wake," and "The Fields of Athenry." Crank up the Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners and The Wolf Tones. When the fiddle and banjos wear off, there's always other Irish artists Van Morrison, The Pogues, U2 and The Cranberries.

Watch an Irish movie classic

Dowd suggests people pay homage by watching a movie rooted or set in the Emerald Isle, such as The Quiet Man, which according to IMDB, features John Wayne as a boxer who returns home to Ireland, where he falls in love. Dowd, who teaches Irish literature, also recommends The Commitments, about a Dublin soul band, andThe Wind that Shakes the Barley, a story of two brothers during the Irish War of Independence.

Read like the Irish

Dig up some Irish poetry or gothic literature. There's always James Joyce, the author of great Irish novels such as Dubliners and Finnegans Wake. There's also Bram Stoker, who brought us Dracula.
 

Watch Gaelic hurling and football

The two sports unique to Ireland, Gaelic hurling and Gaelic football, host championship games on St. Patrick's Day.
 
How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the Authentic Way USA Today Network 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
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This is what one of our most recent members Marcio de Assis did. Marcio lives in Brazil, and he is the brother of our member Marcia Allgayer and son of our member Margareth Natali who live in South Carolina. We are so happy many of our members are families that are part of a bigger family: Rotary. Yesterday a friend posted on Facebook about an elderly lady, Mrs. Zamboni, who is in the ICU at a hospital in Brazil with a life threatening condition. She had a serious complication and needed urgent donation of platelets. Adriane Miller tagged Marcio and his sister in that post because he lives near the town where Mrs. Zamboni was, and Adriane hopped he would share the post further to get donors from their city. But Marcio did made more than that. He took action. He actually went all the way to the hospital himself and donated blood. This is what Rotarians do. They see a need and they act. How are you serving humanity as a Rotarian? Please let us know so we can show examples of service to humanity and inspire others in creating a better world for all. Please send your story to newsletter editor Robin Charlesworth. Thank you Marcio and thanks to all of you who donate blood to save lives.
Some Rotarians Literally give their Blood to Help Others in Need 2017-03-11 06:00:00Z 0
 
 

HURSDAY APRIL 20 – SUNDAY APRIL 23 2017.

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MAKE CAREFUL NOTE THAT WE HAVE ONLY 32 GOLF COTTAGES AND 10 LAKE VILLAS AVAILABLE. WE HAVE 288 ROOMS IN THE MAIN TOWER. TOWER, ROOMS ARE ALL SUITES, 2 X QUEEN OR 1 X KING BED ROOMS. BOOK EARLY!!!!

ALL CONFERENCE FACILITIES IN ONE CONCISE AREA, REGISTRATION, MEALS, MEETINGS AND HALL OF FRIENDSHIP. ALL MEALS INClUDED FROM THURSDAY PM THRU SATURDAY PM.

MAXIMUM TIME TO ENJOY THE FACILITY WILL BE BUILT INTO OUR AGENDA. MAJOR SPOUSES PROGRAM UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!! FIRST TIME ATTENDEES SPECIAL CHECK IN AND ASSISTED THROUGHOUT CONFERENCE.

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WE GUARANTEE GREAT WEATHER!!!!

BOOKING PORTAL : https://aws.passkey.com/event/14145764/owner/10957635/home

 

Thursday, April 20th
Golf Tournament - Registration  9 - 10:30 am
                                  Entry Feeds:  $125 per person/4 person scramble
                                  Shotgun Start 11:00 am
                                  For more inforation:  Contact Steve Bohreer  sbohreer@aol.com
 
Friday night, April 21st
DISTRICT CONFERENCE DUCK RACE!  First 10 ducks across the finish line win a prize.  $10 for one or $20 for three ducks.  Rotarians and family/guests only.  Need not be present to win.  First 10 across the finish win a prize for their sponsor.   All proceeds benefit the Rotary Foundation.
La Torretta Lazy River
 
The Aggies of Rotary District 5890 - Please join us on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6pm in The Concierge Room on the second floor of the hotel.
If you have not experienced Aggie Muster before, please join us to participate or just watch.
Dress is casu.  Every year on April 21st in over 300 locations around the world the Aggie family gathers to celebrate their time on campus, mourn the loss of current students and alumni who have died during the previous year and, most moving, answer the Roll Call for the Absent with a “Here” symbolizing that while that Aggie is no longer with us physically they are always present in spirit.
The largest Muster ceremony in the world is held on campus at College Station where 12,000 people will attend. At that Muster the names of all Aggies who have died in the world during the previous year will be called and answered with a “here” by family, friends or sometimes strangers.  This symbolizes that all Aggies are family.
This tradition, started April 21, 1903, truly sets Texas A&M apart from other institutions of higher learning.  The most famous Muster in history took place in 1942 on the island of Corregidor where Brigadier General George F. Moore ’08 and Major Tom Dooley ’35 gathered 25 other Aggies on the Island.  Despite fierce fighting as the Japanese laid siege to the island, a roll call was held.  Ultimately 12 of the 27 survived the battle and the P.O.W. camps to which the survivors were sent.
A reporter sent the story to the US and the event captured the imagination of the public.  It is said that the Muster helped boost the spirits of Americans at a time it was badly needed. In recognition, on Easter morning in 1946  15,000 Aggies gathered at Kyle Field to hear General Dwight D. Eisenhower speak and the World War II Roll Call of the Absent as comrades answered “Here” for 900 Aggies killed in the war. Four Aggies who received the Medal of Honor were among the names called.  
Because we realize that District Conference is tightly scheduled and very busy, our ceremony will be brief.  Anyone, Aggie or not, may add the name of an Aggie who has died during the previous year and can answer the roll and hold a carnation for them.  We appreciate District Governor Eric Liu for his willingness to allow us to participate in this time honored tradition without leaving the facility.
 
Hall of Friendship Featured Projects
Come by and meet from Guatemala Rose Baglia, Executive Director, and from Houston, Becky Lanier. Programs: Community, Health Care, Children’s Learning Center.  Learn about Disaster Aid USA and our 9 Rotary country partners. Tents, Home Repair Kits, Water filtration solutions: Sawyer Products, SkyHydrant.  Shirts, Pins, Hats, Coins, Flags, Club Awards, and much more may be purchased from National Awards.   Our Rotary e-club of Houston will have a table promoting our Kayak event.
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Read on to learn about her trip and how Paula Schwartz and her fellow Rotarians are making a difference in the world. 

"My husband and I joined 8 other Rotarians on a 12 day trip to Tanzania in January.  Part of this trip was a safari and part of the trip was Rotary service.  I could go on for days about the safari, but to suffice it to say we saw some amazing animals in their own environments.  As me later about the elephant and the tent story!  Everyone should put a safari on their bucket list.

Wanzita is the scholarship exchange student from Tanzania who is currently staying in Northfield and having a wonderful exchange year.  We visited her mother and family on their rural "farm" in Tanzania.  The extended family of 10 lives in a 8 x 12 hut without running water or electricity.  Can you all imagine the culture shock Wanzita went through coming to the United States?  She plans on returning to her village and studying to become a nurse.  

We spent four days in various service opportunities.  Edina Morningside has participated in a small international grant funding Project Zawadi and the bunkbeds.  PROJECT ZAWADI’s mission is to provide educational opportunities within a nurturing environment to orphaned and other vulnerable children in Tanzania, so that they become self-reliant and active members of their communities. Children were walking miles to get to school, so the building of a dormitory has made it possible for them to stay at the school during the week. Our traveling team spent a day handing out shoes, school uniforms and school supplies to the 250 children that Project Zawadi supports...... in addition to visiting 3 of the schools.

The women of our traveling team also spent one day teaching the young girls of ProjectZawadi how to sew their own menstrual kits. This is a project initiated by Districts 5950 and 5960.  Being that there was no electricity, the sewing machines were the old treadle machines but our mission was successful!

We attended the Rotary meeting of Tanzania.  We spent the day visiting the three projects that that club is involved in.

1. This project is a school for Albino children. Apparently Albino'ism is very prevalent in Africa and not surprisingly, these children are ostracized.

2. We visited a school run by Catholic nuns for young girls running away from genital mutilization..... which is still common in Africa. The Rotarians provided a fish pond for tilapia to help feed the girls.

3. The Rotary Club of Tanzania also has a micro economics program where they give about $300.00 US each month to several Albino adults. This money is used to fund a business such as basket weaving. Each month the business owner pays Rotary back from the proceeds of their business and lives off the other profits. This business model provides an opportunity for self reliance to individuals not otherwise able to support themselves and their families."

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A FIRST for the Rotary e-club Houston - an online social event held last night.  Thank you President Adriane Miller and Treasurer Mike Miller for organizing this event1  Attendees included Marcio, Marc, Lori, Barb, Dree, Mike, Wind, Nicole, Alexis, Debra, and Lizette.  The exchange of ideas about their professions and hobbies builds better friendships in our club as we get to know each other online since we do not hold traditional meetings.  This event will be continued and we hope more members will join us next time.
On-line Meet & Greet Successful! 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
International Women's Day, which started in the early 1900s, is an annual celebration recognizing women's economic, political and social achievements. It also serves to highlight the ongoing struggle for gender equality worldwide.  In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. The 2017 theme focuses on "Women in the Changing World of Work:  Planet 50-50 by 2030". Only 50% of the working age women are represented in the labor force globally, compared to 75% of men.
 
What role does Rotary International play in promoting women in the work force?  Rotary’s partnerships have allowed communities to restore social bonds, empower women, and decrease marital abuse.   Rotarians have been helping to empower women through micro-lending, vocational training, education and basic literacy skills, mentoring, and much more,  See below just a sample of some Rotary projects.
 
The Rotary Club of Gbagada South (NIGERIA), has empowered some women traders in Ifako-Gbagada, with soft loans ranging from N25,000 to N50,000.
 
The Rotary Club of Honolulu (Chartered in 1915) supports Women Helping Women shelter on Lana'i.
 

Visionaria Perú – a Rotary Foundation-supported leadership and self-empowerment project in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Colorado Rotarians launched the summer program for adolescent girls with career and community-service aspirations. The project team hopes to generate measurably effective and sustainable empowerment projects worldwide. Peru is the first step on that ambitious journey. 

Rotary Club of Boulder - In Peru, women suffer higher rates of poverty and unemployment than men. About 50 percent of Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley region, which lies outside Cusco, will suffer severe physical or sexual intimate-partner abuse during their lifetimes, the World Health Organization reports. Peruvians – particularly in rural areas – endure high levels of smoke from cooking over indoor fires. About 4 million of the country’s 30 million residents lack access to clean water. Untangling such a knot is difficult.  In 2012, members of the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations pilot satellite club came up with a plan to address all of those problems by concentrating on empowering local women – specifically in their ability to make and act upon their decisions.

On an early January morning in Urubamba’s La Quinta Eco Hotel, young women gather for a weeklong leadership training institute through Visionaria Perú. The girls – the team calls them visionarias (female visionary, in Spanish) – come from both the bucolic Andes and the noisy city. Most receive tutoring, scholarships, and other help from Peruvian nonprofits such as project partner Peruvian Hearts, which supports Rosa.

Sitting in a circle, the young women each take a small piece of paper and write a fear they harbor. They put their paper in a hat, and each (anonymous) fear is read aloud and discussed. Genevieve Smith, a Rotarian and program director of Visionaria Perú, works with them to understand that shame and fear need not stifle their personal or professional growth.

This “fears in a hat” exercise is one of the lessons taught during the institute, in which visionarias are coached on leadership skills, professional growth, environmental awareness, and self-esteem. The training follows a 150-page curriculum developed by Colorado Rotarians in partnership with local Peruvian professors and experts.

“Before, I never really thought much about how I treated myself. I always used to tell myself  ‘You can’t’ and ‘You’re so stupid because you messed up,’ ” one participant says after the training. “But not now. Now I know I should treat myself better. And I know that when I fail, it’s just a chance to learn how to do something  better the next time around.”

At the end of the institute, the visionarias form teams and enter one of three activism tracks: improved cookstoves, water and sanitation, or solar lighting. The activism tracks give participants the chance to exercise their skills by working on sustainable development projects they envision and carry out from beginning to end.

Members of the Rotary Club of Cusco attend portions of the leadership institute to review and provide feedback on the girls’ community project plans. They also participate during implementation of the projects and attend the final celebration to review and support the girls’ achievements. A mentor and local NGOs assist each team in project planning and implementation, and Rotary Foundation-supported vocational training team members such as Smith participate.

The project started in 2012 when Smith, then a Rotaractor, was in Peru through her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and visited a hogar (home for girls) supported by Peruvian Hearts. There, she asked the girls what kind of support they would need as they got older. She found out that while the students in Peruvian Hearts’ college prep program were smart and qualified to attend a university, they lacked confidence and felt discriminated against because of their indigenous, and often troubled, backgrounds. Smith crafted a project plan to support the girls by the time her bus took her back to where she was staying.

Marika Meertens, a Rotarian with experience at Engineers Without Borders, pitched the Peru project to the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations members. And Abigale Stangl, who has been working alongside one of her instructors at the University of Colorado to produce metrics that show how well the project works, “got on board as soon I heard about the project,” she recalls.

The trio is the driving force behind the project. They assumed roles reflecting their strengths: Smith with planning, Meertens in fundraising (including two global grants totaling $55,000 from The Rotary Foundation), Stangl with project evaluation.

 
only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.2s0I2FK6.dpuf
he 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.2s0I2FK6.dpuf

Against this backdrop, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. What’s more, an overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development.

 

- See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.2s0I2FK6.dpuf
Against this backdrop, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. What’s more, an overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.2s0I2FK6.dpuf
Against this backdrop, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. What’s more, an overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.2s0I2FK6.dpuf

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization bring unprecedented opportunities for those who can access them. On the other hand, there is growing informality of labour, income inequality and humanitarian crises.

- See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.2s0I2FK6.dpuf
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When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.

Why you should listen

Sakena Yacoobi is executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an Afghan women-led NGO she founded in 1995. After the Taliban closed girls’ schools in the 1990s, AIL supported 80 underground home schools for 3,000 girls in Afghanistan. Now, under Yacoobi’s leadership, AIL works at the grassroots level to empower women and bring education and health services to poor women and girls in rural and urban areas, serving hundreds of thousands of women and children a year through its training programs, Learning Centers, schools and clinics in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Yacoobi is the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private Hospital in Herat, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private High Schools in Kabul and the radio station Meraj in her hometown of Herat, Afghanistan.

 
Weekly Program: Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Complete song, with lyrics in various language: (Rotarian Women) - (로타리안 여자) -(donne Rotariane) - (Mujeres Rotarias) An award winning Canadian singer/songwriter, Helen Austin, has given permission for RGHF to feature this wonderful song, celebrating 25 years of Women and Rotary (2012).  The Supreme Court ruled that culminated in changes to the Rotary International Constitution allowing women to join as of 1 July 1989. 
 
Song of the Week - "Rotarian Women" 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

There’s been a lot of attention paid to Facebook and possible links to identity theft over the past year.  Facebook now claims a Billion (with a B) users worldwide and users share information about their lives to a greater or lesser degree, based on what they post on Facebook. Each user also may have a varied understanding of Facebook privacy settings and how they may affect the distribution of our information.  Something to consider: where else can identity thieves go to potentially gain access to 1 billion user identities?  What this means to criminals is that any effort they expend to exploit Facebook users can then be used successfully many, many times.  Facebook is a big target, and worth the effort. Access/modification and use of information found on a Facebook profile not belonging to you may result in criminal charges against you. 

So how can identity thieves attack you through Facebook? Here are some examples:

  • Realize that each person you “friend” now obtains access to significant information about you, as well as ability to interact with you in a manner that may make exploits against you possible.   Just because they are a “friend of a friend” does not mean that person is somehow legitimate to be your friend.
  • Malware injection is that procedure where a “friend” in some way convinces you to click a link or run a program that installs malware on your computer.  Your computer and possibly your FB account can now be partially controlled by external users, and they will use this control to send spam, advertise illicit products, or otherwise, interact with your friend's list.
  • Linkjacking is a Facebook threat where the account is hijacked in a manner that allows the thief to “message” other users with viruses, ads, links, etc.
  • Social Engineering is common on social networking sites and a common outgrowth of the spread of your personal information.  It is human nature to be more likely to respond to an email when the sender includes information that shows they know a lot about you.  A phishing email sent to you that gets you to respond, and compromise your security, is much more convincing when it appears that the sender knows you in some way. 
  • Account Access is when criminals obtain access to Facebook accounts using brute force tools to guess the password, or using compromised credentials.  Regardless of how it’s done, the criminal now has access to your friend's list, and an authentic cyber identity that can be used for cons, scams, and other exploits, all based on the fact that the targets would not expect that of you.
  • Cloning – It is often far too easy to collect images and other information from your Facebook user profile in order to create a new Facebook account that is similar in many ways to your current account.  Then all those appearing on your friend's list are sent a new invitation from the clone account, and some of those will reply, due to the familiarity of the images and information.  They are then open to use by the criminal.

The list above is not intended to be all-inclusive, rather it is to show that criminals do want your information, and will use it in many ways you probably have not thought of.  It is important to protect your user credentials, limit your friends to those you really do know, and be suspicious of links, games, and other enticements which may be linked to security problems.  Clicking that link to the Free Grand Prize might be an expensive trip.     

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Raymond Davis – Gifted the RI President John Germ with a box of homemade delicious chocolates for the Valentine’s All-Club Dinner.
 
Liz Odfalk – Volunteered for the SuperBowl LI event held in Houston.
 
Wind Nguyen – Attended PETS to become well-prepared for taking the helm as our club president in 2017-2018.
 
Veronica Kerssemakers – Volunteered caring for the elderly.
 
Christine Mercer – Volunteered at Special Equestrians of Alabama.
 
Melissa Willis – Spent endless hours helping with the International Assembly which is the training program conducted by Rotary International for next year’s class of district governor’s from all around the world (our own Bill Palko and Debbie were there, of course!).
 
PDG Ed Charlesworth – Presented at Camp RYLA a module on Dealing with  Different Personalities on Leadership Teams.
 
Priyamvada Singh – Celebrated Shivratri and Holi, a Hindi festival,  by donating to educate poor rural children in India.
 
Maria Zancanaro-Castillo and Marcia Natali de Assis Allgayer – Volunteered at a garage sale and other efforts including social media to assist a Brazilian child, Camille, who is bravely fighting a brain tumor,  To make a donation, please see helpcamille.org.
 
Brittany Johnson - Volunteered at a spin class at Cycle Bar in Fort Worth, Texas, with all proceeds benefiting Alliance for Children.
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From the breathtaking opening ceremony and world-renowned speakers to informative programs and spectacular entertainment, the Atlanta convention promises to be an unforgettable experience. Here are some highlights.

All convention activities will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, 8 June

Friday, 9 June

Saturday, 10 June

Sunday, 11 June

  • Interfaith service | 08:30-09:15
  • House of Friendship | 09:00-18:00
  • Opening Ceremony – first seating | 10:00-12:30
  • Opening Ceremony – second seating | 15:30-18:00

Monday, 12 June

Tuesday, 13 June

Wednesday, 14 June

 
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Teens in Philadelphia connect with peers from around the world as part of a unique program called Do Remember Me. Through the use of video chat and other technology, a student learns about a partner’s culture and discovers the similarities they share. Produced by Loki Films for the Sundance Institute’s Short Film Challenge, The World Is as Big or as Small as You Make It offers valuable insights into the lives of today’s global youth.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's mission of inspiring people to care about the planet. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of the National Geographic Society.

Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email SFS@ngs.org to submit a video for consideration.    
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Jennifer Jones: The Power of Rotary Moments from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Our PETS (President-Elects Training Seminar) was held last weekend and Jennifer Jones, Vice-President of Rotary International, was present to inspire and motivate next  years' leaders.   Jennifer is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She was president of her club in 2001-02, is a past district governor of Rotary District 6400 and is particularly proud of having installed both her husband and mother into Rotary (despite, she says, not having sponsored either).

Jennifer is president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., a television and video production company in Windsor serving customers on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Media Street’s specialties include commercial production (radio and television), corporate sales and training videos, not-for-profit awareness videos, live show production and full post production services. Jennifer’s husband Nick Krayacich is a family physician in Windsor who belongs to the Rotary Club of La Salle Centennial there.

What are two of your most memorable Rotary experiences?
How do you select just two…. there are so many Rotary experiences that have framed the way I think, feel and act. I think for most of us it’s the intimate, shared experiences as a Rotarian…the joys and the sorrows of life are that much richer when you walk alongside those who you cherish.
 
A day I will never forget was being a club president on 9/11. By about 10am I began receiving emails and phone calls asking if we would be cancelling our meeting. I knew this was an important time for us to be together and share our feelings…so the meeting went on, but certainly not as had been planned.  Our members all arrived that day and as Canadian’s we stood belting out the Star Spangled Banner and weeping with our neighbors to the south.  Rotary punctuates more than anything that we exist without boundaries and borders and that day as human beings we were all united.  She shared this story at one of the luncheon meetings at PETS.
 
A second memorable experience that I have been recently reflecting upon was being the Host Organizing Chair of the Rotary World Peace Summit in April 2008 in Windsor, ON. It was a dynamic, three-day event in which over 1000 people attended including 400 young people. Rotarians came from far corners of the world and we opened the doors to the community to attend. More than 3500 people participated in a parade of flags along the Detroit River and an outdoor opening ceremony. It was breathtaking.  There were many notable speakers including UN Ambassadors, Nobel Nominees, Rotary Senior Leaders and on Sunday morning a “spirited” keynote address from Robert Kennedy Jr.
 
 
Jennifer Jones: The Power of Rotary Moments 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - Paul Simon's "Rewrite" 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing "from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all."

Why you should listen

Reshef is the president of University of the People, an online school that offers tuition-free academic degrees in computer science, business administration and health studies (and MBA) to students across the globe. The university is partnered with Yale Law School for research and NYU and University of California Berkeley to accept top students. It's accredited in the U.S. and has admitted thousands of students from more than 180 countries. Wired magazine has included Reshef in its list of "50 People Changing the World" while Foreign Policy named him a "Top Global Thinker." Now Reshef wants to contribute to addressing the refugee crisis. "Education is a major factor in solving this global challenge," he says. UoPeople is taking at least 500 Syrian refugees as students with full scholarship. Before founding UoPeople, Reshef chaired KIT eLearning, the first online university in Europe.

What others say

“His audacious goal is nothing less than to change how the world learns.” — Foreign Policy, November 26, 2012

 
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TONIGHT, Monday, FEBRUARY 27th, at 6:30PM (6:00PM, if you want to order food)
 
New Venue:    Fratelli's Ristorante  
                        1330 Wirt Road
                       Houston, Texas 77055
                       713-263-0022
 
Growing Rotary enables us to do more good in our communities and the world.  Attendance at the D5890 Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to bond with your club's Area Membership Chair (AMC) & other district leaders.  Any of our active members and/or guests are welcome to attend this meeting and it does count as a make-up meeting so submit your attendance for credit.
 
Speaker - Michael McGaha, Rotary Club of Katy, Membership Chair
 
Topic - Membership Matters
How the Rotary Club of Katy has increased membership to be the current District 5890 leader in net new member recruits.  
 
We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club.  We can all learn from shared perspectives per membership development and retention.  We can only effectively deliver significant service, if we have a growing and vibrant membership.  Rotary is amazing and membership matters.  
 
Yours in Rotary service,
Ann Wright
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2014-2017
713-647-8400 - Direct
awright_tmg@yahoo.com
 
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2016-2017
832-473-5729 - Cell
derpaint@yahoo.com
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What is RYLA?  At Camp RYLA students have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through the voices and eyes of people who have experienced life, people who can help them see things from a different viewpoint. They learn not only from special speakers, volunteer Rotarians and non-Rotarians, but by interacting with other scholarship winners.  Our Rotary District 5890 offers full scholarships to this camp each year to deserving students identified by a selection committee of Rotarians and the students must be sponsored by a Rotary club.  Our students are mostly juniors, but some may be sophomores or perhaps seniors.  We seek students who have demonstrated leadership potential and will benefit from an opportunity to attend a leadership camp.
 
We sponsored a junior from Cypress Creek High School, Kayla Saunders.  She is an active member of the Cypress Creek Interact Club, HOSA, Student Council, Key Club, Space Club, and UNITY.   A short essay is part of the application process, and is an excerpt from Kayla's essay:
     "When I was in fifth grade my parents got me involved in community service by taking me to our church Saturday mornings to bag food and clothes for those in need of them.  I noticed my brother, Al, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, was having a slight difficulty moving about and doing as he pleased.  It was at that point that I decided I want to be an architect that focuses on the needs of all, especially those who are not fortunate enough to function like most on a daily basis.  I've been taking classes to set the foundation for my future studies in architecture such as "Principles of Architecture" and "Architectural Design".  This past year I became OSHA certified".
 
Kayla hopes to attend either Rice University or University of Texas in Austin to study architecture.  Her ambition is to one day have her own firm in partnership with her brother who holds similar interests so they can build homes and community structures for the disabled and the elderly.
 
Kayla wrote the following about her RYLA experience:
RYLA was by far one of the best things that I have ever experienced. In the course of just three days I built relationships with people I would have never imagined and I've grown as a person because of it. I was a member of the Rolling Thunder Rockstars (the best team out there!) and we were like an instant family. It didn't take long to break the ice and for us to get comfortable with one another. Our coaches, Mark and Allison were really fantastic and I appreciate the both of them a lot!
The speakers that came in throughout the weekend who shared their stories and life experiences were probably my favorite part. The different service projects featured and the different backgrounds and lessons really reminded me not only why I love Interact by why I fell in love with serving my community and others around the globe. The different presentations made me want to start up my own project and make a difference in the world.
 
I'm socially awkward so I was a bit worried about how I'd be in a group of people I'd never met before. But my team made me realize I had nothing to worry about. They made sure I felt like I belonged and I appreciated that quite a bit! I grew particularly close to Elisse, who was in my group as well as the same room in the cabins. Since we used to buddy system she was my buddy and we still talk everyday. I'm going to be forever grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity at RYLA because it definitely built good will and better friendships! I came out of my shell and grew as a person at RYLA. Honestly, the entire experience was life-changing and I feel like a entirely different person. I highly recommend that if you can, apply to RYLA. I hope I can return as a counselor one day because I want to relive the magic!
 
Kayla - We are proud of your accomplishments and have confidence that you will work toward making this world more accessible for the handicapped and the elderly!  Congratulations on your RYLA Aware and thank you for sharing your experience with our Rotary e-club of Houston!
Camp RYLA WRAP-UP Robin Charlesworth 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
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The Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professionals was adopted by the Rotary International Council on Legislation in 1989 to provide more specific guidelines for the high ethical standards called for in the Object of Rotary:
 
As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to:
• Consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve;
• Be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community;
• Do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation;
• Be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public, and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship;
The Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professionals 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Celebrate - It's the Birthday of our Rotary e-Club of Houston! Liz Odfalk 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
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Rotary’s 108th annual international convention June 10–14 is expected to attract 40,000 Rotary club members from over 160 countries, and will inject an estimated $52.3 million into Atlanta’s economy.

Bill Gates will speak at this year's Rotary International Convention. 

 

Often described as a “mini-United Nations”, Rotary’s third convention in Atlanta will transform the Georgia World Congress Center into a cultural kaleidoscope as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world. 

Registrants will engage in workshops and hear from a lineup of world-class speakers, including Bill Gates, co-chair, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation and Rotary International have an ongoing match of 2:1 to support polio eradication efforts up to $35 million a year. Today in Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter they reaffirmed the important role Rotary has played in polio eradication.  

“Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been working together on polio eradication for a long time, and our strong partnership will continue through the final years of the effort,” said Rotary International President John Germ.  “With the most effective resources in place, it’s possible that we will soon see the last case of polio in history. At the convention, Bill will say more about how we can — and will — end polio.” 

Organized by Rotary International in conjunction with the Atlanta Host Organizing Committee of local Rotary members, registrants of the convention will also get to experience Atlanta’s southern charm with visits to the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame and an Atlanta Braves game.  

“The Rotary International Convention provides an exceptional opportunity to bring together more than 40,000 civic and business community leaders from throughout the world to Atlanta to enjoy our unique brand of southern hospitality,” said William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The addition of Microsoft founder Bill Gates as a keynote speaker reflects the importance and good work that Rotary does worldwide.”

The global eradication of polio has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985. Through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) – the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 1988 to just 37 confirmed in 2016. Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated $1.6 billion to polio eradication. 

Atlanta’s first Rotary convention took place 100 years ago, when The Rotary Foundation was established with its first contribution of $26.50. The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects and scholarships that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

Keynote Speaker at RI Convention in Atlanta - Bill Gates 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jake Porway is connecting nonprofits with data scientists eager to use their skills with numbers and stats to help solve community and environmental problems.
 
 
Weekly Program: "There's an App for That - Saving the World" National Geographic 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Renowned photographer Platon has taken portraits of world leaders ranging from Barack Obama to George W. Bush to Vladimir Putin. He has also shot industry leaders like Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom. Along the way he has learned a lot about how people try to project power, along with some surprising lessons about where true power comes from.
Weekly Program - "The Face of Power" 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
In the early 1920s, George O. Squier was granted patents for a system for the transmission and distribution of signals over electrical lines which was the technical basis for what later became Muzak, a technology streaming continuous music to commercial customers without the use of radio.  In the 1930s elevator music was among the earliest popularly available streaming media; nowadays Internet television is a common form of streamed media.  The term "streaming media" can apply to media other than video and audio such as live closed captioning, ticker tape, and real-time text, which are all considered "streaming text". The term "streaming" was first used for tape drives made by Data Electronics Inc. for drives meant to slowly ramp up and run for the entire track; the slow ramp times resulted in lower drive costs, making a more competitive product. "Streaming" was applied in the early 1990s as a better description for "video on demand" on IP networks; at the time such video was usually referred to as "store and forward video",[1] which was misleading nomenclature.
 

As of 2017, streaming is generally taken to refer to cases where a user watches digital video content and/or listens to digital audio content on a computer screen and speakers (ranging from a desktop computer to a smartphone) over the Internet. With streaming content, the user does not have to download the entire digital video or digital audio file before they start to watch/listen to it. There are challenges with streaming content on the Internet. If the user does not have enough bandwidth in their Internet connection, they may experience stops in the content and some users may not be able to stream certain content due to not having compatible computer or software systems. As of 2016, two popular streaming services are the video sharing website YouTube, which contains video and audio files on a huge range of topics and Netflix, which streams movies and TV shows.

Live streaming refers to Internet content delivered in real-time, as events happen, much as live television broadcasts its contents over the airwaves via a television signal. An example of live streaming is Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, a program in which the Metropolitan Opera streams an opera performance "live", as the performance is taking place; in 2013–2014, 10 operas were transmitted via satellite into at least 2,000 theaters in 66 countries.[2] Live internet streaming requires a form of source media (e.g. a video camera, an audio interface, screen capture software), an encoder to digitize the content, a media publisher, and a content delivery network to distribute and deliver the content. Live streaming does not need to be recorded at the origination point, although it frequently is.

'MUSIC FOR THOUGHT"  instead of "Food for Thought" - A challenge to Rotary International - Why not have a streaming Rotary channel available with projects shared from various Rotary clubs, inspirational music along the lines of serving others or music sharing the plight of people in need around the world, interviews with ambassadorial scholars and peace scholars, etc.  With 2.1 million Rotarians in this world we have plenty of materials which simply needs to be organized and shared.  This could lead to an explosion of new members, too!

"Streaming Music" Changes Music Industry Robin Charlesworth 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
The ability to communicate a vision and purpose to individuals and groups will help Rotarians gain support and accomplish goals in both Rotary and their professions.  Rotarians build trust and fellowship by listening, understanding, and providing feedback. Different communication styles may be described as follows:
 
Direct:  Speaks decisively, states positions strongly, gets to the point
Spirited:  Readily expresses opinions, focuses on the big picture, can be persuasive
Systematic:  Focuses on specific details, uses precise language, emphasizes facts instead of emotions
Considerate:  Listens well and uses close, personal, supportive language
 
Effective communication also includes active listening, providing feedback, and recognizing barriers to understanding.  Interpretation of nonverbal communication methods, including facial expressions, gestures, silence, eye contact and use of personal space further enhances effective communication. 
 
*Based on research from the Human Resource Development Quarterly.
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This short video is shared from Harvard Business School published on February 18. 2016 with a message of "thrive in a learning environment that welcomes diverse ideas and perspectives".  We could easily substitute Rotary International for "learning environment" as Rotarians also welcome diverse ideas and perspectives to develop service projects in our communities and around the world.  Let's strive to create a welcoming environment in our club meetings, seek new members with a wealth of experience or those who are millennials who want to be mentored, and create a magical experience together to make this world a better place.
 
We Celebrate New Ways of Thinking. Are you Ready?This 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

The annual All-Club Meeting is Tuesday, February 14th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (across from NRG Stadium). This is a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from throughout the Greater Houston area to exchange ideas and learn more about what is being done to serve humanity here and abroad. John Germ, President of Rotary International, will be in attendance and is the keynote speaker.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner/program will start at 7 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to attend and how many seats you need. We currently have one table that is full and have reserved a second table of 10 that is filling up as well. The cost is $150 per person. You are welcome to call (713 787-2171 ) or email me (Thomas.Vann@RaymondJames.com ) or Deanna (administrator@rotaryhouston.org ) to reserve seats.

- See more at: http://www.rotaryhouston.org/Stories/all-club-meeting-with-ri-president-john-germ#sthash.25zcElZA.dpuf

The annual All-Club Meeting is Tuesday, February 14th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (across from NRG Stadium). This is a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from throughout the Greater Houston area to exchange ideas and learn more about what is being done to serve humanity here and abroad. John Germ, President of Rotary International, will be in attendance and is the keynote speaker.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner/program will start at 7 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to attend and how many seats you need. We currently have one table that is full and have reserved a second table of 10 that is filling up as well. The cost is $150 per person. You are welcome to call (713 787-2171 ) or email me (Thomas.Vann@RaymondJames.com ) or Deanna (administrator@rotaryhouston.org ) to reserve seats.

 

- See more at: http://www.rotaryhouston.org/Stories/all-club-meeting-with-ri-president-john-germ#sthash.25zcElZA.dpuf

The annual All-Club Meeting is Tuesday, February 14th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (across from NRG Stadium). This is a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from throughout the Greater Houston area to exchange ideas and learn more about what is being done to serve humanity here and abroad. John Germ, President of Rotary International, will be in attendance and is the keynote speaker.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner/program will start at 7 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to attend and how many seats you need. We currently have one table that is full and have reserved a second table of 10 that is filling up as well. The cost is $150 per person. You are welcome to call (713 787-2171 ) or email me (Thomas.Vann@RaymondJames.com ) or Deanna (administrator@rotaryhouston.org ) to reserve seats.

- See more at: http://www.rotaryhouston.org/Stories/all-club-meeting-with-ri-president-john-germ#sthash.25zcElZA.dpuf
The Annual All-Club Dinner for D5890 will be Tuesday, February 14th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (across from NRG Stadium).  This is a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from throughout the Greater Houston Area to exchange ideas and learn more about what is being done to serve humanity here and abroad.  The keynote speaker is Rotary International President John Germ.  It will be inspirational!  "We have a great honor for our RI President John and his wife Judy to visit  us for five days," says DG Eric Liu. 
 
 
***The reception begins at 6:00 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm.  The evening should conclude at 9:00 pm. 
 
Our club members will assist with the distribution of  care bags for the homeless at Loaves and Fishes in Houston with RIP John Germ early in the morning on Tuesday, February 14
 
To register for the All-Club Dinner go to the following link:
 
or Contact Rebecca Maddux at rebecca@pmhvac.com  or 713-644-9285
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The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19.President nominee Sam Owori is promising the entire Rotary world a vibrant and scintillating Rotary year. Those who know the President in-waiting pretty well and those who were meticulously observing his ascendancy in Rotary are predicting a successful outing for this 'world figure' of African extraction.   Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."

Owori's chief concerns as a Rotary leader are membership and extension. Since he served as district governor, the number of clubs in Uganda has swelled from nine to 89. He urges past, present, and future leaders to work together to engage more women, youth program participants, alumni, and community members to increase Rotary's membership in the coming years.  "There are many places which need Rotary and numerous potential members who have never been invited," he says. "The problem is Rotarians who got in and closed the doors."

Owori is chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.  President Nominee Sam Owori is an unrepentant workaholic who believes in working in the day time to enjoy at night.

Rotarians should be ready to embrace innovations and an implosion in membership.

 

The Nominating Committee members are Sudarshan Agarwal, Rotary Club of Delhi, Delhi, India; Şafak Alpay, Rotary Club of Istanbul-Sisli, Turkey; Ronald L. Beaubien, Rotary Club of Coronado, California, USA; John B. Boag, Rotary E-Club of District 9650, New South Wales, Australia; Elio Cerini, Rotary Club of Milano Duomo, Italy; Luiz Coelho de Oliveira, Rotary Club of Limeira-Leste, São Paulo, Brazil; Frank N. Goldberg, Rotary Club of Omaha-Suburban, Nebraska, USA; Kenneth W. Grabeau, Rotary Club of Nashua West, New Hampshire, USA; Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan; Mark Daniel Maloney (chair), Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA; Barry Matheson, Rotary Club of Jessheim, Norway; Kazuhiko Ozawa, Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan; Ekkehart Pandel, Rotary Club of Bückeburg, Germany; Noraseth Pathmanand, Rotary Club of Bang Rak, Thailand; Robert S. Scott, Rotary Club of Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; John C. Smarge, Rotary Club of Naples, Florida, USA; Michael F. Webb, Rotary Club of Mendip, Somerset, England.

Rotary President Chosen for 2018/2019 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Learn about our 2017-18 theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, with President-elect Ian Riseley, live from International Assembly in San Diego, USA, January 16, 2017.
 
Introduction of RI President-Elect Ian Riseley and the New Theme for 2017-2018 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Do you know what The Rotary Foundation has been up to for the last 100 years? Join us in doing good: http://on.rotary.org/RotaryGift
Rotary Doing Good in the World for 100 Years Liz Odfalk 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Song of the Month -  Acapella-The millennials song parody 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Published on Nov 15, 2016


Lindsey Pollak is widely recognized as the leading voice on millennials in the workplace. Often called a “translator,” Lindsey advises both young professionals looking to succeed in today’s work environment and the organizations that want to recruit, retain and engage them. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders and Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. Lindsey’s consulting clients and keynote speaking audiences have included over 200 corporations, conferences and universities, including Barclays, Citi, Estee Lauder, GE, Lazard, LinkedIn, Yale, Harvard, Wharton and MIT. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. Lindsey’s passion for supporting young people goes back to her student days as a dorm RA at Yale University. She also holds a Master’s degree in women’s studies from

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Some Rotary training sessions cover information about understanding younger generations and we need to pay attention to understanding how to attract future Rotarians into our clubs from Millennials.  As our speaker shared "I had to change my style" as she mentioned the football coach, Rotary has initiated changes in the traditional format of club meetings to provide flexibility, providing opportunities for a sense of purpose, leadership development or coaching/guidance in their vocation and feedback on their progress.  Our e-club which offers meetings 24/7, integration of social media and technology in announcing who we are and what we go as Rotarians, and providing the "why" we commit to "Service Above Self" demonstrates how we can embrace Millennials.  Changing our style with the times will keep our club VIBRANT!
Weekly Program: It's About Time We Stop Shaming Millennials | Lindsey Pollak 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
  • Lead by Example
    This is one of the most important leadership skills. If you demonstrate a strong work ethic, your staff will follow. As an executive, you have a responsibility manage and guide the staff, to inspire enthusiasm and stimulate their interests. Make sure you look out for their welfare and they will be appreciative of your efforts by being productive and maintaining high company standards.
  • Ensure Long-Term Organizational Success
    Focus on the long term. While there are numerous factors that could steer your company off-track – the changing economy, the board of directors or technology in your industry – you need to stay focused on the long-term success of your organization. Otherwise, there will be no roadmap or plan of attack.
  • Improve the Organization from Day 1
    From the day you start your position, it’s up to you to ensure that you grow your organization. Work on making your company more streamlined, fiscally sound and more respected than the day you walked in the door.
  • Focus on the Big Picture
    Because boards prefer to operate at the micro level working on minor details and small projects, you’ll have to work at refocusing them on larger strategic issues with abstract or undefined results. This will take effort on your part, but if you don’t push them to do it, nobody will be doing the board’s job.
  • Ask Tough Questions
    Part of your role as an executive is to ask the tough questions, even if it risks putting your job in jeopardy. Hard-hitting questions such as, “Is this in the budget?” or “Is this ethical?” can stir up controversy, but it’s better to ask than hold your silence and violate the trust to strengthen the company.
  • Have a Basic Understanding of the Job and Organization
    It’s simply not possible to know all the ins and outs of every position within the company. Try to have a basic understanding of key roles within your organization, and make sure to keep informed of the growth and changes within your industry through local executive societies and publications.
  • Be Committed
    Who cares? You do! By demonstrating commitment to your organization, your staff, your profession and your industry, others will be inspired to stay enthusiastic about their roles and contributions to the company. If you demonstrate any sort of negativity, others will soon follow.
  • Maintain Integrity
    Much like leading by example, you always want to keep operations above board. Don’t conduct any business in secret or that you wouldn’t want the media to cover. Speak up about processes or issues that you know do not follow the company’s ethical standards. While speaking up takes a great deal of courage, keeping silent can destroy your company and your career.


Shared from University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business Online Resources - "The Responsibilities of a Team Leader" by Bisk

 
 
Some Notes About Leadership 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
THE ACHIEVEMENT OF HAPPINESS
How do you achieve happiness? In its simplest terms, happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. It is only when you feel that you are moving step by step toward the accomplishment of something that is important to you that you feel genuinely fulfilled and happy. Everyone wants to be a "winner." They want to be seen and thought of as a winner by others. How do you achieve this? Simple–you win!
What is winning? In running when you cross the finish line before any of the other runners, you win. In life you win when you start and complete your most important tasks on time and, ideally, before anyone else–you cross the finish line first. As a result you feel wonderful about yourself. Your brain releases endorphins, nature's "happy drug," which gives you an overall sense of peace and well-being. You feel like a winner.
What is your main goal in life? According to Aristotle, behind every goal there is another goal until you finally reach the main goal, which is to be happy. Everything you do is an attempt, successful or not, to achieve happiness in some way. In fact, you can measure your level of success by what percentage of time you are genuinely happy person. This is more important than all the money and accomplishments in the world.
 
Rotarians are happy people!  We all share a common goal of helping others and with our combined talents and resources, and that does include money, we accomplish great things in this world.  We work together to generate new ideas which are worthy goals to improve health of newborn babies, educate women in countries where they  are actually discouraged from learning, feed the hungry, train new leaders, create a forum to discuss peaceful resolution of conflicts, and much more.  Our fellow Rotarians listen to our ideas and support us in achieving our goals.  Share this message with others who would like to participate in changing the world.  Add friends or business associates names to our mailing list to introduce them to Rotary or invite them to attend a conventional meeting in your hometown.
 
 
Rotarians are Happy People! 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Why Zero Matters Rotary International videos 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).

Why you should listen

People aren't merely social animals in the usual sense, for we don't just live in groups. We live in networks -- and we have done so ever since we emerged from the African savannah. Via intricately branching paths tracing out cascading family connections, friendship ties, and work relationships, we are interconnected to hundreds or even thousands of specific people, most of whom we do not know. We affect them and they affect us.

Nicholas Christakis' work examines the biological, psychological, sociological, and mathematical rules that govern how we form these social networks, and the rules that govern how they shape our lives. His work shows how phenomena as diverse as obesity, smoking, emotions, ideas, germs, and altruism can spread through our social ties, and how genes can partially underlie our creation of social ties to begin with. His work also sheds light on how we might take advantage of an understanding of social networks to make the world a better place.

At Yale, Christakis is a Professor of Social and Natural Science, and he directs a diverse research group in the field of biosocial science, primarily investigating social networks. His popular undergraduate course "Health of the Public" is available as a podcast. His book, Connected, co-authored with James H. Fowler, appeared in 2009, and has been translated into 20 languages. In 2009, he was named by Time magazine to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and also, in 2009 and 2010, by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of 100 top global thinkers

What others say

“'Connected' is [in the category of] works of brilliant originality that stimulate and enlighten and can sometimes even change the way we understand the world” — NY Times Book Review

 
Weekly Program: How Social Networks Predict Epidemics 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
The Final Three Endemic Countries:
Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Twenty Polio cases reported in 2016 with 54 cases recorded in 2015  The most recent case, with the onset of paralysis on 12/22/16 was from the Killa Abdullah, Balochistan area.  One new Polio-positive environmental sample was collected from the Killa Abdullah, Balochistan area on 1/1/17.  A total of 50 environmental samples were tested positive for Polio Virus in Pakistan in 2016.     
Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Thirteen Polio cases reported in 2016 with 20 cases recorded in 2015. The most recent cases, with an onset of paralysis on 12/16/16 was from the Bermal district, Paktika Province - near the Pakistan border. One new Polio-positive environmental sample was collected in the Hilmand Province on 12/23/16.    
 
Nigeria - No new Polio cases reported this week.   Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015.  The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 on Borno State.  The detection of polio in Nigeria was a serious setback for the polio eradication program. With no cases detected in Nigeria or any other African country for two years, there was hope that Africa was polio-free.   
But, the outbreak response was swift and comprehensive, with Rotary, the Governments of Borno and Nigeria, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF conducting an immediate emergency vaccination response.             
Could we see the last reported Polio case in 2017? Terry Zigler 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Published on Oct 4, 2016

You've Got a Friend in Me by Claire Ryann and Dad. We decided to do one more Disney cover song with our little Claire as a 3-Year-Old! This is the song in Toy Story, written by Randy Newman.

Being a Rotarian is being a friend to people you know in your own Rotary club, meeting international friends, and knowing that you are being a friend to those in need whom you have not even met and may well never meet.
Song of the Week - "You've Got a Friend in Me" 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

Hosted by the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone and the Rotary E-Club of Houston D5890, Texas USA, the party was a huge success!  Many e-club Rotarians from around the world networked together, sang together, danced together, and shared Rotary stories together.   A fun evening was had by all!  President Raffaella Vinet and Dr. Jean-Louis Nguyen Qui of Rotary Club of 992- Francophone, and President Dree Miller, Michael Miller, and Marcia Natali de Assis Allgayer all provided the leadership across continents to create the detailed planning for this successful evening.  President Raffaella was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow award which makes her a two sapphire Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation.  Guests from New Zealand and the Francophone club's home district 9920 were present to officially pin Raffaella.  Also, Robin Charlesworth  presented Raffaella with a "Texas" necklace as a gesture of friendship and good will between our twin clubs.  At the end of the evening, all women Rotarians were honored with red roses and a group photo is shown below.  The group sang together, danced together, met new friends from all around the world, enjoyed good German brew and food, and shared about various Rotary projects.  All have a common bond to serve others. 

 

 

 

 
Rotary E-Club Party in Atlanta on June 12th 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
This is a Rotary fundraiser event open to the public to be held on Saturday, May 20th, from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Riva Row Boat House (2101 Riva Row, Spring, Texas).
Single Kayak
$37.92 each
 
Tandem two person -  $43.19
 
Paddle Board - $43.19
 
Tickets will not be available the day of the event so purchase your tickets today! Bring your favorite snack. Dogs are welcome in kayaks too! (space permitting).  Active members - please sell tickets to your friends and business associates.  A valid ID is required for participation and participants will need to sign a liability waiver.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
For those who are participating:
Check in at the Riva Row Boathouse at 3pm.  Riva Row Boat House is located at 2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands, TX 77380. It is east of the Boardwalk Apartments and across The Waterway from Town Green Park.  We reserved the kayaks from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Feel free to bring a snack and water. The boathouse sells water bottles for $1.50 and Gatorade for $2.00.  It’s a good idea to wear a hat and sunscreen, and keep hydrated. Life jackets will be provided. Parking is at Riva Row Street. There is parking also behind Riva Row Street (Green and Orange parking lots).
 
Very important: please fill out the online waiver/release of liability and bring your ID.  This waiver is valid for a year. You will leave your ID at the boathouse and pick it up when you are done kayaking.  It is a short online form and it takes one minute to complete. Once you submit it you will receive a confirmation email and you can show this email when you check in at the boathouse. Alternatively you can print the email confirmation and bring it to the boathouse. Kayaking is a very popular activity at the boathouse and most likely there will be a long line, so I strongly suggest you have submitted this form online to save time. All participants need to fill out the form and bring ID.
 
Kayak Together Fundraiser - May 20th 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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Greetings from Florida (not on vacation, though)!
 
I'd like to thank all who are helping with the care bags to the homeless service project. Some of you donated items and/or showed up at our meeting at my house last Saturday, rolled up your sleeves and worked happily! We still need some items; we didn't finish all the bags. If you still want to participate in this, there is no more time to mail items, but you can still make a donation via Paypal on our website. If you make a donation, please make a note saying "care bag for the homeless".
 
The distribution of the care bags: February 14 at around 6:30 am. I know, super early, but it will be breakfast for the homeless at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Houston. RI President John Germ will be there! Other RC clubs will be there, too and they too have stuff to give the homeless. Mike and I will be there by 6:15-6:30 AM to help prepare food. We will need help unloading the 250 bags from the car. Please join in and wear Rotary shirts if you have one. Location: 2009 Congress Ave.
 
In the evening we have a district event, Fall in Love with Rotary All Club Meeting. If you have attended before you know how inspiring it can be! RIP John Germ will be the speaker. We are getting a table and we only have one seat left. Who would like to take it? If we have more members we can start another table. It costs $75 per person. The event will be at the Crowne Plaza near NRG stadium. Time: 5pm - 9 pm.
 
Our club meeting for February will be the distribution of the care bags on Feb 14 at Loaves and Fishes at 6:30 AM and the All Club Meeting that same evening at 5pm. Our club has a table and one seat still available $75. Members can choose either or both meetings and it counts as one or two meeting attendances accordingly. Mike and I will be present on both occasions.  Contact either Linda Caruso or myself for the All-Club ticket reserved table ($75) or individual tickets may be purchased for General Admission Love Rotary Partner $58.90.
Thanks,
 
 
Thank you!
 
Adriane Miller
President of the Rotary E-Club of Houston
Charter Member
Rotary E-Club of Houston, Texas, USA
Mobile: (503) 593-4364
Rotaryeclubhouston.org
President's Message Adriane Miller 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Published on Dec 21, 2016

What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is -- a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You'll never look at a map the same way again.

Introducing our Speaker - Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling has invented new map projections and new ways of measuring and describing inequality -- and analyzed thousands of datasets about people and the planet. He is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, UK. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education, wealth and poverty.

In the press, Dorling has been described as "that rare university professor: expert, politically engaged and able to explain simply why his subject matters," and as one who has made it "his life's work to dig through the layers that make up Britain's human landscape, and then map it in ways nobody else had thought to do." Working with many others, he has done the same for all the countries of the world "giving a strikingly different perspective from the Mercator projection most commonly used." All this mapping lead him to worry more about inequality.

His recent books include co-authored texts The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We LiveBankrupt Britain: An atlas of social change, and People and Places a 21st-century Atlas of the UK. Recent sole-authored books include So You Think You Know about Britain and Fair Play, both in 2011; in 2012 The No-nonsense Guide to Equality, The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure and The Population of the UK; Unequal Health: The Scandal of Our Times, The 32 Stops and Population Ten Billion in 2013; All That Is Solid in 2014; Injustice: Why social inequalities persist in 2015; and A Better Politics: How Government Can Make Us Happier in 2016.

Why you should listen Danny Dorling has invented new map projections and new ways of measuring and describing inequality -- and analyzed thousands of datasets about people and the planet. He is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, UK. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education, wealth and poverty. In the press, Dorling has been described as "that rare university professor: expert, politically engaged and able to explain simply why his subject matters," and as one who has made it "his life's work to dig through the layers that make up Britain's human landscape, and then map it in ways nobody else had thought to do." Working with many others, he has done the same for all the countries of the world "giving a strikingly different perspective from the Mercator projection most commonly used." All this mapping lead him to worry more about inequality. His recent books include co-authored texts The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live, Bankrupt Britain: An atlas of social change, and People and Places a 21st-century Atlas of the UK. Recent sole-authored books include So You Think You Know about Britain and Fair Play, both in 2011; in 2012 The No-nonsense Guide to Equality, The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure and The Population of the UK; Unequal Health: The Scandal of Our Times, The 32 Stops and Population Ten Billion in 2013; All That Is Solid in 2014; Injustice: Why social inequalities persist in 2015; and A Better Politics: How Government Can Make Us Happier in 2016.
 
Weekly Program - "Maps That Show Us Who We Are (Not Just Where We Are)" 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

This unique winter experience featured live music by acclaimed Norwegian composer and instrumentalist Terje Isungset using instruments of pure ice such as ice horns, an iceophone and ice percussion brought from the mountains of Norway. Using these fragile instruments, some carved from ancient glaciers, Terje gave three concerts a day together with the Norwegian singer Lena Nymark in the intimate setting of an urban igloo or geodesic dome on Somerset House's River Terrace.

At other times throughout the day an ethereal sound and video installation animated the space. The Idea of North, commissioned by Opera North Projects, saw Terje Isungset join forces with Phil Slocombe from Lumen to create a distinctive experience evoking the lands far to the North. Using rare archive film and footage, Phil’s intricately patterned, often mysterious imagery combined with Terje’s intensely physical soundscape created purely from ice.

 
Music for This Week 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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Marcio Natali de Assis - Marcio is an experienced Rotarian from the Rotary E-club do - Novas Gerações in District: 4410 (Brazil).  His classification is Logistic Analyst and he is employed by Instituto Tamo Junto - PMV and Projetta Interiores.  Marcio is the brother of our fellow Rotarian Marcia Natli de Assis Allgayer, and they have known about Rotary International all of their lives growing up in Brazil.  Marcio holds an MBA in Strategic Administration and is a Professional Coach of IBC.  He enjoys reading and studying more about administration, coaching and personal development; enjoys math; and enjoys exercising outdoors.
 
DeeOnda Ahadi - Another transferring Rotarian who lives in Port Isabel, Texas.  She was active in the Port Isabel Rotary Club since 2005.  Her classification is Hospitality/Tourism and her employer is Pearl South Padre where she serves as Sales Manager.  DeeOnda shares, "My community is important to me. I show that by being active in different avenues by fundraising for teens in foster care, and Surfrider. Also, I serve on the board of El Paseo Arts Foundation and on city committees." In addiion, she says, "My passion is to make my corner the world a better place. Rotary allows me to meet people with the same goals and different talents and when you combine those two things anything is possible."  DeeOnda has served as President of her previous club in 2015-2016, and told our Membership Chair, Barb Conway, that she is excited to be a part of this cutting edge club.
WELCOME To Our New Members! Barb Conway 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Outstanding Public Relations for Rotary e-club of Houston!!!  We are proud to have been listed first in this list as a local organization in our community worthy of some extra media attention!  This looks like a good place to list our fundraisers on local calendars and photos of our events and service projects.

10 Houston Facebook Pages You Need to Follow

Stay in the loop. Patch shares a list of 10 Facebook pages for readers to follow for the latest in the Houston-related information.

Kudos to our Facebook Page!!! Robin Charlesworth 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Ruby Powers - Volunteered for speaking to 10-year old students for a Career Day.  "Fun job trying to make law and immigration law interesting for kids but I think I succeeded."
 
Brittany Johnson - Congratulations to Brittany and husband Josh on the birth of their second child!  Proud grandparents are PDG Ed Charlesworth and Robin Charlesworth
 
Marc Prevot - Spending long days in San Diego preparing to train next years District Governors at the Rotary's International Assembly.
 
Alexis Campestre - Visited the Brazosport Rotary Club
 
Isis Mejias - Exploring the Brazilian Amazon, Presidete Fuigueiredo, with more information soon about sustainable tourism.  2017 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of #Sustainable #Tourism for Development.
 
Melissa Willis - Volunteered in Curacao.
 
Veronica Kerssemakers - Volunteered to cook meals for the elderly, assisted with admission to a resthouse, and taught free classes to caregivers.
 
Tiffany Cady - Attended Willowbrook Rotary club to hear a student share about MOSAIC/Allied Voices, a group of volunteers promoting public awareness of disability issues, advocating for equality and advancing strategies that shape public policy for people with intellectual disabilities so that these individuals are valued in their communities.
 
 
What Rotary e-Club Members are Doing 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
 
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Anne Kjaer Riechert, a young, Danish entrepreneur living in Germany saw the flood of refugees arriving in 2015 and did something about it. [Full disclosure: I have written about polio eradication for Rotarian Magazine.]

Riechert, a past Rotary Peace Fellow, moved to Berlin in 2012 to set up the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab in collaboration with Stanford University. When she observed what ultimately became 1.1 million asylum seekers, mostly from Syria, she saw an opportunity.  "Currently, there are 43,000 open jobs in IT in Germany," she says.

 

John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International, who spent much of his career in Europe, commenting on the refugee situation there, says, “If we don’t act now to build the conditions for sustainable peace, then the likelihood of events that undermine it, such as profound social instability, a lack of integration of migrant populations into their new host countries, and failures of national governance will only increase.”

So, she created a coding school called ReDI School of Digital Integration to train refugees to fill some of those jobs. Partnering with German companies, including Daimler AG, she is providing training in coding languages "like Ruby on Rails, CSS, HTML, Python" along with "skills like entrepreneurship and business intelligence," she says.

A Rotary Peace Fellow and Refugees in Germany 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Published on Sep 10, 2015 with an introduction by Benedict Cumberbatch. 
Originally Uploaded on Oct 4, 2011

This sensitive track from Crowded House's compilation album Afterglow (1999). Music of UMG Tahon CAPITOL CATALOG MKT (C92) puolesta.

This is a fundraising effort to assist the refugees although it is not a Rotary project.  Our club has previously held a talent show to raise funds for school supplies for refugee camps in Turkey.
Music Selection for this Week - "Help is Coming" by Crowded House 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
This video is shared from National Geographic's Magazine - "This Italian Village Was Dying...Until the Refugees Came"
Centuries-old Italian villages were becoming ghost towns. Refugees were fleeing conflict and seeking new homes. The needs of each have come together in Camini, a 12th-century town whose population has dwindled to about 280 people—a quarter of what it once was. In hope of breathing new life into deserted neighborhoods, Camini has welcomed more than 80 refugees and immigrants from Africa and the Middle East. Just a few miles away, refugees are landing on the coastline in droves. As of August 2016, more than 115,000 people had successfully made the harrowing journey across the Mediterranean to Italy. In 2014, a young Senegalese man named Assan Baldé crossed the most deadly route, from Libya, and was sent to Camini’s budding refugee program. There he found a second home and a second family with Cosmano Fonte. Fonte and Baldé, along with several other immigrants and natives of Camini, are restoring abandoned houses in order to provide new homes for arriving refugees. Their friendship is emblematic of the village’s reception to the immigrants. Refugees and locals live as neighbors and friends and have shaped a community of people who support one another like family regardless of race or religion. The town’s refugee program, Eurocoop, has brought the refugees together with the people who have lived in Camini their entire lives, offering courses ranging from Italian language to pasta-making. For Fonte, the program is the town’s hope: “Thanks to this emergency that has reached Camini, little by little, things in the village are changing.”
Weekly Program:  Spotlight on a Successful Refuge Story 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Sue Desmond-Hellmann is using precision public health — an approach that incorporates big data, consumer monitoring, gene sequencing and other innovative tools — to solve the world's most difficult medical problems. It's already helped cut HIV transmission from mothers to babies by nearly half in sub-Saharan Africa, and now it's being used to address alarming infant mortality rates all over the world. The goal: to save lives by bringing the right interventions to the right populations at the right time.
 
 
Weekly Program: A Focus on Maternal Health & Newborns 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
*****Bags for the Homeless - Either donate monetarily through PayPal or send a check to our club treasurer, Mike Miller, OR attend the meeting next Saturday at the home of President Dree Miller and Treasurer Mike Miller beginning at 11:30 am to assemble the care bags.  Be sure to rsvp as food will be ordered for lunch.  Items still needed include warm gloves, stamps, disposable razors, travel size deodorants, small packs of 10 facial tissues, Hanes T-shirts, $250 of quarters ($1 per bag for laundry), small snack packs such as pretzels or trail mix.   For those unable to attend the hands-on service project, your monetary donations of any amount would be appreciated.
 
*****ROTARY BOOKS FOR THE WORLD PROJECT

Dates:
Time: 10 AM to Noon
At: 116 Main Street, Pasadena, TX
DIRECTIONS to Rotary Books for the World Warehouse which is located on the corner of MAIN STREET and EAGLE AVENUE.
***Google Maps and vehicle GPS systems sometimes gives the incorrect location of 116 Main Street, so instead input "203 EAGLE AVENUE" as the destination. It is one block past the intersection of "Shaver Street" and the feeder/service road, and you'll turn right on Munger Street, then left on Eagle Avenue.

The entrance to our warehouse is on Eagle Avenue which is across the street from the Pasadena Historical Museum.

*****Let us know of opportunities needing volunteers to be published.

Rotarians may volunteer in schools, nursing homes, food pantires, health clinics, fun runs, etc.

 
 
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Our Board of Directors has approved a $1,000 DONATION to sponsor two RISK boxes.  An Endangered (EN) species is a species which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as likely to become extinct. "Endangered" is the second most severe conservation status for wild populations in the IUCN's schema after Critically Endangered (CR).  The Black Rhino is a Critically Endangered animal; White Rhino is nearly threatened; and Javan Rhino is Critically Endangered; Sumatran Rhino is Critically Endangered.
 
These boxes or kits are available for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and Districts to support. These RISK Boxes will contain equipment that will go to various projects engaged in the protection and survival of rhinos, pygmy elephants and orangutans in areas of South Africa, Borneo and Indonesia that are currently under threat by poaching, loss of habitat and human wildlife conflict. RAGES is looking at sourcing these RISK Boxes in the area of most need so as to keep the economic benefits in that country. These RISK Boxes will start at $500 for the entry level. There are three other levels that will be available.
 
These projects are in partnership with the Chipembere Rhino Foundation in South Africa, the Pygmy Elephant Project in Borneo and the United Kingdom Orangutan Appeal for Borneo. 

RHINO INTERNATIONAL SURVIVAL KITS

Together with the Rotary Club of Kenton-on-Sea South Africa and our Projects Director Jo Wilmot, we are developing RAGES International Survival Kits or RISK Boxes. These boxes or kits will be available for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and Districts to support.  PDG Ed Charlesworth and Robin Charlesworth have attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kenton-on-Sea and are excited to be a part of a partner club to support this project!  From the Rotary Club of Kenton-on-Sea:  27 March 2016 Our Club is devastated by the news of 3 rhino being poached at nearby Sibuya Game Reserve. These were ‘our’ rhinos and we share the grief and outrage of the Sibuya team. Well done to the team of dedicated professionals who were able to capture and relocate two surviving youngsters to a nearby rhino orphanage, and to Dr Will Fowlds and his team for all they tried to do to save their dad, Bingo. In keeping with our pledge to support the anti-poaching initiative, we are talking with both the Sibuya Rhino Foundation and our partner, Chipembere Rhino Foundation, to establish what we can do to help. This project is essentially about creating awareness through the worldwide web of Rotary. Dr William Fowlds gave a presentation to the club on the story of Thandi and Temba, two rhinos from a nearby Reserve, who were targeted by poachers for their horns. Dr Fowlds tells the incredibly moving story of how he was called in when the rhinos were found badly wounded but still alive. Despite all his efforts, it was not possible to save Temba, but Thandi has become a household name as a result of his care which ultimately saved her. When asked what we, as a club, could do, Dr Fowlds’ response was – Create Awareness. To this end his story was taken by our Club to District Conference in East London where the District was also treated to the presentation – leaving almost everyone reaching for tissues. The motion to take this ‘create awareness’ campaign to the RI International Conference in Lisbon, June, 2013, was passed unanimously.  Jo Wilmot and Bruce and Pippa Steele-Gray went on to attend this conference where their Save the Rhino stall in the House of Friendship achieved all they set out to do – create awareness. The Club’s grateful thanks go to Investec and Chipembere Rhino Foundation for their hugely effective sponsorship.

These RISK Boxes will contain equipment that will go to various projects engaged in the protection and survival of rhinos in areas of South Africa that are currently under attack by well organised poaching gangs and syndicates.  For more detailed information on what is needed for these survival kits see below.

Some of the items required in RISK Boxes will include the following:

Bullet proof vest
Rand 4,000.00  US$390
Uniform Shirt
Rand 225.00  US$22
Uniform Pant
Rand 195.00  US$19
Uniform Shorts
Rand 155.00  US$15
Uniform Jacket
Rand 349.00  US$33
Uniform Boots
Rand 469.00  US$46
Handheld radio
Rand 2,200.00  US$216
Night Vision Binoculars
Rand 17,000.00  US$1665
Binoculars
Rand 2,000.00  US$196
Flir Thermal Imagery vehicle Pathfinder camera
Rand 36,000.00 US$3,500
Flir Handheld Thermal Imaging camera
Rand 68,000.00  US$6,660
 
Cellphone airtime per month
Rand 500.00  US$50
Head Torch
Rand 360.00  US$35
Handheld Torch
Rand 450.00  US$44
Spotlight
Rand 1,500.00  US$147
Telonics Telemetry Receiver
Rand 7,000.00  US$685
Telonics Telemetry Aerial
Rand 1,200.00  US$118
Telonics Horn Implant device
 
Rand 2,750.00  US$269

VHF Tracking collar – Rand 3,000.00 US$291
VHF Horn implant – Rand 3,900.00 US$378
GPS Satellite collar – Rand 23,000.00 US$2,230
Handheld VHF Receiver – Rand 9,000.00 US$872
Antennae Short Range (compact) – Rand 3,000.00 US$291
Antennae Long Range – Rand 1,500.00 US$145
Ground to Air Handheld Radios – Rand 10,000.00 US$969
Night Vision Generation 1 Handheld Scope – Rand 6,500.00 US$630
Camera Traps with Realtime MMS and Infrared Black Flash – Rand 5,000.00 US$485
Rhino DNA Kits – Rand 600.00 US$58
Micro-Chips (3 per Rhino) – Rand b400.00 US$39
Helicopter Surveillance Flights – Rand 3,000.00/Per Hour US$291
Emergency Helicopter on Standby – Rand 25,000.00 US$2,423

 

RAGES - A Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
The Final Three Endemic Countries:
Quote of the day - "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve.  You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve...You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love."  Martin Luther King, Jr         
The Final Three Endemic Countries:
Pakistan - One new Polio case reported this week - from 2016.  Twenty Polio cases reported in 2016 with 54 cases recorded in 2015  The most recent case, with the onset of paralysis on 12/22/16 was from the Killa Abdullah, Balochistan area.  One new Polio-positive environmental sample was collected last week.  A total of 50 environmental samples were tested positive for Polio Virus in Pakistan in 2016.     
Afghanistan - One new Polio case reported this week - from 2016.  Thirteen Polio cases reported in 2016 with 20 cases recorded in 2015. The most recent cases, with an onset of paralysis on 12/16/16 was from the Bermal district, Paktika Province - near the Pakistan border. One new Polio-positive environmental sample was collected in Jalalabad on 12/26/16.    
 
Nigeria - No new Polio cases reported this week.   Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015.  The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 on Borno State.
 
           
           
           
           
 

   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator
 
 
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February 14 - "Fall in Love with Rotary" All Clubs Meeting @ Crowne Plaza Hotel (near NRG Stadium) - Featured Speaker is RI President John Germ
                      5:15 - 6:30 pm  Major Donor/Bequest Society and VIP Reception with Cash Bar
                      5:00 - 7:00 pm - General Rotary "Lovefest"
                      7:00 - 9:00 pm - Dinner and Presentation
                      *Individual tickets cost $58.90
                      *Love My Club - table of 10 and one exposition table $750
                      *Rotary Power Couple - premium seating, admission to VIP reception, and two drink tickets - $300
 
APRIL 20 – APRIL 23 2017 "A Little Monkey Business" - District Conference @LA TORETTA LAKE RESORT AND SPA (www.latorrettalakeresort.com)
                     

BOOKING PORTAL : https://aws.passkey.com/event/14145764/owner/10957635/home

OR CALL : 936-448-3024 – Rotary District 5890 Conference.

 

JUNE 10 - 14, 2017    ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2017 IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA

                      *****CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD - That's a century of Rotarians improving lives and communities all over the world!

 

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Mark Your Rotary Calendars Robin Charlesworth 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - "A Song of Peace" 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary has long played a role in promoting world peace:

  • In 1921, it adopted the following as one of the objects of Rotary: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
  • At Rotary’s 1940 convention in Havana, Cuba,delegates adopted the “Respect for Human Rights Resolution,” which was a precursor to the UN’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Today, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace serves as a resource to Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts by supporting the peace work of Rotarians worldwide.
  • Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have made incredible investments in the field of peace and conflict education through the Rotary Peace Centers.

The Rotary Peace Conference 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is part of this effort.

Rotary's Mission: "Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that:
  • provides humanitarian service,
  • encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and 
  • helps build goodwill and peace in the world."
 
A Timeline of Rotary and Peace 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 

A Peace Conference for all of us!  Rotarians interested in working for peace are invited to come together with those already engaged in the field.  The ROTARY WORLD PEACE CONFERENCE 2017 will discuss how Rotary and Rotarians can prevent and mediate conflict.

Save the date!  The two-day event March 31 – April 1, 2017 will be hosted by the Rotary Clubs and Districts of Michigan, northern Indiana and southern Ontario representing over 10,000 Rotarians.  All are invited to attend including the general public and youth from universities and high schools including Rotaractors and Interactors.

The objective of the Peace Conference is to empower community leaders, Rotarians and others to participate in and actively propagate peace activities in their community.  It will be held in our home town at the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus.  Leading experts, authors and scholars specializing in peace and conflict resolution are coming from government, business, health care, media and faith-based organizations to discuss these complex issues.

We are especially pleased to announce that Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1997) will be the plenary speaker on  Saturday, April 1.  There is a unique lineup of dignitaries from Rotary International speaking on Friday, March 31 including President John Germ.  Peace scholars and activists from the US, Canada, United Kingdom and India are also on the program.

This is a unique opportunity for Rotarians in our area to get involved in Rotary’s Peace Efforts.    Help organize the Peace Conference through individual and Club participation on the Organizing Committee.  You can volunteer to be involved in overall planning, soliciting speakers, conference venue management, publicity, fund raising and many other aspects of the conference organization.  Won’t you join us?

For more information and registration: www.2017peaceconference.org

Contact:

Ashish Sarkar, Convener, World Peace Conference 2017, adsarkar@comcast.net 
Rosemarie Rowney, Co-Chair, World Peace Conference 2017, rrowney@comcast.net

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How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need — as nations and individuals — to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how nonviolence works, she evokes historical heroes — Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests.

Why you should listen

When Scilla Elworthy was 13, she sat in front of her television set watching as Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest. Immediately she started packing her bags. "What are you doing?" her mother said. "I'm going to Budapest," she said. "They're doing something awful and I have to go." Years later, Elworthy is a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and a recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize. In 2002 Elworthy founded Peace Direct, which supports local action against conflict, and in 1982 founded Oxford Research Group, a think-tank devoted to developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. Beginning in 2005 she helped set up The Elders initiative as an adviser to Sir Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

 
Weekly Program: Fighting with Non-Violence 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
University Area Rotary Club's fundraiser to be held at Saint Arnold's Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE THE UNIVERSITY AREA ROTARY CLUB HOSTS ITS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AT ST. ARNOLD'S. WHERE YOU WILL GET FUN AND FELLOWSHIP ALONG WITH BEER AND BBQ. THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC, too!
 
 
Willowbrook Rotary Club's MONTE CARLO NIGHT - February 25, 2017 @ The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center   6 pm - 11 pm
     Fundraising event with Live Auctions, Silent Auctions, Casino Tables and Dancing
 
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The Final Three Endemic Countries:
Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Nineteen Polio cases reported in 2016 with 54 cases recorded in 2015  The most recent case, with the onset of paralysis on 11/03/16 was from the Badin district, southeast Sindh.  Three new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected last week.  A total of 50 environmental samples have tested positive in Pakistan in 2016.     
Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Twelve Polio cases reported in 2016 with 20 cases recorded in 2015. The most recent cases, with an onset of paralysis on 09/28/16 was from Paktika - near the Pakistan border. No new Polio-positive environmental samples have been collected in Afghanistan in 2016.    
 
Nigeria - No new Polio cases reported this week.   Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015.  The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 on Borno State.
 
Importation Countries - Ethiopia (0-2015, 1-2014), Cameroon (0-2015, 5-2014), Somalia (0-2015, 5-2014), Iraq (0-2015, 2- 2014), Syria (0-2015,1-2014), & Equatorial Guinea (0-2015, 5-2014).
 
Could we see the last reported Polio case in 2017?
 
Polio Update Terry Zeigler 2017-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
Our next face-to-face meeting is January 21st at 11:30 AM at the home of President Dree Miller and Treasurer Mike Miller.  Soup & sandwiches and hot beverages will be served. Please come ready to work because we will be assembling the care bags for the homeless. We don’t yet have all items, so you can still bring the ones listed below. We’d appreciate if you confirm your presence no later than 01/18/2017 – we need to know how many people are coming. 
 
Meeting starts at 11:30 AM
Care bags assembling: 12:00 PM
Lunch served at 1:00 PM or earlier if most are speedy workers! : )

We will have happy music to keep you motivated - and dancing if you want; we will make you famous on Facebook!

Thank you for all that you do for Rotary and have wonderful holidays!

Adriane Miller
President of Rotary E-Club of Houston
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The Miller's Christmas Celebration in Snowy Oregon
 
The Miller family (over 30 people) does a holiday gift exchange every year in Portland, Oregon. But this year they decided to do something different. They donated half of the amount of their gifts to different charities, including our E-Club. During the celebration, each person described their charity and spoke on why it is important to them. Our E-club Rotarian Lori Miller Prouty talked about the Layette Bags Project to help new mothers and their babies in Nicaragua. Other donations were made to cancer treatment, environmental issues, Zarephath Kitchen and Boxes of Love.  
It is wonderful to involve our families in Rotary projects! Kudos to Lori for her leadership in sharing our club’s projects and for fundraising! We thank the Millers for their generous hearts. Love for humanity is the true sense of charity, which will now become part of the Miller holiday celebration tradition.
Adriane and Mike Miller could not attend the party this year, but they joined the gift exchange and donations from where they live in Texas.
 
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Traditionally, the annual parade takes place on New Year’s Day. But as the holiday fell on a Sunday this time around, both the parade and the bowl game itself were pushed to Monday, the second day of the year, according to the so-called “Never On Sunday” policy. No matter, the Tournament Of Roses Parade will be as festive as ever.

Now in its 128th year, the theme of the 2017 parade is “Echoes Of Success.” There will be more than 40 floats from a variety of organizations, ranging from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to China Airlines to one even inspired by “The Bachelor.” And since the floats are typically adorned with flowers, the ABC show fits right in given the role roses play in the reality competition.

The festivities, nicknamed “America’s New Year Celebration,” are slated to be broadcast on ABC beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Later, after two-hour parade, the Penn State Nittany Lions and USC Trojans will compete in the highly-anticipated football game.

Rotary International has participated for 39 years in the Rose Bowl Parade.  Paul Harris, Founder Father  of Rotary, said, "In the promotion of ROTARY, it is important to reach large numbers and you cannot reach them privately."

Our annual participation in the Rose Parade is unquestionably the highest visibility Rotary promotion in the world.

According to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2016 statistics, 70 million US and international households viewed the parade on television; and over 700,000 attended the 2016 Rose Parade. 

People in 243 countries and territories viewed the parade.  It is nearly impossible to estimate how many people saw and heard something about Rotary. What an outstanding opportunity to promote Rotary to the world!

John Germ, Rotary International President said "Today, our work on Rotary's public image is more important than ever.  The work of Rotarians on the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is a good example of Rotary creativity and resourcefulness."

Did you see the Committee's ad in the December, 2016, Rotarian Magazine?

Rotary Clubs and Districts in North America provide all of the funds to build the float.  No funds are received from Rotary International.

Your help is needed to pay for the 2017 Float!  You may donate online at http://rotaryfloat.org/.

The 2017 Float promotes and celebrates the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation empowers Rotarians to travel throughout the world and create and complete projects which serve people in need in six areas of focus which are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.  The spectacular and colorful dragon is clearly a world traveler carrying luggage decorated with the six symbols of the areas of focus.  The Dragon also is proudly wearing a necklace with a medallion marked 100 for the 100 years of service.

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Angel in Disguise - Songs for the Homeless 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
We're Rotary - There's No Limit To What We Can Do 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Image may contain: textWe are still collecting donations to include in the 250 care bags we will distribute to the homeless people in Houston on Valentine's Day.  We thank all of you who already donated or pledged to donate to help the homeless feel loved and cared for.
Progress Report on Items for the Homeless - Needed by Jan 21st 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali. Stefan Sagmeister is no mere commercial gun for hire. Sure, he's created eye-catching graphics for clients including the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed, but he pours his heart and soul into every piece of work. His design work is at once timeless and of the moment, and his painstaking attention to the smallest details creates work that offers something new every time you look at it. Renowned for album covers, posters and his recent book of life lessons, designer Stefan Sagmeister invariably has a slightly different way of looking at things.
 
 
 An article in US NEWS by Patricia Quigley in August 13, 2011 focused on the benefits of taking time off from work. 

"Rest, relaxation, and stress reduction are very important for people's well-being and health. This can be accomplished through daily activities, such as exercise and meditation, but vacation is an important part of this as well," said primary care physician Natasha Withers from One Medical Group in New York. Withers lists a decreased risk of heart disease and improved reaction times as some of the benefits from taking some time off.

"We also know that the mind is very powerful and can help with healing, so a rested, relaxed mind is able to help the body heal better," said Withers.

Psychologists echo the value of vacations for the mind.

"The impact that taking a vacation has on one's mental health is profound," said Francine Lederer, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles who specializes in stress and relationship management. "Most people have better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their goals after a vacation, even if it is a 24-hour time-out."

The online travel agency Expedia conducted a survey about vacation time in 2010, and according to their data the average American earned 18 vacation days—but only used 14 of them. Every European country included in the survey reported both more vacation days earned and used. France topped the list, with the average worker earning 37 vacation days and using all but two of them. And according to Expedia's data, only 38 percent of Americans said they used all of their vacation time, compared to 63 percent of French respondents.

Editorial comment:  Now that the holidays are over and hopefully you enjoyed time with family and friends, indulged in repeated celebrations with food and drink, it is time to resume more common routines.  If you also took time off for travel or simply stayed at home from work for a few days, do not feel guilty if you are American.  Embrace the new year with renewed energy to release your creativity, enhance problem-solving, and juggle the many "hats" you wear. 

Weekly Program - The Power of Time Off 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
How can you fire up your imagination?
 
Imagination is a gift given to every person--you simply need to find ways to stimulate it, use it, and let it serve you.
Be curious and ask questions--What does the best look like? Questions help produce answers. So ask! Who? What? Why? Where? When? How? Is it ethical and in line with your character? Then dream, dream, dream!
Collaborate and Brainstorm--Consider all options. Everything is game. Invite others to join in the creativity.
Use Mind-Mapping to stir your imagination and clarity.
Walk Away-- Relaxation and breaks can help generate new ideas.
Write - Use a Thought Book to record your ideas, bursts of imagination, discoveries, thoughts, and dreams throughout the entire process of creating the best.
 
Innovate Through Imagination 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
We're Rotary - There's No Limit To What We Can Do 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
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A time for remembering as the year 2016 comes to an end, and a time for projecting our wishes and dreams for the New Year 2017.  Did you feel proud of being a part of Rotary International? 

The has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

At the club level, did you make connections as a Rotarian?  Read the newsletters and submit your attendance?  Have you attempted to connect with others in our e-club?  Have you supported our club projects financially, served on committees, shared a tidbit about what you are doing for others to get to now you?  Have you worn your Rotary pin and told others about Rotary?  Have you had someone approach you in the airport because of your Rotary pin or Rotary bag, sharing that they had been a Rotary exchange student, attended RYLA, or served a a Peace Scholar or Ambassadorial Scholar?  Have you visited another Rotary club in your hometown or abroad, and shared information about your e-club? 

Looking forward to 2017, if you answered "no" to some of the above questions there will be opportunities for the answers to change.  Also, you may look forward to attending a district conference and/or Rotary International Convention.  We hope you are interested in community and international service!  If you know of a community leader whom you feel is a good candidate to introduce to Rotary, you can help our club grow in membership and increase the helping hands needed to make this world a better place.  Is this the final year for new polio cases?  Let's work together to serve humanity!

RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”

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Thank you for your donations to the Movie Night for the Layettes fundraiser we did last month. Your work and caring hearts and those of other Rotarians will make it possible to send over 70 Layette bags to Nicaragua with this fundraiser alone, and we have another one coming, so we can send more bags to the mothers and babies. Our club has had great visibility during this event and others, and we are establishing great connections with other Rotary clubs and our District 5890.
 
Thank all of you who came to our Christmas celebration or contributed by donating to the silent auction or volunteered to help. Due to weather conditions, we didn’t have the number of guests expected, but we showed that a small group can be mighty strong! We raised some funds for our club’s projects, and that is another chapter in our success story! I am also thrilled that so many of you are donating items for our care bags to the homeless project.
 
We are planning great things for 2017, and we need each and every one of you to help us accomplish them. Our club has been so active and that is because we have so many generous people and hard workers in this team. Please read below a long list of reasons I am proud of you.  
 
Summary of the first 6 months of 2016 club achievements:
 
  • We physically met every month, which means we had an extra program per month so local members and guests can get together
  • Weekly website and newsletter updates that members anywhere in the world can visit online
  • Frequently updated Facebook page and Facebook group page where we share events and meetings. Our Facebook page has over 1,100 followers around the world
  • Membership increased by 5 new members
  • A warm and fun meeting welcoming to our DG Eric Liu when he visited our club in November
  • Seven members received the Paul Harris Fellow Award
  • Participation of 8 members at the Rotary Foundation Seminar District 5890
  • RI dues, District dues and all other financial commitments met on time
  • All Humanitarian and membership goals achieved, which counts for the presidential citation award
  • Sponsored a $2,420 District Grant for 3 college students in Nicaragua
  • IRS forms sent on time, as we have a 501c3 foundation
  • Co-sponsorship of Wisdom Interact Club
  • Several Members volunteering in Community Services where they live, in different cities, states and countries
  • At least 4 members in Rotarian Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships
  • At least 2 members engaged in My Rotary discussions on the RI website
  • Taught a My Rotary and our club’s website workshop for members
  • 100 Lovely Handmade Dresses and more items distributed to underprivileged children in Uganda
  • Hosted a World’s Greatest Meal Virtual Event to End Polio with worldwide participation
  • Participated at MS Walk The Woodlands fundraising to find a cure for MS
  • Co-hosted the Movie Night fundraiser for the Layettes for Nicaragua and celebrated 30 years of Women in Rotary in partnership with the Houston NW Sunset and University Area Rotary Clubs.
  • Held a Christmas Party and fundraiser for our club and projects
  • Currently gathering donations for 250 care bags for the homeless in Houston
  • Currently donating $1,000 to help critically endangered species, the black rhino in South Africa and the orangutans in Borneo.
 
And, wait for it…. Planned for 2017:
 
  • January 21st meeting: assemble the care bags for the homeless
  • Pay RI dues on time
  • Sponsor a high school student to go to RYLA camp
  • February 11th (to be confirmed) Dinner fundraiser to send Layette bags to the new mothers in Nicaragua
  • February 14th Distribute 250 care bags to the homeless at Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen along with Rotary International president John Germ
  • Sponsor our President Elect for training (PETS)
  • March: Bingo Fundraiser to help the Earn and Learn program which provides kids from the slums in India better nutrition and education
  • April 20 to 23: 5890 District conference at La Torreta. Expected participation of at least six members from our club
  • May 20th Host the Kayak for The Rotary Foundation at the Lake Woodlands in The Woodlands, TX
  • June 10 to 14: Rotary International Convention. Expected participation of at least ten members of our club
  • June 12: E-club party night at Der Biergarten Atlanta in partnership with our twin E-club Francophone
  • End of June: Installation of 2017-2018 Board of Directors
 
I feel honored to be part of Rotary. Those who make Rotary a respected and vital organization are its members. Your dedication to improve the lives of others is what makes the world go round in a happy rotation in the universe. Keep spreading the light of hope!
 
Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2017!
 
Thank you,
Adriane Miller
President 2016-2017
President's Message Adriane Miller 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
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Don’t Bring Camels in the Classroom (From the book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!)

Don’t bring camels in the classroom.
Don’t bring scorpions to school.
Don’t bring rhinos, rats, or reindeer.
Don’t bring mice or moose or mule.

Pull your penguin off the playground.
Put your python in a tree.
Place your platypus wherever
you think platypi should be.

Lose your leopard and your lemur.
Leave your llama and your leech.
Take your tiger, toad and toucan
anywhere but where they teach.

Send your wombat and your weasel
with your wasp and wolverine.
Hide your hedgehog and hyena
where you’re sure they won’t be seen.

Please get rid of your gorilla.
Please kick out your kangaroo.
No the teacher didn’t mean it
when she called the class a “zoo”.

 --Kenn Nesbitt

 

Perhaps you may enjoy reading this to your children or grandchildren or to those who are "kids at heart"!  Or be the listener as someone share this aloud with you.  Rotarians are committed to improving literacy in this world and it begins with our role-modeling at home or in our schools, and creating opportunities for those in impoverished environments to hold books and go to schools.

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Camels are so well adapted to the desert that it's hard to imagine them living anywhere else. But what if we have them pegged all wrong? What if those big humps, feet and eyes were evolved for a different climate and a different time? In this talk, join Radiolab's Latif Nasser as he tells the surprising story of how a very tiny, very strange fossil upended the way he sees camels, and the world. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."  Filmed in 2015 at Ted Talks Live.  This talk made the list of Top Ted Talks of 2016 (a group of 17 talks).

Why you should listen

The history of science is "brimming with tales stranger than fiction," says Latif Nasser, who wrote his PhD dissertation on the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic of 1962. A writer and researcher, Nasser is now the research director at Radiolab, a job that allows him to dive into archives, talk to interesting people and tell stories as a way to think about science and society.

Hope you enjoyed this light-hearted program this week.  Many of our members and Rotarians will be viewing live nativity scenes to celebrate the birth of Jesus, so if you do see a camel you may find a smile crossing your face as you recall this newsletter from the Rotary e-club of Houston.  To all - may you experience JOY this season and may you prepare yourself to become a dynamic Rotarian - engaged and full of ideas to help make this world a better place.
Weekly Program: You have no idea where camels really come from 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
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Shared from the recent newsletter from Conrad Heede, President of the Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship.  Look for their booth in the Hall of Friendshp at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  June 11-14, 2017: Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Register early so there will be less chance of a conflict between our dinners and the opening and closing ceremonies. We are planning to have another good convention experience for RWAF members.
 
One of the special things that happen now are all the “Best of the Year” lists that one sees published. This is also true in the wine business where the “experts” have been rating all the wines released during this year and now take a second look at them to come up with their “best”. As we have said before, a rating is simply some wine “expert’s” idea of how a particular wine scores relative to that person’s opinion of the characteristics of the ideal wine that would receive a perfect score in that wine category, using whatever scale they want to use.
 
Robert Parker, who publishes the “The Wine Advocate” and who is considered to be one of the most respected wine experts in the world, uses a 100-point scale that is widely used in the wine world and is sometimes called the “Parker Scale”.
 
The “Wine Spectator” uses this 100-point scale in its ratings. They discuss their scale stating: “Ratings reflect how highly our editors regard each wine relative to other wines in its category and are based on potential quality-how good the wine will be when at its peak. The score summarizes a wine’s overall quality; the tasting note describes the wine’s style and character.” The wine scores reflect the following:
 
                        95-100 points            Classic: a great wine
  1. Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
  2. Very Good: a wine with special qualities
  3. Good: a solid, well-made wine
  4. Average: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  5. Below average: drinkable but not recommended
  6. Poor, undrinkable: not recommended
 
 The main objective of looking at wine scores is to help us determine value. You want to find wines that are worth the price you pay for them, in your opinion. You would like to be able to find a wine to complement the food you are enjoying, at a reasonable price. You can find “deals” or at least value, if you know your wines.
 
About Wine Ratings Conrad Heede 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Festivus and we hope that all will enjoy a Happy, Healthy, Productive and Prosperous New Year! Joyeuses Fêtes de fin d'année !!!!!!
Enjoy the Holidays! 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
18 December 2016: Last day for early-registration discount ($340 Rotarians/$70 Rotaractors)
 

Your registration includes:

  • Inspiring and entertaining speakers, including top leaders in our organization
  • Informative breakout sessions to help you build your communication, leadership, and project management skills
  • Opportunities to network and exchange ideas while browsing the project and fellowship booths in the House of Friendship
  • Entertainment provided by local artists and musicians in the House of Friendship and at the general sessions
Planning on the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta? 2016-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
"When you talk to strangers, you're making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life — and theirs," says Kio Stark. In this delightful talk, Stark explores the overlooked benefits of pushing past our default discomfort when it comes to strangers and embracing those fleeting but profoundly beautiful moments of genuine connection.

Why you should listen

Kio Stark has always talked to strangers. She started documenting her experiences when she realized that not everyone shares this predilection. She's done extensive research into the emotional and political dimensions of stranger interactions and the complex dynamics how people relate to each other in public places.

Her novel Follow Me Down began as a series of true vignettes about strangers placed in the fictional context of a woman unraveling the eerie history of a lost letter misdelivered to her door.

Stark did doctoral work at Yale University’s American Studies program, where she thought a lot about the history of science and medicine, urban studies, art, and race -- and then dropped out. Because she also taught graduate courses at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, numberless people consulted her about whether or not to go back to school. Those conversations inspired Don't Go Back to School, a handbook for independent learners.

Stark is the author of the TED Book When Strangers Meet, in which she argues for the pleasures and transformative possibilities of talking to people you don’t know. 

Beyond strangers, Stark's abiding fixations include the invisibility of technology; how people learn; practices of generosity and mutual aid; the culture, infrastructure and ephemera of cities; mythology and fairy tales; and advocating for independent learning, data literacy, social justice and feminism. Fiction writers get to dive down wonderful rabbit holes, and some of her favorites have been the forging and stealing of art, secret societies, the daily lives of medical examiners, the physics of elementary particles, bridge design, the history of maps, the mechanisms of wrongful conviction and psychoanalysis.

When not writing books, Stark has worked in journalism, interactive advertising, community research and game design. She writes, teaches and speaks around the world about stranger interactions, independent learning and how people relate to technology. She also consults for startups and large companies helping them think about stranger interactions among their users and audiences.

 
 
Do you wear you Rotary pin every day?  Wearing your pin can draw questions from strangers you meet as you walk through your day.  It happened only yesterday in Costo and has happened at the grocery store while waiting in line.  It can happen anywhere, anytime, but only when you are wearing the Rotary pin which sparks some curiosity in strangers.  Be prepared with your "elevator talk" or a short summation of what Rotary means to you because you may only have their attention for a minute.  If you have the gift of more time to explain about Rotary, then your introduction of Rotary may be so enlightening and motivating that the stranger may go home or back to work and do research on the internet about Rotary International or even your Rotary club.  Even in other countries where talking to strangers is uncommon, it is surprising that they can be engaged if someone simply attempts to share some worthwhile thoughts.   In airports when traveling around our world, the Rotary pin often elicits conversations with others who have been exchange students or scholarship recipients through Rotary.  Aren't you proud to be a Rotarian?  Then, today and every day remember to " don your gay apparel" for the holidays and don your Rotary pin. 
Weekly Program: Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers 2016-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Join the Rotary eClub of Houston and District 5890 as a Centennial supporter of our Rotary Foundation! Give to our Annual Fund - SHARE &
District Designated Funds to bring back resources to our district and help more people in our communities and around the world!
 
What a better way to celebrate our Rotary Foundation's centennial by having all members in our eClub contribute $26.50, the initial amount that was once contributed to our Rotary Foundation in 1917!  If you are a member or friend of the Rotary eClub of Houston, you are immediately a member of District 5890 and can help our district projects needing grants have funding.
Kindly choose the "Annual Fund-Share" category when donating online or by check to our Rotary Foundation between December 2016 and May 2017. If you donate this month it will be part of your charity tax deductible for 2016.
"Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary clubs take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease.
Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities, such as vocational training teams. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF.
At the end of three years, your district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that your club and others in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund district grants. The remaining DDF may be used for global grants or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or another district."
Donate here: www.rotary.org/en/annual-fund-and-share
Visit us: www.RotaryeclubofHouston.org
Thank you!
Yours In Rotary Service,
Lizette Odfalk
Centennial Rotary Foundation Chair
Rotary eClub of Houston
 
The Heart of Rotary - Our Foundation Liz Odfalk 2016-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Martine Stolk - Volunteered 20 hours at Brazos Bend State Park this month.
 
Marc Prevot - Attended Zone Institute in Madrid, Spain.
 
Corinth Davis - Volunteered at the iFest held in Sugar Land, Texas.
 
Vivian Smith - Explains the power of networking in Rotary:  Justin Mercer, her grandson, is teaching in American samoa with World Teach.  He accidentally cut under his chin shaving and then went swimming in the Pacific Ocean the same day.  The following day his face was quite swollen and he went to the ER and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection.  She was unable to contact the head of World Teach, so she called a Rotarian friend in South Caroline who gave her the name of a Rotarian in the Pago Pago club.  He was able to make the necessary contacts and pledged that he would do anything he could to help us further.  Justin flew out of Pago Pago on November 18 with swollen lymph glands to seek further medical treatment.  All with the help of a friend in Rotary who others may have viewed as a total stranger, yet through Rotary we all share a commonality and the desire to help others. 
 
Veronica Kerssemakers - Volunteered with the elderly in Holland.  She also teaches free meditation and mindfulness lessons to a group of 15 caretakers.
 
Chris Ajayi- Congratulations to Chris who is the proud new father of a baby boy born recently and the baby's Christening iwas December 3rd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
What are our members doing? 2016-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Jayprakash Deshpande - Past President of Rotary Club of Poona, District 3131, India.  Commented:  "For a relatively new club, you are doing well."  Also, he likes the format of the meeting.
 
PDG George Yeiter - A frequent visitor to our club and Past District Governor of Rotary District 5890. 
 
Thank you for choosing our Rotary club for your make-up meeting!
Recent Visitors to our Rotary E-Club Houston 2016-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - If Everyone Cared 2016-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

Why you should listen

As Carol Dweck describes it: "My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. My research looks at the origins of these mindsets, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes."

Dweck is a psychologist and professor at Stanford and the author of Mindset, a classic work on motivation and "growth mindset." Her work is influential among educators and increasingly among business leaders as well.  Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, why people succeed (or don't) and how to foster success.

 
Weekly Program: The power of believing that you can improve 2016-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Remember, when you order gifts on Amazon Smile our club will benefit from a percentage of dollars spent. 
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.se price to your favorite charitable organization.
 

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Giving Tuesday on November 29th is the biggest day of donations in the year. Yet how do you give wisely on Giving Tuesday?

There are millions of charities out there. Some charities are hundreds of times better than others at doing good by addressing suffering and increasing flourishing around the world.  We have recently shared the accolades received by Rotary International.  Also, there are many partners with Rotary International that you may choose to support.  The choice is yours.  Choose wisely.

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We will have a Christmas Celebration on December 3rd at 5pm at the house of our PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth, at 11407 Hylander, Houston-TX.
The party is potluck style, so we ask our members to please bring a dish of food to share.  We will have a silent action to fundraise for our club and our projects, and if you have any items to donate, it will be greatly appreciated. If you donate items, please bring them to the party no later than 4:30 pm so we can display them before guests arrive.   Also, we will charge $25 for tickets for this event.  Tickets will be available on Eventbrite, or payable by PayPal on our website.  Please bring family and friends!
 
This party will also be considered our general meeting for the month of December. If you are a member of the Board, please remember we have a Board of Directors meeting at 3:00 pm at the same location. We will send a zoom ID to non-local BOD members to join online.
 
We will have a box to collect any donations for the homeless care bags if you have any items to bring. Thank you, all of you who already donated or pledged to donate.
Here is the list of items we still need for the Heart to Heart Care Bags to the Homeless (distribution will be February 14th 2017 with RIP John Germ):
 
250 pairs of winter gloves
106 disposable razors
67 plastic combs
90 travel size shampoo
38 hair conditioners
234 travel size deodorants
243 facial tissue small packs of 10
250 OTC medicine packs of 2 (Tylenol or other)
250 Small snack packs (pretzels, etc.)
154 Granola bars
500 sheets of lined paper
500 stamps
90 pens
 
Thank you for being part of a team of people who are changing the world!
 
Oh what fun
It is to come
To our Christmas party,
Yay!

 
Adriane Miller
President
Rotary E-Club of Houston
 
Rotary e-Club Houston's Holiday Gathering - December 3rd 2016-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Meeting Date & Time:  TONIGHT, Monday, November 28th, at 6:30PM (6:00PM, if you want to order food)
 
New Venue:    Fratelli's Ristorante  
                        1330 Wirt Road
                       Houston, Texas 77055
                       713-263-0022
 
Growing Rotary enables us to do more good in our communities and the world.  Attendance at the D5890 Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to bond with your club's Area Membership Chair (AMC) & other district leaders.
Speaker - Bill Griffin, Sugar Land Rotarian & District 5890 Scouting Programs Chair
 
Topic - "2016-2017 Recipe for Growing & Retaining New Members"
Member recruitment is only part of the membership formula. The high turnover rate in existing clubs is the most pressing membership issue facing Rotary today.  Retention starts the first time a prospective member meets your Rotary club.  Membership retention is not a once-a-year crash program implemented in desperation to boost numbers, but should be an ongoing and methodical activity to ensure the member's sense of belonging and to enlist his/her participation.  Active new members are more likely to renew than those that remain on the sidelines.
 
We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club.  You don't want to miss Bill's cogent presentation!
 
Yours in Rotary service,
Ann Wright
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2014-2017
713-647-8400 - Direct
awright_tmg@yahoo.com
 
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2016-2017
832-473-5729 - Cell
derpaint@yahoo.com
         
 
 
TONIGHT - District Membership Committee Meeting 6:30 pm 2016-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
At the meeting last Saturday with DG Eric Liu, Scott Ellis chose to join our e-club!  Scott has been a familiar face to our members as he is the fiance of Rotarian Tiffany Cady.  He is employed by Dril-Quip and hold the classification of "Professional".  He is a Customer Property Coordinator.  Scott has always enjoyed hearing about the good Rotary does in our community and the world, and looks forward to becoming actively involved with our projects.  Scott and Tiffany are outgoing individuals full of energy and enjoy helping others.  Also, they enjoy cruising and traveling.  Tiffany is excited to share Rotary with Scott.  Welcome, Scott!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Debra Harper-LeBlanc has also joined our Rotary e-club Houston.  She is a college professor at Lone Star College - Greenspoint and Victory Center.  She is teaching
Computer Technology and Speech and is currently faculty lead over Accounting, Business, Computer Technology, Foreign Languages, Professional Office and Speech. 
She has over 16 years of higher education experience and 6 years of K- 12 experience. I have a Ph.D.(Doctor of Philosophy) in Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership from Walden University. She also earned a M.A.T. (Masters in Arts and Teaching) degree with an emphasis in Computer Applications and a concentration in Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Her experience includes  26 years of teaching, 23 years of development/curriculum,  23 years of technology and 17 years in academic leadership positions such as a Dean, Director, and Chair prior to going back to the classroom as a professor in fall 2009 teaching computer technology and speech classes.  Debra is an experienced Rotarian with prior membership in Greenspoint Rotary Club.
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Hohoho! Making a list, checking it twice! Help our Rotary Foundation bring a smile to all the children and people around the world receiving food, warm clothes, toys, shelter, vaccines, education, emergency relief, and so many great gifts that often go unnoticed but by the recipients. Yes, Rotarians are year-round Santa Clauses serving above self! :)
Are you a Rotary Foundation donor? Have you donated this month? December will be the last chance for 2016. Please visit www.MyRotary.org/give and chose to "give". God bless.
Lizette G.Ödfalk
​Centennial Rotary Foundation Chair 2016-17
Rotary eClub of Houston, TX USA
District 5890
​Eclub URL: www.RotaryeClubofHouston.org
“We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others.”– Arch Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation
 
Giving Days - Want the Tax Donation in 2016? Liz Odfalk 2016-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Jim Wells -  Congratulations to Jim and his wife, Pam,  as it has been announced that will have a Cy-Fair ISD school named in their honor! 

CFISD namesakes were chosen for future and existing campuses during the CFISD Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 14. Pictured, from left, are Jim and Pam Wells, namesakes for Elementary School No. 55; Janet Hoover, namesake for Elementary School No. 56; and Maybelline Carpenter, namesake for the former Adaptive Behavior Center. 

Nov. 14, 2016—The CFISD Board of Trustees approved the namesakes for Elementary School Nos. 55 and 56 and the Adaptive Behavior Center during its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 14.

Elementary No. 55 will be named after Jim and Pam Wells. Pam spent 33 of her 41 years in education in CFISD. She began her teaching career in 1975 at Landrum Middle School in Spring Branch ISD. She served in CFISD from 1979-2012 as a teacher at Arnold Middle School for six years, director of instruction at Cy-Fair High School for 13 years, an assistant to the superintendent for three years and an associate superintendent for 13 years at the Instructional Support Center. She also was interim superintendent from January-June 2004. She currently serves as the executive director of the Region 4 Education Service Center.

Jim also spent 33 of his 37 years in education in CFISD. He began his teaching career at Spring Woods Junior High School in Spring Branch ISD from 1975-1979. Beginning in 1979, Jim served in CFISD for two years as a teacher and seven years as an assistant principal at Cypress Creek High School. He continued his career in education as an assistant principal at Watkins Junior High School for five years then became principal of Thornton Middle School for 10 years and principal at Cypress Creek from 2002-2012 before retiring in June 2012.

Designed by IBI Group, Inc., and built by Gilbane Building Co., Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School will open in August 2017 at a multi-campus site that will include Bridgeland High School and a future middle school at 10607 Mason Road.

“There is no greater honor for an educator than to be chosen as a namesake for a school. We humbly thank the Board of Trustees, Dr. Henry and the administration,” the Wellses said. “We were honored to be able to serve the CFISD students, staff and community for 33 years. We have always been so proud of this district where we lived, worked and raised our two sons. They were both fortunate to have excellent teachers and mentors, many of whom have become school namesakes themselves. Cy-Fair ISD will always be home to us. Our colleagues whom we had the privilege to work with will always be like family. We have been truly blessed in our careers.”

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Also, condolences to Jim Wells on the passing of his mother yesterday.  She enjoyed living 90 years and following a major surgery in the last year struggled with physical decline.  Always a strong woman admired and loved by her family, she will be missed.  Our sympathy is extended to Jim and his family at this time of loss.

Member News: Spotlight on JIM WELLS 2016-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Eighteen Polio cases reported in 2016 with 54 cases recorded in 2015  The most recent case, with the onset of paralysis on 11/03/16 was from the Sujawal, Sundh Southwest of Karachi.  Two new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected last week.  The two positive samples were reported from Peshwar, Khyber Pakthunkwa and Multan, southern Punjab.  A total of 50 environmental samples have tested positive in Pakistan in 2016.
     
Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Twelve Polio cases reported in 2016 with 20 cases recorded in 2015. The most recent cases, with an onset of paralysis on 09/28/16 was from Paktika - near the Pakistan border. No new Polio-positive environmental samples have been collected in Afghanistan in 2016.    
 
Nigeria - No new Polio cases reported this week.   Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015.  The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 on Borno State.
 
After the final Polio case is recorded, it will take three years to ensure that the Polio Virus has been eradicated.  The recent cases in Nigeria, after two years without a recognized Polio case, are a reminder of the need to continue high quality surveillance and immunization campaigns for three years after the last case is identified.  We will need to continue immunizing (and funding those immunizations) worldwide, which is estimated to cost $1.5 billion for the three years.       
 
Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator
Polio News!!! TERRY ZIGLER 2016-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
                           I hope you will join us for our January, 2017 trip to Nicaragua. We will be  leaving from Houston on Wednesday, January 4th on United flight # UA1421, at 5:40 p.m. and arriving in Managua at 8:55 p.m.   While in Chinendega, Nicaragua, the group will deliver gift boxes to students, visit La Batania (vocational school), see where the layette bags are delivered to expectant mothers, tour village with housing and clean water projects developed by Rotarians, and more.
 
We The return from Managua on Wednesday January 11th on United flight # UA1423 leaving Managua at 7:00 a.m. and arriving in Houston at 10:20 a.m.
The groThe ground travel, meals and hotel charges will be $775.00 per person (double occupancy in hotels). Add $210.00 per person if you require a private room. We will co-ordiccoordinate all of this as we always have in the past. If you will be on flights other than these United flights Please send me a copy of your tickets so that we will know when to meet to meet you. For more information come to the movie night to hear Jim Kite discuss our projects.  Contact Jim Kite for more information cell  979-251-0840.
 
            Hope & Relief International Foundation, Inc.
            10700 Gerke Rd.
            Brenham, Texas 77833
                  Fax  979-836-0614
 
 
 
 
During
International Service - Destination NICARAGUA 2016-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.
 

Why you should listen

Salman "Sal" Khan is the founder and chief executive officer of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Khan Academy started as a passion project in 2004. Khan's cousin was struggling with math, so he tutored her remotely and posted educational videos on YouTube. So many people watched the videos that eventually Khan quit his job at a hedge fund and pursued Khan Academy full time. Today Khan Academy has more than 100 employees in Mountain View, California. Khan Academy believes learners of all ages should have unlimited access to free educational content they can master at their own pace. Its resources cover preschool through early college education, including math, grammar, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, finance and history. Additionally, Khan Academy offers free personalized SAT test prep in partnership with the test developer, the College Board. More than 42 million registered users access Khan Academy in dozens of languages across 190 countries.

Khan has been profiled by "60 Minutes," featured on the cover of Forbes, and recognized as one of TIME’s "100 Most Influential People in the World." In his book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, Sal outlines his vision for the future of education.

Khan holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 
Weekly Program: Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores 2016-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Our club is participating in the Heart to Heart Care Bags for the Homeless project. Attacking any societal issues feels overwhelming, yet Rotarians are always eager to step up and help other in need.  The scope and magnitude is never ending.  Almost daily, we pass homeless men or women panhandling on street corners.  We have heard, "do not give them money because you do not know is they will spend it wisely or even be forced to give it to another they are working for with little to keep for themselves."
How can one person make a difference to these less fortunate folks on the streets?   We are collecting items for care packages and ask they you bring them to the meting on Saturday with DG Eric Liu where we will have a box for our collection.  A work party is planned for January 21st to assemble these items for distribution.  On February 14th we will distribute the bags to the homeless at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, with the possibility of RIP John Germ's participation (not confirmed if he will be there yet).

 


update - 500 envelopes have been donated.

I would like to thank all of you who already donated or committed to donate items: Ed and Robin Charlesworth (all Hershey’s Kisses, soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, body lotions), Barb Conway (all Ziploc bags), Marcia Allgayer (socks and multiple items), Rosangela Catunda and Almir Menezes (razors), Nicole Wycislo (all hand sanitizers and lip balms), Lolita Cardenas (multiple items), Jake Stein (small soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners), Adriane and Mike Miller (all bandages, all q-tips and some other items), Martine Stolk (multiple items), friends of the e-Club Rosangela Xavier and Christiane Andrade for donating multiple items, Bill Davis from Humble RC (250 combs), and Joshua Moreno from Galena Park/Jacinto City RC (250 dental kits).
 
Thank you all for your effort and generosity!
 
Adriane Miller (Dree)
President of Rotary E-Club of Houston
Rotaryeclubhouston.org

Community Service Project Underway Adriane Miller 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

One of the more colorful traditions of Rotary is the exchange of club banners. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at make-up meetings as a token of friendship. Many clubs use the decorative banners they have received for attractive displays at club meetings and district events.

By 1959, exchanging banners had become so popular that the RI Board of Directors was concerned the practice would be a financial burden on clubs. It urged Rotarians to "exercise discretion, moderation, and measured judgment in making provision for such exchanges."

The approximately 20,000 banners in the Rotary History and Archives collection reflect clubs' hometown pride and their connection with the international organization.

In addition to incorporating the Rotary emblem, banners often include symbols or imagery of a club's town, region, or country. Others represent local craftsmanship or cultural traditions by displaying leatherwork, weaving, embroidery, or hand-painted designs.

 

On Facebook, there is a page you may view with photos of Rotarians exchanging banners all around the world.  The page is named "Rotary Club Banner Exchange".  Their mission is to preserve and share banners of Rotary clubs around the world.  On this page you may view a collection of banners in the USA, Asia, and banners of Rotary International Presidents.

Rotary e-clubs also have a chance to participate in this tradition when visiting another club while traveling or even sharing banners on-line.  If you would like to have a banner to exchange with another club, please contact President Dree Miller.  In our club we ask that you pay for the banner which will then be mailed to you.  Below are our collection of banners as shared by Treasurer Michael Miller:
 
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TOP FIVE REASONS TO ATTEND:
 

1. Meet the most inspiring people in the world

Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention every year. This is your unique opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and share stories about your club’s current and future projects.

2. Strengthen your club and your passion for Rotary

The general sessions and breakout sessions offer countless ways to help you get the most from your Rotary membership and make your club stronger. In the House of Friendship, you’ll find new ideas, learn best practices, and share project successes — it’s where the Rotary world comes together!

3. Join The Rotary Foundation celebration

The culmination of a yearlong celebration of the Foundation’s centennial takes place in the city where it all began. Join the festivities at The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party. Attend a book signing and meet the author of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.” See all the activities we have planned.

4. Explore the American South

Bask in the sun on the Atlantic and Gulf shores. Test your game at some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. Experience the magic of Florida’s Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.

Explore the natural wonders of the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg. Sample the sophisticated charms of New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston. Learn more

5. Enjoy special tours and events offered by the Host Organization Committee

Watch for more information about special activities like Restaurant Night, Host Hospitality Night, and a screening of "Gone With the Wind" at the historic Fox Theatre. Visit the Host Organization Committee site to find more activities.

 
 
Rotary International Convention 2017: Atlanta 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
November 19th at 11:30 AM - our District Governor Eric Liu will make his official visit to our club. WE REALLY want a huge attendance in this meeting to show the awesomeness of our club to the district. Please come and help us give a big warm welcome to our DG Eric!  This meeting will be recorded for our members who do not reside in the Houston area to view at a later date.
 
Where: 
Boca2 Gastro Bar & Bites
7951 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas 77024
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November is the month to remember our war heroes. Every year we celebrate the Veterans Day 2016 on 11th November to pay our tribute the military veterans, the persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. Former US President Woodrow Wilson first started this ritual, and after 96 years we still celebrate the day with utmost respect.
 

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

On Wednesday, November 10th, the Rotary Club of Houston luncheon at the junior League co-sponsored with the West Point Society a special program to celebrate Veteran's Day.  The honored guest speaker was General Mark Welsh, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

The Sugar Land Rotary Club's speaker this week was Jim Moriarty, a Vietnam Vet himself, lost his Green Beret son 'Jimbo' in Jordan last week. "We were moved beyond words by Jim's presence and his strength."   Please remember to honor our Veterans this week, and keep the Moriarty family in your thoughts and prayers. Their meeting was held on this week at Sweetwater Country Club with registration and reception beginning at 11:00 am and the Recognition of Veterans ending approximately 1:20 pm.

Many other Rotary clubs plan to honor club members and guests this week as they pay tribute to those who have served.  From our Rotary e-club of Houston, we thank you and express our appreciation for your service -  to all Veterans in our club and in other Rotary clubs.
 
 

 


 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Honoring our Veterans - November 11th Robin Charlesworth 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Houston Skyline - Tuesday, Nov. 15th (6pm-7:30) - Club Meeting with Speaker Vicki Brentin, Discussing Her Recent Trip Working with Rotary and Disaster Aid intl in Petionville and in Les Cayes HAITI to provide clean bacteria free water and shelter repair.
 

When & Where: Tuesday from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in Downtown Houston

43rd Floor Bar & Lounge atop the Wedge Bldg at 1415 Louisiana St, 77002 (Parking is FREE, as is first drink for first time visitors)

Contact Club President Koy Muyrphy at projectwideawake@att.net or 713-582-0649

 

***If you have visited another Rotary club either locally or elsewhere in your travels, please send information about your visit to Newsletter Editor, Robin Charlesworth -

charlesworth@stresscontrol.com

 

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Our Facebook page is VIBRANT and DYNAMIC!  We currently have 1,211 LIKES!!!  If you enjoy social media and the connections of Facebook, be sure to check this out and invite your friends, too.  It is a terrific tool to introduce folks to Rotary - who we are and what we do. Thank you to Rotarians Wind Nguyen and Lizette Odfalk for their interest in sharing Rotary updates and interesting information!
 
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It is a simple thing to see the opportunity to share kindness and then being a good role model; others will then seek the opportunity to demonstrate kindness to others.
Pass it on...
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Can we use trade to fight terrorism? Romaine Seguin believes that when communities are isolated from the global economy, they risk becoming breeding grounds for terrorist groups -- and trade may be a way to ward off this isolation. Seguin illuminates home grown global businesses, like the Haiti-based Deux Mains, which can provide the jobs and security that are the most impactful tools of humanitarian aid. 
 
About our Speaker:  Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas Region, is responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, she has oversight of the UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean.  Romaine is an active board member of the Florida International University (FIU) School of Business Dean’s Council and sits on the Transportation Advisory Board for Best Buy Inc. She is also a board member of Conferencia Latinoamericana de Compañías Express (CLADEC) – Latin America Conference of Express Companies. Romaine holds a degree in Marketing Management from William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an avid runner, golfer and sports enthusiast.

TED@UPS Atlanta unlocked the opportunities of the question “What if?” Daring to engage with the boundless future, speakers explored innovations in language, trade and technology to imagine a future full of possibilities for all.
 
Sharing her vision for the potential for greater peace in this world, Romaine shares a common vision with Rotarians around the world.  Many Rotary clubs do facilitate small business enterprise in developing countries and provide training in how to run a business along with small business loans. 
 
There is an interesting program about microeconomics sponsored by the Twin Falls Rotary Program (recorded April 23rd, 2014) utilizing the Kiva loan program. 5th grade students from Immanuel Lutheran School helped others by lending budding entrepreneurs in other lands money to help with their business.
Darlena Ohlensehlen is the instructor for the kids and wife of then club president Bob Ohlensehlen.  We do not have permission to share the YouTube program, but you are invited to view the YouTube Kiva Micro Economics by the Rotary Club of Twin Falls (https://youtu.be/2QbsDxjfGxA) to see the lessons learned and explained at these amazing students.The video is approximately 15 minutes.  An outstanding Rotary program showing Rotarian support in local education with an international reach improving lives of all involved in the project.
 
Weekly Program: Can we use trade to fight terrorism? 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed by Rotary District 5340 for the students in San Diego and Imperial Counties. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.
 
This program is for sophomores and juniors in high school and is one of the few Rotary programs that is open to the children of Rotarians.  A Rotary club sponsors each student selected, and the cost of $225.00/student is paid by the sponsoring Rotary club.  Also, the RYLA committee will cover the cost of all Youth Exchange Students to attend RYLA. 
 
If you know of a student who may be interested in this program. please forward the name and contact information to Wind Nguyen, our New Generations Chair and President-Elect.  
 
Camp RYLA Announcement 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Vocational Training Team of Russian Medical Professionals visited the Texas Medical Center on 11/2-4/2016. The team included Churakov Clinic Director Aleksei Churakov from Saratov, Russia; Lena Novomeyskaya, (rest of names pending) and Medical Interpreter Ilya Zlotnikov from Oregon, USA. The hospitals they visited included UTMB, Texas Children’s Hospital, TIRR, MD Anderson and Memorial Hermann TMC. The group visit to Houston was coordinated by Rotarian Glen Faldyn, of the West University Rotary Club and the visit to the Memorial Hermann Hospital TMC campus and Life Flight helipad tour was coordinated by Lizette Odfalk, of the Rotary eClub of Houston and Interpreter Services staff member. The tour included the oldest sections of our hospital from 1925 in the east Cullen building to our newest remodeling at the Children’s Herman Pavilion 10th floor. They learned facts about the history of Mr. George Hermann, the Texas Medical Center, the Memorial Hermann TMC hospital, Dr. Red Duke’s life and the “Life Flight” emergency helicopters . Things would not have worked out as great without the help of Memorial Hermann TMC’s Marketing department members, past Rotarian Shelby Pulverenti and Tina Chen; and without the help of Life Flight Coordinator Erin Rosales.
 
 
Russian Vocational Training Team Visits D5890 Lizette Odfalk 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Dear Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Committee Members,
Please attend our BOD meeting online via Zoom November 12th at 10 am to 11am. Links and instructions to join are below. Please don't reply all to this email, unless your message is intended to all.
Topic: Rotary BOD Meeting
Time: Nov 12, 2016 10:00 AM (GMT-6:00) Central Time (US and Canada)
 
Yours in Rotary Serving Humanity,
Adriane "Dree" Miller
Club President
Charter Member
Rotary E-Club of Houston, Texas, USA
Mobile: (503) 593-4364
Rotaryeclubhouston.org
Board of Directors Meeting - Saturday, November 12th 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
The Final Three Endemic Countries
Pakistan - One new polio case reported this week.  Sixteen cases have been reported in 2016 with 54 cases reported in 2015. 
Three new polio-positive environmental samples were collected last week.  In Pakistan, both the oral polio vaccine and the inactivated poliovirus vaccine are being used hand in hand to boost immunity; and committed healthcare workers are going to great lengths to build trust and to ensure every child is vaccinated.
Afghanistan - Three new polio cases reported this week.  Twelve polio cases reported in 2016 with 20 cases recorded in 2015.  The most recent cases involved an onset of paralysis and was located near Paktika near the Pakistan border.
Nigeria - No new polio cases reported this week.  Four have been reported in 2016 and none reported in 2015.  The most recent case was reported on August 20th in Borno State.  A regional outbreak response in northeastern Nigeria continued to be implemented, both in response to the WPV1 cases detected in August and the circulating vaccine-deprived poliovirus type 2 isolates, detected in Borno from an environmental sample (collected in MARCH) and a healthy contact of one of the WPV1 cases (from (AUGUST).  
 
Terry Zigler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair and Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator
Polio Update Terry Zigler 2016-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
On Saturday afternoon during the Zone Institute Rotarians helped Interactors and Rotaractors fill the football field of a local high school in Salt Lake City and they formed the Rotary Wheel.  This earned a Guinness World Record for Rotary and earned some great media coverage for the event.  Participants all received matching yellow T-shirts and green baseball caps.
Guinness World Record for Rotary - October 29thth 2016-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
Join us in congratulating eClub of Houston Rotarian Isis Mejias. She received the Rotary Alumni Service to Humanity Award at our Rotary Zones # 21B & 27 Institute meeting in Salt Lake City! As a finalist and our Zone candidate she will also be announced at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta in May when the finalist for Rotary International will be announced!  She is a former Rotary Global Scholar to Brazil, and earned a joint PhD from the Universities of São Paulo and Houston. Isis returned recently from a week in Uganda where she took the 100 small dresses made by our Rotary President Adriane Miller and her team and distributed them to the children there. She also connected with the volunteers monitoring the progress of our district/zone's $300,000 water, sanitation and education project.  She is pictured here with PDG Ed Charlesworth and Rotary Regional Foundation  Coordinator PDG Susie Howe. Isis commented, "Thank you!! It really is an honor to work with people that care to make the world a better place."
Congratulations, Dr. Isis Meijas! 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week:  "The Garden Song" by John Denver 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
100 years of the Rotary Foundation 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
"Whosoever plants a tree" a poem by Felix Dennis 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
What do you get when you combine the strongest materials from the plant world with the most elastic ones from the insect kingdom? Super-performing materials that might transform ... everything. Nanobiotechnologist Oded Shoseyov walks us through examples of amazing materials found throughout nature, in everything from cat fleas to sequoia trees, and shows the creative ways his team is harnessing them in everything from sports shoes to medical implants.
 
About our speaker - Oded Shoseyov
Oded Shoseyov’s researches plant molecular biology protein engineering and nanobiotechnology, creating super-performing materials that are could change the way we build our future products.  A professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Oded Shoseyov is an expert in nanobiotechnology; he has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific publications and is the inventor or co-inventor of 45 patents. Shoseyov received the Kaye Innovation Award from the Hebrew University in 2010, and an honorable mention from the Israeli Prime Minister for his contributions in entrepreneurship and innovation in 2012. He has founded ten companies, several of which are focused on engineering new materials for use in human tissue, jet fuel and food packaging.
 
This TedTalk was filmed in Paris in May, 2016 and released in September, 2016.
 
Weekly Program: How we're harnessing nature's hidden superpowers Oded Shoseyov 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
We have updated our Attendance Form which is just below the banner on the website for Rotary e-club Houston.  It is stream-lined for an easy, quick report.  Remember, to achieve 100% attendance your participation is weekly OR within two weeks prior and two weeks after for a missed week.   There is a menu for you to click on the method of your attendance as well as an option to write in your participation in an alternative make-up opportunity. 
 
 
As always, we appreciate your feedback and communication of your activities including make-ups at other Rotary clubs and volunteer activities.
Update on Club Attendance and Meetings 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Transportation geek Wanis Kabbaj thinks we can find inspiration in the genius of our biology to design the transit systems of the future. In this forward-thinking talk, preview exciting concepts like modular, detachable buses, flying taxis and networks of suspended magnetic pods that could help make the dream of a dynamic, driverless world into a reality.

Why you should listen

As the director of global strategy for healthcare logistics at UPS, Wanis Kabbaj finds ways for organizations to transport their temperature-sensitive medicines and biotechnologies safely around the world. For more than 16 years, Kabbaj's professional engagements have always revolved around transportation and innovation. Some of his ventures involved helping EADS Astrium use its satellite space transportation expertise in unexpected markets or participating in the global launch of Logan, a revolutionary low-cost vehicle, that helped Renault-Nissan harness a surprising growth in emerging markets.

Kabbaj is a dual citizen of Morocco and France and lived in four continents. Experiencing constant cultural transitions throughout his life gave him a real taste for analyzing problems through non-traditional lenses and blending disciplines that are usually kept separate.

Just this week there was an announcement of the reality of a driverless truck making a Colorado beer delivery from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.The 18-wheel semi loaded down with Budweiser made the 120 mile (200 km) trip through the center of crowded Denver using only the panoply of cameras, radar and sensors to read the road.  A professional driver was on board, but he simply monitored the progress from the truck's sleeper berth behind the driver's seat. "With an Otto-equipped vehicle, truck drivers will have the opportunity to rest during long stretches of highway while the truck continues to drive and make money for them."  "When you see a truck driving down the road with nobody in the frong seat, you'll know that it's highly unlikely to get in a collision, drive aggressively, or waste a single drop of fuel," Otto said.
 
The test came just six weeks after Uber launched its demonstration self-driving car service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gaining a jump on the many auto makers that are now  developing systems for cars and trucks to pilot themselves.  (http://phys.org/news/2016-10-driverless-truck-uber-otto-colorado.html)
 
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/)
 

Ford Motor Co. intends to start selling driverless cars to the public by about 2025, its chief executive officer said.

The goal is to lower costs enough to make autonomous vehicles affordable to millions of people, CEO Mark Fields said in a speech Monday at company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. After starting with sales of robot taxis to ride-hailing services by 2021, “around mid-decade we’ll make vehicles available for people to purchase for themselves,” he said.

“We’re dedicated to putting autonomous vehicles on the road for millions of people, not just those who can afford luxury cars,” Fields said.

Others are putting driverless cars on the road ahead of Ford. Singapore last month unveiled the first autonomous taxi service, run by NuTonomy, a small startup. Uber Technologies Inc., founded in 2009, will soon let users of its popular ride-sharing app hail autonomous Volvo sport utility vehicles in Pittsburgh. Alphabet Inc.’s Google self-driving car project also has indicated it will move from testing to commercialization by the end of the decade.

"With an Otto-equipped vehicle, truck drivers will have the opportunity to rest during long stretches of highway while the truck continues to drive and make money for them."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-driverless-truck-uber-otto-colorado.html#jCp

The 18-wheel semi loaded down with Budweiser made the 120 mile (200 kilometer) trip from Fort Collins through the center of crowded Denver to Colorado Springs using only its panoply of cameras, radar and sensors to read the road.

The truck carried a professional driver, but he simply monitored the progress from the truck's sleeper berth behind the driver's seat.

The trip was a fairly straight two-hour drive south on the I-25 highway, "exit-to-exit", the company said in a statement, suggesting the initial and final stretches off the highway were handled by a driver.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-driverless-truck-uber-otto-colorado.html#jCp

The 18-wheel semi loaded down with Budweiser made the 120 mile (200 kilometer) trip from Fort Collins through the center of crowded Denver to Colorado Springs using only its panoply of cameras, radar and sensors to read the road.

The truck carried a professional driver, but he simply monitored the progress from the truck's sleeper berth behind the driver's seat.

The trip was a fairly straight two-hour drive south on the I-25 highway, "exit-to-exit", the company said in a statement, suggesting the initial and final stretches off the highway were handled by a driver.

The test came just six weeks after Uber launched its demonstration self-driving car service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gaining a jump on the many automakers that are now developing systems for cars and trucks to pilot themselves.

"This shipment is the next step towards our vision for a safe and productive future across our highways," Otto said.

"With an Otto-equipped vehicle, truck drivers will have the opportunity to rest during long stretches of highway while the truck continues to drive and make money for them."



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-driverless-truck-uber-otto-colorado.html#jCp

The 18-wheel semi loaded down with Budweiser made the 120 mile (200 kilometer) trip from Fort Collins through the center of crowded Denver to Colorado Springs using only its panoply of cameras, radar and sensors to read the road.

The truck carried a professional driver, but he simply monitored the progress from the truck's sleeper berth behind the driver's seat.

The trip was a fairly straight two-hour drive south on the I-25 highway, "exit-to-exit", the company said in a statement, suggesting the initial and final stretches off the highway were handled by a driver.

The test came just six weeks after Uber launched its demonstration self-driving car service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gaining a jump on the many automakers that are now developing systems for cars and trucks to pilot themselves.

"This shipment is the next step towards our vision for a safe and productive future across our highways," Otto said.

"With an Otto-equipped vehicle, truck drivers will have the opportunity to rest during long stretches of highway while the truck continues to drive and make money for them."



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-driverless-truck-uber-otto-colorado.html#jCp
Weekly Program - Driverless Cars Are a Reality 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

 The Katy Wine Fest will offer wine tastings, light bites from several Katy and West Houston eateries, musical entertainment by Chris Austin Martinez, an exciting 50/50 Raffle, and a silent and Big Board auction featuring unique items.  Proceeds of the Katy Wine Fest directly benefit The Brookwood Community and the Brookwood Center for Learning. 

Please join the Cinco Ranch Rotary on Friday, November 4, 2016, for an evening highlighting wines from Australia and New Zealand.

Proceeds from the Katy Wine Fest will directly benefit The Brookwood Community’s ongoing training and outreach programs and to continue the growth of the Center for Learning to share Brookwood’s model with others.  As a result, Brookwood will no longer be the exception to the rule in the broader field of disabilities, but will be a new norm enhancing the lives of adults with special needs across the nation and around the world.
Brookwood is currently developing and testing new training curriculum for our next generation of teachers and team members.  It is their plan to make these resources available to share with other organizations over time.  Brookwood is also seeking to augment its hands-on, working internship program, acquainting more students from around Texas and beyond with the Brookwood model.  This kind of community-wide sharing produces an exponential ripple effect across the world, as its model is shared and replicated.  In addition, quarterly Network Days at Brookwood offer peer organizations a two-day Brookwood experience including one-day intensive seminars, to foster collaboration to advance and share knowledge, techniques and visions in the field of caring for adults with disabilities.
 

 

 

 

 

Fundraiser - 11th Annual Katy Wine Fest November 4th 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Tour of Rotary International Headquarters 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - Theme Song from "The Jetsons" 2016-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
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All YA"LL are invited to participate in the World's Greatest Meal to raise money for polio eradication.  Did you know that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is tripling every dollar we raise until 2018? So, if you donate $10.00 USD, you are really donating $30.00 that will help vaccinate 50 children around the globe! Yes!  Raising money virtually through the WGMeal and help End Polio Now is easy as 1-2-3! ...Do-Re-Mi! ;)  Here's how to participate:
 
(1) Take a moment to donate online, every dollar helps. Say you donate $10.00. Donate here: https://map.rotary.org/en/securememberservices/pages/SelectFundR.aspx?FUND=PP
(2) Send me your total donation numbers, yes if you are a Rotarian your club and you will be benefited, we just need the amount for our award recognitions and to report to the World's Greatest Meal! Don't forget! The amount will not be public.
(3) Take a picture of your food, a selfie with your food or a picture of you and your friends eating together and share it here or send it to me (with the info above) to lizodfalk@gmail.com no later than the morning of 10/25/16.
 
You can start participating anytime, just post your food pic, selfie eating or group pic at the table and let us know how much you donated to the End Polio Now fund. https://www.facebook.com/events/368693313521251/?ti=cl We will do the math and let you know how many children you're helping to walk! Give us your full name, District and Rotary club (if applicable), or if it's a company, country, individual, etc. These will be issued after October 24th, when the total donation will also be reported here and at the WGMEAL! Do register your interest above! #WGMeal #endpolionow #RotaryFoundation #RotaryeClubofHouston
Thank you in advance! Can't wait to see what everyone will be eating! http://wgmeal.com willhave a report of our donation as this event is registered!
 
This is an opportunity for all e-club members as well as our supporters to unite together in the effort to eradicate polio from this world for future generations.  Let's try for the highest percentage in participation of all of our projects.  It is so easy - you know you will eat every day and this World's Greatest Meal simply requires that you raise awareness of Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio when you dine with friends and/or family and share that you plan to donate to the Rotary Foundation - and don't forget to send in your photo of the meal.  If you are solo, that counts, too!  Some will gather friends and family to the table for a special meal for the occasion, but whatever your meal plan, we hope you will join our effort and DONATE some amount to Polio Plus.
 
We've had many asking how to donate by phone, so here's is how you can donate:
By phone: Rotary Polio Plus offices: (USA )1-866-976-8279
or (World) 1-847-866-3000.
Online through Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/MyRotary/en/take-action/give#pp
Choose Polio Plus and if there's space you can add WGMEAL#
 
On behalf of our eClub of Houston President Dree Miller and all our members, Thank You!
 
Lizette Odfalk, Centennial Rotary Foundation Chair
Rotary eClub of Houston, District 5890
Houston, Texas USA
www.RotaryeClubofHouston.org
This event is registered here as well: http://www.endpolio.org
#endpolionow #RotaryFoundation #RotaryeClubofHouston #
 
World's Greatest Meal Virtual Fundraiser 2016-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting Date & Time:  This Monday, October 24th, at 6:30PM (6:00PM, if you want to order food) 
 
New Venue:    Fratelli's Ristorante  
                        1330 Wirt Road
                       Houston, Texas 77055 
                       713-263-0022 
 
Growing Rotary enables us to do more good in our communities and the world.  Attendance at the D5890 Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to bond with your club's Area Membership Chair (AMC) & other district leaders.
Speaker - Susan Milner - District 5890 Secretary & Past President of the Rotary Club of Baytown (received D5890 President of the Year award for large clubs)
  
Topic - "Matching Club & RI Membership Numbers - 
Susan will present integral information per the club's membership and RI membership matching, not only in number, but in member names; and per the steps that clubs must implement using ClubRunner when adding and deleting members.  The clubs that do not use ClubRunner, Susan will provide steps that these clubs must take when adding and deleting members.  
 
Susan will answer your questions per club reports due to her by the 10th of each month and per checking club reports with her reports that club secretary's receive on the 15th of each month. 
 
We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club! 
 
Yours in Rotary service,
Ann Wright
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2014-2017
713-647-8400 - Direct
awright_tmg@yahoo.com
 
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
2016-2017 
832-473-5729 - Cell
derpaint@yahoo.com
         
 
District Membership Meeting - Monday, October 24th 2016-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

Why you should listen

Jim Hemerling is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in The Boston Consulting Group's People & Organization and Transformation Practices. He is a BCG Fellow with a focus on high-performance organization transformation. He also leads BCG's global Behavior & Culture topic.

Hemerling has published extensively on transformation, organization effectiveness and culture. He is co-editor of Transformation: Delivering and Sustaining Breakthrough Performance, a synthesis of BCG's latest thinking on transformation to be published in November 2016.   

His previous book, Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything, coauthored with Arindam Bhattacharya and Harold L. Sirkin, was chosen by The Economist for their Best Books of the Year in 2008. He has coauthored columns for Bloomberg and Businessweek and has been featured in Fortune, Manager magazine and on CNBC.

Hemerling holds a BASc and M. Eng degrees and an MBA with distinction. He is a member of the board of governors of Opportunity International.

Weekly Program - 5 Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant Change 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
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On 24 October, join us for our fourth annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We’ll be streaming live from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. We’ll be joined by celebrities and experts to share our progress on the road to polio eradication.  On 24 October, tune in at endpolio.org to follow and join the global conversation on social media.
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The easy way to donate to The Rotary Foundation is to make recurring gifts (what we call Rotary Direct) on a credit card.  It is soooo easy - just click on the Give tab at www.rotary.org/myrotary and follow the easy instructions.  Do it once for the Annual Fund and again for PolioPlus.  When Rotarians ask me for advise on what % to give to each fund, I suggest 80% to the Annual Fund (as 1/2 comes back to your District to be used for Grants, Peace Programs and Polio) and 20% to Polio (which is matched $2 to $1 by the Gates Foundation until 2018 as we push to End Polio Now!
Support The Rotary Foundation 2016-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians Wayne Beaumier (Rotary Club of Bear Creek Copperfield) and Vicki Brentin (Rotary Club of Houston) are on the ground in Haiti now to provide assistance.   Within 45 minutes of their arrival they were meeting with the top Rotary leader for disaster relief and began making plans.  Earlier today they were meeting with representatives of other NGO's representing Disaster Aid International.  Wayne is the District 5890 Disaster Relief Chair and very hands on with his special training from both Boy Scouts of America and Disaster Aid USA.  Disaster Aid USA has deployed to Haiti for assistance with other disasters.  Their focus will be on providing emergency shelters and providing clean drinking water.  Your donation would be appreciated to purchase Family Survival Packs, Home Repair Kits, and most importantly, SkyHydrant water purification systems and Sawyer water filters.
 
Post Hurricane Matthew in Haiti - A Report from Disaster Aid USA 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
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President's Message

I hope you can join us this Saturday October 15th at 5:30pm at Boca2 Bar and Bites at 7951 Katy Freeway for our informal gathering. This meeting is for us to get to know each other a little, and you will have the opportunity to be updated on our club's projects. Each member is responsible for his/her own bill, but Frank's prices are very reasonable. So come have a glass of wine or beer and have some delicious food.
 
Please remember November 19th at 11:30 AM our District Governor Eric Liu is making his official visit to our club. Same place, Boca2. I expect great member attendance for this meeting. Please feel free to bring your spouses and significant others, friends, and family to hear Eric Liu's message to our club. I'm counting on you to help me give a warm welcome to DG Eric.
 
Thank you and I will see you all Saturday!
 
Adriane Miller (Dree)
President of Rotary E-Club of Houston
Rotaryeclubhouston.org
President's Message 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
A Special Message  From RI President-nominee Sam Owori 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
DisneySongs.net -
Be Our Guest song from Beauty and the Beast.
Song of the Week - Be Our Guest 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, bet his whole company on the belief that people can trust each other enough to stay in one another's homes. How did he overcome the stranger-danger bias? Through good design. Now, 123 million hosted nights (and counting) later, Gebbia sets out his dream for a culture of sharing in which design helps foster community and connection instead of isolation and separation.

 

 
Weekly Progam:  The Story of Airbnd 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
 
Early purchase of tickets to guarantee seats will be November 1st.  During the month of November tickets will be promoted widely and it will be SOLD OUT.
 
Main Partner Club: Rotary Club of University Area.  The NW Sunset Club is also joining.
Event overview: A movie about a great Texas lady; Blossoms in the Dust, to celebrate women in this 30th year of Women in Rotary. The University Area Rotary Club will pay for the venue and manage tickets sale and keep revenue from tickets. The partner clubs could set up a table to showcase the project in order to raise funds. There will also be 15 - 20 minutes of speaking time, and Jim Kite has agreed to attend and assist in promoting the project. The partner clubs would keep all funds not raised through ticket sales.
 
Area of Focus:  Child and Maternal Health
We need your help to improve lives of newborns in Chinendega, Nicaragua. Small actions can make a big difference! Our club will be partners with two Rotary clubs for two fundraiser events to send Rotary Layette bags to the women’s shelter in Nicaragua.  The women arrive at the shelter from remote mountain villages to give birth in the government hospital, but do not have funds to stay safely in hotels.  Many had been sleeping on park benches alone near the hospital.  A shelter has been built to house these women which also provides prenatal care, medical evaluation (including untrasound), hot meals, hot showers, and a brief return to the center after giving birth to assure the new mom that she has the skills to care for her newborn. 
 
The impact of our help
The layette bag program and the education provided at the Women’s shelter saves hundreds of lives each year. The infant mortality in the area is 50%. But Jim Kite advises that none of the children whose mothers stayed at the shelter have died in infancy. So you are really going to be part of something special.

Rotary Layette Bags: A collection of clothing for a newborn child, shampoo, ointment, diapers, towels, etc.  A specified list of contents so all receive the same items.   The Rotary emblem is prominent on the front side of a nice zippered blue canvas bag.
 
Sundance Cinema:  510 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
With the purchase of a movie ticket, Sundance Cinemas provides validation for three (3) hours of free parking upon presentation of your white Theatre District parking ticket at the box office. Upon presentation of your “blue” Theatre District parking ticket, Sundance Cinemas will reimburse $10.00 of the event parking fee.
 
 
 
Movie Night Fundraiser at the Sundance Cinemas - Dec 1st 2016-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to today’s coaching session from MyInspiration4Life.

If you believe yourself to be an exceptional person, with talents and
abilities, one who is friendly and kind, healthy and energetic and
destined to have a terrific life, this belief will lead you to set
goals, work hard, develop yourself, treat others well, bounce back from
adversity, and ultimately succeed in any endeavor you choose.

Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder
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Believe in Yourself 2016-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Actually, there is some good research on the pairing of music and learning.  All of our children learn the ABC song to music in early childhood.  There are songs to teach math facts and concepts, and then I found this one about DNA.   It is difficult to follow the words alone if you are just listening, so try to read the lyrics as you listen. 
 
This is an interesting read:  Songs for Teaching - Using Music to Promote Learning (http://www.songsforteaching.com/teachingtips/usingmusictocarrythemessage.php):
     Chris Brewer, M.A., a noted authority on the integration of music throughout the curriculum, discusses the benefits of of music in our daily lives -- and the similar benefits of using music to enhance the learning environment.
     She discusses the use of music to elicit specific reactions that energize, focus, inspire and create other positive states of mind.

Music is one of the most powerful ways we have of understanding one another because it provides a connection in a way that words cannot. Some say it is created 90 percent from the heart and 10 percent from the mind. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German writer, once stated that music is “the language of the heart.”

     I believe that all music is a message from the people in the time and place in which it was written. Information communicated through musical sound carries with it an emotional content that reveals the impact of a person’s or society’s experience. For instance, one hears within the righteous tunes and ballads of Celtic music the breadth of the culture’s history. There is Celtic music that sonically upholds a valiant fight for freedom, and lilting ballads that speak passionately about human rights. The haunting melodies of some Celtic songs express the universal longing for love, life, and happiness. Listen or dance to a popular Celtic jig and you will experience the Celtic exuberance for life. The sum of this culture’s existence is expressed fully within its music.

     Every culture creates a unique musical version of life. The sounds vary with the personality of the culture and the environment in which it has evolved. The music of a society often mimics the qualities of the landscape the culture inhabits. For example, seagoing people often incorporate pleasant flowing sounds, playful ebb and flow, grand tempestuous music, and songs of the sea. Mountain culture music provides grand vistas of sound, the gentle music of whispering pines, and sonic depictions of journeys to great heights. Urban cultures express the rapid rhythm of city lifestyles, emphatic ballads about tight community, and intense songs portraying cultural clashes.

     Playing the musical messages of a culture to our students conveys the essence of that society in a deep and meaningful way. When we have listened to the music of another culture, we have gained a sense of what they have experienced in their own lives.

     All music speaks of the human experience. People orchestrate their sorrows, joys, challenges, and desires in sound. Play a song of celebration from Peru and another from Russia, and you will experience the same festive sensation of joy dressed in unique harmonies, but shared in the universal language of music.

Song of the Week - The DNA Song 2016-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
From improving vaccines to modifying crops to solving crimes, DNA technology has transformed our world. Now, for the first time in history, anyone can experiment with DNA at home, in their kitchen, using a device smaller than a shoebox. We are living in a personal DNA revolution, says biotech entrepreneur Sebastian Kraves, where the secrets buried in DNA are yours to find.  Our speaker is Sebastian Kraves, a Biotech entrepeneur and he wants to bring DNA testing to more people in new places.

Why you should listen

Dr. Sebastian Kraves co-founded the Cambridge-based start-up miniPCR to help bring DNA analysis technology to the masses. Kraves was previously a principal at BCG, where he spent more than six years working on health care challenges, such as how to make biomedical technology accessible in sub-Saharan Africa. A molecular neurobiologist who trained at Harvard, Kraves has published research on optogenetics and the genetic regulation of behavior, but is now focused on his dream to make DNA analysis tools accessible to everyone, everywhere.

 
Weekly Program: The era of personal DNA testing is here 2016-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
On October 1st, Rtn. Isis Mejias spoke for the organization "Go Blue for Clean Water".  Isis is a member of the Water and Sanitation Rotarians Action Group (WaSRAG). They are trying to raise some funds for a project in Cameroon.
 
At  the  request  of  Wasrag  and  Rotary  International,  a  team  headed  up  by  former  Ambassadorial Scholar to Brazil and a member of the Rotary E-club of Houston, Dr. Isis E. Mejias, visited Uganda with the objective of developing a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) needs assessment in the Rakai and Kalungu Districts in June 2014. After meeting with 100+ stakeholders in Uganda, the team found a profound neglect in the WASH area in 10 primary schools and the surrounding communities. The following needs were identified:
  1. Establish more water access points
  2. Establish operation and maintenance of water access points
  3. Establish sustainable water management structure: water usage committees
  4. Design and install water quality equipment with the supervision of a technical person
  5. Reduce turbidity in drinking water
  6. Reduce fecal contamination in drinking water
  7. Reduce the toxic chemicals in the drinking water
  8. Train local stakeholders to maintain/repair water quality equipment
  9. Establish a training program for school teachers, parents and pupils to learn hygiene management
  10. Reduce diseases related to sanitation
  11. Increase the number of stances in schools
  12. Decrease the open defection in villages
  13. Increase  the  continued  enrollment  and  retention  of  girls  in  schools  through the management of menstrual hygiene
  1. On September 26th, 2015 the RC of Kalisizo and the RC of Calgary launched the project “Water is Life- Sanitation is Health”, GG 1525222 (USD$301,377), with the help of 21 Clubs and 17 Districts from 8 countries around the world. This project, directed to 10,000+ beneficiaries, comprises 3 phases:
  2. Phase 1 includes a baseline development, education and training of water supply management, sanitation, and hygiene components in schools.
    Phase 2 includes the construction and retrofitting of water supply and sanitation systems, and practical training of village health teams (VHTs), water usage committees, and sub county health assistants.
    Phase 3 includes and waste management training program, as well as an income generating program to ensue sustainability of the program.
     
    During Phase 1, which concluded in April 2016, the RC of Kalisizo provided training to Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) members, school administrators, School Management Committee (SMC) members, local professionals, health inspectors, senior women, health club patrons and health club executive members and distributed reusable sanitary pads to adolescent girls. They also partnered with the University of Makerere to generate WaSH data in 20 additional primary schools and 5613 households from 60 villages.
    The project just started Phase 2 in September this year and will begin the installation of all the hardware:
    I) Construction of 9 new tanks and retrofitting of 4 existing tanks.
    II) Protection of ponds and springs.
    III) Repair of existing rain water harvesting systems.
    IV) Installation of 50 Biosand filters in all schools
    V) Installation of 50 latrine stances (5 latrine stances/school in 10 schools)
    VI) Practical education on the construction   and   maintenance   of   the   water   supply   and   quality   systems   as strict measure for sustainability.
WaSH education is part of the UN's Milenium Development Goals, as they are direct causes of poverty in many countries. The biggest gap in sustainability in Africa is not the lack of water sources, or the water quality. It is the lack of capacity development in the most vulnerable communities about WaSH practices. This is why the Rotary GG# 1525222 approached the training and education component in Phase 1, before moving on to the infrastructure installation and retrofit in Phase 2.
 
Isis will depart to Uganda on October 14th to meet with the RC of Kalisizo, and John Ridge, the primary contact of the RC of Calgary, to launch Phase 2 and bring news about the project to our local donors. In addition, our lovely President Adriane Miller, will be sawing some dresses to donate to the girls in the primary schools. If you have any interest in helping in this effort, either by donating cash, material, or sawing some dresses, or even small school supplies: pencils, notebooks, etc, please contact Dree or Isis. Isis will personally take all of these gifts to the schools herself. 
 
 
WASRAG - What our e-club member is doing about clean water 2016-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 
Raymond Davis - Took a course in Chicago as a chocolatier and now produces the best quality chocolates which he shares for Rotary causes and other non-profit organizations.  He is a pilot for Southwest (what he calls his day job) and serves our club as our PR Chair.  Raymond lives in Chappel Hill, Texas (near Brenham).  The Davis couple shares the same date as the Charlesworth's to celebrate wedding annirversaries. Raymond joined the family of Rotary in 2011 and transferred to the e-club Houston in 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wrap-up on Global "Virtual World's Greatest Meal" - Raised $450 for polio eradication which means 2,250 children will receive the polio vaccine.  This is matched by the Gates Foundation to amount to $1,350 USD.  Participants in this event were from the USA, Canada, Australia, India, Sweden, Turkey and Mexico.  Thank you Debbie Vance, Drew Antrobus, Ed and Robin Charlesworth, Priyamvada Singh, Gosta Malmer, Susanne Rea (WGM Founder), Necdet Buyukbay, Martine Stolk, President Dree and Michael Miller, Liz and Mikael Odfalk, Mary Gembecki, Junny Parrales, and Carlos Guerra!
 
PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth - Attending the Zone Institute  (Zones 21b & 27) in Salt Lake City.
 
Maria Zancanaro -Helping to sell T-shirts ($22.99) as a fundraiser  to assist in medical treatment of Camille, a ten-year old female child who is bravely fighting cancer which was only diagnosed in May, 2016.  She has a very aggressive brain tumor  and has already undergone three brain surgeries.  She is from Brazil and is now receiving treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston which began in August, 2016.  To help this child and her family, see http://helpcamille.org/.
 
Linda Caruso - Volunteered at the Italian Festival in Houston in October, 2016.
 
Isis Mejias - Received a beautiful portait made with banana fiber from the Rotary Clubs of Kalisizo and Lukaya during her visit in Uganda.  She has kept busy with service projects related to clean water and dresses/shorts for children in Kyambala Muslim Primary School.   She also went to the Lwankoni Primary School, another of 30 schools of the Rotary school WASH program "Water is Life-Sanitation is Health".  You can see she has had a rewarding and highly productive trip serving others representing Rotary!
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#100actsofgood 2016-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
November 19th - District Governor Eric Liu's official visit with Rotary e-Club Houston 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Boca2 located at 7951 Katy Fwy.  This meeting will be recorded for all members unable to attend in person.   Our membership has a far reach across the United States and across the world and we want you to share to the extent possible in all e-club activities.
 
December 1st - Movie Night Fundraiser at the Sundance Cinema
 
December 3rd - Rotary e-club Houston Christmas Party
 
February 11th - Layettes of Love Fundraiser @ Cypress Creek Christian Community Center
DATES TO REMEMBER - FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS 2016-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - "Money, Money, Money" by ABBA 2016-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Neha Narula is described as a "currency futurist".  She is helping redefine the future of money by researching cryptocurrencies and providing clarity on how digital currencies will transform our world.  This TedTalk was recorded in Paris in May, 2016.
 
What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money — and paints a picture of a very different looking future.

Why you should listen

Neha Narula is director of research at the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab where she teaches courses and leads cryptocurrency and blockchain research. While completing her PhD in computer science at MIT, she built fast, scalable databases and secure software systems, and she spoke about these topics at dozens of industry and research conferences.

In a previous life, Narula helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and was a senior software engineer at Google. There, she designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a system for running native code securely through a browser.

 

Weekly Program:  "The Future of Money" 2016-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
More than 2.3 million people worldwide are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).   It's why Walk MS matters so much.  Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.
 
President Dree Miller will be walking in The Woodlands on October 29th from Town Green Park beginning at 9:00 am.  Now three additional Rotarians in our e-club will be joining her - Lizette Odfalk and Martine Stolk and Michael Miller, her husband.   Join them in  fundraising by donating to this walk which supports MS research, programs, patient services, and more. You can learn more about the walk at walkMS.org.  The team has raised $630 to date.  Thank you for your support!
 
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.
The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $920 million has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren't any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.
About Walk MS 2016 2016-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
The Final Three Endemic Countries:
Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Fifteen Polio cases reported in 2016 with 54 cases recorded in 2015  The most recent case, with the onset of paralysis on 10/02/16 was from the Sujawal, Sundh Southwest of Karachi.  No new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected last week.  In Pakistan, both the oral polio vaccine and the inactivated poliovirus vaccine are being used hand in hand to boost immunity; and committed healthcare workers are going to great lengths to build trust and to ensure every child is vaccinated.     
Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Eight Polio cases reported in 2016 with 20 cases recorded in 2015. The most recent case, with an onset of paralysis on 08/11/16 was from Paktika - near the Pakistan border. No new Polio-positive environmental samples have been collected in Afghanistan in 2016.    
 
Nigeria - No new Polio cases reported this week.   Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015.  The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 on Borno State.  In response to the Polio cases reported in Borno, the government of Nigeria has declared a national public health emergency along with the governments of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, and Niger.
 
Importation Countries - Ethiopia (0-2015, 1-2014), Cameroon (0-2015, 5-2014), Somalia (0-2015, 5-2014), Iraq (0-2015, 2- 2014), Syria (0-2015,1-2014), & Equatorial Guinea (0-2015, 5-2014).
   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator
Polio Update Terry Zigler 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
 
TOP HEALTH CONCERNS LISTED BY PARENTS IN THE USA (2013 report from C.S. Mott National Poll, August 19, 2013 Volume 19 Issue 2 )
*Adults across the US rate childhood obesity at the top of the list of big health problems for children in their communities.
*Hispanic adults rate bullying as the #2 health concern for children in their communities.
*Black adults rate school violence as the #3 health concern for children in their communities; Hispanic adults also rate school violence in their top 10.
 
And from the National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences (July, 2016):

New research centers connect environment and children’s health

A new phase of Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers, or Children’s Centers, has been funded by NIEHS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The five centers, part of a program originally established in 1998, will study the unique vulnerability of children to pollutants in the environment, which is a perennial priority for NIEHS.

“We know that environmental factors can interfere with development, both in the womb and during childhood, which can have short-term and long-term health effects,” said NIEHS Children’s Centers Program Director Kimberly Gray, Ph.D. “The Children’s Centers have been instrumental in identifying environmental stressors that we should be concerned about.”

New centers to study the influence of early life environments

The Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome, and Metabolomics, known as C-CHEM2, will be the first Children’s Center to study how the microbiome, or the millions of microorganisms that live in and on our bodies, affects preterm birth and infant health.

The center plans to follow 300 pregnant African-American women through birth and for 18 months afterwards, measuring physical, social, and behavioral factors in the environment, and brain development in the children.

It will be led by Linda McCauley, Ph.D., and P. Barry Ryan, Ph.D., of Emory University. “The type of delivery, genetics, feeding, postnatal stress, and maternal-infant interaction are all vital aspects that affect long-term health outcomes,” McCauley explained.

The new Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development, or CRECE, based at Northeastern University, is also interested in how an expectant mother’s environment during pregnancy may influence early childhood health. CRECE, which means grow in Spanish, will follow the health of approximately 800 children through age four years in Puerto Rico, where there are numerous Superfund and hazardous waste sites. The pregnant mothers’ levels of exposure to hazardous chemicals were documented in a previous study and will be compared with the children’s health under the leadership of Akram Alshawabkeh, Ph.D.

Efforts to understand childhood leukemia, asthma, and brain development

According to Gray, the three renewed Children’s Centers all study health conditions that substantially burden children’s health. The University of California at Berkeley-based Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) will explore how environmental factors and immune system changes may combine to contribute to childhood leukemia, the incidence of which has increased by approximately 35 percent since 1975, according Catherine Metayer, M.D., Ph.D., CIRCLE director.

Asthma is another major children’s health concern. The Johns Hopkins Center for the Study of Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment (CCAUE) will study how obese children with asthma respond to air pollution. Under the leadership of Nadia Hansel, M.D., and Greg Diette, M.D., the center has already shown that replacing unvented gas stoves can reduce indoor air pollution, and that consumption of broccoli sprouts may be insufficient to prevent lung inflammation from indoor air pollutants.

The Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH), led by Frederica Perera, Dr.P.H., Ph.D., and Brad Peterson, M.D., is studying how air pollution affects children in other ways. By following a group of inner city children from the womb through adolescence, they found that high prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), common air pollutants from combustion of fossil fuels, may be linked to problems with brain development and obesity. In the next phase of the center, they will study how these prenatal air pollution exposures may affect adolescent health, including mental health and high-risk behaviors.

Priority on community engagement

All of the projects engage the public through Community Outreach and Research Translation Cores. CCCEH researchers, for example, continually inform their local communities, policymakers, and the wider public about the varied ways that exposure to PAHs can harm children’s health. At Northeastern, NIEHS council member Phil Brown, Ph.D., leads efforts to enhance environmental health education by reporting research results in a way that parents can understand.

Ryan, the co-director of C-CHEM2 at Emory, emphasizes the importance of this aspect of the Children’s Centers. “We listen and provide feedback to community members. They listen and provide feedback to us. And in both cases, we learn something,” he said.

(Virginia Guidry, Ph.D., is a technical writer and public information specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)

Focus on Children's Health Problems in USA 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
---Maria Robinson
Quote of the Week 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
 Inviting all under-40 Rotarians to the Rotary Young Professionals’ Summit at the Rotary Zone Institute in Salt Lake City. … The purpose of the summit is to bring together younger Rotarians and get them fired up about becoming more engaged in their clubs and districts. We want these Rotarians to come back excited about helping Rotary clubs grow both in size and relevance in our communities.
The best thing about the Rotary Young Professionals Summit is that it gives young Rotarians the opportunity to experience Rotary Zone for only $50. Our Young Professional organizers were blown away by the caliber of speakers and the fellowship at Rotary Zone Young Professionals last year!  …   Applicants or their districts/clubs are responsible for lodging and travel costs. To keep costs low, home stays will be available for free to those who want them, and some travel scholarships will be available based on need. 
 
What does it cost?    Registration is only $50! You're responsible for the cost of lodging and airfare, but we've done a lot of fundraising already, and we plan to offer seriously discounted airfare through reimbursements. We're also offering home stays to eliminate lodging costs for those who want that option. The registration fee is payable by you or your district/club. Most clubs and districts are sponsoring attendees partially or in full, so be sure to reach out to yours to ask for assistance!
When should I arrive?     You are welcome to come anytime the week before Rotary Zone Young Professionals Institute in order to take advantage of the social and business events offered all week long. However, we're asking all Summit attendees to arrive by 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Programming will run through early afternoon on Sunday.
Lodging deets?    The Rotary Zone YP Institute hotel is the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. Rotarians can book at a rate of $139 if booked before Oct 10, 2016. Alternatively, we'll be offering host-family stays for anyone who prefers that option. Host family stays will be free, and will include transportation to and from the venue.
 
You can also learn more at www.SLCYoungProfessionalSummit.com We also have a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yp21b27
Rotary Young Professionals Summit - Apply by September 25th  2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
"Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.  Alison Gopnik takes us into the fascinating minds of babies and children, and shows us how much we understand before we even realize we do.
 

Why you should listen

What’s it really like to see through the eyes of a child? Are babies and young children just empty, irrational vessels to be formed into little adults, until they become the perfect images of ourselves? On the contrary, argues Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.

The author of The Philosophical BabyThe Scientist in the Crib and other influential books on cognitive development, Gopnik presents evidence that babies and children are conscious of far more than we give them credit for, as they engage every sense and spend every waking moment discovering, filing away, analyzing and acting on information about how the world works. Gopnik’s work draws on psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in child development research to understand how the human mind learns, how and why we love, our ability to innovate, as well as giving us a deeper appreciation for the role of parenthood.

She says: "What's it like to be a baby? Being in love in Paris for the first time after you've had 3 double espressos."

 
This TedTalk was filmed in July, 2011.
Weekly Program:  Alison Gopnik: What do babies think? 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
A Polio Survivor's Testimonial from World Polio Day 2014 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
"Friendship is born at that moment when on person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
~C.S. Lewis
 
Some friendships grow over years. Others form in an instant. The commonality of all these friendships is - well commonality: the recognition of the special things we share in common.  One thing consistent with Rotarians you meet all around the world is that they cherish the friendships they have made through Rotary all around the world. 
 
Quote of the Week 2016-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Marcia Allgayer shares:
Fellow Rotarian Jorge Amorim de Assis , member of the Rotary Club of Cariacica - Campo Grande ( D4410 - Brazil ), served with excellence during one of the tasks carried out by Brazilian volunteers and Rotarians of the e-club of Houston  - Texas (D5890).  A group of Brazilians living in Houston and surrounding cities collected 32 lbs. of diapers and sent it to Vitoria Marchioli, carrier of the Treacher-Collins syndrome.  To deliver the bag of diapers to Vitoria’s family, it took a coordinated effort from everyone involved.  In particular, we would like to thank our Fellow Rotarian Jorge, who received the bag in Sao Paulo, Brazil and personally delivered it to Vitoria Marchioli’s uncle in Vitoria, Espirito Santo.
 
Priyamvada Sigh - Celebrated Indian Independence Day with school children. The school is Bal Sansar Sanstha for rural poor children in the age group of 2 1/2  to eleven years in Ajmer City of Rajasthan.
 
Veronica Kerssemakers - From The Netherlands, continues to serve the elderly, disabled, and share her creative talents with various groups in her community.
 
Tiffany Cady -  Volunteered four full 7-hour days at the Reliant Dog Show in July. The event is huge and promotes responsible pet ownership, responsible breeding, and healthy humane care of pets. I clip nails for a donation in the Friends of BARC (FOB) booth. Mike and Tim Kinsella are FOB Directors and brothers who have been volunteering at the City of Houston Animal Shelter every weekend for 20 years. I worked with them when I was the Volunteer Manager at BARC. Now I volunteer with them at pet events around Houston and donate all proceeds to FriendsofBARC.org, a 501c3. I am doing the PetFest Old Town Spring event with them on Oct 15th and 16th. I will be clipping nails for $5 at that event and donating all proceeds to FOB. I am also doing the DREAM Dachshund Fall Fundraiser Event on 9/25. I clip nails, paint kids faces, and make sno cones and I donate all proceeds to the DREAM Dachshund rescue. The guys at FOB also do microchip implants right in our booth for only $20. It is a great way to help dogs stay out of the shelters
 
My donations are used to make the lives of shelter pets better by providing toys to chew on and extra supplies such as Clorox to clean the kennels.   The money donated to FOB is also used to help the homeless pets at BARC find homes by paying for spay/neuter surgeries, paying for heartworm treatments, and other medical care that may be needed but the City did not budget for.
 
Community Service in Rotary E-Club Houston 2016-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
At Rotary Foundation Seminar on September 17th, President Dree Miller shared how happy she is to belong to a group of people who are helping humanity - Rotary. I'm proud that 8 members of our club attended this event today. We inducted 3 new members today! What a a great way to start life as Rotarians for these 3 talented people! Marc Prevot, Bryan Mejia and Margot Bouassa, welcome to the Rotary E-Club of Houston! Another new member is Sid Davis, who couldn't be here because he lives a bit far from us. Welcome to our team, Sid! Greatly organized seminar, Wally Kronzer! Great job, district 5890! Let's End Polio!
District 5890 Rotary Foundation Seminar - September 17th Adriane Miller 2016-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Why are babies dying? Before Sue Desmond-Hellmann worked in public health, she was an oncologist. Now, the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is turning to infant mortality. Being a scientist at heart, she’s been shocked by how little we really know about what’s killing the world’s 2.6 million babies that die before they’re even a month old. A surprisingly large number of these babies die from what’s logged as “neonatal”—except, as Desmond-Hellmann says, “’Neonatal’ is not a cause of death; it’s simply an adjective.” It means: We don’t know why. We can’t be precise. So Sue is advocating for a new approach to “precise public health,” to use data to find where treatment is needed most. The method has been effective before, in reaching pregnant HIV-positive mothers. To apply that approach to the death of babies, Desmond-Hellmann and her team are working to painstakingly collect and log information on neonatal deaths in the developing world, through difficult conversations with mothers. If they meet their goals in the next 15 years, says Desmond-Hellmann, they can save 1 million babies’ lives every year. But first: They need more data. Because, as she says, “You can’t fix what you can’t define.”

AUDACIOUS AND AMBITIOUS

Some people used to see philanthropy as not especially rigorous or not willing to throw elbows to make good things happen.

Bill and Melinda wanted to do something different. They wanted a foundation that focused on clear goals and measurable results. They wanted to identify the world’s most important problems — and solve them.

Fundamentally, our goal is to level the playing field for people who may be left behind without access to healthcare, education, or pathways to escape extreme poverty.

We aim for nothing short of changing the world. You can’t do this until you’ve first opened people’s imagination to consider how much more is possible.

I think the biggest achievement in the foundation’s first 15 years is the extent to which its approach has changed expectations. No problem that leaves a person mired in suffering should be considered unsolvable.

See below:  Published on Jun 14, 2016

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann talks with The Verge's Walt Mossberg and Recode's Kara Swisher about her efforts to stop Ebola, Dengue fever and the Zika virus in the poorest parts of the world. She explains why Zika rose so rapidly without warning and what affected countries like Brazil and Colombia can do to slow it down. Next on the to-do list: Wiping out African sleeping sickness.

 
Weekly Program:  Ending infectious diseases - Susan Descmond-Hellman, CEO Gates Foundation 2016-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
On The Ground In Nigeria - Thanks to Rotarians in Africa, including PDG Chris Offer, Rotary's response to the outbreak in Borno, Nigeria is underway - "The Nigerian polio external review surveillance project is complete just the reports to do. One of the interesting facets of the polio campaign in Nigeria I was able to see is the use of technology. In some areas vaccinators are given a GPS enable phone that acts as a transponder and uploads a GPS location every 2 minutes. This gives a clear map of where they vaccinated children and areas that may have been missed. Another important area of technology is the use of high resolution satellite images to give population estimates. Algorithms have been developed based on type of buildings to estimate population. This is important to ensure the right number of vaccinators and vaccine is assigned to each ward (neighborhood) and determine how many children under 5 may have been missed. The geomapping has proved substantially more accurate than dated census information."  PDG Chris Offer
Rotary International provided a $500,000 grant for Polio eradication activities in the Borno, Nigeria and Lake Chad areas this week.
The Final Two Endemic Countries:
Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Thirteen Polio cases reported in 2016 with 54 cases recorded in 2015  The most recent case, with the onset of paralysis on 06/18/16 was from the South Waziristan agency of FATA.  One new Polio-positive environmental sample was collected last week.  In Pakistan, both the oral polio vaccine and the inactivated poliovirus vaccine are being used hand in hand to boost immunity; and committed healthcare workers are going to great lengths to build trust and to ensure every child is vaccinated.     
Afghanistan - Two new Polio cases reported this week.  Eight Polio cases reported in 2016 with 20 cases recorded in 2015. The most recent case, with an onset of paralysis on 08/08/16 was from Paktika - on the Pakistan border. No new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected in Afghanistan in 2016.    National Immunization Days were completed last week and another is planned for October 3-7.  
 
Nigeria - No Polio cases reported this week.  The onset of the most recent cases, with the onset of paralysis on 7/6/16 and 7/13/16 were from the Borno state in northeast Nigeria. Zero cases were recorded in 2015.  The outbreak response is being coordinated with neighboring countries in the broader humanitarian emergency response context affecting the region.   
Importation Countries - Ethiopia (0-2015, 1-2014), Cameroon (0-2015, 5-2014), Somalia (0-2015, 5-2014), Iraq (0-2015, 2- 2014), Syria (0-2015,1-2014), & Equatorial Guinea (0-2015, 5-2014).
   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator
Polio Eradication Update 2016-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 5890 are invited to send participants to an interactive leadership workshop in northwest Houston on September 10-11, 2016. In this workshop participants will learn how to improve their personal leadership skills that can be used in their club, their vocation and in any community organizations in which they hold a leadership position.

The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover material in the following general topic areas:

Social Styles, Listening Skills, Challenges in Leading Diversity, Group Activities and Presentations, Problem Solving, Empowerment of Others, Inspiring Leadership, Team Building, Conflict Management, Meeting Management, Skills Ethics, Visioning Boards.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/gulf-coast-leadership-institute-2016#sthash.1nvPV87b.dpuf

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 5890 are invited to send participants to an interactive leadership workshop in northwest Houston on September 10-11, 2016. In this workshop participants will learn how to improve their personal leadership skills that can be used in their club, their vocation and in any community organizations in which they hold a leadership position.

The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover material in the following general topic areas:

Social Styles, Listening Skills, Challenges in Leading Diversity, Group Activities and Presentations, Problem Solving, Empowerment of Others, Inspiring Leadership, Team Building, Conflict Management, Meeting Management, Skills Ethics, Visioning Boards.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/gulf-coast-leadership-institute-2016#sthash.1nvPV87b.dpuf
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in D5890 are invited to send participants to an interactive leadership workshop in northwest Houston on September 10 - 11th.  In this workshop participants will learn how to improve their personal leadership skills that can be used in their club, their vocations and in any community organization in which they hold a leadership position.  There are only 24 spots for the class. What better way to invest in your own club by investing in your club's future leaders. 
The Institute will be held at the Courtyard Houston Northwest – Marriott located at 11050 Louetta Rd., Houston, Texas 77070. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/gulf-coast-leadership-institute-2016#sthash.1nvPV87b.dpuf
 
Club members who have already completed the program include President Dree Miller, Treasurer Mike Miller, and Newsletter Editor & twice Past President Robin Charlesworth.  Our Charter President and Past District Governor Ed Charlesworth is one of the trainers for the weekend.
 
The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover the following general topic areas: social styles, listening skills, challenges in leadership, diversity, group activities and presentations, problem solving, empowerment of others, inspiring leadership, team building, conflict management, meting management, skills ethics, and visioning boards.  The Institute will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Houston NW.  Attendees must attend both days and stay overnight for the training.
 
 

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 5890 are invited to send participants to an interactive leadership workshop in northwest Houston on September 10-11, 2016. In this workshop participants will learn how to improve their personal leadership skills that can be used in their club, their vocation and in any community organizations in which they hold a leadership position.

The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover material in the following general topic areas:

Social Styles, Listening Skills, Challenges in Leading Diversity, Group Activities and Presentations, Problem Solving, Empowerment of Others, Inspiring Leadership, Team Building, Conflict Management, Meeting Management, Skills Ethics, Visioning Boards.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/gulf-coast-leadership-institute-2016#sthash.1nvPV87b.dpuf

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 5890 are invited to send participants to an interactive leadership workshop in northwest Houston on September 10-11, 2016. In this workshop participants will learn how to improve their personal leadership skills that can be used in their club, their vocation and in any community organizations in which they hold a leadership position.

The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover material in the following general topic areas:

Social Styles, Listening Skills, Challenges in Leading Diversity, Group Activities and Presentations, Problem Solving, Empowerment of Others, Inspiring Leadership, Team Building, Conflict Management, Meeting Management, Skills Ethics, Visioning Boards.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/gulf-coast-leadership-institute-2016#sthash.1nvPV87b.dpuf
Gulf Coast Leadership Institute - September 10 - 11th 2016-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
If any of your members would like to help out the Rotarians in Louisiana, please send a check to District Treasurer Jackie Barmore. Please make check payable to Rotary District 5890 Charities for Tax deduction purpose.  Mark a memo for the Disaster Relief for LA. Thank you for your help.
For the LA flood relief, please send checks to:
Jackie Barmore
3525 Preston Ave.
Pasadena, Texas 77505
and put LA flood relief on Memo
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August 21 - Day one is complete in Denham Louisiana! Texas Rotary District 5890 and Louisiana Rotary District 6200 help set up a distribution point under the direction of Operation Blessing. We delivered rental equipment to a family to help tear their floor up in Baker, delivered donated food and cleaning supplies to shelter in Zackary, delivered school supplies to a local Rotary club, worked on Southland Christian academy ripping drywall, tearing door frames out, power washing everything, delivered donated clothes to another church, help muck out a home so they could start tearing drywall out. We worked in the middle of a rain storm, checked in and helped Operation Blessing unload tools for more work tomorrow.
 
August 22 - Day 2 We stayed at one house all day. You can see the progress of tearing a whole kitchen out including (cabinets, appliances, drywall insulation etc) Over 5.5 Feet of Water was in this house. You can also see the house almost totally gutted as the day progressed. A short video is also included. Plus pictures of the neighborhood. Alot of work in one day. DAUSA, Rotary, and Southwest Louisiana Home school Athletic Club, Service above Self. The Owner a Police officer and his family have had a tough 2 months with 2 of his close friends and fellow officers murdered in the line of duty recently and now this devastating flood. A strong family we truly were honored in helping. Please keep them in your Prayers
 
Approximately 90 percent of the homes in Denham Springs, Louisiana have taken on water in a flood of historic and devastating proportions, according to Mayor Gerard Landry. Highway 190 in Denham Springs, the main thoroughfare in the city, has been washed out by the floodwaters. Landry estimated that only 7 businesses in the city were open for business. Aerial photos and videos showed much of the city still under water. “It’s just devastating,” he said. “You see nothing but water.” City Hall and the police department were among the places under water. As of 1 pm. Monday, water continued to rush over the highway, though it was much lower than before. However, the DOTD says that the road has suffered physical damage and it will have to be repaired before it can handle travel again, something that could set its use back for quite a while.
 
The Disaster Aid USA Domestic Response Trailer is stationed in Lake Charles LA. It is loaded with chainsaws, generators, water pumps, tools, muck out gear, Water One Solar Power water filtration system. DAUSA has notified local Rotary District Governors and local govt officials of DAUSA’s readiness. Over 20” of rain fell in southern Louisiana in less than 24 hours, with rivers already at historic level. There is an immediate need for donations! Please DONATE and and earmark “Louisiana Flooding”. Donations received will be used to aid in the flood relief efforts in Louisiana. 
US Disaster Aid in Louisiana 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
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The National Park Service turns 100 on Thursday marking a century since Woodrow Wilson signed into law the act creating the agency. Celebrations begin with free entry Thursday through Sunday at the 124 parks that charge fees.

In addition, parks, historic sites, seashores and other public lands are planning celebrations too on what’s also called Founders Day.  

In Washington, D.C., more than a thousand people are expected to show up at the Washington Monument on Thursday morning to form a Centennial Living Arrowhead, the symbol of national parks, using brown, green and white umbrellas. 

The national parks have been woven into the fabric of American life for so many generations that it’s hard to imagine the nation without them.

But the decision to set these special places aside was not an obvious, or easy, one. No road map existed for the journey that created the national parks because no places quite like them existed anywhere in the world.

The parks were born because in the mid-1800s a relatively small group of people had a vision—what writer Wallace Stegner has called “the best idea we ever had”—to make sure that America’s greatest natural treasures would belong to everyone and remain preserved forever.

“Americans developed a national pride of the natural wonders in this nation and they believed that they rivaled the great castles and cathedrals of Europe,” explains David Barna, National Park Service Chief of Public Affairs.

Early Efforts

Yosemite was at the heart of America’s nascent national parks movement. The California valley’s splendor inspired some of its earliest European visitors to demand protection, even as settlers moved ceaselessly westward, “civilizing” the West and displacing native peoples.

Elegant voices, like that of naturalist John Muir, brought the grandeur of such lands to those who had never seen them. His prolific and widely published writings stressed how such wild places were necessary for the soul, and his advocacy later became the driving force behind the creation of several national parks.

Responding to such calls, Congress and President Abraham Lincoln put Yosemite under the protection of California during the Civil War. In 1872 Lincoln’s former general, President Ulysses S. Grant, made Yellowstone America’s—and the world’s—first truly national park. More parks soon followed suit and, beginning in the late 19th century, cultural sites like Arizona’s prehistoric Casa Grande were honored as well.

President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the park system’s greatest patrons. During his administration (1901-09) five new parks were created, as well as 18 national monuments, four national game refuges, 51 bird sanctuaries, and over 100 million acres (40 million hectares) of national forest.

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/early-history/

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DISTRICT 5890 INVITES

YOU

TO JOIN IN CELEBRATING Women in Rotary

Guest speaker – Sylvia Whitlock

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

6:30 PM OMNI Houston Four Riverway

Houston, Texas 77056

$75 per person or $1000 for table of 10

Register now! Space is limited.

Any proceeds will be given to PACE Universal

 

About our Speaker: 

Dr. Whitlock has been in Rotary for over 25 years. When Dr. Whitlock was a principal in Duarte Unified School District, she was asked to join the Rotary of Duarte. She was the second woman to join the Duarte Club and it was because of the membership of women that Duarte was removed as an official Rotary Club. At that time, women we not allowed membership in the Rotary Club. Duarte sued Rotary International and won which changed the face of Rotary forever and for the better! Dr. Whitlock went on the be the first woman Rotary President and has served as a District Governor (2012-2013).

Dr. Whitlock grew up in Jamaica with her grandmother. Her grandmother was a tremendous example of service above self to Sylvia from a very early age. She would shop for others, cook for others, and give freely of the things that she had. Sylvia asked her grandmother, “Why are you doing this?” Her grandmother said, “Because people with do the same thing for you and your children. And you just pass it on.”  Sylvia’s grandmother was passing on what she knew she wanted to world to be. Sylvia says, “We weren’t rich or privileged, but we had enough to share and isn’t that what it’s all about… having enough to share.” Years later Dr. Whitlock worked for the United Nations. It was then that she started donating blood as a way of giving back. Little did she know then that she would have a child that would be dependent on blood transfusions for her very life. Dr. Whitlock experienced the blessing in return.

Joining Rotary intensified her need to be involved in service. By joining, she was given the gift of being a service-oriented member of society.  “In Rotary we have the ability to address many of the heart-wrenching needs we see in society,” says Dr. Whitlock. “We respond with our hands and feet in places like Tecate, India, and Costa Rica. We respond to the needs wherever they may be.”

So why doesn’t everybody know about Rotary? We need to share with others this great way to collectively give back and make a difference in the world. “Our goal in Rotary is to make the world a better place: cleaner, healthier, more self-sustaining, happier and more peaceful that when we came into it.

Proceeds to support PACE Universal:

Change begins with girls.Girls suffer the most in poverty, yet they have the greatest potential to end it. PACE educates and nurtures the holistic development of girls in the world’s poorest regions. Through education, girls become confident. They become empowered to change the world.

PACE is the product of one woman’s dream.  Deepa Biswas Willingham was born and raised in Kolkata (Calcutta). She saw the poverty that crippled her own community and vowed to make a change. Through PACE and the Piyali Learning Center, Deepa has poured every privilege back into the hands of the most vulnerable yet valuable members of society—girls. The result has transformed not just the lives of those girls, but that of entire communities. Deepa’s example is a testament to PACE’s cause. She is proof that when girls are empowered with education, they grow into agents of change for their communities. This is her story:

Deepa’s love for education is rooted in her childhood. Deepa’s father, a teacher, and her mother, a humanitarian, risked their lives to harbor Muslim refugees in a Christian college when conflict between Hindus and Muslims broke out in Kolkata in 1946. Their example instilled in Deepa the necessity to respect all human beings, regardless of caste, color, religion or gender.

Deepa’s early childhood education began under the stewardship of the woman who later became known as Mother Teresa. Through her studies, Deepa came to understand that education engenders freedom. She saw that those who are most deprived of education are the most vulnerable. But, more importantly, they are the key to significant change. Who are the most deprived in any impoverished society? Girls.

So, when Deepa left India to pursue a graduate degree in the United States, she made a vow to return to her home and effect real, tangible change for the girls there.

Today, Deepa’s promise to girls born into poverty is realized in the Piyali Junction Learning Center. The center is now a prototype for others to emulate. There, she can stretch out her arms to receive the hugs of laughing girls who now have hope, dreams and a real future.

An Invitation - Celebrating Women in Rotary Rotary D5890 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.

"My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world," said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 

The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow for the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.

The response to the decision was overwhelming: By June 1990, the number of female Rotarians had skyrocketed to over 20,000. By 2010, the number of women was approaching 200,000.

 

1950

An enactment to delete the word “male” from the Standard Rotary Club Constitution is proposed by a Rotary club in India for the Council on Legislation meeting at the 1950 RI Convention.

1964

The Council on Legislation agenda contains an enactment proposed by a Rotary club in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to permit the admission of women into Rotary clubs. Delegates vote that it be withdrawn. Two other proposals to allow women to be eligible for honorary membership are also withdrawn.

1972

As more women begin reaching higher positions in their professions, more clubs begin lobbying for female members. A U.S. Rotary club proposes admitting women into Rotary at the 1972 Council on Legislation.

1977

Three separate proposals to admit women into membership are submitted to the Council on Legislation for consideration at the 1977 RI Convention. A Brazilian club makes a different proposal to admit women as honorary members. 

The Rotary Club of Duarte, California, USA, admits women as members in violation of the RI Constitution and Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Because of this violation, the club's membership in Rotary International is terminated in March 1978. (The club was reinstated in September 1986.)

1980

The RI Board of Directors and Rotary clubs in India, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States propose an enactment to remove from the RI and club constitutions and bylaws all references to members as “male persons.” 

1983-86

In a lawsuit filed by the Duarte club, the California Superior Court in 1983 rules in favor of Rotary International, upholding gender-based qualification for membership in California Rotary clubs. In 1986, the California Court of Appeals reverses the lower court's decision, preventing the enforcement of the provision in California. The California Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, and it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1987

On 4 May, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. Rotary issues a policy statement that any Rotary club in the United States can admit qualified women into membership. 

The Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise, California (formerly Larkspur Landing), is chartered on 28 May. It becomes the first club after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to have women as charter members.

Sylvia Whitlock, of the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, becomes the first female Rotary club president.

1988

In November, the RI Board of Directors issues a policy statement recognizing the right of Rotary clubs in Canada to admit female members based on a Canadian law similar to that upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1989

At its first meeting after the 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Council on Legislation votes to eliminate the requirement in the RI Constitution that membership in Rotary clubs be limited to men. Women are welcomed into Rotary clubs around the world.

1990

As of June, there are about 20,200 female Rotarians worldwide. The Rotarian runs a .

1995

In July, eight women become district governors, the first elected to this role: Mimi Altman, Gilda Chirafisi, Janet W. Holland, Reba F. Lovrien, Virginia B. Nordby, Donna J. Rapp, Anne Robertson, and Olive P. Scott.

2005

Carolyn E. Jones begins her term as the first woman appointed as trustee of The Rotary Foundation.

2008

Catherine Noyer-Riveau begins her term as the first woman elected to the RI Board of Directors.

2010

More than 199,000 women are members of Rotary clubs worldwide, with an increasing number serving as district governors.

2012

Elizabeth S. Demaray begins her term as treasurer, the first woman to serve in this position.

2013

Anne L. Matthews begins her term as the first woman to serve as RI vice president.

Women in Rotary - A Historical Perspective 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Women’s Equality Day, established on August 26, 1971, celebrates the day women earned the right to vote in the U.S. (August 26, 1920). The day continues to highlight the need for equal representation of women all over the world. As a nation, we have made huge strides in equality in the workplace, education and government. In other areas of the world, women are starting to demand equality. Central Asia Institute is working to help women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan access education and work towards equality in their own communities.

Educating women is one of the most impactful ways to change societies. It can decrease early childhood mortality rates; studies show children of literate mothers have a 50 percent greater chance of living past the age of five. Women who are educated bring in 10 to 20 percent higher earning potential for every year of school completed. That additional income could be enough to bring a family out of extreme poverty.

Women’s Suffrage, Equal Pay, And Finding a Voice Central Aisia Institute 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
This letter is shared from CentralAisia Institute:
 
The morning of August 25, a 10 hour assault on the American University of Afghanistan by unidentified militants came to an end. At least 13 people, including seven students, were killed and some 44 people were injured, none of them associated with CAI.
Witnesses recounted that the attack began with an explosion, which allowed militants to breach the campus gate and enter the premises. Gunmen in plain clothes then attacked students, teachers, and staff.
 
Witnesses recounted that the attack began with an explosion, which allowed militants to breach the campus gate and enter the premises. Gunmen in plain clothes then attacked students, teachers, and staff. Students and teachers reportedly jumped out of second-story windows and leapt walls in an effort to escape.
 
The University is a growing hub for Afghan intellectualism, and boasts more than 1,700 students (many of whom are women). It was not surprising then that the U.S. State Department labeled the incident "an attack on the future of Afghanistan." Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also spoke out about the incident saying in a statement, this "will not only fail to shake our determination, but will further strengthen it to fight and eradicate terror."
 
This assault on education and peace hits at the core of our mission and our hearts. Central Asia Institute condemns this heinous act in the strongest possible way. But in this time of grief we would like to share our condolences with those families who lost someone and send our wishes for the speedy recovery of those who were wounded.
 
The founder of Central Aisia Institute, Greg Mortensen, was a speaker at the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada, in 2010.  This organization shares common goals of concerns with peace and conflict resolution and basic literacy/education.
 
Attack on American University of Afghanistan Centrail Aisia Institute 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

When it comes to communication, body language is just as important as the words you speak. And poor body language will cost you sales, no matter how great your pitch is.

The good news: You can learn to control your body language. And to help you figure out where you may need to improve, we’ve compiled seven of the worst ways you can handle your body when engaging with customers:

1. Avoiding eye contact

In the U.S., it’s good to maintain eye contact 70% to 80% of the time. Any more and you might appear threatening, any less and you may appear uncomfortable or disinterested.

Good eye contact exudes confidence, engagement and concern. Plus, it’ll help you read your customers’ emotions and body language.

 2. Bad posture 

Whether at your desk or on your feet, posture matters. Hanging your head or slouching your shoulders can make you look weary and unconfident. Instead, keep your back straight and chest open.

When sitting with a client, it’s okay to lean slightly forward to show interest. However, leaning too far forward can make you look like you’re groveling, and sitting too far back can make you look like you’re domineering.

3. Extra mouth movement

Some people move their mouths around even when they aren’t talking.

Biting or twisting your lips often makes you look uncomfortable or like you’re holding something back, such as a retort or insult. And if you’re giving a smile, remember: A real smile incorporates your teeth and eyes.

4. Fleeting hands

Keep your hands in sight. Shoving them in your pockets will make people think you’re disengaged or hiding something.

Try keeping them open with the palms up to show you’re receptive and friendly. And always avoid balling your hands into fists.

5. Invading personal space

When engaging with customers, it’s generally best to stand within one to four feet of them. This will put you close enough to interact without making them uncomfortable.

Areas closer than one foot are usually reserved for family and friends.

6. Holding a defensive stance

Crossing your arms or legs often appears defensive.

If you find you need to cross your arms because you’re cold, be sure to smile and appear welcoming. When standing, try to keep your legs shoulder-width apart.

7. Excessive movement

Unconscious actions like twirling a pen or tapping your feet are common indications of impatience. The same is true for tapping your fingers or twiddling your thumbs.

Become mindful of your own personal ticks and the way they might come across to others.

Shared from 4-Newsletter "Customer Experience INSIGHT" (August 15, 2016)
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Club members are asked to identify, recruit and sponsor a post-baccalaureate candidate for studies abroad during academic year 2017-2018, in advance of our October 21, 2016 application deadline.  Remember that candidates related to Rotarians are not eligible for these scholarships.  Each club may sponsor one candidate. The District interviews of all candidates will be held in Houston, Texas on November 19, 2016.
 
Popular destinations for students, such as London and Paris, have very limited availability.  Last year, for example, the London Rotary District hosted only 30 Global Grant Scholars from countries worldwide.  We would recommend that your candidates who are interested in studying in London or Paris also have a contingency plan for similar studies at other institutions in other cities. 
 
General Qualifications:
  • The academic program must be located in a foreign country.
  • Applicant must complete a D5890 Scholarship Application.
  • The scholar must have selected the university that he/she wants to attend.
  • The scholar must be studying within one of the six Areas of Focus established by Rotary International (see attached list).
  • The academic program must be no less than one academic year.
  • The program must be a graduate level program only.
  • The scholar must begin his/her academic program during the 2017-18 Rotary year.
  • The applicant must complete all required reports during and after his/her scholarship time.
  • Applicant should submit as detailed a budget as possible of the expected expenses for the scholarship period, including details of any other scholarships and/or sources of funding.
  • Scholar must outline a service project in their study country (it will be discussed during the district interview), and execute the service plan in the study country during scholarship time within the 6 Areas of Focus, if the tuition and living expenses do not exceed USD$30,000.
    • Scholar may NOT be (1) a Rotarian; (2) an employee of a club, district, or other Rotary entity, or of Rotary International; (3) the spouse, a lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or stepchild legally adopted or not), the spouse of a lineal descendant, or an ancestor (parent or grandparent by blood) of any person in the foregoing two categories.
    • Scholar should live in the vicinity of approved study institution, preferably in the host district, so that he/she can participate in the Rotary club and district activities of the host district.
*The scholar may not cohabitate with a person of the opposite gender while living in his/her host country.
 
A New Focus on Service Learning
If the total cost of a Scholar’s academic fees and living expenses do not exceed USD$30,000, they must complete a service project in their host community.  This project must be presented at the District interview.  If accepted, the scholar must take the initiative to make contacts in his/her host country and secure funding for the project. The service project MUST fall within the scholar’s study area, and thus within the above Six Areas of Focus.
 
A good service project should:
  • Incorporate local Rotary clubs and Rotarians
  • serve a specific population within the host country.
  • plan for public relations, press releases, and community announcements within the host community and at home
  • be documented and photographed
  • plan for funding options or incorporate fund-raising
  • uncover a need within the host community based on local feedback and appropriate research
  • be measurable and sustainable
  • reflect an interest of the scholar while meeting a need within the host community
  • meet the 4-Way Test of ethical standards
The students must be prepared to study in one of Rotary's areas of focus:  Peace and conflict prevention/resolution; Disease prevention and treatment; Water and sanitation; Maternal and child health; Basic education and literacy; Economic and community development.  This is for international studies in a university of the candidate's choosing. 
 
For more information, contact Bill Barmore, Co-Chair Rotary District 5890 Scholarships
bbarmore5890@gmail.com
 
 
Students receiving the scholarship will be required to present to Rotary Clubs about their experience performing a 400-hour internship with an organization in one of Rotary's areas of focus:

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
Disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
Economic and community development

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/SitePage/district-endowed-scholarship#sthash.sbAKTDjS.dpuf
 
Students receiving the scholarship will be required to present to Rotary Clubs about their experience performing a 400-hour internship with an organization in one of Rotary's areas of focus:

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
Disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
Economic and community development

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/SitePage/district-endowed-scholarship#sthash.sbAKTDjS.dpuf
 
Students receiving the scholarship will be required to present to Rotary Clubs about their experience performing a 400-hour internship with an organization in one of Rotary's areas of focus:

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
Disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
Economic and community development

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/SitePage/district-endowed-scholarship#sthash.sbAKTDjS.dpuf
 
2017-2018 D5890 Global Grant Scholarships 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Our program this week is presented by Michael Miller who is ouw own Rotary e-club treasurer.  He is sharing his experience at the Rotary International Convention 2016 in Korea.  Since our club has so many new to Rotary, this is an excellent preparation for introducing the scope of Rotary International and our convention gathering which will be held this Rotary year in Atlanta, Georgia.  We hope it inspires many of you to register and attend this Centennial Rotary Convention 2017!
Weekly Program - What is a Rotary International Convention? Michael Miller 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Sid Davis -   Welcome to our Rotary e-club of Houston!  Sid is an experienced Rotarian and previously served as President of the Rotary Club of Cleburne in District 5790 as the club's Centennial President.  He joined Rotary in 2008. Sid is a dentist with his own practice in Cleburne, Texas.  He was introduced to our club by fellow Rotarian and friend Raymond Davis.  They met at Lone Star PETS - the President Elect Training Seminar held annually.  Sid enjoys the social connections made through Rotary membership as he has found membership to be a great way to meet new friends.
 
BRYAN MEJIA - Welcome, Bryan!  Bryan is a Marketing Director in the entertainment world.  His sponsor is Lizette Odfalk who brought him to the August General Meeting.  He is eager to help others and grow his circle of friends like our Founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris.  He has volunteered in the community with Hunger Plus and a cell generation/expression program which  promotes relaxation and rejuvenation of energy.  His uncle is a Rotarian in Honduras, but Bryan is new to the Rotary family.  Bryan is pictured below on the left:
Dr. Sid Davis - Dr. Sid Davis -   Welcome to our Rotary e-club of Houston!  Sid is an experienced Rotarian and previously served as President of the Rotary Club of Cleburne in District 5790 as the club's Centennial President.  He joined Rotary in 2008. Sid is a dentist with his own practice in Cleburne, Texas.  He was introduced to our club by fellow Rotarian and friend Raymond Davis.  They met at Lone Star PETS - the President Elect Training Seminar held annually.  Sid enjoys the social connections made through Rotary membership as he has found membership to be a great way to meet new friends.
Welcome New Members! 2016-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotarian is the official magazine of Rotary International and is available in a digital/electronic version.  You may browse back issues of The Rotarian on Google Books.  You may prescribe for the paperless form and receive a link to the new issue in your e-mail inbox each month from Zinio, the world's largest digital newstand.  Plus download the Zinio app on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Samsung Galaxy to take The Rotarian digital magazine wherever you go.  If you are a Rotary member who subscribes to The Rotarian and would like to change your print subscription to digital, please compete the form onine at Rotary.org - My Rotary - Rotarian Digital Edition or data@rotary.org.  If you know someone who would enjoy this publication, the digital subscription costs US$ 12 (US$ 16 for Canada).  Another option is for a Rotarian to subscribe to both the paper and the digital editions.
Thank you, Rtn. Wind Nguyen, for sharing this information!
The Rotarian Magazine - Digital Version Available 2016-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Lyrics

Doctor, my eyes have seen the years
And the slow parade of fears without crying
Now I want to understand

I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what is wrong
Was I unwise to leave them open for so long

'Cause I have wandered through this world
And as each moment has unfurled

I've been waiting to awaken from these dreams
People go just where they will
I never noticed them until I got this feeling
That it's later than it seems

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what you see
I hear their cries
Just say if it's too late for me

Is it too late
Is it too late for me
Tell me doctor
Doctor, my eyes
Cannot see the sky
Is this the price for having learned how not to cry

Songwriters: JACKSON BROWNE
© Universal Music Publishing Group
For non-commercial use only.
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Song of the Week - Jackson Browne's "Doctor My Eyes" 2016-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the US. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn't want to know. In a talk that's part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of willful blindness, and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up.
 
Our speaker is the former CEO of five businesses.  Margaret Heffernan explores the all-too-human thought patterns — like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — that lead organizations and managers astray. 

How do organizations think? In her book Willful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan examines why businesses and the people who run them often ignore the obvious -- with consequences as dire as the global financial crisis and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Heffernan began her career in television production, building a track record at the BBC before going on to run the film and television producer trade association IPPA. In the US, Heffernan became a serial entrepreneur and CEO in the wild early days of web business. She now blogs for the Huffington Post and BNET.com. Her latest book, Beyond Measure, a TED Books original, explores the small steps companies can make that lead to big changes in their culture.

What others say

“So how can we combat willful blindness? Heffernan believes that we need a system of incentives that values vigilance and oversight as much as we value the bottom line.” — The Current, on CBC Radio

Rotarians - reflect on this message of willful blindness.  As a group devoted to improving the welfare of others, we must keep our eyes open and become aware of issues that others may be unwilling to see or to tackle.  Together we can find a solution and make this a better world for future generations.
Weekly Program - The Dangers of Willful Blindness 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
In our ongoing journey to “Rethink Rotary” we will be having for the very first time a "Young Professional Summit" and a "Rotaract Summit" in conjunction with our Rotary Institute 2016. We're on a mission to tackle membership, mentoring and how Rotary can change the world, one person at a time. We’re looking for individuals who are committed to Rotary and eager to connect with others who feel the same way. People who lead by doing, regardless of what Rotary title they hold. We want to find inspiring and motivating young professionals under the age of 40 who know that problems are just an opportunity in disguise. Young Professionals are invited to join us at the Zone 21b-27 Young Professionals Summit October 28-30 at the Zone Institute in Salt Lake City. Go to http://www.slcyoungprofessionalsummit.com/ <http://www.slcyoungprofessionalsummit.com/> to fill out a short application.  You must apply by September 5, 2016 so get your application in as soon as possible!  If you’re selected for the Young Professionals Summit, the cost for registration is only $50 and there is grant money available to help cover some expenses! Many clubs and districts are also covering costs, so be sure to ask! FREE Home Hosted Housing is available
 
Zones 21b & 27 have established the ONLY Rotaract Multi District Informational Organization (MDIO) in the Rotary world.  Our Rotaract Summit will allow Rotaractors to:
Expand your Leadership and Personal Development
Connect with Rotaractors from around the world
One on One with Top Rotary Leadership
See the Bigger Picture of what you can do
Be a part of a Guinness World Record attempt for Rotary
Training for Clubs, Networking with Rotaractors and Rotarians
Service Projects
Best Practice
Refugee Service Experience
Have Fun!!!
 
If you have any suggestions on a well-qualified Rotaractor or Young Professional (under the age of 40), please encourage them to complete an application for this amazing opportunity.
Zone Institute's Young Professional Summit 2016 Greg E. Podd, Rotary International Director 2014-16 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

RI President John F. Germ shares his thoughts about membership in Rotary International.  Each Rotarian is challenged to identify prospective members and extend an invitation to a friend or business associate who would enjoy getting involved in volunteering and "giving back" to the world in which we live to help others and make this world a better place for future generations. 

August is Membership & New Club Development Month 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
In West Bengal, India, a residential school for young people with visual impairments is providing its students not just hope but also joy. Some would face a bleak life if not for the care and instruction that they’re receiving. Faculty and staff guide the children through a rich curriculum of classroom learning, skills training, music, and even cricket and other sports.
Published in National Geographic Videos on August, 15, 2016
A School in India Preparing the Blind for Life National Geographic Videos 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
History of the Banana National Geographic Videos 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
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"In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating."  Join us in celebrating this throughout the year! 
 
This significant Rotary pin is yours in Appreciation of your kind donation of the symbolic sum of USD $26.50 (the first donation given in 1917 by the RC of Kansas), or more given to the Rotary Foundation on your behalf and our eClub's. Ask me how!
 
 
Rotary Foundation Centennial Pin Liz Odfalk 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Oakland, California, the third oldest club in the world
Paul Harris Fellow and Society pins, Rotary Fellowship pins, Rotary International theme pins, Rotary District pins, Rotaract and Interact pins, and the Rotary Wheel…Each of these pins tells a unique Rotary story!
What is the story behind the Rotary wheel pin?
The first lapel pin in the history of the Rotary was designed and made by New York Rotary Club member, John Frick on October 14, 1909 and worn by the club’s first president Bradford Bullock from 1909 until his premature death in 1911 (At the time, he was serving as VP of the National Association of Rotary Clubs). The forerunner of the traditional Rotary pin worn today, it features the Rotary wheel has it appeared in its earliest representation with eight spokes, no cogs, and no keyway.
The wheel itself became the symbol of Rotary in 1906, a year after the club’s formation in Chicago. Asked to design a symbol for the new club, Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver, drew a simple wagon wheel with a few lines to show dust and motion (14 spokes, no cogs, no keyway). Paul Harris reasoned that the wheel symbolized "Civilization and Movement." One observant Rotarian pointed out that a wheel would not generate clouds of dust in front of it, so Montague removed the offending cloud and that design remained the emblem for Chicago until 1912.
When new clubs formed, they adopted the wheel in symbols of their own. Our club integrated the New York wheel and an oak tree as our symbol. It appears on the top of our first Live Oak newsletter in 1914.
In 1910, the Rotary Club of Philadelphia added cogs to create a working wheel, symbolizing members working together, literally interlocked with one another to achieve the organization's objectives. They used 19 cogs in honor of their club, the 19th in Rotary. They created hundreds of metal pins with this design and successfully pitched it as the new official international wheel in 1912. It didn’t hurt that the president of the Philadelphia club [who had designed that club's emblem] became president of the International Association of Rotary Clubs at the 1912 Duluth convention.
In 1918, two Rotarian engineers from the Duluth Club Charles Henry Mackintosh and Oscar Bjorge (formally of Minnesota) petitioned Rotary to amend the design of the wheel. They argued that a cogwheel with 19 cogs would not work. Also, the emblem had square-cornered teeth of disproportionate size, and the cogs were irregularly spaced. Charles called it, “An anachronism to engineers.” Oscar called it "an insult to engineering that only the brain of an artist could conceive." Oscar sketched a new wheel, with 6 spokes (symbolizing the 6 Objects of Rotary at that time) and 24 cogs or teeth. This design was presented to the Rotary world in 1920.
However, there remained many versions of the Rotary wheel in use around the world by the different clubs. The Oakland Club was still using its 1914 wheel and oak tree in 1922. It wasn’t until 1922 that the Rotary International Association declared that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. But, before the approval of Charles and Oscar’s gear wheel, the President of Rotary Club of Los Angeles, Will Forker submitted one change: “The ‘hub’ design of the new ‘wheel’ is that of an ‘idler’ wheel or gear, there being no provision for the reception or transmission of power to or from a shaft,” he argued. But, he said, incorporating a keyway would make the new wheel “a real worker[LH1].” Oscar and Charles heartily agreed. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design, which we see on our pins was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
Why wear a Rotary pin?
Reasons for wearing a pin varied: for publicity of Rotary, for pride, for acceptance and recognition, for the start of easy conversation with other Rotarians wherever you go. Wearing a Rotary Fellowship pin shows a Rotarian’s vocation, hobby or recreational interest.
Past RI President Bob Barth (1993-94, from the Rotary Club of Aarau, Switzerland) felt that a Rotary pin says this about the wearer: “You can rely on me, I am dependable, I am reliable, I give more than I take, and I am available.”
 
Lizette G.Ödfalk
​Centennial Rotary Foundation Chair 2016-17
 
 
The Story Behind the Rotary Pin Linda Parker Hamilton 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
On The Ground In Nigeria - Thanks to Rotarians in Nigeria, including PDG Chris Offer who sent this update yesterday, Rotary's response to the outbreak in Borno, Nigeria is underway - "Today our polio surveillance team visited a local health office, a hospital and small village about 100 km from Kano, Nigeria. The task was to review the records related to AFP (Acute Flaccid Paralysis). This is the primary indicator of polio. The paralysis of the legs and arms can be caused by several medical conditions including polio. The team members are from WHO, Gates Foundation and state health officer. We check that the health workers are looking for cases of AFP and doing the correct follow up including collecting stool samples for analysis.  We found good records and follow up with only a few errors. We always attract curious children. The children are a good reminder of the purpose of the polio campaign and Rotary’s promise to these children."  PDG Chris Offer
 
A Message from  Michael K. McGovern - Chairman, International PolioPlus Committee
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016.
The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include emergency vaccination campaigns to boost immunity in impacted and at-risk areas, and reinforced surveillance activities to ensure we detect all strains of polio. Because polio knows no borders, steps will also be taken to protect surrounding countries, to ensure all children are vaccinated and to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease.
This news is disappointing for all Rotary members - and particularly those in Nigeria - who worked so hard to help the country stop polio. However, Rotary remains steadfast and fully committed to fighting polio anywhere children remain at risk, including Nigeria and Africa.
Rotary members remain resilient in the face of challenges. Today, we roll up our sleeves and redouble our effort to rid the world of this devastating disease. Rotary members in Nigeria are already hard at work to support the outbreak response, and our network will also be tapped to quickly protect children in surrounding countries.
The World Health Organization is confident Nigeria can end polio. The program has overcome outbreaks before, and we have the tools to do so again in Nigeria. Rotary will not stop its efforts to ensure that every child is born into a polio-free world where they are safe from this paralyzing disease.  
Polio Eradication Update Terry Zigler 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
On August 20, 2016, a general meeting & Mini-workshop on the Basics of Navigating the E-Club and RI Websites was held at Boca2 Bar & Bites in Houston, Texas.
President Dree Miller and Treasurer Mike Miller presented an excellent workshop on the basics of navigating our e-club and RI websites.  We were shown how to create a "My Rotary" account and profile and reviewed Rotary Central with club goals, RI forums, RI resources, etc.   President Dree presented the bullet points for our club to receive the Rotary International Presidential Citation and we are already doing quite well toward accomplishing many of these goals.  All club members are encouraged to go online and create their own "My Rotary" account along with a profile including talents and interests.  Rotary Fellowship opportunities and Rotary Action Groups were also introduced.  A live streaming of the meeting was available for club members unable to attend and the video of the meeting is available on Facebook for all to see.  If you have any questions about our website or the RI "My Rotary" please direct them to our Board of Directors for clarification.  We also have three guests who all shared their intent to join our club today!  Hopefully, they will be introduced in our newsletter soon.
Winners of the door prizes were Robin Charlesworth and Tiffany Cady.  Positive comments regarding the detailed program were heard along with compliments on the venue and the great food!
REMEMBER - Each Active Rotarian in our e-club needs to input their attendance on the website or simply complete the attendance form beneath the banner on our website.  If you need assistance, please contact our Club Secretary Rosangela Catunda.
August 20th Second Face-to-Face General Meeting of the Rotary e-Club of Houston Adriane Miller 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
A cute song about checking out books at the library in honor of many children in America returning to school and in honor of our program today, "Books for the World" which shares books with communities in countries where there are few to no books available to read.  Creating new libraries in shipping containers or other structures is a great Rotary project with opportunities at various levels for making contributions and getting involved.
 
Song of the Week - Library Song by Tom Chapin 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Here's our August video! We at the Rotary eClub of Houston are always doing our best to Serve Above Self and have fun! We do this not only because we love what the Rotary Foundation does for millions of people, but also we love the great global fellowship we share with like-minded professionals around the world. So join us!
Support the Rotary Foundation on our behalf for at least $50.00 USD, and accept our colorful Tshirt gift!
Let me know and we can bring your t-shirt to next month's meeting, or if you pay for shipping we can mail it to you!
Happy to answer any questions! Thanks in advance!
Thank you Charter Prez & PDG5890 Ed Charlesworth for designing our awesome tshirt! :)
Please share with the rest of our members. I do not have everyone's email. Thanks!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Lizette  
Lizette G.Ödfalk
Centennial Rotary Foundation Chair 2016-17
Rotary eClub of Houston, TX USA
District 5890
August Centennial Rotary Foundation Video Challenge Liz Odfalk 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary E-Club of Houston Rotarian Cristal Montanez presents Rotary Books for the World  -

This presentation occurred during the month of May, 2016 at a General Meeting in Houston, Texas. 
Weekly Program: Books for the World 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2016
 
President's Message August 2016 2016-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
Member Cristal Montanez talks about Rotary Books for the World 2016-08-12 05:00:00Z 0

There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

We are now further away from world peace than at any time in the past 10 years - and it’s creating a global ‘peace inequality’ gap

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  • -  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/global-peace-index-2016-there-are-now-only-10-countries-in-the-world-that-are-not-at-war-a7069816.html

The world is becoming a more dangerous place and there are now just 10 countries which can be considered completely free from conflict, according to authors of the 10th annual Global Peace Index.

The worsening conflict in the Middle East, the lack of a solution to the refugee crisis and an increase in deaths from major terrorist incidents have all contributed to the world being less peaceful in 2016 than it was in 2015.

And there are now fewer countries in the world which can be considered truly at peace – in other words, not engaged in any conflicts either internally or externally – than there were in 2014.

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, a think tank which has produced the index for the past 10 years, only Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam are free from conflict.

But perhaps the most remarkable result from this year’s peace index, he said, was the extent to which the situation in the Middle East drags down the rest of the world when it comes to peacefulness.

“If we look at the world overall, it has become slightly less peaceful in the last 12 months,” Mr Killelea said.

“But if we took the Middle East out of the index over the last decade – and last year – the world would have become more peaceful. It really highlights the impact the Middle East is having on the world.”

The index shows that 81 countries became more peaceful in the past year, while the situation deteriorated in 79.

Unlike with previous years, however, the IEP noticed a clear trend where the more peaceful countries improved further while the less peaceful countries got even worse – producing what they called greater “peace inequality” across the world.

“The key reason behind it is our inability to solve the conflicts which are emerging," Mr Killelea said. The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have been going for well over a decade, then it spilled into Syria in 2011, and afterwards into Libya and Yemen. That [failure] is really the key to the problem.

“If we take battlefield deaths for example, they are up at 112,000 – a 20-year high. But again, if you took out Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, they count for 75 per cent of those deaths.”

The index shows that political instability worsened in 39 countries in the last 12 months, including what the report described as the “striking case” of Brazil.

It has fallen five places to 105th out of the 163 countries included in the study, due to increases in the number of people jailed, the number of security officers deployed by the state and also a slight increase in terrorist activity.

“It is very difficult to say how that will play out in terms of the Olympic Games,” said Mr Killelea. “It’s obviously a very volatile situation.”

Iceland was once again named the world’s most peaceful country, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Portugal, the latter improving nine places. Syria was once again named the least peaceful country.

Asked how the rest of the world can learn from Iceland, Mr Killelea said: “It’s not just Iceland, it’s a whole range of countries which we can learn from. They are practising what we call positive peace, which are factors which create and sustain peaceful societies.”

The IEP tries to define positive peace in numerical terms, giving countries scores for a range of factors including “acceptance of the rights of others”, “low levels of corruption”, “the free flow of information” and a “well functioning government”.

“If positive peace is strong enough, then a country which is presented with shocks won’t actually have a deterioration in peace [as measured by violence],” he said.

Finally, the index identified Europe once again as the most peaceful region in the world, and by some margin, home to seven of the top 10 countries on the list.

Yet the continent is not immune to war – Britain, France, Belgium and others are heavily involved in external conflict in the Middle East, and face a growing threat to peace from international terrorism.

 

World Peace Index 2016 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Instead of choosing a song for this week, the following may hold some interest to Rotarians and guests:
 

Fifty years ago, Barbara, a French singer of Jewish descent, wrote the song Goettingen about a German city she loved. Many believe her song helped build a new relationship between Germany and France. Here are some of the songs that you think also changed the world:

1. "For me and for my generation it was Free Nelson Mandela by The Specials (1984). I was born in 1960 and had no memory of Mandela being sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. So when we heard the song on the radio, it was a case of who is this guy and what has he done? Before long I was a member of Anti-Apartheid Movement, taking part in boycotts whilst apartheid, Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela and Steve Biko all became household names and in the national news." Barry King, Walsall, UK

2. "I am a fan of Barbara, but feel you have made far too much of it. The important one is Jean Ferrat's Nuit et Brouillard, or Night and Fog (1963). It talks about the trains that took Jews, like his father, to the concentration camps and is very powerful. De Gaulle did not like it as it interfered with his rapprochement with Adenauer. Ferrat says let the young dance the twist if they like, but the world should know who you - the people in the trains - were." Irene Ball, London

3. "Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready (1965), a hymn of the civil rights movement and taken up in other places of struggle such as South Africa. The song has been covered by many, but the original still inspires, unites and reminds all of the human struggle for equality. It's also been used and played by many LGBT groups and causes." Cookie Schwartz, US

4. "It may be cheesy and too popular for consideration, but maybe Band Aid's Feed the World (1984) is important for just that reason. Until the song was released, with its videos of starving children, the plight of millions of African families was seen as just a footnote in the news. Live Aid generated revenue, but it was the song which caught people's imagination and made us realise that famine abroad was a problem for all of us to fight, not just the people suffering. The response to other subsequent disasters has been markedly different to before, and millions have benefitted as a result." Jamie, Aylesbury, UK

5. "Ben Kayiranga's Freedom was a daring song in 1997 right in the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, not much for the bits of dancehall and reggae there, but the lyrics. It's not just that the lyrics were in Kinyarwanda, French and English either. But the message - freedom for people, freedom forever, freedom. The youth wants freedom, children want freedom. And maybe not the message either, because it was not that new in Rwandan music. But the moment, the timing - that fresh message of hope when a country is still mourning. The song gave a smile to a whole nation, so if Rwanda is the world, then that song changed the world." Rafiki Ubaldo, Knivsta, Sweden

6. "The anthem of the incredible movement that rescued almost two million Soviet Jews from oblivion and launched an effective human rights push that was the demise of the Iron Curtain was launched with a repetitive, easy Hasidic-style song that ignited people in Britain, the US and, most of all, the silenced Jews in post-Stalinist, atheistic USSR. In 1965, Shlomo Carlebach, an American Jewish rabbi/singer-songwriter, debuted the song Am Yisrael Chai (The People of Israel Live, the Father Lives). Almost a decade later, I was a student at UCLA in California, protesting the continued gulag internment of Jews and other human rights protestors, and we danced to that anthem. At the same time, in protest, young Jews were courageously gathering outside boarded-up synagogues across the USSR and danced too. A few years later, I married one of them!" Racelle Weiman, Charlotte, NC, US

7. "Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit (1939). There's racism in the world, but for many it's far too easy to mentally block out. This song kept it in your face, dangling from the tree, completely unable to be ignored. A brutal awaking to what was still transpiring in the southern parts of the United States long after the emancipation." Michelle, Iowa

8. "The Japanese song Ue O Muite Aruko (I Will Walk Looking Up, 1961) - but inexplicably known in the US and UK as Sukiyaki (1963) - did as much or more to change the attitudes of Americans toward their former enemies as any policy or speech. I am not old enough to remember the song coming out in 1963, but many older Americans have said this song marked the first instance where they began to see Japanese people not just as a former enemy or some mysterious, exotic race, but as people with feelings no different from their own, and capable of expressing beautiful, tender emotions. The effect went both ways. I lived in Japan for about five years, and many older Japanese shared with me how moved they were at the reception this song received in America, and this made them feel more positive toward their former foes. It is still to this date the only Japanese song to ever top the American charts. I do think it helped accelerate the alliance between Japan and the US that has maintained peace in the Pacific for over 50 years." John Taylor, Washington, DC

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Can a song really help change the world? 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
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On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.

Read about each of the first four Rotarians below, and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the "fifth Rotarian."

Rotary’s founder, Harris, was born in Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947. Learn more .

Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.

A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was born in Maine in August 1862 and died in March 1944.

Schiele, a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s third treasurer in 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in June 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was president of the Schiele Coal Company from 1902 until his retirement in 1939. He and Harris became lifelong friends and lived near each other on the South Side of Chicago. Schiele died on 17 December 1945 and is buried near Harris at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 23 October 1959, an honorary member of seven clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary Club of Chicago.

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Inviting all Rotarians to watch this first July 2016 Centennial Rotary Foundation video (made by yours truly, for the Rotary eClub of Houston). ☆Hope it helps many donate $26.50 or more, as a beginner's donation this month. I will be sending (or pinning) a Rotary Foundation Centennial pin to/on those donating this amount in July or August! ~ Rotarian Lizette Ödfalk Cmi, Centennial Rotary Foundation Chair ‪#‎RotaryeClubofHouston‬ ‪#‎Rotary‬ ‪#‎endpolionow‬ ‪#‎RotaryFoundation‬
 
Rotary Foundation Centennial Year Liz Odfalk 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Our speaker:  Jill Farrant

As the world's population grows and the effects of climate change come into sharper relief, we'll have to feed more people using less arable land. Molecular biologist Jill Farrant studies a rare phenomenon that may help: "resurrection plants" — super-resilient plants that seemingly come back from the dead. Could they hold promise for growing food in our coming hotter, drier world?

Why you should listen

A professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, Jill Farrant researches the remarkable (and little known) world of resurrection plants. These are plants that can survive extreme drought, “resurrecting” when moistened or irrigated. If we can better understand their natural preservation mechanisms and their key protectants, she suggests, it could help us develop more drought-tolerant crops to feed populations in increasingly dry and arid climates around the world. Her research may also have medical applications.

Farrant was the African/Arab States recipient of the 2012 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, one of only five scientists worldwide who were selected by an international jury as "researchers who will have a major impact on society and help light the way to the future." In 2009, she was awarded an A-rating by the National Research Foundation (the first female researcher at UCT ever to receive such a rating) as well as being made a member of the UCT College of Fellows.

Weekly Program: How we can make crops survive without water 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
The longest distance you can travel between two points in straight line without crossing any ocean or any major water bodies goes from Liberia to China. It starts at 5°2’51.59″N 9°7’23.26″W about 10 Km north of Greenville, Liberia and ends at 28°17’7.68″N 121°38’17.31″E near Wenling, China. A 13,589.31 Km walk in a straight line, it crosses 9 time zones and 18 countries and territories: Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Burkina Faso again, Niger, Chad, Libya, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan again and finally China.
Did you Know? What is the Longest Distance to Travel without Crossing Any Ocean? 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
  • Club goals are available at the RI website>My Rotary>Rotary Club Central. All members are encouraged to look at these goals for our club and work together to attain them, as they also reflect on the presidential citation for our year. This is a very important goal for the whole club.
  • The MMS (Membership Meeting Survey) was introduced – In all General meetings, members and guests can fill out a satisfaction survey about the meeting and/or activities as opportunities to give and receive feedback from our club to keep face-to-face meetings interesting and fun.
  • Agreement to cosponsor Wisdom Interact Club with River Oaks Galleria Rotary is a reality! Adriane had a meeting online with Viktor (Galleria), Wind and Belinda from our club to discuss the Agreement. Adriane and Victor signed the agreement. Waiting for new generation members from both clubs to follow up and finalize it.
  • Our Club applied for the third year for the District Grant Application for Nicaragua Scholarship. Martine Stolk volunteered to do the verbal presentation, which is today. Results will be shared with the club.
  • A raffle of a mosaic made by Adriane Miller is running to celebrate the 100 years of Rotary Foundation to fundraise 1,000 USD to the foundation, and to celebrate our E-club’s goal accomplishments for the year. Raffles are $10 each. We will have a special Rotary day event for the centenary celebration, unveil the mosaic and draw the winner’s name.
  • BOD Meeting minutes will be sent to all members no later than a month after the meeting.
  • Financial updates will be sent to all members quarterly. Any member of this club or the district can ask treasurer Michael Miller for monthly reports and the club’s budget for the year.
  • There will be a speaker or an activity every month for the general meeting. Presentations will be recorded and made available for all members. This will be a feature exclusive for our members.  Also, members who are unable to attend in person are always welcome to join via "gotomeeting".  Please inquire how to join our meetings on your own phone or computer.
Dree Miller, President 2016-2017
Overview of 2016-17 Year for our Rotary e-Club of Houston President Dree Miller 2016-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Maternal and Child health (MCH) care is the health service provided to mothers (women in their child bearing age) and children. The target for MCH are all women in their reproductive age groups, i.e 15 - 49 years of age, Children, School age population and adolescents. We should note that mothers and Children make up over 2/3 of the world's population.

Health is a complete physical, mental and social well-being state and not only absence of disease or ailment. Motherhood for too many women is associated with suffering, ill-health and death. Maternal health is a concept that encompasses family planning, preconception, prenatal and postnatal care.

Prenatal care is the comprehensive care that women receive and provide for themselves throughout their pregnancy. Women who begin prenatal care early in their pregnancies have better birth outcomes than women who receive little or no care during their pregnancies.

Postnatal care issues include recovery from Childbirth, concerns about newborn care, nutrition, breastfeeding and family planning. The first 24 hours after delivering is especially critical for newborns and mothers. Two-thirds of all maternal deaths occur in this postnatal period.

Most women in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to health care and sexual health education services. They receive insufficient or no prenatal care and deliver without help from appropriately trained health care providers. They have a 1 in 16 chances of dying in pregnancy or Childbirth compared to a 1 in 4,000 risk in developed worlds.

At least 20% of the burden of disease in Children below the age of 5 is related to poor maternal health and nutrition as well as quality of care at delivering and during the newborn period. Bad maternal conditions account for the fourth leading cause of death for women after HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Each year more than 10 million Children under the age of 5 die. Majority of them from preventable if affordable health interventions are made available to the mothers and Children who need them. Rotary Clubs and Districts should consider equipping primary health centers and hospitals that are lacking the basics in partnership with The Rotary Foundation.

Healthy Children need healthy mothers.

Healthy Children Need Healthy Mothers ROTA April, 2016 Newsletter 2016-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

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A 3rd generation Ph.D who is passionate about education, Stanford professor Daphne Koller is excited to be making the college experience available to anyone through her startup, Coursera. With classes from 85 top colleges, Coursera is an innovative model for online learning. While top schools have been putting lectures online for years, Coursera's platform supports the other vital aspect of the classroom: tests and assignments that reinforce learning.

At the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, computer scientist Daphne Koller studies how to model large, complicated decisions with lots of uncertainty. (Her research group is called DAGS, which stands for Daphne's Approximate Group of Students.) In 2004, she won a MacArthur Fellowship for her work, which involves, among other things, using Bayesian networks and other techniques to explore biomedical and genetic data sets.

What others say

“Classes involve recorded lectures and quizzes in which the video pauses to let students answer questions.” — Ari Levy in Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Weekly Program: "What We're Learning from Online Education" 2016-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Published on Feb 4, 2014

One donation. One volunteer. One traveler. Thousands of changed lives.
Learn how a simple donation of one pair of shoes can mean so much to so many people -- and, most importantly -- provide hope to an orphan or a vulnerable child.

 
Shoes for Orphaned Souls 2016-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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The is the official music video for MIKESCHAIR's song "Keep Changing The World." This video is courtesy of Buckner International. The footage is comprised entirely from our mission trip to Peru in December 2009 with Buckner International, Shoes For Orphaned Souls, and The JoyFM in Tampa, FL. Keep Changing the world peeps!