Your vehicle should be used for transportation, not storage. Keeping these items in the car could hurt your health and security.

9 Things You Should Never, Ever Leave in the Car Reader's Digest 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Yet another excellent choice for Giving Tuesday - support our club project of sending graduates of La Batania Vocational School to college in Nicaragua.  The candidates for these scholarships have been seen in their community as one of the "Children of the Dump" in Chinendega.  We want to make a difference in the lives of these students and help sponsor several students through a college education so that they may return to their community and truly make a difference as they "pass it on".  Donate as follows:
Giving to our club project - Children of the Dump Education Fund 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Our e-club member and executive director of the Hashoo Foundation, Cristal Montañez, created a program called 'Bear Hugs for Venezuela'.
The program would provide the children in the Hospital J.M. de los Ríos with acetaminophen and the comfort of a teddy bear in addition of a coloring book, crayons, pencils, sharpeners, tooth brush, tooth paste, pedialyte, probiotics, and nutritious snacks to help lessen some of the psychological trauma caused by the current humanitarian crisis.
We already have purchased most of the items mentioned in the proposal, such as some of the teddy bears, a portion of the snacks, the pedialyte, and probiotics.   If anyone is interested in donating money or specific items, please contact either Cristal Montanez ( or Dr. Isis Mejias (  Also, donate online:
As an e-club we encourage all of our members to engage in their community, either locally or internationally, to volunteer with "sweat equity" or with donated funds.  Thank you, Cristal Montanez, for your interest and dedication to design a program to assist children in Venezuela!  You are an outstanding example of a Rotarian at Work! 
Another tidbit about Cristal - she was recently seen on stage with PDG Sunny Sharma at the Sister Cities of Houston Fall Concert 2017 along with Houston's Mayor Sylvester Turner. 
Bear Hugs for Venezuela Cristal Montanez 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Why should Rotary be your charity of choice? 

Because our 1.2 million members see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Here are six reasons to donate to Rotary.

1. We fight disease around the world

For decades, Rotary has been a leader in the battle against polio and has kept the pressure on as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 in 1988 to only 15 cases so far this year. We’re closer than ever to ending this devastating disease. 

Your impact will be even greater, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All donations (up to $50 million) to end polio will be tripled, providing critical funding to our work to create a polio-free world. 

2. We teach people to read

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults through mentoring, scholarships, teacher training, and access to learning opportunities. 

3. We build peace

Each year, armed conflict and persecution displace, injure, or kill millions of people. More than 90 percent of them are civilians, and half are children. 

Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts. Our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

4. We provide clean water, sanitation

The statistics are alarming. Worldwide, one person in every 10 does not have access to safe water, and 2.3 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. One consequence: 900 children under age five die each day from diarrheal diseases.

Having clean water and sanitation is a human right. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. Rotary is helping to make clean water available to everyone by 2030.

5. We grow local economies

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary is working to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders.

We know that one solution doesn’t fit every problem, so we work with people to help them help themselves. 

We help Tanzanians with albinism find safe, healthy livelihoods. In Ecuador, Rotary has made 250 microloans and trained more than 270 people in job skills and business management. In Arkansas, USA, we worked with Heifer International to extend the growing season for farmers and help them find new customers.

6. We save mothers and children

An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. More than 800 women die every day from birth- and pregnancy-related complications.

Rotary is saving lives by supplying birthing kits, immunizations, neonatal care equipment, and medical training.

With access to quality care, mothers and children live longer and healthier lives, and Rotary is providing that care.

Donate NOW on My Rotary (Rotary International Website).  All active members of our club should have created their own My Rotary page which is your gateway to My Club Snapshot, What's New, Announcements, Rotary Spotlight, Group Discussions with Rotarians all around the world, and your easy portal for GIVING to the Rotary Foundation.  We hope that all Rotarians accept the responsibility to support our Rotary Foundation with a minimum gift of $100 annually to the Annual Fund - SHARE (which supports grants and activities in our own district as chosen by a district committee).  In addition, we also hope that you will help END POLIO NOW with a separate contribution annually until we have our world declared polio free.

Six Reasons to Give to Rotary International on Giving Tuesday Rotary International 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Our club sponsors the Wisdom Interact Club in partnership with the Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club.  Belinda Kaylani recently provided the following report to our board of directors.  New club officers are planning for a terrific year and have secured four applicants for RYLA.  Two of their graduates joined Galleria River Oaks Rotaract.  Service projects are being considered such as volunteering at Trinity Foster Homes - Christmas Party at St.  Basil's Greek Orthodox Church on Decemver 16th (may need help with transportation); voluntering to read and spend time at a senior citizens home; make bags of necessities to give to the homeless; and raise money to plant trees. 
I’d love help, support, members who’d volunteer to attend one of their meetings,
even once a year, volunteer to drive,
donate money for their annual
X-Mas-Winter Break ice skating party for pizza, beverages, ice skating rental.
They are terrific young people and whatever you would be willing to donate or do has a huge ripple effect.  They appreciate everything.
Make THIS a service project in your own life.
Belinda Kaylani
Youth Services
Rotary E-Rotary Club of Houston
INTERACT CLUB REPORT 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - Jack Johnson - "The Sharing Song" 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
The Greater Houston Healing Collaborative is offering The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM)'s Professional Training in Mind-Body Medicine for caregivers from mental health, social service, and faith-based organizations to help heal the hearts and minds of their Harvey impacted communities.
December 7-10, 2017
The Women's Home Whole Life Service Center
1905 Jacquelyn Dr.
Houston, TX 77055
Sponsored by the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
of the Greater Houston Community Foundation
Learn more and apply at
What You Will Learn:
Science behind mind-body techniques and their impact on alleviating stress and trauma
Evidence-based self-care tools and group support to deal with ongoing stress and meet future challenges
How to facilitate a mind-body skills group to bring self-care tools to the community
Mind-body techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-expression in words, drawing, movement.
Dr. James S. Gordon, a psychiatrist and the CMBM Founder and Executive Director, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School and chaired the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush.  Dr. Gordon has developed programs for population-wide trauma healing in communities impacted by natural disasters, terrorism, and war including in post-Katrina New Orleans and Haiti.
CMBM's programs have demonstrated an 80% reduction in PTSD symptoms and seen significant improvement in depression with these populations.  To learn more about CMBM's trauma relief work around the world, visit
Professional Training in Mind-Body Medicine December 7 - 10th 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Sister Club - Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone Invites s to Meeting on December 19th 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
In 2007,  Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams.  Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch (Oct 23, 1960 - Jul 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science, human–computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Program: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Six Rotary members and Rotary Peace Center alumni were honored this November as People of Action: Champions of Peace. Their commitment to creating peace and resolving conflict was recognized during Rotary Day at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The honorees,  announced on International Peace Day, are all involved in projects that address underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, or unequal distribution of resources. 

The six Champions of Peace are:

Jean Best, a member of the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright, Scotland —Best leads a peace project that is designed to teach teenagers conflict resolution skills they can use to create peace-related service projects in their schools and communities. Best worked with peace fellows at the University of Bradford to create the curriculum. She has also worked with local Rotary members and peace fellows to set up peace hubs in Australia, England, Mexico, Scotland, and the U.S.

Best became a Paul Harris Fellow for contribution to developing peace strategies.

Ann Frisch, a member of the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA — Frisch believes unarmed civilians can protect people in violent conflicts. She collaborated with Rotary members in Thailand to establish the Southern Thailand Peace Process training program in 2015 in Bankok, Hat Yai, and Pattani in southern Thailand. The group brought together electrical and irrigation authorities, Red Cross staff, a Buddhist monk, and a Catholic nun to this border region to train civilians to build so-called safe zones. These are areas in which families, teachers, and local officials do not have to confront military forces every day. 

Frisch, a UN delegate to Geneva, co-wrote the first manual on unarmed civilian protection, which was endorsed by the UN. Her training in a civilian-based peace process is administered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the department that trains all UN personnel. 

Safina Rahman, a member of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Mahanagar, Bangladesh — Rahman is an important advocate for women’s rights in the workplace in Bangladesh. As a garment factory owner, she was the first to offer health insurance and maternity leave for her female employees. She worked with the Rotarian Action Group for Peace to organize the first international peace conference in Bangladesh. A policymaker for the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, she champions workplace safety and workers’ rights and promotes girls’ education and women’s rights. 

Rahman is chair of two schools that provide basic education, vocational training, conflict prevention, and health and hygiene classes. 

Alejandro Reyes Lozano, a member of the Rotary Club of Bogotá Capital, Colombia — Using a Rotary global grant, Reyes Lozano is training 27 women from six Latin American countries to develop skills in peace building, conflict resolution, and mediation to deal with conflicts in their communities. The project also will build an international network of women peacebuilders.

Reyes Lozano, an attorney, was appointed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to assist with negotiations and set terms and conditions to end the 50-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). 

Kiran Singh Sirah, a graduate of the Rotary Peace Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Sirah is president of the International Storytelling Center in Tennessee, USA, which uses storytelling as a path to building peace. The organization seeks to inspire and empower people everywhere to tell their stories, listen to the stories of others, and use storytelling to create positive change. 

Kiran, the son of Ugandan refugees, created “Telling Stories That Matter,” a free guide for educators, peace builders, students, volunteers, and business leaders. The resource is now used in 18 countries.

Taylor (Stevenson) Cass Talbott, a graduate of the Rotary Peace Center at the International Christian University in Japan — Stevenson developed a global grant to improve sanitary conditions for waste collectors in Pune, India. Waste collectors together handle 20 tons of unwrapped sanitary waste every day. Stevenson collaborated with SWaCH, a waste-collector cooperative, to create the “Red Dot” campaign, which calls for people to wrap their sanitary waste in newspaper or bags and mark it with a red dot.

This helps waste collectors identify sanitary waste and handle it accordingly. Stevenson developed all the educational imaging for the campaign. She also secured in-kind offerings of support, including free training space and campaign printing. She is also a Global Peace Index ambassador. 

Meet Six Champions of PEACE 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
The official District Governor visit will be held at our monthly face-to-face meeting on November 18th beginning at 11:oo am.  Please come and meet DG Bill Palko!  The meeting takes place at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in Houston, Texas 77056.
General Meeting Announced - November 18th 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. 

As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. 

Health workers in Pakistan are receiving cellphone and e-monitoring training at the Rotary Resource Center in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life. 

In Pakistan, Rotary has been working to replace traditional paper-based reporting of maternal and child health information, including polio immunization data, with mobile phone and e-monitoring technology. 

Community health workers across the nation have received more than 800 phones through a partnership with Rotary, the Pakistani government; Telenor, the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider; and Eycon, a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Organizers plan to distribute a total of 5,000 cellphones by the end of 2018. 

Health workers can use the phones to send data via text message to a central server. If they see a potential polio case, they can immediately alert officials at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Center. They also can note any children who didn’t receive the vaccine or parental refusals – and record successful immunizations. In Pakistan, the polio eradication effort aims to reach the nation’s 35 million children under age five.

The result is a collection of real-time information that officials can easily monitor and assess, says Michel Thieren, regional emergency director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program. 

“Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in the polio eradication program,” says Thieren, who has directed polio-related initiatives for WHO in Pakistan. “The data we collect needs to have such a granular level of detail. With real-time information that can be recorded and transcribed immediately, you can increase accuracy and validity.

“This gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions we need to make operationally and tactically to eliminate polio,” Thieren says.

Beyond polio

Health workers also are using mobile phones to monitor a multitude of maternal and child health factors. 

Pakistan’s child mortality rate ranks among the highest in the world, according to UNICEF, with 81 deaths under age five per 1,000 live births. 

But mobile technology can help reduce those deaths, says Asher Ali, project manager for Rotary’s Pakistan PolioPlus Committee. 

“Our health workers, including community midwives, are tracking pregnant mothers,” Ali says. “When a child is born, they can input and maintain complete health records, not just for polio, but for other vaccines and basic health care and hygiene needs.”

They also can monitor infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and influenza-like illnesses, as well as child malnutrition and maternal health concerns. 

“If there is a problem with the baby or the mother, we can send information to the government health departments immediately, so they can solve the issue quickly and adjust their strategies,” Ali says. 

Cellphones also facilitate follow-up visits with families, because health workers can send appointment reminders over text message. 

Pakistan and Nigeria replace paper-based reporting with fast, accurate cellphone messaging By Ryan Hyland Photos by Khaula Jamil 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Music also can have a calming effect. Certain songs can distract us while also decreasing our levels of stress hormones. But what songs are the most soothing?

Here are a few of the most popular responses. Some people named specific songs. Others cited their favorite artists. What do you think? What do you listen to when you want to calm down?

It would be a good idea to create a playlist of music to de-stress as needed.
Stress Relief Songs: Music That Reduces Anxiet 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Program: How to Make Stress Your Friend 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
WHEN:  Saturday December 2nd, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
WhERE:  San Jacinto College South (on Beamer)

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

What are the benefits?

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

How long do exchanges last?

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.

Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

What are the costs?

Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money and any additional travel or tours
If you know a student who would like to complete the application process, please contact President Wind Nguyen.
Also, if you would like to volunteer to interview the candidates for the RYE Program, please contact:
Rotary Youth Exchange Interviews 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is in need of volunteers to assist in their Thanksgiving food distribution program.
Volunteers are needed to sort food on November 14th and 16th from 5 to 7 PM.
Volunteers are also needed to distribute food on November 18th from either 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM or 12:30 PM to 4 PM, and
on November 20th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
If you, a friend, or someone in your family would like to volunteer,
Please contact David Smith (Willowbrook Rotary Club) at 832-563-9820 ASAP.  
Volunteer Opportunity @ NAM 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Our club is designed to keep costs of membership low, yet we still are involved in Rotary International because we want to make a difference in our community and make this world a better place.  We need your support for club projects and our commitment to eradicate polio.  Hre are the links so facilitate giving to our club, college scholarships for students in Nicaragua (students from the pool of "Children of the Dump", and to donate to end polio.
Rotary e-Club of Houston
Children of the dump Campaign
Ride To End Polio Campaign
Shopping online through Amazon?  We are very thankful for your support!  Please choose Rotary e-Club Houston to be your charity by selecting this link -  Help Rotary when you shop online this season.
Thank you for your support!  Consider donating in the name of a family member, friend, or business associate during the holidays in lieu of a gift this year. 
Support Needed for Club Projects 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Inspirational Music - Change by Carrie Underwood 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
About our Speaker:  Sherwin Nuland, a surgeon and a writer, meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead. This was filmed following Dr. Nuland's attendance at a Ted Conference in 2003. 
What do you hope for in the near future?  Many Rotarians hope to succeed in the eradication of polio and hope to participate in a worldwide celebration of no more cases of polio for future generations.  Hope may be collective, as the common dream to eradicate polio, or it may be personal.   

Is hoping a good thing? In some aspects it is. It at least gives you strength or a reason to keep moving forward. If you didn’t at least think that there is some light at the end of the tunnel, you may decide to stop walking. On the other hand, hoping alone might not get you very far. You can hope for a better life but until you roll up your sleeves and get to work on creating a better future, chances are, it’s not going to just magically happen. We need to identify what we hope for and then search for an action plan to create the reality.  Hope can be a huge task, such as eradicating polio from the entire world, or it can be on a smaller scale, such as hoping to be accepted to college.  Rotarians often provide the means to change hope into reality.  Listen for what others share of their hopes and dreams, and explore options for changing lives and making dreams come true.


Program - Ideas Worth Spreading About Hope 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

For the first time, Rotary’s World Polio Day celebration heads to the West Coast of the United States. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, will host the annual event at its campus in downtown Seattle, Washington, on 24 October. You can watch the event live at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) or view a recording later.

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the Gates Foundation’s chief executive, will brief the supporters who attend — as well as the global audience watching via livestream — on progress in the eradication campaign. Only 11 new cases of polio caused by wild poliovirus have been reported this year, all in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Bill Gates renewed and increased his foundation’s pledge to match, 2-to-1, all contributions to The Rotary Foundation that are designated for polio eradication efforts. Rotary’s commitments and pledges from world governments and corporate donors, counted along with the Gates Foundation’s pledge, have made the campaign to eliminate polio worldwide $1.3 billion stronger.

Other speakers at this year’s World Polio Day event include Jay Wenger, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts; Dean Rohrs, vice president of Rotary International; John Cena and Tiwa Savage, Rotary polio ambassadors; Ade Adepitan, a Paralympian and polio survivor; and Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor at Time magazine overseeing science and health reporting.

Attendees may also draw inspiration from the setting — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters, near Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.

Last year, Rotarians in more than 90 countries registered over 1,400 events and fundraisers to mark World Polio Day in their communities and draw attention to Rotary’s leadership in the fight against polio. With your contributions and advocacy, as well as the Gates Foundation match, we’re aiming to raise $250,000 during this year’s celebration.  Rotary clubs across the globe have already registered more than 700 events.

WORLD POLIO DAY - OCTOBER 24th 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day (24 October) was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
In Celebration of World Polio Day What is Today? 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
 From West Virginia, the Summersville Rotary Club  loaded 1,200 backpacks with school supplies on a UHAUL truck and Rtn. Keith Butcher drove the truck straight to Houston in 23 hours. This morning at 10:00 am he delivered the backpacks to CFISD (the loading dock at the Berry Center). 
Leslie Francis, CFISD Community Outreach, arranged for helpers at the Berry Center to unload the truck along with a representative of CFISD.
Rtn. Keith Butcher is a member of the Rotary Club of Summersville who is now working as a visiting professor at the University of Houston.  He organized the effort of his club, partnering with the Rotary Club of Cy-Fair, a relief project called, "Backpacks for Houston".  They have provided students in Cy Fair ISD affected by Hurricane Harvey with new backpacks filled with school supplies. 
Rotary Cares - Backpacks for CFISD Students 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting Date & Time:  TONIGHT, Monday, OCTOBER 23rd, 6:30PM (let's arrive at 6:00PM and order food/drinks).  
Venue:            Fratelli's Ristorante  
                        1330 Wirt Road
                       Houston, Texas 77055
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 - Tom English, AMC & Past President, Rotary Club of Houston Heights
Topic - Building a Diverse Club
Clubs must be healthy in all areas to be classified as a vibrant club, and that includes diversity.  Bringing together professionals from different industries, ethnicities, ages, genders, and cultures not only increases membership, but will also boost your club's capacity to serve locally and globally.  Tom will discuss in detail the steps in building a diverse club.
We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club.  
Yours in Rotary service,
Ann Wright
D5890 Membership Committee Vice Chair
832-647-4700 - Cell
Derrill Painter
D5890 Membership Committee Chair
832-473-5729 - Cell
PDG Charlie Clemmons has shared that Books for the World has received confirmation from Kenya that the first container of books has been joyfully received.  PDG Charlie and his wife (also Rotarian) Barbara Clemmons served as the RI Representative to the District Conference in Mombasa in 2004 and have been attempting to accomplish sending books since their introduction to Kenya.  An earlier attempt some years ago  was aborted because of a demand to pay bribes in the Port of Mombasa.  This time the delivery was successful to the kids in Kenya with the assistance of Pastor Joe who will soon be in Texas .  If you encounter him, please congratulate him on his persistence.
Here are pictures from Kenya:
Books for the World Deliver to Kenya 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
The District 9980 WASH E-Club supports the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) in facilitating happier,
healthier lives and sustainably strengthening futures.  All our speakers will tend to be WASH relevant. They will often be world-leading thinkers and researchers or highly field-experienced.
The following program is about an hour in length.  Please listen to all or part of it as your time permits.
About the Rotary E-Club of WASH 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Music to Make a Point - f Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was about Food Waste 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Debris Collection in Houston -
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has completed the first round of debris collection across Houston.  Since August 30th, SWM crews have diligently worked to help clear debris from affected areas.  The second pass will continue through December 1st, and residents should properly separate their debris. Visit for information.
The total debris collected so far would fill 365 Olympic size swimming pools.
The total debris collected so far would fill 8,954 buses.
Trucks collecting debris today in Houston (Source: Solid Waste Management) = 223.
Office Space for Displaced BusinessPosted in: Business Recovery, Business Updates, Recovery on October 13, 2017

To assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey and expedite the recovery process, the City of Houston would like to help connect displaced businesses with free working/office space opportunities.

If you are a business that has been physically displaced by Hurricane Harvey, or you are an organization with working or office space that can be made available for at least 30 days, we would like to hear from you.

Interested parties should respond via email to, or by completing a response form found here.

Disaster Aid USA Deployment Summary (Harvey) -

  • Pre-storm filled sandbags (too many to count) and delivered to houses in need in several areas of Texas and Louisiana.
  • During the storm, DAUSA was present and an active member of all homeland security and emergency management meetings (invitation only meetings).
  • Mayors, parish, County administration and emergency personnel know who Disaster Aid USA and Rotary are and their ability to respond.
  • Directly after storm and partially still during storm, Louisiana response boat went to Orange Texas and Katy Texas to help with recovery of people and animals from the flood waters. Carried children through flood waters and taking boat loads to evacuee centers.
  • Arranged and helped managed several distribution points for intake and distribution of supplies.
  • Handed out over 1000 Sawyer Filters (Donated by Sawyer!) to families without water (huge thanks to the Beaumont Texas Rotarians).
  • Distributed 1400 lbs of mosquito lotion and spray repellent, (donated by Sawyer) and being distributed by Beaumont area Rotarians.
  • Chainsaw crews cleared roads and then helped to gut houses. They also cleared several large drainage ditches with trees blocking flow.
  • Arranged for over 30 volunteers to set up shelters and help with intake of evacuees.
  • 3 teams were gutting houses in the Houston area.
  • 1 team in Orange Texas and 1 team in Southwest LA were gutting houses.
  • DAUSA’s commercial house drying unit went from house to house after gutting. This was donated by a Rotarian form California we met at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention.
  • Some teams are using large dehumidifiers and fans to dry houses after gutting, while other teams are spraying mold killing agents.
  • Another California Rotarian drove a 4×4 Suburban and a trailer cross country loaded with supplies and now has donated the 4×4 Suburban to DAUSA and will fly (incredible gifts from Rotarians a 1000 miles away).
  • DAUSA’s Executive Director (Larry Agee) arranged a district 6200 (South Louisiana) work day in the Beaumont TX Area in coordination with their District to get as many teams in the field as possible.
Hurricane Harvey by the Numbers City Hall/Houston 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Julia Cole is a Houston native whose music blends soul, country, pop and rock.  This singer hails from NW Houston and wanted to use her music to help Houston following Hurricane Harvey.  The proceeds to to J.J. Watt's Fundraiser.  Julia Cole now lives in Nashville to further her music career.

The Houston Texans incite a flurry of emotions in local fans: pride, hope, joy. Heart palpitations when it comes to defensive end J.J. Watt.

But for Julia Cole, the hometown team inspired a new career path.

"I started out playing every sport known to man. I was a super-involved athlete, and that was what I was really focused on," Cole, 20, says. She played basketball, volleyball and track at Klein High School. But amid the spikes and finish lines, another talent emerged.


"My teammates and coaches would hear me humming and singing. They were like, 'You should sing the national anthem before our games.' It grew to all the varsity sporting events at my school," Cole says. "My volleyball coach encouraged me to enter a contest to sing it for the Texans. I ended up winning.


"This was my junior year in high school, before I was writing my own songs or truly focusing on it. But after singing in front of 75,000 people in Reliant Stadium at a sold-out season closer (on Jan. 2, 2011), I was absolutely in love with the experience. I knew that singing was what I needed to do for the rest of my life."

Inspirational Music - Julia Cole "Be Someone" 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Örn Bárður Jónsson feared that his country had lost its way. The Icelandic government had just approved the sale of the nation’s complete genetic profile to a corporation that would make it available to researchers at drug companies. As the global real-estate bubble inflated, Iceland’s historically cautious consumers were financing luxurious lifestyles by taking out massive loans from local banks that had thrown credit standards out the window. In Iceland, as in so many other countries around the world, most assumed that the party would go on forever.

A Lutheran minister by profession and a writer by passion, Örn thought about his countrymen’s sudden obsession with money and sat down to write a fable, “Export Mountains Inc.” Published in the Reykjavik daily Morgunbladid, his essay described a mythical scheme to sell Mt. Esja, the iconic peak that’s visible from Reykjavik and defines the national landscape. Mt. Esja is so important to the Icelandic psyche that parents name their children after it. Selling it would be unthinkable to Icelanders, just as auctioning off the Statue of Liberty would be to Americans.

Then the government released a study suggesting that it would be feasible to separate the mountain from its bedrock and tow it to mainland Europe, where it could be used to fill lowland areas prone to floods. Faced with this intriguing challenge, Örn wrote, Icelandic entrepreneurs founded a company called Export Mountains and launched a marketing campaign based on this catchy slogan: “Go, sell ’em all the mountains.”

In Örn’s fable, there was drilling and sawing around the clock. Slowly, Mt. Esja budged from its bedrock and ships pulled it out to sea. Disaster struck somewhere south of the Faroe Islands, where the mountain capsized and sank. The buyers on the mainland canceled their €1 billion check. And as foreign investors balked, Örn asked who would be “crazy enough to invest in the nonsense of a nonsensical nation.”

Last March, I met Örn in the sanctuary at his local parish church in Reykjavik. Warmly colored light streamed in through stained-glass windows positioned to maximize the precious few sunbeams that fall on the world’s northernmost capital. Icelanders are often confronted with forces beyond their control, including a harsh climate, active volcanoes that fill the sky with smoke, and earthquakes that make the ground shake. During the bubble years, Örn argued, Icelanders lost touch with the humility taught by an unrelenting natural environment. “We went a little crazy,” he told me.

The Rise of Mindful Consumption John Germeza, Chairman BAV Consulting 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
A General Meeting of the Rotary e-Club of Houston will be held at 11 am CDT at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in Houston, Texas. 
General Meeting - Saturday, October 21st 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak -- it makes us human."
Sangu Delle is an entrepreneur and clean water activist. A TED Fellow who hails from Ghana, he sees incredible potential in the African economy.


February 2017 at TEDLagos Ideas Search
Program:  A Perspective on Mental Health in Africa 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Disaster Aid USA and our partner local Rotary Clubs and local VOAD partners have Mucked and Gutted over 100 homes. Starting with Coles Crossing on the west side to helping the Rotary Club of Katy,  From Bellaire to Wharton we have been on the run and having fun. Whats a little dust and dirt as we help both Rotarians and non Rotarians clean out their homes.  We mostly look for the uninsured and the underserved. We focused on the elderly and those unable to handle the stress and work load of mucking and gutting and in some cases ripping all items out of their homes .
Rotarian Mark Mathews from La Mesa Calf   and his wife Nancy have helped lead the charge by going out everyday.  They have been in Houston for over a month. Mark and Nancy have trained the local Rotarians on proper Muck and Gut to the higher level of home remediation techniques.
Leaving the home clean and contractor ready for repair.  Mark and Nancy have donated the drying trailer to DAUSA and it will be available for all water remediation tasks.  

We have dried out over 20 homes to date. A professional service charges on the average $15,000 for this service. All done for free by your local Rotarians and Disater Aid USA.
FedEx planned a worked day with over 60 FedEx employees.. Disaster Aid USA and our Communication Chair Patrick Lesley liaison the two groups proving homes for Fed Ex to help clean out. Mark and DAUSA were featured on Fed Ex TV for providing our knowledge of the effective area and home repair and clean up techniques.
Want your club to be a trained Strike Team, trained on Muck and Gut, simple home repairs and remediation teachings?  Schedule DAUSA to come and speak at your club.
A special thanks to the following Rotarians for stepping up and putting up with the madness. Rebecca Maddox, Irene Hickey, Ed Charlesworth, Greg Faldyn, Kent Hutchison, Angela Small, Charles Touchton, Graham Sharp. There were scores of Rotarians who came out daily and the names would be to long to list. The names above took a Chair role in this deployment and my simple thanks is not enough.

A public "Thank You"  is much over due as we came together as a Disaster Committee to do "Service Above Self".  A special thanks to the Katy Club and President Jeff Thompson who lead by example and formed their own Strike Team that kept us busy working on homes in their area.
Second phase is now Recovery and DAUSA has Donor money to partner with fellow Clubs as we will interview worthy candidates that fall through the cracks of FEMA and the SBA loan process . DAUSA will repair or replace Air Condition Units. Replace essential appliances and even help rewire and up grade the plumbing in homes if needed. Roof repair is also an option on the table.
PDG Ed Charlesworth home hosted Rotarian Ashley Checa from Indiana who assisted with clean up from September 19th until September 22nd.  On Friday, September 22, Ed provided dinner for the work crew members who had worked hard all week. 
Rotary e-club of Houston is proud to recognize the dedicated volunteers who have given of their time to assist with this major clean-up project following the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.
Disaster Aid USA Report Wayne Beaumier 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

District 5710 was proudly quick to respond with assistance for our Texas neighbors after the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

While we all know that Rotary is not a disaster relief agency, Kansas’ District 5710 is fortunate to house an agency that is. Lenexa-based Heart to Heart International was founded 25 years ago by Rotarians ̧ and several Rotarians are current executives and board members.  Rotary Clubs in District 5710 are strong advocates of Heart to Heart and have continued Rotary’s commitment since its inception through volunteer programs to build hygiene kits, mission trips to Guatemala, Haiti, Uganda and other countries while making signicant monetary donations especially during challenging times.

District 5710’s effort for Hurricane Harvey relief was two-fold. First, the Lenexa Rotary Club organized a hygiene kit assembly effort. In concert with several other area vclubs and Interact clubs, thousands of kits were quickly on their way to Heart to Heart staff, already on the ground in hard- hit Texas areas. All volunteer spots for the warehouse effort booked within 24 hours!

Secondly, the district leadership pledged to match a fundraising target of $5.00 per district member. In good faith of our members’ generosity, the district’s portion (nearly $12,000) was mailed within 48 hours of executive committee approval. And then the clubs went to work!

Clubs large and small were eager for the opportunity, under Rotary’s broad umbrella, to be immediately making a difference in communities of dire need. In most cases, the $5.00/member target was happily eclipsed, with clubs tallying double, triple, and even more than ve-fold that amount.

“Heart to Heart International was created 25 years ago with the help of Rotary clubs in the Kansas City area, and we continue to be a signi cant medical responder to disasters around the world. At this time, our focus is close to home...helping people in the U.S., as well as the Caribbean, recover from devastating hurricanes. Only with the nancial support and volunteers from groups like Rotary are we able to accomplish so much,” said Jim Mitchum CEO of Heart to Heart.

The Village West club expanded their fundraising effort by posting volunteers at the Labor Day weekend games of their local minor league baseball team, the Kansas City T-Bones. While every nickel counted, perhaps the most noteworthy donation came from the actor Bill Murray.  Murray is co-owner of the visiting club, the St. Paul Saints (who did lose to the home team on that beautiful afternoon). When asked to pose for a photo with club members, Murray quipped, unprompted, that it would certainly be “fair for all concerned!”


Kansas District 5710 Responds With Help for SouthTexas Adan Ehlert, DG D5710 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Foundation donor advised fund has been created to streamline the flow of contributions from Rotarians looking to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. The fund was established by Rotary President Elect Barry Rassin and Past RI Director Greg Podd. A committee will be selected to manage the fund.

Damage from Hurricane Harvey is predicted to as much as $160 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history “The fund advisors will be working with local Rotary clubs and districts, as well as relief agencies, to address the needs of people in affected areas, “ Podd said. “Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed. Over 3.7 million people have left the Greater Houston area in the evacuation effort,” he said.

Whenever possible, grants from the relief fund will be made to organizations that directly support the needs of individuals and communities through the Rotary volunteer structure and other aid organizations. Nearly 100 % of contributions will be granted to IRS-approved charitable organizations that are helping to provide relief and recovery.

Contributions can be made by check, credit card, via wired funds or stock transfer. However, they are not eligible for Paul Harris or Major Donor recognition. To learn how to donate to the Rotary Gulf Disaster Relief Fund, go to the following link:

Rotary Gulf Disaster Relief Fund Established 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Saturday, October 14, 2017 is the date. The Houston Community College – West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081 is the place.
The seminar will begin promptly at 8:30 AM, and will end no later than 12:15 PM. Doors open at 7:45 AM, complete with breakfast.
A mixture of large group and break-out sessions will provide Rotarians opportunities to expand their Rotary Foundation knowledge as well as share ideas about topics ranging from handling District Grants to improving Legacy Donor opportunities.
We will also be addressing Harvey relief efforts. This will include the “Big News” that District 5890 will be awarding additional District Grants. Normally this would not be possible as the Rotary Foundation has already acted on our District Grant application. However, upon our request the Rotary Foundation deviated from its standard procedures to help us address Harvey’s effects in our communities. The details will be announced at the seminar.
By the way, donations to the Rotary Foundation made at the seminar will generate additional Paul Harris recognition points. Those recognition points earned from the donations will be matched one to one. You do not know about Paul Harris recognition points? We will cover that subject during the Rotary 101 session.
Registration is $15. If you plan to pay by check at the door, choose the pay by mail option when you register. The link to register is
Contact me if you have any questions.
Wally Kronzer
Wally Kronzer
District Rotary Foundation Chair, 2016-2019
District 5890 (Texas, USA)
mobile 832-723-5766
DISTRICT 5890 FOUNDATION SEMINAR - OCTOBER 14TH 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
                           I hope you will join us for our December, 2017 trip to Nicaragua. We will be  leaving from Houston on Wednesday, December 13th on United flight # UA1421, at 4:20 p.m. and arriving in Managua at 7:30 p.m.
We will return from Managua on Wednesday December 20th on United flight # UA1423 leaving Managua at 7:50 a.m. and arriving in Houston at 11:10 a.m.
Getting group rates for tickets has gotten increasingly difficult.  People are coming from so many different places and usually you can get much better prices on line than we can get as a group rate.  So we are asking everyone to buy your own tickets directly but, you must coordinate your arrival and departure to match within an hour or so of the United flights shown above.  I know that American and some others have flights through Miami which closely match this schedule.  The 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-ordinate 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 you. Payments and sign-up sheets for this should be sent to:
            Hope & Relief International Foundation, Inc.
            10700 Gerke Rd.
            Brenham, Texas 77833
                  Fax  979-836-0614
We will schedule everyone on a first come, first served, basis as of the date we receive your payment.  NO ONE will be scheduled before payment is received.  Attached is a reservation form which should be sent in by EVERYONE, with the information and your payment. Please provide ALL the information. In order to secure all the hotel reservations we need to have your registration by November 3,2017 or we will not be able to be sure that we can have hotel reservations for you. We will be staying at the same hotel in Managua that we have stayed at in the past few trips and our cut-off date for reservations is November3, 2017. This is a new and very nice hotel. AFTER THIS DATE WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS.
Remember this is a tropical climate so dress accordingly. Jeans and shorts are great but you need to not wear sandals or open toe shoes when we visit the dump and the more rural areas. We will be staying part of the time at a beach resort so remember to pack your swimsuit, etc. A copy of our planned itinerary will be sent nearer to our departure date to all those registered for the trip. Remember that you will need a passport that is not within 6 months of expiring and please use the name exactly as it is on the passport for your plane tickets and on the registration form that you send us. We will need a completed registration form with up to date information.
We are planning on a large group and we really hope you can go with us.  Please let me know and call me if you have questions.
Jim Kite
home ph. 979-251-8225, cell ph. 979-251-0840
A LIFE CHANGING TRIP TO NICARAGUA Sandy Kite 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
District 5890 -
Relax, Cook, Play, Drink and Have FUN with your fellow Rotarians from District 5890 while raising money for Harvey Relief Efforts:
Attention to all players and chefs! The Rotary District 5890 Rag ball tournament and Food fest is rapidly approaching. Get your teams together and represent your Rotary club in this year's friendly competition. Do you think your team is the best? Well you have to participate to know. The date is Saturday, October 21, 2017 at North Shore Park, 14440 Wallisville Road, Houston, Tx 77049. It will start at 9 am. We will have a rag ball tournament. (A rag ball is just a softer softball, so as to not cause any injury to those of us not used to playing regularly.) There will be brackets and playing against the other teams to find the top 3. Cost per team is $200 plus umpire fees. We will have a Food Fest where your Rotary Club team will show off your best food bite or beverage in a crowd’s choice winner for the best serving and showmanship. Cost per booth is $25. Voting will be by donations to your booth. All proceeds from these events will go toward Harvey relief efforts throughout our district.
Get your registration forms from the district website, find them attached, or from your club president. Contact Danna Lemmon 713-410-5352 for more information. You can register on line or by email or fax. The deadline to register your team is Friday, October 13, 2017. Is your club the best? Well sign up and come out and show us. Help us raise funds for the Harvey relief effort and have a good time with your fellow Rotarians of District 5890. Hope to see you there!
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Eastwood )Adelaide, South Australia) - "The club just wanted to let you to know  that we are thinking of you as our friends in Rotary and hope you get through these difficult times in the best possible way.  Good luck and God bless."
Rotary e-Club Francophone - Thank you for your inquiries of our well-being for club members and properties!  Also, we appreciate your involvement in our emergency planning meeting held earlier today to begin planning our emergency response plan for the Houston area.
Rotarians from West Pennsylvania - Thank you for your expressed concern and interest to help!
ROTARY DISTRICT 5610 - DG Steve Harrington  is looking into flood relief assistance.  Thank you!
Berlin Rotary in New Jersey - Asks for needs assessment and declares that they want to help.  Message from VP Stephen Clyde.  Thanks!
Covington Rotary Club in Louisiana - Started a gofundme page for District 5890.  Thank you!
And the list grows!  Thank you to all of our fellow Rotarians and friends who have reached out to our club and our district with expressions of concern and sympathy, lifting up prayers, and offering  fundraising for relief efforts!  The devastating effects of Harvey have impacted Rotarians amongst many in our communities and it will take quite some time to stabilize our family life, professional life, schools, infrastructure, sports fields, and everything about daily life that had been taken for granted prior to the storm. 
Outpouring of Support from the Family of Rotary 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is using pictures -- your pictures -- to reclaim antiquities that have been lost to conflict and disaster. After crowdsourcing photographs of destroyed monuments, museums and artifacts, Coughenour uses advanced technology called photogrammetry to create 3D reconstructions, preserving the memory of our global, shared, human heritage. Find out more about how you can help celebrate and safeguard history that's being lost.


This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxHamburg, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

This idea may also be relevant for the many families affected by Hurricane Harvey who have lost family photos due to flooding in their homes.  Photos touch emotions and tap memories and are a significant loss when lost due to fire or floods.  Hopefully, extended family will be able to share and help re-create photo album from the years to replace what has been lost.  Not the highest priority, yet something which may give hope to those who are beginning to face the reality of what has been lost. 
Weekly Program: How your pictures can help reclaim lost history 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
1.  A person who makes oak barrels is called a cooper and his workshop is called a cooperage.
2.  During oak aging, tannins and flavors are added to the wine through contact with the barrel.
3.  Barrels are called barriques in France, but winemakers in Italy and Germany have also borrowed this term.
4.  There are 3 main types of oak - French, American and Hungarian/Eastern European Oak. At Messina Hof, we have French and American oak.
Four Fast Facts about Wine Barrels Messina Hof Winergy 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
I pray this email finds you and yours safe and sound.  I know that many in our family of Rotary have suffered property damage and loss.  Our district is mobilizing to assist those of you in need.   
Disaster Aid USA under the leadership of Wayne Beaumier, Patrick Lesley, Graham Sharp and others has already deployed and is working on Rotarian Bill Hall’s flooded home.  Other Rotarian’s homes are on the list for help.  Volunteers are needed and may go through Patrick Lesley to sign up to work where needed.
Fund raising for assistance to our district is on the top of our list as we will need money to assist our fellow Rotarians and Houstonians (Houstonians is to include as far out as our district reaches not just the city limits of Houston).
As of now we have 3 fund raising efforts in affect.  First, we are accepting funds directly into our district via our own 501c3, Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc.  Secondly, we are encouraging donations be made to Disaster Aid USA, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  And finally, through RI President Elect Barry Rassin and PRI Directors Greg Podd and Bob Stuart, the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund (Fund # 608) has been set up at the Rotary Foundation.  This DAF will be used for donations from Rotary districts, clubs, club foundations and members worldwide that want to contribute to Gulf Coast disaster aid.  The Fund will benefit the three Rotary Districts hit directly by Harvey.  Our Houston District 5890.  Galveston District 5910 and Corpus Christi/South Texas District 5930.
Please see the two attachments for information on how to donate directly to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc (EIN # 76-0569758) and Disaster Aid USA.  More information will be forthcoming on the Disaster Aid Donor Advised Fund.  Please share our Charities and Disaster Aid information with anyone that is in contact with you seeking ways to assist our district and Houston with disaster relief.
I am delighted to report that I have been inundated with offers of assistance from Rotary Districts, Clubs and Rotarians from every corner of the globe.  We truly are a Family or Rotary and the greatest service organization in the world.  Rotarians everywhere stand ready to serve us!  What a family!
As we further develop our district plan for assistance and help, more information will be forthcoming.  Please remember that many of our roads are still not safe for travel. Please do not attempt to drive through any standing water.  That’s never a safe choice.  Be safe.
Yours in Rotary Service,
2017-18 District Governor Bill Palko
Houston Rotary District 5890
Cell: 713-582-7235
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Dear Rotarians & Friends,
For those of us that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, I'll pray for you and your family safety. In time like these, I encourage you all to reach out to fellow Rotarians for help or to check-up on them and let them know someone out there is thinking about their safety. The magnitude of this hurricane destruction has not ended, and there's still tornadoes warning out there. If you need information and it's not an emergency, please call 311 hotlines. Below is a link to shelters if you need to evacuate on foot.    

List of Hurricane Harvey shelters around Houston area:


Please stay safe and dry,
Rotary e-Club of Houston - President 
Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador 

Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463

President's Message - Hurricane Harvey Shelters 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
If you registered and paid to attend Zone Institute, you will receive a refund directly from Zone Institute. If you registered and paid for a table or individual seat for the All Club Luncheon, they will be refunding your money as soon as we get back to normal operations at District.  
he Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.
About the Speaker - Susan Pinker reveals how in-person social interactions are not only necessary for human happiness but also could be a key to health and longevity.  She is the author of The Village Effect:  How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make us Healthier, Happier and Smarter (Penguin Random House, 2015).
Weekly Program - The Secret to Living Longer may be your Social Life 2017-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Houston Patch - August 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is slowly churning in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall late Friday evening as a major hurricane.

The National Weather Service is predicting that Harvey, the first hurricane to hit the Texas coast since 2008, could strike the coastline as a Category 3 hurricane with winds as high as 130 miles per hour, which could damage trees, power lines and homes.

By comparison, Hurricane Ike was a Category 2 storm when it struck Galveston Island in September 2008, causing $38 billion in damages and killing dozens of people.

The National Weather Services has issued Hurricane Warning from Port Mansfield north of South Padre Island, to Matagorda Island, and a Tropical Storm Warning from north of Matagorda, to High Island and Crystal Beach, KTRK reported.

The constable’s office plans to deploy several 5-ton trucks for potential high-water rescues in the Greater Houston area.

District 5890 in Path of Hurricane Harvey 2017-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5890
Friday, September 15, 2017
Featured Keynote Speakers: Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori
Crowne Plaza near NRG
District 5890 Out of this World Exposition 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Luncheon and Presentation 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Rotary e-Club of Houston and Galleria River Oaks Club have a joint table planned.  If you are interested, contact President wind and send him a check for $75 payable to Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club.  The table is for ten Rotarians.  If you are unable to have a seat at this table, then arrange for your own individual ticket.
Since the meeting is being held with Zone Institute you will need to be registered by Sept 1 in order to attend the event.  You will not be able to walk in and buy a seat or purchase a seat after Sept 1.  In order to enter the Luncheon you will need either a zone badge or a ticket or you will not be allowed to enter the room.
To Register go to Club Runner or the link below:
Rotary District 5890 All Club Luncheon - September 15th 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
The District 5890 Membership Meeting scheduled to convene this coming Monday, August 28th, is CANCELED due to the forecasted weather conditions to impact Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond.
Our next scheduled D5890 Membership Meeting is next month, per September 25th.  See you then!
Stay safe!
Yours in Rotary service,
Ann Wright
D5890 Membership Committee Vice Chair
832-647-4700 - Cell
Derrill Painter
D5890 Membership Committee Chair
832-473-5729 - Cell
District Membership Meeting Cancelled on Monday, August 28th 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
A General Meeting of the Rotary e-Club Houston was held on August 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM.  Our new physical meeting place is the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located on Wirt Road in Houston.
Our assistant governor, Max Patterson was our speaker, and his topic focused on the current theme for this Rotary's year. Max, is a past president and a member of Galleria River Oak Rotary Club.
Rotary e-Club of Houston - President
Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador
Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463
General Meeting - August 19th 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
The first annual Flights and Bites was a huge success it Served Humanity and the Rotary Firefighters home.  Again this year half the net proceeds will go to the Rotary Firefighters home. 

This home provides our First Responders a place to live while undergoing treatment for cancer. Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self - what better way to emulate this by giving back to our very own first responders who by nature in their job description put “Service Above Self”

So we are going to do it again October 14 in the Flemings City Center Private Dining Room.  This will sell out so we are offering to all our fellow Rotarians first.  
Ignore the save the date.  The eventbrite registration should be live so sign up before it sells out.

Enjoy an exclusive evening with some of the top brewers in the country while enjoying a 5 course meal prepared by Flemings Prime Steakhouse - Town and Country.

This will be an evening that you will remember, enjoy this exquisite setting in a private dining room of Flemings Prime Steakhouse - Town and Country. We are working with our partners in brewing to bring special cellar aged very hard to find (or impossible to find) beers which will compliment each course prepared by Flemings.

We are limiting this event to 110 guests only and we will sell it out, grab your tickets today! As always, with any WWBF event, we we will donate 100% of the net proceeds to charities. Buy tickets here:

See you there, Cheers from the WWBF crew!

**expected menu**

Course 1 - Appetizer course which will be an amazing mushroom ravioli with a porcini butter sauce.

Course 2 - Salad course - spinach salad with fruit / goat cheese hand made it's amazing with great creaminess.

Course 3 - Seafood course – Grilled Scallops with risotto, with a very small glaze such that it will not overpower the seafood.

Course 4 - STEAK! grilled whole tenderloins, with an amazing Kona Coffee rub. Not only does it impart great rich flavor and crust, but it also makes for perfect pairing with just about any dark beer, porter, etc.

Course 5 - Dessert – will be a surprise!

Remember, if you attend this fundraiser or another which is sponsored by a Rotary club, it does count as a make-up for a meeting.
Flights & Bites Fundraiser - October 14th 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
CANCELLED - District 5890 Social Event - Rotary Night at the Dynamo's 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

A universal pop song and the universe are about to align.

Guests aboard the Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise have an extra surprise in store for their once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience: Bonnie Tyler, the Welsh songstress of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" fame, will be on board to perform her 1983 hit just as the moon sails across the sun. (The cruise ship will be positioned in the path of totality for this critical moment. “Bonnie Tyler was a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment," said the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley.)

Tyler's song launched her to stardom and remains a classic today, especially as a karaoke favorite. But this is the first time she'll be performing it during this highly anticipated astronomical event.

" It’s going to be so exciting," Tyler told TIME, speaking from a brief stopover in Wales. "It doesn't happen very often, does it?"

Song of the Week: Total Eclipse of the Heart 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
About the Speaker:  David Baron writes about science in books, magazines, newspapers and for public radio. He formerly served as science correspondent for NPR and science editor for PRI’s The World.

On August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow will race from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse. Umbraphile David Baron chases these rare events across the globe, and in this ode to the bliss of seeing the solar corona, he explains why you owe it to yourself to witness one, too.


This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxMileHigh, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

If you are making the effort to capture this experience, please share your location and experience with the newsletter editor for publication later this month.  Send your comments to Robin Charlesworth at  Thank you!
Program: You Owe It to Yourself to Experience a Total Solar Eclipse 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19.  Barry replaces the late Sam Owori.  Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Barry, along with RI General Secretary John Hewko, will be a Keynote Speaker at the All Club Luncheon on Friday, September 15th, 2017.
District 5890 is hosting the Rotary Zone Institute the week of September 14th-17th.  WE NEED TO SHOW WHY WE ARE THE BEST DISTRICT IN OUR PAIRED ZONES BY HAVING EACH OF OUR CLUBS RESERVE A TABLE FOR THE ALL CLUB LUNCHEON AT THE NRG CROWNE PLAZA AT NOON ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH.  Table sponsorship levels are $750.00 and $1,000.00.  There are a limited number of individual seats available at $58.90 each.  Please go to our district website and reserve a table for your club today!  THE FUTURE IS NOW for District 5890.
2018-2019 Rotary International President Selected 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
President Wind Nguyen has called for the monthly Board of Directors Meeting to be held at 10:00 am or one hour prior to the General Meeting this coming Saturday.  The meeting will be held at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, in Houston, Texas 77055.  Any board members or committee chairmen must contact our club president with agenda items prior to the board meeting.  There will be much to cover and to plan for this year's projects.
Board Meeting - Saturday, August 19th @ 10:00 am 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nguyen T. Nguyen
Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
How great leaders inspire action? Nguyen T. Nguyen 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
WHERE:  Yellow Rose Distilling @ 1224 N. Post Oak Road #100  Houston, TX  77055
Enjoy a tour of the first distillerty inside the Houston city limits and sampling, of course.  Contact Dan Monson @ 713.480.1061. Or  Rotary should be shared - feel free to bring a guest!  They have a Yellow Rose Premium Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Single Malt Whiskey. Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey, and more.
The Story of the Yellow Rose Distilling -

So the legend goes, in 1836 at the battle of San Jacinto, the Yellow Rose of Texas ensured General Sam Houston’s victory paving the way for the Republic of Texas.  Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, Yellow Rose Distillery proudly honors the history of this great state.

Have you ever sat around with your friends, enjoying your favorite beverage, and had a dream to create something new?  Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose is the brain child of several friends after a night like that.  Yellow Rose launched into the Texas market in 2012.  We believe  it takes a lot more than talk to create something great.  After years of hard work and dedication, we are proud to be Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery!

We are fresh off of a Best In Class award for our Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute and a Double Gold for our Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco Artisan Spirits. With accolades like these it’s no wonder Yellow Rose Distilling is making its mark in the artisan spirits sector. We’re quickly finding homes in markets throughout the US.

While we started in Texas, we are growing quickly across the country. 

Multi-Club Gathering August 11th 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Meet the RI President Ian H. S. Risely 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Raj Panjabi was your typical science- and soccer-loving 4th grader in Monrovia, Liberia. But when a brutal civil war erupted in the country, normal life was upended.

On the TED2017 stage, Panjabi recalls his mother knocking on his door, telling him to pack his things. They had to flee. One image from that day has stayed etched in his memory ever since. While his family was stuffed onto a rescue plane, a long line of Liberians formed, many of them with children. “When they tried to jump in with us, I watched soldiers restrain them. They were not allowed to flee.”

Panjabi’s family eventually resettled in the United States and, with the help of their community in High Point, North Carolina, his father opened a clothing shop. In 2005, after Liberia’s civil war had ended, he returned to his country as a medical student, determined to serve. “I found utter destruction,” he says. “The war had left us with just 51 doctors to serve a country of 4 million people. It would be like if the city of San Francisco had just 10 doctors.”

Panjabi felt like he was failing his patients, who were coming to him too late to save. Like one billion people around the world, many Liberians live in remote communities that are far from a health clinic. For them, getting medical care can involve canoeing across rivers and hiking through rainforests — sometimes for days. “Despite the advances we’ve made in technology and modern medicine, our innovations have not reached those in the last mile,” he says. “These people have been left behind.”

Panjabi wondered: Could the health-care system be reorganized? What if community members could learn to diagnose and treat common medical problems, and perhaps even become the center of a health-care system for their communities? With a team of Liberian and American partners, he launched Last Mile Health to explore this.

In the years since, Last Mile Health has designed a three-step process: They train community health workers to prevent, diagnose and treat the 10 most common diseases, including malaria and pneumonia; they equip workers with a backpack of modern diagnostic tests and medicines, plus a smartphone to report on epidemics; and they issue job contracts so these workers get paid. This last part is crucial, and something often overlooked in community health programs. Because a paycheck means dignified, professionalized work.

That brings him to his TED Prize wish: “I wish that you will help me recruit the largest army of community health workers the world has ever known, by creating the Community Health Academy, a global platform to train, connect and empower.”

“For all of human history, illness has been universal, but access to care has not,” says Panjabi. “My dream is that this Academy will contribute to the training of hundreds of thousands of community health workers, who’ll serve hundreds of millions … from the rainforests of Liberia, to the hilltops of Appalachia, to the mountains of Afghanistan.”

Weekly Program: Community Health 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Quentin Wodon, Guest author on Jul 31, 2017
Apart from volunteering their time, another way through which Rotarians contribute to service projects is by giving money. This can be done through the Rotary Foundation, as well as through club foundations or the clubs themselves. Rotarians also pay dues for their membership. In some clubs these dues may be high, especially if weekly meetings involve lunches. In other clubs the dues may be lower. By adding up what Rotarians give to Rotary and their membership dues one can get an estimate of the overall cost of membership. Calculating this cost is important. Clubs should be aware of their cost of membership and they should regularly assess whether this cost is appropriate or too high. This exercise was done in my district through the membership survey already mentioned in previous posts (as before, for details see my book on Rotary).


Giving and the Cost of Membership" Rotarian Economist excerpt Quentin Wodon, Guest author 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Mrs. Maura Coutinho, a 75 years old person living in Brazil had to undergo several surgeries and amputate a foot. In her residence all the entrances have stairs. The Allgayer family in Houston donated an electric wheelchair and the material for the access ramps, and Rotarian from E-Club of Houston Marcio Natali de Assis volunteered to build the ramps and make some other improvements in Maura’s house.  It took 5 weeks to complete the work. Congratulations to Rotarian Marcio for the work he has done in helping Maura have more dignity and comfort.
We would also like to thank Jorge Amorim de Assis and the transporting companies in Brazil, Rocha (Porto Alegre - RS), Pioneiro (SP) and Transcapixaba (Viana-ES) for moving the electric wheelchair for free to Mrs. Coutinho’s house over 1300 miles away.
Vitoria Marchiolli is a little girl who has a rare health condition called Treacher Collins syndrome, has had several surgeries and needs constant special care, including having to wear diapers at age 9. Her family is underprivileged and they live in Brazil. Some of our members and other Rotarians joined hands to make sure these types of diapers, which are very costly in Brazil were brought to little Vitoria. E-Club member Ludmila Claro delivered a big suitcase full of diapers to Adriane and Mike Miller’s house so they could transport it with them to Atlanta during the RICON 2017. Then from Atlanta, Rotarians Helvio and his spouse Christiane from the Rotary Club of Vitoria - Praia do Canto - ES, district 4410, flew the suitcase to Brazil with them to be handed over to Vitoria Marchiolli. We thank everyone for their efforts so that this little girl can have a better quality of life. It is a great example of small actions making a difference for someone in need.
Remember, the Rotary motto is "Service Above Self" and our active members who live all around the world are encouraged to identify a need and develop a plan to serve others in their community.  It may be a project just around the corner from where you live, or it may reach across continents with special connections bringing you together.  Also, you may join a project conducted by another Rotary club in your area.  Please do share your community service involvement as it does count as a commitment of time to Rotary for attendance purposes.
Community Service - Wherever The Need is for e-club Rotarians 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
It is customary for the outgoing President to recognize some members in appreciation for their service at the end of the official Rotary year which ends on June 30, 2017.  The following members received a certificate of appreciation and a special pin according to their service, hobbies or personality. 
Wisdom HS Interactors and Interactor president Moni Giri, (the "I care" pin) was recognized for helping our Rotary E-Club with our care bags for the homeless project and many other projects in their Interact club.
For continued work in promoting our club, mentoring the Interactors and helping so much with technology in our club, Wind Nguyen,  "You will be a very techy and artistic president," says President Dree Miller.   Presented with a Photography pin.
For sharing Rotary and bringing in new ideas to make members feel included and connected in our club, you are the puzzle piece that fits perfectly! Barb Conway was presented with the  "Puzzle" pin.
For being such a team player, volunteering for our projects, participating in exchanging ideas, always offering to help our club and buying so many mosaic raffle tickets to help our Rotary Foundation: Alexis Campestre. Honored with the "Team player" pin.
For being the greatest example of leadership, calm, patient, bringing a positive light in everything you say and do, and for being the reason I joined Rotary and just for being so cool, Ed Charlesworth. He was presented with the "Cool sun" pin.
Marcia Allgayer who lives in South Carolina (Community Service Chair) and Rachael Blair who lives in Maryland (International Service Chair) received their certificates and pins from President Dree in Atlanta during one of our club’s dinners.
Two recognition certificates were mailed to Lori Miller who lives in Oregon and Belinda Kaylani (who couldn’t be at the installation due to health issues).   Their certificates and pins fare in appreciation of their outstanding service to the Club. Rachael was the best International services chair a club can have, a true Rotarian who practices service above self everyday. Lori was the creative mind behind our club’s brochures, updating our logo, designing the exchange banner for our club and other designs.
Recognition for bringing in new members this year goes to Wind Nguyen, Robin Charlesworth, Barbara Conway, Tiffany Cady, Nicole Wycislo, Marcia Allgayer and LIzette Odfalk for bringing new members to the club. They each received a Rotary sponsor pin. 
Exceptional Member recognitions: Excellence for going even beyond in service and support of the president
1. She is the strongest promoter of Rotary, of our club and about the Rotary foundation on social media. She is so full of energy and she helped me and our club in so many aspects.  She is a special multitasker, a go getter and she deserves a certificate of excellence for her super powers in making our E-club known all over the world. I’ve never met anyone who has so many ideas on how to make things better: Keep your ideas flowing, Liz Odfalk. You get the "Light bulb" pin.
2. For his excellent work in keeping our club’s finances in order for three full years, for his dedication in detailed work in spreadsheets, explaining to me with the most patience in the world about those spreadsheets and for never saying no to anything I asked of him as a treasurer of our club. There is more. Because you are my husband, a lot more was asked of you. You were always there for me so I was able to do my job as president of our club. You have a cool, mathematical, logical and musical brain, a super generous and warm heart and an evolved and wise soul; A perfect combination to help a club president and wife. I will give you this certificate of excellence, this special gift for you to sign your engineering projects and this "Music" pin, because you will always be a musician, now that you can take a break from being treasurer, Michael Miller. You get the music pin.
3. Imagine being responsible for updating a Rotary club webpage with relevant content that is read in many parts of the world, keeping up with members and club activities to publish  the e-club newsletter.  That includes being the Program Chair, too.  Being on top of everything Rotary, everything E-club, editing, looking for pictures, and looking for music, searching for inspiration and motivation for our members and followers to engage. She is the soul behind all our weekly programs since our club started in February 2014. She is a dedicated Rotarian named Robin Charlesworth and she deserves nothing less than the Rotarian of the Year award and pin. You will also receive the excellence in communication plaque.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank our members, my friends, family and all the Rotarians who supported our club and cheered me up during my year as president. I am happy you exist in my life.
Presdent Dree Miller
***Photos are posted on our Facebook page.
Awards & Member Recognitions - 2017 Adriane Miller 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE - JULY 22nd for District Membership Training 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
We did it! As of June 26, 2017 our club qualifies for the Presidential Citation Award by Rotary International!
Here are some of our goals. To see all the other goals we achieved and more details about our service projects, please go to the Rotary website and look for Rotary Central.
We are a large club, so we needed net gain of 2 new members. We had net gain of 4 new members, and we inducted 5 new members under the age of 40 this year. We needed to increase member retention rate by 1% compared to last year’s and we increased it by 22%!.
The Rotary Foundation giving goal was $536. We were able to give $6,720.43. There will be more donations by June 30th so the final number will be higher. Our contribution to Polio goal of $2,650 was surpassed, with a total $4,033.93 to help end polio in the world. All members of our club contributed at least $26.50 each to the Rotary Foundation.  District Governor presented our club with the 100% Sustaining Paul Harris Banner at our installation dinner.
It is not the award itself that will tell us we are a great club. These goals served as a guide, and what we do as a team to achieve them is what counts. Each member of this club knows the contribution he or she has given to the club, to Rotary and to humanity, and that is what is behind those numbers, which are not comprehensive of all good our members have done in their communities and internationally.
Think of all service projects we did this year and the lives we touched through them. There are those who shake their heads in helplessness when they look at so many parts of the world in poverty, disease, lack of basic education and clean water. Then there are those called Rotarians, who see opportunities to be effective through our compassion for others. We roll up our sleeves and lift our heads resolved that we are the agents of change. Those people whose lives we touched may not know who we are and never have an opportunity to thank us. This is "Service above Self". Our club has shown to the world we are here to make changes, we will keep going forward, planning, contributing with donations, ideas, being leaders, following leaders, being active and welcoming more like-minded individuals to join us. 
It has been an honor to serve as President of Rotary E-Club of Houston. When I was nominated president, I was unsure due to a serious health diagnosis, but I accepted the position because I believed in the team of supporters I knew I would have around me. I also believed in my heart that focusing on others and dedicating my time to a greater cause could only bring positive things all around. I was right. It has been a learning journey, and yes I worked hard to overcome some difficult episodes in my health, but it has been rewarding. Not the paper awards, praises, numbers, but the amazing people who stayed by my side, and to mention just one example, the smiles of the children in Uganda receiving clothes made by my own hands and of others. We are never alone when we have an honest aspiration to serve; it forms a beacon of light that those with the same intent will follow.
Rotarians of our vibrant E-Club of Houston, thank you for your dedication! Keep looking for beacons of light and if you don’t see one, be one! Help others see that they can be the hands and the brains that will promote change that will bring peace and love so we all can live in a better world. 
With much love for humanity,
Adriane Miller
President 2016-2017
Rotary E-Club of Houston
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Adriane Miller 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Experience the world of Alokita, a young adult who was paralysed by polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011.

“Polio is a disease that keeps on affecting the person. It comes in childhood but it doesn’t stop there. It deteriorates the quality of our life,” Alokita says.

Rotary, with the support of the US Fund for UNICEF, produced the VR (Virtual Reality) film, which debuted on World Polio Day 2016.

‘One Small Act’

Rotary’s newest VR film takes you on the extraordinary journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict.

See firsthand how small acts of compassion, protection, and kindness can change lives forever.

This four-minute film emphasizes the two themes of polio and peace, and how Rotary’s work to eradicate the disease is creating stability around the world.

Rotary premiered its newest film on June 13 at its international convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  More than 3,000 Rotarians  registered for the debut of this new virtual reality film, “One Small Act.” We succeeded in hosting one of the largest ever simultaneous viewings of a virtual reality production, with more than 2,100 Rotary members ultimately joining us on 13 June to see how Rotary is combining technology, innovation, and creativity to bring people together to experience what can be achieved through compassionate service.

A special thank you to District 5160, whose generosity helped fund the project.

The value of VR

By connecting with people on a visceral, personal level, VR films can be a powerful advocacy tool.

“The final push to end polio requires significant resources and emotional investment. This type of innovative technology has the potential to inspire that,” says Vincent Vernet, director of digital and publishing with Rotary’s communications team, who spearheaded the project.

Get the Rotary VR app

Combining the power of Rotary’s virtual reality app with a VR viewer and a smartphone, you can immerse yourself in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Gain a 360-degree perspective on the causes Rotary champions – including polio eradication and peace-building – and learn how you can take action to change the world. 

Weekly Program: "I Dream of an Empty Ward" 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
What fun we all had!!! Thie combined party hosted by Rotary Club Francophone with President Raffaella Ronzini Vinet of France and Rtn, Jean Louis Nguyen Qui, also from France presided with our own Dree Miller.  Dignitaries from New Zealand were present to award Raffaella a Paul Harris Award.  There was a buffet dinner and a live band, and dancing.  This group's reputation is growing as THE party to attend during the Rotary International Convention,  Here are a few pics of the event:
All Rotarian women in attendance were honored with roses from our dear friend Dr. Jean Louis Nguyen Qui.
Recap of the e-club PARTY in Atlanta during the RI Convention 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Ruby Powers - On June 24, 2017, Ruby Powers was one of two awarded the Advocacy Award at the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Awards Ceremony.  She was in part honored for her rigorous influence from Austin to the US Congress, and her leadership to encourage others to be actively involved in being the change you want to see in this world.  Her law firm is Powers Law Group in Houston.  Ruby was also on 90.1 KPFT at 9 pm on June 28th with Jill Campbell to talk about recent immigration topics.  Congratulations, Ruby!
Ed Nelson - At the Annual Texas Association of Sports Officials Scholarship Awards Banquet in Sugar Land on June 13, 2017, ,  Ed presented scholarships to 21 deserving students amounting to $45,000.  These scholars have dedicated themselves to their studies and to baseball.   Houston TASO Baseball Umpires raised the money with 83 applicants which started 17 years ago.  Over $625,000 has been awarded with funds raised in off-season baseball tournament with 96 teams, making this the largest single baseball tournament known.  Keep up the good work with our communities youth, Ed, in helping them make their college dreams come true!
Proud of the Rotary e-club of Houston Rotarians! 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
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
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
713-647-8400 - Direct
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
832-473-5729 - Cell
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
Charles Mickens
Our newest member is the Chief Information Officer & Associate Dean of Innovation & Technology at Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School.  His Rotary classification is "Legal Education - Technology". He and his wife, Helen, live is Lansing, Michigan.  Both Paul Harris Fellows and both in Rotary, although in separate clubs.  Charles first learned about the Rotary e-Club of Houston in June of 2015 when he attended the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He and his wife attended a Rotary party and sat next to Adriane and Michael Miller.  They also attended the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta earlier this month and learned more about the e-Club of Houston from Nicole Wycislo.  They met other e-club Houston members at the joint party with our twin club at a German restaurant.

Charles and Helen travel as a hobby. In addition to numerous trips to France, over the years, we have traveled in South Africa, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bangkok, Thailand, and Seoul, Korea. The last The last five countries included trips to Rotary International Conventions.

Helen lived in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa and I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for six months during college, studying Thai language and culture.

Charles looks forward to being part of a Rotary team with a task to accomplish.   WELCOME, to the Rotary e-club of Houston!

Tyler is the son of our club treasurer, Mike Miller, and step-son of our retiring club president, Dree Miller.    He is a chef at a boutique hotel in Oregon and his girlfriend, Natasha Edwards, is a pastry chef at the same hotel.  They are planning to head to Australia soon which we expand our membership to another continent.  Of course, their sponsors are Mike and Dree Miller.  Welcome to the Family of Rotary! 
ED NELSON -  A returning club member who is employed with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  He works with Network Security at the museum.  Ed attended our Officer Installation party and is eager to re-join our club.  He lives in Cypress, Texas (a suburb of Houston).  Ed is seen if the video above handing our college scholarships from funds he helped raise as a baseball umpire.  Welcome, Ed!
Welcome, New Members! 2017-05-27 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.
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.
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
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
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:
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:
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



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 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.
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,
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: Watch this video:
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:
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

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. 
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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
 Table of 10 $1,000 (Includes 10 drink tickets)
 Individual $100 (Includes 1 drink ticket)
 YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE AT 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!
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!…

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. 
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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 
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.
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
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:
Houston Community College West Loop
5601 West Loop South
Houston, TX  77013
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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 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
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 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.

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,
General Meeting of the Rotary e-Club Houston - March 18th 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

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
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













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
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.
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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:
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:

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:
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:
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:

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:
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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
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
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 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

Weekly Program: An Ultra-Low-Cost-College Degree 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
713-647-8400 - Direct
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
832-473-5729 - Cell
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Posted by Robin Charlesworth
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
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

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
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.
Thoughts about Effective Communication 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

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 ( ) or Deanna ( ) to reserve seats.

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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 ( ) or Deanna ( ) to reserve seats.


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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 ( ) or Deanna ( ) to reserve seats.

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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  or 713-644-9285
Fall in Love with Rotary All Club Dinner on Valentine's Day 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

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
Introduction of RI President-Elect Ian Riseley and the New Theme for 2017-2018 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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.

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. 


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
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
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
POLIO UPDATE 2017-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
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 (


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



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


SAVE THE DATES - UPCOMING EVENTS 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
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:


Ashish Sarkar, Convener, World Peace Conference 2017, 
Rosemarie Rowney, Co-Chair, World Peace Conference 2017,

Rotary Works for Peace: March 31 - April 1, 2017, Michigan League, University of Michigan 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
Upcoming Rotary Fundraisers 2017-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
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
Face-to-Face Meeting on January 21st 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Impacts Entire Family 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

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

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.

2017 Rose Bowl Parade Rotary Float 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
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
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.”

Happy New Year! 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
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
About Santa Claus School 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary - Make a World of Difference 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

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.

A poem about Camels 2016-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
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
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:
Visit us:
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, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, 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 from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at 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.

Cyber Monday & Giving Tuesday 2016-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
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,

Adriane Miller
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
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
713-647-8400 - Direct
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
832-473-5729 - Cell
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.
New Members - WELCOME! 2016-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
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 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:
“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
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

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:
Rotary Tradition 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Boca2 Gastro Bar & Bites
7951 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas 77024
District Governor Visit on November 19th 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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 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 -


Visit Another Rotary Club 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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!
Do you LIKE us on Facebook? 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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...
#actsofgood 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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 ( 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
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.  (

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:

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:

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:

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:
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
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:
(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 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. 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! 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:
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
This event is registered here as well:
#endpolionow #RotaryFoundation #RotaryeClubofHouston #
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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 
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
713-647-8400 - Direct
Derrill Painter
D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
832-473-5729 - Cell
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
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 to follow and join the global conversation on social media.
WORLD POLIO DAY 2016 - Monday, October 24th 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
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 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
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

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
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A Special Message  From RI President-nominee Sam Owori 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
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.