Please - Everyone - pay your annual dues of $200 using your own credit card or PayPal.  We are obligated to pay Rotary International dues and our district dues in July and these bills are covered by dues paid on time.  Donations to the Rotary Foundation are encouraged, although may be paid at any time during the Rotary year with begins on July 1.  We also ask members to donate to Polio Plus until this disease is successfully eradicated from our planet.  The recommended amounts are $100 to Rotary Foundation and $25 to Polio Plus.  Members may pay less or more, yet the club benefits by each and every member making at least a small donation of $25 to the Rotary Foundation.  Some members use Rotary Direct which is a scheduled withdrawal of a designated amount chosen by you.  It may be monthly, quarterly, or annually.
 
If you choose to withdraw your membership, notify the Board of Directors in writing.  Know, however, that it must be done prior to billings by Rotary International or the district dues which is based on membership numbers each July 1 and December 31.  Otherwise the club is liable for dues to be paid.  Help us keep the books straight and in the "black" by paying on time.

Dear E-club members……

       I am excited to be your president for this year and I want to challenge you to make Rotary a weekly activity for you this year.    Today we eliminate ….any of what we used to call R.I.N.O.’s.  (Rotarians In Name Only)…….My expectation for you this year is to be committed to participate at a great and significant level.    So we will be pairing you up with another member randomly that will be your buddy for a quarter of a year….(3 months).    Then we will be getting a new buddy every quarter, so that you will have the opportunity to get to know another Rotarian intimately.    We will have 4 buddy groups grouped together in Huddles of 8 people….. and you will select a Quarterback for your Huddle group.     I am assigning these randomly on purpose so that we will get to know members that perhaps we don’t know that well.    

         It will be your responsibility to check up with your buddy at least 1X each week.     Your challenge that I give to you…..is that you need to initiate this connection yourself at least 1x each week.    That should be a minimum of 2 contacts each week.   I would recommend that at least 1 of these communications be an old fashioned phone call……Not just a text message……..or an e’mail.    

        Here are you pairings and your huddle groups………

 

BUDDIES…….

 

HUDDLE # 1

Kelley Adams & Alexis Campestre

Alfred Adjokatcher & Ed Charlesworth

Chris Ajayi & Jibrell Crump

Jose Alves & Molly Determan

 

 

HUDDLE # 2

Robin Charlesworth & Rosie Dunn

Stan Edwards & Fabiola Giannone 

Candi Guillen & Debra Harper-LeBlanc

Philip Harris & Michael Hasty

 

HUDDLE # 3

Chad Hasty & Ruby Hernandez

Olivia Hernandez & Marty Hill

Henry House & Valerii Iakovenko

Sidik Ibrahim & Jack Jennings

 

HUDDLE # 4

Brittany Johnson & Glenn Johnson

Trokon Johnson & Cimela Kidonakis

Bhuvaneswari Krishnan & Harish Krishnarao

Jim Leon & Eunice Mbarika

 

HUDDLE # 5

Isis Mejias & Christine Mercer

Charles Mickens & Marc Mori

Adriane Miller & Amanda Nguyen

Isabel Nordin & Akin Olufowoshe

 

HUDDLE # 6

Michael Miller & Eddie Peterman

Cristal Montanez & Michael Nguyen

Nguyen Nguyen & Ruby Powers

Marc Prevot & Lori Prouty

 

HUDDLE # 7

Rodney Ragsdale & Dick Robie

Kimberly Rogers & Brandt Smith

HUDDLE # 7 continued

Ed Socha & Jake Stein

Alex Tang & Anh Truong

 

HUDDLE # 8

Jeff Watkins & Marluce Whitley

Leenette Wilke & Missy Willis

Nicole Wycislo & Gaye Wylie

Russ Yetter & Jose Zerpa

ATTENTION……THIS IS YOUR ASSIGNMENT….!!!!!!!

Go to the app store…..download the Club Runner APP…….Get the phone # or email address of your buddy and start contacting them today……

LET’S MAKE OUR CLUB THE VERY BEST IT CAN BE……..

Talk to you soon…….Dick Robie.  979-480-4629

 

Please join our e-Club as we proudly welcome the following new members to our e-Club of Houston:

 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
PDG Nick Giannone  -
Classification- Emergency Room Physicia
Nick comes to us transferring from the Rotary After 5 Club near Brazosport within our District and served as District Governor 2011-12.  He is married to Fabiola Giannone who is already a member of our club.  Nick is dedicated to "Service Above Self" and is actively involved with Youth Exchange programs. Nick and Fabiola reside in Brazosport, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Stein - Recently retired from MCR Global, the largest global distributor of pipe, valves, and fittings (PVF), related products and services to the energy industry based on sales. MRC Global supplies these products and services around the world and across each of the upstream, midstream pipeline, gas utility and downstream sectors. Additional responsibilities included global responsibility for Marketing & Pricing.  He has traveled internationally for business and told his son, Jake Stein (already a member of our club) that he may need something more to do in his retirement.  Jake encouraged him to join Rotary.  He was inducted at the Installation Dinner held in June and has jumped in to work on the Hospitality Night Committee during the Rotary International Convention to be held in Houston next year.  He is married to Carol and together they provide love and support to their grandchildren since retirement.  Robert and Carol have a home in Humble, Texas.
 
 
 
Anais Watsky - Transferring into our club from Willowbrook Rotary Club (now closed), Anais will be the Interact Club sponsor at Klein Forest High School.  Anais retired as Executive Director of Northwest Assistance Ministries and has been integral in the development of the Pearl Finscher Museum of Fine Arts in Northwest Houston.  She is a proven event planner and She is a seasoned Rotarian and will continue her dedication to Youth Exchange and Interact programs.  She has hosted many Rotary youth exchange students and organized a Friendship Exchange to Estonia.  She is married to Buddy. and they live in Houston, Texas. 
Our new members make Rotary even stronger! By adding their skills, experience, and enthusiasm to our e-club, they will help to advance communities at home and on a global scale. Together, we can eradicate polio, train more skilled peacemakers, and provide lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy, and poverty. Welcome to our global community of more than 1.2 million men and women dedicated to building a better world!
 
                    If YOU are interested in becoming a member, please click here for more information.
 
 
On July 24, 2021 a small group social is planned for lunch at Izakaya beginning at 11:00 am.  Olivia Hernandez will be the table hostess at this event.  Please contact her to make your reservation to attend by Wednesday, July 21st.  This is a casual social event designed to get to know each other.  Only preparation needed is to be open to making new friends in Rotary.  Whenever a group of Rotarians gather, there is never a shortage of good conversation.  It will be individual tickets, so this event is at no cost to Rotary.

Izakaya is Houston’s first high-end Japanese gastropub, Developed by the Azuma Group ( Kata Robata, Azuma Sushi, Soma sushi). located in the growing Midtown neighborhood, our restaurant is a take on a modern-day izakaya, where The drinks are as important as the food.

Ramen, dumplings, and street food!   Cocktails, sake, and whisky!

318 Gray St Houston, TX 77002

Contact Olivia Hernandez by email to reserve a seat at the table:  olivia13194@gmail.com

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Described as "a visionary thinker with a rare intellect," Sinek has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world that does not yet exist; a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe wherever they are and end the day fulfilled by the work that they do.

Sinek is the author of multiple best selling books including Start With WhyLeaders Eat LastTogether is Better and The Infinite Game.

 
Cristal Montanez joined the Rotary e-Club of Houston in  2015  with an avid interest in international service.  She has provided leadership in helping refugees of Venezuela who left their homeland seeking better lives.  She shares, "It is immensely gratifying to witness children, in the midst of crisis, smiling again over a shared meal. Your heart is touched as you sense their parents’ tension ease and see expressions of hope radiate across their faces."  Click the link below to read more...
 
On June 26, Cristal spoke on a panel at the annual meeting of the Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement and Migration & the Rotary Fellowship for Global Development held prior to the Rotary International Convention.
 
On June 22, an article about the Hope for Venezuelan Refugees was published on Rotary Voices.  See article below for more information.
 
On June 6, 2021, Cristal participated in "The Frontline of Change:  Women Leaders and the United Nations."  She represented the "Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project" and the Rotary e-Club of Houston on the "No Hunger Panel".  This is the link to the complete event https://us02web.zoom.us/.../5PiKpnfJzc6vt0...  You may also new this program on our Facebook page.
 
Cristal remains busy with volunteering and raising awareness of the situations with the refugees from Venezuela.  We thank you for your service and value you as an outstanding representative of our Rotary club! 
On June 22, 2021 an article entitled "Venezuelan refugees find help, meals" was posted on Rotary Voices.  This is a section on My Rotary - News & Media - Rotary Blo0gs - Rotary Voices. The article was submitted by Cristal Montañéz Baylor, International Coordinator for Hope for Venezuelan Refugees and a member of the Rotary E-club of Houston, Texas, USA.  Thank you, Cristal, for another great article to bring awareness to the problems of the Venezuelan refugees who are seeking refuge in Columbia.
 
Rotary Voices is a collection of stories of service from around the world.  It is the official Blog of Rotary International. This blog features stories by and about Rotary members, Rotary program alumni, and the people we partner and work with. From the fight to eradicate polio to efforts to provide clean drinking water, Rotary members are taking action to do good in the world, one service project at a time.
 
Projects may be searched according to areas of focus, building community, convention, developing leaders, disaster recovery, empowering youth, eradicating polio, membership and "how too,.,,".  It is also offered in Deutsch, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish translations.
 
Take a few moments to explore additional stories of service as you become more familiar with offerings on My Rotary.

ROTARY YELLOW PAGES IS A DIRECTORY FOR ROTARIANS TO NETWORK, REFER BUSINESS, JOB SEARCH, MENTORSHIP, AND ENCOURAGES ROTARIANS TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER FELLOW ROTARIANS FOR GOODWILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIP. 

Search for Rotary Yellow Pages and you will find three forms to complete according to your interests. One is for Job Referrals, another for Job Seekers,  and also one form for "My Business Listing".  WE HOPE THAT ROTARIANS WILL DO BUSINESS WITH ROTARIANS, AND HIRE ROTARIANS WHEN THE JOB MATCHES.
 
 
Another example of "Beyond the Club Experience" is our Rotarian of the Year 2021- Wind Nguyen enjoying a deep sea fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico with new member Peter Nguyen and Governor-Elect Mini Snyder's husband, Jeff Snyder.  And it looks like the fish were biting!
 
 
 
 

Rotary International District 5890 2021-2022 -  Be A Vibrant Club Training

August 7, 2021 @ High School for Law and Justice 3505 Coyle, Houston, Texas 77003

Cost $20. (includes breakfast, snacks and drinks)

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
(For Those Attending Via Zoom, the General Meeting Room opens at 8:00 a.m.)

DISTRICT GOVERNOR MICHELLE BOHREER

 
Our Rotary D5890 will be hosting the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas on June 4 - 8, 2022.
We will be welcoming more than 28,000 from 170+ countries!
This convention has historically been an opportunity for Rotarians to network and plan service projects, as well as to highlight humanitarian causes among all areas of focus. 

The saying goes that everything is “Bigger”, “Better” and “Friendlier” in Texas, and the goal of the Houston Host Organization Committee is to have each of you feel that every moment as our guest while in Houston! From the humble beginnings of this great city, Houston has been led by “People of Action” who have taken this City to great heights including, to the moon and back. 

The City has plenty of activities to keep you entertained.  Visit Space Center Houston, the home of Johnson Space Center and the Astronauts.  Enjoy a night at the theater.  Houston features a world class symphony, opera, ballet and permanent theater company.  World class museums are within a short ride from the convention center.  Of course, you can watch the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park which is walking distance from the Houston Convention Center.

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the world with a vast range of cultures.  Houston’s diversity has resulted in some of the world’s best cuisine.  Houston’s vast array of restaurants include Creole, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, African, Caribbean, Argentinian and of course our very own Tex-Mex and world famous BBQ, to name a few.

Registration is now open and the fee is $425 without any additional luncheons.    Early registration ends on December 15, 2021. A $50 processing fee applies to each registrant (each person) who cancels on a registration. Requests to cancel registrants or Rotary-ticketed events must be received in writing by 30 April 2022.
 
Our club is host for one of the Hospitality Nights. In August we will have committee meetings to prepare for volunteering with several dinners hosted by our club and other volunteer opportunities, such as IAH Airport Greeters, Hobby Airport Greeters, escorts to the Flight Museum, safety directors for Dynamos Soccer, and more.  We need your help with this huge undertaking, so please find a spot for serving on our teams.  
 
August 6 - Hospitality Night Committee Meeting @ 4:00 CST; 3:00 MST
                  Contact Akin Olufowoshe (akinolufowoshe@me.com)
August    - Rotary e-Club Party with Sister Clubs
                  Contacts:  Mike and Dree Miller (miked_miller@msn.com; adriane0303@aol.com
August 16 - Volunteer Opportunities During RI Convention
                  Contact:  *Need someone to moderate this meeting (please contact Robin Charlesworth  - robinech1952@gmail.com)

 

Upcoming Events & Speakers
Past Speakers
David Huang
Jul 01, 2021 6:00 PM
Addressing Food Insecurity
John Nguyen
Jun 03, 2021 6:00 PM
Five Essential Leadership Secrets You Can Obtain From Volunteering
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Rotary projects around the globe August 2021

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