Save the date - June 21 & 22, 2024 -
A retreat will be led by PE Brittany Johnson at the Charlesworth's home (11407 Hylander Dr,) on Friday, June 21 to create a Future Plan for our club.  All board members are invited to attend and have input during Friday's gathering.  The meeting will begin at 11:00 am and lunch will be provided.    The goal will be to conclude by 2:00 pm for those who are also attending the District Governor Installation the same evening.  Our club does have a table saved and there remains one more seat.  Contact President Stan to be added to the list.
All club members are invited to attend an in-person service gardening project on Saturday and the Installation & Dinner in the evening.
Saturday, June 22
Service project - in-person only
Living Legacy Center & Community Garden
12527 Cypress N. Houston
Cypress, Texas
Wear closed toed shoes and bring gardening gloves, pruners, and rakes.
8:00 - 12:00 pm
Saturday evening - June 22
Installation of Club Officers
Where:  Charlesworth's Home
Time:    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Brandon Johnson

Brandon was first introduced to Rotary International's by his former school superintendent.  "I would like to join your chapter because I have been a friend of Rotary and have attended many meetings. However, my schedule doesn't always provide the opportunity to remain as connected and engaged as I would like. Being in the education field, our students and school districts are beneficiaries of the tremendous generosity of rotarians and I would like to give back to my community and serve others."  He is an Assistant School Superintendent.  Brandon is married and lives in Bedford, Texas (near Fort Worth).  He enjoys sports, particularly golf.  He is sponsored by President-Elect Brittany Johnson and is new to the Rotary family.  Welcome, Brandon!
Sukru Sen - Sukru is a previous member of the Rotary e-Club of Houston and also the Brazosport Rotary Club.  We welcome him back to our club!  He loves helping others and already is acquainted with the good deeds of Rotary International.  He is married and lives in Sugar Land, Texas (near Houston).  He is the owner of a mobile device services company and N-value clothing company.  He is sponsored by Dr. Nick Giannone and was introduced to Rotary by Sofka Werkmeister who is one of our Past-Presidents and now active in Brazosport Rotary.
We all buy groceries and now our dollars spent at Kroger's will return a portion to our Rotary club.  We have become a part of the NPO (Non-Profit Organization) Kroger Community Rewards Program.
Visit Once logged into their Kroger account, search for ROTARY E-CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS USA either by name or BG564 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.  If you previously participated in this reward program, you may now change your choice to Rotary e-Club of Houston.

*Customers must have a registered Kroger rewards card account to link to your organization.
*If a member does not yet have a Kroger rewards card, please let them know they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger

NOTE:  REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your organization until after your participants register their rewardscard.
Participants must swipe their registered Kroger rewards card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.
The monies earned here will be deposited into our club foundation account to be used solely for service projects.  
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."
Celeste Headlee's years of interview experience give her a unique perspective on what makes for a good conversation.

Why you should listen

Celeste Headlee hosts a daily news/talk show, On Second Thought, on Georgia Public Broadcasting. 

Headlee has worked in public radio since 1999, as a reporter, host and correspondent. She was the Midwest Correspondent for NPR before becoming the co-host of the PRI show "The Takeaway.” After that, she guest hosted a number of NPR shows including "Tell Me More,” "Talk of the Nation,” "Weekend All Things Considered” and "Weekend Edition". Headlee also anchored election coverage for PBS World in 2012 and was a regular guest on CNN.

Headlee holds multiple degrees in music and still performs as a professional opera singer. She appears on the album “Classically Blue” from gospel artist Lea Gilmore. She's the granddaughter of composer William Grant Still.

In Rotary as we engage in our communities to ascertain information to plan projects, it is important to listen effectively.  One story I recall about a small village in Pakistan that needed a new school illustrates the problem when listening if replaced with planning with preconceived ideas.  The elders agreed on the idea of building a new school, yet they were not consulted about project planning.  The elders tried to communicate that the village required a bridge to move the construction materials across the canyon.  Only then would it be possible to build a school.  Be prepared to listen to those we want to help as they know what is needed and we may miss the obvious since it is not our environment.
Salvador Gonzalez - Recovering from a bad fall at home on  "tax day" (unrelated to taxes) which fractured his pelvis.  Not surgery was required yet he has several months yet to recover with rehabilitation.  We will all be thinking of you as you work towards improved health and mobility!
Ruby Powers - Last month (April 19th), Ruby led a thought-provoking presentation on the intricate connections between immigration, education, and mental health in the Woodlands north of Houston.  They explored the challenges, opportunities, and legal considerations with a rousing exchange of ideas.  
Adrienne Miller - Congratulations to our own professional actress who has been cast as a character, "Ana", in Black Clown 3 - Rio Grand Valley, a horror/thriller series produced by Ryan Taylor.  Black Clown 1 and 2 are available on Amazon Prime Video, Tubings, and Plex.  She will begin shooting scenes soon - we are proud of you, Dree!
Brittany Johnson - Led a group of parent volunteers to a successful fundraiser for her sons' school with a "Derby" theme.  The Walsh Parent Foundation  held their first Gala complete with delectable food and drink, a chain stitching station, game stations to place bets and win prizes, a women's VIP hat lounge and a men's VIP lounge with cigar rolling.  There was a live auction and raffle with a total raised of about $60,000!
Valerii Iakovenko - Happy Vyshyvanki Day on May 16!  This is an international holiday celebrated on the third Thursday every year.  This holiday aims to preserve the Ukrainian folk traditions of creating and wearing ethnic embroidered clothes called vvyshyvankas. Valerii shares, "Let each pattern on our clothes remind you of the love for the motherland and the pursuit of a peaceful sky."

Recently, the south of Brazil has experienced five times more than the usual monthly rainfall, leaving rivers to surge to historical levels and resulting in hundreds of deaths and missing people. The recent events have brought unprecedented challenges to our community as we grapple with the aftermath, such as flooding, landslides, or storms. The impact has been extensive, affecting not only our infrastructure but also the lives of residents profoundly, leaving countless individuals displaced, forced to evacuate their homes for safety reasons, and in dire need of assistance.

In response, Rotary Clubs from Districts 4660, 4670, 4680, 4780 and 4700 have been working together, coordinating their resources and efforts to address the specific needs of each affected community.

Considering the overwhelming devastation experienced by these communities, Rotarians in Brazil humbly appeal to the global community for assistance aiding those affected by this catastrophe. Your support, whether through donations, volunteer efforts, or spreading awareness, will enable Rotary Clubs from our Districts to extend a more substantial and impactful helping hand to those in need.

At this critical juncture, our community needs various essential items to alleviate the burdens those affected face, including clothes, shoes, and vital cleaning materials like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo. Additionally, diapers in both kid’s and adult sizes are urgently required. Your compassionate contributions to these items will undoubtedly significantly impact the lives of those enduring hardships in our region.

At the monthly Board of Directors meeting held on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, we approved a donation of $300 toward remediation of damages due to the flooding and the humanitarian effort.  If you desire, you may contribute more to this effort by sending a check to Edward Charlesworth, Treasurer.   Or on our website - Click on "Giving Back" and drop down to Donations.  Click on Other Payments/Donations...then use your phone to hover over the QR code and click the PayPal yellow bar below the image.   Mark your donation as Donation to Brazil.

Rotary offers benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. From learning more about the world to learning more about yourself, you can grow by engaging with Rotary’s global network and the array of activities, programs, and interest groups that Rotary offers.

When you get involved in Rotary you expand your perspective by honing your skills, learning from professionals, making new connections, and making a difference in your community and around the world.

We know that each member has a unique combination of interests, skills, and talents, and so each member will be attracted to different activities. This guide describes the options you can choose from to personalize your Rotary experience and get involved in ways that matter to you.

Following is a blueprint of how to participate in Rotary and engage as a Rotarian:


Introduce yourself to members in your club to get
to know them better. Being genuinely interested in others shows people you value them, and these small interactions can lead to lasting friendships.  Our e-club offers a Speaker Series monthly on the third Tuesday at noon.  See the website calendar for information on the program.  On the calendar we will also post district events such as fundraisers, all district activities, special events, Rotary training programs. social activities, etc.


When you register for a My Rotary account and create a profile, you can access Rotary’s online tools and locate and connect with members near and far using the Find a Member tool.  If you need assistance, do not hesitate to ask one of our board members.  This is very important to give you easy access to donating to the Rotary Foundation, finding a list of active global grants needing partners, Rotary training, Rotary interest stories, and more.


Clubs are grouped into more than 500 districts worldwide. By connecting with other clubs and leaders in your district, you can learn how to get involved in Rotary beyond your club and make a greater impact.


Volunteering to take part in a project, attend a meeting, or serve in a club role, such as being on a committee, will let you work with others in meaningful ways and contribute to your club’s impact. You can also suggest speakers from service and project partners or from other organizations that share Rotary’s values. Ask your club how you can help.  We encourage you to share YOUR ideas and find a "job" within our club.


You can locate Rotary and Rotaract club meetings to attend using the Find a Club tool. You might think of ways to collaborate on club activities or hear of an idea you want to try with your club. Visiting other clubs fosters new connections and inspiration.  You will always be welcome in any club around the world, and while traveling may make new friends, hear interesting speakers and learn how Rotary participates in their community.


Meet others with similar interests by joining a Rotary Fellowship, an international group of people with a common hobby, identity, culture, or vocation. This is a fun way to make friends and explore a pastime or profession.  We have several club members who have joined the Rotary Wine Fellowship.  


These include people around the world who have expertise and passion in a particular area, such as economic development, education, the environment, or safe water. Join a Rotary Action Group to share your knowledge, develop your skills, and make professional and personal connections.  One of our members, Isis Meijas, initiated WASH-RAG (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group).  Additionally, there are three groups dedicated to promoting peace - Peace, Refugees, Slavery Prevention.  Other groups focus on fighting disease - Addiction Prevention, Alzheimer's Dementia, Blindness Prevention, Blood and Organ Donation, Diabetes, Mental Health Initiatives, etc.

Experience different cultures and build international understanding and friendships. This program for Rotary members and friends prioritizes cultural immersion, international service, or vocational exchanges. Friendship Exchange participants take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  The Charlesworth's. have enjoyed several memorable trips as part of Rotary Friendship Exchanges with South Africa, Estonia, New Zealand, and Germany.


You can help your club thrive by offering your expertise and skills through serving as a club officer, as a committee member, or in another role.


Find out what projects your club, neighboring clubs, and your district are working on and volunteer for one or more. Work with partners or conduct a community assessment to identify projects that would benefit your local area.  Robert Stein, Community Service Chair, suggests areas of focus for project themes each month.  In addition, we occasionally share projects of other Rotary clubs and they always appreciate more helping hands.  In our e-club we mostly have individual efforts rather than club planned projects due to our wide distribution of members across state lines and even other countries.  Robert would like to capture the time spent by our members in donating time and talent or money donated to community projects.


Many clubs partner with clubs in other parts of the world to address a need in one of their communities. Together, they have more time and funding, as well as the expertise of members, partners, and Rotary program alumni to bring about sustainable, positive change. Find a project and get involved.  We have club members who are engaged with international projects in Guatemala, Ghana, Ukraine, Venezuela, and more.


Raise awareness about Rotary’s work to end polio, donate to the PolioPlus Fund, or volunteer for a National Immunization Day. Post about polio on social media or include a link to in your email signature. Write to us to learn about upcoming trips for NIDs.  We ask each member to donate $50 or more to eradicate ate polio each year in addition to a donation to the Rotary Foundation,  

1.  Read the newsletter and listen to the TedTalk (counts as a meeting credit).
2.  Update your own Biography on ClubRunner.  If you have already written yours, please read about another club member to get to know them better.
3.  Notify Robin Charlesworth or Wind Nguyen if you are not on the club's WhatsApp group.
4.  Community Service -   Donate to a clean water project or to  "End Polio Now".
5.  Reach out and call a fellow club member to build better friendships.
Upcoming Events & Speakers
Past Speakers
Jenna MacEwan and Joanna Herr
May 21, 2024
Water4Life Global
Melissa Ramon - Amaanah
Apr 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Refugees in Houston
Rotary International News
Rotary continues to support Turkey as it rebuilds from earthquake

More than US$4 million funds water, education, agriculture supplies, and equipment for affected communities

July 2024
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