Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.  Our  focus areas in service projects, training, and education are shown below.  Rotarians are encouraged to plan effective interventions in these areas.

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Basic Education & Literacy

  Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.  This is a problem in our own backyards, too.  The adult literacy rate is 81%, with 19% of adults lacking basic prose literacy skills. Did you know that 4.8 million Texas adults are in need of adult education?   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.

 

Maternal & Child Health

Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

 

Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution

 Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.  Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.  By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Disease Prevention & Treatment

  We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene- We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.  When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.  Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.

Community & Economic Development

We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.  

Our members and our The Rotary Foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.  We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.

Protecting the environment

 Rotary members are tackling environmental issues the way they always do: coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy and planning for the future.   We are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. We empower communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation in an effort to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.

  

Our President-Elect Stan Edwards will be attending PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) to prepare for his year of leadership with the Rotary e-Club of Houston. He is working on building his Board of Directors so if he calls upon you to ascertain your level of interest in serving in club leadership, please give it sincere consideration.  OurGovernor-Elect comedown with Covid and had to delay the planned training.  It will now held on February 11 - SAVE THE DATE.  PDG Michelle Bohreer, District Trainer, will advise us of the new location soon.
The Houston E-Club community service theme for December and January is providing Goods & Presents along with fulfilling other needs. In December, we collected 18 coats in our coat drive and provided them to The Star of Hope – homeless shelter, just ahead of the hard freeze in Houston.  In January we continue our community service by filling our communities’ gaps to help the needy and volunteer.  Remember to log your volunteer activity on out website so we may track our "Humanitarian Footprint" for the Rotary year.  
 
How do members log their time for service?  Go to the club website Home Page. "Giving Back" - drop down to Community Service - Members. Complete your information. Thank you!
Eunice Mbarika - Holiday travels took Eunice to explore France the the area arround Annecy (near Mont Blanc). She reported less snow than expected by skiers but thoroughly enjoyed the scenery nonetheless. She continued her travels to Perigeux and Paris prior to returning to Cameroon.
 
Ed and Robin Charlesworth- Embarked on an expedition to Antarctica with frequent sightings of penguins and whales.  Also enjoyed a reunion with Renata Viglione in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Renata was hosted by the Charlesworth's as a GSE (Group Study Exchange participant some years ago.  The provided a great walking tour or her home town (Robin showed more than 17,000 steps that day!).  
 
Chopin and Joan Kiang - All Aboard!  Also enjoyed a cruise recently to ports in Mexico as a delayed celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary.  He had a break from cooking onboard but jumped back into cooking upon their return home. He and Joan cooked and served the Tri- City Mental Health Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. 
 
Robert Stein - Delivered the donations brought to the Christmas Party to Star of Hope who were appreciative of the warm blankets and clothing.  
 
President Brittany Johnson - Assisted her younger son with a Hot Cocoa Stand last month and raised $300 for Children's Miracle Network.  It turned into a full block birthday 6th birthday party (actual party planned for in January) and her son designed the largest ice cream sundae EVER to share with everyone.
 
Lynette Wilke and Anais Watsky - Interviewed long-term outbound youth exchange students to represent RotaryDistrict 5890 as this program has been reactivated hence Covid.  
 
Ruby Powers - Started her second semester at South Texas College of Law Houston teaching Law Office Management. So much class demand, I let them nearly double the size to 35 students. 
 
Isis Meijas - Traveled to Bogota, Columbia earlier this month and Costa Rica.
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.  
Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.
 
Welcome to the newest member of the Rotary e-Club of Houston - Lisa Frederick!  Lisa lives in Kingwood just north of Houston and commutes into downtown Houston for work as a legal analyst.  She has several friends who are active Rotarians and has been inspired by their contributions to others.  She will be inducted officially as a member during the holiday party, with visiting Rotarians Sonya Heath, Irene Hickey and Lindsay Kroll.  Robin Charlesworth has known Lisa for several years as they have skied together in Crested Butte, Colorado on trips organized by Irene Hickey, Lisa has already participated in a Rotary Friendship Exchange to France last year. She is "pup mom" to 4 precious King Charles spaniels.  She also has one grown daughter and one married son,
Calendar subscription is easy with ClubRunner.  Simply click and open the club calendar on our website and beneath the monthly calendar is a blue box "Subscribe to Calendar".  Using the URL below with your calendar software, you can stay up to date with events from this website.https://rotaryeclubhouston.org/calendar-feed. You may add your Rotary calendar to a Google calendar, Apple calendar or your calendar in Outlook.
 
We encourage all members to add our club's calendar to your own so your will be able to effectively plan to attend club meetings and events.
All members are requested to complete the attached survey.  It is important to receive input from our club members periodically to see if there are changes we need to consider to be relevant to all members and their reasons for joining Rotary.  Please try to complete this by September 7th (two weeks).
 
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