NOTICE - NEW DATE. (Postponed from January 22 to March 20)
A fundraising House Concert will be held at the home of PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth's home on March 20, 2022.  Tickets are $30 each (children below age 16 are no charge).  The Dave Becker Band will provide the entertainment with three musicians playing guitar, violin and bass.  Event begins at 3:00 pm - 11407 Hylander Dr. in Lakewood Forest (Northwest Houston).  Band will play two sets and a Silent Auction will be open until 5:15.  Winners of auction items and the Raffle winner will be announced close to 5:30 pm.  Weather permitting - we hope to set up outdoors to promote social distancing,
Dave is an award winning Texas-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Most easily described as Americana, his music blends blues, jazz, folk, country and rock influences to evoke feelings from sweet and tender to swingin’ and toe-tappin’. Dave just calls it free range music. Whatever you call it, you’ll find it’s honest and authentic music that you enjoy and want to hear again. Dave recently released a 15-song self-titled debut album that is available on all major music streaming services. He and the band perform widely in Texas and tour a couple of times each year. Catch them live when you can to hear the stories behind the songs!
We ask club members to bring a finger food snack item or something sweet - cookies or brownies.  Drinks will be available with a donations bowl.  Please consider what you may contribute to a successful event.  
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CHOPIN KIANG -     Chopin Kiang and his wife, Joan  have been retired and became residents here in Magnolia, Texas since July 2005.  He was a lifelong educator spanning three decades starting as an Early Childhood Educator and Kindergarten teacher in 1975 in Las Vegas, Nevada and retiring as the Administrator for the Office of Teacher Education and the State Director for the Licensing of State Educational Personnel of Nevada Department of Education in 2005. Joan was a lifelong Physical Education and Health Educator in Louisiana and Nevada also over three decades.

He has been a very active member of Magnolia Rotary Club and was a Rotarian Volunteer with RYLA as well as Interactor Clubs. Chopin is a VietNam War veteran serving with the US Armed Forces in incountry as well as offshore tours from 1966 to 1970. 

After receiving his Bachelors Degree and then relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada during the summer of 1975, Chopin received an appointment with the United States Peace Corps to serve a minimum of two years for Afghanistan! On the other side of the world from January 1976 to April 1978, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in several capacities:

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program Coordinator and Special Advisor to the Minister of Mines and Industries and Professor of English Language at Kabul University and one of the foreign consultant and advisor for the Afghan National Auxiliary Rural Nursing Program.  

Chopin is willing to share his Culinary Talents to promote youth programs, homeless issues and peace issues.  Specially, he is interested in Pan Asian Fusion dishes.  He and his wife also enjoy international cruises, although that is on hold due to Covid at this time.  Welcome, Chopin, to the Rotary e-Club of Houston!

Shawn Achor

The happy secret to better work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

Why you should listen

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.
He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers -- people who are well above average -- to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.

Our city is full of exciting people, places and businesses! H-Town Spotlight is a fun and informative segment that showcases all that Houston has to offer!

In the October 22 segment the focus was Rotary. Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - in Houston and communities around the world. Their projects and passions span several different areas. We heard from a polio survivor on how this devastating disease has affected him and so many others throughout the years and how Rotary is working to make a difference.
From District Governor Michelle Bohreer -
Our Journey to the Mothership Conference will be out of this world!  We have pivoted from our Chicago plans to celebrate a phenomenal 525,600 minutes of District 5890 Rotarians serving to change lives and our conference will now be at NASA!  We will start off Thursday night at Johnson Space Center for a “astronomical” welcome party and end on Saturday night with the Governor’s Galactic Gala!  So much fun, fellowship and inspiring speakers will occur in between as well.  You will not want to miss the “World’s Largest Pie Fight to End Polio” and our Taste of District 5890 Friday night bash.  Also, we will be recognizing the outstanding clubs, club presidents and projects from this year and introducing DGE Mindi Snyder and her class of presidents.  We are limited to 300 registrants.  Please register NOW!  There is a price break until December 31, 2021.
Our room rate at the NASA Hilton is $125 per night and the Ninos are in charge of hospitality so you will want to book a room!  All the information to register is on the District Website (Rotary District 5890).  Our goal is to sell out by December 31, so please register now.
Looking forward to celebrating all you and your clubs did this Rotary year April 28-May 1.  
DG Michelle
On January 7th (Friday night) we are planning a "Watch Party" to view our very own Rotarian Dree Miller in TY Martin's "Stolen" Movie. It will be streamed onto a big screen in the upstairs media room at the home of Robin and Ed Charlesworth, 11407 Hylander Drive.  We will have pizza and popcorn for our movie night.  Please arrive by 7:00 and show will start at 7:30 pm.  This film is powerful and focuses on sex trafficking and the need to bring our girls home.  Written and directed by TY Martin, Cinematography by Troy Ferguson, and one actress we have come to know and love, Past President of our club........Adrianne Miller.   Guests are welcome and there is interest in our Rotary District on this topic which is a major problem in the Houston area.  Following the movie we will have a discussion and brainstorming on how Rotary can help make a difference to support sex trafficking victims.
If you are unable to join us for the viewing in Houston, you may stream it on your own computer in the comfort of your own home or hotel room if traveling.  You may still join us in the discussion following via Zoom.  Look at WhatsApp for the login and meeting ID.  
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Our club has given just over $50,000 since we began in February, 20xx.  We have three Major Donors who have given more than $10,000.  Our club has five Benefactors, two members of the Bequest Society and 26 Paul Harris Fellows.  We have four members who participate in Rotary Direct Donors.  
Below is a summary of the various levels of giving and recognition by Rotary International.  We encourage EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR or each member to give a minimum of $25 each year to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and an additional donation to END POLIO NOW.  Simply login to My Rotary and select Donate.  You may choose a one-time donation or a recurring donation.  The more members who participate in giving, the more our club will be eligible for District Grants to support our service projects.  Please consider a financial gift of any size to support our Rotary Foundation.  If you want the benefit of taxable deductions on this calendar year, then do so by December 31st.

Individual recognition

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

When you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.


When you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary of $1,000 or more in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

Paul Harris Fellow

When you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name. Learn more about Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow

When you give additional gifts of $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

Paul Harris Society member

When you elect to contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Learn more about the Paul Harris Society.

Bequest Society

When you make a commitment for future gifts of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society.

  • $10,000: Bequest Society pin and an exclusive art piece suitable for framing
  • $25,000: Rotary’s Promise crystal and named endowed fund, plus all of the above
  • $50,000: Separate named endowed funds directed to two areas of focus or districts, plus all of the above
  • $100,000: Customized Rotary’s Promise crystal, plus all of the above
  • $250,000: Posthumous induction into the Arch Klumph Society, plus all of the above
  • $500,000: Special seating and registration benefits at the Rotary International Convention, plus all of the above

Major Donor

When your cumulative donations reach $10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:

  • Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
  • Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
  • Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
  • Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999

Arch Klumph Society

When your cumulative donations reach $250,000. Recognition includes an induction ceremony and your picture and biography in the Arch Klumph Society interactive gallery at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. You also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at the following levels. Learn more about the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Trustees Circle: $250,000 to $499,999
  • Chair’s Circle: $500,000 to $999,999
  • Foundation Circle: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
  • Platinum Trustees Circle: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
  • Platinum Chair’s Circle: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
  • Platinum Foundation Circle: $10,000,000 and above

Legacy Society

When you promise a gift of $1 million or more to the Endowment, you’ll be listed in Rotary’s annual report and invited to exclusive Rotary International and Foundation events. Legacy Society members also receive special recognition items and all the benefits provided to Bequest Society members.

Club recognition

100% Paul Harris Fellow Club

For clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. This is a one-time recognition.

100% Paul Harris Society Club

For clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes a minimum of $1,000 to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or global grants within a Rotary year

100% Foundation Giving Club

For clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund.

100% Rotary’s Promise Club

A designation provided to clubs in which every dues-paying member supports The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment with a minimum commitment of $1,000 or more in an estate plan or via an outright gift of $1,000 or more. A certificate honoring the achievement will be provided upon request.

Every Rotarian, Every Year Club

For clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year. 

Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving

For the three clubs in each district that give the most, per capita, to the Annual Fund. Clubs that give at least $50 per capita are eligible.

Naming opportunities

Special opportunities are available to create an endowment or make a directed gift in your name or the name of a loved one. Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity, with part of their earnings spent on a designated program. Directed gifts are spent in their entirety, usually in the following Rotary year.

Endowed global grant fund

  • $500,000 or more: You can specify up to three of the following: the district sponsor, the area of focus, the general geographic region of the project, or the type of grant activity, such as a project or scholarship.
  • $250,000 or more: You may choose up to two of the options listed above
  • $150,000 or more: You may choose one grant activity type, such as a humanitarian project, scholarship, or vocational training team.

Named endowment

If you donate $25,000 or more, you can direct the money to one of the following:

  • Area of Focus: funds global grants in one area of focus
  • World Fund: funds global grants in all areas of focus
  • SHARE: supports the World Fund and provides district designated funds to your district
  • Rotary Peace Centers: supports Rotary’s partnership with leading universities around the world to train professionals in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related disciplines

Learn more

Directed gift global grants

  • $150,000: A one-time gift that provides funding for global grants in up to two areas of focus of your choice or to a special initiative of the Foundation, such as WASH in Schools
  • $30,000: A one-time gift that provides your district with funds for one or more global grants in an area of focus of your choice
  • $15,000: A one-time gift that provides funding for a global grant in an area of focus of your choice without specifying the district that will sponsor the grant

Rotary Peace Centers endowment opportunities

  • $1.5 million: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every year
  • $1 million: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every two years
  • $1 million: Endows a visiting lecturer every year
  • $750,000: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every three years
  • $500,000: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every four years
  • $250,000: Endows one Rotary Peace certificate fellow every year
  • $100,000: Endows an annual seminar at a Rotary Peace Center
  • $25,000 and up: Provides general support

Rotary Peace Centers directed gifts

  • $75,000: Provides funding for a Rotary Peace Fellow to complete a two-year master’s degree program
  • $75,000: Provides funding for up to 10 internships or research projects for peace fellows
  • $60,000: Provides funding for five fellows enrolled in the three-month professional development certificate program
  • $10,000: Provides general support

Rotary Peace Symposium directed gifts

  • $400,000-$500,000: Underwrites the cost of the Peace Symposium
  • $50,000-$100,000: Provides full funding for a donor-specified element of the peace symposium (speakers, Rotary Peace Fellow travel, etc.)
  • $10,000-$25,000: Provides funding for a hosted reception connected to the Peace Symposium
  • $10,000 and up: Provides general support for the Peace Symposium

Entrepreneurial named gift for peace

  • $75,000-$1 million: Funds new opportunities within Rotary’s peace programs for global grants and the Rotary Peace Centers, such as workshops and retreats, and other initiatives.
During the Holiday Party a special presentation was made to Rotarian Jimmy Leon for an annual gift of $5,000 in a single Rotary year to the Rotary Foundation.  The presentation of the "White (Cowboy) Hat" was made by Past District Governor Bill Palko.  He gave some background on the "White Hat Society" in Rotary, which is actually not given by Rotary International but rather is given within the District.  PDG Bill Bryce was the inspirational co-founder of the White Hat Society at the Zone conference in Arizona in 2004. The name and policies of the White Hats were his creation. He and Sarah were the first donors to the White Hat Society that has grown to a level of $6,300,000 in support of the Rotary Foundation. From that small beginning, it has reached Rotarians in many Districts on five continents. Bill has left a Rotary legacy and his ideas still inspire the Rotary World.  Members receive a White Hat Certificate, a White Hat pin marked with a Southwestern Concho provided at no cost by Russell-Hampton, an email subscription to the White Hat newsletter, and an invitation to the annual White Hat celebration held in major cities around the world.

Donations on behalf of the White Hat Society must be made directly through the member’s own Club, District, or Foundation account in the usual manner. No funds should ever be sent to the Society. Donations must represent new contributions to the Foundation and not ‘Points’. Once the $5,000 level has been reached in a Rotary year, simply notify The White Hat Chairman, PDG Bill Palko of District 5890.

CONGRATULATIONS, JIMMY LEON!!! He shared that he LOVES ROTARY and is honored to be a part of sharing to help others.  Jimmy joined the Rotary e-Club of Houston in July, 2017.  He has served our District 5890 as an Assistant Governor from 2017-2020 and shared Rotary with others as he brings in new members.  He served as Area Membership Chair from 2016-2018 and was Area Membership Chair of the Year 2017-2018.  Before coming to our e-Club, Jimmy served as Club President of Rotary Club of Hermann Park 2015-2016 and received the Rotary International GOLD Citation.  He is a Lifetime Charter Member of International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators.  He is married to Odelia who is understanding of his commitment and dedication to Rotary.


Please go to and register your Rotary Yellow Pages account.  Two of our members have been the driving forces behind the development of this project in development for more than one year.  Let's who Wind Nguyen and Alexis Campestre our support in this Rotary Social Networking platform.  This allows Rotarians to CONNECT with each other and network - this is the "go to" for advertising employment opportunities or for seeking employment with Rotarians.  DG Michelle Bohreer helped with rolling out this on September 27th in a district-wide presentation and celebration.  


The District 5890 Yellow Pages is a directory for Rotarians & Rotaractors to network, refer business, job search, mentorship, and encourage members to support their fellow Family of Rotary members for goodwill & better friendship. 
We hope that Rotaractors and Rotarians will do business with each other and hire members when qualifications match the job requirements.
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