Past President Dick Robie and Barbara Robie, Wind Nguyen and Dr. Nick Giannone all attended the fundraising dinner for Harvest for the Hungry on November 5th at the Lake Jackson Civic Center.  Donations may still be submitted online -  Anna Cooper, Private Chef from Food Network's All-Star Academy was the guest speaker.  Wind served on the committee and was busy during the event taking photos.
Wind Nguyen will be participating in an art show on December 3 at the Arts & Eats Festival from 1:00 - 4:30 pm.  It will be at the Watermark @ Houston Heights.  Organized by the Rotary Club of Houston International the tickets are $35/person.  Enjoy an afternoon of culinary delights (Chef Jason Hunt, Chef Kobi Ishmael and Chef Frederic Larre), an art silent auction, and unique arts & crafts.  This event supports Houston area foster care children.
Cristal Montanez reports that Phase 7 is now complete for Hope for Venezuelan Refugees!  Congratulations on your commitment to helping the "caminantes" from Venezuela in Columbia on the Cucuta-Pamplona Humanitarian Route.  Although the need persists, funding has become increasingly challenging.
Robert Stein has returned from his trip to Italy; Michael and Dree Miller have returned from travels to Turkey; Stan Edward and Kim Rogers were just in the Houston area and Nashville, Tennessee and met Dave Ramsey who gifted her some Dave coffee cups and some books to help with the personal finance classes she teaches in Guatemala.  Kim has learned much about financial management from the Dave Ramsey courses.  Of course, they are also planning their wedding & celebrations for February 1 in Antigua.
Lunch Bunch - Salvador Gonzales enjoys Rotary friendships with a couple of. members of the Rotary Club of West El Paso.  He shares that Rotary D4110 (North Mexico) and D5520 (South Texas and New Mexico) hold bi-district meetings in early September to. plan together for Global Grants.
Lunch Bunch - PDG Ed Charlesworth, Robin Charlesworth, Anais and Buddy Watsky, Rtn. David Smith, Rtn. Wayne Roush and Louella Roush, and some other past members of the now defunct Willowbrook Rotary Club meet every Friday at a NW Houston restaurant "just because" they enjoy the company.
Winners of the pumpkin carving contest at the recent Halloween Social held at the Charlesworth's were Buddy Watsky, Ed Socha and Illya Yefremov.  Special thanks to those who brought the themed food - Anais Watsky, Lynette Wilke, and Isabel Nordin.  Our exchange student and her host family also came.  

Pumpkins Carved for the Halloween Social