Guest Speaker: John Nguyen - Five Essential Leadership Secrets You Can Obtain From Volunteering, June 3 - 6 pm CT GMT-6

Join us Thursday, June 3 from 6-7 pm CT GMT-6 as we welcome guest speaker, Dr. John Nguyen of Lighthouse Leadership Coaching. John has over 26 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, corporate leader, and author.  His expertise and insight in leadership development together with his academic research and professional certified coaching credential help inform audiences through keynote speaking, workshops, and personal executive coaching.  

John’s coaching niche is in the arena of Performance Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.  His credo is “If you can See it, you can Have it.”  He works not to get paid, but to help his clients discover, define and deliver their dreams.  John has been trained by top leaders such as Marshall Goldsmith, John Maxwell, Dale Carnegie, Steven Covey, Kouzes & Posner, just to name a few.  His inner strength comes from his happy relationship with his family. Select Read More for Zoom link and more info. 
Guest Speaker: John Nguyen - Five Essential Leadership Secrets You Can Obtain From Volunteering, June 3 - 6 pm CT GMT-6 2021-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker: Son Michael Pham - Rotary Serving Humanity In Vietnam! April 22, 2021 @ 6 pm CT GMT-6

We are honored to announce we have started a "Satellite" club called "Rotary 'Satellite' e-Club of Houston" sponsored by our Rotary e-Club of Houston. This is an incubator club until they have 20+ members to charter their own club. It's a project club focusing on Rotary Projects in Vietnam. Join us via Zoom as we welcome Son Michael Pham to discuss Rotary projects in Vietnam! 

Guest Speaker: Son Michael Pham - Rotary Serving Humanity In Vietnam! April 22, 2021 @ 6 pm CT GMT-6 2021-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Famous Rotarians: Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh: Among his many achievements, Prince Phillip, spouse of Queen Elizabeth, II, was an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton and also Windsor St George. Until about five years ago, the Duke would attend meetings in ‘his’ club and refused to be treated differently to any other Rotarian. He was also a committed environmental campaigner and wildlife advocate, becoming president of the World Wildlife Fund (UK) in 1961. 

Famous Rotarians: Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh 2021-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker: Nicolas Ract - HelioWater Project Safe Water for Schoolchildren in South Madagascar! April 1, 2021 @ 6 pm CT GMT-6

Join us as we welcome guest speaker, Nicolas Ract from France. Nicolas will talk about an exciting new project to improve access to safe drinking water for Malagasy children. Nicolas joined Rotary in 2019, rapidly taking on leadership responsibilities for key actions in the Rotary e-Club France, D1780 (region around Grenoble, France). A member of WASH Rotary Action Group, Nicolas is a committed supporter of water development programs. This passion led him to identify an innovative and environmentally-friendly technology for generating clean drinking water from any water source, no matter how polluted or saline. The Rotary e-club team presented this technology at the 2019 Hambourg Rotary Convention. The project is now actively moving forward in partnership with host Rotary Club Vovonana in Madagascar. More project info at this link.

Our speaker’s professional background is in mechanical engineering. An expert in jewelry manufacturing, for eight years he was the managing director of a jewelry company in Thailand, 2002-2010. On the personal side, Nicolas is a lover of outdoor sports, skiing, swimming, diving and sailing. He is married and has one daughter and two sons. Please join us via Zoom:, Meeting ID:  861 0587 335  

Guest Speaker: Nicolas Ract - HelioWater Project Safe Water for Schoolchildren in South Madagascar! April 1, 2021 @ 6 pm CT GMT-6 2021-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

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Welcome New Members!

We welcome the following new members to the e-Club of Houston Rotary Club! 
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Rotarian Cristal Montañéz: from Miss Venezuela to Defender of the DD. HH.

International Women's Day was March 8th - La Voz de América spoke with relevant women, whose life and work is linked to the causes of their countries and the world. e-Club of Houston's Rotarian Cristal Montañéz is one of them! 
CÚCUTA / COLOMBIA - In the already distant year 1977, a young Venezuelan who only aspired to have her own car to go to school and to her tennis classes, rose to local fame by winning the annual Miss Venezuela competition . And although a lot has rained since then, Cristal Montañéz maintains the elegance, the verve of women who take on life in a big way and don't rest until they leave their mark. In an interview with the Voice of America, this Venezuelan who emigrated to the United States in the 1980s, told about her life and how she went from being a successful model to a philanthropist and human rights activist, committed to causes ranging from empowerment from Afghan women and men in Pakistan to giving food to compatriots who bear the brunt of the crisis in their own land: Venezuela.
VOA : What was happening in Venezuela in 1977 and how did you get to the Miss Universe competition? Continue reading full article at this link.
Rotarian Cristal Montañéz: from Miss Venezuela to Defender of the DD. HH. 2021-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

Sue McKinney, Rotary Projects in Vietnam! Watch the Recording

If you missed last month's guest speaker, Sue McKinney, you can watch the video recording at this link. Sue is co-founder of the Rotary Vietnam Project District 5170. She works with other Rotary, Interact, and Rotaract volunteers to prevent human trafficking by sponsoring education for Vietnamese girls. Sue is a two-time Past President of the Oakland Uptown Rotary Club who has lived in Vietnam since 1994. She has been the in-country liaison on many Rotary projects in Vietnam. Over her 26 years of doing business from Vietnam,  Sue has exported thousands of high-quality goods to Costco, SurLaTable, and Martha Stewart. Her current focus is a historical Vietnamese Botanical Medicine, the subject of North American clinical studies, processed at an American FDA-inspected factory, and sold online through Amazon.
Sue McKinney, Rotary Projects in Vietnam! Watch the Recording 2021-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
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Guest Speaker: Feb. 4 @ 6 pm CT - Oscar Arturo Leon Canoe - Sea Turtle Preservation


COCO TORTUGA, Campamento Tortuguero is a non-profit organization located in Costa Esmeralda (Gulf of Mexico) and dedicated to the protection of sea turtles and the environment. Along with outstanding conservation efforts, COCO TORTUGA projects thrive for environmental education and an active relationship between the community and the environment thanks to community participation; promoting activities such as cleaning and restoring beaches, nature sighting and ecotourism, its priority is the connection with nature, society and fair trade as the main way of conserving the Earth and its diversity. Leave your mark with Coco Tortuga

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Guest Speaker: Feb. 4 @ 6 pm CT - Oscar Arturo Leon Canoe - Sea Turtle Preservation 2021-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 4 - Food Shortage

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 4 - Food ShortageThe following photo is an unfortunate and sad scenario of volunteers killing their own chickens to make a soup with potatoes donated by a farmer to feed the Venezuelan refugees due to the shortage of food generated in the humanitarian route. 

The pictures are from Punto de Hidratacion Hermanos Caminantes Venezolanos y Colombianos, one of the food distribution centers under the project. Families arriving at Albergue Fundar 1 hoping to find something to eat before continuing to their destination.

At Albergue Hogar de Paso Marta Duque, refugees and migrants, including many children, are sleeping hungry on the streets due to the food shortage.
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 4 - Food Shortage 2021-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
A Flexible Club for Your Active Life! 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
A Flexible Club for your Active Life 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser - Feb. 10 @ 7 - 8 pm CT

Join Chef Ryan Argo, Owner and Founder of Limited Release Test Kitchen, via zoom.

Purchase Tickets for $20 - Raffle tickets are additional and may be purchased during check-out. As a 501(c) (3) organization, all donations are tax free and will go to a worthy cause.


More about the Chef:

In addition to our fundraiser, we are collecting Teddy Bears to donate to Cook Children's Hospital. Drop off locations are at: 11407 Hylander Dr. Houston, TX 77070, or 14012 Green Elm Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76008.

Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser - Feb. 10 @ 7 - 8 pm CT 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser for Rotary e-Club of Houston!

Join Chef Ryan Argo, Owner and Founder of Limited Release Test Kitchen, via zoom.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

7:00 - 8:00 pm 

Purchase Tickets for $20

Raffle tickets are additional and may be purchased during check-out.

As a 501(c) (3) organization, all donations are tax free and will go to a worthy cause.


More about the Chef:

More about Rotary:


In addition to our fundraiser, we are collecting Teddy Bears to donate to Cook Children's Hospital.

Drop off locations are at:

11407 Hylander Dr. Houston, TX 77070
14012 Green Elm Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76008


Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser for Rotary e-Club of Houston!  2021-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Promotes Peace 

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

Rotary creates environments of peace:

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

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.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen. 

Rotary’s Four Roles in Promoting Peace: 

Rotary and its members are:

  • Practitioners: Our work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies directly builds the optimal conditions for peaceful societies.
  • Educators: Our Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,300 peace fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education, and international organizations. 
  • Mediators: Our members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk. 
  • Advocates: Our members have an integral role as respected, impartial participants during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction. We focus on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive, and resilient.
Rotary Promotes Peace  2021-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary members join 3D print enthusiasts to make personal protective equipment in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic


An army of hobbyists and educators equipped with 3D printers are producing face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to help frontline health care workers battle the coronavirus.

Among them are two Rotary members, who are using their knowledge and resources — along with their Rotary connections — to tackle the shortage of PPE caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Rotary gives us a unique opportunity to connect with others throughout the world. Once someone gets an idea, we have the means to get it funded and act on it.”

Scott Franklin, a professor of mathematics and computer science at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, USA, brought home his university’s four 3D printers and is creating about 24 face shields a day. The Rotary Club of Plainview, of which he’s a member, has supported his efforts through grants, donations, and encouragement.

Meanwhile, Jacob Lasorso, who teaches 3D printing design at Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota, Florida, USA, created a home workshop with six 3D printers he assembled from his school and others and is producing close to 48 face shields a day. His initiative is supported by members of his Rotary Club of Venice Sunrise in Florida.

The 3D printing process uses a special printer to create a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) model, usually by successively adding material layer by layer. The material varies but is most commonly a plastic filament that’s sold in rolls and resembles the line on a weed trimmer. Both Franklin and Lasorso use polylactic acid filament, which is eco-friendly and affordable at about $25 a kilogram. Watch this short time-lapse video of Lasorso’s printer creating a visor.

Rotary members join 3D print enthusiasts to make personal protective equipment in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic 2021-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 4 Update: Food Shortage

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 4 - Food Shortage
The following photo is an unfortunate and sad scenario of volunteers killing their own chickens to make a soup with potatoes donated by a farmer to feed the Venezuelan refugees due to the shortage of food generated in the humanitarian route. 

The pictures are from Punto de Hidratacion Hermanos Caminantes Venezolanos y Colombianos, one of the food distribution centers under the project. Families arriving at Albergue Fundar 1 hoping to find something to eat before continuing to their destination.

At Albergue Hogar de Paso Marta Duque, refugees and migrants, including many children, are sleeping hungry on the streets due to the food shortage.
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Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas: Rotarians are "People of Action"

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and ourselves. Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. Learn more about our structure and our foundation and our strategic vision.
Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas: Rotarians are "People of Action" 2021-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Next e-Club Board of Directors Meeting - Thurs., Feb. 18 - 6pm CT 2020-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Learn About Rotary Youth Exchange with Anniela Carracedo

View the presentation from our recent Guest Speaker, Anniela Carracedo, as she discusses Rotary Youth Exchange!

Link to Presentation

About the Speaker: Anniela Carracedo
Founder and executive chair 2020/21 of Rotary Interactive Quarantine.
District Interact Representative 2020/21 District 6840.

Anniela Carracedo, aka Anni, is a 19-year-old Venezuelan student currently staying in the US. She holds a dual membership as Interactor and Rotarian and is also Paul Harris Fellow. Anni was secretary of her Interact club in Valencia - Venezuela, District 4380 during 2019-2020 and served on the community service committee in Interact at Hancock High School in the US while she was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
Learn About Rotary Youth Exchange with Anniela Carracedo 2020-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary e-Club Guest Speaker: Feb. 4 @ 6 pm CT - Oscar Arturo Leon Canoe - Sea Turtle Preservation


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Rotary e-Club of Houston - Guest Speaker
 Oscar Arturo Leon Canoe - Sea Turtle Preservation


February 4, 2021 - 6 pm CT,  e-Club of Houston Monthly Meeting
Topic: Preservation of Sea Turtles in Mexico @ Fundación Yepez
Fundación Yepez AC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of sea turtles and the environment. Join Oscar Arturo Leon Cano as he presents the community projects for turtle conservation, reforestation, beach cleaning, and recycling, with a special focus on environmental education. Their priority is the protection and conservation of sea turtles that are endangered.

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Topic: Rotary e-Club of Houston Monthly Meeting - Speaker, Oscar Arturo Leon Cano, Sea Turtle Preservation
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 6 pm Central

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Thurs., January 7 @ 6 pm CT - Guest Speaker: Gayle Knepper, Alaska: Russian America Today


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Rotary e-Club of Houston - Guest Speaker
Gayle Knepper
Alaska: Russian America Today
Common myths, truths and (sometimes odd) frequently-asked questions about Alaska.
Join us for fun, fact and fallacy about the largest state in the U.S.

About the Speaker: Gayle Knepper, Rotary District 5010
Gayle is a member of Rotary eClub of District 5010 International (Alaska) and is past governor of the largest geographic district in the Rotary world (Alaska, USA; Yukon, Canada; Siberia & Far East, Russia). She has also served in a range of regional and international Rotary leadership roles.
Her professional background is in strategic business and market development, with a specialty in working with companies entering new and rapid-growth markets. She is chief executive of a strategic development firm working with organizations in North America and internationally.
Join us via Zoom as we welcome Gayle Knepper
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Speaker: Thurs., Nov. 5 @ 6 pm CT - Anniela Carracedo, Rotary Youth Exchange


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Rotary e-Club of Houston - Guest Speaker
Anniela Carracedo - Rotary Youth Exchange

About the Speaker: Anniela Carracedo
Founder and executive chair 2020/21 of Rotary Interactive Quarantine.
District Interact Representative 2020/21 District 6840.
Anniela Carracedo, aka Anni, is a 19-year-old Venezuelan student currently staying in the US. She holds a dual membership as Interactor and Rotarian and is also Paul Harris Fellow. Anni was secretary of her Interact club in Valencia - Venezuela, District 4380 during 2019-2020 and served on the community service committee in Interact at Hancock High School in the US while she was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
During her exchange year, and at the beginning of the pandemic, Anni challenged both of her Interact clubs to remain active serving the community. She expanded it to other rotary youth around the world and it became known as Rotary Interactive Quarantine, a network to connect Interact and youth exchange students from 60 countries to exchange project ideas, make friends, and open opportunities for international projects.
Anni was a youth exchange student 2019-2020 representing Venezuela in Mississippi, Rotary District 6840, where she's currently District Interact Representative and member of the Rotary Club of Bay St Louis.
In addition to her Rotary leadership, Anni is passionate for diplomacy and peace building. She participated in several conferences of Model United Nations during 5 years and served as the General Secretary in 2019.
Join us via Zoom as we welcome Anniela Carracedo!
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Hope for Venezuela Phase 4: JUCUM/Yukpa Community

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 4 JUCUM / Yukpa Community - Marta Duque and her volunteers distributing a nutritious meal to a large group of Venezuelan refugees, migrants, and walkers “caminantes’ passing through the city of Pamplona on their way to other cities. Together, we are helping to alleviate hunger and build peace!
Learn more about the Yukpa people:
In November of 2019, VOA (Voice of America) filmed a documentary highlighting the struggle of the Yukpa people. Watch the 3-minute documentary at this link

The economic crisis in Venezuela threatens the survival of the Yukpa, an ancestral indigenous community that has been forced to emigrate in search of food. 

For centuries the Yukpa have inhabited the Serranía del Perijá in the Zulia state, but at least 350 of its members have lived for three years in a makeshift camp on the banks of the Táchira River, in the city of Cúcuta in Colombia. 

The tribe lives in precarious conditions, but at the moment they do not believe that returning to Venezuela is an option. “Here we are doing a little job, looking for scrap metal. Children eat only once, ”Dionisio Finol, one of the two chiefs of the camp set up in Cúcuta, told Venezuela 360.

"Today I went to collect scrap metal and with that I am supporting my children," he added, to describe one of the most severe problems facing the tribe: hunger. 

Hope for Venezuela Phase 4: JUCUM/Yukpa Community 2020-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

Calling All Students - Rotary Youth Exchange! 

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. Watch this video from our Rotary District 4140 friends in Mexico and then find out more information at this link
Calling All Students - Rotary Youth Exchange!  2020-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

Learn About Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project with Cristal Montañéz 

View the presentation from recent Guest Speaker, Cristal Montañéz, as she discusses the Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project!

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About the Speaker - Cristal Montañéz is the International Coordinator of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees, a project created in response to the humanitarian crisis affecting thousands of Venezuelan refugees, migrants and ‘walkers caminantes’ in Cúcuta and Pamplona, Colombia. She is also a valued member of the e-Club of Houston
Learn About Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project with Cristal Montañéz  2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Presentation: Thurs., Oct. 15, 6pm CT, Cristal Montañéz, Hope For Venezuelan Refugees

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Rotary e-Club of Houston 
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About the Speaker
Cristal Montañéz is the International Coordinator of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees, a project created in response to the humanitarian crisis affecting thousands of Venezuelan refugees, migrants and ‘walkers caminantes’ in Cúcuta and Pamplona, Colombia. She is also a valued member of the e-Club of Houston

Join us via Zoom as we welcome Cristal Montañéz-Baylor!
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Cristal Montañéz-Baylor
Rotary e-Club of Houston International Service Committee Member & Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project International Coordinator
Cristal Montañéz Baylor is a humanitarian global citizen and philanthropist with years of experience in citizen diplomacy in some of the world's most controversial countries.  Her work promotes international relations and understanding among people of different beliefs and cultures and different sectors of society as she works with leaders from around the world.
She is a member of the Rotary e-Club of Houston International Service Committee and the International Coordinator of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees, a project created in response to the humanitarian crisis affecting thousands of Venezuelan refugees, migrants and ‘walkers caminantes’ in Cúcuta and Pamplona, Colombia.
Cristal serves on the Board of Directors of Sister Cities of Houston, and the Executive Committee of the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association.
Contact information:
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Don't miss this informative presentation!


Presentation: Thurs., Oct. 15, 6pm CT, Cristal Montañéz, Hope For Venezuelan Refugees 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Riding with Rotary

Rotarians Nguyen 'Wind' Nguyen, Isis Mejias, and Ed Charlesworth promoting Rotary in our community!
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Rotary Helps Oregon Fire Victims

Some of our members have family and friends who live in Oregon where wildfires have decimated many small towns. In response to the catastrophic loss of lives, animals, homes, businesses, and livelihoods for many Oregonians, Rotary District 5110 (Central & Southern OR/Northern CA) has established a Fire Relief Fund to help victims of the fires rebuild their lives. Oregon communities that have been severely devastated, if not eliminated, in the wake of these unprecedented fires will need help in both the near and long term.
For reference, Houston's air quality index today was 44; Portland, 30 miles from the fires has an air quality index this evening in the hazardous range of 427. Oregon is desperately hoping for rain this week (this newsletter editor lives in Portland and can attest to the terrible air quality). 
Oregon! My Oregon! Do what you do best - RAIN!! 

“For the painful and challenging times ahead, Rotary is ready to accept the public and corporate support to help those in need in our local communities. The focus is on raising and leveraging funds for future distribution via District Disaster Grants that help rebuild the fire devastated areas,” said District Governor Cindi O’Neil of Bend, Oregon. If you'd like to donate to this fund, please see the info below or follow this link
































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Brandon Clifford - Architectural Secrets of the World's Ancient Wonders 2020-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

African Region Free of Polio Virus!

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.

After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio. 




African Region Free of Polio Virus! 2020-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3

Rotarian, Cristal Montañéz, reports:

The amount of Venezuelan refugees and migrants and Colombian returnees increases every day. They walk for days, many walk for weeks exposed to the elements without any protection under the rain, and extreme temperatures that oscillate between very low temperatures to scorching heat. Many walk without any destination.
It is necessary to declare "a migratory emergency" and adopt active diplomacy to defend and protect the rights of the Venezuelan refugees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, there is not attention nor assistance from the international organizations and local government. Only members of the civic society are helping their Venezuelan neighbors. Rosmery at Centro de Apoyo Mery provides a meal box and a drink to the migrants walking through El Alto of Pamplona. We continue working with our local allies and volunteers to help alleviate hunger and build peace!!

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 2020-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Amazing e-Club of Houston Women Leaders

Congratulations to our two Rotary Zone Institute presenters today who inspired governors in training and other top Rotary leaders via zoom meeting - Ruby Powers and President Isis Mejias. Both did an outstanding job and made us so very proud that our e-Club has such amazing women leaders!
Ruby Powers
Dr. Isis Mejias
Amazing e-Club of Houston Women Leaders 2020-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Venezuelan Science Incubator - Dr. Paniz-Mondolfi

Dear Rotarians,
Wonderful news! A news article came out yesterday in the New York Times highlighting the work of Dr. Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi:
Dr. Paniz-Mondolfi is the founder of the Venezuelan Science Incubator, an NGO dedicated to promoting science and treating infectious diseases in Venezuela, and one of the beneficiaries of the recently approved Rotary GG 2015574.

This GG, in the amount of $36,512, will help supply medical and laboratory equipment and reagents to build the first molecular diagnostics lab in Venezuela, under the leadership of Dr. Paniz-Mondolfi. The host club is the Rotary Club of Nueva Segovia (D-4380), and the international club is the Rotary e-Club of Houston (D-5890). Contributors also include the Rotary Club of Humble (D-5890), the Rotary District 7305 (in Pennsylvania), and the Rotary Club of Corsicana (D-5870).
Thank you for your dedication to helping the most vulnerable communities around the world in the battle against infectious diseases. Today, more than ever, we must continue fighting diseases that arise from the lack of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene around the world. In Rotary, we are lighting the way one project at a time!
Dr. Isis Mejias - President, Rotary e-Club of Houston
PHOTO: Paniz-Mondolfi, who is Venezuelan, treating a small Piaroa girl in the Amazon with pneumonia in 2002. The Piaroa live on the banks of the Orinoco River on the border with Colombia. Source: New York Times

Venezuelan Science Incubator - Dr. Paniz-Mondolfi 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Meet District Gov. Scott Rainey @ e-Club Monthly Meeting - Thurs. Sept. 3 - 6pm CT

Event: e-Club Monthly Meeting
Topic: Visit from District Govenor Scott Rainey
Date: Thursday, September 3 - 6pm CT
Meet Rotary's new District Govenor, Scott Rainey, who will join us at our monthly e-Club meeting via Zoom! 
Read Scott's bio at this link, then join us September 3 at 6 pm central time!
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Program: Hubble Space Telecope 30 Years of Images 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 Update

Cristal Montanez gives the following update on Phase 3 of Hope For Venezuelan Refugees. Thank you, Cristal, for being an amazing Rotarian for our e-Club! Please also see our e-Club Facebook page for many more photos, videos and information about this crisis. 
As part of our efforts to prevent the propagation of COVID-19, we are distributing 9 Infrared Thermometers TG88 to the shelters and food distribution centers we are supporting. This is possible thanks to our e-Club and contributing Rotary Clubs!!
New face masks to be given to refugees and migrants in Colombia, provided by Rotary, Red Humanitaria and Hope for Venezuelan Refugees. We also shipped to Colombia 2,000 disposable face-masks and 2,000 pairs of gloves donated by Houston-Karachi Sister City Association and Alliance for Disaster Relief!
The shelters in Pamplona are closed due to the pandemic. Refugees and migrants are forced to sleep on the streets on pieces of cardboard. They use plastic bags to protect themselves from the low night temperature in Pamplona.
In this picture at one of the points we are supporting with food and cleaning supplies, Reina Carmona is complying with the bio-security protocols imposed during COVID-19 as she takes the refugees' temperature with the new Infrared TG88 thermometer donated by our Club. She is also encouraging the migrants to maintain social distancing.
Refugees are washing their hands with the hand disinfectant/soap donated by our Club thus following COVID-19 protocols to prevent the propagation of  coronavirus.
We are distributing these books to all of the shelters and food distribution points with our new Beneficiary Registration List Format. Our objective is to help standardized and facilitate the collection of the needed data. These books are a gift from Yaneth Rincón from the Rotary Club Los Patios in Colombia.

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 Update 2020-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Local Food Delivery to Those in Need

In partnership with the Dallas Food Bank and Storehouse Church of Dallas, e-Club Rotarians deliver needed food to families in need with the help of local Grand Prairie realtors. Thanks to Buddy White Realtors for your help!
Rotary e-Club of Houston member, Michael Hasty, discusses his recent on-the-spot food delivery to his local area. Thank you, Michael, for showing how much impact one person can make on the lives of many.  

"I had an appointment on a job site Saturday morning for a quick roof repair on a retail strip center. As I was driving up to the building, I noticed a couple of ladies standing on the corner with signs advertising free food from their local church. 
Their church is located in one of the areas office/warehouse buildings which is located in a multi-square mile industrial type area. No homes around for 4-5 miles. From my roof top, I noticed they did not have much traffic going through their drive through to pick up food. So after about 4 hours, I wrapped up the job and decided to get in a very short line to see if they were getting enough food delivered to the folks. Apparently, not.
When I pulled up, they asked if I would like some free food. I said, not for myself, but I did know of some folks where I lived that could probably use some help. She asked, how many in the family, I guessed 5. It was nice big number. She asked me to fill out a short form for identification and the next thing I noticed, the rest of the church filled the back of my truck with boxes of food and my cab with gallons of milk. And as they were loading up my truck, the young lady asked me what I did, why I stopped, and if she could pray for me. Now, it was my turn to witness. 😎
I smiled and said, 'Yes. You may pray for my Success, for I do many things. My vocation is construction, my avocation is service, but my passion is health and wellness. And I am here because if you had extra food, I know I can find some folks in my town that could use it and it's too far for them to drive to you. You see, for my service I am a Rotarian and I am going to find some folks that need this food. Pray for that success.'
She asked, 'What's a Rotarian?'
What I shared, made her smile and I received the most amazing, awesome prayer for Success! So on my way back to my town and thinking what am I going to do with this food, I thought about my friend Buddy, a realtor who manages many residential rental properties. By the time I pulled up at Buddy's house, there were families waiting for me. Families between jobs and having trouble. But yesterday, they got a little help, I received a huge blessing, and Rotary received Success!!" Michael Hasty
Local Food Delivery to Those in Need 2020-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Program: Matt Walker- Hacking Your Memory with Sleep 2020-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Next e-Club Online Monthly Meeting - Thurs., Feb. 4 @ 6pm CT - Guest Speaker

Topic: Rotary e-Club of Houston - General Meeting
Time: Feb. 4, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Global Grant Approved for Infectious Disease Reduction in Venezuela

The e-Club of Houston is excited to announce that we have received our first global grant from Rotary International! The grant award in the amount of $36,512 provides funding for the acquisition and installment of medical equipment and reagents necessary to establish the first molecular diagnostics laboratory for infectious diseases in Venezuela. The project is called "Diagnostics and Treatment of Infectious Diseases in Barquisimeto, Venezuela." The grant was submitted by RC Barquisimeto-Nueva Segovia (D-4380) and RC e-Club of Houston (D-5890). Molecular diagnosis is a valuable tool with virtually no development in the country. These modern techniques significantly increase diagnostic precision and speed, and they can also prevent unnecessary expenses and harm related to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. 
The main beneficiary of this project will be The Venezuelan Science Incubator (VSI), a non-profit organization devoted to the study and treatment of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) using translational science: the practical application of scientific knowledge developed in the laboratory to provide health care solutions for the most vulnerable populations in the country. 
At the August Monthly Rotary Meeting, we were joined by Carlos Hernandez, Vice President of the Venezuelan Science Incubator (VSI), who introduced and explained the organization and took many questions from our e-Club members. Thank you Carlos for your presentation and thank you to our e-Club's President, Isis Mejias, for all of her work on submitting this global grant! Read additional project details here.
Carlos Hernandez and the team from the Venezuelan Science Incubator

Global Grant Approved for Infectious Disease Reduction in Venezuela 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome our e-Club's New Executives & Directors for 2020/21

We wholeheartedly welcome the following individuals as our 2020/21 e-Club of Houston Executives and Directors. Thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication to making our world a better place through Rotary! 
President: Dr. Isis Mejias
President Elect:Dick Robie
Secretary: Charles Mickens
Treasurer: Michael Miller
Community Service: Brittany Johnson
Next Generation Service: Fabiola Giannone
The Rotary Foundation: Robin Charlesworth
Public Relations: Nguyen Nguyen
Membership: Michael Hasty
Youth Service: Fabiola Giannone
We also welcome Scott Rainey as our 2020/21 Rotary District 5890 Governor!

Welcome our e-Club's New Executives & Directors for 2020/21 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Follow our e-Club's Facebook Page 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Supporting the Environment - New Area of Focus 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Tiny Urban Forests - Secret Weapon Against Climate Change 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Cristal Montanez & Mike Miller - President & Rotarian of the Year Awards!

Big Congratulations to our Past e-Club President, Mike Miller, who received the President of the Year Award from DG 5890 "In Recognition of Your Outstanding Service as Medium Club President." Well deserved, Mike! We know how hard you worked to help DG Gary Gillen make sure online Zoom meetings for the district, as well as other clubs, ran smoothly during these difficult Covid-19 times. You coordinated and monitored online Rotary meetings of over 300 people! That was a huge undertaking. This is the first time a president of our e-Club has received this award. As a special surprise, District Governor Gary Gillen hand delivered the award to Mike at his home. Congratulations Mike - the e-Club of Houston is PROUD of you! 
And another Huge Congratulations to Cristal Montanez who is our deserving Rotarian of the Year for her dedication to improving the plight of refugees arriving in Columbia and building effective partnerships to alleviate hunger. "In sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary for the Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project." Your strength and leadership makes it possible to reach the most vulnerable around the world!

Cristal Montanez & Mike Miller - President & Rotarian of the Year Awards! 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Venezuelan Refugees Front Page of New York Times 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
The Choice is Yours 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

President's Welcome Message - Dr. Isis Mejias

I would like to start by thanking Past President, Mike Miller, and the previous Board of Directors for their amazing role in leading the club. You continue to be an inspiration.

It is an honor to start this new Rotary year with this year’s theme: Rotary Opens Opportunities.

The new President of Rotary International is the German Holger Knaack. With this theme, he asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.

I heard him speak live during PETS earlier this year and was very inspired with this speech.

He mentioned that to build a stronger membership, Rotary must focus on increasing the number of female members and transitioning Rotaractors into Rotarians. As this is sort of the low hanging fruit to increase membership.

Knaack believes that the People of Action campaign offers new public awareness possibilities for Rotary, as this campaign conveys our global image while still respecting differences in regions and cultures.

As I reflect on what this theme means to me, I realize that is no coincidence. It was precisely the vast range of opportunities to bring ideas into action what attracted me to Rotary.

I started my journey in Rotary while I was working in a project to bring clean water in Kenya (see photo). Rotary contributed to that project and we were able to care for mothers who were literally giving birth without access to water. I was very inspired with the work and came back to Houston to enroll in the environmental engineering program at the University of Houston.

Soon enough, I found that Rotary offered scholarships for graduate school. So, I participated and won the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship that led me to spend 3 years in Sao Paulo, Brazil doing research in water treatment. I built an international research collaboration and came back to Houston to be offered the position of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group Ambassador.

This was yet again, another opportunity, to connect with people to do good throughout the world. For me, Rotary DID and continues to open Opportunities for me to network with people who want to serve in the humanitarian world in the water and sanitation, and the disease prevention areas of focus. For me, it gave me the road to find my passion in life and a tremendous network of possibilities to serve with this passion.

So, what I am hoping we can accomplish this year:

  1. INCREASE MEMBER ENGAGEMENT - This has been a challenge for an e-Club since we don’t have as many face-to-face meetings. INCREASE THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF SPEAKERS, INCREASE FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS. USE MORE ONLINE TOOLS - there is a large pool of platforms and tools that can make our communication easier, so we will be exploring those.

  2. INCREASE FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES - We will be focusing on raising more funds for club activities.



    2. PARTICIPATE IN OUR FIRST GLOBAL GRANT. This grant aims to establish the first molecular diagnostics laboratory for infectious diseases in Venezuela.


It looks like we will have a busy year! Let’s continue leading like champions today.

Dr. Isis Mejias

President's Welcome Message - Dr. Isis Mejias 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
A Farewell from District Govenor Gary Gillen 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

e-Club of Houston Installation of Officers 20/21- Thurs. June 18, 6 pm central

Grab your favorite dinner and drink and join us online for the installation of the new Rotary e-Club of Houston officers for the year 2021-2021.
We will have the honor to welcome Past District 5890 Governor, Nick Gianonne, to lead the ceremony.
We will install our new club President Dr. Isis Mejías, and the BOD.
Want to know more about Dr. Mejías and what the new officers have in mind for this new year? Join us:
What? Rotary e-Club of Houston Officers' Installation
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When?  Jun 18, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Grab your dinner and favorite drink and join us for an hour of fun!
e-Club of Houston Installation of Officers 20/21- Thurs. June 18, 6 pm central 2020-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
How Drawing Can Set You Free 2020-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Members use ingenuity, flexibility to help people affected by coronavirus and to stay connected. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance, there are ways to help.

As people of action, Rotary members are engaged in their communities — gathering for projects and offering help to those in need. But in many areas, life is changing drastically. Health experts are urging people to maintain distance from others or even isolate themselves in order to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. 

Fighting disease is one of Rotary’s main causes, so members already support efforts to promote proper hand washing techniques, teach people other ways to stay healthy, and supply training and vital medical equipment to health care providers. Now they’re helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain because of the pandemic. 

These are just some of the ways that members are supporting their communities right now:

  • In Italy, one of the countries that has been affected most, clubs in District 2080 are raising funds to purchase ventilators and protective gear for overstretched hospitals. And when the worst of the outbreak was raging in China, the district’s clubs raised more than $21,000 for protective masks to prevent spread of the disease there. 
  • Clubs in District 2041, also in Italy, raised funds online to buy protective gear for health workers who will care for COVID-19 patients at a 400-bed hospital being built at Milan’s fairgrounds. 
  • In Hong Kong, Rotary clubs have raised funds, packed medical supplies, and visited public housing to distribute masks and sanitizers. 
  • Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka installed thermometers in airport bathrooms and produced posters to raise awareness about the coronavirus for schools across the country. 
  • The Rotary Club of Karachi Darakhshan, Sind, Pakistan, distributed thousands of masks to people in Karachi. 
  • Clubs in District 3700 (Korea) have donated $155,000 to the Red Cross. 
  • Rotary clubs in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom state conducted a campaign to raise awareness about the threat of the virus. Members shared information about the illness and how to keep safe at two schools and distributed materials about using good hygiene to stay healthy. 
  • The Rotary club of Metro Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is contacting neighbors who live alone and are quarantined. Volunteers are asked to contact at least five of those people each week to ask how they are and if they need anything. Members are also leaving flowers on their doorsteps. 
Rotary Clubs Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Did you know that each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers?

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,300 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.
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Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3

Thank you e-Club Rotarian, Cristal Montañez, for your ongoing support to the refugee project! These refugees are returning to Venezuela from Colombia despite the quarantine imposed by COVID-19. One of the men rides a bike carrying his baby boy in a basket attached to the steering wheel while hauling all their belonging in a tow-car hooked to the back of the bike. Other family members walk behind him, pushing a stroller. 
Their destination is the border city of Cúcuta, where they will join hundreds of Venezuelans in an overcrowded uncovered area with no food or water. People wait for days in these unsafe conditions since, according to Colombia's migration agency Venezuela limits entrances to 300 people per day. No social distance and protocols to prevent the propagation of coronavirus are followed at the migration retention area.
The Hope For Venezuelan Refugees team continues supporting our partners and volunteers on their effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing refugee crisis. Reina Carmona cooks a meal over an open-fire at the Punto de Hidratación Hermanos Caminantes Venezolanos y Colombianos for Venezuelan refugee families returning to Venezuela. Together, we are helping to alleviate hunger and build peace.
For more information and updates on the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project, please click here to visit our Facebook page. 

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 2020-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary 5890 District Conference - Reimagined & Outdoor! July 3rd & 4th 

Message from Gary Gillen, Rotary Governor, District 5890:
We have listened to your comments and have redesigned District Conference with your concerns in mind! The Circle of Governors and the District Conference Committee are proud to offer you the New District Conference on July 4th!  Beginning at 10 am at Veterans Memorial Park in College Station, Texas, we will dedicate the Outdoor Music Park, we will honor Vietnam era veterans and tour the monuments at the park. Then we will have the first-ever Governor's Awards Picnic! At this picnic you will enjoy a boxed lunch, see the awards presentations, witness the District raffle drawings, have a chance to win door prizes, but most important, let's celebrate the many successes we have achieved in this crazy Rotary year. 
After that picnic you can travel home or join us in Bryan and College Station for self guided events such as fireworks, Safari Aggieland, Mesina Hof winery, and much more.
Registration including Lunch is an affordable $25 per person. Register for District Conference here:

Rotary 5890 District Conference - Reimagined & Outdoor! July 3rd & 4th  2020-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5890 Zoom Business Meeting - Friday, June 19  2020-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

A Message From Gary Gillen, Our 2019-2020 District Governor

With the cancellation of the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Honolulu Host Operating Committee (HOC) has suffered a huge loss.  With the International Convention coming to Houston in 2022, Past District Governor Rhonda Kennedy and her committee are working very hard to raise money for a variety of expenses we must cover.  Honolulu is the same.  Their HOC has worked hard to advertise and encourage folks to register for the convention.  Now that it is cancelled, they have no way to recoup their losses.  Many small businesses will be hurt.
I’d like to ask for your help.  With our climate Hawaiian shirts are always appropriate.  Rotary shirts are a great way to tell the world you are a Rotarian.  How about a Hawaiian Rotary shirt? is one of those vendors we can help.  PLEASE order a Rotary Hawaiian shirt or a Bobble Head of President Mark wearing his Rotary Hawaiian shirt.  Their products are marked down dramatically because there won’t be 40,000 Rotarians there to buy them. 
Everything is on sale now! Please go to and order one today.  You will be helping fellow Rotarians who have worked hard, invested their money but cannot have the convention they planned.  It’s a great price and it's helping fellow Rotarians so I’ve ordered 4. Please join me!  We’ll wear them at District Conference.   Gary Gillen
A Message From Gary Gillen, Our 2019-2020 District Governor 2020-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Program: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, a TedTalk

Back in 2010, composer/conductor Eric Whitacre created a virtual choir with 2,000+ singers from around the world. Who knew that 10 years later the entire world would be communicating in much the same way. Here is Eric's TedTalk about the amazing process to create his virtual choir. 
Program: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, a TedTalk 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Update #1 Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 - Our partner, Sister Rocio and her volunteers from the food distribution center Comedor Santo Domingo Savio, distributed food bags to Venezuelan refugees, Colombian returnees and extremely vulnerable Colombian families in Los Olivos in Cúcuta.The Rotary e-Club of Houston and Rotary Club of Chanhanssen made possible this donation. Thanks to Cristal Montanez for the update and photos. 
Update #1 Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Imagine Dragons - Birds 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Deworming Venezuela Update

The Rotary e-Club of Houston is proud to announce that our first shipment of boxes to Barquisimeto, Venezuela have arrived! These boxes contained materials and supplies for the implementation of the pilot project ‘Deworming Venezuela’.
This program aims to implement a mass deworming strategy to reduce the state of malnutrition associated with intestinal helminth and protozoan infections in school-age Venezuelan children. And why start with deworming you may ask?
A study from National Bureau of Economic Research ( estimated that the average weight gain per dollar expenditure from a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) is more than 35 times that from school feeding programs. Why? Because parasites rob children of the few essential nutrients they may be consuming from feeding programs.
As we move along with this project, we are also seeing an urgent need for adequate access to hygiene in public spaces, such as schools and hospitals. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an imminent risk because schools and hospitals do not have adequate access to clean water and soap. We are looking at the possibility of donating a small Electrolyzed Water System that can generate hypochlorous acid for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, with only salt and water!
If you are interested in participating, please contact our President Elect, Dr. Isis Mejias
In the name of the "Deworming Venezuelan" team, we want to thank all the contributing donors that have made this possible so far. Watch this video to learn more about this exciting project!
Deworming Venezuela Update 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Rotary Convention June 20 - 26, 2020

Join the family of Rotary at our first ever Virtual Rotary Convention. This free event will connect Rotary participants from around the world, inspire through innovation, and celebrate our resilience and ability to adapt. More information coming soon!

Virtual Rotary Convention June 20 - 26, 2020 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

International Focus IF Magazine - Cristal Montanez

Our most sincere appreciation to Val Thompson, Editor of International Focus IF Magazine for highlighting e-Club of Houston member, Cristal Montanez, in publishing the article “My Humanitarian Work in Pakistan Prepared me to help Venezuelan Refugees in Colombia.” Thank you for creating awareness among our diverse international community of the crisis affecting thousands of Venezuelan refugees in Colombia and how the Rotary e-Club of Houston, Rotary Club of Cúcuta 1, Rise Against Hunger, and partners are responding to this humanitarian emergency. Cristal Montanez
You can read the article below. 
International Focus IF Magazine - Cristal Montanez 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Interview With Rise Against Hunger

Cristal Montanez's interview with Mike Bell during the Rise Against Hunger Giving Tuesday Live broadcast. Our partnership with Rise Against Hunger enabled the Rotary e-Club of Houston "Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project” and the Rotary Club of Cúcuta 1 to respond to the food insecurity emergency by providing RAH meals to thousands of Venezuelan refugees, migrants, and walkers ‘caminantes,’ and Colombian returnees in Cúcuta and Pamplona through the existing food distribution centers and shelters preparing and serving food to this target population. Please watch the interview at this link
Interview With  Rise Against Hunger 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Update #3 Hope for Venezuelan Refugees

Unfortunately, due to the flow of hungry and desperate regufees, Albergue Fundar 1 just ran out of food. The only product they have is a rice donated by the Diócesis of Cucuta. Cristal Montanez
Update #3 Hope for Venezuelan Refugees 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Update #2 Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 - 
Rosmery Mendoza of the Centro de Apoyo Mery prepares boxes with a nutritious meal and drinks for the Venezuelan refugees walking back to Venezuela and those fleeing from the regime and walking to other cities or countries. This is the first meal many of them had as they walk between cities since the refugees and migrants don’t have any money. This critical situation is a combination of migration crisis+pandemic=emergency humanitarian tragedy!! Cristal Montanez
Update #2 Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 3 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

News from Rotary Friends in Croatia

About a year ago we met Rotarian Damir Karin for lunch when he brought a visiting youth baseball team to Houston. We have heard recently that their club has met misfortune related to Coronavirus. The Rotary Club of  Karlovac-Dubovac in Croatia held a fundraiser on March 9. It was a tennis tournament and dinner afterward to raise funds to help less fortunate attend summer school programs. Two attendees were positive for Covid-19 without symptoms. In a few days there were six Rotarians who became ill. Damir was one who suffered with fever and body aches for several days. Two more remain hospitalized with fever, and two are critical and on respirators. Another Rotarian, Zeljko Belavic, has lost his battle after two weeks of fever and pneumonia. Damir has been re-tested to determine if he is not clear of the virus. Like many of us, he is working from home and his children are completing schoolwork online. Their Rotary club is now meeting online va zoom like our own e-club. Our sympathy is extended to our Rotary family in Croatia. Our world changed suddenly and unexpectedly with the pandemic and it is important to stay connected with others just to let them know they are thought of and missed. Many of our Rotary family will be struggling with losses, losses of business or losses of friends and family members. If you know of someone who is struggling, lets try to be supportive and caring, and encourage them to let us know of their needs. Robin Charlesworth
News from Rotary Friends in Croatia 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

District Installation Banquet - Thurs. July 9 @ 6pm via Zoom

The District Installation is now rescheduled for Thursday, July 9th., via Zoom. The meeting will open at 6:00 PM to allow for entry and fellowship time with the ceremony starting at 6:30 and ending by 7:30 PM.  Please see the below link to the meeting.

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Rotary Virtual International Convention, June 20 to 26, 2020

Click here for all Rotary International Convention information! 

Mark your calendars for June 20-26 for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first FREE ONLINE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION!

Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.

Rotary Virtual International Convention, June 20 to 26, 2020 2020-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dist. 5890 Happy Hour Social  - Fri, May 8,  6:30 pm CT

Rotary e-Club of Houston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Rotary Dist. 5890 Happy Hour Social  - Fri, May 8,  6:30 pm CT 2020-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves 2020-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Next Rotary Interact Club Meeting District - Thursday, April 23, 7 pm CT 5890

Next Rotary Interact Club Meeting District 5890
Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 pm CT (US and Canada)
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eClub Monthly Meeting & Guest Speaker - Thurs. July 2 @ 6 pm CT

This will be the first general meeting of the new Rotary year - Join us via Zoom as we welcome our guest speaker, KimDiane Rogers!

Don't miss our First Meeting of the 2020-2021 Rotary Year!

About our Speaker - KimDiane Rogers
With 30 years of experience in world travel, KimDiane Rogers is a past Rotary Exchange Student or Ambassador for World Peace sent to Rancagua, Chile in 1987. She is also a proud graduate of Brigham Young University Hawaii campus.

Her love for people and service shines through in her current endeavor as Founder and Director of her nonprofit organization "Heart for Guatemala", which support two schools and over 500 children living in extreme poverty.


eClub Monthly Meeting & Guest Speaker - Thurs. July 2 @ 6 pm CT 2020-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Life After Quarantine in Wuhan 2020-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members to the Rotary eClub of Houston!

Welcome new member, Kelley Adams!
Kelley comes to us from the Seabrook Rotary Club and has a passion for the Rotary Youth Exchange. She was a youth exchange student and finds it wonderful to give back to the program that gave her so much. She has experience in fundraising for auctions and raffles and has been involved in the marketing program. One of her main focuses this year has been helping with the Bahamas relief from hurricane Dorian. Kelley's family lived in Grand Bahama for 5 years, so watching two category 5 hurricanes rip apart the island in the last few years has been heartbreaking. She worked with local charities and friends to send three containers and five trucks of supplies while working with the Grand Bahama and Florida Rotary, as well as diaster aid USA. She has two girls ages 12 and 6 who keep her very busy!  
Welcome new member, Marc Mori! 
Marc comes to us as a Rotary Peace Fellow, yoga instructor, and works in sound healing. He is a former Special Agent and retired after 24 years with the FBI. As an agent, he investigated violent crimes, white-collar crimes, counter-terrorism cases, counter-intelligence operations and was a computer forensic examiner before leading a counter-terrorism squad in Houston. Marc is a security consultant providing training to clients in the US and overseas and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. While born in Japan, he was raised in Mexico City and California. Marc is a husband and father of three and lives in the Houston area. 
Welcome New Members to the Rotary eClub of Houston! 2020-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Wind's Orchid Update

As an update to last month's informative Tour & Care of Plants by Wind Nguyen, Wind reports that his one-year experiment with semi water culture phalaenopsis orchid (mini) finally bloomed! Beautiful! 
Wind's Orchid Update 2020-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

1st "Rotary Connects the World" Online Meeting - Huge Success!

Our eClub of Houston hosted the first ever "Rotary Connects the World" online district-wide virtual meeting. Big thanks to our President, Mike Miller, for organizing and monitoring the event, along with Dree Miller, that included over 300 people logging in! 
In times like these, staying connected is key. All over the world, people are slowing down and reflecting. Throughout the world, people look at their neighbors, colleagues and friends in a new way. All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality. How big we really are. How little control we really have. To what really matters ... LOVE.
Our eClub is now hosting regular "Rotary Connects the World" district-wide virtual meetings. Our fourth virtual meeting is Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm Central Time. See Zoom links above and join in! 

1st "Rotary Connects the World" Online Meeting - Huge Success! 2020-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Program: The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do 2020-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Next "Rotary Connects the World" Online District Meeting: April 16, 6:30pm CT

Join us for our 4th "Rotary Connects The World" Online Meeting!
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm CT (US and Canada)
Rotary e-Club of Houston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: District 5890 online meeting with Presentations on Online Fund Raising
Our eClub member, Wind Nguyen will be one of the speakers. This is a meeting you do not want to miss! Not only will you learn about how to raise funds electronically, but Public Image Chair, Tommie Buscemi, will also roll out a new way to let others know about your fundraiser! Hosted by the Rotary eClub of Houston!
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Next e-Club of Houston / Rotary District 5890 Online Meeting : Thursday, April 2, 7 pm CT

Next e-Club of Houston / Rotary District 5890 Online Meeting: Thursday, April 2, 7 pm CT
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Next e-Club of Houston / Rotary District 5890 Online Meeting : Thursday, April 2, 7 pm CT 2020-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

President Elects Class of 2020-2021 - Isis Mejias

Congratulations to Isis Mejias, e-Club President Elect for 2020-21, who attended the Rotary President Elects Training Seminar earlier this month! Isis says, "I am inspired by the many avenues that this organization offers to do humanitarian service." She looks forward to meeting with e-Club members and asking WHY are you in Rotary? What moves you to do humanitarian service? 

President Elects Class of 2020-2021 - Isis Mejias 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees - Mattress Delivery

Five indigenous people waiting for medical treatment and surgery received new mattresses to help them be more comfortable while being treated. The mattresses are covered with heavy-duty, but soft, waterproof material to protect them from dust and facilitate their maintenance and hygiene. Thanks to our allies of Carpa Esperanza for coordinating the logistics and delivery of the mattresses. The distribution of the pillows covered with the same material is scheduled for tomorrow. We extend our most sincere appreciation to our donor for making it possible for us to contribute to improving the living conditions of these patients. Cristal Montanez
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees - Mattress Delivery 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Face-to-Face Social with e-Club Members!

Earlier this month, Robin & Ed Charlesworth, Isis Mejias, Wind Nguyen, Margarita Hernandez, & Leenette Wilke met for an e-Club face-to-face social at Houston's Mi Pueblito Restaurant. Hope you can make it to our next face-to-face! 

Face-to-Face Social with e-Club Members! 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Venezuelan Women Refugees - International Women's Day 

Dear Rotarians, I encourage you to watch this beautiful video published by Voice of America (VOA). I was thrilled to receive a call from VOA requesting the recommendation of a project serving the Venezuelan refugee and migrant population led by local humble women to highlight their story during the International Women's Day week celebration. And, what better example than the joint work of Mrs. Rosalba and her family, her volunteers, and Sister Ney María in the Olla Comunitaria in Cúcuta. The result? This beautiful and motivating story about the work of these extraordinary women and their service to humanity. Our work has not only contributed to this humanitarian crisis by providing food, but we have also helped raise awareness of the brave people, organizations, and projects that work very hard to contribute to improving the condition of the migrant population. Cristal Montanez

Venezuelan Women Refugees - International Women's Day  2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Valerii Iakovenko  Tedx

Coming soon - member Valerii Iakovenko in Kiev, Ukraine has just recorded a Tedx video about robots.    He owns a drones business.  Congratulations and we look forward to sharing the talk with our members! from robin
Valerii Iakovenko Tedx 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
On-Line Zoom Meeting with _________ 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Program: Andrea's Journey to Feed Her Daughters 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Wind Nguyen "Care & Tour of Plants" 2020-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Check Out the Latest on the Corona Virus 2020-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Our Vibrant, Energetic e-Club of Houston!! Are You a Member Yet?  2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New e-Club Members! 

A hearty WELCOME to new e-Club members: 
Leenette Wilke - Coming to us from the Kingwood Rotary Club and very involved in Rotary Youth Exchange. 
Jibrell Crump - Living in Houston, new to Rotary and passionate about service.
We're glad you're here! 
Welcome New e-Club Members!  2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Exodus: Stories from Venezuela 2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Program: Piper - Oscar winning, animated short film 2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Board of Directors meeting: Thursday, February 20, 7 pm CT 2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rodeo Night - Thurs., March 12 - Tickets on Sale Now!

Cody Johnson

District 5890 is hosting Rodeo Night at the Rodeo again at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Thursday March 12. We will have a delicious dinner buffet in the 600 Series rooms on the second floor of NRG Center. The Rodeo entertainer that night is Cody Johnson, a young Texas singer who was nominated for the CMA new artist of the year. This is a very popular performance and is likely to sell out. We have secured a block of 175 Loge Section 522 tickets.

The Full Ride package for $70 includes entry to grounds and all of the activities available there, buffet dinner, and entry into NRG Stadium for the Rodeo and Cody Johnson performance with Loge seat tickets. We have some Dinner-only tickets for $35 for those who are already on-grounds with their own Rodeo tickets or HLSR badge entry privileges. Tickets at this link.

Rotary Rodeo Night - Thurs., March 12 - Tickets on Sale Now! 2020-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Exciting News from e-Club Rotarian, Cristal Montanez!

Great news!! This morning I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the impact of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees project to the Presidents of the Cúcuta Rotary Clubs. At the end of the presentation, the Presidents proposed to join our efforts to increase the scope of our work and impact on the ground. Our partners Mauricio Villán, President Rotary Club Cúcuta 1 & Patrocinio Ararat Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project Coordinator Rotary Club Cúcuta 1, facilitated the meeting that was attended by: 
Assistant Governor Dora Lobo
Jaime Serrano, President Rotary Club Villa del Rosario
Cecilia Palacio, President Rotary Club Cúcuta Ciudad de los Árboles
Alhim Muñoz, President Rotary Club Cúcuta 2, and
Alicia Acosta Villamizar Rotary Club Cúcuta III, lead contact with the Rotary Clubs from Washington DC
Alicia and I have been working with these Clubs to facilitate and coordinate the logistic of distribution of the OAS Backpack Project for the Venezuelan Refugees and the partnership with Eric Huxley, CEO Samaritan Purse.
Exciting News from e-Club Rotarian, Cristal Montanez! 2020-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio


Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio

Partnership will infuse an additional US$450 million into global polio eradication effort

EVANSTON, Il. (January 22, 2020) – Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are renewing their longstanding partnership to end polio, announcing a joint commitment of up to $450 million to support the global polio eradication effort.

“Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, almost 19 million people are walking today who would have otherwise been paralyzed,” said John Germ, Past President of Rotary International who leads Rotary’s polio fundraising efforts. “By partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we’re ensuring that children in polio-affected countries get the lifesaving vaccines they need to be protected from polio for life. As the first organization to envision a polio-free world, Rotary is more committed than ever to delivering on our promise that one day, no child will ever again be paralyzed by polio.”

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio 2020-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Next Online Social Monthly Meeting - Thurs. Feb. 6, 7 pm CT  2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Program: A Swarm of Mini Drones Makes ... Magic! 2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

The Dry Eye Blues

A Dad Laments Putting the Lack in Lachrymosity
By Jeff Ruby  |  Illustration by Richard Mia
I am on the couch watching E.T. with my young son when the sniffles hit. Soon, as if someone has pressed a button, my tears begin to fall, thick and fast. When E.T. flies off in his ship forever and John Williams’ music tugs and swells like some kind of sadistic woodwind tear-generator, I lose it completely. Sobbing. Gasping for air, for Pete’s sake.
At some point, I realize my son has stopped watching the movie and is regarding me with a mixture of curiosity and horror. “Dad’s crying!” he hollers.
Various family members come out of their rooms to gawk at the wet, heaving mess that Dad has become, but by this time I’ve begun to compose myself. My children know me as silly and embarrassing and even willfully dumb, but this is the first time they’ve seen me cry. Mortified, I vow it will be the last.
I would not call myself the strong, silent type. I’m weak and loud, actually, overemotional and periodically prone to senseless outbursts. And yet: I do not cry in front of my children.
At my beloved grandfather’s funeral a few years back, with my kids at my side, I didn’t squeeze out a single tear. During my Great Cancer Scare of 2017, I spent a brutal week imagining them growing up without a father yet showed little emotion, only a steely resolve. In both cases, any loss of control was scheduled in advance, when I had a good block of time alone and would not have to rejoin society until mental equilibrium had been restored. In other words, I bawled my eyes out in private. But there was some kind of public barrier that I couldn’t cross.
This is patently ridiculous. I know that crying is normal for any human and is nothing to be ashamed of, regardless of gender or emotional IQ. I also know that it’s good for you. According to William Frey, a neurology professor at the University of Minnesota and one of the leading academics to study crying, tears contain adrenocorticotropin, an indicator of stress. That could mean that not crying only increases stress.
Other men seem to have understood that intuitively. The Old Testament overflows with sensitive characters like Abraham, Joseph, and King David, all of whom blubber without shame. Even the manly Esau, when he learns that Jacob has stolen his birthright, whimpers as only a guy who loses to his brother could. (He also weeps when they reunite.) Never once is there a stigma to those tears. Overt expressions of grief and joy reside within the normal range of response to biblical situations. Crying makes these men relatable, sincere, trustworthy — perhaps even heroic.
Or so suggests an anonymous 18th-century writer quoted in Tom Lutz’s 1999 book, Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears: “Moral weeping is the sign of so noble a passion, that it may be questioned whether those are properly men, who never weep upon any occasion. They may pretend to be as heroical as they please, and pride themselves in a stoical insensibility; but this will never pass for virtue with the true judges of human nature.”
When did this attitude change? Was it in the Victorian era, when views on masculinity and femininity were defined by each gender’s approach to emotion? Women were depicted as impossibly fragile time bombs prone to hot-flash hysteria and in constant danger of taking to their beds. The steady, sturdy gentlemen in their lives were expected to be disciplined, rational, and averse to tears. This meant that men were either (a) suddenly content to lead buttoned-up lives of taciturn rectitude or (b) suffering privately with consequences that came out in less emotionally healthy ways than simple tears. (See Jack the Ripper.)
The stiff upper lip remained a fixture of Western male culture through much of the 20th century. For my stern immigrant great-grandfather and war-hero grandfather, tears were allowed only at the cemetery and, maybe, the altar. Then my father came along. A wartime baby raised by women, he grew up to be a gentle, hugging mushpot, strong and sensitive and ahead of his time in preaching the gospel of empathy. When I wrecked his car as a teenager and was hysterical with guilt, he shrugged and asked if I wanted to shoot some pool. “You’ve punished yourself enough,” he said. By the time of the 1972 release of Free to Be ... You and Me — a book and recording that challenged accepted gender roles and officially made it all right for an entire generation of boys to cry — he had been saying it for years.
But here’s the weird thing: Only once do I remember my father crying, and that was because he missed my mom, who had been out of town for a week. It was one of those terrifying moments when it hits you that the people in charge are not really in control after all, and maybe Earth spins on an axis of chaos. I assumed that his crying represented the beginning of a breakdown of sorts and that things would never be the same. As it turned out, the moment was an aberration, a blip on the timeline. But this blip must have profoundly affected me, because I still insist on hiding within the same all-powerful Dad shell that sheltered my forefathers.
It was one of those terrifying moments when it hits you that the people in charge are not really in control after all.
What do my kids make of all this? They’re growing up in a world that appears to have split in two. Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, adopted the masculine pose of the stiff upper lip as she adjusted to life in the royal spotlight. How did that work out? “I really tried,” she reports in a recently released documentary, “but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging.”
The Dry Eye Blues 2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Donation to Project Deworming Venezuela

This week, Isis Mejias received 500 tablets of Ivermectin from the Rotary Club of Somerset for the Project Deworming Venezuela. These tablets were a donation of a Rotarian who is deeply interested in helping the Venezuelan vulnerable community, and prefers to remain anonymous. He spent close to $2000 to purchase all of these tablets. With this donation we will start the pilot project in the community of La Pica in the Lara state in Venezuela with our partner organization They Venezuelan Science Incubator. This pilot project aims to deworm 100 children between 4 and 6 years old to reduce the malnutrition induced by parasites and other water-borne diseases. The club also sent us a check for $2900 towards this project. If you are interested in participating, please contact Isis
Donation to Project Deworming Venezuela 2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Establishes Peace Center at Makerere University

KAMPALA, Uganda (9 January 2020) — From human rights violations to the impacts of climate change, Rotary and Makerere University are offering a postgraduate certificate program to peace and development leaders who are from or who have worked in Africa to address the underlying challenges to peace in the region.

The year-long program in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Development will emphasize issues and solutions that are of particular relevance throughout the African continent and beyond. Hands-on experience will complement coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict. Other studies will focus on refugees and migration, as well as resource and identity-based conflicts.

The program will incorporate the Positive Peace framework pioneered by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) as well as apply concepts grounded in mediation and negotiation, African philosophy, and indigenous mechanisms for conflict resolution. “For centuries, we have looked at peace as the absence of violence, without fully considering the other drivers in play,” said Olayinka Babalola, vice president, Rotary International Board of Directors. “Instead of merely examining the causes of war, Rotary Peace Fellows at Makerere University will explore the underpinnings of peace to achieve tangible measures of human wellbeing and progress.” The program is designed to accommodate working professionals with at least five years of proven experience in the areas of peace and development. There will be two cohorts a year each with 20 fellows, and the first class will begin in February 2021. The online application will be available in February 2020.

“Makerere University is situated at the heart of the Great Lakes region, which has experienced the most strife and the most conflicts in Africa,” said Barnabas Nawangwe, University vice chancellor. “We’ve had frequent experience with conflict, so we established our peace program more than 15 years ago to expand our expertise and augment our engagement in the area of conflict and peace. Partnering with an international organization like Rotary allows us to demonstrate on a global scale what we’ve been doing in our local environment. Based on our past rich experience, we can confront strife in populations all over the world.”Every year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded scholarships for dedicated peace and development leaders from around the world to study at any of its seven peace centers programs. In just over 15 years, Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,300 individuals for careers in peacebuilding in more than 115 countries, and program alumni serve as leaders in both governmental and nongovernmental agencies, international organizations, and more.

Rotary Establishes Peace Center at Makerere University 2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Venezuela Humanitarian Tragedy

Venezuelan Humanitarian Tragedy - As of January 10th, the minimum monthly salary in Venezuela is $5.51 and it takes 23 minimum salaries to buy the basic food basket.  No wonder Venezuelans can no longer survive and are forced to emigrate in search of food, medical assistance and job opportunities to support their families. This means more hunger, more misery and more migration. This is outrageous - we must do more!
Venezuela Humanitarian Tragedy 2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting - Jan. 16, 7 pm CT 2019-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

Community Service Calendar

Brittany Johnson brings us the following message regarding the e-Club Community Service Calendar. 
Hi everyone!  I’ve sent the community service calendar above so everyone has easy access to it.  December's theme is Holidays. At the party we made holiday cards that will be delivered to local nursing homes. If you weren't able to make the party, or if you live outside of Houston please find any local nursing home and you can still participate. The holidays can be a hard time, especially for those in nursing homes, and they are so grateful to receive cards and be remembered this time of year.
January’s theme is Winter Weather so you may also bring coats or blankets for donations in January. 

I also wanted to share a few intentional activities for those that have children (or even those that don’t!).  We have been using our elf on the shelf to introduce some of these projects and they coordinate with our homemade advent calendar that is centered primarily around giving and kindness.
  1. Cleaning out toys or closets
  2. Donation to local food drive
  3. Donation to local hospital (our children’s hospital hands out teddy bears to patients.  We even met a patient who had just received on and he gave our boys high fives and personally thanked them for making his spirits brighter)
  4. Adopt a child (check local churches, school organizations, advocacy centers, etc) or angel tree
  5. Pay it forward (even as simple as in the Starbucks line)
  6. Deliver cookies or dinner to local firefighters 
  7. Letters to Santa!  If you deliver a letter to Santa (or fill one out online!) at Macy’s they donate $1 per letter to Make A Wish!
Community Service Calendar 2019-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

Project Deworming Venezuela Update

Dear Rotarians,
Please take a look at the article from Rotary District 7305 where they highlight my visit along with Dr. Alberto Paniz to speak about the project Deworming Venezuela. They are very excited about this effort, and are starting fundraising activities this holiday season towards this cause.
Isis Mejias
Project Deworming Venezuela Update 2019-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Update

Our Hope for Venezuelan Refugees team was delighted to meet and host Rotarian Lorena Gloden from the Perrysburg Rotary Club and her family, during their recent visit to Cúcuta.  Lorena had the opportunity to attend the weekly meeting of our partners the Rotary Club Cúcuta 1, and reunite with old family friends☺
For the next two days, Lorena, her husband Daniel and son Sebastian, in conjunction with our Hope For Venezuelan Refugees team,  Nury Contreras, Local Project Coordinator, and Cindy Catoni, Project Photo-Journalist, met with representatives of the Banco Diocesano de Alimentos en Cúcuta, our logistic partner in Cúcuta and learn how the Rise Against Hunger fortified meals inventory is stored and managed.
They also visited the following food distribution centers supported by the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project:
- Comedor Santo Domingo Savio – Approximately, 780 daily beneficiaries.
- Servidoras Madres para los Abandonados de la Calle – Approximately, 400 daily beneficiaries.
- Fundación Colombo-Venezolana Nueva Ilusión - Approximately, 500 daily beneficiaries.
- Yukpa Indigenous Community in Cucúta - Approximately, between 264 – 400 daily beneficiaries.  This album captures Lorena’s visit to the centers mentioned above  
Together we are alleviating hunger and building peace!
Visita de Lorena Gloden del Perrysburg Rotary Club al Comedor Santo Domingo Savio en Cucúta
Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Update 2019-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Happy 2020! 2019-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

Documentary: The Tragedy of the Yukpa People

Dear Rotarians, I invite you to watch and share this excellent documentary 'The Tragedy of the Yukpa People' by Voice of America (VOA) filmed during the visit of journalist Jaime Alberto Moreno Gomez to the Yukpa indigenous community Hope for Venezuelan Refugees are helping twice a week in Cúcuta in conjunction with our allies JUCUM Carpa Esperanza. We are very grateful to Jaime for raising awareness of the critical conditions in which this community lives in Cúcuta. Cristal Montanez
Documentary: The Tragedy of the Yukpa People 2019-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary e-Club Holiday Gathering

Fun photos from the Rotary e-Club Holiday Gathering on December 15th at Ed and Robin Charlesworth's home. Happy Holidays everyone!
Rotary e-Club Holiday Gathering 2019-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Social Meeting - Thursday, Jan. 2nd  7pm CT 2019-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, Dec. 19th, 7 pm CT 2019-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Program: More than 100 South Australian schools to close in catastrophic fire conditions | ABC News 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Song: Thankful, Josh Groban 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Program: Mind Blowing! ...Earth Compared To The Rest Of The Universe - Amazing Graphic Presentation 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Mediaton - a Sock Donation Campaign

Mediaton is a socks donation campaign organized by the Rotary Club of Pamplona Founder of Cities, in partnership with the Rotary e-Club of Houston and Hope For Venezuelan Refugees for the benefit of migrants, refugees and walkers Venezuelans, and Colombian returnees. Donate your socks at the establishments mentioned in the poster. Socks are very necessary to help protect the feet of walkers during their long pilgrimage in search of a better future. Many thanks for your generous donation!
Mediaton - a Sock Donation Campaign 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees - Rotarians Provide Assistance to Migrants

Rotary e-Club of Houston is so proud of e-Club members, Cristal Montañez and Isis Mejias, who continue to serve the Venezuelan refugees and migrants and Colombian returnees affected by the humanitarian crisis. 
"The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is unsustainable,” declares Cristal Montañez from the Rotary e-Club of Houston to the newspaper La Opinión  of Cúcuta, Colombia.
"It’s our duty as Rotarians and Venezuelans and citizens of the world. Through Rotary we can build strong alliances and build peace. I’m grateful to be a Rotarian member of the e-Club." Isis Mejias, Rotary e-Club of Houston.  
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees - Rotarians Provide Assistance to Migrants 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary & Fellowship is Strong in Ethiopia’s Capital City

Hello Houston E-Club.....World Interact week was celebrated last week and I had the pleasure to participate in a #endpolionow fundraiser- walk with the Interact/Rotaract clubs of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AAE). The walk began at the historical home of King Menelik II and ended with a nice brunch. I also was invited to the AAE's Rotary Club District Level meeting; attended by their former: Dist. Gov's, Club Presidents, and Office Holders. All Rotary Club Members were very hospitable and are open to visits and partnerships from our club.
Rtn Rodney Ragsdale
Rotary e-Club of Houston 
Rotary & Fellowship is Strong in Ethiopia’s Capital City 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Deworming Venezuela Project

Dear e-Club members,
Attached is the newsletter from the Rotary Club of Somerset. It was wonderful to visit them. I thanked them for the contribution to the Hope for Venezuelan Refugees project during Phase 1. They were very impressed with our club and the things we are doing, and want to partner with us on the “Deworming Venezuela” project for next year. Find out more on their attached newsletter.
Isis Mejias
Rotary e-Club of Houston
Deworming Venezuela Project 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Update from Cristal Montanez - Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Phase 2

Hola Rotaríans, I am sharing a two minute video about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the response of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees team to support food distribution centers and shelters that prepare hot meals and serve migrants, refugees,  and Venezuelan walkers, and Colombian returnees. Thank you for your support!!!
Update from Cristal Montanez - Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Phase 2 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 2

This one minute video features e-Club's Cristal Montanez. Thank you Cristal for continuing to promote Rotary's Service Above Self!
Mr. Douglas González of the Douglas Hostel, is a humble man, a shoemaker by profession, who when seeing so many women, men and migrant children in the street going cold decided to make a space on his land and enabled a scrap yard so they could rest. Thanks to the Douglas Hostel, more than 250 refugees, returnees and Venezuelan migrants, and Colombian returnees, can rest and protect themselves from the cold every night before continuing their long journey to other cities or countries. Every afternoon at 5:00 pm the volunteers of the Hostel set up large pots of milk or hot chocolate pouring, serving the walkers with bread. We continue to work together and help alleviate hunger and build peace.
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Phase 2 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Program: Brexit Dominates Queen's Speech to UK Parliament 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

DRAFT - Ruby Powers Immigration Talk

October 2, 2019 
I am speaking to the RC o f University Area Houston tomorrow morning at 7:15am 

Immigration and the Law, the steps to legal residency and citizenship

Oct 02, 2019
Ruby Powers, attorney at law, Immigration
Immigration and the Law, the steps to legal residency and citizenship
DRAFT - Ruby Powers Immigration Talk 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Program: What Bruce Lee Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Most of us know Bruce Lee as the famous martial artist and action film star -- but he was also a philosopher who taught "self-actualization": the practice of how to be yourself in the best way possible. In this inspiring talk, Bruce's daughter Shannon Lee takes us inside the mind of her father, exploring how to use his philosophy in your daily life to achieve profound personal growth and make a lasting impact.
Program: What Bruce Lee Can Teach Us About Living Fully 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Beautiful Fall Colors in Colorado!

Robin Charlesworth, past e-Club President, sharing beautiful Fall colors with friends in Rotary from Lake City, Colorado.
Thanks Robin!
Beautiful Fall Colors in Colorado! 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

DRAFT - e-Club Receives Presidential Citation!

"Congratulations to our Past President, Robin Charlesworth! Due to your leadership skills we are once again a Presidential Citation Club with THREE Presidential distinctions!"   Jimmy León, District Assistant Governor 2017-2020
*** ask about the 3 distinctions.
*** ask Mike or Robin if they received the cert yet.
DRAFT - e-Club Receives Presidential Citation! 2019-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Planning for this year's Ride to End Polio

Our e-Club members, Ed Charlesworth and Wind Nguyen, finished a 35-mile bike ride recently. It was just for fun, health and planning for the Ride to End Polio this year (stay tuned for more information on this year's Ride to End Polio). The e-Club of Houston has many inspirational members like Ed and Wind who give service above self! 
Planning for this year's Ride to End Polio 2019-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Graciela’s Cheese

David and wife Tanya, of Arlington, TX, had arrived at their vacation cottage west of Cobano, Costa Rica in the middle of the night in blinding rain. The next morning, as they were drinking coffee with John and Stephanie, the managers of the cottage they rented, they were introduced to Graciela, a woman living on a nearby farm who was selling milk, eggs, fresh chicken, and cheese. David and Tanya bought all she had, as they were going to be staying for the whole week and needed these basics.
The following morning when Graciela arrived, David asked her (through Stephanie’s translation) if she could teach him how to make the white cheese she sold them. She seemed puzzled, but also pleased, and she agreed. So the next morning she showed up at their cottage with 2 gallons of fresh milk, buckets, cheesecloth and a wooden press, and for the next four hours, they made cheese.
David was in Costa Rica for the ninth time that July and this was Tanya’s first time there. David had just come out of the jungle in the eastern mountain region where he had spent a week working with the indigenous Cabecar people through his church in Texas. Tanya joined him on the other side of Costa Rica for a little R&R after his mission work. David spoke very limited Spanish, so all his conversations with Graciela were through Stephanie or John.
They talked about Graciela living with her husband and teenaged daughters on their farm farther down the rough road. John told them, that in reality, her humble house could not be driven to in anything but a 4-wheel drive vehicle. In fact, getting out to sell her produce is usually quite a chore. She travels into Cobano sometimes, but usually sells to rural folks. They talked about their families – Tanya and David have a son, a daughter, two grandsons and a granddaughter. Graciela told about her twin sixteen-year-old daughters, but one was having to live with Graciela’s mother in Nicaragua because she was handicapped and life is hard on the farm.
Graciela’s Cheese 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Urgent Call to Action - Hope for Venezuelan Refugee Project

We have an urgent need for your support for the Hope for Venezuelan Refugee Project. Therefore this is a CALL TO ACTION request for all members of our E-Club.
There are several ways that we can use your talents to help with this effort (speaking/writing Spanish is not a requirement).  All project support/help can be done from a computer or smart phone from anywhere in the world.   
Please see Isis and Cristal's International Services Committee Report (attached) that gives the latest update on the status of this important project and what you can do to help. All specific areas of help are very well described so that you will know what is needed. 
The time is Now to help make this project a success- the duration is a short 13 weeks!
Please read the update and let Isis know in what area you can help. If we all pitch in, the project will be a success and we will have helped give humanitarian aid to thousands of people who are in desperate need. 
I challenge each one of you to get involved. As Rotarians, this is what we do and this is the opportunity to do it.
Yours in Service, 
Mike Miller
President, Rotary E-Club of Houston 
Ph. (503) 515-1983
Urgent Call to Action - Hope for Venezuelan Refugee Project 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Phase 2 - Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project

Isis Mejias announces with great pleasure that our second 40-ft container with Rise Against Hunger Meals arrived July 17th to Pamplona, Colombia to support our Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project. We are officially starting Phase 2 of this project and are very excited to lead this effort to build peace in the region by providing a hot meal to Venezuelan refugees. We are in need of help urgently (see message above). Please contact Isis if you are interested in participating. 
Phase 2 - Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project 2019-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Program: Hong Kong's Huge Protest, Explained 2019-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ninja Theme

District 5890 Ninja theme! A fun theme the District used for all the people who volunteer at the District level. Rotary is fun!! 
Rotary Ninja Theme 2019-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
More Teddy Bears on the Way to Colombia! 2019-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Martin Bailey Memorial Garden Presentation

Wind Nguyen in Austin to present the Martin Bailey Memorial Garden Project to 10 Rotary Districts and talk about our high impact District Grant from Rotary District 5890. Thank you Wind!
Martin Bailey Memorial Garden Presentation 2019-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

October/November Calendar

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 pm CT - e-Club Board of Directors Meeting, stay tuned for link to Zoom meeting.
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00-8:00 pm CT - Online e-Club Social Meeting, stay tuned for link to Zoom meeting.
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 pm CT - e-Club Board of Directors Meeting. 
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Recognitions from Robin Charlesworth, Past President

Thank you ALL for an amazing year of service to others, fun and fellowship!  It has been my pleasure to serve as President and now we will continue into a new Rotary year with President Mike’s new board. Today I proudly recognized some deserving members for outstanding accomplishments:
Be The Inspiration Award - Nicole Bianchi
In her first year as Membership Chair she has given important support for the growth of 15 new members this year. She also accepted the charge to collect shoes for Venezuelan walkers, jackets and blankets for the homeless, and Teddy bears for children in both Fort Worth and Cucata, Columbia. She eagerly volunteered to help with the Open House for the Fireman’s House (long-term stays for cancer patients), and packing bags for sex-trafficked girls.
Vocational “Service Above Self” Award - Ruby Powers
Using her skills as an Immigration Attorney to help asylum seekers at the Texas and California borders.
Community “Service Above Self” Award - Wind Nguyen
Thank you for being a real champion with the Wisdom High School Martin Bailey Garden Project! 
International “Service Above Self” Award - Cristal Montanez
A true champion dedicated to giving hope for Venezuelans who have crossed the border into Columbia by designing a plan for nutritious meals, shoes for the barefooted, and Teddy bears for young children. 
Rotarian of the Year - Isis Mejias
A dedicated Rotarian who inspires and leads our club in International Service and is called upon by Rotary International to share her expertise in oversight of water projects in Uganda and Honduras. She also made two trips to Columbia to manage the Hope for Venezuelans project and has built a strong, trusting relationship with Rise Against Hunger. Congratulations and thank you for all you have accomplished as a Rotarian!
Together we can make a difference in this world!
Recognitions from Robin Charlesworth, Past President 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Music: To Welcome 2019-20 President, Mike Miller - Wynton Marsalis Flight of the Bumblebee 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
E-club Rotarian, Ruby Powers, Running for State Rep. HD 134 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Hope for Venezuelan Projects Showcased at Sister Cities Inter. Conf.

Message from Cristal Montanez: 
Dear Rotary e-Club friends, I am thrilled to announce that our Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Projects will be showcased at the Sister Cities International 2019 Annual Conference in Houston July 17-19.  Kathleen Roche-Tansey, State Representative Sister Cities International & Member La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is chairing the Sister Cities International - Rotary Partnerships Workshop "Expanding Your Opportunities - How to Partner with Your Rotary Club" on Friday, July 19 from 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm.  I have the honor to co-chair this workshop with Kathleen, and also, participate as a panelist. Our project is the only project included without a Sister City relationship. In this link you can find information on the panelists and their projects and how they work in partnership with Sister Cities around the world  This the link to the Sister Cities International 2019 Annual Conference in Houston for more information on the Conference
Hope for Venezuelan Projects Showcased at Sister Cities Inter. Conf. 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Final President's Message 2018-19, Robin Charlesworth

This Rotary year has been so full of amazing events and service projects that time has absolutely flown by quickly. This is my final message as President. During our zoom meeting on June 29, for a summation of the year I reflected on the numerous deeds accomplished this year by dedicated members of our club. I am inspired by our members who share ideas to serve others and working together will find ways to take action on their ideas. Working together, respecting each other, we have grown in friendship. I know that our paths would have been unlikely to cross except for our common commitment to Rotary. Together we can create possibilities that may have seemed impossible if we attempted to pursue our ideas alone. Our e-club is still a “new” model of being in a vibrant Rotary club, and we are still learning how to really feel connected when we have a truly international membership. Yet, it also creates opportunities with feet on the ground in various states and countries. Our reach to others is expanded as we share club banners around the world in the name of the Rotary e-club of Houston. We have eyes around the world to follow-up on projects and see needs for new projects. For a variety of reasons, we are all busy with our lives and yet there is satisfaction and a sense of purpose being a part of Rotary International and giving back to others. Thank you, Paul Harris, the Founding Father of Rotary International, who on February 23, 1905, persuaded several businessmen to gather in downtown Chicago for the first Rotary meeting. Today our organization has about 1.2 million members worldwide. Below is a photo of Paul Harris and a quote which I feel is important in maintaining the success of each club in our organization, Rotary International.
As we have worked together this year, discussing, planning, and sharing, I feel that we are on the right road to build better friendships which will continue to build a bright future for our club.  Join us to install our new officers for 2019-20 with Michael Miller, President.  Share your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for our club and we will work together to make an effort to take action.  It has been a great pleasure to serve as the President of the Rotary e-Club of Houston this year, and I look forward to the future of our club as we continue to work together as friends, helping others.  
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth
Final President's Message 2018-19, Robin Charlesworth 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

2019-20 President's Message - Mike Miller

Dear Rotarians and friends,
I look forward to a new Rotary year and hope you will join me in supporting all of our club’s activities.  Whether it is working with your community to offer local support in one of the Rotary avenues of service, or by getting involved in one of our Club’s Global initiatives, there are many opportunities for your talents. Speaking of talents, we had our first monthly Rotary e-Club socials last Thursday, July 11 where many of our members shared their individual talents. I was struck by the general themes of helping and service above self that were reflected in everyone’s talents.  We certainly have an excellent club and our talents run deep. 
I invite you to stay tuned to this website for updates regarding club activities and opportunities to serve and meet on-line.
Remember, our e-Club socials occur on-line every First Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00pm central, and our Board of Directors meet on the Third Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00pm central.
Rotary truly connects the World!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Mike Miller
President - Rotary e-Club of Houston
2019-20 President's Message - Mike Miller 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Nguyen Nguyen!

Congratulations to Nguyen Nguyen for receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Leadership and Service to Rotary District 5890 "Promoting Peace" for his leadership on the Margaret Long Wisdom High School Memorial Garden and Mural Projects. Congratulations Wind - well deserved!  
District Gov. Carmen Cuneo, Nguyen Nguyen (Wind)
Congratulations to Nguyen Nguyen! 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Distribution of Donation of Rise Against Hunger - Cúcuta, Colombia

Cristal Montanez reports that on July 5, 2019, the Diocesan Food Bank of Cúcuta, with the support of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees team, representatives of the Rotary Club Cúcuta 1, Rotary e-Club of Houston, and the national police, made the first distribution of Rise Against Hunger fortified meals, and other food products in the following two institutions:
  1. Santa Laura Montoya Chapel in the Las Delicias Neighborhood: 63 boxes of 13,500 rations of Rise Against Hunger food were distributed to 150 families. Each family received 15 bags containing a total 90 servings of fortified meals.
  2. Parish Visitation of Our Lady in the Divina Pastora Neighborhood: 63 boxes of 13,500 rations of Rise Against Hunger food were distributed to 150 families. Each family received 15 bags containing a total 90 servings of fortified meals.
Distribution of Donation of Rise Against Hunger - Cúcuta, Colombia 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Program: Earthquake Readiness 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

July Calendar

July 4 - USA National Holiday - Independence Day

July 11 -   On-line Social Meeting
Topic: Rotary On-Line Social:   What are your Talents?
Time: Jul 11, 2019 07:00 pm Central Time (US and Canada)
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July 15 - Newsletter (counts as a regular club meeting)
July 17 to 19 - Sister Cities International 2019 Annual Conference, Houston
July 18 - Board of Directors Meeting on-line (same login as above)
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Zoom Meeting  Saturday, June  29th

On Saturday, June 29th, you are requested to attend our annual meeting of Installation of Officers for the Rotary year 2019-2020.  The meeting is online, Zoom meeting ID # 621 564 7957,  beginning at 10:00 am CST and ending at 11:30 am CST.   The agenda is shown below and you are welcome to have a beverage of your choosing to toast the newly installed officers.
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10:00 am       Meeting called to order -      President Robin Charlesworth
10:02 am       Introductions of Rotarians and Guests
10:15 am       Wrap-up of 2018-2019       President Robin Charlesworth
10:30 am       Awards and Recognition      President Robin Charlesworth
10:50 am       Introduction of Installing Officer – AG Dei Murry
10:52 am       Introduction of Slate of New Officers  - Mike Miller
10:55 am       Installation of Officers
11:05 am       Preview of 2019-2020         Mike Miller1

11:20 am       Toast 
11:25 am       Free Chat                               Mike Miller
11:30 am       Adjourn                                  Mike Miller

We hope you will join us on Saturday and know you are welcome to invite guests, too.

Yours in Rotary,

Robin Charlesworth, President 2018-2019

Rotary e-Club of Houston

Zoom Meeting Saturday, June 29th 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Service Opportunity in Guatemala

My name is Jim Hunt, and I am a past District Governor and member of the Rotary Club of Ohio Pathways (D-6600). Joe Berninger, founder of the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP), and I are organizing Rotary service trips to Guatemala and we are looking for interested Rotarians.                                                 
The GLP is the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district effort in the Rotary world not directed by RI itself—the “gold standard” of Rotary projects, according to former RI President Ian Riseley. Over 600 Rotary clubs from 8 countries have participated in the GLP since its inception in 1996. GLP Textbook, Computer, Teacher Training, and Youth Development programs currently serve more than 50,000 impoverished children.
We need Rotarians to join the following service trips to Guatemala:
·       July 21-27, 2019 
  • July 30-Aug 4, 2019
  • Nov 14-17, 2019
  • Feb 1-9, 2020
  • Feb 18-23, 2020
  • July 12-18, 2020
  • July 21-26, 2020
These trips offer a variety of experiences: Some are longer or shorter; some more “hands on”—and all of them give you the opportunity to be a meaningful part of Rotary’s work fighting poverty in Guatemala. Please visit the project’s website for more details.
Jim Hunt, PDG of D6600, Rotary Club of Ohio Pathways
Service Opportunity in Guatemala 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Mural Complete at ML Wisdom High School Garden Project

The mural at Margaret Long Wisdom High School in Houston is complete!! Thank you everyone for volunteering and putting in your sweat and tears, and a HUGE thank you to Nguyen Nguyen for his perseverance and leadership  in action! This will benefit the students for years to come. Ribbon cutting planning next! 
Beautiful job by the artists, Viktor Kopic and Betirri Bengtson! Vox Culture is part of the Stage 1 completion of the 'Martin Bailey Memorial Garden Project' at Margaret Long Wisdom High School. This long term urban garden project, in partnership with the Rotary E-Club of Houston, aims to build a model tackling several social issues, while providing students access to live education via innovation, green technology + environmentally conscious solutions, the arts, and more. In addition, the garden provides an affordable/self produced, organic, food resource for the students, the school, and in the long term, the surrounding community at large.

Mural Complete at ML Wisdom High School Garden Project 2019-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

June Calendar

June 1-5   2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany
Please check our website soon for addtional June events. 
June 8 -  Books for the World Workday
June 15 - Join with Memorial/ Spring Branch Rotary Club to serve meals at Turning Point Community
June 17 - North American e-Club Leaders Meeting - 8 pm EDT - Topic "How to Engage our Members"
June 22 - Board of Directors Meeting @ 9:00 am
June 29 - Installation of New Officers - Zoom Meeting
June Calendar 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Program: Roz Savage: Why I Row Across Oceans 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Rotary Convention in Full Motion

Photos are starting to come in from the Rotary Convention in Hungary, Germany. More than 24,000 Rotary members from 170 countries are gathering at the Convention from June 1 to 5, 2019 to attend the 110th annual Rotary International Convention. Stay tuned for more photos as they come in on our webpage and Facebook page! 
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Caracas with Isis Mejias.
We partnered with the Caracas Club for the project Bear Hugs for Venezuela.
2019 Rotary Convention in Full Motion 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome our Newest Member - Bhuvana Krishnan

Welcome our newest member - Bhuvana Krishnan! She is a physician in Houston and with her husband, GV, has been on the periphery of Rotary for some time.  GV will soon be inducted as President of the Rotary Club of University Area.  Robin and Ed Charlesworth met them on a Rotary Friendship exchange to South Africa.  Bhuvana was in attendance at our District Conference in Corpus Christi last month, too.  She has been a friend of Rotary and is now a Rotarian! 
Welcome our Newest Member - Bhuvana Krishnan 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Humanitarian Service Project of the Year 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Alumni "Meet & Greet"

The alumni meet and greet was held on May 26th at Harold's in the Heights. Great to see and catch up with people!
Rotary Alumni "Meet & Greet" 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rise Against Hunger Food Delivered to Cucuta

Good news!!  356 boxes of fortified foods, Rise Against Hunger (RAH) (5,473.95 tons equivalent to 76,896 servings of food), were successfully delivered to the Food Bank in Cúcuta. The RAH food boxes are a donation from the Rotary e-Club of Houston to the Diocesan Food Bank COSPAS. Thanks to our ally Rotary Club of Cucuta 1, under the leadership of Diana Gamboa and our local coordinators Patrocinio Ararat y Mariness, for their commitment to facilitate and oversee the planning and implementation of this new project. This donation is destined to the Diocese of Cúcuta program that supports refugee and migrant families in vulnerable conditions who no longer receive the UN World Food Program (WFP)  bonds. Thus, these families can cook their meals over wood fire since gas is costly in Colombia. This donation is part of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees project.

Rise Against Hunger Food Delivered to Cucuta 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Ruby Powers Interview on Red, White & Blue - Immigration on the Texas Border 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Career Village

At we use crowdsourcing to provide personal career guidance to students at massive scale. We do this through an open access platform that anyone can use to ask a question related to a career. Our web platform matches the career questions students ask to our volunteer corps of over 15,000 working professionals with relevant expertise and a wealth of experiences to share. The advice students get is tailored for them, it’s reliable, and it’s encouraging and inspirational. The more students from different backgrounds use it, the more young people are exposed to careers they may never have dreamed existed.
To truly level the playing field, however, CV provides additional services through partners in communities in which the lack of resources (information, networking, mentoring, etc) is the largest and where students are underrepresented in their desired career, face discrimination in gaining access to their desired career, or face huge hurdles outside their control which block their ability to get into their desired career. We especially work to support youth in low-income communities, students who plan to become the first in their family to attend college, students who are first generation immigrants, young people of color, and young women interested in STEM careers. Working more intensively in communities traditionally lacking the most access reinforces the power of the CV website, enabling the most underserved youth to find new pathways, ask better questions, and forge more connections with peers and mentors using the website.
Our club has chosen Career Village as our banner Vocational Project this year. We have several members who have registered on their website (career and they receive questions from students weekly.  On the website, simply select "Sign Up" and then select "Professional" to begin your journey of providing information and advice to students as they plan their future.  They will need your email and additionally a LinkedIn.  Next, you will set up your Professional Profile so screening will direct appropriate questions to you for advice.  If you do not have time to answer three questions, then simply answer one.  Sometimes you may choose to answer more questions, or you may simply pass and someone else may address the questions.  Like our club, it is 100% flexible.  We do have the benefit of a monthly report on the time spent with Career Village and ask that you please complete our Attendance form on the website so we may track the time donated by our members.  
Special thanks to Nicole Wycislo, Vocational Director, for bringing us this online program!
Career Village 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Program:  How Your Brain's Executive Function Works - And How to Improve It

You use your brain's executive function every day -- it's how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine Doebel explores the factors that affect executive function -- and how you can use it to break bad habits and achieve your goals.

Sabine Doebel conducts research with children in an effort to understand the nature of the mind, with much of her work focusing on how children develop the cognitive abilities that serve us so well as adults, like controlling impulses, thinking ahead, and staying on task.

Doebel is an incoming assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she will direct the brand new Developing Minds Lab. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and subsequently was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Psychological ScienceCognitionDevelopmental Psychology and Child Development.

Doebel is also a passionate advocate of open science and has received funding from the National Science Foundation to help developmental scientists adopt transparency-enhancing practices that will allow them to build more easily on each other's work.

Program:  How Your Brain's Executive Function Works - And How to Improve It 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians - People of Action

Rotarians share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world. Where others see problems, we see solutions. This is our chance to show others how Rotarians see what’s possible in their communities and to highlight what we can achieve when more community leaders join Rotary.

This campaign brings the Rotary story to life in a way that narrows the gap between public awareness and understanding.
The People of Action campaign communicates the essence of Rotary and reflects our values, such as:

  • We build lifelong relationships.
  • We honor our commitments.
  • We connect diverse perspectives.
  • We apply our leadership and expertise to solve social issues.

It tells our story in our own voice, which is:

  • Smart — we are insightful and discerning.
  • Compassionate — we tackle community challenges with empathy and understanding.
  • Persevering — we find lasting solutions to systemic problems.
  • Inspiring — we encourage others to take action, conveying hope, enthusiasm, and passion.

As a Rotarian, you’re also a brand ambassador. You can tell the story of Rotary and how we are people of action in communities worldwide.

Rotarians - People of Action 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Who are We?

Although the Rotary year is not yet over and we have a number of prospective members we hope will join us in our humanitarian effort and providing service to others, I want to give you a synopsis of where our members reside.  Our home Rotary District is 5890 which encompasses the Greater Houston area in Texas, USA.  We have members who live in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, South Caroline, and Wyoming.  That is 27% of out total membership which is currently at 52 active members.   Another 6% live in other parts of Texas and outside of our Rotary district.  We also have 8% who are living and/or working outside of the USA in Bosnia, Cameroon, Sweden, and United Arab Emirates.  That is 41% do not live within the boundaries of our home district.
For this reason, our meetings are held online (Zoom meetings) and we send newsletters with programs (most often Ted Talks).  Our zoom meetings are netting small numbers, and we hope to improve our offerings of these meetings online for you to view anytime 24/7.  We have a very active SocialMedia presence with 1,566 Followers on Facebook. Our award-wining international service project "Hope for Venezuelan Refugees" is actively posting on Instagram, Blog, and WhatApp.  We encourage our members to join the club WhatsApp group for short updates on members.  It helps to get to know each other as well as providing information about service projects and meetings.  Projects may also be viewed on My Rotary in My Club Showcase.
Below the banner on our webpage is an Attendance form. We are flexible on attendance, although we encourage all members to participate in some form of service monthly (which counts as attendance, and it may simply be a donation), and hope that all members will find a committee or project to provide club service.  Some jobs are quite simple and require only a small amount of time, and of course, others are for dedicated champions.  On the attendance form you may also record your service activity.
We want to keep everyone engaged and feeling important to our club.  We have begun a new newsletter activity with is termed a "Scavenger Hunt" activity to promote sharing small things about where we live and to compare results with other members.  We hope you will enjoy this exchange and participate in sharing.
Who are We? 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Alumni Event - May 26th

Our club boasts six Rotary alumni already, and we are going to meet more Rotary alumni who are prospects for active membership in our club on May 26th at Harold's in the Heights from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  It is located at 350 W. 19th St., Suite C in Houston (77008).
Founder and Owner, Alli Jarrett renovated the 95 year old building that formerly housed "Harold's in the Heights", an iconic clothing store owned and operated by Harold and Milton Wiesenthal.  The restaurant sources fresh and local ingredients to create the ultimate dining experience with exceptional Southern Hospitality.  

Who are alumni?

You are an alum if you participated in any of the following programs:

InteractRotaractRotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA), Rotary Peace FellowshipsRotary Scholarships (funded by global grants or district grants), vocational training teams (members and leaders), Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange (members and leaders), and Rotary Volunteers.

Ruby Powers shared this idea with President Robin Charlesworth at District Conference and she began planning and connecting with friends who are fellow alumni.  Please join this Meet and Greet and share about the excitement of belonging to the Rotary e-Club of Houston.  Additionally, if you have other friends, business associates or family members who want to learn more about our club, please have them rsvp with our Evite so we will have a good head count, or contact Ruby Powers on WhatApp.

In our club we know of the following Alumni:  PDG Ed Charlesworth - GSE Team Leader to Romania 2001; Marc Mori - Peace Scholar; Ruby Powers - Ambassadorial Scholar (Spain); Isis Meijas - Ambassadorial Scholar (Brazil); Past President Wind Nguyen - Rotaract; Cimela Kidonakis - Rotaract.  If we have committed anyone it is not intentional.  Please let us know if you should be added to this list.

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Help the Immigrants at the Texas Border

Pan American Round Table was established to give aid, comfort and humanitarian relief for those fleeing Mexico because of the Mexican Revolution of 1914. It has become apparent to the Pan-American Round Table of Houston that it is time to go back to the original purpose of our organization by providing humanitarian aid to those who have been allowed to cross to the United States.   The need was great then and the need is great now. Families fleeing persecution, violence and extreme unrest in their native countries, making life impossible for safety and any means of a normal life are seeking refugee assistance at the border of Texas.  
Ruby Powers, Immigration Attorney, and a member of our club, donates her legal services frequently to assist immigrants at the border.  She has personally spent money to buy necessities for women and children and has many stories of how as soon as they are allowed to stay and get picked up in a car by relatives, they may receive a ticket for not having a car seat for their children.  Ruby is often on the radio or television providing updates and provided a program for our 3-club of Houston earlier this year. See below for the May 17th interview of Ruby discussing Immigration and the Texas Border on PBS's Red, White & Blue.  
Belinda Kaylani, New Generations Director, met with Ruby recently and they have created a list of suggested items to help these immigrants. The vehicle for sending these items of the PART-H (Pan American Round Table – Houston chapter). Please consider a monetary donation or purchase of specific items to help this CALL TO ACTION.
Donations may be delivered to PART-H at the Leonel Castillo Community Center located as 2101 South St. in Houston (713-380-2255). Or you may simply order on Amazon (and if you have selected our Rotary e-club of Houston as part of the SMILE program we will even get a small portion back to support our club!).  Donations are requested prior to May 23 in Houston as the PART-H will be driving supplies to Brownsville over Memorial Day weekend.  If you drop off items in Houston, please mention that they are for PART- H so they are stored in the correct location for distribution.
Continue to the second page of this article for the specific list of items needed.
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May 2 - 5     District Conference
May 7.         International Service Committee Meeting - 6:30 pm CST.  Zoom meeting 
May 11        Gardening with DG Carme Cuneo at Herman Park (see Rotary District 5890 website for details)
May 18        Board of Directors Meeting @ 9:00 am (open meeting - all may join - Zoom meeting
May 20        Zoom meeting - International Service (Honduras or Africa) - Zoom meeting
May 26        Rotary Alumni "Meet & Greet" @ Harold's in the Heights from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. (see article)
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MAY CALENDAR 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

NEW - Scavenger Hunt for Our Members

New social activity for our club - As an e-club we often do not know each other or know much about each other.  This is designed to build better friendships within our club we ask that you participate is a simple activity each month called "The Great e-Club of Houston Scavenger Hunt".  We will see some similarities and some differences as we share a collage of the activity in the following newsletter.  This is a new form of team-building united in service through Rotary.  
Isabel Nordin will be the point person for this activity.  Please email your photos to  She will arrange them for publication in the newsletters.  Each month there will be a different small assignment.  
This month we ask that you take a photo of a bird in your backyard.  If you want to add anything interesting about the bird you may, but it is not necessary.  Simply take the photo on your phone and send it to Isabel.
NEW - Scavenger Hunt for Our Members 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Program - Why we ignore obvious problems — and how to act on them

Why do we often neglect big problems, like the financial crisis and climate change, until it's too late? Policy strategist Michele Wucker urges us to replace the myth of the "black swan" -- that rare, unforeseeable, unavoidable catastrophe -- with the reality of the "gray rhino," the preventable danger that we choose to ignore. She shows why predictable crises catch us by surprise -- and lays out some signs that there may be a charging rhino in your life right now.

Why you should listen

Michele Wucker's term "gray rhino" has moved markets and shaped financial policies around the world. She is the author of the international bestseller The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore, which China's leadership has used to frame and communicate its efforts to crack down on financial risk.

Drawing on three decades of experience in financial media and think tank management, turnarounds and policy analysis, Wucker is founder of the Chicago-based strategy firm Gray Rhino & Company, which helps organizations to better manage gray rhino risks. She speaks regularly on risk management, leadership, macro strategy and decision-making for high-level global audiences. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors.

Wucker's first two books, Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola, continue to influence policy debates.

Program - Why we ignore obvious problems — and how to act on them TedTalk 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Snapshots of the Lunch Bunch in Houston

We had a group 12 enjoy lunch at Pico's Restaurant on Friday, April 26th.  President Robin Charlesworth received two banners during the lunch meeting.  We were honored to have two special guests from Croatia, Damir and Natasha Karin.  Damir came to Houston with a Little League Baseball group of kids and is a member of the Rotary Club of Karlovac Dubovac, District 1913.  He imports sports equipment to distribute all over Europe with his non-profit organization HiSPrint Ministries.  Natasha is President of Inner Wheel, an organization for spouses of Rotarians, this year.  We are now working toward becoming "Twin Clubs"  and he is eager to support our "Hope for Venezuelan Refugees" project.  Isis Meijas also brought a banner from Rotary Club of Kalisizo, District 9211 (Uganda) from her recent travels to oversee clean water projects.  Special thanks to Fabiola Giannone for planning this successful event!  Also present were members Wind Nguyen, Belinda Kayla, Cristal Montanez, Disk Robie and PDG Ed Charlesworth.  Spouses present included PDG Nick Giannone and Barbara Robie.  We had a private room and a leisurely lunch with much chatter about service projects, specifically the Hope For Relief for Venezuelan Refugees, a Call to Action for donations to provide needed supplies for immigrants at the Texas border (see article below), and the Martin Bailey Garden project. I am sure that Damir and Natasha could see and hear the passion which drives this club to action.
Snapshots of the Lunch Bunch in Houston 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0


Dear Rotarians and Guests,
We have grown in membership this year by 12 new members and received third place in the Membership Drive in our District 5890, and we are not finished as the Rotary year officially ends at the end of June.  I am celebrating 30 years of Rotary personally and have no regrets for any amount of time dedicated to volunteerism and club management with three different Rotary clubs in all of these years.  In the Rotary world you may hear, I joined Rotary and then later truly became a Rotarian. For many there is a distinction. It is one thing to simply pay dues and tune in to a few meetings, network with new folks you would otherwise probably not have the opportunity to meet, attend a club social, and hang a plaque on your wall with the Four-Way Test.  Yet, there may be a moment when you realize that this opportunity really did enable you to make a difference in someone’s life and it is significant.  I have been inspired by great speakers who have shared stories about humanitarian efforts in foreign countries, and I have traveled to many other countries with Rotary Friendship exchanges (South Africa, Estonia, Germany) as well as having hosted many Rotary Friendship exchanges and exchange students in our home.  How do you find that “sweet spot” like on the tennis racket?  Simply say “yes” when offered a chance to get involved in your club, or better yet, ask “What can I do?”   As an e-club we are comprised of very busy people, many who travel often for business or pleasure, and time management is very important for success in balancing work, family, friends, exercise, AND Rotary.  But busy peoples who are successful are great at time management! I hope you choose to actively engage in Rotary because I know the rewards will be worth every minute. My life has been so much richer for the experiences I’ve gained through Rotary meetings, travel, service, leadership training, and FUN over 30 years.  If you know a friend, business associate, or family member who may become a Rotarian, be sure to ask the question and share how engaging our club is with significant community and international projects.  We are growing because we have something to offer and we get the job done!  Share Rotary and create your own Rotary stories of interest.
This weekend at District Conference I will share our club’s story of hosting Open World with a team from Ukraine. District Conference is a special time for all clubs to gather and spotlight projects. The District Governor recognizes outstanding leaders and her team for their efforts during the year.  It is held in a location of the governor’s choosing and a committee plans for this weekend throughout the Rotary year.  In different districts a district conference may be held at different times of the year, but ours is usually late April or early May. We have members who live in other states and other countries, but we will be represented well for our rollcall at the onset of the conference to “Whoop and Hollar” and let everyone know we are proud to represent our club.  We hope that those who do not get the chance to attend the conference which is usually held in Texas, Corpus Christi this year, that you are always welcome.   
Remember, check the calendar for the month of May and find just one hour to provide service or make a donation during the month to a deserving community program. Hope to see you online with a zoom meeting or see you at the Rotary International Convention in June in Hamburg, Germany.
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Winner of the Raffle Announced

Posted by Robin Charlesworth
The fundraiser raffle for four nights at the North Face Lodge in Lake City, Colorado is....
Lindsey Kroll.  Lindsey spends a lot of time in Colorado and has been to this lodge several times.  He was already booked for the summer, but now will have four nights complementary as he generously supported the second puzzle piece fundraiser of the Rotary e-Club of Houston.  He is a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Memorial-Spring Branch in District 5890.  
This fundraiser brought in $625.  This helps, but we are an ambitious group of Rotarians and want to do more in our communities at home and abroad.  We need more involvement from our members to sell tickets to bring in money to support our projects.  Service projects are the "heart and soul" of Rotary and often the reward for joining our club.  It just feels good to know that you have made a difference in the quality of life for others.    Everyone can help us with online projects.  However, our most successful fundraiser was the House Concert which brought in more than $1,000.  This, however, limits involvement to those who reside in Houston.  We have ideas for future fundraising and need a few volunteers to "Lead the Way" (the Rotary International theme of 2006-2007).  This year's Rotary International theme is "Be the Inspiration".    These Rotary themes give us a motto to drive us to do more as Rotarians each year.  
Winner of the Raffle Announced Robin Charlesworth 2019-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

April Calendar

April 2 - International Service Committee Meeting - Zoom meeting  6:30 pm CST - Anyone interested welcome to join -  The project "Hope for Venezuelan Refugees" needs more volunteers.  We also have other projects to review.                  Zoom Meeting ID#6215647957
April 6th - 8am to 1pm, Club Leadership Training at Houston Community College West Loop Center, 5601 West Loop South Freeway, Houston, Texas 77081
April 8th - Zoom Meeting 7:30 pm CST. "Museums Around the World" - Club Social for members to share their own travel experiences in a variety of museums any where in the world.
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April 11th - 12 pm to 1:30pm, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State,  speaker at Rotary Club of Bellaire. Brae Burn Country Club
8101 Bissonnet St Ste A, Houston, Texas 77074
April 13th - Board of Directors Meeting - 9:30 am
April 22 - Zoom Meeting - Nicole Wycislo "Career Village" - Our banner Vocational Project - all members are encouraged to participate to provide brief online answers to questions from students about choosing colleges and careers
April 26 - Lunch Bunch - 12:30 pm. Picos Restaurant. 3601 Kirby.Dr. - Who?  All club members, guests welcome!
April 27, 2019, 8am to 2pm, Motorcycle Ride to End Polio, Rotary Club of Memorial-Spring Branch, 10709 Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas 77024
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Garden Updates at Wisdom High School!

The Wisdom High School garden is now a Certified Schoolyard Habitat! Since 1996, the National Wildlife Federation has worked to assist schools in the creation of Schoolyard Habitats, which create and restore wildlife habitat on school grounds while providing outdoor classrooms for learning across the curriculum. There are currently over 5,000 schools and counting that have been certified through this program.
Check out the garden update photos and thank you Wind Nguyen for living Service Above Self, and thanks to ALL of the helpers!
Garden Updates at Wisdom High School! 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Hope for Venezuelan Refugees - Houston Chronicle 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Motorcycle Ride to End Polio Now, April 27, 2019, 8am to 2pm  2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., Assistant Secretary for African Affairs - April 11, 12 to 1:30pm 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Club Leadership Training - April 6  8am to 1pm 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Registration for the RI Convention e-club Party!

Join us for a fun-filled Rotary e-Club party with clubs from all around the world! Please RSVP if you're going to Rotary International Convention 2019!

Where: Oma's Apotheke Restaurant, Hamburg Germany 
When: June 3, 2019 6:30pm (18:30)
What: Food, Drinks, Music, Fun.

Ticket Includes: Dinner, Dessert, 2 Drinks
Organized by: Rotary E-Club of Houston - D. 5890 and Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone.

All Rotary Clubs welcome! #RIcon19 #Rotary #FindingRotary

Registration for the RI Convention e-club Party! 2019-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Recognitions

Paul Harris once said, “Perhaps dreaming is not so bad if one dreams good dreams and makes them come true.” In Rotary, we make dreams a reality through extraordinary projects and activities here at home and around the world. These projects would not be possible without the generous support of Rotarians and friends of our Foundation. The Rotary Foundation recognizes those individuals who contribute US$1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or approved Foundation grants by inducting them into the Paul Harris Society.

Jimmy Leon was recognized for his generous contributions to support the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellow +one.

Today we honor a dedicated friend of our Rotary Foundation whose annual generosity distinguishes Akin Olufowoshe as a member of the Paul Harris Society.  Akin is honored for his ongoing generosity in support of the Rotary Foundation and was honored with a Paul Harris +six pin.












Paul Harris Society gifts enable Rotary’s worldwide network of dedicated humanitarians to implement projects that address pressing needs in communities around the world. Because of these contributions:

  Children are vaccinated against polio and other diseases
  Adults and children alike can learn to read and write
  Women are given microloans and vocational training that enable them to support themselves and their families in a healthy and dignified way
  Teachers and schoolchildren have access to toilet facilities and clean drinking water
  Scholars are able to study ways to prevent maternal and child mortality
  Professionals from around the world convene to discuss strategies for resolving conflict and fostering peace
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District 5890 Conference

This year's District Conference will be in sunny Corpus Christi at the Omni located on N. Shoreline Blvd. from May 2-5, 2019. We are planning a fishing event and golf tournament along with the welcome dinner Thursday night. Friday we will be at the Texas State Aquarium followed by a dinner on-board the USS Lexington. This all culminates into the Princess & Pirates Ball Saturday night at the Omni. We are going to have amazing speakers and tons of fun for Rotarians, spouses and children!
Here is the link for Registration and Hotel Reservation:
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Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project

The main objective of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees pilot project is to help alleviate hunger and improve malnutrition among vulnerable Venezuelan refugees and ‘caminantes’ (walkers) in Cúcuta and Pamplona through the donation of 20 tons of Rise Against Hunger (RAH) meals. In response to this humanitarian crisis, two of our concerned Venezuelan Rotarians in Houston, human freedom activist and former Miss Venezuela Cristal Montañéz, and WaSRAG Ambassador Dr. Isis Mejías, created the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees pilot project. They visited the region, created the project proposal, and put together a coalition of allied organizations to develop the logistics and
successfully implement this project.
Hope for Venezuelan Refugees Project 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

March Calendar

March 9                       Ukrainian Dinner at Charlesworth's Home
March 9                       Newsletter
March 16                    Board of Directors Meeting
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PETS – Presidents-Elect Training Seminar

Congratulations to our incoming President for 2019/2020,  Mike Miller, husband of past-president Adriane Miller, for successfully completing PETS - Presidents-elect Training Seminar! Mike is the father of Tyler Miller, future father-in-law of Natasha Edwards, and brother of Lori Prouty, all members of our club! He is very excited about serving as our club President, and plans on engaging our members to do great service above self in Rotary.
We were also treated by a wonderful and emotional discussion by Past Rotary International President Rick King. He challenged us all to be an uncommon leader. You can watch the video at this link as posted on District Governor Carmen Cuneo's Facebook page.
PETS – Presidents-Elect Training Seminar 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Program: Why Noise is Bad for Your Health & What You Can Do About It

Silence is a rare commodity these days. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor's lawnmower ... and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science behind how noise affects your health and sleep -- and how you can get more of the benefits of the sound of silence.
Program: Why Noise is Bad for Your Health & What You Can Do About It 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

 Ukrainian LEADERS Examine Energy Efficiency in Houston

Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, sent a delegation of Ukraine civil servants and professionals focused on expanding energy efficiency programs in the Ukraine to Houston, Texas from March 1, 2019 to March 9, 2019.  While in Houston, the Open World delegates were hosted by the Rotary e-Club of Houston. The delegates also meet with the Rotary Club of Willowbrook, Rotary Club of Space Center, and the Rotary Club of Houston.
The delegation of six included: Yuliia Ivaninvna Demkovych, Oleksandr Valeriiovych Tulintsev,  Maksym Mykhailovych Vozniuk, Denys Oleksandrovych Nazarenko, and Natalia Oleksandrivna Babanina. The group was accompanied by Oleksandra Afanasieva, a biocultural facilitator, and Alexander Etlin, a bilingual translator who is a Rotarian in Cincinnati.
Prior to their arrival in Houston, delegates completed an orientation in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. Delegates had policy meetings with several Members of Congress including staff from/or Representative Dan Crenshaw serving Texas’s 2nd Congressional District.
In Houston, delegates collaborated on best practices for Energy Efficiency. Delegates met staff of Rep. Dan Crenshaw and local leaders in the City Hall of Houston.  Additional activities included a tour of NASA, Texas Center for Superconductivity, the Green Building Resource Center, and HARC in The Woodlands.  Also in the Woodlands, they learned about the Texas Pace Program for Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Renewable Energy Improvements to Commercial Properties. A video conference was held with Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown since his city is recognized for its 100% renewable power and clean energy program.  The delegation stayed in the homes of local residents, serving as hospitality hosts.
For a taste of Texas culture, the group attended the Houston Livestock & Rodeo, toured the George Bush Library, and learned about Texas history at Washington-on-the Brazos during weekend celebrations for Texas Independence Day.  
More than 26,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in an Open World exchange program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.
OPEN WORLD UKRAINIAN TEAM Ukrainian LEADERS Examine Energy Efficiency in Houston Robin Charlesworth 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Belinda Kaylani
 123+ high school sophomores and juniors attended
The 2019 RYLA leadership camp was held at Camp Caroline north of Huntsville, Texas beginning on Friday, February 15th and ending on Sunday, February 18th.  123+ high school sophomores and juniors attended from throughout our Rotary district.
 I’m grateful I was able to participate as a chaperone and observe and support all of the coaches, counselors and volunteers with their monumental job.  All Rotarians were volunteers and gave of their time, resources and energy, aka, act of love, for these teens. Lives were impacted and leaders developed. Below are photos of the students that participated.

Belinda Kaylani
Youth Services
Wisdom HS Interact Club Sponsor
WRAP UP FOR CAMP RYLA Belinda Kaylani 2019-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

A Conference for Peace 

A BIG round of applause to Wind Nguyen who exemplifies "Service Above Self!" Wind worked hard for the three days during last week's Peace Conference. He was there early in the morning, through lunch and dinner taking pictures. Thank you Wind - we look forward to seeing the rest of the event photos! And Marc Moro's name was mentioned numerous times with thanks for his consultation in planning this terrific Peace Conference. Kudos to both of you! 
Stay tuned for more event photos from the 2019 Peace Conference and Gala!
A Conference for Peace  2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Program: Planting Seeds of Happiness The Danish Way 2019-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

President's Message - February, 2019

Dear Friends and Rotarians,
The month of February is marked by two dominant themes in 2019:  Peace and Love.  On February 9 our District 5890 is hosting a Peace Conference and an All-Club Gala Dinner.  "Peace"is one of the six major focus areas of Rotary International.   This will be an excellent program with inspiring speakers.  I will be there and hope you will join us, too, if you are in Houston.
Are you aware of the Rotary PeaceCenters program?  Rotary International  began this program in 2002 and has trained more than 1.100 Peace Fellows around the word who are now working as leaders in government, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, education, humanitarian assistance, restorative justice, and international governance organizations.  The Rotary Peace Center’s mission is to promote world peace by educating and empowering peacebuilders through rigorous academic training, applied field experience, and global networking opportunities.  Rotarians share the task of recruiting qualified candidates for the program.   The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals who have already worked in careers related to international relations or peace and conflict resolution and who are committed to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. The fellowship is not intended for recent college graduates with little to no relevant professional experience.  Six Rotary Peace Centers operate in partnership with seven premier universities in six countries around the world (in the United States, the peace center is associated with both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Each Rotary Peace Center offers its own customized curriculum and field-based learning opportunities that examine peace and conflict theory through various frameworks.  The application is available only between February and July.
Also, this month is our traditional Valentine's Day.  In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.  Share the love with your family and friends on February 14th with the usual candy, flowers, and greeting cards, and also consider purchasing one or more Teddy bears to share with hospitalized children.  It warms a person's heart to give to others a message of caring.  As Rotarians, let us demonstrate how we care about helping others in some small way.  In Houston, you may deliver your bear(s) to a local hospital or deliver to my home for the Venezuelan children.  Travel is not recommended at this time to Venezuela for political reasons, but we do share the stuffed animals to comfort the refugee children in Columbia.  Enjoy your celebration of love this month and find an outreach to others to share your caring heart.
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth, President
Rotary e-Club of Houston 2018-19 
President's Message - February, 2019 Robin Charlesworth 2019-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

And the moral of the story is...

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

And the moral of the story is... Robin Charlesworth 2019-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention in Hamburg

The 110th Rotary International Convention 2019 will happen June 1-5 in Hamburg, Germany.  


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Get your badge before you arrive at the convention venue. If you preregistered and paid in full, you can pick it up at the Hamburg Airport starting at 15:00 on Thursday, 30 May. Look for us in Terminal 1 or 2 at the baggage claim area. Be sure to have your photo ID and registration number. You can use your badge to travel on Hamburg’s public transit system beginning Friday, 31 May. On-site registration at the Hamburg Messe opens at 15:00 on Thursday, 30 May, in Hall A2. You can register additional guests, purchase tickets for Rotary events, pay any outstanding balances, and get your badge if you didn’t get it at the airport. The Registration booth is also where you can pick up all convention materials, including the program book, transportation guide, and convention tote bag, as well as interpretation equipment.


Rotary is giving every convention attendee complimentary rides on Hamburg’s easy-to-use and eco-friendly public transportation network, the HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund). Use your convention badge as your ticket to travel on HVV’s extensive bus, rail, and ferry system. The badges are valid for the fare ring Hamburg AB (inside the gray circle on this map) and can be used Friday, 31 May, through Thursday, 6 June.

Learn more about the HVV and get help planning your travel in and around Hamburg. You can also download the HVV app to navigate Hamburg’s transit system on the go:
•             In the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad
•             On Google Play for Android

Rotary will not provide shuttle service between hotels and the convention center.


There will be no currency exchange services onsite at the Messe. At the airport, currency exchanges are open from 5:45 am to 8:45 pm (Monday through Sunday) in Terminal 1 & Monday through Sunday 8am till 9 pm in Terminal 2. Most hotels offer currency exchange services, however, the rate is not favorable

All airport ATMs are accessible Monday through Sunday and most of them are 24/7. There will be four ATMs at the Messe. Three are available at the central entrance and 1 is available in B4 by the east entrance.
If you’re taking a taxi to or from the convention center, you can order your cab using the mytaxi app on your phone and support Rotary at the same time. Mytaxi, Europe’s leading ride-hailing app, is donating 100 percent of its proceeds to Rotary for all rides to and from the Hamburg Messe during the convention, 31 May-5 June. These proceeds will support Emotions-Training for Autism, the Bees Pasture Project, and the Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation, and Health Strategy. Download the app before you arrive in Hamburg so you’re ready to travel conveniently and support Rotary:
•             At the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad
•             On Google Play for Android
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A Conference for Peace - February 9th  9 am to 4 pm 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

What is Rotary?

A funny and creative short video explaining what Rotary is. We hope you are having a great beginning of 2019, and are planning ways to serve above self. We welcome any articles about members who are helping their communities in the spirit of Rotary. Please send your story, article or ideas accompanied by a photo or video to one of the newsletter editors. Share to inspire!
What is Rotary? 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Program: The Magic Ingredient that Brings Pixar Movies to Life

Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."

Program: The Magic Ingredient that Brings Pixar Movies to Life 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Top 5 Rotary Membership Myths Exposed 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Gala for Peace Reception & Dinner - February 9th 6:15 pm

Rotary Districts 5890 & 5910 Present: 
Celebrating Peace Through Service 
February 9, 2019
VIP Reception 6:15 pm, Dinner 7 pm
Featured Speaker: Jennifer Jones
Crown Plaza Reliant Center
Cultural Attire / Black Tie Optional
$80 for individual seating (dress in festive cultural attire!)
Register at this link:
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February Calendar

February 9    PEACE CONFERENCE - Houston, Texas
                        Crowne Plaza Reliant Center     8686 Kirby 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. $75.00
                        GALA ALL CLUB MEETING -  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm.   $80 for individual seating (dress in festive cultural attire!)
February 8 - 10  Camp RYLA
February 14   Valentine's Day. (this month please collect Teddy bears to donate to children in a hospital)
February 16   Board of Directors meeting @ 9:00 am
February 18   Zoom Meeting - Social online  "Museums Around the World". *All participants to share personal experiences
PLUS our two newsletter during the month.  Please let us know if you would like to be added to our email list to receive our newsletter.  
February Calendar Robin Charlesworth 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

A Message from Past Rotary International President, Frank Devlyn

“Good to see a Proactive Rotary E-Club. I liked all the messages given in your newsletter. Hope many of you also visit other Rotary Clubs in the Houston Area when your schedule allows openings in your respective schedules. Take a look at your app indicating what Rotary Clubs are meeting with info on time and where. Merry Christmas to all of you.”
We really appreciate the valuable feedback of a great leader and Past RI President Frank. Many of us in the Houston area are happy to engage in face-to-face service in Rotary as much as possible. And we love that he and many other Rotarians and non-Rotarians around the world are reading our newsletters. We are happy to share Rotary service and news to inspire others. If you would like to send us feedback on any service project, articles, or have any questions or comments, please see the left side column and click on the blue name “Adriane Miller” or “Lori Prouty” to send your message to our newsletter editors. Club members, we especially would like you to share your community service projects. Please send us a paragraph and a photo of your contribution to a better community and a better world. It is important to share good actions to spread goodness, inspiration, and a positive vibe to others.  
Best wishes of a happy 2019 to all our readers!
A Message from Past Rotary International President, Frank Devlyn 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
Program: The Beauty of What We Will Never Know 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Club Member Ruby Powers on The Rotarian Magazine

Our own E-Club Rotarian Ruby was featured on The Rotarian magazine of January 2019, pages 44 and 45. The section of The Rotarian is about “ordinary Rotarians who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. In their own words, they tell us what it’s like to…”. Ruby tells us “what is like to fight for families on the border”. We are so fortunate to have people with extraordinary hearts in our Rotary world. Thank you, Ruby!
Club Member Ruby Powers on The Rotarian Magazine 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

A Joyful E-Club Holiday Party

Our club had an amazing get together to celebrate the holidays at our President Robin and PDG Ed Charlesworth’s home. We enjoyed delicious food, drinks, conversation, and met great new people. One of the highlights of the party was the donation of teddy bears for the children in Venezuela. The therapeutic power of this simple gesture will bring a bit of joy to the children facing the serious crisis in their country. #BearHugsForVenezuela.
A Joyful E-Club Holiday Party 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Martin Bailey Garden Project Continues

This past December, past president Wind Nguyen met with Wisdom High School teachers to discuss the plans for stage II of our Martin Bailey Memorial Garden.
About the Martin Bailey Garden Project: this eco-garden is a green space that will produce resources for students, including food and educational opportunities. It aims to develop a modern concept of an integrated urban garden that encourages sustainability, education, and healthy food options including vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The garden will also benefit educators by enhancing curriculum and live education options, with state-of-the-art green technology features and more. Furthermore, professional artists will collaborate with Wisdom HS students to design garden beautification projects with murals being part of the first stage of development.
Martin Bailey Garden Project Continues Adriane Miller 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Dear Active Members and Guests,
Happy New Year!  2019 will hold great opportunities for us as Rotarians to become engaged in “Service Above Self” and strive to learn and appreciate other cultures.  We will have a few members visiting Cucuta, Columbia as our container of food arrives to help feed the hungry refugees crossing the border from Venezuela.  In March, we receive our six guests (5 delegates and one facilitator, and possibly a translator) from Ukraine through Open World. They will be here to focus on energy efficiency and we also want to show them Texas Hospitality with a chili cook-off, Texas BBQ and a visit to the Houston Livestock and Rodeo.  This is the 20thAnniversary of Open World.  We will need to submit host family forms by January 29th, so please let me know if you are interested in hosting.  This is limited to those members living in Northwest Houston, but we will have the team present a program online for all to meet them.  
Of course, Springtime will bring great opportunities for our garden project at Wisdom High School. We will work beside our Interactors to plant veggies and see other artistic plans take hold in the courtyard.  Thanks, Wind Nguyen and Belinda Kaylani, for your diligence in attending meetings at the school and working closely with our partners Vox Culture and Galleria Rotary.
We need everyone on board to sell tickets and find some silent auction items for our House Concert on January 26that my house with Rebecca Folsom.  Please send your list of names and auction items to me so I can prepare the signup sheets for the auction and keep a list of expected attendees.  I will send an email soon with an auction item request form for you to use in speaking to various shops, restaurants, etc.
It will be another busy year and as always, rewarding, and inspiring!  May we continue on our journey to build peace in this world, and hope to see you at the Peace Conference in Houston.
Districts 5890 and 5910 have teamed up to host a Gala for Peace on February 9th at Crowne Plaza Houston. The annual All Club Meeting will be held as part of the event. This will be a great opportunity to have a conversation about peace, obstacles and opportunities.
Looking forward to seeing you online and planning projects together in the New Year!
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth, President 2018-19
Rotary e-club of Houston
President's Message Robin Charlesworth 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting January 14th - 8:00 pm

Save the date for this special zoom meeting with producer Cimela Kidonakis who will share her experiences in producing documentary films.  She has produced three films: Where There is Darkness (2018), Cross Mountain (2018), and Apparition Hill (2016).  

Filmmakers Sean Bloomfield, Cimela Kidonakis and Jessi Hannapel have been documenting the story about Father Rene Robert for over two years. Although they completed the final cut of the film just last month, Where There Is Darkness has already won a slew of film festival awards including Best Documentary and Best Director at the Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival in November.

Join us as Cimela shares her story of creating compelling documentaries.  We will create a YouTube for those who are unable to attend "live".

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FUNDRAISER JANUARY 26 - House Concert with Rebecca Folsom

Join us for a House Concert at the home of PDG Ed Charlesworth and President Robin Charlesworth to enjoy the music of Rebecca Folsom. "She takes you from subtle ballads to knock-you-to-your-knees blues." - KNUC Radio
Rebecca Folsom’s music is about liberation. Her songs crack open hearts, inspire hope, and leave listeners with a deeper perspective. Rebecca’s world-class voice traverses a near-four-octave range.  While her range is impressive, it’s the expression in her voice that rivets your attention and stays with you long after the show ends.
Rebecca is a true renaissance woman. Beyond her career as a recording artist and national touring musician, she is a published author with two books of poetry. She is also an oil painter with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has shown in numerous galleries.  Rebecca lives in Colorful Colorado.
Tickets are $20 per person and we will begin with a Pot Luck Dinner (that is, you bring a dish to share) and BYOB other than coffee and iced tea which will be provided by hosts.  There will also be a SILENT AUCTION fundraiser to support our service projects.
Members - please help sell tickets and acquire items for the silent auction.  Auction items must be identified by January 21st so the sign-up sheets can be prepared.  Search for restaurant certificates, gift baskets, wine or beverage packages, movie tickets, experiences, and other creative ideas.  Maybe something in anticipation of Valentine's Day.  Please communicate these items to Robin Charlesworth @ 970-880-0960 (please text) or em the description to
FUNDRAISER JANUARY 26 - House Concert with Rebecca Folsom 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0

Club Member News

Anniversaries celebrated in December included active members Ed and Robin Charlesworth, Nicole Bianchi, Jose Alves, and Dick Robie.
Ruby Powers is busy volunteering legal services with asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico.  She was interviewed by Maria Salazar with Fox 26 News and interviewed o NPR's All Things Considered by Alisa Change regarding immigrants entering at the border and the "Remain in Mexico" policy.  

Ruby makes this appeal - "please consider supporting our legal team this holiday season by purchasing items out of our wish list here:…/3FMBCXBJF…/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_mt__wl or by donating to the Border Rights Project here:…/63833-al-otro-lado-….

On Dec 17, 2018 Attorney Ruby Powers spoke on the topic of Asylum Bars, Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture at the Joe Vail Asylum Workshop at UH Law.  See her tv interviews on the Powers Law Group website.

Wind Nguyen and Ed Charlesworth used the Rotary trailer to help a woman move on short notice while her husband is unavailable due to treatment for opioid addiction.
Marcia Natali Allgayer created a fundraiser for Alpha-1 Foundation to celebrate her birthday.  This will promote research, improved health, worldwide detection, and a cure for Alpha -1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.  This is a genetic disease that can cause lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It can also cause liver disease that leads to jaundice, which makes your skin look yellowish.  There's no cure, but treatments can help you manage your liver and breathing problems.  You may make a donation on her Facebook page.
Marcia Natali Allgayer, Marcio Natali de Assis (her brother) and Margareth Souza Natali (her mother) - all members of our e-club attended the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Tucson, AZ to celebrate the holidays.

Mike and Adriane Miller jumping for joy with Tyler Miller and Natasha Edwards, all members of our club, and daughter Lexie Miller in Sandy, Oregon celebrations in the holiday spirit captured in this photo:
Paladin Hasty put his skills to use building a ramp in Dallas with the Team of Texas Ramp Project - Building Freedom for the Homebound.
Phillip Harris has helped several blind folks through Be My Eyes (currently living in Sweden).  
Please share your service to others with Adriane Miller or Lori Prouty to be posted In our newsletter.  We are scattered around the world, but there are always service opportunities where our eyes, hands, and feet can be useful to be true to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".
Club Member News 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0

January Calendar 2019

January  28         Zoom Social Meeting:  "Oh the Places our Rotarians Go" - An exchange of travel experiences shared by our own club members who are known to have interesting travel experiences.  We will hear about the Galapagos, the Azores, cruises, etc.
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Have you registered for the following? 
*Conference for Peace & Conflict Prevention and Resolution
February 9, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

*Gala for Peace/All Club Meeting
February 9, 2019
6:15 PM Rotary VIP Reception
7:00 PM Dinner
*District Conference   May 2 - 4  Corpus Christi
*Rotary International Convention - June 1 - 5  Hamburg, Germany  *March 31 is last day for pre-registration discount.
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Program: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming

What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as "drawdown," is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solutions to climate change that exist today -- conventional tactics like the use of renewable energy and better land management as well as some lesser-known approaches, like changes to food production, better family planning and the education of girls. Learn more about how we can reverse global warming and create a world where regeneration, not destruction, is the rule.

Members, please share your service to be published to our newsletter by clicking on “Adriane Miller” on the left side of the page. Your service will inspire the world!

Program: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Bear Hugs for Venezuela Project

by Cristal Montanez
We are very pleased to share this testimonial from Sister Ana Maria from CAINA “We are thankful for the donation of nutritious rice-soy fortified nutritious RAH meal packs. The meals will be shared with the children from the nursery, integral classroom, and CAINA skills training school. Additionally, because is so much amount, we want to make sure this food gets to children from very, very poor communities who don’t have anything to eat. We plan the prepare an “Olla Solidaria” (a solidarity community meal) to bring happiness to that group of children.” 

Bear Hugs for Venezuela pilot project is a partnership between Rotary E-Club of Houston, Rise Against Hunger, Rotary Caracas, and beneficiary organizations in Venezuela.
Bear Hugs for Venezuela Project 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Martin Bailey Garden Project Stage 1 Completed

This past November 17, we finished the first stage of our garden project at Margaret Long Wisdom High School. Many thanks to all volunteers, including our district governor Carmen Cuneo, and several club members who helped to start building our eco-garden! 
ABOUT THE MARTIN BAILEY GARDEN PROJECT: This eco-garden is a green space that will produce resources for students, including food and educational opportunities. It aims to develop a modern concept of an integrated urban garden that encourages sustainability, education, and healthy food options including vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The garden will also benefit educators by enhancing curriculum and live education options, with state-of-the-art green technology features and more. Furthermore, professional artists will collaborate with Wisdom HS students to design garden beautification projects with murals being part of the first stage of development.

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December Calendar

Rotary E-Club of Houston Holiday Party!

A great evening of fun and fellowship inspired by shared friendship and the spirit of holiday giving. 

  • Gift bags for families vetted by N.A.M. will be available during the party.  

  • Teddy bears may be donated for Cristal Montanez to take to children in Colombia or Venezuela.

When: December 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

Where: 11407 Hylander – Houston 77070

Who: Rotarians and guests (spouses, children, and prospective members)

Please bring: A favorite dish to share. Beverages will be provided.

Donations requested for Service: New or gently used coats, blankets, or Teddy Bears.

Attire: Christmas casual

See you there!

December Calendar 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

President's Message - December, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Guests,
Hope you are managing the stress of the holidays well and enjoying the many family and friend gatherings along with many opportunities to give and serve others!  Occasionally take a few slow deep breaths and reflect on your life and count your blessings as there are so many without....a roof over their heads, food to eat, toys for their children when classmates receive a bountiful, good health, gainful employment to support their family, transportation, and the list goes on.  Let's work together in the New Year to improve the lives of those in need, share books and teach others to read, provide clean water and food, and hope for peace in this world.
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth, President

President's Message - December, 2018 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Inspiring Song - Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteer for the Martin Bailey Garden Project - Nov. 17th!

Join Vox Culture and volunteer for the Martin Bailey Garden Project at Margaret Long Wisdom High School! In partnership with the Rotary E-Club of Houston, we are developing a creative garden model that addresses the needs of Wisdom HS. 
Volunteers Needed: Stage 1 begins on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9 AM – 1 PM CST
WHERE: Margaret Long Wisdom High School
6529 Beverlyhill St, Houston, Texas 77057

Building a garden requires a strong group effort to make a difference! Therefore, we need your time and talent to make it happen. Volunteers will mainly be planting seeds and seedlings in the raised beds, but no experience is necessary, since there will be instructions provided on-site. Some gardening tools will be available but priority will be given to the students of the school. If you have your own tools, we recommend you bring them!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING & WEAR: Garden gloves, jeans or comfortable clothing you do not mind getting dirty in, hat and/or sunglasses, close toed shoes.

FOOD: Snacks will be served to all volunteers.

REGISTRATION/INQUIRIES: If you would like to volunteer - or if you cannot volunteer but wish to support the Martin Bailey Garden Project - please contact Vox Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole Kwan, at with your full name, phone #, and email. Please also let us know if you are coming by yourself, as a couple, or with a group. 

ABOUT THE MARTIN BAILEY GARDEN PROJECT: This eco-garden is a green space that will produce resources for students, including food and educational opportunities. It aims to develop a modern concept of an integrated urban garden that encourages sustainability, education, and healthy food options including vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The garden will also benefit educators by enhancing curriculum and live education options, with state of the art green technology features and more. Furthermore, professional artists will collaborate with Wisdom HS students to design garden beautification projects with murals being part of the first stage of development.

IN MEMORIAM: The garden is dedicated in the memory of Mr. Martin Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a alumni of the first graduating class of Wisdom HS and remained a highly active alumni board member who continuously advocated and strived for the embetterment of the students at Wisdom High School.

Thank you; we can’t wait to see you around the garden!

Volunteer for the Martin Bailey Garden Project - Nov. 17th! 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Program: What  Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

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.

Program: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Inspirational Video: Teamwork Can Make a Dream Work 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Empowering Women on a Global Scale

Imagine, as a woman, you could not participate in life during ONE week of EVERY month.
• No school for one week.
• No work for one week.
• No grocery shopping for one week.
• No helping members of your family for one week.
This is what happens to girls and women, while having their periods in a majority of our world. Thankfully, in today’s modern society we don’t have this issue as we have disposable solutions. Traditional disposable tampons and pads are unattainable luxuries in places like Honduras, where money is more often used for food and survival. Reusable pads are an economical and acceptable solution to giving 12 weeks of life back to these women in Honduras. Christine Mercer, fellow Rotarian, has partnered with and to bring as many reusable pads as possible to the women of Honduras; and she has a challenge for you!
Please help the women in Honduras take control of their own destiny by purchasing one of the reusable pad sets at this link. Click Here to reach a special link specifically for this project. Please have the order shipped to Christine Mercer at the below address, and she will take as many suitcases full of pads as she can on her next mission trip, March 16-23, 2019.
Ship to: Christine Mercer, 270 Doug Baker Blvd. Suite 700, Box 318 Birmingham, AL 35242.
Christine will update everyone with details about the program, while on her trip in March. Please feel free to forward this challenge to anyone you feel would enjoy helping.
Thank you!

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November Calendar 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Bear Hugs for Venezuela

Bear Hugs for Venezuela Pilot Project: Teddy Bear Distribution to Children in Venezuela 
This pilot project is bringing hope, joy and a smile to the faces of the children with the comfort and therapeutic power of teddy bears.The Rotary e-Club of Houston, in partnership with the Rotary Caracas, distributed 120 care packages containing teddy bears, coloring books, crayons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and healthy high calorie/nutritious snacks. Find out more about this important project and how you can help at this link

Bear Hugs for Venezuela 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

CAPTURE THE MOMENT - 2019 Intenational Rotary Convention

Join Rotary President Barry Rassin at the 110th Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, June 1st to 5th, 2019. The historic port city of Hamburg offers something for everyone. Germans call it “The Gateway to the World” — and the 2019 convention will be your gateway to the world of Rotary. At the convention, you’ll connect with people of action from across the globe while learning the latest news and strategies for keeping clubs strong. As a past convention attendee, you know that every convention is an opportunity to learn. Not only will you be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that surrounds you, you’ll also make new, unforgettable memories that can last a lifetime. 
Join your Rotary friends in Hamburg at the 2019 Rotary Convention where together, we’ll Capture the Moment! Check out: The Germany You Don't Know.

REGISTER HERE - December 15th 2018: Last day for early-registration discount. June 5th, 2019: Last day for online registration.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT - 2019 Intenational Rotary Convention 2018-11-02 05:00:00Z 0


Watch the World Polio Day Live-Stream at 5:30 - 6:30 PM Wednesday October 24 from Philadelphia.
Rotarians are invited to donate $100+ to The Rotary Foundation for Polio Eradication which will be matched with 100+ Rotary Foundation Recognition Points and matched $2 to $1 by the Gates Foundation.  In addition they will receive District Raffle tickets in the amount of their donation.
Have you purchased your piece of our Polio Puzzle yet? It is a only $10 toward polio eradication.  Ask your business associates and friends if they would join us in our goal of eradicating polio for future generations.  There is a PayPal button on our website specifically for this donation.  On World Polio Day, Past President Wind Nguyen will draw the winning puzzle piece and post it on Facebook.
WORLD POLIO DAY - OCTOBER 24th 2018-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Tech Workshop: Training for Our Members

This workshop was held live via zoom meeting on October 20th and was recorded for others to view on Facebook or WhatsApp.  The agenda is as follows: 
10:00   ClubRunner
            Banner – Stories, Our Club, Attendance Report, Rotary Foundation, Events Calendar
                            Membership Application, Service Opportunities, 501 ©(3) Foundation
                            Current Projects
            Member Area – My ClubRunner - login, change my password
    My Profile – add photo and bio
    Club Directory & Photo Club Directory
             My Rotary – login
                        Rotary Showcase - You will find Rotary Showcase under the Develop Projects section of the Take Action menu.
                        Rotary Showcase is an online application that allows Rotarians and Rotaractors to share stories of their clubs’ successful projects with people around the world. In addition, project stories are a source for features in Rotary International blogs and newsletters.
The Showcase’s Impact Tracker shows the impact of each Rotary project in terms of volunteers and volunteer hours, cash contributions, and in-kind donations. It also shows the collective impact of all reported projects.
Success stories posted on Showcase can serve as an inspiration and a model for other Rotary and Rotaractor clubs.
Showcase works best with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
                        Take Action – Ways to Give
            Giving works because Rotary works. We are proud that 90.8 percent of donations go straight to supporting our service projects.
            Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable humanitarian service projects. Using donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99 percent of all polio cases. Your donations train future peacemakers, support clean water, and strengthen local economies.
            A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even farther. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.
            Choices on Giving -  Annual Fund or Polio Fund
                        *You may honor someone or donate in memory of someone
                        *Donations are either made individually or on behalf of the club
                        *Donations may be one-time or set up as recurring
11:00  Adjourn
If you need a private lesson to add your photo or bio or need help to navigate through MyRotary, please reach out to Robin Charlesworth or Wind Nguyen. We will be glad to provide assistance.  It is really important for members of an e-club to be able to use resources in both ClubRunner and MyRotary.  Thanks!                      
Tech Workshop: Training for Our Members 2018-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Inspirational Message

Bull’s Eye is a story of persistence, concentration and clarity that transforms professional and personal wishes into attainable goals. The lessons shared will inspire you to refine your aspirations into measurable actions. Empower yourself to elevate from a dreamer to a lifelong achiever. When you take a precise approach to your passion, you will discover that hitting the bull’s eye is an act of perseverance, not chance.
Inspirational Message Robin Charlesworth 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Inspirational Message

How about a break? Just relax, take deep breaths, and let the images and the music soothe you.

Inspirational Message 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

How We Will Stop Polio For Good

Polio is almost completely eradicated, but as Bruce Aylward says, “Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying.” Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world – and to snuff it out everywhere, forever.

How We Will Stop Polio For Good 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

October Calendar

October 8     Zoom meeting - The Venezuelan Refugees  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Cristal Montanez and Dr. Isis Meijas
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October 14   Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  CST
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October 20  Zoom meeting - Tech Workshop to Explore ClubRunner and My Rotary  10:00 - 11:00 am CST
Hands on guided workshop to help members with login, where to upload photo, write biography, etc.
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October 24  World Polio Day
Drawing for winner of the Polio Puzzle
Livestream on Rotary International website - streaming live from the College of Physicians, and aim to bring together more than 100,000 viewers around the world; also available to view later at your convenience.
October 25  Rotary Foundation Dinner
Open to all members - Past Rotary International Director and Rotary Foundation Trustee Sang Koo Yun from the Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang, Korea will be speaking.  The dinner venue is the Hotel ICON, 220 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. The cost will be $75.00/person. There will be a cash bar.
October 27  Service Saturday
Food packaging event for Rise Against Hunger is set.  We will be packaging over 20,000 meals. This event is also a great way to involve your family and children, ages 4+.
Time:           9:00 to 1:00
 Location:   Rise Against Hunger 
                    8901 Jameel Ste 130
                    Houston, TX 77040
 There are only 100 spots available and last time, we had people begging to come join us.
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Eradicating Polio Worldwide

One benefit of being a Rotarian is that you can take pride in being part of an organization that truly makes a difference in the world. Since 1985, Rotarians have served as community-based mobilizers for polio eradication, motivating international groups, governments, private organizations, communities, and individuals to join the global effort to rid the world of polio. Rotary works with partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), including the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of the world to achieve this historic public health goal.
Rotary International began its fight against polio in 1979 with a multiyear immunization project in the Philippines.
As part of the effort, Rotarians contribute their time and money to the cause, raising funds, advocating for government support, serving as volunteers to help immunize children, and raising awareness in their communities. Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort now exceed $1.6 billion, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have supported National Immunization Days. Since 1988, more than 2 billion children have received oral polio vaccine, and we’ve achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases. It may be considered the greatest humanitarian service the world has ever seen, and every Rotarian can take pride in the achievement. To learn how you can support Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, visit

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Why is our Pin a Rotary Wheel?

History and Meaning of the Rotary Wheel

A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made (1905) by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization, Movement and Service work in action." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.
In 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. So, the present gear wheel, with 24 teeth and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association." The gear teeth around the outside represent the fact that work is to be done. The six spokes represent the inner direction and path of our Vocational Service, through the representation of our membership via the classification system. Similarly, these same spokes represent an outward distribution path of Rotary's ideals of service and the Four Way Test… going out toward the community, vocations and businesses that our members represent.
A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added to signify the wheel was a "worker and not an idler". The keyway in the center of the hub is of great significance, because it represents the individual Rotarian member, who is the key factor in every club. Quality members are the keys, needed for the hub to engage with the shaft and turn, putting the energy into motion and creating the power for the gears to do their work.
At the 1929 Rotary International Convention, it was determined that blue and gold would be the official colors of the organization, so the wheel was designed with these colors. The four blue bands within the outer radius of the gear represent our four avenues of service. And the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
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Short Funny Video: “Eggschange" 2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Short Inspirational Video: Never Give up 2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0


The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."
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Past Events

District 5890 Technology Training
photo credit: DG Carmen Cuneo
This past August 25th our District held training in technology through District Technology & Social Media Committee members Wind Nguyen (past president of our club), Todd Breton, and Rosemary McGreer. The purpose of this training is to empower your club to make a greater impact in the community by using technology. Please stay tuned for future training opportunities.
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Hope for Venezuela

Our club and many other clubs and organizations are still committed to help the Venezuelan refugees. Our program “Bear Hugs for Venezuela”, led by our members Cristal Montanez and Isis Mejias, our International Service members, was the pilot for our new program Hope for Venezuelan Refugees. The bears and food were delivered, but the situation in Venezuela is shocking, and people are starving. We are now trying to alleviate the humanitarian crisis that arose from the need of Venezuelans to seek other countries to be able to survive. Can you imagine not having food to eat? You can find out more information about the situation in Venezuela and make donations to our club’s project here:
Venezuelans are walking long distances to Cucuta, Colombia and other countries.
This is an interview by our member Cristal Montanez who was in Cucuta, Colombia early this month to make an assessment of the situation. The interview is in Spanish.
A message from Cristal Montanez:
Photo credit: Cristal Montanez
“A pair of tennis shoes for the walkers” - Friends we have seen the drama of the Venezuelan walkers who flee from the economic crisis and the violence in Venezuela. They walk many kilometers, from Cucuta to Bogota, and many continue to Ecuador and Peru in search of work to support their families, sending money, food, and medicine to those who stay in Venezuela. Do you want to help? Join the campaign 'A pair of tennis for walkers.' It's very simple:  Contact your family, friends, colleagues, Rotary Clubs and tennis shoes collectors to ask them to donate used tennis shoes that are comfortable and in good condition. Place each pair of shoes in a clear plastic bag and label it with the shoe size. Fill one or more boxes with the shoes collected. Send your box(es) through the mailing service of your choice to the following address: Restaurant Rodizio, Avenida Libertadores # 10-121, Malecón Second Stage. Cúcuta Colombia.”   #ParaLosCaminantes
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Service Saturdays

Rotary Books for the World
This past August 18th our member Vocational Service Chair Nicole Wycislo was in Pasadena donating books. Other members are collecting books in our fight against illiteracy. Between 2001 and 2016 the number of books shipped was 11,343,058, according to It is a commendable effort by people from several Rotary clubs and districts and from other organizations, local and international communities. Please consider donating your books to those who need them, and not only you will be joining us in caring for education and literacy, but in helping the environment by reutilizing books. To find out more about this project, please visit
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Rotary Basics – Part III – Areas of Focus, The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, Diversity, and Rotary International Offices.

Please stay tuned to learn about the Rotary Foundation in our next newsletter.
Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, reflects our belief in unselfish volunteer service.
Areas of Service
The causes we target to maximize our impact are called our areas of focus. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities fall within these areas. Through global grants and other resources, we help clubs focus their service efforts in the following areas:
   • Promoting peace
   • Fighting disease
   • Providing clean water
   • Saving mothers and children
   • Supporting education
   • Growing local economies
Projects that focus on these causes are eligible for global grant funding from The Rotary Foundation.
The Four-Way Test
Early Rotary members emphasized the importance of acting responsibly and ethically and using our professions as an opportunity to serve. Honoring our commitments, however bold, is an ideal characteristic of a Rotarian. In 1932, The Four-Way Test was developed by Herbert Taylor, a Rotary Club of Chicago member and 1954-55 RI president, to guide his attempt to save a faltering aluminum company. Rotary later adopted it, and it underscores Rotary’s value of integrity. The Four-Way Test has long served as an ethical guide for members to live by in their personal and professional relationships.
   1. Is it the TRUTH?
   2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
   3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
   4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Object of Rotary
In Rotary’s first decade, members set out guiding principles that evolved into what is now known as the Object of Rotary. They added the advancement of peace in 1921 and made the language more gender-neutral in 1989 and 1995.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
While your club may not emphasize all of these principles, understanding them puts your club experience into perspective and adds meaning to being a part of this organization.
Rotary Basics – Part III – Areas of Focus, The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, Diversity, and Rotary International Offices.   2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Dear Rotarians and Friends,
This has been a busy and rewarding month for a variety of activities in our Rotary e-Club of Houston.  I want you to know what our members have been up to and will spotlight some accomplishments.  Cristal Montanez and Isis Meijas have been working diligently on helping Venezuelans with a pilot project of proving meals for the refugees arriving across the border in Cucuta, Colombia.  Cristal traveled to Cucuta and joined with partner Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Cucuta to witness the needs of the numerous refugees.  They visited seven parishes where lines for meals are long, and she noticed that most were barefoot.  Our club has partnered with other Rotary clubs in our district to raise $11,500 for this project to send containers of meals (provided by Rise Against Hunger) to Colombia.  Our Membership Director, Nicole Bianchi, became inspired to begin a drive to collect gently used “walking shoes” as many refugees continue their journey to Bogota or even on to Peru.  Cristal and Isis have published on Flipboard, a digital magazine, about sharing the “Hope for Venezuelan Refugees” pilot project (  They will present photos and progress of this project during our on-line meeting in October.  They have also made a blog to update everyone on the project:
Thank you, Cristal, Isis and Nicole!
Our Community Service Director, Brittany Johnson, is working on helping victims of Hurricane Harvey with their recovery.  We have applied for a grant made possible by generous Rotarians in District 6940 (Florida) and we are matching up to $1,000 to purchase furniture or appliances as families return to their remodeled homes one year later. 
Also, Past President Wind Nguyen led a successful Technology seminar on August 25th for Rotarians to learn about ClubRunner, Social Media, and Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Marketing/Media.  Wind also coordinated a joint meeting with the Houston Skyline Club  on August 14th  - a Multi-Club Social & Bond Discussion with  Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.  And he was the official photographer for DG Carmen Cuneo at the District Membership Kick-Off at August 16th.  A great example of Rotary engagement beyond club level!
I am proud to share that we approved 5 new members during August!  Our AG visit was online and on September 10th we will have an online meeting with DG Carmen Cuneo.  
Please take a look at the September calendar of activities below.  We require attendance at a minimum of two activities (two newsletters, service activity, and/or online meetings, and other opportunities with district activities or visiting other Rotary clubs.  Don’t forget to submit your attendance report which is located under the banner on our website.
We are a DYNAMIC club and encourage you to invite business associates and friends to participate in our online meetings or to receive our newsletters.  Share ROTARY because it is well-worth sharing!
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth, President 2018-19
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Online Meeting - DG Carmen Cuneo's Official Club Visit - September 10th @ 7:00 pm



Our Official Governor Club Visit - September 10th @ 7:00 pm CST

Carmen is a member of the Rotary Club of the University Area – Houston; Prior District positions include 2 years as District Secretary, 2 years as District Treasurer, 3 years as Youth Exchange Treasurer, 1 year as Assistant Governor.

Carmen is a Major Donor and has traveled with Rotary for a National Immunization Day to India and to Nicaragua Children of the Dump Project. She led an Inbound and Outbound Friendship Exchange with Russia in 2015 and 2016 respectively and will serve as Chair of the US Section of the Russia United States Intercountry Committee 2019-2020.

Carmen has a 23-year career in construction that has seen her travel to Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. During her construction career, Carmen worked as a Laborer, became a Master Electrician, and later served as a Project Manager on major construction projects including a strategic alliance for telecommunications facilities, a joint venture for a hotel reconstruction, and new construction for hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

In 2014, Carmen was licensed as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently works in private practice. Her accounting firm name is The Cuneo Firm of Public Accountancy.

Carmen has two daughters and seven grandchildren. She is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Carmen enjoys gardening, bike riding, bird watching, photography, and Astros Baseball.

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Online Meeting - September 6th @ 5:00 pm

Meet Ruby Powers –
Ruby was a charter member of the Rotary e-Club of Houston, and is a Rotary Alumna, having served as an Ambassadorial Scholar in 2004-5 in Barcelona, Spain.  She became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2008.  Attorney Ruby L. Powers is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The child of a Mexican immigrant, Powers gravitated toward an international life by later marrying a Turkish immigrant. Having lived and studied in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Powers speaks Spanish, French, and a hint of Turkish. With a passion for service and justice coupled with cultural understanding and an interest for immigrants, Powers dedicates her law practice to immigration law.  Outside of the office, she loves spending time and traveling with her family. She has been volunteering at the Texas border to reunite immigrant families.  Ruby has recently been interviewed on MSNBC, Fox 26 Houston, CNN, and Univision 45 Houston.   Her nonprofit and volunteer work with immigrants in detention centers has also been featured on the Texas Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Mercury News, and Brisbane Times.
During this online meeting, Ruby will share her recent experiences of assisting immigrant families and reuniting families for about 20 minutes.  We encourage you to interact with her and ask questions for the remainder of the hour.  If you have friends, business associates, or family members who would like to attend, please forward their email addresses to Robin Charlesworth ( ) so they may receive an invitation and the zoom meeting information to join us.
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September Calendar

September 6 -  Online Meeting with Ruby Powers, Immigration Attorney  5:00 pm (see article above for log-in info)
September 10 - Online Meeting with District 5890 District Governor Carmen Cuneo  7:00 pm (see article above for log-in info)
September 15 - Board of Directors Meeting 9:00 am  Zoom meeting:
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September 22 - Books for the World
September 29 - Fundraising Committee Meeting @ 10:00 am and "Service Saturday" at 11:00 am.  Lunch will be provided for those who can stay.  Please rsvp to Robin Charlesworth, President (970-880-0960).
See the District Calendar for wherever you live to see additional meeting opportunities such as visiting other Rotary clubs, district committee meetings, Rotary fundraisers, etc.
***Reminder, please report at least two meeting credits for the month via the Attendance Form on our website.
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Service Saturdays

President Robin would love to see more members volunteering in our Service Saturdays, and there is work to be done everywhere.  The Rotary theme for September will be "Basic Education and Literacy".  For service related actions, consider donating books to a school libraary, perhaps one that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey, or collect books for Books for the World to be shipped to countries around the world.  We will hold a work party at President Robin Charlesworth's house on September 29th.  Let's gather at 10:00 am for a Fundraising Committee meeting about future fundraising for the club, and then begin sorting books.   Additionally, we have members who are collecting shoes (tennis) for Venezuelan refugees escaping to Columbia.  This can be accomplished by any Rotarians by placing the shoes in a gallon plastic baggie labeled with the sizes and shipped directly to:  Restaurant Rodizio, Avenida Libertadores #10-121, Malecon Second Stage, Cucuta, Columbia.
Or bring the shoes to this Service Saturday and will will box them and prepare them for shipping at no cost to Rotary (that is, your own money).
Please rsvp: 970-880-0960 to Robin Charlesworth, President
Be the inspiration!
SEPTEMBER 22, 2018  (one week prior to Service Opportunity at home of President Robin Charlesworth)
Address:  Rotary Books for the World Warehouse
203 Eagle Avenue, Pasadena TX 8:30AM to 10:30 AM
The entrance is on Eagle Ave. between Munger St & Main South of Hwy 225. You may park on Eagle Ave. or under 225.  Be careful crossing the street and do not leave valuables in your car. Questions? Terry Ziegler - or 713-825-1176. 
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Inspirational Moment

This short video will make you think about our role in the universe. We are indeed small compared to the vast universe, but as Rotarians focused on helping other human beings, we become big and significant. Giving our time and sharing what we have makes us go from a tiny spec of light to a shiny beam that inspires others to do the same.   Adriane Miller
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Funny Moment

It’s Smarter to VOLUNTEER in groups. More fun, too!
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Program - Membership

As President Robin emphasized in her message, August is Membership Month! Membership is so important that we dedicate this month’s program to it with a great article written by Geoffrey Johnson featured at Read on and be inspired!
Step right up: In Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner
When it comes to finding new members for his Minnesota Rotary club, Tom Gump doesn’t just walk the walk, he trots the trot: the turkey trot. Gump is a former president of the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside, which makes boosting membership a priority. In fact, that’s the fourth item on a list of 10 tips to attract and retain members which has been prepared – and practiced – by the club. It’s tip No. 10 that finds Gump clad in a turkey suit. More on that shortly.
The tips work: During Gump’s 2016-17 stint as club president, Edina/Morningside added 31 members. Eleven of them were women; 10 were under 40 years old. With 94 members, the club “went from being classified as a medium-size club to being one of District 5950’s large clubs,” says Gump, who will be the 2020-21 district governor. “There were 13 clubs larger than our club in our district, and now there are only four.”
The tips have proven so effective that Gump has taken the Edina/Morningside show on the road, using a PowerPoint presentation to coach other clubs on specific ways they can expand their membership. “I have been called a good salesman,” says Gump (who, for the record, is a real estate lawyer and a developer). “But to me, recruiting new Rotary members is not really selling. It’s matching up potential members with what he or she wants in a club.”
So if you’re looking to add members to your club, consider taking a page from the Edina/Morningside playbook. Read on for the club’s 10 tips, as well as five suggestions for increasing membership from other Rotarians and Rotary clubs.
Create a list of all the great things about your club
The point is not just growing your club, but boosting Rotary’s capacity to make a difference around the world.
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Latest Events!

Wine Tasting and Dinner Fundraiser
August started well for our club with the Wine Tasting and Dinner Event put together by our Rotary E-Club of Houston and Vox Culture. The goal was to raise funds for our Martin Bailey’s Garden at Wisdom High School. If you missed the event and would like to contribute, please click on the PayPal yellow button to donate. The garden will provide nutritious food and education about food and the environment to the students. We need to purchase various types of material to build the garden, so any help is appreciated. Below are some photos of the event, which was held at the Archway Gallery in Houston this past August 5th. We had wonderful guests, including our District Governor Carmen Cuneo, PDG Bill Palko and spouse Debbie, PDG George Yeiter and spouse Beverly, and many more important guests who had their senses delighted with great wines, a delicious 6-course meal, while surrounded by beautiful art and great conversation. Great job to our club’s Past President Wind, Viktor from Vox Culture, and all volunteers who made this an unforgettable and sure to be repeated event!
Video: At this Dutch School Children Grow Their Own Food:

Rotarians At Work
The Rotary Club of University area, home club of our super inspirational leader District Governor Carmen Cuneo, has a great program to help Firefighters with cancer who come to Houston to seek treatment. Thanks to the program, they can stay in a Houston apartment at almost no cost. This past July 27th there was an open house for the second apartment, where Rotarians from several clubs volunteered to help. Thank you, Brittany Johnson, our Community Service Chair for coordinating volunteers from our club, and to our club’s volunteers PP Wind Nguyen, Fabiola Giannone, and one of our newest members Nicole Bianchi, our Membership Chair, for donating your time and effort to this admirable cause.
Firefighters and First Responders give of themselves constantly. As the saying goes, “They run into a burning building while the rest of us are running out.” And, it is almost impossible to repay this type of bravery. 
Recognizing that these brave men and women sometimes need help themselves, the Rotary Fire Fighters Home (RFFH) strives to meet its mission of providing fully furnished, temporary housing to them at little or no cost, for use while they are undergoing treatment at the Texas Medical Center (TMC). Unfortunately, the majority of those in need of such housing are receiving cancer treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and temporary housing near TMC is both hard to find and expensive.
More information about the Rotary Firefighters home here:
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Rotary Basics – Part II Rotary History, Values and Avenues of Service

How did We Get Here?
We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. The first Rotary club was started in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1905 by an attorney named Paul Harris. Harris wanted to bring together a group of professionals with different backgrounds and skills as a way to exchange ideas and form meaningful acquaintances. In August 1910, the 16 Rotary clubs then in the United States formed the National Association of Rotary Clubs, now Rotary International. In 1912, Rotary expanded to a few more countries, and by July 1925, Rotary clubs existed on six continents. Today, there are more than 35,000 clubs, in almost every country in the world. For more information about Rotary’s history, go to
What We value
Rotary was founded on principles that remain at the heart of the organization today. These principles reflect our core values — integrity, diversity, service, leadership, and fellowship, or friendship. Our core values emerge as themes in our guiding principles.
Avenues of Service
We channel our commitment to service through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Vocational Service calls on all Rotarians to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life of people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, using local member expertise to build long-term partnerships for sustainable projects, seeking service partners abroad, and more.
Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Rotary Basics – Part II Rotary History, Values and Avenues of ServiceSource:  2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0


August is known as “Membership Month” in Rotary clubs around the world.  Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally.  Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world.  There are many opportunities to serve, and some members discover a true passion for specific projects.  There is much diversity in Rotary and we want to help each member plug into a project or committee of their choosing to discover a comfortable path to being engaged in our club.  When you feel that your membership is rewarding and that you benefit from leadership development, serving others, inspiring others, and supporting projects with sweat equity or dollars that really do change lives, then you are part of something that you want to share with others.  Let’s grown our team of Rotarians and invite others to share our focus on “Service Above Self” and “Be the Inspiration.”
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth, President 2018-2019
Rotary e-Club of Houston
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August Calendar

August 5 - Wine Tasting Dinner Fundraiser
August 13 - On-Line Meeting with Assistant Governor Dierdre Murray
August 15 - Newsletter
August 16 -  Board of Directors Meeting @ 7:00 pm CST
August 18 - Service Saturday - Books for the World
Rotary Books for the World Warehouse
203 Eagle Avenue, Pasadena TX 
8:30AM to 10:30 AM
The entrance is on Eagle Ave. between Munger St & Main
South of Hwy 225
You may park on Eagle Ave. or under 225.  Be careful crossing the street and do not leave valuables in your car
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August 30 - Newsletter
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We Want to Hear From You!

Members, please send us articles about your service or community projects and include a photo or video of you doing Rotary work. We would love to receive feedback from our subscribers on how we are doing, and content you would like to see published. Be the inspiration! Please send your info to Lori Prouty at Thank you!

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Rotary Basics

Welcome to the new section of our newsletter, Rotary Basics. We aim to provide basic education about Rotary to new members and guests to enrich their experience in our club. This will also help you be prepared when your friends ask you what is Rotary and what do you do? Stay tuned for more in our future newsletters.
What is Rotary?
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” - Paul Harris, 1914
Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. Rotary clubs exist in almost every country. Our members change lives locally and connect with other clubs to work on international projects that address today’s most pressing challenges. Being a member is an opportunity to take action and make a difference, and it brings personal rewards and lifelong friendships in the process.
DID YOU KNOW? The name Rotary was selected by early members because meeting locations rotated among their offices.
How is Rotary Structured?
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Program: Victor Rios: How Can Mentors Guide Kids To Live Up To Their Full Potential?  2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Inspirational Moment: The Story of Your Life 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fire Fighters Home 

We have been blessed regarding the Rotary Fire Fighters Home second apartment!  Through the diligent efforts of Jerry Harris and Marsha, Mattress Mack of Gallery Furniture has committed to providing all the furniture for the second apartment! He is actually holding a press conference at the apartment the end of this month, to announce his donation and support of our project. We will be signing the lease on the second apartment the third week of July.  Then, we will begin moving in the dishes/housewares/wall decorations.  The weekend of July 27th, Gallery Furniture will deliver their furniture.  
Your help is needed in three ways: 
1) We still need houseware items for the apartment.  Please post the link to our Target Registry on your social media pages or make a purchase yourself.  The link is: 
2)  Volunteer to help us set up the apartment (we need two or three volunteers for this at most), and the date will be sometime between July 22nd and July 26th;
3)  Volunteer to help us with the Open House, which will be held on Sunday, July 29th from 2-4 PM. We need a couple of volunteers to help set up for the Open House and a couple of volunteers to help clean up afterwards. Set-up begins at 1:15 pm and clean-up should be completed no later than 5:00 pm. Please confirm with Brittany Johnson, Community Director, to sign up as a volunteer (832-725-0079).
FYI...Everyone is invited to attend the Open House, purpose of which is for you to see the apartment and to better understand the project in general.
We are excited to be expanding the number of apartments and we are excited to now be partnering with Gallery Furniture and Mattress Mack! Our first occupant, a firefighter from Beaumont, moves in on August 1st. The other apartment is occupied through September, as of right now.  Of course, this is a moving target because cancer is so unpredictable.
Thank-you for your support.  
Irene Hickey
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Wine Tasting Dinner Fundraiser - August 5th

You're cordially invited to a special dinner created by Chef Soren Pedersen to take you on a unique culinary adventure. He catered to those with a passion for fresh and natural cuisine from local farmers. This exquisite experience will feature 6-course dishes and pair with 6 different wines hand selected by Stephanie Earthman Baird, DWS, CWE to enhance your culinary pallet. This event is hosted by Rotary e-Club of Houston & Vox Culture in honor of Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship.  

In loving memory of Martin Bailey. We dedicate this fundraiser to raise funds for the Martin Bailey's Garden at Wisdom High School. This project will provide Wisdom High School with a sustainable green space in the school that can produce resources to students including food, educational, and employment opportunities. Upon creation, it can also be used as a space for live teaching, while building agricultural, business skills, a sense of personal responsibility and opportunities for teamwork.
Wine Tasting Dinner Fundraiser - August 5th 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Fun & Fellowship at the e-Club Party in Toronto

Our International E-Club annual party was again a success! We had a full house with Rotarians from at least 15 countries. It was a pleasure to have such fantastic people celebrating friendship across the globe. We had representatives of district 5890, including DG Bill Palko and Debbie, DG in a few days Carmen Cuneo, DGE Gary L. Gillen and Janice, PDG Nick Giannone and our club member Fabiola, PDG Bob Gebhard, Rotary Cadre Bill Davis and Joan, and many other great people from Texas! Two Rotary Global Scholars And Convention speakers, our member Isis Mejias and Anja Nikolova from Macedonia. A special thank you to our partner organizers Raffaella Ronzini Vinet, Jean Louis Nguyen Qui and Susumu Yamamoto from E-club 9920 Francophone. A big thank you to our club member Michael Miller for all the great work you did. Thank you all who attended - you are the reason the party was a success! Club member Charles Mickens from Michigan and Helen, we appreciate your attendance every year! We hope to see you all again in Hamburg, Germany next year! Rotary is peace. Rotary is love. 
Fun & Fellowship at the e-Club Party in Toronto Adriane Miller 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention 2018 - Toronto

Toronto, the Capital of Nice, opened its arms this week to welcome 25,652 Rotarians from around the world, who came to Rotary’s annual convention looking for inspiration — and finding it.

Whether it was by seeing old friends in the hallways, making new connections in the House of Friendship, or listening to eloquent speakers at general sessions, attendees found plenty at the 109th Rotary International Convention to remind them of the fellowship that binds them and the diversity that Rotary embodies.

“Now, we are sisters forever,” said Rhonda Panczyk, of the Rotary Club of Rochester, Michigan, USA, after spotting and embracing Ijeoma Pearl Okoro, past governor of District 9141 (Nigeria). The two women had met at the West African Project Fair last year, partnered on an immunization drive, and kept in touch on Facebook.

First-time convention goer Serge Sourou OGA from Ghana said that meeting people from all over the world was definitely the highlight of the convention for him.

During the four-day event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, speakers praised, prodded, and partnered with Rotary. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, expressed thanks to Rotary for taking a central role in working to eradicate polio. Former first lady of the United States Laura Bush challenged Rotarians to keep early childhood education a priority.

Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and one of the architects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, joined RI President Ian H.S. Riseley for a discussion about gender equality and the crucial link between the environment, poverty, hunger, and peace. 

In a video message, Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant addressed the convention before the announcement of the creation of HANWASH, a collaboration between Rotary and the Haitian government’s water agency that will tackle that nation’s water and sanitation challenges. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accepting Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award, thanked Rotary for working with governments worldwide to eradicate polio. Rotarians play a critical role in the fight to end polio, Trudeau said. “Together we will make that happen.”

The convention got its unofficial start Friday, 22 June, with a two-day Rotary Peacebuilding Summit that featured a speech from Dr. Tererai Trent and insights into Rotary’s partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Monday’s general session included powerful personal stories from John Hewko, Rotary’s general secretary, and Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF USA. Both had parents who had fled Europe as refugees during wartime. In the sessions that followed, other speakers discussed various aspects of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

Rotary is about service, and Rotarians had plenty of opportunities to be inspired to do bigger and better projects during the general sessions and breakout sessions.

LeapFrog co-founder Jim Marggraff, of the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise, California, USA, described the Dari and Pashto versions of the popular education tablet that his company created to teach Afghan women literacy skills. Marggraff also talked about the ways his company has been partnering with Rotary to develop virtual reality technology to advance service efforts.

Dr. Isis Mejias, a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and member of the Rotary E-Club of Houston, Texas, USA, stressed the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene. And former Rotary Youth Exchange student Dr. Jane Nelson explained how Rotary can work with the business community to make a difference in economic development.   ***Outstanding presentation and know we are so proud of you, Isis!

The convention was also filled with enthusiastic young men and women who had gathered to celebrate Rotaract’s 50th birthday. 

The convention concluded Wednesday with an appearance by the Fab Fourever, who sang, in German, two early songs by the Beatles. The Beatles honed their performance skills in Hamburg, the site of next year’s convention.

John T. Blount, the 2019 Hamburg convention chair, encouraged each person at the Air Canada Centre to take a selfie with the person next to them and send it to a friend with the message, “We’re having a great time in Toronto and want to see you next year in Hamburg.”

Sixteen former Rotary presidents and their partners appeared on stage, and Rotary’s next president, Barry Rassin, motivated convention goers by speaking on his 2018-19 theme: Be the Inspiration.

And in a gracious gesture to his successor, Riseley finished his closing remarks by urging listeners: “It is vital that we be the inspiration.”

The 2019 Rotary International Convention will meet in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June.

Rotary International Convention 2018 - Toronto Arnold R. Grahl and Geoff Johnson 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Inspiration:  Goal Setting Growth Mindset 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary works to alleviate refugee crisis 

The statistics are staggering. More than 28,000 people are uprooted from their homes each day as a result of war, oppression, and poverty. That’s nearly 20 people per minute. 

By the end of 2016, an unprecedented 68.5 million people, from West Africa to South Asia, have been forcibly displaced, making it the world’s worst migrant crisis in history. 

The wave of migrants and refugees has overwhelmed the international community, putting a particular strain on neighboring countries and Europe. Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees with nearly 3 million. Pakistan is second. Germany is the only high-income country in the top ten host nations, with about 700,000 refugees and asylum-seekers. 

The seven-year war in Syria has been the been the biggest driver of the refugee crisis, with millions fleeing the country since the conflict began in 2011.

A shockingly high percent of the world’s displaced are children. More than half the refugees are under age 18. 

Rotary clubs are doing their part to help alleviate the global refugee crisis with projects that help bring water and health care to refugee camps, funds for families to move to safer countries, and more. Over the last several years, clubs and districts have used roughly $3 million of global grant funds toward refugee-related projects and scholarships. 

On World Refugee Day, held every year on 20 June, people worldwide salute the strength, courage, and contributions of refugees who abandon their homes in a desperate search for safety. 

Here’s a sample of how Rotary members have changed the lives of thousands of refugees: 

• In Nova Scotia, Canada, the Rotary Club of Amherst brought two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life. The club galvanized other community groups to help the families assimilate with the town and culture. The Rotary Club of Merritt, British Columbia, also pooled resources to bring a family from Syria to Canada. 

• The Rotaract Club of Nakivale, Uganda, is raising funds to help residents of a huge refugee settlement start their own businesses. The club, based inside the settlement, also provided refugees with sugar, soap, and clothes. 

• Rotary member Pia Skarabis-Querfeld, a physician in Germany, built a network of volunteer doctors to help thousands of refugees that have streamed into Berlin, Germany. In 2015, during the peak of the refugee influx into Germany, her nonprofit, Medizin Hilft, had more than 100 volunteers at its clinic. Her club, the Rotary Club of Berlin-Teirgarten, sponsored a Rotary global grant of $160,000 to fund the project through March 2018. Also in Germany, the Rotary Club of Lemgo-Sternberg, provided resources to train 60 volunteers to teach German to about 600 refugees. 

Rotary works to alleviate refugee crisis Ryan Hyland 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Program:  Why the secret to success is setting the right goals

Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with "Objectives and Key Results," or OKRs -- a goal-setting system that's been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure -- and how we can use OKRs to hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.
Program: Why the secret to success is setting the right goals 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Program:  Who Would You Bet On? 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

This Saturday - General Meeting

June 16th will me our last General Meeting for my term as your president. Please plan to attend as our very own member, Isis Mejias will give you a preview of her presentation at Rotary International Convention 2018. We hope to see you there!
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
  • June 16th, Saturday at 11 AM - 12 PM
  •  1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055
Dr. Isis Mejias is a Venezuelan and U.S. national. Her involvement with Rotary includes her role as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar in Sao Paulo to do scientific research in water treatment. Her involvement also includes the generation of 4 global grants in the water and sanitation, the education and literacy, and the disease prevention and treatment areas of focus. She won the 2017-2018 Rotary Service to Humanity Award for Zone 21B and part of 27 and is currently a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Rotarian Action Group (WaSRAG) Ambassador.
Dr. Mejías will address the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) education. “Universal and safe WASH coverage by 2030 is not achievable with the current global human resources. To find ways to reach universal and safe WASH coverage by 2030 we need to focus on bridging this larger gap. Rotary can! because of the large network of people, we have throughout the world. To bridge this education gap, we must focus on 4 things: INVEST, MEASURE, NETWORK, AND EMPOWER.” 
Rotary e-Club of Houston - President 
Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador 

Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463

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New Officer INSTALLATION - ONLINE June 19th

Please join us for the annual Installation of Officers to be held online (login information to follow soon for all Active members) June 19th (Tuesday) beginning at 6:30 pm CST and ending by 8:00 pm.   As an e-Club, not all officers reside in District 5890 and we want to enable all members to attend from wherever you are in the world.  Please confirm your local time for this meeting.  We will hear a wrap-up of this Rotary year from President Wind Nguyen and also hear about plans for the new Rotary year from Incoming President Robin Charlesworth.  It is BYOB, so if you would like to participate in a toast have a glass of cheer near you while you engage in this online Rotary meeting.  The installing officer will be PDG Nick Giannone, an avid supporter of our club.  All incoming officers are strongly requested to attend to be officially installed. We still need a few additional board members for the new year, too.  President-Elect Robin will be reaching out to our members to fill these positions so please consider these opportunities to serve.  Hope to see you online on June 19th!
New Officer INSTALLATION - ONLINE June 19th 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Every Rotarian, Every Year

A nine-minute inspirational overview of Rotary Foundation programs and grants supported by Annual Programs Fund contributions. We hope that every Rotarian will take the opportunity to participate in their Foundation every year, to help grow and sustain the Foundation's many wonderful programs.
Have you supported our Rotary Foundation this year?  Our grant application for District Designated Funds (DDF) is limited to $1,000 this next year based on our giving record this year.  If we could improve our record to every active member giving a minimum of $25 we could qualify as a 100% Paul Harris Rotary club.  We accomplished this goal in 2016-2017.  Let's do it again!  This would enable us to receive more DDF as matching funds for our community service project.
It's easy to do online -simply go to MyRotary ( and click "Give",  It takes you to  "donation".  Please give to the ANNUAL FUND.  Thank you, Rotarians!
Every Rotarian, Every Year 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Today's Song - "The Garden Song" John Denver 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Why the focus on Gardening?

Posted by Robin Charlesworth
Our club is exploring how to impact our community with gardening projects schools in the Houston area.  A committee has proposed a budget for a project to be discussed in our next Board of Directors meeting.  Fundraising will be necessary to support this project, too.  We have active members who already are passionate about gardening and providing healthy eating options for families.  Alexis Campestre, our club Treasurer, comments, "the direction I would ultimately envision this project would be one in which these students go home and actually setup micro-gardens or urban/indoor gardens that can provide their families with low-cost, replenishing, real food alternatives as well as a greater sense of connection to our Mother Earth and the human role in the maintenance of Her health."  President Wind Nguyen and Jimmy Trinh will take the lead on this with assistance on budget proposals by Nicole Wycislo, Secretary.  We have submitted a grant proposal for the new Rotary year to receive District Designated Funds to assist with this project.
We would like to provide health/nutrition information along with the hand-on gardening activity for students, mentor the students in gardening, share recipes for the bounty produced, and more. If you would be interested in helping with the project please contact Wind or Jimmy receive more information as the work days are planned.
Why the focus on Gardening? Robin Charlesworth 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Gardening Trends 2018

1. Small gardens are at the top of 2018 garden trends

Whether you’re working with a small patio area, a side yard, or a large open space, it’s all about creating cozy, intimate spaces in 2018. Got 150 square feet to work with? Then make it the loveliest small garden ever! You can still have a seating area, a water or fire feature, and plenty of greenery in the form of potted plants.

If you have a large, open area, this is the year to consider breaking it up into smaller spaces. Some ways you can do this is by:

  • Creating a sitting or dining area with fieldstone
  • Adding an arbor and vines, creating the illusion that you’re entering another world
  • Creating an outdoor dining spot under a trellis
  • Setting up a spot with chairs and a firepit

The key is to enclose the space a bit with potted plants, hedges, trees or vines, creating intimate settings that flow from one to the other.

2. Vertical gardens are hot right now

the living wall, or vertical garden, is a beautiful way to add some life to a wall. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can add one to your garden:


2018 garden trends

3. Eco landscaping is one of the biggest garden trends of 2018

Low-water landscaping saves you time and money. They require less maintenance and less watering. They’re also quite stunning. It’s all about geometry and architecture; for a striking effect, consider adding gravel, stone or rock among the eco-friendly plants like grasses and succulents.

4. Fire pits were last year, water features are this year

Still a huge fan of fire pits: check out this roundup of fire pits and you’ll understand why. But this year, the top landscapers and designers are opting for water features instead.

The water feature revival is likely due to the fact that nature-friendly, eco gardens are popular. And providing water for birds and wildlife, while enjoying the soothing look and sounds of flowing water, make the garden water feature both beautiful and practical.

5. Garden to table

Our favorite of the 2018 garden trends has got to be the edible garden. Regardless of what size your space is, you can probably manage room for a potted fruit tree, or a raised bed with veggies or lettuce, or even a small herb garden. Want to take it to the next level? Add some chickens for fresh eggs! Just be sure to check you local zoning laws first.
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What gardening taught me about life

Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist tobacco brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world, brown reveals what gardening can teach us about creating lives of compassion, connection and grace.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

What gardening taught me about life TedTalk 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Dues for 2018-2019 Rotary Fiscal Year – NOW DUE

You will notice that membership dues have increased by $20.00 this upcoming Rotary FY 2018-2019. The rationale for this minor increase is multi-fold. Our club has operated within a very tight budget since club inception and at times this has constrained our ability to make an impact when we wanted to. In addition, this increase in dues may provide us with alternative new membership programs/options that could improve our club's total membership. Despite this increase, we still maintain extremely low dues in comparison to other Rotary Clubs as our goal is to improve accessibility to any potential Rotarians.
Please do not hesitate to call/text or email me with questions. and my cell: 979.248.5612
Pay by either check or debit/credit card.
Check made payable to:
Rotary e-Club of Houston 
c/o Club Treasurer, Alexis Campestre
Electronically with credit/debit card: 
Go to: and look for "pay your membership dues" on the left side of screen.
Thank you for being a Rotarian!
Membership Dues for 2018-2019 Rotary Fiscal Year – NOW DUE 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention in Toronto - Focus on e-Clubs

Breakout Session: Best Practices for E-Clubs
On Monday afternoon, June 25, in room 715 of the Metro Convention Center we will host a session from 1 pm until 2:30 pm. This room will hold about 300 people, but there is no reservation for breakout sessions, so make sure you are early enough to secure a seat. There appears to be a lot of interest. This session has been organized by E-Club members of 7 different clubs from around the world.
The meeting will be recorded and it is our plan to have it posted on our club's YouTube Channel within 24 hours: E-Club Canada One.
More information can be found in the Convention Program.
Social for E-Club Rotarians
On Sunday, June 24, 2018, we are planning an informal gathering of especially Rotarians that are members of E-Clubs, but of course all Rotarians are welcome. It gives us a chance to meet face-to-face with those that we may have seen online and with other fellow e-clubbers. Starting at 4 pm you can go to the 2nd floor where we should have the space to ourselves for the next 3 - 4 hours. No tickets; cash bar only.
Location: The Office Pub, 117 John Street East, Toronto  M5V 2E2   
Rotary International Convention in Toronto - Focus on e-Clubs 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Visiting a Traditional Club

All active Rotarians in the Rotary e-Club of Houston are always welcome to visit other Rotary clubs anywhere in the world.  If you do visit another club, please DO submit your attendance with the form on our club website. 
JUNE 8     Willowbrook Rotary Club - Meets Friday's for lunch at Campioni's (noon)
                 Speaker:  Gary Green will thrill gardeners with his soil worms to enhance plant growth.
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It's not often I go back to look at my works, but it's refreshing for me to reflect back to my photograph to realized what I have become. All the people I photograph often help me realized what type of human being I want to be. I've once stood inside a cancer hospital, surrounded by pains and misery, and all I could do is offers them my tears.
We have a tradition started back in our Past-President, Adriane Miller's year called "My Rotary Moment." This was all done in video, but I can only share with you my Rotary Moment in my photograph. This is the moment I truly became a Rotarian when I found out Rotary Clubs around the world are chipping in to help people with cancer in Vietnam through a project called "ICU Unit Project."  
As your club president, I want to ask you to reach inside and find your "Rotary Moment" and share this to your social media, friends, family, and Robin Charlesworth, our incoming president/currently our newsletter editor. Let us know what makes you a Rotarian? What are you commit to do in our club? And find your passion for kindness to make a difference.
I believe leadership is about planning the seeds for the future and growing more leadership, not followers. The seeds are the passion we create to inspire more leadership. If we can reach this stage, imagine the possibility we can create for our club and the impact we can have on the world.      
General Meeting on Saturday, April 21st
Our very own Alexis Campestre will be speaking about Charitable Giving & Estate Planning 101. Alexis is an Economist and a Financial Adviser at Retirement Planning and Wealth Management. Please join us in learning about this important topic, meet our members in the Houston area, and find out more about the Rotary E-Club of Houston. Everyone is welcome! Please invite friends and family.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055
Rotary e-Club of Houston - President
Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador
Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Wind Nguyen 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser for "Bear Hugs for Venezuela"

As the president of Rotary e-Club of Houston, I want to reach out to all of you for help and support with our International Project called "Bear Hugs for Venezuela." I have two passionate members from Venezuela, Isis Mejias & Cristal Montanez are leading this project. Please visit the link below for donation or contact them both if you would like to lend a hand.  
Please Visit Our Online Fundraiser Page To Donate
Dr. Isis Mejias
International Services Committee
Cristal Montañez
Hashoo Foundation
“Bear Hugs for Venezuela”
Give a teddy bear today Make a tear go away
A humanitarian program benefiting the children of Venezuela
“Bear Hugs for Venezuela” for the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos is a humanitarian program benefiting the children of Venezuela with the objective to bring a smile to the face of a child with ‘the healing power of a teddy bear,’ and help improve their condition by providing the needed pediatric medical supplements: acetaminophen, probiotics, electrolytes, and delicious and nutritious snacks. For the last 17 years, Cristal Montañéz Baylor, in partnership with Good Bears of the World and other international organizations, has utilized teddy bears to help alleviate the trauma caused by humanitarian crises, natural disasters and emergency relief efforts in Pakistan, Jamaica, Seville, Houston and Venezuela; including refugees from Burma, Bhutan, and Congo.
The value of giving teddy bears to traumatized children stretched beyond simply providing them with something to hold; teddy bears meet the psychological needs of children experiencing sickness, loss, pain or shock.
The care packages and the medical supplements are a charity donation of the participating organizations in an effort to provide relief to the children of Venezuela. Bear Hugs for Venezuela and the Rotary e-Club of Houston is the network by which these donations will be entrusted to the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos. The hospital agreed to distribute the care packages, and administer and manage the medical supplements while treating the children hospitalized in the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos. Members of the Rotary Caracas will coordinate the logistics to distribute the care packages to the children.
PARTNERS: The program ‘Bear Hugs for Venezuela” for the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos is possible for the collaboration of the following organizations:  
Rotary e-Club of Houston
Rise Against Hunger
District 5890
Rotary Caracas
Good Bears of the World
Hashoo Foundation
Houston-Karachi Sister City Association
Individual donors
Rotary e-Club of Houston - President
Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador
Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463
Fundraiser for "Bear Hugs for Venezuela" Wind Nguyen 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Interesting Facts About Dolphins

April 14th was National Dolphin Day and who wouldn’t want to swim with one?

They’re highly intelligent and social animals, which makes them so attractive to us humans.

Some interesting facts about dolphins:

  • There are 40 existing species of dolphins. Most species live in shallow waters of tropical and temperate oceans. Five species live in rivers.
  • Dolphins live in groups that hunt and even play together. Large pods or schools of dolphins can have 1,000 members or more.
  • Dolphins navigate and find their food using echolocation. This bounces noise off objects and their surroundings to ‘see’ in surround sound.
  • A baby dolphin is born tail-first to prevent drowning. After the mother breaks the umbilical cord by swiftly swimming away, she must immediately return to her baby and take it to the surface to breathe.
  • Dolphins get water from the foods they eat, so they don’t drink. They have the same reaction to drinking salt water as humans do: it would dry them out until they died of dehydration.
  • Among the different species of dolphins, life spans range between 12 and 80 years. Bottlenose dolphins live into their 50s, and orcas can live into their 80s. Typically, the bigger the dolphin, the longer the lifespan.
  • A dolphin spends most of its life holding its breath.
  • Dolphins can swim up to 30 miles (48.3 km) per hour.

Where to dive and swim with them:

1. The Bahamas

The Bahamas are not only famous for their magnificent underwater cave system, but also as a dolphin watching spot. Bimini is the place to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, which gather in the shallow warm water. You can snorkel and freedive with pods of a few dozen or more playful dolphins. Crystal clear water guarantees and amazing close up view on this creatures.



2. Maldives

When it comes to dolphins, Maldives are quite diverse. At any given time of the year, there are 10 to 12 different species of whales and dolphins that call the coral reefs of the Maldives home. In addition to spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins, indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins are quite common. A single school of dolphins can contain more than 200 individuals.

3. Azores Islands, Portugal

During the summer months, from July until August, Atlantic spotted dolphins and striped dolphins can be witnessed during their migration pass through the islands.




4. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The estimated age of the islands is between 3 and 10 million years. 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Over 400 species of fish have been recognized in the Galapagos, with 41 species unique to the islands. In 1978 Galapagos was designated as the first World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Quite a few species of dolphins, such as bottlenose, common, Risso’s, spinner and spotted dolphins can be found in the waters of this extraordinary place. Fernandina Island is especially popular with spinner dolphins.



5. Samadai Reef, Egypt

Six species of dolphins are known to be resident in the Red Sea: the bottlenose dolphin, Risso's dolphin, indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin, pantropical spotted dolphin, long-beaked common dolphin and spinner dolphin. Marsa Alam has one of the most important dolphin habitats in the Red Sea - Samadai reef, home to a large family of around one hundred spinner dolphins. Diving is banned and there are strict controls on where boats and snorkelers can access.



6. Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Like the Galapagos Islands, the Ningaloo Coast is also a World Heritage Site. The Ningaloo reef is around 260 km long and is one the largest fringing coral reefs in the world. During the winter months, the reef is part of the migratory routes for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. The majority of the dolphins found in these waters are bottlenose dolphins, however the indo-pacific humpback dolphin and spinner dolphins are also frequent guests.



7. Socorro Island, Mexico

Sometimes nicknamed “The Mexican Galapagos” Socorro Island is one of the world's best dive destinations with some impressive large animals. Here, you can experience the giants of the ocean with manta rays, whale sharks, and humpback whales. During the high season, from January until the end of March, seeing a bottlenose dolphin in a regular occurrence.

For a more isolated location, choose San Benedicto island, where you can swim with friendly bottlenose dolphins.

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Service Providers Meet and Greet @ Wisdom High School

In honor of our service providers, we are hosting an evening of Service Providers’ Meet and Greet to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate their contribution in supporting our families and students in various capacities. Thus, on behalf of Principal Trinh at Wisdom HS, I would like to invite you to attend the event on Thursday, April 26th at 5 pm.  Please see attached flyer for more details.
We would also like to extend the invitation to your donors, funders, and staff members who have been directly and indirectly involved in supporting Wisdom HS. Please forward this email to them.
Kindly RSVP by April 18th at:
Hope you are able to attend and celebrate with us.
Looking forward to your company!
Wagma Isaqzoy, M.A.
Wraparound Resource Specialist, Wisdom High School
Wraparound Services - Office of Student Support
****This is the home school of our co-sponsored Interact Club and the site of our first community garden project.  It is also the opening night of District Conference, but is you are in town please try to attend.
Service Providers Meet and Greet @ Wisdom High School 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Changes Approved in By-Laws Robin Charlesworth 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

An Astronaut's Perspective

“You’ve got this planet beneath you, and a lot of what you see, especially during the day, does not necessarily point to a human presence. If you look at it on a geologic timescale, it’s almost like we are this flimsy presence, and we really have to stick together as a human family to make sure we are a permanent presence on this planet and not just this blink of an eye.”
Samantha Cristoforetti
The Italian astronaut holds the record for the second longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a woman, having spent 199 days on the International Space Station in 2015. (NASA’s Peggy Whitson topped that record by almost a hundred days in 2017.)
An Astronaut's Perspective 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

An Invitation to become a WATER WARRIOR

Help save lives by providing the gifts of fresh water and sanitation to people all over the world — and have fun doing it!

Masaii children at the Nkenijii School near Narok, Kenya were able to get fresh water for the first time, thanks to a project by the Maywood, NJ Rotary Club that built a pipeline to the school from a spring 2-1/2 km away - with the help of WASRAG. While at the school, one of the volunteers taught the teachers and children some yoga. The kids loved doing the Warrior Poses. So, these children became the first "Water Warriors!"
To become a Water Warrior, try one of the three Warrior Poses pictured below, while symbolically offering a glass or cup of clean water to a child - and then make a donation to WASRAG's annual fund. Snap a photo or take a video of yourself doing the pose while you hold out a glass of water. You can do this by yourself, with a friend or two, or even invite a group like a yoga class or classroom or Rotary club to become "warriors" with you. Have fun!
If you choose to support clean water projects with WASRAG, go to to donate on-line.  Please send your photos to Robin Charlesworth, Editor, and you will see yourself in our newsletter with your permission.
An Invitation to become a WATER WARRIOR 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

25th Anniversary of World Water Day

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water.

The U.N. says 2.1 billion people live without clean drinking water at home, which affects health, livelihood and education.

The United Nations World Water Development Report says that nature-based solutions can improve the supply and quality of water and reduce the impact of natural disasters.

Our District participated in a Rotary Friendship Exchange with South Africa in 2015 and our trip began in Cape Town which is now in a water crisis.
Here is an excerpt fromManuel Crespo-Feliciano's article for Accuweather printed on February 27, 2018.

Cape Town, a cosmopolitan city of 3.7 million people on the west coast of South Africa, is about to run out of water.

Weeks ago, local authorities were predicting that “Day Zero” in Cape Town was going to arrive in late April, and that people will have to start procuring water from one of the 200 collection points throughout the city.

Now, after three postponements, the city calculates that it will reach that crisis point on July 9.

At that point, the remaining water will go to hospitals and certain settlements that depend on communal faucets. Most people in the city will run out of tap water for drinking, bathing or other uses.

In this way, Cape Town could be just the first of many other cities that could have no access to clean water.

However, the fact that the residents of the area have taken the necessary precautions to conserve the water could represent good news for Cape Town.

The winter season begins on June 21, and according to AccuWeather Meteorologist James Andrews, some precipitation could be expected at this time.

"The climate of Cape Town has parallels to that of Northern California’s Bay Area. Both are Mediterranean climates, marked by dry summers and relatively rainy winters," said Andrews.

Still, the problem appears to be more related to the demand of water in the area rather than the lack of significant precipitation in the Cape Town area.

"According to AccuWeather data, 2017 had 82 percent of normal rainfall (13.82 inches to be exact). This is, if accurate, a relatively small shortfall for a dry climate such as the Cape region. It could be that this is not representative of overall regional rainfall. Also, it could be that demand is more of a factor than the shortfall resulting from dearth of rainfall," Andrews added.

Although drought is but one of the many challenges facing the planet, it is necessary to highlight it within this context of major challenges because it will surely cause humanity to face great transformations and struggles for survival.


Rotarians, we say, "Water...that's what we do."  One of the Six Major Areas of Focus for sustainable projects worldwide.  Clubs choose how they want to make a difference and raise money to support water projects.  It is not just a problem in Africa or India, but following Hurricane Harvey we have had many illnesses locally due to water-borne viruses.  Objects that had been submerged in water can also cause infection if touched or used after.  Houses continue to be "gutted" and piles of debris remain in many neighborhoods.  We will continue to make a difference as Rotarians in our own community and abroad.

25th Anniversary of World Water Day 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Inspirational Quote Fred Rogers 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

"A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter"

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected -- but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.
Mark Bezos is the SVP, Development, Communications & Events at Robin Hood, the leading poverty-fighting charity in New York City. Bezos joined Robin Hood following the sale of his advertising agency, excited to have found a way to use his powers of persuasion for good.

Bezos is the Assistant Captain of a volunteer fire company in Westchester County, New York, where he lives with his wife and four children. He is continuously amazed and motivated by the everyday acts of heroism--big and small--that surround him. Neer
Never underestimate the value of your time and effort as a Rotary volunteer.  Everything you do, however small, is greatly appreciated. So, remember "It's a good thing to save the shoes", says Robin Charlesworth.  Look for everyday heros around you in your community. They most likely do not think of themselves as "heroes", but others recognize the importance of what they do for others.
"A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter" Ted Talk March 2011 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

Program:  "Literacy for All Students"


Team First Book Houston is a volunteer board working as a team since 2013 under First Book, an international literacy non-profit in Washington, D.C. First Book provides books, educational resources, and supplies to students in low-income areas.


  • Our mission is to dedicate our focus and hard work to provide "Literacy for All Students" ©2017 starting in low-income schools in the Greater Houston area.
  • We have developed a pilot program, "Literacy for All Students" ©2017 at Houston ISD's Neff Early Learning Center in the Sharpstown area of Houston, Texas. This incredibly impactful program will be implemented in more schools to serve even more of "our" children in need. 

Pictured: Pre-Kindergarten students of Neff Early Learning Center; (L-R) Sheila Armstrong, Houston Team First Book Chair; Molly Maria Flynn Vilaseca, Houston ISD Board Member; Cynthia Cisneros, abc Channel 13 Vice President of Community Affairs; Erik Barajas, abc Channel 13 Eyewitness News Reporter and Anchor; Grettel Monge, Neff ELC Teacher; Principal Gerardo Leal, Ed. D., Neff ELC Principal

Team First Book Houston donates 100% of all funds raised to purchase brand new books and supplies for Neff Early Learning Center and other schools. The need is great now because some of the books that were previously distributed have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.


  • We are focused on helping families in low-income areas who need to learn to read and speak English. We distribute these new books to children's hospitals, women's centers, and schools in Houston ISD as well as other school districts in the Greater Houston area.
  • Our students are 4 years of age to seniors in high school and they pledge to read to others and teach others to read. We record and maintain data collected through reading assessments and teacher feedback to track how our students are progressing. This data is proving that "our" students are making verifiable progress.
  • Since 2013, our team and partners have been able to obtain, sort and distribute $ 995,650 worth of books, retail value. We anticipate going over $1 million by May 2018.
  • Some of the first grade students at Neff Early Learning Center's reading scores are the highest for first grade students in Houston ISD. Data is so important to keep track of student progress. 

    The data collected from this pilot program for students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First grades is proving that "Literacy for All Students" ©2017 is working.  38% of Houston children 5 years and younger live in poverty and that percentage have grown since Harvey.
  • Why We Do What We Do


    • A 7 year-old student in the 1st grade was asked what would he do now that he could take home his brand new books? 

      "I am a good reader now, but now I will become a great reader."  

      When he was asked, "what is your goal?" 

      "My goal is to become a heart doctor. I will fix people's hearts so they will feel good. And when they feel good, they will do good for others."  

      This is why our volunteers and partners work so hard.
    • Our students are traumatized by Harvey.  One students says he puts his books by the front door in plastic sacks so he will grab them when it starts to rain.

      These books are going to be the first thing they can call their own since Hurricane Harvey.  
    • Our Students Accept Their Responsibility


      Our students say the following "Promise" every morning and evening after they finish brushing their teeth. They put their right hand over their heart, look in the mirror, and say out loud:

      "I am smart.  I am important. I read to others. And I teach others to read. I promise."

    • Here is our 17-minute documentary, "Eradicating Illiteracy, 2015." 

      Team First Book Houston, the staff and students of the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication of the University of Houston have won 3 GOLD REMI AWARDS from the WorldFest International Film Festival. At the April 2017 Gala, there were attendees from 74 different countries with over 4,500 submissions! 

      DISNEY used this short documentary as part of their National Reading Campaign!

    Due to Hurricane Harvey, many children lost their home libraries.  If we are successful with our fundraising, this may be a project for our club to consider.


Program: "Literacy for All Students" Team First Book Houston 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Song of the Week - A song about depression 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Program:  Mental Health and Depression

Why you should listen

Winston Churchill called it "the Black Dog" -- a depression that settled over him and drained the flavor from life. Ruby Wax knows the Black Dog well; throughout the '80s and '90s, during a flourishing career as a brash comedian and interviewer in the UK, it trotted at her heels, even while she was interviewing the Duchess of York and sorting through Imelda Marcos' shoes.

After taking a timeout to learn how to manage the condition, Wax produced a stand-up comedy show called "Losing It" that directly addresses her mental health experiences, hilariously but powerfully. And she's started up a new social network called the Black Dog Tribe, which offers a community and support to people with depression. Meanwhile, she's working on her Master's in cognitive therapy.

Also, this year, Ruby was honored as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her mental health work.

As she says: "I've always said to myself, if you've got a disability, use it." 

Ruby is also a visiting professor at The University of Surrey.

Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.



IDEAS.TED.COM. "How should we talk about mental health?"  Dec 18, 2013 The Huong Ha

Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in every four people experiences mental health issues — yet more than 40 percent of countries worldwide have no mental health policy. Across the board it seems like we have no idea how to talk about it respectfully and responsibly.

Stigma and discrimination are the two biggest obstacles to a productive public dialogue about mental health; indeed, the problem seems to be largely one of communication. So we asked seven mental health experts: How should we talk about mental health? How can informed and sensitive people do it right – and how can the media do it responsibly?

Program:  Mental Health and Depression 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

District Training for 2018-2019 Club Officers 

If you have been selected as an officer/director for the Rotary year 2018-2019, please register for the District Training in D5890 to be held on April 7th.  Save the date - begins at 8:00 am and dismisses at 1:00 pm.  We may also go out for lunch together following the training, but not required.  The location is: 
Houston Community College
5601 West Loop S, 
Houston, TX 77081
United States

Bring club officers, committee chairs, board members and others to this valuable training program.

The fee is $20:00 per member, checks should be mailed to:

Alice Hastings-James
c/o The Rotary Club of University Area
PO Box 980834
Houston, TX 77098

You may register on the Rotary District 5890 website.  There will be break-out sessions for each officer and committee chairs.

If you reside in another district, as several of our officers in the upcoming Rotary year, it would be great if you could attend your local district training.   If you need help to identify your Rotary district, please contact President-Elect Robin Charlesworth ( for assistance.  

District Training for 2018-2019 Club Officers 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

RYLA Wrap-Up 2018

I’m thankful for RYLA
On Friday, February 9th, I went on a camping trip to Huntsville for RYLA. I was joined by two other students from my school, Erick Poz and Pascaline Chuma. We left school at 3:30 with Ms. Belinda. I met Ms. Belinda for the first time and it was wonderful. She talked with the three of us and told us something about herself. We went to restaurant called Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill and it was wonderful. The food was very delicious. Ms. Belinda was so generous that she even asked us if we wanted to get something for takeout just in case we feel hungry during the car ride. After Fadi’s we went to Niko Niko’s and waited for Dr. Isis. Ms. Belinda left and we drove with Dr. Isis. The ride was pretty long and we all took a little nap. Dr. Isis was friendly with us too. It was approximately 9:30 when we reached our camp, we all signed in and were put in different groups and cabins. Dr. Isis was in my group yay! The three of us became really good friends with our group mates, we had a lot of fun. If it wasn’t for RYLA, I would’ve never realized that people could get so close to each other in less than 24 hours. We did really fun activities that had a moral and thought us something about life, leadership and trust. There were speakers who spoke about their life experiences and careers. On Saturday night, we went to the campfire and did s’mores, sang and listened to campfire songs, our coaches told us about their first experiences at RYLA when they were our age. After that, we were all so exhausted and were just about to go to our cabins and sleep when our coaches said that a surprise party was held for everyone, it was a surprise to them too. We were all too tired to dance but we still went to the chapel. It felt like we were at a real dance floor because of the lights. I had never danced freely before, because I was always insecure about it since I don’t know how to dance. But I always wanted to dance at a party like I owned it, and I danced like I never did before. We all got our energy from the music and danced. It was the best night of my life. We never realized how time passed by so fast and it was already 1:00am and the party ended. Awwh, I still wanted to dance! But we went to our cabins and I packed my bags so I won’t have to pack the next day. The next morning, I was the first one to wake up at 6:40am. I went to take a shower and wore the RYLA tees we were given on Friday, I wore my group’s bandana. I wish we could stay longer… I called my family whenever I could, so I called them and we talked until everyone was ready. At 8, we went to have breakfast, I really loved it. If there is one thing I could change about RYLA, it’d be to extend the days because literally, we all wished that. My days at RYLA are unforgettable. My coaches, Paige, Chance, and Charlie are simply the best. They let us express our real selves to one another. While waiting for our rides, we had snacks and danced. I felt really emotional because I didn’t want to leave. Mr. Ngyuen came to pick us up, he signed us out and I hugged my coaches goodbye. We took photos and left the camp. Mr. Nguyen took us for pizza! We ate and talked about our camp experience with him. The three of us fell asleep in the car. We finally arrived at Houston and I called my parents. Erick walked home, while Pascaline and I took the bus. I am really thankful to Ms. Belinda for picking us up and taking us for a meal, Dr. Isis for driving us, Mr. Nguyen for picking us up and taking us for pizza, Rotary and RYLA for giving us a wonderful experience. It wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for any one of them. And a very big thank you to Lamisa Rehenuma, for believing in me and telling more about RYLA.
RYLA Wrap-Up 2018 Ammara Dagha, Interactor 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Coffee with Polio Experts: Dr Urs Herzog, Rotarian and polio survivor

We join Dr Urs Herzog, long-time Rotarian, polio eradicator, National PolioPlus Advocacy Advisor for Rotary Switzerland and polio survivor himself, as he explains the financial costs of the programme, and why it is critical that we eradicate every last trace of the virus until the disease is finished for good.  Published January 9, 2018
Rotary, along with , has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.  Donate each year until we succeed in eradicating this dreadful disease.  Believe it - it will become a reality for future generations with the help of Rotarians worldwide.  Be a part of history!
Coffee with Polio Experts: Dr Urs Herzog, Rotarian and polio survivor 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Next Week - Scuba Diving in Iceland Talk @ Willowbrook Rotary

PDG Ed Charlesworth and Jake Stein will be sharing about their experience of scuba diving between two tectonic plates in Iceland after New Year's this year at the Rotary Club of Willowbrook next Friday.  Their club meets for lunch at noon on Friday, February 16th, at Campioni's Restaurant near Willowbrook Mall on Cutten Road.   Their club has also been collecting food to be sent to Venezuela each month.  If you attend this meeting it will be considered a make-up meeting and is eligible for meeting credit.  Simply complete the Attendance Form on our website.
Next Week - Scuba Diving in Iceland Talk @ Willowbrook Rotary 2018-02-11 06:00:00Z 0