Marc Mori visits Dubai
One of our most recent members, Marc Mori, visited Dubai this past November, and exchanged banners with Rotary Club Jumeirah President Dilip Thaker. A wonderful dinner was shared with club members at the Ritz Carlton at the Dubai International Financial Center. Great international friendship, Marc!
Membership Chair, Nicole Bianchi, and her husband Doug celebrated their anniversary, Rotary style, which is doing service above self. They helped The Human Trafficking Task Force Go Bags. Great job, guys. Congratulations on your anniversary!
Member Charles Mickens, who lives in Lansing, Michigan, did a kind gesture of sharing cupcakes with the firefighters in a local fire station.

Club Member News 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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.

Martin Bailey Garden Project Stage 1 Completed 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
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
Dear Rotarians and Guests,
As the Holiday Season gains steam we are all busier than usual, yet is that special Season when  our collective consciousness is boosted to share, give, and gather.  There has been a “Giving Tuesday” when many charities benefitted from generosity of givers, and our own Rotary Foundation was part of the well-intending and well-supported charities on that day.  Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation, health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio, literacy projects, maternal and child health and peace initiatives.  We have received our district raffle tickets which are designed to encourage your giving to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund (in addition to the Polio Eradication Fund) and for those who may attend our Holiday Gathering on December 8th at my home, these tickets will be distributed; otherwise we will mail them to you.  This year there are four tickets which you may personally buy or sell to others and the drawing at our district conference on May 4th will announce the winner of a DISNEY VACATION (a $4,250 Value).  The winner does not need to be present to win.  You may donate online (My Rotary – set up your personal account if you have not yet done so), or if you receive checks make them payable to:  The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund-SHARE and mail to 8323 Southwest Freeway Ste. 276, Houston, TX  77074 (also on the ticket).  When you give to our Rotary Foundation you fuel our service projects in communities locally and around the world.  You may also set up  Rotary Direct which allows you to help year-round by automatically giving each month, quarter, or year.  Several of our members have scheduled this to simplify their giving.  We are a ****Four Star Charity – Charity Navigator’s Highest level.
We are also gathering gently used or new winter coats and blankets in addition to Teddy Bears to share with needy folks in our community and abroad.  Bring these to our Holiday Party or contact Brittany Johnson, Community Service Director, or me for more information.  On our website we have a section for Service Opportunities.  I recently signed on for Be My Eyes to assist the blind with daily challenges such as “Do my clothes seem suitable – colors o.k.?” or to read the prescription labels.  There are 106,152 Blind participants and 1,813,636 volunteers.  Notification when someone needs your help is randomly assigned so it may take awhile before you are tapped to help.  Yet, this also insures that someone is immediately available to provided needed assistance.  Please take a few moments to view other opportunities which are driven by our own members such as Women Empowering Women – menstrual hygiene products for women in Honduras (Christine Mercer), Helping Venezuelan Refugees (Dr. Isis Meijas and Cristal Montanez), and Helping Immigrants at the Texas Border (Ruby Powers).
We have much on the horizon for the new year, too!  We will host a fundraiser with Singer/Songwriter Rebecca Folsom on January 26th and will need to market this event so we can make money for our charities.  In February DG Carmen Cuneo has planned a Conference for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Feb 8 – 10).  In March we are hosting a vocational delegation from the Ukraine with a designated theme of “Energy Efficiency”.  We will need host families and volunteers to assist with a Texas BBQ and a Backyard Chili Cookoff.  We also want to take them to the Houston Livestock and Rodeo in addition to their daily tours of NASA, City of Houston, research studies at our universities, and local energy companies.  If you are interested in helping, please let me know.  Plan to attend our District Conference in Corpus Christi at the Omni from May 2 – 5 with a special dinner aboard the USS Lexington on Friday night and a Princess and Pirates Ball on Saturday night.  And to celebrate another great year in Rotary, there is the Rotary International Convention to be held June 1 – 5 in Hamburg, Germany. 
So much to do and so little time, yet it is so much better to know that your time, talents, and money are spent making our world a better place for future generations.  It is more fun to work together with friends in Rotary to create changes in the lives of the needy who really appreciate a helping hand and a chance to improve their education, health, living conditions with clean water and learning how to support their own family with vocational training.  If you discover your passion and have a direction you want to pursue to help others, then Rotary is the place for you to make it happen.
May you enjoy the holidays with family and friends, and feel energized to serve others in the New Year!
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
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
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
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!

Empowering Women on a Global Scale 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
November Calendar 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
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

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
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
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
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
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 8     Zoom meeting - The Venezuelan Refugees  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Cristal Montanez and Dr. Isis Meijas
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap :  US: +16468769923,,162424998#  or +16699006833,,162424998# 
Or Telephone:  Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 162 424 998
International numbers available:
October 14   Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  CST
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap :   US: +16468769923,,338807790#  or +16699006833,,338807790# 
Or Telephone:  Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 338 807 790
International numbers available:
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.
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap :  US: +16468769923,,765977208#  or +16699006833,,765977208# 
Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 765 977 208
International numbers available:
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.
October Calendar 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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

Eradicating Polio Worldwide 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Why is our Pin a Rotary Wheel? 2018-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
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."
Program 2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Past Events  2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
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
Hope for Venezuela 2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
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
Service Saturdays 2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
President's Message Robin Charlesworth 2018-08-29 05:00:00Z 0


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 - DG Carmen Cuneo's Official Club Visit - September 10th @ 7:00 pm 2018-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
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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Online Meeting - September 6th @ 5:00 pm 2018-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
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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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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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
Inspirational Moment 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
It’s Smarter to VOLUNTEER in groups. More fun, too!
Funny Moment 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program - Membership 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
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:
Latest Events! 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
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
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2018-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
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
Questions?  Terry Ziegler - or 713-825-1176                  
August 30 - Newsletter
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Members, please send us articles about your service or community projects and include a photo 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 click on the link under the name Adriane Miller to send me an email.
Thank you,
Adriane Miller & Lori Prouty
Rotary E-Club of Houston Newsletter Team
We Want to Hear From You 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
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?
Rotary Basics 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
Rotary Fire Fighters Home 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
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
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

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

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
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
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 

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This Saturday - General Meeting 2018-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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

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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Gardening Trends 2018 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

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
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
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
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.
Visiting a Traditional Club 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
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
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

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.

Interesting Facts About Dolphins 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
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
“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

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
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
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


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

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
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
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
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
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
Please join us for our monthly meeting and celebration of our 4th Anniversary. We have two special guests, Past District Governor Eric Liu and Dr. Barbara Conway. You will learn about Rotary's projects in Nicaragua presented by Dr. Barbara Conway.  Also, great information and a special presentation by our PDG Eric Liu can be anticipated.  As always, all in the best spirit of fellowship and fun!
When:  Saturday, February 17 at 11 AM - 12 PM CST
Where:  Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas 77074
General Meeting in Houston February 17th 2018-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
A fascinating tour and presentation by Rotary Club of Houston Rotarian Dr. Peter Hotez Texas Childrens Hospital's Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics and Director for the Center for Vaccine Development, to our District 5890's leaders on a very actual topic, vaccines. Did you know we have a vaccine development center right in the middle of the Texas Medical Center that not inky produces vaccines for the poorest of the poorest like the Chagas disease but also a few others. I learned that Mexico's Carlos Slim foundation has contributed to his research and Japan. It would be great to create a link between the Gates Foundation and TRF as well. We also listened to Dr. Allison Winnike from the Immunization Partnership on Texas policy making and vaccine enforcement situation at state level , there is so much to do, she was very knowledgeable. The center's outreach department has worked with Rotary Australia and our Rotary district in Africa building a center, distributing vaccines, etc. It is a small world. I enjoyed the explanation in the use if fermentation un the production if vaccines and the machinery and research team we got to meet. I hope we can find a way to work together since we are also in the business of helping to make this world a safer place one polio vaccine at a time and we are #thisclose to #Zeropolionow! Thank you Rtn. TRF Zone Dir. Terry Ziegler, DGE Carmen Cuneo and all awesome Rotarians in our group. I got to give an End Polio Now pin to Dr. Hoetz but did not take a picture. ❤😊 #Rotariansinaction You can read about Dr. Hoetz in this Texas Monthly magazine article... where he talks about evidence if uncontrolled measles spreading in Texas. Imagine if we loose our battle with polio in a similar way. Thankful to have attended! 
Report on the Sabin Center Visit for Rotarians Lizette Odfalk 2018-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
Dr. Isis Meijas headed up this project and has traveled to Uganda on four occasions while taking time off from her full time job in Houston.  Since sanitary pads are not common in Uganda, girls regularly miss school which leads to early drop out from school.   This grant focused on girls in Kalisizo, Uganda who learned how to sew reusable sanitary pads and the importance of women’s health. ‘Water is Life- Sanitation is Health’ developed a training program with ‘Days for Girls’ to give girls the tools to sew and sell pads. But, most importantly to be Ambassadors and understand their rights as humans, their rights to have access to basic sanitation at schools and at home, their value as women, and their
reproductive system.
Thanks to the lovelies Rtn. Manon Mitchell and Rtn. Ann Dale for leading this training ! and all of the Rotarians from around the world who participated and believed in this effort.
Global Grant in UGANDA Update Isis Meijas 2018-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

New Clothes for Children in Africa

Past President Dree Miller has been busy sewing again for the children in Africa.  This is a great example of how any Rotarian in our club may select a specific focus and take action.  If you do, we would like to know about it, too.  Here is what Dree has to say:
"This is my carnival of colors. Today I finalized sewing the last of about 150 pieces of clothing to send to underprivileged children in Africa. Thanks to the blessed help of my friends Monica, Rosangela, Marcia, Damicela, Christiane, Janina, Maria Elisa and others, we will be sending close to 200 pieces! Now we need help paying for shipping to a distribution center in the US, or Is there anyone going to Africa soon that could take these? Please PM me if interested in helping. Last year Isis Mejias from our Rotary E-club took the clothes we made to Uganda, and the children were so happy!"
International Service Project Ready for Shipment 2018-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
"I shot this video on the island Paradise of Mauritius on a topic that seems to fascinate people: The 5 am Club. In it, I walk you through the best ways to get up early so you 20X your productivity and quality of life. Enjoy it!"
Robin Sharma is considered to be one of the top 5 leadership experts in the world. His work is embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires and many celebrity CEOs.  
As a presenter, Sharma has the rare ability to electrify an audience yet deliver uncommonly original and useful insights that lead to individuals doing their best work, teams providing superb results and organizations becoming unbeatable. For nearly 20 years, many of the most well-known organizations on the planet, ranging from Nike, GE, Microsoft, FedEx, PwC, HP and Oracle to NASA, Yale University and YPO have chosen Robin Sharma for their most important events, when nothing less than a world-class speaker will do.
Sharma's books such as The Leader Who Had No Title have topped bestseller lists internationally and his social media posts reach over six hundred million people a year, making him a true global phenomenon for helping people do brilliant work, thrive amid change and realize their highest leadership capacities within the organization so that personal responsibility, productivity, ingenuity and mastery soars. Sharma has been ranked as one of the Top 5 Leadership Experts in the World in an independent survey of over 22,000 businesspeople and appears on platforms with other luminaries such as Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and Shaquille O'Neill.

Robin’s Global Impact

  • In an independent survey of over 22,000 businesspeople, Robin is ranked in The Top 5 of the world's leadership gurus along with Jack Welch, Jim Collins and John Maxwell. (Source:
  • Robin's books on Leadership and peak performance at work have sold over 15,000,000 copies in 75+ Countries.
  • voted Robin one of The Top 5 Leadership Speakers in the world.
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is the 5th best selling book in the history of Israel. It has been on India's Top 10 bestseller list of over 2 years. Robin's books have been the fastest selling books in Turkish publishing history. His books have also been blockbusters in Japan, England, Dubai, Mexico, Singapore, Puerto Rico and throughout South America, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Serbia, Romania, Russia and Sweden.
  • Robin's runaway bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title” was the #1 Business book on
  • Robin's fans + endorsers include Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, rock star Jon Bon Jovi, a member of The British Royal family and heads of state from around the world.
Robin's Mission Statement:    To help people and organizations around the world Lead Without a Title.

Giving Back

Every child needs a chance. The kid of today is the leader of tomorrow. Robin Sharma is deeply passionate about helping children in need live happier, healthier lives. He truly wants to make a giant difference in the lives of underprivileged children around the world. And guess what? He needs your help .
The Robin Sharma Foundation for Children (RSFC) is a registered charitable foundation founded by Robin Sharma. The Foundation raises funds from around the world and donates them to children's causes.
Do you want to make a bigger impact with your life? Just imagine how you will feel knowing that you’ve helped even one child live a better life and craft their dreams. As Robin says: “The only happiness that lasts is the happiness that comes from giving.” Help us help the kids of the planet.
PROGRAM:  HOW TO WAKE UP EARLY by Robin Sharma 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Human Trafficking is an epidemic in Houston! This impacts all children. Join us on January 25, 2018 and learn how to protect your children from predators and recruiters. The YWCA of Houston's Advocacy Committee is sharing this film at 6300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  Houston, Texas. 77021.  Networking begins at 6:00 pm until 6:30 pm and the film begins at 6:30 pm.  
After the film screening of “I Am Jane Doe” an interactive panel discussion will be moderated by Jacqueline Bostic McElroy (member of Rotary e-club Houston), Jennifer Hohman and parents of #humantrafficking survivors. You can be the one that saves a child's life. #ywcaisonamission #fightforus
Watch the trailer:
 and register: to ADVANCE
Read the following from The Houston Chronicle: 

Feds: Gang brothel enslaved women in Gulfton

By Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle

January 19, 2018 Updated: January 20, 2018 11:05am
Maria Angelica "Patty" Moreno-Reyna walks into federal court Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Houston. Moreno-Reyna is one of 24 defendants facing federal charges in the sex trafficking operation ran by the Southwest.

For eight years, the shabby Carriage Way apartments in southwest Houston concealed a brothel run by a ruthless sex trafficking ring that lured undocumented women into prostitution with false promises of restaurant jobs.


The gang-affiliated family business was allegedly managed by a woman whose sons served as enforcers and another whose children were pimps and prostitutes. New recruits, including a 14-year-old runaway, were threatened, beaten, drugged and tattooed with their pimps' street names to remind them who owned them. One woman who didn't make her quota was forced to have liposuction and breast augmentation.

When trafficking victims escaped their clutches, gang members crossed borders to hunt them down and force them back into service, according to sworn testimony by two investigators at several federal court detention hearings last fall.

The dismantling of the gritty Gulfton brothel and two others purportedly operated by the Southwest Cholos gang and their associates offers a harsh view of the often violent, sprawling and lucrative sex trade that has flourished in Houston in a variety of settings.

The illicit sex business here now includes top-dollar call girl agencies, legions of street walkers, hundreds of massage parlors fronting for sex shops and cantinas where a beer can be followed by a "date" in room behind the bar.

"We have more brothels than we have Starbucks in our city," said Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk.

The demand is so pervasive that at any given moment there are over 400 storefront sex businesses operating in Houston, said Sanborn, whose nonprofit research and advocacy group routinely analyzes posts on where patrons rate and review illicit massage proprietors.

"Houston is fertile ground for trafficking because of its proximity to the border, its sexually oriented businesses, its diversity and the demand for sexual services," said Alfred T. Tribble Jr., an FBI supervisor who oversees the human trafficking unit in Houston.

FBI investigations into human trafficking have more doubled nationwide in the past decade and Texas has emerged as a major sex trafficking market, among the regions generating the most calls each year to the national trafficking hotline, Tribble said.

The Cholos brothel showed how the sex trade has also sprouted up in residential areas, as Tribble's team and investigators from the DEA, Homeland Security and the Harris County Sheriff's Office would discover. Neighbors who knew about the brothel at the two-story Carriage Way apartment complex -- seven miles from downtown, three miles from the glitzy Galleria -- were reportedly too spooked by the threat of gang retaliation to report it to the police.

Over two years, investigators tracked down evidence in Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador.

The grand jury indictments - returned on Nov. 3 and Dec. 7 - of 24 members and associates of the Southwest Cholos provide a glimpse into the complex crime underworld that thrived behind closed doors. The case is unusual in that a Houston street gang is accused not only of peddling drugs and firearms but also running an international prostitution business and a human smuggling operation that transported immigrants from China across the U.S.-Mexico border for a whopping $40,000 per person.

A gang dabbling in sex trafficking is not an anomaly, said Tribble from the FBI. Gang leaders are savvy and they often experiment with new enterprises to increase their profits, he said.


"Trafficking in human flesh is a lot less risky than trafficking in firearms or illegal narcotics," Tribble explained. "The capital is abundant and renewable, people are sold over and over again."

"It's not like a kilo of cocaine where it's used and it's gone," he said. "You can use them and use them and then ship them off to another city and exploit them more."

That was exactly what happened in the Cholos case, an FBI agent on Tribble's team testified.

The agent told a Houston judge that several of the victims were groomed and trained at a family-run brothel in Cancun before being romanced, tricked, tattooed and shipped to three Cholos brothels in Gulfton where their services commanded a higher price.

The enforcers for the gang brothel were particularly merciless in controlling their money-making victims, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Goldman told a judge at a November hearing.

"We're dealing with a group of individuals that branded women like cattle," Goldman told the court, adding they engaged in "exceptional violence." Five defendants, including the pimp who allegedly ran the Cancun brothel, remain fugitives, but Goldman convinced federal magistrates that 14 of 17 defendants rounded up by police were a danger or flight risk and should await trial in custody without bond.

While some declined to comment, citing reams of documents they'd just been handed, several defense lawyers said there is little evidence to support the sweeping federal indictment and poked holes in the government's case, including Andrew Williams, who represents a key defendant accused of managing the brothel.

Williams said his client, Maria Angelica "Patty" Moreno-Reyna, 51, had nothing to do with the scheme but got swept up in the prosecution because she lived in a gang-saturated building where a brothel was operating unchecked for years.

"Some of these claims are outrageous," said Williams. "She's a middle-aged woman. She has no power to make anyone do anything. They're making her out to be a kingpin."

The lawyer for Patty's son, Jose Luis "Lucky" Moreno who is accused of being an enforcer, said he looked forward to his client having his day in court.

"We suspect the government's evidence is contrived," said attorney Ali Fazel. "We suspect that a good number of witness for the government have been granted a great deal of leniency and provided favors for their testimony."

Williams, the lawyer for Lucky's mother Patty, agreed, saying prosecutors had cast a very wide net in hopes that some defendants would be snared, a strategy he said benefitted the government's witnesses.

"Some of these witnesses are going to be able to stay in this country for a long time," he said.

The gang's grim enterprise persisted for years amid the buzz of life at the urban apartment complex on Houston's southwest side, according to investigators.

On a sunny morning a week after the arrests, the people at the Carriage Way apartments on Dashwood quietly attended to their lives. A woman unloaded groceries in the carport as neighbors chatted in an interior passageway, paces from where the Cholos brothel operated for nearly a decade.

A sign posted in the parking lot reminded residents to keep their radios low as a courtesy to others. The enterprising residents of a nearby apartment had set up a makeshift convenience store, with handwritten signs taped in windows advertising chips, soda and candy.

But in an adjoining courtyard evidence remained of the recent FBI raid at an upstairs apartment: a cracked window pane and a boarded up door plastered with an eviction notice. The scheme, officials say, involved tenants who rented 10 of about 70 residential units in the complex.

Several neighbors at the complex said they saw a team of FBI agents combing through units at the two-story complex during the first week in November. Before the raid, they said, they claimed to know nothing about a busy brothel where up to seven women provided services to customers from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The building manager at the apartment complex declined to speak with a reporter about the protracted criminal enterprise alleged by police. A Houston attorney who represented the building owner in a 2012 nuisance lawsuit - involving complaints at another residential property - did not return calls for comment.

Human Trafficking News in Houston 2018-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
On Friday January 26, 2018,  D5890 is sponsoring a tour of the Sabin Vaccine Institute where work is done on the development of vaccines for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Due to Rotary's great effort to eradicate Polio, we have a close association with the Sabin Vaccine Institute.  Meet in the lobby at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates Ave, Houston, TX 77030 in the Texas Medical Center at 11 AM on Friday., January 26, 2018. There is a parking garage in the Children's Nutrition Research building.

Children’s Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates Ave,
Houston, TX 77030 in the Texas Medical Center at 11:00 am
Friday., January 26, 2018.
*Let Terry Ziegler know if you are interested by this Monday 1/22!
TOUR the Sabin vaccine INSTITUTE IN HOUSTON FRiDAY - JANUARY 26th Liz Odfalk 2018-01-21 06:00:00Z 0


I am currently a Senior Sales Manager with Marriott International for our San Antonio/Austin Resorts and Convention Hotels.  I handle groups with 100-300 peak rooms, and up to 1,500 attendees.  I’ve been with Marriott almost ten years, and have worked in six different markets.  Currently I work remote from Fort Worth, and travel to my hotels about four times per year.  This year I am also on our Starwood Integration team, and we will begin selling our new Starwood (Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, Aloft, 4 points) in April.  We are very excited about our new hotel partners!
Brittany Johnson
Senior Sales Manager 
P: 469-443-9498   
VOCATIONAL FOCUS 2018-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Have you ever logged into the Member Area - Member Login of our webpage?  We would appreciate having every Active Member update their photo and contact information for our Club Directory/Photo Directory.  Look at the left hand column called My ClubRunner.  Explore this section this month.  Start with Edit My Profile - verify all information such as address,  phone numbers, email, work information and photo.  If you have difficulties getting this far, please contact a board member.  Also you may receive a phone call from Rtn. Charles Mickens who is contacting our members regarding these updates.   Since most of us have not met in person, we really hope to have a Photo Directory which is up-to-date. 
In this section of My ClubRunner you can take a look at your Attendance record. This is only a summary of your attendance.  To register your attendance please use the form in the banner of the club website.
Update Photo Directory and Basic Info in ClubRunner 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Being in the Rotary e-Club reminds me of a beautiful video on Youtube I've once seen about a virtual choir that sang together as strangers from location all over the world. These are ordinary people that want to be apart of something greater than themselves and offers their voice to something they believe in.
This was not an easy task to put together, especially for the video editor that has to goes in and synchronize all the video and sounds together. It's been viewed over 5 million times and was featured on TED talks.
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque'
As a member, and president of Rotary e-Club of Houston, I want to remind you that you're not limited to only our club or our district, you're limited only to your imagination. There are hundreds of eClub out there and 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. You can visit their website and learns what they do to get inspires and bring it back to share our fellow members. In my beliefs, the best way to strengthen any company or organizations is to create more leaders, not followers. 
There are resources around, please ask for help. Please review your ClubRunner account at the link below.
ClubRunner Support
Email Support:
Phone: 1-877-469-2582 Option 2
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Eastern Time (Toronto)
If you have time, please register for
Rotary e-Club of Houston - President 
Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador 

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

President's Message Wind Nguyen 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
SOLD OUT!!!  Plan B:   If folks want to participate in the Rotary fellowship at NRG Center, they could purchase a Grounds Pass for $15 (either online or at the gate) and email a request to me for a Meal-only ticket for the buffet. They will be welcome at the Rotary gathering whether they have a meal ticket or not. The Grounds Pass will allow entrance into everything except NRG Stadium for the Rodeo and concert. There are lots of other things to do while the performance is going on.
District 5890 is hosting Rodeo Night at the Rodeo at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Thursday March 8 for a great fellowship opportunity. We will have a delicious chicken enchilada and beef fajita Fiesta Dinner Buffet in a private room on the second floor of NRG Center and there will be a private cash bar. The Rodeo entertainer that night is the very popular Luke Bryan and this will probably be a sold-out performance. We have secured a block of 100 Loge Section 523 tickets. The Full Ride package including entry to grounds, buffet dinner and entry into NRG Stadium for the Rodeo and Luke Bryan performance with Loge seat tickets is $65 and we have 25 Dinner-only tickets for $35 for those who are already on-grounds with their own Rodeo tickets or HLSR badge entry privileges. The buffet dinner will be held in a private room located on the second floor of NRG Center, convenient to NRG Stadium and all other Rodeo activities. The room for the dinner will open at 4:30pm and we will have a cash bar available. We will have a social from 4:30 – 5:30 pm and the dinner buffet will open at 5:30 pm. Of course with your entry ticket you can come as early as you would like and enjoy other activities around the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds.
Rotary at the Houston Rodeo - March 8th 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Meeting Date & Time:  This Monday, JANUARY 22nd, 6:30PM (let's arrive at 6:00PM and order food/drinks). 
Venue:            Los Tios Mexican Restaurant  
                        9527 Westheimer Road
                       Houston, Texas 77063 
Growing Rotary enables us to do more good in our communities and the world.  Attendance at the D5890 Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to bond with your club's Area Membership Chair (AMC) & other district leaders.

Speaker - Carol Lester, D5890 Area Membership Chair & Past President, Rotary Club of West U 
Topic - Best Practices for Engaging Members

It's important to find ways to engage members at all stages of their membership in order to help maximize their Rotary experience.  Long term engagement is an integral component of member retention, resulting in successfully Growing Rotary; for new membership gains can quickly be wiped out by non-engaged members choosing to leave.  


We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club.  


Yours in Rotary service,

Ann Wright
D5890 Membership Committee Vice Chair 

Derrill Painter
D5890 Membership Committee Chair
832-473-5729 - Cell
NOTE:  This counts as attendance credit for January, 2018.  Please submit form on our club's website (see beneath the banner).
District 5890 Membership Meeting 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0


I am currently a Senior Sales Manager with Marriott International for our San Antonio/Austin Resorts and Convention Hotels.  I handle groups with 100-300 peak rooms, and up to 1,500 attendees.  I’ve been with Marriott almost ten years, and have worked in six different markets.  Currently I work remote from Fort Worth, and travel to my hotels about four times per year.  This year I am also on our Starwood Integration team, and we will begin selling our new Starwood (Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, Aloft, 4 points) in April.  We are very excited about our new hotel partners!
My career with Marriott began in 2008 following college graduation from The Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.
MINI-CLASSIFICATION TALK 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0


The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

  • High ethical standards in business and professions

  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations

  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society

    As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:

  • Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.

  • Use your professional skills to serve a community.

  • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through

    your own words and actions.

  • Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.

  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development. 


January is VOCATIONAL Month 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0


Social Media & Rotary 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0

Cave explorer and geologist Francesco Sauro travels to the hidden continent under our feet, surveying deep, dark places inside the earth that humans have never been able to reach before. In the spectacular tepuis of South America, he finds new minerals and insects that have evolved in isolation, and he uses his knowledge of these alien worlds to train astronauts.

Why you should listen

Italian speleologist Francesco Sauro is fascinated by the tabletop mountains of South America, the tepuis. These plateaus, which tower over the Brazilian and Venezuelan rainforest, hide behind their dramatic landscape a lost world of extensive cave structures. They harbor unique geological and biological features that have evolved in isolation over millennia.

With nearly twenty years of caving experience, Sauro has participated in research in many cave systems all over the world, but keeps coming back to the tepuis, where he has led six expeditions since 2009. He leads also a caves training program for European astronauts.

Program: Deep under the Earth's surface, discovering beauty and science Ted Talk by Francesco Sauro 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
The eruption of Mount Agung on the island of Bali has sparked worldwide media interest, yet volcanic eruptions in Indonesia are nothing new. Of the country’s 139 “active” volcanoes, 18 currently have raised alert levels, signifying higher than normal seismic activity, ground deformation or gas emissions. On a global scale, in any week in 2017, there were at least between 14 and 27 volcanoes erupting.

Most observed volcanic activity takes place along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region around the Pacific Ocean where several tectonic plates meet, causing earthquakes and a chain of what geologists call subduction zone volcanoes. Other eruptions occur at volcanoes within continental interiors such as Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania, or on oceanic islands like Hawaii. Many also take place hidden from view on the sea floor, with some of the most active underwater volcanoes located in the Tonga-Kermadec island arc in the south-west Pacific.

The current eruptions on land range from gentle lava effusions to moderate-sized explosions and are tiny compared to the largest in Earth’s history. Even the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, also in Indonesia, arguably the largest eruption in recent recorded history, is dwarfed by super-eruptions in the geological past such as that of Toba volcano on Sumatra some 74,000 years ago. Toba erupted approximately 70 times more magma than Tambora, helped plunge the earth into another ice age and may have even created a genetic bottleneck in human evolution.

In fact, Toba was the largest eruption in the past 25m years, so there is little chance of a similar catastrophe any time soon. Nevertheless, it is the frequent, small- to moderate-sized eruptions that pose a constant volcanic threat. Around the globe today, about 800m people live within 100km, and 29m within 10km of active volcanoes.

“Volcanic threat”, a measure that combines the level of hazard and the number of people exposed to it, is by far the highest in Indonesia, followed by the Philippines, Japan, Mexico and Ethiopia. These five countries combine to make up more than 90% of the total global volcanic threat. However, as a proportion of population, volcanic threat is highest on small islands such as Montserrat, which are entirely volcanic.

Which are the volcanoes to watch in 2018? Some of the volcanoes that currently show signs of unrest may simply calm down without eruption, while others may enter a phase of eruption in the months to come and will need to be watched and monitored closely.

As well as Agung, here is our choice of some to keep an eye on:

Kirishima, Japan

One of Japan’s less known but most active volcanoes, Kirishima, is a group of several volcanic cones with eruptions recorded on and off since 742. An eruption at one of these cones, Shinmoedake, in 2011 was the largest at Kirishima for more than 50 years. Shinmoedake erupted for the first time in six years in October, with white plumes rising 200 metres above the crater rim. Presently, the alert level remains elevated.

Merapi, Indonesia

Merapi is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Indonesia due to its frequent eruptions and densely populated slopes. With a death toll of nearly 400 people, its 2010 eruption is so far the deadliest of the 21st century. One may argue that another eruption of Merapi is overdue, although there are no immediate signs of increased volcanic activity or unrest.

Öræfajökull, Iceland

This ice-covered volcano has erupted twice since the early settlement of Iceland, including the country’s largest-ever explosive eruption in 1362 and another in 1727-28. In both cases the eruptions were followed by massive and lethal flooding, as meltwater from subglacial lakes on the mountain were suddenly released.

Öræfajökull appears to be waking up. Small seismic tremors inside the volcano have been recorded since August 2017 and, in November, a depression on the surface of the ice inside the main crater appeared – a phenomenon that is usually caused by ice melting below the surface as heat builds up.

Popocatépetl, Mexico

Mexico’s “smoking mountain”, pictured at the top of this article, lies 70km south-east of Mexico City and is the country’s most active volcano. The volcano is currently erupting – as it has done so intermittently since 2005 – with lava dome growth, explosions, ash plumes up to a few kilometres high and minor ash fall in surrounding areas.

Villarrica, Chile

Snow-covered Villarrica volcano is one of only a small number of volcanoes around the world with an active lava lake. A gradual increase in seismic and lava lake activity, producing lava fountains up to 150 metres high, have been documented since mid-November 2017.

Kilauea, US

Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has spewed basaltic lava almost continuously for 35 years and there is no reason to expect this eruption will end any time soon. The volcano continues to erupt at its summit and from the Puʻu ʻOʻo vent on its East Rift Zone, producing lava flows that occasionally enter the ocean.

So these are some of the volcanoes that will need to be monitored closely over the next weeks and months. But volcanic unrest can also start suddenly at dormant volcanoes such as Hekla in Iceland which, based on its past record of decades of quiescence followed by sudden huge eruptions, may awake with little warning.

Ralf Gertisser is a Senior Lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology at Keele University, Katie Preece is a Research Associate in Volcanology at University of Glasgow, and Sylvain Charbonnier is an Assistant Professor in Volcanology at the University of South Florida. This article was originally featured on The Conversation.

Six volcanoes to watch in 2018 By Ralf Gertisser, Katie Preece, and Sylvain Charbonnier/The Conversation January 2, 2018 - Popular Science 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Championing a nonviolent movement for social equality, Martin Luther King, Jr., became the catalyst for monumental change. In this powerful piece, filmmaker Salomon Ligthelm creates a visual interpretation of King's final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," using found archive footage. King delivered the speech the night before his assassination in 1968.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's mission of inspiring people to care about the planet. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of the National Geographic Society.

Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email to submit a video for consideration.   
In the United States of America, the Martin Luther King Day will be a holiday on January 15, 2018.  On Nov. 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of every January, as Martin Luther King, Jr., day, according to the center. The holiday was began in 1986.  It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader.  Martin Luther King Jr. took on many roles: he was a pastor, activist, humanitarian, and most widely known for his work and improvements to the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is famously known for his “I Have A Dream” speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963.


Remembered for its powerful imagery and its repetition of a simple and memorable phrase, King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has endured as a signature moment of the civil rights struggle, and a crowning achievement of one of the movement’s most famous faces. 

The Library of Congress added the speech to the National Recording Registry in 2002, and the following year the National Park Service dedicated an inscribed marble slab to mark the spot where King stood that day.

In 2016, Time included the speech as one of its 10 greatest orations in history. 

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Rotary - Make a World of Difference RotaryInternational 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Dear E-Club Rotarian,
This is your past president Adriane Miller and current Area Membership Chair for our District 5890. I am also serving as our club's membership chair until the end of the Rotary year.
I would like to invite you, if you are in town, to come to our next general meeting on January 20th 2018 to see a presentation about membership recruitment and retention. The person responsible for membership is… Guess who? It’s you. It’s me. It’s all of us. It is essential that we all learn a bit more about membership recruitment and retention so that we can be a Rotary club that rises and shines, and continues to be the indispensable task force of Rotarians who are making this world better.
Also,  mark your calendars for our celebration in February 17.  Our Past District Governor Eric Liu is scheduled to present our club with the Presidential Citation Award for 2016/2017 during this meeting.
Please come to our January 20 meeting to hear about membership recruitment and retention. 
Meeting date: 01/20/2018
Meeting time: 11 AM (please arrive early if you would like to order food 
Address: Rio Ranch Restaurant - 9999 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042
Wishing you a 2018 full of joy and resolutions to serve humanity.
Thank you,
Past President Adriane Miller
AMC District 5890
Club Membership Chair
Charter Member
Rotary E-Club of Houston 
JANUARY 20th MEETING @ RIO RANCH RESTAURANT in Houston Adriane Miller 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

Progress on polio

RI President-Elect Barry Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.

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Early Bird Registration to attend the World Water Summit 10, Friday, June 22, has been extended to January 31, 2018. The registration fee is $150 US for WASRAG members and $175 US for Non-WASRAG members (which includes a 1-year membership to WASRAG)
This year's theme is "WASH and Health."  Sessions will be focussed on WASH and Disease Prevention, and WASH in Healthcare Faciltities. The program includes round table discussions on current topics, panel discussions and break-out sessions. One of the highlights will be Rotary International President Elect Barry Rassin, who will speak on how WASH projects impact on millions of people.
To register visit WWS10 - WASH and Health
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This year’s District Conference is fast approaching and plans are being made to have an informative and useful program at our “Fiesta of Service” on the Riverwalk in San Antonio on April 26th through 29th.  Highly recommended for new Rotarians and seasoned Rotarians to attend.  Great information, inspirational, and FUN with Rotarians from all other clubs in our district.
April 26, 2016 - April 29, 2018
Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
123 Losoya St. 
San Antonio, Texas 78205
To register for a room please go to:  Passkey Link:
Cancellation Policy:
No refund if cancelled after April 15, 2018
Our District 5890 has a tradition of doing a service project to benefit the local community where our conference is held, and we’ll have two wonderful District Conference Service Projects benefiting the military patients in San Antonio:
Cost:  $20,000  
This has been on the “wish list” of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, but could not be built due to a lack of funding.  They said this would be “an impactful donation of great value as it would be long-lasting” due to the fact that the PTRP facility helps military patients live independently while still receiving therapy to learn the skills needed to successfully reintegrate back into the community after their multiple injuries. 
Purpose:  Walking a labyrinth is a type of moving meditation for patients at the facility which can clear their mind for facing life’s challenges.  The spiritual benefits of walking a labyrinth include sensory awakening, reconnecting with self, sense of destination, restoration, and safety.  A “Rotary District 5890” recognition plaque will be placed near the labyrinth. 
How can you or your Rotary club help?  Make a contribution by issuing a check payable to:   District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505.
Items needed:  Socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, body wash (no bar soap), mouthwash (must be alcohol free), underwear (various sizes of briefs/boxers are needed). 
Visit this VA Hospital:  On Friday, April 27th, a group of thirty-five District 5890 Rotarians will be transported via vans to this VA hospital for an opportunity to visit patients, plus deliver much need comfort items that we’ll pack into bags.  Gift bags will be given to the patients, plus we leave additional bags that the hospital staff will distribute to patients.
How your club can help:  Collect items, and bring them to our District Conference Registration Desk in the hotel when you arrive in San Antonio.  We’ll collect the items and pack them into bags which we’ll take to the hospital on Friday, April 27th.
  • Service Project Contact:  Charlie Buscemi at or 713-598-7129 (Cellular). 
    Plan ahead for 2018 - District Conference April 26 - 29th 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
    A traveling bunch we are!  Isis -trekking in Brazil and Venezuela; Jake Stein in Italy and Iceland; Ed and Robin Charlesworth - Colorado and Iceland; Dree and Mike Miller - Montana and Utah to play in lots of snow!; Alexis Campestre - Hawaii; Barbara Conway - Nicaragua and Kentucky.
    Ruby Powers - Congratulations!  Named  2017 Top Lawyer in Immigration Law by Houstonian Magazine.
    Cristal Montana - Executive Director of Hashoo Foundation was at City Hall when Mayor Sylvester Turner honored the Houston Karachi sister City  Association with the 2017 Sister Cities International Award.  The Mayoral recognition was received by Consul General  of Pakistan Aisha Farooqui, HSKCA President Saeed Sheikh and Executive  Board members Cristal Montanez and AzamAkhtar.
    Belinda Postman-Kaylani - Met Wisdom High School Interactors to go iceskating at the Galleria,  Thanks for always being available for future generations!
    Barbara Conway -
    Traveled to Chinendega, Nicaragua to assist other Rotarians in distributing  Christmas gifts to school children.
    Isis Meijas - Congratulations on her invitation to speak during a general session at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto!  Outstanding!
    About our e-club Houston Active Members 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Dear E-Club Rotarian,
    This is your past president Adriane Miller and current Area Membership Chair for our District 5890. I am also serving as club membership chair until the end of the Rotary year as of a month ago.
    I would like to invite you, if you are in town, to come to our next general meeting on January 20th 2018 to see a presentation about membership recruitment and retention. The person responsible for membership is… Guess who? It’s you. It’s me. It’s all of us. It is essential that we all learn a bit more about membership recruitment and retention so that we can be a Rotary club that rises and shines, and continues to be the indispensable task force of Rotarians who are making this world better.
    Another excellent reason for you to come to our meeting is that we will be celebrating our achievement of the Presidential Citation Award for 2016/2017. It is the highest honor given to a club by Rotary International! It is no small accomplishment, and you were part of every step as a Rotarian who supported our club’s goals. Past District Governor Eric Liu will be there to present us with the award. I hope many of you will come and participate in the group photo for this important milestone for our club.
    Meeting date: 01/20/2018
    Meeting time: 11 AM (please arrive early if you would like to order food 
    Address: Rio Ranch Restaurant - 9999 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042
    Wishing you super happy holidays and a 2018 full of joy and resolutions to serve humanity.
    Thank you,
    Past President Adriane Miller
    AMC District 5890
    Club Membership Chair
    Charter Member
    Rotary E-Club of Houston 
    Next General Meeting - January 20th 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Our rescheduled District Foundation Seminar is set for Saturday, January 6th, at 8:30 am at the South Main Baptist Church Youth Center located at 4200 Main Street.  District Foundation Chair Wally Kronzer has some great group and breakout sessions planned for us.
    Please see the attached flyer and the email below for more information about our seminar.   You may register at the link provided in the email below or at our District website.
    It’s important for our Rotarians to know and understand the value of our Foundation and the many ways that they can give and direct the use of their donations.  There are so many more ways than the Annual Fund and Polio Plus.  We can accomplish so many things through our Foundation.  But only if we have the knowledge and know-how of what it is our Foundation offers us.
    And our Foundation has a 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator.  There are no more effective or efficient means of using your charitable dollars than through our own Rotary International Foundation.
    Register now and come enjoy the company of your fellow district Rotarians while learning how to Make A Difference through our Rotary Foundation.  I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, January 6th.
    When: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm. Registration begins at 7:30.
    Rotary e-Club of Houston - President 
    Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador 

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

    District Foundation Seminar - Saturday, January 6th 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He's the author of the classic "Start With Why"; his latest book is "Leaders Eat Last."

    Why you should listen

    Fascinated by the leaders who make impact in the world, companies and politicians with the capacity to inspire, Simon Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns in how they think, act and communicate. He wrote Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action to explore his idea of the Golden Circle, what he calls "a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, that explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others." His newest work explores "circles of safety," exploring how to enhance feelings of trust and confidence in making bold decisions. It's the subject of his latest book, Leaders Eat Last.

    An ethnographer by training, Sinek is an adjunct of the RAND Corporation. He writes and comments regularly for major publications and teaches graduate-level strategic communications at Columbia University.

    Program:  How Great Leaders Inspire Action 2017-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
    To celebrate World Water Day on March 22nd 2018, WaSRAG will be hosting a competition
    between Rotary clubs for a chance to win $500. Two prizes will be awarded: $500 US for the
    best project (i.e. the one with the most impact), $500 US for the most innovative project.
    Our Rotary e-club wants to participate! But would like to hear your ideas about a project to
    celebrate World Water Day and a chance to win! We can promote it at your regular club
    meeting closest to March 22nd, 2018. WASRAG will share some of them in its monthly
    newsletter. And - why not tell our story to the Rotary world ourselves?
    What could we do? We want to hear your ideas!
    The idea is to create awareness about WASH issues around the world. And it does not have to
    be about communities far away. It could involve, for example, calculating our water footprint and
    encouraging other Rotary clubs to do so:
    “Think you only consume a few glasses of water a day? Think again. The ‘water footprint’ of the
    average American is 32,911 glasses per day, according to an infographic by the Nature
    Conservancy and the Water Footprint Network. Where is all this water? It’s ‘hidden’ inside the
    food we eat, clothes we wear and more. And where does it come from? Nature.”
    Another example is to create awareness about protecting our water resources in Houston in the
    aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
    Who will judge the entries?
    The members of WASRAG's Membership Satisfaction Team, including Chris Etienne - USA
    (Chair) and Tom Bos - USA, Ada Cheng - Hong Kong, Rich Churchman - USA, Toro de Silva -
    Brazil, V.N. Singh - India, Ndukwe Chukwu - Nigeria and Rob Crabtree - New Zealand will
    review all applications and submit a short-list of finalists to WASRAG's Operations Team.
    How do we enter the competition? 
    We need to submit a brief description of a project, including what we have done (or plan to do),
    the target audience and the expected impact of the project. Some projects will be showcased on
    the WASRAG website.
    DEADLINE: Please submit all entries by May 1st, 2018. 
    AWARDS: Winners will be notified by May 31st, 2018. The awards will be presented at WASRAG'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    Saturday June 23rd, 2018.
    For more info please go into the website or Isis Mejias (
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    Your vehicle should be used for transportation, not storage. Keeping these items in the car could hurt your health and security.

    9 Things You Should Never, Ever Leave in the Car Reader's Digest 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

    “Bear Hugs for Venezuela” for the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos is a humanitarian program benefiting the children of Venezuela. The program aims to address the following aspects of the beneficiary’s health:

    - Emotional: to bring a smile to the face of a child with ‘the healing power of a teddy bear,’ help improve their psychological condition and lessen the psychological trauma caused by the current humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The value of giving teddy bears to traumatized children stretch beyond simply providing them with something to hold; teddy bears meet the psychological needs in children experiencing sickness, loss, pain or shock.

    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. 

    Physical: to provide the needed pediatric medical supplements: acetaminophen, probiotics, electrolytes, delicious and nutritious snacks, and rice-soy fortified meal packs with vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. These meal packs are expected to provide emergency relief to some of the malnutrition cases in the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos. Each meal pack contains 250 calories.


    Direct Beneficiaries: 100 children hospitalized at the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos. Indirect Beneficiaries: 600 family members of the hospitalized children.


    The overall goal of “Bear Hugs for Venezuela” program for the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos is to acquire, pack and ship the following items, pediatric supplements and meals to Venezuela:

    •   100 Teddy bears

    •   100 Coloring books

    •   100 Boxes of crayons

    •   100 Blankets

    •   1,200 Units high calorie/ nutritious snacks (12 per child)

    •   100 Toothbrushes

    •   100 Boxes of toothpaste

    •   192 Bottles pediatric acetaminophen

    •   192 Bottles pediatric electrolytes

    •   40 Buckets pediatric probiotics

    •   4,700 Meal packs of rice-soy fortified meal packs with vitamins (actually a total of 28.200 servings)


        The “Bear Hugs for Venezuela” program has three main objectives:

        Objective 1.- To improve the psychological health to 100 hospitalized children by distributing 100 care packages containing the following items:

        •   1 Teddy bear

        •   1 Blanket

        •   1 Coloring book

        •   1 Box of crayons

        •   6 Units high calorie/ nutritious snacks

        •   1 Toothbrush

        •   1 Box of toothpaste

          Objective 2.- To improve the physical health of 100 children by distributing, administering, and managing the medical supplements, and treat the children hospitalized in the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos.

      “Bear Hugs for Venezuela” A humanitarian program benefiting the children of Venezuela

      Objective 3.- To improve the nutrition condition of 100 hospitalized children (direct beneficiaries) and the 600 family members (indirect beneficiaries) by:

      •   Increasing the protein, carbohydrate, and caloric intake of the hospitalized children by adding the rice-soy fortified meal packs to their regular diet.

      •   Increasing the protein, carbohydrate, and caloric intake of the family members by providing boxes of rice-soy fortified meal packs for the family to prepare at home.


        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 the Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos. Members of the Rotary Caracas will coordinate with the Hospital personnel their participation to distribute the care packages to the children.

        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, District 5890

      •   Rotary Caracas

      •   Good Bears of the World

      •   Hashoo Foundation

      •   Houston-Karachi Sister City Association

      •   Rise Against Hunger

      •   Individual donors

    Bear Hugs for Venezuela Cristal Montanez 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Yet another excellent choice for Giving Tuesday - support our club project of sending graduates of La Batania Vocational School to college in Nicaragua.  The candidates for these scholarships have been seen in their community as one of the "Children of the Dump" in Chinendega.  We want to make a difference in the lives of these students and help sponsor several students through a college education so that they may return to their community and truly make a difference as they "pass it on".  Donate as follows:
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    Why should Rotary be your charity of choice? 

    Because our 1.2 million members see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

    Here are six reasons to donate to Rotary.

    1. We fight disease around the world

    For decades, Rotary has been a leader in the battle against polio and has kept the pressure on as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 in 1988 to only 15 cases so far this year. We’re closer than ever to ending this devastating disease. 

    Your impact will be even greater, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All donations (up to $50 million) to end polio will be tripled, providing critical funding to our work to create a polio-free world. 

    2. We teach people to read

    Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults through mentoring, scholarships, teacher training, and access to learning opportunities. 

    3. We build peace

    Each year, armed conflict and persecution displace, injure, or kill millions of people. More than 90 percent of them are civilians, and half are children. 

    Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts. Our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

    4. We provide clean water, sanitation

    The statistics are alarming. Worldwide, one person in every 10 does not have access to safe water, and 2.3 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. One consequence: 900 children under age five die each day from diarrheal diseases.

    Having clean water and sanitation is a human right. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. Rotary is helping to make clean water available to everyone by 2030.

    5. We grow local economies

    Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary is working to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders.

    We know that one solution doesn’t fit every problem, so we work with people to help them help themselves. 

    We help Tanzanians with albinism find safe, healthy livelihoods. In Ecuador, Rotary has made 250 microloans and trained more than 270 people in job skills and business management. In Arkansas, USA, we worked with Heifer International to extend the growing season for farmers and help them find new customers.

    6. We save mothers and children

    An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. More than 800 women die every day from birth- and pregnancy-related complications.

    Rotary is saving lives by supplying birthing kits, immunizations, neonatal care equipment, and medical training.

    With access to quality care, mothers and children live longer and healthier lives, and Rotary is providing that care.

    Donate NOW on My Rotary (Rotary International Website).  All active members of our club should have created their own My Rotary page which is your gateway to My Club Snapshot, What's New, Announcements, Rotary Spotlight, Group Discussions with Rotarians all around the world, and your easy portal for GIVING to the Rotary Foundation.  We hope that all Rotarians accept the responsibility to support our Rotary Foundation with a minimum gift of $100 annually to the Annual Fund - SHARE (which supports grants and activities in our own district as chosen by a district committee).  In addition, we also hope that you will help END POLIO NOW with a separate contribution annually until we have our world declared polio free.

    Six Reasons to Give to Rotary International on Giving Tuesday Rotary International 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Our club sponsors the Wisdom Interact Club in partnership with the Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club.  Belinda Kaylani recently provided the following report to our board of directors.  New club officers are planning for a terrific year and have secured four applicants for RYLA.  Two of their graduates joined Galleria River Oaks Rotaract.  Service projects are being considered such as volunteering at Trinity Foster Homes - Christmas Party at St.  Basil's Greek Orthodox Church on Decemver 16th (may need help with transportation); voluntering to read and spend time at a senior citizens home; make bags of necessities to give to the homeless; and raise money to plant trees. 
    I’d love help, support, members who’d volunteer to attend one of their meetings,
    even once a year, volunteer to drive,
    donate money for their annual
    X-Mas-Winter Break ice skating party for pizza, beverages, ice skating rental.
    They are terrific young people and whatever you would be willing to donate or do has a huge ripple effect.  They appreciate everything.
    Make THIS a service project in your own life.
    Belinda Kaylani
    Youth Services
    Rotary E-Rotary Club of Houston
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    Song of the Week - Jack Johnson - "The Sharing Song" 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
    The Greater Houston Healing Collaborative is offering The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM)'s Professional Training in Mind-Body Medicine for caregivers from mental health, social service, and faith-based organizations to help heal the hearts and minds of their Harvey impacted communities.
    December 7-10, 2017
    The Women's Home Whole Life Service Center
    1905 Jacquelyn Dr.
    Houston, TX 77055
    Sponsored by the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
    of the Greater Houston Community Foundation
    Learn more and apply at
    What You Will Learn:
    Science behind mind-body techniques and their impact on alleviating stress and trauma
    Evidence-based self-care tools and group support to deal with ongoing stress and meet future challenges
    How to facilitate a mind-body skills group to bring self-care tools to the community
    Mind-body techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-expression in words, drawing, movement.
    Dr. James S. Gordon, a psychiatrist and the CMBM Founder and Executive Director, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School and chaired the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush.  Dr. Gordon has developed programs for population-wide trauma healing in communities impacted by natural disasters, terrorism, and war including in post-Katrina New Orleans and Haiti.
    CMBM's programs have demonstrated an 80% reduction in PTSD symptoms and seen significant improvement in depression with these populations.  To learn more about CMBM's trauma relief work around the world, visit
    Professional Training in Mind-Body Medicine December 7 - 10th 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Sister Club - Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone Invites s to Meeting on December 19th 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
    In 2007,  Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams.  Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch (Oct 23, 1960 - Jul 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science, human–computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    Program: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

    Six Rotary members and Rotary Peace Center alumni were honored this November as People of Action: Champions of Peace. Their commitment to creating peace and resolving conflict was recognized during Rotary Day at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

    The honorees,  announced on International Peace Day, are all involved in projects that address underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, or unequal distribution of resources. 

    The six Champions of Peace are:

    Jean Best, a member of the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright, Scotland —Best leads a peace project that is designed to teach teenagers conflict resolution skills they can use to create peace-related service projects in their schools and communities. Best worked with peace fellows at the University of Bradford to create the curriculum. She has also worked with local Rotary members and peace fellows to set up peace hubs in Australia, England, Mexico, Scotland, and the U.S.

    Best became a Paul Harris Fellow for contribution to developing peace strategies.

    Ann Frisch, a member of the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA — Frisch believes unarmed civilians can protect people in violent conflicts. She collaborated with Rotary members in Thailand to establish the Southern Thailand Peace Process training program in 2015 in Bankok, Hat Yai, and Pattani in southern Thailand. The group brought together electrical and irrigation authorities, Red Cross staff, a Buddhist monk, and a Catholic nun to this border region to train civilians to build so-called safe zones. These are areas in which families, teachers, and local officials do not have to confront military forces every day. 

    Frisch, a UN delegate to Geneva, co-wrote the first manual on unarmed civilian protection, which was endorsed by the UN. Her training in a civilian-based peace process is administered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the department that trains all UN personnel. 

    Safina Rahman, a member of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Mahanagar, Bangladesh — Rahman is an important advocate for women’s rights in the workplace in Bangladesh. As a garment factory owner, she was the first to offer health insurance and maternity leave for her female employees. She worked with the Rotarian Action Group for Peace to organize the first international peace conference in Bangladesh. A policymaker for the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, she champions workplace safety and workers’ rights and promotes girls’ education and women’s rights. 

    Rahman is chair of two schools that provide basic education, vocational training, conflict prevention, and health and hygiene classes. 

    Alejandro Reyes Lozano, a member of the Rotary Club of Bogotá Capital, Colombia — Using a Rotary global grant, Reyes Lozano is training 27 women from six Latin American countries to develop skills in peace building, conflict resolution, and mediation to deal with conflicts in their communities. The project also will build an international network of women peacebuilders.

    Reyes Lozano, an attorney, was appointed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to assist with negotiations and set terms and conditions to end the 50-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). 

    Kiran Singh Sirah, a graduate of the Rotary Peace Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Sirah is president of the International Storytelling Center in Tennessee, USA, which uses storytelling as a path to building peace. The organization seeks to inspire and empower people everywhere to tell their stories, listen to the stories of others, and use storytelling to create positive change. 

    Kiran, the son of Ugandan refugees, created “Telling Stories That Matter,” a free guide for educators, peace builders, students, volunteers, and business leaders. The resource is now used in 18 countries.

    Taylor (Stevenson) Cass Talbott, a graduate of the Rotary Peace Center at the International Christian University in Japan — Stevenson developed a global grant to improve sanitary conditions for waste collectors in Pune, India. Waste collectors together handle 20 tons of unwrapped sanitary waste every day. Stevenson collaborated with SWaCH, a waste-collector cooperative, to create the “Red Dot” campaign, which calls for people to wrap their sanitary waste in newspaper or bags and mark it with a red dot.

    This helps waste collectors identify sanitary waste and handle it accordingly. Stevenson developed all the educational imaging for the campaign. She also secured in-kind offerings of support, including free training space and campaign printing. She is also a Global Peace Index ambassador. 

    Meet Six Champions of PEACE 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
    The official District Governor visit will be held at our monthly face-to-face meeting on November 18th beginning at 11:oo am.  Please come and meet DG Bill Palko!  The meeting takes place at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in Houston, Texas 77056.
    General Meeting Announced - November 18th 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

    Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. 

    As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. 

    Health workers in Pakistan are receiving cellphone and e-monitoring training at the Rotary Resource Center in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

    Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life. 

    In Pakistan, Rotary has been working to replace traditional paper-based reporting of maternal and child health information, including polio immunization data, with mobile phone and e-monitoring technology. 

    Community health workers across the nation have received more than 800 phones through a partnership with Rotary, the Pakistani government; Telenor, the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider; and Eycon, a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Organizers plan to distribute a total of 5,000 cellphones by the end of 2018. 

    Health workers can use the phones to send data via text message to a central server. If they see a potential polio case, they can immediately alert officials at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Center. They also can note any children who didn’t receive the vaccine or parental refusals – and record successful immunizations. In Pakistan, the polio eradication effort aims to reach the nation’s 35 million children under age five.

    The result is a collection of real-time information that officials can easily monitor and assess, says Michel Thieren, regional emergency director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program. 

    “Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in the polio eradication program,” says Thieren, who has directed polio-related initiatives for WHO in Pakistan. “The data we collect needs to have such a granular level of detail. With real-time information that can be recorded and transcribed immediately, you can increase accuracy and validity.

    “This gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions we need to make operationally and tactically to eliminate polio,” Thieren says.

    Beyond polio

    Health workers also are using mobile phones to monitor a multitude of maternal and child health factors. 

    Pakistan’s child mortality rate ranks among the highest in the world, according to UNICEF, with 81 deaths under age five per 1,000 live births. 

    But mobile technology can help reduce those deaths, says Asher Ali, project manager for Rotary’s Pakistan PolioPlus Committee. 

    “Our health workers, including community midwives, are tracking pregnant mothers,” Ali says. “When a child is born, they can input and maintain complete health records, not just for polio, but for other vaccines and basic health care and hygiene needs.”

    They also can monitor infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and influenza-like illnesses, as well as child malnutrition and maternal health concerns. 

    “If there is a problem with the baby or the mother, we can send information to the government health departments immediately, so they can solve the issue quickly and adjust their strategies,” Ali says. 

    Cellphones also facilitate follow-up visits with families, because health workers can send appointment reminders over text message. 

    Pakistan and Nigeria replace paper-based reporting with fast, accurate cellphone messaging By Ryan Hyland Photos by Khaula Jamil 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

    Music also can have a calming effect. Certain songs can distract us while also decreasing our levels of stress hormones. But what songs are the most soothing?

    Here are a few of the most popular responses. Some people named specific songs. Others cited their favorite artists. What do you think? What do you listen to when you want to calm down?

    It would be a good idea to create a playlist of music to de-stress as needed.
    Stress Relief Songs: Music That Reduces Anxiet 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
    Program: How to Make Stress Your Friend 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
    WHEN:  Saturday December 2nd, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
    WhERE:  San Jacinto College South (on Beamer)

    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 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

    What are the benefits?

    Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

    • Develop lifelong leadership skills
    • Learn a new language and culture
    • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
    • Become a global citizen

    How long do exchanges last?

    Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.

    Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

    What are the costs?

    Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:

    • Round-trip airfare
    • Travel insurance
    • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
    • Spending money and any additional travel or tours
    If you know a student who would like to complete the application process, please contact President Wind Nguyen.
    Also, if you would like to volunteer to interview the candidates for the RYE Program, please contact:
    Rotary Youth Exchange Interviews 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is in need of volunteers to assist in their Thanksgiving food distribution program.
    Volunteers are needed to sort food on November 14th and 16th from 5 to 7 PM.
    Volunteers are also needed to distribute food on November 18th from either 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM or 12:30 PM to 4 PM, and
    on November 20th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
    If you, a friend, or someone in your family would like to volunteer,
    Please contact David Smith (Willowbrook Rotary Club) at 832-563-9820 ASAP.  
    Volunteer Opportunity @ NAM 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Our club is designed to keep costs of membership low, yet we still are involved in Rotary International because we want to make a difference in our community and make this world a better place.  We need your support for club projects and our commitment to eradicate polio.  Hre are the links so facilitate giving to our club, college scholarships for students in Nicaragua (students from the pool of "Children of the Dump", and to donate to end polio.
    Rotary e-Club of Houston
    Children of the dump Campaign
    Ride To End Polio Campaign
    Shopping online through Amazon?  We are very thankful for your support!  Please choose Rotary e-Club Houston to be your charity by selecting this link -  Help Rotary when you shop online this season.
    Thank you for your support!  Consider donating in the name of a family member, friend, or business associate during the holidays in lieu of a gift this year. 
    Support Needed for Club Projects 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Inspirational Music - Change by Carrie Underwood 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
    About our Speaker:  Sherwin Nuland, a surgeon and a writer, meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead. This was filmed following Dr. Nuland's attendance at a Ted Conference in 2003. 
    What do you hope for in the near future?  Many Rotarians hope to succeed in the eradication of polio and hope to participate in a worldwide celebration of no more cases of polio for future generations.  Hope may be collective, as the common dream to eradicate polio, or it may be personal.   

    Is hoping a good thing? In some aspects it is. It at least gives you strength or a reason to keep moving forward. If you didn’t at least think that there is some light at the end of the tunnel, you may decide to stop walking. On the other hand, hoping alone might not get you very far. You can hope for a better life but until you roll up your sleeves and get to work on creating a better future, chances are, it’s not going to just magically happen. We need to identify what we hope for and then search for an action plan to create the reality.  Hope can be a huge task, such as eradicating polio from the entire world, or it can be on a smaller scale, such as hoping to be accepted to college.  Rotarians often provide the means to change hope into reality.  Listen for what others share of their hopes and dreams, and explore options for changing lives and making dreams come true.


    Program - Ideas Worth Spreading About Hope 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

    For the first time, Rotary’s World Polio Day celebration heads to the West Coast of the United States. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, will host the annual event at its campus in downtown Seattle, Washington, on 24 October. You can watch the event live at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) or view a recording later.

    Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the Gates Foundation’s chief executive, will brief the supporters who attend — as well as the global audience watching via livestream — on progress in the eradication campaign. Only 11 new cases of polio caused by wild poliovirus have been reported this year, all in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    At the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Bill Gates renewed and increased his foundation’s pledge to match, 2-to-1, all contributions to The Rotary Foundation that are designated for polio eradication efforts. Rotary’s commitments and pledges from world governments and corporate donors, counted along with the Gates Foundation’s pledge, have made the campaign to eliminate polio worldwide $1.3 billion stronger.

    Other speakers at this year’s World Polio Day event include Jay Wenger, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts; Dean Rohrs, vice president of Rotary International; John Cena and Tiwa Savage, Rotary polio ambassadors; Ade Adepitan, a Paralympian and polio survivor; and Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor at Time magazine overseeing science and health reporting.

    Attendees may also draw inspiration from the setting — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters, near Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.

    Last year, Rotarians in more than 90 countries registered over 1,400 events and fundraisers to mark World Polio Day in their communities and draw attention to Rotary’s leadership in the fight against polio. With your contributions and advocacy, as well as the Gates Foundation match, we’re aiming to raise $250,000 during this year’s celebration.  Rotary clubs across the globe have already registered more than 700 events.

    WORLD POLIO DAY - OCTOBER 24th 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
    World Polio Day (24 October) was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
    In Celebration of World Polio Day What is Today? 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
     From West Virginia, the Summersville Rotary Club  loaded 1,200 backpacks with school supplies on a UHAUL truck and Rtn. Keith Butcher drove the truck straight to Houston in 23 hours. This morning at 10:00 am he delivered the backpacks to CFISD (the loading dock at the Berry Center). 
    Leslie Francis, CFISD Community Outreach, arranged for helpers at the Berry Center to unload the truck along with a representative of CFISD.
    Rtn. Keith Butcher is a member of the Rotary Club of Summersville who is now working as a visiting professor at the University of Houston.  He organized the effort of his club, partnering with the Rotary Club of Cy-Fair, a relief project called, "Backpacks for Houston".  They have provided students in Cy Fair ISD affected by Hurricane Harvey with new backpacks filled with school supplies. 
    Rotary Cares - Backpacks for CFISD Students 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
    Meeting Date & Time:  TONIGHT, Monday, OCTOBER 23rd, 6:30PM (let's arrive at 6:00PM and order food/drinks).  
    Venue:            Fratelli's Ristorante  
                            1330 Wirt Road
                           Houston, Texas 77055
    Growing Rotary enables us to do more good in our communities and the world.  Attendance at the D5890 Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to bond with your club's Area Membership Chair (AMC) & other district leaders.
    Speaker - Tom English, AMC & Past President, Rotary Club of Houston Heights
    Topic - Building a Diverse Club
    Clubs must be healthy in all areas to be classified as a vibrant club, and that includes diversity.  Bringing together professionals from different industries, ethnicities, ages, genders, and cultures not only increases membership, but will also boost your club's capacity to serve locally and globally.  Tom will discuss in detail the steps in building a diverse club.
    We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club.  
    Yours in Rotary service,
    Ann Wright
    D5890 Membership Committee Vice Chair
    832-647-4700 - Cell
    Derrill Painter
    D5890 Membership Committee Chair
    832-473-5729 - Cell
    PDG Charlie Clemmons has shared that Books for the World has received confirmation from Kenya that the first container of books has been joyfully received.  PDG Charlie and his wife (also Rotarian) Barbara Clemmons served as the RI Representative to the District Conference in Mombasa in 2004 and have been attempting to accomplish sending books since their introduction to Kenya.  An earlier attempt some years ago  was aborted because of a demand to pay bribes in the Port of Mombasa.  This time the delivery was successful to the kids in Kenya with the assistance of Pastor Joe who will soon be in Texas .  If you encounter him, please congratulate him on his persistence.
    Here are pictures from Kenya:
    Books for the World Deliver to Kenya 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
    The District 9980 WASH E-Club supports the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) in facilitating happier,
    healthier lives and sustainably strengthening futures.  All our speakers will tend to be WASH relevant. They will often be world-leading thinkers and researchers or highly field-experienced.
    The following program is about an hour in length.  Please listen to all or part of it as your time permits.
    About the Rotary E-Club of WASH 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
    Music to Make a Point - f Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was about Food Waste 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
    Debris Collection in Houston -
    The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has completed the first round of debris collection across Houston.  Since August 30th, SWM crews have diligently worked to help clear debris from affected areas.  The second pass will continue through December 1st, and residents should properly separate their debris. Visit for information.
    The total debris collected so far would fill 365 Olympic size swimming pools.
    The total debris collected so far would fill 8,954 buses.
    Trucks collecting debris today in Houston (Source: Solid Waste Management) = 223.
    Office Space for Displaced BusinessPosted in: Business Recovery, Business Updates, Recovery on October 13, 2017

    To assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey and expedite the recovery process, the City of Houston would like to help connect displaced businesses with free working/office space opportunities.

    If you are a business that has been physically displaced by Hurricane Harvey, or you are an organization with working or office space that can be made available for at least 30 days, we would like to hear from you.

    Interested parties should respond via email to, or by completing a response form found here.

    Disaster Aid USA Deployment Summary (Harvey) -

    • Pre-storm filled sandbags (too many to count) and delivered to houses in need in several areas of Texas and Louisiana.
    • During the storm, DAUSA was present and an active member of all homeland security and emergency management meetings (invitation only meetings).
    • Mayors, parish, County administration and emergency personnel know who Disaster Aid USA and Rotary are and their ability to respond.
    • Directly after storm and partially still during storm, Louisiana response boat went to Orange Texas and Katy Texas to help with recovery of people and animals from the flood waters. Carried children through flood waters and taking boat loads to evacuee centers.
    • Arranged and helped managed several distribution points for intake and distribution of supplies.
    • Handed out over 1000 Sawyer Filters (Donated by Sawyer!) to families without water (huge thanks to the Beaumont Texas Rotarians).
    • Distributed 1400 lbs of mosquito lotion and spray repellent, (donated by Sawyer) and being distributed by Beaumont area Rotarians.
    • Chainsaw crews cleared roads and then helped to gut houses. They also cleared several large drainage ditches with trees blocking flow.
    • Arranged for over 30 volunteers to set up shelters and help with intake of evacuees.
    • 3 teams were gutting houses in the Houston area.
    • 1 team in Orange Texas and 1 team in Southwest LA were gutting houses.
    • DAUSA’s commercial house drying unit went from house to house after gutting. This was donated by a Rotarian form California we met at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention.
    • Some teams are using large dehumidifiers and fans to dry houses after gutting, while other teams are spraying mold killing agents.
    • Another California Rotarian drove a 4×4 Suburban and a trailer cross country loaded with supplies and now has donated the 4×4 Suburban to DAUSA and will fly (incredible gifts from Rotarians a 1000 miles away).
    • DAUSA’s Executive Director (Larry Agee) arranged a district 6200 (South Louisiana) work day in the Beaumont TX Area in coordination with their District to get as many teams in the field as possible.
    Hurricane Harvey by the Numbers City Hall/Houston 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
    Julia Cole is a Houston native whose music blends soul, country, pop and rock.  This singer hails from NW Houston and wanted to use her music to help Houston following Hurricane Harvey.  The proceeds to to J.J. Watt's Fundraiser.  Julia Cole now lives in Nashville to further her music career.

    The Houston Texans incite a flurry of emotions in local fans: pride, hope, joy. Heart palpitations when it comes to defensive end J.J. Watt.

    But for Julia Cole, the hometown team inspired a new career path.

    "I started out playing every sport known to man. I was a super-involved athlete, and that was what I was really focused on," Cole, 20, says. She played basketball, volleyball and track at Klein High School. But amid the spikes and finish lines, another talent emerged.


    "My teammates and coaches would hear me humming and singing. They were like, 'You should sing the national anthem before our games.' It grew to all the varsity sporting events at my school," Cole says. "My volleyball coach encouraged me to enter a contest to sing it for the Texans. I ended up winning.


    "This was my junior year in high school, before I was writing my own songs or truly focusing on it. But after singing in front of 75,000 people in Reliant Stadium at a sold-out season closer (on Jan. 2, 2011), I was absolutely in love with the experience. I knew that singing was what I needed to do for the rest of my life."

    Inspirational Music - Julia Cole "Be Someone" 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Örn Bárður Jónsson feared that his country had lost its way. The Icelandic government had just approved the sale of the nation’s complete genetic profile to a corporation that would make it available to researchers at drug companies. As the global real-estate bubble inflated, Iceland’s historically cautious consumers were financing luxurious lifestyles by taking out massive loans from local banks that had thrown credit standards out the window. In Iceland, as in so many other countries around the world, most assumed that the party would go on forever.

    A Lutheran minister by profession and a writer by passion, Örn thought about his countrymen’s sudden obsession with money and sat down to write a fable, “Export Mountains Inc.” Published in the Reykjavik daily Morgunbladid, his essay described a mythical scheme to sell Mt. Esja, the iconic peak that’s visible from Reykjavik and defines the national landscape. Mt. Esja is so important to the Icelandic psyche that parents name their children after it. Selling it would be unthinkable to Icelanders, just as auctioning off the Statue of Liberty would be to Americans.

    Then the government released a study suggesting that it would be feasible to separate the mountain from its bedrock and tow it to mainland Europe, where it could be used to fill lowland areas prone to floods. Faced with this intriguing challenge, Örn wrote, Icelandic entrepreneurs founded a company called Export Mountains and launched a marketing campaign based on this catchy slogan: “Go, sell ’em all the mountains.”

    In Örn’s fable, there was drilling and sawing around the clock. Slowly, Mt. Esja budged from its bedrock and ships pulled it out to sea. Disaster struck somewhere south of the Faroe Islands, where the mountain capsized and sank. The buyers on the mainland canceled their €1 billion check. And as foreign investors balked, Örn asked who would be “crazy enough to invest in the nonsense of a nonsensical nation.”

    Last March, I met Örn in the sanctuary at his local parish church in Reykjavik. Warmly colored light streamed in through stained-glass windows positioned to maximize the precious few sunbeams that fall on the world’s northernmost capital. Icelanders are often confronted with forces beyond their control, including a harsh climate, active volcanoes that fill the sky with smoke, and earthquakes that make the ground shake. During the bubble years, Örn argued, Icelanders lost touch with the humility taught by an unrelenting natural environment. “We went a little crazy,” he told me.

    The Rise of Mindful Consumption John Germeza, Chairman BAV Consulting 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
    A General Meeting of the Rotary e-Club of Houston will be held at 11 am CDT at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in Houston, Texas. 
    General Meeting - Saturday, October 21st 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
    When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak -- it makes us human."
    Sangu Delle is an entrepreneur and clean water activist. A TED Fellow who hails from Ghana, he sees incredible potential in the African economy.


    February 2017 at TEDLagos Ideas Search
    Program:  A Perspective on Mental Health in Africa 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
    Disaster Aid USA and our partner local Rotary Clubs and local VOAD partners have Mucked and Gutted over 100 homes. Starting with Coles Crossing on the west side to helping the Rotary Club of Katy,  From Bellaire to Wharton we have been on the run and having fun. Whats a little dust and dirt as we help both Rotarians and non Rotarians clean out their homes.  We mostly look for the uninsured and the underserved. We focused on the elderly and those unable to handle the stress and work load of mucking and gutting and in some cases ripping all items out of their homes .
    Rotarian Mark Mathews from La Mesa Calf   and his wife Nancy have helped lead the charge by going out everyday.  They have been in Houston for over a month. Mark and Nancy have trained the local Rotarians on proper Muck and Gut to the higher level of home remediation techniques.
    Leaving the home clean and contractor ready for repair.  Mark and Nancy have donated the drying trailer to DAUSA and it will be available for all water remediation tasks.  

    We have dried out over 20 homes to date. A professional service charges on the average $15,000 for this service. All done for free by your local Rotarians and Disater Aid USA.
    FedEx planned a worked day with over 60 FedEx employees.. Disaster Aid USA and our Communication Chair Patrick Lesley liaison the two groups proving homes for Fed Ex to help clean out. Mark and DAUSA were featured on Fed Ex TV for providing our knowledge of the effective area and home repair and clean up techniques.
    Want your club to be a trained Strike Team, trained on Muck and Gut, simple home repairs and remediation teachings?  Schedule DAUSA to come and speak at your club.
    A special thanks to the following Rotarians for stepping up and putting up with the madness. Rebecca Maddox, Irene Hickey, Ed Charlesworth, Greg Faldyn, Kent Hutchison, Angela Small, Charles Touchton, Graham Sharp. There were scores of Rotarians who came out daily and the names would be to long to list. The names above took a Chair role in this deployment and my simple thanks is not enough.

    A public "Thank You"  is much over due as we came together as a Disaster Committee to do "Service Above Self".  A special thanks to the Katy Club and President Jeff Thompson who lead by example and formed their own Strike Team that kept us busy working on homes in their area.
    Second phase is now Recovery and DAUSA has Donor money to partner with fellow Clubs as we will interview worthy candidates that fall through the cracks of FEMA and the SBA loan process . DAUSA will repair or replace Air Condition Units. Replace essential appliances and even help rewire and up grade the plumbing in homes if needed. Roof repair is also an option on the table.
    PDG Ed Charlesworth home hosted Rotarian Ashley Checa from Indiana who assisted with clean up from September 19th until September 22nd.  On Friday, September 22, Ed provided dinner for the work crew members who had worked hard all week. 
    Rotary e-club of Houston is proud to recognize the dedicated volunteers who have given of their time to assist with this major clean-up project following the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.
    Disaster Aid USA Report Wayne Beaumier 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

    District 5710 was proudly quick to respond with assistance for our Texas neighbors after the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

    While we all know that Rotary is not a disaster relief agency, Kansas’ District 5710 is fortunate to house an agency that is. Lenexa-based Heart to Heart International was founded 25 years ago by Rotarians ̧ and several Rotarians are current executives and board members.  Rotary Clubs in District 5710 are strong advocates of Heart to Heart and have continued Rotary’s commitment since its inception through volunteer programs to build hygiene kits, mission trips to Guatemala, Haiti, Uganda and other countries while making signicant monetary donations especially during challenging times.

    District 5710’s effort for Hurricane Harvey relief was two-fold. First, the Lenexa Rotary Club organized a hygiene kit assembly effort. In concert with several other area vclubs and Interact clubs, thousands of kits were quickly on their way to Heart to Heart staff, already on the ground in hard- hit Texas areas. All volunteer spots for the warehouse effort booked within 24 hours!

    Secondly, the district leadership pledged to match a fundraising target of $5.00 per district member. In good faith of our members’ generosity, the district’s portion (nearly $12,000) was mailed within 48 hours of executive committee approval. And then the clubs went to work!

    Clubs large and small were eager for the opportunity, under Rotary’s broad umbrella, to be immediately making a difference in communities of dire need. In most cases, the $5.00/member target was happily eclipsed, with clubs tallying double, triple, and even more than ve-fold that amount.

    “Heart to Heart International was created 25 years ago with the help of Rotary clubs in the Kansas City area, and we continue to be a signi cant medical responder to disasters around the world. At this time, our focus is close to home...helping people in the U.S., as well as the Caribbean, recover from devastating hurricanes. Only with the nancial support and volunteers from groups like Rotary are we able to accomplish so much,” said Jim Mitchum CEO of Heart to Heart.

    The Village West club expanded their fundraising effort by posting volunteers at the Labor Day weekend games of their local minor league baseball team, the Kansas City T-Bones. While every nickel counted, perhaps the most noteworthy donation came from the actor Bill Murray.  Murray is co-owner of the visiting club, the St. Paul Saints (who did lose to the home team on that beautiful afternoon). When asked to pose for a photo with club members, Murray quipped, unprompted, that it would certainly be “fair for all concerned!”


    Kansas District 5710 Responds With Help for SouthTexas Adan Ehlert, DG D5710 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

    A Rotary Foundation donor advised fund has been created to streamline the flow of contributions from Rotarians looking to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. The fund was established by Rotary President Elect Barry Rassin and Past RI Director Greg Podd. A committee will be selected to manage the fund.

    Damage from Hurricane Harvey is predicted to as much as $160 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history “The fund advisors will be working with local Rotary clubs and districts, as well as relief agencies, to address the needs of people in affected areas, “ Podd said. “Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed. Over 3.7 million people have left the Greater Houston area in the evacuation effort,” he said.

    Whenever possible, grants from the relief fund will be made to organizations that directly support the needs of individuals and communities through the Rotary volunteer structure and other aid organizations. Nearly 100 % of contributions will be granted to IRS-approved charitable organizations that are helping to provide relief and recovery.

    Contributions can be made by check, credit card, via wired funds or stock transfer. However, they are not eligible for Paul Harris or Major Donor recognition. To learn how to donate to the Rotary Gulf Disaster Relief Fund, go to the following link:

    Rotary Gulf Disaster Relief Fund Established 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 is the date. The Houston Community College – West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081 is the place.
    The seminar will begin promptly at 8:30 AM, and will end no later than 12:15 PM. Doors open at 7:45 AM, complete with breakfast.
    A mixture of large group and break-out sessions will provide Rotarians opportunities to expand their Rotary Foundation knowledge as well as share ideas about topics ranging from handling District Grants to improving Legacy Donor opportunities.
    We will also be addressing Harvey relief efforts. This will include the “Big News” that District 5890 will be awarding additional District Grants. Normally this would not be possible as the Rotary Foundation has already acted on our District Grant application. However, upon our request the Rotary Foundation deviated from its standard procedures to help us address Harvey’s effects in our communities. The details will be announced at the seminar.
    By the way, donations to the Rotary Foundation made at the seminar will generate additional Paul Harris recognition points. Those recognition points earned from the donations will be matched one to one. You do not know about Paul Harris recognition points? We will cover that subject during the Rotary 101 session.
    Registration is $15. If you plan to pay by check at the door, choose the pay by mail option when you register. The link to register is
    Contact me if you have any questions.
    Wally Kronzer
    Wally Kronzer
    District Rotary Foundation Chair, 2016-2019
    District 5890 (Texas, USA)
    mobile 832-723-5766
    DISTRICT 5890 FOUNDATION SEMINAR - OCTOBER 14TH 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
                               I hope you will join us for our December, 2017 trip to Nicaragua. We will be  leaving from Houston on Wednesday, December 13th on United flight # UA1421, at 4:20 p.m. and arriving in Managua at 7:30 p.m.
    We will return from Managua on Wednesday December 20th on United flight # UA1423 leaving Managua at 7:50 a.m. and arriving in Houston at 11:10 a.m.
    Getting group rates for tickets has gotten increasingly difficult.  People are coming from so many different places and usually you can get much better prices on line than we can get as a group rate.  So we are asking everyone to buy your own tickets directly but, you must coordinate your arrival and departure to match within an hour or so of the United flights shown above.  I know that American and some others have flights through Miami which closely match this schedule.  The ground travel, meals and hotel charges will be $775.00 per person (double occupancy in hotels). Add $210.00 per person if you require a private room. We will co-ordinate all of this as we always have in the past. If you will be on flights other than these United flights Please send me a copy of your tickets so that we will know when to meet you. Payments and sign-up sheets for this should be sent to:
                Hope & Relief International Foundation, Inc.
                10700 Gerke Rd.
                Brenham, Texas 77833
                      Fax  979-836-0614
    We will schedule everyone on a first come, first served, basis as of the date we receive your payment.  NO ONE will be scheduled before payment is received.  Attached is a reservation form which should be sent in by EVERYONE, with the information and your payment. Please provide ALL the information. In order to secure all the hotel reservations we need to have your registration by November 3,2017 or we will not be able to be sure that we can have hotel reservations for you. We will be staying at the same hotel in Managua that we have stayed at in the past few trips and our cut-off date for reservations is November3, 2017. This is a new and very nice hotel. AFTER THIS DATE WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS.
    Remember this is a tropical climate so dress accordingly. Jeans and shorts are great but you need to not wear sandals or open toe shoes when we visit the dump and the more rural areas. We will be staying part of the time at a beach resort so remember to pack your swimsuit, etc. A copy of our planned itinerary will be sent nearer to our departure date to all those registered for the trip. Remember that you will need a passport that is not within 6 months of expiring and please use the name exactly as it is on the passport for your plane tickets and on the registration form that you send us. We will need a completed registration form with up to date information.
    We are planning on a large group and we really hope you can go with us.  Please let me know and call me if you have questions.
    Jim Kite
    home ph. 979-251-8225, cell ph. 979-251-0840
    A LIFE CHANGING TRIP TO NICARAGUA Sandy Kite 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
    District 5890 -
    Relax, Cook, Play, Drink and Have FUN with your fellow Rotarians from District 5890 while raising money for Harvey Relief Efforts:
    Attention to all players and chefs! The Rotary District 5890 Rag ball tournament and Food fest is rapidly approaching. Get your teams together and represent your Rotary club in this year's friendly competition. Do you think your team is the best? Well you have to participate to know. The date is Saturday, October 21, 2017 at North Shore Park, 14440 Wallisville Road, Houston, Tx 77049. It will start at 9 am. We will have a rag ball tournament. (A rag ball is just a softer softball, so as to not cause any injury to those of us not used to playing regularly.) There will be brackets and playing against the other teams to find the top 3. Cost per team is $200 plus umpire fees. We will have a Food Fest where your Rotary Club team will show off your best food bite or beverage in a crowd’s choice winner for the best serving and showmanship. Cost per booth is $25. Voting will be by donations to your booth. All proceeds from these events will go toward Harvey relief efforts throughout our district.
    Get your registration forms from the district website, find them attached, or from your club president. Contact Danna Lemmon 713-410-5352 for more information. You can register on line or by email or fax. The deadline to register your team is Friday, October 13, 2017. Is your club the best? Well sign up and come out and show us. Help us raise funds for the Harvey relief effort and have a good time with your fellow Rotarians of District 5890. Hope to see you there!
    Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Eastwood )Adelaide, South Australia) - "The club just wanted to let you to know  that we are thinking of you as our friends in Rotary and hope you get through these difficult times in the best possible way.  Good luck and God bless."
    Rotary e-Club Francophone - Thank you for your inquiries of our well-being for club members and properties!  Also, we appreciate your involvement in our emergency planning meeting held earlier today to begin planning our emergency response plan for the Houston area.
    Rotarians from West Pennsylvania - Thank you for your expressed concern and interest to help!
    ROTARY DISTRICT 5610 - DG Steve Harrington  is looking into flood relief assistance.  Thank you!
    Berlin Rotary in New Jersey - Asks for needs assessment and declares that they want to help.  Message from VP Stephen Clyde.  Thanks!
    Covington Rotary Club in Louisiana - Started a gofundme page for District 5890.  Thank you!
    And the list grows!  Thank you to all of our fellow Rotarians and friends who have reached out to our club and our district with expressions of concern and sympathy, lifting up prayers, and offering  fundraising for relief efforts!  The devastating effects of Harvey have impacted Rotarians amongst many in our communities and it will take quite some time to stabilize our family life, professional life, schools, infrastructure, sports fields, and everything about daily life that had been taken for granted prior to the storm. 
    Outpouring of Support from the Family of Rotary 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is using pictures -- your pictures -- to reclaim antiquities that have been lost to conflict and disaster. After crowdsourcing photographs of destroyed monuments, museums and artifacts, Coughenour uses advanced technology called photogrammetry to create 3D reconstructions, preserving the memory of our global, shared, human heritage. Find out more about how you can help celebrate and safeguard history that's being lost.


    This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxHamburg, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

    This idea may also be relevant for the many families affected by Hurricane Harvey who have lost family photos due to flooding in their homes.  Photos touch emotions and tap memories and are a significant loss when lost due to fire or floods.  Hopefully, extended family will be able to share and help re-create photo album from the years to replace what has been lost.  Not the highest priority, yet something which may give hope to those who are beginning to face the reality of what has been lost. 
    Weekly Program: How your pictures can help reclaim lost history 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
    1.  A person who makes oak barrels is called a cooper and his workshop is called a cooperage.
    2.  During oak aging, tannins and flavors are added to the wine through contact with the barrel.
    3.  Barrels are called barriques in France, but winemakers in Italy and Germany have also borrowed this term.
    4.  There are 3 main types of oak - French, American and Hungarian/Eastern European Oak. At Messina Hof, we have French and American oak.
    Four Fast Facts about Wine Barrels Messina Hof Winergy 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
    I pray this email finds you and yours safe and sound.  I know that many in our family of Rotary have suffered property damage and loss.  Our district is mobilizing to assist those of you in need.   
    Disaster Aid USA under the leadership of Wayne Beaumier, Patrick Lesley, Graham Sharp and others has already deployed and is working on Rotarian Bill Hall’s flooded home.  Other Rotarian’s homes are on the list for help.  Volunteers are needed and may go through Patrick Lesley to sign up to work where needed.
    Fund raising for assistance to our district is on the top of our list as we will need money to assist our fellow Rotarians and Houstonians (Houstonians is to include as far out as our district reaches not just the city limits of Houston).
    As of now we have 3 fund raising efforts in affect.  First, we are accepting funds directly into our district via our own 501c3, Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc.  Secondly, we are encouraging donations be made to Disaster Aid USA, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  And finally, through RI President Elect Barry Rassin and PRI Directors Greg Podd and Bob Stuart, the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund (Fund # 608) has been set up at the Rotary Foundation.  This DAF will be used for donations from Rotary districts, clubs, club foundations and members worldwide that want to contribute to Gulf Coast disaster aid.  The Fund will benefit the three Rotary Districts hit directly by Harvey.  Our Houston District 5890.  Galveston District 5910 and Corpus Christi/South Texas District 5930.
    Please see the two attachments for information on how to donate directly to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc (EIN # 76-0569758) and Disaster Aid USA.  More information will be forthcoming on the Disaster Aid Donor Advised Fund.  Please share our Charities and Disaster Aid information with anyone that is in contact with you seeking ways to assist our district and Houston with disaster relief.
    I am delighted to report that I have been inundated with offers of assistance from Rotary Districts, Clubs and Rotarians from every corner of the globe.  We truly are a Family or Rotary and the greatest service organization in the world.  Rotarians everywhere stand ready to serve us!  What a family!
    As we further develop our district plan for assistance and help, more information will be forthcoming.  Please remember that many of our roads are still not safe for travel. Please do not attempt to drive through any standing water.  That’s never a safe choice.  Be safe.
    Yours in Rotary Service,
    2017-18 District Governor Bill Palko
    Houston Rotary District 5890
    Cell: 713-582-7235
    Posted on Aug 28, 2017
    Dear Rotarians & Friends,
    For those of us that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, I'll pray for you and your family safety. In time like these, I encourage you all to reach out to fellow Rotarians for help or to check-up on them and let them know someone out there is thinking about their safety. The magnitude of this hurricane destruction has not ended, and there's still tornadoes warning out there. If you need information and it's not an emergency, please call 311 hotlines. Below is a link to shelters if you need to evacuate on foot.    

    List of Hurricane Harvey shelters around Houston area:

    As an ambassador of Disaster Aid USA, we will dispatch a team to help clear debris soon. IF YOU LIKE TO DONATE TO OUR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF FUND, PLEASE CLICK TO THE LINK BELOW, AND ADD "HURRICANE HARVEY" ON THE PAYMENT NOTE:

    Please stay safe and dry,
    Rotary e-Club of Houston - President 
    Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador 

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

    President's Message - Hurricane Harvey Shelters 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
    If you registered and paid to attend Zone Institute, you will receive a refund directly from Zone Institute. If you registered and paid for a table or individual seat for the All Club Luncheon, they will be refunding your money as soon as we get back to normal operations at District.  
    he Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.
    About the Speaker - Susan Pinker reveals how in-person social interactions are not only necessary for human happiness but also could be a key to health and longevity.  She is the author of The Village Effect:  How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make us Healthier, Happier and Smarter (Penguin Random House, 2015).
    Weekly Program - The Secret to Living Longer may be your Social Life 2017-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
    The Houston Patch - August 25, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey is slowly churning in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall late Friday evening as a major hurricane.

    The National Weather Service is predicting that Harvey, the first hurricane to hit the Texas coast since 2008, could strike the coastline as a Category 3 hurricane with winds as high as 130 miles per hour, which could damage trees, power lines and homes.

    By comparison, Hurricane Ike was a Category 2 storm when it struck Galveston Island in September 2008, causing $38 billion in damages and killing dozens of people.

    The National Weather Services has issued Hurricane Warning from Port Mansfield north of South Padre Island, to Matagorda Island, and a Tropical Storm Warning from north of Matagorda, to High Island and Crystal Beach, KTRK reported.

    The constable’s office plans to deploy several 5-ton trucks for potential high-water rescues in the Greater Houston area.

    District 5890 in Path of Hurricane Harvey 2017-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary District 5890
    ZONE ALL CLUB LUNCHEON: The Future is Now
    Friday, September 15, 2017
    Featured Keynote Speakers: Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori
    Crowne Plaza near NRG
    District 5890 Out of this World Exposition 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    Luncheon and Presentation 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    The Rotary e-Club of Houston and Galleria River Oaks Club have a joint table planned.  If you are interested, contact President wind and send him a check for $75 payable to Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club.  The table is for ten Rotarians.  If you are unable to have a seat at this table, then arrange for your own individual ticket.
    Since the meeting is being held with Zone Institute you will need to be registered by Sept 1 in order to attend the event.  You will not be able to walk in and buy a seat or purchase a seat after Sept 1.  In order to enter the Luncheon you will need either a zone badge or a ticket or you will not be allowed to enter the room.
    To Register go to Club Runner or the link below:
    Rotary District 5890 All Club Luncheon - September 15th 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
    The District 5890 Membership Meeting scheduled to convene this coming Monday, August 28th, is CANCELED due to the forecasted weather conditions to impact Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond.
    Our next scheduled D5890 Membership Meeting is next month, per September 25th.  See you then!
    Stay safe!
    Yours in Rotary service,
    Ann Wright
    D5890 Membership Committee Vice Chair
    832-647-4700 - Cell
    Derrill Painter
    D5890 Membership Committee Chair
    832-473-5729 - Cell
    District Membership Meeting Cancelled on Monday, August 28th 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
    A General Meeting of the Rotary e-Club Houston was held on August 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM.  Our new physical meeting place is the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located on Wirt Road in Houston.
    Our assistant governor, Max Patterson was our speaker, and his topic focused on the current theme for this Rotary's year. Max, is a past president and a member of Galleria River Oak Rotary Club.
    Rotary e-Club of Houston - President
    Disaster Aid USA - Ambassador
    Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463
    General Meeting - August 19th 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
    The first annual Flights and Bites was a huge success it Served Humanity and the Rotary Firefighters home.  Again this year half the net proceeds will go to the Rotary Firefighters home. 

    This home provides our First Responders a place to live while undergoing treatment for cancer. Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self - what better way to emulate this by giving back to our very own first responders who by nature in their job description put “Service Above Self”

    So we are going to do it again October 14 in the Flemings City Center Private Dining Room.  This will sell out so we are offering to all our fellow Rotarians first.  
    Ignore the save the date.  The eventbrite registration should be live so sign up before it sells out.

    Enjoy an exclusive evening with some of the top brewers in the country while enjoying a 5 course meal prepared by Flemings Prime Steakhouse - Town and Country.

    This will be an evening that you will remember, enjoy this exquisite setting in a private dining room of Flemings Prime Steakhouse - Town and Country. We are working with our partners in brewing to bring special cellar aged very hard to find (or impossible to find) beers which will compliment each course prepared by Flemings.

    We are limiting this event to 110 guests only and we will sell it out, grab your tickets today! As always, with any WWBF event, we we will donate 100% of the net proceeds to charities. Buy tickets here:

    See you there, Cheers from the WWBF crew!

    **expected menu**

    Course 1 - Appetizer course which will be an amazing mushroom ravioli with a porcini butter sauce.

    Course 2 - Salad course - spinach salad with fruit / goat cheese hand made it's amazing with great creaminess.

    Course 3 - Seafood course – Grilled Scallops with risotto, with a very small glaze such that it will not overpower the seafood.

    Course 4 - STEAK! grilled whole tenderloins, with an amazing Kona Coffee rub. Not only does it impart great rich flavor and crust, but it also makes for perfect pairing with just about any dark beer, porter, etc.

    Course 5 - Dessert – will be a surprise!

    Remember, if you attend this fundraiser or another which is sponsored by a Rotary club, it does count as a make-up for a meeting.
    Flights & Bites Fundraiser - October 14th 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
    CANCELLED - District 5890 Social Event - Rotary Night at the Dynamo's 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

    A universal pop song and the universe are about to align.

    Guests aboard the Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise have an extra surprise in store for their once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience: Bonnie Tyler, the Welsh songstress of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" fame, will be on board to perform her 1983 hit just as the moon sails across the sun. (The cruise ship will be positioned in the path of totality for this critical moment. “Bonnie Tyler was a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment," said the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley.)

    Tyler's song launched her to stardom and remains a classic today, especially as a karaoke favorite. But this is the first time she'll be performing it during this highly anticipated astronomical event.

    " It’s going to be so exciting," Tyler told TIME, speaking from a brief stopover in Wales. "It doesn't happen very often, does it?"

    Song of the Week: Total Eclipse of the Heart 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
    About the Speaker:  David Baron writes about science in books, magazines, newspapers and for public radio. He formerly served as science correspondent for NPR and science editor for PRI’s The World.

    On August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow will race from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse. Umbraphile David Baron chases these rare events across the globe, and in this ode to the bliss of seeing the solar corona, he explains why you owe it to yourself to witness one, too.


    This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxMileHigh, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

    If you are making the effort to capture this experience, please share your location and experience with the newsletter editor for publication later this month.  Send your comments to Robin Charlesworth at  Thank you!
    Program: You Owe It to Yourself to Experience a Total Solar Eclipse 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
    Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19.  Barry replaces the late Sam Owori.  Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.

    Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

    As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

    “Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

    Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

    A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

    Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

    Barry, along with RI General Secretary John Hewko, will be a Keynote Speaker at the All Club Luncheon on Friday, September 15th, 2017.
    District 5890 is hosting the Rotary Zone Institute the week of September 14th-17th.  WE NEED TO SHOW WHY WE ARE THE BEST DISTRICT IN OUR PAIRED ZONES BY HAVING EACH OF OUR CLUBS RESERVE A TABLE FOR THE ALL CLUB LUNCHEON AT THE NRG CROWNE PLAZA AT NOON ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH.  Table sponsorship levels are $750.00 and $1,000.00.  There are a limited number of individual seats available at $58.90 each.  Please go to our district website and reserve a table for your club today!  THE FUTURE IS NOW for District 5890.
    2018-2019 Rotary International President Selected 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
    President Wind Nguyen has called for the monthly Board of Directors Meeting to be held at 10:00 am or one hour prior to the General Meeting this coming Saturday.  The meeting will be held at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, in Houston, Texas 77055.  Any board members or committee chairmen must contact our club president with agenda items prior to the board meeting.  There will be much to cover and to plan for this year's projects.
    Board Meeting - Saturday, August 19th @ 10:00 am 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Nguyen T. Nguyen
    Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
    How great leaders inspire action? Nguyen T. Nguyen 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
    WHERE:  Yellow Rose Distilling @ 1224 N. Post Oak Road #100  Houston, TX  77055
    Enjoy a tour of the first distillerty inside the Houston city limits and sampling, of course.  Contact Dan Monson @ 713.480.1061. Or  Rotary should be shared - feel free to bring a guest!  They have a Yellow Rose Premium Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Single Malt Whiskey. Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey, and more.
    The Story of the Yellow Rose Distilling -

    So the legend goes, in 1836 at the battle of San Jacinto, the Yellow Rose of Texas ensured General Sam Houston’s victory paving the way for the Republic of Texas.  Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, Yellow Rose Distillery proudly honors the history of this great state.

    Have you ever sat around with your friends, enjoying your favorite beverage, and had a dream to create something new?  Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose is the brain child of several friends after a night like that.  Yellow Rose launched into the Texas market in 2012.  We believe  it takes a lot more than talk to create something great.  After years of hard work and dedication, we are proud to be Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery!

    We are fresh off of a Best In Class award for our Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute and a Double Gold for our Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco Artisan Spirits. With accolades like these it’s no wonder Yellow Rose Distilling is making its mark in the artisan spirits sector. We’re quickly finding homes in markets throughout the US.

    While we started in Texas, we are growing quickly across the country. 

    Multi-Club Gathering August 11th 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
    Meet the RI President Ian H. S. Risely 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Raj Panjabi was your typical science- and soccer-loving 4th grader in Monrovia, Liberia. But when a brutal civil war erupted in the country, normal life was upended.

    On the TED2017 stage, Panjabi recalls his mother knocking on his door, telling him to pack his things. They had to flee. One image from that day has stayed etched in his memory ever since. While his family was stuffed onto a rescue plane, a long line of Liberians formed, many of them with children. “When they tried to jump in with us, I watched soldiers restrain them. They were not allowed to flee.”

    Panjabi’s family eventually resettled in the United States and, with the help of their community in High Point, North Carolina, his father opened a clothing shop. In 2005, after Liberia’s civil war had ended, he returned to his country as a medical student, determined to serve. “I found utter destruction,” he says. “The war had left us with just 51 doctors to serve a country of 4 million people. It would be like if the city of San Francisco had just 10 doctors.”

    Panjabi felt like he was failing his patients, who were coming to him too late to save. Like one billion people around the world, many Liberians live in remote communities that are far from a health clinic. For them, getting medical care can involve canoeing across rivers and hiking through rainforests — sometimes for days. “Despite the advances we’ve made in technology and modern medicine, our innovations have not reached those in the last mile,” he says. “These people have been left behind.”

    Panjabi wondered: Could the health-care system be reorganized? What if community members could learn to diagnose and treat common medical problems, and perhaps even become the center of a health-care system for their communities? With a team of Liberian and American partners, he launched Last Mile Health to explore this.

    In the years since, Last Mile Health has designed a three-step process: They train community health workers to prevent, diagnose and treat the 10 most common diseases, including malaria and pneumonia; they equip workers with a backpack of modern diagnostic tests and medicines, plus a smartphone to report on epidemics; and they issue job contracts so these workers get paid. This last part is crucial, and something often overlooked in community health programs. Because a paycheck means dignified, professionalized work.

    That brings him to his TED Prize wish: “I wish that you will help me recruit the largest army of community health workers the world has ever known, by creating the Community Health Academy, a global platform to train, connect and empower.”

    “For all of human history, illness has been universal, but access to care has not,” says Panjabi. “My dream is that this Academy will contribute to the training of hundreds of thousands of community health workers, who’ll serve hundreds of millions … from the rainforests of Liberia, to the hilltops of Appalachia, to the mountains of Afghanistan.”

    Weekly Program: Community Health 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Quentin Wodon, Guest author on Jul 31, 2017
    Apart from volunteering their time, another way through which Rotarians contribute to service projects is by giving money. This can be done through the Rotary Foundation, as well as through club foundations or the clubs themselves. Rotarians also pay dues for their membership. In some clubs these dues may be high, especially if weekly meetings involve lunches. In other clubs the dues may be lower. By adding up what Rotarians give to Rotary and their membership dues one can get an estimate of the overall cost of membership. Calculating this cost is important. Clubs should be aware of their cost of membership and they should regularly assess whether this cost is appropriate or too high. This exercise was done in my district through the membership survey already mentioned in previous posts (as before, for details see my book on Rotary).


    Giving and the Cost of Membership" Rotarian Economist excerpt Quentin Wodon, Guest author 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
    Mrs. Maura Coutinho, a 75 years old person living in Brazil had to undergo several surgeries and amputate a foot. In her residence all the entrances have stairs. The Allgayer family in Houston donated an electric wheelchair and the material for the access ramps, and Rotarian from E-Club of Houston Marcio Natali de Assis volunteered to build the ramps and make some other improvements in Maura’s house.  It took 5 weeks to complete the work. Congratulations to Rotarian Marcio for the work he has done in helping Maura have more dignity and comfort.
    We would also like to thank Jorge Amorim de Assis and the transporting companies in Brazil, Rocha (Porto Alegre - RS), Pioneiro (SP) and Transcapixaba (Viana-ES) for moving the electric wheelchair for free to Mrs. Coutinho’s house over 1300 miles away.
    Vitoria Marchiolli is a little girl who has a rare health condition called Treacher Collins syndrome, has had several surgeries and needs constant special care, including having to wear diapers at age 9. Her family is underprivileged and they live in Brazil. Some of our members and other Rotarians joined hands to make sure these types of diapers, which are very costly in Brazil were brought to little Vitoria. E-Club member Ludmila Claro delivered a big suitcase full of diapers to Adriane and Mike Miller’s house so they could transport it with them to Atlanta during the RICON 2017. Then from Atlanta, Rotarians Helvio and his spouse Christiane from the Rotary Club of Vitoria - Praia do Canto - ES, district 4410, flew the suitcase to Brazil with them to be handed over to Vitoria Marchiolli. We thank everyone for their efforts so that this little girl can have a better quality of life. It is a great example of small actions making a difference for someone in need.
    Remember, the Rotary motto is "Service Above Self" and our active members who live all around the world are encouraged to identify a need and develop a plan to serve others in their community.  It may be a project just around the corner from where you live, or it may reach across continents with special connections bringing you together.  Also, you may join a project conducted by another Rotary club in your area.  Please do share your community service involvement as it does count as a commitment of time to Rotary for attendance purposes.
    Community Service - Wherever The Need is for e-club Rotarians 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
    It is customary for the outgoing President to recognize some members in appreciation for their service at the end of the official Rotary year which ends on June 30, 2017.  The following members received a certificate of appreciation and a special pin according to their service, hobbies or personality. 
    Wisdom HS Interactors and Interactor president Moni Giri, (the "I care" pin) was recognized for helping our Rotary E-Club with our care bags for the homeless project and many other projects in their Interact club.
    For continued work in promoting our club, mentoring the Interactors and helping so much with technology in our club, Wind Nguyen,  "You will be a very techy and artistic president," says President Dree Miller.   Presented with a Photography pin.
    For sharing Rotary and bringing in new ideas to make members feel included and connected in our club, you are the puzzle piece that fits perfectly! Barb Conway was presented with the  "Puzzle" pin.
    For being such a team player, volunteering for our projects, participating in exchanging ideas, always offering to help our club and buying so many mosaic raffle tickets to help our Rotary Foundation: Alexis Campestre. Honored with the "Team player" pin.
    For being the greatest example of leadership, calm, patient, bringing a positive light in everything you say and do, and for being the reason I joined Rotary and just for being so cool, Ed Charlesworth. He was presented with the "Cool sun" pin.
    Marcia Allgayer who lives in South Carolina (Community Service Chair) and Rachael Blair who lives in Maryland (International Service Chair) received their certificates and pins from President Dree in Atlanta during one of our club’s dinners.
    Two recognition certificates were mailed to Lori Miller who lives in Oregon and Belinda Kaylani (who couldn’t be at the installation due to health issues).   Their certificates and pins fare in appreciation of their outstanding service to the Club. Rachael was the best International services chair a club can have, a true Rotarian who practices service above self everyday. Lori was the creative mind behind our club’s brochures, updating our logo, designing the exchange banner for our club and other designs.
    Recognition for bringing in new members this year goes to Wind Nguyen, Robin Charlesworth, Barbara Conway, Tiffany Cady, Nicole Wycislo, Marcia Allgayer and LIzette Odfalk for bringing new members to the club. They each received a Rotary sponsor pin. 
    Exceptional Member recognitions: Excellence for going even beyond in service and support of the president
    1. She is the strongest promoter of Rotary, of our club and about the Rotary foundation on social media. She is so full of energy and she helped me and our club in so many aspects.  She is a special multitasker, a go getter and she deserves a certificate of excellence for her super powers in making our E-club known all over the world. I’ve never met anyone who has so many ideas on how to make things better: Keep your ideas flowing, Liz Odfalk. You get the "Light bulb" pin.
    2. For his excellent work in keeping our club’s finances in order for three full years, for his dedication in detailed work in spreadsheets, explaining to me with the most patience in the world about those spreadsheets and for never saying no to anything I asked of him as a treasurer of our club. There is more. Because you are my husband, a lot more was asked of you. You were always there for me so I was able to do my job as president of our club. You have a cool, mathematical, logical and musical brain, a super generous and warm heart and an evolved and wise soul; A perfect combination to help a club president and wife. I will give you this certificate of excellence, this special gift for you to sign your engineering projects and this "Music" pin, because you will always be a musician, now that you can take a break from being treasurer, Michael Miller. You get the music pin.
    3. Imagine being responsible for updating a Rotary club webpage with relevant content that is read in many parts of the world, keeping up with members and club activities to publish  the e-club newsletter.  That includes being the Program Chair, too.  Being on top of everything Rotary, everything E-club, editing, looking for pictures, and looking for music, searching for inspiration and motivation for our members and followers to engage. She is the soul behind all our weekly programs since our club started in February 2014. She is a dedicated Rotarian named Robin Charlesworth and she deserves nothing less than the Rotarian of the Year award and pin. You will also receive the excellence in communication plaque.
    From the bottom of my heart, I thank our members, my friends, family and all the Rotarians who supported our club and cheered me up during my year as president. I am happy you exist in my life.
    Presdent Dree Miller
    ***Photos are posted on our Facebook page.
    Awards & Member Recognitions - 2017 Adriane Miller 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
    SAVE THE DATE - JULY 22nd for District Membership Training 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
    We did it! As of June 26, 2017 our club qualifies for the Presidential Citation Award by Rotary International!
    Here are some of our goals. To see all the other goals we achieved and more details about our service projects, please go to the Rotary website and look for Rotary Central.
    We are a large club, so we needed net gain of 2 new members. We had net gain of 4 new members, and we inducted 5 new members under the age of 40 this year. We needed to increase member retention rate by 1% compared to last year’s and we increased it by 22%!.
    The Rotary Foundation giving goal was $536. We were able to give $6,720.43. There will be more donations by June 30th so the final number will be higher. Our contribution to Polio goal of $2,650 was surpassed, with a total $4,033.93 to help end polio in the world. All members of our club contributed at least $26.50 each to the Rotary Foundation.  District Governor presented our club with the 100% Sustaining Paul Harris Banner at our installation dinner.
    It is not the award itself that will tell us we are a great club. These goals served as a guide, and what we do as a team to achieve them is what counts. Each member of this club knows the contribution he or she has given to the club, to Rotary and to humanity, and that is what is behind those numbers, which are not comprehensive of all good our members have done in their communities and internationally.
    Think of all service projects we did this year and the lives we touched through them. There are those who shake their heads in helplessness when they look at so many parts of the world in poverty, disease, lack of basic education and clean water. Then there are those called Rotarians, who see opportunities to be effective through our compassion for others. We roll up our sleeves and lift our heads resolved that we are the agents of change. Those people whose lives we touched may not know who we are and never have an opportunity to thank us. This is "Service above Self". Our club has shown to the world we are here to make changes, we will keep going forward, planning, contributing with donations, ideas, being leaders, following leaders, being active and welcoming more like-minded individuals to join us. 
    It has been an honor to serve as President of Rotary E-Club of Houston. When I was nominated president, I was unsure due to a serious health diagnosis, but I accepted the position because I believed in the team of supporters I knew I would have around me. I also believed in my heart that focusing on others and dedicating my time to a greater cause could only bring positive things all around. I was right. It has been a learning journey, and yes I worked hard to overcome some difficult episodes in my health, but it has been rewarding. Not the paper awards, praises, numbers, but the amazing people who stayed by my side, and to mention just one example, the smiles of the children in Uganda receiving clothes made by my own hands and of others. We are never alone when we have an honest aspiration to serve; it forms a beacon of light that those with the same intent will follow.
    Rotarians of our vibrant E-Club of Houston, thank you for your dedication! Keep looking for beacons of light and if you don’t see one, be one! Help others see that they can be the hands and the brains that will promote change that will bring peace and love so we all can live in a better world. 
    With much love for humanity,
    Adriane Miller
    President 2016-2017
    Rotary E-Club of Houston
    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Adriane Miller 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

    Experience the world of Alokita, a young adult who was paralysed by polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011.

    “Polio is a disease that keeps on affecting the person. It comes in childhood but it doesn’t stop there. It deteriorates the quality of our life,” Alokita says.

    Rotary, with the support of the US Fund for UNICEF, produced the VR (Virtual Reality) film, which debuted on World Polio Day 2016.

    ‘One Small Act’

    Rotary’s newest VR film takes you on the extraordinary journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict.

    See firsthand how small acts of compassion, protection, and kindness can change lives forever.

    This four-minute film emphasizes the two themes of polio and peace, and how Rotary’s work to eradicate the disease is creating stability around the world.

    Rotary premiered its newest film on June 13 at its international convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  More than 3,000 Rotarians  registered for the debut of this new virtual reality film, “One Small Act.” We succeeded in hosting one of the largest ever simultaneous viewings of a virtual reality production, with more than 2,100 Rotary members ultimately joining us on 13 June to see how Rotary is combining technology, innovation, and creativity to bring people together to experience what can be achieved through compassionate service.

    A special thank you to District 5160, whose generosity helped fund the project.

    The value of VR

    By connecting with people on a visceral, personal level, VR films can be a powerful advocacy tool.

    “The final push to end polio requires significant resources and emotional investment. This type of innovative technology has the potential to inspire that,” says Vincent Vernet, director of digital and publishing with Rotary’s communications team, who spearheaded the project.

    Get the Rotary VR app

    Combining the power of Rotary’s virtual reality app with a VR viewer and a smartphone, you can immerse yourself in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

    Gain a 360-degree perspective on the causes Rotary champions – including polio eradication and peace-building – and learn how you can take action to change the world. 

    Weekly Program: "I Dream of an Empty Ward" 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
    What fun we all had!!! Thie combined party hosted by Rotary Club Francophone with President Raffaella Ronzini Vinet of France and Rtn, Jean Louis Nguyen Qui, also from France presided with our own Dree Miller.  Dignitaries from New Zealand were present to award Raffaella a Paul Harris Award.  There was a buffet dinner and a live band, and dancing.  This group's reputation is growing as THE party to attend during the Rotary International Convention,  Here are a few pics of the event:
    All Rotarian women in attendance were honored with roses from our dear friend Dr. Jean Louis Nguyen Qui.
    Recap of the e-club PARTY in Atlanta during the RI Convention 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
    Conrith Davis - Reappointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as one of three to the Judicial Compensation Comission for a term to expire on February 1, 2023.  The commission recommends the proper salaries to be paid by the state for all  justices and judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and Courts of Appeals and state district courts.  From Sugar Land, Conrith previously served as a board member of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.  He retired from the US Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, having served 22 years on active duty.  During this time, Davis earned numerous awards meritorious awards and citations for excellence in leadership.  He also worked as a sales executive, consulting medium to large law firms.  He is the chairman of the Sugar Land Ethics Task Force, Multi-cultural Advisory Team,  and Parks Bond Committee.  He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a member of the Rotary c-Club of Houston.  Davis received a Bachelor of Arts from Fayetteville State University, and a Master's degree from Pepperdine University.  Additionally, he attended several executive education programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, and the Naval Graduate School, International Resource Management Program.
    Ruby Powers - On June 24, 2017, Ruby Powers was one of two awarded the Advocacy Award at the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Awards Ceremony.  She was in part honored for her rigorous influence from Austin to the US Congress, and her leadership to encourage others to be actively involved in being the change you want to see in this world.  Her law firm is Powers Law Group in Houston.  Ruby was also on 90.1 KPFT at 9 pm on June 28th with Jill Campbell to talk about recent immigration topics.  Congratulations, Ruby!
    Ed Nelson - At the Annual Texas Association of Sports Officials Scholarship Awards Banquet in Sugar Land on June 13, 2017, ,  Ed presented scholarships to 21 deserving students amounting to $45,000.  These scholars have dedicated themselves to their studies and to baseball.   Houston TASO Baseball Umpires raised the money with 83 applicants which started 17 years ago.  Over $625,000 has been awarded with funds raised in off-season baseball tournament with 96 teams, making this the largest single baseball tournament known.  Keep up the good work with our communities youth, Ed, in helping them make their college dreams come true!
    Proud of the Rotary e-club of Houston Rotarians! 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
    On behalf of the Hashoo Foundation, I am very proud to share the Rotary Books for the World Completion Report. This report highlights the activities undertaken by Hashoo Foundation and Rotary Club Rawalpindi  to sort, classify, and distribute books from 5 containers (6-10) donated by Rotary Books for the World and The Second Wind Foundation.
    Hashoo Foundation and Rotary Club Rawalpindi distributed 190,578 books, desks and educational materials ranging from primary to higher education levels to 170 educational institutions, organizations, libraries and community reading rooms.
    Additionally, Hashoo Foundation implemented the USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) in 40 government schools in the slum areas of Islamabad. During this project, 300 Rotary Books were distributed to each one of the 40 schools for a total of 12,000 books. These books were specifically sorted to help improve the reading habits of Grade I and Grade II students through story books and Parental Engagement. The books were placed in the class libraries established during the project. HF monitored the utilization of Rotary Books for 6 months.
    The report illustrates our work and partnerships with other institutions as well as the impact Hashoo Foundation, Rotary Club Rawalpindi and the Rotary Books for the World are making in the lives of thousands of girls, boys, mothers, fathers, and teachers across Pakistan.
    To date, Rotary Books for the World and the Second Wind Foundation have donated 10 containers, 397,527 books and educational material which are making a remarkable difference in 391 educational institutions across Pakistan.
    Thank you, Charlie, Rotary Books for the World and Second Wind Foundation for your enormous contribution to literacy and education in Pakistan!!
    Warmest regards,

    Cristal Montañéz Baylor,  Executive Director
    Hashoo Foundation USA
    Direct +1 (713) 483 4990
    Empowering communities by facilitating equitable access to opportunities
    Books for the World & the Hashoo Foundation 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
    Meeting Date & Time:  This Monday, JUNE 26th, 6:30PM (let's arrive at 6:00PM and order food/drinks)
    New Venue:    Fratelli's Ristorante  
                            1330 Wirt Road
                           Houston, Texas 77055
    Growing Rotary enables us to do more good in our communities and the world.  Attendance at the D5890 Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to bond with your club's Area Membership Chair (AMC) & other district leaders.
    Speaker - Sandra Liu, President, Rotary Club of Houston Energy Corridor (recently chartered)
    Topic - Club Flexibility
    The Rotary Club of Houston Energy Corridor is implementing many of the 2016 Council on Legislation changes in policy allowing clubs more flexibility affecting when, where, and how clubs meet and the types of membership they offer.  You don't want to miss Sandra's presentation, for she will be elaborating per the frequently asked questions regarding the five new options available, and how your club can apply these flexible options.  One aspect of a vibrant club is its flexibility, and a vibrant club is integral to membership growth and retention.  This recently chartered club is already growing exponentially, so let's find out how the club's leadership, and the implementation of club flexibility have influenced its growth.
    We look forward to the attendance of at least one (1) representative from your club.  
    Yours in Rotary service,
    Ann Wright
    D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
    713-647-8400 - Direct
    Derrill Painter
    D. 5890 Membership Committee Co-Chair
    832-473-5729 - Cell
    District Membership Committee Meeting - Open to All 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
    Human slavery and sex trafficking happens all around the world.  Last year we did have a program on sex trafficking in Houston and the State of Texas.  Rotary Peace Fellows have been working on this issue and many Rotary clubs have invited speakers on the topic to increase awareness of the problem.  In 2014, a speech was given by Geoffrey Ketchum on human trafficking in India. The talk concerns the global exploitation of labor generally but focuses on the trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation in India.  Ashlie Bryant spoke to the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks (California) in August, 2016.  Irene Hickey has held task force meetings in Houston to address this issue in Rotary District 5890.  Ashton Kutcher spoke to Rotarians at the Rotary International Convention 2017. 
    Weekly Program: Rotarians Joining the Fight vs.Human Sex Trafficking 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

    Actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher took the stage today at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to address a major human rights issue: human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

    Kutcher, who rose to fame in the early 2000s with a series of hit film and television roles, is co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization that combats human trafficking and the conditions that enable it. Trafficking in humans takes many forms but includes forced labor and sex slavery. It is among the world’s largest illicit trades, with many of the transactions happening online.

    “As a young man coming up in the public school system in the United States, I thought slavery was done, a thing of the past," Kutcher said. "When I realized this was happening – happening even right here in Atlanta, a hotbed for trafficking as a travel hub – I was floored, and set out to learn as much as I could about it.” 

    Thorn specifically works to address sexual exploitation and the proliferation of child pornography online. By exploring and supporting new digital strategies for identifying victims, deterring predators, and disrupting platforms, Thorn helps lead the global conversation on trafficking – a conversation that’s continuing at Rotary’s annual convention.

    More than 40,000 people, including Rotary members, partners, and friends from 175 countries and territories, have gathered in Atlanta this week to exchange ideas on how they can work together to improve lives in their communities.

    Kutcher joined other prominent voices for a panel discussion on trafficking and how communities can combat it. Gary Haugen spoke about his work as CEO of International Justice Mission, a nonprofit that aims to strengthen local law enforcement and support survivors of trafficking.

    Also at the panel, U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee discussed the legislative framework that allows traffickers to thrive in plain sight, and survivor Rebecca Bender offered moving testimony about the abuse she endured in the United States.

    Recognizing the role that vast global networks like Rotary play in sustainable social change, Kutcher encouraged attendees to join the fight.

    “There’s an inbound pipeline to trafficking," Kutcher said, "and that is vulnerability and poverty,” two issues that Rotary addresses through humanitarian projects and partnerships. Kutcher cited the example of the foster care system in the U.S. “Kids going into this system don’t have someone in their lives that loves them, which makes them vulnerable to someone who reaches out and shows them that attention. That’s how traffickers get in.”

    Haugen pointed out that Rotary is already connecting with vulnerable groups, building relationships, and improving lives.

    “What’s clear is this issue is everywhere around the world,” Haugen said. “There are survivors like Rebecca back home in your neighborhood and your country. Educate, serve survivors, and encourage local law enforcement, and Rotary can change this in our lifetimes.”

    Weekly Program - Ashton Kutcher and Rotary address the global scourge of human trafficking Sallyann Price 2017-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
    As the human population continues to grow, so does our impact on the environment. In fact, recent research has shown that three-quarters of Earth’s land surface is under pressure from human activity. In this short film, spoken word artist Prince Ea makes a powerful case for protecting the planet and challenges the human race to create a sustainable future.
    The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.
    His Epic Message Will Make You Want to Save the World | Short Film Showcase 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
     We are well represented at the Rotary International Convention with at least 12 attendees or about 20% of our club.  We are all enjoying great programs, fun and fellowship.  If you are in attendance, you have no worries about attendance.  If you are not in Atlanta, it is worthwhile to share with you some of the inspirational programs.  Here are some highlights from Monday, June 12, 2017:

    Minda Dentler

    Insurance professional, triathlete, health advocate, and mother

    Despite her legs being paralyzed from contracting polio in India, Minda Dentler became the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in October 2013. This accomplishment led her to be an ESPN ESPY Award Nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Dentler has been featured on CNN, NBC, Time, CCTV America and Glamour. She has also written articles for Time and Huffington Post on the importance of global childhood immunization and polio eradication.  Dentler is a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. She earned an MBA from Baruch College in New York and a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Washington. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and daughter. 

    John Cena

    WWE Superstar, actor, Rotary polio ambassador 

    John Cena devotes much of his time working on behalf of numerous charitable causes. He joined Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign in 2015 as a celebrity ambassador and is Make-A-Wish’s most requested wish granter of all time and the only celebrity to grant 500 wishes. Cena also committed to Susan G. Komen and has helped raise more than $1.6 million for breast cancer research and awareness. He is a longtime supporter of the U.S. military, recently recognized by USO Metro as the recipient of their 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award. He recently starred in Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, We Are America, to further the message of acceptance and love for all communities across the United States. In addition to his work in the community, Cena is a powerhouse on social media with 44 million Facebook fans, making him the most popular active U.S. athlete on Facebook. He is also one of the most followed athletes on Twitter and Instagram with 9.5 and 6.8 million followers respectively.

    Cena’s well known acting credits include roles in The Wall, Trainwreck, Sisters, and Daddy’s Home. Cena is the host and executive producer of American Grit, the second season will premiere in June 2017.  Cena has hosted the ESPYS, the Teen Choice Awards, Saturday Night Live, and the Kids’ Choice Awards. He frequently co-hosts the 9 a.m. hour of TODAY. This Christmas, John will voice the title role of Ferdinand the bull in Ferdinand, the animated film based on the iconic children’s book.

    As the face of the WWE and a 16-time world champion, John Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic, and genuine personality to make him one of today’s brightest stars.

    Bill Gates

    Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair, Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grant-making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the direction of the organization. Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, focusing on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    ill Gates, speaking on 12 June at the Rotary International Convention, highlighted the extraordinary progress that’s been made toward a polio-free world, along with challenges ahead. 

    Speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Gates reminded the audience of more than 22,000 attendees, who were given LED bracelets to wear, that the effort must continue and be strengthened before polio cases can be reduced to zero. 

    ill Gates, speaking on 12 June at the Rotary International Convention, highlighted the extraordinary progress that’s been made toward a polio-free world, along with challenges ahead. 

    Speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Gates reminded the audience of more than 22,000 attendees, who were given LED bracelets to wear, that the effort must continue and be strengthened before polio cases can be reduced to zero. 

    News from Rotary International Convention 2017 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
    Charles Mickens
    Our newest member is the Chief Information Officer & Associate Dean of Innovation & Technology at Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School.  His Rotary classification is "Legal Education - Technology". He and his wife, Helen, live is Lansing, Michigan.  Both Paul Harris Fellows and both in Rotary, although in separate clubs.  Charles first learned about the Rotary e-Club of Houston in June of 2015 when he attended the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He and his wife attended a Rotary party and sat next to Adriane and Michael Miller.  They also attended the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta earlier this month and learned more about the e-Club of Houston from Nicole Wycislo.  They met other e-club Houston members at the joint party with our twin club at a German restaurant.

    Charles and Helen travel as a hobby. In addition to numerous trips to France, over the years, we have traveled in South Africa, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bangkok, Thailand, and Seoul, Korea. The last The last five countries included trips to Rotary International Conventions.

    Helen lived in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa and I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for six months during college, studying Thai language and culture.

    Charles looks forward to being part of a Rotary team with a task to accomplish.   WELCOME, to the Rotary e-club of Houston!

    Tyler is the son of our club treasurer, Mike Miller, and step-son of our retiring club president, Dree Miller.    He is a chef at a boutique hotel in Oregon and his girlfriend, Natasha Edwards, is a pastry chef at the same hotel.  They are planning to head to Australia soon which we expand our membership to another continent.  Of course, their sponsors are Mike and Dree Miller.  Welcome to the Family of Rotary! 
    ED NELSON -  A returning club member who is employed with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  He works with Network Security at the museum.  Ed attended our Officer Installation party and is eager to re-join our club.  He lives in Cypress, Texas (a suburb of Houston).  Ed is seen if the video above handing our college scholarships from funds he helped raise as a baseball umpire.  Welcome, Ed!
    Welcome, New Members! 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
    Coca Cola has been one of the major sponsors of this year's Rotary International Convention in Atlanta and a dinner was held at the Coca Cola building as an optional ticketed event.  Enjoy this music from 2012 from this commercial released in Pakistan.  Even though most of us will not understand the words of "Reason to Believe in Pakistan", the visuals will likely leave you with a feeling of happiness.
    Song of the Week 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
    Dear Rotary e-Club Houston, TX, USA members,
    We challenge you to bring a new member or more to our club by June 15th 2017.
    1) Members who bring 1 new member will be given a sponsor pin + special mention by your president during the installation or the next available opportunity.
    2) Members who bring 2 or more new members will get the above awards plus a small gift of appreciation.
    1. New members proposed must send the completed membership application form to Adriane Miller or Barb Conway and pay the $50 registration fee + $150 of annual dues by June 15th 2017.
     2. Members proposing a new member must fully explain to the new candidate what it means to be part of Rotary and how to do our club’s attendance.
    3. Anybody can join, as long as they are of good character, hold a profession or skill that can be used to serve Rotary and the local or international community, live anywhere in the world with Internet connection, pay membership dues accordingly, and are willing to engage in the club’s activities online or in person.
    4. Members bringing in new members must help the new member engage in the club’s activities and facilitate social interaction whenever possible, making the new member feel welcome.
    5. Retention: the new added member must remain in the club after June 30th 2017 and not be in arrears.
    Members who already brought new members since July 1st 2016 will also be awarded.  Members who qualify for the award so far:
    Marcia Allgayer: sponsored 3 new members
    Lizette Odfalk: sponsored 3 new members
    Wind Nguyen: sponsored 1 new member
    Robin Charleswhorth: sponsored 1 new member
    Barb Conway: sponsored 1 new member
    Membership Drive 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
    Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May.  It was also known as Decoration Day and originated at the end of the American Civil War (1868).  Memorial Day is reserved for those soldiers who gave their lives so that others may have a peaceful life.  This is a special day to pay tribute to those Americans whose indomitable will, eternal courage and great love for their nation are remembered by placing flags on grave sites of the fallen.  Many Americans display flags outside of their homes, and some organizations have community projects which display flags at the curbs of houses in many neighborhoods.  Our thoughts and prayers are lifted to those special men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in hope of protecting their loved ones, family and friends. 
    MEMORIAL DAY - MONDAY< MAY 29th 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
    American flags are placed on the grave sites of those who served and lost their lives in the service of our country, and many neighborhoods proudly display flags on homes this weekend to honor those veterans who died while serving the United States.  This is a federal holiday traditionally celebrated on the last Monday of May.  It was also known as Decoration Day, originated at the end of American Civil War (1868). Memorial Day is reserved for those American Soldiers who laid their lives so that the others may live a peaceful life, this is a special day to pay tribute to the indomitable will, eternal courage and great love for the nation that resonates in their heart.  Memorial Day is reserved for those American Soldiers who laid their lives so that the others may live a peaceful life, this is a special day to pay tribute to the indomitable will, eternal courage and great love for the nation that resonates in their heart.   Our thoughts and prayers are lifted to those special men and women who have given their lives in hope of protecting their loved ones, friends and family, and hope for one day to establish a peaceful world.
    MEMORIAL DAY - MONDAY, MAY 29th 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
    Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.

    Why you should listen

    Phyllis Rodriguez is an artist, a teacher and a social justice activist. On September 11, 2001, her son Greg died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Rodriguez and her husband wrote an open letter, "Not in Our Son's Name," calling on President Bush to oppose a military response in Afghanistan.

    Aicha el-Wafi is an activist with the French feminist group Ni Putes Ni Soumise, working with Muslim women. Her son, Zacarias Moussaoui, was tried in relation to the attacks on US soil, and faced the possibility of execution if convicted.

    In November 2002, Phyllis Rodriguez and several other relatives of victims of the attacks were invited to meet Aicha el-Wafi. Rodriguez and el-Wafi have since appeared together throughout Europe and the US, telling their story of reconciliation and forgiveness.

    What others say

    “Our suffering is equal. Yet I'm treated with sympathy; she is treated with hostility.” — Phyllis Rodriguez, on Aicha el-Wafi

    Rotary's Friendship Exchanges are conducted in peaceful nations, yet those of us in Rotary have built bridges and made friends across continents. Our Rotary Youth Exchange students choose several countries they would prefer to experience with the exchange program, and also meet many additional exchange students from all around the world.  Friendships are built for a lifetime.

    Ambassadorial scholars study abroad with all expenses paid thanks to Rotary and not only further their education, but participate in service projects and become immersed in another culture.  This, too, is peace-building.

    Rotary Peace scholars are trained specifically in conflict mediation and hone their verbal skills to help communities in turmoil.  

    Peace is promoted with new friendships across boundaries, whether they be country boundaries or cultural boundaries. 

    Weekly Program: The Mothers who Found Forgiveness and Friendship 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
    SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 3rd.  Our online social will begin at 10:00 am.  We will have a guest speaker, Dr. Jean Louis Nguyen Qui, Past President of Rotary E-Club Francophone.  His topic is "Can a 10)% E-Club achieve anything?"
    The last online meeting we had was fantastic and fun.  We talked about our hobbies and interests. This time, during the first half of the meeting I will ask you this: “What brings you happiness?” Your answer can be as simple as ice cream or as complex as solving Quantum Chromodynamics equations, but either way we would love to hear more from you about it.  As an e-club, these online meetings are important so we have a chance to get to know each other on more personal levels, not just as committee members or having a business agenda.
    This next online social meeting promises to be inspiring because we have a great guest speaker, Jean Louis Nguyen from our twin club Francophone E-Club. It is a great opportunity for us to boost even more the great relationship we have with our twin club, hear his message about what Rotary E-Clubs can achieve, and get to know about our club members in a relaxed fellowship atmosphere.
    To join the meeting:
    From PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,566825819# or +14086380968,566825819#
    Or Telephone:
        Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
        Meeting ID: 566 825 819
        International numbers available:
    I expect great attendance from our club and that you all will help me in giving a warm welcome to our guest speaker. This is also my last online social as president of our club, and I’d love to use this opportunity to thank you for a most vibrant year in Rotary.
    JOIN US for an on-line SOCIAL MEETING - JUNE 3rd Adriane Miller 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar and represents the historic period during which the Koran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. The Koran is “the sacred scripture that Muslims revere as the words of God,” Imam Sohaib Sultan, of Princeton University, wrote for Time magazine this week.

    “For most of the rest of July, it is Ramadan in the Islamic world, and the focus is on faith, humility, sacrifice, and forgiveness,” said Greg Mortenson, CAI Co-Founder. “Most of the communities we serve observe Ramadan. Even the schoolgirls and teachers observe the fast, but continue on with their education.”

    Wakil Karimi, a CAI manager in Afghanistan, said by phone, “Children are taught to observe Ramadan from an early age as one of the five pillars of Islam. But they also learn that the first word of the revelation of Allah in the holy Koran is Iqra – the Arabic word that means ‘read’ – and that education should be a top priority of all Muslims.”

    Ramadan’s spirit of gratitude, humility, and self-restraint Central Asia Institute 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
    GOING TO ATLANTA?  THIS IS OUT PARTY on JUNE 12th 2017-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Health official predict tha this summer will be the worst tick season ever.     Most people in the United States are already familiar with  the tick-borne bacterium, which causes the Lyme disease.  However, this time the Powassan virus is grabbing all the recent headlines.  The virus causes the relatively uncommon disease Powassan, which can lead to serious neurological impairment and death if untreated. Approximately 1 in 15 people who contract the disease die from it.  There have been 75 cases of Powassan reported in the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It can be difficult to detect Powassan at first.  The illness generally starts out with flu-like symptoms. Those milder symptoms eventually become severe, and include vomiting, seizures, and memory loss.  Thomas Mather, a professor at the University of Rhode Island, told Healthline that while it is important to be mindful of Powassan, it’s not the first time an obscure tick-borne disease has caused a scare, despite remaining relatively rare.   “We know that we are in a ‘more ticks in more places’ world,” Mather said.

    Cases of Lyme disease have tripled since the 1990s, but the CDC thinks that number is actually significantly higher.  Much of that is being driven by the blacklegged tick, sometimes called the deer tick.  “So many people generalize, and it runs into problems because they assume a tick is just a tick and it’s not that way,” he explained. “Different species of ticks — all have pretty much their own suite of germs that have pretty much adapted themselves to be propagated by that one type of tick.”  Lyme disease is so localized to particular areas of the United States that the CDC reports that 95 percent of cases occur within just 14 states located in the Northeast —like Maine and Vermont — and around the Great Lakes area in states like Wisconsin.

    Epidemiologists Rick Ostfeld, and his wife, Felicia Keesing, have been studying Lyme disease for more than two decades, and they are predicting 2017 will be risky. By measuring populations of wild mice — prominent carriers of Lyme disease — it is possible to predict an increased risk of tick-borne illness the following year.  So, with large populations of mice in 2016, they are predicting 2017 will yield a higher prevalence of Lyme disease.

    What you can do:  Basic steps to making yourself safer from ticks include performing a “tick check” after being outside.  First examine clothing — especially below the waistline — for ticks. Virus-carrying nymphs can be the size of poppy seeds.  Use tick-repellent sprays on clothing and shoes.  You can also, for a modest investment, have your clothes infused with insect-repellent technology through a company like Insect Shield.  For in-depth information and resources, Mather recommends checking out



    summer tick season

    Cases of Lyme disease have tripled since the 1990s, but the CDC thinks that number is actually significantly higher, NPR reports.

    Much of that is being driven by the blacklegged tick, sometimes called the deer tick.

    The issue is in understanding the lifecycle of a tick.

    Those that live through the winter will be dead soon, and their larvae will not be mature enough to spread disease until 2018.

    The ticks that people are seeing now “aren’t even going to make it to the summer. They will be lucky to make to Memorial Day,” he said.

    Nonetheless, he hopes that the news will serve as an important reminder for people to get “tick smart,” as he puts it.

    “You can either get tick bitten or you can get tick smart,” he said.

    Tick Season 2017 2017-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Our eClub needs your help today, and I know you will help because Rotarians never say no, besides we hope we are not asking you for much.
    As our President Dree mentioned in our newsletter and website, we are very close to earning our Presidential Citation but we are quite behind, 40 members have not donated and we can change that today, yes! Please help!
    Its very easy! This is how you start if you have never donated before...thank you in advance.
    Please.....mail your check or international money order or donate thru Paypal, by June 30th or EARLIER!: $26.50 to get started!
    (1) Send your check payable to "The Rotary eClub of Houston, mail it to our Treasurer Michael Miller at 11 Beebrush Pl, The Woodlands TX, 77389 USA
    (2) Process your online payment through our eClub's Paypal.
    Can I count on you helping us achieve our goal this way? Can we achieve 100% participation?
    Are Rotarians real Super Heroes in disguise?  Yes!
    Yours In Rotary Service,
    Latest Rotary Foundation news:
    World polio update: 6 weeks with no new polio cases reported worldwide! Work remains still to close the $1.5 billion funding gap. Polio virus positive environmental samples continue. Zero is the magic number, could we the final polio case in 2017? There will be a major global polio event to be held at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention: Watch this video:
    The final three Endemic Countries: PAKISTAN: no new Polio cases reported this week. Two cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Diamir district, Gilgit Baltistan province with an onset on 2/13/17. AFGHANISTAN: No new Polio cases reported this week. Three cases reported in 2017 - the most recent in the Kunduz province with the onset of paralysis on 2/21/17, NIGERIA: No new Polio cases reported this week.
    Can YOU Be A Rotary HERO Before then End of June, 2017? Liz Odfalk 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
    Song of the Week - Lanny Sherwin's "Everyone Is Different" 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
    Plan to attend afternoon breakout sessions 12-14 June:
    • Rotary Friendship Exchanges: Enhancing the Rotary Experience Through International Exchanges: — participating in an exchange deepens global understanding, strengthens international ties, raises opportunities to explore vocations abroad, and even helps develop international service partnerships. Find inspiration from previous exchange participants, meet prospective exchange partners, and trade ideas on how you’ll join the program as a host or visitor.
    • Rotary Community Corps: Community Solutions for Community Challenges — a Rotary Community Corps consists of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to service and carry out community projects as well as support Rotary club projects. Nearly 8,500 RCCs in 90 countries are working to develop future leaders and conduct effective service. Learn about the role of RCCs in community development, along with how to form an RCC and how to team with RCCs on projects.
    • Vocational Service and Appreciation: Enhance Member Engagement — learn how recognizing the worth of members’ occupations, skills, and talents can improve member retention.
    • Rotary and Peace Corps: Partnering to Empower Communities — the service partnership formed in 2015 between Rotary and Peace Corps offers opportunities for clubs to work with active and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Learn how teaming with Peace Corps volunteers can address Rotary’s six areas of focus while enhancing goodwill, international understanding, and capacity building in more than 60 countries around the world.
    • Life as a ShelterBox Response Team Member — Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief, ShelterBox, will bring to life the mission of a response team and show what it takes to help on the ground immediately after a disaster.
    • These Rotarian Action Groups will host sessions about their service initiatives and opportunities to team with them on a related cause in your community: Clubfoot, Peace, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Malaria, Hepatitis, Slavery, Literacy, and Family Health and AIDS Prevention.
    Rotary Convention Break-Out Sessions 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
    ROSE BAGLIA - Rose resides in Antigua, Guatemala and recently attend our District Conference.  Her classification is "Non-Profit" as she is the Executive Director of a non-profit called SANA Children's Project.  When asked how she would like to serve in Rotary, she replied:
    "Our program addresses healthcare (we operate a clinic for 7,000 patients each year), education (operate a preschool for 100 children and provide education to the community).  These programs affect Mayan mothers and their children in a rural, impoverished town of 30,000 in Guatemala.   Becoming a member of Rotary will provide me with additional information and experience so I can improve our programs.  I can also share our experiences with others. "   Rose lives in an area which is so remote that there is no mail service.  There is a branch office in Houston which brings Rose to our area on business, and we hope that she will soon be able to join us in person for a social meeting.  Welcome, Rose!
    Welcome, New Member! 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
    PDG Ed Charlesworth will be the speaker at the Rotary Club Francophone meeting online next week.  His talk will be entitled "Your Piece of Cloth is Not Enough".  Rotary e-Club of Houston (District 5890) and Rotary e-Club 9920 Francophone became official "Twin Clubs" on June 24, 2014 when Dr. Ed Charlesworth and Dr. Jean-Louis Nguyen Qui were both club presidents.  These two met in person last year while the Charlesworth's were on a river cruise in France, and Dr. Jean-Louis joined them for dinner on board the cruise ship, also meeting club member Linda Caruso (then Club President).  This meeting had been discussed since last year and we invite any of our club members to join this online meeting. 
    Please come on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 8pm, France time, on ZOOM.US...
    Come on Tuesday, 23 may at 20 H00, hour of France, on zoom. US...
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    Sister Club - Francophone Asks PDG Ed Charlesworth to Speak Next Week 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
    Many Rotary clubs require new members to complete certain tasks as a "Red Badge" member prior to gaining the status as an "Active" member ofthe club.  We aim to identify a mentor Rotarian to guide each new member through this step toward active membership.  The tasks are chosen to introduce the new member to the responsibilities of being a Rotarian, such as reporting attendance and supporting our Rotary Foundation.  We are also committed to "Service Above Self" and encourage members to spend time making a difference through service in their own community, joining another Rotary club service project either in your community or an international project, and it may be done individually or with a group.  It also must be reported so we may track our club's service hours.  Below are the steps in the program:
    Welcome to Rotary!  As a new member of the Rotary e-club of Houston we want you to have the opportunity to discover more about being an Active Member of our club.  We encourage your participation in our club’s projects and activities, although if you are distant from our programs we want you to know how you can be actively engaged in our club and Rotary International.
    Please review the list below, and know you are not expected to complete all activities.   Simply accumulate 7 points (each activity is one point) and submit your report to either your sponsor or designated mentor who will be willing to answer any questions you may have or offer additional explanations for your throughout your discovery process.
    Read three club newsletters.
    Submit three attendance reports.
    Set up your own My Rotary page on the Rotary International website.
    Write your biography and upload a photo for our club website.
    Interview 2 active members of our club (see interview questions).
    Visit one traditional Rotary club meeting anywhere in the world.
    Attend a board meeting (in person or online or video conference call)
    Submit an article for the newsletter about Rotary or another community service or leadership training or personal growth, etc.
    Attend an online social event – meet and greet our members.
    Donate to the Rotary Foundation.
    Attend a district committee meeting - listen and learn, and meet more Rotarians.
    Attend a meeting of New Generations – perhaps Interact, Rotaract, or even EarlyAct.
    Attend a District Conference or Zone Institute.
    Attend  Rotary International Convention (2017 in Atlanta, GA)
    Tour Rotary International Headquarters in Chicago, IL.
    Participate a minimum of two hours in a service project.
    Upon completion, we ask that you mentor the next new member through this process.
    Red Badge Member_______________________________________________________________________________
    Rotarian Mentor/Sponsor _______________________________________________________________________
    New Red Badge Program for New Members 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
    Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

    Why you should listen

    An expert on animal behavior, Temple Grandin has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US, and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines. As PETA wrote when awarding her a 2004 Proggy: “Dr. Grandin's improvements to animal-handling systems found in slaughterhouses have decreased the amount of fear and pain that animals experience in their final hours, and she is widely considered the world's leading expert on the welfare of cattle and pigs.” In 2010, Time Magazine listed her as one of its most Important People of the Year. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Grandin’s books about her interior life as an autistic person have increased the world's understanding of the condition with personal immediacy -- and with import, as rates of autism diagnosis rise. She is revered by animal rights groups and members of autistic community, perhaps because in both regards she is a voice for those who are sometimes challenged to make themselves heard. 

    WEEKLY PROGRAM: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
    Not everyone learns the same way and learning does not come easily for everyone.  There are various learning disabilities, and it important to diagnose learning difficulties and discover interventions to promote learning.
    Researchers use eye-tracking software to peek inside a child's mind when words fail, reading eye patterns to understand language production and combat conditions such as specific language impairment.
    Tracing a Gaze
    Tracing a Gaze to Understand Language Delays Scientific American 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
    Dear Members of the Rotary e-Club of Houston,
    We are well on our way to earn the Rotary International Presidential Citation Award for 2017.    A Presidential Citation is for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Activities include growing your membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.Yet, we need your help to complete our final task regarding donations to The Rotary Foundation.  We have 40 members who have not yet contributed to the foundation this year; some have never donated.  We need these 40 members to donate at least $27 to the Rotary Foundation, and $500.00 of these contributions need to go to the Polio Fund.
    You can look at the goals below and see all that we have done. If we meet those requirements and don't lose more than 3 members by the end of June we will for sure be awarded the presidential citation. I would really love if our club starts to get these awards every year from now on.
    Mandatory Activities:  Goals Set in Rotary Club Central    -   YES
                                            Pay July 2016 and January 2017 semiannual dues on time -   YES
    Membership Development:  Large club - net 2  (*we have net 5!)  -  YES
      Improve membership retention by 1% (we improved 30%!) -  YES
      Induct new members under age of 40 -  *need one more (need 4 and we now have 3)  -  NO
     *needed two of three in membership development - we did it!
    Foundation Giving:(must achieve 3 of the following 6 goals)
       Each member contributes at least $26.50 -  Not met
       Contribute to Polio Plus Fund  minimum of $2,650 (we have donated $2,152.93) -  Not met
       Contribute to Annual Fund a minimum of $100 per capita (we have only $36.41)  - Not met
    Humanitarian Service:
       Sponsor a Global Grant or District Grant -  YES
       One or more members attend Grant Management Seminars -  YES
       Implement a project with a Rotary service partner -  NO
       Partner on a project with a corporate or government entity - YES
       Partner with at least 5 clubs in your region on a project -  NO
      (Achieve 3 or more goals -  YES)
    Public Image: 
      Host event informing community about TRF centennial - NO
      Project covered in local media - YES
      Local media involved with event, project, or fundraiser - YES
     (Need to achieve 1 or more) - YES
    We are having an awesome year, so let's make our donations to the Rotary Foundation (minimum $26.50) and Polio Plus before June 30th.  The funds donated this year are the monies that will support our district grants in three more years, or global grants in the future.  We hope you will participate and support The Rotary Foundation and our imminent success to eradicate polio.
    Thank you,
    President Dree Miller
    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2017-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
    Please mark your calendar for our Rotary e-Club of Houston Installation on June 17th, 2017, 6:00 pm at Dr. Ed & Robin's home. We will have catered Vietnamese cuisine, drinks, silent auction, and our Wisdom High School - Interactors will be joining us. Please let me know if you would like to donate anything for the silent auction, and I will also personally be donating one of my artwork for the auction.  Also, we will join with Rotary Club of Cy-Fair for  Installation of Officers. 
    To register for this event, please purchase the $25 per adult Eventbrite ticket linked below. Please RSVP soon for us to prepare an accurate number of foods/drinks.
    Eventbrite RSVP:
    Club Executives & Directors 2017 - 2018
    President: Wind Nguyen
    President Elect: Robin Charlesworth (2018 - 2019)
    Secretary: Nicole Wycislo
    Treasurer: Alexis Campestre
    Community Service Chair: Tracy Darjean
    Vocational Service Chair: Debra Harper-LeBlanc, Ph.D.
    International Service Chair: Isis Mejias
    New Generation Chair: BELINDA KAYLANI
    Public Relations and Marketing: Rebecca McGee
    Membership Chair: Tiffany B. Cady
    E-Club 501c3 Foundation Chair: Dr. Ed
    Rotary Foundation Chair: Lizette Ödfalk
    Technology Chair: Klodian Ian Hoxha

    Rotary e-Club of Houston - President-Elect
    Disaster Aid USA Ambassador
    Cell: (281) 827-5787  | Office: (731) 577-9463
    JUNE 17th Installation of our own Club Officers 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
    Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you. Benjamin Wallace is a journalist and author of The Billionaire's Vinegar, the true story of the world's most expensive bottle of (possibly phony?) wine. He's been a contributor to GQ, Details, Salon and The Washington Post.

    Why you should listen

    A Washington D.C. native and a current Brooklynite, Benjamin Wallace is fast establishing himself a master of the brainy nonfiction thriller, rooting up feuds and controversies in pop and less-than-pop culture while buddying up with their embattled and larger-than-life personalities (whom he sometimes meets on their way down). He profiled conserative mouthpiece Glenn Beck for GQ in 2007 shortly after the pundit landed a controversial slot on CNN, and in 2002 looked at chef Georges Perrier of Philidelphia's then-five-star restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

    Wallace's orderly, deadpan writing style hints at one of his secrets: his love (and talent) for playing the straight man to the once-mighty in downfall, right as they go aflame in tragicomic hubris. (The Billionaire's Vinegar is simply a pleasure, not least to schadenfreude junkies.) It's easy to imagine him, the bespectacled wallflower, watching as brouhaha over a wine bottle once valued at $165,000 -- the highest price fetched for a bottle, ever -- culimates in a court trial that reveals at least two of its main characters, a wine collector and a wine expert, to be frauds. Or at least emperors with no clothes.

    What others say

    “Ben Wallace has told a splendid story just wonderfully, his touch light and deft, his instinct pitch-perfect.” — Simon Winchester, author, The Professor and the Madman.

    Sooooooo.......Rotarians........some of us have sybaritic tastes and some of us work hard for the money to feed our families and also to give back to those in need.  We may certainly enjoy ourselves, but think about what we truly value in life and the world we want to leave to the next generation.  Do you want to make a difference in this world?  Assess your lifestyle, your willingness to help others, and your willingness to celebrate special moments in life.  Is it really worth the price?  Does the experience  you have paid for really induce a feel good moment or set up others for years to come?  Don't get me wrong - we need to have special celebrations, but we also need to fulfill our drive to inspire, to create, to motivate, to make a difference. That is why we are Rotarians, so if you believe this your brain chemistry will prove it.
    Weekly Program: The Price of Happiness 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

    From the breathtaking opening ceremony and world-renowned speakers to informative programs and spectacular entertainment, the Atlanta convention promises to be an unforgettable experience. Here are some highlights.

    All convention activities will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center unless otherwise noted.

    News briefs


    On Tuesday, 13 June, experience the power of virtual reality

    During “One Small Act: A Virtual Reality Experience,” you can be among the first to see Rotary’s new virtual reality film and participate in one of the largest simultaneous virtual reality viewings. You and your fellow Rotarians will use Google’s virtual reality viewer, Cardboard, to join the extraordinary journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict. Plan now to attend and see for yourself the impact that small acts of compassion can have.

    You don’t want to miss this special event. Space is limited — Purchase your tickets today! Cost: $10

    Sign up for the convention orientation webinar

    Learn how to make the most of your convention experience during this live online event. Join us for the convention orientation webinar on Thursday, 11 May, at 11:00 Chicago time (UTC-5). If you miss the live event, you can view it online later.

    Bill Gates to address convention attendees

    Business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates will talk about the importance of our continued commitment to a polio-free world. Read a letter from RI President John F. Germ.

    June 10            House of Friendship – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
                              “ Grand Opening -                        10:30 am
    June 11            ·  Opening Ceremony – first seating | 10:00-12:30
    ·               Opening Ceremony – second seating | 15:30-18:00
    June 12            General Session 2 | 10:00-12:00
                             Breakout sessions | 13:00-17:00
                             6:30 – 10:00  Der Biergarten  E-Club Party
    June 13            General Session 3 | 10:00-12:00
                             One Small Act: A Virtual Reality Experience | 17:30-18:30
    (doors open at 17:00)
    June 14            General Session 4 | 10:00-12:00 

    AND a Book signing

    Have your copy of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years” signed by its author, David C. Forward. You can purchase the book in the Resource Center in the House of Friendship
    Book signings will take place in the House of Friendship, booth 2063.
    10 June | 11:00–12:00 & 13:00–14:00
    11 June | 11:00–12:00 & 13:00–14:00
    12 June | 09:00–10:00, 13:00–14:00 & 16:00–17:00
    13 June | 09:00–10:00, 13:00–14:00 & 16:00–17:00
    14 June | 09:00–10:00
    RI Convention Coming Soon - June 10 - 14 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
    Remember all of those wonderful baby blankets made by President Dree?  We are invited to share the assemblinh session to fill Rotary layette bags to be sent to Nicaragua on Saturday, May 27th.  This will begin at noon and should not take longer than 3 hours.  Whre?  At Luigi's Italiano Ristorante located at 12779 Jones Road.  This is the third and final work session to assemble these layette bags.  This is a great hands-on service project, and it does count as credit for weekly attendance. 
    SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - NW HOUSTON 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
    Inspirational Message 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
    WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017
    WHERE: OMNI Hotel & Resorts, Four Riverway, Houston 77056
    SCHEDULE: 6:00 pm Registration/Cocktails (cash bar), 6:45 pm Introductions/Dinner/Entertainment, 8:00 pm Installation Program, 9:00pm to midnight DJ/Dancing
     Table of 10 $1,000 (Includes 10 drink tickets)
     Individual $100 (Includes 1 drink ticket)
     YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE AT district-installation
     Or Complete this registration form and return with your check by Friday June 9, 2017
     MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: North Shore Rotary
    Save the Date: Installation Dinner of Rotary District 5890 District Governor, Bill Palko, and District Officers Rebecca Maddox 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

    White, marble, chocolate, German chocolate, ice cream: There are hundreds of types of birthday cake in the world, each beautiful in its own sugary way. Odds are, you’ve indulged in one during at least one (hopefully all) of your birthday parties. But in between delicious bites of cake and frosting, have you ever stopped and wondered, “Why am I eating this? What makes this dessert fit to commemorate the day of my birth?”


    It’s because you are as important and beloved as the gods. Kind of.

    The ancient Egyptians are credited with “inventing” the celebration of birthdays. They believed when pharaohs were crowned, they became gods, so their coronation day was a pretty big deal. That was their “birth” as a god.

    Ancient Greeks borrowed the tradition, but rightfully realized that a dessert would make the celebration all the more meaningful. So they baked moon-shaped cakes to offer up to Artemis, goddess of the moon, as tribute. They decorated them with lit candles to make the cakes shine like the moon. Hence, the reason we light our birthday cakes on fire.

    Modern birthday parties are said to get their roots from the 18th century German celebration “Kinderfeste.” On the morning of a child’s birthday, he or she would receive a cake with lighted candles that added up to the kid’s age, plus one. This extra candle was called the “light of life,” representing the hope of another full year lived.

    And then, torture—because no one could eat the cake until after dinner. The family replaced the candles as they burned out throughout the day. Finally, when the moment came, the birthday child would make a wish, try to blow out all the candles in one breath, and dig in. (Sorry to break it to you, but you’ve probably been cutting cake wrong your whole life.) Like modern tradition, the birthday girl or boy wouldn’t tell anyone the wish so it would come true.

    Since the ingredients to make cakes were pretty expensive, this birthday custom didn’t become popular until the Industrial Revolution. More ingredients were available, which made them cheaper, and bakeries even started selling pre-baked cakes.


    Here's Why You Should Thank the Ancient Greeks for Your Birthday Cake Reader's Digest 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
    In the previous newsletter our speaker, Pope  shared a message of hope for the future.  He suggests that we can build a brighter future by standing together, yet it can be sparked with the interests and actions of only one person.  He would like to see people build a sense of solidarity with the goal of helping each other with compassion and tenderness in our hearts.  We are encouraged to share our talents and resources, sometimes financial, to assist others. 
    In our Rotary family, we have active members around the world who practice varied religions.  Certainly there are differences, yet we put aside our religious practices to serve others as Rotarians.  Now let's explore the messages taught in some other world religions.  This newsletter will take a look at Buddhism and Compassion this week.  This is shared from the March 23, 2017 posting in ThoughtCo. online:

    The Buddha taught that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. Wisdom and compassion are sometimes compared to two wings that work together to enable flying, or two eyes that work together to see deeply.

    In the West, we're taught to think of "wisdom" as something that is primarily intellectual and "compassion" as something that is primarily emotional, and that these two things are separate and even incompatible.

    We're led to believe that fuzzy, sappy emotion gets in the way of clear, logical wisdom. But this is not the Buddhist understanding.

    The Sanskrit word usually translated as "wisdom" is prajna (in Pali, panna), which can also be translated as "consciousness," "discernment," or "insight." Each of the many schools of Buddhism understands prajna somewhat differently, but generally, we can say that prajna is understanding or discernment of the Buddha's teaching, especially the teaching of anatta, the principle of no self.

    The word usually translated as "compassion" is karuna, which is understood to mean active sympathy or a willingness to bear the pain of others. In practice, prajna gives rise to karuna, and karuna gives rise to prajna. Truly, you can't have one without the other. They are a means to realizing enlightenment, and in themselves they are also enlighenment  itself manifested.

    Compassion as Training

    In Buddhism, the ideal of practice is to selflessly act to alleviate suffering wherever it appears.


    You may argue it is impossible to eliminate suffering, yet the practice calls for us to make the effort. 

    What does being nice to others have to do with enlightenment? For one thing, it helps us realize that "individual me" and "individual you" are mistaken ideas. And as long as we're stuck in the idea of "what's in it for me?" we are not yet wise.

    In Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts, Soto Zen teacher Reb Anderson wrote, "Reaching the limits of practice as a separate personal activity, we are ready to receive help from the compassionate realms beyond our discriminating awareness." Reb Anderson continues:

    "We realize the intimate connection between the conventional truth and the ultimate truth through the practice of compassion. It is through compassion that we become thorougly grounded in the conventional truth and thus prepared to receive the ultimate truth. Compassion brings great warmth and kindness to both perspectives. It helps us to be flexible in our interpretation of the truth, and teaches us to give and receive help in practicing the precepts."​

    In The Essence of the Heart Sutra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote,

    "According to Buddhism, compassion is an aspiration, a state of mind, wanting others to be free from suffering. It's not passive -- it's not empathy alone -- but rather an empathetic altruism that actively strives to free others from suffering. Genuine compassion must have both wisdom and lovingkindness. That is to say, one must understand the nature of the suffering from which we wish to free others (this is wisdom), and one must experience deep intimacy and empathy with other sentient beings (this is lovingkindness)."

    No Thanks

    Have you ever seen someone do something courteous and then get angry for not being properly thanked? True compassion has no expectation of reward or even a simple "thank you" attached to it. To expect a reward is to maintain the idea of a separate self and a separate other, which is contrary to the Buddhist goal. 

    The ideal of dana paramita--the perfection of giving--is "no giver, no receiver." For this reason, by tradition,  begging monks receive alms silently and do not express thanks. Of course, in the conventional world, there are givers and receivers, but it's important to remember that the act of giving is not possible without receiving. Thus, givers and receivers create each other, and one is not superior to the other.

    That said, feeling and expressing gratitude can be a tool for chipping away at our selfishness, so unless you are a begging monk, it's certainly appropriate to say "thank you" to acts of courtesy or help.

    Developing Compassion

    To draw on an old joke, you get to be more compassionate the same way you get to Carnegie Hall-- practice, practice, practice.

    It's already been noted that compassion arises from wisdom, just as wisdom arises from compassion. If you're feeling neither especially wise nor compassionate, you may feel the whole project is hopeless. But the nun and teacher Pema Chodron says, "start where you are." Whatever mess your life is right now is the soil from which enlightenment may grow.

    In truth, although you may take one step at a time, Buddhism is not a "one step at a time" process. Each of the eight parts of the Eightfold Path supports all the other parts and should be pursued simultaneously. Every step integrates all the steps.

    That said, most people begin by better understanding their own suffering, which takes us back to prajna--wisdom. Usually, meditation or other mindfulness practices are the means by which people begin to develop this understanding. As our self-delusions dissolve, we become more sensitive to the suffering of others. As we are more sensitive to the suffering of others, our self-delusions dissolve further.

    Weekly Program: Buddhism & Compassion Barbara O'Brien/ThoughtCo. 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
    A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."

    Why you should listen

    Pope Francis was elected in March 2013, becoming the first Pope from the Americas and from the Southern hemisphere. He was born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in a family of Italian immigrants. A Jesuit, he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires and then a Cardinal leading the Argentinian church. Upon election as the 266th Pope, he chose Francis as his papal name in reference to Saint Francis of Assisi.

    A very popular figure who has taken it upon himself to reform the Catholic Church, Pope Francis's worldview is solidly anchored in humility, simplicity, mercy, social justice, attention to the poor and the dispossessed -- those he says "our culture disposes of like waste" -- and in a critical attitude towards unbridled capitalism and consumerism. He is a strong advocate of global action against climate change, to which he has devoted his powerful 2015 encyclical, Laudato sì ("Praise be to you"). He invites us to practice "tenderness," putting ourselves "at the level of the other," to listen and care. He is committed to interfaith dialogue and is seen as a moral and spiritual authority across the world by many people who aren't Catholics.

    Weekly Program: Why the only future worth building includes everyone 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
    Ruby Powers - Ruby is a Board Certified Immigration attorney, world traveler, past Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, wife, and mom who also finds time for Rotary.  She is being recognized with the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Advocacy Award which will be presented to her in June at the annual conference in New Orleans.  She was selected from a pool of 14,000 attorneys.  Congratulations, Ruby!
    Michael Miller - Our club treasurer for three years,  has been selected to Chair the Electrical Transmission & Substation Structures Conference 2018 to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is married to our club president, Dree, and they will both be in Atlanta this June for the Rotary International Convention.  On a site visit earlier to Atlanta, they selected the site for our joint Rotary e-club party during the RI Convention.  His work as Vice-President of Engineering gives him the responsibility for North America, Mexico and interfacing with his company's plants in Brazil and India.  With 20 years of experience working for the Department of Energy, plus some 10 years in the private sector, he is one of the best in the world as a Civil Structural Engineer.  Thank you, Mike, for all that you do for our club, and for being a leader in your chosen vocation!
    PDG Ed Charlesworth and Robin Charlesworth -  Returned to their alma mater, The University of Houston on April 28th, to present a the first awarded research grant  to a deserving first year graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the Annual Psychology Research Showcase.   The recipient, Liz Smith, B.A., presented her work on "Perceived Stress and Alcohol Dependence in Firefighters:  The Role of Posttraumatic Stress".  A synopsis of her study is shared below.  Thank you, Ed and Robin, for supporting the next generation of research on stress with clinical applications!
    RNASA - The prestigious awards night for honoring outstanding achievement in space which was founded by the Rotary Club of Space Center Houston in 1985.  Our e-club member Philip Harris (a Systems Engineer with NASA) was in attendance as a supportive Rotarian along with our District Governor Eric Liu and First Lady Sandra Liu.   The National Space Trophy is presented annually to an outstanding American who has made major contributions to our nation's space program. Dr. John Grunsfeld, NASA Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate,  received the National Space Trophy (NST) on April 28, 2017 at the Houston Hyatt Regency.  See more in the video below.
    Honor Roll of Rotary e-club Houston Rotarians 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
    Lia Smith is the student honored with a research grant by the Charlesworth's.  Her research study is shared below as Rotarians in our district have a special interest in firefighters.   The Rotary Club of University Area Houston is proud to be the leader in organizing and planning the much needed Rotary Firefighters Home in the Texas Medical Center in partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston Fire Department, the International Brotherhood of Fire Fighters, Rotary International, and Rotary District 5890.  Xerox Corporation has been a tremendous help in this endeavor.
    "Perceived Stress and Alcohol Dependence in Firefighters:  The Role of Posttraumatic Stress"
    Authors:  Liz J. Smith, B.A., Anka A. Vujanovic, Ph. D., Daniel J. Paulus, M.A., Matthew W. Gallagher, Ph. D., Sonya B. Norman, Ph. D. & Jana Tran, Ph. D.
    Abstract:  Firefighters are at an elevated risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology and alcohol use, the combination of which is highly complex and difficult to treat.  One promising factor with relevance to alcohol use and misuse among firefighters is perceived stress, defined as the degree to which individuals experience life events as unpredictable, uncontrollable, or generally overloading.  As firefighters are at elevated risk for exposure to various occupational stressors, the current study examined the indirect effects of perceived stress on alcohol dependence via posttraumatic stress severity using structural equation modeling.  It was hypothesized that post-traumatic  stress would significantly mediate the association between perceived stress and alcohol dependence.  Participant data analyzed at the time of submission included 2,790 male urban firefighters employed by a large fire department in a major U.S. metropolitan area (62% White 25 - 34 years old).  Measures included the Perceived Stress Scale, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist for DSM-IV, and the Rapid Alcohol Problems Screen-4.  Structural equation modeling results demonstrated that posttraumatic stress significantly mediated the association between perceived stress severity and alcohol dependence.  This model suggested that 70% of the effect of perceived stress on alcohol dependence was accounted for indirectly via posttraumatic stress.  Thus, perceived stress is associated with heightened posttraumatic stress severity, which in turn, is associated with greater level of alcohol dependence.  Furthermore, direct effects of perceived stress on alcohol dependence were statistically significant and a significant association was found between posttraumatic stress on alcohol dependence,  Results underscore the importance of considering symptoms of both perceived stress and posttraumatic stress in order to better understand alcohol use among firefighters.  Clinical interventions for AUD among firefighters may potentially integrate a focus upon perceived stress as well as PTSD symptom severity in order to maximize effectiveness and applicability.
    Trauma & Stress Studies with Firemen Kia Smith, B.A. 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
    What is RNASA? 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
    Veronica Kerssemakers - Regularly commits her time to provide care and support to the elderly, and also creative arts classes for the elderly.  She taught meditation classes for the caretakers of the elderly, too.  Veronica is one of our distance members, residing in The Netherlands.
    Ruby Powers - Earlier this week Ruby read Granddaddy's Turn:  A Journey to the Ballot Box to Janowski Elementary School (in Houston) second graders on Law Day 2017.
    Brittany Johnson - Volunteering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, and planned the send-off party for a four-year old child to go to Disney World with his family. 
    Cristal Montanez - Attended America's Global Leadership Roundtable on Foreign Policy held in Houston on April 27th.  The USGLC is a broad-based influential network of over 500 business and NGO's; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.  Thank you Cristal for attending as Rotarians are committed to peace-building and leadership training!
    Dree Miller - Dedicated many hours to creatively design and produce the millefiori reflections mandala mosaic to be auctioned as a fundraising project to support The Rotary Foundation.  And don't forget the blankets she has made for the infants in Nicaragua, and the lil dresses for children in Africa.  Thank you, Dree, for your leadership, role-modeling, and endless energy to support Rotary!
    Rotarians Volunteering in Communities 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
    Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Take a minute to listen to Isis Mejia's invitation on Facebook (Rotary e-club Houston, WASRAG) to attend the World Water Summit June 9 in Atlanta. It's going to be a great opportunity to find inspiration, find projects, and connect with partners. Isis will be speaking about her work in water and sanitation as well as others. Don't miss it!…

    WASRAG's Annual General Meeting
      Saturday June 10, 4.30 - 7.00 pm

    World Water Summit 9 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Friday, June 09, 2017 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)

    Georgia World Congress Center
    285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30313
    United States

    This year's Summit will be held on the morning of Friday June 9th

    BUT!  When the formal Summit ends at 12.30 pm there will be more opportunities to learn about WASH. 

    Starting at 1.15 pm we'll feature a series of workshops.  Our sponsors will be available to talk about the wide range of services and products available to support your projects.  Members of WASRAG's Professional Services Team will be there to discuss your WASH challenges and facilitiate informal technical workshops. 
    Rotary International Convention - WASRAG 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary is an international, non-political humanitarian service organization whose mission is advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace. We focus our efforts in six key areas including preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, promoting peace, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop. We are especially dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide. Rotary members have persevered in this fight for more than 30 years, and have helped decrease the number of polio-affected countries from 125 to just three.
    What is Rotary? - You Will be Asked When You Wear Your Pin 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotarians - Let us be like this father who is supportive and encouraging, accepting another's goal and passion, and continue to help others to the finish line while allowing them to celebrate their victory.
    Inspiration - When You Don't Give Up You Cannot Fail 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Inspiration of the Week - "Everything Happens for a Reason" 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Foundation Fundraiser

    This beautiful Millefiori Reflection Mandala mosaic was hand-made by our own talented President Dree Miller to raise money for The Rotary Foundation.  Tickets are $10 each for a chance to win this piece and the drawing will be held at our installation of officers on June 17th.  This multi-media mosaic was inspired by the work Rotarians do around the world.  From the Italian word "mille" which means "a thousand" and  "fiori" meaning "flowers":.    Adriane sees Rotarians as thousands of flowers that bring life and color in the most needed places in the world.  Flowers can grow in between hard surfaces and harsh terrain as the flowers represented in this stained glass.   All that is needed is goodwill and action, represented by the Rotary "wheel" in the center. Adriane says, "Rotarians make the world go 'round spreading hope, peace, and love.  The mirrored pieces symbolize this evolution.  The result is the3 harmonious mosaic of kindness.  All proceeds from this go to The Rotary Foundation to fund service projects where most needed in the world.  This mosaic measures 24 inches in diameter. 
    Tickets were sold at the District Conference and will be available at the Rotary International Convention.  For a raffle ticket, please contact President Adriane Miller at 
    Our Fundraiser to Support The Rotary Foundation Adriane Miller 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

    Did you ever try to yo-yo?  This speaker discovered his talent and with 10,000 hours of practicing became the world's expert.

    Why you should listen

    At 14, BLACK picked up his first yo-yo. Initially he couldn't do even the easiest trick -- but after one week of practicing, he realized: I could be good at this. Very good. Four years later (and 10,000 hours of practicing), he took the title of 2001 world champion. And then ... he gave it up. Went to school, got a job. But he missed the passion of performing. He realized: "I want to do this: Entertain, and bring excitement and joy to people with the yo-yo."

    Returning to competition after six years, he won the 2007 World Yo-Yo Contest in the artistic performance category. After that, he started dance and acrobatic training to create a new form of performing and art. Imagine a yo-yo performance graceful and thrilling enough to pass the audition for Cirque du Soleil ... while being fast and precise enough to pull a tablecloth out from under a stack of champagne glasses!

    Weekly Program: Becoming a Yo-Yo- Champion Ted Talk 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
    An excerpt from the book Becoming Your Best - The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LEADERS by Steven Shallenberger:
    A mother once brought her child to human and civil rights pioneer Mahatma Gandhi and asked him to tell the young boy to stop eating sugar because it was not good for his diet or his developing teeth.  Gandhi replied, "I cannot tell him that.  But you may bring him back in a month."   Gandhi then moved on, brushing the mother aside.  She was angry; she had traveled some distance and had expected the mighty leader to support her parenting.  But having little recourse, she left for her home. 
    One month later she returned, not knowing what to expect.  The great Gandhi took the small child's hands into his own, knelt before him and tenderly said, "Do not eat sugar, my child.  It is not good for you."  Then Gandhi embraced the boy and returned him to his mother.  Grateful but perplexed, the mother queried, "Why didn't you say that a month ago?"  "Well," said Gandhi, "a month ago, I was still eating sugar." 
    This is an example of the moral authority that comes from having a strong principle-based character.  Lead with bedrock principles which include integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, perseverance, humility, compassion, and respect for others.
    A Lesson In Leadership - Be True to Character Steven R. Shallenberger 2017-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
    Ludmila Claro - Ludmila is President of the Brazilian Women Association and teaches Portuguese.   She is sponsored by Marcia Allgayer.  She is new to Rotary International and her leadership skills and interest in community service will readily sweep her into our Rotary projects.  Hope we see you, Ludmila, at our kayak event in May!
    Welcome, New Member! 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
    To Jewish Rotarians around the world -  Thinking of our Rotarian friends celebrating Passover this week.  The name “Passover” is derived from the Hebrew word Pesach which is based on the root “pass over” and refers to the fact that God “passed over” the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt during the last of the ten plagues. Passover is also widely referred to as Chag he-Aviv (the "Spring Festival"), Chag ha-Matzoth (the "Festival of Matzahs"), and Zeman Herutenu (the "Time of Our Freedom").  Probably the most significant observance involves the removal of chametz (leavened bread) from homes and property. Chametz includes anything made from the five major grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt) that has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after coming into contact with water (Ashkenazic Jews also consider rice, corn, peanuts, and legumes as chametz). The removal of chametz commemorates the fact that the Jews left Egypt in a hurry and did not have time to let their bread rise. It is also a symbolic way of removing the “puffiness” (arrogance, pride) from our souls.
    To Christian Rotarians around the world - Happy Easter!  Easter Sunday is an important day in the Christian church calendar because it celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief.  In Christian times, the spring began to be associated with Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the resurrection is remembered on Easter Sunday.  Many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church bells. Easter processions are held in some countries such as the Philippines and Spain. Many Christians view Easter as the greatest feast of the Church year.

    Many towns and villages in Italy have sacred dramas about the episodes of the Easter story – these are held in the piazzas on Easter Day. Pastries called corona di nove are baked in the form of a crown. Other traditional foods include capretto (lamb) and agnello (kid/goat). Easter in Poland is celebrated with family meals that include ham, sausages, salads, babka (a Polish cake) and mazurka, or sweet cakes filled with nuts, fruit and honey.

    Although Easter maintains great religious significance, many children in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, think of it as a time to get new spring clothes, to decorate eggs and to participate in Easter egg hunts where eggs are hidden by the Easter Bunny. Some children receive Easter baskets full of candy, snacks, and presents around this time of the year.

    Inspiration - Toasts to Rotarians Celebrating With Their Families 2017-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
    There is  great interest in Grassroots Peacemaking in many areas around the world.  Grassroots Peacemaking Groups, in different parts of the world, take advantage of formal and informal networks of leaders in Rotary, the United Nations, the Holy Sea and many NGO's.  There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 215 countries and territories around the world.  Rotarians share a passion for enhancing communities and improving lives across the globe.  With clubs in almost every country, the members embrace their diverse backgrounds and unite to exchange new ideas, apply expertise, and implement improvements that transform communities. 
    Rotary's peacemaking history goes back to the days when Rotary was active in the creation of the United Nations.  The U.S. State Department asked Rotary International to help develop the Statutes of the United Nations.  Rotary also organized and managed the United Nations charter meeting in San Francisco in 1945.  Forty-nine of the delegates from different countries were also Rotarians.
    Rotary Grassroots Peacemaking Groups have made positive differences in conflicts between Argentina and Chile, Cyprus, India and Pakistan, and between China and Taiwan.  We have also seen interest in Grassroots Peacemaking in Zimbabwe, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Russia, Ukraine, and Mexico.  Our Grassroots Peacemaking Group on Facebook has more than 3000 members and it's still growing!
    It is a big challenge to develop peace and prosperity between nations that hate each other.  The only possibility would be for the parties to agree on a common philosophy and vision of peace and prosperity on a win-win basis.  It is in their self-interest to do so.  The Grassroots Peacemaking Process provides a solution to a widespread problem in many countries.  The problem is that the parties fail to agree on a common philosophy and vision.  The result is that they pursue uncoordinated missions and actions with many people continuously killed.  This also leads to a conflict escalation.  The longer such a conflict lasts, the parties dig in more and become increasingly bitter and hostile. 
    The Grassroots Peacemaking Process has the following four steps that the conflicting parties create and develop together:
    1.  Philosophy
    2.  Vision
    3.  Mission
    4.  Action
    For example:
    1.  Philosophy - In peace everybody wins and in war everybody loses.  Studies have shown that nowadays there are no winners in war.  Once the conflicting parties can agree to this, it becomes in their own self interest to pursue peace. 
    2.  Vision -  The parties will jointly develop a vision of peace and prosperity on a win-win basis.  Rotarians on each side of the conflict know each other and share the same values.  They can use their relationships with leaders of their countries to promote a win-win vision of peace and prosperity.
    3.  Mission - The conflicting parties develop a joint mission based on their win=win vision. Local Rotarians can create peacemaking projects between groups of people in the conflicting area.
    4.  Action - The conflicting parties act to implement their mission plan.  Rotarians can help by generating support from the United Nations, as well as different countries and NGOs around the world.
    With tensions continuing to escalate with different countries around the world, this major focus area of Rotary, PEACE, is  desperately needed.  Do you know about our Rotary Peace Scholars?   Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships to pursue a Professional Development Certificate Program or Masters Degree Program related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention at one of the participating peace centers around the world (USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, Thailand).  Up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree and 50 for certificate studies are awarded each year.
    Grassroots Peacemaking & Rotary Grassroots Peacemaking Newsletter 2017-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

    When we introduced in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office.

    Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving.

    But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They wanted a tool that was more robust, faster to use, and easier to navigate. It was time for an upgrade.

    In July, we’ll unveil a new and improved Rotary Club Central. We’ve completely redesigned it with a fresh, modern interface. Pages load faster, navigation is more intuitive, and easy-to-read charts and graphs make past and current club data more accessible.

    Members and club leaders can view trends, plan for the future, and track progress in just minutes. Plus, Rotary Club Central offers an individual user experience, allowing club leaders to plan and evaluate what is important to their own clubs, like membership activities or Rotary Citation goals. You can even enter your Rotary Foundation giving goals in local currency.

    Rotary Club Central is also a great tool for succession planning. Club leaders change annually, so the historical record of goals and achievements eases the transition and ensures continuity. It’s just one way to boost trust between members and club leaders, because everyone has access to the same data and is working together to achieve the same goals.

    The Rotary Club Central upgrade will happen seamlessly, which means you don’t have to do anything. All data already in the platform will automatically migrate into the new system. Additional updates about the new Rotary Club Central will be posted on My Rotary in the near future.

    Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

    President Dree Miller, "My small contribution of 54 blankets for Rotary Layette bags for Nicaragua I finished hemming today. I feel great that they will be wrapping up with love the tiny lives that will come to this world. Other Rotarians are doing the same, because we care that these newborns need all gestures of love they can get. If you are reading this and would like to know of big or small ways to make changes in the world, let me know and I'll tell you how to join a team of Rotarians."   Thank you, Dree, for being a great example of a Rotarian who is generous of her time and talent!

    Blankets to be sent to Nicaragua 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
    Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents' house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch. Her research began in her family kitchen — and eventually led to a major science prize. Hear how this teenage scientist developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to purify water. Water is the basis of life, and too many people around the world suffer from waterborne illnesses. Deepika Kurup is working to change that.

    Why you should listen

    Deepika Kurup is a scientist, speaker, social entrepreneur and student at Harvard University. She has been passionate about solving the global water crisis ever since she was in middle school. After witnessing children in India drinking dirty water, Kurup developed a water purification system that harnesses solar energy to remove contaminants from water.

    Recognized as "America’s Top Young Scientist" in 2012, Kurup won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In 2014 she was honored with the "United States President's Environmental Youth Award" and represented the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Most recently Kurup was named one of the Forbes' "30 Under 30: Energy" and was the National Geographic Explorer Award Winner in the 2015 Google Science Fair. She attended the 2016 (and 2013) White House Science Fair. Currently she is CEO and founder Catalyst for World Water, a social enterprise aimed at deploying the technology she developed in water-scarce areas. 

    Along with research, Kurup is passionate about STEM education, and she feels that STEM education has the power to revolutionize the world. In her free time, she enjoys giving talks and writing articles to encourage students all around the world to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, and to increase awareness of the global water crisis. She has been invited to speak at schools, international conferences and the United Nations. 

    Weekly Program: Clean Water 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
    Our Club Social & Bingo was a great Sunday gathering of friendship and fun!  The fundraiser supports Earn & Learn.  Earn & Learn is an after school program in India that provides kids from the slums with education and better nutrition.   If you were unable to attend the event, but would like to support this international project, please go to our website and make your donation online or send a check to our treasurer, Michael Miller. Here are some of our club members who enjoyed the fun at two fundraisers held at the Miller's and the Charlesworths homes:
    Here is the philosophy of the Earn N Learn Program which takes place every day at the Ghandi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India:
    Provide a safe environment where children can learn and socialize
    Provide children with tutorials
    Provide children with English lessons
    Provide children with a nutritional meal and a snack
    Teach children arts and crafts
    Teach children to care and nurture the elderly
    Teach children to value their community
    Teach children the value of mindfulness
    Expose children to volunteers from all over the world who teach them music and dance
    Description of the program:
    Children range from ages 8-16 (60-80 participants)
    Children attend school in the morning
    Children attend Earn n Learn in the afternoon for 4 hours
    Children work only 2 hours per day on handmade paper products (notecards, journals, calendars, invitations)
    Children are paid a fair wage for their work (meticulous records are kept on time spent and difficulty of task)
    Children are fed, engage in afternoon prayers, tutorials, fun events and
    Once a year they are taken on educational field trips
    The Earn ‘n’ Learn family spent one afternoon recnetly serving 60 elderly women, all of whom are widows struggling to support themselves. With kindness and joy, the children distributed 10​​ kilograms of grain to each woman, prepared and served a delicious Gujarati snack, and performed several bhajans, while the women sang and danced. 
    Fundraiser results:
    $548.11 from bingo at  President Adriane Miller's house
    $140 from fundraiser/social at PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth's house 
    Subtotal $ 688.11  PLUS matching grant with Kindness in Action, Inc.
        Total: $1,376.22
    Special thanks to the combined efforts of President Dree and Michael Miller; PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth; Rachael Blair, President of Kindness in Action; and sponsoring Rotarians and guests who made this international project possible!!! 
    BINGO! APRIL 9th FUNDRAISER SUCCESSFUL! 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
    Published on Mar 5, 2013

    A Cliff McAulay song, written in response to the problems of refugees throughout the world.
    Film by Andy Freegard.2012.
    Recorded in Melbourne Australia. Paul Richards Drums, Phil Smith Bass,Toni McDonald violin,Charlie

    Song of the Week - I Am So Weary (Song for Refugees) 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
    How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?

    Why you should listen

    Dr. Aala El-Khani develops and researches innovative ways to reach families that have experienced conflict with parenting support and training. She has conducted prize-winning field research with refugee families and families in conflict zones, exploring their parenting challenges and the positive impact parenting support can provide. Her work has significantly contributed to an agenda of producing materials which together form psychological first aid for families affected by conflict and displacement.

    El-Khani s a humanitarian psychologist, and she works as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as well as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester at the Division of Psychology and Mental Health. Her current work collaborates the efforts of the UNODC and the University of Manchester in developing and evaluating family skills programs in countries such as Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.

    El-Khani is passionate about highlighting the significant role that caregivers play in protecting their children during conflict and displacement. She has trained NGO workers, school teachers and affected families internationally on family skills and research methods.

    Weekly Program:  What it's like to be a parent in a war zone 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

    This is where the Rotary world comes together and where ideas, best practices, and project successes are proudly shared. You can:

    • Browse booths showcasing Rotary projects, Rotary Fellowships, and Rotarian Action Groups
    • Shop for Rotary-licensed merchandise, including pins, shirts, and banners
    • Meet with staff in the Resource Center about Rotary’s programs and services
    • Enjoy food and entertainment unique to the American South
    • Register for the 2018 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Hours of operation
    The House of Friendship is located in the Georgia World Congress Center, and is open:
    Saturday, 10 June | 10:30 (grand opening ceremony)
    Saturday, 10 June | 09:00-18:00
    Sunday, 11 June | 09:00-18:00
    Monday, 12 June | 09:00-18:00
    Tuesday, 13 June | 09:00-18:00
    Wednesday, 14 June | 09:00-16:00

    “Every convention breathes new life into your Rotary experience. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the House of Friendship, where you quickly realize how international Rotary really is.”

    *****SPECIAL NOTE*****  After today the registration increases from $415 to $490.  This may be done via fax, online or mail.

    Carol Colon, Rotary Club of Gainesville, Georgia; House of Friendship Co-Chair, 2017 Atlanta Convention

    A Glimpse into the Friendship House at RI in Atlanta 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
    This assembly is for every Rotarian in the club and especially for the incoming board under President-Elect Wind Nguyen.  The cost is $10 if you register in advance and $15 at the door.
    Where: Houston Community College West Loop
                  5601 West Loop South
                  Houston, TX  77013
    When:  April 1st  8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Houston Community College West Loop
    5601 West Loop South
    Houston, TX  77013 - See more at:
    Houston Community College West Loop
    5601 West Loop South
    Houston, TX  77013
    United States - See more at:
    Below is some of the break out sessions and topics covered:
    President Nominees-Getting a Head Start for 2018-19
    Best Practices for the Club Secretary (2 part session)
    Best Practices for the Club Treasurer (2 part session)
    Club Membership Chairs & AMCs
    Club Rotary Foundation Chairs
    Club Vocational Service Chairs
    Club Community Service Chairs
    Club International Service Chairs
    Club Public Image Chairs
    Club Youth Services Chairs
    Rotary 101- The Basics of Rotary (Great for new members!)
     The Rotary Foundation 101: The Basics of the Foundation
                                          Grants Training - (2 part session)
     Membership Retention, Recruiting, and Planning
     Vibrant Club- Is your Rotary Club Vibrant?
    Public Relations- Getting the Word Out about Rotary
    Interact & Rotaract: How to sponsor a club?
    Youth Exchange- How does our club get involved?
    Fundraising- How to raise money for your club projects
    How to Conduct a Board Meeting
    Conflict Resolution-How to handle disagreements within your club effectively.
    Membership Relations: What should you say and not say from the podium?
    International Service Project Ideas
    Community & Vocational Service Project Ideas
    Club Leadership Training TOMORROW 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
    John Allen - John studied Electrical Engineering at Texas A & M University and then Engineering Economic Systems at Stanford University.  John is the CEO of Delantero.  His classification is ITSystems Integration/Software Development.  He was raised in Lake Jackson and now divides his time between Folsom, California or New Braunfels, Texas.  He raised two daughters in Folsom.  He retired from IBM seven years ago.  His father, James B. Allen, was a well respected figure in the Brazosport Rotary Club.  Also, he is the cousin of Robin Charlesworth (first cousin) and second cousin of Brittany  (Charlesworth) Johnson.   John enjoys hiking in the Sierras, playing ball and training his black Lab, traveling, going to San Francisco Giants games, and Octoberfest.  He enjoys working with kids and seniors and supports programs of education.  Welcome, John!
    Marluce Whitley - Marluce is also new to the family of Rotary International and resides in Greenville, South Carolina.   She owns Rio Body Wax and is an Esthetician.  She is interested in traveling, reading, going to the movies, and having friends over.  Marluce has already expressed interest in attending the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, so our international group of members may meet her at the dinner for e-club members.  She in sponsored by Wind Nguyen.  Marluce was introduced to Rotary by Marcia Natali de Assis Allgayer.  Welcome, Marluce!
    Rebecca McGee - Rebecca is transferring from the Rotary Club of Kingwood within our district.    She joined Rotary in 2012 with a classification of Mobile Marketing & Digital Signage.  She enjoys kayaking, animal activism, environmental activisim, diversity awareness, and community service.  Rebecca has indicated a willingess to assist with technology needs for our club.  Welcome, Rebecca!
    Welcome New Members! 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Breakthrough Tool, Line of One is a team value, a practice, and a set of behaviours, that members of a team can take on to create powerful results. It exists and is present in any successful team.

    In the natural world, this team value of mutual support is illustrated by the behaviour and practices of Geese as they fly together.

    Line of One focusses on Lessons we can learn from Geese. Inspired by the words of Milton Olson.
    Lessons from Geese: Breakthrough Line of One 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Song of the Week - Clean Water released in Ghana on International Water Day 2007 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Published on May 7, 2015

    Sometimes life leads you to far flung places and puts you in positions that you never dreamed. When you follow the rabbit hole and embrace it with both arms you might never realize it how it might change your life. Mark Balla's simple and personal story is beautifully expressed from a guy who just wanted to do the right thing. Mark discovered something that could at the very least change people's lives when he started an organization called 'We Can't Wait'.

    After several years working as a travel writer and then establishing his own business, Mark found himself as a board member for a India. During one of the frequent trips that he made from his home in Melbourne he unravelled an issue too large to ignore. Some years later Mark discovered that the best job he has ever had doesn't pay a cent but may just save lives.

    Mark Balla is a founding director of We Can’t Wait - a not for profit that works towards it's mission of providing clean, safe and sustainable sanitation solutions for schools and surrounding communities in the developing world.  Mark is a Rotarian and project director of Operation Toilets at the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central. He is a Board Member of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group - the peak global influencing body within the Rotary International focus area on Water and Sanitation.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.  Filmed in Queenstown.

    Weekly Program: Toilet humor is Serious Business 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
    The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, and focused on WASH projects.  Since then it has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices.  We encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water is not the end in itself, but is rather the means to a better life and livelihood in the community.  Most importantly WASRAG links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community – especially women, irrigation and agriculture, education and literacy and, ultimately, child mortality.

    Vision Statement:  Health, education and prosperity for all through safe water, sanitation and hygiene. 

    Mission Statement:  Providing human,  technical and financial support to Rotary clubs and districts seeking to help communities to gain sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
    WASRAG Goals:

    Access and connect with experts in WASH

    Provide technical guides for all stages of WASH projects including program life cycle

    Seek funding outside the Rotary domain to complement internal resources

    Facilitate connections with other organizations sharing Rotary goals

    Alert Rotarians to the availability of expertise and financial resources

    Identify and share Rotary and other resources available to Rotarians.

    Assist and enable clubs to seek support from other clubs, from TRF and beyond Rotary

    Ensure clubs can learn of the needs of other clubs

    Maintain and build a collaborative working relationship with RI and TRF

    Implement appropriate processes to monitor and evaluate the impact , efficacy and sustainability of Rotary projects and programs

    Facilitate the exchange of idea and information

    Going to the RI Convention in Atlanta?

    Plan on attending the 9th annual WASRAG World Water Summit on Friday, June 9th beginning at 7:30 am with a light breakfast and speakers kicking off at 8:30 am.  This year's theme will focus on WASH and Women,  showing how women and girls are elevating their communities through water, sanitation and hygiene programs.  The opening speaker will be Kate Harawa, Malawi Country Chair of Water for People. 

    As a child in in Malawi, Kate experienced first-hand the challenges of fetching water from a distant, often contaminated water source.  Not surprisingly her university studies focused on WASH and she has dedicated her professional career to advocating for change and working to improve access to safe water.  As Country Program Director for Water for People her work has included such diverse areas as:

    • Leading an initiative to pilot composting toilets;
    • Conducting tests on the safety and nutritive value of compost;
    • Capturing lessons learned and sharing knowledge.
    Her talk will be "Motivated women will change the world through WASH".
    About WASRAG 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

    More than 100 million children below the age of five will be vaccinated against polio in a synchronized campaign covering 20 countries in West and Central Africa starting on Friday.

    Tens of thousands of health workers and volunteers including Rotarians are uniting with health ministries, UN Agencies, and communities during four days of door-to-door vaccinations. Nigeria, one of three remaining polio-endemic countries along with Afghanistan and Pakistan, is aiming to get the two drops of oral vaccine into the mouths of 57.7 million children.

    This year’s progress in India has proven what is possible when we focus on the task at hand. In Africa, the end of polio is in sight, but we still have hard work ahead. Failure is not an option.

    From Rotary Voices - Stories of service from around the world

    Polio vaccination campaign to immunize millions in Africa By Ambroise Tshimbalanga Kasongo, chair of RI’s African PolioPlus Committee 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

    The recent arrest of two admitted members of the MS-13 gang, and the shooting earlier this month that injured two Houston police officers and killed one member of the the 52 Hoovers, also known as five-deuce Hoovas gang, is raising public awareness for an issue that has been present in Houston for many years.

    Long considered just an inner-city problem, criminal gangs have spread to suburban and rural areas in many regions, and that includes the Greater Houston area.

    Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Cerda, who currently works as part of the department's auto theft task force, has a lot of experience with criminal gangs — or “Clicks” — as they are commonly referred to by law enforcement.  In fact, there are hundreds of gangs in Houston, with membership nearing 20,000.  The gang problem has become an issue that affects the whole of the Houston area, and not just isolated pockets, or a block or two that might be claimed as turf. They might be identified by the clothing they wear, the tattoos they have on their bodies, or how they communicate, such as with hand signs.

    In January, the Texas Department of Public Safety released an overview of gang activity in Texas that includes threats from terrorism, Mexican Cartels, Human Trafficking and gang activity.  This report disclosed the following: 

    All eight of the major Mexican cartels operate in Texas, and they have enlisted transnational and
    statewide gangs to support their drug and human smuggling and human trafficking operations on both
    sides of the border.
    Gangs continue to pose a significant public safety threat to Texas, and their propensity for violenceand many kinds of criminal activity is persistent. While the greatest concentrations of gang activity tendto be in the larger metropolitan areas, gang members are also present in the surrounding suburbs, and inrural areas. Gang activity is especially prevalent in some of the counties adjacent to Mexico and along key smuggling corridors, since many Texas-based gangs are involved in cross-border trafficking.


    According to the report, MS-13 is gaining influence and membership, and poses the greatest criminal threat because of their relationship with Mexican Cartels.  However, MS-13 is far from the only gang in town.  In fact, there are more than 350 gangs in Houston and Harris County, with roughly 19,000 members, according to a KPRC report.

    Gangs of Houston: Law Enforcement Officials Cite Growth Of Criminal Gangs In Houston Houston Patch 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
    Music of the Week - An Irish Blessing 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
    Song of the Week - "Let's Work Together" by Canned Heat 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
    English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

    Why you should listen

    John McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, teaching linguistics, Western Civilization and music history. He is a regular columnist on language matters and race issues for Time and CNN, writes for the Wall Street Journal "Taste" page, and writes a regular column on language for The Atlantic. His work also appears in the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Aeon magazine, The American Interest and other outlets. He was Contributing Editor at The New Republic from 2001 until 2014.

    McWhorter earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and is the author of The Power of BabelDoing Our Own ThingOur Magnificent Bastard TongueThe Language Hoax and most recently Words on the Move and Talking Back, Talking Black. The Teaching Company has released four of his audiovisual lecture courses on linguistics. He guest hosted the Lexicon Valley podcast at Slate during the summer of 2016.

    Beyond his work in linguistics, McWhorter is the author of Losing the Race and other books on race. He has appeared regularly on Bloggingheads.TV since 2006, and he produces and plays piano for a group cabaret show, New Faces, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.

    Weekly Program: 4 Reasons to Learn a New Language 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
    Join active members and guests of the Rotary e-Club Houston on Saturday, March 18th at 11:30 am.  Arrive early to order lunch at Caliente restaurant located in Town & Country Shopping Center next to Flemings.  Garage parking can be validated - bring your ticket with you into the restaurant.  The address is 790 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Suite 112 (Houston, TX 77024).   This meeting is for everyone in Houston to meet face-to-face and have great Rotarian fellowship.
    Come learn about learning differences with speaker Gayle Fisher.  Gayle has a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University, and she has a passion for advocating for the rights of those with learning differences.  Her presentation:  Self-Directed Learning, Platform Building and Intrinsic Motivation Lead to "In the Flow" of Learning.  This same talk was presented at EduCon 2016.
    We also need to discuss selling tickets for the Kayak Fundraiser and other Rotary business for the remainder of this year.  Hope to see you there! Next month we will have another on-line social/meeting,
    General Meeting of the Rotary e-Club Houston - March 18th 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

    Early Irish-American immigrants couldn't foresee the St. Patrick's Day celebrations of today: Hoards of drunken people elbowing their way to the bar for another green Bud Light.

    After all, 19th Century immigrants celebrated St. Patrick's Day — always March 17 on the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland — as a way to honor their heritage while embracing their new homeland. It often came with parades, food and a little bit of partying.

    It wasn't until later on that St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in Ireland. There it's a national holiday with schools and government buildings closed. Eamonn McGrath, a native Irishman and executive director of the Irish Cultural Center of New England, equates the day to the Fourth of July, where people spend time with family, attend a special Catholic mass, drink, eat and go to a parade.

    McGrath claims St. Patrick's Day is "more raucously and widely" celebrated outside of Ireland than inside, a phenomenon he said makes sense. All people with Irish heritage, he said, long for home."

    "Pub culture was never about getting drunk," said Professor Christopher Dowd of the University of New Haven, "It was about socializing, usually around music or storytelling."

    That means any St. Patrick's Day revelry should be kept social and celebratory. Here are other ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the right way.

    Eat Irish -

    It's peasant food, but a perfect meat and potato base for your celebration.

    Shepherd's Pie is made with beef and vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes. There's colcannon, mashed potatoes mixed with a type of green, often cabbage. Irish soda bread is a simple, dense, not-too-sweet bread that goes well with corned beef and cabbage.  That dish, it turns out, may be more American than Irish. McGrath said Irish immigrants ate bacon and cabbage in the homeland. But they couldn't afford bacon in America, so they opted for the cheaper corned beef.

    Don't forget about Irish boxty, a potato pancake, and Dublin coddle, a mixture of potatoes, onions and sausage topped with bacon.

    Drink Irish

    The Irish are known for their Guinness, but there's plenty of other beer options such as Harp, Murphy's, Smithwick's and Beamish & Crawford. If it's in the cards, Irish whiskey is always popular. Try Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore D.E.W. For those early starters, Bailey's Irish Creme goes well in coffee.

    The raucous nature of today's St. Patrick's Day celebrations, McGrath explained, doesn't rattle the Irish.

    "I think people want to feel Irish for the day and feel part of the Irish diaspora," he said, but added, "it kind of feeds that old stereotype that the Irish are drunks. That's probably not a good thing."

    Jam Irish

    Upbeat traditional Irish music is crucial, McGrath said, to a proper St. Patrick's Day. Some Irish classics to consider: "Skibbereen," "Finnegan's Wake," and "The Fields of Athenry." Crank up the Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners and The Wolf Tones. When the fiddle and banjos wear off, there's always other Irish artists Van Morrison, The Pogues, U2 and The Cranberries.

    Watch an Irish movie classic

    Dowd suggests people pay homage by watching a movie rooted or set in the Emerald Isle, such as The Quiet Man, which according to IMDB, features John Wayne as a boxer who returns home to Ireland, where he falls in love. Dowd, who teaches Irish literature, also recommends The Commitments, about a Dublin soul band, andThe Wind that Shakes the Barley, a story of two brothers during the Irish War of Independence.

    Read like the Irish

    Dig up some Irish poetry or gothic literature. There's always James Joyce, the author of great Irish novels such as Dubliners and Finnegans Wake. There's also Bram Stoker, who brought us Dracula.

    Watch Gaelic hurling and football

    The two sports unique to Ireland, Gaelic hurling and Gaelic football, host championship games on St. Patrick's Day.
    How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the Authentic Way USA Today Network 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
    This is what one of our most recent members Marcio de Assis did. Marcio lives in Brazil, and he is the brother of our member Marcia Allgayer and son of our member Margareth Natali who live in South Carolina. We are so happy many of our members are families that are part of a bigger family: Rotary. Yesterday a friend posted on Facebook about an elderly lady, Mrs. Zamboni, who is in the ICU at a hospital in Brazil with a life threatening condition. She had a serious complication and needed urgent donation of platelets. Adriane Miller tagged Marcio and his sister in that post because he lives near the town where Mrs. Zamboni was, and Adriane hopped he would share the post further to get donors from their city. But Marcio did made more than that. He took action. He actually went all the way to the hospital himself and donated blood. This is what Rotarians do. They see a need and they act. How are you serving humanity as a Rotarian? Please let us know so we can show examples of service to humanity and inspire others in creating a better world for all. Please send your story to newsletter editor Robin Charlesworth. Thank you Marcio and thanks to all of you who donate blood to save lives.
    Some Rotarians Literally give their Blood to Help Others in Need 2017-03-11 06:00:00Z 0













    Thursday, April 20th
    Golf Tournament - Registration  9 - 10:30 am
                                      Entry Feeds:  $125 per person/4 person scramble
                                      Shotgun Start 11:00 am
                                      For more inforation:  Contact Steve Bohreer
    Friday night, April 21st
    DISTRICT CONFERENCE DUCK RACE!  First 10 ducks across the finish line win a prize.  $10 for one or $20 for three ducks.  Rotarians and family/guests only.  Need not be present to win.  First 10 across the finish win a prize for their sponsor.   All proceeds benefit the Rotary Foundation.
    La Torretta Lazy River
    The Aggies of Rotary District 5890 - Please join us on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6pm in The Concierge Room on the second floor of the hotel.
    If you have not experienced Aggie Muster before, please join us to participate or just watch.
    Dress is casu.  Every year on April 21st in over 300 locations around the world the Aggie family gathers to celebrate their time on campus, mourn the loss of current students and alumni who have died during the previous year and, most moving, answer the Roll Call for the Absent with a “Here” symbolizing that while that Aggie is no longer with us physically they are always present in spirit.
    The largest Muster ceremony in the world is held on campus at College Station where 12,000 people will attend. At that Muster the names of all Aggies who have died in the world during the previous year will be called and answered with a “here” by family, friends or sometimes strangers.  This symbolizes that all Aggies are family.
    This tradition, started April 21, 1903, truly sets Texas A&M apart from other institutions of higher learning.  The most famous Muster in history took place in 1942 on the island of Corregidor where Brigadier General George F. Moore ’08 and Major Tom Dooley ’35 gathered 25 other Aggies on the Island.  Despite fierce fighting as the Japanese laid siege to the island, a roll call was held.  Ultimately 12 of the 27 survived the battle and the P.O.W. camps to which the survivors were sent.
    A reporter sent the story to the US and the event captured the imagination of the public.  It is said that the Muster helped boost the spirits of Americans at a time it was badly needed. In recognition, on Easter morning in 1946  15,000 Aggies gathered at Kyle Field to hear General Dwight D. Eisenhower speak and the World War II Roll Call of the Absent as comrades answered “Here” for 900 Aggies killed in the war. Four Aggies who received the Medal of Honor were among the names called.  
    Because we realize that District Conference is tightly scheduled and very busy, our ceremony will be brief.  Anyone, Aggie or not, may add the name of an Aggie who has died during the previous year and can answer the roll and hold a carnation for them.  We appreciate District Governor Eric Liu for his willingness to allow us to participate in this time honored tradition without leaving the facility.
    Hall of Friendship Featured Projects
    Come by and meet from Guatemala Rose Baglia, Executive Director, and from Houston, Becky Lanier. Programs: Community, Health Care, Children’s Learning Center.  Learn about Disaster Aid USA and our 9 Rotary country partners. Tents, Home Repair Kits, Water filtration solutions: Sawyer Products, SkyHydrant.  Shirts, Pins, Hats, Coins, Flags, Club Awards, and much more may be purchased from National Awards.   Our Rotary e-club of Houston will have a table promoting our Kayak event.
    District Conference 2017 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
    District 5890 Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Read on to learn about her trip and how Paula Schwartz and her fellow Rotarians are making a difference in the world. 

    "My husband and I joined 8 other Rotarians on a 12 day trip to Tanzania in January.  Part of this trip was a safari and part of the trip was Rotary service.  I could go on for days about the safari, but to suffice it to say we saw some amazing animals in their own environments.  As me later about the elephant and the tent story!  Everyone should put a safari on their bucket list.

    Wanzita is the scholarship exchange student from Tanzania who is currently staying in Northfield and having a wonderful exchange year.  We visited her mother and family on their rural "farm" in Tanzania.  The extended family of 10 lives in a 8 x 12 hut without running water or electricity.  Can you all imagine the culture shock Wanzita went through coming to the United States?  She plans on returning to her village and studying to become a nurse.  

    We spent four days in various service opportunities.  Edina Morningside has participated in a small international grant funding Project Zawadi and the bunkbeds.  PROJECT ZAWADI’s mission is to provide educational opportunities within a nurturing environment to orphaned and other vulnerable children in Tanzania, so that they become self-reliant and active members of their communities. Children were walking miles to get to school, so the building of a dormitory has made it possible for them to stay at the school during the week. Our traveling team spent a day handing out shoes, school uniforms and school supplies to the 250 children that Project Zawadi supports...... in addition to visiting 3 of the schools.

    The women of our traveling team also spent one day teaching the young girls of ProjectZawadi how to sew their own menstrual kits. This is a project initiated by Districts 5950 and 5960.  Being that there was no electricity, the sewing machines were the old treadle machines but our mission was successful!

    We attended the Rotary meeting of Tanzania.  We spent the day visiting the three projects that that club is involved in.

    1. This project is a school for Albino children. Apparently Albino'ism is very prevalent in Africa and not surprisingly, these children are ostracized.

    2. We visited a school run by Catholic nuns for young girls running away from genital mutilization..... which is still common in Africa. The Rotarians provided a fish pond for tilapia to help feed the girls.

    3. The Rotary Club of Tanzania also has a micro economics program where they give about $300.00 US each month to several Albino adults. This money is used to fund a business such as basket weaving. Each month the business owner pays Rotary back from the proceeds of their business and lives off the other profits. This business model provides an opportunity for self reliance to individuals not otherwise able to support themselves and their families."

    Tanzania: Rotarians Making a Difference 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
    A FIRST for the Rotary e-club Houston - an online social event held last night.  Thank you President Adriane Miller and Treasurer Mike Miller for organizing this event1  Attendees included Marcio, Marc, Lori, Barb, Dree, Mike, Wind, Nicole, Alexis, Debra, and Lizette.  The exchange of ideas about their professions and hobbies builds better friendships in our club as we get to know each other online since we do not hold traditional meetings.  This event will be continued and we hope more members will join us next time.
    On-line Meet & Greet Successful! 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
    International Women's Day, which started in the early 1900s, is an annual celebration recognizing women's economic, political and social achievements. It also serves to highlight the ongoing struggle for gender equality worldwide.  In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. The 2017 theme focuses on "Women in the Changing World of Work:  Planet 50-50 by 2030". Only 50% of the working age women are represented in the labor force globally, compared to 75% of men.
    What role does Rotary International play in promoting women in the work force?  Rotary’s partnerships have allowed communities to restore social bonds, empower women, and decrease marital abuse.   Rotarians have been helping to empower women through micro-lending, vocational training, education and basic literacy skills, mentoring, and much more,  See below just a sample of some Rotary projects.
    The Rotary Club of Gbagada South (NIGERIA), has empowered some women traders in Ifako-Gbagada, with soft loans ranging from N25,000 to N50,000.
    The Rotary Club of Honolulu (Chartered in 1915) supports Women Helping Women shelter on Lana'i.

    Visionaria Perú – a Rotary Foundation-supported leadership and self-empowerment project in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Colorado Rotarians launched the summer program for adolescent girls with career and community-service aspirations. The project team hopes to generate measurably effective and sustainable empowerment projects worldwide. Peru is the first step on that ambitious journey. 

    Rotary Club of Boulder - In Peru, women suffer higher rates of poverty and unemployment than men. About 50 percent of Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley region, which lies outside Cusco, will suffer severe physical or sexual intimate-partner abuse during their lifetimes, the World Health Organization reports. Peruvians – particularly in rural areas – endure high levels of smoke from cooking over indoor fires. About 4 million of the country’s 30 million residents lack access to clean water. Untangling such a knot is difficult.  In 2012, members of the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations pilot satellite club came up with a plan to address all of those problems by concentrating on empowering local women – specifically in their ability to make and act upon their decisions.

    On an early January morning in Urubamba’s La Quinta Eco Hotel, young women gather for a weeklong leadership training institute through Visionaria Perú. The girls – the team calls them visionarias (female visionary, in Spanish) – come from both the bucolic Andes and the noisy city. Most receive tutoring, scholarships, and other help from Peruvian nonprofits such as project partner Peruvian Hearts, which supports Rosa.

    Sitting in a circle, the young women each take a small piece of paper and write a fear they harbor. They put their paper in a hat, and each (anonymous) fear is read aloud and discussed. Genevieve Smith, a Rotarian and program director of Visionaria Perú, works with them to understand that shame and fear need not stifle their personal or professional growth.

    This “fears in a hat” exercise is one of the lessons taught during the institute, in which visionarias are coached on leadership skills, professional growth, environmental awareness, and self-esteem. The training follows a 150-page curriculum developed by Colorado Rotarians in partnership with local Peruvian professors and experts.

    “Before, I never really thought much about how I treated myself. I always used to tell myself  ‘You can’t’ and ‘You’re so stupid because you messed up,’ ” one participant says after the training. “But not now. Now I know I should treat myself better. And I know that when I fail, it’s just a chance to learn how to do something  better the next time around.”

    At the end of the institute, the visionarias form teams and enter one of three activism tracks: improved cookstoves, water and sanitation, or solar lighting. The activism tracks give participants the chance to exercise their skills by working on sustainable development projects they envision and carry out from beginning to end.

    Members of the Rotary Club of Cusco attend portions of the leadership institute to review and provide feedback on the girls’ community project plans. They also participate during implementation of the projects and attend the final celebration to review and support the girls’ achievements. A mentor and local NGOs assist each team in project planning and implementation, and Rotary Foundation-supported vocational training team members such as Smith participate.

    The project started in 2012 when Smith, then a Rotaractor, was in Peru through her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and visited a hogar (home for girls) supported by Peruvian Hearts. There, she asked the girls what kind of support they would need as they got older. She found out that while the students in Peruvian Hearts’ college prep program were smart and qualified to attend a university, they lacked confidence and felt discriminated against because of their indigenous, and often troubled, backgrounds. Smith crafted a project plan to support the girls by the time her bus took her back to where she was staying.

    Marika Meertens, a Rotarian with experience at Engineers Without Borders, pitched the Peru project to the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations members. And Abigale Stangl, who has been working alongside one of her instructors at the University of Colorado to produce metrics that show how well the project works, “got on board as soon I heard about the project,” she recalls.

    The trio is the driving force behind the project. They assumed roles reflecting their strengths: Smith with planning, Meertens in fundraising (including two global grants totaling $55,000 from The Rotary Foundation), Stangl with project evaluation.

    only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. - See more at:
    he 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. - See more at:

    Against this backdrop, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. What’s more, an overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development.


    - See more at:
    Against this backdrop, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. What’s more, an overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development. - See more at:
    Against this backdrop, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. What’s more, an overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development. - See more at:

    The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

    The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization bring unprecedented opportunities for those who can access them. On the other hand, there is growing informality of labour, income inequality and humanitarian crises.

    - See more at:
    International Women's Day 2017 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

    When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.

    Why you should listen

    Sakena Yacoobi is executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an Afghan women-led NGO she founded in 1995. After the Taliban closed girls’ schools in the 1990s, AIL supported 80 underground home schools for 3,000 girls in Afghanistan. Now, under Yacoobi’s leadership, AIL works at the grassroots level to empower women and bring education and health services to poor women and girls in rural and urban areas, serving hundreds of thousands of women and children a year through its training programs, Learning Centers, schools and clinics in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Yacoobi is the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private Hospital in Herat, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private High Schools in Kabul and the radio station Meraj in her hometown of Herat, Afghanistan.

    Weekly Program: Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Song of the Week - "Rotarian Women" 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

    There’s been a lot of attention paid to Facebook and possible links to identity theft over the past year.  Facebook now claims a Billion (with a B) users worldwide and users share information about their lives to a greater or lesser degree, based on what they post on Facebook. Each user also may have a varied understanding of Facebook privacy settings and how they may affect the distribution of our information.  Something to consider: where else can identity thieves go to potentially gain access to 1 billion user identities?  What this means to criminals is that any effort they expend to exploit Facebook users can then be used successfully many, many times.  Facebook is a big target, and worth the effort. Access/modification and use of information found on a Facebook profile not belonging to you may result in criminal charges against you. 

    So how can identity thieves attack you through Facebook? Here are some examples:

    • Realize that each person you “friend” now obtains access to significant information about you, as well as ability to interact with you in a manner that may make exploits against you possible.   Just because they are a “friend of a friend” does not mean that person is somehow legitimate to be your friend.
    • Malware injection is that procedure where a “friend” in some way convinces you to click a link or run a program that installs malware on your computer.  Your computer and possibly your FB account can now be partially controlled by external users, and they will use this control to send spam, advertise illicit products, or otherwise, interact with your friend's list.
    • Linkjacking is a Facebook threat where the account is hijacked in a manner that allows the thief to “message” other users with viruses, ads, links, etc.
    • Social Engineering is common on social networking sites and a common outgrowth of the spread of your personal information.  It is human nature to be more likely to respond to an email when the sender includes information that shows they know a lot about you.  A phishing email sent to you that gets you to respond, and compromise your security, is much more convincing when it appears that the sender knows you in some way. 
    • Account Access is when criminals obtain access to Facebook accounts using brute force tools to guess the password, or using compromised credentials.  Regardless of how it’s done, the criminal now has access to your friend's list, and an authentic cyber identity that can be used for cons, scams, and other exploits, all based on the fact that the targets would not expect that of you.
    • Cloning – It is often far too easy to collect images and other information from your Facebook user profile in order to create a new Facebook account that is similar in many ways to your current account.  Then all those appearing on your friend's list are sent a new invitation from the clone account, and some of those will reply, due to the familiarity of the images and information.  They are then open to use by the criminal.

    The list above is not intended to be all-inclusive, rather it is to show that criminals do want your information, and will use it in many ways you probably have not thought of.  It is important to protect your user credentials, limit your friends to those you really do know, and be suspicious of links, games, and other enticements which may be linked to security problems.  Clicking that link to the Free Grand Prize might be an expensive trip.     

    How do Facebook Hacks Lead to Identity Theft? 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Raymond Davis – Gifted the RI President John Germ with a box of homemade delicious chocolates for the Valentine’s All-Club Dinner.
    Liz Odfalk – Volunteered for the SuperBowl LI event held in Houston.
    Wind Nguyen – Attended PETS to become well-prepared for taking the helm as our club president in 2017-2018.
    Veronica Kerssemakers – Volunteered caring for the elderly.
    Christine Mercer – Volunteered at Special Equestrians of Alabama.
    Melissa Willis – Spent endless hours helping with the International Assembly which is the training program conducted by Rotary International for next year’s class of district governor’s from all around the world (our own Bill Palko and Debbie were there, of course!).
    PDG Ed Charlesworth – Presented at Camp RYLA a module on Dealing with  Different Personalities on Leadership Teams.
    Priyamvada Singh – Celebrated Shivratri and Holi, a Hindi festival,  by donating to educate poor rural children in India.
    Maria Zancanaro-Castillo and Marcia Natali de Assis Allgayer – Volunteered at a garage sale and other efforts including social media to assist a Brazilian child, Camille, who is bravely fighting a brain tumor,  To make a donation, please see
    Brittany Johnson - Volunteered at a spin class at Cycle Bar in Fort Worth, Texas, with all proceeds benefiting Alliance for Children.
    What our Rotary e-Club Members Have Been Doing... 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

    From the breathtaking opening ceremony and world-renowned speakers to informative programs and spectacular entertainment, the Atlanta convention promises to be an unforgettable experience. Here are some highlights.

    All convention activities will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center unless otherwise noted.

    Thursday, 8 June

    Friday, 9 June

    Saturday, 10 June

    Sunday, 11 June

    • Interfaith service | 08:30-09:15
    • House of Friendship | 09:00-18:00
    • Opening Ceremony – first seating | 10:00-12:30
    • Opening Ceremony – second seating | 15:30-18:00

    Monday, 12 June

    Tuesday, 13 June

    Wednesday, 14 June

    Rotary International Convention Atlanta 2017 - Schedule Highlights 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
    Teens in Philadelphia connect with peers from around the world as part of a unique program called Do Remember Me. Through the use of video chat and other technology, a student learns about a partner’s culture and discovers the similarities they share. Produced by Loki Films for the Sundance Institute’s Short Film Challenge, The World Is as Big or as Small as You Make It offers valuable insights into the lives of today’s global youth.

    The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's mission of inspiring people to care about the planet. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of the National Geographic Society.

    Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email to submit a video for consideration.    
    Teens From Around the World Skype Each Other. This Is What Happens 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

    Jennifer Jones: The Power of Rotary Moments from Rotary International on Vimeo.

    Our PETS (President-Elects Training Seminar) was held last weekend and Jennifer Jones, Vice-President of Rotary International, was present to inspire and motivate next  years' leaders.   Jennifer is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She was president of her club in 2001-02, is a past district governor of Rotary District 6400 and is particularly proud of having installed both her husband and mother into Rotary (despite, she says, not having sponsored either).

    Jennifer is president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., a television and video production company in Windsor serving customers on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Media Street’s specialties include commercial production (radio and television), corporate sales and training videos, not-for-profit awareness videos, live show production and full post production services. Jennifer’s husband Nick Krayacich is a family physician in Windsor who belongs to the Rotary Club of La Salle Centennial there.

    What are two of your most memorable Rotary experiences?
    How do you select just two…. there are so many Rotary experiences that have framed the way I think, feel and act. I think for most of us it’s the intimate, shared experiences as a Rotarian…the joys and the sorrows of life are that much richer when you walk alongside those who you cherish.
    A day I will never forget was being a club president on 9/11. By about 10am I began receiving emails and phone calls asking if we would be cancelling our meeting. I knew this was an important time for us to be together and share our feelings…so the meeting went on, but certainly not as had been planned.  Our members all arrived that day and as Canadian’s we stood belting out the Star Spangled Banner and weeping with our neighbors to the south.  Rotary punctuates more than anything that we exist without boundaries and borders and that day as human beings we were all united.  She shared this story at one of the luncheon meetings at PETS.
    A second memorable experience that I have been recently reflecting upon was being the Host Organizing Chair of the Rotary World Peace Summit in April 2008 in Windsor, ON. It was a dynamic, three-day event in which over 1000 people attended including 400 young people. Rotarians came from far corners of the world and we opened the doors to the community to attend. More than 3500 people participated in a parade of flags along the Detroit River and an outdoor opening ceremony. It was breathtaking.  There were many notable speakers including UN Ambassadors, Nobel Nominees, Rotary Senior Leaders and on Sunday morning a “spirited” keynote address from Robert Kennedy Jr.
    Jennifer Jones: The Power of Rotary Moments 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
    Song of the Week - Paul Simon's "Rewrite" 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0