Rotary Club of Brazosport



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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • David Winder
    July 9
  • Tracy Hester
    July 12
  • William Baskin
    July 14
  • Henry Newman
    July 15
  • Joshua Brian
    July 22
  • Michael Coburn
    July 23
  • Dian Swanson
    July 30
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Dan Swords
    July 5
  • Jim Hill
    July 14
  • Glenn Carlson
    Elizabeth Carlson
    July 6
  • Diane Glenn
    Mike Glenn
    July 13
Join Date:
  • Dian Swanson
    July 1, 1989
    25 years
  • Donna Jackson
    July 1, 1994
    20 years
  • Dr. Perry Mueller
    July 1, 1991
    23 years
  • Matthew Edquist
    July 1, 1989
    25 years
  • Lisa Pauls
    July 3, 2002
    12 years
  • Al Guevara
    July 16, 2012
    2 years
  • Bruce Borg
    July 16, 2012
    2 years
  • David Winder
    July 20, 2010
    4 years
  • Bill Biggs
    July 22, 2006
    8 years
  • Tabitha Ray
    July 23, 2013
    1 year
  • Karin Holacka
    July 26, 2011
    3 years

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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Lake Jackson Civic Center
333 Highway 332 E.
Lake Jackson, TX  77566-6104
United States
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Home Page Stories

Brazosport Rotary recently thanked Jasper Thomas and Sharon Ferguson for their help in making the Scouts Picnic a huge success. Jasper and Sharon generously created the cowboy display. Len Davis is pictured giving them a check as a small token of appreciation.

Diane Pavey from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council recently accepted a $25,000 check for the Girls on the Go Program. The program helps benefit economically disadvantaged girls.
Tom Pruett, Honorary Member, accepts a $3,800 check for Crystal Crafters.

Recently, the Brazosport Rotary club helped move an office from the Dream Center to Christ Lutheran Church. Thank you to all who came out and helped make this a safe and successful move!

Although it may not seem like it, Shrimp Boil is rapidly approaching. We are now down to six weeks to the event. The clock is ticking, and I am asking that if you have not contacted any of your sponsors from last year, please do so this week. We have t-shirts to order, a sponsor board to make, and several other items, so please do not wait until the last minute. (I know it is a Rotary tradition to not do today what can be put off again tomorrow, but let's not hold too tightly to the past please).
Also, we have our apron sponsorships available, so if you are interested, or have a sponsor interested, please let me know in the next two weeks. The aprons have a substantial lead time as well.
Thank you everyone for all that you do. I greatly appreciate everyone's hard work.
Scott Ferry

To view more photos from rotary in action,
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Brazosport Rotary awarded its first ever Good Samaritan Award to Lucy Pendon.
The Good Samaritan Award will be an annual award given to a Rotarian that best exemplifies, “Service Above Self.”
This is the highest award our club can bestow on a member.

Pictured from left to right are Marcia Pierce, Julia Jackym, Karin Boman, Therese Broberg and Jim Pierce in Stockholm.
For the first time in our club’s history, we made contact in person with our inbound student before the exchange year began.
Two weeks ago, Marcia and I were delighted to meet Karin Boman, our 2014 inbound student from Sweden, during a visit to Stockholm. The event was made even more memorable when two of our previous students joined us in a fika, Swedish for coffee and cake. Julia Jachym, our 2007 student from Poland, is earning a masters in management at the Stockholm School of Economics. Therese Broberg, our 1998 student from Sweden, works as a designer for H&M Stores and will become a mother in August. All of these young ladies are a credit to their countries.
P.S. The site of the meeting was Stockholm’s famous floating restaurant, the Mälarpaviljongen.

More than 200 children learned the importance of safety at home, at school and at play at the 26th annual Safetytown. Special thanks to all our volunteers who helped make this event a fun and exciting learning experience for the kids.

Greetings All!

On Saturday, June 21, the Rotary-in-Action committee wrapped up our joint project with the Keep LJ Beautiful (KLJB) Commission at the Lake Jackson Butterfly Garden. We had a great turnout & managed to finish up by 1 pm. In addition to
sprucing up the sign, we moved it to the entrance of the municipal chipping
yard, mixing (by hand) 32 bags of concrete for the new hole.

Thanks go out to our attendees:

David Landsborough – especially for all the prep work in advance of Saturday

Ricky Hyde

Donna Jackson

Perry Mueller

Norman Wood

Lucy Pendon

Debby Soltesz

Mike Strobel

Austin Strobel – concrete mixer extraordinaire

Mike Coburn

Steve Elbert

A special thank you to:

Joe Luycx & Luycx Plumbing for the use of their excavator & labor to dig the new
hole for the sign.

Noble Building & Development for the use of their tractor w/forklift attachment to move the sign into place.

With this event we wrapped up a very successful Rotary in Action year. A big “Thank you” to all who participated in any of the RiA events. RiA exemplifies what Rotary means by “Service Above Self."

Yours in Rotary,

Steve Elbert and Mike Coburn

Rotary Club of Brazosport



Four teachers were the winners in a special drawing we had at a recent meeting. The teachers each won $100. Pictured from left to right are Cheryl Johnson, Melinda Cave, Julie Kibodeaux, Calvin Brooks and  Lisa Pauls

With proceeds from last summer’s Shrimp Boil, Fish Fry and Auction, the Brazosport Rotary Club awarded $34,000 in college scholarships to 20 area high school seniors this spring. Pictured (front, from left) are Kira Leger, Brazoswood; Tammy Bell, Brazosport; Sarah Whitton, Brazosport; Mary Gillis, Brazoswood; Aimee Rotramel, Brazoswood; Symone Powell, Brazosport;  (middle, from left) Caleb Angel, Brazosport; Valerie Mravunich, Brazosport; Ana Silbas, Brazosport; Vellanira Macedo, Brazosport; Gaganpreet Kaur, Brazoswood; Christian Damian, Brazoswood; Melissa Orr, Brazosport Christian; (back, from left)  Jonathon Davies, Brazoswood; Cassidy Droste, Brazoswood; Kelli Meyer; Brazoswood; Shaun Fattig, Brazoswood; Sarah Damian, Brazosport; and Samson Miles, Brazosport.  Recipients not pictured are Brazoswood students Emily Clayton and Keith Harmond.

Yelly did a great job presenting on Thailand, her time in the US and as showing us a native Thai dance recently at our club meeting. Thank you Yelly for the wonderful learning experience and fun demonstrations!

The “Rotary Rocks the Boat” district conference cruise was held May 1st through May 5, and the new e-club was represented by two active members. There is so much good being done in our district that you cannot leave such an event without feeling a great sense of pride in Rotarians and their ability to leave the world a better place. A district conference provides a platform for clubs to present outstanding projects and the district governor awards deserving Rotarians and honors clubs for their service and contributions. In addition to the plenary sessions we also have great fun and fellowship. Thanks to the conference committee lead by Rtn. Ronnie Hallenburger of West University Rotary and to Governor Bob Gebhard for a great conference!
A beautiful sunrise on the last day of the cruise coming back into Galveston (for those of us up early enough to see it).
Lisa Pauls receiving the award for the Large Club President of the Year from District Governor Bob Gebhard. What an honor and a testament to our terrific club!
Brazosport Rotary President 2014-15 Kenny Vernor and son Stone were welcomed onstage by 2014-15 District Governor Lisa Faith Massey and her family. Congratulations, Kenny - we know it will be a great year with you at the helm!

We had a great time with the BISD Scouts! Thank you to all who helped with this event.


Yesterday, the World Health Organization declared Polio to be a Worldwide Health Emergency. They took this step because of the high number of Polio cases reported already this year in the Importation Countries - that is, countries which had formerly eradicated Polio but have now been reinfected by travelers from the three endemic countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria). This step will increase travel restrictions and will hopefully boost immunization activates in the countries most at risk of Polio outbreaks.

Stories have appeared in most major news outlets including the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, and many others. Here is a link to the report by the WHO I heard the news on the radio in Houston this morning. Unfortunately, the version I heard said we didn't need to worry about Polio here because we haven't seen any Polio cases here in years. The truth is that Polio is "just a plane-ride away" and if your kids or grand kids are not immunized, they are in danger of contracting Polio.

So what can you as a Rotarian do to help? We must not let the funding gap (we think we will need an additional $1 billion to finish the job) stop the progress we have made. You can donate by credit card at by clicking on Give in the top right and following the instructions to donate to PolioPlus. Rotarians should also inform others (including the press and their elected officials) of our 30 year long effort to end this crippling disease.

Congratulations to Rotarians on the District Conference cruise who donated $760 in the PolioPlus raffle there.

Attached is the current Polio Contribution Report which you can use to see how much your club members have donated to Polio eradication this Rotary Year. If your club members have given less that $20 per member, please try to reach that goal by June, 2014.


Terry R. Ziegler
District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair




P.O.Box 71
Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
Our Club ID #1975   District #5890



Jul 29, 2014
Tension Mangwinyana
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Aug 05, 2014
Robert Worley
Brazoria County Alliance
Aug 12, 2014
Scott Stephens
Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
Randy Weber (pending)
Congressional Update
Sep 09, 2014
Dr Millicent Valek
Brazosport College
Sep 16, 2014
Sen Joan Huffman
State update
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 30, 2014


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