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Len Davis was named the Rotarian of the 2013 year for his leadership of the Shrimp Boil. Congratulations Len!
Scott Ferry was selected as Rotarian of the Month for his leadership of the 2014 Shrimp Boil and Fish Fry. Way to go Scott!
The Brazosport Rotary Club recently welcomed two new members. Pictured from left to right are Kenny Vernor, Club President; Dearle Marrs, New Member; Tommy Perez, New Member; Benny Morgan, Sponsor; and Brian Garrett, Membership Chair.
Brazosport Rotary Club recently donated $500 to the Lake Jackson Little League. Accepting the award from Kenny is Donald Payne Jr.
I would like to give a summary on what we are attempting to accomplish with the Visioning Process.
Before I starting to serve as president, I asked to meet with Lisa, David, Scott, and Rod. I discussed with them some of the goals I wanted to achieve in my year as president. One of the more ambitious goals was to consider, approve, and implement a long term local project.
By long term we are talking over the period of three to four years. By local we are talking about the possibility of involving municipalities, industry, etc by forming an alliance with them to help them solve some of their issues as well.
What this might end up being is still up for discussion. This is why we want and need the involvement of 25+ club members.
At the meeting we were in agreement in trying to accomplish this. So this is something I want to do to as well as the next two presidents. Plus, David Nicks, our treasurer, is also in favor (as well as Lisa).
Where this may end up is anyone’s guess. This is why we need club participation and buy in.
Just so you may understand what type and size of project we are considering, David (and others, but David is the Visioning Chair) and I have thrown around the possibility of building a facility where we can conduct out meetings and have a facility to help other local nonprofits and/or industry. As you can quickly determine, this is a large project that could end up needing millions of dollars.
I mention these things so each of us can see the importance of being involved with David. We need your input. And look at the skill set we have in our club - bankers, builders, architects, project managers, industry reps, and so much more. If we get behind something we ALL believe in we can accomplish great things. GREAT things!
I will end by stating we are in a healthy position financially. Of course, we do not have millions sitting in the bank but we can leverage the assets, cash and otherwise, in our club to move mountains.
I need your buy in. Get with David and tell him you will be there.
As Ken has mentioned, we will be embarking on a planning process to identify our club's focus, aspirations, passion and direction for the future. Once we identify what we want the club to focus on in the future we will identify a plan on how to accomplish the club's focus. We need 20 volunteers for 4 hours on a Saturday in October or November. Please respond with your availability if you are interested in participating. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer participation is mandatory.
There are at least 3 measures of success for clubs that complete Vision Training:
- An immediate measure of progress will be the members’ pledge and willingness to move the planning processes from a nice-to-do concept to meaningful growth programs for the club, its members, and its community.
- The second is that the output from this session is woven into the annual plans of the incoming and succeeding presidents. It will be reflected in the continuity and consistency of programming and leadership in your Club.
- Finally, the long-term mark of accomplishment will be at the end of 5 years when your club advances from where it is to where it wants to be.
I look forward to working with all those that volunteer to move our club to the next level.
Thank you for your consideration,
When Rotary International made polio eradication its top priority in 1985, the Brazosport Rotary Club began sponsoring local activities to raise funds and awareness to fight the disease. As World Polio Day on Oct. 24 approaches, members of the Brazosport Rotary reflect on the vital role that community support has played in helping Rotary International achieve its goal of a polio-free world.
"We are very thankful to be part of a generous and supportive community that has joined Rotary in our fight to end polio," said Kenny Vernor, president of the Brazosport Rotary Club. "Brazosport and many other communities in the U.S. and around the world have proven what can be accomplished when we unite for a worthy cause."
Since 1985, Rotary International has contributed $1.3 billion toward polio eradication, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Thanks to their efforts, the number of polio cases has been reduced 99 percent, from 350,000 a year to about 400 in 2013.
Through the years, the Brazosport Rotary Foundation has contributed more than $5,000 annually to the polio fund. In 2008, local Rotary members Lucy and Greg Pendon traveled to India to participate in a large-scale immunization program. Six years later, in 2014, Southeast Asia was certified polio-free after India eliminated the disease from its borders.
"I'm proud to be part of an organization that has given me and fellow Rotarians an opportunity to make history by working together to end polio," Lucy Pendon said. "We also raise money for many charities and initiatives that help people here in our community."
Brazosport Rotary's annual Shrimp Boil recently raised more than $100,000 — all of which will be invested back into local communities to support education, healthcare, special needs assistance and other initiatives.
"Through our involvement in Rotary, we've been able to make a local impact by helping our neighbors in need and make a global impact by helping the world eradicate polio," Pendon said. "But the fight against polio is not over — there are still parts of the world where it remains a serious threat. World Polio Day is a reminder that we must stay committed to our goal."
To learn more about the global fight to end polio, visit www.endpolionow.org. For more information about the Brazosport Rotary Club, visit www.brazosportrotary.org.
Dear Brazosport Rotary Club,
This is Valerie Mvannich from Brazosport High School class of 2014 and I wanted to personally thank you for the $2400 scholarship. The scholarship you granted me has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend Texas A&M this fall. I am forever grateful to your organization. I will be sure you make yall proud.
Editor’s Note: The members of rotary are a very diverse group. We come from all over the world, and we come from right here in Brazoria County. We have different backgrounds, experience and skills and when we join them together, amazing things happen. As we are joining together to do good in the community, we thought it would be great to feature members of Rotary. Allow us to introduce you to Chris Gilkison. Chris is one of the newest Rotarians to join the Brazosport Rotary Club. We reached out to Chris to learn a little bit more about his career path, motivation, family and hobbies. Welcome Chris to the Club!
What do you do and what was your career path that brought you here? I am a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. I started with Edward Jones in Overland Park, Kansas in 1987. In 1990, I was invited to move to Edward Jones’ home office in St. Louis where I worked twenty years as a General Partner. I was responsible for Jones’ Financial Planning Group and helping meet the needs of our high net worth clients. Recently, I wanted to slow down from the corporate world and move to Texas to be closer to my son. I came to Lake Jackson in February of this year. I am 61 years old, I wasn’t born in Texas, but got here as soon as I could.
What do you love most about your job? I enjoy working with clients and helping them achieve their financial goals. I am also very proud of my company, when I started with Edward Jones, 27 years ago, we had 1,000 offices and today we have 12,000 offices. I am honored to have helped ensure its growth and being committed to the communities in which we serve our clients.
Why did you join rotary? When I started with Edward Jones in Overland Park, Kansas, I wanted to be a Rotarian, however, they already had a financial advisor, so I could not join the club. So instead, I joined an Optimist Club and served as president. 27 years later, I have finally achieved becoming a Rotarian. I look forward to being part of this great organization and making new connections. I am truly grateful to Serena Andrews who invited me to join Rotary and introduced me to the college.
What motivates you? I want to make a difference. I want to leave things better than I found them. I enjoy helping people and I want to make a positive difference for the people I come in contact with.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Hobbies? My free time is mostly spent visiting my children and parents. As far as hobbies go, currently, I am a boater without a boat. I love to golf and watch movies (favorites are Top Gun and Field of Dreams).
Can you tell us a little bit about your family? I am single and have two children. My son, Tyler is 29 years old and is as CPA with Big Red. My 31 year old daughter Karissa lives in St. Louis and is currently pursuing a degree in information Systems. My mother is 87 years old and my father is 92 and they have been happily married for 67 years and they currently live in Topeka, Kansas.
What is something interesting the Rotary club should know about you? At one time I owned a sail boat. I sailed from Fort Myers to Key West. It was a 26 hour trip filled with beauty and adrenaline. I hope to go on many boating adventures while in Brazoria County.
Pictured: Chris at left poses with his son Tyler.
Brazosport Rotary Club would like to extend our thanks for the support of the community and our partners. The Annual Shrimp Boil was huge success, raising money that will all go back to serve the good of our neighbors., have a hand in eradicating polio in the world and help transform the lives of the less fortunate worldwide.
Co-Lead Sponsors - $10,000
Honda of Lake Jackson
Pearl Sponsors - $7,500
Diamond Sponsors - $5,000
Brazosport Regional Health System
Iron Horse Recycling
Doyle and Wachtstetter
Platinum Sponsors -$2,500
Apex Metal Systems
Brown and Brown
Mike and Roxanne Strobel
Nationwide Insurance-Tracy C. Hester Agency
Waste Connections of Texas
Houston Crushed Concrete
Veolia Water Operating Services
Gold Sponsorship - $1,000
Allyn Noblit D.D.S.
Betty Allen in Memory of Jim Allen
Bottom Dollar Carpet
Easton Sales & Rental
Frank and Jonathan Grady Brazosport Eye Clinic
Gulf Coast Eye Center
Hugh and Jayne Leidlein
IsoTherapeutics Group LLC
Kennemer, Masters and Lunsford, LLC
Lake Jackson Plastic Surgery
Matula and Matula
Muchowich Offshore Oil Services, Inc
Sorrell Construction, Equipment and Materials, inc.
Straight Line Metal Buildings
Texas Crew Boats
The Infinity Group
The Source Weeky
Vulcan Materials Company
Silver Sponsors $500-$999
Altus Emergency Center
Brazos Fasteners, Inc.
Colors on Parade
Elbert Insurance Agency
EVCO Industrial Hardware
First State Bank
Fritz,Byrne, Head & Harrison
Great American Title
Gulf Chemical and Metallurgical
H. Braught & Associates
Honda of Brazosport
Honda of Lake Jackson Power Equipment
J & S Contractors
Jerome and Doris Aldrich
Mauro & Cordoba,P.L.L.C.
Michael & Sherrie Steves
Mueller Manufacturing, Inc.
Perry Mueller Jr DDS and Associates
Prather and Harlan AC
Restwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park
Retirement Planning and Wealth Management
Rimato & Associates, LLC
Roy and Peggy Yates
Secure Check LLC
SIG Insurance Troy Brimage Agency
Swagelok Texas Mid-Coast
TDECU Real Estate LLC
Texas Port Recycling
The Oak Financial Group-Jeremy Vernor
Thermal Soil Reclamation
Top Coat Inc.
Vicki Melass-Allstate Agency
Bronze Sponsors: $250-$499
Barbara B. Franklin
Bobby and Jaye Ford
Commissioner Dude Payne
Commissioner Matt Sebesta
Diane and Jim Hill
Gerald and Serena Andrews
Greg and Lucy Pendon
Jim and Marcia Pierce
Mike and Jo Coburn
Nancy C and Brewster E. Borg
Paul Kresta, Port Commissioner
Philip C. Koury
Randy and Brenda Weber
American Realty-Monica Darr and Susan Perry
Churchill Bridge Storage
Finley and Neal
George Franklin State Farm
Honda of Lake Jackson
J & L Painting
Kennemer, Masters, Lunsford
Killum Pest Control
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