Rotary Club of Brazosport

 

 

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Member Birthdays:
  • Ginger Wooster
    September 1
  • Glenn Carlson
    September 10
  • Bill Biggs
    September 12
  • Erv Schroeder
    September 24
  • John Motsch
    September 24
  • Abby Bundick
    September 27
  • Juan Chapa
    September 28
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Greg Pendon
    September 13
  • Casey Caulkins
    September 16
  • Ree Miska
    September 17
  • Marcy
    September 19
Anniversaries:
  • Marc Herns
    Melinda
    September 1
  • Karla Christman
    Ed Christman
    September 3
  • Lucy Pendon
    Greg Pendon
    September 10
  • Joshua Brian
    Natalie Brian
    September 26
  • Diane Hill
    Jim Hill
    September 27
Join Date:
  • Debby Soltesz
    September 1, 1995
    19 years
  • Rose Bainum
    September 4, 2012
    2 years
  • Joshua Brian
    September 9, 2013
    1 year
  • Heather Rimato-Morrison
    September 11, 2007
    7 years
  • Benny Morgan
    September 15, 2002
    12 years
  • George Franklin
    September 15, 2002
    12 years
 

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Brazosport

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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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
BASF
Honda of Lake Jackson
 
Pearl Sponsors - $7,500
Dow Chemical
 
Diamond Sponsors - $5,000
Brazosport Regional Health System
Iron Horse Recycling
Merrill Lynch
Mustang/ Cat
 
$3,000 Sponsor
Doyle and Wachtstetter
 
Platinum Sponsors -$2,500
Apex Metal Systems
Brown and Brown
Mike and Roxanne Strobel
Nationwide Insurance-Tracy C. Hester Agency
Phillips 66
Shintech
TDECU
Waste Connections of Texas
 
$2,000 Sponsors
Houston Crushed Concrete
 
$1,500 Sponsors
First Innovations
KKR
Luycx Plumbing
Veolia Water Operating Services 
 
Gold Sponsorship - $1,000
Allyn Noblit D.D.S.
Art's Signs
BEARS
Betty Allen in Memory of Jim Allen
Boaz Export
Bottom Dollar Carpet
Branson Construction
Brazos Mall
Coronado Trucking
Easton Sales & Rental
Frank and Jonathan Grady Brazosport Eye Clinic
Freeport LNG
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 Facts
The Infinity Group
The Source Weeky
Vulcan Materials Company
 
Silver Sponsors $500-$999
Allsides Inspections
Altus Emergency Center
American Realty
Brazos Fasteners, Inc.
Brazosport Tires
Colors on Parade
D&L Propane
Ding Lifters
Dredgeit Environmental
Elbert Insurance Agency
EVCO Industrial Hardware
First State Bank
Freeport Industrial
Fritz,Byrne, Head & Harrison
Gateway Trading
Great American Title
Gulf Chemical and Metallurgical
H. Braught & Associates
Heritage Bank
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
Moody Bank
Mueller Manufacturing, Inc.
Nalco/Champion
Perry Jinkins
Perry Mueller Jr DDS and Associates
Prather and Harlan AC
Prosperity Bank
Restwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park
Retirement Planning and Wealth Management
Rimato & Associates, LLC
Roy and Peggy Yates
Secure Check LLC
SI Group
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.
Tri-Construction
Vicki Melass-Allstate Agency
VIT
 
Bronze Sponsors: $250-$499
Barbara B. Franklin
Bobby and Jaye Ford
Christ Elliot
Commissioner Dude Payne
Commissioner Matt Sebesta
Diane and Jim Hill
Eric Grimm
Gerald and Serena Andrews
Ginger Wooster
Greg and Lucy Pendon
Jim and Marcia Pierce
Michael Meier
Mike and Jo Coburn
Nancy C and Brewster E. Borg
Paul Kresta, Port Commissioner
Philip C. Koury
Randy and Brenda Weber
Sharon Foreman
Thomas Pruett
 
Apron Sponsor:
American Realty-Monica Darr and Susan Perry
BASF
Bobby Ford
Brian's BBQ
Churchill Bridge Storage
Culligan Water
Farmers Insurance
Finley and Neal
George Franklin State Farm
Honda of Lake Jackson
J & L Painting
Kennemer, Masters, Lunsford
Killum Pest Control
Kyle Barrow
Nicks Insurance
Sherwin Williams
Sparkling Clear
Vernor Materials

 
 
 
 

 
Brazosport Rotary Club Recently welcomed to the club Chris Gilkison, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. Welcome to Brazosport Rotary Chris!
 
Fred Cordes, Semi Retired, Former Business owner, SCUBA instructor, recently joined the Brazosport Rotary Club. Welcome to Brazosport Rotary Fred!
 

 
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 Obinna “Obi” Ononobi. Obi is one of the newest Rotarians to join the Brazosport Rotary Club. We reached out to Obi to learn a little bit more about his career path, motivation, family and hobbies.  Welcome Obi to the Club!
 
What do you do and what was your career path that brought you here?
I am the Administrator of Operations and Marketing at Altus Lake Jackson Center. My career path has mostly meant I have stayed in the classroom. I attended university for eight years where I obtained my MBA and Masters of Hospital Administration (MHA).
 
What do you love most about your job?
I love having the opportunity to work with and influence my employees on a daily basis. I also enjoy having the chance to be a blessing to patients that have financial issues and burdens when it comes to receiving healthcare. 
 
Did you grow up in Brazoria County?
No, I am fairly new to the community, I have only been here for about 4 months.
 
What is something interesting the Rotary club should know about you?
I am originally from Nigeria and I won a visa lottery to come to the United States.
 
Why did you join rotary?
I was forced! Just kidding, I saw the good that men like Kenny and Walter were doing. I was impressed and wanted to join an organization that benefited and cared for the community, not just themselves.
 
What motivates you?
The idea of failing. I want to learn from failures and ensure that those mistakes are not made again.
 
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Hobbies?
I enjoy exercising and playing sports. I played football in college, but really enjoy basketball.
 
Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
I have five siblings, four sisters and a brother. I am number 3 out of the six children.
 
 
 

 
 
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 Cindy Inman. Cindy is one of the newest Rotarians to join the Brazosport Rotary Club. We reached out to Cindy to learn a little bit more about her career path, motivation, family and hobbies. Welcome Cindy to the Club!  
 
 
 
What do you do and what was your career path that brought you here?
Almost every job I have had has involved me doing some sort of bookkeeping, accounting and office management. I was an Army Brat, my step-dad retired from the Army in 1979 and we moved to Texarkana, Arkansas, where I lived until moving here in January 1992. Branson Construction was my first job and I worked there until 2000. In 2000, I moved with my family to Texarkana. My youngest daughter graduated high school in May 2012 and around that time Walter called and said he needed someone to come in and straighten out his office. What started as a 6-week task, ended with me coming back to work full-time managing the office.
 
What do you love most about your job?
I love working with numbers. Accounting has always been a joy to me. Give me something to reconcile and I’m like a kid in a candy store. Seriously, I love all aspects of bookkeeping and it’s just second nature to me and never feels like it’s a job.
Second, I work with an amazing crew in the office as well as in the field. Nothing gives me more joy than the co-workers I have developed life-long friendships with.
Third, I love the interaction with the customers and getting to know new people. I feel every customer is a friend and treat them as I would any friend.
 
Why did you join rotary?
I’m going to be a permanent resident in Lake Jackson, so I wanted to find an organization I could donate my time and talents to. My oldest daughter was in the Army for 5 years, and I had many organizations I was involved in at that time, but now that she is out I only donate my crafts. Since I’ve moved here in 2012, I’ve been looking for my next passion, and I’m hoping that will be the Brazosport Rotary Club.
 
What motivates you?
My two daughters and grandson.
 
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Hobbies?
I love spending time with my family and my hobby/obsession/addiction is crafting. I love to make cards, scrapbooks, altered items, pretty much any paper craft you can imagine. I have a room devoted to my crafts and any free time I have I tend to spend in my craft room.
 
Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
I have two beautiful and amazing daughters. My oldest daughter, Lauren, served in the Army for 5 years (1 of those years in Afghanistan) and is currently in her third year of college at Texas A&M – Texarkana campus. My youngest daughter, Casey, just gave me an amazing grandson, Stanton. She is currently a stay at home mom who comes to help out in the office when I’m overwhelmed with work. I think she is going to get bit by the “accounting bug” too. I can’t begin to express the pride and joy the three of them are. I have an amazing boyfriend, Mele, who has a beautiful daughter, Marina, who is going to be a junior in high school. I am in love with my life and see a beautiful future!
 
As we end this interview, what is something interesting the rotary club should know about you?
Something interesting, hmmmmmm, I’m very OCD and have a wonderful sense of humor about it.I’m a devoted mom, “gammy,” daughter, girlfriend and friend.I love meeting new people and building new friendships while supporting my community.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Brazosport Rotary Club recently welcomed new Rotarians to the club! Pictured are Cindy Inman, Obi Ononobi and Depak Patel.
 
 
 

 
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.
 
 
 

 
 
 

Speakers

Sep 23, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Dennis Bonnen
Border Security
Oct 07, 2014
Uchenna Agu
Season 7 Amazing Race winner!
Oct 14, 2014
Lisa Faith Massey
DG Lisa Faith Massey Official visit
Oct 21, 2014
Grove Noorwood
The Heart of TX Foundation Prision Ministry
Oct 28, 2014
Sen Joan Huffman
Tx Update
Nov 04, 2014
Ammar Habbib
Lake Jackson Grad previous Brazosport Rotary Scholarship recipient 2011 and writer.
Nov 11, 2014
Leiah Enriquez
True to Life Ministries
Nov 18, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
Doreen Lerner, Ph.D.
The Top 7 Mistakes that Smart People Make when trying to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
Dec 02, 2014
Joe Rinehart
Lake Jackson Update
Dec 09, 2014
Marcus Presson
US Navy SEAL advisor and mentor and Retired SEAL
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 23, 2014
NO MEETING
Merry Xmas
Dec 30, 2014
 
 

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