Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect / Program Chair
Treasurer
Seargeant-at-Arms
Past President
Director - Service Projects
Director - Youth Service
Director - Rotary Foundation
Director - Public Relations
Director - Membership
Shrimp Boil /Fundraising Chair
Director - Club Administration
Executive Secretary/ Bookkeeper
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Brian Melass
    December 4
  • Bruce Borg
    December 7
  • Benny Morgan
    December 8
  • Kim Effenberger
    December 15
  • Brian Garrett
    December 21
  • Sofka Werkmeister
    December 25
  • Eric Ashenfelder
    December 30
  • Fred Cordes
    December 31
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Carolyn
    December 2
  • Mike Glenn
    December 9
  • Cassidy Lindsey
    December 13
  • Jayme Gilkison
    December 19
  • Elsa Branson
    December 25
  • Sofka Werkmeister
    December 25
Anniversaries:
  • Susie Downs
    Frank Gaides
    December 3
  • Tod Tracy
    Teah Tracy
    December 6
  • Thomas Pruett
    Carolyn
    December 17
  • Mary Fuchs
    Jake Fuchs
    December 20
  • Lucilla Henderson
    Eric Henderson
    December 26
  • Shannon Sanders
    Jason Sanders
    December 31
Join Date:
  • Serena Andrews
    December 1, 1987
    29 years
  • Vicki Melass
    December 1, 1995
    21 years
  • Michael Mebes
    December 8, 2011
    5 years
  • Sofka Werkmeister
    December 8, 2011
    5 years
  • Karla Christman
    December 16, 2008
    8 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
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Here is a list of the winners of the car raffle and the person who sold the ticket.
 
Car Raffle Prizes  
1   Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Headset
Chris Cordes  - sold by Fred Cordes
2   Nikon Coolpix S33 camera
Robert Moore – sold by Walter Branson
3   Fuji film insta share printer
Charles Waguespack – sold by David Landsborough
4   HP Chrome Book
George Franklin – sold by George Franklin
5   Apple sport watch
            Alan Hammond – sold by Jerome Aldrich
6    i-Pad Mini
Shelley Moore – sold by Corky Melass
7    Go Pro
Roy Yates -  sold by Ravi Singhania
8    Fuji film insta share printer 
Mike Cordes – sold by Fred Cordes
9    Samsung Galaxy Tab E 16 gb
Mark Friudenburg – sold by  Corky Melass
                                       
10.     Honda  CR-V EX-L   Vera Whitmarsh  - 
  Sold by Scott Glick
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 31, 2016 – Freeport, Texas - Vera Whitmarsh (center) takes the keys to her new Honda CRV from Brazosport Rotary representatives Diane Hill and Scott Glick. Whitmarsh held the winning raffle ticket during the 55th Annual Rotary Shrimp Boil held last month in Freeport. In the past, she admits to buying several tickets hoping to win the grand prize, but only bought one this year. And one was all it took!
 
Lake Jackson Honda is a key sponsor of the annual community fund-raiser and provided the Honda the top raffle prize as part of the charity raffle.  In addition to Whitmarsh, Alan Hammond was a winner, taking home an Apple sport watch; Roy Yates won a Go Pro. Charlie Waguespack and Mike Cordes both won Fuji film insta share printers, while Shelley Moore held the winning ticket for the iPad Mini. Proceeds from the event, raffle and auctions all directly benefit Rotary sponsored projects in the Brazosport area. 
 

 
 

 
The 2016 Brazosport Rotary Shrimp Boil Car Raffle winner was Vera Glick!! Congratulations to Vera on her new car.
 
Mike and Roxanne Strobel are generous not only as Paul Harris Fellows, but they also give their time to Rotary Youth Exchange.
 
 They will be the first host family next fall for Albert Sachse, our 2016-17 exchange student from Germany.  Hosting Albert will mark their sixth year in a row as a host family, a club record. 
 
The whole Strobel family is involved.  Their daughter Wesley was our 2011-12 outbound student to Sweden, and their daughter Austin is our current outbound student to Italy.  Their son Skylar will be an outbound candidate for 2017-18.
 
Mike’s service doesn’t end with being a host dad.  He is the chairman of the District 5890 short-term youth exchange program, and beginning in July, he will become the Youth Exchange Officer of our club. 
 
He will be assisted by a strong committee of Kenny Vernor, Diane Glenn, Lisa Pauls, Keith Frank, and Jim Pierce.  If you want to get involved in Rotary’s best program for fostering world peace and understanding, please see Mike about joining the Youth Exchange Committee.  The program relies on families who are willing to share their home for 3-4 months with a top-notch foreign student.  Please consider helping Mike by volunteering to become host parent.
 
Nineteen outstanding scholarship recipients were selected this spring from numerous deserving candidates. Earlier this month at senior awards programs, President Rod Hall presented $36,000 in scholarships to area scholars who wish to continue their educations at a higher level. 
 
Over coffee, doughnuts, kolaches, tacos, Diane’s goodies and other nutritious brain food, my congenial band of Rotarians reviewed and rated around 200 applicants.   What a joy it was getting to know these young people through their applications. The process required approximately nine hours of meeting time in facilities provided by Merrill Lynch, thanks to Lisa. The final decision was often a difficult one because of the quality of the student applicants.   I want to thank committee members, Mike Coburn, Diane Glenn, Diane Hill, David Landsborough, Vicki Melass, Shelley Nadel, Lisa Pauls, Ravi Singhania and Ginger Wooster,  who worked together to make the selections.  I hope that these great Rotarians and many others who are interested in this vital project will volunteer for this committee next year.  It is a fantastic way to get to know other members and do something important at the same time.  
 
I also want to thank all of the dedicated Rotarians who produced the successful 2015 Shrimp Boil that made these scholarships possible.  Let's do it again in 2016!!!!!  
 

 


Please save the date:

May 1st - 7th Home Hospitality Week

 

We will need host so please consider this opportunity for fellowship.

If you wish to be a host please talk to George Franklin or one of the fellowship committee members which include:

Vicky Melass, Fred Cordes, Smokey Roye, Emily Gray, Marc Herns  


Yes...we will be delivering the Pizza if the event is held at each campus' Life Skills class. I ordered from HEB, and I was going to get them to the park.

 

I'll need volunteers that are willing to go into the schools and take the pizza parties to the kids. I'll have more info on what schools and what time shortly.

 

Go ahead and let me know if you can go to the schools tomorrow, so I can get an idea of how many I need to recruit. 

 

Rod will send out details, and I'll follow up also later today. 

I ask all of you who can to go to the schools and see the hard-earned money we raise at work first hand. This event is absolutely "Service Above Self" in action.

 

Check your emails later this afternoon.

 

Heather
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Keith Frank recently took Interactors to the "books of the world" sorting.
 
 

Argun and Yui met January 22-24 with hundreds of fellow Rotary Youth Exchange Students at the SCRYE Conference in Tulsa. 

 

Ask them about the skits that they performed with their countrymen at the banquet.  Austin reports from Italy that she has moved to her second host family in Milan and is having a wonderful exchange experience.  She is a good ambassador for our club, community, and country.

 

Pictured from left, Argun, Yui and friend Maki at the Youth Exchange Conference

 

 

Pictured on right is Austin Strobel with her her friend Maddie at Ponte Vecchino.


 
Brazosport Rotary presented a $25,000 check to the Center for the Arts and Sciences.
 

 

So much happened in December that as I am sitting down to write this I am still surprised about how fortunate I am to be where I am, so thank you all again for making this possible! The first weekend in December started off with a bang as my district took a trip to Rome and Florence - two of the most breathtaking cities in Italy…The weather has been getting a bit cold for this Texan, but I'm learning how to layer. I am getting excited as I (and others) can tell my Italian is getting better. I should be busy packing my room right now because I move families today, but it's a daunting task ahead of me. I am excited for the new opportunity but also sad to be leaving my current home. As always, I hope everything is going well in Texas and we'll be in touch!

Buon anno!

Austin Strobel

Pictured: Austin Strobel (front row, second from right) poses with friends outside of the Vatican.

 

Dear Brazosport Rotary.
My name is Madison Walters. I am part of Brazoswood High School's Class of 2015. I would like to thank you for the scholarship you have given me. It will certainly be a huge help to my family this fall when I attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in Mathematics. I am extremely grateful.
Thank you so much.
Madison Walters.
I would like to thank the Brazosport Rotary Club for their generous scholarship. I would also like to apologize for not attending the luncheon, my schedule conflicted. The scholarship will be used in its full capacity and is greatly appreciated. Thank you again!
Sincerely, Samantha Randolph
Dear Brazosport Rotary Club,
 
I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Brazosport Rotary Club Scholarship for 2015. Your organization's generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to college and will help in greatly reducing my financial burdens and allow me to focus on my education.
 
I will be starting my freshman year at Texas A&M in College Station in the fall majoring in Biomedical Science.
 
Thanks again for investing in my future. I will make sure to do my best in achieving my academic and career goals.
 
Sincerely,
 
Annika Moreno
Gig 'Em
Texas A&M
Class of 2019
I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Brazosport Rotary Club scholarship. I thank you (Jacque) and Brazosport Rotary Club for your generous support and for the recognition lunch event in Lake Jackson. I am glad to have the opportunity to thank you personally for your generosity.
 
Scholarship patrons like yourself help substantially reduce the tuition that many students must pay for college, enabling some students to attend college they might otherwise be  be unable to afford at all and thereby not be able to pursue the careers which they have dreamed of.
 
I consider myself very fortunate to be accepted into the Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas Maritime Academy. Having graduated from Brazoswood High School on June 5, I look forward to studing marine transportation this fall.
 
My Parents and teachers always strived to make me realize the high value of education. I will do my very best at Texas A&M Galveston and look forward to becoming a Sea Aggie and pursuing a career in marine transportation.
 
Once again, I thank you for your support and I offer my sincerest thanks for your continued generosity to the Brazosport Rotary Club Scholarship.
 
Respectfully submittted,
Conner Costello
 
 
 
Dear Brazosport Rotary Club,
I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for the generous scholarship you awarded me. Thank you for choosing me as one of the recipients to receive this scholarship. My education and career is so important to me and I couldn't thank you enough for the amazing opportunity. I appreciate the recognition of my efforts and all the support.
Sincerely,
Sara Villarreal
Come one, come all to the Brazosport Rotary Shrimp Boil this Saturday, August 22nd from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Freeport Municipal Park. Delicious shrimp and fish await you, as well as some of our best auction items ever!! We will give away a 2015 Honda Accord, as well as 9 other prizes, ranging in value, at the conclusion of the live auction. Car raffle tickets are still available for $100 each.
 
The program will begin at noon, with the live auction starting shortly afterward. Here are just a few of the exciting items that will be featured in the auction:
  • A September to Remember: The Ultimate Houston Fan Package - includes tickets for 4 to 3 different Astros games on September 1st (Seattle Mariners), September 21st (LA Angels), September 25th (Texas Rangers), 2 tickets to the Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay game on September 27th, a Jon Weeks signed football, and an Andre' Johnson signed football.
  • Duck Hunt for 4 at Halls Bayou Ranch Hunting Club
  • JJ Watt Signed Jersey
  • Fire pit and cooker
  • 2 Fisher Price Power Wheels Jeeps (Jeep Wrangler and Dora the Explorer)
  • Large Big Green Egg
  • Surf and Turf for 8 at the Wurst Haus
  • 64GB iPad Air 2 with Wifi and case
This is just a sample of the items you might just walk away with on Saturday if you are the lucky winning bidder!!
 
Brazosport Rotary supports more than 50 local nonprofit organizations and awards $35,000 in scholarships to high school students each year. Our community support is only possible with a successful Shrimp Boil - come out and help make it our best ever!! We look forward to seeing you there.
 
For more information, or to buy a car raffle ticket, call Lisa Pauls at 979-299-7172 or any Brazosport Rotarian.
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.
 
 
Pearl Sponsors
Vernor Materials -$10,500
Honda of Lake Jackson -$10,000
BASF-$10,000
Freeport LNG-$7,500
 
Diamond Sponsors - $5,000
CHI-St. Lukes Health Brazosport
Dow Chemical Company
Honda of Lake Jackson Equipment-$6,800
Mommoet USA South
Merrill Lynch-Lisa Pauls & Steve Polemenkos
Mike and Roxanne Strobel
Mustang CAT
Phillips 66
Seabreese Landfill
Sorrell Construction,Equipment & Materials
 
Platinum Sponsors -$2,500
Apex Metal Systems
Branson Construction
Doyle & Wachtstetter, Inc.-$3,000
Shintech
TDECU
 
Gold $1,000
Bottom Dollar Carpet
Brrazosport Christian School
Brazosport Eye Clinic
Buc-ee's LTD
Diane Koester in memory of Harry Koester
Everitt Industrial Supply, Inc.
First Innovations-$1,500
Fritz, Byrne, Head & Fitzpatrick
Gulf Coast Eye Center
Gulf Coast Gastroenterology &LJ Endoscope Center
Gulf Coast Tractor
HEB-In Kind
Heritage Bank
Infinity Construction Services
IsoTherapeutics Group, LLC
Lake Jackson Plastic Surgery
Luycx Plumbing-$1,500
Moody National Ban
The Brazosport Facts
The Source Weekly-InKind
Tri-Construction
Veolia Water-In Kind-$1,500
VIT,Inc.-$1,250
Vulcan-$1,250
Westfield Construction LLC-$1,500
 
 
Silver- $500
Allsides Inspection 
Allstate Insurance
American Realty
Betty Allen-in memory of Jim Allen
Brazos Fasteners, Inc.
Brazosport ISD
Century Oaks Title, LLC
Coastal Machine & Mechanical
Caldwell Banker United, Realtors
Coronado Trucking
Culligan
D & L Propane
Dental Associates of Lake Jackson
Dr. Brian Bell
Elbert Insurance Agency
Evco Industrial Hardward, Inc.
Excel Maintenance
First State Bank of Clute
Freeport Welding
Great American Title
Greg and Lucy Pendon
J&S Contractors
Kennemer, Masters and Lunsford, LLC
Maria's Kitchen
Massage Heights
Michael and Sherrie Steves
Mueller Manufacturing, Inc.
Nalco Champion
Offshore Oil Services, Inc.
Perry Jenkins
Prather & Harlan A/C -Heating
R and M Telephone
Retrement Planning & Wealth Management
Scott Glick Enterprises
SI Group
Sofka Werkmeister and Michael Mebes
Specialtis Company
Spence Pharmacies
TDECU Real Estates LLC
Texas Crewboats.
Zacry Group
 
Bronze-$250-499
Allsides Inspections
Altus Emergency Center
American Realty
Brazos Fasteners, Inc.-$750
Brazosport Tires
Colors on Parade
D&L Propane-$600
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
American Wires -$300
Barbara B. Franklin
Brazos Export Crating -$300
Butch Rogers
Congressman Randy Weber
David Novosad/Brazosport Tire
Diane and  Jim Hill
Dude Payne
Fred Kanter
George Franklin
Gerald & Serena Andrews
Jerome & Doris Alrich
Jim Pierce
Matt Sebesta
Mike & Jo Coburn
Mike at Gold Star Metals
Sabrina and Troy Brimage
Shane and Linda Pirtle
TJ's Lube
Texas Sand & Gravel
 
 

 
 
 
I cannot begin to express how thankful I am to be a recipient for this scholarship. I am overwhelmingly thankful and appreciate the opportunity you've given me to help further my education. I will continue to be the hard- working, focused and determined student that I am.
Valarie Madrigal

Congratulations!

 

The Rotary Foundation has Exceeded the 2014-15 Rotary Year $123 Million

Global Annual Fund Giving Goal! 

This is the first year in which Annual Fund Giving has exceeded $120 Million.

 

Our District's campaign for candidates for the 2016-2016 Rotary Ambassadorial/Global Grant Scholaships is now underway.

Application materials have been e-mailed to all club presidents and club foundation chairs.

We are seeking your help in promoting the program, and in identifying, recruiting and sponsoring (through your club) a post-graduate candidate, well in advance of the October 23, 2015 application deadline.

Each club may sponsor one candidate.

The District interviews will be held in Houston on November 21, 2015.

The application materials have been posted on the District 5890 website.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you for your support of the program.

Yours in Rotary,

Bill Barmore

Our time on this earth is finite, and it’s always shorter than we think.
How do we want to spend it? Will we give of ourselves to others, so that the world will be richer
because we passed through it? Or will we spend our days, as the famous Indian
poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, in stringing and unstringing our instruments, while the song we
came to sing remains unsung?
 
The glory of Rotary is that it helps us find a way to sing that song. It guides us on a path to living
richer, more meaningful lives, by encouraging us to focus our attention on the things that matter — and
helping each of us find our own way to be a gift to the world.
 
If we ask ourselves what characteristics we value most in our friends, most of us would answer
similarly: integrity, trustworthiness, caring, compatibility. Our friends are not necessarily the people who are most like us but the ones who complement us, who bring out the best in us. That, to me, is precisely what we can find in Rotary.
 
Rotary is a way to bring out the best part of ourselves, and let it guide our lives. Too often, we spend our days in pursuit of the goals that should matter least. We focus our attention on our own achievements and our own gain; we devote endless energy to the accumulation of material things. Yet at the end of our lives, no one will remember us for the cars we drove, the clothes we wore, the titles we carried, or the offices we sat in. We will not be admired for the efforts we poured into making our own lives richer or our own status higher. In the end, our worth will be measured not by how much we acquired, but by how much we gave away.
 
Will we avert our eyes from suffering, or will we alleviate it? Will we speak words of compassion, or will we act on them? Will we be content only to take from the world — or will we give to it? In the 2015-16 Rotary year, our theme will be Be a Gift to the World.
 
Every one of us has something to give — whoever we are, whatever our place in life. We can give our talent, our knowledge, our abilities, and our effort; we can give our dedication and our devotion. Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world.
 
It is said that we are born with our fists clenched, but we die with our hands open, and that our talents are the gift that God gave us. What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.
 
Equally we come into this world grasping at everything, but when we leave it, we leave all material things behind as well. Through Rotary, we can leave behind something real and lasting.
 
Our time is now. It will never come again.
Be a Gift to the World.
 
 
K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran
President, Rotary International, 2015-16
Despite the rainy weather, Interactors raised $280.00 for Relay for Life which raised money for the American Cancer Society.
 
 
 
 
Jacque Cundieff was named the July Rotarian of the Month. Congrats Jacque!
 
 
Speakers
Tracy Page
Dec 13, 2016
All About Nutrition
Ellis Regini
Dec 20, 2016
Saucepan Chef
NO MEETING
Dec 27, 2016
TBD
Jan 03, 2017
Kenny Vernor
Jan 10, 2017
Civil War
TDB
Jan 17, 2017
Millicent Valek
Jan 24, 2017
Brazosport College
 
 
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