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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:
  • Ginger Wooster
    September 1
  • Sonny Miles
    September 8
  • Bill Biggs
    September 12
  • Shannon Whitley
    September 17
  • Erv Schroeder
    September 24
  • John Motsch
    September 24
  • Abby Bundick
    September 27
  • Juan Chapa
    September 28
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Greg Pendon
    September 13
  • Ree Miska
    September 17
  • Marcy
    September 19
  • Heather Davenport
    September 21
Anniversaries:
  • Marc Herns
    Melinda
    September 1
  • Karla Christman
    Ed Christman
    September 3
  • Lucy Pendon
    Greg Pendon
    September 10
  • Meredith King
    David King
    September 16
  • Diane Hill
    Jim Hill
    September 27
Join Date:
  • Debby Soltesz
    September 1, 1995
    21 years
  • Heather Rimato-Morrison
    September 11, 2007
    9 years
  • Benny Morgan
    September 15, 2002
    14 years
  • George Franklin
    September 15, 2002
    14 years
  • Victor Wade
    September 24, 2014
    2 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.
 
 
Co-Lead Sponsors - $10,000
BASF
Honda of Lake Jackson
 
Pearl Sponsors - $7,500
HEB
Mustang Cat Truck Center
 
Diamond Sponsors - $5,000-7,499
Dow Chemicall Company
Freeport LNG
Merrill Lynch-Lisa Pauls
Vernor Materials & Equipment
 
 
Platinum Sponsors -$2,500-4,999
Apex Metal Systems
Art's Sign Services, Inc.
Branson Construction
Brazosport Regional Health System
Doyle & Wachtstetter, Inc.
Mike and Roxanne Strobel
Phillip's 66
Shintech
Sorrell Construction, Equipment
Tracy C. Hester Agency
TDECU
Veolia Water NA Operating Service
 
Gold $1,000 -2,499
Bottom Dollar Carpet
Brrazos Mall
Buc-ee's LTD
DeBusk Services Group
Everitt Industrial Supply, Inc.
First Innovations
Brazosport Eye Clinic
Gulf Coast Eye Center
Gulf Coast Tractor
Infinity Construction Services
IsoTherapeutics
John Head & Associates
Kennemer, Masters and Lunsford
Lake Jackson Plastic Surgery
Luycx Plumbing
Matula & Matula
Moody National Bank
Retirement Planning and Wealth Solutions
Texas Crew Boats
The Brazosport Facts
The Source Weekly
Tri-Construction
Westfield Construction LLC
Zachry Group
 
Silver- $500-999
Allsides Inspection 
American Realty
Betty Allen-in memory of Jim Allen
Brazos Fasteners, Inc.
Brazosport ISD
Brazosport Tire Co.
D and L Propane
David and Christine Landsborough
Dr. Perry Mueller
Elbert Insurance Agency
Ervin Schroeder
Evco Industrial Hardward, Inc.
Gerald and Senera Andrews
Great American Title
Greg and Lucy Pendon
J&S Contractors
James and Marcia Pierce
Kenny and Karen McGehee
Kevin Baker and Lori Carper
KKR Sandpit
Lake Hardware and Lumber
Michael and Sherrie Steves
Mueller Manufacturing, Inc.
NALCO
Offshore Oil Services, Inc.
Phillip Koury, DDS
Prather & Harlan A/C -Heating
Prosperity Bank
Restwood Funeral Home
Rimato Insurance
Scott Glick Enterprises
Shin-Etsu Silicones of America
SI Group
Spence Pharmacies
TDECU REal Estates
Turnkey Electric, Inc.
Vicki Melass-Allstate Insurance
VIT, Inc.
 
Bronze-$250-499
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
Browster E. & Nancy C. Borg
Brian's BBQ
Commissioner Dude Payne
Congressman Randy Weber
Jim & Diane Hill
Jime & Shelli Martin
Jerome & Doris Alrich
John Motsch-Culligan Water Systems
Mike Coburn
Steve & Ann Polemenakos
Troy & Sabrina Brimage
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
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
Sep 27, 2016
Ryan Birdsong
Brazoria County Real Estate Update
Oct 04, 2016
Kenny Vernor
Polio update
Oct 11, 2016
Lt Craig Cummings, TX Department of Public Safety
“The Reclusive Martyr,” An Overview of the ISIS Radicalization Process
Oct 18, 2016
Judge Matt Sebesta
State of the County
Oct 25, 2016
Doug Raymer
Shrimp Boil (and fish fry) Wrap-up
Nov 01, 2016
Raymond Moore
IT Security
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
Phyllis Saathoff
Port Freeport
Nov 22, 2016
Irene Hickey
District 5890 Task Force on Human/Sex Trafficking
Nov 29, 2016
Andy Smallwood
The Rotary Foundation
 
 
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