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:
  • Dearle Marrs
    July 4
  • Dora Bonner
    July 5
  • David Winder
    July 9
  • Tracy Hester
    July 12
  • William Baskin
    July 14
  • Victor Wade
    July 15
  • Vickie Anderson
    July 20
  • Emily Gray
    July 23
  • Michael Coburn
    July 23
  • Dian Swanson
    July 30
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Jake Fuchs
    July 3
  • Dan Swords
    July 5
  • Jim Hill
    July 14
Anniversaries:
  • Diane Glenn
    Mike Glenn
    July 13
  • Stephen Meier
    Cristina
    July 16
  • Victor Wade
    Rhonda Wade
    July 21
  • Dearle Marrs
    Gina Marrs
    July 26
  • Sonny Miles
    Linda Miles
    July 27
Join Date:
  • Dian Swanson
    July 1, 1989
    27 years
  • Dr. Perry Mueller
    July 1, 1991
    25 years
  • Matthew Edquist
    July 1, 1989
    27 years
  • Hal Hrncir
    July 3, 1978
    38 years
  • Brian Melass
    July 7, 2015
    1 year
  • Fred Ortiz
    July 7, 2015
    1 year
  • Tod Tracy
    July 7, 2015
    1 year
  • Al Guevara
    July 16, 2012
    4 years
  • Bruce Borg
    July 16, 2012
    4 years
  • David Winder
    July 20, 2010
    6 years
  • Bill Biggs
    July 22, 2006
    10 years
  • Chris Gilkison
    July 23, 2014
    2 years
  • Obinna Ononobi
    July 23, 2014
    2 years
  • Tabitha Ray
    July 23, 2013
    3 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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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  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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!
 

 
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.
 
Kenny
 

 
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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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,
 

David Nicks

Club Treasurer

 

 
 
 
Speakers
Aug 02, 2016
Bill Yenne
City of Lake Jackson
Aug 09, 2016
Fred Ortiz
Stop the Bleed
Aug 16, 2016
DG Eric Liu
5890 District Govenor
Aug 23, 2016
Doug Raymer
Shrimp Boil (and fish fry) Preparation
Aug 30, 2016
NO MEETIMG
(recovering from the Shrimp Boil)
Sep 13, 2016
Kent Hutchison
What Rotary Means to Me
Oct 04, 2016
Judge Matt Sebesta
State of the County
Oct 11, 2016
Lt Craig Cummings, TX Department of Public Safety
“The Reclusive Martyr,” An Overview of the ISIS Radicalization Process
Oct 25, 2016
Doug Raymer
Shrimp Boil (and fish fry) Wrap-up
Nov 01, 2016
Raymond Moore
IT Security
Nov 15, 2016
Phyllis Saathoff
Port Freeport
 
 
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