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New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
 
 

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Welcome, Friends & Neighbors!
 
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website to learn more about our club, and Rotary!
 
I've been asked why I'm a Rotarian.  Well, I joined Rotary to make difference in the world...and I've stayed because I AM!  Joining Rotary has changed my life! 
Joining Rotary is one of the most important and rewarding decisions you'll make.
 
Why join Rotary?  It's one of the most rewarding decisions that you'll ever make!  Kingwood Rotarians get together each Thursday at 6:15 PM at The Union Kitchen in Kingwood, and we invite you to come have dinner with us...we'll even pay for your first meal when you do!

Kingwood Rotary Club's NEW MEETING LOCATION is at THE UNION KITCHEN from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM at 23918 Highway 59 (located in the front of Kingwood just as you exit Northpark Drive from Hwy 59)

 
 
Part 1 of 2:  Art Rascon, ABC13 Eyewitness News Documentary, "Children of the Dump"
 
Part 2 of 2:  Art Rascon, ABC13 Eyewitness News Documentary, "Children of the Dump"
 
Kingwood Rotarian, Frank Huezo, returned to Chinandega, Nicaragua in August 2010 with Art Rascon of ABC13 Eyewitness News, plus other Rotarians, for a follow-up of Mr. Rascon's 1999, and 2002 Emmy Award winning documentaries, "Children of the Dump". On October 12, and October 13, 2010, ABC13 Eyewitness News showed how Rotarians have changed and saved the lives of children in Chinandega.
 
    
On January 5-8th, Kingwood Rotarian Jim Alfaro traveled to Chinandega, Nicaragua to visit the international Rotary project, Children of the Dump, together with Kingwood Rotarian Frank Huezo, Brenham Rotarian Jim Kite, plus Rotarians from Michigan and Iowa.
 
This truly is a project that has saved and changed lives in a country that is extremely poor.  We thank Jim for making the trip, and sharing his experience with our club members.
 

On Sunday, February 12th "Give the Gift of Life" from Noon to 4 PM at Walgreens, 2240 Northpark Drive (at corner of North Park and Woodland Hills Dr.)

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Donor Coach
Roll Up Your Sleeves, and Give The Gift Of Life!
 

Your blood donation to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is credited towards our
local community hospitals, so your donation helps your local community!

 

Kingwood Rotarians Deirdre Murray and her husband, Jim Alfaro, volunteered alongside the Kingwood/Humble/Atascocita VFW to wrap holiday gifts at Barnes & Noble in December.  Dei said that the public was so generous and thankful...and once they heard about the VFW, they made additional donations.
 
The local VFW has been one of our partners for our "Flags Across Kingwood" Fundraiser, so it was great to be able to help them at their fundraiser.
             
Each year since our club was chartered, Kingwood Rotarians gathered at the Wal-Mart in Atascocita to partner with The Salvation Army to help raise funds for families here in northeast Houston.
 
This year, we raised nearly $1,800 which will be so helpful for this great organization.
 
It was a great day, and we thank all of our members, friends, and family for coming to help us "Ring the Bell" loudly, and proudly.
 
During the holidays, there are many ""families in need" that need food to feed their families.  Each year, Kingwood Rotary is proud to help Mission NorthEast with their goal to provide some of the meat that they give to local families.  In addition to their services for clients throughout the year, each December they hold an event where food, Christmas toys for the children are give to 150 families.
 
Kingwood Rotary purchased and helped load 600 pounds of chicken quarters which was picked up by Pam Dickson with Mission NorthEast.  During the Christmas event, bags of the chicken was given to the families, plus Kingwood Rotary "Santa Claus" Jim Alfaro was there playing Santa and adding some fun memories for the children.
 
Visit their website at http://www.missionne.org/about-us/
Diane Blanco contacted Kingwood Rotary President, Deirdre Murray, about The Women’s Center at Lone Star College-Kingwood, in partnership with East Montgomery County Rotary Club and Lone Star Honor Society, collecting new and gently used children’s books during the holidays for students at Crippen Elementary School in New Caney. 
 
Crippen Elementary is a Title One school where more than 70% of their students live at or below the poverty level. Many have never owned a book.
 
Our club members purchased $600 PF books, and were delivered to Diane Blanco in December for the project....and we were all very excited to help!
 
Literacy is one of Rotary's Internationals Six Areas of Focus and Kingwood Rotary was very proud to participate in this literacy project.
A few months ago, University Area Rotarian, Homero Ponce, brought his good friend, Elsa Torres, to Kingwood Rotary's weekly club meeting at The Union Kitchen.
 
We are so proud to say that Elsa loved learning more about our club, and accepted our sincere invitation for her to become a member of our Kingwood Rotary family.  At our recent Christmas Party, Elsa was officially installed!  Homero also attended since we welcomed him for inviting Elsa to join Rotary.
 
Elsa is a Realtor with JLA Realty, and she loves service to others.  We also welcome her husband, Henrique, and lovely daughter, Valeria.  We're all about family, so they are always welcomed to our meetings, service projects, and social events.
 
Elsa, Enrique, and Valeria...Kingwood Rotary's newest members of our Family of Rotary!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Kingwood Rotarian Jim Alfaro, Elsa, Kingwood Rotary President Deirdre Murray, and University Area Rotarian, Homero Ponce.
What a great way to spend a day....Being SANTA CLAUS for children as their families pick up much needed food to feed their families at Mission NorthEast.  Jim Alfaro, a member of Kingwood Rotary, did an outstanding job making the children happy, and bringing them joy.  Charlie Buscemi was also helping, and also our newest member, Elsa Torres, was vital in helping check in the familes.
 
Mission NorthEast's service area covers over 800 square miles and 11 zip codes.  All programs and services are provided free of charge to persons living in poverty.   Mission Northeast is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, eligible to accept tax exempt donations.   With 97% of the families they help are categorized as "extremely poor".
 

Above, Left:  New Kingwood Rotarian, Elsa Torres, was extremely helpful helping families as the arrived at Mission NorthEast to pickup food, and Christmas gifts for the children. 

 

Jim Alfaro did an outstanding job as Santa, and brought lots of joy to the children and their families.  His heart is huge, and the children knew it!

 

A huge thanks to The Hop Stop - Humble for hosting Kingwood Rotary's "Pints for Polio" to raise funds to End Polio Now.

Thanks to funds we raised, the Rotary Foundation will receive $552 which will protect 1,104 children from polio.

The continued work and support of dedicated community leaders like Dawn & Rick Tyler, owners of The Hop Stop, partner with Rotary and help "END POLIO NOW" will ensure that Rotary's promise of a Polio-free world will be fulfilled.

Special thanks to Kingwood Rotarian Brian Dusablon for organizing this event!

(Above:  Kingwood Rotarians Carolyn Wise and Deirdre Murray delivery $900 of supplies to Foster Elementary School)
 
Many times, we don't think about additional supplies that nurses need at our local elementary schools.  We recently reached out to Foster Elementary School about providing school supplies for students, but were told that what was really needed to supplies for their school nurse, and teacher's classrooms.
 
We asked what they needed, and were told new underwear for children (needed for "accidents"), scotch tape, black markers, Lysol wipes, baby wipes, No. 2 pencils, markers, sandwich bags, Kleenex, etc. 
 
 
 

 

District Governor Eric Liu, Kingwood Rotarian Bob MacFarlane, Kingwood Rotary President Deirdre Murray, and Kingwood Rotarian Linda MacFarlane.
District Governor Eric Liu, Kingwood Rotary President Deirdre Murray, and Kingwood Rotarian Brian Dusablon.
 
 
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.
 
The first Paul Harris Fellow was awarded in 1957, and is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates 110 years ago.
 
We move closer to a world of peace and good will today as Brian Dusablon receives his Paul Harris Fellow, and Bob and Linda MacFarlane each receive their Paul Harris Fellow +2.   Their financial gifts to The Rotary Foundation's educational and humanitarian programs is a commitment to peace and to a better life for people across the world whom they may never meet. This is a truly selfless action.
We are so proud to announce Kingwood Rotary's two new members:  Kakie Palmer, and August McGrath.  As our club grows, so does our opportunity to learn from our new members about their passion for helping others, and their ideas for service projects.
 
Kakie is principal of Bear Branch Elementary School here in Kingwood which is where our club sponsors the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program.  Her insight into education will be a huge help for our club to select outstanding service projects.
August is an Insurance Agent with Liberty Mutual, and with her husband, Sam, they own Sweet Peaches Photography.  They also have a son, Jax, which also attends our meeting...and he is just adorable!
 
 
 

Order your "Flags Across Kingwood" flag today!
For a $50 annual subscription, Kingwood Rotarians will place a flag in your yard, place of business, entrance to your community village for Veteran's Day on November 11th, 2016, Memorial Day 2017, July 4th 2017, and September 11, 2017.

CLICK HERE for a subscription form.

The flag(s) will be placed in the yard 1-2 days before each holiday, and removed 1-2 days after each holiday.

 

Our Kingwood Rotary VAMPIRES needed your blood to help SAVE LIVES...AND we thank the community for helping us!
In total, we collected 28 pints of blood which was used to save the lives of up to 84 lives.
 
Special thanks to our club's Blood Drive Chair, Carolyn Wise, for organizing another great event!
 

EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK) is a daily ethics development program which is sponsored by the Kingwood Rotary Club for the Kindergarten - 5th grade students at Bear Branch Elementary School here in Kingwood.  The 2016-2017 school year will be the 6th school year that Kingwood Rotary Club has sponsored this program at Bear Branch Elementary.

Above is a video produced by the Georgetown Rotary Club about EAFK and features principals, teachers, students and parents talking about EAFK and is exactly the same as our program at Bear Branch Elementary School and gives you insight into the program.

Help Rotary END POLIO NOW because POLIO is JUST A PLANE RIDE AWAY!  Visit www.endpolio.org to donate.
 
 

On October 8, 2016 Kingwood Rotary ClubRotaract Club of The University of Houston, the Klein Forest HS Interact Club (KF Interact Club), plus the Quest ECHS Interact Club had an "End Polio Now" booth the Microsoft Store at The Woodlands Mall. 

We promoted Polio awareness, raised funds to End Polio Now, & shared info about the collaboration between Rotary & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to wipe polio off the face of the earth!

We collected $553 in our bucket on Saturday, and with the "2 for 1" match by the Gates Foundation...we will protect 3,300 children from polio. We had a great time together!

Learn more about Rotary's 30-year fight to make polio the 2nd disease wiped off the face of the earth - visit www.endpolio.org or visit www.RotaryD5890.com. #endpolionow #polioplus #rotary #interact#rotaract #endpolio

 

Rotarian Sylvia Whitlock

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Kingwood Rotary joined other District 5890 Rotary clubs in a celebration of "Women in Rotary."  The event was held at the Omni Hotel in Houston and was truly a grand event.  We also celebrated the remarkable female Rotarians that have served as Rotary District Governors here in Rotary District 5890 which covers the metropolitan Houston area:  D'Lisa Simmons, Suzi Howe, Rhonda Kennedy, Rhonda Walls-Kerby, and Lisa Faith Massey.  Click here for a short video.

 

For the first 82 years, only men were allowed to be Rotarians.  Thanks to Dr. Sylvia Whitlock and 2 other women that were asked to join the Duarte Rotary Club in California in the 1977,

Our 2016-2017 Rotary District 5890’s District Governor Eric Liu joined us with his wife, Sandra Liu, which is a member of the Rotary District 5890 Rotary Community Corps, for their official visit to Kingwood Rotary Club.   We also welcomed our Assistant District Governor, Dale Mellencamp, to the meeting.  DG Eric talked to us about what Rotary means to him, and also about the remarkable ways Rotary changes and saves lives.
 
DG Eric installed our two new Kingwood Rotarians, Kakie Palmer which is principal at Bear Branch Elementary School, and August McGrath, which is an agent with Liberty Mutual.  Kingwood Rotarians Bob and Linda MacFarlane were presented with their next level of Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin, and one of our members, Brian Dusablon, received his Paul Harris Fellow Certificate and lapel pin.
 
 
Instead of a normall Rotary club meeting, Kingwood Rotarians also love to enjoy unique social opportunities with each other. 
 
Recently, Kingwood Rotarians held a special preview reception at the Gremillion Gallery to welcoming renowned artist, Thomas Zitzwitz.  Thomas is an internationally acclaimed artist and fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Köln-Dom in Rotary District 1810 in Köln, Germany.
 
Rotary District Governor Eric Liu and First Lady Sandra Liu, plus Rotarians from multiple Rotary clubs here in Rotary District 5890 enjoyed the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy this social event.  Many also brought their children which gave them an opportunity to meet the artist and also get a closer look at his beautiful art.
 
 
 
The Kingwood Rotary Club held a "9/11 Remembrance & Tribute" on Sunday, September 11th in Kingwood in remembrance of 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  Kingwood Rotary thanks everyone that attended this free event. This was an opportunity to come together in a positive and respectful way to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to serve our country today, including veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders.
 
 
 
 
      
 
Do you know a college student ready for the opportunity of a lifetime?
  
Kingwood Rotary Club is currently seeking students that are entering their senior year of college, or have already graduated college and are seeking their post-graduate degree, to submit applications for the $30,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship/Global Grant Scholarship for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  The deadline for Kingwood Rotary to receive applications is September 29, 2016.

Rotary Night at the Houston Dynamos Game!

Thanks to heavy rain & lightning..."Rotary Night at the Houston Dynamo" was rained out, but the good news is that everyone returned to the pre-game party at Kings Court which lasted until the game was officially cancelled at 11 PM.
 
The following night, everyone returned and had a great time watching the soccer game!  Rotarians and Interactors were invited into the Rally Tunnel and gave high-fives to all the Dynamo soccer players.  
 
District Governor Eric Liu and his wife, Sandra, went on the field during the opening ceremonies while a video about Rotary here in the Houston area.  
 
 
 
 
Rather than a speaker at a recent meeting, Kingwood Rotarians worked together on a service project for "Little Dresses for Africa". This is an organization that makes dresses for girls & shorts / shirts for boys and Dottie Gauthier with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Humble organized the cutting and sewing volunteers.  

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Kingwood Rotary Club was honored to be selected by Alspaugh's Ace Hardware to be the recipient of the proceeds of their July 2nd BBQ and Street Dance.  Our club members helped make the sandwiches and had the honor of serving the food at the event.  
 
Special thanks to Dorothy and Sue Alspaugh for giving our club the opportunity to serve our community at their event.  Kingwood Rotary received a total of $2,800 from the proceeds of donations.
Yes, as Rotarians we are working together to prevent disease, provide clean water, improve education, promote peace, and much more!
 
 

Give the Gift of Rotary from Rotary International on Vimeo.

 
Kingwood Rotary Club had a great 2015-2016 Rotary Year (which is July 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2016), and we are proud of our accomplishments!  
 
We've made a world of difference in our own community and also to the lives of those less fortunate around the world - and while doing so, our own lives were changed by serving others.  Also...WE HAD FUN TOGETHER!
 
 
 
COMMUNITY PROJECTS:,
Filled the freezers with 600 pounds of meat for The Door, which is FamilyTime’s shelter for battered women & children
● Purchased 600 pounds of meat for Mission NorthEast which serves the needy and elderly in 9 local zip codes
● Held three community blood drives since July 2015 with another one planned for May 2015
● Contributed $500 to the Houston Chapter of the Blue Star Moms for shipping supplies to families members in our military
● Volunteered at the Alspaugh’s 4th of July BBQ & donate funds to support local charity charities
Kingwood Rotary Club has had the honor of participating in several water projects that provided clean drinking water.  Water is life regardless of where you live, but in other countries, the struggle to find clean, safe drinking water involves walking for hours to a water source, and carrying it back to the home.  In most cases, it is the women and girls that walk up to 4 hours one-way to reach the water, which is mostly contaminated, and then carry it back.  For the girls, that means they don't attend school.
 

Bono of U2 praises the "Service Above Self" work of Rotary across the globe and the mission of creating a polio-free world.  "When polio is finally eradicated, and you know it will be, you stand surely in the first chapter of that book.", says Bono.

    
2015-2016 was the 5th school year that Kingwood Rotary has financially sponsored the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education CURRICULUM  at Bear Branch Elementary.  This year, we honored 145 students and 5 teachers at our EAFK Knighting Ceremonies at Bear Branch Elementary for having high morals and ethics.  This is a curriculum-based character education program that empathizes the important of morals and ethics.  Please click here for a sample of our invitation to the event.

Thank You for Making Membership a Priority from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Ask a Rotarian and they'll tell you that joining Rotary was one of the best decisions that they have ever made. 

Here's the cool thing....all Rotary projects started from an idea suggested by a Rotarian to their club. They saw a problem, talked to their fellow Rotarians about how they could make a difference, and together...they worked to solve the problem!  We are grassroots, so the ideas for change comes from our members.

 
 
 
 

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Brian Dusablon
    January 26
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Frank
    January 24
Anniversaries:
  • Bruce D. Wise
    Carolyn
    January 6
  • Carolyn Wise
    Bruce
    January 6
  • August McGrath
    Samuel
    January 10
Join Date:
  • Brian Dusablon
    January 7, 2016
    1 year
  • Deirdre Murray
    January 27, 2014
    3 years
 

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