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Advancing peace brings Rotary, U.S. Olympic athletes together
On an evening in April, more than 50 representatives from the Rotary Peace Centers and members of the U.S. Olympic Committee who had gathered for an event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, were treated to a surprise: a pre-dinner performance by the U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics team. "They showcased their prowess in tumbling, the high bar, and the pommel horse. It was stunning!" says Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, who served as the emcee for the April event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Sponsored by The Rotary Foundation, 1972 Olympic decathlon competitor Barry King,...
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Rotaract Outstanding Project Award recognizes innovative programs
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Pope welcomes Rotary to Jubilee audience
Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity. At midmorning, the group -- numbering some 9,000 members from 80 countries -- made its way through the congested streets of Rome, past the tight security surrounding St. Peter's Square, and settled into the area reserved for Rotary in front of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee audience. Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine, urged the crowd of more than 100,000, which included members of the...
What millennials love about Rotary
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian If there is one absolute truth about millennials, it is this: Anyone who says there is an absolute truth about millennials risks being subjected to their collective eye roll. Millennials are individuals, and fiercely so. According to the Pew Research Center, most of them don’t even like being called “millennials,” let alone hearing generalizations about their shared attitudes and behaviors. Case in point: Christa Papavasiliou, 31, recoils at the notion that older folks see her generation as a bunch of selfie-snapping smartphone addicts. “I’m the...
 
 

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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! 
 
 
 

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)

The Union Kitchen is located in the same shopping center as the Texas Roadhouse & Los Cucos. We'll be in the private Boardroom located in the back left corner.  Visitors are welcome!  Click here to visit their Facebook page to learn more about their delicious menu!

 
 

 

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Instead of a speaker, we'll meet at The Union Kitchen as usual, but we'll be working on a great community service project...and everyone is invited to come help us.

Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise recently gave us a presentation about Home Again Ministries which gives furniture and household items and supplies to families in multiple zip codes who are forced to start over after losing everything they own, or maybe they are victims of domestic abuse and are moving into their first home to live independently.

At our May 26th meeting, we'll be putting together gift bags that Home Again Ministries can give to people when they come to pickup furniture.  

Kingwood Rotary will purchase Rotary shopping bags plus some of the items listed below.

Below is a list of items in case you would like to personally purchase items when you visit the grocery store, Wal-Mart, 99 Cent Store, Sam's Club or Costco.

 
 
 

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 Memorial Day, July 4th 2016, September 11th and Veteran's Day (November 11th, 2016) 

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

 

Order your "FLAGS ACROSS KINGWOOD" Flag Subscription Today!


For a $50 annual subscription, Kingwood Rotarians will place a flag in your yard, place of business, entrance to your community village for Memorial Day, July 4th 2016, September 11th and Veteran's Day (November 11th, 2016).
 

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

Order 2 flags and be twice as patriotic.  

 
 
In 2017, The Rotary Foundation will celebrate its 100th Anniversary and was launched with a $26.50 contribution (that's equivalent to $536 today) with the purpose of doing good in the world.  Has it grown? 
 
In the 100 years since, The Rotary Foundation has funded MORE THAN $3B (that's BILLION with a "B") on humanitarian projects worldwide.  Who started these live-saving and life-changing projects?  A Rotarian had an idea, their Rotary club believed the project and worked to make it happen, and thanks to grants from The Rotary Foundation...the Rotarian's idea became a reality.  Projects are started at the club "grassroot" level, and Rotary clubs work together to make it succeed.
 
In the 10-months between July 2015 and May 2016, Kingwood Rotary participated in $337,815 of Rotary Foundation Global Grants to help those in need.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Special thanks to everyone that donated blood at Kingwood Rotary's Community Blood Drive on May 15th!  Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center reported to us that 31 pints of blood were donated which helped save 93 lives.
 
Our Rotary Year began on July 1, 2015 and we held four successful blood drives since then.  Special thanks to our club's Blood Drive Chair, Carolyn Wise, for her outstanding work organizing these events. 
 

 
With less than 2 months left in our 2015-2016 Rotary Year (which is July 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2016), Kingwood Rotary has been very busy, 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
 
 
 

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.

 

 

Kingwood Rotary Presents $3,575 Donation to Kingwood Park High School FFA

Kevin McCarty, the FFA teacher at Kingwood Park High School, was presented with a $3,575 check from the Kingwood Rotary Club at their meeting on April 21st.
 
These funds will be used by the KPark FFA to send students to the State FFA Leadership Competition.  Kevin was very happy to accept the check and also stayed at the meeting to help our members prepare renewal invoices for our "Flags Across Kingwood" fundraiser.
 
Click here to read an article in The Tribune.
 

 
This Saturday, May 14th is the 41st Annual North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil.  This year's theme is "Supporting The Heroes Amongst Us".
 
Date:  May 14th
Time:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:  North Shore Rotary Pavilion at 14350 Wallisville Road
 
 

 
 
Kingwood Rotary Club's Board of Directors voted to donate $1,500 to Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center's fundraiser, "Mothers Are Jewels", for their battered adults and family shelter in Humble, The Door.
 
During their club's April 14th meeting at The Union Kitchen in Kingwood, President Tommie Buscemi presented fellow Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise, which is a member of the Family Time board of directors, with a check.
 
"$1,500 covers one day expenses at FamilyTime's domestic violence shelter, The Door.  Thank you Kingwood Rotary Club." said Carolyn. 
 

 
 
   
Give the "Gift of Life"...and "Be A Gift To The World" on Sunday, May 15th at Kingwood Rotary's Community Blood Drive!
 
To save a person's life is probably one of the greatest blessings a human can experience...to SAVE 3 IS TRULY THE GIFT OF LIFE!
 
Even though science has provided many discoveries to save people's life, still there is nothing that can replace blood. Every donation can help save as many as three lives of individuals such as surgery patients, trauma victims, anemia and cancer patients, premature babies and many others.  One of the greatest gifts is giving the "Gift of Life"!  Carolyn Wise, which is our Kingwood Rotary's Blood Donation Chair, has done an excellent job for the last several years organizing our multiple community blood drives with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and MD Anderson Hospital.
 
Time and location of our Kingwood Rotary Club Community Blood Drive with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center:
May 15th - Noon to 4 PM at Walgreen's, 2240 Northpark Drive (Corner of Northpark Drive and Woodland Hills Drive)  
 

Pre-Register to save time...Walk-ins are also welcome.  Schedule an appointment by clicking here, or you can call Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise at (713) 898-6611.  The entire blood donation process takes just under one hour.

 
 

President-Elect Deirdre Murray Introduced at our Rotary District 5890 Conference

Deirdre Murray, escorted by her husband, Jim Alfaro, was officially introduced during the District Governor's Banquet and Gala at the  2016 Rotary District 5890 Conference held at the San Luis Hotel in Galveston.  Deirdre and Jim had lived in Kingwood 25-years ago prior to moving to Manhattan Beach, CA.  While there, Deirdre joined the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach.  When they moved back to Kingwood in 2014, she joined The Woodlands Rotary Club, and Jim joined the Kingwood Rotary Club. 
 
 

Small Rotary Club - President of the Year Award

At the recent 2016 Rotary District 5890 Conference at the San Luis Hotel in Galveston, District Governor Nick Giannone presented the 2016 "Rotary Club President of the Year - Small Club" to Kingwood Rotary's president, Tommie Buscemi.  Special thanks to all of the Kingwood Rotary Club members that supported all of the service projects and events that helped make this possible. 
 
 
 
 

After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors.
 
 

Kingwood Rotarians - Giving Back at our 2016 Rotary District 5890 Conference

Kingwood Rotarians Deirdre Murray, Jim Alfaro, Charlie Buscemi and Tommie Buscemi are the District 5890 Conference Community Service Projects Co-Chairs, and they've planned some great projects to give back to the Galveston community. 
 
At each annual district conference, District 5890 Rotarians do community service projects so we can leave an
impact on the location community.  That's just what Rotarians do.
 
Click here for a list of the service projects since everyone is welcomed to participate.
 
 

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Kingwood Rotarians are looking forward to a wonderful 2016 District Conference in Galveston!  Galveston Island has SUN, FUN and sea galore, but that’s just for starters.  Escape with your fellow Rotarians to the perfect year-round destination, a great resort, and an outstanding ROTARY District 5890 Conference at The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, April 28-30, in Galveston.  To register now, click on REGISTER ONLINE.
 
Due to this conference, Kingwood Rotary's meeting for Thursday, April 28th has been cancelled...but we'll be back on May 5th to share everything we learned at our meeting.
Our 2016 Conference Committee is busy putting together a fun and information-filled adventure for us all to enjoy.  The festivities will begin with a Barbecue Dinner at the San Luis on Thursday night to welcome all of the Conference attendees.  The Plenary Sessions will begin on Friday morning after breakfast, and will conclude shortly after lunch, giving everyone the rest of Friday evening to enjoy the sights of the island.  The grand finale Governor’s Banquet will be held on Saturday evening at the majestic Galveston Island Convention Center, just a city block away, with transportation provided by buses from the San Luis Hotel. Thursday night’s dinner, Friday and Saturday’s breakfasts, Friday’s lunch, and the Governor’s Banquet are all included in the very reasonable registration fee on the Registration Form link.  - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Stories/sun-fun-and-rotary-at-the-2016-district-5890-conference-on-beautiful-galveston-island#sthash.tdqq2i8i.dpuf

Our 2016 Conference Committee is busy putting together a fun and information-filled adventure for us all to enjoy.  The festivities will begin with a Barbecue Dinner at the San Luis on Thursday night to welcome all of the Conference attendees.  The Plenary Sessions will begin on Friday morning after breakfast, and will conclude shortly after lunch, giving everyone the rest of Friday evening to enjoy the sights of the island.  The grand finale Governor’s Banquet will be held on Saturday evening at the majestic Galveston Island Convention Center, just a city block away, with transportation provided by buses from the San Luis Hotel. Thursday night’s dinner, Friday and Saturday’s breakfasts, Friday’s lunch, and the Governor’s Banquet are all included in the very reasonable registration fee on the Registration Form link. 

For later evening fun and festivities on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the fourth floor of the San Luis hotel has been reserved exclusively for our Hospitality Rooms.  There will be five suites, hosted by two Rotary clubs each, each with their own individual theme.  You will definitely want to visit them all, and enjoy their food, beverages and hospitality.

Of course, no District Conference would be complete without golf and tennis tournaments.  The golf tournament will be held at the beautiful Moody Gardens Golf Course on Thursday morning, April 28th, under the direction of PDG Lisa Faith Massey, a master of fun and frolic on the course.  The tennis tournament will be held Friday or Saturday afternoon, and will be chaired by big-time tennis guy, Lindsey Kroll. 

Finally, we are required by Rotary International to have an adequate amount of up-to-date information about Rotary and our fantastic district and its clubs, which will be shared with all present at our Plenary Sessions on Friday and Saturday mornings.

We'll have two great Community Service Projects in Galveston...so please click here to learn moreClick here for a Fact Sheet to share with your Rotary club.

The room block that we had reserved at the San Luis is now FULL, but there are still rooms available in our Conference Block at the nearby Hilton Galveston Island Resort and the Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach.  Please use the links available, or call the numbers provided, in order to make your reservations at one of these hotels before they sell out as well.  The advantage to these hotels is that the rates are $10.00 - $20.00/night less expensive.

So, prepare for another Island Adventure with several hundred of your closest friends – your fellow Rotarians.  We look forward to seeing you in Galveston.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Stories/sun-fun-and-rotary-at-the-2016-district-5890-conference-on-beautiful-galveston-island#sthash.tdqq2i8i.dpuf
 
 
Members of the Rotary District 5890 Rotex Committee
Rotary District 5890 Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students prepare to serve the foods they prepared from their home country to the guests.
 
The Rotary District 5890 Rotex Committee recently held their 3rd Annual "Taste of Nations" Social Event, and Kingwood Rotarians was one of the sponsors. At this event, the Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students prepared their favorite dish from their home country for all of the guests to taste.  Everyone loved this opportunity to met the students, talk to them about their home country, and enjoy some delicious food.
 
 
 
    
So far this school year, Kingwood Rotary has honored 145 students and 5 teachers at our EAFK Knighting Ceremonies at Bear Branch Elementary School 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.
 
Investing in our children now, will help create great leaders in the future!   This the 5th school year that Kingwood Rotary Club has paid for this award winning character education program that teaches children strong morals and ethics, and why it is important to be a good person.
 
 
 

Transforming Kingwood Rotary's funds into projects that change and save lives around the world through The Rotary Foundation. 

Helping our local community is important to Kingwood Rotarians, but we also realize that we can make a huge impact in the lives of those in need in other countries if we partner with Rotary clubs overseas.  We are very lucky to live in the USA, but know that Rotarians in other countries struggle to find the funds to help people who are desperately in need of clean water and/or food, healthcare for preventable diseases, literacy projects, etc.  How many times have you watched reports on TV about people in need, but you don't know who to contact or how to help?  Rotarians are people that decide to make a difference.
 
Between July 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016,  Kingwood Rotary's Board of Directors have approved for our club to partner with several other Rotary clubs locally and internationally on US$312,378 of Global Grants funded by The Rotary Foundation providing clean water, food, economic development and healthcare:
 
1.  US$40,000 Mobile Health Clinic which will provide health care to 15,000 villagers in the country of Mali.
2.  US$80,000 Water Project that will provide clean drinking water to 63,000 residents in 15 neighborhoods in Matamoros, Mexico.
3.  US$92,378 Food Bank & Installation of a Soy Plant, food cold storage room in Cartagena, Colombia.
4.  US100,000 Sustainable Food Security and Livelihoods with Diverse and Inclusive Local Economy in Ghana.
 
In total, Kingwood Rotary is contributing $3,500, but thanks to matching funds from other Rotary clubs, our Rotary Districts, and then The Rotary Foundation matching those funds, we're able to participate in service projects totaling $312,378....THAT'S THE MAGIC OF ROTARY!
 
 
 

 
Special thanks to Erik and Brenda Maya with Premier Nationwide Lending for being our guest speakers and explaining to our members about all the different scenarios and challenges of purchasing a home. From selecting the right home loan product that suits your life stage and financial means, to providing real-time loan status and communication between you, your real estate agent, the title company and their office, to being able to answer all of your questions during the life of your mortgage, they explained the process. Their office is located at 1801 Kingwood Drive, Suite 140 and their phone number is (281) 447-2377 and website  www.mayapremierhomeloans.com
 

 
 
   
On March 17th, instead of holding our regular meeting at Skeeter's as we do each Thursday evening, Kingwood Rotarians met together at the new COSTCO in Humble.  This was a great opportunity for our members to meet the staff at COSTCO and mingle with the local community.  
 
Rotary is about helping our community, but it's also about NETWORKING with our local businesses.  Special thanks to COSTCO for a great event.
 

 

Thanks to all of our blood donors!

Kingwood Rotary would like to thank everyone that donated blood on March 17th at our community blood drive.  A total of 31 units of blood was collected by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Coach they reported will help save up to 93 lives!
 
Here's a photo of Jim Alfaro, our club's president-elect nominee, doing his part to help save lives. 
 

 

Rotary Books for the World International Literacy Project

What happens to outdated educational books when school districts replace them with new ones?  School districts pay to shred them, and then be taken to the landfill. 
 
Rotary's Books for the World Project is an international service project started by Rotarians here in the Houston area which rescues them from the landfill and ships them (ALMOST 10 MILLION BOOKS TO DATE) to Rotary clubs in other countries for distribution to schools, teachers, and libraries that don't have books. 
 
Rotary clubs throughout the USA know about this project, so they now transport the books here and donate them to Rotary Books for the World.  For 13 years, Kingwood Rotarians Charlie and Tommie Buscemi have donated their services to handle the international freight forwarding of the 40' container shipments overseas.
 
 
 
 
At our recent Kingwood Rotary Club meeting, our members assembled Easter baskets for the children and their parents which live in The Door, which Family Time Crisis & Counseling Center's shelter for victims or domestic violence.
 
Most of us are lucky to live in a home where our safety is never an issue, so we wanted to share a little Easter joy for those that have escaped from an abusive relationship.  We were very happy to make these baskets, and very proud that we are members of the Kingwood Rotary Club!
 

 

 

At the Rotary Fire Fighters Home Gala, which was emceed by Ernie Manouse with PBS Houston Channel 8, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Kingwood Rotarians Bruce and Carolyn Wise were thanked for their donation in the name of Kingwood Rotary Club to the Rotary Fire Fighter's Home of the "Four Fallen Heroes BBQ Pit" they won at a raffle.

Together with the $23,000 value of BBQ pit plus cash contributions from Kingwood Rotary Club and Kingwood Rotarians Charlie and Tommie Buscemi...the total contribution was $29,500.

The Rotary Fire Fighters Home will be the first of its kind in the world. It will provide temporary, fully furnished housing with 40-units to firefighters and other first responders at little or no cost, for use while they are undergoing treatment at the Texas Medical Center for any on- job injury or resulting work-related medical condition.

Special thanks to the University Area Rotary Club for this amazing project.  By working together with other Rotary clubs and organizations, the Texas Medical Center will be the home for first responders that need a place to live while fighting for their lives. 

 

 

Special thanks to Kingwood Rotarian Frank Huezo for donating beautiful Valentine's Day flowers for the women living at FamilyTime Crisis & Counseling Center & Shelter for battered adults and families, The Door.  For the women living in the shelter with their children, it was a great way to let them know that others are thinking about them, and that they are special.

Fellow Kingwood Rotarians Bruce and Carolyn Wise picked up the flowers from Frank's floral warehouse on Saturday and delivered them to The Door.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above, Kingwood Rotarian Jim Alfaro (2nd from left)
with other Rotary District 5890 (Houston-area) Rotarians 
 
Recently, Kingwood Rotary Club agreed to partner with other Rotary District 5890 Rotary Clubs on a US$92,378.00 Rotary Foundation Global Grant to improve facilities at the Cartagena, Colombia Food Bank, plus provide and install a soy plant. Improvements include replace room cooling equipment, expand the cool room size, add stainless steel structures and tables to process food for storage and/or distribution, add computers to better manage the food bank and the food distribution in particular.
Kingwood Rotarian Jim Alfaro traveled with other Houston area Rotarians on a 10-day "Rotary Friendship Exchange" trip and visited the food bank.   
 
Jim had a wonderful experience on the trip to Colombia, and said that Rotarians in Colombia received them with open hearts. For them this was the first time that they have hosted a Friendship Exchange, and they did a marvelous job.

Their first stop was in Bogota, in Rotary District 4281 which has 80 Rotary Clubs, and 1,325 Rotarians.   Their next stop was in Cartagena (Rotary District 4271) which has 64 Rotary Clubs, and 1,230 Rotarians.  Their group was hosted by the Rotary Club of Cartagena, one of the oldest Rotary clubs in the city and is an all male club.  Ironically, their other host club was the Rotary Club of Cartagena de Indias where all the members are females only but will soon be installing their first male member.
 
(Above:  Our Houston area (District 5890) Rotarians enjoying social time with the Rotarians from Colombia.)
 
(Above:  The Food Bank lacks adequate storage, so the Rotary Foundation Global Grant will provide refrigerated storage for food to prevent spoilage.)
 

 
Deirdre Murray (Above, Right) with 2018-2019 District Governor Carmen Cuneo, 2016-2017 University Area Rotary Club President Sonya Heath, and 2015-2016 District Governor Nick Giannone in the Lone Star P.E.T.S. House of Friendship.
 
Each year, all incoming Rotary club presidents are required to attend their President-Elect Training Seminar (P.E.T.S.), and that is what Kingwood Rotary's President-Elect, Deirdre Murray, recently did.  Dei, and her husband, Jim Alfaro, attended the 3-day Lone Star P.E.T.S. in Fort Worth with 700+ other leaders in preparation of their leadership year which starts on July 1st.
 
   
                                                                      (District Governor-Elect Eric Liu)
 
Being the leader of a Rotary club is an important job, so attending P.E.T.S. is an intensive course to help make the job easier.  The President-Elect of Rotary International, John Germ, was a keynote speaker, plus they had many other speakers, breakout sessions, and leadership meetings. 
 
Dei is going to be a wonderful president, and we know that she is going to do an excellent job as our 2016-2017 Kingwood Rotary Club president!
Deirdre(standing, 2nd row, right in black and gold dress) with the other Rotary District 5890 President-Elects, District 5890 leadership, and President of Rotary International John Germ.
 

 
 
 
Supporting our community...and also supporting other Rotary organizations so they can help others - That's what Rotary is about.
 
Kingwood Rotarians recently attended the Rotary District 5890 Rotary Community Corps event to help them raise funds for Special Cheers.  
 

Special Cheers is a non-profit organization provides children and young adults, including those with physical, emotional and developmental challenges, multiple opportunities for advancing their personal developmental goals in a safe family environment that optimizes peer interaction and community support.  Since 2002, the loving and nurturing staff at Special Cheers has provided over 800 Houston-area children with vital therapeutic services. 

Congratulations to the D5890 Rotary Community Corps for doing an outstanding job supporting this wonderful organization!

 

 
     
 
 
Instead of meeting at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill on February 4th like we do each Thursday evening, Kingwood Rotarians volunteered to sell bags of non-perishable food to help fill the pantry at Mission NorthEast.  Afterwards, we enjoyed a little social time together at Smash Burger to celebrate a successful project!
 
From 6 PM until 8 PM, Kingwood Rotarians were at the Kroger located at 25651 US-59, Kingwood, TX 77339 (front of Kingwood on the corner of Hwy 59 and Northpark Drive) greeting shoppers and asking them if they would like to purchase bags of food.  Mission Northeast provides food and services to residents in 9 local area codes.
 
We sold a total of 113 bags of food!  Special thanks to Mr. Martin, Manager of this Kroger for always going above and beyond to help his community. 
 

 

   

The morning of February 3rd, Kingwood Rotarians had the honor of recognizing 29 students for having outstanding morals and ethics at our 5th EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Knighting Ceremony of this school year at Bear Branch Elementary School.

Over the past 5 school years, Kingwood Rotary has honored over 725 students with our EAFK program!

In addition, the staff at Bear Branch Elementary also selected one teacher for Kingwood Rotary Club to honor for the virtue of "Friendliness". Congratulations to 4th grade teacher, Heather McDowell!

 

 
     
During his visit to Kingwood Rotary Club, Rotary District Governor Nick Giannone installed two new members into our club, Brian Dusablon, and Salvador Matute.  
 
Brian Dusablon owns Duce Enterprises which is a company focusing on business technology and business strategy.  He plays rugby, and is also a Kingwood High School rugby coach. 
 
Salvador Matute owns G & M Services which is an accounting service for individuals, and businesses and can be reached at (713) 884-8670.
 
We welcome them both into our Family of Rotary, and look forward to many years of fellowship together.
 
 
 

 
      
On January 7th, Rotary District Governor Nick Giannone, and First Lady Fabiola Giannone, visited Kingwood Rotary Club for their Official Visit for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year. It was an honor to have them visit our club and share some of the great things going on in Rotary, and also for us to share everything that Kingwood Rotary Club has done so far since July 1, 2015.  Also joining Nick and Fabiola was our District Assistant Governor, Dale Mellencamp.
 
 
Our Membership Chair, Jim Alfaro, received recognition for recruiting three new members to our club, and District Governor Nick installed two of the new members during his visit.
 
 
 

 
Special thanks to everyone that donated blood on January 17th during Kingwood Rotary's Community Blood Drive.  We collected a total of 25 pints which helped us save 75 people.
 
Mark your calendars for our next blood drive on:
Sunday, March 20th from noon until 4 PM at the Walgreen's at 2240 Northpark Drive (Corner of Northpark Drive and Woodland Hills Drive).
Reserve your appointment by calling Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise at 713-898-6611.
 

 
 
 
 

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Meetings are every Thursday at 6:30 PM - Please arrive at 6:15 PM so you can order, and enjoy social time. For information about Kingwood Rotary, call Charlie Buscemi at 281-359-7193, and for PR/Media, contact Carolyn Wise at 713-898-6611
The Union Kitchen
23918 US-59
(Located in shopping center with Texas Roadhouse and Luby's)
Kingwood, TX  77339
United States
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