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The theme this year for Rotarians around the world is, "BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD". Each one of us can make a difference in our community, and to those that are less fortunate in other countries.
Jake Ballard will be our guest speaker on Thursday, July 23rd at our Kingwood Rotary Club dinner meeting which is held from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill. Guests are always welcomed!
Last summer, Jake Ballard was preparing to be a freshman at Kingwood High School...but more importantly, he getting ready for an adventure of a lifetime!
Jake was one of only 11 students nationwide selected to participate in the JASON’s National Argonaut Program, which is operated in association with National Geographic Society and managed by Sea Research Foundation. Nationally, there were also 11 teachers selected, and one of the teachers was from Humble ISD.
Having dinner each week at Skeeter's in Kingwood and discussing ways to help our community is a great way to spend a Thursday evening so our Rotarians can "Be A Gift To The World".
Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called his address to the 538 incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, CA the "most significant moment of my life."
"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, 2015-2016 Rotary International President
We in Rotary aspire to great deeds. We admire those who gave great gifts to humanity: Abraham Lincoln, who gave the gift of human dignity to the downtrodden; Mother Teresa, who gave the gift of compassion to the forgotten; Mahatma Gandhi, who gave the gift of peaceful change to the oppressed. Their very lives became gifts to the world.
Order your "Flags Across Kingwood" flag today!
For a $50 annual subscription, Kingwood Rotarians will place a flag in your yard or place of business for September 11th, Veteran's Day (November 2015), Memorial Day 2016, and July 4th 2016. The flag(s) will be placed in the yard 1-2 days before each holiday, and removed 1-2 days after each holiday.
At the Keller Williams "Concert in the Park" on May 8th, Kingwood Rotary was the featured charity for the event, and the above video was prepared to share just a few of the projects we've done.
We love serving others, and we invite you to watch the video, and then be our guest by attending one of our weekly meetings at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill in Kingwood each Thursday from 6:15 PM until 7:30 PM.
What does a Rotarian and his wife do when their son dies of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest? They work tirelessly to make sure it doesn't happen again! I will no longer accept the things I cannot change; I will change the things I cannot accept.", says North Shore Rotarian Scott Stephens, and his wife, Melanie. They started the Cody Stephens Go Big Or Go Home Foundation.
(Above: Rotary District Governor Lisa Faith Massey, and Charlie Buscemi)
(Above: Kingwood Rotarians celebrating with Charlie Buscemi)
A long-time Rotarian and Kingwood resident, Charlie Buscemi, has been named the 2015 "Rotarian of the Year" for Rotary District 5890 which includes 63 clubs in Harris, and eight surrounding counties.
No new Polio cases reported in Pakistan this past week. The Rotary Club of Karachi Garden, Sindh, Pakistan, joined with the local government to establish the first permanent polio immunization site along the Pakistan Railway. Located at the Karachi Cantonment Station, the site is used to vaccinate children who would otherwise be missed during National and Subnational Immunization Days.
The Final Three Endemic Countries (Endemic means that polio has never been eradicated in these countries):
Pakistan - 22 Polio cases reported in 2015 with 306 cases recorded in 2014 The most recent case was reported on 03/29/15 in the Khyber, FATA.
Afghanistan - One Polio case reported in 2015 with 28 cases recorded in 2014. The most recent case was reported on 01/21/14 from the Hilmand Province.
Nigeria - Zero Polio cases reported in 2015 with 6 cases recorded in 2014. The most recent case was reported on 7/24/14. Sub-National Immunization Days were completed on March 14-18 using trivalent vaccine.
2015 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2014 Totals)
Endemic Countries –22 Pakistan (2014-306), 1 Afghanistan (2014-28), 0 Nigeria(2014-6)
The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $35 Million Per Year)
When it comes to Rotary, Mitty Chang is practically a lifer – and he's only 26. Chang joined Interact 10 years ago in Fremont, Calif., where almost a quarter of the 2,000 students at his high school were Interactors. He went on to organize two Rotaract clubs. Now an entrepreneur
Kingwood Rotary was very honored to present Cecil McConnell with Kingwood VFW Post 12075 with a $2,000 check for their help with our "Flags Across Kingwood" flag program. Getting to know these amazing heroes that live here in Kingwood truly is a blessing, and we thank them so much for their continued work with our club.
With our four Community Blood Drives each year, Kingwood Rotary Club is devoted to helping give the "Gift of Life" to others. For years, we've held multiple blood drives for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and are now doing the same for the M.D. Anderson Blood Center.
Kingwood Rotary Club is now taking the "Gift of Life" it to an much larger international level by helping the landlocked West African country of Mali - one of the poorest nations in the world, solve a problem that will help save lives.
We've just received official notification that our $39,000 Rotary Foundation Global Grant Project has been completed!
The 2014-2015 school year was the 4th year that Kingwood Rotary has been sponsoring the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program at Bear Branch Elementary School. The EAFK curriculum, which is based upon Rotary's Four-Way Test, is a research based program that uses higher critical thinking skills to teach students morals, and ethics.
In recognition of the outstanding program, Congressman Ted Poe presented a congressional award to Bear Branch Elementary School. Everyone was truly honored by this recognition.
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed.
"I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me."
Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old, and almost died in the hospital before a doctor noticed he wasn't breathing and rushed him into an iron lung, an airtight metal tank that encloses all of the body except the head and uses regulated changes in air pressure to force the lungs to inhale and exhale. Alexander is among a small number of people in the world today still using an iron lung to assist his paralytic polio. The need for the 800-pound machines declined dramatically after the polio vaccine became widely available in the early 1960s.
Thank you to everyone that came out to the concert on the evening on May 8th at Keller Williams Concert in the Park in Kingwood's Town Center Park! Kingwood Rotary was honored to be the selected service club for the evening. We donated some awesome door prizes, and even donated two $25 Kroger Gift Cars.
The Kingwood Rotary Club’s philosophy is “What we can do as business owners and managers to help make the world better by providing…clean water, literacy, peace, education, homes, health, and humanity.” Rotarians around the world have united to support PolioPlus and, since 1985, they have raised over $800 million to eradicate polio.
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped.
The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa.
Kingwood Rotary Club proudly awarded scholarships to two Humble ISD students to attend the 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp. In addition, Kingwood Rotarians, Charlie and Tommie Buscemi, also served as coaches again this year.
RYLA strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through three days of physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges through problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students, volunteer counselors and motivational speakers.
Our Rotary District 5890 RYLA Camp was held February 6-8, 2015 at Carolina Creek Camp in Riverside, TX. Students gain an appreciation for how important the Object of Rotary and the Rotary 4-Way Test are in establishing moral and ethical values and the ideals of "Service Above Self."
Save the date: Sunday, March 8th from Noon to 4 PM, at Walgreens at 2240 Northpark Drive (on the corner of North Park Drive and Woodland Hills Drive.)
The Kingwood Rotary Club is sponsoring the MD Anderson Blood Donor Coach for a Community Blood Drive from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit MD Anderson Cancer Hospital which will be used immediately to help cancer patients.
Kingwood Rotary sponsored 2 tables at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Meeting, and welcomed 20 members and guests to hear Rotary International President Gary Huang from Taiwan speak about Rotary. Everyone had a fabulous time!