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Click Here for "Flags Across Kingwood" flag lease subscription form...We must receive your form and payment ten (10) days BEFORE holiday.  Committee Chair:  Charlie Buscemi (281)359-7193 or cjsb@suddenlink.net.  Need a gift for teachers, friends, neighbors, Veterans and thank-you gifts?  Complete the Subscription Form above with their name and your name, and we'll send a Gift Subscription Letter to them announcing your gift.

 

 
 

The BIG Picture from Rotary International

Early cancer detection is saving lives in Sri Lanka
More than 20,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in Sri Lanka, and many of them prove fatal. The Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, set out 10 years ago to save some of those lives by establishing the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Centre.  In partnership with the National Cancer Control Programme and the Ministry of Health, the center in Colombo has screened more than 35,000 patients, mostly low-income, and detected more than 7,500 cases of abnormalities that required further investigation. The Rotary Club of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, donated a mammography and ultrasound...
Visit our new Member Center
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Rotary releases $40.3 million for polio immunization activities
Rotary is releasing $40.3 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds will help build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to eradicate polio. Nigeria hasn’t seen a polio case since 24 July 2014 and the World Health Organization could remove it from the list of polio-endemic countries as soon as September if no cases are reported. Nigeria would have to go another two years without a case to be certified polio-free. But the...
Knocking down language barriers
Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Russian was the predominant second language offered in Polish schools, leaving tens of thousands of Polish emigrants without the English skills they needed.   That has changed over the last 25 years. English proficiency drastically improved after the government reformed its education system in 1991. The country overhauled its teaching curriculum and materials and introduced English as the primary foreign language. As of 2013, Poland ranks 8th in the world in English proficiency. However, one segment of the population isn’t reaping...
Member benefits program unveiled as convention draws to a close
RI President-elect K.R. Ravindran introduced a member benefits program at the 9 June closing session of the 2015 Rotary International Convention, saying that many more hands are needed to continue Rotary’s work around the world. The program, Rotary Global Rewards, aims to boost membership and enhance member satisfaction. It will debut on 1 July. “This innovative new program will allow Rotary members to connect with hundreds of businesses and service providers from around the world -- and that number is growing,” said Ravindran. “These establishments will offer Rotarians discounts and...
 

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We're known as "Little Rotary Club That Gets Things DONE!" Come visit our FAMILY FRIENDLY Weekly Meetings - Thursdays - 6:15 PM - Skeeter's Mesquite Grill in Kingwood

District 5890 Awards: 2015 District Rotarian of the Year, 2010 & 2012 Small Rotary Club of the Year, 2012 Club Secretary of the Year, 2010 District Rotarian of the Year, 2011 District Rotary Couple of the Year, 2008 Small Rotary Club President of the Year

We are looking for new hands to help, new ideas for service projects, and new hearts to care!

Meetings are very 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
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Kingwood Rotary News & Stories

 
In lieu of the 4th of July holiday, Kingwood Rotary will NOT have our weekly meeting on July 2nd since we'll be getting ready for a busy weekend in our community.
 
We'll be:
*  Delivering 600+ flags for our "Flag Across Kingwood" fundraising project
*  Volunteering at the Kingwood 4th of July parade on Saturday morning
*   We'll be volunteering at Alspaugh's Annual 4th of July BBQ and Street Dance (Please stop by our booth)
 
We wish you a very safe, and happy 4th of July!
 
 

 
 

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 July 4th, September 11th, Veteran's Day (November 2015) and Memorial Day 2016. 
The flag(s) will be placed in the yard 1-2 days before each holiday, and removed 1-2 days after each holiday.

WHEN ARE NEW FLAG SUBSCRIPTIONS ACCEPTED?:  We must receive your subscription ten (10) days before the holiday.  New flag subscriptions are accepted ANY month of the year.  Once Kingwood Rotary receives your payment and subscription form, your flag will be delivered on the NEXT patriotic holiday. Examples:  If you submit a submit a subscription in June 2015, then we'll place a flag in your yard on July 4th, September 11th, Veteran's Day (November) and Memorial Day 2016.

Contact:  Kingwood Rotarian Charlie Buscemi at (281) 359-7193 or email him at cjsb@suddenlink.net

CLICK HERE for a subscription form.

Gift Subscriptions are also available, so surprise a neighbor, teacher, friend or family member on their birthday, anniversary or as a "Thank You" giftIt's also a great way to honor a veteran!

 
 
Investing in our children now, will help create great leaders in the future!   For the 5th school year, Kingwood Rotary Club will once again be sponsoring the EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK) Character Education Program at Bear Branch Elementary School in Kingwood. 
 
"This EAFK project is Kingwood Rotary's largest service project, and we are so honored to work with the principal, staff, students and parents at Bear Branch Elementary", said Kingwood Rotarian Charlie Buscemi.  "The annual cost is around $6,500 each school year, and we look at it as a Legacy Project that will help strengthen the morals and ethics of our students.  Rotary District 5890 provides us with a District 5890 Grant, and we want to thank Alspaugh's Ace Hardware, Blue Tide Shipping, Sandi Nizzi with Realty Associates for being our EAFK Community Partners." 
 
The video above was created by the Georgetown Rotary Club in Georgetown, Tx, and is the perfect example of what Kingwood Rotary Club's EAFK program is doing for student at Bear Branch Elementary.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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. 

 

 

 
 

Ask any active Rotarian, and they'll tell you that joining Rotary has helped them change the lives of others....but in return, their lives have been changed.

 

 
 
 

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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.

 
 
 

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(Above: Rotary District Governor Lisa Faith Massey, and Charlie Buscemi)           

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(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.

Please click here to read an article in The Observer Newspaper.

 
 
 
Africa - It has been over 8 months since the last Polio case was reported in Somalia, over 9 months for Nigeria, and over 10 months for Cameroon.  If Nigeria can go 12 months with quality surveillance detecting no Wild Polio Virus, they will join the countries which have stopped Polio transmission.  If after an additional two years, no Wild Polio Virus has been detected, Nigeria could be certified as Polio - Free!    
 
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 Countries22 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)

 

 

 
 

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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

 
 
 
 
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Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

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."

 
 
 

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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.

Special thanks to the event sponsors:  Keller Williams Realty Northeast, KB Home, Liberty Mutual Insurance-Kingwood, Sky High Party Rentals, The Observer Newspapers.

 

 
 

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.

Please click here for a poster with all the details.

 
 
 
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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." 

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

EVANSTON, Ill., USA (April 29, 2015) — Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang is urging the humanitarian organization's 1.2 million members worldwide to assist the victims of earthquake-ravaged Nepal in any way possible, including contributing to ShelterBox, the international disaster response charity that is Rotary's project partner for disaster relief.

"Rotary members worldwide stand together in expressing a profound sadness at the devastation resulting from this weekend's deadly earthquake in Nepal," said Huang. "As we mourn the thousands of lives lost, Rotary joins other international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors through our partnership with ShelterBox and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout the country."

 
 
 

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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!

 

 
 

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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.

 
 
 
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Rotary District 5890 Conference   April 16-20 2015 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA
 
Register NOW for our fabulous District Conference in April and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ! 
 
Our conference starts with a Second Line Band March led by District Governor Lisa Faith Massey from the hotel to a "kick-off jazz dinner cruise" on the Riverboat Natchez, and ends with a true NOLA District Governor's Masquerade Ball (that's right ball gowns and tuxedos adorned by fabulous masks).
 
April 16-19 will be filled with fun and fellowship, not to mention great speakers talking about the power and import of Service! 
 
 
 

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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.

 

 
 

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This is the 4th school 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.

 

 
 

Take a look at this video to see a small sampling of what we did in 2014.

In 2014, Kingwood Rotarians laughed, made new memories, had fun AND we worked together on some amazing local and international service projects.

From local blood drives....to partnering with other Rotary clubs to build a blood cold storage facility in the country of Mali to save the lives of moms after delivering babies...to supporting our next generation of community leaders...we've done our part to help make the world a better place.

Visit one of our meetings each Thursday at 6:15 PM at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill in Kingwood.

 

 
 

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A native Houstonian, with a long history of community involvement, Mike Sullivan was sworn in as Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector on January 1, 2013, and is currently serving a four-year term. He is focused on improving customer service, embracing technology, and advocating for the taxpayer.

Mike attended our meeting to share details about the new policy involving one tag for vehicle registration, and vehicle inspection.  This is a new law in the State of Texas which each county in Texas is required to follow, so we thank Mike for fully explaining it to us.  Special thanks to Mike, an his staff, for everything they do!

 

 
 

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Kingwood Rotary past presidents, Charlie Buscemi and Bruce Wise, plus Bruce and Carolyn's son, Christopher, plus our club's former Rotary Assistant Governor, Wayne Beaumier, attended the VIP Reception at the 45th Annual Rotary Lombardi Awards where they were photographed with the four 2014 ROTARY Lombardi Award finalists.

On the morning of the Rotary Lombardi Award, the four finalists were taken by Rotarians to visit children battling cancer at Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The Rotary Club of Houston established the Rotary Lombardi Award in 1970 in memory of Vince Lombardi to honor the top college football lineman, and funds raised benefit the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 
 
 
 

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Jul 02, 2015
No Meeting At Skeeters on JULY 2ND!
We'll be prepping for a busy 4th of July in our community!