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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)

 
 

 

Come have fun with the family...and support KINGWOOD ROTARY at the Alspaugh's Ace Hardware Fourth of July BBQ and Street Dance!

Saturday, July 2nd - FREE BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream & Street Dance with LIVE MUSIC by 8 Seconds Band.

Food starts at 6 PM, and band starts at 7 PM.

100% of the DONATIONS will go to KINGWOOD ROTARY since Alspaugh's Ace Hardware selected our club to be this year's recognized community organization!  

This is a huge honor.  Mr. Dick Alspaugh was a Rotarian with Charlie Buscemi back in 1994 when they were

 
 
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.

 
 

 
 

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

 

 
 
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.

 
 

 

Kingwood Rotary Club President Receives "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. 
 
 
 
 

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.
 

 

President-Elect Deirdre Murray Introduced at our Rotary District 5890 Conference at San Luis Hotel in Galveston

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. 
 
We are very proud of Dei, and look forward to a wonderful year of "Service Above Self" under her excellent leadership!
 
 
All Rotarians and Rotaractors are eligible for this exciting new "Rotary Global Rewards Program, which offers discounts on products and services such as travel, hotels, car rentals, dining, entertainment, and more.  Click here to learn more.
 

It's also a great way to share your business with the world!   Rotary and Rotaract club members can now offer discounts on products and services from their own businesses. You can choose to make your offer available to people in your community, your region, or around the world.  

 

 
At a recent Kingwood Rotary meeting, our members worked on a great community service project where we packed Rotary gift bags towels, cleaning supplies, shampoo, bath soap, tooth brushes and toothpaste, storage bowls, toilet paper, and lots more.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

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 pay for the shredded books 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
 
 
In 2017, The Rotary Foundation will celebrate its 100th Anniversary which was launched in 1917 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. 
 

 
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!
 
 

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 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 because that's just what Rotarians do.
 
Click here for a list of the service projects since everyone is welcomed to participate.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 

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
 
 
 
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. 
 

 
 
 
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.
 
 

 

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.

 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
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!

 

 
 
 
 

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