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The BIG Picture from Rotary International

Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Australian students take opportunity by the horns
The rules of the Shaftesbury Rodeo Academy are simple: no school, no rodeo. It’s a message that teenagers who attend school at Bisley Farm, most of whom have never attended any school regularly, take seriously. Because come Friday night, these aspiring rodeo heroes want to join their friends to ride bulls for a heart-stopping eight seconds, if they last that long. The school in rural Queensland, Australia, also teaches the boys, who are of the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal people, basic academics and farming skills, including how to care for crops and livestock. It’s a fairly common form of...
Illiteracy traps adults, and their families, in poverty
Around the world, millions of adults are unable to read or write, and therefore struggle to earn a living for themselves and their families. Even in the United States, with its considerable resources, there are 36 million adults who can’t read better than the average third-grader, according to the international nonprofit ProLiteracy. In Detroit, Michigan, a widely cited 2003 survey conducted by the National Institute for Literacy found that almost half of residents over age 16 were functionally illiterate -- unable to use reading, speaking, writing, and computer skills in everyday life....
Meet Rotary’s new president
This excerpt from the July issue of The Rotarian magazine profiles the 2015-16 RI president. Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article. Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that...
Apply to serve on an RI committee
If you would you like to contribute to Rotary by serving on a committee, this is your opportunity. The nine committees listed below are searching for qualified candidates for openings in 2016-17. Each of these committee works with Rotary leaders to increase efficiency and promote the goals and priorities of our strategic plan. To be considered for a committee appointment, go to www.tinyurl.com/ri-committee-application for an application form. The application deadline is 20 August. Learn more about the committees and the application process. Get answers to frequently asked questions....
 
 

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Kingwood Rotary News & Stories

Welcome, Friends & Neighbors!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website to learn more about our club, and Rotary!

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.    

 
 
The following Rotary District Awards have been bestowed on our club, and club members, by our Rotary District Governors:
2015 District Rotarian of the Year
2012 Small Rotary Club of the Year
2012 Rotary Club Secretary of the Year
2010 Small Rotary Club of the Year
2010 District Rotarian of the Year
2011 District Rotary Couple of the Year
2008 Small Rotary Club President of the Year
 

 
 
      
 
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 2016-2016 academic year.  The deadline for Kingwood Rotary to receive applications is October 10th.
 
 
One of the greatest gifts is giving the "Gift of Life"!  Carolyn Wise, which is Kingwood Rotary's Blood Donation Chair, has done an excellent job for the last several years organizing our multiple community blood drives year year with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
 
If your give blood at one of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's offices, please give them our code:  "R684"
 
Please mark your calendar so you can help our club break our record of pints collected.
Time and location will be announced via our website, and our "Kingwood Rotary Club" Facebook page:
October 18th (at Walgreen's, 2240 Northpark Drive on the corner of Northpark Drive and Woodlands Hills Drive)
January 17th
March 20th
May 15th
 
Give the "Gift of Life"...and "Be A Gift To The World"!
 

 
 
2015-2016 Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran talks about polio eradication in Nigeria.
 
July 24, 2015 marks one year without a case of polio in Nigeria. Their year without a polio case is a critical step toward a polio-free Africa. Get involved and you can help ‪#‎endpolio‬ globally: http://www.endpolio.org/donate
 
CLICK HERE to read the July 27th issue of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE to read how Houston area Rotary clubs have done their part to help wipe polio off of the face of the earth!
 

 

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.

 
 
We are very proud to announce that Deirdre Murray is our newest member of Kingwood Rotary Club.  Here's a short video so you can get to know her.
 
Deirdre works in the hospitality industry, and truly loves Rotary.  With both Deirdre, and her husband, Jim, in our club, we now have 4 Rotary couples in our club!

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".

 

 

 
Each year on July 1st, new club officers are installed in each of the 34,823 Rotary clubs around the world.  Kingwood Rotary celebrated a great year under the leadership of our 2014-2015 President, Sandi Nizzi, and installed our new officers for 2015-2016 at The Veranda Restaurant in Kingwood. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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."

 
 
Kingwood Rotary's guest speaker for our July 9th meeting will be Harris County Attorney, Vince Ryan.  Everyone is welcomed to attend to hear Mr. Ryan speak about “Differences between County and Municipal Government".
 
Vince Ryan has served as Harris County Attorney since 2009.  The Harris County Attorney is the civil lawyer for Harris County, related governmental entities and their officials.   But the ultimate clients are the people of Harris County.
 
 
 
 
Once again, Kingwood Rotarians had a great weekend of service, socializing, and helping others!
 
        
We placed 600+ American flags in the yards of local residents and business for our "Flags Across Kingwood" Flag Lease Fundraiser.  Organizations that we support helped us, and we thank:  veterans with the Kingwood Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Kingwood Park High School FFA, the Atascocita High School ROTC, and the Boy Scout Troop 1011. 
 
 

 

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.

 
 
 
Stop by our Kingwood Rotary booth at Alspaugh's 4th of July BBQ and Street Dance for water, ice cream, and temporary tattoos!
Once again, Kingwood Rotarians are involved in our community for the 4th of July.
 
We'll be:
*  Delivering 600+ flags for our "Flag Across Kingwood" fundraising project on July 2nd.
*  Saturday morning, we are volunteering at the Kingwood 4th of July parade
*  Saturday night, 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!
 

 
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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Why do people help others?  What is the scientific explanation?  This great article from the July 2014 issue of The Rotarian Magazine will explain the reason.  Please click here for the story.

 

 
 

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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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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."

 
 
 

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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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!

 
 
 

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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.

 
 
 

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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.

 

 
On Sunday, our drive community blood drive positively impacted 33 cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, 3 people gave 2 full units of red cells each which means 6 critically ill people received new hope in their fight against cancer. All in all, 39 cancer patients were touched by the generosity of the Kingwood Rotary blood donors. 
 
"On behalf of MD Anderson Blood Bank and the patients we serve, thank you for your time, dedication, support and hard work." said Gilda Hart, Community Representative at MD Anderson Blood Bank.
 
Kingwood Rotary Club thanks everyone that donated blood.
 

 
 

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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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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.

Please click here for a poster with all the details.

 
 
 

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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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The Rotary District 5890 Conference  on April 16-20 2015 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans was outstanding!
 
 Our conference started 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 ended with a true NOLA District Governor's Masquerade Ball (that's right ball gowns and tuxedos adorned by fabulous masks).