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The BIG Picture from Rotary International

Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
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....
 
 

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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!

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!

From donating 3,000+ pounds of meat in several years to fill the freezers of the local shelter for battered adults and families...To helping children living in the city dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua...To sponsoring a daily character education curriculum for Humble ISD elementary students...To funding a cold blood storage room in the African county of Mali to save lives of moms and infants after delivery...To partnering with other Rotary clubs to build a water filtering system to provide clean water for elementary schools in the Philippines...To helping our local Kingwood VFW...To serving as mentors to our local high school Interact clubs...Kingwood Rotarians are making a difference in the world.

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 our community, and in other countries.  

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

 
 
The following major Rotary District Awards have been bestowed on our club, and club members:
  • 2015 Rotary District 5890 "Rotarian of the Year", awarded by District Governor Lisa Faith Massey
  • 2012 Rotary District 5890 "Small Rotary Club of the Year", awarded by District Governor Chris Schneider
  • 2012 Rotary District 5890 "Secretary of the Year", awarded by District Governor Chris Schneider
  • 2011 Rotary District 5890 "Rotary Couple of the Year", awarded by District Governor Sunny Sharma
  • 2010 Rotary District 5890 "Small Rotary Club of the Year", awarded by District Governor Ed Charlesworth
  • 2010 Rotary District 5890 "Rotarian of the Year", awarded by District Governor Ed Charlesworth
  • 2008 Rotary District 5890 "Small Rotary Club President of the Year", awarded by District Governor Jeff Tallas
  • Received the "Rotary Club Presidential Citation" from the President of Rotary International for 10 consecutive years!
 

 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
How did we find tonight's guest speakers, Steve and Paula Boone?  A few months ago, we received a message from a Rotarian from Canada, Past District Governor Tanya Wolff from Rotary District 6330, saying she and another Rotarian would be running in the Metal Saw Texas Marathon in Kingwood on January 1, 2016, and were any of our club members participating. 
 
Charlie and I knew nothing about this marathon, but we told Tanya that we would enjoy home hosting them when they came to Kingwood for the marathon.  As Rotarians, we are all members of the Family of Rotary, and one of the greatest joys is to get to know Rotarians from around the world because we know that's what they would do for us! 
 
 
First, Dwight and Edith Coops are subscribers to Kingwood Rotary's "Flags Across Kingwood" flag lease program, so we thank them for their support of this important fundraiser for our club!
 
We were so honored to have them both be our guest speakers and explain the great work being done by Millennium Relief and Development Services  which has served the poor in complex situations since 1998 in over 33 countries.  This organization is saving and changing lives!   
 
Born out of the heart of its founders, Bill Koops and James Clark, Millennium is looking forward to continued service to the poor, suffering and disenfranchised through a network of teams dedicated to the people they serve.  
 
 

We welcome you to come hear our wonderful guest speaker, Dr. Darrin Rankin, Vice President of Student Success at Lone Star College, Kingwood Campus.  He is a noted academician, published scholar, researcher and administrator in the field of higher education.

He has presented internationally in places like South Africa and Europe regarding his passion for student engagement and the experience of the African American male. In the summer of 2014, Rankin took the podium again when he visited Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, China, to speak on behalf of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS) about “The 21st Century African American Male in Higher Education.”

 
 
 
Literacy.  Vocational.  International.  Save Planet Earth.  The Rotary Books for the World Project is four service projects in one, and Kingwood Rotarians are very proud to have been participating in this project since 2002.
 
"In the USA, do the teachers have to rip the books in half?", was a question asked by a teacher in South Africa when talking to a Rotarian from Houston.  "We have 70-100 students in each classroom in our school, but we only have 2-3 books for the entire school, so we rip the book in half and one teacher takes the first half, and another teacher takes the last half to use in their classroom."  the teacher told the Rotarian. 
 
 
 
 
Today, we mark a tremendous milestone: one full year without a single case of polio caused by wild poliovirus in Africa.
A polio-free Africa has been within sight for over a decade. Health workers, community leaders, government officials and global partners helped reach 230 million African children with the polio vaccine, often under some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. 
 
Kingwood Rotarians are very proud to be part of history because we have been making annual contributions to help END POLIO NOW!
 
 
 
 

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!

 
 
 
      
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
If you give blood at one of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's offices, please give them our code:  "5890R684"
 
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 (Noon to 4 PM at Walgreen's, 2240 Northpark Dr. 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 was our guest speaker on Thursday, July 23rd at our Kingwood Rotary Club dinner meeting.  He was an amazing speaker...and we were all so impressed by his knowledge of native, wildlife, animal care, natural science and know that this young man is making a difference in the world right now, and will continue to do so!

Last summer, Jake Ballard was preparing to be a freshman at Kingwood High School...but more importantly, he was 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 was Harris County Attorney, Vince Ryan, and he discussed the “Differences between County and Municipal Government".
 
Mr. Ryan works had to serve the residents of Harris County, and we thank him for giving us a glimpse into what his offices does for all of us.
 
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 

 

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.

 

 
 

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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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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Bob MacFarlane
    September 8
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Deirdre Murray
    September 30
 

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Our Club Leadership

President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Past President
Community Service Chair
Public Relations/Media Chair
EarlyAct FirstKnight Program
Interact Club
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
 

Speakers

Sep 10, 2015
Dr. Darrin Rankin, Vice President Student Success
Vice President of Student Success at Lone Star College-Kingwood
 
 
 

Ethics. Integrity. Service. Leadership. Fellowship. Global Understanding. We are global citizens, community leaders, and friends uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more!

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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(Located across from Kroger, and next to Sonic)
Kingwood, TX  77339-5205
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