Rotary Club of North Shore

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Chairman 2013-2014
Club Service 2013-2014
Chairwoman 2013-2014
Club Rotary Foundation Chair
Director 2013-2015
Director 2014-2016
Director 2014-2016
Director 2014-2016
Director 2013-2015
Director 2013-2015
Speaker Committee Chairman
Director 2014-2016
Director 2013-2015
Director 2014-2016
Director 2014-2016
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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Alan Wolcik
    March 6
  • Bill Palko
    March 7
  • Lee Brown
    March 7
  • Tommy E. Morrison
    March 8
  • Larry Pfeifer
    March 16
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Jennifer Meaux
    March 9
  • GG Saunders
    March 30
  • Bill Ballew
    Brenda Ballew
    March 9
  • Lonnie E. Hays
    Patsy Hays
    March 14
  • Diana Carter
    Paul Esposito
    March 30
Join Date:
  • David Gray
    March 2, 2013
    2 years
  • Joe Coleman
    March 2, 2013
    2 years
  • Thomas M Hallisey
    March 5, 2003
    12 years
  • Ken Pantin
    March 16, 2013
    2 years
  • Bill Parker
    March 20, 2005
    10 years
  • Jared Dagley
    March 25, 2010
    5 years
  • Matthew Davis
    March 25, 2010
    5 years

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North Shore

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn East
16311 East Freeway
Channelview, Texas  77530-4134
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One of Rotary's primary objectives is the support of education from primary schools through college and beyond.  The North Shore Rotary Club of Houston is clearly committed to that objective and has been for many years.  Early Act FirstKnight is one of the ways that our club supports education and we do so through the continued support and sponsoring of four schools in our community.
Cloverleaf Elementary, NorthShore Elementary, Green Valley Elementary and The Rhodes School are among the schools we currently sponsor and the impact of the EAFK process in these schools has been nothing short of amazing!
At a time in our world where the moral fabric of our society seems to be decaying into a lawless, self-serving, self-destructive, immoral, unethical state, the EAFK process is a welcome breath of fresh air for our young people and the North Shore Rotary Club is proud to be a part of this critically important cause.
Do you want to know more?  Check out the EarlyAct FirstKnight website at

Check out the newly updated webpage on this site for missed meetings.  You can find information on how and where you can make up for missed club meetings to keep your attendance statistics healthy.  There are many ways to make up missed meetings, both in person and online.  Click on the "Missed Meetings" menu button for more information and instructions on how to attend make-up meetings and improve your attendance history.


District 5890 has selected North Shore Rotary Club's longtime member and past club president, Bill Palko, to serve as District 5890 Governor for the 2017-2018 term.
Bill joined Rotary in June of 2005, has been deeply committed to Rotary since day one and has demonstrates that commitment every day.  His achievements in Rotary include, past president of the North Shore Rotary Club, club Rotarian of the year in 2011-2012, past Assistant District Governor of the year in 2013-2014, member of the Bequest Society, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society.  Bill is a native Houstonion and is current Senior Vice President for Amegy Bank where he has been employed for 18 years.  He and his wife, Debra, have been married for over 36 years and have two children.
In sharing the news with the club, Bill stated "I am humbled, honored and privileged to have been selected to be District 5890 Governor in Rotary year 2017 -2018. I thank all of you for your support, your well wishes and your commitment to Rotary and to our district. You all are an amazing group of Rotarians that have done so much great service in our communities, in our district and around the world. I am committed to all of you, to our district and to Rotary worldwide. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve as your governor. The honor is mine. I hope to serve you well and make you proud."

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees on Monday, July 7, 2014, the North Shore Rotary Club Foundation presented $25,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation to set up an endowed scholarship, with plans to add to the endowment in the future. Those attending the check presentation include, from left, San Jacinto College Provost and North Shore Rotarian Dr. Bill Raffetto; San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and North Shore Rotary Club President; Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation Executive Director; San Jacinto College Board Chairman and North Shore Rotarian Dan Mims; and Kevin Morris, San Jacinto College South Campus Dean of Business and Technology and North Shore Rotarian. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Club Officers for 2014/2015 were sworn in at the 57th annual North Shore Rotary Club installation banquet on Saturday, June 28th.  The event, emceed by Wayne O'Quinn, was held at D'Amici Upscale Events in Seabrook, TX. Dr. Brenda Hellyer installed the incoming officers and we celebrated the achievements of the outgoing president Matt Davis.
Recognition was given for the amazing work at this year's fundraising event which was chaired by incoming president, Allatia Harris and Bill Bowes was recognized as Rotarian of the Year.  Bill has done an outstanding job in the many ways he has served the club this year.

The 39th Annual Catfish Fry/Crawfish Boil & Fundraiser has a silent auction, live auction and raffle drawing for a 2014 Toyota Tundra Pickup Truck or a 2014 Toyota Avalon.  As you can see, there are multiple options for either bidding on or winning many wonderful items and prizes.  The silent auction is a popular event and there will be many one of a kind items and collectibles you can bid on during the fundraiser event.  HAPPY BIDDING!
Click on the following link to view the Silent Auction List:

Only 2 more days until the 39th Annual North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry/Crawfish Boil & Fundraiser Event.  We still have raffle tickets and you can win one of 20 prizes including a 2014 Toyota Tundra Pickup Truck or a 2014 Toyota Avalon.  Check out the list of raffle prizes by clicking on the link below.  IF YOU DON'T PLAY, YOU CAN'T WIN.  Raffle tickets can be purchased from any North Shore Rotarian up to the day of the fundraiser.
Will YOU be the lucky winner of a new truck or car?  Buy a ticket to find out!
The 39th Annual North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry / Crawfish Boil & Fundraiser is almost here.  If you haven't purchased your meal ticket or raffle ticket, then what are you waiting for?  This year's event promises to be one of the best ever.
To view a list of the live auction items as of 05-16-14, click on the following link:

"Rotary To Win" is the theme for this year’s 39th annual Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil Fundraiser.  The event, which has made our club legendary in the Rotary world, will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, at the North Shore Rotary Pavilion located at 14350 Wallisville Road. Incoming club president, Allatia Harris, promises “this will be an AWESOME event”. The North Shore Rotary Club is well known among Rotary clubs around the world as a leader when it comes to fundraising success. Over the past 13 years alone, the club membership along with hundreds of volunteers, sponsors and supporters has raised well over $4,400,000.00 , much of which has gone back into the community in the form of scholarships, community improvement projects, support for national & international projects, educational initiatives and many other worthwhile causes.

 From the live auction, to the silent auction, to the raffle of a 2014 Toyota Tundra Pick Up Truck or a 2014 Toyota Avalon with Leather interior courtesy of Community Toyota in Baytown, TX and many other prizes, to the awesome catfish & crawfish with all the fixin’s, there really is something for everyone at this year’s fundraiser. We will even have some entertainment along the way. Whether you choose the live auction, the silent auction or both, you will find one-of-a-kind treasures to bid on while you experience the thrill of a live auctioneer and excitement of bidding for a variety of “one of a kind” items, memorabilia, antiques, art, hunting & fishing trips, tools, collectibles, electronics and many other unique items.

The silent auction has items too numerous to list here but the live auction is where all the excitement is! Check this website later for updates and a list of live auction items.

Other raffle prizes include a Las Vegas hotel stay with a $500 gift card, a half side of beef, weekend getaways, sports packages, electronics and many other prizes. Tickets are $100 each and there will be a limited amount of tickets sold. Odds for winning a prize are 1 in 40 so make sure to purchase your raffle ticket from any North Shore Rotary member.

 Tickets are now being sold for both the raffle and the Fish Fry & Crawfish Boil dinners. Raffle tickets are $100.00 each and each ticket includes two (2) meals. Meal tickets are $10.00 each for either a fried catfish dinner or a boiled crawfish dinner.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support and donations from our corporate sponsors. This year’s sponsors have stepped up to support the club and our community and we owe them our thanks and gratitude. The sponsors include:

Diamond Sponsors

 San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College Foundation

Gold Sponsors:

Community Toyota-Honda-KIA
Galena Park ISD Education Foundation

Silver Sponsors:

 Channelview ISD Education Foundation
Precinct 2 Commissioner jack Morman
Community Bank of Texas
Dow Emergency
East Houston Regional Medical Center
Everitt Industrial Supply
Foster Fence Company
Holiday Inn Houston East
Kwik Kopy Printing #131
Lyondell Basell
North Channel Area Foundation
Physicians ER

Shell Federal Credit Union
United Community Credit Union
V. Leroy Willits, MD

Wells Fargo
Woodforest National Bank
Wayne Mulloy, MD

Make plans to attend this year’s fundraiser and help "Rotary To Win"!! See you at the Pavilion. 




On September 10, 2013, North Shore Rotary members, Bill Palko and Dan Meaux attended an advisory board meeting for  During that meeting they were asked by Meredith Iler, with the organization, to serve as advisory board members and which they both eagerly accepted.


At the meeting, which was held at River Oaks Country Club, in front of many of Houston’s most influential business and community leaders Meredith singled out and recognized the North Shore Rotary Club for raising over $300K and building 3 homes for our wounded heroes returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.



The membership of the North Shore Rotary Club congratulates and commends Bill and Dan for their unwavering support and contribution to the club, the community and to the world of Rotary.




On September 9, 2013, North Shore Rotary President Matt Davis appeared at a San Jacinto College Board meeting to present a check for this year's tuition for seniors in the Modified Early College Academy. Joining him for the presentation were Rotarians Dan Mims, Kevin Morris, Shawn Silman, and Allatia Harris.

Ruth Keenan, Executive Director of the San Jacinto College Foundation, recognized the many ways that North Shore Rotary graces San Jacinto College students with scholarships. Some students earn scholarships when they graduate from high school, some when they enroll in specialized programs at North Campus, and some as they graduate from San Jac North and transfer to local universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees. Additionally, North Shore Rotary sponsors and supports the San Jacinto College North Rotaract Club and contributed toward the building of the Veterans Center on the North Campus.

During her presentation, Ms. Keenan pointed out that over the years, North Shore Rotary has contributed over $600,000 toward scholarships for San Jacinto College North students. She also mentioned the May 17, 2014, North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil that makes these scholarships possible.  San Jacinto College will again serve as a Gold sponsor for the Fish Fry.




At the club meeting of August 15, 2013, we were treated to an excellent recount of the D-Day invasion from the British perspective by Colonel James Beesley (Ret.).  Colonel Beesley's presentation centered on Operation "Deadstick", which was the first action of the D-Day invasion of Normandy by the Allied Troops. 

It was an excellent and very descriptive recount of the actions of the British forces and their heroic actions that contributed significantly to the success of the D-Day invasion and reminds us of the sacrifices made by the men who risked their lives to help bring about the defeat of Hitler's German army and his pursuit of power over the world's people.

The article is a somewhat lengthy read, however, you are encouraged to spend a few minutes reading and learning about the start of the D-Day invasion from the British perspective.



Story by Diamond Jim Mills

I attended my weekly North Shore Rotary Club meeting today. Our speaker was Tom Berleth. He is an Asst. Deputy State Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders in Texas. He presented a program that touched me deeply.

The Patriot Guard Riders started back in early August of 2005 with the American Legion Riders chapter 136 from Kansas. They were appalled to hear that a fallen hero's memory was being tarnished by misguided religious zealots who were protesting at funerals. They decided to do something about it. At the ALR 136 August meeting, Director: Chuck " Pappy " Barshney appointed members, Terry "Darkhorse" Houck, Cregg "Bronco 6" Hansen, Steve "McDaddy" McDonald, and Bill "Wild Bill" Logan to form a committee to strategize and form a battle plan to combat Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.




Front Row from left to right: Ryan Dagley, Melody Stephens, Bill, Debbie and Michelle Palko
Back Row left to right: Scott and Clay Stephens

Several Rotarians recently enjoyed a private skeet shoot at the country home of North Shore Rotarian, Dr. Shirley Ellisor and her husband Don.  The event was a live auction item, donated by the Ellisors, to the 2013 North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil Fundraiser held back in May of 2013.  Rotarians, Bill Palko, Scott Stephens, Ryan Dagley and Bill Bowes joined forces, and wallets, to place the winning bid.  Bill Bowes was unable to make the event.

The highlight of the event was a skeet shooting contest between those in the photo. Scott and Bill Palko tied for first place. After the shoot Shirley treated everyone to a wonderful home cooked meal and gave each Rotarian a home cooked pecan pie to take home.

Dr. Ellisor has been a contributing member of the Rotary Club of North Shore for a number of years and gives generously of her time and resources in support of our club and to Rotary.  Shirly and Don are active members in our community and they are true examples of what Rotary stands for. 

The group asked the Ellisors to consider donating a skeet shoot to next year's Rotary fundraiser and if they do, it will be another special time for some lucky bidder.  Bill Palko stated "We all had a great time with the Ellisors and their hospitality was a true example of Texas style food and fun with guns".




The Rotary Club of North Shore in association with U.S. Representative Gene Green will hold  an Annual Vaccination Day on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at Galena Park Senior High School from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  This annual community event provides free vaccinations and school supplies to school age children in the Northshore, Galena Park and Channelview area.

School age children under 18 years of age can get all the vaccines they need for the school year as well as backpacks and school supplies on a first come, first serve basis.  We will be handing out approximately 700 sets of backpacks and school supplies until we run out.

The Rotary Club of North Shore has donated all of the funds this year except for a donation of $300.00 from the Houston Skyline Club and a pending Rotary District 5890 grant for $2,000.00.  The club has been helping U.S. Representative Gene Green with this annual vaccination day for over 10 years.  We usually vaccinate 600-700 children every year and give out over 1,000 vaccines on an annual basis.

All volunteers should be at the high school by 8:30 am to help pack up the school supplies and assist in handing them out to the kids.  For more information contact Dr. Donald Nino or email Bill Parker at

The address for this event is Galena Park Senior High School, 1000 Keene St., Galena Park, TX 77547 and the event runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 24th.



The North Shore Rotary Club recently honored 4 Rotarians in June 2013 for 50+ years of membership.

1. Jerry S. Dominy, MAI Appraiser's Investor, 50 years of membership.
2. Frank Nadolney, Realter & Investor, 50 years of membership.
3. Fred Saunders, Retired Banker & Investor, 51 years of membership.
4. Dr. Bill Westbrook, DDS & Investor, 55 years of membership.

Previous Rotarians honored for 50+ years of membership.

1. Past President Bob Kornegay - 1970-71
2. Past President & Founder Tom Middleton - 1958-59.




Scott Stephens with Program Chairman Dr. John Mrozek (L)
and Club President Dana Philibert (R)

Our own club member, Scott Stephens, spoke at a recent meeting of the Pasadena Rotary Club to share the tragic story of his son, Cody Stephens and to promote his constant efforts to make a difference in the lives of others through the Cody Stephens Foundation.  The foundation's primary goal is to save lives by campaigning and supporting EKG testing for young athletes in Texas schools and beyond.


In the "good 'ole days", school was considered one of the safest places for our children to be.  In todays world, however, it can be one of the most dangerous places.  It seems that every day we hear about trouble in our schools which is now the norm.  Security is an integral part of every school system today with campus police, security personnel, lock downs and even talk of teachers and school administrators carrying concealed weapons, all to protect the lives of students and teachers alike. 

Bryan Clements, the Chief of Police and Executive Director of Security and Technology at Galena Park ISD, spoke at the Rotary Club of North Shore meeting on July 11, 2013 and gave an excellent presentation on the state of security at our schools nationwide and in our own community.  Bryan spends his days working to improve the safety and security of school campuses within the Galena Park Independent School District. 



Over the years, the North Shore Rotary Club has been very involved in supporting education and the development of young people in the community throgh scholarships and support of school activities & programs servng pre-k through college.  With the awarding of college scholarships, the club is able to help a number of the areas best and brightest students pursue their dreams of attending college. 

This year, the North Shore Rotary Club is able to present over $100,000 n scholarshhps to students from every area of the Channelview, North Shore area.  Scholarship recipients were recognzed  at the 2013 Annual Fundraiser by Derrill Painter.

ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS 2013Christine Mai (NS) $1,000
Dominique Schaefer-Pipps (NS) $3,500 ($1,750 for 2 years)
Beeta Baktash (NS) $10, 000 ($2,500 for 4 years)
Moises Carmona-Morales (NS) $1,000
Titus Brooks (NS) $1,000
Gustavo Molinar (NS) $1,000
Ching Giang (Chan) $1,000
Dalia Cavazos (Chan) $1,000
Ashley Lawrence (Chan) $4,000 ($2,000 for 2 years)
Lynsie Caudle (Chan) $10, 000 ($2,500 for 4 years)
Jacob Rivas (CEK) $3,500 ($1,750 for 2 years)
Patrice Carmouche (CEK) $1,000
Tamara Jones (CEK) $10, 000 ($2,500 for 4 years)
Lexus Thompson (CEK) $1,000

San Jacinto College Transfer Scholarship

Christine Nunley-Jollivette  $3,000 ($1,500/yr. for 2 years)

Dr. Charles Grant (Transfer) Scholarship Winner

Carlos Garza $3,000 ($1,500/yr. for 2 years)



The North Shore Rotary Club is proud to announce the winner of the 2013 Toyota Truck from this year's annual fundraiser is Efran Gonzalez.  The winning ticket was sold by Gene Blasingame.  The photo below is of Incoming Club President, Matt Davis and Rotarian, Gene Blasingame  presenting the keys to Mr. Gonzalez.




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The North Shore Rotary Club of Houston has long held the tradition of being a 100% Paul Harris Fellowship club.  The committment to Rotary and the Paul Harris Fellowship is one of the cornerstones of our club's membership.    At the North Shore Rotary Club meeting of August 29th, Assistant Governor Vickie Brentin and Club President Matt Davis bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships upon our newest first time Paul Harris Fellows as well as our many multiple Paul Harris Fellows.


“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” —Paul P. Harris


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