Rotary Club of North Shore


Club Executives & Directors

Chairman 2013-2014
Chairman 2013-2014
Club Service 2013-2014
Chairwoman 2013-2014
Club Rotary Foundation Chair
Speaker Committee Chairman
Director 2013-2015
Director 2012-2014
Director 2012-2014
Director 2012-2014
Director 2012-2014
Director 2013-2015
Director 2013-2015
Director 2013-2015
Director 2012-2014
Director 2013-2015
Immediate Past President

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Dan Mims
    April 7
  • David F Urbantke
    April 12
  • Thomas M Hallisey
    April 16
  • Derrill Painter
    April 18
  • Billy Allen
    April 21
  • Cary Stephens
    April 22
  • Norman Giles
    April 28
  • John R. Painter
    April 30
  • Bill Parker
    Pamela Parker
    April 21
Join Date:
  • Charles W. Grant
    April 1, 1987
    27 years
  • David F Urbantke
    April 1, 1986
    28 years
  • Shane Dodson
    April 2, 2013
    1 year
  • Elbert Eugene Dagley
    April 15, 1992
    22 years
  • Derrill Painter
    April 17, 1997
    17 years
  • Michelle Bonton
    April 27, 2013
    1 year

Club Information

Welcome to our Club Website!

North Shore

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn East
16311 East Freeway
Channelview, Texas  77530-4134
United States
District Site
Venue Map

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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 2013 North Shore Rotary Club Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil was another huge success.  Matt Davis, the incoming club president, was instrumental in leading the entire club membership to another successful year and after expenses, raised $272,516.00 which will be donated to many various causes during his year as president of the club.  The North Shore Rotary Club stands among the elite of Rotary clubs around the world for fundraising and has raised $4,777,675.00 over the past 38 years of fundraising events, according to club records.

The success of the club's fundraising efforts goes out to the many organizations and volunteers who participate year after year in this historical event.  Without the hard work and contributions of club members, community organizations, businesses and thousands of people who buy meals, auction items, raffle tickets, donate auction items, prepare the food and come together in fellowship and support of Rotary, it would impossible to make the annual fundraiser such a great community event.

The 2013 fundraiser brought in a total of $400,139.00 from corporate sponsors, meal ticket sales, raffle ticket sales, live & silent auction bidding and gate sales.  Total expenses for the event were $127,623.00 which included event production expenses, live auction item costs, raffle prizes and kick-off dinner & meeting expenses resulting in $272,516.00 in net funds raised.



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.





 "Celebrate Rotary" is the theme for this year’s 38th annual Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil Fundraiser.  The event, which has made our club legendary in the Rotary world, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, at the North Shore Rotary Pavilion located at 14350 Wallisville Road. Incoming club president, Matt Davis, promises “this will be the best fundraiser ever”. 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 12 years alone, the club membership along with hundreds of volunteers, sponsors and supporters has raised well over $4,200,000.00 , 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.


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 12 years alone, the club membership along with hundreds of volunteers, sponsors and supporters has raised well over $4,200,000.00 , 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 2013 Silver Toyota Tacoma Texas Edition Pick Up Truck or a 2013 Red Toyota Venza with Leather interior courtesy of Community Toyota - Honda - Kia 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, collectables, 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:

Gold Sponsors:

Community Bank of Texas
Community Toyota * Honda * KIA
San Jacinto College Foundation
Galena Park ISD Education Foundation

Silver Sponsors:

East Loop Chiropractic Clinic
Everitt Industrial
Foster Fence Company
GV Marine Services / George Vazquez
Kwik Kopy Printing #131
North Channel Area Foundation
Shell Federal Credit Union
Teel Paving
United Community Credit Union
Wells Fargo Bank
V. Leroy Willits, MD
Woodforest National Bank

Make plans to attend this year’s fundraiser and help us “Celebrate Rotary”!! See you at the Pavilion. 



North Shore Rotary at Work

(Through Year 2010)


Rotary Foundation


Scholarship San Jacinto College

$ 456,450

Scholarship Area High Schools

$ 647,000

Miscellaneous Youth Programs

$ 620,374

Senior Citizen Programs

$ 175,730

North Shore Rotary Pavilion

$ 100,000

Scholarship Trust

$ 133,453

North Shore Little League Field

$ 250,000

Emergency Medical Services

$ 98,000

North Shore Rotary Cloverleaf Park

$ 75,000

Christmas Food Baskets

$ 160,758

Helping A Hero

$ 118,005

Drug Awareness

$ 67,237

YMCA Programs

$ 92,850


$ 69,683

Library & Literacy (ESL)

$ 38,000

School Bus Shelters

$  21,403

Handicapped Youth

$  19,667

Environmental Projects

$ 44,750

Area Health Fairs & Hospice

$ 89,499

Hunger, Poverty & Special Projects

$ 390,000

Total Donations to Date:

$ 4,105,159




Club Information

Welcome to our Club Website!

North Shore

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn East
16311 East Freeway
Channelview, Texas  77530-4134
United States
District Site
Venue Map

Home Page News


Club Information

Welcome to our Club Website!

North Shore

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn East
16311 East Freeway
Channelview, Texas  77530-4134
United States
District Site
Venue Map


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