Flags over Bellaire is a fundraising project managed through volunteer efforts for the benefit of the Bellaire Southwest Houston Rotary Foundation, Inc.  The funds raised go to Local Scholarships, Bellaire Parks, Shop With A Cop holiday program, Bellaire FFA, Clean Water Projects and many other worthwhile causes.
If you have questions about your flag, please contact us at: 713-666-5211 or
Flag Program Information 2019-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Texas State Representative Sarah Davis Visits the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
January Social Rescheduled 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs from Bellaire/SW Houston, West University, Cypress Fairbanks, University Area, and Spring Branch worked together to plant 200 trees at the Willow Waterhole on January 13.  Members and friends did not let the 30 degree temperature keep them from making a big difference in the community park.  The trees planted will make a difference at the park for generations to come. 
Area Rotary Clubs Participate in Tree Planting at Willow Waterhole 2018-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Tesla Visits the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club 2018-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Tonight's Social at the Sugar Land Art Center Has Been Canceled Due to Inclement Weather 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
The Bellaire/SW Houston celebrated the holidays together at Brenner's Steakhouse.  A good time was had by all.  Happy Holidays to everyone.
Holiday Party at Brenner's 2017-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Members of the Episcopal HS Interact Club presented the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club with a check from the proceeds of the annual Haunted House at the Dec. 14 luncheon.  The Westbury Christian School Honor Choir also performed holiday themed songs to help get us in the mood for the season.
Holiday Luncheon 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
The Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club teamed up with the Bellaire Police Department to host their annual "Shop With a Cop" event on December 6th and 13th at the Target in Meyerland Plaza. Economically disadvantaged children had an opportunity to shop for members of their family for Christmas. 
Shop With a Cop 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Come out on October 29th from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at the storage unit (5415 Bissonnet) and help maintain our flags.  We need to put in a little work on the flags before our Veteran's Day deployment.  Let's provide a quality product for our subscribers.  Flag subscriptions are a big part of our fundraising effort.  Helping with our flag program allows us to do more good in the community. 
Flag Maintenance Mike White 2017-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Members, wives, and friends of the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club presented a fashion show at the October 19 lunch meeting.  Everyone had a great time and the ladies did an outstanding job on the runway. 
Fashion Show 2017 2017-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Area Membership Chair Carol Lester spoke to the Bellaire/SW Houston Club on October 12 about ways to boost membership.  As a member of the West University Club, she has seen their membership drive up to 150+.  We are grateful for her time and suggestions.
Area Membership Chair Carol Lester 2017-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from the Bellaire/SW Houston Club took time at the September 21 meeting to make bags of birthday party supplies to be distributed by the Food Bank.  Each bag had a different theme (Mickey Mouse, Princess, balloons, etc).  We even had an opportunity to express our creative side by decorating the bag.  A good time was had by all and we helped bring a little joy into someone's life.  A special thanks to Judy Harwell for organizing this event.
Rotarians Serving Patrons of the Food Bank 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
On September 9, the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club honored their spouses at Grotto's Ristorante.  Over fifty Rotarians and their spouses enjoyed a delicious meal and fellowship.  All spouses were presented with a gift.  Our spouses make it possible for us to serve and many times serve along side us.  Thank you for your support dedication to making the world a better place.
Spouse Appreciation Dinner at Grotto's 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotarians of Bellaire/SW Houston visited Newman's Castle in Bellville on Saturday, August 19.  We took a bus up to the Castle and enjoyed touring the grounds and spending time together.  Everyone enjoyed a fantastic lunch before heading back to Houston.  Check out the pictures by Steve Magoon to see all the fun.
Rotarians Visit Newman's Castle 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Blood Donation Drive is Canceled 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Holy Toledo, Batman!  Check Out the Pictures from the Bat Boat Tour. 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nan Wagoner on Jul 28, 2017
We are saddened by the loss of former Bellaire/Southwest Rotarian, Dr. John Wright Freeman, who passed away in late July 2017.  He was a true Renaissance Man - a rocket scientist who won NASA's Medal for Scientific Achievement for his work on the Apollo missions, a physics and astronomy professor, author, triathlon athlete, designer/installer of solar water purification programs in Haiti, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and the first head of the Masters of Liberal Studies program at Rice. He was born July 12, 1935 in Chicago and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis, daughter Laurie and husband Mark Hindman, son David and fiancée Michelle Bagwell, grandchildren Ryan, Alicia, Andrea and husband Thomas Johnson, and sister Carolyn Cook. In the obituary published by the Houston Chronicle, he is pictured wearing his Rotary pin. Services were held Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 2 pm at St. Johns Presbyterian Church, 5020 W Bellfort Blvd, Houston TX 77035.


Passing of Dr. John Freeman - Rotarian, Rocket Scientist, Humanitarian Nan Wagoner 2017-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Daniel De Leon, Principal of Sharpstown High School, was the featured speaker for the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club.  Our club salutes his work in educating our youth and making a difference in their lives.  The new building looks beautiful!
Daniel De Leon and retired HISD Principal Judy Harwell share a few stories and laughs.  Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club is highly supportive and committed to education.
Daniel De Leon - Principal of Sharpstown HS - Featured Luncheon Speaker 2017-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
On July 4, the City of Bellaire had their annual parade and festival to celebrate Independence Day.  As usual, the Rotarians from Bellaire/SW Houston had watermelon available.  The club accepted donations to the Polio Plus Foundation from those who visited the booth.  The club will be able to make a donation of about $300 from the efforts of those who helped serve and those who were kind enough to donate.  Even in all of the heat, we were pretty cool!
July 4th Watermelon Giveaway - Polio Plus 2017-07-04 05:00:00Z 0
One of the many causes the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club supports is the Wilburn Scholarship Foundation.  Scholarships were awarded at a ceremony held on May 11 at Prosperity Bank in Bellaire.  Please click below to see more pictures of the event.
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Wilburn Scholarship Ceremony 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Our club had a great time raising funds for all of the projects our foundation supports.  The event was held at the SW Campus of HCC.  The food was delicious and the music added to the atmosphere.  This was a family event and included a magician and face painter who helped entertain the children.  Ticket sales, the wine raffle, and silent auction all went to help fund all of the wonderful ways in which Rotary serves our world and our local community.  Thank you to all who came out and had a great time.  Click on below to see more pictures. Pictures are courtesy of Steve Magoon.
Spring Fundrasier 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Our newest members at the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club, Adam Heghinian, Carlos Iglesias, and Kelly Cook, were given a wonderful orientation on Wednesday, March 29 at the home of Neil and Traci Silverman.  
New Member Orientation/Party 2017-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Please join us to welcome our newest Club members on
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To Rotary Club of Bellaire/Southwest Houston’s
Bring your favorite dish and join us for a meet and greet with
our new members and their families.
The theme for the dishes you bring is “Your History”.
Our Guests of Honor are:
Carlos Iglesias
Adam Heghinian
Kelly Cook
The party is being held at the home of and through the generosity of
Neil and Traci Silverman
5312 Pocahontas, Bellaire, TX  77401
RSVP with the dish you are bringing to Kathleen Wiesenthal,
New Member Orientation 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Longtime Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotarian, Patrick Lesley was honored with the Cliff Dochterman Award by the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians on November 17 at the club's luncheon meeting.  The award is named after past Rotary International President and Eagle Scout Cliff Dochterman.
Patrick Lesley Honored for Service 2016-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
The Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club was privileged to have Debbie Elder present her positive approach to educating our youth at our November 10 meeting.  There were several guests in the audience.  Additionally, the foundation was excited to present a check to Cherish the Children.  Thanks to Steve Magoon for the pictures.
 Debbie Elder Presentation 2016-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
We had a fantastic time at Andy Pollard's house for a Halloween party.  If you had any questions about whether Rotarians could have a good time, this night should have answered that question with a resounding yes.  There were appearances by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, a 1920s gangster and his flapper girlfriend, Medusa, and Raggedy Ann and Andy.  Donations were accepted for End Polio Now which resulted in $1000 being raised in one evening.  Thank you to the Pollards for opening up your home to us and helping us End Polio Now.
Halloween Party 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Seniors at Com for Care Nursing Home were given a new TV for their recreation room by the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club.  Judy Harwell, Don Beckner, Surpris Cherazard, and Steve Magoon delivered the flatscreen TV on October 20.  Rotarians always seek to serve.  This is a small gift that will hopefully benefit the seniors this facility serves for a long time. Pictures courtesy of Steve Magoon.
TV Given to Seniors at Com for Care 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
The New Member Orientation was a great success this quarter!  We were hosted at the home of our generous member Craig Wooten and his wife, Gayle.  The Orientation met in honor of our newest member Neil Silverman and his wife, Traci Silverman.  The theme was “What Makes You Think of Home” for our potluck dinner.  If you haven’t already spent some time getting to know Traci and Neil, you must definitely do that very soon.
New Member Orientation 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from the Bellaire/SW Houston Club visited Comfort Care Nursing Home to celebrate Grandparents Day on September 10.  Everyone enjoyed spending time with the residents and giving back to a generation that has given our country so much. 
Grandparents Day at Comfort Care 2016-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Bob Ellis is looking great.  He's pictured here hanging out with Rotarians from other clubs.  It's good to see Bob out and about.  When you see Bob give him a pat on the back and let him know how much you appreciate him.
Bob Ellis 2016-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Southwest Houston was privileged to hear Denton Ragland, Executive Director of Evelyn's Park speak at the September 8 luncheon. The vision for the park continues to become a reality. Denton was enthusiastic about the progress that is being made, but even more excited about what is to come.
Denton Ragland of Evelyn's Park 2016-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you for participating in our new photo for our club with District Governor Eric Liu.  Thanks to Steve Magoon for the photo.
Official Club Photo Mike White 2016-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Eric Liu and his wife Sandra visited the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club on August 4.  After sharing his goals for District 5890, he and Sandra took a group photo with the club.
District Governor Eric Liu Visi Mike White 2016-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nan Wagoner
We awarded more than $26,000 in grants during Rotary Year 2015-16 and also sponsored Grandparents Day festivities at our adopted nursing home, ComForCare. We gave $7000 in college scholarships to the Asian Chamber of Commerce ($3000) and to the Willbern Heritage Scholarship Foundation ($4000).
Nearly $4000 of our grant money went to water projects in Columbia and Haiti, partly in partnership with other Rotary Clubs and Living Waters for the World.  And Morning Glory Ranch will have a more bearable summer of equine therapy thanks to our $3000 donation for a much needed arena-fan. Ten deserving students from Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School received a special “Shop-With-A-Cop” adventure as our Christmas SHARE project ($2800), and we also donated $1000 to the Bellaire Little League.
Where Does Our Time and Money Go? Nan Wagoner 2016-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nan Wagoner
Bellaire Rotarians awarded three scholarships to outstanding college-bound students during the annual Asian Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.  The Rotary honorees, Van Thai, Sharon Zhou, and Rachel Cao, each received a $1000 scholarship and are pictured with the other winners (right). Scholarships are an important part of Rotary's literacy focus and both reward and encourage academic excellence in the leaders of tomorrow. Congratulations to our winners!
Bellaire Rotarians Award Scholarships Nan Wagoner 2016-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Butterfly Release For A Polio-Free World ~ Jun 25 Nan Wagoner 2016-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nan Wagoner
Congratulations to former BSWH Rotary President Ed Seale and Regina Seale on having both their children graduate this May!  Gwendolyn took her J.D. from the Dedman School of Law at SMU, and J.P. finished his B.A. at Austin College. We send best wishes to the whole family on this fine accomplishment.
Graduation Double-Header for the Seale Family Nan Wagoner 2016-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Bellaire/SW Rotarians presented an award of $1800 to the Nature Discovery Center ("NCD") for the purchase of 23 top quality binoculars. To be used not only in the NDC children's programs but also in adult nature walks and birding in Ross Pittman Park, the Vortex Raptor binoculars will particularly enhance NDC's full schedule of Spring and Summer programs.  Executive Director Henry Owen NDC is pictured accepting the check a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to Organization that ignites lifelong curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature through education.
Club Grant Will Help Bellaire SEE Nature Nan Wagoner 2016-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Welcoming 2 New Members Nan Wagoner 2016-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International’s 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
Council grants clubs greater flexibility in meeting, membership 2016-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
We remember past president Ed Burdzinski bringing her to Rotary as our "youngest Rotarian" shortly after her birth - - and Anastasia has been stepping up her game ever since.  She was recently chosen to spend the day as "Principal of the Day" at her school.  Looks like she had her tiny charges well in hand!


Family of Rotary: Anastasia Burdzinski Nan Wagoner 2016-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
BSWH Rotarians bought a hog and a lamb at the 56th Annual Bellaire FFA Livestock Show and donated the animals back to the FFA program as part of the club’s support for local youth and community education. For more than a decade, Bellaire Rotary has backed the Bellaire FFA chapter, which teaches students life lessons of respect and responsibility, hard work and determination, as well as success and failure. Rotarian Judy Harwell is pictured with chapter president Devon Bowman (right), who raised the lamb, and Jordon Brown (left), who raised the hog.
Bellaire/SW Rotary Support for Bellaire FFA Nan Wagoner 2016-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Bellaire Rotarian Trish Wise.  Click the newsclip to enlarge and read her obituary. Trish belonged to our club during the time she headed the Greater SW Houston Chamber of Commerce, after which she became a school teacher. Under her leadership, the GSWHCC was a regular contributor and sponsor of Rotary events. Trish was a good friend to all who knew her, and our sympathies go our to her family.
Passing of Former Bellaire Rotarian Trish Wise Nan Wagoner 2016-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nan Wagoner
Year in, year out, the suffering people of Haiti are blessed by the devotion of a remarkable Bellaire Rotarian - Surpris Cherazard - who works tirelessly to improve their situation. Surpris has just returned from a successful April visit to the island, concluding the latest water purification project at ASEBED hospital Morne-Rouge in Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Rotary partnered with John Hovas and Living Waters of the World Houston to bring the gift of clean water to the people. We join Surpris on his latest trip through the photos below. Clean water is one of Rotary's six areas of worldwide focus.

BEING THERE ~ Water for Haiti Nan Wagoner 2016-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Our annual fundraiser provides funding for the club's projects during the coming year, and this year's festivities included dancing to "MID-LIFE CRISES & THE HOT FLASHES," door prizes, Hawaiian shirt contest (won by Hans Huwyler), and special fun for the younger set with face painting, hula contest, and balloon animals. Helena Sheena won the fabulous wine raffle, Carmen Cuneo won the big screen TV, and Mark Frnka won the ipad. Thanks to all who helped make it fun! We enjoyed visits from DG Nick Giannone and Fabiola Giannone, DGE Eric Liu and Sandi Liu, PDGs Lisa Massey and Bob Gebhard, and DGN Carmen Cuneo. 
SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL FUNDRAISER Nan Wagoner 2016-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Membership Chair, Kathleen Wiesenthal, for hosting a membership orientation social in her home and providing members and prospective members with a glimpse into what Rotary is all about. There was a tasty dinner, and all reports are that it was enjoyed by all!
Membership Orientation Social - Wednesday, May 11 Nan Wagoner 2016-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Our 2016-17 Ambassadorial/Global Scholar, Jan Dudek, who was selected to represent Rotary District 5890 for the 2016-17 grant, updated the Bellaire club on his plans for his upcoming two year course of study in Madrid. He will attend CEMFI (Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros) a/k/a the Center for Financial and Monetary Studies, which was established by the Central Bank of Spain in 1987 to train scholars. CEMFI is a small, elite program, with 17 professors and about 60 students (45 at the master's level and the rest PhD candidates).
BSWH-sponsored Global/Ambassadorial Scholar Update Nan Wagoner 2016-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Our exchange student from 2008-2009, Patty Chou from Taiwan, visited past president Bernie Satterwhite and Pat at their beautiful new home in Flatonio during her two-week U.S. stay for her cousin's wedding in Dallas. During her exchange year, Patty was hosted by Mike and Marie Livingston (as well as Bernie and Pat) and returned home to earn a degree in journalism. She now does marketing and PR for a medical clinic and also part-time reporting for a Taipei news station. She is pictured with both her Rotary families during her visit (L, with Satterwhites; R, with Livingstons).
Visit from Exchange Student Patty Chou Nan Wagoner 2016-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2016
Rotarians and families with specific needs arising from the widespread flooding may contact Wayne Beaumier (281-923-4085 / / Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks) for disaster aid assistance.
Area Flooding Assistance Nan Wagoner 2016-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotarians In the News ~ Nan Wagoner 2016-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
BSWH Rotarians in the News Nan Wagoner 2016-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
We are proud of PDG Deepa Willingham, spouse of the University Area Rotary Club's Dick Willingham, for presenting "Education of the Girl Child" at the World Bank in New York City as part of the 2016 Celebration of International Women's Day.  Deepa founded PACE Universal, which is dedicated to educating girls and women in extreme poverty.  
International Women's Day and Deepa Willingham Nan Wagoner 2016-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our District 5890 Global Scholar Anja Nikolova on launching a groundbreaking "Tandem Language Cafe" at Yale. The new program fosters intercultural communication and understanding on campus through enhanced foreign language acquisition. Open to all members of the Yale community (students, faculty and staff), it pairs participants to meet weekly for eight weeks and practice the language they seek to improve in exchange for their native language, spending half the time speaking in each language and guiding their conversations with suggested activities from the Tandem Handbook. Participants may attend either group or independent meetings and also receive guidance from the volunteer Tandem facilitators. Nikolova hails from Macedonia and has wasted no time spreading peace and goodwill as a Rotary Global Scholar.
District 5890 Global Scholar Launches New Program at Yale 2016-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Our club extends deep sympathy to past president Bernie Satterwhite and his family on the passing of Bernie's father, Bernard Mason Satterwhite at the age of 94 on Monday, Dec 7, 2015. If you are interested in making a memorial donation, checks may be directed to the Flatonia Rotary Club, P. O. Box 1072, Flatonia, TX 78941, attention, Judy Pate, or to the Boonesboro Cemetery Association, in care of Boonesboro Christian Church. Mr. Satterwhite is survived by children Martha Ann Kivett, Stuart M. (Barbara) Satterwhite, Nancy (Owen) Yates, Pamela Kessel, and Bernard M. (Patricia) Satterwhite, Jr.; grandchildren Laurie Carnohan, Alissa (Jeff) Faircloth, Brian (Maria) Satterwhite, Cari Satterwhite, Amanda (Brian) Cooper, Gary M. (Cynthia) Kivett, Robert A. Stephens, Bridget Stephens, and Patrick Stephens; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grand-children.
Sympathy to the Satterwhite Family Nan Wagoner 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotarians are sponsoring a special Christmas "Shop with a Cop" shopping trip at Target in Meyerland Plaza for 20 deserving students and their families from Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School. A uniformed Bellaire police officer will volunteer time to accompany each student as they spend $50 donated by our club on gifts for the student's family, after which each student will  receive, as a surprise, an additional $50 to spend on themselves. The two-day project is scheduled for Monday, December 14, at 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, December 16, at 2:30 p.m. The December excursion provides a learning-experience, as well as a fun-filled day, for children in need because the students learn budgeting as they figure out how to allocate the Christmas funds among their various family members.  Bellaire Rotarians will wrap all the packages before the youths take them home, and Bellaire Police Chief and Rotarian Byron Holloway will be on hand, along with Rodriguez Elementary Principal Elena Martinez-Buley (Pictured at left: photo credit Village News/Southwest News), to visit with parents while the children shop. This is the second year local Rotarians have partnered with the police to sponsor this program, and the number of students participating has doubled.
SHOP WITH A COP CHRISTMAS PROJECT Nan Wagoner 2015-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotarian Trung Doan Speaks about Houston's Top Architecture Firm 2015-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Get ready to ride to End Polio Now - District 5890 hopes to raise at least $5,000 with a District Motorcycle Ride to End Polio. When?  Saturday November 21 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. The motorcycle ride begins at 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shop at Hwy 288 and the Beltway, and will end with lunch at 12:30 pm at George Bush Park (off Westheimer), plus presentation of the funds raised to End Polio Now.
MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO END POLIO NOV 21  Nan Wagoner 2015-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Sincere condolences go out from our club to Ray and Mary Burgert and their family on the recent loss of Mary's mother, Fern Neumann, at the age of 99 years.  Mrs. Neumann lived a full life and will be missed by Ray and Mary and their children, Meredith and Jeff, as well as her other daughters, Brenda Eaton, Meg Roller, and Ann Randazzo.  Her obituary follows.
Condolences to the Burgert Family 2015-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween from Bellaire/SW Houston Rotarians!  Pictured are Ed Burdzindki's three children, Amy, Anastasia, and James Andrew enjoying a pumpkin festival, and at right, Ray Burgert's granddaughter, Auden, is ready to go in her witch costume.  According to the History Channel, Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
Happy Halloween from Bellaire/SW Rotary Nan Wagoner 2015-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary has a long-standing commitment to helping give clean water for the world.  Water-activist Don Beckner recently joined former members of our club, Nolan and Pilar Fry, at the Living Water School in in Oxford, MS.  Don (center) is pictured at left with Nolan and Pilar, as well as some of the other attendees.
And what is Rotary without new members? Our Membership Chair Kathleen Wiesenthal represented us at the Rotary Young Professionals Social held at GiAu Bar & Bites.  Kat is shown at right with Young Professionals Chair Rosemary Lengefeld of Heights Rotary and with Rotary Community Corps Chair, Sandi Liu, at the event.
BSWH Rotarians Out-And-About ~ 2015-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Episcopal High School INTERACT CLUB hosted a HAUNTED HOUSE to support PolioPlus. 
All admission fees were donated to the signature Rotary program and will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  EHS InterActors are pictured promoting the event during our Rotary Luncheon (right)  with InterAct sponsor Tom Wright (standing, left).  Also shown at left are Judy Harwell and other luncheon guests / in background, L to R: BSWH Rotarians Mark Dickens, Norm Neskar, Mike White, Ole Donaho, Ed Seale, and David Fox.


An inspirational District Foundation Seminar was well attended October 17, at HCC West Loop Campus.  The timing immediately preceded this year's WORLD POLIO WEEK and offered solid information about how our District is, and can, contribute to eradication of the dread disease. Photo shows (L to R) DGN Bill Palko, DGE Eric Liu, guest speaker Anja Nikolova, District 5890 Foundation Chair Terry Ziegler, and DG Nick Giannone at the podium. Nikolova is a Rotary Global Scholar partially sponsored by our District and has recently been selected as a delegate to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris November 30 – December 11, 2015.  She hails from the Republic of Macedonia and will be a member of her home country’s delegation to the conference.
District 5890 Foundation Seminar Inspires 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotarians In the NEWS ~ 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
We enjoyed a program on METRO plans from METRO Board Member and former Bellaire Mayor CINDY SIEGEL. She joined the METRO Board of Directors in March 2012 after being appointed by the mayors of the 14 Multi-Cities in the METRO service area and continues to provide accounting and tax services in our community to small businesses and individuals. She is pictured at right holding the book donated in her honor to the YMCA by our club.


CINDY SIEGEL on METRO Nan Wagoner 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
The color PURPLE is significant in Rotary's fight to end polio. 
After a polio immunization is given, the newly vaccinated person gets purple ink applied to his "pinky" finger - - it's called the PURPLE PINKY.  The beautiful PURPLE CROCUS has now been adopted by the End Polio Now campaign to energize and remind everyone of the importance of immunization in defeating this devastating disease. World Polio Week is celebrated in 2015 during the third full week of October, and October 24 designated as World Polio Day during which a livestream theme event was sponsored in NYC by Rotary International.
What does a purple flower have to do with ending polio? Nan Wagoner 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International has announced a change in the traditional Rotary Theme months, beginning with this 2015-16 Rotary year. (August and November remain unchanged, however.) 
The new theme months are as follows:
JULY - No special designation -  Start of new Rotary year
AUGUST - Membership and Extension Month
SEPTEMBER - Basic Education and Literacy Month
OCTOBER - Economic and Community Development Month
NOVEMBER - Rotary Foundation Month
DECEMBER - Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
JANUARY - Vocational Service Month
FEBRUARY - Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
MARCH - Water and Sanitation Month
APRIL - Maternal and Child Health Month
MAY - Youth Service Month
JUNE - Rotary Fellowships Month


New Rotary International Theme Months Announced 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Oct. 23 - Join Livestream Event Nan Wagoner 2015-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $3 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $35Mil/Yr.)  Thanks to our photographer Steve Magoon for shooting Bellaire/SW Houston Rotarians Kathleen Wiesenthal, Mike White, and Judy Harwell making the “this close” sign, showing that THIS CLOSE IS NOT CLOSE ENOUGH - Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication.  There are only two “endemic” countries left – Pakistan and Afghanistan.

'THIS CLOSE' Is Not Close Enough Nan Wagoner 2015-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Newsclips ~ Bellaire Rotarians Out & About 2015-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotary continues to extend helping hands across the water with ongoing programs and partnerships to benefit the suffering people on the island of Haiti. Part of the next shipment of donated goods there includes a significant contribution of clothing by BSWH Rotarian Rick Sims of Sims City Cleaners.  Rick is pictured with Haitian project chair Surpris Cherazard selecting the garments that will be sent for the Haitians during the next trip. We appreciate the unflagging dedication of Surpris to improving lives of the impoverished residents in his homeland who have never recovered from the devastating earthquake.
More Help for Haitians 2015-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Former Rotary District 5890 Ambassadorial Scholar Philip Storey, who was sponsored by Bellaire Rotary, celebrated his October birthday in Bruges, Belgium,  then went on to give a guest lecture to the Retina Society in Paris, France - a signal honor! (Click top L photo to enlarge). He's currently an ophthalmology resident at the University of Southern California, and his Rotary scholarship year was spent in Sydney, Australia. . . . Special guests at Bellaire Rotary included our current Ambassadorial/Global Scholarship candidate, Jan Dudek, who became a US Citizen just two weeks ago – Congratulations to Jan!  Jan is pictured at right with Ambassadorial/Global Scholarship Chair Mike Livingston . . . .  Rosemary Lengefeld from Heights Rotary visited and invited us to attend the coming Rotary Young Professionals social Oct 22 at GiAu Bar & Bites (9889 Bellaire Blvd from 5-8pm) . . . . Jon King from Sharpstown Rotary is just back from Gay Paree and sported a suave van dyke beard when he visited . . . It was great to be visited by our former club member Nolan Fry, who now lives in Columbia, and is working with Don Beckner on coming clean water projects there - Nolan reports that his wife Pilar is extremely active as the president of their Rotary Club there - - remember when they marched in our Bellaire July 4 parade entry a few years ago? . . . . Mild-mannered-dentist-Mark Dickens has a secret adventure life away from Rotary as a hot air balloonist, marathoner, and intrepid deep sea fisherman - He’s currently vacationing in Massachusetts & posted on FB a pix of a monster tuna weighing 288 pounds - we need him to come back home soon and give us a News of the Day update . . . . Keith Cox and Patrick Leslie announced they will be speaking at upcoming District events . . . Recommended movies now playing? Nan Wagoner recommends ‘The Martianand Steve Magoon recommends The Intern’. . . . PDG Chris Schneider has made available the 2016 RYLA application form - these must be received no later than November 13 for the student to be eligible to attend our Camp RYLA this coming Feb 5-6 - Click to Download RYLA Application NOW . . . And that's a wrap - see you at Rotary!
Family of Rotary Buzz . . . 2015-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotarians uplifted the spirits of elderly shut-ins with a party for nursing home residents at the Com For Care extended care facility in Bellaire.  The event kicked off "Project GENERATIONS," which decreases elder-isolation through personal visits, cards, flower deliveries, and small gifts throughout the year. Senior residents enjoyed cupcakes, ice cream, punch, music, goody bags, conversation, and the opportunity to interact with Rotary members and their pets. This year's gifts included colorful neck pillows, socks, stationery supplies, and treats.
Generations Project 2015 2015-10-11 05:00:00Z 0


Bellaire Rotarians joined other volunteer readers at Rodriguez Elementary School in the Read Across the Globe Project held Oct. 19. The literacy event was part of the HISD Literacy department and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation / Volunteer Houston Points of Light Project to attempt to establish a new world record for reading to the most children within a 24-hour period. Breaking the record required, in part, that children (in groups of no more than 35) be read to for at least 30 minutes.
Read-Across-The-Globe Project - Awaiting Results 2015-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Save the date for the 2016 District 5890 Conference! Galveston Island has SUN, FUN and sea galore, but that’s just for starters.  Escape with your fellow Rotarians to the perfect year-round destination, a great resort, and an outstanding ROTARY District 5890 Conference at The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, April 28-30, in Galveston.  A Thursday night welcome barbecue at the San Luis, Friday and Saturday’s breakfasts, Friday’s lunch, and the Governor’s Banquet are all included in the very reasonable registration fee – register now by clicking the Registration Form link.  Click for Hotel Block Registration Form.
Sun, Fun, & Rotary at Beautiful Galvez ~ District Conference 2016 2015-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Newsclips ~ Bellaire Rotarians Out & About 2015-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotarians had a terrific time bowling together at Palace Lanes, as the photos show.  We even had our own Palace Lanes Royalty! Amy Burdzinski won the “under 4 feet tall” trophy, and Westbury Christian Head of School Mike White won the “over 4 feet tall” trophy. Photos, L to R: Max Esses, Norm Neskar, Brent Borgstedte, Jennifer White, Don Beckner, Andy Pollard, Sonja Kristiansen, Linda Beckner, Mike White, Judy Harwell; Trophy winners Mike and Amy; Amy with Kathleen Wiesenthal; Max Esses, Rick Sims, Norm, Brent, Brent's son, Jennifer; Amy and Mike working the lanes; Norm's son and Brent's son getting ready; Norm's son walking away satisfied with his performance.



And 5th . . . Is it Fun?September Social Was Right Up Our Alley Nan Wagoner 2015-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Treasurer Carmen Cuneo presented a special program on Rotary in Russia at a recent lunch meeting.  Click for VIDEO of ROTARY PARK OPENING IN RUSSIA. Carmen spend three weeks on a Rotary Friendship Exchange, traveling to 6 Russian cities. She started with the 70th anniversary of the end of the “Great Patriotic War” in Sevastopol and ended with the Rotary Joint District Conference in St. Petersburg which celebrated 25 years of Rotary in Russia.
Rotary Celebrates 25 Years in Russia Nan Wagoner 2015-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Pay Online With Your Credit Card Nan Wagoner 2015-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Lisa Falkenberg gave Bellaire Rotarians a well received presentation on the ins and outs of today's journalism, noting in particular concerns that are raised by emerging technologies in connection with the traditional role of the American press as a watchdog on government.  She attributed being the Houston Chronicle's first winner of the Pulitzer Prize as relating to the Chronicle's historical non-focus on competition rather than a lack of writing talent there. Lisa, who also was honored as the Texas AP Writer of the Year, grew up in Seguin, Texas, and joined the Houston Chronicle in 2005 - - first in the Austin bureau, then moving to Houston in 2007 to write the column. She currently serves as the Chronicle’s metro columnist, writing Wednesdays and Fridays on provocative topics ranging from politics to education to the death penalty. She is pictured with President Norm Neskar autographing the book that Rotarians will donate in her honor to the YMCA.
Pulitzer-Prize Winner Advocates Watchdog Role for Press Nan Wagoner 2015-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
We have sent a fine Rotary Youth Ambassador to Brazil this year - - Rose Arechiga. According to her first month's report back home, Rose was initially somewhat overwhelmed by the language, but now loves her small school and host family there. She writes, "The landscape of the country was already so different than what I was used to. It was absolutely breathtaking and I loved it. With a sudden change of plans for my flight and an eight hour delay, I had finally arrived in Sao Jose Do Rio Preto. I had the biggest and brightest smiles awaiting my arrival." As to her school, she says, "School was nothing like I thought it was going to be. I loved it and had no reason to be worried about it at all. The kids and faculty are beyond amazing and helpful, and I love it! The kids have kept me very busy during the week and on weekends always inviting me to try new things and do fun stuff."  She concludes her report with, "As an exchange student you learn how to smile, laugh, shake your head, and take everything in one moment at a time. I have fallen in love with Brazil, the people, the food, and everything it has had to offer me so far."  Click to read her FULL REPORT.
First Month Report from Exchange Student to Brazil Nan Wagoner 2015-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

  “Rotary is not an organization for retrospection. It is rather one whose worth and purpose lie in future activity rather than past performance.” - Paul Harris.  Numerous members attended the four-hour VISIONING workshop for our club that was facilitated by PDG Bob Gebhard. After a group meal, we learned various ways to serve others better through Rotary.

Successful VISIONING Workshop 2015-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Bellaire Rotarians in the News ~ 2015-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Do you know a college senior or post-grad student ready for the opportunity of a lifetime?  Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary seeks college seniors and post-grad applicants to sponsor as applicants for $30,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship/Global Grant Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Bellaire Rotary must receive applications by October 1st and will submit club-finalist application(s) to the Rotary District 5890 Scholarship Committee on October 23rd.  District finalists must attend mandatory interviews in Houston on November 21, 2014. In recent years, Bellaire Rotary has sponsored four finalists who received Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships to study in Austria, Australia, London, and Uruguay. Click here for General Information about the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.  Click here to download the 2016-2017 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Application.
Meet 2015-16 District 5890 Governor Dr. Nick Giannone & 1st Lady Fabiola Giannone 2015-06-10 22:28:24Z 0
ImageRotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran announced "Be a Gift to the World" as the official Rotary International theme for the 2015-16 Rotary Year: "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. "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." Highlighting Rotary's biggest challenge, the eradication of polio, Ravindran said, "A future without polio is a gift that we have promised to the children of the world. And indeed it is a gift that we will give."
Be a Gift to the World Is 2015-16 Rotary International Theme 2015-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

2015-16 Slate of Board Directors and Officers for Bellaire/SW Rotary:

President & Director - Norman Neskar;
President Elect/Foundation Director - Andy Pollard;
Vice President & Director Brent Borgstedte;
Secretary & Director - Mary Welch;
Treasurer & Director Don Beckner;
Past President & Director Julian Fisher-Hanks;
Sgt at Arms & Director - David Montague;
PR/Communications/Media Director Nan Wagoner;
Grants Director- Trung Doan;
Membership Director - Kathleen Wiesenthal;
Flags Director - Ray Burgert;
Club Administration Director- Ralph Rieger;
Service Projects Director - Judy Harwell;
Vocational Director Ed Burdzinski;
Youth Director- Ole Donaho;
Social Director- Shawn Nichol;
Programs Director- Richard Cole;
Director at Large - Craig Wooten;
Director at Large - Byron Holloway;
Club Announcer& Director - Mark Dickens.

2015-16 Slate of Board Directors and Officers for Bellaire/SW Rotary 2015-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2015

Who doesn’t love a farmers market?  — the produce, the cheese, the prepared foods, the fresh air! More than a half-dozen markets occur every week in various spots around Houston, and now is the time to turn over a new leaf and check these out for yourself – take a Rotary friend with you.

Urban Harvest Farmers Market at HCC Southwest

West Loop Campus

  • 5601 West Loop South Freeway (HCC West Loop S parking lot), Houston, TX 77081
  • Friday afternoons 3-7pm
  • Features vendors from Eastside, Highland Village & City Hall markets, plus ‘street food’ vendors, food trucks, and prepared foods
  • Visit Website


Houston Farmers Market at Rice Village

  • 2100 University Blvd., Houston TX 77005. In Christ the King church parking lot and within walking distance to many places in Rice Village.
  • Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Features seasonal produce, micro greens/ herbs from Gundermann and other area farms, bread from Kraftsmen Bakery, chocolates, preserves, hot pepper jellies, handmade soaps, flowers.


Urban Harvest Farmers Market

  • 3000 Richmond, Houston, TX 77098. Phone: 713-880-5540
  • Saturdays from 8am to noon and Sundays from noon to 4pm
  • Features local fruits, vegetables, coffee, meats, honey, Hatterman Poultry Farm eggs, Pola Cheese and the Grateful Bread (slab bacon, vanilla extract and more). Weekly events range from live music to culinary demonstrations using local products
  • Visit Website


Farmers Market at Imperial

  • 198 Kempner St, Sugar Land, TX, Highway 90 at Brooks Street (13 mi from Bellaire)
  • Saturdays from 9am to 1pm
  • Often features entertainment & food demos as well as vendors


Time to Enjoy Fresh Local Farmers’ Markets 2015-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2015
A Rotary Youth Exchange host family is a vital part of the cultural exchange that immerses the student in a variety of activities and provides a tremendous experience for the host family as well! Click for an ONLINE GUIDE to getting the most from a being a Rotary Youth Exchange host family.
To makeup a missed meeting, have breakfast any Wednesday with the EARLY BIRD COMMITTEE at La Madeleine. Every BSWH Rotarian is a member of the Early Bird Committee (tasked with 'brainstorming' how we can grow our club's ability to share Rotary).

Bring your Rotary questions, club-improvement ideas, and enthusiasm with you. It's a great time to discuss Rotary projects, experiences, plans, and prospective members. Our sunny side up breakfast gathering begins around 7:15 a.m. and usually ends around 8:45 a.m. (don't let a tight schedule stop you from coming). The price of your meal is the only cost to you - - and La Madeleine offers every imaginable type of breakfast fare, from traditional to exotic. You'll love the food and fellowship.

A bientot!

Wednesday Breakfast Makeups at LaMadeleine 2015-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2015

For Full Information, Click 2015-2016 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Application

District 5890 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships will be used to fund one year of post-baccalaureate study at a recognized university in a non-U.S. country in a study discipline that supports the Object of Rotary and the Mission of The Rotary Foundation (see 


Applicants’ planned studies must:

      Lead to sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of the following six Areas of Focus:

            (a)       Peace and conflict prevention/resolution;

            (b)       Disease prevention and treatment;

            (c)       Water and sanitation;

            (d)       Maternal and child health;

            (e)       Basic education and literacy; and/or

            (f)        Economic and community development


Applicants must submit this application and all supplementary sheets completed in full to a Rotary club in District 5890.  All Required Documents (see page 5) must reach the District Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships Chair no later than October 10, 2014.  Applicants are not to forward this application to The Rotary Foundation or to Rotary International.


Interviews will be held only on November 8, 2014; if an applicant is unable to be interviewed in person that day, due to scheduling conflicts, he/she will not be eligible for consideration for a scholarship.

2015-16 District 5890 Ambassadorial Scholarships Application 2015-03-01 16:43:47Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2015
Jan 20, 2015

An International Service Project, started in 2000 and supported by Houston Area Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and Interact Clubs, is proud to announce the shipment of our 205th 40’ shipping container of books (for a total of over 6-3/4 million pounds), as well as several containers of bicycles & bicycle parts to Rotarian led literacy projects in Africa and countries around the world. Would you & your club like to help with the shipment of the next container?


Rotary Books For The WorldPlease bring a group of your club members, Interactors, Rotaractors, friends and family members to help sort and palletize books on the following dates:


Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 10:00 AM – Noon

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 10:00 AM – Noon

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 10:00 AM – Noon

Saturday,May 16, 2015 10:00 AM – Noon

Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Saturday, Aug 15, 20159:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Saturday, Sep 12, 20159:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Saturday,Oct 17, 201510:00 AM – Noon

Saturday,Nov 14, 201510:00 AM – Noon

Saturday,Dec 12, 201510:00 AM – Noon



This is a non- air-conditioned/non-heated warehouse. Please dress appropriately - AND please wear closed-toe shoes.


Yes, you are welcome to bring used books (of any type as long as they are in good condition)to donate to this project.


116 Main St. Pasadena, TX

Park on Eagle St. or under Hwy 225

Be careful crossing the street and do not leave valuables in your car


Questions?Terry Ziegler - or 713-825-1176.


We always need more funding to purchase containers and to pay for shipping. Please consider asking your club to donate to this great project at the project. See more of the project on the website


2015 Bookleggers Sorting Schedule 2015-03-01 16:08:29Z 0
Posted by Select Member on Feb 28, 2015

Click >> 2015-16 Global Grants Scholar Package for complete information

District 5890 will sponsor Global Grant Scholars for the 2015-16 Rotary year. The grants are required to qualify under one of the six Areas of Focus established by The Rotary Foundation. Although it is not required in the Global Grant structure, the District Foundation Leadership Team has decided to retain the ambassadorial nature of the scholarship program in District 5890. More information regarding the requirements is contained in the Ambassadorial Scholarship Application form. We are aware that there will be many questions from clubs as we continue to convert programs to the Global Grant guidelines. Please find attached helpful information regarding how we in District 5890 will move forward with selecting scholars this year. Clubs that want to sponsor a Global Grant Scholar must be qualified under the grant management guidelines, and have signed the Memorandum of Understanding, before they can do so. If a club’s candidate is endorsed by the District 5890 Scholarships Committee, it is the responsibility of the sponsoring club and the endorsed candidate to jointly apply for a Global Grant Scholarship on The Rotary Foundation web site, and to comply with the procedures and regulations of The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation will ultimately determine the final approval or disapproval of the Global Grant Scholarship Application.

As always, please contact me with questions and I will make every effort to maintain our District 5890 website scholarship pages. Yours in Rotary Service, Bill Barmore District 5890 Scholarships Chair

General Qualifications


·      The academic program must be located in a foreign country.

·      Applicant must complete a District 5890 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Application (attached).

·      The scholar must have selected the university that he/she wants to attend.

·      The scholar must be studying within one of the six Areas of Focus established by Rotary International (see attached list).

·      The academic program must be no less than one academic year.

·      The program must be a graduate level program only.

·      The scholar must begin his/her academic program during the 2015-16 Rotary year.

·      The applicant must complete all required reports during and after his/her scholarship time.



2015-16 Global Grants Scholar Package Select Member 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Image District 5890 honored Rotary Youth Exchange families February 15 with an appreciation dinner hosted by Humble Intercontinental Rotary. Rotary's RYE program engages future leaders and their families  in understanding other cultures on a very personal level and promotes world peace on a long-term basis. Photos show DG Lisa Massey welcoming the colorful group and PDG Bob Gebhard thanking participants for the important outreach that this wonderful program provides worldwide.


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ImageAt its February meeting, the Bellaire/SW Rotary Board voted to donate $500 to support the 2015 InterAct District 5890 Conference, an annual District event which will take place this year on March 28th. Our Club also will contribute a $30 gift card as a door prize. This year's conference will be held at Channelview High School, 1100 Sheldon Road (Houston TX 77530), and will not include an overnight lock-in.. (Photo depicts PDG Bob Gebhard with InterActors showing the "this much" sign for how close we are to eliminating polio.)

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ImageBellaire Rotary is helping fund training and treatment of cervical cancer in rural Guatemala in cooperation with the Faith in Practice  Women's Health Project. Local practitioners are trained in the Johns Hopkins VIA/Cryotherapy method to screen with acetic acid (VIA), then freeze and kill pre-cancerous cells discovered, all in a single patient-visit. Faith in Practice sends medical volunteers to provide the training, screenings, and cryotherapy, and has certified more than 200 doctors, nurses, and educators in the VIA/Cryo program. Cervical cancer reportedly is the number one killer of women in Guatemala, with eight women dying there for every one that dies in the U.S. from the disease. Women in impoverished rural areas are particularly vulnerable. Faith in Practice has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the past decade and ranks in the top 1% of all charities rated for fiscal responsibility and efficiency.

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ImageBellaire Rotary is donating $2500 to equip 55 needy children in the Houston area with school supplies and clothing for the next school year.  The grant to the Christian Community Service Center ("CCSC") will provide the supplies and clothing before school starts to ensure that children have the tools and resources to start school better prepared for academic success. (Photo shows CCSC volunteers distributing school supplies.) CCSC volunteers will staff and promote distribution points in the late-summer to get the supplies into the hands of those in need. The CCSC, a community-based non-profit, serves the inner-city poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic or cultural differences.  It also offers emergency assistance for needy families, job training, and school vision screening.

BSWH Rotary Helps With School Supplies for Needy Children 0

ImageBellaire Rotary sponsored a February character-development program for Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary students featuring the famous Harlan Ambassadors during their Texas tour. The program, which emphasized the importance of staying in school, remaining drug-free, and avoiding bullying, was a great hit with the grades 3-5 crowd of students. The Ambassadors are college-educated, drug-free hoopsters who travel worldwide promoting positive values for youths.  Photo (upper Left) shows BSWH Rotarians Judy Harwell, Mike White, and Vicki Wang with the Ambassadors and principal Elena Martinez-Buley. Read on for sample answers to chlldren's questions from Ambassadors Coach Lady Majic.

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ImageJanuary is Rotary Awareness Month - a time when we make a special effort to tell others about what Rotary does and all the wonderful people in our Rotary family - the extended family that starts with the family of every Bellaire Rotarian and widens to include all whose lives are touched and improved by this great organization.


Congrats to Scooby Wright, winner of the 45th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented December 10 at the Bayou Music Center.  ImageDG Lisa and other District 5890 Executives attended, as did Elda Loesch of BSWH Rotary. The program booklet featured a full-page aImaged highlighting the clubs of Rotary District 5890. The finalists for the this year’s award were: Vic Beasley (Clemson); Joey Bosa (Ohio State); Hau’oli Kikaha (Washington); and Scooby Wright III (Arizona).

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ImageI am a Rotarian because I was asked to be a Rotarian by a friend. When I started my Dental practice I knew it was important to become well known in the community. I found that my church would almost immediately allow me to get involved. As I made friends at church, one of my new friends, who was an active business person in the community, invited me to a Rotary Club meeting. I thought this might be a good opportunity for me to meet other business persons in the community. When I attend this meeting I said "Wow!" this is where the business leaders of this community get together. In short order I was proposed for membership, approved and inducted. 

Why I Am a Rotarian, by Past District Governor Dr. Bob Ellis 0

ImageThanks to all who participated in our summer Blood Drive, chaired by ImageNorm Neskar. It was our second project of the new Rotary year that began July 1. Pictured at right are President Julian Fisher with Norm at our Rotary welcome booth, and at left are Julian and Norm with Blood Center personnel outside the donor-mobile. Bellaire Rotarians Craig Wooten and Mel Kalmans are shown in the bottom row giving the gift of life. We appreciate Tradition Bank Bellaire providing the venue.


Successful Summer Blood Drive: 2nd Bellaire Rotary Project of the 2014-15 Rotary Year 0

ImageDistrict 5890 Polio Plus Chair Wayne Staton presented Bellaire Rotarians with an inspiring program on the importance of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio and shared his compelling personal saga of what it is like to live life as a  polio survivor.  In a related story, Bill Gates congratulated Rotary International members around the world in a VIDEO for their tireless fight to end polio in Southeast Asia, saying, "Thanks to these efforts, Rotary is helping make global polio eradication a reality."  Staton is shown with President Trung Doan autographing the children's book to be donated to the YMCA in his honor by the club; and at right displaying the leg brace he still wears from his bout with polio.

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ImageBellaire Rotary has awarded a $2500 grant to the Christian Community Service Center, whose non-profit services to the Houston community include two emergency food pantries, vocational training programs, job search programs, and providing school supplies, Christmas food/gifts, and vision care for the needy. Executive Director Michelle Shonbeck sends her thanks and invites all Bellaire Rotarians who would like to tour CCSS facilities and/or learn more about the programs to contact her at 713-961-3993 The Rotary grant is unrestricted and funds will be used wherever the CCSC services need is greatest. .
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ImageFour Bellaire Rotarians attended the District 5890 Leadership Conference at HCC West Loop Campus. Pictured clockwise from left: Incoming District Governor Lisa Matthews with District Public Image Chair Nan Wagoner; AGs Nick Giannone and Ralph Rieger; AG Patrick Lesley; District Interact Chair Tommie Buscemi with District Youth Exchange Chair Judy Harwell and District Vocational Co-chair Ann Wright. The 2015 District Conference will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, with a Mardi Gras theme, and Michelle Bohreer is serving as the 2015 Conference Chair. The group attended break-out sessions on upcoming District programs and plans for the year ahead.
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ImagePast Rotary District 5890 Governor Bob Ellis was honored by BSWH Rotarians for his 50 years of Rotary service with a celebratory dinner at BraeBurn Country Club. PDG Bob led our District during RY 1992-1993 (known as ' The year of the Red Coats'). During his gubernatorial year, District 5690 constructed a Habitat for Humanity House and opened Houston’s Rotary House International in the Medical Center. His year also saw Rotary sponsor the opening of the first International Goodwill Industries in Mexico City. Bob has been a significant contributor to District programs, mentoring, projects, and vision, Imageand has represented Texas with distinction at the Rotary International level. Dr. Bob serves as the only Lifetime Director of BSWH Rotary and is a retired dentist who practiced in Houston for many years. He is pictured with his lovely wife, Leanna, and receiving his Major Donor Award from Past Rotary International President Dong Kurn Lee (RY 2008-9).
Congratulations to PDG Bob Ellis on 50 Years of Rotary Service 0
ImageBSWH Rotarians Don Beckner and David Fox, together with David's wife, Joyce Fox, just returned from a week-long humanitarian trip to provide a water filtering and purification system to a community church in Chakom, Yucatan, Mexico.  David (pictured upper right with President Trung) reported to the club that the trip was a great success, and that it was particularly satisfying to see a large Bellaire Rotary emblem on the building that houses the new facilities.  Don and David joined with representatives of four local Presbyterian churches in the mission, which was sponsored by Living Waters for the World. Lower photo shows Beckner (far left, seated), David Fox (2nd from L standing) and Joyce Fox (standing, center) at departure November 5th.
Rotary Commitment to Clean Water ~Beckner, Fox Install Purification Facilities in Mexico 0
ImageBellaire Rotary joined the Asian Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation in presenting college scholarships to students selected for their outstanding academics and demonstrated records of leadership excellence at a June 13 presentation held at the Hess Club on Westheimer.  Ten honorees were selected from 182 candidates, each receiving a $1300 scholarship grant.
Bellaire Rotarians Award Scholarships to Asian Scholarship Foundation Graduates 0
ImageRotary District Governor, Bob Gebhard installed the 2013-14 officers and board (pictured at left) who lead the club activities and datermine its focus for the year. Trung Doan serves as president and chairman of the board, joined by: President Elect Julian Fisher; Vice President: Norm Neskar; Treasurer: Craig Wooten; Secretary: Ole Donaho; Sergeant-at-arms: Ray Burgert; Media / Communications Director: Nan Wagoner; Foundation Director: Byron Holloway; Membership Director: Keith Lovelace; Administrative Services Director: Ralph Rieger; Service Projects Director: Sarah Flournoy; Directors at large: Mark Dickens, Judy Harwell, Jeanne Noxon, Elda Loesch, and Bernie Satterwhite.
2013-14 Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Officers and Board 0
ImageWe're delighted to welcome the Meyerland Community Improvement Association to our Rotary Flag Program! Beginning with the Memorial Day flag-launch, you'll see patriotic and beautiful Rotary flags placed by our member-volunteers at numerous Meyerland locations, including South Rice at Beechnut, Beechnut across from Chick-fil-A, Beechnut at Moonlight, Hillcroft near Grape, West Bellfort near Kroger, the MCIA West Bellfort office, N Braeswood near 610, N Braeswood at Chimney Rock, and S Braeswood at Chimney Rock. All profits from the flag subscriptions support Rotary's charitable and humanitarian projects throughout the year. Wishing YOU had a no-hassle Rotary flag in your yard this year?  Click to SUBSCRIBE NOW for your home or business!
Meyerland Community Improvement Association Joins BSWH Rotary Flag Program 0
ImageExcerpts from RI News, Arnold R. Grahl:  Representatives from Rotary’s 532 districts met in downtown Chicago 21-26 April, approving a number of measures intended to strengthen Rotary, increase membership, and enhance capacity to serve. The Council on Legislation meets every three years to consider changes to the policies that govern Rotary International and all member clubs. This year’s Council accepted an increase of $1 per year in per capita dues, removed limits on e-clubs, permitted satellite clubs, and changed the name of the fifth Avenue of Service to “Youth Service.”
RI Legislation Council Approves Dues Increase, Changes Name of 'New Generations' Service Lane 0
ImageBellaire Rotary honored winners of this year's Rotary District 5890 Essay Scholarships at a District 4-Way-Test Scholarship Luncheon held at BraeBurn Country Club, during which they received gifts and read their winning essays.  Click photos to enlarge. 1st   Place: EMILY BROWN ~Goose Creek Memorial InterAct, sponsored by Highlands Rotary ($2000 scholarship).  2nd  PlaceELLEN WEINHEIMER ~ Episcopal High School InterAct, sponsored by Bellaire/SW Rotary ($1000 scholarship).  3rd   Place:  KRISTI FU ~ Clements High School InterAct, sponsored by Sugar Land Rotary ($500 scholarship). 
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