Club Executives & Directors
President Elect / Program Chair
Past President
Director - Service Projects
Director - Youth Service
Director - Rotary Foundation
Director - Public Relations
Director - Membership
Shrimp Boil /Fundraising Chair
Immediate Past President
Director - Club Administration
Executive Secretary/ Bookkeeper
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Susie Downs
    March 1
  • Aaron Ware
    March 3
  • Jason Cordoba
    March 5
  • Aaron Christopher
    March 9
  • Surku Sen
    March 14
  • George Franklin
    March 15
  • Danny Massey
    March 19
  • Cindy Suggs
    March 23
  • Lisa Pauls
    March 26
  • Matthew Edquist
    March 27
  • Diane Glenn
    March 30
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Von Lemons
    March 9
  • Angie Keefe
    March 10
  • David Winder
    March 3
  • Scott Ferry
    March 3
  • Matt Rickaway
    Libba Rickaway
    March 10
  • Shannon Whitley
    March 13
  • Walter Branson
    Elsa Branson
    March 13
  • Brian Garrett
    Shellie Garrett
    March 17
  • Norman Wood
    Sue Wood
    March 23
  • Michael Mebes
    Sofka Werkmeister
    March 24
  • Sofka Werkmeister
    Michael Mebes
    March 24
Join Date:
  • David Landsborough
    March 1, 1996
    22 years
  • Frank Grady
    March 1, 1974
    44 years
  • Jim Pierce
    March 1, 1993
    25 years
  • Lisa Pauls
    March 1, 1996
    22 years
  • Walter Branson
    March 1, 1982
    36 years
  • Cindy Suggs
    March 8, 2011
    7 years
  • Dora Bonner
    March 12, 2002
    16 years
  • Jerome Aldrich
    March 14, 2006
    12 years
  • Kim Effenberger
    March 14, 2006
    12 years
  • Shannon Whitley
    March 14, 2016
    2 years
  • Emily Gray
    March 17, 2015
    3 years
  • Arleen Frank
    March 31, 1997
    21 years
  • Kenneth K. Vernor
    March 31, 2009
    9 years

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Lake Jackson Civic Center
333 Highway 332 E.
Lake Jackson, TX  77566-6104
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Congratulations to all the individuals attaining Paul Harris Fellowship and beyond for the Rotary Year 2016-17

Paul Harris Fellow:
    Wesley Copeland, Drew Davenport, Stephen Meier, Shannon Sanders, Shannon Whitley, Ashleigh Frank, Hugh Frank and Gerry Mosqueda
Paul Harris Fellow +1
     Drew Lindsey, Jordan Strother, Richard Przworski, Deepak Patel, Michael Strobel and Mary Fuchs
Paul Harris Fellow + 2
     Keith Frank, Sharline Lancaster, Doug Raymer, Scott Ferry, Jerome Aldrich, Amy Stewart, Diane Swanson, Juan Chapa and Deepak Patel
Paul Harris Fellow +3
     Kevin Baker, Jim Pierce, Eric Ashenfelder, Scott Ferry, Scott Glick, Michael Mebes, Deepak Patel and Keith Frank
Paul Harris Fellow +4
     Scott Ferry and Michael Mebes
Paul Harris Fellow +5
     Ken Vernor and Michael Mebes
Paul Harris Fellow + 6
     Sofka Werkmeister, Michael Mebes and Ken Vernor
Paul Harris Fellow +7
     Ginger Wooster, Sofka Werkmeister and Ken Vernor
Paul Harris Fellow +8
     Rod Hall, Ginger Wooster and Ken Vernor
Major Donor Level 1
     Sofka Werkmeister and Michael Mebes
     Rod and Luz Hall
     Ken and Dr. Natalia Vernor
Major Donor Level 2
     Walter and Elsa Branson
Safetytown is back for the 29th year!!!
A 9-day comprehensive safety education program for incoming 1st graders. 
Sponsored by Brazosport Rotary and area resources organizations.
Let's all be at the meeting on June 6 where Rod Hall will Kick Off this year's SHRIMP BOIL ... and Fish Fry. 
It's always a fun meeting to get us in gear to raise money to support our community and international Rotary projects. 
Teachers from the Brazosport Community were awarded money to benefit their classrooms. These teachers have so many innovative and "students first" ideas to benefit their classrooms. 
We recognize and thank you for your dedication to the students of our community.
Here is a list of the winners of the car raffle and the person who sold the ticket.
Car Raffle Prizes  
1   Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Headset
Chris Cordes  - sold by Fred Cordes
2   Nikon Coolpix S33 camera
Robert Moore – sold by Walter Branson
3   Fuji film insta share printer
Charles Waguespack – sold by David Landsborough
4   HP Chrome Book
George Franklin – sold by George Franklin
5   Apple sport watch
            Alan Hammond – sold by Jerome Aldrich
6    i-Pad Mini
Shelley Moore – sold by Corky Melass
7    Go Pro
Roy Yates -  sold by Ravi Singhania
8    Fuji film insta share printer 
Mike Cordes – sold by Fred Cordes
9    Samsung Galaxy Tab E 16 gb
Mark Friudenburg – sold by  Corky Melass
10.     Honda  CR-V EX-L   Vera Whitmarsh  - 
  Sold by Scott Glick
August 31, 2016 – Freeport, Texas - Vera Whitmarsh (center) takes the keys to her new Honda CRV from Brazosport Rotary representatives Diane Hill and Scott Glick. Whitmarsh held the winning raffle ticket during the 55th Annual Rotary Shrimp Boil held last month in Freeport. In the past, she admits to buying several tickets hoping to win the grand prize, but only bought one this year. And one was all it took!
Lake Jackson Honda is a key sponsor of the annual community fund-raiser and provided the Honda the top raffle prize as part of the charity raffle.  In addition to Whitmarsh, Alan Hammond was a winner, taking home an Apple sport watch; Roy Yates won a Go Pro. Charlie Waguespack and Mike Cordes both won Fuji film insta share printers, while Shelley Moore held the winning ticket for the iPad Mini. Proceeds from the event, raffle and auctions all directly benefit Rotary sponsored projects in the Brazosport area. 
Mike and Roxanne Strobel are generous not only as Paul Harris Fellows, but they also give their time to Rotary Youth Exchange.
 They will be the first host family next fall for Albert Sachse, our 2016-17 exchange student from Germany.  Hosting Albert will mark their sixth year in a row as a host family, a club record. 
The whole Strobel family is involved.  Their daughter Wesley was our 2011-12 outbound student to Sweden, and their daughter Austin is our current outbound student to Italy.  Their son Skylar will be an outbound candidate for 2017-18.
Mike’s service doesn’t end with being a host dad.  He is the chairman of the District 5890 short-term youth exchange program, and beginning in July, he will become the Youth Exchange Officer of our club. 
He will be assisted by a strong committee of Kenny Vernor, Diane Glenn, Lisa Pauls, Keith Frank, and Jim Pierce.  If you want to get involved in Rotary’s best program for fostering world peace and understanding, please see Mike about joining the Youth Exchange Committee.  The program relies on families who are willing to share their home for 3-4 months with a top-notch foreign student.  Please consider helping Mike by volunteering to become host parent.
Nineteen outstanding scholarship recipients were selected this spring from numerous deserving candidates. Earlier this month at senior awards programs, President Rod Hall presented $36,000 in scholarships to area scholars who wish to continue their educations at a higher level. 
Over coffee, doughnuts, kolaches, tacos, Diane’s goodies and other nutritious brain food, my congenial band of Rotarians reviewed and rated around 200 applicants.   What a joy it was getting to know these young people through their applications. The process required approximately nine hours of meeting time in facilities provided by Merrill Lynch, thanks to Lisa. The final decision was often a difficult one because of the quality of the student applicants.   I want to thank committee members, Mike Coburn, Diane Glenn, Diane Hill, David Landsborough, Vicki Melass, Shelley Nadel, Lisa Pauls, Ravi Singhania and Ginger Wooster,  who worked together to make the selections.  I hope that these great Rotarians and many others who are interested in this vital project will volunteer for this committee next year.  It is a fantastic way to get to know other members and do something important at the same time.  
I also want to thank all of the dedicated Rotarians who produced the successful 2015 Shrimp Boil that made these scholarships possible.  Let's do it again in 2016!!!!!  


Please save the date:

May 1st - 7th Home Hospitality Week


We will need host so please consider this opportunity for fellowship.

If you wish to be a host please talk to George Franklin or one of the fellowship committee members which include:

Vicky Melass, Fred Cordes, Smokey Roye, Emily Gray, Marc Herns  

Keith Frank recently took Interactors to the "books of the world" sorting.

Argun and Yui met January 22-24 with hundreds of fellow Rotary Youth Exchange Students at the SCRYE Conference in Tulsa. 


Ask them about the skits that they performed with their countrymen at the banquet.  Austin reports from Italy that she has moved to her second host family in Milan and is having a wonderful exchange experience.  She is a good ambassador for our club, community, and country.


Pictured from left, Argun, Yui and friend Maki at the Youth Exchange Conference



Pictured on right is Austin Strobel with her her friend Maddie at Ponte Vecchino.

Brazosport Rotary presented a $25,000 check to the Center for the Arts and Sciences.


So much happened in December that as I am sitting down to write this I am still surprised about how fortunate I am to be where I am, so thank you all again for making this possible! The first weekend in December started off with a bang as my district took a trip to Rome and Florence - two of the most breathtaking cities in Italy…The weather has been getting a bit cold for this Texan, but I'm learning how to layer. I am getting excited as I (and others) can tell my Italian is getting better. I should be busy packing my room right now because I move families today, but it's a daunting task ahead of me. I am excited for the new opportunity but also sad to be leaving my current home. As always, I hope everything is going well in Texas and we'll be in touch!

Buon anno!

Austin Strobel

Pictured: Austin Strobel (front row, second from right) poses with friends outside of the Vatican.


Dear Brazosport Rotary.
My name is Madison Walters. I am part of Brazoswood High School's Class of 2015. I would like to thank you for the scholarship you have given me. It will certainly be a huge help to my family this fall when I attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in Mathematics. I am extremely grateful.
Thank you so much.
Madison Walters.
I would like to thank the Brazosport Rotary Club for their generous scholarship. I would also like to apologize for not attending the luncheon, my schedule conflicted. The scholarship will be used in its full capacity and is greatly appreciated. Thank you again!
Sincerely, Samantha Randolph
Dear Brazosport Rotary Club,
I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Brazosport Rotary Club Scholarship for 2015. Your organization's generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to college and will help in greatly reducing my financial burdens and allow me to focus on my education.
I will be starting my freshman year at Texas A&M in College Station in the fall majoring in Biomedical Science.
Thanks again for investing in my future. I will make sure to do my best in achieving my academic and career goals.
Annika Moreno
Gig 'Em
Texas A&M
Class of 2019
I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Brazosport Rotary Club scholarship. I thank you (Jacque) and Brazosport Rotary Club for your generous support and for the recognition lunch event in Lake Jackson. I am glad to have the opportunity to thank you personally for your generosity.
Scholarship patrons like yourself help substantially reduce the tuition that many students must pay for college, enabling some students to attend college they might otherwise be  be unable to afford at all and thereby not be able to pursue the careers which they have dreamed of.
I consider myself very fortunate to be accepted into the Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas Maritime Academy. Having graduated from Brazoswood High School on June 5, I look forward to studing marine transportation this fall.
My Parents and teachers always strived to make me realize the high value of education. I will do my very best at Texas A&M Galveston and look forward to becoming a Sea Aggie and pursuing a career in marine transportation.
Once again, I thank you for your support and I offer my sincerest thanks for your continued generosity to the Brazosport Rotary Club Scholarship.
Respectfully submittted,
Conner Costello
Dear Brazosport Rotary Club,
I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for the generous scholarship you awarded me. Thank you for choosing me as one of the recipients to receive this scholarship. My education and career is so important to me and I couldn't thank you enough for the amazing opportunity. I appreciate the recognition of my efforts and all the support.
Sara Villarreal
Brazosport Rotary Club would like to extend our thanks for the support of the community and our partners. The Annual Shrimp Boil was huge success, raising money that will all go back to serve the good of our neighbors., have a hand in eradicating polio in the world and help transform the lives of the less fortunate worldwide.
Pearl Sponsors
Vernor Materials -$12,000
Honda of Lake Jackson -$10,000
Mike & Roxanne Strobel - $7,500
Diamond Sponsors - $5,000
Freeport LNG
CHI-St. Lukes Health Brazosport
Dow Chemical Company
DSM Nutritional Products
Merrill Lynch
Mustang CAT
Phillips 66
Sorrell Construction,Equipment & Materials, LLC
Waste Connection/Sea Breeze Landfill
Platinum Sponsors -$2,500
Apex Metal Systems
Cameron Recycling
Doyle & Wachtstetter, Inc.-$3,000
Detail Products - $2,500  in kind
G2 Trucking
IsoTherapeutics Group
Nalco/Champion - an Ecolab Company
Gold $1,000
Allyn R. Noblett, DDS
Bottom Dollar Carpet
Brazosport Eye Clinic
Chris Gilkison
Dr. Perry Mueller
Dr. Tom Pruett
Fritz, Byrne, Head & Fitzpatrick
Gulf Coast Eye Center
Gulf Coast Gastroenterology
Honda of Lake Jackson Power Equipment -$2,260 in Kind
HEB-$1000 In Kind
Jacob Peter
Kennemer Masters & Lunsford
Lake Jackson Plastic Surgery
Leo Martin Chevrolet
Luycx Plumbing-$2,000
Mobile Devices LLC, $2,000
Moody National Bank
PC Care
Scientific Glass & Plastic
The Source Weekly-In Kind $1,000
The UPS Store- $1,200
Veolia Water-In Kind-$1,500
Vulcan Materials
Westfield Construction LLC-$1,250
Yaklin Ford
Zachry Group
Silver- $500
Allsides Inspection 
American Realty- $750
Birdsong Real Estate
Brazos Fasteners - $800
Brazosport Tire Company
Brazosport ISD
Comfort Suites
Corky & Vicki Melass
Cordoba Law Firm, PLLC
Coastal Machine & Mechanical
D & L Propane - In Kind - $600
Easton Sales and Rental
Evco Industrial Hardware
Dental Associates of Lake Jackson
Elbert Insurance Agency
First State Bank
Foster Fence
Franklin Insurance Company
Ginger Wooster
Greg and Lucy Pendon
Great American Title
Hartmann A/C& Heat
Heritage Bank
Houston Area Color New
Jerome and Doris Aldrich
Massage Heights
Mejia Industrial Supply
Mike & Sherrie Steves
Offshore Oil Services
Performance Party Rentals-In Kind $750
Prather &Harlan -In Kind $500
Restwood Funeral Home and Memorial Park
Retirement Planning and Wealth Management
Rimato Insurance, LLC
Secure Check
Scott Glick Enterprises LLC
SI Group
Specialties Company
Sprint Waste Services
Texas Crew Boats
Tim Keefe State Farm
Williams Diesel
American Wires-$300
County Judge Matt Sebesta
Congressman Randy Weber
Commissioner Dude Payne
Commissioner David Linder
Culligan WaterSystems
Eileen Pinkerton-$300
First StateBank -In KInd -$64
Geraldand Serena Andrews
Greg Hill
Green & McElreath CPA's
Jim and Diane Hill
Jim and Marcia Pierce
Mike and Jo Coburn
Prosperity Bank
Sabrina and Troy Brimage
Sherwin Williams In Kind -$325
Sports Clips
TJ'sLube Stop
Turnkey Electric

I cannot begin to express how thankful I am to be a recipient for this scholarship. I am overwhelmingly thankful and appreciate the opportunity you've given me to help further my education. I will continue to be the hard- working, focused and determined student that I am.
Valarie Madrigal
Kenny Vernor
Mar 20, 2018
Vernor Field Trip
Damon West
Mar 27, 2018
Employee/Employer Luncheon
Tod Tracy
Apr 10, 2018
Tracy Honey Farm
Career Fair
Apr 17, 2018
Brazosport College
Lifeskills Scouting Picnic - LJI Girls' Gym
Apr 24, 2018
Annual Scouting Picnic
Home Hospitality Week
May 08, 2018
Home Hospitality
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