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2155 North MacGregor Way
HOUSTON, TX  77004
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California District 5240 Governor, Sandi Schwartz, visited Houston and presented plaques to the recipients, Alicia Gonzalez and Jamesha Kelly, of the $20,000.00 each in Hurricane Harvey relief.  Avenue CDC, a Houston non-profit is handling the repairs on the homes of these two people.  Avenue CDC Robert Fiederien, Senior Director of Real Estate Development was there as well as many other CDC officials and workers.  Mrs. Gonzales , a grandmother with several grandchildren living with her promised to make tamales for all when her home is completed.  Governor Sandi will return.
Governor Sandi's mentor is Past-Governor Deepa Willingham whose husband is our member Dick.  Many thanks to all who helped direct the funds to our Houston relief effort.  

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The Rotary Club of University Area Houston's flag program started in the spring of 2007, has been well received. Our Rotary Club places both American and Texas flags in the front yards of our subscribers and while having a beautiful flag in their yards on four patriotic holidays, our subscribers also benefit by helping our Rotary Club raise funds for our various charitable activities. Please click on the HOLIDAY FLAG PROGRAM above to go to our special flag website where you can use PayPal when ordering your flags and read about our various charitable programs.  (Note--Funds are payable to The University Area Rotary Foundation-a 501(c)3 charitable foundation.)  To download a PDF form (CLICK HERE >>FLAG SUBSCRIPTION FORM.  We appreciate your participation!

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

 

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Since its launch, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has set and surpassed many goals and milestones. National replication, which started in 2000, allowed more and more communities to adopt the program. State-wide coverage was established in Tennessee in 2004. Furthermore, international growth provided expansion in Canada (2006), United Kingdom (2007) and Australia (2014).

The first book order in 1995 totaled just over 1,700. Today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends more than one million books per month to children around the world inspiring them to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.

How It Works

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

The Imagination Library provides the infrastructure of the core program including managing the secure central database for the Book Order System and coordinating book selections and wholesale purchasing. It also incurs the cost of the program’s administrative expenses and coordinates the monthly mailings.

The Rotary Club of University Area participates in this great program.  Our club sponsors numerous children who receive these books and the number of children has increased each year. Houston TV Channel ABC 13 interviewed our two members who lead the program for our Rotary Club.  Please CLICK HERE to see the interview.

THE ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME GALA WAS MARCH 24, 2018, AT THE JW MARRIOT HOTEL ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GALLERIA.  OUR COMMUNITY OWES HFD AND THE OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS MORE THAN WE CAN EVER SHOW.  THEY RESCUED UNTOLD NUMBERS OF CITIZENS AND SAVED THE LIVES OF MANY DURING THE HURRICANE. THIS ANNUAL FIREFIGHTERS' HOME GALA WAS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE FIREFIGHTERS  OUR THANKS AND SUPPORT BY HELPING TO PROVIDE FREE HOUSING FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN, WHILE  BEING TREATED AT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER, WHO ACQUIRE CANCER BY THEIR EXPOSURE TO CARCINOGENS IN THEIR WORK.   OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER WAS DR. ANTONIO DAJER, WHO WAS AND IS THE CHIEF EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR AT A HOSPITAL 4 BLOCKS FROM GROUND ZERO IN NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE 911 DISASTER OCCURRED.  HIS ACCOUNT OF THAT TIME WAS VERY MEANINGFUL AND WORTH HEARING.  TO READ A SHORT VERSION OF THAT DAYS' HOSPITAL EVENTS PLEASE CLICK HERE.  THE HOUSTON, BELLAIRE AND WEST U FIRE CHIEFS, MANY CAPTAINS AND FIRE LIEUTENANTS AS WELL AS HOUSTON COUNCILMAN JACK CHRISTE WERE IN ATTENDANCE.  THE ROTARY FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD WAS PRESENTED BY SENIOR DISTRICT CHIEF DAVID ELLIOTT AND RETIRED NYC LIEUTENANT JOE TRUILLO.  OUR OWN ROTARIAN RETIRED FIRE CAPTAIN HOMERO PONCE-LOPEZ AND MC EARNIE MANOUSE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB OF INTRODUCING ALL OF THE PROGRAM.  THE HOME THANKS ROTARIAN  IRENE HICKEY FOR HER EXTREME LEADERSHIP AND THE MANY ROTARIANS WHO WORKED HOURS BEHIND THE SCENE TO MAKE THIS A WONDERFUL EVENT.  WE ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR MANY GENEROUS DONORS WHO MADE THIS GALA A SUCCESS.
 
 
Our Rotary Club thanks, everyone who contributed auction items and those who attended to make this year's St Arnold's Sunday Brew & BBQ fundraiser a success.  A special thanks to Rotarians Cheryl Bressler and Bob Shamus for their leadership and the many other club members who showed true Service Above Self!  The 5th Annual Fundraiser at St Arnold Brewery raised money devoted to several Houston-area charities and non-profits.  Past fundraisers have helped contribute over $100,000 to nursing scholarships, as well as money for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Rotary Firefighters' Home, Special Cheers, and school supplies for low-income families.   Some attendees learned to line dance taught by Bill Sharber.  Maybe the beer and great fellowship made the lesson takers brave.  They were great, had fun and we have you on video!  We look forward to next year's event and invite everyone to come.
 
                                                           
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of University Area Houston set up a special fund through our non-profit foundation to receive relief funds from Rotary Clubs across the US to aid the victims of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  Our purpose was to help the victims rebuild their lives.  We chose to donate to other non-profits which were set to vet request according to IRS guidelines.  This requires a tremendous amount of paperwork and they have the systems to do this.  We distributed the funds, documenting each transaction to be able to report back to our many donors on how their contributions helped and who they went to.  Pictures will be attached to the read more section of this story.  Our Rotary Club and the victims appreciate your unselfish support.
THANK YOU FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED in TREES FOR WILLOW WATERHOLE which was a project of several Rotary Clubs in the area to plant trees in THE WILLOW WATERHOLE behind Westbury High School.  This helps flood CONTROL and adds shade to a great park area,  CLICK  on EVENTS on the right side of this page and you can make comments about your experience in helping with this project. CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE STORY AND A COMMENT SECTION WILL OPEN.  Only those who helped can post comments.  Tell about Rotary Fellowship, funny happenings during the event or whatever makes you happy.  yes
Our trip to Matamoros Mexico started at 5 am on Saturday morning with a great group of Rotarians; PDG Eric Liu and his wife Sandra, G.V. wife, Sonya Heath, Victoria Garza, Charlie Buscemi from the Kingwood club and driving the truck pulling the new club trailer Dick Stabell and Gerry Rein, The trailer had a pallet of books, firefighter equipment such as; boots, jackets, pants, helmets, laptops, notepads, medical equipment and the best part was that with an enclosed trailer we did not have to worry about the rain or things flying out.after eating a delicious lunch we went to the dedication ceremony were we met some of the locals and beneficiaries of the project, can anyone of us really imagine what it is to live without running water and your only source of water is the water that you can store in plastic drums and buckets? how often can you and your children take a bath? This project will change the lives of people in 18 neighborhoods and many generations to come, after the ceremony we were hosted at the home of past president Rosa Posada where we had fun, fellowship and delicious dinner. 
 

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