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.

DOLLY PARTONS IMAGINATION LIABARY 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2018
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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.
 
 
THE FIRE FIGHTERS' HOME GALA 2018-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
                                                           
 
 
 
Sunday Brew & BBQ 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
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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.
HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF FUND 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
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
TREES FOR WILLOW WATERHOLE 2018-01-13 06:00:00Z 2
Posted on Sep 30, 2017
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. 
CLUB WATER PROJECT IN MATAMOROS MEXICO Art Bautista 2017-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2017
ROTARY CLUBS FROM DISTRICT 5890 QUICKLY CAME FORWARD TO HELP MUCK OUT HOMES OF HURRICANE HARVEY'S VICTIMS.  THE WORK WAS HARD AND DIRTY, BUT THE SPIRIT OF ROTARY "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" WAS DEMONSTRATED ALL OVER HOUSTON AND BEYOND.  WE ARE  VERY PROUD OF OUR ORGANIZATION AND ARE ALWAYS THERE TO AID PEOPLE IN NEED.  THE ABUNDANT HARVEST FOOD TRUCK SERVED FREE LUNCH ALL AFTERNOON.  A SELFLESS COMPANY!
 
ROTARY AIDS FLOOD VICTIMS 2017-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
THE ROTARY CLUB OF UNIVERSITY AREA BELIEVES IN "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" AND THAT "ROTARY WORKS".  HERE ARE A FEW PICTURES OF OUR MEMBERS HELPING WITH HURRICANE HARVEY FOOD BANK RELIEF EFFORT.
 
ROTATY WORKS-HURRICANE FOOD BANK HELP 2017-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
ON A VERY WARM SATURDAY AFTERNOON OUR ROTARY CLUB, INTERACTORS AND THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION 23  WITH HFD CHIEF PENA PROVIDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN IN THE LAWNDALE NEIGHBORHOOD OF HOUSTON.  IT WAS AN GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR ROTARY "SERVICE ABOVE SELF".  THE KIDS AND NEIGHBORS APPRECIATED IT AND PREPARED LUNCH FOR ALL PRESENT.  MADAME PRESIDENT  CINDY DID A GOOD JOB OF LEADING OUR CLUB IN ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT.
 
 
OUR CLUB & HFD PROVIDE SCHOOL SUPPLIES 2017-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
CHERYL BRESSLER BECAME OUR NEWEST BLUE BADGE MEMBER 07-26-2017.  SHE IS A NURSING MANAGER AT METHODIST HOSPITAL.  SHE WAS GIVEN A WARM ROTARY WELCOME.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MEET OUR NEWEST BLUE BADGE MEMBER 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
OUR ROTARY CLUB WISHES TO THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE WESTWOOD CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT.  IT BENEFITED OUR #1 PROJECT-THE ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME

The mission of the Rotary Fire Fighters Home (RFFH) is to build a 40-unit apartment complex, which will serve as temporary housing for firefighters and first responders while they are undergoing treatment for their work-related illnesses, primarily cancer.  The goal is to mitigate a large portion of their financial burden associated with short-term housing.

 

WESTWOOD CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CONFERENCE
 
THE MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB ATTENDING THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE HAD A GREAT TIME AND ENJOYED ROTARY FELLOWSHIP.  ART BAUTISTA WON THE ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD AND MADAME PRESIDENT SONYA HEATH WON MEDIUM CLUB PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD.  OLGA BAUTISTA AND DGE CARMEN CUNEO EVEN HAD TIME TO DONATE BLOOD.  PRESIDENT-ELECT CUNDY WAS INTRODUCED TO THE DISTRICT.
 
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Thank you to all who came to help, thanks to you we were all to accomplish quite a bit, removed all of the bad wood siding on the office building, replace the bad wood treated everything against termites and installed new plywood, tar paper and Hardie Plank, in the medical horse stall we removed some 6x6 support beans to make room for the 2 roll up doors and installed 2 6x6x9 beams and leveled  and compacted the ground  and installed close to 300 12x12 concrete pavers, 
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Obituary – Richard (Dick) J. Ferley
(1927 – 2017)
 
Richard J Ferley, passed away March 1, 2017 at age 89.  He was born in Lansing, Michigan July 17, 1927.  Richard is survived by his wife of 64 years Dorothy, daughter Karen, son’s Craig and his wife Maria, David and his wife Monica, Scott and his wife Sandi, grandchildren Clark and his wife Tricia, Meredith, Eric, Justin and his wife Katie, Michelle, and great grandchildren Everett and Bowie.
He graduated from high school in 1945 then served two years in the army, mostly in Germany, graduated from Michigan State University in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration, then moved to Houston in 1951 to join the recently opened Foley’s store as assistant buyer in the drapery department.
In 1957 he founded D&D Drapery Company, which is still a family business today owned by sons David and Scott.  He was a fifty-five year member and past president of the University Rotary Club, an umpire nine years with Meyerland Little League baseball, and player in the Harris County Senior Softball League.  After retirement, Richard was a ten year volunteer at SCORE, consulting young people starting a new business.
He was a member of the Beacon Bible Study class at Second Baptist Church, active in sports, and a member at Sweetwater Country Club and Piney Point Racquet Club. The biggest loves of his life was his wife Dorothy, who he met in college, and their family.
A memorial service will be conducted at 12:30 pm on Saturday March 4th at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Second Baptist Church or charity of your choice.
PAST PRESIDENT DICK FERLEY 1989-1990 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
VALENTINE'S WEEK AND DAY WAS A GREAT TIME IN  DISTRICT 5890.  THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT DID OUR DISTRICT THE HONOR OF SPENDING 5 DAYS WITH US.  THERE WERE SPECIAL RECEPTIONS, THE ALL CLUB MEETING VALENTINE'S NIGHT AND FOR OUR CLUB, FEEDING THE HUNGRY (OVER 175) WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT AT LOAVES & FISHES FOOD KITCHEN IN THE MORNING OF THE 14TH WITH TROPICAL RAIN COMING DOWN WAS AN HONOR AND AN EVENT FOR US TO REMEMBER.
ROTARY VALENTINE'S WEEK 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF UNIVERSITY AREA ST. ARNOLD'S FUNDRAISER 2017-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

What a great evening as we enjoyed a wonderful movie night sponsored by the Rotary e-Club of Houston, Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset, and the Rotary Club of the University Area honoring Women in Rotary! The evenings' honorees were Dr. Isis Mejias,a Rotary Ambassador for District 5890, Rose Austin Past District 5910 Governor 2010-2011 who is the first and only Afro-American woman to serve as a District Governor in the State of Texas, our Past District Governor, D'Lisa Simmons, Rotary's first female District Governor during Rotary's Centennial 2004-2005 and a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and our Past District Governor 2014-2015 Lisa Faith Massey who had the highest net membership growth in Zone 21b as well as raising the most money for the Rotary International Foundation.  They are some of the great women we have the honor of their being members of our Rotary area.

About Blossoms in the Dust

As we celebrate 30 years of Women in Rotary we spotlight the life of one Texas woman who defied the odds to create a better life for women and their children. We saw a delightful, Academy Award winning movie, based on the true story of Edna Gladney, a pioneer who was an early campaigner for children's rights and better-living conditions for disadvantaged children in Texas.

“Layettes of Love”
We learned about our Rotary project “Layettes of Love”.  In Nicaragua, expectant mothers have to walk miles to deliver their babies in the small local hospital only to find their temporary home would be a park bench. They found the hospital would not accept the women until they were ready to deliver. The women slept in a nearby park until it was time to deliver their babies.

In 2003 several Rotarians established a women’s shelter “Refugio Belen” (Bethlehem Refuge) near the hospital. The shelter provides women with a safe place to stay before and after their babies are born. The mothers are taught about hygiene and infant care. When the women are ready to return home, they receive a gift of a layette containing nursery supplies that will provide the mother with a head start as she makes the journey home to nurture and raise her baby.

Donations at this event helped fund “Layettes of Love”. As we approach the holiday season, we ask that you and your family consider a gift of a Layette, a gift that will perhaps save, and certainly improve the quality of life for a mother and her child.

 
 
CELEBRATE 30 YRS OF WOMEN IN ROTARY MOVIE NIGHT 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
THE ROTARY CLUB OF UNIVERSITY AREA HAD OUR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2016 AT THE LONGWOOD GOLF COURSE IN CYPRESS, TX. THIS EVENT WAS OPEN TO BOTH ROTARY AND NON-ROTARY GOLFERS.  WE HAD OVER 80 GOLFERS ATTEND THE EVENT.  IT WAS A PREFECT DAY FOR GOLF.  MANY THANKS GOES OUT TO OUR SPONSORS- #1 WAS DATA FOUNDRY OF AUSTIN WHO SPONSORED THE EVENT, THE MANY HOLE SPONSORS AND DONORS OF REALLY COOL STUFF (A SHOUT OUT TO BLINDS.COM) FOR THE GOLFER'S GOODIE BAGS, THE DONORS OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE AND ELOY SANEZ, WHO WAS OUR DIRECTOR AND PLANNER.  WHAT A FANTASTIC JOB HE DID ALONG WITH MADAME PRESIDENT SONYA AND HARD WORKING VOLUNTEERS.  WITH THAT TEAM YOU CAN'T LOOSE.  MANY OF OUR MEMBERS AND WELL AS DISTRICT 5890 GOVERNOR ERIC AND HIS LOVELY WIFE ATTENDED AND A LOT PLAYED.  OF COURSE ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS WAS THE FOUR COMPADRES MADE OF OF ART BAUTISTA, DICK STABELL, MITCHELL LOU AND JERRY HARRIS (HIS FIRST GOLF TOURNAMENT-THANK GOODNESS FOR THE BEST SHOT RULE).  THERE WAS GREAT ROTARY FELLOWSHIP AND EVERYONE HAD A WONDERFUL DAY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNIVERSITY AREA GOLF TOURNAMENT 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
OUR ROTARY CLUB IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW.  WE WILL BE PRODUCING VIDEOS OF OUR MEMBERS AND OTHER INTERESTING MESSAGES AND WILL PRESENT THEM WITH LINKS ON THE PAGE.  CLICK ON THE LINKS TO SEE THE VIDEOS AS THEY ARE ADDED.  JUST CLICK ON THE NAME.  WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED CLICK OFF THE PAGE THAT OPENS-UTUBE WILL AUTOMATICALLY LOAD OTHER CONTENT!
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OUR ROTARY DISTRICT HAD A GREAT CONFERENCE IN GALVESTON 04-28 THRU 05-01.  THE FOLLOWING IS A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THINGS THAT HAPPENED:
  • Irene Hickey was named District 5890 Rotarian of the Year and chosen to serve on the District Governor Selection Committee
  • Sonya Heath was named Rising ROTARIAN of the Year
  • Homero Ponce-Lopez presented the RFFH and  there are now several clubs who are interested in partnering with our club
  • The beer garden hospitality suite that Joe Ridley and Phil Cezeaux coordinated was a success
  • Jerry Harris won a door prize
  • And special friend of RCUA, Lindsey Kroll and his team won first place in the golf tournament and Lindsey won the wheelbarrow of beer.
  • SAN LOUIS RESORT & CONFERNCE CENTER                                                                                                              PRES.ELECT SONYA IS INTRODUCED TO THE DISTRICT AT BANQUET
  • LINDSEY & IRENE WITH IRENE'S AWARD
  • ROTARY  FIRE FIGHTERS HOME BOOTH
DISTRICT 5890 CONFERENCE IN GALVESTON 2016-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 12, 2016
WOW-WHAT AN EVENING.  THE ROTARY FIRE FIGHTERS HOME'S FIRST ANNUAL GALA WAS HELD FRIDAY EVENING AT THE ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL.  UPON DRIVING UP TO THE HOTEL THERE WERE TWO  LARGE HFD LADDER TRUCKS WITH LADDERS EXTENDED 30 FEET FORMING A V WITH THE US FLAG HANDING FROM THE TOP.  UPON ENTERING THE BALLROOM AREA THE HOME'S LOGO WAS PROJECTED ON A HIGH WALL AND EVERYONE GOT THEIR PICTURE TAKEN IN FRONT OF A LARGE PANEL WITH THE SPONSORS LOGOS ON IT.  GUEST WERE ESCORTED TO THEIR TABLES BY THE NEW FIRE CADET CLASS. THE PROGRAM WAS GREAT WITH ERNIE MANOUSE  FROM PUBLIC BROADCASTING AS OUR EMCEE.  THERE WERE PROCLAMATIONS PRESENTED FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND THE US CONGRESS. OUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR DR. NICK GIANNONE WELCOMED THE GROUP.  OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER WAS HELEN REISLER WHO WAS PRESIDENT OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEW YORK AT 911.  SHE TOLD HOW HER CLUB RESPONDED TO THE LARGE NEED AT THAT TIME.  RETIRED FIRE CAPTAIN, JOE TORRILLO, OF FDNY WHO WAS BURIED TWICE WHEN THE TOWERS FELL AND WAS RESCUED TWICE TOLD HIS STORY.   THE HOUSTON FIRE FIGHTER HERO OF THE YEAR AWARD WAS PRESENTED.  OUR MEMBER HOMERO PONCE LOPEZ TOLD THE STORY OF HOW THIS WORTHY PROJECT CAME INTO BEING. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND EVERYONE ENJOYED THE GALA.  THERE WAS DANCING AFTER THE PROGRAM CLOSE.  OUR CLUB OWS A SPECIAL THANKS TO SONYA HEATH, THE GALA CHAIR AND ALL OF HER TIRELESS GALA COMMITTEE WITH A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO IRENE HICKEY WHO WROTE THE SCRIPT FOR MOST OF THE PRINTED MATERIAL AND TO GV KRISHNAN FOR GETTING EVERYTHING PRINTED.  DIFFERENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS, PHIL CEZEAUX, JIM CRAIG, HANK EMERY,  JERRY HARRIS, ALICE HASTINGS-JAMES, KATHY KENNEDY, JULIA MALDONADO,CINDY MURPHY, JOE RIDLEY, LINDSEY KROLL, VANESSA GRIFFIN, DAVID ELLIOT-HFD, AND TOM MUNOZ-HFD HAD JOBS ASSIGNED TO THEM AND THEY ALL CAME THROUGH. ( IF i LEFT SOMEONE OUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW ) THIS EVENT WAS TRULY AN EXAMPLE OF "SERVICE ABOVE SELF".  
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2016 RI president visit Art Bautista 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
We partnered with the Rotary Community Corp to cook lunch for the volunteers at Special Cheers, this facility has a great program that uses animals as part of their therapy program for kids with  special special needs. It was a wonderful for a BBQ lunch, we cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, and the RFFH BBQ pit came through with flying colors and it displayed some new signs procured by Jerry Harris.
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Visit to our new siter club Art Bautista 2015-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Great day for our club Art Bautista 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARIANS WHO CAME TO HELP SUPPORT OUR CLUB'S ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME AT THIS GREAT SPANISH CONCERT WERE TREATED TO MORE THAN 3 HOURS OF FINE SPANISH MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT.  OUR FELLOW ROTARIAN, RET. FIRE CAPTAIN HOMERO PONCE LOPEZ, GAVE A GREAT PRESENTATION IN BOTH SPANISH & ENGLISH.  THE AUDITORIUM WAS PACKED.  THOSE OF YOU THAT COULD NOT MAKE IT MISSED A WONDERFUL TIME!,
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SPANISH CONCERT FOR FIRE RIGHTERSS HOME 2015-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Great club service to feed the homeless Art Bautista 2015-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
ROTARY-ST. ARNOLD'S BREWERY 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER Sonya Heath 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Art Bautista

One of our fire trucks being put to the test in a huge oil refinery blaze, this happened in Altamira Mira alta, Tampico, Mexico.

 

One of our fire trucks Art Bautista 2015-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sonya Heath

The Rotary Club of University Area Houston celebrated Rotary Days at the Better Block Houston Community event on Sunday, October 19, 2014. District 5890's Governor Lisa Faith Massey made an appearance during the event along with the Rotary Nigerian Friendship Exchange guests coming to checkout the University Area Club's great barbecue.

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BETTER BLOCK COMMUNITY EVENT Sonya Heath 2014-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
INTSALLATION OF NEW PRESIDENT Jerry Harris 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

President elect Irene Hickey delivered 7 BIG bags of toys  Wednesday 12-18-2013 to Houston Fire Station 25 (Scott St.), as part of the HFD annual toy drive.  The two firemen to whom the toys were delivered were very excited about our donation.  Apparently we were the first folks to deliver toys to this particular fire station.  They were like little kids in their excitement.  One of them said, "Wow!  We've had this Christmas Tree and now, finally, we have presents to put under it!" Great job Irene.  You showed that our Rotary Club has the Holiday spirit!

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HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT TOY DRIVE Jerry Harris 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

OUR CLUB HELD OUR ANNUAL TAILGATE PARTY AT RICE STADIUM BENEFITING THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF HOUSTON, SEVERAL YMCA CHAPTERS AND THE CHINQUAPIN SCHOOL.  THERE WERE OVER 250 ATTENDEES ON THIS BEAUTIFUL WEATHER PERFECT  SATURDAY MORNING.  OUR CLUB WOULD LIKE TO THANK HEB FOOD STORES FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATION AND SERVICE CORPORATION FOR THE USE OF THEIR TENT.  DICK STABELL AND SUSAN EPPS DID MOST OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THIS YEARS EVENT AND OUR CLUB THANKS THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK.  THE YOUTH FROM THE VARIOUS ATTENDING ORGANIZATIONS HAD FACE PAINTING, GOOD FOOD AND AN ENJOYABLE FOOTBALL GAME.  OF COURSE THE ROTARY FELLOWSHIP WAS ONE OF THE BEST PARTS.  CLICK TAILGATE PARTY 2013 TO SEE THIS YEARS PICTURES.

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ANNUAL TAILGATE PARTY Jerry Harris 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris

OUR ROTARY FIRE FIGHTERS HOME (RFFH) KICK OFF CELEBRATION FRIDAY EVENING WAS A SUCCESSFUL EVENT.  IN ATTENDANCE WERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ROTARY CLUBS OF KINGWOOD, GALLERIA AREA, HARRISBURG, HOUSTON & UNIVERSITY AREA CLUB & FOUNDATION, THE RFFH BOARD & COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND PAST DISTRICT GOVERNORS SUSIE HOWE, CHRIS SCHNEIDER.  ALSO THERE WERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HFD COMMAND STAFF, HFD BURNED CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION-TRENT VANN, BELLAIRE FIRE CHIEF-DARRYL ANDERSON AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.  THE PROGRAM INCLUDED PRESENTATION OF FLAGS BY THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT (HFD) HONOR GUARD, INVOCATION BY HFD CHAPLIN GARRY BLACKMON AND THE HFD PIPES & DRUMS.  OUR EVENING MC WAS PBS AWARD WINNING ERNIE MANOUSE (A HONORARY ROTARIAN).  THE PROGRAM INCLUDED REMARKS FROM RFFH PROJECT COORDINATOR IRENE HICKEY, A  VERY SPECIAL CANCER FIGHT SURVIVER HFD CAPTAIN BONNIE RICHTER, ASST.FIRE CHIEF THOMAS MUNOZ, ROTARY PAST GOVERNOR CHRIS SCHNEIDER, ROTARIAN RFFH CHAIRMAN PHIL CEZEAUX AND EVENT CHAIR SONYA HEATH.  A SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO THE LOCAL AMERICAN RED CROSS, XEROX CORP, CLAMPITT PAPER, GURROLA REPROGRAPHICS, TWIN PEAKS, BEAVER'S ICE HOUSE AND SAM'S CLUB FOR PROVING LOCATION, PROGRAMS, PAPER, BEVERAGES AND FOOD.  BEFORE AND AFTER THE PROGRAM CONVERSATION AND FELLOWSHIP WAS HAD BY ALL.  THE LADIES PARTICULARLY LIKED THE PERSONALLY SIGNED FIRE FIGHTER'S CALENDERS. 

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ROTARY FIRE FIGHTERS HOME KICK OFF CELEBRATION Jerry Harris 2013-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris

SUNDAY EVENING AT ART & OLGA BAUTISTA'S CASA OUR CLUB HAD A ROTARY FIRE FIGHTERS HOME PIT TEST.  THE PIT & THE COOKS CAME TROUGH WITH FLYING AND TASTY ACCOLADES.  THE FOOD AND  ROTARY FELLOWSHIP WERE GREAT.  SOME ROTARIANS WHO HAVE BEEN MIA WERE THERE AS WELL AS CURRENT & PAST DISTRICT OFFICERS. CINDY WITH HELP FROM SONYA & IRENE LEAD US TO ANOTHER GREAT CLUB OUTING.  TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOS CLICK ROTARY FFH BAR-B-QUE PIT TEST

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ROTARY FFH PIT TEST Jerry Harris 2013-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 10, 2013

Nursing Scholarship Awards were presented to 3 applicants at Wednesday's club meeting.  In the photo from the left are Cindy Murphy Chair of the Scholarship Committee and this year's three recipients.   All recipients will participate the rest of the year in club activities and give us a progress report at the end of their school year. They also promised warm bed pans for Rotarians in the hospital if the need arises.

 

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2013 NURSING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS Jerry Harris 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Craig Completes Red Badge Program Carmen Cuneo 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2013

Past District Governor Ed honored our Rotary Club by being the installing officer transferring our club's presidency from Susan Saeger to Jay Taylor.  Junior Past President Susan passed the long time president's pin to President Jay and he presented her a Past President's pin along with a plaque honoring her year of service.  Congratulations to both and thanks to the PDG Ed for his help in making this a smooth transition.  

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NEW PRESIDENT INSTALLED Jerry Harris 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Mar 13, 2013

Christian Pelz, was our Rotary Youth Exchange student 2003/04.  Christian, now age 25, is now the principal Cellist with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.  Christian credits his year here at High School for Visual and Performing Arts to his decision to become what he clearly has become.
To see him playing his music CLICK HERE.

OUR 2003-2004 EXCHANGE STUDENT IS VERY SUCESSFUL Jerry Harris 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

Event chair, Alice Hasting-James led our group of Rotarians including our club President Susan to work the phone bank at the Channel 8 Telethon.  We were there for 4 hours and took more pledges than Channel 8 had originally anticipated.  It was a worthy service project and a great time was had by  all.

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CHANNEL 8 TELETHON Jerry Harris 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Mar 01, 2013

Our club meet out west of Tomball to help paint a home at the Boy's & Girl's Country College Campus.  It was a bright cool morning and we were given grey paint for the home.  It looked great until we were told the the grey was for the trim and the white was for the trim.  It really looked better the way it was done.  The ladies form Duchesne Academy and our Lamar Interact Club were present along with some other volunteers.  As usual, Susan Epps, provided great food for all.  This was another meaningful service project.  To see photos of this event click B & G Country Paint Day


BOYS & GIRLS COUNTRY PAINTING DAY Jerry Harris 2013-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Feb 08, 2013

Lizzy Tan's Experience at RYLA 2013

I attended RYLA 2013 as a representative of the Lamar High School Interact Club. It was an eye-opening experience. The Rotaract members who ran the camp were phenomenal. I can't express how impressed I am by their attitudes and organization. They truly made RYLA an enjoyable experience rather than just a camp.

I also really enjoyed the speakers' presentations. It was inspiring to experience Dr. Rich’s revolutionary approach to motivation (through the Zumba exercises). She struck me as a very independent, responsible woman - someone I would like to be in the future. Fred Newhouse also inspired me, not only because he is an Olympian (very impressive for us to be able to meet him), but because he was humble and told us to strive to be "the best we can be," rather than just a trite "work hard and you'll achieve all your dreams." I also really liked his motto "You must run this race alone" because it made me realize that I ultimately am responsible for my successes and failures - even if other obstacles impede progress, I am still accountable for my outcomes. He was probably my favorite presenter. What I liked most about the presentation on Cowboy Ethics was the collages each student made - these collages appealed to me because I am a very visually-minded person and like to have tangible goals and evidence.

I liked that we students were divided into small group teams; not only did this push me to interact with others, I also got to make connections with other Interactors that I will be able to work with in the future (on combined projects, etc.). I really liked that everyone at RYLA wanted to be there and that everyone had a positive, involved attitude. The activities we did would have been less enjoyable had there been disinterested students who complained. I definitely enjoyed the ROPES courses we did on the Carolina Creek Facility. It was refreshing to be outside and working through physical obstacles as we made connections to situations involving more metaphorical obstacles. My counselors, Christian and Denise, were awesome coaches. They were very open, easy-going, and passionate; they are the reason that my group got along so well.

Another thing that really made RYLA fun was the setting. The Caroline Creek Christian Camp facilities were well-kept, clean, and functional. The cabins were much nicer than I had anticipated; as you can imagine, having clean, spacious cabins made a huge difference in the campers’ overall experiences! The cafeteria and food were nice additions as well. The Carolina Creek Christian Camp staff worked with students like me in playing games and navigating the ropes courses. I had a very good impression of them and am glad that Rotary chose to host the camp at their facility.

One of my favorite things about RYLA was the social, “free time” in the schedule. These breaks were probably the most influential times I had at RYLA – during breaks, I was able to bond and build relationships with the other campers by playing volleyball, chatting, and relaxing together. I feel like these times were perhaps more critical to our interpersonal relationships than some of the team building skills we played. Houston is such a big metropolis; it was interesting to meet people from areas that I had never heard or been to!

I also really liked the involvement of the Rotary-sponsored foreign exchange students. I was pleasantly surprised that there were so many kids in the program at RYLA. International awareness and creating global connections is something that I am very interested in. As an Asian American myself, I feel that it is important that people of all nations have the opportunity to experience other cultures and make connections with others. I would like to be a foreign exchange student in the future. RYLA also illuminated to me the possibility of doing an exchange program through Rotary, a concept I had been unaware of!

All in all, I am absolutely grateful for having the chance to go to RYLA 2013. I have been to several leadership trainings/camps in the past; however, what I really enjoyed about RYLA was the network of other Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors. No other camp could give me the opportunity to make connections with other like-minded members the way RYLA has. I am very excited about utilizing these network connections to collaborate on projects in the future. RYLA was a great experience and I would highly recommend this camp to anyone.

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ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS-CLUB'S INTERACTOR'S REVIEW Jerry Harris 2013-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jan 22, 2013

OUR ROTARY CLUB FOR YEARS HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL ROTARY INTERNATIONAL RECOGNIZED CLUB.  WITH THE HELP OF THEIR SPONSOR, MRS. DAWN FOY, THEIR PRESIDENT AUSTIN RUIZ AND THEIR ENTHUSIASTIC MEMBERS IT HAS FINALLY BECOME A REALITY.  ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 GOVERNOR CHRIS SCHNEIDER PRESENTED THEIR CURRENT PRESIDENT AUSTIN RUIZ THEIR CHARTER.  INTERACT DISTRICT 5890 GOVERNOR GARRETT KNEESE SPOKE TO THE GROUP ABOUT THE WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE THEY WILL HAVE IN INTERACT AND AT INTERACT FUNCTIONS.  WE PRESENTED THEM THEIR CLUB BANNER, A 4-WAY TEST BANNER, BELL, PINS AND MEMBERSHIP CARDS.  PRESENT FROM OUR CLUB WERE JERRY HARRIS, CINDY MURPHY (INTERACT CO-CHAIRS), PHIL CEZEAUX, JAY TAYLOR & JIM CRAIG.  ALSO DISTRICT 5890 YOUTH CHAIRS TOMMIE & CHARLIE BUSCEMI SPOKE TO THE INTERACTORS.  EVERYONE ENJOYED THE AFTERNOON.  LAMAR WILL BE A VERY ACTIVE CLUB.Image

LAMAR INTERACT GETS CHARTER Jerry Harris 2013-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jan 18, 2013

SATURDAY EVENING OUR CLUB HAD A GREAT 2013 KICKOFF PARTY AT LUCY'S CLUBHOUSE.  IT WAS A FUN EVENING AND HOMERO'S FIREHOUSE TACO TRUCK PROVIDED SOME DELICIOUS MEXICAN FOOD.  TO SEE PHOTOS CLICK HERE 2013 KICKOFF PARTY

2013 KICKOFF PARTY Jerry Harris 2013-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Members of our Rotary Club met Saturday morning to build 4 garden plots,at the Santa Maria Hostel which is dedicated the helping women with abuse and drug problems.  The weather was perfect short sleeve temperatures and the work was completed by 11:00 AM.  Dr. Manu Sharma ( our Wednesday speaker), two of our nurse scholarship recipients and fellow Rotarians moved and placed cinder blocks and lots of dirt.  As usual, snacks were  provided by Susan Epps.  We are getting good at the building of these type of above ground gardens thanks to the leadership of Wayne Shull.  As a note to him, he should always pick out days with such great weather.  Click on the Santa Maria album on the tight side of the page to view the pictures or just click GARDEN PICTURESImage

SANTA MARIA HOSTEL GARDEN PROJECT Jerry Harris 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Nov 16, 2012

SATURDAY WAS A GREAT FOOTBALL DAY.  THE WEATHER WAS PERFECT!  THE KIDS FROM THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, THE YMCA AND THE CHINQUAPIN SCHOOL REALLY ENJOYED THE FACE PAINTING, THE TATTOS, THE HOT DOGS WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS AND A GREAT FOOTBALL GAME WHERE RICE SOUNDLY DEFEATED  THE SMU MUSTANGS 36 TO 14.  WHAT A WELL BEHAVED BUNCH OF KIDS.  OUR CLUB WISHES TO THANK OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS IN MAKING THIS HAPPEN:  H.E.B FOOD STORES FOR THE FOOD (EXCEPT THE GREAT DESERTS MADE BY SUSAN EPPS), GEO H LEWIS FUNERAL DIRECTORS FOR THE TENT, THE RICE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FOR THE TICKETS AND OUR MANY HELPERS FROM DUCHESNE  ACADEMY, ST. THOMAS AND LAMAR HIGH SCHOOLS AND  OUR FELLOW ROTARIANS WHO CAME OUT TO HELP SERVE AND MAKE THIS EVENT COME OFF SMOOTHLY.  OUR CHIEF COOK, JIM MORES, AND HIS LAST BATCH CAJUN DOGS WERE LARAPIN.   I PERSONALLY WISH TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO DID THE HEAVY LIFTING AND FETCHING WHILE I AM RECOVERING FROM KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY.  IT WAS GREAT TO SEE ALL OF THE HELPERS AND WE ALL ENJOYED THE ROTARY FELLOWSHIP.   TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THIS EVENT CLICK ON THE ALBUM  TAILGATE 11-17-2012 ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE OR JUST CLICK TAILGATE PARTY PHOTOS

GREAT TAILGATE PARTY Jerry Harris 2012-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
After a great All Club meting our club was host Friday morning to RI President Tanaka at the Houston Fire Department. President Tanaka was very interested in the international work our club and particularly Past President Art Bautista have accomplished in arranging the donation and transfer of fire fighting equipment and firetrucks to Tampico, Mexico. Houston Fire Chief Garrison, who went to Japan on a Rotary exchange program, was also there to welcome him and to show him around the facility.  President Tanaka was the District Governor when Chief Garrison was in Japan.  It was a wonderful event and all present enjoyed the Rotary fellowship and the unique opportunity to speak directly with the Rotary International President.  Thank you for your time Mr. President.

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OUR CLUB HOST RI PRESIDENT TANAKA AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT Jerry Harris 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
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All Club meeting September 27 Art Bautista 2012-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 04, 2012
Nursing Scholarship Awards were presented to 3 applicants at Wednesday's club meting.  In the photo from the left are President Susan, recipients Rochelle Smith, Keidra Hyatt, Cindy Murphy Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee, and recipient Blanca Darrington .  All recipients which attend Prairie View University Nursing School will participate the rest of the year in club activities and give us a progress report at the end of their school year. They also promised warm bed pans for Rotarians in the hospital if the need arises.
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NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS 2012 Jerry Harris 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Aug 21, 2012
SEVERAL ROTARIANS AND TWO HOST FAMILIES WELCOMED HELENA TO HOUSTON AT TERMINAL E.  SHE IS A DELIGHTFUL YOUNG LADY WITH A GREAT SMILE.  SHE LIKES TO PLAY VOLLEY BALL AND WILL TRY OUT FOR THE BELLAIRE TEAM.
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EXCHANGE STUDENT HELENA ARRIVES Jerry Harris 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
 
ImageA GROUP OF FELLOW RCUAH ROTARIANS SPENT SATURDAY MORNING BUILDING GARDEN PLOTS OUT OF CINDER BLOCKS AND FILLING THEM WITH DIRT AND MULCH.  IT WAS SLIGHTLY WARM BUT WITH LOTS OF DRINKS AND FOOD ARRANGED BY SUSAN EPPS WE MADE IT THROUGH THE MORNING.  THE VEGETABLES THAT ARE GROWING THERE NOW ARE GETTING LARGE,  THERE WAS SOME BEANS THAT WERE NEARLY 18" LONG.  MITCHELL LOU LED THE DISCUSSION ON HOW TO PREPARE SUCH A VEGETABLE.  A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.
AGAPE GARDEN WORK DAY Jerry Harris 2012-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Fire Trucks road trip June 2012 Art Bautista 2012-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jun 19, 2012
Past District Governor Suzi Howe was the installing officer at Wednesday morning's Club Installation of Officers for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  Past President Lucy presented her officers and directors with certificates of appreciation for their help during the 2011-2012 Rotary year as well as presenting members Wayne Schull and Jay Taylor with Paul Harris Fellowship awards for their outstanding club service.  Pictured below are PDG Suzi, President Susan and Junior Past President Lucy.  Also shown are JPP Lucy and our past Assistant Governor Ronny.

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CLUB INSTALLATION JUNE 20, 2012 Jerry Harris 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Apr 27, 2012
Saturday morning a few brave Rotarians representing our club met at 7:00 AM at the HFD warehouse on Dart Street and received an 18 wheeler's load of out of service but still in working condition firefighting equipment.  This will be sent via our sister club in Tampico, Mexico to be presented to the Tampico firefighters.  The City of Tampico is a Sister City with Houston.  Afterwards, our group met at the Avenue Grill for a great breakfast.  Rotary Service Above Self and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

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HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT DONATION Jerry Harris 2012-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jan 06, 2012
 SATURDAY WAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEATHER AND A WONDERFUL EVENING FOR HAVING THE UNIVERSITY AREA'S NEW YEAR'S KICKOFF PARTY.  WHEN IT WAS PLANNED NO ONE COULD HAVE GUESSED WHAT A GREAT NAME FOR AN EVENT CONSIDERING THE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS.  CINDY AND LAURA DID A REMARKABLE JOB OF PLANNING AND ARRANGING OUR MEXICAN THEME PARTY.  THE HOME MADE SANGERIA AND THE GREAT FOOD PROVIDED BY AG RONNY'S LOS TIOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER.  THE FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS  SUSAN EPPS SENT WERE BEAUTIFUL.  AS USUAL PHIL WITH THE HELP OF GERRY WERE GREAT BARTENDERS.  WE WATCHED THE TEXANS KICK BUTT.  NO ONE COULD HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER TIME.  IT WAS A GREAT EVENING FOR ROTARY FELLOWSHIP!  TO VIEW PHOTOS CLICK HERE.
NEW YEAR'S KICKOFF PARTY Jerry Harris 2012-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Nov 18, 2011

Saturday was another successful Tailgate Party.  This year our club invited the YMCA along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Chinquapin School.  The sunshine promised  by the weatherman did not show up so next year we should invite the weatherman to insure sunshine.  Susan Epps brought some students from Duchasne Academy and St. Thomas along with some of their mothers.  They entertained the attendees with face painting, Rice tattoos, bean bag toss games and air jumping as well as helping in the serving line where we served between 250 to 300 hot dogs,chili, chips, twinkies and drinks.  Many of our club members were on hand led by Madam President Lucy.  A big Rotary thank you goes out to HEB, our major food sponsor and Geo. H Lewis Company for furnishing the tent.  Dr. Jim brought his propane boiling unit and cooked the dogs.  The last batch has become a custom to be very spicy.  Rotarians enjoyed those tasty dogs.  After the meal our guest attended the Rice football game.
To view some of the pictures of the event please chick HERE .   

TAILGATE 2011 Jerry Harris 2011-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Oct 20, 2011

FELLOW UNIVERSITY AREA ROTARIANS HAD A FUN EVENING AT THE MILLER OUTDOOR THEATER IN HERMAN PARK.  WE  ATTENDED THE PLAY-DRIVING MISS DAISY.  MOST SAT ON THE HILL WITH LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS AND OTHERS IN THE SEATS.  THOSE OF US WHO WERE AROUND DURING THE TIME PERIOD COVERED IN THE PLAY HAD MEMORIES OF EVENTS PORTRAYED.  SOME WHO HAD RELATIVES OF MISS DAISY'S AGE TRULY UNDERSTOOD THE MEANING EXPRESSED IN THE PLAY.

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ROTARY NIGHT AT THE MILLER THEATER Jerry Harris 2011-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 16, 2011

After a dinner reception at Bill Baker's home Friday evening attended by Past District Governor Suzi Howe and our AG Ronny, on Saturday morning our Rotary Club arranged for the transfer of fire fighting equipment from the Houston Fire Department (HFD) to Tampico, Matamoros & other small Mexican cities via the Club Rotario Matamoros Professional, a Rotary Club of all female professionals.  Their Presidenta 2011-2012 Lillian Martinez Garza and 4 other members flew in for the transfer.  After the equipment was loaded in the 18 wheeler at the HFD's center on Dart Street, the Rotarians & members of the fire department enjoyed breakfast together and then proceeded to Art Bautista's shop where donated computer equipment was added to the shipment. We also included  100 medical ambu bags that were donated by Dr. Cabrera of the Hermann Park Rotary club to Angie Jimenez from the Houston club and Angie donated them to Art, This was another example that "ROTARY WORKS."  Our club also wants to recognize the efforts of our members--Rotarians  Homero Ponce-Lopez, for his continuing help in our relationship with the HFD,  Bill Baker for helping Art pick up computers and monitors in various locations and for hosting the event at his home and Art Bautista for his tireless efforts in making sure all these activities came to fruition. This International Rotary fellowship was enjoyed by all. 

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UARC ARRANGES FIRE EQUIPMENT DONATION TO MATAMOROS, TAMPICO & OTHERS Jerry Harris 2011-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 06, 2011

Nursing Scholarship Awards were presented to 3 applicants at Wednesday's club meting.  In the photo from the left are Dick Ferley-Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Cindy Murphy Co-Chair, recipients Natalie Lewis, Bianca Darrington, Sheila Esparza and Madame President Lucy Tausend.  All recipients which attend Prairie View University Nursing School will participate the rest of the year in club activities and give us a progress report at the end of their school year.

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2011 NURSING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS Jerry Harris 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 02, 2011
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Saturday was a beautiful day with tropical breezes and no rain.  Peter graciously allowed Bill, AJ , Jerry with help from Phil  to set up in front of his El Mason Cuban Restaurant.  Most of the folks visiting Rice Village Saturday were from outside of the area.  We did learn about a great tropical Cuban drink made with the Memae fruit.  It's non alcoholic and great tasting.  Try it the next time you visit El Mason.
BILL, AJ & JERRY SOLICIT FLAG SUBSCRIPTIONS Jerry Harris 2011-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Aug 24, 2011
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A CLUB SOCIAL HOUR WAS HELD AT THE CHELSEA GRILL LOCATED IN THE MUSEUM DISTRICT ON THE CORNER OF CHELSEA STREET AND MONTROSE BLVD.  THE GATHERING WAS  FUN AND INFORMATIVE SINCE WE HAD A LONGER TIME TO SWAP STORIES AND DISCUSS THE EVENTS OF THE DAY.  CINDY MURPHY DID AN EXCELLENT JOB OF PLANNING THIS SOCIAL.
CLUB SOCIAL AUGUST 25, 2011 Jerry Harris 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jul 08, 2011
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Our Rotary Club had another successful help day at Medical Bridges. The effort was lead by President Lucy & Tom. Helpers included Dr Joe, Doris, Jr Past President Bob, President Elect Susan, Vice President Fred, Past Presidents Bill P & Jerry H, Treasurer Phil & Ute, Wayne Shull, Cindy Murphy and Bill S & small sidekick. It is amazing how many small medical items there are to sort & count. It is always a learning experience. Lucy even explained what some of the instruments were used for. Not only was this event another example of "Service Above Self", it offered Great Fellowship for all. For a slide show of the event, please click on the MEDICAL BRIDGES PHOTO ALBUM on the right side of this page
MEDICAL BRIDGES HELP DAY Jerry Harris 2011-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on May 02, 2011

Matching Grant for uninterrupted power supply for Piyali School

Piyali Learning Centre presently caters to nearly 200 girl students, who are provided with education, clothes, toiletries, healthcare and two nutritious meals a day free of cost. Their mothers and other womenfolk of the village benefit from the adult literacy, vocational training and self-employment through micro-credit programmes run by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.

The school is presently functioning from rented facilities with limitation of expansion. Therefore, an ambitious task of constructing a new school building and canteen is already being implemented.  The construction of the first phase is likely to be complete by June, 2011 and will cater to 250 girls. The facilities would be gradually expanded to cater to 600 girls and free boarding facilities to girls from class five upwards by the end of 2012.

The power situation in Piyali is very erratic and alarming, due to which the village of Piyali and surrounding areas go without electricity at times for over 10 hours a day. To meet the urgent need to provide a diesel generator in the new premises for uninterrupted education of children, our club has entered into a strategic partnership with Rotary Club of Belur to take up a Matching Grant project of $ 14,559 jointly with Kensington/ Berlin Rotary club and R I Dist 7890 as international sponsors.

Rotarian Art Bautista of University Area Rotary Club, Dist 5890 played an important role in designing the project. He offered a significant amount of club contribution + DDF for this project, but his club is from a Pilot district and TRF policy restricts the use of DDF only from pilot district by way of gift. As such, his district 5890 has made an outright gift of $ 3,000 to be used for this project through D 7890. Matching this gift, D 7890 are putting up an aggregate DDF of $ 5850 (inclusive of gifted DDF).

The application was submitted on 30th March 2011, one day before the closing of deadline for current Rotary year’s Matching Grant cycle, and was acknowledged by TRF with a MG # 75134.

Project partner DG Prasad Menon of D 7890 of USA stated that “This was quite an accomplishment; I haven't seen a MG project put together between 3 Districts and 4 Rotary Clubs in such a short time. Kudos to you for spearheading.”

Primary Host Project Contact is none other than ARRFC PDG Ravi Sehgal, who remarked “Thanks Vishnuji, Its all your effort that we could see the project planning & preparation being completed in record time !!!”

Matching Grant for Piyali School Jerry Harris 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on May 02, 2011

Rotary is very close to eradication polio from the earth - really!   With the help of fellow Rotarians and worldwide caring, it will be done.  If you wish to help, please contribute your tax-deductible donation by clicking  DONATE.

After more than 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are now "This Close" to eradicating polio, and a wide array of public figures and celebrities have signed on to help Rotary spread the word. Headlined by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, this diverse lineup of influential leaders and personalities includes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, action movie star Jackie Chan, conservationist Jane Goodall, premier violinist Itzhak Perlman, Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, golfing great Jack Nicklaus, and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. In a series of print, broadcast and outdoor public service advertisements each uses a simple hand gesture to show Rotary is "This Close" to wiping out polio worldwide. Nicklaus, Perlman and Tutu are themselves survivors of this crippling disease. Broadcast television commercials feature a mix of celebrities and non-celebrities around the world saying, "We are this close to making history. We are this close to changing the world. We are this close to ending polio—all we need is you." To view or download the materials in high quality, please click on the related media below.

We Are THIS CLOSE To Eradicating Polio ! Jerry Harris 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Mar 24, 2011
 Our Rotary Club has received congratulations from Rotary District 5890 for being in the 2009-2010 TOP GIVING CLUBS.  Here is how we ranked:
 TOTAL The Rotary Foundation  GIVING #4  $31,140.00
TOP PER-MEMBER TOTAL TRF GIVING #4 $676.96
TOP POLIO PLUS CLUBS #4 $11,195.00
TOP PER-MEMBER POLIO PLUS #3 $243.37
A big Rotary thank you to Past-President Art Bautista and all who donated and help raise the funds.  For a club our size we accomplish a lot.
CONGRATULATIONS FROM DISTRICT 5890 Jerry Harris 2011-03-24 13:59:14Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Mar 11, 2011

 Saturday morning our club along with the girls form Duchesne Academy and a few boys from St Thomas High School performed a painting project at the Boys & Girls Country campus in Hockley, TX.  Our Rotary club was represented by Project Leader Wayne Schull, President Bob Schamus , food & labor coordinator Susan Epps (her wonderful coffee cake was gone fast), Alice Hastings-James, Mitchell Lou and nephew Joseph Lau, Phil & Ute Cezeaux, our new member Cindy Murphy, Fred Meyer, Art & Olga Bautista with granddaughter, Bill & Kate Baker,  Jerry Harris,  Gerry Rein, Bill Sharber, Jim Moers & Dick Stabell.  (If I left anyone our or put someone in, my appologies.)  It was a beautiful spring morning and the project was completed by noon.  It was a wonderful opportunity for Rotary fellowship and Service Above Self  to the community. 


BOYS & GIRLS COUNTRY SERVICE DAY Jerry Harris 2011-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 26, 2011
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Remember, we have a site devoted to sole purpose of our Rotary flag program. If you need to order a flag in time for the next installation day, please go to:
    www.rotaryflags.org 
to obtain complete information on our major fund-raising project. Rotarians and visitors are welcome and no password is needed. Note - we do take credit cards and checks through the secure PayPal site or checks by snail mail. You can still download and use the PDF form shown on this site's page to your right under DOWNLOADS>>.

 

Don't Forget Our Flag Site for Holiday Flags 2011-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jan 21, 2011

Saturday morning our club toured the Houston ship channel abord the S/V Sam Houston.  The weather was cool to start but the Rotary fellowship was warm.  It was impressive to see the industry that has facilities along the channel but looking at the brown water was a little sad.  Folks need to stop throwing stuff into the streams and bayous that feed the channel.  After the tour we met at Brady's Landing Restaurant and consumed a great buffet.  The club get together was enjoyed by all.  Thank you Susan Seager for planning the event and ordering such a beautiful sunny day.

SHIP CHANNEL TOUR Jerry Harris 2011-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Dec 15, 2010
Our club had a great Holiday Party at Rafael Manrique de Lara's home.  It was a festive event with lots of good food and fellowship.  All present enjoyed the evening.  Click here HOLIDAY PARTY PICTURES . Muchas Gracias to Rafael for hosting the event and the meal.
HOLIDAY PARTY AT RAFAEL'S HOME Jerry Harris 2010-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Nov 19, 2010
 What a great day Saturday November 20, 2010 was for a Tailgate Party.  The weather was perfect.  Rotarians picked up the food donated by our major sponsor, HEB.  By 10:00 the young ladies from Duchesne and the young men from St Thomas. our Fellow Rotarians, regular and new volunteers arrived and the event was set up.  Around 11:00 our guest from the Boys & Girls Clubs and Chinquapin School started arriving.  Face painting, Rice tattoos and good food were enjoyed by all.  After the meal the Boys & Girls Clubs presented our club with Thank You banners then it was off to the Rice football game.  This was another successful Rotary Club of University Area Houston Tailgate Party.  Rotarians enjoyed the fellowship and seeing some of our missing members.  Our club appreciates and thanks all those who took part in the event which is a 25 Year plus tradition.  Susan Epps arranged for the food & provided her wonderful deserts, Dick Stabell got the tickets & tables, Jim Moers was chief cook.  (Made great spicy dogs for the older crowd.)  A special thank you to Geo. H Lewis & Sons for the use of the tent and putting it in the right place. Under  Journals on the right side of this page click on TAILGATE 2010 to see some of the pictures of the event. or just click  HERE
TAILGATE 2010 Jerry Harris 2010-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Nov 05, 2010

Saturday morning our club along with the girls form Duchesne Academy and the boys from St Thomas High School performed a painting project at the Boys & Girls Country campus in Hockley, TX.  Our Rotary club was represented by Project Leader Wayne Schull, President Bob Schamus, PE Lucy Tausend, VP Susan Seager, food & labor coordinator Susan Epps, new Rotarians Jay Taylor, his wife & son and Alice Hastings-James, Mitchell Lou, Shubra Gosh, Jean-Francois Meyrat, Fred Meyer, Fred de Oliveria, Bill Baker, Ron Donelson, Jerry Harris, Dick Ferley, Nelson Starbranch, Gerry Rein, Dick Stabell and his friend Mike.  (If I left anyone our or put someone in, my appologies.)  It was a beautiful fall morning and the project was completed by noon.  It was a wonderful opportunity for Rotary fellowship and Service Above Self  to the community. 

 

BOYS & GIRLS COUNTRY PROJECT Jerry Harris 2010-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Nov 02, 2010
Fellow Rotarian Jerry Davis received his Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris THREE Ruby pin at today's meeting.  This honor is awarded to few Rotarians due to the amount of donations needed to qualify.  He shares Rotary's vision of a better world and certantly expresses his commitment to the work of ROTARY through his generosity.  Our Rotary Club is proud to count Jerry as a true member who practices the ideals of the 4 WAT TEST.  He is a wonderful example a Rotarian who shares his good fortune with others in need  through his generous donations to the Rotary International Foundation.


JERRY DAVIS RECEIVES A PAUL HARRIS RUBY PIN Jerry Harris 2010-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 07, 2010
 Fellow Rotarian Walt Saunders passed around today a story form the April 1924 Rotarian Magazine about a clock made for his father Rotarian Walter A. Saunders, then president of the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi, Texas.  His employees, knowing how much he loved Rotary built and presented him this clock due to his belief in a closer union of employer and employee.  To see the full story and a picture of the clock CLICK HERE.  After bringing up The Rotarian magazine go to the bottom section of page 32.
SAUNDERS FAMILY ROTARY CLOCK Jerry Harris 2010-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by jmoers on Aug 31, 2010
 The 2010 nursing scholarships were awarded by President Bob Schamus, Past President & Scholarship Chairman Dick Ferley and committee member Ron Donelson at the September 01 and September 08 meetings.  The September 01 recipients were Jennie Barrera and Martha Adu.  The September 08 recipients were Chimtua Chukwuemeka-Ogbah, Shauntel Scott and Khadine Haye.  All are from the school of nursing at Prairie View A & M.  Each gave a short thank you speech and told the club of their future plans.  Our Rotary club is proud to be able to support the medical community by providing assistance to these worthy future nurses.  Since the inception of our clubs' Nurses Scholarship  Program, we have awarded approximately $200,000.00.


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Posted on Aug 17, 2010

It did not take long before Jonas realized that long hair in Texas is HOT.   He is now sporting his new cooler TEXAS hairdo.  It looks great!

       

                                                           

JONAS BECOMES A TEXAN 2010-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
JONAS EATS HIS FIRST TEX-MEX DINNER Jerry Harris 2010-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2010
Our new exchange student, Jonas Rudel arrived today (August 6th) and was welcomed by club members and outgoing exchange student Joseph Preshava (who will be staying at Jonas' home in Germany).  When Jonas left home the temperature was 77* (22*C) and was welcomed to Houston's 100*+(38*C) weather.  Joseph and Jonas rode together to learn more about each others' country and home town.



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Posted on Apr 30, 2010

Saturday morning our club helped sort medical supplies at Medical Bridges to be shipped to clinics and hospitals in South America.  We did LOTS of counting and as usual there were some items that defied our knowledge.  Thank goodness there was an RN who worked there who knew what everything was.  Jack counted in Chinese while Doris counted in banking language.  Good fellowship was had by all.  Those wanting more info can click on Medical Bridges .  Take a look at Rotary - in action!

 

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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!

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ImageThe Rotary Club of University Area has undertaken the great service project of assisting firefighters and first responders and their immediate families or caregivers by providing low cost, fully furnished housing (40 unit apartment complex) that is secure and accessible to The Texas Medical Center (TMC) while they are undergoing active treatment at TMC for any medical condition, particularly cancer,  that is the result of an on the job injury or resulting medical condition.  The housing will be open to firefighters and first responders throughout the United States and to foreign firefighters on a "space available" basis.  Firefighters are held in high regard worldwide for the selfless service they perform on a daily basis and deserve the support of all.  The ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME IS A 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization approved by the IRS.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the IRS code.  The City of Houston, the Houston Fire Department, the Bellaire Fire Department, the Local chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters , The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), The Rotary Club of New York and fellow Rotarians are going to be participants in seeing the project come to completion.  To see some of the ways you or any Rotary Club or organization can help, please see the initial write up by clicking ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME .  You are welcome to print out this informational PDF and give it out to your friends and associated to help our club spread the word about this great project.  Please watch our YouTube video by CLICKING HERE .  To see more about the home and how you can help click at the top on the ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME logo and just chick HERE   Thank you for your interest and help.

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ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME--"You Were There For Us; We Are Here For You" Jerry Harris 0
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ImageOur  Rotary Club was well represented at  our district all club meeting, in attendance present and accounted for were; Our club President Irene Hickey, Vice President Sonya Heath, Jerry Harris, Mitchell Lou, Kathy Kennedy, G.V. Krishnan,  Homero Ponce, Jim Craig and Art Bautista.  Our new Paul Harris Society members;  Mitchell Lou, G. V. Krishnan, Sonya Heath and Jerry Harris were invited to the VIP room to meet our Rotary International President.

Homero Ponce and Jim Craig did a great job at our expo table promoting the FIRE FIGHTERS HOME  project.

This was by far the liveliest and more fun all club meeting that I have attended, RI president Gary  Huang is a great speaker and he was teaching us all Chinese.

 

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Posted by Art Bautista

One of our fire trucks being put to the test in a huge oil refinery blaze, this happened in Altamira Mira alta, Tampico, Mexico. We should all feel proud of the work that we have accomplished in helping the fighter fighters in Tampico with much needed gear and since 2009  3 containers of fire fighting equipment, 7 fire trucks and 1 ambulance, a big thank you to all our club members who have helped with this worthy cause and a huge THANK YOU to all the drivers who made the nearly 17 hour drive trip on more than one occasion  to deliver the fire trucks to Pharr, Texas.Image

One of our fire trucks Art Bautista 0
Posted by Jerry Harris

The 2014 Annual Nursing Awards were presented to Evellin Umanzor & Ingy Yamilet Umanzor both from UST school of nursing and our first pair of  sisters and Nicole Pepito from PVAM school of nursing.  Shown with the recipients are ours clubs nursing chair Rotarian Cindy Murphy and Rotarian Ron Donelson.

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NURSING SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATIONS Jerry Harris 0
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THE GREAT NEWS WAS THAT XEROX GRANTED IRENE HICKEY A 6 MONTH LEAVE WITH FULL BENEFITS (LIKE PAY) TO WORK FULL TIME ON OUR ROTARY FIRE FIGHTER'S HOME PROJECT TO PROVIDE A HOME AWAY FROM HOME TO FIREFIGHTERS COMING TO MD ANDERSON CANCER HOSPITAL.  SHE IS ONE OF FIVE EMPLOYEES NATIONALLY AND THE ONLY WOMEN THAT XEROX GRANTED THIS WONDERFUL BENEFIT.  SHE WAS PROVIDED A PR TEAM COURTESY OF XEROX TO HELP US GET THE WORD OUT.  THE FIRE FIGHTER'S HOME WILL PROVIDE THE FIRE FIGHTERS WITH A QUALITY PLACE TO STAY AT A VERY LOW COST WHILE RECEIVING CANCER TREATMENT.  HOUSING NEAR THE MEDICAL CENTER IS USUALLY EXPENSIVE AND MOST TREATMENTS TAKE WEEKS IF NOT LONGER.  MD ANDERSON CANCER HOSPITAL, THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS, BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY, ARE ALL WORKING ON PARTICIPATING IN OUR PROJECT WHICH HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO THEM AT SEVERAL MEETINGS.  IRENE WORKED WITH ALL STARTING IN APRIL 2013 TO BRING THIS GREAT PROJECT FRUITION.  OUR CLUB OWES HER AND XEROX OUR GRATITUDE FOR GETTING THIS FULLY INVOLVED.

ROTARY FIREFIGHTER'S HOME & XEROX CORPORATION Jerry Harris 0
Posted by Jerry Harris
Our club's after work social was a big success.  Who knew that you could turn water to wine (sounds biblical)?  Our fellow Rotarians had a great time, told some interesting stories and enjoyed the new wine room,  Those of you who do not have a written excuse for your absence get to buy a round at the next gathering!
                                                                                  
CLUB SOCIAL JULY 29, 2010 Jerry Harris 0
Visit to Tampico Art Bautista 0
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Our club is honored as Volunteer Group of the Year by Casa de Esperanza.  See DOWNLOADS on the right side of this page and click on RCUAH Volunteer Group of Year 2010 >>>
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The club has wrapped-up its support for the 2009-10 Tampico Campestre Rotary's Tampico Fire Department Project with the delivery of the second fire truck to the Customs Broker facility in Pharr, TX on Saturday..
 
At the Pharr warehouse undergoing documentation preparation for approval to enter into Mexico are:
1) a ladder/firetruck acquired by RCUA from Wharton fire department
2) three truckloads of surplus Houston Fire Department equipment donated by the City of Houston
3) a firetruck paid for by the Tampico Rotary and acquired from the Burton Voluntary Fire Department
 
A delegation from the Tampico Campestre Rotary visited Houston in November 2009 and described their club's project to update the City of Tampico's Fire Department to both the RCUA and to the Houston Fire Department. Thanks to the support from Capt Homero Ponce-Lopez, the Houston Fire Department, the Houston City Council and this club, much of the delegation's requests were fulfilled.
 
On May 28, 2010 there will be a ceremony in Tampico transferring this equipment to the City of Tampico. Everyone in this club is invited, encouraged and welcome to attend this celebration. Let President Art know your intentions ahead of time so he can have arrangements made for your visit.
 
Kudos is due to President Art for his effective and inspirational leadership with this successful International Tampico project.
 
 
 
Thanks to Bill Baker for driving and photographing.
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Saturday morning our club helped sort medical supplies at Medical Bridges to be shipped to clinics and hospitals in South America.  We did LOTS of counting and as usual there were some items that defied our knowledge.  Thank goodness there was an RN who worked there (shown in the middle of the picurer) who knew what everything was.  Jack counted in Chinese while Doris counted in banking language.  Good fellowship was had by all.  Those wanting more info click on Medical Bridges
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Our club delivered a second fire truck to the border Saturday 05-01-2010.  The honorary firemen are Past President Jim. President Art and Gerry.  They had fun and our Sister Club in Tampico Mexico can help fight big fires with the 2 firetrucks and 3 18 wheelers of equipment our club has sent them.
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Our new member Austin Davis made his solo kayak journey of the lower Texas Coastline  March 27th to raise funds in support of the Wounded Warrior Backpack Program. For information about this worthy project click here>> X
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 On March 19th Past President Bill delivered Fire Truck #1 to the Texas border.  This truck was donated to our Sister City of Tampico by our club. 

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On Saturday March 06 the boys from St Thomas High School joined with our club in helping paint the homes at Boys and Girls Country. Thank you to Wayne Shull for organizing another workday with fantastic weather.
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THE ROTARY CLUB OF UNIVERSITY AREA WORKS
Saturday morning at 7:00 Captain Homero and the Houston Fire Department donated 3 18 wheelers full of fire fighting equipment to be sent to the Tampico Fire department.  This effort was arranged by two of our members-President Art and new member Homero.  Our club thanks them both as well as the HFD.
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The club, with the help of new member Captain Homero Ponce, purchased a firetruck and we are paying for the parts to fix an ambulance.  President Art Bautista donated his mechanic skills to replace the engine of the ambulance and to get it in good working condition. The firetruck will soon be driven to its new home at the Tampico (Mexico) Fire Department, while the ambulance will be sent to aid in relief work in Haiti.

 

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Please help me congratulate our new graduates of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Susan Saeger and Irene Hickey;they both spent the weekend learning about rotary and how to be great leaders, after attending grueling courses on Ethics,Characteristics of leaders,Management,Personal Accountability,Listening,Generational differences and many other subjects. Then they had to cross a trecherous river by building a bridge using only the materials that they could find.

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RCUAH joined the Rotary Club of Hermann Park to have a joint meeting and successful blood drive.  Dick Stabell and Carmen Cuneo of the respective clubs chaired the event.  St. Luke's Hospital friendly & courteous staff collected a total of 24 pints of blood from Rotartians and friends.  The fellowship was enjoyed by all and many people will be helped by this generosity.   
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Homero Ponce-Lopez has completed his Membership Proposal form. He is being sponsored by Art Bautista, his classification is "Fireman"; he is a Captain in the HFD in charge of Public Relations with office at 500 Jefferson 16th floor. He is married to Belediana; has two children. He attended the University of Houston.

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 The weather was perfect on November 7 as Rotarians teamed with students from St Thomas High School and Duchesne Academy to paint the houses of Boys and Girls Country.  The cameraderie was wonderful, and many thanks to Wayne Shull for coordinating our efforts.

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(Top Row: Brandon Johnson, Bola Jaiyedla, Dick Ferley, President Art Bautista, Ron Donelson. Front Row: Elexis Mitchell, Elaine Nadal, Jeanan Alameddine, Erina Imasogie)

Scholarship Chairman Dick, Committee Member Ron and President Art presented Nurses Scholarships to six deserving students with two more to come in the next few weeks. This year's applicants were hard to choose due to the many worthy request. They promised warm bed pans for all Rotarians they may help in the future. Our club thanks the Rotarians who served on the committee and The University Area Rotary Foundation for the funding. This is a wonderful example of the money from the Flag Program (See Flag Program above) put to it's intended use. Many thanks to our flag subscription participants.

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Posted by Art Bautista
Sam Merwin 50 Years perfect attendance award
Date: Jul 17, 2009
For his Perfect attendance for 50 years our club presented Sam with an award to honor him for his achievement, Way to go Sam!
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Susan Epps
Date: Jul 17, 2009
Is recognized by the club with a Paul Harris Fellow for her service & devotion to club projects.
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Bill Baker
Date: Jul 17, 2009
Is recognized by club with a Paul Harris + 1 for his continued service to the club and all of the club projects & for his role with the flag program.
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As provided by Dick Ferley, the table below shows the history of our club's long-running nursing scholarship program:

1960                2 scholarships @ $150 each

1961 - 1978      Unknown number per year @ $150-250

1979 - 1983      8 scholarships per year @ $250

1984 - 1989      4 scholarships per year @ $750

1990 - 2000      Unknown number @ $750 - 1,500

2001                4 scholarships @ $1500

2002 - 2004      4 scholarships per year @ $2000

2005 - 2006      6 scholarships per year @ $2000

2007 -2009       8 scholarships per year @ $2000

2010                 5 scholarships @ $2000

2011                3 scholarships @ $2000

2012                3 scholarships @ $2000

2013                3 scholarships @ $2000

SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, THE ROTARY CLUB OF UNIVERSITY AREA HOUSTON HAS PROVIDED APPROXIMATELY $220,000 IN AWARDS.

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Bob completed his ninth MS 150 bike ride from Houston to Austin last weekend while riding for Team El Meson.  Although the headwinds were strong, Bob found respite in El Meson's delicious foods and wines.   He is pictured on the right with team sponsor Peter Garcia.  Left-click on the photo for more clarity.
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Rotarians from District 5890 and members of the Houston/Leipzig Sister City Association have funded the design and installation of a new modern design Peace Window in the St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. Dedication was October 9-11, 2009. Johann Sebastian Bach is buried in the Church Nave. The Church is a world Monument Fund site and a major tourist attraction. The window is located directly above the choir loft where Bach worked for the last 27 years of his life.  SEE DOWNLOADS ON RIGHT>>
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Our own Howard Gano is running as the Republican candidate for the Texas House of Representatives, District 148.  To learn more about Howard and his candidacy, click here.   I read through it all and learned quite a bit about our fellow Rotarian.
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Exchange student Marc Demmel is shown cheering after the Dynamo's fourth goal of the evening at last week's Western Conference semi-final playoff game against FC Dallas. Marc sat with Rotarian Bob Schamus, Bob's friends, and 30,000 other attendees and watched the Dynamo advance after winning, 4-1.
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Kathy Haueisen recently had a book proposal accepted. She is working on a book for The Alban Institute-- an organization that focuses on continuing educational resources and events for congregational leadership. The book is based on "Things Congregations Need to Know Before, During, and After a Disaster." She will be interviewing as many people as she can find to interview on this topic, which includes information on the most appropriate role of a local faith community when a disaster strikes. If any of our fellow Rotarians have opinions about this she would love to hear from them. (kathyhaueisen@sbcglobal.net), as she has a year to complete the project.
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Recipients of $2000 nursing scholarships for the year 2007-2008 are flanked by Dr. Joe Colquhoun and Dr Jim Moers. From left to right: Debora Champagne, Agnes Wiafe-Ababio, Xue Ling-Cordero, Brooke Butler, Aimee Pinales, and Angela Mejia. Click on photo to enlarge.
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Posted by Art Bautista
Our sister club of Tampico Campestre has extended an invitation to all our club members to join them in the presentation of the clinic on June the 22nd. For more information contact Art Bautista
Tampico dedication of clinic Art Bautista 0
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Sponsor Jerry Harris welcomes our new member, Shannon Foye, to the Rotary Club. Shannon's classification is Business Law and he offices in the nearby Rice Village area.
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Our Holiday Flag Program is progressing very well. Last Saturday, Bob Schamus, Bill Baker, and Carmen Cueno of the Astrodome Rotary Club. The three walked door-to-door in Southgate and gained eight subscriptions, bringing the total to more than 80. The next Flag Holiday is MEMORIAL DAY which will be observed next Monday, May 28, 2007. As always, click on the photo to see an enlarged image.
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