Rotary is one of the world’s premier service organizations. Paul Harris had a visionary idea when he started a tiny Rotary club in Chicago in 1905. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization and it has grown to more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.  The Spindletop Rotary Club was charted in January of 1951 and almost 70 years later the members of our club are showcasing the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".
 
The Spindletop Rotary Club's mission is to promote diverse community involvement in a welcoming and supportive environment. Each person's Rotary journey is different and depends upon the interests and involvement of that individual. I have developed a passion for Rotary over the years and it has enriched my life in return. My hope is that you, as a Spindletop Rotarian, experience the same. My challenge for you this year is to reflect on why YOU joined Spindletop Rotary, why YOU wear your pin proudly and how YOU can make a difference in our club.
 
As Rotarians, it will not be good enough to give only what we have left over or what we can spare, but we must truly give of ourselves with new excitement in support of the ideals of Rotary. Let us lead the way and let us not only inspire the world through our words, but through our deeds. And most importantly let us never forget why we became Rotarians—so that together, we could accomplish, what the individual alone never could.
 
In Rotary-
Rene'
Welcome to our new Rotary year-a message from Spindletop Rotary President Rene' Latiolais HEATHER R KUGLER 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

July 2019

I love to travel! I even enjoy the mundane process of getting from here to there. But last year, my wife, Gay, and I had one of those experiences that would strain the optimism of even the most cheerful traveler. We found ourselves with six hours to wait, at an airport where we were not scheduled to be, on a day we had not planned still to be traveling, having woken up that morning at a hotel unknown to us the night before. It was one of those days.

As we waited at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, Gay and I took a walk to people watch. We went from one end of the terminal to the other and back, looking at every gate, every destination, every group of people waiting for their flights.

Each gate was its own island of humanity. When we walked down the center of the concourse, we were in New York, moving along with everyone in one river. But when you veered off into those seats, you left that current and landed on an island. You were already in Delhi or Paris or Tel Aviv.

As we started our walk, I thought: "All these different people, all these different countries, all in one place. This is like Rotary!" But as we walked past gate after gate, I realized something. It was not like Rotary at all. Because everyone in that river was heading for an island. And every island stayed an island. The people heading to Taipei might be talking to one another, but they were not talking to the people heading to Cairo or Lagos.

Contrast that with Rotary. Rotary allows us to connect with one another, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences. It connects us with people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us with our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.

Connection is what makes the experience of Rotary so very different from walking along that concourse at JFK Airport. In Rotary, none of us is an island. All of us are in Rotary together, whoever we are, wherever we are from, whatever language we speak or traditions we follow. We are all connected to one another — part of our communities and members not only of our clubs, but also of the global community to which we all belong.

This connection is what lies at the heart of the Rotary experience. It is what brings us to Rotary. It is why we stay. Please join your fellow Rotarians on this journey as Rotary Connects the World.

Rotary Connects the World-A message from Rotary International President Mark Maloney 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Jade Rayburn

Spindletop Rotary President 2018-19

Club Christmas Party After Party, December 2018

 As this year draws to a close and we celebrate holidays with our families, let us also remember our Rotary family and the wonderful  friendships we've made laughing, loving, and helping others together.  

 

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Presidential Message 


Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

October 2018

Every Thursday morning, I receive an email from the World Health Organization with an update on the status of polio eradication. It contains a wealth of information, country by country: where and how immunization campaigns are being conducted, how many millions of children are being vaccinated, and where environmental surveillance has found evidence of circulating virus. But every week, when that email appears in my inbox, my heart seems to stop for just a moment until I read the first few lines – and learn whether a child was paralyzed by wild poliovirus that week.

That, my friends, is where we are today in the work of polio eradication. The question on my mind as I open that message isn't how many thousands of cases we might see in a year, as we did not too long ago, or even how many hundreds. Instead, when that WHO email arrives every Thursday, the single, binary question it answers is: Was there a new case this week, or wasn't there?

Thirty years ago, 1,000 children were paralyzed by polio every single day. Since then, we've marked our progress, year by year, week by week. We've celebrated as country after country, region after region has been declared polio-free. As we've come closer and closer to our goal, and the number of cases has dropped further and further, the children those numbers reflect have become less and less of an abstraction. When I open that Thursday email, I don't wonder what number I'll see. I wonder, was a child paralyzed this week or not?

We are so close to eradication – but there is so much work left to do.

This month, I ask every Rotary club to help End Polio Now by marking World Polio Day on 24 October. Last year, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world held events to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. This year, we want to see more World Polio Day events registered than ever. If you have an event planned, be sure to register and promote it at endpolio.org so that more people can take part. If you haven't planned one yet, it's not too late – visit endpolio.org to find ideas, information on this year's livestream, and resources to help your club organize a successful event.

World Polio Day is a tremendous opportunity for clubs to highlight Rotary, and our historic work to eradicate polio, in their own communities. It is also a great way to take advantage of the challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: For every dollar that Rotary raises for polio eradication, the Gates Foundation will give two more. Join me, and Rotarians everywhere, on 24 October for World Polio Day – and Be the Inspiration for a polio-free world.

Presidential Message-Barry Rassin 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Be the Inspiration-Rotary Club of Spindletop

 
The Rotary Club of Spindletop plans to Be the Inspiration in 2018-2019 with the installation of new officers and directors
for the upcoming year. With newly inducted President Jade Rayburn at the helm, a new energy has begun to spread 
and with her new Officers and Board supporting her, she will without a doubt bring new and innovative ideas to our club.
Congratulations, Jade, and the new Officers and Board for your contributions to Service Above Self.
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We're very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is available for download!  The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your club and district on the go! Completely free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website, learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, view your meeting details and track your attendance statistics, right from your smartphone or tablet! 
 
To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 8.0 or later and with versions of Androids that are 4.0.3 or better.
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Our very own, Karen Chapman has been asked to be Assistant District Governor starting July 1. The AG acts as the conduit between clubs and the district. She will report to the 5910 District Governor, John Hathaway. The clubs she is responsible for are Spindletop (her favorite), Beaumont, Orange, and Liberty. 
 
Congratulations KAREN! We are proud to call her a Spindletop Rotarian!
 
 
 
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And last....Is it FUN?! Sherry Wells 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
WHO WILL TELL HER ROTARY MOMENT?
 
Heather Kugler is a new member with an old Rotarian soul. Her Rotary Moment on May 23, 2017 was a SHOW STOPPER. Grab a hankie. Here is the complete text:
 
When Karen approached me about doing this week’s rotary moment, she said it was okay if I didn't have that "one" yet since I was a newer member. She was right, but I obviously agreed to do it anyway since I'm standing up here. I was sitting at my desk after our little text message exchange, wondering why I agreed to do this. (Insert “who could say no to Karen” joke here.)
 
So-Let's rewind about a year. I had just finished the Soapbox Derby as a spectating parent and I approached Bobby about how I could help. I felt I had a lot of great qualities I could bring to the derby, but I had no idea what Rotary really was, nor what it had in store for me. I was simply seeking an opening to help work on the derby, and never expected what I’d really get.
 
Bobby brought me as his guest to a few meetings and I often sat silently observing the behaviors and personalities of the members around me and thought many times about where and how exactly I could fit in. I don’t have a fancy job title, or a wall of degrees, or even a smidgeon of the experience collected in this room. I felt out of place among many of you, and was unsure if this would eventually be a bigger commitment that I intended.
 
A recent career move had changed EVERYTHING in my life drastically and quickly. I went from working in non-profits part-time where I felt like I was making a difference, to tied-down to a corporate desk job 50 hours a week. I love my job, but before long my smiles and bubbly personality morphed into that of an unfamiliar, paper pushing robot. It’s been a wild ride for the better, and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but HONESTLY, I felt I had lost a piece of myself along the way. I had spent the better part of two years lonely and depressed, feeling without TRUE purpose, and TRUE friendship, when Rotary found me. I realized that this was the outlet I was looking for. That the values and foundations that Rotary was built on aligned perfectly with what I had been asking for God to place in my life.
 
Many, if not all of you, have likely heard the anonymously penned quote “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the number of moments that take our breath away.” This quote immediately popped into my head when reflecting on the past year that I’ve spent in Rotary.
 
So let’s fast forward a year...do I have a Rotary "moment"? Well in true millennial fashion, I don't....I have many. 😜
 
-I've contributed ideas and suggestions for change to a group of veteran Rotarians that have run this well-established club perfectly fine for years and years without me, and I didn't even manage to get kicked out!!
 
-I took a walk through time right here in my hometown and stood beneath a Gusher-inspired to further research this remarkable piece of history that I had embarrassingly had never seen in person until that day.
 
-I've learned about Beaumont nature preserves that I never knew existed, met a remarkable sandwich-maker turned prestigious, faith-based businessman, and I now subscribe and listen to Ted talks daily.
 
-I've had lunch with historical authors, real-life Indians, and was even taught to behave by a Senior Aid to a President of the United States, yall!!
 
-I’ve contributed financially to a movement that I’m proud to support-A movement to eradicate disease from the world. Wow….Who can say that?
 
-I’ve sat beside lifetime Rotarians, and listened to stories of the evolution of Rotary, and this club, and watched these fellows beam with passion and pride as they recount their own contributions and experiences.
 
-And I’ve learned that when I pour my heart and soul into these projects and get out into the community, that it just might be touched by one special little girl that I just can't get off my mind, and one that I'm hoping to become a mentor to real soon.  
 
-Last but not least, I've learned that while I cannot make gumbo better than a Beaumont fireman, I do have a place and I can fit in. And I proudly stand and serve this community alongside CPA’s, doctors, financial advisors, marketing executives, managers, entrepreneurs, more financial advisors and more CPA’s-ALL OF YOU, and I am welcomed.
 
But if I had to choose one moment out of them all so far, it was the day I was given the gift of membership, and the entire experience in all of its moments that have taken my breath away, and the life that it has in return breathed back into me. 
 
Heather Kugler
Proud Rotarian since July 2016
 
My Rotary Moment 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
A special recognition was presented to the Spindletop Rotary Club at the annual
Veterans Day program at St. Catherine School for the donation of the new flagpole.
Pictures below include the Student Council with Rotarian Joe Juarez.
 
 
 
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Posted on Apr 28, 2014
The Spindletop Rotary Club was pleased to present a check for $12,000 to the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston at the April 29 meeting. Pictured from left: Ken Stevens, Spindletop Rotarian, Brad Corley, Shriners Hospital Board Member, Connie Boyd, Regional Donor Development Officer, and President Bobby Chapman.
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Posted on Apr 25, 2014
 
Congratulations to the Spindletop Rotary Club for receiving the Presidential Citation at the District Conference. The 2013-14 Presidential Citation recognizes Rotary clubs for an array of achievements that promote our membership growth, enhance humanitarian service through our Foundation, and strengthen our network through the family of Rotary. Great work, Spindletop Rotarians!
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Spindletop Rotary Club now has a Facebook page. If you are a Facebook user, be sure to "Like" our page. The more "Likes" we have, the more our information gets spread to other Rotarians and others interested in what we are doing as a Club. It's a great way to communicate our Club's events and activities.
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The 12th annual Southeast Texas All-American Soap Box Derby was fun, exciting, and rewarding for hundreds of kids, parents and mentors. Whether you attended this year's Derby or not, you won't want to miss our photo gallery.

Photos from the 2013 Soap Box Derby can be viewed by clicking HERE.

 

PHOTO GALLERY - 2013 SOAP BOX DERBY Robert Chapman 0