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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Galveston, Texas
Galveston

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Currently via Zoom Only
Galveston, TX 77551
United States of America
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The Rotary Club of Galveston hosted the 63rd annual county wide 5th grade spelling bee on February 25, 2021. The activity usually takes place at Rosenberg Library, but this year because of CDC guidelines, the event was a virtual event. Students from Ambassador Preparatory Academy, Austin Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Magnet School, Collegiate Academy at Weis, Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School, Odyssey Academy - Galveston, and Trinity Episcopal School who are the Spelling Bee champions for their respective schools participated via Zoom. The participants, in school order, were: Madison Edwards, Justin Gomez, Austin Turk,Cadence Mann, Saiganpath Gokulnath Rao, and Claire Sonstein. The three finalists in order of first, second, and third place were: Saiganpath Gokulnath Rao, Austin Turk, and Justin Gomez. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) spelling list was used. The winning word was: bulletin.
 
A special thanks to Club members Ruth Finkelstein Suhler and Dr. Jennifer Goodman whose hard work made this possible.
 
        
 
The Rotary Club of Galveston recently honored and recognized five individuals as this year’s 2021 Rotary Distinguished Vocational Service Award recipients. Each of these special recipients were introduced to the club’s membership during a recent Zoom meeting. Awards went to an outstanding EMS technician (Amy Weber), Healthcare worker (Carl Thomas), Educator (Carla Geters), Police Officer (Colin Murphy) and Firefighter (John Eaton)
For the past two consecutive years - 2019 and 2020 - the Rotary Club of Galveston has been the #1 fundraising team in the USA in raising contributions for the WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S. 
 
Presenting the club's award was Stephanie Fitzgerald (front,right), Regional Manager for the Bay Area/Galveston Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Accepting the award for the Rotary Club of Galveston was Club President (front,left) Mike Guarino. Also pictured are Rotarian Sally Byrom (back,left), Current board member, Alzheimer's Association and 2019 Chair "Walk to End Alzheimer's); Rotarian Kyle Albright,  2020 "Walk" Chair; and Rotarian Trey Dibrell (far right), representing the the Dr. Leon Bromberg Trust. The 2021 Chair for the "Walk" will be Rotarian and immediate Past President, Jim Byrom, not pictured. (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
Make sure to not miss our last meeting of 2020 which will be held (via Zoom) at noon on Wednesday, December 16.  We have many fun activities planned and we will continue with our long standing tradition of supporting the Meals on Wheels program. We will use the same Zoom link that we have been using this fall and Ulli will send out a email reminder the day before.
 
Make sure to wear a holiday hat or your best holiday sweater!!
 
 
 
Again this year, the Rotary Club of Galveston partnered with the Galveston Marine Reserve Unit to receive and distribute "Toys for Tots' for deserving youngsters in our area who might not otherwise have a new toy this holiday season.
The Rotary Club of Galveston's Galveston Rotary Foundation recently presented a grant for $1,500 to the Assistance League of the Bay Area to help with their Operation School Bell initiative.  Presenting the check on behalf of the Rotary Club of Galveston are from left, Club Executive Secretary, Ulli Budelmann and Club President, Mike Guarino.  Accepting on behalf of the  Assistance League of the Bay Area is Charlene Donovan.  (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
The Rotary Club of Galveston was featured in a recent episode of the a local Podcast.  Mike Guarino, our Club President, was a guest of Mike Dudas on his podcast call the Scuttlebutt.  Guarino talked about the history of the club, how the club is continuing it's great work during this pandemic and what Rotary means to him personally.  He also highlighted the Toys for Tots toy drive we have coming up on November 20th from 10am - noon at Fisherman's Wharf.   Click on the link below to give it a listen.
 
 
 
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