Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup

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Members of The Rotary Club of Galveston again took part in this year's annual Spring Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup on April 17. Participants included (from left, front row) Pip Caballero, grandson of Mike Guarino;  and Rotarians Gigi Heffernan, Brett Kirkpatrick, Linda Ott-Thompson, and Club Executive Secretary, Ulli Budelmann.  From left - back row, are  Club President, Mike Guarino; along with Rotarians Don Davison, Bill Leopold, Project Chair; Ruth Suhler, and Bill Clement. (Photo by Robyn Bushong.)
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Rotary Club of Galveston - Backpack Initiative

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Members of the Rotary Club of Galveston recently packed 104 backpacks at Health Matters Chiropractic Clinic. A Rotary District Grant provided funding for 50 of the backpacks donated to Galveston Ronald McDonald House.  The additional 54 were donated by the Moody Education Foundation and donated to Shriner's Hospital, the Resource Center, and Upward Hope Academy
Rotary Club of Galveston - Backpack Initiative 2021-03-24 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Glen.

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CELEBRATING DR. BILL GLENN, JR'S 70TH ANNIVERSARY AS A ROTARIAN! 70 years ago Dr. Bill Glenn, Jr. joined our Club. He has been an outstanding Rotarian and a great mentor to countless members.
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2021 Rotary 5th Grade Spelling Bee Cissy Matthews 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

ANNUAL ROTARY CLUB OF GALVESTON VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS PRESENTED ON FEB. 24

        
 
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)
ANNUAL ROTARY CLUB OF GALVESTON VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS PRESENTED ON FEB. 24 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

2021 Annual Crawfish Boil Cancelled

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2021 ANNUAL ROTARY CRAWFISH BOIL IN GALVESTON CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
 
Sadly, the Rotary Club of Galveston Board voted recently to CANCEL our 10th Annual Crawfish Boil due to COVID-19 concerns. It was scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021 at Moody Gardens. We plan on our 2022 Crawfish Boil being bigger and better than ever. We hope our members and friends will join us next year. Please stay safe and healthy and get vaccinated when your turn comes. Let's do our part to end this pandemic.
 
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Rotary Club of Galveston/Walk to End Alzheimer's national recognition
 

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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.)
Rotary Club of Galveston/Walk to End Alzheimer's national recognition  2021-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Special Rotary Meeting on COVID-19 2020-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Toys for Tots 2020

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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.
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Happy Holidays

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Our Club wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and wonderful Holiday season! Please stay healthy and safe during these challenging times! 🎅
 
Posted by Michael Guarino
Happy Holidays 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Galveston Donates to the Assistance League of Bay Area

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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.)
Rotary Club of Galveston Donates to the Assistance League of Bay Area 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Galveston Featured on Local Podcast

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.
 
 
Rotary Club of Galveston Featured on Local Podcast 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Members of Rotary Club of Galveston Support Polio Plus Campaign 2020-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rovin Rotarians Raise $19,000 for Alzheimer's Research

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Our Club’s Rovin' Rotarians team participated in the national Walk to End Alzheimer's campaign at the UTMB field track. Our Club more than doubled our $8,000 fundraising goal this year by raising over $19,000. Rotary co-chairs Sally Byrom and Kyle Albright should be congratulated for running a wonderfully successful and inspirational campaign.
Rovin Rotarians Raise $19,000 for Alzheimer's Research 2020-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Le Duc Nominated for Prestigious Rotary Award 2020-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Galveston Rotary Foundation Current Grant Recipients 

Great work done by our Rotary Foundation.
 
The Rotary Club of Galveston has a Foundation.  Members of the Club are elected to the Foundation Board of Directors.  During the Rotary year, the Foundation reviews grants that have been submitted by not for profit organizations in the community.  In recent years, the average grant awarded by the Galveston Rotary Foundation, Inc. has been $1,600.00. Preference is given to projects where Galveston Rotarians are directly involved and for programs and projects that directly serve people in the community. 
Galveston Rotary Foundation Current Grant Recipients 2020-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Donates to Lighthouse Charity for Hurricane Laura Relief JMK 2020-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Scholarship Recipients

                
 
Rotary Club of Galveston Foundation Scholarship recipients recognized at club meeting on AUGUST 19, 2020. President-Elect Mary Brechtel introduced and recognized STORM SIMONIN and CALEB SMITH as this year's very deserving scholarship winners. They were each awarded a $1,500.00 scholarship.
2020 Scholarship Recipients 2020-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Five Great Female Club Presidents 2020-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Beautify the Bucket! 2020-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Walk to End Alzheimer's 2020

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Unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions.
 
Join our Rovin' Rotarian team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.

Our Bay Area/Galveston County walk is set for October 17, 2020.
 
This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering — instead, we invite you to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in your community do the same. Proper social distancing should be observed.
 
Because we are all still walking and fundraising for the same thing: a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Sign up at: http://act.alz.org/goto/RovinRotarians
Club Co-Chairman: Sally Byrom and Kyle Albright
Walk to End Alzheimer's 2020 Cissy Matthews 2020-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - Dr. Huey-Ming Tzeng

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We are proud and happy to welcome Dr. Huey-Ming Tzeng to our Club as our newest member. Ming is a professor in the U.T.M.B. School of Nursing. She is not a stranger to Rotary, having been a Rotarian in Tennessee and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was sponsored by Ulli Budelmann. Welcome Ming!
 
Welcome New Member - Dr. Huey-Ming Tzeng 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Virtual Rotary Convention

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This year's Rotary Convention was conducted virtually. Below is a link to the first general session if you were not able to watch it live.
 
 
2020 Virtual Rotary Convention 2020-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

10th Annual Crawfish Boil - POSTPONED

The Rotary Club of Galveston’s 10th Annual Rotary Club of Galveston Crawfish Boil - originally set for Sunday, April 19 at Moody Gardens - has been postponed. Event organizers are planning to reschedule this popular event for a later date.
10th Annual Crawfish Boil - POSTPONED 2020-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

New Member - Alice Teeler

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Alice Teeler (center) was introduced recently at The Rotary Club of Galveston as a new member. Presenting her badge and membership information were Club President, Jim Byrom and Ruth Suhler.  Teeler was sponsored by Kristen Carlson,  not pictured.  (Photo by Robyn Bushong.)
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New Member - April Michalksi

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April Michalksi was introduced as a new member of the Rotary Club of Galveston at a recent meeting.  Pictured with Michalksi, is her sponsor Kyle Albright (right) and Club President, Jim Byrom. (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
New Member - April Michalksi Jennifer Kelso 2020-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

New Member - Traci Garcia

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President of the Rotary Club of Galveston, Jim Byrom and Immediate Past President, Ruth Suhler(right), introduce the Club's new member, Traci Garcia.  Garcia's sponsor, Gary Peters, not pictured. (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
New Member - Traci Garcia Jennifer Kelso 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

New Member - Angela Blair

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Angela Blair (center) was introduced as a new member of the Rotary Club of Galveston at a recent meeting.  Angela works for the Moody Foundation.  Pictured with Blair is Club President, Jim Byrom;  and Ruth Suhler, Past President.  Not pictured Blair's sponsor, Jennifer Goodman. (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
New Member - Angela Blair Jennifer Kelso 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

New Member - Trey Dowdy

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Trey Dowdy (center) was recently introduced as a new member of the Rotary Club of Galveston. Kyle Albright (right) was Dowdy's sponsor. Also pictured is Club President, Jim Byrom. (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
New Member - Trey Dowdy Jennifer Kelso 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Margo Snider Recognized as VIT Foreman

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Rotarian Margo Snider was recognized at a recent Rotary Club of Galveston meeting as a VIT Foreman. Presenting the award was Rotarian Neil Nathan.   (Photo by Robyn Bushong.)
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V.J. Tramonte Celebrates 40 years with Rotary

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V.J. Tramonte (right) was honored and recognized at a recent Rotary Club of Galveston meeting for his milestone event: 40 years of membership in the Rotary Club of Galveston.  Presenting the award and certificate was Club President, Jim Byrom. (photo by Robyn Bushong.)
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Rotary Club Raises Record Amount for Meal on Wheels 2020-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Club Recognizes Newest VIT "Foreman"

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Rotarian Marie Robb  was recognized as a VIT "Foreman" at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Galveston for her contribution to the Rotary Club of Galveston's Galveston Rotary Foundation, Inc.  
Club Recognizes Newest VIT "Foreman" 2020-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Galveston Honors Jerry Mohn 2019-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Remember polio?  Raising Awareness about Rotary’s Efforts to Eradicate polio

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World Polio Day was October 24, 2019. Members of the Rotary Club of Galveston donated $1,500 in support of World Polio Day, October 24. Rotarian Mary Lou Hollender, who chaired the initiative for the club, is pictured with Club President, Jim Byrom.
 
Celebrity Support
Rotary has a growing list of public figures and celebrities who support the fight against polio, including actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; actor and wrestling superstar John Cena; supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action-movie star Jackie Chan; actor Donald Sutherland; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angélique Kidjo, and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. These ambassadors help Rotary educate the public about the disease and the fight to end polio for good.  
 
Want to help: Thanks to a continued 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today. endpolio.org/donate
 
About Rotary
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world. Visit endpolio.org to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio. Please visit the following website to watch a short video about Rotary’s efforts:  https://daretodreamfilm.com
 
 
 
Remember polio? Raising Awareness about Rotary’s Efforts to Eradicate polio 2019-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Walk to End Alzheimer's 2019 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

43rd Annual Chili Supper a Great Success!

     
 
For over four decades, The Rotary Club of Galveston has hosted its annual Chili Supper fundraiser, and  this year's event took place November 6th, and again held in the Ball High School Cafeteria. 
43rd Annual Chili Supper a Great Success! 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Galveston Recognized at Boy Scouts Anniversary Celebration 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Leah Jacobs

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Ruth Finkelstein Suhler (right), Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Galveston, sponsored and introduced Leah Jacobs as a new member at a recent meeting.  Club President, Jim Byrom, also participated in welcoming Jacobs to the club.
New Member Leah Jacobs Jennifer Kelso 2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Holly McDonald

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Holly McDonald was introduced at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Galveston as a new member.  Also pictured are Club President, Jim Byrom (left) and Rotarian Fred Raschke, McDonald's sponsor.
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Gary Peters VIT Foreman

Posted on Aug 26, 2019
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Rotarian Gary Peters (center) was recognized as a VIT "Foreman" at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Galveston for his additional contribution to the Rotary Club of Galveston's Foundation.
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Employee of the Year Honorees - 2019

Posted on Jul 25, 2019
 
    

The Rotary Club of Galveston recently announced the winners (a tie for the first year) of their inaugural "Employee of the Year" competition.  The winners were Vida Rector from Dr. Leon Bromberg Charity Trust fund and Virginia Weber from The Grand 1894 Opera House.
Employee of the Year Honorees - 2019 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

New Members - July 2019

Posted on Jul 16, 2019
         
 
The Rotary Club of Galveston welcomed it's two newest members. -  Rotarian Leslie Von Der Ahe, a transfer from the Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis in Austin, was introduced as a new member at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Galveston. Presenting Leslie to the membership were  President Jim Byrom and Immediate Past President, Ruth Finkelstein Suhler.  Also, Bill Boudreaux (center) was introduced recently to the membership of the Rotary Club of Galveston as the club's newest member. Boudreaux transferred from a club in the Houston area.  Also pictured are Jim Byrom, Club President, and Ruth Finkelstein Suhler, Immediate Past President.
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Most Valued Rotarian - 2018-19

Posted on Jun 24, 2019
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Kathy  VanDewalli (left), Marketing Director for The Grand 1894 Opera House, received the Rotary Club of Galveston's prestigious award as "Most Valued Rotarian" for this 2018-2019 Rotary year. 
Most Valued Rotarian - 2018-19 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Members at Rotary International Conference 2019

Posted on Jun 04, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Galveston was well represented at the 2019 Rotary International Conference held this month in Hamburg, Germany.  Included in the picture are (front row) Mary Brechtel, Ulli Budelmann, and Kristen Carlson.  Standing in the back row are Ruth Suhler, Club President and her husband Jerry Suhler along with Margo Snider.
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Rotary Memorial Day Program 2019

Posted on May 28, 2019
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Our annual Rotary Memorial Day Program was held on May 22 at Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant. Over 150 people attended the Program. Veterans from our Club as well invited guest veterans were honored during the Program. Mike Cowan read a wonderful column written by the greatest American war correspondent of all time, Ernie Pyle. The heroic life of Lt. Col. Max Clark of Galveston was remembered. The Ball High School Jr. ROTC unit sent a number of cadets to the Program as did members of the Galveston Marine Reserve Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Field Office Galveston.
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9th Annual Crawfish Boil was a Great Success!

Posted on Apr 17, 2019
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Our spring fundraiser was a great success and offered seasoned crawfish, shrimp, red beans and rice, hot dogs and more. This event started as a social event but has become one of two annual fund raisers for the Club's Foundation.

9th Annual Crawfish Boil was a Great Success! 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Ray Pinard - District 5910 Roll of Fame - 2019 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

Posted on Apr 17, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Galveston recently announced two new members to the club:  Alison Christensen with Sand 'N Sea Realty (left) and Scott Gordon, Director, Lighthouse Charity Cooking Team - who transferred from the Rotary Club of Friendswood.  Robyn Bushong, not pictured, was Christensen's sponsor. Presenting the new member packets is Club President, Ruth Finkelstein-Suhler.
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Club Recognizes Multi-Paul Harris Fellow Recipients

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The Rotary Club of Galveston recently recognized three members of the club as multiple Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) contributors.  Pictured from left are Gina Spagnola, Cissy Matthews, and Past President, Kristen Carlson.  Also pictured are Club President, Ruth Finkelstein-Suhler and Neil Nathan.
Club Recognizes Multi-Paul Harris Fellow Recipients 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Bicycle Helmet for Kids 2019-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Beautify the Bucket 

Posted on Mar 25, 2019
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Club members participated in painting a trash receptacle that will be placed on the beach as part of Beautify the Bucket (an Artist Board Initiative).

 

Beautify the Bucket Cissy Matthews 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Water Facilities for Calicut, India

Posted on Mar 04, 2019
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The Project was for the funding of two toilet/water facilities.  One for an old age leper home and the other for a girls' orphanage, Both facilities are in Calicut India and were coordinated with the Calicut Beach Rotary Club.
Water Facilities for Calicut, India 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
2019 Vocational Awards 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Galveston 5th Grade Spelling Bee 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Galveston Introduces Newest Member

Posted on Feb 15, 2019
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Wayne Madson, with Moody Bank's Wealth Management Group, was introduced recently as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Galveston. Club President, Ruth Finkelstein Suhler, made the introduction. Madson's sponsor was Rotarian Fred Raschke.
Rotary Club of Galveston Introduces Newest Member 2019-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Dinners at Ronald McDonald House Cissy Matthews 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
K-TOR Radio Broadcast Cissy Matthews 2019-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Club Supports Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots Cissy Matthews 2018-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Annual Red Kettle Bell Ringing 2018 Cissy Matthews 2018-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
42nd Annual Chili Supper Fund Raiser Cissy Matthews 2018-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Walk to End Alzheimer's 2018 Cissy Matthews 2018-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Feeding Galveston

Posted on Oct 06, 2018
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Rotary Club of Galveston members participate in a project to lessen the impact of food insecurity.
Feeding Galveston Cissy Matthews 2018-10-06 05:00:00Z 0