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Cypress, TX  77429
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The Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks is holding its annual Brisket Sale fundraiser prior to the Labor Day holiday this year. For each $80.00 donation, you will receive a fully cooked brisket prepared, seasoned and smoked under the watchful eyes of the cooks at Carl’s Bar-B-Que. Proceeds will benefit two local nonprofit organizations whose important work benefits our community in many ways: Shield-Bearer Counseling Centers ( and Cypress Assistance Ministries (
The order deadline is Friday, August 23. Briskets will be available for pick-up at Carl’s Bar-B-Que, 21920 Northwest Freeway, Cypress, TX 77429 on Friday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, August 31, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. You’ll find additional details on the enclosed Brisket Order Form.
We’d be grateful for your support of this fundraising project. For your convenience, you may pay online via the button on our website (; via PayPal (; or by check. You will also need to fill out the Brisket Order Form and send it by email, text message or mail.
Our 2019-2020 officers were officially installed on Saturday, June 22, 2019, by Asst. District Governor Tony Sortino.
An enthusiastic crowd dodged raindrops as we welcomed the following officers:   President Curtis LaMontagne, President-Elect Angela Small, Secretary Farrah Khan, Treasurer Jennifer Baker, and At-Large Directors Britni Davison and Susan Burnell, and of course, Immediate Past President Austin Bleess.
Austin presented plaques to the outgoing board for their service, and he, in turn, was recognized with an award and Rotary golf balls and hand towel.
Many thanks to Austin for a fabulous year and best wishes to Curtis as we move forward.
Emily Wilde, Development Committee Chair of the Houston Botanic Garden, shared the vision and progress of the botanic garden located on the former Glenbrook Golf Course.   The property is situated on Sims Bayou, just across the Gulf Freeway from Hobby Airport. Phase 1 is currently underway, prioritizing the essential elements and well as the infrastructure need for the future phases.  Phase 1 should be open during the third quarter of 2020.  For more information, visit
Best wishes to members Farrah Khan and Alan Brevard with his wife Stacy on their trip to Hamburg, Germany, for the Rotary International Convention.  We are looking forward to a full report on their return.
Rotarian couple Alan & Stacy Brevard, were recognized by Rotary District 5890 at its annual conference in Corpus Christi as the 2018-2019 Power Couple of the Year!  We are so very proud of our own member Alan and his lovely wife Stacy, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of West U.  Alan has been a member of Cy-Fair Rotary for 20 years and has served in almost all capacities within the club. He has been very active at the district level for many years along with Stacy. Both are very deserving of this awesome award! Congratulations!
The 2018-2019 Interact Leadership Awards for graduating seniors have been announced.  It is our pleasure to present to  Teresa Tran of Jersey Village High School and Tien Vu of Cypress Woods High School awards of $1,000.00 each.  They have demonstrated a commitment to Rotary ideals, leadership within their own clubs and the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.  Congratulations!
THANK YOU to all our members, sponsors and guests who helped make the third annual Cypress-Fairbanks Casino Night a success.  The planning and preparation resulted in a fabulous event with lots of fun, food, gaming and prizes.  Check out the photo album for special pics!
 Many thanks to our sponsors for the upcoming Casino Night, March 23, 2019.
4 of a Kind Sponsors - Triple Crown Bingo, Carl's BBQ, and SMG Corp.
Full House Sponsor - Nita MedSpa
Straight Sponsors - Inkspark Enterprises and Colleen Hawkins, Realtor
Auction items for the upcoming Casino Royale fundraiser continue to come in.  We have a guided fishing trip with a custom 'Texas Strong' rod, a private wine class and tasting for up to 16 people, golf at Jersey Meadows Golf Course, baskets of wine, liquor and beer, Rockets gear, and much more.
Can't wait to see you on March 23rd!
The 2018 Christmas Party at the home of Mike & Sherry Reiland was a great success.  Many thanks to our hosts for providing a festive, welcoming place with tons of Christmas spirit - in the words of one of the guests "A Hallmark Christmas".  The food was wonderful, the camaraderie was fabulous and the gift exchange hilarious! We even had our own cute little elf on a shelf - or shall I say, a stool.
Please see photo album for more photos.
Two new members were inducted into The Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks on Monday, Oct 1st.  Peter Miller and Farrah Khan were installed by Past President Wayne Beaumier.
Also recognized during the meeting were Gwen Durrenberger with a Bequest Level 2 pin, and Kevin Smith with his Paul Harris Fellow +3 pin.
Attending the meeting as guests were Larry Rumburg from Bear Creek-Copperfield Club, Graham and Barbara Sharp from the Willowbrook Club and Gwen's guest Emmie from the Phillipines who will apply for membership.
First Delivery of the Year - Cy-Hope food backpacks to Bleyl Middle School. Cy-Fair Rotary partners with Cy-Hope in this project.

" In an effort to prevent childhood hunger and to provide each child the opportunity to succeed in school and life, Cy-Hope has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to bring the Backpack Program to Cy-Fair ISD. Each week, students enrolled in this program receive a backpack of food that will help sustain them through the weekends when school food is not accessible. We currently serve 69 schools, which includes 1,500 children. Our goal is to have all 49 Title I schools participate in this program"
 It is early September and we have two community service projects under our belt. 
On Saturday, Sept 8th, a group of Rotarians, Scouts, spouses and children joined forces to clean up the roadway along Huffmeister Road between the railroad tracks and Hwy 6.  
On Friday, Sept 14th, a small but mighty group sacked groceries for seniors at Cypress Assistance Ministry for two and a half hours.  
Our next community activity is the Walk to End Alzheimer's on October 6th in the Woodlands.  Visit to donate and register to walk for our team.
District Governor visits are always exciting and this one was no different.  Our leader Carmen visited us at a special location - Park Creek Senior Living on Huffmeister.  During the meeting, Past-President Wayne Beaumier recognized Jennifer Mitrick as an Honorary Rotarian for her work on meeting programs.  DG Carmen installed Shirley Johnson as the newest member to our club - Welcome, Shirley!    Asst Dist Governor Tony Sortino introduced DG Carmen who then spoke about the District, the RI President's theme, and how RI and District 5890 supports all clubs.  Thanks to Virginia Carlton for coordinating the facilities and lunch at Park Creek.
On June 16th, at a relaxing pool party at the home of Rotarian Britni Davison, the incoming officers were installed and the outgoing officers and board members were recognized for their service.
Carmen Cuneo, District Governor 2018-2019, presented incoming club president Austin Bleess and outgoing president Wayne Beaumier with Rotary ties at our board installation event. Thank you all for your #ServiceAboveSelf
Thank you, Landon B. Reed and Lindsey Trahan, Harris County Precinct 4, for your presentation to our club. We appreciate updates on local Road Maintenance & Construction and Capital Improvements. (And what would a Rotary meeting at Carl's BBQ be without a photobomb by the bear, upper right!) 🐻
Highlights of June 18, 2018, meeting of the Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks: Marilyn Farrell presented a banner from the Rotary Club of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, printed in both English and Gaellic; and 2017-2018 Rotarian of the Year Mike Flowers was honored for his outstanding service to the community. We also applauded the club's success in adding 10 new members during the year.#ServiceAboveSelf #RotaryRocks #HoustonStrong#MakingADifference #BeTheInspiration
On Saturday evening, April 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Rotary District 5890 honored our President, Wayne Beaumier, as Rotarian of the Year!  His work with Hurricane Harvey response, both on his own and through Disaster Aid USA throughout not only our district but others around the world, demonstrated his Rotarian heart.
Alan Brevard also received the award as Assistant Governor of the Year for his dedication to his assigned clubs and responsiveness to the needs of those clubs and the district.
We are very proud to have both of these guys in our club!
"On Monday, April 23, 2018 At Carl's BBQ near Cypress, Texas I had the pleasure to speak at my old Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks. 
I spoke about my journey with polio, how polio lead me to a rewarding legal career in collaborative divorce and how collaborative divorce is part of a new wave of therapeutic justice. Divorce litigation is all about blame. 
Collaborative divorce is about supporting couples and their children who benefit from a process which supports them and prevents needless harm to already injured relationships. Having completed over 100 collaborative divorces ranging from $50,000 to over $100,000,000 in assets, I can say there is no greater reward than serving as a peacemaker and in protecting those I serve and their children from collateral damage.
I was presented with a End Polio Now T-Shirt. I wear it with pride knowing millions of adults and children around the globe because of Rotary's successful Polio Plus Program have also been protected from polio and the collateral damage this dreadful decease inflicts.
To all members and guests who came to eat great food and to digest my words , I say thanks for the gifts and in sharing your busy day with me,
Pictured are: Front: Kevin Smith, Marilyn Farrell, Jack Emmott
Back: One Black Bear, Austin Bleess, Jerry Albrecht, Britni Davison, Curtis LaMontagne, D. Ray Young, Wayne Beaumier, Mike Reiland, Doug Pfaffenberger, Susan Burnell, Alan Brevard

Thanks to Susan Burnell for the photo.

#divorcedifferently #BendingAngels#PrayerfulPassages #EndPolioNow"
Thanks to our speaker Hannah Gelbs, Chief Operating Officer, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. We learned about the hospital's mission, community volunteer work, and its 2018 construction and facilities updates. Hannah also inscribed one of the Spanish-English dictionaries our club donates to local school children. (Hannah also told us she is now a fan of the food at Carl's BBQ, our longtime meeting venue.)
We were honored to have Dr. Mark Henry, Superintendent of Schools for the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, address our club today.  He was humorously introduced by his friend and Rotarian Wayne O'Quin for Northshore Rotary. "Strong public schools help support a growing, thriving community."  This statement is reflected in the Cypress area, where all schools meet standards set by the TEA; the same programs are taught at all schools, so every student is given the opportunity to succeed.  The statistics are overwhelming: 117,000 students, 12 high schools, 8,000 graduates in 2017, third largest district in Texas, 22nd largest in country, 100 languages spoken, 83,000 students transported to/from school each day.  We thank Dr. Henry for his service to our children and to the local community.
Kim Parmer with the Sexual Assault Resource Center located in Bryan, Texas, provided us with statistics  and information regarding sexual assaults of both women and men.  She gave us details of the physical, emotional and behavioral responses of survivors. 6.3 million Texans have experienced some form of sexual assault in the their lifetime.  Victims in our area have to go downtown for services which highlights the need for a resource center in the greater Cypress area.  Thank you for enlightening us of this need.  She is pictured signing one of our English/Spanish dictionaries to be provided to local organizations.
 On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Rotarians from Cy-Fair, West U, Bellaire Southwest and University Area helped plant 200 trees at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve.  Participating were Alan Brevard, Wayne Beaumier, Angela and Troy Small along with the children. Good times!
 Many thanks to the Interact Clubs at Jersey Village High School and Cy-Woods High School for the help with the bi-monthly grocery bagging for seniors requiring assistance from Cypress Assistance Ministries.  These wonderful students also help with restocking the shelves & bins after the officials bagging is over.  Also, many thanks for JVHS sponsor Ms. Brown for her dedication to the students, Interact and Rotary International.
Mike McCue, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of San Bernadino presented our club with a check for $15,000.00 to be used to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Cypress area.  Mike is a graduate of Cy-Falls High School, which has suffered flood damage several times.  He presented the 'big check' at the school with Principal Rebecca Denton and students in attendance.  Cy-Fair Rotarians present were Doug Pfaffenberger -Treasurer, Kevin Smith - Secretary, Angela Small and Marilyn Farrell.
Last few days, fellow Rotarians and Disaster Aid USA doing our small part to help clean up. 
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Rotarians in Action - At the August 14 meeting, Assistant District Governor Ruben Santos discussed District 5890 goals for the year ahead; Cypress Fairbanks Club member Doug Pfaffenberger presented Club President Wayne Beaumier with two banners from clubs he visited on a recent California trip; Sherry Reiland received her Honorary Member badge from Wayne Beaumier.
The year is over for our exchange student Villads Lausten from Denmark.  He had many memorable experiences during his time spent with Alan and Stacy Brevard who are the ultimate in host families.  Thanks to Rotary Youth Exchange for providing us with the opportunity to encourage understanding and peace through our young people.  Villads will be missed and we wish him well in the future.
Roy Wooten, Executive Director of Shield-Bearer Counseling Centers, accepts a donation of $2,500.00 for use in its efforts to build strong families in the Cypress area, provide support for human traffiking and trauma survivors, military families and more.  Thank you for all you do!
Colleen Hawkins presented year-end certificates and awards on June 26th, her last meeting presiding as president.  All officers and committee chairs were recognized for their work and contributions to Cy-Fair Rotary and the community.  Kevin Smith was honored as Rotarian of the Year for his dedication and commitment to the club during the past year.  Congratulations, Kevin!
Our Annual Leadership Awards have been presented to three local graduating seniors.  Abigail Gonzalez and Annabelle Vu of Jersey Village High School, and Matthew Trinh of Cy-Woods High School received the monetary recognition at the awards night at their respective schools.  Mike Flowers presented at JVHS and Colleen Hawkins presented at CWHS.  The awards are given to students in the Interact Club who exhibit the Rotary ideals of leadership and service to others, both in the community and internationally.  These students were recommended by their faculty sponsors as deserving of the award.  Congratulations to all of you!
Cy-Fair Rotary sponsored a booth at the Business to Business Expo at the monthly Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Berry Center. Marilyn Farrell and Kevin Smith enjoyed providing information to many local business people and look forward to seeing many of them at future club meetings as potential members and/or speakers.
Past President Alan Brevard, President-Elect Wayne Beaumier and District Governor Eric Liu  carried out the Monkey Business theme of District Conference.
Past Club president and District Area Membership member Marilyn Farrell brought the club up to Speed on Membership.
She covered what is expected from the Club and what WE are all responsible for .. Marilyn also received her Paul Harris  +4 today.
District Governor Eric Liu and his wife Sandy visited our club on Monday, August 29, 2016. After making several award presentations, his interactive talk on Rotary, why it is accepted and respected around the world, and how we can continue to serve humanity was well received, even by the deer, bear and elk!  In the photo, Eric presents President Colleen Hawkins with the Four Way Test plaque for her office.
Tony Canales, Executive Director and General Manager of Telemundo Houston - KTMD, addressed our regular meeting today showing the growth of the Spanish language market and how reaching out to that market could be both rewarding and cost-effective.  Marketing Director J C Perez joined Tony at the presentation.
Today we were pleased to make a donation to Shield-Bearer Counseling Centers with the proceeds of our annual Mothers' Day Brisket Sale Fundraiser.  Executive Director Roy Wooten accepted the check on behalf of Shield-Bearer and told a story of how our funds are helping others in need.
Area Flooding Assistance District 5890 and 5910 Rotarians and families with specific needs arising from the widespread flooding may contact Wayne Beaumier (281-923-4085 / / Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks) for disaster aid assistance. You also may phone 311 to report damage and/or ask for assistance, as well as the Southwest TX Flood Cleanup Hotline (1-800-451-1954) for help cleaning up homes or property only. The Southwest TX Flood Cleanup Hotline will share your information with local agencies, community leaders, and volunteer relief agencies but cannot guarantee assistance or timing. Medical emergencies should be reported to 911. For any other kind of help, please dial 211 for the menu of statewide services available, including benefits and help evacuating property.
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, The Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks had the privilege of donating personal medical supplies, gift cards for office supplies, groceries and gasoline, as well as cash to Beacon Place on Galveston Island.  Beacon Place serves as transitional housing for women and children leaving domestic violence situations.  WOMAN Inc. provides supportive services for the residents; Ruby Jones is the on-site program manager and Michaelle Wormly is Executive Director.
The Club was in Galveston attending the Rotary District 5890 Conference at the San Luis Resort.  District 5890 consists of 62 Rotary Clubs in the Southeast Texas area, and impacts the lives of thousands of local, national and international people through service.
WOMAN Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a statewide Community Housing Development Organization whose mission is to provide transitional housing to women and children escaping abusive situations and other at-risk populations.  WOMAN Inc also provides case management counseling, child care assistance, rental assistance, parenting skills training, life skills management, nutrition and medical intervention, job skills improvement, and advocacy. The organization has recently worked with TSHAC to rehab and donate homes to two US Veterans.
Pictured are Alan Brevard, President of Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks, Michaelle Wormly, Ruby Jones, Renee Jones Coleman-Volunteer, Marilyn Farrell-Past President and Kevin Smith-Secretary.
Today's speaker was Michaelle Wormly, Executive Director of WOMAN, Inc., a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) that creates affordable, transitional housing throughout Texas.  In addition to providing for housing needs, WOMAN Inc augments their work through the provision of supportive services for women of diverse ethnic backgrounds leaving abusive situations.  She spoke specifically about our upcoming mini-project for Beacon Place in Galveston.   We are collecting grocery & gasoline gift cards, office supplies and, of course, cash.  After the presentation of these items this Thursday afternoon at 1:00, a short landscape clean-up project will take place.  Please contact Marilyn Farrell at 281-352-5084 if you have donations or want to help.
One of our annual spring projects is preparing and serving lunch for approximately 800 clients, familes and guests of REACH Unlimited in Cypress, TX.  We thank all Rotarians and exchange students who participated and made it successful.
Club members and their families joined in the Northwest Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's held Saturday morning, September 26th.
Our Youth Exchange Student from Milan, Italy, arrived in Houston this past weekend and was welcomed by his host family, The Beams.
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