Ethics. Integrity. Service. Leadership. Fellowship. Global Understanding. 
Kingwood Rotarians are community leaders, and friends uniting for the common good.
We're an Active Rotary Club - Below Are Some of Our Awards and Accomplishments
Kingwood Rotary Club was honored as the "2017 Rotary District 5890 Small Size Rotary Club of the Year", and
"#1 Club for Membership Growth Percentage" at the 2017 District 5890 Conference!
• 2017 Rotary District 5890 "Small Rotary Club of the Year" Award •
• 2017 Rotary District 5890 "#1 Club in Membership Percentage Growth" Award •
• 2017 Rotary District 5890 "4th Ranking in Overall Membership Growth" Award •
•  2016 Rotary District 5890 "Rotary Club President of the Year-Small Club" Award •
•  2015 Rotary District 5890 "Rotarian of the Year" Award •
• 2014 Rotary District 5890 "EarlyAct FirstKnight Small Size Rotary Club Sponsor of the Year" •
• 2013 Rotary District 5890 "Small Rotary Club of the Year" Award •
• 2013 Rotary District 5890 Club Secretary of the Year & 100% Attendance Award" •
• 2012 District 5890 Governor Citation •
• 2011 "District 5890 Rotary Couple of the Year" Award •
• 2010 Rotary District 5890 "Small Rotary Club of the Year" Award •
• 2010 District 5890 "Rotarian of the Year" Award •
• 2010 Interact District 5890 "Rotary Sponsor of the Year" Award•
• 2009 "District 5890 "Rotary Gift of Life" Award •
• 2008 District 5890 "Rotary Club President of the Year-Small Club" Award •
• 2007 District Governor Citation •
• 2006 Interact Club "Sponsor of the Year" Award •
 
Kingwood Rotary News & Stories
Welcome, Friends & Neighbors!
 
Rotarians are PEOPLE OF ACTION, and I thank you for taking the time to visit our website to learn more about our club, and Rotary International!  Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact.  We persevere until we delivery real, lasting solutions.  
 
I've been asked why I'm a Rotarian.  Well, I joined Rotary to make difference in the world...and I've stayed because I AMJoining Rotary has changed my life!
 
"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting changeacross the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."
 
(Below, Ryan Fennell, Kingwood Branch Librarian, and Kingwood Rotary Club President Charlie Buscemi)
Due to the extreme flooding of Hurricane Harvey, the Kingwood Branch Library was flooded with 3 ½ feet of water.  All books, furniture, and technology on the first floor were all destroyed, including the section of the library used for children’s activities and the Children’s Workroom.
 
CLICK HERE to read an article in The Tribune about this project.
 
Kingwood Rotary invited Branch Manager, Ryan Fennell, to speak at the club and let us know what our club could do to help.  Knowing the important role the our library plays in the children and families in our community, we knew we had to do something.  Kingwood Rotary Club applied for a Rotary Foundation "Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund/Donor Advised Fund" Grant specifically for the Children's Section of our library, and we were recently told the grant was approved!  Kingwood Rotary will contribute a total of $26,580.00 so items in the Children's Section can be replaced.  Special thanks to The Rotary Foundation!
 
Rotary District 6200 in Louisiana heard that we needed an additional $5,889 to help us reach our goal, and we are so thankful to add them as partners with us on this service project to help our local children.  Also, special thanks to Kathaleen Wall for her personal financial support and also for helping Kingwood Rotary organize a Lee Greenwood Concert where we raised funds for this project, plus toys for local children. 
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We want to thank everyone that donated blood to SAVE LIVES during Kingwood Rotary Club's Community Blood Drive for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Sunday, February 18th
Once again we held the blood drive at Walgreens on the corner of Northpark Drive and Woodland Hills Drive and collected 20 pints of blood which will save 60 lives!
Contact:  Kingwood Rotarian Charlie Buscemi, Cell:  713-598-7193, Email:  CJSB@SuddenLink.net
 
 
 
Kingwood Rotary Club awarded scholarships to two Humble ISD students to attend the Rotary District 5890 "Rotary Youth Leadership Award" (RYLA) Camp on February 9-11, 2018. A total of 125 students attended RYLA this year and received training that will improve their leadership skills.
 
Charlie Buscemi, president of Kingwood Rotary Club, was one of the Team RYLA Coaches and helped prepare these students to be strong, ethical leaders.
Due to the flooding in the Kingwood area with Hurricane Harvey, Kingwood Rotary decided to cancel the "Patriot's Day" (September 11th) flag delivery and instead place the flags in the community during President's Day weekend on February 17-19th.
 
We received many calls from subscribers right during the flooding that informed us that they had so much debris piled up at the curb and/or so many cars on their street from volunteers mucking out their homes that we wouldn't even be able to delivery the flags on their street.
 
In lieu of Patriot's Day, we received permission from Dave Martin, our City Council Member with the City of Houston, to place a total of 32 flags at each of the 4 major intersections.  Our hope was that it would bring our community together by showing our common patriotism for our great country during a time that many in our community were struggling. 
 
Regular delivery of our Flags Across Kingwood will start with Memorial Day (May 28th), July 4th, Patriot's Day (September 11th), and Veteran's Day (Nov 11th) 2018.  If you're interested in subscribing, please CLICK HERE.
Joining Rotary is one of the most important and rewarding decisions you'll make.  Giving back to those in need change the lives of others, and it also changes our lives. 
Why join Rotary?  It's one of the most rewarding decisions that you'll ever make!  Kingwood Rotarians get together each Thursday at 6:15 PM at The Union Kitchen in Kingwood, and we invite you to come have dinner with us...we'll even pay for your first meal when you do!
Grammy Award Winning recording artist, Lee Greenwood, was in Houston performing on December 20th and was told by Kathaleen Wall about the extreme flooding in Kingwood as the result of Hurricane Harvey.   Lee Greenwood had a concert on Friday near Dallas and decided to use his day off to join with Kathaleen Wall and give back.  They decided to reach out to community leaders and put together a concert to collect toys and raise funds to benefit local Kingwood recovery projects and Marine’s Toys for Tots.  
 
Click here for a Houston Chronicle article with photos about the concert.
 
 
 
Kingwood Rotarians were once again honored to be helpers by Ringing the Bell for The Salvation Army this year on December 9th at the Wal-Mart in Atascocita.  In total, we collected $2,020 in our kettle and all funds raised will be used locally to help families in need here in north east Houston.  This was our 14th year, and as always, we had a great time while lending a helping hand.

Country Music Association recording artist, Lee Greenwood, FREE Concert in Kingwood Benefiting Kingwood Rotary Club's Local Recovery Projects

Country Music Association recording artist, Lee Greenwood, was in Houston performing on December 20th and was told by Houston-area Rotarians and Kathaleen Wall  about the extreme flooding here in Kingwood.   So what does he do?  He decides he wants to do his part to help Kingwood!  His representatives reached out to our Kingwood Rotary Club to arrange a FREE LIVE concert on December 21st to benefit local recovery projects, and Toys for Tots.
 
The goal of tonight is to collect toys, cash donations and grocery store gift cards to give to Kingwood Rotary's recovery efforts.  At 7:30pm there will be a short program and Lee will sing his iconic song God Bless the USA and share a few other songs.  This is a FREE mini concert for the community, so bring your families and come enjoy the music and let's help Kingwood and the Hurricane Harvey victims on their road to recovery:
 
Bring your families, lawn chairs and come enjoy the music:
Date:  THURSDAY, December 21st
At:  Town Center Park Kingwood located at 8 North Main Street in Kingwood (click for link)
Time:  Program and LIVE Mini Concert is 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. 
            (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM:  Donations of toys and funds for local recovery projects)
 
Special thanks to Kathaleen Wall, Randall's Kingwood, Chick-Fil-A Kingwood, and Tony Austin with Town Center Park Kingwood for all their help and with this event.
 
Known for outstanding support of our troops serving overseas and his undying gratitude for our veterans and his patriotic song, "GOD BLESS THE USA", Lee Greenwood will help Kingwood Rotary collect funds for our local recovery projects here in Kingwood, and also collect toys for the Marine's "Toys for Tots".

Few artists have ever written a song that has become more a part of America's cultural landscape than Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." If he'd never written or recorded another hit, Greenwood would have secured his place in music history with that powerful inspiring ballad. "God Bless the USA" has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, taking the top honor over "God Bless America" and the National Anthem, but it is only one of the many hits that have propelled Greenwood's successful career. With his distinctive voice, insightful songwriting and unparalleled showmanship, Greenwood has been captivating audiences for decades.
 
 
 
Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen provides much needed food for the homeless, and the majority of them are former members of our military.  The Houston Energy Corridor Rotary Club recently provided the food and served meals to that come each day for a nutritious, home-cooked meal, and Kingwood Rotarians lended a helping hand and volunteered alongside their fellow Rotarians. 
 
Each person that enters is warmly greeted, they are escorted to a table, ask which food items they would like, and then one of the volunteers prepared their plate and delivers it back to the table.  Each person is treated with respect, honor, and some great food. 
 
Kingwood Rotarians proudly collected items for "Care Packages" to our troops serving overseas in harm's way in partnership with the Blue Star Mothers of America in Kingwood.  On November 28th, members of our club delivered all of the items and helped fill 285 boxes with lots of goodies to help show our troops that we love and support them.
 
Charlie Buscemi, President of the Kingwood Rotary Club, presented a $500 check to help pay the shipping costs for sending the Care Packages overseas. 
 
We also delivered several hundred hand-crafted Christmas and holiday cards created by students at Bear Branch Elementary School with a personal note from each child.  Special thanks to Kingwood Rotarian, Kakie Palmer, principal at Bear Branch Elementary School, for helping organize her students to create these very special cards for the troops. 
 
Kingwood Rotary also had a basket of Christmas and holiday cards at The Union Kitchen so patrons could write a special note to our troops.  Each Care Package contained a special note from back home to let the troops know we are thinking about this this season, and throughout the year.
 
For the 14th year, Kingwood Rotarians will once again help The Salvation Army by "Ringing The Bell" to collect funds to help families in need.  We'll be at the Atascocita Wal-Mart on Saturday, December 9th from 11 AM until 4 PM. 
 
This is always a fun service project for our members, and we look forward to another successful year!  So stop by and drop some money (checks payable to The Salvation Army, with "Aldine-Westfield" written on the memo line) into the kettle.

A Rotary Foundation donor advised fund has been created to streamline the flow of contributions from Rotarians looking to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. The fund was established by Rotary President Elect Barry Rassin and Past RI Director Greg Podd. A committee will be selected to manage the fund.

Damage from Hurricane Harvey is predicted to as much as $160 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history “The fund advisors will be working with local Rotary clubs and districts, as well as relief agencies, to address the needs of people in affected areas, “ Podd said. “Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed. Over 3.7 million people have left the Greater Houston area in the evacuation effort,” he said.

Whenever possible, grants from the relief fund will be made to organizations that directly support the needs of individuals and communities through the Rotary volunteer structure and other aid organizations. Nearly 100 % of contributions will be granted to IRS-approved charitable organizations that are helping to provide relief and recovery.

Contributions can be made by check, credit card, via wired funds or stock transfer. However, they are not eligible for Paul Harris or Major Donor recognition. To learn how to donate to the Rotary Gulf Disaster Relief Fund, go to the following link: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-districts-collect-emergency-funds-hurricane-harvey-victims

Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., a 501(c)3 foundation, is also accepting contributions which will be available for Rotary clubs to apply for grants to help their communities here in the greater Houston area.  Click here for a link to the details.   funding opportunities involving (1) Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., (2) the Rotary International Hurricane Harvey Donor Advised Fund, and (3) new Hurricane Harvey related District Grants.


Kingwood Rotarians are very proud to once again be helping the Blue Star Mothers of America Houston Chapter, which is located here in Kingwood and is a chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America.
 
Each year, the Blue Star Moms pack and ship individual care packages to troops serving our country in harms way.  This is a great way to show our troops that we're thinking about them!
 
Want to help? Collect items at your work, school, or neighborhood.  Here's the info:
Click here for a link with items that we are collecting. (items can be easily purchased at WalMart, Kroger, Walgreens, Target, etc)
Donate items by:  November 16th
Deliver to:  Kingwood Rotary Club's meeting at The Union Kitchen at 6:30PM - 7:30PM.
Have questions or items that need to be picked up?  Please call Charlie Buscemi with the Kingwood Rotary Club at (713)598-7129 or Email:  CJSB@SuddenLink.net. 
 
Care packages packed on November 28th and shipped to our troops immediately afterwards.
I hope you will join Kingwood Rotarian, Frank Huezo, for the December, 2017 trip to Nicaragua.  Rotarians will be  leaving from Houston on Wednesday, December 13th on United flight # UA1421, at 4:20 p.m. and arriving in Managua at 7:30 p.m.  Rotarians will return from Managua on Wednesday December 20th on United flight # UA1423 leaving Managua at 7:50 a.m. and arriving in Houston at 11:10 a.m. 
 
To learn more about this project, CLICK HERE to visit the Hope and Relief International website about the School of the Dump Project in Chinandega, Nicaragua: 
 
 
 
 
A great time was had by ALL at Kingwood Rotary's fundraiser at The Hop Stop to help END POLIO NOW.  Special thanks to Kingwood Rotarian, Brian Dusablon, for organizing this fun event on October 24th which was World Polio Day. 
 
Around the world, Rotarians were encouraged to have events to create awareness about eradicating polio in our world.  For the first time, Rotary’s World Polio Day celebration headed to the West Coast of the United States. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of Rotary International's partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, hosted the annual event at its campus in downtown Seattle, Washington, on 24 October. You can watch the event live at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) or view a recording later.

Order your "Flags Across Kingwood" flag today!      CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE

Limited to these Zip Codes:  77339, 77345, 77346, 77365 (Oakhurst Village) and 77396 (Atascocita/Walden)
For a $50 annual subscription, Kingwood Rotarians will place a flag in your yard, place of business, or entrance to your community village  on the following patriotic holidays:  Veteran's Day (November 11, 2017)  Memorial Day (May 29, 2018) July 4, 2018 September 11, 2018

The flag(s) will be placed in the yard 1-2 days before each holiday, and removed 1-2 days after each holiday.

Two (2) ways to pay:  PayPal or by check.

Dearest District 5890 Leaders:
 
I pray this email finds you and yours safe and sound.  I know that many in our family of Rotary have suffered property damage and loss.  Our district is mobilizing to assist those of you in need.   
 
Disaster Aid USA under the leadership of Wayne Beaumier, Patrick Lesley, Graham Sharp and others has already deployed and is working on Rotarian Bill Hall’s flooded home.  Other Rotarian’s homes are on the list for help.  Volunteers are needed and may go through Patrick Lesley to sign up to work where needed.
On September 20th, over 600 Bear Branch Elementary students were treated to the annual kickoff of the EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK) Character Education Program designed to get the children excited about the program and begin thinking about becoming a person of chivalry and of good moral character.  Our EAFK knight, Sir James, explained to the student about the importance of service, plus explained some of the equipment used by knights. 
 
This award-winning character education curriculum, which is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and based upon Bloom's Taxonomy, can only be sponsored by a Rotary club, and this will be the 7th school year that Kingwood Rotary Club has sponsored it at Bear Branch Elementary School. 
 
Bear Branch Elementary School is the only Humble ISD campus with the EAFK curriculum.  Since 2011, our Rotary club has honored over 1,044 students for having outstanding morals and ethics.  EAFK creatively teaches and motivates students to become more civil, service-oriented people during their most formative years.
 
Each day of school, each classroom will spend 10-minutes learning the EAFK curriculum,  Students will study one virtue each six weeks followed by a Knighting Ceremony where one student from each class is knighted for consistently demonstrating that virtue.  Virtues include respect, discipline, honesty, friendliness, perseverance, and service.
 
 

EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK) Character Education Curriculum is a daily ethics development program which is sponsored by the Kingwood Rotary Club for 100% of the 600+  Kindergarten-5th grade students at Bear Branch Elementary School here in Kingwood.  The 2017-2018 school year will be the 7th school year that Kingwood Rotary Club has sponsored this program at Bear Branch Elementary.  Kingwood Rotary Club's "Flags Across Kingwood" Flag Lease Fundraiser provides us with the majority of the $6,000.00 to sponsor this program.  Our Community Partners, Alspaugh's Ace Hardware, Sandi Nizzi with John Daugherty Realty, and Blue Tide Shipping also contribute funds, plus we receive a District Grant from Rotary District 5890.

Above is a video produced by the Georgetown Rotary Club about EAFK and features principals, teachers, students and parents talking about EAFK and is exactly the same as our program at Bear Branch Elementary School and gives you insight into the program.

One of Kingwood Rotary's newest members, Victor Jordan, owner of Kingwood Tiger Rock Martial Arts Academy with his wife, Sandy, held a board breaking class at Bear Branch Elementary School on May 25th.  Click here to watch a short video.

The funds raised were donated to Kingwood Rotary Club to help pay for our EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program (EAFK) which for the last six school years has taught the importance of morals and ethics to the 600+ students at the Bear Branch Elementary.

The Rotary District 5890 Governor, Eric Liu, recently bestowed Kingwood Rotary Club with the "District 5890 Small Size Rotary Club of the Year" Award at the District 5890 Conference.  Click here to read an article in the Chronicle about awards they received.
At our 2017 District 5890 Rotary Conference, District Governor Eric Liu awarded Kingwood Rotary Club the "Small Rotary Club of the Year" Award during.  Special thanks to all of our Kingwood Rotarians for their dedication, support, and outstanding service to our community, and beyond.
 
In addition, Kingwood Rotary also was given District 5890's "#1 Club for
Membership Growth Percentage" Award.
 
This is third time that our club has received the "Small Rotary Club of the Year Award" in addition to the following:
Children, the elderly, and families in Bamako Mali are healthier thanks to Kingwood Rotary Club's Mobile Health Clinic!
 
Kingwood Rotary is making a difference in our local community, but we are also saving and changing lives in other countries thanks to Rotary Foundation Global Grants.  Our Rotarians pride themselves on doing projects that address and respond to human needs, and our US$40,000 "Mobile Health Clinic" in Mali, in partnership with the Bamako Ouest Rotary Club, does just that.   With projects in the Rotary Foundation's Six Areas of Focus, Rotary clubs can make a difference in the world.
 
The US$40,000 have been disbursed to the Bamako Ouest Rotary Club in Mali, and the Mobile Health Clinic is now saving lives!
Rotarians address and respond to human needs, and as Rotarians, we contribute to The Rotary Foundation Rotary clubs can then apply for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant (Minimum of US$30,000) with other Rotary clubs to do Global grants which support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary's Six Areas of Focus of humanitarian service. These are projects that address and respond to human needs. By working together to respond to real community needs, Rotary clubs and Rotary districts strengthen their global partnerships.

Between October 2015 and May 2017, Kingwood Rotary has participated in six Rotary Foundation Global Grants totaling US$504,815.  We were the Lead International Partner and wrote the US$40,000 Global Grant to fund a Mobile Health Clinic in the land-locked African country of Mali, and we partnered with other Rotary clubs on four other Global Grants. 

  1. Lead International Partner on $40,000 Rotary Grant for a Mobile Health Clinic in Mali to provide healthcare to multiple villages
  2. Partner with other Rotary Clubs on $83,700 grant to provide clean water to 63,000 residents in Matamoros, Mexico
  3. Partner with other Rotary Clubs on $92,378 Food Bank & Installation of a Soy Plant in Cartagena which will serve the poor, and hungry.
  4. Partner with other Rotary Clubs on $121,737 project in Ghana to create jobs & increase economic stability for extremely poor
  5. Partner  with other Rotary & Rotaract Clubs on $167,000 Water Infrastructures Construction and Rehabilitation Water,     Sanitation and Education Project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  6. Provided services for shipping 40' containers to School of the Dump, and also for the Rotary Books for the World Project
(Below, L - R: DG Eric Liu, Leenette Wilke, Victor Jordan, and Kingwood Rotary President Deirdre Murray)
     We are very proud to announce that Leenette Wilke and Victor Jordan were recently installed by District Governor Eric Liu, and First Lady Sandra Liu, as Kingwood Rotary Club's newest members. 
 
     Leenette, a Federal building manager, is a longtime Rotarian that recently moved to our area from Corpus Christi which is located in Rotary District 5930.  She served as the District 5930 Co-Chair of the Rotary Youth Exchange Committee and has already gotten involved with that same committee here in the Houston area.  She is an absolutely wonderful person that all of our members immediately felt like we've known for years.
 
 

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Want to subscribe to our "Flags Across Kingwood" Flag Lease Fundraiser?  Click here to visit our Flag Subscription Page. 

For a contribution of a $50 annual subscription, the Kingwood Rotary Club places an American flag in the front yard of a residence or business for the following four (4) patriotic holidays:  Memorial Day (May) July 4th September 11th Veteran's Day (November).  New flag subscriptions are accepted ANY month of the year, but we must receive your subscription ten (10) days BEFORE the holiday.

 Questions?:  Contact our Flag Committee Chair, Charlie Buscemi, at CJSB@SuddenLink.Net, Cell:  (713)598-7129, or Work: (281)359-7193

 
Ethics. Integrity. Service. Leadership. Fellowship. Global Understanding. We are global citizens, community leaders, and friends uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more!

Meetings are every Thursday at 6:30 PM at The Union Kitchen. Please arrive at 6:15 PM so you can order, and enjoy social time. For information about Kingwood Rotary, call Charlie Buscemi at 281-359-7193
The Union Kitchen
23918 US Highway 59 (Exit North Park Drive)
Kingwood, TX  77339
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    April 13
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