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!
 
Kingwood Rotarians are PEOPLE OF ACTION, and I'm so proud to be member!  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!
We invite you to one of our weekly dinners at The Union Kitchen which are held every Thursday evening starting at 6:15 PM in their private "Board Room".  We welcome ideas about service projects that you would like to see happen in our community.  Call Charlie Buscemi, our Kingwood Rotary Membership Chair, with any questions at 713.598.7129.
 
 
"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting changeacross the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."
 
 

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 2019-2020 school year will be the 9th school year that Kingwood Rotary Club has sponsored this program at Bear Branch Elementary. 

Rotary's Global Impact Per Year...45 Million Volunteer Hours...Value:  US850 Million!

Value of Rotary volunteering

A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer hours at $850 million a year.

 

That Rotary members log a lot of volunteer hours should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the organization. But a new report just released by Johns Hopkins University provides a powerful look at the impact of all those volunteer hours.

The special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies found that Rotary members had volunteered a total of 5.8 million hours within a four-week survey period. Extrapolating those results over an entire year, the report gave a conservative estimate of nearly 47 million hours of volunteer effort generated by Rotary members in a typical year.

The report then analyzed the economic impact of all those hours and estimated the value conservatively at $850 million a year, if communities had to pay for the services that Rotary volunteers provide.

Since 1985, Rotarians worldwide are working to eradicate Polio!  What are the other benefits of Rotary's PolioPlus Program?
When we talk about PolioPlus, we know we are eradicating polio, but do we realize how many added benefits the program brings? The “plus” is something else that is provided as a part of the polio eradication campaign. It might be a hand-operated tricycle or access to water. It might be additional medical treatment, bed nets, or soap. A 2010 study estimates that vitamin A drops given to children at the same time as the polio vaccine have prevented 1.25 million deaths by decreasing susceptibility to infectious diseases.
 

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Rotary Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

 
                                                        
We want to invite the community to come help SAVE LIVES during Kingwood Rotary Club's Annual "Halloween" Community Blood Drive for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
Where:  Walgreens at 2240 Northpark Drive (on the corner of Northpark Drive and Woodland Hills Drive)
Time:  Noon to 4 PM

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:                                           

November 11, 2019 (Veteran's Day)  Memorial Day (May 2020)    July 4th 2020  •  September 11th (Patriot's Day)    Memorial Day (May 2020) 

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

To subscribe, mail your check for $50/flag to:  Kingwood Rotary, PO Box 5606, Kingwood, TX 77325

Kingwood Rotarians are once again collecting 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 26th, members of our club will deliver all of the items.  Last year, we helped helped fill over 250 boxes with lots of goodies to help show our troops that we love and support them.
 
If you would like to contribute items, CLICK HERE for a list of items needed.  Drop them off at one of our weekly dinners on Thursdays at The Union Kitchen between 6:15 PM and 7:30 PM or call Kingwood Rotarian Charlie Buscemi at 713-598-7129.
 
Like years past, Kingwood Rotary will once again have a basket of Christmas and holiday cards at The Union Kitchen's hostess desk on November 9th - 16th so patrons can 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 them this 2019 holiday season, and throughout the year.

A collaboration between Rotary and Heifer continues to produce big results, helping small farms provide healthier, locally-sourced food

In the fall of 2015, volunteers from Rotary and Heifer International came together to build hoop houses for a few farmers working small lots in Arkansas, USA. The afternoon outing was part of a larger project that is still reaping benefits four years later, supporting small-scale agriculture in the region and increasing access to locally-grown food.
 
Heifer has been using the small-scale agriculture model for decades to alleviate hunger and fight poverty around the world. The approach has the added benefits of being environmentally friendly and offering healthier food options.
 
That mission dovetails with Rotary’s mission to grow local economies and improve health. So it’s not surprising the two groups have teamed up on a number of occasions in the past 30 years to improve communities by helping families escape poverty. Several Heifer employees are or have been members of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, the city where Heifer has its headquarters.
Once again  be hosting our 2019 "Cards For Our Troops" between November 9th - 16th during Veteran's Day week at The Union Kitchen.  
 
For several years, Kingwood Rotary Club places a basket filled with holiday cards at the Hostess Table at The Union Kitchen.  Guests are encouraged to take one or two cards and add words of encouragement.  On November 17th, we'll pickup the basket full of cards.  Then on November 26th, we take all of the cards to the Blue Star Moms "Care Packages for our Troops" packing party which will immediately be mailed to our troops overseas for delivery by Christmas.
 
You can either:
1.  Stop by and complete a card...or
2.  If you have cards at home that you would like to drop off in our basket at The Union Kitchen, that would be perfect.
 
It was wonderful to receive notice that the Rotary Foundation has approved the Global Grant application from the Rotary Club of Space Center and the Rotary Club of San Jose de Cucuta.  Kingwood Rotary is proud to be a partner on this grant which will provide the much needed medical care that is needed. 
 
This USD127,000 Global Grant will provide Comprehensive Mother and Newborn Care Program at the Erasmus Meoz Hospital in Cúcuta, Colombia.
 
With the civil unrest in Venezula, is it estimated that over 800,000 refugees have fled and crossed the border into Colombia.  Near Cúcuta, Colombia, there is a refugee camp, and the Erasmus Meoz Hospital provides medical care for the pregnant moms and their babies, plus women and children in the area.
 
The photo above is a recent photo of U.N. Ambassador Nickie Haley visiting a refugee camp in Cúcuta, Colombia that is housing refugees from Venezuela.
Instead of our weekly dinner at The Union Kitchen....Our Kingwood Rotary "escape room" team had a great time at our first mystery adventure at "Escape Artist Texas" here in Kingwood on November 8th.  
 
We were SO CLOSE (literally 2-minutes) from successfully escaping!!!!!
 
All of used our wisdom, knowledge (and probably lots of luck) to almost solving mystery in the "Locker Room". We worked together as a team, but even more importantly - we had tons of fun!  Next time...we'll be successful!
 
For the 16th year, Kingwood Rotarians will once again help The Salvation Army by "Ringing The Bell" to collect funds to help families in need here in northeast Houston.  We'll be at the Atascocita Wal-Mart on Saturday, December 7th 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.
 
$23,800....That's the total amount we've raised in our kettle for The Salvation Army since we first started Ringing the Bell when our club was chartered in 2004.
Some Rotary projects are small, but impactful, and some are large, but partnerships between Rotary clubs makes a huge impact.  This is a great story about how a giant artificial reef in the shape of the Rotary wheel is restoring marine live and protecting the livelihood of several fishing villages in the Philippines.
 
The wheel has helped restore the local fishing industry, which was devastated by large-scale commercial fishing vessels that used dynamite, cyanide, and fine mesh nets from the late 1990s through the early 2000s.
 

In 2005, the fishermen turned to the Rotary Club of Atimonan, Quezon Province, Philippines, for help. They decided to build an artificial reef. The club partnered with the Rotary Club of Madera, California, USA, on a Rotary Foundation grant to help fund the project, which would cost more than $1 million.  Click here to read more about this great Rotary project.

 
The Kingwood Civic Club's 4th of July Parade is ALWAYS a great celebration in our community.   Kingwood Rotarians were proud to partner with the Kingwood Civic Club once again this year to sponsor this event. 
 
The parade started at  9 A.M. at Creekwood Middle School on Lake Houston Parkway and ends at Kingwood High School on Kingwood Drive.
 
Congressman Dan Crenshaw served as the Grand Marshall, plus had City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Congressman Judge Ted Poe, plus many more judges, Harris County services, plus many other dignitaries.
 
Thank you to everyone that came out for the parade to help celebrate Independence Day in Kingwood!
"She will be beaten if you teach her that." were the first words of Rotarian Jim Marggraff's speech at the General Session of the Rotary International Convention in Toronto recently, and he immediately had our attention.  Jim, founder of Leap Frog educational toy Leap Pad that taught children how to read, explains how he transformed the device to teach non-literate women in Afghanistan how to read.  This is a wonderful presentation and inspires all of us to make a difference!
 
The Kingwood Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a key partner of Kingwood Rotary's "Flags Across Kingwood" fundraiser, and we're very honored to work with them.  You'll see these heroes delivering the USA flags to home, village, and business subscribers four times each year, so they are a valued partner.
 
Cecil McConnell with the Kingwood VFW recently spoke at our club meeting sharing the multitude of ways his organization helps youth in our community, and beyond, with funds they receive from our club.  The are involved with over 100 projects, and they are making a difference!
 
Sandi Nizzi, our 2018-2019 Kingwood Rotary Club president, proudly presented Cecil with a check for the Kingwood VFW in the amount of $3,700 to help them continue serving our community.  We thank Cecil, and all of his fellow VFW members for their service to our country, and their great service to our community!
 
 
 
 
 
 
As with Rotary clubs across the globe, officers of each Rotary club, and Rotary International, change effective July 1st.  On June 27th, Kingwood Rotary installed our incoming 2019-2020 officers at Main Event in Humble. The food was excellent, and members had a great time playing pool, bowling, playing video games and laser tag.
 
With this year's theme, Rotary Connects The World, we're all ready to make a difference in our community, and beyond! 
 
Our officers include:
Leenette Wilke, President
Kakie Palmer, Secretary
Brad Jude, Treasurer
Charlie Buscemi, 2020-2021 President
Tommie Buscemi, Rotary Foundation Chair
 
Special thanks to our Rotary Assistant Governor, Pam McNair, for installing the officers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
On May 24th, the community is invited to attend our last award ceremony where Kingwood Rotarians will honor 30 students and one staff member at Bear Branch Elementary School at our 6th EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK)  Knighting Ceremony of this school year.  The 2018-2019 school year was our 8th year of sponsoring this award winning, curriculum-based character education program.  EAFK is themed around history’s champions of chivalry; role models of various eras and cultures who lived by personal codes of high ethical standards and performed extraordinary deeds of service to humanity. 
 

In the last 7 school years, Kingwood Rotary has honored 1,350 Bear Branch students for having outstanding morals and ethics.  At a cost of over $6,000 per school year, Kingwood Rotary is investing our funds and taking an active role to teach students the importance of being honest, responsible, honorable and confident students.

Visit www.EAFK.org to learn more about this project.

(Below, center: Ryan Fennell, Kingwood Branch Librarian, and Kingwood Rotary Club President Charlie Buscemi, with members of the Kingwood Rotary Club.
 
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!
                                                                       
Kingwood Rotary's local service project, EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK)Character Development Curriculum, on May 24th honored 30 students and one staff member at Bear Branch Elementary School at our 6th EAFK Knighting Ceremony of this school year.  The 2018-2019 school year is our 8th year of sponsoring this award winning, curriculum-based character education program.  EAFK is themed around history’s champions of chivalry; role models of various eras and cultures who lived by personal codes of high ethical standards and performed extraordinary deeds of service to humanity. 
 

In the last 7 school years, Kingwood Rotary has honored 1,350 Bear Branch students for having outstanding morals and ethics such as Honesty, Responsibility, Tolerance, etc.  At a cost of over $6,000 per school year, Kingwood Rotary is investing our funds and taking an active role to teach students the importance of being honest, responsible, honorable and confident students.

Visit www.EAFK.org to learn more about this project.

Pamela Brousard is a teacher with many talents...Started a school in Afghanistan for girls...CyFair ISD Teacher of the Year...Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar...Teacher at CyFair ISD "New Arrival" campus at Cy Falls High School...HEB Teacher of the Year...State of Texas "Teacher of the Year"...and an absolutely remarkable human being!
 
Since she teachers non-English speaking immigrants, she is fully aware of the need to catch them up to their fellow students academically, emotionally, and preparing them for the future.
 
Charlie and Tommie Buscemi both attended her Global Scholar Leadership Conference and saw firsthand how Pamela is preparing these new arrival students about PSAT, SAT, how they can go to college plus so much more.  There were students from 25 countries that want to be productive citizens and make a difference in our world.  Even though English isn't their first language, and they have many other obstacles, the majority of these students had a 4.0 GPA.  Pamela's work is helping them to that by making them responsible, giving, and honest individuals trying to achieve the American dream...and she is very successful and so are her students. 
"Rotary Connects The World" is the 2019-2020 theme of Rotary International, and Kingwood Rotary is very excited.  Rotary District 5890 (Houston-area) held the 2019 Club Leadership Training recently, and seven Kingwood Rotarians attended.
 
Public Image, Membership, and The Rotary Foundation were the focus.  Sessions were also held to help president-elects, and president-nominees, focus on planning projects, lead effectively, and create more ways for new, energetic members to join.
 
 
 

Kingwood Rotary Club might be a small Rotary club, but our commitment to changing and saving lives isn't small.

Special thanks to Past District Governor Bill Palko for presenting our club with very prestigious awards from The Rotary Foundation to our club, and our club president, Charlie Buscemi.  Rotarians don't usually brag, but when your club accomplishes goals that help change the world, it's important to share the news!

There are 35,000+ Rotary clubs worldwide, and Kingwood Rotary was:

ONE of only 1,575 clubs (top 5% worldwide) to achieve "TOP THREE HIGHEST PER CAPITA ANNUAL GIVING" honors in our Rotary District.

ONE of only 3,425 clubs (top 10% worldwide) worldwide to attain status as an "EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR club".

ONE of only 4,000 clubs worldwide to become a 100% "FOUNDATION GIVING CLUB".

Received a Certificate of Appreciation for our financial support of the "END POLIO NOW: COUNTDOWN TO HISTORY CAMPAIGN".

ONE of SIXTEEN (out of 62 clubs in the Houston area) Rotary District 5890 clubs that qualified for the "2017-2018 ROTARY CITATION FROM THE PRESIDENT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL"

  
 
 
 

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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
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