It's that time again!  Our Pasadena Rotary Club has partnered with the Pasadena Independent School District to give dictionaries to every third grade student.
PISD Dictionary Project Gary Nickelson 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
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On June 21, 2018 the 2018-2019 Officers and Board of the Pasadena Rotary Club will be installed. A special thank you for each of these club members for volunteering their time and efforts to this service.
 
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Pasadena Rotary to Install 2018-2019 Officers & Board 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2018
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Join the Rotary Club of Pasadena for our Pasadena Rotary Annual Fundraiser Fish Fry and Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Campbell Hall, Pasadena Fairgrounds (Red Bluff entrance).
 
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IT'S TIME FOR A FISH FRY!!! 2018-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside
Pasadena Rotary is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for our weekly meetings throughout August and September of 2016. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. We move every Thursday at noon at the First United Methodist Church located at 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX  77504 unless otherwise noted.
 
August 4, 2016 - Pasadena ISD Athletic Director and PISD High School Football Coaches
 
August 11, 2016 - Jan Wheeler - Joy & Hope
 
August 18, 2016 - No meeting this week
 
August 25, 2016 - Natalie Cras - Young Professionals in Rotary
 
September 1, 2016 - District Governor Eric Liu
 
September 8, 2016 - Judge Ed Emmitt - Harris County Judge
 
September 15, 2016 - Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale - Service Above Self
Speakers announced for August and September 2016 Niki Whiteside 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Fish Fry scheduled April 2, 2016 2016-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Article and Photo by Brad French
 
Current PISD Superintendent Dr. Kirk Lewis (R), introduced guest speaker Dr. Deeann Powell (L).
Dr. Powell assured the Rotary Club that she will continue many of the great programs currently in place.  She shared in detail the success of the Connect Program that is currently at Carter Lomax Middle School, Thompson Intermediate, and Dobie HS.  It is a program that allows students to work at their own pace.  It is quite a change from traditional ways of learning.  There has been great feedback from students and teachers alike.  During her presentation it was very obvious she has a love for education.  She shared that she was raised right here in Pasadena and attended Pasadena High School.  Dr. Powell has worked in Pasadena ISD since 1991 and even won Teacher of the Year in 1997.  She plans to focus on challenging students to reach their full potential and provide a safe and caring environment.
Pasadena ISD’s New Superintendent Brad French 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Welch on Dec 03, 2015
Pasadena Rotarians were attentive to guest speaker, Dr. Christopher Hammons, a man who is passionate about American History.  Hammons is Dean of the School of Humanities and a Professor of Government at Houston Baptist University, teaching classes in constitutional history, political thought and American Politics.  Describing HBU as a well-diversified campus with an mixture of races and religions, he expressed a concern about the deficit of knowledge of American history that is common among students today.  Striving to stimulate and shape the philosophy of HBU, a new building, a replica of Independence Hall, is planned.   To be used for classrooms, community events and conferences the building’s historical ambiance will create a greater awareness of our country’s rich heritage.  Dr. Hammons is a widely published author of books and journals all dealing with America’s rich history.  He is the Director of the Center for Law and Liberty, which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of our founding principles.
HISTORY IS ALIVE AT ROTARY Bill Welch 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Welch on Nov 12, 2015
   A TOURISM EXPERT ADDRESSES ROTARY.
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
.Pasadena Rotary President Brad French (L) greets Guest speaker Jorge Franz of the Houston Tourism Bureau.   Mr. Franz described the efforts of his organization to attract visitors to Houston.
A TOURISM EXPERT ADDRESSES ROTARY. Bill Welch 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Welch on Oct 29, 2015
The attention of Pasadena Rotarians was captured and held by Guest Speaker Dr. Franklin R. Chang Diaz pictured (L) with Club President Brad French.  An Astronaut, with a record of  7 space  flights,  Dr. Diaz holds many honors relating to his work in Space including the Liberty Medal and NASA”s Distinguished Service Medal, which he has received four times.  He was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame May 4, 2012. 
ROTARIANS HELD SPELLBOUND BY GUEST SPEAKER Bill Welch 2015-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Welch on Oct 22, 2015
Pasadena Rotary President Brad French (L) and Dr. Kirk Lewis (R) welcome guest speaker Alfred Cervantes (C).  Mr. Cervantes is the Deputy Director of the Houston Film Commission. 
A FILM COMMISSIONER ADDRESSES PASADENA ROTARY Bill Welch 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Welch on Oct 16, 2015
Pasadena Rotary Members received a forward looking address from “Bob” Mitchel, President of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.   Pictured from left are Rotary President Brad French, Superintendent of Schools, and Rotarian, Dr. Kirk Lewis, Rotarian Jackie Barmore and Mr. Mitchell.  Mr. Mitchel, a native of the Houston area has been President of BAHEP since 2008 and he and the organization have been defenders and promoters of our area’s economic development. 
ROBERT D. “BOB” Mitchell IS GUEST SPEAKER AT ROTARY Bill Welch 2015-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
OFFICER BOBBY KEEN ALERTS ROTARIANS ON SECURITY Article and Photo by Bill Welch 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY PRIVILIGED TO HEAR CHANCELLOR DR. BRENDA HELLYER Bill Welch 2015-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
The board for the 2015-2016 Rotary year was installed on June 30, 2015 at the Silver Sycamore in Pasadena, Texas. Congratulations to President Brad French and all of the board members who will be working with him in the coming year.
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For the first three Fridays in June (June 5, June 12, and June 19), the Pasadena Rotary Club will be meeting at Cullen’s Restaurant located at 11500 Space Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77059. After that time, the Pasadena Rotary Club will resume meeting at the Pasadena First United Methodist Church.
 
June 5, 2015
Noon
Cullen’s Restaurant
June 12, 2015
Noon
Cullen’s Restaurant
June 19, 2015
8:00 AM
Cullen’s Restaurant
June 26, 2015
Noon
Pasadena First United Methodist Church
 
We look forward to seeing you at each of our meetings during the month of June.
 
If you have any questions you can contact Niki Whiteside at  nwhiteside@gmail.comnwhiteside@gmail.com.
Meeting reminders 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cari Brownlee on Feb 15, 2015
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The Pasadena Rotary Fish Fry Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM at Campbell Hall located on the Pasadena Rodeo Grounds at 7601 Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena, Texas 77507.
 
Join us for great food, music and family fun starting at 11:00 AM with food prepared by the cooking team of the Harris County Precinct 8 Constable Phil Sandlin’s crew. There will be events on site for kids and adults, including a photo booth, reverse draw and raffle for great prizes. Dine in or carry-out.   
 
Fish Fry Tickets and raffle ticket purchases can be found at www.pasadenarotary.org or email at pasadenatxrotary@gmail.com.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the many local community projects of The Rotary Club of Pasadena such as Early Act First Knight program at Red Bluff Elementary and Morales Elementary, the third grade dictionary project for all Pasadena ISD elementary schools, scholarships and support for a variety of worthwhile community activities. Proceeds will also benefit The Rotary Club of Pasadena’s international projects such as world-wide polio eradication and humanitarian projects in Chinendega, Nicaragua and Burkino, West Africa.
 
If you are looking for a way to make a difference, The Rotary Club of Pasadena is a great place to start. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this year’s Fish Fry Family Fun Day event, email PasadenaTxRotary@gmail.com. For more information about The Rotary Club of Pasadena, visit www.PasadenaRotary.org or www.facebook.com/pasadenarotary
 
The Rotary Club of Pasadena was founded in 1936 and is a member of Rotary International and Rotary District 5890. You can contact the Rotary Club of Pasadena by email at pasadenatxrotary@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/pasadenarotary. Visit The Rotary Club of Pasadena’s website at www.pasadenarotary.org.
Rotary Club of Pasadena's Annual Fish Fry Family Fun Day Cari Brownlee 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 11, 2015
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As in years past, the Pasadena Rotary Club  sponsored the annual Dictionary Gift Project of giving every 3rd grade student in PISD a new Student’s Dictionary.  Members form teams and call on each of the District’s 36 Elementary schools.  The Club has participated in this worthy project for over 4 years giving away nearly 25,000 dictionaries.  The Team that called on Sparks Elementary was made up of Rotarians Paul Leteff, Pat Abrams and Bill Welch.  They were assisted by volunteers Councilman Bruce Leamon, Former Councilwoman Jackie Welch, Pasadena Code Enforcement Officer Yancy Teel, Deputy Fire Marshal Millken, teachers and staff from Sparks, and Deputy Fire Marshal Ramon Coven and Accelerant Detection dog “Baron”.
 
Baron is an 18 month old German Short Hair Pointer that lives with his trainer Fire Marshal Coven.    He is a big friendly dog that is trained to detect any illegal substances that may have been used to start a fire.  The students were happy to receive the dictionaries and seemed eager to get to use them.
Photo by Jackie Welch

Article by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARIANS MAKE ANNUAL DICTIONARY PRESENTATIONS 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Welch
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Former professional footballer Albert “AJ” Johnson III (C) is welcomed by Past Governor Bob Gebhard (L) and Program Chairman Gary Nickelson (R).  Mr. Johnson is a native of Missouri City, Texas and a graduate of Southern Methodist University.  Just out of college he was considered too small and wasn’t sought after by the NFL; however he found a role with the Pro’s in Europe, the Canadian Football League and the NFL, playing for Miami, the New York Jets and the Houston Texans.  He was a CFL all-star and holds the record for the most yards in a single game (474) and also the most yards by a rookie (3,241).  He entitled his presentation “Do You Have It” as he described the difficulty of making the team in the Pro’s and on keeping ones job.  He commented that the big contracts we hear about for professional athletics are not guaranteed.  “The only thing you are sure to get is what’s up front”, he said.  A Pro’s life is one of constantly trying to perform better than the many other athletes out there who are trying to do it better for less money.  With penalties for excessive weight gain, appearance on the field, “pop” quizzes and knowledge of the telephone-sized playbook, a player’s future is in constant jeopardy.  He retired from Football at 30 and now owns an insurance and financial services agency.  He and his wife Jenise and their 4 children reside in Pearland where in addition to his business, Al is active in his church, little league baseball, football and high sports at Houston St. Thomas High School.  He is also the President of the 288 Corridor Rotary Club.
PASADENA ROTARIANS LEARN ABOUT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL Bill Welch 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 11, 2014
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Unless we’re “Grinch’s” we couldn’t help but be put in the Christmas Spirit by the highly talented performance of the Pasadena Memorial’s Show Choir.  Directed by Paul Trayhan these 9 great performers are a small part of the entire Choir, but their rendition of familiar Christmas songs, complete with many costume changes and dancing, put a smile on the face of everyone present.  Old favorites like “Silver Bells”, “Deck the Halls” “I’ll be Home for Christmas” and others were joyously received along with a couple of “sad” songs, that a few of us could identify with, “”My Birthday falls on Christmas” and “I’m getting nothing for Christmas because I’ve been nothing but bad.”  Even “Elvis” was there to give his version of” Rudolph the Red Noised Reindeer”.  The students left the stage wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and the Pasadena Rotary would like to add their wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
PASADENA MEMORIAL’S SHOW CHOIR ENTERTAINS PASADENA ROTARY 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2014
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Pasadena Rotarians heard a very timely presentation about law enforcement from Captain Jeff Lamar of the Precinct 8 Constables Office.  Pictured, from left, are Program Chairman Gary Nickelson, President Niki Whiteside, Guest Speaker Captain Jeff Lamar and Rotarian Terry Brotherton.  The Captain started his presentation with an explanation of the nickname for Peace Officers “COP”. He explained that badges worn by the officers were originally made of copper, which was shortened to “COP”.  He added that Constables think it stands for “Constables on Patrol”.  He described the many duties that are assigned to Precinct 8.  Broken down into divisions they include the Civil Division, the Criminal Warrants Division, Patrol, Toll Roads, Fatal Accident Reconstruction, K-9 Division, Honor Guard duties and High Water Rescue.  Civil Division responsibilities include issuing of citations, evictions, Child Custody issues landlord/ tenant problems, etc.  Toll Roads are covered by the Constable’s office and includes the reconstruction of accidents.  The K-9 duties are headed up by Deputy Billy Williams and ”Storm” who’s only reward for finding illegal drugs is to get to chase a tennis ball.  The High Water Rescue duties drew special attention from the Club as it utilizes a large 6 wheel truck, which was donated to Precinct 8 by Pasadena Businessman and Rotarian Ken Phelps.
Captain Lamar has over 29 years in law enforcement and holds a Masters Peace Officers License.  He mentioned the high qualifications required for being a Cop.  “Less than one present of applicants are accepted”, he said.  Stressing the difficulties facing peace offices, he quoted the late Paul Harvey who said “A Police Officer is expected to be able to subdue a person twice his size and half his age without soiling his uniform”.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARIANS HEAR ABOUT COPS FROM A COP 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2014
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Pasadena Rotary President Niki Whiteside (L) presents Terry Brotherton a plaque honoring him as the Rotarian of the Month.  Terry is a long time member of the Pasadena Rotary having joined the Club in 1994 sponsored by Wes Morehead.  Terry is a “pillar” in the Club having served in nearly every capacity including that of President.  Two of his accomplishments have been his outstanding and informative biographical presentations of older Club members.   Another worthy contribution has been his leadership in the establishment of the Hall of Fame for outstanding PISD athletes. Terry  is a vital part of the backbone of Pasadena Rotary.
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
TERRY BROTHERTON IS DECEMBER’S ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2014
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Two brilliant Pasadena Memorial seniors Stephanie Green and Julio Hernandez, center, are joined by Assistant Principal John Thompson and Principal Angelia Stallings. 
Julio Hernandez is the son of Sonia and Julio Hernandez.  He carries a GPA of 5.35 and ranks 5th in the class.  He is the Secretary of the National Honor Society, a member of Business Professionals of America, a Member of the Student Council,  the PMHS Varsity Soccer team, the French Honor Society and the French Club.  He serves the community by volunteering in International Tournaments for his team helping with setting them up and visits the NHS Nursing Home.  His honors include Academic Excellence Awards all four years of high school, the AP Scholar Award, Texas Boys State Attendee and is a nominee for the National Academy of Future Scientist and Technologists.  Hobbies and spare time activities include playing for the Pasadena Memorial Varsity Soccer Team as well as a team outside of school where he plays soccer at the college level.  He plans to become Petroleum Engineer preparing for that goal at the University of Texas at Austin.  He states that he has challenged himself throughout his academic career to help him reach his potential.  He has learned countless valuable lessons along the way.  He is confident that his education has prepared him not only for his transition to college, but also for his life as an adult as well.
 
Stephanie Green is the daughter of Debbie and Chris Green carrying a GPA of 5.534.  She is the top student at Memorial.  She is a member of the Band, where she is First Chair Clarinet and Section Leader, she is an Interact officer, a member of the National Honor Society, the National Hispanic Honor Society and the Federal Reserve Student Board of Directors.  She far exceeds the goal of Memorial students to serve 100 hours of community service by serving over 350 hours.  She is part of the Houston Zoo Crew where she educates guests about various animals and conservation of species.  She is part of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival Teen Committee where she assists in set-up and operation of the Festival.  She is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commended Scholar, a Texas Music Scholar and holder of Academic Excellence Awards.
Hobbies and other interests including reading, watching the Science Channel, Crime Shows and fostering injured and orphaned kittens until they are ready for adoption.  She is also an occasional “Pet Sitter.” She is currently undecided about the site of her college education, but favors Yale or Princeton where she plans to obtain a BA in Biochemistry and a Doctor of Medicine.  She wants to attend medical school becoming a surgeon specializing in Cardiology or Neurology.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
TWO MEMORIAL SENIORS ARE PASADENA ROTARIANS OF THE MONTH 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2014
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Pasadena Rotary’s President Niki Whiteside awarded grants of $1000 each to the Pasadena Philharmonic Society and to the Cultural Arts Committee of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.  These are two of the many grants given by the Pasadena Rotary throughout the year and are funded by the Annual Catfish Fry and Auction and other fundraisers.  President Whiteside pointed out that 100% of money raised by fundraising activities is given out as grants benefiting worthy projects.  The activities and administration expenses of the Club are paid from dues paid by members.
 
Photo 1.   Pasadena Rotary President Niki Whiteside (R) presents a check for $1000 to the Cultural Arts Committee of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.  Accepting are (L) Chamber President Christina Womack and Cultural Arts Committee Chairwoman Jackie Welch.  The Committee hosts the Circle of Christmas Trees now in progress at Pasadena City Hall and a fundraising Theater Night each summer.  The Committee grants $1000 each to a student from Texas Chiropractic College and to a student from San Jacinto College.   The Committee also finances an annual Theater Workshop for aspiring actors.  Additionally a recognition award is made for the Artist of The Year.  This award goes to an individual or a group.
 
Photo 2. The Pasadena Philharmonic Society is the recipient of a $1000 grant from Pasadena Rotary’s President Niki Whiteside.  Pictures from left are President Niki Whiteside, Marilyn Wilkins and James Guthrie.  The Philharmonic Orchestra, a Pasadena treasure, presents several concerts each year at the Slocum Auditorium at San Jacinto College. 
Article and Photos by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARY AWARDS GRANTS 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2014
Make tomorrowFriday, December 5, 2014, a Rotary Day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8:30 a.m. = Start your morning off by attending the Early Act First Knight ceremony at Red Bluff Elementary, 416 Bearle St., Pasadena, Texas 77506. The virtue being celebrated is "Honesty."
 
11:00 a.m. = Then, gather your stockings, angels and/or senior gifts for the Salvation Army (if you are participating) and put them in your car to take to the Rotary meeting. 
 
11:15 a.m. = If you have not already RSVP to the Christmas Party, check your calendar for December 11, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Then, get in your car and head to the meeting. 
 
Noon = Attend the Rotary meeting. While at the meeting, RSVP for the Christmas Party if you have not already done so. (Tomorrow is the last day to RSVP). Our speaker will discuss "What it Takes to be a Cop."  
 
1:30 p.m. = Follow up the meeting by attending the Early Act First Knight ceremony at Morales Elementary, 305 W. Harris Ave., Pasadena, Texas 77506. The virtue being celebrated is "Respect." 
 
What a great Rotary Day! We hope you can make tomorrow a Rotary Day!
Make December 5, 2014 a Rotary day Cari Brownlee 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2014
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Dr. Joe Agris is one the nation’s premier cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeons.   Twenty-Five years ago he and his longtime friend the late Marvin Zindler formed the Agris-Zindler Children’s Foundation to help deformed children all over the world enjoy a better life through plastic surgery and repair.  Dr. Agris has performed over 12,000 pro bono surgeries , many of them in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  With the increased war activities in the Near East he also has been called on to help adult victims.  Many of the adult injuries were the results of the War and from “cHonor attacks, which under “Sharia” law are allowed and not punishable.  He stated that greatest joy of his life was seeing the look of gratitude on the faces of the family of a patient following a successful surgery.   In concluding his very interesting presentation, he stated that he believes that we will never win a war against the radical Islamic fundamentalist mindset, but we could win the hearts of the Islamic world with acts of genuine altruism.
Pasadena Rotary President Niki Whiteside (L) and Rotarian Bob Gebhard (R) welcome guest Speaker Dr. Joe Agris.  Dr. Agris is probably best known for his many surgeries on children around the world for cleft lips said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have twice the incidence of this birth defect due to intermarriage.  
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
DR. JOE AGRIS SPEAKS TO PASADENA ROTARY 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2014
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Pasadena Rotary’s President Nike Whiteside (L) presents John Mrozek   a plaque honoring him as “Rotarian of the Month for November”.    Dr. Mrozek is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Texas Chiropractic College.  He is married to his wife, Elly, for over 40 years.  The couple has two accomplished daughters, Natalie, who is a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines and Stephanie is a geologist currently completing a PhD at James Cook University  in Australia.
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
DR. JOHN MROZEK IS ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 06, 2014
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Pasadena Rotarians were privileged to hear and inspiring talk from an American Icon, Jim McInvale better known as “Mattress Mack”.  He started his furniture business in 1981 with $5000 and a dream and not without some set-backs and with the use of an “explosive” type of advertising has built Gallery Furniture into a booming business known for its commitment to his customers, employees and the community.  Jim stated “We’re here to provide furniture made in America because that creates jobs for Americans.”   He is known for his philanthropy, which he doesn’t mention.  Instead he cited 3 stories involving individuals that he admires.
The first was a Dr. Jim Grates that called him saying that in Germany he saw an ambulance that carried with it a CPR and a qualified physician.  Knowing that for stroke victims, minutes are critical, the ambulance went to the patient instead of vice versa.  If the CPR reading was favorable the patient was given lifesaving clot dissolving medications on the spot with a much greater chance of a successful recovery.  The Doctor asked “Mack” for help with a fundraiser to purchase such an ambulance, Mack did and the Doctor quit his practice to ride the ambulance full time.
A second story involved an 80 plus year old lady that operates a center for rehabilitation of mentally and physically challenged patients that most of society had given up.  Results are phenomenal including a now leading man in Hollywood who once was an ”unmanageable” patient.
 
The last story was about a physician based at Ben Taub who called Mack asking for recliners for which the County has no budget.  Mack sent him a truck load of recliners, which much to Mack’s surprise were very soon returned because the interior “stuffing” was not fire-proof.  Mack promptly took the recliners back and sent out another truckload, this time they were completely fireproof.
 
Mack said he gets his inspiration from people who give and live by the Rotary motto “Service above Self”.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
“MATTRESS MAC’ JIM MCINVALE SPEAKS TO PASADENA ROTARY 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2014
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Assistant Principal John Thompson introduced two outstanding students from Pasadena Memorial.  Grecia Chapa is the daughter of Ruben and Teresa Chapa.  She carries a 4.9 GPA, which places her 13th in the senior class of 669.  She is a member of Production Theatre, which competes in UIL.  She is also a member of Junior Varsity Orchestra where she plays the violin which she has played for over 8 years.  She proudly holds an AP Scholar Award.  She loves to read and believes that exercise is important in everyday life.  She plans to attend the University of Texas majoring in Chemical Engineering.
Samuel Cervantes is the son of Samuel Cervantes and Laura Buentello.  He ranks 3rd in the class with a GPA of 5.39.   His many organizational memberships include the Interact Club, where he is a founder and President, Varsity Bland as 1st Chair Horn and Head Drum Major, National Honor Society, Vice President, Spanish Honor Society, President, Spanish Club, President, Class officer, Parliamentarian.
His Community Service projects include Pasadena Strawberry Festival, Christmas in August, Faulk Foundation, Vista Continuing Center, Lomax Middle School Band Assistant and building a parade float for the Pasadena Rotary and other Pasadena Rotary events.  Honors and Awards— has won high places in the TMEA Region Band Orchestra completion, AP Scholar with Distinction, TEXAs Music Scholar Academic Achievement Award, and has been recognized as the Most Outstanding Band Student.   IN his spare time he has attended the Academy of Rising Leaders in Austin, Texas Boy’s State, Bauer Business Institute Camp Enterprise, Drum Major Camp, and American Society of Karate.  He is a Black Belt with 10 years training.  He also teaches beginning advocates.  He plans to attend the University of Texas majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Law.  He is self-motivated and possesses a driving ambition to succeed.  He has adopted a philosophy and  Latin motto  “Labor Omna Vineit” which translates to “Hard Work Conquers all.”
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
TOP STUDENTS FROM PASADENA MEMORIAL VISIT PASADENA ROTARY 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2014
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Guest Speaker Susanna ‘Dokupil is pictured with Pasadena Rotarian Bill Mc Millin.  She is the Assistant Head of the Harris County Republican Party, where her activities include fund raising for many candidates including Senator Ted Cruz, Board member of the Kingwood Tea Party and Treasurer of the Texas Conservative View.  Her impressive background includes graduating from Harvard School of Law, Clerking for the Honorable Jerry Smith of the US Court of Appeals and is the author of over 75 articles for the Washington Times, The American Enterprise, The Texas Review of Law and Politics and the Houston Chronicle.  With this resume she surprised the Club with the announcement that “She wasn’t going to talk about politics”.  Instead she talked of her quest to promote the American Dream of Open Mindedness.  Using videos and other social media venues she outlined a story telling approach. “Too often we push away from presentations that don’t confirm our existing beliefs”.  Telling a story is an unobtrusive way of presenting several views of the same subject letting the listener arrive at a better conclusion after hearing all the facts.  She closed her presentation urging all to vote their convictions November 4th saying “When we fail to limit Government, we limit ourselves.”
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
SUSANNA DOKUPIL SPEAKS TO PASADENA ROTARY 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2014
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Pasadena Rotary President Niki Whiteside (l) presents Rotarian Mark Anton a plaque honoring him as Rotarian of the Month for October.  Mr. Anton is affiliated with Integrity Bank.  He was sponsored by Past Rotary Governor Bob Gebhard.   Mark is very active with Rotary’s International Student Exchange program where his daughter is a participant.   The Anton’s have recently hosted a student from Denmark.  Pasadena Rotary is proud to accept this new member.
Photo and Article by Bill Welch
MARK ANTON IS ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH. 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2014
The Pasadena Rotary was pleased to have two outstanding players from the Pearland Little League World Series Team and their Manager as guests of the Club. They were Manager Don Smith and Pearland Little Leaguer Presley  Smith ( his son) and Little Leaguer Mathew Adams ( and his proud grandparents Wayne and Pat Adams).
Manager Don Smith talked about the events leading up to the World Series that were marked by hard work and dedication.  At the beginning of the season Don told his team that “Someone is going to win the Little League World Series and it might as well be us”; however from that time on the World Series was not mentioned.  Instead the emphasis was on dedication and hard work with a philosophy of “Pull the Train” pick each other up and build the momentum.  The team followed the credo of the Coach and won 16 straight playoff games to receive an invitation to Williamsport, Pa.  “The atmosphere at Williamsport” said Smith “Was like David vs Goliath”, as they played before a stadium of 42,000 with only a handful of supporters from Texas.  Never the less this proud Pearland team beat Rhode Island and Washington, but lost to Pennsylvania and Illinois.
 
The team, which rigidly followed the league rules about age and residency, were a bit smaller in stature than some of the teams, which evoked the comment from one sports commentator that “You are small, but you play big.”   It was a fitting compliment to a fighting group of youngsters who have made all of Texas proud.
Article by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARY HONORS PEARLAND WORLD SERIES MEMBERS 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Pasadena Rotarians remained “en masse” to complete a service project of preparing and filling 100 layette bags of items needed for new mothers in the Casa Belen Shelter for expectant mothers of Chinandega, Nicaragua.   Club members formed a line and went about placing towels, wash cloths, hair brushes, tee shirts, diapers, etc.  in a handy zip-up  carrier.  Providing aid to the needy of Chinandega has been a long time project of the Pasadena Rotary.
PASADENA ROTARIANS PREPARE LAYETTE GIFTS FOR NICARAGUA 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2014
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Guest speaker Rear Admiral William W. Pickavance, Jr (R) is welcomed by Rotarian Ron Rucker (L) and President Niki  Whiteside.  The Admiral has an impressive Bio.  A graduate of Texas A&M he also received a Master’s Degree from Saliva Regina University and a Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College.  He served in the Merchant Marines prior to attending US Navy flight Training in 1969 where he earned his wings.  He has flown in and commanded A-7 Corsair Squadrons as well as FA-18 Hornet Squadrons.  He has flown over 200 combat missions over North Viet Nam and Desert Storm.  His six operational commands include the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk.   He holds many medals including the Navy Commendation Medal-4 times for valor in combat.
He is currently a consultant for San Jacinto College working with contractors to build a 45,000 square foot building on a 13 acre campus on Highway 146 south of Shore Acres.  This new campus will be devoted to the training and retraining of sailors for the Maritime Service.   Recognizing the ever expanding need for personnel in this industry, it has been on the drawing board with SJC Administration for some time.  With the Keystone Pipeline, the expansion of the Panama Canal and the worldwide expansion of international trade being driving forces, the commercial Merchant Marine service  is expected to rapidly increase and with it the need for skilled personnel .
 
The anticipated completion of the building on Highway 146 is November of 2015.  Enrollment will probably exceed 200.  Enthusiastic about the future of this program and SJC’s aggressive leadership in this field, Admiral Pickavance said “We are the point of the spear.”
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARY WELCOMES RETIRED ADMIRAL WILLIAM PICKAVANCE JR 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2014
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Signe “Seena” Christiansen is Rotary Exchange student.  She is a 16 year old young lady from Aarhus, Denmark, a city of about 300,000 residents.  Speaking fluently to the Club she stated her enjoyment of being in Texas and has even been a part of the recent Pasadena Rodeo Parade.  After the regular club meeting, she helped fill 100 Layette bags for underprivileged expectant mothers in Nicaragua.  She will soon leave her host family and return to Denmark, but expects to return in the near future.
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
A DANISH EXCHANGE STUDENT VISITS PASADENA ROTARY 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
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On September 26, 2014 the Rotary Club of Pasadena heard from our Rotary District Governor Lisa Faith Massey. 

The Pasadena Rotary was honored to have their District Governor Lisa Faith Massey as guest speaker for the regular Friday meeting. Pictured from left are Rotarian Jackie Barmore, Past Governor Bob Gebhard, Governor Massey and Club President Niki Whiteside. Governor Massey is a third generation Houstonian and a 3rd generation Rotarian. She praised Pasadena Rotary Club for the Club’s efforts and contributions to Rotary honoring specifically for their special efforts; Jackie Barmore, Herman Weber, Paul Covell, Lee Clark, John Moon, Bill Barmore, Ted Sullivan and Ken Haesley. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg where she has risen through the ranks serving as Director, Board Chairman, Assistant Governor and now District Governor. She outlined her three main goals for her term of office; 1. Fight illiteracy; 2. Promote the Rotary Foundation and 3. Build and retain membership. She quoted a surprising statistic that there are 30 million Americans that can not read or write. The Rotary Foundation is the benevolent arm of Rotary and provides aid and assistance to people worldwide including promoting education, for the young and adult population, pre-natal, delivery and post natal care to the indigent in Nicaragua and creating a sanitary source of water for many 3rd world countries. She talked about club growth saying that it is natural for members to join and resign, but that if the trend of declining membership continues the future of Rotary (and all clubs) is bleak. She proposed a modest goal of adding one new member to each club, each quarter. Sources of new members are young professionals, retirees, volunteers who help with Rotary projects and young people who have previously been honored as Junior Rotarians and have been part of the International Youth Exchange. She addressed the value of retention of members, saying “It does little good to get new members if we can’t keep them.” She stated that members stay if they feel that they are contributing to the welfare of the community, if they have meaningful responsibilities and if the Club has a healthy and friendly social program, both at the Club and outside the Club.

Governor Massey’s enthusiastic presentation and obvious passion for Rotary won her a standing ovation from members, who are looking forward to a banner year led by new District Governor Lisa Faith Massey.

Article and Photo by Bill Welch
District Governor Lisa Faith Massey 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Pasadena is thrilled to induct our newest member, Adam Rhoads.
 
On September 26, 2014, Pasadena Rotarian Michael Wycough (R) inducted Adam Rhoads into Pasadena Rotary. 
 
Pictured from left are Sponsor Rotarian Malon Rhoads, new member Adam Rhoads, President NIki Whiteside and Rotarian Wycough. 
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Pasadena Rotary Inducts Adam Rhoads 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
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It is always with such joy that the Rotary Club of Pasadena gets the opportunity to honor such amazing high school seniors. On September 27, 2014, the Rotary Club of Pasadena honored Crystal Garcia and Jose Luis Sanchez from Pasadena High School.
 
Pictured from left are Crystal Garcia, Senior Principal Erica Nations, and Jose Luis Sanchez.Both Crystal and Jose are accomplished Seniors at PHS.  Crystal is a member of the Academic Decathlon, the National Honor Society, the National Hispanic Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.  She has been awarded Certificates of Achievement in both the 9th and the 10th grades. She plans to go to college to become a Biomedical Scientist.
 
Jose is a member of the Academic Decathlon (where he is the Co-Captain), the National Honor Society the National Hispanic Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Senior Men, Math UIL, Superintendent Student Advisory Committee.  His awards include Academic Excellence Award, Questbridge National Scholar, Rensselaer Medalist and AP Scholar.  In his free time he likes to run, play soccer, spent time with family and friends and have philosophical talks with colleagues.  Future plans are to attend MIT or Cal Tech, graduate with a mechanical and a Computer Engineering degree.  Work and move up, then establish my own firm and practice entrepreneurship, philanthropy and investments.
 
Photo and Original Article by Bill Welch 
Rotary Club of Pasadena Honors Top Pasadena High School Seniors 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
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The Pasadena Rotary was honored to have their District Governor Lisa Faith Massey as guest speaker for the regular Friday meeting.  Pictured from left are Rotarian Jackie Barmore, Past Governor Bob Gebhard, Governor Massey and Club President Niki Whiteside.  Governor Massey is a third generation Houstonian and a 3rd generation Rotarian.  She praised Pasadena Rotary Club for the Club’s efforts and contributions to Rotary honoring specifically for their special efforts; Jackie Barmore, Herman Weber, Paul Covell, Lee Clark, John Moon, Bill Barmore, Ted Sullivan and Ken Haesley.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg where she has risen through the ranks serving as Director, Board Chairman, Assistant Governor and now District Governor.  She outlined her three main goals for her term of office; 1.  Fight illiteracy; 2. Promote the Rotary Foundation and 3.  Build and retain membership.   She quoted a surprising statistic that there are 30 million Americans that can not read or write.  The Rotary Foundation is the benevolent arm of Rotary and provides aid and assistance to people worldwide including promoting education, for the young and adult population, pre-natal, delivery and post natal care to the indigent in Nicaragua and creating a sanitary source of water for many 3rd world countries.  She talked about club growth saying that it is natural for members to join and resign, but that if the trend of declining membership continues the future of Rotary (and all clubs) is bleak.   She proposed a modest goal of adding one new member to each club, each quarter.  Sources of new members are young professionals, retirees, volunteers who help with Rotary projects and young people who have previously been honored as Junior Rotarians and have been part of the International Youth Exchange.  She addressed the value of retention of members, saying “It does little good to get new members if we can’t keep them.”  She stated that members stay if they feel that they are contributing to the welfare of the community, if they have meaningful responsibilities and if the Club has a healthy and friendly social program, both at the Club and outside the Club.
 
Governor Massey’s enthusiastic presentation and obvious passion for Rotary won her a standing ovation from members, who are looking forward to a banner year led by new District Governor Lisa Faith Massey.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
Rotary's District Governor Lisa Faith Massey A Guest Speaker 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation Making a Difference Niki Whiteside 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Jack Whitman, President Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo was the guest speaker at the Pasadena Rotary Club.  Pictured with Program Chairman Gary Nickelson (L) and former President Lee Clark (R), President Whitman, a long time member of the PLS&R  talked about the Show as it is set to begin its 65th annual performance.  We’ve come a long way since 1949 when the first performance was held on the Pasadena High School grounds.  This popular venue is attended by nearly 50,000 enthusiastic fans each year. Having something for everyone the PLS&R highlights a livestock show, a Rodeo and a Cook Off.  Organized to not only to provide the public with good, wholesome entertainment, but most importantly to help area high school students to a better future through agriculture.  That goal is in part achieved by the awarding of many scholarships.  This year LaPorte ISD and Clear Creek ISD have joined Pasadena ISD, bringing more students into the program.  Patrons will be able to enjoy Calf Scrambles, Mutton Bustin, Barrel Riding, Calf Roping, Bull Riding, and more plus the Little Wrangler Rodeo for children with special needs along with a carnival, exciting food and all the extravaganza that goes with a top Rodeo.  And all under a Covered Arena, and a different star performer each night on a Revolving Stage.  It’s a quality “Pasadena Product” crammed with excitement and fun for all.  It runs from September 12th through September 20th.  Don’t miss it!! 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
Pasadena Rotary Hears Jack Whitman of Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
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On September 12, 2014, Pasadena Rotary was pleased to honor two top students from Memorial High School. Pictured from left are Assistant Principal John Thompson, Caleb Olson, Larissa Perez and Principal Angela Stallings.
 
Caleb Olson is the son of Cheryl and Russell Olson.  He ranks 11th in the senior class of 657 students with a GPA of 4.933.  He is a member of the Interact Club, the Chess Club and the Globetrotters.  He serves the Community in the Walk for Diabetes.  He’s been honored as an A.P. Scholar with Honor and enjoys a hobby of Computer Programing.  His College plans are to attend the University of Texas at Austin earning a degree in Computer Science with a focus on Information Security.  His academic is even more dramatically illustrated as he reveals that after his mother became disabled in January 2009, he was forced to homeschool himself so he could help his mother with her daily activities.  He now splits his time between assisting her and studying for school and on IT Certification.  This leaves him little time for active civic service, which he plans to remedy as soon as possible.
 
Larissa Perez is the daughter of Rosano Perez.  She is in the top 7% of the class ranking 46th and holding a GPA of 4.425.  She has been a PMHS Band Member for 4 years, 2 years as the Drum Major, the PMHS Choir, the National Honors Society for 2 years, the Business Professionals of America and the PMHS Musical.  She possesses many credits as a community volunteer including the Strawberry Festival, a tutor at Park View Intermediate,  working in her Church in the Children’s Ministry and volunteers in the Church Music Department as well as working with the Church’s Community service Project “Clean Up Galveston”
 
She was honored as the Most Outstanding Junior in the Band.  Hobbies and interests are practicing in order to become a better musician and reading and volunteering at Church.  She works at JC Penny. 
 
Future education plans are to earn a Degree in Music Education at McNeese State University.  In her evaluation of herself she feels that she is perceived as shy and reserved: however she is very focused in her work and uses her time efficiently in order to make every opportunity count.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
Pasadena Rotary Honors Top Memorial Seniors 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
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On September 5, 2014, Mark McGrath, left, receives a plaque from Pasadena Rotary President Niki Whiteside honoring him as the Rotarian of the Month for September.  Mark joined the club in 1985 being sponsored by Robert Tausend .  Interested in the outdoors, backpacking and fishing, Mark has designated Boy Scout Troop 388 as the recipient of collections from the Table Bowl Fund.
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DR. MARK MCGRATH IS ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Pasadena Rotary President Niki Whiteside (R) joins Program Chairman Gary Nickelson (L) who introduced Mike Malkemes, left center and Bill Bash, right center of Generation One, a volunteer charitable organization dedicated to improvement of the depressed 3rd Ward in SE Houston.  Founder Mr. Malkemes has worked with  many relief organizations , including C.O.R.E., Providing Living Water Ministries as well as serving on the staff of the Gateway Community Church.  He stated that the 3rd Ward is probably the most economically depressed area in the Houston area.  Many homes are without running water and  have one or no adult supervision, with the family structure broken down and residents growing up in the belief that drugs, crime, prostitution and poverty are acceptable normals.  Often family members force young women into prostitution because the victim is the family’s only breadwinner.  Generation One attempts to offer assistance with volunteers, who teach and mentor residents enabling them to obtain and keep meaningful employment.  Generation One also started a T-Shirt factory to provide employment.  Unfortunately this enterprise didn’t survive past 18 months.  Generation One welcomes volunteers to help with their program, saying that dedicated workers can successfully move these poor residents away from old destructive behavior patterns.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARIANS HEAR A PLEA FOR HELP FROM THE 3RD WARD 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
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On August 8, 2014, Pasadena Rotarians enjoyed a review of PISD’s football teams by each of the 5 High School coaches. Pictured from left are Dobie Coach Jim Phillips, Memorial’s Chris Quillian, David Satcher from Sam Rayburn, South Houston Coach Dwayne Lane and Jeff Ganske Pasadena High’s Coach. Coach Lane started the ball rolling praising last year’s team saying that they barely missed the playoffs, losing the last game to Memorial. He said they’ve had good pre-season work outs and expect to excel because of their good work ethics, commitment and accountability. Coach David Satcher stated that they had greatly expanded the football program at Sam Rayburn and have over 300 players sign up to play. Coach Chris Quillian Memorial’s coach said they have few lettermen back this year, but was pleased to have two quality quarterbacks to work with this season. Quillian has been at Memorial 10 years and stated that Memorial is picked 4th in the District. Coach Jim Phillips of J. Frank Dobie said he hoped to win a few games from “these young coaches” and will try hard to “keep up”. Pasadena Coach Jeff Ganske lamented that Pasadena High is a small school and some players can expect to play “both ways.” “We’re shorthanded, but we’ll be competitive.” He said he’d been at Pasadena High 32 years. Rotarian and former Principle at Pasadena High Tom Hancock confirmed Jeff’s tenure at PHS saying that “When I hired him I thought he was 16 years old”. It was an enjoyable program and all the coaches commented on the “good food” thanks to the skill of the kitchen crew at First United Methodist Church.
Pasadena Rotarians Were Briefed by PISD Football Coaches Article and Photo by Bill Welch 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Aug 06, 2014
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Congratulations to Marilyn Wilkins, our Rotarian of the Month for August. 
 
Marilyn has been a member of the Pasadena Rotary Club since 2001 and we are thankful to count her as one of our own.
August Rotarian of the Month Niki Whiteside 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jun 30, 2014
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July 1 officially marks the start of the new Rotary year. The date for the new year was set over 100 years ago when Rotary was still in its infancy. (Learn more at Why the Rotary year begins on July 1) Today, or rather tonight, the Pasadena Rotary Club will celebrate the new year with our annual awards and installation banquet at the Silver Sycamore at 5111 Pine Ave, Pasadena, TX 77503 beginning at 6:30 pm.
Happy New (Rotary) Year Niki Whiteside 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2014
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Guest speaker Michael A. Morris (R) is greeted by Pasadena Rotary’s President Dana Philibert (C) and Program Chairman John Mrozek (L).  Captain Morris has been a licensed Ship Channel Pilot since 1995 and is President of both the Houston Pilots and ‘the Texas ‘State Pilots Association.  A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, he holds several awards for meritorious service.  He presented numerous facts about the Ship Channel and its impact on the Houston economy as well as some of the challenges of safely moving large ships up and down this busy waterway.
Traffic volume on the channel is huge. Serving  150 private and public companies, it sees the passage of over 20,000 ships annually plus  200,000 barges.  Channel business results in 1,026,820 jobs throughout Texas and generates over $4.5 Billion annually in State and Local taxes. 
Container ships, which make up a large percent of vessels on the Channel have evolved from a beam of 30 ft. or less and a draft of less than 30 feet in the 1960’s to today’s super-size vessels which are  nearly  200 ft. wide and require a depth of 50 ft.   And larger ships are on the drawing board.  For these large ships to pass each other, they play a game of “Texas Chicken” or as Captain Morris prefers the “Texas 3 Step”. Standard procedure is for ships, both inbound and outbound, to travel the middle of the Channel.  They approach each other head on and at the range of about one half a mile veer to the right to allow a safe passage.  Captain Morris cited poor visibility from some vessels due to obstructions on the deck, the ever growing size of the vessels and the constant need for new docks.
He is optimistic about the future seeing more and bigger ships with an accompanying boom in the economy.  He also feels that the continuing training the pilots receive, the technological improvement and the ongoing dredging program will be more than adequate for the needs of the future.
 
Article and photo by Bill Welch. 
A HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL PILOT SPEAKS TO THE PASADENA ROTARY 2014-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Pasadena Rotary’s Program Chairman John Mrozek (L),  and Past President Lee Clark (C) greet guest speaker Dr. Neal Immega. Dr. Immega followed his childhood fascination with minerals and fossils all through grade and high school, where he attended a Natural Science Foundation School program on geology.  Continuing his love of things of the earth he pursued a program of oil exploration graduating from A&M and after graduate school went to work for Shell Oil Company.  After his retirement he returned to the discovery and study of fossils and rocks.  He compliments that interest by volunteering at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Gem and Mineral Society.
His slide presentation pictured many reconstructed dinosaur skeletons, many found right here in Texas.  One interesting example was a fossil of the Devonian Fish believed to be the bridge between fish and salamanders.  Another slide was the Triassic era Archosaurs, the ancestor of the crocodile.  Other slides were of prehistoric rhinos, elephants, turtles, gars, and an artist conception of early man.
He completed his presentation with the question, “Did you  see the movie Jurassic Park?’, well they got it all wrong”  It seems that after hiring many well qualified advisors, the producers decided to “go Hollywood".  But it was an interesting movie.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARIANS ENJOY HEARING ABOUT FOSSELS 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
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On Friday, May 2, 2014, Pasadena Rotary’s Past President Lee Clark (L) presents Rotarian James Guthrie a plaque honoring him as the Rotarian of the Month for May.  Sponsored by the late State Representative Ken Legler, James has been a dedicated worker for Pasadena Rotary ever since.  The Club’s annual Fish Fry will always find James on the serving line.  Volunteerism is part of James’s lifestyle as evidenced by his major role working with the Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. 

Article and Photo by Bill Welch
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Sponsors for our 2014 Fundraiser 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2014
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On March 14, 2014, Pasadena Rotary President Dana Philibert presents a plaque, honoring Wayne Long as “Rotarian of the Month” for March.  Wayne is very active in Club functions and is a Captain of one of the teams promoting the Annual Rotary Fish Fry and Reverse Draw that will be held March 29 in Campbell Hall at the Pasadena Fairgrounds.
 
Article and Photo by Bill Welch
PASADENA ROTARY HONORS WAYNE LONG AS MARCH ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2014
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The Pasadena Rotary Club which boasts the best luncheon (furnished by the volunteers at First United Methodist Church) in town enjoyed an old fashioned “Breakfast for Lunch” at their regular Friday meeting on March 14, 2014
The meal featuring bacon, eggs, pancakes, two kinds of sausage and biscuits the size of a cake plate, was as usual an “Over the Top” feast.  Following the delicious meal President Dana Philibert jumped to “Warp Drive” and introduced guest speaker Dr. Will Reed.  Dr. Reed is the President and CEO of “Technology for All.”  With a BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown, a Masters of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from SMU, Dr. Reed is “Up to Speed” on current advances in technology.  Partnering with community based organizations, educational institutions, corporations and foundations, great progress is being made.  It is reported that 96% of Americans use communications technologies in their daily life and on their job.  Yet less than half of middle and lower income groups have a computer in their home.  With most prospective employers requiring the applicant to have computer skills, the difficulty of finding employment for computer deficient individuals is obvious.  Dr. Reed’s group offers training and support and has developed 94 public computer centers in 17 Texas counties offering over 3.6 million hours of training to 233,000 individuals.  And not content with that “Technology for All” is working with Rice University in TFA wireless technology and other waves of the future.  With more and more of the basic functions of our life now available on the Internet, the importance of a source of continuing training is vital.  “Technology for All” strives to supply this need.
Technology for All is located at 2220 Broadway St Houston, Texas.  They can also be reached at 713 454 6400 or tfainfo@techforall.org
THE OLD MEETS THE NEW AT PASADENA ROTARY 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Enjoying her spring break Sophie Whiteside, daughter of President-elect Niki Whiteside visitsat her Mother’s Rotary Club, while “mom” was working as a Captain for the upcoming Rotary fundraiser  Fish Fry and Reverse Draw at Campbell March 29th.  Sophie is a straight A student in the 4th grade at Gilmore Elementary in League City.  This talented young lady likes to dance, work-out, draw and read.  She enjoys crafts, sews and makes pillows.  She aspires to be an artist and with her talent will likely succeed at anything she under takes.
 
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Anything on wheels welcome at Pasadena Rotary Club's Annual Poker Run, Saturday, March 29, 2014! Join Pasadena Rotary Club as they ride throughout the community sponsored stops to pick up playing cards to build the winning hand for great prizes!  

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at San Jacinto Harley-Davidson, 3636 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. South, Pasadena, Texas 77505. The actual ride will begin at 9:00 a.m. at San Jacinto Harley-Davidson and will end  with a great luncheon of fried catfish being cooked and served by Rotarians with the help of Pct 8's Constable Phil Sandlin's crew at the Pasadena Rotary Club's Annual Fish Fry, Campbell Hall, 7601 Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena, Texas 77507. 

There are three ways you may register for the Poker Run:

(1) Contact Ginger Lambert at ginger.lambert@sjcd.edu.

(2) Download and complete registration and waiver form and return completed form with check payable to: Pasadena Rotary Club, P.O. Box 5027, Pasadena, Texas 77508. Click Here to Download Registration Form.

(3)  Register the day of the event at 8:00 a.m. 

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Anything on wheels welcome at Pasadena Rotary Club's Annual Poker Run! Join Pasadena Rotary Club as they ride throughout the community sponsored stops to pick up playing cards to build the winning hand for great prizes!  

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at San Jacinto Harley-Davidson, 3636 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. South, Pasadena, Texas 77505. The actual ride will begin at 9:00 a.m. at San Jacinto Harley-Davidson and will end  with a great luncheon of fried catfish being cooked and served by Rotarians with the help of Pct 8's Constable Phil Sandlin's crew at the Pasadena Rotary Club's Annual Fish Fry, Campbell Hall, 7601 Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena, Texas 77507. 

There are three ways you may register for the Poker Run:

(1) Contact Ginger Lambert at ginger.lambert@sjcd.edu.

(2) Download and complete registration and waiver form and return completed form with check payable to: Pasadena Rotary Club, P.O. Box 5027, Pasadena, Texas 77508. Click Here to Download Registration Form.

(3)  Register the day of the event at 8:00 a.m. 

 

Pasadena Rotary Club's Annual Poker Run Cari Brownlee 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Join Pasadena Rotary Club for great food, live music and family fun at the annual fish fry , Saturday, March 29, 2014, starting at 11:00 a.m. with food prepared by the cooking team of the Harris County Precinct 8 Constables. There will be events on site for kids and adults as well as a chance to try your hand at a raffle with great prizes and reverse draw for $5,000 shopping spree. Dine in or carry-out.

Proceeds from this even will benefit the Rotary Club of Pasadena's local and international projects such as Early Act First Knight program at Red Bluff Elementary and Morales Elementary, the third grade dictionary project for all Pasadena ISD elementary schools, world-wide polio eradication, humanitarian projects in Chinendega, Nicaragua and support for a variety of community activities.
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Everyone’s thumb turned “green” as Rotarians listened to gardening expert Randy Lemmon with tips on becoming the master gardener.    Pictured here between President Dana Philibert (R) and Program Chairman John Mrozek, Lemmon exclaimed that Valentine’s Day is the unofficial kick-off date for the gardening season.  Now is the time to prune the plants, cutting back the tropicals until we find alive green wood, pruning the roses and trimming fruit bearing trees and bushes to a manageable size and preparing them for new growth, which is where the fruit will set on.   Beds for planting should be prepared now and allowed to “rest” and stabilize for a week or so before planting.  Now is also the time to use a 15-5-10 fertilizer and follow with a pre-emergent herbicide.      An  A&M graduate Randy is the host of the Gardenline Radio  show on week-ends on 740 KTRH.  He’s been doing gardening “stuff” for KTRH, KPRC and KBME since December 1995.  During the question and answer session, he threw out several pearls.   Don’t cut back the Crepe Myrtles, creating that ugly knot.  If the plant is too big dig it up and replace with a smaller variety of Crepe Myrtle.  Chopped up citrus peels will keep cats out of your garden and while he said “I’ll leave ant control to the experts”; however he pointed out that we are using Andro type  products incorrectly by dosing the mound directly, which usually just causes the ants to move over.  The product should be used as bait spreading it lightly over the entire yard.
 
PASADENA ROTARY HEARS GARDENLINE’S RANDY LEMMON 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Isaline Thirion will speak to Rotary Club of Pasadena on December 20, 2013. Isaline Thirion is a Rotary Exchange student from Liege, Belgium, a major city of 200 000 people in the French-speaking region of Belgium.  Isaline arrived in the U.S. on August 16 and is staying with a host family in Nassau Bay.  As a senior at Lutheran South Academy, Isaline is taking mostly fun classes such as art, Spanish, U.S. Government, and PE.  She played volleyball with the school's team and will play tennis when the season starts in January.  Also in January, Isaline will move in with a second host family who also resides in Nassau Bay.  During her free time, she really enjoys cooking, hanging out with her friends, playing tennis and volleyball, swimming, running, and playing the piano.  Isaline’s has a younger brother in Belgium, Antoine, who is 16.
Rotary Exchange Student Isaline Thirion to Speak to Pasadena Rotary Cari Brownlee 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
John Stephenson to Speak to Pasadena Rotary on Friday, December 20, 2013 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Dec 15, 2013

Join us this Friday, December 20, 2014 to hear a seasonal message. We hope to see you there.

 

December 20, 2014 Meeting Niki Whiteside 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Dec 12, 2013

Attendees at the 2013 Holiday Party did more than just celebrate the season with other members of the Pasadena Rotary Club. In addition to food and fellowship they also participated in a service project. In conjunction with Stop Hunger Now, http://www.stophungernow.org/, everyone worked together to package meals to feed the hungry. Check back soon for more details and images from the event.

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HOLIDAY PARTY FEEDS THE HUNGRY Niki Whiteside 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Dec 10, 2013

We hope to see you at our annual Holiday Party on December 12, 2013 at Sylvan Beach Pavilion from 6:30-9:30. 

We will reconvene for our next regular meeting on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the regular time.

REMINDER: No meeting on December 13, 2013 Niki Whiteside 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cari Brownlee on Oct 13, 2013
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On October 11, 2013, Pasadena Rotary’s President Dana Philibert presented a check for $5000 to the McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament, benefiting the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation. 

Pictured from left are Wayne Adams..., Jesse Goodwin, President Dana Philibert, Cindy Parmer and Chris Bezdek.

Article and Photo by Bill Welch

For more information on this year's 12th Annual McDonald's Texas Invitational visit: http://www.texasinvitational.com/

Pasadena Rotary Presented Check to McDonald's Texas Invitational Benefitting Pasadena ISD Education Foundation Cari Brownlee 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Pasadena is happy to welcome Speaker Bernie Satterwhite during the club's regular Friday meeting at noon on Friday, September 13, 2013. Bernie was appointed to his current position as City Manager in December 2000.  While serving as Bellaire’s City Manager, Bernie has managed complex infrastructure projects, guided Bellaire to a AAA bond rating, retooled the staff organization and improved communications with citizens.  Prior to joining the City staff, he spent two years as Executive Director of the United Way of Lauderdale County (Mississippi) in Meridian, MS. Where he solicited, collected and distributed nearly one million dollars in donated funds to 9 area charitable organizations annually. Prior to that, Bernie served for 25 years in the U.S. Navy as a carrier-based pilot. During that time, he deployed worldwide on various aircraft carriers and served in numerous shore-based assignments in Texas and Virginia. He commanded a shipboard A-6 Intruder attack squadron, based in NAF Atsugi, Japan and deployed on USS Midway during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-91. He subsequently served as commanding officer of a shore-based A-6 training squadron and the east coast A-6 Airwing based in Virginia Beach, Va.  He retired from the Navy in June 1998, after completing his fourth command tour, this time as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Meridian, MS in June 1998.  Bernie received numerous awards and citations during his naval career, including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star medal, in addition to other individual and service awards. 

 

Bernie received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies and National Security Decision Making from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  He is a member of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA).   He is an active member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Houston and past-chairman of its Board of Elders, and a member and past-president of the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club.  He is a founder of and currently serves on the board of directors of the Willbern Heritage Scholarship Foundation.

 

He and his wife Pat live in Bellaire and have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Bernie Satterwhite to Speak to Pasadena Rotary on September 13, 2013 Cari Brownlee 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jun 30, 2013

REMINDER: There will be no regular meeting on July 5, 2013. We look forward to seeing you on July 12, 2013.

 

No meeting July 5, 2013 Niki Whiteside 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cari Brownlee on Jun 23, 2013

Pasadena Rotary President Paul Covell honors Garland DeLoach as “Rotarian of the Month” for June.  Garland joined the Club in 1983 being sponsored by the late Carroll Davidson.  He is a strong supporter of all Rotary programs and his skill as a super salesman was utilized to the fullest as he heroically pushed the ticket sales “over the Top” during the recent Rotary Fish Fry and Auction Fundraiser.

Article and photo by Bill Welch

Garland DeLoach - June Rotarian of the Month Cari Brownlee 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cari Brownlee on Jun 20, 2013
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Articles and Photos by Bill Welch

Pasadena Rotary’s guest speaker is welcomed by President Paul Covell.  Maria Jose Perez Hidalgo is a “Child of the Dump” from Chinandega, Nicaragua, so named because cruel poverty forced the children of that country to daily search the “Dump” for food or items that they might salvage and sell in order to live.  Maria was the youngest of 6 children, whose father died when she was one year old.  She and her family lived on what they could find to live on or sell.  She was fortunate to meet Father Marco Dessy who ran a school near the Dump.  She was able to graduate from the school and to attend and graduate from the University of Central America.  After graduation she served a two year internship and passed the exam to become a CPA.  She is now employed by the largest sugar mill in Central America.  Last December she married Yolmer Benevides and continues to work and live in Chinandega.  She credits Father Marco for his support and encouragement which allowed her to become the first High School graduate from the Dump and later from the University.

She remembers the Father’s words “With the help of God everything is possible.”

Maria Jose Perez Hidalgo Cari Brownlee 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Welch on May 12, 2013
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Our annual Fish Fry was held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 and we had a great turnout. Thanks to all that came out to enjoy food and fellowship throughout the day. 

The Club served over 1700 fish-hungry supporters at this popular event.  This is the Pasadena Rotary’s main fundraiser and proceeds raised are used for grants and benevolences to local charities, the Pasadena Independent School District, San Jacinto College Foundation as well as to aid in Rotary International’s drive to eliminate polio.  In addition to outstanding food, the event also featured a silent auction, a reverse drawing for shopping trips and the sale of homemade pastries.  There was “Something for All” and guests left with a full stomach and a smile on their faces.

Thank You for Support Pasadena Rotary Bill Welch 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Pasadena's Annual Catfish Fry Family Fun Day Cari Brownlee 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Covell on Apr 30, 2013
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Join us this Friday to hear Marc Vandermeer's analysis of the recently completed NFL draft.  The Texans feel they hit a home run with the selections of DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver from Clemson, and D.J. Swearinger, strong safety from South Carolina.  Marc will also discuss the other Texans draft choices and the prospect for the 2013 Texans.  See you Friday.

 

 

Marc Vandermeer - Voice of the Houston Texans Paul Covell 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Updated mailing address for Pasadena Rotary Foundation Niki Whiteside 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Mar 20, 2013

Fish Fry teams have been announced for the 2013 event and ticket sales are underway. Captains are distributing tickets to their team members now. Contact any Pasadena Rotarian to purchase fish fry tickets ($10 each) or Reverse Draw raffle tickets for a chance at the $10,000 top prize ($100 each).

You can also contact us by email at pasadenatxrotary@gmail.com.

Fish Fry Teams Announced Niki Whiteside 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Philibert on Mar 06, 2013
To recognize Rotary's International Day of Peace, the Pasadena Rotary is hosting a Poker Run, March 16th. Starting at 10 am. at San Jacinto Harley Davidson. Ending with Lunch at Clear Lake Park. Prizes for Best Hand, 2nd and 3rd Place Hands and Worst Hand. All vehicles welcome! Registration forms available at Pasadena Rotary site. Sponsorships appreciated!

Click here for details.

Online registration available - CLICK HERE.

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Posted by Niki Whiteside on Dec 02, 2012

The slate for the 2013-2014 Board was presented at the Friday, November 30, 2012 meeting. A final vote will be taken on Friday, December 10, 2012. Click on "MORE" to view the proposed Board members.

2013-2014 Proposed Board Members Niki Whiteside 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Nov 27, 2012
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Kristen Lindley is a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, sponsored by District 5930. She spent her ambassadorial year in Hong Kong studying business at the University of Hong Kong. Kristen has both her masters and bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Houston-Victoria. Currently, Kristen is a CPA and working in the tax department of Whitley Penn LLP. She is a new member of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline and serves as District 5890's Foundation Alumni Chair.  

Kristen will share her time as an Ambassadorial Scholar in Hong Kong, including information on the clubs she visited, and some of the things she enjoyed about the culture and lifestyle of Hong Kong.

Kristen Lindley to speak November 30 Niki Whiteside 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Covell on Oct 04, 2012
LtCol Wayne Lutz (ret) is a former USAF test pilot who served as an experimental test pilot in the B1-B bomber program.  After over 22 years in the Air Force, he served as a Chief Test Pilot for The Boeing Company.  In his aviation career, he has more than 5,600 flying hours in 86 aircraft.  Currently, Wayne is a lecturer in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and an Academic mentor for the Corps of Cadets.
LtCol Wayne Lutz (ret) to speak on Oct. 5 Paul Covell 2012-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Pasadena Rotary hosts University Rotary President-elect Niki Whiteside 2012-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Aug 12, 2012
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Robbie Wright, CEO of Bounce Energy, is responsible for the growth and direction of the business. Wright has an extensive background in e-commerce and technology development. These skills paired with his vast experience in start-up development and operations have led to Bounce Energy becoming one of the largest independent Retail Electricity Providers in Texas, servicing over 60,000 customers with a projected revenue of $100 million in 2012. Prior to founding Bounce Energy, Robbie was an early stage employee at Houston start-up WhiteFence, a leading e-commerce comparison shopping marketplace, where he served in numerous capacities over 7 1/2 years, finishing as Senior VP of Operations.

CEO of Bounce Energy to speak 8/17 Niki Whiteside 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Aug 05, 2012
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Rotary District 5890 District Governor, Chris Schneider, will be in attendance on Friday, August 10 to share his vision for the 2012-2013 Rotary year. Be sure to mark your calendar to attend.
District Governor Chris Schneider to speak on August 10 Niki Whiteside 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jul 23, 2012
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Come and hear Dorothy Hagan, a former merchant marine, and currently a teacher and author. Hagan received a BA in Humanities from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She is the author of The Edge of the Grace Period, and the recently published companion novel, The Offshore Triumphs of Karla Jean. Hagan resides in suburban Houston.


This week at Rotary Niki Whiteside 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
July 20 speaker: Mohammed "Mo" Amer Brad French 2012-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brad French on Jul 11, 2012
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Join us on Friday, July 13, for an exciting presentation by Charles C. Foster. Mr. Foster Co-Chairman of FosterQuan, LLP, and has thirty plus years of experience representing and advising multinational companies on U.S. immigration law.  
Charles C. Foster to speak on July 13 Brad French 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jun 27, 2012
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Emrys McMahon is a chemical engineering student at the University of South Carolina.  Last year, he had the opportunity to study at the Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  Through Rotary, he was able to participate firsthand in the eradication of polio in India and witness the incredible work that Rotarians are accomplishing worldwide.  He is in Texas this summer working as an intern for Dow Chemical and has asked to visit our club to share his experiences and thank everyone for their support of the Ambassadorial Scholarship program.  
July 6 meeting speaker announced Niki Whiteside 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jun 26, 2012
The installation banquet for 2012-2013 officers will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012. There will be no regular meeting on Friday, June 29, 2012.
June 28: Club Installation Banquet Niki Whiteside 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
June 15: Paul Rachman, author of The Potato Peeler, to speak Niki Whiteside 2012-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
June 8 topic: Israel's Current State of Affairs Niki Whiteside 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on May 30, 2012
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Join us Friday, June 1, to hear Dr. Jim Bankston of the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston.
Dr. Jim Bankston to speak June 1 Niki Whiteside 2012-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on May 22, 2012
Jess Fosnaugh, A.A.E, Assistant Director of Operations - Branson Airport, will be presenting on Friday, May 25 be about the history of the Branson Airport which was the first privately funded commercial service airport in the United States and how the owners knew there was a need to capture a growing market between Houston, Texas and Branson, Missouri. They created their own airline, Branson AirExpress to meet this ever growing demand for travel which eventually became an AirTran route and they now operate successfully as a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines. This is an inspiring success story about seeing opportunity and making the most of it.
May 25: Making Business for Your Business Niki Whiteside 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on May 16, 2012
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Scott Jones is Galveston Bay Foundation’s Director of Advocacy.  In this capacity, Scott guides the Foundation’s efforts to serve as the watchdog for Galveston Bay.  Scott ensures that the Foundation is an active participant in the public review of projects, initiatives and issues that impact the estuary – from individual wetland dredge and fill projects to protecting seafood consumption safety to influencing freshwater inflows standards.

Scott work with stakeholders and the public encourages balance among the multiple uses of Galveston Bay so that the long-term interests of the bay itself are not compromised.

Scott has been with the Galveston Bay Foundation since 2008.  Previously, Scott worked for eight years at the Galveston Bay Estuary Program.  He also worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Galveston County Health District on water issues.  Scott received a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993.

Join us May 18 to hear Scott Jones with the Galveston Bay Foundation Niki Whiteside 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
April 27 speaker - Rohit K. Sharma from LyondellBasell Niki Whiteside 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Join us April 13 for speaker Ken Defoor with Texas EquuSearch Niki Whiteside 2012-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Covell on Mar 26, 2012
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Join us on Friday, March 30, to hear Dr. Randall Parr, the founder and CEO of Knights of The Guild, an educational nonprofit enterprise that helps young people evolve into ethical, morally-sound, community-oriented, self-disciplined adults who will become responsible members of society.  He is the creator of EarlyAct FirstKnight, a uniquely effective character education program for school children that has put Rotary into daily mainstream public education for the first time.
Dr. Randall Parr to speak Friday, March 30 Paul Covell 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Brenda Hellyer to speak on March 23 Niki Whiteside 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Feb 08, 2012
Join us on Friday, February 10, when we will have Patti Smith and Alyson Footer with the Houston Astros as our guest speakers. Come out to hear the inside scoop!!
February 10 speakers announced Niki Whiteside 2012-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
CEO of King Ranch to speak February 3 Niki Whiteside 2012-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Pasadena makes significant donation Niki Whiteside 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jan 25, 2012
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Dr. Anthony Potoczniak is the administrative director at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He oversees the Institute's day-to-day operations and administration. Anthony has worked in several administrative and staff positions at Rice University. Before joining the Kinder Institute, he served four years as the Language Resource Center manager at Center for the Study of Languages in the School of Humanities. He also worked as the assistant archivist at Fondren's Woodson Research Center. Prior to coming to Rice, Anthony worked for several years as project manager at Suma Partners, a locally based consulting firm, which specializes in market analysis, qualitative research, and social marketing. Recently, he defended his doctoral thesis: Cultural Heritage in States of Transition: Authorities, Entrepreneurs and Sound Archives in Ukraine at Rice's Department of Anthropology.
Potoczniak to speak Friday, January 27 Niki Whiteside 2012-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
January 13 speaker - Rob Richardson Niki Whiteside 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Watch Terry Brotherton on YouTube!!! Niki Whiteside 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
District 5890 All Club Meeting featuring RI President Kaylan Banerjee Niki Whiteside 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
January brings Rotary awareness month Niki Whiteside 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Hellyer named board chair of the Economic Alliance Niki Whiteside 2011-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Wishing you all the joys of the season!!! Niki Whiteside 2011-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Dec 01, 2011
The Pasadena Rotary Club is celebrating our 75th Anniversary. The club was sponsored by the Houston Rotary Club and was granted our official charter on November 6, 1936 during an event held at the San Jacinto Inn. Enjoy this video with pictures recalling people, events and projects over the 75 years.

Pasadena Rotary Club Celebrates 75th Anniversary Niki Whiteside 2011-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Nov 10, 2011
We are grateful for your willingness to serve our country and your contribution to the freedoms we enjoy each day. Thank you!

Thank you to all veterans Niki Whiteside 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Nov 03, 2011
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The Club Calendar has many new updates for the coming months. Be sure to watch for information on coming speakers and other club events. If you have any club information to be added to the calendar send an email to Niki Whiteside.
Be sure to watch the Club Calendar Niki Whiteside 2011-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Oct 16, 2011
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Sylvia Longmire, author of Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars, will join us on Friday, October 21. Don't miss this exciting presentation!

Ms. Longmire is a border security expert who takes her audience into the heart of Mexico's cartels to witness a dangerous underground that will do whatever it takes to deliver drugs to a willing audience of American consumers. She offers real solutions to the critical problems facing Mexico and the United States, including programs to deter youth in Mexico from joining the cartels and changing drug laws on both sides of the border. 

Join us October 21 to hear author, Sylvia Longmire Niki Whiteside 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
September 23, 2011 speaker - Jerry Patterson Niki Whiteside 2011-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Aug 25, 2011
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Ralph Tullier and Jeremy G. Garner, Vice Presidents for Development and Investment with Trammell Crow, will speak today.
Today's speaker from Trammell Crow Niki Whiteside 2011-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Aug 23, 2011
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District 5890 DG Rhonda Walls Kerby came to speak to our club on August 19. Check back soon for a video of her performance with the Sam Rayburn Tex-Anns.
Great visit from DG Rhonda Walls Kerby Niki Whiteside 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Gene Norman, Chief Meteorologst at KHOU, to be featured speaker August 12 Niki Whiteside 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
John R. Nickens IV to speak today Niki Whiteside 2011-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
RI Convention 2012 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand Bob Gebhard 2011-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Join us July 29 to hear Bob Wilkins Niki Whiteside 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jul 21, 2011
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Our speaker today will be Charlie Buscemi, Assistant District Governor for District 5890. Join us for a great presentation.
Charlie Buscemi to speak at meeting today Niki Whiteside 2011-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Pasadena Rotary Anns Install 2011-2012 Officers Niki Whiteside 2011-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Kyle Holmes named Rotarian of the Month for July Niki Whiteside 2011-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Alvin Lee Hunt, Jr. to speak at July 8 meeting Niki Whiteside 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
John Moon: Four decades of Rotary generosity 2011-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jun 30, 2011
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July 1 begins a new year for Rotary International. This year the international theme is "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity." Watch as Rotary International President, Kalyan Banerjee, unveils this theme at the 2011 Rotary International Convention in New Orleans.

 

We also have a new look on our website. We would like to know what you think and what you want to see more of in the future. Send comments by email to Niki Whiteside or just visit with me at our next meeting. 

New Year, New Look Niki Whiteside 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Pasadena city attorney is new president of Rotary Club 2011-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lee Clark on Jun 21, 2011
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The Installation Banquet for the 75th Year of Pasadena Rotary is set!  It will be held on June 23rd at the very convenient location of the new Hampton Inn @ 4741 East Sam Houston Parkway South (at the corner of Beltway 8 & Crenshaw) in the Party Room.
 
We will begin at 6:30 with Social time, with dinner to be served at 7:00 p.m.  Sign up sheets will again be available at the meeting on Friday, or you may email Karen or Lee at the addresses listed below.
 
Everyone please sign up so we can jump start a great new year of activities & service opportunities.  We look forward to seeing you all there.
Karen Fuller  karen.rotary@yahoo.com 
Don't forget! Installation Banquet for the 75th Year of Pasadena Rotary on June 23, 2011 Lee Clark 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to speak on June 17 Niki Whiteside 2011-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Chris Daniel, Harris County District Clerk, to speak at June 10 meeting Niki Whiteside 2011-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Kirk Lewis named June Rotarian of the Month Niki Whiteside 2011-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Tom Watson to speak today Niki Whiteside 2011-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Join us May 27 to hear Raymond Haak Niki Whiteside 2011-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett to speak on May 20 Niki Whiteside 2011-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Levi Smallwood named May Rotarian of the Month Niki Whiteside 2011-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
May 6 speaker to present on Junior Achievement in Southeast Texas Niki Whiteside 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Cpl. Anthony A. Arriaga to speak on April 29 Niki Whiteside 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
David Pomeroy to speak on April 15 Niki Whiteside 2011-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Apr 10, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Pasadena is excited to welcome Blake Barmore, third generation Rotarian, to our club.

In this photo: Bob Gebhard gives Blake Barmore his Rotary pin, while dad Mike Barmore, (right) and uncle Bill Barmore, Jr. (left) look on.

Welcome to Third Generation Rotarian Niki Whiteside 2011-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
April Rotarian of the Month - Ron Rucker Niki Whiteside 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Join us April 8 for update on current legislative issues Niki Whiteside 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Davis to speak on April 1, 2011 Niki Whiteside 2011-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Mar 30, 2011
After several requests we have added the lunch menu to the site. Mouse over the menu item titled "Meeting Information" and select "Menu" to find out what delicious food we will be having at our next meeting.
Looking for the lunch menu? Niki Whiteside 2011-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Mar 24, 2011
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Learn more about the website and our club's web presence at today's meeting.  

Our updated web site is more than a vehicle to read stories, news or check the club calendar. As a club member you can log into the site to update your contact information, find information on other club members, and more. To learn how to login and update your information click HERE and follow this step by step guide to get started.



Pasadena Rotary on the Web Niki Whiteside 2011-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Mar 23, 2011

There are two ways to makeup a missed Rotary meeting.

1) Attend a meeting at another club. You can find a link of clubs in District 5890 and when and where they meeting here.

2) You can attend an eClub to make-up your meeting online. Details on eClubs can be found here. (To complete registration on the site you will need to know the email contact information for our club secretary, Karen Fuller, karen.rotary@yahoo.com.)

Remember make-ups are only valid 2 weeks before a missed meeting or 2 weeks after. 

Need to make-up a meeting? Niki Whiteside 2011-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Darlene Snow announced as speaker for March 18 Niki Whiteside 2011-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Mar 10, 2011
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The Pasadena Rotary Club Annual Fish Fry is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Campbell Hall at the Pasadena Rodeo Grounds. Today marks the kickoff for selling tickets to the event.

Team assignments and ticket distribution at today's meeting.

Kickoff for the Annual Fish Fry Niki Whiteside 2011-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
AG Bob Gebhard District Governor Nominee Designate for 2013-14 2011-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
AG Bob Gebhard District Governor Nominee Designate for 2013-14 Niki Whiteside 2011-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Gary Nickelson - Rotarian of the Month for March 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Sgt. Alexander Reyes scheduled as March 4 speaker Niki Whiteside 2011-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Feb 22, 2011
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UPDATE: RI has extended the deadline for the 2 for 1 Birthday Match until 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 24, 2011. If you missed your chance on the 23rd it isn't too late to donate now.

In honor of Rotary turning 106 on February 23, The Rotary Foundation is offering a 2 for 1 match. To participate go to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund online at www.rotary.org on Wednesday, February 23, and login to Member Access. You will receive 2 for 1 credit for each dollar given over $100. This offer is only good for February 23, 2011.

If you have never registered for Member Access but sure to sign up today, it can take up to a day for your registration to be complete. You can also access the registration for this through www.rotary.org. Once on the site click "Member Access" at the top of the page to register.

Help us celebrate Rotary's 106th birthday Niki Whiteside 2011-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
AG Bob Gebhard Nominated for 2013-14 District Governor 2011-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Feb 17, 2011
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On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Come hear about what happened and the struggles of the original 300 colonists to gain independence and set the path to become the great state of Texas and the envy of the other 49 states! 

Join us to hear Larry Spasic at our February 25 meeting Niki Whiteside 2011-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
What will Rotary be in the future? Niki Whiteside 2011-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Feb 15, 2011
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Plan to join us to hear Jon speak on "Medicare & You - 2011".

Jon is Chief of Staff for District 5890 and in his real life deals with Medicare everyday and how it effects everyone 65 and over. 


Jon McKinnie to speak February 18 Niki Whiteside 2011-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
February Rotarian of the Month - Ginger Lambert Niki Whiteside 2011-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Feb 07, 2011
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Due to inclement weather we had to cancel our meeting on February 4. We have been able to reschedule Randy Drake for this week and he will be speaking on the topic of "Building New Homes in Historic Pasadena Neighborhoods". We hope you will be able to join us.
Take 2: Randy Drake to speak on February 11 Niki Whiteside 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jan 28, 2011
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Karol Fletcher is leading the effort with the Rotary Club of Pasadena to collect coats and shoes for children in Afghanistan. This picture is of the first packages being sent to Afghanistan. If you would like to contribute or learn about the project  click on the 'More' link for additional information.
Rotary collects coats for kids in Afghanistan Niki Whiteside 2011-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5890 supports the Houston Chevron Marathon Niki Whiteside 2011-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Join us January 28 to hear Chad Burke from The Economic Alliance Niki Whiteside 2011-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Jan 24, 2011
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Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Rotary Foundation? Or get ideas to implement in your club? The 2011 District Conference will be held April 28 - 30, 2011 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Bastrop, TX. Get more information or register to attend on the conference website
District Conference to be held April 28-30 Niki Whiteside 2011-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Mack Rhoades to speak on January 21 Niki Whiteside 2011-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Boundless playground opens in Pasadena 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Tom Wilks honored as January Rotarian of the Month 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Nominations for 2011-2012 club leadership Randy Drake 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
First speaker of the new year: Dr. Roxanne Edrington Niki Whiteside 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Dec 16, 2010
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Remember, our next meeting is Friday, January 7, 2011. Until then, the Rotary Club of Pasadena would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Niki Whiteside 2010-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Learn more about the Chinandega Project at December 17 meeting Niki Whiteside 2010-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Philibert named Pasadena Citizen of the Year 2010-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Niki Whiteside on Dec 07, 2010
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Please participate in "Operation Merry Christmas"  Together we will make the holidays bright with food on the table and Christmas presents under the tree for those who have so selflessly served our country.
Operation Merry Christmas Niki Whiteside 2010-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Performance by Pasadena High School Choir at December 10 meeting Niki Whiteside 2010-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulation to Ace Barclay, winner of shirt for perfect attendance in November. 2010-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Over the past 30+ years, the Guerrero Clinic and Rotarians from our District have been instrumental in providing millions of dollars in free medical care to the indigent people of the state of Chihuahua Mexico. This project is also the recipient of a 3-H Grant from Rotary International. 

To take the next step the Clinic needs our help.
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Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation allows Rotary International to make a difference and improve lives throughout the world. Watch this video for just one example of how The Rotary Foundation helps others.

Make No Small Plans EN from Rotary International on Vimeo.



A $300,000 grant from The Rotary Foundation helped the Rotary Clubs of Calcutta Metropolitan, India, and Medicine Hat, Canada, improve living conditions for more than 50,000 villagers in rural India.

See more stories like this at Rotary Video Magazine.
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November is Rotary Foundation Month Niki Whiteside 2010-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Shelby Elliott to hold book signing 2010-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Sad news - Charlie Spicer 2010-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
George Goolsby to speak on November 12 Niki Whiteside 2010-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Learn more about this great program and how you can support the effort.
Smiles on Wheels Niki Whiteside 2010-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
November Rotarians of the Month: The Veterans who have served our country in all of the military services 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Barmore recognized as PISD 2010 Distinguished Citizen 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian, Bill Barmore, honored as Pasadena ISD Distinguished Citizen Niki Whiteside 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Did you know that November is Foundation month? Niki Whiteside 2010-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Steve will join us Friday to give a brief report on  “Rotary and the Special Olympics” and an “Elder Law Update”.
October 29 speaker - Steve Magoon Niki Whiteside 2010-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
District 5890 passes the $500,000 mark Niki Whiteside 2010-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
October 24 is World Polio Day Niki Whiteside 2010-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
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J. Richard Claywell, CPA, ABV, ASA, CBA, CVA, CM&AA, CFFA, CFD, ABAR

Richard Claywell has worked in the Houston Texas area in business valuations since 1985 and has prepared hundreds of valuations reports. He has assisted clients with exit planning and prepared business valuation reports for Estate & Gift tax purposes, buy/sell agreements, sale and purchase of a business, adequacy of life insurance, reorganization, charitable contributions, divorce, economic loss analysis, partner disputes, dissenting shareholder actions, and disruption of a business.  Richard has served on the Executive Advisory Board for NACVA and served as Chair of the Government Valuation Analyst Board (Board that oversees the IRS on business valuations). Richard is the chief architect of the valuation programs- BVMPro and it’s report writer, and BVQ. He has traveled to Germany, Taiwan & China teaching valuation classes for IACVA (International Association of Certified Valuation Analysts).

October 22: Learn about "Exit Planning for Business Owners" Niki Whiteside 2010-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Pasadena High students honored by Rotary Club of Pasadena 2010-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary October Surprise Niki Whiteside 2010-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
October Rotarian of the Month is Jose Lightfoot 2010-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Adams & Meador to speak on McDonald's Texas Invitational Niki Whiteside 2010-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary helps foster peace and world understanding through education Niki Whiteside 2010-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Heather Saucier from Harris County Flood Control District to speak September 17 Niki Whiteside 2010-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
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You may be familiar with Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service but did you know Rotary International has recently added a fifth avenue where members can contribute? The most recent area is New Generations Service.

You can learn more all Avenues of Service at the Rotary International website by clicking here .
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Jerry Christenberry is September Rotarian of the Month 2010-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Since 1985, Rotary club members have helped immunize over two billion children against polio. Visit www.rotary.org/endpolio to learn more about joining us to help end polio.
Help Rotary end polio Niki Whiteside 2010-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Pasadena Rotarians and Pasadena City employees visited Sparks Elementary School to give dictionaries to every third grade student. The Dictionary Project is now 5 years old and is a program of Pasadena Rotary to give a dictionary to every 3rd grade student in Pasadena Independent School District. Pasadena Rotarians and volunteers visit all 30 some Elementary schools visiting with the students and giving them a short exercise in the use of the dictionary. A special “guest” at the Sparks visit was the Accelerant Detection Dog “Brit” and his “partner” Fire Marshal Robert Brown. This gifted animal was obtained from the Czech Republic and is trained to detect the presence of inflammatory materials that may have been used in the crime of arson. “Brit” is 8 ½ years old and lives entirely with Marshall Brown.

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Pasadena Memorial’s Assistant Principle Tish Eubanks (C) introduced two outstanding students to the Pasadena Rotary Club at the November 23, 2013 meeting.  Kimberly Garcia (L) is the daughter of Ernestina and Javier Garcia.  She carries a GPA of 4.75 and is ranked 33rd in the Senior class.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society, the French Club, National Art Honor Society, Art Club, Globetrotters and UIL.  Active in the community she works with Christmas stockings/Angels, the Angels Walk and the Veterans Day Program.  Honors and Awards include Academic Excellence, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Finalist District Regional and State medalist in Academic Decathlon.  Spare time activities and hobbies are Drawing, Reading, Volunteering and Studding Academic Decathlon materials.  She is employed as an Optometric Technician at Dynamic Eye Care.  At present she is undecided about future college studies, but where ever she attends it will be in Optometry...
Syed Shalizar Ahmes (R) is the son of Afshan Soaof and the nephew of Urooj Shamim and Uzrra Shamim.   He is 42nd in the class with a GPA of 4.6.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, HOSA and UIL.  His community service projects are Peer Tutoring, Nursing Homes, Rotary Fish Fry, PDFLAC Language Competition and volunteering at a clinic.  Honors and awards are AP Scholar, PMHS Lord, 7 metals won for decathlon, All AP Student and passed 3 AP tests. He loves running in his spare time.  He plans to attend Rice University studding Biology and Pre-Med.  He a first generation American born Pakistani working to show family back in Pakistan that with hard work anything is possible in America!

Article and Photo by Bill Welch
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The Rotary Club of Pasadena will hear from Tom Berleth on November 1, 2013. Tom was born and grew up in Houston and graduated from The University of Houston. He then began a career in sales and marketing mostly dealing with orthodontic products. During his service in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1964-1970, Tom was an E-5 aircraft mechanic. Tom now spends his semi-retired time with the Patriot Guard Riders as an Assistant Deputy State Captain. The Patriot Guard Riders is a 100% Volunteer, Federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and Honorably Discharged Veterans.”
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On October 25, 2013, Dr. Jancy McPhee visited Pasadena Rotary. Rotarian Bill Welch wrote the following regarding Dr. McPhee:

Dr. McPhee was a Researcher for NASA’s life sciences research programs from 2001 to 2010.  In her work since 2010, Dr. McPhee has led the “Humans in Space” program encouraging innovative young artists to create art projects about the future of Space;  thereby stimulating the public awareness about Space.  Dr. McPhee stated that our fragile Earth is struggling with pollution and that our efforts at World Ecology may be too little and too late.  The theme we remember from the “Star Trek” series about “Bravely going where no man has gone and seeking new frontiers” may become a reality in the future.

Photo by Bill Welch: Dr. Jancy McPhee a Neuroscientist Researcher (C) is welcomed by President Dana Philibert (R) and Rotarian Harry Porter (L)
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On Friday, October 25, 2013, Dr. Jancy McPhee will speak to the Rotary Club of Pasadena. Dr. Jancy McPhee is a neuroscientist researcher by training.   From 2001-2010, she managed various aspects of NASA’s domestic and international space life sciences research programs.  Her goal since 2010 has been to develop motivating and novel ways to educate and inspire people about space.  Most recently, she has led the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition (www.humansinspaceart.org), an international project inviting young people to think about and creatively communicate their visions of the future of human space exploration. Through displays and performances of this artwork worldwide, she and her colleagues aim to engage viewers in a global dialogue about the future of humans in space.

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On Friday, October 18, 2013, The Rotary Club of Pasadena will welcome Dr. Jay Horton. DR JAY HORTON is a professional speaker, author, singer and musician who has motivated and  inspired people with the mantra, “YOU ARE MORE THAN YOU THINK ...YOU ARE.” Jay is the author of "Life is Hard but God is Good (12 Principles for Unlocking Your Potential)" and is available throughout the social online media such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com and bookstores plus through his own website www.jayhortononline.com.

Jay proclaims that better productivity happens when you become a better you. Leaders in different forums turn to Jay when they are searching for inspiration, motivation, humor, enthusiasm and productivity. He has served as keynote speaker and/or entertainer for civic organizations, companies, churches, hospitals, school districts, employee and corporate gatherings and more.

Jay is a versatile player who has the ability to connect with people where they are and translate that into action. His singing and playing the guitar add a unique dimension to his presentation.

He is the go-to expert for organizations who are committed to helping people discover their true potential creating a culture of valued relationships that will take them wherever they want to go.

Jay served as a clergy for 33 years as one of the top preachers in the United Methodist Church (UMC) and America. He has served churches ranging from 300 to 5000 in membership with 2000 in attendance and including a weekly television/radio broadcast of over 500,000 viewers and listeners.

Jay was born March 6, 1953 and raised in East Texas. He acquired a BBA from University of North Texas, Master of Divinity SMU, and Doctorate of Ministry Drew University. He currently resides in Humble, Texas with his wife, Sharon, and has three grown children and currently 5 grandchildren.

For more information about Dr. Horton, visit his website: www.jayhortononline.com
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Pasadena Rotarians were privileged to hear from Pasadena’s favorite mayor, the Honorable Johnny Isbell.  Mayor Isbell has to date served Pasadena nearly 30 years both as a City Councilman and as the Mayor.  He proudly mentioned some of the City’s successes including creating  the Second Century Corporation and the Crime Control District, both of which receive about 8 million dollars from Sales Tax for City projects.  He also mentioned the addition of jobs in our area by the Bayport Cruse Line, Ellington Field’s Air Cargo business and others. 
His main topic, however, was to promote four changes in Pasadena’s Charter.  They are;
1.        To change the make-up of City Council from 8 single member Councilmembers and the Mayor to 6 single member districts, 2 at large council districts and the Mayor.
2.       Change the frequency of Council meetings from weekly to two per month.
3.       Change the Charter to allow for the election of a Mayor Pro-Tem anytime there is a vacancy instead of only at the first meeting following a general City election.
4.       Require candidates for the office of City Councilman to live in the district at least one year previous to filing for election and to provide sufficient proof of residency.
The Election will be held Tuesday November 5 and the Mayor urged all to exercise their right and vote their convictions, stating that more than ever “Every Vote Counts.”
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Long time Rotarian, Sherry Bufkin, (R) is honored by Pasadena Rotary’s President Dana Philibert as Rotarian of the Month for October.   Sherry takes a leadership role in nearly all of the Club’s projects, including the Annual Fish Fry and Auction.  A big worker in the Community, she and her husband, Roy, are noteworthy especially at Christmas time as they open their beautifully decorated home on Lilac, much to the joy of visitors from Pasadena and surrounding areas.  Money collected on each table during the month will be used to benefit the Life Bridge Baptist Church’s “Celebrate Recovery” project.

 

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On October 11, 2013, Pasadena Rotarians heard an enthusiastic preview of the coming 12th Annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament starting November 21.  Rotarian Wayne Adams called the Tournament “A premier High School Tournament, the Road to the State Starts here.”  He explained that 80 teams, 48 Boys and 32 Girls, will play at 9 different locations including Phillips Field House, Sam Rayburn High, Memorial High, Dobie High and both the North and South Campuses in Deer Park.  The Tournament is a winner for all concerned.  Being the first major event before the regular Basketball season starts, coaches are able to give their players experience and evaluate them as well as obtain a glimpse of future competition.  The area merchants benefit by the influx of 80 teams and their supporters and the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation and Deer Park ISD Education Foundation are benefited by proceeds from the Tournament, PISD receiving over one Million Dollars in the past 11 years and Deer Park ISD receiving nearly $100,000 in the two years they have been a partner.  Dobie High School Biology Teacher, Jesse Goodwin, narrated a PowerPoint presentation of a Marsh Grass Rehabilitation Program  at  Dobie, made possible by a grant from the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation out of funds raised by the Tournament.  Students harvest grasses from the Bay, nourish and multiple them in grass nurseries at Dobie and replant them in Bay areas that have been denuded of grass.

So mark your Calendar for November 21, 22, 23 and plan to see some of the State’s top teams compete in this Pre-Season Classic.  Tickets range from $20 for an entire Tournament Pass to $5 for an individual game.  Tickets are available at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and at the gate of any of the games.

Photo -  Pasadena Rotarians, from left, Wayne Adams, Cindy Parmer, Chris Bezdek and Jesse Goodwin, presented an outline of the benefits of the McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament. 

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Pasadena Rotary was pleased to have two top students and their sponsor as guests of the Club.  Pictured from left are Randall (Ram) Moore, Assistant Principle Tish Eubanks, and Ana Ruiz.  Miss Ruiz is the daughter of Hilda Soniger Rodriguez Fernandez and Carlos Andres Ruiz Salomon.  She ranks 19th in the class with a GPA of 4.9952.  She’s proud member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the National Honor Society, where she is the Secretary, the Student Council Vice President, and is the co- President and 4 year member of the Orchestra.  She is an asset to the community volunteering at nursing homes, playing bingo and visiting with senior citizens.  She also plays in a quartet at nursing homes at Christmas time, makes stockings for the Salvation Army and makes blankets for youngsters at MD Anderson.  Her honors include selected as a region qualifier her Freshman and Sophomore years.  Most outstanding Sophomore in Orchestra, Academic Excellence during her Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years.  She loves spending time with family, travel, cooking, making arts and Crafts, shopping and practicing with her violin.  She moved to the US when she was 9 from Venezuela and visits her family in Venezuela at least twice a year.  She plans to attend Texas A&M University earning a degree in Civil Engineering.
Randall (Ram) Moore is the son of Randy and Sharron Moore.  He holds a GPA of 4.3136 ranking 76th in the class.  He is a member of the PMHS Orchestra and is the Class Co President.  He is the M.A.D. (Making a Difference) vice president  : He participated in food collection for the Houston Food Bank, worked with the Harbor House Birthdays in the Mail.  He was involved in PMHS’s musical as a Sophomore and Junior and never missed a performance.  He was the Freshman Assistant in Orchestra.  Honors and awards include the Orchestra Honors Class of 2012 and 2013, 2nd don Black Belt; He has held the position of 1st chair viola where he has won sweepstakes each year.  He has made region in Orchestra every year.  He has received awards at State during his Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years. His hobbies include a desire to perfect viola performances, learn piano, cook and learn.  He is employed teaching viola at Carter Lomax and Lisle.  He has studied TKD from the age of 5 to 11, not to compete but to learn discipline and compassion.  He has studied Viola from the 5th grade and will always be a private teacher so he can get the most out of his studies.  He’s taken AP Physics, World History and Music Theory and attended music camp at Stephen F. Austin for the past 3 years and was one of 2 freshmen to make Region in Orchestra.  He plans to attend Stephen F. Austin, University of Houston or North Texas State majoring in Music obtaining a Masters in Performance and Conducting with a Minor in Business Management and Marketing.

 

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On Friday, October 4, 2013, The Rotary Club of Pasadena will hear from Bruce Bramlett, Executive Director of The Battleship Texas Foundation. The foundation’s mission is the repair, restoration, and dry berthing of The Texas. A nationally recognized speaker Bruce is in high demand for his ability to connect with and entertain audiences of all types. Bruce is a graduate of Texas A&M University where received his Bachelors and Masters degrees.
A former YMCA volunteer of the year he still serves on the board and has been the Y Partners Campaign Chair the last two years and under his leadership the Y has set records for fundraising. Bruce now serves as The Chairman of the YMCA board.
Bruce is married to Donna and they reside in The Woodlands Texas. They are the parents of five Children and seven grandchildren.  
For more information on The Battleship Texas Foundation visit: http://www.battleshiptexas.org/
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Photo: Guest speaker T. Edwin Walker is joined by Rotarian Brad French (L) and Pasadena Rotary’s President-elect Niki Whiteside.  

On Friday, September 27, 2013, The Rotary Club of Pasadena heard from guest speaker T. Edwin Walker. Attorney Walker has been practicing law since 1993 with an emphasis of criminal defense.  His firm is a member of Texas Law Shield, a program dedicated to preserving 2nd Amendment Rights that is on 24 hour standby for members following a shooting incident.  They are nation-wide with a phone number 1 877 448 6839. Texas law does not give one “a right to shoot” but specifies situations that may be used as a defense for shooting.  Examples defending the use “deadly force” are if the citizen fears grave bodily harm, kidnapping, theft and in the protection of property.  This extends to 3rd persons at similar risk.  He quickly pointed out that in defending a 3rd person’s rights, the citizen may not “know all the facts” and perhaps the adult forcing a screaming child into an automobile is not a kidnapper, but just a parent controlling a “bratty” child.  In the event a person is forced to shoot a suspect, the first response is usually to call 911 and report the incident.  The caller is only required to tell 911  (1)who you are, with sufficient identification so the police will recognize you as the caller and not a “bad guy”,  (2)  give the location of the incident, (3) “briefly” state  what has happened.  Mr. Walker stressed that excessive dialog and statements such as “I shot the guy” could compromise your defense.  AFTER calling 911 call your Lawyer.  An Attorney with Texas Law Shield will advise you on what to say to the police and what not to say.   An important point made by Mr. Walker was that while you may have a defense for shooting someone committing malicious mischief at night, he said “Do you really want to shoot a teenager stealing your hubcaps or wrapping your house?”

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Michele Byington received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2010 where she competed on the nationally recognized advocacy program. She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2010. Prior to law school, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Fraternity.
Michele has extensive knowledge of the National Firearms Act and the processes of the BATFE. She has assisted and advised in hundreds of successful NFA Item transfers. She has published articles on the Texas Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground Laws, and other “use of force” laws and justifications. Michele frequently speaks around the State of Texas on topics like: “Where You Can and Cannot Take a Firearm,” “When the Law Allows For the Use of Force and Deadly Force,” “The Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Issues,” and “The Law of Suppressors, Short Barreled Firearms, and Full Auto”, and numerous other firearms related matters. Michele has represented dozens of clients all over Texas in incidents involving firearms. She is a gun owner and works tirelessly to uphold the 2nd Amendment.
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With the sound of rain gently falling on the roof of First United Methodist Church, Pasadena Rotarians heard a disturbing message about significant rate increases in our flood insurance premiums.  Guest speaker David Braun, flanked (L) by President Dana Philibert and (R) by Rotarian Judge Holly Williamson, is the marketing manager-Aerospace Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.  Prompted by a FEMA claim that they have a $25 Billion dollars deficit, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) was passed with its proposed effective date of implication October 1, 2013.  The key provisions of BW-12 are to raise rates to reflect true flood risk and to raise the BFE, Base Flood Elevation from 14 feet to 17 feet, with compliance mandatory for new buildings if the builder wants to be able to purchase flood insurance.  The BFE increase will put many homes in a new (and more expensive) flood plain.  ‘i.e.’ homes previously in the 500 year Flood Plain may find themselves in the 100 year Flood Plain.  The increased cost of Flood Insurance will make new homes more expensive and used homes more difficult to sell resulting in increased mortgage defaults, vacant homes, lowered ad valium taxes, reduction of city services and increase of urban blight.

One of the few bright spots of Mr. Braun’s presentation was that a group, with a large Harris County representation, called the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI) is working to oppose this radical escalation of premiums.  Mr. Braun said that while the “Grandfather clause”  may be gradually phased out, there is still some benefit so he said “If you have flood insurance now, keep it and if possible consider buying flood insurance before October 1 of this year”.


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The Pasadena Rotary Club was honored to recognize two outstanding students from Memorial High School as Junior Rotarians of the Month of September.  Seen from left are Angelia Stallings, Memorial’s Principle, Andrea Jackson, Kyle Shores and Assistant Principle Jeremy Richardson.  Andrea Jackson is the daughter of Maria Hernandez and Arthur Jackson.  She ranks 7th in the class with an outstanding GPA of 5.1804.  She is an active member and participates in Cross Country & Track & Field.  She is the Class Treasurer, a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Robotics and is the Homeroom Box Manager.  She has amassed over 200 hours of Community Service with Nursing Home Bingo, Pasadena Rotary Fish Fry, Pasadena Animal Shelter and volunteering at the Park Place Regional Library.  She has received honors as a Semi-Finalist in the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest, the AP Scholar with Distinction and has lettered in Varsity Track & Field and Cross Country Running.  Hobbies and spare time activities including Reading classical literature books, running, writing stories, essays etc. and keeping current on world events watching CNN and reading online articles.  She plans to continue her education at the University of Texas or Barnard seeking a degree in Biochemistry, with minor/major in English.

 

Kyle Shores is the son of David and Marilyn Shores.  He has a GPA of 4.8 and ranks 28th in the Senior class.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, is a 4 year member of the Band and is this year’s Drum Major.  He performed in two spring musical productions “Oliver” and “Crazy for You”.  He’s been a member of Cub and Boy Scouts and is about to complete the requirements for his Eagle Scout Award.  One requirement for a prospective Eagle Scout is to build and donate a project for the Community.  He full-filled this requirement by building a Dodge-Ball Pit for his Church.  He has also volunteered at his Church helping with Vacation Bible School and other Church activities.  He cherishes the honor of being selected as the Band’s Drum Major.  He was awarded the “Most Outstanding Boy” in his Freshman and Sophomore years and is a member of the National Honor Society.  His love of primitive camping and the outdoors is evidenced by his work on an Eagle Scout project riding cross-country on horseback, riding 100 miles in 3 days in New Mexico.  He has also completed distance backpacking in Cimarron, New Mexico and canoeing in Canada.  He is employed by APEX Cabling and Communication Services.  He plans to attend Texas A&M earning a degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math and Psychology.

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Pasadena Rotary’s President Dana Philibert (L) recognized Rotarian A.C Czigan at the September 13, 2013 meeting as the Rotarian of the Month for September. Mr. Czigan joined Pasadena Rotary in 1969 being sponsored by Gene Alexander. He enthusiastically supports all Rotary projects playing a large role in the Annual Fish Fry fundraiser.  He is an avid sportsman enjoying fishing, hiking and sailing.
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David Braun is Pasadena Rotary Club's Friday, September 20, 2013 speaker. After a number of years in consumer sales, David Braun joined the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) in March 2005 as a project engineer in BAHEP’s Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP).  In that capacity, he assisted small businesses in receiving free technical assistance that was provided by a network of aerospace related companies.

 

In July 2006, he was promoted to his current position, Marketing Manager - Aerospace, where he works closely with the aerospace contractor community that serves the NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  He markets the Bay Area Houston region to aerospace related companies throughout the country in an effort to get them to relocate to the area.  In his aerospace advocacy role, Mr. Braun organizes an annual trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress to educate them on the benefits of funding a healthy human space exploration program.

 

He currently serves as Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Nassau Bay.  He has a Marketing Degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  His wife, Angela, teaches kindergarten at McWhirter Elementary, and his son, Michael, currently attends Texas A&M University.

 

Today, Mr. Braun welcomes the opportunity to discuss the FEMA Biggert-Waters Insurance Act of 2012 with our club.

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Janice H. Wheeler, Ed. D. is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Joy and Hope (www.joyandhope.org), a Texas nonprofit organization based in Pasadena that provides supportive care services to medically fragile children and their families. Inspirational speaker, author, and educator, Jan can make a personal connection with families whose children are diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. Dr. Wheeler cared for her teenage daughter, Valerie Grace, for twenty-eight months following her child’s initial cancer diagnosis. A passionate advocate for pediatric palliative care, Wheeler’s research conducted at Texas Children’s Hospital adds insight into the barriers that families face when their child receives a difficult diagnosis. She is a founding member of the Texas Pediatric Palliative Care Consortium, an alliance of PPC professionals throughout the Lone Star state, and is co-author of several chapters in nationally recognized pediatric palliative care textbooks. Jan served on the Texas State Task Force for Education and is an adjunct professor at Concordia University, specializing in Ethics and Curriculum courses. 

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GOVERNOR BOB GEBHARD GUEST SPEAKER AT PASADENA ROTARY

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Pasadena Rotary was honored to have one of their own prestigious members, Bob Gebhard, The District Governor as the guest speaker.  California born, Bob is an Executive Vice President with Texas Citizens Bank. A Rotarian since 1993, Bob has been a member of both Pasadena South Rotary and Pasadena Rotary, holding many positions in both Clubs before ascending to the high position of District Governor in June of this year.

In describing the many benevolences of Rotary, he described a recent trip to Haiti and the practice of many non-government organizations to send used medical equipment to that impoverished country, most of which was not being used  because  no one was trained to use and maintain the equipment.  Rotary International responded to this need and now conducts classes teaching Haitians how to use, maintain and repair these much needed medical instruments.

Governor Gebhard spoke of goals for the coming year which included building and retaining membership, promoting the Rotary Foundation by adding benefactors, Paul Harris members and continuing the quest to eradicate polio worldwide...  He also proposes to reinstitute the practice of networking at club meetings, with the exchange of business cards and display tables.

“After all”, he said “Rotary is a family and we must care for and promote our family.”

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Rotary Club of Pasadena is excited to welcome our very own Rotarian Bob Gebhard as our speaker at our regular Friday meeting this Friday, August 30, 2013. Bob Gebhard is our current District Governor. He will be addressing Pasadena Rotary Club with his goals for Rotary this year. 

Bob has been a member of Rotary since 1993, and has served the Pasadena Rotary Club as Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and as the President in 1997-98.  He has served District 5890 as an Assistant Governor for three years, as the Area Foundation Chair, and as the District Permanent Fund Chairman. He is also the Rotary Global History Fellowship Zone 21b Director and the Paul Harris Society Zone 21b Chair. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Polio Plus Society member, Benefactor, Bequest Society member, and a White Hat Society Member. He and his wife, Dianne have been active with hosting Group Study Exchange, Youth Exchange and Ambassadorial Scholars.

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Last week Pierce Stewart, Sr., Community Development Director of Stop Hunger Now spoke at our regular Friday meeting on August 23, 2013. Mr. Stewart has served his community in several capacities for over 18 years. He is passionate about Stop Hunger Now program. For more information about Stop Hunger Now program visit: www.stophungernow.org.

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John Valenzuela will be presenting at the Pasadena Rotary Club's August 9, 2013 meeting. John’s presentation entitled Beyond Limitations will focus on mental toughness using Biblical passages to augment his topic. Going beyond limitations in the absence of excuses will be an underlying theme.

John Valenzuela is one of the preachers at Community Bible Church.   He is also the Head boys Basketball Coach at San Antonio Christian Schools and the former head Boys Basketball Coach at San Antonio Madison.  He led SAC to the TAPPS 4A Final Four in 2012 and lead Madison to the Texas 5A Final Four twice in previous years.  He has also coached at Smithson Valley, Alamo Heights, and San Marcos.  He is married to Rosanne Valenzuela.  They have six adopted children: Yvonne, Moses, Brian, Meagan, Timmy, and Sean.

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David is the author of the forthcoming book,"When Life Throws You Curves,Keep Swinging for the Fences".He is an inspirational speaker with a truly unique story of overcoming hardship, living life to the fullest and motivating young men and women to achieve their full potential in sports and in life.

As a baseball coach in the collegiate and high school ranks for 29 years, David earned 470 victories – despite the fact that he walks on two prosthetic legs and never played the game of baseball himself. David also coached as an assistant football coach for eight years, girls weightlifting for seven years, girls basketball three years and boys cross country for three years.

His story inspires others to overcome obstacles in their own lives and achieve their own success.

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Byron is currently the Director of Development for the Former Texas Rangers Foundation – the law enforcement body. He is running a $10 million capital campaign to build their Heritage Center, a history and education center designed to preserve the history, legacy and lore of the Texas Rangers, while instilling the positive character traits of the Texas Rangers into the school children and youth of our great state.

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Kelsey Richardson is the Program Specialist for the Office of Community Programs with Cy-Fair ISD and oversees the three ROPES courses the district owns and operates. She will be speaking about the wonderful opportunity ROPES has to offer in regards to team building, leadership, problem solving, and cooperation.
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David Gow is the CEO of Gow Media here in Houston.  The company has three primary assets: (1) ESPN 97.5; and (2) YSR 1560, local stations here in Houston, and (3) Yahoo Sports Radio, a national sports network with shows that are heard around the country. 

 Prior to entering the sports media business, Gow was first CFO and ultimately the CEO of Ashford.com, a company that grew from $1.2M up to over $50M in revenues under his leadership.  As CFO, Gow managed a very successful IPO, raising over $75M with Goldman Sachs as the lead underwriter.  As CEO, Gow successfully grew a corporate gifts business to complement the company's e-tailing business, creating an enduring e-commerce business model.  Ashford was sold in 2002. 

Prior to Ashford, Gow served as Director of Corporate Strategy at Compaq Computers.  Among the many projects he led, Gow managed the integration of two acquisitions, Digital and Tandem Computers, for all of Compaq North America. 

 

Prior to Compaq, Gow worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.  While there, he consulted for a number of companies in diverse industries, including technology, media, retail and energy.  Gow left the firm after attaining the position of Engagement Manager. 

 

Gow's educational background includes a Master's degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree from Williams College.  David has been married to his wife, Audrey for over 20 years and the two have five children. 

 

 

 

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Mike Knox is a recognized international expert on gangs and travels throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of the book, Gangsta in the House: Understanding Gang Culture - winner of the 2001 National Gang Crime Research Center - Thrasher Award. Mr. Knox consults with state and local officials regarding public policy, state law, and city ordinances related to gang and youth violence.

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The Upcoming Programs section of our webpage has been updated with the latest schedule of speakers. You can find this on the right hand side of the website.

If you have suggestions for speakers get in touch with Brad French, 2012-13 Program Chair.
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