METRO's New Regional Mobility Plan
Tanya McWashington
On Monday, December 2, Tanya McWashington, V. P. - Public Engagement, Houston METRO, was our speaker.  She described METRO's "New Regional Mobility Plan." It was an excellent presentation.
In developing the plan, Metro met extensively with the communities of Houston and this should serve us well.  It is projected that the population of greater Houston will double in the next 20 years; we will then have 10 million people.  The mobility plan was comprehensive and should have our support.
R.I. President's Theme for 2019-2020
Rotary International President Mark Maloney chose "Rotary Connects the World" as the theme for his Rotary Year.
Holiday Shopping Spree
On November 19, 2019, our Club worked with the "Be An Angel" organization to provide a Holiday shopping spree for Special Needs students.  We invited 56 students to meet us at Target @ 610 and San Felipe. Each student was given a $75.00 gift certificate.  Our members helped the students with their shopping. The event was made even more festive with Jim and Sylvia Pogue dressing as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Note - a special thanks is extended to our members that assisted the students with their gift choices! 
Be An Angel - Holiday Gifts
One of our Rotary Club’s favorite service projects is assisting the Be An Angel organization with its Holiday Gifts program.  Each year we invite special needs students from the T. H. Rogers School to join us at a local Target store for holiday shopping.  Each student is given a $75.00 credit for the purchase of gifts. The students have a grand time!  Our Club members and staff from the T. H. Rogers School help the students find their gifts; this is a most gratifying experience.  Our Rotary Club has helped with the Holiday Gifts program for over 20 years.
Be An Angel was created in 1986 by a concerned parent that discovered the overwhelming needs of the multiply impaired and profoundly deaf students at T.H.Rogers.  The organization’s vision is founded upon the belief that identifying and fulfilling the needs of these very special children and providing adaptive equipment, special services and programs that provide the spark that will brighten their lives.
"Freewheels Houston - Bikes Bring Freedom"
Tom Williams, Bill Mintz
On November 4, 2019, Bill Mintz related the wonderful work of Freewheels Houston.  Founder Bill Mintz had been volunteering for BikeHouston on the city’s bike plan when he learned that many refugees in Houston struggle with transportation issues.  
In nearly three and a half years, Freewheels Houston has helped change that through providing donated and reworked bikes to about 600 refugees, students and veterans coming out of homelessness.  Safe, reliable bicycles afford an alternative to walking/transit and enable refugees and others to get to work, school, shopping and other destinations. 

Freewheels is always looking for more bicycles, volunteers and financial contributions. To learn more, donate or get involved, visit

"Rise Against Hunger"
Chuck Finnell, Jack Wallace
On September 23, our Club's speaker was Jack Wallace, who has been a Rotarian since 1980.  Jack is on the Board of Directors of "Rise Against Hunger" and spoke on the organization's efforts to provide international hunger relief.
"Rise Against Hunger" distributes food and life-changing aid to the world"s most vulnerable.  Jack and the West U Rotary Club are sponsoring a meal packaging event at 'Rise Against Hunger" on October 5, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon.  The event will be held at 8901 Jameel Rd.  At the last event, 100 Rotarians packed more than 24,000 meals in less than three hours!  Our Club will help sponsor the event.
Speaker for July 29, 2019
Max Patterson, Bev Fitzgerald, Deborah Patterson, Chuck Finnell
Associate Judge Deborah Patterson spoke at our Club on July 29, 2019.  She is with the 257th District Court.  It is one of 10 Family Courts in Harris County.  The Judge spoke on the structure of the Family Courts, their types of cases and their challenges.  Her presentation was excellent.
Guest for Club Meeting
Viktor Kopic, a former member of our Club, attended our Club's meeting on August 12, 2019.  Viktor reported on the Garden Project at Wisdom H.S.  Phase I is almost complete and a dedication ceremony is being planned for early September.  As part of the garden, there is to be a bench with a memorial tribute honoring Martin Bailey.  Martin was a long time member of our Club and was active in our Interact Club at Wisdom H.S.
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The Four Way Test
Object of Rotary
Object of Rotary
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
First - the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second - high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third - the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
Fourth - the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Rotary Books for the World

Rotary Books for the World is an International Service project started in 2000 and supported by Rotary Clubs nationwide, Rotaract Clubs, and Interact Clubs. We are proud to announce the shipment of our 370th 40’ shipping container of books and school furniture (for a total of over 15.5 million pounds with a value of $155 million) to Rotarian led literacy projects in 24 countries in Africa and around the world. 

Would you like to help with the shipment of the next container? You are needed to help sort and palletize books.

Warehouse - 298 Eagle Ave., Pasadena, TX 77506

The entrance is on Eagle Ave. between Munger St. and Main (south of Hwy. 225).

Parking is available on Eagle Ave. or under Highway 225.

Happy Birthday - Bill Purifoy
Judy Lee Gardiner, Bill Purifoy, Max Patterson
Celebrating Bill's 85th Birthday
Making Up Missed Meetings
To make up a missed meeting of our Club, a Rotarian may visit another club for its meeting. This may be done in the two weeks before or the two weeks after the missed meeting. A list of District 5890 clubs and their meeting days, times and locations is available on the District 5890 web siteAn important part of being a Rotarian is attendance at one's home club or other club. 
End Polio Now
Rotary Foundation
The District 5890 Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships Committee conducted interviews on Saturday, November 8 to select outbound scholars for the 2015-16 academic year.  There were six applicants interviewed this year.  The committee selected three candidates to submit their applications to The Rotary Foundation from District 5890.

Our Club sponsored Jennifer Gueler, a Senior at Rice University and she was selected.  Her area of focus will be Maternal and Child Health. She will attend the University College of London, Institute of Child Health and work on an M.S. in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Management.  Upon her return to the U.S., she plans to attend Medical School.      

Flag Exchange
At our regular Club meeting on April 10, Pieter Widmark, a former member of the Galleria Area Rotary Club, visited our Club. He’s from New Hampshire and gave us a flag from his Dover NH Rotary Club.  Pieter was a member of our Club about 20 years ago.  He and his wife are touring the country.
Niels, a Rotarian from Denmark, was also visiting our Club and presented a flag for exchange.
Rotary Firefighters Home
The Need - 
Firefighters experience occupational risks from exposure to toxins and hazardous chemicals. This results in firefighters suffering illnesses, especially cancers, at a higher rate than the average population. Specialized treatment for these illnesses often requires an extended stay near the Texas Medical Center, where the Housing costs can be crippling. The average life expectancy of a firefighter is 57.
The Goal - 
To mitigate a large portion of the financial burden associated with short term housing during the patient's stay accessible to the Texas Medical Center. 
The Rotary Firefighters Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the IRC. The Rotary Club of the University Area is the founding sponsor of the Rotary Firefighters Home.
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Galleria River Oaks

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Trotter Family YMCA
1331 Augusta Dr.
Houston, TX  77057
United States of America
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Ann Wright, Chuck Finnell, Jenna Dhayer
At our Club's meeting on November 18, we began the day with the induction of new member Jenna Dhayer.  Membership Chair Ann Wright performed the ceremony.  President Chuck Finnell assisted with the pinning and helped welcome Jenna into the Club.  Jenna is the President of CarePartners.  Having a new member is always special and we all look forward to getting to know Jenna better.
December 2 - Tanya McWashington, Vice President - Public Engagement, Houston METRO: "New Regional Mobility Plan"
December 7 - Rotary Books for the World: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. @ 298 Eagle Ave., Pasadena, TX
December 9 - Board Meeting @ 11:00 a.m.
                      Club Assembly
December 13 - Project Cure (9:30 a.m. @ 8303 Kempwood Dr.)
December 16 - Keri Henry, "Thinking On, Over and Under the Box: Your 5 Step Guide to Enacting Change and Making a Difference"
December 20 - Christmas Party (6 p.m. @ Mezza Grille)
December 23 - No Meeting (Holiday)
December 30 - No Meeting (Holiday)
January 6 - To Be Announced
January 11 - Project Cure (9:30 a.m. @ 8303 Kempwood Dr.)
January 13 - Board Meeting @ 11:00 a.m.
                    Club Assembly
January 18 - Rotary Books for the World: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. @ 298 Eagle Ave., Pasadena, TX
January 20 - To Be Announced
January 27 - To Be Announced
February 7-9:  R.Y.L.A. @ Carolina Creek Christian Campground
February 22 - District 5890 All Club Dinner @ Crowne Plaza NRG
February 27-March 1: Lone Star P.E.T.S. 2020 @ Hyatt Regency DFW
April 30-May 3: 5890 District Conference @ College Station, Texas
May 25 - No Meeting (Holiday)
June 6-10: Rotary International Convention @ Honolulu, Hawaii
Note - the Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club meets at noon Mondays at the Trotter Family YMCA, 1331 Augusta Dr., Houston, TX 77057. The phone number is (713) 781-1061.  The "Y" is just north of San Felipe and on the right side of the street when headed north.  There is parking on the street, in the front parking lot and in the parking garage.  
We meet on the third floor; the elevator is across the lobby from the reception desk.  When you get off the elevator, take a right turn. The meeting room will be on the left. 
You can purchase lunch at the cafe on the first floor before coming up to the meeting.  You may want to allow a little extra time for ordering lunch.  We look forward to seeing you!
Club Website -

Facebook -  A live link to our Club's Facebook page is is the first listing under the Links section in the left hand column of this web page.

P.O. Box 571863  Houston, TX 77257

Makeups, visitors and guests are always encouraged and welcome!   The food is excellent and we have great speakers. We look forward to having you join us for lunch.  Note - we are always looking for new members!

Rotarians in our District truly exemplify Rotary's motto of "Service above Self" with projects locally as well as all around the world.  In Rotary's largest project, we are working diligently to eradicate POLIO from the world.  Our District 5890 is working hard to aid in that effort.

Rotary also has 6 other areas of focus: 1) peace and conflict resolution, 2) clean water for all, 3) literacy, 4) health, 5) growing local economies and 6) saving mothers and children.  Rotary has something for nearly everyone's passion!
On Saturday morning, October 5th, a meal packaging event was held at the "Rise Against Hunger" warehouse in support of its efforts to alleviate world hunger.  The West U Rotary Club was the chief sponsor of the event; it was spearheaded by our dear friend Jack Wallace. Our Club helped sponsor the event.
Our Club had 9 volunteers at the event.  It was so great to be part of this effort. We joined others from across Rotary District 5890 to package meals for the hungry. At this year's event, the volunteers packaged 20,000 meals in only 3 hours!  

On the second Saturday of the month, you will find members of the Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club sorting medical supplies at the Project CURE warehouse @ 8303 Kempwood Dr. These supplies have been donated by hospitals and other health care providers. Most items had been overstocked; many items are unopened in their original packages.  The medical supplies are sorted, inventoried and packed for future shipment.  Containers are stored in the warehouse until they are sent to help people all over the world.  Working from 9:30 am until noon, Rotary Club members usually go out for lunch after they leave Project CURE.

Our Club has provided volunteers and support for Project CURE for well over 10 years!  It is truly a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and serve others​​​.  Project CURE and its Houston warehouse do a grand job!  We are proud to help support the fine work of Project CURE. You can learn more about Project CURE at its website

The Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club worked with Mark Illian (President, Nature Healing Nature) and Engineers without Borders (USA) to provide a water project for Payorote, Peru.  This remote village is on the banks of the Amazon River and has about 300 people.  It has an aging population with little-to-no income.  This region receives 200+ inches of rain annually. This large amount of rain made a water harvesting system a main feature of the project.  The Rotary Club Amanecer Loratano of Iquitos, Peru assisted on the project locally. The villagers made a strong commitment to the project and worked hard to make it a reality.
Prior to this water project, the people of Payorote lacked access to clean water for drinking, cooking, hygiene, etc. The lack of clean water caused an increase in the spread of water-borne illness and other diseases common to the area.
The rainwater harvesting system in Payorote is still in good function, receiving regular maintenance from the community in an effort to sustain their reliable source for clean drinking water. The community has reported a decrease in water-borne illnesses and expressed a continued desire for improving their quality of life. Information on sanitation, hygiene and other health issues was also provided to the villagers.  
For more information, please go to the Engineers without Borders website -
On Saturday 7, 2019, a dedication ceremony was held for the Martin Bailey Memorial Garden at Wisdom H.S.  Members of our Club and DG Gary Gillen attended the event. Martin was a long time member of our Club and passed away several years ago.  Martin served as President of the school's Alumni Association and was active with our Interact Club at Wisdom.  A special thanks is extended to Nguyen Nguyen, Victor Kopic and all those who made this project possible. 
Walter Branson, Elsa Branson, Charles Sheffield, Chuck Finnell 
Walter and Elsa Branson spoke to our Club recently about the wonderful work that the Guerrero Clinic is doing.  It provides eye, dental and other medical care to indigent people in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.  The Clinic was originally a project of the Rotary Clubs of Districts 5890 (Houston, TX) and 4110 (Mexico).  Much of the Clinic's support still comes from clubs in these two districts.  Our Club recently donated $5,000.00 to the Guerrero Clinic.  The Clinic provides millions of dollars of care each year. 

Walter Branson, a longtime member of the Brazosport Rotary Club, is the Director of the Guerrero Clinic.  For more information about the Clinic and making donations to the Clinic's Foundation, please check the Clinic's website at
Janice Gillen, Chuck Finnell, DG Gary Gillen
At our meeting on September 9, 2019, District Governor Gary Gillen and his wife Janice attended our meeting.  It was Gary's  official "Governor's Visit" to our Club.  
The District Governor's "Theme Speech" reviewed various accomplishments of our Club, District 5890 and Rotary International.  Gary also stressed the opportunity we have to help the Bahamas in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian.

Here is the updated Rotarian Code of Conduct; the last aspect has been included since January 2019.

As a Rotarian, I will:

  • Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life

  • Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect

  • Use my professional skills through Rotary to:  mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world

  • Avoid behaviour that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

  • Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities, report any suspected harassment, and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment (January 2019 Mtg., Bd. Dec. 119).

Chuck Finnell, Frank Devlyn, AG Lindsey Kroll
At our recent Club meeting on August 19, 2019, we were fortunate to have Frank Devlyn (Rotary International President 2000-2001) and Lindsey Kroll (our Assistant Governor) attend our meeting. Lindsey presented us his "Theme Speech" for the new Rotary Year. They are shown in the picture above with Club President Chuck Finnell.
Chuck Finnell, Harvey Heller
At our first meeting of the new Rotary year, Club President Chuck Finnell presented long time member and former President (twice) Harvey Heller with a Paul Harris Fellow pin.  The pin has 5 sapphires, indicating that Harvey is a Level 5 Paul Harris Fellow.  Please be sure to congratulate Harvey and thank him for all that he has done! 

It is with great excitement and honor that we announce that HOUSTON has been selected as the 2022 convention city for Rotary International! TImagehe lengthy process involved many people throughout our District and this selection could not have happened without their dedication to presenting Houston and District 5890 as the only choice for Rotary International.

"I would like to thank PDG Rhonda Kennedy for her leadership as the Bid Committee Chair and all of the members of the committee who worked tirelessly to make this selection possible. Rotarians, this is just the beginning of our road to 2022. Over the next six years we will be planning a convention that shows Rotarians from around the world exactly why Houston was not only the right choice but the only choice for the best International Convention possible. District 5890, you are the best and we are going to be depending on you to help make this happen so when the time comes please volunteer your time and expertise by serving on one of the many committees that will be available. Again, congratulations District 5890 on being selected as the 2022 Rotary International Convention site!"
Lisa Faith Massey,District Governor 5890, 2014-2015

   Bill Purifoy, Bob Sandler, Judy Lee Gardiner,Joe Mazzu, Carolyn Purifoy 
On December 19, 2016, a gift of $20,000.00+ was made to the Brookwood Community. The gift was presented to Joe Mazzu, the longtime development officer for Brookwood.  The gift was through the River Oaks Charitable Trust on behalf of Judy Lee Gardiner and Bob Sandler.
On November 9, 2016, our Club donated a van to Catholic Charities of Houston. A special thanks is extended to Dale Kahil for his efforts on this.  There was a great need and Rotary was able to help!   
 Frank Ringo, Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman, Bridget McDonald, Ann Wright
At our regular meeting on September 26, 2016, our Club recognized Mrs. Bridget McDonald as the Teacher of the Year at Grady Middle School.  There is a tradition of twenty four years of honoring an individual with this award.  Mrs. McDonald’s name was placed on the award's plaque and we presented her an honorarium of $500.00.  Her class has been described as a "well-oiled machine with lots of activity.  The kids love it!"
Mrs. McDonald is a graduate of the University of Houston.  She was a student teacher at Grady and then was hired after she completed her degree. She has taught at Grady for four years; she currently teaches 7th grade science.
Grady Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School.  It has recently changed its name to Tanglewood Middle School.  
We hope that you will keep coming to see what is available on our Club's website.  We really want this web page to be helpful and a great resource for you!  You can help Rotary and our Club to make a difference by helping others!
Service Above Self
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Club Service
Vocational Service
Community Service
International Service
New Generations Service
Foundation Chair
Polio Chair
Club Foundation Trustee
Club Foundation Trustee
Club Foundation Trustee
Trotter Family YMCA - "Stories of Service"
The Trotter Family YMCA is hosting a special event honoring those who have served in our military.  The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. - noon on Friday, November 15, 2019 in Multi-Purpose Room 2 on the third floor.  Note - this free program is open to the community; there will be light refreshments.
This "Stories of Service" program will focus on saluting our Veterans.  The YMCA wants to show its appreciation for the service, dedication and commitment of our Veterans with a pinning ceremony. Carlos Jimenez, CW5 (Ret) will share his story of 36 years in the Army under Active, Reserve and National Guard duty.
"Our Nation's Plastic Waste Problem"
Nathan Wicker, Tom Williams
At our meeting on November 18, 2019, Nathan Wicker spoke on “Our Nation’s Plastic Waste Problem.”  He works for Dow, Inc. and serves as a sales representative in their Plastics division.  Plastics are the most sustainable and environmentally friendly material that’s out there. Aluminum, steel and glass take significantly more energy to produce and recycle.
We want efforts to create a circular plastics economy with less waste.  This economy must not be hamstrung by a lack of infrastructure for both collecting used plastics and processing recycled products.  We must create a market for recycled plastic products. This market must include favorable pricing for the recycled products and a sustainable demand. 
Thanks to Tom Williams, our Program Chair for November, for the excellent program!
Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

Club Service
focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Vocational Service - 
calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
Community Service - 
encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.
International Service - 
exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
New Generations Service - 
recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as RotaractInteract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Update - Water Projects in Peru
Steven Skeele, Chuck Finnell, Mark Ilian
At our meeting on September 30, Mark Ilian (President, Nature Healing Nature) and Steven Skeele (Engineers without Borders) gave us an update on the water projects in Peru. Several years ago we worked with Engineers without Borders to build a water catchment system in Payarote, Peru.  Last year our Club's Foundation donated an additional $7,000.00 to build a pipeline to transport clean water from the catchment system to a dispersal location near the family homes of the villagers.  This pipeline has just been completed and facilitates the use of the clean water.  
Engineers without Borders has additional plans for water projects in this remote area of Peru.  Our Rotary Club hopes to help find funds for these projects. We hope that other Clubs in District 5890 and Rotary International will participate.
"Education Update"
Frank Ringo, Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman
On Monday, September 16, Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman presented an Education Update to our Club.  Gretchen is the Principal at Tanglewood Middle School and a former member of our Club.  During her time at the school, she has overseen several building projects and seen its enrollment almost double.  For over 20 years, our Club has presented an "Outstanding Teacher Award" to one of the school's faculty.  Frank Ringo has helped with the administration of the Award.
Guest Speaker
Tom Williams, Julie Swarz
At our recent Club’s meeting, the speaker was Julie Swarz, a counselor in the Department of Neurology at the Methodist Hospital.  She spoke on “Caregiving for Stroke Victims.” Julie related the wonderful strides that Medicine has made in the treatment of strokes; the key is early recognition and treatment.  She spoke on the types of strokes, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) and forms of dementia.  One of the most important things to these patients is they want someone to listen to them.
Julie Swarz is pictured above with Tom Williams, our Club’s Program Chair for August.
Polio Plus
You can help end polio now with a gift to the Rotary Foundation benefiting Polio Plus.  For information and making a donation, visit the Rotary Foundation's web page on the ending of polio at 
Thinking of Volunteering
An interesting read inspired this former Club President to ponder about volunteering. On December 1, 2009, I read with great interest a book review of a newly published book: 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker. The subject certainly seemed appropriate for this time of the year, but it was a curiosity as it appeared in the science section of the paper. As I read the review, I thought "How appropriate this is to the Rotary Motto, 'Service before Self.'" Ms. Walker, who lives in Los Angeles, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago. As her health and spirits fell, she went to see Mbali Creazzo, a holistic health educator who gave her a strange prescription to improve her health, which at first she completely ignored. When her symptoms worsened and she was having increasing difficulty coping, she decided to try what had been suggested. And what was the prescription? Give a gift a day to another person – nothing expensive or hard – just a call, a note or something like saving a piece of cake for her husband.
After the first 29 days, she became more able to cope with her disease, less dependent on pain medication and more mobile. Additionally, she had stopped her trips to the emergency room and her disease stopped progressing. She immediately added this practice to her daily self care and began a web site: Those of you who regularly do volunteer work probably don't think this is very amazing. Focusing on what you can do to help others may not change the basic elements in your life, but it certainly will take your focus off of yourself and change your attitude – and this of course (as with Ms. Walker), can change your entire life!
What I am leading up to is simply a question for our members: How will you serve your Rotary Club this coming year? As you think of your life in Rotary, you may want to think about projects our Club could become involved with to extend the Rotary hand of friendship to our community, you may think of friends and neighbors who you could bring into our Club, or choose to serve the Club as a board member."
- Jane Mulholland
Rotary Wheel
Rotary Support of Education
Chuck Finnell; Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman; Lee H.S. Principal Jonathan Trinh; Graham Sharp
Congratulations to Galleria Rotarians on their $5000 award for school uniforms to Houston’s Lee High School, which inspired Lee’s journalism students to showcase the Rotary commitment to education and literacy. Budding Lee journalists Juliette Acevedo and Augustin Cantero’s article was published by The River Oaks Examiner Newspaper, as well as in their high school paper, web site, and on Twitter, according to journalism instructor and yearbook advisor David Fanucchi. Noting that the new uniforms will feature Rotary's logo on the sleeve, the youthful literati wrote . . . 
“The Rotary Club of the Galleria Area made a $5,000 donation to Lee High School during their weekly luncheon at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club. . . . Principal Jonathan Trinh . . . earmarked [the award] for new school uniforms [and] . . . plans on adding the Galleria Rotary Club logo to the left sleeve of the Lee High School uniform shirt . . . ."  
By Juliette Acevedo and Agustin Cantero (Special to The Examiner), River Oaks Examiner Article continues . . . “I am very excited to have these funds that will go towards an important purpose at our school,” said Trinh. “We really appreciate our relationship with the Rotary Club at the Galleria, as this money will allow our students to have more than one shirt to wear to school on a daily basis.”  The school uniform policy at Lee actually began in 2011, three years prior to Trinh’s arrival. But he has carried on the policy and enjoys seeing the benefits of the dress code, because he believes it helps with school discipline and gives students a better understanding of their daily responsibilities, such as always being prepared and taking care of their uniform properly.
The Galleria Rotary Club’s affiliation with Lee goes back quite a long ways, as several members of the club have had their children attend Lee, and past president and current member Martin Bailey graduated from the school. In addition, the GRC has a strong presence on campus with a very active student-run Lee Interact Club, and current member Gretchen Kaspar-Hoffman is the Principal at Grady Middle School, which is a feeder school to Lee. “The motive for our club in donating the funds was because we have strong local ties to Lee, and one of our members is an alumni,” said Graham Sharp, director of the GRC. “We feel like if we don’t continue to take care of our youth, we are not taking care of our purpose. Without the Rotary Club focusing on the kids, there just won’t be many future Rotarians.” The GRC meets every Monday at 12 noon at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club. Community leaders and businesses in the West Loop area looking to get involved can attend a meeting or call Membership Chairman Harvey Heller at 713-871-2042.
Honor for Club President
Our former Club President Hugo Mojica has received a Hispanic Hero Award.  It was presented by Comcast at a dinner ceremony on October 25th.  Be sure to congratulate Hugo!
December 2019