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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.         

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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.
The Four Way Test
End Polio Now
Rotary Books for the World

Rotary Books for the World is an International Service project started in 2000 and supported by Houston Area Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and Interact Clubs. We are proud to announce the shipment of our 205th 40’ shipping container of books (for a total of over 6-3/4 million pounds), as well as several containers of bicycles (and bicycle parts) to Rotarian led literacy projects in Africa and countries around the world.  Would you like to help with the shipment of the next container?

Rotary Wheel
Rotary Fire Fighters Home
THE NEED: Firefighters have
occupational risks from
exposure to toxins and
hazardous chemicals.
As a result, Firefighters
suffer illnesses, particularly
cancers, at a statistically
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 time the patient
must stay accessible to the
Texas Medical Center.

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 proud to
announce the Rotary Fire-
fighters Home (“RFFH”) is
holding its first (annual)
Gala on Friday, February
12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at
the Royal Sonesta Hotel
located at 2222 W. Loop
South, Houston, Texas
77027. This event is the
first major fundraiser for
the building of the home. 
The theme for the Gala is
"Hope Rises!" This year’s
gala promises to be a
superb event.  

Our keynote speakers are
Helen Reisler and Retired
District Chief Steve Sparks.  
Our MC is Emmy award
winning talk show host,
Houston's own Ernie 
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Galleria River Oaks

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Life Time Fitness
5015 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX  77056
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
June 1-5: Rotary International Convention @ Hamburg, Germany
June 3 - Shannan Murray: Director of Development, B.I.G. Love Cancer Care
June 8 - Project Cure (9:30 a.m. @ 8303 Kempwood Dr)  
June 10 - Doreen Stoller: President, Hermann Park Conservancy
June 17 - Club Assembly
June 22 - Club Fun-Raiser @ Ovations Night Club
June 24 - Installation of Officers and Directors
July 1 - To Be Announced
July 8 - To Be Announced
July 13 - Project Cure (9:30 a.m. @ 8303 Kempwood Dr)
July 15 - To Be Announced
August 17 - Rotary @ the Dynamo
Club Website - http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3949

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/galleriarotary

P.O. Box 571863  Houston, TX 77257

The Galleria River Oaks Rotary Club meets at noon Mondays at the Life Time Fitness (LTF) center, 5015 Westheimer, Suite 4020, Houston TX 77056, phone: 832-325-5100.
You get to LTF via West Alabama, a one way street behind the main Galleria Mall. At the second light from Sage and W Alabama (McCue) turn left into the parking garage. It is plainly marked Orange Garage #7 and the railings are painted orange.  Be on the left side and take the second left turn. Proceed up to Level 3 and you will see parking spaces with signs reserved for LTF Members and Guests. You may park in any of those reserved spaces or any other open space. You will see a blue awning behind the elevator bank on your left leading into the entrance of the facility. Ask the receptionist to show you where the Rotary Club of Galleria River Oaks meets on the second floor. 

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

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!
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!
   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. Thanks 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.  

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

With the recent induction of seven Paul Harris Fellows, the Rotary Club of River Oaks is once again a 100% Paul Harris Club.  This is a wonderful way to show our support for the Rotary International Foundation, Polio Plus and all of the wonderful programs that Rotary does throughout the world.  The new Paul Harris Fellows are Amy Casca, Barbara Gardner, Dale Kahil, Bobby Macek, Tamra Mast, Hugo Mojica and J P Zepeda.  A special thanks is extended to our Club Treasurer Judy Lee Gardiner who worked to make this possible.

Frank Delvyn                                                                                   
Frank Devlyn, the President of Rotary International in 2000-2001, returned to our Club for a visit on Tuesday, August 27, 2014.  Frank is from Mexico and was in town while his wife was receiving some healthcare.  Frank is the author of numerous books including ones on Rotary, the Rotary Foundation, leadership and public speaking. Frank (center) is pictured above with some of our Club's members - Bob Sandler, J.P. Zepeda, Hugo Mojica. Sara Lu Burrowes, Judy Lee Gardiner, Jack Hardin, Doc Cuthbertson and Dale Kahil.

To makeup a missed meeting of our Club, Rotarians may visit other clubs for their 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 site.  An important part of being a Rotarian is attendance at one's home club or other club.


Walter Branson and his wife Elsa spoke to our Club recently about the wonderful work that the Guerrero Clinic is doing.  They are looking for eyeglasses to help the patients at the Clinic, which provides Eye and Dental care to indigent people in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.  In recent years the Clinic has provided approximately $5,000,000 of care annually.  It is a project of the Rotary Clubs of Districts 5890 (Houston, TX) and 4110 (Mexico).

Judy Gardiner is collecting eyeglasses for the Clinic.  Please look around the house, check with neighbors and friends, and turn in eyeglasses to Judy.  Thanks so much for your help!  

Progress Report - so far Judy has collected approximately 200 pair of glasses for the patients of the Guerrero Clinic.  Thanks again!

Note - Long time member Goldy Goldstein recently turned in a large sack of glasses to add to the total and help the patients of the Guerrero Clinic.

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 www.guerreroclinic.org.

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 (8251 Kempwood Dr.) to send around the world.  These supplies have been donated by hospitals and other health care providers.  Most items had been overstocked; many of the items are unopened in their original packages.  The medical supplies are sorted, inventoried and packed for future shipment.  Containers are then stored in the warehouse until they are sent to help people all over the world.

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.
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!
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
The Rotary Foundation
Service Above Self
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.
Presidential Theme
RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
Rotary Support of Education
Photo, from left, GRC President Chuck Finnell; GRC member Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman; Lee HS Principal Jonathan Trinh; and GRC Director 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 byThe 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.
Polio Plus
You can help end polio now with a gift to the Rotary Foundation benefiting Polio Plus.  Visit the Rotary Foundation's web page on ending polio at  https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/end-polio for information and making a donation.
June 2019