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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!
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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.”
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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.  
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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.
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June 24 - Installation of Officers and Directors
July 1 - No Meeting  (Holiday)
July 8 - To Be Announced
July 13 - Project Cure (9:30 a.m. @ 8303 Kempwood Dr)
July 15 - To Be Announced
July 22 - To Be Announced
August 17 - Rotary @ the Dynamo
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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. 
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Club President Dale Kahil presented a
from Rotary International to 
Immediate Past 
President Hugo Mojica for
our Club's reaching 
the 100% Paul Harris
Fellow level last year.

A special thanks is extended to Judy Lee
Gardiner for her efforts to make this 
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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

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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.

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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!
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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.

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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.
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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

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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.

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Our Club's next fundraiser, a Texas HoldEm Poker Tournament, is scheduled for this Saturday. October 20th.  We look forward to seeing you. This tournament is always a lot of fun - it will be held at the Houston Rotary Club Administrative Office at 1291 N. Post Oak. There will be lunch at Noon; the Poker Tournament starts at 1:00 p.m.  If you are interested in signing up, contact Jack Hardin by phone at 713-667-0222 or email at  
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On Tuesday, August 27, 2014, our Club had an overflow attendance as Judge Ed Emmett was our guest speaker.  He related his ideas on transportation, healthcare, education of the young, and what might done with the Astrodome.  The members and guests were especially appreciative of the Judge and what he has done for Houston and Harris County.

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Rotary’s Motto is “Service above Self.”  These words can change your life - they make a difference in the world every day.  The great Winston Churchill once said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  When we give of ourselves in service and helping others, our lives are enriched and empowered in return.

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On Tuesday, February 4, our Club President Jack Hardin inducted Curtis Cooper as the newest member of our Club.  Curtis has already been active in our Club.  Besides attending meetings, he participated in our recent session at Project Cure and the Texas Holdem Poker Tournament that we sponsored with the West U Club.  A Club Social was held on the following Thursday to celebrate Curtis' joining our Club. 

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Our Club Social on Thursday, November 7 was a huge success.  We were honoring Judy Lee Gardiner (new member), John "JP" Zepeda (new member) and Hugo Mojica.  JP's wife Sylvia was able to attend and our members got to meet her.  Members attending included  Emily Cole. Ken Cole, Jay Ferguson, Judy Lee Gardiner, Jack Hardin. Dale Kahil, Hugo Mojica and John Zepeda.  Local Pour's excellent food was complemented by a wonderful atmosphere.  Thanks to Judy Lee Gardiner and Hugo Mojica for their help with the photography!  Emily Cole made arrangements for the event and we extend a special thanks to her!

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Induction 10-16-13

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Judy Lee Gardiner and John "J.P." Zepeda were inducted into membership in the Rotary Club of River Oaks.  Bill Purifoy, a friend and mentor of Judy, performed the induction.  Bill is a Charter Member and Past President of the Galleria Rotary Club - he has been a member of Rotary since 1973.  Let's all welcome Judy and John into our Club.  A special thanks is extended to Vice President Hugo Mojica for his ongoing help with the photography.

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Good News - the deadline for ordering your holiday ham(s) has been extended to December 20th.  Let's help Rotaract make their fundraiser a big success!  Happy Holidays

The Rotaract Club of River Oaks is sponsoring a Holiday Ham Fundraiser.  Each ham is a Cure 81 bone-in ham from Hormel.  It is spiral sliced for easy carving.  Each ham is $49.95. 
Note - you can have your ham(s) delivered to our Club's meeting on December 17 for pick-up.  Home delivery is available for an additional $10.00 - delivery will be made by appointment.  Orders may also be picked up on Thursday, December 19 between 5-9 p.m. at Memorial Park.  For more information and placing your order, visit the Rotaract Club of River Oaks Ham website at hams make great  gifts for friends, family and business.

Note - this address is listed first in the Club Links section on the left side of this web page - please click for a direct link to the Rotaract web page.  Thanks for your help!

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Our Club Social on Wednesday, September 25 was a huge success.  We had a great turnout including three Rotaract members - Danielle Anderson, Yunchiu Chang and Bonnie Wilson.  We honored new members Dale Kahil and Barbara Gardner.  Dale's wife Amber was able to attend and our members got to meet her.  Barbara was enjoying a visit to Australia; she is expected back soon.  Local Pour's excellent food is complimented by a wonderful atmosphere. Prospective members Judy Gardiner and John Zepeda were able to attend the Social.  It was also a special treat to have former member and Assistant Governor Jack Wallace join us.  Thanks to Hugo Mojica for his help with the photography!

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Barbara Gardner, Dale Kahil and John Zepeda have been proposed for membership.  Barbara, Dale and John have each attended a good number of our meetings.  Hopefully, you have had a chance to meet them.  Their applications for membership will be considered at our next Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 10.
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Our Club's installation of officers and directors for the new Rotary year occurred at our regular Club meeting on July 9th.  Linda Caruso, the Assistant Governor for our Club, conducted the installation.  Jack Hardin is the new President, Hugo Mojica will be Vice President, Kenneth Cole will be Secretary and Bob Hafey will be Secretary.  Emily Cole is the Immediate Past President.  The new Directors are Goldy Goldstein, Paul Ralph and Bob Sandler.  In the picture below, Jack Hardin presents Emily Cole with a recognition plaque in appreciation of her service as Club President.  Note - additional pictures for the installation may be viewed under the Photo Albums section on the right side of our web page.


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Note - on Tuesday, April 16th, we will be meeting at Shanghai River Chinese Restaurant at 2407 Westheimer.  We look forward to seeing you there.
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On Tuesday, November 13, Kenneth Cole (left) and Hugo Mojica (right) were inducted into membership of the Rotary Club of River Oaks.  They were proposed for membership by our President Emily Cole (center).  Please take the time to meet and welcome Hugo and Ken.

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August is Membership Month, a special time of the year when the entire Rotary family focuses on Membership Recruitment & Retention.  District 5890 is putting on a Membership Seminar on Saturday, August 11...
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Maybe fields of dreams don't just come about in the cornfields of Iowa - you can find them in the inner city of Houston and they give children a safe place to play as part of a team. Our club proudly sponsors a Little League team in the inner city, but this story really is about a father and son who had a vision....
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