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Organizations Supported 
Rotary Club of WC :
 

NATIONAL  

  • Paul Harris Foundation 
  • Rotary Foundation

INTERNATIONAL

  • Children of the Dump Scholarship
  • Guerrerro Eye Clinic
  • Clean Water Projects
  • Nicaragua Building Fund
  • Polio Plus

LOCAL

  • Adams Angels Ministry
  • BISD Foundation
  • Boy Scouts
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Bread Partners
  • Brenham children's Chorus
  • Brenham Heritage Museum
  • Brenham Police Dept
  • Camp for All
  • CPS Adoption Fair
  • Disabled Veterans
  • Faith Mission
  • Game Changers
  • Girl Scouts 
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Here I Am Orphan Ministries
  • Heritage Society of WC
  • Hospice Brazos Valley
  • Interact Scholarships
  • Job Partnership-WC
  • Main Street Local History Day
  • Miracle Farm
  • MLBA-DG
  • Morning Glory Ranch
  • New Beginnings
  • Project Graduation
  • Pink Angels
  • Rotary House
  • Senior Center of WC
  • Teacher of The Year Award
  • Unity Summer Camps
  • Volunteer Services council
  • WC Food Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our Club!

Washington County

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Cannery Kitchen
314 E. Alamo Street
Brenham, TX  77833
United States
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Home Page Stories
At our meeting on July 12, Jim Kite gave us an update on the situation on Nicaragua where the country is in crisis. As a result of years of corrupt practices by president Ortega, he has angered the elderly, the students, the business community and even his own party. over 300 people have been murdered during peaceful protests by Ortega's men. As a result, the whole country's roads have been blocked off and no trucks or shipping can bring supplies into the country. Some supplies can be flown in, but can't be distributed because all major highways are blockaded. As a result people can't get medical treatment and many who already live hand-to-mouth are starving.Jim says that we can help by sending money that can be wired-in so that basic foods can be purchased from local farmers within the country and distributed through back roads in small pickups, off of the main highways to people who need it. This can be done through the 501C3 organization Hope and Relief International that Jim and other Rotarians set up several years ago to help build schools and hospitals in Nicaragus. If Rotarians Want to help they can send money to Jim payable to HOPE AND RELIEF INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION 10700 Gerke Rd, Brenham, TX 77833.
For more information on the crisis: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44779257
Congratulations to Kathleen Schwarze our Rotarian-of-the-Year for 2017-2018. Shown here receiving her award from outgoing President Page Michel.
Curt Podeszwa, Director; Carey Council, President Elect; Lea Wei, Secretary; Gene Young, Director; Gena Wilimitis, Director; Cathy Boeker, Director; Lowell Ogle, Vice President; April Thompson, Director; Brice Milliorn, President; Carmen Cuneo, District Governor; William Grote, Director; Christi Yackel, Director and Page Michel, Past President. Not present: Barbara Wilganowski, Sergeant-at-Arms.
For the third week in a row, local charities receive donations from the Rotary Club of Washington County. Some of the money that we raise goes to the Rotary Foundation which is used to fund projects throughout the country and the world. One of the projects that Rotary International is involved in is the eradication of Polio. We are down to under 10 cases in the world this year!
Rotary President Paige Michelle is shown here with representatives of local charities. To the right of Paige Michele is: John Hill Representing BISD Foundation, JD Young and Randy Wells representing Faith Mission, Disabled American Vets represented by Commander Robert Squyres, Miracle Farm represented by Gena Wilimitis, and Rotary House represented by Charles Gaskamp
 
This year, The Rotary Club of Washington County raised $56,375 for charities in Washington County. Shown at the 6/7/18 meeting are the representatives of organizations receiving donations from the Rotary Club of Washington county. The organizations are: Adam's Angels Ministry, New Beginnings, Camp for All, Heritage Society of WC, Washington-on-the-Brazos Junteenth Heritage Celebration, WC Summer Feeding Program, Bread Partners, Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, and Volunteer Services Council BSSLC.
One of the main missions of the Rotary Club of Washington County is to serve our community by supporting non-profit charities. We do that by volunteering, and raising money to support many of our local charities. This year, The Rotary Club of Washington County raised $56,375 for charities in Washington County. Shown at the 5/31/18 meeting representing their organizations with a symbolic check presented by our President Page Michel are left to right: Rosellyn McIver,Brenham Children's Chorus; Paige Michel, President of WC Rotary; Debbie Forland and Neil Krebs, JAM Ministry; Craig Borchardt, Hospice Brazos Valley; Leslie Wood,Unity Theater Summer Camp; Stephanie Wehring, Boys and Girls Club; and Steve Miller, of the Senior Center. We will have more recipients next meeting!
On Monday May 7, 2018 the Rotary Club of Washington County awarded scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 to six seniors at Brenham High School.
Shown here is Rotary Club President Page Michel with the six recipients.  left to right: Carter Yackel, Bailey Grunder, Kevin Pham, Page Michel, Grace Beisert, David Quiroz, Addison Thielemann. Congratulations and Good Luck!
The Rotary Club of Washington County Texas received the Presidential Citation for the year 2016-1017. There are approximately 1,000 clubs out of the more than 32,00 clubs world wide that receive a Presidential Citation. Shown here accepting the award from Pat D.G. Eric Liu, Kurt Podeszwa, Past President for the 2016 2017 year.
The 2018 Head for the Hills "Bikeride will be here before you know it. This year's ride will be on April 7th starting and ending at the Chappell Hill Fire Department on FM 1155 in Chappell Hill, TX. We will need volunteers to man the rest stops, SAG vehicles, sign placement, registration, etc. This is one of our big fundraising events of the year, and it takes everyone contributing their time and talents.
Riders wishing to Register for the ride can click here for Registration Information
Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to work the back gate at the Washington County Fair and Rodeo on Wednesday September 20, 2017.
Rodger Ross and Lea Wei
Barbara Wilganowski, Tommy Brewster. Barry Brass and Ron Werchan
In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
On Saturday August 5th, 2017 The Rotary Club of Washington County partnered with the Child Protective Service to host an Adoption Fair at the St Paul's School. The Adoption Fair brings together parents who are wanting to adopt, with kids who need a home and someone to love and care for them. The children are older and because of their age, are not as adoptable. At the Fair, the parents can interact with the youngsters in an informal, fun atmosphere.
See the photo journal for more images of the Adoption Fair.
The new slate of Officers and Directors under the leadership of new President Page Michelle. Installation June 29th Installaton Banquet held at the Ant Street Inn. See the Photo Journal for more Photos.
Our Rotary Club of Washington County Installation and Paul Harris dinner is on June 29th.  We will not have a regular meeting that day so I am hoping that you can make it to the dinner that night.  It will be at the Ant Street Inn and will be catered by Brenham Catering.  This dinner is a great way to celebrate this past year and show our support for Page as she steps into her role as President of our club.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting, but if you need to RSVP and are not going to be at the meeting please send me or Gena Wilimitis an email!
 
Kurt Podeszwa
 
 
June is what we are all about, supporting our community by supporting those organizations that serve our citizens, young and old.

Thursday, June 22, the Rotary Club of Washington County  handed out donations to several community organizations in the aggregate amount of $40,000. The organizations receiving grants Thursday were: The Heritage Society of Washington County, Adam's Angels, New Beginnings, Here I Am Ministries, BISD Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Miracle Farm, Local History Day, Camp-for-All, and Unity Summer Theater Camp.

Thursday the 15th, we donated more money to charitable causes in our community. Receiving grants totaling 15,000 dollars were: Food Service initiative, Hospice Brazos Valley, Game Changers, Faith Mission, Go Drill, Brenham Heritage Museum, Brenham Children's Chorus, Mission Brenham, JAM Academy, Habitat for Humanity, and Disabled American Vets.
June is the end of Rotary's year, and during June, we give away the money that we raise during the year. Today we granted a total of $8,600 shared by the following organizations: Washington County Senior Center, Bread Partners, Job Partnerships, Volunteer Services Council, Boy Scouts, Rotary House,Brenham Fire Department, Pink Angels, and Morning Glory Ranch.
The Rotary Club of Washington County has two major events to raise funds every year. These events along with a $3000 grant from District helped to raise enough money for us to distribute $80,250 in grants to worthy causes. The bulk of the money goes back into local charities, and some goes to National and International needs. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and Rotarians who made this possible. Listed here are this year’s organizations receiving grants.
 
 
    
 
Adam’s Angels*
BISD Foundation*
Boy Scouts*
Boys and Girls Club*
Bread Partners
Brenham Children’s Choir*
Brenham Heritage Museum
Camp for All*
Clean Water Projects
CPS Adoption Fair*
Disabled Veterans
Faith Mission
Game Changers*
Girl Scouts*
Guerrero Eye Clinic
Habitat for Humanity
Here I Am Orphan Ministries*
Heritage Society of Washington County
 
 
Hospice Brazos Valley
Interact Scholarships*
Job Partnerships-WC
Main Street Local History Day*
MBLA-DG*
Miracle Farm*
Morning Glory Ranch*
New Beginnings*
Nicaragua (Children of the Dump Scholarships)*
Pink Angels
Polio Plus*
Project Graduation*
Rotary House
Senior Center of WC
Teacher of the Year Award
Unity Summer Camps*
Volunteer Services Council
WC Food Coalition*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Organizations that benefit children
Welcome new Members Lea Wie, and Sammy Timpa.
Lea Wie Being inducted by President Kurt Podeszwa.
Sammy Timpa being Inducted by President Kurt Podeszwa.
The Rotary Club of Washington County awarded $35.000 in donations at it's weekly meeting on June 17th. Checks in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to representatives from Adam's Angles Ministry, Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Brenham Police Department's K( training program, Children of the Dump - Nicaragua, Here I Am Orphan Ministries, Miracle Farm and New Beginnings Pregnancy Center.
Our club awarded  $1500 scholarships at the Brenham High School Scholarship event to:
Dalton Walla
Zachary Barnes
Harper Groves
Juan Vargas
At our June 2nd meeting, we gave out checks in the amount of $1500 to several worthy organizations. Accepting checks are representatives of Habitat for Humanity, Brenham Christian Academy, Unity Theater (Scholarships), Brenham Children's Chorus, Rotary House Foundation (Housing for Washington County Cancer Patients), Brenham Heritage Museum, BISD Foundation, and Washington County Healthy Living Association. Not present were representatives for Mission Brenham, Hospice Brazos Valley, and Guerrero Clinic.
What a beautiful day we had for our H4H Bike Ride. We were down about 5% on the number of riders from last year, but we still made over 40,000 dollars to fund our projects and support the organizations that we help. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, talents and vehicles.

The 4 way test, prayer, Greeter or pledge list is now accessible by clicking on the Rotary Symbol provided below. Please check the list to see if you are scheduled to lead or greet at a future meeting. If you will be absent on the day that you are scheduled, please contact Page Michel [page@brenhamtexas.com] , or 979-836-3695.

                                                                       "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 
   
   
 
 
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
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I want to propose a new member, what do I do?

  Link HERE for the instructions on how to propose a new member for our Rotary Club. (Note: This link is currently under construction, Check with a Club officer for this information.)

 

What forms need to be turned in to propose my new member?

  Link HERE for the forms necessary to fill out when proposing a new member. 

 

Do we have any information about Rotary that I can give my prospective member?

  Link HERE for Rotary Basics information packet for prospective and new members. 

 
 
Speakers
Coach Scott Schumacher
Sep 27, 2018
Athletic Director for Blinn College
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jarvis Van Dyke
    September 4
  • Barney R. Loesch
    September 11
  • Christi Yackel
    September 17
  • Nick Holder
    September 22
  • Andy Hefferly
    September 23
  • Roger Ross
    September 25
  • Gena Wilimitis
    October 11
  • Tommy Brewster
    October 11
  • Kenneth Burgess
    October 14
  • Richard Miller
    October 21
  • Kevin Hill
    October 23
  • Julie Renken
    October 27
  • Lowell Ogle
    October 27
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Michelle Panko
    October 10
  • Sandra Smith
    October 22
Join Date:
  • Leslie Wood
    September 4, 2003
    15 years
  • Richard Miller
    September 5, 2013
    5 years
  • Ricky Dickson
    September 9, 2004
    14 years
  • Christopher Hardy
    September 17, 2015
    3 years
  • Lowell Ogle
    September 19, 2013
    5 years
  • Cliff Fontenot
    September 22, 2011
    7 years
  • Kathleen Schwarze
    September 25, 2014
    4 years
  • Kenneth Burgess
    September 25, 2014
    4 years
  • Page Michel
    September 29, 2005
    13 years
  • Barry Brass
    October 15, 2015
    3 years
  • Jon Hill
    October 16, 2001
    17 years
  • Barney R. Loesch
    October 18, 2007
    11 years
  • Kevin Hill
    October 21, 2004
    14 years
  • Sandy Kite
    October 21, 2004
    14 years
  • Becky Bosse
    October 23, 2001
    17 years
  • Ash Patel
    October 26, 2006
    12 years
 
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