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Organizations Supported 
Rotary Club of WC :


  • Paul Harris Foundation 
  • Rotary Foundation


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


  • 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
  • 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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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*
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. 

Our website and weekly bulletins have received a facelift! The new URL for our website is www.washingtoncountyrotary.org Please let us know how you like our new look. Our goal is to better communicate who we are, and how our club is unique, fun and effective.

We’ve also created a new hand-out for our guests. It is a small card to give them information about Rotary and our specific club. We hope the card will answer their questions and entice guests to join.

If you bring a guest during the next few months, be sure to let us know if they comment on the card they receive. Your feedback will help us determine if we should continue giving the cards, and if they need edits.

Many thanks for Ron Werchan for his work on the website, and Cindy Davis for her help and advice on the new bulletin format!






You’re in an elevator with a colleague who turns to you and asks, “What’s Rotary?”  With less than a minute to answer, what do you say?
From Anne L. Matthews, Rotary Foundation Trustee, USA: Rotary is the most prestigious nonpolitical, nonsectarian service organization in the world.  It’s a little over 100 years old.  Our purpose as Rotarians is to promote peace and understanding through a wide array of educational and humanitarian programs under the auspices of the Rotary Foundation.  The heart and soul of the Foundation is to help people who are less fortunate all over the world.
From Dong  Kurn Lee, Rotary Foundation Trustee, Korea:  Rotary gives you the opportunity to build relationships, but more important, it gives you the opportunity to contribute to society.  Rotary means the chance to help those who are less privileged.  Weekly meetings allow you to meet with friends, to think about others, and to make donations.  Everyone needs this.
From Kalyan  Banerjee, RI President-Elect, India:  Rotary is a volunteer organization with 1.2 million business and professional leaders from around the world who get together in friendship, provide humanitarian service, and work for peace.  They conduct projects to address challenges such as illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns.  One of the cornerstones of Rotary is our firm belief in maintaining high ethical standards in our business, professional, and personal lives.                                                
                                                                                Excerpt from “The Rotarian” – February 2011 edition



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.


Which leads to the Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:









 For an additional fee of $30, you can have your license plates personalized with the Rotary Emblem. More than 70% of this money goes to support Rotary. This fee is in addition to your normal license fee.

To order the Rotary plates, click on this LINK.
Jane Hinze, Washington County Chamber of Commerce
May 24, 2018
Leadership Washington County Program
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Daphne Kohring
    May 4
  • William Grote
    May 4
  • Barbara Wilganowski
    May 10
  • Gregg Appel
    May 11
  • Ricky Dickson
    May 11
  • Rebecca Wellmann
    May 13
  • Jay Strasner
    May 18
  • David Bockhorn
    May 21
  • Dick Neal
    May 28
  • Wayne Hugo
    May 28
  • Melissa McCune
    June 4
  • Clarence Gerke
    June 18
  • Ash Patel
    June 27
  • Bill Kaminer
    June 29
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Debbie Davis
    May 9
Join Date:
  • John Dent
    May 4, 2017
    1 year
  • Deanna Alfred
    May 8, 2003
    15 years
  • Kurt Podeszwa
    May 11, 2006
    12 years
  • Jim Kruse
    May 22, 2002
    16 years
  • Rebecca Wellmann
    May 22, 2002
    16 years
  • Brandon Guillory
    May 23, 2013
    5 years
  • Amanda Stolz
    May 29, 2014
    4 years
  • April Thomson
    June 1, 2013
    5 years
  • Bobbie Maltas
    June 1, 2000
    18 years
  • Gena Wilimitis
    June 1, 2011
    7 years
  • Gregg Appel
    June 13, 2002
    16 years
  • Christi Yackel
    June 14, 2012
    6 years
  • Gary Crocker
    June 16, 2005
    13 years
  • Walter Jackson
    June 25, 2015
    3 years
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Rotaract clubs honored for excellent service 2018

Top Rotaract honor goes to club that empowers women who have HIVRotaract clubs around the world earn awards for excellent

Rotary website wins Webby Award

Rotary.org wins Webby People's Voice

Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary convention

Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary conventionFormer First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, an advocate for literacy, education, and women’s rights, will speak at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto this