Take Your Best Shot

Our first annual clay shoot fundraiser was a success.We raised over $20,000 to be used for local charities and scholarships. And everyone had Fun!
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Sponsorships Available

Sponsorships are available for the 1st Annual Sporting Clays Event. You can copy this form and mail it along with your check to The Rotary Club of Washington County, PO Bpx 160, Brenham, TX 77834
Sponsorships Available Ron Werchan 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

1st Annual Shooting Clays

Our new fall fundraising event is the 1st Annual Sporting Clays Event. Please get the word out to your friends and co-workers. The poster is shown below. To register as a shooter just point your phone's camera at the
QR code and that will take you to the registration page. We will need volunteers to help with the event. It should be a lot of fun!!
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Chief Williams was Speaker for Sept. 8, 2022

Chief Ron Williams of the Brenham Fire department was our speaker Thursday September 8, 2022. Title of his talk was"Looking to the Future" He gave an informative view of the Brenham Fire Departments operation with a look towards future needs as the Brenham and Washington County populations grow at an increasing rate.
Chief Williams was Speaker for Sept. 8, 2022 Ron Werchan 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential Theme for 2022-2023

RI President-elect Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.
Presidential Theme for 2022-2023 Ron Werchan 2022-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

2022 Adoption Fair

On Saturday July 23, 2022 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
2022 Adoption Fair Ron Werchan 2022-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Blankets and Heaters for Seniors

On November 10, 2021 The Washington County Rotary Club partnered with the Brenham National Bank to distribute blankets and heaters to senior citizens of Washington County. The blankets and heaters were given away at the Senior Activity Center on a first come-first served basis.
Blankets and Heaters for Seniors Ron Werchan 2021-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

Installation of officers

On Thursday July 23rd at 6:30, we had our first virtual Installation of Officers and Paul Harris award ceremony.
Rotarian of the year was shared by Kurt Podeszwa and John Turner for their hard work in putting together and facilitating the virtual meetings.
Brice Milliorn acted as installing officer and installed the Officers and Directors.
2020 – 2021 Board of Directors
President: Lowell Ogle
President Elect: Dr. John Turner
Vice President: Gena Wilimitis
Secretary: Kathleen Schwarze
Treasurer: Daphne Kohring
Past President: William Grote
The Rotary Foundation: Cathy Boeker
Public Relations: Becky Bosse
Membership: Kurt Podeszwa
Service Projects: Christi Yackel
Fundraising: Roger Ross
Sergeant-at-Arms: Barbara Wilganowski
Club Administration:Open
Congratulations on this year's Paul Harris Awards 
Brandon Guillory
Andy Hefferly
Walt Edmunds
Lee Panko
Amanda Stolz
Perfect Consecutive Years Attendance Awards for 2019 - 2020
This certificate is awarded to Rotarians who have had CONSECUTIVE perfect attendance years. These Rotarians earned this by regularly attending meetings, earning make ups through E Club meetings, visiting other Rotary Clubs, and participating in club committees and activities.
One Year:
Gregg Appel
Cathy Boeker
Mike Grunder
Lowell Ogle
Dr. John Turner
Rebecca Wellmann
Christi Yackel
Charles Tom Smith
Two Years:
Jon Hill
Four Years:
William Grote
Roger Ross
Leslie Wood
Five Years:
Barry Brass
Kathleen Schwarze
Gena Wilimitis
Six Years:
Daphne Kohring
Brice Milliorn
Kurt Podeszwa
Seven Years:
Barbara Wilganowski
Nine Years:
Ron Werchan
Eleven Years:
Becky Bosse
Seventeen Years:
Bill Kaminer
Twenty-Four Years:
Bob Cox
Charles Gaskamp
Forty-Three Years:
Hal Machat
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2020 Head for the Hills Bikeride

The 2020 H4H bike ride has been cancelled this year. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, We felt it prudent and in the interest of safety for the club members and our community that the ride be cancelled for 2020. Everyone who has registered will be contacted in order that a refund can be offered.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard in planning the ride. We are all disappointed, and look forward to next year.
2020 Head for the Hills Bikeride Ron Werchan 2020-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Christmas Party

The Christmas Party was held at the Brenham National Bank on Thursday December 12, 2019. See photo album for more photos.
2019 Christmas Party Ron Werchan 2019-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Guntoberfest 2019

The 2019 Guntoberfest raffle was held at the October 31st meeting. 416 of the 500 tickets were sold. This is one of our major fundraising events of the year. Money raised by this event will be used to support various charities.
Congratulations to the winners in the 2019 Guntoberfest raffle. They are listed Below.
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2019/20Pledge-Prayer-Greet-4WT Ron Werchan 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Special Recognition

Posted by Ron Werchan
During the Installation dinner, several people were recognized for their service to the club.
Those present at the dinner and receiving awards for serving on the Board:
William Grote
Lowell Ogle
Barbara Wilganowski
Daphne Kohring
Gena Wilimitis
Gene Young
Kurt Podeszwa          
April Thompson
Kathleen Schwarze
Special Recognition:
Gary Crocker for the Guntoberfest Raffle
Roger Ross for the Bikeride.
Gena Wilimitis for "Most Guests" brought to meeetings.
Special Recognition Ron Werchan 2019-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Installation and Paul Harris Awards

Posted by Ron Werchan
The Installation dinner for the 2019/2020 year was held at the Bank of Brenham. Thanks to Jim Kruse for providing that venue.
The new officers for the upcoming year are President: William grote, President elect: Lowell Ogle, Vice President:  John Turner, Secretary: Kathleen Schwarze , Treasurer: Daphne Kohring, Sergeant at Arms Barbara Wilganowski and Past President: Brice Milliorn.
Installation and Paul Harris Awards Ron Werchan 2019-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

WC Rotary gives BHS students scholarships

Becky Bosse representing The Washington County Rotary Club presented six Brenham High School students with $1,000 scholarships each. Receiving Scholarships were: Lindsey Lara-Hurtado, Zayra Valencia, Edgar Diaz-Tobaur, Alvin Jake Carlile, Mollie Patrick and HaleyHughes
WC Rotary gives BHS students scholarships Ron Werchan 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

New Member

Posted by Ron Werchan
Welcome New Member Justin Jersey.Justin comes to us from the Waller Rotary Club, and his sponsor is Billy Starnes.
New Member Ron Werchan 2018-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Crisis in Nicaragua

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
Crisis in Nicaragua Ron Werchan 2018-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year

Posted by Ron Werchan
Congratulations to Kathleen Schwarze our Rotarian-of-the-Year for 2017-2018. Shown here receiving her award from outgoing President Page Michel.
Rotarian of the Year Ron Werchan 2018-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

More Charities Receive Donations

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
More Charities Receive Donations Ron Werchan 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

More Charitable Causes Supported

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.
More Charitable Causes Supported Ron Werchan 2018-06-09 05:00:00Z 0


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!
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY Ron Werchan 2018-06-01 05:00:00Z 0


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!
WC ROTARY CLUB AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS Ron Werchan 2018-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential Citation

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.
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Working the Rodeo Gate at WC Fair.

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 Wie
Barbara Wilganowski, Tommy Brewster. Barry Brass and Ron Werchan
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The President's Theme for 2017-2018

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.”
The President's Theme for 2017-2018 Ron Werchan 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

June Giveaway

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.
June Giveaway Ron Werchan 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0


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
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Welcome New Members

Welcome new Members Lea Wie, and Sammy Timpa.
Lea Wie Being inducted by President Kurt Podeszwa.
Sammy Timpa being Inducted by President Kurt Podeszwa.
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2017 Bike Ride is in the books! Ron Werchan 2017-04-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of WC Gives $35,000 in Donations

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.
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Scholarships Awarded

Our club awarded  $1500 scholarships at the Brenham High School Scholarship event to:
Dalton Walla
Zachary Barnes
Harper Groves
Juan Vargas
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Sponsoring Charities and Community Organizations

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.
Sponsoring Charities and Community Organizations Ron Werchan 2016-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Head for the Hills Bikeride 2016

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.
Head for the Hills Bikeride 2016 Ron Werchan 2016-01-09 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ron Werchan

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. 

HOW DO I PROPOSE A NEW MEMBER? Ron Werchan 2015-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
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New Member

Welcome New Member Amanda Stolz.
Classification: Accounting. (Seidel Schroeder & Co)
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Posted by Ron Werchan

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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/helenkelle101301.html#Pw8ESgvWUyULQYgJ.99
4-WAY PLEDGE PRAYER LIST Ron Werchan 2014-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Clubrunner Version 3

I have upgraded our Clubrunner version to the new version 3 which is in Beta form at present. I am caught up in the learning curve, so some things might look strange for awhile.  It will supposedly be more flexible and easier to edit than the old version, we will see. The new link to our webpage is www.washingtoncountyrotary.org. I encourage everyone to click on the link and check out the new format of our Website.The more we use this link the sooner it will move us up in Google. The e-Bulletin also looks a lot different than before. Let me know what you think about the new look. - Ron Werchan
Clubrunner Version 3 Ron 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

Head for the Hills Registration

This year should be one of the best in recent history for BlueBonnets and wildflowers. The Wet Fall and Winter will be ideal for a bumper crop of wildflowers in Washington County. The Head for the Hills Bike Ride Will be right in the middle of the BlueBonnet season, and the ride takes riders through beautiful pastorial settings in Washington County. This is a must ride if you are getting in shape for any of the upcoming rides through central Texas, because we have the most challenging hills of any ride this close to Houston.
This ride is also a fundraser for the Rotary Club of Washington County. Money raised is 100% used for chairtable causes in and around Washington County. The ride is well supported with rest stops, porta-potties, SAG vehicles, and law enforcement. The H4H ride is one of the best rides in Texas. If you have ridden the ride before, we hope you can ride again this year, and if you have not ridden it, We would encourage you to come out and enjoy a great ride, for a good cause.
The link for registration is: HEAD FOR THE HILLS BIKE RIDE.
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Posted by Ron Werchan on Apr 27, 2011






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


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Ken Starr to speak

Posted by Ron Werchan

Ken Starr, President and Chancellor of Baylor University to be the guest speaker at Rotary Thursday Dec 5th.


Topic of his presentation is "Texas our Texas."

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Posted by Ron Werchan

With the cool weather in the air, the Holidays are just around the corner. Our Christmas Party is scheduled for December the 12th. We will have the party at Must Be Heaven along with the Brenham Club this year. Catering by Design II. Party begins at 6:00 pm. You may register on line by clicking on the Christmas Party under Events on the left column of the website. or by clicking on the link here. Please  register or Decline before 12-06-13 so we have a good idea of attendance. You may send in a check or pay at one of the meetings before the party.


A personal Note to Members

Posted by Ron Werchan

ImageIn the afterglow of Demolition Derby, I’m left with a warm and fuzzy feeling about our club, and what we do for our community. It’s not the first time. After each of our Derbies and Bike Rides, I am always newly inspired!

Our Demolition Derby is unique for bringing the community together -- we get such a wide assortment of humanity that would not otherwise come together.  I often hear comments of amazement about our diverse crowds in the stands, and how well everyone gets along. Much like a football game, there is common ground for camaraderie during the event, regardless of a person’s walk of life.

The community’s involvement is also demonstrated by the multitude of volunteers who work at Derby. Of the 156 workers onsite this year, far less than half were Rotarians! This shows a huge commitment to our event from the larger community, making our club a conduit for the community’s spirit of service.

Although our Bike Ride doesn’t require as many non-Rotarian workers, our whole community benefits from this event. The County is visited by thousands of Houstonians who are likely to come back and spend their money here.

At both events, Washington County is “on stage” to visitors, displaying its physical amenities and its warm, friendly atmosphere.  At each event, we get many comments about our welcoming hospitality and our well-organized management – people are impressed and delighted with what we do! Attendees and non-Rotarian volunteers keep coming back because they believe in us, and they want to be part of it all.

From a more personal perspective, I always leave our events feeling newly connected to fellow Rotarians. Our club is great because we work so well as a team, and our events give us opportunities to bond and become even stronger as a positive community force.

For all these reasons, I’m very proud to be part of this club. We are accomplishing great things together. It may not be apparent when we sit in meetings each week, but we are making a difference in Washington County!

In Rotary service,

Sharon Brass


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Pledge Prayer 4-way list

Posted by Ron Werchan
Date Pledge Prayer 4-Way Test
Oct 24, 13 Bob Clough Jeanine Presswood John Guillory
Oct 31, 13 Carey Council Julie Rankin Wayde Hamrick
Nov 07, 13 Gary Crocker Matt Reue Keith Hankins
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Posted by Ron Werchan

Please welcome Amanda Thornton to our Rotary Club. Amanda is the Executive Director of New Beginnings Life Ministries. Please make her feel welcome and a part of our great club.




Posted by Ron Werchan

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!


Judge Brieden to Speak

Posted by Ron Werchan


Washington County Judge John Brieden will be our Speaker Thursday August 15, 2013

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Chief Phelps to Speak

Posted by Ron Werchan



                     ImageThursday, August 22, 2013 Chief Rex Phelps of the Brenham Police Department will be our Speaker.

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Posted by Ron Werchan

ImageWelcome new member Andy Hefferly. We are happy to welcome Andy as our latest addition to The Rotary Club of Washington County. Please make an effort to meet Andy and make him feel a part of Rotary.



Posted by Ron Werchan
Some birth dates are wrong in our ClubRunner® website. Please follow these directions to check your birth date.

You can find the website by 3 different ways:

1) Google (Rotary Club of Washington County), or

2) go to this link http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=3957

3) You can also just click on Club Website at the top of this E-Bulletin, and that should take you to our web-site.

You then log in. If you have never logged in, or if you forgot your username and password, click on "forgot password", and enter your last name and email address, and your username and password will be mailed to you.
Once logged in, click on Admin in the upper right area. On the Admin Page, click on "Edit my Profile" in the upper left corner. Go in, check your date, and if wrong click on "edit" then change the date, and click save. That is all there is to it. Thanks, Ron Werchan & Cindi Davis.

U.S. Army Colonel/Surgeon to Present Afghanistan Experiences

Posted by Ron Werchan



Dr. Henry E. Bohne, of College Station, will be guest speaker Thursday, July 25th at The Rotary Club of Washington County. Dr. Bohne will tell of his first-hand experiences at a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. His presentation will include information on Forward Surgical Teams and military medicine.

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Get Ready for Demolition Derby!

Posted by Ron Werchan

Be sure to put our fall fundraiser on your calendar: Saturday October 19th. This is an important event for our club and our community. We need all Rotarians to come out and help – there are far more jobs than Rotarians! You’ll have fun, and you’ll get to know your fellow Rotarians better. Watch for more news and announcements at upcoming meetings.

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Posted by Ron Werchan



The new officers for the 2013-2014 year were installed on Thursday June 27, 2013. They are as follows:

 President – Jon Hill                                                  

 President Elect – Becky Bosse                                   

 Vice President – Brett Smith                                 

 Secretary – Pat McCauley                                           

 Treasurer – Wayne Hugo                                            

 Past President  - Tieman “Tee” Dippel

 Director Publicity – Sharon Brass                              

 Director Fund Raising – Bill Kaminer                        

 Director Club Administration – Melissa McCune*

 Director Rotary Foundation – Charles Gaskamp*               

 Sergeant of Arms – Cliff Fontenot                          

 Membership Chair – Page Michel                            

 Service Project Chair – Jana Ahlers                          

 *Not in Picture



Washington County Supports local Interact Clubs

Posted by Ron Werchan

Washington County Rotary Club donated $500 each to the Interact clubs of Brenham Christian Academy represented by Adviser Dr. Charlie Loyd on left, and  Brenham High School represented by adviser Lorie Kirts, and Interacters Katherine Lermus, and Rachel Weiss.


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Paul Harris Recipients

Posted by Ron Werchan

Receiving her Paul Harris Foundation award on June 30, 2013 at the regular meeting of WC Rotary Club was Silvie Bulcao, shown here with her Dad, Douglas Bulcao, and club President Tee Dipple.


 Receiving their Paul Harris +1 awards awards at the same meeting were Florence Julian, and Ken Korthauer  shown here with club President Tee Dipple.




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Paul Harris Dinner

Posted by Ron Werchan



Thursday evening May 23rd the Brenham Rotary Club and the Washington County Rotary Club held a joint Dinner to honor Paul Harris Foundation recipients at  St Peters Episcopal Church Pictured here are the attendees who received Paul Harris Awards.


New Paul Harris Fellows are as follows:

Silveira Gareme Bulcao, Cliff Fontenot, Jane Fontenot, Wayne Hugo, Page Michel, Christy Schlottmann, Jill Vivroux, Ron Werchan.

Paul Harris +1’s are as follows:

Florence Julian, Sondra (Sandy) Kite, Ken Korthauer,  Jim Kruse, Don Voelter,  Rebecca Wellmann.

Paul Harris +2’s are as follows:

A. C. (Buddy) Krizan, Wade Seidel.

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Nicaragua Trip

Posted by Ron Werchan

The School of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua is supported by Rotarians. Jim Kite of the Brenham Rotary Club heads up the Hope and Relief International Foundation; a nonprofit organization formed to assist in building and maintaining schools and housing for the people of Nicaragua. Several villages have been built with the guidance and assistance of Rotarian volunteers. The "School of the Dump" gives children who live around the city dump in Chinandenga a chance by feeding and educating them. Several children who once were scavengers looking for something to eat in the dump are now College graduates or attending college as a direct consequence of the kindness of strangers.


Jim will be taking a group to Nicaragua on  July 31, 2013 and returning 7 days later on August 6, 2013. If you would be interested in going along, Information about the trip including itinerary, and registration forms are available here. This can be a life changing trip, and I would encourage any Rotarian to take it.


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      Together, our Club raised $7,680 and attained our goal of 100% participation from our members  to raise our portion of District 5890’s fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation Committee expresses its thanks to everyone for taking part in this important fundraiser. If you would like to make additional donations to the Rotary Foundation, please contact Charles Gaskamp or any member of the Foundation Committee.



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Several donations were given April 4th by The Rotary Club of Washington County to local organizations, totaling $5,000. These donations were funded by the club's annual fundraisers, the Washington County Demolition Derby and Head For the Hills Bike Ride.

Tee Dippel, the club's president is on far left, presenting the checks. Accepting for their organizations, from left are: Rex Phelps of Brenham Police Department, Ricky Boeker of Brenham Fire Department, John Deans of Crime Stoppers, Trey Hardy of Brenham Children's Chorus, J.D. Young and Randy Wells of Faith Mission.



Posted by Ron Werchan

The weather cooperated and we had a great bikeride. The next day the wind was really blowing, we got lucky. Good cool weather is good for word of mouth advertizing for next year. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a success! Check out more images on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RotaryclubWC.

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Congratulations to Kirk Hamilton from Katy Texas who won the Raffle for two days in Brenham. Included was two nights at the Ant Street Inn, two tickets to Horseshoe Junction, two tickets to Unity Theater, two tickets to Westwood Cinema 6, $120 voucher for meals at local resturants, and a selection of locally produced products including ice cream, coffee, salad dressing, and wine.

Kirk is seen here accepting his prize from Tee Dipple, President of the Washington County Rotary Club. Thanks to all who entered the raffle. The money is used to support local charities in the Washington County area.



Welcome Michael Pittman

Posted by Ron Werchan
Welcome to new member Michael Pittman, Administrator Scott and White Hospital, Brenham.
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Rotarians help Boys and Girls Club.

Posted by Ron Werchan
photos from the District Grant project with Boys & Girls Club that took place Saturday Feb 16!  Rotarians worked this past Saturday to remove the existing roof structure.  Now a contractor will come in to rebuild a metal roof.  Once completed, a Rotary Day at The Club will be held to dedicate the new gazebo and Rotarians will be involved with the day to day operations and volunteering with the kids at the club.  It will be a great day......once the date is set, We will add the info here.
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QR code for the website

Posted by Ron Werchan


     Have a smart phone? Download a QR scanner app, and scan this QR code to go directly to our website.

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Sitting with a Red Badge

Posted by Ron Werchan
Remember when you were a "Red Badge" and you only knew one or two members? We have several new members, and in an effort to make them feel welcome and a part of the club, we are trying a new seating program. Look for Red Badge markers at the tables, These reserve a seat for a new member. Let's make an effort to sit at one of those tables and get acquainted with our new members. This is also a chance to get acquainted with some of our Blue Badge members by getting out of our "comfort zone."
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Pledge, Prayer, 4-Way Test List

Posted by Ron Werchan
The Pledge, Prayer, 4-Way Test List for the near future is listed here. If you are unable to attend on the date that you are scheduled, please find a replacement and let Becky Bosse know.    becky.l.bosse.h6rf@statefarm.com





 05/30/13 Charles Gaskamp
Phillip Fenton
Wayne Hugo

 Becky Bosse

Tee Dippel 

Lynne Holder


Ricky Dickson

Jana Ahlers

Kevin Hill


Ash Patel

Gary Crocker

Jon Hill


Carey Counsil

Bob Clough

Christie Schlottmann




Florence Julian

Douglas Bulcao

Becky Bosse

 7/18/13  Pat McCauley
 Melissa McCune
Joseph Greenberg
Tom Brazzel
Sharon Brass
Clarence Giles
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Congratulations to Richard Neal shown here receiving his Paul Harris award from Hal Machat.



Posted by Ron Werchan
The end of this month (June 2012) marks the close of Rotary’s Challenge for polio eradication.  Through the hard work of Rotarians around the globe, the Rotary Foundation has raised over $200 million, six months ahead of schedule, in response to $355 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  And this was accomplished during the worst global economy in years.  This is Rotary’s third major fundraising campaign for polio eradication; the previous two campaigns were in 1985 and 2003.  The fundraising goals were met and surpassed in those campaigns, but donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund decreased.  This time donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund increased during the challenge, and we were able to raise this additional money for polio at the same time.  This was achieved in part due to getting the community involved – Rotarians working with local leaders, holding pancake sales, swima-thons, bike rides – you name it, it’s been tried.  Per Rotary Foundation Trustee, John Germ, chair of Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge Committee, “We could not have done this without the tremendous support of individual Rotarians around the world”.  Now that we’ve reached this milestone, we need to build on our success by promoting the final push to end polio and continuing to raise funds until the world is certified polio-free.                       -excerpt from article in the June 2012 edition of “The Rotarian”


Posted by Ron Werchan

Terry Ziegler, District 5890, just received some good end of 2011 news from our Rotary Foundation.  As of November 30, 2011, District 5890 is #1 in our Zone in giving to the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation for this Rotary Year!  Better yet, our contribution is up 107.7% compared to this same time last year.  Please refer to the District Clubrunner website for more information on the breakdown of APF Goal amounts by club in this district, along with the year to date total paid by each club.  You will find Rotary Club of Washington County included in this list.  The website address is:

www.clubrunner.ca/5890/                                                       submitted by Terry R. Ziegler



Posted by Ron Werchan


The Rotary Club of Washington County donated $5,000 to local non-profit organizations last week. Accepting the donations from left to right are: Melissa McCune for Boys and Girls Club, Dr. Buddy Krizan for Rotary House at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, J.D. Young of Faith Mission, John Deans of Crimestoppers, and Ed Triem for Habitat for Humanity. At far right is Jim Kruse, the president of the Rotary Club.




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ImageThe Rotary Club of Washington County donated $3000 to Faith Mission's  Disaster Relief Fund. Faith Mission has joined forces with The Salvation Army in assisting our neighbors who were victims of the recent Tri-County and Bastrop County fires. The money will be distributed by the Salvation Army. Shown here is J. D. Young of Faith Mission accepting the Check from Jim Kruse on behalf of the Rotary Club of Washington County .



Posted by Ron Werchan


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:









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Rotary License Plates

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 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.
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