Rotary District 5890
Greater Houston Area
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Let's Kayak Together and Serve Humanity

This is a Rotary fundraiser event open to the public. Tickets will not be available the day of the event so purchase your tickets today! Bring your favorite snack. Kids & Dogs are welcome in kayaks too! (space permitting) A valid ID is required for participation and participants will need to sign a liability waiver.

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Riva Row Boat House

2101 Riva Row

The Woodlands, TX 77380

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ONLINE TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-kayak-together-and-serve-humanity-tickets-31325861495?aff=efbeventtix 

Let's Kayak Together and Serve Humanity Adriane Miller 2017-05-20 05:00:00Z
Join us for the Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration
Join us for the Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration 2017-03-05 06:00:00Z

Fall in Love with Rotary All Club Dinner

Rotary District  5890

Fall In Love With Rotary All Club Dinner

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Featured Keynote Speaker: Rotary International President, John  F. Germ
Crowne Plaza  near NRG
 
 
District 5890 Love of Service Exposition 5pm-  9pm
 
 
Major Donor/Bequest Society and VIP Reception with Cash Bar 5:15pm - 6:30pm
General Rotary "Lovefest" with Cash Bar 5pm -7pm
Dinner and Presentation 7pm - 9pm
 
Table Sponsorship Opportunities
 
 
 
Rotarians in Love with Service $1500
RIP John 's theme "Rotary Serving Humanity" resonates  with Rotarians.   This year you and you r club will show your support  for  RIP  John's  commitment  to  Rotary  Serving  Humanity  with  your  "Rotarians  in  Love  with  Serv ice" sponsorship. This sponsorship  includes a premium placed and decorated table for 10, recognition in the event program,
10 admissions to the VIP reception, 2 exposition tables for your cl ub to display its great accom plishments and a photo of
your entire club with RIP John at the VIP reception and/or your expo table or after dinner, you r choice.
 
Gift to Humanitv  $1000
This year you and your club will show your su pport for the gift of service around the world w ith your Gift to Humanity sponsorsh ip. This sponsorship includes  a preferred table for 10, recognition  i n the event program, 4 admissions  to the VIP reception,  I  exposition  table for your club to show of its great accomplishment  and photo oppottunity  w ith RlP John at the VIP reception.
 
Love My Club $750
This  sponsorship   includes  a  reserve  table  for  10  and one  exposition  table  for  your  clu b to  display  how  it serves humanity.
 
Rotary Power Couple $300
Premium Seating for 2 and admission to V I P reception
 
 
 
District 5890 Love o(Service Exposition
Highlight  you r projects and activities to your fellow Rotarians a nd guests, including RIP John Germ.   RIP John will be visiting expo booths following the VIP Reception (display space only and can be added to any level)
 
Exposition Table (non-Rotarian) $35                  Exposition Table (Rotarian)      $25
 
 
 
General Admission Love Rotary Partner $58.90
Non-Reserved  Genera l Adm ission with seated dinner as part of District 5890 Fall in Love with Rotary A ll Clu b  Dinner
 
To register go to the following link:
 
or Contact Rebecca Maddux at rebecca@pmhvac.com  or 713-644-9285
 
Fall in Love with Rotary All Club Dinner 2016-11-11 06:00:00Z
District 5890 Conference 2017



ROTARY D5890 DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2017 (((all this is very important info!!!)))

A LITTLE MONKEY BUSINESS!!!!

LOTS OF EASY (but important!!!) INFO… BY THE NUMBERS!!!

THURSDAY APRIL 20 – SUNDAY APRIL 23 2017.

LA TORETTA LAKE RESORT AND SPA (www.latorrettalakeresort.com)

47 MINUTES FROM 610 NORTH TO THE FACILITY

OUSTANDING ROOM RATEALL SUITES MAIN TOWER @ $139 OR LAKE VILLAS @ $159 / NIGHT (LAKE VILLAS CONSIST OF 2 ROOMS, $159 EACH). GOLF COTTAGES (2 ROOMS IN EACH) ALSO AVAILABLE AT $139 PER ROOM PER NIGHT.

MAKE CAREFUL NOTE THAT WE HAVE ONLY 32 GOLF COTTAGES AND 10 LAKE VILLAS AVAILABLE. WE HAVE 288 ROOMS IN THE MAIN TOWER. TOWER, ROOMS ARE ALL SUITES, 2 X QUEEN OR 1 X KING BED ROOMS. BOOK EARLY!!!!

45 YD. COVERED WALKWAY FROM HOTEL FRONT DOOR TO CONVENTION CENTER DOORS!!

ALL CONFERENCE FACILITIES IN ONE CONCISE AREA, REGISTRATION, MEALS, MEETINGS AND HALL OF FRIENDSHIP. ALL MEALS INCULDED FROM THURSDAY PM THRU SATURDAY PM.

MAXIMUM TIME TO ENJOY THE FACILITY WILL BE BUILT INTO OUR AGENDA. MAJOR SPOUCES PROGRAM UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!! FIRST TIME ATTENDEES SPECIAL CHECK IN AND ASSISTED THROUGHOUT CONFERENCE.

GOLF COURSE ONSITE, PROBABLE FISHING COMPETITION!! NO NEED TO LEAVE THE FACILITY.

MAGNIFICENT POOL AND LAZY RIVER!!

WE GUARENTEE GREAT WEATHER!!!!

BOOKING PORTAL : https://aws.passkey.com/event/14145764/owner/10957635/home

OR CALL : 936-448-3024 – Rotary District 5890 Conference.

 

MY CONTACT INFO : LAWRENCE BARRIS, LJBARRIS@GMAIL.COM, CELL : 713-294-4684.

District 5890 Conference 2017 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Seminar on September 17
 
 
Rotary Foundation Chair Elect Paul Netzel and other Rotary speakers to join us in person or via Skype. We will be awarding matching points for any Rotary Foundation Contribution made at the seminar.
Rotary Foundation Seminar on September 17 Wally Kronzer 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z
Women in Rotary Celebration

 

DISTRICT 5890 INVITES

YOU

TO JOIN IN CELEBRATING Women in Rotary

Guest speaker – Sylvia Whitlock

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

6:30 PM OMNI Houston Four Riverway

Houston, Texas 77056

$75 per person or $1000 for table of 10

Register now! Space is limited.

Any proceeds will be given to PACE Universal

 

 

Women in Rotary Celebration Michelle Beaumier 2016-08-19 05:00:00Z
DG Eric Liu 'ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY'
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It is such an honor for me to have this opportunity to work with you for the next 365 days for our awesome district, the Rotary International District 5890. I am super excited to take on this position and hope I get to meet every Rotarian in the district. I am full inspired, engaged and ready to work with you for the coming year. But, don’t forget, while we work hard to Serve Humanity, let’s do it with PASSION and let’s do it with lots of FUN.
DG Eric Liu 'ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY' 2016-07-07 05:00:00Z

ROTARY FLOOD RECOVERY & REVITALIZATION DAY ~ Jun 25

Please join your fellow District 5890 Rotarians and The Friends of North Rosenberg in helping with the huge task of flood-debris cleanup in hard-hit Rosenberg on Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 - 2:00 p.m.  Rotary volunteers should check in for specific assignments at either (1) 503 3rd St, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (Friends of North Rosenberg location), or (2) B.F. Terry High School, 5500 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (Red Cross Headquarters).  Be sure to tell them you are with Rotary, and you are certainly welcome to stay longer than 2pm if you like. Please dress in long pants and boots (or sturdy old shoes), and it may be a good idea review in advance the below debris-sorting chart (click to enlarge - © 2016 KHOU). According to KHOU, an estimated 70 Rosenberg homes have been damaged by Brazos River flooding, with general debris-pickup expected to begin June 13. Please contact Hugh Conway, President Rosenberg Rotary Club, Cell 940-367-3618, hconway@cognitionandlearning.com, to let him know if you are participating, or REGISTER on EventBrite.
ROTARY FLOOD RECOVERY & REVITALIZATION DAY ~ Jun 25 Nan Wagoner 2016-06-08 05:00:00Z
Butterfly Release For A Polio-Free World ~ Jun 25
 
Don't miss this liberating way to wind up the 2015-16 Rotary Year with an uplifting commitment to End Polio Now! We'll gather on June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., in the McGovern Centennial Gardens (right next to the Museum of Natural Science) to release beautiful butterflies that symbolize freedom from the crippler polio.
 
Every $20 donor to Polio Plus that day will receive a butterfly to release in addition to an "End Polio Now" T-shirt. DO join us and bring some friends!  Click Map to enlarge.
Butterfly Release For A Polio-Free World ~ Jun 25 Nan Wagoner 2016-05-24 05:00:00Z
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Global Scholar To Begin Second Year
Rotary District 5890 Global Scholar Anja Nikolova completed exams for her first year at Yale University last week and began the second year of her scholarship in September. A condition of her Yale studies is that she must complete an internship between her two years of studies and she returned to the U.S. on June 7 from her family home in Skopje, Macedonia to begin work with the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition(CPLC) in Washington. CPLC is a World Bank and International Finance Corporation led intitiative focusing on climate change. Before returning to the U.S.  she attended the Carbon Expo workshop in Cologne, Germany.

At CPLC Anja worked directly with companies such as BP, Shell, IKEA, Royal DSM and Unilever and the governments of Canada, India, France. The insights she produced helped these companies to design and implement their carbon pricing strategy as a business driver and towards achieving their environmental goals. 

Over the summer, Tandem Language Café, the program Anja co-founded, received investment capital and is expanding - they are currently hiring 4 new staff and partnering with Yale’s numerous departments - it’s very exciting, and has become her entrepreneurial experiment! They also launched their website:  https://tandemyale.wordpress.com/about/

 

District 5890 shares sponsorship of Anja's second scholarship year with Rotary Districts 5930 (Texas), 5840 (Texas), 5770 (Oklahoma), and 7980 (New Haven). Her first year Rotary Global Scholarship was funded by our District 5890.
The Rotarian Magazine has agreeed to conduct a Q and A with Anja for publication this coming winter.
Global Scholar To Begin Second Year Nan Wagoner 2016-05-18 05:00:00Z
Area Flooding Assistance
District 5890 and 5910 Rotarians and families with specific needs arising from the widespread flooding may contact Wayne Beaumier (281-923-4085 / wbeaumier@att.net / Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks) for disaster aid assistance. You also may phone 311 to report damage and/or ask for assistance, as well as the Southwest TX Flood Cleanup Hotline (1-800-451-1954) for help cleaning up homes or property only. The Southwest TX Flood Cleanup Hotline will share your information with local agencies, community leaders, and volunteer relief agencies but cannot guarantee assistance or timing.  Medical emergencies should be reported to 911. For any other kind of help, please dial 211 for the menu of statewide services available, including benefits and help evacuating property.
Area Flooding Assistance Nan Wagoner 2016-04-21 05:00:00Z
Rotary Support of Education - Galleria Rotary's Award for School Uniforms

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 by The 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 . . . 

Rotary Support of Education - Galleria Rotary's Award for School Uniforms Nan Wagoner 2016-04-15 05:00:00Z
Explore Russian Folklore and Culture With May Friendship Exchange Trip
Interested in a trip to Russia this May?  Join Rotary's Russian Friendship Exchange excursion!  Among other things, you'll visit St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg (city where Tsar Nicholas II's family was murdered by Bolsheviks), and Volgograd, which is one of the most beautiful ancient cities of Russia and located on the Volga River.  Tentative dates are May 28 - June 12, 2016. For more information contact American Team Leader, Sonya Heath (281) 507-2424, or Carmen Cuneo, Secretary, Russia – USA Intercountry Committee (713) 416-5025.
Explore Russian Folklore and Culture With May Friendship Exchange Trip Nan Wagoner 2016-03-24 05:00:00Z
District Governor Dr Nick Giannone's "Welcome to District Website"
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Welcome to Rotary District 5890, composed of 62 clubs surrounding and across the greater Houston Area. The Rotarian's 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 and District 5890 is working hard to aid in that effort.

District Governor Dr Nick Giannone's "Welcome to District Website" Jon R. McKinnie 2016-03-22 05:00:00Z
2016 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners
Dear Fellow 5890 Rotarians,
 
Recently, at the District 5890 Interact Conference at Sealy High School, we recognized our district winners of our Four-Way Test Essay Contest.  Congratulations winners!!!!
2016 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners Ron Fitzwater 2016-03-22 05:00:00Z
International Women's Day and Deepa Willingham
We are proud of PDG Deepa Willingham, spouse of the University Area Rotary Club's Dick Willingham, for presenting "Education of the Girl Child" at the World Bank in New York City as part of the 2016 Celebration of International Women's Day.  Deepa founded PACE Universal, which is dedicated to educating girls and women in extreme poverty.  
International Women's Day and Deepa Willingham Nan Wagoner 2016-03-07 06:00:00Z
Lotsa Cool Door Prizes to Win at District Conference April 28 - May 1
Just one of the MANY benefits of attending our upcoming District Conference will be an assortment and variety of cool door prizes at all the sessions! Over the years we've given away everything from donations to the Rotary Foundation, to excellent gift baskets of wine, of beer, of chocolate and of just about anything else you can think of, including golf getaways and spa treatments.  And, there are always those tasty Blue Bell Ice Cream Gift Certificates!  If you or your club has a door prize to donate, please contact Door Prize Committee Chair Irene Hickey (hickey.irene@gmail.com) as soon as possible so that she can make arrangements with you on how best to have the prize(s) delivered either at the conference or ahead of time. 
Lotsa Cool Door Prizes to Win at District Conference April 28 - May 1 Nan Wagoner 2016-03-07 06:00:00Z
Rotary Night at the Astros
 
Well, the Astros didn't win, but DG Nick WAS a winner as he hummed the first pitch of the game over the plate  during our special Rotary night at the Astros.  Rotarians and guests had a terrific time at the exclusive reception and had a great view with the special Mezzanine location.
Rotary Night at the Astros Nan Wagoner 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z
District 5890 Global Scholar Launches New Program at Yale
Congratulations to our District 5890 Global Scholar Anja Nikolova on launching a groundbreaking "Tandem Language Cafe" at Yale. The new program pilots in February 2016 and is designed to foster intercultural communication and understanding on campus through enhanced foreign language acquisition.
District 5890 Global Scholar Launches New Program at Yale Nan Wagoner 2016-02-07 06:00:00Z
Services for Willowbrook Rotary President Massey Williams
Services for Willowbrook Rotary President Massey Williams will be held Friday, January 29, at 10:00 am at Champion Forest Baptist Church, located at 15555 Stuebner Airline Rd, Houston, TX 77069, (281) 440-3800. Massey succumbed to cancer after a long battle and will be greatly missed by her family and her fellow Rotarians. Viewing will be Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. at Klein Funeral Home, 16131 Champion Forest Dr, Spring, TX 77379, (281) 320-2674.
 
Services for Willowbrook Rotary President Massey Williams Nan Wagoner 2016-01-26 06:00:00Z
Five Young Women Responsible for $1 million in Rotary Projects
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Over the past six or seven years Bill Davis has enjoyed the privilege of working with five extraordinary young women who have been responsible for creating  TWENTY Rotary water, sanitation, education and health projects around the world with a value of $1,009,000.   These projects took place in El Salvador, Bolivia, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, Afghanistan, Botswana, Peru and Ghana.  In addition six scholarships were funded for studies towards Master’s Degrees in Nepal, Brazil, Chile, Austria, Yale University and Scotland.
 
Five Young Women Responsible for $1 million in Rotary Projects Bill Davis 2016-01-12 06:00:00Z

​Rowlett Texas DAUSA Cleanup

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Dear Rotarians, 
 
Update and travel plans for the Texas Deployment team:
Please post for clubs and concerned Rotarians:


Disaster Aid USA Texas Zone 21b team will meet up with Executive Director Larry Agee in Beaumont Texas Friday early am and travel together to Rowlett,TX to help in the clean up efforts. Any clubs wanting to donate may do so at www.disasteraidusa.com.    or to the District Charity fund for the purpose of North Texas
Mark the donation for North Texas as Garland is also under extreme damage.
Any Rotarians wishing to assist may join us for the deployment.
We will be back to Beaumont late on Sunday.

Please call or email me directly if you wish to travel with us from Houston or meet us in Rowlett TX area.
Hotel room reservations are being made and rooms will be shared. Bring a sleeping bag in case you have to sleep on a sofa  or floor . No single sleepers welcomed.

Thanks


Wayne R. Beaumier
281-923-4085
Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks
District 5890
Disaster Relief Chairman
Disaster Aid USA
www.disasteraidusa.com
​Rowlett Texas DAUSA Cleanup Wayne Beaumier 2015-12-30 06:00:00Z
All Club District Dinner Event - Jan 12
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Rotary Districts 5890 and 5910 have the honor of hosting our Rotary International President and his lovely wife starting Sunday, January 10 and culminating on  January 12,  with our  All Club Celebration of Gifts Dinner, which will feature Rotary International President Ravi as our Key Note Speaker.   This spectacular event will begin at 5:00 p.m. with our All Club Expo with dinner starting promptly at 7:00 p.m..  The event will be held at the Crown Plaza NRG.  Tables of 10 start as low as $750. The evening promises to be extraordinary and one not to be missed. All registration details are on the District 5890 website.  REGISTER NOW as we are expecting a sell out between our two districts!
 
All Club District Dinner Event - Jan 12 Michellle Bohreer 2015-12-19 06:00:00Z
PolioPlus Day Results - $34,000
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 Congratulations to every District 5890 Rotarian who participated in our Polio Day events on 11/21/15.  Thanks to all of you, we raised a total of almost $34,000 for Polio eradication between the Party at the Park/Bike Ride/Motorcycle Ride and the PolioPlus Society Dinner.  We also received considerable social media attention due to your efforts.   Our donations of $34,000 will multiply to $102,000 with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - which is enough to vaccinate 170,000 children with the Oral Polio Vaccine.
PolioPlus Day Results - $34,000 Terry R. Ziegler 2015-12-01 06:00:00Z
Global Grant Scholar Candidates Selected
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The District 5890 Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships Committee conducted interviews on Saturday, November 21, 2015 to select outbound scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year.
 
Global Grant Scholar Candidates Selected Bill Barmore 2015-11-21 06:00:00Z
PolioPlus Society Dinner - Nov 21
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Mark your calendar for the PolioPlus Society Dinner  It will be on Saturday November 21, 2015 at 5:00pm drinks, 6:00pm dinner, at the Southside Place Clubhouse at 3743 Garnet, Houston, TX  77005.  Registration is $35 per person.  Checks may also be mailed (for the dinner made to Rotary District 5890) or for PolioPlus (made to The Rotary Foundation) to Terry Ziegler at 4903 Pine St, Bellaire, TX  77401.  All previous PolioPlus Society Members (who have pledged in the past to contribute $100 per year to the PolioPlus Fund each year until we reach Global Eradication) and all Rotarians who wish to join us this year, are welcome to attend with their guest.  REGISTER HERE

PolioPlus Society Dinner - Nov 21 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-11-10 06:00:00Z

District 5890 Global Scholar Chosen for U.N. Climate Change Conference

Congratulations to our Rotary District 5890 Global Scholar, Anja Nikolova, on her recent selection as a delegate to attend the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, November 30 – December 11, 2015.  Anja is studying for a Masters in Environment Management at Yale as a Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by our District, with home Club Skopje, Macedonia and host Club New Haven. Anja addressed the District 5890 Foundation Seminar on October 17. She hails from the Republic of Macedonia and will be a member of her home country’s delegation to the conference.
District 5890 Global Scholar Chosen for U.N. Climate Change Conference Nan Wagoner 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z
World Polio Day Oct 23 - Join Livestream
World Polio Day Oct 23 - Join Livestream Nan Wagoner 2015-10-20 05:00:00Z
South Carolina's Hurricane Disaster
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Disaster Aid USA "Americans Helping Americans" a Rotary Club Project, run by American Rotarians is responding to the short term needs for those suffering from the effects of the unprecedented rain and flooding that occurred throughout South Carolina. Disaster Aid USA is asking you for your financial support (large or small) Please go to www.disasteraidusa.org and make a donation or mail your donation to 9817 Lanham Severn Road, Lanham, MD, 20706., earmarked "South Carolina Flooding" Disaster Aid USA is working with Rotary District's 7620 Disaster Relief Committee and Rotary District's 7770's Governor Rod Funderburk in a fundraising effort. Your donation will provide the short term aid need "today": Such as: (Drinking water in bottles and in gallon containers for cooking - Food for those in shelters - Blankets - Pillows - Flashlights - Toiletry items - Cleaning supplies - Equipment for cleaning up the debris.)

South Carolina's Hurricane Disaster Jon R. McKinnie 2015-10-18 05:00:00Z
Univ Area's Rotary Firefighters Home Gala - Feb 12
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The Rotary Club of the University Area is proud to announce the Rotary Firefighters 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 Manouse.

Univ Area's Rotary Firefighters Home Gala - Feb 12 Sonya Heath 2015-10-16 05:00:00Z
District Foundation Seminar - Anja Nikolova - Guest Speaker
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Anja Nikolova, a Global Grant Scholar at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has been selected as a member of the delegation of her homeland, the Republic of Macedonia, at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France (November 30-Dec 11, 2015).  The Rotary Club of New Haven, Connecticut (D7980) is privileged to be her host club, but special thanks goes to Bill Davis and District 5890 (Houston, TX) which promoted her candidacy for a Global Grant Scholarship and provided the DDF necessary for the TRF match.  Anja will be in Houston this coming weekend to speak at the District 5890 Foundation Seminar.
District Foundation Seminar - Anja Nikolova - Guest Speaker Terry R. Ziegler 2015-10-15 05:00:00Z
Rotarians Join Attempt To Break World Reading Record
Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotarians will join the Read Across the Globe project on Monday, October 19, as part of a worldwide literacy push to establish a new Guinness World Record™ for reading to the most children within a 24-hour period. Breaking the world record requires, in part, an adult reading to children in groups of no more than 35 for at least 30 minutes at a time. On Read Across the Globe Day, Bellaire/Southwest Rotary club will provide 20+ volunteer readers for students at the Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School in Southwest Houston. 
Rotarians Join Attempt To Break World Reading Record Nan Wagoner 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z
Bellaire/SW Rotarians Lift Spirits of Elderly With Generations Project
Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotarians uplifted the spirits of elderly shut-ins at a recent party for nursing home residents at the ComForCare extended care facility in Bellaire.  The event kicked off the club’s annual Project GENERATIONS, which decreases elder-isolation with personal visits, cards, flower deliveries, and small gifts throughout the year.  Nan Wagoner of Wagoner Burgert Law Offices and Jesse Moreno of Advantage Funeral Home co-chaired the event.
Bellaire/SW Rotarians Lift Spirits of Elderly With Generations Project Nan Wagoner 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z
Assisting Girls in Kosovo to Continue Their Education
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Past Rotary D 2420 (Turkey) Governor Murat Celik recently made us aware that school girls in Kosovo are in a disadvantaged position compared to boys.  Murat is currently responsible, as the R.I. President Rep, for the non-district Clubs in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia.  The following email is from the Rotary Club of Prishtina in Kosovo:
“Many municipalities and schools in Kosovo have drawn our attention to an urgent problem of premature ending of schooling, especially among the female population. After finishing 9 years of school (compulsory education), a large percentage of girls don’t continue their education on a secondary level. The main reason is a lack of financial means in their families, many of which have several children and one or both parents are unemployed (in many cases through no fault of their own) or simply don’t earn enough to support the education of all their children.
Assisting Girls in Kosovo to Continue Their Education Bill Davis 2015-10-05 05:00:00Z
Young Professionals Social Mixer - Oct 22
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Please join us Thursday, October 22nd , from 5-8pm at GiAu Bar & Bites, 9889 Bellaire Blvd, e200, Houston 77072 for our Rotary Young Professionals Social. This is a great new venue with fun food and drinks. The event is geared towards ages 25-39 but everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity for clubs to engage their current young professionals and invite potential Rotarian young professionals. We hope you will promote this event at your club meetings and through your club and personal social media.

Young Professionals Social Mixer - Oct 22 Rosemary Lengefeld 2015-10-04 05:00:00Z
Katy Rotary Club's "Wild West Brewfest" Selected Number One!!!
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Katy Rotary Club's "Wild West Brewfest" is proud to take the top spot for 2015 and the most desired brewfest to attend in 2016 by BeerYeti.com.  Thanks goes to all of our sponsors, volunteers, team members, the Rotary Club of Katy and our patrons for this distinct honor.  The thing that pleasantly surprised Beer Yeti & the vendors was discovering that all of the net proceeds from the festival went to local charities, with no management fees and this year the event brought in an amazing $113,000, which was given to several charities in the local area bringing the total amount given away in its short 4 year existence to over $250,000.  Congratulations to Katy Rotary Club & its President Nick Schrader for a job well done.
Katy Rotary Club's "Wild West Brewfest" Selected Number One!!! Jon R. McKinnie 2015-10-01 05:00:00Z
PDG Paul Jury Sr Has Passed Away
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It is with extreme sadness that I must report that a favorite Past District Governor Paul Jury Sr has passed away.  Paul was 1980-81 District 5890 Governor & member of the Harrisburg Rotary Club.   Paul Jury, Sr. passed away at approximately 3:30 a m on September 28, 2015.  He was surrounded by Gayle, Paul, Jr. and several other close family members.  Gayle said that Paul’s last four days were filled with love, laughter, tears, and many kisses.   Paul was loved and appreciated by all of us.  Keep Paul's family and friends in your prayers as they travel this difficult journey.

Paul’s services will be held at Jeter’s Funeral Home in Friendswood.  Address is 311 N Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546 Visitation will be Friday, October 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm.  The funeral service will be held at Jeter’s Funeral Home Saturday, October 3, at 10 a m.  Donations in memory to Paul to the W I Stevenson Scholarship program and the Cossaboom YMCA are welcome.  Flowers are also welcome. 

PDG Paul Jury Sr Has Passed Away Jon R. McKinnie 2015-09-29 05:00:00Z
Space Center's 42nd Shrimporee - Oct 24
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This year's Shrimporee will be held at the Clear Lake Park on NASA Parkway (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)  This year's event will be the best ever, with educational, interactive presentations that will intrigue kids and educate parents. Each year, the Shrimporee is Space Center's major event, lots of food & beverages, shrimp and BBQ brisket lunch, live and silent auctions, entertainment, games for the kids and fellowship.  The event is free, meals are $15 each.  Raffle tickets for outstanding items are available for $10 each, 6 for $50.

Space Center's 42nd Shrimporee - Oct 24 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-09-28 05:00:00Z
Katy Memorial Tower Dedication - Sep 11
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Katy Rotary Club, Fort Bend County & Veterans of Foreigh Wars Post 9182 will dedicate and consecrate the Freedom Park Memorial Tower at 10:00 am on Friday, Sep 11 at the Fort Bend County Freedom Park baseball fields on south side of Westheimer Parkway, just east of Fry Road. This legacy project, underway for more than four years, is chaired by Rotarian David Frishman & co-chaired by Rotarian Ken Burton.   "We have looked forward to this day, to celebrate with the Katy Rotary Club, Katy Rotary Fund, and the VFW, their service and work, on behalf of our community and our nation", said Fort Bend County Commissioner and Katy Rotarian Andy Meyers.

Katy Memorial Tower Dedication - Sep 11 David Frishman 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z
Rotary Young Professionals Social Mixer - Sep 10
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Please join us this Thursday, September 10th, from 5-8pm at Moonshiners Southern Table & Bar, 1000 Prairie St, Houston 77002 for our Rotary Young Professionals Social. This is a great new venue with fun food and drinks and parking available across the street. The event is geared towards ages 25-39 but everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity for clubs to engage their current young professionals and invite potential Rotarian young professionals. We hope you will promote this event at your club meetings and through your club and personal social media.

Rotary Young Professionals Social Mixer - Sep 10 Rosemary Lengefeld 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z
District Leadership Institute - Sep 12
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The District Leadership Institute will be held Sep 12, starting at 8:00am.  Clubs in the district are invited to send two Rotarians that would like to participate in this  interactive workshop. Clubs may send a maximum of 2 members and the class will be limited to the first 24 who send in the registration fee of $250. The Institute will be held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center in the Conquistador Room in the La Hacienda Complex located at 12715 Telge Road, Cypress, Texas 77429, Information on the conference center may be found on the Northwest Forest Conference Center website at www.northwestforest.com

District Leadership Institute - Sep 12 Jon Eiche 2015-09-06 00:00:00Z
District Foundation Seminar - Oct 17
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The District Foundation Seminar will be held Oct 17, at HCC Southwest Building, 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081.   Registration starts at 7:45am, continental breakfast, and visitation.  General Sessions start at 8:30am - 1:00pm.    The seminar offers motivation, inspiration, and new ideas for foundation giving. The Foundation Seminar isn’t just for club presidents and foundation chairs, but ALL MEMBERS of each club.

District Foundation Seminar - Oct 17 Terry R. Ziegler 2015-09-01 05:00:00Z
Houston NW Sunset Business Mentoring & Networking - Aug 20
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Houston NW Sunset is hosting a unique Business Mentoring & Networking event on Aug 20 4:00-7:pm at Hilton Garden Inn, 14919 Northwest Freeway, Houston.  Looking for niche market insights?  Want to expand your business?  Want to learn smart ways to deal with challenges?  Then mark your calendar and make plans to join us on Aug 20th...

Houston NW Sunset Business Mentoring & Networking - Aug 20 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z
2016-2017 Ambassadorial Scholarships Applications Due October 23
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Information and the application for the 2016-2017 District 5890 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are now available, and may be accessed through this web site.  Remember, the applications are due no later than October 23, 2015.

2016-2017 Ambassadorial Scholarships Applications Due October 23 Bill Haglund 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z
2018-19 District Governor Nominations Due - Dec 1 2015
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The District 5890 Nominating Committee is now accepting completed application forms for Governor of District 5890 for Rotary year 2018-19.  Application deadline is December 1 2015.  All nominations must be submitted on the District Governor-Nominee Application Form (Form H).  The necessary requirements & instructions are available on the left side of this web page.

An Informational meeting is scheduled for Sep 27 2015 at Jesse H Jones Rotary House, 1600 Holcombe, Houston TX.  Potential candidates & Rotarians wanting to learn more about the process are welcomed to attend.

2018-19 District Governor Nominations Due - Dec 1 2015 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z
2015-16 Advertising Now Available
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Great things are happening in District 5890 and your business can gain great market advantage by linking its brand to the amazing brand of Rotary.  District 5890 provides a range of sponsorship opportunities that allow our members' businesses to be front and center every time someone visits the District website or attends a district event like District Conference. Link to our sponsorship opportunities is attached.  If you have any questions, please call or email Michelle Bohreer, michelleb@bohreerzucker.com (832)622-4400.  A great opportunity awaits you and your business; take advantage of it soon to maximize your value.
 

2015-16 Advertising Now Available Michelle Bohreer 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z
District Governor's 2015-16 Calendar
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District Governor Elect Dr Nick Giannone has been working hard in preparation for his coming year as District Governor.  His DG installation is rapidly approaching, Jun 26 at Safari West Ranch.  DGE Nick has already scheduled all his Official Visits, which you will find in his DG calendar.  He is very organized, ready to hit the ground running, conduct District activities and making the traditional Official Visits.   On the left side of this web page in the download section, you will find 2015-16 DG Nick's busy schedule for this Rotary year.  Let's all work together and make sure that Nick's year is an outstanding year.
 

District Governor's 2015-16 Calendar Jon R. McKinnie 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z
Houston Selected as 2022 Rotary International Convention Site!

HOUSTON has been selected as the 2022 Rotary International convention city! TImagehis was a lengthy process that involved many people throughout our District, particularly PDG Rhonda Kennedy and her committee, and this selection could not have happened without their dedication to presenting Houston and District 5890 as the only choice for Rotary International. 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.

Houston Selected as 2022 Rotary International Convention Site! Nan Wagoner 2015-05-31 05:00:00Z
Rotary in Russia Conference - Aug 8-9
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Rotarians from around the United States and Canada will come to Houston on August 8-9 to hear about the latest Rotary activities in Russia.  This meeting is sponsored by the United States-Russia Inter-Country Committee and hosted by Rotary District 5890.  The Rotary in Russia Conference will be held on August 8-9, 2015 at the Houston Hilton North, located close to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.  The conference fee of $150, received and paid before July 15, covers administrative costs of the conference and five meals beginning with Saturday breakfast.  Conference registration received after July 15 will be $180. Cost of the hotel is $89 per night for two days before, during and after the conference for those who want to make a little vacation out of their stay.

 

Rotary in Russia Conference - Aug 8-9 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z
CELEBRATE 2015-16 DISTRICT 5890 GOVERNOR/OFFICERS INSTALLATION JUNE 26 AT SAFARI TEXAS RANCH

ImageCelebrate the new Rotary Year on June 26 with a wonderful installation gala at Safari Texas Ranch for incoming District Governor Dr. Nick Giannone, First Lady Fabiola Giannone, and your 2015-16 team of District officers!  Arrive at 6:30 for fun fellowship at the Reception, which includes a tasty appetizer table and cash bar.  7:00 p.m. begins theImage delectable seated dinner, featuring Safari Salad, Beef and Chicken Marsala, with potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls, tea, coffee, and two bottles of wine (1 white/1 red).  As you top it all off with Chocolate Decadence Cake, the installation program will begin, whichImage will be followed by dancing from 10:00 p.m. until you’re ready to call it a night. DO REGISTER NOW!

Location: Texas Safari Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond, TX 77407. CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS from MAPQUEST  or GOOGLE MAPS
Date:       Friday, June 26, 2015

Time:        6:30 pm Reception/Cash Bar
                 7:00 pm Seated Dinner and Program; 10:00 pm Dancing til ?
Cost:       $75.00 per person.  Table Sponsor w/ 10 seats: $1,000.00
RSVP:       Head count needed by June 12.  Please CLICK HERE to register online.
Payment:  You may pay ONLINE with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or discover by Clicking HERE You may pay OFFLINE by mailing your checks (made payable to Texas Gulf Coast After 5 Rotary) by June 12 to:
Rebecca Maddux at 7938 Wilmerdean, Houston, TX 77061.

CELEBRATE 2015-16 DISTRICT 5890 GOVERNOR/OFFICERS INSTALLATION JUNE 26 AT SAFARI TEXAS RANCH Nan Wagoner 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z
District Membership Seminar - Jul 25
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August is Membership Month, a special time of the year when the entire Rotary family focuses on Membership Recruitment & Retention. What better way to jump-start your membership efforts than attending the District Membership Seminar on July 25 2015, at HCC Southwest Campus, 5601 West Loop South , Houston TX 77081  The cost of the event is $15 registration. We encourage clubs to pay the registration fee for all its attending members.  To register now, click on REGISTER ONLINE , which takes you to District event, then click on appropriate link on the left side of this web page.  Registration starts at 7:45 AM; Seminar 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

District Membership Seminar - Jul 25 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Dayt at Astros This Saturday, May 30 - DG Lisa Throws out the First Pitch
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JOIN US FOR ROTARY DAY WITH THE ASTROS THIS SATURDAY, MAY 30 at 3:30 PM - DG LISA FAITH MASSEY THROWS OUT THE FIRST PITCH to STRIKE OUT POLIO! (ASTROS VS WHITE SOX) Click Here for Registration Form
Join us at Minute Maid Park for Rotary Day at the ballpark. Rotarians and their guests are invited to an exclusive reception inside Champions Pavilion, which overlooks the ballpark and provides a unique view of the Downtown Houston skyline. Food and drinks will be available to Rotarians and their guests.  (Cash Bar) George Springer Jersey Giveaway for first 10,000 fans.  For more information about Rotary Night at Minute Maid Park, contact:David Frishman at 281.391.2147 or david.frishman@davidfrishmanlaw.com

Rotary Dayt at Astros This Saturday, May 30 - DG Lisa Throws out the First Pitch David Frishman 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
2014-15 Major Award Winners
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At the recent District Conference, DG Lisa Faith Massey presented awards to outstanding clubs and individuals.  Congratulations to all for a job well done.  Click on this story heading to see the Major Award Winners.

2014-15 Major Award Winners Jon R. McKinnie 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Golf Tournament - June 1
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Space Center Rotary Club is hosting it's 1st Golf Tournament in many years.  The tournament will be held at Bay Oaks Country Club (a great course) on June 1 2015, registration at 11:30 am, putting contest at Noon, shotgun start at 1:00 pm.  Registration fee - $125 Player / $500 Team.

 

 

Space Center's Golf Tournament - June 1 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) - May 9
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 District 5890 "Club Leadership Training" will be held May 9, 2015 HCC Southwest, 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081  This is a team leadership training for all 2015-2016 Club Officers and members. Each officer will receive training on their specific officer duties as well as a "Rotary 101" class for new members. This is your chance to hear about all of the exciting things that will be happening in the Rotary world for the Rotary Year of 2015-2016.

 

 

Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) - May 9 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z
Alvin's "Par for Polio" Golf Tournament - Mar 13 2015
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The "Par for Polio" Golf Tournament is hosted by the Alvin Rotary Club and Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club with the support of the Alvin High School Interact Club.  100% of the profits from this tournament go to Rotary's End Polio Now.  The tournament will be held at Clear Creek Golf Club, 3902 Fellows Road, Houston, TX 77047  Registration starts at 11:00 am, lunch 11:30-12:30, with tee-off at 1:00 pm  Come join us "End Polio Now"  Click on REGISTER ON-LINE or this story heading to learn detail.

Alvin's "Par for Polio" Golf Tournament - Mar 13 2015 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z
Back in the Saddle Again, Rotary Night at the Rodeo - Mar 12
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Back in the Saddle Again

Rotary at the Rodeo

Thursday

March 12th

4:30 Social

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Rodeo

with

The Zac Brown Band

Register on the District 5890 Website

 

 

 

Back in the Saddle Again, Rotary Night at the Rodeo - Mar 12 Rebecca Maddux 2015-02-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Books for the World - New 2015 Sorting Schedule
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An International Service Project, started in 2000 and supported by Houston Area Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and Interact Clubs, is 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 & bicycle parts  to Rotarian led literacy projects in Africa and countries around the world.  Would you & your club like to help with the shipment of the next container?

Rotary Books for the World - New 2015 Sorting Schedule Jon R. McKinnie 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z
District Foundation Mid-Year Report
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Time flies.  We are now over halfway through the 2014-15 Rotary Year.  How is your Club progressing toward your Rotary Foundation Goals?  You can see by clicking on the heading of this article, then click on the Mid-Year Report on the left side of web page.  Want to make a donation to the Annual Fund (which funds our District and Global Grants) or to PolioPlus today?  Just click here to go straight to the Giving page www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/give  

I hope you all enjoyed last night's special All Club Meeting with RI President Gary Huang and Corinna from Taiwan.  I never cease to be amazed and inspired by the dedication of our Rotary International leaders.

District Foundation Mid-Year Report Jon R. McKinnie 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z
District Leadership Team Training - Feb 14 2015
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The 2015-16 District Leadership Team Training will be held at HCC Southwest Building at 5601 West Loop South Freeway​, Houston. There will be NO COST for breakfast, breaks, etc.  If you are part of next year's District Leadership Team, register your intentions to attend by clicking on REGISTER and following the instruction.  Then mark your calendar and make plans to participate in this important event.

District Leadership Team Training - Feb 14 2015 Jon R. McKinnie 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z
District Governor's Newsletter
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District Governor Lisa Faith Massey's initial newsletter is hot off the press and has hit the news stands; thanks to the hard efforts of Editor PDG Rhonda Kennedy.  

District Governor's Newsletter Jon R. McKinnie 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z
Don't Miss Jan. 15 ALL CLUB MEETING With RI President Gary Huang

ImageLet's have good District 5890 turnout to welcome Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang to our 2015 All Club Meeting on January 15!  Contact your club president to determine if your club has reserved a table, in which case you may arrange payment as part of your club group. You also may register individually by signing on to the District 5890 website with your club LOGIN and registering ONLINE and you may pay the General Admission cost of $58.90 at the door with your credit card. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by NRG Stadium (8686 Kirby Drive) from 5pm until 9pm. During the two-hour cash-bar period that precedes the 7pm dinner and program, you'll enjoy varied and informative exhibits from other District Clubs (and also from non-Rotarians) at the District 5890 Salute to Service Exposition. President Huang will be visiting expo booths following his VIP Reception. Exposition Tables for non-Rotarians are $35, and Rotarian Exposition Tables are $20. Various levels of sponsorship, together with the schedule of events, are explained when you click "More," ..

Don't Miss Jan. 15 ALL CLUB MEETING With RI President Gary Huang Nan Wagoner 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z
DG Lisa Faith Massey Participates with Rotary's Float in 2015 Rose Bowl Parade
DG Lisa Faith Massey Participates with Rotary's Float in 2015 Rose Bowl Parade Jon R. McKinnie 2015-01-01 00:00:00Z
Lone Star PETS - Mar 5-8 2015
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2015 Lone Star PETS (President Elect Training) is rapidly approaching, March 5-8 2015  The hotel rooms are rapidly being booked.  To register for PETS and make reservations at the Hyatt DFW, click on the following link:  http://rotarypets.com  DGE Dr Nick Giannone is looking forward to working with the incoming Club Presidents & his Leadership Team, as we prepare for the 2015-16 Rotary year.  So, please take time now to register for PETS and make your hotel reservations.

Lone Star PETS - Mar 5-8 2015 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z
Family of Rotary Holiday Cheers Fellowship
Family of Rotary Holiday Cheers Fellowship Corby Leschber 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Christmas Party - Dec 18 6PM
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The annual Christmas Party will be held at the Bay Oaks Country Club on December 18 beginning with the social hour at 6:00, food at 7:00.  Tickets are $32 each and can be paid with cash, check, or credit card at the party.  Back by popular demand, we will have a Gift Grab. Each couple should bring a gift to exchange not to exceed $12.00.  Please let Roger Donnelly, Ridonnelly@aol.com know by December 11th, if you plan on attending and your choice of menu: steak, fish or vegetarian.
 

 

Space Center's Christmas Party - Dec 18 6PM Jon R. McKinnie 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z
2015-16 Global Grant Scholars Selected

ImageImageThe District 5890 Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships Committee conducted interviews on Saturday, November 8, to select outbound scholars for the 2015-16 academic year.

2015-16 Global Grant Scholars Selected Bill Barmore 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z
Dynamic Young Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz Uses Social Media to Grow

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Dynamic Young Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz Uses Social Media to Grow Sami Khaleeq 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z
We all have a part to play in ending polio

As far back as I can remember, there were always bikes in my home. Since there is no better way to explore new neighborhoods or new cities, I’ve been on bicycles most of my life.

When the opportunity to be part of Rotary’s team for El Tour de Tucson came along, I jumped at it without a second thought. Being an avid cyclist, I already ride several times a week, but this gives me a far worthier motivation than adding miles to my bike.

We all have a part to play in ending polio Sami Khaleeq 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z
These women of Rotary are changing the world

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By Julia D. Phelps, RI director

As I sat in the audience at the White House on 7 October, listening to 10 amazing Rotary women tell the stories of their volunteer efforts, two quotes kept running through my mind. First, “Be the change you wish to be in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi) and second, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. In fact, it is the only way it ever has” (Margaret Mead).

These women of Rotary are changing the world Sami Khaleeq 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z
Watch a recording of Rotary’s World Polio Day live-streamed event
Watch a recording of Rotary’s World Polio Day live-streamed event Sami Khaleeq 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z
PDG Roy Long's Passing - Memorial Oct 23 2014
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With sadness, I must report that PDG Roy Long has passed away.  A member of the Houston Heights Club, PDG Roy served Rotary well as 1988-89 District 5890 Governor.  Please keep his wife, Sonja, and their family in your prayers as they travel this difficult journey.

Sonja asked me to share with you that Roy's Memorial Services will be held Thursday, October 23rd 2014, at First Baptist Church's Chapel, 7401 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 713.681.8000  (I-10 @ 610 Loop)  Visitation: 10:00 am Services: 11:00 am

Reception following the services

Charlie Thorp PDG
District 5890

PDG Roy Long's Passing - Memorial Oct 23 2014 Charlie Thorp PDG 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z
District Foundation Seminar Recap
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The 2014 District 5890 Rotary Foundation Seminar, held on September 20, 2014, was a celebration of the many International and Local Service Projects which were larger in size and scope due to funding from Our Rotary Foundation and was also a celebration of giving by our District’s Rotarians!

 I started off the Seminar by saying “If you are one of those Rotarians who think Rotary is still an old man’s organization which never changes – or is changing too slowly – you are in the wrong place, because today, you will see a new face of Rotary and will see how Rotary is changing the world!”

District Foundation Seminar Recap Terry R. Ziegler 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z
Daniella RG Shares Ambassadorial Scholar Experience - Applications Due Oct 10
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They say that there are moments and experiences that change your life, they challenge you, they teach you, they open your eyes and ...they shape you into a new person.  My Ambassadorial Year with Rotary proved that to be true. While I knew it would define a lot of things about my future and bring about many changes I must say that I got a lot more than I bargained for and I am glad I did.

Daniella RG Shares Ambassadorial Scholar Experience - Applications Due Oct 10 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z
D5890's Rotary Community Corp Chartered - Aug 20
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District 5890's District Governor Lisa Faith Massey chartered the district's first Rotary Community Corp on August 20th 2014.  The Los Tios Mexican Restaurant was packed with charter members and supporters. Initial officers include Representative (aka President) Michelle Beaumier, Secretary Sandra Liu, Treasurer Sharlene Barris, Sergeant-at-Arms Janice Gillen & Community Service Chair Meher Patel. The RCC is a non Rotarian group of people getting together working toward better their local community.

D5890's Rotary Community Corp Chartered - Aug 20 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z
Leadership Institute - Sep 6-7
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On September 6-7, 2014, District 5890 will train selected District Rotarians who will participate in a two day workshop designed to improve their personal leadership skills.  Clubs in the district are invited to send two Rotarians that would like to participate in this  interactive workshop. Clubs may send a maximum of 2 members and the class will be limited to the first 24 who send in the registration fee of $250. Click on REGISTER . The Institute will be held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center in the Conquistador Room in the La Hacienda Complex located at 12715 Telge Road, Cypress, Texas 77429, Information on the conference center may be found on the Northwest Forest Conference Center website at www.northwestforest.com

Leadership Institute - Sep 6-7 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z
District Governor Installation Photos
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DG Lisa Faith Massey's installation at the Petroleum Club was a wonderful event.  Janice Jones (Harrisburg Rotary Club) took lots of memorable photos.  To View your pictures and purchase the photos, please click on the following link below: http://goo.gl/Ilb5Uh

District Governor Installation Photos Jon R. McKinnie 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z
District Governor Bob Gebhard "Thanks to District 5890"
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Dear Rotary Family
It seems like it was just yesterday when we were taking the oath of office for the year 2013-2014. I cannot believe that our year is over. I want to thank each of you for all that you did during this past year. You all ...did a fantastic job. We have added a net 59 members to the district. We raised over $600,000 to the foundation both the annual fund and polio plus. We exceeded all of our goals.

 
Dianne and I traveled over 85,000 miles this past year throughout the world and the district. I can truly say 'there is not a more caring, giving, and service group of Rotarians then the Rotarians in District 5890".

It has been an honor and a privilege for Dianne and I to serve as your Governor and First Lady. It is an experience that we shall never forget. Thank you for allowing us to serve and we look forward to working with all of you in the years to come as a Past District Governor.

Good luck to each of you in the coming years.

Bob Gebhard
District Governor 2013-2014
District Governor Bob Gebhard "Thanks to District 5890" Jon R. McKinnie 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z
New Club, Brazos River Rotary Club Charter Celebration - Jun 21
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The Rotary Club of Brazos River cordially invites you to join us for an elegant evening of celebration on Saturday, June 21 2014 at 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Weston Lakes Country Club, 32611 FM 1093, Weston Lakes, TX 77441  Charter night only occurs once in a club's history and you are invited to share in this momentous occasion!  Please join the Charter Members of the Brazos River Rotary Club and our fellow Rotarians as we celebrate this singular event in our club's inception!  This club will serve Fulshear, Simonton, Weston Lakes and surrounding area communities.

New Club, Brazos River Rotary Club Charter Celebration - Jun 21 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z
District Membership Seminar - Jul 26
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August is Membership Month, a special time of the year when the entire Rotary family focuses on Membership Recruitment & Retention. What better way to jump-start your membership efforts than attending the District Membership Seminar on July 26 2014, at HCC Southwest Campus, 5601 West Loop South, Houston TX 77081  Registration starts at 7:45 AM; Seminar 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

District Membership Seminar - Jul 26 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-05-10 00:00:00Z
District Leadership Installation - Jun 27
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Please Join Lisa Fatih Massey for her District Governor's Installation and the District Leadership Installation.  The event will be held at The Petroleum Club of Houston located in Downtown Houston at 800 Bell St, Houston TX 77002 .  The Cost is $1000 per table of 10 or $100 per seat (individual seating will be assigned). Click on REGISTER ONLINE   There will be a cash bar available and valet parking is $7.00.  Both require CASH ONLY but there is a ATM located in the lobby of the building.  For more information please contact Rebecca Maddux 713-644-9285  or email rebecca@pmhvac.com

District Leadership Installation - Jun 27 Rebecca Maddux 2014-05-10 00:00:00Z
Rotary International Convention - Jun 1-4

The annual Rotary International Convention offers you the perfect opportunity to connect with leaders from around the world and celebrate your shared passion for taking action in communities at home and abroad.  You'll hear from some of the world’s leading experts on topics such as water, polio, and social media. Through workshops and breakout sessions, you'll develop leadership skills and share your recreational, professional, and humanitarian interests. As you browse the project booths in the Billabong House of Friendship, you’ll discover new ideas for service, and perhaps a new partner for creating change.

Rotary International Convention - Jun 1-4 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z
Rotary International Convention - Jun 1-5
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The annual Rotary International Convention offers you the perfect opportunity to connect with leaders from around the world and celebrate your shared passion for taking action in communities at home and abroad.  You'll hear from some of the world’s leading experts on topics such as water, polio, and social media. Through workshops and breakout sessions, you'll develop leadership skills and share your recreational, professional, and humanitarian interests. As you browse the project booths in the Billabong House of Friendship, you’ll discover new ideas for service, and perhaps a new partner for creating change.

Rotary International Convention - Jun 1-5 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z
New eClub of Houston is a Reality!!!
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What is an eClub???  Rotary Int'l made provisions for Rotary Clubs to be formed and conduct meetings on the Internet.  These eClubs are fully recognized, same as our traditional Rotary clubs.  Just think of the possibilities -  Meetings Any time 24-7, Anywhere  Have a busy schedule? Need a flexible meeting time? Live in different places throughout the year? Travel frequently?  Have limited mobility?  Then the eClub of Houston may be just for you.

New eClub of Houston is a Reality!!! Ed Charlesworth PDG 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
Life Changing Trip To Nicaragua - Aug 6
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I hope you will join us for our August, 2014 trip to Nicaragua. We will be leaving from Houston on Wednesday August 6th on United flight # UA1421, at 6:10 p.m. and arriving in Managua at 8:37 p.m.  We will return from Managua on Tuesday August 12th on United flight # UA1423 leaving Managua at 7:15 a.m. and arriving in Houston at 11:45 a.m.  Click on this story heading for more details.

Life Changing Trip To Nicaragua - Aug 6 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-03-30 00:00:00Z
Rotary Family Night With the Astros - Apr 26
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Join us at Minute Maid Park for Rotary Family Night, Saturday April 26, game starts at 6:10pm.  Rotarians and their guests are invited to an exclusive reception inside Champions Pavilion, which overlooks the ballpark and provides a unique view of the Downtown Houston skyline.  Food and drinks will be available to Rotarians and their guests.  Cheer on District Governor Bob Gebhard as he throws out the first pitch!  Seating will be in the Mezzanine Section, priced at $18  To buy your tickets online, click on www.astros.com/rotary  Use Special Offer Code: Rotary (follow the Ticketmaster instructions)  For orders of 10 tickets or more: Call Jake Winowich at 713-259-8317

 

Rotary Family Night With the Astros - Apr 26 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z
Zone 21B Membership Seminar - Apr 11
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District 5890 will be hosting the Zone 21B Membership Seminar on April 11 2014 at Crowne Plaza, 8686 Kirby Dr, Houston. Recruiting New Rotarians in the new millennium is both exciting and challenging.  But the leadership in Zone 21B is here to help you and your Club discover new and exciting ways to grow your Club’s membership.   There will be a great agenda with outstanding speakers, followed by our Young Professionals of Rotary Social Mixer. The registration fee is $50, payable by check or credit card. Make plans to register and attend this event.  To register for this event on-line, click on REGISTER  Then click on Members or Guests on the left side of that web page.
Zone 21B Membership Seminar - Apr 11 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Fellowship Tour of E+P Ranch - Apr 12
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District Governor Bob Gebhard & Assistant Governor Jay Altieri invite you to Safari Columbus on Saturday April 12, 2014 2:30-6:30pm.  Hay rides and safari wildlife tours at E+P Ranch in Columbus, TX Food served at 2:30pm- Beef & Chicken Fajitas with Rice, Beans, and Guacamole with Chips and Salsa and Iced Tea.   $25 per person  No alcohol, please.

Rotary Fellowship Tour of E+P Ranch - Apr 12 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z
PDG Floyd Boze (96) Passed Away Feb 20th
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It is with great sadness that I must report the PDG Floyd Boze passed away February 20th.  PDG Floyd lead a great life (see bio below), and was the kindest Rotarian that I have know.  Floyd was president of the Lubbock Rotary Club, became a member of Space Center Rotary Club on August 20, 1973.  Floyd was elected Governor of Rotary District 589 (now 5890) in 1984. His District Conference was held in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Floyd & Nancy were both Paul Harris Fellows & Floyd Boze Fellows.  As of this Rotary Year, 2013-14, Floyd had 63 years of perfect attendance, having made up missed meetings of his home club in more than 20 countries outside the U. S. Please say a prayer for PDG Floyd Boze's family.  Floyd was a true Rotarian, who lived the life of "Service Above Self".  And now we must say good-by to one of the truly good guys.  I'm sure God has already scheduled a Rotary meeting in heaven to honor the arrival of PDG Floyd Boze.  I can see the banner now, "Well done thy good and faithful servant".  And to no surprise, Brother Floyd will have perfect attendance into perpetuity.
PDG Floyd Boze (96) Passed Away Feb 20th Jon R. McKinnie 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z
Guerrero Clinic Needs Autorefractor
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The Guerrero Rotary Clinic in Mexico needs $8,000 to purchase an Autorefractor in time for our March clinic.  If your club has any service project funds available or individual Rotarians who are willing to help us purchase  the equipment in time, we would appreciate your assistance.  An autorefractor is a computer-controlled machine used during an eye exam to provide an objective measurement of a person's refractive error and prescription for glasses or contact lenses. This is achieved by measuring how light is changed as it enters a person's eye.

Guerrero Clinic Needs Autorefractor Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z
District Foundation Mid-Year Report
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I wanted to give everyone a Mid-Year report on the efforts of the District Foundation & its related committees (Polio Plus, Grants, Annual Giving & Endowment).  Plus the report includes upcoming calendar events.  Click on the "MID-YEAR FOUNDATION MID-YEAR REPORT" to access the details.

District Foundation Mid-Year Report Terry R. Ziegler 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z
PDG D'Lisa Simmons Speaks at UN
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Houston Skyline member, PDG D'Lisa Simmons, was a special guest speaker at the Rotary-United Nations event in November 2013.  D'Lisa was invited to tell how her Rotary career has developed since being an Ambassadorial Scholar in 1988, and enabled her to contribute actively to humanity through Rotary. Her compelling story focused on the core values that Rotary teaches and practices for the improvement of society. Her delivery from the UN podium in the General Assembly Room received a standing ovation and sustained applause.

 

PDG D'Lisa Simmons Speaks at UN Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z
Bellaire/SW - PDG Bob Ellis 50 Years of Service Celebration - Jan 30
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 The Bellaire/Southwest Rotary Club is hosting a party celebrating "PDG Bob Ellis' 50 Years of Service" on January 30th at 6:30.  The event will be held at BraeBurn Country Club, 8100 Bissonet, Houston.  The cost is $35.  So come join the celebration and show your appreciation to a wonderful Rotarian and one of the best Past District Governors  RSVP: Judy Harwell, 281-879-6467 jaharwell1@gmail.com


Bellaire/SW - PDG Bob Ellis 50 Years of Service Celebration - Jan 30 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z
Houston Host for Meeting on Rotary in Russia - Mar 1
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PDG Jon Eiche, District 5890 Representative to the US-Russia Intercountry Committee, reported that Rotarians from around the United States will converge on Houston on March 1, 2014, for a meeting to hear updates on Rotary International’s progress in strengthening Rotary in Russia.  This meeting is sponsored by the United States section of the US-Russia Intercountry Committee.

Houston Host for Meeting on Rotary in Russia - Mar 1 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z
District Leadership Team Training - Feb 15
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The 2014-15 District Leadership Team Training will be held February 15, 2014 at HCC Southwest Building on 610 W Loop.  If you are part of next year's District Leadership Team, register your intentions to attend by clicking on Attending and following the instruction.  Then mark your calendar and make plans to participate in this important event.
District Leadership Team Training - Feb 15 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-05 00:00:00Z
All Club Meeting - Feb 20
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Mark Your Calendars!!!  District 5890 is hosting its All Club Meeting February 20th 2014 with Rotary International President Ron Burton as our feature speaker!  Seating is limited, so register early!  Individual tickets are $58.90 each with sponsorship tables of 10 available $750-1,500  Click on

 The All Club Meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza - Reliant Stadium with VIP Reception 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm, General Reception with Cash Bar 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and dinner from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  EVENT IS FULL, REGISTRATION HAS BEEN CLOSED.  Thanks everyone for your support.

Please make plans to attend and promote this event in your Club. Join us for this fantastic evening and wonderful opportunity to get to meet President Burton.

All Club Meeting - Feb 20 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-05 00:00:00Z
Lone Star PETS - Mar 6-9
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Now that the new Rotary year has started, the new Presidents-Elect should mark their calendars for the 2014 PETS. There is no better preparation than attending PETS which is scheduled for Mar 6-9 2014 at Hyatt Regency DFW.  In fact, attendance at PETS is now required by RI for all president-elects in order to serve as president of your Rotary club.
Lone Star PETS - Mar 6-9 Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-05 00:00:00Z
Rotary Float in Rose Bowl Parade
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District leadership participated in the decoration of Rotary Int'l float which participated in the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day, Jan 1 2014  Participates included DG Bob & Diane Gebhard, DGN Nick & Fabiola Giannone, PDG Charley & Barbara Clemmons & others.  Everyone has reported they had a great time.

Click on the Rotary Int'l Parade Float to see it in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade

Rotary Float in Rose Bowl Parade Jon R. McKinnie 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z
Vote Through December 31 for Rotary in United Airline's 10M Frequent Flyer Miles Giveaway
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United Airline is again donating 10 million frequent flyer miles to a charity.  Rotary Int'l is featured as one of the potential recipients.  This is the third year that United Airlines has offered this benefit to non profit organizations.  For the past 2 years Rotary has come in 2nd place, receiving 2,000,000 frequent flyer miles, and of which Rotary Youth Exchange was delegated by RI 400,000 frequent flyer miles.  I just voted and noticed that currently Rotary is in first place. So please vote now & support Rotary -  www.10millioncharitymiles.com/charity/26
Vote Through December 31 for Rotary in United Airline's 10M Frequent Flyer Miles Giveaway Jon R. McKinnie 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z
District Conference Service Projects
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Rotary District 5890 will conduct two service projects while in Cozumel for the 2014 District Conference.  We have selected two organizations in Cozumel as the recipients of this year’s District Service Project, “el Centro de Autismo” and “el Centro de Manos y Voces”. This is our opportunity to help the community in Cozumel. These projects also counts towards the Clubs’ requirements to receive the  Rotary Presidential Citation Award.
Our District Governor suggests for each club to contribute at least an average of $5.00 dollars per member. Please make your Club’s check for the total contribution to “Rotary District 5890” for Service Project and mail it to “Rotary District 5890, 3525 Preston Ave. Pasadena TX 77505, before January 31 2014. We would appreciate if you can send your check by the end of January since our plans are to present the money to the Cozumel Rotary Club before the District Conference Cruise. We then expect to see the results of our contribution when we visit Cozumel in May during the District Conference.
 
Please click on the following link: http://animoto.com/play/atRKF1vr4ZHe1rFjRlDHkg to see more about the projects.

For more details, contact  Space Center's Past President, Mike Hernandez, Cozumel Projects Coordinator - mahernandezjr@att.net

District Conference Service Projects Jon R. McKinnie 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Past President Mike Dennard has Passed Away
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Unfortunately, I must share with you the news of Thursday's passing of our dear friend and past president, Mike Dennard. Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 10:a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  The service will include full military honors.  Interment of his ashes will be at Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

Space Center's Past President Mike Dennard has Passed Away Sheryl Berg 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z
November is Rotary Foundation Month and an exciting month it has been!
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First, I'm happy to report that 58 of our 61 District 5890 Clubs have already made a donation to The Rotary Foundation (the Annual Fund or Polio Plus) this Rotary Year.  See the attached MCR Report to see how your club is doing so far.  Remember that fifty percent of the donations we make this year will come back to our District in the 2016-17 Rotary Year.  Our District's Paul Harris Society (those pledging to donate $85+ per month to the Annual Fund and/or PolioPlus) continues to grow.  Please encourage your members to join.  An anonymous Rotarian has agreed to match the first $1,000 donated by all new Paul Harris Society Members this year.   Click on this story heading to learn more about the District Foundation activities...

November is Rotary Foundation Month and an exciting month it has been! Terry R. Ziegler 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Ugandian VTT Meets Dr Cooley, Heart Transplant Pioneer
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Ugandan Vocational Training Team posing with Dr. Denton Cooley, heart surgery pioneer and living legend. First heart transplant in the US and first implant of a fully artificial heart.  Dr. Cooley is 93 years old and still comes to work every day at The Texas Medical Center.  Team leader Rotarian Dr. Isaac Okullo, Dean of the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy at Makerere University, the largest institute of higher learning in Uganda, is standing in the rear to the right of Dr. Cooley.  Thanks to Posey Parker of the Rotary Club of West U for facilitating this meeting.
Ugandian VTT Meets Dr Cooley, Heart Transplant Pioneer Jon R. McKinnie 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z
4 Way Test Essays Due to District - Nov 29
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This year’s 4-Way Test Essay competition, starting October 12, 2013, has been moved forward to give 12th grade graduating high school seniors a more relaxed lead up to the entry submission deadline.  Open to all 12th grade graduating high school seniors who are college bound in 2014 and active members of Interact, the theme is an essay on any one or more tenets of Rotary’s 4 Way Test. 

Students must submit their essay and signed cover sheet to their High School Interact Club Sponsor which must be received no later than November 15, 2013.  High School Interact Club Sponsors should sign the cover sheet and forward it by fax with the essay to Barbara Sharp, Competition Coordinator; (832) 200-2852 which must be received no later than November 29, 2013. High School Interact sponsors must review the forms for accuracy and completeness, check the cover sheet box stating eligibility and sign accordingly. A copy should also be sent to the sponsoring Rotary Club. 

4 Way Test Essays Due to District - Nov 29 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z
Colorado Needs Our Help
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Imagine… Please imagine if you can … the unimaginable disaster in Colorado. Yet some of us in Boulder and along the Colorado Front Range found ourselves without the most basic necessities that we take for granted every day; things as basic as brushing our teeth, drinking clean water, driving our cars, feeling secure with safe roads and bridges, having a warm and comfortable home and shelter - all gone in a few days. DG Bob Gebhard wants you to support Rotary District 5450's recovery efforts in Colorado

Colorado Needs Our Help Jon R. McKinnie 2013-10-19 00:00:00Z
44th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation - Dec 11
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The 44th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation will take place on December 11, 2013 at the beautiful Wortham Center in downtown Houston. The motto for 2013 is Rotary Proud and a Houston Tradition for 43 Years.  Since 1970 the Rotary Club of Houston has celebrated the memory and legacy of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi by awarding the Rotary Lombardi Award to college football’s most outstanding lineman. The Rotary Lombardi Award is one of the most celebrated and prestigious awards in college football and is one of Houston’s most special events.  Individual tickets go on sale November 1, 2013. Rotarians get a deeply discounted price of $80 each or 2 for $125.

44th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation - Dec 11 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z
District 5890 Rotary Foundation Dinner - Nov 3
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Announcing, the 2013 District 5890 Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056  Cocktails (Cash Bar) and Fellowship 5:00pm, Dinner 6:00pm  Featured Guest: Past Rotary International Director Mike Pinson & Spouse Mary.  We are now ready to accept reservations & payments to attend The 2013 Rotary Foundation Dinner.  Click on this story heading to see more details and register online.
District 5890 Rotary Foundation Dinner - Nov 3 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-09-28 00:00:00Z
2014 District Conference Cruising to Cozumel - May 1-5 2014
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For first time since 2004, the 2014 District Conference will be held May 1-5 2014, on the Carnival Fun Ship "Triumph", departing Galveston.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about our district while enjoying friendship, fellowship, food and fun in the Gulf.  We need your help, Rotarians are typically the worst procrastinators, wait until the last minute to commit.  But this year, we need each of you to commit prior to November 1.  We need a large number of committed attendees, so we can get Carnival to dedicate facilities for exclusive use by our District Conference.  Click on Cruise Video to see details.  Click on CONFERENCE DETAILS for more details.  Click on Conference Flyer for cruise details. Click on Sponsorship Op for opportunity to promote your business or club.  Click on Sign-Up Form to access the form.

2014 District Conference Cruising to Cozumel - May 1-5 2014 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z
Young Professionals Mixer - This Friday, Sep 13
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Come join us at Celtic Garden on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM  Celtic Garden is located at 2300 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas 77006  This is a great opportunity to mingle with an outstanding group of "Young Professionals", both Rotarians and non-Rotarians.  Participating in this mixer will provide multiple benefits.  Not only will you have the opportunity to make new friends & reconnecting with old friends, you will be supporting our efforts to eradicate Polio.  Upon your arrival, we will be providing information about Young Professionals of Rotary and accepting donations for Polio Plus.  And we are proud to report that the Celtic Garden is joining us in our efforts.  Your $10.00 Donation Includes Lite Bites & (1) Drink ticket, provided by Celtic Gardens.  That's what I call, "Win Win"  100% of you $10 donation will be earmarked to "End Polio Now".  Remember, we are "This Close" 

Young Professionals Mixer - This Friday, Sep 13 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z
District Grant Conference Location has Moved to Oxford Condos - Sep 7
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ALERT - DISTRICT GRANT CONFERENCE HAS CHANGED LOCATIONS

The District Grants Committee will hold a special meeting at Oxford Condominium Building on Saturday, September 7, 2013, to hear presentations from Clubs that have submitted District Matching Grant Requests for the Rotary Year 2013-14. Please forward this to the member listed as Primary Contact on your Grant Application. Attendance at this Conference is required for the Application to be considered. Any member of the Club familiar with the project may attend and make the presentation for their Club.

District Grant Conference Location has Moved to Oxford Condos - Sep 7 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z
District Golf Tournament at Wildcat - Oct 14
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Since we can't hold a golf tournament on the cruise ship next year, we have scheduled a separate event for this year. This year's Rotary District 5890 Conference Golf Tournament will be held at the Wildcat Golf Course, 12000 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77045 on Monday October 14th.  The entry fee is $125 per person, $500 per 4-man team. To register yourself or a team or to be a sponsor, click on REGISTER ON-LINE Entry fee includes greens fees, cart rental & dinner. Tee time will be 1:00 PM.

District Golf Tournament at Wildcat - Oct 14 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-08-16 00:00:00Z
District Facebook Presence
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District 5890 is rapidly making its presence felt in cyberspace.  Most recently, we have entered the Facebook world.  Click on the following link to gain access:  District 5890 Facebook 

Be sure to invite your friends and family to visit this site and save the link as a favorite.
District Facebook Presence Jon R. McKinnie 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
District YouTube Page
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Check Our District YOUTUBE Page Featuring Many Activities within the District

Click on District 5890's new YOUTUBE page, which features many activities, including our participation with many outstanding charitable organizations, who were recognized during our "Be A Friend" dinner earlier this year. 
District YouTube Page Jon R. McKinnie 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
Need for Compliance
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Key elements to ensure meeting the youth exchange requirements from Rotary International, the US Department of State, and the Council for Student International Education and Travel (CSIET) are:

1)    Adherence to the requirements by the host clubs
2)    The retention of records to show visible proof that the requirements were met.
Need for Compliance Judy Harwell 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
A Primer for Host Families
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Hosting a Youth Exchange student from another country can be a wonderful experience. It allows a host family to become familiar with another culture and provides the opportunity to share a young student's hopes and ambitions. Youth Exchange promises to enrich the lives of the student and every member of your family.

Host families for these programs can be Rotarians or non-Rotarians. Typical Rotary host families come in all shapes and sizes and might include young children, older children, or no children at all.  Click on Primer for Host Families for more information.

Primer for Host Families

A Primer for Host Families Judy Harwell 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
A Primer for Exchange Students
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Spending time abroad as an exchange student is one of the most unique opportunities available to you. You will be in for an experience that will affect the rest of your life. Your exchange will encompass different phases that will give you opportunities to grow in new ways and experience a new culture and ideas.

The purpose of the Rotary Youth Exchange program is to provide secondary school students with the opportunity to travel abroad, live with a host family, and experience life firsthand in a different country, school, and social environment. Exchange students will gain lifelong advantages through an expanded world view and greater appreciation of the world.  Click on Primer for Youth Exchange Students for more information.

Primer for Youth Exchange Students
A Primer for Exchange Students Judy Harwell 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
Compliance Online Process
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The beauty of the online process is that clubs will be self sufficient, knowing what has been done and what remains to be done.  Moreover, clubs will have access to the training tools and forms needed without needing to ask the district. 

Compliance Online Process Judy Harwell 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
Youth Exchange - Making a World of Difference
The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for ourselves and our children. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.


Youth Exchange - Making a World of Difference Judy Harwell 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
Youth Exchange Stories
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The first reports from our outbound Youth Exchange stories are starting to come it.  These are so wonderful to read and you can just feel the changes happening in these young people.
Please visit this link:

RYE 2008-09 Stories

Youth Exchange Stories Judy Harwell 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
District Foundation Seminar - Sep 21
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District 5890 Rotary Foundation Seminar will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Sagemont Youth Building, 11600 Hughes Rd at Beltway 8, Houston, TX. Registration & Snacks 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM All Rotarians Are Invited!  Featured Speaker:  PDG, Past RI Director & Rotary Endowment/Major Gift Advisor Don Mebus  Mark your calendar and make sure attend the District Foundation Seminar.

District Foundation Seminar - Sep 21 Terry R. Ziegler 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z
District Foundation Seminar - Sep 21
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District 5890 Rotary Foundation Seminar will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Sagemont Youth Building, 11600 Hughes Rd at Beltway 8, Houston, TX.  All Rotarians Are Invited!  Featured Speaker:  PDG, Past RI Director & Rotary Endowment/Major Gift Advisor Don Mebus  Mark your calendar and make sure attend the District Foundation Seminar.

District Foundation Seminar - Sep 21 Terry R. (28) Ziegler 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z
RI President Burton's Membership Message

In honor of Membership Month for Rotary International take a few minutes to listen to RI President Ron Burton's Membership Message that emphasizes the need for every Rotary club to focus on membership.

RIP Burton also invites you to join the Thunderclap on the last day of August. You can learn more about it at this link: Thunderclap link.

RI President Burton’s Membership Message from Rotary International on Vimeo.

 

RI President Burton's Membership Message Niki Whiteside 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
Rotary Night with The Dynamos - Aug 17
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Come join the Rotary Night with the Dynamos for their game with the Seatlle Sounders.  The match will be held Saturday, August 17 2013, game time 8PM  Pre-game happy hour at Little Woodrow's EADO from 6PM - 7:20PM Price Package - 4 tickets at $25 each. Partial proceeds from the tickets and bar tab will benefit Polio Plus  

Rotary Night with The Dynamos - Aug 17 Reyna Gonzalez 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z
Rotary Night at the Skeeters Aug 10 - The Pitch That Will Change The World
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Please join the family of Rotary at Constellation Field in Sugar Land on August 10th at 6:05 pm as the Sugar Land Skeeters take on the Long Island Ducks in a match-up that will help eradicate Polio from the world.  Our own District Governor Bob Gebhard will throw the first pitch to kick off this historic game.  Please join us for fun and to help end polio!  Click on ON-LINE TICKETS, select the Aug 10th game and use special offer code: ROTARY13 to get special pricing of $12 ($6 will go to End Polio Now)

Rotary Night at the Skeeters Aug 10 - The Pitch That Will Change The World Jon R. McKinnie 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
Vince Lipovsky, Space Center' Last Charter Member, Has Passed Away
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Vince Lipovsky, Charter Member of Space Center Rotary Club, passed away at 6:40 am, Thursday, July 11, 2013.  His wife, daughter, son and grandchildren were by his side.  Vince had gone back and forth 5 times this year from hospital to rehab to his home at Regal Estates in League City.  He died of congestive heart failure and fluid on his lungs.  The family had a private memorial service to honor the memory of Vince.  Please remember Vince and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Vince Lipovsky, Space Center' Last Charter Member, Has Passed Away Jon R. McKinnie 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z
Next Guerrero Clinic Trip Including Copper Canyon - Sep 7-12
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The next Guerrero Clinic trip will be from September 7th - 12th.  We are planning a side trip to Copper Canyon.  if you want to take the Copper Canyon side trip, you are coming back the 14th. Over the past 30+ years, the Guerrero Clinic and Rotarians from our District have been instrumental in providing millions of dollars in free medical care to the indigent people of the state of Chihuahua Mexico For more information and applications, visit www.guerreroclinic.org  

Next Guerrero Clinic Trip Including Copper Canyon - Sep 7-12 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z
District Membership Seminar - Aug 10
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August is Membership Month, a special time of the year when the entire Rotary family focuses on Membership Recruitment & Retention. What better way to kick-start your membership efforts than attending the District Membership Seminar on August 10, 2013, at San Jacinto College South. The cost of the event is $10 registration. Click on REGISTER ONLINE If you prefer, click on PAPER REGISTRATION and mail with check.  Registration starts at 7:45 AM; Seminar 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM  Breakfast snacks, snacks, coffee, soda, water will be furnished.  No lunch this year.

District Membership Seminar - Aug 10 Nixon Schrader 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Foundation Update 2012-2013 Year End Report
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The Annual Fund –  Our District 5890 Rotarians and Clubs raised a total of $416,726 for the Annual Programs Fund (50% of which will come back to our District in the 2015-16 Rotary Year – Nick’s DG year)!  Our Per-Capita giving, which ranged all the way from $.29 per member at one club to $527.61 per member at another, averaged $155.96 per member.  While not a record, this average is higher than all but a couple of years in our District’s history.  All Sixty-one of our District 5890 clubs contributed and 34 clubs contributed at the $100+ per-Capita level.   Thanks to our 112 Paul Harris Society Members for greatly increasing the average.  Click on this story heading to see other Foundation giving results.

The Rotary Foundation Update 2012-2013 Year End Report Terry R. Ziegler 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z
Polio Eradication Progress Update
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Indian Clerics offer to Help Fight Polio in Pakistan - noting that "India is not safe until neighboring Pakistan is Polio-free" , members of India's Rotary Muslim Ulema committee have come forward to offer their assistance in dispelling the myths surrounding Polio vaccinations in Pakistan. Religious leaders have administered Polio drops to their children in front of cameras and they now believe the magic (of zero Polio cases for over 2 years in India) could be repeated in Pakistan.

Polio Eradication Progress Update Terry R. (28) Ziegler 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z
Space Center Rotary's EarlyAct FirstKnight Program Tremendous Success at Whitcomb Elementary
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Space Center Rotary's EarlyAct FirstKnight program has been a tremendous success.  Teaching chivalry and building champions -- that's what the program is accomplishing at Whitcomb Elementary School is doing.  The program teaches children how to be role models and hold high standards for character. Organizers hope the examples will rub off on other kids.  It was the last day of school for students at Clear Creek ISD, and some of them went home with new titles for the summer.  Click on Houston's ABC Channel 13 News Reports
Space Center Rotary's EarlyAct FirstKnight Program Tremendous Success at Whitcomb Elementary Jon R. McKinnie 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z
SW 59 Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors "Flashdance at Houston's Hobby Center" - June 13
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Witness the explosive presentations of Flashdance at Houston’s The Hobby Center on June 4 to 16, 2013!  Flashdance, the Broadway musical based on the iconic Paramount movie with the same title, is an electrically-charged stage production that features well-loved songs from the original movie soundtrack and mind-blowing dance choreography. PLAY VIDEO  The SW 59 Sunrise Rotary Club is sponsoring this event as a fundraiser.  You can purchase tickets at www.tuts.com/promo  Enter promo code: rotary

SW 59 Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors "Flashdance at Houston's Hobby Center" - June 13 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z
2013-14 District Governor & Officers Installation - Jun 15
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Come join us in celebration of the Rotary District 5890 Installation of District Governor Bob Gebhard & his incoming Officers.  The event will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77507 MAP   Registration & Cocktail Reception starts at 5:00 pm, Dinner served at 6:00 pm, Program begins at 7:00 pm  Dress Code - Denim & Diamonds Cowboy Black-tie optional 

Please click on REGISTER ON-LINE 
2013-14 District Governor & Officers Installation - Jun 15 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5890 Governor Chris Schneider's Farewell
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My fellow Rotarians, Friends and Family of Rotary, as I come into the last remaining weeks of my term in office I want to thank all of you for the wonderful opportunity to serve as your Governor.  It has been a year filled with fun, excitement, tears and tragedies, in other words life on life’s terms.  With all its ups and down it has been a fantastic ride.

There are so many people to thank, since a Governor is only as good as his support team and staff.  You have all touched my life and have given me many wonderful memories for me to cherish for as long as I live.  These are a result of the magical gifts of friendship, fellowship and service we all share.  For this I thank all of you!  Through this experience I can truly say we have and will always continue to live this year’s Theme of “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE!”

Rotary District 5890 Governor Chris Schneider's Farewell Jon R. McKinnie 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z
Disaster Fund set up for Oklahoma victims of recents tornadoes

The Districts of 5750 & 5770 welcome donations on behalf of Disaster relief specifically designated for the May 20, 2013 victims and their families! 

 

All of these Rotarians have family and loved ones that have lost homes, auto's, personal belongings and friends to this F5 tornado. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said that there were between 12,000 and 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged not including all the businesses and schools destroyed as well!

 

Any funds received by this Rotary Bi-District 501c3 Foundation will be used exclusively for the benefit of those damaged by this terrible event.

 

To support this effort you can mail a donation to: 

 

Oklahoma Rotary

 Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund

P.O. Box 13800

Oklahoma City‎ OK‎ 73113-3800

United States

 

 

Or make an online donation using your VISA, MasterCard or Discover go to -  DONATE NOW


 

Please be aware that this is tax deductible donation and all donations will be acknowledged. Thank you in advance for all that your donations may accomplish. 

 

Disaster Fund set up for Oklahoma victims of recents tornadoes Niki Whiteside 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z
Great News!!! PDG Bob Ellis is Recovering
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As some of you know, PDG Bob Ellis had a medical incident at the District Assembly.  Bob was taken to hospital until he stablized.   We are so glad that Leanna reported that Bob is home and doing well.  He is walking with a walker (sometimes).  He will continue to have therapy and do exercises at home (if Leanna can make him).  Keep PDG Bob Ellis in your prayers, and be sure to send cards to PDG Bob Ellis, 5215 Braesvalley Dr, Houston, TX 77096
Great News!!! PDG Bob Ellis is Recovering Jon R. McKinnie 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z
A Life Changing Trip to Nicaragua - Jul 31 - Aug 6
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We will be taking our next trip to visit our many projects in Nicaragua beginning on July 31, 2013. I hope you will join us for our July-Aug., 2013 trip to Nicaragua. We will be  leaving from Houston on Wednesday July 31st on United flight # UA1421, at 6:30 p.m. and arriving in Managua at 8:47 p.m.  We will return from Managua on Wednesday August 6th on United flight # UA1423 leaving Managua at 7:02 a.m. and arriving in Houston at 11:28 a.m.
A Life Changing Trip to Nicaragua - Jul 31 - Aug 6 Jim Kite 2013-05-18 00:00:00Z
And the winners are . . .
4-Way-Test District Scholarship Awards
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We take great pleasure in announcing the winners of this year's Rotary District 5890 Essay Scholarships:

1st   Place: EMILY BROWN ~Goose Creek Memorial InterAct, sponsored by Highlands Rotary ($2000 scholarship)

2nd  PlaceELLEN WEINHEIMER ~ Episcopal High School InterAct, sponsored by Bellaire/SW Rotary ($1000 scholarship)

3rd   Place:  KRISTI FU ~ Clements High School InterAct, sponsored by Sugar Land Rotary ($500 scholarship)

 

Please join us in honoring our scholarship recipients at the District 4-Way-Test Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, May 30, 12:00 Noon, BraeBurn Country Club (8100 Bissonnet, Houston 77074), $18 p.p., at which the winning essays will be read. Click image to enlarge invitation/program.

And the winners are . . . 4-Way-Test District Scholarship Awards Nan Wagoner 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z
2012-13 District Conference Wrap-Up
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Thanks to Miguel Ottaviano, we now have photo albums of the District Conference!!  Click on the following link:  Photo Album 

The 2012-13 District Conference, held April 18-20, 2013, at the outstanding Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort - San Antonio, was a rousing success.  Opening with a great dinner, the always heart-warming opening flag ceremony by our Youth Exchange students, great speakers including RI President's Rep. David Roper, to the Governor's Banquet on Saturday.  Everyone came away more knowlegable and with a pride of satisfaction. 

District Governor Chris Schneider comments: "WOW!!!  What a team effort!!!  From the RI President’s Rep David Roper and all the distinguished speakers, to first time attendees and old timers, I have heard nothing but praises for your beautiful work, which included masterful planning and execution.  Words cannot describe my appreciation for all the hard work that went into this WELL-received conference.  I am, along with District 5890, forever grateful to your continued dedication to our world of Rotary.  Our Family of Rotary is honored to have you as leaders, and may God bless you for all that you continue to do for Rotary." 

To see the award winners, click on this story heading.

 

2012-13 District Conference Wrap-Up Jon R. McKinnie 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary's 4-Way-Test Essay Competition - Final Submission Date Apr 30
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It’s that time again - time to sharpen the pencils for Rotary District 5890’s Scholarship Essay Competition!  We will award three college scholarships ($2000, $1000, $500) to InterAct members (12th Grade Only) from our District who submit the most outstanding essays centered on Rotary’s famous 4-Way Test. Winners will be selected from timely qualifying submissions and honored at the District Scholarship Awards Luncheon May 30, BraeBurn Country Club, 8100 Bissonnet, Houston 77074. Get to work now and help us make this year’s Essay Contest our District’s best ever!  Click on this story heading to get more info on Deadlines and Rules
Rotary's 4-Way-Test Essay Competition - Final Submission Date Apr 30 Nan Wagoner 2013-04-21 00:00:00Z
Salvation Army Disaster Training Scheduled May 10-11

The Divisional Director of Disaster Services will be at Houston Northwest to offer the Introduction to  Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response on Friday evening May 10 and Saturday May 11.  Disaster Aid USA will also be present.  Disaster Aid USA is a project of Rotary International that provides a way to give people in disaster potable water when safe municipal water is unavailable or temporarily unsafe.  Participation of the NARS Ham Radio Club is also being confirmed for the event. 

 

Salvation Army Disaster Training Scheduled May 10-11 Niki Whiteside 2013-04-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary International 2013 Convention - Lisbon Portugal - Jun 22-27
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District 5890 Rotarians always have a GREAT time at the RI Convention and 2013 will be no exception.  The 2013 Rotary International Convention will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, June 22-27, 2013. If you are planning to attend and would like to stay with other District 5890 Rotarians contact District Convention Chair PDG Sunny Sharma (ssharma@sunbeltmedical.com) to be added to his list. If you have already made plans to attend let PDG Sharma know to be included in communications about District 5890 events before, during and after the convention.

Additional information about the 2013 RI Convention can be found at the convention website:  http://lisboa2013.org/ 

Rotary International 2013 Convention - Lisbon Portugal - Jun 22-27 Niki Whiteside 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Family Night at Aeros Hockey Game - April 7
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The Houston Aeros invite all Rotarians, along with their families and friends to the Toyota Center to watch the Aeros take on the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM for a night of hockey and networking.  All you have to do is click on the following link to purchase tickets (use the promo code: Rotary).   It will then give you the option to purchase seats, or donate tickets.  http://tinyurl.com/cruk5k9
Rotary Family Night at Aeros Hockey Game - April 7 Steve Coleman 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z
Johnson Space Center - See the Space Station Tue-Fri
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Viewers in the Houston Clear Lake area will be able to see the International Space Station this week, starting Tuesday.  But the time and direction is different each day.  Click on this story heading to more detail each day. 
Tuesday, March 12, 7:06 a.m. (Duration: 6 minutes)
Path: 11 degrees above SW to 12 degrees above NE
Maximum elevation: 64 degrees
Johnson Space Center - See the Space Station Tue-Fri Jon R. McKinnie 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z
Katy's Wild West Brew Fest - May 4
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Katy Rotary Club will be hosting its Brew Fest on May 4 2013, starting at 1:00 PM at the Villagio Town Center in Katy.  40 Brewers, 125 Taps, 10 exclusive brews at our specialty custom built bar, Tap Wall contest, what more do you want!A band...that plays great music, yes, we got that too!
Katy's Wild West Brew Fest - May 4 David Loesch 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z
Alan Wylie Named to Chair the Rotary Int'l 2013-14 Youth Exchange Committee
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Incoming Rotary International President Ron Burton has named Space Center Rotarian Alan Wylie to chair the 2013-14 RI Int'l Youth Exchange Committee. Alan's committee will oversee Youth Exchange activities worldwide.  Plus Alan will sit on the Rotary Int'l New Generations Committee.

Nationally, Alan Wylie's name is synonymous with Youth Exchange, having chaired the district committee for over 20 years.  Two years ago, District 5890 Youth Exchange program was named # 1 in the United States. Alan currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of District 5890 Int'l Youth Exchange Committee.  This is a huge honor for Alan and for District 5890.  Alan has previously been named District 5890 Rotarian of the Year.

Alan Wylie Named to Chair the Rotary Int'l 2013-14 Youth Exchange Committee Jon R. McKinnie 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Springoree - Mar 21
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Space Center Rotary's spring fundraiser, Springoree, will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club, 103 Yacht Club Lane, Seabrook, TX 77586 on March 21 starting at 6:00 pm.  The theme is Mardi Gras (the decorations are fantastic!).  Mardi Gras attire and whatever would be appropriate to the theme.  Cocktails at 6:00pm; Dinner at 7:00pm. with choice of beef, fish, or veggie.  The cost is $75 per person including two drink tickets for beer, wine, mixed drink and sodas (soft drinks). 

Space Center's Springoree - Mar 21 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z
2013 District Conference at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort - Apr 18-21
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The 2013 District Conference will be held April 18-21 2013, at the outstanding Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort - San Antonio, TX.  Step into a world of timeless charm at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Building upon our heritage as Rogers - Wiseman Ranch, our casually luxurious San Antonio Texas resort is the perfect blend of AAA Four Diamond pampering in an inviting setting.  Come celebrate the many accomplishments of District 5890.  District 5890 is alive and vibrant.  See how to make your club grow and maintain membership.  Learn why the Rotary Foundation is important to your Club, District 5890 and the World as a whole.
2013 District Conference at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort - Apr 18-21 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z
Bearcreek-Copperfield "Helping a Hero" Golf Tournament - Apr 29
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Bearcreek-Copperfield Rotary Club is hosting the "Helping A Hero" Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, April 29th at Sterling Country Club at 16500 Houston National Blvd, Houston, TX 77095.  The scramble format will start at 1:00pm.To register on-line, click on REGISTER NOW
Bearcreek-Copperfield "Helping a Hero" Golf Tournament - Apr 29 Wayne Beaumier 2013-02-08 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Peace Forum - Feb 18
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The Space Center Rotary Club will host a Peace Forum entitledPeace through Service Monday evening, Feb. 18, in the UH-Clear Lake Bayou Building Garden Room.  The forum, scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., is an effort to further inform the community, by describing actual service projects, of the value and importance of service and how it contributes to promote peace and better understanding among citizens of the world.  Please register that you will attend, click on REGISTER NOW
Space Center's Peace Forum - Feb 18 Miguel A. Hernandez 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary Books of World's Booklegger Summitt III - Jan 20-21
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You are invited to Join Rotarians and Friends of Literacy from North America and Around the World for the Rotary Books for the World’s Booklegger Summit III, presented by: The Second Wind Foundation  The event will be held January 20-21 at: South Shore Harbor Resort and Conference Center, 2524 South Shore Boulevard, League City, Texas
Rotary Books of World's Booklegger Summitt III - Jan 20-21 Charlie Clemmons PDG 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z
Guerrero Clinic's Next Trip - Apr 2-7
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The next trip planned to Guerrero Clinic will be Apr 2-7 2013.  There will be a group of doctors and eye specialists heading a group of Rotarians, which is always an anxiously awaited event for the locals.  Whether this is your first trip or next of many, you will always enjoy a very rewarding experience.  Whether you will attend this trip or won't be able to make this trip, the Guerrero Clinic needs your assistance.  The eyeglass center which has provided thousands of glasses really needs additional glasses inventory.  Please accept our invitation to join us in our passion for this noble effort as we create miracles in the lives of thousands of people in rural Mexico and around the world.  Click on this story heading for more details.
Guerrero Clinic's Next Trip - Apr 2-7 Jon R. McKinnie 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z
Returning Sight in Guerrero

The Guerrero Clinic needs your assistance.  The eyeglass center which has provided thousands of glasses really needs additional glasses inventory.  Please accept our invitation to join us in our passion for this noble effort as we create miracles in the lives of thousands of people in rural Mexico and around the world.  Click on this story heading for more details.

Returning Sight in Guerrero Jon R. McKinnie 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z
Graham Sharp's Last Update Before Returning Home from Newtown, CT
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I had thought I had written the last of my ‘Tweets from Trumbull’, but I received a phone call this afternoon, whose message made me want to share one last thing with our fellow D5890 Rotarians before we leave the frozen, snowed in north east and return home.  The call was from Larry Palmer of Newtown RC, to ask me to thank everyone again for all their thoughts, prayers and donations to the Newtown Fund. As of last Thursday (12/28), their Foundation Fund account had received more than $250,000 from approximately 1,750 very generous donors!! They are now in the arduous task of writing thank you and receipts!
Graham Sharp's Last Update Before Returning Home from Newtown, CT Jon R. McKinnie 2012-12-29 00:00:00Z
FOX 26 News "26 Random Acts of Kindness" Highlights Northshore's Jim & Linda Mills
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Fox News has a current series called, "26 Random Acts of Kindness", featuring Houstonians who go beyond the call of duty to assist those less fortunate than us.  Sounds like work for a Rotarian!!!  No surprise when Northshore Rotarian Jim Mills and his wife, Linda, are featured in "Emily Gets Her Class Ring", gifting a high school ring to a daughter & mother who could not afford to pay.  Click on the following link to see the Fox News "26 Random Acts of Kindness"
FOX 26 News "26 Random Acts of Kindness" Highlights Northshore's Jim & Linda Mills Jon R. McKinnie 2012-12-23 00:00:00Z
Graham Sharp's Latest Update from Newtown, CT
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I have just received a phone call from Newtown Rotary Club, thanking us for our interest and concern over the Sandy Hook Disaster. The first thing I was asked to do, is to pass on the club’s warmest thanks and appreciation of our response, to D5890 and our members.

As you can imagine, Newtown has had a very busy week putting things together and trying to bring some sort of organization to the myriad offers of help and financial support which have poured in from all over the world. United Way has offered to help organize and audit  ‘distribution’ and has stepped up to the plate with promises of full 100% pass through of all funds they raise. The club has been at the forefront of discussions with Newtown’s First Selectman (Lady Mayor), the town council and other civic leaders, as everyone bands together to first provide immediate help with funerals and families, and then move the community forward.

Graham Sharp's Latest Update from Newtown, CT Jon R. McKinnie 2012-12-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary Int'l Top 5 Stories Includes "Houston Interactors Celebrate 50 Years"
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Rotary Int'l announced its "Top 5 Rotary Stories of 2012".  We are so proud of the Houston Interactors being part of the top 5 stories, as "Interact Celebrates 50 Years", which featured the Interact Club of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, USA.   Interact Club of Robert E. Lee was chartered just months after the first club in Melbourne, FL is celebrating the anniversary with various events, including a roundup on 15 September that was attended by more than 320 Interactors from across District 5890.  Click on Interact Clubs Celebrate Golden Anniversary to read the feature story.
Rotary Int'l Top 5 Stories Includes "Houston Interactors Celebrate 50 Years" Jon R. McKinnie 2012-12-21 00:00:00Z
RI General Secretary John Hewko Visits NASA
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On Dec 10-11, District 5890 was honored to have Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko take time from his busy schedule to come speak at our Dec 10 District Foundation Dinner, which was well attended.  The next morning, Chief of Staff Jon McKinnie had organized an executive tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center for Hewko and several members of our District leadership.   Some of the highlights of the tour included observing current Mission Control activities, walk through the Apollo Mission Control (remember Tom Hank's movie, Apollo 13), walk through astronaut training area (space station, space shuttle cockpit, next generation rover) and Russian Soyuz.  For more details & photos, click on this story heading.
RI General Secretary John Hewko Visits NASA Jon R. McKinnie 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z
Graham Sharpe on the Ground in Newtown, CT (Updated)
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We have all seen the media reports on the multiple shootings of young children in Newtown, CT.  Graham Sharp, Galleria Area Rotary Club, has immediate family just outside Newtown.  Graham & his wife, Barbara, rushed there Saturday to support his family and the local community.  Graham is providing a Rotarian insight into the aftermath of the loss of so many lives.  Click on this story heading to access his journal.
Graham Sharpe on the Ground in Newtown, CT (Updated) Jon R. McKinnie 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z
Nomination Deadline for District Governor 2015-16 - Jan 4
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The District 5890 District Governor Nominating Committee is seeking potential candidates for our District Governor for the year 2015-16, to succeed Lisa Faith Massey.  The completed application must be received by January 4, 2012, by the Nominating Committee Chair, Bill Haglund. The application should be mailed to Bill Haglund, 9321 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024.

Nomination Deadline for District Governor 2015-16 - Jan 4 Bill Haglund 2012-12-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Lombardi "Lunch with the Finalists" Luncheon Sponsored by the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research - Dec 5 (11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
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We would like to invite you to the Rotary Lombardi "Lunch With the Finalists Luncheon, sponsored by the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research.  Proceeds from this event supports Cancer Research, Education and Direct Care.  The event will be held at the Jesse Jones Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe Boulevard, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  (Click on this story heading for ticket information)
Rotary Lombardi "Lunch with the Finalists" Luncheon Sponsored by the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research - Dec 5 (11:30 am - 1:00 pm) Jon R. McKinnie 2012-11-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists Named
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Houston, November 17, 2012 – The Rotary Lombardi Award committee today announced the four finalists for the 2012 Rotary Lombardi Award. The finalists are:
Jadeveon Clowney - University of South Carolina Defensive End
Barrett Jones - University of Alabama Offensive Lineman
Jarvis Jones - University of Georgia Outside Linebacker
Manti Te’o - Notre Dame University Inside Linebacker
Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists Named Jon R. McKinnie 2012-11-22 00:00:00Z
Afghanistan School Project Completed
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The project is complete!

 

What started as a $3,000 District Grant by the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental grew into a $10,450 plus project thanks to cash contributions from eight more clubs - Houston, Houston Heights, West U, North Shore, Willowbrook, Baytown, Bear Creek Copperfield and Brazosport.

 

Afghanistan School Project Completed Niki Whiteside 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z
Helping Victims of Hurricane Sandy
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Hurricane Sandy may have passed but those impacted by the storm are left to work through the process to get their lives back to normal. As those hit by Hurricane Sandy continue the road to recovery there are several ways that clubs in Rotary District 5890 can assist. Click on the MORE link below to find out how you can help.

Helping Victims of Hurricane Sandy Niki Whiteside 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z
District Wine Fellowship Schedule
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District Governor Elect Bob Gebhard and Governor-Elect Dave Johnson #5910 are asking you to join forces and start having some Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship.  Please go to www.rotarywine.net  to sign up for a $20 yearly or $100 lifetime membership.  The Houston Area chapter will be holding regular scheduled events, starting with:  November 9, 2012: Katy Wine Fest, The Tuscany Villa 3330 F.M 1963 Katy, TX. 77494  www.katywinefest.com for info and tickets.  Click on this story heading to see this and future events.
District Wine Fellowship Schedule Jon R. McKinnie 2012-11-03 00:00:00Z
Houston Mayor Honors Rotarian Thelma Scott
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Mayor Annise Parker presented "Disability Advocate of the Year Awards 2012" to four Houstonians honored for "Exceptional Service" to Members of the Disability Community on October 30, 2012.  We are proud to report that Rotarian Thelma Scott (Houston NW Sunset Rotary Club) was one of the recipients, in recognition of her tireless efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of young people with disabilities through scholarships, transition assistance and support services, enabling them to  become self-sufficient, discover their maximum potential and achieve their academic goals.

Houston Mayor Honors Rotarian Thelma Scott Jon R. McKinnie 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z
RYLA Youth Leadership Awards to be held Feb 8-10, 2013
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It is time once again to begin preparing for the 2013 RYLA weekend. Last year’s Camp RYLA was a tremendous success and the upcoming RYLA weekend promises to be even better. It is only with YOUR help AND the participation of your Club’s members that RYLA can continue to educate youth while helping them develop their leadership potential.

The 2013 RYLA Youth Leadership Awards Weekend will be held February 8 – 10, 2013, at the Carolina Creek Camp, Huntsville, Texas. RYLA is a great activity for Interact Club members and Youth Exchange Students. It is also a great opportunity for Rotaract members to hone their leadership skills. It is time once again to begin preparing for the 2013 RYLA weekend. Last year’s Camp RYLA was a tremendous success and the upcoming RYLA weekend promises to be even better. Please ensure your Club’s Service Chairperson has RYLA information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! It is only with YOUR help AND the participation of your Club’s members that RYLA can continue to educate youth while helping them develop their leadership potential.

For more details click on RYLA to go to the RYLA pages.

RYLA Youth Leadership Awards to be held Feb 8-10, 2013 Niki Whiteside 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z
RI Pres Sakuji Tanaka's Thanks to District 5890
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Sakuji Tanaka, President of Rotary International, made a recent trip to visit Houston District 5890.  We were honored to have Pres Tanaka as feature speaker at our All Club Meeting (over 600 in attendance), but he stayed over an extra day, visiting many club projects throughout the district.   Below is Pres Tanaka's comments in his letter to the District:

"Thank you very much for your gifts. They have arrived in Evanston safely. We appreciate your generosity and the spirit behind it.    Thank you for all that you and the Rotarians of the District 5890 did to make my trip to Houston enjoyable.  Kyoko and I send you our very best wishes for health and happiness and look forward to working with you again together in Rotary." 

Sincerely,
Sakuji Tanaka
Rotary International President 2012-13
RI Pres Sakuji Tanaka's Thanks to District 5890 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z
Houston Skyline's Meredith Iler & HelpingAHero.org Featured on Fox 26 News
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Skyliner Meredith Maxfield Iler was recently featured in Fox26 "Lonestar Spirit - Woman Sacrifices for Those Who Put it All On the Line"  In our Lone Star Spirit segment, we often feature people who are overcoming big obstacles in their lives. Tonight, we're featuring a Houston woman who has committed her life to helping others overcome their struggles and the injuries they've sustained for all of us.  Click on Lonestar Spirit - Meredith Iler
Meredith, District Veterans Chair, is working with many Rotary Clubs to support our wounded military veterans, returning from conflicts.
Houston Skyline's Meredith Iler & HelpingAHero.org Featured on Fox 26 News Jon R. McKinnie 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z
Patsy Derr, Past RI Regional Foundation Coordinator, Has Passed Away
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I am sorry to report that Patsy Derr, dear friend to so many of us, passed away October 17. Patsy was one of the Good Ones, that only had the best to say about each of us.  Funeral services were held Killeen, Texas with internment in Altus, Oklahoma.  Patsy was named Rotarian of the Year for 1996 and, in 1997, was named to the District 5870 Roll of Fame.  On July 1, 2000 Patsy became the 86th District Governor of Rotary District 5870, the first woman to ever hold this position.  In-lieu of flowers, it's requested donations be made to The Rotary Foundation - www.rotary.org


Patsy Derr, Past RI Regional Foundation Coordinator, Has Passed Away Susan C. Howe PDG 2012-10-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5890 and HelpingaHero.org invite you to welcome SPC Bradley Thomas, USA (Ret.)
Join Rotary District 5890 and HelpingaHero.org on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:00 am when they welcome home SPC Bradley, Thomas, USA (Ret.) at 6850 Stephen F. Austin Ave, Houston, TX. RSVP to TX@HelpingaHero.org.
Rotary District 5890 and HelpingaHero.org invite you to welcome SPC Bradley Thomas, USA (Ret.) Niki Whiteside 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z
Salute to Veterans luncheon on November 7, 2012
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Please save the date and RSVP today and be sure to join us for the Rotary Club of Houston/ West Point Society Veterans Day “Salute to Veterans” luncheon as well as an opportunity to sponsor an active duty soldier, sailor, airmen, coastguardsmen, or marine at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 starting sharply at*11:45 a.m. featuring a timely talk from Brigadier General Kenneth W. Wisian, Commander Texas Air National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Texas National Guard
Salute to Veterans luncheon on November 7, 2012 Niki Whiteside 2012-10-12 00:00:00Z
October 23 - Meet the Tuskegee Airmen
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You saw the movie "RedTail" now The Greenspoint Rotary Club invite you to have a historic moment by sharing lunch with the original Tuskegee Airmen on October 23, 2012. Don't miss this chance to meet these individuals who made history. 

For details on the event click HERE to be taken to details.
October 23 - Meet the Tuskegee Airmen Niki Whiteside 2012-10-07 00:00:00Z
Join Rotaractors for Dynamo Tailgate & Post-Game Party - Oct 6
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Join the Rotaract Club of River Oaks at Little Woodrow’s & Chi’lantro, 1209 Walker Street, Houston, TX  (5 minute walk from the Stadium)  Tailgate && Celebrate October 6th from 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM for a Good Cause  15 % of your Receipt will be donated to Rotary’s Efforts to Eradicate Polio
Join Rotaractors for Dynamo Tailgate & Post-Game Party - Oct 6 Nathalie Cras 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z
Space Center Rotarian, Dr Greg Smith, Named TX Superintendent of Year!!
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(Austin) – Dr Greg Smith, chief executive of Clear Creek ISD in League City, was named Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) by the Texas Association of School Boards in Austin September 28.   Smith, superintendent of Clear Creek ISD for four years, serves more than 40,000 students and has 27 years of administrative experience. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree at Oakland University, master’s degree at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and doctorate at Texas A&M University.
Space Center Rotarian, Dr Greg Smith, Named TX Superintendent of Year!! Jon R. McKinnie 2012-09-30 00:00:00Z
Rotary Night with the Houston Dynamo - October 6, 2012
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Don't forget Rotary Night with the Houston Dynamo on October 6, 2012. Tickets are still available with $5 of every ticket benefiting Polio Plus. If you are interested in attending contact Reyna Gonzalez for tickets at 713-276-7521. More details can be found at the event link: Rotary Night with the Houston Dynamo   And don't forget to join the Rotaractors' After the Game Party  (See related story)
Rotary Night with the Houston Dynamo - October 6, 2012 Niki Whiteside 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z
Trip Planning Underway to Nicaragua (Nov 1 deadline)
Brenham Rotarian Jim Kite is once again preparing to lead a group of Rotarians to Nicaragua. The group will leave from Houston on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 pm and return to Houston on Wednesday, December 5th at 11:16 am. The trip cost will be $655 per person which includes ground travel, meals and hotels (double occupancy) plus airfare to and from Nicaragua. Private rooms are available for an additional fee.

This will be an exciting trip, not only because the group will be delivering Christmas boxes to the kids, but they will also get to celebrate the wedding of Maria Jose, who is the first college graduate from the school of the dump. 
Trip Planning Underway to Nicaragua (Nov 1 deadline) Niki Whiteside 2012-09-23 00:00:00Z
LaPorte Rotary to Host Hee Haw Reverse Draw Fundraiser
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Make plans to join LaPorte Rotary for their Hee Haw Reverse Draw Fundraiser on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 6pm-11pm. Attire is "Hee Haw, Down Home Country" so you can two-step the night away to live country music.
LaPorte Rotary to Host Hee Haw Reverse Draw Fundraiser Niki Whiteside 2012-09-23 00:00:00Z
Endeavor's Final Visit to Houston
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Houstonians have one last chance to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour this morning. The piggy-backed shuttle will take off from Ellington Field at dawn and then do low flybys over Houston just after 7am.  Endeavour will then swing by the state capitol in Austin around 8am and then perform a series of flybys at other NASA sites before landing in Los Angeles tonight.  If you're out early enough, you may see it as it leaves. The shuttle will eventually land in Los Angeles where it will go on display at a museum. Endeavour arrived in Houston from Florida yesterday morning. Before landing, the shuttle took a tour of Houston. http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8817624
Endeavor's Final Visit to Houston Jon R. McKinnie 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z
2013 RYLA Camp (Feb 8-10) Applications for Due Jan 15 2013
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It's that time once again to begin preparing for the 2013 RYLA weekend. The 2013 RYLA Youth Leadership Awards Weekend will be held February 8-10, 2013, at the Carolina Creek Camp, Huntsville, Texas.  RYLA is a great activity for Interact Club members and Youth Exchange Students.  It is also a great opportunity for Rotaract members to hone their leadership skills.   Completed applications and fees are due by January 15, 2013 NO applications will be accepted after February 1, 2013 – NO EXCEPTIONS!
2013 RYLA Camp (Feb 8-10) Applications for Due Jan 15 2013 Ole Donaho 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z
Endeavor's Final Trip Includes Clear Lake/Ellington Field - Delayed
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Shuttle visit has been delayed due to weather, will update with more info when available.
Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA's modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), will make the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era when it departs, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  Endeavor will include the Clear Lake area on its journey, scheduled to make multiple fly-byes, resting overnight, then departing for its final destination, Los Angeles.  We hope to get approximate ETA and will let you know.  Have a safe trip dear friend, after 122M miles, you deserve better than Los Angeles.
Endeavor's Final Trip Includes Clear Lake/Ellington Field - Delayed Jon R. McKinnie 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Night at Rodeo - Sep 18
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Join us for an exciting evening at the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo. Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Dinner at 5:30 PM in the Silver Spur Club (located in Campbell Hall) Rodeo begins at 7:00 PM Cost is $25.00 per person, includes dinner at 5:00pm in the Spur Club (air-conditioned), with a cash bar. $5.00 of every ticket will be donated back to Polio Plus.
Rotary Night at Rodeo - Sep 18 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-09-06 00:00:00Z
Guerrero Clinic - Update from Recent Trip
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As you know, several times per year, a team of Rotarians & volunteers make a trek to Guerrero, MX, and accomplish amazing results.  They just completed a 2 day clinic (July 5-6), where they performed 114 Cataract surgeries and 10 pterigium surgeries.  The group included Dr. Jane Leidlein from Brazosport Rotary Club in Lake Jackson, Dr. Hector De La O from Torreon, Coahuila MX, Dr. Roberto Leal, Dr. Paty Ruiz and Vicky Ruiz, from Chihuahua, MX. The Clinic is located in Guerrero City State of Chihuahua Mexico.

Our next eye Clinic will be October 10th, 2012 Please make plans to participate in the near future.


Guerrero Clinic - Update from Recent Trip Jon R. McKinnie 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z
Watch Rotary Night at the Skeeters on TV!!
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ESPN3 and ESPN Classic will stream and air the Sugar Land Skeeters game against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Saturday, with Roger Clemens on the mound. Watch our own Rotary District 5890 Governor will throw out the first ball. 
Watch Rotary Night at the Skeeters on TV!! Niki Whiteside 2012-08-25 00:00:00Z
Memorial Spring Branch Rotary Health Fair
Check out the action from this event hosted by the Memorial Spring Branch Rotary Club.

Memorial Spring Branch Rotary Health Fair Niki Whiteside 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z
All Club Meeting Features RI Pres Tanaka - Sep 27
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Mark Your Calendars!!!  District 5890 is hosting its All Club Meeting September 27th with Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka as our feature speaker!  Seating is limited so register early!  Individual tickets are $58.90 each with sponsorship tables of 10 available $750-1,500  Click on Sponsorship Opportunities and find your level of support.  The All Club Meeting will be held at the Bayou City Event Center at 9401 Knight St (south of I-610, across from Reliant Stadium) with VIP Reception 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm, General Reception with Cash Bar 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and dinner from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  You can now Register On-Line for this event   Please make plans to attend and promote this event in your Club. Join us for this fantastic evening and wonderful opportunity to get to meet President Tanaka.

All Club Meeting Features RI Pres Tanaka - Sep 27 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z
Hermann Park Rotary Club Welcomes Ambassadorial Scholar
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We are pleased to report that Incoming Rotary Scholar Manu Sharma has arrived in Houston. A group of Rotarians and Rotaractors came to the air port to welcome Manu on his first trip to Houston and America.

Manu will visit the Rotary Club of Hermann Park on Tuesday, August 14th and will also be attending an Astros Baseball game over the weekend. Manu will also be attending the Houston Club anniversary dinner, the Foundation Seminar, and the All Club meeting. Also in the planning is a welcome/send off party for all of our Rotary Scholars. We know you will extend a warm D5890 Rotary welcome to Manu if you are in attendance at any  of these events.

Rotarians welcoming Manu were Bill Baremore, Art and Olga Bautista and their daughter, Philip Cras, and Carmen Cuneo. Rotaractors were Nathalie Cras, Evelyn Cras, Mark Solano, Brian and Mike. 

 

Hermann Park Rotary Club Welcomes Ambassadorial Scholar Niki Whiteside 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Friendship Exchange: Opportunities to host families and travel October 2012
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Rotary District 5890 has two opportunities for Rotarians to participate in a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) this October.

Swedish Inbound Friendship Exchange: Oct. 2-13  Needed: Host Families and Drivers!
This is your opportunity to develop friendships with Rotarians from around the world.  

Leipzig, Germany Outbound Friendship Exchange: Oct. 25 - Nov. 5 
Join fellow District 5890 Rotarians as they participate in a Friendship Exchange to Leipzig, Germany. 

Click on story title to learn more.


Rotary Friendship Exchange: Opportunities to host families and travel October 2012 Niki Whiteside 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Shrimporee - Oct 20
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Space Center Rotary will host it's 39th annual Shrimporee on October 20 (11am - 4pm) at Clear Lake Park on NASA Parkway.  This year's Shrimporee will be the best ever, with educational, interactive presentations that will intrigue kids and educate parents.  Each year, the Shrimporee is Space Center's major event, lots of food & beverages, shrimp and BBQ brisket lunch, live and silent auctions, entertainment, games for the kids and fellowship.  The event is free, meals are $15 each.  Raffle tickets for outstanding items are available for $10 each, 6 for $50.
Space Center's Shrimporee - Oct 20 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z
District Membership Seminar - Aug 11
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The District Membership Seminar is only 6 days away.  Have you registered yet???  What better way to kick-start your membership efforts than attending the District Membership Seminar on August 11, 2012, at Spring Woods High School, 2045 Gessner, Houston Texas 77080.  Registration starts at 8:15AM; Seminar 9:00AM - 1:30pm  Click on Membership Seminar to register.  August is Membership Month, a special time of the year when the entire Rotary family focuses on Membership Recruitment & Retention.
District Membership Seminar - Aug 11 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z
Club and District Support Resources from RI

Did you know that RI offers support for clubs and Rotary districts? The Club and District Support office (CDS)  provides customized services to district and club level leaders and works to support you in your role. CDS is your key Rotary contact, available to answer any questions you have and connect you to the right resources. 

One example of a resource they provide is the document Helpful Resources for Club Officers available in the download section of the District 5890 homepage. This quick reference guide contains links to areas of rotary.org intended for use by club leaders. Save this document to your computer’s desktop or electronic files so that you can easily reference it in the future.

You will also find the CDS team contact sheet in the downloads section. This further details their areas of expertise and how you can easily connect with them for get support.

Club and District Support Resources from RI Niki Whiteside 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Houston 100th Birthday Bash - Aug 24
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The Rotary Club of Houston is celebrating its 100th year with a big party in the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel on August 24 with a cocktail reception at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00. Edwardian dress is optional. Come be a part of the history at the location where the Rotary Club of Houston held it’s meetings for over 70 years. We are looking forward to a great evening with all of our Rotary friends from District 5890.  We are not just celebrating the Birthday of the Rotary Club of Houston; we are celebrating the Birthday of Rotary in the Greater Houston Area.

Rotary Club of Houston 100th Birthday Bash - Aug 24 Niki Whiteside 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z
PDG Joe Hollingworth has Passed Away
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It is with extreme sadness to report that Rotary Past District 5890 Governor Joe Hollingsworth has passed away on July 20, 2012.  Service July 25, 2012, 11:00 AM, Chapelwood United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, Tx 77024, with reception in fellowship hall to immediately follow.  Private internment. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Rotary Club of Harrisburg PO Box 266743, Houston, Tx 77207.

Click on this story heading to see Joe's obituary from the Houston Chronicle.
PDG Joe Hollingworth has Passed Away Jon R. McKinnie 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z
MOCAH: Sharing Art With All
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Reginald C. Adams, President/CEO of the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) and immediate Past President of the Houston Skyline Rotary Club, recently sat down with Comcast NEWSMAKERS to talk about the work of MOCAH, how it is making a difference in the community, and upcoming projects.
MOCAH: Sharing Art With All Niki Whiteside 2012-07-15 00:00:00Z
Skills 4 Living The Game of Real Life July 27-28
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The next Skills 4 Living Game of Real Life will take place at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 1612 Memorial Drive, Houston 77024. Dates and times are July 27-28, 7:30am- 4:30am. Rotary is the Charity for the game. Rotarians are needed to assist the during this event. Click on the More link for more details and to learn how to volunteer.
Skills 4 Living The Game of Real Life July 27-28 Niki Whiteside 2012-07-14 00:00:00Z
District 5890 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute - Sep 8-9
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On September 8-9, 2012 District 5890 will train District Rotarians in a two day workshop designed to improve personal leadership skills.  The Institute will be held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center, located at 12715 Telge Road, Cypress Texas.  Rotary clubs in District 5890 will have the opportunity to send 2 participants who are interested in assuming greater leadership roles in their Rotary club or community.
District 5890 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute - Sep 8-9 Jon J. Eiche PDG 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation approves Global Grant project of $97,110
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On July 3 The Rotary Foundation approved our Global Grant in partnership with District 5870 (Austin) and host sponsor club Lome-Zenith and International Sponsor Club Bear Creek-Copperfield to provide insecticide-treated bed nets and water filters, as well as educational activities on disease prevention, to the members of five communities in Togo.

The project was conceived by Brigitte Pahwa the spouse of the immediate Past District Governor of D5870 and was headed up by Suresh Pahwa from that District and Bill Davis from our District 5890.

Rotary Foundation approves Global Grant project of $97,110 Niki Whiteside 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z
Tech Talk (June 2012)

The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers (the cadre) is a group that represents all Rotary districts and a wide spectrum of professional expertise, the cadre is a diverse group of volunteer Rotarians who monitor and evaluate Foundation grant projects all over the world by conducting paper reviews and traveling to project sites to evaluate technical feasibility and compliance with The Rotary Foundation's missions and objectives. 

 

In an effort to keep Rotarians informed of the cadre’s activities, we are now distributing Tech Talk, the cadre’s quarterly newsletter. You can read the latest information at this site: http://tinyurl.com/TT6012

Tech Talk (June 2012) Niki Whiteside 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z
Parting Thanks from 2011-12 DG Rhonda Walls Kerby
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As I end my year as District Governor, I want to say that I have been truly humbled to serve as your District Governor!  I again want to personally thank all the Rotarians in District 5890 for making the past year so special. 

I have so many wonderful memories of the last year that it would be impossible to mention them all.  The Clubs and Rotarians in District 5890 are amazing, and have done an excellent job at Reaching within to Embrace Humanity to make the world a better place for the less fortunate. 
Parting Thanks from 2011-12 DG Rhonda Walls Kerby Rhonda Walls Kerby DG 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z
Rotary's Exclusive Picnic Night with the Sugar Land Skeeters! - Aug 25
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Rotary District 5890 has reserved the Picnic Area at Constellation Field for you and your family for an exclusive Picnic Night with the Sugar Land Skeeters.   Come join your fellow Rotarians for a night of fellowship and fun on Saturday, August 25. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Picnic Buffet begins at 6:45 pm.  
Rotary's Exclusive Picnic Night with the Sugar Land Skeeters! - Aug 25 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z
Waller County's Special Priced MBA Opportunity
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The Rotary Club of Waller County is pleased to announce to all Rotarians interested in pursuing an Executive MBA the chance to earn one at almost half the price of similar offerings from other institutions. Prairie View A&M University’s College of Business is expanding its graduate program offerings to include an Executive MBA (EMBA).  Classes will be held twice a month, on (alternate) Saturdays at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center located near Tomball Parkway (Highway 249) and FM 1960 at 9449 Grant Road.  Students move through their courses as a cohort and focus on one course at a time.

Waller County's Special Priced MBA Opportunity Wayne Ballentine 2012-06-10 00:00:00Z
Video Review of 2011-12 District Conference
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Miguel Ottaviano, Memorial Spring Branch, created a video capturing the energy and success of the 2011-12 District Conference which was held last weekend in Horseshoe Bay.  Click on the following link to access his video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptC1v-O2peA&feature=youtu.be
Video Review of 2011-12 District Conference Jon R. McKinnie 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z
Major District Awards Presented by Governor Rhonda Walls Kerby
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At the 2012 District Conference in Horseshoe Bay, District Governor Rhonda Walls Kerby recognized a number of clubs and individuals for outstanding achievement during the 2011-12 Rotary year.  Click on this story heading or More to view the recipients.
Major District Awards Presented by Governor Rhonda Walls Kerby Jon R. McKinnie 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z
2012-13 District Governor & Officers Installation - June 10
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We have reached the time for the orderly transition of Rotary leadership.  You are invited to attend the Rotary District 5890 Installation of District Officers and the Installation of District Governor Christopher H Schneider.  The event will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045  MAP  Reception 5:00-6:00pm, Program Begins 6:30pm, Dinner 7:00pm, Installation 8:00pm  Dress Code - Business Attire IF YOU HAVEN'T REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE - DG INSTALLATION DINNER
2012-13 District Governor & Officers Installation - June 10 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-06-03 00:00:00Z
District Conference at Horseshoe Bay - May 31 - Jun 2
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 The 2012 District Conference will be held May 31 - June 2 2012, at the outstanding Horseshoe Bay Resort - Marriott in Horseshoe Bay / Marble Falls, TX.  Horseshoe Bay Resort, a premier hill country lake and golf resort, lies along the panoramic shores of Lake LBJ in the heart of the Texas hill country.  Come celebrate the many accomplishments of District 5890.  District 5890 is alive and vibrant.  See how to make your club grow and maintain membership.  Learn why the Rotary Foundation is important to your Club, District 5890 and the World as a whole.
District Conference at Horseshoe Bay - May 31 - Jun 2 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z
Galleria Area Club Moving to Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club - July 2
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Effective Monday, July 2, 2012, the NEW Galleria Area Rotary Club meeting location is in the Galleria Mall at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club, 5015 Westheimer, Suite 4020 Houston, TX 77056, and phone: 832 325-5100. The entrance to GTAC is on Level 3 (really 4th level since there is a level 2.5) of the Orange Parking Garage #7 off the W. Alabama/McCue Street entrance to Galleria Parking Garage. This entrance is not on the Westheimer side of the Galleria but on W. Alabama, the street behind the main Galleria Mall.
Galleria Area Club Moving to Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club - July 2 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Springoree - May 17
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Space Center Rotary's spring fundraiser, Springoree, will be held at the Nassau Bay "highrise" Hilton, 3000 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058 on May 17 starting at 6:00 pm. Great meal, wonderful fellowship, live and silent items, fun will be held by all. Tickets are $75 each. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend.
Space Center's Springoree - May 17 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z
Gardening with the Governor - Apr 21
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District Governor Rhonda Walls-Kerby , and Interact District Governor Eduardo Belalcazar are looking forward to seeing you there!  Date: Saturday, April 21st, 10am - 1pm at Rotary Centennial Grove Park (Send me total attending from your Interact club by April 16th)) This is a free event....Sandwiches, chips, and lemonade will be provided for Interactors and Advisers, but you must RSVP
Gardening with the Governor - Apr 21 Tommie Buscemi 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z
Houston Rotary Club Celebrates 100th Birthday - Aug 24
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We are busily planning RCH’s birthday party (on August 24th in the Crystal Ballroom of the Rice Hotel, 6:00pm - Cocktail Reception, 7:00pm Dinner). Come one - Come all - To our Birthday Ball!  Dawn your top hat and put on your tails; 1912 Costume Attire Highly Encouraged.  Bustle your dresses - other parties will pale!  Don't miss out on the surprises we've planned!  Not an ordinary dinner but a period celebration  1912 is the year - The Rice your destination.  $53 per person (for Club 53, of course), $100 per couple (it is our 100th birthday after all)  (includes dinner, dancing and more)  ($45 per person for tickets purchased prior to 4/15/12)  CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket!

Houston Rotary Club Celebrates 100th Birthday - Aug 24 Peggy Ricks 2012-04-14 00:00:00Z
Join District 5890 Group for RI 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand - May 6-9
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The International Conventions is just around the corner May 6-9, 2012. The International Convention is a great opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians, learn about ongoing projects, and see how Rotary is making a tremendous impact around the world. Join the District 5890 group organized by Bob Gebhard for an incredible experience.

Join District 5890 Group for RI 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand - May 6-9 Niki Whiteside 2012-04-14 00:00:00Z
Foundation Special Offer - Double Recognition Points - Apr 1-July 1
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The Rotary Foundation is offering double Foundation recognition points for all recurring contributions (through Rotary Direct) to the Annual Programs Fund between 1 April and 1 July 2012. Rotary Direct (formerly known as TRF-Direct) is The Rotary Foundation’s recurring giving program. There, you can select an amount, frequency (monthly, quarterly or annually), and contribution method (credit card or bank draft) to donate to our Foundation painlessly. I encourage you to set up recurring gifts to the Annual Fund (Share) and/or PolioPlus, as the other options (giving to the 6 area of focus) do not benefit our District.

What are the promotion details?

Foundation Special Offer - Double Recognition Points - Apr 1-July 1 Terry R. (28) Ziegler 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z
Wayne Beaumier Elected to Disaster Assistance Board
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Asst Governor Wayne Beaumier was recently elected to the Disaster Aid USA Board of Directors.  Disaster Aid USA was established to provide disaster aid and relief worldwide in accordance with Rotary Guiding Principles of honest and ethical behavior and the 4-Way Test.  They have started with an innovative and effectively designed disaster aid package that provides those in need with a new start in family units within their communities.  CLEAN WATER + SHELTER  = SURVIVAL
Wayne Beaumier Elected to Disaster Assistance Board Jon R. McKinnie 2012-04-06 00:00:00Z
"Rotarians Helping Rotarians"
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 As you remember, now Past District Governor Sunny Sharma encouraged Rotarians to do business with Rotarians.  The District developed a comprehensive district directory, listing every member and their vocation to facilitate the Rotarian interaction.  The concept was, if you had need for a service or project, wouldn't you prefer to do business with a Rotarian, who follows the 4-Way test OR pick a business through the internet or call someone in the phone book.

Even more importantly, what about the Rotarian who is looking for better opportunity, better environment, has lost their job due to the economy or company downsizing, To facilitate this, we have created a very simple, Rotarians Helping Rotarians web page on our district website.

"Rotarians Helping Rotarians" Jon R. McKinnie 2012-03-20 00:00:00Z
Alan Wylie named to Int'l Youth Exchange Committee for 2012-13
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Congratulations to Alan Wylie, who has been selected to serve on the International IYE Committee for 2012-2013.  RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka has appointed a Youth Exchange Committee to provide guidance and advice to the Board on all aspects of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. It shall, under the direction of the president, develop the program content for the annual Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting and promote attendance at this meeting. The committee shall consider the RI Strategic Plan in its efforts.

Alan Wylie named to Int'l Youth Exchange Committee for 2012-13 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-03-18 00:00:00Z
Rotarains Gift City of Bellaire with Elegant New Landmark
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On March 16, 2012, Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotary gifted its namesake city with an elegant new landmark: a fifteen-and-a-half foot clock tower that now graces the central intersection of Bellaire Boulevard and S. Rice Avenue in the heart of Bellaire’s Paseo Park.  "We're extremely proud to be able to do this for our wonderful community," club spokesperson, attorney Nan Wagoner said. "The inscription, ‘It’s always time for service above self’, on the commemorative plaque is a Rotary reminder of the importance of community spirit in keeping Bellaire the great place to live and work that it has become - - and it's also the motto that Bellaire Rotarians try to live into every day," she added. 
Rotarains Gift City of Bellaire with Elegant New Landmark Nan Wagoner 2012-03-17 00:00:00Z
District 5890 Received 2011 All Star Award
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Rotary District 5890 of the Greater Houston Area has received the 2011 All Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than half a million small organizations worldwide.  Each year, a select group of Constant Contact customers are honored with the All Star Award for their exemplary marketing results. Rotary District 5890’s results ranked among the top 10% of Constant Contact’s customer base.  Over the past 5 years, District 5890 Lt. Governor Jon McKinnie and his Technology Committee have let the District’s concerted effort to upgrade its communications, create a presence in Social Media and promote public awareness throughout the Greater Houston Area.
District 5890 Received 2011 All Star Award Jon R. McKinnie 2012-03-16 00:00:00Z
Social Media Workshop Hits RI Website
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Last October we organized an morning Social Media Workshop for Rotarians throughout Greater Houston Area, which was held at San Jacinto College, which by the way, overbooked in 3 weeks…  We pulled lots of college Rotaractors & high school Interactors into the event, setting them up as trainers & mentors for the adults. The kids were empowered and the adult "students" learned lots about Facebook, YouTube, Twitter. Several of the adults even suggested that our next event to be an all day event.

 

Well the results of the event's success hit the Rotary International press today.  Now 1.2M Rotarians in over 200 countries and visitors to the RI website, from around the world, get to read about the success of our event.  Click on the following link:  http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/120313_news_rotaract.aspx

 

Social Media Workshop Hits RI Website Jon R. McKinnie 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z
Philip Harris - New Rotary Rockstar for D5890 Interactors
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We invited Philip Harris (Space Center Rotarian) to be our keynote speaker at our 2012 Interact District Conference, and he did an amazing job inspiring 400+ Interactors, Rotarians, Rotaractors, RYE students, and parents that attended.  Since he was only 7-8 years older than the Interactors, he instantly became the new face of Rotary for them, and reminded them that they don't have to wait "decades", or "forever" as one of my Interactors said, to become a Rotarian.  Interactors were asking him to sign the backs of their Interact t-shirts, and they were signing the back of his.

 
Philip Harris - New Rotary Rockstar for D5890 Interactors Jon R. McKinnie 2012-03-10 00:00:00Z
Cowboy Dinner Cruise at RI Convention - May 6 "SOLD OUT"
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Come join our Cajun friend & Rotary Int'l Vice-President Noel Bajat and his wife, Sis, who will be hosts at our District 5890's Zone 21b – 27 Cowboys Dinner Cruise on May 6th in Bangkok.  The Cruise departs at 7:45pm sharp.  The boat will cruise the Chao Phraya river, Thai and International buffet, welcome drink, snacks, tea, coffee, desserts, live music all for a price of $45 per person.  Unfortunately, this event has now been "SOLD OUT"
Cowboy Dinner Cruise at RI Convention - May 6 "SOLD OUT" Jon R. McKinnie 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z
Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) - May 19
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This is a team leadership training for all 2012- 2013 Club Officers and members.  Officers & committee chairs will receive training on their specific duties as well as a "Rotary 101" class for new members.  This is your chance to hear about all of the exciting things that will be happening in the Rotary world for the Rotary Year of 2012 - 2013  So mark your calendar for Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) which will be held at Memorial High School, 935 Echo Lane, Houston, TX, on May 19 2012.  8:30 am Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Training.  Deadline for registration is Friday, May 6, 2012
Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) - May 19 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-03-01 00:00:00Z
Attention Interact Seniors: Win Scholarship $$$ In Rotary District Essay Contest
TIME TO SHARPEN THE PENCILS FOR ROTARY DISTRICT 5890's ESSAY COMPETITION! We will award three great scholarships to Interact members (12th Graders Only) from our District who submit the most outstanding essays centered on Rotary's 4-Way Test. First place winner receives a $2000 scholarship, 2nd place scholarship is $1500, and 3rd Place scholarship is $500.


Attention Interact Seniors: Win Scholarship $$$ In Rotary District Essay Contest Nan Wagoner 2012-02-26 00:00:00Z
Helpinga Hero Presents Home to SGT Kendra Coleman - Feb 27, 10:30am
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Please join us on Monday morning, February 27th at 10:30am for the HelpingaHero.org Home Presentation for SGT Kendra Coleman.  DG Rhonda Walls Kerby & H Ross Perot, Sr will be participating in the ceremonies.  Home Address: 26618 Longleaf Valley Dr, Katy, TX 77494  MAP  DG Rhonda Walls Kerby will be on hand to present Kendra with a Paul Harris Fellow and recognize Kendra as a proud new member of  Rotary.

Helpinga Hero Presents Home to SGT Kendra Coleman - Feb 27, 10:30am Jon R. McKinnie 2012-02-23 00:00:00Z
Willowbrook Rotary Releases New Youth Exchange Videos on YouTube
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Willowbrook Rotary Club with support from Rotary International District 5890 has published new videos developed to educate students and parents about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  Willowbrook Rotarians Anais Watsky, Gary Aguren and former Rotarian Lois Alberts were instrumental in development of this new media.    These new videos present students and parents who have participated in this program to tell about their experiences.  If you are interested in applying to become an exchange student; these videos may have the answers to many of your questions. For more information, please call Anais Watsky at 281-370-4200.

These videos may be viewed by clicking the following links:

RYE STUDENT VIDEO               RYE PARENT VIDEO

Willowbrook Rotary Releases New Youth Exchange Videos on YouTube John Mitchell 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z
2012-2013 Rotary Foundation Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholars Selected
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Four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rotary Foundation Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships were selected from a pool of applicants sponsored by Rotary Clubs in District 5890 (Greater Houston area) on February 4, 2012.
2012-2013 Rotary Foundation Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholars Selected Bill Haglund 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z
Books For the World - Sorting Event - Feb 11
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All Rotarians, Interactors, Rotaractors and their family members and friends are invited to participate in this great International Service Project!  Join us  Feb 11 2012 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM at Total Quality Books - 3802 Leeland (near Scott & I-45)  for our next Books for the World - Book Sorting & Palletizing Event.
Books For the World - Sorting Event - Feb 11 Terry R. Ziegler 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z
Photos of DG Rhonda & DGN Bob in Pasadena Dance Competition
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DG Rhonda Walls Kerby & DGN Bob Gebhard participated in the Pasadena Dance Competition on Saturday night, Jan 21.  After weeks of hard practice, we are glad to report our district leaders represented Rotary very well.  OK, so maybe they need to keep their day jobs.  HA  Click on the following link to see photos :  Dance Photos
Photos of DG Rhonda & DGN Bob in Pasadena Dance Competition Jon R. McKinnie 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z
RI Pres-Elect Tanaka Announces 2012-13 Theme
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Rotary Int'l President-elect Sakuji Tanaka will ask Rotarians to build Peace Through Service in 2012-13. Tanaka unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2012 International Assembly, a training event for incoming Rotary district governors. "Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary," he said. "Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways." 

Join our leadership efforts to support District Governor-Elect Chris Schneider as he builds toward his year as our District Governor, taking office Jul 1 2012

RI Pres-Elect Tanaka Announces 2012-13 Theme Jon R. McKinnie 2012-01-22 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Floyd Boze Dinner - Feb 7
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Space Center Rotary Club would like to invite you to join us at our PAUL HARRIS FELLOW & FLOYD BOZE FELLOW DINNER, in celebration of PDG Floyd Boze 94th birthday on Feb 7, 2012, (social starts at 6pm).  The dinner will be held at Bay Oaks Country Club, located at 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77059. Tickets are $35 each, dress is business formal.    Please call Art Oswald at 281-461-7876 to RSVP, deadline for meal count is Feb 1st.  Following Space Center Rotary Club's tradition, each year we celebrate Floyd’s birthday to honor the first member of our club to be elected District Governor (1981-82).  Floyd has served in practically every capacity as a member of the Carthage, San Angelo, Lubbock, and Space Center (since 1973) Clubs.   Brother Floyd continues to be a mainstay of Space Center Rotary Club & still maintains a passion for Rotary, evidenced by his 50+ years of perfect attendance.
Space Center's Floyd Boze Dinner - Feb 7 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-01-20 00:00:00Z
Today We Celebrate!!!
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The last Polio case identified in India was certified on January 13, 2011.  So, today we celebrate One Year of Polio Free India!  Many told us it was impossible - there were too many people, they had too many other health problems, many were too hard to get to, many lacked the understanding of vaccines and as recently as 2009, India counted more Polio cases than any other country in the world (741).   We are now that much closer to being "This Close" to ending Polio forever!
Today We Celebrate!!! Terry R. (28) Ziegler 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z
All Club Meeting Features RI Pres Banerjee - Feb 9
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Mark Your Calendars!!!  District 5890 is hosting its All Club Meeting February 9th with Rotary International President Kaylan Banerjee as our feature speaker!  Seating is limited so register early!  Individual tickets are $50 each with sponsorship tables of 10 available $750-1,500  Click on Sponsorship Opportunities and find your level of support.  The All Club Meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Reliant Center with VIP Reception 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, General Reception with Cash Bar 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm and dinner from 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm.  You can now Register On-Line for this event   Please make plans to attend and promote this event in your Club. Join us for this fantastic evening and wonderful opportunity to get to meet President Banerjee.

All Club Meeting Features RI Pres Banerjee - Feb 9 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z
"Beads for Hope Fundraiser" Project by Children of the Dump
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A fundraiser for your Rotary, Interact or Rotaract Club, and it also supports an International Rotary service project!!  Here's proof that you can do two things at one time!  First, you can support a remarkable Int'l Rotary service project, The School of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua.  Second, you can raise money for yoru own Rotary club or sponsor a box for your Interact or Rotaract club as a fundraiser for their club. 
"Beads for Hope Fundraiser" Project by Children of the Dump Jim Kite 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z
Seabrook Rotary Celebration - 20th Anniversary - Jan 21
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Seabrook Rotary is having its 20th anniversary on Saturday, January 21st at Lakewood Yacht Club.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm  Click on Seabrook Rotary 20th Anniversary for more details.  Our theme will be "Black Tie and Boots" (formal wear optional) and we will have dinner and dancing to the sounds of Mickey Hobbs.  We would like to invite Rotarians throughout District 5890, especially our host club, Space Center Rotary.  

Seabrook Rotary Celebration - 20th Anniversary - Jan 21 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-01-08 00:00:00Z
Rotary's Award Winning Float in Today's Rose Parade
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 Did you catch Rotary's float entry "Inching Toward the End of Polio" in today's Rose Bowl Parade??  If not, click on Rose Parade to see the video and commentary.
Rotary's Award Winning Float in Today's Rose Parade Jon R. McKinnie 2012-01-02 00:00:00Z
President-Elect Training (PETS) Mar 22-25 2012
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Now that the new Rotary year is right around the corner, the new Presidents-Elect should mark their calendars for the 2012 PETS.  There is no better preparation than attending PETS which is scheduled for March 22-25 at Hyatt Regency DFW.  In fact, attendance at PETS is now required by RI for all president-elects in order to serve as president of your Rotary club.  (PETS REGISTRATION & HYATT ON-LINE REGISTRATION ARE NOW ACTIVATED)
 
President-Elect Training (PETS) Mar 22-25 2012 Jon R. McKinnie 2012-01-02 00:00:00Z
SCRYE 2012 Winter Conference - Jan 27-29
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 The SCRYE 2012 Winter Conference will be held on Jan 27-29, 2012 in Tulsa and is open to all Rotarians and guests with an interest in this wonderful Rotary youth program.   The event is a highlight each year of the Rotary youth exchange program as a result of the diverse training offered and attendance by ~200 exchange students and 125+ Rotarians and guests from the 36 member districts of SCRYE.  
SCRYE 2012 Winter Conference - Jan 27-29 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-12-27 00:00:00Z
Happy Holidays from District 5890!
 
Happy Holidays from District 5890! Niki Whiteside 2011-12-23 00:00:00Z
District 5890 # 1 in Foundation Giving!!!!
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Terry Ziegler 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 giving is up 107.7% compared to this same time last year!  Please click on the current Monthly Contribution Report  to see if your club is one of the 41 clubs which has made an Annual Programs Fund contribution this year and if so, please congratulate your members.  If you are one of the 22 clubs which has yet to make a contribution this year, please consider doing so by December 31, 2011. 
District 5890 # 1 in Foundation Giving!!!! Terry R. Ziegler 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z
EarlyAct FirstKnight "Knighting Events" in Dec
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Several Knighting ceremonies will be taking place during next couple weeks.  Please click on any of the following locations for more details:

 

Epps Island - Dec 7 - 8:30am

Bear Branch - Dec 7 - 1:15pm  

Eiland Elementary - Dec 8 - 8:30am

Nitsch Elementary - Dec 8 - 1:15pm 

Love Elementary - Dec 9 - 8:15am 

 

This elaborate school-wide knighting ceremony will acknowledge teacher-selected students who have best exemplified the EAFK value taught over the previous grading period.  Please join us in supporting this wonderful event.

EarlyAct FirstKnight "Knighting Events" in Dec Tommie Buscemi 2011-12-04 00:00:00Z
President-Elect Training (PETS) Mar 22-25
The new year signals it's time for incoming Club Presidents to start preparation for their year in office.  There is no better preparation than attending PETS which is scheduled for March 22-25 at Hyatt Regency DFW.  In fact, attendance at PETS is now required by RI for all president-elects in order to serve as president of your Rotary club.
President-Elect Training (PETS) Mar 22-25 Christopher Schneider 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z
Brazosport Club Has Been Busy!!!
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Brazosport Rotary has been extremely busy since August.  We had our annual shrimp boil and raised approximately $225, 000.  Now we are trying to find he best ways to spend it.  In September we sponsored a Habitat for Humanity house.  We got there on a Thursday morning to a slab and ten days later it was a wonderful 4 bedroom handicapped accessible home.   Most of the Rotarians took part in hammering nails, putting up siding, measuring, etc.  Such an awesome experience.  Last Sunday was the dedication of the house.

Brazosport Club Has Been Busy!!! Jon R. McKinnie 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Clubs Honor Veterans This Week
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I am sure all of our Rotary Clubs will be honoring our Veterans this week.  I wanted you to be aware of several clubs who have sent their Veteran programs to me for distribution.  I have decided to bundle them into a single story with links to each event.   Click on this story heading to see the various events.
Rotary Clubs Honor Veterans This Week Jon R. McKinnie 2011-11-06 00:00:00Z
Sonia Azad's Story on "GSE Trip to India" Wins Regional Emmy Award
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 As you remember, Sonia Azad, Channel 13 reporter & Rotary GSE team member, developed and broadcast her "GSE Team Trip to India" special report several months ago. Great publicity for Rotary throughout the Greater Houston Area & around the world.  We are thrilled to report that last night, Sonia was given a Regional Emmy Award for her half-hour special report. 
Sonia Azad's Story on "GSE Trip to India" Wins Regional Emmy Award Jon R. McKinnie 2011-11-06 00:00:00Z
Camp RYLA 2012 - Feb 24-26 2012
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Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp will be held the weekend of Feb 24-26 2012 at Carolina Creek Christian Camp facilities which are located eight miles east of Huntsville, TX, between Huntsville and Riverside, TX     Questions about RYLA?  Click on RYLA Camp 2012 for more information and applications.

Camp RYLA 2012 - Feb 24-26 2012 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-11-06 00:00:00Z
Rotary Friendship Corner
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Isn’t this cooler weather great?  This beautiful, crisp, weather can’t help but put a smile on your face!  What a great time in which we live!  In last month’s Fellowship Corner, you learned what Skiing, Magicians, Mountain Gorilla Tracking, and Wine all have in commonJ  (Fellowships).  This month, and in the months to come, you’ll learn more about particular fellowships and the benefits they have to offer.

Rotary Friendship Corner J. Irene Hickey 2011-10-30 00:00:00Z
Social Media Workshop - Great Success
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The District held it's first Social Media Workshop on Saturday, Oct 22, at San Jacinto College - South, to a packed house.  There were outstanding speakers, very knowledgeable presenters and great group of attendees. A very supportive group of Rotaractors and Interactors participated also.  Click on the following link to view PICTURE ALBUM of the event.

Social Media Workshop - Great Success Jon R. McKinnie 2011-10-23 00:00:00Z
Social Media Workshop - Oct 22
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The District is organizing a Social Media Workshop which will be held October 22, in Building 12 at San Jacinto College - South, which is located at 13735 Beamer Drive, Houston, TX 77089CAMPUS MAP  There will be outstanding speakers, very knowledgeable presenters and staff to offer personal assistance.  Registration starts at 8:15am, parallel sessions will start at 9am.  The event will end at 1:30.


Social Media Workshop - Oct 22 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z
Sealy Flag Project Honored 911
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The Sealy Rotarians began a flag project last year.  Tim McCarty seized the opportunity to show Rotarian patriotism and began a fundraiser by asking his club to sell Flag Sponsorships to their neighbors.  Rotarians in Sealy offered to put up and take down flags during the seven major flag holidays for $30 a year.  This year Tim expanded the fundraiser to include area businesses, paying $50 for the subscription. 

Sealy Flag Project Honored 911 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-10-08 00:00:00Z
District Governor 2014-15 Nominations Due Dec 31
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Time is getting short.  December 31 is the deadline for submission of nominations for District Governor, who will serve District 5890 in year 2014-15.  Many Rotarians don't consider themselves as potential candidates, until other Rotarians validate their efforts to make the world a better place.  So, I encourage you to think of all the outstanding Rotarians throughout the district and reach out to that special person who stands taller, works harder, and asks for nothing in return.
District Governor 2014-15 Nominations Due Dec 31 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-10-07 00:00:00Z
Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Recap
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 Seventeen Rotary Clubs from District 5890 were represented at the 2011 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center on September 10-11, 2011. The Institute helps Rotarians improve their personal leadership skills using a highly interactive program led by a team of 13 Facilitators, skilled in adult learning from all corners of the District. 
Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Recap Jon J. Eiche PDG 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z
Memorial Spring Branch's Recap of Health Fair
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 On August 13, Memorial Spring Branch Rotary Club held its annual Health Fair at Spring Branch Family Development Center.  Immunization, school supplies, Backpaks and Fun Fun Fun!!!  Click on Video Recap to view their outstanding event
Memorial Spring Branch's Recap of Health Fair Miguel Ottaviano 2011-09-30 00:00:00Z
Univ Area Awards Nursing Scholarships
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 Since 1960, the Rotary Club of the University Area has awarded scholarships to nursing students, and this year, the tradition continued.  The 2011 scholarship recipients are Natalie Lewis, Bianca Darrington and Sheila Esparza.  All three recipients are currently attending Prairie View University, where they maintain excellent grade point averages.  Each has expressed an interest in giving back to the community by helping others.
Univ Area Awards Nursing Scholarships J. Irene Hickey 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z
Driving Miss Daisy!!
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 In 2004 I was chair of the International Committee of the RC of Houston. I was lucky that at one meeting of the District Int'l Committee, was only one empty chair next to a lady, that it happened to be our  DG !, Ms D'Lisa Simmons.We became friends. At another meeting she mentioned that she was going to visit the Brenham Club. As I have a place only 10 miles West of there, I offered to drive her to Brenham ,but with the condition to let me show her our weekend place in Burton. This was about 4 hours of round trip driving, with great conversations. I’ve  learned in that short time, more about Rotary that you can never dream!
Driving Miss Daisy!! Angie Jimenez 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z
Skyline Pres Reginald Adams in In-depth Interview
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 Houston Skyline Club President Reginald Adams participates in an in-depth interview about how the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) is serving the community through the cultural arts of Houston.   Great interview.

Click on the following link: . http://www.facebook.com/l/YAQDreY-7AQCi_ddYZKSNyi0X54uZjlU8yEDVqofek4Se_A/blip.tv/moppenheim/insight-reginald-adams-audio-clean-5530258

Skyline Pres Reginald Adams in In-depth Interview Jon R. McKinnie 2011-09-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of West U Helps Supply YMCA “Operation Backpack”
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Hundreds of kids head back to school this week more prepared to learn, thanks in part to the help of the Rotary Club of West U and the Weekly Family YMCA.  As part of the Greater Houston-area Operation Backpack (http://www.ymcahouston.org/operation-backpack/), the members of the Rotary Club of West U purchased and stuffed 700 backpacks with school supplies for distribution by the Weekly Family YMCA to children in need, representing two-thirds of the 1,050 backpacks collected there.

Rotary Club of West U Helps Supply YMCA “Operation Backpack” Jon R. McKinnie 2011-08-23 00:00:00Z
End Polio Now Featured on Channel 26
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DG Rhonda Walls Kerby and Polio Plus Chair Terry Ziegler appeared live on Channel 26, this Monday morning, August 22, between 7 - 8AM  They discussed Rotary's efforts to eliminate Polio and to promoted our Rotary night at the Astros game against the Pittsburg Pirates. 

Click on END POLIO NOW FEATURE to see this morning's interview.

Rotarians district wide are invited to participate in "End Polio Now" Night with the Astros.  The game will be Wednesday, August 31, 2011 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates

 
End Polio Now Featured on Channel 26 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Nite at the Astros - Aug 31
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 Rotary is heading out to the Old Ballgame!  Rotary Night at the Astros is the August 31, 2011.  $2.00 of every ticket sold the Astros are donating to Rotary's Polio Plus Campaign.  There is a private reception at the Champions Pavillion.  Go to www.astros.com\rotary or call Cody Arnold at 713-259-8315 to purchase over 20 tickets!  We need to sell 1000 tickets to get Rotary promos on the big screen before the game.  So everyone let's purchase tickets and watch the Astros Strike out Polio!

Rotary Nite at the Astros - Aug 31 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z
Sealy Offers "The Great Lemanski's Rotary Song Book"
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When Jeri Dulaney was at District Conference this year, she learned that many of the District’s Rotary clubs no longer sang at their meetings.  In Sealy, they love to sing because Frank Lemanski’s songs are always so much fun.  Ask Jean Love about Frank and his wonderful lyrics.  As a club, we wanted to share our songs, so we thought that as an added bonus, we could offer the Great Lemanski’s Rotary Songbook to other clubs if they would make a $30 donation to Polio Plus.  That way they get great songs, and we all help with eradicating polio.
Sealy Offers "The Great Lemanski's Rotary Song Book" Jon R. McKinnie 2011-08-10 00:00:00Z
ABC Channel 13 Features "Rotary Books of the World"
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ABC Channel 13's Sanya Azad recently presented a feature story on PDG Charlie Clemmons and "Rotary Books for the World".  Imagine trying to teach without text books for all students. Teachers overseas have actually been asked to cut the books in half so that they would serve twice as many students. Rotary's response has been to try to supply a complete book to every child that does not have one.  

Click on the following link to view the story:  Rotary Books for the World

ABC Channel 13 Features "Rotary Books of the World" Jon R. McKinnie 2011-08-10 00:00:00Z
Thousands of Books Sent to Pakistan to Promote Literacy and Education
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Hashoo Foundation, and Rotary Club of Islamabad Margalla in Pakistan received the forty-foot ocean freight container filled with approximately 20 tons of books and educational materials shipped by the Rotary Books for the World Project and The Second Wind Foundation from the Port of Houston.
Thousands of Books Sent to Pakistan to Promote Literacy and Education Jon R. McKinnie 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z
Public Relations Tip Corner
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Rotary International has a new media Center!  It is now easier than ever to download broadcast-quality video, high-resolution print advertisements, billboard graphics, and radio-ready announcements of Humanity in Motion and “This Close” materials — all free. You can also download computer-ready videos to use in presentations or to embed on your website or blog. And all items are adapted for social media, so they can be easily shared with your fans or followers.


Public Relations Tip Corner Linda Boggess 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z
RI's Council on Legislation
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As we are now in the first quarter of Rotary’s 2011-12 year, there is less than 6 months to submit proposed legislation for the 2013 Council on Legislation.  RI must receive proposed legislation, along with its certification form signed by the district governor and proposer’s purpose and effect statement, no later than 31 December 2011.
RI's Council on Legislation Jon R. McKinnie 2011-07-30 00:00:00Z
Atlantis - STS-135 Final Shuttle Journey into the Heavens
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 As we all know, the final journey into the heavens by the Shuttle program, STS-135, "Atlantis" launching on July 8, returning to earth on July 21, rolled to a full stop at 4:57am, thus ending the Shuttle program after 30 years of imagination, effort and execution by Johnson Space Center and NASA.    Recognizing the historical enormity of the final landing, Commander Chris Ferguson just after wheels stop said "Mission complete, Houston, After serving the world for over 30 years, the shuttle has earned its place in history, and it has come to a final stop." to which Entry CAPCOM Barry Wilmore replied "We congratulate you, Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space faring nation who truly empowered this incredible spacecraft which has inspired millions around the globe."

Many Rotarians around the world, across America, in Houston, our Clear Lake area and more specifically, as members of Space Center Rotary Club, have contributed to the success of the historically project. Space Center Rotarians include Alan Wylie, Dick Meyers, Gary Johnson, Jack Bacon, Lamar Bowles, Mike Hernandez, Dick Hergert, Tim Kropp, Al Ligrandi, Jack  Lister, Bob Wren, Wayne Young, Geoff Atwater, Philip Harris and many more.  Congratulations to each of you for a job well done.

Join us for the sheer power and magnitude of  STS-135 Final Launch & Ascent

Atlantis - STS-135 Final Shuttle Journey into the Heavens Jon R. McKinnie 2011-07-24 00:00:00Z
Global Grant Project - Malaria Prevention with Bed Nets
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At the 2011 PETS in Dallas, the spouses of the District Governors expressed an interest in creating a Global Grant.  After some research and reviewing a number of issues, District 5870 (Austin, Round Rock and environs) came up with a simple "malaria prevention project - bed nets".  Please consider this very worthwhile International project (we all need an International project checked off our "To Do List") Click on this story heading to learn more.

 

Global Grant Project - Malaria Prevention with Bed Nets Jon R. McKinnie 2011-07-19 00:00:00Z
Leadership Training Institute - Sept 10-11
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On September 10-11, 2011, District 5890 will train selected District Rotarians who will participate in a two day workshop designed to improve their personal leadership skills.  Clubs in the district are invited to send two Rotarians that would like to participate in the interactive workshop on September 10-11, 2011 Clubs may send a maximum of 2 members and the class will be limited to the first 24 who send in the registration fee of $250. 

The Institute will be held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center located at 12715 Telge Road, Cypress, Texas 77429, Information on the conference center may be found on the Northwest Conference Center website at www.northwestforest.com

Leadership Training Institute - Sept 10-11 Linda Caruso 2011-07-03 00:00:00Z
Welcome to Rotary District 5890
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As District Governor, I would like to welcome you to Rotary District 5890, comprised of 62 outstanding Rotary Clubs and over 3,000 community service minded Rotarians, located throughout the Greater Houston Area.  District 5890 is one of over 500 districts within Rotary International, which represents over 1.2M Rotarians worldwide.

This year's theme "Reach Within To Embrace Humanity"  inspires us to search within ourselves to understand that all of us have the same dreams, hopes and aspirations.  Then we truly understand the importance of our work.  We want to reach out to non-Rotarians, explain the purpose of Rotary, validate our work as Rotarians, emphasize Rotary's current mission and share the achievements of what we do best.  Click on Welcome To Rotary, and let us share our passion for community service.  If you wonder "Why Should I Be A Rotarian", click on it.

We invite you to explore our website and learn of the various activities & programs of the clubs throughout Rotary District 5890.

Rhonda Walls Kerby
District 5890 Governor 2011-12

Welcome to Rotary District 5890 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-07-02 00:00:00Z
Outstanding Video Captures the Essence of DG Rhonda Walls Kerby's Installation
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Over 300 attended the incoming District Governor Rhonda Walls Kerby's installation at Minute Maid Park on June 5.  An excellent venue which not only installed all the District Leadership, Rotaract and Interact Leadership, but featured the future of Rotary, the outstanding Youth Exchange program of District 5890, led by our favorite kid at heart, Alan Wylie.

Click on the following link to view a wonderful video compiled by Miguel Ottaviano which is now posted on the District's YouTube website:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOfAy-epXrU


Outstanding Video Captures the Essence of DG Rhonda Walls Kerby's Installation Jon R. McKinnie 2011-06-06 00:00:00Z
National Day of Service and Remembrance 9-11
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Rotary District 5890 will be presenting the 1st Annual National Day of Service and Remembrance Community Service Award this year, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  September 11 is officially designated National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks. September 11 was officially recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama in April, 2009.
National Day of Service and Remembrance 9-11 Ed Charlesworth PDG 2011-06-04 00:00:00Z
Rotaract District Conference - Jun 11
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The Rotaract District Conference 2011 is scheduled for June 11 at University of St. Thomas, Malloy Hall Boardroom 3800 Montrose Houston, TX 77345.  General Meeting will start at 9am.  Registration must be completed online. For more detail, click on District Conference 2011  To register online, click on Registration
Rotaract District Conference - Jun 11 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z
DG Sunny's Recap of RI Convention in New Orleans
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Rashmi and I just returned from the International Convention, which was held  in New Orleans last week. Over 18,500 Rotarians and guests attended the gathering and fun times were had by all. The HOC did a fabulous job of organizing great speakers and entertainers. Bill Gates was mesmerizing and reassuring in his commitment to Eradicating Polio as his top priority. President Ray personally invited over 200 SCRYE Students and they brought the house down with their flag ceremony and a number of beautiful songs. The harmony and togetherness among the students from all over the world reassured Rotarians that our YE Program is the best in bringing down the boundaries and building Peace and Goodwill among all nations of the world. 
DG Sunny's Recap of RI Convention in New Orleans Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z
Operation USO Phone Bank - Memorial Day
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Houston Rotarians Honor our Veterans this Memorial Day through their Support of the USO   Rotary Club of Houston member Lavonne Cox, announced this week that KPRC Channel Two will operate its second annual Operation USO Phone Bank this Monday.   Lavonne, President/Founder of the USO Auxiliary, an all volunteer support organization for the USO, said, "For the first time in our history, more than half our military are married.  No other organization does more than the USO to strengthen the vital connection between our troops overseas and our military families. And through Operation Enduring Care serving our Wounded Warriors and many other comprehensive programs, the USO does more for our veterans, our serving military men and women, and their families, than any other 501(C3) veterans organization.  We look forward to great Houston support for this Memorial Day event"
Operation USO Phone Bank - Memorial Day Denis DeBakey 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z
Nicaragua Upcoming Trip - July 20-27
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It is time to plan for you to join us on our July, 2011 trip to Nicaragua. The trip will be July 20- July 27, 2011 and I hope you will be able to accompany us. We will be seeing all of our projects this time. An itinerary of our day to day activities will follow this announcement in a couple of weeks.

Nicaragua Upcoming Trip - July 20-27 James M. Kite 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z
Galleria Area - Game of Real Life
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The Game of Real Life is an award winning, 100-hour financial, career and college planning curriculum.  The students attend classes over a three or four week period where they use critical thinking, team building and leadership skills to create an expectation for their lives. 

The Rotary Club of Galleria Area invites you to play with us in the Game of Real Life.  Career Mentors are needed on June 21, 22, 23, July 5, 6 & 7 to have lunch with the students and share your life experiences.  Also we need Rotary members and friends to be interviewers of the students from 8am to noon on July 15 and some to stay and train the students for a business model in the game on the afternoon of July 15.  On July 16, the students will be Rotary employees managed by Rotary volunteers. 

Galleria Area - Game of Real Life Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-26 00:00:00Z
Highlights of RI Convention in New Orleans
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The Rotary Int'l Convention in New Orleans is coming to a close today.  I'm sure Rotarians around the world not only got a great experience by attending the convention, but they got a great "taste of New Orleans".  Only problem is food flavor is directly proportionate to the calorie count!!!!

To view the video highlights of the Convention, click on this story heading.


Highlights of RI Convention in New Orleans Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z
Incoming District Governor Rhonda Walls Kerby's Installation - Jun 5
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Please come and join the Katy Rotary Clubs as it hosts the District 5890 Officer Installation.  The event is being held this year on June 5, 2011 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Train Station at Minute Maid Park.  Not only are District 5890 officers being installed, but the District Interact and Rotaract Officers and Club Presidents are being installed as well. 

Click on Installation Registration to make reservations.


Incoming District Governor Rhonda Walls Kerby's Installation - Jun 5 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-22 00:00:00Z
Monthly Foundation Meetings Scheduled Throughout the Year
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Every District 5890 Rotarian is invited to attend the new "Eat and Educate" events throughout the coming Rotary Year.  Each monthly meeting will examine a different area of The Rotary Foundation.  Starting with an overview of our Rotary Foundation and it's purpose on June 13, 2011, they will go into more detail about Grants, Fundraising, Scholars, Polio Plus, Future Vision, understanding the TRF reports, and more as the year goes on.
 
Monthly Foundation Meetings Scheduled Throughout the Year Terry R. Ziegler 2011-05-21 00:00:00Z
Update - PDG Charlie Clemmons Recovery from By-Pass Surgery
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(May 21, 2011) I received a text messge from Barbara that Charlie continues his recover and has been moved to Room 3359.  She reports that Charlie is progressing, a little tired and is trying to rest.  She adds, "Thanks for all the prayers and concern everyone has shown"

I was pleased to report to Barbara that so many Rotarians across the District relayed their prayers and best wishes, that I decided to not forward them to Barbara cell phone under the fear that I would flood her cell phone.

Please keep PDG Charlie and Barbara in your prayers. 

Proves again, prayers do work!!!!!!
Update - PDG Charlie Clemmons Recovery from By-Pass Surgery Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-21 00:00:00Z
Only Walk-Up Tickets are Available for Cowboy Breakfast at RI Convention in New Orleans
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District 5890 is hosting our infamous TEXAS COWBOY BREAKFAST on Tuesday, May 24th. ADVANCE REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED, AS OF MIDNIGHT FRIDAY MAY 21st. Cost for day of event walkups will be $40 cash or check only. The Bus Trip and Oceana Grill dinner are SOLD OUTClick on this story heading for additional information about the Texas Cowboy Breakfast, Bus Trip and Oceana Grill Dinner.
Only Walk-Up Tickets are Available for Cowboy Breakfast at RI Convention in New Orleans Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-21 00:00:00Z
New Orleans RI Convention May 21-25
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It's time for Rotary Int'l Convention to roll into the "Bid Easy"  Hope you have made plans to attend the convention this year.  Kick Back & Let the Good Times Roll . Click on the following links for More Info:  Find out more about New Orleans! Also, download the convention logo and watch the 2011 RI Convention promotional video.

District 5890 had 75 rooms reserved at Harrah's for the International Convention.  Click on Harrah's Hotel Reservations to reserve your room. (These rooms are on a first come-first served basis)
New Orleans RI Convention May 21-25 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-21 00:00:00Z
Polio Plus Giving Update
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Thanks to all of you who have donated to the Polio Plus $200 MilChallenge.  Today, our District Clubs and Rotarians passed the $600,000 milestone in giving to the $200 Mil Challenge, ranking us in the top 25 of all 535 Rotary Districts Worldwide!

 

Rotarians have donated a total of $169 Mil since the start of the $200 Mil Challenge in 2007 and a total of over $1 Billion since the start of Polio Plus in 1985.

If you are a Polio Plus Society Member (who has pledged to give $100/year for Polio) please make your donation soon if you have not already done so.  Let me know if you don't know how or where to make your donation.

Polio Plus Giving Update Terry R. Ziegler 2011-05-21 00:00:00Z
District Assembly Wrap-Up
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Rotary year 2011-12 was kicked off by incoming District Governor Rhonda Walls Kerby this past Saturday, May 14 in Katy.  An enthusiastic group of incoming club and district leaders were well represented.  DG Rhonda ushured in the new Rotary year, while presenting the 2011-12 Rotary Theme, "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity" which she received at the International Assembly from incoming RI President Kalyan Banerjee,

Click on the following link, District Assembly Photos to gain access to the many photos taken during the event.

Welcome aboard everyone and get ready for the experience of a lifetime, Rotary style.

District Assembly Wrap-Up Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z
Ambassadorial Scholar Update
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Thomas Mendez, one of our Rotary District 5890 Ambassadorial Scholars that just returned from his scholarship year studying aboard in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has started an excellent summer program.  Thomas, and one of his fellow University of St. Thomas graduates, Joseph Morton, have started the Paideia Summer Academy which they began to prepare promising high school students for success in college as academic and social leaders.

Ambassadorial Scholar Update Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z
Dr R Bowen Loftin, A&M President to Speak at Houston City Club - May 19,
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Dr R Bowen Loftin, 24th President of Texas A&M will be guest speaker at Rotary Club of Houston's Luncheon Program at Noon on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Houston City Club, One City Club Drive, Houston, Texas 77046 (713) 701-7789  Come join us and enjoy food, fellowship and a great speaker.

Dr R Bowen Loftin, A&M President to Speak at Houston City Club - May 19, Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-13 00:00:00Z
Ambassadorial Scholars Attend District Conference
District 5890's four Ambassadorial Scholars attending the District Conference include from left Thomas Mendez, Renee McKeon, Daniella Romero, and David Lichte. Thomas and Renee have returned from their studies abroad. Tom was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the 2009/2010 school year. Renee presented her experiences in Peru to District Rotarians at the recent Conference. Daniella sponsored by the Kingwood Rotary Club is preparing for her visit to Switzerland where she will study international relations. David is sponsored by the Willowbrook Rotary Club and is preparing for his year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he will undertake graduate business studies.
Ambassadorial Scholars Attend District Conference John Mitchell 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z
Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) - May 14th
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District 5890 will be conducting its Club Leadership Training (Club Assembly) on May 14th, 2011 at James E. Taylor High School, 20700 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, Texas 77450.  Registration begins at 8:30 am, Continental Breakfast and Networking.  Training begins at 9:00 am and should conclude around 2:00 pm.  Lunch will be served. 
 
This is a team leadership training for all 2011- 2012 Club Officers and members.  Each officer will receive training on their specific officer duties as well as a "Rotary 101" class for new members.  This is your chance to hear about all of the exciting things that will be happening in the Rotary world for the Rotary Year of 2011 - 2012
 
You can register and pay on-line, just click on REGISTRATION  Or you can click on this story heading to access the paper form of registration and to learn more about this event.
Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) - May 14th Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z
Tornado Relief Project - Call To Action
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We have seen the devestating results of the massive tornados that swept throughout the south. District 5890 has risen to the occasion many times, assisting those in harms way, and we can do it again.  Local Rotary District 5890 Rotarians, Hurley Johnson and Hugh Conway, traveled to Alabama to help the inhabitants of Hackleburg and will be leading our relief efforts.  PDG Ed Charlesworth will have the Rotary Trailer at District Assembly, so bring your donations of cash, clothing, water, generators, chain saws, etc.   We should be able to fill up the Rotary Trailer, and use the donated cash to purchse addition needed items.

Please send contributions for our Rotary Disaster Relief Committee to District Treasurer Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Road, Pasadena, TX 77505 or click the link below to make online donations. For more information please contact PDG Ed Charlesworth, 281-890-8575, charlesworth@stresscontrol.com or Ivan Butterfield, 281-431-2254, ivbutterfield@aol.com. Let's show our neighbors in Alabama that we are there for them.


Click Here for PayPal

Tornado Relief Project - Call To Action Ed Charlesworth PDG 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z
District Membership Seminar - Aug 13
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August is Membership Month, a special time of the year when the entire Rotary family focuses on Membership Recruitment & Retention. What better way to kick-start your membership efforts than attending the District Membership Seminar at North Shore Senior High. Registration starts at 8:15AM; Seminar 9:00AM - 1:30pm  Club Presidents are encouraged to personally lead a delegation of their club membership committee, along with President-elect, secretary, program chair and any other interested members. (Especially the "Newbees")  Our District Membership Chair, Ibrahim "Abby" Abou-Awdi, has developed an agenda of top speakers who will offer creative and innovative ideas to help your club meet its March 31, 2012 target.  Take this opportunity to spend quality time with District leaders, your Asst Governor and your Area Membership Chair.


District Membership Seminar - Aug 13 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z
Lavonne Cox Receives Mayor Annise Parker's Commendation
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Lavonne Cox, Past Rotary Club of Houston board member and 2010 Distinguished Citizen Committee Chair, received a Commendation for Outstanding Volunteer Service from Mayor Annise Parker's Volunteer Initiatives Program on April 21st . 
 
Last fall Lavonne was named a 2011 ABC/13 Woman of Distinction.  She has received awards and recognition for her volunteer work with Open Door Mission, Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine, Medical Bridges, the USO, and others.  Congratulations, Lavonne, for the recognition of your wonderful community service efforts.


Lavonne Cox Receives Mayor Annise Parker's Commendation Jon R. McKinnie 2011-04-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary Honors Houston Rodeo: Living the Legacy
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The Rotary Club of Houston announced the 49th presentation of the Rotary Club of Houston's Distinguished Citizen Award at Bayou City Event Center for Saturday, May 14. This year's Rotary honoree is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, represented by its chairman, Charles R. "Butch" Robinson.  The event will be held on May 14 2011 from 6:30 - 10:00pm at Bayou City Event Center, 9500 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77054
Rotary Honors Houston Rodeo: Living the Legacy Geraldine Mullins 2011-04-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary gives orphans new school uniforms
Orphans and Disadvantaged Children Benefit from District Grant

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Rotarians from District 5890 in Houston Texas and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Willowbrook Texas gave support to orphans and disadvantaged children in district 9400 through a district grant for school uniforms in rural areas surrounding Nelspruit, SA.  The grant was in partnership with the Rotary Club of Nelspruit, South Africa which is a Future Vision District.

From the Rotary Club of Nelspruit and the children of the rural communities who benefited from this grant THANK YOU DISTRICT 5890 for your generosity.

 
Rotary gives orphans new school uniforms Anais G. Watsky 2011-04-08 00:00:00Z
2011 Dist. Conference, Hyatt Lost Pines, Apr 28-30
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The 2011 District Conference will be held April 28 - 30, 2011, at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Bastrop, TX. Come see all the activities of District 5890.  District 5890 is alive and vibrant.  See how to make your club grow and maintain membership.  Learn why the Rotary Foundation is important to your Club, District 5890 and the world as a whole. Click on "Conference On-Line Registration" now and register for this outstanding event.

Please click on the conference Promotional Video on YouTube and learn more about the amazing facilities.

And did I mention golf??   Lisa Faith Massey & Croby Leschber have organized an outstanding District Conference Golf Tournament, which will be held April 28th, start time will be 10 am.  Wolfdancer Golf Club is ranked 6th top course in TX.  Participation fee - $125.  Click on the following link for more details - District Conference Golf Tournament  Wolfdancer course is located on the grounds of Hyatt Lost Pines Resort (site of District Conference) 

2011 Dist. Conference, Hyatt Lost Pines, Apr 28-30 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z
Teamwork at Its Very Best
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An advantage of Social Networking and the knowledge gleaned from using the various social networking tools is the ability to learn something new about businesses, projects and needs in both the local communities and in the world.  As information is learned and shared, new relationships are formed.  In the first quarter of 2011, a new relationship was formed between three very different organizations that touch the greater Houston community overall.  The Rotary Club of the University Area (RCUA) joined forces with the Houston Branch of the Xerox Women’s Alliance Texas Chapter (TWA) and with the Xerox Community Involvement Foundation (XCIP), to support two local charities:  Dress for Success and Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.
Teamwork at Its Very Best J. Irene Hickey 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z
To Tweet or Not to Tweet???
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It seems you hear about new social media tools available through the web on an almost daily basis and that each one is billed as a “must have” resource. One tool that is heard about regularly is Twitter, www.twitter.com. So what is Twitter and how can it be used effectively to support Rotary?
To Tweet or Not to Tweet??? Jon R. McKinnie 2011-03-26 00:00:00Z
District Youth Exchange - # 1 in All North America
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On February 12, 2011, in Sacramento, California, Rotary District 5890 was recognized at the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) conference as the #1 district in Rotary Youth Exchange for all of North America, including Canada, the USA, and Mexico.   The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of the numerous Rotary clubs / Club Youth Exchange Officers / Club Committees throughout our district and the tireless efforts of the district youth exchange committee.   Thank you to everyone who have contributed to this monumental award for District 5890.
District Youth Exchange - # 1 in All North America Jon R. McKinnie 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z
Humble Celebrating the Past, Present & Future of Rotary
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A very special and moving evening was enjoyed by 200 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Exchange Students, Ambassadorial Scholars, Women of Rotary, former Rotarians and guests as the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental "Celebrated the Past Present Future of Rotary". We honored our Charter Members ,Past Presidents and their survivors. The anniversary date of Rotary was chosen for this event.
Humble Celebrating the Past, Present & Future of Rotary Jon R. McKinnie 2011-02-28 00:00:00Z
PDG Ken Smallwood Will Be RI President's Representative to 2011 District Conference
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2003-04 District 6970 PDG Ken Smallwood from Orange Park, Florida will serve as Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith's representative to our 2011 District Conference at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Bastrop on April 28-30th.
PDG Ken Smallwood Will Be RI President's Representative to 2011 District Conference Bill Haglund 2011-02-23 00:00:00Z
Houston Chevron Marathon - Jan 30
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In what may be a first for Rotary Clubs in District 5890, we have a limited opportunity to take advantage in participating in the Houston areas’ single largest day sporting event of the year – the Houston Chevron Marathon, held on January 30, 2011. This event which will be seen by over 1 million television viewers, 200,000 spectators, and attract 55,000 people over a two day period is a Public Relations/Image “must” for Rotary International, and the District 5890 clubs. This event will receive coverage by all media network television stations, newspapers, and the like.  Click on Houston Chevron Marathon to see the Rotary YouTube video.
Houston Chevron Marathon - Jan 30 John Hinojosa 2011-02-20 00:00:00Z
PDG Floyd Boze Update
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As some of you may know, Past District Governor Floyd Boze has been in St John's Hospital in Clear Lake for approx. 2 weeks  Floyd underwent surgery on Feb 9th and has been recovering in ICU.

His daughter, Ann Beaty report Friday: "Dad will be transferred today (Friday) to the rehab floor of Clear Lake Regional Hospital.  They encourage visitors, but ask that they come after 3pm each day.  Please thank everyone for all their prayers and concerns.  God has given us a miracle with Dad's recovery.
Thanks, Ann"

PDG Floyd Boze Update Jon R. McKinnie 2011-02-19 00:00:00Z
2011-12 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars Selected

Three recipients of the 2011-2012 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships were selected from a pool of applicants sponsored by Rotary Clubs in District 5890 on February 5, 2011.

2011-12 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars Selected Bill Haglund 2011-02-17 00:00:00Z
"Come Join Us" - New Inspiring Rotary Song
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While sitting in the audience of the 2010 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, professional speaker and songwriter Jerry Mills was awestruck by the message and multimedia presentation of 2010-11 RI President Ray Klinginsmith's theme address.  "Up to that point, Rotary had been a concept. After that, it became a passion."

In May, Mills awoke in the middle of the night and wrote the lyrics to the song "Come Join Us" which has since been featured at several Rotary events and will be performed at the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.  To hear the song, click on its name and to access more details click on the story heading.


"Come Join Us" - New Inspiring Rotary Song Jon R. McKinnie 2011-02-13 00:00:00Z
DG Sunny Sharma & Vicki Brentin - Haitian Daily Journal
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We are thrilled that District Governor Sunny Sharma and Houston Club Past President Vicki Brentin have safely returned from their very successful journey to Haiti.    They departed Sunday via Miami for 2/7 arrival in Haiti and returned on 2/11. Click on this story heading, to access each day's adventures.

Vicki writes:  We are all safely home, feeling especially blessed with a very productive trip.  Thank you all for your care, concern, prayers and support this past week.  I will try to summarize the last 2 days.
DG Sunny Sharma & Vicki Brentin - Haitian Daily Journal Jon R. McKinnie 2011-02-13 00:00:00Z
Heights Rotary Shrimp & Crawfish Boil and Auction
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Heights Rotary is having it's Annual Shrimp & Crawfish Boil with a Live and Silent Auction.

It will be on April 2, 2011 from 11 - 3:00 pm at the SPJST Lodge on 15th and Beall.

There will be childrens games with hot dogs and hamburgers. We will also have Art Cars on exhibit and a car for kids to decorate.

The cost is $12.00 for Adults and $4.00 for children 10 and under.

Please come and support the Heights Club with all of their future charities.

For further information contact Wade Bradford at 713.240.7029

Heights Rotary Shrimp & Crawfish Boil and Auction Charlie Thorp PDG 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z
NASA - Space Station Assembly
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Since the political debate on our Space Shuttle's end-game has been front page news, I thought you would appreciate an antimated review of the International Space Station's assembly.  Click on the following link:  Space Station Assembly

NASA - Space Station Assembly Jon R. McKinnie 2011-02-01 00:00:00Z
Bill Gates Interview - Polio Efforts Update
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invites all Rotarians to watch a webcast about the extraordinary progress in the fight to eradicate polio and the enormous lifesaving potential of vaccines. Where: www.gatesfoundation.org ; also available on demand

 
Bill Gates Interview - Polio Efforts Update Jon R. McKinnie 2011-01-29 00:00:00Z
Greenway/River Oaks Texas Hold'Em Poker Tourney - Feb 4
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OK, all you Texas poker players, this is the chance to participate in a Rotary fundraiser and prove your worth in poker chips.  Greenway/River Oaks Rotary Club is hosting its Annual Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament, which will be held at Angie's Little Rotary House, 1291 N Post Oak, #100, Houston, TX 77055, on February 4 starting at Noon
Greenway/River Oaks Texas Hold'Em Poker Tourney - Feb 4 Jack Wallace 2011-01-16 00:00:00Z
Highlands 36th Annual Chili Feast, Raffle & Auction - Feb 5
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 Rotary Club of Highlands will host its 36th Annual Chili Feast Raffle & Auction on Saturday, February 5, 2011, from 11am - 3pm, at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 808 S. Main, Highlands, TX 77562.  A GREAT CHILI BOWL is only part of the fun at each year's Rotary Chili Feast. Music, Fantastic Raffle Prizes including a new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, Drinks and Desserts, Live and Silent Auctions make for a great day with lots of friends and neighbors.  Come join us at our Highlands tradition for over 35 years.
Highlands 36th Annual Chili Feast, Raffle & Auction - Feb 5 Jon R. McKinnie 2011-01-03 00:00:00Z
SCRYE Conference - Jan 28-30
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The SCRYE 2011 Winter Conference will be held on Jan 28-30, 2011 in Tulsa and is open to all Rotarians and guests with an interest in this wonderful Rotary youth program.   The event is a highlight each year of the Rotary youth exchange program as a result of the diverse training offered and attendance by ~200 exchange students and 125+ Rotarians and guests from the 35 member districts of SCRYE.  

SCRYE Conference - Jan 28-30 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-12-29 00:00:00Z
EarlyAct First Knight Training - Dec 2
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 EarlyAct First Knight training to be held this week on Thursday, Dec 2 at Eiland Elementary School (Klein ISD - 6700 N Klein Circle Dr  Houston, TX 77088-1500  (832) 484-6900).  Teacher training begins at 4:30 pm for Teachers/Principles/Supervisors and Rotary handbook training at 5:30 pm for Rotarians.  Rotarians may share this program with school principals or significant others who are interested in a strong research-based character development program.

For more info, contact:
Tommie Buscemi
tommie5890@suddenlink.net
EarlyAct First Knight Training - Dec 2 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z
District 5890 Hosts a Bookleggers Summit - Jan 8
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In Houston on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 9 am until 5 pm, District 5890 will host a summit of Rotary book collectors and shippers from around North America.  The location will be Angie’s Little Rotary House, 1291 North Post Oak Rd., Suite 100.  We will be featuring the incoming District 9400 Governor and wife. District 9400 includes the northeastern portion of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, and southern Mozambique.  Also presenting will be the key people from the collection centers in Southern California, Wisconsin, and New York State as well as Dallas and Houston.  
District 5890 Hosts a Bookleggers Summit - Jan 8 Charlie Clemmons PDG 2010-11-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary Lombardi Award - Dec 8
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 The Houston Rotary Club will again host the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation December 8 from  7:45pm - 9:30pm at the George R Brown Convention Center located downtown Houston.  This year, there will be special pricing structure for Rotarians. 

Rotarian Special Package Discount:

$375.00 VIP Package/Admission to all ticketed events & to include Souvenir helmet and t-shirt.

$200.00 12/8 VIP Linemen's Reception & Preferred Seating at the Awards Presentation

$ 75.00 General Admission

$ 25.00 Student Admission


Please find details about the event at: Rotary Lombardi Award  The event gets better and better each year. Let's show strong Rotary support for this premier event!


Rotary Lombardi Award - Dec 8 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-11-19 00:00:00Z
Reporting Club Officers to RI Goes Digital
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It is now time to update your Rotary club officers for the incoming 2011-12 year. According to your Rotary Club Bylaws, elections of club officers are to be held each year by 31 December and reported to Rotary International as soon as results are known.   This year, all Rotary club officers are expected to report their incoming officers online using Member Access on the Rotary Website.
Reporting Club Officers to RI Goes Digital Jon R. McKinnie 2010-11-13 00:00:00Z
New Member "Family Social" At DG's Home Nov 13
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On November 13 from 5-8pm, the District Membership Committee has scheduled a social event for new Rotarians and their family to meet and get to know their District Leadership & it's FREE.   This event will be hosted by District Governor Sunny Sharma at his home.  Click here to Register

We encourage all new Rotarians (since Jan 1), Club Presidents, AGs and AMCs to mark their calendars and plan to attend this event.  In keeping with our "Family of Rotary" theme, all attendees are encouraged to bring their family members.
New Member "Family Social" At DG's Home Nov 13 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-11-09 00:00:00Z
Baytown's "Glo-Ball" Golf Tourney - Nov 8
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Baytown Rotary Club is sponsoring its 10th annual "Glo-Ball" Golf Tournament at Goose Creek Country Club, on Monday, November 8 2010. Registration starts at 1:30pm, shotgun start at 2:15pm  First half will be in daylight, back nine will be at dark.
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Cy-Fair's BBQ Dinner & Dance - Nov 13
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Cy-Fair Rotary Club will be hosting its annual fundraiser, a BBQ Dinner & Dance, to be held at Jersey Village Civic Center, on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 6:00pm.  Please come enjoy the fellowship and support our community service projects.
Cy-Fair's BBQ Dinner & Dance - Nov 13 2010-10-30 00:00:00Z
"Be A Friend Dinner" Review
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On Friday night, October 22, 2010, Rotary District 5890 and its 63 Rotary Clubs hosted the Be A Friend Dinner.  This evening, per District Governor Sunny Sharma was "Fricking Awesome".  The event was an enjoyable evening for everyone and a platform where our Rotary Clubs within District 5890 could build relationships, yes the very community RI President Ray Klinginsmith asks us to build, with 18 incredible non-governmental organizations with whom our Rotary Clubs are currently working in partnership.

Click on Be A Friend Review to access a video which truly captures the essence of the event (video produced by Rotaractor Cimela Kidonakis)
"Be A Friend Dinner" Review Jon R. McKinnie 2010-10-30 00:00:00Z
Purple Pinkie Project
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The PURPLE PINKIE PROJECT IS COMING, and our District 5890 Interact clubs need your support in this fundraising effort for PolioPlus!  Last year, our D5890 Interactors collectively raised over $13,000 for PolioPlus, and they want to exceed that amount this year.   The Purple Pinkie Project has been selected again by our Interact district officers to be our "Group District 5890 Interact Fundraising Challenge Project" during the first semester of school.  This announcement was made at the District 5890 Interact Club Round-Up (District Assembly) on September 24th by Interact District Governor, Eduardo Belalcazar.  100% of the funds that the D5890 Interact clubs collectively raise will be donated to Rotary's PolioPlus program.
Purple Pinkie Project Tommie Buscemi 2010-10-27 00:00:00Z
"No Passport Required" - Nov 12
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You are invited to an upcoming Rotaract Event Benefiting Projects of Ambassadorial Scholars that is being hosted on November 12th by Rotaract D5890 at the home of PDG Ed and Robin Charlesworth, 11407 Hylander, Houston, TX.  This event is being organized by the hard working Rotaractors of District 5890 in order to raise funds for the projects that District 5890 Ambassadorial Scholars have identified in their host countries.
"No Passport Required" - Nov 12 Bill Haglund 2010-10-21 00:00:00Z
Books of the World Ships 100th Container
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This month, our Books For The World – International Service Project is proud to announce the shipment of our 100th _ 40' shipping container of books to Rotarian led literacy projects in Africa, India and other countries around the world.  We currently need help moving pallets of books from Total Quality Books (6309 Long Dr., Houston, TX  77087) to our export shipper EXEL (9705 Hwy 225, La Porte, TX   77571). 
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MOCAH Honored by Keep Houston Beautiful
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Keep Houston Beautiful recently informed the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) that the Earth Day Festival Mural: Paint for the Planet has been selected to receive an Honorable Mention Award in the 2010 Mayor's Proud Partners Awards Program.  As you may recall the community art project was organized by Houston Skyline's Reginald Adams and sponsored by the Rotary District.

Congratulations to Reggie Adams, MOCAH's President/ CEO and Ann Wright, District 5890 Public Image Committee Chair for a job well done.
MOCAH Honored by Keep Houston Beautiful Jon R. McKinnie 2010-10-05 00:00:00Z
Galleria Area's Oil Baron's Ball - Oct 15
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The Galleria Area Rotary Club is again pleased to present the Oil Baron's Ball to be held on Friday, October 15, 2010, (Cocktails 6:30pm, dinner & auction 8:00 pm) at the Hotel Derek, 2525 W Loop S Fwy, Houston, Texas. (Black Tie & Boots for the Gents, Texas Fancy for Ladies)  Entertainment to follow by The Spiffingtons.
Galleria Area's Oil Baron's Ball - Oct 15 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-10-02 00:00:00Z
Polio Plus Society Dinner - Sep 24
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Celebrate the Final Days of Polio at the Polio Plus Society Dinner on  Friday, September 24, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at The City of Southside Place Clubhouse, 3700 Garnet St., Houston, TX 77005-3716
Polio Plus Society Dinner - Sep 24 Terry R. Ziegler 2010-09-13 00:00:00Z
Interact Roundup - Oct 2
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The Interact Roundup has been scheduled for Oct 2 2010 from 8:00am - 1:30pm, to be held at Pasadena High School.  There is no cost and we will provide breakfast kolaches & lunch, but please RSVP  Click on this story header for more details.
Interact Roundup - Oct 2 Tommie Buscemi 2010-09-13 00:00:00Z
Univ Area Delivers Fire Truck to Tampico
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Under the leadership and guidance of outgoing president Art Bautista and the hard work and tireless efforts of dedicated club members, the Rotary Club of the University Area (RCUA) brought to fruition an undertaking that truly defined generosity and caring across borders.  It began with a simple request for help and ended with a dream fulfilled; a beautiful concert played by many generous musicians.

Univ Area Delivers Fire Truck to Tampico J. Irene Hickey 2010-09-07 00:00:00Z
Grants Committee Approves Projects 2010-11
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The Grants Committee met on September 1 and approved District Grant awards amounting to $31,000 to sixteen different clubs and Global Grants of $8,000 each to two clubs.  These awards are conditional upon all clubs being current in their payment of dues to the District and to Rotary International as well as having completed the necessary steps to be qualified under the Pilot District rules. 
Grants Committee Approves Projects 2010-11 Bill Davis 2010-09-03 00:00:00Z
District Foundation Seminar - Sep 25
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The District Foundation Seminar will be held Sept 25 at Houston Community College Southwest, 5601 West Loop South, Room 101, Houston TX 77081 from 8:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.  The Rotary Foundation Trustee Vice Chair John Germ will be the featured speaker.  This year the District has planned an exciting Foundation Seminar that every Club in the District needs to attend.  Not only will the Clubs learn more about the Programs of the Foundation, but they will learn how to get money in the future for their Club Projects through District Grants and Global Grants.

District Foundation Seminar - Sep 25 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-08-17 00:00:00Z
Family Night At The Astros - Thurs Evening, Sep 9
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The Rotary Night at the Houston Astros vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers benefiting "End Polio Now" will be held Thursday, September 9, 2010.   The Champions Room will be open at 6:00 PM for members and guests. There will be 10,000 "End Polio Now" t-shirts distributed free, courtesy of Hess Corp.

Click on Milo Hamilton to see his promotional video.  Click on DG Sunny Sharma & Poliio Plus Chair Terry Ziegler to see their promotional video.

The discounted ticket prices are: Field Boxes $24 (600 Rotary reserved), Bullpen $17 (250 Rotary reserved), Mezzanine $14 (250 Rotary reserved).  To gain access to more details and links to order tickets, click on this story heading.

Family Night At The Astros - Thurs Evening, Sep 9 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-08-15 00:00:00Z
"Be A Friend" Dinner - Oct 22
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This Friday, October 22, from 7:00-10:00pm, District 5890 is hosting its "Be A Friend" Dinner to honor Non-Government Organizations (NGO) with whom Rotary Clubs throughout the district have a wonderful working relationship.  The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 8686 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77054 We would like to invite you to an evening of awards, fun, food and entertainment.  Registration will open at 6:00pm.  Be sure to register early enough to review all the auction items.   The dress is "Black Tie Optional"

"Be A Friend" Dinner - Oct 22 Michelle Bohreer 2010-08-01 00:00:00Z
Skyline's Edible Garden Work - Sep 11
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"Rotary Houston Skyline invites all Rotarians to STEP FORWARD and SERVE on Saturday, September 11th from 9am-Noon. We will be updating the edible garden we previously installed and using the garden to teach the students and their parents about sustainability, agriculture, and nutrition. Picnic to follow. We want 5890 Rotary Clubs and fellow Rotarians to join us in partnering with Pepperdine University's Houston Chapter on STEP FORWARD DAY.

Skyline's Edible Garden Work - Sep 11 Corbett Parker 2010-07-20 00:00:00Z
Celebration of Life
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Way too often, Rotarians pass from our world and many friends and fellow Rotarians are unaware of their passing.  This article is intended to be a repository for those who have passed, to "Celebrate Their Life".  A celebration of their family, life's experiences and accomplishments.  To view those individuals or to add someone to the chronicles, click on this story heading or "More"
Celebration of Life Jon R. McKinnie 2010-07-19 00:00:00Z
EarlyAct FirstKnight
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Introducing Rotary to the next generation, EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK) is a revolutionary character and ethics education program for students in grades K-8 that puts Rotary into daily mainstream public education for the first time ever. Their "Tournament of Champions" event was held at Huffman ISD's Jack Spence Stadium on Sep 10 2010 (Time to Be Determined)

EarlyAct FirstKnight Tommie Buscemi 2010-07-13 00:00:00Z
Grant Management Training - Jul 10
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As part of the training requirements for the new Future Vision, you have another opportunity to send your club members to the new Future Vision Grant Training.  This will be Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 10:30am - 1:00pm, at Angie's Little Rotary House.
Grant Management Training - Jul 10 Susan Milner 2010-07-06 00:00:00Z
District Membership Seminar - Aug 14
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This year's District Membership Seminar is being held at North Shore Senior High, 353 North Castlegory, Houston, TX 77049 on August 14, 2010 from 8:30-1:00 pm

Last year, (2009-2010), our successful Membership Seminar kicked off a Banner Year that saw Rotary District 5890 eclipse the 3,000 member mark as we became Number 1 in our Zone! Our district was also in the Top 5 districts in North America!

District Membership Seminar - Aug 14 Ibrahim "Abby" Abou-Awdi 2010-07-05 00:00:00Z
TX Rotary License Plates Available
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The Texas Rotary Licenses Plates are finally available.  We want to thank Tom Plumb for his tireless work and never giving up, despite all the hurdles that he was required to jump.

Let's all show our  to be a Rotarian and support Tom's efforts by ordering one of the initial issue of the Texas Rotary License Plates.   Click on Order Texas Rotary License Plate and share your pride to be a Rotarian.

TX Rotary License Plates Available Jon R. McKinnie 2010-05-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5890 Endowed Scholar Future Vision
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We have the opportunity to create an endowed scholarship celebrating our status as a Rotary Future Visions District. Priorities for this scholarship will be given to students from disadvantaged populations. 

Rotary District 5890 Endowed Scholar Future Vision Susan C. Howe PDG 2010-05-22 00:00:00Z
District Leadership Installation - Review
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The installation ceremonies for incoming District Governor Sunny Sharma,  District Leadership Team & Club Presidents was held at Safari Texas on June 11.  The installation was conducted by Past RI don Mebus.  To view the video, click on DG Installation on YouTube  And to view the various photo albums, click on the heading of this story and then click on the links on the left side of this web page.

District Leadership Installation - Review Kelli Smith 2010-05-18 00:00:00Z
Space Center's Lost Article Recovered
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It has been long rumored that Rotary Int'l published an article many years ago about the early stages of manned space exploration and its close association with Space Center Rotary Club.  But even Rotary International didn't have a copy.  We are thrilled that the article has been recovered.  Click on story heading to read the article.


Space Center's Lost Article Recovered Jon R. McKinnie 2010-05-16 00:00:00Z
Charter Installations - NW Sunset & Waller County
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DG Ed Charlesworth will be conducting Charter Installations for the following club on May 20, 6:30:
Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset & Rotary Club of Waller County.  Please join us in celebration of the two newest clubs.

Charter Installations - NW Sunset & Waller County 2010-05-13 00:00:00Z
Martinez Attends Chile's District Conference
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Ambassadorial Scholar Jessie Alejandro Martinez, outbound to Santiago, Chile, District 4340 attended District 4340's District Conference had the opportunity to meet RI President John Kenny and New Rotarians, and showing his Texas Pride!

Martinez Attends Chile's District Conference Jon R. McKinnie 2010-05-11 00:00:00Z
Push to 3,000+ in Membership
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Our Rotary District is number 1 in membership in our zone! Our zone is compromised of 10 other district totaling 660 clubs and more than 18,674 Rotarians. Since the beginning of this Rotary year, our district increased membership by 3.02% (2,884 to 2,971).  The good news does not stop at the zone level. We are also in the top 5 districts in North America!

Push to 3,000+ in Membership Ibrahim Sobhi Abou-Awdi 2010-05-01 00:00:00Z
Million Dollar Dinner - May 16
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District 5890 Rotary Foundation will be hosting a "Million Dollar Dinner on May 16, starting at 6pm,at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Houston, and we need your help.  Goal: To raise $1,000,000.00 in NEW money for The Rotary Foundation, in minimum $10,000.00 increments.  We want YOU there!
Million Dollar Dinner - May 16 D'Lisa Simmons 2010-05-01 00:00:00Z
DG Goes to Army War College

DG Ed to Represent Rotary District 5890 at the US Army War College.

DG Ed Charlesworth will represent Rotary District 5890 as one of 84 civilian guests invited to the annual Strategy Implementation Seminar of the US Army War College. The 2010 seminar will be held on July 20-22 at the US Army War College and will consist of a series of guest speakers and panel presentations by nationally recognized experts on topics involving national security strategy and policy.

DG Goes to Army War College Ed Charlesworth 2010-04-30 00:00:00Z
Awards during District Conference
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For those of you that didn't attend the District Conference, you missed a great event. The following Individuals and Clubs were recognized for their outstanding service during this current Rotary year.


Awards during District Conference Ed Charlesworth 2010-04-26 00:00:00Z
District Assembly May 15
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The purpose of the District Assembly is to train next year's club leaders and its members.  All club officers and directors should be strongly encouraged/almost required to participate. This is an excellent training opportunity for all club members.

District Assembly May 15 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-04-11 00:00:00Z
Recent Print Article on DG Ed Charlesworth
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For dedicated Rotarians Dr. Ed Charlesworth and his wife Robin Charlesworth, attending two or three meetings some days is not too much to ask.  "We live and breathe Rotary," said Ed, a member since he helped to charter the Willowbrook club in 1984. Robin joined in 1989.

Recent Print Article on DG Ed Charlesworth Jon R. McKinnie 2010-04-02 00:00:00Z
Guerrero Clinic Story on Channel 39
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Dr Pruett and Rotarian Walter Branson were interviewed yesterday for a story which was broadcast on Channel 39.  Story line was the danger created by the Mexican drug wars has forced cancellation of a time honored trip to Guerrero to support their clinic, a 39 year tradition.
Guerrero Clinic Story on Channel 39 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-04-02 00:00:00Z
District Conference - Apr 22-24
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The District Conference will be held April 22 to 24th, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Houston. Come see all the activities of District 5890.  District 5890 is alive and vibrant.  See how to make your club grow and maintain membership.  Learn why the Rotary Foundation is important to your Club, District 5890 and the World as a whole. 

District Conference - Apr 22-24 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-03-17 00:00:00Z
Polio Plus Society Update
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Please consider doing your part by joining the Polio Plus Society.  To join the Society, you must agree to give $100 or more to The Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus each year until this disease is eradicated.  Yes, your spouse, children and friends can also be members. We already have 306 Polio Plus Society Members in our District who will be receiving their unique Polio Plus Society pins at the 2010 District Conference. To learn more click on this story heading or the word "More"
Polio Plus Society Update Terry R. Ziegler 2010-03-08 00:00:00Z
District Wins Awards at SCRYE Conference
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Our District 5890 inbound exchange students, accompanied by 13 Rotarians and spouses and 2 senior Rotex students, attended the annual South Central Rotary Youth Exchange (SCRYE) conference in Tulsa March 5-7, 2010.  District Governor Elect Sunny Sharma, his wife Rashmi, and District Governor Nominee Rhonda Walls-Kerby enjoyed the week-end with us.  We were the #1 district represented at the conference, and our district received three awards from SCRYE:
District Wins Awards at SCRYE Conference Alan D. Wylie 2010-03-08 00:00:00Z
Earth Day - Apr 22
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Protecting the environment has always been central to Rotary service.  From the organization's earliest days up to the present, Rotarians have planted millions of trees, created parks, and carried out recycling activities in communities all over the world.

Since our district conference begins on April 22, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, one of our themes this year will be environmental responsibility.  We are aware that many clubs have focused on this cause in recent years and have decided to applaud them for their efforts.  Hence we have created an award for achievement in this area.  To learn more, click on this story heading or the word, "More" below

Earth Day - Apr 22 Ed Charlesworth 2010-03-05 00:00:00Z
REDI Conference Feedback
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Rotary Emergency Disaster Initiative  (REDI)

If another disaster never happens, it probably won't matter if you missed this workshop. However it  has been determined that $1 of preparedness equates to about $9 to provide response to disaster. Even with the best planning Murphy's Law will come into play.  The 4th Annual REDI conference was held here in Houston and was attended by Rotarians from many regions of the United States from California to Florida and many countries from Vancouver, Canada to several islands of the Caribbean, and Great Brittan.

REDI Conference Feedback Ivan Butterfield 2010-02-25 00:00:00Z
Brazosport Rotary Donates to Nursing School
Brazosport Rotary Donates to Nursing School Ann Wright 2010-02-24 00:00:00Z
Interact District Conference - Mar 6-7
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The Interact District Conference will be held on March 6-7, 2010, and will hosted by the La Porte High School Interact Club.  The conference will be held at the campus of the La Porte Junior High School at 401 S. Broadway in La Porte.  This conference is going to be great, but we need your Interact club to attend so everyone can see the remarkable projects they have accomplished this year.
Interact District Conference - Mar 6-7 Tommie Buscemi 2010-02-23 00:00:00Z
AG Chris Schneider Elected DG 2012-13
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On Saturday, Feb 20th, the District 5890 District Governor Nominating Committee interviewed several very qualified, outstanding and committed Rotarians for District Governor 2012-13.  The Nominating Committee announced the District Governor Nominee Designate as current AG, Chris Schneider of Memorial / Spring Branch Rotary Club. 

AG Chris Schneider Elected DG 2012-13 Jon R. McKinnie 2010-02-22 00:00:00Z
Rotarian Survey
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University of Houston Professor wants to know more about Rotarians

There is a developing "science of good deeds." According to new research the "helper's high" could help you live a longer, healthier life. In the 2005 edition of DG Ed Charlesworth's book Stress Management, he wrote a chapter on service as a positive coping tool. Dr. Richard DeFrank from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business wants to know more about how Rotarians feel their Rotary activities influence their lives.

Please go to Survey Monkey and complete the survey.

(www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PAaWSDY96AnbgvSi58hh_2fA_3d_3d)

It will take less than 10 minutes. Please participate in this survey and Dr. DeFrank will discuss his findings are at our District Conference in April. 

Ed Charlesworth
District Governor, District 5890

Rotarian Survey Ed Charlesworth 2010-02-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Survey
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University of Houston Professor wants to know more about Rotarians

There is a developing "science of good deeds." According to new research the "helper's high" could help you live a longer, healthier life. In the 2005 edition of my book Stress Management I wrote a chapter on service as a positive coping tool. Dr. Richard DeFrank from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business wants to know more about how Rotarians feel their Rotary activities influence their lives. Please go to Survey Monkey (www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PAaWSDY96AnbgvSi58hh_2fA_3d_3d) and complete the survey. It will take less than 10 minutes. If we get enough responses then Dr. DeFrank will discuss what his findings are at our District Conference in April. 


Rotary Survey Ed Charlesworth 2010-02-13 00:00:00Z
DG Home Club holds Fundraiser

The Willowbrook Rotary Club, home club of District Governor Ed Charlesworth, is holding the 24 annual Monte Carlo Gala to raise funds to support charitable activities of the Willowbrook Rotary Foundation. The event will be held February 13 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. Please join the Willowbrook Rotarians at this signature event. Please click HERE for more information.
DG Home Club holds Fundraiser Beth LaPenna 2010-01-28 00:00:00Z
Skyline Supports American Hero
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Rotary Club of Houston Skyline is holding a publicity event for Rotary that will benefit an American Hero through the works of Helping a Hero. 

Sergeant James Wright, a marine, lost both his hands and part of one of his legs while fighting in Iraq.  Funds raised will assist Helping a Hero to convert his home to handicap accessible and our club's foundation work, such as our Garden Project.

Tickets must be purchased in advance through the following link:  http://skyline.eventbrite.com/ 

The event is scheduled for Thursday night, Feb 4th at 7 pm at Ei8ht on Washington Street in Houston.


Skyline Supports American Hero Dona Burke 2010-01-22 00:00:00Z
Haiti Relief
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Now that our District Rotarians are safely home we are planning the next steps for helping our friends is Haiti. There are many Rotarian first responders volunteering with different NGOs mobilized and active in providing immediate relief. Many clubs have started projects raising money, collecting food and clothing, supporting Rotary's Shelterbox projects, etc.  Our District has a rich tradition of club and member involvement in Haiti with water projects, maternal and child health projects, literacy and education, etc. If your club has a project that you are already supporting, then please continue that support.

Click "more" below for donation information.

Haiti Relief Sunny K. Sharma 2010-01-18 00:00:00Z
Extreme Makeover Needs Your Help
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As you know, the popular TV show, "Extreme Makeover" is constructing a new home in Kemah, and Rotary District 5890 has been an integral part, supplying material, supplies, labor and financial support.

Extreme Makeover Video

We are now trying to raise $142,000 to pay off their mortgage as part of the show.  Space Center Club President Jon McKinnie put the challenge to his club and our District on Monday and since then the response has been tremendous with over $60,000 pledges. All funds must be pledged or in hand by 5pm on Weds., January 13th.  We have runners available to come get the checks or you may use a Mastercard or Visa. This family certainly embodies and lives our motto of "Service Above Self" and we have no doubt that our hand up will "pay it forward" through their selfless contributions back to those in need.

Please click on more below to donate and/or to read additional information.


Extreme Makeover Needs Your Help Jon R. McKinnie 2010-01-13 00:00:00Z
Pasadena Rings Salvation Army Bells
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Under the leadership of Club President Mark Fifield and Rotarian Paul Covell, the Pasadena Rotary Club just finished a 150 hour bell ringing marathon for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive.  57 of the club's Rotarians volunteered in 75 two hour time increments during a two week period from 10AM - 8PM.  Total funds raised by the bell ringing for the time slots totaled $5,691.   
Pasadena Rings Salvation Army Bells Chris Bezdek 2010-01-02 00:00:00Z
Rotary Peace Convention
See the following links for updates on our recent GSE, Rotary Peace Convention, Friendship exchange and Rotary Peace Window dedication in Leipzig last month These excellent videos were produced by our own Rotaractor Cimela Kidonakis. Please view the videos below then visit Cimela's website (HERE) and post your appreciation to Cimela for a job well done.

Click on the following links to see these videos:

Rotary Conference on the20th Anniversary of the Leipzig Peace March and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Rotary International GSE Team 2009

Rotary Peace Convention John Mitchell 2009-11-12 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Seminar
Thanks to all for making the District Rotary Foundation Seminar an inspirational success. We had over 200 attendees, many alumni and guests, all who became more aware of the great things being done with our Rotary Foundation contributions. Our District Rotary Foundation Chair, Suzi Howe, and all our Foundation Committee members deserve our heartfelt appreciation for a job well done. All our presenters were excellent, and Deepa Willingham hit a humanitarian home run for the hope of leaving the world a better place through our support of the Rotary Foundation and programs dedicated to world peace through eradicating extreme poverty. We are making a difference and you are taking the future of Rotary into your hands. The future belongs to those who give future generations reason to hope. The future belongs to Rotary. Thank all of you for serving, and it is an honor for Robin and I to be part of the great District 5890 team.

Yours in Rotary Service - Ed
Dr. Edward A. Charlesworth
District 5890 Governor 2009-10

Rotary Foundation Seminar Ed Charlesworth 2009-11-11 00:00:00Z
Polio Plus - Good News!!!!
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The International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) has issued a strong statement encouraging vaccinations against polio as a matter of urgency, and calls on Ministries of Health in Muslim countries to intensify their efforts to eradicate polio. The statement calls on parents and guardians - to ensure that their children benefit from all polio vaccination efforts- and on religious scholars and mosque leaders to encourage communities to support polio eradication campaigns.
Polio Plus - Good News!!!! Terry R. Ziegler 2009-09-17 00:00:00Z
DG Newsletter Has Hit the Stands!!
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District Governor Ed Charlesworth's Newsletter is off the presses and has hit the newsstands; thanks to the hard efforts of Editor Marilyn Lidberg.  Click on DG Newsletter Archive to access to this year's issues.
DG Newsletter Has Hit the Stands!! Marilyn Lidberg 2009-09-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary - Helping A Hero
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District 5890 leaders proudly participated in the ceremonies to donate a home to one of our Heroes, Captain Dan Moran through the HelpingaHero.org home program.  Secretary of Defense Robert Gates joined DGE Sunny Sharma and DG Ed Charlesworth for photos with Rotary Club of Houston members. Houston Rotary Club's own Meredith Iler, District 5890 Veterans Chair and Helping A Hero Chair conducted the presentation ceremony in the You Tube video.  Look in the upcoming District Newsletter for these special photos!

Click on the Great Article and  the You Tube video
Rotary - Helping A Hero Meredith Iler 2009-09-02 00:00:00Z
The Magnificance of a Day....
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Months of sacrifice, hard work, and conviction have culminated in the form of a packaged product that is proof of the gift of generosity and the power of humanitarian spirit…The books are here!

The Magnificance of a Day.... 2009-08-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Int'l "Future Vision"
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Greater Houston District has been selected to participate in Rotary International's Future Vision Plan.  One hundred districts, worldwide, were approved. The Future Vision Committee has been formed, which will be chaired by PDG Suzi Howe.  Please take time to study and understand the direction and intent of this new business model.

Rotary Int'l "Future Vision" 2009-08-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary Emergency Disaster Initiative
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The Rotary Emergency Disaster Initiative will hold its 4th Conference & Workshop on Feb 5-6, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, hosted by District 5890. Are you prepared for the next Hurricane, Tornado, Flood, Wildfire or earthquake? Click on story heading or More to gain access to additional information.
Rotary Emergency Disaster Initiative Charlie A. Thorp PDG 2009-08-01 00:00:00Z
District Membership Seminar - Aug 8
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Rotary members are always quizzed about what their organization is all about and now the public has a chance to learn more about the service club. What better way to kick-start your membership efforts than attending the District Membership Seminar at North Shore Senior High. Registration starts at 8:00AM; Seminar 8:55AM - 1:00pm

District Membership Seminar - Aug 8 David Taylor 2009-07-31 00:00:00Z
Leipzig, Germany October 2009
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Rotary District 5890 has arranged a Friendship Exchange with District 1880, specifically the city of Leipzig, Germany, for a time period of Tuesday â€" Monday of October 6 â€" 11, 2009.  Information and arrangements can be made through Phil Cezeaux or Lindsey Kroll at houstonleipzig@gmail.com


There are many activities planned for this period, including a Rotary World Peace Convention and the dedication of a new modern stained glass window above the St. Thomas Church choir loft of where J.S. Bach presided. 

The Church of St. Thomas was founded in 1212 as the church of the Augustinian Canons' seminary. In the choir chamber lies the grave of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was working here from 1723 to 1750 as composer and choir-master of the world famous Thomas Choir. Bach is buried in the Church Nave. In 1539 also Martin Luther preached here. 

The recommended structure is to attend Rotary events with your host Rotarian and to attend other events either together or separately, as you choose.  There will be plenty to do, so don't worry about activities.

To learn more about the planned events, click on the links on the left side of this web page.
Leipzig, Germany October 2009 Philip Cezeaux 2009-07-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary Friendship Exchange
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The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to experience other cultures firsthand, by participating in reciprocal visits with Rotarians from other countries and their families. Introduced in 1984, this program aims to advance international understanding among Rotarians.  It provides Rotarians with the opportunity to form personal contacts and make long-lasting friendships while exploring different areas of the world.  To learn more click on this story heading or "More"

Rotary Friendship Exchange Philip Cezeaux 2009-07-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary Lombardi Committee
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Be cool -  Stay cool!!!
 
Rotary Lombardi Committee
 
Monday, June 29
Stags Head (private room)
Near Greenbriar /Richmond
Rotary Lombardi Committee Vicki Brentin 2009-06-24 00:00:00Z
D5890 Selected for Future Vision
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On May 28, our district leaders received notification that it had been selected to participate in Rotary Int'ls Future Vision project.  RI's Phil Shiver offered congratulations to the Rotary districts in the future Zones 21b27 who were selected to participate in the Future Vision Pilot for the next three years.  The four districts are--
5420, Utah
5440, Wyoming and Northern Colorado
5670, Northwest Kansas
5890, Texas (Greater Houston)

D5890 Selected for Future Vision Susan C. Howe PDG 2009-06-10 00:00:00Z
Brazosport - Safetytown - June 8
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Brazosport Rotary's Safetytown 2009 will kick off on Monday, June 8, 2009.  It will run for 2 weeks at Elisabet Ney Elementary School in Lake Jackson and then run for 2 weeks at Lanier Middle School in Freeport.  This is Safetytown's 21st year of providing safety education for all incoming first graders in the BISD service area.

Brazosport - Safetytown - June 8 Barbara Franklin 2009-06-04 00:00:00Z
"Save A Life" CPR Training - Jun 27
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Space Center Rotary Club is participating in the "Save A Life" Community Heart Training Day, Jun 27, 2009.  There will be 2 sessions, 8am-Noon or 1pm-5pm  There is a nominal fee of $10.
The victim of a sudden cardiac arrest has a 50-75% chance of being resuscitated if a shock is administered to the heart within 5 minutes of collapsing.  Do you know how to administer CPR or AED?? 


"Save A Life" CPR Training - Jun 27 Jon R. McKinnie 2009-05-20 00:00:00Z
This is Rotary
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What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

See YouTube Video THIS IS ROTARY by clicking here

This is Rotary John Mitchell 2009-05-13 00:00:00Z
Bellaire SW - Kelly McGuire- Fundraiser
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CMA Artist-of-the-Year Kelly McGuire and ABC13's Tim Heller to Highlight May 9 Bellaire Rotary Luau

(Houston / Bellaire, Texas) The Texas Country Music Association's 2002 Indie Artist of the Year, Kelly McGuire, and ABC13's Tim Heller will highlight this year's Bellaire/Southwest Rotary Carribbean Luau Fish Fry on Saturday, May 9, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Bellaire Civic Center (7008 S. Rice Avenue in Bellaire). $25 tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 713-826-5900, and a limited number will be available at the door.

Bellaire SW - Kelly McGuire- Fundraiser Nan Wagoner 2009-04-26 00:00:00Z
Make Teens Very Healthy
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Vicki Brentin of the Houston Rotary Club is chair of a new Immunization Committee for D5890.  Its purpose is to create awareness about immunization issues and vaccine preventable diseases that significantly impact the health of our community.  For detail, click on More.

Make Teens Very Healthy Vicki Brentin 2009-04-16 00:00:00Z
2010-2011 Ambassadorial Scholars Selected
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Four recipients of the 2010-2011 Rotary Foundation Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships were selected from a pool of applicants sponsored by Rotary Clubs in District 5890 (Greater Houston area) on March 14, 2009.  Click on More to view the recipients and to learn more.

2010-2011 Ambassadorial Scholars Selected Bill Barmore 2009-03-18 00:00:00Z
All Club Meeting & Exposition – Mar 30
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"Promoting Houston for 2015 Rotary International Convention"

Houston has been selected as one of three cities to receive a site inspection visit for the 2015 Rotary International Convention.  The All Club Meeting & Exposition will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center (George Bush Ballroom) on March 30, 2009 (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) to coincide with this RI site visit.   Click on the heading or More for more detail information.
 
All Club Meeting & Exposition – Mar 30 Gerald Lewis 2009-03-11 00:00:00Z
Gardening with the Governor -
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Come join us for another "Family of Rotary Event" - Gardening with the Governor at the Rotary Centennial Grove

All District 5890 Rotary Clubs and their family members are invited to participate in the third annual Gardening with the Governor, a Family of Rotary event, at Hermann Park on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gardening with the Governor - Steve Sucher 2009-03-09 00:00:00Z
World Peace Fellowships - Call for Applications
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The Rotary Foundation announces a call for applications for the 2010-12 Rotary World Peace Fellowships. The deadline for completed applications to be submitted to The Rotary Foundation for these sessions is 1 July 2009.
World Peace Fellowships - Call for Applications Jon R. McKinnie 2009-02-15 00:00:00Z
WAY TO GO ANGIE !!
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Rotary Club of Houston member Angie Jimenez made the winning bid for the Rotary baseball cap worn and autographed by Bill Gates, Jr. when he made the announcement of the additional $255Mil donation to be made by the Gates Foundation (in addition to their previous $100 Mill contribution). 
WAY TO GO ANGIE !! Terry R. Ziegler 2009-02-13 00:00:00Z
RI has You Tube Presence
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Rotary International and Rotary District 5890 are working to improve their communication opportunities.  RI has already ventured into the You Tube media world.  Click on You Tube to see RI's product.

You will see many improvements at the district level as we progress through the year. Modern communication avenues are being reviewed and implemented as we progress.  If you have a desire to participate and contribute to our efforts, read more......



RI has You Tube Presence Jon R. McKinnie 2009-02-10 00:00:00Z
Scholarship Essay Competiton
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It's time to start sharpening the pencils for Rotary District 5890's Scholarship Essay Competition!  Our District will award three great scholarships to InterAct members (12th Graders Only) who submit the most outstanding essays centered on Rotary's 4-Way Test. Student entries for this year's District competition should be submitted by February 27 to InterAct Faculty Sponsors and must be received by the District Judges' Committee no later than March 6, 2009.
Scholarship Essay Competiton Nan Wagoner 2009-02-02 00:00:00Z
Brazosport Rotary Club Loads Twenty-Six Tons
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Twenty-six tons of donated books were loaded into an 18-wheeler trailer by the Brazosport Rotary club with help from the Brazoswood High School National Honor Society on Saturday, January 10.

Their first destination is the Rotary "Books of the World" warehouse in Houston where they will be combined and containerized with other donated books then shipped to Rotary District 9300 Distribution Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Brazosport Rotary Club Loads Twenty-Six Tons Linda Wright 2009-01-20 00:00:00Z
Texas Tuxedo Valentine's Ball - Feb 14
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Texas Gulf Coast After 5 Rotary Club will host its first annual Texas Tuxedo Valentine's Ball and Auction on Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 6:30pm to midnight at Cher Hotel Atrium.  Come join us and help support our local charities & Polio Plus efforts.  Click on More for details.

Texas Tuxedo Valentine's Ball - Feb 14 Barbara Robie 2009-01-16 00:00:00Z
District Opens New Discussion Group
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The Leadership of Rotary District 5890 has been investigating the technical options of improving the bi-directional communications between the district, clubs and its members.  Through the services of Linked-In, we have opened a new forum for discussions and sharing information.

District Opens New Discussion Group Jon R. McKinnie 2009-01-10 00:00:00Z
Rotary Magazine Features West U's Polio Efforts
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Rotary Int'l magazine, Rotary World, is a great source for international activities and feel good stories.  This month's edition features a story "Club Foundations Help Meet Rotary's Challenge for Polio" spotlighting our own West U Rotary Club.

Click on Rotary World to access the magazine.
Rotary Magazine Features West U's Polio Efforts Jon R. McKinnie 2009-01-05 00:00:00Z
District Wide Grants Education Social Party Dec 9
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Want to meet District 5890's newest members over drinks at the awesome 43rd Floor view of the RC Houston Skyline venue?  Did you miss the October District Foundation Seminar?  Are you a long-time Rotarian that wants a refresher course on the Grants process?  New Rotarian that needs a crash course on Rotary Foundation and Grants Process?  THEN MARK DECEMBER 9th on YOUR CALENDAR!!!

WHAT: District-wide Grants Education Party/Social hosted by RC of Houston Skyline
WHEN: Tuesday, December 9th at 6pm
WHERE: 43rd Floor Restaurant & Bar at Wedge Building (1415 Louisiana, 77002)
District Wide Grants Education Social Party Dec 9 Corbett Parker 2008-12-08 00:00:00Z
The Nutcracker - Dec 7, 2PM
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Exclusive Matinee Performance for Rotarians, families and friends plus a pre-event brunch!!
It wouldn't be the holidays without The Nutcracker, the giant Christmas tree, the dancing snowflakes and flying cooks.  With stunning costumes and exquisite sets, The Nutcracker is a breathtaking vision from beginning to end.  Plus a pre-Nutcracker brunch will be held at Birraporetti's from 10:30 - 3pm

The Nutcracker - Dec 7, 2PM Judy Harwell 2008-12-02 00:00:00Z
Holiday Gifts and Fundraisers
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Hi Everyone
It is that time of year for my Rotary Club's annual Poinsettia sale.  There are great as Holiday gifts or just to decorate around the house of office.  If you are interested just let me know.
Rebecca Maddux

Holiday Gifts and Fundraisers Rebecca Maddux 2008-11-04 00:00:00Z
GSE Team Member Applications
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District 5890 Rotary Leaders and GSE Committee Members, this is an overt appeal for your personal assistance and involvement in soliciting applicants for team members for the upcoming GSE teams to Brazil and Egypt. 

GSE Team Member Applications Mike Dennard 2008-11-02 00:00:00Z
District Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration
2nd Annual District 5890 Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration

On Thursday, November 13, 2008, the Houston-Area Rotary Foundation Alumni Association will host the 2nd Annual District 5890 Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration.
District Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration Ruby Powers 2008-10-13 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Society Members - West U
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The West U Rotary Club had their 2nd Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Paul Harris Society Members of the Club. At this event, the club was presented with a check in the amount of $2,000.00 from Catalan's Restaurant whose employees raised this money for water projects in Haiti.

Paul Harris Society Members - West U Cecile Schutter 2008-10-09 00:00:00Z
Zithe School Library Receives Books
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Zitha School in Vanderbijlpark receives books from Rotary.  Books make a difference.
Zithe School Library Receives Books 2008-05-09 00:00:00Z
Humble Intercontinental Club
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 - Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award by the African American Student Assn of the Lone Star College District.  From left to right:  Cheryl Howell, Donna Worrell, Philippe Cras. Ken Austin and Cristie Herring.
Humble Intercontinental Club 2008-01-28 00:00:00Z
Sun, Fun and Rotary at the 2016 District 5890 Conference on Beautiful Galveston Island!
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Galveston Island has SUN, FUN and sea galore, but that’s just for starters.  Escape with your fellow Rotarians to the perfect year-round destination, a great resort, and an outstanding ROTARY District 5890 Conference at The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, April 28-30, in Galveston.  To register now, click on REGISTER ONLINE

Sun, Fun and Rotary at the 2016 District 5890 Conference on Beautiful Galveston Island! Bill Haglund
DISTRICT CONFERENCE APR 16 - 19
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Register NOW for our fabulous District Conference in April and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ!  It starts with a Second Line Band March led by District Governor Lisa Faith Massey, then on to a "kick-off jazz dinner cruise" on the Riverboat Natchez, and ends with a true NOLA District Governor's Masquerade Ball (that's right ball gowns and tuxedos adorned by fabulous masks). April 16-19 will be filled with fun and fellowship, not to mention great speakers talking about the power and import of Service!  We have Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia lined-up to speak, and Culture Map Houston founder and publisher Nic Phillips will join us to talk about the best way to reach the "next generation of Rotarians". Oh, and did we mention that a former White House Chief of Staff is also coming? You will learn about our District’s impressive literacy-projects, and on Saturday, we’ll go to the historic 9th ward of New Orleans for a "hands on project" in Musician's Village. A cooking class in the French Quarter on Friday for all registered spouses and guests is sure to be a hit, and other spectacular activities have been planned to coincide with the plenary sessions. (Please do remember that conference registration is required for spouse and guest participation.) Do you want to miss out on NOLA fun and being there when your club wins "club of the year"? No, Shere'. Sign Up TODAY for yourself and guests!  TRANSPORTATION:  You can leave the driving to us, as well! Bus transportation has been arranged from the Houston's North Shore Pavilion to the NOLA Hilton Riverside for just $140 per person, round trip, including lunch and libations on the way to the Big Easy. Register for the bus tour now, as space is limited. CLICK FOR REGISTRATION FORM To Register online at this website, please Click here

DISTRICT CONFERENCE APR 16 - 19 Nan Wagoner
GEAUX ROTARY 2015 DISTRICT PROJECT! Reimagining the NOLA Musical Heritage of Tomorrow

ImageGot an iPad or guitar or violin you can donate for our 2015 District Project? The Marsalas Music Center (a non-profit) really needs them!  You may contact Charlie Buscemi or Tommie Buscemi to arrange for pick-up or drop-off of donated items, or simply mail a contributory check made out to "Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc.", to Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston, Pasadena, TX 77505.

Terrific activities are in store - - Click "More". . .  below to see detailed schedule of events.

GEAUX ROTARY 2015 DISTRICT PROJECT! Reimagining the NOLA Musical Heritage of Tomorrow Nan Wagoner
DG Lisa Faith Massey named one of 50 Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2014
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Rotary District 5890 Governor and President of Massey Industries Lisa Faith Massey has been recognized as one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2014” by Houston Woman Magazine.

Since 2008, Houston Woman Magazine has published a special edition each year featuring Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of the Year.

DG Lisa Faith Massey named one of 50 Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2014 Sami Khaleeq
REGISTRATION: District 5890 Conference April 16-20 2015


To Register for Rotary District 5890 Conference April 16-20 2015 please Click here

REGISTRATION: District 5890 Conference April 16-20 2015 Sami Khaleeq
Dinner on the Battleship Texas

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Rotary District 5890's first Family of Rotary event will be held on Saturday, October 11,2014 at 6:00 p.m., $65 each.  Join us as we have great fellowship while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Battleship Texas.  We invite you and your family to join us for dinner and an evening of fun. This is the perfect event to bring your children and grandchildren.

Seating is limited, so register early to assure your passage to a night when District 5890 Light's Up Rotary on the Battleship Texas!

All proceeds will benefit the Battleship Texas Foundation & a Veterans program by choice of Medal of Honor Recipient.

Please register online or contact Rebecca Maddux at rebecca@pmhvac.com for more information

 

Dinner on the Battleship Texas Rebecca Maddux
Kingwood Rotary Partners with The Observer Newspaper for M D Anderson Blood Drive at Alspaugh's Ace Hardware

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Keeping with our tradition of multiple community blood drives each year, Kingwood Rotary has scheduled our next blood drive for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH starting at noon and ending at 4 PM.

The M. D. Anderson Hospital Blood Donor Coach will be located at Alspaugh's Ace Hardware at 2720 W. Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood. 

Click here for our Blood Drive Poster.

Click here for Facts About Donating Blood

All donors must provide a personal photo identification 
Eating: Eat within four hours BEFORE donating 
Weight: Minimum of 110 pounds 
Medications: Not currently taking antibiotics or other medication for an active infection. 
Age: At least 17 years old

GO TO: kingwoodrotaryobserver.youcanbook.me/ TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: CAROLYN WISE 281-359-3592 or cwise@kingwoodcable.net

Kingwood Rotary Partners with The Observer Newspaper for M D Anderson Blood Drive at Alspaugh's Ace Hardware Tommie Buscemi
And the winners are . . . .
4-Way-Test Scholarship Awards 2013
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We take great pleasure in announcing the winners of this year's Rotary District 5890 4-Way-Test Scholarship Awards:

 1st     Place: EMILY BROWN

 ~Goose Creek Memorial InterAct, sponsored by Highlands Rotary ($2000 scholarship)

2nd   PlaceELLEN WEINHEIMER

~Episcopal High School InterAct, sponsored by Bellaire/SW Rotary ($1000 scholarship)

3rd   Place:  KRISTI FU

 ~Clements High School InterAct, sponsored by Sugar Land Rotary ($500 scholarship)

 

Truly exemplary essays submitted from 15 Rotary-sponsored InterAct Clubs and 28 candidates represented a dazzling array of talent, achievement, and dedication to Rotary service ideals, making it incredibly challenging to select only three for the 2013 scholarship awards. Nevertheless, our three winning entries rose to the top based on the Judges’ highest ranks for originality, substance, grammar, spelling, originality, writing quality, contest conformity, and overall quality. Congratulations to our winners on a job well done!

 

We commend EVERY candidate from across the District for their fine work-product, for embodying the outstanding ethical principles described in the submissions, and for their service to humanity through Rotary’s InterAct program.  Without question, each of you has a bright future ahead!

Please join us in honoring the our scholarship receipients at the District 4-Way-Test Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, May 30, 12:00 Noon, BraeBurn Country Club (8100 Bissonnet, Houston 77074), $18 p.p., at which the winning essays will be read. Click image to enlarge invitation.

And the winners are . . . .4-Way-Test Scholarship Awards 2013 Nan Wagoner
District Conference 2013 Expo
The District Conference is just around the corner April 18-21 at San Antonio Hyatt Hill Country.  Tables are still available for the Expo at $35 a table.  Come show off your clubs project and achievements.  Just Contact Ronnie Hallenberger at 713-825-8236.  Cannot wait to see you there!!!!
District Conference 2013 Expo Rebecca Maddux
Kingwood Rotary September 11th Tribute at Town Center in Kingwood

On Sunday, September 11th from 6 PM - 6:30 PM in Kingwood's Town Center Park, Kingwood Rotary invites everyone to attend this free, 30 minute event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th tragedy. 

 

Kingwood Rotary September 11th Tribute at Town Center in Kingwood Tommie Buscemi