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We meet Thursdays at 7:00 PM
Luigi`s Ristorante Italiano
12779 Jones Road
Houston, TX  77070
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Zuleima de Curiel es the Vice-president of Anaco's Rotary Club in the 4370 District of Venezuela. Within the organization , she has provided dental assistance to kids from the cleft palate program from 2009-2011. She also worked as a secretary from 2011-2012 and president from 2012-2013. The presentation that she will be giving on Thursday, Jan 12th will focus on the emblematic projects of Anaco's Rotary Club and their contribution to society.
Our member Veronica Curiel recently earned a Masters Degree from University of Houston. Many Congratulations to her! We are proud of you!
 District Governor Eric Liu & First Lady Sandra Liu are scheduled ahead of time and will be with us this Thursday September 1, 2016 for District Governor's annual visit. It's my pleasure to invite you all for the meeting. Meeting will begin at 6:30 PM @ Luigi's Restaurant located on Jones Road. 
See you all on Thursday!

PS: Cost of food will be co-shared by club members. 

 
As you all know we have scheduled Brainstorming session on Saturday, August 13 hence we will not conduct our regular meeting this Thursday. 
See you all on Saturday for lunch @ Luigi's at 12:00 PM
We have our meeting planned with Commissioner Steve Radack, Fred Garcia, Precinct 3 Coordinator for Harris County Flood Control District, and Mike Talbott, Executive Director of Harris County Flood Control District.  Come and be informed about any future flooding issues we may have in the area.  These are the people who will be able to share what Harris County is doing for the future of our area. Let's all be informed.
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where:  Metropolitan Baptist Church, Student Building - 13000 Jones Rd., Houston, TX 77070 (Across from the main church at Jones and Mills Rd.)image1.JPG
 
 
Potential visitors, we have rescheduled our meeting this week due to impending bad weather and several key club members are not able to attend this evening. We will welcome you to our upcoming meeting(s). Please check back for more details.
This Thursday, April 7,2016; we have arranged for second  and final working session for Layette Bags assembly. See you there!
Venue: 10609 Grant Rd, Houston, TX 77070. It`s in the last building to right side behind Soto`s Cantina. 
Time: 7.00 PM.
 
 
Dear friends, we have collected all items that go in the Layette Bags and now are ready to roll! On Tuesday 22,2016, we plan to hold a working session to assemble these bags. In year 2014-15 we donated 40 Layette bags, this year have enough supplies to stack up 80 bags. This is a big leap for us. I request all club members and Rotarians to join us in this task. Volunteers are always welcome!
Here are the details:-
Day: March 22,2016. It's a Tuesday.
Venue: 10609 Grant Rd, Houston, TX 77070. It`s in the last building to right side behind Soto`s Cantina. 
Time: 6.30 PM.
About this project :-
Layette Bags for Nicaragua is a flagship program of NW Sunset Club. Every year we send Layette Bags that work as Lifeline for expecting mothers and infants who don’t have access to good medical facilities and supplies. Rotary has established the women’s refuge center called –Belin is situated in Chinandega, Northwest Nicaragua. Each bag contains hygiene products that help infants to survive during initial crucial phase. This project achieved significant drop in Infant Mortality Rate in this region, which was as high as 50% in the past.
 
Here are some pictures from last year
Rotary promotes "Service above self" and this is one way we can honor that motto.
The Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset is working with representatives of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to hold a Blood Drive.
This being the first Blood Drive our club is attempting, we will be "sharing" two dates - March13 and 20, 2016.

To Schedule an appointment please get in touch with respective representatives, their contacts are mentioned in the Flyer below.

The actual blood donation takes about 30 minutes maximum and you should allow about an hour to an hour and a half for the full process, including the initial screening and the recovery time.

When you reserve a time for donating, please mention you are donating on behalf of the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset. Our code is NWSS. Don't forget to bring your I.D. with you.
 
 
Starting this week, we have changed our meeting place to Luigi's Restaurant at 12779 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070. We are an evening club and meet every Thursday from 7.00 PM to 8.00 PM
We hope you will join us for our Thursday evening meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Luigi's Italiano Restaurant located at 12779 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77070. This week we plan to have two or three Interact Club students speak about their recent experiences at Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) weekend. We will also discuss our upcoming Blood Drive scheduled in Early March. Visitors, dinner is not provided by our club, yet wonderful food is available for ordering.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 (today) our club will meet at our regular meeting space in the theater at The Conservatory at Champion Forest. Tonight's special topic will be a discussion led by Wendy Bruner about how we can hold a Blood Drive with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
This Thursday, February 4,2015 our club held a working session for Blanket cutting. We are on schedule for purchase of Layette Bags supplies. For baby blankets several yarns were bought and cut in size as per specifications. Later these blankets will be sewn and added to Layette Bags.
Big thanks to all club members, visiting Rotarians and volunteers, we appreciate your time and efforts. 
Thanks to Juan Soto, our own Rotarian for donating delicious food!
We had a great time! cheers!!
Here are some Snap-shots
Rotary Club of NW Sunset will NOT meet at Conservatory today. We Plan to conduct this week's business on mail thread. Regular meeting will be held on next Thursday, January 28,2016. 
Happy New Year folks!
First Thursday of the month, is here and it`s time for another fun filled Social meeting!
Join us at Luigi`s Ristorante Italiano located at 12779 Jones Road, Houston Tx 77070.
See you there at 7pm!
This Thursday, December 17,2015 we plan a working session. Toy purchase is due for Toy Drive Project. Join us for fun and lots of shopping......
Here are the details 
 Store - Target;
Address - 21515 State Highway 249, Houston, Texas 77070;
Time: 6:30 PM
 
Toys will be delivered to NAM on Friday, December 18. 
NAM address : 15555 Kuykendahl Rd, Houston, TX 77090
Time : 3.00 pm
DG Visit - DG Nick Giannone will visit  our club on Thursday, Dec.10th.
Dinner meeting will be held @ Luigi`s Ristorante Italiano located at 12779 Jones Road, Houston Tx 77070.
Attire:- Business Casual
Time:- 7.00 pm onward, if you want to order food reach there by 6.45 pm
(each person pays for food)

Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset has geared up for yet another Toy Drive through NAM (Northwest Assistance Ministries).

We believe in the thought that the best way to cheer yourself is cheer someone else up! And to do so last year our club pledged a monitory donation for the cause and donations from Friends  and Rotarians across District 5890 made it even bigger and exciting.  We filled 6 carts at Target, with new toys and presented those toys as Christmas Gifts to about 120 underprivileged children. 

The joy of bringing smiles to children`s innocent faces encourages us to take up Toy Drive project once again. We announce the project for Christmas 2015 and are now accepting donations and/or new toys for the same. Each gift costs approximately $20. Gifts will be distributed to kids at NAM on December 21,2015.Together let's make this Christmas merrier for them!

To donate click the link below:-

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toy-drive-christmas-gifts-for-underprivileged-children-tickets-19719330047

Our own Rotarian Mandar Kulkarni  talked to us this Thursday December 3,2015. Here is a short description of the topic. 
 
Let's Talk Gifts  -
From birthdays to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations, a gifting occasion is never too far away – and neither is a conversation about the perfect gift....So what would make a perfect gift??
Holidays are a season to reconnect and rejuvenate.  Giving and receiving gifts is an integral part of our holiday traditions.  However, often times, picking out a gift for someone you care about can be time-consuming and frustrating.
Do you feel confident the recipient will feel thought of and cared for? How to make gift giving a fun and stress-free exercise?
How has gift giving evolved over the years, gift giving in different cultures. Businesses and gift giving... Incentive programs..
This Thursday  Nov. 19, we have yet another interesting speaker, Rotarian - Tony Sortino. Tony is a regular volunteer at Guerrero Eye Clinic held in Mexico. He will give us insights on how District 5890 runs the show and share his experience at clinic as a volunteer at Guerrero.
This Thursday November 12,2015 our beloved Assistant Governor - Gwen Durrenberger spoke on this year's Rotary theme 'Be a gift to the world'. It was fun to hear about Rotary initiative - End Polio from Diane and Diane both Gwen's cousins. We appreciate Gwen's efforts on spreading a word about Rotary activities to Non- Rotarians. 
It was a pleasure to have Andras Auber, a Rotarian from Prague with us and hear from him about Rotary activities in Check Republic. 
First Thursday of the month is here and it`s time for another fun filled Social meeting!
Join us on November 5th for Social Meeting and Dinner @ Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse located at 8015 W. FM 1960, Houston, Texas 77070.
See you there at 7pm!
 
Dear Club Members - This to kindly inform you that we will NOT host our tomorrow's meeting at The Conservatory, instead encourage you to join the event organized by The Galleria Rotary Evening Club on how to use LinkedIn to our personal & professional benefit (learn various techniques on how to find anything you want on LinkedIn). Please find below the address where the event is organized:
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1582775665345384&_rdr
Address: Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club, Suite # 4020, 5015 Westheimer Road, Houston Texas - 77056.
Fees: $22.09
Timing: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Please let me know for any additional details.
 
Speaker - Mark Winchester (Former Marine)
Life aboard a submarine is not for everyone…. it takes immense courage to set out in a capsule into one of the most unpredictable territory in the world – the ocean. A sailor must demonstrate not only physical and mental strength but also ability to carry out classified missions  & assume responsibilities other can't envisage.
If you are curious to hear more on this, then join us in evening of October 15, 2015 where our Speaker Mark Winchester, Acting District Director SBA, and Former Marine will share his experience about life in a Submarine.....
It was a privilege to have veteran residents of the Conservatory wit us.
 
This coming Thursday, October 8, 2015, Robin Rettie will give a presentation on her activities in field of children with special needs. Robin has 18 years combined teaching experience in Early Childhood, General Education, and Special Education.
 
Robin, M.Ed., is the founder of Lighthouse Learning Resources, a company that provides training and specialized products that support managing difficult behavior due to Sensory Processing Disorder. Additionally, Robin is the founder of S.E.A.S. ~ Special Education Assistance Services, a nonprofit organization that supports individuals with differences and their families/care givers. S.E.A.S.
 
In addition to this Robin is an active member of The Monarch School, dedicated to providing an innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences—such as those associated with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, learning disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury and seizure disorders. Offering a learner-centered approach that helps students progress in Four Core Goal areas. The Monarch School is a service of the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences, shaping lives from the inside out™.
This Thursday October 1st, we had dinner meeting at Soto's cantina, a fabulous Mexican restaurant located @ 19609 Grant Rd, Houston, TX 77070.
We had a good time with rocking Rotarians and not to forget great food....

Plexus Worldwide Fundraiser was conceptualized and executed by our member Wendy W. Bruner.

We would like to Thank Wendy and each of the Plexus customers who purchased new products during the Fundraiser for Layette Bags benefiting new mothers in Nicaragua, which came to a close on September 15th. This evening Wendy presented the fundraiser proceeds to the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset President Sachin Dashputre. In the spring of 2016 the Rotary Club will use the funds to assist in a club annual project of creating the layette bags and shipping them to Nicaragua.

 

 

 
This Thursday September 3, 2015 join us for dinner meeting at Mango Tree Thai restaurant located @ 10130 Grant Rd, Houston, TX 77070.
See you at 7.00 pm for fun dinner and fellowship!!
Looking for niche market insights?
Want to expand your business?
Want to learn Smart ways to deal with challenges?      
 
Then Join us in evening on August 20,2015 over appetizers and drinks @ Hilton Garden Inn NW Plaza ... 
 
The Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset with participation from SBA (Small Business Administration) & SCORE is excited to invite you for a unique Business Mentoring and Networking event.
 
Join us to interact with business mentors, leverage their rich experience and  expert advice in order to take your business to the next level.
 
Promote your business by sponsoring a table to exhibit your merchandise and/or services. A win-win situation created to learn from others and promote your own business.
 
Experienced speakers from SBA & SCORE will share their insights on how to access business capital, brand and market your product, acquire skill sets to maximize your revenues, thus ultimately transform challenges into opportunities.
 
 
Mark Winchester, the Deputy District Director of SBA (Houston District) is an authority on the thriving Houston Economy.
His areas of expertise include Insurance, Risk Management, Underwriting and Complex Litigation.
Mark will educate us on financing options, resources and the paperwork involved.
 
Nick Tarte from SCORE specializes in Business Planning & Operations,Branding and Accelerating revenues by effective use of cutting edge Marketing Techniques.
Nick has devised innovative strategies to recruit and retain key personnel in order to achieve higher returns.
Presentation will be followed by Q&A session.
 
We set the stage for you to network with like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs showcasing their merchandise/services, which may be valuable for your business.
 
Venue: Hotel Hilton Garden Inn NW America Plaza, 14919 Northwest freeway,Houston,TX. 77040
Time: 4 pm - 7 pm
 
 
Tickets:
Individual: $15
Table Sponsor: $100
Gold Sponsor: $500
 For further details and Bookings click on our Eventbrite link.
 
Agenda:
Greetings and on-site registration: 4.00 pm onward
Speaker Session 1: starts 4.30 pm
Sponsors' introduction & acknowledgement 
Speaker Session 2: starts 5.20 pm
Followed by Q & A session
Networking: 6.00 pm
onward
 
Our Gold Sponsors -
          
 
 
  • Total Choice Tech Solutions: Total Choice Tech Solutions (TCTS) is a dynamic, costumer focused, IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) delivering a wide variety of Information Technology consulting solutions and strategic products proven to benefit our clients’ needs.  TCTS is proudly to featuring SMASHDisk.com, an encrypted collaboration and synchronization tool for both businesses and personal use.
  • The Loken Group: 

    The Loken Group strives to be the superior real estate service provider in the greater Houston area. We take a different approach to real estate. One that is built on personal touches, win-win deals and positive results. By utilizing the latest technologies, market research and business strategies, we are able to provide you with exceptional customer service. Most importantly, we listen, and that means we find solutions that are tailored to you. 

    The Loken Group – Your real estate solution.

      
Our Table Sponsors -
 
  • Plexus Worldwide - Independent Ambassador - Wendy W. Bruner.
  • Soto's Cantina - Fresh Mexican food, Taste the Difference!
  • Principal Financial Group - Wayne Crary.
 
 
 
 
With the support of generous donations in our community at our fundraisers the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset is able to purchase Layette supplies for 40 bags that were packed by club volunteers.
This was not possible without our members who worked persistently to collect the supplies for the bags.
Big thanks to all members and volunteers for making this happen..
We appreciate your support!
 
 
 
FYI
Layette Bags for Nicaragua is a flagship program of NW Sunset Club. Every year we send Layette Bags that work as Lifeline for expecting mothers and infants who don’t have access to good medical facilities and supplies. This women’s refuge center called –Belin is situated in Chinandega, Northwest Nicaragua. Each bag contains hygiene products that help mother and infant to survive during initial crucial phase.
 
Today is the first Thursday of July 2015. The Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset has scheduled this month's Social Outing at Soto's Cantina, 10609 Grant Rd, Houston, TX 77070, for 7:00 p.m. this evening.We welcome visitors to our meetings, so please join us for an evening of good food and fun conversations.
 It was a pleasure to hear from Carmen Cuneo on July 23, 2015.
Carmen presented us with detailed description on Rotary activities in Russia. It was interesting to find out the Positive foot print Rotary leaves on Lives of Russians.
 
Carmen Cuneo: Ask me about my trip to Russia May 2015
https://youtu.be/lBQQBCTC8X0  This YouTube will give you a glimpse of the exciting new work Rotary is doing in Russia.
 
Some background information about our speaker:
 
Carmen has served in many RI District capacities and is currently the District 5890 Treasurer.
Carmen participated in a NIDS in Uttar Pradesh 2007. Carmen is a multiple PHF, a member of the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society. Carmen is currently a member of the Rotary Club of the University Area – Houston, Texas. Carmen is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and works in private practice. Her accounting firm name is The Cuneo Firm of Public Accountancy. Carmen has two daughters and six grandchildren.
 
The Cuneo Firm of Public Accountancy
Carmen Evelyn Cuneo, CPA
Treasurer, Rotary International District 5890
(713) 522-8791 
(713) 416-5025 (Cell)
 
On June 18, 2015 our club members were treated to a very informative presentation about the pros and cons of reverse mortgages. Michael Truitt of reversefunding.com recently assisted a club member with a reverse mortgage, so Mr. Truitt agreed to a Q and A session with our club members. We hope you will be able to join us for future speakers.
This is being posted on behalf of our incoming Rotary Club President, Sachin Dashputre:
 
 
"On behalf of Rotary Club of Northwest Sunset, I intend to share with you a great opportunity to access more than 40 professionals to network and develop business relationships.
 
We are planning to organize a "Networking Event" late July 2015 (next month) or the first week of August 2015 where we will have professionals from diverse professional background and members from other Rotary Clubs. It will be a two hour event when we will have networking interactions and recognized speaker to share word of wisdom. We will also have Booths/ Tables for those who wish to sponsor and market their products/ services.
 
While we are in a process of finalizing the event logistics, I would kindly request if you could share your thoughts  and confirm your willingness to participate. Event will be held at one of the esteemed places in Cypress area. Exact location will be announced soon.
 
Please note -  All funds raised by way of sponsorship will benefit our Community Service projects to support our people belonging to underprivileged segment. 
 
Please do let me know if this sounds of interest to you where we can have a great Networking opportunity coupled with Service to the society.
 
You may reach out on 832-817-0052 for further details.
We hope you will join us this Thursday to hear our scheduled speaker from Marine Moms. She will explain about the numerous care packages, which are regularly shipped out to U.S. Troops. Our club meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., or start shortly thereafter, in The Theater inside The Conservatory at Champions Forest. See the left side of our webpage for the address.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 is the first Thursday of the month and we will hold our Social Outing meeting at 
 Luigi's Ristorante Italiano at Jones Road
Luigi's Ristorante Italiano 
12779 Jones Rd, 
Houston, TX 77070
Direct #: 281-807-1091
 
 
$30 per person includes supplies for your self-prepared and self-cooked tamale. Juan Soto, owner of the amazing Soto's Cantina 10609 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070, will personally teach 15 people at a time during three different sessions on May 3rd. Whether you learn enough to make your own tamales, or simply learn enough to appreciate the efforts of the cooks who regularly prepare tamales, we hope you will join us for a fun Tamale Making 101 class. There will also be silent auction items to bid on. All funds raised will benefit our Layette Bags for Nicaragua project. 

Batch 1: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Batch 2: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Batch 3: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cash, checks, and most credit cards accepted.

Contact a member of the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset to reserve your spot.
We are working toward setting our new meeting format to include a Fellowship Dinner at least once a month. We will start by holding a Fellowship DInner the first Thursday of April 2015, this Thursday the 2nd of April. We will meet at La Parmigiana Italian Oven, owned by our club member Ganiu Longe. A table has been reserved for our group, so we hope you will join us at our regular meeting time of 7:00 p.m. at La Parmigiana, 12758 Grant Road, Cypress, TX 77429. His website is temporarily down, so as soon as it is restored feast your eyes on the great food we will be able to individually order and pay for individually. (Our club does not include meals in our dues.)
This coming Thursday, March 19, 2015, the members and guests of Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset will meet at Soto's Cantina, 10609 Grant Road, Houston 77070 at our regular meeting time of 7:00 p.m.. This fellowship dinner will also serve as a planning meeting for our upcoming Tamale Making event in April. We hope you will join us.
This Thursday, February 19, 2015 our Rotary Club meeting will be a working meeting to cut fabric for baby blankets to eventually go in the Layette Bags we prepare annually to send to Nicaragua. At our regular meeting time of 7:00 p.m., we will meet in a building located behind Soto's Cantina at 10609 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070. All are welcome to join us for this volunteer event and if you can, please bring fabric cutting scissors with you.
Our Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset held a successful fundraiser to purchase toys for Northwest Assistance Ministries and leftover funds purchased gift cards for the Adopt a Family program at Cypress Creek High School. Photos of the toy shoppers, the gift cards, and the toy presentation at NAM are posted in the Photo tab near the top of this webpage.
During this busy time entering the holiday season, we may supplement our regular community speakers with some TedX Talks from the Internet. This week a presentation by Dr. Robert Stickland about "Sleep, Memory, and Dreams" originally recorded in 2010 in San Antonio, TX will be shared at our regular club meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014 in the Theater in The Conservatory at Champion Forest on Cypresswood. (Full address for The Conservatory is in the banner portion of this website.)
Sept 11, 2014:   Danielle Ratcliffe is a physical therapist practicing in Houston, Texas.  She discussed the health benefits of exercise and simply stretching of one’s muscles.  She demonstrated several useful techniques to improve and maintain muscle and joint flexibility. Danielle's speech covered the benefits of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. For more information, she can be contacted at: danielleratcliffe04@gmail.com . Click on the Photos link above to see a picture from this meeting.

Our RI District 5890 Assistant Governor, Wally Kronzer, will be speaking with our club members and guests in the Theatre inside The Conservatory on Cypresswood, Spring, TX at 7:00 p.m.. As always, this is a FREE event, please join us to learn more about what Rotarians are doing in the greater Houston area.
Our Community Speaker Series will happen this Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Theater at The Conservatory, 8215 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379. This week's topic: Time Management. Our speaker will be Dr. Ben Thomas, Pres. of the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset, forensic pathologist, former Shell employee, consultant in the energy field, and current water purification expert. Our club welcomes visitors to our free speaker series. Please join us.

We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

 

Thursday, July 3rd, 7 p.m. Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset Meeting at The Conservatory in the Theater. We held our first meeting at this new location for speakers. The Conservatory, 8215 Cypresswood Dr. Spring, TX 77379, their number: 832.698.9591
 
July 17 Community Speaker Series: Retirement Financial Planning; Speaker: Wayne Crary,a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial. The presentation was very informative and our club members hope Wayne Crary will return to share more financial planning information with us.
 
July 24 Community Speaker Series: Secret of the Universe: Strategic Planning; Speaker: Dr. Ben Thomas, President of Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset and current expert on water purification and long range planning on a continental scale.
 
Future speakers will be posted as soon as we can confirm the schedule. Please consider joining us at The Conservatory, 8215 Cypresswood Dr. Spring, TX 77379 each Thursday in July 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Rotarians and guests at Minute Maid Park for ROTARY NIGHT at the ballpark.  There will be an exclsive reception inside Chamions avilion, which overlooks the ballpark and provides a uniques view of the Downtown Houton skyline.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Watch our DG Bob Gebhard toss out the first pitch of the evening!  Mezzanine seats are $18 and start time is 6:10 pm.  
On April 26th all of our incoming officers are requested to attend training for next year.  At this same meeting we must also have two club members qualified in the Grants Management Traiing and submit the MOU.  District 5890 "Club Leadership Training" will be held April 26, 2014 HCC Southwest, Houston, TX 77049  This is a team leadership training for all 2014-2015 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 2014-2015.  Join District Governor-Elect Lisa Faith Massey as she unveils the 2014-15 Rotary theme and delivers the goals of R.I. President-elect Gary C.K. Huang for the upcoming Rotary Year.
 
Registration begins at 8:00 am, Continental Breakfast and Networking. Training begins at 8:30 am and should conclude around 1:00 pm.  $15.00 per person in advance, $20.00 at the door.
 
President Ben looks forward to fellowship with our own club's Rotarians and guests this week beginning at 7:00 pm at Soto's Cantina, 10609 Grant Road, in Cypress Creek Village (between Jones Road and 249).  
 
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Chuck Pyle is known as the "Zen Cowboy" who entertains in Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys.  An accomplished songwriter, Chuck's songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss. Country fans know him best for writing, "Cadillac Cowboy", recorded by the late Chris LeDoux, and "Jaded Lover", recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker.
 
The Charlesworth's are hosting a benefit concert at their home to support S.I.R.E.  S.I.R.E. is a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program.  We will have a potluck dinner beginning at 5:00 pm and Chuck will begin to play at 7:00 pm.  To add your name to our list of attendees, please email:  robincharlesworth@ymail.com.  We hope to have a horse present in the backyard to demonstrate the program.  Donations of $20 per person will be appreciated.  The MISSION of SIRE is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies, and educational outreach.  These are the SIRE BELIEFS that guide our decision-making and our operations:
  • We believe that therapeutic horseback riding and related activities improve the quality of life of our clients, their families, our volunteers, and our staff.
  • We believe the role the horse plays in therapeutic horseback riding and related activities is fundamental to success.
  • We believe in the lasting benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and related activities. We believe that having fun increases the effectiveness of the therapeutic horseback riding and related activities.
 
 
 
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Contents for the 70 layette bags to be shipped in a container to Chinendega, Nicaragua, have been ordered!  Monies raised at our "Bring in the Season" holiday event have been designated to purchase supplies to provide new mothers with what they will need to keep their newborns healthy.  The Rotary bags are filled with one dozen cloth diapers and diaper pins, 3 cotton T-shirts, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, shampoo, diaper rash ointment, nail clippers, hairbrush and comb, cotton balls, manicure set, and 3 baby blankets.  All of these items are arriving this week and we will be staging the room for our work party.  Soon we will announce the work party date for assembling all of these items in readiness for shipping.  It is really a fun time working together and knowing that new mothers will soon be excited to receive these gifts to help them with their newborns.
 
 
Big News! On 27 February, the world’s leading Islamic scholars, led by the Grand Imam of the Holy Mosque of Mecca, stated that protection against diseases is obligatory and admissible under Islamic Shariah, and that any actions which do not support these preventive measures and cause harm to humanity are un-Islamic. The scholars adopted a strong ‘Jeddah Declaration’ and a focused six-month Plan of Action to address critical challenges facing polio eradication efforts in the few remaining polio-endemic parts of the Islamic world, including a ban on vaccinations and lack of access to children in some areas, deadly attacks on health workers, and misconceptions by communities about mass vaccination campaigns. 
 

India Game Changers - Deepak Kapur, India's National PolioPlus Committee Chair, recently discussed the "Game Changers" in India's successful fight to eradicate Polio.  He said three were most significant:  1.  Engaging Muslim clerics, the Ulema, by bringing them under one umbrella given that most of them don't talk to each other.  We brought them together under the Rotary Muslim Ulema Committee and that melted away the resistance by Muslim households.   2.  The introduction of the bivalent vaccine which allowed us to address the two remaining strains of Polio (type 1 and type 3) with just one vaccine and 3.  The whistle blowing Rotarians, who went to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the political authorities in Bihar and said more emphasis had to be placed on Polio vaccinations.  The authorities were very receptive, which was very unexpected.  The authorities took quick action and that helped immensely.      

Cameroon reported 2 new Polio cases this week.  As many as 30% of children there have not received their first dose of Polio vaccine.  Genetic sequencing suggest that these cases are from a prolonged undetected circulation of the Polio virus.

The Final Three Endemic Countries
Pakistan - 24 Polio cases have been reported in 2014 with the most recent on 2/14/14 in Peshawar - 93 cases recorded in 2013.  The densely populated Peshawar valley is considered to be the engine of Polio transmission due to the large scale population movements  through the region.   
 
Afghanistan - 3 Polio case reported in 2014 with the most recent on 01/31/14 - 14 cases recorded in 2013.     
Nigeria - One Polio case reported in 2014 - 53 cases recorded in 2013.  The most recent Polio case was reported on 2/01/14.  The quality of recent immunization activities continues to improve - with coverage rates of over 80% in the high-risk areas.
Importation Countries:
Syria - Zero Polio cases reported in 2014 - 25 cases recorded in 2013.  Thirteen recent Polio cases have been confirmed but are not included in this week's report  
Somalia - Zero Polio cases reported in 2014 - 194 cases recorded in 2013.     
Kenya - Zero Polio cases reported in 2014 - 14 cases recorded in 2013.  
Ethiopia - Zero Polio cases reported in 2014 - 9 Cases recorded in 2013.
Cameroon - 2 Polio cases reported in 2014, reported on 1/6/14 & 1/25/14  - 4 Cases recorded  in 2013.
 
Israel - Although no paralytic Polio cases have been reported, 2014 environmental samples continue to indicate the presence of Type 1 Polio virus.
 
   Wayne Staton, District 5890 PolioPlus Chair wayne_staton@yahoo.com
 
Rita Wiltz's social help organization "Children's Books on Wheels" seeks to help with volunteers for tax preparation for those in the public who need it. The assistance will be offered 3 weekends on a Saturday Jan 11, Jan 18th and Jan 25th each 9am to 5 pm Lone Star College TOMBALL  (30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375  ROOM E-258  To RSVP or for more info contact RITA WILTZ, VITA Outreach Coordinator  281-844-7596 , email Irw2619@msn.com
 
Services provided by Children's Books on Wheels 501(c)3 non-profit mobile literacy organization
Our upcoming fundraiser will be used exclusively for community programs, scholarships, and international service. We also have club expenses such this ClubRunner website and newsletter, our Rotary banners, guests for dinners, name badges, flag stand for the Texas flag, etc. If you want to advertise on our ClubRunner site or ask others you may know in business, we are now offering banner advertisements for $50 monthly. Ask about the registration form at our committee meetings or our speaker meetings.
Contributions to the Annual Programs Fund through the Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs, which cover more than 160 countries and geographical areas on seven continents. From digging water wells for villages in Africa to teaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise. All contributions to the Annual Programs Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects.  If you have not yet donated to the Rotary Foundation this year, then bring your $100 check written to the Rotary Foundation to any club meeting or simply donate on-line with Rotary International.  Our district grant of $500 for the Nicaraguan Layette Project was funded by the Rotary Foundation monies earned in our district three years prior this Rotary year.   Half of the donated funds return to our district in three years.  We need to continue to support our Foundation every year.
 
 
 
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