Posted by Sachin Dashputre on Jul 26, 2018
Agreed on the meeting frequency and the operating plan => In-person meeting on first Thursday of every month at "Soto's Cantina" followed with an Online or an In-Person meeting on the Third Thursday of the month. 
To drive the "Membership" agenda, everyone agreed to organize a "Social Evening" for potential new members.
Next Thursday being the first one for the month of August, an In-Person meeting is scheduled as "Soto's Cantina" @ 7:00 PM. Agenda - Planning for the "Social Evening" and "Service Projects" for this year. Please make sure to participate !!
Sachin Dashputre
Club President
Great start to the Rotary 2018-19 Year !! Sachin Dashputre 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
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Our member Veronica Curiel recently earned a Masters Degree from University of Houston. Many Congratulations to her! We are proud of you!
Congratulations on Graduation! Bhagyashree Patki 2017-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Speaker Series - Zuleima de Curiel 2017-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
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 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. 

DG Eric's Annual Visit  Bhagyashree Patki 2016-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
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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
Meeting on August 4,2016 Bhagyashree Patki 2016-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
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.
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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
Layette Bags Assembly - All hands on deck Bhagyashree Patki 2016-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Blood Drive Bhagyashree Patki 2016-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
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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
Change of Meeting Place Bhagyashree Patki 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
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.
RYLA Students to describe their experience 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
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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
Working Session - Fabric Cutting for Layette Bags Bhagyashree Patki 2016-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
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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)
DG Nick`s Visit Bhagyashree Patki 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
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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:-

Fundraiser for Service Project - TOY DRIVE Bhagyashree Patki 2015-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
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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..
Speaker Series - Let's Talk Gifts Bhagyashree Patki 2015-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
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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. 
Speaker Series - Be a Gift to the World! Bhagyashree Patki 2015-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
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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.
Speaker Series - Life in a Submarine - Update Bhagyashree Patki 2015-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
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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™.
Community Speaker Series - Robin Rettie Bhagyashree Patki 2015-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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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.



Plexus Worldwide Fundraiser by Wendy W. Bruner Bhagyashree Patki 2015-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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
Individual: $15
Table Sponsor: $100
Gold Sponsor: $500
 For further details and Bookings click on our Eventbrite link.
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
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, 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.
Turning Challenge into Opportunity ....through guidance and networking Bhagyashree Patki 2015-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bhagyashree Patki on Jul 14, 2015
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!
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.
Layette bags for Nicaragua Bhagyashree Patki 2015-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
 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  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)
Speaker Series: July 23, 2015: Carmen Cuneo presents Rotary in Russia-Update Wendy Bruner 2015-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
First Thursday of the Month = Social Meeting Wendy Bruner 2015-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
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 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.
Speaker Series, June 18, 2015: Michael Truitt, Reverse Mortgages wendy bruner 2015-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Upcoming late July 2015 or early August 2015 Networking Event Wendy Bruner 2015-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Thursday, June 11, 2015: Speaker from Marine Moms Wendy Bruner 2015-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
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
New Meeting Location - Thursday,June 4, 2015 ONLY Wendy Bruner 2015-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
$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.
Tamale Making 101, Sunday May 3, 2015, Fundraiser Wendy Bruner 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
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.)
Thursday, April 2, 2015 Fellowship Dinner at La Parmigiana Italian Oven Wendy Bruner 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Fellowship Dinner and Planning Meeting 3.19.2015 Wendy Bruner 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 Working Meeting behind Soto's Cantina wendy bruner 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
"There will be no Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 evening meeting for the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset, because all club members are being asked to attend a Saturday planning session at Robin Charlesworth's home. An email with the details of the meeting has been sent to all club members. We do hope that all interested friends will consider joining us Thursday, Feb. 5th at the Conservatory at Champions for our regularly scheduled 7:00 p.m. meeting."
Saturday's Special Meeting of Houston NW Sunset will be held at Robin Charlesworth's house -- 11407 Hylander Dr. in Lakewood Forest off Louetta.
  • What should be our Mission and Where do you want to see our Club 2 Years down the line?
  • What type of Projects and Fund Raising activities you believe our Club should administer (spanned over a period of 2 Years)?
  • What initiatives our Club can take to increase membership?
  • What type of Marketing & Branding initiatives should we consider?
Next Thursday, January 15th, we will NOT meet at The Conservatory.  Instead, we encourage all to attend the District All-Club Meeting from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  We will not reserve a table but ask that you register individually and we will meet during the EXPO so we can try to sit together as much as possible.  If you have difficulties with registering for this event, contact either Robin Charlesworth to assist with your log-in or Wendy Bruner.  This is a real honor for our district to welcome our RI President and a real treat for everyone to hear him speak.
Let's have good District 5890 turnout to welcome Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang to our 2015 All Club Meeting on January 15!  You 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.
SPECIAL MEETING THURSDAY JAN. 15TH - ALL CLUB MEETING! Robin Charlesworth 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Save the date to help our Interact students with their Carnival to End Polio at Cypress Creek High School on February 14, 2015.  This is a huge event and they need our help to supervise and to bring as many guests to enjoy the event as we can.   Tickets will be sold for a variety of games and activities.  Plan to come beginning at 10:00 am and stay until about 3:00 pm.  This is a fundraising event combined with fun & fellowship for our community and all funds raised will benefit the End Polio Now campaign.  Entertainment is planned with talented dance/music groups, too!  Interact President Michael Cao attended the Rotary meeting last week to inform us of this upcoming event.  Thank you, Michael!
Cypress Creek Interact's Carnival Event to End Polio - February 14th 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
This year our typical club meeting time of Thursday evening falls on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day, so we will not hold another club meeting until Thursday, January 8, 2015. Happy Holidays Everyone !
Holiday Schedule...Next Meeting is Jan. 8, 2015 Wendy Bruner 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Successful Toy Drive Benefits Many Wendy Bruner 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Come one, Come all, to greet our RI District 5890 Governor (DG) Lisa Faith Massey as she visits our Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset this Thursday 12.11.14.  Our Asst. Gov. Wally Kronzer plans to be present to introduce our DG. We also look forward to a wonderful report about the Tuesday evening shopping excursion at Target for toys to donate to Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM). Guests are always welcome.
Speaker for 12/11/14: RI District Governor Lisa Faith Massey Wendy Bruner 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Thanksgiving to each member of our Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset.
We will not have a meeting this Thursday evening.
We are having a lunch get together this Tuesday, Nov.25, 2014 at noon for the buffet lunch at Rangoli Indian Restaurant located at 10728 Cypress Creek Pkwy (also known as FM 1960)
More details on their website: 
Planning to attend are Ben, Wendy, Sachin, an Interactor or two and how about you?
Our lunch gathering of 6 Rotarians included good food, good company, and good discussions; all things to be thankful for. 
Club members Ben Thomas, Thelma Scott and Wendy Bruner were joined by AG Wally Kronzer, our former AG Graham Sharp, and Barbara Sharp.
Tuesday Noon Gathering this week and No Meeting on Thanksgiving Wendy Bruner 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Three Interactors from the Interact Club of Cypress Creek High School met the deadline for submitting "4 Way Test Essays" on Nov. 7, 2014. They are now eligible for generous scholarship awards for college or career training from RI District 5890. This Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 our club members will evaluate the three essays to see if scholarships for the essays will be offered by our Rotary Club. Come join in the evaluations and discussions. Guests are welcome to listen and comment. Only our club members may vote on the essays. Hope to see you on Thursday at about 7:00 p.m. at The Conservatory at Champions Forest (address is in website banner above.)
Nov. 13, 2014: Members to Evaluate "4 Way Test Essays" from Interactors Wendy Bruner 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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.)
Community Speaker Series: Oct. 30, 2014: TedXRiverCity: Dr. Robert Stickland 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Community Speaker Series: October 16, 2014: Wayne Beaumier: Disaster Relief Wendy Bruner 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Ben Thomas is an internationally known health and environmental expert, and is currently the president of the Houston Northwest Sunset Rotary Club.  He will discuss what is known about the Ebola virus and the danger it poses to the United States.
As always, this is a FREE event. We hope you will join us this Thursday for our short Rotary Club meeting and for an informative speech topic.
Community Speaker Series: October 9: Dr. Ben Thomas: Ebola Facts Ben Thomas and Wendy Bruner 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
As a guest and a host of In The Money radio show on Business 1110 AM and with over 30 years of experience in various aspects of the mortgage industry, Joe Stiles is well qualified to speak on a variety of financial topics. On the evening of October 2, 2014 at about 7:00 p.m. in the Theater in The Conservatory at Champions (see address on this website's home page), Joe Stiles will present one of his popular programs designed for office meetings or civic groups. He will speak about Stolen ID's-Prevention and Cure...a personal story. The event is FREE to all who would like to join the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset for this meeting.
Community Speaker Series: October 2, 2014: Joe Stiles: Stolen IDs: Prevention and Cure Wendy Bruner 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, September 25, 2014 Sanjeev, a Chemical Engineer by training and a current BP employee, spoke about his methods of approaching projects. He got our attention by reminding us about two basic problems are, "What do I want?" and "How to get what I want?". Sanjeev then did a thorough presentation about his methods of analyzing and approaching projects and the actions related to those projects. A photo of this speaker and our club president Dr. Ben Thomas is in the Photo section of this website. Those wishing to contact Sanjeev about his presentation may ask for his contact information.
Community Speaker Series: How to Think About Anything-Sanjeev Wendy Bruner 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
This Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset is meeting for dinner and fellowship at La Parmigiana Italian Oven restaurant, owned by club member Gainu Longe. Join us at 12758 Grant Road, Cypress, TX 77429 (located across from Hamilton Middle School) Each guest pays for their own meal. Hope to see you there.
Rotary Club Family Dinner Outing Wendy Bruner 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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: . Click on the Photos link above to see a picture from this meeting.
Community Speaker Series: Danielle Ratcliffe, PTA: Benefits of Physical Therapy Wendy Bruner 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Tony Sortino, attorney and longtime Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Tomball, TX will speak to our club tonight, September 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the theater in The Conservatory at Champions, about his experiences helping at the Rotary Eye Clinic in Guerrero, Mexico. This is the eye clinic we donate used eyeglasses to, so we hope you can join us to learn more about where the donated eye wear helps local residents in that region of Mexico. See previous stories for the address of The Conservatory.
Upcoming meetings include a physical therapist as a speaker and an evening out for fellowship in a restaurant owned by one of our members, so please check back for more details.
Community Speaker Series: Tony Sortino: Rotary Eye Clinic in Guererro, Mexico Wendy Bruner 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Meets: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Theater in
The Conservatory at Champion Forest
8215 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX
August 28, 2014, This week's speaker, Graham Sharp, has served Rotary in many ways, recently he served during the 2013-14 year as the AG for our Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset, he is the Past President of  Rotary Club of Champions Sunrise, he is currently a member of the Rotary Club of the Galleria, and he and his wife Barbara have worked side by side with our members and the Interact Club of Cy-Creek H.S. on several community projects. Graham has worked with RI's EarlyAct program in the Klien ISD for a number of years and this Thursday he plans to have an elementary school principal from a campus which benefited from the EarlyAct Program accompany him to our meeting. We hope you will join us to learn more about the EarlyAct Program and our club's future commitments for promoting Rotary's Four Way Test values in elementary schools.
Community Speaker Series: Graham Sharp, EarlyAct First Knights Wendy Bruner 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Meets: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Theater in
The Conservatory at Champion Forest
8215 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX !!!
Aug 21, 2014: Wayne Bergeron is the Chairman of Lions Clubs
International’s District 2-S2 ALERT Program, and the Gulf Coast Regional
Coordinator of Community Action Task Force, Inc. (a registered 501c3
organization). The goal of these organizations is disaster preparedness,
planning and recovery in order to provide a timely and effective response
to the needs of the community during an emergency. They are creating
teams of volunteers and emergency professionals to assist local
authorities, as well as establishing localized Points of Distribution (PODS)
to prepare and implement the necessary tools, equipment, and supplies
needed throughout all stages of a disaster. They also help subsidize local
shelters and pantries for providing food, clothing, and supplies year round.
Lions Club is presently in discussion with Rotary International to
participate in these efforts.
Community Speaker Series: Disaster Preparedness: Wayne Bergeron Dr. Ben Thomas 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

New photos have been added to this website's Photos section. Click on the tab above to see the images. Also many more pictures are available on our Facebook page: Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset. Take a look.
New Photos added to our Website Wendy Bruner 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2014
Aug 14, 2014:   Gozie Chuku is from Houston, Texas, and recently completed her fourth year of training at a medical school in Cuba.  She will discuss the medical education she has received to date (medical school is a 6-year curriculum in Cuba); and will describe the Cuban system of delivering health care to its people.
Community Speaker Series: Aug. 14: Gozie Chuku at The Conservatory's Theater bru 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

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.
Community Speaker Series: August 7, 2014: Wally Kronzer Wendy Bruner 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Community Speaker Series: July 31: Time Management Wendy Bruner 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Bruner
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.
Community Speaker Series, July 2014- until further notice Wendy Bruner 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
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:  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.
Join us for the "Zen Cowboy", Chuck Pyle on April 12th 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
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).  
THIS WEEK'S MEETING Robin Charlesworth 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Feb 05, 2014
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
Polio Update - Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication! Robin Charlesworth 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Update Layette Bag Project For Nicaraugua Robin Charlesworth 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Minute 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by hjs on Jan 08, 2014
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
Services provided by Children's Books on Wheels 501(c)3 non-profit mobile literacy organization
Rita Wiltz Organization Seeks to Help with Tax Prep Assistance hjs 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 08, 2014
The training for the District officers and leadership of 5890 District Rotary (2014-15) will be held Feb 15, 2014 at HCC Southwest Building on 610 W. Loop. On the District ClubRunner Website ( if you plan to attend you should register online.
Date: Feb 15th, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Set up Time:  7:30 AM
PDG Rhonda Kennedy
2014-15 District Leadership Team Training Feb 15 hjs 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Paraphrased by HJS  12/23/2013  Our benefit Welcome the Season for the benefit of the Nicaraguan Layette Bag project has resulted in the club's packing of 70 Layette Bags for shipment to Nicaragua; $900 so far in sponsorships so far from Willowbrook Psychological, Penny Clissold Properties, Children's Books on Wheels, Angel Pets, Core Home Inspectors and Mellencamp Law and some additional may be received in the future.; $300 in straight donations to Layette and $50 to Children of the Dump. $2312 accounts for ornament sales, ticket sales, dinners, auction items.  Total amount collected from the event is $3819.89. Some monies is still outstanding from auction items (about $250).  The facility has been paid for (Forum), X-Mas ornaments paid for, and the blanket cloth is paid for on the Layette Bags. There may be settlement with Juan Soto for the food service. 
The SIRE project (sensitivity path for Special Needs Horse Riders) is well in hand and our Charitable Account has a positive balance. ($7,200) Payment will be made for the 70-80 layette bags and items inserted. Grant monies will cover the $500 for the Early Act First Knight sponsorship.  There will be a balance for future grant requests.
Good going to all our members and supporters!!
Wendy Bruner Treasurer Results of Welcome Season Benefit WB 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the Children's Books on Wheels non-profit organization, you invited you to attend our Hats Off To Literacy Luncheon and Hat Fashion Show.  The event was held on Saturday, November 9th, 11:30 am-1:30 pm at Interfaith of the Woodlands, The Woodlands, Texas.  Thanks to all who came out to support our great cause.  Rita Wiltz, Director, is a member of the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset.  Dr. Ann Snyder was the Honorary Chair for this event and Valerie Vogt was the Empowering Keynote Speaker.  In addition there was a hat vendor with fabulous hats along with the sit-down luncheon and hat fashion show.
Community guest personalities modeled hats. And there was an NFL model,  Dancing with the Woodlands Stars himself! (
that's just the men). If you love hats, this was the hat parade event of the season!

Call 281-844-7596  if you wish for further details on how you can get involved or contact Interfaith of the Woodlands.
 Proceeds from this event were donated to Children's Books on Wheels "Seed to Read" literacy projects.
Hats Off to Literacy Event - November 9th Rita Wiltz 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Oct 29, 2013

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 onCONFERENCE 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.

Deadline Approaching for District Conference - November 1st Robin Charlesworth 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Oct 29, 2013

The students of La Batania in Chinendega, Nicaragua have produced wooden Madonna Christmas ornaments which our Rotary club members will begin selling for $10 each to support our layette bag project in Nicaragua.  See the attached photo of this beautiful ornament!  Special thanks to Jodye Sortino for the design, Dale Mellancamp for arranging the order and picking up the product, and Rotarian Frank Huezo or Kingwood Rotary for the coordination of the project in Nicaragua.  This will certainly be a hot item at our fundraiser "Bring in the Season" on December 7th!

Christmas Ornaments are ready for Sale Robin Charlesworth 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Oct 29, 2013

The District Governor of Rotary District 5890 will speak to our club and prospective members this wek about this years Rotary theme, "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".  As the official representative of Rotary International, DG Bob visits each of the 60 Rotary clubs in our district.  He has been trained in the latest updates of Rotary International and delivers new information on how monies are handled through Rotary International, Polio Plus updates and progress on Polio Eradication, plans for our District Conference to highlight the good deeds of many of our Rotary clubs, and "state of our district", etc.  DG Bob is a member of the Pasadena Rotary Club and his classification is "banker".  

Meet our Rotary District Governor - Bob Gebhardt Robin Charlesworth 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Oct 12 Barbara Jordan Endeavor 5k Walk/ Run-n-Roll Kick-Off with Gov. Bob Gebhard Helen Sortino 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Sep 18, 2013

Dale Mellencamp and Jodye Sortino, members of Houston NW Sunset Rotary, attended the fun "SHOE BAR" which was a Wine tasting and Shoe Sale at Crescent Moon Wine Bar, 440 Rayford Road, Spring last Monday nite!!!  The benefit raised funds for the social aid literacy help organization headed by Rotarian Rita Wiltz, "Children's Books of the World" and also member of Houston NW Sunset Rotary.  Also, the group  provides "lemonade for literacy" events which promote literacy among students through book giveaways and eprovides much needed assistance to the community through tax preparation aides and guidance on application for service help programs.  Rita Wiltz believes in giving help  to groups who can benefit from programs in place, all to help folks help themselves in education, healthcare, and other necessities. The benefit was well decorated, the shoes were on display in a mobile store out front, and volunteers took the donations and invited participants to receive related emails about the Children's Books of the World's future projects.  A recognition of Breast Cancer in the fall is planned at the Ford Dealership where storytellers can participate in a book giveaway for children. Go Rita Wiltz, Rotary is right behind you!!!


                                                                                                                           Dale Mellencamp and Rita Wiltz, founder of "Children's Books of the World"


Rita Wiltz Rotarian Hosted Benefit for Children's Books of the World Sept 16 Monday Helen Sortino 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 18, 2013

Originally Posted by Tiffany Cady


We have continued committee members and chairs for the 2013-2014 year. Per the Bylaws, President Ben is a  member of each committee. You may read on the Rotary International website to learn what is required of you and your committee here:

If anyone would like to serve on an additional  committee just speak with the chair person for that Committee. Submit any comments to President Ben Thomas.


Ongoing Club Committee Assignments Tiffany Cady 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Sep 17, 2013

Jodye Sortino, now serving as Secretary of Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset and also working in publicity, shared  highlights of her life which continue to inspire her to accept new challenges and help others who she can relate to in these challenges.  Jodye has a secondary level B.S. in Education from Texas State University, majoring in Theatre and English.  Instead of teaching, amidst challenges she has volunteered in the community and worked in administrative support positions. 

She has used her talents along the way such as creative writing, playing golden oldies on the piano, and many uses of theatre, even in job interviews as well as a puppetry business.  Jodye told her various illness insured she is more sensitive to the needs of others and has a strong attitude about negative possibilities: so what else is new?  Her parents' training as she grew up to aspire to win and build and use organization were some of the positive highlights experienced with her 33 year old daughter's positive fight with Cystic Fibrosis, and her own Bi-polar Illness, Kidney failure and ultimately a transplant, and a couple of bouts with cancer.

She has learned patience, importance of gathering pertinent information, and many coping skills.  She feels her experiences have definitely broadened her perspective.  She says she doesn't yearn to go back 40 years because it wouldn't be allowable to know then what you know now.  She believes everyone develops on their journey and has a lot to share with other people.  Learning and experiencing NEW is a lifelong occupation.  Rotary is definitely an organization which embraces a broad perspective!


Jodye Sortino Told Highlights of Challenging Illness Sep 12 Helen Sortino 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Sep 10, 2013

ImageLast year Houston NW Rotary sponsored an essay contest in Epps Island Elementary, where they were also supporting the Knight Early Act Knight progam (highlight of good character traits) and introduces the children to the 4 Way Test.  Serenity was one of 3 winners of the essay contest---she read her essay (pictured here) at a special recognition meeting of Houston NW Sunset.



Serenity Washington was Recognized for her Essay on Rotary 4 Way Test Helen Sortino 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Sep 03, 2013
  Tiffany Cady member of Houston NW Sunset, owner of Angel Pets ( in Cypress, and current club President-Elect and Community Service Chair for our club AND the District level Rotary #5890, informed us how to use the networking online in the various formats to grow our business or handle a benefit, notify a large group about an organization, etc. and educate us in the marketing online area. She included priceless information which costs hardly anything to adapt for your organization or business, focusing on offerings of Google such as Facebook, maintenance and links into websites, map identification of your business in Google+, and the process of keeping your business highly rated by Google through the use of Algorithms.  A higher rating by Google causes a business to occur against a "click" further up on the page to "get their attention!"  She also gave us several insider tips about getting your name "out there" and be recognized by many people for referrals and direct business!  Go Tiffany!!!Image
Tiffany Cady Rotarian Detailed Marketing Your Business Online Sep 5 Helen Sortino 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Aug 26, 2013
Dr. Tom Pruett works with the Guerrero clinic which District #5890 Rotary maintains in Mexico to assist Indians, Mexican nationals and Mennonites, for example, by removing cataracts and performing Optometrist exams and handing out glasses.  In addition, Dr. Pruett has worked with District #5890's effort to process donated used glasses and end up with reusable like new glasses to be given out to those in need at Guerrero and many places in the world.  He summarized how it is done now in a workshop in the Brazosport area called Crystal Crafters which is funded by a grant through Rotary.
Dr. Pruett Tells of Process of Readying donated used Eyeglasses for New Clients Helen Sortino 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Aug 14, 2013
The Aug 15 7:00 p.m. meeting of the Houston NW Sunset Rotary Club is to be held at its regular location, Soto's Cantina, 10609 Grant Rd., Houston, TX  77070, President Dr. Ben Thomas presiding. A special guest will be Ken Marsh, Rotarian of Sharpstown Rotary who is making a trip across the city to present his well appreciated program:  "Netweaving to Grow Membership".  We welcome Ken Marsh and are appreciative of his availability.  All members are encouraged to hear Ken's valuable pointers on Membership.
Ken Marsh tell us about "Netweaving to Grow Membership" Helen Sortino 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Aug 05, 2013
wh-4pwh-4pIt is time to get the eyeglasses donated for reuse and remake for use in eye clinics in Mexico and South America!  Dr. Pruett in Lake Jackson has a facility which prepares the glasses like new to be used for new clients.  It involves mixing and matching various strengths of the lens.  Some of them can be used in our Rotary Clinic Optometry Department in Guerrero, Mexico!!  Jodye Sortino will be calling various members and contacts to BRING IN THE GLASSES!!
Calling in all Eyeglass Donation Boxes Helen Sortino 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Take Note of Governor Bob Gebhardt's Upcoming Visit Helen Sortino 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Willowbrook Invites All to Rotary Fellowship July 23 Helen Sortino 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference Info Tiffany Cady 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 31, 2013

A group of doctors and eye specialists heading a group of Rotarians left Houston on April 2nd and will return on April 7th.  Care reaches people in need throughout approximately 60% of the state of Chihuahua. In addition to the services provided by the volunteers, the State of Chihuahua provides on-site medical and humanitarian aid during the clinics. Volunteers with, and without medical skills help make these clinics success.

The eyeglass center which has provided thousands of glasses really needs additional glasses inventory.  Our club participates in this project and if you have glasses to donate, please bring them to one of our meetings or give them to one of our club members. 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. Collection boxes can be placed in public places with appropriate signage.  Churches, optical shops, medical offices and hospitals will often provide space for these collection boxes.

When we began edging lenses for our 30 year old Rotary driven clinics in Guerrero, Mexico, our volunteer opticians coined the name "Crystal Crafters".  They then made a sign that said "Glasses in About an Hour".  After having their eyes professionally examined and their prescription in hand, many patient's sight is restored with prescription glasses or surgery.  Many more miracles will happen if other Rotary Clubs embrace this passion and join us in the making of these miracles.  From personal experience, we can tell you that there is no greater fulfillment than observing the expressions of a poor soul who discovers they can see again.

Across the years, it has processed 450,000 pairs of used eyeglasses, preparing them for global reissue through Rotary and other mission minded organizations.  To help offset this enormous loss, a number of us in the area of Freeport-Clute-Lake Jackson, TX, have built a new optical lab.  Here's why we need your help.  It takes about 10 pair of used eyeglasses to get 3 re-usable pairs.  That's lots of glasses!!  Please consider how your club can help.

Guerrero Clinic Trip In Progress This Week Robin Charlesworth 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 19, 2013

At previous meetings Rotarians and guests from both Houston NW Sunset and Champions Sunrise Rotary Clubs did hands-on service to pack the Rotary layette bags to be shipped to Chinendega, Nicaragua next month. We may be two small clubs, but we have shipped 100 layette bags complete with one dozen cloth diapers, six diaper pins, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, baby shampoo, diaper rash ointment, three cotton t-shirts, baby nail clippers, manicure set for Mom, hairbrush and comb and cotton balls.  Our fundraiser in December raised over $5,000 to help pay for this project.  

The Refuge Belin Pregnant Women’s Shelter, in Chinandega, Nicaragua, uses the diapers as part of a starter kit for mothers who have nothing. This effort has been ongoing for over 10 years following the destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Hope and Relief International coordinates this volunteer effort.  Our own club member, Robin Charlesworth, has visited Chinendega twice, most recently in December, 2012.

Layette Bags for Nicaragua Robin Charlesworth 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Mar 19, 2013

President Dale Mellencamp is leading the charge to raise funds with our second annual MusicFest to be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14225 Hargrave Road.  We have a terrific lineup of entertainers including Derek Arambaru, singer/songwriter; Casey Gilbert, The Blues Other Brothers (mostly Rotarian musicians from the Bear Creek Copperfield Rotary Club); St. Timothy's Connection Band; Mary Jane Reed who sang at our Peace Conference and the December fundraiser; talented violinist Drew Baker who performed at last year's event and is a senior in high school; and Michael Crocker aka "The Piano Man".  

Derek Arambaru was born and raised in Marlborough, MA just outside of Boston, Derek grew up listening to the sounds of James Taylor, Carly Simon, John Denver, and Jim Croce. Currently residing in Houston Texas, his cd release “Where We Hide” is a culmination of relationships and the places he loves most. Derek has performed at the Kerrville New Folk Festival and was a Finalist in 2007-2008;  Wildflower Folk Festival;  Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the South Florida Folk Festival.   

         Casey Gilbert is a Texas based singer/songwriter. She grew up performing around the Houston area then took her talents to Nashville for two years as a student of vocal performance at Belmont University. Having grown up an Aggie, she now attends Texas A & M in College Station. She has continued to write and perform and is now in the process of recording her first full length album, to be released in May 2013.

         Tickets are only $14 per person  Contact any of our Rotarians for tickets or simply ask for them to Soto's Cantina, 10609 Grant Road. 

         Also, please help us get sponsors and silent auction items to make the 2nd Annual Northwest Music Fest a success again this year. Generous sponsors of the event include Main Street America, Angel Pets, Wayne Crary of Thrivent Financial, Eileen Collins and Liberty Mutual Insurance, Tomball Hospital, Cypress Creek Village/Dr. Ed Charlesworth and Robin Charlesworth, Dee Pardue Re/MAX and Fountain, Bruce & Mellencamp, PLLC.

         A substantial portion of the net proceeds from the event will be used to benefit Texas Polio Survivors.  Polio Survivors can be affected by Post Polio Syndrome which impacts their health and can lead to paralysis. Rotary Clubs and Rotary International have long worked to eradicate polio from the world. But the work is not finished, and many of those who have survived polio need help as they deal with Post Polio Syndrome. The Music Fest will also generate funds that will be used in other Rotary programs including   the Rotary layette bag program that helps mothers and infants in Nicaragua, the EarlyAct First Knights program at Epps Island Elementary School and the Cy Creek High School Interact Club.     

2nd Annual MusicFest - April 13th Tiffany Cady 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 13, 2013

Rotarians and Interact students from Cypress Creek High School painted a barn at the SIRE horse stables. This service project actually took two Saturdays due to the paint being old paint the first time around.  No problem - these dedicated volunteers were ready to step up and help a second Saturday to "do it right".  Rotarian Jodye Sortino said, "We painted a little, got some of the latex paint on us and were fairly organized.  Job well done 1:30 p.m."

Volunteer at SIRE with Interact students Feb 9 Robin Charlesworth 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Feb 24, 2013
This is agreat article I came ariss recentlly. It is the reason why I am Rotarian.

Giving, philanthropy, humanitarianism, and performing altruistic acts create fulfillment and boost our performance levels.... A recent study shows that ninety percent of people are unfulfilled at work, yet the best way to boost fulfillment at work is to encourage altruism and generosity, as Simon Sinek, the author of Start With Why, suggests.Studies show that fulfillment comes from adding value to others. If we are willing to give to the person next to us, it’s amazing what they are willing to give to us! A long line of research, including a recent study of over 2,000 people, showed that acts of altruism decreased stress and strongly contributed to enhanced mental health. So if you want to be healthier, happier, and have less stress, GIVE and volunteer!

Full Article:
Altruism boosts high performance Tiffany Cady 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Great International Service Trip for new members and old Tiffany Cady 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jan 30, 2013

Our members are all busy at work helping to procure the items needed to create 100 Layette "Diaper" Bags for expectant mothers in Nicaragua at the Rotary birthing center. Tiffany Cady is getting 200 bath towels and 200 hand towels. Robin Charlesworth is getting 200 wash clothes, 100 each of diaper ointment, manicure sets, baby nail clippers, and more. Our club came together for a recent meeting at the home of member Wendy Bruner where we cut fabric to make homemade receiving blankets. There are several lovely volunteers from outside of our club who are surge sewing the raw edges of the blankets to finish them for us. We hope to have all the supplies gathered by the Feb 14th meeting so we can begin packing the tote bags then.

Rotary clubs around the nation work year round to assemble “Layette Bags” for expecting mothers in Nicaragua.  Each layette contains cloth diapers, newborn tee shirts, bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths, baby shampoo and soap, diaper rash ointment, cotton balls, receiving blankets, baby nail clippers, small manicure set and comb/brush for the mother and more, all packet into a large reusable tote bag.  Most importantly, these new supplies help mothers and their newborns survive those first crucial days of life. 

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 100 bags that will be packed by club volunteers and shipped to Nicaragua.

Club members have the opportunity several times per year to travel with other Rotarians to Chinandega, Nicaragua. Our own club member Robin Charlesworth has made the trip several times, as has our District Secretary Carmen Cuneo. Here they are able to see first-hand the poverty and despair of the “Children of The Dump" and the maternity clinic built by Rotary where 20 - 30 very pregnant women are housed until they are ready to deliver. It is here that they receive the layette bags that we donate. The birthing center decreases the infant mortality rate for these mothers substantially.

The layettes are sent to the woman’s refuge center called Belin in Chinandega in northwest Nicaragua. Women in Nicaragua have few chances to use a hospital, many walk 100 miles. They can only get in four hours before delivery, and can only stay 6 hours after. Some of them have walked two or three days to get to Chinandega, and they have nothing other than a baby. They were sleeping in a park waiting to go into labor. Because of the harsh conditions for new moms and babies, our club has chosen to support the Belin Women’s Refuge, which has gone from 12 to 48 beds with help from clubs like ours.

Women can now arrive two weeks before delivery. A nurse is on hand 24 hours a day, and a doctor visits daily. The women take Lamaze classes and personal and newborn care classes. Organizers say these tools make a lasting difference. We hope the joy they found in making these layettes brings a smile to the waiting mothers and babies half a world away. Although a thousand women pass through the women’s refuge in Nicaragua each year the Rotary Club has never been able to provide all the women with a layette so we are helping by sending 100 layette bags. 

See the recent news article about our progress in the Tomball Villager paper:

Layette bags for Nicaragua Update Tiffany Cady 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jan 30, 2013

Our club co-sponsors the EAFK program at nearby Epps i=Island Elementary School. EarlyAct FirstKnight™ (EAFK) is a year-round character and service education program for elementary and middle schools that, for the first time ever, puts Rotary into daily mainstream public education. 
The Four Way Test is recited daily by students in the EAFK program.
EAFK is unlike any character education program in existence because it works.  EAFK is research-based, and 100% of participating campuses experience increased academic performance and decreased student behavioral incidents some up to 75%.

We hope you can come to some of the programs to show your support for Rotary to the school faculty as well as the students. If you need to leave early you can. Each program lasts about 2 hours. 

Location: Epps Island Elementary 

7403 Smiling Wood Ln  Houston, TX 77086
(832) 484-5800

Knighting Ceremony -  3/1/13 8:30 am

Knighting Ceremony - 4/19/12 8:30 am

Knighting Ceremony - 5/31/13 8:30 am

Please visit the EarlyAct FirstKnight Site Page on the D5890 website for links to YouTube videos, interviews, brochures, photos (a work in progress), plus downloads such as an example letter to a potential Community Sponsor/Partner, example Sponsorship Form, brochures to hand out at Knighting Ceremonies, EAFK Award Certificates, etc.

Here's the link:

 Click here to join the EAFK Facebook Page


Teaching Rotary Ideals in Elementary Schools Tiffany Cady 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jan 07, 2013

Call for judges for a home school speech and debate tournament to be held by NCFCA Jan 24 - 26th at Champions Life Centre on FM 2920. There are various time slots where help is needed from 7 am to 7 pm all three days. Pick the time slot that works for you. 

Volunteers must sign-up at this site  

The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) believes that formal speech and debate can provide a means for homeschooled students to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills....To provide these opportunities to homeschooled students, NCFCA shall facilitate qualifying tournaments throughout the country and the annual National Championship.

Volunteers needed! Tiffany Cady 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jan 07, 2013

The next meeting will be held  at 7:00 pm on Thursday at Soto's Cantina at 10609 Grant Rd.

Jan 31 2013

Kara McAndrew 

"Inspiring Possibilities"

Mission: Inspiring individuals with physical, developmental or emotional challenges to empower themselves to develop their full potential through the study and practice of Martial Arts and other Adapted Practices.

Next Meeting Tiffany Cady 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Dec 13, 2012

The Holiday Dinner fundraiser was a huge success for a first year event. The food catered by Soto's Cantina was delicious. The venue was perfectly intimate for dinner with friends, and thanks to Carmen Cuneo, District Secretary and District Gov. Chris Schneider for attending and contributing to the program. We raised about $4000 to use towards Layette Bags for Nicaragua from the Silent Auction and the ticket sales as well as general donations at the event. 

Thanks to all of you for all of your help in making the event a success. Thanks to all our club members who were sponsors or auction item donors.


Pictured above L-R is our Club President Dale Mellencamp, entertainer Joshua Tan,
District Secretary Carmen Cuneo, and District Governor Chris Schneider.


Above: Special thanks to Eileen Colllins whose daughter is a student at Studio of Dance;
special appearances by members of Ballet Theater Houston and owner director Robert Underwood.

Holiday Fundraiser in Review Tiffany Cady 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Rattle Tattle Children Boutique Tiffany Cady 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Nov 07, 2012

Department of Neighborhoods

City of Houston Seal

City of Houston

Media Release

Department of Neighborhoods

October 31, 2012

 Contact:  Evangelina Vigil

Mayor Parker Presents Disability Advocate of the Year Awards 2012

Four Houstonians Honored for Exceptional Service
to Members of the Disability Community

October 30, 2012.  Houston Mayor Annise Parker, joined by City Council member Wanda Adams, presented the Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Award 2012 to four citizens, in recognition of exceptional volunteer service benefiting persons with disabilities.  The awards were presented in City Hall Council chambers before an audience made up of members of the disability community, social service agency representatives and other citizens.

"We honor these advocates for their tireless dedication to serving citizens with disabilities," said Mayor Parker.  "They are not only providing this community with the services they need but also making us more aware of the challenges they face everyday and what we can do to help."  

The award recipients are as follows:

Community Advocate of the Year (Advocate with a disability)
Thelma Scott
Thelma Scott is the founder of Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation.  She has worked tirelessly 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.  In 2012, Barbara Jordan Endeavors was one of only two Texas entities invited to attend the prestigious White House Champion of Change STEM Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Community Advocate of the Year (Advocate who does not have a disability)
Lynne Cleveland
Lynne Cleveland is a tireless volunteer advocate for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Ms. Cleveland is well known on the local, state and national levels for her service as Chair of the Board of Directors of the MHMRA of Harris County, President of the Board of Directors for the ARC Greater Houston, President of the ARC of Texas and President of the ARC of the United States.  Ms. Cleveland has made immeasurable contributions to legislation related to persons with mental health and intellectual disabilities and is constantly seeking to improve the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Community Advocate of the Year – Youth Advocate 
Joseph Hernandez
Joseph Hernandez is an active senior at Strake Jesuit High School and an Eagle Scout.  He manages to find time in his busy schedule to volunteer for The ARC of Greater Houston, assisting with the Candy Cane Ball and Camp for Champions, which benefit children and adults with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities.  He was named “Best Volunteer for the Camp Session,” for going above and beyond his required duties to ensure that campers had a wonderful time at the 2012 Camp for Champions.

Community Advocate of the Year – Posthumous Award
Anthony “Tony” Koosis
Anthony “Tony” Koosis was a faithful 18-year employee and advocate at the Houston Center for Independent Living.  As Program Services Director, he helped shape the lives and present a positive perception of people with disabilities in Houston.  Tony passed away on November 25, 2011. This well-deserved award honoring Tony’s memory and contributions was accepted by his widow, Ann Koosis.

For more information about the Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Awards, contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, at 713-284-1990 or visit



Club Member Thelma Scott wins Mayoral Award Tiffany Cady 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Wiltz on Oct 29, 2012
Yes, it is that time of the year again.
Time to start the volunteer recruitment process for the 2012 tax season.
Children's Books on Wheels, Solutions For Communities VITA will be accepting volunteer applications for adults that are interested in becoming certified tax preparers.
Maybe you are a retired teacher, accounting student, church group, Rotarty, community volunteer or business professional that would like to donate your time, Montgomery County needs your help, or you know someone that would like to help.   
WE will have tax sites at different locations. 
On Nov. 8th, from 10am to noon at the Woodlands Chamber you are invited to attend.
All volunteers will be certified and trained by IRS volunteers.
Thank you in advance, please contact me if you need additional information.  

Rita Wiltz, CHW, PN

Executive Director

Children's Books on Wheels

Project Coordinator

Solutions For Communities VITA



Literacy on the move, because literacy matters.......

Become a Certified Tax Preparer Trained by the IRS! Rita Wiltz 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Oct 28, 2012


Thank you ever so much with all your help promoting this event, and any donations and your time.
This was a subject so dear to my heart, for my cousin Myra and Brenda Ard.
WE thank all of our sponsors: HEB for the pink cookies, Donna Wick Milstead Media, Mr. Roy Villarreal Jr. Realty for the beautiful balloons over a 100 donated, Rico's for the delicious Mexican food, Cici Pizza, all my boxing friends, Janet, Office Depot Oak Ridge, Susan G. Komen of Houston for the breast cancer literature, Ms. Sharon Children's Books on Wheels Board Member and Ms. Lori for helping set up everything.
What a perfect location, Pound4Pound Boxing Gym: Antonio Flores, who lost his mother to breast cancer, in her memory.   
The photos are courtesy of Marti Corn Photography:

WE appreciate everyone that came out, I love you for that.  

Rita Wiltz, CHW, PN

Executive Director

Children's Books on Wheels

Project Coordinator

Solutions For Communities VITA



Literacy on the move, because literacy matters.......


Rita's Boxing Event in Review with new pics! Tiffany Cady 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Oct 28, 2012
·        Bring items for a toiletry / hygeine CARE box for soldiers in the cold - socks, gloves, chapstick, feminine products, hard candy, toothbrush and paste, deoderant, etc.

QUOTE FROM ANYSOLDIER.COM (Created by the Horn Family)
27 Oct 2012:
"on behalf of C CO 173rd STB we would like to give a big thank you to Crystal from Houston Texas we got your package today, our XXXX females were relieved to get some feminine hygiene products and every body is thankful for the hygeine kits. we are all very thankfull for the support of , its good to know we are not forgotten. 
Its starting to get cold in our tents, and foot or hand warmers will be met with a thousand thank you's and deep appreciation since we hate the cold. 
we thought the fighting was going to slow down with the coming cold however it did not due to some holidays for the enemy againthank you and i hope i can serve my unit in any way i can by making their day a little brighter, again thank you all for your contributions and support." 
Hernan Rodriguez, US Army-Afghanistan
Bring items for the troops to next meeting Tiffany Cady 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Oct 28, 2012

If our members will bring canned goods to Thursday night's meeting Wendy will be sure they are counted toward the District 5890 Hungry Harvest goal of 50,000 cans to celebrate Interact's 50th Anniversary.

Our Interact Club at CyCreek will be handing out the below flyer to collect canned goods too:


As member of the Cypress Creek High School Interact Club, which is part of the world’s largest
student-based humanitarian organization, along with the Rotary Club of Houston N.W. Sunset,
we are collecting non-perishable food items in your neighborhood this Halloween as a part of the
Interact District 5890 Hungry Harvest 2012.

All the food collected by the Interact Club of Cy-Creek High School will be donated to CFISD
Food Bank benefiting students’ families, a local community food bank.

Our District 5890 goal for 2012 is 50,000 cans, so feel free to donate as much you like!

"Service Above Self"

For more information about Interact, Rotaract, or Rotary Clubs, please visit

Bring canned goods to next meeting for Hungry Harvest - Help our District reach the goal Tiffany Cady 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Bayou Cleanup - Our October Community Volunteer Project Tiffany Cady 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
New Co-Sponor for CyCreek Interact Club Tiffany Cady 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 23, 2012
ImageFive Rotary clubs, Houston N.W. Sunset, Willowbrook, CyFair,  Champions Sunrise,
and Bear Creek participated in a two hour peace marathon on September 21 from 5:00 to
7:00 p.m. in the Cypress Creek  Village parking area behind Soto's Cantina at 10609 Grant Rd.

The purpose of the  marathon that took place around the world in every time zone was to encourage reflection and exploration on the topic of peace.  

The  President of  the Gulf Coast Association of Peace Corps Returnees who served in Tanzania (shown at right)
 and another  Peace Corps returnee who served in Botswana,
now working with Rotary and Baylor on a Botswana
 project,  spoke to attendees regarding  their experiences 
and their  thoughts on how organizations like the Peace
 Corps and Rotary can work together to promote peace.


Stan Carr who is also a member of the CyFair Rotary Club and a Salvation Army volunteer told us
 about his work as first responder during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. He also gave us all a famous
 Salvation Army chocolate bar. Stan is shown at right giving member Patricia Padraza of Texas
School of Languages a candy bar.

There was an interactive Rotary peace video by PDG Ed Charlesworth who told us about his trip to the
Peace Conference in Leipzig Germany to celebrate the tearing down of the wall.


We enjoyed musical entertainment by Bear Creek Club members band The Other Blues Brothers and were graced by the presence of many of the members of our CyCreek interact Club (shown at right).

 It was a lovely event. Thanks to Juan Soto for donating chips and queso as a fund raiser for our club and to Tiffany
Cady for making sno-cones as a fund raiser too.

Peace Marathon in Review Tiffany Cady 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 18, 2012
It is great to see attendance rates going up - Let's try to keep a positive trend. You can help by doing make ups AND reporting makeups to the Secretary via an email to
Meeting Date Make-ups Done Attended /   Total Members Attendance
Jul 5 2012 0 7 /   13 53.85%
Jul 12 2012 1 8 /   13 69.23%
Jul 19 2012 1 8 /   13 69.23%
Jul 26 2012 1 7 /   13 61.54%
Aug 2 2012 1 8 /   13 69.23%
Aug 9 2012 1 8 /   13 69.23%
Aug 16 2012 1 8 /   13 69.23%
Aug 23 2012 1 9 /   13 76.92%
Aug 30 2012 0 10 /   13 76.92%
Attendance Report - July/August Tiffany Cady 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 18, 2012

Last week member Tiffany Cady took one District 5890 exchange student from Germany to the Train concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion to give her a little taste of local pop culture. 

This week Tiffany took 4 exchange students to the Pasadena Rotary night at the Pasadena Rodeo.  The 4 students are all sponsored by the Willowbrook Rotary Club.  There were quite a few other exchange students in attendance at that event as you can see, all from within District 5890.

Tiffany says "It will be a good thing for them to be able to compare to this small rodeo and really appreciate the immense size of the Houston Rodeo when they attend it next year." Hopefully we will have the presence of some of these wonderful exchange students at the Peace Marathon this Friday night so be sure to get to know them if they attend. 

Fun with Exchange Students Tiffany Cady 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 17, 2012
Our club has determined that we are required to have a meeting every week and attendance counts for every meeting.  We will be having interesting speakers and programs every week now and hope you will attend regularly. The board meeting will now be held on the 1st Thursday of every month following the regular meeting at about 8 pm. Although the ya re open to everyone, only Directors are required to stay for board meetings. The board will need a quorum of 5 Directors present in order to vote on club business so please make every effort to attend every 1st Thursday if you are a Director. keep in mind  RI requires that all members attend 50% of meetings and you can include make ups to get your 50% in.
Weekly Meetings update Tiffany Cady 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
FACEBOOK Tiffany Cady 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 17, 2012

To celebrate New Generations Month, we invite you to use social media to share a positive Interact memory, talk about how Interact made you a better leader, or brag about a successful community service project.

How can you share your favorite Interact moment? OnWednesday, 26 September, use the hashtag #interactmoment on Twitter. You can also post on theInteract Facebook page.

See some of the stories, photos, and memories shared during the #rotaractmoment#YEXmoment, and#RYLAmoment days earlier this month.

September is New Generations Month Tiffany Cady 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 16, 2012
At a recent meeting nearly every member was present plus many guests, great turn out!Image
Our Club Portrait Tiffany Cady 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 11, 2012

Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities LogoThe Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, invites the public to the 4th Annual Disabilities Awareness Month Kick-off on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (MMSC), 1475 West Gray, Houston 77019. The event will be at 10 am and will feature keynote speaker Bill Klein from the "The Little Couple" reality show on TLC network, that our club member Tiffany Cady met recently, and other exciting live entertainment.
Learn more: 

October is Disabilities Awareness Month Tiffany Cady 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 11, 2012
Image2 of our own club members are hosting  foreign exchange students this school year.  Each foreign exchange student will stay for 4 months at a time with 3 different host families here in our area.

Tiffany Cady is our club Secretary and she will be the 3rd host family for inbound exchange student Lotta Seifert from Germany. Lotta attends Cypress Creek High School where we also have an Interact Club. Lotta loves horseback riding and animals of all types. Tiffany's owns a pet grooming and services business so Lotta will enjoy exposure to many different pets while she lives with Tiffany. Learn more about Lotta and friend her: 

Jodye and Tony Sortino are hosting an exchange student from Denmark.
2 Foreign Exchange Students hosted by our club members Tiffany Cady 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 11, 2012
Not only do we donate these coupons to troops over seas - the CyCreek Interact students clip them for us to earn volunteer hours. If anyone has un-cut coupons to donate, please bring them to this week's meeting. 
Please Bring Coupons Tiffany Cady 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 07, 2012

Rotarian Rita "THE BOOK WORM" Wiltz  is shown here preparing for her fight to knock out illiteracy. Minutes later she defeated her worthy opponent Wonder Woman by unanimous decision.

In so doing, Rita won over $1000 for her charity, Children's Books on Wheels.

When asked how she felt after the fight, The Book Worm replied "Let's do it again."  Wonder Woman had no comment on a rematch.
The Book Worm Wins! Tiffany Cady 2012-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
What kind of Rotarian are you? Tiffany Cady 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Sep 05, 2012
Don't throw them out , and don't hoard them either. Bring them to the next meeting and leave at Soto's - we will give them to guests to help them learn about Rotary.
What do you do with your old Rotarian magazines? Tiffany Cady 2012-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Fight for a Cause Boxing Match Tiffany Cady 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Aug 14, 2012
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. The council partners with the Texas Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS) divisions of Rehabilitation Services and Blind Services to advocate for people with disabilities during the vocational rehabilitation process.

Our own member Thelma Scott was one appointed to this committee. Thelma Scott of Houston is founder of the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corp. She is a member of the Texas Rehab Action Network, an education committee member for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Houston Chapter of the AT&T Community Network,  AT&T Diversity Council, AT&T Pioneer Club, AT&T Disability Committee, and Women of AT&T Inc. She is also a volunteer for the John S. Dunn Outreach Center, and the Lakewood Church Feed the Families Food Bank, Hospital Ministry and Outreach Mission 
Ministry, Houston Northwest Sunset Rotary Club and Spring ISD Business Advisory Committee. She is also a past commission member of the Houston Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. Scott received an associate degree from Lone Star College-North Harris. She is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 29, 2014.

Here are the committee’s descriptions that Ms. Scott serves on within the RCT Council:

Planning & Reviewing Committee - The goals, priorities, and recommendations from RCT for state plan, review ongoing reports on progress (RSA 113, etc.), collects success stories, review standards and indicators, coordinate public forum on the state plan for feedback from consumers.  
Advocacy & Education Committee - following legislation at the federal and state level ( review list of pending legislation that DARS may have as well),  reviewing the Legislative Appropriations Reports (LAR) with DARS, process of orienting new members (i.e.), new member orientation notebook, bios of members, compile list of mentors and follow up to see how it is going.  The committee is charged with recruiting new council’s members.  They also 
identify potential partners that have an ability to enhance work of council, formalize framework for conducting advocacy through the RCT; develop do's and don'ts of advocacy/lobbying. 

Do you have a disability or know someone who does? Fill out this short survey to help them accomplish their goals. 

There was also a recent article published about Thelma Scott. See attachment.

Previous news about this member we are thrilled to have on our team:
On May 7, 2012 Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation, Founder Thelma Scott and their nominee Community Outreach Partner Launch Point CDC, Ivory 
Mayhorn, Founder & CEO were nominated for the White House Champion of Change STEM Award for People with Disabilities.  Both Barbara Jordan 
Endeavors Corporation and their nominee Launch Point, CDC were the only two non-profit organizations "in Texas invited to attend" this important and 
prestigious event in our nation capitol Washington D.C.

Member Thelma Scott Appointed to DARS Committee by Gov. Rick Perry Tiffany Cady 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Eradicate Polio Video Tiffany Cady 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Aug 12, 2012
We had great representation for our club when members Ruth Cassidy, Tiffany Cady, Thelma Scott, Jodye Sortino and Wendy Bruner attended the District Membership Seminar. They were very enriched by attending the many great break out sessions and hearing the awesome and inspiring guest speaker Tim Collins of Sense of Service at the District Membership Seminar on Aug. 11th. 
District Membership Seminar Tiffany Cady 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Aug 07, 2012


Our club member Tiffany Cady was on the front page
of the Cypress Creek Mirror last week and the article
mentions our Rotary Club too. Read her story here: 


Tiffany Cady also got to meet some local celebrities recently
at a fund raiser she did for the Great Dane Rescue of South
East Texas. You may not know this but our club member
Myeshi Briley is hoping to adopt a Great Dane from them too!

Small world.

Tiffany met Jen and Bill who are the stars on TLCs
"The Little Couple". Bill & Jen own Rocky & Maggies
Pet Store in the Village shown here. 
Member Moment Tiffany Cady 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Carried the Olympic Torch In Opening Cermonies Tiffany Cady 2012-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Aug 01, 2012
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.
The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover material in the following general topic areas:
    Meeting Management                Servant Leadership
    Social Styles                              Empowerment
    Generational Differences            Conflict Resolution
    Interactive Exercises                 Listening Skills
    Personal Accountability             Ethics    

The class will be limited to the first 24 who complete and send in the registration fee of $250 by August 25, 2012.  All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and a shirt embroidered with the Institute logo at the conclusion of the workshop.


District Leadership Seminar Tiffany Cady 2012-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 18, 2012
Welcome to our Rotary Club! Please join us for a meeting any time! Small clubs can do big things! Our Interactors at CyCreek High School under the sponsorship of club member Wendy Bruner and her associate are growing and joining the Rotary Houston NW Sunset in many projects! Volunteers are welcome to support the Rotary Club who may be considering membership!  We welcome your involvement!!

Thank you to Ed Wadley of Wadley Media Services for creating this video of club members telling what they do in our club.  

What our Club does> Tiffany Cady 2012-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 14, 2012

Member Tiffany Cady has experience making web sites and has created a domain name for our club!  It is set it up to point to our existing ClubRunner page.

The new domain is just an official address, it is not a new web site. When you put it in the address bar you will get our clubrunner site. This will benefit our club because we can now put our website on our flyers and brochures. If we want to use our web site to take donations in the future it will be easy to link to like this:

It could also help potential new members find our club on Google!




We have a real website address now Tiffany Cady 2012-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 11, 2012
You can attend another Rotary Club meeting to do a make up. You must do a make up within 2 weeks before or after the meeting you miss for it to count. Be sure to submit proof of the make up to our club Secretary Tiffany Cady. Her email is If you attend another club's meeting ask their Secretary for a Visitor Make Up Card to bring to Tiffany as proof. 

Nearby Rotary Clubs you might like to attend:

Champions Sunrise

Meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM

The Conservatory

8215 Cypresswood Drive
The Great Room
Spring, TX 77379


Meet Fridays at 12:00 PM

The County Line Restaurant

13850 Cutten Road
Houston, TX 77069-2217


Meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

Tomball Community Center

221 Market Street
Tomball, TX 77375-6643

Meet Mondays at 11:45 AM
Carl's Bar-B-Que
21290 Hwy 290
Cypress, TX 77429

Bear Creek-Copperfield
Meet Thursdays at 12:00 Noon
Carrabba's Italian Grill
7540 Hwy 6 North
Houston, TX 77095-2604
Attend a nearby Club's meeting to do make ups and make new friends! Tiffany Cady 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 10, 2012
To support Children of the Dump "Beads for Hope" our Club purchased $375 worth of beads made by the children for us to sell and we still have a few in our inventory. Image
We are selling each bracelet for $7 and the package contains the story and name of the child who made the beads.
Watch an ABC13 News Video of how Rotary has helped and what it looks like in the dump:  

Many of you have heard Jim Kite (Brenham Rotary)  and Frank Huezo (Kingwood Rotary) discuss how this remarkable project has successfully removed children from living in the Chinandega City Dump, and now provides the children with an education, nutritional meals, and medical care.  A vital component is the school's Betania Trade School which empowers the students by teaching them a trade with the goal of them reaching financial independence thereby breaking the cycle of poverty.

The "Beads For Hope" Project teaches students at the Betania Trade School to make beautiful, hand-crafted beads that are made by hand-rolling recycled wallpaper, then crafted into a beautiful, artisan bracelet. 

Read more about this project: 

Be on the lookout for inventive ways to sell our beads such as upcoming events where we can have a table and promote Rotary and also sell beads (table must be free or cheap) similar to the Cinco De Mayo party at Texas School of Languages.

Please also make an effort to sell beads to your friends and family.
Children of the Dump Beads Project Tiffany Cady 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 09, 2012
On June 28 at Soto's Cantina our club held our 2012-13 officer Induction Ceremony. It was a well attended meeting and we actually ran out of room for attendees. Every active member of our club was present. The buffet provided by Soto's was delicious. In attendance were new member Patricia Padraza and her family. Patricia was inducted as a new member at the event. Pictured below at the event are Patricia at center and clockwise- PDG Ed Charlesworth, Incoming Club President Dale Mellencamp, Past Club President Ruth Cassidy.
Many wonderful guests we present. Guests of John Adams were his brother PDG Dennis Adams and wife, Linda as well as Ed and Susan Prichard. We were pleased to also have CyCreek Interact President Triet Tran and his family as well as Interact VP Sara Rodriguez at the dinner. Thelma also brought a special guest. Wendy Bruner's family joined us as did Tiffany Cady's daughter Leah and Ben Thomas's wife. We were blessed to have so many new and old friends to share this wonderful event with!

Incoming President Dale Mellencamp had this to say:
"Thank you all for making our Installation Ceremony and Banquet a great success. Special thanks to Juan for the great food and to Ed for his help in installing the new officers and directors and our newest member, Patricia. I hope everyone had a good time.
Thanks to Ruth for her leadership over the past year.    We will continue to look to her for advice  and inspiration as she helps us  grow our membership in the coming year. Sorry Robin couldn't make it tonight. But we will put her to work as soon as she gets back to Houston."
New Officers for 2012-13 include:
Dale Mellencamp  President
Ben Thomas President Elect
Tiffany Moore  Secretary
Wendy Bruner Treasurer
Myeshi Briley Sergeant at Arms
Jodye Sortino   Club  Publicist  and Historian  
Robin Charlesworth Director
Eileen Collins DirectorImage
John Adams Director  
Ruth Cassidy Past President
Past District Governor Ed Charlesworth presided over the induction ceremony and regaled us with inspirational stories and anecdotes about each club member being a square in a patchwork quilt that is stronger and can do more when woven together. 

President Dale presented Ruth with a golden gavel gift and urged us all to help grow our club in the coming year by inviting guests who would make great Rotarians and by inviting speakers who would be interesting to learn from.
It was a very special  evening of great food and fellowship and we thank everyone who attended and brought guests.

Induction Ceremony in Review Tiffany Cady 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Did you miss District Conference? Tiffany Cady 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 09, 2012
Two of our members, Myeshi Briley and Rita Wilkz, were both recently nominated to Texas Woman's Hall of Fame!

Myeshi said of the honor: "I just found out today..That I have been nominated to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame for all the work I have done in Texas...What an honor....The work I have done for Texas has been rewarding... Helping were I can is who I am... This has truely made my day today. Wow.... former 1st Ladies,Olympic athletes, and astronauts have been recognized with this prestigious honor."

Learn more about this great honor here:'s_Hall_of_Fame 


2 Houston NW Sunset Club members nominated to Texas Woman's Hall of Fame! Tiffany Cady 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 09, 2012
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. 

Read more of this article on the District Website and find out how you can join this trip: 
Guerro Clinic Update and Next Trip Opportunity Tiffany Cady 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jul 09, 2012
We have established committee members and chairs for the 2012-13 year. Per the Bylaws, Dale is a  member of each committee but will be focusing primarily on fundraising and club administration. Please read on the Rotary International website to learn what is required of you and your committee here: 

Committees are: 

Community Service 
Tiffany, Chair
Dale, Chair 
Club Administration
Dale, Chair
Eileen Collins, Chair
International Service
Ben Thomas, Chair
Foundation Committee
Robin, Chair 
Public Relations
Jodye -Chair
Membership Committee
All members are on this committee by default
If anyone would like to serve on an additional  committee just speak with the chair person for that Committee. I am sure they would appreciate the help.    Additionally, Jodye will continue to lead our Red Badge Program for new members.

Club Committee Assignments Tiffany Cady 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jun 10, 2012
Club fellowship

Our club members had an enriching and enjoyable fellowship event on a recent weekend. The small group made up of Ruth and her husband Matt, Dale, Eileen, Tiffany and her friend Mary, and Wendy all attended a musical play "The Fantastiks" on a Sunday afternoon. This was the last show after a daily multi week long run. The very entertaining performance was at the beautiful theater across from our meeting location in side the Houston Family Arts Center . It was a wonderful production and we look forward to returning for a another show in the future. Maybe Charlie Brown or Annie?
Club Fellowship Tiffany Cady 2012-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jun 07, 2012


  • New Rotary officers begin their year of service
August — Membership and Extension Month
  • Let's focus on developing membership this month! Every member should invite 1 friend or colleague that would make a good Rotarian to be a guest at one of this month's meetings.

September — New Generations Month

October — Vocational Service Month

November — Rotary Foundation Month

December — Family Month

January — Rotary Awareness Month

February — World Understanding Month

March — Literacy Month  

April — Magazine Month


June — Rotary Fellowships Month  

The Rotary Calendar Tiffany Cady 2012-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Jun 07, 2012
Missed Meeting Makeups are EASY!

All club members must attend or make up at least 50 percent of regular club meetings in each half of the year.  It is a worthy goal to have a 100% attendance record and that can be achieved by doing makeups for every meeting you miss. Any missed meetings must be made up within 14 days before or after the missed regular meeting.  If traveling, club members are encouraged to visit clubs in the new area to make up a missed meeting. You may also attend the meeting of a neighboring club in your area or the Interact club we sponsor as a makeup. if you attend a Rotary function, volunteer program or fellowship event it serves as a makeup as well. Eclubs offer online makeups that can be done at home any time. Click here and bookmark the page so you can do an Emakeup: Just read a few articles on the site and fill out the Makeup Form. Enter the club Secretary address in the form: and it will automatically email me a record that you did a makeup. Do this every time you miss a meeting to help our club have a higher attendance record and we could win an award at the Membership Seminar!
Make Up missed meetings easily online Tiffany Cady 2012-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on May 24, 2012

Referrals; One of the nicest things that can happen in business is when you can be referred to a prospective client because your known as a good Rotarian.  What a nice way to do business.  Become an involved member and you will grow as a person and your business will prosper as well. Get to know your club members.

Look around you at todayʼs meeting. Who is missing? Call them and let them know you want them to attend the meeting with you. Is is a new member that feels lost?  Is it someone you proposed? ....we all have very busy schedules but isnʼt your commitment to Rotary an important one.
We think so, donʼt you?

Member Moment Tiffany Cady 2012-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on May 18, 2012

5 of our club members attended the Leadership Training seminar on May 19th held by the Memorial Rotary Club. Photo at right shows Rita Wiltz of Childrens Books on Wheels, and Thelma Scott of the Barbara Jordan School of Endeavors with District Governor Elect Chris Schneider. Dale, Jodye, Rita, Thelma and Tiffany gained a great deal of knowledge to share with our club. They learned a variety of tools to help improve and grow our club.  In 3 break out sessions including Secretary training, Rotary 101, Running Effective Meetings, Rotary Foundation, New Generations, and Grant Applications training, the small group of representatives split up to cover nearly every class. 
District Assembly Leadership Training Tiffany Cady 2012-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on May 14, 2012
The attendance report for all clubs in the district came out recently and our clubs' attendance record was very low. We know family, business, and life all get in the way of making it to meetings every Thursday night. Next time you miss a meeting please consider attending another club meeting as a make up. Make ups must occur within 2 weeks of the meeting you missed in order to count. Did you know you can do make ups online too? It doesn't get much easier than that. E-clubs generally have two requirements for a make-up: Spend 30 minutes on their site reading from a collection of Rotary-related programs, and complete a make-up request form, which includes answering a few questions about what you read. (Don't worry, the questions are reflective, not multiple choice.) You can do this at your home pc on your own time. Learn how easy a meeting make up online is here.
Make-Up Meetings are easy online, help our club attain 100% attendance! Tiffany Cady 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on May 07, 2012
Get a delicious smoked brisket from Carl's BBQ and support the CyFair Rotary Club. 

The Cy-Fair Rotary Club's Mothers' Day Brisket Sale will be held on Saturday, May 12 2012, at Carl's Bar-B-Que, 21920 Highway 290, Cypress, TX 77429.  Delivery/Pick up from 10:00am - Noon

The 10 lb. briskets (~7 lb. cooked weight) are prepared, seasoned, and smoked under the watchful eyes of the cooks at Carl's Bar-B-Que and comes with 1 pint of BBQ sauce.  The order form is located on the left side of the web page above. Please pre-order.

Donation: $50 per Brisket.  Make Checks payable to: Cypress-Fairbanks Rotary Foundation (IRS 501(c)(3) 
Support a neighboring Rotary Club- YUM! Tiffany Cady 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on May 06, 2012
Children Books on Wheels, a non profit mobile literacy organization managed by our own Rotary Club member Rita Wiltz partnered with Jill's New and Used Books this past weekend. They had a total of over 400 books in English and Spanish for children and their families to browse on Saturday at the Lemonade for Literacy Event in Conroe.  "We sipped  lemonade donated by Chic-fil-a and read books in the shade, it was the perfect way to promote reading."   Kim Clampett, of BBVA Compass, was on hand to help families open bank accounts and Socorro Cortes provided outreach of CHIP, Medicaid, Food Stamp application assistance.   We had story teller Ms. Della a senior citizen volunteer who  read to all that came by.  A donation for Children's Books On Wheels can be mailed to 330 Rayford Road, Spring Tx 77386, call 281-844-7596 or email for more info.
Lemonade for Literacy Tiffany Cady 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on May 06, 2012
The Cinco De Mayo Festival held by the Texas School of Languages on May 5th was a great success.  Our club had a table in the vendor area. Our new trifold poster displayed on our table helped volunteer Jodye Sortino teach the community about Rotary and invited them to be guests at our club meetings. You would not believe the amount of wonderful entertainment at this event and if you missed it this year be sure to put it on your calendar now for next year. There was a water slide and magician for the kids and a fabulous variety of flamenco bands and mariachi dancers that got the crowd dancing and clapping. Free nachos were served by Soto's Cantina
More pics here- 
Cinco De Mayo Festival Tiffany Cady 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Apr 28, 2012
Epps Island is where our club sponsors the Early Act First Knight program. Assistant Principal Kelly Gonzalez has invited our club members to volunteer as panelists this Thursday, May 3rd. (Time TBD). The Gifted and Talented students at Epps Island have created some interesting projects that will be judged by community volunteers. Please let Tiffany Cady know if you can attend as we need to report the number of volunteers we will bring as soon as possible. You can email Tiffany at to notify her of your intent to volunteer and she will reply with the time you need to arrive.

LOCATION: Epps Island Elementary is 7403 Smiling Wood Lane.
Volunteers Needed This Thursday Robin Charlesworth 2012-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Apr 25, 2012
John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International, announced this week that ShelterBox has become the first project partner of four partner categories.  Project Partners are available to organizations started or managed  by Rotarians with service opportunities for Rotarians. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families affected by disasters at the time when they need it most. Founded in 2000 by Rotarian Tom Henderson, ShelterBox has assisted well over one million people by responding to almost 200 natural or manmade disasters in over 75 different countries.

Additionally, ShelterBox holds significant stocks of emergency shelter and humanitarian aid supplies in numerous pre-position locations around the world. If a disaster occurs in your district resulting in an urgent need for emergency shelter - please do not hesitate to contact ShelterBox at ShelterBox can rapidly deploy response teams and humanitarian aid anywhere worldwide to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families left homeless by natural or man-made disasters (subject to need). 
ShelterBox Announced by RI as First Project Partner Robin Charlesworth 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Apr 16, 2012
Jim Kite, Rotarian in Brenham, is announcing the July 2012 Trip to Nicaragua. If you interested, the dates are July 18-25.  

This is an uplifting experience that will stay with you for life.  During this trip you will have the opportunity to visit the projects that we have developed over the past twelve years thanks to your generous contributions.  You will be able to see: The School of the Children of the Dump, Santa Lucia ( children’s house of the blind), Refugio Belen (pregnant women’s shelter) Betania (the trade school), The Village of Aldea Rotaria , The new village of El Menco (Our latest project) and much more.

Date and time of departure: July 18,2012 @ 6:50pm on United # UA1421 from Bush Int. Airport, Houston, Tx. Arrive at Managua at 9:10pm.

Date and time of return: July 25,2012 @ 7:01am on Continental # UA1423  arrive at Bush Int,  Airport, Houston, Tx. Arrive at 11:27am.

 (Cost of hotels, most meals and ground transportation, etc. is $665.00 per person (add $210.00 if you require a private room).  Please send payment to: Hope Relief International Foundational Inc., 10700 Gerke Rd. Brenham,Texas 77833 no later than Nov. 1st. You should BUY YOUR OWN TICKETS making sure that they coordinate with these flights to arrive and leave Managua within more or less one hour of the times shown above.

Deadline for reservations:  June 15, 2012 in order to allow time to secure hotel reservations.

*Valid Passport with at least 6 months before it expires (US citizens and residents are not required to have a Visa)

July 2012 Trip to Nicaragua Robin Charlesworth 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Apr 16, 2012

Thank you JODYE SORTINO!  She is our Public Relations Chair this year and in TODAY's posting of the Cypress Creek Mirror is an article about the vocational service of Eileen Collins who provided insurance quotes with a donation made by her employer, LIBERTY MUTUAL, amounting to $1,297 and our Rotary club's contribution of $2,000 to support projects to assist polio survivors.  The Liberty Mutual check was presented at the recent fundraiser Music Fest.   You may see the article at


PR for Texas Polio Survivors Robin Charlesworth 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Pedraza on Apr 04, 2012
Patricia Pedraza is managing the eye glasses collection project. 

By placing a collection box in your office or place of business, you can help give the gift of sight and sound.

 These boxes are a great way to contribute to our less fortunate neighbors at the Guerrero Clinic in Mexico by collecting used prescription eyeglasses and hearing aides.  It takes about 10 pair of used eyeglasses to get 3 re-usable pairs.  If you are interested in having a collection box at your place of business, please contact Patricia  Pedraza  @ Texas School of Languages, 281-970-4911 email:

 A big thank you to the following local businesses and volunteers that have already helped give the gift:


Amegy Bank, volunteers Joyce Lance and Pauline McNally
Chase Bank, volunteer Jean Shanklin
Doerre Intermediate Cheerleaders, Hannah Harris
Epps Island Elementary School, volunteer Kelly Gonzalez
GSE Lining Technology Inc., volunteer Mark Harris
Liberty Mutual, volunteer Eileen Collins
Prudential Gar Greene Realtors, volunteer Jennifer Carmichael
Real Living Houston Home Sales/Louetta, volunteer Sharon Higgins
Texas American Title Company/Spring, volunteer Venessa Aguilar
Texas School of Languages, volunteer Patricia Pedraza
K2 Kids Academy of Sports, volunteer Tiffany Cady
Willowbrook Psychological Associates, Edward A. Charlesworth, Ph. D.

Collection of Eye Glasses for Guerrero, Mexico Patricia Pedraza 2012-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 27, 2012
Last week we had the pleasure of adding a new member to our club - Rita Wiltz.  Rita is the founder and Executive Director of Children's Books on Wheels and a CHIP Outreach Coordinator.  She is busy now with providing free tax services for those in need.  Rita is a dedicated community servant and we look forward to involvement with our club! 
Welcome to New Member Rita Wiltz! Robin Charlesworth 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 27, 2012
An anonymous donor has offered to match (with Rotary Foundation Recognition Points) all donations of $50 or more to The Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus at the Thursday, April 5, 2012, Rotary Club of Houston meeting featuring Dr David Oshinsky, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Polio: An American Story". You are invited to attend the Rotary Club of Houston's meeting on April 5th, but do call for reservations.
Please make your donation check to The Rotary Foundation.  A $100 donation will take you $200 closer to becoming a Paul Harris Fellow (or +1...).  Be sure to RSVP no later than Noon on April 3, by clicking on the April 5 date on the calendar at
In addition to the Match and the great program, "This Close" pictures will be taken prior to the meeting.  Come early and receive yours.  ENDPOLIONOW_4p
Matching Points Opportunity for POLIO PLUS Robin Charlesworth 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 13, 2012
This message is from a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Bellaire Southwest:

For me, agreeing to become a host family the first time was pure impulse. It had little to do with Ted’s appeals, except that I got tired of Ted begging and no one responding. So I said I’ll do it. That impulse changed the way I looked at Rotary and to some extent, it changed my outlook on life. Having been a host family for the second time now, I realize just how important the program is to the Rotary ideal and Rotary mission worldwide.   It is Rotary International defined.  I don’t think there is a more important program to Rotary or a more important program to our club than RYE. And the bottom line is that without host families, the program will not work. Host families are the lynchpin between success and failure. That was hammered home to me this past weekend when I attended the Host Family Appreciation Dinner in Humble.

I initially was not going to attend that dinner because it was far from home and I thought I had other, more important things to do. As it turned out, there was nothing I could have done during at that time that would have been more important. That event culminated a very interesting and rewarding week as a host parent.  I’d like to share that week with you so that perhaps, we could find a way to communicate not only the need for host families, but the criticality in sustaining such an important program.

It wasn’t a particularly remarkable week. We didn’t go to any exotic places or see any exciting events or happenings. In looking back, what strikes me most about the week was that it was just a normal week with a normal American family (well, normal except for me I suppose.)  Marie began the week very stressed and frustrated, and in somewhat of a foul mood, principally because of school. The fact is that Marie takes school very, very seriously. She wants to do well and she works hard. She had also just gotten over a very bad cold and had missed some school because of that and because of other events. So she had a lot of catch up work in addition to several projects that were due in a number of subjects. To add to her stress, for a couple of the projects, she was teamed up with other students with whom she was to complete the projects jointly. Well, as is often the case, the students that she was paired with disappointed her and did not do their share of the work. So instead of just doing just what she was supposed to do, she wanted to ensure the projects were complete, so she did both entire projects herself.

Do you remember when your children were disappointed? Didn’t you feel with them? Didn’t you share their disappointment, frustration and stress when they confided in you  and you realized there was not much you could do for them but listen?  Well, I remember, and those memories came back to me last week. They came back because of a bond that you form with a girl from another country, away from home and her real parents for the first time in her life, who depends on you to take their place, if only temporarily.

But the week went on, the projects got completed, the schoolwork was caught up and the stress subsided, just like we knew it would.  Then, Marie got to attend the Rotary all-club meeting. Unfortunately, I could not attend, but  it was pure joy to see her when she got home (thanks Judy). She was beaming, just like a 17 year-old should from time to time when she has had the opportunity to experience new things and feel new emotions. At the all-club meeting, the students performed the famous RYE Flag Ceremony.  For those who haven’t seen it, it is pretty impressive as the students are introduced one by one and they march in carrying their country’s flag. I knew that Marie was going to like that ceremony even before she did. But when she described it later, she was beaming with pride. You see, in many countries, the flag is not as important as it is here. The people do not live national pride like we do. Both of the exchange students I have hosted were amazed by the fact that you see American (and Texas) flags everywhere you go. They just do not do that over there. There are no high school or college sports, rivalries or mascots in Germany. There are no t-shirts, blankets,  pens, sweaters, etc., etc., etc. emblazoned with school symbols and colors like we have here. And there are no national displays of pride like we have here. So as she confided, carrying that flag as a representative of her country was one of the most special things she has done here or anywhere.   It let everyone know that she was a German citizen.  Then, to top things off, she got her picture taken with the President of Rotary International. Wow, what an honor and thrill for her. Would it have been the same for you or me?  Probably not, but it certainly was for her and it showed. And we, as her host parents, shared her joy, and pride and excitement.  What a wonderful experience it was for us.

About Hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange Student Robin Charlesworth 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Cady on Mar 06, 2012
Tiffany Cady, Community Service Chair, reminds all club members and volunteers to meet at 1:00 pm at the corner of Champions Forest and FM 1960.  Look for the Rotary trailer and silver truck with Rotary wheels.  We will need to decorate the truck for the parade.  Waste Connections will provide a trash truck behind us and a crew that picks up the temporary trash cans and throws them in the truck. Our team will be sweeping up trash to place in the cans ahead of them.  Bring your own broom and dustpan. Wear Rotary shirts or green shirts and comfortable walking shoes.  Our club can participate in the parade by either riding on the float or walking and handing out beads or sweeping trash. Thelma Scott plans to invite some students for the Barbara Jordan School to help and Wendy will invite our Interactors to assist.  Members are asked to invite their family and friends to volunteer with us too.  

This parade is the 5th largest St. Patty's Day Parade in the country. With over 130 floats in it and larger than the City of Houston's parade on St. Patrick's Day proper, we will have our work cut out for us so the more volunteers we have the better! There will be approximately 100,000 viewers watching the parade along the route from Champions Forest to Kuykendahl on 1960. That stretch of 1960 is shut down at 1:30 pm which is 30 minutes before the parade begins at 2:00. The road is shut down for about 4 hours. Our club was asked to park at the end of the Parade route and carpool or get a ride to the beginning because there is very limited parking available in the Champions Forest area. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in the parade but we will not need to clean up horse manure, they have their own crew for that thankfully!  There will be a post parade party at the Concert Pub near Kuykendahl after the parade at approximately 4:30. There will also be a Fun Run hosted by Sun & Ski Sports prior to the parade 

St. Patrick's Day Volunteers Needed March 11th Tiffany Cady 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 06, 2012

The next EarlyAct FirstKnight awards ceremony is tomorrow morning, March 8th,  at Epps Island Elementary School.  If you can join us the festivities will begin at 8:30 am for the first ceremony and 9:15 am for the second ceremony.  We want to invite the essay contest winners to our club soon to share their essays on Rotary's Four-Way Test.

Also, the 3rd Annual EarlyAct/First Knight Convention is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Boerne, TX.  It will be an exciting event in the Rotary Club of Boerne's 7th Annual Wild West Day celebration at the Enchanted Springs Ranch.  All EAFK officers and club members and their families, EAFK school sponsors and administrators, and EAFK Rotary Club sponsors are invited to join the full day of fun as we celebrate the accomplishments of EAFK service projects, winners of the Rotary Four Way Test essay contest, Trivia Contest, a motivational speaker and interaction with fellow EAFK students & clubs across the state.

Cash prizes will be awarded to EAFK clubs for Outstanding Service Community & International Service Projects, Essay Contest winners and the 2011-2012 Outstanding EAFK Club. In addition to the fun at the Convention, there will be dozens of activities, exhibits, performances and rides to experience at Wild West Day VII, including a Knights of the Guild "Tournament of Champions" Medieval Show, in addition to lots of food and fellowship for the whole family.

EarlyAct First Knight (EAFK) Awards Ceremoy on March 8th Robin Charlesworth 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dale Mellencamp on Feb 27, 2012
Dale Mellencamp did a fantastic job of organizing this year's fundraiser which may become an annual event!  It was a successful evening with talented performers, great food from Soto's Cantina, and many great items on the Silent Auction.  Dale writes the following: I want to thank Jodye  for all her help with the program,  the advertising and the kitchen. Thanks to Wendy for  bringing the money and her family who really helped in the kitchen. Also we need to thank Juan for the food. Everyone seemed to love it . Thanks to Tiffany for her help with the poster and the silent auction items and her help with the announcements.  Also we should thank George , Tiffany's father for serving as MC. He did a great job despite some technical difficulties beyond his control  and countless schedule changes. Thanks to Eilleen for bringing in the Lanier firm as a  gold sponsor  and making a great presentation to the Post Polio Survivors Association. Thanks to Robin for her work on the silent auction.  Thanks to Ruth and Ben for working the ticket table.  We also very much appreciated our extra helping hands from the Interactors of Cypress Creek High School and Tomball High School.  Everyone seemed to enjoy and music and had a great time!  And from the club members to Dale, kudos to you for your leadership and we appreciate your commitment to facilitate our fundraising this year!

Music Fest Fundraiser Dale Mellencamp 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Feb 26, 2012

India Taken Off the Polio-Endemic List 

Just moments ago, it was announced that the World Health Organization has verified all possible 2011 laboratory results to certify that India has not registered a Polio case in over twelve months.  And so, India's name has been removed from the list of Active Polio-Endemic Countries leaving us with only three countries left:  Pakistan, Afghanistan, amd Nigeria (PAN).

Congratulations to all of you who have donated your money or time to this cause! 

  See a video here of President Banerjee making this exciting announcement:   

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Now there are only THREE! (Endemic Countries for Polio) Robin Charlesworth 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Feb 26, 2012
Earlier this week a Webinar in honor of Rotary/s Literacy Month was available to all Rotarians.  It was a great opportunity to learn how a club or district can develop a strong, sustainable literacy project. Webinar panelists included:
  • Judy Backlund, Chair of the International Reading Association / Rotary International partnership
  • David Dotson, President of the Dollywood Foundation, an RI service partner
  • Marcelina Aurelio, Founding President of the Rotary Club of Sampaguita-Grace Park, Philippines, and Assistant General Coordinator of the former Rotary International Literacy Resource Group
We have enjoyed hearing from Ivan Butterfield in our district about the Dolly Parten literacy project to support Title 1 schools in donating books monthly to young children so they will develop an interest in books and reading.  Ivan is a Rotarian in the Oyster Creek Rotary Club.  The children really enjoy receiving books in the mail!

Of course, our club is committed to the Books for the World project and we are always collecting gently used books which are palletized and sent to various countries around the world - now 17 different countries!
March is Literacy Month Robin Charlesworth 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Feb 21, 2012
"The container arrived safely in Walvis Bay. It is currently in my school yard and we are busy distributing the books to local schools. It is an amazing achievement! We were delighted to open it and saw how neatly the boxes were packed and marked. It is heart-warming to the expression on the faces of the teachers and the principals as they open the boxes." Henda Meyer in the Rotary Club of Walvis Bay in Namibia, Africa added that they hope to provide about 10 books for 3,000 students in Grades 1 to 3 as part of the Rotary International Literacy program.  PDG Charlie Clemmons on Seabrook Rotary Club started this project in the late 90's and says "We have signed an agreement with the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam, Guyana.  I believe this makes our 17th country."  Rotarian Carol Lombroski in Wisconsin has produced a U-tube about palletizing the donated books:  Join us Saturday, Mar 31 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. Let's carpool!

Books for the World Now in 17 Countries! Robin Charlesworth 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jodye Sortino on Feb 06, 2012

Mrs. Thelma Scott, Myeshi Briley and Dr. Ben Thomas are members of the Rotary Club of NW Houston Sunset. They are principal volunteers working together among many other influential persons in Houston to make a difference in young adults who have “unique abilities,” having been partially mentally, emotionally or physically challenged.These Rotarian members are volunteers on the board of the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation (BJEC). The corporation’s origin began at Barbara Jordan High School for Careers in Houston, Texas, through a vision by its founder, Thelma Scott. This organization empowers students and their parents to become Disability Advocates. Parents are equipped through this program to get involved in their children’s education through transition programs and bullying prevention training. Thelma Scott is an avid advocate for people with disabilities, appointed by the Governor’s DARS Rehabilitation Council of Texas for the State of Texas, also a former Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Spring ISD Business Advisory Committee, and serves on the education committee for Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. She serves as Project Coordinator where her responsibilities are to meet other agencies to create partnerships supporting people with disabilities. She also travels to Austin, Texas to organize the ambassadors’ programs for the students and their parents in monthly Outreach Development Workshops supported by a grant from Texas Council on Development Disabilities.Image

Mrs. Scott had the opportunity to meet Barbara Jordan, who was wheelchair bound, in May, 1990 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where Barbara Jordan taught Ethics at University of Texas at Austin. Barbara Jordan encouraged her by saying, “Do not ever procrastinate on anything you do, just get out there and make things happen.” Thelma Scott and her husband Otis founded the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation (BJEC) in December 26, 2000, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization to help students with unique abilities target for success.

One of Mrs. Scott’s goals was to partner with Barbara Jordan High School for Careers, Houston Community College, other colleges, high schools, disability organizations, businesses and individuals who would sponsor scholarships. This collaborative effort would inspire, encourage and mentor these “unique” students by giving them the opportunity to attend college and become self-sufficient and productive citizens in our community.

In April, 2003, Rose Mary McGowen, the late Barbara Jordan’s sister, a retired Houston teacher and philanthropist, gave her full support and Barbara Jordan’s name recognition to the Barbara Jordan Ambassador Program comprised of high school students and scholarships recipients who were awarded recognition and assistance under the BJEC.  Both Myeshi Briley and Dr. Ben Thomas have been inspired by their fellow Rotarian Thelma Scott, who is a former Texas Department of Assistance and Rehabilitative Services consumer, and who was challenged by Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

Barbara Jordan’s famous quote to further inspire the maximization of those with unique abilities is listed on the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation website: ( “Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each of us.”

Thelma Scott created her own motto to encourage and inspire students serving in the Barbara Jordan Ambassadors Program in different high schools:  Create College-Ready Superstars who strive for Excellence and “Never Give Up, No Matter what!”

The Barbara Jordan legacy continues to inspire Thelma Scott and her supporters. The integral part of Mrs. Scott’s vision is to partner with school districts throughout Houston, the State of Texas and International to inspire and enlighten students with “unique abilities” to earn their maximum potential and become self-sufficient and productive citizens.  The goals of BJEC are to encourage the students to combat any instances of bullying and not drop out of high school but instead plan and target for a career path. Also, the students are to utilize government agencies, charitable organizations, universities, schools and businesses to educate the public about the high value of recognizing and allowing for the development of career skills of those with unique abilities.

Understanding People with "Unique Abilities" - What 3 Rotarians are Doing Jodye Sortino 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jan 15, 2012

RI 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." Peace has different meanings for different people, Tanaka said.  Tanaka, a businessman from the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, shared how becoming a Rotarian broadened his understanding of the world. After joining the Rotary Club of Yashio, in 1975, he said, he began to realize that his life's purpose was not to make more money, but to be useful to other people. "I realized that by helping others, even in the simplest of ways, I could help to build peace," Tanaka said. He noted that the Japanese tradition of putting the needs of society above the needs of the individual helped his country rebuild after the tsunami and earthquake in March.  "This is a lesson that I think the whole world can learn from, in a positive way. When we see the needs of others as more important than our own needs -- when we focus our energies on a shared goal that is for the good of all -- this changes everything," he said. "It changes our priorities in a completely fundamental way. And it changes how we understand the idea of peace."

“In Rotary, our business is not profit. Our business is peace,” he said. “Our reward is not financial, but the happiness and satisfaction of seeing a better, more peaceful world, one that we have achieved through our own efforts.” 

Breaking News - New Rotary International Theme Announced for 2012-2013 Robin Charlesworth 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jodye Sortino on Oct 16, 2011
Being an active community volunteer before joining Rotary, Tiffany Cady is eager to find community projects for Houston NW Sunset.  Tiffany manned a super snack booth at the Oct 8 Saturday Creekfest on the grounds of the Pearl Fincher Museum near Stuebner-Airline and Cypresswood. Barrett Hagler, also a member and owner of FAST SIGNS, donated a beautiful blue and gold banner naming the club. Besides selling popcorn, drinks, snacks and fruit to the public, Tiffany spread the word about Houston NW Sunset Rotary.  Several dog owners with their pets on a leash also heard about Tiffany’s pet grooming/sitter/training business and there was a bowl of water for their dogs!  Tiffany was also helped by some nieces and nephew, and pinch-hitting from Rotarians Ruth Cassidy, Wendy Bruner and Jodye Sortino.   Thank you Tiffany for your monetary contribution to our club for these efforts at the NW Houston Chamber's first Creekfest!

Creekfest Wrap-up Jodye Sortino 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Bruner on Oct 16, 2011
The Interact Club of Cypress Creek H.S. scheduled a work day on October 1, 2011 with the Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County  at the Hamill Ranch subdivision off Cutten Road just south of W. Richey Road. Seven students and two adults represented Cy Creek H.S. during the first cool front of this fall season as we helped do finish out paint work and caulking in several homes. We plan to schedule another Habitat workday during this school year.  Special thanks to Wendy Bruner, Sponsor and Rotarian!
Habitat for Humanity Work Day for Interactors Wendy Bruner 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiffany Moore on Oct 16, 2011

Rotarians from the Houston NW Sunset Club and the Willowbrook Club joined with Boy Scouts to volunteer at an annual event to clean up trash and debris as well as plant trees around the banks of Greens Bayou. The event is held several times each year and is organized by the West Reach of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. 

For the past four years, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, a nonprofit organization, has worked to develop parks and trails, improve flooding issues and promote economic development along the bayou. More:
 Volunteers met at New Hope Baptist Church on Greens Dr. where the GBCC welcomed us warmly with a continental breakfast, free Tshirts, and hot coffee as well as giving us trash bags and gloves to wear. From there, volunteers were directed to stations along the bayou between Veterans Memorial and Bammel N. Houston Rd. where we proceeded to work on the beautification project.
As part of the day’s activities, volunteers picked up a variety of trash, including plastic and glass bottles, plastic bags, pieces of carpet, tile and insulation, along with heavier materials such as pipes, bricks and sheet metal.  Rotarians went the extra mile by climbing into a bayou drainage ditch to remove a huge pile of freshly cut trees that someone had recently dumped. The large tree branches were totally blocking the drainage pipe coming from nearby neighorhood gutters and would surely have caused flooding because it would reduce water flow to the bayou.  The amount of litter along the bayou surprised volunteers. Helping maintain the natural ecosystem and beauty of the bayou is important and an easy way to give back to the community and our club was glad to be a part of this effort.  
Greens Bayou Clean-Up Day A HUGE Success! Tiffany Moore 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Aug 23, 2011
Michael Casagrande is coordinating a Musical Instrument Drive for his Eagle Scout Project.  He is acquiring musical instruments and donations to be be put to good use in the Klein ISD 5th grade strings and band programs to benefit students whose parents cannot afford to rent an instrument.  Michael spoke to our club last week about his project.  Thank you so much Ruth Cassidy for your donation of a clarinet and a piano! Also, to Jodye Sortino for her donation!


If you would like to help Michael with this project,   please  email ( or fax (832-249-4462) Mr. Monte Mast, Director of Fine Arts for Klein ISD who will sign on behalf of the district and return a receipt to you. 

Do You Have Musical Instruments to Donate? Robin Charlesworth 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Aug 23, 2011
 Thelma Scott was inducted into the Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset last week by AG Robin Charlesworth and President Ruth Cassidy.  She is sponsored by Myeshi Briley.  Her classification (based on occupation) is Rehabilitation Counseling.  She is very active in our community and is the Founder of the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation.  We welcome Thelma to the Family of Rotary to serve together with 1.2 million worldwide Rotarians to "Embrace Humanity".
Welcome to our Newest Rotarian - Thelma Scott Robin Charlesworth 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Aug 23, 2011
 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.  Our club proudly sponsors two participants:  President Ruth Cassidy and President-Elect Dale Mellencamp. 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

The Leadership Institute will be very interactive and will cover material in the following general topic areas:
Meeting Management               Servant Leadership
Social Style                                 Empowerment
Characteristics of Leaders      Communicating in a Changing World
Interactive Exercises                 Listening Skills
Personal Accountability            Ethics
Conflict Management

Leadership Training Institute - Sept 10 -11 Robin Charlesworth 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Cassidy on Aug 23, 2011
We had a meeting last Thursday chock full of announcements, project ideas, program thoughts and more.  Members expressed great interest in our guest, Michael Casagrande's Eagle Scout project -- he is gathering funds and musical instruments for the benefit of those students who wish to belong to band and/or orchestra in Klein ISD but do not have the funds to purchase or rent their instruments.  Our Club voted to nominate Barbara Schlattman for the Mayor's annual beautification award for her efforts in heading a cadre of volunteers to turn the new median strips along FM1960 "Green" with the planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers.  Coincidentally, our local Chamber nominated the committee and provided excellent back up information for our submission.  Tiffany heads the group in sending coupons to our military men and women overseas.  We continue to seek donations of new and used books for the "Books for Africa" District project as well as our local sharing with Childrens' Books on Wheels which Myeshi will coordinate for the Club.  A 'Fallen Soldier Monument' for those who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting for our nation is planned at Cutten Road and Cypresswood Drive and the Club will obtain donation information in support of this show of thanks and homage.  International Service Chairman, Ben, will set up committees for the layette bags to Nicaragua as well as our donation toward 'post-Polio Syndrome' now that their Director, Pat is back on her feet again (we will invite her to a future meeting).  Robin plans a house concert to raise funds for polio projects, and has chosen Jenny Williams as our 'ordinary hero' award recipient.  Tiffany ambitiously wants to schedule a monthly hands-on project in the community starting with 'Greens Bayou Clean-up' on October 15th.  Our FUNdraising chairmen, Dale and John, will present their plans for the Club at an upcoming meeting.  Ben also heads up Clean Water projects for Rotary.  And with school starting this week, Wunsche High School interns excitedly await our members' on-the-job training opportunities.  Wendy's InterAct students will work with us on projects while we help them with theirs.  Juan feeds us well and we're looking at some Booster Evenings for various groups.  Jodye is getting "the word" out about Rotary, especially our Club's activities.  Barret is working double time as he deals with personal issues yet volunteers on several committees.   Naila has been traveling to Oslo Norway as well as Washington DC but will return to us this week to chair a committee for the 9/11 District program.  Seems like everyone is working on one or more committees; we look forward to continuing some of last year's projects as well as introducing additional new efforts to help our community; locally and world-wide.  One of the most rewarding events for Rotarians is welcoming a new member to their Club; Thelma Scott of the Rehabilitation Council of Texas was inducted by PP Robin.  There are several other prospective members who are being considered for membership.  Rotarian Surpris will update our members on the situation in post-earthquake Haiti, Rotary's work to date, and plans to follow.  His program will be followed on September 15 by Rotarian Randy Thompson about Rotary's clean water project in Haiti.  See ya'll Thursday. 
President's Message Ruth Cassidy 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Aug 16, 2011
Too often we under-estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -- Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia
Quote of the Week Robin Charlesworth 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Aug 16, 2011
Past District Governor Dennis Adams of the Rotary Club of Houston Heights presented his brother, John Adams, with a Paul Harris Fellow.  This is quite an honor in the world of Rotary as $1,000 has been donated to the Rotary Foundation to support programs such as clean water and sanitation, basic education and  literacy, maternal and child health, peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment,  and economic and community development. This contribution supports activities such as: Vocational and on-the-job training for land mine victims in Cambodia; Hand-washing stations, training for teachers, and in-depth hygiene training for students at a school in Ecuador;  a scholarship for a Japanese student to study effective adult learning methods abroad; Milking cows for farmers in Russia; Microcredit loans to women in Togo; Reading and mathematics textbooks for students. The Paul Harris Society is named after the Founder of Rotary International.  Thank you PDG Dennis for honoring our Rotarian, John, and for making the Rotary Foundation a priority in your philanthropy!
Paul Harris Award Presented to Rtn. John Adams Robin Charlesworth 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jul 25, 2011
 Each year more than 350 million cases of Malaria occur in at least 109 countries. An estimated 90 percent of deaths caused by the disease occur south of the Sahara. It is estimated that about 3 million people die from Malaria every year. In Africa a child dies of Malaria every 30 seconds. A contact has been established with Rotarians in Togo.  Rotarians across Texas are asking their members to contribute an amount equal to the cost of one bed net ($10 U.S.) In so doing he hopes to raise $30,000 which when contributed to our Global Grant application would attract a $15,000 match from The Rotary Foundation. TRF would match 50% of the funds raised by the clubs and 100% of the District contribution.  Click on the link for further information about Rotarians fighting malaria in Mali.  The project for Togo will be discussed in our next Board of Directors meeting.
Fighting Malaria in TOGO Robin Charlesworth 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jodye Sortino on Jul 25, 2011
 Rotarians are leaders in our community and our club is proud of Rotarian Myeshi Briley!  Myeshi Briley has just  been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee.  Judge Kent Adams performed the Oath of Office.   Myeshi Briley,HS-BCP of Spring, TX is an instructor at Prairie View A&M University’s Office of Continuing Education and chief executive officer of the Education, Support, Help and Intervention (ESHI) Therapy Center. She is a speaker for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas Community Education Program, a member of the Health Communication and Media Partnership of the Barbara Jordan Ambassador Program, the health and wellness coordinator of Fallbrook Church and a board member of the Rotary Club of Northwest Houston Sunset. Briley received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in Human Services with a Concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College. The Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee (CAC) is established as a result of federal regulation and state law for the purpose of providing policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in Texas. 
Congrats to Myeshi Briley! Jodye Sortino 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jul 19, 2011

 Last Friday and Saturday Rotarian Robin Charlesworth participated in Skills for Living with 500 HISD students at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  A New Generations Rotary Club was created for 8 students who each began with a $25,000 salary based on their self chosen occupations.  They needed to "work" some hours and alternated with life skills on other hours. That is, they needed to find a place to live, buy a car, purchase insurance, deal with set-backs such as car accident or broken arms or winning the lottery. They had to file taxes before end of lunch on Saturday.  Some earned bonuses from their employers.

 Martin Bailey, president of the Galleria Area Rotary,  organized the D5890 Rotary volunteers.  We had Rotary volunteers from Rotary Clubs of Galleria, Harrisburg, Champions Sunrise, Houston NW Sunset, and Rotaractors, too. In addition we want to make all of them aware of RYLA and encourage them to get in touch with a Rotary Club to sponsor them at RYLA . Our "Rotarians" were charged with raising $310,00 for a Skills for Living building project and were trained in fundraising with a foundation in What is Rotary? to explain to corporate CEO's.  They made their goal by discovering matching funds!  It was really fun!  We did a mock Rotary meeting on Saturday led entirely by the students and they identified community and international projects for their New Generations Club.  They also rang the Rotary bell for each donation received and annoucements were made about the Rotarians progress with fundraising.  Some were outstanding and some just got lost in the crowd.  I hope we get to do it again next year!  It was great marketing for Interact, Rotaract and Rotary clubs in our district as we shared Rotary information.  

Skills4 Living Robin Charlesworth 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jul 19, 2011
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.  Only Rotarians seeking jobs will be posted on the website and only companies with Rotarian members or Rotary involvment will be posted to the site.  We don't want countless bios & resumes from the general public nor questionable job opportunities from unknown companies.  Remember this is "Rotarians Helping Rotarians" and can be located on the Rotary District 5890 website.

Procedures we would like you to follow:

  • Job Seekers - Click on the Job Seekers Form on the left side of this web page, download to your computer, complete the form and submit to the contact's email address on the form.  Your bio will be reviewed and posted in the Job Seekers section
  • Job Opportunities - Click on the Job Opportunities Form on the left side of this web page, download to your computer, complete the form and submit to the contact's email address on the form.  Your job posting will be reviewed and posted in the Job Opportunities section.
Rotarians & Non-Rotarians will have access to this section, to review the postings and putting jobs in Rotarian hands.  
Rotarians Helping Rotarians on District Website Robin Charlesworth 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jul 06, 2011
 "In peace, harmony, and friendship, we will bring change -- and a more joyful world," says RI President Kalyan Banerjee, who took office 1 July.  All of us in Rotary are looking to change the world – why else would we be Rotarians? We believe that our world can be happier, healthier, and more peaceful, and that we can create that better world through our service.

In 2011-12, I will ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity . I will ask you to search first within yourselves, to understand that all of us, everywhere, have the same dreams, the same hopes, the same aspirations, and similar dilemmas. When we understand, and truly feel, that others’ needs are the same as our own, we begin to understand how important our work is. In the year ahead, we will have three emphases in our Rotary service.

Our first emphasis in this Rotary year will be the family. The family and the home are at the core of all our work – all our service begins here. And through the family, we approach all of our community and indeed, all of humanity, as an extended family, in which all members care for each other. In times of joy and in times of need, no one is ever alone.

Our second emphasis will be continuity – finding the things we do well and taking them to the next level. We must build on our successes, expand on them, and strive to do even more. Of course, our greatest obligation is to PolioPlus, where success is now so close.

And our third emphasis will be change. We must understand that true change can only begin with each of us, and start within us. We cannot share peace with others if we do not have it to give. We cannot look after the whole world without first looking after those closest to us: our families, our clubs, and our communities.

Rotary Year 2011-2012 Begins! Robin Charlesworth 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jul 06, 2011
 The Houston Chronicle recently included an article titled "India appears to be winning polio battle" which you can read at this link:

Today, after 26 years of effort, over $1 billion raised by Rotarians (including over $625,000 in the last three years in District 5890), and countless hours of volunteer time by our 1.2 million members, we have detected only 163 Polio cases this year worldwide.  Only one case has been identified in India this year.  If we can END POLIO NOW in India, can the world be far behind?    

We really are "This Close" to ending Polio forever.  Keep up the good work (and the funding)!

If you would like to receive a weekly Polio Update about the progress we are making and the work left to go, please send a check to Wendy Bruner, Treasurer or donate online with the Rotary Foundation.  However, if you are a Rotarian then you will want to receive credit for your Foundation donation.

Winning the Battle against Polio in India Robin Charlesworth 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dale Mellencamp on Jun 29, 2011
 To receive a $50 check made payable to your Rotary club, you must be approved for a Rotary International MasterCard credit card and then use the account to make one or more retail purchase transactions totaling at least $75. All qualifying transactions must occur within 90 days of the account open date. Limit one check per new account. Please allow 8 to 12 weeks for delivery after qualifying. This is a one-time offer. The offer is sponsored by FIA Card Services, N.A. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, stolen, or undelivered checks. Every time Rotarians use the card, a portion of the purchase amount will benefit The Rotary Foundation. The royalty paid in the United States is up to ½ of 1 percent. The Rotary credit card is offered as a MasterCard® brand in all countries and/or an American Express card.  To date, The Rotary Foundation has received US$7 million from the program including $2 million to support  polio eradication.  This program was launched in September, 2000. Please call 1-877-805-8694 to apply for the American Express Card or go to the Rotary International website and search for the "credit card" to apply online for the MasterCard.  Dale Mellencamp in our club believes this will be a great way to earn money for our club and for the Rotary Foundation.
Use the Rotary credit card to help Eradicate Polio Dale Mellencamp 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jun 02, 2011
  “Because of you, there are many places where Polio is thought of as a disease of the past.  Now that’s both a blessing and a curse.  The blessing is that, for it to be a disease of the past means no child is affected.  The curse is that it makes it more difficult to raise awareness that, in some places, Polio is still a disease of the present.  And if we fail to help leaders around the world know this, Polio will still be a disease of the future.”  This is a statement by Bill Gates shared with Rotarians at the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago.   Speaking at the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans, Bill Gates praised Rotary for its continued success in the effort to eradicate polio, but cautioned that Rotarians will need to redouble their efforts to finish the disease once and for all.  Click here for video of excerpts of his speech.  Worldwide there were 15 new cases of polio reported last week.  WE ARE THIS CLOSE!  Bill Gates challenged Rotary to raise $200 million dollars and we have not raised $173.5 million to honor our match.  To give, simply go to the Rotary International website or contact a Rotarian in our club who can accept your check made out to Rotary International Foundation.  If you are a Rotarian, then you want your membership number attached to your donation on the appropriate forms to accumulate credit of your overall giving to the Foundation.
Bill Gates Parters with Rotary International to Eradicate Polio Robin Charlesworth 2011-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on May 02, 2011
 The Rotary "Humanity on Motion" trailer will be traveling to Hackleberg, AL this weekend.  You may still donate items but it must be Thursday night.  We received have received about $4,000 in cash donations, clothing and toys from throughout our district.   Special thanks to Naila Qureshi in our own club for a large box of clothing items!  Please check your closets for items to donate and bring tonight to the meeting.  The trailer is to be delivered this weekend to Hackleberg, Alabama.  

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, or Ivan Butterfield, 281-431-2254, Let's show our neighbors in Alabama that we are there for them. 

Tornado in Alabama - Disaster Relief Efforts Robin Charlesworth 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on May 02, 2011
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.
EREY - Every Rotarian Ever Robin Charlesworth 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Sortino on Feb 15, 2011
"Little clubs can do big things!"
Quote of the Week Helen Sortino 2011-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Jan 02, 2011

Rotarians shared the Christmas spirit with Boys and Girls Country on December 4th.  In the misty rain they met the boys to cut down a live Christmas tree, but instead chose a beautiful Douglas fir which was pre-cut.   Back at the house, everyone enjoyed making popcorn chains to put on the tree.   Boys and Girls Country is a Christian Home, providing children from families in crisis with love, security, a sense of self-worth, and opportunities to prepare them for a successful life.  Thanks for, Tiffany, for organizing this community service event!

BOYS & GIRLS COUNTRY & CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Robin Charlesworth 2011-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Oct 19, 2010
"Never forget: the secret of creating riches for oneself is to create them for others." — Sir John Templeton: Pioneer global investor and philanthropist
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Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Oct 12, 2010
Volunteers needed for Saturday, Nov 6 (10 AM till 12:30 PM) @ Total Quality Books - 6309 Long Dr., Houston, TX 77087. Sort books & palletize them in preparation for shipping. Contact Terry Ziegler, work 713-748-1730 or
Books for the World - Sorting Day Robin Charlesworth 2010-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Oct 04, 2010
BE THE CHANGE - Help reduce global poverty, hunger and conflict. - Mercy Corps
Quote of the Week Robin Charlesworth 2010-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Sep 17, 2010
"A ship is safe in its harbor, but that's not what ships are for." Spoken by a minister in the 1880's, William Shedd.
Quote of the Week Robin Charlesworth 2010-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Cassidy on Jul 14, 2010

The new club, admitted by the RI Board on 18 May, adds another location to the Rotary map, which covers more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The club is in District 2450, which includes parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

The last Ramallah club was officially terminated in 1980.

"The chartering of a new Rotary club is always an occasion for celebration," Kenny said in Ramallah. "It means that one more community in our world will benefit from Rotary service."

Over the next two days, Kenny and Silvers also attended events in honor of the newly chartered Rotary clubs of Gedera Habiluim, Israel, and Amman Ammon, Jordan.  

RI News - Rotary charters Palestinian club Ruth Cassidy 2010-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Charlesworth on Mar 08, 2010
Rotary District 5890 was selected as the "District of the Year" at the SCRYE CONFERENCE last weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
#1 Youth Exchange Program Robin Charlesworth 2010-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International 2013-2014 Logo! Helen Sortino 0
District Membership Seminar Aug 10 Helen Sortino 0
Announcement From Rotary International Conference on Polio Helen Sortino 0
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July 31-Aug. 7, 2013 will mark another Rotarian volunteer trip

 Rotarians will view firsthand the results of Rotary District 5890 efforts in Nicaragua (coupled with others' work) to partner with disadvantaged citizens to help themselves!
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President Ben Thomas Introduces Rotary Community Corp

                     Established by RI in 1985!



Our friends from Cy-Creek Interact Club sponsored by Houston NW Sunset and led by Rotarian Wendy Bruner. These are the graduating interactors of 2013 wearing the Rotary sashes as well as the continuing membership.

You're Welcome to Rotary Houston Sunset July 18 Thursday Meeting! Helen Sortino 0
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Cypress Cares is a 501c3 non-profit group in our area that supports the troops overseas. Their current project is shipping Snack Paks - care packages full of snacks and treats. If you would like to help them please bring a quantity of snacks such as:

Canned fruit (NO plastic container type fruit snacks, they break easily in shipping)
Protein bars / Granola bars
Beef jerky / Slim Jim
Candy bars / hard candy / gum
Chef Boy R D meals
Trail mixes
Dried fruits / Nuts
Tuna pouches

Also accepted: 
Hand warmers
Baby wipes
Boot socks

You can bring them to any meeting before the shipping which will occur Feb 16th.

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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. 
They wiil get to see all of the projects and have lots of fun. Please plan to join Jim for this trip and please share this information with your clubs and friends that you think might be interested in going.

If you are interested in joining this group please contact Jim Kite as noted below.
Home: 979-251-8225
Cell: 979-251-0840

Travelers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis as of the date payment is received.  

Trip to Nicaragua - Nov 1 deadline to register Tiffany Cady 0
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The District Governor Selection Committee has selected Lisa Faith Massey (Harrisburg Rotary Club) to serve District 5890 as its District Governor for 2014-2015.  Congratulations, Lisa!  According to District By-Laws, any Club in District 5890 has fourteen (14) days from the date of this letter to file a protest to this selection.  If your Club intends to file a protest, please do so in writing to DG Rhonda Walls Kerby.  Lisa is married with two beautiful young daughters.  She has served our district as an assistant governor for several years.  
New District Governor Announced for 2014-2015 Robin Charlesworth 0
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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  The All Club Meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Reliant Center with cocktails starting at 6:00 pm and dinner starting at 7:00 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 Robin Charlesworth 0
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Congratulations to Juan Soto who was recently recognized by Houston Chronicle's Allison Cook in a glowing review for his outstanding cuisine!  She calls Soto's Cantina "a new Houston classic Mexican restaurant in the Cypress Creek Village" serving "my favorite fajitas in town right now. They’re so good that I never bother to roll these charcoaly skirt strips up with anything other than a few of the caramelized onions and ripe jalapeño chile slivers that lurk at the bottom of their cast-iron skillet." We are so pleased that this is our regular Thursday evening meeting place!
Glowing Houston Chronical Review of Soto's Cantina Robin Charlesworth 0
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Poliomyelitis is caused by a virus that kills motor nerve cells (that control muscle function) resulting in weakness and paralysis.  In many patients, nerve cells that survived the virus infection reinnervated the muscles allowing some degree of recovery.  However, about 40 years after their infection, up to half of polio survivors experience a progressive reoccurrence of muscle weakness involving the same muscles affected during their childhood---a condition called Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS).  

Eileen Collins offers an easy way to help local polio survivors - if you receive a car insurance quote from her prior to the middle of January LIBERTY MUTUAL will donate $10 to Texas Polio Survivors Association.  In addition, if you complete a home quote an another $5 will be donated.  No purchase is required, although only one quote per household will be allowed.  Contact Eileen by calling 281-320-1181 X59053.   

A Small Favor - Support Texas Polio Survivors Robin Charlesworth 0
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 The first recipient of the Everyday American Hero Award, Jenny Williams, was honored by the Rotarians in our club this month for her service to others beyond her every day profession.  Jenny is a hairstylist who is married and the mother of two young children.  She has a servant heart and a willingness to help others in need.  When she learned of mounting hospital bills for two friends, she organized successful fundraisers to assist with their financial stress.  She was a foster parent for a baby with many medical issues which required regular court appearances and supervised visits for the parents for one year.  Our club recognized the efforts taken by Jenny to help others and presented her with an award to say "thank you" for being a good citizen in our community.  We want to recognize the "Everyday Heroes" in our community - ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make our neighborhoods safer, supportive and nurturing, and a desirable community to raise our children.
An Everyday American Hero Award Robin Charlesworth 0
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Each year more than 350 million cases of Malaria occur in at least 109 countries. An estimated 90 percent of deaths caused by the disease occur south of the Sahara. It is estimated that about 3 million people die from Malaria every year. In Africa a child dies of Malaria every 30 seconds. World health experts say that using the nets can reduce child mortality in malarial regions by 20%.

District 5870 (Austin and surrounding area) is our partner district in this project and they are asking each club in their District to consider an amount equal to $10 per member.  DG Rhonda Walls Kerby has set a goal to match this donation with $10 for the nearly 3,000 Rotarians in our District 5890. 

Mosquito Nets for TOGO - International Service Robin Charlesworth 0
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 On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

Despite many and varied efforts, literacy remains an elusive target: some 796 million adults lack minimum literacy skills which means that about one in six adults is still not literate; 67.4 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. The theme for the 2011 International Literacy Day is "Literacy and Peace".  Rotarians worldwide participate in literacy projects.  Our own district has sponsored "Books for the World"  which has successfully sent 144 containers of books to South Africa, Ghana,Swaziland,  India, Nicaragua, and more.  In total, we have shipped over five million pounds of books!  Congratulations Rotarians!  Let's continue to collect books for this worthwhile project.  Bring your books to our meetings and they will be transported to our book warehouses for sorting and palletizing.  Thank you!

International Literacy Day - September 8th Robin Charlesworth 0
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Past President Robin Charlesworth will be our voting delegate at the  2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Rotary International is a gathering of Rotarians around the world May 6 - 9 to spotlight great service programs and gain inspiration from outstanding speakers about serving others.  For example, in the Plenary Session 2, Nobel Prize Winner  Muhammad Yunus will be speaking. He has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries. Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea. From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever more important instrument in the struggle against poverty. Grameen Bank has been a source of ideas and models for the many institutions in the field of micro-credit that have sprung up around the world.  We will enjoy the voice of Angelique Kidjo born in Benin (West Africa).   Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. Kidjo's internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone, and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy; by promoting education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga and as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador Kidjo travels the world to inspire and empower.  Robin and PDG Ed look forward to reuniting with Rotarian friends from Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Estonia, Brazil and more from other countries as well as making new friends.

Bangkok Bound - Rotary International Convention 2012 Robin Charlesworth 0
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 Applications for the next class of Rotary Peace Fellows are coming in, but there is still time to identify candidates and encourage them to apply. The deadline to receive district-endorsed applications has been extended to 15 August to accommodate applications to Uppsala University. However, we encourage all districts to submit their applications as soon as possible. Any incomplete applications received after 15 August will not be accepted. For questions and more information, contact
Call for Applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships Robin Charlesworth 0
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 We're very excited to announce that theClubRunner Mobile App is now available fordownload!  Released on May 4, 2011, the ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you do what you need to run your club effectively while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view the articles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate
To download the app from the App Store, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 3.1 or later. Immediately view the most up to date member directory, upon login. You canbrowse your member profiles which give you the necessary contact information you need to connect with just one click. Make a call to any of their phone numbers, email them directly from your iPhone, or even add them to your iPhonBased on your current geographic location, ClubRunner’s Club Locator will instantly show you a map to visually locate the closest clubs near you. Click on a drop pin to expand and view more information on the club, including their meeting day and time and address. Perfect for doing makeups anywhere in the world!
 e/iPod contactsView the latest feed of home page stories that are on your website, directly on your phone, so you never miss any information!  
NEW ClubRunner Mobile App for iPhones Robin Charlesworth 0
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Our club's first Vocational Service Award recognized Rita Wiltz of multi-county services' organization "Children's Books on Wheels" for her excellent leadership promoting literacy and acting as a resource program of Texas Health and Human Services in several counties surrounding Harris County. Rita leads a mobile library program which donates books to at risk children, after school programs and special needs children including rural communities. They also assist at high school job workshops and summer outreach programs and give information on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and STD's, substance abuse and promoting Teen self-esteem. Our club members and Rotaractors assisted with a "Literacy and Lemonade" event earlier this Rotary year to give away free books. Children's Books on Wheels maintains the park library at Tamina Community Park. Their office location, with Rita Wiltz as Executive Director, is at 330 Rayford Road #201, Spring, Texas 77386 (281-844-7596) Children's Books on Wheels received its' certification as a non-profit organization in April 2005.
Vocational Service Award Robin Charlesworth 0
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Prior to the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans the 4th Annual World Water Summit will be held on May 20th. Building on the outstanding success of previous years, Wasrag is again sponsoring an international, day long, water, sanitation, health & hygiene conference. Access to safe water and adequate sanitation provides the foundation on which holistic community development can be built. Which makes WASH (water and sanitation, health and hygiene) an important place to start when addressing any of the areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation. The world is on target to meet the MDG* relating to water, but we are woefully behind, in the area of sanitation. "With half the population of developing regions without sanitation, the 2015 target appears to be out of reach." MDG Report 2010 Come to World Water Summit IV to meet Dr. Kamal Kar, the pioneer of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) a highly effective way of transforming sanitation practices by changing cultural norms and accepted behaviors. Poor sanitation is linked to a quarter of all child deaths. CLTS is one of the most effective solutions. Dr. Kar will give a keynote address as well as leading a workshop. With sessions aimed at all levels of expertise, the Water Summit will feature four key note speakers, world leaders who will address issues such as: "cutting edge thinking in international development" and "the role of sustainability in building peace". Other keynote speakers are: • Dr. Jamie Bartram, a world leader in water project management and expert in monitoring and evaluation. Jamie worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) until 2009 as the Coordinator of the Water & Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit. He is currently Director, Water Institute, Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jamie is joining us again after receiving rave reviews at World Water Summit III. • Dr. Michael Nobel a member of the family that created the Nobel Prizes. He is an outstanding social scientist, a successful businessman, and highly committed to social and community development. Dr. Nobel is Chair or Board Member of several not-for-profit organizations in the fields of peace, conflict resolution, youth education and development. He is also founder and trustee of the Nobel Charitable Trust. • William Reilly who served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H. W. Bush, president of World Wildlife Fund, as a founder or advisor to several business ventures, and on many boards of directors. In 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The day will also feature workshops in the morning and afternoon, each 2 hours in length to allow for hands-on, practical learning on topics important to Rotarians working in the WASH sector. For Information and registration:
World Water Summit IV Robin Charlesworth 0
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One requirement of a global grant is that activities must be sustainable and measurable. The Rotary Foundation defines sustainability as the capacity for maintaining outcomes long‐term to serve the ongoing need of a community after grant funds have been expended. Global grants include activities and safeguards that continue a project's impact after Foundation funding is fully expended. Rotarians developing a water and sanitation project add a reasonable user fee to ensure that funds are available for ongoing maintenance of the water system as needed and that the local community feels ownership and remains invested in the project over the long term.
Sustainability Robin Charlesworth 0
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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. Here is the story. When we bagan edging lenses for our 30 year old Rotary driven clinics in Guerrero, Mexico, our volunteer opticians coined the name "Crystal Crafters". They then made a sign that said "Glasses in About an Hour". After having their eyes professionally examined and their prescription in hand, many patient's sight is restored with prescription glasses or surgery. Many more miracles will happen if other Rotary Clubs embrace this passion and join us in the making of these miracles. From personal experience, we can tell you that there is no greater fulfillment than observing the expressions of a poor soul who discovers they can see again. Across the years, it has processed 450,000 pairs of used eyeglasses, preparing them for global reissue through Rotary and other mission minded organizatioins. To help offset this enormous loss, a number of us in the area of Freeport-Clute-Lake Jackson, TX, have built a new optical lab. Here's why we need your help. It takes about 10 pair of used eyeglasses to get 3 re-usable pairs. That's lots of glasses!! Ask your friends, family & neighbors for used glasses and bring them to our meeting so we, too, can help give the gift of sight.
Returning Sight in Guerrero Robin Charlesworth 0
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This is one of the containers shipped with Books for the World. The third " naked "container is presently being touched by an Angel. Emay van Wyk, a former art student, is giving of her talent and is " dressing " her third clinic container in Itsoseng. Today was Emay's second day creating a child friendly environment. Her loving work was only watched by a number of youngsters constantly trying to find out if the wet paint was really wet. The inevitable smudges created by dirty little hands were quickly used by Emay to change the mural's characters ever so slightly. Baking in the hot afternoon sun Emay seemed to be totally unperturbed by the "enthusiasm " of the little boys. She is using her artistic talent, making a difference and still posing for photo with the most wonderful smile.
An Artsy Container in Africa Robin Charlesworth 0
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We did it! We contributed more than 1,250 food items in partnership with the Rotary Club of Willowbrook and the Cypress Creek Interact Club to create our "Blast Polio Out of this World" display at the Willowbrook Mall. This event is now over and we have won the People's Choice award! We filled an iron lung with beans and rice and covered the base with misc canned foods and pasta. Congratulations to everyone for helping our community!
"Art for the Hungry" for NAM Robin Charlesworth 0
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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.
Advertising now Available Robin Charlesworth 0
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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. As we look back over this week, we are truly amazed at what we accomplished. So many opportunities, conversations and meetings that resulted that were not even known to us when we left. It was indeed a very blessed trip and we are all so grateful for the doors that were opened through new relationships. Everytime we faced an obstacle, there seemed to be a solution that quickly presented itself. As anyone knows who has ever been to Haiti, life is very difficult. Whatever your base of knowledge is about being in a developing world country, it is magnified in Haiti. No doubt it is a country burdened with a lot of red tape , layers of challenges, and corruption. But we are inspired and remain committed to keep pressing forward because of the really good people we have encountered. They have hope for a better future and are so grateful for anyone who "believes in them" , who will give them the opportunity to break the cycle. You will not believe how hard they are willing to work, study to take advantage of an opportunity so that the next generation can have a better life.Progress is slow , but we are so encouraged by this last trip – moving us past a planning stage to one of implementation. There are so many positive stories – it is up to us to tell the stories about the good in Haiti – and to keep pressing forward to change lives – breaking the cycle to effect real sustainable change.
Haiti Update Robin Charlesworth 0
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Hot off the press from Alan Wylie - On February 12, 2011, in Sacramento, California, 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. Attending the conference were numerous NAYEN Rotarians from Canada, USA, and Mexico, and visiting Rotarians from Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Brazil, Ecuador, …. Many of the districts with whom District 5890 conducts exchanges were in attendance. The recognition was given to our district based on the growth in numbers of youth exchange students sponsored and hosted over the past several years; on the growth of the district committee over the past several years; on the well established processes developed for interviews, orientations, and compliance; on our support to developing countries (Juan Quevedo from Nicaragua); and on the support our district has provided to neighboring Rotary districts. 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 all who have contributed to this monumental award for District 5890. The process continues for 2011 2012. We are sending 25 American students abroad for long term exchange, will naturally host 25 in return, and will have 14 short term exchanges this summer. We are now receiving applications from abroad and are in need of more host clubs. Please give consideration to continuing your involvement by hosting for 2011 2012, or if you are not currently hosting one of our inbound students, step up to the plate for this coming Rotary year.
#1 in Rotary Youth Exchange Robin Charlesworth 0
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The trip will be March 13, - March 20 with Rotarian Jim Kite. This is a great opportunity to see all of our projects and have a day of relaxation at a private ranch in the south of Nicaragua that will be on the beach. During the trip Rotarians will be volunteering to teach English or to paint at La Betania. Betania is a trade school that was built in partnership with the Queen of Spain. The Hunble Intercontinental Rotary Club and District 5890 donated the equipment and machinery for a metal and worlworking shop. In addition, the San Martin Hospital is on the tour where you will see equipment donated by many local Rotarians. A new wing for hemodialisis treatment was donated by the Rotary club of Space Center. Of course, you will also tour the Refugio Belen shelter for pregnant women who receive our layette bags.
March 2011 Trip to Nicaragua Robin Charlesworth 0
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Our club is embracing the more relaxed regulations recently voted upon by the Rotary International Council on Legislation and moving to twice monthly meetings with speakers to be held at La Parranda Mexican Restaurant (see below). Twice monthly we will hold committee meetings at the Cypress Creek YMCA. This will give us greater flexibility for attendance and more time for committee planning and service projects. Juan Soto, owner of LA PARRANDA MEXICAN RESTAURANT (14243 Stuebner Airline a few blocks north of FM1960 in suburban north west Houston), was honored this month as one of the best classic Mexican restaurant chefs in the Houston area in a recently published cook book, "Houston Classic Mexican Recipes from Favorite Restaurants". Specialties from his kitchen as well as several other well-known Texas chefs were contained in this beautifully photographed four-color cook book . LA PARRANDA's featured items include Fish Tacos and avacado Margarita. (You may visit his website at and review diners' comments on the La Parranda Facebook page.) Juan Soto's restaurant, LA PARRANDA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, has been actively feeding Houston's northwest suburbans for two years; following his previous 5-year restaurant location in Sugarland. He and his family, including four brothers and their parents, devote their time and energy toward enhancing your dining experience. Ask to meet Juan when you visit as you may recognize him; he is also an accomplished and professionally trained actor; from his numerous TV commercials and movies (Screen Actors' Guild) such as WalMart, Burger King, University of Texas, as well as several movies, for example "Any Town" filmed in Louisiana and "The National".
New Meeting Format Robin Charlesworth 0
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Job well done! I want to express appreciation to Juan Soto, owner of La Parranda Mexican Restaurant, for providing an excellent venue and delicious food for our Mark Twain fundraiser last Sunday. It was great fun and we can now plan how to spend our money in the community. Thanks to our Interactors who assisted and everyone for participating in this event!
Mark Twain"A Living History Lesson" Robin Charlesworth 0
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RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee will ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity during the 2011-12 Rotary year. Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors. He urged participants to harness their inner resolve and strength to achieve success in Rotary. "In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves," Banerjee said. Once Rotarians find their inner strength, he continued, they can accomplish great things in their communities and around the world. "Discover yourself, develop the strengths within you, and then unhesitatingly, unflinchingly, go forth and encircle the world, to embrace humanity," he said. Banerjee emphasized the family as a starting point in serving others. "The communities we live in are not built of individual people but of families -- families living in homes together, sharing their lives and their resources and their common destinies. Good families lead to good neighborhoods, and good neighborhoods build good communities."
New RI Theme for 2011-2012 Robin Charlesworth 0
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Rotary International has named John Hewko, an attorney with extensive international experience in both the private and public sectors, to be the global humanitarian service organization's new top executive, serving as its general secretary. Rotary's Secretariat supports the activities of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas, with a combined membership of 1.2 million men and women. The Rotary Foundation annually distributes over $180 million to fund a variety of educational programs and humanitarian projects throughout the world. As RI's general secretary, Hewko will play a lead role in the implementation of the organization's newly revised strategic plan that envisions Rotary's expanded engagement in areas such as maternal and child health, water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, and peace studies and conflict prevention/resolution. His tenure could also see the successful conclusion of Rotary's principal humanitarian initiative: its 25-year campaign to eradicate the crippling disease polio, a goal that is more than 99 percent complete.
New R.I. General Secretary Robin Charlesworth 0
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The jousting tournament will be held next week at Eiland Elementary School due to inclement weather postponing this week's scheduled ceremony. The curriculum to teach character development, ethics, and Rotary's Four-Way Test has begun and a Student leadership Team (5) has been selected. EAFK instructs, motivates and equips students to seek high knightly standards and personal excellence. The first awards ceremony will be held late January. Johnston Pham, 4, a pre-kindergartner at Eiland Elementary School watches as "Sir Cass," aka Cass Garcia talk about being a knight as the Knights of the Guild helped usher in the Early Act First Knight (EAFK) education program sponsored by Rotary Club of Champions Sunrise.
EarlyAct First Knight Jousting Tourny Next Tuesday Robin Charlesworth 0
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Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, professional speaker, and Rotarian Jerry Mills was inspired to compose a tribute to Rotarians with his song "Come Join Us". He has offered R.I. to use this song as a means to promote the tremendous work and efforts of Rotarians worldwide. This was recorded in Nashville, TN, with a video showing Rotary projects throughout the world. To learn more, visit The audio recording is available on iTunes ad most internet music sites.
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Dec. 16 -- Greenstar has opened its new single-stream recycling facility in Houston. "Greenstar is committed to increasing Houston´s recycling rates and we are making the necessary investments locally to deliver results," said Matt Delnick, CEO of Greenstar. "The people of Houston want to make the right choice and recycle. Now we will be able to recycle with convenience in Houston while reducing the cost of disposal and preserving our environment." Greenstar spent $7 million to upgrade an existing facility to single-stream capability. Having single-stream capability increases recycling rates, the company said. After the program was introduced in Dallas, recycling increased 300%; in San Antonio, 200% and in Austin, 75%, the company said. The service will be offered to residents, municipalities and to businesses in Houston.
Recycling News Robin Charlesworth 0
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If the Rotarians of your club or your friends want to participate in this noble cause on Polio National Immunization Day, our society would love to host all of them and can assist them in a further pleasure trip. Future Polio NID / Door to Door Rounds at Agra India > 1. Jan 23rd 2011 2. Polio Immunization Special Rounds at Agra on Feb 13th & 14th 2011 in most effected areas. 3. Feb 27th 2011 4. With General rounds every week – Wednesday & Saturday
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Klein Bros. has partnered with Operation Military Embrace this season to support our wounded military and their families with gifts and supplies to be delivered to San Antonio Military Medical Center. You may donate at and selecting the Operation Military Embrace link to place your order for either a Fruit & Nut mix @ 3.99 or a Texas Scenes Gift Box @ 19.99. "These gifts will also be placed in the Fisher House, where military families stay while caring for their loved ones" says Debbie Reed of OME. Place your order prior to Dec 2nd and receive 10% off your gift selections with the Coupon Code: GiftNow884. If you would like to purchase a gift card to WalMart or restaurants it would be appreciated, too. Our coupons will be delivered in December with all of these items.
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#9 "Remember that some things aren't for sale". The Cowboy Code is written by James Owen, founder of Cowboy Ethics, who believes that the world would be a better place if we all would all "cowboy up". We should take a moment to reflect on what we value so much, hold so dear to our heart, that we could not take any amount of money and then let go of it. Look around the room and you may see many things you could sell for the right price. Money can be quite tempting, yet there are some things that we could never sacrifice for any amount of monetary gain. Given some thought, it generally moves from a focus on things/possessions, to concepts such as personal integrity, family relationships, friendship, etc. We often hear in the news today of poor decisions to sell something which led to public embarrassment, exposure of private lives, or even death. Think of inappropriate U-tubes, Facebook comments, leaks to the press, and the list goes on. Ethical standards should be valued, not compromised, and not sold for any price.
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An attendance record of 50 percent in each half of the year is required to remain an active Rotarian. Any missed meeting must be made up within 14 days before or after the regular meeting. To accommodate busy schedules, there are various opportunities to make up missed meetings. Rotarians are always welcome at any other club in our district (see Rotary District 5890) or worldwide (Rotary International Club Locator). There are several online meetings which may be completed in about 30 minutes (google Rotary e-clubs). Attendance at a Board meeting, service projects approved by the Board, district meetings or events all count toward make-up meetings. Also, attending Interact or Rotaract club meetings count for make-ups. Our Cypress Creek Interact Club meets every other week at 2:30 pm. Check with Wendy if you want to visit our Interact Club. Finally, don't forget to get credit for you make-up meeting by informing Robin Charlesworth either by email or at a club meeting. If you have attended another Rotary club, there is usually a form completed to verify your attendance. However, we follow the Rotary Four-Way Test and trust your word if you report a make-up. If you have attended an e-club meeting, please do report it as any other make-up and do not expect that it will automatically get recorded within our club's reports.
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The outbreak in the Republic of the Congo reinforces the fact that polio 'control' is not an option, and only successful eradication will stop the disease," said Dr. Robert Scott, chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee. At least 97 people have died in a recent outbreak of polio in the Republic of the Congo. Rotary is providing a total of US$500,000 in emergency grants for immediate polio immunization efforts throughout the country. Rotary International and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative -- the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- are responding urgently to this recent outbreak of wild poliovirus in the Republic of the Congo. Most of the cases involve young people between ages 15 and 29. The outbreak is due to imported poliovirus that is related to the virus circulating in Angola. The Congo Republic recorded its last case of indigenous polio in 2000, and urgent action is required by government and partner agencies to again make the country polio-free.
POLIO OUTBREAK IN CONGO Robin Charlesworth 0
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#8 - "Talk Less Say More" is recommended by author Jim Owen who wrote Cowboy Ethics. An opportunity to polish your words and edit the written word can lead to a reduction of words, particularly if there is a guideline and the writer is limited to 100 words or less to effectively communicate his or her thoughts. Yet, with verbal expression we no longer have the time to edit our words once they spit out of our mouths. If we wear the reputation of being too rambling and talkative, then others may not pay as much attention to us while they await the main point of our conversation. Focusing on being brief and to the point may help us acquire the reputation of saying something valuable and leading others to stop and listen. Likewise, it reflects that the good listener can engage in a more meaningful response which truly relates to the main point in the conversation. If the listener is too busy thinking about what to say next instead of listening, then it becomes clear that the listener was distracted somehow and unprepared to respond to what was just shared. Assume that most people are quite busy and have a short span of attention. Then adjust your thoughts to be brief, yet comprehensive to express your main points. Cowboys were typically active and often isolated from others. Maybe they just didn't have to be good at talkin' because the cows probably weren't good listeners. Cowboys had a knack for speaking concisely, using colorful phrases, and painting word pictures. They would often present their own brand of originality of thought, perhaps laced with profanity; yet still delivered with a grin because they made things seem simple with their directness. "nuff said"
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#7 – Ride for the Brand: The cowboy's greatest devotion was to his calling and his way of life. So his loyalties naturally centered upon those who valued his traditions and counted upon him to uphold them. The cowboy gave allegiance and respect where they were deserved and returned. For most of us our "riding for the brand" refers to our loyalties to our families and friends, or perhaps our school. "Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends." (unknown)
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Principle #6 - "When you make a promise - keep it." When it came to keeping his word, a cowboy's allegiance to principle was absolute. He was bound to fulfill his promise, no matter what. A man was only as good as his word. Keeping a promise builds trust with others and you learn whom you can really count on to follow through on a promise. Being realistic and not going too much above and beyond what you are capable of will help you keep your promise successfully. Being realistic and not going above and beyond what you are capable of will help you keep your promise successfully. If you truly cannot promise to do something, then learn to say "I'll try my best" instead of "I promise." Remember the reason or reasons why you made the promise, what you hope to gain from the promise and the consequences of failure. Communication is very important in keeping a promise. Give progress reports if possible, ask questions if you need to get more direction, and reflect on the consequences of failing to keep the promise. A promise is a commitment to follow through and keep your word. Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep. ~Denis Waitley
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BE TOUGH - BUT FAIR. The notion of fair play was deeply ingrained in every facet of prairie life. If you ever find yourself questioning what's fair in any given situation, all you have to do is ask, "How would I want to be treated?" The Golden Rule was nothing less than a key to survival. This concept is also part of the Rotarian's 4-Way Test: Is it FAIR to all concerned? Fairness does not guarantee leniency or giving what others want necessarily. It is important to listen to others and think about how your actions will affect others. It would be unfair to take advantage of others or to drive your own actions solely for your own benefit. Play by the rules and don't show favoritism. Consider this concept of fairness in everything we say, think, and do and others will trust us with confidence that we strive to be fair to all concerned.
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RYLA will be held the weekend February 25 - 27 of leadership development at Caroline Creek Camp (about 8 miles east of Huntsville). Myeshi Briley will be presenting "Cowboy Ethics" at the Saturday luncheon for 125 high school juniors. The "Code of the West" covers 10 principles to live by as written by Jim Post, author of Cowboy Ethics. (1) Live Each Day with Courage (2) Take Pride in your Work (3) Always Finish What you Start (4) Do what has to be done (5) Be Tough, But Fair (6) When You Make a Promise, Keep It (7) Ride for the Brand (8) Talk Less and Say More (9) Remember That Some Things Aren't for Sale (10) Know Where to Draw the Line. Thank you Myeshi for taking time to serve the youth of our community!
RYLA CAMP & Cowboy Ethics Robin Charlesworth 0
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"Do What Has to Be Done" is one of the ten principles to live by according to the book Cowboy Ethics by Jim Owen. Each day on the job, cowboys had dirty jobs that had to be done. Most of the time it was hot or extremely cold, and they became so dirty that their clothes must have had permanent stains. This also requires "action mode" rather than thinking about what needs to be done and preferring to do it later. The mind is freed from the job of remembering everything that needs to be done, and can concentrate on actually performing those tasks. If the cowboy hesitated, it could be a matter of life and death of a calf, cow or steer, or perhaps even for a fellow cowboy or himself. There was zero tolerance for "griping" or "complaining", just do it and get it over with. If the task was challenging, the cowboy may get assistance from another cowboy. It was not an option to just walk away and not complete the task. At the end of each day, the cowboy could lie down either in the ol' bunkhouse or beneath the stars and have a sense of satisfaction that he had done what had to be done for that day. Tomorrow there would be more things to do and he would do what had to be done.
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The Rotary Club of Houston NW Sunset proudly sponsored the "Lemonade for Literacy" event in partnership with Children's Books On Wheels last Saturday. Children's Books on Wheels is a community organization dedicated to promoting literacy in underdeveloped rural communities. Special thanks to Dale and John who bought doughnuts for the set-up crew! AND special thanks to those who gave of their time on a Saturday for a major focus area of R.I.: Wendy, Myeshi, Jodye, Ruth and Robin! We had plenty of books and lemonade for all. We also express our heartfelt thanks to the Rotaract of River Oaks and two Interactors, Valentin and Erika (also an exchange student from Sweden). A healthy family is one you can always count on and we delivered last Saturday - a healthy dose of Rotary Family!
Literacy & Lemonade- Nov 20th Robin Charlesworth 0
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"Always finish what you start" is part of the cowboy code of ethics. Jim Owen writes "Cowboys hate quitters. They hated whining and complaining almost as much, because those things had the stench of quitting." This has many applications for maintaining peaceful relationships at home, at school or work, and in social organizations. Sometimes the goal is simply closure and not spinning the ideas around in your head about how to improve a project or thinking of other more important things to do instead of finishing the task expected of you. The urban dictionary defines "get 'er done" as a redneck term used to prod a fellow to complete a task. Life becomes much easier when we learn how to prod ourselves instead of having to be prodded by parents, teachers, or bosses. Jodye has been thinking about cowboy logic and those cowboys who really tamed the West. Sure there were some infamous cowboys who were bad guys, but we want to focus on those with character in everyday living who could be counted on to keep their word to their families, and the community of fellow ranchers. Cowboys could be counted on to deliver a herd without excuses, help with a barnraising, show respect to others and to Mother Nature. Let's explore their code of living which really proved to work.
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The first Polio Plus Society Dinner was held last week for Rotary District 5890 for those Rotarians who have committed to donate a minimum of $100 to the Polio Plus campaign over and above The Rotary Foundation donations until we hear the proclamation that "Polio has been eradicated from this Earth forever". This event was attended by Dr Ben Thomas, his mother, and Robin Charlesworth. Dr. Thomas shared a synopsis of his contraction of polio at the age of four with the audience and the return of symptoms known as Post Polio Syndrome. District Governor Sunny Sharma honored Dr. Thomas with a Paul Harris Award, meaning that a donation of $1,000 has been donated in his name with the Rotary Foundation. Rotarians are encouraged to donate $100 each year to the Rotary Foundation and after faithful giving over 10 years acquire this same award. Of course, anyone may contribute the $1,000 or more in a single donation. Congratulations to our own club member - Dr. Ben Thomas!
Paul Harris Award Robin Charlesworth 0
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"Take Pride in Your Work" Jim Owen writes that "the cowboy's pride grew from his riding and roping skills, his indifference to danger and deprivation, and his capacity for hard work." A cowboy would undertake any task that needed to be done, felt obliged to do it, and do it to the best of his abilities. Isn't this a good message for youth today? There is certainly relevance to mastery of school assignments and helping out the family with home chores. The attitude of a cowboy is to try and make each job fun rather than just to endure a distasteful job. Every act is important, not just those acts that gain the most attention or recognition. If anger slips through then it has a detrimental effect on everyone on the team, yet the job just still be done. If the job is not done up to standards, then the job must be done again. On the open range, it a fence is being built and it is not straight or otherwise correct, then it must be ripped out of the ground and begun again. If this value is acquired while one is young, then it will lead to success throughout one's lifetime. "No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work." from Hosea Ballou quotes
More Cowboy Logic Robin Charlesworth 0
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It's a "GO"! This project will create the First World Park of the Earth to save the Amazon Rainforest. We can purchase these acres individually and promote additional sales with friends and at a booth during our district conference later this year. Some have shared that these will be great stocking stuffers! Rotary International in cooperation with all governments and NGO's are asked to sell acres for a nominal fee of $25 per acre. What are Rotary's advantages? This project would save 1/3 of the fresh water on the earth, 1/3 of all the species of the earth, 1/5 of all bird species, 20% of the earth's oxygen and 300 different peoples. Estimated timeline of the project is 10 years. It is estimated that there may be fifty Amazon tribes living in the depths of the Amazonian rainforest that have never had contact with the outside world.
First World Park Robin Charlesworth 0
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During October, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects. Vocational Service focuses on: ␣ *Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public. ␣ *The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians. ␣ *The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
What is Vocational Service? Robin Charlesworth 0
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You are invited to attend the Rotary Day at the United Nations program on Saturday, November 6, at UN Headquarters in New York City. Rotary Day at the UN has evolved into one of the most interesting, substantive and enjoyable programs that brings together Rotary and UN leaders to discuss some of each organization's unique humanitarian programs and to identify potential areas of future cooperation. The mutually productive working relationship between Rotary and the UN, which is 65 years old, is highlighted through many successful programs, such as the phenomenal Polioplus Program to eliminate the scourge of polio, reducing adult illiteracy, battling the AIDS epidemic and confronting climate change, to mention only a few. 1) all registrations, due to security checks, must be received by October 22nd; 2) there will be a cutoff of registrations at around 800 (first-come, first-served); 3) you can register on-line at
Rotary and the United Nations Robin Charlesworth 0
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Thank you for your shoe donations! We have collected about 50 pairs of shoes which can be used by those in need somewhere in our world community! Every 7 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people that truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who clean out their closets. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets. The charity can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone's life. "We can use the shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world one pair at a time," said Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Wayne Elsey.
Soles4Souls Robin Charlesworth 0
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Congratulations to Rotarian Myeshi Briley on meeting her goal of collecting 200 books this year for the "Books for the World" international project! She met her goal in only 1 1/2 months! These books are shipped to South Africa. With the emphasis on literacy in Rotary, our Rotary Books for the World project is an easy and natural service project for clubs to adopt around the world. We are continuing strong support to the District 9300 efforts in Southern Africa because many of the Southern African countries are relatively new countries. Their economies are struggling to absorb over 10 million refugees from the north. The South African Rotarians are trying to help not only the schools in South Africa but to assist areas of great need in Southern and Eastern Africa. The Books for the World Project has distributed books to qualified institutions for over a decade now. More than 6 million books have been distributed.
Books for the World Robin Charlesworth 0
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The reusable WAPI (Water Pasteurization Indicator) is a simple, low cost device containing a special soy wax that helps users determine when water has reached pasteurization temperatures. The wax melts at the same temperature as the water is pasteurized. Disease-causing organisms in water and milk are killed by exposure to heat in a process know as pasteurization. Boiling is often recommended to achieve pasteurization. However, contaminated water and milk can be pasteurized at temperatures well below boiling, saving time and fuel. Water heated to 149 degrees F (65 degrees C) for a short period of time is free from microbes, including E Coli, Rotaviruses, Giardia and Hepatitis A virus. At 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) milk and foods are pasteurized. With the help of Rotary Youth groups, Fresno California USA Rotarians have given away more than 37,000 WAPIs in Africa.
What are WAPIs? Robin Charlesworth 0
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Thank you Candace Ruunas for setting up a Rotary District 5890 fellowship/public relations event on Monday, June 28th when about 24 Rotarians visited the Great Day Houston Show at KHOU TV with Debra Duncan. DG Ed Charlesworth sat with Debra in the audience to share briefly about polio eradication worldwide and Rotary's involvement in volunteering to eliminate polio from this world. When we came out of the studio it was pouring rain but we were ill equipped to bring it to NW Houston where it is so dry. We all had a great time at Channel 11. In the photo are Robin Charlesworth, Myeshi Briley, and Candace Ruunas.
We were on the Debra Duncan Show Robin Charlesworth 0
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After greeting the audience by singing her hit song "9 to 5," Parton recited The Four-Way Test, saying she also sought a "short, simple, and powerful" statement to guide the Dollywood Foundation: Dream more, learn more, care more, be more. The philanthropist and literacy advocate went on to explain her foundation's Imagination Library , which promotes reading among preschool children by providing them with a free book each month from birth until age five. The program, which has received support from more than 115 Rotary clubs, has grown from its base in Parton's home state of Tennessee, USA, to other communities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Library Robin Charlesworth 0
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Many participants agreed that Rotarians and clubs have to be careful not to impose their values and ideas of what is needed on another culture, but rather take the time to hear what the communities think is most essential. Facilitator Geri Appel, a member of the Rotary Club of Wichita, Kansas, USA, and a Rotary Leadership Institute trainer, was pleased with the level of participation.
Greg Mortenson in Montreal Ruth Cassidy 0
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We are proud to claim to be the newest Rotary club in District 5890 which now numbers 62 Rotary clubs! Our charter was accepted by Rotary International on May 28, 2010. We are eager to serve our community and identify projects both locally and internationally.
Official Charter Date - May 28th Robin Charlesworth 0
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Hot off the press - we are officially chartered as a Rotary club in District 5890 as of May 28, 2010! We have held our charter dinner and celebrated together to acquire 21 new members who are ready to serve others in our community. We also focus on international projects to improve the quality of life for others with clean water, immunizations, schools, and micro-lending endeavors to name a few. Our club is planning for our new Rotary year which begins July 1, 2010 and our goals will reflect the energy and enthusiasm our members have to make a difference in this world.
It's Official! Robin Charlesworth 0
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Montréal offered an ideal setting for Rotarians to gather at the 2010 RI Convention. More than 80 nationalities and ethnic groups reside in Montréal. In addition, it is the most bilingual metropolis in North America. We encountered Rotarians and guests from all over the world, united in the spirit of Rotary and the ideal of service. The Nigerians should receive an award for the most colorful native attire, although we also saw Japanese Rotarians wearing kimonos, and Texas flag shirts from our Texas districts. Canada is the country that made Rotary international, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba -- the first club established outside the United States.
Montreal - Rotary International Convention Robin Charlesworth 0
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Our speaker this week is Rotarian Surpris Cherazard from the Rotary Club of Bellaire-Southwest. He was the team leader of a group of Rotarians in our Rotary District 5890 who was in Haiti during the earthquake. He will share some of his experiences during the earthquake and also his several trips to return to Haiti since the earthquake.
Haiti - Today and Its Future Robin Charlesworth 0
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The Polio Plus Society is a new program initiated earlier this year by Rotarian Terry Ziegler who chairs our Rotary District 5890's polio eradication campaign. A donation of $100 annually is the commitment made to belong to this society which also is a commitment to continue this level of giving until polio is successfully eradicated from our world. Bill Gates has supported this effort by contributing $355 million which Rotarians have agreed to match with $200 million. We am very pleased to provide some preliminary world-wide results from World Polio Day on-line giving promotion. Although the data is not yet final, as of 25 October, we know that or focus on World Polio Day resulted in at least 1,600 Rotarians registered on the Member Access Portal (MAP) for the first time; Rotarians in more than 60 countries contributed on-line and the average gift was over US$300; Polio contributions totaling over US$2.8 million were received on-line in one week. Become a player in history by eradicating only the second disease ever from this world (smallpox was #1). If interested, contact our Foundation Chair Myeshi Briley.
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Robin Charlesworth, President, accompanied her husband and two Rotarians from the University Area Rotary to visit Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Tampico Compuestre over the Memorial Day Weekend. The University Area Rotarians have been partnering with the Tampico Rotarians for ten years on various projects which we reviewed during our trip. It was a warm welcome at the airport where we were greeted by a dozen or more of the Rotarians in Tampico, escorted to our hotel, and then an authentic Mexican dinner in town. They had a bus arranged for us so we could travel together during the day touring projects.
Tampico Projects Robin Charlesworth 0
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The installation ceremonies for incoming District Governor Sunny Sharma, District Leadership Team & Club Presidents will be held at Safari Texas in Richmond, TX at 6:30pm on June 11. The installation will be conducted by RI Past President Frank Devlyn. Tickets are $58.90 and tables of 8 can be reserved. On-line reservations may be made on District Calendar. Also, please let President Robin Charlesworth know if you will be attending. We may arrange carpooling. Everyone is invited to attend this memorable event.
DG Installation - June 11 Robin Charlesworth 0
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Come to the meeting this week to meet a Rotary Youth Exchange student and hear a different perspective on American life and American education. the Rotary Exchange program is a real crown jewel in our Rotary District 5890. We are hosting two dozen students long-term this year across our district. We are also exploring the proposed changes to all youth exchange programs as presented by the Department of State which will effect all host families and exchange students in the near future. This will be an interesting discussion!
Rotary Youth Exchange Ruth Cassidy 0
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On Thursday, May 20th, we celebrated the achievement of acquiring 21 new members and becoming a chartered club in Rotary International. Our charter dinner was held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center, 12715 Telge Road, in Cypress, Texas. We had a double celebration as the Rotary Club of Waller County shared the spotlight with us as they inducted 23 new members. Our keynote speaker, Past District Governor Shirley Downie from South Africa, shared about Rotary projects in Africa such as "Books for the World" which ships books from the Port of Houston to Africa, India, and Central America. Also, she discussed water and sanitation issues in Africa and public relations about Rotary projects. Each charter member received a special Charter Member Rotary pin and officers were installed for the 2010-2011 Rotary year which begins July 1.
Charter Night Celebration Robin Charlesworth 0
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At our District 5890 Rotary Conference last weekend attendees were privileged to meet the first college graduate from the "Children of the Dump" project our Rotarians have supported for nearly twenty years. Their was not a dry eye seen in the entire audience as she shared her story, in English, as opposed to her native Spanish. Rotary President Ami Borovik of the newly chartered Rotary Club of SW 59 summarized it as follows for his cub bulletin this week:
Impressions of Maria Jose Robin Charlesworth 0
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WOW! Here's a few of the District 5890 Interact accomplishments this school year: 12 NEW Interact clubs for a total of 69 clubs in District 5890 37 Interact Clubs received their President Citation Award (Worldwide, only 3.98% receive the citation. In District 5890, we had 55%!) 249 Interactors attended the Interact Round-Up events(A new attendance record) 404 Interactors representing 30 Interact clubs attended the Interact District Conference (A new attendance record) $12,579.98 raised for PolioPlus (the goal was $5,000) $15,416.76 raised for Haiti Water Project (the goal was $5,000) 110 Interactors attended our "Gardening with the Governor" event at Hermann Park (A new attandance record) District 5890 Interact Humanitarian Footprint (Service Hours): Our total volunteer hours was 119,333 and at Texas minimum wage of $7.50, the value of Interact volunteerism in District 5890 was...$894,997.50. If you include the fundraising dollars and the value of the supplies (canned food, school supplies, etc.) which was donated by each Interact club to other organizations, I estimate that our D5890 Interact clubs made a $1 MILLION impact to their local and international communities this school year. That is amazing, and I thank all of you for this phenomenal accomplishment! Special thanks for all your hard work and dedication during the 2009-2010 school year. All our Interact clubs helped change the world into being a better place to live. Under the leadership of your awesome 2010-2011 Interact District officers, next year will be even better!
INTERACT in D5890 Robin Charlesworth 0
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Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including: ➢ Effecting change within the community. ➢ Developing leadership skills. ➢ Gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues. ➢ Developing relationships with community and business leaders. Through Rotary's service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Programs of The Rotary Foundation offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. More than 1.2 million Rotarians make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.
Why Join Rotary? Robin Charlesworth 0
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Attending weekly club meetings allows members to enjoy their club's fellowship, enrich their professional and personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their community.
Rotary Basics Robin Charlesworth 0
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Rotarians are concerned about water issues locally and abroad. Clean water and sanitation are a major focus area for Rotarians around the world.
Water - Can't Live Without It Ruth Cassidy 0