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  • 1. DISTRICT 5890 DISTRICT NEWSLETTER Docket Call April 2012 Fantastic March Happenings....in District 5890!Wow, what a fantastic March person because of the Rotary friend! We have somefor Rotary in District 5890. experience. great speakers lined up, so if youFirst, I want to congratulate ` I also want to are not there you will be missingTommie and Charlie Buscemi congratulate all the President out!and the entire Interact Elects who attended the Finally, now that weCommittee for putting on a President Elect Training are in are second year of beingfantastic Interact District Seminar that was held in Dallas a Pilot District for how theConference. There were over this past month. I hope that each Rotary Foundation will befour hundred Interactors in of you were energized and came distributing grant money in theattendance discussing how they away excited about leading your future, I think we are seeing thatcould make the world a better Club to new heights in the some bigger projects can beplace. A very special thanks also upcoming Rotary year. I know accomplished using the newgoes out to the Alvin and Alvin District Governor Elect Chris model. For example, a grant justSunrise Rotary Clubs for Schneider and his leadership got approved by the Rotaryhosting this year’s event and for team are there to help each Club Foundation to provide mosquito reach their goals for the bed nets and water filters for the Governor Rhondaserving food to all the hungryteenagers. Eduardo Belalcazar upcoming year. country of Togo. Twenty five and Brad Kerbythe Interact District Governor Do not forget to Clubs from our district haveand his team did an amazing job register for District Conference contributed $16,771 towards May 31 – June 2, 2012 at the this project. Our partner District has a value of $91,460.this year. Rotarians if you want Marriot Horseshoe Bay at Lake 5870 and our own District 5890 WOW!!! Way to go Rotary!to be motivated about serving LBJ outside of Marble Falls, are contributing a total of Until next month,others mentor an Interact Clubor start a new Interact Club at Texas. There is a lot of fun and $32,702 in District Designated excitement planned for the Funds and The Rotary Hugs and Kisses,your local High School. Ipromise you will be a better weekend and I promise you will Foundation is contributing Governor Rhonda go away with at least one new $41,387, so that the total project Join District 5890 Group for RI 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand - May 6-9 District 5890 Rotarians, around the world who have receive information on District The International registered, with 18 coming from 5890 events during the Conventions is just around our district. We have more conference.I have been working the corner May 6-9, 2012. Rotarians from District 5890 to find a pre or post tour that we The International Convention registered than any other district could as a group participate in. not include the hotel in is a great opportunity to meet in our Zone. Thank you to those There are two tours that I would Bangkok. The tour prices are fellow Rotarians, learn about who have already registered, suggest that can be found at this between $1,870 for first class ongoing projects, and see and to those who have not link, Bob’s Tour hotel and $2,050 for a Deluxe how Rotary is making a registered please do so as soon Recommendations . They are hotel. The air fare from Houston tremendous impact around as possible. Remember both 3 night 4 day tours, and would be an additional $365 to the world.Some of you have December 1, 2011 the price goes they include roundtrip air fare $490 a piece. The tour company registered and some have not. up for registration. If you are from LA or San Francisco to is Pacific Holiday tours and their As of September 20th there planning to attend let me know Bangkok either through Beijing were just 5,000 Rotarians and I will add you to the list to or Hong Kong. The tour does Bangkok Continues to page 4
  • 2. Page 2 FISH FRY FESTIVAL! Tomball Rotary Club’sBellaire Southwest Houston’s Annual Fundraiser isa fun-filled party FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY - - Come to enjoy a down-home Saturday Night filled 43rd Annual with music, dancing, auctions, entertainment, raffles, food, contests, and FUN! Save the date - DETAILS TO COME. Fish Fry Saturday April 21 April 27th 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The best fried catfish dinner in Texas! Tickets to the Fish Danbury Rotary Fry available at the entrance or by calling or emailing below. Buy a Gold Ticket for the Gold Ticket Raffle. $100 each Fundrasier and only 600 will be sold to win a brand new 2012 Dodge 1500 Pickup, Holland BBQ Grill or Jewelry. April 21st @ 6:30 There will also be a Silent Auction and a Children’s Silent Auction so there’s something for everybody. Brazoria County Fairgrounds To buy a Gold Ticket call one of the following numbers Angleton, TX or email a request and we’ll get it to you. Susan Bulgawicz 281-875-8200 Tickets $10 in Advance $12 at door Craig Bogner 281-351-8000 Meal $8 Email: tomballrotary@gmail.com Bar-b-que Sandwich, chips, tea or soft drink Dance to the Music of “The Navigators” from Kemah, TX Live Auction For more information Call: Steve 979-292-9960 Nancy 979-480-4031 Bill 979-864-6228 Dear President’s-Elect: I will be conducting a make-up PETS on Saturday May 5th in my office located at: Chemac, Inc., 17302 East Highway 6, Alvin, TX 77511 We will start promptly at 9:00 am and should be completed by 3:00 pm. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP via return e-mail or by calling my office at 713-357-5140. Yours in Service, Chris Schneider DGE District 5890
  • 3. Page 3 “Pasadena Rotary Supports Early Act First Knights Program” Submitted by Rotarian Bill Welch The program is financed The halls of Morales by the Pasadena Rotary and is aand Red Bluff Elementary Schools joint effort between Pasadenawere enchanted by tales of knights Independent School District andand dragons related to them by the Pasadena Rotary. StudentsKnights Sir William and Sir Cass. strive to pattern their liferThe event was a Knighting according to the sound guidelinesCeremony for worthy students and advanced by “Early Act Firstwas the second meeting of Knight”. Their success is rewardedKindergarten, lst, 2nd 3rd and 4 th as each teacher recommendsgraders with Sir Cass and Sir outstanding students forWilliam and the “Early Act First medallions at the KnightingKnight” program. The program is Ceremony. The top 4th graders arethe dream of Dr. Sir Randal Parr “Knighted” with the traditionalin 1997 and is a unique approach tap on the shoulders with theto teaching elementary school sword of Sir Cass. Youngerchildren the traditional values of students receive a medallion andcharacter, ethics, honesty. the rank of Page or Squire. Knight Sir Cass “dubs” Fernando Medina as a Knight at thecompassion and civility. It has as Knighting ceremonies are held Early Act First Knight Ceremony at Morales Elementary School.its creed the Rotary 4 Way Test periodically with all students Observing from left are Knight Sir William, Asst. Principle Rhonda Killen,and each school day begins with eligible for awards. Rotarian Paul Covell and Principle Kathy Connolly,its recitation followed by a “Early Act First Knight”discussion of its principles. is amazingly effective with The Early Act First Knight Program is a coordinated effort Is it the truth? participating schools crediting the of the Pasadena Rotary Club and Morales and Red Bluff Elementary Is it fair to all concerned? program with significantly better Schools to promote traditional values including Ethics, Responsibility, Will it build goodwill and academic scores decreased Honesty and Tolerance better friendships? behavioral issues, more teaching Will it be beneficial to all time and happier faculties and concerned? parents.
  • 4. Page 4 7th Annual “ Gardening Cypress-Fairbanks ISD with the Rotary District Will be presenting the District Community Partnership –Career Education Award to Rotary Club of Bear Creek-Copperfieldat the VIPS Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 20, at 11:00 Governors” Groupa.m. Community Service Project We would like to have lots of Rotarians attend this event District Governor Rhonda Walls-Kerby , and Interact Districtand support Bear Creek-Copperfield Rotary Club. We hope that Governor Eduardo Belalcazar are looking forward to seeing you there!all of the volunteers who help with this program have already Date: Saturday, April 21st (Send me total attending from your Interactreceived their invitations for the event. club by April 16th)) This is a free event....Sandwiches, chips, and lemonade will be provided for Interactors and Advisers, but you must RSVPTo purchase tickets, contact: Pam Scott Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (plan to arrive around 9:30 a.m. or earlier so youDirector of Partners in Education can park in the Houston Zoo parking lots.)281/894-3950 Location: Rotary Centennial Grove Park located in Hermann Park at the Houston Zoo Photo Release Form (All volunteers must bring this form to the event) Volunteer Waiver (ALL volunteers must bring this form to the event) A Hermann Park Conservancy staff member will collect the Photo Release and Volunteer Waiver forms at the event. If you are under 18, the parent/ guardian must sign the form. Watch a YouTibe video from a previous Gardening with the Rotary Governor event at: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=mu6pug6hF6A Bring your Frisbees, soccer balls, lawn chairs, and picnic blankets!Bangkok Purpose of this Service Project: In 2003, District 5890 Rotary clubs started raising funds for a District 5890 Centennial Project to help celebrateContinues from page 1 Rotary’s 100th birthday in 2005. District 5890 Rotary clubs raised $100,000 to beautify one of the familywebsite is picnic areas in Hermann Park, and the area was named, “Rotary Centennialwww.pacificetoursinc.com. to Bangkok. In addition please Grove.”Cecile Schutter said this was a let me know if you have any This D5890 Centennial Project funded the planting of new trees, plus thegood agency and the tours were questions or suggestions.Please installation of new picnic tables, new lighting fixtures, and newly designedwell priced. As far as hotels in let me know which tour option trash receptacles. Since this is a sustainable project, each year since 2005Bangkok, I would like to you would prefer:1. Beijing, we have returned to Rotary Centennial Grove.recommend that we stay at one China2. Hong Kong3. Other Under the direction of the Hermann Park Conservancy staff, we spendof the following hotels so we Thanks to all of you for all you the morning doing light gardening - raking leaves, weeding flowerbeds,can be together as a group:1. JW do for Rotary. Please let me replanting flowers - and having fun together! Last year, we have over 150 know as soon as possible which Interactors at this event.Marriott (several of us have Song, Skit, or Cheerregistered at this hotel)2. Le is your preference so I can begin Show your talent!Merdien Bangkok3. Mandarin setting up a tour or tours.Bob I look forward to seeing you there,Oriental Bangkok4. Sukothai GebhardDistrict Governor Tommie BuscemiHotel BangkokPlease share this Nominee 2011- District 5890 Interact Committeeinformation with anyone you 2012bobg.5890@yahoo.com (281) 359-7193know may be interested in going Email: tommie5890@suddenlink.net Bohreer & Zucker LLP Understanding and Delivering Service Above Self Commercial Employment Litigation Litigation
  • 5. Page 5 Rotarian Myeshi Briley is Keynote Speaker at 2011 NOHS Conference Myeshi Briley, MS, HS- person has epilepsy. Instead, Services opportunities available toBCP Human Services Board epilepsy is the name for seizures them. It is called the ESHICertified Practitioner, and a charter that happen more than once without “Education, Support, Help,member of NW Houston Sunset a known treatable cause such as Intervention” Therapy Center andRotary Club, served as the keynote fever or low blood sugar. Also, works through one-on one, groupspeaker detailing Education on service dogs can be used for alert sessions and intervention. TheEpilepsy at the A.C.C.E.S.S. of seizures. ESHI Therapy Center has a broadNational Organization for Human Myeshi Briley, MS, HS- umbrella extending services toServices annual conference on BCP has been appointed by the clients in the Willis, Conroe,October 21, 2011 in San Antonio, Governor to serve on the “Texas Pearland, Sugarland, Spring,Texas, which lasted Oct 17-22. Special Education Continuing Woodlands, Tomball, Katy andFollowing her address the group Advisory Committee” and has Houston areas. In addition Ms. Myeshi Brileybroke out into 6 workshops served almost a year. She also plans Briley was an instructor at Prairiefocusing on specifics encountered and implements workshops for the View University but currently The purpose of theby Human Services leaders in the Barbara Jordan Endeavors instructs at Belhaven University in Human Services Conference is toschools and private sector. Ms. Corporation in Houston which Management and Leadership Skills. increase professional identities ofBriley stated that the whole of the seeks to educate and promote Myeshi Briley, MS, HS-BCP also Human Service personnel throughindividual with epilepsy should be students with “Unique Abilities” to accepted a position in Feb 2012 putting forth education, advocacytargeted for improvement in their earn their achievements with the with the Epilepsy Foundation and grass roots innovation for theeveryday life. Epilepsy is a disorder help of scholarships and to meet Texas: Houston/ Dallas-Fort Worth/ people served. The Council forof the brain. Seizures interfere with career goals. Ms. Briley has also West Texas as their Education Standards in Human Servicethe brain’s normal function. They incorporated an 18 year old Coordinator. (www.eftx.org) If Education is the only organizationcan cause a person to have sudden business advising and instructing anyone wants to volunteer with the in the country accrediting humanchanges in consciousness, those with unique abilities and their foundation please call Myeshi service education programs. Themovement, or sensation. Having a parents to achieve their full Briley, MS-HS-BCP at 713-789- website www.cshse.org offers linkssingle seizure does not mean a potential by utilizing the Human 6295. to Council information. District Leadership Training District 5890 will be hosting the Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) on May 19 at Memorial High School, 935 Echo Lane, Houston, TX 77024 All club officers and members are encouraged to participate in this training. The deadline for registering is May 6, which is less than a month from now. This is a team leadership training for all 2012- 2013 Club Officers and members. Officers & committee chairs will receive training on their specific duties as well as a “Rotary 101” class for new members. This is your chance to hear about all of the exciting things that will be happening in the Rotary world for the Rotary Year of 2012 - 2013 So mark your calendar for Club Leadership Training (District Assembly) which will be held at Memorial High School, 935 Echo Lane, Houston, TX, on May 19 2012. 8:30 am Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Training. The assembly is also an opportunity for all interested members (not just officer & directors) to learn more about the different positions in Rotary and about Rotary in general. WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2012 WHERE: Memorial High School 935 Echo Lane, Houston, Texas 77024 SCHEDULE: 8:30 am Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Training PAYMENT INFORMATION: • Registration fee is $20/person in advance (includes lunch), $25 at the door. • MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: Rotary District 5890 • Complete this registration form and return with your check by Friday, May 6, 2012, to Donna Campbell, P.O. Box 19413, Houston, TX 77024 Look forward to seeing you there, Chris Schneider
  • 6. Page 6 Rotary Youth Exchange Host Family – What it Really is All About C lub presidents often call on Rotary Youth Exchange Officers tocomment on the Rotary Student Exchange Program, and I think that is admirable.However, I get the feeling that much of what the YE Officers say falls on deafears. As much as we talk about RYE in our meetings, I’m just not sure that manyof our members either understand or appreciate the value of the program, andwhat a huge impact it has on the lives of so many people. YE Officers literallyhave to beg for host families each year, and when they beg, I get the feeling thatfew are listening. I am pretty sure that is the case because for a long time, I wasone of the people who were not listening. For me, agreeing to become a host family the first time was pureimpulse. It had little to do with anyone’s appeals, except that I got tired of our YEOfficer begging and no one responding. So I said “I’ll do it.” That impulse changedthe 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 importantthe program is to the Rotary ideal and Rotary mission worldwide. It is RotaryInternational defined. I don’t think there is a more important program to Rotarythan RYE. And the bottom line is that without host families, the program will notwork. Host families are the lynchpin between success and failure. That washammered home to me one recent weekend when I attended the Host Family Bernie Satterwhite and MarieAppreciation Dinner in Humble. or anywhere. It let everyone know that she was a German citizen. Then, to top Initially, I was not going to attend that dinner because it was far from things off, she got her picture taken with the President of Rotary International.home and I thought I had other, more important things to do. As it turned out, Wow, what an honor and thrill for her. Would it have been the same for you or me?there was nothing I could be doing during at that time that would have been more …Probably not, but it certainly was for her and it showed. And we, as her hostimportant. That event culminated a very interesting and rewarding week as a host parents, shared her joy, and pride and excitement. What a wonderful experienceparent. I’d like to share that week with you so that perhaps, we could find a way it was for us.to communicate not only the need for host families, but the criticality in sustaining Then on Saturday, I had to get Marie to school at 6:50 so she could gosuch an important program. with her soccer team to a tournament in Dickinson. Marie was on the Bellaire It wasn’t a particularly remarkable week. We didn’t go to any exotic High School JV soccer team and the tournament was to last all day. Well, weplaces or see any exciting events or happenings. In looking back, what strikes me really wanted to go to the ranch that day, since we had not been in a couple ofmost about the week was that it was just a normal week with a normal American weeks, but as all parents know, sometimes you can’t necessarily do exactly whatfamily (well, normal except for me I suppose.) Marie began the week very stressed you want to do when you have children with needs of their own. But Marie hadand frustrated, and in somewhat of a foul mood, principally because of school. said that if we wanted to go to the ranch afterwards, she would not mind, evenThe fact is that Marie takes school very, very seriously. She wants to do well and though it was going to be a long day. I told her we would see how the day shapedshe works hard. She had also just gotten over a very bad cold and had missed out. They were scheduled to play at least three games, and only if they won allsome school because of that and because of other events. So she had a lot of catch three, would they play a fourth. Marie had assured us that they probably wouldup work in addition to several projects that were due in a number of subjects. To not win all three. We chose not to go watch until afternoon, so we were kind ofadd to her stress, for a couple of the projects, she was teamed up with other students waiting to see how the morning went. She texted us after the second game thatwith whom she was to complete the projects jointly. Well, as is often the case, the they had won both and the team they were playing third had not won any gamesstudents that she was paired with disappointed her and did not do their share of all year. So, you guessed it, it was going to be a four-game day. So we went for thethe work. So instead of just doing just what she was supposed to do, she wanted third game and they won 6-0, and we found ourselves not really caring about theto ensure the projects were complete, so she did both entire projects herself. ranch anymore, but instead, we became wrapped up in the excitement of cheering Do you remember when your children were disappointed? Didn’t you Marie’s team to victory. They then played Clements, who was believed to havefeel with them? Didn’t you share their disappointment, frustration and stress when the stronger team, in the championship game, and yes, Bellaire won. It was athey confided in you and you realized there was not much you could do for them cold, windy and very long day, but they had so much fun. And because of that, webut listen? Well, I remember, and those memories came back to me that week. did as well.They came back because of a bond that you form with a girl from another country, So we didn’t get headed home until about 7:30. I said we’ll just goaway from home and her real parents for the first time in her life, who depends on home and not worry about the ranch. But Marie insisted we go, not because sheyou to take their place, if only temporarily. wanted to terribly, but because she knew I wanted to. So we went and got there But the week went on, the projects got completed, the schoolwork was about 10pm. We got the fire going in the fireplace and the house warmed up, andcaught up and the stress subsided, just like we knew it would. Then, Marie got to fixed hot chocolate (and something a bit stronger for the adults) and had a veryattend the Rotary all-club meeting. Unfortunately, I could not attend, but it was relaxing evening after a very enjoyable day.pure joy to see her when she got home. She was beaming, just like a 17 year-old Then, on Sunday, after doing the things I wanted to do around theshould from time to time when she has had the opportunity to experience new ranch, we left in time to drive to Humble for the Host Family Appreciation Dinner.things and feel new emotions. At the all-club meeting, the students performed the During that evening’s events, it dawned on me exactly why I volunteered to be afamous RYE Flag Ceremony. The flag ceremony is probably one of the most host family for the second time in three years. Not only did the students performimpressive and inspirational events the students participate in. The students are the flag ceremony for us, but there were testimonials by the students about what itintroduced one by one and they march in carrying their country’s flag. I knew meant for them to have this opportunity to go away from home at a very youngMarie would take pride in that ceremony even before she did. But when she age and experience family life in another country…not just life in another country,described it later, she was literally beaming with pride. You see, in many countries, but family life. And that is what the program is about. And that is why it is sothe flag is not as important as it is here. The people do not live national pride like important. Then each student was asked to introduce their host families. Our clubwe do. Both of the exchange students I have hosted were amazed by the fact that and our student’s host families were well represented, and you could tell thatyou see American (and Texas) flags everywhere you go. They just do not do that Marie was proud of that. She introduced her first host family, Joe and Meredithover there. There are no high school or college sports, rivalries or mascots in Wysik, who are non-Rotarians, but carried forth the principles of Rotary by theirGermany. There are no t-shirts, blankets, pens, sweaters, etc., etc., etc. emblazoned actions. You could tell that Marie had formed a special bond with the Wysiks inwith school symbols and colors like we have here. And there are no national the three months she spent with them. She then introduced Pat and I and talkeddisplays of pride like we have here. So as she confided, carrying that flag as a about the “huge” ranch we had and how she enjoyed her stay with us. (I later hadrepresentative of her country was one of the most special things she has done here Continues on Page 7
  • 7. Page 7UP IT GOES!ROTARIANS GIFT BELLAIRE WITHELEGANT NEW LANDMARK (Bellaire/ Houston, Texas) On March 16, 2012, Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotary gifted its namesake city with an elegant newlandmark: a fifteen-and-a-half foot clock tower that now graces the centralintersection of Bellaire Boulevard and S. Rice Avenue in the heart ofBellaire’s Paseo Park. With a $25,000 price tag, the old world clockrepresents the service group’s major community donation for this RotaryYear and is both a useful and lasting monument that will be enjoyed formany generations. “We’re extremely proud to be able to do this for ourwonderful community,” club spokesperson, attorney Nan Wagoner said.“The inscription, ‘It’s always time for service above self ’, on thecommemorative plaque is a Rotary reminder of the importance ofcommunity spirit in keeping Bellaire the great place to live and work thatit has become - - and it’s also the motto that Bellaire Rotarians try to liveinto every day,” she added. On hand for Clock Tower Installation Day were BSWHRotarians Matt Lopez, Bellaire Assistant Chief of Police Byron Holloway, for an excellent turnout this San Jacinto Day.” “We encourage everyoneDavid Truran of Keller Williams Realty, club president Ed Seale, Tradition to come for a terrific time and to bid generously on our superb auctionBank CEO Craig Wooten, Judy Harwell, financial planner Surpris items,” Wagoner said. Tickets to the April 21 fundraiser are $25 per personCherazard, CPA Ralph Rieger, and Trung Doan, founder of StudioRed and may be purchased on the club website at bellairesw.org, wherearchitects, who designed and orchestrated the placement. sponsorship and auction donations also may be made. $20 raffle-only The black metal clock tower weighs approximately 500 pounds tickets are available online for door-prize drawings for a large-screenand features gold leaf accents, with a lighted face that makes it visible television with home sound system and an IPad.both day and night to passersby on Bellaire’s major traffic artery. It has Bellaire / Southwest Houston Rotary is one of 60 Rotary clubsmassive concrete footings, and landscaping surrounding the installation with more than 3,000 service-minded volunteers in the Greater Houstonwill be completed before a formal dedication ceremony is held later this Area that provide charitable and humanitarian services worldwide andSpring. promote goodwill both locally and around the globe. More information Rotary club projects are funded with money donated and raised about Bellaire Rotary membership and projects may be found online atby Rotarians, and this year’s Annual Bellaire Rotary Fish Fry Fundraiser www.bellairesw.org.is scheduled from 6-10pm on April 21 at Bellaire City Hall. “We’re hopingRotary Youth ExchangeHost Family – What it Really is All About continues....to tell her that by Texas standards, our ordinary week with an ordinary experiences are always good. But I alsoranch was actually pretty tiny.) Then American family. But isn’t that really know that not all experiences raising myshe recognized Ed and Agata what RYE is all about? Maybe that is own teenagers were good. But youBurdsinski and their two daughters, why, to me, it was a very special week. know what? I wouldn’t have traded anywho she is living with now, and will be It was one that I will not soon forget. of those experiences, good or bad, forfor the remainder of the school year. She I write this in hopes that anything. Through the RYE program, Ialso made it a point to recognize the some of it may be used in a program or know I have done what a Rotarian iscounselor and Youth Exchange Officer just word of mouth to make our supposed to be doing and I know I havefrom our club, and she emphasized how members (and potential non-member gained something from that. My wife,supportive they and our club had been. host families such as the Wysiks) Pat and I want to thank Rotary for thatMarie is very proud of the Bellaire understand that, by hosting, they are experience and the opportunity to makeSouthwest Houston Rotary Club. doing something very important and a difference. Each student there went very special, and have the potential tothrough the same exercise and it was shape and even change lives. Now, I Yours in Rotary,as gratifying to hear them speak of their know that not all host family Bernie Satterwhitehost families as it was when Mariethanked us. It was gratifying because Iknew Pat and I, as well as Meredith andJoe and Ed and Agata, were doingsomething special and somethingimportant in helping these kids tounderstand the world a bit better. And Proudly serving our Local and Worldwide communities throughthe common feeling I heard expressed ROTARY since 1983over and over from those kids was love.And I believe it was sincere and Serving Texans since 1947unrequited love that they were talkingabout, not just toward the host families, 24 Hour Service Free Estimates on Installations Prompt Service Financingbut toward the program, and Rotary and Trained Technicians Ask about our Maintenanceeven our country. And I could tell that Reasonable Rates Planslove and pride was returned many timesover by the host families in attendance. 713-644-9285 So that ended the week. As TACLA-27684C – TACLA-8987Eyou can see, it was not an extraordinary Not only the oldest Carrier dealer in town, but the only Carrier Dealer inweek filled with any remarkable Houston to win the President’s Award two years in a rowadventure. Rather, it was a rather
  • 8. Page 8 Flash Report - Membership Gain/Loss March 2012 - Submitted by Bill Davis 8 months Change Change New Lost 8 mo. to 12 mo. to C 2/28/11 6/30/11 Members Members 2/29/12 2/29/12 2/29/12Feb 288 Corridor 42 38 5 7 36 (2) (6)Feb Alvin (15 transfered to Alvin SR 54 50 2 13 39 (11) (15)Feb Alvin Sunrise 0 28 2 26 26 26Nov Angleton 45 46 2 8 40 (6) (5)Feb Bay City 26 33 2 2 33 0 7Feb Baytown 104 104 5 7 102 (2) (2)Feb Bear Crk-Copper 38 32 5 5 32 0 (6)Jan Bellaire/SW 46 47 4 2 49 2 3Feb Braes Bayou 14 10 2 4 8 (2) (6)Feb Brazosport 93 93 6 11 88 (5) (5)Feb Brenham 82 86 4 2 88 2 6Feb Champions Sunrise 15 15 2 4 13 (2) (2)Feb Cinco Ranch 22 23 2 7 18 (5) (4)Feb Columbus 28 25 2 1 26 1 (2)Feb Cypress-Fairbanks 20 21 3 1 23 2 3Feb Danbury 22 17 5 2 20 3 ( 2)Feb Deer Park 38 37 1 6 32 (5) (6)Feb El Campo 99 102 3 4 101 (1) 2Jan Ft. Bend County 15 15 0 6 9 (6) (6)Feb Galena Park/Jac.City 45 44 0 8 36 (8) (9)Feb Galleria Area 26 26 4 3 27 1 1Feb Greenspoint 16 11 2 2 11 0 (5)Feb Greenway/RiverOaks 31 27 1 4 24 (3) (7)Feb Gulfway Hobby 19 23 0 1 22 (1) 3Feb Harrisburg 62 62 6 9 59 (3) (3)Feb Hermann Park 11 8 1 0 9 1 (2)Feb Highlands 24 21 0 1 20 (1) (4)Feb Houston 205 193 7 1 199 6 (6)Feb Houston Heights 58 57 1 2 56 (1) (2)Feb Houston NW Sunset 13 15 3 4 14 1 1Feb Houston Skyline 34 27 5 6 26 (2) (8)Feb Houston Westchase 15 15 2 1 16 1 1Feb Humble Intercontinental 80 78 10 9 79 1 (1)Feb Katy 44 37 6 3 40 3 (4)Feb Kingwood 14 13 1 0 14 1 0Feb La Porte 43 40 0 2 38 (2) (5)Feb Mem-Sprng Brnch 51 50 4 5 49 (1) (2)Feb North Shore 83 83 3 3 83 0 0JFeb Oyster Creek 39 40 3 5 38 (2) (1)Oct Palacios 23 18 1 0 19 1 (4)Feb Pasadena 142 143 4 3 144 1 2Feb Pasadena South 26 25 1 0 26 1 0Feb Pearland 31 27 6 -1 34 7 3Feb Richmond 54 54 5 1 58 4 4Jan Rosenberg 29 28 0 3 25 (3) (4)Feb Seabrook 56 58 7 9 56 (2) 0Feb Sealy 22 17 2 2 17 0 (5)Feb Sharpstown 18 18 3 3 18 0 0Feb SouthWest 59 Sunrise 52 46 3 15 34 (12) (18)Feb Space Center 119 119 2 8 113 (6) (6)Feb Sugar Land 85 84 0 16 68 (16) (17)Feb Sweeny 34 32 3 3 32 0 (2)Feb Texas Gulf Coast 22 22 0 -1 23 1 1Feb Tomball 80 77 6 6 77 0 (3)Feb University Area 45 48 0 2 46 (2) 1Feb Waller County 14 14 2 0 16 2 2Feb Washington Cty 82 80 5 4 81 1 (1)Feb Weimar 25 24 1 0 25 1 0Feb West Columbia 32 31 1 1 31 0 (1)Feb West Houston 13 15 3 4 14 (1) 1Feb West U 106 104 12 8 108 4 2Feb Wharton 46 43 5 2 46 3 10Feb Willowbrook 37 35 1 3 33 (2) (4) TOTAL 2909 2825 215 253 2787 (38) (122)
  • 9. Page 9 REGISTRATION FORM Fill out & sign. Payment must accompany form. ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 Registration is complete AFTER payment is received CONFERENCE Checks to be payable ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 Check must have full name of registrant and club. May 31 - June 2, 2012 P.O. Box 266105, Houston, TX 77207 713-644-9285 - Fax 713-644-8326 - RMaddux@pmhvac.com Horseshoe Bay Resort - Marriott On Line Registration at www.rotary5890.org Horsehoe Bay/Marble Falls, Texas Registration DOES NOT include hotel accommodations. Register on line at rotary5890.org. Hotel’s special Rotary rate includes $25 resort fee. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY_____________________________________ _______________________________________ __________________ ______________________Rotarian’s Last Name Rotarian’s First Name Nickname Club_____________________________________ ______________________________________ __________________ _______________________Partner’s Last Name Partner’s First Name Nickname Club (if a Rotarian)_____________________________________________________________ __________________________ _______________________________Address City State Zip (required)TELEPHONE NUMBERS (Provide at least one): DG President-Elect Foundation AlumniHome__________________________________ PDG Club Secretary Vocational Training AG Paul Harris Fellow Team(GSE)Work__________________________________ AGE Benefactor Youth Exchange DGE,DGN,DGND Bequest Society InteractCell___________________________________ Current President Major Donor Rotaract Current President Elect Paul Harris Society Special GuestFax____________________________________ Past Club President Polio Plus Society 1st Time Attendee Conference CommitteeEmail________________________________________________________________________ REGISTRATION FEE Number of Persons Attending _________X $195.00* ______________ GOLF OPTION (5/31/12) _________X $125.00 ______________ TENNIS OPTION (5/31/12) _________X $25.00 ______________ FISHING OPTION (5/31/12) _________X $85.00 ______________ NIGHT ON THE TOWN - MARBLE FALLS OPTION (5/31/12) _________X NO CHARGE WINE TASTING & FOOD PAIRING OPTION - SPOUSES ONLY (6/1/12) _________X $50.00 ______________ LAKE CRUISE - HAPPY HOUR OPTION (6/1/12) _________X $55.00 _____________ BANQUET OPTION - NON-ROTARIAN/FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY (6/2/12) _________X $70.00 ______________ * Early Registration OR First Time Attendee Discount (until 10-31-2011) - for each registrant - you may only take _________X ($20.00) ______________ one discount or the other. There is a $25.00 Cancelation Fee TOTAL PAYMENT ______________CHECK PAYMENT DATA Check#___________Bank ___________________Date of Dep __________________CREDIT CARD INFORMATION Paid on Line Reserved for Registration (VISA and MasterCard ONLY) Committee UseCredit Card Number __________ _________ __________ _______________________ _______Expiration Date CVV Number (last 3 digits on back of card)__________________________________________________________________Signature
  • 10. Page 10 Kemah area volunteer Rotary Club of Baytown earns national award honored by Texas Recreation for efforts following and Park Society Japan earthquake and other disastersSARASOTA, Fla. March 5, 2012 – Kemah area volunteer, Philip Harrishas been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with aPresidential Volunteer Service Award for his efforts during 2011 to provideshelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disastersworldwide.In the aftermath of disasters such as the Japan earthquake and tsunamilast March, many watched on the television wishing they could make adifference. Harris knew ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity,would be on the scene delivering it’s iconic green box containing a familytent, water purification, a cook set and stove along with other lifesavingsupplies. Through Harris’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for Pictured (front row) are Pam Warford, current president, and Susan Milner,ShelterBox, the organization was able to provide more than 17,600 secretary Pictured (back row) are Scott Johnson, City of Baytown ParksShelterBoxes to families throughout the world in 2011, including the and Recreation director, Rotarians David Kadjar, Chris Warford, Eddietornadoes in the southern U.S., drought and famine in East Africa, Gray, Nick Woolery, Buddy Milner, Tracey Prothro (director of thewidespread flooding in the Philippines and the subsequent earthquakes Wetlands center), and Rotarian Terry Sain.in Turkey. The Rotary Club of Baytown was honored by the Texas“I am truly proud to honor our volunteers, who work hard year-round to Recreation and Park Society at its 2012 Annual Institute and Expo held atsupport ShelterBox and our efforts to help families rebuild their lives the Woodlands Marriott Hotel on March 2nd.across the globe,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA President. “It’s The award was given to the club for its support of environmentalbecause of the continuous efforts of our volunteers such as Philip that we education in Baytown thru the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center,.are able to help so many vulnerable families each year.” The Rotary Club of BAytown has been a part of the Wetlands CenterThe President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented since the center’s creation in 1998, starting with a $25,000 grant foron behalf of President Barack Obama. The award is part of a national computer hardward and software for computer labs used by center staffrecognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on and students of both the Goose Creek CISD and Lee College.Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute In addition, The Rotary Club of Baytown has been the solea significant amount of time to volunteer activities. sponsor of the Rotary Club of Baytown Liquid Science Program at theABOUT SHELTERBOX USA center since its inception in 2007. This program hosts over 1,600 seventhSince 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following grade students yearly in Goose Creek CISD. Beyond its financial supportmore than 170 disasters in 80 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to of those and other programs, hundreds of Rotarians have volunteered forearthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by landscaping and other activities at the center.delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disasterrelief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtrationsystem, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, Expositions of Clubs ActivitiesShelterBox USA is nationally headquartered in Sarasota, Florida.Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at Available at Conference.....www.shelterboxusa.org, (941) 907-6036 or via text message by sending As a part of our 2012 Rotary District 5890 Conference, whichSHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation. Location and time is being held May 31 – June 2 at the Horseshoe Bay Marriott Resort inspecific donations cannot be accepted. Horseshoe Bay, Texas, we will be showcasing an Exposition of club activities, international and district committees. Please consider sharing Help... Door Prizes for the wonderful programs and activities that you are involved with in your clubs and committees at our 2012 District Conference. Tables will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. District Conference? Exhibitors will be limited to one table. The purpose of this letter is to solicit participation from clubs, We are working on the Door Prizes for the 2012 and district and international committees in the Exposition. Tables are Conference for Horseshoe Bay, Clubs start think- available at a cost of $35.00 each. Please review the attached form (at ing about what you would like to contribute for bottom of this message) for further information and send the completed form to me if you desire to participate. this year conference. The completed forms must be returned to me by no later than May 1, 2012, in order to reserve table space. Return it soon, however, For more information contact Marilyn Lidberg at because, as stated above, space is limited. If you have any questions, 979-548-9350 979-429-6791 or email at please feel free to call me at my office at 713-825823 6. MJL10@windstream.net or Denise Smith at denise_smith@jp.hctx.net Ronnie Hallenberger, Exposition Chairman ron080@yahoo.com
  • 11. Page 11 District 5890 The Rotary Foundation Update April 1, 2012 ReportDear District 5890 Rotarians, In a Surprise Move – thought to be due to depression on hearing that “her year” is ¾ done, DG Rhonda Walls Kerby has asked DGE Chris Schneider and DGN Bob Gebhardto postpone their years, so she can be District Governor for two more years! Aprils Fools A pecial – Recognition Point Match – is available for all recurring contributions to the Annual Programs Fund through Rotary Direct (formerly called TRFDirect) from April 1, 2012 to July 1, 2012. See all the details at the bottom of this report. Big Do’ins - I hope all of you are now aware of the amazing recent Polio Plus Milestones. India has been removed from the Polio Endemic Country list with no Polio casesregistered for over one year. And we passed the $200 Mil mark in giving to the Polio Challenge. Three Polio Endemic Countries remain: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria (PAN). Only36 Polio cases have been reported worldwide this year. We really are “This Close”! But we are not done yet. Our goal is 100% worldwide Polio Eradication and we must continue to fundPolioPlus until the job is finished. We also now have over 350 Polio Plus Society members (who donate $100+ to TRF for Polio Plus each year). Please email Polio Plus Society Chair Charles Davischarmardavis@yahoo.com to receive your pin when you are ready to join. Congratulations! Our D5890 clubs and members have contributed over ¾ of a $ Million ($753,594) since the 12/01/07 start of the Polio Challenge. The New 2011-12 Rotary Year is over 3/4 in the bag with DG Rhonda at the helm. See which clubs are tops in giving to The Rotary Foundation, at the bottom of this report. And Then There Were 19 – Our Newest 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club is…Champions Sunrise! That brings our total to 19 clubs which are or have been 100% PHF sincethe program started in 1998. See the complete list of 100% PHF Clubs in the Downloads on the left side of the www.rotary5890.org site. Which club will be #20? Contact KarenBlakeman at kablakeman@hotmail.com to find out how your club can step up. Want to Learn More? All Rotarians are invited – To the Saturday, May 19, 2012, Club Leadership Training Seminar (District Assembly) at Memorial High School. See detailsat www.rotary5890.org. Grant Training - Two Rotarians in your club must be trained to apply for District & Global Grants in the coming 2012-13 Rotary Year. Grants Training was offered at thePresident Elects Training Seminar and will be offered at the Club Leadership Training Seminar.The following have joined the ranks of District 5890 Major Donors since July 1, 2011: DG Rhonda Walls Kerby (Katy), AG Michelle Bohreer (Houston), John Neighbors (West U),Bill & Kate Baker (University Area), AG Ronnie Hallenberger (West U), and continuing Major Donors John & Dianne Painter (Northshore). Please join me in congratulating them!Also congratulate our newest continuing Bequest Society Members – Max & Trudi Esses (Beq.Soc Level 1 to 2 - Bellaire).In addition, congratulations to several D5890 Rotarians who have agreed to join the Paul Harris Society ($1,000 per year to the Annual Programs Fund) this year. They include: JacqueCundieff, Jane Leidlein & Vicki Melass – (all Brazosport), Craig Frio (West U), Venu Rao (Memorial /Spring Branch), Rick Slemaker (Houston), Martin Bailey (Galleria), Chad Gormly(Alvin), Terry Droege (Alvin Sunrise), Mike Hess (Space Center) & Frank Parilla (West U). Do you want to look your best at your club’s 2012 events? To do so, I would suggest that you wear an END POLIO NOW tie (just like the one Bill Gates wore on thestage at the RI Convention in New Orleans). I have them on hand and I will give you one in exchange for a new $200 donation to Polio Plus! Contact me at the email address below. The Annual Fund Side - I’m proud to report that since July 1, 49 of our 63 clubs (or their members) have already made initial donations to the Annual Programs Fund.District 5890 Rotarians have raised a total of $263,679 for the Annual Programs Fund since 7/1/11 (50% of which will come back to our District in the 2014-15 Rotary Year). FYI –Donations by Future Vision Districts (such as ours) are up 4% so far this Rotary, Year compared to last year. Donations by non-pilots are down by 5%Future Vision – Did you know there are 18 self paced E-Learning Modules available for you to learn about Future Vision from? Access them here: http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/Training/ForAllRotarians/Pages/elearning.aspx#2Grants - A record 41 of our District 5890, Future Vision Qualified Clubs submitted 2011-12 Rotary Year District Grant Applications by June 5, 2011. Grants Chair Martin Baileymcbailey@lplfs.com reports that the up to $2,500 in “free money” per club is here. Submit your grant’s Final Report to Lisa Pauls to receive your District Grant Funds. Fourof our District’s Global Grants have also now been approved by TRF. Want to Walk With The Big Dogs? Donate a lifetime cumulative $10,000 in cash and become a Major Donor! (You can check to see how close you are by clicking on“View Contribution History” at www.rotary.org Member Access). Or, agree to give $10,000+ in your will and become a Bequest Society Member (You won’t miss it when you are gone).Congratulations to the Top —Annual Programs Fund Giving Clubs 7/1/11 – 3/31/12 Northshore $61,830, West U $37,790, Pasadena $17,500, Houston $20,082,Brazosport $15,654, Katy $13,135, Space Center $12, 070, Memorial Spring Branch $10,900, Seabrook $8,320, Harrisburg $7,902And to the Top Per-CapitaAnnual Programs Fund Clubs: Northshore $744, West U $363, Katy $355, Kingwood $332, Highlands $265, Memorial-Spring Branch $218 Congratulations to theTop – Polio Plus Clubs 7/1/11 - 3/31/12 West U $16,068, Willowbrook $10,048, University Area $7,680, Houston Heights $7,090, Houston $6,340, HumbleIntercontinental $5,905, Space Center $4,630 Special Offer! The Rotary Foundation will be offering double Foundation recognition points for all recurring contributions(through Rotary Direct) to the Annual Programs Fund between 1 April and 1 July 2012. Questions about this promotion may be directed to Rotary’s Contact Center,contact.center@rotary.org or by phone, 866.976.8279. What is Rotary Direct Rotary Direct (formerly known as TRF-Direct) is The Rotary Foundation’s recurring givingprogram. Select an amount, frequency (monthly, quarterly or annually), and contribution method. You can set up recurring gifts to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus and the Areas ofFocus. What are the promotion details? View the Join Rotary Direct and earn double recognition web announcement and Rotary Direct Information Guide for additionalinformation. Double recognition points will be automatically given to Rotarians and friends of Rotary who are enrolled in Rotary’s recurring giving program, Rotary Direct, andmake one or more scheduled (monthly, quarterly or annual) contributions between 1 April and 1 July 2012. Unlike past promotions for online giving, this special opportunityis available to recurring (monthly, quarterly, annual) contributions only, and is not available for one-time contributions. All recurring transactions that take place between 1April and 1 July 2012 will generate double Foundation recognition points, but will not result in double recognition amount for the individual donor. Donors can extend theiravailable Foundation recognition points to others to name them as a Paul Harris Fellow or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. A donor’s personal recognition amount which is used tocalculate their own Paul Harris Fellow status will not be subject to doubling. How do you sign up? You can sign up online or by completing the TRF Contribution Form. Online:Once registered in Member Access, Rotarians can contribute at www.rotary.org/contribute. The recurring option is presented in Step 2 of the contribution process under thesection titled “*Frequency.” Contribution Form: Donors may enroll using The Rotary Foundation Contribution Form (123) by checking the frequency box (monthly, quarterlyor annually) under section “3. Contribution Details- Make this a recurring contribution.” Do you have additional questions? Questions about this promotion may be directedto Rotary’s Contact Center, contact.center@rotary.org or by phone, 866.976.8279. Please spread this great news and increase support to The Rotary Foundation as weencourage Rotary Direct which helps you save time, money, and lives through your generous recurring contributions. Contact Lucy (lnpendon@embarqmail.com) or Terry(bigzlumber@aol.com) to arrange a club program featuring the latest information about The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund or PolioPlus.Please let me know if you have any questions & Thanks for all you do for Rotary!PDG Suzi Howe, Rotary Club of Space Center, District 5890 Rotary Foundation Chair, Zone $200 Mil Polio Plus Chair & Future Vision All Star Team LeaderTerry Ziegler, Rotary Club of West U, District 5890 2011-12 PolioPlus Chair & District 5890 TRF Co-ChairLucy Pendon, Rotary Club of Brazosport, District 5890 2011-12 Annual Programs Fund ChairDGN Bob Gebhard, District 5890 Permanent Fund ChairBill Haglund & Bill Barmore – Scholarship Co-Chairs
  • 12. ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 Marilyn Lidberg, Editor District Newsletter 979-548-9350 mjl10@windstream.net or mjl1049@gmail.com 114 North Main Street Sweeny, TX 77480 April T heme Magazine MonthThe Legal Beagle’s Corner.... Well this month is Magazine Month in Rotary International! Now I know what you are thinking, how can a beagle get excited about Magazine Month? Well I look at it like this way, if it was not for me reading a copy of my Mommy’s Rotarian magazine, I would not of all the great work that Rotarians are doing all around the world (remember my parents will not get me my own I Pad). Unfortunately, when I read the Rotarian magazine there are not enough stories in it about my friends and the hard work they do to make the world a better place. So do not forget to submit your stories to not only the Rotarian magazine, but for my Mommy’s newsletter. Also, I wanted to remind all of my Rotary friends that have pets that the Marriot Horseshoe Bay, the site of this year’s District Conference, is pet friendly. So bring along your four legged friends, because I have heard a rumor that thereDistrict Governor Rhonda & Snapper will be a Blue Bell ice cream social on Saturday and I love Blue Bell…..I have been known to sneak in the house, get the ice cream scoop out of the drawer, get out a bowl and have a few scoops when my parents are not looking. Shhhh….. No one tell them, they both think the missing ice cream is the other one’s fault because I do not have an opposable thumb….. Our little secret……. Love, Snapper the Wonder Beagle