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Member Birthdays:
  • Alex Taylor
    April 1
  • Dorothy Anderson
    April 1
  • Fritz Beich
    April 1
  • John Gomez
    April 1
  • Potu Rao
    April 1
  • Tim Evered
    April 1
  • Tim O'Connor
    April 1
  • Rick Spencer
    April 2
  • Bob Owen
    April 14
  • Don Raskin
    April 16
  • Jim Waters
    April 16
  • Brennan Reilly
    April 20
  • Joan Johnson
    April 21
  • John Collier
    April 24
  • Michael Huey
    April 28
Welcome to our Club!

Celebrating 22 years of service to our community and the world. Visitors welcome!

West U

#1 Giver to The Rotary Foundation 2015-16, #1 Giver to Polio 2015-16, Best Large Club 2012-13

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
The Merrill House
2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX  77027
United States
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The District Conference highlight is the introduction of the next group of District leaders.  Incoming President and First Lady George and Judy Adams were introduced to wild applause from members present. We look forward to big things next year with George at the helm.
There's alot going on for us over the next several days. 
Starting Thursday, several members will head up to Lake Conroe to enjoy "getting crazy" about Rotary!
DG Eric Liu is planning some monkey business so its sure to be crazy there.....just the way we like it!   Watch our FB page for pictures of all the happenings.   Our incoming President, George Adams, will be introduced and walk down the aisle in the spotlight with wife, Judy.   You can be sure our table will be hootin' and hollerin' for George.  
The 21st Annual Golf Tournament will be on Monday at RiverBend Country Club. Geoff and Bob and Dee and others have done a lot of work getting ready to make this a successful event so as to make a nice donation to Prison Entreprenuership Program. You can still donate and sign up to play but time is very short. And don't forget we can all "get in to jail" with Dick Cancelmo in June and see firsthand the wonderful work PEP is doing with inmates facing release.  
Finally, April 22 is the Brooklyn Athletic Club social for the month.   BAC offers excellent food and drink but what's more is they have fun yard activities that provide the perfect fellowship setting.  So get out into the sun on Saturday and play around with friends.  Time is 7-9 pm, 601 Richmond Ave.  Possible games include croquet, bocce ball, Jenga and putt putt.
District Conference is our annual gathering of all clubs to learn about and celebrate our accomplishments and make new friends and see old ones.   Rotary becomes more rewarding to you when you meet more people outside our club.  You get a better understanding of just how important Rotary is to the world as you hear speakers explain how and who we have helped in the last year.  DG Eric Liu loves to have fun so expect some fun surprises.  Dress is casual except Saturday night which is black tie optional.

First time attendees registration fee ($235) is reimbursed by the club.  Register here:
To register for a room at La Torretta Lake Resort, click here:
This year on Friday night Bob Fry and Jack Wallace, both homeowners of swankiendas on Lake Conroe, will open their homes to us for a dinner with the cocktails and appetizers at Jack's and dinner at Bob's.
Reservations are first-come, first-serve, and tickets are $25 per person.   Give your RSVP and check to Greg Faldyn (payable to West U Rotary) at Thursday meetings.  Get your spot before it fills up!
This year the golf tournament will occur on Monday, April 24th. Please mark that on your calendars now. 
This year's beneficiary will be Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP).  Ex-convicts often find themselves unable to find jobs upon their release. PEP trains inmates in job skills and running a business of their own.
PEP is dedicated to delivering the nation’s best outcomes in the prison re-entry field including 100% employment within 90 days of release, almost 300 businesses launched by 1500 graduates, and a recidivism rate of 7%. 
Please sign up to be a sponsor, player or volunteer, or all 3. This event needs the support of everyone in the club to succeed.  The registration form can be downloaded here.
The Brooklyn Athletic Club boasts a spacious outdoor area for eating, drinking and playing games.   Bocce ball, croquet, putt putt golf and lifesize Jenga are some of the games customers can play with friends, plus the food is delicious!   Go to 601 Richmond Avenue (just off Spur 527)  on Saturday, April 22nd for dinner and socializing.  Chill out with friends on a warm spring night.
Every year we award three Vocational Awards where we recognize people from our community who go above and beyond to help others through their vocations.
These include an educator, a Rotarian from the club and a working person outside the club.  

This year the nominating committee consists of Fritz Biech, Bob Fry, Mary Nelson and Sharon Williams.  Please send them your nominations asap.
No form needed, just send them your recommendation and the reasons why you think she/he deserves the award.  The more you can share about
why, or include supporting material, the better for your candidate.    Who do you know that deserves this recognition?
Play ball!  And in the Challenger league all kids can!   Come help in the Dugout concession during their Sunday games.  Arrive at 1:30 and work till 3:30 on March 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30 and May 7.  Contact Dick Cancelmo to get on the schedule.  Positions fill up fast so don't delay.  Email  
The weather could not have been better on Wednesday night for our March social.  We had a private room but opted to be outside. With dozens of choices in brews, everyone found something they liked. Thank you, Kimberly Phipps-Nichol, for coordinating this fun event.  Thanks, too, Yvonne Ray, who funded an Uber for 7 so we had no worries about the drives.
The ladies room wall was nothing more than a shower curtain.  The men's room had no doorknob. A light fixture hung loosely on a wall. So was the state of the book warehouse in Pasadena.  Thanks to Terry LeFevre and Wendy and Andy Heister for bringing this to our attention. We wasted no time from seeing the need to getting it done. Thank you, Terry, George Adams and Bob Owen for putting in the hours and sweat to finish this important project. 
On Monday, March 13, Rotarians met at Sheltering Arms Senior Services on Aberdeen to create personal care kits for veterans living on the streets.  We were aided by the day center clients at Sheltering Arms, enabling us to serve two constituencies at once.  We hit a new high, creating over 200 loaded bags which will be dispersed by staff from Neighborhood Centers.  Thanks to all how came out to help with this project.  They are:  leader Chad Spencer,  Serena Sneeringer, Chuck Guffey, John Collier, Jane Richardson, Carol Lester, and also to Katie Scott for organizing the assistance of Sheltering Arms clients and staff.
Click on the heading to go to the links for the website and Channel 11 video story.
Joni Fichter of the Challenger Baseball League receives our donation of $3000 from the 2016 Fourth of July food event.
The team of Leslie Cauffman, Judy Faulkner and leader Richard Lazear will no doubt exceed that this year.  Be sure to volunteer to help and march in the kazoo band.
Do you ever wonder where the photos appear that get taken at every meeting?  the socials? 
These get posted to our Facebook page.   Have you "Liked" us yet, so you can see the stories, the photos, the upcoming programs?
Our page is Rotary Club of West U.   Stay informed and help us spread the word about how great our club is.
It is good to be us.  A leading club in the District, and our District a leader in the world!  We did a wonderful job of being welcoming and respectful to DG Eric and wife Sandra.  We showed off a little by inducting two new members, Margarita Hernandez and Frank Eggleston.  We gave out funds to Small Steps Nurturing Center for one student to go to pre-school for a year, and we gave the District Grant funds to Disaster Aid for a water filter in the Philippines.  We presented our 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation check for $10,000 to Eric.  We streamed his presentation LIVE. 
We had many guests from foreign countries and some local visitors expressed a desire to join our fantastic club. Yes, it is good to be us.
Thank yous go out to Honey Leveen, Frank Parrilla, David Redford and Roger Martin for sponsoring and mentoring our new members. Thank you to Chad Spencer, for finding matching funds for our Small Steps donation, turning our $5K into $10K.  Thank you to Terry LeFebvre for hosting the Bolivian PDG Javier as he and his wife on numerous occasions when they came to Houston for cancer treatment.
Thank you to the Membership Committee, who are attacking the cause of growing membership with gusto.  Visitors seemed absolutely delighted to be at our meeting on Thursday.  Great job!
So were the words of Terry Ziegler in describing our rank in giving to The Rotary Foundation for 2015-16!   See the Foundation story for the details.
Nuff said.   
On the recent Belize projects trip, Jack Wallace and others visited a school that serves children living in meager and violent conditions in Belize City.   Father Matt of St. Martin de Porres School leads a team of dedicated teachers trying to help 700+ children who are growing up under the most stressful conditions.  Many have family that are gang members and virtually all have been touched by gang violence, many having seen someone they knew killed.  A study by a visiting psychologist revealed many kids are suffering from PTSD.  In addition, food is often scarce at home. It's hard to hear the teacher when your stomach rumbles and hurts.  Fr. Matt asked us to help fund his school feeding program for this current academic year.  Jack has massaged his International budget to find the money to fund this program that will provide breakfast and lunch to pre-schools to teens.  
Jack will visit Belize again and welcomes anyone interested in coming along.   Only 2.5 hours away, it's a short trip to visit an area that needs our help.   
Seven Russian doctors and one interpreter came to Houston and our members opened their doors, their hearts and set aside their own obligations to provide a life-changing experience to our Russian VTT visitors.   They are gone now but you can be sure they will always remember the kindness of West U Rotarians.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this experience possible for people most of us have grown up being programmed to think of as "the enemy".   Rotary shatters those myths and gives us all a chance to be a peace ambassador.  Nice job, folks!
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