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Member Birthdays:
  • Dan O'Dell
    February 6
  • Jason Whitley
    February 19
  • Stanley R. McCandless
    February 19
  • Mike Woods
    February 20
  • Charles Guffey
    February 23
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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Don't forget to bring your potluck dish for 10-12 to Leslie Cauffman's house tonight at 6:30 pm.  Also bring your choice of beverage (BYOB).
Beads, zydeco, and "laissezles bon temps rouler" attitude tonight as we celebrate the last days of debauchery before lent's official start.
Address is 5723 Cheena, between Chimney Rock and Hillcroft, south of South Braeswood.   Questions?  Contact Leslie at or call 713-494-1811.
This week Chad is collecting monetary donations for the homeless veterans kits to be created on March 13.  Please be generous.

On Saturday there's a book sorting at the book warehouse in Pasadena.  Some regulars will be  missing so your help is needed to direct the youth volunteers. 
The warehouse is located at 116 Main St. in Pasadena (park on Eagle St. or under Hwy 225 and cross the street).  Do not leave valuables in your car.  No a/c or heat in warehouse so dress appropriately.
The first national holiday of 2017 was Monday, and the flags are still out beautifying the neighborhood.   Thanks, everyone and especially the flag team. Flag sales fund nearly all the service projects we do.
Be sure to retrieve the flags this week, setting aside faded or broken flags in the repair bin of the warehouse.
Congratulations to the winners of the Super Bowl football pool, Margarita Hernandez and Bob Owen, but mostly Polio Plus who received the winnings from 3 quarters, or approx. $200!
Thanks to everyone who brought food and especially to the hostesses who brought additional seating, helped set-up, serve, replenish and clean up in the end.  A great time was had by all (except Falcons fans).
The Rodeo is coming with the trail riders, Bar B Q cookoffs, and the rodeo and carnival beginning March 2.  Let's celebrate by coming in your western wear on Thursday, March 2.   Hats, belts, skirts, boots, bolos, vests, chaps.... let's see how crazy we can get!   
Starting at 6:30 a.m. Rotarians started showing up to cook pancakes for seniors at the West U Community Center. 
Right after that Rotarians went to The Women's Home to be part of RI President John Germ's tour of our service partner,
and for dinner, Rotarians attended the All Club Dinner.  
Thanks to all who came to one, two or all three events.  And Congrats to the Crazies....Richard Lazear, Joe Groom, and George Adams!
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.
What an impressive scene it was as five new members received their Blue Badges on Thursday, January 19.  Congratulations Frank Eggleston, Joe Groom, Margarita Hernandez, Michael Huey, and Kimberly Phipps-Nichol and great job by the Membership Committee and the mentors and sponsors.  
The turnout for the dominoes game night was probably the most well attended 'social' the club has ever had!   Clearly we are a group who likes to play games!   I hope we do this more often!
Thank you, Social Committee, for once again putting on a winning event. You guys are knocking it out of the park this year!
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!
The District Grant presentations happened on Saturday and I presented our grant application for a water filter to be installed in GilGil Kenya, near Nairobi.
Did you know that you can support Rotary projects without spending any extra dollars? How?  When you shop at Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Gap, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Saks, Sephora, airbnb, and hundreds of other stores, you can download their offer to Give Back a percentage of your sale.
Discounts offers are also available with Hertz, Avis, Office Depot, Candlewood Suites, AMC theaters and many more vendors.   

Go to and login to My Rotary to see the hundreds of offers available.   You can even use your smartphone or tablet. So next time you are about to check-out either online or in person at some national vendor, remember to check for a Give Back offer or Discount.  
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Mar 02, 2017
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Mar 09, 2017
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Mar 16, 2017
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Prison Entreprenuer Program
Mar 23, 2017
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Mar 30, 2017
Evolution and Future Humans - What will we be in year 2117.
Valerie Foulkes
Apr 06, 2017
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Holli Clements
Apr 13, 2017
Memorial Park Conservancy - Memorial Park's history and future
Denton Ragland
Apr 20, 2017
Evelyn's Park Update
Vocational Awards
Apr 27, 2017
Dr. Phillip Bedient
May 18, 2017
Houston's flooding issues and possible solutions
Karen Slater
Jun 08, 2017
Texas A&M School of Public Health
Past President Carol Lester
Jul 06, 2017
Club member awards
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