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Celebrating 25 Years of Service to the Community and World.

West U

2018-19 Rotary Foundation Donations: #1 Total Giving, #3 Annual Fund Giving, #1 PolioPlus Giving

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Pico's Restaurant
3601 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX  77098
United States of America

Phone:
(713) 664-5566
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Home Page Stories
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy 4th of July! West U Rotary Club at the West University Bike Parade. Thanks to all who came and supported the Parade with the Kazoo Band and at the Colonial Park. Thanks to our sponsors too: TAM International (Bentley Sanford), Pizza Motus (William Gruy), Bridgeway (Dick Cancelmo Jr.) and Texas Citizens Bank (Irene Duque). Proceeds benefited West University Baseball Challenger.
 
 
On Monday, April 22,  golfers hit the links at Riverbend Country Club at the 23rd Annual Golf Tournament coordinated by Bob Geary and Geoff Lanceley.  Final tally is still to come but this could be THE most successful (in $) tournament in club history!   Proceeds go to The Hay Center which assists youth aging out of the foster care system transition to independence. Thank you, Bob & Geoff, and all who sponsored and/or played.  See photo album for more pix (link on home page).
 
 
 
 
 
It's always a thrill when our inbound RYE  students' parents come visit from abroad.  Our Italian student, Enea Citterio, was visited by his parents Giudo and Francesca and sister Anita.  Before that, Caty from Denmark brought her mom, Merete Bruun, to meet us. Thanks to all who make our RYE program a success. Consider hosting next year -- host families LOVE it!
 
 
In SW Houston over 18,000 diverse residents live in a densely packed community with many needs.  Connect Community was founded by former West U Resident Anne Whitlock to bring together the available resources to better serve the families and students in the area.  CC collaborates with St. Luke United Methodist Church,  Legacy Community Health, YMCA of Greater Houston, and KIPP schools to ensure residents have access to those resources and are supported through the systems and at school.  We visited their small space and KIPP; we donated $1500 to their work.
Liz Wilde stands in for Margarita presenting check to Ryan and Sheridan of CC.
 
Caring Friends connected Bilingual books from Rotary Books for the World to Miller Intermediate School in West Houston.
Students awarded books due to special achievements or character qualities. 
For many years we have supported the work of CCSC's Martha's Way program which teaches vocational skills in housekeeping to low income women and men. Technical and business skills training result in a certificate and MW helps find employment for their graduates.  
Carol Gradziel presents check for $1000 to Lynn George from CCSC 
 
Rotarian Frank Parrilla assisting with registration.
March 4, 2019
 
Another year Rotary Club of West U joined EAC (Emergency Aid Coalition) efforts to help with the registration of families who will receive Backpacks this coming Summer. It is always a pleasure to be there and supporting EAC's great causes. Last year, we helped distributing about 600 backpacks.  Thanks to Frank Parrilla and Margarita Hernandez. Thanks to Marian Bryant of EAC for the invitation.
 
 
Here’s a picture of Caty from Denmark on our Chili Cookoff food rescue today.
 
 We rescued enough left over Chili to have close to 1,000 meals that went to Recenter and Magnificat House.  Eva from Taiwan was there too.  They both ate a lot of chili and had a great time.  They even got their face painted.  Great workers.  If not for Second Servings, this all would have been dumped.  
 
By John Thornton
 
Congratulations go out to Serena and Corey McMullen on the birth of their daughter, Olivia Harper!   She weighed 7 pounds even and is 20 1/4" long.  It was a long journey over three days and we worried as we waited.   But all is well now and we can exhale.   We look forward to photos soon.
For years we have supported the Weekley YMCA's after school programs and apartment outreach.  On Tuesday, January 22, we got to visit some of these programs and see the actual beneficiaries.  Afterward, Margarita Hernandez and Carol Gradziel presented a big check and a little check to Executive Director (and club member) Jon Kidwell.   
 
Studies show that the most dangerous time for students to get into trouble is the time between the end of school and the time when the parent(s) get home.  The Y programs fill that time gap with enrichment programs in reading, art and STEM curriculum.   
L-R: Paige Fitzgerald (Y) with club members and YMCA Exec Dir (and member) Jon Kidwell at check presentation
 
Visiting a Pershing classroom hosting the Y afterschool kids
 
Pershing students had a thank you card ready for us
 
After school care provided at an apartment complex south of the Y (one of 4)
 
 
For the second consecutive year our club joined with other clubs, Xavier Academy and even some Girl Scouts to install trees along the Willow Water Hole.  Trees for Houston supplied the trees, some supplies and instructions and we helped with the installation.   Thanks to everyone who gave up some time on a Saturday morning to come out and do or support this physically demanding work.
L-R:  Clyde Hays, Terry LeFebvre, George Adams and Jane Richardson
 
 
Steven Vaughan along with son and daughter and Girl Scouts
 
View of some teams installing trees.
 
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Past President
Next Generation Service
Next Generation Service
The Rotary Foundation
Membership
Director - 2nd Year
Director - 2nd Year
Director - 1st Year
Director - 2nd Year
Director - 1st Year
Director - 3rd Year
Director - 1st Year
Director - 3rd Year
Immediate Past President
Sergeant-at-Arms
 

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Birthdays
Member Birthdays:
  • Janice Stooksberry
    August 1
  • Dick Cancelmo
    August 2
  • William Gruy
    August 8
  • Phil Mabry
    August 13
  • Burt Ballanfant
    August 15
  • Carol Gradziel
    August 15
  • Jane Richardson
    August 15
  • Greg Faldyn
    August 16
  • Fritz Beich
    August 22
  • Jack Wallace
    August 25
  • Chase Kronzer
    August 30
  • Kimberly Phipps-Nichol
    August 30
 
 
 
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Speakers
David Maulsby
Aug 22, 2019
Camp Hope - PTSD Veterant’s Camp
Anna Eastman
Aug 29, 2019
State of HISD
DG Gary Official Visit
Sep 19, 2019
 
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