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Celebrating 24 Years of Service to the Community and World.

West U

2017-18 Rotary Foundation donations: #1 Total Giving, #1 Per Member Giving, #3 Giving - PolioPlus

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

(713) 664-5566
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Home Page Stories
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. 
Beautifully illustrated bilingual books came to Rotary Books for the World, and warehouse facilitator Terry Ziegler gave local schools and non profits like Caring Friends collaborative opportunities.
The Caring Friends goal: to place these excellent books in the hands of classroom bilingual educators to use as achievement rewards.
Thanks to our dear Rotarian John Collier and his continue efforts to enhance children's reading skills.
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
Thank yous go out to Kerry Bloom and Rick Spencer who spent several hours on Saturday representing West U Rotary and selling flags at the annual West U Little League carnival.   Kerry gave away 10 boxes of Thin Mints to  booth visitors, making us look very sweet indeed.  Seven potential customers took info or flyers to subscribe to flags, with one woman vowing to get her entire block to subscribe!
Kerry and Rick visit with former club member Vanessa Hauser and son, William.  FYI, Vanessa is Geoff Lanceley's daughter.
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.
After the regular meeting last Thursday, Margarita led a small group to a site visit to Community Connect, housed at KIPP Academy in SW Houston.  Founder and former West U resident Ann Whitlock Skelly shared their mission of bringing all available resources and more to support the residents of this high-density low income community who live with constant stress from physical, emotional and financial factors.  Ameliorating bad situations before they become catastrophes can change the trajectory for the future of an entire family and for generations to come.  
Hearing about the work CC does for Sharpstown/Gulfton communities.
Partners include KIPP Texas, YMCA, St. Lukes United Methodist Church and Legacy Health.
For the third year in a row we have hosted West U seniors at a pancake breakfast as our Valentine to them.  The Decorations Committee worked on Monday afternoon then on Tuesday morning cooks and servers prepared and served the food.  Pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, yogurt, and more were on the menu.   Thanks to everyone who came out to be part of our community-centric event.  It was a love fest all around.
Our guests get a chance to socialize, get a hot meal, feel our love.
The decorations committee on Monday evening.  Red for Valentines Day.
Short order cooks George, Russ & Kerry
The wait staff with Judy, the initiator of this event
See the photo album for more pictures.
We placed our bets, ate the chow, watched the game and during halftime we saluted Honey Leveen with a vegan cake and song "For she's a jolly good fellow".  Thank you, Jack and Ann Wallace, for arranging for the space and providing the paper goods, Leslie Cauffman for publicizing the event, and to all who brought food, especially Beverly Denver who got the cake that Honey would like.  See you later, Honey, because saying goodbye is just too hard!
Serious fans actually watched the game.
Yes, Honey, we will miss you.
Carol & Bob win the pot for a quarter each.
A baby changes everything.  To help her get ready, we threw a baby shower for Serena (and Corey) who are expecting Olivia Harper in February. Games, refreshments and gifts made for a fun afternoon on Saturday, January 26.  We look forward to Olivia's arrival and for all the joy Serena and Corey have coming their way as new parents.
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)
Our club helps lots of people in lots of ways.  One way we give moral support is by displaying our flags along the route of the Houston marathon.  Runners were wowed by the sight of hundreds of flags lining University Boulevard.  Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, to put the flags in and out so runners would feel our support.
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 Elect
President Nominee
Club Secretary
Past President
The Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Committee Chair
Director 1-Year
Director 3-Year
Treasurer Elect
Director 2-Year
Director 2-Year
Director 2 Year
Director 1-Year
Board Secretary
West U Rotary Club Foundation Chair
Director 1-Year
Director 3-Year
Director 3-Year

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Member Birthdays:
  • Randy Bullard
    April 1
  • Tim Evered
    April 1
  • Rick Spencer
    April 2
  • Bob Owen
    April 14
  • Don Raskin
    April 16
  • Jim Waters
    April 16
  • Brennan Reilly
    April 20
  • John Collier
    April 24
April 2019
Nicole Normandin
Apr 25, 2019
Stuff The Sleigh
Alicia Lawyer
May 02, 2019
River Oaks Cambers Orchestra
Rachel Meidl
May 09, 2019
Plastic Waste and Sustainability
Patrick Lesley
May 16, 2019
Personal Safety
John Thornton - Eva and Caty
May 23, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange: Year-End Presentations
John Thornton - Enea
May 30, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange: Year-End Presentations
Installation at Pico's
Jun 20, 2019 8:15 AM
Gary Gillen will be installing our new officers for 2019-2010.
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