Lots of Volunteer Opportunities in April
Guest Speaker is Kim Sawyer - Executive Coach
Baseball season in Houston is in full stride - join us for Challenger League
West U Rotary Happenings for the week of April 10, 2016 ….
April is special time of the year for Houston and for West U Rotary. For Houston, there are what seem to be endless opportunities to get out and appreciate our city. There are festivals, free (and not so free) concerts, art shows, cooking classes, car shows, boat shows, parades and many other spring things including opening night at Minute Maid Park. It is a great time of the year in Houston. 
April is also an exciting time of the year for West U Rotary. We have already hosted a couple of Challenger dug out duties, participated in the NCAA Final Four tournament, assisted with a book sorting and repaired / replaced several flags. We have a number of additional activities – volunteer opportunities and socials coming up this month and those activities are listed below.  Thanks to all of our club members who have volunteered this month.
What an amazing city we live in and what a great club we have.
Last week, our guest speaker was Erica Skerrett – Global Health Fellow of Rice 360: Institute of Global Health. Erica presented how this group is developing and implementing medical technology that is appropriate for developing countries. This group is doing some incredible work to assist countries who may never otherwise have access to these technologies. These domestic and international clinical studies are helping communities around the world. We have a special announcement! For the next two weeks: anyone who is interested in donating to the Rice 360 program, an anonymous donor has agreed to match the total donations up to $5,000. This is fantastic news! Please let me know if you are interested in making a donation and having it matched dollar for dollar.
This week, we welcome Kim Sawyer – Executive Coach and Facilitator who will discuss The Technology of Celebration. What does it mean to celebrate someone or something? Kim will challenge us to consider new perspectives and alternative ways of thinking and innovative actions. If you are in need of some recharging or a fresh perspective on business you will not want to miss Kim’s presentation. Join us on Thursday for an entertaining and motivating presentation.  
The Technology of Celebration. How to turbo-charge the way we celebrate our world, lives and success
We have several events and activities coming up in the next few weeks. Here is a brief list of the upcoming activities:
  • It is baseball season and with baseball comes the Challenger League dugout duties. Games are April 17th, 24th and May 1st . Come join us in the dugout or in the stands to cheer the kids on.
  • April 12thWest U Senior Services Breakfast. We are looking for volunteers to prepare / serve the breakfast. Come join us anytime between 6:30 – 9:30 as we host breakfast for some of our senior residents.
  • April 13th – our monthly Board meeting at 7 AM at the Merrill House (regularly scheduled for the 12th but we moved it back a day).
  • April 16th - District 5890 Club Leadership Training - Houston Community College Spring Branch
  • April 18th – our annual golf tournament at River Bend Country Club benefiting the Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC). Time is running out! This is your last opportunity to make a donation, sponsor a hole or host a team.
  • April 21st – our monthly social at the Brooklyn Athletic Club – games, beverages and dinner. Come out and join us for a fun evening.
  • April 28th – May 1stRotary 5890 District Conference in Galveston. Book soon as rooms are selling out.
Words of “wisdom” to think about this week:
  • It’s no accident that stressed spelled backwards is desserts.
  • If you can’t convince ‘em, confuse ‘em.
  • It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them (so true!)
Have a great week. Peace!
Greg Faldyn
West U Rotary Prez