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BSWH Rotary Holiday Celebrations
Enjoy the most delicious beef in Houston this holiday at Bellaire Rotary’s festive party – a taste of Southern Brazil at the Chama Gaucha Brazilian steakhouse! Conveniently located at 5865 Westheimer, the steakhouse will welcome us on December 11, from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets are $55.50 per person - RSVP to social chair Elda Loesch with number attending (email@example.com, 1-310-890-5056). Tasty food and hearty fellowship - don't miss it!
. . . And, the next day DO bring a guest to the Thursday Rotary lunch at Braeburn for a special Christmas Performance by the Houston Symphony Chorus, directed by Dr. Charles Hausman!
|Limited Special Tickets Available for Rotary Lombardi Award|
Six tickets to the VIP Reception / Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony (December 11th at Wortham Center) are available from the Rotary Fire Fighters group for $225 per ticket. If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these six tickets, please contact Irene Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jerry Harris at Jerry@harrisleasing.com. Proceeds from the sale of the tickets goes to the Rotary Fire Fighters Home Project (www.rotaryffh.org).
The ticket includes admittance to the Award Ceremony itself and admittance to the private VIP reception where the ticket holder will have the opportunity to meet the individual finalists and have a picture taken with the finalists with the Block of Granite that is the actual award. "For over forty years, the award has been presented annually to the nation’s best Division I college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Head coaches of NCAA FBS teams, all former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award, and selected members of the national sports media make up the electorate that decides the award winner. The 2013 honoree will be announced at the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation on December 11 at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston, Texas. This year’s Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony will again be shown across the country via a live television broadcast on CBS Sports Network hosted by Spencer Tillman."
|Opening the Door to Creative Life|
Internationally acclaimed artist, curator, and teacher, Joseph L. Kagle, presented a moving program - - in rhyme - - on the importance of opening the door to all creative thoughts and experiences. We were delighted that his wife also joined us for the presentation. Kagle, a 52-year Rotarian, is a past president and frequent presenter for the online Rotary eClub of the Southwest, with 50 years perfect attendance at Rotary. He also is a recent president of the Rotary Global History Fellowship, for which he has written extensively. Photo (far L) shows (clockwise from upper left) Kagle with Program Chair Nan Wagoner and Kagle's wife Anne; at Right, Kagle explaining his art created for "Open the Door Houston" and autographing a book to be donated by President Trung Doan to the YMCA in Kagle's honor by the club.
Featured in almost 800 national and international exhibitions, he has served as Director of both university and public art museums, and also as a collection consultant for numerous foreign national museums. In addition, Joe has taught every standard art and art history course imaginable, as well as specialty courses in world architecture and Chinese art. His honors include being named a Kellogg Educational Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute, Artist of the Year by the American Institute of Architects, and Outstanding Educator on World Campus Afloat. He received the Gowan Award for Research from the National Gifted and Talented Association, the National Advertising Award for Non-Profit Video, Writing & Directing, and a Fulbright Scholarship to China’s Palace Museum. His major work on the island of Guam was recognized in the National Works in Public Places registry. Currently teaching Art at Lone Star College in Kingwood, he is a former Chairman of fine arts at Washington and Jefferson College, Keuka College, and the University of Guam and holds an honorary professorship in the Republic of Georgia and Mongolia. He has served as Art Director for the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center, the Brockton Art Museum, was artist in residence at Washington State University. Thru all his years of creative, administrative, curatorial and academic pursuits, his credo has been: "May the beauty we love be what we do."
|Welcoming Guests and New Members|
We enjoyed welcoming as guests Mary Phail (center) and Robin Foster (right). Mary accompanied BSWH Rotarians Don Beckner and David Fox during installation of the water purification facilities in Chakom, Mexico, and Robin is a reporter for the Bellaire Examiner newspaper. Shown at left is new member Vicki Wang, who is a realtor with John Daugherty and lives in Southwest Houston with hubby, Jack. In her spare time, she teaches piano and enjoys travel and reading. At right is new member Josh Slye, who owns Raymond's Garage at 7129 Atwell and was sponsored by Shawn Nicol. In his spare time, Josh says he likes to do "guy stuff" like hunting, fishing, and football. If you need a good auto repair shop, give him a try!
|Viet Nam School Project On Tap|
Bellaire Rotarians are planning a two-week March trip to Dalat, Viet Nam to build three classrooms for an elementary school there. If you are interested in participating, one slot currently remains, and the all-inclusive trip cost with air fare is approximately $2300. Project Chair Jeff Watkins, President Trung Doan, past President Don Beckner, and Surpris Cherazard have signed up so far - contact Jeff for more information. Top photo shows initial planning meeting with (L to R) Trung, Jeff, Don, and Surpris, and bottom photo captures Project Chair Jeff making his initial presentation on scope of the work.
|Veterans Day at Bellaire Rotary|
For Veterans Day, Program Chair and Past President Nan Wagoner expressed the club's gratitude to all United States veterans for their selfless patriotic service, then recognized the Bellaire/SW Rotary veterans present, who identified their service branches (top photo, L to R): Rick Sims and Bernie Satterwhite (Navy), Jeff Watkins (Marines), Mel Kalmans (Army Signal Corps), and Judy Harwell (Air Force). BSWH Rotarians represent every branch of the military and also include PDG Bob Ellis, Max Esses, and Keith Lovelace (Army), who are pictured L to R in the Lower photo. Commander Bernie Satterwhite (Photo, Far Right), who earned the Legion of Merit, Distinguised Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star during 25 years of Navy service, presented a moving program that focused attention on the sacrifices made daily by the families of veterans.
Bernie commanded the A-6 Intruder Attack Squadron aboard the USS Midway. After Iraq invaded Kuwait, he and his men were under attack for 45 straight days, losing an average of one airplane daily. Following Desert Storm, Bernie served as commanding officer training A-6 squadrons on the East Coast, retiring in 1998 to become the City Manager of Bellaire in 2000. He is picutred at right on deck with his flight crew.
|ReElected Mayor Back in the Saddle|
Rotarians Shawn Nicole (left) and Past President Ed Seale (center) led the charge in welcoming back to BSWH Rotary newly reelected Bellaire Mayor, Dr. Phil Nauert (right). Phil looked no worse for the wear from his hotly contested race, and said he was eager to get back in the saddle on all fronts. Click to see related story.
|Rotary Commitment to Clean Water ~|
Beckner, Fox Install Purification Facilities in Mexico
BSWH Rotarians Don Beckner and David Fox, together with David's wife, Joyce Fox, just returned from a week-long humanitarian trip to provide a water filtering and purification system to a community church in Chakom, Yucatan, Mexico. David (pictured upper right with President Trung) reported to the club that the trip was a great success, and that it was particularly satisfying to see a large Bellaire Rotary emblem on the building that houses the new facilities. Don and David joined with representatives of four local Presbyterian churches in the mission, which was sponsored by Living Waters for the World. Lower photo shows Beckner (far left, seated), David Fox (2nd from L standing) and Joyce Fox (standing, center) at departure November 5th.