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Bellaire / Southwest Houston Rotary Club

Bellaire / SW Houston Rotary Newsletter

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Editor:   Nan Wagoner
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Future Speakers
Oct 30 2014
Gary F. Zika, Project Brays Program Manager
"Harris County Flood District - Project Braes"
Nov 6 2014
"To Come from Ralph Rieger"
Nov 13 2014
BOB MITCHELL, Pres. Bay Area Econ. Partnernership
"Update on NASA, Ellington Airport, Space Center Houston & Citizens for Space Exploration Advocacy"
Nov 20 2014
John Breeding, President Uptown Houston
"Uptown Houston TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone)"
Nov 27 2014
Dec 18 2014
Christmas Party
"No Lunch Meeting"


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Memorial Services for PDG Roy Long

ImageWe are sad to report the passing of Past District 5890 Governor Roy Long, a long-time member of the Houston Heights Rotary Club. He served Rotary well as 1988-89 District 5890 Governor and is survived by his wife, Sonja, and their family.  Memorial Services will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014, at First Baptist Church's Chapel, 7401 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 713.681.8000  (I-10 @ 610 Loop)  Visitation: 10:00 am Services: 11:00 am, with a reception following the services. Please keep the family in your prayers.

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Welcome to BSWH Rotary New Exchange Student

ImageWe welcomed our new German exchange student with TexMex food and large servings of Texas hospitality at Casa Dominquez (photo). Selina (Sally) Pirschle hails from the Berlin-Kreuzberg area of German, which is known as one of Berlin's cultural centers in the middle of the now reunified Berlin. She will be hosted during the first leg of her stay as a Bellaire High School student by Elda and Corky Loesch and family, and we wish her all the best during her year as a Houston Texan! We think she liked her first taste of TexMex food.


Membership Month Special Feature~
Why I Am a Rotarian, by PDG Bob Ellis

ImageI am a Rotarian because I was asked to be a Rotarian by a friend. When I started my Dental practice I knew it was important to become well known in the community. I found that my church would almost immediately allow me to get involved. As I made friends at church, one of my new friends, who was an active business person in the community, invited me to a Rotary Club meeting. I thought this might be a good opportunity for me to meet other business persons in the community. When I attend this meeting I said "Wow!" this is where the business leaders of this community get together. In short order I was proposed for membership, approved and inducted. 


As a ‘yes-man’ when asked, I joined with other members in service activities. I was really touched when I became involved in a project to assist residents of a facility for mentally challenged men and women(boys and girls). It was then that I experienced, for the first time, that warm glow that comes from helping someone that has no ability to help themselves. Someone who has no avenue to do something for you in return. I began to understand why men (now women, too) become involved in such an organizations that is dedicated to service for mankind.

Then I attended my first District Conference and learned of the many activities in which other Rotarians were involved. I was hooked! I had joined an organization that I thought would help me and my Dental practice and soon learned that though I was helped in many ways but the real help I would receive was a personal life changing fulfillment. I have found that when a Rotary Member opens their heart to others they are changed and it becomes a way of life. A way of life that adds beauty to their very existence. Many is the time that I thank my memory of Jim Oliver who in an act of friendship invited me to a Rotary meeting and allowed me to become a part of the most ethical business service organization known to man, Rotary. Thanks Jim!

Welcoming Dr. Keith Cox as Our Newest Member

ImageNew Membership Chair Jeanne Noxon (photo, L) inducted Dr. Keith Cox as her first new member (and during August membership month!). Keith, who is the Conn Appliance Faculty Fellow of Marketing at the University of Houston, has published ten different books and monographs and holds numerous university outstanding teaching awards. He lives in Southwest Houston with his wife, Sue, and was sponsored by Homer Borgstedte (shown giving Keith his new Rotary badge and pin). Let's make him feel welcome!

Keith holds a BBA in Accounting, a MBA, and a Ph. D. in Marketing, all from the University of Texas. He has been a professor at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, for the past 46 years and recently retired so that his Thursday lunch time is available for Bellaire Rotary. He served as U of H Dean of Marketing for a year and has taught International Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research and Principles of Marketing. He also taught in the Madrid Business School in and in Texas Business School consortium exchange program in London. Keith served is a past national president of the American Marketing Association, being named AMA Marketing Man of the Year and also winning the Wayne Lemburg Award for distinguished service, and also has served as advisory member of the Bureau of the Census in D.C. His research publications include Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Advertising Research, and Journalism Quarterly, and he received the University of Houston Amoco Teaching Award in 1990 and Melcher Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards in 1989 and 2008. At the University of Houston, he also administered a United Nations program for the Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou Institutes of Foreign Trade.   He received an Outstanding Business School Alumni Award from the University of Texas in 1979.

Mattress Mack McIngvale Inspires ~ Service Above Self

ImageJim ("Mattress Mack") McIngvale of Gallery Furniture received a standing ovation from the club for his inspiring presentation on service above self. His anecdotes graphically illustrated the difference that love for, and service to, others can make in so many lives. He is pictured left with President Julian Fisher being honored with a book donated in his honor by the club to the YMCA, past president Nan Wagoner, at the microphone, and being greeted by Surpris Cherazard. Jim started his road to success at quite the other end - by getting fired from a convenience store where he worked after playing college football at UT. But, instead of giving up, he decided to open his own business with $5000 he and his wife had saved. Thanks to Steve Magoon, Patrick Lesley, and Surpris Cherazard for the photos.

Jim and his wife started the business in an abandoned trailer park in North Houston in the early 1970s when families were moving here from all over, and they focused on value-priced furniture for blue-collar workers. Even with reinvesting profits back into his store, however, sales started to slow, and he spent his last $10,000 for television ads. Not liking the way the ads were coming together, he stepped in himself, creating the now-famous “Save You Money” slogan. The hugely successful Gallery Furniture enterprise that we know today starts every day by day singing The Star Spangled Banner, and Jim is one of the few executives who still answers his own phone and emails. Business is booming, and Jim's latest expansion is a new store in the Galleria.

On the weekends, Gallery Furniture serves cake, coffee, fresh-squeezed lemonade, warm cookies, and ice cream to customers, and now it also features an exotic mini-zoo with parrots and monkeys for families.  Mack is almost equally well known for his generous support of local charities – he feeds hundreds of families at Christmas, donates furniture for the needy, and is frequently the high bidder at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. He is also an active campaigner to bring worthwhile events to Houston and supports our troops by placing furniture at various USO centers around the world.

New 'Blue Badger' and Lots of Guests

ImageImageCongratulations to Mary Welch (photo,L) on completing all her red badge tasks to earn the full-fledged Rotary Blue Badge! Mary was sponsored by Don Beckner and serves as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. She particularly likes working on her vintage '57 Chevy in her free time. We have enjoyed welcoming numerous August guests, and particularly had fun when District Secretary Carmen Cuneo, PDG Bob Gebhard and PDG John Painter (photostrip, L to R, below) joined us for lunch.



ImageImageCESAR MALDONADO, PH.D., P.E., PMP, presented a keynote program to the club on on how he is Defining the Houston Community College of the Future. Maldonado became the new Chancellor of HCC in May and is well-grounded in both business and academia, bringing a strong awareness of college and workforce readiness to his post. Thanks to President Julian for arranging this special appearanc.

He holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M, a Doctorate in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech, and also is an alum of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. HCC is recognized as one of the most outstanding community colleges in the nation.  Prior to taking the helm there, Dr. Maldonado served as President of Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, where he was responsible for many important advances for the college.


ImageKeynote speaker District Clerk Chris Daniel Intrigued us with tales of the little known cache of rare historical documents managed by the Harris County District Clerk and what we know of Houston and Texas history because of them. For example, if there had been no battle between the ill-intended trustees of the Hermann estate, the Texas Medical Center would not exist today, and we also possess original signatures of famous Texans that are worth millions of dollars. You may arrange a free tour in advance by calling his office, which has preserved and restored some of the most badly deteriorated treasures. The Harris County District Clerk was honored with a Good Brick Award from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance for the work. Daniel is pictured with President Julian (left) and Program Coordinator Nan Wagoner (right)..

Daniel is a South Texas College of Law graduate, also an engineer, was elected District Clerk in 2010, and heads an office with about 450 employees, overseeing a $32 million budget. In addition to the historical document project, his office staffs 76 courts with clerks, maintains records for these courts and runs jury service. A native Houstonian, Chris and his wife live close to downtown and have become proud parents of a handsome son this year. He was an eagle scout, loves scuba diving (having dived in more than 14 countries), and also serves as a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. More information is available on the District Clerk website.

Rotary Interact Is Alive and Well at Episcopal High School

ImageWe were treated to an update on the 2014-15 plans of our Episcopal High School Interact Club by Faculty Sponsor Tom Wright and student representatives. Wright was named Teacher of the Year by our club in 2013, and he continues his outstanding work both as a teacher and a sponsor of important service activities for youth. Vice President Norm Neskar introduced the speakers, and after the program Wright was honored with a book that will presented in his name to the YMCA. We look forward to great things from these fine student leaders in the school year ahead.

Goodbye Hot July ~ Hello Rotary Membership Month

ImageImageIt was a busy start to the 2014-15 Rotary year, including interesting July speakers that included Raul Garcia and company from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Houston (L photo, top row), who were introduced by past presidents Judy Harwell and Richard Cole (Left photo, bot row, right). Of course, no one can take the place of our fabled news-of-the-day announcer, Dr. Mark Dickens (L photo, bottom R center), who will continue to enliven our meetings this year, and our new treasurer John Madsen and secretary Brent Borgstedte are settling in at their special posts. Shown in right photo ( L to R) are past presidents Bernie Satterwhite, Craig Wooten, Madsen, and Borgstedte. We may miss July, but the heat seems alive and well in August - - definitely a hot time to bring new Rotary members on board!

Successful Summer Blood Drive:
2nd Bellaire Rotary Project of the 2014-15 Rotary Year

ImageThanks to all who participated in our summer Blood Drive, chaired by ImageNorm Neskar. It was our second project of the new Rotary year that began July 1. Pictured at right are President Julian Fisher with Norm at our Rotary welcome booth, and at left are Julian and Norm with Blood Center personnel outside the donor-mobile. Bellaire Rotarians Craig Wooten and Mel Kalmans are shown in the bottom row giving the gift of life. We appreciate Tradition Bank Bellaire providing the venue.