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SECRETS OF HARRIS COUNTY HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
Keynote speaker District Clerk Chris Daniel Intrigued us with tales of the little known cache of rare historical documents managed by the Harris County District Clerk and what we know of Houston and Texas history because of them.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 In addition to the historical document project, his office staffs 76 courts with clerks, maintains records for these courts and runs jury service.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.
|Successful Summer Blood Drive:|
2nd Bellaire Rotary Project of the 2014-15 Rotary Year
Thanks to all who participated in our summer Blood Drive on July 12. Norm Neskar chaired this year's drive and reminds you that you also can donate at any Neighborhood Donor Center during the month of July by using code R915 to credit our Rotary club. The summer blood drive was our second project of the new Rotary year that began July 1 - we're off to a great start! Pictured at right are President Julian Fisher with Norm at our Rotary welcome booth. Pictured at left are Julian and Norm with Blood Center personnel outside the donor-mobile; and Bellaire Rotarians Craig Wooten and Mel Kalmans giving the gift of life. Thanks also to Tradition Bank Bellaire for providing the location for this summer drive.
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|Bellaire Rotary Celebrates Independence Day|
Bellaire/SW Houston Rotarians kicked off the new Rotary year by marching in the Bellaire Independence Day parade, selling watermelon and flag subscriptions at our Festival booth, and enjoying lots of barbecue delights with family and friends. This year's celebration theme was "Proud to Be an American", and we certainly are!
|First BSWH Meeting of 2014-15|
At her first meeting of the new Rotary Year, President Julian Fisher presented a video about Rotary's humanitarian projects, then pins to the club directors in attendance. Julian encouraged the club to live into this year's theme of "Light Up Rotary" with our service above self, starting with our July 4 projects the following day.
Photos show President Julian and part of her video (top row); past president Ed Burdzinski, new treasurer John Madsen, and new secretary Brent Borgstedte (middle row); and new pins for Madsen, Richard Cole, Ray Burgert, and Jeanne Noxon (bottom row). Thanks to Tony Mendes for the photos (CLICK TO ENLARGE).
Julian has announced that the first Board Meeting of the 2014-15 Rotary Year will be held at 12N in the Tradition Bank second floor conference room on Tuesday, July 8.
|Lisa Faith Massey Inducted as New District Governor|
Lisa Faith Massey was installed as the District Governor of Rotary International District 5890 at a June 27 dinner at the elegant Petroleum Club of Houston. Thanks to outgoing DG Bob Gebhard for a great year just ended and best wishes to Lisa for the year to come! Bellaire/SW Rotarians who will serve as District Officers include District Youth Exchange Chair Judy Harwell, District Public Image Chair Nan Wagoner, and Assistant Governors Ralph Rieger and Patrick Lesley. Rotary International's theme for 2014-15 is "Light Up Rotary".
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|Installation of 2014-15 BSWH Rotary Board Jun 26 |
We had a terrific BSWH Rotary Installation Banquet at the Junior League of Houston on June 26. THANKS TO OUTGOING PRESIDENT TRUNG DOAN FOR A GREAT YEAR OF SERVICE DURING 2013-14 and best wishes to the new president Julian Fisher and the newly installed Board for a fabulous RY 2014-15! New DG Lisa Faith Massey conducted the ceremony, and outgoing President Trung presented a Board members for the previous year with bottles of wine. Incoming officers and Board are shown at left.Special recognition was given to Craig Wooten for his behind-the-scenes service to the president and to Kathleen Wiesenthal for co-chairing our SpringFest fundraiser. Click to enlarge all images.