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Bellaire / SW Houston Rotary Newsletter

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Editor:   Nan Wagoner
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Future Speakers
Apr 24 2014
Reginald Adams, Public Artist Extraordinaire
"The Growth of Vibrant Public Art"
May 1 2014
Tim Corwin, Bass Pro Shops
May 8 2014
Chris Chance, Director


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ImageRanger Noe Diaz enlightened Rotarians on the history and current mission of the legendary Texas Rangers, whose bravery, integrity, and exploits are the subjects of countless books and movies. He was joined by FBI agent Tracy Munoz (photo, top right), who partners with him on the Border Corruption Squad targeting public and police corruption, in providing an update on the current focus of this legendary law enforcement unit. Diaz, a former highway patrolman and narcotics agent, has served Ranger Company A for the past six years and has been honored by the Texas legislature for his outstanding work. Munoz has been with the FBI for almost 17 years, beginning her career in South Texas. Past President Judy Harwell (lower right) presented Diaz with a chlldren's book that the club will donate to the YMCA in his honor. Diaz comes from a long line of law enforcement and will complete a masters in criminology in May.

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century saw Rangers working closely with sheriffs, police, U.S. Marshals, the U. S. Mounted Customs Service and Prohibition (Revenue) Officers, and today the small, elite law enforcement group continues to play a significant role statewide as well as with federal and International law enforcement agencies. This meeting is your opportunity to get all your questions answered - don't miss it! More at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
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Welcoming New Member Ed Joseph

ImageWelcome to our newest member, Edson ("Ed") Joseph, who was sponsored by Surpris Cherazard and inducted March 27. Don Beckner will serve as his Rotary mentor. Ed serves as pastor for the Fondren SDA SW Worship Center in Missouri City, having spent the previous 25 years as a minister in Alaska.  We understand several of his previous congregations were predominantly native Alaskan, and (not surprisingly) he really enjoys fishing as a hobby. Ed's wife of 30 years, Cherylyn, works as an RN at Memorial Hermann SW Hospital, and they have two adult children. Ed took his BA from Oakwood University with a double major in theology and communications, then completed his Masters of Divinity Degree at Andrews University in 1986. Please make him feel welcome to the family of Rotary!  Photo, clockwise from upper left: Don Beckner and Surpris Cherazard congratulating Ed; Surpris presenting his Rotary 'red badge' and official pin; with sponsor Surpris and wife, Charlene; giving his introduction speech to the club.  Thanks for Steve Magoon for the photos.
Fun at Rotary Luncheon ~ Candids

ImageBellaire Rotarians put the fun in service to others and Rotary fellowship.


Join us soon at lunch for tasty food, worthwhile projects, fascinating programs, and meeting like-minded community leaders. Come as a guest or BRING a guest - you'll be glad you did.

And don't miss our May 10 Charity Fundraiser: SPRINGFEST! Click to Buy Tickets Now.

Thanks to our photographer, new member Steve Magoon, for the snapshots!.

Why End Polio? Because We Can

ImageDistrict 5890 Polio Plus Chair Wayne Staton presented Bellaire Rotarians with an inspiring program on the importance of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio and shared his compelling personal saga of what it is like to live life as a  polio survivor.  In a related story, Bill Gates congratulated Rotary International members around the world in a VIDEO for their tireless fight to end polio in Southeast Asia, saying, "Thanks to these efforts, Rotary is helping make global polio eradication a reality."  Staton is shown with President Trung Doan autographing the children's book to be donated to the YMCA in his honor by the club; and at right displaying the leg brace he still wears from his bout with polio.

Wayne is a Senior Technical Support Analyst for BMC Software, and he also partners with fellow Rotarian and fiancée, Gwen Corolla, in Come Together Promotions. He has worked in the computer field since taking his physics degree (with honors) from the University of Virginia, and is a past president of Sharpstown Rotary as well as Boonsboro Rotary in Lychburg, VA. He has been actively involved in hunger projects and serves on the board of advisors for Zeons, a Social Purpose Corporation that invests in international development and emerging underserved markets, particularly in developing countries. Wayne has 3 grown children and two grand-children and is committed to making the world a better place.
Coming Programs in April and May

Apr 03, 2014:  Ogie Shaw, Exec Dir Community Fitness - "What To Do About Childhood Obesity". At this meeting, hear popular TV personality, pro athletics consultant, and fitness guru Ogie Shaw discuss workable solutions to childhood obesity. Shaw, president of Ogie Shaw Fitness in Oregon, is a former consultant/trainer for the Seattle Seahawks, designed a conditioning program for the Portland Trailblazers, was commended for his work in Army intelligence in Viet Nam, and holds a karate black belt. 

Apr 10, 2014:  The Texas Rangers  - "ONE RIOT, ONE RANGER".  Join us for an exciting program on the history and current mission of the legendary Texas Rangers! Their bravery, integrity, and exploits are legendary and are the subject of countless books and movies.  The late nineteenth and early twentieth century saw Rangers working closely with sheriffs, police, U.S. Marshals, the U. S. Mounted Customs Service and Prohibition Officers. Today the small, elite law enforcement group plays a significant role statewide as well as with federal and International law enforcement agencies.

Apr 17, 2014:  Joel Eisenbaum, KPRC TV Local 2  "RISE OF THE DRONES".  ImageDO bring a guest for a provocative program from Emmy-award-winning television broadcaster Joel Eisenbaum on what to expect from drone-surveillance in Houston in the near future. Joel joined KPRC Local 2 in June 2005 and, in 2007, he helped start KPRC Local 2's Wheel of Justice unit. He received a master's degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California. In 2010 the Wheel of Justice team was honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow, and Joel received two Lone Star Emmy Awards, as well as the Leon Goldstein Award for public service from Crime Stoppers of Houston.

Apr 24, 2014:  Reginald Adams, Public Artist Extraordinaire "The Growth of Vibrant Public Art". Reginald Adams is renowned gifted artist who has been a key figure in production of public art projects in the Houston area and widely featured in television and the print media. For many years Reginald directed the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston, and he has recently transitioned into the for-profit Reginald C. Adams LLC, where he continues to delight the eye with high-profile mosaic murals at both public and privately owned facilities. Adams is a committed community volunteer, engaging speaker, and member of Houston Skyline Rotary.

May 01, 2014:  Tim Corwin, Bass Pro Shops - "LETS GO FISHING!" Get ready for summer by learning everything you need to know about South Texas fishing from Bass Pro Shops outreach coordinator, Tim Corwin.

May 08, 2014:  Chris Chance, Director - "URBAN HARVEST".  At this program, learn about the work being done to develop community gardens, school gardens, farmers markets and gardening classes from Chris LaChance, Director of Education for Urban Harvest. The group promotes sustainable landscaping to protect, restore and enhance the ability of landscapes to provide ecosystem services that benefit humans and other organisms.

SpringFest Humanitarian Fundraiser May 10
~ FUN from 6-9pm Saturday!

ImageJoin us for a night of family fun, featuring a dizzying array of delicious international foods, wit and wisdom from Emmy Award winning TV star Ernie Manouse as Celebrity Emcee, live dancing to CMA Artist of the Year Kelly McGuire and his rockin' band, crafts for the kids, silent and live auctions, and so much more! There will be plenty of room at our great new location ~ Houston Community College's new West Loop Campus main meeting hall (5601 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027). Image

Your $50 Adult Ticket is all-inclusive and covers wine/beer/soft drinks, as well as your selections from four top caterers for the perfect meal, and, of course, ALL activities. Children 6 and under attend FREE, and tickets for children 7-13 are only $25. 

Whether you're a Texas BBQ fan, crave that south-of-the-border heat, can't get enough of Cucina Italiana, or want the best Vietnamese fare in town, we're offering scrumptious selections that will please every palate!  Click icons to BUY tickets online, then print your PayPal receipt and bring with you as your ticket at the door.  


CONSIDER BECOMING A SPONSOR OR AN AUCTION DONOR: Image All SpringFest profits benefit Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary's humanitarian and charitable works, and we invite you to join the ranks of our sponsors and/or auction-donors.  Just download, complete, and return the appropriate form. Click to DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP FORM and/or AUCTION DONOR FORM.   AND . . . you can feel really GOOD about every dollar you spend on our auctions because you'll be helping us serve others.


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