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Welcome, Friends and Neighbors!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website to learn more about our club, and Rotary!    

What is the Kingwood Rotary Club? It’s people just like you who have concern for others—people who want to enhance their community through gifts of their time, talent and financial support.

I would like to personally invite you to attend one of our weekly meetings which are held every Thursday evening at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill in Kingwood from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM.  Members and guests start arriving between at 6:15 PM & 6:30 PM to order food, eat, and socialize, and then our club meeting begins 6:30 PM, and ends at 7:30 PM.

We invite you to learn why Kingwood Rotary is the most trusted name in community service and discover how you can have fun while helping others.

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Ask any active Rotarian, and they'll tell you that joining Rotary has helped them change the lives of others....but in return, their lives have been changed. 

Rotarians look at problems from different angles and apply our expertise to address social issues in ways others cannot.  It’s amazing what we can accomplish when hearts and minds work together.

Rotarians around the world are taking action — to enhance health, empower youth, promote peace, and improve their community.

To learn more about joining our Kingwood Rotary Club and the costs, please click here.

Please click here to learn more about Rotary at www.rotary.org.

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Order your "Flags Across Kingwood" flag today
for a flag that will be displayed on September 11th, 2014, Veteran's Day (November 11, 2014) and Memorial Day (May 2015), and July 4th 2015!

CLICK HERE for a subscription form.  Order 2 flags for your yard, or order a Gift Subscription for a neighbor!   Click Here for our regular Gift Announcement

This is Kingwood Rotary's major fundraiser and helps us sponsor an outstanding character education program for students here in Kingwood, provide funding for specific projects at FamilyTime and Mission Northeast, support the Kingwood VFW, support our Humble ISD Interact Service Clubs at Humble ISD high schools, local ROTC, help eradicate polio through Rotary's End Polio Now program, leadership training for Humble ISD students, plus international literacy projects, water projects, maternal and child health projects, and lots more.

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On Sunday, September 14th, our Rotary Club of Kingwood is partnering with Bill's Cafe at 22845 Loop 494 in Kingwood at their "FIGHT AGAINST MELANOMA" fundraiser.  At the event, Rotary Club of Kingwood is sponsoring the MD Anderson Blood Donor Coach for a  Community Blood Drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit MD Anderson Cancer Hospital which will be used immediately to help cancer patients.

All blood donors will receive a free general admission ticket to the FIGHT AGAINST MELANOMA fundraiser.  

Melanoma is one of the fastest and sneakiest killing cancers and all proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the AIM At Melanoma Foundation and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Please click here for an event poster.  Live Music/DJ, Food and Drink, Kids Activities, and Auction Items!  Come have some fun with the whole family....and support a great cause! 

Established in 1945, Bill's Cafe is family-friendly and is known for their huge juicy steaks (we're talking about a "30 ounce T-Bone Steak" or maybe their "60 ounce Sirloin for Two") plus their famous and fabulous burgers and cheeseburgers.

To make an appointment to give blood, CLICK HERE.

For more information, please contact Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise at 281-359-3592 or cwise@kingwoodcable.net.

Interested in being a FIGHT AGAINST MELANOMA Event Sponsor?  Contact Cheri Huber at 713-725-0470 or send her an email at cherilhuber@gmail.com.

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On Saturday, August 23rd, Kingwood Rotary will display our "Flags Across Kingwood" flags at the start line and beginning of the route for the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce's 10K/5K Run.  

Stop by our Kingwood Rotary Club's table to learn more about this flag program and how you can subscribe for the upcoming patriotic holidays on September 11th, Veteran's Day (November 11th), Memorial Day 2015, and July 4th 2015.

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Over the past few years, Kingwood Rotary Club has sponsored two students that have been selected to receive a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.  Thomas Mendez from Kingwood was a 2009-2010 scholarship recipient and spent a year abroad studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Daniella Romero was a 2011-2012 scholarship recipient and studied in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kingwood Rotary Club is currently seeking students that have either already graduated from college, or will graduate college in May 2015, to submit applications for the 2015-2016 academic year $30,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship/Global Grant Scholarship.

This exclusive, world recognized Rotary Foundation scholarship will be awarded to a graduate-level college student with a passion for community service who intends to pursue a career in one or more of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus: 

• Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

• Disease prevention and treatment

• Water and sanitation

• Maternal and child health

• Basic education and literacy

• Economic and community development

 

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With our four Community Blood Drives each year, Kingwood Rotary Club is devoted to helping give the "Gift of Life" to others.  For years, we've held multiple blood drives for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and are now doing the same for the M.D. Anderson Blood Center.  

Kingwood Rotary Club is now taking it to an much larger international level by helping the landlocked West African country of Mali - one of the poorest nations in the world, solve a problem that will help save lives.   

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Why do people help others?  What is the scientific explanation?  This great article from the July 2014 issue of The Rotarian Magazine will explain the reason.  Please click here for the story.

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Do you know about Kingwood.Com?  Well our Kingwood Rotarians learned lots of very valuable information from Debbie Dodd, Sales & Marketing Director for the Kosmin Media Group which is the owner of Kingwood.com, TheWoodlandsTX.com and Atascocita.com and various other local virtual communities. With over 39 years of advertising and marketing experience, and also a published writer, Debbie shared lots of information about Kingwood.com.

With 2 MILLION "Pageviews" each month and Homepage Rotating Test Links...they are BIGGER and BOLDER than any of their competition! Whether you're a resident that needs to obtain some quick info, or a business owner that wants to advertise so your advertising can be viewed 1,000+ times each day, you need to visit Kingwood.com.  

Want to: Chat with fellow Kingwood residents...download coupons from local businesses...own a business that wants to advertise...find a specific business for home repair...find a job or your company needs to find a new employee...find out what's playing at the movies, or just about anything else?  Then Kingwood.com is the first place to look.    

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From putting out 375 for our "Flags Across Kingwood" flag subscribers...to volunteering at the Kingwood 4th of July Community Parade...to volunteering for the 10th year at the Alspaugh 4th of July BBQ and Street Dance...Kingwood Rotarians and our Rotaract Club of North Houston were busy.

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When she was only 11 year-old, Malala Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC which detailed how the ruling Taliban were controlling her city, and the effect it was having on the education of girls.  She was riding her school bus to school when a gunman boarded the bus and asked for her by name, and then fired three shots, one of which hit Malala in her left forehead.  

After a lengthy recovery, Malala continues to be a advocate for edcuation...but did you know that Malala's dad was a Rotarian?  In an article in The Rotarian Magazine, "Malala Is One Of Us", you can learn more about Malala, and her family.  Please click here for the story.

 

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Kingwood Rotarians had a very special treat when guest speaker Fiona Cunningham visited their club.  Fiona serves as the Arthritis Foundation Director of Community Advancement, South Central Region and she shared the many ways that her organization helps patients with Arthritis, and their families. 

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THE KINGWOOD ROTARY CONTINUES TO SPREAD PATRIOTIC SPIRIT, By Jennifer Summer, Editor

As the breeze blows down many streets around the Kingwood, Atascocita and Oakhurst communities this Fourth of July; the red, white and blue American flags will gently wave in the wind.

For the seventh year, the Kingwood Rotary Club along with the help of volunteers from the VFW Post 12075, the JROTC and local boy scout troops will continue their Flags Across Kingwood program.

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(Above:  Kingwood President Charlie Buscemi reads accolade written by teacher and EAFK Knight Sir James presents Jett with his EAFK medal)

Kingwood Rotary Clubs's student EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education program knighting ceremonies are usually held at each month of the school year at Bear Branch Elementary School, but not always. One particular first-grader at Bear Branch Elementary was just recently selected by his class to receive an EAFK award for the virtue of "tolerance", but couldn't be at school to accept it because he has to stay at home while he awaits his second heart transplant.

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This will be the 10th year that Kingwood Rotarians have volunteered at the Alspaugh's Ace Hardware 4th of July Street Dance and BBQ, and we are all excited about being part of this great community event.  Rick, Dorothy, and Sue Alspaugh create this annual "hometown celebration", and it is a highlight of our community, and something that Kingwood Rotarians love doing each year.

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Bono of U2 praises the "Service Above Self" work of Rotary across the globe and the mission of creating a polio-free world.  "When polio is finally eradicated, and you know it will be, you stand surely in the first chapter of that book.", says Bono.

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Congratulations to our graduating Interact club members of the Quest Early College High School.  After four years of outstanding service projects in their community as well as international communities, ten members of the Quest ECHS Interact Club graduated.  They have been a remarkable group of young leaders that have done multiple life-saving and life-changing projects.

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If progress is measured in numbers, Rotary has entered rarified air in the fight against polio. Eighty percent of the world is now certified polio free, and two of the three strains of the disease have been eradicated, according to , who heads the polio eradication program at the World Health Organization.

Still, major challenges remain, including the of the disease, the insecurity in endemic countries, and geopolitical tensions. In May WHO declared polio a public health emergency, asking the world to step up its vaccination efforts for international travelers.

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The 2014 Rotary District 5890 Conference was recently held on board the Carnival Triump with 365 guests in attendance.  Thanks to all of our Kingwood Rotarians for their outstanding work, our club received the following district awards and recognitions:

  • 2013-2014 "Presidential Citation" from the president of Rotary International (10th consecutive year)
  • 2013-2014 "Presidential Citation With Distinction" from the president of Rotary International
  • 2013-2014 "Rotary Club Central Award for Strategic Goals to Engage Rotary, Change Lives"
  • 2013-2014 "Youth Services Champion of the Year" Award presented to President Charlie Buscemi  
  • 2013-2014 "District Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Per Capita Giving to The Rotary Foundation"
  • 2013-2014  Small Rotary Club "Youth Services Award" for EarlyAct FirstKnight  
  • 2013-2014 "District Governor's Certificate of Appreciation" to Charlie Buscemi for Interact District Chair
  • 2013-2014 "District Governor's Certificate of Appreciation" to Tommie Buscemi for EarlyAct FirstKnight District Chair
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(Photo:  John Osterlund (far left) and Ron Burton watch as Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko sign a letter of collaboration on a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson)

In an effort to promote global development and volunteer service, Rotary and Peace Corps have agreed to participate in a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.

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Rotary clubs do local community service projects, and also international service projects.  This year, Kingwood Rotary club partnered with several Rotary clubs here in Rotary District 5890 (Greater Houston Area) on two international service projects in Cozumel, Mexico.

Each year, we have a Rotary District Conference, and is has become a tradition that we do a service project in the community where the conference is held.  This includes Galveston, San Antonio, Marble Falls and also at our recent conference cruise to Cozumel, Mexico in May 2014.

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Sydney, Australia (30  May 2014) –  With the United Nations estimating that 783 million people worldwide still do not have access to improved drinking water, and 2.5 billion people currently lack access to sanitation, members of the humanitarian service organization Rotary are collaborating with other groups to help provide safe water and sanitation to communities wherever there is need.

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As school comes to a close, Kingwood Rotary held this school year's last EarlyAct FirstKnight Knighting Ceremony at Bear Branch Elementary School.  During the 2014-2015 school year, Kingwood Rotary held six knighting ceremonies and honored a total of 180 students.

EAFK is a groundbreaking, research-based, daily character education program for elementary schools that teaches students how to become noble, service-oriented people, along with why it is important for them to do so.

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(Photo Above:  A participant receives instruction chopping ingredients during a cooking course for the visually impaired in Izmir, Turkey.  Photo Credit: Figen Ertas)

woman with a black apron is stirring tomatoes into a pan of vegetables in Bursa, Turkey. Visually impaired, she is being helped by an assistant, who is a spouse of a Turkish Rotary member.

Elsewhere in the kitchen, other cooks and Rotary spouses are preparing meatballs, slicing and peeling eggplants, and measuring out cookie dough. At a table in an adjacent dining area, a man is reading a recipe from a Braille cookbook.

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On May 5, 2014, the World Health Organization declared Polio to be a Worldwide Health Emergency.  They took this step because of the high number of Polio cases reported already this year in the Importation Countries - that is, countries which had formerly eradicated Polio but have now been reinfected by travelers from the three endemic countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria).  This step will increase travel restrictions and will hopefully boost immunization activates in the countries most at risk of Polio outbreaks.

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Kingwood Rotarians recently volunteered with their Interact Club of Quest Early College High School members to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning Rotary Centennial Grove Park located in Hermann Park by the Houston Zoo.  This is a sustainable project, and there were 100 high school Interact volunteers and Houston area Rotarians at the 9th Annual Gardening with the District Governors event. 

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Kingwood Rotary Club held our 3rd Community Blood Drive in the last 7 months on Sunday, March 30th to benefit MD Anderson Cancer Hospital.  All blood donated was used immediately to benefit MD Anderson patients. 

Gilda Hart, MD Anderson's Community Representative reported that Kingwood Rotary collected 23 units of whole blood, which translates roughly into 69 cancer patients positively impacted by our donor's generosity. 

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Living cancer-free is something that all of us want to do, and our guest speaker, Alicia John, CNS with MD Anderson Cancer Center in The Woodlands, gave a great presentation about how we can prevent cancer.  Everything we do in our daily lives affects our possibility of having cancer, and there are many things that we can do that decreases the possibility.    

Alicia was extremely knowledgeable and gave us so much helpful advice to help us, and our loved ones, increase the chance of living cancer free.   We thank her for her recommendations, and thank her for sharing her knowledge. 

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Kingwood Rotarians are very proud of our Quest Early College High School Interact Club for raising $168 to purchase clothing for women living at The Door in Humble.  This is a home for battered and abused women, men and children.  Many of the residents of this shelter escape from their abusers with only the clothes they are wearing when they flee.  To help them, the Quest ECHS Interactors sold flowers during lunch and raised $168. 

 

   

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Special thanks to Ethel McCormick with the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) for being our guest speaker.  We were all amazed at all the information that she shared with us, and we are thankful for everything that KSA does to make our community a wonderful place to live. 

 

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We are very honored to have Keith Lapeze as our speaker at the weekly meeting of Kingwood Rotary Club.  A long time advocate of education in our community, Keith has served on the Humble ISD Board of Trustees for numerous years.  At our meeting, Keith explained his career path, how he became an Humble ISD School Board Member, and many of the changes that have happened since he was elected.  He has a passion for helping make a positive change in the education for all of our children and for making Humble ISD the premier school district in the Houston area, Texas, and the United States.    

 

Keith is the owner of The Lapeze Firm which specializes in business disputes, environmental litigation, maritime litigation, and oil and gas litigation.  All of us know his wife, Christy, and their amazing son, Luke.    

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Special thanks to everyone that attended Kingwood Rotary's Family Fun Night at Kings Harbor in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Realtors and The Observer Newspaper. It was a great night to enjoy the cool weather and a great meal.

 

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Special thanks to Jon Coleman, General Manager, and Andrew Entsminger, Food and Beverage Manager, with Kingwood's newest business, Courtyard by Marriott KIngwood, for being our guest speakers.  

We watched it being built, and Jon and Andrew gave us all the details and services offered by Kingwood's newest hotel, the multi-million dollar modern and upscale Courtyard by Marriott. With 5 stories, double and single bedrooms, suites, meeting rooms, conference rooms, it provides residents and businesses a great location for events, accomodations for guests, and meetings. Starbucks coffee...pool...business center...fitness center...the Bistro Restaurant...easy access to Highway 59.

Stop by their beautiful hotel and ask Jon and Andrew for a tour of their facility.

 

 

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The Quest Early College High School Interact Club recently held a car wash at Chick-fil-A in Atascocita to raise funds for their Annual Lock-In Fundraiser at Lone Star College - Kingwood.  Each year, their Interact club holds a 24-hour overnight lock-in as a fundraiser for a local charity.  In the past, funds have gone to organizations that create awareness about human trafficking, to Rotary's End Polio Now Program, and the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program, plus many other worthy organizations. 

Members of the Kingwood Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club of North Houston were also there to wash cars and help the Interact club members to raise $270.

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(Photos courtesy of Jennifer Summer with The Observer Newspaper.  Click here for all photos and details.)

On March 20th, there were 30 students honored at this month's Knighting Ceremony for the virtue of "Discipline" at the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education and Development Program at Bear Branch Elementary School. 

Most of think of discipline as being well behaved, which is great, but the meaning of discipline that the EAFK curriculum covered was about having the discipline to work diligently to achieve a worthy goal without being distracted; having control over your thoughts and actions so you can make good choices; and, realizing that your daily habits have long-term consequences. A great knights realized that they are what they repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Funds for the EarlyAct FirstKnight Program are from Kingwood Rotary Club's "Flags Across Kingwood" Flag Lease Fundraiser.  Click for an order form.

To watch a video about EAFK, please click here.

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is partnering with Kingwood Rotary to provide a FREE night of fun for the whole family at the Harbor on March 21st from 7-10 PM.  Bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy the great weather. 

The Observer as the media sponsor for the series, so bring your family and friends to the beautiful Kings Harbor, enjoy dinner at one of Kings Harbor's restaurants, and listen to upbeat family-friendly music in the plaza from Extraordinary Entertainment DJs.

Stop by the Kingwood Rotary booth to learn more about our organization. 

Click here for a link about this event. 

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(Above:  Photos from the Buscemi's Stateroom Balcony on the Carnival Triumph in December 2012)

Join us at the 2014 Rotary District 5890 Conference on board the Carnival Fun Ship "Triumph"!  Make your reservations now to sail away into the sunset on Thursday, May 1st and return on Monday morning, May 5, 2014. Enjoy friendship, FUN, fellowship, FUN, food, and lots more FUN.

After $115 million in upgrades, including new state-of-the-art safety systems plus the "latest most technologically advanced" fire suppression and prevention systems, a second emergency generator (one electric, one diesel), new carpet, new beds and bedding, new bar venues and dining...the Carnival Triumph is...Repaired...Enhanced...and Better than EVER!

Who can purchase a cruise using our great "Rotary D5890 Conference Cruise Rate"?  You...Plus your family and friends.   All that you and your family and friends will need to do is reserve your cruise with our District 5890 Cruise Coordinator, Rotarian Ray Schutter, owner of West University Travel.  The cruise costs for Rotarians includes a $75

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At the "Hearts of Gold - Women of Achievement" Gala at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Houston, the Kingwood Rotary Club was a Bronze Sponsor, and our club sponsored a bid board that raised $8,800 for FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center.  

It was a great evening spent with great friends there to support an organization dedicated to providing victims of physical, mental or sexual abuse with an outreach program and accessible services through counseling, crisis intervention, information and referral, and shelter.

While FamilyTime's shelter for abused women, children and men, The Door, is located in Humble, it provides a safe haven for victims from ALL ZIP CODES

In an abusive relationship, the most important thing is for the victim to leave the community that they live in and find shelter far away from the abuser.  That is what The Door provides.

If you, or someone you know, needs help....please contact FamilyTime's 24-hour crisis hotline at (281) 446-2615.

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Kayla McGee attended Kingwood Park HS...and then she was selected to join an elite group of students selected to be a Rotary Youth Exchange Student by Rotary District 5890.  Instead of starting the 2013-2014 school year as a junior at KPARK, Kayla flew from Houston to France for a year studying abroad, but she's already making plans for when she returns home:  She's helping Kingwood Rotary restart an Interact Club!

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 14,732 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon, and over 338,836 young people are involved in Interact.

The word Interact stands for "international action," and it truly is an international phenomenon. All over the world, young people are spreading fellowship and international understanding through a wide array of Interact service activities.

While Kayla is having a great time in France being an ambassador for the United States, Texas, Rotary International and Kingwood Park HS, she's planning on using social media and Skype to help Kingwood Rotary Club restart the Interact Club of Kingwood Park HS....while she's still in France!  We have no doubt that Kayla will be very successful, and all of our members are looking forward to helping her succeed.

Special thanks to her mom, Rebecca, for being the liaison and setting everything in motion.

If you know of students at KPARK that would be interested in joining Interact, please have them contact Tommie Buscemi at tommie5890@suddenlink.net or (281) 359-7193.

 

 

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Over the last 9 years, Kingwood Rotary has sponsored 35 Humble ISD students to attend the 3-day Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp.  This year, two outstanding Interact Club students will attend this special camp which will help them develop their leadership abilities, and self confidence.

Charlie and Tommie Buscemi will once again serve as chaperones at Camp RYLA and have each been assigned the Rotarian team member.

Camp RYLA strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through three days of physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges through problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students, volunteer counselors and motivational speakers.  Students gain an appreciation for how important the Object of Rotary and the Rotary 4-Way Test are in establishing moral and ethical values and the ideals of "Service Above Self".

RYLA Camp will be held at Carolina Creek Camp in Riverside, Texas which is located near Huntsville in the Sam Houston National Forest.

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In honor for our years of "sweat-equity" packing books and also donation of export freight forwarding services, a container with 40,000 pounds of books were donated in Kingwood Rotary's name to Mansourieh Public Library in Beirut, Lebanon by Rotary Books for the World/Second Wind Fountation.  The above plaque bearing the name of the Rotary Club of Kingwood, the Second Wind Foundation (Rotary Books for the World) and the Rotary Club of Beirut Cedars, Lebanon, and will be installed at the library.

What is the Rotary Books for the World Project?  In the last 15 years, 7.9 MILLION pounds of books (that's 204 steel 40' export shipping containers) have been shipped from Houston to 18 countries.  

When school districts order new textbooks...what happens to the old K-12th grade textbooks for each subject?  The school districts pay to have the books shredded, and pay for them to be taken to a landfill.  The Second Wind Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization founded by Rotarians, is on the approved list to receive these old textbooks and give them a "second wind" by picking them up from the school district's book warehouse, packing them on pallets and exporting them to Rotary clubs for distribution....free of charge... to schools, teachers and libraries that don't have books.  For many teachers and students, they've never held a book, and for some, their school might have had only 5 or 6 books in the entire school.

Here's a video about this Rotary project: http://animoto.com/play/m3BmSIpT1Ykxc09meuBn8w     

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Kingwood Rotary is sponsoring a bid board at FamilyTime's "The Hearts of Gold Gala" honoring the Women of Achievement, and our members will be looking for you to stop by and bid on some great auction items.  Click here for a photo from The Observer Newspaper of the bid board sponsors.

What are the auction items?  Photos and Description of Auction Items on the Bid Board Sponsored by Kingwood Rotary

Preview Auction List of all four Bid Boards.

100% of funds from these bid board auction items are for the FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center and their shelter for battered women, children, and men, The Door.  FamilyTime's mission is to provide an outreach program and accessible services to families and individuals in crisis through counseling, crisis intervention, information and referral, and shelter.

Kingwood Rotarians Carolyn Wise and Tommie Buscemi are past recipients of FamilyTime's "Hearts of Gold - Women of Achievement" Award, and they will both be there to help raise funds for this organization. 

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(Photo Above:  Jenna Buscemi (top row, right) with fellow members of the Rotary District 5890 Rotex Committee)

Jenna Buscemi was an officer of our Quest High School Interact Club, a Short-Term Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Leon, Spain, she is chartering Kingwood Rotary's club for college students and young professionals which is the Rotaract Club of North Houston, and she is the co-chair of the Rotary District 5890 ROTEX Committee.

At our January 16th weekly meeting, Jenna shared information about ROTEX, and how they are part of our Family of Rotary. 

Once Rotary Youth Exchange Students return home from studying abroad, they are members of an elite, international group called ROTEX.  As Rotary Youth Exchange Students, these young leaders were ambassadors and represented their Rotary club, Rotary District 5890, Texas, the U.S.A. and Rotary while they were abroad.   

Although not an official program of Rotary International, ROTEX serves as a social and support group for students involved in Youth Exchange, and is active in many local community projects.

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One of our club's favorite annual projects is purchasing, delivering, and stocking the freezer at FamilyTime's battered women and children's center in Humble, The Door. 

This year, Kingwood Rotarians met at the grocery story and loaded two vehicles with over 1,000 pounds of ground meat and chicken, then drove over to The Door and filled the freezers with the meat.  Afterwards, we all met at the Humble City Cafe to enjoy a holiday dinner, and enjoy fellowship.

Helping us were members of the Interact Club of Quest Early College High School, and members of our newly founded Rotaract Club of North Houston.

Click here for a link to photos in The Observer Newspaper.


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(Above video was produced by Duncanville ISD.)

For the 3rd school year, Kingwood Rotary Club is sponsoring the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Curriculum at Bear Branch Elementary School.  100% of the 618 students are participating in this daily, 10-minute curriculum.

EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK) Character Education Program is a curriculum-based ethics education program for elementary and middle school students that puts Rotary into daily, mainstream public education for the first time ever.

The program can only be sponsored by Rotary Club and the 10-minute daily curriculum reaches the entire student population of participating schools.  EAFK teaches children how to become noble, service-oriented people along with why it is important for them to do so.

Our "Flags Across Kingwood" Flag Lease Fundraiser provides the funds to sponsor this outstanding character education program.

Dates of EarlyAct FirstKnight Knighting Ceremonies at Bear Branch Elementary School are:

  • February 6th at 1:15 p.m.
  • March 20th at 8:30 a.m.
  • May 8th at 8:30 a.m. 

What is the EarlyAct FirstKnight program?

Sir William Marshal, (1144 -1219), who served as Marshal to four kings, Regent of England was considered to be the greatest knight who ever lived. In transmitting the secret of his profound success, he was quoted as saying, “A knight with no one to serve is no knight at all."  Sir William embodied the spirit of all valiant knights who made their place in the world by using their unique abilities to serve others. In fact, the term, “knight”, comes from the Old English word, “cniht”, which means “servant”. That noble quality of service above self has transcended the ages as the single distinguishing quality of those who have made the most significant contributions in the world. Giving all young people, therefore, the chance to dream and freedom to serve is the reason for EarlyAct FirstKnight’s existence.

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On Saturday, December 7th, for the 10th year in a row, Kingwood Rotarians volunteered outside of the Wal-Mart in Atascocita to "Ring The Bell" for the Salvation Army.  This is a custom with Rotary clubs across the United States!

Since 2004, Kingwood Rotarians have collected a total of over $11,300 in their buckets. 

Members of the Quest Early College High School Interact Club, and members of our newly formed Rotaract Club of North Houston, volunteered with us.

Special thanks to  Saturday, December 7th, please stop by the Wal-Mart in Atascocita and help us fill the bucket for The Salvation Army.  If you want your funds to stay local to help families in North Houston, please issue a check payable to "The Salvation Army" with "Aldine Westfield" in the memo line.

 

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In December, members of the Kingwood Rotary Club and two of the EarlyAct FirstKnight knights, Sir William and Sir Kevin, had the honor of spending an evening with MD Anderson Cancer Hospital patients, and families, and the JESSE H. JONES ROTARY HOUSE INTERNATIONAL

The Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International is the world's largest Rotary project and was accomplished by the Rotary Club of Houston at the cost of $17 million.  This facility, managed by Marriott, provides a place to stay while undergoing cancer treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital.  There is a crosswalk that connects Rotary House to MD Anderson.

Kingwood Rotary president, Charlie Buscemi, spoke to the patients about the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program at Bear Branch Elementary School.  Sir William and Sir Kevin also talked to the patients and told everyone how brave they are for fiercely fighting cancer.

Our 2013-14 Rotary District 5890 Governor, Bob Gebhard, was there playing Santa Claus and visiting with the patients and their families. 

Each month, The Salvation Army's Harbor Lights Choir performs, and they were also singing this night.

On the first and third Wednesday of each month, Rotarians gather at the Rotary House for singing, karaoke, snacks, and fellowship to help bring smiles to their faces.  

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Participating in any horse race is thrilling, but just imagine competing in the longest (600 miles!), toughest, most insane horse race, the Mongol Derby.  That is exactly what Ms. Devan Horn did! 

Devan grew up here in Kingwood, graduated from Quest High School, and is now attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. 

On December 5th, Devan will be our guest speaker and will share her experience about competing in this grueling 600-mile race across Mongolia.

Please click here for an ABC Nightline News report about this race.

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(The article below was written by Megan Mattingly-Arthur and appeared in the November 21, 2013 issue of the Houston Chronicle) 

Tommie Buscemi, an international freight forwarder, spends much of her time running two businesses with her husband, Charles. When they're not busy working, the Buscemis can often be found serving the community through their work with the Kingwood Rotary Club, which they helped charter in December 2004.

While most Rotary clubs meet for breakfast or lunch, the Kingwood Rotary Club is distinctive, in part due to its evening meeting times.

"Our Rotary club meets in the evenings, which gives everyone an opportunity to do what they need to do at work during the daytime," Buscemi said. "(In the evening), you have to eat dinner anyhow, so it's a great opportunity to meet together once a week, share a meal with your friends (and) talk about service projects, or even go and do service projects on that night."

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Jenna Buscemi, a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student and former member of the Quest High School Interact Club, is organizing the Rotaract Club of North Houston which will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingwood.  Everyone is excited about this opportunity to have community-minded, young professionals come together to help the community, as well as network with business leaders in their community.

Please click here to visit their Facebook page.  

Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.

ROTARACT is an international program for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who believe they can make a difference. ROTARACT clubs provide an opportunity for young adults to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

 

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(The article below was written by Jennifer Summer with The Observer Newspaper)

Since they host their Flags across Kingwood program every year, the Kingwood Rotary Club is continuing their patriotism by donating $2,000 to the local VFW Post 12075.

The post, which serves veterans in the Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita communities, had the chance to share what their group is focused on and how they help those veterans who have served overseas at the Kingwood Rotary Club’s Nov. 21 meeting.

“Our post was organized in January 2008. Our purpose was to help our fellow veterans and perform community work,” said Cecil McConnell, VFW Post 12075 member, at the meeting. “Every year, we try to have students apply for our scholarships. We want to help the community however we can. One year, I explained the scholarship program to 600 students but we only had a couple of entries.”

 

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Keeping with our tradition of multiple community blood drives each year, Kingwood Rotary held our 4th blood drive in 2013 on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH from noon and ending at 4 PM.  We were honoring veterans and helping cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital. 

We collected a total of 18 units of blood!

We received the following thank you from Gilda Hart, MD Anderson Blood Center's Community director:  "On behalf of MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER and its’ patients, thank you Kingwood Rotary Club for sponsoring and managing the blood drive on Sunday. Because each unit is divided into 3 components, The Kingwood Rotary Club donors are responsible for touching and enhancing the lives of a potential 54 cancer patients. Your contribution is invaluable in the lives of those fighting cancer and can enable them to battle on in treatment and therapy.   Thank you again for your dedication and support. I hope to work with your group again, soon."

Kingwood Rotary would like to thank everyone that donated blood.   

M. D. Anderson Hospital Blood Donor Coach 

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Mentoring Youth             

Networking 

Friendship 

Speaking Skills      

Business Development

Development of Ethics

Citizenship in Community 

Family Programs

Service to Others 

Having Fun!

Personal Growth  

Vocational Skills

Leadership Development

Citizenship in the World

Continuing Education

Social Opportunities 

Meeting Nice People

Global Organization

Cultural Awareness 

Assistance When Traveling    

Service Projects

  

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Kingwood Rotarians are very proud of what we've accomplished since we were chartered in December 2004.  Our 12 club members are a close-knit group that enjoy doing service projects together, and getting together for social activities. 

What have we done?  Please click here to look at a list of our service projects and activities, and if you see something that you would like to participate in, we welcome you to visit our weekly club meeting.  We meet at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill in Kingwood, which is a "family friendly" restaurant. 

Working together with your family on Rotary service projects is a great way to enrich your lives!

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The EarlyAct FirstKnight "Tournament of Champions" Living History Event included thundering warhorses...knights in armor....heart-pounding soundtrack....medival games...and swordplay once again on the playground of Bear Branch Elementary on October 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Click here for an article and photos in The Observer Newspaper about the event.

This is the third year that Kingwood Rotary Club is sponsoring this unique character and ethics education program.  The EarlyAct FirstKnight daily curriculum  is based upon Blooms Taxonomy which applies higher, critical thinking skills just like any other curriculum like math, or science.

"This tournament will be a live-action show that includes medieval jousting and swordplay in a competition amoung highly trained knights." said Tommie Buscemi with the Kingwood Rotary Club.

"Bear Branch Elementary is the only campus in Humble ISD that has this amazing character education program. The EAFK approach to teaching character education creatively integrates the instruction of noble character traits with the exciting theme of gallant knights and chivalry and why it is important to be noble, service-oriented people." Buscemi said.

The cost for the EarlyAct FirstKnight program at Bear Branch Elementary is over $7,500.00 and is sponsored by the Kingwood Rotary Club.  Funding this year is being paid by Kingwood Rotary Club with additional funding from the Bear Branch PTA, a grant from the Humble ISD Education Foundation, and a grant from Rotary District 5890.  Compared to other character education programs, EAFK costs half as much other programs, but delivers double the results. 

Kingwood Rotary would like to thank our EAFK Community Partners: Alspaugh's Ace Hardware, Sandi Nizzi with Realty Associates, and Blue Tide Shipping.  Anyone interested in helping sponsor EAFK should contact Tommie Buscemi with the Kingwood Rotary Club at 281-359-7193.

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Read our Newsletter from our weekly Kingwood Rotary Club Meetings:

(Click on the date to open the newsletter.  After reading, click the "Back" arrow in the top left to return to our website.)

October 17, 2013 - Gilda Hart, M.D. Anderson Community Representative

October 10, 2013 - In lieu of a weekly meeting at Skeeter's, Kingwood Rotarians attended the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce "Tasting the Town" event

October 3, 2013 - Sebastian Nieme, Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Brazil

September 26, 2013 - Sasha Costa and Jennifer Barker, Co-Chairs of the Rotary District 5890 Young Professionals Committee

September 19, 2013 - No regular meeting.  Instead, we held our Rotary meeting at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and learned a few dance steps!

September 12, 2013 - Linda Hughes, First Choice Emergency Room, Kingwood

September 5, 2013 - Wayne Beaumier, Rotary District 5890 Assistant District Governor

August 29, 2013 - Wayne Staton, District 5890 End Polio Now Committee Chair

August 15, 2013 - Kingwood Rotarians Plan Projects

August 8, 2013 - HFD EMT Robert Yarbrough and family, plus University Area Rotarian Irene Hickey about the Rotary Fire Fighters Home Project

August 1, 2013 - 3 Young Community Service Heroes:  Hannah Sharp, HarLeigh and Trevor Clark

July 25, 2013 - Kathryn Watson, "Help! My Parents Are Aging" 

July 18, 2013 - Derry Summer, Librarian, Bear Branch Elementary School..and mom of Jennifer Summer with The Observer.

July 11, 2013 - Guest Speaker Melecio Franco, Editor, The Observer Newspapers

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What would a Rotarian do if they won a $22,000, 16-foot long, 12,000 pound custom barbecue pit designed by Pitts and Spitts in a raffle benefiting the families of four fallen firefighters that bravely lost their lives on May 31st?  They immediately donate it to the Rotary Fire Fighters Home project! 

To learn more about the Rotary Fire Fighters Home Project, which is a $15 million project started by the University Area Rotary Club, please click here.

Bruce Wise, past president of the Kingwood Rotary Club, purchased raffle tickets for the BBQ pit while the Kingwood Rotarians were volunteering at a community benefit for Kingwood

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Kingwood Rotarians are preparing our American flags for our "Flags Across Kingwood" flag lease program in remembrance of September 11th.  This is our club's major fundraiser.

Click herefor a "Flags Across Kingwood" subscription form.

The "Flags Across Kingwood" program is a fundraiser, and an expression of patriotism in the community.  Out "Service Above Self" motto means we are dedicated to helping others, and

 

 

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(Video above produced by Duncanville ISD about their EAFK Program)

CLICK HERE to watch a video with Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo interviewing Kingwood Rotarians, and Bear Branch students about EAFK.

For the third school year, Kingwood Rotary Club is again proudly funding the EarlyAct FirstKnight™ (or EAFK) Character Education Program at Bear Branch Elementary School. EAFK is a groundbreaking character education program for elementary and middle schools that teaches students how to become noble, service-oriented people, along with why it is important for them to do so.

EAFK is themed around history’s champions of chivalry; role models of various eras and cultures who distinguished themselves through living by a code of high ethical standards and rendering service to others. These heroes and their selfless deeds are convincingly brought to life for students throughout the year as part of our unique, creative process of character development. 

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On August 8th, Kingwood Rotarians had the honor of welcoming Robert and Amy Yarbrough, and their family to our weekly meeting.  All our Rotarians and guests gave them a standing ovation when they entered the room to honor him for his years of service to the Houston Fire Department, and for the support and love that his family has shown him. 

Robert was seriously injured when he did his job as a HFD Rescue Squad EMT when he heroically ran into the deadly fire at the Southwest Inn on May 31, 2013.  To honor him

 

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Kingwood Rotarians were very proud to volunteer at the Robert Yarbrough Benefit Festival and Barbecue fundraiser in Kingwood Town Center Park.  On May 31, 2013, was the deadliest day in the history of the Houston Fire Department.  Four HFD firefighters lost the lives, and thirteen were severely injured fighting the blaze at the Southwest Inn. 

One of those severely injured was one of our own Kingwood residents, EMS firefighter Robert Yarbrough.  Robert was severely injured while running into that burning building in effort to save lives when a wall collapsed on him and his team.  Robert was rushed to Herman Memorial Hospital in critical condition.  He lives in Kingwood with his wife, Amy, and this 3 stepchildren that attend Kingwood schools.

The fundraiser raised over $18,000.00 and was a wonderful opportunity for the community to honor and thank Robert, and his family, for their sacrifices.   

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Pam Dickson, Director of Mission Northeast, recently attended the Kingwood Rotary Club weekly meeting to receive $500 of baby diapers and baby wipes for clients of her organization.  Mission Northeast does a remarkable job helping families that need assistance, and Kingwood Rotarians were very happy to make this donation to help them.

At the same meeting, Kingwood Rotarians also honored Hannah Sharp.  For the second year in a row Hannah Sharp asked for shoes for her birthday. Last year she received 150 pair,

 

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   L-R: HarLeigh and Trevor Clark(Observer Photo)      L-R: Lillie, Hannah, and Preston Sharp (Mission NE Photo) 

So many remarkable service projects are inspired, developed and led by youths, allowing these future community leaders to discover their individual interests while working together to fulfill many local and global community needs.  There is a unique awareness among kids who commit to reach beyond themselves and make a difference. There is greatness in these young citizens which create multitudes of opportunities to give back to society while developing their interests to change the world for others.

Click here for a story in The Observer Newspaper about this meeting.

At Kingwood Rotary Club's weekly meeting on Thursday, August 1st, we had some very special guest speakers that will tell us about their outstanding service projects that they started

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 On August 4th, Kingwood Rotarians held our Community Blood Drive at First Choice Emergency Room in Kingwood in honor of Houston Firefighters. 

In total, we collected 50 pints of blood for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Drive. 

In addition, First Choice Emergency Room donated a $10 WalMart Gift Card to each donor, and Kingwood Rotarians gave the donors the opportunity to donate their gift card to the Robert Yarbrough family.  Robert is a Houston Fire Department "Rescue Squad" EMT, and he was severely injured on May 31, 2013 when he entered the burning Southwest Inn.  Robert, his wife, Amy, and his three stepchildren live in Kingwood, so this was a great way to help their family.

 

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Everyone enjoyed our guest speaker, Kathryn Watson, author of the book "Help! My Parents Are Aging - Five Steps to Help You Make the Right Decision Regarding Their Care". 

Here's most peoples plan:  Our parents (and us) are supposed to live their lives healthy and wealthy, and never need a care facility.  Our "plan" usually doesn't work out, and when dementia or illness strikes it becomes an emergency situation to find the perfect "place" for our loved ones.

Kathryn asked all of us "Do you have an action plan, how do you get started, how will you make the money last, and do you know your options?  She explained the differences between Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, and all the other options.  We discovered that  knowledge is the key and at some point, we'll need to change the "plan we had envisioned" and face the actual reality. 

Visit www.kathrynwatson.com to learn more about the options.  

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  • A Rotarian is a person who digs wells from which they will never drink...
  • A Person who vaccinates children they will never meet...
  • Who restores sight for those they will never see...
  • Who builds houses they will never live in...
  • Who educates children they will never know...
  • Who plants trees they will never sit under...
  • Who feeds hungry people, regardless of color, race or politics...
  • Who makes crawlers walk half round the world...
  • Who knows real happiness, which as Albert Schweitzer said, can only be found by serving others!
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Come out and see First Choice Emergency Room's "WHAMBULANCE" at our Blood Drive!  Click here to check it out!

All blood donors during this event will also receive a free $10 Walmart Gift Card for donating blood from First Choice Emergency Room. 

Click here for a 1-minute video about their location, services and info about their Kingwood office.

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Keeping with our tradition of multiple community blood drives each year, Kingwood Rotary's Blood Donation Chair, Carolyn Wise, has scheduled our next blood drive for SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH starting at 12:30 PM, and ending at 5 PM.

First Choice Emergency Room which is open 24-hours daily, is our newest community partner for our blood drives, and Kingwood Rotarians are very excited that they will be hosting this event.  Their address is 2158 Northpark Drive which is located directly across Northpark Drive from Walmart Neighborhood Market, and their parking lot is next to the McDonalds parking lot.  They are in shopping center where the old Hollywood Video store was formerly located. 

FREE  $10 WALMART GIFT  CARD FOR DONATING BLOODFirstChoice Emergency Room will give all donors that give blood at this blood drive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card.


(Above, "My Rotary Story" video featuring Houston-area Past Rotary District Governor D'Lisa Simmons)

Kingwood Rotary was offically chartered on December 7, 2004 by Rotary International during the 100th Anniversary of Rotary thus making us a "Centennial Rotary Club."  D'Lisa Simmons was serving as our District Governor here in District 5890 which covers Harris, and the eight surrounding counties, and she was instrumental in helping our club get started.  

Today, D'Lisa is still a Rotarian and is serving as a judge in Houston.  Her personal "Rotary Story" is so fascinating that Rotary International has it available on their RVM: The Rotarian Video Magazine (see above video).  Watching it will help you understand why Rotarians do what we do, and how helping others ultimately changes OUR lives.  

The project in Nicaragua that D'Lisa talks about was started by Frank Huezo, a charter member of the Kingwood Rotary Club.  This is still an active project which not only involves Houston-Area Rotarians, but Rotarians in multiple states including Iowa, Michigan, New York, Colorado, and Canada.

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Take me out to the ballgame.....Come join us for an evening of Rotary family fun watching the Skeeters vs Long Island Ducks at 6:05 pm

Special pricing for Rotary:  $12.00 for field box seats

$6 of each tickets purchased will benefit Rotary's "End Polio Now" program to eradicate polio.

Tell your friends and family that they can also purchase tickets using the special discount code below: 

To order go to the below link select the game and use special offer code: ROTARY13
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At the Kings Harbor Concert on May 17th, Kingwood Rotary Club President Bruce Wise presented a $1,500 check to Mission Northeast Director Pam Dickson.  The funds will be used for a Project Independence Grant scholarship at Lone Star College in the name of Kingwood Rotary Club to help individuals living in poverty or other extreme circumstances to become productive members of our community and to become strong, positive role models for their children, by sending them to college for vocational or job training.

 

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While Rotary clubs are not "first responders" in a disaster or emergency, we are individuals that are "first-reactors" when it comes to rallying together to help others in need.  When the fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas, Rotarians from our Rotary District 5890 were in San Antonio for our annual District Conference. 

Our Rotary District Governor Chris Schneider contacted Rick Price, District Governor for Rotary District 5870, which includes the town of West.  DG Chris Schneider asked our Houston Area Rotarians here in District 5890 for each Rotarian to donate at least $20 to help the rebuilding efforts. 

For our 13 Kingwood Rotarians, that meant $260, but instead we voted to contribute $1,000 and challenged the other 62 Rotarian clubs to match our donation.  On May 17th, District Governor Chris Schneider attended the Kings Harbor Concert, and Kingwood Rotary Club President Bruce Wise presented him with our $1,000 check for West, Texas.

100% of the funds donated to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc. will be sent to Rotary District 5870, and 100% of the money they receive will be used to help with the rebuilding efforts in West.

District 5890 Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation, so contributions are tax-deductible according to IRS regulations.  If you would like to make a contribution, please send funds to:  District 5890 Charities, Inc., Attn Jackie Barmore (Treasurer), 3525 Preston Road, Pasadena TX 77505.  

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On Friday, May17th from 7 PM until 10 PM, please come to an awesome FREE concert at the Kings Harbor Concert Series event to hear the "Texas Blues Brothers Tribute Band" sponsored by Gary Greene, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. 

One community organization is selected to be highlighted at each concert, and May 17th, it will be the KINGWOOD ROTARY CLUB!   This a huge honor to be selected as the organization for this event. 

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(Above:  One student from each 3rd-5th grade classroom at Bear Branch Elementary were selected as the newest "Gallery of Champions", and they are shown with Sir Cass Garcia with EarlyAct FirstKnight.)

On May 9th, Kingwood Rotarians honored a total of 28 Bear Branch Elementary School students for having outstanding morals and ethics at our 6th Knighting Ceremony for our EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program.  This school year, Kingwood Rotary Club held 6 Knighting Ceremonies and honored a total of 168 students. 

The EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program (EAFK) is a daily 10-minute curriculum that focuses on one character trait in-depth for 6 weeks to help the students understand the importance of honesty, respect, service, responsibility, plus several others.  It is based upon Blooms Taxonomy which applies higher, critical thinking skills just like any other curriculum.

All Rotarians put an emphasis on a standard of high morals and ethics in their personal, and business lives.  Schools award students for perfect attendance, academics, and athletics, but Kingwood Rotary's EAFK Program recognizes students for being outstanding human beings. 

 

     

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Kingwood Rotary Club received 2 awards from District Governor Christopher Schneider during the Governor's Gala at the recent 2013 District Conference at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.  Club President, Bruce Wise, accepted the crystal awards on behalf of Kingwood Rotarians, and Club Secretary, Sandi Nizzi.

"2013 Small Club of the Year" was awarded for our service to the community, support of Rotary District 5890, and contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  (This was the 2nd time Kingwood Rotary has received this award in 4 years.)

"2013 Best Attendance and Reporting" was awarded for our club's consistent 100% attendance, and for our club secretary, Sandi Nizzi, for her outstanding reporting.  This was the first time this award was ever presented during the Governor's Gala!  While Rotarians are only required to attend 50% of their club meetings, attendance at Rotary service projects, Interact club meetings, and Rotary District 5890 meetings are counted as "meeting makeups" so our club has maintained a record of 100% attendance for several years.  Special thanks to all our club members for always "being there."  Club Secretary's are required to submit paperwork on a timely basis to District 5890, and Sandi Nizzi has done this on a consistent basis for multiple years, so it was wonderful that she received special recognition for her dedication.   

At the 2013 Interact District Conference, Charlie and Tommie Buscemi were presented a District Governor's Citation Award from District Governor Christopher Schneider for their meritorious service and dedication to the Youth Programs of  Rotary District 5890.  A special award presentation was also given to them by Past District Governor Charlie Clemmons, and Past Assistant Governor Barbara Clemmons to them for donating their time and professional services for the Rotary Books for the World Project over the last 12 years.

Former awards that Kingwood Rotary Club has received is:  2007 Literacy Award, 2008 Small Club President of the Year, 2009 Gift of Life Award, 2010 Small Rotary Club of the Year, 2010 District 5890 Rotarian of the Year, 2011 Rotary Couple of the Year, plus multiple 2006-2013 District 5890 Governor Citation Awards

Our Quest High School Interact Club has also received "Interact Club of the Year", plus multiple "Service Project of the Year" Awards and "Teacher Adviser of the Year" and "Rotary Sponsor of the Year" Awards.  This school year, Kingwood Rotary Club has sponsored new Interact clubs at Atascocita High School, and Kingwood High School, plus we proudly sponsor the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program at Bear Branch Elementary School.

The members of Kingwood Rotary Club give freely of our time, talents and treasures to better the lives of those in our communities both locally and internationally.    

Our members are ordinary people working together to do extraordinary things to fulfill Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”. By every random act of kindness and compassion, we do our best to spread peace one person at a time and also teach the importance and joy of service to others to our families, friends, youth in our communities, both locally and internationally.

We invite you to join us as we promote our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership in all the things we think, say and do.

Click here for a cover story in the May 1, 2013 edition of The Observer Newspaper.

 

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L to R:  President Bruce Wise,

PR Chair Carolyn Wise, District Governor Chris Schneider, Foundation Chair Tommie Buscemi, President-Elect Charlie Buscemi 

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Rotary has received a silver Edison Award in recognition of the Future Vision Plan, the new grant model that enhances the scope, impact, and sustainability of humanitarian and educational projects funded by The Rotary Foundation. 

Since 1987, the Edison Awards have recognized innovative new products, services and business leaders in the United States. The awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison. Winners represent active contributors to the cause of innovation in the world. 

Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka accepted the award during the annual Edison Awards gala April 25, 2013 in Chicago, the city where Rotary was founded in 1905. The Future Vision Plan of Rotary International received top honors among funding models competing in the Lifestyle and Social Impact category. Nominee ballots were judged by a panel of more than 3,000, including members of seven associations that represent a wide range of industries and disciplines.

“This Edison Award recognizes and validates Rotary’s innovative approach to humanitarian service, as we constantly strive to improve lives and communities by addressing the world’s most pressing problems,” says Tanaka. “It is a great honor to accept such a prestigious award on behalf of Rotary’s global membership of 1.2 million men and women.” 

 

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Bruce Wise, Kingwood Rotary Club president, presents Dr. Katherine Persson, Lone Star College-Kingwood president, a guest speaker certificate for discussing an interesting and beneficial presentation.

Dr. Persson discussed the Lone Star College System bond referendum at the Kingwood Rotary dinner meeting on April 11th. The bond referendum to go before voters expands capacity to meet the unprecedented student population growth at LSCS and includes financing for learning facilities at each campus - projects that were prioritized and outlined by the group of citizen leaders as part of their recommendation to the board. Vote Saturday, May 11, 2013 and early voting: April 29 - May 7.

More information at: http://lonestar.edu/Bond2013/ 

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Twelve U.S. Rotarians were honored at the White House on April as Champions of Change for their efforts to improve communities locally and around the world.

As part of the daylong event, more than 160 Rotarians attended a morning round of briefings by government officials on topics including polio eradication, health, violence prevention, and the environment.

“It is a great honor to see these dedicated Rotary members recognized by the U.S. White House as Champions of Change for their work to improve the lives of people around the world,” said RI President Sakuji Tanaka.

“Alone, we look at the problems of our community and our world and we feel helpless,” he said. “But together, we are powerful. And through Rotary, we have the power to change our communities and communities throughout the world -- now and into the future. We have the ability to build the world we dream of: one that is healthier, happier, and with hope for better things to come.”

Tanaka said the honorees exemplify how Rotary brings people together to solve problems that are too large for one person to tackle.

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By Stuart Cleland, RI Senior Video Producer. From 1987-2003, Cleland worked with film critic Roger Ebert on the television programs “Siskel & Ebert” and “Ebert & Roeper.” Ebert, who died 4 April, was a Rotary Scholar to South Africa in 1965 and taped a tribute to Rotary in 1998, portions of which are above.

I started reading Roger Ebert in the 1960s. I started watching him in the 1970s. And much to my surprise, I started working with him in the 1980s.

I was lucky enough to join the “Siskel & Ebert” show during its golden age. With their trademark “Two thumbs up/down” reviews, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were certainly the most well known and arguably the most influential film critics in America. The show appeared in almost 200 markets. Gene and Roger were quoted in newspaper and television ads, and regularly appeared on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” and David Letterman’s “Late Night.”

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Kingwood Rotary's major fundraiser is our "Flags Across Kingwood" flag lease program which provides us with the funding for our service projects.  Three times each year, Kingwood Rotarians schedule a workday to do minor repairs and maintenance on our flags. 

On Thursday, March 21st our Rotarians gathered to work together to get our flags in tip top shape for our upcoming summer patriotic holidays on Memorial Day, and 4th of July.  It was a great day for fellowship, and after working together we all headed over to Zachary's Cajun Restaurant to enjoy a meal together.

Fun, food, and fellowship were enjoyed by all.

Click here for a subscription form for the "Flags Across Kingwood" Flag Lease Fundraiser.

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In the picture from left to right:  Janiece Thomson ( Melody's Grand- Momma), Natalie Abel (Melody's proud big sister), Mike Abel (Melody's proud Dad), Ruth Endsley ( Melody's Great-Memaw), Laura Abel ( Melody's Mom), Melody Abel (Our Knight of Perseverance), Emma Lee Abel (Melody's proud little sister) and Cheryl Dupuy (Melody's Granny) , Sir Cass Garcia (our EAFK Knight).

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Each month Kingwood Rotary Club has the honor of recognizing 28 students at Bear Branch Elementary for having outstanding morals and ethics. It also gives Kingwood Rotary Club the opportunity to honor each student's family since they have played a vital role in helping develop their child into an outstanding individual.

At each Knighting Ceremony, students always have one or both parents attend, and some students also have their older or younger siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and sometimes even their great grandparents.

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On Saturday, December 21st, Bruce Wise, president of our Kingwood Rotary Club, once again played Santa at Mission Northeast's Christmas Store for families in need. 

Christmas is a difficult time for many Mission families. The annual Mission Northeast Christmas Store allows hundreds of parents and children to shop for Christmas gifts for their loved ones at no charge. Nothing delights a childs like giving a gift to their parents.

Bruce was there again this year to welcome the families, bring smiles to the faces of the children, and spread some Christmas cheer to everyone!

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Since our club was chartered in 2004, Kingwood Rotary has sponsored a total of 28 students to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp.  This year, we are sponsoring 2 students to attend.  RYLA strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through three days of physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges through problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students, volunteer counselors and motivational speakers. 

Our District 5890 RYLA Camp will be Friday, February 8-10, 2013, and at Carolina Creek Camp near Huntsville, TX.  

Shelby Schull, charter president of the Kingwood High School Interact Club, and Jazmin Salazar, a member of the Quest Early College High School Interact Club, have been selected to receive this year's RYLA scholarship.  Kingwood Rotary Club sponsors the Interact clubs at Kingwood, Atascocita, and Quest Early College HS campuses. 

 

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This week's Time Magazine highlights the final push to end Polio. Read about the progress in fighting polio and Rotary’s role in eradicating this crippling disease.

“Thanks to aggressive global vaccination programs led by Rotary International, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and, most recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the year just beginning could be the disease’s last.”

Click to read more:  The Final Battle Against Polio? and Endgame for an Enduring Disease? Pakistan’s Fight Against Polio

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Of the 64 Rotary clubs in the Houston area, Kingwood Rotary is ranked #1 in per capita giving to eradicate polio since the "End Polio Now" Challenge was started in 2007!

Eradicating polio, Rotary’s top priority since 1985, will be a huge global health victory. When Rotary began the fight to end this disease, polio infected nearly 350,000 people - mostly children - in 125 countries every year. Since then, the number of polio cases has plummeted by more than 99 percent and the wild poliovirus remains endemic to isolated pockets in only three countries.

Polio would be only the second human disease ever eradicated. After nearly 30 years, and more than 2 billion children immunized against polio, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of making history. We are "This Close."
Why now? 2012 was a historic year in the fight to end polio:
  • 429 million children were vaccinated against polio.
  • The year ended with the fewest wild polio cases, in the fewest places ever in history.
  • Less than 300 polio cases were reported in 2012 – 60% less than 2011.
  • India celebrates two years polio-free in early 2013.

Though historic progress has been made, we must continue to fight this crippling disease. If we don’t finish the fight right now, polio could quickly resurge, with devastating consequences. More than 10 million children could be paralyzed in the next 40 years. This once-in-a-generation opportunity would be gone forever.

To learn more and to contribute to "END POLIO NOW", please go to:  http://www.endpolio.org/#status

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Helping the youth in communities is something that Rotarians around the world do on a daily basis.  In the world of Rotary, there are thousands of projects, and Rotary International highlights hundreds of these projects on their website at www.rotary.org.

At the end of each year, Rotary International lists the Top 5 Rotary Stories of the Year.  For 2012, one of the top five stories included one of the members of the Kingwood Rotary Club:  "INTERACT CLUBS CELEBRATES THE PROGRAM'S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY".  Click here for a link to the story.

The Kingwood Rotary Club proudly sponsors three Interact clubs at high schools in Humble ISD.  Quest Early College High School has been sponsored by our club since 2004, and their Interact club has received numerous district level awards for Community, School, and International Service Projects of the Year which were awarded at multiple district conferences.  This school year, Kingwood Rotary has added two new Interact clubs with one at Kingwood High School, and also at Atascocita High School with the help of our newest club member, Tony Shull.  Tony's daughter, Shelby, is the president of the Kingwood High School Interact Club.

 

 

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Hear directly from youth what ROTARY means to THEM. 

This is a great 4-minute video featuring the youth talking about why Rotary is important to them.

 

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(Photo courtesy of Pat and Ray's Studio)

Kingwood Rotarians are business, professional and community leaders networking to make a difference in our own lives, in our community, and beyond! 

Some of us live and work locally, some of us live or work outside of  the Kingwood area...but the one thing we have in common is our commitment of getting together at our weekly meeting to share a meal, enjoy fellowship, have some laughs, and work together on the serious issue of changing the lives of others. 

Please visit our weekly meeting so we can get to know you, and you get to know us!  On our home page, checkout our list of upcoming guest speakers.

CHARLIE BUSCEMI   •  International Freight Forwarder                     
TOMMIE BUSCEMI  •  International Shipping                              
      
DINETA FRAZIER   •  
Non-Profit Organization 
FRANK HUEZO   •  Wholesale Florist
TOM HALL   •  Reservoir Engineer
BOB MACFARLANE   •   
CPA
LINDA MACFARLANE   •  
Controller
SANDI NIZZI   •  
Realtor
TONY SHULL • Scouting
CHERYL TUCKER-MOSBY   •   Security Specialist        
BRUCE WISE   •  
Retirement Specialist  
CAROLYN WISE   •   Marketing/PR

    

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(Pictured, left to right:  James Porter; Kingwood Rotary President Bruce Wise; Mike Silva, Kroger-Kingwood Meat Manager; and Kingwood Rotarians Carolyn Wise, & Tommie Buscemi).

For the second Thanksgiving holiday, Kingwood Rotary has donated meat to fill the freezers at The Door which is FamilyTime Counseling and Crisis Center's battered womens shelter in Humble.  The Door provides a home and shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children.

The Kingwood Rotary Club board of directors voted to continue their support by donating meat which is used to provide meals to the families that are being provided shelter at The Door.  Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise, which is also a member of the FamilyTime board of directors, asked the staff at the facility what types of meat was needed, and worked with Kroger in Kingwood to order the meat.

On Sunday, November 18th, Kingwood Rotary purchased 1,200 pounds of assorted meats such as turkeys, chickens, hams, sausages & hot dogs from Kroger in Kingwood.  Kingwood Rotarians Bruce and Carolyn Wise, Doug Bicknell, Charlie and Tommie Buscemi picked up the meat at Kroger, then delivered the meat and packed it into the freezers at The Door.  James Porter, a supporter of FamilyTime, provided his truck for transporting the meat, and also helped load and unload the 1,200 pounds of meat.

Everyone at FamilyTime, and at The Door, were very happy to have their two large freezers completely filled to the top with meats so they can provide nutritious meals for the mothers and children living at the shelter.

Each year, The Door serves more than 400 victims of domestic violence, and each week, there is a total of about 28 residents, including moms, and their children living in the shelter. The victims live in a safe, protected environment which is provided by the shelter, which includes all their meals.

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Back Row, L to R:  James Porter, Kingwood Rotary President Bruce Wise, Kingwood Rotarian Doug Bicknell, and Kingwood Rotarian Tommie Buscemi.  The Door staff members beside cart with donated meat.

 

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On November 1st, Bear Branch Elementary students were once very excited to learn the names of the 28 students that had been selected to earn EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education medals. Parents of each child being honored attended the monthly Knighting Ceremony, and were all very proud of their children for being outstanding students.

The Kingwood Rotary Club sponsors this outstanding character education program for the entire school year, and each month, an additional 28 students are selected by their teachers and fellow students to be honored.

Please CLICK HERE for an article and photos from The Observer, and CLICK HERE for an article in The Tribune.

To learn more about the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program, please visit www.eafk.org or click here to watch a video.

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Kingwood Rotary Club was chartered in 2004, and since then our club has contributed $19,561 to Rotary's PolioPlus Program to help "End Polio Now".

Rotary International is inviting supporters to participate in the World's Biggest Commercial, promoting the global effort to eradicate polio. Join Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet and other world figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's "This Close" campaign in raising awareness and support for polio eradication.

Go to www.endpolionow.org to add your photo.

Want to donate to help eradicate polio? Please Click here.

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As Rotarians, "Service Above Self" is our motto!  When Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise discovered that the children's playground needed repair, plus debris and old building materials needed to be removed from the premises of FamilyTime's battered women's shelter in Humble, The Door, Kingwood Rotarians rolled up their sleeves.

Some of the Kingwood Rotarians worked to remove the debris while some of the other Kingwood Rotarians cleaned the flower beds in the front yard.

Everyone at FamilyTime really appreciated the help of Kingwood Rotary stepping up and tackling this job.

The abused women and children that live temporarily at The Door while FamilyTime helps them they get their lives back together appreciated how nice the yard looks, and so did the staff.

Thanks to Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise and Tony Shull for organizing this event, and to Tony, and his wife, Heather, for bringing their pickup truck, which Kingwood Rotarians filled with old building material and debris, and then hauled away.

Afterwards, all the Kingwood Rotarians went to Tin Roof BBQ in Atascocity to enjoy the air conditioning, cold beverages, and a great meal together.
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Did you know that more than 10 million children will be paralyzed in the next 40 years if the world fails to eradicate Polio?

After 20 years of hard work, in which Rotary and our partners (the WHO, CDC, and UNICEF) have immunized over 2-3/4 billion children and prevented the permanent paralysis of over 5-1/2 million children, numbers of children paralyzed by Polio have fallen over 99% (from over 350,000 per year in 1985 to only 333 in 2011). We are now on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. But, a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions as Polio case numbers are now at their lowest point in recorded history.

Our 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide have recently raised over $228 million (in addition to the almost $1 billion they have contributed to the cause since 1985) to match $405 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Polio eradication. The resulting $633 million will directly support immunization campaigns in countries where Polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families. But it’s not enough, as we must continue to vaccinate the whole world until we reach our Goal – Worldwide Polio Eradication!

If you would like to contribute to this once in a lifetime Polio eradication struggle, go to www.rotary.org/contribute or contact Kingwood Rotary's Polio Eradication Chair, Tommie Buscemi, for more information. Or better yet, bring your check to the September 22, District Foundation Seminar (flier attached) to have your donation matched by Foundation Recognition Points!
Tommie Buscemi, Kingwood Rotary's Polio Eradication Chair, Email tommie5890@suddenlink.net
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(Photo:  Students at St. Lucia School for the Blind are supported through the shipments of equipment from Rotary clubs)
On August 23rd, our club presented fellow Kingwood Rotarian Frank Huezo with a $3,200 check for Hope and Relief International Foundation to pay the transportation costs for 2x40' containers to be shipped to The School of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua.    The containers will contain supplies, clothing, medical equipment, and other equipment for this incredible Rotary project that has saved the lives of thousand of children. 

Funds from many Rotary clubs in Houston, Iowa, Michigan, and Canada have helped this project save the lives of thousands of children, educate them, teach them a trade, support the School for the blind, build one of the best hospitals in Nicaragua, and help the residents build their own homes, and provide them with micro-farms so they can become self-supporting. 

The children and families do not receive support from the government of Nicaragua, and by us helping them, it builds goodwill.
 

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(Photo, L-R)  Kingwood Rotarians Carolyn Wise and Tommie Buscemi, Houston Rotarian Linda Boggess, and Past District Governor Charlie Thorpe)
To celebrate the 100th Birthday Celebration of the Houston Rotary Club, Kingwood Rotarians Bruce and Carolyn Wise, Charlie and Tommie Buscemi, and Cheryl Tucker-Mosby attended the event.  The Houston Rotary Club was the very first Rotary club in Houston, and have been instrumental in serving the community from the very beginning.  Goodwill Industries was started at a Houston Rotary Club meeting, and the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House across from M.D. Anderson is a $17 million Houston Rotary Club project that provides a place to stay for families of patients undergoing cancer treatment at M.D. Anderson Hospital. 

Attendees were encouraged to wear costumes that represented the clothing worn in 1912, and it was amazing.  From top hats, to bustles...everyone was transported back in time.   Speakers , songs, and photos lead everyone through the decades, and served a reminder how the Houston Rotary Club made a difference in Houston. 

The evening truly served a tribute to the men, and women, of the Houston Rotary Club that have devoted themselves to changing the lives of others not only in Houston, but around the world, through "Service Above Self".
 
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On Sunday, August 26th from 12:30 PM - 5 PM
Roll Up Your Sleeves, and Give The Gift Of Life!

Your blood donation to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is credited towards our l
ocal community hospitals, so your donation helps your local community!

Save time.....Make a reservation!   
Donors will receive a FREE "Commit" t-shirt,
and also a coupon for FREE Blue Bell Ice Cream!

CLICK HERE for an event poster.

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On July 3 The Rotary Foundation approved our Global Grant in partnership with District 5870 (Austin) and host sponsor club Lome-Zenith and International Sponsor Club Bear Creek-Copperfield to provide insecticide-treated bed nets and water filters, as well as educational activities on disease prevention, to the members of five communities in Togo.

Our Kingwood Rotary Club was one of the 24 Rotary clubs that partnered with the Bear Creek-Copperfield Rotary Club on this major Rotary Foundation Global Grant to fund this lifesaving project.

The project was conceived by Brigitte Pahwa the spouse of the immediate Past District Governor of D5870 and was headed up by Suresh Pahwa from that District and Bill Davis from our District 5890.


Funding was provided by:
Cash contributions from 25 clubs of D5890 $18,107
Cash from clubs of D5870 $14,921
District Designated funds from D5890 $10,000
District Designated funds from D5870 $10,000
Matching funds from The Rotary Foundation $44,082
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Please "CLICK HERE" for a great article in the July 3, 2012 edition of The Observer - Kingwood, about our club's "Flags Across Kingwood" Program, and about Kingwood Rotary Club. 
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Thank You, Rotary! from Rotary International on Vimeo.

A "thank you" from some of the individuals that have benefited from many Rotary club's projects which were funded by Matching/Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation.
 
As Rotarians, we contribute to The Rotary Foundation which is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians, and friends of the Foundation, who share its vision of a better world.  

Those funds are then available for any Rotary club to apply for District and Global Grants to use for their own projects that improve the quality of life, provide health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs....
To a young set of parents in Afghanistan...it was a life-saving immunization for their five-month-old son.
To a woman with seven children in Malaysia...it was a loan to start a sewing business that enabled her to feed her children.
To a village in Mexico...it was an ambulance that equipped a hospital to be able to take care of them.
To thousands of college students in almost every country on earth...it was the chance to study abroad, with all expenses paid, and learn their educational specialty up close and personal.

To learn more about The Rotary Foundation, please CLICK HERE.
 

 

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Please 
CLICK HERE for an article in The Tribune about Kingwood Rotary's EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program.

Please 
CLICK HERE if you, or your business, are interested in becoming Kingwood Rotary's Community Partner for sponsoring the
EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program.

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Special thanks to our friend, Jennifer Summer, for her Kingwood Observer article about
our EarlyAct FirstKnight Program at Bear Branch Elementary School. 

Please 
CLICK HERE for a link to her article.

 Please CLICK HERE if you, or your business, are interested in becoming Kingwood Rotary's Community Partner for sponsoring this outstanding character education program.

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Kingwood Rotarian Charlie Buscemi was recently interviewed by Humble ISD Superintendent Guy Sconzo and Lynn Fields on the Humble ISD TV Show. 

Please CLICK HERE to watch the TV show.

Please CLICK HERE if you, or your business, are interested in becoming Kingwood Rotary's Community Partner for sponsoring this outstanding character education program.

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We're asked, "Why Rotary?" Here's why:
"For those who want to feel connected, Rotary helps give us a sense of community.
For those wishing they could expand their business contacts, Rotary offers unbeatable networking opportunities.
For those who are lonely, it is a wellspring of friendship and support.
For those on the fast track, it provides tools and opportunities to help you become a better leader.
For those who love to travel, it's like pulling into a strange town almost anywhere on earth and finding the welcome light illuminated on the front porch."

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Imagine...Knights in authentic armor riding warhorses...Jousting...Medieval Games...and students yelling for their favorite hero!

That is exactly what will happened on Tuesday, May 29TH on the playground of Bear Branch Elementary School in Kingwood.  As part of the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program, this live dramatic performance by the team of knights and horses illustrated the spirit of service, and demonstrated the exciting adventures and skills of medieval knights.

In addition, immediately following the tournament was their 6th Knighting Ceremony of the school year as Kingwood Rotarians honored one student from each classroom for being outstanding students of character for the month. During the 2011-2012 school year, 168 students were honored

This Tournament of Champions event served as a reward to the students for working hard in the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program at Bear Branch Elementary this school year, and reminds them of the chivalry of knighthood.

Kingwood Rotary's "Community Partner Sponsors" are:  Alspaugh's Ace HardwareSandi Nizzi with Realty Associates, Blue Tide Shipping, and we thank them for their support. 

This was a free event for the community to attend.

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Your skills are invaluable...Put them to good use!
Join Rotary and make a world of difference to your own community, to the lives of those less fortunate around the world, to your fellow club members - like-minded men and women of all ages - and, just as important, to yourself! The projects Rotarians get involved in are incredibly fulfilling, worthwhile and rewarding - and there's plenty of fun involved.

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Rotarians....We're doing good in the world, and we would love to have you join us.
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This video about EAFK was produced by Duncanville ISD in Texas, which has their first EAFK campus at Central Elementary School. You'll hear students, teachers, the principal, and Rotarians talking about this award winning character education program. The Kingwood Rotary Club sponsors this same program at Bear Branch Elementary School, and the success you hear about in the video is being repeated here.
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(Carolyn Wise, center, in photo on left, and Donna Ballard, center, in photo on right.  Judy Cox, director of FamilyTime, shown on right in each photo)

On Saturday, January 28th, Kingwood Rotarians Carolyn Wise, and Donna Ballard, were honored as FamilyTime's "2001 Women of Achievement" from FamilyTime Crisis and Counciling Center.  The Hearts of Gold Gala honoring 13 women that have made a difference in the lives of others was held at the Marriot Airport Hotel.

The purpose of the gala is to focus attention on domestic violence, and the needs to the victims.  There were 142 candles burning at the gala in rememberance of the 142 victims that died last year in Texas due to domestic violence.

Kingwood Rotary Club sponsored a table at the event, and also donated $2,000 during the event to FamilyTime. 

Carolyn Wise was honored in the category for "Special Recognition" in honor of her outstanding work, and Donna Ballard was honored in the category of outstanding "Volunteer".  A total of 10 Kingwood Rotarians, plus family and friends, attended the event to support and honor both of these Kingwood Rotarians.

Way to go...Carolyn, and Donna!  

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If you are interested in joining Rotary because you want your children to learn from you about community service....then Kingwood Rotary Club is the club you should join.  Any member is invited and encouraged to bring their family to our meetings, service projects, and other activities.  There is no better way for a parent to instill the value of service to others, than to have their child see their parents doing exactly that. 

We  hold our weekly meetings in the party room at one of Kingwood's best family restaurants, Skeeter's, and we invite you, and your family, to come join us.

How do you become a member of the Kingwood Rotary Club?  We invite you to attend a weekly meeting, ask us questions, and tell us about projects that you are interested in getting done.   

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Kingwood Rotarians are proud to say that we had a busy month serving others during December!

  • Placed American flags in the yard of Sheila and Gary Yepsen in honor of their son, Marine Lance Cpl. Luke Yepsen, which lost his life while serving our country on December 14, 2006.

  • Attended Quest Early College HS Interact Club meetings

  • Helped raise funds for "School of the Dump" by selling Beads for Hope jewelry at Christmas in the Park in Kingwood

  • Held our 2nd Knighting Ceremony of the school year at Bear Branch Elementary for our EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program

  • Purchased, and delivered frozen chickens to help stock the freezers at FamilyTime's shelter and crisis center, The Door which provides battered women, and their children, with a safe place to live.

  • "Rang The Bell" for The Salvation Army on December 11th.....In 6 hours, we collected over $1,200 in our kettle which was the highest amount raised by any Rotary club!

  • Donated toys, and volunteered at FamilyTime's "Christmas Shop" where needy families were able to select a toy, clothing, a book, and stocking stuffers for their children.

  • Played Santa at Mission Northeast's Christmas Toy event.

  • Held our Annual Kingwood Rotary Club Christmas party.

  • Guest speakers for December included:

  • Irene Hickey, Rotary Fellowship District Committee Chair, explained the opportunities we have to join outstanding Rotary Fellowships for Rotarians around the world.  Fellowships for Rotarians include:  Travel, Golf,Scuba Diving, Flying, Wine, Canoeing, Motorcycling, Biking...and lots more.

  • Kingwood Rotarian Sandi Nizzi, which is a realtor with Realty Associates, explained the Kingwood housing market, and what it means for the value of our homes.

  • In lieu of our regular weekly meeting on December 15th, Kingwood Rotarians held their annual Christmas party at Mencius Restaurant in Kingwood.

  • Our December 22nd, and December 29th weekly meeting was cancelled due to the holidays.  Our regular weekly meetings will begin again on January 5, 2012 at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill. 

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In addition to the almost 900 pounds of frozen turkeys that Kingwood Rotary purchased, and delivered in November to help fill the freezers at FamilyTime's battered women's shelter, The Door, we also purchased an additional 200 pounds of frozen chickens and delivered them in December. 

Each day, The Door provides meals to the women, and their children, that are living in the safety of this shelter.   


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Participants in 23 countries joined the webinar to hear advice from Tommie, a Rotarian from England, and another Rotarian from Italy, plus a Rotaractor from

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Ringing the Bell 2011   RINGING THE BELL 2011-

(Quest Early College HS Interact Club members Elizabeth Brown, Eric Rodriguez, and Jared Buscemi, with Kingwood Rotary President-Elect Bruce Wise, and Past President Tom Hall)

For the 8th year in a row, Kingwood Rotarians and their Quest Early College HS Interact Club, were "Ringing the Bell" for the Salvation Army at Wal-Mart in Atascocita on December 11th.  Everyone had lots of fun, and in the 6 hours that we volunteered, our kettles had over $1,200 in them.  According to The Salvation Army, we raised more money than any other Rotary club!

Santa was even there (a.k.a. Kingwood Rotarian Bruce Wise), and all the kids and adults really enjoyed his holiday greeting! 

This has been a tradition for our club since the very first year that we were chartered, and collectively, we've raised almost $11,200 for The Salvation Army.

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The Kingwood Rotary club is awarding scholarships to two Humble ISD students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp on February 24-26, 2012.  Students must be sophomores, or juniors. Our club was chartered in 2004, and since then, Kingwood Rotary has sent over 20 Humble ISD students to this special weekend to help develop the leadership skills of the students.

Camp RYLA strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through three days of physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges through problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students, volunteer counselors and motivational speakers.

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Continuing a tradition started at the very first Humble Thanksgiving Feast back in 2005, several Kingwood Rotarians, and their families, volunterred again this year on Thanksgiving Day.
 
"It is a wonderful tradition to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day, and this year, we helped served meals to over 4,000 people. In addition to volunteering, Kingwood Rotary also purchased the ham served at the event", said Kingwood Rotarian Charlie Buscemi, which has had the job of Food Line Manager at the feast for the last several years.  "My daughter, and son volunteered, as did my my mom and sister which are here visiting from New York."
 
Their newest club member, Cheryl Mosby-Tucker, and her 10 year old son, Cantrell, also volunteered and were joined by Kingwood Rotarians Sandi Nizzi, Tom Hall, and Tommie Buscemi. 
 
Cheryl Mosby-Tucker also made the arrangements, and delivered food from the event to the USO at George Bush Intercontinental Airport which made it possible for any military member that was traveling on the holiday to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal while in Houston. 
 
Kingwood Rotarians are very thankful for Bonnie Gardner, the founder and organizer of the Humble Thanksgiving Feast.  Bonnie owns Top Hat Catering in Humble, and her vision of having a community-wide event is truly remarkable.
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When FamilyTime's emergency shelter in Humble, the Door, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children, recently told Kingwood Rotarians that their freezers were nearly empty, their club members decided to take immediate action.
 
Each year, The Door serves more than 400 victims of domestic violence, and each week, there is a total of about 28 residents, including moms, and their children living in the shelter. The victims live in a safe, protected environment which is provided by the shelter, which includes all their meals.
 
A few days before Thanksgiving, Kingwood Rotarians purchased 850 pounds of turkeys, and with the help of Jared Buscemi, a member of their Quest Early College HS Interactor Club, Bruce and Carolyn Wise, and Charlie and Tommie Buscemi, delivered all the turkeys using a delivery truck provided by one of their fellow Rotarians, Frank Huezo.
 
The staff was extremely happy to receive the donation, and were very thankful that there will be food in their freezer for a couple of months.
 
Special thanks to Kingwood Rotarian Carolyn Wise for coordinating with Kroger's in Kingwood for the purchase of the turkeys. 
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Monday, October 24th is World Polio Day, and famous landmarks around the world will be illuminated with the "End Polio Now" message. 

Over the past two years, a number of iconic sites, including the Sydney Opera House, the Houses of Parliament in London, the Colosseum in Rome, the Great Pyramid of Khafre near Cairo, Chicago’s Wrigley Building, and several castles in Scotland have displayed the End Polio Now message.

Please CLICK HERE to see some of these images.  

It was 26 years ago that Rotary started the mission of eradicating polio off the face of the earth.  In 1985, with a $250,000 Grant from the Rotary Foundation, Rotarians worked to eradicate polio in the Philippines with their PolioPlus Program, then said, "If we can eradicate polio in the Philipines, then why not eradicate in all countries?"  

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CLICK HERE to watch a powerful 34-second video produced by Rotary International, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, and UNICEF. (To view video, you will need RealPlayer.  Click here for a free download of RealPlayer). 

After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners have achieved a 99% reduction of polio cases worldwide, and we are on the bring of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all.  It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

World Polio Day is October 24th, and Kingwood Rotarians are committed to doing our part to help wipe polio off the face of the earth!  We invite you to attend our "Zumba to End Polio Now" event on Saturday, November 5th from 2 pm until 3:30 pm at the Lake Houston YMCA in Kingwood.  For a poster about our upcoming event, please click:  "Zumba To End Polio Now" Dance Party.

To become a "Polio Eradication Hero", and help Rotary eradicate this disease, please CLICK HERE.

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                                                                                                                                                     THE "BEADS FOR HOPE" PROJECT AT THE SCHOOL OF THE CITY DUMP in Chinandega, Nicaragua teaches students at the Betania Trade School to make beautiful, hand-crafted beads from recycled wallpaper. Each student is paid for each bracelet that they make, which empowers them since the students earn the equivalent of a teacher's salary in Nicaragua!  Each individual, hand-rolled paper bead is made from recycled wallpaper and takes approximately 1 hour to hand-roll and shape enough beads to make a bracelet. Each bead is hand varnished which makes them durable and water resistant, and are then crafted into a piece of jewelry.

Kingwood Rotarian Frank Huezo, owner of Greenworld in Humble, was born in Nicaragua, and he started this project in Chinandega, Nicaragua in the late 1990's.  Known as The School of the City Dump Project, it is a remarkable Rotary project that has successfully removed children from living in the Chinandega City Dump, and now provides the children with an education, nutritional meals, and medical care.  A vital component is the school's Betania Trade School which empowers the students by teaching them a trade with the goal of helping them reach financial independence.

To watch an ABC13 Eyewitness News story about The School of the City Dump, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Bracelets can be ordered by contacting Frank Huezo at FrankHuezo@aol.com. Organizations that would like to sell the bracelets (minimum order is 100 bracelets) should also contact Frank. Click here for an ORDER FORM, or click here for an Information Sheet about the Beads For Hope Fundraiser in a Box.

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The Kingwood Rotary Club would like to thank everyone that attended our 9/11 Tribute in Town Center Park on Sunday, September 11th.  A crowd of almost 300 were in attendance to hear the guest speaker, Garry Blackmon, Chaplain for the City of Houston Fire Department.  Chaplain Blackmons' speech honored the memories of everyone lost in the tragedy, but also included a message of hope. 

 

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Only 1,711 of the 33,974 Rotary clubs worldwide have attained this accomplishment.  Kingwood Rotarians are very proud that we achieved this status only four years after our club was officially chartered with Rotary International. 

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There's something that all Rotary club members have in common...We take action.

As community volunteers...We reach out to neighbors in need...We build, support, and organize...We save lives...We work locally and globally. 

Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary:

  • Get involved in their communities
  • Connect with other professionals
  • Share their time and experience with young people
  • Support global causes, such as eradicating polio
  • Use their skills to help others

Whether you're a veteran volunteer or new to community service, we're looking for people like you.  

Give us a call at (281)359-7193 or send us an email at cjsb@suddenlink.net to express your interest.

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Kingwood Rotary September 11th Tribute at Town Center in Kingwood.  On Sunday, September 11th from 6 PM - 6:30 PM in Kingwood's Town Center Park, Kingwood Rotary invites everyone to attend this free, 30 minute event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th tragedy.  Sonia Azad, with ABC13 Eyewitness News,, will be our emcee, and the ceremony will include the release of peace doves in honor, and memory of all 9/11 victims, and heroes.  Link to:  Kingwood Rotary 9/11 Tribute Poster

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Kingwood Rotarians held a 9/11 Tribute Blood Drive as a "9/11 day of Service and Remembrance" on Sunday, August 21st  for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.  It was a huge success with a total  of 29 pints collected, and we thank everyone that gave the Gift of Life by donating blood.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center reported to us that according to their records: 

  • Kingwood Rotary Club ranks #1 for donations in their "Kingwood Business Group" which includes business in the Kingwood area.

 

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Kingwood Rotarians will be joining the other Rotary District 5890 Rotarians at the Houston Astros game on August 31st vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The entire Kingwood community is invited to bring family, friends, neighbors, and business associates to enjoy fun!

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On August 10th at 4:40 PM KTRH Channel 13 Eyewitness News featured the Rotary District 5890 "Rotary Books for the World Project" on their Hometown Live segment. Sonia Azid, a Rotary District 5890 Group Study Exchange Team Member to India in January 2010, was the reporter for the segment.

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 At a recent Rotary Membership Seminar, a panel of Rotarians were each asked to answer the question, "Why am I a Rotarian?" 
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At a July 2011 club meeting, Kingwood Rotary Club proudly presented fellow Kingwood Rotarian Frank Huezo with a $2,000 check for the School of the City Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua.
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Check out our Rotary District 5890 YouTube Page Featuring Many Activities in our District.

Click on District 5890's new YOUTUBE page, which features many activities, including our participation with many outstanding charitable organizations, who were recognized during the "Be A Friend" dinner, Rotary Youth Leadership Camp (RYLA), Rotaract, Great Day Houston, Gardening with the Rotary District Governor, and more.  Check out our Rotary District 5890 YouTube Page Featuring Many Activities in our District

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Come Join Us-EN from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, professional speaker and Rotarian Jerry Mills composed a tribute to Rotarians around the world in his song, COME JOIN US. We invite you to enjoy the images of Rotary projects throughout the world as you enjoy this inspirational music video.
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Kingwood Rotarian, Frank Huezo, returned to Chinandega, Nicaragua in August 2010 with Art Rascon of ABC13 Eyewitness News, plus other Rotarians, for a follow-up of Mr. Rascon's 1999, and 2002 Emmy Award winning documentaries, "Children of the Dump". On October 12, and October 13, 2010, ABC13 Eyewitness News showed how Rotarians have changed and saved the lives of children in Chinandega.

"To watch Art Rascon's story, please follow this link: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7721250
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Kingwood Rotary Club holds the distinction of being one of only 16 out of 62 Rotary clubs in our District 5890 of being a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club. This major Rotary accomplishment was achieved in just 4 short years after being chartered.
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The Kingwood Rotary Club is a proud member of the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce.
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The Kingwood Rotary Club is proud to be a member of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Kingwood Rotary Proudly Sponsors the EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program in Huffman ISD.Knights in Armor...Students learn about honesty, integrity, loyalty, serving others, and daily lessons about "Service Above Self"!
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The EarlyAct FirstKnight Program....Participating school campuses see grades and good behavior increase, while bad behavior declines!
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Attending weekly club meetings allows members to enjoy their club's fellowship, enrich their professional and personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their community.

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