SERVICE ABOVE SELF
We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
HUNGRY'S CAFE & BISTRO
2356 RICE BLVD
WEST OF GREENBRIAR IN RICE VILLAGE SHOPPING AREA
HOUSTON, TX 77005
The Rotary Club of University Area Houston's flag program, started in the spring of 2007, has been well received. Our Rotary Club places American flags in the front yards of our subscribers and while having a beautiful flag in their yards on four patriotic holidays, our subscribers also benefit by helping our Rotary Club raise funds for our various charitable activities . Please click on the HOLIDAY FLAG PROGRAM above to go to our special flag website where you can use PayPal when ordering your flags and read about our various charitable programs. (Note--Funds are payable to The University Area Rotary Foundation-a 501(c)3 charitable foundation.) To download a PDF form (CLICK HERE >>)THE HOLIDAY FLAG SIGNUP FORM. We appreciate your participation!
Posted by Jerry Harris
The Rotary Club of University Area has undertaken the great service project of assisting firefighters and their immediate families by providing low cost, fully furnished housing (30 to 40 unit apartment) that is secure and accessible to The Texas Medical Center (TMC) while they are undergoing active treatment at TMC for any medical condition, particularly cancer, that is the result of an on the job injury or resulting medical condition. The housing will be open to firefighters and their families throughout the United States and to foreign firefighters on a "space available" basis. Firefighters are held in high regard worldwide for the selfless service they perform on a daily basis and deserve the support of all. The City of Houston, the Houston Fire Department, the International Firefighters Union and The Texas Medical Center hospitals are going to be participants in seeing the project come to completion. To see some of the ways you or any Rotary Club or organization can help, please see the initial write up by clicking ROTARY FIREFIGHTERS HOME
Posted by Jerry Harris
WHAT GREAT NEWS. XEROX HAS GRANTED IRENE HICKEY A 6 MONTH LEAVE WITH FULL BENEFITS (LIKE PAY) TO WORK FULL TIME ON OUR ROTARY FIREFIGHTER'S HOME PROJECT TO PROVIDE A HOME AWAY FROM HOME TO FIREFIGHTERS COMING TO MD ANDERSON CANCER HOSPITAL. SHE IS ONE OF FIVE EMPLOYEES NATIONALLY AND THE ONLY WOMEN THAT XEROX GRANTED THIS WONDERFUL BENEFIT. SHE WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED A PR TEAM COURTESY OF XEROX TO HELP US GET THE WORD OUT. THE FIREFIGHTER'S HOME WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH A QUALITY PLACE TO STAY AT A VERY LOW COST WHILE RECEIVING CANCER TREATMENT. HOUSING NEAR THE MEDICAL CENTER IS USUALLY EXPENSIVE AND MOST TREATMENTS TAKE WEEKS IF NOT LONGER. MD ANDERSON CANCER HOSPITAL, THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF FIREFIGHTERS, BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY, ARE ALL WORKING ON PARTICIPATING IN OUR PROJECT WHICH HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO THEM AT SEVERAL MEETINGS. IRENE WILL WORK WITH ALL STARTING IN APRIL TO BRING THIS TO FRUITION. OUR CLUB OWES HER OUR GRATITUDE FOR GETTING THIS FULLY INVOLVED.
Posted by Jerry Harris on Mar 10, 2013
Event chair, Alice Hasting-James led our group of Rotarians including our club President Susan to work the phone bank at the Channel 8 Telethon. We were there for 4 hours and took more pledges than Channel 8 had originally anticipated. It was a worthy service project and a great time was had by all.
Posted by Jerry Harris on Mar 14, 2013
Christian Pelz, was our Rotary Youth Exchange student 2003/04. Christian, now age 25, is now the principal Cellist with the Hambury Symphony Orchestra. Christian credits his year here at High School for Visual and Performing Arts to his decision to become what he clearly has become.
To see him playing his music CLICK HERE.
Posted by Jerry Harris on Mar 02, 2013
Our club meet out west of Tomball to help paint a home at the Boy's & Girl's Country College Campus. It was a bright cool morning and we were given grey paint for the home. It looked great until we were told the the grey was for the trim and the white was for the trim. It really looked better the way it was done. The ladies form Duchesne Academy and our Lamar Interact Club were present along with some other volunteers. As usual, Susan Epps, provided great food for all. This was another meaningful service project. To see photos of this event click B & G Country Paint Day
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jan 23, 2013
OUR ROTARY CLUB FOR YEARS HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL ROTARY INTERNATIONAL RECOGNIZED CLUB. WITH THE HELP OF THEIR SPONSOR, MRS. DAWN FOY, THEIR PRESIDENT AUSTIN RUIZ AND THEIR ENTHUSIASTIC MEMBERS IT HAS FINALLY BECOME A REALITY. ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 GOVERNOR CHRIS SCHNEIDER PRESENTED THEIR CURRENT PRESIDENT AUSTIN RUIZ THEIR CHARTER. INTERACT DISTRICT 5890 GOVERNOR GARRETT KNEESE SPOKE TO THE GROUP ABOUT THE WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE THEY WILL HAVE IN INTERACT AND AT INTERACT FUNCTIONS. WE PRESENTED THEM THEIR CLUB BANNER, A 4-WAY TEST BANNER, BELL, PINS AND MEMBERSHIP CARDS. PRESENT FROM OUR CLUB WERE JERRY HARRIS, CINDY MURPHY (INTERACT CO-CHAIRS), PHIL CEZEAUX, JAY TAYLOR & JIM CRAIG. ALSO DISTRICT 5890 YOUTH CHAIRS TOMMIE & CHARLIE BUSCEMI SPOKE TO THE INTERACTORS. EVERYONE ENJOYED THE AFTERNOON. LAMAR WILL BE A VERY ACTIVE CLUB.
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jan 19, 2013
SATURDAY EVENING OUR CLUB HAD A GREAT 2013 KICKOFF PARTY AT LUCY'S CLUBHOUSE. IT WAS A FUN EVENING AND HOMERO'S FIREHOUSE TACO TRUCK PROVIDED SOME DELICIOUS MEXICAN FOOD. TO SEE PHOTOS CLICK HERE 2013 KICKOFF PARTY
Posted by Jerry Harris on Dec 08, 2012
Members of our Rotary Club met Saturday morning to build 4 garden plots,at the Santa Maria Hostel which is dedicated the helping women with abuse and drug problems. The weather was perfect short sleeve temperatures and the work was completed by 11:00 AM. Dr. Manu Sharma ( our Wednesday speaker), two of our nurse scholarship recipients and fellow Rotarians moved and placed cinder blocks and lots of dirt. As usual, snacks were provided by Susan Epps. We are getting good at the building of these type of above ground gardens thanks to the leadership of Wayne Shull. As a note to him, he should always pick out days with such great weather. Click on the Santa Maria album on the tight side of the page to view the pictures or just click GARDEN PICTURES
Posted by Jerry Harris on Nov 17, 2012
SATURDAY WAS A GREAT FOOTBALL DAY. THE WEATHER WAS PERFECT! THE KIDS FROM THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, THE YMCA AND THE CHINQUAPIN SCHOOL REALLY ENJOYED THE FACE PAINTING, THE TATTOS, THE HOT DOGS WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS AND A GREAT FOOTBALL GAME WHERE RICE SOUNDLY DEFEATED THE SMU MUSTANGS 36 TO 14. WHAT A WELL BEHAVED BUNCH OF KIDS. OUR CLUB WISHES TO THANK OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS IN MAKING THIS HAPPEN: H.E.B FOOD STORES FOR THE FOOD (EXCEPT THE GREAT DESERTS MADE BY SUSAN EPPS), GEO H LEWIS FUNERAL DIRECTORS FOR THE TENT, THE RICE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FOR THE TICKETS AND OUR MANY HELPERS FROM DUCHESNE ACADEMY, ST. THOMAS AND LAMAR HIGH SCHOOLS AND OUR FELLOW ROTARIANS WHO CAME OUT TO HELP SERVE AND MAKE THIS EVENT COME OFF SMOOTHLY. OUR CHIEF COOK, JIM MORES, AND HIS LAST BATCH CAJUN DOGS WERE LARAPIN. I PERSONALLY WISH TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO DID THE HEAVY LIFTING AND FETCHING WHILE I AM RECOVERING FROM KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE ALL OF THE HELPERS AND WE ALL ENJOYED THE ROTARY FELLOWSHIP. TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THIS EVENT CLICK ON THE ALBUM TAILGATE 11-17-2012 ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE OR JUST CLICK TAILGATE PARTY PHOTOS
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 28, 2012
After a great All Club meting our club was host Friday morning to RI President Tanaka at the Houston Fire Department. President Tanaka was very interested in the international work our club and particularly Past President Art Bautista have accomplished in arranging the donation and transfer of fire fighting equipment and firetrucks to Tampico, Mexico. Houston Fire Chief Garrison, who went to Japan on a Rotary exchange program, was also there to welcome him and to show him around the facility. President Tanaka was the District Governor when Chief Garrison was in Japan. It was a wonderful event and all present enjoyed the Rotary fellowship and the unique opportunity to speak directly with the Rotary International President. Thank you for your time Mr. President.
Posted by Jerry Harris on Sep 05, 2012
Nursing Scholarship Awards were presented to 3 applicants at Wednesday's club meting. In the photo from the left are President Susan, recipients Rochelle Smith, Keidra Hyatt, Cindy Murphy Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee, and recipient Blanca Darrington . All recipients which attend Prairie View University Nursing School will participate the rest of the year in club activities and give us a progress report at the end of their school year. They also promised warm bed pans for Rotarians in the hospital if the need arises.
Posted by Jerry Harris on Aug 04, 2012
A GROUP OF FELLOW RCUAH ROTARIANS SPENT SATURDAY MORNING BUILDING GARDEN PLOTS OUT OF CINDER BLOCKS AND FILLING THEM WITH DIRT AND MULCH. IT WAS SLIGHTLY WARM BUT WITH LOTS OF DRINKS AND FOOD ARRANGED BY SUSAN EPPS WE MADE IT THROUGH THE MORNING. THE VEGETABLES THAT ARE GROWING THERE NOW ARE GETTING LARGE, THERE WAS SOME BEANS THAT WERE NEARLY 18" LONG. MITCHELL LOU LED THE DISCUSSION ON HOW TO PREPARE SUCH A VEGETABLE. A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.
Posted by Art Bautista on Jun 23, 2012
Posted by Jerry Harris on Jun 20, 2012
Past District Governor Suzi Howe was the installing officer at Wednesday morning's Club Installation of Officers for the 2012-2013 Rotary year. Past President Lucy presented her officers and directors with certificates of appreciation for their help during the 2011-2012 Rotary year as well as presenting members Wayne Schull and Jay Taylor with Paul Harris Fellowship awards for their outstanding club service. Pictured below are PDG Suzi, President Susan and Junior Past President Lucy. Also shown are JPP Lucy and our past Assistant Governor Ronny.
Posted by Jerry Harris on Apr 28, 2012
Saturday morning a few brave Rotarians representing our club met at 7:00 AM at the HFD warehouse on Dart Street and received an 18 wheeler's load of out of service but still in working condition firefighting equipment. This will be sent via our sister club in Tampico, Mexico to be presented to the Tampico firefighters. The City of Tampico is a Sister City with Houston. Afterwards, our group met at the Avenue Grill for a great breakfast. Rotary Service Above Self and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
Posted by Jerry Harris on May 03, 2011
Matching Grant for uninterrupted power supply for Piyali School
Piyali Learning Centre presently caters to nearly 200 girl students, who are provided with education, clothes, toiletries, healthcare and two nutritious meals a day free of cost. Their mothers and other womenfolk of the village benefit from the adult literacy, vocational training and self-employment through micro-credit programmes run by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.
The school is presently functioning from rented facilities with limitation of expansion. Therefore, an ambitious task of constructing a new school building and canteen is already being implemented. The construction of the first phase is likely to be complete by June, 2011 and will cater to 250 girls. The facilities would be gradually expanded to cater to 600 girls and free boarding facilities to girls from class five upwards by the end of 2012.
The power situation in Piyali is very erratic and alarming, due to which the village of Piyali and surrounding areas go without electricity at times for over 10 hours a day. To meet the urgent need to provide a diesel generator in the new premises for uninterrupted education of children, our club has entered into a strategic partnership with Rotary Club of Belur to take up a Matching Grant project of $ 14,559 jointly with Kensington/ Berlin Rotary club and R I Dist 7890 as international sponsors.
Rotarian Art Bautista of University Area Rotary Club, Dist 5890 played an important role in designing the project. He offered a significant amount of club contribution + DDF for this project, but his club is from a Pilot district and TRF policy restricts the use of DDF only from pilot district by way of gift. As such, his district 5890 has made an outright gift of $ 3,000 to be used for this project through D 7890. Matching this gift, D 7890 are putting up an aggregate DDF of $ 5850 (inclusive of gifted DDF).
The application was submitted on 30th March 2011, one day before the closing of deadline for current Rotary year’s Matching Grant cycle, and was acknowledged by TRF with a MG # 75134.
Project partner DG Prasad Menon of D 7890 of USA stated that “This was quite an accomplishment; I haven't seen a MG project put together between 3 Districts and 4 Rotary Clubs in such a short time. Kudos to you for spearheading.”
Primary Host Project Contact is none other than ARRFC PDG Ravi Sehgal, who remarked “Thanks Vishnuji, Its all your effort that we could see the project planning & preparation being completed in record time !!!”
As provided by Dick Ferley, the table below shows the history of our club's long-running nursing scholarship program:
1960 2 scholarships @ $150 each
1961 - 1978 Unknown number per year @ $150-250
1979 - 1983 8 scholarships per year @ $250
1984 - 1989 4 scholarships per year @ $750
1990 - 2000 Unknown number @ $750 - 1,500
2001 4 scholarships @ $1500
2002 - 2004 4 scholarships per year @ $2000
2005 - 2006 6 scholarships per year @ $2000
2007 -2009 8 scholarships per year @ $2000
2010 5 scholarships @ $2000
2011 3 scholarships @ $2000
2012 3 scholarships @ $2000
SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, THE ROTARY CLUB OF UNIVERSITY AREA HOUSTON HAS PROVIDED APPROXIMATELY $200,000 IN AWARDS.