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Posted by Don Butler on Mar 25, 2015

Bear Buddies, the Special Buddies program at Beckendorff Junior High School is hosting their annual "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign this week.  The event is an ongoing effort to raise the consciousness of students about the hurtful effects of the word "retard (ed)" and encourage them to pledge to stop using the R-word.  With their pledge, students support in building communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.  The Cinco Ranch Rotary Camo 5K is proud to be a supporter of the Special Buddies program throughout Katy ISD.Image

Posted by Don Butler on Mar 24, 2015


These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

Posted by Don Butler on Mar 10, 2015

Cinco Ranch Rotary President James Tomberlin receives a banner from visiting Rotarian G "Rama" Muthuramalingam of the Rotary Club of Bangalore J P Nagar located in Karnataka, India.  Rama has been in Katy visting family, his home club meets at the R V Dental College.Image

Posted by Don Butler on Feb 13, 2015

Members of the Cinco Ranch Rotary Club present a check for $20,000 to The Brookwood Community.  The donation represents proceeds from the Katy Wine Fest held at Brookwood in November 2014.  The proceeds of the Katy Wine Fest support Brookwood’s Center for Learning.  Learn more about Brookwood’s story at

ImageVisit for more information about this fundraising event.

Posted by Don Butler on Jan 27, 2015

Peggy Norwood, founder of Neighborhood Kidz Club was our guest speaker on January 27th.  Neighborhood Kidz Club was founded in 2009 and provides Bible Clubs, Tutoring Programs, Summer Reading Programs and much more to children and their families in the greater Katy area.  For more information about Neighborhood Kidz Club, visit their website at:



Cinco Ranch Rotarian Lars Gustafson and Peggy Norwood of Neighborhood Kidz Club

Posted by Don Butler

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Cinco Ranch Rotary Club President James Tomberlin presents a check to Dean Bradley with Team RWB on Tuesday, October 7th.  The check is from proceeds of the Camo 5K event held in May.  Team RWB has been a big supporter of the Camo 5K.

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.Image

Posted by Don Butler on Oct 01, 2014



Cinco Ranch Rotary President James Tomberlin presents a check for $1,500 to Special Buddies founder Monica McDivitt and Debbie Kallina on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  Special Buddies was a beneficiary of the Camo 5K Fun Run event held in May 2014.

Posted by Don Butler on Sep 23, 2014


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April Fun Facts

1. The birthstone for April is the diamond.
2. The zodiac signs for April are Aries (March 21 - April 19) and Taurus (April 20 - May 20).
3. The birth flower of April is typically the Sweet Pea or the Daisy.
4. Global Child Nutrition Month
5. Humor Month
6. Mathematics Awareness Month
7. The Revolutionary War in America began on April 19, 1755.
8. April 23rd is known as the Feast day of the Patron Saint of England.
9. On April 30, 1975, General Duong Vanh Minh surrendered and the Communist forces captured Saigon which led to the end of the Vietnam War.
10. On April 4, 1818, a flag that contained 1 star for each state and 13 stripes was adopted by Congress.
11. In Fayette, N.Y. on April 6, 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith.
12. On April 6, 1917 the United States declared war on Germany in World War I.
13. On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed.
14. On April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island of Elba and he was abdicated as Emperor of the French.
15. Good Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday
16. April 1 - April Fools' Day
17. April 5 - Arbor Day
18. April 22 - Earth Day
19. Thai New Year in Thailand
20. Khmer New Year in Cambodia





Posted by Louis Myers


Fun March Facts

1. The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.
2. The zodiac signs for March are Aries (March 21 - April 19) and Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
3. The birth flower for March is daffodil.
4. American Red Cross Month
5. Fire Prevention Month
6. Women's History Month
7. National Reading Day
8. Saint David's Day
9. World Math's Day - the first Wednesday in March
10. March 1 is the date the Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the union.
11. March 2nd is celebrated by Texas as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico.
12. On March 4, 1681, William Penn was granted Pennsylvania's royal charter.
13. March 25th is celebrated by people in Maryland to commemorate the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
14. Purim, a Jewish festival usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.
15. March 8 - International Women's Day
16. March 14 - Pi Day
17. March 19 - Saint Joseph's Day
18. March 22 - World Water Day
19. March 23 - Pakistan Day
20. March 26 - Bangladeshi Independence Day







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February Fun Facts:

1. The birthstone for February is Amethyst. 
2. Two zodiac signs for February are Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) and Pisces (February 19 - March 20) 
3. The month has 29 days in leap years, when the year number is divisible by four. In common years the month has 28 days. 
4. Viola (plant) and the Primrose are the birth flowers. 
5. Black History Month is celebrated in Canada and United States. 
6. National Day of the Sun is celebrated in Argentina. 
7. In order to complete the Soviet Union's victory in Stalingrad during World War II, the last German troops surrendered in the Stalingrad pocket. 
8. On February 4, 1861, a temporary committee met at Montgomery, Alabama where they organized a Confederate States of America. 
9. On February 6, 1933, Amendment 20 to the United States was proclaimed which moved the Inauguration Day to January 20th. 

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January Fun Facts:

The Common Sense by Thomas Paine was published on January 10, 1776. 
On January 10, 1920 the League of Nations was established. 
National Blood Donor Month 
National Braille Literacy Month 
National Hobby Month 
National Soup Month 
National Staying Healthy Month 
On January 8, 1798, Amendment 11 to Constitution was proclaimed which modified the Supreme Court's power. 
On January 4, 1785, Utah became the 45th state. 
On January 7, 1789. New Mexico became the 47th state. 

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This January We Celebrate:

The Birthday Of Roy DuPuis. Happy Birthday!! 

Anniversary Of Jim Davis & Anna Davis January 20th.

Member Join Date Anniversary Of Joe Mazzu & Joseph Siminic. Mr.Mazzu Will Be Celebrating 9 Years With Us Jan 01, And Joseph Siminic Is Celebrating 7 Years With Us Jan 06, Congratulations. 


Posted by Louis Myers

10 December Fun Facts :

1. The birthstone of December is turquoise. 
2. Zodiac signs for December are Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 - January 19). 
3. The birth flower of December is the narcissus. 
4. World's AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st. 
5. December 3 - International Day of the Disabled Person 
6. Universal Human Rights Month 
7. National Read a New Book Month 
8. In December, Nobel Prizes are awarded. 
9. On December 4, 1791, The Observer newspaper (the first Sunday newspaper) was first published in Britain. 
10. Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th. 

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December we celebrate Don Butler and his 11 years with the Cinco Ranch Rotary Group. 

Along with David Sheehan celebrating his 1st one year anniversary. 


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10 November Fun Facts :

1. The birthstone for November is the topaz. 
2. The zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) and Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) 
3. The birth flower for November is the chrysanthemum. 
4. On November 2, 1769, a Spanish expedition reached San Francisco Bay. 
5. On November 2, 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state of the United States. 
6. On November 2, 1889, South Dakota became the 40th state of the United States. 
7. On November 2, 1917, Arthur Balfour proposed settlement of Jewish people in Palestine. 
8. On November 4, 1979, the U.S. Embassy was taken over by Iranian revolutionaries in Teheran and a group of U.S. citizens were seized as hostages. 
9. On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game was played in the United States between Rutgers and Princeton. 
10. On November 8, 1889, Montana became the 41st state of the United States. 

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This Month There Are No Birthdays Or Anniversaries. 


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October Quotes & Fun Facts 

Hawaii has a special October event called "the Aloha Festival," sometimes described as the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific."
► Columbus Day is celebrated the second Monday every October.
► Germany's Oktoberfest originally began on October 17, 1810, the wedding day of King Ludwig I.
► The annual festival starts much earlier, often in September. In America, special holidays start earlier well. Christmas celebrations and sales start in September, and even July in some department stores.
► Dayight Savings Time ends every year at 2:00 A.M. local time on the last Sunday of October

"Just before the death of flowers, and before they are buried in snow,

There comes a festival season when nature is all aglow."
- unknown

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Rain in October means wind in December."
- Farmer saying

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Happy Birthday To Our Following Members:

Amber Gustafson Oct 04

Jim Davis Oct 19

Joseph Siminic Oct 22

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Sept 1: Titanic Wreckage Located (1985)    Sept 2: Labor Day Victory Over Japan Day 

Sept 5: Be Late For Something Day             Sept 6: Star Trek Debuted On TV

Sept 7: Babe Ruth Hit First Home Run (1915) Sept 9: Name "United States Of America" Adopted

Sept 13: International Chocolate Day            Sept 15: Alexander Fleming Discovered Penicillin (1928)

Sept 19: Mickey Mouse Debuted (1928)         Sept 21: International Day Of Peace

Sept 22: Autumn Begins                               Sept 25: Bill Of Rights Created 

Make Sure To Congratulate William Robb & Colleen Robb On Their 35th Anniversary Sept 30. 



Did You Know Trader Joe's Announced that it is expanding to Katy Texas! The Neighborhood Grocery Store Will Be Located In LaCenterra At Cinco Ranch.



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Basic Facts About August: In ancient Rome, August was the sixth month of the year. The month was originally named Sextilis which means six in Latin. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted, it became the eighth month of the year and was renamed in honor of Augustus Caesar. August is one of the seven months with thirty one days.


We would like to wish Mary Ellen Morris (Aug 14) & Georgia Barker spouse of Terry Barker (Aug 3)  a very Happy Birthday !!! 

Charles B. Saunders & Carolyn Saunders Share Their 48th Anniversary Aug 14th !!! Congratulations !!! 

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National Family Fun Month 
National Peach Month 
National Golf Month 
National Picnic Month 
Romance Awareness Month 
Friendship Day - first Sunday of August 
August 26 - Women's Equality Day

Celebrity August Birthdays:


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 July -- Julius Caesar's month
Middle English Julie
Latin Julius "Julius"
Latin Julius mensis "month of Julius"
Latin quintilis mensis "fifth month"

Quintilis (and later Julius) has always had 31 days.

Julius Caesar reformed the Roman calendar (hence the Julian calendar) in 46 BC. In the process, he renamed this month after himself.




Van Gilbert- July 27

Kenneth Jackson-  July 31

Charles B. Saunders July 22


---Spouse Birthdays---

Carolyn Saunders spouse of Charles B. Saunders celebrates her birthday July 5th


Don Butler & Stacy Butler celebrate 17 years together July 27th

Joseph Siminic & Luci Siminic will have been together 2 years July 23rd

James Tomberlin & Heather Tomberlin celebrate 19 years together July 30th


Member Join Date Anniversary 

Mike Elam has been with us 3 years July 3rd

Van Gilbert will celebrate 9 years with us July 2nd

Charles B. Saunders will have been with us 10 years July 8th 


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July Fun Facts

1. The birthstone for July is the Ruby. 
2. The zodiac signs for July are Cancer (June 21 - July 22) and Leo (July 23 - August 22) 
3. The birth flower for July is the water lily. 
4. The month of July was named after Julius Caesar. 
5. On July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was established due to the British North America Act. 
6. On July 1, 1898, the San Juan Hill was occupied by the American troops during the Spanish-American War. 
7. During World War I on July 1, 1916, the Battle of Somme began. 
8. On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was killed by Charles Guiteau. 
9. On July 2, 1890, the Sherman Antitrust Act (an Act to prohibit trusts) was passed by the United States Congress. 
10. On July 5, 1971, Amendment 26 was proclaimed which set the voting age at 18 in the United States. 
11. On July 6, 1854, the Republican Party held its first state convention at Jackson, Michigan. 
12. On July 11, 1804, during a duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton was killed. 
13. The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, was born on July 1, 1913. 
14. On July 16, 1790, District of Columbia was established. 
15. The first atomic bomb was set off by scientists in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. 


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We Want To Wish A Happy Birthday To:  


    Terry Barker May 25th & Suzy McClain May 15th


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This Month We Celebrate Two Special Anniversary's 


 Kenneth & Barbara Jackson will  celebrate 36 years together May 14th.


    Mary Ellen & Tyler Wigley will celebrate 10 years together May 17th.


We Celebrate 12 Member Join Date Anniversary's This May

Suzan Abrams 11 Years          Amber Gustafson 11 Years

Mike Hammond 11 Years         Ann Hodge 11 Years

Thomas G. Juarez 11 Years     Mary Ellen Morris 11 Years

Kenneth Jackson 8 Years         Terry Barker 1 Year

James Davis 1 Year                 Lars Gustafson 1 Year

Ann Lea Keeny 1 Year              William Robb 1 Year

May Is.... 

. National Good Car Care Month
. National Photo Month
. National Salad Month
. National Egg Month
. National Barbecue Month
. Revise Your Work Schedule Month
. National Hamburger Month
. Zombie Awareness Month

Celebrity Birthdays In May: 

    Dwayne Johnson May 2, 1972       David Beckham May 2, 1975 
    Christina Hendricks May 3, 1975    Brooke Hogan May 5, 1988 
    Adele May 5, 1988                       Chris Brown May 5, 1989
    George Clooney May 6, 1961        Audrina Patridge May 9, 1985
    Robert Pattinson May 13, 1986     Dennis Rodman May 13, 1961
    Stevie Wonder May 13, 1950        Cate Blanchett May 14, 1969
    Megan Fox May 16, 1986             Bill Rancic May 16, 1971
    Tina Fey May 18, 1970                La Toya Jackson May 29, 1956
    Brooke Shields May 31, 1965       Colin Farrell May 31, 1976 

Holidays In May: 

  May 4 Star Wars Day
  May 5 Cinco de Mayo
  May 6 National Teacher's Day
  May 8 VE Day, WW II
  May 12 Mother's Day - second Sunday
  May 18 Armed Forces Day -third Saturday
  May 24 Victoria Day (Canada)
  May 27 Memorial Day

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Happy Birthday April Members !!!!!!!!


Mike Hammond April 24th

William Robb April 27th

James Tomberlin April 19th 

Jo Gilbert Spouse Of Van Gilbert Will Celebrate Her Birthday April 13th

Becky Hammon Spouse Of Mike Hammond Will Celebrate Her Birthday April 25th 


Happy Anniversary To Jo And Van Gibert, They Will Celebrate 35 Joyful Years Together On April 15th !! 

"Member Join Date Anniversary" 

Steve Gilman Celebrates 8 Years With Our Rotary Group April 30th!! 

Below are some fun facts about April:

1. The birthstone for April is the diamond. 
2. The zodiac signs for April are Aries (March 21 - April 19) and Taurus (April 20 - May 20). 
3. The birth flower of April is typically the Sweet Pea or the Daisy. 
4. Global Child Nutrition Month 
5. Humor Month 
6. Mathematics Awareness Month 
7. The Revolutionary War in America began on April 19, 1755. 
8. April 23rd is known as the Feast day of the Patron Saint of England. 
9. On April 30, 1975, General Duong Vanh Minh surrendered and the Communist forces captured Saigon which led to the end of the Vietnam War. 
10. On April 4, 1818, a flag that contained 1 star for each state and 13 stripes was adopted by Congress. 
11. In Fayette, N.Y. on April 6, 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith. 
12. On April 6, 1917 the United States declared war on Germany in World War I. 
13. On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed. 
14. On April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island of Elba and he was abdicated as Emperor of the French. 
15. Good Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday 
16. April 1 - April Fools' Day 
17. April 5 - Arbor Day 
18. April 22 - Earth Day 
19. Thai New Year in Thailand 
20. Khmer New Year in Cambodia

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Happy February Friends And Family ! 


We would like to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a few of our member and their loved ones !!

Lawrence Gochioco be celebrating Feb 16th!

Lars Gustafson will have a joyful birthday Feb 21st!

Luci Siminic spouse of Joseph Siminic, will have her birthday Feb 9th! 

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The Legend of St. Valentines Day: 

The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? 

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. 

What Holidays Are In February?

Groundhog Day: February 2, United States and Canada
Valentines DayFebruary 14
Flag Day of CanadaFebruary 15
Presidents Day (United States, third Monday)

February Is National What Month? 

International Mother Language Day: February 21
Eyes of winterFebruary 24
Leap Day: February 29
Black History Month (Canada and United States)
National Bird-Feeding Month

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Husband & Wife Anniversaries For January 
Terry & Georgia Barker will be married 2 years Jan 15, 2013 - Congratulations
Jim & Ann Davis will be married 44 years Jan 20, 2013 - Way To Go !! Happy Anniversary 

Membership Anniversaries
Joe Mazzu   8 years    Jan 01, 2005
Joseph Siminic 6 years Jan 06, 2007

Holidays in January

January, painting by Leandro Bassano

January symbols

Snow in January
  • January's birthstone is the garnet which represents constancy.
  • Its birth flower is the cottage pink Dianthus caryophyllus or galanthus.[2]
  • The Chinese floral emblem of January is the Prunus mume.
  • The Japanese floral emblem of January is the camellia (Camellia sinensis).
  • In Finland, the month of Tammikuu means the heart of the winter and because the name also means Oak, it can be inferred that the oak tree is the heart of grand forest with many valuable trees as opposed to the typical Arctic forests which are typically pine and spruce. The photograph of a large tree covered with ice against a blue sky is a familiar scene during Finland's winter.
  • The Zodiac signs for the month of January are Capricorn (until January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 onwards).

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Fact About November:

Basic Facts

November comes from the Latin word novem which means nine. It was originally the ninth month of the year in the Roman calendar which began with March. When January and February were added to the Roman calendar, November became the eleventh month of the Gregorian calendar. November is one of the four months that has thirty days.


Topaz is one of the birthstones for November. Topaz can be found in many colors, but it is the orange topaz that is the traditional birthstone for November. Topaz is a symbol of friendship.

Citrine is also a November birthstone. Citrine is actually quartz crystal and is yellow to orange in color. It is often mistaken for the orange-yellow topaz which is the more expensive of the two birthstones.


The flower for the month of November is the chrysanthemum. The word chrysanthemum comes from the Greek words chrys and anthemum. Chrys means golden (the original color of the chrysanthemum) and anthemum means flower.

The symbols of the chrysanthemum are optimism and joy.

Astrological Signs

Scorpio and Sagittarius are the astrological signs for November. Birthdays from November 1st through the 21st fall under the Scorpio sign. November 22nd through November 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Sagittarius.

November Holidays and Observances

The most well known holiday in November is Thanksgiving Day. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Another very important holiday is Veteran's Day which is November 11th. It is a day to honor the men and women who have bravely served our country.

Election Day is the first Tuesday in November.

Also worth noting is that daylight savings time ends on the first Sunday in November. Don't forget to set your clocks back!

For a list of daily observances in November go to: 

Historic Events in November

Many major events happened in the month of November. Here are four well known historical events that took place in November. 
President Kennedy was assassinated on November 23, 1963. 
The end of World War I or Armistice Day was November 11, 1918. 
President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in November 1863. 
President Lincoln made the Gettysburg address in November of 1863.

Monthly observances

Listed below are the many observances during the month of November. 
Adoption Awareness Month 
Alzheimer's Disease Month 
Apple Month 
Child Safety & Protection Month 
Christmas Seals Month 
Diabetes Month 
Epilepsy Month 
Hospice Month 
International Drum Month 
Native- American Heritage Month

Famous People Born in November

Many famous people were born in November. Here are just a few of them. 
Three presidents: James Garfield, Warren Harding, and Zachary Taylor 
Several actors and actresses including: Leonardo Dicaprio, Sally Field, Goldie Hawn, Ethan Hawke, Scarlet Johansson and Whoopi Goldberg 
Authors: Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Mitchell and Mark Twain 
Singers/Musicians: Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Tina Turner

You can find a complete listing of famous people born in November at: 

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Happy Birthday This Month To You : 
Davis, Jim -  Oct 19th
Gustafson, Amber - Oct 4th
Siminic, Joseph - Oct 22

Happy Anniversary To : 
Amber Gustafson  Spouse Of Glenn For 30 Years (Oct 09, 1982) !
Hank Rennar Spouse Of Karen For 9 Years . Congratulations (Oct 04, 2003) !

This Months Membership Anniversary: 
Suzy McClain Has Been With Us Since Oct 02, 2007 !! 

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Halloween Facts:

  1. Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.
  2. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  3. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
  4. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact,wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
  5. An intense and persistent fear of Halloween is called Samhnainophobia Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  6. Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  7. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.
  8. According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
  9. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  10. Stephen Clarke holds the record for the world’s fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds, smashing his previous record of 54.72 seconds. The rules of the competition state that the pumpkin must weigh less than 24 pounds and be carved in a traditional way, which requires at least eyes, nose, ears, and a mouth..
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       Member Birthdays
Name                                          Date
Abrams, Suzan                            Sep 29
Estler, Carl                                  Sep 09
Gilman, Steve                              Sep 13
Rennar, Hank                              Sep 24

    Name                Spouse Name           Years               Date
Gilman, Steve         Donna                       32 years         Sep 29, 1980
Robb, William         Robb, Colleen            34 years         Sep 30, 1978

According to the Georgian calendar, September is the ninth month. But, on the Roman calendar, it was the seventh month. September has had 29 days, and 31 days; but, since the time of the emperor Augustus, it has had only 30 days.

September is one of the warmest months in the Southern United States. Northern states have warm September days, but the nights get much cooler. It is also harvest time for crops. And, in Switzerland, it's called Harvest Month.

U.S. Department of the Treasury  established, September 2, 1789. 

Japan's surrender in World War II first celebrated as Victory over Japan (V-J) Day, September 2, 1945.

First Labor Day  celebrated as a legal public holiday, September 3, 1894.

Great Britain signed Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War  in America, September 3,1783.

President McKinley  shot by an assassin, September 6, 1901.

Queen Elizabeth I of England born September 7, 1533

Italy announced its surrender in World War II, September 8, 1943.

California  became the 31st state, September 9, 1850.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the U.S. September 17

Constitution of the United States  signed, September 17, 1787.

Pompey , Roman general, born September 30, 106 B.C.

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Member Birthdays
Morris, Mary Ellen  Aug 14

Spouse Birthdays
Alexander, Paula Spouse Of Alexander, James    Aug 10

Alexander, James  Spouse Of Alexander, Paula  2 years  Aug 22, 2010
Saunders, Charles B. Spouse Of Saunders, Carolyn  47 years  Aug 14, 1965

Join Date Anniversaries
Dupuis, Roy   1 years   Aug 23, 2011
Estler, Car  l4 years   Aug 12, 2008

Colorado became the 38th state, August 1, 1876.

William Clark, a leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, born August 1, 1770.

Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner," born August 1, 1779.

Maria Mitchell, American astronomer, born August 1, 1818.

Lincoln penny issued August 2, 1909.

Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on his first voyage across the Atlantic, August 3, 1492.

Ernie Pyle, newspaper columnist, born August 3, 1900.

Union forces won the Battle of Mobile Bay in the Civil War, August 5, 1864.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet, born August 6, 1809.

Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to successfully swim the English Channel, August 6, 1926.

An American bomber dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945.

Ralph J. Bunche, American statesman, born August 7, 1904.

United States troops landed on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in World War II, August 7, 1942.

American poet Sara Teasdale born August 8, 1884.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, born August 8, 1896.

Ernest Orlando Lawrence, American atomic physicist and Nobel Prize winner, born August 8, 1901.

Richard M. Nixon became the first U.S. President ever to resign from office, August 9, 1974

The Columbia, under Robert Gray, completed the first voyage around the world by a ship flying the American flag, August 10, 1790.

Missouri became the 24th state, August 10. 1821.

Smithsonian Institution founded, August 10, 1846.

Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, born in West Branch, Iowa, August 10, 1874.

Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, August 12, 1877.

George Bellows, American painter and lithographer, born August 12, 1882.

The United States annexed Hawaii, August 12, 1898.

Lucy Stone, women's rights leader, born August 13, 1818.

Annie Oakley, sharpshooter, born August 13, 1860.

U.S. Social Security Act approved, August 14, 1935.

Indians massacred soldiers and settlers of Fort Dearborn, now Chicago, August 15, 1812.

Panama Canal opened to traffic, August 15, 1914.

American frontiersman Davy Crockett born August 17, 1786.

United States and Canada arranged for joint defense of North America, August 17, 1940.

Virginia Dare, first English child born in America, born August 18, 1587.

Meriwether Lewis, a leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, born August 18, 1774.

American merchant Marshall Field born August 18, 1835.

Orville Wright, pioneer American aviator and airplane designer, August 19, born 1871.

Philo T. Farnsworth, engineer who discovered a system for electronic television, born August 19, 1906.

Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, born in North Bend, Ohio, August 20, 1833.

Hawaii became the 50th state, August 21, 1959.

John Fitch successfully demonstrated his side-paddle steamboat, August 22, 1787.

The Savannah, first steamship to cross the Atlantic, launched, August 22, 1818.

First local chapter of the American National Red Cross founded by Clara Barton, August 22, 1881.

Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and biographer, born August 23, 1869.

William Wilberforce, British statesman and crusader against slavery, born August 24, 1759.

British troops captured Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, August 24, 1814.

Bret Harte, author of stories about the Western United States, born August 25, 1836.

Leonard Bernstein, American composer, conductor, and pianist, born August 25, 1918.

Lee De Forest, American inventor, born August 26, 1873.

Ottmar Mergenthaler received a patent for his Linotype machine, August 26, 1884.

Amendment 19, giving women in the United States the right to vote, proclaimed, August 26, 1920.

Oil production began commercially in the United States when Edwin Laurentine Drake struck oil, August 27, 1859.

Theodore Dreiser, American novelist, born August 27, 1871.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States, born near Stonewall, Texas, August 27, 1908.

Spanish explorers landed in Florida where St. Augustine now stands, August 28, 1565.

Great Britain provided for the end of slavery in its colonies, August 28, 1833.

More than 200,000 civil rights demonstrators staged a march on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, American physician and man of letters, born August 29, 1809.

Inventor and automobile pioneer Charles F. Kettering born August 29, 1876.

Second Battle of Bull Run, or Manassas, ended in a victory for the Confederates, August 30, 1862.

Huey Long, Louisiana governor and U.S. senator, born August 30, 1893.

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands born August 31, 1880.

Posted by Louis Myers

Member Birthdays
Gilbert, Van Jul 27
Jackson, Kenneth Jul 31
Saunders, Charles B. Jul 22

Spouse Birthdays
Saunders, Carolyn  Spouse Of  Saunders, Charles B.  Jul 05

Don and Stacy Butler 16 Years Jul 27th
Joseph and Luci Siminic 1 year Jul 23rd
James and Heather Tomberlin 18 Years Jul 30th

Join Date Anniversaries
James Alexander 2 Years Jul 20th
Mike Elam 2 Years Jul 3rd
Van Gilbert 8 Years Jul 2nd
Charles B. Saunders 9 Years Jul 8th

 Facts About July : 

According to the Gregorian calendar, July is the seventh month. On the Roman calendar, it was the fifth month and it was called 'Quintilis', menaing 'fifth'. Julius Ceasar gave the month 31 days in 46 B.C. The Roman Senate named it 'Julius', in honor of Caesar.

July is usually the hotest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. July is one of the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere. The climate is mild in most of the Southern Hemisphere, with the exception of the COLD Antarctica, and the cold,rainy part of South America.

During July, when there isn't much rain, the grass often loses it's greenness. Some flowers are abundant in July, because they strive on the heat. Also, insects are abundant as well - life is striving in July!

Independence Day is observed in the United States on July 4. On that day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. In France, a similar holiday, Bastille Day, occurs on July 14. Several other countries celebrate national independence in July. Canada celebrates July 1 as Canada Day. Independence Day is celebrated in Venezuela on July 5; in Argentina, July 9; in Belgium, July 21; and in Peru, July 28.

The Ruby is the gem for July.

The water lily is the flower for the month of July.

Kentucky became the 15th state, June 1, 1792.
Comte de Rochambeau, French commander in the Revolutionary War in America, born July 1, 1725.

The British North America Act went into effect, establishing the Dominion of Canada, July 1, 1867.

American troops occupied San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War, July 1, 1898.

Battle of the Somme began in World War I, July 1, 1916.

President James Garfield shot, July 2, 1881.

Sherman Antitrust Act passed, July 2, 1890.

Thurgood Marshall, first black justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, born July 2, 1908.

Champlain founded Quebec, July 3, 1608.

Furniture designer Robert Adam born July 3, 1728.

John S. Copley, American painter, born July 3, 1738.

Composer George M. Cohan born July 3, 1878. 

Idaho became the 43rd state, July 3, 1890.

Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, and John Hancock signed it, July 4, 1776.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author, born July 4, 1804.

Work began on the Erie Canal, July 4, 1817.

Stephen Foster, American songwriter, born July 4, 1826.

Vicksburg surrendered to the Union Army in the Civil War, July 4, 1863.

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, born in Plymouth Notch, Vt., July 4, 1872.

First Pacific cable, running between San Francisco and Manila, opened by President Theodore Roosevelt, July 4, 1903.

P. T. Barnum, American circus owner, born July 5, 1810.

Amendment 26, which sets the voting age at 18 in the United States, was proclaimed, July 5, 1971.

John Paul Jones, American naval hero, born July 6, 1747.

British troops captured Fort Ticonderoga, July 6, 1777.

The Republican Party held its first state convention, at Jackson, Mich., July 6, 1854.

Japanese and Chinese troops clashed, beginning the struggle that became World War II, July 7, 1937.

John D. Rockefeller born July 8, 1839.

Elias Howe, American inventor, born July 9, 1819.

Protestant leader John Calvin born July 10, 1509.

J. A. M. Whistler, American painter, born July 10, 1834.

Wyoming became the 44th state, July 10, 1890.

John Q. Adams, sixth President of the United States, born in Braintree (now Quincy), Mass., July 11, 1767.

Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, July 11, 1804.

Author Henry D. Thoreau born July 12, 1817.

Inventor George Eastman born July 12, 1854.

Andrew Wyeth, American painter, born July 12, 1917.

Mary Emma Woolley, American educator, born July 13, 1863.

Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States, born in Omaha, Nebr., July 14, 1913.

Manitoba became a province of Canada, July 15, 1870.

Second Battle of the Marne in World War I began, July 15, 1918.

First mission in California established at San Diego by Father Junipero Serra, July 16, 1769.

District of Columbia established, July 16, 1790.

Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, born July 16, 1821.

Scientists set off the first atomic bomb, Alamogordo, N. Mex., July 16, 1945.

Spain officially turned Florida over to the United States, July 17, 1821.

Spanish Civil War began, July 17-18, 1936.

Samuel Colt, firearms inventor, born July 19, 1814.

First woman's rights convention in United States met at Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19,1848

British Columbia became a Canadian province, July 20, 1871.

U.S. astronaut Neil A. Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, July 20, 1969.

First Battle of Bull Run, or Manassas, in the Civil War, July 21, 1861.

Ernest Hemingway, American author and winner of the Nobel Prize, born July 21, 1899.

Battle of Atlanta in the Civil War, July 22, 1864.

Stephen Vincent Benet, American poet, born July 22, 1898.

The Mormons settled Salt Lake City, July 24, 1847.

Amelia Earhart, American aviator and first woman to fly the Atlantic, born July 24, 1897.

George Stephenson first successfully demonstrated a steam locomotive, July 25, 1814.

Louis Bleriot made first flight across the English Channel, July 25, 1909.

New York ratified the Constitution, July 26, 1788.

Playwright George Bernard Shaw born July 26, 1856.

The first permanent Atlantic cable completed, July 27, 1866.

Truce signed, ending Korean War, July 27, 1953.

Amendment 14, which defines United States citizenship, was proclaimed, July 28, 1868.

Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, born July 29, 1805.

Booth Tarkington, American novelist, born July 29, 1869.

First representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, July 30, 1619.

American social scientist Thorstein Veblen born July 30, 1857.

Henry Ford, American automobile manufacturer, born July 30, 1863.

First patent in United States registered, July 31, 1790.
Posted by Louis Myers

                Spouse Birthdays

Name                         Spouse Of             Date
Karen                       Rennar, Hank          Jun 02
Wigley, Tyler         Morris, Mary Ellen      Jun 16

              Join Date Anniversary 
    Fling, Robert   4 Year Anniversery June 24 

Facts About June

Flag Day is observed in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our flag. It then had only 13 stars, to match its 13 stripes.

It's not an official national holiday, but in Pennsylvania, it is a legal holiday. The President has proclaimed a public flag day observance every year. It was first observed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the selection of the flag. President Harry S. Truman officially recognized June 14 as Flag Day by signing the National Flag Day Bill. 

My American Flag
The Philippines' Independence Day is on June 12.
Sweden celebrates flag day, its national holiday, on June 6.
Finland's flag day is the Saturday closest to June 24.
The JUNE BUG also known as June beetle, is the name for several large beetles seen in the United States during May and June. They are usually seen at night, when the light attracts them.

June bugs eat the young leaves of trees and plants. They deposit their eggs in the ground. The young larvae bury themselves in the soil in the autumn and stay there two years. They then come out in May or June as adult beetles.

Posted by Louis Myers

Member Birthdays
Lancaster, Melodie  May 07
McClain, Suzy       May 15

Join Date
Abrams, Suzan  10 years  May 24  
Gustafson, Amber 10 years May 24 
Hammond, Mike 10 years  May 2
Hodge, Ann    10 years May 24
Jackson, Kenneth 7 years  May 01
Juarez, Thomas G. 10 years May 24
Morris, Mary Ellen 10 years May 24

Empire State Building opened May 1, 1931.
Hudson's Bay Company chartered May 2, 1670.
Catherine the Great of Russia born May 2, 1729.
Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince, born May 3,1469.
First U.S. medical school opened in Philadelphia, May 3, 1765.
Karl Marx, author of Das Kapital, born May 5, 1818.
Napoleon died on St. Helena, May 5, 1821.
Mexicans defeated French at Puebla, May 5, 1862.
Memorial Day first observed, May 5, 1866.
First postage stamp issued in England May 6, 1840
Robert E. Peary, American Arctic explorer, born May 6, 1856.
Robert Browning, English poet, born May 7, 1812.
Composer Johannes Brahms born May 7, 1833.
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer, born May 7, 1840.
A German submarine sank the passenger liner Lusitania in World War I, May 7, 1915.</body>
Posted by Louis Myers

Good Morning, 
     An email blast has gone out to last years runners of the 5K Run/Walk. The direct link is in case anyone would like to share with friends and family. Below is the race schedule and other key information for our event :) 

Race Schedule 

5:30 – 6:45 a.m.
Late Registration and Packet Pickup
7:00 a.m.
5K Begins
7:15 a.m.
1 Mile Walk Begins
8:15 a.m.
Awards Presentation

Chip Timing
The 5K will be chip-timed. If you do not wear a chip you will not be timed and you will not be included in any results. You must wear a chip to be timed and eligible to receive an award. Chips will attached to the back of the bibs. DO NOT REMOVE THE CHIP FROM THE BACK OF THE BIB.

Awards will be given to  Overall and Masters Division Male and Female. The top three male and female finishers in the following age categories will receive a division award:

12 and under
70 and over

Packet Pick-Up And Late Registration

Luke’s Locker in LaCenterra

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd #J100
Katy, Texas 77494
(281) 391-7880

- Thursday, May 24, 2012
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday, May 25, 2012
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Villagio Town Center Courtyard
22756 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, Texas 77450

- Saturday, May 26, 2012 (Race Day)
5:30 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.

Image *All mailed in entries must be postmarked by May 11, 2012. Entries received after this date will not be honored.

Posted by Louis Myers

    Member Birthdays    
    Daniels, Larry    Feb 03  

    Gochioco, Lawrence    Feb 16    
  Spouse Birthdays

    Luci    Siminic, Joseph    Feb 09   


February is the second month, and has 28 days, except on Leap Years when it has 29 (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012).

It is named after the Roman god Februus.  The Latin root word februa means purification; and the Romans held their celebration of purification during the time of the month February. The Welsh originally called the second month of the year – “y mis bach” meaning the little month. During the time of Shakespeare it was called ‘Feverell’.

The flower of this month is a violet or sometimes a primrose and the birthstone is amethyst (which represents sincerity).

Three big holidays are held in February: Groundhog’s day (2nd), St. Valentine’s Day (14th) and President’s day (3rd Monday).

Posted by Louis Myers

Spouse Birthdays   

    Name                      Spouse Of       Date 

    Dunlap , Steven    Oliver, Jane     Jan 09              
Membership Anniversaries

    Name                         Years               Date   

    Mazzu, Joe                 7 years          Jan 01

    Siminic, Joseph           5 years          Jan 06  

Posted by Suzan Abrams on Sep 19, 2011

September Birthdays:

                Carl                        9-09

                Steve G.                 9-13

                Hank                      9-24

                Suz                         9-29


September Anniversaries:

                Steve and Donna Gilman – 9-29   31 years


October Birthdays:

                Amber                    10-04

                Joe                         10-22

                Jane                       10-27


October Anniversaries:

                Hank & Karen Rennar    10-04            8 years

                Amber  & Glenn Gustafson  10-09   29 years


Rotary Anniversaries:

                Suzy McClain  4 years as a Rotarian

                Jane Oliver     2 years as a Rotarian



Posted by Suzan Abrams

First Club Social of the 2011-2012 Rotary Year 

 Katy Sunrise Rotary Shrimp Boil.   Go to fullsize image

President Carl is hosting this event and has invited our 'sister club' Katy Rotary. The event will feature 'flour bombing' and other fun activities.  Rotarians should bring their family (that means kids too), friends and prospective Rotarians.

  8-13-2011   5:00 pm at Carl's House 

RSVP:  Suz at by Thursday, 8-11

Posted by Suzan Abrams

RCKS is fortunate to have Jean Love once again as our Assistant Governor.   Jean presented the 2011-2012 Theme Reach Within To Embrace Humanity.

She mentioned that our Adoption Fairs are ways our club embraces humanity - even the children that were not adopted benefitted from the acts of kindness shown to them during this event. 

She encouraged us to perform 'Random Acts of Kindness' and remember that sometimes it's the person we know that needs our support.  Make a call to check up on someone you've not seen in awhile.

On January 12, 2010 several Rotarians from our district landed at the airport in Haiti. They were part of a team working on a clean water and reforestation project.  One Rotarian's suitcase was delayed so they had to wait in the airport for an extended amount of time.  Because of this delay they were on the road at the time the earthquake occured.  If not for the delay they would have been crushed because the building they were headed to was destroyed.  The group instantly began to help where they could.  In many cases the only help they could give was to hold a hand and pray.  This group understands first-hand about Reaching Within to Embrace Humanity.  

Our club will be challenged during 2011-2012 to make a difference by Reaching Within to Embrace Humanity!

Posted by Suzan Abrams

Club President Carl Estler welcomes new member Roy Dupuis to the Katy Sunrise Rotary Club. 


Posted by Suzan Abrams

On August 14, 1965, Bari and Carolyn Saunders said 'I do'.  Happy 46th Anniversary!

No Birthdays in August!


8/2:  AG Jean Love    Reach Within to Embrace Humanity

8/9:  Richard Long, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Manager   Addicks & Barker Dams; Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

8/16:   Rotary Youth Exchange Student Trine Ziegler    From Denmark to Katy

8/23:  Classification Speech  - Steve O'Brien



Posted by Suzan Abrams


Rotary's obligation to the children of the world

We Won't Stop, Until the Last Child Is Immunized!

New Polio cases reported for the week ending 07/17/11:
Pakistan 4, Afghanistan 0, India 0, Nigeria 1, Chad 5, DRC 1  
Did You Know?

The Central Asia and Russian Federation Region has not reported a wild poliovirus case in more than six months.


Posted by Suzan Abrams

Happy Birthday to:

Bari Saunders  (7-22)   Van Gilbert (7-27)    Ken Jackson (7-31)

Happy Anniverary to:

Don & Stacey Butler 15 years on 7-27       James & Heather Tomberlin  17 years on 7-30 


Joe & Luci  7-23 (see news for details) 

Posted by Suzan Abrams

Honorary member of Katy Sunrise Rotary Club and Katy Chamber President Ann Hodge was our guest speaker on July 12, 2011.  We all know the Katy area has grown over the past 10 years but Ann was able to give actual numbers.  In 1990 Katy* had 82,000 homes and the projection was that by 2010 there would be 244,000 homes.  In reality, there were 256,000 homes at the end of 2010 and by 2015 the projection is 342,000.  

The Katy area currently has 6,600 business and with the new hospials this number will more than likely increase.  Ann Hodge and her staff at the Katy Chamber of Commerce not only work with new residents and businesses but they organize an annual trip to Austin to meet with those elected officials representing the Katy area.  

Why have we had such tremendous growth? 

Ann stated many families move to Katy for our schools!  

In my opinion another reason is people like Ann Hodge who work tirelessly to promote Katy as a wonderful place to work, live and raise a family!

Posted by Van Gilbert on May 28, 2011

For results of the 8th Annual 5K Run click here.

Thanks to all participants and volunteers.




Posted by Van Gilbert

The 8th Annual Katy Sunrise Rotary 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk, Stroll, or Roll is scheduled for Saturday, May 28th.  Since this event kicks off the Memorial Day weekend, the run is appropriately taking on some additional beneficiaries.  The 2011 run will benefit:

Wounded Warrior Project
Lone Star Veterans Association
CHAMPS (Children Against Mines Program)
Family to Family Network of Katy

The Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise presents this fun family-oriented 5K run and a 1-mile walk. This year's race returns to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, Greater Katy/West Houston's  premiere lifestyle center.
Runners, don't miss this! The 5K Run features ChampionChip Timing and a USATF Certified 5km Course! Sign up now to start or maintain your tradition of making this the one to run, walk, or roll* year after year!


* Applies to personal mobility devices such as wheelchairs, etc. No skateboards or skates permitted.

Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Reverend "Rocky" Summerfield, Jr spoke about his ministry that focuses on sharing the word of God with the Biker Community. You are invited to to worship with "We Will Ride Minsistries" loacted at Katy Custom Cycles,3130 N. Fry Road on Sundays 10:30 - 11:45.For more information visit
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Vicki Rinke is a volunteer at the Breath of Life Clinic located in Katy, Texas. She, along with other volunteers, reach out to our local community to bring healthcare to those who need assisstance.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

John Boerstler, President and Co- Founder of the Lone Star Veterans Association spoke about the organizations mission to reach all veterans returning from duty in hopes of providing them with the resources they need to re-enter civilian life. LSVA provides Peer- Mentoring, Networking, Career Coaching, Social Activities, softball and much,much more. Please visit them at
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

We have been blessed to have Marco Neeves as our foreign-echange student this year. He is a native of Brazil and is currently living with families in Katy, Texas and attending Taylor High School. Marco spoke about his home town and country, hobbies and his favorite foods in Brazil. He also shared stories and photos of some of his adventures while here in the U.S.
Posted by Van Gilbert

The Nominating Committee puts forth the following nominations: President - Karl Estler; President Elect - Suzan Abrams; Secretary - Jane Oliver; Treasurer - Joe Siminic; Past President - Hank Rennar; Public Relations Chairperson - Amber Gustafson; Membership Chairperson - Larry Daniels; Service Projects Chairperson - Don Butler; Club/Vocational Chairperson - Steve Gilman. Nominations will remain open until 12 noon, Monday, February 28, 2011. Additional nominations can be submitted to the nominations committee (Larry Daniels, Steve Gilman, or Van Gilbert) until then.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Joe Mazzu spoke of past visions that Brookwood has held and how they, along with others, saw these visions become a reality. He also spoke of their current vision and how Brookwood leaders and partners will make strides to see it come to fruition within 5 years. Please visit for more information about The Brookwood Community.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

The Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise hosted a Wine Fest in Ocotber 2010. This event raised money that is given back to our local charities and some international projects. Our local Charities this year were Christ Clinic, The City of Katy Parks Department and Easter Seals.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Angie Jiminez and Jean Love spoke about our local district, RI and Rotarian Books for the World. The focus was on how being a Rotarian is something to be proud of and how rotary clubs make a huge impact around the world.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Please join us for a Blood Drive. Now through Novermber 21, 2010 you may stop by any Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and donate blood to help our club raise 20 pints. Please remember that more than 1,000 donations are needed every day in our region. The Katy location is 1575 South Grand Parkway near Highland Knolls. Please call 281-392-7902 to make your appointment today.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Students to Assist in Saving Lives Half a World AwayKaty ISD Campuses Working to Sponsor CHAMPS Landmine Detection Dogs
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Jeanet Maurer founder and spokeswoman for Joe Joe Bear. A Non-profit organization who collects new Teddy Bears for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. They also hold events to raise funds and
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Rusty Dowling, Head of Katy Athletics,gave the latest news on where the organization was headed, challenges of all the new growth and plans for new stadium.Jul 27
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Louise Goodfellow,Jimmy Taylor and Linda Flores spoke about 30 hour Famine fundraiser for World VisionWorld Vision's 30 Hour Famine is a worldwide movement of students who are serious about serving God and fighting hunger - all on an empty stomach. For 30 hours, participants get a taste of hunger by not eating - something more than a billion people around the world experience every day. And by doing fundraising activities, community service projects, and learning more about the facts of world hunger, students are changed in amazing ways as they help others and save lives.
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Katy Sunrise President, Hank Rennar, inducts new member James Alexander in July. He was introduced to Rotary by Dr. Carl Estler(seen pinning him)James R. Alexander is a Certified Internet Marketing Consultant whose career of over 25 years includes helping companies deploy and utilize digital technology to increase revenue, reduce cost and reduce risk.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Dr. Michael Mitschke, M.D., F.A.C.C., discussed the importance of education and lifestyle to maintain cardiovascular health.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Joey Wyatt, with Stroke Scan, Inc., spoke about the various testing that often times will catch cardiovascular disease before warning signs and symptoms are noticed.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Terry Ziegler, District 5890 Polio Plus Committee Chair, provided an update on the efforts to eradicate polio in the four countries that are currently effected.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Evelina Keifer is a beautiful young woman from Sweden. She spent the last school year here in Katy as a Rotary International Exchange Student. Our club had the pleasure of being her host and introducing her to the U.S. culture. Pictured with her are her host families, Vivian and Victoria Mora and Dr. Carl Estler.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Silvano Payne, owner of Vintners Own, spoke about the process of making premium wine.
Posted by Vivian Mora

Link to results: Results

Link to pictures: Pictures

The Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise presents this fun family-oriented 5K run and a 1-mile walk annually. This year's race returns to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, Greater Katy/West Houston's premiere lifestyle center.

Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Fellow Sunrise Rotarian, Lameka Washington gave her classification speech on being of service and giving back to God and community. She spoke of how her childhood years formed her into the person she is today. After many years working in corporate America, she decided it was time to set off in her own business as a Mary Kay consultant. She gave the history of Mary Kay and how it has influenced her life to be more and do more for others.
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Mr and Mrs Ralph Pippitt speak about the children of Zimbabwe. The tattered schools -no books,paper or pencils. Classes held on a dirt road and lessons drawn in the sand...Yet they keep coming, often risking life and limb to cross streams and other hazards. Since the Pippitts have committed to the children the whole town has become involved and their are now plans to build a new school and safe house for the children and orphans of the village.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Glenn Smith, CEO of Growth Coach shared three steps on how to "Increase Your Productivity".
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Kevin Pruitt is living with Multiple Sclerosis. He is a man willing to share his story and offer support to others living with MS.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Christopher Freytag, D.C., spoke about the different causes of back and neck pain.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Reagan Stevens, owner of "Animal Tales", spoke about the importance of a quality diet for companion animals.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Ann Hodge, President of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce provided insight and statistics regarding the future of Katy.
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Laura Bunn, representative from USI, explained the new focus on helping the mid-size employers with Wellness management. She explained numerous programs that many employers may not be aware of to educate and improve the health and well-being of their employees.
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Evelina Keifer, our foreign exchange student is showing off her new Texas Boots!
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Ann Hodges, President on Katy Chamber of Commerce, gives some real compelling reasons we all want to complete and turn in the census.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Jane Oliver shared some of the most amazing, fun and memorable moments in her life. She is a woman of many remarkable skills, has a great sense of humor and is a "True Volunteer".
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Melissa is a local Integrative Therapist. She is licensed in Massage Therapy, a Certified Lymphataic Drainage Therapist and a Board Certified Music Therapist. For more information please visit
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Students Pictured: Annie Nicoletti- Taylor HS, Lizzie Lewis- Taylor HS, Katy Barber- Morton Ranch HS, Caitlin Powers- Katy HS, Dylan Robbins-Morton Ranch HS, Amanda White- Katy HS. Advisors Pictured: Ms Boyd- Katy HS, Ms Schmidt Taylor HS, Ms Wilson- Morton Ranch HS.
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Chris Gullo, Internationally recognized Wellness Consultant spoke on the different areas you can improve on wellness.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Dr. Carl Estler, D.D.S. presented his classification speech. He pracitces dentistry in Katy, Texas, enjoys flying, cycling, wake boarding and he has many other interest, too.
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Tex Christopher shared his background and how he came to make the decision to run for Congress
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

All businesses have occasion to discard confidential data. Customers and employees have the legal right to have this data protected. Joe Siminic,Owner of West Houston Document Destruction spoke of need for such a service in the Katy area and the environmental benefits as well-Materials that can be recycled will be recycled after destruction.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Suzy McClain delivered her Classification Speech. She is a woman of many gifts and talents and volunteers numerous hours here in our Katy community.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Bari Saunders read the story "A Christmas Memory". Bari is a current member of the Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Ken Jackson discussed the benefits of the "Family Love Letter", a powerful estate planning tool. Ken is a current member of the Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Holly Luong with "Skills for Living" (S4L) spoke about the organizations mission and how their workshops provide the education to help create postive lifestyle changes. The mission of Skills For Living, Inc. (S4L) is to break the cycle of poverty, through positive, practical and extremely effective financial literacy, asset building and career/college planning workshops and mentoring.
Posted by Melissa Rayburn

Amy Thompson returned to the club to give us an update on the "Water Project" that Rotary International has been involved in. The program has expanded and includes a dam that will provide a year-round water source for the village of Aramasi. In addition to the agircultural development, the Amistad Mission has been able to provide healthcare to thirteen communitites reducing the percentage of child mortality to 0% and 100% of the children have been immunized.
Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Suzan Abrams gave a presentation on the Purple Pinkie's for Polio fundraiser being held at local Katy schools. Rotary is spearheading the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Even though no wild strain of polio in the U.S. has been found in nearly three decades, it is still prevalent in a few countries. Seven Lakes is working on a fundraiser on November 19th and 20th. During the lunch break,students will get their fingers painted purple for a dollar and all proceeds go to the International Rotary Polio fund.



Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Cade Schalla is a Texas transplant via Montana and New Mexico, former professional rodeo cowboy and veteran of the U.S. Navy. He performed cowboy poetry at the Katy Sunrise Rotary and explained the history of how it came about.

Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Also Congratulations to Jane Oliver for induction into the Katy Sunrise Rotary Club on October 20, 2009!

Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Congratulations to Lameka Washington  inducted into the Katy Sunrise Rotary Club on October 20,2009.
Posted by Van Gilbert

The 4th Annual Katy Wine Fest is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise on Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Agave Road in Katy, Texas! 
Click here for more details.

Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Cheryl Landis Gerber, President of Rotary Club of Fort Bend spoke on both organ blood donation and the easy steps you can take to contribute.  Ms. Gerber spoke on the is a critical shortage of organs, tissues and eyes available for donation. There are more than 96,000 patients in the United States awaiting transplantation—more than 7,000 are Texans.

Every 13 minutes, a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list. Every day, 17 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

Posted by Vikki Cummings-Rosenkranz

Doug Thorpe, Executive Director of Jobs Ministry Southwest spoke this morning about the need for such a non-profit in today's economy.


The Jobs Ministry Southwest  opened 14 months ago and now serves over 1200 members.  It was orginally targeting the professional population of those over 35. However in recent weeks there has been a large number of 20 something job seekers as the economy in the area has shifted again.

Posted by Van Gilbert

Past District Governor Suzi Howe will preside over the installation of the 2009-2010 RCKS Leadership Team at a dinner meeting on Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m., at LaFinca on Westheimer Parkway.  Email invitations have been sent to all club members.  Contact Mary Ellen Morris or Van Gilbert if you have any questions.

Posted by Van Gilbert

     The Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise will hold its sixth annual Katy Sunrise Rotary Run/Walk on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Katy's premier lifestyle center, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The event will take 5k runners as well as 1-mile walk, roll and stroll participants through this beautiful Cinco Ranch route. The 1-mile walk will begin at 8:00 am and the 5K Run will begin at 8:30 am.  The 5K run will feature ChampionChip Timing and a USATF Certified 5km course for the running enthusiast.  The event day will conclude with an awards ceremony for top finishers in the 5K Run.

Posted by Vivian Mora

Kingston YMCA boys become the deserving recepients of Katy Sunrise Rotary Club donation to the Education Fund.
Posted by Vivian Mora

Amistad Mission ministers to nearly a hundred orphaned and abandoned children in Cochabamba and countless Quechua natives of all ages in the rural Bolivian village of Aramasi and beyond. Amy Thompson has been privileged to serve Amistad Mission for the past six years.
Posted by Van Gilbert

Leadership Houston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, energize, and activate civic leaders in all sectors of Houston by providing knowledge of the community and key relationships to affect positive change.

Posted by Van Gilbert

John Dean with the Minutemen talked about their activities to assist authorities in slowing illegal immigration.
Posted by Van Gilbert

ADG Rhonda Walls inducts David Culbertson as a new member.
Welcome, Dave!

Posted by Van Gilbert

Robert told us how he found his way to law school after working in the family construction business.
Posted by Van Gilbert

YMCA Executive and Rotarian Charlie Meyer gave us some history on the development of "the Y" and ongoing expansion plans in the area.
Posted by Van Gilbert

Judge Bill Yeoman shared some light-hearted as well as serious observations from his years as Justice of the Peace since he took the bench in 1979.  See the complete story for his "Thirteen Ways to Stay Out of Court".
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