Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Texas


Thursday, August 28, 2014
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December Birthdays and Anniversaries
by Marty Clayton

Member Birthdays

Chawla, Sanjit (Michael)...Dec 01
Bobys, Jair.........................Dec 03
Walters, Robert.................Dec 04
Varney, Steven..................Dec 05
LaVigne, Laura.................Dec 06
Houck, Pat........................Dec 14
Rimes, Stuart....................Dec 30
Abbott, Bob......................Dec 31


Porter, Nancy.......Steve.......Dec 01
Alison, Mitchell...Melinda...Dec 02
Hanks, Jim...........Suzanne...Dec 03
Bates, Robbie......Mary........Dec 04

Club Anniversaries
Flood, Connie...17 years...Dec 01

Future Programs
by Jeff Tallas PDG

Dec 11   Michael "Tate" Barkley/Inching Toward Integrity
Dec 18   Christmas Gift Baskets

Jan 1      NO MEETING
Jan 8      TBA
Jan 15    Wayne Staton/Polio Plus Chairman
Jan 22    Mike Jackson/Houston Rodeo 

Rotary College
by Bill Griffin

Rotary College will be held after our regular meeting on the following dates:

Jan 8, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
Apr 2, 2014
May 14, 2014

Sugar Land Rotary Christmas Dec 7
by Marty Clayton

Save the date and respond to Michelle Royster's Evite!

The annual Sugar Land Rotary Club Christmas party will be held Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 PM at Patrick Bullard's home.  More details to follow.
Santa's Exchange Needs
by Ward Pendleton

    Santa's Exchange will be held this year on Saturday, December 14, at First Colony Church of Christ, the same location as last year. Volunteers are needed starting Monday, December 9, to sort and tag toys.  All hands on deck, please, for Saturday the 14th as a lot of help will be needed to get this done. As in past years a fun and rewarding time will be had by all.
    Scott Finley is heading up Santa's Exchange and Rick Smith is coordinating toy collection.
    Schedule is as follows:
Dec 6 - last day to deliver collected toys to the storage unit.
Dec 9 - begin sorting and tagging toys at FCCC. Work will be Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 5:30 - 8:00 pm. All collected toys need to be delivered to FCCC by 5:30 Monday.
Dec 11 - return toy collection boxes at Rotary club meeting.
Dec 13 - set up room for Santa's Exchange beginning 3:30, toy sorting 5:30 - 
8:00 pm.
Dec 14 - Santa's Exchange. Please volunteer for a shift, either 8:00-12:00 or 1:00-5:00 toy distribution times. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early.
    A big thank you to all our "box elves" who are collecting toys from schools. Let's all join in with them on the 14th to say a big Sugar Land Rotary "Merry Christmas" to many of the less-fortunate children of our community.

Jim Munnell- Nov Rotarian of the Month
by Ward Pendleton

   Our Rotarian of the Month has been in SLRC since 2002 and served as Club service director in 2008. If something needs to be done he will do it with a smile. When we needed Fall Classic to be organized we used the resources of his company including the use of his office. He was one of the first big supporters for moving Fall Classic and followed through by helping make it a success the first two years. He gives his time and money to make Sugar Land Rotary the best it can be. Join me in thanking our Rotarian of the Month for November, Jim Munnell.
Program- Fort Bend Boys Choir
by Ward Pendleton

This Wednesday our program will feature the Fort Bend Boys Choir.  This is a perennial favorite and is always an outstanding program.
Newsletter Highlights
by Marty Clayton

Program - Fort Bend Boys Choir
Jim Munnell- Nov Rotarian of the Month
Santa's Exchange Needs
Sugar Land Rotary Christmas Dec 7
Rotary College
Future Programs

December Birthdays and Anniversaries

2014-2015 Officers Installed; Awards-Sugar Land Rotary Hall of Fame, Rotarian of the Year and Cornerstone Awards presented
by Porter, Nancy


In June, Sugar Land Rotary installed a new slate of officers for 2014-2015 that includes: Patrick Bullard, President; Stacy Croft, President-Elect; Mitch Rahim, Vice-President, Rafael Manrique de Lara, Secretary; Justin Steinhard, Treasurer; and Ward Pendelton, Past-President. Pictured is the new Sugar Land Rotary President Patrick Bullard giving an award to outgoing President Ward Pendleton.


At the installation ceremony, awards were given to those who were Rotarians of the Month for 2013-2014, as well as those who served on the Sugar Land Rotary Board of Directors. Other awards presented include:

Sugar Land Rotary Hall of Fame recipient, Robbie Bates.

Each year the current president is allowed to induct a Sugar Land Rotarian into our Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include: Steve Harris, Steve Smelly, Bob Bilski, Marshall Wichard, Jeff Tallas, Charlie Myer and Cynthia King and Bill Griffin. The inductee should meet the four way test of Rotary. In addition, he or she should be a long time member of Sugar Land Rotary.  This Rotarian is a charter member of this club with a long record of service to Rotary. His spirit and hard work embody the spirit of Rotary and especially Sugar Land Rotary.

When speaking with other Hall of Fame members the sentiment was “it’s about time”.

  • Bates is a Paul Harris Benefactor which means he writes a $1000 check every year to the Rotary Foundation.
  • He has perfect attendance for his entire Rotary Life.
  • He and his family have hosted an exchange student.
  • He is also a past president of Sugar Land Rotary and has held numerous officer positions on many Rotary boards.
  • Every year he commits himself and members of his office to help account for our fundraiser.
  • The 2014 inductee to the Sugar Land Rotary Hall of fame is Robbie Bates

Sugar Land Rotarian of the Year, Robert Walters

"There is not enough time for me to express how many ways I can thank this man. A year and half ago he convinced me to take this job," said Ward Pendleton, Past-President Sugar Land Rotary. " Indeed he believed that it would be a great experience and Sugar Land Rotary and I would be better for it. Sugar Land Rotary is better for the many sacrifices this Rotarian has made. Even though he has a stellar record for many years of service to this club he agreed again to be on my board. I believe he has made a difference in the attitude of Sugar Land Rotarians. I know he made me better and most of all he helped to bring the club back as the most dynamic club in district 5890. My decision for this award was based on his service to this club. He, I am sure will say this should go to someone else, but I disagree. So the 2014 Sugar Land Rotary Rotarian of the Year goes to Robert Walters," said Pendleton.

Cornerstone Awards for service went to Rotarians Steve Harris, Rick Smith, and Greg Pendley

Steve Harris: This Rotarian helped Sugar Land Rotary the entire year by promoting the Rotary global Grant, numerous trips to Angola, and with the District has raised the funds to make the project at Darrington Prision a reality. Without his vision Sugar Land Rotary, would never have connected with Grove Norwood and Sugar Land Rotary would not have been part of the Darrington project.  Steve Harris embodies the spirit of a Rotarian making a difference.  

Rick Smith: With Smith's assistance, Sugar Land Rotary is in a better financial position. He is relatively new to Rotary and has already served secretary and treasurer. I expect even greater things from him in the future. A cornerstone award goes to Rick Smith.

Greg Pendley: This Rotarian not only has helped with Sugar Land Rotary's fundraiser but he has also served as a mentor. He helped with youth programs and most important submitted a global Grant to Rotary International and will sit on a board that will administer that grant. There is no one in this club who more embodies the objective in the 4 way test of Service Above Self.


Sugar Land Rotary volunteers for The ARC of Fort Bend County’s Special Olympics
by Porter, Nancy

For the first community service project of the new Rotary year, on Saturday, June 28, a dedicated group of Sugar Land Rotarians volunteered as waiters for The ARC of Fort Bend County’s Special Olympics athletic banquet. More than 200 people attended the event and the athletes had a wonderful time.


Pictured from left to right are: Patrick Bullard, Jon Gorosh, Robert Valenzuela, Doerthe Gottschalk, Michelle Royster and her son, Jordan; Trent Wayne, Garvin Stryker, Pam Filip, Lance Ragle, Karl Schleicher; ARC Executive Director Laura LaVigne, and Tabb Dye. Thanks to all who participated!

Sugar Land Rotary Presents $30,000 Check for Barrier-Free Park
by Clayton, Marty

    April 16th was a very good day for Sugar Land Rotary and for the City of Sugar Land. We have been waiting since 2007 to give the $30,000 check that will be used to help build a barrier free park at the Little League ball field at Austin Parkway, and that was finally done. The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation had to be organized so the rest of the funds could be raised to make the park a reality. Sugar Land Rotary’s name will be on display there to show our contribution to this project. 
    Thanks to Past President Scott Finley, who started this project, and to Charlie Myer and their boards for having the vision to make this a reality. In addition to the District Governor Bob Gebhard and many Sugar Land Rotarians the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation board, including Gene Reed, Bob Brown, William Jameson, Suni Sharma and John Null, attended.
    Sugar Land Rotary also honored City Manager Allen Bogard with the Service Above Self Award. This was voted on by the Sugar Land Rotary board and is only the second time Sugar Land Rotary has recognized a city official. In attendance were Mayor James Thompson, City Council members Himesh Gandhi, Joe Zimmerman, Amy Mitchell, Steve Porter and Harish Jajoo and former councilmen Don Olsen and Sonny Johnston. From the city manager’s office Jim Callaway, Mike Goodrum, Steve Griffin, Judy Janecek and Jennifer May were in attendance. Former Mayor Dean Hrbacek and Mayor Thompson spoke about Mr. Bogard and his dedication to the city.
   It was a great day for Sugar Land and Sugar Land Rotary. Thank you to all of you who attended.Image