With the District Governors pending visit this Friday, we thought it would be pertinent to introduce everyone to some of the necessary protocols for his visit. As Bill has visited with us in the past to discuss fundraising I am sure there is a high level of comfort with him, however there are some rules that we need to follow.
 
Here is the abridged version:
Proper protocol is based on common courtesy to the District Governor, the governor’s spouse, and/or the Governor’s official representative.
  1. Plan a “Family of Rotary” meeting by inviting spouses, past members, Past District Governor’s, friends and potential Rotarians to the District Governor’s presentation.
  2. Plan for your Board to meet with the DG for one hour to discuss your plans for the year and to review the planning book you delivered to the DG in June.
  3. Plan to have the DG induct new members, award Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Society members, Bequest Society members, attendance awards, etc. Please let the DG know you will want to do this.
  4. In honor of the office of DG it is appropriate to have the members stand when the DG begins the presentation and again when the presentation is ended.
 
MEALS:  Meals associated with the official visit should be provided at no cost to the Governor and the Governor’s spouse.  Always check on dietary restrictions, or special requests for certain types of food or beverages.  Whenever possible, please see that the Governor is one of the first served, so that the Governor can complete the meal prior to the speech.
 
CLUB MEETING:  The District Governor is the program for the day.  DO NOT schedule any other program on the day of the official visit.  If there is a head table, the Governor, the Governor’s spouse, and the Assistant Governor should be seated at that table.  If no head table is used, please see that the Governor is seated where there is ready access to the podium.
 
The Governor’s introduction should be relatively short, pertinent, factual, and enthusiastic and given by the Assistant Governor.  A copy of the Governor’s bio will be made available.  Be sure to introduce any other visiting dignitaries, Past District Governors, city officials or members of the audience that you feel the governor should recognize. 
 
Remember, the Governor and the clubs of the district are a team who are working together to carry out the goals and objectives of the club and Rotary International.  Getting to know each other and developing mutual enthusiasm is the secret to a successful Rotary year. 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S SPOUSE:  The Governor’s spouse is to be accorded the same respect as the Governor.  If the spouse is a Rotarian, recognize that fact during the introductions.  The spouse may wish to attend all of the meetings and may well be a part of the Governor’s program.  If not a member of Rotary, check with the Governor and determine if special arrangements will be necessary to entertain the spouse at any time during the visit.
 
GENERAL:  Relax!  The Governor is a Rotarian just like you and the members of your club!  One of the Governor’s goals is to see you and your club be successful and receive your Presidential Citation!  See and use their help!
Hail to the Chief - The District Governor is Here! 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brent Watts
Here is the problem, I dreamed of people and issues that I am just starting to understand and the only person in my local rotary club that visited me in my dream was…..Andrew Van Chau; NOT Pastor Dale or Reverend Doctor Chaplin Colonel Ron Duncan giving me some well advised spiritual guidance, NOT Mark Hippler making me one of his world famous Markaritas, NOT Susan Tomchesson and her board of illustrious ladies at a board meeting (which was a pretty fun event in itself) OR for that matter any number of lovely ladies from Brazos River Rotary with their big Kentucky Derby hats - nope, just Andrew in one of his many Hawaiian shirts.
 
Which I guess makes sense, we have spent a few hours speaking over the last few months and he did take me to a pretty incredible Vietnamese restaurant in Little Vietnam on the way back from the Rotary Membership Seminar. In my dream, Andrew was pontificating on a subject he discussed on the way back from the membership seminar about having a district member who should work with Rotarians who are moving into the area or moving in the city, trying to find a new club. Which, by the way, you should ask him about because his theory is quite genius.
 
So again, in my dream, there is Andrew, Carmen Cuneo, Gary Gillen, Sanjay Sharma, Jeff Thompson and one of the instructors from the membership seminar talking about various subjects concerning Rotary in a small cabin you can rent in Dinosaur Valley State Park. So here is my question, does this mean I am actually staring to appreciate Rotary more or did I just have a Rotary NIGHTMARE?
 
Have you had your Rotary Dream yet?
My Rotary Dream Brent Watts 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brent Watts
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My pursuit of 61 hit some domestic issues this week, as Vacation Bible School has overtaken the Watts household. So…I have been unable to add to my 9 clubs visited in the first month in the "Pursuit of 61". However, I was very fortunate to join our speaker for today at the Rotary Membership Seminar last Saturday.
 
Other that a visit to the District 6920 Conference in Georgia 7 years ago, this was my fist event I have attended on a District level.
 
As I entered the facility, I realized that my travels over the last month have allowed me to network with quite a few of the people my wife likes to call “Rotary Famous”, including past Rotary International President Frank Devlyn. Maybe with a lot of networking and visits to more of these types of meetings, I can be Rotary famous as well one day.
 
Seriously, this was a great event and one that I believe everyone should take the time to attend an event like this in the future, as I will be trying to go as often as I can.
 
The two most distinct things I saw in the people attending this conference; was the diversity of people from different walks of life and the reasoning for their joining Rotary in the first place. No so shocking, this was quite a bit of the focus during the event, how to become more diverse, flexible and engaging.
 
There was the typical opening and closing that you would find at any large event, is was very well run and efficient, as I would expect from a bunch of business people running an event and the choice of topics were very broad to reach a different cross section of wants and needs of the attendees.
 
The scheduling was seven 45-minute sessions running three times during the event. So, all seven sessions repeated 3x during the event. After a little conference with Andrew we picked mostly different sessions to attend as you might expect from a planner like Andrew and a salesperson like me, our interests were a little different. Our options were:
 
  1. Is Your Club Healthy? – led by Dr. Charles Grant
  2. Building a Diverse Club – led by AMC Tom English
  3. Strategies for Attracting New Members – led by Bill Griffin
  4. Kick-Start Your New Member Orientation – with a panel of past DG’s and AMC’s
  5. Best Practices for Engaging Members - led by AMC Carol Lester
  6. Practicing Flexibility & Innovation – led by AMC Rosemary Lengefeld
  7. Your Membership Plan – led by PDG Bob Gebhard
 
I believe Andrew attended the Kick Start, Best Practices and Your Membership Plan and I chose to attend the Strategies, Best Practices and Practicing Flexibility sessions.
 
What I figured out was that the message is effectively the same - we are all different people, from different backgrounds, with different reasons for joining Rotary (everything from business networking to being around friends) AND the clubs in Rotary need to learn a lesson from that, not everyone wants a club that sings, but some do; not everyone wants to meet for breakfast, but some do; not everyone comes to the meetings to listen to great speakers, but some do and I could go on forever. However, most clubs are made up a diverse mixture of people who believe they are doing something great for the community with their FRIENDS, not everyone but I know I do!
 
PS: Andrew took me to an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Little Vietnam afterwards, ask him the name and location, it was incredible.
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Membership, Membership and More Membership Brent Watts 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0 #thisweekinrotary
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As the 4th week begins on my adventure to visit the 61 clubs in the district I have knocked 9 off my list.
 
 
 
  1. The Rotary Club of Brazos River - Most Every Week
  2. The Rotary Club of Rosenberg - Wednesday Lunch 6/28
  3. The Rotary Club of Katy - Thursday Lunch 6/29 & 7/20
  4. The Rotary Club of Bear Creek-Copperfield - Thursday Lunch 7/6
  5. The Rotary Club of River Oaks-Galleria Monday Lunch 7/10
  6. The Rotary Club of Houston Skyline - Tuesday Sunset 7/11
  7. The Rotary Club of Sugar Land - Tuesday Lunch 7/12
  8. The Rotary Club of Cinco Ranch - Tuesday Sunrise 7/18
  9. The Rotary Club of Richmond - Tuesday Lunch 7/18
 
I thought I would share a few opinions about the adventure so far:
 
Biggest Impact So Far: I had a member of the Katy Rotary messaged me and said that she was inspired and will be visiting a new club every month. - I challenge our group to visit another club monthly as well.
Best Story on my Journey: I met a Rotarian in Cinco Ranch that after a few minutes of conversation I found out was from my wife, Gail's, hometown of Augusta. He kindly asked about the family name, which I told him was Wheatley, which I followed with my father in laws name was Lee. After a slight pause, he asked if Lee was any relation to Ed Wheatley, which I responded to with "I believe that was Lee's father". "Did he build pools"? He asked, "I believe so"...."that sombitch fired me from my first job, I blew gunite for Ed Wheatley a long time ago" 
Best Food So Far: Sugar Land by a long margin. Salads, Green Beans, Chicken crepes. well worth the $20.00
Cheapest Visit So Far: Not including gas, it is a TIE - Houston Skyline with a FREE Drink and Appetizers for 1st time visitors & Cinco Ranch with FREE breakfast for all visitors.
Largest Club Visited So Far: Not sure, but it would be between Katy and Sugar Land, if it was on attendance alone Sugar Land wins.
Best Location So Far: Houston Skyline or Sugar Land
Best Speaker So Far: This is a tough one: I really liked Renee Bumpass from the Houston Zoo who spoke about conservation efforts to the Houston Skyline Club. However, I do not believe anyone was more passionate about his work that Sherriff Troy Nehls, who spoke for our Club last week. I’ll call it a TIE.
 
Overall this has been pretty fin, but MOST of the easy to get to Clubs have been hit, so 9 might be a little harder to hit in the next 3 weeks. It seems like a lifetime ago I went to the first club, but only 3 weeks.
 
I have sat through presentations on Sex Trafficking in Houston, Endangered Species Conservation, Emergency Management Preparedness, the State of Affairs in the Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Office, The Ballard House and a few of the first 100-days presentations from Club presidents.
 
The cost of attending these clubs ranges from $0.00 for $25.00, the age of the members and attendees covers more than 7 decades (17 to 87) and the clubs have ranged from very small 7 people in attendance to 50+, I have sat with AG’s, DG’s, ADG’s and ADHD’s, but no LAZIES. What I have found that no matter what the age, gender, size of the club, financial capabilities of the club; every Rotarian I have met is proud of the Club which they are a member and what they are doing for the community, large or small. IT MAKES ME PROUD!
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The Pursuit of 61 - The First Month Brent Watts 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0 #thisweekinrotary
Week 3 of my journey to 61:
 
Started on Monday with a visit to the Rotary Club of River Oaks / Galleria. This is an older lunch club that has merged 2 clubs together in the last 10 years. The meeting with at the Lifetime Fitness Racquet Club in Galleria Mall – This is visit #4.
 
The venue was a little hard to find and I barely made it on time, however my partner in crime Jeanne, was a few minutes late. The speaker was Jimmy Leon one of the AG’s from our region; he spoke about the mission for 2017 of Rotary. This was the most expensive club I went to visit at $25.00 and I was informed that the weekly lunch was included in the dues.
 
This club, in terms of average age in attendance, was the oldest.
 
Interesting Fact:
  • The 2 Clubs that merged at one time had 40 and 160 members respectively and that number has dwindled down to 28!
 
Tuesday off to the Houston Skyline Club to see Renee Bumpass from the Houston Zoo speak about the conservation efforts the Zoo is doing to save endangered species. Best Speaker so far in my Journey. This club was the youngest and the most vibrant club I have seen, they meet on the 43rd floor of the Wedge Building in downtown.  Carmen Cueno was in attendance as was Melissa Williams with iWrite who has spoken to our club; this is her home club.
 
It was free to attend and if it was your first visit they give you a FREE drink ticket. The meet at 6:00 on Tuesday evenings and have the best Facebook page I have seen so far as well, young people are going to take over the world. #5 down
 
Interesting Facts:
  • The Incoming President must dress up as a cartoon character at the first meeting they host.
  • They meet 2x per month for Speaker meetings, 1x for a Club social and 1x for a Standing service project.
 
Wednesday is here and I am headed to my final visit of the week, going to the Club of Sugar Land. This is a lunch club and it was $20.00 to eat lunch, but….it was worth it. This is the best grub so far on the journey.
 
They had a very good speaker discussing a pretty common topic of Sex Trafficking very interesting, as she debunked some of the sex trafficking myths. This club had a large turnout and the venue was probably the nicest of all the clubs I have visited.
 
Gary Gillen our District Governor Nominee was visiting this club as well.
 
Interesting Facts:
  • I did not find out one thing interesting about this club.
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Brazos River Rotary and Lions Club Memorial Day Ceremony 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

helping families in need buy groceries

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Brazos River, our Community Service Chairperson Tricia Krenek presented Pastor Dale Olson a check for $4,000 raised for the local Family Hope Program. The organization used the funds to purchase gift cards that families in need around Fort Bend County (in communities like Fulshear, Simonton, Katy and Orchard) could redeem for groceries at area Kroger stores.
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Brazos River Rotary Club represented at event

On January 12, 2016, Rotary Districts 5890 and 5910 jointly hosted the All Club Celebration of Gifts Dinner which featured Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran as the key note speaker.  This year’s All Club event was held at the Crown Plaza NRG and drew hundreds of Rotarians from across the region. Among those who attended and represented our Brazos River Rotary Club were current Club President Tony Francis (right) and immediate past President Charlie Myer (left).

Districts 5890 All Club Celebration of Gifts Dinner 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0

Focus on human trafficking

Rotary Club of Brazos River President Tony Francis (left) presented the Club's Speakers Cup to Shield Bearer Associate Director Melissa Rotholz (right). At the Club's January 8 meeting, Rotholz briefed members about modern human trafficking, its impact in the region and ways that people can watch out for tell-tale signs.
Fighting back against human trafficking by raising awareness 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
CANCELLED: 2015 Rotary Holiday Hayride @ Cross Creek Ranch Brazos River Rotary Club 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Brazos River Rotary Club Annual Holiday Hayride 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Honor Our Veterans Luncheon 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 
Past Rotary D 2420 (Turkey) Governor Murat Celik recently made us aware that school girls in Kosovo are in a disadvantaged position compared to boys.  Murat is currently responsible, as the R.I. President Rep, for the non-district Clubs in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia.  The following email is from the Rotary Club of Prishtina in Kosovo:
“Many municipalities and schools in Kosovo have drawn our attention to an urgent problem of premature ending of schooling, especially among the female population. After finishing 9 years of school (compulsory education), a large percentage of girls don’t continue their education on a secondary level. The main reason is a lack of financial means in their families, many of which have several children and one or both parents are unemployed (in many cases through no fault of their own) or simply don’t earn enough to support the education of all their children.
 
As traditional values are still very much present here and male children are in a “privileged” position, in most cases boys are given a chance to continue their education and girls are not. Another reason for this problem is in many cases there is a great distance from the home to the secondary school, and paying for bus tickets every day is a big financial burden for them.
 
A “scholarship” in the amount of 50 € (Euros) a month would cover transportation costs and provide a snack and thus enable one school girl to continue her education for a year.
Nine Rotary Clubs in D 5890 contributed $9,600 to fund the continuing education for another year for twenty three of the most needy and deserving girls.
Thank you to Past President Judge Linn Slattengren of The Rotary Club of Prishtina in Kosovo which will administer the funds and arrange for reports to be sent from the girls to our Bill Davis who will forward the reports to the nine clubs.
 
Many thanks to the following Clubs for their contributions:
Sugar Land
Memorial Spring Branch
Baytown
Galleria Area
Brazosport
West U
Humble
Bear Creek Copperfield
Brazos River
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Stories/assisting-girls-in-kosovo-to-continue-their-education#sthash.gaWsbNUl.dpuf
 
 
 
Assisting Girls in Kosovo to continue their Education 2015-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
On Saturday July 11th, volunteers from Brazos River Rotary joined with other local organizations on a community service project, the Family Hope Food Fair.  The project serviced 233 people from the local community.
 
Family Hope Food Drive 2015-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
To celebrate the 4th of July, Brazos River Rotary participated in the local Fulshear Freedom Fest event, with an informational booth at the event, complete with a fun fish bowl carnival game to keep the children entertained.
 
Fulshear Freedom Fest 2015-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Brazos River celebrated a wonderful first year at a special Installation/Demotion event on June 11, 2015 at Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear, TX.
 
Installation Celebration! 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Over 25 Brazos River Rotarians participated in two separate community service projects on Saturday, June 13th.  Part of the club helped to build a playground for Nolan Day, an area toddler fighting cancer.  The other half of the club participated in the Family Hope Food Drive by collecting and distributing food donations to needy area families. 
Rotary PRIDE Shown at area Service Projects! 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to the hard work of our Red, White and Blue membership recruitment teams, we added 11 new members to the Brazos River Rotary Club in the month of March.  The Club was honored to have District Governor Lisa Faith Massey induct 7 of the 11 new members on Friday, May 1st.  Please join us in welcoming Keri, Kent, Tricia K., Ed, Blair, Mark, Cheryl, Gaby, E.J., Michele and Tricia G. to the Brazos River Rotary Club!
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Brazos River Rotarians showed their Rotary PRIDE by showing up in large numbers for the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Fulshear, TX.  In addition, several new Rotary prospects were recruited at the Rotary information booth.
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(From Left to Right) Charlie Myer, Rotary President; & Susan Tomchesson, Prosperity Bank, Banking Center President.   Through a last minute surprise announcement, Susan Tomchesson of Prosperity Bank informed the club that her bank was making a $500 contribution towards the Huggins Field Project.  Thanks Prosperity Bank!!
Prosperity Bank Support! 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
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(From Left to Right) Charlie Myer, Club President & Robin Mitchell, Cross Creek Ranch Lifestyles Director.  At the January 9, 2015 meeting of the Club, Charlie Myer presented Cross Creek Ranch with a special Partner Recognition Award.  As a partner in the recent Holiday Hayride, Cross Creek Ranch was an invaluable part of the success of the first-time event.  Cross Creek Ranch provided the venue, registration support, marketing and refreshments for the December 13th event.  Thanks in part to their partnership, almost 500 people enjoyed the event.  Thanks Cross Creek Ranch!!
Thank You Cross Creek Ranch! 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Check Presentation - (From Left to Right) Dr. Thomas Randle, LCISD Superintendent; Doug Waddill, Huggins Principle; Charlie Myer, Rotary President; & Mike Rockwood, LCISD Community Relations Executive Director.  Thanks to the hard work of the BRRC at both the Charter Dinner and recent Holiday Hayride, the club was able to present a $6,000 check to the LCISD Administration to start construction on the ball field backstops at Huggins Elementary.  The project was also supported by District 5890's Matching Grant Program and a donation from Prosperity Bank.  Friends of Huggins and SAMs Club are also contributing to the overall project to add a running track around the field.
Huggins Field Project Check Presentation - $6,000!! 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
BRRC Holiday Hayride Success!! C. Myer 2015-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
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WESTON LAKES - The Fulshear/Simonton areas have a brand new service organization. The Rotary Club of Brazos River held its charter ceremony and gala on Saturday, June 21. The event saw members from nearly a dozen of District 5890's chapters. District Governor Bob Gebhard and his wife, Dianne, were in attendance to present the chapter to charter to newly installed club president Charlie Myer. Other VIP Rotarians included Governor Elect Lisa Faith Massey and District Governor Nominee Elect John Liu and wife, Sandy. Also, there were several Past District Governors in attendance to see a new club chartered and to celebrate the evening with the charter members.
Brazos River Rotary holds Charter Gala Susan Tomchesson 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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