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Fulshear, TX
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Every 2nd Friday of the month one of our own, Pastor Dale stands up during happy dollars and cries out "for any of you that want an opportunity to serve, Family Hope Food Fair is tomorrow". This quite simply is one of my favorite and consistent Happy Dollar moments, especially the following day as many of our members arrive to assist with the distribution of food to those in need.
This week we had a contingent of 9 Rotarians who came out to serve and lead over 100 other volunteers, and these are the times I am most proud to be a Rotarian and specifically with the Brazos River Club. Why you ask, I’ll tell you the reasons - in a year that the motto for Rotary is “Be the Inspiration”:
  1. We are extremely lucky to have an opportunity to help the community in ways most clubs simply don’t have. In other clubs if you want to volunteer, you must go to other charities to participate, not one where you spend time every week with the Executive Director and believe in him and his mission.
  2. It gives me a lead to follow as I watch and learn from other Rotarians, as they step up to make sure things happen and make the event runs smoothly.
  3. In a year that thankfully has not had a natural disaster. that has helped define the Brazos River Club in the past, we have a member with a mission that we should all be able to get behind to help to continue to define this group in this community.
  4. It allows me to show my kids, that even if you don’t have the money to assist those less fortunate than you, there are ways to impact the lives of others with effort and willingness and candidly the reward is better.
  5. It allows me to thank those people who don’t sit by and watch others make a difference, they are the difference makers. Thank you - Dale and Ron and Frank and Gene and Karen and Bill and Tram and Blane and Rudy and Don and Blair and all the others who often give up at least part their 2nd Saturday of the month to make a difference.
A man once said “Community is a large family and who do you go to when you are in need, your family. I have, not only, an obligation but a willingness to make sure my family is taken care of.”
Thank you for allowing me the be a part of your family!
How do you describe the organization called “Rotary”? There are so many characteristics of a Rotary club as well as the activities of a million Rotarians. There are the features of service, internationality, fellowship, classifications of each vocation, development of goodwill and world understanding, the emphasis of high ethical standards, concern for other people an many more descriptive qualities.
In 1976 the Rotary International Board of Directors was interested creating a concise definition of the fundamental aspects of Rotary. The turned to the three men who were then serving on Rotary’s Public Relation Committee and requested that a one-sentence definition of Rotary be pre pared. After numerous drafts, the committee presented this definition, which has been used ever since in various Rotary publications:
“Rotary is an organization of business and professional person united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
Those 31 words are worth remembering when someone asks, “What is a Rotary club?”
An official flag was formally adopted by Rotary International at the 1929 Convention in Dallas, Texas. The Rotary flag consists of a white field with the official wheel emblem emblazoned in gold in the center of the field The four depressed spaces on the rim of the Rotary wheel are colored royal blue. The words “Rotary” and “International’ printed at the top and bottom depressions on the wheel rim are also gold. The shaft in the hub and the key way of the wheel are white.
The first official Rotary flag reportedly was flown in Kansas City Missouri, in January 1915. In 1922 a small Rotary flag was carried over the South Pole by Admiral Richard Byrd, a member of the Winchester, Virginia Rotary Club. Four years later, the admiral carried a Rotary flag in his expedition to the North Pole.


Some Rotary clubs use the official Rotary flag as a banner at club meetings. In these instances it is appropriate to print the words “Rotary Club” above the wheel symbol, and the name of the city, state or nation below the emblem.

The Rotary flag is always prominently displayed at the World Headquarters as well as at all conventions and official events of Rotary International.
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate “Civilization and Movement.” Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the “Rotary International Association.” A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a “keyway” in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
In some areas of the world weekly Rotary club meetings begin with all members standing and reciting the Object of Rotary This statement, which comes from the Constitution of Rotary, is frequently seen on a wall plaque in Rotarians’ offices or place of business.
The Object of Rotary is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” The statement then lists four areas by which this “ideal of service” is fostered: “through the development of acquaintance as the opportunity for service; the promotion of high ethical standards in business and professions; through service in one’s personal, business and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.”

The Object of Rotary has not always been expressed in this manner. The original Constitution of 1906 had three objects: promotion of business interests, promotion of good fellowship and the advancement of the best interests of the community By 1910 Rotary had five Objects as increased emphasis was given to expanding Rotary. By 1915 there were six Objects. In 1918 the Objects were rewritten again and reduced to four. Four years later they had again grown to six and were revised again in 1927.

Finally, at the 1935 Mexico City Convention the six Objects were restated and reduced to four. The last major change came in 1951, when the “Objects” were streamlined and changed to a single “Object” which is manifested in four separate ways. The “ideal of service” is the key phrase in the Object of Rotary. This ideal is an attitude of being a thoughtful and helpful person in all of one’s endeavors. That’s what the Object truly means.
The first motto of Rotary International, “He Profits Most Who Serves Best,” was approved at the second Rotary Convention, held in Portland, Oregon, in August 1911. The phrase was first stated by a Chicago Rotarian, Art Sheldon, who made a speech in 1910 which included the remark, “He profits most who serves his fellows best.” At about the same time, Ben Collins, president of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota, commented that the proper way to organize a Rotary club was through the principle his club had adopted-“Service, Not Self.” These two slogans, slightly modified, were formally approved to be the official mottoes of Rotary at the 1950 Convention in Detroit- “He Profits Most Who Serves Best” and “Service Above Self.” The 1989 Council on Legislation established “Service Above Self” as the principal motto of Rotary, since it best explains the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.

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?
FULSHEAR-Brazos River Rotary Club is hosting its annual Holiday Hay Ride event. The festivities will start at 6:00 from the Visitor's Center. Santa will be available for Christmas Photos and Festive Entertainment and Food Trucks will round out the evening. Hay rides will be leaving from the Visitor Center starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased this Friday, November 25 at the Tree Lighting ceremony at the Visitor Center, look for the Rotary Table. Tickets can also be purchased Saturday, December 3 at the Fulshear Holly Jolly Parade downtown Fulshear. The Rotary Booth will be set up near the ice rink. Also tickets can be purchased at Edward Jones in Fulshear and at Prosperity Bank on FM 1093 and Spring Green Blvd. Online tickets can be purchased now at www.crosscreekhayride.com. Advance tickets purchased before December 8 are $7 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 are free. After December 8 tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 3 to 12. For more information call Blair at 281-750-4510.

 Spooky Information!

Pumpkin time and candy trick or treat night has just passed us by. Have you ever wondered how Halloween got started or where the tradition started?

  • Welsh and Celtic traditions believe the dead visit the living on October 31st….and let the haunting begin. They would were masks on that day so the spirits of the dead would not recognize them.
  • During the 1800’s, out in the heartland of America when the Harvest ended celebrations were held at the end of October usually. People dressed up in costumes, had hayrides, ate sweets and bobbed for apples to celebrate. Scaring and tricking people became a young adult prank at the celebrations.
  • At the turn of the century, cities were becoming overcrowded and Halloween became a time to let off steam by playing practical jokes and tricks on people. By the 1930’s these practical jokes began to get dangerous and serious damage was being done on Halloween. This is how “Trick or Treat”, the movement to have children go door to door and ask for candy began as a substitute for wild pranks and vandalism that was getting out of control in the cities across America.
  • Legends say if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
  • Jack o’ lanterns or carved pumpkins as they are known today, originated in Ireland where people put candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away evil spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday
  • Can you believe that Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States?
  • Legends say that bobbing for apples may have originated from a roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.


Spooky Riddles!

I am a legend, and much known, 
I am often on my own 
Upon an animal I ride, all throughout the night 
Searching for a thing that I never had screwed on tight. 
With these hints, I ask of you, just what you think I am 
With the times of now, I guess for most, they wouldn't care a damn.



A being, I’m not, but you should know,

Why no one would come, to my show

Of course I’m spooky, we’ll leave it at that

But beware, for there are things here for a fact

I should warn thee, about those that are with me

They aren’t too friendly, to strangers you see

So beware my wrath, as you see to fits

Guess what I am, and alone I shall leave you…for a little bit.



I stay in one place and has to always work 
It just these damn pest that have me irked! 
I do my job, but not good enough, 
I guess that's the price for not being rough 
I hang around all day and night 
Often wishing I could get a damn person fright 
So what on earth could I be 
That needs to scare so desperately?


A great way to share information about your vocation is to give a classification talk or presentation at a club meeting. This was found on a fellow Rotary Page, we thought it was worth sharing.

When a lawyer named Paul Harris, a coal dealer, a mining engineer, and a merchant tailor first met in 1905 in Chicago, they gave birth to Rotary and, by the nature of their diverse occupations, to the association’s most distinctive feature – the classification principle. Today, the classification principle, though modified, remains a cornerstone of Rotary. Upon joining Rotary, you are lent a classification by the Board of Directors to reflect your occupation or primary source of income. By limiting active membership by classifications, each club becomes a cross-section of the business and professional life of the community it serves.  Also, the classification principle makes sure that no one profession or business becomes the dominant force within the club.

Another benefit of the classification system is that representatives of many fields are brought together, providing the opportunity for Rotarians to broaden their knowledge of the contemporary workplace. This, in turn, enables Rotarians to fulfill one of the basic obligations of vocational service – recognizing the worthiness to society of all useful occupations.

The guidelines below are designed to help you prepare and give a good presentation.

Preparing your Classification Talk / Presentation
Write an outline of points you want to cover. Go from general characteristics of your career field to the specific duties involved in your particular job today. Examples might include:

  • Why you chose your particular business or profession
  • Parts of your job you find most rewarding and most difficult.
  • Forecast employment opportunities in your field for the coming decade.
  • Advice you would give persons entering your career field.
  • How your profession is being impacted by technology, government regulations, and environmental factors.
  • Ethical issues you face at work, and how the Rotary 4-Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct helps you deal with them.

Know your Rotary Audience

Rotary is a professional business service culture based on farming or cultivating relationships and not hunting for business.  This means that Rotarians are not there at a meeting to be “pitched” or sold to.  The purpose behind a Rotary Classification Talk / Presentation is to first educate your audience about your profession and to demonstrate your credibility through your knowledge of your vocation.  Once Rotarians are comfortable with you and have gotten to know you, they will engage in professional business relationships with you or assist you in building your business.   Always keep in mind, The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Presenting your Classification Talk / Presentation

  • Speak clearly and in an audible tone – stick to your prepared text or outline
  • Use hand movements sparingly –avoid nervous habits such as coughing or twitching.
  • Maintain eye contact with your fellow Rotarians and always face your audience.
  • Avoid the urge to rush though your 3-5 minute talk or 20-30 min presentation to “get it over with.”
  • Try to relax as much as possible and put genuine emotion into your voice.
  • Visuals such as PowerPoint can enliven your talk. Be sure equipment is at our meeting place with a technician familiar with your plans. The Rotary club coordinator can be helpful at the time of your equipment set up before the meeting.

How you share information about your profession is up to you! Relax and enjoy your opportunity to educate your fellow Rotarians about your vocation.

 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!
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.
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.

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).

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.

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.
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
Galleria Area
West U
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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!
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.
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.
(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!!