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Rotary Foundation

Dr. Ronald V. Duncan is a published author, contributor to newsletters and magazines, and a motivational speaker. He’s the Executive Director of the Global Wesleyan Alliance, an alliance of thirteen denominations representing 12,562 churches in America, a role he’s held since 2014. He also founded PERFORM, a consulting firm focused on thinking significance and success.

 

Originally from Kingsport, Tennessee, Duncan graduated from Anderson University in Indiana. He then earned a Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, as well as Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Christian Theological Seminary. He received the Doctor of Divinity from Anderson University in 2007.

 

Over the years, Duncan served in numerous pastoral staffs in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. He also held various state and national roles serving the church-at-large, including general director of Church of God Ministries from 2002 through 2013. His service extended into the US Armed Forces when he became a chaplain in the Indiana National Guard in 1981. Duncan served as division chaplain for the Seventy-fifth Division and the One Hundredth Division of the U.S. Army Reserve, before retiring in April 2006 at the rank of Colonel. During his time in the military, he earned numerous awards including two Legion of Merits.

 

He is married to Martha since March of 1966.  They have three children and nine grandchildren.  He has been a member of Rotary since 2002.

 
Oct 27, 2017
 
 

Terri Stuart - Post-Hurricane Harvey Fort Bend Recovers efforts

 

Terri Stuart is the Area Manager for the United Way Fort Bend Service Center, where she serves as the community liaison for the United Way of Greater Houston in Fort Bend County. Her focus is on developing relationships with collaborating partners and agencies to increase awareness and promote United Way’s mission in action in the Fort Bend community.

 

Following the disastrous impacts from Hurricane Harvey across Fort Bend County, the United Way Fort Bend was called on to help mobilize area non-profit agencies, churches and various other organizations to assist families in need. These efforts culminated in the formation of Fort Bend Recovers, the official Long Term Recovery Group for Fort Bend County as recognized by the State of Texas. Through her work with Fort Bend Recovers, she is assisting local organizations with collaborating and coordinating services in order to help guide mid- and long-term efforts to recover and rebuild. Terri also provides assistance to local residents in navigating the complex system of disaster recovery by leveraging relationships with key contacts at local, state and federal agencies which is a critical aspect of her liaison efforts.

 

Terri earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston. She has extensive experience in marketing and communications, fundraising, program development and finance with organizations such as the Catholic Charities, YMCA of Greater Houston, American Red Cross, Lupus Foundation, George Ranch Historical Park and Brazos Bend Financial Services. She and her husband Jess Stuart are both long time members and leaders in the Richmond Rotary Club.

 
Nov 03, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Childproof America Founder & Executive Director - Human Trafficking

As a parent of an all-American family, living in an upscale suburban community with top ranking schools, human trafficking was a threat never considered. The first-hand experience broke all stereotypes and misconceptions about the reality of this very real criminal enterprise.

 

Ms. Litvak's personal mission statement "is to empower youth with the life skills needed to break the generational cycle of self-destruction". This passion, combined with the knowledge of an epidemic sweeping silently and strategically across our "safe" communities has ignited a fierce call to action to force change from suburbia to Capitol Hill.  Ms. Litvak brings a decade of experience in the founding, management and successful growth of a non-profit organization focused on youth.

 

Previously, Ms. Litvak, author of the popular Christian-based book, Tools 4 Teens (2007) developed the book into an 8-week curriculum which launched successfully through HISD in 2008.  From there the program evolved into a mentor-driven Tools 4 Teens Re-entry Program serving incarcerated male offenders. The success and impact of this program, measured by Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, reported a sharp drop in recidivism among Tools 4 Teens graduates.

 

Ms. Litvak received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University in 1988, which included studies in Organizational Communications and Psychology. A college internship with a home for victims of domestic violence first sparked her interest in making a difference within the at-risk youth population.

Dec 08, 2017
 
 
 
 
 

The George Foundation Director of Special Programs: Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program

Ammie Blahuta, Director of Special Programs, is responsible for leading the George Foundation’s special programs including Youth in Philanthropy (YIP), Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership and the Foundation’s scholarship programs.  Youth in Philanthropy serves to shape the leaders of tomorrow by energizing students to serve their community.  The YIP program brings together juniors and seniors from all areas of Fort Bend County to experience volunteer opportunities with nonprofits who serve Fort Bend County.  

 

Ammie also support the mission by strengthening the Foundation’s relationships with nonprofits and other community stakeholders through collaboration and community engagement.

 

Ammie is a Fort Bend County native and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer and Family Science from Purdue University.   Upon graduation, Ammie served in a variety of marketing and management roles with Sysco Food Services and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. In 2009 Ammie joining Hudson Building Systems as the company’s Business Development Manager.

 

Ammie is the co-founder of Gigi’s Playhouse Sugar Land, a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their highest potential.   Gigi’s offers thirty direct educational and therapeutic programs to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the Fort Bend community in an inviting and uplifting environment – all free of charge.  Ammie lives in Sugar Land with her husband Keith and their two children, Keaton and Sadie.

Jan 05, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Judy Harwell’s professional career began in the Houston Independent School District teaching grades 1-3, where she served as a reading specialist, a computer technologist, an assistant to the Superintendent, a principal, and in the professional development department.  

 

Judy also spent two years with the Department of Defense teaching in the Philippines and in Germany.  She earned her Associated Arts Degree from Lon Morris College;  a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University; a Master of Education Reading and a Master of Educational Mid-Management from Texas Southern University.  She also studied Urban Education at Harvard University.

 

Following in her father’s footsteps, she joined the Rotary Club of Bellaire Southwest Houston in 1998. She has served her Club as President two times.  She is very active in District 5890, serving on many committees and as Assistant Governor, Lt. Governor, and Sergeant-At-Arms.

 

In 2007-08, she was named “Assistant Governor of the Year”.  At present, she serves as Sergeant-At-Arms for the District and is on numerous District committees. She is a leader in the Gulf Coast Leadership Seminar. She has also traveled for Rotary to South Africa; led a GSE team to South Korea and administered polio vaccines in India.

 

Her civic activities include serving as president of the Houston Association of School Administrators, president Delta Zeta Alumnae, president Kappa Kappa Gamma, president Delta Kappa Gamma, president Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association and president of Houston Association of Retired Teachers.  Judy believes in being involved and very active!

 
Feb 02, 2018
 
 

Texas State Technical College

Randy was appointed as Vice Chancellor, Chief Execution Officer (CXO), and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Executive Project Manager for Fort Bend County in October 2014. He now serves as Provost.  Prior to that posting, he was president of TSTC in Marshall, Texas, from 2006 to 2014.

 

During his varied career, Randy has served over 25 years in higher education, with assignments ranging from classroom instructor to vice chancellor and president, with the majority of these assignments in the Air Force while stationed at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  He served 29 years in the Air Force, after serving as Director (vice chancellor) of Air University for Plans and Operations.

 

Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M, Commerce; and three Masters’ Degrees—from Troy University; Air Command and Staff College; and Air War College. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

 

Feb 09, 2018
 
 

First Financial Bank

Feb 16, 2018
 
 
Feb 16, 2018 9:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 

Insurance Policies: Do You Know What You’re Paying For?

Suzanne Loehr is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her bachelor of business administration degree in marketing. Her insurance career began part time in 1992 when she received a license to write Farm Mutual insurance with Germania.  In 1996 she joined Stieber Insurance Agency full time, then made the move to become the first female Marketing Rep for Germania Ins Co. in 2001. Suzanne rejoined Stieber Insurance Agency two years later, and became the owner of the agency in 2009, changing the name to Stieber Insurance Group, LLC.

 

Suzanne has a long list of active participation in the community having served as treasurer and volunteer coordinator on the PTA Boards at Needville and Huggins schools; committee member for Lamar Consolidated ISD Student Improvement Council and Central Fort Bend Chamber Ambassador. Suzanne is a 2014 Charter Member of the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a 2014 Charter Member of the Brazos River Rotary club, where she is a past board secretary and current board Sergeant at Arms.  Suzanne is a graduate of the 2011 Central Fort Bend Chamber Leadership Program.  She is also active in local charities and regularly supports Child Advocates, Texana and the Fort Bend County Fair Youth Auction.

 

Suzanne and her husband John are both native of Fort Bend Co., and have been married 21 years.  They are the proud parents of three amazing young men – Ryan (18), Braeden (15) and Keigan (10).  Suzanne’s hobbies include lots of sporting events (usually ones that involve her children), traveling, good wine and taking time to enjoy life.

 
 
Feb 23, 2018
 
 

Growing Membership Options In Rotary

Frank Garafola was born in July 1944, at the height of the Second World War as the Battle of Normandy turned the tide in favor of the Allies. Growing up in the Empire State of New York, he pursued and earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

 

The call to serve modern society drew Frank south to Texas in 1980, where he launched his career in the oil & gas industry as a geophysicist.  Working for companies like Schlumberger and CGG, an integrated geoscience company, Frank focused on seismic acquisition & processing, working to fuel America’s thirst for energy from both onshore and offshore hydrocarbon fields. This included formations in waters off the Gulf of Mexico and under dusty, dry stretches of the Lone Star State such as the Permian Basin. After 34 years of staring at rocks and rock formations, Frank decided to pursue the life of leisure in 2014 when he retired from all that hard work.

 

He and his wife Ellen crossed paths 43 years ago in 1975, and became inseparable. In addition to raising two sons and a daughter, they shared a passion for travel and photography until Ellen passed away a year ago.

 

Frank is dedicated to community service helping out organizations like Family Hope, and joining our Rotary Club last August.  One of the areas he’s interested in is growing membership, and his talk this morning is on the options and flexibility that Rotary Clubs today have to offer.

Mar 02, 2018
 
 

Preparing for St Patrick’s - Irish Traditions

Mar 09, 2018
 
 

Rotary Foundation

Terry Ziegler is a native Houstonian and a Texas Tech University graduate with an Honors Studies degree in microbiology.

 

Terry and his wife, Sarka, have two daughters and Terry is the owner of Big Z Lumber Company, a  business operating in Houston since 1938.

 

A Rotarian since 1982, Terry served as president of the West U Rotary Club in 2004-05 and as the Astrodome Rotary Club’s president in 1988-89.  The West U Club was awarded the “Best Large Club” in District 5890 during his year as president.  

 

In addition, Terry attended a baseball game for physically & mentally challenged youth on the White House lawn with President George W. Bush as a result of the West U Rotary Club’s Centennial Project.

 

Terry produces a Polio Eradication Update which is emailed weekly to Rotarians around the world, and in 2010 received the Rotary Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World.  In 2015 Terry received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.

 

Terry is currently serving as the Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Committee Chair, as a Lone Star President Elect Training Seminar Discussion Leader, and as the Rotary Zone 21B Paul Harris Society Coordinator.

 
Mar 16, 2018
 
 
Mar 16, 2018 9:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 20, 2018 9:00 AM – 9:00 AM