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Our February 29, 2020 Rotary Evening of Elegance honoring local philanthropist George Lindahl, III.  was a big success. We raised over $250,000 for the benefit of Rotary House.


The 3rd Annual  Texas Legend Crawfish Boil will be held on Saturday May 9th Noon to 7PM
at Stillwater's Backporch .
Go  to our Fundraising Page for flyer with more Information 
Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, June 1-6, 2019

Attached is my essay from John Fackler who attended the Rotary International conference in Hamburg, Germany.  The 2020 RI convention will  be held in Hawaii.

Werner Rose from the College Station Rotary Club and I started our Rotary Convention activities on Saturday when we arrived at the Reichshof Hotel selected by Hamden Rotary Tours. We arrived by train from Berlin on an ICE that reached a speed of 249 km/hr. at one point. The hotel was across the street from the main Bahnhof (train and subway station). Our tour agency had obtained our registration badges which were waiting at the hotel. The hotel took our passports to sort out our rooms which they did and returned them to us in our passport folders. (This was a big mistake which nearly cost me my trip home on Thursday when, at the airport I found that I had Werner’s passport.) After a nice meal in the hotel we got ready for a busy Sunday, the Convention Opening Day.
Sunday began with a tour of Hamburg at 9 am organized by our tour agency. This was very pleasant and gave us a good overview of this industrial, port city and its many canals and two lakes. Returning at 1 PM we freshened up and headed to the Movenpick hotel by taxi for a very nice reception organized by District Governor Elect Becky Mason and her husband for all Rotary members of our District 5910. There were about 50 of us and we enjoyed the conversation along with the meal and refreshments. At 3:30 PM we walked to the Convention Center for the second opening session. Two opening sessions were required to seat the 24,000 Rotarians. After the session, Hamden Rotary Club Tours had a reception for us at the hotel. On our walk back I observed bicycle paths unlike any I have seen in the US, permanent sidewalk structures. 
The Opening Session was a fun event. Werner and I were not able to get into the main hall, so we had to watch on screens in an adjacent hall that had very nice tables and seats with water at each table. Haresh Ramchandani, a past Jamaica District Governor was an excellent Moderator of the ceremonies. The event started with the parade of flags in which the countries represented by Rotary showed us their flags. This was followed by President Barry Rassin informing us what he hoped would be achieved at the convention. His focus this year has been on bringing young people into Rotary, especially through Rotaract and Interact. The session included music and short inspirational talks by prominent former Rotaractors and Interactors.
Monday’s opening session focused on Leadership and Integrity. There were several good speakers including Steve Farber President of the Extreme Leadership Institute. He made the point that “Love is not only appropriate in the context of business, it’s the foundation of great leadership, and, therefore, the very foundation of a thriving, competitive enterprise.” This emphasis from Rotary was refreshing to me since it seems that few people talk about how much they love their job or whatever they are doing. “Cultivate Love” was a big slide used in his presentation. Others successful leaders such as the CEO of Deutsche Telekom, Timotheus Höttges and a VP of Capitol One, Cassie Howder who was a former Interact leader spoke in this session. Afterwards we went into Hall of Friendship for a light lunch and a tour of the various exhibits.
The Hall of Friendship was across the street from the large lecture hall. On the way we passed several food stands and trucks and outdoor tented areas where you could sit and eat your lunch. Escalators up to a walkway that goes across the street got us into the Hall of Friendship. Here were booths managed by people from all over the world advertising projects of all sorts. On display were several different methods for purifying water. Some African booths were selling items made by natives. A Hamburg booth sold a small book written by two university professors describing the improper behavior of Rotary (by any standards) during the Nazi period. This was a good read; Rotary must help avoid this problem ever happening again.
Monday evening Werner and I along with about 500 Rotarians attended a very nice organ concert in Hauptkirche St. Michaelis. This church has four large organs all played from one consol. There are even pipes in the ceiling. It was a fine concert; however, we missed the refreshments that were available before the concert.
Tuesday’s opening session was focused on Leadership. The speakers generally were good. I was impressed with the presentation by one of the female Trustees of the Rotary foundation (there are 3 women trustees out of 10), Chairwoman Brenda Marie Cressy, who up-dated us on the Polio Eradication effort. Also, unlike the 2018-19 Board of Directors which contained no women, there are two on the 2019-20 Board. Leadership in Rotary is finally changing appropriately. In the afternoon, I attended a breakout session presented by some clubs in Osaka, Japan, which described how membership has been increased. Female membership is at the 40% level in these clubs.
Wednesday’s opening session dealt with Diversity and Fellowship. I was especially impressed by talks given by Patience Asiimwe from Uganda who explained efforts to immunize children in hard to reach areas of Uganda and by Dr. Marianne A. Azer, a member of the Egyptian Parliament, among her other leadership roles who described The Rotary effort in Egypt.
In general all three opening sessions not only had good speakers, the talks were broken up by entertainment of various types, from special artistic skills on Monday introduced by Barry Rassin as he talked about administering polio immunization drops, to information about RI such as the presentation by Lark Doley of Toastmasters International. She informed us that Rotary International has joined forces with Toastmasters to develop skills among our leadership. The closing session at 5 PM brought to the stage the 2019-20 President of RI, Mark Daniel Maloney of Mobile, Alabama whose theme is “Rotary Connects the World.”
John p. Fackler, Jr.
Blood Drive

Our next Blood Drive is August 22, 2019.  The summertime is typically the Blood Center's slow period, so they need your blood more now than ever.  Please come and donate and ask your friends to come as well.  We have plenty of cool water and juice to quench your thirst from the Texas sun.  We still have plenty of spaces available so please e-mail me at or call me at 281-907-5100 and we will get you signed up.  For those that are already signed up, you should receive an email from my assistant Robin from with your time. Remember, each donation is worth 1 makeup and if you give double reds, then its 2 make-ups.  You can also have some one donate on your behalf and receive the credit. If you can't make it to our drive, try to go to the blood center on 242 and give them our code 4354G902 so we can get credit.

Rotary House Update
Both  of our units are currently occupied.  We have three patients on the waiting list.  We have served patients from all hospitals in the area including MD Anderson. 
Polio Eradication Picture
Polio Eradication Update
Rotary’s World-wide 2019-20 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is  $150 Million – Including the Gates Foundation $2 to $1 Match.
John Hathaway reported at our lunch that our District has raised over $1 million toward achieving this goal
Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!   Polio Plus:  Zero Is The Magic Number!
Advocate, Donate & Educate to END POLIO NOW & FOREVER!
18,000,000 Children Saved from the Paralysis of Polio Since 1988                                                                                       
 Total paralysis cases
Year-to-date 2019
- in endemic countries:
- in post-endemic countries:
 Wild Polio cases reported this week:
Pakistan 3, Afghanistan 2, Nigeria 0  
2019 Wild Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2018 Totals)
Endemic Countries – 27 Pakistan (2018-12), 10 Afghanistan (2018-21),
0 Nigeria (2018-0)


Prisoner Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)
CONSIDER THIS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY--At our May 23 Lunch, Nancy White from the Houston based Prisoner Entrepreneurship Program provided  a very compelling presentation on how they are helping convicted felons turn their lives around. Their three-year recidivism record is only 8.3% compelled to the State's 25%. If interested in helping, go to their web site or  contact Brian Troy (Houston) at or call 832-767-0928. Volunteers are needed
29th Annual  Women of Distinction Award

Congratulations Ryan Mathes, Rotary Club of The Woodlands President and Woman of Distinction. 

Ryan was honored at the 29th Annual  Women of Distinction Luncheon at The Woodlands Marriott on May 3, 2019. 

2018-2019 Students of the Year Awards
At their May 2 Luncheon, The Rotary Club honored  their selection of the 2018-2019 Students of the Year. What a great bunch of young people from our Woodlands Area Schools. The students, their parents and CISD can all be proud of the great accomplishments of these students.
Visiting Rotarian
The Club welcomed visiting Rotarian Thomas Harms from Paris France with an exchange of Club Flags.

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ROTARY EVENT CHAIRS,  the best way to make certain your EVENT  information is included in our Club Calendar, List of Upcoming Events and in our Monthly Newsletter (The Link), is to provide the Web Master the needed information via use of our Event Form. This form can be found in the Calandar Section of our Web Site ( In addition, you may also send an email to Club Members but this will have a shorter shelf life.
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Dancing for a Cause!!

Rotarian Chad Grimes  had a fun time as a contestant  at the YMCA Dancing for a Cause. Chad was awarded the Most Enthusiastic trophy!!  




Serving Our Seniors

Club Volunteers partnered with Interfaith of The Woodlands  on April 06, 2019 to help our Seniors by working for a day on community improvement projects. The  local high school Interact Clubs also participated in the effort. This was a fantastic opportunity to show our  support for our community and provide various services to local senior citizens in need of assistance.

An Evening of Elegance
Our Club held its "An Evening of Elegance!"  fund raising event on February 23 at The Woodlands Marriott.  As part of the event, we honored Michael and Vicki Richmond for their major contributions to our community throughout the past 35 plus years.
All proceeds benefited the Rotary House. Rotary House is a Non Profit focused on providing  patients from any of our five area Woodlands Hospitals a secure and affordable place to stay while seeking treatments. The Event netted $190,000  for this great cause. Once again, we wish to thank all of our Sponsors for helping to make this event such a big success.
Event SponsorsAmount Rotary House Sponsorship Category 
Purepoint Financial $15,000.00 Framing/Stud Sponsor 
Great American Title (Ronnie Mathews)$10,000.00 Roof Sponsor 
Howard Hughes Corporation $10,000.00 Roof Sponsor 
Jeff Beard Real Estate Co. $10,000.00 Roof Sponsor 
Lone Star Corporate College$10,000.00 Roof Sponsor 
Memorial Hermann Hospital$10,000.00 Roof Sponsor 
Texas Children's Hospital$10,000.00 Roof Sponsor 
Woodforest National Bank$10,000.00 Roof Sponsor 
CHI St Luke’s Health $5,000.00 Floor Sponsor 
M D Anderson Hospital $5,000.00 Floor Sponsor 
Methodist $5,000.00 Floor Sponsor 
Richmond Realty$5,000.00 Floor Sponsor 
Schroeder & Associates $5,000.00 Floor Sponsor 
Stewart Title$5,000.00 Floor Sponsor 
Woodforest Development$5,000.00 Floor Sponsor 
Mary & Norm Parrish Table$2,500.00 Door Sponsor 
Spirit of Texas Bank$2,500.00 Door Sponsor 
Bruce C Tough Law Firm $2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Chad Grimes &  Lucian Rivela Table$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Constable Ryan Gable                    $2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery $2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Early/Wolford Families $2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Julie Martineau$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Knighton & Stone  (Jay Knighton)$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Melissa Ray Insurance Agency $2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Melton/ Maletasta/ Logan/ Cox Table$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Montgomery County Youth Services$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Raymond James/Tim Montfort  $2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Starfox Financial Services  (Bill Friebel)$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
The Woodlands Christian Academy$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
United Capital (Stephen Bauer)$2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
Will Perry & Assoc $2,250.00 Door Sponsor 
The Strong Firm$1,500.00 Window Sponsor 
Gerald Glenn$1,000.00 Brick Sponsor 
John Fackler$1,000.00 Brick Sponsor 
Ann Geske   
Sue Turney                                         
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Oct 01, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Scott Harper
Oct 06, 2020
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Oct 08, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Oct 15, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
RAH Mixer
Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse
Oct 20, 2020
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Oct 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Oct 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Veteran's Day
Nov 03, 2020
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Nov 05, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Nov 12, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Woodlands Country Club- Parmer Course
Nov 19, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Service Project (Yes to Youth)
Bridgway Shelter
Nov 21, 2020
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Newark Manufacturing
Oct 08, 2020 12:00 PM
Coffee Industry
Oct 15, 2020 12:00 PM
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