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Welcome to our club! The Sugar Land 5th "Will It Do Any Good? Yes!"

Sugar Land

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Sweetwater Country Club
4400 Palm Royale
Sugar Land, TX  77479
United States
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Sugar Land Rotary
PO Box 16549
Sugar Land, TX 77496-6549
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Sugar Land Rotary is in the news. Read the complete story.
President Rick Smith is installed to his position by District 5890 Governor Elect while his wife Kim looks on.
And congratulations to 2016 Rotarian of the Year Margie Connolly AND our Hall of Fame addition Robert Walters.

Sugar Land Rotary donates $9000 to Children of the Andes. Children of the Andes is an educational project initiated in 1995 by the Rotary Club Quito Valle Interoceanico based in Quito, Ecuador. The aim is to support communities with low resources through educational projects for children, youth and adults. 
Join us and invite your local Sugar Land Friends and Family as our club hosts a mayoral candidate debate on April 27th, 2016 from 11:30am - 1:30pm in the Sweetwater Country Club Ballroom. Cost is $15, lunch is included.

Sugar Land Rotary was honored to be able to donate $5000 each to the Fort Bend YMCA for their Summer Camp Program in the Four Corners Neighborhood of Fort Bend County AND to the Literacy Council of Fort Bend to aid in funding their GED program which teaches students what they need to know to get their GEDs to improve both their lives and the communities around them.

Sugar Land Rotary Club honored Fireman Johnathan Vance and Police Officer Tuan-Huy Tran as Fireman and Police Officer of the Year for the City of Sugar Land.  We had GREAT attendance and enjoyed hearing from both gentleman. In addition to our honorees we also had an opportunity to ask questions of Police Chief Doug Brinkley and Fire Chief Juan Adame of the City of Sugar Land. It was a great question and answer session where I think everyone learned a little more about the expectations of both departments for their personnel.


Check out one of the great programs Sugar Land Rotary is involved in.


One of three prison inmates is baptized Friday at the Texas Department

of Criminal Justice’s Estelle High-Security Unit in Huntsville.

We love our RYLA kids! Students from Clements HS enjoyed a weekend of leadership training and fun. As Rotarians,
we provided scholarships and rides back and forth, and as you can see, the kids loved it!

The Fort Bend Boy's Choir put on a fantastic mini-concert for Sugar Land Rotary Club! A definite club favorite!
Over 100 people attended the 18th Annual Sugar Land Rotary Veteran's Day Luncheon. We were awed by the sounds of Mr. Russ Clark, Elkins Chorale Director, with the National Anthem and God Bless America! Bush High School won the Buster Court Award (again)! Dr. Thomas Parr, our guest speaker, thanked us for allowing him to be a Veteran for all that he gained from his experiences in the Armed Forces. Mark your calendar for next year's event now as  you won't want to miss it!

Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,
No Polio cases reported this week.  See the updated numbers attached.
Quote of the day - "When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."  Anonymous
Pakistan - No new Polio case reported in Pakistan.  Twenty-nine Polio cases have been reported in 2015 compared to 115 at this time last year.  Pakistan will introduce Inactivated (injected) Polio Vaccine into their routine immunization schedule this week! The introduction of IPV has already made great strides, with 20 countries adding the vaccine to their immunization schedules between January and July this year alone, bringing the number of countries using the vaccine to 97. This means that 51% of the global birth cohort is now receiving at least one-dose of IPV. A surge of introductions in the coming months will lead to over 75% of countries having at least one dose of IPV in their routine immunization systems by the end of October. By the end of the year, all countries with the highest risk of wild poliovirus or the emergence of vaccine-derived polioviruses- the highest priority categories for IPV introduction- will have completed the introduction. This will ensure that the most vulnerable children are given the best possible protection against polio.
The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan - Twenty Nine Polio cases reported in 2015 with 306 cases recorded in 2014  The most recent case was reported on06/30/15 in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.    

Afghanistan - Seven Polio cases reported in 2015 with 28 cases recorded in 2014. The most recent case was reported on 07/17/15 from the Achin District of Nangarhar.   
Nigeria - Zero Polio cases reported in 2015 with 6 cases recorded in 2014.  The most recent case was reported on 7/24/14.  
Importation Countries:
Ethiopia (1 case in 2014), Cameroon (5 cases in 2014), Somalia (5 cases in 2014), Iraq (2 cases in 2014), Syria (1 case in 2014), & Equatorial Guinea (5 cases in 2014) - all report no Polio cases in 2015. 
Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Terry Ziegler, Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, District 5890

Clements HS student Ingrid Wu and Elodie, an exchange student from France, are swapping countries for a few weeks, and we are happy to sponsor them!


Some highlights from the event

Outgoing President Patrick Bullard congratulates Dr. Stacy Croft as she is inducted as President of Sugar Land Rotary Club 2015-16.
Outgoing President Patrick Bullard and event emcee Past President Greg Pendley.
Rotarian of the Year, Justin Steinhard, is honored by President Patrick Bullard for his contributions for the year as Treasurer. Justin went above and beyond in his role, even securing contracts which lock in fees for the next 2 years so that the club is not burdened by rate increases from our various vendors. Way to go Justin.
Congratulations to the the outgoing 2014-15 Rotary Board of Directors for all of your successes in the past year. And welcome to the incoming Board of Directors for the 2015-16 Rotary year. Incoming President Dr. Stacy Croft looks forward to an exciting year. The Rotary International motto for this year is "Be A Gift To The World". Dr. Stacy hopes this year's board can Enlighten, Update, Educate and Entertain the members of Sugar Land Rotary through great speakers each week and a phenomenal fundraiser on October 3: Escape to the Rainforest.



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.



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.



    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


Please plan to join Sugar Land Rotarians in honoring our great nation’s veterans at a special Annual Sugar Land Rotary Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A Note from Grove Norwood of the Heart of Texas Foundation

The Sugar Land Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Texas, recently made an historic donation to the work of The Heart of Texas Foundation.  President Ward Pendleton, flanked by District 5890 (62 Rotary Clubs) Governor Bob Gebhard, presented founder Grove Norwood with an unprecedented donation by Rotary to our prison reform movement in Texas.  Below you will find a link to the full article, which we encourage you to read.  The donation was in excess of $20,000.  The Heart of Texas Foundation says, "Thank you, Sugar Land Rotary, President Ward Pendleton, District Governor Bob Gebhard, and all of the future donors in District 5890 Rotary Clubs in Texas!"


Read the Article about the Rotary Club Donation to The Heart of Texas Foundation in "Your Houston News" 


Grove Norwood, former USAF fighter pilot and Founder of The Heart of Texas Foundation,  says:


"Thank you to Rotary for joining us in this monumental work!  Rotary has recognized what is upon us, and the opportunity we in Texas, and all of America, have.  It is clear that what is coming is this:  the 'American Prison Seminary Movement.'  It is a movement that will lead to the establishment of a prison Seminary Bible College  in every state in America.  The results are clear:  less violence, more safety, more reconciliation with families, significant financial benefits to taxpayers, healing of the children.   All that is needed is another 48 such prison seminaries in America, based on the Texas-Louisiana Model.  Regardless of a person's political or religious persuasion, the fact is that a privately funded, open-to-all, voluntary, Bible College program inside a maximum security prison-- in any state-- will reduce violence and victims, heal families, and reduce costs to taxpayers.  This has been demonstrated in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and its experience as the first American Prison Seminary.


Thank you, from our hearts.  And thank you, Rotary of Texas!


Grove Norwood, Founder

The Heart of Texas Foundation, Inc.


They are all smiles about helping more than 4,000 children in Fort Bend County during the holiday season this year!! Pictured at the Sugar Land Fire Department’s Fire Station No. 7 are (left to right): back row in the fire truck - Lieutenant Darryl Teague (driver), Santa, Captain Trent Herrod; and standing in the front are: Carolyn Tarver, Project SMILE; John Robson, Exchange Club of Sugar Land; Jack Molho, Toys for Tots; and Jared Jameson, Sugar Land Rotary.
 Chris Schneider, Governor for District 5890, and a veteran of the U.S. Army said, “It is extremely important to recognize our Veterans.” Veterans and their spouses are invited as honored guests. Hal Jay, Veterans Day Event Chairman, plans to use the event to honor veterans in the local community. “This year we will have James Johnson retired as a Staff Sergeant from the U.S. Army as our featured speaker. He has been given many state and federal awards including the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart,” said Jay. 


Rotarians shared their favorite costumes at a spooky Rotary meeting. In sum, "Ouch, Susan and Rick!", "Yellow and blue colors ruled", "Buddy Holly paid a visit," and all had a lot of fun!

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Harris H. (Sonny) Johnston, Jr.
    September 5
  • Joseph Menslage
    September 6
  • Robbie Bates
    September 6
  • Raleigh Bailes
    September 9
  • Hal Jay
    September 17
  • Marty Clayton
    September 18
  • Jack Brady
    September 22
  • Susan Barnes
    September 27
  • Marc Paul Vaudagna
    September 29
  • Jared Jameson
    September 6
  • Rob Thompson
    Laura Thompson
    September 11
  • Mitchel Rahim
    Katie Rahim
    September 20
  • Richard Booker
    September 21
  • Bob Bilski
    September 22
  • Pat Houck
    September 25
  • Chuck Chance
    September 26
  • Jay Harris
    September 29
Join Date:
  • Steve Smelley
    September 1, 1995
    21 years
  • Ward Pendleton
    September 1, 1997
    19 years
  • Jeff Stacy
    September 8, 2004
    12 years
  • Michelle Royster
    September 8, 2010
    6 years
  • Irv Taub
    September 11, 2002
    14 years
  • Jim Munnell
    September 11, 2002
    14 years
  • Sanjit (Michael) Chawla
    September 11, 2002
    14 years
  • Nancy Porter
    September 14, 2005
    11 years
  • Jeff Tallas PDG
    September 18, 1996
    20 years
  • Darla Fanta
    September 30, 2015
    1 year