Artist rendering of the proposed new outdoor Freedom of Speech stage at Lonestar College-Kingwood.

In the past year there have been many instances of people helping people, neighbors helping neighbors, and strangers helping strangers, but one local organization has helped several local businesses and individuals in the community and are still looking for recipients to help.

The Rotary Club of Humble, which was chartered in 1967, has a long history of helping the community. Whether establishing scholarships for young people to attend vocational training schools or providing service to social causes to help change lives locally and internationally, Rotarians believe in the Rotary vision, “Service Above Self” and they practice what they preach while having fun doing it.

According to Pam McNair, past president of the Rotary Club of Humble, the service club has awarded upward of $25,000 to date to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Presentation of donation to Cool Tech Refrigeration owners

One recipient was Vickie Andrews, owner of Kingwood Bagel and Sandwich Company. After completing all of the repairs to her shop and replacing damaged or lost equipment, Andrews was short $4,000 to repair her bagel boiler and could not re-open the shop until it was fixed. That was when the Humble Rotary stepped in to save the day with their donation of $4,000.

Another recipient was a long-term Humble business which lost everything, including the office, work equipment and service trucks. Cool Tech Refrigeration has been in business for 25 years in Humble, servicing and leasing ice machines. Thanks to Mark Mitchell, the president of the Lake Houston Area Economic Development Partnership who apprised the Humble Rotary of the company’s plight, Cool Tech Refrigeration also received $4,000 from the club, which helped to refurbish their office. 

Presentation of check to Kingwood Bagel owner Vickie Andrews

Lonestar College-Kingwood had devastating damage, but one particular casualty was their Freedom of Speech stage. The college has a free-speech policy where it recognizes and supports free-speech rights and the free exchange of ideas, and the stage provided a suitable environment for use by faculty, staff and students. Thanks to the generous donation of $15,000 by the Humble Rotary, along with other contributors,Lonestar College-Kingwood will soon rebuild its free-speech zone.

Generally, the Humble Rotary does not donate funds to individuals unless they are youth scholarships, but due to Hurricane Harvey, an exception was made for a past graduate from Family Promise of Lake Houston. Family Promise provides a caring and positive environment for families who have become homeless due to unfortunate circumstances. Their programs offer daily support, classes on life skills, education, parenting and money management and a host of other types of assistance to help individuals become independent again and build better lives for themselves and their loved ones. One former graduate found herself in a bind after her new home was destroyed by the hurricane.The Rotary Club of Humble donated funds to help her get back on her feet.

Presentation of Rotary donation to FOLK

Thanks to matching funds by Rotary International, along with funds from other Rotary clubs in Nevada and Colorado, a donation of $50,000 was made by Humble Rotary clubs to the Friends of The Library, Kingwood (FOLK) to help restore their bookstore. Although county funds rebuilt and repaired the building, there were no funds for replacing the contents of the store. When the Kingwood community heard this, they donated so many books that there was no place to store them. Pines Montessori generously opened part of their storage room to help house the books until they could be placed at the FOLK store. Getting the FOLK Bookstore up and running was most definitely a community labor of love.

The Humble Rotary Club is still looking for recipients who meet their criteria for receiving monetary donations. Owners of local businesses or are an individual who is still displaced and needs assistance can contact McNair at 281-359-6468 ext. 1116 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if they qualify for assistance.

Author: Lori OjedaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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