How’s your EQ?
What is EQ, you ask?
EQ, or Emotional Intelligence, refers to a person's ability to recognize, understand, manage, and
effectively use their own emotions, as well as their capacity to perceive and influence (in a non-
manipulative way) the emotions of others.
It involves such interpersonal skills as empathy, self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, and
motivation. Developed by psychologist Daniel Goleman, the concept of emotional intelligence has
gained widespread recognition for its impact on various aspects of life, including personal relationships,
professional success, and overall well-being. People with a high EQ can navigate social complexities,
communicate effectively, build strong relationships, and handle challenging situations with emotional
The significance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) versus Intelligence Quotient (IQ) depends on the context
and the specific demands of a situation. While IQ traditionally measures cognitive abilities and problem-
solving skills, EQ focuses on emotional awareness and interpersonal skills. In many professional and
social settings, EQ can be equally or even more crucial than IQ. A high emotional intelligence is often
associated with effective leadership, strong interpersonal relationships, and successful collaboration. It
contributes to better communication, conflict resolution, and adaptability—all essential qualities in
diverse and dynamic environments.
However, the interplay between EQ and IQ is complex, and both have their places in different aspects of
life. Ideally, a balance of both can lead to well-rounded personal and professional development.
There is no doubt that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) stands as a crucial pillar in personal and professional
success, transcending conventional metrics of intelligence. A high EQ fosters effective communication,
interpersonal relationships, and conflict resolution, vital in today's collaborative work environments.
Individuals with elevated emotional intelligence exhibit resilience in the face of challenges, navigate
social complexities adeptly, and lead with empathy. In leadership roles, EQ becomes a linchpin,
influencing decision-making and team dynamics. In essence, EQ complements intellectual prowess,
paving the way for a well-rounded and emotionally resilient individual capable of thriving in diverse
social landscapes.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I believe most Rotarians have higher than average EQs. How
else could we place service above self and live by the Four Way Test? ��
Monthly Board of Directors Meetings - Second Tuesday each month @ Noon
Monthly Zoom Meetings with Speakers - Third Tuesday each month @ Noon

Leadership expert Mike Robbins explains the difference between being recognized for performance and genuinely appreciated for who you are. Filmed at the GGSC's November 2017 conference, Gratitude and Well-Being at Work.  Mike Robbins is a former professional baseball player and author. His work focuses on appreciation, teamwork, leadership and emotional intelligence.
Lynette Wilke - Always dedicated to Rotary Youth Exchange, she is also serving on the District Governor Selection Committee.  Application deadline is November 30, 2023. More details on our District Website
Brittany Johnson - Lead a food drive at Walsh Elementary School and it surpassed everyone's expectations!  
Dr Nick Giannone and Wind Nguyen attended the Harvest for the Hungry Fall Fundraising Dinner on 11/11/23.  I twas held at the Doris Williams Lake Jackson Civic Center.  At the end of September the following crops were harvested:  red and green okra, watermelons, yellow squash, cucumbers, eggplant, and butternut squash,  The recipients included Houston Food Bank, The Food Basket Interfaith Food Bank, BCDC Brazoria County Dream Center, and Brazosport Care Food Pantry.  
Robin Charlesworth - Recently voted as Vice-President of the ICC Ukraine-USA to facilitate efforts to support Disaster Relief to Ukraine.  She has been serving as our District 5890 Representative and they meet twice monthly via zoom due to the continued need for support since the war.  
President Stan - Our sincere condolences are extended to Stan whose son passed this week.  Please lift this family up in your prayers.  

You can start the holiday season on a charitable note by donating on Giving Tuesday, 27 November.

Why should Rotary be your charity of choice? 

Because our 1.2 million members see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Here are six reasons to donate to Rotary.

1. We fight disease around the world

For decades, Rotary has been a leader in the battle against polio and has kept the pressure on as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 in 1988 to only 15 cases so far this year. We’re closer than ever to ending this devastating disease. 

Your impact will be even greater, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All donations (up to $50 million) to end polio will be tripled, providing critical funding to our work to create a polio-free world. 

2. We teach people to read

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults through mentoring, scholarships, teacher training, and access to learning opportunities. 

3. We build peace

Each year, armed conflict and persecution displace, injure, or kill millions of people. More than 90 percent of them are civilians, and half are children. 

Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts. Our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

4. We provide clean water, sanitation

The statistics are alarming. Worldwide, one person in every 10 does not have access to safe water, and 2.3 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. One consequence: 900 children under age five die each day from diarrheal diseases.

Having clean water and sanitation is a human right. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. Rotary is helping to make clean water available to everyone by 2030.

5. We grow local economies

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary is working to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders.

We know that one solution doesn’t fit every problem, so we work with people to help them help themselves. 

We help Tanzanians with albinism find safe, healthy livelihoods. In Ecuador, Rotary has made 250 microloans and trained more than 270 people in job skills and business management. In Arkansas, USA, we worked with Heifer International to extend the growing season for farmers and help them find new customers.

6. We save mothers and children

An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. More than 800 women die every day from birth- and pregnancy-related complications.

Rotary is saving lives by supplying birthing kits, immunizations, neonatal care equipment, and medical training.

With access to quality care, mothers and children live longer and healthier lives, and Rotary is providing that care.



Our Houston E-Club community service theme for October & November is “Food for the Needy & Veteran Support” – Concentrating service efforts to make the lives of those less fortunate more comfortable as we head into fall and the Thanksgiving season. Three areas of specific needs are shown below with connection opportunities to volunteer and help in the Houston area. For those outside Houston look for similar needs and support opportunities in your community …. These needs are everywhere this time of year. Be proactive and represent Rotary wherever you are and please do so often!
Operation Gratitude – Care packages for active-duty service and first responders      Homepage - Operation Gratitud
Veterans Day Event and support – letters to vets & active-duty service members
Hello everyone in District 5890,
I’m Evelyn Traylor, your chair for Mental Health.
You all may already know that our International Rotary President, Gordon McInally, has asked all of us to “become champions in our effort to illuminate mental health needs near and far”.
In this initiative he also says “we need to advocate for removal of the stigma talking about mental health, help people find better quality care, and support them through their journey to recovery”.
How can we all do this ?  Education on this topic is very important, and letting those ( of all ages)
know it’s ok to talk about mental health and to let them know what resources are available to them!
Myself and my mental health committee are planning an all day Mental Health Summit in March of 2024. Your help is needed. We hope to have a member of each club participate and I’m presently talking to the chairs of our Interact clubs and the Interact students themselves on September 30th at Round Up.
The Summit will consist of break out sessions with professional speakers in their areas of expertise in the mental field in the Houston area.
There will also be panel discussions with adults and with students. 
We would greatly appreciate your help! Please call me or email me if you are interested in helping:)
Evelyn Traylor 
Rotary 5890 Mental Health Chair
My cell:  281-794-0687 
The Rotary Foundation and all worldwide Rotary clubs have a motto, "Every Rotarian Every Year".  That's right, we are encouraged to support OUR Foundation every year in some dollar amount plus another donation to END POLIO.  PDG Nick Giannone has announced a special BONUS for your giving to the Rotary Foundation.  "I thought I might try to help make us an All Paul Harris Member Club for 2023-2024.  So, I am going to give everyone an incentive to donate to the Rotary Foundation in 2023-2024.  Staring 7/1/24, I will credit you one point for every dollar you give to the Foundation or Polio Plus, up to 500 points or until I run out of points (around 20,000).  So, one can become a Paul Harris Fellow for $500 or less instead of $1,000.  Plus remember Bill Gates will triple what you give to Polio Plus!  A win, win, win situation for Rotary!  LET'S DO IT!  Come on, let's be an ALL PAUL HARRIS CLUB in the new Rotary year."

This is a great opportunity to elevate our giving status which is monitored by Rotary International and our giving level directly impacts how much we receive in return for District Grants each year.  There is no shortage on worthwhile projects, yet we always need more money to support identified projects.  Please consider giving a minimum of $100 annually to our Rotary Foundation.  To accomplish this login to My Rotary on the Rotary International website.  There you will find a DONATE button at the top right corner.  There are options for giving:  Annual Fund, PolioPlus, World Fund, Disaster Response, Pakistan or Ukraine.  We ask that you first select Annual Fund as a portion of these funds are returned to our district to support our District Grants.  Additionally, support for the Polio Plus Fund is encouraged each year until we successfully END POLIO.  
If you need assistance with this process and setting up a MyRotary login, please reach out to any of our Board members. Together we are making progress to "Make this World a Better Place".  
Please pay your dues in the amount of our annual amount of $200 prior to the December 18, 2023.  It can be accomplished on the club website via PayPal or a check may be mailed to Treasurer, PDG Ed Charlesworth (11407 Hylander Dr.  Houston, TX.  77070).  If you choose to use PayPal you will also find an option to pay an additional $6.46 to cover the PayPal fees.  Remember, all donations for the club's Foundation are separate accounts as are donations to the Rotary Foundation which are made through the MyRotary site.  We are all volunteers and we appreciate you taking action to remain an Active Member of the Rotary e-Club of Houston.  
If you make the decision to terminate your membership, this must be done in writing to the Board of Directors and your dues must be current prior to successfully leaving our club.  We must receive this information before the end of this month or additional dues will be required.  The reason for additional dues to be paid is that our club is committed to paying Rotary International and District 5890 dues based on membership numbers at the end of December.  
1.  Attend the Meeting/Speaker Series on November 19 2023 at Noon CST.
2.  Read the November newsletter and listen to the TedTalk (counts as a meeting credit).
3.  Update your own Biography on ClubRunner.  If you have already written yours, please read about another club member to get to know them better.
4.  Pay your dues (about 50% have already paid).   Dues are $200.
5.  Donate to The Rotary Foundation - POLIO PLUS for GIVING TUESDAY.
6.  Community Service - Support a food pantry this month or support our Veterans.
7.  Reach out and call a fellow club member to build better friendships.
8.  Inform the newsletter editor, Robin Charlesworth, of your service activities to be shared in the newsletter next month.
Upcoming Events & Speakers
Past Speakers
Lori McDowell
Nov 21, 2023 12:00 PM
"Reinventing Yourself, Turning Obstacles into Opportunities, and Tragedies into Triumphs"
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Service Above Self
December 2023
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