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Nicaragua, The Poorest Country In Central America   1 comment

RainbowSister and brother sitting on a beach in front of the home in a northern Nicaraguan village.

RainbowNicaraguan Home Stead — Images by kenne

In November of 2007, I spent some time in Nicaragua as part of a water project conducted by Rotary International and the Rainbow Network. I’ve been thinking about the people and the condition in which they live, even more so with the global pandemic. Click on Rainbow Network, check out the website, and donate to a worthy cause. The Network believes that success does not lie in what they do, but with whom we work — that’s why we encourage individuals to pair their critical strengths with the tools the Network provides to rebuild their own futures.

— kenne


When Real Seems Unreal   2 comments

Kenne In Zion National Park (1 of 1) blogKenne In Zion National Park (June 10, 2014) — Image by Joy

Photoshop or not,

Nature is so beautiful

Real seems unreal.


Look for the beauty

You will find it everywhere,

Real or unreal.

— kenne


Ain’t No Cure For The Summertime Blues   3 comments

Eddie_Cochran_VIIIOne of the rockabilly greats! — Eddie Cochran (Image Source: Google)

Summertime Blues

I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar
Every time I call my baby, and try to get a date
My boss says, “No dice son, you gotta work late”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

Well my mom and pop told me,
“Son you gotta make some money,
If you want to use the car to go ridin’ next
Sunday”Well I didn’t go to work, told the boss I was sick
“Well you can’t use the car ’cause you didn’t work a lick”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

I’m gonna take two weeks, gonna have a fine vacation
I’m gonna take my problem to the United Nations
Well I called my congressman and he said Quote:
“I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues


Monsoon Storms Build In The Desert   3 comments

Images by kenne

Monsoon Storms Build In The Desert

We arrived noticing the clouds to the northeast
“Do you think we will finally get some rain?”
“South of the city got rain last night,
We missed out again.”

So went the conversation, weather again.
Tiring of the topic, other topics began
To work they’re way into our neighborly chat,
As usual, avoiding topics of potential discord.

“What is that? “
“Did you hear that?”
“Sounds like thunder, “was one reply,
As the conversation continued.

Try as we may, the thought of rain remained
In the background of each discussion topic.
Why not? The months without rain,
Record-setting temperatures were killing our plants.

“What is that?”
“Did you hear that?”
All eyes were directed toward the windows
The dialog taking on a tone of excitement – “It’s rain!”

Not just your typical desert rain
Where only a few drops make it to ground
Most devoured by the  dry Sonoran desert air,
We were having a true gully washer!


Breakfast with Ron Saikowski   2 comments

Kenne, Joy & Ron — Images by kenne

Before leaving The Woodlands, many of our friends expressed a wish to come visit once we settled in our new home in Tucson. Not questioning their sincerity, but knowing that being able to do so would have to compete with a lot of priorities, their desire to do so would be one of those “easier said than done” happenings. So, when Ron Saikowski said he would visit us in November, we knew he would. Now, anyone that knows Ron, knows that when he says he’s going to do something, he will — you can take it to the bank. But, what made this a real certainty was that Ron’s uncle, who lives in Tucson, would be celebrating his 91st birthday in November.

After arriving in Tucson this weekend, Ron called to see when we would be able to get together. We decided on doing breakfast/brunch and Joy and I would select the restaurant. Later, I call Ron letting him know that breakfast would be where the best food in Tucson is prepared, la joy’s in the foothills.

As always, the food, atmosphere and service was worthy of its five-star rating. And, of course, the conversation was such that Joy couldn’t get a word in, not that we meant to be rude.

We were very pleased to have Ron as our first non-family guest and look forward to his future return, hopefully with Marty. (She had elderly parent care priorities this time.)

A big thanks to Ron for taking the time from his busy family schedule to visit with us.


Posted November 21, 2010 by kenneturner in Friends, Life, Photography, Rotary

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Capturing the Moment — Happy Birthday, Old Pueblo!   Leave a comment

Views of Tucson from the Catalina Mountains — Images by kenne

Thursday, I was attending one of the Tucson Rotary Clubs. As often is the case, the sergeant-at-arms was asking questions and giving fines to people who could not answer the question. One question was, “Who is having a birthday tomorrow?” After several attempts, someone finally guessed, “Tucson.” Then the sergeant-at-arms asked,” How old is Tucson?” I knew the answer, but being a guest, he didn’t ask me. I was surprised at how many didn’t know the answer — 235 years old. Being new to the community and behaving much like a convert, I thought it was important to know that the Old Pueblo was founded August 20, 1765, so one should celebrate the day, or at least be aware of the birthday. So, yesterday I decided to drive into the Catalina Mountains to take some pictures of the city on its birthday.



An Open Letter To Rotary   2 comments

ConroeRotaryBannerxxxIn the fall of 1993, PDG John Germany sponsored me into the Rotary Club of Conroe, and what an experience these last sixteen years have been. Today,  I am an immensely better person because of Rotary.

But like all experiences, events offer occasions to move on. Sometimes we recognize them, but choose to ignore them. For some time now, I have been trying to look the other way as I move into another phase of life. However, the reality is I must move on without Rotary. I do so with regret, knowing that I have not given Rotary as much as I have received.

To those in the Rotary Club of Conroe, the district and Rotarians I have met around the globe, especially those with which I have worked closely, I resign from Rotary knowing I have helped transition people into the tasks in which I have participated over the years and in doing so help raise the bar — as a result reducing the regret I feel.

To the close friends I have made though mutually cooperative and supportive deeds, I hope this decision will not change the rapport and feelings we share. I feel we have shared what for me is an experience of a lifetime.

It is therefore with immeasurable appreciation and thanks that I make this decision to resign from the Rotary Club of Conroe, effective September 21, 2009.

— kenne

Posted September 20, 2009 by kenneturner in Friends, Information, Life, Rotary

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Rotarian’s Best Shots   2 comments


Composition is essential to photography and the number one element in the selection of a great photograph.  Each year Rotary International (RI) recognises some of the great photography taken by Rotarian’s. Over 400 photographs were submitted from around the globe, all illustrating the spirit of Rotary. As a Rotarian and a photographer, I provide this link to the RI web site. The photo in this posting was the1st place photo by submitted by Steve Baroch, Rotary Club of Castle Rock High Noon, Colorado.


Posted May 22, 2009 by kenneturner in Photography, Rotary

“A Trip of a Lifetime!”   6 comments

Anyone who has every been part of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) generally will sum up the experience as “a trip of a lifetime.” How can it not be when everyone involved does his or her utmost to make the exchange a success? gse-argentina-farewell-9-blog

Our most recent exchange has been with Rotary District 4920 in Argentina. “What a team!” Friendly, polite, eloquent, full of life, inquisitive, responsible, reflective, professional, are just a few words that describe this beautiful team from Argentina. Many of us would love to be returning with them this Wednesday (May 6, 2009).

gse-argentina-farewell-snapshot-ii-blogIt is said that people can be can be divided into three groups:

•    A few people make it happen;
•    A lot of people watch it happen;
•    And the rest don’t even know what happen.

Obviously those involved with GSE make it happen! To our friends from Argentina — may our friendship guide our continuing process of becoming. Although we may be apart, like the strings on a guitar, we vibrate to the same music.

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Posted May 4, 2009 by kenneturner in Friends, Rotary

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GSE Team from Argentina Impresses The Woodlands Rotarians   1 comment


L to R: Rosana Lis Orienti, Maria Cristina Pardo, Veronia Mabel  Pallero, Juan Ignacio Palacio and Maria Paz Sastre

Rotary District 5910 will be hosting a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from District 4920 in Argentina for the next month. The team of four young professionals lead by a Rotarian, arrived this past Monday morning on the same flight as our team returning after one month in Argentina. Today, I had an opportunity to take photos of their presentation to the Rotary Club of The Woodlands. This GSE team is very personable and eager to learn about southeast Texas and share vocational and cultural information with us. Members of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands were very impressed with this visiting GSE team.


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Posted April 9, 2009 by kenneturner in Photography, Rotary

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CiCi Rocks In Argentina   Leave a comment

cici-in-argentina-blogPhoto by Raul David Avalos

Posted March 21, 2009 by kenneturner in Photography, Rotary

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Group Study Exchange Team   Leave a comment


In eight days, Rotary District 5910 will be sending a Group Study Exchange Team to District 4920 in Argentina for one month.  It has been my pleasure to coordinate the team preparation process. Yesterday, our District Governor, Roger McCabe, met with the team in their final preparation session at Lone Star College – Montgomery. Signs of expected anxiety was beginning to show as the days grow short before departure.


Posted February 23, 2009 by kenneturner in Rotary

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RYLA, 2009   Leave a comment


RYLA Alumni, Trainers, and Rotarians Prepare for High School Juniors

ryla-high-elements-0101-blog1Rotarians, RYLA alumni, trainers and volunteers began gathering at the Pineywood Baptist Encampment Thursday (January 8th) for students participating in this year’s three-day Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  Rotary District 5910 encourages young leaders to improve their skills by providing them with quality leadership techniques.

As part of the orientation in preparation for the students, trainers have an opportunity to do the High Elements in the Ropes Course, while others receive Low Elements orientation. Click here to see photo set.

For photos of students participating in the RYLA program, click here.

By going to the RYLA Facebook page, you can see additional photos.


Posted January 18, 2009 by kenneturner in Life, Rotary

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Rotary 5910 District Conference — April 28, 2008   6 comments

District 5910 Celebrates Successful Year

Rotarians from around the east Texas district met in Beaumont the last weekend in April for their annual District Conference. Each year District 5910 Rotarian’s get together to honor program participants, recognize leadership, share successes and just have fun. Members of the Beaumont-Spindletop club spent months preparing for this year’s event.

Although some had arrived Thursday evening for meetings and final preparation, things don’t really start hopping till late Friday afternoon with the opening of hospitality rooms, followed by a party (Double-click highlighted words to see photo sets.) at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. The museum is a replica of the village that sprung up in the oil fields in 1901. For this special evening, there was plenty of food, drinks, music, dancing and just plain fun. After the party at the museum, for the late-niter’s, it was back to the hospitality rooms.

Saturday’s schedule was a parade of program presentations, recognitions and awards. For those of us who have attended many district conferences, the schedule has remained pretty much the same over the years, only the faces and the names have changed. However, it’s always a joy to see the fresh faces of the youth and young adults who participate in Rotary’s programs, i.e., Youth Exchange, Interact, RYLA, Rotaract, Ambassadorial Scholars and Group Study Exchange.

Besides recognizing the many Rotary programs, the District Conference is also about awards, many awards. For the district clubs, the big recognition is the Presidential Citation Award, which was received by most of the district’s clubs.

The big formal event for the conference is Saturday night’s Governor’s Banquet, Annually, in this special setting, club members are inducted into the Roll of Fame, the governor makes special recognitions and we hear from the President of Rotary International’s special representative. This year also included a special piano solo by Rotarian, Werner Rose.

The conference ended Sunday morning with, you guessed it, more presentations, awards and recognitions. In a year in which the Rotary Theme has been “Rotary Shares,” it’s only fitting that Rotary shares its successes as well.


Posted May 4, 2008 by kenneturner in Rotary

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“Roll of Fame” Friends — April 27, 2008   1 comment

Rotary Honors Its Best

Each year Rotary club presidents may nominate one member for induction to the District 5910 “Roll of Fame.” As club president, I was pleased to nominate someone who is not only the essence of “Service Above Self,” but also a very good friend and club leadership comrade, Doris Lockey. The Rotary Club of Conroe, as well as District 5910, have benefited greatly from her leadership skills and love of Rotary. This past Saturday, Doris was recognized at the Annual District 5910 Conference in Beaumont.

The evening saw many Rotarian friends honored, two of which have worked with me to form the core preparation & training team for Group Study Exchange, Bets Anderson and Don Taylor. Although I knew Doris was to be honored, I was pleasantly surprised to also witness their recognition. Congratulations to these most deserving friends and Rotarians! I’m honored to know and learn from each.


Posted April 28, 2008 by kenneturner in Rotary

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