|Cindy Hamann,Chair, HAR||Posted||on Apr 10, 2017||
Chair of the Board
May 25, 2017
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Cindy Hamman is regarded by her peers as a “REALTORS®’ REALTOR®.” That’s because everything about her background and style underscores an unwavering commitment to help the real estate industry and those who work in it be the very best that they can be.
For evidence of this, one need only look so far as Cindy’s numerous professional recognitions, a few of which include her selection as the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) – Montgomery County Chapter Entrepreneur of the Year, receiving the Houston Association of REALTORS®’ (HAR) John E. Wolfe Community Service Award, and her election as the 2017 HAR Chair. Cindy is also on the National Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors, and is a Regional Vice President with the Texas Association of REALTORS®.
A native Houstonian and a Vice President of Sales Performance and Recruiting for Heritage Texas Properties, Cindy is a licensed Texas broker with more than 20 years in residential sales management and third-party relocation. For Heritage, in addition to her focus on recruitment and growth, Cindy divides her time between Heritage offices in The Woodlands and Vintage Park, overseeing residential sales activity within those market areas.
Cindy entered the world of real estate sales after years in the energy industry, and quickly discovered that her talents, wit and focus were ideally suited for the challenges of the realty business. But it was later, when presented with the opportunity to be a branch manager of a real estate office, that Cindy truly realized that she had found her calling.
“I want to know my agents when they walk in my door and I want to know their families,” says Cindy. “I particularly love helping to mold the trajectory of their careers and steer them in directions that help them and the clients that they serve.”
Cindy’s benevolent gift for enriching the lives of others extends well beyond her impressive real estate career and industry concerns, however. Her significant contributions to the greater Houston community include her board membership and service as president of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. She volunteers with the Montgomery County Women’s Shelter and as a camp counselor every year for Candlelighters’ Camp for All, and also lends support to the Montgomery County Food Bank and the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer. In addition, Cindy wages a personal crusade every Christmas on the streets of downtown Houston by distributing blankets, food and Christmas cheer to the homeless.
Besides all the REALTORS® she has mentored, Cindy is proudest of her three children – Daniel, Dustin and Dayna – and having put them through college while maintaining her career. “Making sure that each of my kids has a solid foundation and the tools for success has probably been my greatest but most rewarding challenge. I’m proud to say I have three teachers in the family – two with finance degrees and three with their Masters.”
When she isn’t working, Cindy and her life partner, Lisa Greer, get away to their farm in Waller County. “The farm is a real stress-buster for us. We are learning to be farmers and having the time of our lives.”
|Edward M. Emmett, Harris County Judge||Posted||on Apr 10, 2017||
|Lisa Trapani Shumate, Houston Public Media||Posted||on Apr 10, 2017||
Lisa Trapani Shumate
Houston Public Media
April 27, 2017
As Associate Vice President and General Manager of Houston Public Media, she leads the combined operations of TV 8, the nation's first educational television station, as well KUHF News 88.7 and KUHA Classical 91.7. Previously, Shumate served in management positions with both KHOU 11 (Gannett/CBS) and KTRK/ABC 13 (Disney). She was director of programming and marketing for KHOU and executive director of Belo Marketing Solutions in Dallas. During her 11 years with KTRK, she moved from being an anchor, host and producer to manager of marketing and special projects. Shumate is a member of the GHP affiliated Executive Women's Partnership and serves as a member of the PBS Board of Directors and the Public Television Major Market Group Board of Directors. Lisa is also the recipient of national and regional awards for community service.
|Camp Enterprise||Posted||on Apr 02, 2017||
|Alison Weaver, Moody Center for the Arts||Posted||on Mar 06, 2017||
Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director
Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts
April 20, 2017
Alison Weaver was named founding executive director of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts in July 2015. Prior to her appointment, Weaver was the director of affiliates for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. At the Guggenheim, Weaver led its programs and operations in Berlin, Bilbao, Venice, and Las Vegas, while managing its departments of Exhibition Management, Registration, Art Services and Library/Archives in New York. Together with her curatorial colleagues, she implemented a wide range of exhibitions from historical loan shows to commissions by leading contemporary artists. Weaver has a Master of Arts degree from Williams College and an MPhil in art history from the City University of New York. She also holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. cum laude from Princeton University.
Edward J. Egan-McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
||Posted by KMF||on Mar 06, 2017||
Edward J. Egan
Fellow | Director, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
CAMP ENTERPRISE WINNERS
APRIL 6, 2017
Edward J. Egan, Ph.D., is a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute and director of the Baker Institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was previously an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School, in London, England, and the innovation policy fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Egan is an applied micro-economist, specializing in entrepreneurial finance, intellectual property policy and start-up strategy. His research has received recognition from prestigious bodies, including the government of Canada and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Egan has also received recognition for his teaching. He was the recipient of the Earl F. Cheit award for teaching MBA micro-economics and was nominated for a teaching excellence award for his class on government and business. His business plan competition was the highest rated class in the Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists (BPES) program at Imperial College London.
Egan is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first high-tech start-up at the age of 19. He worked as a venture capitalist in Vancouver, Canada, and has served as a judge for academic and industry-sponsored business plan competitions for over a decade. He is also active as an R&D and intellectual property consultant, specializing in patent and anti-trust litigation, as well as portfolio management and innovation strategy. Egan has provided advice and services to the U.S., Canadian and U.K. governments, and has worked as a consultant to a wide array of firms, ranging from pre-incorporation start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Egan earned a BSc. with honors in physics from University College London and an MSc. in business administration from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
|Dr. David E. Persse||Posted by KMF||on Mar 02, 2017||
Dr. David E. Persse
City of Houston
Emergency Medical Services Physician Director-Houston Fire Department
Public Health Authority-Department of Health & Human Services
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Dr. Persse's career in medicine started with ten years experience as a field paramedic and paramedic instructor in upstate New York and New Jersey. After receiving his pre-med training at Columbia University in New York, he then attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Graduating with honors in emergency medicine from Georgetown, Dr. Persse then completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. After residency, Dr. Persse completed a resuscitation research fellowship at the Ohio State University. Dr. Persse was then awarded a grant from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and completed fellowship training in emergency medical services and resuscitation at the Baylor College of Medicine and the City of Houston Emergency Medical Services program. Following his EMS fellowship Dr. Persse became the Assistant Medical Director for the Emergency Medical Services system of Houston. He then moved to California to become the Medical Director of the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute, and the Assistant Medical Director of the Los Angeles County EMS Agency. In 1996 Dr. Persse returned to Houston to assume the role of the Director of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Houston. In May of 2004 he was appointed by City Council as Houston’s Public Health Authority. In his role as Public Health Authority Dr. Persse is responsible for the medical aspects of clinical care quality management, disease control and public health preparedness. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the South East Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He is the recipient of the Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to the National Association of EMS Physicians for his leadership during the Hurricane Katrina response, 2007, and the 2009 Michael K. Copass Award from the U.S. Metropolitan Medical Directors. Dr. Persse is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston. He is also a Tactical Physician with the Houston Police S.W.A.T. team.
U.S.-China Relations at a Crossroads
||Posted by KMF||on Mar 02, 2017||
“U.S.-China Relations at a Crossroads”
Rotary Club of Houston - March 30, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The Houston City Club
Dr. Steven W. Lewis, Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy Associate Director
Dr. Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas Director for International Studies
Dr. Jon R. Taylor, University of St. Thomas Professor and Chair Political Science Department.
Up until the last few years, American business executives and political leaders thought that foreign investment in China and increasing prosperity would lead to political liberalization in China. Presidents G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama believed trade would liberalize China and so did American opinion. World powers looked the other way while China rapidly developed into one of the most powerful economies and militaries in the world which took advantage of every trade agreement it signed.
But, over the last few years, the one-party Chinese Communist regimes have become even less tolerant of political dissent, instituted more political repression and a more closed political system, staging televised confessions, controlled the internet, Plus, China has engaged in numerous military provocations as it sought to increase its power in the world.
Because China is so important to the world’s economies and poses a military and economic risk to the United States, it become important to understand what is happening in that country, in particular, the possibility of a banking crisis, the shrinking labor force, the extent of China’s debt levels, health of their property and stock markets, problems of capital outflows, whether China can rebalance its economy to become more self-sustaining, and, leadership transfers this fall.
So many questions: Is China still communist? Is it friend or foe to the U.S.? Should we fear China’s rise, resist it or welcome it? Can the developed world stem China’s theft of business secrets? Can free trade prosper against China’s ownership of much of their industries? What lies ahead under President Donald Trump? Will the next administration learn to use America’s diplomatic, military, and economic resources better than the last three Presidents have done?
This program seeks to begin the discussion.
Joe Colangelo, Meeting Chair. 713-412-1875, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Steven Lewis
Steven W. Lewis, Ph.D., is the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow and faculty advisor for the Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program. He is also a professor in the practice and associate director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, which he helped found in 2008. His research explores the growth of a transnational Chinese middle class; the influence of advertisements in new public spaces in Chinese cities; the development of privatization experiments in China’s localities; and the reform of China’s energy policies, national oil companies and international energy relations. Through the Transnational China Project, Lewis has organized research conferences with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He also has worked with the Energy Forum as the organizing researcher for the Northeast Asia Energy Cooperation Workshops, the Coastal Cities Summit surveys and U.S.-China-Middle East energy relations conferences.
Lewis has also been advisor to the Science Collaboration Across Borders initiative and served as the chief liaison between the Baker Institute, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and the China Institute for Contemporary International Relations. He is co-director of the Rice Ephemera Archive project of Fondren Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. He has conducted research and given briefings for The National Bureau of Asian Research; Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; the Sichuan Petroleum Administration; and the Korean Economic Institute, among others. Lewis is an associate fellow of Asia Society International, an editorial board member of Asia Policy and an academic advisor to the U.S.-China Working Group of the U.S. House of Representatives. He received his doctorate in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Hans Stockton
Hans Stockton is Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University. His areas of academic specialization are democratization, elections, and security in contemporary Asia Pacific. He has published articles in journals of political science, economics, public administration, and Asian Studies; authored multiple chapters in edited volumes on military affairs in the Asia Pacific and Taiwan’s political development; and authored two books on development and democratization in East Asia. Dr. Stockton is a Center Associate of the Election Studies Center at National Chengchi University in Taipei. He has served as president of the American Association of Chinese Studies (2015, 2016) and as coordinator of the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (2012 – 2014). He has also served multiple terms as president of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. Professor Stockton has also been the Principle Investigator for multiple, successful grant awards from the US Department of Education, Japan Foundation, and Ministry of Education (Taipei). He has been interviewed by and/or published editorials on matters related to US-China-Taiwan relations and Chinese and Taiwan political affairs in the Washington Observer Weekly, Taipei Times, Taiwan Journal, Southern Daily News, World Journal, Voice of America, e-International Relations, and Houston Chronicle. He has provided political commentary for ABC News Houston, Fox News Houston, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Radio Taiwan International, NTD TV, Southern Daily, World Journal, and Channel 55.5 international news.
Dr. Jon Taylor
Dr. Jon Taylor is a Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Master of Public Policy and Administration Program at the University of St. Thomas. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and has been at the University of St. Thomas since 1998. His areas of academic specialty are in Chinese and U.S. public administration, Chinese and U.S. urbanization, and public administration ethics.
His current research focuses on urban development in Western China, the Communist Party’s online accountability system, measuring public corruption in China, and the role that indigenous Chinese political science plays within the global discipline of political science. His most recent scholarly journal articles include Between Sinification and Internationalization: Chinese Political Science in the Post-Reform Era and The China Dream is an Urban Dream: Assessing the CPC’s National New-Type Urbanization Plan. He regularly contributes opinion and analysis pieces to both Chinese and U.S. media. He is a member of the Association of Chinese Political Studies, the American Political Science Association, the Chinese Public Administration Society, and the American Society for Public Administration.
|Camp Hope Visit||Posted by KMF||on Feb 23, 2017||
Join us as we visit and learn about Camp Hope from
Gene Birdwell, founder and chair of the PTSD Foundation
Thursday, March 2, 2017
This meeting is at Camp Hope 9724 Derrington Rd, Houston, TX 77064
(NOT at The Houston City Club)
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Mr. Birdwell has over 51 years construction experience relating to environmental and general construction projects. Mr. Birdwell is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. In 1977 Mr. Birdwell founded G.R. Birdwell Construction and in 1989 he founded Remedial Construction Services, Inc. Through hard work, outstanding service and commitment to excellence both companies have grown into multi-million dollar businesses with the majority of work being repeat customers. In 2008, Remedial Construction Services was sold to an investment group. He founded Camp Hope Development in 2012.
Camp Hope provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment.
The facility opened in 2012 and is located in a quiet and safe setting in Houston, Texas whereby veterans and their immediate family members can find healing, help and hope while benefiting from an intensive peer support and mentoring program for Post Traumatic Stress. In addition to temporary housing, Camp Hope offers a 90+ day PTSD recovery program in which residents: attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans; conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors; participate in off-site small group interaction activities (fishing, hiking, local activities and events); and get involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war.
The Camp Hope staff is a unique team of combat veterans and civilian pastoral staff trained in working with victims of trauma and post-traumatic stress. They understand that those who have served this nation continue to struggle with the invisible wounds of combat and are working to assist our troops in putting the pieces of their lives back together. The Camp Hope staff uses the necessary traditional counseling tools and incorporates a faith based approach to help combat the effects of Post Traumatic Stress. In addition, the staff assists veterans with a myriad of issues including job placement, coordination with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and reputable veteran service organizations to assist with claims and benefits, transportation to appointments and peer support groups integration. The Camp Hope community embraces our troops, veterans and their families as they seek the rewarding and fulfilling lives they so richly deserve.
|Sheila Aron, Founder, The Thread Alliance||Posted by KMF||on Feb 23, 2017||
Sheila Aron, Founder
The Thread Alliance
Weaving the thread of love and ending the cycle of child abuse.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Thread Alliance (TTA) was founded with the hope that all children will know a childhood free of abuse. It began as an extension of Sheila Aron’s book; I’m Glad I’m Me, Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation. As Sheila provided her book to organizations working in the field of child abuse, she discovered there was no central entity providing easily accessible information to those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment resources. Furthermore, although Sheila found many people were concerned about child abuse, most were unaware how they could personally contribute to ending the cycle.
To fill the gap, Sheila created The Thread Alliance with a dual purpose in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive information regarding Houston-area child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment resources; and 2) to reach out and encourage individual and community participation in ending child abuse.
TTA is dedicated to achieving the following five goals:
All children deserve a childhood free of abuse. The Thread Alliance is dedicated to this mission.
|Understanding Threats to America's Information Security||Posted by KMF||on Feb 22, 2017||
White Badger Group
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Paul Williams, ACE, CAS, IAM, IEM is the Chief Technology Officer of Pennsylvania-based White Badger Group. Paul is a nationally recognized authority on the white hat defender side of network security.
Paul has forty-one years of breakthrough innovation in cryptography, cyber security, artificial intelligence, high speed databases, professional software development, software quality test engineering, electronics, communications, mechanical engineering, weapons development and defense related technologies. Paul is certified in the U.S. National Security Agency’s InfoSEC Assessment Methodology and InfoSEC Evaluation Methodology and is a Licensed Private Investigator in the state of Texas.
Previously Paul was the Chief Technology Officer of Houston-based counter-terrorism and security consulting company International Shield, Inc., as well as the former Chief Technology Officer of Gray Hat Research Corporation of Houston and Chief Technology Officer of defense contractor Galaxy CSI of Washington, D.C. serving the United States intelligence community. Over the years, Paul has earned an unparalleled reputation across the country for an extensive array of effective cyber security defense solutions and for leading and rapidly solving complex cyber-crime investigations through a variety of innovative and proprietary techniques. As a result, Paul has consulted for and provided tactical and strategic security guidance to numerous Fortune 500 businesses and local, state, and federal government agencies.
Paul has extensive experience in the energy sector securing the SCADA/DCS industrial process control equipment of electric utilities and gas transmission facilities. He has performed cyber, physical and social engineering “Red Team” penetration tests for multiple electric power utility process control facilities across the United States on behalf of the Electric Power Research Institute, an electric power industry-funded technology research organization based in Palo Alto, California. Paul is a co-inventor of White Badger’s Logic Chain Stateful Activity Whitelist (ChainSAW® cyber security technology, U.S. Patent No. 9,245,147).
Paul is an active public speaker who regularly draws coverage from radio, television and print media. He conducts scores of high profile cyber-security speaking engagements nationally and internationally every year attracting large audiences. Paul is consistently featured at seminars and conferences conducted by prestigious national organizations including the United States Secret Service, U.S. Department of Justice, InfraGard, ACP, ASIS, IIA, ISACA, ISSA, and universities and colleges across the nation.
Paul’s passion for computer technology began with his first computer in 1983: a 2K RAM memory Z80 Timex-Sinclair 4-chip microcomputer which he programmed using machine code to solve an astrophysics problem involving the velocity of light. As a result of Paul's special skills in the field of computer security, over the years he has collected a wide assortment of hacking tools, worms, Trojan Horses, and computer viruses for advanced research purposes. His personal collection of 24,000 computer viruses and 1,700 Trojan Horses is used by White Badger for advanced malware research.
Rotary Trauma Surgeon's Analysis of Princess Diana
||Posted by KMF||on Feb 16, 2017||
Rotary Trauma Surgeon's Analysis of Princess Diana
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS
|May 4, 2017 Rotary Club of Houston Golf Classic||Posted by KMF||on Feb 13, 2017||
ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC
Benefiting Camp Enterprise
Thursday, May 4, 2017
River Ridge Golf Club
3133 Brazos Oak Lane,
Sealy, TX 77474
|The 47th annual Rotary Lombardi Award||Posted by KMF||on Feb 02, 2017||
The 47th annual Rotary Lombardi Award
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Hobby Center For Performing Arts Sarofim Hall
800 Bagby Street #300, Houston, TX 77002
Red carpet arrival and doors open at 4:30
Seating for live awards show starts at 5:45
Tickets are available. Visit Eventbrite and use Lombardi2017 as your password to get your tickets now!
The 47th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award continues the evolvement of the Lombardi legacy and has expanded eligibility of the award to all player positions that are outstanding performers and exhibit great leadership attributes. Join the Rotary Club of Houston, the Rotary Foundation and our great sponsors for a ceremonious night honoring college football's greatest. Enjoy a formal nationally televised ceremony and a chance to mingle with top football notables. The 2016 Lombardi Awards specifically raises funds for the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children's Hospital.
Final Four Rotary Lombardi Award Candidates:
The Rotary Club of Houston Foundation Tax ID No. is 74-6084805. The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee sincerely thanks you for joining our celebration of the best player & leader in Division IA college football.
|All-Club Meeting with RI President John Germ||Posted by KMF||on Feb 02, 2017||
All-Club Meeting with RI President John Germ
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel
8686 Kirby Dr. (across from NRG Stadium)
Reception at 6 p.m., dinner/program from 7-9 p.m.
The annual All-Club Meeting is Tuesday, February 14th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (across from NRG Stadium). This is a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from throughout the Greater Houston area to exchange ideas and learn more about what is being done to serve humanity here and abroad. John Germ, President of Rotary International, will be in attendance and is the keynote speaker.
The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner/program will start at 7 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to attend and how many seats you need. We currently have one table that is full and have reserved a second table of 10 that is filling up as well. The cost is $150 per person. You are welcome to call (713 787-2171 ) or email me (Thomas.Vann@RaymondJames.com ) or Deanna (email@example.com ) to reserve seats.
For individual tickets - but you wouldn’t be seated at one of our tables – use this link: Click Here
|President Trump’s Immigration Policies: What Do They Mean for America?||Posted by KMF||on Feb 01, 2017||
CHARLES C. FOSTER
President Trump’s Immigration Policies: What Do They Mean for America?
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Could there be a more timely topic!! Our RCH member Charles Foster is the always the go-to person to cut through the complicated issues and tell us exactly what we need to know.
Charles C. Foster is Chairman of Foster LLP (formerly Tindall & Foster, P.C.), one of the largest global immigration law firms. He is also the honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Thailand. A native of Galveston, Mr. Foster received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Texas and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Foster serves as the founding Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section and a Board member and is past national President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chairman of the American Bar Association Coordinating Committee on Immigration law and Vice Chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation. During the 2000 Presidential Campaign, Mr. Foster served as the principal advisor to President Bush on U. S. immigration policy and was an advisor on immigration policy issues to President Bush in the 2004 campaign and President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. In the 2-16 campaign, he served as immigration policy advisor to Jeb Bush. He is Chairman of Americans for Immigration Reform, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Houston Partnership and the GHP’s Immigration Task Force. He is immediate past Chairman of the Asia Society-Texas Center and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. He is a past Chairman of the Houston International Festival and past President of the Houston Forum and the Houston Club. He is a Board member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a past Chairman of its Economic Development and World Trade Divisions. He serves on the Boards of the Houston Ballet, the Hobby Center for Public Policy, KIND, Barbara Bush’s Celebration of Reading and Invest in the USA (IIUSA), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and past Board member and officer of the Houston World Affairs Council, the Houston Holocaust Museum, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, the Institute of International Education, Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, Neighborhood Centers and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He developed and co-chaired both the George Bush and James A Baker Monuments in Sesquicentennial Park, Houston and the Robert A. Mosbacher Memorial Bridge naming and monument. He is a recipient of 4 Royal decorations from His Majesty the King of Thailand; he received the 2013 Houston Bar Association Leon Jaworski Award for community service; the 2000 Distinguished Friend of China Award; the 1996 International Service Award of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce; was the 1998 Honoree of the American Immigration Law Foundation for Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law; and the recipient of the 2007 American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Award. He was featured in the film Mao’s Last Dancer. He was designated a ”Texas Super Lawyer” 2003-2012 by Texas Monthly magazine; the “Top Notch Lawyer in Immigration” in the Texas Lawyer“ Go To Lawyers Guide” each year published, as well as Who’s Who In American Law and the #1 Ranked Immigration Lawyer in Texas by Chambers USA 2006-2016. Mr. Foster is married to Lily Foster and they have two children.
|Samantha Loos-Polk and the rest of her story||Posted by KMF||on Jan 26, 2017||
Some past attendees of the Rotary Lombardi Award (February 11, 2017 this year) will remember meeting Samantha and hearing her story. Several of our members recently hears "the rest of the story" which is filled with amazing inspiration from this dynamic Houstonian.
Samantha Loos-Polk is a Registered Nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology Unit. Samantha earned a Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing from the University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing. Samantha became inspired to pursue a career in Nursing after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13. Samantha not only had cancer, but a rare fungal infection that caused harmful effects to her well-being. She was hospitalized for a total of nine months at Texas Children’s Hospital. Samantha has defeated her disease and is now a five year cancer survivor.
Throughout her college education, she hoped to become a pediatric oncology nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she won her battle. Samantha believes that her education is her top priority, which has helped her succeed, and due to her hard efforts, she has not only become a member of the UST Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau, but also the Co-Secretary. Samantha tries to be involved within the community. During her college education she was a Community Assistant for the Residence Halls, an Orientation Leader, and was the Nursing Student Association President. Samantha is also a second degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and has competed nationally representing Texas.
|MLK Luncheon||Posted by KMF||on Jan 09, 2017||
Thursday, January 12, 2017
$28.00 preregistration. $32.00 at the door
Director of Business Development - Transwestern
Jodie had a remarkable 26-year career of making a decisive positive impact in investment banking. Licensed in municipal and general securities, Jodie provided solid direction and expert guidance to public finance clients and municipal issuers within the State of Texas. Prior to joining Transwestern, Jodie served as Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets where he orchestrated municipal finance activities and implemented strategic marketing plans with targeted large account clients throughout Texas.
During his 26 year career Jodie had the pleasure of serving on the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas Board from 1998 to 2002. (Elected Chair, 2000 to 2001).
Jodie was recognized in 2011 with a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas at Austin. He finds great satisfaction in giving back to the community through involvement in public service, community partnerships, and is a committed member of the following boards, to name a few:
• Texas Business Leadership Council- Executive Committee, 2013 Chairman
• Greater Houston Partnership – 2014 Elected Lifetime Director, 2005 Chairman
• Baylor College of Medicine, Trustee, Executive Committee
• Texas Children’s Hospital, Trustee, Executive Committee
• Texas Heart Institute - Foundation Board
• NAACP – Blue Ribbon Host Committee – National Convention, 2012
• Texas Southern University – Foundation Board Member
• The University of Texas at Austin – Development Board
• UT Health- Development Board
• KIPP Academy, Board Member
• The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch, Former Director, Board Member
Jodie holds a Master of Professional Accountancy from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Southern University.
CEO & Publisher – Defender Media Group
Sonny Messiah-Jiles is the CEO and Publisher of the Defender Media Group (formerly the Houston Defender Newspaper), Houston’s leading Black Information Source. The media group includes the Defender newspaper , the website www.defendernetwork.com and several social media sites. She has been at the helm of the company since 1981 when she purchased the newspaper at age 27.
Messiah-Jiles served as the chairperson of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (The Black Press of America), a federation of African-American newspapers across the country. She also served as the National Alumni Chair for the Houston Alumni Organization (University of Houston). Currently, Messiah-Jiles serves as Vice President and Director of Grand Slam, a marketing/investment consulting firm. Her professional activities include being the first African-American female board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, and she currently serves on the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors. She has served on the Advisory Board of J.P. Morgan Chase-Houston, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, Center for Houston’s Future, NAACP-Houston, JobPlus, Hester House, March of Dimes Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, American Diabetes Association, and American Leadership Forum.
Messiah-Jiles recently received the Houston Association of Black Journalists Trailblazer Award. In addition she has been honored with many other awards including the Phenomenal Woman Award, NNPA Publisher of the Year, American Civil Liberties Freedom of Speech Award, YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year, Jaycees “Outstanding Texan”, “Women on the Move”, UH Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the National Dental Association Civil Rights Award. She has been named by EBONY Magazine as one of the100 most influential Black Americans. She and her husband were awarded the “Community Service Award” by the University of Houston Downtown. In December 2008, Messiah-Jiles was inducted into the Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce inaugural Hall of Fame along with former first lady Barbara Bush and eight other women.
Messiah-Jiles received an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and did postgraduate work at Texas Southern University and Rice University.
Prior to purchasing the Defender, Sonny worked as a radio news reporter, a television talk show host, and an advertising account executive at the Houston Chronicle.
Messiah-Jiles is married to Jodie Lee Jiles an investment banker. They have two sons, Jodie and Clyde. She is a native of McNair/Baytown, Texas.
|The Rotary Club of Houston Foundation Golf Classic||Posted by KMF||on Jan 06, 2017||
The Rotary Club of Houston Foundation
Benefiting Camp Enterprise
Thursday, March 2, 2017 ▪ River Ridge Golf Club
|HPD Chief Art Acevedo||Posted by KMF||on Jan 05, 2017||
Chief Art Acevedo
Thursday, January 19, 2017
11:30 check in begins. Meeting noon to 1 PM
$28. With advance registration. $32 at the door.
Art Acevedo was sworn-in as Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) on November 30, 2016.
Chief Acevedo leads a department of 5,200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,200 civilian support personnel with an annual general fund budget of $825 million in the fourth largest city in the United States.
Chief Acevedo believes good communication is vital for a successful community and steadily works to strengthen the bond between the community and its police department. A proponent of community policing, Chief Acevedo refers to the proven practice as “Relational Policing,” an opportunity to forge a relationship with each citizen an officer comes in contact with.
The first Hispanic to lead the HPD, Acevedo brings a unique understanding to the concerns of the diverse communities in the City of Houston. Born in Cuba, he was 4 years old when he migrated to the United States with his family in 1968. Acevedo grew up in California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California. Acevedo began his law enforcement career in 1986 as field patrol officer in East Los Angeles with the California Highway Patrol. He rose through the ranks and was named Chief of the California Highway Patrol in 2005. Acevedo most recently served nine years as Chief of the Austin Police Department.
Chief Acevedo holds various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is married to Tanya Born Acevedo and is the father of Melissa, Matthew and Jake.
|Major Issues in the 85th Legislative Session||Posted||on Dec 16, 2016||
Several months ago, Dr. Ken Mattox asked the program committee to be sure Texas State Representative Sarah Davis was scheduled to discuss a critical issue that is not getting covered in the media. Rotary is very proud of its work in the area of polio eradication, but what are we doing to prevent other diseases that can easily be prevented? Join us to learn about this issue and hear what is on the agenda for the coming session in Austin.
for Thursday, January 5, 2017
Major Issues in the 85th Legislative Session
State Representative Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis is a successful attorney, three-term state representative and a fiscal conservative dedicated to limiting the size and scope of government in our lives.
|Holiday Meeting||Posted||on Dec 12, 2016||
|HAS HOUSTON REALLY SOLVED ITS PENSION CRISIS?||Posted by KMF||on Nov 28, 2016||
SECOND IN A SERIES OF CRITICAL ISSUES: HAS HOUSTON REALLY SOLVED ITS PENSION CRISIS?
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016
HOUSTON CITY CLUB (GREENWAY PLAZA)
The City of Houston has a serious pension problem involving the three employee pension systems, Police, Municipal Employees, and Firefighters. Depending on which figures you believe, the extent of the debt owed as a result of the City of Houston's unfunded pension obligations ranges from $5 BILLION to a maximum $13.7 BILLION. We simply have no money to continue to fund the generous retiree benefits approved by former Mayor Lee Brown's Administration in 2001, which accepted, without question, very flawed assumptions from actuarial firm, Towers Perrin. Ironically, that firm represented the Firefighters' Pension Fund but the City was unconcerned about the conflict.
Our speakers, who will discuss the pending deal negotiated by Mayor Sylvester Turner last month and passed, upon submission and without discussion, by City Council, are three acknowledged experts in the field:
(1) Houston City Controller, Chris Brown, (2) Businessman, politician, attorney Bill King, and, (3) Craig Mason, acknowledged pension expert and retired actuary with 40 years’ experience who served several Mayors as the City representative on those pension boards.
PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS WHO CARE ABOUT THE FISCAL FUTURE OF HOUSTON. RESERVATIONS REQUESTED AS WE EXPECT A FULL HOUSE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 11:45 A.M. AND END AT 1:15 P.M.
Chris B. Brown is a proud Houstonian who was sworn into office as City Controller in January 2016. Chris is a proven professional with the private and public sector experience to be a responsible financial steward, and the commitment to serve his community.
Chris began his career two decades ago, as a trader for Coastal Securities, an investment bank, where he focused on analysis of high tech stocks. After several years, Chris co-founded an equity trading firm. Chris, as head of operations for the equity trading firm, gained first-hand experience with risk management, compliance, reporting, building operations and negotiating complex agreements.
Prior to being elected Controller in December 2015, Chris served as Chief Deputy City Controller, where he managed the day-to-day operations and oversaw the Executive Division of the Controller’s Office. Prior to being appointed Chief Deputy City Controller in 2009, Chris served as City Council Chief of Staff, overseeing community development initiatives and serving as a liaison to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee.
In addition to his professional experience, Chris is an active participant in his community. He currently serves on the board of the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity (WALIPP), Asia Society of Texas Advisory Board, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, and Prevent Blindness of Texas. He is a past board member of the TCU National Alumni and SEARCH Homeless Services.
Chris is a fourth generation Houstonian, and has deep roots in the Houston community. Chris attended Briargrove Elementary and Lee High School, where he was a swim team varsity letterman. His family was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Chris attended Texas Christian University and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and later a Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Chris, his wife, Divya, an attorney, and their daughter, Milana, reside in southwest Houston.
A lifelong resident of the Houston area, Bill King grew up the son of a union pipefitter and worked his way through the University of Houston, earning both his bachelor's degree and law degree there. In so doing, he became the first in his family to graduate from college.
For the last 40 years, Bill has practiced law and run businesses in Houston. After "falling on my face" as he describes his experience during the economic downturn of the 1980s, he picked himself up, rebuilt his business career, and has gone on to serve his community in a variety of ways. In 2012, Bill co-chaired the HISD bond campaign to rebuild its dilapidated high schools throughout the city. The measure won nearly 70 percent voter approval. Prior to that, his efforts to revamp the region's hurricane preparedness plans earned him several gubernatorial appointments and other recognition.
More recently, as a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and previously as a candidate for Mayor, Bill has earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate for balancing the city budget, investment in infrastructure, and common sense solutions to Houston's most challenging problems.
Mr. Mason was a management consultant for over 30 years with Mercer, the international human resource consulting firm. As a consultant, he provided advice to employers on the design, implementation, funding and administration of employee benefit plans, with a concentration on pension benefits.
After retirement from Mercer, he became an independent consultant. From October 2005 through August 2015 he provided consulting services exclusively to the City of Houston relative to the three pension plans sponsored by the City. As part of his consulting services to the City of Houston, he served as a trustee on the administrative boards of all three of the City of Houston sponsored pension plans.
Mr. Mason graduated with a BA degree in mathematics from Texas Christian University. He was an Enrolled Actuary and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries during his consulting career with Mercer.
|The Darknet is Here....Is your company ready?||Posted||on Nov 09, 2016||
November 17, 2016
Daniel Weiss, CEO and founding partner of McCann Investigations, LLC, started his 25-year career in the security industry early, working at a maximum-security prison as a graduate student at Northeastern University. Weiss held managerial positions at Wells Fargo and Chubb before becoming the founder of multiple security companies. As a security expert he has been interviewed by leading news organizations. His knowledge covers private investigation, computer forensics, loss prevention, electronic security system design, and surveillance, and his background supports the unique balance between business and former law enforcement―a unique hallmark of McCann Investigations. www.mccanninvestigations.com
Mr Weiss is also the author of the 2015 book, Handling Bad: Inside A Cyber Era Private Investigation Firm
|Michael Curran, Ph.D. - Immunotherapy||Posted||on Oct 26, 2016||
Michael Curran, Ph.D.
November 3, 2016
Dr. Curran completed B.A. degrees in biology and foreign affairs and a minor in computer science at the University of Virginia in 1995, while receiving accolades for the best undergraduate laboratory research project. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in immunology from Stanford University in 2001, where he was awarded the McDevitt prize for the best graduate thesis in his year. Dr. Curran was the first recipient of the prestigious American Cancer Society Levy Fellowship to fund his postdoctoral studies in the lab of James P. Allison, Ph.D.
While pursuing his postdoctoral studies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Curran published several influential papers describing how T-cell co-stimulatory pathways could be modulated in tandem to mediate immunologic rejection of melanomas in mice. He detailed how combination blockade of the T-cell co-inhibitory receptors CTLA-4 and PD-1 promoted the rejection of a majority of murine melanomas. This work supported the launch of a series of clinical trials in which more than 50 percent of metastatic melanoma patients experienced clinical responses and more than 90 percent survived beyond two years — an unprecedented result that prompted the Food and Drug Administration to make this the first approved immunotherapy antibody combination. In addition, his subsequent immunologic studies of 4-1BB agonist antibodies earned him the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer’s prestigious Presidential Award.
In addition to his work on ORBIT, Dr. Curran has established an independent lab at MD Anderson, where his group studies the origins of the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and how it can be disrupted to facilitate immune-mediated tumor rejection.
|Veterans Day Salute from The Rotary Club of Houston||Posted||on Oct 21, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Houston Salutes Veterans
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Please RSVP and join us at 11:00 a.m. for the Annual Rotary Club of Houston/West Point Society/Naval Academy Alumni “Salute to Veterans” luncheon as well as an opportunity to sponsor an active duty soldier, sailor, airmen, coast guardsmen, or marine on starting sharply at 11:30 a.m.
Location: This program will be held at the Junior League of Houston located at 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, next to the St. Regis Hotel that is located three lights East of the intersection of San Felipe and Hwy 610. View Map to 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027.
The pre-registration price of this luncheon for members of the sponsoring clubs is $32.00 (based on an increase of cost at this venue) Since we have to register in advance with the Junior League, anyone who does not pre-register will need to pay $35.00 at the door and will be admitted space permitting.
At this luncheon, in support for our troops, we would like to provide everyone an opportunity to sponsor active duty members of the armed forces. Besides paying for your lunch, the cost for each sponsorship is $32.00.
Table Sponsorships of 10 for $500 will include recognition on the program, from the podium and at your premium-located table.
Sponsorships, as well as luncheon payments, may be made by clicking on the following link Click Here (Members of the RCH should follow reservation directions send via email.) (If you are not a member of the Rotary Club of Houston, please skip the member login and underneath the line add your name and email. Then proceed to select option.)
Once on the sign-in page simply put in your first and last name and email address, select Options, then select a Registration Packages: Rotarians, Visitors, West Point Society Member, or Naval Academy Alumni, Unable to attend but would like to sponsor, Table Purchases. Next, select "Optional Add-Ons" and select the number of options desired.
Building a Sustainable Model at Brookwood
|Posted||on Oct 02, 2016||
Building a Sustainable Model at Brookwood
Vivian Shudde, Executive Director
The Brookwood Community
October 27, 2016
Vivian Shudde, whose degree is in special education and psychology from the University of Texas, feels she was fortunate to grow up in a family with her sister, Vicki, who suffered severe brain damage due to complications which accompanied mumps. Vivian feels her greatest education came from her mother, Yvonne Streit, who is the founder and Executive Director Emeritus of The Brookwood Community and also the founder of The Briarwood School.
The blessings now continue because her own son, Wilson, is functionally disabled and is a resident at The Brookwood Community.
Vivian, who is a member at Grace Presbyterian Church, has worked at The Briarwood School for 25 years and is currently working at The Brookwood Community as Chief Executive Officer.
Although Briarwood has experienced wonderful success for children with learning disabilities, it does not provide an answer for adults who would need full or part time care for a lifetime....therefore The Brookwood Community was born....an environment built to accommodate and enhance the lives of the functionally disabled adult.....an environment where opportunity through education abounds.
Children with severe disabilities become adults who have no place to go after “high school”; therefore, there was a real need for Brookwood. In the early 1980's the vision of Brookwood, a self-contained community environment where these people can learn, work, and live productively emerged and with strong determination has become a reality and home and work to 200+ “Brookwoodians” and whose outreach program actively shares the innovative concepts and techniques with other professional caregivers across the nation and around the world, touching thousands more.
Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD, President & CEO Project C.U.R.E.
|Posted||on Oct 02, 2016||
Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD
President & CEO
October 20, 2016
Dr. Douglas Jackson serves as the President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America.
In addition, Project C.U.R.E. sends teams of medical professionals to assist partner hospitals and clinics through the successful C.U.R.E. Clinic program, and provides hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical supplies to traveling doctors and nurses in the form of C.U.R.E. Kits. Recently, Project C.U.R.E. pioneered the design of Kits for Kids, a backpack filled with the items that mom’s in developing countries need to care for their children. More than 15,000 people volunteer with Project C.U.R.E. every year, making the organization one of the most efficient and effective grass-roots organizations in the country.
In addition to his work at Project C.U.R.E., Dr. Jackson has taught at the university level in the disciplines of finance, investments, leadership development, legal and international issues. Most recently at the Korbel School for International Studies, Douglas designed and implemented a graduate course entitled “From Disaster to Development: The Appropriate Response to International Crises.” He is a frequent speaker and lecturer to colleges and universities, as well as civic, corporate and community organizations.
Dr. Jackson is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and was the President of the Denver Rotary Club #31. He serves on the Board of Directors for InterAction, WorldDenver, The Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver, and the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professionals at Regis University. He is a member of the National Who’s Who, Registry #57689, and a graduate of leadership program LEAD San Diego. Past service includes the Institute for International Education which administers Fulbright Scholarships, Leader’s Challenge, and a Ruling Elder of Cherry Hills Community Church (EPC). Dr. Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Healthcare from the American Red Cross, the Civis Princeps recognition from Regis University, the 5280 Magazine Philanthropist of the Year, and accepted the CoBiz “Best Places to Work” and Colorado Ethics in Business Award on behalf of the team at Project C.U.R.E.
Douglas graduated magna cum laude from Northwest Nazarene University in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the study of law. In 1992, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and econometrics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, authoring a dissertation on leveraged buyouts and secondary public offerings. Douglas is a member of the Alpha Delta Sigma and the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor societies.
Following his admission to the bar, Douglas administered the legal affairs for the international agricultural firm of CTB, Inc., a Birkshire Hathaway company. Upon the completion of his Ph.D., Douglas opened the Fermanian Business Center at Point Loma University in San Diego, California. As Executive Director, Douglas developed and implemented numerous programs and seminars to advance business opportunities for college students and business professionals in the San Diego community and abroad. In 1995, Dr. Jackson assumed the role of Provost at Colorado Christian University. In this capacity, he oversaw the academic, financial, operational, advancement and student life functions of the university.
Douglas lives in a converted warehouse in LoDo, Denver. He is dad to three beautiful daughters and is the son of Chief Uzoma of Nkume, a Nigerian honor bestowed on his father for Project C.U.R.E.’s work in Africa.
‘Houston Ballet: Season Preview and Community Impact’
|Posted||on Oct 02, 2016||
‘Houston Ballet: Season Preview and Community Impact’
October 13, 2016
Join us to preview highlights from Houston Ballet's current 2016-2017 season, including the world premiere of The Nutcracker. Also hear about Houston Ballet's extensive education and community outreach programs, which last year impacted over 54,000 students from across the city of Houston.
LAUREN ANDERSON, PROGRAM MANAGER, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Native Houstonian Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars.
In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role in Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.
JENNIFER SOMMERS, DIRECTOR, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Jennifer Clagett Sommers holds an MFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has performed with Laura Dean Musicians and Dancers, Street Signs Center for Literature and Performance, and the Albany Berkshire Ballet, where she also served as Ballet Mistress.
ISSUES SURROUNDING FREE TRADE/FAIR TRADE, NAFTA AND THE T.P.P.
|Posted by KMF||on Sep 20, 2016||
ISSUES SURROUNDING FREE TRADE/FAIR TRADE, NAFTA AND THE T.P.P.
October 6, 2016
International trade has become a central theme in this year’s presidential race. Are the two leading candidates leading us into a new type of isolation? Should they be talking so much about manufacturing issues or how to improve the service-sector and American competition? There is little doubt that trade agreements have greatly helped our country, but, it is equally clear that many blue-collar workers and unskilled workers have suffered greatly and are not finding employment. Swirling around the trade issue is the offshoring and outsourcing of American jobs and the very difficult issues of how technology and American Fiscal Policy have affected America’s employment numbers. Finally, if T.P.P. passes, is China likely to lose as supporters claim?
We can argue about how to allocate the blame. But, the problems are real and complicated. And T.P.P comes to a vote, soon.
Our participants are fierce proponents of their respective sides. In one corner, representing the Free Trade advocates is Chris Tomlinson, award winning reporter for the Houston Chronicle who has written extensively on the benefits of free trade. In the other corner, representing groups that oppose NAFTA-model trade agreements and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, still under debate, is Hany Khalil Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO),
Probably of greater economic importance than NAFTA and TPP is the fact that trade with China, which entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, has had the greatest impact on American jobs. American consumers have benefited from very low prices but at the cost of several million jobs. The jury is still out whether the United States is outsourcing too much of its technology to China and the Far East and what the long term effects will be. Short term everything looks great but can a country that exports most of its technology and know-how still be a world leader especially when the other side, China, has numerous restrictions on American companies seeking to do business in China? Are we sowing the seeds for our own future decline?
Please invite your friends, fellow Rotarians from other clubs to this very important program.
Chair of the day
Chris Tomlinson (left photo) is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, New York Times bestselling-author and filmmaker. Before joining the newspaper, he spent 20 years as a correspondent for The Associated Press reporting from 30 countries and nine war zones.
Tomlinson writes about energy, business and the economy in a twice weekly column and in a daily blog for the Chronicle. He is the author of Tomlinson Hill which chronicles the history of two Tomlinson families, one black and one white, who trace their history to a Central Texas slave plantation. He is also the producer of Tomlinson Hill: Are We Equal Yet, an award-winning documentary film.
Tomlinson is also a Fellow in Journalism at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and has lectured at the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Journalism.
Hany Khalil is the Executive Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, the regional alliance of 77 AFL-CIO unions representing 45,000 workers in thirteen Gulf Coast counties. He has worked as a researcher and organizer in the labor, racial justice, and peace movements for more than twenty-five years.
He holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA with a concentration in Regional and International Development and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University. He wrote much of HISD’s Economics, A.P. Macroeconomics, and A.P. U.S. Government curricula and trained many of HISD’s current AP Macroeconomics and U.S. Government teachers. Before moving back to Houston, his hometown, he taught at New York University.
Hany has served on the boards of several local organizations, including the New Leaders Council-Houston, the Houston Federation of Teachers, and Community Voices for Public Education and is currently a member of Mayor Turner’s Welcoming City Initiative.
Empowering. Innovation. Releasing Potential. Transforming Communities"
|Posted by KMF||on Sep 16, 2016||
“Empowering Innovation. Releasing Potential.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Bert Smith will discuss the model of moving inmates from being tax consumers to taxpayers, from gang leaders to servant leaders and from felons to real fathers and even philanthropists.
The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), is on a mission to transform inmates and executives by unlocking human potential through entrepreneurial passion, education and mentoring. Their groundbreaking results include a return-to-prison rate of less than 5%, employment rate of 100% within 90 days and over 100 businesses launched.
Bert Smith - Chief Executive Officer
Bert Smith officially joined PEP as CEO in May 2010 and has been actively involved with PEP since 2005. He has served in a number of volunteer roles, including executive judge, Business Plan Advisor, teacher, mentor, donor and Chairman of the Houston Advisory Board.
In the 1980s, Bert served as Director, General Counsel, and Head of Corporate Development for a family owned engineering company that built and operated independent power plants. After the sale of that company, Bert founded and led a group that developed proprietary alternative fuel and energy generation technologies. Prior to joining PEP as CEO, Bert was an early stage investor and CEO for a DVD kiosk rental business.
Bert serves on the Board of Directors for a family foundation, is a past President of the Executives Association of Houston, is a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and has served as an active board member and volunteer with a number of other nonprofit organizations. He holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is married and has three adult children.
Stephanie Coulter, M.D., FACC
|Posted by KMF||on Sep 07, 2016||
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Dr. Stephanie Coulter
|Blood Drive on August 4, 2016||Posted||on Jul 13, 2016||
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Blood Drive & Blue Bell Ice Promotional
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Houston City Club
10 am-2 pm
Indicate your preferred time in the comments section.
Q: Why should I donate blood?*
A: Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:
It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with hemophilia.
There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.
*World Health Organization, April 2016
Fun Fact: One pint of whole blood can save up to three lives.
|Granville Betton, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center||Posted by KMF||on Jun 30, 2016|
|Dr. Bryant Boutwell - It's 'Bout Time||Posted by KMF||on Jun 30, 2016||
Dr. Bryant Boutwell
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H.
John P. McGovern, M.D. Professor of Oslerian Medicine
Special Advisor to the President
Distinguished Teaching Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Dr. Bryant Boutwell has served the institutions of Houston’s Texas Medical Center for four decades and is the first holder of The John P. McGovern, M.D. Professorship in Oslerian Medicine at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston where he teaches at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics while serving as Special Advisor to the president. His teaching interests include medical history, communications, and ethics. In 2013 he was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by UT System and elected to membership in the UT System Academy of Health Science Education. Most recently he has been elected to the Board of Governors for the American Osler Society. During his career he has written award-winning newspaper columns, radio programs, and television programs including scripts narrated by Walter Cronkite. In 2000 he published a history of the Medical School and the Texas Medical Center while serving as Associate Dean of Community Affairs and Professional Education at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School (1993-2006). Sales from that book support the Boutwell/McGovern Endowed Scholarship Fund for medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds. During 2008-2010 he served as Associate Vice President for Accreditation and International Programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and oversaw the successful reaccreditation of the institution’s six professional schools with special commendation from executive leadership. Dr. Boutwell has journalism and biology degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Prior to joining the UT’s medical school in Houston in 1993, he worked at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for 15 years where he served communication roles and as a faculty member leading NIH-funded cancer prevention grants while serving as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. During his Texas Medical Center career he also handled media relations for Dr. Denton Cooley’s historic heart transplants (1980-1982) and served as director of public relations for the entire Texas Medical Center (1983-1985). In 2014 he published the biography of John P. McGovern, M.D., his friend and mentor. His latest book is ‘Bout Time: 4-Minute Histories of the Texas Medical Center and UTHealth is compiled from his blog entitled, ‘Bout Time that can be seen online: https://www.uth.edu/blog/bout-time/
|Steve Timms, Houston Golf Association CEO and President||Posted by KMF||on May 31, 2016||
HOUSTON GOLF ASSOCIATION CEO and PRESIDENT
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, SHELL HOUSTON OPEN
June 30, 2016
Steve Timms assumed the overall duties of President and CEO of the Houston Golf Association (HGA) and Tournament Director for the Shell Houston Open on January 19, 2001. Through his leadership, the Houston Golf Association continues its 70 year legacy of distributing millions of dollars to youth development programs throughout the Greater Houston Area annually.
|Steve Vetrano, Regional CEO, Red Cross||Posted by KMF||on May 18, 2016||
Regional Chief Executive Officer
Greater Houston Area Chapter
June 9, 2016
Steve Vetrano became the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Houston Area Chapter in 2009. In 2011, he was selected as the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. In this role he oversees operations, fundraising and community engagement throughout 51 counties and 7 Red Cross offices along the Texas Gulf Coast. Prior to this post, Steve served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross where he was instrumental in the coordination of the response to the Hurricane Season of 2005. He helped orchestrate the chapter’s response and housing of over 24,000 evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Before arriving in Texas, Steve served as the Deputy Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Greater Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania for over 7 years. He also served as the Deputy Director of Health and Safety Department of the American Red Cross of Greater New York in New York City. In addition to the hurricanes in 2005, Steve has worked on several other large disasters including the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, TWA flight 800 crash in 1997, and hurricane Ike in 2008.
Vetrano holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Manhattan College and a Master’s of Business Administration from Penn State University. He resides in Houston with his wife and three children.
|Tom Herman Speaker - Table Sales||Posted||on May 06, 2016||
Purchase your tables at the front of the room by clicking HERE.
|Earle Martin: "The Boy Who Saved My Life"||Posted by KMF||on Apr 25, 2016||
Author: The Boy Who Saved My Life
Earle Martin was an Episcopal priest for twelve years before leaving the ministry and receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. Following a brief time at the Family Service Association, he was for many years in private practice in psychotherapy, and is now retired. His first wife, Katherine, whom Charlie called "My Nanny," died in 2001. He lives in Houston with his wife, Kristi, and their dog, Nimrod.
Charlie Stubbs and Earle Martin live on the same street, just two blocks from each other, and are the best of friends. Charlie, who lives with his family and his cat Annie II, is now twenty-four. He has been coming to Earle's home at least twice a week for his entire life.
The Boy Who Saved My Life is the story of his grandson, Charlie, who is autistic. Charlie works in the day program at Brookwood Community. All proceeds from the book, available for sale at the meeting, go to Brookwood.
More info is available at: www.theboywhosavedmylife.com
|Dick DeGuerin - April 28, 2016||Posted by KMF||on Mar 23, 2016||
DeGuerin Dickson Hennessy & Ward
Mr. DeGuerin specializes in criminal defense and enjoys a widely varied practice in both state and federal trials and appeals. In practice for over fifty years, he was associated with famed defense attorney Percy Foreman during the seventies and has successfully defended a wide variety of clients, including doctors, lawyers, judges, a United States Senator; and persons accused of murder, smuggling, money laundering and white collar crime. Mr. DeGuerin was the first lawyer in the United States to file a motion relating to the "Hyde Amendment." He was referred to as "one of the state's finest lawyers" in Texas Monthly 1994 Bum Steer Awards; Ultimate Defense Attorney in the Houston Chronicle, 2004; Hall of Fame Award, Texas Defense Criminal Lawyers Association, June 2004; University of Texas' Honorary Order of the Coif, 2013; Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2013; Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2014; Best Attorneys in Texas, Best Lawyer 2015; Lifetime Achievement, Texas Lawyer, 2015; consistently been rated as Top Lawyer or Lawyer of the Year since 1980 to the present. In addition to his busy trial practice he teaches Criminal Defense Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law.
|COL (Ret.) Chris Sallese - April 21, 2016||Posted by KMF||on Mar 23, 2016||
COL (Ret.) Chris Sallese
Regional Storm Surge Protection
COL (Ret.) Chris Sallese spent more than 27 years in the U.S. Army before entering the private sector, including more than three years as the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District. His extensive background and qualifications include leadership and management experience in engineering; emergency management; coastal operations and management; ecosystem restoration and resource sustainability; risk mitigation; strategic planning; interagency operations; and disaster response and recovery. During his military career, he was extensively involved in the planning, programming and execution of federal civil works programs along the Texas Gulf Coast encompassing flood damage reduction, navigation, regulatory activities, water quality, environmental conservation, recreation, emergency response services, and economic vitality.
COL (Ret.) Sallese joined Dannenbaum in 2013 and serves as the firm’s Coastal Programs Manager. He is currently working with numerous clients both public and private on terminal develop and rehabilitation projects and serves as the Project Manager for the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s storm surge protection study which encompasses the Texas Coast from Orange to Brazoria County.
|Jay Steinfeld // Founder and CEO of Blinds.com- April 14, 2016||Posted by KMF||on Mar 23, 2016||
Jay Steinfeld // Founder and CEO of Blinds.com
Jay Steinfeld is the founder and CEO of Blinds.com, the world’s largest online window coverings store. After starting a small chain of window coverings retail stores in Houston, TX, he launched from his garage, the Internet’s first blinds Web site in 1993. And in 2014, sold his company to The Home Depot.
Jay is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He writes for Inc. Magazine a monthly column called Chief Effective Officer, which is about becoming a more effective leader.
Blinds.com awards include Houston's Best Place to Work, The American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year, last week the earned The Top 5 Best Companies to Work in Texas, National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Wellness, Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in America, the Award of Excellence by the Better Business Bureau and National Call Center of the Year.
Additionally, Jay will be one of our Camp Enterprise speakers and will join us in honoring the Camper of the Year.
|Attorney General Ken Paxton on April 7, 2016||Posted by KMF||on Mar 23, 2016||
|IT’S TIME TO RODEO!||Posted by KMF||on Feb 15, 2016||
SADDLE UP AND GRAB YOUR COWBOY HAT. IT’S TIME TO RODEO!
The Houston Rodeo Parade is on Saturday, February 27 at 10 am.
The Rotary Club of Houston Rodeo Houston Parade Float has ten (10) spaces on the float for members, family and guests to ride in the Rodeo Parade. Our Rotary float will be part of the “live” TV broadcast on ABC Channel 13 in Houston. The Rotary donation for a place on the float is $600.00 per person. We have four (4) spaces available for experienced riders to be on horseback. The cost for a horseback rider is $800.00. These donations defray the cost of the float and raise funds to support the Rodeo and the Rotary Club of Houston humanitarian activities.
ROTARY NIGHT AT RODEO
Each year, The Rotary Club on Houston sponsors a calf in the calf scramble. Rotary’s night to award the check to a scramble winner is Tuesday, March 8, 2016. We have a total of 26 tickets available for purchase for that day. The cost is $30 each and includes the admission to the Rodeo grounds, the Rodeo performance and Pitbull concert.
After the tickets are sold there will be a random drawing for three pairs premium seating (6 tickets) in Section 115, near the bucking chutes.
Act fast to purchase the tickets and reserve your space on the float!
(NOTE: All you need to enter is your name and email)
Questions, call David Hale at 832-236-5601
|Golf Classic The Rotary Club of Houston Foundation||Posted by KMF||on Feb 03, 2016||
Rotary Club of Houston Foundation
Our annual GOLF CLASSIC will be Thursday March 31st at the River Ridge Golf Club. We are calling on all members of the Rotary Club of Houston to promote our golf tournament and recruit/sell at least one 4-golfer team!! The annual GOLF CLASSIC is the sole fund raiser for Camp Enterprise. It is imperative that we have a successful tournament!
We need everyone’s support!! Here are ways to support our GOLF CLASSIC:
Please see the information on the CLICK HERE link with details about our event. It is going to be a wonderful day full of fun, sport and fellowship! Please promote the GOLF CLASSIC to your business associates, clients and friends!! Even if you are not a golfer, you know golfers and can help put together at least one team.
Please contact me directly if you have any questions or suggestions to make this a wonderful event!
Yours in service,
Golf Classic Committee Chair
|Dr. Alan Boyd Lumsden, Medical Director, Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center||Posted by KMF||on Feb 01, 2016||
Alan Boyd Lumsden, MD
Celebrating Heart Awareness Month February 2016
ALAN LUMSDEN, MD
HOUSTON METHODIST DEBAKEY HEART & VASCULAR CENTER
Dr. Alan Lumsden received his medical degree with honors from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1981. He completed his internship in General Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He then moved to the United States, completing his General Surgery residency, clinical and research fellowships in Vascular Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1991, Dr. Lumsden accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Lumsden became Director of the EmoryEndovascular Training Center and the Emory Venous Clinic in Atlanta. He was appointed Head of General Vascular Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in March 1999, where he served until November 2001. In December 2001 Dr. Lumsden was named Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine. In, January 2008, Dr. Lumsden was named Professor and Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and in January 2009, Dr. Lumsden was named Medical Director of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Lumsden has developed an international reputation as a leader in the field of endovascular surgery. His work has resulted in numerousscientific articles, abstracts, books, book chapters and presentations.
Dr. Lumsden’s clinical expertise is in stent graft treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysmal disease, stenting and endarterectomy in carotid arterial disease, renovascular hypertension, aortoialicocclusive disease, mesenteric vascular and minimally invasive therapy in venous disease. His research interests are in restenosis and developing newer methods of minimally invasive therapy.
|SPECIAL NETWORKING MEETING||Posted by KMF||on Jan 20, 2016||
BY POPULAR REQUEST
WE HAVE A SPECIAL LUNCHEON PROGRAM TOMORROW
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
WE HAVE THE FIRST OF MANY MEMBER “WHAT WE DO” PRESENTATIONS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS
THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY ANGIE JIMENEZ
OUR ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON CENTENNIAL PRESIDENT
HE WILL PRESENT ONE OF OUR ELEVEN ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 CHARITABLE PROJECTS WORLD-WIDE
NOTE: SPENCER TILLMAN PROGRAM ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW TO BE RESCHEDULED
|Spencer Tillman||Posted by KMF||on Jan 13, 2016||
AUTHOR / BUSINESSMAN / SPEAKER / NFL & COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANALYST
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Spencer Tillman, a best-selling author, speaker and Fox Sports broadcaster where he is teamed with his former CBS Sports on-air partner Tim Brando.
Tillman, is a longtime Houston area resident. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a football All-America running back for OU (1982-86) and was the captain of the OU 1985 National Championship team that defeated Penn State, 25-10, in the Orange Bowl.
He received several awards during his playing career, including UPI Player of the Year in the Conference; Conference Football Newcomer of the Year and MVP of the 1987 Orange Bowl. He placed fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1983.
His professional football career began in Houston where he played for the Houston Oilers. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers where he co-captained with Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott that won Super Bowl XXIV (24) when they defeated the AFC champion Denver Broncos.
Tillman, served as WABC- TV's sports anchor in New York from 1997 to 1999 and spent 10 years as a sports anchor for KPRC-TV Houston. Tillman joined CBS Sports in 1999 and for the next sixteen years served as lead studio analyst for COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the CBS Television Network's pre-game studio show.
Tillman continues to call the Houston Texans preseason games for owner Bob McNair and the Texans organization on ABC KTRK (Channel 13).
Tillman is the CEO of Axiom Sports Productions Inc. a full-service Broadcast Production concern, located in Sugar Land Texas, with an office in New York. Spencer is a prominent speaker, giving insights and motivation to varied audiences around the country.
He is an advisor and board member of many organizations including the Methodist Hospital in Houston. Tillman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a double major in communication. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and lives in Sugarland, Texas, with his wife, Rita, and their four daughters, Alisa, Blair, Mir and Bailey.
|Scott Rozzell||Posted by KMF||on Jan 13, 2016||
Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston, Texas
Chairman of the Board and former Executive vice president and General Counsel, Center Point Energy
January 28, 2016
Our speaker, Scott E. Rozzell is the former Executive Vice President & General Counsel of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Mr. Rozzell served for 13 years as a member of the CenterPoint Executive Committee and, in addition to the Company’s legal affairs, was responsible at various times for CenterPoint’s regulatory, government affairs, corporate communications, community relations, corporate compliance and internal audit functions. Headquartered in Houston, CenterPoint Energy is the second largest U.S. electric and gas distribution company, serving over 5 million customers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The company also owns a majority interest in EnAble Midstream Partners LP, which includes three interstate pipelines and significant natural gas gathering assets.
Prior to joining CenterPoint in 2001, Mr. Rozzell was a Senior Partner and the Chair of the Energy Department of the Houston office of Baker Botts LLP. While in private practice, he was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the World’s Leading Lawyers and in 1999 was named a Dealmaker of the Year by the American Lawyer. During his tenure at CenterPoint, Mr. Rozzell was named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine from 2003-2012. He was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as Houston’s Outstanding General Counsel (large company category – 2005) and by the Texas General Counsel Forum as Outstanding General Counsel in the major litigation category (2011). Under his leadership, the CenterPoint Energy Law Department was recognized for its contribution to Pro Bono (2010) and diversity in the legal profession (2012).
Mr. Rozzell is a former President of the Houston Bar Association, past Director of the State Bar of Texas, and past Chair of the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, past Chair and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and past Chair and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation. He received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975 and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1971.
In addition to his position of Chairman of the Board of the Lone Star Flight Museum he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Powell Industries, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Federal Relations and Government Relations Advisory Committees of the Greater Houston Partnership.
Mr. Rozzell was born and raised in Wake Village, Texas, a small town near Texarkana. He is an avid pilot and can often be found during the summer months flying World War II aircraft in air shows around the country.
Mr. Rozzell is married to the former Karen Brandstrader, has two grown children, Stacey Murphree and Kimberly McVey, and three grandchildren.
|Houston Martin Luther King Day Speaker Rev William A. Lawson||Posted by KMF||on Jan 02, 2016||
Rotary Club of Houston Martin Luther King Day
Speaker: Rev. William A. Lawson
Thursday, January 14, 2016
William A. Lawson is the founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He is now retired from that position.
Lawson was born in St. Louis, Mo., and reared by Walter and Clarisse Lawson Cade in Kansas City, Kansas, where he graduated from Sumner High School (1946). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Tennessee A. & I. State University in Nashville (1950). He returned to Kansas City to attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary, which conferred upon Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees.
While in seminary, he was married-61 years-to the love of his life, the late Audrey H. Lawson of St. Louis. The Lawson’s have four children. Melanie Lawson, Cheryl Lawson, Eric Lawson and Roxanne Lawson. Son-in-laws are John Guess and Thomas Carter. Grandchildren are Robyn Troup and Raven Troup, and grandson-in-law is Alex Koby.
Rev. Lawson came to Houston after graduation from seminary to serve as director of the Baptist Student Union and Professor of Bible at the new (eight years old) Texas Southern University. He served in that position for ten years, also becoming director of Upward Bound, a pre-college program for high school students on the TSU campus. During his years at TSU, a number of residents of the neighborhood persuaded the Lawson’s to establish a church near the university. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church was established in their home in June, 1962. The congregation has grown to over 5,000 members, with many outreach programs, and is much respected in the community. Since the church was born and lived its infant years during the Civil Rights Movement, Lawson has been deeply involved in advocacy activities for African Americans, for Hispanics, for women, and for the poor. Rev. Lawson was a central figure in working with Dr. Martin Luther King to turn around the Houston community during those tumultuous years.
In 1996 the Houston community honored him with the creation of a non-profit advocacy agency called WALIPP, the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity. That agency has gone before public officials and bodies on behalf of the underclasses, and now has established a middle school for boys, chartered it as a public school with the Houston Independent School District so it would be accessible to low-income families, and this year has risen to the second highest ranking among public secondary schools. WALIPP has also constructed 50 units of apartments for seniors in Houston’s Third Ward. Finally, the agency is pulling together community development groups, churches, civic clubs, and local governments to redevelop the Third Ward so that aggressive real estate development will not expel all who need affordable housing.
He has received honorary doctorates from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, the University of Houston, and Texas Southern University. He is the author of a book of meditations called Lawson’s Leaves of Love.
|RCOH Christmas & Holiday Party - Parker Elementary School||Posted by Chad Walters||on Dec 16, 2015||
You are invited to the....
Rotary Club of Houston Christmas & Holiday Party
Thursday, December 17, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Houston City Club
PLEASE NOTE PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
NEW - Please read carefully:
$28 for Rotarians and all guests who Register by Wednesday 12/16/15 at 3 PM
$32 for Rotarians and all guests who DO NOT Register
MEAL CARDS if you Register: Use your meal card at the door. If you pre- register and do not attend, you owe us a card punch.
MEAL CARDS if you DO NOT Register: Use your meal card plus $3.00 at the door. (You have a little discount for having a meal card!)
This will be a fun event for all ages with a special visitor from the North Pole and the entire award winning Parker Elementary School Chorus!
Make sure you pre-register to not miss this fun event with all your Rotary friends.
So, get on Santa’s “nice” list and be there for our once a year celebration of Christmas, the Holidays and the Rotary celebration of friendship!
DON’T FORGET! We are collecting toys to benefit The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas
Assistance Program. Please bring your new and unwrapped gift to the party. Toys are needed to serve children age’s infants to 12 years old.
|ROTARY NIGHT AT THE ALLEY THEATRE||Posted by KMF||on Dec 13, 2015||
Join us for dinner and a show!!
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas
By Charles Dickens Adapted and Originally Directed by Michael Wilson
Directed by James Black
Alley Theater would like to offer Houston Rotary Club a special ticket discount to the 7:30 p.m. performance of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Individuals can save up to 17% on select seats.
We are also inviting everyone to dinner at Birraporetti’s Italian Restaurant at 5:45 pm. If you are joining us for dinner please confirm your reservations by emailing Dean Gladden at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will set up an area for us. Thanks. Look forward to seeing you on the 17th.
|Mark P. Jones-Rice University. “The Meanings from the Houston Election”||Posted||on Nov 02, 2015||
“Bring a Friend to Rotary”
Click Here to Register
LOCATION CHANGE NOTICE - Meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel - Greenway Plaza (20th Floor)
Rotary Club of Houston
November 12, 2015
Mark P. Jones, Department of Political Science
“The Meanings from the Houston Election”
The Houston election was on Tuesday, November 3 and has significant meanings for our city and its environs. Dr. Mark Jones is one of the most astute political observers in the city, and we are honored to have him help us make sense of what happened in the election.
We have a run-off for the election between Turner and King. Plus, the voters defeated the HERO ordinance. In addition, results of the city council races, propositions, and bonds are required to get a full understanding of the election and its meaning. Dr. Jones will provide us with the entire picture.
I urge you not to miss this important presentation a few days after the election. You’ll hear plenty from the run-off contenders and others, but you likely will not hear much about what it all means to our city from an unbiased and astute observer such as Mark Jones. We are fortunate to have him be with us on the 12th. Please mark your calendars and prepare for a lively Q&A.
Mark is well known as an engaging and knowledgeable speaker on Houston politics. You’ll enjoy hearing him.
Bill Lee, Rotary Club of Houston Program Chair for 2015-2016
Mark P. Jones is the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s Fellow in Political Science and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice University. Dr. Jones also just finished his tenure as Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.
Jones is a frequent commentator in the local, state, national, and international media on the city of Houston, on the state of Texas, and on U.S. politics and public policy. He is the co-author of Texas Politics Today: 2015-2016 Edition and is a frequent author of opinion pieces in Texas and national media outlets. Jones’ research on the Texas Legislature and Texas elections has been widely cited in the media as well as numerous political campaigns.
Dr. Jones has been highly recommended by some of our Rotary members who have heard him in various venues.
|Dr. Nick Giannone||Posted||on Oct 22, 2015||
District Governor, Nick Giannone, M.D.
Don't miss the official visit of our 2015-16 Rotary District 5890 Governor, Nick Giannone, M.D.
Let's have a great turnout! Thursday, October 22, 2015
To Register Click here
Our District Governor provides leadership, motivation and guidance to nearly 60 Rotary Clubs in our District 5890. He is the first line of communication and support representing Rotary International to all our clubs and members. Therefore, he is an officer of RI, fostering achievement in the district at the club level.
Each year, our District governor visits our Rotary Club to draw attention to important Rotary issues and recognize our club strengths and accomplishments. The purpose of his visit is also to motivate Rotarians to participate in service activities and to personally recognize the outstanding contributions of Rotarians in the district.
In 1990 Nick was invited to join the Rotary Club of Brazosport. He served as President in 2001-2002 tying for best large club in the District. He helped form the the After 5 Rotary Club in 2008 and has been honored as Rotarian of the Year in both clubs. Nick is also active at the District Level and has served as Chairman of New Generations, Youth Exchange Officer, Assistant/Lieutenant Governor, and as a member or Chair of multiple committees. He has also served Rotary at the multi-District and International level as a Ranger/Sergeant at Arms. Nick is a Major Donor, a Benefactor, a charter member of the Paul Harris Society and the Polio Plus Society. Nick also has had perfect attendance since 1990.
Register now for the Rotary Club of Houston luncheon, October 22, 2015 featuring our District Governor, Nick Giannone, M.D.
What is Rotary?
|Posted by Dan Clinton||on Sep 22, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Houston is a group of business leaders working together collaboratively to impact positive change in our community and around the world, operating consistently with Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. Some of our service projects include:
|October 1st at Rotary Club of Houston||Posted||on Sep 22, 2015||
October 1, 2015
“God and Churchill”
We are honored to have as our speaker, Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. Many of you know Jonathan as a member of our club. He will speak on his new book, “God and Churchill.” We will have copies for sale, which Jonathan will autograph. A portion of the book proceeds will be donated to our club.
Like me, many of you have been to Churchill’s birth place at Blenheim Palace outside Woodstock, west of London, and to his burial place nearby at St. Martin’s Church, Bladon. Also, many of us have visited various other sites in England with which he is associated.
We should all look forward to hearing Jonathan’s words of tribute to his great-grandfather. This will be a moving experience for our club.
Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair
Jonathan Sandys is an experienced public speaker focusing on the leadership skills of his great-grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill.
Jonathan's mission is to continue the amazing legacy Sir Winston left the world, and work with present and future generations to inspire the great leadership of courage, faith and integrity employed by his great-grandfather throughout his tumultuous life.
"History honours my great-grandfather as a hero, but despite the accolade, the world today has forgotten many of the vital lessons he taught and the prophetic warnings he shared."
“We who bear the mantle of being descended from those who have made history are in a unique position to connect past and present, continuing the legacy entrusted to us with humanity and humility. In devoting his life to educating young and old about the life of his great-grandfather, Jonathan Sandys is fulfilling that role well.”
Neil Bush Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation, son of President George H.W. Bush, and member of the Rotary Club of Houston.
Payment at the door via credit card, check or cash: $28 members, $32 non members. Includes a lunch buffet with dessert, and parking.
If you have received an email regarding this meeting, please respond to that message as it will recognize you.
If you have not received an email you may register here.
|Celebration of CONSTITUTION DAY and Tribute to Judge Hal DeMoss||Posted||on Sep 09, 2015||
Celebration of CONSTITUTION DAY and Tribute to Judge Hal DeMoss
September 17, 2015
featuring Harry Reasoner and Gerald Treece
(Please note: this program will begin at 11:45 am and end at 1:15 pm)
Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the U.S. constitution September 17, 1782. We all live in a country of competing views and our guests will discuss some of the current issues in the press. While the constitution is a source of our most cherished and unifying political ideals, it also provides some of our sharpest quarrels as its principles and protections are debated and applied to present circumstances.
Our September 17 program brings together two legal scholars of the constitution, Dean T. Gerald Treece and Harry M. Reasoner. It is dedicated to the idea that open dialogue is fundamental to America's constitutional legacy.
We in the Rotary Club of Houston have the distinct privilege of having Judge Hal DeMoss as a fellow Rotarian in our club. Judge DeMoss has been a distinguished jurist since being appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1991. He is a noted constitutional scholar, and it is fitting that our club should honor him on Constitution Day on the occasion of his retirement from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Joe Colangelo, Coordinator, September 17, 2015 Program
Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair
Judge DeMoss graduated from Rice University, class of 1952, and the University of Texas School of Law, Class of 1955. After graduation, he practiced law with the firm of Bracewell and Patterson from 1957 to 1991, when he was appointed to the 5th Circuit position by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate.
The Rotary Club of Houston is proud to honor one of its long time members, Judge Hal DeMoss, for a lifetime of service to the law and to the Constitution of the United States of America. Judge DeMoss, has lived his life as a gentleman, in constant search for truth, goodness and knowledge. Fellow Rotarians look forward to what the next chapter of life DeMoss’ life will hold for him and his family and are excited to hear about it at the meeting Thursday, September 17.
Harry M. Reasoner, Vinson & Elkins Senior partner and former Managing Partner, 1992-2001, has spent his entire legal career with V&E since graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1962, as Editor of the Texas Law Review and number one in his class. In his honor, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jamail endowed the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law at the University. He graduated from Rice University in 1960. Harry is a member of the Rotary Club of Houston and is a Rotary Foundation Fellow.
During his career, he has handled antitrust, securities, and energy litigation, among others. Early in his career and under the mentorship of famed attorney David Searls, Harry was thrust into the middle of constitutional issues when he was appointed by Chief Judge John Singleton to represent inmates of the Texas Prison System and argued three times before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of prisoners’ First Amendment Rights. He also worked with Joe Jamail on the winning appeal to the historic multi-billion-dollar Pennzoil v. Texaco case, as well as taking on many cases involving the U.S. Constitution, including one of the early cases involving affirmative action issues at the university level, the Hopwood Case at the University of Texas in the 1990s.
T. Gerald Treece has been at South Texas College of Law for thirty years. He is the W. James Cronzer Distinguished Professor of Advocacy and has been Associate Dean and Vice President. He also is the director of the school's top-ranked Advocacy Program. Teams coached by Dean Treece have developed into a national powerhouse, having won over one hundred competitions. Dean Treece started his teaching career at Pepperdine University Law School.
Dean Treece holds a JD degree from The University of Houston Law Center and specializes in civil rights, constitutional law, torts, and trial and appellate advocacy. He has clerked for a U.S. Federal District Court Judge, was special adviser to President Reagan on the debates of 1984, and has argued over 100 appellate cases in tort and constitutional law.
Dean Treece often can be seen on TV as the legal expert on KHOU Channel 11.
Join us for a special retirement presentation to Judge DeMoss by Treece and Reasoner on Thursday, September 17.
PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Pay at the door via meal card, credit card, check or cash.
All Rotarians - club members and visiting: $28
Non Rotarians: $32
If you do not receive an email invitation, you may click here to register.
|Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, Executive Director, Holocaust Museum Houston||Posted||on Sep 02, 2015||
Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, Executive Director, Holocaust Museum Houston
September 10, 2015
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Zúñiga to our podium to speak about the Holocaust Museum. Our club secretary, Debbye Crofoot-Morley, is Director of Campaign Advancement at the museum and is responsible for this program – our thanks to Debbye.
We are sure you will appreciate the significance and importance of this program.
Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair
Rotary Club of Houston
Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork and other gifts, from school children and adults alike, attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility.
The Museum is one of only four museums in the Houston area to earn accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Join us Sept. 10 to hear Dr. Zúñiga discuss how the Museum accomplishes its mission of remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims, honoring the survivors’ legacy, and teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides.
Since the Museum opened its 27,000-square-foot facility, more than 2 million people of all ages, races and religions have visited, and more than 862,325 school children have been to the Museum or been directly affected through the Museum’s teacher training programs, curriculum trunk outreach student forums, and diversity workshops.
The Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers,” tells the story of the Holocaust by focusing on the lives and experiences of survivors who later made the Houston area their home. Two changing exhibit galleries often focus on contemporary genocides or on other Holocaust-related themes.
The Museum’s collection also includes a 1942 Holocaust-era railcar of the same type that carried Jews to the concentration camps and a Holocaust-era Danish rescue boat of the same time used to ferry Danish Jews to safety in Sweden.
The Museum bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust, but it also tells the stories of heroes who took action and serves as a reminder to all that we must never forget what happened to prevent it from happening again.
Dr. Zúñiga earned her Ed.D. in administration and supervision from the University of Houston, where her doctoral research focused on online donor giving behavior. In addition, she earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University.
Dr. Zúñiga is an adjunct lecturer at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and as an adjunct lecturer at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. She is an emeritus trustee at large on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership, Houston Museum District Association Board of Directors and is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum Class on XXXIV. She was named in 2013 by Houston Woman Magazine as one of “Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2012.”
PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
Pay at the door via meal card, credit card, check or cash.
All Rotarians - club members and visiting: $28
Non Rotarians: $32
If you do not receive an email invitation, you may click here to register.
|Chuck Bagnato: Rotary speaker for August 27, 2015||Posted||on Aug 19, 2015||
Rotary Club of Houston
August 27, 2015
Lone Star Veterans Association
“Making Texas the Best Place for Post-911 Veterans and Their Families”
We are pleased to welcome Chuck Bagnato to our podium on August 27. He is a distinguished Marine fighter pilot with numerous awards including the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, and others. Bagnato joined the Marines immediately after high school and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years of service flying mostly the AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet. LtCol Bagnato joined the Lone Star Veterans Association in 2014 as Executive Director. The Rotary Club of Houston continues as a strong supporter of veterans affairs – you will be delighted to hear the important words Chuck has for us.
Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair
The Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA) was founded in 2009 with the vision of preventing veterans’ unemployment, substance abuse, family challenges, homelessness, crime, and suicide. As of today, LSVA has over 6000 total members, roughly half of which are post-911 veterans.
The Veteran Career Transition program assists members in the transition to a civilian career by providing free access to LSVA’s online job bank, resume workshops, and benefits seminars. They also host a twice-monthly networking luncheon, which was responsible for over 500 veteran hires since 2010.
The LSVA indeed provides important services to our veterans and deserves our support. We are delighted that Chuck Bagnato is available to speak to us.
PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th.
Pay at the door via meal card, credit card, check or cash.
All Rotarians - club members and visiting - $28
Non Rotarians - $32
If you do not receive an email invitation, you may click here to register.
|Dr. Katherine Banks, Dean, Texas A&M College of Engineering||Posted||on Jul 26, 2015||
Dr. M. Katherine Banks, Dean
Texas A&M College of Engineering
To Register for August 13, 2015
Dr. Banks is the vice chancellor for engineering for The Texas A&M University System and dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.
As vice chancellor, Banks oversees coordination and collaboration among the engineering, academic and research programs at seven universities throughout the A&M System, as well as three state agencies: the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). Banks also is TEES director, overseeing research administration of more than 4,400 projects and $157 million in sponsored research awards.
As dean of the Look College and holder of the Harold J. Haynes Dean's Chair in Engineering, Banks leads one of the largest engineering schools in the country, with more than 15,000 students and nearly 500 faculty. Dr. Banks leads, 25 by 25 program, a controlled growth initiative which will increase the engineering enrollment at Texas A&M to 25,000 by 2025.
Banks was previously the Bowen Engineering Head for the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor at Purdue. She received her B.S.E. from the University of Florida, M.S.E. from the University of North Carolina, and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University. For her research, Banks has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, as well as industry and state government. She served as director of the EPA Hazardous Substance Research Center, associate director of the NASA Center for Advanced Life Support, and co-director of the 21st Century Center for Phytoremediation Research, all headquartered at Purdue.
Banks is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the America Society of Civil Engineers. She is a licensed professional civil engineer in Indiana and Kansas. She has received numerous awards including the ASCE Petersen Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, ASCE Rudolph Hering Medal, Purdue Faculty Scholar Award, Sloan Foundation Mentoring Fellowship and the American Association of University Women Fellowship. She is the author or co-author of more than 150 journal articles, proceedings papers and book chapters, and has made more than 200 scholarly or technical presentations before professional and related groups. Banks has served as editor-in-chief for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering and associate editor of the International Journal of Phytoremediation.
|Are you ready to RODEOHOUSTON®?||Posted by KMF||on Jan 28, 2015||
CLICK HERE to Register
February 5, 2015 Speaker:
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
Vice President and COO
Cost: Rotarians $28.00; Non-Rotarians $32.00
Dan Cheney became the vice president and COO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Oct. 1, 2014.
Cheney served as president and chief executive officer of the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cheyenne Frontier Days is a rodeo and Western celebration in Cheney’s home state of Wyoming.
Starting in 2010, Cheney led Cheyenne Frontier Days. Prior to that role, he was the founder, CEO, and president of Forbes Capital Business Group, Inc.; director of global marketing and business development for Pro Equine Group; and general manager of The Show Place Arena in Memphis, Tennessee, a 6,250-seat indoor arena and outdoor events facility.
Cheney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he earned a master's of business administration degree from the University of Memphis.
Rotary Election of Officers & Directors
|Posted||on Nov 12, 2014||
Director July 2015-June 2018
Object of Rotary
|Posted by Dan Clinton||
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
|Posted by Dan Clinton||
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions: "Of the things we think, say or do:
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Contribute to Rotary by Ordering from Breen's Florist
|Posted by Dan Clinton||
With each order you place online, you can choose to have Breen's Florist make a donation to the Rotary Club of Houston. Simply select the "Helping Hands" pull down menu on the order form and choose "Rotary Club" when sending flowers across town or even around the world.