Houston
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Virtual via Microsoft Teams
P.O Box 22027
Houston, TX 77227-2027
United States of America
Phone:
(713) 973-9936
Upcoming Events
Weekly Events
Join us prior to meetings at 11:30 a.m.
For our virtual Meet and Greet.
 
Who are we?      The Original Rotary Club of Houston founded in 1912
What is Rotary?      Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
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Impact starts with our Houston Rotarians! We're people like you that have a mission to see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
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Chief Meteorologist at KPRC-TV

 

Thursday April 29, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

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KPRC Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley first called Houston home in 1989, now forecasting Houston weather for 31 years.

For more than three decades, he has made weather clear and easy to understand. “The challenge is taking a complicated subject and making it simple, but I really enjoy it," he says.

"Of course, since Hurricanes Harvey, Ike, Rita and Tropical Storms Allison and Imelda, we've all learned how powerful weather is and while I can't control what happens, I can be there to warn people when their lives or property is in danger. That's what I most love about my career. I feel like I have a chance to give back to the world," Frank said.

In September 2018, Frank made public his Prostate Cancer diagnosis and his decision to pursue a treatment in clinical trials known as Aurolase. The procedure infuses gold nanoparticles into the cancer lesion followed by laser ablation. So far, the treatment has been a success. Frank says, “All men need to pay more attention to their health and, hopefully, my going public has inspired more awareness and action. A simple PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test can save lives.”

CHARLES C. FOSTER
Chairman, Foster LLP
 
Thursday May 6, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Charles C. Foster is the Chairman of Foster LLP and is based in the Houston office. Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, Chambers USA Senior Statespeople, Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration Thought Leader, Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employer Lawyer – Immigration, and Top 100 attorney in Houston, his practice focuses primarily on representing multinational companies and foreign investors regarding U.S. immigration law.

Charles received both his J.D. and undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He lectures frequently before legal, academic, and professional organizations in Texas, throughout the United States and abroad and has published numerous articles on U.S. immigration law.

Gayle Knepper, Rotary District 5010

Thursday May 13, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Common myths, truths and (sometimes odd) frequently asked questions about Alaska. Join us for fun, fact, and fallacy about the largest state in the U.S.
 

About the Speaker: Gayle Knepper, Rotary District 5010

Gayle is a member of Rotary e-Club of District 5010 International (Alaska) and is past governor of the largest geographic district in the Rotary world (Alaska, USA; Yukon, Canada; Siberia & Far East, Russia). She has also served in a range of regional and international Rotary leadership roles.

Her professional background is in strategic business and market development, with a specialty in working with companies entering new and rapid-growth markets. She is chief executive of a strategic development firm working with organizations in North America and internationally.

 

Walter Ulrich
Medical Bridges - President & CEO
 
Thursday May 20, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Midelovka
Of the millions of people touched by Medical Bridges that we never meet, we got to know this beautiful little girl who was struggling. With the right care and equipment and a first surgery, we celebrated modest improvement. She could breathe a little better and suckle a little longer and smile a little brighter. But there was still a long way to go. The tumorous mass had grown exponentially, and time was running out.
Despite helping Midelovka with every ounce of energy and resources we had, she did not survive the second surgery. It was unavoidable to think "what if." What if the process had been quicker? Would she still be here with us? What if the solar-paneled operating room had been equipped and fully operable? Would local leaders and our resources have been able to save her?
Regardless of these questions, the sad reality is that children and families in need of medical and surgical care are enduring inadequately supplied and broken healthcare systems. Our team grieves. Midelovka will not be forgotten. She is a constant reminder that we must do more to improve healthcare accessibility in Haiti and around the world.
Midelovka is now an angel who is fondly remembered as we continue of mission. Over 100 healthy babies have been born at the Haitian hospital Medical Bridges has equipped. We have photos of every one and we share the joy of the blessings of each birth and the promise of new life.
Much has been accomplished but more needs to be done!
 
Haiti Babies
Of the millions of people touched by Medical Bridges that we never meet, we have had the pleasure of seeing over 100 babies born in a newly opened hospital in Haiti. In 2019 United Light of Hope partnered with Medical Bridges to help equip a new hospital being built to replace facilities destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Along with hospital beds, incubators, IV poles and so much more, there was a birthing bed. That bed has been put to good use – opening its doors on December 15, 2019, with 300 patients seen in just the first day. Just one month later Medical Bridges received news and a picture of the first baby born at the hospital on January 14, 2020. Since then, we have received over 100 notifications most with pictures of babies born using the supplies and that one birthing bed sent to Haiti via a 40-foot shipping container. On December 10, 2020 baby number 100 was born and on April 1, 2021, we received the picture below of the first set of twins.
 
 
 
Moderator: Stephen L Williams, MEd, MPA, Director, City of Houston Health Department
Dr. David Persse, Health Authority, City of Houston Health Department
Maria Rivera, MD, MPH, Health Authority, Harris County
 
April 15, 2021 WATCH ONLINE
 
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March 25, 2021 WATCH ONLINE
 

Schools are closed…water, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper gone…No Rodeo or Sports…
How concerned should we be? How worried should we be?
The Rotary Club of Houston is facilitating a discussion directly from the experts.
Our weekly meetings have been via Microsoft Teams since March 2020. Recordings are located below.
 
Mary E. Klotman, MD & Paul Klotman, MD
2 Docs 2 Cities 2 Huge Medical Complexes
Click here for Video ----> April 8, 2021 <---- Click here for Video
 
Dr. Geovanny Ponce
Houston ISD - East Area Superintendent

Click here for Video ----> April 1, 2021 <---- Click here for Video
 
Staying Ahead of the Game
Click here for Video ----> March 25, 2021 <---- Click here for Video
 
Richard S. Lawson
Water & Sanitation Projects
Click here for Video ----> March 18, 2021 <---- Click here for Video
The Rotary Club of Houston 
Honors
David S. Wolff
2020 Distinguished Citizen Award

What is DCA 2020

Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is presented annually to someone in Houston who exhibits high ideals, leadership and philanthropy. The funds raised support our on-going service activities. This year we are honored to present the Distinguished Citizen Award to David S. Wolff for his service to the growth and development of Houston.
Since it was first presented in 1962, the Rotary Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award has gone to an impressive array of individual Houstonians and Houston institutions. The Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is the Rotary Club of Houston’s major fundraiser for its many community service projects.
 
Meet Our Honoree
 

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:

  • Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is presented annually to someone in Houston who exhibits high ideals, leadership and philanthropy. The funds raised support the club’s on-going service activities.
  • Camp Enterprise is an annual activity that introduces business and business ethics to 75 high school juniors.  The funds for this event are raised with an annual golf tournament.
  • Burnett Bayland Outreach has delivered personal support and mentoring to at-risk children under the jurisdiction of the county. Started in 1919, it is the longest continuous service project of any Rotary worldwide.
  • Rotary House across from MD Anderson created as a culmination of a thirty year dream of our club. the successful fun raising reality of a $26 million fund raising reality is the largest project by a single Rotary club in history.

The club also works actively in many other areas including mentoring elementary school youth, giving assistance to ex-offenders, and international projects, including Polio Plus.

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:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
AND AS THE ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON SAYS
5. Will it be FUN!
Rotary Means Business-Contact our members
Accounting Services
Robby Pyke email
Bob Wells email
 
Digital Marketing
Charlie Ewing email 
 
Financial Management Solutions
Bob Seekely email
 
Mortgage - Residential and Commercial
Charles Dabney email

 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Ron Woliver
    April 1
  • Jim Freeze
    April 4
  • Mel Gross
    April 7
  • deForest Ralph
    April 11
  • Geovanny Ponce
    April 11
  • Sherry Menger
    April 20
  • Bob Seekely
    April 24
  • David Schwarz
    April 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Helaine Grogin
    April 1
  • Umme Hani
    April 1
  • Robbie Martin
    April 27
Anniversaries:
  • David Schwarz
    Evelyn Schwarz
    April 15
  • Chad Walters
    Lauren Walters
    April 30
  • Lauren Walters
    Chad Walters
    April 30
Join Date:
  • Ben Jackson
    April 1, 2019
    2 years
  • Dorothy Beeler
    April 1, 2003
    18 years
  • Jeff Rawson
    April 1, 2007
    14 years
  • Kyle Ariza
    April 1, 2004
    17 years
  • Mark Zimmerman
    April 5, 2016
    5 years
  • Ryan Lindsay
    April 7, 2015
    6 years
  • Bob Seekely
    April 12, 2017
    4 years
  • Huzaifa Sadiq
    April 12, 2017
    4 years
  • Annie Ducuron
    April 13, 2018
    3 years
  • Deanna Belford
    April 13, 2015
    6 years
  • Sam Parker
    April 20, 2016
    5 years
  • Brandon Cofield
    April 22, 2016
    5 years
  • David Schwarz
    April 25, 1973
    48 years
  • Phil Hampton
    April 25, 1973
    48 years
  • Ted Hirtz
    April 25, 1991
    30 years
Officers & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Treasurer Elect
Sergeant-at-Arms
Past President
Rotary Foundation Chair
Director 2018-2021
Director 2018-2021
Director 2019-2022
Director 2018-2021
Director 2018-2021
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director at Large
Club Administrator
Classification Committee
Burnett Bayland
Camp Enterprise
Fresh Start
Distinguished Citizen Award
Interact Rotaract
Interact Rotaract
International Service
Membership Chair
Programs
Public Image
Red Badge
Rotary 101
Veterans Chair
Youth and Education Co-Chair
Youth and Education Co-Chair
Executive Secretary / Director
International News

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