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Thursdays at 12:00 PM
3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046
United States of America
(713) 973-9936
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The BBRC Committee would like to provide an update on our success this fiscal year. We were able to deliver career training with Harris County Juvenile Detention Center (Downtown) and help connect students that are often overlooked to career possibilities. Our club sponsored an Introduction to the Metaverse class taught and led by Kai XR. Attached are some of the results from the program.
As a highlight, we were able to survey the students and captured the following results:
  • Seventy percent (70%) of students reported increased knowledge and interest in the Metaverse.
  •  Fifteen percent (15%) increase in the number of students interested in pursuing a career in VR technologies/Metaverse, etc. 
  • Thirty-four percent (34.2%) increase in the number of students interested in seeking out information about the Metaverse, 360° video and/or AR/VR/XR, careers, projects, equipment, or how they can incorporate the technologies into their everyday life. 
We are very excited to continue to partner with preparing our community youth for reaching their highest potential and plan to continue the Metaverse program in the fall.
In addition, our committee has been highlighted in the Houstonia this month. Thank you for your continued support for the oldest committee in Rotary. We continue to strive to serve youth above self. Special thanks to our committee members (Phil Hampton, Jim Behrmann, Joel Levine and Monique Johnson-Garner) and friend of Rotary, Valene Samuels.
Sincerely,Mercedes Harris
BBRC Chair
Who are we?      The Original Rotary Club of Houston founded in 1912
Is there an attendance requirement?     NO. While we always love to see members and guests, we have so many opportunities for participation outside our lunch meeting.
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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3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046

May 26, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Chris Hollins has shown what local government can achieve when new ideas and accountable leadership are met with real purpose.
Chris led the 2020 elections effort in Harris County as County Clerk and gained national acclaim for protecting and expanding voting rights for 2.5 million Houston-area voters during the most important election in our lifetime. His innovations – which included drive-thru voting, 24-hour voting, online mail ballot tracking, and tripling the number of early voting centers–led to eye-popping record voter turnout despite the ongoing global pandemic.

Chris developed a commitment to public service through the selfless example of his parents and their devotion for improving the lives of others. His father, George, served for 34 years in the Houston Police Department, and his mother, Christie, managed a career as an administrative assistant while raising Chris, his two sisters, and more than 20 young foster children. Chris has served as a mentor to youth for over 20 years and has been a Big Brother for over a decade.

Today, Chris serves as a volunteer member of the METRO Board of Directors, where he is helping to oversee METRO's $1.3 billion budget, shaping its $7 billion expansion plan, and leading its full transition to renewable fuels by 2030.
He is active in his church and civic club, and he serves on the boards of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and the East Downtown TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone).
3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046
June 2, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
We look forward to hosting the spouses of the Rotary International Board of Directors to this meeting. 
Bucky Ribbeck is a board certified pediatrician currently training as a fellow in sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital.  Bucky's introduction to the medical field was as a patient in 2009 when he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma (a rare type of bone cancer).  He was treated with chemotherapy at Texas Children's and with a surgery to remove the tumor at MD Anderson.  While he was a patient, Bucky was invited to be a Front Line Kid at the Rotary Lombardi Award, and he was further honored to have presented the award and spoken at following events.  He is a living and breathing example of the benefits of cancer research, and he hopes to be an example for how people can make the best out of any poor situation with which they are faced.  That is what has kept Bucky involved with volunteer organizations such as The Periwinkle Foundation, The Snowdrop Foundation, and The Rotary Club: all of which provide a great deal of hope and charity for those affected by cancer.

3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046

Thursday June 16, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM




Charles C. Foster is Chairman of Foster LLP, and has thirty plus years of experience representing and advising multi-national companies on U.S. immigration law.

Long recognized as a national expert in U.S. immigration law, Mr. Foster has served as senior policy advisor to both Presidents Bush and Obama during their Presidential campaigns and has testified before both the U.S. House and Senate Subcommittees on Immigration on a variety of occasions. Mr. Foster has led for a decade the Greater Houston Partnership Task Force on Immigration Reform. He is the founding Chair of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section. He also serves as Honorary Consul General for the Kingdom of Thailand, and has received several high Royal Decorations from His Majesty, King Bhumibol. Additional service activities include: Chairman of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Advisory Board; Chairman of U.S.-China Partnerships; KIND Houston Advisory Board and Chairman of Americans for Immigration Reform. Executive Committee Member of the Greater Houston Partnership; Member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Society Texas Center; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Houston Ballet, the Hobby Center for Public Policy, Barbara Bush’s Celebration of Reading and Invest in the USA (IIUSA).

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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?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
5. Will it be FUN!
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jim Behrmann
    May 4
  • Sherri Onyiego
    May 8
  • Tom Vann
    May 8
  • Lauren Walters
    May 15
  • Elena Contreras
    May 18
  • Monique Johnson-Garner
    May 19
  • Graham Sharp
    May 23
  • Jaci O'Neill
    May 27
  • Judy Lee Gardiner
    May 27
  • Chad Walters
    May 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Judy Wells
    May 11
  • Sherri Onyiego
    Leonid Onyiego
    May 18
  • Campbell Anderson
    Berkley Anderson
    May 19
  • Janice Weaver
    Alvin Weaver
    May 23
  • Thomas Mitchell
    Marcela Villar
    May 26
Join Date:
  • Joe Colangelo
    May 1, 1986
    36 years
  • Sally Andrews
    May 1, 1988
    34 years
  • Jim Adam
    May 19, 1995
    27 years
  • Mike Marvins
    May 21, 1987
    35 years
  • Shannon Hampton
    May 21, 2019
    3 years
  • Dan Clinton
    May 22, 1986
    36 years
  • Ron Woliver
    May 22, 1997
    25 years
  • Bill Sisson
    May 26, 1994
    28 years
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President Elect
Past President
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Rotary Foundation Chair
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2020-2023
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Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2021-2024
Director 2021-2024
Director 2021-2024
Director 2021-2024
Director 2021-2024
Director at Large
Director at Large
Club Administrator
Classification Committee
Burnett Bayland
Camp Enterprise
Distinguished Citizen Award
Fresh Start
Interact Rotaract
Interact Rotaract
International Service
Membership Chair
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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May 2022