Emerson Perin, MD, PhD
Medical Director of the Texas Heart Institute

"Cell Therapy in Cardiovascular Disease"

Thursday January 24, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Dr. Perin was recently appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as the new Medical Director of the Texas Heart Institute. He has provided leadership at the THI for over 25 years, most recently as Director of Clinical Research, and is an alumni of the THI Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship programs.

Since the foundation of the Stem Cell Center in 1998 THI has become recognized as the worldwide leader in clinical regenerative medicine for cardiovascular disease and under his leadership the first large phase 3 trial of cell therapy for heart failure is in its final stages of enrollment and will be completed in the upcoming months.

Dr. Perin is an interventional cardiologist in his private practice and has been continually ranked within the top 1% of all interventional cardiologists in the United States. He is the Director of Interventional Cardiology at BSLMC and Medical Director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at BSLMC.

2019 DCA Watch Raffle
Rotary Club of Houston invites you to participate in a raffle for this beautiful and versatile diamond Tudor watch valued at $4,000.00!  Raffle tickets are $100.00 each.  Winner will be announced at the 2019 DCA Gala on February 16, 2019.  Winner need not be present to win.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKET(S)
Rotary Club of Houston wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to

for their generous donation!  Find out about the Ben Bridge Difference at www.benbridge.com 

Martin Luther King. Jr. Day
Monday January 21, 2019
In tribute to MLK Day, please take a moment and watch the video taken at a previous RCH meeting of Rev. William A. Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.
March 28, 2019
Art Rascon, ABC Houston, has reported on wars and conflicts in Iraq, Israel, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and throughout the World. He has reported on a host of U.S. Presidential elections and 3 Papal elections from Rome. Rascon has covered terrorist’s attacks from New York City to major cities elsewhere and has reported on disasters, from hurricanes along the Gulf States to tsunamis in Asia, and earthquakes, being one of the first to report from Haiti. He has reported on numerous stories out of Central America on the flow of migrant children to the U.S and the deadly drug cartel violence and has produced and reported on several 30-min Special Reports and Documentaries on a variety of issues.
Previously, as a CBS NEWS Correspondent, Rascon covered such events as the Oklahoma City bombing, Haiti's civil unrest, Mexico's guerilla wars, Peru's hostage standoff; Cuba's downing of U.S. planes, TWA, Value-Jet, and other airline disasters. He also covered hurricanes throughout the Caribbean and reported from the heat of conflict in Central America, interviewing such tyrants as Manuel Noriega and Daniel Ortega. During his time at CBS he traveled extensively reporting on a host of domestic and international issues.
At KABC-TV in Los Angeles, he covered such notable stories as the O.J. Simpson case, the Rodney King beating trial, the subsequent Los Angeles riots, the Branch Davidian stand-off, the Menendez trial, as well as earthquakes, fires and floods.
Rascon has been nominated for 27 Emmy awards and has won 20. He is the recipient of more than three dozen other local reporting awards from press clubs in Houston, Los Angeles and Miami and a host of national awards, including two Edward R. Murrow awards, three National Association of Hispanic Journalists' awards, the International Rotary award for meritorious reporting, two National ‘Headliner’ Awards, the RTNDA Award for Continuing Coverage, a dozen Lone Star awards, and 18 Associated Press Reporting awards. Rascon has reported from more than 75 countries, five continents and nearly every State in the Union.
Rascon was once named by The National Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the '100 Most Influential Hispanics in America. A former board member of The Radio Television News Directors Association, former Vice-President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, former board member of Interfaith in The Woodlands, and Montgomery Co. Medical Clinic. Rascon is a current board member of YMCA International and former president of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals. He was once named Houston Father of the Year and has received Distinguished Alumni Honors from BYU-Idaho and BYU-Provo. He is also a noted motivational speaker.
Born in El Paso, Texas, and reared in Denver, Colorado, Rascon graduated from Brigham Young University. He also studied Spanish, Humanities, and European Politics/History in Madrid, Spain.  Rascon is happily married with 7 children.

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 at the county run resident.

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.



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:


  • FIRST - The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; 
  • SECOND - High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

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!


Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday.
$28 for all guests and visiting Rotarians who register in advance. $32 at the door.

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX  77056
United States of America

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