We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046
United States of America
(713) 973-9936
Register by 5:00 PM: Tuesday pay $30.00; Wednesday pay $35.00: Thursday $40.00
Upcoming Events
Weekly Events
Join us prior to meetings at 11:30 a.m.
For our in person and virtual Meet and Greet.
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
August 18, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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.


3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046

August 25, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM





Dedicated to helping his clients realize financial independence, David offers comprehensive, sophisticated guidance aimed at demystifying the complexities of the financial world. He understands the hard work clients put into cultivating their wealth, and not only works to preserve the fruits of their labor, but also helps them address the important questions of legacy planning.

From helping clients pursue their philanthropic aspirations, to establishing strategies that help ensure their loved ones are taken care of, David is proud to assist his clients with all of the essential matters money touches. At the end of each day, David sees his job as a catalyst for doing good, and even has specialized experience serving the philanthropic community. When it comes to describing his practice, David closely relates to the book “The Go-Giver,” by Bob Burg and John David Mann. “A good friend introduced me to this book and it validated the way I’ve been running my business for years. It describes almost exactly how our practice is run, particularly when it comes to their Five Laws of Stratospheric Success,” he says.

3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046

September 1, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark Illian is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Texas A&M University. He is a father of two wonderful people, a global citizen, and founder of the nonprofit Nature Healing Nature whose mission is to eliminate water related illness on Earth by empowering remote, disadvantaged, villagers to embrace water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions using only materials and skills that they already have available. He is and has co-created lasting WASH solutions in Togo, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Haiti, Nicaragua, Cambodia and Peru.  
His engineering work embraces complex process control solutions with emphasis on combustion systems in power, petrochemical, and heavy industries. He is also a Program Manager, Project Team Lead, and Team Mentor of several Engineers Without Borders projects in the world.

3755 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046

October 13, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM




Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University

Dr. Stephen Klineberg has been shaping local thought on the ongoing trends in Houston for almost forty years. As the director of the annual “Kinder Houston Area Survey” (1982-2020), he has tracked the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, life experiences, and beliefs of area residents through 39 years of remarkable change. His book exploring the national implications of the first 38 years of this research, entitled Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America, was published in June 2020 by Simon & Schuster. Klineberg is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards at Rice and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond. He is a graduate of Haverford College, with an MA from the University of Paris, and a PhD from Harvard. He and his wife Margaret have lived in Houston since the early 1970s; they have two children and five grandchildren.

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
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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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!
Rotary Means Business-Contact our members
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Robby Pyke email
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Avalyn Langemeier email  
Digital Marketing
Charlie Ewing email 
Financial Management Solutions
Bob Seekely email
Mortgage - Residential and Commercial
Charles Dabney email

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Charles Foster
    August 1
  • Ann Miller
    August 3
  • Charles Dabney
    August 3
  • Jasmine Hutto
    August 3
  • Lance Kimmons
    August 6
  • Jesus Amezcua
    August 15
  • Valene Samuels
    August 17
  • Grant Watkins
    August 22
  • Maynard Daffin
    August 26
  • Kathy Fenninger
    August 28
  • Giorgio Riccio
    August 30
  • Sam Parker
    August 31
  • Stephen Cooney
    August 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Evelyn Schwarz
    August 5
  • Amy Enis
    August 15
  • Sam Sharp
    August 22
  • Paris Sumrall
    August 24
  • Richard Kuriger
    Joni Kuriger
    August 2
  • Demir Karsan
    Gulgun Karsan
    August 6
  • Mark Enis
    Amy Enis
    August 11
  • Hussain Ali
    Zahra Ali
    August 17
Join Date:
  • Sherry Snyder
    August 1, 1993
    29 years
  • Thomas McKee
    August 2, 2021
    1 year
  • SuZanne Kelley
    August 6, 2021
    1 year
  • John Brentin
    August 15, 1985
    37 years
  • Reed Lackey
    August 17, 2020
    2 years
  • Nathan Allen
    August 19, 2015
    7 years
  • Gary Tolbert
    August 26, 1982
    40 years
Officers & Directors
President Elect
Treasurer Elect
Past President
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2021-2024
Director 2021-2024
Director 2021-2024
Director 2021-2024
Director 2022-2025
Director 2022-2025
Director 2022-2025
Director 2022-2025
Director 2022-2025
Director at Large
Club Administrator
Classification Committee
Burnett Bayland
Camp Enterprise
Distinguished Citizen Award
Fresh Start
International Service
Membership Chair
Public Image
Red Badge
Rotary 101
Veterans Chair
Youth and Education Co-Chair
Youth and Education Co-Chair
International News

Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International

Programs of Scale grant-winner Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria helps families by focusing on the fundamental needs of women

Organized around several hubs, the tour started on 17 June to draw attention to the positive impact that clubs have in their communities.

August 2022