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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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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
June 30, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
While Rotarians are committed to improving the lives of humans both globally and locally, some of our clubs in the U.S. are not growing in membership. Maintaining the status quo means future business leaders are missing an opportunity to serve their local communities through Rotary.

In our next meeting, sales trainer and author, Catherine Brown, will be sharing a strategy for communicating the value of Rotary membership to the next generation of Rotarians.
About our speaker:
Catherine Brown is a veteran of 25+ years of B2B (business-to-business) selling and recruiting. She runs the sales training firm, ExtraBold Sales, where she coaches others to sell with confidence. Her sales system includes psychology research that gets at the heart of why people don’t sell effectively. In her new book, How Good Humans Sell: The Proven Path to B2B Sales Success, she combines best sales practices with social psychology principles. The training can be used in combination with other programs to help people overcome the hesitation that keeps them from recruiting members, fundraising, and closing new business. You can learn more about Catherine on LinkedIn Here
On Thursday, July 7, 2022, Dr. Billy Cohn, MD, Vice President of Innovation for the world’s largest medical Company, Johnson & Johnson will speak on “IMAGINE PERSONIFIED REAL TIME” to start the exciting new year for the Rotary Club of Houston.   He is part of a group who developed a one moving part artificial heart constructed in the innovation lab on a 3-D Printer.     ( Note: This is one of those “not to miss” lectures).  Dr. Cohn is also a Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine having been trained by 3 RCoH DCA recipients, Drs. DeBakey, Cooley, & Mattox.
3755 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77046
William E. Cohn, MD

Dr. Cohn is a Vice President at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC) and the Executive Director for the Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center.  He is also a professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, the University of Houston and Texas A&M. Prior to joining JJMC, he served as Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation and Director of the renowned Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at the Texas Heart Institute.

Dr. Cohn has been deeply involved in developing the continuous-flow, totally implantable, artificial heart. In 2011, Dr. Cohn and Dr. O. H. Frazier successfully implanted the first pulseless total heart replacement device in a human patient. 
Dr. Cohn has been granted more than 90 US patents or patents pending. Since 2012, Dr. Cohn has served as the Chief Medical Officer and on the Board of Directors for BiVACOR and CSI Inc.
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
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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
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:
  • Mike Marvins
    June 1
  • Avalyn Langemeier
    June 4
  • Stephen Williams
    June 10
  • Larry Meeks
    June 17
  • Thomas McKee
    June 19
  • Jack Owen
    June 20
  • Ilhan Sener
    June 21
  • Sherry Snyder
    June 24
  • Joe Agris
    June 25
  • Michael Ragusa
    June 25
  • Edna Harding
    June 28
  • Joel Levine
    June 30
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Philip Belford
    June 10
  • Jeanne Zimmerman
    June 19
  • Q Sumrall
    Paris Sumrall
    June 9
  • Bob Seekely
    Gabrielle Seekely
    June 12
Join Date:
  • Bob Baker
    June 1, 1986
    36 years
  • Henry Brown
    June 1, 2003
    19 years
  • Isabel Denkler
    June 1, 2013
    9 years
  • Thomas Hunt
    June 1, 2003
    19 years
  • Tom Vann
    June 1, 2007
    15 years
  • Michael Ragusa
    June 15, 2000
    22 years
  • David Ahlquist
    June 16, 2016
    6 years
  • Graham Sharp
    June 17, 2004
    18 years
  • Fred Luening
    June 23, 1988
    34 years
  • David Persse
    June 25, 2020
    2 years
Officers & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Treasurer Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
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 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

The nonprofit Music Mends Minds, launched by Rotary member Carol Rosenstein, provides people with memory loss an opportunity to reconnect through song.

Join us to Imagine What’s Next at the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Australia

Rotary and ShelterBox renew global partnership

June 2022