Bob Ethington

Uptown Houston

Director of Research and Economic Development

What is on the horizon for Uptown Houston, or as we commonly say “The Galleria Area” and what is going on there with so much construction? Inquiring Minds want to know.


The Hess Club

February 21, 2019


It covers a vast area with Memorial Park, Galleria, and The Post Oak Boulevard project. and has experienced $3 billion worth of development. This unique urban environment blends international business professionals, fashionistas, city dwellers and tourists from around the globe.

Soaring business towers boasting more than 26 million square feet of commercial office space, and elegant high rise residences designed by renowned architects intermingle with high-end boutiques in a compact and accessible enclave, making for a setting that is nothing less than spectacular.

Each day, more than 200,000 people converge in Uptown Houston to work in prestigious office buildings, stay in more than 7,800 well-appointed hotel rooms, dine in magnificent restaurants and shop in acclaimed stores.

New green spaces and parks that enhance the area’s garden district feel are being created.  And everywhere…opportunity abounds. What is next on their horizon?


David Leebron

Rice University President

"Not Your Father's University; Rice at the Forefront of Education"


March 7, 2019


David W. Leebron, JD, has served as Rice University’s seventh president since 2004, a period of growth and transformation for the university. A native of Philadelphia, Leebron is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review. Following a judicial clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, he taught at the UCLA School of Law in 1980.  After two years in private practice, he joined the faculty at the NYU School of Law in 1983.  In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, where in 1996 he was appointed dean and served in that position until coming to Rice. He is a member of the political science faculty at Rice, and has written in the areas of international trade and investment, torts, privacy, corporate law and human rights.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Association of American UniversitiesCOFHE, and the IMAX Corporation.  He has also been awarded Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite by the government of France and the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel La Católica by the government of Spain.


Dr. Neil Frank

Former Director National Hurricane Center
Former Chief Meteorologist KHOU-TV Houston

March 14, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Frank was the Director of the National Hurricane Center for 13 years before he retired from the Federal Government in 1987 to accept the position of Chief Meteorologist at the CBS Television station in Houston Texas (KHOU-TV). In June 2008, Neil retired for the second time and is currently living in the Houston area.

Neil started out in life to have a career in sports.  In 1949, he enrolled at Southwestern College, Kansas, where he majored in science and played basketball and tennis for 4 years.  Upon graduation Neil found the Air Force was looking for science majors to enter their weather program and this was the beginning of his career in meteorology.

Leaving the Air Force in 1957, Neil decided to pursue a career in tropical meteorology.  He enrolled in the graduate school at Florida State University where he earned a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in meteorology. After graduation, Neil joined the National Hurricane Center in 1961.

During his retirement, Dr. Frank has become a manmade global warming “skeptic”. Skeptics are convinced meteorological data overwhelming show CO2 is not a major factor in the global temperature. 

Neil and his childhood sweetheart Velma are both committed Christians.  They were married in 1952.  They have three grown children, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Steve Vetrano - Avondale House

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director


Lunch with a Purpose at Avondale House

3737 Omeara Dr., Houston, TX 77025

The mission of Avondale House is to provide individuals with autism the resources, education and training to develop to their fullest potential.

  • Avondale House serves children ages 3-22, impaired by autism, in their school and provides support services to the child’s family and referring school district.
  • Avondale Residential Services are for adolescents and young adults in small group home settings and where they plan individualized programs for each resident.
  • Avondale House Day Habilitation Program provides full day program training in life skills and pre-vocational skills to young adults.
  • Community Education and Outreach Services responds to educational, informational and training needs of parents, families, educators, and other professionals.
Steve is well known to The Rotary Club of Houston. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast Region, since June 2009. Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Manhattan College in New York City and an MBA from Penn State University.
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. Effective 2/1/19: There will be a $10 charge if you do not register in advance.
$28 for all guests and visiting Rotarians who register in advance. 

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