Janis Burke
CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority 
Janis Burke, CSEE has been the CEO of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority since 2006. She became the third chief executive and first woman to hold the position since the inception of the organization in 1997.  In addition to overseeing the billion dollars of bond debt service for Houston’s professional sports stadiums, under her leadership, Houston has been awarded major sporting events to include:  U.S. Olympic Trials, collegiate tournaments, numerous National and World Championships, AAU Junior Olympics, and the Transplant Games of America.   In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions, Janis has also been recognized locally by Conference USA and Rice University for her outstanding contributions and achievements as a woman in the Houston sports industry, identified by the Texas Executive Women’s Association as a “Woman on the Move,” and recently named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.”  

Camp Enterprise Golf Tournament

Join us at Wildcat Golf Club for lunch

Thursday, March 1, 2018


This registration for lunch is only for those not playing golf, but wish to support this event and attend a meeting  



To register for golf, please use the attached form.  






In 1986, the Rotary Club of Houston initiated Camp Enterprise as an introduction and practical experience for Houston area high school juniors to the free-enterprise economic system.  Students are recommended by their teachers, counselors and administrators based upon their scholastic excellence, extra-curricular involvement, and demonstrated leadership.  The Rotary Club of Houston evaluates the applicants and selects students to attend a 3-day experience of instruction, competition and teamwork.  Through interaction with business executives and entrepreneurs, participating students are introduced to the challenges and opportunities of the free-enterprise system. 


“The most important shot in golf is the next one.”                                
—Ben Hogan— 

Trish Morille

Co-Founder of "+Works" and Owner of Morille and Associates

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Trish Morille is an award-winning journalist and marketing communications consultant with more than two decades experience in media, public relations and marketing.  After a successful media career in print and broadcast journalism, Trish formed Morille & Associates and worked closely with a small client base focused largely on non-profit organizations.  Currently, she is the Executive Vice President of The Lester & Sue Smith Foundation, a private family foundation which has granted over $150 million to numerous non-profit organizations including Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Harris County Hospital District Foundation and Holocaust Museum Houston. 

In 2010, Sarah Fisher and Trish Morille co-founded  +Works, a Houston-based, grassroots, parent-driven non-profit organization that served as a catalyst for positive community change on bullying and other challenging issues facing children and families.  For more than seven years, Trish served +Works as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President on a 100% pro bono basis, with joy.  The organization was closed in 2017 and +Works continues to thrive on many of the 16 campuses that engaged in the community-impacting program.  Trish continues her advocacy of children, literacy and education through her service with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation where she serves on the Executive Committee of the Ladies for Literacy Guild.  Her vision to reach low-income, at risk children through the power of literacy resulted in the creation of Houston’s first super library on wheels, the Curiosity Cruiser which debuted in 2017.

Trish is a founding board member of Dress for Success Houston and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Houston chapter.  She is an active member of the Breast Center Advisory Council at Baylor and serves on the Advisory Boards of The Baylor Partnership, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Purple Songs Can Fly.  Trish has been married for nearly 30 years to Rock Morille, with whom she is raising two awesome young adults. 



David Balat 

"FreedomCare--A Free Market Solution to Healthcare"

March 15, 2018


David Balat, 45, was born and raised in Houston, to parents who moved to the United States from the suburbs of Jerusalem and Bethlehem in Israel. David’s father was born deaf and mute, and taught his son about adversity, and his mother taught him to have a strict work ethic. They promoted an English-only household, so David could have the best opportunity for success in their newly adopted country.

David’s father, although born with a disability, never accepted federal aid, believing in working for the things they had. He and his mother owned and operated their own business in the Garden Oaks area for nearly 40 years, passing that passion for success and conveying their entrepreneurial spirit to David.

Successful Businessman

David is a professional healthcare executive and former hospital CEO who specializes in finance and business development. At the age of 24 David got his start in the larger hospital systems out of a lifelong desire to help others. In just 2 years, David moved his way up to becoming an accomplished executive for a large group practice in the Texas Medical Center. David received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Houston, and his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake.

Turnaround Specialist

Yearning to be his own boss and wanting to create a profitable environment for businesses, he began his own consulting firm that specialized in turning around struggling health care organizations. David developed a reputation for rescuing troubled businesses and growing them into thriving, profitable organizations. As a result, David is responsible for turning around numerous companies and creating many jobs in the Houston area to include the communities of Kingwood, Humble and Spring.

Product of the American Dream

David is living proof that the American Dream can be gained through hard work, a great family, and Faith in God.

A long-standing member of his community, David continues to create jobs today. He is a resource in the healthcare industry and is considered a leading expert in his current role as President of the company where he works. He credits his success to his wife of over 20 years who has demonstrated great strength and continued faith in David’s dream to exercise his entrepreneurial passion.

Husband, Father, Conservative Christian

David met his wife Lauren at church in 1994, and they married 2 years later. Lauren is currently attending graduate school to become a Licensed Professional Counselor pursuing her desire to serve her community. David owes his life, his accomplishments, and his loving family to God’s faithfulness.

He and his family have attended church in the district for nearly 20 years and have actively participated in missions, committees, and teaching Sunday School.

Until the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused, the Balats lived in the Meyerland area with their two teenage children, Abbie and Joshua. In the wake of losing their home, they are seeking to relocate to a more permanent location, while in temporary housing. 

Ashley French

Chairman of Board of Directors for Honor Flight Houston

Ashley French

Chairman of the Board of Directors for Honor Flight Houston

March 29, 2018


Helping Veterans Visit Their Memorials - Time is of the Essence

Based on recent statistics, we are losing World War II Veterans at the rate of approximately 492 per day. This means there are approximately only 855,070 Veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II. Honor Flight Houston will continue to do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our Veterans and help our heroes travel absolutely FREE to visit their memorial.




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 Lombardi Award is presented annually to the Outstanding College Lineman of the Year. This is a fund-raising event benefiting cancer research.


  • 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?


Welcome! Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday to attend our weekly meeting.
$28 for all guests and visiting Rotarians who register in advance. $32 at the door. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Meeting: Noon to 1 p.m.

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