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Officers & Directors
President Elect
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Director 2018-2021
Director 2018-2021
Director 2019-2022
Director 2018-2021
Director 2018-2021
Director 2019-2022
Director 2019-2022
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director 2020-2023
Director at Large
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Classification Committee
Burnett Bayland
Camp Enterprise
Fresh Start
Distinguished Citizen Award
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
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Sally Andrews
    March 5
  • Ted Hirtz
    March 6
  • Charlie Ewing
    March 8
  • Rick Olsen
    March 8
  • Richard Meek
    March 9
  • Carl Allred
    March 11
  • David Eller
    March 13
  • Robert Eckels
    March 14
  • Welcome Wilson
    March 17
  • Joe Colangelo
    March 23
  • Mark Enis
    March 28
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Joni Kuriger
    March 21
  • Jane Lee
    March 30
  • Dennis Harding
    March 31
  • Dorothy Beeler
    Michael Ruehman
    March 1
  • Richard Meek
    Paige Meek
    March 9
  • Sharon Hemphill, JD, LL.M.
    Stephen King, Ph.D.
    March 12
  • Robby Pyke
    March 17
  • Paul French
    March 23
Join Date:
  • Deborah Falknor
    March 1, 2000
    21 years
  • Stephen Williams
    March 1, 2005
    16 years
  • Elizabeth Jackson
    March 4, 2019
    2 years
  • Jack Owen
    March 5, 1987
    34 years
  • Thomas Mitchell
    March 14, 2018
    3 years
  • Ian Hirtz
    March 15, 2017
    4 years
  • Dave Belding
    March 20, 1997
    24 years
  • Richard Meek
    March 21, 1991
    30 years
  • Syed Ahmed
    March 23, 1989
    32 years
  • Stephen Cooney
    March 24, 2015
    6 years
  • Charles Foster
    March 27, 1986
    35 years
Who are we?      The Original Rotary Club of Houston founded in 1912
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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Richard S. Lawrence
District 7890 - Chair

Thursday March 18, 2021
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Rick received Bachelor of Building Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  He was a practicing architect in Manchester, CT for 46 years until his retirement in 2015 when he and Elin made Ft. Lauderdale their residence and began spending summers in Rhode Island.

He joined the Manchester, CT Rotary Club in 1978 and in 2000 received the first of six Paul Harris Fellow awards.  For the past six years he has served as District 7890 Chair for Water & Sanitation Projects. In 2014 Rotary International presented him with the “Service Above Self” Award – Rotary’s highest honor and awarded annually to a maximum of 150 individuals throughout the world.


While vacationing in Guatemala in 2006 Rick attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of La Antigua, Guatemala, making the initial connections that resulted in twenty-five sustainable clean water and sanitation projects completed from 2007 through 2020.  His presentation today describes the efforts to fund another two villages in Rotary years 2019-2021 utilizing the ninth and tenth Global Grants.

David J. Firestein
President and CEO, George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations
Thursday April 22, 2021
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M
David J. Firestein is the inaugural president and CEO of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations (Bush China Foundation) and a founding and current member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the Bush China Foundation, Firestein was the founding executive director of The University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) China Public Policy Center (CPPC) and a clinical professor at UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Before moving to UT, Firestein served as senior vice president and Perot Fellow at the New York City-based EastWest Institute (EWI), where he led the Institute’s track 2 diplomacy work in the areas of U.S.-China relations, East Asian security and U.S.-Russia relations; Firestein, who held EWI’s lone endowed chair, remains one of the longest-serving senior executives in EWI history.
A decorated career U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010, Firestein specialized primarily in U.S.-China relations. Among the honors Firestein garnered during his diplomatic career were the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach (2006) and the Linguist of the Year Award (1997). Toward the end of his State Department career, Firestein served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the union and professional association of the United States Foreign Service; in this capacity, he represented and worked to advance the interests of several thousand State Department constituents. He also served as the elected president of the large community associations of the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Moscow.
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Sherri D. Onyiego MD, PhD, Director, Nutrition & Chronic Disease Prevention, Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division
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David S. Wolff
2020 Distinguished Citizen Award

What is DCA 2020

Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is presented annually to someone in Houston who exhibits high ideals, leadership and philanthropy. The funds raised support our on-going service activities. This year we are honored to present the Distinguished Citizen Award to David S. Wolff for his service to the growth and development of Houston.
Since it was first presented in 1962, the Rotary Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award has gone to an impressive array of individual Houstonians and Houston institutions. The Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is the Rotary Club of Houston’s major fundraiser for its many community service projects.
Meet Our Honoree

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!

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