Salute to Veterans 2018-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Ann Johnson - Human Trafficking in Houston 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Carmen Cuneo

District Governor

District 5890

November 15, 2018

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Each year the District 5890 Governor visits each club to provide updates on Rotary International and information about District activities. This is an opportunity to speak directly with District leader. Please join us.

 

Carmen is a member of the Rotary Club of the University Area – Houston; Prior District positions include 2 years as District Secretary, 2 years as District Treasurer, 3 years as Youth Exchange Treasurer, 1 year as Assistant Governor.

Carmen is a Major Donor and has traveled with Rotary for a National Immunization Day to India and to Nicaragua Children of the Dump Project. She led an Inbound and Outbound Friendship Exchange with Russia in 2015 and 2016 respectively and will serve as Chair of the US Section of the Russia United States Intercountry Committee 2019-2020.

Carmen has a 23-year career in construction that has seen her travel to Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. During her construction career, Carmen worked as a Laborer, became a Master Electrician, and later served as a Project Manager on major construction projects including a strategic alliance for telecommunications facilities, a joint venture for a hotel reconstruction, and new construction for hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

In 2014, Carmen was licensed as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently works in private practice. Her accounting firm name is The Cuneo Firm of Public Accountancy.

Carmen has two daughters and seven grandchildren. She is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Carmen enjoys gardening, bike riding, bird watching, photography, and Astros Baseball.

DG Carmen Cuneo KMF 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Charles Foster with an Immigration Update 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

 

Multi-billion expansion to the Northeast Water Purification Plant expansion will help provide sustainable surface water to the region

October 18, 2018

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Marcel Khouw

Marcel Khouw is a Sr. Project Manager in the Public Works Department at IDS Engineering Group. He is a geological engineering graduate of Washington State University and a licensed professional civil engineer in the State of Texas and the State of Hawaii.

Marcel’s career has focused on the planning, engineering, construction and maintenance of public works utilities in the Houston region. He has worked on projects for municipal utility districts in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Brazoria counties as well as the cities of Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland, Galveston and Pasadena. Marcel also serves as the engineer for the Central Harris County Regional Water Authority and the North Channel Water Authority, where he has managed the implementation of the Groundwater Reduction Plan and the conversion to surface water

Marcel Khouw is the engineer for the Central Harris County Regional Water Authority. I am one of the founding Directors for that Authority.  Paul is with Carollo Engineers. Carollo is the coordinating Engineers for the whole project. The CHCRWA is one of the partners in the project. Here is a link to an article that was in the Chronicle on Friday the 14th.

 Paul Walker

Paul Walker is a Senior Vice President at Carollo Engineers, Inc. He has a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in limnology. He has worked on water projects though out the United States for over 25 years serving a variety of municipal, agency, and private sector clients. He is currently serving as the Senior Advisor to the City of Houston on the Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion.

 

For further information, see the recent Houston Chronicle article "Water officials designing, building multi-billion water purification plant near Summerwood."

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/atascocita/news/article/Water-officials-designing-multi-billion-water-13230427.php

Multi-billion water purification project 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON FOUNDED IN 1912 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Two Managing Directors. Two Theatres. Two Stories.

Together in one catastrophic event.

Houston Strong and Resilient

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

HESS Club

5430 Westheimer Ct.

Houston, TX 77056

 

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DEAN R. GLADDEN

Alley Theatre, Managing Director

Dean Gladden is in his twelfth season with the Alley Theatre where he is responsible for the administrative, financial, marketing, facilities and development aspects of the Theatre. His career in the performing arts spans over 35 years. Prior to joining the Alley, he was Managing Director at The Cleveland Play House for 19 years. During his career, he has overseen the production of over 230 plays, including more than 70 world and American premieres. Mr. Gladden holds a BA in Music from Miami University and a MA in Urban Arts Administration from Drexel University. He also graduated from the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He currently is Chairman of the Board for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Treasurer of the Board of the Theater District Houston, and an American Leadership Forum Fellow. He was past president of The Rotary Club of Cleveland. He has served on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres and was Vice President of the National Corporate Theatre Fund. He has presented at the Santiago a Mil Festival in Chile, and also conducted Arts Management workshops in Budapest, Hungary, under the sponsorship of The United States Information Agency.

PERRYN LEECH

HGO Managing Director

Sarah and Ernest Butler Chair

Perryn Leech, born in Brighton, England, joined Houston Grand Opera as technical and production director in the 2006–07 season. He became chief operating officer in August 2010, and in May 2011 was appointed the company’s managing director, overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations—including finding and realizing new venues in the event of flooding! He joined Houston Grand Opera after five years at Welsh National Opera (WNO) as technical director, and four years as the production manager at English National Opera. He had an extensive freelance career that included serving as the head of lighting at the Edinburgh International Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious arts festivals in the world. In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on his Quality of Life Transition Committee. He is chairman of the board for Theater District Houston and serves as a board member of Houston Grand Opera, Central Houston, and Opera America. In addition, he is a board member and treasurer of the Houston Arts Combined Endowment Foundation and board member and secretary of the Wortham Center Operating Company. He is married to author Caroline Leech and is proud father to three children, Jemma, Kirsty, and Rory.

Two Managing Directors. Two Theatres. Two Stories. KMF 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
"Lunch with a Purpose”
Notes of Encouragement
 
Star of Hope Mission
Women & Family Development Center
2575 Reed Rd.
Houston, TX 77051
 
 
August 30, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
 
 
 
Join Members of The Rotary Club of Houston
as we give of our time at
Star of Hope Mission.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests are welcome.
Box lunch will be served.
Lunch with a Purpose - August 30, 2018 KMF 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Col Gary Jones Commander 147th Air Attack Wing
 
August 23, 2018
 
 
 
Whether it is protecting the shores of the United States from enemy attack, or carrying the Stars and Stripes into combat, Houston's famed 147th Attack Wing has consistently performed its duties in a typical outstanding manner. The officers and enlisted assigned to the unit are justifiably proud of their membership and point to a long and colorful history to back that claim.
 
Col Gary D. Jones is the Commander, 147th Attack Wing, Texas Air National Guard, Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, Texas. He is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining combat ready forces for rapid deployment and employment on wartime missions for 1,085 guardsmen in support of Joint Terminal Attack, MQ-1B Predator, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Expeditionary Combat Support missions.

Col Jones received his commission in the Air Force through Officer Training School after graduating from Louisiana Technical University in 1995. He completed Undergraduate Navigator Training and Electronic Warfare Officer Training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. in 1996, and was assigned to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as an RC-135V/W Rivot Joint EWO. In 2000, he was selected to join Detachment 2, 645th Material Squadron, as a Program Engineer in Greenville, Texas, where he directed depot-level maintenance, emergency aircraft repairs, and field modifications for the RC-135 fleet. He also completed a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma while stationed in Greenville. In 2004, he served as a Reconnaissance Functional Manager at Headquarters, Air Combat Command (ACC) at Langley AFB, Va. While at ACC, he developed policies, plans, and doctrine to organize, train, and equip Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance airborne platforms. In 2006, he was assigned to the Pentagon as the Big Safari Program Element Monitor where he managed 28 Air Force programs and projects. Col Jones left active duty in 2007 and joined the Texas Air National Guard as a MQ-1 Predator pilot at the 147th Reconnaissance Wing. Since then, he has held various positions to include Chief of Training for the 111th Reconnaissance Squadron, Chief of Wing Plans, Assistant Director of Operations, Director of Operations, and Commander for the 147th Operations Support Squadron. In addition, Col Jones is a Master Navigator/EWO and has combat time in The Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Prior to his current position, Col Jones was the Vice Wing Commander, 147th Reconnaissance Wing, Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, Texas.
Col Jones Commander 147th Air Attack Wing - August 23, 2018 KMF 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Steven R. Hill

S.R. Hill and Associates International, Inc
 
August 16. 2019
 
Floating Production Storage and Offloading FPSO
...the floating solution to quick oil production offshore in remote areas
 
Steven (Steve) R. Hill was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  The son of an Air Force colonel stationed abroad, he soon moved to Europe where he received his primary and secondary education.  Steve returned to the United States to attend Brown University on a military ROTC scholarship, then graduated from Bryant University with a BS in Economics in 1971 and obtained an MBA from Boston University in 1973.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers of the Society of Petroleum Engineers AIME of SPE.  Steve served in the Air Force on active duty from 1973 to 1977 and in the Air Force Reserves as an C 130 and F16 pilot until his final discharge in 2001.  He speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.
 
With over thirty year's professional experience in the oil and gas business, mostly in South America, Mid- East, Pacific Rim and West Africa, Steve has worked for such esteemed companies as Husky Oil-Canada, EXXONMobil, SOHIO, Ocean Energy, Vetco Offshore, Global Marine, Santa Fe Engineers and Constructors, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB),Odebrecht ,Petro Marine, Halliburton, Groupa ICA, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Irving Shipbuilding and provided Business Development support services to 44 other  energy related, shipbuilding and related power development companies over the past 30 years. .
 
Since 1980, Steve has owned and operated his own small “Engineering and Consulting” firm, “S.R. Hill and Associates International, Inc.” (HAI) which was named one of "Houston's fastest growing small firms” in 1987.  Through this entity, he offers his expertise to corporations and international oil service companies and public utilities, consulting primarily regarding the commercial development of gas to power projects costing over 100 million USD which involve multiple external partners delivering oil, gas and power through “turn-key” facilities.
 
From 1990 to 1999, Steve served as the Vice President of Major Projects for ABB's Oil, Gas and Power sectors.  Residing in West Africa, he had the responsibility for oil, gas, and power projects known as "Wellhead to Wire line" on a “Turn Key” EPIC approach for the African continent.
Upon returning from Africa, Steve served two years as a Vice President of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. with direct responsibilities for advising Hyundai's Senior Executives with EPIC strategies in the area of Deep Water SPAR/TLP/FPSO and onshore power and process projects primarily in West Africa with major Houston-based oil companies.  In that role, he assisted with client interfaces and communication along with the support of contract negotiations.  While with Hyundai, Steve contributed in the closing of over two billion USD in Deep Water EPIC contracts with Houston-based clients during 2001 – 2003. Hired by EXXON in 2003 he lived and worked in Shakalin Russia and contributed to drilling 60 six mile horizontal wells to produce the Orlin Development. In 2005 and thru 2011, Steve served as Chief Operating Officer of Oceanic Consultants, leading a team that managed the delivery of a Sub Sea and FPSO project in partnership with ENI of Italy to EPIC an FPSO (floating, production, storage and offloading) vessel for the $600 million “Oyo” development, offshore Nigeria, with First Oil on 5 December 2009, setting an Industry record of 22 months from project sanction to ‘first oil’.2010.  Joined Wild Well Control in 2011 and supported their Well Intervention group in Africa.
Today, Steve serves companies as an ADVISOR or MENTOR in the area putting large complex projects back on plan profitability, improving the client relationship and using his vast networks of professional friends and past clients, that admire his shills and abilities, to secure new business for his current clients.
 
Steve served on the board of Millennium Ventures, LLC (Houston's 12th largest venture capital company) in 2002, and has invested in various movie productions in the state of Texas, is a current member of the National Association of Eagle Scouts, along with the Houston Petroleum Club.  He is currently a Certified Facilitator and active member of the Project Management Institute PMI in Houston holding a PMP certification.
Design & Construction of FPSO at Sea. August 16, 2018 KMF 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
RAFFLE TICKETS 2018-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Stephen Klineberg

Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University
 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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Dr. Stephen Klineberg has been shaping local thought on the ongoing changes in the Houston metropolitan region for almost 40 years. Through his work on the “Kinder Houston Area Survey,” now in its 38th year, he has tracked the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, experiences and beliefs of local residents. Under contract with Simon & Schuster, his book, “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America” will be released in 2019. Dr. Klineberg is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond. He is a graduate of Haverford College, the University of Paris and Harvard University. He and his wife Margaret have called Houston home since the early 1970s; they have two children and five grandchildren.

Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America. September 20 KMF 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Lisa Spence
Flight Analogs Project Manager
 
September 6, 2018
 
NASA Johnson Space Center
“Flying” to Mars….a Space Mission Without Leaving Earth
 
Spaceflight analogs and the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)
 
 
Lisa Spence is the Deputy Element Manager for Flight Analogs with NASA’s Human Research Program at the Johnson Space Center, providing project leadership and management for human research conducted in a variety of spaceflight analog facilities. In this capacity, she manages the conduct of simulated missions in the Human Exploration Research Analog at the Johnson Space Center, for bed rest studies at a facility in Cologne, Germany, for long duration isolation simulations at a facility in Moscow, Russia, and for NASA human research conducted in the National Science Foundation stations in Antarctica.  She began her NASA career as a Space Shuttle instructor, training astronauts and ground personnel in the operations of shuttle systems.  Subsequent assignments have included developing training systems, simulators, and curriculum for the International Space Station Program; serving as science program training coordinator for the Shuttle-Mir program in Star City, Russia; international liaison to the Japanese Space Agency, Russian Space Agency, and Italian Space agency for training development; integration engineer for EVA training and development at the Neutral Buoyancy lab; and systems and operations integration engineer in the Constellation Program.  She received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University, holds Master’s degrees in Computer Systems Design, Public Administration, Biological Sciences, and Communication and Leadership; she is a PhD Candidate in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.
 
Mars - Nasa Style - September 6, 2018 KMF 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Steven R. Ward, PE
Principal in Charge
Formed Ward, Getz & Associates, LLP
August 2, 2018
 
Floodplain regulations impact on development in the City of Houston and unincorporated Harris County.
 Changing rainfall data being published by NOAA and NWS and how that will change our FEMA Floodplain Maps.
 
 
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
 
 
Steven Ward began his career while still attending college at Texas A&M University. After graduating and having worked for two of the top engineering companies in the country, Steven and partner Ryan Getz set out on their own to form Ward, Getz & Associates, LLP. In 11 years, WGA has built an impressive portfolio with projects across the United States.
 
With over 19 years of land development experience, Steven has worked on a wide range of project types, sizes, and locations. This extensive project knowledge gives him the ability to effectively assess the specific needs of each unique project in order to deliver the highest quality of work and client satisfaction.
 
 
 
Floodplains Regulations and Development. August 2, 2018 KMF 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

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August 6, 2018

11:30 - 1:00

McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant located in Uptown Park.

 

You do not need to be a member of the Rotary Club of Houston to attend, and please feel free to invite your colleagues!

 

 

The purpose of our Power Networking Lunch is to:

  • Network with the Houston business community
  • Promote business in the group
  • Learn from Industry experts
  • Learn how to speak in public
  • Perfect your “elevator” pitch
  • Meet new friends
  • HAVE FUN

 

The cost is $25.00 for Rotarians and $30.00 Non-Rotarians, and includes tax and tip for a wonderful three course lunch. To register see events on right side of this page and click either Rotarian or Non Rotarian

 

 

We have a very special guest scheduled for this luncheon.  We are extremely excited to have Gayle Sutton, Certified Franchise Planner, of Right Franchising, LLC. present.  If you have ever thought about owning a franchise, or have wondered about the benefits of franchising, than this is an event not to be missed!

 

Right Franchising puts people together with franchise opportunities with strong profit margins. Right Franchising finds affordable franchises that match the client’s skill set, financial range and passion. Then, we help our clients with tools and inside information to evaluate the franchise long before they buy. 

 

Right Franchising helps our clients avoid costly mistakes by determining their compatibility with a franchise through a free assessment.  The assessment aligns your goals and skill set with the right franchise.

 

We provide peace of mind, helping clients make an informed decision. 

We have a very special guest scheduled for this luncheon.  We are extremely excited to have Gayle Sutton, Certified Franchise Planner, of Right Franchising, LLC. present.  If you have ever thought about owning a franchise, or have wondered about the benefits of franchising, than this is an event not to be missed!

 

Right Franchising puts people together with franchise opportunities with strong profit margins. Right Franchising finds affordable franchises that match the client’s skill set, financial range and passion. Then, we help our clients with tools and inside information to evaluate the franchise long before they buy. 

 

Right Franchising helps our clients avoid costly mistakes by determining their compatibility with a franchise through a free assessment.  The assessment aligns your goals and skill set with the right franchise.

 

We provide peace of mind, helping clients make an informed decision. 

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Chief Art Acevedo

Houston Police Department

August 9, 2018

How Safe are we? Do we have enough Police Officers? How much do you know about Safety and Security in Houston?

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Art Acevedo was sworn-in as Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) on November 30, 2016. He leads a department of 5,200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,200 civilian support personnel with an annual general fund budget of $825 million in the fourth largest city in the United States.

Chief Acevedo believes good communication is vital for a successful community and steadily works to strengthen the bond between the community and its police department.  A proponent of community policing, he refers to the proven practice as “Relational Policing,” an opportunity to forge a relationship with each citizen an officer comes in contact with. 

The first Hispanic to lead the HPD, Acevedo brings a unique understanding to the concerns of the diverse communities in the City of Houston.  Born in Cuba, he was 4 years old when he migrated to the United States with his family in 1968.  Acevedo grew up in California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California.  Acevedo began his law enforcement career in 1986 as field patrol officer in East Los Angeles with the California Highway Patrol.  He rose through the ranks and was named Chief of the California Highway Patrol in 2005.  Acevedo most recently served nine years as Chief of the Austin Police Department.

Chief Acevedo holds various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is married to Tanya Born Acevedo and is the father of Melissa, Matthew and Jake.

Ask HPD Chief Acevedo - August 9, 2018 KMF 2018-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Lawrence Dean

Metrostudy | Housing Starts Here

Regional Director

July 26, 2018

What is Houston’s economic future?

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HESS Club

5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

Lawrence Dean is Metrostudy’s Regional Director – Houston. Prior to becoming the Houston Regional Director, Mr. Dean lead a team in Metrostudy’s consulting business advising diverse clients, including builders, developers, and investors, on specific sites and potential development programs. He brings abundant experience to this role, having fifteen years of experience in the housing development industry in the Houston area. Mr. Dean has held management roles in land acquisition and development for some of the region’s largest builders including Ryland, KB Home, and D.R. Horton. In the real estate consulting arena, he was also Vice President of a local boutique consulting firm. Mr. Dean holds a Masters of Science in Land Development as well as a second Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from Texas A&M. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Houston.

Metrostudy
 
Metrostudy covers all of Houston: a total of 8 counties. Their survey team drives nearly 12,000 miles and over 2,800 subdivisions every 90 days to provide you with the valuable information you need on future lots, vacant developed lots, homes under construction, and homes that have been completed. Every quarter, Metrostudy also surveys all of the condominium projects in Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties.
 
 
What is Houston's economic future? July 26, 2018 KMF 2018-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

 

Wayne R. Beaumier Sr.

Chairman of the Board

Disaster Aid USA – Global Emergency Relief

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR HOUSE IS RUIINED, YOU HAVE NO INSURANCE AND NO IDEA WHAT TO DO NEXT?

HOW ROTARIANS PROVIDE SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

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July 19, 2018

HESS Club

5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

 

Wayne R. Beaumier Sr. is the Chairman of the Board of DAUSA. Past President of two Clubs in Rotary District 5890, Presidential Citation Award winner. He has served 4 times as Assistant Governor, currently serving his third term as District Disaster Chair. Distinguished Service and Community Service Award winner. Club and District 5890 Rotarian of the year.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, Level 2 Bequest Member, Polio Plus Society Member.

IFSR- International Federation of Scouting Rotarians, Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fellowship, Lifetime Member of each.

Disaster Network of Assistance-Rotary Action Group and Water-And- Satiation Rotary Action Group Member DAUSA is an active member of VOAD- Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters, Gulf Coast Chapter.

Wayne is one of the Ambassadors for the Houston, Texas area. As Zone 21b Chairman is in charge of developing 8 Rotary Districts strike teams. Currently the zone has 4 Domestic response trailers and one commercial drying trailer to assist the public in case of natural or man- made disasters. He has been deployed out of the country four times and has logged over 5,000 volunteer hours. “Wherever” and “whenever” he is needed he response.

Wayne was promoted to Chairman of the Board January 2018 and will continue his zone role as well as helping developed domestic response unit members and international DARTS. (Disaster Aid Response Team) He is employed by Standard Safety Equipment Company a USA based manufacture of high end reusable chemical fabrics and chemical clothing. His focus is on refineries and chemical companies that use Sulfuric or Hydrofluoric acid. He has worked there for more than 25 years and mixes Rotary with his work responsibilities as Vice President of Sales and handles all aspects of the company’s distribution networks worldwide. Standard Safety also manufactures Germ Free Chambers that are used in laboratories and universities for research.

Disaster Aid USA-July 19, 2018 KMF 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Hon. John Whitmire - Texas Senator 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
Officers and Directors 2018-2019
 
President: Larry Meeks
President-Elect: Kathy Fenninger
Secretary: Jill Mazur
Treasurer: Bob Wells
Treasurer-Elect: Bob Seekely
Sergeant-at-Arms: Jim Behrmann
Past-President: Rick Olsen
 
Directors 2016-2019
Dr. Joe Agris
Clint Roberts
Jill Mazur
Warren Wenner
 
Directors 2017-2020
Mark Petties
Robert Eckels
Graham Sharp
Stephen Cooney
 
Directors 2018-2019
Richard Meek
Monique Johnson-Garner
Clint Laechelin
Mercedes Harris
Nicholas Hosn
 
Director at Large 2018-2019
Dorothy Beeler
ROTARY BEGINS A NEW YEAR JULY 1st KMF 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Hon. Ed Emmett - Harris County Judge 2018-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
108th Rotary Club of Houston Installation of Officers and Directors KMF 2018-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Loves Kids Rick Olsen 2018-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Sonya Reed - Phillips 66 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Hope Northrup, M.D. - Medical Geneticist 2018-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Congressman John Culberson 2018-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Joseph Agris, M.D. - Author 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Author William Boyce
“Miss Fortune’s Last Mission”
HESS Club
April 19, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
 
“William J. Boyce lives in Houston, where he practiced law for 18 years before becoming a justice on the state court of appeals.  He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and from Northwestern University School of Law.  Before attending law school, he worked for newspapers in Illinois and Oregon.  He is married to Maria Wyckoff Boyce and is the proud father of daughters Emily and Julia.”
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Unable to make the District Conference?
Join the Rotary Club of Houston
in Honoring Donna and Tony Vallone at the
2018 Distinguished Citizen Award Gala
April 28th, 2018
at the Royal Sonesta Houston
 
Master of Ceremonies: Art Rascon with ABC13
Entertainment by: The Royal Dukes Band
 
Win an extravagant wine basket or dinner for six at Tony's in our event raffle!
 
SPECIAL PRICE FOR ROTARIANS ONLY: $400 PER COUPLE. LIMITED TIME ONLY

Donna and Tony Vallone, of nationally renowned and beloved Tony’s, Tony’s Catering, Ciao Bello and Vallone’s, have been serving the public for more than 50 years. The Vallones have earned a flawless reputation for exceptional food and hospitality, excellent wine and impeccable service, and continuous, creative, changing menus.  Their restaurants have served eight US presidents, numerous foreign presidents, and notable dignitaries from around the world.  Tony was the first Texan inducted into the National Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 1982 and the first American-born board member of the famed Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani of Italy.  He is a past member of the Nation’s Restaurant News “Hall of Fame” and was elected to the Culinary “Who’s Who of Texas.” In addition, Tony is the author of the critically acclaimed tony’s…the cookbook and is currently working on his second book. He has appeared on many national and local television programs.
 

In addition to the culinary contributions, both Donna and Tony donate their time and talents to numerous local and national causes.  They both proudly sit as board members of various organizations, including those in the medical field and fine arts in our Houston community.
 

“Attention to detail” is the common denominator of the Vallone restaurants.  Tony’s entire staff is privy to his favorite motto, “You’re only as good as your last meal.”

 
 
 
Distinguished Citizen Award 2018 KMF 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Camp Enterprise April 5-7, 2019 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Houston 31st Annual Camp Enterprise 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Michael Sklar

Accelerated Strategy Committee Chair

Houston Exponential

March 22, 2018

 

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Michael is a serial tech entrepreneur and startup investor. He was most recently the Managing Director at Station Houston, the leading tech hub in Houston with over 175 member companies and 150 mentors. While at Station he led the mentor and corporate innovation program that worked with Houston Fortune 1000 innovation offices. Prior to Station, he was recruited by Mercury Fund to become the CEO of a German-based software company and relocated them to Houston for market and capital access. Michael’s corporate experience came after selling his company to VMware where he was on the sales and alliances leadership teams as the company grew from $400 million to $2B. He started his career in as a salesperson in Asia. Michael has an MBA in entrepreneurship from The University of Texas McCombs school of business and a liberal arts degree from Haverford College. Michael has traveled to over 80 countries and kitesurfs in his free time when not spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Michael Sklar-March 22, 2018 KMF 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

 

Ashley French

Executive Director, Honor Flight Houston

March 29, 2018

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Ashley was raised in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2006.  

After graduation she worked in the Houston Texas Medical Center at Texas Children’s Hospital as a Research Associate.

Ashley became involved with Honor Flight when escorting her grandfather, World War II veteran Daniel Kelly to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight Dayton, Ohio.

Upon returning home in 2013 she joined the newly formed Honor Flight Houston as the Development Director.  

In 2014 she became the Chairman for Honor Flight Houston and considers it a profound privilege and honor to serve on the Board of Directors.  

Flying WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials is the very least that she can do to honor their extraordinary contributions to our country. ‘These men and women are our national treasures and should be cherished and honored while we still have them.’

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.

 

 

 

Ashley French - March 29, 2018 KMF 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Trish Morille

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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

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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. 

 

 

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David Balat 

"FreedomCare--A Free Market Solution to Healthcare"

March 15, 2018

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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. 

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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  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LUNCH ONLY

 

To register for golf, please use the attached form.  

CLICK HERE FOR THE GOLF REGISTRATION FORM

 

NO MEETING AT THE HESS CLUB TODAY

 

THE PURPOSE OF THIS GOLF TOURNAMENT IS TO SUPPORT CAMP ENTERPRISE

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— 

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Donald N. Bowers II
Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch
February 1, 2018
 
As vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Houston Branch, Donald Bowers has executive responsibilities for the Public Affairs, Law Enforcement and Human Resources departments.
 
Since starting his career at the Dallas Fed as a student intern in the Research group in 1990, Bowers has worked in a number of positions. As a management intern, he completed a series of assignments supporting the Facilities and Accounting functions and was promoted to manager of the Human Resources Department in 1996. Bowers was promoted to operations officer in 2001 and assistant vice president in 2004.
He is currently president of the Association of Rice University Alumni board of directors, a board member of Children at Risk and the American Leadership Forum, a member of the World Affairs Council and an advisory board member with the Discovery Youth Foundation. Bowers is also a graduate of United Way’s Project Blueprint Leadership Development Program.
 
Bowers earned a bachelor’s degree in managerial studies from Rice University and an MBA with a concentration in banking and finance from Sam Houston State University.
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Toni Harris Taylor, CEO
Drastic Steps Marketing
 
January 11, 2018
 
 

"Effective Networking"

Toni Harris Taylor, affectionately known as the Turnaround Queen, has over 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. Although she has suffered great personal losses and business challenges, every time she gets knocked down she turns it around by taking drastic steps. Toni brings a level of professionalism and expertise to her clients helping them to take the necessary steps to rise to the ranks of Top 6. As a six figure entrepreneur, Toni shares the strategies she used to grow her business and network nationally and internationally, and helps her entrepreneur and sales professional clients to achieve six figures in record time! 

Toni has a BS degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Adult Education and Training.

 
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Darrell Pile, CEO

SE TX Regional Advisory Council

"Disaster Preparedness and Response Ensuring Ongoing Medical Care and Patient Safety"

January 25, 2018

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DARRELL PILE earned his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University in 1982 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from James Madison University in 1979.

Mr. Pile has led a progressive career path over the past thirty-six years as a hospital administrator and as CEO of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council in Houston, and as a community leader.

As a hospital executive, Mr. Pile has led an array of hospitals including acute care, long term acute care, rehabilitation, and psychiatric facilities in both rural, suburban and urban settings.  He is also well versed in various ownership models that have included the for-profit hospital industry, hospital districts, joint ventures, and a healthcare system where he was responsible for over forty facilities in Texas.

For the past seven years, Mr. Pile has served as CEO of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. The organization has united hospitals, EMS agencies, and community leaders across nine counties to embrace best practices.  The population served rivals the size of the nation’s 21st largest state.  The results have been commended and published.  They include improved stroke outcomes and millions of dollars saved by the timely delivery of the clot busting drug tPA across the region.  Likewise, the organization was contracted by the Texas Department of State Health Services to lead the Healthcare Preparedness Program across twenty five counties.  The coalition was recently commended for the preparedness, response and resilience of the Houston area healthcare industry following the epic storm, Harvey.

In addition to his extensive career, Mr. Pile has served in a variety of community leadership positions.  They have included Chairman of the Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce, founder of an emergency services district, and board member with a local EMS agency and with a local school district foundation.  Mr. Pile also serves on the Governor’s Emergency Care Advisory Council’s stroke committee, he has served on the board of the Texas Emergency Trauma and Acute Care Foundation, and was recently appointed to the University of Texas Health Stroke Institute Community Advisory Board, the board of the Houston Better Business Bureau Foundation, and as consultant to the Harris County Medical Society’s Emergency Care Committee.

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Jerry LeVias

Ambassador for the Houston Texans

"Breaking Barriers in Collegiate and Professional Sports"

January 18, 2018

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Jerry LeVias holds a special place in the history of college athletics.  When he entered Southern Methodist University in 1965, he became the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship in the Southwest Conference.  His signing with SMU changed the racial makeup of college football in the South. LeVias made both Academic All-American and Athletic All-American and he led the Mustangs to their first conference title in 18 years.

After earning his Bachelor of Science Degree from SMU, LeVias played professional football for the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers.  He has received numerous honors recognizing his achievements.  They include the SMU Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, African-American Hall of Fame, National College Football Hall of Fame, Texas High School Hall of Fame, Prairie View Interscholastic League Hall of Fame, and All-American Alumni Award of the Football Writers Association of America.  He also is a recipient of the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award.

LeVias currently serves as President of the Executive Board of Directors of Harris County Children Protective Services; Ambassador for the Houston Texans; serves on the senior advisory committee for the Texas Bowl, Houston; and serves on the Executive Board of SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

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Lieutenant General Steven Hummer, USMC (Ret.)

Combined Arms Houston

Board Member

“Our mission is to unite the community to accelerate the impact of veterans on Houston.”

January 4, 2018

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Born on 1 July 1952 in Pennsylvania as the son of a US Marine veteran, Lieutenant General Hummer retired from the US Marine Corps on 1 Aug 2015 after 41 years of active service.  After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1970, and an honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1973, Lieutenant General Hummer was commissioned following graduation from Albright College, PA, in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psycho-Biology.

His assignments in the operating forces included: Rifle Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Commander and Regimental Commander within 1st Marine Division; Chief of Staff, Joint Special Operations Command; Director of Operations, US Forces-Iraq; and Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, US Africa Command.  Lieutenant General Hummer participated in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Supporting establishment duties included: Ceremonial Company Commander, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C; Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Pacific; Chief of Staff, US Special Operations Command; and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Corps Forces North.

Lieutenant General Hummer is a graduate of several schools within the Marine Corps University; and earned a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the Air War College.

His decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat “V”, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and other personal awards and decorations.

Lieutenant General Hummer currently serves as a Senior Mentor to the US Marine Corps and a Senior Fellow to National Defense University, providing guidance, training and education.

Lieutenant General Hummer and his wife, Sheri, reside in The Woodlands, Texas.

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Francisco Vazquez, M.B.A.

Director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

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Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
December 7, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Director Francisco Vazquez, M.B.A., was appointed Medical Center Director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) on August 22, 2016. Mr. Vazquez serves as the MEDVAMC’s chief executive officer charged with management of one of the most complex VA medical centers in the country with more than 4,600 employees and an annual budget of approximately $974 million. In addition to caring for more than 109,000 Veterans in southeast Texas, the MEDVAMC also serves as a regional and national referral center for many services including cardiac surgery, liver transplant, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy and other neurological disorders, radiation therapy, and spinal cord injury care.

Mr. Vazquez has more than 23 years of federal service with a wide variety of technical and progressive leadership experience. He served as Vice President of Information Management at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, he was the Chief Information Officer at the VA Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyoming, and he also served as the VistA System Manager at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. He also has been a civilian employee of the U. S. Navy and held positions in computer and software engineering at the Naval Air Warfare Center (Avionics Division) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most recently he served as the medical center director at the Wichita, Kansas, VA Medical Center.

A proud Navy Veteran, Mr. Vazquez served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard the USS Okinawa (LPH3) in San Diego, California from 1986 to 1990. Upon separation from active duty he served for 10 years in the United States Naval Reserve.

A graduate of the Universidad Sagrado Corazon in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Mr. Vazquez received a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman's University. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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RCOH Toy Drive for BEAR  
BE A Resource for CPS Kids!

Many children who have experienced abuse and neglect have never known the thrill and anticipation of the holiday season and the excitement that Christmas morning brings.  BEARing Gifts is the annual holiday program of  BEAR... BE A Resource for CPS Kids. BEAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides emergency items to abused and neglected children. Our greatest need is gifts and toys for children under the age of five and for teens.  

Please bring a new gift to our Dec 7, 2017 luncheon meeting

TOY DRIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEARing GIFTS
  • NEW gifts only.  (NO USED ITEMS)
  • PLEASE, NO candy or food items.
  • IF this gift requires batteries, please include.
  • PLEASE DO NOT put cash in gifts. 
  • PLEASE DO NOT gift wrap gifts. Donations of gift wrap or gift bags are always appreciated.
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VINCE RYAN
Harris County Attorney
 
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
 
November 30, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
(Registration is required)
 
 
 
Vince Ryan was elected to a four year term as the Harris County Attorney on November 4, 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He is no stranger to the office, having served as an Assistant Harris County Attorney and First Assistant for former County Attorney Mike Driscoll from 1981 to 1987.
In 1987, Vince, with the support and help of many grassroots activists, scored an upset to win a seat on the Houston City Council for District C. He was reelected to two more terms.
 
Vince was appointed by the President, and later unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve on the Board of the Panama Canal Commission. This bi-national board oversaw the Canal and its historic transition to Panama on December 31, 1999.
 
Following his service on the Panama Canal Commission, Vince was associated with several prominent Houston law firms and continued his community involvement. In the last decade, he has served on various boards and is a founding board member of the Houston Tampico Sister City Association and the Houston Democratic Lawyers Association.
 
Born in Houston, Vince was raised by loving parents who instilled within him and his three siblings a sense of service to others. 
As the Vietnam war raged, a 19-year-old Vince joined ROTC at the University of Houston and upon graduation became an active duty officer in the United States Army, first serving in Europe and then volunteering for service in Vietnam. He was returned to active duty for Operation Just Cause, which ousted the dictator of Panama, in 1990. 
 
After his service in Vietnam, Vince left active duty and attended the University of Houston Law School. Soon he became active in the Neartown Association. While practicing law, Vince attended Rice University and received a Master's Degree.
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Rotary District Governor Bill Palko
November 16, 2017
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
 
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Bill Palko currently serves as the Rotary District 5890 Governor for the 2017-2018 calendar year.  Governor Palko has been a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of North Shore since June 2005.  During this period, he served as Club President in 2010-2011, was the Club Rotarian of the Year in 20112012, Assistant District Governor in 2013-2015, Assistant Governor of the Year in 2013-2014, a member of the Bequest Society, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a member of the Polio Plus Society, and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. 


Governor is a native Houstonian who proudly served in the United States Army from 1973 to 1977.  Following his service to our country, Governor Palko earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from San Jacinto Junior College North Campus and later earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston Central Campus.  Today, Governor Palko serves as a Senior Vice President at Amegy Bank.   He has been married for 36 years to his beautiful bride Debbie and they have two wonderful children, Steven and Michelle

 

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Salute to Veterans luncheon
Rotary Club of Houston/
West Point Society/Naval Academy Alumni


November 9, 2017 - starts promptly at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.


​Location: Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks, Lane, Houston, TX 77027

SPEAKER:

 MG Tony Cucolo, the former Commandant of the US Army War College who is now the Associate Vice Chancellor for Leadership Development & Veteran Affairs at the University of Texas System

In addition to our distinguished speaker we are proud to announce that other special guests will include WWII, Korea, & Vietnam War Veterans plus active duty members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and Air Force and some of their outstanding commanders.

TABLES ARE SOLD OUT AS OF NOON ON 11/2. ONLY INDIVIDUAL TICKETS REMAIN. DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS ACCEPTED.

ALL GUESTS MUST REGISTER

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Amended Candidates for Directors Election 2017 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
Dr. Katherine Persson
President of Lone Star College - Kingwood
October 26, 2017
 
 
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
 
Dr. Katherine Persson entered the education field with the passion to teach and help others reach their learning potential. Katherine became the president of Lone Star College-Kingwood in August 2008 after serving 2 ½ years as president of the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus in Oregon.
 
Katherine is no stranger to the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita and East Montgomery County community as most of her educational career has been in the Lone Star System. She began teaching in the Anatomy and Physiology labs part-time when North Harris College opened in 1977. Between her first position and being hired in 1984 at the Kingwood campus as a full-time Biology instructor, Katherine earned her master's degree while working in the department of Neurobiology at the University of Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences. As a faculty member, she helped develop the first Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology in the state.
 
While at Kingwood College, Katherine served as the Biology Department coordinator, associate dean of Science, Health Care, and Applied Technology, and vice president of Educational Programs and Student Development.
 
Katherine's educational background includes a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas, Austin; a Master of Science degree in Biology from Texas Women's University, Texas Medical Center, Houston; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas State University, San Marcos.
 
In the community, Katherine represents LSC-Kingwood on the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and on the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County board where she was the 2002-2003 chair. Previously, she served as an elected school board trustee for the Splendora Independent School District for 16 years; eight as a board chair. While in Portland, she served as a board member for both the Washington County Vision Action Network and the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce.
 
In spring 2006, Katherine was awarded the Splendora R. B. Tullis Community Service Award. She has been recognized by the University of Texas College of Education as a distinguished graduate and by the Community College Leadership Program as a visiting scholar and a distinguished scholar. She has been a Kingwood College Teacher Excellence award winner and a Texas Women's University Research and Writing Excellence award winner. After being nominated by her professional administrative assistants, Katherine was recognized by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association as the 2009-2010 Administrator of the Year.
 
Katherine and her husband Andrew have three grown children and two grandchildren.
 
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Henry L. “Hank” Rush
President & CEO
Star of Hope Mission
October 5, 2017
 
 
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77019
 
 
Hank Rush has been engaged in the Houston business and civic community for the past 40 years.  He has served in successive management positions in three Houston based Fortune 500 corporations, including Texas Eastern Corporation, BMC Software and Stewart Title Company. 
 
Hank also led or was instrumental in the building of two start-up companies during his years in the Bayou City.  He served as Lead Independent Director on the board of AmReit for eight years prior to its acquisition by Edens, and currently serves on the Bradmark Technologies Board here in Houston. 
 
His four decades of community activity include board positions on the Houston Children’s Fund and the Houston Symphony, active in the United Way of Greater Houston, and has worked with the Houston Coalition for the Homeless and the IBM Business Partnership for Persons with Disabilities.
 
Hank holds a magna cum laude bachelor of science degree in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University, and has completed executive management programs at Harvard University, Penn State, and Rice University.  He is a graduate of The Center for Houston’s Future. 
 
He is active in service and leadership roles at the Second Baptist Church of Houston.
 
Hank has served as Star of Hope’s President & CEO since 2008.
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Mike Waterman
Executive Vice Present of Houston First Corporation and
President of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
 
Thursday, September 28, 2017
 
 
 
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
 
Mike Waterman is the Executive Vice President of Houston First Corporation and President of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.   Houston First Corporation manages more than 10 city-owned buildings and properties, along with underground and surface parking for nearly 7,000 vehicles.  These facilities include the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, George R. Brown Convention Center, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Wortham Theater Center, Talento Bilingue de Houston, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston First Outdoors (which includes Jones Plaza and other smaller venues) and Theater District Parking.  Accordingly, Houston First Corporation is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, licensing and operation of these properties as the venue for numerous conventions, trade shows and theatrical performances.
 
Mr. Waterman is a hospitality veteran with more than 26 years in the industry.  He joined Houston First Corporation from Marriott International, where he served as Vice President of Sales for the Southwest region overseeing 100 properties, including a grouping of Marriott hotels in the Los Angeles' convention district known as L.A. Live. Mr. Waterman has held a series of executive positions with Marriott International over the last 14 years and served as director with several Marriott affiliated properties from Chicago to Baltimore since 1993.
 
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Post Hurricane Harvey Review by Harris County Flood Control District
 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
 
HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
 
 
Matthew Zeve
Director of Operations,
Harris County Flood Control District
Matthew Zeve is the Director of Operations for the Harris County Flood Control District in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Zeve is oversees the operations of various facets within the District, including Planning, Environmental Services, Engineering, Construction, and Infrastructure.  Mr. Zeve has more than 15 years of experience in hydrology and hydraulics analysis. His experience includes floodplain management studies and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) submittals, transportation-related drainage analyses, channel improvements projects, master drainage studies, drainage criteria manual development, watershed impact analyses, flooding forensic analysis, and drainage analysis for new developments.  Mr. Zeve is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.  Mr. Zeve is a Certified Floodplain Manager and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Jeff Linder
Meteorologist
Harris County Flood Control District
Jeff Linder joined the Harris County Flood Control District in 2004 as the District’s first meteorologist. In his primary role as manager of the District’s Flood Watch Program, Mr. Linder implements regular communication with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (HCOEM) during times of flooding while monitoring 140 rainfall and stage gages and collecting data at over 400 bridges located on many of Harris County’s 2,500 miles of channel.  In addition, Mr. Linder oversees the operation of the Harris County Flood Warning System and the Regional Flood ALERT Partners group as well as establishing flood levels for all 140 gage sites in Harris County.   Mr. Linder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University.  He is a member of the national and local chapters of the American Meteorological Society and of the Texas Gulf Coast Emergency Managers Association, the National Hydrological Warning Council, Texas Flash Flood Coalition, and ALERT Users Group.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
 
Today will be a members only meeting.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests - Please join us next week.
 
 

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Rotary District 5890
ZONE ALL CLUB LUNCHEON: The Future is Now
Friday, September 15, 2017
 
Featured Keynote Speakers: Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori
Crowne Plaza near NRG
 
District 5890 Out of this World Exposition 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
 
Luncheon and Presentation 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 
 
 
 
Table Sponsorship Opportunities
 
 
Make a Difference by Embracing the Future $1,000
RIP Ian’s theme “Rotary: Making a Difference” resonates with Rotarians.  To truly make a difference Rotary must remain the preeminent service organization for the future and the Future is Now.  This year you and your club will show your support for RIP Ian’s commitment to Rotary Making a Difference with your “Make a Difference by Embracing the Future” sponsorship. This sponsorship includes a premium placed and decorated table for ten (10), recognition in the event program, two (2) exposition tables for your club to display its great accomplishments and a photo of your entire club with RIP Elect Sam Owori or General Secretary John Hewko at your club’s expo table, or after lunch.
 
Visionary $750
This sponsorship includes a reserve table for ten (10) and one exposition table for your club to display how your club makes a difference now and in the future.
 
Rotary Star Couple $200
Premium Seating for two (2) and a photo with RIP Elect Sam Owori or General Secretary John Hewko at your club’s expo table or after lunch.
 
 
District 5890 Out of this World Exposition
Highlight your projects and activities to your fellow Rotarians and guests, including RIP Elect Sam Owori.  RIP Elect Sam Owori will be visiting expo booths following the VIP Reception (display space only and can be added to any level)
 
Exposition Table (non-Rotarian) $35                             Exposition Table (Rotarian) $25
                                                                                               
                                                                       
General Admission Galaxy Partner $58.90
Non-Reserved General Admission with seated lunch as part of Zone All Club “The Future is Now” Luncheon.
 
 
The only guaranteed way to sit with your fellow club members is a table sponsorship.
 
 
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KIM OGG

HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Thursday, September 7, 2017
 

 

HESS CLUB

5430 Westheimer Rd.

Houston, TX 77056

 

Kim Ogg is the newly elected Harris County District Attorney. She is a native Houstonian licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1987 and recognized as a specialist in Criminal Law by the Board of Legal Specialization since 1992.  Upon taking office, she promised a new era of criminal justice by insuring a just process for the victim, the accused, and the community in every case. She has focused her prosecutors on public safety by prioritizing disposition of crimes against people and property.

Kim's legal career began in 1987 as a line prosecutor for the Harris County D.A.  While serving as a Chief Felony Prosecutor, she was appointed Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force Director in 1994.  From 1999 - 2006, Kim served as the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston. In 2006, Kim transitioned to private legal practice and became the managing partner of her own law firm.

Kim now brings her strong track record of public service and thirty years of criminal justice experience to the position of Harris County D.A.  During the first six months of her Administration, she has successfully advanced major drug policy and bail reform, diversified the leadership of the District Attorney's Office and effected legislative reform on behalf of crime victims.

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Chief Deputy Edison Toquica

Harris County Sheriff's Office

JULY 27, 2017
 
HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
 

 

Edison Toquica began his law enforcement career 28 years ago with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Starting as a detention officer, he graduated the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Academy class of B390.

His law enforcement career expanded throughout many bureaus of the Harris County Sheriff's Office to include the Detention Bureau, Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau and the Homeland Security Federal Task Force Division.

Edison Toquica earned his way through the ranks of the Sheriff's Office. He was an immediate supervisor and a mid-manager. As a commander he was tasked with managing the HIDTA Major Drug Squads, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Houston Money Laundering Initiative, FBI JTTF, Multi Agency Gang Task Force, US Marshall's Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force and the Tactical Intelligence Section.

Edison Toquica was then appointed to Major where his command was the Special Operations Bureau and the Criminal Investigations Bureau. As a Major his command included; Homicide, Robbery, Assaults, Sex Crimes, Crimes Against Children, Burglary and Theft, Vice Narcotics, Human Trafficking Task Force, Traffic Enforcement Division, incident Management and the 911 - Dispatch Center.

In January of 2017, Edison Toquica was appointed as the Chief Deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

 

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THIS MEETING IS POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE DUE TO TRAVEL SAFETY CONCERNS
 
 
 
SONYA REED
Senior Vice President
Human Resources, Communications and Public Affairs
Phillips 66
August 31, 2017
 
 
5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
 
11:30 a.m. doors open. Lunch noon to 1:00 p.m.
 
Sonya Reed is senior vice president, Human Resources, Communications and Public Affairs for Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With nearly 20 years of international experience in human resources, Reed reports directly to Greg Garland, chairman and CEO, and is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

Before joining Phillips 66 in May 2015, Reed served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer for General Cable, where she focused on driving a global people agenda and implemented processes for effective human resource management. She worked closely with General Cable’s board of directors on leadership succession planning as well as compensation strategy and design.

Reed began her career as a commercial underwriter at Zurich Financial Services, where she spent 14 years. She subsequently moved into human resources and ascended through the function, specializing in business partnerships. After a multi-year assignment in Switzerland, she returned to the United States as the vice president of Human Resources for Latin America.

Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Arizona State University and completed advanced studies at Cambridge University in England and the Complutense University of Madrid. She is fluent in Spanish.
 
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JOEL COWLEY

PRESIDENT & CEO

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

August 17, 2017

5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
 

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HESS Club

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Meeting from noon to 1 p.m.

 

JOEL COWLEY Joel Cowley was announced as the president and chief executive officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Cowley joined the Show staff in 2005 as the executive director of agricultural competitions and exhibits.

In this role, he worked with approximately one third of the Show’s volunteer committees while overseeing aspects of the livestock show, horse show, wine show and auctions.

Prior to joining the Show, Cowley worked for Certified Angus Beef LLC, the not-for-profit division of the American Angus Association, where he began as executive account manager in the international division and finished as assistant director of the foodservice division. Before his employment with CAB, he was a faculty member at Michigan State University, where he served as an extension beef cattle specialist. Prior to that, he was employed by Texas A&M University as a lecturer and livestock judging team coach.

An 11-year 4-H member in Wyoming and Colorado, Cowley was active in livestock projects and a member of national champion 4-H wool judging and livestock judging teams. He first attended the Houston Livestock Show™ as an intercollegiate judging contestant in 1985 and has participated in every Show since 1988 as a coach, livestock judge or employee.

Cowley holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University, a master’s in animal science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Michigan State University.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to be of greater service to such a tremendous organization,” Cowley said. “Through the tireless efforts of volunteers and staff, and the generous support of sponsors and donors, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is able to fulfill its agricultural mission, entertain and educate guests, make a significant contribution to the local economy, and assist Texas youth in accomplishing their educational goals — I’m proud to be a part of it all.”

Cowley and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters.

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PHILIP DUANE STEEN
Region 2 Commander (Houston)
Texas Department of Public Safety
 
August 10, 2017
 
HESS Club

2430 Westheimer Rd.

Houston, TX 77056

 

 

 
Philip “Duane” Steen started with DPS in 1981.  After graduating from recruit training, he began his first assignment in Denton as a Highway Patrol Trooper.  In June 1984, he promoted to Narcotics Sergeant/Investigator in Austin.  He then promoted to Narcotics Lieutenant, Waco, in October of 1992; Narcotics Captain, Garland and Austin, in November of 1995; and Narcotics Assistant Commander, San Antonio and Austin, in September of 2003.  In October of 2009, Steen promoted to Major, Criminal Investigations Division, in Austin and promoted to Deputy Assistant Director, CID, in February of 2010. On September 12, 2011, Steen promoted to Region 2 Commander (Houston).
 
Steen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  He has served on the North Texas HIDTA Executive Committee, the Houston HIDTA Executive Committee, Chair of the South Texas Executive Committee, representative to the Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee, Steering Committee for the Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and Project Director of the Regional Narcotics Task Force.  He is also a past president of NASDEA, the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies, and is on the Board for the TAG, Texas Anti-Gang, Center in Houston.
 
Steen is married with two children, eight grandchildren, and enjoys fishing as a relaxing hobby.

 

 
 
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Abby Kohut
Recruiter, Speaker & Career Consultant
 
JULY 13, 2017
 
HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
 
 
Abby Kohut is an award-winning speaker, author, and Human Resources professional who is known around the world as "Absolutely Abby". In the past 18 years, Abby held positions such as Senior Director of Recruiting for Kaplan, Interim Director of Recruiting for Continuum Health Partners, and Manager of Global Recruiting for Alpharma. She is responsible for helping to hire 10,000 people in 8 industries and at all career levels. Abby's website, AbsolutelyAbby.com, was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes and she was also selected as one of the top 100 influential people online according to Fast Company Magazine. She has delivered over 800 live workshops across 34 states on a variety of human resources, job search, social media and business-related subjects during her RV tour around America which began in 2012. Abby has been interviewed on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, LinkedIn, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. In 2014, CEOWORLD Magazine rated @Absolutely_Abby one of the "Top 25 Women for your Job Search" on Twitter and Business News Daily  rated @Absolutely_Abby as "1 of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Jobseeker Should Follow". To learn more about Abby, please visit AbsolutelyAbbySpeaks.com
 
Eventually Is Now
Summer is upon us and the days are longer than usual. It's the perfect time to take inventory of your career path to see if it needs some adjusting. Does it still bring you joy or do you wish you could be doing something else? What have you always dreamed about doing? Absolutely Abby is a NJ resident with a great sense of adventure and mission who walks the walk of living her dream. She will inspire you with her personal success story as she travels across America to help one million unemployed people land in a new job. Walk away from the program with advice and tips on how to pursue the New You in 2017 and get ready to take some action. Like with a GPS, if you know where you want to go, there are several ways to get there. Most importantly, eventually is now!!!
 
 
 
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ERIK ERIKSSON

Chief Legal Officer-Port Houston

August 3, 2017

Hess Club

5430 Westheimer Rd

Houston, TX 77056

 

Join us at 11:30am as doors open and noon to 1pm for our meeting

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 Erik Eriksson serves as Chief Legal Officer of Port Houston, overseeing its legal, government relations, pilot administration, and records management functions.
 
Prior to joining Port Houston in 2005, Mr. Eriksson held successively more responsible legal and management positions at a multi-billion dollar publicly listed holding company.
 
Mr. Eriksson has been a director of the Southampton Civic Club since 2003, served as its president from 2005 to 2008, and is currently president of the University Place Association and Super Neighborhood.  He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Board of Directors, and serves on the board of the Houston International Seafarers’ Centers and the advisory board of the Bayou Preservation Association.
 
A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Mr. Eriksson is a member of the bar in Texas, California, and New York.

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Join us for a celebration lunch at Tony's Restaurant

Complementary Valet Parking

3755 Richmond Ave. 77046

As we "Celebrate Community Leadership" we've asked our speaker, Hank MooreFuturist and Corporate Strategist™ to discuss “Community Leadership Legends.”

 

June 8, 2017

 

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Fellow Rotarians:

 

As you know, the Houston City Club is closing and soon we will be moving to a new weekly meeting venue. However, the Houston City Club has informed us that it’s closing sooner than expected and we will be unable to meet there next week. However, we have arranged for what we hope will be a suitable alternative: Tony’s !!

 

Yes, we will be meeting next Thursday, June 8th, at Tony’s, located at 3755  Richmond Ave. (at the corner of Richmond and Timmons) just steps away from the entrance to the Houston City Club. Our networking social will begin at 11:30 a.m. and we’ll ring the bell and begin lunch at noon. This will be a seated lunch so it’s important that everyone be on time and seated by noon. Also, it is critical that everyone register online so that we can give Tony’s our headcount and they can prepare the menu.

 

We will be taking a look back at this Rotary year and begin to look ahead. I hope you will make plans to join your fellow Rotarians for a great lunch, at an amazing restaurant, and help us toast the 2016-17 year. Be sure to register online now.

 

Thanks!  See you next Thursday.

 

Yours in Rotary service,

 

Tom Vann

President 2016-17

 

Hank Moore

 

This will unveil his new book, "Non-Profit Legends." This reflect's Hank's 40+ years of working with hundreds of non-profit organizations, advising boards and fostering leadership programs. "Non-Profit Legends" is the first comprehensive book to cover all aspects: volunteer recruitment-retention, fundraising, planning, board development, corporate cause-related marketing, etc. There's a chapter on the history of public TV-radio and one on causes supported by celebrities, plus motivational quotes. This is the fourth in Hank Moore's internationally-published Legends book series.

 

His books “Houston Legends” and “Pop Icons and Business Legends” have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  Hank Moore won the Lifetime Achievement Award from Volunteer Houston, for community leadership.  

 

He is the highest level of business overview expert and is in that rarified circle of experts such as Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Steven Covey, Peter Senge and W. Edwards Deming.  Drucker termed Hank Moore's Business Tree™ as the most original business model of the past 50 years. The Business Tree™  is his trademarked approach to growing, strengthening and evolving business, while mastering change.

 

Hank Moore has advised many of the top CEOs on strategy, leadership and growth, including Disney, Marriott, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, United Way, Texaco and hundreds more.  He advises companies about the Big Picture issues which profoundly affect the business climate.  He has presented Think Tanks for five U.S. Presidents and has spoken at six Economic Summits.

 

Mr. Moore has provided senior level advising services for more than 5,000 client organizations (including 100 of the Fortune 500), companies in transition (startup, re-engineering, mergers, going public), public sector entities, professional associations and non-profit organizations.  He has worked with all major industries over a 40-year career.  He advises at the Executive Committee and board levels, providing Big Picture ideas.  Hank Moore's website:   http://www.hankmoore.com

 

 

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WE WILL NOT BE MEETING AT OUR REGULAR LOCATION THIS WEEK

 

Let's geaux

to Pappadeaux

​to help the homeless

feel less aloneness.

Because at ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON we care

to use our talents and time to share.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Pappadeaux Memorial City

10499 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd.

 

We will eat lunch and assemble homeless bags. These bags will be distributed to a local agency that services the homeless population of the Houston and greater Houston area.

RSVP needed no later than Wednesday to determine seating and supply requirements. 

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Edward M. Emmett
Harris County Judge
June 22, 2017
 
FIRST MEETING AT OUR NEW LUNCH LOCATION
HESS CLUB
5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
 
 
Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.
 
A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
 
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
 
Judge Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
 
County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, manages the nation's third largest county. He also is director of Harris County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.
 
Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
 
Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
 
Judge Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
 
Judge Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 41 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.
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Cindy Hamann

Chair of the Board
Houston Association of REALTORS®

May 25, 2017
      

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Cindy Hamman is regarded by her peers as a “REALTORS®’ REALTOR®.” That’s because everything about her background and style underscores an unwavering commitment to help the real estate industry and those who work in it be the very best that they can be.

For evidence of this, one need only look so far as Cindy’s numerous professional recognitions, a few of which include her selection as the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) – Montgomery County Chapter Entrepreneur of the Year, receiving the Houston Association of REALTORS®’ (HAR) John E. Wolfe Community Service Award, and her election as the 2017 HAR Chair. Cindy is also on the National Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors, and is a Regional Vice President with the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

A native Houstonian and a Vice President of Sales Performance and Recruiting for Heritage Texas Properties, Cindy is a licensed Texas broker with more than 20 years in residential sales management and third-party relocation. For Heritage, in addition to her focus on recruitment and growth, Cindy divides her time between Heritage offices in The Woodlands and Vintage Park, overseeing residential sales activity within those market areas.

Cindy entered the world of real estate sales after years in the energy industry, and quickly discovered that her talents, wit and focus were ideally suited for the challenges of the realty business. But it was later, when presented with the opportunity to be a branch manager of a real estate office, that Cindy truly realized that she had found her calling.

“I want to know my agents when they walk in my door and I want to know their families,” says Cindy. “I particularly love helping to mold the trajectory of their careers and steer them in directions that help them and the clients that they serve.”

Cindy’s benevolent gift for enriching the lives of others extends well beyond her impressive real estate career and industry concerns, however. Her significant contributions to the greater Houston community include her board membership and service as president of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. She volunteers with the Montgomery County Women’s Shelter and as a camp counselor every year for Candlelighters’ Camp for All, and also lends support to the Montgomery County Food Bank and the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer. In addition, Cindy wages a personal crusade every Christmas on the streets of downtown Houston by distributing blankets, food and Christmas cheer to the homeless.

Besides all the REALTORS® she has mentored, Cindy is proudest of her three children – Daniel, Dustin and Dayna – and having put them through college while maintaining her career. “Making sure that each of my kids has a solid foundation and the tools for success has probably been my greatest but most rewarding challenge. I’m proud to say I have three teachers in the family – two with finance degrees and three with their Masters.”

When she isn’t working, Cindy and her life partner, Lisa Greer, get away to their farm in Waller County. “The farm is a real stress-buster for us. We are learning to be farmers and having the time of our lives.”

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Alison Weaver
Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director
Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts
April 20, 2017
 
 
Alison Weaver was named founding executive director of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts in July 2015. Prior to her appointment, Weaver was the director of affiliates for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. At the Guggenheim, Weaver led its programs and operations in Berlin, Bilbao, Venice, and Las Vegas, while managing its departments of Exhibition Management, Registration, Art Services and Library/Archives in New York. Together with her curatorial colleagues, she implemented a wide range of exhibitions from historical loan shows to commissions by leading contemporary artists. Weaver has a Master of Arts degree from Williams College and an MPhil in art history from the City University of New York. She also holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. cum laude from Princeton University.
 
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Edward J. Egan

Fellow | Director, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ALSO

CAMP ENTERPRISE WINNERS

APRIL 6, 2017
 

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Edward J. Egan, Ph.D., is a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute and director of the Baker Institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was previously an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School, in London, England, and the innovation policy fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Egan is an applied micro-economist, specializing in entrepreneurial finance, intellectual property policy and start-up strategy. His research has received recognition from prestigious bodies, including the government of Canada and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Egan has also received recognition for his teaching. He was the recipient of the Earl F. Cheit award for teaching MBA micro-economics and was nominated for a teaching excellence award for his class on government and business. His business plan competition was the highest rated class in the Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists (BPES) program at Imperial College London.

Egan is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first high-tech start-up at the age of 19. He worked as a venture capitalist in Vancouver, Canada, and has served as a judge for academic and industry-sponsored business plan competitions for over a decade. He is also active as an R&D and intellectual property consultant, specializing in patent and anti-trust litigation, as well as portfolio management and innovation strategy. Egan has provided advice and services to the U.S., Canadian and U.K. governments, and has worked as a consultant to a wide array of firms, ranging from pre-incorporation start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Egan earned a BSc. with honors in physics from University College London and an MSc. in business administration from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Dr. David E. Persse
City of Houston
Emergency Medical Services Physician Director-Houston Fire Department
Public Health Authority-Department of Health & Human Services
Thursday, March 23, 2017

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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. In 1996 Dr. Persse returned to Houston to assume the role of the Director of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Houston. In May of 2004 he was appointed by City Council as Houston’s Public Health Authority. In his role as Public Health Authority Dr. Persse is responsible for the medical aspects of clinical care quality management, disease control and public health preparedness. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the South East Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.  He is the recipient of the Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to the National Association of EMS Physicians for his leadership during the Hurricane Katrina response, 2007, and the 2009 Michael K. Copass Award from the U.S. Metropolitan Medical Directors.  Dr. Persse is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston.  He is also a Tactical Physician with the Houston Police S.W.A.T. team.
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“U.S.-China Relations at a Crossroads”
Rotary Club of Houston - March 30, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The Houston City Club
 
Speakers
Dr. Steven W. Lewis, Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy Associate Director
Dr. Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas Director for International Studies
Dr. Jon R. Taylor, University of St. Thomas Professor and Chair Political Science Department.
 
     Up until the last few years, American business executives and political leaders thought that foreign investment in China and increasing prosperity would lead to political liberalization in China.  Presidents G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama believed trade would liberalize China and so did American opinion.  World powers looked the other way while China rapidly developed into one of the most powerful economies and militaries in the world which took advantage of every trade agreement it signed.
     But, over the last few years, the one-party Chinese Communist regimes have become even less tolerant of political dissent, instituted more political repression and a more closed political system, staging televised confessions, controlled the internet, Plus, China has engaged in numerous military provocations as it sought to increase its power in the world.
     Because China is so important to the world’s economies and poses a military and economic risk to the United States, it become important to understand what is happening in that country, in particular, the possibility of a banking crisis, the shrinking labor force, the extent of China’s debt levels, health of their property and stock markets, problems of capital outflows, whether China can rebalance its economy to become more self-sustaining, and, leadership transfers this fall. 
     So many questions:  Is China still communist?  Is it friend or foe to the U.S.?  Should we fear China’s rise, resist it or welcome it?  Can the developed world stem China’s theft of business secrets?  Can free trade prosper against China’s ownership of much of their industries? What lies ahead under President Donald Trump? Will the next administration learn to use America’s diplomatic, military, and economic resources better than the last three Presidents have done?
This program seeks to begin the discussion.                                    
Joe Colangelo, Meeting Chair. 713-412-1875, jcolan@gmail.com
 
Dr. Steven Lewis
Steven W. Lewis, Ph.D., is the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow and faculty advisor for the Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program. He is also a professor in the practice and associate director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, which he helped found in 2008. His research explores the growth of a transnational Chinese middle class; the influence of advertisements in new public spaces in Chinese cities; the development of privatization experiments in China’s localities; and the reform of China’s energy policies, national oil companies and international energy relations. Through the Transnational China Project, Lewis has organized research conferences with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He also has worked with the Energy Forum as the organizing researcher for the Northeast Asia Energy Cooperation Workshops, the Coastal Cities Summit surveys and U.S.-China-Middle East energy relations conferences.
Lewis has also been advisor to the Science Collaboration Across Borders initiative and served as the chief liaison between the Baker Institute, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and the China Institute for Contemporary International Relations. He is co-director of the Rice Ephemera Archive project of Fondren Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. He has conducted research and given briefings for The National Bureau of Asian Research; Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; the Sichuan Petroleum Administration; and the Korean Economic Institute, among others. Lewis is an associate fellow of Asia Society International, an editorial board member of Asia Policy and an academic advisor to the U.S.-China Working Group of the U.S. House of Representatives. He received his doctorate in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.
 
Dr. Hans Stockton
Hans Stockton is Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.  He holds a PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University.  His areas of academic specialization are democratization, elections, and security in contemporary Asia Pacific.  He has published articles in journals of political science, economics, public administration, and Asian Studies; authored multiple chapters in edited volumes on military affairs in the Asia Pacific and Taiwan’s political development; and authored two books on development and democratization in East Asia.  Dr. Stockton is a Center Associate of the Election Studies Center at National Chengchi University in Taipei.  He has served as president of the American Association of Chinese Studies (2015, 2016) and as coordinator of the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (2012 – 2014).  He has also served multiple terms as president of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies.  Professor Stockton has also been the Principle Investigator for multiple, successful grant awards from the US Department of Education, Japan Foundation, and Ministry of Education (Taipei).  He has been interviewed by and/or published editorials on matters related to US-China-Taiwan relations and Chinese and Taiwan political affairs in the Washington Observer Weekly, Taipei Times, Taiwan Journal, Southern Daily News, World Journal, Voice of America, e-International Relations, and Houston Chronicle.  He has provided political commentary for ABC News Houston, Fox News Houston, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Radio Taiwan International, NTD TV, Southern Daily, World Journal, and Channel 55.5 international news.
 
Dr. Jon Taylor
Dr. Jon Taylor is a Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Master of Public Policy and Administration Program at the University of St. Thomas.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and has been at the University of St. Thomas since 1998.  His areas of academic specialty are in Chinese and U.S. public administration, Chinese and U.S. urbanization, and public administration ethics.
His current research focuses on urban development in Western China, the Communist Party’s online accountability system, measuring public corruption in China, and the role that indigenous Chinese political science plays within the global discipline of political science.  His most recent scholarly journal articles include Between Sinification and Internationalization: Chinese Political Science in the Post-Reform Era and The China Dream is an Urban Dream: Assessing the CPC’s National New-Type Urbanization Plan.  He regularly contributes opinion and analysis pieces to both Chinese and U.S. media.  He is a member of the Association of Chinese Political Studies, the American Political Science Association, the Chinese Public Administration Society, and the American Society for Public Administration.
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Join us as we visit and learn about Camp Hope from

Gene Birdwell, founder and chair of the PTSD Foundation

Thursday, March 2, 2017

This meeting is at Camp Hope 9724 Derrington Rd, Houston, TX 77064

(NOT at The Houston City Club)

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LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

 

 

Mr. Birdwell has over 51 years construction experience relating to environmental and general construction projects.  Mr. Birdwell is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.  In 1977 Mr. Birdwell founded G.R. Birdwell Construction and in 1989 he founded Remedial Construction Services, Inc.   Through hard work, outstanding service and commitment to excellence both companies have grown into multi-million dollar businesses with the majority of work being repeat customers.  In 2008, Remedial Construction Services was sold to an investment group. He founded Camp Hope Development in 2012.

 

Camp Hope provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment.

The facility opened in 2012 and is located in a quiet and safe setting in Houston, Texas whereby veterans and their immediate family members can find healing, help and hope while benefiting from an intensive peer support and mentoring program for Post Traumatic Stress. In addition to temporary housing, Camp Hope offers a 90+ day PTSD recovery program in which residents: attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans; conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors; participate in off-site small group interaction activities (fishing, hiking, local activities and events); and get involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war.

The Camp Hope staff is a unique team of combat veterans and civilian pastoral staff trained in working with victims of trauma and post-traumatic stress. They understand that those who have served this nation continue to struggle with the invisible wounds of combat and are working to assist our troops in putting the pieces of their lives back together. The Camp Hope staff uses the necessary traditional counseling tools and incorporates a faith based approach to help combat the effects of Post Traumatic Stress. In addition, the staff assists veterans with a myriad of issues including job placement, coordination with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and reputable veteran service organizations to assist with claims and benefits, transportation to appointments and peer support groups integration. The Camp Hope community embraces our troops, veterans and their families as they seek the rewarding and fulfilling lives they so richly deserve.

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Sheila Aron, Founder

The Thread Alliance

Weaving the thread of love and ending the cycle of child abuse.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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The Thread Alliance (TTA) was founded with the hope that all children will know a childhood free of abuse. It began as an extension of Sheila Aron’s book; I’m Glad I’m Me, Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation. As Sheila provided her book to organizations working in the field of child abuse, she discovered there was no central entity providing easily accessible information to those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment resources. Furthermore, although Sheila found many people were concerned about child abuse, most were unaware how they could personally contribute to ending the cycle.

To fill the gap, Sheila created The Thread Alliance with a dual purpose in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive information regarding Houston-area child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment resources; and 2) to reach out and encourage individual and community participation in ending child abuse.

TTA is dedicated to achieving the following five goals:

  • Educate and inform the public about strategies and resources to nurture children.
  • Engage the community to become involved in preventing child abuse.
  • Educate and inform the public regarding resources available to prevent impending child abuse or help if abuse has already happened.
  • Engage the community to become actively involved in the rewarding experience of empowering child abuse survivors to heal and thrive.
  • Encourage child abuse-related organizations/agencies, regardless of where they lie on the spectrum of prevention to treatment, to form a professional alliance.

All children deserve a childhood free of abuse. The Thread Alliance is dedicated to this mission.

 

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Paul Williams
White Badger Group
Thursday, March 16, 2017
 
 
Paul Williams, ACE, CAS, IAM, IEM is the Chief Technology Officer of Pennsylvania-based White Badger Group. Paul is a nationally recognized authority on the white hat defender side of network security. 
 
Paul has forty-one years of breakthrough innovation in cryptography, cyber security, artificial intelligence, high speed databases, professional software development, software quality test engineering, electronics, communications, mechanical engineering, weapons development and defense related technologies. Paul is certified in the U.S. National Security Agency’s InfoSEC Assessment Methodology and InfoSEC Evaluation Methodology and is a Licensed Private Investigator in the state of Texas.
 
Previously Paul was the Chief Technology Officer of Houston-based counter-terrorism and security consulting company International Shield, Inc., as well as the former Chief Technology Officer of Gray Hat Research Corporation of Houston and Chief Technology Officer of defense contractor Galaxy CSI of Washington, D.C. serving the United States intelligence community. Over the years, Paul has earned an unparalleled reputation across the country for an extensive array of effective cyber security defense solutions and for leading and rapidly solving complex cyber-crime investigations through a variety of innovative and proprietary techniques. As a result, Paul has consulted for and provided tactical and strategic security guidance to numerous Fortune 500 businesses and local, state, and federal government agencies.
 
Paul has extensive experience in the energy sector securing the SCADA/DCS industrial process control equipment of electric utilities and gas transmission facilities. He has performed cyber, physical and social engineering “Red Team” penetration tests for multiple electric power utility process control facilities across the United States on behalf of the Electric Power Research Institute, an electric power industry-funded technology research organization based in Palo Alto, California. Paul is a co-inventor of White Badger’s Logic Chain Stateful Activity Whitelist (ChainSAW® cyber security technology, U.S. Patent No. 9,245,147).
 
Paul is an active public speaker who regularly draws coverage from radio, television and print media. He conducts scores of high profile cyber-security speaking engagements nationally and internationally every year attracting large audiences. Paul is consistently featured at seminars and conferences conducted by prestigious national organizations including the United States Secret Service, U.S. Department of Justice, InfraGard, ACP, ASIS, IIA, ISACA, ISSA, and universities and colleges across the nation.
 
Paul’s passion for computer technology began with his first computer in 1983: a 2K RAM memory Z80 Timex-Sinclair 4-chip microcomputer which he programmed using machine code to solve an astrophysics problem involving the velocity of light. As a result of Paul's special skills in the field of computer security, over the years he has collected a wide assortment of hacking tools, worms, Trojan Horses, and computer viruses for advanced research purposes. His personal collection of 24,000 computer viruses and 1,700 Trojan Horses is used by White Badger for advanced malware research.
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Rotary Trauma Surgeon's Analysis of Princess Diana
Thursday, February 23, 2017
 
 
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS
 
Dr. Mattox is Distinguished Service Professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and he is Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital, where he has served since 1973. He helped develop the internationally renowned Ben Taub General Hospital Emergency Center and its equally respected Trauma Center. His reputation as an innovator in trauma care is worldwide. He has made original and significant contributions in trauma resuscitation, trauma systems, thoracic trauma, vascular injury, autotransfusion, complex abdominal trauma and multi-system trauma. His research in preoperative fluid restriction for penetrating trauma shook the foundation of surgical doctrine in this area. Authoring over 600 articles and more than 1000 abstracts, he has also served on six Editorial Boards and has been an Editorial Reviewer for 15 other journals. His textbook, Trauma, is an international best seller, and he is co-editor of the Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, recognized throughout the world. He co-authored the unique, international best seller, Top Knife, a practical guide to trauma care, translated into ten foreign languages. He frequently receives emails from physicians in war zones who refer to this “little book” as their Bible in the OR. He recently concluded his service as Second Vice President of the American College of Surgeons, and has served as an officer in numerous trauma and surgical professional organizations. He is also active in the Rotary Club of Houston and the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, having served as an officer and on the boards of both. Doctor Mattox is equally adept in the emergency center, operating room, intensive care unit, conference room, courtroom and political arena. Clinician, technician, administrator, educator, researcher, medical statesman and iconoclast equally describe this versatile and controversial surgeon.
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May 4, 2017 Rotary Club of Houston Golf Classic KMF 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
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The 47th annual Rotary Lombardi Award

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Hobby Center For  Performing Arts Sarofim Hall

800 Bagby Street #300, Houston, TX 77002  

Red carpet arrival and doors open at 4:30

Seating for live awards show starts at 5:45

Tickets are available. Visit Eventbrite and use Lombardi2017 as your password to get your tickets now!

The 47th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award continues the evolvement of the Lombardi legacy and has expanded eligibility of the award to all player positions that are outstanding performers and exhibit great leadership attributes. Join the Rotary Club of Houston, the Rotary Foundation and our great sponsors for a ceremonious night honoring college football's greatest. Enjoy a formal nationally televised ceremony and a chance to mingle with top football notables. The 2016 Lombardi Awards specifically raises funds for the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children's Hospital.

Final Four Rotary Lombardi Award Candidates:

Name

Position

University

Jonathan Allen

DE

Alabama

Lamar Jackson

QB

Louisville

Jabrill Peppers

LB/DB

Michigan

Myles Garrett

DE

Texas A & M

The Rotary Club of Houston Foundation Tax ID No. is 74-6084805. The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee sincerely thanks you for joining our celebration of the best player & leader in Division IA college football.
P.O. Box 22027 | Houston, TX 77227-2027       

www.rotarylombardiaward.org

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All-Club Meeting with RI President John Germ

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Crowne Plaza Hotel

8686 Kirby Dr. (across from NRG Stadium)

Reception at 6 p.m., dinner/program from 7-9 p.m.

The annual All-Club Meeting is Tuesday, February 14th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (across from NRG Stadium). This is a great opportunity to gather with Rotarians from throughout the Greater Houston area to exchange ideas and learn more about what is being done to serve humanity here and abroad. John Germ, President of Rotary International, will be in attendance and is the keynote speaker.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner/program will start at 7 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to attend and how many seats you need. We currently have one table that is full and have reserved a second table of 10 that is filling up as well. The cost is $150 per person. You are welcome to call (713 787-2171 ) or email me (Thomas.Vann@RaymondJames.com ) or Deanna (administrator@rotaryhouston.org ) to reserve seats.

For individual tickets - but you wouldn’t be seated at one of our tables – use this link: Click Here

 

 

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CHARLES C. FOSTER
President Trump’s Immigration Policies:  What Do They Mean for America?
 
Thursday, February 16, 2017
 
Could there be a more timely topic!! Our RCH member Charles Foster is the always the go-to person to cut through the complicated issues and tell us exactly what we need to know. 
 
 
Charles C. Foster is Chairman of Foster LLP (formerly Tindall & Foster, P.C.), one of the largest global immigration law firms.  He is also the honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Thailand.  A native of Galveston, Mr. Foster received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Texas and his Juris Doctorate from the University of  Texas School of Law.  Mr. Foster serves as the founding Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section and a Board member and is past national President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chairman of the American Bar Association Coordinating Committee on Immigration law and Vice Chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation.  During the 2000 Presidential Campaign, Mr. Foster served as the principal advisor to President Bush on U. S. immigration policy and was an advisor on immigration policy issues to President Bush in the 2004 campaign and President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. In the 2-16 campaign, he served as immigration policy advisor to Jeb Bush.  He is Chairman of Americans for Immigration Reform, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Houston Partnership and the GHP’s Immigration Task Force.  He is immediate past Chairman of the Asia Society-Texas Center and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston.  He is a past Chairman of the Houston International Festival and past President of the Houston Forum and the Houston Club.  He is a Board member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a past Chairman of its Economic Development and World Trade Divisions. He serves on the Boards of the Houston Ballet, the Hobby Center for Public Policy, KIND, Barbara Bush’s Celebration of Reading and Invest in the USA (IIUSA), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and past Board member and officer of the Houston World Affairs Council, the Houston Holocaust Museum, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, the Institute of International Education, Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, Neighborhood Centers and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He developed and co-chaired both the George Bush and James A Baker Monuments in Sesquicentennial Park, Houston and the Robert A. Mosbacher Memorial Bridge naming and monument.  He is a recipient of 4 Royal decorations from His Majesty the King of Thailand; he received the 2013 Houston Bar Association Leon Jaworski Award for community service; the 2000 Distinguished Friend of China Award; the 1996 International Service Award of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce; was the 1998 Honoree of the American Immigration Law Foundation for Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law; and the recipient of the 2007 American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Award. He was featured in the film Mao’s Last Dancer.  He was designated a ”Texas Super Lawyer” 2003-2012 by Texas Monthly magazine; the “Top Notch Lawyer in Immigration” in the Texas Lawyer“ Go To Lawyers Guide each year published, as well as Who’s Who In American Law and the #1 Ranked Immigration Lawyer in Texas by Chambers USA 2006-2016.  Mr. Foster is married to Lily Foster and they have two children. 
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Samantha Loos-Polk
 
Some past attendees of the Rotary Lombardi Award (February 11, 2017 this year) will remember meeting Samantha and hearing her story. Several of our members recently hears "the rest of the story" which is filled with amazing inspiration from this dynamic Houstonian.
 
Samantha Loos-Polk is a Registered Nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology Unit. Samantha earned a Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing from the University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing. Samantha became inspired to pursue a career in Nursing after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13. Samantha not only had cancer, but a rare fungal infection that caused harmful effects to her well-being. She was hospitalized for a total of nine months at Texas Children’s Hospital. Samantha has defeated her disease and is now a five year cancer survivor.
 
   
Throughout her college education, she hoped to become a pediatric oncology nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she won her battle. Samantha believes that her education is her top priority, which has helped her succeed, and due to her hard efforts, she has not only become a member of the UST Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau, but also the Co-Secretary. Samantha tries to be involved within the community. During her college education she was a Community Assistant for the Residence Halls, an Orientation Leader, and was the Nursing Student Association President. Samantha is also a second degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and has competed nationally representing Texas.
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MLK Luncheon
Thursday, January 12, 2017
 
 
$28.00 preregistration. $32.00 at the door
 
Jodie Jiles 
Director of Business Development - Transwestern
    Image result Jodie had a remarkable 26-year career of making a decisive positive impact in investment banking. Licensed in municipal and general securities, Jodie provided solid direction and expert guidance to public finance clients and municipal issuers within the State of Texas. Prior to joining Transwestern, Jodie served as Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets where he orchestrated municipal finance activities and implemented strategic marketing plans with targeted large account clients throughout Texas.
     During his 26 year career Jodie had the pleasure of serving on the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas Board from 1998 to 2002. (Elected Chair, 2000 to 2001).
     Jodie was recognized in 2011 with a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas at Austin. He finds great satisfaction in giving back to the community through involvement in public service, community partnerships, and is a committed member of the following boards, to name a few:

• Texas Business Leadership Council- Executive Committee, 2013 Chairman
• Greater Houston Partnership – 2014 Elected Lifetime Director, 2005 Chairman
• Baylor College of Medicine, Trustee, Executive Committee
• Texas Children’s Hospital, Trustee, Executive Committee
• Texas Heart Institute - Foundation Board 
• NAACP – Blue Ribbon Host Committee – National Convention, 2012
• Texas Southern University – Foundation Board Member
• The University of Texas at Austin – Development Board 
• UT Health- Development Board 
• KIPP Academy, Board Member 
• The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch, Former Director, Board Member
    
     Jodie holds a Master of Professional Accountancy from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Southern University.
 
Sonny Messiah-Jiles
CEO & Publisher – Defender Media Group
     SonImage result for Sonny Messiah Jiles photony Messiah-Jiles is the CEO and Publisher of the Defender Media Group (formerly the Houston Defender Newspaper), Houston’s leading Black Information Source. The media group includes the Defender newspaper , the website www.defendernetwork.com and several social media sites.  She has been at the helm of the company since 1981 when she purchased the newspaper at age 27.
     Messiah-Jiles served as the chairperson of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (The Black Press of America), a federation of African-American newspapers across the country. She also served as the National Alumni Chair for the Houston Alumni Organization (University of Houston).  Currently, Messiah-Jiles serves as Vice President and Director of Grand Slam, a marketing/investment consulting firm. Her professional activities include being the first African-American female board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, and she currently serves on the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors. She has served on the Advisory Board of J.P. Morgan Chase-Houston, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, Center for Houston’s Future, NAACP-Houston, JobPlus, Hester House, March of Dimes Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, American Diabetes Association, and American Leadership Forum.
     Messiah-Jiles recently received the Houston Association of Black Journalists Trailblazer Award.  In addition she has been honored with many other awards including the Phenomenal Woman Award, NNPA Publisher of the Year, American Civil Liberties Freedom of Speech Award, YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year, Jaycees “Outstanding Texan”, “Women on the Move”, UH Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the National Dental Association Civil Rights Award. She has been named by EBONY Magazine as one of the100 most influential Black Americans. She and her husband were awarded the “Community Service Award” by the University of Houston Downtown. In December 2008, Messiah-Jiles was inducted into the Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce inaugural Hall of Fame along with former first lady Barbara Bush and eight other women.
     Messiah-Jiles received an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and did postgraduate work at Texas Southern University and Rice University.
Prior to purchasing the Defender, Sonny worked as a radio news reporter, a television talk show host, and an advertising account executive at the Houston Chronicle.
     Messiah-Jiles is married to Jodie Lee Jiles an investment banker. They have two sons, Jodie and Clyde. She is a native of McNair/Baytown, Texas.
 
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Chief Art Acevedo 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

11:30 check in begins. Meeting noon to 1 PM

$28.  With advance registration. $32 at the door.

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Art Acevedo was sworn-in as Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) on November 30, 2016.

Chief Acevedo leads a department of 5,200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,200 civilian support personnel with an annual general fund budget of $825 million in the fourth largest city in the United States.

Chief Acevedo believes good communication is vital for a successful community and steadily works to strengthen the bond between the community and its police department. A proponent of community policing, Chief Acevedo refers to the proven practice as “Relational Policing,” an opportunity to forge a relationship with each citizen an officer comes in contact with.  

The first Hispanic to lead the HPD, Acevedo brings a unique understanding to the concerns of the diverse communities in the City of Houston.  Born in Cuba, he was 4 years old when he migrated to the United States with his family in 1968. Acevedo grew up in California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California. Acevedo began his law enforcement career in 1986 as field patrol officer in East Los Angeles with the California Highway Patrol. He rose through the ranks and was named Chief of the California Highway Patrol in 2005. Acevedo most recently served nine years as Chief of the Austin Police Department.

Chief Acevedo holds various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is married to Tanya Born Acevedo and is the father of Melissa, Matthew and Jake.

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Several months ago, Dr. Ken Mattox asked the program committee to be sure Texas State Representative Sarah Davis was scheduled to discuss a critical issue that is not getting covered in the media. Rotary is very proud of its work in the area of polio eradication, but what are we doing to prevent other diseases that can easily be prevented? Join us to learn about this issue and hear what is on the agenda for the coming session in Austin. 

 

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for Thursday, January 5, 2017

Major Issues in the 85th Legislative Session

State Representative Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis is a successful attorney, three-term state representative and a fiscal conservative dedicated to limiting the size and scope of government in our lives.

Sarah was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010, and served on the Public Health and Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committees. Her subsequent re-election in 2012 saw an increase in responsibility in committee assignments. She served on the Public Health, Calendars, and Appropriations committees. Currently she is Co-Chair of the Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund, Chair of the Appropriations Sub-Committee on Budget Transparency and Reform, and serves on Appropriations, Public Health, Mental Health, Calendars, and General Investigating and Ethics Committees. She served as the Conference Committee Chair of Article II Health and Human Services for the 2016-2017 budget cycle.

Sarah is an accomplished and successful attorney devoting her career to defending against personal injury lawsuits. She is a partner with the national law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP. Sarah's clients include individuals, local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.

Sarah graduated from John Foster Dulles High School in Sugar Land in 1994. In college, she was a member of the Baylor University debate team. After receiving a Bachelor´s Degree in Economics from Baylor in 1998, she went on to earn her Law Degree from the University of Houston in 2001.

Sarah is a 40 year old breast cancer survivor, and lives with her husband, Kent Adams, and their two Yorkies, Mr. Henry and Barret, in the City of West University Place.

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SECOND IN A SERIES OF CRITICAL ISSUES: HAS HOUSTON REALLY SOLVED ITS PENSION CRISIS?

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016

11:30A.M.-1:15 P.M.

HOUSTON CITY CLUB (GREENWAY PLAZA)

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The City of Houston has a serious pension problem involving the three employee pension systems, Police, Municipal Employees, and Firefighters.  Depending on which figures you believe, the extent of the debt owed as a result of the City of Houston's unfunded pension obligations ranges from $5 BILLION to a maximum $13.7 BILLION.  We simply have no money to continue to fund the generous retiree benefits approved by former Mayor Lee Brown's Administration in 2001, which accepted, without question, very flawed assumptions from actuarial firm, Towers Perrin. Ironically, that firm represented the Firefighters' Pension Fund but the City was unconcerned about the conflict.

To make matters worse, the State Legislature controls Houston's destiny by implementing a law that applies only to Houston, namely, that no changes can be made unless all sides agree to discuss. Worse, the annual contribution the city must pay is dictated by the Firefighters which was given effective control by the State Legislature in the same state Law. 

How generous are the benefits under the current agreement?
A long-serving firefighter who retires this year will get a lump sum on retirement day approaching $ 1 million.  A police officer will get a lump sum ranging from $1 million to $1.5 million. Plus, they get lifetime annual incomes with guaranteed future annual raises based on higher pay grades than at retirement. Contrast that generous retirement with the hard facts that many American companies are suspending pension plans, leaving loyal ex-employees with nothing. Yet, our civil servants will retire as millionaires while Houston scrambles to find the money to continue operations.  Is a major tax increase coming in Mayor Turner's administration?

Our speakers, who will discuss the pending deal negotiated by Mayor Sylvester Turner last month and passed, upon submission and without discussion, by City Council, are three acknowledged experts in the field:

(1) Houston City Controller, Chris Brown, (2)  Businessman, politician, attorney Bill King, and, (3) Craig Mason, acknowledged pension expert and  retired actuary with 40 years’ experience who served several Mayors as the City representative on those pension boards.

PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS WHO CARE ABOUT THE FISCAL FUTURE OF HOUSTON.  RESERVATIONS REQUESTED AS WE EXPECT A FULL HOUSE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 11:45 A.M. AND END AT 1:15 P.M.

SPEAKERS

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Chris Brown

Chris B. Brown is a proud Houstonian who was sworn into office as City Controller in January 2016. Chris is a proven professional with the private and public sector experience to be a responsible financial steward, and the commitment to serve his community.

Chris began his career two decades ago, as a trader for Coastal Securities, an investment bank, where he focused on analysis of high tech stocks. After several years, Chris co-founded an equity trading firm. Chris, as head of operations for the equity trading firm, gained first-hand experience with risk management, compliance, reporting, building operations and negotiating complex agreements.

Prior to being elected Controller in December 2015, Chris served as Chief Deputy City Controller, where he managed the day-to-day operations and oversaw the Executive Division of the Controller’s Office. Prior to being appointed Chief Deputy City Controller in 2009, Chris served as City Council Chief of Staff, overseeing community development initiatives and serving as a liaison to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee.

In addition to his professional experience, Chris is an active participant in his community. He currently serves on the board of the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity (WALIPP), Asia Society of Texas Advisory Board, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, and Prevent Blindness of Texas. He is a past board member of the TCU National Alumni and SEARCH Homeless Services.

Chris is a fourth generation Houstonian, and has deep roots in the Houston community. Chris attended Briargrove Elementary and Lee High School, where he was a swim team varsity letterman. His family was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Chris attended Texas Christian University and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and later a Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Chris, his wife, Divya, an attorney, and their daughter, Milana, reside in southwest Houston.

Bill King

A lifelong resident of the Houston area, Bill King grew up the son of a union pipefitter and worked his way through the University of Houston, earning both his bachelor's degree and law degree there. In so doing, he became the first in his family to graduate from college.

For the last 40 years, Bill has practiced law and run businesses in Houston. After "falling on my face" as he describes his experience during the economic downturn of the 1980s, he picked himself up, rebuilt his business career, and has gone on to serve his community in a variety of ways. In 2012, Bill co-chaired the HISD bond campaign to rebuild its dilapidated high schools throughout the city. The measure won nearly 70 percent voter approval. Prior to that, his efforts to revamp the region's hurricane preparedness plans earned him several gubernatorial appointments and other recognition.

More recently, as a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and previously as a candidate for Mayor, Bill has earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate for balancing the city budget, investment in infrastructure, and common sense solutions to Houston's most challenging problems.

Craig Mason

Mr. Mason was a management consultant for over 30 years with Mercer, the international human resource consulting firm. As a consultant, he provided advice to employers on the design, implementation, funding and administration of employee benefit plans, with a concentration on pension benefits.

After retirement from Mercer, he became an independent consultant. From October 2005 through August 2015 he provided consulting services exclusively to the City of Houston relative to the three pension plans sponsored by the City. As part of his consulting services to the City of Houston, he served as a trustee on the administrative boards of all three of the City of Houston sponsored pension plans.

Mr. Mason graduated with a BA degree in mathematics from Texas Christian University.  He was an Enrolled Actuary and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries during his consulting career with Mercer.

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Daniel Weiss

Managing Partner

McCann Investigations

November 17, 2016

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Daniel Weiss, CEO and founding partner of McCann Investigations, LLC, started his 25-year career in the security industry early, working at a maximum-security prison as a graduate student at Northeastern University. Weiss held managerial positions at Wells Fargo and Chubb before becoming the founder of multiple security companies. As a security expert he has been interviewed by leading news organizations. His knowledge covers private investigation, computer forensics, loss prevention, electronic security system design, and surveillance, and his background supports the unique balance between business and former law enforcement―a unique hallmark of McCann Investigations. www.mccanninvestigations.com 

Mr Weiss is also the author of the 2015 book, Handling Bad: Inside A Cyber Era Private Investigation Firm

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Michael Curran, Ph.D.

Immunotherapy

November 3, 2016

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Dr. Curran joined The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2012 as assistant professor of Immunology. In 2014, he was named scientific director of the Oncology Research for Biologics and Immunotherapy Translation (ORBIT) platform, which coordinates development and production of clinical immunotherapeutic antibodies based on novel targets and preclinical reagents originating at MD Anderson.

Dr. Curran completed B.A. degrees in biology and foreign affairs and a minor in computer science at the University of Virginia in 1995, while receiving accolades for the best undergraduate laboratory research project. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in immunology from Stanford University in 2001, where he was awarded the McDevitt prize for the best graduate thesis in his year. Dr. Curran was the first recipient of the prestigious American Cancer Society Levy Fellowship to fund his postdoctoral studies in the lab of James P. Allison, Ph.D.

While pursuing his postdoctoral studies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Curran published several influential papers describing how T-cell co-stimulatory pathways could be modulated in tandem to mediate immunologic rejection of melanomas in mice. He detailed how combination blockade of the T-cell co-inhibitory receptors CTLA-4 and PD-1 promoted the rejection of a majority of murine melanomas. This work supported the launch of a series of clinical trials in which more than 50 percent of metastatic melanoma patients experienced clinical responses and more than 90 percent survived beyond two years — an unprecedented result that prompted the Food and Drug Administration to make this the first approved immunotherapy antibody combination. In addition, his subsequent immunologic studies of 4-1BB agonist antibodies earned him the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer’s prestigious Presidential Award.

In addition to his work on ORBIT, Dr. Curran has established an independent lab at MD Anderson, where his group studies the origins of the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and how it can be disrupted to facilitate immune-mediated tumor rejection.

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The Rotary Club of Houston Salutes Veterans 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 

 

Please RSVP and join us at 11:00 a.m. for the Annual Rotary Club of Houston/West Point Society/Naval Academy Alumni “Salute to Veterans” luncheon as well as an opportunity to sponsor an active duty soldier, sailor, airmen, coast guardsmen, or marine on starting sharply at 11:30 a.m.

This event features a timely talk from GEN Mark Welsh, the former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force who is now the Dean of the Bush School at Texas A & M.

In addition to our distinguished speaker we are proud to announce that other special guests will include over 100 active duty members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and Air Force and some of their outstanding commanders.

This year’s earlier start time allows for the presentation of colors by the Color Guard and live military music and songs provided by the award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts ensemble.

Location: This program will be held at the Junior League of Houston located at 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, next to the St. Regis Hotel that is located three lights East of the intersection of San Felipe and Hwy 610.  View Map  to 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027.

The pre-registration price of this luncheon for members of the sponsoring clubs is $32.00 (based on an increase of cost at this venue) Since we have to register in advance with the Junior League, anyone who does not pre-register will need to pay $35.00 at the door and will be admitted space permitting.

Sponsorship opportunity: 

At this luncheon, in support for our troops, we would like to provide everyone an opportunity to sponsor active duty members of the armed forces.  Besides paying for your lunch, the cost for each sponsorship is $32.00.

Table Sponsorships of 10 for $500 will include recognition on the program, from the podium and at your premium-located table.

Sponsorships, as well as luncheon payments, may be made by clicking on the following link Click Here (Members of the RCH should follow reservation directions send via email.) (If you are not a member of the Rotary Club of Houston, please skip the member login and underneath the line add your name and email. Then proceed to select option.)

Once on the sign-in page simply put in your first and last name and email address, select Options, then select a Registration Packages: Rotarians, Visitors, West Point Society Member, or Naval Academy Alumni, Unable to attend but would like to sponsor, Table Purchases. Next, select "Optional Add-Ons" and select the number of options desired. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Deanna Belford at the Rotary office at administrator@rotaryhouston.org or call 713 973-9936.  

We look forward to seeing you there!
Jon King, Rotary Club of Houston; Chair: Veteran's Day Event
David Hale, Rotary Club of Houston; Chair: Veteran's Committee

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Building a Sustainable Model at Brookwood

Vivian Shudde, Executive Director
The Brookwood Community
 

October 27, 2016

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Vivian Shudde, whose degree is in special education and psychology from the University of Texas, feels she was fortunate to grow up in a family with her sister, Vicki, who suffered severe brain damage due to complications which accompanied mumps.  Vivian feels her greatest education came from her mother, Yvonne Streit, who is the founder and Executive Director Emeritus of The Brookwood Community and also the founder of The Briarwood School.
 
The blessings now continue because her own son, Wilson, is functionally disabled and is a resident at The Brookwood Community.
 
Vivian, who is a member at Grace Presbyterian Church, has worked at The Briarwood School for 25 years and is currently working at The Brookwood Community as Chief Executive Officer.
 
Although Briarwood has experienced wonderful success for children with learning disabilities, it does not provide an answer for adults who would need full or part time care for a lifetime....therefore The Brookwood Community was born....an environment built to accommodate and enhance the lives of the functionally disabled adult.....an environment where opportunity through education abounds.
 
Children with severe disabilities become adults who have no place to go after “high school”; therefore, there was a real need for Brookwood.  In the early 1980's the vision of Brookwood, a self-contained community environment where these people can learn, work, and live productively emerged and with strong determination has become a reality and home and work to 200+ “Brookwoodians” and whose outreach program actively shares the innovative concepts and techniques with other professional caregivers across the nation and around the world, touching thousands more.
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Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD

President & CEO
Project C.U.R.E.
 
October 20, 2016
 
 

Dr. Douglas Jackson serves as the President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America.

In addition, Project C.U.R.E. sends teams of medical professionals to assist partner hospitals and clinics through the successful C.U.R.E. Clinic program, and provides hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical supplies to traveling doctors and nurses in the form of C.U.R.E. Kits. Recently, Project C.U.R.E. pioneered the design of Kits for Kids, a backpack filled with the items that mom’s in developing countries need to care for their children. More than 15,000 people volunteer with Project C.U.R.E. every year, making the organization one of the most efficient and effective grass-roots organizations in the country.

In addition to his work at Project C.U.R.E., Dr. Jackson has taught at the university level in the disciplines of finance, investments, leadership development, legal and international issues. Most recently at the Korbel School for International Studies, Douglas designed and implemented a graduate course entitled “From Disaster to Development: The Appropriate Response to International Crises.” He is a frequent speaker and lecturer to colleges and universities, as well as civic, corporate and community organizations.

Dr. Jackson is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and was the President of the Denver Rotary Club #31. He serves on the Board of Directors for InterAction, WorldDenver, The Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver, and the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professionals at Regis University. He is a member of the National Who’s Who, Registry #57689, and a graduate of leadership program LEAD San Diego. Past service includes the Institute for International Education which administers Fulbright Scholarships, Leader’s Challenge, and a Ruling Elder of Cherry Hills Community Church (EPC). Dr. Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Healthcare from the American Red Cross, the Civis Princeps recognition from Regis University, the 5280 Magazine Philanthropist of the Year, and accepted the CoBiz “Best Places to Work” and Colorado Ethics in Business Award on behalf of the team at Project C.U.R.E.

Douglas graduated magna cum laude from Northwest Nazarene University in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the study of law. In 1992, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and econometrics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, authoring a dissertation on leveraged buyouts and secondary public offerings.  Douglas is a member of the Alpha Delta Sigma and the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor societies.

Following his admission to the bar, Douglas administered the legal affairs for the international agricultural firm of CTB, Inc., a Birkshire Hathaway company. Upon the completion of his Ph.D., Douglas opened the Fermanian Business Center at Point Loma University in San Diego, California. As Executive Director, Douglas developed and implemented numerous programs and seminars to advance business opportunities for college students and business professionals in the San Diego community and abroad. In 1995, Dr. Jackson assumed the role of Provost at Colorado Christian University. In this capacity, he oversaw the academic, financial, operational, advancement and student life functions of the university.

Douglas lives in a converted warehouse in LoDo, Denver. He is dad to three beautiful daughters and is the son of Chief Uzoma of Nkume, a Nigerian honor bestowed on his father for Project C.U.R.E.’s work in Africa.

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‘Houston Ballet: Season Preview and Community Impact’

October 13, 2016

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Join us to preview highlights from Houston Ballet's current 2016-2017 season, including the world premiere of The Nutcracker.  Also hear about Houston Ballet's extensive education and community outreach programs, which last year impacted over 54,000 students from across the city of Houston.

                                                                                  

LAUREN ANDERSON,  PROGRAM MANAGER, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Native Houstonian Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars. 


She trained exclusively at the Houston Ballet Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 as a member of the Corps de Ballet, was promoted to Soloist in 1987, and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet – and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. 
 

In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role in Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas. 


In the fall of 2016, a collection of mementos from her career became a part of the permanent exhibition in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

JENNIFER SOMMERS, DIRECTOR, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Jennifer Clagett Sommers holds an MFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.   She has performed with Laura Dean Musicians and Dancers, Street Signs Center for Literature and Performance, and the Albany Berkshire Ballet, where she also served as Ballet Mistress.  
 
Her dance honors include a scholarship to Jacob’s Pillow Choreography Workshop, a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, and a Lake Region Arts Council grant in support of new work.  From 2000-2005, she served as the Associate Director of Raleigh Dance Theatre (a Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Honor Company) and on the faculty of Meredith College.  From 2005-2008, she served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Morris and taught both dance and interdisciplinary courses.  
 
She relocated to Houston in 2008 and launched a dance program at KIPP Sharpstown College Prep.  She joined the Houston Ballet Education Outreach department in 2010 where she teaches dance and dance integration classes to students and teachers throughout Houston and greater Harris County. She also teaches for Houston Ballet Academy, and has served on the faculty of and choreographed for the University of Houston.

 

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FREE TRADE

FAIR TRADE

NAFTA

THE T.P.P.

ISSUES SURROUNDING FREE TRADE/FAIR TRADE, NAFTA AND THE T.P.P.
October 6, 2016
 
 
 

 

International trade has become a central theme in this year’s presidential race. Are the two leading candidates leading us into a new type of isolation? Should they be talking so much about manufacturing issues or how to improve the service-sector and American competition? There is little doubt that trade agreements have greatly helped our country, but, it is equally clear that many blue-collar workers and unskilled workers have suffered greatly and are not finding employment.  Swirling around the trade issue is the offshoring and outsourcing of American jobs and the very difficult issues of how technology and American Fiscal Policy have affected America’s employment numbers.  Finally, if T.P.P. passes, is China likely to lose as supporters claim?
 
We can argue about how to allocate the blame.  But, the problems are real and complicated. And T.P.P comes to a vote, soon.
 
Our participants are fierce proponents of their respective sides. In one corner, representing the Free Trade advocates is Chris Tomlinson, award winning reporter for the Houston Chronicle who has written extensively on the benefits of free trade.  In the other corner,  representing groups that oppose NAFTA-model trade agreements and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, still under debate, is Hany Khalil Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO),
 
Probably of greater economic importance than NAFTA and TPP is the fact that trade with China, which entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, has had the greatest impact on American jobs.  American consumers have benefited from very low prices but at the cost of several million jobs. The jury is still out whether the United States is outsourcing too much of its technology to China and the Far East and what the long term effects will be.  Short term everything looks great but can a country that exports most of its technology and know-how still be a world leader especially when the other side, China, has numerous restrictions on American companies seeking to do business in China? Are we sowing the seeds for our own future decline? 
 
Please invite your friends, fellow Rotarians from other clubs to this very important program.
 
Joseph Colangelo
Chair of the day
 
Speakers:
 

Chris Tomlinson (left photo) is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, New York Times bestselling-author and filmmakerBefore joining the newspaper, he spent 20 years as a correspondent for The Associated Press reporting from 30 countries and nine war zones.

Tomlinson writes about energy, business and the economy in a twice weekly column and in a daily blog for the Chronicle. He is the author of Tomlinson Hill which chronicles the history of two Tomlinson families, one black and one white, who trace their history to a Central Texas slave plantation. He is also the producer of Tomlinson Hill: Are We Equal Yet, an award-winning documentary film.

Tomlinson is also a Fellow in Journalism at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and has lectured at the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Journalism.

 

 

Hany Khalil is the Executive Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, the regional alliance of 77 AFL-CIO unions representing 45,000 workers in thirteen Gulf Coast counties.  He has worked as a researcher and organizer in the labor, racial justice, and peace movements for more than twenty-five years. 
 
He holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA with a concentration in Regional and International Development and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University. He wrote much of HISD’s Economics, A.P. Macroeconomics, and A.P. U.S. Government curricula and trained many of HISD’s current AP Macroeconomics and U.S. Government teachers. Before moving back to Houston, his hometown, he taught at New York University.
 
Hany has served on the boards of several local organizations, including the New Leaders Council-Houston, the Houston Federation of Teachers, and Community Voices for Public Education and is currently a member of Mayor Turner’s Welcoming City Initiative.
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“Empowering Innovation. Releasing Potential. 

Transforming Communities.” 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Bert Smith will discuss the model of moving inmates from being tax consumers to taxpayers, from gang leaders to servant leaders and from felons to real fathers and even philanthropists.

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), is on a mission to transform inmates and executives by unlocking human potential through entrepreneurial passion, education and mentoring. Their groundbreaking results include a return-to-prison rate of less than 5%, employment rate of 100% within 90 days and over 100 businesses launched.

 

Bert Smith - Chief Executive Officer

Bert Smith officially joined PEP as CEO in May 2010 and has been actively involved with PEP since 2005. He has served in a number of volunteer roles, including executive judge, Business Plan Advisor, teacher, mentor, donor and Chairman of the Houston Advisory Board.

In the 1980s, Bert served as Director, General Counsel, and Head of Corporate Development for a family owned engineering company that built and operated independent power plants. After the sale of that company, Bert founded and led a group that developed proprietary alternative fuel and energy generation technologies. Prior to joining PEP as CEO, Bert was an early stage investor and CEO for a DVD kiosk rental business.

Bert serves on the Board of Directors for a family foundation, is a past President of the Executives Association of Houston, is a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and has served as an active board member and volunteer with a number of other nonprofit organizations. He holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is married and has three adult children.  

 

 

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Male-female? Race? Family History?
What numbers do you need to know for a healthy heart?
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Dr. Stephanie Coulter
 
 
Dr. Stephanie Coulter is the founding director of the Texas Heart® Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health, Associate Director of Non Invasive Cardiology at CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Director of the Texas Heart® Institute Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. 
 
Dr. Coulter earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. She completed internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed a fellowship in general cardiology with an advanced fellowship in echocardiography at Massachusetts General Hospital and a research fellowship in clinical epidemiology and also clinical trials at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital with the Thrombosis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Group.
 
Dr. Coulter is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and registered as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in cardiovascular disease echocardiography and certification in nuclear medicine. 
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Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Blood Drive & Blue Bell Ice Promotional

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Houston City Club

10 am-2 pm

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Indicate your preferred time in the comments section.

Q: Why should I donate blood?*

A: Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:

  • women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and hemorrhage before, during or after childbirth;
  • children with severe anemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition;
  • people with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters; and
  • many complex medical and surgical procedures and cancer patients.

It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with hemophilia.

There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.

Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.

*World Health Organization, April 2016

Fun Fact: One pint of whole blood can save up to three lives.

                   
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Dr. Bryant Boutwell
Thursday, August 4, 2016
 

 

Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H.

John P. McGovern, M.D. Professor of Oslerian Medicine

Special Advisor to the President

Distinguished Teaching Professor

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 

            Dr. Bryant Boutwell has served the institutions of Houston’s Texas Medical Center for four decades and is the first holder of The John P. McGovern, M.D. Professorship in Oslerian Medicine at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston where he teaches at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics while serving as Special Advisor to the president.  His teaching interests include medical history, communications, and ethics.  In 2013 he was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by UT System and elected to membership in the UT System Academy of Health Science Education. Most recently he has been elected to the Board of Governors for the American Osler Society. During his career he has written award-winning newspaper columns, radio programs, and television programs including scripts narrated by Walter Cronkite.  In 2000 he published a history of the Medical School and the Texas Medical Center while serving as Associate Dean of Community Affairs and Professional Education at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School (1993-2006).  Sales from that book support the Boutwell/McGovern Endowed Scholarship Fund for medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  During 2008-2010 he served as Associate Vice President for Accreditation and International Programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and oversaw the successful reaccreditation of the institution’s six professional schools with special commendation from executive leadership.  Dr. Boutwell has journalism and biology degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.  Prior to joining the UT’s medical school in Houston in 1993, he worked at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for 15 years where he served communication roles and as a faculty member leading NIH-funded cancer prevention grants while serving as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. During his Texas Medical Center career he also handled media relations for Dr. Denton Cooley’s historic heart transplants (1980-1982) and served as director of public relations for the entire Texas Medical Center (1983-1985).  In 2014 he published the biography of John P. McGovern, M.D., his friend and mentor.  His latest book is ‘Bout Time: 4-Minute Histories of the Texas Medical Center and UTHealth is compiled from his blog entitled, ‘Bout Time that can be seen online: https://www.uth.edu/blog/bout-time/                  

 

                                                                        

 
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STEVE TIMMS

HOUSTON GOLF ASSOCIATION CEO and PRESIDENT

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, SHELL HOUSTON OPEN

June 30, 2016

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Steve Timms assumed the overall duties of President and CEO of the Houston Golf Association (HGA) and Tournament Director for the Shell Houston Open on January 19, 2001. Through his leadership, the Houston Golf Association continues its 70 year legacy of distributing millions of dollars to youth development programs throughout the Greater Houston Area annually.

In his leadership role with the Houston Golf Association, Steve is the President and CEO of The First Tee of Greater Houston, which is the chapter with the largest reach in a worldwide network. He is also the president of the Houston Municipal Golf Association, a 501(c)(3) that supports the City of Houston with the maintenance and restoration of Houston’s public golf courses. 

Steve serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kingwood Medical Center. Steve also serves on the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Advisory Council of which he was Chairman from 2008 to 2011. In previous years he has served on the Board of the PGA TOUR Tournaments Association and the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup Task Force.

Steve and wife Susan have two grown daughters and two grandchildren and are long time residents of the Houston area.

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Steve Vetrano
Regional Chief Executive Officer
Greater Houston Area Chapter
Red Cross
June 9, 2016
 
 
Steve Vetrano became the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Houston Area Chapter in 2009.  In 2011, he was selected as the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Texas Gulf Coast Region.  In this role he oversees operations, fundraising and community engagement throughout 51 counties and 7 Red Cross offices along the Texas Gulf Coast.  Prior to this post, Steve served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross where he was instrumental in the coordination of the response to the Hurricane Season of 2005.  He helped orchestrate the chapter’s response and housing of over 24,000 evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Before arriving in Texas, Steve served as the Deputy Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Greater Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania for over 7 years.  He also served as the Deputy Director of Health and Safety Department of the American Red Cross of Greater New York in New York City.  In addition to the hurricanes in 2005, Steve has worked on several other large disasters including the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, TWA flight 800 crash in 1997, and hurricane Ike in 2008.
 
Vetrano holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Manhattan College and a Master’s of Business Administration from Penn State University.  He resides in Houston with his wife and three children.        
 
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Earle Martin

Author: The Boy Who Saved My Life

 

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Earle Martin was an Episcopal priest for twelve years before leaving the ministry and receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. Following a brief time at the Family Service Association, he was for many years in private practice in psychotherapy, and is now retired. His first wife, Katherine, whom Charlie called "My Nanny," died in 2001. He lives in Houston with his wife, Kristi, and their dog, Nimrod.

Charlie Stubbs and Earle Martin live on the same street, just two blocks from each other, and are the best of friends. Charlie, who lives with his family and his cat Annie II, is now twenty-four. He has been coming to Earle's home at least twice a week for his entire life.

The Boy Who Saved My Life is the story of his grandson, Charlie, who is autistic. Charlie works in the day program at Brookwood Community. All proceeds from the book, available for sale at the meeting, go to Brookwood.

More info is available at: www.theboywhosavedmylife.com

 

 
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Dick DeGuerin
DeGuerin Dickson Hennessy & Ward
 
 
Mr. DeGuerin specializes in criminal defense and enjoys a widely varied practice in both state and federal trials and appeals.  In practice for over fifty years, he was associated with famed defense attorney Percy Foreman during the seventies and has successfully defended a wide variety of clients, including doctors, lawyers, judges, a United States Senator; and persons accused of murder, smuggling, money laundering and white collar crime. Mr. DeGuerin was the first lawyer in the United States to file a motion relating to the "Hyde Amendment." He was referred to as "one of the state's finest lawyers" in Texas Monthly 1994 Bum Steer Awards; Ultimate Defense Attorney in the Houston Chronicle, 2004; Hall of Fame Award, Texas Defense Criminal Lawyers Association, June 2004; University of Texas' Honorary Order of the Coif, 2013; Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2013; Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2014; Best Attorneys in Texas, Best Lawyer 2015; Lifetime Achievement, Texas Lawyer, 2015; consistently been rated as Top Lawyer or Lawyer of the Year since 1980 to the present. In addition to his busy trial practice he teaches Criminal Defense Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law.
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COL (Ret.) Chris Sallese

Regional Storm Surge Protection

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COL (Ret.) Chris Sallese spent more than 27 years in the U.S. Army before entering the private sector, including more than three years as the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District. His extensive background and qualifications include leadership and management experience in engineering; emergency management; coastal operations and management; ecosystem restoration and resource sustainability; risk mitigation; strategic planning; interagency operations; and disaster response and recovery. During his military career, he was extensively involved in the planning, programming and execution of federal civil works programs along the Texas Gulf Coast encompassing flood damage reduction, navigation, regulatory activities, water quality, environmental conservation, recreation, emergency response services, and economic vitality. 

 

COL (Ret.) Sallese joined Dannenbaum in 2013 and serves as the firm’s Coastal Programs Manager.  He is currently working with numerous clients both public and private on terminal develop and rehabilitation projects and serves as the Project Manager for the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s storm surge protection study which encompasses the Texas Coast from Orange to Brazoria County.  

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Jay Steinfeld // Founder and CEO of Blinds.com

 
Jay Steinfeld is the founder and CEO of Blinds.com, the world’s largest online window coverings store.  After starting a small chain of window coverings retail stores in Houston, TX, he launched from his garage, the Internet’s first blinds Web site in 1993. And in 2014, sold his company to The Home Depot.
 
Jay is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He writes for Inc. Magazine a monthly column called Chief Effective Officer, which is about becoming a more effective leader.
 
Blinds.com awards include Houston's Best Place to Work, The American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year, last week the earned The Top 5 Best Companies to Work in Texas, National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Wellness, Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in America, the Award of Excellence by the Better Business Bureau and National Call Center of the Year.
 
Additionally, Jay will be one of our Camp Enterprise speakers and will join us in honoring the Camper of the Year.
 
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Attorney General Ken Paxton

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Texas’ 51st Attorney General, Ken Paxton, is known for his principled and uncompromising devotion to America’s founding values, and as a man who has demonstrated enormous political courage throughout his service to Texas.

The son of an Air Force veteran, General Paxton is a stalwart leader with an abiding passion and deep-seated respect for our U.S. Constitution.

In his first year in office, General Paxton hit the ground running, filing eight lawsuits against the federal government to protect Texas sovereignty on environmental issues, health care, religious freedom and immigration. The lawsuit he led for a 26-state coalition stopped President Obama’s illegal immigration plan in its tracks, winning in federal courts three times.

He also launched a new unit targeting human traffickers in Texas, fought for the rights of consumers against unscrupulous companies and institutions, and protected the privacy rights of Texans during the RadioShack bankruptcy hearings.

While serving in both chambers of the Texas Legislature, General Paxton worked to protect the 10th Amendment, defending Texas’ state sovereignty. He co-sponsored and defended Texas’ Voter ID bill, and has been a prominent voice in the defense of religious liberty and the protection of the unborn.

A defender of our free enterprise system, General Paxton has worked to make Texas a beacon of economic prosperity, opposing burdensome government regulations that harm Texas jobs and stunt economic growth.

Ken Paxton was born December 23, 1962, in Minot, North Dakota, while his father was stationed at Minot Air Force Base. He graduated from Baylor University, where he served as student body president, earning a B.A. in psychology in 1985 and an M.B.A. in 1986.

In 1991, he earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, founded by Thomas Jefferson. After law school, he joined the firm of Strasburger & Price, LLP, and later served as in-house counsel for J.C. Penney Company.

First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002, General Paxton represented House District 70 for 10 years, one of the fastest-growing regions in the state. In 2012, he was elected to the Texas State Senate, representing Senate District 8 in Collin and Dallas counties.

He met his wife Angela, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, while they were students at Baylor. The Paxtons have four children: Tucker, Abby, Mattie, and Katie. They are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

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SADDLE UP AND GRAB YOUR COWBOY HAT. IT’S TIME TO RODEO!
 
 The Houston Rodeo Parade is on Saturday, February 27 at 10 am.
 
The Rotary Club of Houston Rodeo Houston Parade Float has ten (10) spaces on the float for members, family and guests to ride in the Rodeo Parade. Our Rotary float will be part of the “live” TV broadcast on ABC Channel 13 in Houston. The Rotary donation for a place on the float is $600.00 per person. We have four (4) spaces available for experienced riders to be on horseback. The cost for a horseback rider is $800.00. These donations defray the cost of the float and raise funds to support the Rodeo and the Rotary Club of Houston humanitarian activities.
 
ROTARY NIGHT AT RODEO
 
Each year, The Rotary Club on Houston sponsors a calf in the calf scramble. Rotary’s night to award the check to a scramble winner is Tuesday, March 8, 2016. We have a total of 26 tickets available for purchase for that day. The cost is $30 each and includes the admission to the Rodeo grounds, the Rodeo performance and Pitbull concert.
 
After the tickets are sold there will be a random drawing for three pairs premium seating (6 tickets) in Section 115, near the bucking chutes.
 
Act fast to purchase the tickets and reserve your space on the float!
 
(NOTE: All you need to enter is your name and email)
 
Questions, call David Hale at 832-236-5601
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GOLF CLASSIC
Rotary Club of Houston Foundation
 
 
 
Our annual GOLF CLASSIC will be Thursday March 31st at the River Ridge Golf Club.  We are calling on all members of the Rotary Club of Houston to promote our golf tournament and recruit/sell at least one 4-golfer team!!  The annual GOLF CLASSIC is the sole fund raiser for Camp Enterprise.  It is imperative that we have a successful tournament!
 
We need everyone’s support!!  Here are ways to support our GOLF CLASSIC:
 
  1. Sell / Recruit one or more Teams to play!!
  2. Be a Sponsor (see flyer for sponsorship levels from $250 and up)
  3. Volunteer to assist at the Golf Classic
  4. Donate a nice bottle of wine for our Wine Pull

Please see the information on the CLICK HERE link with details about our event.  It is going to be a wonderful day full of fun, sport and fellowship!  Please promote the GOLF CLASSIC to your business associates, clients and friends!!  Even if you are not a golfer, you know golfers and can help put together at least one team. 

 

Please contact me directly if you have any questions or suggestions to make this a wonderful event!

 

Yours in service,

Deborah Falknor

Golf Classic Committee Chair

915.433.6840 c

713.507.4782

deborah.falknor@wellsfargo.com

 

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Alan Boyd Lumsden, MD
Celebrating Heart Awareness Month February 2016
 
 
 
 
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ALAN LUMSDEN, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
HOUSTON METHODIST DEBAKEY HEART & VASCULAR CENTER
HOUSTON METHODIST
 
 
Dr. Alan Lumsden received his medical degree with honors from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1981.  He completed his internship in General Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.  He then moved to the United States, completing his General Surgery residency, clinical and research fellowships in Vascular Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
In 1991, Dr. Lumsden accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.  In 1998, Dr. Lumsden became Director of the EmoryEndovascular Training Center and the Emory Venous Clinic in Atlanta.  He was appointed Head of General Vascular Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in March 1999, where he served until November 2001.  In December 2001 Dr. Lumsden was named Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine. In, January 2008, Dr. Lumsden was named Professor and Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and in January 2009, Dr. Lumsden was named Medical Director of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas.
 
Dr. Lumsden has developed an international reputation as a leader in the field of endovascular surgery.  His work has resulted in numerousscientific articles, abstracts, books, book chapters and presentations.  
 
Dr. Lumsden’s clinical expertise is in stent graft treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysmal disease, stenting and endarterectomy in carotid arterial disease, renovascular hypertension, aortoialicocclusive disease, mesenteric vascular and minimally invasive therapy in venous disease.  His research interests are in restenosis and developing newer methods of minimally invasive therapy.  
 
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BY POPULAR REQUEST

 

WE HAVE A SPECIAL LUNCHEON PROGRAM TOMORROW

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

 

WE HAVE THE FIRST OF MANY MEMBER “WHAT WE DO” PRESENTATIONS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

 

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY ANGIE JIMENEZ

OUR ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON CENTENNIAL PRESIDENT

HE WILL PRESENT ONE OF OUR ELEVEN ROTARY DISTRICT 5890 CHARITABLE PROJECTS WORLD-WIDE

 

NOTE: SPENCER TILLMAN PROGRAM ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW TO BE RESCHEDULED

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Scott Rozzell

Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston, Texas

Chairman of the Board and former Executive vice president and General Counsel, Center Point Energy

January 28, 2016

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Our speaker, Scott E. Rozzell is the former Executive Vice President & General Counsel of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.  Mr. Rozzell served for 13 years as a member of the CenterPoint Executive Committee and, in addition to the Company’s legal affairs, was responsible at various times for CenterPoint’s regulatory, government affairs, corporate communications, community relations, corporate compliance and internal audit functionsHeadquartered in Houston, CenterPoint Energy is the second largest U.S. electric and gas distribution company, serving over 5 million customers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Oklahoma.  The company also owns a majority interest in EnAble Midstream Partners LP, which includes three interstate pipelines and significant natural gas gathering assets.

Prior to joining CenterPoint in 2001, Mr. Rozzell was a Senior Partner and the Chair of the Energy Department of the Houston office of Baker Botts LLP. While in private practice, he was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the World’s Leading Lawyers and in 1999 was named a Dealmaker of the Year by the American Lawyer.  During his tenure at CenterPoint, Mr. Rozzell was named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine from 2003-2012.  He was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as Houston’s Outstanding General Counsel (large company category – 2005) and by the Texas General Counsel Forum as Outstanding General Counsel in the major litigation category (2011).  Under his leadership, the CenterPoint Energy Law Department was recognized for its contribution to Pro Bono (2010) and diversity in the legal profession (2012).

Mr. Rozzell is a former President of the Houston Bar Association, past Director of the State Bar of Texas, and past Chair of the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, past Chair and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and past Chair and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation.  He received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975 and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1971.

In addition to his position of Chairman of the Board of the Lone Star Flight Museum he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Powell Industries, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Federal Relations and Government Relations Advisory Committees of the Greater Houston Partnership. 

Mr. Rozzell was born and raised in Wake Village, Texas, a small town near Texarkana.  He is an avid pilot and can often be found during the summer months flying World War II aircraft in air shows around the country.

Mr. Rozzell is married to the former Karen Brandstrader, has two grown children, Stacey Murphree and Kimberly McVey, and three grandchildren.

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Rotary Club of Houston Martin Luther King Day
Speaker: Rev. William A. Lawson
Thursday, January 14, 2016
 
 
 
William A. Lawson is the founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He is now retired from that position.
 
Lawson was born in St. Louis, Mo., and reared by Walter and Clarisse Lawson Cade in Kansas City, Kansas, where he graduated from Sumner High School (1946). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Tennessee A. & I. State University in Nashville (1950). He returned to Kansas City to attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary, which conferred upon Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees.
 
While in seminary, he was married-61 years-to the love of his life, the late Audrey H. Lawson of St. Louis. The Lawson’s have four children. Melanie Lawson, Cheryl Lawson, Eric Lawson and Roxanne Lawson. Son-in-laws are John Guess and Thomas Carter. Grandchildren are Robyn Troup and Raven Troup, and grandson-in-law is Alex Koby.
 
Rev. Lawson came to Houston after graduation from seminary to serve as director of the Baptist Student Union and Professor of Bible at the new (eight years old) Texas Southern University. He served in that position for ten years, also becoming director of Upward Bound, a pre-college program for high school students on the TSU campus. During his years at TSU, a number of residents of the neighborhood persuaded the Lawson’s to establish a church near the university. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church was established in their home in June, 1962. The congregation has grown to over 5,000 members, with many outreach programs, and is much respected in the community. Since the church was born and lived its infant years during the Civil Rights Movement, Lawson has been deeply involved in advocacy activities for African Americans, for Hispanics, for women, and for the poor.  Rev. Lawson was a central figure in working with Dr. Martin Luther King to turn around the Houston community during those tumultuous years.
 
In 1996 the Houston community honored him with the creation of a non-profit advocacy agency called WALIPP, the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity. That agency has gone before public officials and bodies on behalf of the underclasses, and now has established a middle school for boys, chartered it as a public school with the Houston Independent School District so it would be accessible to low-income families, and this year has risen to the second highest ranking among public secondary schools. WALIPP has also constructed 50 units of apartments for seniors in Houston’s Third Ward. Finally, the agency is pulling together community development groups, churches, civic clubs, and local governments to redevelop the Third Ward so that aggressive real estate development will not expel all who need affordable housing.
 
He has received honorary doctorates from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, the University of Houston, and Texas Southern University. He is the author of a book of meditations called Lawson’s Leaves of Love.
 
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You are invited to the....
Rotary Club of Houston Christmas & Holiday Party
Thursday, December 17, 2015
 
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Houston City Club
 
PLEASE NOTE PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
 
NEW - Please read carefully:
smiley$28 for Rotarians and all guests who Register by Wednesday 12/16/15 at 3 PM
frown$32 for Rotarians and all guests who DO NOT Register
smileyMEAL CARDS if you Register: Use your meal card at the door. If you pre- register and do not attend, you owe us a card punch.
sadMEAL CARDS if you DO NOT Register: Use your meal card plus $3.00 at the door. (You have a little discount for having a meal card!)
 
 
 
This will be a fun event for all ages with a special visitor from the North Pole and the entire award winning Parker Elementary School Chorus!
Make sure you pre-register to not miss this fun event with all your Rotary friends.

So, get on Santa’s “nice” list and be there for our once a year celebration of Christmas, the Holidays and the Rotary celebration of friendship!

DON’T FORGET! We are collecting toys to benefit The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas
Assistance Program. Please bring your new and unwrapped gift to the party. Toys are needed to serve children age’s infants to 12 years old.
 
 
 
 
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Join us for dinner and a show!!

A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas

By Charles Dickens Adapted and Originally Directed by Michael Wilson

Directed by James Black 
Thursday December 17, 2015 Curtain times: 7:30 p.m.  
Run time is approx. 1 hour, 47 min.,  including 1 intermission
Suitable for general audiences.


All children must have a ticket and be able to sit in  their own seat for the entire length of the performance  without disturbing those around them.  Children ages 5 and younger are not permitted at any time.  ​Houston Rotary Club Holiday Evening at the Alley Theatre  

Alley Theater would like to offer Houston Rotary Club a special ticket discount to the 7:30 p.m. performance of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Individuals can save up to 17% on select seats.  
Use promotion code: ROTARY or call 713.220.5700, press option 1. 

We are also inviting everyone to dinner at Birraporetti’s Italian Restaurant at 5:45 pm. If you are joining us for dinner please confirm your reservations by emailing Dean Gladden at deang@alleytheatre.org​. He will set up an area for us. Thanks. Look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

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“Bring a Friend to Rotary”

 

Click Here to Register

LOCATION CHANGE NOTICE - Meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel - Greenway Plaza (20th Floor)

 

Rotary Club of Houston

November 12, 2015

Mark P. Jones, Department of Political Science

Rice University

“The Meanings from the Houston Election”

The Houston election was on Tuesday, November 3 and has significant meanings for our city and its environs. Dr. Mark Jones is one of the most astute political observers in the city, and we are honored to have him help us make sense of what happened in the election.

We have a run-off for the election between Turner and King. Plus, the voters defeated the HERO ordinance. In addition, results of the city council races, propositions, and bonds are required to get a full understanding of the election and its meaning. Dr. Jones will provide us with the entire picture.

I urge you not to miss this important presentation a few days after the election. You’ll hear plenty from the run-off contenders and others, but you likely will not hear much about what it all means to our city from an unbiased and astute observer such as Mark Jones. We are fortunate to have him be with us on the 12th. Please mark your calendars and prepare for a lively Q&A.

Mark is well known as an engaging and knowledgeable speaker on Houston politics. You’ll enjoy hearing him.

Bill Lee, Rotary Club of Houston Program Chair for 2015-2016

Mark P. Jones is the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s Fellow in Political Science and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice University. Dr. Jones also just finished his tenure as Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.

Jones is a frequent commentator in the local, state, national, and international media on the city of Houston, on the state of Texas, and on U.S. politics and public policy. He is the co-author of Texas Politics Today: 2015-2016 Edition and is a frequent author of opinion pieces in Texas and national media outlets. Jones’ research on the Texas Legislature and Texas elections has been widely cited in the media as well as numerous political campaigns.

Dr. Jones has been highly recommended by some of our Rotary members who have heard him in various venues.

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District Governor, Nick Giannone, M.D.

Don't miss the official visit of our 2015-16 Rotary District 5890 Governor, Nick Giannone, M.D.

Let's have a great turnout!  Thursday, October 22, 2015
 
To Register Click here
 
Our District Governor provides leadership, motivation and guidance to nearly 60 Rotary Clubs in our District 5890.  He is the first line of communication and support representing Rotary International to all our clubs and members.  Therefore, he is an officer of RI, fostering achievement in the district at the club level.
 
Each year, our District governor visits our Rotary Club to draw attention to important Rotary issues and recognize our club strengths and accomplishments.  The purpose of his visit is also to motivate Rotarians to participate in service activities and to personally recognize the outstanding contributions of Rotarians in the district.
 
In 1990 Nick was invited to join the Rotary Club of Brazosport.  He served as President in 2001-2002 tying for best large club in the District.  He helped form the the After 5 Rotary Club in 2008 and has been honored as Rotarian of the Year in both clubs.  Nick is also active at the District Level and has served as Chairman of New Generations, Youth Exchange Officer, Assistant/Lieutenant Governor, and as a member or Chair of multiple committees.  He has also served Rotary at the multi-District and International level as a Ranger/Sergeant at Arms.  Nick is a Major Donor, a Benefactor, a charter member of the Paul Harris Society and the Polio Plus Society.  Nick also has had perfect attendance since 1990.
 
Register now for the Rotary Club of Houston luncheon, October 22, 2015 featuring our District Governor, Nick Giannone, M.D.
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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 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.

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October 1, 2015

 

 

Jonathan Sandys

“God and Churchill”

 

We are honored to have as our speaker, Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. Many of you know Jonathan as a member of our club. He will speak on his new book, “God and Churchill. We will have copies for sale, which Jonathan will autograph. A portion of the book proceeds will be donated to our club.

 

Like me, many of you have been to Churchill’s birth place at Blenheim Palace outside Woodstock, west of London, and to his burial place nearby at St. Martin’s Church, Bladon. Also, many of us have visited various other sites in England with which he is associated.

 

We should all look forward to hearing Jonathan’s words of tribute to his great-grandfather. This will be a moving experience for our club.

 

Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair

 

Jonathan Sandys is an experienced public speaker focusing on the leadership skills of his great-grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill. 

Jonathan’s main focus is on business executives and their workforces, educational establishments, and non-profits. Focusing on ​the skills his great-grandfather acquired and practiced throughout his life, he helps shape tomorrows leaders and gives guidance to those wanting to improve their current leadership abilities.

Churchill’s leadership was based on courage, faith, and integrity. Jonathan’s book: “God and Churchill,” deals with the “faith”​ aspect and presents evidence that strongly supports Churchill's own belief that “Divine Intervention”​ not only directed, but protected him throughout his life.

Jonathan's mission is to continue the amazing legacy Sir Winston left the world, and work with present and future generations to inspire the great leadership of courage, faith and integrity employed by his great-grandfather throughout his tumultuous life.

"History honours my great-grandfather as a hero, but despite the accolade, the world today has forgotten many of the vital lessons he taught and the prophetic warnings he shared."

 

We who bear the mantle of being descended from those who have made history are in a unique position to connect past and present, continuing the legacy entrusted to us with humanity and humility. In devoting his life to educating young and old about the life of his great-grandfather, Jonathan Sandys is fulfilling that role well.”

 

Neil Bush Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation, son of President George H.W. Bush, and member of the Rotary Club of Houston.

 

Payment at the door via credit card, check or cash: $28 members, $32 non members. Includes a lunch buffet with dessert, and parking.

 

If you have received an email regarding this meeting, please respond to that message as it will recognize you.

 

If you have not received an email you may register here.

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Celebration of CONSTITUTION DAY and Tribute to Judge Hal DeMoss
September 17, 2015
featuring Harry Reasoner and Gerald Treece
 
(Please note: this program will begin at 11:45 am and end at 1:15 pm)
 
Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the U.S. constitution September 17, 1782. We all live in a country of competing views and our guests will discuss some of the current issues in the press. While the constitution is a source of our most cherished and unifying political ideals, it also provides some of our sharpest quarrels as its principles and protections are debated and applied to present circumstances.
 
Our September 17 program brings together two legal scholars of the constitution, Dean T. Gerald Treece and Harry M. Reasoner. It is dedicated to the idea that open dialogue is fundamental to America's constitutional legacy.
 
We in the Rotary Club of Houston have the distinct privilege of having Judge Hal DeMoss as a fellow Rotarian in our club. Judge DeMoss has been a distinguished jurist since being appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1991. He is a noted constitutional scholar, and it is fitting that our club should honor him on Constitution Day on the occasion of his retirement from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Joe Colangelo, Coordinator, September 17, 2015 Program
 
Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair
 
Judge DeMoss graduated from Rice University, class of 1952, and the University of Texas School of Law, Class of 1955.  After graduation, he practiced law with the firm of Bracewell and Patterson from 1957 to 1991, when he was appointed to the 5th Circuit position by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate.
 
The Rotary Club of Houston is proud to honor one of its long time members, Judge Hal DeMoss, for a lifetime of service to the law and to the Constitution of the United States of America. Judge DeMoss, has lived his life as a gentleman, in constant search for truth, goodness and knowledge.  Fellow Rotarians look forward to what the next chapter of life DeMoss’ life will hold for him and his family and are excited to hear about it at the meeting Thursday, September 17.
 
Harry M. Reasoner, Vinson & Elkins Senior partner and former Managing Partner, 1992-2001, has spent his entire legal career with V&E since graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1962, as Editor of the Texas Law Review and number one in his class. In his honor, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jamail endowed the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law at the University. He graduated from Rice University in 1960. Harry is a member of the Rotary Club of Houston and is a Rotary Foundation Fellow.
During his career, he has handled antitrust, securities, and energy litigation, among others. Early in his career and under the mentorship of famed attorney David Searls, Harry was thrust into the middle of constitutional issues when he was appointed by Chief Judge John Singleton to represent inmates of the Texas Prison System and argued three times before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of prisoners’ First Amendment Rights. He also worked with Joe Jamail on the winning appeal to the historic multi-billion-dollar Pennzoil v. Texaco case, as well as taking on many cases involving the U.S. Constitution, including one of the early cases involving affirmative action issues at the university level, the Hopwood Case at the University of Texas in the 1990s.
 
T. Gerald Treece has been at South Texas College of Law for thirty years. He is the W. James Cronzer Distinguished Professor of Advocacy and has been Associate Dean and Vice President. He also is the director of the school's top-ranked Advocacy Program. Teams coached by Dean Treece have developed into a national powerhouse, having won over one hundred competitions. Dean Treece started his teaching career at Pepperdine University Law School.
Dean Treece holds a JD degree from The University of Houston Law Center and specializes in civil rights, constitutional law, torts, and trial and appellate advocacy. He has clerked for a U.S. Federal District Court Judge, was special adviser to President Reagan on the debates of 1984, and has argued over 100 appellate cases in tort and constitutional law.
Dean Treece often can be seen on TV as the legal expert on KHOU Channel 11.
 
Join us for a special retirement presentation to Judge DeMoss by Treece and Reasoner on Thursday, September 17.
 
 
PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Pay at the door via meal card, credit card, check or cash.
All Rotarians - club members and visiting: $28
Non Rotarians: $32
 
If you do not receive an email invitation, you may click here to register. 
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Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, Executive Director, Holocaust Museum Houston
September 10, 2015
 
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Zúñiga to our podium to speak about the Holocaust Museum. Our club secretary, Debbye Crofoot-Morley, is Director of Campaign Advancement at the museum and is responsible for this program – our thanks to Debbye.
 
We are sure you will appreciate the significance and importance of this program.
 
Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair
Rotary Club of Houston
 
Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork and other gifts, from school children and adults alike, attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility.
 
The Museum is one of only four museums in the Houston area to earn accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Join us Sept. 10 to hear Dr. Zúñiga discuss how the Museum accomplishes its mission of remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims, honoring the survivors’ legacy, and teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides.
 
Since the Museum opened its 27,000-square-foot facility, more than 2 million people of all ages, races and religions have visited, and more than 862,325 school children have been to the Museum or been directly affected through the Museum’s teacher training programs, curriculum trunk outreach student forums, and diversity workshops.
 
The Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers,” tells the story of the Holocaust by focusing on the lives and experiences of survivors who later made the Houston area their home. Two changing exhibit galleries often focus on contemporary genocides or on other Holocaust-related themes.
 
The Museum’s collection also includes a 1942 Holocaust-era railcar of the same type that carried Jews to the concentration camps and a Holocaust-era Danish rescue boat of the same time used to ferry Danish Jews to safety in Sweden.
 
The Museum bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust, but it also tells the stories of heroes who took action and serves as a reminder to all that we must never forget what happened to prevent it from happening again.
 
Dr.  Zúñiga earned her Ed.D. in administration and supervision from the University of Houston, where her doctoral research focused on online donor giving behavior. In addition, she earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University.
Dr.  Zúñiga is an adjunct lecturer at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and as an adjunct lecturer at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. She is an emeritus trustee at large on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership, Houston Museum District Association Board of Directors and is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum Class on XXXIV. She was named in 2013 by Houston Woman Magazine as one of “Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2012.”
 
PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
Pay at the door via meal card, credit card, check or cash.
All Rotarians - club members and visiting: $28
Non Rotarians: $32
 
If you do not receive an email invitation, you may click here to register.
 
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Rotary Club of Houston

August 27, 2015

 

Chuck Bagnato

Executive Director

Lone Star Veterans Association

“Making Texas the Best Place for Post-911 Veterans and Their Families”

We are pleased to welcome Chuck Bagnato to our podium on August 27. He is a distinguished Marine fighter pilot with numerous awards including the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, and others. Bagnato joined the Marines immediately after high school and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years of service flying mostly the AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet. LtCol Bagnato joined the Lone Star Veterans Association in 2014 as Executive Director. The Rotary Club of Houston continues as a strong supporter of veterans affairs – you will be delighted to hear the important words Chuck has for us.

Bill Lee, 2015-2016 Program Chair

The Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA) was founded in 2009 with the vision of preventing veterans’ unemployment, substance abuse, family challenges, homelessness, crime, and suicide. As of today, LSVA has over 6000 total members, roughly half of which are post-911 veterans.

The Veteran Career Transition program assists members in the transition to a civilian career by providing free access to LSVA’s online job bank, resume workshops, and benefits seminars. They also host a twice-monthly networking luncheon, which was responsible for over 500 veteran hires since 2010.

The LSVA indeed provides important services to our veterans and deserves our support. We are delighted that Chuck Bagnato is available to speak to us.

PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th

Pay at the door via meal card, credit card, check or cash.

All Rotarians - club members and visiting - $28

Non Rotarians - $32

If you do not receive an email invitation, you may click here to register.

 

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Dr. M. Katherine Banks, Dean
Texas A&M College of Engineering
 
To Register for August 13, 2015
 
 

Dr. Banks is the vice chancellor for engineering for The Texas A&M University System and dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.

As vice chancellor, Banks oversees coordination and collaboration among the engineering, academic and research programs at seven universities throughout the A&M System, as well as three state agencies: the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). Banks also is TEES director, overseeing research administration of more than 4,400 projects and $157 million in sponsored research awards.

As dean of the Look College and holder of the Harold J. Haynes Dean's Chair in Engineering, Banks leads one of the largest engineering schools in the country, with more than 15,000 students and nearly 500 faculty. Dr. Banks leads, 25 by 25 program, a controlled growth initiative which will increase the engineering enrollment at Texas A&M to 25,000 by 2025.

Banks was previously the Bowen Engineering Head for the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor at Purdue. She received her B.S.E. from the University of Florida, M.S.E. from the University of North Carolina, and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University. For her research, Banks has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, as well as industry and state government. She served as director of the EPA Hazardous Substance Research Center, associate director of the NASA Center for Advanced Life Support, and co-director of the 21st Century Center for Phytoremediation Research, all headquartered at Purdue.

Banks is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the America Society of Civil Engineers. She is a licensed professional civil engineer in Indiana and Kansas. She has received numerous awards including the ASCE Petersen Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, ASCE Rudolph Hering Medal, Purdue Faculty Scholar Award, Sloan Foundation Mentoring Fellowship and the American Association of University Women Fellowship. She is the author or co-author of more than 150 journal articles, proceedings papers and book chapters, and has made more than 200 scholarly or technical presentations before professional and related groups. Banks has served as editor-in-chief for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering and associate editor of the International Journal of Phytoremediation.

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February 5, 2015 Speaker:
Dan Cheney
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
Vice President and COO
 
Cost: Rotarians $28.00; Non-Rotarians $32.00
 
Dan Cheney became the vice president and COO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Oct. 1, 2014.
 
Cheney served as president and chief executive officer of the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Cheyenne Frontier Days is a rodeo and Western celebration in Cheney’s home state of Wyoming.
 
Starting in 2010, Cheney led Cheyenne Frontier Days. Prior to that role, he was the founder, CEO, and president of Forbes Capital Business Group, Inc.; director of global marketing and business development for Pro Equine Group; and general manager of The Show Place Arena in Memphis, Tennessee, a 6,250-seat indoor arena and outdoor events facility.
 
Cheney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he earned a master's of business administration degree from the University of Memphis.
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2015-2016 officers
 
President 2015-2016
Rick Slemaker

Treasurer 2015-2016
Charles Dabney
 
President-Elect 2015-2016
Tom Vann

Treasurer-Elect 2015-2016
Karen Sotallaro

Sergeant-At-Arms 2015-2016
Aaron Kaplan

Director July 2015-June 2018
Trina Fowlkes
David Hale
Bill Lee
John McDivitt
James Tolbert

 
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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?

3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

AND AS THE ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON SAYS

5. Will it be FUN!

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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.
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