Rotary Richmond, TX Serves Lunch to Over 250 At-Risk Boys & Girls Eric Junker 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
When the District Governor comes to town...Richmond Rotary pays attention! At our weekly meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, DG Bill Palko spoke to us about spreading the word and influence of Rotary in our community. He also spoke about what Rotary means in his own life with a heartfelt personal story about a Rotary scholarship recipient. Thank you for sharing your vision for Rotary this year...we are excited to be People of Action who make a difference in our community!
District Governor Bill Palko Comes to Visit! jping 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary At Work for second weekend of AccessHealth's Back to School Event! 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Christa Mayfield of Unbound Houston shared an eye-opening presentation at our weekly meeting, Tuesday, August 8th. We found the annual sex trafficking market is worth 150 billion globally, and only 1-2% of those trafficked actually make it out, thus the importance of educating the public and bringing about awareness.
Fort Bend County is Not Immune to Human Trafficking 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Richmond, TX helps out a record crowd at the AccessHealth Community Back to School Fair! 2017-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Mayor Evalyn Moore came to speak to us Tuesday, July 25th and did a great job giving us a preview of the new developments happening in and around Richmond! Thank you Mayor Moore for caring so much about the City of Richmond and always working to improve our quality of life. We are honored that Mayor Moore is a Rotarian and serves along side us. Our President, Larry Pittman mentioned meeting with the Mayor's office about a few projects we would like to partner with them on and City Manager, Terri Vela, was very interested in this. We look forward to a great working relationship with our Mayor and her office this year.    

"Making a Difference" in 2017-2018

Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Each new Rotary year some 33,000 Rotary clubs around the world change leadership, a unique feature among organizations, both non-profit and profit-driven. Our new Rotary International President Ian Riseley, like presidents before him, brings a new world-wide theme for us to embrace and share with our community. He also brings from our Rotary International Board strategic priorities which are important to our continued success, growth and service around the world. In this month’s first Presidential message, I would like to share President Riseley’s theme and strategic priorities.
In the July 2017 edition of the Rotarian magazine, President Ian Riseley introduces the 2017-2018 theme, Making a Difference in the world. As he explains, the more we become involved in Rotary through our service, the better Rotarians we become and the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. He goes on to add that “Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.”  Since my early days in Rotary, the most common characteristic of a true Rotarian is service and especially Service Above Self. At the individual, Club, District, Zone and Rotary International levels, around the world, service is truly what “Making a Difference” is. 
The Rotary International (RI) Board has established three strategic priorities as an organization:
  1. Support and strengthen clubs;
  2. Focus and increase our humanitarian service; and
  3. Enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.
In Riseley’s article, he elaborates on steps being taken in these three areas to achieve these strategic objectives. Also, of importance, is increasing our membership worldwide and at a club level with attention toward broadening our gender balance and average age, while reflecting the make-up of the communities in which we serve. Two other key focus points made were building long term “sustainability” into the service projects we perform so that after we are through others are able to continue without ongoing support from us. The second key point was to maintain our focus of “Ending Polio.” As Riseley states “Eradicating polio is the ultimate in sustainable service.” and “It is and must remain our No.1 priority until the job is done.”
The third priority to enhance Rotary’s public image is critical to achieving the first two. Rotary clubs, including Richmond, have been reluctant to publicize the good we have done and are doing in our community. We are shy and humble and see service as an individual action generating pride within us and our fellow Rotarians. As societal changes have occurred over the past 112 years and continue to change, the concepts of Rotary in the United States have diminished, but the importance has remained. We as Rotary members and individuals must bring our stories and accomplishments to others and share our pride and enthusiasm to serving our community and support of others around the world. Actively promoting the good of what we are doing and being people of innovation and action, we will support and strengthen our clubs as well as increase our humanitarian service around the globe and pass forward Rotary from generation to generation.
In my year as Club President, we will engage all members in service projects, fundraisers, programs, socials and fellowships where each member will be able to use our individual talents toward supporting and serving our community with pride and distinction.  I look forward to working with each of you and in Rotary: Making A Difference.
Click here to see RI President Ian Riseley's message:
Larry Pittman
President 2017-2018
Rotary Richmond, TX
President's Message 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Richmond, TX is excited that OakBend Medical Center is our new home for weekly meetings! We started meeting here on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, and we have felt welcome.  We meet from 11:50am to 1pm.  OakBend is located at 1705 Jackson St., Richmond, Texas 77469-3246. Parking is available in front (Jackson St. side) and in the rear of the building (off Collins at Main St.) Our meeting room is Conference Room A, in the front of the building just behind the Information Desk.

We look forward to sharing Rotary with you!

OUR NEW MEETING LOCATION! LGP 2017-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Robbie Weinhardt is a former professional baseball pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters as well as a former MLB pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. He made his debut for the Tigers in 2010 after being drafted in the 10th round in 2008. The Pearland native was originally drafted in the 38th round by the Houston Astros in 2007. Weinhardt pitched in 30 games for the Tigers in 2010 and 2011, earning a 2-2 overall record.
After reaching the big leagues, Weinhardt pitched in two seasons for the Sugar Land Skeeters. In 2016, he helped the team win its first Atlantic League Championship in franchise history. Weinhardt is currently a member of the Skeeters front office staff as a sales manager.
Fort Bend Seniors (FBS) is one of Fort Bend County’s oldest non-profit organizations and was born in 1974 by community leaders. During their first year of service, FBS provided 20,000 hot meals. By 1976, the program became a non-profit organization and in 1981, Fort Bend Seniors joined the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast. FBS is accredited through the Meals on Wheels Association of America as a Certified Nutritional Program.
Through the years, Fort Bend Seniors has evolved and now provides Meals on Wheels services to over 1,000 seniors daily from six site locations throughout Fort Bend County and a site in Waller County. Fort Bend Seniors is the only organization that provides Meals on Wheels to all persons 60 years of age and over regardless of income, even though 85% of FBS’ clients live at or below the poverty level.
Today, FBS provides comprehensive services and programs including Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, transportation, case management, health screenings, information and referral services, recreation and more. Each of these programs and services enable area seniors to remain in their homes and continue to be an integral part of the community for as long as possible. Fort Bend Seniors looks forward to the next thirty-five years of helping seniors remain independent by providing necessary services and resources to improve their quality of life.
Homero Ponce-Lopez worked for the City of Houston for over 31 years. At the age of 21 he started as a Fire Fighter at Station 23 and in 2004 Homero was promoted to the rank of Captain. He worked at the 9-1-1 Center, then he was assigned to Fire Station 40 as a Captain. In the last 7 years before retirement, he was assigned to the HFD Public Affairs Office as a Manager and Public Information Officer. Homero retired as a Captain in February 2011 and is presently working in the City of Houston Public Safety and Homeland Division as a CERT Coordinator.

Homero joined the University Area Rotary Club in 2010. In 2009, he saw the need to have a small home for ill or injured Fire Fighters. His vision was to have a home where Fire Fighters could stay at low cost or free of charge when they traveled to Houston to receive medical or cancer treatment. The idea was to use a portion of his retirement funds to buy a used 3 bedroom wood-frame home and fix it up and to make it ADA compliance. He mentioned his idea to Art Bautista, past President of his Rotary Club. Art immediately said: "We are going to make it happen, but if we put our name on a building is not going to be a wood-frame home. It has to be a building." From there, the idea was presented to his Rotary Club and now, with the help of his fellow Rotarians, Captain Ponce's dream of the Fire Fighters Rotary Home moved from being a dream to becoming a reality.

Dr. Long Cao was born in Vietnam and raised in Houston.  With the support and encouragement of his parents, his lifelong dream of being a physician became a reality.
Cao graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University and is a medical graduate of the University of Texas.  He completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and his Cardiology Fellowship in North Carolina. 
He  is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.  He is also certified in Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Vascular Interpretation.
With a passion for teaching, Dr. Cao was an Associate Professor for Medicine and a public speaker where he enjoys speaking on cardiac disease and cardiac prevention awareness. 
A father of a nine-month old baby girl, Dr. Cao enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, traveling and painting. He speaks English, Vietnamese and Spanish.
“I look forward to building a long term professional relationship wherever I practice with my colleagues, my patients and their families, respectively. The desire to serve Fort Bend County and the greater Houston area is supported by my wife, and together we want to establish cardiac care to a community we call home and to the patients within that community in which we value as our permanent extended family.”
Randall Wooten was appointed as Vice Chancellor, Chief Execution Officer and Texas State Technical College’s Executive Project Manager for Fort Bend County in October 2014. Prior to that posting, he was president of Texas State Technical College in Marshall from 2006 to 2014.
Randy has served over 25 years in higher education, ranging from classroom instructor to vice chancellor and president, in the Air Force while stationed at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He also served 29 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 1997, after serving as Director (vice chancellor) of Air University for Plans and Operations.
TSTC is filling the skills gaps and training local workers for many job opportunities in the Fort Bend - Greater Houston area. In partnership with Wharton County Junior College, TSTC provides the technical instruction and WCJC provides academic instruction. TSTC is adding programs in Fort Bend County including Industrial Maintenance Technology, Cyber Security, Telecommunications Convergence Technology and Welding Technology.
Image resultJonathan Bender transitioned from high school to the NBA Indiana Pacers in 1999. After experiencing knee issues that forced an early retirement, Bender worked with scientists and engineers to develop a first-of-its-kind rehabilitative product to address joint pain and physical limitation problems.
The Results...Bender came back to the Knicks and had the strongest legs on the team.
As his career wound down, Bender focused on the JBIT MedPro. Running the whole operation from just his laptop, Bender has gained his greatest success from helping others reach their goals.
JONATHAN BENDER, "COURTSIDE CEO"February 7 2017-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Tuesday's meeting will be at the OakBend Medical Center: Main Campus-1705 Jackson Street.
Joe Freudenberger is the chief executive officer of OakBend Medical Center, a $1 billion, three hospital, independent, non-profit, community hospital system serving Fort Bend County, Texas. After completing his M.B.A. in finance at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, Joe began his career in healthcare, spending 10 years with Deloitte Consulting working with major healthcare systems around the country to improve their business operations, 11 years as CFO for two different hospitals and the last 8 years as CEO for OakBend.

Over his career he has, at one time or another, either overseen or reengineered the operations of almost every department in a hospital. Joe has a track record of successfully implementing operational and organizational change to help community hospitals regain their financial footing.

By shifting OakBend’s strategy to focus on service excellence, new services, community engagement, targeted marketing, physician engagement, unique partner models and financial prudence, Joe and his team have transformed OakBend Medical Center into a growing, quality local choice for healthcare in Fort Bend County.

Join us as Joe discusses how Rotary Richmond continues to be a vital partner to OakBend Medical Center's Vision 2020 success. 

Come tomorrow to hear from our Rotary Exchange Student, Pamela Ventura! Find out what it is like to step off the plane from Brazil into America to a thunderous ovation and marching band! Get a first hand report of her impressions of Rotary Richmond, TX, Texas, College Football, dancing and the United States!
PAMELA VENTURA, ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGEJaunary 17 2017-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Jessica Crute is the Development Director at Parks Youth Ranch. Although originally from Greenville, TX, she has been actively serving & advocating for the homeless Houston community for about five years, now. She came to know the mission of PYR a few years ago when she implemented a Fresh Ink Creative Writing workshop for the kids—and she has been in love with the mission ever since! Jessica received her Masters from the University of Houston, and Bachelors from Texas Tech University. In her free time, she enjoys: playing tennis, taking photos, and creating artworks that help advocate for those who are without a voice. She is recently married to a wonderful Aggie (18 days ago), and is happy to call this wonderful Houston community her new home.
JESSICA CRUTE, PARKS YOUTH RANCHJaunary 10 2017-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
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.
He has publisted the book "Houston Legends," which is the definitive history of Houston, through the prism of business, commerce and entrepreneurship.  Hank knew and worked with most of the Houston power leaders, including the Worthams, Mastersons, Hobbys, Connallys, Ortons, Laniers, George Mitchell, Ima Hogg, George R. Brown, Ben Love, etc.  They got him on boards and entrenched in community service.  He will also discuss his new book, “Pop Icons and Business Legends."
AccessHealth is a private, not-for-profit community health center established in the community in 1975. AccessHealth provides quality health care for the entire family. Our dedicated group of health care providers work together to ensure that every patient receives high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care. 

AccessHealth does not turn away anyone in need and serves approximately 27,000 individuals per year and welcome anyone in need of health care services.  

Individuals with family incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible for sliding scale fees. Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and MOST PRIVATE INSURANCES are accepted. Individuals who have no insurance and are eligible for discounted services and may be placed in a discounted fee group,based on their family size and household income. 

AccessHealth is an equal opportunity provider and a Federally Qualified Health Center and a member of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers.

AccessHealth is the beneficiary of the upcoming 2017 Rotary Richmond, TX Sporting Clays Classic. Join us Tuesday at AccessHealth to learn more!

AccessHealthDecember 6 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Since 1976, Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. (FBRC) has challenged the idea that substance abuse is just another sad fact of modern society. Substance abuse disorders are indiscriminate in whom they affect and are the cause of so many problems in our community.

With that in mind, FBRC comprehensively addresses substance abuse through youth prevention and leadership development programs, treatment for individuals and families struggling with addiction, and outreach programs to help families and communities stay safe and drug free.
The Brazos River Authority was created by the Texas Legislature in 1929 and was the first State agency in the United States created specifically for the purpose of developing and managing the water resources of an entire river basin. Today, the Authority's staff of 250 develop and distribute water supplies, provide water and wastewater treatment, monitor water quality, and pursue water conservation through public education programs.
The Brazos River Authority was created by the Texas Legislature in 1929 and was the first State agency in the United States created specifically for the purpose of developing and managing the water resources of an entire river basin.
Today, the Authority's staff of 250 develop and distribute water supplies, provide water and wastewater treatment, monitor water quality, and pursue water conservation through public education programs.
JEFF TALLAS, BRAZOS RIVER AUTHORITYOctober 11 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Tim Teykl is a 1974 graduate of Needville High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track.  He played running back and defensive end for Roland Conrad.  He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1978 with his undergraduate degree, and he received his graduate degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1984.
Coach Teykl began his coaching career in East Bernard under the direction of Hank Kotzur.  He coached at Southwest Texas State University under Jim Wacker, winning 3 consecutive Lone Star Conference titles along with back to back NCAA Division II National Championships.  He was an assistant at Texas Christian University earning a spot in the Bluebonnet Bowl against West Virginia in 1984.
Coach Teykl was the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Rice Consolidated for two years prior to arriving in Rosenberg and becoming the Head Football Coach and campus athletic coordinator for the past 26 years at B.F. Terry High School. During that time the Terry Rangers have experienced unparalleled success recording a winning record for the past 15 consecutive seasons and appearing in both the Class 5A and 4A State Playoffs 16 times along with placing 111 student athletes on the THSCA Academic All-State Football Team.
Coach Teykl has served as a Senior Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association and has been the President-Elect of that association.  He has served as president of the State 7-on-7 Football Association and currently serves as a board member.
In 2004-2005 he was President of the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association (GHFCA) and is an endowed member of the GHFCA Board of Directors.  He was the Game Director in 2003 and 2004 for the Bayou Bowl, a high school all-star game between the Greater Houston area and Louisiana football players.  In 2005, he was the Head Coach of Team Texas in the Bayou Bowl.  He also is a Committee Member in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and has served on the Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year selection committee.
He has been named District Coach of the Year several times along with being a finalist for both the Houston Texans and Houston Touchdown Club Coach of the Year.  In February of 2007, Tim was inducted into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association’s Ronnie Bell Hall of Honor.  In May of 2007, Coach Teykl was named the Tom Landry Award recipient at the Texas High School Football Hall of  Fame induction ceremony on the campus of Baylor University.
Tim has been a been a finalist, twice, for the American Football Coaches Association’s prestigious Power of Influence Award along with being named the United States Marine Corps National Coach of the Year. He has also been named a U.S. Army All-American Football Coach along with having coached in the nationally televised U.S. Army All-American Bowl in the Alamodome in San Antonio.  He also coached Team USA versus Team Canada twice in the USA-Canada World Football Games in AT&T Stadium.
Tim and his wife Brenda (Registrar @ Terry) have been married 38 years, and their two children both graduated from B.F. Terry High School.
TIM TEYKL, HEAD COACH,TERRY HIGH SCHOOLSeptember 12 RMK 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Thomas Randle became Lamar CISD’s Superintendent of Schools in 2001. Under his leadership, Lamar CISD is known around the state for academic excellence.
During his tenure, the District has twice been recognized by Texas School Business magazine for its best practices. Lamar CISD has earned the HEB Excellence in Education Award for Best Large District and three campuses achieved the highest possible honor: National Blue Ribbon School.
Student success is also commonplace in Lamar CISD with multiple state championships in athletics and fine arts—among countless other honors and awards.
Dr. Randle earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. At A&M, Dr. Randle was a Distinguished Student, and was named an Outstanding Graduate and a Notable Graduate nominee.
Dr. Randle began his education career as an agriculture teacher in Sweeny, then worked his way up the administrative ladder in Conroe ISD, as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent for secondary education. He also served as superintendent in LaMarque ISD for six years prior to arriving in Lamar CISD.
Ultimately, Dr. Randle is still a teacher at heart. He has served as an adjunct professor at UH Clear Lake, Lamar University and Texas A&M University.
Richmond Rotary's first social of the new year brought a fabulous presentation about an Australian vacation from Stephen Doggett...what story telling! Thank you Stephen! And as always, Michaela and The Swinging Door of Fort Bend Country Club provided some amazing Happy Hour bites!! What a blessing....Come join the fun of Richmond Rotary Club!!
The Club was incredibly honored to have DG Elect Bill Palko from the legendary North Shore Club join us on Tuesday to guide the club through the steps to raising over $4 million from their Fish Fry since 2010.
The Northshore Rotary Club is well known among Rotary clubs around the world as a leader when it comes to fundraising success. Over the past 10 years plus, the Northshore Club has raised well over $4,000,000.00, much of which has gone back into the community in the form of scholarships, community improvement projects, support for national & international projects, educational initiatives and many other worthwhile causes.
Bill Palko has been a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of North Shore since June, 2005. He was President in 2010-11, and was named Rotarian of the Year for the club in 2011-12. Bill was an Assistant District Governor for the years 2013-2015 and was chosen as Assistant Governor of the Year in 2013-14. Bill has been a Youth Exchange Host, a VTT host and a Friendship Exchange host. He serves on the following District committees; District Conference Committee, the ALL Club Committee and the District Finance Committee. Bill is a Major Donor and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He is a member of the Bequest, Paul Harris, Polio Plus and White Hat Societies.
Come hear Bill reveal North Shore's formula for successful fundraising.
Saturday, Aug. 6 - Richmond Rotarians provided Fort Bend County's youth with a back to school treat of delicious fresh popcorn after an adventurous morning of haircuts, physicals and vaccinations at the annual AccessHealth Back to School Fair in Richmond.
Coach Shaun McDowell enters his 4th year as Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Coordinator for the Foster Falcons.  Prior to Foster, Coach McDowell was Head Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Willowridge.  Previous coaching stops include Ft. Bend Bush and Cy-Creek High Schools.  As the Offensive Coordinator at Cy-Creek, his teams won 3 straight district championships and advanced to third round of the playoffs as recently as 2010.    This will be Coach McDowell's 11th year coaching.  

Coach McDowell played high school football at Ft. Bend Austin.  After high school, Coach McDowell received an appointment and football scholarship to the US Coast Guard Academy where he played fullback and was a member of the 1997 Freedom Football Conference Champions and helped the team earn a birth to the 1997 NCAA Div III playoffs.  After the Coast Guard, Coach McDowell earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a Masters of Education Administration from Lamar University.  

Coach McDowell has been married for 11 years to his wife Lisa, and has three children: Maya (10), Ella (7), and Shaun (5). 
Let’s give a big Texas welcome to our newest Rotarian – Nina Rivera.  Nina has been a banker for over 30 years, working for NewFirst National Bank/Rosenberg for 8 years as a Loan officer/Vice-President.  She is married to Gilbert Rivera for 24 years and has two beautiful daughters attending University of Houston and Texas Tech. Her hobbies include cycling, volunteering for the community and loves spending time with family. Nina, we are excited to have you join our Rotary family.  Thank you sponsor, Alicia Casias, for sharing the work and mission of Rotary. 
NEW MEMBER INDUCTED FOR YEAR END 2015-2016 2016-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Colonel Alan Orr serves as the President and Founder of Combat Marine Outdoors. Their mission is to provide dream hunts and outdoor adventures for severely wounded Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Navy Corpsmen. The hunting and fishing excursions play a vital role in the rehabilitation of these American heroes.  The goal is to allow heroic warriors the opportunity to have an outdoor adventure of a lifetime and to make sure that they understand that their service and sacrifice to our country was deeply appreciated.
Alan Orr is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Upon completion of Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.  During his military career, he commanded several Firing Batteries, a Marine Corps Recruiting Station, an Artillery Battalion, and an Artillery Regiment. He is a graduate of the Marine Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico,VA, and the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course in Fort Sill, OK.
Col Orr is also a graduate, with honors, from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He holds several Masters degrees. Col Orr has numerous combat tours from Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Somalia to Iraq. Today, Col. Alan Orr has retired from serving on the faculty at the U.S. Army War College, and has started Orr Tactical based in Richmond, Texas.
Another deserving Foster HS grad who received our last $2,000 scholarship provided to LCISD by Rotary Richmond. Flanked by Scholarship Committee Co-chairman John Cotterell and Chairman Gary Gillen.  So proud of our students!
July - Rosie Karlberg
Aug - Jess Stuart
Sept - Larry Pittman
Oct - Steve Onstad
Nov - Eric Junker
Dec - Rodney Lenfant
Jan - Eric Junker
Feb - Cherie Vasquez
Mar - John Cotterell
Apr - Becky Watts
May - Gary Gillen
June - Alicia Casias
2016-2017 PRESIDENT
2015-2016 BIDS FAREWELL - THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL YEAR! 2016-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
There is a great need! Rotary was made for this - If not us, then who? 
We have a former fellow Rotarian and dear friend Mary Doetterl that also needs our help.  She was our speaker chairman for several years and did a fantastic job.  Please answer the call to assist her in her time of need.  I will keep you posted when we meet again at her house to help.
Above is also the location where you can continue to drop off your items and where you can assist from 7am – 7pm.  Wear your Rotary shirts and hats while volunteering and let’s meet the needs and challenges of our city.  
BRAZOS RIVER FLOOD RECOVERY 2016-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Continuing the Moore legacy of serving the citizens of Richmond, Mayor Evalyn Wendt Moore is currently working in the relief efforts at the Brazos River Flood Recovery Center, to aid victims of the Great Memorial Day Flood. Please join us for an update on our great city.
Mayor Moore became the first female mayor of Richmond serving out the unexpired term of her late husband, Hilmar G. Moore, at the request of the city.   Mayor Moore And, on historically took office at 4 p.m. on December 17, 2012, 63 years to the minute when the late Mayor Hilmar Moore took office in September of 1949. 
Mayor Moore has deep roots in Richmond ranging from her parents, Billie Hunter and Jack Wendt, as active community civic leaders on state and national levels to her grandfather Hunter P. Harris, a Fort Bend county judge. She was married to former Mayor Hilmar Moore for 29 years.  who served as Mayor of City of Richmond for 63 years, the longest serving mayor in the United States until his passing in December of 2012.

Wayne Dolcefino is one of the nation's most decorated journalists. Thirty Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Five Charles Green Awards, an Edward R. Murrow award, a Jack Howard Award for investigative reporting numerous honors from the Associated Press and Texas Association of Broadcasters, and an unprecedented three medals from the international journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. 


For nearly 27 years Dolcefino headed up the 13 Undercover Unit at KTRK TV. This investigative unit specialized in exposing public corruption, wasted taxpayer money, government malfeasance and fraud. As head of the unit, Dolcefino managed the investigative process, and was involved in the marketing and advertising of KTRK TV's investigative news product. 


An exceptional speaker - You won't want to miss this luncheon.  Bring a guest.

A defining moment…scholarship recipients receiving recognition for all their solid work!  Proud to be in the element of all this.  Some of the students will be first generation college attendees! Making an impact for the future of our next generation - Way to go Rotary Richmond!
Many of you have asked where you can help.  Some are already helping at your churches while others are starting to collect several items needed by those affected by this devastating flood.   Rotarians, if you or any of your families have been affected, please let us know.  We are here to help.
Above are the locations where you can drop off your items and where you can assist.  This coming week many agencies will begin distributing masses of food, clothes, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.  
Please commit as a Richmond Rotarian to help at B.F. Terry High School Drop-Off and Intake Center anytime from 7am – 7pm.  Bring your items Tuesday and we can drop off for you.   Wear your Rotary shirts and hats while volunteering and let’s meet the needs and challenges of our city.  If you can help every day or a few times a week - all help will be greatly appreciated. 
Randall Wooten was appointed as Vice Chancellor, Chief Execution Officer and Texas State Technical College’s Executive Project Manager for Fort Bend County in October 2014. Prior to that posting, he was president of Texas State Technical College in Marshall from 2006 to 2014.
Randy has served over 25 years in higher education, ranging from classroom instructor to vice chancellor and president, in the Air Force while stationed at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He also served 29 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 1997, after serving as Director (vice chancellor) of Air University for Plans and Operations.
TSTC is filling the skills gaps and training local workers for many job opportunities in the Fort Bend - Greater Houston area. In partnership with Wharton County Junior College, TSTC provides the technical instruction and WCJC provides academic instruction. TSTC is adding programs in Fort Bend County including Industrial Maintenance Technology, Cyber Security, Telecommunications Convergence Technology and Welding Technology.
A fresh new look in Fall 2016 is upcoming from Texas State Technical College.
Randall Wooten was appointed as Vice Chancellor, Chief Execution Officer and Texas State Technical College’s Executive Project Manager for Fort Bend County in October 2014. Prior to that posting, he was president of Texas State Technical College in Marshall from 2006 to 2014.
Randy has served over 25 years in higher education, ranging from classroom instructor to vice chancellor and president, in the Air Force while stationed at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He also served 29 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 1997, after serving as Director (vice chancellor) of Air University for Plans and Operations.
TSTC is filling the skills gaps and training local workers for many job opportunities in the Fort Bend - Greater Houston area. In partnership with Wharton County Junior College, TSTC provides the technical instruction and WCJC provides academic instruction. TSTC is adding programs in Fort Bend County including Industrial Maintenance Technology, Cyber Security, Telecommunications Convergence Technology and Welding Technology.
A fresh new look in Fall 2016 is upcoming from Texas State Technical College.
Terri Stuart is the Area Manager for the United Way Fort Bend Service Center where she serves as the community liaison for the United Way of Greater Houston in Fort Bend developing relationships with collaborating partners and agencies to increase awareness and promote United Way’s mission in action in the Fort Bend community. 
Why United Way?  Who needs United Way? Come and listen to the big picture they are working on to transform individual lives as they bring systemic change to tough issues dealing with family financial stability and academic success and presents stats on the homeless population in Fort Bend.
Terri has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston with extensive experience in marketing and communications, fundraising, program development and finance with organizations such as the Catholic Charities, YMCA of Greater Houston, American Red Cross, Lupus Foundation, George Ranch Historical Park and Brazos Bend Financial Services.
District Conference 5890 was a blast!  Thank you all who attended the conference and participated in the ceremony welcoming 2016-2017 President Rosie Karlberg and Assistant District Governor Priscilla Salas.  In addition to all the excitement, Richmond/Sugarland hospitality suite won in two categories. It collected the most money for Polio Plus and won Best Overall Suite. Our secret weapon…Steve Onstad!! 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Steve and everyone that helped make this possible. Congratulations on an outstanding job!!!
Roger Adamson is the CEO of The George Foundation, a charitable trust with the mission to provide strategic support to Ft. Bend County’s non-profit sector addressing critical needs and enhancing quality of life.  
Upon graduation, Roger attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.   He served in a variety of leadership positions including Tank Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Operations Officer. Upon transitioning from the Army, Roger attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he earned his MBA in Finance and Marketing.  
Roger will present on future projects facing the George Foundation.  To date, The George Foundation’s Board of Trustees has had the privilege to award more than $180 million in grants to Fort Bend County nonprofit organizations and scholarship recipients and will continue Albert and Mamie’s legacy of giving into the future. 
Tuesday's meeting will be at the OakBend Medical Center: Main Campus-1705 Jackson Street.
Joe Freudenberger is the chief executive officer of OakBend Medical Center, a $1 billion, three hospital, independent, non-profit, community hospital system serving Fort Bend County, Texas. After completing his M.B.A. in finance at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, Joe began his career in healthcare, spending 10 years with Deloitte Consulting working with major healthcare systems around the country to improve their business operations, 11 years as CFO for two different hospitals and the last 8 years as CEO for OakBend.

Over his career he has, at one time or another, either overseen or reengineered the operations of almost every department in a hospital. Joe has a track record of successfully implementing operational and organizational change to help community hospitals regain their financial footing.

By shifting OakBend’s strategy to focus on service excellence, new services, community engagement, targeted marketing, physician engagement, unique partner models and financial prudence, Joe and his team have transformed OakBend Medical Center into a growing, quality local choice for healthcare in Fort Bend County.

Join us as Joe discusses how Rotary Richmond continues to be a vital partner to OakBend Medical Center's Vision 2020 success. 

Volunteering with our Foster Interact Club in the Kidz Zone.
Liz and Cherie sporting some Attack Poverty tattoos with children from North Richmond.
Attending the VIP Luncheon with Richard Logan, Attack Poverty executive director.
The best part of being a Rotarian is seeing the realization of our hard work with all the crazy fun that goes into doing the Fish Fry. Join us this Tuesday when we present six scholarships to incredible students from Foster and Lamar High Schools. Congratulations to the following students:
Lamar Consolidated High School Scholarship Recipients
Nathan Anders
Maritza Lizarraga Avalos
Sahar Zafar Mahmood
Foster High School Scholarship Recipients
Aubrey Bilicek
Madelyn Gage
Ngan (Jaden) Nguyen
Thank you Scholarship Chairman Gary Gillen, Co-Chairman John Cotterell and all of the committee members: Karen Bell, Rodney Lenfant, Larry Pittman, Todd Neely, Susan Kalina and Liz Moreno.  
It is such an important and emotional event in the life of these students. We hope you will make every effort to be present to congratulate them.  Arrive early, talk to the students and their parents and show them our Rotary Spirit.  
Tom Rey, General Manager for Braman Winery in Richmond will share his excitement about Braman’s new venue (adjacent to their current location) at 3333 FM 359.
Tom has lead global manufacturing operations for three international production facilities and seven distribution centers.  
Braman Winery will feature new tasting rooms, a new production facility and the “Barrel Room,” a special events hall. This new venue to be “a place for people to gather, relax and have a good time.”
Don’t Miss this Presentation - A Taste of What’s to Come! 
Tom Rey, General Manager - Braman WineryAPR 5 2016-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Please sign up with Gary Gillen, John Cotterell or myself to participate this Thursday, April 7 at 5pm to review all the scholarship applications submitted by Lamar and Foster High School students.  We will be meeting at Gillen Pest Control offices at 1012 Morton Street, Richmond.  We need at least 4 more committee members. 
It's an experience you will want to be a part of.  Sign up today!
Need Scholarship Committee Members 2016-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Sheriff Nehls has served as an integral leader of the Fort Bend Community since 2012 and particularly in the last month leading the rescue and relief efforts during the Brazos River floods. As you know, his family has adopted a new puppy - Archer - whom was saved during the floods. But, Sheriff Nehls has helped accomplish so much more since 2012.
He has focused his tenure on improving relationships with our area law enforcement. The Fort Bend County acquisition of two helicopters from the US military were obtained at no charge and are now part of a partnership with the cities of Sugar Land, Rosenberg, and Missouri City. These helicopter are an asset to all of Fort Bend County and were utilized during the recent floods to support the rescue and relief efforts.
Sheriff Nehls is extremely proud to say that CID has improved their solve rate from dismal 4% in 2012 when he took office to an incredible 16% in 2015. My priority is and always will be residential burglaries. While this is a difficult crime to solve, he puts continuous pressure on CID to ensure never finish improving this rate and doing everything possible to address this invasive crime. He has reduced the overuse of “take-home” cars by employees by 25% and ensured that only those that must respond to scenes or incidents have them assigned. He has reduced the excessive annual overtime expense for CID from $369,662 to $86,644 in just three years.
Don't miss Rotary Lunch at noon to hear more from Sheriff Nehls!
SHERIFF TROY NEHLS, FORT BEND COUNTY June 21 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Robert “Bob” Zlotnik, Managing Director of BZMZ Interests, has over 30 years of diversified business experience, primarily with service-related entrepreneurial businesses. BZMZ Interests has investments in the automobile and hotel industries and sports - one being Sugar Land Skeeters.
Previously Bob was the Co-founder and President and CEO of StarTex Power. StarTex Power was sold in 2011 to Constellation Energy. StarTex was a J.D. Power and Associates award winner, and was named by Inc. Magazine in 2009 as the #1 fastest growing privately-owned energy company in the U.S and one of the 40 best places to work in the U.S.
Hear the latest of our home team - Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. 
Robert Zlotnik, Owner – Sugar Land SkeetersMAR 29 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Glenn Fair is a retired mechanical engineer who worked for more than 40 years in the process industries.  Having grown up by a New York Central line just outside Montreal, his passion in trains ignited a lifelong interest.  
He’s had the pleasure of visiting a variety of heritage railroads and museums.  Watching Kansas City Southern rebuild the ex Southern Pacific line from Rosenberg to Victoria during early 2009 rekindled his interest.
He is a volunteer docent at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum since his retirement in mid 2013.
Celebrating over 160 years of Railroading in Fort Bend County - See you Tuesday!
Glenn Fair - Railroading in Fort Bend CountyMar 22 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
No Rotary Meeting today but a few Members are still out in the Community showing their ROTARY SPIRIT!
Rotary Spirit 2016-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
The dynamic trio…Jess Stuart, Vickie Tonn and Rene Lamb will be presenting today on the Old Foster Community Museum.  If you know Jess, he brings a wealth of information on the rich history of Fort Bend County. 
Rene represents one of the first families of Ft. Bend County. She is a descendant of the Fosters, who arrived here in the 1820s as part of those we celebrate as “The Old Three Hundred” – members of Stephen F. Austin’s first colony.
Vickie and Rene both serve as the Old Foster Museum’s fundraiser chairs and scholarship chairs, a scholarship she developed in 2007. Vickie was appointed to the Ft. Bend Historical Commission after receiving the 2013 Heritage Award with Rene Lamb for their historical work on behalf of the Foster Museum.  She also serves on the HEAB advisory committee for OakBend Medical Center as well as on the 20/20 Steering Committee for the hospital’s expansion project, which Richmond Rotary is a part of.
Jess, Rene and Vickie will definitely bring history to live.  See you at Rotary today.   
Jess Stuart, Vickie Tonn and Rene Lamb - Old Foster Community MuseumMAR 8 2016-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary is exploding with new IDEAS and new LEADERSHP.  Why are YOU in Rotary?  Where do WE go from here? YOUR participation is important to growing our Richmond Rotary family.  Come and hear all the exciting things Rosie and Rodney learned from their training this weekend at PETS.
Rotary's Future...2016-2017 Visioning Program & PETS UpdateMar 1 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0
Vera L. Johnson is the current Executive Director for Fort Bend Family Promise, serving since 2011. Johnson came to Fort Bend Family Promise with nearly twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served as vice president of program operations for the Coalition for the Homeless Houston & Harris County and preceding that position, for fifteen years as the vice president of client services with AIDS Foundation Houston.
Fort Bend Family Promise opened its doors in 2005 and is part of a national program that operates affiliates in 41 states. It relies on a network of local Fort Bend congregations to house and feed the families on a rotational basis while they work to regain self-sufficiency.
Since its inception in 1998, more than 300,000 men, women and children have been helped through Family Promise programs around the country.
Ms. Johnson brings to the program a unique blend of faith, honesty, a down-to-earth style, and ability to help homeless children and their parents find their way back home to permanent housing.
Vera Johnson - Ft. Bend Family PromiseFEB 23 2016-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Kuddos to our public relations chair Cherie Vasquez for getting us in the Ft. Bend Herald the day after our celebration.  Way to GO Cherie!! We had a great time celebrating Rotary's 111th Birthday.  Rotary Richmond, TX's humanitarian efforts continue after all these years...Get Involved.  You will not regret it!  It's all about Service Above Self!  Be a Gift to the World!
Happy 111th Birthday Rotary!! 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0


Congratulations Sandra Elizondo - Winner of the beautiful Lexus!!

It was a great night with a wonderful lineup of presenters, sponsors, entertainment, delicious food, kid's zone, and auctions.   Rosie and all the committees are working hard to bring you more details and final numbers later.  Thank You everyone who came out to support our Fish Fry.

17th Annual Cowboys in the Caribbean Fish Fry 2016-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Mike Jackson is a native Houstonian. He was the first Lone Star Farmer from Austin High School where he participated in the Houston Livestock Show, showing animals and judging livestock contests.  He won the fifth scholarship presented by then the Houston Fat Stock Show and used it at Texas A&M, where he graduated in 1966 in Agriculture Education.
He served four years as a commissioned officer in the Army and served in Vietnam with the First Calvary Division.  He retired in 1996 as a Colonel. 
Mike Jackson got involved with the Houston Livestock Show when he came back off active duty in 1971.  He has been an arena director at cattle shows since 1977 and serves as a member of the speakers committee and is a lifetime member. 
He brings a rich history of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and will make this Tuesday’s presentation an interesting one.  Bring a guest. 
Growing up in South Arkansas, Mary Wade graduated from Baylor. While her 2 children with husband Harold Wade were young, she completed her Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. She began a 25-year career as an elementary librarian in Ohio as Harold completed his doctorate, then Massachusetts, before returning to Texas retiring with the Fort Bend School system.
Mary has published more than 50 children’s books, many about history and Texas. Mary has written books on Sam Houston, Jane Long, Stephen F. Austin, Davy Crockett, George W. Bush, Theodore Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and many others.
Mary’s research into the background of Theodore Roosevelt’s father has expanded into “Like Father, Like Son?” as a topic for our President’s Day program in which she will discuss the Roosevelt, Adams and Bush father-son connections.
Please join Rotary Richmond on Tuesday to hear Mary Dodson Wade’s unique presentation.
Mary D. Wade, Author - Like Father, Like Son?Feb 9 2016-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you to our wonderful hosts, Elizabeth and Carl Drozd and everyone that came out and had some fun. 
Super Rotary Bowl Party! 2016-02-09 06:00:00Z 0


Wednesday, June 15, 6pm @ Swinging Door
$20 per person
laughLet’s welcome and install 2016-2017 President Rosie Karlberg and incoming board members on Wednesday June 15, 6pm at the Swinging Door (FM 359).  Please RSVP to Rosie at or 832-595-5989.  It's going to be a great night!!


Friday June 17 - 5:30pm-10pm
Hilton of the Americas
Please join DGE Eric and Sandra for the installation of the 2016-2017 Officers.  This event will be at the Hilton of the Americas. Please contact Rosie at or 832-595-5989 to reserve a seat at our Rotary Richmond table.
SAVE THE DATES - SIGN ME UP!! 2016-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Mayor Cynthia A. McConathy was elected Mayor of the City of Rosenberg in May 2015. Before her election to Mayor, she had served as Councilor At Large, Position 2 since May 2011. 
Mayor McConathy is retired from a career in information technology that spanned a variety of business sectors including education, insurance, oil and gas, telecommunications, banking, and state agencies. She is a graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School and Houston Community College, where she earned an Associate’s  Degree of Applied Science. Mayor McConathy is an licensed minister, and has served on the Rosenberg Planning Commission and the City’s Sign Review Task Force.
She is active in many local charities/outreach efforts and is a leader/teacher at First Assembly of God, Rosenberg.
Listen to Rosenberg's future development plans for the city, residents and its community.  Bring a friend. 
Cynthia A. McConathy, Mayor - City of RosenbergFEB 2 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
What a great day we had at our Sporting Clays Classic II event.   THANK YOU to our relentless leader Eric Junker for all he did to make this event a success. Shooters were excited, weather was gorgeous and the shooting was spectacular. 
Service Above Self!  Thank you all that showed up and volunteered at the event.  The Women's Shelter will be a better place for refuge, recovery and for a peaceful hot meal - all thanks to Richmond Rotary.  More photos and details to follow.
Sporting Clays Classic II - a HUGE Success 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Let me know if you would like to attend!  We are supporting our neighbor Rotary Club of Rosenberg at their annual fundraising GUMBO event this Friday, Feb. 5 at  the Ft. Bend County Fairgrounds, Building B.  The event is from 6pm – 9pm.
Rosenberg Rotary Club Annual Gumbo - This Friday!! 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
With over fifteen years at the Fort Bend Chamber, Keri Curtis Schmidt serves as the President and CEO.  The Fort Bend Chamber is one of 82 chambers out of 7,070 chambers in the nation to receive the five-star accreditation and earned this highest national distinction under her leadership.   Keri has directed several of the successful signature programs for the Chamber including the nationally acclaimed Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair which is in its thirteenth year.
Keri received her BS in Environmental Design and Business from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. She is a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the premier four-year professional development program. 
"Success is Just Around the Bend" at this 5-star Accredited Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.  Don't miss this presentation.
Keri Curtis Schmidt, President/CEO - Fort Bend ChamberJAN 26 2016-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
All District Club Meeting GREAT FELLOWSHIP, FUN & INFORMATIVE. 2016-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
George Patterson has been Chief Executive Officer for Texana Center for the past 17 years, he is the first and only CEO the center has had.
Texana Center is focused on creating and delivering life changing services to children, women and men needing behavioral, intellectual and developmental care, support and education. Their goal is to unlock their potential for safe, independent and productive lives within local communities.
Interesting topic today!  We look forward to seeing you. 
George Patterson, CEO - Texana CenterJAN 19 2016-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Don't miss President-Elect Rosie's 17th Annual Cowboys in the Caribbean Fish Fry Presentation and all the fun things leading to our event on Saturday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. at the George Ranch Historical Park.  Mark Your Calendars!! 
We are celebrating Rotary Richmond TX's 80th Birthday this year! 
80th Anniversary Celebration Begins Now!! 2016-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Jeffrey C McClellan, CPA, PLLC provides accounting, tax, payroll and Certified QuickBooks Proadvisor services for small businesses and individuals.
Small business has its share of challenges. Customers need products enhanced, services offered, paying employees, and financing among other things. What is often overlooked is taxes. What can I expect to pay? What business structure can help me? What do I need to pay to the Federal and State governments and when? All too often, we find ourselves with tax situations that catch us off-guard.
Join us Tuesday to get us going for 2016 as we prepare for income tax season.
Jeff McClellan, CPA - Taxes for Small BusinessJan 5 2016-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
We are "shooting" for 100 participants in this event on January 30 at 9am.  Please pass this along to anyone interested.
Here are a few things you can do to promote the event:
  • Forward the Clay Shoot sponsorship packet to all you know.
  • Change your FaceBook cover page to promote our event.
  • Go to our Rotary Richmond, TX FB page and like our page and our event.
  • Promote Rotary Richmond, TX to all your friends, colleagues and business associates.
Any questions, please contact Eric Junker, (281) 968-9476 or email:
5 DAYS UNTIL Sporting Clays Classic II - JAN 30REGISTRATION DEADLINE JAN 26!! 2016-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
A great time was had by all that attended our Christmas Party. 
Thank you Rodney & Suzie for your stupendous hospitality.  Lots of great food, libations, appetizers and desserts.
Kenny Waters was the winner of the dessert contest with his Spiked Banana Pudding.  A difficult decision by the judges tasting all the delicious desserts...Love Dream Cake, White Coconut Cake, Spiked Banana Pudding and Foozy Truffle and many others! 
Thank you everyone that attended.  
More pictures to come at tomorrow's meeting. 
And the winner is... 2015-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
The Christmas festivities continue Tuesday featuring live entertainment from Gail Best, a popular local entertainer.  She brings us the best of the holiday season singing some classic Christmas and other favorite tunes.  Gail’s portfolio includes many styles of music, Jazz, Blues, Standards, Oldies, Classic Rock & Country.  She performs in and around the Houston area.
She is a regular performer at Fernando's Steakhouse, Post Oak Grille, Grill on City Walk in Sugar Land Town Center and has performed at the Houston Landmark Magic Island Restaurant.
Gail is also a Certified Music Practitioner, using music and sound to comfort and ease the pain of those in hospital, nursing homes and hospice.  Using her talents to bless others is something she enjoys very much.
Gail promises a highly-entertaining performance for Rotary Richmond.
Gail Best – Vocalist & EntertainerDec 8 2015-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member - Shawn Johnston 2015-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5890’s District Governor Nick Giannone joined us with his wife Fabiola, Asst. DG Jim Payne, DG Elect Eric Liu and wife Sandra. He helped induct the two newest members to the club, Marquie Fontenot and Michaela Filla. DG Nick also recognized Asst. DG Gary Gillen with his 5th Paul Harris Fellow pin. 
The ‘Presidential Citation’ was awarded to the sponsored Interact Club at Lamar Consolidated High School.  This award covers Richmond Rotary’s year 2014/2015 under the leadership of Past President Priscilla Salas. 
District Governor Official Visit Cherie Vasquez 2015-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Rodney will be making his famous mouth watering Seafood Gumbo & Rice!!  Soon to be featured in
Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Food Network...surprise
Still needed are the following:  
♦ Fruit Tray
♦ Cheese Platter 
♦ Vegetable Tray
♦ Desserts
Sign Up Sheet will be available Tuesday! 
RSVP HERE (Rotarian + 1 guest) 
Annual Christmas PartyFriday, Dec 4 2015-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Rob Tobias joined the management team of the City of Richmond as the Executive Director of Economic Development on January 2014.  Tobias, a former Greater Houston Partnership official, brings over 20 years of economic development experience that started at the Partnership, plus some Corporate America experience with Southwestern Bell and Conoco. 
He has worked for both large and small cities and has a strong track record of success at attracting industry, commercial and retail to each of the communities in which he has worked.
Join us Tuesday for an update on the City’s significant changes as it continues to attract higher quality investments and higher-skilled jobs to Richmond’s ETJ and Historic Downtown.  Invite a Guest.
Rob Tobias - Where History Meets OpportunityDEC 1 2015-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Let's raise a hearty Rotary Richmond, TX welcome to our District 5890 Governor Nick Giannone and his lovely wife, Fabiola.   
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 After 5 Rotary Club in 2008 and has been honored as Rotarian of the Year in both clubs.  Nick has served as Chairman of New Generations, Youth Exchange Officer, Assistant Governor, Lieutenant Governor and on multiple committees as Chair or a member. 
Nick Giannone is an Emergency Physician working in the Greater Houston Area.  He received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and his medical degree from the Autonomous University in Guadalajara.  Nick did his postgraduate education at Tulane University, New Orleans and the University of Texas Medical Branch. 
We have several presentations to award so please start arriving at 11:45 a.m.. We will begin our program at 12:05 p.m.. Wear your Rotary pin and show your Rotary Richmond spirit!
Nick Giannone, MD District 5890 Governor 2015-16Nov 17 2015-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
It was a wonderful celebration of our heroes and warriors at the Annual Veteran's Day Celebration! B.F. Terry JROTC posted the colors and students from Calvary Episcopal sang the National Anthem. Following that was the "pinning" honoring all who served. Julius Collins, Bob Sunday and Mayor Evalyn Moore for the late Hilmar Moore were in attendance today. All this on the day that the Marine Corps celebrates its 240th birthday!  John Boestler, Executive Director of NextOp. spoke on how his organization helps and supports Veterans in transition. 
Thank you to our veterans!Nov 10 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Adam Bartling, Army
Julius Collins, Army
Carl A. Drozd, Army
Stanley Kucherka, Jr., Navy
Harold Mathis, American National Guard
Peary Perry, Army
Bob O’Neal Sunday, Army
In Remembrance
Orin Covell
Richard Joseph
Mayor Hilmar Moore
James E. Richard, Jr.
Jim Tucker
Stuart Wilson
Honoring All Who Served 2015-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
John Boestler is Executive Director of NextOp, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Houston, Texas.  NextOp serves our nation’s hardworking veterans by providing career placement assistance, mentorship, and support in their transition into industry with a particular focus on energy and Houston. 
In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Sargeant Boestler brings us an inspiring message of men and women who do serve and have served.  He will focus on the impact that veterans have made on our country in terms of political and corporate leadership, formation of the middle class, and how the next greatest generation will continue their legacy of national service on a global scale.
Also joining us will be B.F. Terry High School’s JROTC under the direction and leadership of Lt Col (ret) Winfield Scott.
Leading Rotary Richmond for our National Anthem will be students from Calvary Episcopal Preparatory Lower School.   
Be a part of honoring our Veterans! See you Tuesday.
John Boestler, NextOp - Honoring Veteran's DayNov 10 2015-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
A native Houstonian, Jim Payne grew up in the Sugar Land/ Missouri City/ Stafford area and is a proud graduate of John Foster Dulles High School in Sugar Land. He first discovered Rotary during a fifteen year career in the banking industry when in 1984, when he was inducted into the Sharpstown Rotary Club. He “became a real Rotarian” when Rotary began its “PolioPlus” campaign in 1985 because this disease had touched his own family.
His appointment as an Assistant Governor for 2015-2016 is his opportunity to serve in a district wide office. His assigned clubs are Richmond, Sugar Land and Oyster Creek. 
Today he will be delivering Rotary's District 5890 theme speech.  
Asst. District Governor James Payne - All Things RotaryNov 3 2015-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Barbara Clemmons and Penelope Lulane will share with our club the special gifts they share with Rotary.  Past Rotary DG Charlie and Barbara Clemmons are co-founders of Rotary Books for the World Project; a Rotary club project that collects school books, library books, and books from individuals to ship to Africa for distribution to schools and libraries in southern and eastern Africa. 
Listen to their powerful stories as they make a difference in our vocations, communities and the world.  Rotary at its best.
Barbara Clemmons & Penelope Lulane Rotary Books for the WorldOct 27 2015-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Marco Ruiz (far right) is a certified global business professional and business advisor with the UH Fort Bend County Small Business Development Center, a business consulting and training center.  The UH SBDC Network serves 32 counties in Southeast Texas.  
Ruiz will present on effective programs and technology that assist businesses to improve and define their business models. 
Hear this success story - Frank Nunez, owner of Frank's Nursery.
Marco Ruiz - UH Ft Bend SBDC Start Smart. Grow Smart.Oct 13 2015-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Join us this week as we hear Stephen Doggett, attorney and former Rotary president, speak about his fascinating travels in and out of the USA and brief us in the most up to date laws in DWI’s, wills and other legal issues.       
Stephen received a BA in political science from the University of Texas and his JD from the University of Texas Law School in 1975. He has been president of the Fort Bend County Bar Association and the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, as well as being president of this Rotary Richmond Club and Jaycees clubs. 
Stephen Doggett - Travels & TrialsOct 6 2015-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Chief Gary Adams took over as police chief for the City of Richmond Police Department on April 6, 2015.
With over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, Chief Adams began his career in his home town of Texarkana, Texas, in 1975, working his way up through the ranks to Chief of police in 1993. After serving the City of Texarkana for twenty-five years, he left to accept the chief’s position with the City of University Park, Texas, where he served for over thirteen years, before accepting the Police Chief position in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. 

His experience and leadership have seen various changes over the years. Hear the new movement existing in the Richmond Police Department.   

Chief Adams is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Chief Gary Adams - Richmond Police Dept.Sept 29 2015-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Turkey Leg Booth setup is now set for Tuesday Sept 22 instead of Wednesday – same time 5:30 pm.  Per the Fair’s notification on Friday, everything needs to be set up by Wednesday morning for the Fire Marshall inspection. 
Please bear with us with these last minute fair changes as we get ready for the Big Parade or better said...ten days of cooking some finger-licking delicious turkey legs!  
Let’s do this Rotarians!  Sign up for your 3 Turkey Leg/Iguana required shifts.  Contact Rosie Karlberg to submit your times at 832-595--5989. 
CHANGE OF DATE for Turkey Leg Booth SetupTUESDAY Sept. 22, 2015 2015-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Our speaker this week is none other than our very own Rotarian and 2014-2015 Assistant District Governor of the Year Gary Gillen.  Gary & his wife own and operate Gillen Pest Control in Richmond.
He is serving his third year as Assistant Governor for Governor Nick Giannone and assists the Fort Bend, Wharton and El Campo clubs.   Gary has also served on various governmental committees and boards appointed by former President Bush and re-appointed by President Obama.
Gary brings us Rotary’s perspective on “What does Rotary Mean to the World?"  He will highlight stories from PETS (President-Elect Training Seminars), the future of Rotary and some of the things Rotary offers us that we never think about.   
Let’s show Gary how appreciative we are for his hard work in District 5890 and Rotary Richmond, TX.  Gary epitomizes the true meaning of being a Rotarian. This is a great meeting to invite guests.
What does Rotary Mean to the World?Sept 22 2015-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome our newest Rotarian, Stacey Severovich, of Mitchell & Duff, LLC who was inducted at our last meeting.  Mitchell & Duff is located at 210 Main Street in Richmond. They provide clients with a broad spectrum of representation on general civil litigation. 
Excited to join Rotary, Stacey jumped right in and attended our Gulf Coast Leadership Conference this weekend.  She learned a lot and is ready to bring more ideas to the table to growRotary.  Congratulations Stacey in joining our Rotary family.
Welcome Stacey Severovich to Rotary Richmond, TX 2015-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Cassy Slater is the Airport Operations Supervisor for Sugar Land Regional Airport in charge of the development of the Airport Operations Department.  
She is responsible for regulatory & environmental compliance, security, wildlife management, and emergency management and response inculding maintaining, updating and effectively implementing Airport plans as Sugar Land Regional grows and evolves.
Join Rotary Richmond, TX at Tuesday's meeting to learn more about Sugar Land Regional Airport serving the City of Richmond and surrounding communities in Fort Bend County.
Cassy Slater, Sugar Land Regional Airport SEPT 15 2015-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
For those that missed our meeting last week, we had a great time signing up for our turkey leg booth at the Fort Bend County Fair from Friday, September 25 - Sunday, October 4.  Don't get left behind. 
Join in on the fun and let's make our first fundraiser of the year the best ever. Signup sheets and updates will be available every Tuesday.  (Video produced by Sarah, Rosie's daughter)
P.S. Gary promises not to set the grill on FIRE!
Here Comes the BIG Parade...Time to Sell Turkey Legs! 2015-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Thomas Brown - Rotary Richmond, TX's Newest Member.  Kuddos to Jess Stuart, executive director at T.W. Davis Family YMCA for sponsoring him. 
Graduating from University of Houston and Texas A&M University-Commerce, Thomas is a principal investment advisor at RJ Capitol Investment Advisors.  He is married to Misty Brown and they have a beautiful 7 month old son named Hudson.  Please take time to welcome Thomas, Misty and Hudson to our Rotary family!
WELCOME Thomas BrowN TO ROTARY RICHMOND, TX 2015-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Rosie Karlberg, Richmond Rotary Turkey Legs Aug 25 2015-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Michael Youngblood accepted the position as Fire Chief of Richmond on March 1, 2011. 
He respectfully serves as Department Director overseeing Fire Operations, Fire Marshal’s Office and City Building Officials. Prior to taking over in Richmond, Michael served for 21 years in the Missouri City, TX in various positions including Fire Lieutenant, Paramedic, Police Officer, Arson Investigator, rising to  Assistant Fire Chief. 
Join Rotary Richmond, TX at Tuesday's meeting to learn more about the 27 full time firefighters and numerous volunteers at three 24 hour manned fire stations serving the City of Richmond and surrounding communities in Fort Bend County.
Michael Youngblood, Richmond Fire Dept SEPT 1 2015-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Social (after our Board Meeting) Wednesday Oct 28, 7:00 p.m. @ Clancy's Public House on FM 359, Richmond - Join us for Opening Night as the Houston Rockets take on the Denver Nuggets!!  Great food and networking.
Thoughts and Prayers Requested For: 
     Jimmy Cantu on the passing of his brother, Peter Cantu.   
     Wishing Larry Pittman a speedy recovery.  
     Steve Onstad being selected as one of the 2015 GEMS of Fort Bend. GEMS – Generous, Enthusiastic Men Serving – is an annual initiative honoring three male role models whose contributions to our community make them shine. 
"ROTARIAN TIES" CORNER 2015-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Rosenberg Police Department (RPD) is a progressive department serving a rapidly growing community. Chief Warren brings us the the state of the city police report, recent mandatory evacuations and other hot topics affecting our neighborhoods. 
The police department has been nationally recognized for their creative marketing videos posted on Facebook.   Their Facebook posts have received over 4.5 million views...and countingProtecting their community, citizens and its supporters is what the Rosenberg Police Department does best.   
Beth Zarate joins Richmond Rotary this week to speak about how she came to Fort Bend County and is currently serving 87,629 people in the community.  Catholic Charities is one of the main hubs in the Richmond area addressing many family needs.  
Catholic Charities is a nationally recognized non-profit making a huge difference!
Beth grew up an army "brat" whose father was an army pilot that served in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and is now the executive director of Catholic Charities' Mamie George Community Center.  
Beth Zarate - one mission one heart many handsAug 11, 2015 2015-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Our popcorn was a hit!!
We popped it and they came!!
Making it fun for those children receiving their vaccinations Saturday morning at AccessHealth Richmond. After receiving their immunizations, the little ones were greeted by happy Richmond Rotarians with popcorn to ease the pain! Helping our students start off on the right track by partnering with AccessHealth.
Fun Time at ACCESSHEALTH Back to School FAIR 2015-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
 August 4
This week's speaker is Tom Vann, Rotary Club of Houston President-Elect and First Vice President with Raymond James & Associates.   
Soon after joining Rotary in 2007, Tom attended a reception sponsored by the Rotary Club of Houston at Jesse H. Jones Rotary House and was quickly hooked. The Rotary House is a Marriott-managed full-service hotel for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients and their families. 
Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Rotary's work to help MD Anderson patients and the families in their time of need!
Three Partners…One Vision 2015-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Jesse H. Jones Rotary House is a Marriott-managed full-service hotel for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients and their families, linked to the hospital by an enclosed skywalk. 
Soon after joining Rotary in 2007, Rotary Club of Houston President-Elect Tom Vann attended a reception sponsored by the Rotary Club of Houston at Rotary House and was quickly hooked. He immediately joined the Rotary House committee and has chaired or co-chaired that committee for most of the 8 years that he’s been a Rotarian. 
Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Rotary's work to help MD Anderson patients and the families in their time of need!
Tom Vann - Jesse Jones Rotary House at MD AndersonAugust 4, 2015 2015-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Glenn Smith is the owner and CEO of The Growth Coach in Houston, Texas, a coaching and consulting firm designed to help executives and business owners improve their businesses and their lives. 

Glenn coaches his clients on leadership, marketing, goals, work/life balance, business strategy and more. 

Bring a friend to this can't miss inspirational talk. 

Glenn Smith - Marketing to New GenerationsJULY 28, 2015 2015-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Throwback Thursday back to 1952!july 23, 2015 Cherie Vasquez 2015-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
What IS Rotary's purpose and WHY was Rotary created?  A must attend luncheon for all new members as well as a refreshing presentation for our senior Rotarians.  Hear Terry Ziegler present a PolioPlus update as we reach for our goal for a Polio-Free World. 
Terry Ziegler - Let me tell you about Rotary!July 21, 2015 2015-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Our deepest condolences to Kenny Kucherka on the loss of his brother, Chris.  Please keep Kenny and his family in your prayers. 
It's a GIRL! Congratulations to Rotarian Mike and wife Jene' Rockwood on the birth of their daughter.  Welcome Lauren Elizabeth Rockwood - Future Rotarian. 
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Regina Morales, President / CEO of the Central Fort Bend Chamber since November 2014 will present the Chamber's current and future developments.  Morales has held numerous positions in the county to include Director of Economic Development for the City of Sugar Land, President / CEO of Katy Area EDC, Vice President of Development of the GBEDC and Economic Development Director for City of Rosenberg.  Her 19 years of experience in economic development in Texas have resulted in over 48 corporate relocations and expansion projects, creating over $1.45 billion in new capital investments and 4600 jobs in Fort Bend County.  Join us for an informative luncheon. 
Regina Morales - Chamber Chief Presents NEWS & DevelopmentsJuly 14, 2015 Liz Moreno 2015-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2015
Incoming President Liz Moreno, incoming President Elect Rosie Karlberg and other new officers were inducted into their new positions in the Rotary Club of Richmond for year 2015/2016.  Emceeing the event was PDG Jeff Tallas of the Rotary Club of Sugar Land while DGE Eric Liu from the Rotary Club of Memorial-Spring Branch inducted the new officers on June 4, 2015 at The Swinging Door Restaurant in Richmond, TX.
“I am excited to lead the club this coming year as we are celebrating 80 years strong in 2016!  Richmond Rotary has made a significant impact on the lives in our community.  Since Rotary International’s new theme is ‘Be a gift to the world’, I look forward to being at the helm of such an active group of service oriented members,” declared Liz Moreno.  “We not only look to make a difference a year at a time, we have set long term goals for ourselves and our community,” said outgoing President Priscilla Salas.
2015-16 Officer InstallationJune 4, 2015 Cherie Vasquez 2015-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Demotion & Installation Ceremony 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
16th Annual Cowboys in the Caribbean Fish Fry! 2015-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Inaugural Sporting Clays Tournamentjoin us Saturday march 7! 2015-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Fort Bend Women's Center Service Project 2014-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
A great time was had by all at the Fall Social. Many thanks to the Sugar Land Rotary for joining us!
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Posted by Priscilla Salas on Oct 19, 2014

Image A great time was had by all. Thanks to the Sugar Land and Brazos River Rotary Clubs for joining us!

Richmond's Fall Social Priscilla Salas 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Salas on Oct 12, 2014


Thank you Tanya Carbone and Rodney Lenfant of Oak Bend Medical Center for hosting a CPR course for the Rotary Club of Richmond.

CPR Certified Priscilla Salas 2014-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Salas on Sep 22, 2014

Many thanks to John Cotterell and Cindy Reaves for working on Richmond Rotary's District Grant! These funds will be used by AccessHealth to purchase medical supplies which will serve the Diabetes Community in Fort Bend County.

District Grant benefits AccessHealth Priscilla Salas 2014-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Salas on Sep 16, 2014

Our margaritas placed 2nd in the margarita contest! This evening was a great event benefiting Texana Center. Richmond Rotary showcased their margaritas and their Rotary pride!!


Diez y Seis de Septiembre at Legacy Ford Priscilla Salas 2014-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Member Orientation Cindy Reaves 0
Rotary Club of Richmond at the 2011 International Conference Alicia Casias 0
1950's Parade Mary Doetterl 0
Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Richmond Orin Covell 0
Rotary License Plate Carol Whileyman 0
Posted by Gary Gillen

No time like the present!  April 3, 2010 is right around the corner and we need to get it in gear for the fish fry. 

Check out the sponsor forms listed to the right under "Downloads"

11th Annual Cowboys in the Caribbean Gary Gillen 0
Member Orientation Steve Onstad 0
Posted by John M. Cotterell
Biographies from the 25 Nicaraguan children we are sponsoring are available by clicking on "Nicaragua Children's Bios" under Download on the right side of our home page.
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Posted by John M. Cotterell
Richmond Rotary contributed $6,000 to the Hope and Relief Foundation, founded by Rotarians, to assist the poorest of the poor in Nicaragua. John Cotterell was able to meet the 25 children who are directly benefiting from those proceeds to support their education, health and meals this year.
Nicaraguan Support John M. Cotterell 0
Rotary Club Donates to Cause Lonnie Meadows 0
Richmond Rotary Names 14 to The Paul Harris Societ Mary Doetterl 0
Posted by Gary Gillen
Highlights from the 2009/2010 DG Installation at The Aquarium Restaurant
DG Installation Gary Gillen 0