Welcome to the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston

Upcoming Events

The Downtown Rotary Club of Houston is proud to host all our events at the Ballroom at Bayou Place. It is downtown Houston’s largest private event venue. For the new Rotary Year beginning July 2018 our featured monthly luncheon speakers are:

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Moon Landing

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Moon Landing

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

Downtown Rotary Celebrates NASA's 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, with NASA Director Mark Geyer and Special Guest Astronauts


Place: Ballroom at Bayou Place
Address: 500 Texas Street Houston, TX 77204

Neil Armstrong Stands Next to the American Flag on the Moon 50 Years Ago

Neil Armstrong Stands Next to the American Flag on the Moon 50 Years Ago

In recognition of NASA's 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston will host Johnson Space Center (JSC) Director Mark S. Geyer, astronaut Randolph "Komrade" Bresnik, and Apollo Astronaut, and fellow Downtown Rotary Club of Houston member, Walter Cunningham will also be honored.

We will also be joined by a special guest who was in mission control 50 years ago during the moon landing.

Geyer is the 12th director of NASA's JSC, a position he assumed in May 2018. Geyer leads a workforce of approximately 10,000 civil servant and contractor employees at one of NASA's largest installations in Houston and the White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Bresnik was selected as an astronaut in 2004 and recently served as the Commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 53 and flight engineer for Expedition 52. He has logged more than 6,000 hours in 83 types of aircraft.

Members admission and lunch included in annual dues. Non-members of Downtown Rotary and guests must pay a $50.00 fee with RSVP. PayPal and all credit cards accepted.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

DOWNTOWN ROTARY WELCOMES RICHARD 'RIC' CAMPO, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF CAMDEN PROPERTY TRUST AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PORT HOUSTON COMMISSION


Richard "Ric" Campo is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Camden Property Trust, one of the largest multifamily real estate investment trusts in the nation, and Chairman of the Port Houston Commission.

Mr. Campo began his real estate career after graduating from Oregon State University in 1976. After working for a private Houston real estate company, Mr. Campo co-founded Camden’s predecessor companies in 1982 and has spent almost 30 years building a company of great people that are renowned for their management proficiency, their development and construction capabilities and their savvy in the areas of technology, training, and marketing.

Mr. Campo serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations that focus on the economic development, business outlook, and future growth of Houston, including Central Houston, Inc., the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Greater Houston Partnership and is an Executive Advisory Board Member for the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business. Mr. Campo also served as the Chairman of the Houston First Corporation for 12 years, which is a local government corporation that facilitates the city’s economic growth through the business of conventions and the arts. He is also involved in the United Way and Harris County Houston Sports Authority.

RSVP or buy tickets at https://camporotary.eventbrite.com. Downtown Rotary Club of Houston members are entitled to one (1) free ticket per paid member. Visitors and guests must purchase a ticket at $50. All credit cards and PayPal accepted. Valet parking included.

Ric Campo, CEO of Camden Property Trust and Chairman of the Port Houston Commission

Ric Campo, CEO of Camden Property Trust and Chairman of the Port Houston Commission

Black Tie Dinner and Awards Ball

Black Tie Dinner and Awards Ball

Saturday, September 28, 2019

DOWNTOWN ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON 'BLACK TIE' DINNER AND AWARDS BALL WITH THE RICHARD BROWN ORCHESTRA AND SINGERS


TIME: Cocktails 7 p.m. - Seated Formal Dinner 8 p.m.
PLACE: Ballroom at Bayou Place
ADDRESS: 500 Texas Street
* Valet parking included.

Our "Black Tie" Dinner and Awards Ball will include live music by the Richard Brown Orchestra and Singers.

Tickets
  • Couple - $250
  • Single - $150

RSVP or buy tickets at https://rotarygala2019.eventbrite.com. All credit cards and PayPal accepted. Valet parking included.

For table and sponsorship information, please contact Richard Slemaker at rwsiii@worldmediaplace.com. Proceeds support the local, national, and global projects of the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston, a not-for-profit organization.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rotary celebrates the U.S. Constitution Day & Panel


Citizens of the United States have celebrated Independence Day and Presidents' Day since the 1870s, and in 2005, the nation began to celebrate Constitution Day. Also known as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day is an American holiday honoring the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution. This historic date was September 17, 1787.

Meet our U. S. Constitution Day Panelists:

Ken Paxton

Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Ken Paxton is the 51st attorney general of Texas. He was elected on November 4, 2014 and sworn into office on January 5, 2015.

As the state's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Paxton leads more than 4,000 employees in 38 divisions and 117 offices around Texas. His first major initiative as attorney general was the formation of a special unit dedicated to combating human trafficking in Texas. During its first year of existence, the Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime (HTTOC) section helped arrest the chief executive officer of Backpage.com, the largest online sex-trafficking marketplace in the United States.

Attorney General Paxton is focused on protecting Texans and upholding Texas laws and the Constitution. He graduated from Baylor University, where he served as student body president, earning a B.A. in psychology and an M.B.A. After receiving a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, he worked as an attorney at Strasburger & Price, LLP, in-house counsel for J.C. Penney Company, and headed up his own law firm for 14 years in McKinney.

Josh Blackman

Josh Blackman

Josh Blackman — South Texas College of Law Houston

Josh is Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law Houston who specializes in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court, and the intersection of law and technology. Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare.

Josh was selected by Forbes Magazine for the "30 Under 30" in Law and Policy. Josh has testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutionality of executive action on immigration. He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Josh is the founder and President of the Harlan Institute, the founder of FantasySCOTUS, the Internet's Premier Supreme Court Fantasy League, and blogs at JoshBlackman.com. Josh leads the cutting edge of legal analytics as Director of Judicial Research at LexPredict. Josh is the author of over two dozen law review articles, and his commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, L.A. Times, and other national publications.

Josh clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and for the Honorable Kim R. Gibson on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Josh is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law.

Harold DeMoss

Harold R. DeMoss Jr.

Harold R. DeMoss Jr.

Harold R. DeMoss Jr. is a former Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge DeMoss was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President George H.W. Bush on June 27, 1991, The American Bar Association rated DeMoss Unanimously Qualified for the nomination. Hearings on DeMoss' nomination were held before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on September 26, 1991, and his nomination was confirmed by the unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate on November 27, 1991, and he received his commission on December 2, 1991. DeMoss assumed senior status on July 1, 2007.

A native of Houston, Texas, DeMoss graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and the University of Texas School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1955. After serving in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, he joined the Houston law firm Bracewell & Patterson, where he became a partner and remained until his appointment to the bench.

Charles Foster

Charles Foster

Charles Foster

Charles C. Foster is the chairman of Foster LLP based in Houston. Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, Chambers USA Senior States people, Who's Who Legal, and Corporate Immigration Thought Leader. His practice focuses on representing multinational companies and foreign investors regarding U.S. immigration law.

Charles received both his J.D. and undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He lectures frequently before legal, academic, and professional organizations in Texas and throughout the United States and has published numerous articles on U.S. immigration law.

He served as senior immigration policy advisor to President George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns and as an immigration policy advisor to Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. He is the Honorary Consul-General for the Kingdom of Thailand.

Come join us and welcome our outstanding panelists and other Downtown Houston VIP's for our luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dress is business.

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U. S. Constitution Day

U. S. Constitution Day

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rotary "Salute to Veterans Day" Luncheon


Come and honor our veterans at our fundraising luncheon Nov. 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St. Dress is business. All veterans will be recognized.

Networking time is set at 11 a.m.

Meeting/Program begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.

RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 4. Members ticket is included with membership, but you must RSVP to reserve your seat. Any RSVPs made within 72 hours of an event may not have a guaranteed seat or meal.

This is a fundraising event. 100% of the net revenue will stay in Houston to directly benefit Houston veterans.

Tables are available to purchase. Please contact David Hale (dhale1901@comcast.net) to purchase:

  • premium location table of 10 is $1,500 (limited availability),
  • standard table of 10 is $1,000,
  • to donate a seat at your table to a veteran, please email the number of seats to dhale1901@comcast.net.

You can also donate any amount to help our efforts with local veteran charity groups. This donation does not include a meal at the luncheon.

This is is an expanded program, please arrive on time. Featured events include:

  • Posting of Colors by Texas A&M Color Guard.
  • Patriotic songs performed by the 60 member choir from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts,
  • National Anthem performed by a featured soloist from the Houston Grand Opera,
  • Recognition of WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam veteran guest,

This fundraiser is sponsored by USO Houston and US Naval Academy Alumni Association - Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.

Please RSVP to RSVP@downtownrotaryhouston.org. Guests are $50.00.

All Credit Cards Accepted.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Rotary Houston Downtown Christmas & Holiday Party


Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Avenue (Valet Parking).

Benefitting Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

$50 for all guests

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 Downtown Rotary friends.

So, get on Santa’s “nice” list and be there for our celebration of Christmas, the Holidays and the Downtown 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.

Come and enjoy our Christmas and Holiday Party luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dress is business or festive!

Please RSVP to RSVP@downtownrotaryhouston.org. Guests are $50.00.

All Credit Cards Accepted.

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Christmas & Holiday Party

Christmas & Holiday Party

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