The Downtown Rotary Club of Houston is shaping the Future of Houston and the World
The Downtown Rotary Club of Houston is an IRS-approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit and a Texas tax-exempt organization meeting once each month for social fellowship and service. Join us and be a part of something big! Watch our video.
Our members are committed to the ideals of Rotary International® and are dedicated and invested in making Houston, Texas, and the world a better place for all and…to have fun doing it. The Downtown Rotary Club of Houston membership is open to men and women who are recognized for their leadership, want to be socially active, and dedicated to community service.
No individual may join Rotary on their own. A current member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston must sponsor an individual for membership and subsequently that individual must be approved by the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston Board of Directors. Guests of members are welcome to visit the club to learn more about Rotary and our community and world-wide involvement.
| What is Rotary Today?
Our motto “Service Above Self” says it all. We gather to share ideas and conduct service projects and entertaining events that will improve life in our community.
Today the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston is the largest Rotary Club in District 5890 and part of Rotary International’s worldwide network of 34,000 clubs throughout 200 countries on every continent. Rotary is the largest international service organization in the world with a global network of over 1.25 million business and professional leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, in ourselves, while having fun.
There is nothing like Rotary anywhere…we are the most successful “can do” organization in the world. That is why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation give us more of their dollars than any other organization they support, and Rotary matches every dollar. That is a fact that speaks well of who we are. The numbers are now north of 17 Billion dollars raised by Rotary and our partners!
Whether you’re a longtime resident or just moved to our great city, there’s no questioning Houston is experiencing an incredible burst of development, particularly within its Downtown core. Today, more than $1.39 billion in new Downtown construction projects are underway and another $2.58 billion in pre-development/design—nearly one- third of these projects being residential developments. Additionally, Houston continues to welcome waves of new businesses relocating offices to its central business district and with that, urban professionals also will see an additional 2.86 million square feet of office space being constructed, as well as eight new, modern and luxurious hotel high-rises dotting the city’s skyline.
And who can overlook the success of two of Houston’s most beloved urban parks: Discovery Green and Market Square Park – both of which have been heavily credited for being the economic catalyst for growth in the east and northern end of Downtown Houston.
Today, more than $1.39 billion in new Downtown construction projects are underway and another $2.58 billion in pre-development/design—nearly one- third of these projects being residential developments.
With all this robust activity, combined with its strong economy, a growing urban population, and solidified status as being one of the nation’s top culinary and entertainment destinations, it’s easy to see how Houston has transformed itself into the global city that it is today.
Last but not least we ARE a networking organization doing business with each other. We Rotarians value our friendships and hard work. We all love where we work and live, Houston. Now more than ever we ARE a global community more diverse that any other city on earth. Our city with all its robust activity, combined with her strong economy, a growing urban population, and solidified status as being one of the nation’s top culinary and entertainment destinations, it’s easy to see how Houston has transformed itself into the global city that it is today.
The Downtown Rotary Club of Houston looks forward to you and your business joining the most dynamic organization in the world, Rotary. Right now, there is no better place on earth to do business and live than in our City on the Bayou.
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity – Club, Vocational, Community, and International Service.
| Guiding PrincipleTexts
These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
| Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
| The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
| Avenues of Service
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Virtual Tour of RI Headquarters
Virtual tour of Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Fall 2020.
Go Organics for Peace
Spencer Leung, 2013 peace fellow and founder of Go Organics, Ltd., talks about the organization's mission to build peace by addressing income inequities through economic development.
Women Uplifting Women
Seven Women Centre is a nonprofit that offers fair-trade products and services. Stephanie Woollard, a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and a former Rotary Peace Fellow, started the organization in 2006 to empower marginalized women in Nepal.
The Downtown Rotary Club of Houston
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
500 Texas Avenue (at Smith Street)
Houston, Texas 77002-2737