Welcome to the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston

I. Community Service

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Committee - encourages all Rotary Club of Houston Downtown members to teach a child to read. Supporting the National Read Across America Day focusing on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Across the country and the world Rotary provides thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers by bringing together readers, kids, teens, and books from our Rotary “Books of the World” program.

Golf Tournament Committee - organizes the annual Rotary Club of Houston Downtown Golf Event benefiting our community service activities.

Prison Entrepreneurship Committee (PEP) - strives to inspire and motivate inmates to live within the law and find jobs upon their return to society; and encourages community involvement in finding solutions for problems of the released public offender.

Rodeo Parade Committee - promotes member participation in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Members of the committee will promote the community collaboration of the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston and the HLSR. Participation includes working with the HLSR Parade committee standards for our Rotary Stage Coaches as required by all Rodeo entries. Individual member participation in the parade will vary from year to year. This community project will also sponsor a Calf Scramble animal to benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarships and promote Rotary awareness in our city.

Rotary Citizen Award Committee - plans and promotes the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston Outstanding Citizen Recognitions. These citizens are recognized as part of every Rotary Club of Houston Downtown monthly luncheon and corporate sponsors are promoted in support of these worthwhile monthly recognitions of Houston’s best.

St. Nicholas Committee – plans, promotes and directly fulfills basic needs as we serve the men, women and children most “at risk” in our community. At Christmas time, we assist the Salvation Army and “ring the bell” to encourage donations for underprivileged families all over the area. Members of the committee raise money, purchase and deliver needs and wants as gifts to families selected by the Salvation Army.

Veterans Committee - plans and promotes the annual Veterans Day “Salute to Veterans” Luncheon Celebration honoring service men and women. This will be the largest Rotary luncheon honoring veterans in our city. The committee also directly subsidizes “Honor Flight” with the goal of helping every single veteran in our area, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, visit THEIR memorial. Top priority is given to America’s most senior heroes — survivors of World War II and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit. The committee will work directly with the many Veterans Assistance organizations including the USO in participating in the annual Houston Veterans Day parade and to provide executive advice and council to veterans where needed in our community.

II. Club Service

Classification Committee - reviews membership applications and explains membership requirements and expectations to prospective members.

Administration and Web Development Committee - Works directly with the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston Administrator to assist in administrative functions, website support and reviews club communication systems for effectiveness.

Entertainment and Social Committee - coordinates events that promote friendship, fellowship and fun. These gatherings include fundraisers such as Casino Night, Wine Tasting parties, Holiday Family affairs, Fine Arts and Group Sporting events – organizes the annual Rotary Club of Houston Downtown Golf, Shooting Clays, Houston Polo Club and Formula One Auto Racing Events as business networking and family activities. . These occasions are designed to provide a casual and upscale fun environment for networking with fellow Rotarians and business leaders on a more personalized level as well as raise funds for club projects.

Finance Committee - responsible for a broad range of issues from the club’s investment policy and accounting system, to the annual budget.

Foundations & Grants - identifies district scholarship and grant initiatives which align with the mission of the Rotary Club of Houston Downtown. Acts as a liaison with Rotary District 5890 on related issues.

Membership Committee - carries two major assignments: increase club membership and retain existing members. Both require a deep belief in everything Rotary stands for and sensitivity to people’s needs, problems and schedules in todays fast paced social and business world. The committee assesses new membership initiatives offered by District 5890 and Rotary International and helps the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston apply those learned principles to increase membership. The committee plans and implements all aspects of Rotary 101* and New Member Orientation, including education of new members about our Rotary Club and Rotary International. Committee members schedule each new member to participate in orientation upon acceptance by the Board of Directors and present Red Badges to new members.

Nominations Committee - committee members are invited to participate by the Chair of the committee. As directed by the Rotary Club of Houston Downtown By-Laws the committee announces Club Officers and Directors elections, collects nominations, determines member eligibility and sets elections and runoffs to elect candidates for open offices and board positions annually.

Program Committee - responsible for arranging each month’s program of speakers, including Rotary International videos designed to inform members of the International efforts of Rotary. The committee supports the Rotary Club President in selecting the Chair of the Day, Prayer, Pledge and 4-Way Test monthly assignments as well as holiday calendar of events.

Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media Committee - responsible for member recognition, increasing awareness of the Rotary Club of Houston Downtown service programs and their importance to our community. Promotes the “good work” of our Rotary Club in the Media.

Red Badge Committee - responsible for assimilating new members into the activities of the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston and encouraging them to fulfill the duties of a Red Badge member to become active and involved Blue Badge Rotarians.

Strategic Planning Committee - serves as a long-range planning group for the Rotary Club of Houston. It reviews and updates the Club Vision Statement, and with an eye to the future, suggests to the Directors ideas and plans looking toward a fuller development of the Rotary concept. It also may recommend ways to improve club viability to the Rotary Club of Houston Board of Directors and Officers.

* Rotary 101 is educating provides the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston members with a sound understanding of the history of Rotary International, what it means to be a Rotarian and how to get the most out of membership.

III. International Service

International Service Committee - responsible for identifying international service projects, which might be of interest to the Rotary Club of Houston membership, and develops a plan for the implementation of international service projects.

IV. Vocational Service

Free Enterprise Camp Committee - arranges an annual camp for select area high school students emphasizing the free enterprise system. Successful local business persons are specially chosen to make available information about their vocations to students who are choosing a career. The special emphasis is on business leadership and the need for high standards and opportunities for service in each occupation. Our camp will offer students the unique opportunity to focusing on the Free Enterprise System which is not presently taught in our Public-School system. Students will learn and experience teambuilding, leadership, business principles, dealing with challenges of life and business. The objective is to explore, expose, challenge and awaken interest and imagination on the whole concept of Business and Private Free Enterprise. The selection process includes their high school principals and counselors. The “Leaders of Tomorrow” will learn directly from the people that are proven success stories.

V. New Generations

Interact - a service club for youth ages 14 to 18 at a local high school. the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston may provide support but Interact is a self-governing and self-supporting club. Each year they complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility, hard work, and advancing international understanding and goodwill.

Rotaract - bringstogether people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. This prepares these young individuals with a view towards preparing Rotaractors for membership in the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston. It is affiliated with the international Rotaract program of Rotary International. Seeks young professional’s graduates who want to make a difference and support the Rotary vision of community leadership, service and allegiance to the Four-Way Test of Rotary International. Rotaractors serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill by assisting the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston with service projects.

NOTE: Other area programs and organizations given consideration support or directed by the Rotary Club of Houston Downtown and its individual members not mentioned above include:

Houston First, The Greater Houston Partnership, the Holocaust Museum-Houston, Thanksgiving Tree Lighting in Uptown Post Oak, The Junior League of Houston, Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, Lemonade Day, NASA Day, Texas A&M, University of Houston, University of Texas, Rice University, Rotary End Polio Now (with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Texas EquuSearch – Mounted Search and Recovery Team, The Lone Star Veterans Association, The Heart of Texas Foundation, The Houston Downtown Management District and the US Constitution Day to name a few.