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 2021 our featured monthly luncheon speakers are:

5890

5890 "Serve Like A Champion" District Conference

Thursday, April 15, 2021 — Sunday, April 18, 2021

5890 "Serve Like A Champion" District Conference


Horseshoe Bay Resort is the perfect place to bring your family!  Come make new Rotary Friends, reconnect with old Rotary Friends, build connections with potential service project partnerships with other Rotarians and Clubs at our 2021 Rotary District 5890 Conference!  Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about our district while enjoying friendship, fellowship, food and fun. It's going to be an event for the entire family! 

For more information on registration, hotel accommodations, and advertising opportunities, go to https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50025/Event/5890-district-conference-(horseshoe-bay)

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 12:00 pm

Downtown Rotary at the Preakness Stakes Horse Racing Party And Brunch


Watch and wager on the Preakness Stakes horse racing party and brunch at Sam Houston Race Park! This event is for Downtown Rotary Club of Houston members only.

This will be a first come first served live, simulcast racing event. This event will include a seat in the Jockey Club. Also included is the Jockey Club special full buffet for Jockey Club patrons only.

Dress code: no shorts, no jeans for race day.

Ticket price is $50/person. Tickets will be at "Will Call" by name. Valet parking provided.

The event starts at Noon and ends with the last race.

* No refund on tickets purchased. Limited seating.

Preakness Stakes Horse Racing

Preakness Stakes Horse Racing

Rotary International Convention in Taipei

Rotary International Convention in Taipei

Saturday, June 12, 2021 — Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rotary International Convention in Taipei


Each year, Rotary members from all over the world come together to discover new opportunities to increase our impact, broaden our reach, and strengthen our ability to adapt for future success. It's also the perfect venue to find new ways to enhance your Rotary experience. The 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei will energize every attendee and deliver memories that last a lifetime.

To learn more and register, go to convention.rotary.org/en/taipei.

April 2021 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Downtown Rotary Go Texan Luncheon Salutes the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with Brady Carruth, HLSR Chairman


Come and enjoy our annual Rodeo Houston Go Texan luncheon. Dress is "Go Texan," so wear your boots and hat.

This is a very popular event, so RSVP early!

Reserved tables are available to purchase. Please contact David Hale dhale1901@comcast.net.

  • COVID-19 Health Guidelines:
  • All attendees must wear a mask.
  • All attendees must practice social distancing.
  • Temperatures will be taken at the entrance.
  • 50% capacity will be enforced.
  • Documentation will be taken of the meeting.

ABOUT Brady Carruth

Brady Carruth has deep ties to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. His father, Allen H. "Buddy" Carruth, was a Rodeo president and served as chairman of the board from 1979 to 1981. His mother, Ethel Carruth, was a past chairman and passionate supporter of the Rodeo's School Art Committee.

Carruth first became a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1970. He joined the Lamb Auction Committee in 1982, working his way through the volunteer ranks to become chairman of the committee in 1996.

In 1998, he was elected a Rodeo vice president, serving as officer in charge of the Ladies' Go Texan, Ladies' Season Box, School Art, Special Children's and Western Art committees. Carruth has been a member of the Rodeo's Executive Committee since 2013 and began his tenure as Chairman of the Board in 2020.

"It is truly an honor to be named as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chairman of the board," said Carruth. "The Rodeo has a powerful impact on Texas students, and I look forward to working with the volunteers and staff to continue the success of this great organization."

Carruth currently serves as the president of Gulf Coast Capital Corp. and is heavily involved with several Houston-area organizations. He and his wife, Zane, live in Houston.

Downtown Rotary Club of Houston members are entitled to one (1) free ticket per paid membership. Visitors and guests must purchase a ticket at $50. All credit cards and PayPal accepted.

RSVP: TBD


Brady Carruth, HLSR Chairman

Brady Carruth, HLSR Chairman

Free Enterprise Camp - Think Tank 2021

Free Enterprise Camp - Think Tank 2021

February 2021

Free Enterprise Camp - Think Tank 2021


For two consecutive Fridays, Think Tank 2020 hosts a scholarship competition for current high school sophomores or juniors. These young leaders will participate in a business plan competition, be mentored and compete for prize money. 

Ten high schools have submitted business plans that have survived the scrutiny of the judges. They've been invited to present those business plans to an audience and judges. 

The top three will be presented by our club with cash awards totaling $6,000 provided through the generosity of our members. The presentation will restore your faith in the youth of America. 

If you have any questions or would like to participate as a mentor, judge, or audience member, reach out to Larry Smith at ljsmith.sfs@gmail.com.

June 2021 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Downtown Rotary Installation and Awards Luncheon


Join us as we celebrate another year of the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston as we say thank you to outgoing officers and board members, and install new club leadership. Awards will also be handed out to our outstanding members.

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.

RSVP: TBD

Downtown Rotary Installation and Awards Ceremony 2020

Downtown Rotary Installation and Awards Ceremony 2020

Lauren McGough

Lauren McGough

March 2021 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lauren McGough "Hunting with Eagles in the Mongolian Steppe"


Join us for our monthly luncheon with special guest speaker Lauren McGough, a falconer who flies and hunts with eagles in Mongolia, the United States and South Africa. She is the main figure in the 60 minute documentary  "Hunting with Eagles in the Mongolian Steppe." 

COVID-19 Health Guidelines:

  • All attendees must wear a mask.
  • All attendees must practice social distancing.
  • Temperatures will be taken at the entrance.
  • 50% capacity will be enforced.
  • Documentation will be taken of the meeting.
  • About Lauren McGough 

Lauren McGough has been a licensed and practicing falconer since age 14, and has been particularly enamored with golden eagles as hunting partners - a unique branch of falconry that has only a handful of practitioners in the United States. After spending nearly two years as an exchange student in the United Kingdom and learning the strong European tradition of eagle falconry, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with dual degrees in Zoology and International Studies.

In 2009, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Mongolia, where she apprenticed herself to local eagle masters and trained eagles for hunting foxes off of horseback. She loved Kazakh eagle culture so much, that she earned a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland on the subject. 

Most of all, Lauren has enjoyed bringing the eagle training techniques she's learned abroad back to her home country, where she teaches golden eagles in need of rehabilitation how to hunt on the great plains. The last two years she has also been using this technique to rehabilitate eagles in South Africa. Loving flight in all its forms, Lauren is an avid skydiver and is currently pursuing her private pilot's certificate.

 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. 

RSVP: TBD

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