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 2020 our featured monthly luncheon speakers are:

Sunday, September 20, 2020, 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm

INTERNATIONAL CUP AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


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Don't miss this ACTION-PACKED MATCH! May the best ponies and players WIN! Enjoy Live music, Enter the drawing for a complimentary polo lesson. Enjoy live flamenco guitar music, player parade, expert announcing, champagne divot stomp at halftime and take a ride on a pony hop. Special trophy presentation.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Thursday, September 24, 2020, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

Downtown Rotary Club of Houston presents the Hon. Dan Patrick, Texas Lt. Governor UNAPOLOGETICALLY AMERICAN DAY Luncheon


Join us for our monthly Downtown Rotary Club of Houston luncheon July 9, with special guest speaker Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. This event is sponsored by Smart Financial, a corporate member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston.

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.

ABOUT LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK

Dan Patrick was first elected Lt. Governor of Texas in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. A preeminent voice for principled conservative policies both in Texas and across the nation, Lt. Gov. Patrick is leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas including securing the border, reducing property and business taxes, standing up for the Second Amendment and addressing Texas' infrastructure challenges to assure that our state continues to flourish economically.

Lt. Governor Patrick presided over what have been called the most conservative and productive sessions of the State Senate in Texas history. Focusing on strategies to keep Texas families and communities safe and the state economy strong, under his leadership, the Senate passed legislation to dramatically increase support for border security and reduced the franchise tax by 25% on a pathway to eliminating it all together.

Lt. Governor Patrick has championed property tax relief over several legislative sessions and continued the education reforms he began as Chair of the Senate Education Committee, tackling the problems of failing schools and giving parents more choices for their children.

Lt. Governor Patrick is an outspoken supporter of law enforcement and, among other things, initiated a program that ensures that every police officer on patrol in Texas has a bullet proof vest that is capable of withstanding a high caliber rifle shot.

Lt. Governor Patrick passed the sonogram bill and has championed numerous other measures to support and protect every life in Texas.

Lt. Governor Patrick is a member of the Board of the Republican Lt. Governor's Association. Before he was elected Lt. Governor, he was twice elected to the Texas Senate representing part of Houston and Northwest Harris County. He is a successful small-business man and radio host, a former television anchor, sportscaster, musician, Christian author and movie producer.

Lt. Governor Patrick is also involved in his community. He has raised over $16 million for children with disabilities through his radio show and started the first seminary in a Texas prison to train long-serving inmates for the ministry.

Lt. Governor Patrick has been married to his wife Jan, a former schoolteacher, for 43 years. They are the proud parents of son Ryan and daughter Shane, and the grandparents to six grandchildren.

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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

Uspa H. Ben Taub Memorial Cup At Houston Polo Club

Uspa H. Ben Taub Memorial Cup At Houston Polo Club

Sunday, September 27, 2020, 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm

USPA H. BEN TAUB MEMORIAL CUP AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


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FEEL THE THUNDERING hooves of the thoroughbreds as the players compete for the ball! PRIZE DRAWINGS, halftime champagne divot stomp, live flamenco guitar music, expert announcing, MEET THE PROS and special trophy presentation. Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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October, 2020

DOWNTOWN ROTARY CELEBRATES THE US CONSTITUTION LUNCHEON - GUEST SPEAKER, TED CRUZ, TEXAS U.S. SENATOR


Join us for our monthly Downtown Rotary Club of Houston luncheon TBA October 2020, with special guest speaker Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

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.

ABOUT SENATOR TED CRUZ

Throughout his life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.

Ted's calling to public service has been inspired by his firsthand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted's mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family. She became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.

After being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Ted's father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted's father is a pastor in Dallas.

Growing up, his father would often say to him: "When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?"

Ted has been a tireless fighter for liberty because his family knows what it is like to lose it.

As Solicitor General for the State of Texas and in private practice, Ted authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also won an unprecedented series of landmark national victories that include his defense of U.S. sovereignty against the UN and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas, our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument at the Texas State Capitol, and the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In the U.S. Senate, Ted has led the fight to repeal Obamacare, to secure the border, and to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He has also led the fight to defend life, marriage, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and our entire Bill of Rights. And most importantly, he's kept his promise to speak the truth and do what he said he'd do.

Ted has proven to be the exact type of courageous conservative we need in the U.S. Senate to restore economic growth, defend our Constitution, and protect the values we all hold dear.

Ted, his wife Heidi, their two daughters Caroline and Catherine, and his entire family have been blessed to live the American Dream -- the idea that anyone, through hard work and determination, can achieve anything. And he is committed to ensuring every family has that same opportunity.

Other U. S. Constitution Day links:

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Woodford Reserve Classic At Houston Polo Club

Woodford Reserve Classic At Houston Polo Club

Sunday, October 4, 2020, 4:00 pm — 9:00 pm

WOODFORD RESERVE CLASSIC AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


Join Downtown Rotary in our box seats!

WITNESS THE FINAL 2 TEAMS of the week GO HEAD TO HEAD, PONY TO PONY! Best hat contest, player parade, live flamenco guitar music, champagne divot stomp plus, special trophy presentation. Meet the players after the game, buy a polo ball or koozie from the HPC Shoppe or bring your own for autographs! Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Sunday, October 11, 2020, 4:00 pm — 9:00 pm

USPA KELEEN AND CARLTON BEAL CUP AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


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YESSSS...THESE PLAYERS ARE IN IT TO WIN IT! Check out the MEET THE PROS page in our 2019 HPC magazine. Enjoy live music and expert announcing throughout the match, a champagne divot stomp at halftime, plus meet the players after the match! Special trophy presentation. Door prizes by QR JETS. Sign up to win a 2 hour polo clinic! Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Uspa Keleen And Carlton Beal Cup At Houston Polo Club

Uspa Keleen And Carlton Beal Cup At Houston Polo Club

Malbec Cup At Houston Polo Club

Malbec Cup At Houston Polo Club

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 4:00 pm — 9:00 pm

MALBEC CUP AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


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Don't miss this ACTION PACKED MATCH! Watch two teams go HEAD to HEAD, PONY to PONY! Enjoy Live music, BEST DRESSED COUPLE contest, pony bounce and champagne divot stomp at halftime. Don't miss the player parade at 4pm sharp. Meet the players and attend the special trophy presentation right after the game! Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Sunday, October 25, 2020, 4:00 pm — 9:00 pm

HALLOWS CUP AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


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TWO TEAMS BATTLE IT OUT IN THIS HEART POUNDING weekly FINAL! ADULTS AND KIDS WEAR YOUR HALLOWEEN BESTS! Candy toss at halftime for the kids, bring your trick or treat bags! Enjoy expert announcing, live flamenco guitar music, champagne divot stomp and pony bounce at halftime. Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Hallows Cup At Houston Polo Club

Hallows Cup At Houston Polo Club

Texas Open Presented By Engel & Völkers At Houston Polo Club

Texas Open Presented By Engel & Völkers At Houston Polo Club

Sunday, November 1, 2020, 2:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Texas Open Presented By Engel & Völkers At Houston Polo Club


Join Downtown Rotary in our box seats!

TWO TEAMS BATTLE IT OUT IN THIS HEART POUNDING weekly FINAL! ADULTS AND KIDS WEAR YOUR HALLOWEEN BESTS! Candy toss at halftime for the kids, bring your trick or treat bags! Enjoy expert announcing, live flamenco guitar music, champagne divot stomp and pony bounce at halftime. Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

SALUTE TO VETERANS LUNCHEON WITH JOHN W. "JAY" RAYMOND - SPACE FORCE COMMANDING GENERAL


Join us as we hold our annual Salute to Veterans fundraising luncheon. We will are honored to be hosting speaker John W. "Jay" Raymond.

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.

Come and honor our veterans at our fundraising luncheon Thursday, Nov. 5, 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.

RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 3. Member's 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,
  • Recognition of WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam veteran guest,
  • An informative program presented by Space Force Commanding General Jim Raymond

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

Entertainment provided by The High School for the Performing Arts Full Chorus.

ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond assumed the duties as the first Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force, Dec. 20, 2019; and Commander, United States Space Command, Aug. 29, 2019.

U.S. Space Force is responsible for providing resilient, defendable and affordable space capabilities for the nation and the joint force. It is the duty of the U.S. Space Force to protect the interests of the United States in space; deter aggression in, from and to space; and conduct prompt and sustained space operations. As the Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force, Gen. Raymond leads the organizing, training, equipping and maintaining of mission-ready space forces and capabilities for U.S. Space Command and other combatant commands around the world. The Chief of Space Operations performs the duties of such position under the authority, direction and control of the Secretary of the Air Force and is directly responsible to the Secretary.

U.S. Space Command is one of 11 unified commands under the Department of Defense and is responsible for deterring conflict, defending U.S. and allied freedom of action in the space area of operations, delivering combat-relevant space capability to the joint/combined force and developing space forces to advance U.S. and allied interests in, through and from the space domain. As the Commander of U.S. Space Command, Gen. Raymond directs assigned and attached joint space forces providing tailored, responsive, theater and global space effects in support of national objectives.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron at RAF Feltwell, United Kingdom, the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado, the 14th Air Force and Joint Force Space Component Command. He deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Gen. Raymond's staff assignments include Headquarters AFSPC, U.S. Strategic Command, the Air Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Prior to assuming command of U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command, Gen. Raymond was Commander, AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colorado.

EDUCATION

  • 1984 Bachelor of Science, Administrative Management, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
  • 1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • 1990 Master of Science, Administrative Management, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
  • 1997 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2003 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  • 2007 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
  • 2011 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2012 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2012 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

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General John W.

General John W. "Jay" Raymond

Harvest Cup Presented By American National At Houston Polo Club

Harvest Cup Presented By American National At Houston Polo Club

Sunday, November 8, 2020, 2:00 pm — 7:30 pm

HARVEST CUP PRESENTED BY AMERICAN NATIONAL AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


Join Downtown Rotary in our box seats!

FEEL THE THUNDERING hooves of the thoroughbreds as they compete for the ball. THESE PLAYERS are in it to WIN IT! Enjoy door prizes by HPC, player parade at 2PM sharp, stomp divots at the halftime champagne divot stomp, music and expert announcing throughout the match. Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession.

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00 am — 4:30 pm

HOUSTON POLO CLUB WOMEN'S TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF AT HOUSTON POLO CLUB


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DON'T MISS THIS 20+ goal final! See the top women polo players from around the World compete for the title win! Enjoy live music, expert announcing, a champagne divot stomp at halftime and door prizes by HPC. Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession. Meet the players after the game, buy a polo ball or koozie from the HPC Shoppe or bring your own to get these top women players autographs!

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Houston Polo Club Women’s Team Championship Playoff At Houston Polo Club

Houston Polo Club Women’s Team Championship Playoff At Houston Polo Club

Houston Polo Club Women’s Team Championship Playoff At Houston Polo Club

Houston Polo Club Women’s Team Championship Playoff At Houston Polo Club

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 1:30 pm — 5:00 pm

Houston Polo Club Women's Team Championship Playoff At Houston Polo Club


Join Downtown Rotary in our box seats!

DON'T MISS THIS 20+ goal final! See the top women polo players from around the World compete for the title win! Enjoy live music, expert announcing, a champagne divot stomp at halftime and door prizes by HPC. Ruth's Chris is the onsite concession. Meet the players after the game, buy a polo ball or koozie from the HPC Shoppe or bring your own to get these top women players autographs!

COVID-19 NOTE:

There will be a check-in station where every person must sign an HPC COVID release and questionnaire. You are encouraged to sign the digital version ahead of time.

 

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Thursday, November 26, 2020, 4:00 pm — 10:00 pm

Thanksgiving Evening - Holiday Tree Lighting at the Hilton Hotel Post Oak


Overlooking the street below there will be festive music by local groups; holiday characters including larger than life Santa's reindeer; a special appearance from Santa; lighting of more than a half million twinkling lighting on 80 trees and an incredible fireworks extravaganza!

Our location and reservation allows Rotary members and their guests to go down to the street and back up to our reserved room at the Hilton to provide food, drinks and comfort to our guests.

Event Highlights

Holiday Music and Concessions - Families can arrive early to enjoy the sounds of their favorite holiday tunes. Also savor the flavors of the holidays as funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle corn and holiday beverages are just a few of the scrumptious treats that will be sold at area concession stands. A percentage of concession sales will benefit Be An Angel and the Houston Area Urban League.

Uptown Holiday Lighting - Free to the public, Uptown Holiday Lighting will feature a Merry Holiday Stage Show with festive live performances from local Houston entertainment groups, including the Houston Concert Band, Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir, Houston Choral Showcase, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston, Theater Under the Stars and A.D. Players and more!

Santa Lights the Boulevard - With the help of the audience, Santa and his reindeer will light up more than a half-million twinkling lights on 80 Christmas trees along the boulevard and building rooftops to herald the arrival of the holiday season.

Dazzling Fireworks Extravaganza - A dazzling holiday fireworks extravaganza will light up the Houston sky choreographer to favorite holiday music, setting the stage for a spectacular holiday season.

Parking - Valet and self-parking at the hotel are available for an additional charge. Free parking is available at the following locations: Centre @ Post Oak, Dillard's Parking Garage, William's Tower, Four Oaks Place, The Galleria, Post Oak Plaza and Post Oak Central.

 

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Holiday Tree Lighting at the Hilton Hotel Post Oak

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Hilton Hotel Post Oak

2020 Downtown Rotary Christmas and Holiday Party

2020 Downtown Rotary Christmas and Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

Downtown Rotary Christmas and Holiday Party Benefiting the Salvation Army


Join us as we hold our annual Christmas and Holiday Party benefitting the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program.

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.

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.

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 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dress is business or festive!

Members are entitled to one free ticket. Guests and visiting Rotarians are $50. All credit cards accepted.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 — Sunday, February 28, 2021

Rotary President-elect Training Seminars Lone Star P.E.T.S.


Lone Star PETS is Rotary's training program for Rotary Club Presidents-elect and President-nominee throughout the State of Texas. The goal of Lone Star PETS is to prepare Presidents-elect and President-nominees for their upcom-ing roles through provocative plenary speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, and informal fellowship and networking with Rotary peers throughout Texas. Lone Star PETS is a joint effort of ten Rotary International districts in the States of Texas and Oklahoma.

Learn more about PETS at lonestarpets.org.

Lone Star P.E.T.S.

Lone Star P.E.T.S.

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.

The State of the City presented by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner


The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Ave.

The State of the City presented by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner 

Join us for our monthly luncheon with special guest speaker Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. We will also be honored with performances by America's Got Talent Finalist Christina Wells. 

  • 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 Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Elected in December 2015 and re-elected in December 2019, Sylvester Turner is serving his second four-year term. He is Houston's 62nd mayor. Since taking office, Mayor Turner eliminated a $160 million budget shortfall in record time; led the city's remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey; championed historic pension reform; cheered on the 2017 World Series-winning Houston Astros; hosted a successful Super Bowl LI; expanded municipal investments in renewable energy and led the winning bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020.

As the head of the energy capital of the world and the most diverse city in the nation, Mayor Turner has brought a performance-driven approach to the job, creating more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services while shoring up Houston's financial future. Thanks to his leadership, the Texas Legislature and local voters approved the pension reform package that reduces the city's liability by billions of dollars and provided a "fix" that had eluded the city for 17 years.

One of the mayor's signature initiatives is Complete Communities, which aims to improve the quality of life for residents in all neighborhoods. The mayor's other priorities include filling more than 90,000 potholes on city streets, implementing a six-point holistic plan for addressing homelessness, reducing flooding and improving drainage.

Mayor Turner's civic leadership has been nationally recognized through his service as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communications Standing Committee, vice chair of the National Climate Action Agenda, member of the C40 and Global Covenant for Mayor's for Climate and Energy and an advisory board member of the African American Mayors Association. He is also the recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican government's highest honor. Turner has been featured in publications and news outlets such as 60 Minutes, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, Cuba Today Magazine, Ebony, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today.

Prior to his election as mayor, Turner served for 27 years in the Texas House as the representative for District 139. He worked on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and served as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms. He was appointed to several Budget Conference Committees to help balance the state's budget and served on the Legislative Budget Board.

Mayor Turner is a life-long resident of Houston and lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up with eight siblings. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm.

Mayor Turner is the proud father of First Daughter Ashley Turner, who is continuing the family tradition of public service in the higher education field.

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.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner

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.

February 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

Rev. Dr. Bill Lawson

Rev. Dr. Bill Lawson

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

Martin Luther King Day with Rev. Dr. Bill Lawson and Vocalist Christina Wells


Dr. Bill Lawson

Join us in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our monthly luncheon. We will be honored to hear from Rev. Dr. Bill Lawson. Special musical numbers performed by American's Got Talent Finalist Christina Wells.

  • 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 Rev. Dr. Bill Lawson

William A. Lawson is Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

He retired in 2004. Lawson was born in St. Louis, Mo., and reared by Walter and Clarisse Lawson Cade in Kansas City, Kansas, where he graduated from Sumner High School (1946). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Tennessee A. & I. State University in Nashville (1950). He returned to Kansas City to attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary, which conferred upon Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees.

While in seminary, he married Audrey Hoffman Lawson of St. Louis. The Lawsons have four children, two grandchildren, and celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in January of 2015.

He came to Houston after graduation from seminary to serve as director of the Baptist Student Union and Professor of Bible at the new (eight years old) Texas Southern University. He served in that position for ten years, also becoming director of Upward Bound, a pre-college program for high school students on the TSU campus. During his years at TSU, a number of residents of the neighborhood persuaded the Lawson's to establish a church near the university. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church was established in their home in June1962. The congregation has grown to over 12,000 members, with many outreach programs, and is much respected in the community. Since the church was born and lived its infant years during the Civil Rights Movement, Lawson has been deeply involved in advocacy activities for African Americans, for Hispanics, for women, and for the poor.

In 1996, his 50th anniversary of being a minister, the Houston community honored him with the creation of a non-profit advocacy agency called WALIPP, the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity. That agency has gone before public officials and bodies on behalf of the underclass, and now has established two single-gender charter schools for boys and girls. WALIPP has also constructed 50 units of apartments for seniors in Houston's Third Ward.

Finally, the agency is pulling together community development groups, churches, civic clubs, and local governments to redevelop the Third Ward so that aggressive real estate development will not expel all who need affordable housing. He has received honorary doctorates from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, the University of Houston, and Texas Southern University in Houston. He is the author of a book of meditations called Lawson's Leaves of Love. Lawson always works in close partnership with wife Audrey, who worked with the Baptist Student Union at TSU, with the church for his 42-year tenure there, and now with WALIPP. Rev. Lawson will celebrate his 86th birthday in June of 2014.

Lawson retired from Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in 2004, but remains its Founding Pastor Emeritus.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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