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:

Congressman Dan Crenshaw

Congressman Dan Crenshaw

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

Downtown Rotary Welcomes U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw


Dan Crenshaw has been featured on the National News Networks and published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. His Veterans Day appearance on Saturday Night Live was very memorable honoring our veterans. Watch the news story about his appearance here: https://youtu.be/sYPe35tbb9s

Dan is from Houston, a proud 6th generation Texan, and a Tufts University graduate. During his SEAL training, he met his wife, Tara. After graduating from SEAL training, Dan deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, to join SEAL Team Three, his first of five deployments.

On Dan's third deployment, he lost his right eye. He awoke from a medically induced coma learning that his right eye had been destroyed. His left eye was still present but badly damaged. Dan was completely blind, and doctors believed he would never see again. Tara stood by him every day and night, keeping faith, and praying he would see again. After several difficult surgeries, he regained sight in his left eye, a "miracle" according to the surgeons. Dan refused to quit and went on to deploy two more times.

Downtown Rotary members are free. Guests are $50.

All credit cards and PayPal accepted.

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.

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September, 2020

DOWNTOWN ROTARY LUNCHEON GUEST SPEAKER DR. JAMES "JIM" BRIDENSTINE, NASA'S 13TH ADMINISTRATOR


Join us for our monthly Downtown Rotary Club of Houston luncheon TBA September 2020, with special guest speaker NASA's 13th Administrator Dr. James "Jim" Bridenstine, with special guest Mark Geyer, Johnson Space Center Administrator.

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 DR. JAMES "JIM" BRIDENSTINE NASA'S 13TH ADMINISTRATOR 

Jim Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 13th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As administrator, he has led NASA in advancing American aeronautic, science, and space exploration objectives since April 23, 2018.

Under Bridenstine's leadership, NASA launched its new human lunar exploration mission, the Artemis program. As announced by Vice President Mike Pence in March 2019, the Artemis program will land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024, the first human landing since the end of NASA's Apollo missions in 1972. Through the Artemis program, NASA is developing the Orion crew capsule and the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built. These state-of-the-art systems will help build the Gateway, a lunar orbiting space station that will give American astronauts more access to the surface of the Moon than ever before. As directed by President Trump, all lunar exploration efforts under Artemis are designed to prove our technology and perfect our capabilities to live and work on a different world in preparation for a future crewed mission to Mars.

Bridenstine has managed the continued commercial resupply of the International Space Station and has led agency efforts to partner with American businesses on the Commercial Crew Program. This program seeks to once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, something not done since the end of the Shuttle program in 2011. Additionally, Bridenstine established the Commercial Lunar Payload Services Program to partner with private enterprise in landing rovers on the lunar surface. These rovers will contain tools and science experiments in preparation for the arrival of American astronauts.

During Bridenstine's tenure, the agency has reinforced aeronautic development of the X-59, a quiet supersonic aircraft, and the X-57, the agency's first all-electric airplane. He has also backed NASA's aeronautical innovators to develop the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management to facilitate the safe use of drones for commercial enterprise and in everyday life. The agency's dynamic science portfolio under Bridenstine includes a life-seeking Mars rover scheduled to launch in July 2020, enhancing the nation's fleet of Earth-observing satellites and final preparations of the James Webb Space Telescope.


Jim Bridenstein, NASA Administrator - Speaker

Jim Bridenstein, NASA Administrator - Speaker

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

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:

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

Salute to Veterans Luncheon with Speaker 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

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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