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East Montgomery County

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Oakhurst Golf Club
20700 Mills Branch
Porter, TX 77365
United States of America
Members can choose to meet onsite or remotely the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
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Posted November 7, 2022
At the first meeting in November, District Governor Demetress Harrell was the luncheon speaker for the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC). Since 1998, Demetress Harrell has been a member of the Rotary Club of Angelina of Lufkin, where she served as President in 2006 and 2015. Demetress has held many District roles, from Membership Chair to Assistant Governor and now Governor.

Governor Harrell shared Rotary International's President-elect Jennifer Jones's presidential theme, Imagine Rotary. Governor Harrell shared Jennifer Jones' quote, "Imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference." Governor Harrell also explained the Imagine Rotary logo design elements: 

  • For instance, the circle in Aboriginal culture signifies our connections. The dots around it represent people; there are seven because of Rotary's focus areas.

  • The circle and the dots become a navigation star – our guiding light. The solid line underneath is what is referred to as a digging stick, and it is used when doing hard work. And since Rotary members are people of action – it represents a tool for getting things done.

  • The colors - Purple stands for polio eradication, green for the environment, the newest addition to our areas of focus, and white for peace, our core mission.

Governor Harrell reminded members of becoming a Polio Plus Society Member. These members commit to contributing $100 or more each and every year to Polio Plus until the world has been declared free of the Wild Polio Virus. This is our commitment to fulfill the promise Rotary made in 1985 to immunize all the children of the world.

At the luncheon, Governor Harrell also inducted two new members: Bay Hill and Sheree Walker, both from Splendora ISD, and helped present Jose Diosdado with a Paul Harris Fellow award. Club President Hereford also presented Governor Harrell with a book, The Lemonade Club, by Patricia Palacco, to be donated in her honor to the library at New Caney Elementary School.



Posted November 7, 2022
District Governor Demetress Harrell, President Suann Hereford, and PDG Rose Austin recognized Jose Diosdado as a Paul Harris Fellow. This recognition is for an individual who contributes $1,000 or in whose name that amount is contributed.
Posted November 7, 2022
Former Rotary Club of East Montgomery County President and currently the Service Projects Officer Milton Austin gifted soon-to-be Rotary members Bre Collins and Bay Hill with Paul Harris coins.
Posted November 7, 2022
Rotary District 5910 Grant Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Chapman was the speaker at the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) luncheon meeting on October 18. Chapman spoke with members about the process of applying for both district and global grants. He reminded members that a portion of individual and club donations to the Rotary International Annual Fund are used three years later to fund grant proposals submitted by Rotary Clubs in District 5910. RCEMC submitted a grant proposal this year to partner with The Mission Northeast in New Caney to provide food to families, children, and seniors in their service area.  RCEMC requested $3,000 from District 5910, with matching funds from the club, to purchase food to distribute in November and December.  These months are incredibly challenging because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and everyday food needs.  Pam Dickson, Executive Director of The Mission Northeast, expects to serve at least 1500 families, school children, and senior citizens during this time.  In addition to providing $6,000 for the purchase of food to The Mission Northest, RCEMC members will volunteer during November and December to sort and package food items for distribution, prepare and deliver grocery carts to client vehicles, assist with food pick-up from local grocery stores, and other holiday-related projects.
In picture from left to right: Milton Austin – Service Projects Chairman, Past District Governor Rose Austin – Administrative Services Chairman, Suann Hereford – RCEMC President, Bobby Chapman - Rotary District 5910 District Grant Subcommittee Chairman, Pam Dickson – Executive Director of The Mission Northeast, and Karen Chapman – Assistant Governor to RCEMC from District 5910.
Posted October 31, 2022
The Splendora High School Wildcats team were the spelling bee champs at the 13th Annual Community Spelling Bee! The team of Corie Carson, Bailey Carson, and Deanna Hinnant won the coveted bee trophy with the word "impuissance."
Posted September 22, 2022

At their September 19th luncheon, Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) President Suann Hereford gave a Rotary history lesson using the Bingo game! Each RCEMC member was given a blank Bingo card to fill out with words and phrases provided by President Hereford. It was up to the members to decide which words or phrases to select and where to place them. 

President Hereford began reading a history lesson on Rotary. As each member's chosen words or phrases were spoken, they marked them on their Bingo card. Since "blackout" was the Bingo game, a lot of history was shared with the members. When "Houston" was read aloud, all members shouted, "Bingo'! 

 What a clever way to keep members engaged!


Milton and Rose AustinBlackout Bingo Underway!


Posted September 22, 2022
Sometimes accidents happen. So one of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) projects is to equip local school nurses with extra underwear. In the event of an accident, New Caney and Splendora elementary school nurses now have some necessities for their youngest students. This year, the club donated 600 pairs of underwear to elementary students in the New Caney and Splendora school districts - almost doubling their donation from last year! Rotarians are committed to improving the quality of life for people in their communities and serving the public interest.
This quarter, Rotarians of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) focus on supporting education and literacy. As part of that initiative, fellow Rotarian and Splendora ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeff Burke was the guest speaker at the September 6th RCEMC meeting. Dr. Burke leads Splendora ISD with a current student enrollment of 4,800+ and 743 employees. Students began the new school year on Wednesday, August 10th. 
Posted August 12, 2022
This quarter, Rotarians of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) are focusing on how to support education and literacy. As part of that initiative, fellow Rotarian and New Caney ISD Superintendent Matt Calvert was the guest speaker at the August 2nd RCEMC meeting. Calvert leads 17,300+ students and over 2,400 employees. Students began the 2022-2023 school year on August 8th. 
What a luncheon! The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County celebrated their 25th year as a club. President Suann Hereford honored current, past, and honorary members, PDG Rose Austin recognized Paul Harris Award recipients, and the 2022-2023 Officers were installed. It was a great day to be a rotarian.
Thank you, Bill Harrison and Kima Wheeler from the Conroe/Montgomery County Recycling Center, for being guest speakers in May. The Rotary Club of EMC is focusing on the environment and clean drinking water this quarter.
Posted May 5, 2022
This quarter, Rotary Club of East Montgomery County members focus on protecting the environment and providing clean water.
San Jacinto River Authority General Manager Jace Houston was the perfect speaker for the Rotarians' May meeting. Jace Houston

Rotarians were happy to hear from Dr. Katherine Persson, retired Lone Star College-Kingwood President, at their monthly luncheon.   One of Katherine’s retirement projects was to attend the Master Gardener Class in Conroe.  She has completed her class and shared her knowledge on the benefits of trees.

Rotarians visited Peru through their "Armchair Traveler," Dr. Miguel Caceres. Originally from Peru, Dr. Caceres provided highlights of the country, such as Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, and the Rainbow Mountains. 


President/CEO of the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) Frank McCrady was the guest speaker at the March 1 Rotary luncheon. McCrady has spent 20 years at EMCID, strategically elevating the area to a community, ready for growth. McCrady gave Rotarians an overview of projects underway and those planned for the future.

Play, sponsor, or do both, but don't forget to sign up for the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County's 26th Annual Golf Class on April 8th. It is guaranteed to be a day of fun, and proceeds support student scholarships, youth development programs, and community projects. 
Real Provencher of the Rotary Club of Magnolia shared his story of spearheading a global peace grant for Sierra Leone at the February 18th Rotary Club of EMC luncheon. Provencher shared the focus of the grant was to build a collaborative program to provide leadership training, team-building skills, collaborative problem solving, and consensus building skills. Provencher shared how this occurred even through COVID shutdowns, and gave specifics of the outcomes and sustainability. The Rotary Club of EMC will donate a book to the Timber Lakes Elementary School library in Real Provencher's honor. 
East Montgomery County Rotary Club members heard from Fire Chief Carter Johnson at their February 1st meeting. Johnson has served as fire chief for 24 years and informed members of Emergency Services District #6. The Porter Fire Department (ESD #6) was originally established in 1962 as a volunteer department. Located in Southeast Montgomery County on the Highway 59 corridor, it is responsible for the coverage of 52 square miles and is part of a rapidly growing community with over 44,000 residents. The department provides structural fire protection, basic rescue services, water rescue, wildland firefighting, fire prevention, and fire education services. Montgomery County employs over 60 staff members who work in the stations and behind the scenes to serve citizens every day. 
The 12th Annual Community Spelling Bee was held January 18th and a fun time was had by all! Teams of three were given some challenging vocabulary words and were slowly eliminated throughout the night. The Queen Bees prevailed with the winning word "inquorate"! 
Posted January 2, 2022
Rotarians of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) kicked off the year with speaker Commissioner James Metts. Commissioner Metts gave members updates on road and drainage projects, community centers, parks, mosquito control, trash pickup, and his budget. for Metts by donating the book, “Digger Dozer Dumper” by Hope Vestergaard in his honor to Splendora ISD’s Timber Lakes Elementary school.


This quarter, Rotarians of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) are focusing on supporting education and literacy. As part of that initiative, fellow Rotarian and Splendora ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeff Burke was the guest speaker at the August 18th RCEMC meeting. Dr. Burke leads Splendora ISD with a current student enrollment of 4,269 and 641 employees. Students began the new school year on Wednesday, August 11. 

Posted August 11, 2021

For 40 years, Ralph Hays has been coaching youth baseball at East Montgomery County ball fields. In recognition of his exceptional leadership and devoted service to the community, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County presented Coach Hays an Outstanding Service Award plaque. 

President Hereford, Debbie Hays, Coach Ralph Hays, and Mike Smith

Posted August 11, 2021
This quarter, Rotarians of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) will be focusing on supporting education and literacy. As part of that initiative, New Caney ISD Superintendent Matt Calvert was the guest speaker at the August 3rd RCEMC meeting. Mr. Calvert leads 18 schools at New Caney ISD with a student enrollment of 16,500. Students began the new school year on Monday, August 9. 
November 2022

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