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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 8, 2023

What an incredible luncheon! The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (EMC) hosted a bustling event, teeming with excitement. Perhaps the buzz was fueled by the induction of five new members or the presence of the esteemed guest speaker, former NFL quarterback Dan Pastorini. Regardless, it was an unforgettable gathering.

Dan Pastorini and President Danell Fields

Posted October 4, 2023
Succulents have taken the gardening world by storm, capturing hearts with their stunning shapes, colors, and textures. At the October 3 Rotary Club of East Montgomery County luncheon, Gay Campbell, a seasoned Master Gardener, shared her knowledge of these unique plants.
Posted September 28, 2023
Can you spell FUN? That is what the highly anticipated Rotary Spelling Bee was! The 14th annual event was held on September 21 at the New Caney High School cafeteria, with 17 teams, 13 sponsors, and a lot of laughs! Funds raised at the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County’s Spelling Bee provide scholarships to graduating seniors from New Caney and Splendora ISDs.


Posted September 21, 2023
Ready, aim, fire! During the second meeting of the month, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County had the privilege of hearing from Justin Carter, co-owner of Carter’s Country, LLC. Justin, the grandson of Bill and Ellen Carter, the visionary founders of this enterprise in 1961, captivated the audience with insights gleaned from his family's wisdom. He delved into the rich history, impressive achievements, and the contemporary trials and responsibilities faced as stewards of one of the most enduring and prominent firearm retailers.

Justin Carter

Posted September 7, 2023
Order in the court! Or rather in the Rotary luncheon. The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County held its first meeting of September and welcomed Justice of the Peace Jason Dunn as their speaker. A former Houston police investigator and Splendora ISD board member, Jason Dunn has been the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace since January 2019. Judge Dunn described some of his duties to the Rotary club members, how Precinct 4 is growing, and the increase in court cases. 

Posted August 15, 2023
Dr. Charlie Campbell spoke on functional medicine and living your best life at the Rotary Club of EMC luncheon. Functional medicine is a system biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual's illness.
Posted May 23, 2023
Last week, Rotary Club of East Montgomery County's (RCEMC) members heard from Huntsville Rotarian David Standlee. This quarter's focus has been on protecting the environment and providing clean water. Standlee spoke of the numerous water wells dug in Nicaragua through Rotary's sponsorships. 
David Standlee
Posted May 23, 2023
Rotary Secretary and Youth Services Chair Darbie Lindsey has been busy delivering scholarships! Splendora High School (SHS) seniors Alexis Argueta and Kylie Thackeray were the scholarship recipients last night at the SHS Senior Awards Ceremony. 
Posted May 5, 2023

Rotary Club of East Montgomery County’s (RCEMC) members heard from Brian Garcia, Entergy Customer Service Manager, at their May 2nd luncheon. Entergy is an energy company that delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, and is part of Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO).
Brian Garcia presents information
Posted April 6, 2023
The theme for Rotary Club of East Montgomery County’s (RCEMC) last quarter is “Protecting the Environment and Providing Clean Water,” so it was fitting that Jonathan Smith, General Manager of the Porter Special Utility District, spoke at the April 4th luncheon. Smith explained how Porter SUD delivers safe, high-quality water services to the community and focuses on environmental conservation. RCEMC President Suann Hereford thanked Smith for speaking by donating the book “Preaching to the Chickens” by Jabari Asim in his honor to a local public school library.  For more information about the Porter Special Utility District, visit their website at
Posted March 24, 2023

Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) members focused on disaster planning and response this quarter. Lake Conroe Division Manager Bret Raley spoke at their March 21st luncheon, providing insight into the San Jacinto River Authority’s (SJRA) role during a disaster. Raley talked about how the Conroe dam is an earth-fill embankment, 11,300 feet long, including the levees. The crest elevation of the dam is 212.0 feet above mean sea level and has a height of 82 feet above the old riverbed. A controlled emergency spillway is located near the center of the embankment. Control for the spillway consists of five tainter gates, 40 feet in width by 30 feet in height, with a top elevation of 202.5 feet. The gates are computerized and can be controlled from the control room or via an app.



Posted March 9, 2023
Bill Davis also gave an update on our club-sponsored Rotary Scholar, Sally Yan. Davis recently vacationed in England and was able to sit down and visit with Sally Yan about her experiences and studies while at Cambridge. She is doing well and is excited to share her experiences with our club when she returns to the United States. She gifted Davis a tin of tea from the University of Cambridge, which he left for President Suann Hereford.
Posted March 9, 2023

Jason Millsaps from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was the February 21st Rotary speaker. Millsaps talked about OEM's role in Montgomery County, including using the old Keefer Crossing Middle School as a training facility. OEM personnel also assisted with the recent train derailment and subsequent clean-up at Fostoria and Midline Road. The Montgomery County OEM helps in disaster relief across the state and nation. One example was sending sleeping cots for emergency personnel and investigators to Uvalde after the school shooting. 

Posted February 10, 2023
After only one month in office, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Commissioner Matt Gray spoke to the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County. Commissioner Gray also brought Community Outreach staffers Kennedy Williams and Kim Brode. The newly sworn-in commissioner gave an overview of Precinct 4 and his plans for the upcoming year, including maintaining the budget, managing the fast-paced growth, maintaining roads, and improving draining.
Posted February 10, 2023
At the beginning of the year, Infinity Early College High School students Jose Mendez, Yendry Rojas, and Karen Sanchez participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event. These juniors were selected by the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County and their school's faculty and administration. 
Posted January 27, 2023

RCEMC President Suann Hereford, with assistance from Past District Governor Rose Austin, distributed Paul Harris Fellow pins. This month, four Rotarians were honored with Paul Harris Fellow pins: Deitra Johnson, Melecio Franco, Tim Baker, and Jim Stubbs. The pins are for appreciation of “tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”

Posted January 27, 2023
The second meeting of the year for the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) included information from James Fredricks of the Texas Destination Resort Alliance. James “Jim” Fredricks is a long-time resident of Montgomery County and former publisher of The Courier. Fredricks spoke to the Rotary Club about the possibility of bringing gambling to Texas.
Posted January 5, 2023
What a fun way to kick off 2023! The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) members gathered for their first meeting of the new year. Members enjoyed fellowship, distributed library books, learned about the market, and celebrated January birthdays!
Posted December 12, 2022
Rotarians got a glimpse of Ecuador by armchair traveling with Ita Jervis at their last luncheon. Dressed in Ecuador's yellow, blue, and red colors, Jervis brought Ecuador to life.
Posted December 12, 2022
At the November 15th luncheon, Past District Governor and current Club Administration Officer Dr. Rose Austin inducted new member Bre Collins. President Suann Hereford sponsored Bre and welcomed her into the Rotary Club.
Posted December 5, 2022

Sarah Winkler, Alzheimer's Association Regional Manager for North Harris and Montgomery Counties, spoke to the Rotary Club of EMC during their November 15th luncheon. More than 400,000 Texans live with Alzheimer's disease, and over 1,449,000 families and friends are providing care. She explained the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, how to get help and support, and how to become involved. This information and more can be found at

To show appreciation for being the speaker, RCEMC President Suann Hereford will donate a book in Ms. Winkler's honor to one of the local New Caney ISD elementary schools. 

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.
December 2023

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