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East Montgomery County

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
(Temporary site) 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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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. 

The first meeting in July for the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) was all about installing new officers, recognizing current Rotarians, and welcoming a new member! Lake Conroe Rotary Club President and Past District Governor (PDG) Doris Lockey installed the new RCEMC Leadership Team. The Club Officers are Suann Hereford, President; Darbie Lindsey, Secretary; Rob Burgess, Treasurer; and Scott Castleberry, Sergeant at Arms. Club Directors were also sworn in. They are Rose Austin, Administration; Jim Stubbs, Foundation; Mike Smith, Membership; Deitra Johnson, Public Image; Milton Auston, Service Projects; and Darbie Lindsey, Youth Services.  

Suann Hereford gets sworn in


Rotarians of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) heard from Lake Houston Wilderness Park (LHWP) Naturalist Lauren Hollenbeck at their June 1st meeting. LHWP is a lushly forested expanse of nearly 5,000 acres, located three miles east of New Caney off US Hwy. 59. Hollenbeck with RCEMC President Rob Burgess

At the end of April, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) partnered with New Horizons New Caney (NHNC) to expand their horticultural program.  NHNC is a sheltered workshop for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While they train on a variety of tasks, a favorite of the patrons is their horticultural program. RCEMC assisted NHNC in building two additional garden beds for growing herbs. Thriving herb gardens are vital in producing the plants used in making their all-natural tea blends and herbal-infused apple cider vinegars. Patrons work in all phases of the growth of the plants  needed to produce their products. These products are then sold to the public at their local shop, as well as community events. The funds generated are then used to continue to provide quality programming and activities for the NHNC patrons.



Professional Genealogist Cecily Kelly provided the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) members real insight into discovering their family’s heritage. Ms. Kelly presented information on the use of DNA testing to determine relationships between individuals, find genetic matches, and discover one's ancestry. She described the differences of Y-DNA (a man's patrilineal or direct father's-line ancestry), mtDNA (traces a person's matrilineal or mother-line ancestry), and the most commonly tested atDNA (autosomal DNA refers to the twenty-two pairs of chromosomes, called autosomes, in the nucleus of the cell.) 


Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) members got some valuable financial planning information from fellow Rotarian Felicia Cumby at their April 6 meeting. Felicia is an Edwards Jones Financial Advisor and gave some smart advice to fellow members.


Fellow Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) member and Splendora ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Burke, shared how the District is thriving during these challenging times.  Splendora ISD was one of the few school districts in Montgomery County that began both in-person and onsite learning in August. The District now has about 93% of its students learning onsite. And while it has had its challenges - lack of computer devices, Internet accessibility, and a new learning management system - the District has stayed focused on two main things: the relationships they build and the lessons they design.

The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County is proud to announce two new inductees to their club! Dr. Glenn Barnes, Splendora ISD Assistant Superintendent and Mark Neff, Realtor with Anne Vickery & Associates Realty. Past District Governor Dr. Rose Austin swore in the new members and the RCEMC members were excited to welcome them to their Club.

Rob Burgess, RCEMC President; Inductees Dr. Glenn Barnes and Mark Neff; Suann Hereford, RCEMC Secretary; and Dr. Rose Austin, Past District Governor


Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) members got some valuable information for yards and trees at their January meeting. Fred Heck and Austin Stovall with VPG Fertilome informed members what to do for their outdoor spaces now, in the summer, and in the fall. 

One of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) projects is to help children in the area with basic needs. Each year, RCEMC members donate packages of underwear to distribute to local school counselors. 
On Tuesday, January 5, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County kicked off their first meeting of the new year with speaker Dr. Charles Campbell.  Dr. Campbell gave the Rotarians information about the COVID-19 vaccine.





For their final meeting of the year, members of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County provided 25+ gift bags for Meals on Wheels participants. Past District Governor Dr. Rose Austin sent out the request for items and members responded! Rotarians brought blankets, fuzzy socks, along with practical items such as toothbrushes, soap, and lotion. The gift bags were decorated by New Horizons patrons and will be delivered along with the regular breakfast bags.  What a great way to end the year!

Over the past several weeks, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County has been privileged to hear from some great speakers both virtually and in-person. Rob Burgess and Frank McCrady

Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) heard from Mike Flinn at their October 27, 2020 meeting. Mr. Flinn is the General Manager of Big Rivers Waterpark and Adventures located in New Caney. He gave details of the Park’s upcoming events and how they did during the summer with a pandemic. Big Rivers is a supporter of Rotary’s work and has played an active role in the community. As a token of appreciation, an elementary school book “Room on the Broom” will be donated to Timber Lakes Elementary in Mr. Flinn’s honor.

The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) has resumed many of its activities. Over the past three weeks, members have enjoyed hearing from some dynamic speakers and started planning ways to help within the community and the world. Speakers Kevin Gainer of Performance Foot Orthotics;  Nutritionist Dr. Charles Campbell; and Past District Governor, current rotary member, and now author Dr. Rose Austin informed RCEMC members. The Club also sent 750 cotton t-shirts to be shipped to a Rotary Club in Nicaragua where they will be made into baby diapers, and will be gearing up for an underwear drive.


Rotary 5910 District Governor Becky Mason made an official visit to the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) at their weekly meeting on September 22. While the official visit was held virtually, RCEMC members shared the Club’s activities and accomplishments over the past year and District Governor Mason provided direction for the club during these unusual times. 

In May 2020, despite a pandemic shutting down schools, the Rotary Club of EMC awarded ten area seniors $1,000 each to further their education. 
Rotarians donate clothes to New Horizons. The New Horizons is located in New Caney and provides training and employment opportunities to help individuals with disabilities live as independently as possible, operates a resale shop six days a week, provides shredding services and disposable shop rags, and sells home-grown herbal products.

In honor of Black History Month, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (EMC) was privileged to have Cpt. Paul J. Matthews, Buffalo Soldier Museum Curator, present to the Club at their weekly luncheon.  Cpt. Matthews has been researching military history and collecting military artifacts and memorabilia for over 30 years prior to his founding of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. This is the only museum in the United States that chronicles the entire African American military experience from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. 

Interact Club students from New Caney, Porter, and Infinity High Schools were the guest speakers at the weekly Rotary Club of EMC. These students attended the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp on January 10-12 and spoke about their experiences. The Rotary District 5910 camp is held at the Pineywoods Baptist Encampment in Woodlake, TX.  
RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee.  

Rotary Club of EMC Board President Milton Austin and Interact Club students.
December 2021

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