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East Montgomery County

Service Above Self

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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 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.
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. 
May 2023

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