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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 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. 

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. 

August 2022

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