|Houston Rotary Club Celebrates 100th Birthday - Aug 24
|Editor: Ricks, Peggy
|Posted on Apr 14 2012
|We are busily planning RCH’s birthday party (on August 24th in the Crystal Ballroom of the Rice Hotel, 6:00pm - Cocktail Reception, 7:00pm Dinner). Come one - Come all - To our Birthday Ball! Dawn your top hat and put on your tails; 1912 Costume Attire Highly Encouraged. Bustle your dresses - other parties will pale! Don't miss out on the surprises we've planned! Not an ordinary dinner but a period celebration 1912 is the year - The Rice your destination. $53 per person (for Club 53, of course), $100 per couple (it is our 100th birthday after all) (includes dinner, dancing and more) ($45 per person for tickets purchased prior to 4/15/12) CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket!
We are also planning the All Club Centennial Celebration honoring 100 Years of Service and 100 Service Projects within District 5890 (at the end of September), where we will be honored to host RI President Tanaka. We have so many exciting events planned, which will highlight service activities and accomplishments.
The History of RCH
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The Rotary Club of Houston was founded in August of 1912, soon after newspaper executive Robert Cornell returned from an advertising convention in Dallas where he had met a member of the newly formed Minneapolis Rotary Club. The new Houston Club began meeting in the Mecca Cafe where club president Cornell had to hear members complain about the $1 initiation fee and $2 annual dues. A year later, club members and wives gathered for an evening banquet at the brand new Rice Hotel a day before its official opening. The Club would meet at the Rice for the next 73 years. In 1914, the Club hosted 1288 Rotarians and wives who attended Rotary International’s 5th Annual Convention in Houston.
Thereafter the Club’s membership grew steadily until September, 1963, when it became the world’s largest with 773 members, two more than the founding Chicago club’s total. Meanwhile, RI credited Houston with bringing Rotary to numerous other Texas cities as far away as Amarillo, 600 miles to the northwest in the Texas panhandle. In 1972, Houston again hosted the RI convention and its 14,000 delegates. When the Houston Club reached its zenith with 941 members in 1985, there were 34 neighborhood Rotary clubs throughout Houston, 24 of which the Houston Club had sponsored.
The Houston Club’s distinguished record of service to the community began in 1919 when it first supported the young residents of the Burnett Bayland County Home with Christmas parties and summer picnics, support that has continued uninterrupted for 82 years and today also involves computer mentoring to help the troubled youngsters improve their reading skills. Following a club luncheon in 1944, Goodwill Industries was launched in Houston, and is now among the largest in the world. In 1958, the club began judging applications for the Houston Endowment’s “Jones Scholarships”, a continuing program which grew larger through the years and to date has awarded more than $44 million in scholarships. In 1966, not long after Houston joined two other local clubs to save the area’s Little League from bankruptcy, club members began counseling inmates about to be released from the Texas prison system, a program of the Fresh Start Committee which currently also coordinates television conferencing to help female inmates improve their family, financial and health life skills. In late 1970, five weeks after NFL Coach Vince Lombardi died of cancer, the first Rotary Lombardi Award dinner was held to recognize the outstanding college football lineman before 800 persons and guest speaker U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew. To date proceeds of those annual banquets have raised just under $3 million for cancer research.
Centenial Planning Committee
This Centennial Celebration belongs to all Rotarians in District 5890 and input from all clubs is needed and wanted. Come join in and be part of planning these monumental celebrations during our scheduled series of committee meetings leading up to the Aug 24th celebration. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30 pm The meeting will be held at Angie's Little Rotary House located at 1291 North Post Oak #100, Houston TX.
The future Centennial meetings are as follows:
We hope to see you!
For more details, contact:
Angie Jimenez Peggie Ricks
Centennial Chairman Centennial Retro Party Chairperson