Rotary Club of
W. H."Bill" Avery
Herbert D. Zapp
Arthur D. Derby
Viril R. Lee
Clyde L. Coleman
Shoultz was born in Bay City, Texas. He received his B.A. Degree
from Rice University, in June of 1940 and in August of that year married
his wife Christine, a University of Houston graduate, they have two daughters,
Mrs. John Nelson, presently living in Clear Lake City, and Mrs. Michael
Becker who resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ernest D. Upham
A. DeMontrond, Jr., was born in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Betty,
have three sons. He is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and
Southern Methodist University.
George H. Gentry
Rabbi Robert I. Kahn
Paul W. Jury’s personal write-up November 19, 2008
me, I served as governor of our district in 1980-81. Our theme for
that year was "Take Time to Serve". We were led by Rolf Klarich
from Finland as our International President. I am a native of Houston--an
east ender. I graduated from Milby High School. I attended
Sam Houston State University and received my degree there in 1950.
life consists of 22 years as a professional YMCA director and 23 years
in banking. At the time of my serving as our district governor,
I was a senior vice-president of Peoples Bank of Houston. I retired
in 1994, after serving as president of Lockwood National Bank in the industrial
section of Houston for 12 years.
Rotary has been an
important part of my life. I have had 45 years perfect attendance
and am working on 46 years. I served as president of the Rotary Club
of Harrisburg in 1967-68.
Dr. Floyd Boze is the Business Development Officer at the First City Bank of Clear Lake and is professor emeritus at the University of Houston at Clear Lake City,
Floyd, along with his twin brother, Lloyd, was born on a farm in Fannin County, February 7, 1918, and grew up in Commerce, Texas. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from East Texas State University and a doctorate in Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
He received his commission in the U.S. Air Force at Yale University during World War II, serving in both the CBI and European theaters. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict before retiring as a Colonel. He has held administrative positions at Panola College, Carthage, Texas; Angelo State University, San Angelo; the University of Tennessee; and Texas Tech University. He has served both the Texas Association and the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers as President and has served as advisor to the President of the Community College of the Air Force.
His wife, Dr. Nancy Boze, is a professor of Professional Education at UH/CLC. She was named a Paul Harris Fellow last November by Karl K. Kobs of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Space Center Rotary Club honored Floyd by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow at its meeting April 6, 1981.
Nancy and Floyd have two married children - William F. Boze, of Houston, Ann Boyd of Deer Park, and a grandson, Charles W. Boze.
Floyd has been a
Rotarian 33 years and has served in practically every capacity as a member
of the Carthage, San Angelo, Lubbock, and Space Center Clubs. He has
attended Rotary meetings in more than 20 foreign countries. Floyd has
been a Rotarian 33 years and has served in practically every capacity as a
member of the Carthage, San Angelo, Lubbock, and Space Center Clubs.
He has attended Rotary meetings in more than 20 foreign countries.
He also enjoys Rotary in the Golfing Fellowship, having won the Carl
Miller trophy at the Rotary International Golfing Fellowship tournaments
at St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1974 and again at Crans, Switzerland, in
Picture from the 1985-86 District Directory
W. "Walt" L. Lackey
Alvin R. Busse
In Memory Of
It marks the 75th year that the programs of Rotary have contributed to the good and welfare of this area.
It marks a year in which we will begin the PolioPlus project-at home with mass free immunization of our youth, complete District funding of PolioPlus; strengthen District services to all Clubs, send and host two Group Study Exchange teams - Federal Republic of Germany and Peru; stage a community-wide small business promotional program; significantly increase club involvement in World Community Service and Rotary Foundation funded programs, welcome women into Rotary and prove that in a down economy people of goodwill, dedicated to serving their fellow man, can survive, grow and raise the spirit of all through a demonstration of concern.
This Rotary year,
we have the best trained group of Club presidents ever, a District
Leadership Team comprised of knowledgeable and dedicated Rotarians from
all 56 clubs — and a demonstrated spirit of unity directed toward service,
dedicated to helping Rotary grow and having fun doing it while building
Invited into Rotary in 1974, Roy progressed rapidly in the Heights club serving as director, secretary, and president-elect. He was named Rotarian of the year by his club in 1983-84. The following year he served as president of the Houston Heights club. During his year as president both he and the club received numerous citations and awards both from District 589 and Rotary International. Particularly noteworthy was the recognition of 36 new Paul Harris Fellows in the club. This was also the first time that a District 589 club had ever reached the 100 percent level in Rotary Foundation contributions as all of its members became either sustaining members or Paul Harris Fellows. For his efforts, Roy was honored as District 589 Rotarian of the Year, receiving the Governor's Special Award.
Both Roy and his Rotary Ann, Marquita, are Paul Harris Fellows. Because of his strong belief in the works of the Rotary Foundation, Roy wears the 5-sapphire Paul Harris pin signifying a personal contribution of more than $5,000 to the foundation.
Roy and Marquita have a son, Robert, who lives in Tucson, Arizona. A native of Dallas, Roy moved to Houston in January, 1946, after serving four years in the U.S. Army during World War II of which the last three years were in combat zones in North Africa and the European theater.
Roy's first job
in Houston was with Houston Belting and Supply Company. In 1953, he
was named vice-president and became a principal of Houston Belting and its
subsidiary Houston Steel Fabricators. Roy is still active in these
firms that are engaged in the manufacturing, design, and sale of
elevating, conveying, feed mill, and grain storage facilities.
Sonny is a senior
active member of the Memorial-Spring Branch Rotary Club. He joined
the River Oaks Rotary Club in 1962, classification "Securities" with E. G.
Nichols & Co., Inc. He resigned from Rotary in 1968 because of
family responsibilities, and rejoined in 1970 with the Memorial-Spring
Branch Rotary Club. He changed his classification in 1977 to
Sonny was honored to be President of the Memorial-Spring Branch Rotary Club in 1985-86. His club further honored him with the Four-Way Test plaque and a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1986-87 Governor Walt Lackey appointed Sonny Chairman of the Polio Plus Committee and further honored him at his District Conference in New Orleans as District Rotarian of the Year. In 1987-88 Governor Al Busse retained Sonny to conclude the Polio Plus project.
Sonny and Ann
were married in September of 1983. She, too, is a Paul Harris
Fellow. A native Texan, Sonny joined the U.S. Marine Corps after
high school graduation and graduated from Southwest Texas University in
1953. He entered University of Texas (HOOKUM HORNS) Law School for a
short time and then moved to Houston in 1955. He has two grown
children - Brett, living in Houston, and Jennifer Roberts, married with
one daughter, Kimberley, living in Marietta, Georgia. Priorities
this coming year for Sonny are Rotary, wife Ann, and golf. Ann
points out the first two priorities will change places July 1, 1990.
Dr. Tyler A. Baker
Tyler is a member of the Brazosport Rotary Club with the classification of Chiropractor. He joined the club in 1976, having maintained a perfect attendance record since joining. Tyler served as President of the Brazosport Club in 1986-87 after serving on the board and other offices. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.
In the District he has served as International Chairman, Friendship Exchange Chairman, Chairman for the Friendship Exchange with Canada in 1985, Team Leader for the Group Study Exchange Team to Norway in 1987.
Tyler has been active in the community, serving on the City Council of Lake Jackson, for three terms. He was honored to be selected to serve on the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners for six years.
Mildred and Tyler
were married in 1950, and have three children, Linda Riek of Dallas, Donna
Faickney and Kevin who reside in Lake Jackson, plus four grandsons.
Robert G. Fitts
Bob Ellis has been a member of the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club for thirty years. He has maintained perfect attendance for twenty-seven years. He is now classified as Senior Active, but previously held the classification of General Dentistry. He was president of the Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club in 1965-66. Bob has served his Rotary Club and our Rotary District in all four Avenues and on many committees. The Bellaire/SW Houston Rotary Club has honored Bob twice by presenting him with Paul Harris Fellowships.
Bob and his wife, Leanna, have been married for 39 years and are proud parents of two married daughters and four grandchildren. Bob and Leanna's daughters, Pom and Cindy. grew up attending, with their parents, nearly every District 589 Rotary Conference.
Bob Ellis attended The University of Texas in Austin and there received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. After a short career as a Registered Pharmacist he served two years in the Army. Following his military tenure, Bob returned to the academic world and acquired a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston.
Bob has spent all of his professional dental career practicing General Dentistry in Southwest Houston. He was awarded the title of "Fellow" of The Academy of General Dentistry in 1984.
Governor Bob has served in leadership roles in Public Schools, in the Methodist Church and in civic, hobby, and community organizations.
He is a model
train enthusiast and enjoys computer applications and writing poetry and
Billy and Anne Weseman
Houstonian, he attended the University of Texas, and graduated from the
University of Houston. He served in the U.S. Navy during W.W.II and joined
the Harris County Oil Company in 1949 while at the University of Houston.
George is now President of the Company, without any plans to retire. He
was asked to join the Rotary Club of Houston Heights in January of 1958,
and has been a member for 36 years. He was President of the club in
1964-65 and has served on many District committees, including being
chairman of Rotary Night at the Rodeo, and twice co-chairman of District
Conferences. He was honored by the Heights Rotary club as Rotarian of the
Year in 1989-90 and was elected to Heights Rotary Club Hall of Fame in
1991-92. George is married and has one son and two granddaughters and is a
member of Grace Presbyterian Church.
Andy has been a
member of the Gulfway-Hobby Rotary Club since 1981. He was president in
1988-89 and was named the District's "Outstanding President of the Year".
His club made him a Paul Harris Fellow and presented him with the Club's
Academic Fellow Award. He has twice served as Chairman of the
Governor Nominating Committee and the G.S.E. Committee. He has worked on
several other District committees and has been an instructor at PETS, for
three years. Andy's classification is Attorney/Corporate. He is in his
twentieth year of private practice representing local and international
companies and banks, handling real estate transactions.
Edgar P. Martin
Lee, Sophie, and Steve Harris
During the five
day District Governor Nominee (DON) training in Anaheim, we met people
from all over the world. At one of the dinners, we sat with couples
from Australia, England, and Japan. The Japanese DON took a picture
of our table and sent the photograph to me with a note. He was
"impressed by the fact that such a young man fulfills himself as a
governor of a big district." Although I hadn't thought about it in
that way...it's true. Rotary is fulfilling. Engaging in
service to others and the relations formed with service-minded people is
R. H. “Bob” and Barbara Franklin
R. H. "Bob" Franklin was born in Oklahoma and moved to Lake Jackson, Texas in 1944. Bob has been an Agent for State Farm Insurance Companies for 39 years.
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Brazosport in 1984. He has served as Secretary, Treasurer, President, Chairman of the Shrimp Boil fundraiser and a Director of all four lanes of service. He received the District Governor's 1995 Club President of the Year Award and two Governor's awards for Outstanding Service. He is also active in Rotary Friendship and Group Study Exchange groups. Bob and his wife Barbara have six children and are members of the First United Methodist Church of Lake Jackson.
Picture and write
up from the 1998-99 District Directory.
John and Diane Painter
John R. Painter, Jr. is originally from South Carolina. He came to Houston in 1957. He graduated from high school at Channelview High School. Additional study was done at Robert E. Lee Junior College. John served in the Texas National Guard for over seven years and received an honorable discharge as Staff Sergeant.
John is the founder and owner of Enpro Systems. He is a self-made business man whose international business operations in tooling and machinery take him all over the world to places like Singapore and other ports of call. Professionally, he has served as president of the Board of the National Tooling and Machine Association, and has served as secretary for the Houston Association of Steel Plate Fabricators. John and his wife, Diane, have three children, and a grandson. They are residents of Northshore in Houston, Texas and members of the Holy Trinity Methodist Church.
John has been involved in community service for many years. Giving of his time, energy, and finances he has supported and actively participated in many service organizations. Those include YMCA, President of the Board, which earned him the honor of being named Volunteer of the Year. He has received the Clyde Speed Award for community service, a prestigious community award. He has served on the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Auction Committee, Lions Club of Channelview, was named Small Business Man of the Year, and is now on the Board of Directors for the Galena Park Education Foundation which raised over 5125,000 for teachers who initiate creative and innovative teaching strategies.
Rotary is John's heartbeat! He has been a
Rotarian since 1984. He has served Rotary in many roles such as
board member, treasurer, secretary, president-elect and president
(1994-95) of the Northshore club. He has chaired numerous district
committees and has been host to many GSE team members. World Community
Service, District Conference and District Assembly have also been part of
his service record. He is very active in the Youth Exchange Program,
and was Northshore Club's Rotarian of the Year in 1991. He is
proudly a multiple Paul Harris Fellow 'with a perfect attendance record of
fourteen years. John served as ADG in 1997-98.
Charles and Barbara Clemmons
Charles E. Clemmons is chairman of Pro-Tern, Inc. a company he founded in 1979. Previously he was a physicist with the Naval Weapons Lab and principal engineer for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. A member of Health Physics Society and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, he has also served as chairman of Seabrook's Long-Range Planning Committee. Charlie joined Rotary in 1992. He spends his spare time mentoring businesses.
Charles is a
charter member of the Seabrook Rotary. He has served as Secretary,
Vice President, President Elect, President (for 17 months) and Past
President; of the Seabrook club. He is a Paul Harris Fellow,
Benefactor and major donor to The Rotary Foundation. Both he and his
wife are members of the International Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) and
the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship of Rotary.
Dennis D. and Linda Adams
Dennis D. Adams completed studies at the University of Houston with a degree in Electrical Technology. After graduating from the University of Houston, he was employed with Cameron Iron Works in the Engineering department.
He now owns and operates Denny's Electrical Service. He has been an active member of the International Electrical Contractors Association for 29 years.
Dennis and his wife, Linda, have been married for 32 years and have a son, Brad, daughter-in-law, Kristi, and a wonderful grandson, Matthew. They have been residents of the Spring Branch area for 30 years and are members of the First Baptist Church in Rusk, Texas, where their second home is located.
He served as leader of Junior Achievement for three years, represented his company with the Chamber of Commerce and United Way. He is a professional member of American Society of Safety Engineers, and has spent three years on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Steer Auction Committee. He has been a member of Masonic Lodge and the Shrine for 29 years. He has served as board member and president of a private Christian school which his son attended.
He became a member of the Rotary Club of Houston Heights in 1992 and realized the benefits of helping others through Service Above Self. He has served as a club director for five years, worked in three District Conferences, was club President for two terms. He hosted a German Friendship exchange, was District Assembly Chairman, is a Paul Harris Fellow and benefactor and served as Governors Representative for two years.
"Whatever It Takes" is his theme; through
this he aspires to help Rotary grow, introduce and involve Rotarians to
all of the many ways we can help others. Unless you have
participated, you can never appreciate the gratitude, fulfillment and the
many wonderful people around you. MANKIND IS OUR BUSINESS!!!
Jon J. and Evelyn Eiche
Jon Eiche was born in New York, raised in Tennessee, and has lived in Houston for the past 13 years. He received a B.S. Degree in Business and Economics from East Tennessee State University in 1959, a Master of Arts degree in Government (specializing in Russian area studies) from Indiana University in 1966, and a Foreign Area Specialist Designation from the U. S. Army Institute for Advanced Russian and East European Studies in Garmisch, Germany, in 1968.
Jon's employment background began in 1959 as an officer in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1979. For the next 15 years, Jon occupied senior management positions in subsidiaries of leading American corporations, among which were Johnson Wax and PepsiCo, Inc. He is currently President and CEO of The Living Bank International, a non-profit organization that promotes organ donation.
Jon began his membership in Rotary in the Cookeville Rotary Club in Tennessee, receiving his first Rotary pin from Past Rotary International President James Lacy. He is a member of the Bear Creek-Copperfield Rotary Club and has served as Secretary, President-Elect, and President of that club. Jon's district responsibilities have included membership on the District Foundation Raffle Committee, the District Literacy Committee, the District React Committee, and as Chair of the District Donor Education Committee. In 2000, he served as Assistant Governor to Past District Governor Charlie Clemmons. Over the past three years, Jon has been instrumental in creating a unified organ and tissue donor awareness program for Rotary International.
Jon is married to
Evelyn Quintrell Eiche, a Speech Pathologist. They have two
children, Jon and Keith and two grandchildren, Jim and Christopher.
Jon and Evelyn are members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Bellaire,
Texas. Jon and Evelyn are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors to the
Rotary Foundation, and charter members of the Rotary Foundation's Bequest
George M. and Beverly Yeiter
Following his college education, majoring in accounting, George's career has included public accountancy, sales, and management. Both George and Beverly are principals in the CPA firm of Yeiter & Company, P.C. (established in 1980), located in Houston, Texas. The firm provides taxation, consulting and financial services for individuals and closely held businesses.
George started his accounting career with Ernst & Ernst, CPA's, followed by sales and management positions in the communications industry. He has designations as a CPA/PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) and as a CFP (Certified Financial Planner). He has authored several books and speaks at seminars and conventions across the country on real estate tax law.
In the 1960's George resided in Hong Kong where he became proficient in Cantonese-Chinese. He relocated to the Philippines due to civil unrest during China's "Cultural Revolution". Military service started in 1970 when he worked as a Radio Operator. Following Officer Candidate School, he served for the next two years as a signal officer assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group of the Army National Guard.
George was one of the organizers of the Galleria Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on its Board of Directors for 3 years and as President. After serving 8 years on the Board of Directors and 2 years as President of the Realty Investment Club of Houston, George served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Real Estate Investor Associations.
During his 15 year Rotary tenure, George has served in many club and district positions including two terms as Assistant Governor. He has been Club Rotarian of the Year 3 times and received the Governor's Award for Distinguished Service.
A native of Oklahoma, Beverly also is a CPA, and holds an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting. Her Bachelor of Science degree, from the University of Houston is in Math and Computer Science and she worked in the computer-programming field for 20 years.
Both George and Beverly are members of the Gulfway/Hobby Airport Rotary Club. They are Major Donors, Benefactors and Bequest Society members of the Rotary Foundation.
Married 18 years,
they have five children and six grandchildren. Their hobbies include
ballroom dancing and travel.
D’Lisa Simmons and Michael Barnes
Born in Texas City, Texas, D'Lisa is an attorney practicing in Houston, Texas. Prior to attending law school, D'Lisa graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. D'Lisa earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law, during which time she was also awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship from District 5910 to attend the National University of Singapore. Additional international studies include a summer abroad at the University of Hong Kong with a clerkship at Sinclaire Roche, a London-based law firm with offices in Hong Kong. After working with several litigation firms in Houston, D'Lisa is currently the principal of Simmons & Associates. D'Lisa was invited to join the Galleria Area Rotary Club in 1990, and has served as secretary, international director, bulletin editor, activities director, fund-raiser chair, membership chair, and president. Additionally, D'Lisa has been active in District 5890's Youth Exchange; GSE as a coordinator, committee member, and host family; the Ambassadorial Scholarship committee; host counselor for an Ambassadorial Cultural Exchange student; Council on Legislation; Foundation Alumni; "Shots Across Texas" program; Hunger Task Force; Habitat for Humanity; Centennial Committee; District Conference and aide to the RI representative; and the Nicaragua projects. D'Lisa has chaired or co-chaired the following committees: Visit from the Library of Congress Russia Exchange; International Lane of Service; GSE; and Matching Grants. D'Lisa has served as an Assistant Governor and District Leadership Trainer. D'Lisa has previously served on other non-profit boards, various committees for the Houston Bar Association, and is currently a member of the board of directors of Justice for Children. D'Lisa is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, as well as a Rotary Foundation benefactor. In addition, she has been honored with Paul Harris Fellowships by PDG Bob Franklin and PDG George Yeiter.
D'Lisa is married
to Michael Barnes, also a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary Foundation
Benefactor. Michael is a citizen of the United Kingdom, having been
the last English baby born in Egypt in 1955. His family home is in
the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury. Throughout his childhood,
Michael lived in many countries due to his father's military career.
In his career, Michael has served 12 years with the British Military, as
both a Green Beret and a Combat Engineer. Michael was educated at
the Royal School of Military Survey and the University of East
London. He is a registered land and hydrographic surveyor with the
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Having worked for
multi-national corporations for 20 years, Michael is now the principal of
Barnes & Associates, a firm providing survey consultancy to the oil
and gas industry and professional marketing services, specializing in
Charlie and Laura Thorp
Charlie Thorp was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas in 1970 with a BFA degree, specializing in graphic design and began his professional career in Houston, opening his own graphic design firm, C.A.Thorp Studio,lnc. that same year.
For fifteen years, he was a part time instructor and recently served as head of the Design Studio at The Art Institute of Houston. He has given that up to become Governor.
Charlie is a Paul Harris Fellow" and a Benefactor of Rotary International. He has been a member of the Heights Rotary Club since 1975 serving on the Board of Directors, Secretary, President Elect and President in 1981-82. along with his selection to the Heights Rotarian Hall of Fame.
He has held numerous District 5890 chairmanships including Rotary Information, Rotary Foundation, five times with the Group Study Exchange Committee, most recently for the Mysore, India Exchange. He and his wife Laura have hosted teams from Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Australia, India (twice) and Japan.
His design work for Rotary can be seen in the official District 5890 Banner, logos for the Hunger Plus project, Cancun, Corpus Christi and the Cruise Conferences, 9/11 Memorial Walk, Polio Plus Christmas card and the Rotary Zone Institute.
Laura is a
University of Texas graduate and partners with Charlie in their graphic
design firm. Both are involved in the Houston Heights Association
serving as President - Charlie in 1984 and 1990 and Laura in 2001.
They live in an historic home in the Heights, have two grown children and
Susan "Suzi" C. and Bill Howe
"Suzi Howe will represent the Greater Houston community as Rotarv District Governor in 2006-2007. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she opened South Shore Montessori. a private school for children ages 6 months through the 6th grade. She serves as President of the Montessori Administrators Network for the Houston area.
Suzi received the "Assistant Governor of the Year"
award from Past District Governor George Yeiter and the "Four Avenues of
Service Citation", presented to her by District Governor D'Lisa Simmons.
This award was presented because of her work with awards for teachers in
CCISD, her work with the "Children of the Dump" in Nicaragua, her work
building park benches for the Clear Lake community, and her leadership as
President of the Space Center Rotary Club. She has also received the
Rotary Foundation District Service Award.
Jeff and Tracee TallasJeff Tallas was born in the Spring Branch area of Houston. At the age of 9, his family moved to Sugar Land where he has lived for most of the last 30 years. He received a B.B.A. degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University in 1989. From there, he obtained a pharmaceutical sales position with Merck Incorporated in Dallas, Texas.
Jeff decided to take his future into his own hands in 1 995 and moved back to Sugar Land where he started his own business. He joined various service organizations including the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce where he served on the Board of Directors, the Texas A&M Houston Reveille Club where he served as the secretary, treasurer and president, The City of Sugar Land Redistricting Committee, and The City of Sugar Land Lthics Review Committee.
Today, Jeff is the owner of Tallas Insurance and Financial Services. Jeff received his LUTCF designation as well as his Series 6 and 63 License. He provides individuals and businesses with complete insurance and financial reviews. His focus includes but is not limited to auto, home, life, and business insurance as well a range of financial products that include IRA's, 529 College funds. Annuities, and a variety of other retirement vehicles.
A Rotarian since 1996, he has served the Sugar Land Rotary club in many positions including Club Service Committee, Fund-Raising Committee. Membership Committee, Secretary and 2002-2003 President. He has served the District as a leader for the Nicaragua hearing aid project, a member of the Grants Committee and as an assistant governor. Jeff is a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Bequest Society.
In 2003, Jeff married Tracee, a native of Louisiana who obtained her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Houston. She worked as a senior accountant for Senterra Corporation until the birth of their first child. Connor Reagan Tallas was born on February 1, 2005 and is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Picture and write up from the 2006-07 District Directory, District Governor Elect.
Rhonda Kennedy joined the Rotary Club of Sweeny in
1994. After serving as Avenue Chairman for all four lanes of service,
Foundation Chairman, Membership Chairman and Fundraising Chairman, she
served as Club President in 1999-2000. Immediately following her
Presidential year, Rhonda served as Assistant Governor for PDG Charlie
Clemmons 2000-2001 and again for PDG Dennis Adams 2001-2002. Rhonda has
served District 5890 every year since 2002 in various capacities. Chairman
of District Assembly, Chairman of All club Meeting, Foundation Raffle
Chairman and was the District Conference Chairman in 2006-2007 for DG Suzi
Howe. As a member of the District Conference committee since 1999 she has
served on numerous of sub-committees.
professional memberships have included the American Psychological
Association, Texas Psychological Association, Houston Psychological
Association (past member of the Board of Directors), the Biofeedback
Society of Harris County (past president), Biofeedback, Society of Texas
(past member of the Board of Directors), and the American Association of
Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Ed is a strong believer in civic
activities as a way of giving back to his community. He is a Charter
Member of the Rotary Club of Willowbrook (1984) and a Past President
(1988-89). He has served as Community Service Chair, Club Service
Chair, Membership Chair, Newsletter Editor and GSE coordinator. He was
also honored as club Rotarian of the Year.
District 5890, he has also served various positions, including District
Conference Committee Chair, Group Study Exchange (GSE) Chair, District
Mediation Chair, Friendship Exchange Committee Chair, Rotary Youth
Exchange Committee, Disaster Relief Committee, and Rotary Alumni
Foundation Chair. He was GSE Team Leader to Romania in 2000.
Ed and Robin have hosted many Youth Exchange students and GSE team members
through the years. Ed was a crew leader during the Jimmy Carter Work
Week, during which 100 Habitat for Humanity homes were built. He has also
served as Sergeant-at-Arms at PETS and Zone Institutes.
addition, Ed is a Past President of the American Heart Association.
He has received several citizenship commendations from the Houston Chief
of Police for his participation with the Houston Police Bicycle Relay Team
to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Robin has
assisted the team by arranging home hosting with Rotarians across the
U.S.A. and Canada for the bicycle teams.