Today’s speaker was John Cotterell.  John is a Rotarian from Richmond.  In addition to his rich background in Rotary leadership positions, John has a long history of volunteering connected with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Rodeo).  John began his discussion by providing an overview of the early history of the Rodeo.  He drew several parallels between the Rodeo and the early days of Rotary.  John provided several quick facts regarding the Rodeo:

·         The first scholarship was for $ 2,000 and was awarded in 1957,

·         To date, the Rodeo has provided $ 330 million in scholarship awards,

·         This year, the Rodeo is committed to provide $ 24.6 million in scholarships to 607 young men and women,

·         The Rodeo currently operates with the help of 28,000 volunteers.

John spoke extensively regarding the full breadth of educational activities that the Rodeo is involved in beyond scholarships.  To single out a few, he mentioned: 1) Alley Theater, 2) The Children’s Museum, 3) Texas Aerospace Scholars, etc.  The Rodeo has also initiated programs directed toward scholars inclined toward Associate Degree programs.  John was a very enthusiastic speaker who provided an interesting program.

Club Announcements

1) CAM service project will be this Friday. Work begins at 5:00pm. Bring a friend.

2) Don't forget to register for District Conference happening on April 19th through the 21st at the Hyatt Hill Country near San Antonio.

Good News

1) Wayne Beaumier - The club received recognition for its contributions to the Rotary Foundation for 2011 – 2012.  Specifically, the club was recognized for being one of the top-three clubs in per capita annual giving within District 5890.  In addition, the club received recognition for being a 100% Rotary Foundation sustaining member.  The club was presented with two banners from ADG Baumier to Club President Durrenberger.

2) Stan Carr - Stan thanked the club for its support of the Salvation Army during the Christmas season.  Stan stated that his congregation supported 58 kettle locations during the holidays.  This represented the most locations that the Northwest Corps has ever supported.  The amount raised through Kettle donations was approximately $ 215,000.