A special thanks to the Rotary Club of Houston for inviting us to be part of the Rodeo Parade.
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 The Rotary Club of Houston began meeting in the Mecca Cafe, where club president Cornell had to hear member’s complaints 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 there for the next seventy three years. 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 The Rotary Club of Houston with bringing Rotary to numerous other Texas cities as far away as Amarillo. In 1985, when the Houston club reached its record membership with 941 members, there were 34 neighborhood Rotary clubs throughout Houston, 24 of which the Houston club had sponsored. Today the Rotary Club of Houston has sponsored over 30 Rotary Clubs of the nearly 60 Rotary Clubs in the Greater Houston Area.
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