Press "Enter" to skip to content

Posts tagged as “Highlands Rotary”

Rotary installs Andy Scott as next president

Outgoing Highlands Rotary president Jerry Fallin (right) passes the gavel of authority to the incoming new president, Andy Scott (left) at last Friday’s installation ceremony at the Boat Club.

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club of Highlands, known throughout the city as “The Biggest Little Club in District 5890,” got new leadership at an installation ceremony held last Thursday evening at the Baytown Boat Club in Highlands.

Rotarian Andy Scott was sworn in for his second round as president of the club. Presiding over the installation was District 5890 Assistant District Governor Bryan Clements.

The event was attended by about three dozen Rotarians, families, and guests. A special guest at the dinner was Connie Russell, owner of the Channelview bar of the same name. Connie has been very active in raising money for scholarships and supporting the Highlands Rotary.

Other officers that were sworn in at the dinner were President Elect Denise Smith; Treasurer Sheila McDonald; Secretary Diana Weaver; Club Foundation Chair Tricia Scott; Public Image Chair Gaylynn Milliorn; Service Projects Chair Weston Cotten; Sergeant at Arms Johnny Gaeke; and the whole club was designated as the Membership chair.

Rotary awards $ 32,000 in Scholarships


18 students from area schools

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club held their annual Scholarship Banquet last Monday night, May 9th, and awarded 18 scholarships totaling $32,000.

The venue of the Highlands Community Center was festive and full with scholarship recipients, family and friends, and Rotarians and their families.

The featured keynote speaker was Lee College president Dr. Lynda Villanueva, who spoke about how she developed a passion for learning, with the help of mentors and teachers that believed in her ability to “be more than I could be.” She counseled the scholarship recipients to find a mentor that believes in them and challenges them to succeed. And then give back in turn, leading others.

The scholarships are a result of the funds raised primarily at the club’s Annual Chili Feast in February. At this event, a new vehicle is raffled off to a $100 ticket holder, along with 13 other prizes, and the net proceeds are used for the scholarships and other community projects.

RodeoHouston speaker at Highlands Rotary

With the RodeoHouston in full swing at NRG Center, the Highlands Rotary heard from Don Nichols of the speaker’s bureau of the Rodeo. Nichols is a past president of the Galena Park Rotary club.

He spoke about the history of the Houston Rodeo, starting in 1932 with one entertainer, Gene Autry, who sang for a whole week. Originally in the Sam Houston Coliseum, it moved to the Astrodome in 1966 and to NRG stadium in 2002.

Every year the Rodeo awards 2300 scholarships to college-bound seniors.

Jeremy Rosenkranz wins Rotary raffle

Rotary Club president Jerry Fallin and Raffle winner Jeremy Rosenkranz with the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was the top prize in the Chili Feast raffle. MORE PHOTOS PAGE 7.

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club held their 47th annual Chili Feast, Raffle and Auction last Saturday, and in spite of cold weather and the pandemic, a large crowd turned out at St. Jude’s social hall, and made the event a success.

Chili Feast chairman Andy Scott said proceeds were comparable to previous years, and thanked all the sponsors and the public for their support.

The top prize in the raffle drawing, a 2022 SUV from Turner Chevrolet, was won by Highlands businessman Jeremy Rosenkranz. All 700 raffle tickets were sold, thanks to a last minute purchase by a consortium of Bryan Teel, Don Hill, and David Kostka. The club thanked them for their extra effort and support. Preliminary figures indicate the event raised about $93,000, and after expenses including the cost of the top prize, the club expects to be able to use the remaining monies for scholarships and community projects. Last year the club awarded $32,000 in scholarships to 18 graduating seniors.

Rotary Chili Feast Feb 5


The Highlands Rotary Club is holding their 47th Annual CHILI FEAST, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church social hall, 808 S. Main Street, Highlands. 11am to 3pm, with a Live Auction at Noon to 3pm.

Raffle Tickets are $100, Meal Tickets $10 and the winner will receive a new 2022 SUV Chevy Trailblazer or Chevy Equinox. There are also other valuable prizes. Tickets from any Rotarian, or call 281-426-33558. Tickets also available from Turner Chevrolet, Central Auto Inspections, Weston Cotten, Dr. Larry White.

Rotary Chili Feast set for Feb. 5th

Winner of the Chili Feast Raffle will have their choice of a 2022 Chevy Trailblazer or a 2022 Chevy Equinox SUV, from Turner Chevrolet.

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club is preparing to hold their 47th Annual Chili Feast, on Saturday, February 5. A chili lunch will be served from 11 am to 3 pm or until the chili runs out, according to Chili Feast chairman Andy Scott. A live auction will take place starting at 12:30 pm.

The event is being held at the St. Jude’s Catholic Church social hall. The club president, Jerry Fallin, said that the raffle and chili feast will be held with COVID-19 protocol followed.

The club members are continuing to sell raffle tickets. There are 700 tickets available for a $100 donation. A ticket entitles you to two bowls of “Chester’s Famous Recipe” chili, and a chance to win one of 17 raffle prizes, all worth more that the $100 ticket price.

Club members are also selling Chili lunches only, for $10. Great for extra hungry folks, or to take home for later.

This annual event is a high point for many in the community, who see their friends at least this one time each year, and catch up with stories. It also has great good, and quality auction items.

NNO celebrated throughout Harris County


EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Harris County was busy Tuesday night, with residents gathering at their Pct. 2 community centers, or just in the street in their neighborhoods. The point of the night was to meet your neighbors, and your public safety officers, to form a friendship and strengthen community safety.

Harris County Precinct 2 held receptions and events in 12 of their community centers, from Aldine to Pasadena. In this area, residents gathered in Huffman, Crosby, Highlands, Barrett and JD Walker centers for several hours, starting at 5pm.

Each center had a contingent of Sheriff and Constable deputies and other first responders, often with specialized equipment to show the public.

Rotary Washer Tourney hits target

FIRST PLACE TEAM: Rotary president Jerry Fallin, center, poses with team “Community.” L to R: Keith Gaedchens, Bob McFehring. Gaedchens was also judged the Grand Champion of all players in the Tournament. (SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 5 OF THE PRINT OR PDF EDITION)

Crowds enjoy games, raise money for benefit

HIGHLANDS – Dozens of Rotarians, both local and city-wide, and friends and other residents converged on Charlie’s Ice House on N. Main Street last Saturday, Sept. 11 to compete in the annual Washer Board Charity Competition.

This year the event had a special Patriotic theme, since it was held on 9/11 and the 20th Anniversary of the Twin Towers attack. Rotary past president Andy Scott arranged to have a military honor guard present the colors in memory of those who have given their lives for this country.

The tournament is now in its 14th year, and the money raised by the Rotary Club is used for international projects, including Polio eradication worldwide. The club usually nets about $8000 for this effort.