Rotary Club of Baytown marks 90 years of service
Edited by Club President Suzanne Heinrich
It was just a casual meeting of Reverend Joe Fuller, Garrett Herring, Joe Noland and W. C. Stephens in late 1928 in Herring’s Drug Store on Texas Avenue in Goose Creek. Someone commented on the need of a Rotary Club in Goose Creek and the Goose Creek Rotary Club soon came into existence.
Through the efforts of these men, a drive was made for charter members. Success was achieved by signing of the original 25 charter members.
Arrangements were made for the neighboring Dayton Rotary Club to act as sponsor. The ladies of the First Baptist Church of Goose Creek, later named Memorial Baptist Church, served the organization meeting and their guests a banquet and meeting place in the basement of the church. The Rotary Club of Houston sent two bus loads of members in support. The Dayton Rotary Club sent another bus load of members.
The meeting was led by Dr. J. T. Tadlock of the Dayton Rotary Club and was opened with a prayer by Rev. Joseph Fuller. Several songs were led by Rotarian Walter Jenkins of the Houston club, who was internationally famous as a director of group singing. A solo was rendered by J. B. Sterling, Jr., son of Rotarian J. B. Sterling, Sr., both of the Dayton club.
Then came the presentation of the Charter from Rotary International by Dr. J. T. Tadlock. Nominations of officers were made: President Henry Cathriner; Vice President Joe Fuller; Secretary Joe Reid. All were elected by acclamation. President Cathriner took over and expressed the new club’s appreciation to the Dayton Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Houston and the ladies of the church. Rotary Club meeting places since 1928: Memorial Baptist Church basement (corner of Pearce and Jones); Old Methodist Church basement; New Methodist Church, 304 North Pruett St.; REL High School cafeteria, Market Street; The Tower Restaurant, Decker Drive at Airhart; Goose Creek Country Club; various recent locations including Especial Events, Hilton Garden Inn, Faith Presbyterian Church and now Baytown Community Center, Wednesdays noon to 1 p.m.
Past club presidents with current club president Suzanne Heinrich at the club's 90th birthday celebration, Sept. 2018
Rotarians with 50 plus years of service, from left, Foxy Matherne (53), Eddie Gray (56.5) and Dr. Rick Thomson (53)
Rotarians with 20 plus years of service to the club at the 90th Birthday Celebration, Sept. 2018