Rotarian’s Are People of Action

Where business and community leaders come together to get great things done. Join us for community service, education and connecting.

The Rotary Club of Austin (RCA) is the oldest and largest Rotary Club in the City of Austin. Founded in 1913, RCA now counts approximately 200 businesses, civic and community leaders among its members. Each of these individuals is committed to Rotary’s “Service Above Self” philosophy that drives the club’s efforts to improve our community, our nation and the world. Learn more about what Rotary is.

Recent Updates

2023-01-31 Club Meeting - Angelos Angelou

Join us on Tuesday as our guest will be Angelos Angelou from AngelouEconomics speaking on The Economy. Prior to founding AngelouEconomics, AE’s Principal Executive Officer, Angelos Angelou, spent nearly 12 years with the Austin Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Economic Development and Chief Economist and brings a practitioner’s approach to AE’s Economic Development Consulting Practice. During his time at the chamber, Angelos handled the recruitment of 800 technology companies and some 70,000 employees, including IBM, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, AMD, Cypress Semiconductor, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and Sematech.

He is a founding member of the Site Selector’s Guild, an association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Angelos has sited over $21 billion in capital investment projects, from high tech to health care to governmental clients around the world. His record of achievements includes the attraction of $26 billion in capital investments and the creation of over 285,000 direct and indirect jobs.


This week's meeting will be held in-person at Ben Hur (and also live-streamed on Zoom)!!

For those of you who can't join us in-person, you're invited to our LIVESTREAM Weekly Lunch Program!

When: Every Tuesday (almost) Noon to 1 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://rotary-austin-org.zoom.us/j/84893232438?pwd=OFdaY0V4VDltMG5IWHJIWXB5VlVIZz09


Meeting ID: 848 9323 2438
Password: 361851


While we will have cookies, water or tea available at the meeting, we will not be offering a meal.  Please bring your own lunch if you plan on eating.

Did you miss our last in-person meeting?  Want to share it with others?  Here is the link to the recording: Camp Enterprise Winning Team and here is the amazing pitch presentation.

Camp Enterprise was a Success!

We had an amazing weekend out at Camp Buckner for our 39th Camp Enterprise Event!  
Camp Enterprise is a 3-day, overnight event in which the Rotary Club of Austin introduces high-school juniors to the fascinating world of private business and entrepreneurship as guided by volunteers and Austin area business leaders. Camp Enterprise's Mission is:
  • To foster an increased awareness of the role of private business and a free enterprise system in a productive and successful society.
  • To enable our students to apply the principles and basics of what they learn from Camp Enterprise to their daily lives now and in the future.
  • To inspire our students to become the next generation of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders making a positive difference in our community.
We hosted 62 students who teamed up in groups to develop and hone business skills and present their ideas in a competition, similar to Shark Tank. Student teams had to develop their own Business Plan including: an Executive Summary, description of product or service, conduct Market Analysis, Competitive Analysis, come up with a Marketing Strategy, configure their Management Team, develop a Financial Plan, and summarize their pitch for investment asks. It was quite a weekend!

Please select the Read More for thank yous and photos courtesy of Gaines Bagby.

 


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DEI - Chinese Lunar New Year

During the last Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Meeting, club members learned all about the history and traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which is a 15-day celebration that begins Jan. 22nd and will end Feb. 5th this year. Several books and articles were recommended. Please review Sylvia's presentation here

Our sympathies are also extended to those families and community members who suffered tragic loss and trauma in Monterrey Park at the precipice of Lunar New Year celebrations.


 

Operation Vacation - Thank you from the Richardson Family!

The Rotary Club of Austin & Killeen hosted another military family from Ft. Hood for a fun weekend in Austin. SFC Justin Richardson, his wife Autumn, and their two adorable daughters, Evolet 6, and Aria 3, enjoyed two nights at the Hyatt Place Four Points. The family was provided a rental car from Toyota Killeen and gas money from the Rotary Club of Killeen. The hotel furnished a wonderful room for two nights with breakfast each morning. The County Line at the Lake provided an incredible BBQ dinner with flowers for Autumn, and as it turns out, it was the couple’s anniversary. The Rotary Club of Austin provided gift bags for the family with many gift cards for food and entertainment, as well as gifts, snacks and drinks. It is Rotary’s way to thank a soldier for his service and to give the family a special weekend. Thanks for your support, Rotary Club of Austin, in making this a special weekend for this well-deserving military family.

Volunteers Needed at Upcoming EAFKs

Early Act First Knight - Sign up for Knighting

We need at least 2 Rotarians per ceremony to be there to cheer on the honorees and their families. We will launch our Early Act First Knight back up at the end of the month at three separate locations.

Pecan Springs on 2/10 (8:15 - 10:00 am) 3100 Rogge Ln, Austin, TX 78723

Harris Elementary on 2/16 (8:30 - 10:00 am) 1711 Wheless Ln, Austin, TX 78723

Sign up here or reach out to Amy Jackson  (817.307.4881) alebusjackson@gmail.com) for more information.

EarlyAct First Knight is a revolutionary character and ethics education program for K-8 school children that, for the first time, puts Rotary into mainstream public education. Teaching the Rotary tradition of "Service Above Self" through a visually captivating theme of knightly heroes, with a comprehensive year-round curriculum-based character education program.


Promote your business, support our club!

ADVERTISING HELPS OUR CLUB  AND YOUR BUSINESS!!

* Advertising space costs only $250 for 6 months of promotion ($500/yr)!
* ALL PROCEEDS go toward helping CLUB OPERATIONS!
* Contact the Rotary Office for details
 

On the lookout for Global Scholars!

Each year, the Rotary Club of Austin awards Global Grant Scholarships with the purpose of providing post-baccalaureate study in one of seven Areas of Focus at an accredited university located outside the United States.

The Areas of Focus are:
 
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention
 
Disease Prevention and Treatment 
 
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
 
Maternal and Child Health
 
Basic Education and Literacy
 
Community Economic Development
 
Supporting the Environment
 
These grants are for one to four years beginning with the student's first year of study abroad.
 
We are looking for scholars! If you know of potential candidates, please direct them to Tom Anderson or April O'Quinn for more information.
  

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for ways to stay involved and connected with the Rotary Club of Austin.

1/31:  Red Badge Orientation Meeting, New members, please join us at Ben Hur before Tuesday's club meeting at 11:10 am.

2/1:  ARCF Board of Trustees Virtual Board Meeting will be held at 2:00 pm.Trustees, please rsvp in the club calendar and join via zoom with this link.

2/8:  Downtown Breakfast Cluster at Kerbey Lane Cafe at 701 S. Capital of Texas Highway from 7 - 8:30 am. Join Charles Doty for this informal gathering.


2/10:  Early Act First Knight Ceremony at Pecan Springs Elementary at 3100 Rogge Ln, Austin, TX 78723- sign up here to volunteer.

2/16: 
Early Act First Knight Ceremony at Harris Elementary at 1711 Wheless Ln, Austin, TX 78723- sign up here to volunteer.
 
2/16:  Virtual DEI Meeting from 2:30 - 3:30. Meeting link to follow separately.
 

Rotary Club of Austin brings leaders together to do good service.

Our members are active in the community, business people, community leaders, people who are new to Austin as well as long-time and native Austinites. Our weekly meetings provide great fellowship, education and networking.

There are so many ways to get involved.
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Our club meetings are not the only ways to participate. We host a variety of other volunteer activities, large annual projects, business discussions, and social events. Contact us for more information.

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