Port LavacaPort Lavaca Rotary Club

Welcome to an issue of our weekly bulletin! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered during the last weekly meeting, and learn more about our Member of the Week.
Guest Speaker - Raymond Butler
 Raymond Butler, P.E.
Secretary - Lavaca Bay Foundation

Raymond Butler grew up on Lavaca Bay and has spent most of his life on the waters of the Texas Coast.  During high school and college he worked with his father’s marine towing company and onboard the Matagorda Pilot Boat. Captain Butler served as the first Matagorda Bay Bar Pilot, and Raymond occasionally rode ships with his father.  After receiving an engineering degree from Texas A&M, he returned home to work for Union Carbide Corporation managing their Olefins unit.

In 1987, he formed his own marine towing company, South Texas Towing, Inc. The company’s towboats pushed barges for major barge lines along the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River.  Raymond sold the assets of his company the mid-90’s, moved to Houston, and served in executive barge line management for two major tank barge operators until the early 2000’s.  He then served for ten years as manager of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA), a barge industry trade association overseeing the operation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Florida to Texas.  Most recently, he was instrumental in forming a small tank barge line located in Port Lavaca. He is a registered professional engineer and operates Butler Consulting, a marine engineering company in Port Lavaca, Texas.

Rotarian of the Week - Russell Cain


Last week's speaker - Dr. Jennifer Wimbish
Dr. Jennifer Wimbish, daughter of Mrs. Janell Butler and the Late Louis Butler, is a 1970, graduate of Calhoun High School.
During her approximately forty years in academia, Jennifer’s career led her to become the first African American President of Cedar Valley Community College.  
Recently, Jennifer published her first book, “Leadership Wisdom For All Generations.”  In it she relates many leadership lessons lived out by key mentors and leaders in her life, including many from Port Lavaca.
The list of accolades, awards, and accomplishments of Jennifer’s career is far too long to mention here, just know that she has been highly recognized for giving back to the communities around her. 
Area Make-up Opportunities
Mon.         - Victoria Downtown – Huvars Artsian Market - 7:oo AM    (1st & 3rd only)
Tues.         - Victoria – Victoria Country Club – 12:15 PM
                   - Portland – North Shore Country Club – 12:00 PM
Wed.         - Goliad – Blue Quail Delicatessen – 12:00 PM
                  - Edna – Chamber of Commerce – 12:00 PM
                  - Palacios – Palacios Mexican Restaurant – 12:00 PM
                  - Ganado – Rear Window Listening Room– 5:30 PM (monthly)
Thur.        - Victoria North Side – Victoria Country Club – 12:00 PM
                  - Rockport Country Club – 12:00 PM
                  - Victoria North Side Satellite – The Club at Colony Creek– 6:00 PM
Fri.            - Corpus Christi – West Holiday Inn – 12:00 PM
Turn in Make-up information to Sec. Mike Rivet. Make up meetings at another club must be within 14 days before or after the missed meeting.
Russell Hampton
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