PDG Jon Eiche, District 5890 Representative to the US-Russia Intercountry Committee, reported that Rotarians from around the United States will converge on Houston on March 1, 2014, for a meeting to hear updates on Rotary International’s progress in strengthening Rotary in Russia.  This meeting is sponsored by the United States section of the US-Russia Intercountry Committee.


The Rotary in Russia Conference will be held on March 1, 2014 at a hotel, located close to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.

The conference fee of $25, received and paid before February 8, covers administrative costs of the conference and a luncheon.  Conference registration received after February 8 will be $40.  Registration Form and Press Release are available on the left side of this web page.

MAIL COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORM WITH PAYMENT TO : PDG Jon Eiche, 3519 River Bend Drive, Rosenberg, TX 77471 or FAX TO: PDG Jon Eiche at 832-595-1397 and send payment by mail.

The US-Russia ICC was chartered at Rotary Headquarters in 2007 with fourteen member districts from the United States and Russia.  Goals of the organization include helping young Rotary clubs in Russia to strengthen and forge partnerships with Rotary clubs in the United States.  These partnerships will promote Youth Exchanges between the two countries, professional and friendship exchanges, and work on joint Rotary projects.

An announcement of the meeting has been sent to all current Rotary District Governors and over one hundred past officers of Rotary International.  Governors are invited to come or send a district representative to the meeting and hear about the progress Rotary has made since the first Rotary Clubs were chartered in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1990.

Author Sharon Tennison, CEO of the Center for Citizen Initiatives will be the featured keynote speaker.  Sharon has led this organization which has been responsible since 1983 for organizing hundreds of visiting teams of entrepreneurs from Russia to study business practices in the United States.  Recently returning from an extensive visit to Russia, Ms. Tennison will report on her impressions of the dramatic changes that have taken place in Russia as a result of her organization’s efforts over the last 30 years.  A highlight of Sharon’s presentation will be her assessment of the opportunities that Rotary has to improve the way of life in grass roots communities of Russia today.

Interested Rotarians in District 5890 are invited to participate in this one day conference and learn of the opportunities to develop relationships with one or more of the 80 Rotary Clubs in Russia. Governor Bob Gebhard has expressed an interest in organizing a friendship exchange with a Russian Club before the end of his year.  For registration information about the conference, contact PDG Jon Eiche at eichej1@comcast.net or by phone 713-702-2292.