Earlier this month, Allegiance Bank advisor and Rotary Club of Houston Heights member Scott Lester was awarded the club’s prestigious Hall of Fame Award — just the 13th member upon whom the honor has been bestowed in the club’s 78-year existence.
Though it remains secondary to the mission, members typically must devote their efforts to Rotary Club of Houston Heights for around 20 years in various roles prior to being considered for the honor.
“We want someone who has served in leadership roles of both extraordinary dimension and extraordinary efforts,” said Tom Wilson, who has served alongside Lester for nearly two decades.
Wilson said Lester contributes with both financial assets and perhaps the most precious commodity — time — on different boards to ensure the club’s outreach programs maintain their reach in the Heights and surrounding communities.
“I’ve been a member for about 20 years, said the first thing that comes to mind is that any task the club asks of him, he has never declined,” he said. “He is always willing to do anything we ask of him.”
For example, the club holds an annual holiday food drive, delivering 600 bags of groceries to 100 local families in need. Lester, Wilson said, coordinates gathering of the food from various pickup locations, determines those in need for them and works with coordinating all the physical aspects of the endeavor, from truck scheduling to delivery.
“He does a wonderful job, and has for years. It’s a very important part of what we do, and he does a phenomenal job with that,” Wilson said.
Even should he become unavailable due to time constraints, Wilson said Lester also never fails to muster up a ‘Plan B’.
“[Scott] realizes he can’t do it all, but if he can’t, he’s brought other folks in to do it for him,” Wilson said. “He leverages relationships very well, and if he’s unable to perform a task, he’s always got someone to do that for him. I’ve never had him tell me ‘no’.”
Beyond the physical outreach, Wilson believes Lester’s experience in the community and willingness to give the club strong council for (at least) 120 hours every month despite holding another full-time occupation tells the community everything they need to know about the man’s desire to better his community each day.
“He understands the nature of what a rotary club is all about in terms of giving back to the communities, and he promotes that extremely well,” he said. “He’s a great leader for our club. I’ll tell you what, he’s very deserving of this award.”