Being Part of the Solution
(L-R) Christy Kelly, 2015-16 President; Hank Ross, 2016-17 President and Rick Trevathan 2017-18 President of Rotary Club of Highlands.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…unless you’re Rick Trevathan, the new President of the Rotary Club of Highlands and your term began in July! 

Then you’re super busy, especially because this year you’re also the Chairman of the Performing Arts Center Board.  But as we all know, if you need some things done, ask a busy person!

Trevathan moved to Highlands full-time in May of 2005 with his wife Cindy and son Christian.  A native of Houston, he’d been an assistant district attorney and district court judge presiding over felony criminal cases.  His clients ranged from Exxon executives to a nationally known rapper, and even a surfer.

“It was somewhat difficult to pry my wife Cindy out of Houston,” he says. “She was a thriving chemical engineer working for Exxon and it took a while to adjust to the “slower pace” in Highlands.  So it’s not surprising that following the move to Highlands, Trevathan’s private law practice continued to call him back to Houston every two weeks for the next seven years!

Rick and Cindy have four grown children – a son in Austin, another son in China, a daughter in Houston, and Christian, now a rising sophomore at Wake Forest College.

Rotary’s 2017 theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity” and Rick hopes that his term as president may coincide with the final eradication of polio – a disease that Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have raised $1.5 billion to eliminate.  

“So far this year only five cases of polio have been identified – the end is definitely in sight,” Rick observed.  “Rotary also raises funds for university research into the causes and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and in the coming year we’ll have special opportunities to learn more about these research efforts.

“Our club is made up of incredibly giving people and at the end of my term I hope that tradition will have continued – by benefitting the citizens of Highlands and giving Rotarians the satisfaction of having helped their community.” 

For more information about Rotary, go to