Rotary Club of Kerrville, Texas                  Chartered February 26, 1926                               District 5840

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kerrville!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Inn of the Hills
1001 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX  78028-4913
United States
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July 12 Rotary meeting
On July 12, the Rotary Club of Kerrville enjoyed its usual Wednesday luncheon at the Inn of the Hills, but things were a little different.
Over the past year, we had become accustomed to seeing Jeff Talarico behind the podium, leading our group. However, he has become past president now.
Instead, our new, very capable and encouraging leader, Kristy Vandenberg took the microphone and rang the bell to start the meeting.
Robin Miears, the new president-elect of the Rotary Club of Kerrville, stands at the officer's table and joins the room in reciting our Pledge of Allegiance.
The fact that our club was entertaining a law enforcement guest speaker was what inspired George Eychner to choose "America the Beautiful" as our song for the week. And, as usual, he  cheerfully lead us in singing it.
Hey, Rotary friends...
You will NOT want to miss today's luncheon meeting at the Inn of the Hills!
For our July 19 agenda, we'll enjoy many announcements, partake of the pledge and the singing of whatever George has created this time around, and we'll even possibly have a prize giveaway  (HINT - HINT...Don't forget to wear your Rotary pin!)
And, for our main program, we will hear an update on the City of Kerrville's Sports Complex project.
Listen in as the new Kerrville Director of Parks and Recreation Director Ashlea Boyle gives us the scoop on the facility, construction progress, whether it's within budget and on time according to the original plan and more.
We even expect she'll give us the answer to the question that seems to be on everyone's minds these days: WHEN is it going to be ready to open?
Mrs. Boyle, who has been with the Kerrville department for quite some time, will offer up an interesting presentation.
She will be introduced to us by Warren Ferguson, who also is a Kerrville City Council member in addition to being a member of our group.
Let's all be sure to give her a warm welcome and listen in. Afterward, you'll have the latest, most accurate information to share with your family and friends.
Dear members,
If you haven't had a chance to do so yet, please make time to congratulate and thank these fine folks who are serving — giving of their time and talents — for the betterment of our new Rotary Club of Kerrville officers and directors for the 2017-18 term: 

President - Kristy Vandenberg

President Elect - Robin Miears

Secretary - Charlie Mcllvain

Treasurer - Dave Rittenhouse

Past President - Jeff Talarico

Board Member - Jimmy Hutto (Service Projects)

Board Member - David Jones (Membership)

Board Member - Tammy Prout (PR & Marketing)

Board Member - Gena Carter (Club Administration)

Board Member - Cynthia McNeely (Pints for Polio & Youth/New Generations Chair)

Cindy McNeely and Crystal Dockery were selected as co-Rotarians of the year. Cindy spearheaded the Pints for Polio event which raised a significant amount of money for the Polio Eradication campaign. Crystal worked tirelessly with the SuperBall fundraising committee and the fellowship committee to make numerous events throughout the year successful. Both were very deserving of the award and we thank them for their contributions to the club this year.
A number of Paul Harris Fellows were honored at the club meeting last Wednesday. For the year, an impressive 38 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded, amounting to $42,200.00 raised for the Rotary Foundation. Doug Whinnery presented Sue her PH +8, a very generous gift.  John Lang was the newest PH member, and Cindy McNeely was honored as well. Pictured above and listed below are the most recent recipients:
John Lang
Stockton Williams +1
Rick Assunto +1
Tammy Prout +1
Charlie McIlvain +1
Gerald Irion +2
Jeff Talarico +2
Bill Tucker +2
Tom Murray Jr. +2
Clint Morse  +3
Robert Fairchild +4
Ed Hamilton +4
Sue Whinnery +8
What better way to lead off a program by a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden than to tell  a joke revolving around an animal?
Well, that's exactly what new club secretary, Charlie McIlvain, did to break the ice. 
And, while there were a couple of groans here and there, for the most part the room roared with laughter!
For those of you who missed'd better ask Charlie to repeat it to you.
He's much better than we are at delivering a punchline.
We welcome our newest member of the club, Zach Pierson, who works for Guadalupe National Bank.
Walt Koenig with the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce spoke to the Satellite group on June 20th. Walt reviewed the Chamber goals of the 800-member organization which is to be responsive to membership and their member’s business needs. They have hired a new COO and deputy, Rachel London. The new leaders of the Chamber emphasize that they want to be more than a fundraising committee and social networking organization. They will focus on:
  1. Education – coffee talk program, seminars, strategic planning
  2. Mentor programs — young professional forums, retirement community service forums
  3. Government advocacy — addition of government affairs committee, building communications
In addition, the Chamber has a committee dedicated to a comprehensive city plan. And finally, Walt highlighted the Leadership Kerr County program which is an intensive nine month program that immerses members and their employees in topics that are important to our community such as economic development, social services, education, government, healthcare, environment, tourism, travel & leisure and others. Leadership Kerr County teaches leadership through team-building and the completion of a class project.
This month is Courtney Compton’s last month to lead our group. Tricia Byrom will step up as Chair beginning in July. 
Tuesday, July 18th 5:30pm at the Five Points Wells Fargo
Erin Mosty Wofford
Mosty Brothers Nursery
  Clint introduced our speaker Elaine Palance
 Elaine was delightful to listen to. She could be a stand up comedian.
 The box was filled with books that were some of Jack's poems & paintings. She gave everyone that wanted one a copy.
  Jeff and Elaine had some fun while signing the book for the mentoring program
 I am sorry if you could not make this meeting.

The month of June is considered as Rotary Fellowship Month in the Rotary calendar. There is a misconception among Rotarians on what aspect of the RI programs is being celebrated for this month of June. Let us clarify the issue. When we talk about "Rotary Fellowships", we actually refer to the groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.);
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession;
  • Make new friends around the world;
  • Explore new opportunities for service; and
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary.

Examples of Rotary Fellowships include: Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI), 
International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR), International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians (ICUFR), International Fellowship of Rotary Convention Goers, International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, International Fellowship of Rotarians Musicians, Rotary Global History Fellowship, etc. 

The field is so varied, which includes marathon running, scuba diving, flying, bird watching, chess, doll lovers, environment, Esperanto, go, gourmets, lawyers, magic, nurses, police and law enforcement professionals, recreational vehicles, singles, stockbrokers, venture capitalists, wine and yoga. 

Each Rotary Fellowship operates independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements and administrative structure. Membership is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors. It must be international in nature with active members in at least three (3) countries. Each fellowship elects at least three (3) officers to oversee the group's administration. The Rotary Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI. 

What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowship provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Also, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining our existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serve as an effective tool in promoting membership development and should be actively promoted in our Districts. 

Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by clicking or even start a prospective Rotary Fellowship if their recreational or vocational interest is not in the list of approved Rotary Fellowships. 

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Clint Morris introduces our guest speaker
 Sherry Layton talked about history, and treatments.
 Mission statement.

Why La Hacienda Treatment Center is Different

A treatment center for body, mind, and spirit
La Hacienda Treatment Center continues to set the standard in professional residential care facilities for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. For over 40 years, individuals and families seeking to improve their quality of life have come to our serene campus to heal and ultimately join the growing number of those who have successfully left their addictions behind. La Hacienda is one of the leading privately-owned drug and alcohol rehab centers in the state of Texas and is ideal for those desiring to escape the bustling city while working toward a full and lasting recovery from addictions and addictive behavior.


Medical Doctors — Four full-time board certified MDs and one full-time licensed Psychiatrist


Professional and full-time staff — La Hacienda employs over 55 licensed professionals, including physicians, therapists, and nurses
     24/7 doctor supervised detox unit
     Doctors’ offices are located within the detox unit–your health, safety, and emotional well-being are our primary concern
Daily check-ups – Scheduled daily appointments with at least one MD. Psychiatrist appointments are scheduled if indicated by assessment.

Environment — Our facility rests on 40 acres of serene Hill Country land situated on the confluence of the North and South Fork of the Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas. Hunt is located 90 miles from San Antonio and 120 miles from Austin, Texas. Hunt is also home to numerous summer camps and is a place where deer and other wildlife wander free in an unfettered, natural landscape.

Nutrition — Hot main-course entrees are served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a daily assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and starches. Nutrition specialists are available to accommodate meal planning and special diets. Health issues and/or eating disorders including diabetes, anorexia, bulimia, etc. are considered at meal times to encourage optimal health based on individual goals and needs.

Therapeutic Activities — Challenge yourself with our on-site ROPES Course and stroll our walking trails. Gym equipment and two personal
trainers are available, as is an optional massage therapist, to help increase your heart rate and boost the release of serotonin and other energizing, natural chemicals while you work toward your new drug and alcohol free lifestyle. The community center houses a pool table and a ping pong table in addition to movies, board games, books, and more. An outdoor pool is open on a seasonal basis.

Spirituality — La Hacienda is home of Serenity Hill, the skyview chapel overlooking one of our stunning Texas valleys.
Serenity Hill is one our campus’ most loved places to meditate. Prayer, journaling, and healing all take place at this breathtaking, open-air gem on the hill. Optional Christian Focus groups are available to those who want a biblical perspective on recovery.

 David Jones read a toast the flag. A very moving poem


"Toast to the Flag"




by John Jay Daly

Here's to the red of it -

There's not a thread of it,

No, nor a shred of it

In all the spread of it

From foot to head,

But heroes bled for it,

Faced steel and lead for it,

Precious blood shed for it,

Bathing it red!

Here's to the white of it-

Thrilled by the sight of it,

Who knows the right of it

But feels the might of it

Through day and night?

Womanhood's care for it

Made manhood dare for it,

Purity's prayer for it

Keeps it so white!

Here's to the blue of it -

Beauteous view of it,

Heavenly hue of it,

Star-spangled dew of it

Constant and true;

Diadems gleam for it,

States stand supreme for it,

Liberty's beam for it

Brightens the blue!!

Here's to the whole of it -

Stars, stripes and pole of it,

Body and soul of it,

O, and the roll of it,

Sun shining through;

Hearts in accord for it,

Swear by the sword for it,

Thanking the Lord for it,

Red, White and Blue.

 Jeff opened the meeting with the bell!
Robin introduced visiting Rotarians and Rotarians with guest
The Gang!!!!
The song was on behalf of Jack Palance
The Rotary Citizenship award luncheon was held last Wednesday, as students from local elementary schools were honored by our club for community service at their respective schools. Jeff Anderson and Crystal Dockery  from our club recognized fourteen 5th grade students, who displayed service above self in their daily lives at school. They were not only good students, but were described by their teachers and administrators as courteous, respectful, quick to volunteer, and took the time to be a friend. Thank you to the committee members who also participated in the award ceremonies at the schools. 
In addition, a very generous offer was made by Schreiner University's president Charlie McCormick, who announced that each student was eligible for a $20,000.00 scholarship to Schreiner University when they reached college age. 
George Eychner had quite the surprise in store, especially for one of our Rotary Club members.
His sing-along slide offered up some original words to the tune of "Deep in the Heart of Texas."
As the crowd began to sing the lyrics, Tim Crenwelge, car dealer, was all smiles as he realized the song was about his business' remodeling work.
The "Crenwelge Remodeling Song" -- to the rhythm of "Deep in the Heart of Texas" went a little something like this:
Tim's oc-ta-gon is now all gone,
deep in the heart of Kerrville,
a fix-ture in our town's no more, 
re-moved from Junction Hi-way.
Ol' Tim has been a re-mod-el-in,
and change-in' down-town Kerr-ville,
we'll wait and see what the next change will be, 
deep in the Heart of Kerr-ville.
Rotary Satellite Club met Tuesday, May 16th. 
Brian O’Connor with Kerrville’s Economic Development Corporation presented his vision for Kerrville and existing opportunities for growth. Brian’s job focuses on city and county growth based on manufacturing operations. He feels that one of the largest opportunities for growth in Kerrville is the Municipal Airport. Potential business opportunities include the addition of avionics, turbine repair, painting and upholstery, and adding new hangars. Brian is also working to rebrand the properties surrounding the airport to bring in the best businesses that will help develop this corridor properly. Other opportunities for growth in Kerrville are vineyard/tasting rooms along Hwy 173, craft industry development, downtown hotel and convention center, and creating a marketing piece to promote the city of Kerrville. One of the biggest challenge Brian feels that we face in order to accomplish these goals, is workforce development. He is working closely with KISD, Texas State Technical College, Alamo Colleges and Workforce Solutions. 
Courtney Compton and Tricia Byrom were on the scholarship committee and announced that Rotary has given out 6 new scholarships and will continue to support 7 existing scholarships (total of $23k). 
Our next meeting will be June 20th at 5:30 at Wells Fargo Five Point. Please join us!  
Erin Mosty Wofford
Austin Clarkson, satellite club member and husband of Kim Clarkson, was awarded the teacher of the year honor at the secondary level in Kerrville ISD. Austin teaches English at Tivy High School.
Cody Miller, Stephanie Miller's son, was given the Most Patriotic Award the local Elks.
Johnny Grimes' and Bret Ford's sons were members of Tivy High School's baseball team that went deep into the playoffs this year. Congrats to Hunter Grimes and Lance Ford for a great season!
Please keep Betty Vernon's husband Pete in your prayers, as he is getting cancer treatments in Houston.
The Rotary New Member Social is Tuesday evening June 6th, 5:30 - 7, at Jimmy Hutto's house (Hutto Hill- 2585 Saddlewood Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028.)  Please come and welcome our new members to the club at this fun fellowship party.  RSVP to the email for this event to help the fellowship committee plan for food and libations.
Contact Us 

Caroline Wilson 
Club Administrator

(512) 787-7964

Mailing Address:

Rotary Club of Kerrville
218 Quinlan St. PMB #561
Kerrville, TX 78028


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