Rotary Club of Kerrville

Club 1909    District 5840   Chartered February 26, 1926

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Caroline Wilson 
Club Administrator

(512) 787-7964

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


February 2017
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Welcome to our Club!


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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2017 Super Ball
Crystal offered up some advice to the men and women of Rotary by describing just what men and women really mean when they say certain things.  See the list below:
1) Fine - For men it means just that, fine.  For women, it does NOT mean fine.
2) Nothing (as in what's wrong) - For men, it means just that, nothing.  For women, it means DEINITELY something.
3) Go ahead - For men, that means permission.  For women, that means, "I DARE you!"
4) Whatever - For women (men, take note), this means "BITE ME!"
5) That's OK - For men, this means "My way is much better than your way."  For women, this means "I'm thinking long and hard about how you're going to pay!"
6) Five minutes - For women, this means 15 minutes.  For men, "I'll be home in five minutes" might mean WAY later tonight or tomorrow morning.
7) Wow - Men, when women say this, it is NOT a compliment!
Crystal is a certified relationship counselor and is on standby for club members who need advice ;) 
Jack Pratt started out the fun by walking us through his 51 point checklist for finding the perfect match.  But Jack didn't have to rely on the list for very long once he found Missy!  His blind date turned into anything but, as Missy's friends (who were going to be her dinner guests before the blind date materialized), or as Jack called them, the "judges," kept a close eye on the proceedings.  But despite the "oversight," Jack and Missy ended up together and they've lived happily ever after since.
David Reast followed up Jack (which was no easy task) with an entertaining story that started with a man and a band.  David traveled from Michigan to South Padre to join the Whitewing Band, which was a family band that got it's start playing progressive country (move over Willie & Waylon!) at Shaky's Pizza Parlor.  Winning Rosalie over was no easy task, but David persisted, and after wooing his future wife with his musicianship, Archie Bunker episodes, beer and grapefruit (the only items in his fridge at the time), David and Rosalie married and have been exchanging the same Valentine cards to one another ever since!
Justin spoke of the love of his life (his wife Casey).  He also told us about the way to her heart - cooking up a mean steak that any one of us would just drool over.  Justin, my wife wants you to help me fine tune my grilling skills!
Paul closed out the program with a bang (At least, I'd like to think so - wait - who dressed that guy in a pink shirt?).  He met his wife Courtney on a trip to Ritz Camera (are those even around anymore?) in the mall to get a passport photo for his CPA exam (what a nerd).  Though he doesn't care one way or another about photography, he asked Courtney about EVERY camera in the store just to desperately prolong the conversation.  Things went well, but this bumbling accountant didn't even ask her out until he called back later from the phone book. Wow. Lucky for him, Courtney saw something in this man and they've been together ever since!
Deena Lehman provided the program on the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, which has been the largest show of its kind for the last twelve years.The San Antonio event started in 1948 so this is the 68th annual show. Over the years, 173 million has been awarded to Texas youth, including scholarships for participating in Livestock, Ag Mechanics and the Junior Shootout.
Carolyn Northcutt led us in the prayer and pledge.
Please keep all those at the Hunt school, as well as others here in the Kerrville area, who suffered from the recent bout with the flu, in your prayers.  
Also, please keep Sherryl Howard's family (her mother recently passed away) and former club president Rand Zuber (who is beginning treatment for a rare form of non Hodgkin's Lymphoma) in your prayers. 
Also, please congratulate club member Warren Ferguson (below) on his new appointment to the Kerrville City Council.  Warren beat out 10 other contenders for the position.  Way to go!
Superball was a great success, and raised a substantial amount of money to go towards scholarships, Habitat for Humanity and other Rotary programs. Thank you to co-chairs Crystal Dockery and Kristy Vandenberg and all the committee members for their hard work.  Total funds raised by the event topped fifty-five thousand dollars!!
The success called for a "Service-Above-Self Selfie!"
Thanks to all who made Superball a huge success!
Jimmy Hutto recently became a Paul Harris fellow +1.  Congratulations Jimmy! 
Our program for this coming Wednesday is Valentines stories from our members, and other entertaining tidbits. This is always a good program, especially Crystal's advice on mind reading, so you don't want to miss it.
New Rotary member and realtor Christine Durham was introduced at last Wednesday's meeting. John Sibert proposed her for membership, and noted that she and her husband Ray, who was a  past president of our club, have come full circle, moving back to Kerrville after being away for a number of years. Welcome to the club, Christine!
Happy  birthday was sung to all members who were born in this month of the year. Included in the recognition is our exchange student Albert, who is celebrating his 18th birthday on the 23rd of this month.
In a change from its normal meeting format, the Rotary Club of Kerrville hosted its sixth annual First Responders Awards luncheon Feb. 1 at the Inn of the Hills Conference Center.
A large crowd attended for the ceremony, which capped what law enforcement officials called a "trying year." Local peace officers dealt with six murder cases, on top of a high number of calls.
Recognized were public service members in various departments in the Kerr County area, including members of the Kerrville Police Department, Kerrville Fire and EMS Department, Ingram Police Department, Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

First Responder Award honorees

Jeremy Hughes — 
Kerrville Fire Department Officer of the Year 
Micah Booth 
Kerrville Fire Department Firefighter of the Year
 Arnie Segura —
Kerrville EMS Person of the Year

Kerrville Police Department

"We really appreciate the efforts of the Rotary Club to recognize the officers in our community. It makes a big difference to us."   — KPD Chief David Knight




Jason Beard —
Kerrville Police Department Officer of the Year
Brady Rosinbaum —
Kerr County Corrections Officer of the Year
Tim Huchton —
Kerr County Volunteer First Responder of the Year
Cody Buckaloo —
TPWD Game Warden of the Year
Frank Zamora —
Texas DPS Trooper of the Year
E. Bruce Curry, retired 216th District Attorney
Lifetime Achievement Award


Christopher "Mike" Slaughter, left, is named
Ingram Police Department Officer of the Year
(Presenting the award are IPD Chief Byron Griffin,
center,and Rotary President Jeff Talarico.
Tony Lenard, left, Kerrville Fire Department Division Chief
is honored by KFD Chief Dannie Smith, center, and Rotary President Jeff Talarico
with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer

Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said Kerr County had "an unprecedented" six murders in the course of this last year, which all led to arrests. In addition, his patrol division fielded 14,000 calls, of which 677 were assigned to his investigators,
who then cleared 86 percent of those cases. "This department has been through a lot in 2016 — more than I've ever seen it go through. That's why I asked the Rotary Club to allow us to recognize more than one person," Hierholzer said.
His award went to the entire Kerr County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division,
comprised of (below, from left)
Rusty Hierholzer, Carl Arredondo, Capt. Carol L. Twiss, Mark Fields, Jeff McCoy and Eric Piper.




Please join me in welcoming two of the newest Spoke team members!
Welcome aboard Lisa Walter & Paul Anderson
Jeff Anderson introduced the guest Chris Avery
Chris told the story of his dad James Avery.  Chris was very informative about the company.
Timeline for the James Avery company                                         Corporate Strategy
Always giving to community                                                         up from 25 million just 10 years ago
Catalog sales still a major part of business                                       Internet sales are growing
Online sales                                                                                New facility out by the airport
Jeff letting Chris Avery sign the Books for Mentors book
Mike Whittler, President of the Kiwanis Club of Kerrville, announced they are holding their annual Pancake Supper fundraiser at the Tivy High School Cafeteria on February 3rd from 5-7pm.  Please come out and show your support as they are always very supportive of our own club.
Dr. Charlie McCormick, President of Schreiner University addressed the club last Wednesday about his new role as President and his vision for the university moving forward.  Dr. McCormick came to Schreiner in 2009.  He holds a bachelor's degree in English from ACU, a M.A. in anthropology from Texas A&M, and a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania.
President McCormick, who became president effective January 1, 2017, took over for Dr. Tim Summerlin, who previously held that post for fifteen years.  Dr. McCormick began his presentation by giving thanks to the former president (now the Chancellor).  According to the campus website, Summerlin oversaw the largest expansion of both enrollment (from 806 at the start of his presidency to last fall's record breaking enrollment of 1,230) and campus facilities (new residence halls, academic facilities, fitness and event centers) in the history of the university.  Degrees added during Summerlin's tenure include political science, theater, communication, sport management, nursing, public health, and an MBA program.  Many of these are now online as well. 
President McCormick mentioned that there are certain things that won't change.  The campus transformation efforts (sidewalk, landscape, trees, new signs) and the university's ongoing commitment to providing top notch facilities for faculty and students alike (currently - a new music education hall, a chapel and other facilities for the Campus Ministry) will continue.  He wants Schreiner to stay small and retain its inclusive feel for which the university is well known.  He wants Schreiner to continue emphasizing liberal learning - that education matters most - and to remain your university (with athletic and musical offerings, and lectures and book readings open to the public). The University also remains committed to its Greystone Preparatory School (prep school for those interested in moving on the U.S. service academies), which is currently considered the best service academy prep school in the nation, with more appointments to the military academies than any other university in the country!  98.9% of graduates earn a scholarship leading to a commission.
The president also shared his vision (part of his 2023 100-year anniversary strategic plan) for the university going forward.  He wants Schreiner to live up to the signs on campus - Enter with Hope & Leave with Achievement.  To do this, the university will emphasize "High Impact Practices," which are things that matter the most on the college experience, such as work study programs, job shadowing, service and civic involvement.  Dr. McCormick believes these experiences are essential for preparing our kids for a rapidly changing and increasingly more complex global society.  Schreiner will also encourage "Learning Communities" where students with similar career paths will share the same residence hall and advisor, take classes and study together, and even share outside activities together.  This support and cohesion will help integrate student life more effectively with academics.  Additionally, President McCormick mentioned that the undergraduate degree is rapidly becoming insufficient (by itself).  As such, Schreiner will continue expanding on its graduate program offerings with more MBA courses and a new MED in education (all fully online), as well as further nursing (RN already offered) options as well (also available online).  Dr. McCormick also kick-started the Texas Learning Consortium, which partners with other institutions across the state to provide world language opportunities to its students. 
Schreiner University will also increase it outreach efforts to help students transition from high school to the college life (part of the promise to help students enter with hope).  The university will reach out to communities across the state in an effort to create "Local Learning Communities."  Because the university (with a 48% Hispanic enrollment this year) is designated as a "Hispanic Serving Institution," these efforts will focus on the Valley to help students in that region reduce the barriers of affordability and distance in transitioning to the college experience.  Schreiner will also use funding as a STEM grant recipient to help students in the science and math fields transition from community college.  STEM grant funding will also be used to create community "bridge" programs for students interested in these fields who are classified as "at-risk," and would otherwise have limited opportunities to make those dreams a reality. 
Dr. McCormick emphasized his pride in our community's involvement, and stressed continued support through helping students with internships, search programs (i.e. helping students decide what to do after college), and support of study abroad opportunities.
Lloyd Painter spoke about the role of the Secret Service and his experience as an agent. The Secret Service actually started under Abraham Lincoln’s administration, principally to combat counterfeiting, but they weren’t in the protection business until President McKinley was assassinated. Today, the Secret Service continues to protect both national leaders and visiting foreign dignitaries.
Lloyd didn’t start out with this career in mind, but instead spent five years as a naval intelligence officer. He was a crew member on the USS Liberty, and was wounded in the 1967 attack on the ship in the Mediterranean by Israeli forces. He eventually made his way into the secret service where he went on to spend 28 years as an agent, protecting presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton. 
Lloyd Painter led us in the prayer and pledge.
Numerous Rotarians participated in Hill Country Cowboy Breakfast, which is the the annual kick off to the Junior Livestock Show. 
Albert Skogar, our exchange student from Sweden, got to experience horseback riding a couple of weeks ago. 
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Robert Dutton
Mar 01, 2017
Mooney Aircraft
David Bailey
Mar 08, 2017
Greystone Academy
David Bailiff, Head Football Coach Rice University
Mar 15, 2017
Rice Univeristy Athletics
Conservation easement speakers, named later
Mar 22, 2017
The Pros and Cons of Conservation Easements
Brian Bowers
Mar 29, 2017
Kerrville Flyfishing Club
Schreiner Choir
Apr 05, 2017
Spring Performance
Apr 12, 2017
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