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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Tom Terrell presented our annual program with the stories of several veterans who served our country during World War II.
Pictured, left to right: Lily Crain, Glen Crain, Aubrey Fife, and Bill Huggins.
Sgt. Bill Huggins served in the Marines, and was stationed in the Philippines during the war.
Ben Schleider was unable to be at the Rotary club meeting due to health reasons, but was honored for his service. He attended Texas A&M and was the drum major of the Corp of Cadets prior to enlisting in the Army, where he served in the Sixth Armored Division in Europe.
Corporal Glen Crain served as a medic in the U.S. Army, and was wounded in France by a German soldier as he was performing his duties. While recuperating, he met a student nurse named Lily, and that blossomed into a marriage. Lily joined Glen at our meeting, and he gave a wonderful tribute to his wife. Glen is a member of our noon Rotary club. 
Lt. J.G. Aubrey Fife was a U.S. Navy Dive Bomber, and flew off the carrier Enterprise. His mission in the war was to bomb harbor installations of the Japanese, and he inflicted significant damage to the Japanese carrier Ryuho.
Dave Rittenhouse led us with the cadet prayer from West Point, and the pledge.  
Our main fund raiser for the year, SuperBall, is scheduled for the day before the Superbowl, February 3, 2018. Mark your calendar and plan to purchase tickets for this event. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Sign up for Ringing the Bell to benefit the Salvation Army's programs.  It will be at Gibson's during the holiday season. You can sign up online at, under "Club Events".
Please consider planting a tree to support the goal of 170 new trees for this year. It is a Rotary goal to plant a tree to equal the number of Rotarians in our club. So, if you have a need at your home or business, or know of a church, school, park or other entity that  could use a tree, please contact President Kristy.
Please RSVP for the lunch program the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which will be at the Croc Center. It will be a joint luncheon with the Lions, Kiwanas,  Morning Rotary and our Rotary Club. 
Jimmy Hutto plants a tree at his house. Get in touch with president Kristy if you have space for a tree.
Former Rotarian and club president Dr. Rand Zuber's cancer is in remission. 
Bret Ford's son Lance, a senior at Tivy,  signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Texas next year.
Rotary Satellite-Minutes             September 19, 2017


Call To Order/Welcome Tricia
Invocation                         Denise LeMeilleur                                           PLEDGE Tricia Byrom
Introductions    -              Guests-Cynthia McNeely, Kristi Vandenberg (Noon Rotary)
Guests – Pete Calderon and Donna Winstead (pending members) Guest- Rusty Heirholzer


Program- Rusty Heirholzer
Sheriff Hierholzer, "Rusty" to many in the community that know him, is a native Texan that took residence in Kerr County in 1975. He is married with 3 daughters, 1 son. And is a proud grandfather. Sheriff Hierholzer has over 32 years with the Kerr County Sheriff's Department. During his period in law enforcement he has worked as the Criminal Investigator with the 198th District Attorney's Office. During his career with the department over the years he has worked with many sheriffs and in doing so he has served as a Patrol Deputy, Jail Administrator, Instructor, and Chief Criminal Investigator. In April of 2000 he became the Sheriff of Kerr County.
Kerr County Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer shared with Rotary his department currently houses between 85 to 90 inmates in Burnet County, Hierholzer said, “the daily rate for contract prisoners is presently $35 per day with an interlocal agreement between Kerr and Burnet counties. Additionally, the Kerr County Sheriff’s department houses approximately 50 plus prisoners in Bell County, including female inmates.” Hierholzer stated having prisoners in both counties makes for a lot if mileage and keeps employees busy. Sometimes they have two vehicles with prisoners going in two different directions and sometimes more than once a day. His department will transport prisoners for court and then have to take them back. Prisoners can only be held for less than 24 hours and then need to be taken back. He is looking forward to Dec. 22, the projected completion date for the jail expansion project.
When asked about the largest problem in Kerr County outside of the jail housing issue, Hierholzer replied simply “Drugs”. He explained that with the legalization of marijuana in many states, it has changed the type of drug influx coming across the border. It’s no longer simply marijuana. It’s the hard stuff, crystal meth, cocaine, and even a recent spike in PCP and Heroin. Prescription drugs abuse continues to be on the rise, as it is nationwide.
In closing, Mr. Hierholzer indicated he would not be running for re-election this next election cycle. He said he would miss working with his talented crew and the wonderful people of Kerr County but alas, his time has come to slip quietly into retirement.


Club Business
  • Upcoming – Pints for Polio (October)
  • Signups for Prayer/Invocation and Refreshments for the year.
October  Meetings          10/17/2017 Regular satellite meeting
10/19/2017 Pints for Polio
10/25/2017 Noon Rotary Halloween lunch
Closing - Four Way – Tricia Byrom
 Rotary Satellite-Minutes October 17, 2017
Call to Order/Welcome - Tricia Byrom
Invocation Denise LeMeilleur - Rotary prayer eradicating Polio
PLEDGE – Tricia Byrom
Introductions - Guests-Cynthia McNeely, Charlie Given
Program - Erin Mosty Wofford - Rotary Speed Dating
At a normal rotary meeting we greet each other and usually ask questions like “How is your day going.” In speed dating we have less than 5 minutes to find out who the person across from is, what they do and why they are in Rotary. Scary, nah, it was actually a lot if fun! Today’s speed Rotary session was so successful; we needed to bring the group back to order as the session ended. It’s not that we can’t ask personal questions during normal Rotary meetings, but it may seem a bit unnatural when it is not moderated. Today’s speed Rotary session highlighted members in short, focused conversations with people that they probably didn’t know well. When the time was up, it was off to the next person and the next conversation. Judging by the buzz in the room and the reluctance of people to stop sharing, many Satellite Rotarians were happy to share and enjoyed the conversation.
New Business –
Induction of two new members
  • Pete Calderon – Kerrville State Hospital
  • Donna Winstead – Nationwide Insurance
Recognition of Perfect Attendance
  • • Tricia Byrom
  • • Courtney Compton
  • • Denise LeMeilleur
Club Business
Upcoming – Pints for Polio (October 19th Cynthia has wristbands) Pints for Polio – October 19th, Chair Cynthia McNeely and her fellow Rotarians are very busy planning an event that will include participation by four of our local "pubs." Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 19th. Goal is to raise $10K during this event for Polio eradication. For now, ... plan on attending at least one of the following locations from 6pm-9pm: Grape Juice, Pint n' Plow, Wilson's & Azul. Cynthia has wristbands for sale.
Chris Chedzoy and his family are the current host family for our Rotary Exchange student, Javier. Our club is looking for another host family for Javi for the next three to four months, if you are interested and are able to be a host, please contact Janelle Peralt. Many thanks to Chris for hosting.
  • • Signups for Prayer/Invocation and Refreshments for the year.
  • • KSH Christmas Party Dec. 19th 6PM Unit 3-B
  • • Blue Santa Program, sign-up sheet for Volunteers (we need empty paper boxes for turkeys)
November Meetings 11/08/2017 Veterans Day Program
11/21/2017 Regular Satellite Meeting
11/22/2017 Kiwanis joint meeting at Kroc Center
Closing - Four Way
 Kristy opens the meeting
  Charlie introduces guest & visitors
 David Reast introduced out guest speaker.
   Bill Raleigh is Schreiner University’s Director of Athletics. Bill explained the differences between the different divisions of the NCAA. Division I gets most the money for scholarships. Division II gets a small portion, Division III gets nothing for sports. For most folks this was a very enlightened program.
Our exchange student Javier provided the program at Last Wednesday's meeting. Javier is from Zaragoza, Spain, and is enjoying his time in Kerrville. He is currently running cross country at Tivy, and has earned medals at several events. He has been busy learning about life in the states and has enjoyed going to the Tivy football games and other activities with his new friends.
Javier comes from a large extended family, and loves to travel, having previously visited New York, Washington D.C. and Disney World.  He would love to experience more of Texas and the states, so if any Rotarians would like to take him hunting, fishing, skiing or similar exciting activities, please volunteer to do so.
Thank you to Chris Chedzoy and his family for being the current host family. Our club is looking for another host family for Javi for the next three to four months, so if you are interested and are able to be a host, please contact Janelle Peralt.
Javi enjoys kayaking on the Guadalupe River.
After lunch was well underway, Rotary President Kristy Vandenberg rang the bell to officially start our Nov. 15 meeting.
She called on Stockton Williams to perform a POD (Prayer On Demand.) Having just returned from Uganda, he spoke of the lag in translation and how it complicated his communications and preaching.
After a few chuckles, he then led our group in the following prayer:


“Heavenly Father, we thank you for this beautiful day. We thank you for the blessing of living in the Texas Hill Country. It's just the best part of the best state in the best country. We thank you for Rotary and what it means to all of us — 'Service Above Self.' We thank you for this Rotary Club here in Kerrville. We thank you for this food. In Jesus' name, Amen.”



Following the prayer, Rotary members joined in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.



After that, George Eychner — our bandmaster — announced the members observing birthdays in November and we collectively sang 

"Happy Birthday" to those members standing around the room.


Taking the podium next was Charlie McIlvain, who introduced visiting Rotarians, our Rotary exchange student, Javi, and Rotary members, who in turn introduced their guests for the luncheon at the Inn of the  Hills.

Of course, Charlie had to impart with us another joke. "We've probably all been in airports with flight delays from time to time. And now they have determined there is a new disease related to all that ... it's called 'terminal illness.'"






Rotarian Rosa Lavender introduced two former exchange students that were visiting Kerrville. Karyn Johnson is from New Zealand, and was here in 1982. Stefan Richman was from Germany, and is now living in New York city. He was an exchange student in 1988. It's great to see that these former students were impacted thirty years ago by Rotary and the exchange student program, and still keep up with their host families. Thank you to Rosa and the other host families for making that happen.
Do not forget that today's pre-Thanksgiving luncheon meeting will be at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive.
Start time is set for 11:45 a.m. for this Nov. 22 meeting, which will be a combined gathering between members of the Rotary Club of Kerrville and members of the Kerrville Kiwanis Club. According to President Kristy Vandenberg, Rotarians will also be joined by some members of the Kerrville Host Lions Club and the Morning Rotary Club members.
"It'll be a whole group of people in Kerrville who believe in service to this community," Kristy said.
Reservations were asked for in advance, because "it is very tough to plan how many people to make lunch for if I don't know how many people will actually sign up," Kristy told our group last week, and urged them to sign up either by way of the online portal or by way of sign-up sheets that were distributed among the tables.
The featured speaker today will be Captain Beth Swyre, who will be assisted by her husband, David. They will talk about the work The Salvation Army does and how local residents can assist.
"We have much to be thankful for. Hope to see you at the meeting," Kristy said.
Guest speaker for the Nov. 15 was Anne Krause.
A resident of San Antonio for 14 years now, she serves as president and executive director of the Hemisfair Conservancy and has done so since its inception. 
Krause received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, as well as a Master of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
She began her career as an Air Force officer.
While serving her country, she flew jets, deployed to Cuba and served as the executive officer of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team.
When she transitioned to the civilian world, she has served in leadership roles in a number of nonprofits and is passionate about arts and education in her community.
On top of everything else she's accomplished, she and her husband are the parents of four children.

“Thank you so much for that warm welcome. I really do enjoy speaking to Rotary groups, because we do have that shared alignment with service. And, I think that’s really kind of the theme of my professional life. People ask me, 'How did you go from flying jets to raising money for various agencies?’ And the truth is, when I left the military in 1999 to have more time with my family, something was missing and I didn’t realize what it was exactly. I did feel that call to service."

"And, when I got involved in nonprofits, I was just looking to be a volunteer to fill my day and meet people. But, when people find out you were a military officer, you end up as president of everything — whether you meant to or not. And I learned so many tools of the trade from people along the way," Krause said.

She went on to recognize all the veterans in the room and said she wished they had a nice Veterans Day, and then thanked them for their service.



Krause went to pilot training in Lubbock, Texas.

Krause gave a brief history of her time with the Thunderbirds. Congress did not rescind the combat exclusion rule until 1995, so there was no way she was going to be put in a fighter.

But the "neat thing is I did like to go fast and light my hair on fire," she said, so they let her be an instructor pilot and she got to learn to fly the T38, which was "a lot of fun."

It was a "wild ride" and definitely a young person's game, she said.

She was the only female officer for the team. Her job was to be the acting commander when the team was on the road. She was in charge of the budget, of human relations and hiring and all that type of stuff. But, sometimes they needed a female officer to travel with the team, and so she learned a lot about public relations from that experience. "I had the privilege of representing the women in the Department of Defense in that position," she said.

She wasn't the first female officer on the team, but she was definitely one of the first female officers on the team.
"I really was proud of the day that they did hire the first female pilot, because she was exceptionally qualified and reflected well on the rest of us," she said. "That legacy continues today and I am really proud to be a part of the Thunderbirds alumni."
Now, she runs the philanthropic arm of the Transformational Hemisfair Redevelopment Project in downtown San Antonio. She polled those who went to the World's Fair in 1968. She asked if anyone had a memory of that fair they'd like to share. "I love hearing people's stories. It's really neat," she said.
While the World's Fair wasn't a huge financial success, what it did do was bring more than 6 million people to San Antonio from April and October of 1968.
"It really put San Antonio on the map as a travel destination," she said. "And I think San Antonio has done an amazing job of catering to tourists ever since then."
Part of the reason this redevelopment is underway is because the locals want it to be more "for us." "We want our neighbors in Kerrville and surrounding areas — this is a place for YOU to come. And, yeah, the savvy tourists are going to hear about it, but all the design and the programming are for South Texans."
"This is really OUR park. It is excited to see it redeveloped," she said. It fell into neglect. Now, "we believe great cities have great downtowns and great downtowns have great urban spaces."
"What we're going for now is a 36-acre development in the heart of San Antonio" -- 19 acres of which will be green space and 17 acres of which will be developable park.
The first of the 3 parks installed opened in October 2015 and "I'm pleased to tell you that we've had 1 million, 100 thousands visitors since we opened," she said. Of those, 85 percent of visitors are locals.
Transforming it from more of a park to a "district."
The second park is going to be the flagship — the Civic Park. 
The third park will be called "Tower Park" at the base of the iconic structure, the tower that was built for the World's Fair of 1968.
Krause continued on with details in how they involve the public — families and children — in the redevelopment process. They have more than 600 events on the calendar for 2017 and 95 percent of them are free to the public, made possible through partnerships with nonprofits and other organizations in San Antonio.
Our next Habitat for Humanity Work Day is November 4, 2017 (this Saturday).
  • We will meet at the Habitat for Humanity office located at 129 Rankin Nix (at the corner of Rankin Nix and Meeker Road) at 8:00 a.m. and work until about 2:00 p.m.  It's fine if you can't commit to the full work day - any amount of time you can give is needed and appreciated!
  • Lunch, water, and supplies/equipment will be provided.  We recommend wearing closed-toe work shoes and bringing your own sunglasses/sunscreen/hat, etc.  It may also be helpful to bring work gloves since Habitat's supply is well-worn and large-sized.
  • You don't need any construction experience or special skills to be able to help.  Habitat staff will find a task that suits your abilities or instruct you in how to accomplish something new to you.  
  • Volunteers consistently express that contributing to this worthy cause is especially satisfying, so don't hesitate to give it a try!  Please let Rob Poindexter (830-285-6980) know if you plan on helping (and what hours you can be there), or call even if you jut need more information or encouragement.
Next week's meeting 11/8 will be our Veteran's Day Salute!  Thanks to Tom Terrell for coordinating the speakers!  He has asked that all Veteran's wear their uniforms, caps and medals!  What a great time to thank our own members for their service!
Our Wednesday meeting before Thanksgiving will be Captains David and Beth Swyre.  Plan on attending this combined meeting with Kiwanis at the Salvation Army KROC!
SuperBall is our big fund raiser for the year, and it is scheduled for February 3, 2018, the Saturday night before the Superbowl. Put it on your calendar, and please support this great event that is all  about helping out our community.
Host a Rotary Exchange Student - Javy still needs a host family for the middle third of the year!
Before meeting started
 serving line one end. Lunch was soup or chili served with a salad and baked potato.
Speaker Theresa Jones addressed the club last week about the unfortunate reality of human trafficking.  Below are excerpts from Theresa's presentation that help define, explain, and address this awful activity.
Human Trafficking Defined
The Trafficking in Persons Report defines human trafficking as the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
  • An estimated 45.8 million people are enslaved by human trafficking
  • More than 1.2 million children are trafficked for sex
  • Modern day slavery prevalent in 167 countries
  • Generates approximately $150 billion in illegal revenues annually
Types of Human Trafficking
Forced Labor - a person is forced to work with little or no pay
  • Examples include sweatshops, agricultural labor, factories, hospitality/restaurant industry, construction, and nail salons.
Bonded Labor - known as debt bondage, traffickers or "recruiters" unlawfully exploit a debt the worker owes, forcing them to pay off an inflated debt beyond what is humanly possibly to pay.
Involuntary Domestic Servitude - a person is forced to work in the same location with little or no pay.
  • Traffickers recruit victims through fraudulent advertisements that promise legitimate jobs as housekeepers, cleaners or other forms of domestic labor.
Sex Trafficking - when a person is coerced, forced, or deceived into prostitution or maintained in prostitution through coercion, fraud, or deceit.
  • Commercial sex trade can include street prostitution, massage parlors, escort services, strip clubs, and brothels.
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children - as many as two million children are subjected to prostitution in the global sex trade.  A child under 18 is a minor and is automatically considered a victim of sex trafficking in any of the above scenarios.
Child Soldiers - The unlawful recruitment or abduction and use of children as combatants, porters, cooks, guards, servants, messengers, spies or for sexual exploitation by armed forces.
Local Impact
  • An estimated 14,500-17,500 number of people are trafficked into the United States each year - 50% are children (US Dept. of HHS). 
  • An estimated 300,000 children are at risk of being trafficked in the U.S. alone (US Dept. of Justice). 
  • Additionally, almost 4% of the world's slave population are in the Americas (Global Slavery Index).
    • Slavery is actually at a historical high.  Slaves are now considered cheaper, more disposable, and sadly, more profitable than in any time in human history.
  • Runaways, orphans, children in foster care, minorities and "impoverished people" are considered at the highest risk for victimization.
    • A child will be approached by traffickers within 48 hours of running away.
    • Average age of a trafficked victim is 13-14 years old.
    • Some members in the foster care community actually feed into and profit from this heinous activity.
What Can We Do?
We can combat this criminal activity in the following manner:
  • Awareness - create awareness through the use of conversation, social and print media, pictures and any other form of communication.
  • Education - educate through schools and communities - children are at a particularly high risk of victimization.
  • Safety Skills - teach safe words victims can use if in an abusive relationship or trafficking situation.  Also, self defense education, including recognizing warning signs, is incredibly important
  • Community Development - combat locally through community education, job creation, vocational skills training, micro-financing, and through the creation of family well-being initiatives.
  • Involvement - Align yourself with one of the following Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations, or better yet, create one yourself!
    • Anti-Slavery International
    • Polaris Project
    • International Justice Mission
    • Free the Slaves
    • A21
    • End It
    • Global Alliance Against Trafficking
    • Not for Sale
    • Stop the Traffik  
We must ALL participate in combating this heinous crime.  Theresa Jones mentioned that "We must teach our children the importance of treating all humans as a deserving population, not a disposable one.  We need to teach our children how to respect each other and themselves."  Additionally, she requested that we keep victims of human trafficking, those that are at most at risk for victimization, and those individuals and organizations currently working to combat this criminal activity in our prayers.
Jeff Talarico and Lamar Smith
Lamar Smith and Ed Hamilton
The Rotary Foundation funds projects worldwide including polio eradication, education, and clean drinking water. The Paul Harris fellowship recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
  Two Paul Harris Fellowships were presented at the meeting last Wednesday. Past Kerrville Rotary President Jeff Talarico’s contribution to the Foundation honored Lamar Smith as a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship. Rotarian Ed Hamilton provided a Paul Harris Fellowship to honor Donald Trump, and Lamar Smith will present the award to the president in the coming months.
The Pints for Polio event is set for Thursday October 19th, 6-9 p.m. This annual event raises money for the polio eradication campaign. Due to efforts by Rotary International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many others, the number of new polio cases worldwide has dropped from nearly 400,000 per year in the late 1980’s to less than 100 last year.
This year, there will be four locations where you can have your favorite brew and donate to eradicate polio:  Pint and Plow, Azul’s, Grape Juice, and Wilson’s Ice House.
A $25 wrist band at the door will get you two drinks at one of the four participating locations.  Sponsorships at levels of $100, $250, $500, and $1,000 are also available.  Interested sponsors and other donors can make checks out to the "Rotary Club of Kerrville Community Service Fund," a qualifying charitable organization. 
Contact Us 

Caroline Wilson 
Club Administrator

(512) 787-7964

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218 Quinlan St. PMB #561
Kerrville, TX 78028


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Cliff Kaplan, Hill Country Alliance
Nov 29, 2017
Protecting Hill Country Night Skies
Schreiner Choir
Dec 06, 2017
Christmas Program
Holiday Party
Dec 13, 2017
Holiday Break
Dec 20, 2017
Holiday Break
Dec 27, 2017
Dr Eugene Dowdy
Jan 03, 2018
Symphony of the Hills Presentation
Jeff Anderson
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