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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The program last Wednesday was provided by Dr. Gene Dowdy, who is in his third year as conductor of the Symphony of the Hills. He is a professor of music at UTSA, and conducts the orchestra there as well. Music is in his family, as both his father and grandfather were band directors, and both his daughters are  musicians.
  He gave a great program on a "500 years of music in 5 minutes".  Accompanied by his violin, he explained how dance tunes were a common way to lift people's spirits in the middle ages. Later, composers took these songs and adapted them into concert tunes. Dr. Dowdy expertly played bits of songs from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, and then followed with a bit of relatively contemporary music, "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas.  

The Symphony of the Hills is a professional orchestra drawn from the Hill Country and Central Texas, and provides about five concerts per year. In addition to the orchestra performances, dedicated board members and volunteers educate local kids about music, seeing over 2,000 students per year.   The next Symphony of the Hills performance is April 26th, and is called "Strike up the Band". 
Chris Braaten won two tickets to the Symphony of the Hills next show.
George honored our guest speaker with a song.
New Member Chris Braaten led us in the prayer and pledge.
The next Habitat for Humanity building day is around the corner on Saturday, March 24th.
The Literacy and Water Safety Project will be starting soon!  Are you interested in making a difference by sharing information on safety around the water to prevent drownings?  Get involved as we reach out to 2nd and 3rd graders!  Let Kristy know if you want to help!!
Veteran's Day Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, April 12th at the Veteran's Center!  Food will be served from 8am-9:30am.  Menu is Breakfast Tacos, Fruit, Oatmeal, Donuts, Orange Juice, Muffins and Coffee.  The New Member Committee is coordinating this event and you can help in three ways:
     *  Help publicize by sharing this information with all Veterans.  If you will go on the Rotary
         Club of Kerrville Facebook page - you can share with all your friends!
     *  Help by putting together a "goodie" bag for those who attend!  One of the ways we can
         help is by providing personal hygiene products that can be picked up from the center.
         Here is your shopping list:  Shampoo, Body Lotion, Bandaids, Toothpaste, Floss, Soap,
         Deodorant.  Our goal is to put together 100 bags!
     *  Plan on joining us for Breakfast!  The more people who are there to thank the Veterans 
         for their service - the better!!!  It's a make-up!!
Wondering if there is anyone in our club who would like to Captain a Relay for Life Team for Kerr County to raise funds for the fight against cancer?  In the past, several club members have participated and donated toward luminaries to honor someone lost, who is fighting or who is in remission.  If you are interested, please let Kristy know and we can get a team put together!
Raffle Cruise Tickets are available- see Robin Miears.
Walt Koenig was wearing his Rotary pin, and his name was called, so he won a fine bottle of white wine.
Steve Pautler is the newest member of the Kerrville Rotary Club. Steve is the Chief Operating Officer of Peterson Regional Medical Center, and Tom Martin was his sponsor. Welcome Steve!
The Satellite Club is having a Social and Networking event at Basement Brewers of Texas, 5:30-7:30, Tuesday March 20th. The address is 521 Clay St.  Come join the club for great networking opportunities and socializing, and bring a potential Rotarian.
Jack Cockrill, former Rotarian and Kerrville ISD  superintendent, passed away recently. Please keep his family in your prayers.
 In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. Literacy continues to be one of the focus areas of Rotarians and our Rotary Foundation – and so March is named “Rotary Literacy Month”.

 Literacy is the foundation for virtually all forms of education and a crucial component of effective social and economic participation, human development, and poverty reduction. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) nearly 800 million people over the age of 15 lack even basic reading and writing skills worldwide. In addition, there are roughly 137 million school age children who are illiterate around the world. Sadly, over 64% of all illiterate people in the world today are women.

 Jeff Harris is the newest member of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club. Welcome Jeff.
 Jeff is on the New Member Committee.
 Mike Allen was at the meeting and his name was drawn and he was wearing his pen. Way to go Mike!
 Ed Hamilton introduced our guest
  Since 1980 Blair Labatt has been President & CEO of Labatt Food Service, now the tenth-largest broadline foodservice distributor nationally.  Blair  spoke of  funding or not funding of the Padres Mesa Demonstration Ranch. This is currently being funded by the US Government. This is a program that is teaching native Americans how to raise prime beef to sell in their own casinos. The more they work at it the more money they can make. This leads to jobs & more land being turned into more productive land. This is one program that is actually working. This program is supported by John McCain. In 11 years the profit should rise from $615,000 to 19,830.00. This works. If you were not hear you missed a great program.
 Working the cattle
 Ranch Foreman Bill Inman
 The entire crew
Enjoy More Pictures from the Rise Against Hunger event, held this Saturday before last
Rotary Satellite Club was well represented. Way to go!!!
Kristi's car going to the veterans center
Salvation army truck/van they were boxing as they went along
the entire work force
President Kristy Vandenberg revisits the status of major Kerrville Noon Rotary Club initiatives for the 2017-2018 period.  See some highlights below (with status updates in red):
  • Success Measures for 2017-2018 (Selected Items)
    • 100% Giving (expectation that all club members give, regardless of amount)
      • Status - We are getting closer to our goal.  You can also purchase cruise tickets for $10/piece (or a book for $100) to support the foundation.  The winning cruise is considered a "Diamond Level" package, complete with a balcony room and all! And remember, the buyer AND seller of the winning tickets BOTH get the cruise.  Ticket sales also count towards the Paul Harris Fellow designation.  Hurry up and buy! - the drawing is May 6. 
    • Increase Communication Internally & Externally
      • Status - New weekly newsletters to members initiated for 2017-2018 & better coordination with local media achieved for getting word out regarding club news and activities.
    • Increase Pride in Rotary Membership through Accomplishments
      • Status - Club membership is currently at 172 members!  It must be the fine wine! Wear those pins!
  • Service Projects & Activities for 2017-2018
    • Plant one tree for every member of club
      • StatusAlmost complete as over 147 trees have been planted, with many going to schools and local not-for-profits.  Let's get the remaining 30-35 trees planted before Arbor Day (Friday - 4/27)!
    • Host a Labor Day Community Event
      • Status - Done! The trail walk event, held 9/4/2017, drew 160+ participants and 42 Rotarians who volunteered their time to make the event a success.
    • Introduce Literacy & Water Safety (for 2nd-3rd graders in our local elementary schools)
      • Status - Slated for March/April of 2018. Books, coloring books and stickers have been ordered with funding provided by a District Matching Grant of $1,100! The next step is to contact schools & set dates.
    • Continue to Host First Responder's Luncheon
      • Status - Done! Event held on 2/7/18 honoring 12 outstanding individuals. The club received great publicity for an amazing event.
    • Provide Scholarships to High School Seniors, 1st Responders and College Students (current)
      • Status - Will be awarded in April & May of 2018 using proceeds from SuperBall 2018. The scholarships can be used for college or technical school.  The deadline for completing the online application (at is March 9th.
    • Revise and Approve Current By-Laws
      • Status - Done! The By-Laws and Club Constitution were revised and approved on 9/6/2017.  A big thanks to Doug Whinnery for spearheading this process!
    • Host SuperBall 2018 with goal of raising over $55,000 (net) for Scholarships & Club Projects
      • Status - Done! Event held on 2/3/2018.  SuperBall raised $49,000 to help fund scholarships and other club projects!
    • Participate in an International Project (in partnership with a non-USA club) to Utilize Global Grant
      • Status - Project is still in the works.  Club is considering a Magdalene House project (in possible conjunction with a Rotary Club out of Canada) to assist those coming out of human trafficking.
    • Host Polio Plus to raise over $10K to Eradicate Polio
      • Status - Done!  Event held on 10/19 at four different locations (who are already inquiring about helping out next year).  Gross revenues of over $14,700 were raised, #1 in the district (which includes our neighbors down south in San Antonio)!
    • Participate in Veterans Day Remembrance Event
      • Status - Veteran's Day Program held on 11/8/2017.  Veteran's Center Food Pantry drive done in conjunction with the Rise Against Hunger event held 3/3.
    • Host a Rotary Exchange Student & Recruit an Outbound Student
      • Status - Javier (Javi) Ferreras joined us from Zaragoza, Spain on 8/21/2017!  We are still working on finding an outbound student for the program.
    • Initiate a Child Trafficking Education Program (in conjunction w/ local elementary students, law enforcement, Interact & Rotaract)
      • Status - Will begin in April/May of 2018.  Awarded a District Matching Grant of $1,250!
    • Habitat for Humanity - Increase Member Participation
      • StatusHabitat workdays were held 9/9/17, 11/4/17, and 1/20/18.  The remaining workdays are 3/24/2018 and 5/12/2018 - see "Rotary News You Can Use" for more detail!
    • Participate in Rotary Citizenship Recognition program for 5th graders
      • Status - Working with Schreiner University to host luncheon in May of 2018 with 5th graders and their families.
    • Coordinate a Rotary Scholarship Luncheon to Recognize Recipient
      • Status - Planning is in the works....stay tuned.
    • Support Interact, Rotaract & EarlyAct Clubs
      • Status - Interact Clubs are active at both Tivy HS and Peterson Middle School with over 100+ members!
    • Work with Local Media to Promote "Four Way Test" Essay Competition
      • Status - Working with Hill Country Community Journal to hold competition in April of 2018.
    • Partner w/ Rotary AM (and other service clubs) to "Rise Against Hunger"
      • Status - Done!  See "Rotary News You can Use" section for more detail and for pictures from the event.
    • New Member Project!
      • Status - Veteran's Day Breakfast scheduled for 4/12 at the Hill Country Veteran's Center (8-9:30am)!
  • Other Continuing Efforts
    • Cell Phones for Soldiers (Ongoing)
    • Networking Social Event - Schreiner Basketball on 11/15
    • Other Efforts -
      • Blue Santa Program  (12/9/17  District Matching Grant of $1,500)
      • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – December 2017 - Raised $2,500+
      • Local Grant Requests:  Chalk Festival, EasterFest, Storage Boxes
      • District Governor Visit – January 3rd, 2018
      • Quarterly Highway Clean-Up – Completed for 7/8, 10/21 and 1/13.  One more to go (4/7)!
      • State Hospital Christmas Party – Held 12/8
      • Blessings in a BackPack – Holiday Party held 12/13
      • Spring Picnic Food Drive – Scheduled for 5/2/18
      • Mentoring Center Book Drive (Ongoing)
      • RYLA – Jan 12-15, 2018, Sent 4 students!
      • Hygiene Kits for Mexico - Kits for Veterans Breakfast on 4/12
Brian Bowers led us in the prayer and pledge.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 7th when Blair LaBatt will be talking about the Business Outlook for our area.  Hope to see all of you at the luncheon.


What a great time we had last Saturday at Rise Against Hunger!  We had 175 volunteers present to help package 20K meals for Hunger Plus!  We also collected 3 carloads of groceries for Salvation Army, CAM and the Veteran's Center!  See some pictures from the event below.  Also, see the "Rise Against Hunger, A Picture Gallery" section of the newsletter.


Mark your calendars for Thursday 3/15 and plan on attending the Kerrville Chamber luncheon at Schreiner University!  We are sponsoring this event and it is a great opportunity to talk to leaders in Kerr County about what our club is accomplishing! 


Habitat for Humanity build is Saturday, March 24th.  Hoping for a turnout of 20 volunteers - let Rob or Rebecca Poindexter know that you can help!  Hours are 8am-12noon.

Cruise raffle tickets are available- 10 for $100.00. See Robin Miears for tickets.
The Satellite Club will be hosting a "New Member Social" at Grape Juice on 3/20.
Also, if you have a little spare cash at your disposal, please consider providing Javi with some spending money for his trip to California.
 Stephanie Miller's daughter Morgan was inducted into the national honor society. Mom is very proud. Co Doo's to you Morgan.
  Please keep Jimmy Hutto's step-son Shane Breneman, with the United States Air Force, in your prayers.  He is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Satellite Member Tricia Byrom introduced new member Christopher Braaten, SVP of Community Banking at Guadalupe National Bank, to the club.


Chris got his start in banking in Dallas in 2000 after graduating from Texas A&M. He loaned money to large corporations for seven years. His largest customer hired him away to be their CFO. He was the CFO for the nation’s largest fireplace distributor for a decade before deciding to slow down the pace of life and return to banking here in Kerrville.


He is a proud Texas Aggie, married to a proud Texas Longhorn. He has a boy and a girl both in Kerrville Schools, and is anxious to get to know as many people as possible in the Hill Country.

Chris’ dad served for 30+ years as a Rotarian in both Tennessee and Texas and he cannot wait to get started serving.


Welcome to the club!

Kristy makes announcements
and send a very special thanks to Denise LeMeilleur for single-handedly decorating all the tables in the room for Valentines Day.
then Kristy announced the bottle of wine winner who had his pin on Danny Wheat. Congrats Danny
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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