Rotary Club of Kerrville

Club 1909    District 5840   Chartered February 26, 1926

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


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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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Dr. John Davis provided the program last Wednesday, describing his unplanned plane landing without an engine. Dr. Davis was flying his six seater plane from Kerrville to Ruidoso, New Mexico, a few weeks ago, with his wife Billie as his passenger. About 2 1/2 hours into the three hour flight, he heard a loud noise and experienced power loss in the engine. After a short period of time, the engine stopped completely, and he considered his options. The Roswell airport was about seventeen miles away and his best bet was to try to land the plane at that airport. Although gliding, the plane was dropping at 1,300 feet per minute, about twice the normal rate of decent. As he approached the airport, he realized he wasn't going to make the runway, and surveyed the area, noting that there were no fences, power lines, gullies or cows in the path where he would land.  He glided the plane down, the wheels bounced a couple of times on the bumpy high plains, and finally made firm contact as he successfully rolled his plane to a stop three miles from the runway.
After some appreciative hugs with Billie, and appropriate thanks, they noticed some curious cows approaching to see what had landed in their pasture. They managed to have the plane carefully loaded on a flat bed tow truck , and slowly made their way to the airport. They eventually made it by car to their destination in Ruidoso.  The plane engine is being rebuilt, but in the meantime, he has already flown again, and felt comfortable doing so.
Greg Peschel provided the prayer and pledge to open the meeting on May 10th.
The Rotary Club of Kerrville welcomed two new members last week.
Inducted and receiving their new member red badges were:
New member Dennis Ferguson, who was introduced by Kathleen Maxwell.
And, new member Clint Morris, who was introduced by Rotary President Jeff Talarico.
Kerrville firefighter and paramedic, David Hernandez, center, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of "service above self" to the local community.
Presenting the award are KFD Fire Chief Dannie Smith, left, and Rotary President Jeff Talarico.
Recognized as Paul Harris Fellows were, from left:
Jack Pratt (+3), Art Bell (+2) and Rhonda Richter. (Also honored as a new Paul Harris Fellow, but not pictured, was John Lang.)
Making the presentation was Tom Hamilton.
Congratulations, all, on obtaining such a milestone.
Long time Rotary member Dub Haney passed away May 4th and the visitation and funeral service were held last weekend. Please keep Dub's family in your prayers.
John Miller was given the Peterson Foundation Champion Award for his service.
Stephanie Miller is taking ten eighth graders for several days on a field trip to Galveston, so good luck Stephanie!
George Eychner put a jazz band together for the Sunday morning worship service at the District Conference, and recruited Father Tom Murray III from St Peter's and the morning club to preside at the service.
Opening cookies!!
before the party
Cooking team. They did a great job!!!
Food table at the early stage                           Wine serving table
 The count was 115 Attending. This is as per Kris.
Fun and fellowship at the Rotary Spring Picnic
And nice door prizes too!
Thank you to the fellowship committee and all who put this great event together.
Be sure to make it for this week's program. Dr. John Davis will tell us how to land an airplane without an engine, based on his recent unplanned experience in New Mexico.
 Rotary was represented very well at the BCFS breakfast. This was held on May 3rd same day as picnic.
Our Rotary club is planning to host another exchange student next year, so three host families are needed for a period of about three months each. The host family is often a Rotary member, but is not a requirement. So, if you or someone you know are interested in finding out more about hosting a student , please let Chris Chedzoy know.
Also, Chris is retiring from his position as exchange student coordinator at the end of this year, so if you are interested in taking this position on, please contact him for more details.
John Miller introduced our guest speaker
 Mike Hughes CEO of Oceaneering was our guest speaker. Mike gave a short presentation on how he started the business. How he went to making money scuba diving to form a company now known world wide.
 This was sort of special to me since the company I worked for in Houston was only like 6 doors down from Oceaneering's office. I passed the business daily in my routine. I think our company sold products to Oceaneering.
  His way of story telling was really enjoyable. I liked the fact that when he was ask a question that was in his book he was selling, he would hold up the book and say its in the book!!
Pic of silver coins found deep in the Gulf of Mexico from a Spanish ship that had sunk
    Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deep water applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment, and aerospace industries.
Oceaneering’s business offerings include remotely operated vehicles, built-to-order specialty subsea hardware, deep water intervention and manned diving services, non-destructive testing and inspection, and engineering and project management.
Mike Wittler (General Manager & CEO) and Tommy Nylec (Chief Engineer) provided the program on KPUB. 
KPUB was founded in 1987 and serves the areas of Center Point, Kerrville, Ingram, Hunt and surrounding areas.  The organization is locally governed by a five member Board of Directors with an average tenure of over six years.  Our own Phillip Stacy is one of the current directors!  According to Mike, this local control gives a big advantage to its customers through easy access, direct communication with those providing the actual service, high reliability and low costs (we all like that!).  Mike noted that our rates our lower than all other comparable markets across the state with the exception of Weatherford and New Braunfels, TX. 
Despite the great track record, Tommy discussed ways KPUB was improving upon current metering and measurement technologies to further reduce operational costs, efficiency of energy delivery, and customer billing issues.  KPUB is also looking into green energy options as well, with a special emphasis on delivering solar power on a small to utility level scale.  The KPUB website has much more detail regarding these current initiatives. Please browse for your reading pleasure!  
Max Reinbach delivers the prayer and pledge last Wednesday.
George and Mike Wittler, General Manager & CEO of KPUB, led us in an "electrifying" song.  See the lyrics for yourself!
Make it shine, make it shine, make it shine!!
Tom Terrell enjoyed his stroke of good fortune as he won a nice bottle of wine for wearing his Rotary pin to the Wednesday meeting (I'm sorry I didn't get a picture Tom!). Wear your pin next week, and have a chance to win a nice prize for promoting Rotary!
Kris reminded us to bring our hygiene packs for Mexico to the Rotary Picnic on May 3rd. We can still play an important part to help our neighbors south of the border in need!
BBQ Masters - Members Caroline Wilson and Tricia from the Satellite Club won 6th place and 8th place, respectively, at the Easter Fest Chili Cook-off!  Can we expect some samples at the club picnic?! Just kidding!  Congrats chefs!
Becky Hutto is the "Elk of the Month" for May.  Way to go Becky!
Please keep the following members and their families in your prayers -
* Lisa Walter's husband was seriously injured (crushed pelvis) in a biking accident.
* Paul Urban recently lost his brother-in-law.
* Honorary member Dub HanTey is in poor health. 
The Rotary Spring Picnic is going to be May 3 from 5:00 to 7:30 at the Schreiner University Robbins-Lewis Pavilion, same as last year. Fajitas and margaritas will be make the evening festive, and the weather will be perfect. There will be no noon Rotary meeting that day, so come enjoy the evening and bring your spouse/significant other.  Also, please bring bags of food (suggested items include peanut butter, crackers, cereal, and canned meat) to help the hungry! 
On May 10th, Dr. John Davis will teach us to Land an Airplane without an Engine!  A must for all club members!!
Tickets for the Cruise raffle are still available. See Robin Miears for details.
The Rotary District Conference is May 4-7th in Fredericksburg. It's a great way to learn more about Rotary and provides a great framework for programs and leadership opportunities in our club. See the flyer in the Spoke (below) for more information.
The Rotary District Conference is coming to Fredericksburg May 4-7. Our club will cover half the cost of the first ten folks who sign up for the conference, so contact Kristy if you are interested.
Schreiner University students entertained us with both familiar and original songs at last Wednesday's meeting. Pictured are Reagan, Vivy, Lily, Michael Kahl (professor and music director) and Jacob. The students are part of Schreiner's Performing Arts Living Learning Community, which consists of students interested in music, dance and theater. They participate in a variety of performances in the area, and also get to see professional productions in music and theater throughout the year.
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