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

Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
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.
Mike Allen led us in the prayer and pledge.
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.
Mark McDaniel exchanged his red badge for a new one.
David Swyers is the newest member of the Kerrville Rotary Club. David is a third generation Salvation Army captain, and has been with the organization since 2001.
Pints for Polio is this Thursday evening between 6 and 9 pm. Enjoy a cold brew and support polio eradication too. You can go to any (or all) of the following establishments: Azuls, Grape Juice, Pint and Plow or Wilson's Ice House.  Games and prizes are available at all the sites, and you will have a good time for a good cause.
Two upcoming opportunities for Rotary leadership: The District leadership training is the last weekend in October at Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio. Our club will pay the cost for the first ten Rotarians from the club to attend. Volunteers are also needed at Morgan's for the Halloween festivities.  And, the District Conference is the first weekend in May, so if you are interested in any of these opportunities, see Kristy for more details.
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.
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. 
Sue Whinnery led us in the prayer and pledge.
George Eychner kicks things off with patriotic song!
Keep those affected by the hurricanes in your prayers, including Jacques DuBose (Red Cross), Doug Whinnery (assisting relief efforts with the Salvation Army in Houston & Galveston), and others that are helping with the relief efforts.
Remember that our meeting today is in the Callioux Ballroom at Schreiner University for the Hill Country College Fund Kick-Off Luncheon!
Plant a Tree!! Our club's goal is to plant 170 trees this year, so contact Kristy Vandenberg if you have a need for a tree in your yard at home, office, or elsewhere.
Halloween will be here before you know it, and Crystal and the fellowship committee encourage you to wear a costume for the meeting on Wednesday, October 25th. Treats are certain to be available.
Our local Interact Club is hard at work.  The club now boasts over 70 members, and 20 participated at our recent Labor Day Walkathon and 8 took part in our club's latest Habitat for Humanity project.  The Interact Club also raised $330 during their recent fundraising efforts.  Good job guys!!
David Jones introduced the guest speaker,
Rep. Andrew Murr.
He first gave kudos to George as being "amazing" for his song lyrics, before adding a quick quip that "Murr" rhymes with "poor" and George could have used that!
He then moved on to the task at hand,
saying that introducing Andy Murr is an easy task.
 "Andy's standard-issue Aggie," Jones said.
He quoted President Lyndon Johnson, who once said
you're really not a politician until you've run for a
county election in a small county in Texas.
Rep. Murr is the former county judge of Kimble County.
He serves us well in our State Legislature, Jones said,
before turning over the microphone
to our visiting representative from the Texas House.
 Rosa ask for donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey
 Rosa Lavender's contact info
 Home Phone 830-792-4880
 Cell Phone     830-459-1380
 Please contact by Wednesday Sept 13th in order to make arrangements to pick
up any donated items.
Rep. Andrew Murr and his guest, Verna Benham
Rep. Murr invited Mrs. Joe (Verna) Benham to
the podium for a special presentation.
"In recognition for a unique and important individual in all of our lives ... I know that every time I attended Rotary here, I had the opportunity to visit with him before, during and after with your husband (Joe Benham). So, what I'm presenting you with is a resolution passed by the Texas House of Representatives in honor of an admired citizen with a unique historical background. I enjoyed many moments of talking about the enormous things that he had to do and enjoyed doing in life and, with that, I had delayed getting this to you until I could deliver it in person, and I can think of no better place than to do it here
at Rotary Club."
"And, honestly folks, that's the highlight of my presentation."


Please support our club's sponsorship of a new Habitat for Humanity house by joining us for a Work Day on Saturday, September 9, 2017.   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 call Rob or Rebecca Poindexter at 830-285-6980 if you plan on helping (and what hours you can be there), need more information, or even if you just need more encouragement to try!  

Justin Moore of Airborne Aerial Photography addressed the club about the new frontier of drone flight and photography.
Since 1999, Justin Moore has been photographing landscapes, nature and human beings as a professional photographer for Moore Photography & Design.  In 2001, his passion for flying became a reality when he earned his Private Pilot certificate. He later earned an Instrument Rating and combined his passions as a freelance photographer for General Aviation News.
In late 2014, Justin was introduced to UAS (Un-manned Aerial Systems) - known commonly to the public as "drones", when he purchased a DJI Phantom FC40 - a small, multi-rotor "drone" with an attached camera.  Needless to say, he was hooked. Drones combined Justin's two passions - flying and photography.  He used his drones to capture low-altitude imagery to promote conservation, parks and communities by donating his time and equipment to promote public awareness of drones and to demonstrate their many positive benefits.
In 2016, Justin officially launched Airborne Aerial Photography - a FAA approved aerial photography division of Moore Photography & Design.  Justin is a certificated Remote Pilot operating under the FAA's new "Part 107" regulations.
In 2017, Justin became the nation's first Certified Drone Photographer after helping to pilot a new aerial photography certification program with the Professional Photographer's Association of America (PPA).  The Certified Drone Photographer program is an intensive program that measures technical competence and aerial photography proficiency.
Justin emphasized the safety benefits of unmanned flight to conduct tasks that are otherwise very risky.  Some of his examples included wildlife management flights, airborne photography (such as filming great white sharks at a close distance), and search and rescue. 
He predicted that drones will be used in search and rescue efforts related to Hurricane Harvey due to their ability to safely travel where other manned aircraft cannot.  Drones can be equipped with thermal cameras to help locate trapped survivors, like those trapped in attics in flooded areas devastated by Harvey.  Drone usage is coordinated by an "Incident Commander" (appointed by the FAA) in such disaster situations.
Like manned aircraft flight, drone flight is also subject to it's own set of regulations.  Some regulations of note include the need for proper licensure (Remote Pilot Certificate or special Section 333 Exemption), the necessity to maintain a line of sight with your aircraft (unless a waiver is granted in special circumstances), flight up to a maximum altitude of 400ft., the need for a permit to uses drones for any reason in our state parks, and the complete prohibition of flight in our National Parks (do in part to the irresponsible use of a drone that ended up on the lawn of the White House!).  It is also unlawful to use a drone for surveillance purposes. 
Drones come in multiple shapes and sizes, but many can be purchased on Amazon, just like anything else you can buy online these days!  An example, like the model Justin brought to the presentation, is a Spark Quadcopter that usually starts at around $500.  See below:
For those that are interested, please check out Justin's website at to learn more about Justin, his business, and the emerging industry of drone photography.  He has incredible photographs in the "portfolio" section of his website for your viewing pleasure like the sample from the San Antonio Botanical Gardens below:
Contact Us 

Caroline Wilson 
Club Administrator

(512) 787-7964

Mailing Address:

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


October 2017
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Past President

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Website Sponsors

See What's Up on Facebook!

Here's our link: 

John and Judy Hutcherson
Oct 18, 2017
Polio Plus Program
President Kristy
Oct 25, 2017
Rotary Update
Bill Raleigh, Schreiner AD
Nov 01, 2017
The Future of Schreiner Athletics
Tom Terrell
Nov 08, 2017
Veterans Day Program
Anne Krause
Nov 15, 2017
From flying with the Thunderbirds to Hemisfair Conservancy
Nov 29, 2017
Dec 06, 2017