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
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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:
Betty Vernon led us in the prayer and pledge.
Our club is committed to planting 170 trees in the coming year, so if you have a need for a tree in your yard or office, or know of a place that would benefit from planting trees, please let Kristy know.  If you are a KPUB customer, you may be able to get a $25 rebate per tree!  We are planning on planting trees in late October/early November, so don't delay!!
Rotary polo shirts were given out (free!) at the last two meetings.  If you didn't get one, there are still some available.
Wear your pin and win some wine!
Courtney Compton of our Satellite Club is dealing with the recent passing of both her grandmother and her husband's aunt. 
Larry Freeman's brother Dick also recently passed.
Please keep Courtney, Larry and those affected by Hurricane Harvey in your prayers.
— Rep. Andrew Murr —
Sept. 13, 2017
Rep. Andrew Murr, of Junction, joined the Rotary Club of Kerrville for a guest talk on
Sept. 13 at the Inn of the Hills.
There are 150 members in the Texas House. If you'll look here, our district- they all have the same population - about 170,000 people.
Well, it takes us 12 counties to get to that.
Our district is in red in the following map.
We have about 15,000 square miles
— our district is larger than 9 states.
"The benefit is, I want to put something into perspective for you when we talk policy," Murr said.
"So, I sat down with a colleague one day and we counted the 15 most
populous counties in the state," Murr said. 
"In the 15 most populous counties in the state,
100 of the 150 House members reside and represent."
"So, what that leaves is 239 counties represented
by one-third of the Texas House."
"I guess what I'm trying to say is that there's actually a growing divide between urban and rural, and we have to keep cognizant of that whenever we are talking about politics and policy and what's best for one part of the state doesn't necessarily measure up to what's best for where we live. In doing that, I always strive to build strong relationships. Just as what you do here in the community. You want to get to know your neighbors — the people you do business with and the people you associate with."
He explained that he uses those relationships to form open communications with representatives from other districts, in order to look out
for the interests of the Hill Country.
"I give that, because it applies in Rotary, it applies
in our business and it applies in Austin."
The Texas Legislature meets 140 days every 2 years.
From January to the end of May was
the recent session. 
They also had a special session, which only the governor can call. He also decides when the 30-day special session will be and
what business will be discussed.
One of the items of focus the governor
emphasized was property taxes.
"You all will agree, for the most part, that property taxes play a very important role in what we do,"
Murr said. 
In Texas, when you get billed for property taxes next month, you will see that the majority of the Texans in the state pay more toward
supporting public education than anything else.
Then, we also pay our county taxes, our city taxes. And, then you have
special purpose districts, which vary across the state.
"I wanted you to put that into perspective
in how that works," Murr said.
"In the Texas Constitution, the state is prohibited from collecting property taxes. It's only done at the local level, and that's very important to keep in mind. So, when someone says 'Hey, State of Texas, can you do something about my property taxes?' the answer is 'Well, indirectly, because directly it is all collected at the local level."
"But, there's one thing in the Texas Constitution,
and that is how we pay schools," Murr said.
In Kerr County, on average,
of every $1 that gets collected, 56 cents
goes to schools.
"We're kind of mad, because we pay taxes, and if you live in some school districts, your money goes somewhere else. At the same time, your school district — rightly so — complains, sometimes, they don't have enough funds to do certain things. That's where we start talking about what the state can do."
There was talk about a rollback tax rate.
The Texas Legislature talked about reducing
the percentage before a county has to face a rollback.
"It doesn't put any of this back in your pocket, and that's where a lot of people get frustrated. They were labeling it 'property tax relief.' Now, I will ask a lot of you what you think relief is. Is relief giving you some of this (money) to put back in your pocket? That's what most people I talk to think. But, changing the rollback tax rate doesn't change the pile of money on the table.
What it does do is it changes the way local government
goes about budgeting itself," Murr continued.
"At the end of the day, the House and Senate did not
agree on language, so no change has occurred yet.
I know it'll be addressed in the future."
"When we study the pie chart, it is so obvious that, at the local level, we're paying a lot of money toward schools. Let's talk about school funding for a moment, because that's where I thought maybe we ought to give the attention. The State of Texas and the Constitution provides that the state will pay for a free and public education for our youth. That's the one area that the State of Texas could step up and do something."
In 1994, in the last big revamp of public education, that's when Texas started "Robinhood." Initially, the state paid about half and the local government taxes paid about half toward public education.
"If you advance forward almost a quarter of a century, you can see that the state pays less of its share and WE — everybody in this room —are now
paying a greater share, and that's going to continue," Murr said.
With public frustrations mounting in regard to funding education and property taxes, Murr said he decided to file a bill that proposed abolishing the property taxes collected for school districts, and, offset that by increasing sales taxes statewide to 12%.
"I fully anticipate that, after the hours of testimony we had in hearings, that this will be revisited."
"I can tell you that there is no advocacy for having a state income tax. The Constitution prohibits, just like a state property tax, and you'll never have traction to change that — at least not while all of us are alive."

As announced at today's meeting the club's constitution and bylaws have been updated in accordance with actions taken at the 2016 Council on Legislation. Your Board of Directors have reviewed and approved the updates as presented. The revised documents were emailed out on 8/23/2017 for your review.


The next step in the process is a vote by the club members to approve the process. In accordance with the governance documents, club members have to have at least 10 days to review the proposed changes. Based on the 8/23 document distribution, President Kristy has set September 6th as the day we vote to approve the documents.


Please review the documents. If you have questions about the documents please contact either me, Walt Koenig, Gena Carter, or President Kristy.


Yours in Rotary service,


PDG Doug Whinnery

Chair, Governance Committee

 Crystal introduced out guest speaker
 Bill Bacon the superintendent of Divide school.
 Bill talked about the school, teachers & students. Just hearing a few of his stories made it apparent that his commitment to the teaching profession was beyond reproach. He truly enjoys teaching the students. This school year he has 19 students.
 Thirty miles northwest of Kerrville, the hills begin to roll over the Divide, a five- to fifteen-mile-wide ridge that dissects the watersheds for the Llano and Guadalupe rivers. Save for the steel or stone ranch gates along the area’s two-lane highways, leading to the homes of descendants of the families who first settled the area, there aren’t many reminders of history here; it’s bluestem grass and live oaks as far as the eye can see. But on one rise, a small stone structure usually does draw curiosity: a 1936 schoolhouse, where, on May 28, 2015, the Divide Independent School District was hosting a graduation ceremony for its eleven students.

“Well, we want to welcome all of you to the 2015 Divide School graduation and promotion ceremony,” said the superintendent, Bill Bacon, as a small crowd settled in on metal folding chairs. “We want you to know we have some great stars for you here tonight and a wonderful program.” He motioned to a preschooler to join him on the tiny wood stage. “This is Grady,” he said. “He has thoroughly entertained us with stories about bad guys who are really good and imaginary heroes who almost die.”

Bacon went on to introduce the other preschoolers: Dax, who was so shy he wouldn’t open his eyes onstage; Savannah, who liked to sing “Five Little Monkeys”; and Savannah’s twin brother, Caden, who was known at school for giving the girls imaginary flowers. Masyn, another preschooler, had been unable to attend the ceremony, noted the superintendent. Then he presented the other students: Grady’s brother, Cody, was a second grader who obsessively watched the Weather Channel and always announced when it was about to rain; he was also the school’s current-events reporter, the first to offer details on a person hit by a truck or struck by lightning. Kameryn, now graduating the fourth grade, had legs so long she was beginning to run like a deer, just like the fifth graders, twins Eimy and Sofia. Sixth grader Caroline, Bacon’s own daughter, could take charge of any situation, such as when she’d answered the phone while the secretary was on maternity leave. And third grader Lidia had matured into a girl whose favorite subject was English, even though when she’d first enrolled she had been a scared, Spanish-speaking preschooler who would stop crying only when Bacon held her. (“I held her for about a month,” said Bacon. “One of my arms is still longer than the other.”)

Other students had come and gone over the year, which was typical: the school district, the smallest in Texas by population, serves families whose fates are inextricably tied to the land. Children of ranch hands don’t always stay, and they are often replaced by new arrivals, so that when asked about enrollment, Bacon had to try to reconstruct the year. “Let’s see,” he said, closing his eyes, “we started with eight, then we had nine, then eleven, then back to nine, then ten, then back to eight, then back to eleven.”

Bacon has run the Divide Independent School District, which consists of only elementary grades, for seventeen years. More specifically, he has been the superintendent, the principal, the third-to-sixth-grade teacher, the ESL instructor, the special-ed teacher, the repairman, the contractor, and the transportation director for the “bus,” which is actually a white limousine he purchased for a steal from a dealer in Dallas. He is not the only employee—there are four others, including two pre-K teacher’s aides, a kindergarten teacher who also teaches first and second grade, and a secretary—but he is the most involved. He says exactly what he thinks, though you might wonder why he bothers, since he often wears his emotions on his face, changing expressions with such frequency that it would take about fifty seconds to fill a gallery show titled “The Fifty Faces of Bill Bacon.” He is tall and skinny, with a graying mustache in the shape of a horseshoe, and when he’s talking, he hooks his thumbs in the pockets of his starched Wranglers. He keeps his cellphone in a belt holster. It almost goes without saying that on most days he wears a white straw hat to school, which sits on his desk while he’s in the classroom.

Bacon shares the values of the area ranchers and their hands, stressing hard work and pride in a job well done. He’s long on praise, especially if a student is exerting effort (“Oh, that’s a good sentence,” he’ll say. “I like that sentence right there”). He’s not above teaching practical problem-solving, as he did one day when he asked the upper grades to replace a doorknob, and like all good teachers, he draws on ideas that his kids can relate to, whether that’s in mnemonic devices (“She’s a pistil-packin’ mama” to remember the female part of the plant) or math word problems (“If sweet feed costs fifty cents . . .”). He’s also big on manners. Early in the school year, he asked a second-grade arrival from Kentucky if she was done with her work, and she turned her paper toward him to show that she was. He raised his eyebrows, then whispered with a wink, “It would have been just as easy to say, ‘Yes, sir.’ ”

As other, bigger districts in the state face the unwieldy challenges that come with managing more students and resources—superintendent problems in Dallas, budget woes in Austin, charter school debates in Houston—Bacon is mindful that he oversees one of the only schools of its kind in the country. Yet his job requires the very same commitment and creativity. Around ten-thirty one morning the first week of class, he’d noticed that Caroline couldn’t seem to keep her legs from bouncing and that Eimy and Sofia were starting to slump like melting snowmen. “Second row,” he called out, “take a lap.” The three girls darted out the side door, their long hair waving as they disappeared past Bacon’s border collie, Ace, and into a back field, hopping over cow patties.

above is an insert from Texas Monthly

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces[14] and one of the country's seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. This has happened twice, in 1917, during World War I, and in 1941, during World War II.[8][10]
Created by Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Marine, it is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States.[Note 2] As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue Marine, whose original purpose was collecting customs duties in the nation's seaports. By the 1860s, the service was known as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the term Revenue Marine gradually fell into disuse.[15]
The modern Coast Guard was formed by a merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service on 28 January 1915, under the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As one of the country's five armed services, the Coast Guard has been involved in every U.S. war from 1790 to the Iraq War[16] and the War in Afghanistan.[17] As of 2014[update] the Coast Guard had over 36,000 men and women on active duty, 7,350 reservists, 29,620 auxiliarists, and 7,064 full-time civilian employees.[4] In terms of size, the U.S. Coast Guard by itself is the world's 12th largest naval force.[18]
The Coast Guard's legal authority differs from the other four armed services, as it operates simultaneously under Title 10 of the U.S. Code and its other organic authorities, such as Titles 6, 14, 19, 33, and 46. Because of its legal authority, the Coast Guard can conduct military operations under the U.S. Department of Defense or directly for the President in accordance with Title 14 USC 1–3. The Coast Guard's enduring roles are maritime safety, security, and stewardship. To carry out those roles, it has 11 statutory missions as defined in 6 U.S.C. § 468, which include enforcing U.S. law in the world's largest exclusive economic zone of 3.4 million square miles (8,800,000 km2).[19] The Coast Guard's motto is the Latin phrase, Semper Paratus (English: Always ready).
President Elect Robin Miears "introduces" Rotarian and Tivy Hall of Fame (HOF) Selection Committee Chairman Guy Overby to the club. 
Guy moved to Kerrville in 1970, graduated from Tivy High School in 1979, served as the Tivy Athletic Booster Club president from 2003-2008, and now currently presides as the chairman of the Tivy HOF Selection Committee.  As an athlete, Guy remembers dishing out 23 assists the night Jon Chambers set the all-time scoring record for most points in one game.  Tivy was 29-4 that year!!  An all-around Kerrville All-Star, Guy has been a member of our club since 1984 and also served as its president from 1994-1995.
Guy started the conversation by outlining the qualifications for the HOF's Selection Committee:
He also highlighted the qualifications for Tivy HOF consideration/entry:
After fondly reminiscing over past Tivy HOF inductees, Guy presented us with the 2017 HOF Class - Please see a recap of the 2017 HOF Class below as presented in the Hill Country Community Journal this past Friday (8/4/2017):
A tennis star, a football and track standout and a state semifinalist basketball team are the latest additions to the Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame. Tivy’s 2017 HOF Class includes four-year tennis star Russ Angell, late 1950’s track and field sensation Raul “Rocky” Hernandez, and the 1986-87 Tivy hoops team coached by Jim Jost.

Russ Angell


Russ Angell was a tennis prodigy during his four-year varsity career at Tivy, winning the district singles championship every year between 1975-78 and reaching the state tournament three years in a row in either singles or doubles play. In his senior season, Angell won all seven tournaments he played in during the spring.


After high school, Angell played collegiate tennis at Tyler Junior College and was a national collegiate doubles champion All-American. Angell went on to become regional vice-president of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and the host pro for the Texas Professional Tennis Association’s annual convention.


Raul “Rocky” Hernandez


Raul “Rocky” Hernandez played football and ran track for Tivy in the late 1950s. He was an All-District selection in football in his junior and senior seasons and an honorable mention All-State honoree as a senior. In track, Hernandez lettered as a junior and senior and helped power the Antlers’ 440 meter relay team to a second-place finish at state as a senior.


Hernandez earned a four-year scholarship to the University of Houston, where he was a member of ROTC. Commissioned a 2nd lieutenant after graduation, Hernandez was severely wounded in Vietnam and spent nine months recovering at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio. For his service to his county, Hernandez was awarded the Commendation Medal with Oakleaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with V Device for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Hernandez later owned Acapulco restaurants in Kerrville and Austin.
The 1986-87 Tivy Antler Boys Basketball Team
Tivy fielded one of its best basketball teams ever during the 1986-87 season as the Antlers compiled a 27-8 overall record and advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals in Austin.
Led by All-District and All-State honoree Thirman Dimery, first-team All-District player Scott Delaney and second-team selection Daron Allen, Tivy knocked off Fredericksburg, 50-45, in a one-game playoff to win the District 13-4A title, then rolled past San Antonio Edgewood, Gregory-Portland and Fredericksburg again in the playoffs — the latter victory coming on a 53-52 decision in overtime.
Tivy led Cleburne 42-32 in the fourth quarter of the two teams’ state semifinal matchup at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, but Cleburne scored the final 13 points of the game to pull off a come-from-behind win. In addition to Dimery, Delaney and Allen, Tivy’s 1986-87 team included Scott Presley, Sean Karger, Marc Genauldi, Lennie Franklin, Pat Baldwin, Blake Zuber, Todd Martin, Troy March and Jessie Polk.
The coaching staff included Jost, Ed Difederico, Roland Herrera and J.C. Gosnell. Managers were Ray Mitchel and Jerry Davis, and Chris Jost served as the ball boy.
Please join us to Celebrate!
This year’s group is the 12th class to be honored by the Hall’s voting committee and will be officially recognized Sept. 8 just prior to Tivy’s football game against Del Rio at Antler Stadium.
Chairman of Membership David Jones explains the 100% attendance requirements and how club members can make-up a meeting (attend a Satellite Club meeting or another Rotary Club meeting, attend a board meeting, or participate in a club activity or service project such as Habitat for Humanity, etc.).
The Perfect Attendance Award Recipients for 2016-2017:
Bob Schmerbeck - 49
David Jones - 27
Doug Whinnery - 25
Diane Green - 21
Betty Vernon - 20
Sue Whinnery - 15
Bob Fairchild - 15
Bob Waller - 11
John Forister - 10
Sue Tiemann - 10
Krist Vandenberg - 8
Jimmy Hutto - 7
Gerald Iron - 7
Stephanie Miller - 7
Dave Rittenhouse - 6
Jeff Talarico - 6
David Martin - 5
Robin Miears - 5
Dennis Glenewinkel - 4
Charlie Mcllvain - 4
Crystal Dockery - 3
Tricia Byrom - 2
Gena Carter - 2
Courtney Compton - 2
Lee Johnson -2
Denise Lemeilleur - 2
Doug Lidiak - 2
Quincy Smith - 2
Steve Schulte - 1
Congratulations to our honorees in attendance last week!
   Sympathies go to Kristi in the loss of her brother.
   Sympathies go to Mark Haufler in the loss of his dad.
   Get well wishes go out to Lloyd Painter on the hand surgery to alleviate arthritis.
   Congrats to Trey and Cecil. Trey and his wife are expecting a son in February.
   RI nominating committee has met and chosen President Elect Barry Rassin    2018-2019. He is from Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas.
President nominee 2019-2020 Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary Clug of Decator Alabama.
If you haven't already done so, please sign up for a committee for the upcoming Rotary year. Contact any of the board members or executive board  if you need information on what committees are available and what they do.
On Labor Day, along the river trail, , we will be promoting the good things Rotary does locally and internationally with a picnic and Walk-a-Fun! Please consider volunteering a couple of hours that morning for this event.  More details to follow.  A big thank you to Tammy Prout in creating a poster to publicize the event.  Please pick one up at today's meeting to advertise for at your business! 
Thanks to everyone who went online to ClubRunner and updated your profile!  We still need some birthdates and pictures for our site to be complete!  If you haven't yet done this, please take a moment and go to  
We have our dates set for the upcoming Habitat for Humanity Work Days: Sept. 9th, Nov. 4th, Jan. 20th, Mar. 24th and May 12th.  Please sign up!!
Rotary Labor Day Picnic & Walkafun

Looking for something fun to do on Labor Day? The Rotary Club of Kerrville is planning its inaugural Labor Day Picnic and WalkaFun — free of charge — at Louise Hays Park.

“We really don’t have scheduled Labor Day activities in our community and I thought, as a service organization, this was something we could do to give back and promote fellowship. What better place to do it than in our beautiful city park and along the banks of the Guadalupe River,” said Kristy Vandenberg, Rotary Club president., who came up with the idea for the event. 

The family friendly festivities will kick off at 9 a.m.. The picnic lunch of free hot dogs will start at 11 a.m.

Although there is no charge to enjoy the event, participants are required to register. They may do that underneath the Sidney Baker bridge in the center of the park, where they will be greeted by their hosts, Rotary Club members from the noon, morning and satellite branches of the organization.

“There is no requirement to the length of your fun walk,” Vandenberg said. “It will really be a laid back, community event.”

Rotary International is an organization of citizens who unite around the globe to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Kerrville, through its membership, has consistently provided more than $20,000 in local scholarships; has sponsored a Habitat for Humanity home; and contributes annually to numerous charitable endeavors.

“The motto for Rotary is ‘Service above Self’,” Vandenberg said. “As a club, we really try to live up to the concept of giving back.”

For more information about the Rotary Club of Kerrville, visit  For updates on the picnic and fun walk, visit the club’s Facebook page.

Vandenberg said she is working with club’s new executive board members Robin Miears, Charlie McIlvain, Jeff Talarico, Dave Rittenhouse, T. David Jones, Cynthia McNeely, Jimmy Hutto, Gena Carter, Jeff Wendling and Tammy Prout on the project.

Getting set to serve up some free hot dog lunches and friendly smiles to those who show up for their first-ever Labor Day Picnic and Walkafun are Rotary Club of Kerrville board members, from left, Gena Carter, Robin Miears, David Rittenhouse, Cynthia McNeely, Jeff Wendling, President Kristy Vandenberg, T. David Jones, Jimmy Hutto and Charlie McIlvain.
Hey, Rotary friends...
You will NOT want to miss today's luncheon meeting at the Inn of the Hills!
For our Aug. 23 program, we will hear Classification Talks from
long-time member Art Bell, Bryant Truitt and also
Walt Koenig, president/CEO of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce
Don't miss out!
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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