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

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kerrville!
Kerrville

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Kerrville Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
201 Holdsworth Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
United States of America
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Satellite Club Meeting
Satellite Club Meeting--THIRD TUESDAY of every month
5:15 p. m. Meet and Greet, 5:30 p. m. Meeting
Red Cross Building, 333 Earl Garrett St., Kerrville
Stories
Click the Link to Watch a Replay of our Rotary Mtg. on 1/13/2021.
Our speaker was the Honorable Kerr County Judge Rob Kelly who provided an update on accessibility of the COVID-19 Vaccine, plans for immunization clinics and expansion of the county's office space to include room for the new Public Defender's office for 5 counties.  
   
Clint Morse introduced our speaker       The Honorable Rob Kelly
 

A little bit about Rob.

“I truly believe God has been preparing me for this position all my life,” Kelly said. “I didn’t go looking for this job, it came looking for me. When asked to run, I told them ‘no thanks, my gate is closed.’ They persisted and persuaded me to open it. My family and I earnestly prayed about every aspect of this decision and believe this is the time. I’m ready to serve the citizens of Kerr County as their next county judge.”

Kelly has been a commercial litigation attorney, mediator and arbitrator for more than 40 years. He practiced in San Antonio where he served on the management committee of one of the largest law firms in South Texas prior to running as the Republican candidate for Chief Justice of the San Antonio Court of Appeals. After the election he moved his practice to Kerrville to be near the family ranch in the Camp Verde area.

Kelly has a strong record of leadership in his profession and the community. He has been a frequent author and lecturer for the State Bar of Texas, the American Banking Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, The University of Texas, University of Houston Law School and Texas Tech University Law School.

He chaired the San Antonio Bar Association Ethics Committee, was president of the Christian Legal Society, served on the board of the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center and was the volunteer coordinator of Habitat for Humanity.

He also was active with the United Methodist Church as a lay stewardship speaker and lay director on the Walk to Emmaus. He was involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry and has served on many Emmaus and Kairos teams.

Since moving to Kerr County, Kelly continued his community service on the Kerrville Independent School District board and was president during the successful bond issue to build the new Tivy High School and Fred H. Tally Elementary School.

He continued with Habitat for Humanity and was president as the organization grew from building one house each year to four homes per year.

He was president of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country and served on the Peterson Regional Medical Center Development Committee raising the funds to build the new hospital.

He led the Hill Country Emmaus Community and has worked on dozens of teams. Kelly has taught biblical principles of dispute resolution to numerous Sunday School classes, the Texas Coalition of Home Schools, Laity Lodge and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes among others. He served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Council of the State Bar of Texas.

Recently, Kelly was certified as a member of the Kerr County Community Emergency Response Team. He also is a graduate of the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy and the Kerrville Police Department Citizen’s Academy, as well as has worked with Kerr County Crime Stoppers.

Kelly is a member of First United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Vicki, also a widow, live in West Kerr County, where she is an artist.

Together they have four children and five grandchildren, Meg Russell in Austin, Dan and son, Connor, in Bandera, Jennifer married to Scott Delaney with children, Bradley and Brynne, in Philadelphia, and Alan Van Reet married to Bobbi Richardson with daughters, Jayme and Ashlee, in Keller.

Rob started laying out what he was going to inform us about.

He said he would like to present 3 issues

1. Info on Co-vid 19

2. Property being purchased to make sure we have room for growth.

3. Public Defenders Office.

The first thing he advised was the hot line that will be set up

830-315-5900 1,2,3,4 for a total of five lines. And we will have online portal.

He made it clear about the closing of bars, and dealing with restaurants and the fact that it out of control of any local official. It has to pertain to executive order GA32

Executive Order GA-32 (texas.gov)

This is tied to folks in hospital. When the amount of people in hospital gets over 15% then restaurants must go back to 50%. Then he told us they have 125 beds in the hospital. But the Texas hospital bed capacity determines how many are used in formula.

You can google this for more info. Anyway they say we only have 88. %15 of 88 equals 13.2 and we now have like 23 in the hospital.

Next was the 1A, 1B then the rest of the people.

As new, active COVID-19 cases climbed sharply this week, Kerr County public health authorities have been working fastidiously behind the scenes to organize a communitywide phone bank to assist in the organized distribution of vaccinations to the public when enough doses become available. At the same time, they continued to plead with citizens to be extra vigilant by using safety precautions.

Mass Vaccination Plan

“There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation by word of mouth or social media regarding the vaccinations and when certain individuals can expect to be inoculated locally,” said William B. “Dub” Thomas, coordinator of Kerr County Emergency Management.

“What we hope everyone can understand is that we are still trying to make sure our first tier of vaccine recipients – health care workers, first responders, etc. – are covered if they choose to be,” Thomas said. “Then, and only then, will we move on to Tier 1B, which is the level that includes those individuals 65 years of age and older who have an underlying medical condition.”

“We understand that many residents want to get their vaccination and the protection it will provide as quickly as they possibly can,” Thomas said. “This sense of urgency has resulted in local pharmacies and the hospital being inundated with phone calls.”

“We live in a community where many individuals will fall into the 1B category, and they know their turn will be next,” Thomas said. “Once we receive large doses of the vaccines, we will implement our communitywide vaccination plan to take care of a maximum number of recipients as quickly as possible.”

Meeting on Wednesday afternoon to work on the roll out of the protective doses of Moderna to the local population was the Kerr County Vaccine Task Force, comprised of city and county emergency management leaders, as well as representatives from Peterson Health, Family Practice Associates and HEB.

Working hard on behalf of the welfare of all Kerr County citizens who want to receive the vaccination, they nailed down details of the communitywide vaccination plan, which will include a phone bank for securing appointments, forms to fill out in advance and more.

Many healthcare workers in that first tier still need to get their shot before incoming vials of the vaccine can be given to the next tier of the public, said meeting host Fredericksburg Fire Department and EMS Fire Chief Eric Maloney.

Kerr County has a large number of people working in healthcare – some 3,400 people who work in various medical capacities, whether they are private physicians, home health care nurses, paramedics and the like. The large number of healthcare personnel here, coupled with the small allotment of doses provided in the first round, means that many here in that first tier still need to be vaccinated.

When it is time to vaccinate the Tier 1B category of individuals – those who are 65 years or older and who have an underlying medical condition – Kerr County has a “mass vaccination footprint” model in the form of its communitywide flu clinic developed some 10 years ago.

The fact that recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine will need to be observed for 15 minutes after they receive their shots “would be a problem for a drive-through clinic, so the model will need to be adapted slightly,” Thomas said.

The task force is coordinating with a few select sites around Kerrville, so that everything is set up and ready to go quickly when Kerr County receives a large enough cache of doses.

Thomas is working on acquiring and lining up volunteers from the Kerr County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and others to man the COVID-19 phone bank, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. That way, Kerr County individuals can call and reserve their time to receive their first dose.

Organizers will limit how many people will be in the clinic area at a time by asking vaccination recipients to come alone. The appointments will also allow organizers to space out visits so that attendees will be able to avoid the risk of catching the novel coronavirus from a crowd of people congregated in waiting lines.

“We will release the phone numbers to the COVID-19 Phone Bank as soon as they are established and online for taking calls,” Thomas said. “We will make public announcements asking people to call the phone bank and set up their appointments, but again, that will not happen until we receive enough doses in our area to host a mass clinic.”

In a show of community solidarity through this pandemic, the various sites around town that receive doses of the vaccine are keeping the lines of communication open between them and are coordinating their efforts. That way, if one place finds itself with an excess of doses and another site has a need, they can be sure that the doses are distributed in a timely way to those who want them.

“We do not want to sit on something,” but instead work together to roll out the vaccines as quickly and orderly as we can, Maloney said. The idea is to make sure as many individuals receive their first doses as soon as possible.

Task force members agreed that they could make the shot clinic(s) run faster and more smoothly, by making a pre-registration packet that contains the necessary paperwork. The packet could be read, filled out at the recipient’s convenience and then just handed over at the time of their appointment. Expected to be included with the packet are information sheets, educating vaccine recipients of the requirements they must meet to receive the shot – such as not having had another vaccine within a certain time frame, etc.

Amber Burress, pharmacy manager at H-E-B, also suggested that when a citizen makes his/her appointment, that they will automatically be scheduled for their second dose of the vaccine to come at the same time of their appointment on a date exactly 4 weeks after their first dose. (The Moderna vaccine, which is the one that will be distributed in Kerr County because its storage requirements are more easily met without special refrigeration devices, consists of two doses, given through injection exactly 28 days apart.)

Then we found out that there will only be 6 providers in Kerrville. So when we get the vaccine in bulk. A command center will be set up and open 8 to 5 M thru F. It was noted that if your not on code red for Kerr County you should get on it. Here is link CodeRed Emergency Notifications | Kerrville TX - Official Website

3. The cost of providing attorneys to people that can't afford on was $750,000 last year. A plan to combine 5 counties was developed. The public defender’s office would serve the counties of Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall and Medina County, with Kerrville being the home base. A small number of staff — apart from the approximately 20 in Kerrville with another office in Hondo, officials have said. This will save Kerr county $300,000 a year. 

Various officials have hailed the PDO as an economic boon for the areadue to the new jobs that largely will be paid for with out-of-county money. Salaries and benefits for the office would total about $3,009,996, according to a proposal presented by the TIDC in March.

The amount of the grant awarded to PDO is $2,503,264 for its first year, according to the county's press release. The TIDC, using monies allocated by the Texas Legislature, would fund 80% of the cost of the office the first year and two-thirds of the cost in subsequent years. Participating counties would pay the remainder, shared at a prorated amount based on case counts. They have a goal of meeting with a client within 48 hours of being locked up.

More on TIDC

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission provides financial and technical support to counties to develop and maintain quality, cost-effective indigent defense systems that meet the needs of local communities and the requirements of the Constitution and state law. More information is available at www.tidc.texas.gov.

This was a very informative meeting. We learned a lot. 

Contact and Phone Numbers

Rob Kelly

700 Main, Ste. 101
Kerrville, TX 78028
 (830) 792-2211
 (830) 792-2218

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the Link to Watch a Replay of our Rotary Mtg. on 1/6/2021.
Our speaker was Dr. Amber Burress who provided information on distribution of the COVID -19 Vaccine throughout Kerr County.  Thank you Amber, HEB and all the other partners working to get the vaccine administered!  Looking at possibility of our Rotary Club helping at community clinics once they are scheduled.
 
HEB pharmacy manager Amber Burress provided an overview of the COVID-19 vaccine at our last meeting. Amber is a Tivy High School Alumni, and has her doctorate in Pharmacy. 
 
The sequence of providing the vaccine is for front line workers first (Phase 1A- health care workers and first responders).  Phase 1B follows for older adults and those with significant underlying health conditions that puts them at a greater risk. The general population will follow after that, with persons in higher risk work settings and health conditions of moderately higher risk given priority. In Kerrville, there are approximately 3,400 heath care workers, but so far there have only been about 1,600 vaccines given. The availability of the vaccine is the issue so far- the supply has been limited. 
 
Kerrville is ready to roll out a large scale immunizations as soon as the vaccine is more readily available. Local officials have been planning for an event like this for over ten years, and continue to monitor and plan for distribution. Newspapers and local media will provide information on how, when and where to get vaccinated. The date of availability is a moving target, but current projections for Phase 1B is late February or March.
 
Here is additional information from Amber's presentation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dave Samuel reported that the Bell Ringing  for the Salvation Army at Gibson's was a great success, so thank you to all who participated.
 
Another blood drive will be coming soon. Antibody testing will be available for those who donate blood, so keep that in mind if that is something you are interested in.
 
Tickets for the SuperBall will be available soon, so be on the lookout for those.
 
Tom Odom led a group of volunteers last Saturday morning to pick up trash along Goat Creek Road. Thank you to Emily Forsythe, Austin Dickson, Marta Diffen, Tim Campbell, Jimmy Hutto, John Forister and Tom Odom.
 
Click the Link to Watch a Replay of our Rotary Mtg. on 12/16/2020.
Our speaker was Rev Haberer who provided a great Christmas message that was educational and timely.
Click the Link to Watch a Replay of our Rotary Mtg. on 12/9/2020.
Our speaker was Molly Putnam who shared information on current and upcoming KROC Center happenings.  John Green also spoke about the new Golf Simulation that will be available in 2021.
 
 Molly Putnam Director of Operations
 
   Molly says she has been at the Kroc Center for 9 years and the Kroc Center is 10 years old this year.
Since Easter got canceled this year They jumped thru hoops to figure out how to keep servicing the people of Kerrville.
 
They started with a back to school bash drive thru that serviced 384 people.
Next they held  a Pumpkin Run that 105 people were involved/
They also help a Harvest Fest that helped 480 people.
 
Then they help a Thanksgiving Dinner that fed over 1000 plus people.
 
They are having a drive thru Christmas this Saturday from 10 to 2.
 
Also Salvation Army Angel Trees are located at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, River Hills Mall, Belk, Gibson’s, Walmart and at local banks during the holidays. The trees are decorated with paper angels, each representing a child or senior who, without this program, might not receive a gift at Christmas.
This will get gifts for 236 families and 50 Seniors. 650 Kids will get gifts.
 
Molly stated that the Kroc Center acquired a 21 foot, 6 Sided rock climbing wall.
This will go from beginners to pro.
 
They also acquired an inflatable cover for the pool. This will allow all kinds of water activities during cold days. They pool is also heated
The Kroc Center helps folks in the Kerrville area.
Amazing this is all happening during the Pandemic,
Click the Link to Watch a Replay of our Rotary Mtg. on 12/2/2020.
Our speaker was George Eychner who shared information on the Kerrville Christmas Lighting Corp and their plans to light up Kerrville during the holidays.
George Eychner provided the program last Wednesday on the Kerrville Christmas Lighting Corporation's (KCLC) successful plans to add some Christmas joy to our town. He also reported on a number of other events and Christmas Spirit shining in Kerrville. 
 
 
(Photo from file)
 
George retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service, and also has a bachelors and masters degree in Music Education. He and Judy have been active in community service for  a number of years,  including George as the president of our club. 
 
Here's the history of the early years of the Christmas Lighting project:
 
 
Christmas Lights haven't been on Sidney Baker St. for 25 years, but the KCLC organized and raised funds to do it in a short period of time this year. Forty four large ornaments are placed on the power poles with KPUB's help installing the trees and providing power to them.
 
The Holiday Parade to kick off the courthouse lighting was canceled due to COVID this year, but with some creative thinking and hard work from volunteers, a virtual show was held with Charlie McIlvain and Allison Bueche providing the commentary.
 
 
And, Mayor Bill Blackburn got to visit with the man in the red suit (AKA Jeff Talarico).
 
 
Tranquility Island at Louise Hays Park is lit up again this year.
 
This is beautiful, and the KCLC wants to do this even bigger, by selling more tree lighting (donate $800.00 to help light one big cypress tree). They also are working on a fund raiser to bring permanent flood proof power on Tranquility Island to power the trees for Christmas and other events, like the July 4th celebration. 
 
 
Thank you to George Eychner and all the other volunteers that help make this time of year special in Kerrville.
 
 
 
 
 John Forister was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine. 
The Cards are in contact Kristy for your cards
 
PolioPlus Christmas Cards
 
We have ordered 150 PolioPlus Christmas Cards. We have taken orders so far of around 100 and wanted to make sure there were some available for members who had not yet placed an order.
 
The purchase of these cards goes toward your Paul Harris Fellowship and directly to the PolioPlus fund. The card is beautifully designed and explains to the recipient that 16 children will be vaccinated in their honor.
 
The cost of the card is $10 and will help to vaccinate 16 children for a lifetime free of the crippling effects of the polio virus.
 
If you would like to send these cards out to your friends and loved ones, please contact Kristy Vandenberg via e-mail at kerrvillerotary@gmail.com.
 
 
Mike Huff was master of the Ace of spades card game.
5 numbers were drawn and no winners
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
Sign up to ring the bell and raise some money for the programs to help the needy again this year. 
 
 
 
 
Just two more weeks to volunteer. Lets Get Er Done!!!
 
Jeff Harris let us know that because of COVID-19, we will not be having an in-person Superball this year. However, the committee is committed to continuing the fund raising part of the SuperBall in order to help with funding of scholarships and other service projects we do every year. There will be a silent auction, so if you have any items or ideas about donating something, please contact Jeff or any of the committee members.  There will also be a raffle, so each member will get four $100.00 tickets to sell. 
Click the Link to watch a replay of our November 25th meeting with Sheriff Hierholzer who spoke about his career in law enforcement and specifically, his time as Sheriff of Kerr County.  Thanks Rusty for all your service.  
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Karen Tucker was introduced buy Betty Vernon
 
Work
Works at Retired
February 2, 2013 - Present·Hunt, Texas
Former Sr. Sourcing Specialist at GenOn Energy, Inc.
2009 - February 1, 2013·Houston, Texas
Former Sr. Sourcing Specialist at RRI Energy
June 1992 - 2009·Houston, Texas
Former Purchasing Assistant at
Houston Lighting & Power
June 1, 1981 - 1992·Houston, Texas
 
Karen has been researched recycling for some time. 
Here are her notes
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
    
Misc pictures of the ideas in her plans.
Tivy head basketball coaches Joe Davis and Christy Dill spoke to us via zoom last Wednesday.
 
 
Joe Davis is the boy's basketball head coach and has been in the area quite a while. He went to Schreiner University as a student athlete, and played basketball there. After college he spent several years as an assistant coach at Tivy, then did a stint as a head coach at Van Vleck High school. Joe then returned to Tivy as an assistant coach again, and took over this year as the head coach when Brian Young retired. This is Joe's 15th year in coaching.
 
Tivy graduated seven seniors last year, so the boys basketball team is young but has been competitive so far. Coach Davis' philosophy starts with the acronym "FACTS", which stands for Faith, Attitude, Character and Teamwork. He emphasizes that the students behavior off the court is as important as on the court. "Do your best with what you've got."
 
 
Coach Christy Dill is the girls coach, and has been coaching for 25 years. She also has an acronym for important traits instilled in the team: "CARE".  Character, Attitude, Respect and Effort. Judging from past team performances, this philosophy is working.
 
She has two assistants, Coach Fierro and Coach Johnson. It has been a hard year on everyone, including the athletes and coaches. They usually participate in team building and off season training in the spring, but because of COVID, they are doing that as they practice and play this season. Coach Dill emphasizes that the girls should only focus on what they can control. They too lost numerous seniors from last year, but are playing well and their games have been close so far.
 
Tickets for games can only be purchased online, and seating is limited, but they will put on a great show. Live streaming is also available for these games, so you can watch them from the comfort of your living room if you can't make the games.
 
 
Past President Charlie McIlvain gave a report that listed the officers and directors for 2021-2022:
 
President: Jeff Harris
 
President Elect: Marta Diffen
 
Secretary: Jeff Wendling
 
Treasurer: Gena Daniels
 
Immediate past president: Tammy Prout
 
Directors: Tom Odom, Phyllis Ricks, Janelle Peralt, Donna Peterson, Roy Boudreaux, Michael Huff
 
Executive Secretary: Kristy Vandenberg
 
Thank you all for your service to the club.
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Mailing Address:

Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029
kerrvillerotary@gmail.com

 

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Tammy Prout
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Rotary Foundation Giving 2021
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Greg Nichols, HEB General Manager
Feb 03, 2021
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