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 Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Inn of the Hills
1001 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX  78028-4913
United States of America
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Rise Against Hunger

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Sat. Feb. 9, 2019

Two Shifts: 7:30--9:30 a.  m. or 9:30--11:30 a. m.

With our partners, Morning Rotary and Schreiner University, we'll package more than 41,000 meals!

 

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Location: Schreiner Event Center (enter the university from Memorial Blvd., turn right, then turn right on Trull Lane; the Event Center is on the left.

Questions? Contact Robin Miears at robin@joecookagency.com or (830) 377-4819

 
Stories
 
 
Philip Stacy, the executive director for the Kerr County Habitat for Humanity, gave an overview of the local chapter of this global organization. Habitat began in 1976 in Americas, Georgia, and provides affordable housing with a no interest loan to people who go through a qualification process.  Kerr County Habitat is the largest single family builder in the county, and accomplishes its mission with mainly volunteer help. 
 
Various organizations and churches have sponsored  houses locally, and provide volunteer labor and support to get them built. The house that our club sponsored was #113 in Kerr County. The average cost to a home owner is $550.00 to $600.00 per month, including taxes and insurance, which is substantially less than any comparable rent for a local house or apartment.  There is a very low default rate, and the owners put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity into building their and other recipient's houses in order to meet the ownership criteria.
 
In addition to building and financing the house, Habitat volunteers provide life training skills to prepare the recipients for ownership, including education on maintenance, financial basics and insurance. For more information, visit habitatkerr.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Out Rotary club has donated $30,000.00 over the last three years to Habitat, and this photo shows members of the local board accepting the gift.
 
 
 
Judy Eychner provided the prayer and pledge.
 
George Eychner led us in an appropriate song for the Habitat program.
 
Tom Terrell let us know about a new game where we draw cards to get a chance to win some cash at lunch, and it also benefits Rotary. Bring a few extra dollars at lunch and see if you are a lucky winner.
 
April 18, Veterans Breakfast, come and greet local Veterans & thank them for their service.  Contact Donna Peterson (donna@joecookagency.com) if you'd like to volunteer for this event.
 
April 22, Second Annual First Responder's Golf Tournament.  Talk to Jeff Harris or Jeff Wendling if you're interested in helping with this event.  
 
Josh the Otter will be starting in April!!  If you're interested in helping read about water safety to second & third graders, talk to Paul Anderson or email him at paul.anderson@cpa.com.
Please continue to keep David and Denise LeMeilleur in your prayers, as David continues his battle with lymphoma. 
 
 Baby Giraffe with mom.
 
 
 
a cross between a Donkey & a Zebra know as Zonkeys
 
 
General Michael Hagee CEO Nimitz Foundation was our guest speaker
  
Biography

Hagee was born in Hampton, Virginia, on December 1, 1944 and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and was a classmate of Oliver North, Charles Bolden, Jim Webb and Michael Mullen. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the United States Naval War College. In 2004, he was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.
His father, Robert L. Hagee, served as a United States Navy pilot in World War II and, in the summer of 2009, was awarded a plaque at the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, now known as the National Museum of the Pacific War (formerly Nimitz Museum) in Fredericksburg, Texas. He and his wife Silke, daughter of the German Air Force brigadier general Werner Boie, have two children.

 
Clint Morse introduced our program with a flashback to past, introducing three guests in the fashion of the game show "To Tell the Truth". The three "contestants" all claimed to be Lorie Hess, who recently hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.  After some questions from the Rotary audience to determine who was the real Lorie Hess, the truth became known.
 
The real Lori Hess did indeed hike the trail, and she provided insight and inspiration for anyone with their own mountain to climb.
Lorie is actually a Rotarian from Fredericksburg, and started the hike last year on March 21st. She experienced her last freezing night about a month later, and spent about six months hiking the trail. Friends, family and Rotarians sent packages of food, letters, and encouragement throughout the trip, and when she received them, it made a big impact on her ability to keep hiking. Lorie tent camped much of the way, although shelters were available occasionally and were a welcome respite from the rain storms that often came.
 
Although she did hike alone for part of the trip, she did find some hiking partners whose comradery lifted her spirits and kept her putting one foot in front of the other. Although the physical aspect of hiking an average of twelve miles a day with a fully loaded pack took its toll, the mental fortitude was the bigger challenge. She credits the "Tramilies" (trail families) and trail angels, who were strangers that opened up their houses to put her up for a night, with helping her succeed.
 
Lorie continues to give lectures and motivational speeches about her Appalachian Trail experience, and hopes to provide inspiration to others facing their own life challenges.
 
 
George Eychner started the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
 
 
 
 
In honor of our speaker's topic, hiking the Appalachian Trail, George also led us in singing John Denver's "Country Road".
 
New member Carlina Villalpando, who is the publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times. Her proposed is Charlie McIlvain.
 
 
Roy Boudreaux joins our club, and is the owner of Kerrville Clock Company. David Jones proposed Roy for membership.
 
Howard Freeman serves as Chief Advancement Officer for International Care Ministries, a non profit serving poor communities in the Philippines. Robin Miears proposed Howard for membership.
 
 

Satellite Meeting February 19th

Speaker: Mark McDaniel, Kerrville City Manger
 
There are a lot of big changes coming to our beautiful town of Kerrville and Mark McDaniel came to talk to us about the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan. He was able to cram a lot of information in a short amount of time but the changes will range from an updated Olympic Pool, housing, parks, public services and a new hotel and so much more. If you want to read the full plan it is offered online. http://kerrville2050.com/
 
Club Business:
We are starting a new service project and will be teaming up with Christian Ministries CSI group to help fix up, clean, or improve properties of low income/elderly people in our community who are not able to do these things themselves. We are still looking for volunteers if anyone would like to participate. Please email Erin at info@mostybrothersnursery.com
 
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Calendar of Events:  
 
 March 20, Phil Stacy and his board will be talking about Habitat for Humanity & our club's contribution of $30,000 to help build a new Rotary house in Kerrville.  For those new members, Past Presidents Kim Clarkson, Stephanie Miller & Jeff Talarico each committed to donate $10,000 for their Rotary year to build a Rotary house to benefit a local family.  We will be making the check presentation next week at our weekly meeting.   
 
March 21, Chamber Networking Luncheon sponsored by our Club.  Join us for the quarterly networking lunch and hear great things about our club & our contributions to the community.  You will need to pay the entry fee to the Chamber if you choose to attend.  This will count as a makeup for a missed meeting.  
 
March 23, New Member Project at Tivy High School to benefit Project Graduation.  Come and test drive a new vehicle & Ford will donate $10 for every test drive to Project Graduation.  
 
April 18, Veterans Breakfast, come and greet local Veterans & thank them for their service.  Contact Donna Peterson (donna@joecookagency.com) if you'd like to volunteer for this event.
 
April 22, Second Annual First Responder's Golf Tournament.  Talk to Jeff Harris or Jeff Wendling if you're interested in helping with this event.  
 
Josh the Otter will be starting in April!!  If you're interested in helping read about water safety to second & third graders, talk to Paul Anderson or email him at paul.anderson@cpa.com.
 
As my dear friend, Janelle Peralt says, she loves Rotary because there's so much going on, but the beauty of it is that you can jump in and join any event when you have time and not feel obligated to do more than you have time for!  Don't feel obligated to do everything, but these are opportunities for service in the community.
 
For those of you who need to exchange your red badge for a blue badge, today is our board meeting at 11:30 at Community First Bank.  The board meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:30 at Community First Bank.  Sorry for the late notice on this!  If you can't make this month, plan to join us in April!!
 
See you tomorrow!
 
Rob
 Tammy's Thought for the week
 
  The kids had a blast
 
 
Our Rotary Club helped fill the Food Bank at the local Veteran's Center on Meadowview. Pictured are Jimmy and Bekki Hutto delivering groceries.
 
 
 
David Horn was wearing his pin and won the wine! 
 
 
Robin welcomes Jenna Moebes, Executive Director of United Way Kerr County, as a new member to the club.  Welcome Jenna!
 
 
Ashley Phillips exchanged her red badge for a blue one! Way to go Ashley!
 
 
Sid Hurlbert both informed and entertained last week by sharing his expertise and real life experiences in the area of communication and customer service with the club.  His presentation was entitled "What to Say and How to Say it!"
 
According to Sid:
  • How we come across matters!
    • Tone matters MORE than what is actually said.
    • Business will increase substantially by just greeting people and answering the phone in a more positive manner.
    • We are a walking billboard - you become what you put on your face
    • We need to smile - You DON'T have to be happy to smile.
    • Posture is important - look people in the eye and shake their hands.  Just do it!
  • People still like to deal with.....PEOPLE!
    • People deal with others that they like.
    • Word of mouth advertising is STILL the best.
  • Start putting into others what you want to get back (the GOLDEN RULE).
    • RELATIONSHIP is still king!
    • 60-70% of employees leave because they didn't feel cared for, appreciated or valued in any meaningful way.
    • A study showed that the best predictor of divorce was when one party continually gave a contemptuous look to the their spouse as their significant other spoke during interviews/conversations.
  • If you make a mistake, just APOLOGIZE
These were just some of the words of wisdom shared by Sid during his presentation.  His knowledge on the subject is endless, along with his client list of who's who in the corporate and small business world.  Sid mentioned that he would coach any taker, and that no office was too small. His flyer (passed out at the meeting) is below.
 
 Thanks Sid!
 
 
George prepped the club for Sidney Hurlbert's shenanigans with the Kenny Rogers classic, "The Gambler"!
 
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029
kerrvillerotary@gmail.com

 

 
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Speakers
Joe Herring
Mar 27, 2019
A Kerrville History Tale
Classification Talks
Apr 03, 2019
Open
Apr 10, 2019
Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Apr 16, 2019
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Chip Roy
Apr 17, 2019
Washinton Update
Open
Apr 24, 2019
Mark Hess
May 01, 2019
The Gillespie County Fair