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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At the meeting last Wednesday, Jeff Anderson and his committee recognized local fifth graders with Citizenship Awards. The awards are given yearly to students who demonstrate youth citizenship in a variety of ways in their schools and their life. Teachers from eight campuses nominate the students based on core character attributes of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Crystal Dockery returned to our club meeting to introduce each of the students and tell a little bit about them.
As an added bonus, Schreiner University pledges to award each student who attend Schreiner a $20,000.00 scholarship over four years. 
George Eychner led us in the song of the day, "God Bless America".
Jeff Harris led us in the prayer and pledge.
You don't want to miss this Wednesday's meeting!!!  Javi will be speaking about his year in Texas!  Please plan on attending and let's send him off with all our warm wishes.  He has been a great exchange student for our club!
Thanks so much, again, to Jeff Anderson and his "crew" for the amazing program last week as 5th Graders from all our local elementary schools were presented with their Citizenship Awards for Service Above Self.  It was great to have Crystal Dockery here to celebrate and help with the presentations, giving us a little insight into what made all the students so special!  One of my favorite programs of the year!
This Thursday is our New Member Party!!!  You do not want to miss this great event with food and beverages and lots of new members to meet.  5:30pmon Hutto Hill!  I know that all of you have not had the opportunity to meet these special folks one-on-one!  This is your opportunity!!!  Please RSVP!!!!
So, it's the final countdown for my year as President.  On 6/20, Stockton Williams will be our speaker on His Visit to Uganda.  Great information to share.  Then on 6/27, I will be your speaker and hope to see you as we review this past year and all our success(s)!
There will be no meeting on Wednesday, July 4th.  Robin will get her year started on 7/11!
See you Wednesday ... wear your pin to win!
 Clint Morse introduced our guest.
It was a pleasure to listen to a lady that truly believes in what she is doing. She told of her life in camping world. Staff close to 100. Kitchen staff of 11.
Dr. in the camp 24/ 7.  Has 150 kids at a time and like 350 total all summer. Camp last only 28 days now. Two sessions a summer. This is due to the shrinking of summer by the schools.

About Jane Ragsdale

Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.

a link to find out more about the Camp.



Empty table
  • Table: set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one isolated prisoner. The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. For large events of the Missing Man Table is set for six places: members of the five armed services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) and a sixth place setting reminiscent of the civilians who died during service alongside the armed forces or missing during armed conflict.[9] Table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.[10]
  • Tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.[11]
  • Single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.[12]
  • The red ribbon (yellow ribbon for Air Force ceremonies) represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.[13]
  • Slice of lemon on the bread plate: represents the bitter fate of the missing.[14]
  • Salt sprinkled on the bread plate: symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.[14]
  • Inverted glass: represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
  • The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.[15] (The Bible has been removed from several displays at federal facilities due to pressure from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation)[16]
  • Lit candle: reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
  • Empty chair: the missing and fallen aren't present.[17]
Rotarian Warren Ferguson provided the program on Pakistan.
 Pakistan is an ethnically and linguistically diverse country with a similarly diverse geography.  It gained its independence in 1947, and has a population of about 215 million people. Pakistan has three governing entities: an elected national government, the military, and ISI (their intelligence agency).
America has a complicated history in Pakistan. One interesting book written by Steven Coll is titled Directorate S, which is about America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
China is building a deep water commercial port off the southern coast of Pakistan, and there is some suspicion that it could ultimately be a military strategy to enhance China's presence in the area.
Warren previously worked for a large engineering firm, and spent some time assessing Pakistan's communications network, which has some challenges.
Other interesting notes: Pakistan is estimated to have about 120 nuclear weapons compared to about 20 for India. Russia has had a volatile relationship with Pakistan over the years, but has recently gotten more friendly.
Nadia Noel-Anglade provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Congratulations to District 5840's Rotary president of the year, our own Kristy Vandenberg. We knew she did a great job as our president, and it is wonderful that she is recognized throughout our Rotary district for spearheading our club's accomplishments this year.
Last Wednesday, Crystal Dockery was honored for her contributions to our Rotary Club over the last several years. She led the fellowship committee and organized many Rotary events, including the annual picnic, Halloween and other themed meetings, Valentine's day program, Christmas parties and much more. She and members of the fellowship committee have done a great job over the last few years, and we owe them a big thanks for all they do.
We wish Crystal the best of luck in her move to Austin. 
We welcomed our newest member of the club, Gillian Davidson, proposed by Jeff Talarico. Gill is Director of Activities at Riverhill Country Club.
Congratulations to Rotarians Judy Eychner and Delayne Sigerman for their election to the Kerrville City Council.
Thank you to Warren Ferguson for his service on council as well.
 Nancy Muldoon announced that her grandson graduated from high school and also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
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Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation "Eagle Scout" was founded over one hundred years ago. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process.[2] The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Since its founding, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by almost 2.5 million young men.[3]

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.

Bret Ford's son Lance, Dr, Bret Brown's son and Johnny Grimes' son are all playing on the Tivy High School Baseball team. 
Tivy's baseball team is continuing their run in the playoffs.
Literacy & Water Safety Project:  Dates and times are being set now for all KISD schools, Harper, Ingram, Notre Dame and Hunt.  If you want to help share water safety information with the 2nd and 3rd graders, please let me know ASAP so that I can get you in touch with the coordinator at one of the schools!  Let's help prevent drownings in our area!
Josh the Otter program reached somewhere between 700 & 800 kids. This is a great idea to teach water safety to the children. Special thanks to all Rotarians who helped put the program on.
Mark your calendars NOW for the New Member Happy Hour & Party!  The date is Thursday, June 14th at Jimmy & Bekki Hutto's house.  Starting time is 5:30pm.  There will be appetizers and drinks!  I will be sending out more information in an RSVP email soon!  Please respond!
Lastly, have you planted a tree lately?  If so, let me know!!!
Charlie introduced guest & members with guest. 
 Clint Morris introduces two of the candidates running to replace Lamar Smith in congress.
 Joseph Kopser Democrat
 Joseph spoke of his military background and why he would be a good representative.
*Fight for universal Healthcare
*Work towards 100% Renewable Energy
*Build a better Economy
Joseph made some good points in his speech.
for more info on Joseph see
 Chip Roy Republican was the second guest to present his views.
Chip also had several bullet points
*Support our Military
*Secure the Border
*Healthcare Freedom
Chip also made some good points.
for more info follow the link
Charlie announces guest & members with guest.
David Reast introduced Gabby with the Veterans Hospital was asking for volunteers to assist in getting the vets from their room to the bus. And then to assist in getting them to the cemetery for the program on Monday May the 28th
Our annual picnic was held last Wednesday at the Schreiner University Robbins Lewis Pavilion. Great fajitas and fun! Thank you to the fellowship committee for another great picnic. Crystal Dockery was honored for leading this committee for several years. She will be leaving us soon for another opportunity in Austin, so we wish her well. More random photos

Major Donor

When your cumulative donations reach $10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:


Jeff Wendling has been awarded the Level one for donations to Rotary Foundation. This award is presented
by Doug Whinnery.
Speaking of special business, Kristy is happy to announce that our club was recognized at the 5840 District Conference this past weekend with the Outstanding Club Project Award for our collaboration with the Kerrville Morning Club on the Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event and food drive!  
I hope that many of you have marked Saturday, May 19th on your calendar to participate in the Habitat for Humanity work day.  You report to the Habitat office at 8am and will be done around noon!  They do need a head count to make sure that each of you has a job - so please RSVP to Rob or Rebecca Poindexter! 
We are still working to reach 100% participation for supporting the Rotary Foundation.  Unfortunately, none of our members won the cruise - but there is always next year.  If you donate at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation, you will receive a FREE Rotary Club of Kerrville Baseball Cap!  Remember, we cannot reach 100% without you!  We take cash and checks!!!
Kristy is now reading the flavor of the wine                         And the winner is Bill Tucker way to go Bill!!!
for the winner of the person who has wore
their pin.
The Satellite Club has been active- click here for the April news.
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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Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Jun 19, 2018
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Stockton Williams
Jun 20, 2018
My Visit to Uganda
Kristy Vandenberg
Jun 27, 2018
Kristy's Year in Review
July 4th Holiday
Jul 04, 2018
Robin's New Year
Jul 11, 2018
Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Jul 17, 2018
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Senator Dawn Buckingham
Jul 18, 2018
Legislative and Political Update
Willie Ng
Jul 25, 2018
Overcoming Adversity - Motivational