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

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kerrville!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Kerrville Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
201 Holdsworth Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
United States of America
Satellite Club Meeting
Satellite Club Meeting--SECOND THURSDAY of every month
5:15 p. m. Meet and Greet, 5:30 p. m. Meeting
Security State Bank & Trust Community Room
1130 Junction Highway, Kerrville
Click on the link below for the Zoom Replay of the 10-27-2021 Mtg with Brad Barnett talking about the future of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce!  Also, watch the Bake Sale bids for amazing desserts auctioned off to benefit Polio Plus!!!
Clint Morse introduces our guest    Chuck Chandler
Chuck is a member of the Harris county historical commission.
Chuck went to Texas A &M and plays the banjo & fiddle.
Hurricanes were not named until 1951. Before this time they we named by the year or an event during the storm.
In the early days there was two bayous on the island. 
This map is 1845.
The first storm that was recorded was in 1527
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, was on board and roamed the southwest for 10 years.
1818 another hurricane hit not to bad.
1837 a big one hit the island. It is known as Racer's hurricane, from the  Royal Navy ship HMS Racer. Winds knocked building off foundations. 16 foot tidal surge, rained for 36 hours.
see for more information. Another hits five years later.
1854 hurricane has winds up to 105 MPH and 8 foot storm surge.
1867 with a population of 15,000 it was noted 1,200 died of yellow fever.
18" of water in the Strand area, The rail road bridge was knocked out and tidal surge highest since 1937.
1871 there was 3 ft of water inside the Railroad station. Locals voted to raise sidewalks in downtown area. They are still like this today. When it rained real hard the streets looked like Venice. Completed in 1874.
Picture taken 1875 before storm.
1875 Indianola hurricane. Surge was 4 foot higher than high tide. Boats were found 9 miles inland. 800 people lost their lives with 300 being from Indianola. At this time Indianola was a lager port than Galveston. Rain was 10.58" and flats were developed. It was most destructive. The town would be rebuilt, only to be devastated again by the 1886 hurricane.  At Galveston, several houses and a railroad bridge were destroyed, and a ship, the Beardstown, sunk in Galveston Bay. The town suffered about $4 million in damage and 30 deaths. 
1886 hurricane destroyed Indianola. In Galveston, Texas, the storm capsized a forty-ton schooner, the Liviona Perkins, killing three crew members. The storm also damaged roads, railways, and houses, leading to an estimated $200,000 in damage (equivalent to $5.2 million in 2019[7]).[6]After this hurricane they formed the Seawall Protection group. But politics and money delayed
anything getting done.
1900 hurricane 
15 foot over high tide
100 to 120 mph winds before wind gauge blew away.
Deaths 8 to 12 thousand.
All the greyed area was destroyed what saved downtown area was the tide pushed the debris into large piles that stopped the surge from getting there.
And then the building of the wall and raising the city starts.
The wall was built 17 ft tall. So the rest of Galveston had to be raised to 17 feet. The government helps with the wall but the property owner was responsible for raising there own house.
Before the ground was raised they built steps so to catch the train.
They started the wall in 1905. 
In 1889 President Grover Cleveland appointed him to a board of engineers to recommend a western Gulf port for the government to develop to handle tonnage that was increasing each year. Robert selected Galveston as the only site that could meet the conditions to become a major Gulf port. Congress approved his proposal and appropriated the funds. After the Galveston hurricane of 1900 Robert served as consulting chairman of the board of engineers to design means of protection against future tidal waves. The recommendations of this board resulted in a seawall that successfully saved the city of Galveston on two subsequent occasions, 1909 and 1915. After each tidal wave Robert was called back to report on seawall damage and to make further recommendations. He was also asked to help design a highway and railroad bridge between Galveston and the mainland. Just before he reached retirement age he was promoted to brigadier general, chief of engineers, United States Army, on April 30, 1901
  Robert also became this country's leading parliamentarian. Robert's Rules of Order, first published in February 1876, remained in print in the 1990s as an authoritative reference work on parliamentary procedure. 
They started by driving cedar logs down to bedrock with pile drivers.
Then poring cement. They completed 3 miles. They did complete another 7 miles so its today 10 miles
Don Frazier provided an entertaining and informative program on Texas history and the 1836 project. Don is the director of the Texas Center at Schreiner University, whose mission is to help students and the general population learn and appreciate Texas history, culture and people.
Don was appointed to the 1836 Project by Governor Greg Abbott. This project goal is a "presentation of the history of this state’s founding and foundational principles; examination of how this state has grown closer to those principles throughout its history; and explanation of why commitment to those principles is beneficial and justified.”
In addition to Texas' fight for independence from Mexico and entry into the Union, there will be some additional historical topics that will be part of the project, including indigenous people, the state’s Spanish and Mexican heritage, Tejanos and Juneteenth.  A "long read" brochure will be produced that tells the story of Texas, and it will be provided for anyone who gets a Texas Driver's License. The project information will also be available to Texas agencies, historical parks and museums.
Don is passionate about educating people on what makes Texas unique, and presents a wealth of historical and cultural information in his presentations.
Chip Roy was unable to make it to the meeting Wednesday, but his District Director, John Fletcher came and gave a brief legislative update.
George Eychner led us in the Texas State Song, third verse.
Our newest member is Major General Robert Walter, who is director of Strategic Initiatives for Military Affairs at Schreiner University. Welcome Rob!
Please keep the following members and their families in your prayers:
Carolyn Northcutt lost her husband, Robert.
Sue Whinnery had shoulder surgery recently.
Jimmy Hutto had foot surgery.
Stockton Williams had knee surgery.
Join us for the Pints for Polio at the Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University Trailhead Beer Garden, October 24th from 3-5 pm. This is a  great way to help end polio.
Individual tickets are $50 each and this includes, wristband for entry, an event glass, & one food ticket.  There are sponsorship opportunities also for businesses or individuals.  Please plan to attend if you can! See attached flyer for sponsorship details.  Email or call Amber Thomason ( 830 315 5433 or Robin Miears ( 830 377 4819.  We look forward to seeing you all at our event! 
The annual Veterans Breakfast will be Friday, November 5th, at the Hill Country Veterans Center on Meadowview in Kerrville.
The Bake Sale and auction is upcoming on October 27th. 
Think of this as an old fashioned barn raising, money making event.  We are asking all members to bring some sort of baked deliciousness!  Every item will initially be priced at $20 and we need to sell them all! 
Once you win, you can bring these treats back to work to share or home to devour.  You can also donate your sweets and bring them to an office/business where you can show your appreciation for their staff or volunteers.  
As items are presented, if you want to bid more than $20, you get 15 seconds to get the bidding started with $30 bid.  Todd Odom will be our auctioneer and he is sure to try and get the best price for each item!  Bid high and bid often!
To make the transactions as quick and easy as possible, bring your cash or check to pay for the items.  Plan now to support Polio Plus and get rewarded with amazing treats - no tricks!
Register your baked goods when you arrive!  This should be fun, please participate and remember ... bid high, bid often!  
The season is coming up soon for Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army. Go to our website to sign up to ring the bell and help raise money for all the Salvation Army's worthy causes.
Robin Miears was wearing her Rotary pin at the meeting, so she won a bottle of wine, and then donated it back to the club.
New Member Bill Penak and two transfers Capt. Jeremiah Romack and Ann Bracher Vaughan
Carol Holmes introduces our own Kristi Vandenburg District Governor
Kristi started out by saying she was more nervous about speaking at this club than anywhere else she has spoke. Her vision statement is Serve to Change Life.
25 years ago there we 1.2 million people in Rotary and today there about 1.2 million people in Rotary. And 1.3 million people joined Rotary during that 25 years. Where are they going? Right out the back door. If they don't find something they are passionate about they leave. Our job is get new members involved in something they enjoy doing.
As a District Governor you get invited to international conventions. Hamburg, Germany was 2019 and it was virtual, 2020 was in Hawaii and it was virtual, this year its in Houston.
She said we all need to bring someone to Rotary. Bring one Loose none!
30% of all Rotarians are over 70.  We need to get the mid 50's folks to Rotary.
She want to try to end Human Trafficking. Wants to get all the 55 clubs in the district on the same page. Of the 313,000 people trafficked 1/3 are for sex and 2/3 are for labor.
She ask folks to buy chances to win a wheel barrel full of Wine & Booze. 14 folks paid for $200 worth of tickets and 11 folks paid for $100 worth of tickets. Jimmy & Asley will help collect the Wine & Booze along with money.
October is Economic and Community Development month.

Rotary members help Indian weavers achieve better wages and working conditions.

Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Click the link below for the Zoom Replay of the 9-29-2021 Mtg featuring Dale Gaudier who gave a presentation on Amateur Radio, often referred to as "Ham Radio".
Dale Gaudier was the guest speaker last Wednesday, and gave a presentation on Amateur Radio, often referred to as "Ham Radio".  Dale has been past president of the Hill Country Amateur Radio Club, and developed an interest in the field in his early teens. 
Ham Radio is an effective way of communicating with others over the air waves. While hams may use the internet or a repeater system, they do not have to do so. In fact, one of the biggest advantages is that ham radio operators can talk directly with others without any outside infrastructure. This becomes really important during a natural or man made disaster when typical communication systems fail.
Amateur Radio enthusiasts do not use it for business. It is purely a hobby with a purpose. Hams practice efficient communication, and and expand their knowledge of geography, match and electronics while having fun doing it. 
 George Eychner led us in song with a Kerrville Version of "Deep in the Heart of Texas".
Roy Boudreaux was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
Congrats to Kristi Vandenberg for completing the recent triathlon.
Bekki Hutto is recovering from surgery, so continue to keep her in your prayers.
Please keep Mark Dizdar in your prayers.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


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