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
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
 
Tom Terrell provided the Veterans Day program this year, as he has for a  number of years, introducing four veterans and telling a bit about their service stories.
 
 
Left to right: Rotarian Ed Hamilton, Keith Selvey, Beck Gibson, and Vernon Ollar.
 
Ed Hamilton was a USAF Lieutenant Colonel, and served tours in Europe and Vietnam. He flew an AC-130 cargo plane and also was a helicopter pilot. He had numerous experiences, including one time his brakes failed and he went off the end of a runway. Ed calmly backed the plane up, and later realized he had gone into a mine field at the end of the runway.  He retired in 1975 after 20 years in the Air Force, and moved to Kerrville, and has made his home here ever since.
 
 
Keith Selvey, pictured above as the captain of this high school football team, was in the infantry in the Army in WWII. He was the fourth of eleven children, and was drafted in June 1941.  By 1944 he was promoted to sergeant, and was sent to the island of New Britain. He fought the Japanese and had several close brushes with mortality, fighting out of a fox hole and spending 120 straight days in the jungle in combat.  After the war, Keith became a commanding officer in the National Guard.
 
 
Beck Gipson was a warrant officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He  wanted to fly planes but ended up flying helicopters instead. Beck had several close calls including one instance where his helicopter was losing power and crash landed 100 yards from shore. He helped his companions swim to shore and later found out he had ruptured disks in his back.  
 
 
 
Vernon Ollar served in the US Army in World War II, achieving the rank of corporal. He was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, and his craft took a hit near Omaha Beach.  They hailed another craft and transferred their gear, but had to disembark in 6' of water. They improvised by using life preservers on top of their equipment to float to shore. Their first assignment was to support the Rangers, who lost sixty percent of their men.  His next duty included eleven months serving in France. Vern later returned to Normandy in 2014 and was honored  in a special memorial event.
 
John Civello Jr., MD is the newest member of our Rotary Club. John is a retired psychiatrist, as well as an utralight pilot and drone enthusiast.  Welcome to the club, John!
George Eychner led us in song, and Stephanie Miller led us in prayer to start the meeting last week.
 
 
Kudos go to John Sibert for his dancing skills, along with other dads and daughters in the Tivy Golden girls football halftime show recently.
Volunteer for ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Gibson's, starting November 30th, and continuing for four consecutive Saturdays. Just go to the our Rotary Club Website to sign up.  kerrvillerotary.org   
 
 
 
Our Rotary Club has another unique speaker scheduled to speak this Wednesday.  FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs will be speaking on mass shootings and human trafficking.  His program will be longer than most.  For that reason, the buffet lunch service will be available beginning at 11:30, with our meeting beginning at 12:00.
 
A number of special guests will be attending this meeting.  If you plan on bringing a guest, please let Robin Miears (robin@joecookagency.com) or me (charlie@kerrvilletexascvb.com) know by Tuesday afternoon so we can make certain our room will accommodate the larger crowd.
 
Stay warm the next few days; and, we'll look forward to seeing each of you on Wednesday.
 
Charlie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
  Bill Muldoon told us about his journey in Rotary. His favorite or most memorable was saving one child. He was in Nicaragua and the orphan children were unsupervised. They were called the 
dump children. One was put in a host family and learned English and went to College.
 
  
 
 This family is waiting for next truck. This preacher helped the boy Juan.
 
 
 
 
 
  Kristy open with telling her journey up the ranks of becoming a Rotarian. Then she
introduced Stephanie Miller. 
 Stephanie to us about her trip for 6 weeks and showed picks
  
 
   
 
  
 
   
 
 
  
 
 With the help of Denise LeMeilleur , John Forister , & Jimmy Hutto candies were placed on all the tables. We even had some sugar free candy for those who preferred.
 
 
 
 The Gang getting ready to start.
 
  
 
 
 Carol Holmes exchanged a banner from her visit to the Rotary club in West Jordan Utah.
 
Bruce McKenzie introduced our speaker and fellow Rotarian Ron Blilie, who talked about the landing on the moon in 1969. In addition to being a highly sought after flight instructor, Ron has some first hand experience as part of the team of engineers on the Apollo missions who helped get the first man on the moon.
 
The strategy that was developed was the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, where a main spacecraft and smaller lunar lander travel to lunar orbit.   The lunar lander then independently descends to the moon, completes the mission, and then returns to lunar orbit to rendezvous and re-dock with the main spacecraft.
 
A simulator was developed to test what it would be like to land on the moon, which has just 1/6 the gravitational force of the earth. Over one hundred test flights were performed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and the design was gradually refined to achieve the final spacecraft that went to the moon. There were some close calls along the way in testing, with Neil Armstrong having to eject once from the simulator.
 
The lunar lander was designed so that a computer would guide the actual landing on the moon, but in all six flights, the astronauts guided the craft in manually. On the first mission to the moon, the proposed landing site was missed slightly, and Neil Armstrong saw boulders the size of VWs, so he manually guided the lunar lander to the surface.
 
Thank you, Ron, for your work on the missions, and for sharing your story.
 
 
 
  
 
  Dennis Glenewinkel Introduces our guest Jeannie Slupik.
 
 Jeannie spoke about her experiences as a Guardian for the Veterans.
 
  They take like 40 vets on a trip twice a year, to Washington DC to see memorials.
  Rules are every vet get a guardian and must have a wheelchair all the time. When ask     if they could go see other exhibits, she then read their timeline for trip. They barley 
  had time to complete the mission.
 
 
  http://honorflightsanantonio.org/
 
 
 Pete Ryson veteran of several wars, shown in picture came in and shared with us a video.
  https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/05/watch-actor-sam-elliott-pay-incredible-tribute-to-d-day-survivor-at-memorial-day-concert/
 
 
 
Carol Holmes led off the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
 
 
    George led us in the Grand Old Flag song, in honor of our speaker.
 
 
 Our main fundraiser for the year is SuperBall, and initial organizational meeting was held  October 23 at 5:30 pm. Contact Kristy Vandenberg if you are interested in helping out with our fund raiser. We had about 15 folks show up and volunteer for
different committees.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allen Massy was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
  
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  Ross Rommel 
  Schreiner University Board Member
  Closed with asking the attendees to fill out the donor cards and send them in.
 
 
  
   
  Before the meeting started
 
 This lady standing, was watching the time on each speaker.
  
   
 
 Danette Vines introduced student Noah Moreno
 
 
 
 
  Cecilia Barlow introduced student Autumn Rowlands
  
  
Charlie McCormick, PhD
President
Presidents Office
Tom Murrry Building 
  
 
  Charlie said the goal of the HCCF was to get the fund up to $625,000.
 It was noted that everyone should drive around campus to see just how it has grown. See where river trail comes to campus and the Acorn Building. It was also noted that when the students get a scholarship, it cover all 4 years. The average distant a student has to drive to school is 51 miles.
  
  
 
 Marta Diffen led the group in Pledge of Allegiance.
 Marta did a Rollcall for Service Organizations, & called forward
 Representatives.
 She also read the Campaign Mission Statement, Introduced all of the Leaders,
Campaign Total, And recognized all attending HCCF recipients.
 
  
 
 
 
  
 Marta introduced Robert Kluting
 
Robert Kluting, MBA
Instructor of Business
Management | Academic Affairs
 Robert noted that 100% of faculity was donating to HCCF
Brooke Sibert, daughter of club member Jon Sibert, addressed the club last week about her recent Rotary outbound exchange experience in France.  Some of the highlights include:
 
  • Flight troubles: Brooke missed her initial flight from Austin to Atlanta when she ran into confusion regarding the location of her departure gate.  When she figured out she was on the wrong side of the airport, she broke into a full-out sprint to try to catch her flight - only to be stopped cold at the door.  Brooke was balling and completely out of breath, but she tried to negotiate her way on to the plane, regardless.  She mentioned that she was a "minor traveling alone," but the gate attendant was unsympathetic.  However, there was a happy ending to the story as Delta provided Brooke with a free ticket to Paris as a result of her troubles (and because it was a Delta attendant who sent her in the wrong direction in the first place)!  Though Brooke ultimately made it to France, she mentioned that she was exhausted after her "25 hour travel day and 4-5 plane rides!" On top of everything else, she lost her luggage in the process as well!  Regardless of the challenges in actually getting to France, she was greeted by her host family with wine and cheese, the perfect French welcome!
 
  •  Veggies anyone?: Brooke's host family was a vegetarian family, so veggies took the place of some of Brooke's favorite foods for a month.  According to Brooke, "it was hard being a vegetarian, especially coming from Texas!"
 
  •  Rotary Abroad: Brooke attended a Rotary meeting while abroad, and she described the meeting as long, with a "food bar like" warmup to the meeting, where it didn't feel like anyone was in a hurry.  She also described a long picture taking process after the meeting was done.  See the picture below of Brooke and her flag (along with other flags garnered by Rotarians on recent visits to California & Wales).
 
  •  A Tourist's Dream: Brooke had the opportunity to travel to multiple locations throughout France, including Paris (which she referred to as "every girl's dream," though she was wholly unimpressed with the size of the Mona Lisa - too funny), Bordeaux (which included cathedrals galore and another transportation challenge as all trains in the city were shut down for 3 hours), and the Basque region of France (where Brooke enjoyed the food fair but was unimpressed with the region's excitement concerning their Independence Day - "they didn't seem very excited about it," proclaimed Brooke!).  Visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triumph were highlights of the trip.  
 
  •  Reunion Time: Brooke had the opportunity to visit Javier ("Javi"), our former Rotary exchange student from Spain, in Zaragoza, Spain (Javi's home town) during her trip.  She said that the four day side trip was a nice way to reconnect with Javi and his family.
 
  •  Back at Home: Brooke had the experience of a lifetime, and in her words, she "learned a lot about culture, the world, and myself."  She already references the trip all of the time, and already misses the cooler weather.  However, Brooke said that she was happy to come home as well, actually "shedding a tear" when she saw Chick-fil-A in the Atlanta airport upon her arrival back in the States.
 
Brooke expressed her thanks to the club for sponsoring her trip.  And to Brooke, we'd like to say "Thank You!"  To say that Brooke's presentation was simply entertaining would not be doing it justice.  She is quite the story teller, and I think it's safe to say that Brooke had the audience "in stitches" as she described her trip.  Thanks for providing the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club with it's very own French Connection!  We look forward to your next adventure!!
 
 
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029
kerrvillerotary@gmail.com

 

 
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Speakers
Steve Stoutameyer
Nov 20, 2019
Archeology of Local Native Americans
David Swyers
Dec 04, 2019
Salvation Army Brass Band Christmas Concert
Christmas Party at YO
Dec 11, 2019
Schreiner Choir Christmas Performance at party
Reverand Bert Baetz
Dec 18, 2019
A Christmas message
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2019
No meeting
Jan 01, 2020
Open
Jan 08, 2020