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
District Site
Venue Map
George led us in song with an appreciation for President Kristy's leadership for the past year.
Tammy Prout was named Rotarian of the Year for our club. Congratulations Tammy!
John Onstott is the newest member of our club. Welcome John!
Jacques DuBose won a bottle of wine for wearing his Rotary pin. Don't forget to wear yours.
Lucy Wilke's mother passed away recently. Please keep Lucy and her family in your prayers.
Former member Susan Heffington's husband Joe also passed away. Please keep their family in your prayers.
Greg Peschel was wearing his pin and got a bottle of Wine.
Also John Lang picked up a bottle that he had won a few weeks back
 Before Stockton started the program we had technical difficulties 
Once the program got going we were told a lot about Uganda.
Like exactly where Uganda is located in Africa.
 Several ways to say Thank You
At the meeting last Wednesday, Javier Ferrebasket reviewed his time as a Rotary exchange student with the club.  See some highlights below:
Why did he travel all this way from Zaragoza, Spain?  According to Javi, he loves to travel, and wanted to come to the U.S. for quite some time.  On top of that, he just "loves adventure" and found himself "getting bored" in his hometown.  Javier's English teacher suggested that he get in touch with Rotary to make that dream a reality, and the rest is history!
Was it worth it? "Of course!" Even though it was tough to leave his biological family behind for such a long period, Javi mentioned that the trip was well worth the time away.  He mentioned how exciting it was to learn new cultures and customs, and that the experience helped him "understand how people in other countries can see certain topics so differently." 
Home(s) Away from Home - And even though Javi had to spend time away from his biological family in Zaragoza, he became part of three host families while here in the Hill Country.  He gave sincere thanks to the Alvarez/Chedzoy, Sibert, and Hays families and shared pictures (some are seen below) and stories from each stay.  You could tell how much Javier really enjoyed himself with each stay!
New Adventures - Javi spoke of his new adventures here in the states, including running cross country and track in lieu of playing basketball (he mentioned he was grateful for this experience, and that he appreciated doing something instead of basketball which he had played his whole life), spending time as a brother to two sisters (he has only brothers back home), making Christmas cookies, hiking the River Trail, indoor skydiving, a trip to Big Bend, bull frog hunting & shotgun shooting over Spring Break, visiting the Rodeo with other Rotary exchange students, attending a Sweet Sixteen Basket Ball game, traveling to California, and experiencing "American" prom! Javi's new adventures also included experiencing a root beer float for the first time (which he said is the "weirdest" American custom he experienced)!
We will miss you Javier, but at least you have cowboy boots (see picture above) and soon will have a cowboy hat (courtesy of David Reast) to take with you on your grand 30 day adventure around the U.S., and then back to Spain.
Thanks for the memories!!
George Eychner and Kerrville's most "infamous" philanthropist, Art Bell, led us in the song of the day, "The Philanthropist Song".
Thanks for all you do Art!!
Kenneth Early led us in the opening prayer and pledges - that's right - two pledges as we also paid homage to the Texas Flag to celebrate Flag Day. 
See the Texas Pledge below.
The Texas Pledge:
Honor the Texas flag
I pledge allegiance to
One state under God,
One & indivisible

Hope to see you Wednesday (6/20) at our meeting!  Stockton Williams will be speaking about his trip to Uganda.  This will be informative and entertaining!

Thank you to Courtney Compton and Tricia Byrom for chairing the Scholarship Committee.  The club awarded $25,000 in scholarships to deserving college and college bound students this year!!  You can see a picture of the recipients below.
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.
Contact Us 

Caroline Wilson 
Club Administrator

(512) 787-7964

Mailing Address:

Rotary Club of Kerrville
218 Quinlan St. PMB #561
Kerrville, TX 78028


July 2018
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Service Projects
Youth Service
The Rotary Foundation
Executive Secretary / Director
Photo Albums

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.


See What's Up on Facebook!

Here's our link: 

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
Mayor Blackburn
Aug 01, 2018
The Road Ahead
Dr. Mark Foust
Aug 08, 2018
State of KISD
Guy Overby
Aug 15, 2018
Tivy Hall of Fame Inductees
Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Aug 21, 2018
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
District Governor Kathy Hubbard
Aug 22, 2018
Rotary District Update