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 Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Inn of the Hills
1001 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX  78028-4913
United States of America
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New Meeting Location

As of Wednesday, June 5, 2019, our club will be meeting at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive, Kerrville

Members of Schreiner's Shooting Sports team
Shreiner University Shooting Sports team visited us last Wednesday, and coach Robert Davis explained how they recently won the Division 1 National Championship for collegiate competition.  Schreiner won the Division 2 championship last year, and had won some events earlier this year. So, the team discussed competing in the highest level
competition for the National Championship this past spring, and decided to go for it. Hard work and lots of practice netted them first place in the Division 1, against much larger schools including Clemson and Texas A&M.
Coach Davis
The Shooting Sports teams started on 2006 with a coach and one student, and has steadily grown to its current size of 30 students. The team competes in a variety of shotgun sport disciplines including American trap, American skeet, International trap, International skeet, Sporting Clays, 5-Stand and super sporting. Most team members have  grown up competing in youth  programs such as 4H. With the success of this program, Schreiner won't have any problem attracting potential students to compete on this team. Congratulations !
John Forister led us in the prayer and pledge.
Dear Club, 
This is a friendly reminder that this week we do not have a noon meeting, but instead have the picnic.  The picnic will be relocated to the Dietert Center, because of the forecast of rain.  I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening for fellowship and fun.
The next few weeks will present many volunteer opportunities if you are interested.  We're picking up trash next Saturday morning at 7:30.  Meet at Tally Elementary and enjoy a cup of coffee and a kolache!
Josh the Otter Water Safety Program is in full swing.  We've presented at several area elementary schools and still have a lot to go!  If you're interested in helping, see Paul Anderson or Kristy Vandenberg to find out what dates are upcoming.  
The Citizenship Awards for area fifth graders during end of year assemblies.  If you're interested in helping present these awards, see Jeff Anderson.  
Scholarship presentations will be over the next few weeks.   If you're interested in helping present, please let me know.   If you're on the scholarship committee, you may be wondering why you weren't asked to evaluate applications this year.  Sadly, we only had 14 applicants from all the schools.  The committee chairs review the applications carefully and decided that all 14 applicants were worthy of some funding.  
As we're wrapping up this Rotary, please send me any photos you've taken of Rotarians at work in our community so I can include them on my end of year presentation to the club.  
Thanks & have a Blessed Day!
Bret Ford's son Trevor is playing baseball for the University of Texas. As a freshman, he is starting at second base, and in a recent game, he hit two home runs and a double.  
John Sibert's daughter is going to France at the end of June to be an exchange student.
Mark McDaniel's mother passed away, so please keep Mark and his family in your prayers.
Tivy's boys baseball and girls softball are in the playoffs, so let's support the home team!
Mary Rohrer was introduced by Judy Eychner as our newest member. Mary is the new Airport Manager at the Kerrville / Kerr County Airport.
Howard Freeman was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called so he won a bottle of wine.
Mark Dizdar exchanged his red badge for a new one.
Amy Hardin, Volunteer Services Coordinator for Hill Country CASA, informed the club about the organization's background, purpose and many successes here in our community.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a national volunteer movement founded in 1977. Hill Country CASA is a member of the National and Texas CASA Associations. There are more than 1,000 CASA programs nationwide and 72 CASA programs in the state of Texas.


Hill Country CASA provides volunteers who passionately advocate for abused and neglected children.


When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.

CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.

CASA continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in the Hill Country. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system. These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.

Hill Country CASA volunteers have enabled the organization to provide representation for 100% of all children in their service area – 100%!!  There are currently over 80 volunteers working 83 cases – serving over 140 children in our community.  Volunteers spend countless hours and travel thousands of miles to help children in need.  The gig is not an easy one, but INCREDIBLY meaningful.  If this is for you, volunteer today!

Larry Freeman led us in the prayer and pledge.
George Eychner led us in "America the Beautiful!"
Bob Schmerbeck and Bob Fairchild received plaques for their 50+ years as a Rotarian. Way to set the bar impossibly high guys!!

Dear Club, 


This week we have the Schreiner University Shooting team that will be providing the program.  They will give us insight into what it takes to be a Championship Collegiate Shooting Team.  


We are winding down the Rotary year so over the next few weeks and getting ready for Charlie to take the helm!  He's got some great ideas and plans.  Please support him in the transition.  We're working out the details of when this will actually take place.  I'll be gone the first week in July with Cole in Atlanta where he'll be playing baseball so we will have the installation either the last week of June or the second week in July.  Stay tuned for more on this!


I also wanted to give you an update on the meeting location:  Your board of directors has unanimously voted to move our regular meetings to the Kroc Center starting the first meeting in June (June 5).  The Inn of the Hills has served us well over the years.  The waitstaff is top notch, but it's time to make a change.  I have notified the Inn and out of respect for them, we've given them a month's notice.   

After the meeting last week at the Kroc, we only had one suggestion which was to offer a choice of desserts.  Jeff Harris, Jeff Wendling and I briefly chatted with the Captain and John Green, our liaison, and have given them this feedback.  The Kroc has some features that we've been missing out on at the Inn.  Their A/V system is top notch and has the ability to play videos with sound!  The Kroc also provides a full time IT person for us that will be available during our meeting.  In addition, he will help our speakers get set up and ready to go.   They are eager to please us and have been very easy to work with. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please get with one of your board members so we can address the situation.  I anticipate that there may be a few bumps, but with the Kroc's team in place, I'm confident that we will be able to meet our needs.  


Dates to remember:  


CRUISE RAFFLE TICKETS - Wednesday is the last day to purchase.  Remember if you buy and sell the winning ticket (meaning you sell it to yourself), you get 2 cruises!  All proceeds go towards foundation and can count towards Paul Harris awards.  Our club will also match up in points to help you get your next or first PHF award.  


District Conference May 3 - 4, San Antonio.  If you're interested in attending, please get with me asap!


May 8, Rotary Picnic  - you will be getting a signup sheet this week from Kristy to RSVP.  Please make sure you respond so we will know how much food to purchase.  Satellite member, Justin Hamilton, will be our chief cook!  


May 29th - Youth Citizenship Awards--This will be a great meeting.  Mark your calendars.  


If you're looking for volunteer opportunities over the next few weeks, get with Jeff Anderson ( if you can help present Citizenship awards or get with Paul Anderson (  if you're interested in reading to second and third grade elementary students our Josh the Otter book.  


See you Wednesday!



Stockton William's wife Leslie has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Please keep Stockton, Leslie and their family in your prayers.
In better news, Wayne Uecker's son reached #9 in the nation as a Division 3 golfer at Texas Lutheran - congrats to the family Wayne!
Clint Morris receives well deserved recognition for his service as the club's Program Chair. In typical Clint fashion, he redirected the praise to the members of the club that makes his job "easy" for him. We're grateful for your leadership Clint.
Robert Puig provided the program on the rich history of Mexican Americans in Kerr County.  Mexican Americans have been in the area for one hundred and forty seven years. His family was one of the first in Kerrville, and his great uncles came to Texas to work as cowboys and found friendship and employment with Captain Charles Schreiner.
The area along Lemos Street (named for a celebrated Mexican American WWI veteran) was the home to their community, and a General Merchandise Store was at the center of their activities.  Father Kemper was one of the first priests in the area, and was disappointed to find out that the Mexican Americans were not welcome at the Catholic Church in town. So, he organized and built them a church and school on the corner of Jefferson and Lemos.
George Eychner led us with the prayer and pledge.
George then led us with the song of the day, Deep in the Heart of Texas.
Volunteer Opportunities:  
Veterans Breakfast is Thursday April 18 from 8-930 at the Veterans Center on Meadowview Ln.  Come grab a taco & enjoy time with our local heroes.  
First Responder's Golf Tournament April 22, Monday.   If you want to play or sponsor a hole, there's still some room!  Get with Jeff Wendling or Jeff Harris.  
Josh the Otter water safety program committee has started meeting.  We're arranging to read Josh the Otter's story to local second and third graders.  If you're interested in volunteering to read or work the puppet, contact Paul Anderson or Kristy Vandenberg.  
Youth Citizenship Awards-it's that time of year again!  If you're interested in spending a few minutes of your time to present the annual Citizenship Awards to local fifth graders, see Jeff Anderson for details.  
Save the date, for our Rotary Club Annual Picnic, May 8th.  Justin Hamilton from our satellite club will be cooking up some yummy barbecue!  Come enjoy fun & fellowship! 
Families in Rotary: 
I've just been given an update on Stockton Williams' wife, Leslie.  She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.   Please keep the Williams family in your prayers.  
Also, continue to pray for David LeMeilleur and the LeMeilleur family.  He's seeing some improvement.  He's finished his first round of radiation and they are going to be trying a new regimen of chemotherapy soon. 
See you all tomorrow.  
We have a weekly game where you can buy a chance to win some cash, and help raise funds for Rotary. Lucy Wilke's ticket was drawn, and she drew  card, but wasn't the lucky winner. The weekly pot keeps getting  bigger until someone wins, so buy a ticket this Wednesday. The winner and our Rotary club split the pot.
New members Ken Asel, Mike Cave, and Roy Boudreaux exchange their red badges for blue ones.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


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Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
May 21, 2019
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Jason Davis
May 22, 2019
The Kerr County Juvenile Board
Jeff Anderson
May 29, 2019
Rotary Youth Citizenship Awards
Jun 05, 2019
Jun 12, 2019
Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Jun 18, 2019
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Jun 19, 2019
Jun 19, 2019