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
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
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.
Carol Holmes led off the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
George led us in the Air Force song, in honor of our speaker.
The executive board is considering nominees for next year's board of directors. If you are interested in serving on the Rotary board, please contact Robin Miears.
Our main fundraiser for the year is SuperBall, and initial organizational meeting will be October 23 at 5:30 pm. Contact Kristy Vandenberg if you are interested in helping out with our fund raiser.
Pints for Polio will be next Saturday evening, October 26th, 7-9 pm at the Dietert Center. Please come and support the effort to eradicate polio.
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast will be November 8th, 8-9:30 am, at the Hill Country Veterans Center on Meadowview in Kerrville. Contact Jeff Harris for additional details.
Mike Huff 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
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
 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!!
George Eychner led us with a song honoring our speaker.
Mike Huff provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Robin Miears' mother passed away recently. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
Ashley Phillips and her husband are expecting their first child. Congratulations!
Kristy Vandenberg is training for her upcoming position as Rotary District Governor.
Pints for Polio is coming up on October 26th, and will be at the Dietert Center.
Veterans appreciation breakfast will be November 8th.
Gerald Irion won the "pick a card" game, and donated the proceeds to the Rotary Foundation.
Upcoming Rotary meetings:  Hill Country College Fund at Schreiner University is this Wednesday. The program next Wednesday is Brooke Sibert, who will tell us about her Rotary Youth Exchange experience last summer in France.
Rotary District Governor John Hutcherson provided the program last week. John was introduced by Carol Holmes, former district governor and new member of our club.
John emphasized the importance of the continued goal of polio eradication,  and the support the Rotary Foundation does in this fight. He and his wife Judy have been to India to help in the national immunization day, where scores of volunteers from across the globe provide the polio vaccine drops to locals in need.
The Rotary Foundation continues to provide support worldwide, and has given millions of dollars for polio and these six areas of focus: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing clean water, Sanitation and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Helping grow local economies.
Mark Dizdar provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Save the date- October 25th is our Pints for Polio event, raising money for the fight against polio.  This year it will be at the Dietert Center. 
November 8th is the Veterans Breakfast, so put that on your calendar.
George led us in song in honor of our District Governor, John Hutcherson.
David Syers exchanged his red badge for a new one. Congrats David!
 Prayers are in order for David and Mary Jane.
Sue Whinnery's name was called and she was wearing her Rotary pin, so she won a bottle of wine.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


October 2019
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