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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The Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Association and the
Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau are
teaming up for the 15th annual Cowboy Breakfast.
Two new activities will be included in this year’s event commemorating the 75th Stock Show in Kerrville.  In addition to traditional breakfast wraps, pancakes and sausage will be served.  The elected official’s cow chip toss event will be replaced with the “Bouncy Horse Race” sponsored by Fore Premier Properties.  Mayor Blackburn and members of the Kerrville City Council will compete against County Judge Pollard and members of the Kerr County Commissions Court.  
Local businesses will compete for the coveted award as best “Goat Milking Team” with 10-12 teams participating in that event.
 its all for the Kids
Dear Club, 
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Tomorrow we have Cody Newcomb, Superintendent of Center Point Schools telling us about their district and programs.  Charlie will also update us on Superball.  
Important dates to remember:  
February 2  Superball Fundraiser
February 6  First Responder's Recognition Luncheon
February 9   Rise Against Hunger & community food drive
February 15 Satellite Meeting
Have a great day!
 Charlie introduces our guest
 Cody Newcomb Superintendent of Center Point ISD. 
  Center Point ISD serves over 600 student’s pre k – twelfth grade, and honors a rich tradition of student success in academics as well as extracurricular activities.  It is our fervent goal to provide a quality education and equip our students with the tools that they need to become well rounded citizens and positive members of our society. 
  Being the Superintendent of  a school in an unincorporated city has its challenges. Besides being responsible for 600 students, all the teachers, and staff he has more. The school district is responsible for the water system cleaning operation at least until they the get a new system put in.
  When the School Board decided to have a police force, Cody decided the best place for the office was on the campus. Jimmy Poole was selected to head up the new department on campus as its first chief of police.
  When Cody noticed the old admin office at the campus was not being used except to store old stuff, he decided the make it into a Center Point School Education Center and Museum,
Now folks come from all over to visit the museum and to donate school related items to be displayed.
 This building now has a historical marker. The community needed a fitness center so Cody decided to use the museum to have this center, They have near 40 or so folks a week come in and use the facility. Not one piece of equipment has suffered any damage at all.
Ron Blilie gave the invocation and pledge.
George led us in song with the Salvation Army band.
Captain David Swyers of the Salvation Army, with family and other members of the Salvation Army band, provided a number of Christmas songs for the Rotary Club last Wednesday.
Robin Miears presented three Paul Harris fellows at our Wednesday meeting. Congratulations to John Miller + 6, Trey Atkission +2, and Mark McDaniel +1.

  Doug Whinnery was wearing his Rotary pin and won a bottle of wine.
The Tivy Antler Football Team celebrated an unbelievable 2018 season with the club last week.  Tivy finished 11-2 overall, while posting a perfect mark of 7-0 in district play.
Tivy Football Head Coad David Jones praised his assistant coaches for a job well done and announced individual All District award recipients (too many to individually list here!) to honor the team for their incredible accomplishments in 2018.  As a club, we also recognize the amazing job you've done Coach to elevate our Antlers to these heights!
Club Secretary Tammy Prout also brought attention to the team's generosity off the field by highlighting their contributions to Coldwell Banker's (D'Ann Harper) local Teddy Bears for Children program.
The team also showed the club they could hold their own in the buffet line as well!  
In all seriousness, the club was truly honored to host the football team as our guests.  We look forward to celebrating in your accomplishments next year!
Martin Peterson provided the program at last Wednesday's meeting, describing the art and science of jury selection. Martin is a successful consultant who assists attorneys in developing strategies to determine the biases of potential jurors.  Some of his work includes doing focus groups to see how people react to certain questions, which they can possibly ask to the jury pool.
Martin described two high profile cases, which he challenged us to consider how our biases affected our opinions about the cases. One was the McDonald's hot coffee spill in the lap of the plaintiff, which produced third degree burns. At first glance, this could be dismissed as a frivolous lawsuit, but testimony showed that the cups and lids McDonald's used were not rated for the higher than normal coffee temperatures. It was also revealed that McDonald's considered the cost of settling numerous previous spill and scalding cases less expensive and better business than buying more expensive cups that would allow the lid to the cup to remain intact at the higher temperatures, thus avoiding some potential spills.  The plaintiff was awarded a significant settlement.
Other interesting observations: Jurors that attorneys like to avoid (by profession): School teachers- especially elementary school- they are more likely to be rule based in their thinking, and less likely to make moral based judgments.  Lawyers- they become the leaders of the panel and become a jury of one.  Journalists- they may not hear the emotional part of the story. And, people who can't judge because of religious reasons.
Lew McCoy of the Kerrville Morning Rotary Club provided the prayer and pledge. This meeting provide an opportunity for our club, the Morning Club, and the Kerrville Kiwanas Club to join together in fellowship the day before Thanksgiving, as is our annual tradition.
 Please keep Diane Green ( Knee Surgery) and Cindy McNeely ( Shoulder Surgery) and their families in you prayers.
 Tammy has her interest this week.    Using Therapy dogs in Tivy High School

Important dates to remember:  

February 2  Superball Fundraiser

February 6  First Responder's Recognition Luncheon

February 9   Rise Against Hunger & community food drive

February 15 Satellite Meeting

February 16 Trash Pickup


I am needing help Saturday February the 16th,  we are meeting at Talley elementary by the flag pole. We will be picking up trash for about a hour 7:30-8:30. Please arrive at 7:00 I will have coffee Doughnut and Kolache  for everyone please bring gloves and wear long pants. The area we are working is from Junction highway intersection  down part of Goat Creek. Please invite or bring who you would like to help. Would love  to get 20 Volunteers. Thank you so much for your help. Please respond to this email or you can call or text me. Todd Odom 830-928-2466


Carol Twiss provided the program last week on Human Trafficking. Carol has worked in law enforcement for 26 years, starting out as a corrections officer, transitioning into a jail administrator, and now manages the criminal investigations department for Kerr County Sherrif's department.
One important fact is that trafficking is not the same as smuggling, where a number of people might be transported in the back of a tractor trailer to some destination and then released.  Trafficking generally falls into four different categories: Kidnapping, sexual abuse, unlawful restraint and forced labor without pay. High risk groups include runaways, teenagers, children in foster care, victims of sexual or physical abuse, drug addicts, immigrants and those on parole.
Trafficking has replaced drugs as the number one industry for organized criminal gang organizations. Trafficking happens in small communities like ours, so be aware and report any suspicious activities to local law enforcement. Carol Twiss can be reached at 830-739-6639.
John Onstott provided the prayer and pledge.
George led us in singing God Bless America.
Happy Thanksgiving Club!  
Tomorrow we have another awesome speaker.  Martin Peterson is a forensic anthropologist who specializes in jury selection science.  We also have our joint meeting with the Kiwanis, Morning Rotary Club, & Satellite Club.  
We still need bell ringers for November 24th.  If you're able to ring the bell, please logon to clubrunner at and sign up.  
See you all tomorrow!  If you're traveling for the holiday, safe travels!
Dave Samuel reminded us to sign up for the bell ringing for the Salvation Army. We will be ringing at Gibsons for several Saturdays during the Holidays, and volunteers for  one hour shifts are especially needed for this coming Saturday.
 Kellie Early introduces our guest
    Representative Andrew Murr was first elected in 2014 to represent District 53 in the Texas House of Representatives. The district includes Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton Counties. An eighth generation Texan, he was raised on a ranch in Kimble County, and attended school in Junction.
 Representative Murr attended Texas A&M University, receiving a bachelor degree, summa cum laude, in Agricultural Development with an emphasis in economics and policy. Following graduation, he worked toward his master's degree at A&M and earned his teaching certification, completing his student teaching in Mason. He subsequently graduated with highest honors from Texas Tech University School of Law. In 2008, Representative Murr was elected Kimble County Attorney. However, he was appointed to the position of County Judge, due to a vacancy, before he was sworn in.
  During his tenure in the House, he has served on the Transportation Committee, Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee, Rules and Resolutions Committee, Ways and Means Committee, Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee, State Federal Power and Responsibility Committee (Vice Chair), Local and Consent Calendars Committee, Select Committee on Mental Health, and the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


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