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 In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Kerrville Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
201 Holdsworth Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
United States of America
Join us on Zoom!
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
Click the Link to watch a replay of our November 18th meeting with Karen Taylor who spoke about Recycling & how we can make small changes that will equal a big impact.
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Karen Tucker was introduced buy Betty Vernon
Works at Retired
February 2, 2013 - Present·Hunt, Texas
Former Sr. Sourcing Specialist at GenOn Energy, Inc.
2009 - February 1, 2013·Houston, Texas
Former Sr. Sourcing Specialist at RRI Energy
June 1992 - 2009·Houston, Texas
Former Purchasing Assistant at
Houston Lighting & Power
June 1, 1981 - 1992·Houston, Texas
Karen has been researched recycling for some time. 
Here are her notes
Misc pictures of the ideas in her plans.
Click the Link to Watch a Replay of our Rotary Mtg. on 11/11/2020.
Our speakers were the Tivy Men and Women's Basketball Coaches, Joe Davis & Christy Dill.  They provided great information about the Tivy program and how it is so much more than just basketball for them and their players.   
Tivy head basketball coaches Joe Davis and Christy Dill spoke to us via zoom last Wednesday.
Joe Davis is the boy's basketball head coach and has been in the area quite a while. He went to Schreiner University as a student athlete, and played basketball there. After college he spent several years as an assistant coach at Tivy, then did a stint as a head coach at Van Vleck High school. Joe then returned to Tivy as an assistant coach again, and took over this year as the head coach when Brian Young retired. This is Joe's 15th year in coaching.
Tivy graduated seven seniors last year, so the boys basketball team is young but has been competitive so far. Coach Davis' philosophy starts with the acronym "FACTS", which stands for Faith, Attitude, Character and Teamwork. He emphasizes that the students behavior off the court is as important as on the court. "Do your best with what you've got."
Coach Christy Dill is the girls coach, and has been coaching for 25 years. She also has an acronym for important traits instilled in the team: "CARE".  Character, Attitude, Respect and Effort. Judging from past team performances, this philosophy is working.
She has two assistants, Coach Fierro and Coach Johnson. It has been a hard year on everyone, including the athletes and coaches. They usually participate in team building and off season training in the spring, but because of COVID, they are doing that as they practice and play this season. Coach Dill emphasizes that the girls should only focus on what they can control. They too lost numerous seniors from last year, but are playing well and their games have been close so far.
Tickets for games can only be purchased online, and seating is limited, but they will put on a great show. Live streaming is also available for these games, so you can watch them from the comfort of your living room if you can't make the games.
Past President Charlie McIlvain gave a report that listed the officers and directors for 2021-2022:
President: Jeff Harris
President Elect: Marta Diffen
Secretary: Jeff Wendling
Treasurer: Gena Daniels
Immediate past president: Tammy Prout
Directors: Tom Odom, Phyllis Ricks, Janelle Peralt, Donna Peterson, Roy Boudreaux, Michael Huff
Executive Secretary: Kristy Vandenberg
Thank you all for your service to the club.
The annual Blue Santa event is scheduled for December 12, at Ronnie Bock's RV in Kerrville. This event provides assistance to needy families in our area just in time for Christmas. Contact Phyllis Ricks for more information or to volunteer.
The Polio Fundraiser was a big success this year. The current total amount raised is $12,392.00   Thank you to Bob Schmerbeck, Doug Whinnery and all the volunteers who participated.
Click the Link to watch a replay of our November 4th meeting with Dr. Don Frazier, of The Texas Center at Schreiner University.  He spoke about the Treue der Union Monument.
On November 6, our club hosted 49 veterans and their guests to a wonderful breakfast and fellowship at our Veterans Breakfast event held at the Hill Country Veterans Center.
This committee, made up of a large contingent of Satellite Club members and Noon Club members as well! They did an excellent job of honoring our military veterans in a safe, socially-distant environment. They took great care in planning to implement masked, gloved single serving stations and individually-wrapped food items.
Thank you all for representing our club so well, recognizing and honoring our community's military hero veterans.
Christmas Cards to Fight Polio
Rotary International has created a wonderful fundraising effort for PolioPlus efforts, offering a Christmas Card campaign in a very unique way.
These Christmas cards are designed in a way that explains to the recipient that the card was purchased in their honor to help continue the fight to eradicate polio. There will be text that describes how the card was purchased with the recipient in mind. The cost of the card will help to vaccinate 16 children for a lifetime free of the crippling effects of the polio virus.
The Christmas Cards are $10 each and will be a very personal, thoughtful gift for family and friends. IN ADDITION, your purchase will be counted toward your Paul Harris Fellowship goals. ALSO, it would be a great way for those who don't normally contribute to the Foundation to do so. 
Please consider participating in this program. We will need to order what we need for our club, so please let us know your interest level.
Here's a sample of the cards:
Blood Drive
Our next South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Blood Drive will be Dec. 8 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. We moved the drive to this location to accommodate the many donors that tried to participate on Sept. 29, but could not get an appointment.
You know how personal this project is to me, but more importantly, the STBTC has issued multiple dire pleas for help for blood donations because of an ongoing shortage caused by COVID-19.
I hope you will consider donating blood on this day. I will send the appointment link once it is supplied to me.
Lot's to be proud of
Our club is doing great things in our community and it is all because of each of you. Thank you so much for your commitment to SERVICE ABOVE SELF and the Rotary Club of Kerrville vision. 
I look forward to seeing each of you Wednesday (in-person or virtually).
Families in Rotary: Congrats to the Ingram High School girls volleyball team for a great season. They played their final game of the playoffs, and ended with a 29-1 record.
We had 29 folks attending the Zoom Meeting Even ART made an appearance.
We had 27 folks attend the face to face meeting
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Marta Diffen introduced our guest Dr. Don Frazier, of The Texas Center at Schreiner University.
Don Frazier, PhD
Our presenter will be Dr. Don Frazier, of The Texas Center at Schreiner University.
 Frazier is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University and is the award-winning author of five books on Texans in the Civil War including Blood and Treasure, Cottonclads, Fire in the Cane Field, Thunder Across the Swamp and Blood on the Bayou. His latest work, Tempest Over Texas, is released in May 2020. His other work includes serving as co-author of Frontier Texas, Historic Abilene and The Texas You Expect, as well as general editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War and a collection of letters published as Love and War: The Civil War Letter and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball
One of the things the people in Europe were experiencing rulers telling them what to do. Not letting them practice their own religion.
from 1840 to 1860 over two million immigrants came to the US.
Uncle Sam's youngest son, Citizen Know Nothing
 A bust portrait of a young man representing the nativist ideal of the Know Nothing party. He wears a bold tie and a fedora-type hat tilted at a rakish angle. The portrait is framed by intricate carving and scrollwork surmounted by an eagle with a shield, and is draped by an American flag. Behind the eagle is a gleaming star. The flag hangs from a staff at left which has a liberty cap on its end. The Citizen Know
but trouble finds the peaceful folks in Texas
When Texas votes to succeed from the Union not all Texans were for it. A lot of counties were in the Hill /country

When the Confederates took over they sent Provo Marshalls into cities. The folks that did not want to join and fight with confederates were considered bad. Many younger men were told to head to Mexico until this was over.
check the links below and you can see the names of all the folks killed
Very interesting history of the German people that lived and died here in Hill country.
Several men went to San Antonio and Joined the Confederates to avoid being hunted down and killed.
Richard Lee was our guest speaker last week. He has been in radio broadcasting for 50 years, starting out in Bishop California, working for Buck Owens Productions where Buck had a recording studio and radio station. 
Richard then moved on to Bakersfield Ca.,  Cheyenne Wyoming, and then Milwaukee Wisconsin. He eventually worked in a national format, where music and programs were broadcast around the country, including some locally in Kerrville. Richard had the opportunity to interview many country music stars, and did research on them before the interviews to be prepared with good questions. Some of the performers he interviewed include Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers and Reba McEntire, Charlie Pride, Mel Tillis, George and Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams Jr. and the Judds.
He was working in Dallas when he eventually retired from the network in 2010. Richard then had the opportunity to come to Kerrville and work at 92.3, The Ranch Radio, as a morning show host.
 The  Blue Santa will be on December 12th from 8-12 at Ronnie Bocks RV and we are looking for volunteers to help assemble the food bags and give them to the recipients. KCAAP has also asked for additional volunteers to help with their part of the distribution of items since we will be having the event as a drive thru this year. If anyone is interested please contact me at 830-370-5789 for more details or to sign up.
Thank you, 
Stephanie Skrumeda
At the end of our regular meetings, we have been having breakout sessions with random small groups of our club. Last time we discussed our favorite Rotary Service project. It was a great reminder of the beneficial things we do as Rotarians. Some of the service projects mentioned included Blue Santa, Josh the Otter water safety program, the Salvation Army bell ringing and the Veterans Breakfast. 
A poll was sent out about the Christmas Party. The verdict was we will try to have a party in the future.
Jimmy Hutto
   2021 Super Ball event. This one event provides all the necessary funds for our many service projects each year, so please pray for him, support him and answer the call for help when he issues it.
All members will be sent 4 tickets to be sold or purchased. The ticket will be a raffle and we have many prizes to be awarded. In order to give everyone time to
sell before drawing date. The date is 3/31/21.
I will see you soon!
Jeff Harris
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer
Nov 25, 2020
My Time as Kerr County Sheriff
Dec 02, 2020
Salvation Army Brass Band
Dec 09, 2020
Christmas Concert

Dave has set up the schedule for Bell Ringing at Gibson's. So got to website and signup. We are still short for Saturday after Thanksgiving
An auction was held for a jar of 1026 M&M Peanuts.  
 Jeff won the bid.
Ex-president gave us a few words.
  Bob introduces our guest speaker                                     District Governor Xavier Tonson
Xavier was telling the group about Rotary needs to open new opportunities, Stay Positive.
 Get more folks in rotary! Creating new clubs. Think outside the box, Create more satellite clubs to get younger people into Rotary.
 Have clubs support more Rotaract Clubs. This effort should be directed to all clubs.
 Rotary needs to solve tough global problems, Water, Glasses, Social injustices., Need more resources
 Clubs need to hold strategic plan meetings to see where club is heading! Need surveys to see what members ideas are
 Selection of new members carefully, insure they have great sprits, and value alignments similar to ours.
 Need to take care of members needs, reach out to them. Make sure they have the tools & resources they need!
  And of course End Polio! Only two countries still have polio in the world. Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 The event went off with out a hitch! Or at least nothing we could not overcome.
Jimmy, David & Zach all helped get together Ice, beer & things from storage
 Tammy Opened the meeting                                            Doug gave all some facts about the fight against Polio
Bob Schmerbeck along with Doug were heading up this event! Great Jobs guys!!!
 Kristi & Stephanie at the check in!! Looking good!
 Sausage made by Salvation Army. They were great!
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Clint introduces Mayor Bill Blackburn to Noon Rotary Club in Kerrville


About Bill

Get to know Bill

Bill Blackburn is a retired Baptist minister who has resided in Kerrville for over 30 years. Bill and his wife Deana, a retired schoolteacher, have two children -- Cara and Carter -- and are blessed with eight grandchildren.

Bill has been a public servant his entire life. Ordained to the Christian ministry in 1972, he served as a pastor in various capacities and locations until his retirement in 1999. Bill led the congregation of Trinity Baptist Church from 1984 to 1999.

Upon his retirement, he did not go quietly into the night. Bill founded Partners in Ministry, a nonprofit organization focusing on the needs of children, youth, and the poor in Kerr County. He has also been involved with numerous organizations in the hill country area:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)
  • New Hope Counseling Center
  • Christian Women's Job Corps
  • Christian Men's Job Corps
  • Doyle School Community Center
  • St. Peter Upon the Water Retreat Center
  • Western Hills Baptist Church
  • Sunrise Baptist Church
  • Soul Cafe
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • Kerrville State Hospital Advisory Board
  • Leadership Kerr County Steering Committee
  • Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
  • Long Range Facilities Committee of the Kerrville Independent School District
  • Peterson Regional Medical Center Foundation
  • AACOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Bill's community service continues to this day, and he continues to be involved in local government. He was the vice chairman of the 2002 Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Kerrville. He also served on the Kerr Economic Development Foundation.

For his community service, in 2006 he was awarded the inaugural “Spirit of Texas Award” by the Kerr County Bar Association.

In September, 2007, Dr. Blackburn was named “Citizen of the Year”
by the Kerrville Daily Times and the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce.




Rev. Dr. Blackburn received his undergraduate education at Baylor University, a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and pursued post-doctoral studies in biblical studies, medical ethics, and psychology at Oxford University in England.


Dr. Blackburn is the author of five books with chapters in five more, and over 200 magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. One of his books, What You Should Know about Suicide, has been translated into Chinese. He has just finished a book entitled What Can You Expect of the Pastor?

For eight years, he has been a columnist for the Kerrville Daily Times. He was previously a columnist for the Bryan-College Station Eagle (TX). His columns for the Kerrville Daily Times will be published in book form as The Effective Nonprofit Organization.


Dr. Blackburn has taught, led conferences, and preached in sixteen states and six foreign countries. He has appeared on over sixty radio and television shows.


Blackburn was a Garrett Teaching Fellow at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, as a Ph.D. student. He has been a visiting
professor at the same seminary. He was an adjunct field instructor for the Center for Studies on Aging at the University of North Texas and has served as an adjunct professor at Schreiner University. He has also served as a visiting professor and Doctor of Ministry supervisor at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University.



Accomplishments as Mayor:

  • Restored an air of respect, civility and productivity to City Council
  • Active participation, leadership and approval of the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan
  • Provided leadership for collaborative task force in addressing community disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic
  • Pursued multiple economic development opportunities, creating new jobs, new capital investment and additional housing
  • Accelerated paving and repair of 277 miles of city streets
  • Completed reworking of Zoning Code and Sign Ordinance
  • Supported River Trail extension to Schreiner University, development of Sports Complex, revitalization of Arcadia Theater
  • And more, all with... No increase in tax rate!

Governing Principles

Bill has identified several principles of good governance that he will strive to embody as mayor. Many of these principles are also identified in the City of Kerrville's Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement for 2018. The principles that Blackburn has identified are as follows:

  • Clarify and build on a commonly accepted vision of the city
  • Mayor and Council set policy, provide oversight, and leave day to day management to staff
  • Hold to a limited role of government and fiscal responsibility as seen in priorities set
  • Balance property rights and the common good
  • Invite and promote involvement of citizens in seizing opportunities and solving problems
  • Promote safety through wise, appropriate, and enforced laws
  • Maintain and set policies that ensure smooth, efficient, and safe flow of people, traffic, water, wastewater, and revenue
  • Maintain a positive environment for business to operate within
    clear, consistent, and reasonable regulations
  • Cooperate and collaborate with Kerr County and the other local governments in the county
  • Protect and promote beauty in the natural and built environment, and preserve the history of the area and historic places
  • Maintain excellent city staff by providing fair compensation and benefits, continual training, and support and encouragement
  • Carry out all duties in an ethical, legal, honest, and transparent manner
 Bill presented his accomplishments so far during his term as Mayor of Kerrville. He also answered questions ask during the question and answer time.
Clint flipped a coin and Mayor Bill Blackburn won the toss. He elected to have David Baker go first.

 David Barker has over 40 years of cumulative experience in a broad range of businesses including engineering, construction, manufacturing, project management, procurement, finance and accounting, emergency planning, business restoration, start-up, testing, quality assurance and control. He also taught project management at two universities. He has exceptional skills in several engineering disciplines in addition to physics, chemistry and metallurgy. Most recently Mr. Barker started The Barker Consulting Group which provided a broad range of professional business services to many industries primarily focusiing on management challenges and business improvement processes. He is considered an expert in project management, organization, execution and in turnaround assignments across many disciplines for projects that are identified as global in scale.

David was previously employed for 10 years at Dril-Quip, Inc. where he held several key positions as head of Savannahmanufacturing, project management and the Aftermarket Business Unit where he supervised over 500 highly skilled engineers and technicians. As Director of the Aftermarket Business Unit he was responsible for the overall aftermarket support and services which included customer refurbishment projects, capital drilling equipment repair and recertification and field life management services. Additional responsibilities included global service for rental tools, writing of technical service manuals, personnel training and certification of field service technicians.

SoTex Nuclear ProjectPrior to joining Dril-Quip, Inc., Barker had a progressive career in the nuclear power field working on the NS Savannah Program, the world's first nuclear powered commercial vessel. He served as Project Manager on the South Texas Nuclear Project for Houston Lighting and Power Company and was a key manager in bringing the plant to its current operable status where he was directly responsible for 600 employees and as many a 10,000 sub-contractor employees. In addition, he managed major architectural and construction programs on large commercial real estate projects throughout the state as well as several coal fired electric generating stations for the Reliant Energy family of companies (HL&P and CenterPoint Energy). In these assignments his career was progressive rising to the level of COO of CenterPoint Energy Management Services. The Chairman of Reliant Energy at that time identified his career as being distinguished and exemplary. Mr. Barker also worked for the H.B. Zachry Company in San Antonio, Texas prior to joining HL&P.

TowerMr. Barker has a BS in mechanical engineering and MS in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University and an Executive MBA from Penn State University. Prior to enrolling at Texas A&M University in 1964 Mr. Barker received his AA degree in engineering from Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas. He is also a registered professional engineer. David also completed the Executive Development program at The University of Idaho.



At this time in Kerrville's history when we are facing difficult challenges, it is my goal to bring 40+ years of business and technical experience and work with the Council & City Manager to produce long-term viable solutions.

  • We must ensure a safe, long-term water supply based on sound engineering and financial practices.
  • We must have responsible growth across all sections - including residential & commercial - benefiting ALL citizens.
  • We must be innovative, and open to the public, when considering all real estate developments - and certainly not at the expense of our existing residents and taxpayers.
  • Kerrville's infrastructure is in need of immediate attention as well as the development of a long-term capital improvement plan.
  • I propose an objective review of the recent LONG-TERM WATER SUPPLY PLAN to ensure proper supply and safety concerns are understood and presented clearly to the public.
  • All annual budgets proposed by the many city departments must be carefully prepared and based upon ongoing needs, while taking into account new operating and maintenance requirements.
  • The Council has a duty to ensure that all funds are consistent with the annual approved budget. The conduct of the Council must be in accordance with all Texas Governmental Codes.
  • Work with the City Council and City Manager to improve intergovernmental relationships.
  • We must assure cost effective use of long-term debt.

    He presented his plan for Kerrville if elected. Answered questions during question and answer time for both.

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Salvation Army Brass Band
Dec 09, 2020
Christmas Concert
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