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
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


Hello All,

I am emailing this to everyone who worked on last year's Walk-A-Fun event.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping to coordinate this event, please forward them this email.  I am going to make an announcement at lunch too!

Anyway, I would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the 2019 event.  We are hoping to add a few more "incentive" activities to boost attendance.  

To make this a success, we need the help of all Rotarians - but we start with a strong committee!  So, let's brainstorm, assign tasks, delegate, and get it started!

I am hoping that we can meet the last week of July ... Tuesday, July 30th at the Kerrville Convention & Visitors Center at 5pm.  There will be wine and water and snacks!  Should only be a 1 hour meeting.

Kristy Vandenberg
Rotary Club of Kerrville

Charlie McIlvain is the new president of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club. Charlie is no stranger to community service. He was previously the youngest president of the Kiwana's club in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the age of 21. Charlie later served as president of the Granbury, Texas, Rotary club, so he is well versed in the ways of Rotary. 
Charlie has a number of goals for the year:
1. Involvement: vital to success- think of each member of Rotary as a tooth in the Rotary Wheel Gear- if some of the teeth are missing, our club is less effective. Please consider giving your time and expertise to help Rotary achieve our goals this year. 
2. Membership- obvious key to our success. Let's not only recruit new members, but keep the new ones that join. 
3. Welcome new members and guests. The main reasons new members leave the club is that they don't feel welcome or involved. Let's do our part to make the new members feel welcome, and give them a job. If you need help on a committee, then recruit the new members to jump in.
4.  We will be continuing a number of existing programs and events, including the Walk-a -Fun at the Louise Hayes Park and River Trail. Kids will be invited to bring their bikes and have professionals inspect their two wheelers.
5. A new project will be to promote Eco-Tourism, with the goal of operating a boat ride from the Riverside Nature Center on our Guadalupe River, This will emphasize the great  resource we have in the Guadalupe River, and provide an appreciation of the abundance of wildlife in the river corridor.
Thank you Charlie for serving as our new president, and let's help him make it a great year! 
George led us in a song for incoming Rotary President Charlie McIlvain.
Kristy Vandenberg and current District Governor John Hutcherson
Our own past President Kristy Vandenberg is the President Elect for our Rotary District Governor position.  Congrats Kristy for being nominated and volunteering for this job! Carol Holmes, who is a past District Governor and soon to be new member of our club, officiated at Charlie's McIlvain's induction, and Kristy's induction.
Rotary's new board of Directors includes Phyllis Ricks, Ingrid Painter, Paul Anderson, and Todd Odom. Outgoing President Robin Miears welcomed the upcoming directors.
Other members include Jeanelle Peralt, Executive Secretary Kristy Vandenberg, Treasurer Gena Carter, President elect Tammy Prout, and Secretary Jeff Harris.
In the weekly Draw a Card game for a chance to win big bucks and split the pot with Rotary, John Miller drew the winning card! He generously donated the winnings to the Hill Country Youth Ranch.
Please keep Jimmy Hutto in your prayers- he had a hip replacement last week.
George Eychner had a knee replaced recently, and is recovering and moving about with a little help from a cane. Keep George in your prayers as well.
Past President Kristy Vandenberg
President Robin Miears
It was Kerrville Noon Rotary's President Robin Miears last week on the job. Kristy Vandenberg (also a past president), talked about being a Rotary club president, and how rewarding, but time consuming it is. They often serve on the board for two to three years before serving on the executive board, which is another three years. And, then there is one year serving as past president, attending all the board meetings. So, she honored Robin, and we appreciate Robin's time and effort to keep our club running smoothly, and thank her for her service.
Robin then provided some highlights of our clubs activities for the year:
Convention in Toronto
Labor Day Walk
Trash pick up on Goat Creek Road
First Responders Luncheon
Pints for Polio
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
Several Local Sports teams visited our club
Bell Ringing at the Salvation Army
SuperBall fund raiser
Support of the Stock Show
Rise Against Hunger event
Drive for Project Graduation
Habitat House Ground Breaking
Interact Clubs at Tivy and Peterson Middle School
District Conference
Josh the Otter Water Safety Education
Youth Citizenship Awards
Veterans Day Program
It's obvious that our club is involved in some great community service, so keep these programs and events in mind for next year, and participate!
Robin acknowledged several Rotarians who went above and beyond in their service this year:
Rotarians of the Year:
Donna Peterson
Amber Thomason
Kristy Vandenberg
The President's Award exemplifies the Four Way Test and Service Above Self:
Jeff Wendling
Quiet Rotarian Awards- those who work behind the scenes contributing to our club and Rotary International.
Past President Doug Whinnery
Past President Sue Whinnery
And soon to be President Charlie McIlvain presented Robin with the gavel and plaque.
Several Paul Harris Fellows were honored for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Eli Garcia
Raysh Aldredge
Bill Tucker
Cecil Atkission (Trey Atkission accepting award)
Art Bell
John Lang
Dave Samuel had his Rotary pin on when his name was drawn, so he won a bottle of wine.
Mindy Wendele's husband Raymond Holloway had by pass heart surgery recently. Please keep them in your prayers.
Congrats to Jeff Wendling and his  wife for receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Please keep Lois Schlieter in your prayers, as she is at Hilltop Village with congestive heart failure.
Dave Samuel's wife Mari had knee replacement surgery, Prayers for rapid recovery.
John Grimes is in hospital prayers for him & family.
Prayers for the passing of former Rotarian Dan Bacon he was 88.
Dan Wallace Bacon, M.D.

Kerrville - Dan Wallace Bacon left us on June 8, 2019, surrounded by friends, loved ones and beautiful music. He was born December 17, 1930 in Childress, Texas, the son of Joseph Driver Bacon and Georgia Mae Wallace Bacon. He was raised in Humble Oil pipeline camps across South Texas and the Hill Country. Dan graduated from Alice High School in 1948; from Texas A & I University in 1951; and from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1955. He completed his medical residency at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin.
Jason Davis is Chief at Kerr County Juvenile Probation Department.  
Jason talked about trying to save kids from getting into more trouble. 
He took question from the floor and answered them. The Juvenile age is  13 to 16. above 16 goes to Adult depending on the offence. 
Here is a link showing many different guidelines they follow in order to help kids.
George Eychner led us in singing happy birthday to Rotarians who had a birthday in June.
Tom Hamilton led us in the prayer and pledge at our new lunch venue, the Croc Center.
Tom Terrell organized the Memorial Day program, where several members of our club told a story about a member of the armed service who gave his life in combat for our country. It was a very moving tribute. June 6th was the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy during World War II.
Jeff Harris told the story of his friend Jacob Leicht. Jacob was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corp, and was born on July 4th, 1985. He served in Afghanistan, and was wounded when a bomb took out his Humvee. He spent two years recovering, and pleaded his case to be sent back to active duty. He did return to his battalion, but died within a month of his tour of duty. He was the 1,000th soldier to die in the conflict. His younger brother had enlisted just nine days before Jacob was killed, and looked forward to serving with his brother in Afghanistan. 
Ashley Phillips relayed how Javier Paredes grew up in a difficult situation at home and was eventually was brought up in foster care. He ended up at Hill Country Youth Ranch where he was nurtured and cared for by the staff and family at the ranch. He was learned well and enjoyed helping others at the ranch, especially the younger ones. Javier worked at the Lakehouse Restaurant here is Kerrville, where he was remembered as a hard worker.
Corporal Paredes joined the Army, and became a medic, serving in Iraq. In 2007, he was killed in a rocket propelled grenade attack in Baghdad. 
Jeff Anderson told the story of his good friend from high school and college, Sandy Stroud.  
 As their sophomore year in college in ‘67 drew to a close... Sandy made the fateful decision to enlist in the Army, planning to later return to College and pursue a medical career like his Father. In August he deployed to Fort Polk & October to Vietnam after one last gathering with friends. 
Sandy was part of Operation McArthur in the area known as Đắk Tô, which lies in a valley in the S Vietnam Central Highlands surrounded by ridge-lines that rise up 4000’.  The Americans were badly outnumbered, and Sandy was one of the troops killed.
Sandy was the first of Jeff’s classmates to die in Vietnam. His funeral led by best friend Mike Mullen’s father was overflowing with friends who came home to Corpus to honor their friend.


Loyd Painter was a naval officer on the SS Liberty in 1967, during the Six Day War north of the Sinai Peninsula. The Liberty was attacked by Israeli Air Force planes and  torpedo boats in International Waters. The attack was reported to be an accident by the Israelis, where they mistakenly took the Liberty for an Egyptian ship. Others dispute this claim.

Thirty four Americans were killed on the ship and many wounded, including Lloyd. Two of Lloyd's good friends died during the attack, and he later had the difficult task of accompanying their widows to the ship yard back home to retrieve their belongings. The survivors of the attack were reassigned and separated, apparently to keep them from telling their stories.

Roy Boudreaux story was about his friend William Bitsenbarger, who he served with in Vietnam.  William was part of Charlie Company, and his role was on a helicopter unit which rescued soldiers from the dense undergrowth in the jungle. He operated a hoist to bring the wounded back into the helicopter, but on this occasion he volunteered to go down to the ground and assist the troops first hand. He made numerous rounds and continued redistribute ammo and help the wounded, but was eventually was one of 100 out of 120 men killed in the battle.
William was awarded the Air Force Cross and the Purple Heart for his missions.
  Jeff Anderson was the master of Ceremonies. You could tell he believed in the work being done.
Jeff is Servant Pastor of SERV Kerrville & Read 2 Win.
 Since Schreiner University started this program for the kids they have donated over one million dollars the students.  
 2019 Collaborators Schreiner University, Kerrville Daily Times, Read 2 Win, SERV Kerrville, Noon Rotary Club of Kerrville .
 16 Students were selected from 8 schools in Kerrville area. They each received a scholarship for $5,000 per year for four years for attending Schreiner University.        
 Other  guest besides the students and their families were Charlie McCormick Ph.D., President of Schreiner University, and Cory Edmondson ECO of Peterson Health.
 Chrystal Dockery was ask to come announce the winning students.
Also recognized were the recipients of the $1500 grants to attend Police Detective school.
 Matthew Reusser along with Victor Martinez
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 !
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
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Kerrville, TX 78029


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