Rotary Club of Kerrville, Texas                  Chartered February 26, 1926                               District 5840

Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kerrville!


Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
The Kerrville Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
201 Holdsworth Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
United States of America
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 August 12th meeting with speaker Guy Overby announcing the Class of 2020 Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.  It was a great program!
Click the Link to Watch a replay of our Rotary Mtg. on 8/5/2020.
This meeting was about recognizing 5th Grade students in our local elementary schools with the Rotary Youth Citizenship awards.  What a great group of amazing kids!  
Jeff Anderson starts the meeting.  The six pillars of Service Above Self  
define the attributes that teachers seek in selecting award winners.
Crystal Dockery had the honor of introducing the winners.
Each of these kids will receive a scholarship to Schreiner University for four years for a total of $20,00.
Chief Golden Eagle aka Steve Schmidt promotes "We is greater that Me"
Charlie McCormick, PhD
President Schreiner University 
Charlie spoke about trying to get local kids to attend local university. He thought the scholarships were a great idea.
Mark Tuschak
Vice President for Student Recruitment, External Affairs, Marketing & Communications
Mark talk about the university and the kids.
A lot of the kids and parents were present at the Zoom meeting,
Dan Schulse gave the program last Wednesday on his Turtle Creek Olive and Vine enterprise. Dan was in the oil and gas business previously, but moved to Kerrville with his wife in 2015 and started the craft agricultural operation. They grow olives, grapes, pecans and more, and have a sales table at the front door of their property, located south of Kerrville on Turtle Creek. 
The property also has a VRBO villa available for guests that would like to stay at the private working farm. They also have opened a wine tasting shop in downtown Kerrville in the historic Masonic Building at 215 Earl Garrett, where they offer locally produced wines, olive oil and more. 
The Rotaract Club participated in the river clean up recently. Kudos to the club and to Jimmy Hutto and others for helping to keep the river and creeks clean. Opportunities are still available through November to do individual group clean ups. Contact the Upper Guadalupe River Authority for more information.
Kristy Vandenberg gave a short tutorial on the Clubrunner, so members can get information about our Rotary club, including upcoming speakers, forms needed for new member proposals and more.
This Wednesday, the program will be Jeff Anderson hosting the annual Citizenship Awards given to local elementary school students.
River clean up with Rotaract Club. 8:30-10:30. Land and river. 
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Jimmy, Bekki & Connie started River Cleanup on June 18th. Connie is moving to Kerrville from Kansas City.
Then, 3 Rotarians and 4 Rotaractors with their kids spent a couple hours on July 25th cleaning the river and street shoulders on Saturday, July 25th.  
Hello Rotaractors!
As you are all aware Saturday is when we are planning to do the UGRA River Clean Up.  We would like to focus on the two locations circled below (Legion Bridge & Legion Crossing-In Boat).  We personally have three kayaks for those who would like to get into the water and encourage those who have or can borrow kayaks to do the same.  For those that do not want to get in the water you will be able to clean up along the river.  Plan on meeting at Old Rivers drive next to the low water crossing at 8:30 am and cleaning until 10:30 am.  Below is the registration email that was sent out Friday afternoon from UGRA.  You will have to follow the procedures for registering and picking up supplies.  Please be sure when you register to list that you are with Rotaract in the groups section of the form.  I understand that there may be potential for rain, so we will just have to monitor the forecast as the week goes on.  Please let me know if you have any questions!
Brandon Aery

Earlier this month, UGRA made the decision to cancel the one-day Annual River Clean Up event for the first time in 16 years!  The decision was made in the interest of public safety and due to current guidelines for public gatherings.
Since we have many people in our community dedicated to keeping the watershed clean, we wanted to still honor that enthusiasm by offering a modified cleanup format. UGRA “reimagined” the one-day event to be done in small groups, at your own pace, and when you have time between now and November 1st.  I invite you to participate in our 2020 River Clean Up – Reimagined!  We’ll still support your cleanups by providing supplies and coordinating trash drop off areas. Volunteers will also receive our Annual River Clean Up t-shirt and other freebies provided by our community partners and be eligible for the prize drawing!  (All those who complete a cleanup before the deadline will be entered into the drawing. There are over 35 prizes and you will get an entry in the drawing for each cleanup day you complete).
You can register to conduct your cleanup at a time of your choice between now and November 1st.  You can sign up for more than one cleanup day, too!  Starting July 23rd, registered volunteers can pick up supplies at UGRA on Thursdays or Fridays from 8 AM – 5 PM. After your cleanup, you will be asked to transport your trash to one of the identified drop off locations, return supplies to UGRA, and complete the reporting form.
Clint Morse introduced our guest speaker.
National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Paul Yura tracks weather patterns in his Central Texas-based office on Feb. 28, 2018. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)
 Paul Yura
Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service.
Paul said he started at University of Texas but then had to finish up at Oklahoma University.
Paul says he is a UT fan thru & thru.
Paul opened with the power of Weather                     This map shows different areas of Weather Service offices.
 This is the map of the 33 counties in Paul's area.  This shows the Billion dollar weather Disasters. Texas leads
These are hazards of storms                                             Lighting facts only 20 people killed in 2019.
Trees are not safe                                                             Does this mean men are greater risk takers?
Fatalities from flooding per county                                   Coming off the hills makes Flash Flood Alley
Hail can damage                                                                Turn around don't drown.
Most of the drowning deaths are local people that get in a hurry.
Down drafts                                                                         How down drafts work
Kerrville Damage                                                            1985 down draft accident 
Tornado types.                                                                   Tornados happen from Central US to east coast
Data from Weather balloons. Only three cities                           Different equipment used for weather prediction
used to launch balloons Del Rio, Corpus Christi
and Dallas
We get a lot of weather from instruments on planes        More data
With the Covid there has been a 75% drop in traffic making it more difficult to predict weather.
Ways to keep informed                                                         A Forecast
Paul said any questions your can call or email him.
Paul presented a great program that we got a lot out of.
Mike Wittler provided the Zoom program last Wednesday on the storms that rolled through the Kerrville area in late May, causing power outages throughout the area.
The storms were the worst in at least thirty two years, and there were more outages in four days than in the last four years. It started with a storm on Sunday, May 24th about 8 p.m., with lightning and wind causing power outages for about 60 locations. Power was restored by about noon the next day.
On Monday the 25th, there was a power outage at the stadium substation, which caused a loss of power in downtown and to businesses on Sidney Baker, including traffic lights.
On Wednesday evening, a dump truck incident caused power to go out for 250 customers. Then, one hour later at about 8 p.m., the big storm with wind, rain and hail hit Kerrville. There were 5,482 customer without power, about 1/4 of KPUB's customers. Most of the damage was from tree limbs falling on lines, but overall there were also 30 broken poles. The crews worked all night, and additional outside contractors were brought in the next day. In addition, several outside municipalities sent crews to help.
Thursday night another storm hit, and 1,559 customers were still out of power. Friday, a previously damaged tree on Harper Rd. finally fell, knocking out service to 600 additional customers. And finally, on Friday night, a house fire on Alice St. caused loss of service to 20 homes. By mid afternoon Saturday, all power was restored, and crews continued to work through the weekend.
Prayers go out to the following:
Mark Armstrong back surgery X2
Carolyn Northcutt's husband is at Audie Murphy Hospital in San Antonio with Covid.
Betty Vernon's brother Leland Vernon passed away.
Kudos to Rotarian Gena Daniels, who is performing in a play at VK Garage.
Tammy Prout  Publisher and Editor — Hill Country Community Journal is the new President of Rotary for the 2020 thru 2021 year.
She has been a member for over 14 years. She spoke of her life growing up. How she met & married her
husband and had her children. She always put family, learning a trade, and teachers high on her list of priorities.
Some of her new projects that she would like to bring to Rotary.
rotary blood drive to help the local blood supply
* Have an Adoption Picnic. To put foster children with foster parents.
* Global Project Let Hope Begin. Getting a global grant to help build a bridge in Guatemala. This will 
help the people a great deal.
* Allow new board members to experience what goes on in board meetings.
Roy Boudreaux                                 Mike Huff                                         Marta Diffen
A warm welcome to all the new board members!!!
* To encourage all members to join a committee and help the club!
for a complete recording of this meeting see the home page of clubrunner.
Charlie McIlvain ended his year as president, and gave us a summary of the great things our Rotary club accomplished.
George Eychner provided the song in appreciation of Charlie's leadership.
Here's some of the highlights:
The Ace of Spades fund raiser was a success, with Tom Terrell heading this up.
Cell phones for soldiers collected 166 phones. Thank you to David Jones.
Polio Plus raised over $12,000.00 towards the goal of eradicating polio. Thank you to Amanda Taylor and all who organized and donated.
Thank you to Tom Hamilton for his continued giving and commitment to the Rotary Foundation.
The bell ringing for the Salvation Army raised a significant amount of money for their programs.
Doug Whinnery helped secure district grants to benefit local projects.
The Blue Santa program was a success again, and a big thank you is in order to Phyllis Ricks and Stephanie Skrumeda.
Our club donated to several local food banks.
A $5,000.00 gift was made to the Hill Country Youth Orchestra, for purchase of instruments. This was made possible by a district grant. Thank you to George Eychner for coordinating this.
The quarterly trash pick up was a success, and thank you to Todd Odom for organizing.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) was a success, and thanks go to Paul Anderson.
The Golf Tournament fund raiser for training and education for First Responders was recently completed. Thank you to Jeff Harris, Jeff Wendling and Robin Miears for organizing.
Our main fund raiser, Superball, raised $57,000.00 for our many programs and scholarships. Thank you to Tammy Prout, Stephanie Skrumeda and all who participated.
The First Responders recognition luncheon was well received, and a big thank you goes to Jeff Wendling.
Our club participated in Habitat House building.
The Labor Day Walk a Fun had a good turn out, and thanks go to Kristie Vandenberg and many who helped.
The Veterans Breakfast was a success, and thank yous are in order for Donna Peterson and others who helped out this year.
Our Club sponsored a Chamber Luncheon, and eighteen members gave presentations about Rotary.
The Spoke Newsletter helps keep members informed, thanks to Jimmy Hutto and his crew.
Doug Lidiak heads up the Sargent at Arms committee each year.
Gerald Irion heads up the technology portion of the club meetings, so thank you Gerald.
And finally, our club received a Rotary Citation as "Best in District".  A huge thanks goes to President Charlie for all his great work and leadership in this challenging year!
Congratulations go to two members who have been selected as Rotarians of the year.
Clint Morse, who heads up the committee that provides great programs for our club, and Stephanie Skrumeda who is on numerous committees including Blue Santa and SuperBall.
Thank you both for all your hard work throughout the year!
Our new officers were installed for the 2020-2021 Rotary year. 
President: Tammy Prout
Vice President: Jeff Harris
Secretary: Marta Diffen
Treasurer: Gina Daniels
Sargent at Arms: Doug Lidiak
Directors: Roy Boudreaux, Mike Huff, Todd Odom, Phyllis Ricks, Janelle Peralt and Donna Peterson
Satellite Rotary Board for 2020-2021 
President-Rosalie Reast
Vice President-Chris Chedzoy
Secretary- Grant Baehre
Sargent at Arms – Donna Peterson
Past President – Denise LeMeilleur
Thank you to all who are serving on the executive boards and as directors this year.
Bill Crumrine is now on Hospice.
Rosalie Reast had shoulder surgery on July 8th.
A child was lost in a drowning last week in Hunt. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Kristy introduced our guest
William Dub Thomas
I worked as a Texas State Trooper in the Highway Patrol Division from 1985 until retiring in 2010.  While at DPS I promoted up through the ranks to Highway Patrol Lieutenant and have been assigned to duty stations in Freer, Hillsboro, San Angelo, El Paso and the final duty station of Waco for the last 9 years of my career.  While in Waco I was the contact person  for the United States Secret Service when it came to providing security at the western white house in Crawford for President Bush.  I was the Regional Canine Coordinator, Accident Reconstruction Team Coordinator, Recruit School Instructor, RADAR and Laser Instructor and was responsible for 7 Sergeant areas comprised of about 70 Troopers, 7 Sergeants, 6 canines and handlers and numerous non-commissioned staff. 
I was also the State Disaster District Coordinator for Region 4A while stationed in El Paso and the Assistant District Disaster Coordinator for District 6A while stationed in Waco.  Emergency Management  was one of my functions at the state level (More on that later)
Have been the Emergency Management Coordinator for Kerr County and the City Of Ingram since November 2015 and am responsible for the Kerr County/City of Kerrville/City of Ingram Emergency Management Plan, Code Red, CERT ( Community Emergency Response Team), Kerr County Search and Rescue Team and other disaster related duties as assigned. 
William B. Thomas
Emergency Management Coordinator
Kerr County, Texas
400 Clearwater Paseo
Kerrville, Texas 78028
(830)315-2430 Office
(830)739-9590 Cell
Dub opened with 59 cases in Kerr County. As of 9/26/2020 71 cases Of covid-19, of these 21 have recovered one death.
It is a known fact that as more people that are getting tested there are more people will turn up positive,
Dub was saying the recommendations he advised were  the same as DSHS.
  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
  • If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

DSHS also recommends that you start practicing social distancing. Social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness. It's a fancy term for avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact. This could mean avoiding concerts or weddings, skipping the handshake, and/or staying at least six feet away from others.

Additionally, the CDC recommends using simple cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus:

Someone ask about Texas DPS officers testing positive. Looking on internet I found DPS claimed two workers were tested positive

in the Austin office.

Dub said the Emergency Management team was using the finance logistics operations planning method of handling this virus.

He used the acronym FLOP. He thinks as more cases are found Admittance will increase is Hospitals.

When ask if taking your temperature going to a event was a good idea, he said Its a great Start!!!!  He said that using scare tactics would also be helpful if this get worse.

Clint Morse introduced Steven King, who provided the presentation last Wednesday, telling us about King's Texas Smokehouse. Steven was the director at the Texas Lion's Camp in Kerrville  for a number of years, and took a leap of faith to buy the Smokehouse in Campwood Texas in 2018 and make it his own. The Smokehouse offers a number of different type of smoked meats, sandwiches and burgers, in addition to a variety of cut meats.
Steven recently opened up another location at the Hunt Store, much to local residents delight. Music is also coming back to the Hunt Store, so look for that soon. 
Here's a few photos from the menu to make your mouth water:
For big appetites.
Cut meats.
Before the meeting Kristy played a video about giving to Rotary.
Tammy opens the meeting
Pics of the gallery of members. We had up to 55 members in attendance today
 Also our newest member Kolt Alan, dressed in his Rotary onesie.
 Rotary Labor Day Walk of Fun Committee met via Zoom on 7/21/2020.
The committee members that were not there got assignments as did the ones in attendance.
An Email will be sent out showing who is responsible for what job.
The Rotary Labor Day Walk of Fun is planned to happen on September 7th at Louise Hays Park.
This is assuming the city, or state or whoever allows this to happen.
Charlie McIlvain is out of the hospital after surgery.
Please continue to keep Bill Crumrine in your prayers, as he is under hospice care.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


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