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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Sat. Feb. 9, 2019

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Location: Schreiner Event Center (enter the university from Memorial Blvd., turn right, then turn right on Trull Lane; the Event Center is on the left.

Questions? Contact Robin Miears at or (830) 377-4819

 Jeff Wendling lead the meeting by telling the Agencies Honored and introducing first guest Rusty
Kerr County Sheriff's Office Presenter Rusty Hierholtzer
Kerr County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff of the year                   Kerr County Sheriff's Office Corrections Officer of the year
Narcotics Investigator Luke Flores                                          Corporal Matthew Reusser
Kerrville Fire Department presenter Chief Dannie Smith
Kerrville Fire Department Firefighter of the Year                    Kerrville Fire Department Officer of the Year
Firefighter/Paramedic AJ Reed                                         Lieutenant Billy Williams
Kerrville Fire Department EMS Person of the Year
Jordan Garcia          Jordan was unable to attend
Kerrville Police Department presented by Chief David Knight
Kerrville Police Department Police Officer of the Year
Officer Tyler Cottonware
Texas Parks and Wildlife Depatement presenter Captain Jeff Carter
 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Game Warden of the Year
Game Warden II Nicole Leonard
Kerr County Volunteer First Responder presenter Tom Moser
Kerr County Volunteer First Responders First Responder of the Year
Comfort Volunteer Fire Department
Ingram Police Department presenter Lt. Brian Blackburn
Ingram Police Department Officer of the Year
Officer Jose Salazar
Texas Department of Public Safety  presenter Lt. Sidney Pullin
Texas Department of Safety Trooper of the Year
Sergeant Chris L. LaLonde
Lifetime Achievement presenter Chief Dannie Smith
Public Safety "Service Above Self" Lifetime Achievement Award
KFD Division Chief Roger W. Lampman, Jr
 All the awardees

      “The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day… World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service-Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.”

     Many of our clubs and their representatives are already participating in activities that promote world understanding through humanitarian service in support of a variety of international projects.

    Please consider what your club can do to promote more World Understanding in our Rotary World.

  Clint Morse introduces our guest
   William Groneman III, born and raised in New York City as a member of the Baby Boomer generation, grew up on a steady diet of Western television shows and films. Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett series of the early 1950s sparked his interest in the frontier hero and the battle of the Alamo.
   He has written a number of books related to the Alamo, among them are Eyewitness to the Alamo, David Crockett—Hero of the Common Man and Death of a Legend—the Myth and Mystery of Davy Crockett’s Death at the Alamo. He also authored September 11: A Memoir.

 Today’s historians work hard to dispel beliefs about the man engendered by the earlier and popular ABC miniseries. Still, after hundreds of books, documentaries and movies, misconceptions persist. Some of the most outlandish claims made about him include those stating David Crockett.

Wasn’t Davy:

Crockett signed his correspondence with “David.” In print, others—including President Andrew Jackson—called him Davy. Crockett even referred to himself as Davy during a speech in Ohio on July 12, 1834.

Was lazy:

Crockett worked as a drover, freighter, farm hand, hatter, farmer, soldier, scout, magistrate, justice  of the peace, town commissioner,  militia officer, Tennessee State legislator, member of the U.S. House  of Representatives, hunter, trail  blazer for new roads, author and  finally a volunteer soldier in the  1835-36 Texas Revolution.

Was uncouth:

Contemporaries described him as: “A pleasant, courteous, and interesting man, who, though uneducated in books was a man of fine instincts and intellect…a man of high sense of honor, of good morals, not intemperate, nor a gambler” (Sen. Ephraim H. Foster); “…rarely, if ever, exhibited in conversation or manner, attributes of coarseness of character that prevailing popular opinion very unjustly assign to him. I cannot recall to mind an instance of his indulgence in gasconade or profanity” (painter John Gadsby Chapman); and “just such a one as you would desire to meet with if any accident or misfortune had happened to you on the highway” (Niles’ Register, September 7, 1833).

Was of diminutive stature:

Contemporaries described Crockett as: “Tall in stature and large in frame” (Helen Chapman); “About six feet high—stoutly built” (Cincinnati Mirror and Western Gazette of Literature); “About six feet high, weighed about two hundred pounds, had no surplus flesh, broad shouldered, stood erect, was a man of great physical strength” (John L. Jacobs).

Never wore a coonskin cap:

Matilda Crockett said of her father’s departure for Texas that “He was dressed in his hunting suit, wearing a coon skin cap.” James Davis, seeing Crockett leaving Memphis for Texas wrote, “He wore that same veritable coon-skin cap and hunting shirt.” Sarah S. King recalled Alamo child survivor Enrique Esparza stating Crockett “Wore a buckskin suit and a coonskin cap.”

Abandoned his family:

Crockett left his family in autumn 1835 and died at the Alamo in March 1836. Before setting out he wrote to his brother-in-law, “I want to explore Texas well before I return.” Daughter Matilda recalled that he wanted to move his family immediately, but her mother convinced him to look the country over first. He arranged a barbecue and barn dance for family and friends before he left, hardly the actions of a man abandoning his family.

Kept a journal at the Alamo:

Richard Penn Smith created the spurious Col. Crockett’s Exploits  and Adventures in Texas under Crockett’s name four months after  the frontiersman’s death. Many  works still cite it as Crockett’s own.

Was executed after surrendering:

The main source of his “surrender at the Alamo” is the handwritten De la Peña “diary.” Yet no record of this “diary” exists before 1955. Plus, not one page is in De la Peña’s handwriting. A number of details are obviously lifted from other sources available only after De la Peña’s death. The word “surrender” never appears in the document in regard to Crockett. A journal of the Texas campaign in De la Peña’s handwriting mentions the Alamo only in passing and Crockett not at all



Courtney Lions Garcia was the speaker last Wednesday, and the topic was Big Bend National Park. Courtney is the executive director of the Big Bend Conservancy, whose mission is to promote, protect and raise funds for Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Big Bend was the first national park in Texas, and was purchased and established in 1945, making this year the 75th anniversary of the park.
With 450 species of birds, 55 reptile species, 11 amphibian and 40 fish species, Big Bend has plenty to offer visitors. Three distinct ecosystems define the park, including the mountainous Chisos Basin, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Rio Grande River.
The Big Bend Conservancy partners with the Park to help improve visitor experiences, and has raised over 3.7 million dollars through license plates, grants and membership gifts.  Projects include rehabilitating aging exhibits at Rio Grande Village, restoration of the Homer Wilson Ranch, and a fossil discovery exhibit.
Chris Braaten led us in the prayer and pledge.
 George played the trumpet during singing of the National Anthem
Dear Club:  

We have another great program this week! William Groneman is talking to us about "The Things We Still Get Wrong About Davy Crockett."  
BRING A BOTTLE OF WINE for the SUPERBALL WINE PULL.  If you have a bottle that you got for Christmas that you don't like, bring it!!  SuperBall is this Saturday night.  If you still haven't gotten your tickets, see Amber Thomason or Donna Peterson for information.  
February 6th is our 8th Annual First Responders Recognition Luncheon.  We will be in the Conference Center in the back of the Inn of the Hills NEXT WEEK.  
February 9th is Rise Against Hunger.  Bring your kids and grandkids to help out.  We're looking for a total of 200 volunteers.  We're about 1/3 of the way there.  If you want to sign up, please go to 
  Tammy's Thought for the week
 This center helps folks from all walks of life.
Kristy Vandenberg  told us about her great RYLA experience recently. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, which is an annual retreat of young folks developing their leadership skills. This is one of many great programs that Rotary organizes and sponsors, and it appears our future is bright with the enthusiasm of these young leaders.
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.

Tammy was wearing her Rotary pin and won a bottle of wine. Congrats Tammy
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.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


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