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
Clint Morse introduced our guest speaker, Jessica Carlsruher, who is the executive director of "TREAD", an organization who advocates for Texas Landowner's rights. The topic of the talk was the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline that is proposed to be constructed through the hill country of Texas.
Unlike electrical utility lines, oil and gas pipelines in Texas are not required to go through a public process to help determine the route the pipelines will take. Oil and Gas companies can use imminent domain to condemn private land for the greater good.
TREAD is advocating for an oil and gas pipeline routing process similar to that used for PUC (Public Utility Commission) energy  transmission lines. A lawsuit has been filed by concerned landowners, the City of Kyle and Hayes County to force the Texas Railroad Commission to implement a public and transparent process for oil and gas pipeline routing, and to stop the proposed pipeline by Kinder Morgan until that process is established.
George led us in a song with a reference to our speaker's topic.
A number of Paul Harris Fellows were honored for their continued contributions to Rotary International. Pictured left to right are:
Gerald Irion, Clint Morse, Charlie McIlvain, Kristy Vandenberg, Jimmy Hutto, Marta Diffen, Mark McDaniel and Mark Cowden.
Clint Morse was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was drawn, so he won a bottle of wine.
January is Membership month, so bring a potential new member to one of our meetings.
SuperBall is next Saturday night, so if you haven't reserved a ticket for our once a year fund raiser, please consider doing so.  Raffle tickets are still available, and unopened bottles of whiskey are needed for the Wall of Whiskey portion of the event.
Carol Twiss's mother passed away recently. Please keep their family in your prayers.
Dave Samuels lost a good friend this week, so keep him in your prayers as well.
Kudos to all the Stock Show participants. It was a successful show and raised money for a number kids who put a lot of hard work into caring for their animals.
   Larry Arnold explained the best way to win a gunfight!!
The number one best thing anyone can do is not get into the gunfight in first place.
Even if you win you risk having someone you care about getting hurt. Or anyone else for that matter. There are also repercussions if you do shot someone. Was it self defense
Did you have to use deadly force? You may have to go to court for a long process to prove you were right. Of course if you loose your case you could go to jail. Walking away is always the best option.
 If you can't get out of it then use your head. Cheat get your gun ready to go before the other guy. Don't play like your in the movies, this only gets you killed. Look for any advantage. Get behind cover.
 Make yourself a more difficult target in order to engage from a position of tactical advantage. If you stand still, there is much greater chance that you will have holes poked in places that don't really need holes.
  Common sense plays a large factor in winning. If you can't draw and shoot fast then get practice until you have a better speed of drawing and shooting.
Stockton Williams introduced Bert Baetz, who is the rector at St. Peter's Episcopal church. Stockton was the rector there for fifteen years, and when he retired three years ago, it was suggested his replacement be a young dynamic priest, with a family and kids who could go to St. Peter's School. That happened, and now Bert is leading the congregation.
Father Bert provided the talk with the theme  "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". He emphasized that there are three signs that indicate the season is upon us: Lights, Gifts and a heightened awareness to help the poor.  The lighted Christmas parade and lights around town kicked off the season, and they remind us of our need for light. The story of John the Baptist pointing the way to the coming light was explained.
Giving gifts is a big part of Christmas, but we were also reminded of the need to give unconditionally, unlike the theme behind the elf on the shelf.  Giving to the poor is emphasized this time of year, and there is a parallel with the story of the prodigal son, who squandered his fortune and became destitute, but was still welcomed back to the family by his father.
George Eychner led us in the appropriate "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" song.
 Corrections Officer Stephen Walters Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday January 24, 2020 at 3:00pm at the Gateway Church in Bandera, Texas. Then on Saturday January 25, 2020 there will be a benefit for him held at noon, at the 11th Street Cowboy bar in Bandera, Texas. Please support this Officers family. There has also been an account, the Stephen Walters Benefit Account, set up at the Security State Bank and Trust in Kerrville. Donations may be made at any of their 16 locations. Officer Walters was a great Corrections Officer for over 12 years in Kerr County and a loving husband. He was also a 44 year old father of 4 great kids, who now need our communities support. He passed away of complications of the flu, even though he DID have the flu shot.
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer
Rotarian Bob Waller is retiring and moving from Kerrville to be closer to family. Bob is a past president of our club, Rotarian of the year, citizen of the year, and served on numerous boards in his service to our community. Thank you Bob, and we wish you well in your new home.
Our once a year fundraiser, SuperBall is February 1st, and Tammy Prout has asked us to consider buying two raffle tickets to help raise funds for our many programs and scholarships. Table sponsorships are available- nine have been sponsored so far and more are available, so consider a table for your business, or go in with some friends to get a table
Phyllis Ricks announced that the Blue Santa program wrapped up and 36 families and 80 + kids were the beneficiaries. $3,100.00 worth of gifts for families and $2,000.00 worth of food were given to veterans.
January is Membership Month, so consider bringing a potential new member to Rotary.
Thank you to all who rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Gibson's, and thank you to Dave Samuels for spearheading the effort again this year.
John Sibert's daughter Brooke spent some time last summer in France, and her host family sister, Naelle Labacanne, came to visit the US over the holidays.
 Ashley Phillips was wearing her Rotary pin, so she won a bottle of wine when her name was drawn. Someone shouted out but she can't drink it; Well Ashley said but I will save it till after the baby!!!! Way to go Ashley ( ; - )
 Food was collected and delivered to CAM.
Just some pics from that evening. Everyone had a great time and the food was good.
Special Thanks to Schreiner Choir, and Director Michael Kahl.
The Kerrville Salvation Army brass band provided a medley of Christmas songs for our entertainment last week. Led by Rotarian Captain David Swyers, the band plays a number of gigs this time of year, bringing cheer and good music to all.  The band includes five Swyers family members, including daughter Kathleen, who performed a solo of "Mary did you know".
Each year, the familiar red kettle of the Salvation Army is present at various locations around town, and the donations go directly to services including providing food, clothing and shelter for many of Kerrville's residents in need, in addition to helping with drug and alcohol rehab programs and after school care at the Croc Center.  Please consider signing up to help ring the bell with other Rotarians at Gibsons.
George Eychner and the Salvation Army Band led us in a song appropriate to the season, Jingle Bells.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


January 2020
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