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Jimmy Hutto
Jul 12, 2023
How to Avoid Scams
Jul 19, 2023
Forgiveness Project
Jul 26, 2023
Kerrville Pets Alive and the Growing Crisis
Aug 02, 2023
The School Marshall Program
Aug 09, 2023
Class of 2023
Aug 16, 2023
Are You Ready for Some Football
Aug 23, 2023
Aug 30, 2023
Legislative Update
Sep 06, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Satellite Rotary Meeting
Security State Bank & Trust
Jul 13, 2023
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
New Member Orientation by ZOOM
Jul 19, 2023 4:00 PM
UGRA River Clean Up: Click to Sign Up
Flat Rock Park
Jul 22, 2023
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New Member Orientation (In-Person)
Kroc Center Dining Room
Aug 02, 2023 11:00 AM
Board Meeting
SouthStar Bank
Aug 08, 2023 11:00 AM
Satellite Rotary Meeting
Security State Bank & Trust
Aug 10, 2023
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
New Member Orientation by ZOOM
Aug 16, 2023 4:00 PM
New Member Orientation (In-Person)
Kroc Center Dining Room
Sep 06, 2023 11:00 AM
Board Meeting
SouthStar Bank
Sep 12, 2023 11:00 AM
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Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kerrville!
Service Above Self
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Kerrville Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
201 Holdsworth Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
United States of America
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Solar Eclipse
Jeff Stone provided the program on the upcoming Solar Eclipses. Jeff formerly worked for NASA and helped train crews on the shuttle flights. He has seen a number of eclipses, and the first one was in Mexico in 1991. As he explains, it was a phenomenal event that hooked him for life. He has even built his own telescopes for night sky viewing.
Jeff tells us that the best place to observe an eclipse is on top of a hill, where you can see the shadow coming on the horizon. During the  four and one half minutes of the total eclipse, you will be able to see the sun's corona while the moon blocks the actual outline of the sun. It is always there but not visible to us because of the brightness of the sun.
There are some interesting things to notice leading up to and during the total eclipse. Planets and stars will become more visible shortly before totality. The approaching shadow is a surreal experience as it leads up to darkness. You may notice a perceptible drop in temperature, and the wind may pick up, die down or change. Shadows will become much sharper, and the color of the sky will change. Wildlife and birds may act differently, thinking night is approaching. 
The annular eclipse will be on October 14, 2023 and the total eclipse will be April 8, 2024. Kerrville is fortunate in that we will be right at the epicenter for both events. You don't want to miss this because the next one in the U.S. isn't until 2044.
Jeff also spoke about the importance of keeping the night sky as dark as possible. Plants, birds and wildlife have adjusted to the daily cycle of day and night, and excessive lighting disrupts their life-sustaining behaviors such as reproduction, nourishment, sleep and protection from predators.   Kerrville has recently passed a dark sky ordinance, so when installing new light fixtures or when  replacing existing ones, be sure to buy dark sky friendly fixtures. They are no more expensive than regular lights, and will help keep our skies as dark as possible. In general, avoid upward directed light, and use warmer temperature lighting (3,000 degrees K or less).
George's Song
George Eychner led us in singing "You are my Sunshine" in honor of our program about the eclipse.
Prayer and Pledge
Dennis Glenewinkel provided the prayer and pledge.
Interact Students
 Tivy Interact Club leaders Cadence, Trevor and Tillman joined our meeting and gave a report of their activities over the past few months.  Covid put a damper on their club for the previous two years, but they are now very active in the community, and members have volunteered for a number of projects including the Rotary Walk-a-Fun, Rise Against Hunger,  the Homecoming Parade, packaging  meals for the Dietert Center, the Starkey Sausage Supper, the Kerrville Triathlon, Adopt a Highway, Bell ringing for the Salvation Army, The Croc Harvest Festival and the Lions Camp.
Families in Rotary
Jimmy Hutto is having a heart procedure on March 20, so please keep him in your prayers.
Rotary News you can Use
Janelle Peralt reported that the Blood Drive was very successful, as 29 people donated blood last week. Thank you to all who volunteered.
Marta Diffen reported that our club and the local Interact Club participated in the District Days of Service by helping organize the Hill Country Crisis Council's storage room. They worked for four hours last Saturday and sorted, labeled and organized clothes to help this very worthwhile organization.
Marta also tested our Rotary knowledge by asking if anyone knew what a "Rotary Ann" was.  In the not so distant past, Rotary was a men's only club, and the wives of members were often known as Rotary Ann's. After a Supreme Court Decision in 1987, women were finally allowed into the club. Our own Betty Vernon was the third woman who joined our club in 1991, so we've come a long way.
The Josh the Otter program on Water Safety for Elementary age kids is gearing up and volunteers are needed to go to the local elementary schools to help out. COntact Dave Rittenhouse if you are able to volunteer. 412-302-7301 Cell
Bob Schmerbeck was recognized as being a Rotary member for 55 years, and has perfect attendance. Congratulations, and thank you for 55 years of service!
Rotary Foundation Tidbit
When we contribute to The Rotary Foundation, we make it possible for Rotary to do more than promote literacy, alleviate poverty, and improve people’s health. We bridge continents and connect cultures. We empower individuals and communities with the skills and resources they need to tackle their most pressing issues – by providing training and education, improving access to clean water and sanitation, protecting the environment, or preventing and treating disease. Our gifts have significant life-changing power.
Wine is FIne
Kim Woods was wearing her Rotary pin when her name was called, and won a bottle of wine.


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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Hansueli Schlunegger
July 2
Tammy Prout
July 3
Brenda Thompson
July 8
Thomas Fox
July 9
Robert L. III Schmerbeck
July 14
Trey Atkission
July 15
David Jones
July 17
Jeff Harris
July 21
Phyllis Ricks
July 21
Wayne Uecker
July 23
Dave Rittenhouse
July 28
Spouse Birthdays
Ward Jones, II
July 13
Donna Peterson
Jaime Saldana
July 4
Kimberly Clarkson
July 13
Chuck Coleman
Kathy Coleman
July 15
Tammy Prout
Tammy Prout
July 16
Tom Hamilton
Sara Hamilton
July 16
Bret Ford
Charlene Ford
July 18
Ronald (Ron) Blilie
Jean Blilie
July 19
Diane Green
Bob Green
July 26
Join Date
Janelle Peralt
July 1, 2008
15 years
Neill Masterson
July 1, 1981
42 years
Alan Massey
July 7, 1993
30 years
Ashley Phillips
July 12, 2017
6 years
Franklin Johnston
July 16, 1973
50 years
Paul Anderson
July 16, 2016
7 years

Contact The Rotary Club of Kerrville

Club Administrator:
Kristy Vandenberg, (713) 397-6176