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24 October Pints for Polio

We will meet at the on Oct 24th 3 till 6.
Show your support
Please bring a bottle of wine or liquor to this event or drop off at Amber Thompson's work.
Please bring your baked goods for the bake sale at meeting on Oct 27th.
Proceeds to be donated to Pints for Polio
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2021-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Chuck Chandler

Clint Morse introduces our guest    Chuck Chandler
Chuck is a member of the Harris county historical commission.
Chuck went to Texas A &M and plays the banjo & fiddle.
Hurricanes were not named until 1951. Before this time they we named by the year or an event during the storm.
In the early days there was two bayous on the island. 
This map is 1845.
The first storm that was recorded was in 1527
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, was on board and roamed the southwest for 10 years.
1818 another hurricane hit not to bad.
1837 a big one hit the island. It is known as Racer's hurricane, from the  Royal Navy ship HMS Racer. Winds knocked building off foundations. 16 foot tidal surge, rained for 36 hours.
see for more information. Another hits five years later.
1854 hurricane has winds up to 105 MPH and 8 foot storm surge.
1867 with a population of 15,000 it was noted 1,200 died of yellow fever.
18" of water in the Strand area, The rail road bridge was knocked out and tidal surge highest since 1937.
1871 there was 3 ft of water inside the Railroad station. Locals voted to raise sidewalks in downtown area. They are still like this today. When it rained real hard the streets looked like Venice. Completed in 1874.
Picture taken 1875 before storm.
1875 Indianola hurricane. Surge was 4 foot higher than high tide. Boats were found 9 miles inland. 800 people lost their lives with 300 being from Indianola. At this time Indianola was a lager port than Galveston. Rain was 10.58" and flats were developed. It was most destructive. The town would be rebuilt, only to be devastated again by the 1886 hurricane.  At Galveston, several houses and a railroad bridge were destroyed, and a ship, the Beardstown, sunk in Galveston Bay. The town suffered about $4 million in damage and 30 deaths. 
1886 hurricane destroyed Indianola. In Galveston, Texas, the storm capsized a forty-ton schooner, the Liviona Perkins, killing three crew members. The storm also damaged roads, railways, and houses, leading to an estimated $200,000 in damage (equivalent to $5.2 million in 2019[7]).[6]After this hurricane they formed the Seawall Protection group. But politics and money delayed
anything getting done.
1900 hurricane 
15 foot over high tide
100 to 120 mph winds before wind gauge blew away.
Deaths 8 to 12 thousand.
All the greyed area was destroyed what saved downtown area was the tide pushed the debris into large piles that stopped the surge from getting there.
And then the building of the wall and raising the city starts.
The wall was built 17 ft tall. So the rest of Galveston had to be raised to 17 feet. The government helps with the wall but the property owner was responsible for raising there own house.
Before the ground was raised they built steps so to catch the train.
They started the wall in 1905. 
In 1889 President Grover Cleveland appointed him to a board of engineers to recommend a western Gulf port for the government to develop to handle tonnage that was increasing each year. Robert selected Galveston as the only site that could meet the conditions to become a major Gulf port. Congress approved his proposal and appropriated the funds. After the Galveston hurricane of 1900 Robert served as consulting chairman of the board of engineers to design means of protection against future tidal waves. The recommendations of this board resulted in a seawall that successfully saved the city of Galveston on two subsequent occasions, 1909 and 1915. After each tidal wave Robert was called back to report on seawall damage and to make further recommendations. He was also asked to help design a highway and railroad bridge between Galveston and the mainland. Just before he reached retirement age he was promoted to brigadier general, chief of engineers, United States Army, on April 30, 1901
  Robert also became this country's leading parliamentarian. Robert's Rules of Order, first published in February 1876, remained in print in the 1990s as an authoritative reference work on parliamentary procedure. 
They started by driving cedar logs down to bedrock with pile drivers.
Then poring cement. They completed 3 miles. They did complete another 7 miles so its today 10 miles
Chuck Chandler Jimmy Hutto 2021-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

George's Song

George Eychner led us in the Texas State Song, third verse.
George's Song George Eychner 2021-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance 

Posted by Rosa Lavender on Oct 20, 2021
  Rosa Lavender opens with Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Rosa Lavender 2021-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Tom Terrell. Is having issues so keep him and Stockton in your prayers.
Stockton Williams has a new knee and recovering.
Families in Rotary Thomas Terrell 2021-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is fine

Bruce Mckenzie was wearing his pin , so he won a bottle of red. Way to go Bruce.
Wine is fine Bruce McKenzie 2021-10-20 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 20, 2021

The Spoke wants YOU!

We will show you how to go through the simple steps and provide any assistance that you need.

The steps create The Spoke and update the club web page at the same

time. Extensive computer skills are not a requirement.


This is a great way to learn about our club. It is also an easy way to

contribute to the club on your own schedule. Contact Jimmy HuttoDavid Martin, or Sue Whinnery.

THE SPOKE IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS Jimmy Hutto 2021-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Join us for the Pints for Polio at the Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University Trailhead Beer Garden, October 24th from 3-5 pm. This is a  great way to help end polio.
Individual tickets are $50 each and this includes, wristband for entry, an event glass, & one food ticket.  There are sponsorship opportunities also for businesses or individuals.  Please plan to attend if you can! See attached flyer for sponsorship details.  Email or call Amber Thomason ( 830 315 5433 or Robin Miears ( 830 377 4819.  We look forward to seeing you all at our event! 
The annual Veterans Breakfast will be Friday, November 5th, at the Hill Country Veterans Center on Meadowview in Kerrville.
The Bake Sale and auction is upcoming on October 27th. 
Think of this as an old fashioned barn raising, money making event.  We are asking all members to bring some sort of baked deliciousness!  Every item will initially be priced at $20 and we need to sell them all! 
Once you win, you can bring these treats back to work to share or home to devour.  You can also donate your sweets and bring them to an office/business where you can show your appreciation for their staff or volunteers.  
As items are presented, if you want to bid more than $20, you get 15 seconds to get the bidding started with $30 bid.  Todd Odom will be our auctioneer and he is sure to try and get the best price for each item!  Bid high and bid often!
To make the transactions as quick and easy as possible, bring your cash or check to pay for the items.  Plan now to support Polio Plus and get rewarded with amazing treats - no tricks!
Register your baked goods when you arrive!  This should be fun, please participate and remember ... bid high, bid often!  
The season is coming up soon for Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army. Go to our website to sign up to ring the bell and help raise money for all the Salvation Army's worthy causes.
Robin Miears was wearing her Rotary pin at the meeting, so she won a bottle of wine, and then donated it back to the club.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2021-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Don Frazier, The Texas Center

Don Frazier provided an entertaining and informative program on Texas history and the 1836 project. Don is the director of the Texas Center at Schreiner University, whose mission is to help students and the general population learn and appreciate Texas history, culture and people.
Don was appointed to the 1836 Project by Governor Greg Abbott. This project goal is a "presentation of the history of this state’s founding and foundational principles; examination of how this state has grown closer to those principles throughout its history; and explanation of why commitment to those principles is beneficial and justified.”
In addition to Texas' fight for independence from Mexico and entry into the Union, there will be some additional historical topics that will be part of the project, including indigenous people, the state’s Spanish and Mexican heritage, Tejanos and Juneteenth.  A "long read" brochure will be produced that tells the story of Texas, and it will be provided for anyone who gets a Texas Driver's License. The project information will also be available to Texas agencies, historical parks and museums.
Don is passionate about educating people on what makes Texas unique, and presents a wealth of historical and cultural information in his presentations.
Don Frazier, The Texas Center David Martin 2021-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

John Fletcher- for Chip Roy

Chip Roy was unable to make it to the meeting Wednesday, but his District Director, John Fletcher came and gave a brief legislative update.
John Fletcher- for Chip Roy David Martin 2021-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Pledge and Prayer David Martin 2021-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Robert Walter, Jr.

Our newest member is Major General Robert Walter, who is director of Strategic Initiatives for Military Affairs at Schreiner University. Welcome Rob!
New Member Robert Walter, Jr. David Martin 2021-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Please keep the following members and their families in your prayers:
Carolyn Northcutt lost her husband, Robert.
Sue Whinnery had shoulder surgery recently.
Jimmy Hutto had foot surgery.
Stockton Williams had knee surgery.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2021-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Economic and Community Development

October is Economic and Community Development month.

Rotary members help Indian weavers achieve better wages and working conditions.

Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Economic and Community Development Jimmy Hutto 2021-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

New Members

New Member Bill Penak and two transfers Capt. Jeremiah Romack and Ann Bracher Vaughan
New Members Jimmy Hutto 2021-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Kristi Vandenburg District 5840 Governor

Carol Holmes introduces our own Kristi Vandenburg District Governor
Kristi started out by saying she was more nervous about speaking at this club than anywhere else she has spoke. Her vision statement is Serve to Change Life.
25 years ago there we 1.2 million people in Rotary and today there about 1.2 million people in Rotary. And 1.3 million people joined Rotary during that 25 years. Where are they going? Right out the back door. If they don't find something they are passionate about they leave. Our job is get new members involved in something they enjoy doing.
As a District Governor you get invited to international conventions. Hamburg, Germany was 2019 and it was virtual, 2020 was in Hawaii and it was virtual, this year its in Houston.
She said we all need to bring someone to Rotary. Bring one Loose none!
30% of all Rotarians are over 70.  We need to get the mid 50's folks to Rotary.
She want to try to end Human Trafficking. Wants to get all the 55 clubs in the district on the same page. Of the 313,000 people trafficked 1/3 are for sex and 2/3 are for labor.
She ask folks to buy chances to win a wheel barrel full of Wine & Booze. 14 folks paid for $200 worth of tickets and 11 folks paid for $100 worth of tickets. Jimmy & Asley will help collect the Wine & Booze along with money.
Kristi Vandenburg District 5840 Governor Jimmy Hutto 2021-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Ham Radio

Dale Gaudier was the guest speaker last Wednesday, and gave a presentation on Amateur Radio, often referred to as "Ham Radio".  Dale has been past president of the Hill Country Amateur Radio Club, and developed an interest in the field in his early teens. 
Ham Radio is an effective way of communicating with others over the air waves. While hams may use the internet or a repeater system, they do not have to do so. In fact, one of the biggest advantages is that ham radio operators can talk directly with others without any outside infrastructure. This becomes really important during a natural or man made disaster when typical communication systems fail.
Amateur Radio enthusiasts do not use it for business. It is purely a hobby with a purpose. Hams practice efficient communication, and and expand their knowledge of geography, match and electronics while having fun doing it. 
Ham Radio David Martin 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

George's Song

 George Eychner led us in song with a Kerrville Version of "Deep in the Heart of Texas".
George's Song David Martin 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Roy Boudreaux was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
Wine is Fine David Martin 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Congrats to Kristi Vandenberg for completing the recent triathlon.
Bekki Hutto is recovering from surgery, so continue to keep her in your prayers.
Please keep Mark Dizdar in your prayers.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rise Against Hunger

Thank you to all who participated in the Rise Against Hunger event at Schreiner University on September 19th.  30,000 meals were packaged for those in need.
Rise Against Hunger David Martin 2021-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Matlock, Texas Ranger

Chad Matlock, a Texas Ranger, provided the program at Last Wednesday's meeting.
Chad has a number of family members in law enforcement, so it was natural for him to be in the field as well. He spent time in the highway patrol before becoming a Texas Ranger, and covers Kerr and Gillespie counties, and assists in several other surrounding counties.
The Texas Rangers are the oldest state police organization in the United States. In 1823, Stephen F. Austin "employed" ten men to patrol the range lands of Texas to protect the early settlers, and so the "Ranger" name stuck. In 1935, the rangers became part of the Department of Public Safety, and today there 161 rangers, including four women.
Their duties include crime scene investigations, body excavations, border security, police shooting investigations and tactical operations and crisis negotiations. They assist local  law enforcement agencies, and also investigate unsolved crimes. Several years ago, Chad survived a shooting while pursuing a criminal. Most Texas Rangers are in it until they retire, so there is little turnover.
Surprisingly, he often gets asked if Chuck Norris (Walker) was actually was a Texas Ranger. Not surprisingly, the answer is no. For more history, visit the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.
Matlock, Texas Ranger David Martin 2021-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

George's Song

George Eychner led us in the "Eyes of the Ranger" for the song of the day.
George's Song David Martin 2021-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

KISD Mentoring Program 

Clint Morse introduces our two guest  Laurie Rees and Phyllis Blair
Laurie started the program                   and Phyllis finished up.
This mentoring program started 30 years ago. They have volunteers that have been in program for 29 years. Its rewarding for the mentor. This is not tourting but just being a friend and advisor. Its asking questions to let the child see things in a different light. One child told a mentor about having nightmares. Mentor ask when does family watch TV? He said on Friday nights and it always scary movies. The mentor ask student if they would mind if he went to his room during the movies. He said that would be ok and he no longer has nightmares.
Mentors incourage students. They really like being incouraged.
The above link tells a bit more about program.
Contact Laurie Rees on the Daniels campus at 257-2233 or email her at
When ask how many mentors are needed Phyllis they have 60 mentors and over 200 students. 
KISD Mentoring Program Jimmy Hutto 2021-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
George leads us in Song George Eychner 2021-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Red Badge Exchange

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Sep 15, 2021
 Carlina Villalpando, Debbie Anders and Kristi Shepherd all exchanged their red badges for a new ones.
Congrats to all three!!!
Red Badge Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2021-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Captain William Groneman- 911 remembered

Bill Groneman was a captain in the New York City Fire Department on September 11, 2001. That was his day off, and he had been for a walk on the beach, but soon after he left he found out there was a disaster in progress and made it to the fire station. His unit then was dispatched to a command post on the east side of the collapse zone.
The smoke and dust were intense, and made for a surreal experience, especially when he saw a jet engine sitting on the corner of a street. He and many others worked for days on the rubble and debris pile left from the collapse, first in rescue mode, and then in recovery operation.
Bill also displayed a unique look at photos from 911, and famous pieces of art that evoked similar emotions of the tragedy, anguish and disbelief from both witnesses and firefighters.
Bill has written a book titled "September 11- A Memoir" about his first hand account in the aftermath of 911.  He is an accomplished writer, and has also written several books on the Alamo.
Captain William Groneman- 911 remembered David Martin 2021-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Dennis Glenewinkel led us in the prayer and pledge last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2021-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

Walk a Fun

Thank you to all who participated in the  Labor Day Walk A Fun event at Louise Hays Park.
Walk a Fun David Martin 2021-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is FIne

Of course Kristy was wearing her pin so she won a bottle of wine.
Wine is FIne Kristy Vandenberg 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Bill Raleigh Director of Athletics Schreiner

Clint introduces our guest                     Bill Raleigh    

Bill Raleigh was named Schreiner University’s Director of Athletics in August of 2017.

Bill has served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Southwestern Athletics. He is also served as the Chair of the Exercise & Sports Studies and Fitness and Recreation Activities programs. Prior to his role in administration, Raleigh coached the men’s basketball program at Southwestern for 15 years.

During his tenure with Southwestern’s basketball program Raleigh guided the Pirates to success on the court as well as in the classroom. The team consistently had a team GPA of above 3.0 and for 10 straight years was recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honor Court for their academic accomplishments. All but one of the four year letter winners who played for Raleigh during his tenure graduated from Southwestern University. On the court, the Pirates had their best season under Raleigh’s tutelage during the 2004-2005 season. With a 20- 7 overall record and 11-3 in the SCAC, the Pirates earned their best record, a regular season championship and #1 seed in the conference tournament for the first –time in school history. Also, the Pirates advanced to the Championship game of the SCAC tournament during the 2008-2009 season with an 18-10 overall record. Raleigh was twice named SCAC Coach of the year and coached SCAC Player of the Year and NABC 3rd team All-American, Aaron Bowser. Furthermore, Coach Raleigh produced 34 All-SCAC selections and two 1,000 point scorers during his tenure.

Before joining Southwestern, Raleigh was the head men's basketball coach/head golf coach at the University of Dallas and an assistant basketball coach at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA and Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.

After earning bachelor’s degree in business administration from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, Raleigh attended Seton Hall University’s School of Law in Newark, NJ and earned his juris doctor degree.

A Native of Colts Neck, NJ, Raleigh has two teenage daughters, Casey and Carson, and has been married to his wife Maureen for over 20 years.


Schreiner is focused on bringing more to the University. 


Schreiner Athletic Training Mission Statement

The mission of the Schreiner University Athletic Training program is to provide recognized athletic training services to the student-athletes of Schreiner University.  All student-athletes will receive access to injury education, prevention, management and rehabilitation services associated with athletic participation.  Referral for additional medical evaluation and treatment as necessary is also provided.  The goal is to return any injured student-athlete to activity as quickly and safely as possible.

The Athletic Training staff is dedicated to this mission and compliance to Schreiner University, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the NCAA, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

The Schreiner University Athletic Training program will be under continuous evaluation both internally and externally to insure that quality athletic healthcare is provided to the student-athlete.

Under the Varsity Programs are Equestrian, Rifle & far

And they have a golf program. 


Bill said they wanted to increase the campus resident to about 1200 students. They understand that these sports program attract students. The parents used to try to get the kids to good prestigious schools. But those schools cost a lot of money. Now the parents are trying to find less expensive schools. Schreiner is a small less expensive school.

They are looking into bringing football to the campus if they can find the money. A Bass fishing club was also mentioned.

Schreiner University (

I had no idea they offered so many different fields of study.
Bill also brought up the fact that Schreiner has a new women's basketball coach Stacy Stephens.
Bill Raleigh Director of Athletics Schreiner Jimmy Hutto 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Opening Bell

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Sep 01, 2021
Marta opens with the ringing of the bell
 Just before we started 

Opening Bell Jimmy Hutto 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Introduction of Guest

Posted by Jeff Wendling on Sep 01, 2021
Jeff introduces guest
Asley introduced Ann Vaughan     
Jeff introduced Bill Penak                  Marta introduced Daneiell Jenschke
 Marta introduced Jessica Belschner    Dave introduced Marie Souza





Introduction of Guest Jeff Wendling 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Birthday Song George Eychner 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News You can Use

The Labor Day Walk-a-fun at Louise Hayes Park is coming up on September 6th.
The Rise Against Hunger event will be September 18th.
The Club is looking for members to head up the Pints for Polio event this year. 
Amber says she will cochair. Way to go Amber
Rotary News You can Use Jimmy Hutto 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Tivy Coach David Jones

Head football Coach David Jones provided an inspirational talk to our club last Wednesday. He likens the lessons on the football field to life: when you get knocked down, you have to get back up and keep playing. Coach Jones enjoys what he does, and even though he could retire, he wants to keep coaching and trying to inspire his team to be the best player and person they can be. His twin boys are now in high school and playing football, so he has two more reasons to keep working on the gridiron.
Tivy's first football game was last Friday, and we look forward to seeing how the teams do this year.
Tivy Coach David Jones David Martin 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Tivy Fight Song

George Eychner and Tivy alum Bob Fairchild led us in singing the Tivy Fight Song, in honor of our speaker, Coach David Jones.
Tivy Fight Song David Martin 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Thank you to all who participated in the UGRA Guadalupe River Trash pickup last Saturday.
Here are several upcoming events to put on your calendar:
The Labor Day Walk-a-fun at Louise Hayes Park is coming up on September 6th.
The Rise Against Hunger event will be September 18th.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
River Cleanup Ashley Phillips 2021-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Dub Thomas

Clint introduces our guest                        W B Dub Thomas Emergency Management Coordinator.
A Little about Dub 
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.
He went over stats for Kerr County
After he was done there were many questions from folks around the room. He said there were somewhere around 250 active COVID cases in Kerr County. He also said these numbers change twice a day. He said there will be peaks and valleys in the numbers until we get more folks vaccinated.
It was also brought up that if you were to get a booster shot you will have to wait at least 8 months after your last shot.
Dub Thomas Jimmy Hutto 2021-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
DubThomas Jimmy Hutto 2021-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

 Stephanie says they are now empty nesters!
 Prayers go to all the kids going back to school and parents!!!
Prayers go out to the family of Toby Appleton as he has the CO-VID
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2021-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

See the source image
David Jones was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called so he won the wine. Since no wine was present he will get at next meeting
Wayne Uecker                           and John Miller were both wearing their pins so they won a bottle of wine. So now we are all caught up!            
Wine is Fine Wayne Uecker 2021-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Tivy High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Guy Overby provided the program last Wednesday, and announced this year's inductees into the Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame.
There were 72 nominations this year. The nominees can come from one of three categories: Athlete, Coach or Supporter. The three inductees are:
Kelly McCarter:  Kelly was a basketball and volleyball star from the class of 1999. She earned all district selections all four years in volleyball and basketball at Tivy, and received a four year scholarship at the University of Arkansas. She went on to coach volleyball at Weatherford, Texas,  where she was named 2007 District 3-5A Coach of the Year.
Pierce Harold (Tuffy) Fletcher:  Pierce played football, basketball and track, and was from the class of 1962. He was a three year letterman in football and basketball and a two year letterman in track. His standout abilities earned him a football scholarship to Texas A&M, where he earned three letters.
Donnie Laurence Sr.:  Donnie was the Tivy football coach from 1987 to 1997. His overall record was 165 wins, 65 losses and 5 ties, making him the coach with the third most wins in Tivy history. Tivy had 7 district championships during his tenure and was a state semi finalist twice.
The Induction ceremony will be Friday, September 24th at 6:15 pm at Tivy Stadium, prior to the Tivy - Calallen football game. The ceremony will also recognize the inductees from 2020, including Jacquelin Overby-Brummett, Marty Jefferson and Stuart Cunyus.
Tivy High School Athletic Hall of Fame David Martin 2021-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Tivy Fight Song

George Eychner and former Tivy High School graduates provided the Tivy Fight Song for our song of the week.
Tivy Fight Song David Martin 2021-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2021-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Napa Rotary

Tim Cooney recently returned from the Napa Valley in California, where he visited the Napa Club and brought back a flag.
Napa Rotary David Martin 2021-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

David Rittenhouse's wife Jean went to the ER. Please keep her and David in your prayers.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2021-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Mark Moiser CEO Kerrville Airport

Bruce McKenzie introduces our guest Dr Mark Moiser
Mark said that flying was in his family for years.
This is his grandmother on the right in her early twenties and was flying back then. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The airport is jointly owned by the city and the county. in 2011 they formed a board of Directors with 5 people on the board. They have is now, where after 5 year term you are replaced. So they loose one every year now.
He said that this airport brings over 38 million dollars to the Kerrville area.
He often spoke of his do everything lady. She was at this meeting also.
More money would bring more hangers and this would bring more business to this area. If you build it they will come! Not all involved believe this theory.
Dr. Mark Moiser CEO Kerrville Airport Jimmy Hutto 2021-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Big Brothers-Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs

Clint Morse introduced two dedicated ladies who told us about two local programs that help our youth.
Elaina Beard is the director of the local Boys and Girls Club, which operates out of the Salvation Army's Croc Center. Their mission is to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible adults.
Currently they are offering a Summer Day Camp, with about 175 youth capacity. Their daily activities include swimming, reading, bible studies, studying other countries and occasional special guests. It operates 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.   During the school year, an after school program is offered with homework assistance, life skills, youth programs and leadership development. About 40 percent of the youth served are on scholarships.
Rianna Sykes Wenske is the director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, which pairs adult mentors with youth in need. The "Bigs" usually meet one on one once or twice a month with their kid, and provide a positive role model and individual attention.
The club currently has about fifteen adults and youth matched, which is down significantly due to Covid, but is trying to expand its numbers. Their last fund raiser netted about $14,000, and there are many success stories of lives that were changed from this club. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor or serving on their board is encouraged to contact the local Big Brothers Big Sisters office.
Big Brothers-Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs David Martin 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris fellow George Eychner David Martin 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Coast Guard Birthday

David Jones, who served in the Coast Guard, reflected on the upcoming 231st birthday of this military branch. "Always Ready", the Coast Guard patrols 95,000 miles of US coastline, has 35,000 members on active duty, and is involved in an average of forty two search and rescues in a typical day.
Coast Guard Birthday David Martin 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Marta opens the meet since Jeff is ill.
We will do another Rise Against Hunger event on September 18th.
Jeff introduces members with guest.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Andrew Murr

Our guest was introduced by Kellie Early District Director at Representative Andrew Murr.  Kellie then presented a
Resolution from the House of Representatives for appreciation of work done by past Kerrville Convention & Visitor's Bureau President, Charlie McIlvain.
Andrew Murr – an eighth-generation Texan and the descendant of a pioneering family of one of our brave defenders of the Alamo – Representative Murr comes from a long line of Texans committed to making our state a better place to live for future generations.
He is extremely busy, this is some of the items he is working on:
for more info Representative Andrew Murr.  He said the Texas Governor will keep on calling special sessions until they get a quorum. 
Andrew Murrrr Jimmy Hutto 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
George's Song George Eychner 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is fine

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 Mike Huff was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
Wine is fine Michael Huff 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Plus 1

Mike Allen gets his Paul Harris plus one. Mike won this when he had the best Bur Oak tree planted from seed. Ed Hamilton was providing seeds to all that wanted some.
Paul Harris Plus 1 Mike Allen 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Family in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jul 21, 2021
   Congratulations to Donna Peterson who married Jamie Saldana 
   Prayers to all that has to deal with the CO-VID
Family in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

UT Veterans Assistance

Bryant Truitt introduced Jeremiah Gunderson, who is the Director of Veteran and Affiliated Services for the University of Texas.
Bryant Truitt
Jeremiah Gunderson
Jeremiah is a veteran who served two tours in Iraq, and went to college after his military service. As the director of Veteran Services, his office helps student veterans at the University of Texas by providing resources for financial and academic support, health services and career counseling. Veterans are obviously older than traditional students, and have life experiences that are significantly different as well.
There are about four hundred veterans on campus at UT. That number is fairly small because the University of Texas has stringent entrance requirements for traditional students (top six percent of their high school graduating class), and there are many more applicants than space available. There is a small percentage of slots available for others that aren't in that 6% category, including transfer students, veterans and international students. The Veterans Office helps evaluate all incoming applications from veterans, and provides recommendations to the Admissions office. Those that are accepted come in as transfer students.
If you are interested in supporting our student veterans at UT, you can contact the Vice President for Student Affairs Development at 512-475-6134.
UT Veterans Assistance David Martin 2021-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer, Pledge and Song

Carol Holmes led us in the prayer and pledge.
George Eychner led us in singing America the Beautiful.
Prayer, Pledge and Song David Martin 2021-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Jeff Harris New President of Kerrville Rotary

Jeff talks about what his goals are for the coming year.  Kristy Harris name was mentioned, he said without her he would not be where he was.
1   Membership club need to increase members
2   Walk of Fun
3   Blood drive to continue 
4  Trash pickup
5   Guadalupe River clean up
6   Chalk Fest
7   Rise Against Hunger
8   Super Ball
9   First Responder Week with meeting and golf Tournament 
10 Josh the Otter 
11 Youth Citizenship Awards
12 Rotary Scholarship 
13 Polio
14 Veterans Pantry
15 Bell Ringing
16 Blue Santa
17 Kiwanis Rotary Holiday Meal
18 Christmas Party
19 Hill Country Youth Orchestra
20 Woman's Shelter
21 Rotary Growth Program
Jeff Harris New President of Kerrville Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2021-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Kristy

Kristy starts the installation of officers with the new president Jeff Harris. Kristy Harris puts his new president pin on his lapel,
Kristy proceeds with installation with president elect Marta Diffen, Sectary Jeff  Windling,  Treasure Gena Daniels and past president Tammy Prout. These are the officers that will be working with Jeff.
 Kristy then proceeds with the installation of the Board of Directors
District Governor Kristy Kristy Vandenberg 2021-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Dave's Song

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Jeff’s Welcome Song

To the tune of The Marines’ Hymn


From the Halls of Montezuma

Hails our new Prez Jeffery

He will lead our Club’s efforts

Marching on in Victory

First in Kerrville and then the world

With our service ever keen

We are proud to claim as our Prez

A United States Marine

Dave leads us in a Jeff song
Thanks Dave. Semper Fi
Dave's Song Dave Rittenhouse 2021-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

President Tammy's Year in Review

Outgoing Club President Tammy Prout provided a great summary of the past year of Rotary events. Despite the pandemic, our club had many accomplishments. Here's a short list of the activities, events and service projects that we participated in throughout the year:
Guadalupe River Clean up
Veteran's Food Drive
Labor Day Walk-a-Fun
Blood Drives
Trash Pick ups
Hill Country Families Ending Polio
Veterans Breakfast
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Main Event Fundraiser and Silent Auction
First Responders Golf Tournament
First Responders Luncheon
Rise Against Hunger
College Scholarships awarded
Youth Citizenship Awards
George Eychner wrote Tammy's Goodbye Song, and Charlie McIlvain led us in singing to honor Tammy and her leadership this year.
Our Rotary board members and directors were honored for their contributions this year as well: Pictured are Tom Odom, Jeff Harris, Roy Boudreaux, Gena Daniels, Janelle Peralt and Charlie McIlvain.
Clint Morse Was awarded the Rotarian of the Year honor.
Brenda Thompson and Jimmy Hutto were awarded the Rotary Distinguished Service Citations for their work in our club.
A Rotary Grove is planned in the near future, and trees will be planted to honor the memory of Rotarians from our club.
Rotarians Bruce McKenzie, Stephanie Skrumeda, Gerald Irion, Gena Daniels and Kristy Vandenberg were also honored for their service this year.
As a club, we donated $50,231.00 to the Rotary Foundation this year, including a significant anonymous donation.
A special gift of $3,000.00 was given to honor the memory of Arianna Lopez, a student at Starkey Elementary.
Donations of $1,000.00 were also given to several local Art Organizations: Museum of Western Art, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Playhouse 2000, and Kerr Arts and Cultural Center.
The local Volunteer Fire Departments were honored and donations were given to eight VFD's.
Donations were also given to the local Women's Shelter and The Kerrville Christmas Lighting organization.
Charlie McIlvain read a message from our District Governor Kristy Vandenberg, honoring Tammy's great work as our president.
Jimmy Hutto provided the prayer and pledge to start the meeting
President Tammy's Year in Review David Martin 2021-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Dave Samuel was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
Jeff Wendling was also wearing his pin, won a bottle, and gave it away to others in the audience.
Wine is Fine David Martin 2021-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

CEO & President Cory Edmondson

Tom Martin Introduces our guest CEO & President of Peterson Health Cory Edmondson
Cory was raised in Amarillo and then went to Tech.
He ended up in the medical field in Midland Tx. After 25 years there he came to Kerrville.
In order to expand the Ambulatory Care Center they are creating an Ambulatory Surgery Center shown above as the blue building in front and to the right of the main hospital.
At the end of the presentation the officers gifted Peterson Health with a check for $10,000.
CEO & President Cory Edmondson Jimmy Hutto 2021-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

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Doug Whinnery was wearing his Rotary pin, on Zoom when his name was drawn, so he won a bottle of red wine. Congrats!
Wine is Fine Doug Whinnery 2021-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

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Governor Installation

Kristy Vandenberg as the District 5840 Governor, it closed yesterday. It is a rare event for our club to witness.

It was held at Rails - A Cafe at the Depot event center on Tuesday, June 22, from 6-8 p.m.



Rotary News you can Use Tammy Prout 2021-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Kerrville's Long Range Water Plan

Kerrville City Manager EA Hoppe introduced our Guest speaker Zach Stein.
Zach is from Texas and attended Texas A & M.  He is a water engineer working for HDC Engineering working out of Dripping Springs. 
He explained how the system was developed buy first figuring out Kerrville's current demand and also future demands.
The firm then together with several entities developed a plan.
Follow the link to find out more details. Every answer was then given a cost to insure we get most bang for the buck.
More about the ellenburger-san saba aquifer see link CHAPTER 7 draft_81406.indd (
Currently there is a Water Master working in the TEFC Homepage - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality -
This man can control the water in the Guadalupe in a drought such that we cannot touch the water that passes thru Kerrville.
Both men answered questions after the presentation.
The data was in acre foot of water. One acre foot contains 325,851 gallons of water.
Kerrville's Long Range Water Plan Jimmy Hutto 2021-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Drug Enforcement Administration

Jeff Wendling introduced Frank Sorianello, who is the chief of the San Antonio office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Frank explained that the DEA is a single mission administration, and that mission is to enforce the drug laws of the United States. Worldwide, the DEA has 91 offices in 70 countries, and the staff varies from 2 to 40 persons in the various offices. They partner with local county sheriff offices and city police departments to enforce the laws.  Because 65-70% of violent crimes have drugs involved in some way, there is obviously cause for concern.
The priorities for the San Antonio DEA office are the trans-national criminal organizations (cartels) and gang related activity. However, a growing crisis is the counterfeit pills that are on the market that mimic Oxycontin and Hydrocodone. When people are dependent on the prescription drug versions, and are unable to continue getting them, they often turn to the black market for these drugs. Unfortunately, some of the counterfeit versions of these drugs can be toxic, and thousands of people a year die in the US from overdose.
Methamphetamine abuse is perhaps the #1 drug issue, and 90% of it comes from Mexico. It often is smuggled in liquid form and then is converted to solid form by local meth labs in the US. There is also a lot of marijuana smuggling into Texas that comes from Colorado and other states where it is legal. Marijuana is significantly stronger than it was a number of years ago, with the THC content approaching 30%, compared to 3% in the past.
For those interested in the DEA for employment, agents coming into the field are usually at least in their late twenties. The administration likes applicants to have a college degree, and prefer military or police department experience. Since following the money is a big part of the DEA's investigations, a background in finance or cyber security is also advantageous.
Drug Enforcement Administration David Martin 2021-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2021-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Citizenship Awards

Jeff Anderson introduced our yearly program that provides Citizenship Awards to area fifth grade students. 
Jeff and the committee have worked with local schools to select students who exemplify Service above Self in their daily lives. The student's motto is "We above Me". 
A number of local organizations and businesses helped with the program this year.
Neil Griffin was a big supporter of this program since its inception, and he was honored for his contributions.
Crystal Dockery came from Austin again this year to recognize the students and tell a little about each of them.
Here are the award winners:
Toby Appleton with Schreiner University announced that each of the students would receive a $5,000.00 per year college scholarship for four years if they choose to go to Schreiner.
Citizenship Awards David Martin 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

New members

Two new members were welcomed into our Rotary club.
E.A Hoppe is the new City Manager for the City of Kerrville.
Kristi Shepherd works for Fannie Mae.
New members David Martin 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Dave Samuel was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won the bottle of wine for the week. Dave donated it to Crystal Dockery, who was one of the speakers for the Citizenship awards program.
Wine is Fine David Martin 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Opening Prayer David Martin 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Closing Prayer

Kathleen Maxwell Rambie provided the closing prayer for the students, parents and all who work in the schools.
Closing Prayer David Martin 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards

Carol Holmes was awarded her Paul Harris +2 award at the meeting last week.
Paul Harris Awards David Martin 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

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Blood Drive
Our final event for this Rotary year will be our South Texas Blood & Tissue Center blood drive. It is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crenwelge Motors.
We need 30 donors and I hope you will be one of them.
Here is a link to register to participate in this blood drive.

Already short on the needed blood supply, the STB&TC is reporting an anticipated increase in need due to summer months and COVID restrictions being lifted. Your donation can save a life.

Governor Installation

If you haven't already RSVP'ed to attend the installation of our own Kristy Vandenberg as the District 5840 Governor, please do so. It is going to be a rare event for our club to witness.

It will be held at Rails - A Cafe at the Depot event center on Tuesday, June 22, from 6-8 p.m.

Everyone is invited. There will be food and refreshments and time for fellowship as we honor Kristy and celebrate this great achievement. There is no cost to attend.

Here is the link to RSVP:

First responder training

Our First Responder Committee hosted a training session recently for area law enforcement. The training was on civil document, case procedure and included 15-16 law enforcement officers.

This is one of the many training sessions our club sponsors through this committee.

Rotary News you can Use Tammy Prout 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Schreiner Mansion completed 1927

Clint Morse introduces guest Hunter & Rebecca Schmidt
Hunter says he meet his wife Rebecca while both were in US Marines.
This house was the third historic house they tried to purchase. When they first looked at it the price was too high for their budget. When the price was lowered they did purchase. Schreiner Mansion built in the 1920's - Very private & flat usable 10 acres. 
Built by Adams & Adams. Other buildings this firm built around the state.
Other homes built by Adams & Adams
The sellers of the property had all the documents that pertained to building the house
Envelops from 20's                                   This is a letter written in 1927 saying the walls leak.
We were informed they still leak.
Blue prints and and Elevation view of the front of the house.
All Lights, fixtures, floors, walls, tiles, windows, fireplace and faucets are original. It was noted the faucets all leaked. Windows are single pane.
They know they will have to replace items as needed. 
Of the 10 acres two along Harper rode are spoken for, They will keep 4 acres for house and out buildings, with another 4 acres for 11 or so houses to be built. The first house should be completed in 4 months
Schreiner Mansion completed 1927 Jimmy Hutto 2021-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows

A number of Paul Harris fellowships were awarded:
David Martin, PH +3
David Jones, PH +5
Leslie Rambin, PH and PH +1
Charlie Mclivain PH +4
Paul Harris Fellows Jimmy Hutto 2021-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Kristy Vandenberg will be installed as the Rotary District 5840 Governor at Rails- A Cafe at the Depot in Kerrville, on June 22, from 6-8 pm. All Rotarians and spouses are invited, and there will be a cash bar and appetizers. 
A blood drive will take place on June 24th. More details to follow.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2021-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Hill Country Archeology

Mike McBride of the Hill Country Archeology Association gave a presentation to our club last Wednesday.
The HCAA is an organization of volunteers (avocational archeologists) whose goal is to preserve the local archeology and educate landowners and the public about the rich history of our area. They work with private land owners, by their invitation, to help them understand archeological sites on their property. Any artifacts found remain the property of the land owner.
Through a series of slides, Mike educated us about the migration of the earliest humans to the Americas. During the last ice age, when the ocean was 300-400 feet shallower than today, a land bridge formed between current day Siberia and Alaska, allowing land travel down the Pacific coast through Canada and eventually to our area. They believe the period of migration down the Pacific coast took place over several thousand years, from roughly 25,000 years ago to 18,000 years ago. Recent DNA research indicates that Native Americans can be traced to perhaps three distinctive populations of these early inhabitants.
Artifacts point to Native Americans reaching Texas as early as 15,000 years ago. The flint in the hill country area is some of the best in the United States, and so it is not surprising that they found Texas appealing with the flint for arrowheads and tools, plentiful game, varied plants for food, and permanent and reliable water sources.
The HCAA will host the Texas Archeology Field School June 12-19 of this year, with a week of excavation and research, and they are expecting about 400 people. The public is invited to the event one evening, June 17th at 7:00 pm, for archeological demonstrations and informal Q&A with members. Bring your artifacts for help with identification.  
Hill Country Archeology David Martin 2021-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2021-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

George's song- Hagi's palms

George Eychner led us in a song about Hagi's Palms, in reference to the Mamacita's restaurant palm trees that took a hit in the Big Freeze in February. A few of you might remember George did a similar song when the restaurant first opened over fifteen years ago.
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Christopher Combs FBI

Bryant Truitt introduces our guest Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.
Bryant also thanked Robin Miears and Britney Perez for their help in getting our guest.
  Christopher Combs Special Agent in Charge San Antonio.
He is over 60 counties and has 6 satellite offices
  • Brownsville
  • Del Rio
  • Laredo
  • McAllen
  • Waco
They were in Austin for the 2018 bombing, in Odessa for the 2019 shootings.
it was noted that since covid in 2020 the shooter problem has stopped.
He said that if you riot at a federal build you are breaking the law and it will be arrested by the FBI.
They are still arresting people that were rioting at the capitol building. It takes a while for them to go thru 
states to get to the people involved. Over 411 people were arrested.
When ask what he thought was the worst problem he said attacks on Jewish people. This is a hate crime.
Also when you attack police you will be arrested.
Child abduction is a priority for the FBI. They have developed the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.  This is known as CARD team. See link for further info
Anyone in Business can be hacked. One of the problems is lack of security for both individuals and business.
It is known that a lot of folks used easy passwords like business name123. These are easily hacked.
And both business and individuals need to change passwords on a regular basis. There is not much they can do if you have a very easy password. 
When asked about the problem of law officers leaving across the country due to the treatment of officers along with increase in police shootings, He said a lot of those are coming to work at the FBI.
Current stats show that police shootings are at an all time all time high.
for more info on FBI San Antonio office see link
Christopher Combs FBI Jimmy Hutto 2021-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Once around the room premeeting

We had close to 70 folks live and another 24 via zoom! Great turn out for FBI guest!

Once around the room premeeting Jimmy Hutto 2021-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Our Rotary Club year is coming to a close, but we are not sitting back and counting the days. WE ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION!
As you know, we successfully completed our Rise Against Hunger mission on Saturday. It was only possible because the determination and Service Above Self efforts of more than 30 Rotarians and 12-15 Interact students and their sponsors. To repeat, we packaged 14,256 meals in two hours! We will be tracking where our boxes are being shipped and will report back.
Blood Drives
In my first meeting as club president, I committed to quarterly blood drives, a new project for our club. This project was personal to me, but more importantly, COVID has caused a blood supply issue that I hoped to address. We have successfully completed three blood drives so far and our final blood drive of the Rotary year will be THURSDAY, JUNE 24 at Crenwelge Motors.
I will send out the sign up link when it is available and I hope you will participate.
So far this year, our club is responsible for the following donations:
• 72 Whole Blood Units
• 14 Double Red Cell Units
• 2 Red Cell and Plasma Units
Thank you so much for supporting this effort.
Future donations and projects
Your board met today and we have shored up our budget, our goals and are making plans to support several other projects and organizations with funds not used due to COVID!
I will report more on this once we have everything finalized, but it is going to be EXCITING!
Memorial grove
One of our goals this year was create a "Rotary Grove," a place to honor longtime Rotarians who have passed away. We will have a groundbreaking soon and will report further at that time. It is really going to be nice!
Our scholarship committee, headed up by Roy Boudreaux and Donna Peterson, has completed the application review process and we have begun notifying students. We will be providing $1,000 scholarships to 25 local students. They are broken down as follows:
• Tivy = 16
• Ingram = 2
• Hill Country High School = 1
• OLH = 1
• College students = 5
Citizenship Awards
Our Youth Citizenship Awards luncheon will be held June 2. As you will recall, our club has partnered with Schreiner University to recognize fifth grade students in elementary schools throughout the county. It is an amazing effort headed up by member Jeff Anderson and results in $20,000 in scholarships from Schreiner University.
Our very own Kristy Vandenberg will be inducted next month as the Rotary District 5840 Governor! She has chosen to have the ceremony at the Arcadia Theater and we are all invited. Due to limitations on gatherings, out fellowship committee budget will be used to allow for all club members to attend.
We will provide the date and time once we have finalized the plans.
Rotary News you can Use Tammy Prout 2021-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is fine

Bryant Truitt name was called, so he won a bottle of red wine! Way to go Bryant !!! Three names were called before Bryant's.
Wine is fine Bryant Truitt 2021-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Families in Rotary Tammy Prout 2021-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rise Against Hunger

Thank you to all who answered the call to help package food last Saturday for Rise Against Hunger.
We packaged 14,256 meals in little more than two hours! These meals will be sent to where they are needed most and we will be able to track where our hard work is being sent.
In my refusal to allow COVID rob us of yet another event to help individuals in need, I worried that we might not have enough volunteers. BUT that was not the case. I continue to quote the Rotary slogan of "People of Action," because in this very difficult year, that is what we have been as a club. We've served our community as we always have. We showed up when needed. And, we stepped up with wallets in hand when asked.
I thank each of you. I would also like to commend our Tivy Interact Club members and their sponsor, Shanna Vecchio! They were truly instrumental in helping us achieve our goal today.
Our food drive items will be delivered to Christian Assistance Ministry. 
Rise Against Hunger Tammy Prout 2021-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Picnic

Last Wednesday was the Rotary picnic at Jimmy and Bekki Hutto's house. Thank you to the Huttos and the the fellowship committee for all their work in putting this together!
Rotary Picnic David Martin 2021-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

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Rise Against Hunger
We have planned our Rise Against Hunger food preparation event for May 8 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. In July, I asked each of you to step out of your comfort zone and actively participate in one of our service projects. If you have not been able to do so this year, please consider volunteering on this day. We will begin at 9 a.m. and will need 50-60 volunteers to work shifts over four hours.
The annual picnic will resume this year, with a socially distanced event at the Hutto's house on May 5th. Check your email to RSVP.
The Texas Military Department will operate a mass vaccination clinic from Monday through Friday, May 3-7, at Kerrville First United Methodist Church, 321 Thompson Drive.
For 5840 schedule of events Home Page | District 5840 (
Guest attending today
We had 47 people attending the live meeting & 31 on zoom.
Rotary News You can Use Tammy Prout 2021-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Ramon Garcia

 Ramon was born in Austin and raised in Kerrville.
He has helped with Habitat for Humanity,  UGRA, Community Service along with assisting in the 2050 plan for Kerrville.
He believes in public service and the people are the boss.
Do we have enough affordable housing in Kerrville? If we are to bring more jobs to the city we need housing.
City codes are too complex they finally updated the 2006 codes in 2018.
Need to insure water sources, Citizens are first, values principles.
Ramon Garcia Jimmy Hutto 2021-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Forum for Two Candidates

Special thanks goes to Ingrid Painter for her help in setting up this forum.
Clint introduces the man and woman running for City Council Place 1
Mary Ellen Summerlin
Roman Garcia
Forum for Two Candidates Ingrid Painter 2021-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Mary Ellen Summerlin

 Mary presented her program in bullet points.
1. Experience Using city resources, city council & EIC
2. Education, Degree's delivery on topics.
3. Tax policy, Believes not lowering taxes just to lower them, good physical management, Operation management, manage debt.
4. City council when, how much, and what needs to be done.
5. Fair representation, have elections on all major debt, not the emergency expenses. 
6. No attack adds, positive ideas, 10 years in public office.
Mary Ellen Summerlin Jimmy Hutto 2021-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Tivy High School Standout

Clint Morse introduced a Tivy High School senior, Jonathan Halpin. Jonathan has received offers of a full ride college scholarship from both the Navy and Air Force, and plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall to study engineering. He will participate in the Corp at A&M, and will enter the armed services upon college graduation. He wants to be a pilot, and will soon decide which of the scholarship offers he will accept. Jonathan is the Corps Commander at the Tivy Air Force Junior ROTC program this year, and well as the Tivy band drum major. Jonathan is obviously a hard worker with many accomplishments already, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.
Tivy High School Standout David Martin 2021-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

The Arcadia, Then and Now

Anne Overby provided the program last Wednesday on the newly renovated Arcadia in downtown Kerrville. The venue operated as a movie theater from 1926 until the late 1980's and was closed for over thirty years. After a number of different owners and good intentions to reopen it, the theater was gifted to Kerrville's Fourth on the River organization by owners Steve and Shawna Huser. The Arcadia Theater is now known as Arcadia Live! and is a multi purpose venue, featuring live music weekly, a variety of performances and is available for receptions and private parties.
This is the original facade from 1926.
It was renovated to the Art Deco architecture in the late 1940's.
Here's a slide showing the original and now renovated front elevation.
The building honors the past by retaining elements of the two different architectural styles, while updating the main room with numerous platforms and seating areas, a large stage, and overhead glass doors that open onto a spacious deck overlooking the Guadalupe River.  
The Arcadia, Then and Now David Martin 2021-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Glen Crain's surprise birthday

Fellow Rotarian and WW II veteran Glen Crain was surprised with a birthday party in his honor at the Veteran's Center. Glen also met a fellow vet who shared the same birthday.
Glen Crain's surprise birthday David Martin 2021-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News You can Use

Congratulations to Captain David Swyers of the Salvation Army, who was promoted to major. With this promotion, David will be transferring to Florida to continue his good work there.
Kristy Vandenberg will be the next District 5840 Governor for Rotary. Congratulations and a big thank you go to Kristy for her hard work in numerous positions in our club, and now she will continue her work leading our district.
The Rise Against Hunger event will be May 8th, where we will be assembling packages of food to serve those in need. Go to our website to sign up.
The annual picnic will resume this year, with a socially distanced event at the Hutto's house on May 5th. Check your email to RSVP.
Rotary News You can Use David Martin 2021-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Veterans Breakfast

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 14, 2021
Over 200 tacos were bought for this event. Over 80 vets came thru the line. Coffee, Milk, Orange juice, fruit and donuts were also provided.
This was a hit again way to go Rotarians!
Veterans Breakfast Jimmy Hutto 2021-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Father Rafal Duda,

Clint introduced our guest speaker   Father Rafal Duda 
Rafal is with the Notre Dame Catholic Church Kerrville.
 Rafal told us he remembers being on a soccer field when he was one year old. By age of 10 he was on an organized team. By 17 he was playing second division teams.
 He thought that he wanted to be famous and have cars, money and nice things. He then bought his first Bible. At 19 still playing ball he has some problems with his ankle. Then he decided that if he passed his test he would go to seminary school. His parents approved. 
 At seminary school it was like they were always trying to test and question his motivation and  commitment to God. They kept asking and he kept answering to their satisfaction. He finally reached his goal of becoming a priest.
 After meeting some folks from US he thought Texas sounded good.
First he went to San Antonio, from there to Kerrville in February of 2019. He still likes and plays soccer & Chess. He speaks 5 languages.
Father Rafal Duda, Jimmy Hutto 2021-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

First Responders Golf Tournament

An here comes the FUN! Our 4th Annual 1st Responders Golf Tournament! 
An Outdoor Event That Will Allow All Of Us To Enjoy The Spring Sunshine, Great Weather, Rotary Involvement, Service Above Self, A Way To Build Goodwill and Better Friendship and Of Course It Will Be Beneficial To All Concerned as we can continue to Serve Our First Responders!  
The Tournament will be held at Comanche Trace Golf Club, on Monday April 12, 2021
Schedule of Events:
Registration: 11:00
Lunch: 11:30
Putting Contest: 12:00
Shotgun start: 1:00
Scoring: 5:30 w/Peoria Scoring Format
If you want to sign up to play, please submit your team by the end of the day on Friday April 09, 2021 so the Golf Professionals can prepare and arrange for our event.  
All Funds Raised will benefit 1st Responders in our area and provide them with Needed Additional Training and for Continuing Education.  These Men and Women that will benefit from this are your local Law Enforcement, Kerrville/Kerr County Fire Department/EMS and our much needed and used Area Volunteer Fire Departments as well.
To ensure that we have an enjoyable round of golf with ample opportunity to be able to give back to those who give so much to us, the field will be limited to the first Thirty (30) teams or one hundred twenty (120) players.
There are several ways to participate and support this meaningful event.
  1. Sign up a team and play $150/player or $500 for a team of 4 ($100 savings to sign up a team)
  2. Support through Sponsorship, there are many different Levels to Support
  3. Donate to the Cause with a Monetary Tax Deductible Donation
  4. Donate an Item(s) for the Silent/Live  Auction
  5. Volunteer your time to help with Registration... Thank you those whom have already volunteered for this!!
Please see the attached Registration Form which has the schedule of events, registration form so you can sign up individually or as a team... Don't worry, if you cannot or do not play golf... you can also support the event with a donation.
Again we are asking for your help and support to ensure that this is again a HUGE Success!!
Thank you in advance for your Rotarian Support!
Your humble 1st Responders Support Committee
Jeff & Jeff
Look for the email from Jeff Harris for the registration form.
First Responders Golf Tournament Jeff Harris 2021-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Trash pick up

Thank you to all who participated in the trash pick up last Saturday.
Trash pick up David Martin 2021-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

First Responders Awards

The Rotary Club sponsored the First Responder Awards program again last Wednesday. This program recognizes achievements by outstanding individuals from various agencies in the Kerr County area, and provides funds for continuing education for the first responders.
Following the presentation of the colors, Jeff Wendling provided the invocation and pledge, and introduced the head of the agencies that were honored today.
Here are the award recipients:
Kerr County Sheriff's Department Officer of the Year:  Captain Carl Arrendondo
Corrections Officer of the Year: Sargent Brenda Cardona
Kerrville Fire Department EMS Person of the year:  Firefighter/ Paramedic Ryan Michel
Kerrville Fire Department Fire Fighter of the year: Driver Casey Goodman
Kerrville Fire Department Officer of the year: Lieutenant Jaran Floyd
Kerrville Police Department Officer of the year: Jacob Trevino
Ingram Police Department Officer of the year: Officer Michael McDonald
Kerr County Volunteer First Responder of the year: Allison Sullivan Moyer
Texas DPS Trooper of the year: Trooper V Michael Bacon
Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden of the Year: Game Warden III Carson Wardlow
Lifetime achievement awards were presented to the following individuals:
Kerr County Sheriff's office:  Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer
Kerr County Sheriff's office: Chief Deputy Clay Barton
Kerrville Police Department: Chief David Knight
Elm Pass Volunteer Fire Department: Chief Jerry Vincent
Former Constable Gene Huffaker 
At the end of the program, Rotarians Tammy Prout, Marta Diffen, Jeff Harris and Jeff Wendling all voluntarily received a pie in the face, as part of achieving the challenge of selling 400 raffle tickets for our fund raiser. Thank you to our Rotary leaders!
First Responders Awards David Martin 2021-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2021-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Jeff Harris advised The First Responder Luncheon will be April 7th, and the golf tournament that raises funds to provide continuing education for First Responders will be April 12th. This will be known as First Responders Week.
Todd Odom who was an auctioneer in an early career ran the auction of tickets to the members. 
It was decided to auction any items left over once a week till they are all gone.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Main Event Fund Raiser

We sold 400 tickets and did well on the Auction on line.
Andrea Wilson won the Paul Harris Fellows Award. ($1,000)
Allen Massey won the Asley Furniture gift card ($1,000)
Martin Peterson won the Kamado Joe Egg Cooker 
Robert Lang won the 9.42 Peruvian Silver ring
Bryant Truitt won the 29"Amazonite Gold Necklace
Janelle Peralt won the $10,000 grand prize girt card
A Special thanks to all the Sponsors that donated to our  Silent Auction
Main Event Fund Raiser Robin Miears 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Recognized Jimmy Hutto 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

 Heraldo Aldredge  had a stroke and is now at home on Hospice.
Prayers go out to the family.
CR Prince, one of only two WWll vets at the VA Hospital passed away
on March 22 2021. I went to school with his kids and I knew him back in the 60's. 
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Basement Brewers of Texas

Last Wednesday, Rotarian Chris Chedzoy gave us a virtual tour of Basement Brewers of Texas, with his partners Doug Landrum and Randy Rose. Their brewery is at 521 Clay St. in Kerrville, and provides the largest selection of craft beer in the Texas Hill Country. Located in an old reconverted warehouse building, they offer beer, wine, and non alcoholic cider and soft drinks in a family and dog friendly atmosphere. They have fourteen taps for a number of small batches they produce, and always have some interesting varieties.
They have fun with their beer selections, and recent brews include Girls Scout Cookie Beer, Christmas Cake, and Putin Hacked my Stout. There is seating both inside and outside,  with a large yard and picnic tables in the back yard. You can order beer to take home with you to enjoy later, in 64 or 32 oz. growlers, or they can even make aluminum cans, filled with beer straight from the tap.
Although they don't sell food, they encourage folks to bring their own or even order delivery from any one of numerous restaurants in Kerrville. Basement Brewers also hosts a variety of fun events, including back yard game tournaments, trivia nights, holiday parties and sports events.
Basement Brewers of Texas David Martin 2021-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Kerrville Chief of Police

Mark McDaniel introduces                  Chief Chris McCall
Mark expressed thanks to Chief Thomason for his help in going thru over 50 applicants.
Chief McCall’s Bio
Police Chief Chris McCall brings with him more than 20 years of law enforcement experience in Hobbs, N.M., where he began his career as a patrol officer in 1999. He served as deputy chief from 2010-12 and interim chief before his promotion to chief of police in 2013.  During his tenure as chief in Hobbs,  McCall:
 provided strategic leadership and direction to 150 staff members;
 oversaw operations of a 75-bed detention facility;
 managed media relations and social media engagement;
 devised crime and traffic enforcement strategies;
 drove community engagement efforts aligned with policing in the 21st century;
 served on various state level boards;
 consulted senior community leaders on public safety issues and emergency response efforts.
McCall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University and an Associate’s Degree in Mid-Management from Eastern New Mexico University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 241st Session, the Kennedy School for State and Local Government Executives at Harvard University, the LEAD-Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, and the West Point Leadership Program. 
McCall has served as president of the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Counsel, and has been a board member of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board, the New Mexico Municipal League, the Lea County Communication Authority, Crime Stoppers, the Hobbs Rotary Club, and the Lea County Drug Task Force Board.
McCall has a proven background in practical application of law enforcement processes and procedures, problem resolution, data analysis, and the training and development of personnel.
Chris spoke about coming into Kerrville. He learned the group was lean & mean. Also mentioned about the need to get a new facility and to see what other units in town could possibly join the police department efforts to move to another location.
He also wanted to have a K-9 unit in Kerrville. Wants to get up to a unit with a two dogs and available seven days a week.
Make sure everyone knows about the Kerrville Police Foundation, a 501-C3  non profit and that it will accept donations. To insure that there is interaction with other law enforcement units to insure the sharing of information with all.
The two major points were to improve communication between community and organizations.
Questions ask
  1. are the officers wearing cameras? Yes on their body and in vehicles.
  2. With all the officers leaving jobs in other states are you looking at them as a source of potential personal. Yes we are 
  3. What are the minimum requirements and how are you getting the postings out, They must have a clean record and a high school degree, and pass a psychological review. You can access openings thru our web sight. Also posting at colleges and universities.
  4. What is salary? $49,000
  5. What is the size of force? 75 total and of that 35 are patrol officers and the rest are criminal investigators and information officers.
  6. What about growth? There is strategic plan of growth and a process of looking at needs now and the future.
Something was said that brought a smile to a lot of folks!!!!
Kerrville Chief of Police Jimmy Hutto 2021-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

  Jack Pratt is recovering in ICU after a Triple bypass. Dr. says the surgery went well.
Rotary prayers work! I would like to pass along a conversation with another Rotarian who shared a very personal story with me. Little over a year ago, Rotarian Guy Overby was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment. He told me that the prayers, notes, phone calls and support he received from his fellow members of the Rotary Club of Kerrville was so appreciated. Guy told me that he felt the love and support, which in turn motivated him to get through the difficult situation.
Today, he is cancer free and thankful.
The chef at the Kroc Center, Ed Lawrence , was recognized for making corn beef and cabbage and Irish stew. Both were great.
   Jeff Harris told of an event. as he was driving home he saw his neighbor walking home. He stopped and ask if the neighbor Glen Crain would like a ride home. Glen said I don't ever take rides from folks I do not know. Jeff said 
he was in Rotary with Glen and they were neighbors. Then Glen took the ride home.
Member picture
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2021-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

Main Event and Blood Drive

There were 42 folks live and 26 online
Main Event
Our Main Event Online Auction is now live! There are 94 wonderful items for you to bid on. So bid today and bid often! The Bidding closes on March 29th. The link to all of the online fun is:
We have hand-delivered and mailed raffle tickets to every member and now we need to collect funds and raffle ticket stubs.
Please bring your money and ticket stubs to Wednesday's meeting to turn into President-elect Jeff Harris or his Main Event Co-chair Robin Miears.
If you cannot or will not attend in-person, please contact us so that we can come and collect your stubs and money. We have had great response so far and I am so proud of our club participation. At this point, only about 25 percent of our members have turned in their funds, but almost everyone has agreed to step up and sell their four tickets. We still have this week and next week, so let's FINISH STRONG.
Remember, we have only one fundraiser per year to fund all of our wonderful service projects. AND it takes all of us to get it done.
After discovering the technical glitch on the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center website that omitted our blood drive for public viewing, we had only 12 people signed up to participate a week ago. Once we fixed the website glitch, I sent out plea to our club and asked the City of Kerrville to promote our blood drive.
I am so pleased to report that we filled all 40 time slots! Thank you all so much! And, thank you to the City of Kerrville for their support of this project! It was a success!
Main Event and Blood Drive Tammy Prout 2021-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

Kerrville City Manager Mark McDaniel

Mark McDaniel, Rotarian and our City Manager of Kerrville, gave an update on current projects and the state of the city. Mark has been the City Manager since 2017, and has served in city government previously in several capacities.
One of the driving forces in guiding our city is the Kerrville 2050 Plan, which was compiled from citizen input at numerous meetings and workshops. Growth is inevitable, and with Kerrville approaching 25,000 residents, it is important to manage the growth to preserve the natural beauty and small town charm that we all enjoy.
Public Infrastructure: 
New Ellenberger Well: This well into the Ellenberger Aquifer will supplement our domestic water needs.
Olympic Drive Extension: An extension of an existing road to provide better access to the new middle school, set to open shortly after spring break.
Legion Dr. lift station: This expands the city's sewage capabilities for a significant area of Kerrville, providing the capacity to tie to the sewer system for areas previously unable to.
Major Street and Drainage Improvements: Ongoing maintenance and complete rebuilding of a number of streets, and drainage systems improvements is ongoing.
New Public Safety Building: This project is still in the planning stage but will house a new Police Station, Fire Administration and Municipal Court.
Knapp Lift station: This will expand sewage capacity on the west side of town.
River trail new section: A concept plan has been approved for an extension of the River trail that would go from G Street to downtown, on the north side of the river. (not funded yet)
Sidney Baker Bridge: A grant will be applied for seeking funding for a wider, safer pedestrian walkway on the bridge over the Guadalupe River.
Main St. Board: A grant has been applied for to improve the walkability and safety of the pedestrian areas in the downtown area. They are also doing a study to identify businesses that could be a good fit for the downtown area.
Economic Development:
In addition to the Killdeer Plant, existing businesses including All Plastics and the State Hospital have added employees, and James Avery is back up to pre-Covid employment levels 
Residential Development:
A new residential subdivision is being planned with Lennar Homes, which will be located off of the new Olympic Drive extension. Several multi family projects are also either recently completed or are in the planning stages.
Retail Strategies:
The big box and home improvement stores fared well during the pandemic, as well as HEB, which allowed our sales tax revenue to improve, contrary to much of the rest of the state. Online sales have also contributed to the sales tax revenue.
Tourism Strategies:
Although hotel visitation is down, other business are doing well during the pandemic, including air bandb's, RV parks and cabin rentals. Outdoor recreation is popular, as evidenced by the Sports Complex leagues and tournaments that bring visitors to town.
Tactical tools:
Improvements have been made to the Zoning, Sign and Subdivision Codes, and also to the Development Services department processes for building permits and development.
Financial Strategies:
Due to anticipated reduced income from the pandemic, a lean budget was adopted for the year. However, revenues were surprisingly better than expected, resulting in reserves being stronger than any other time in the city's history.
Kerrville City Manager Mark McDaniel David Martin 2021-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
Dr Doppler Cary Burgress Jimmy Hutto 2021-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Doppler Cary Burgess

Clint Morse introduces the guest speaker Dr. Doppler Cary Burgess
Cary Burgess, formerly of Kerrville and Tivy Class of 1986, had some very memorable moments in his meteorlogical career in July 1987. That was the year Kerrville experienced the massive flood that took the lives of 10 summer campers whose bus was washed off a low-water crossing.
Cary said that he used to chase storms and was always getting hit in the head with hail or other flying debris. One time he was explaining weather to 1st and second graders and one called him Dr. Doppler. The name stuck.
He was planning to talk about Texas drought but the storm was more important. The snow the last two week really helped the drought. Over all we were 4" short of rain so far this year. Also mentioned that it only takes 6" of water over a road to wash a vehicle off the road. Go Around don't Drown.
He noted that for the most part even decades meant Rain and Odd decades meant drought.
for more info on Dr Doppler
Dr. Doppler Cary Burgess Jimmy Hutto 2021-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Tammy opens meeting                     Gina made the announcement about dues
Jeff Harris advised The First Responder Luncheon will be April 7th, and the golf tournament that raises funds to provide continuing education for First Responders will be April 12th. This will be known as First Responders Week.
Tickets for the SuperBall  are in. Contact Jeff Harris for your tickets. 

Phone bank volunteers needed

Rotarians historically have stepped up to help the world, nation and their respective communities in times of crisis. Rotary Club of Kerrville members have a unique opportunity assist in the historic effort to help local residents receive the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine by helping man the planned phone bank to help set appointments for local residents.

The COVID-19 Community Vaccination Phone Bank will be headquartered at 333 Earl Garrett Street, thanks to the space loaned specifically for that use by the American Red Cross Hill Country Chapter.

The phone bank will be operational Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will work 4-hour shifts. President Tammy is currently in communication with Kerr County officials to determine detail on how many daily volunteers they need. More information will be forthcoming.


Code Red

Vaccine distribution information will be available through the county’s Code Red system.

To register for CodeRed alerts, just visit and click on the underlined link that reads “Click here to sign up for free.” A link to registration for CodeRed is also available on the City of Kerrville’s website, at the bottom of the home page under “Helpful Links.”

Help needed for Zoom Meetings

As you know, Dave Rittenhouse has been doing a great job of hosting our virtual guests each week. However, we need more help. If you are willing to facilitate our Zoom meetings, we will provide the training you need to do so. 

It is very important to have backup for Dave. When this began, we did not know how long the need for virtual meetings would last. As it turns out, we still do not know how long we will need to offer virtual attendance.

Please let President Tammy know if you would be willing to rotate in as a Zoom facilitator for our club.


Delane introduces her guest

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Texas Multi-Chem follow up

Note from: Steve Caraway / Texas Multi-Chem, Ltd., who was our presenter at Rotary on February 17th

I want to thank Rotary Club members for allowing me to tell our story on February10. However, I would like to properly introduce my son, Blake Caraway, who is
our general manager.

Blake is a 1993 Tivy graduate and besides being a very good student, played baseball and basketball for the Antlers. Graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. Blake is married to Kristy and has 3 kids, Mackenzie 11th grade at Tivy, Grant 9th grade at Tivy and Davis 7th grade at Peterson. Blake worked for Dell, Callaway Golf and Headsprings of Austin, to gain valuable IT experience. He brought that experience back to the Hill Country and TMC. During the past 12 years Blake has inserted technology into every phase of our daily business, managing information and allowing the company to grow. As our general manager, Blake handles day to day operations, scheduling, employee relations and payroll just to name a few. It has truly been a blessing to be able to work with our son to make TMC bigger and better.

Also, I want to thank Dennis Glenwinkel. Dennis has been our business consultant for several years. He has helped us navigate our expansion and growth plans at TMC.
Texas Multi-Chem follow up David Martin 2021-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Animal Rights Advocates

Last Wednesday, we heard from several animal rights advocates in the Kerr County area.
City Council member Brenda Hughes is active in Hill Country Animal Advocates, which is a volunteer organization whose focus is to save dogs and cats from being euthanized. 
The Kerr County Rabies and Animal Services (Animal Control)  duty is to protect people and property from roaming uncontrolled animals. Rabies control is their primary focus, and although they offer pet adoptions, they are understaffed to provide homes or owners of all the animals in their care. This is where several local non profit groups help out by rescuing animals, finding veterinary care and finding good homes for these animals.
Freeman Fritts is a low cost vet clinic and shelter that provides help for folks that can't afford the typical veterinary fees. They are a non profit, and are often the last stop for saving animal lives. They work with a number of other rescue organizations, and can often someone who can help. The clinic was very busy during the recent winter storm, taking in a number of animals whose owners either couldn't get back home to care for them, or others who feared their animals wouldn't survive the low temperatures in homes without power and heat.
Freeman Fritts
Fund raising is under way for a new shelter facility.
Animal Rights Advocates David Martin 2021-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards

A number of Paul Harris awards recipients were recognized at the meeting last Wednesday.
Brenda Thompson +1
Wayne Uecker +1
Mike Huff +1
Marta Diffen +3
David Martin +3
Dennis Glenewinkel +3
Tammy Prout +3
Rhonda Sanford +4
Gerald Irion +5
Tim Crenwelge +5
Robin Miears +7
Clint Morse +8
Cecil Atkission +8
David Rittenhouse +9
Paul Harris Awards David Martin 2021-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Texas Multi Chem

The program last Wednesday was presented by Steve Caraway, owner of Texas Multi-Chem, which installs, renovates and maintains athletic fields. Steve grew up in San Angelo, where he played baseball and developed a love of athletics, and eventually turned that passion into a business. The initial business started by selling industrial chemicals and fertilizers for athletic fields, and evolved into the construction and maintenance side after volunteering to build some fields for the Kerrville Little League program.
Texas Multi-Chem has 28 employees now and three offices which cover a large area of Texas. They have built or renovated hundreds of fields, including the Tivy High School baseball field. The trend in sports has been moving towards synthetic turf, with numerous schools trying to keep up with their competition. However, Steve's studies have shown that over the life of the field, natural turf is is still less expensive. Although the natural turf fields are their specialties, Texas Multi-Chem does offer maintenance programs for synthetic fields, because contrary to popular belief, they are not maintenance free. These fields do need periodic deep cleaning and disinfecting to remove bacteria and fungus that can grow from a variety of sources, including animal and bird droppings.
A big factor in choosing synthetic versus natural turf is the amount of use an athletic field receives. Natural grass does need to recover between uses, so if a field is to be used for multiple teams, bands or public use, then a synthetic field may be the best choice. Other factors include the use or availability of water in drought prone areas, and the maintenance and quality control capabilities of school districts.
Texas Multi Chem David Martin 2021-02-13 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Raffle Tickets
President-elect Jeff Harris and his "Main Event" co-chair Robin Miears are busy distributing raffle tickets to Rotarians. As you know, our annual in-person event cannot happen, so it will take each one of us to raise the funds we need to provide for next year's many, many service projects.
You are being asked to sell four tickets each. Each ticket costs $100 for a chance to win a grand prize of a $10,000 VISA Gift Card. Additionally, you can win a Paul Harris Fellowship; a $1,000 Ashley HomeStore Gift Card donated by Phyllis Ricks, A Kamado Joe Ceramic Egg Cooker donated by Lowe's or one of two Jill Reno originals: a 9.42 CT Peruvian Opal Hand Forged Sterling Silver Ring, size 7; or a 29: Amazonite Natural Yellow Agate, 24k Gold Vermeil Necklace. Both jewelry items were donated by Jill Reno.
We are distributing the raffle tickets at the Kroc Center weekly before and after our regular meetings. For those members attending our meetings virtually, we will hand-deliver to you your envelope containing your assigned tickets.

The winner will be drawn on Facebook Live during our regular meeting on March 31. Also, the secondary prizes will be drawn first and those tickets will be put back in the hopper, so each ticket could win more than one prize, including the grand prize of $10,000 VISA Gift Card.

Congratulations to Tim Crenwelge

Tim Crenwelge, a member of our club and local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and GMC dealer, was named a finalist today during the prestigious TIME Dealer of the Year award ceremony.

Tim was nominated as the only dealer in the State of Texas by the Texas Auto Dealers Association and is one of only 40 nominees nationally.

During the ceremony, Tim was named one of the five regional finalists. The event was held during the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) annual convention.

Blood Drive

Our next blood drive will be held March 16, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. Please consider making an appointment donate blood or encourage others to do so.

You can schedule appointments at the following link:

Rotary News you can Use Tammy Prout 2021-02-13 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Congratulations to Amanda Taylor, who just had a new baby, and Jill Sadberry, who now has a new grandson.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2021-02-13 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow

Donna Peterson has been busy awarding Paul Harris Fellow awards to several Rotarians:
Congrats to Jimmy Hutto (Paul Harris +6)
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Greg Nichols General Manager HEB

Bryant Truitt introduces our guest      Greg Nichols General Manager 
Greg showed us the plans and pictures all during this 3 year project.
The store opened on 11/11/20. The parking will be done by April 2nd this year.
and plans
And then he went over Covid 
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Kristy Vandenburg Jimmy Hutto 2021-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

New Members

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 03, 2021
New Members
Richard Bolen
Last week I made an error and put David's last name incorrectly
David Keith LaBrot                             

Rick Cunningham comes back to Kerrville after being gone for over 4 years. Welcome back Rick!
New Members Jimmy Hutto 2021-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Pete Miller is recovering from surgery prayers.
Prayers for Scott Bolton since he lost both his in-laws to covid-19
Keep cards, letters, & Email to /Phillis Ricks since she is having surgery on her foot. Calls are welcome.


Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2021-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Future of Schreiner Institute 

Jeff Harris introduces our guest                General Robert Walter
 General Robert Walter

Director of Strategic Initiatives for Military Affairs at Schreiner Institute at Schreiner University

A former senior military officer with over 12 years of executive-level leadership and 25 years of specialized intelligence expertise in the US Army. A proven strategic and operational leader of large organizations managing complex skill sets with a diverse workforce. A result-oriented, innovative, and creative problem solver with strong interpersonal skills. Extensive experience with organizational effectiveness, change management, resource and logistics management, information technology management, and all aspects of security and training management. A Subject Matter Expert on Human and Counter Intelligence and their related collection operations. 
For his experience see Robert L. Walter, Jr. | LinkedIn

SI History

Schreiner University has provided military instruction and programming to its students for nearly 100 years. When Schreiner Institute first opened its doors, it served 95 young men from the Texas Hill Country and a few from surrounding states. These students were faced with the challenge of not only participating in the routine of academic programs, but they also learned military drills, bearing, and discipline through a strictly enforced regimen.
These students began their days with a morning workout, followed by an inspection of their living quarters, and then spent the next 6 to 7 hours in a classroom where they were challenged (four square) mentally. Following their time in the classroom, they spent an hour conducting close-order drill 3 days a week. After performing drill, students would have a brief amount of time to relax and eat before conducting a nightly study hall. By no later than 9:45 pm they would be in their beds in order to rest up for the next day’s event

SI Schreiner Institute Today

What originally started out as Schreiner Institute has emerged to become a modern university. Although military instruction is not required as a core component to the curriculum, Schreiner University still offers programming in line with military tradition, such as Military Academy Preparatory School (MAPS) and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Today, Schreiner Institute is a program designed to provide comprehensive support and programming for students working to receive a military academy appointment, those who wish to pursue a commission through ROTC, as well as active-duty military and veterans transitioning back into civilian life. The mission of Schreiner University is “to prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.” Schreiner Institute strongly supports the university’s mission through three programs: ROTC, Military Academy Preparatory, and Veteran Resources. Through the services provided in each of these programs, students will be better prepared for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.

Military Academy Preparatory School (MAPS)

The Schreiner Institute Military Academy Preparatory School Core Values are Self-Discipline, Integrity, Motivation, Attentive, Productivity, and Service. MAPS inspires and equips leaders of character. The five military academies demand cadet candidates be committed to the ideals of duty and honor to our nation. During our 11-month program, the behavior and character of the cadet candidate will be modified and developed, respectively.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Air Force ROTC

We participate in a cross-town agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) AFROTC Detachment 842.

What this means is that students who are interested in participating in Air Force ROTC will be able to do so while also attending Schreiner University. On Tuesdays and Thursdays Schreiner University will provide transportation for students to attend ROTC required activities located at the UTSA campus. These activities include morning physical training as well as afternoon leadership classes. When students are not participating in ROTC events while on the UTSA campus between morning physical training and afternoon classes, they will have access to all available recourses on the UTSA campus.

Veteran Resources

Schreiner University thanks our veterans for their service to our country. We are also proud to be a Yellow Ribbon school and strive to help our service members, and their dependents complete their degrees and find their next careers quickly and easily.
Schreiner Institute strives to provide active duty and veteran students and their dependents resources, certification of their educational programs, as well as general resources and connections to benefits as needed. We have a small lounge for those that commute to campus and are aggressively improving the Schreiner Institute lounge to be a place for veterans commuting to Schreiner a place to relax or study.

for more info see Schreiner Institute | Schreiner University - Hill Country of Texas

Robert wanted to make sure the Veterans Resource Center was staffed and geared to help veterans. Focus on veterans and dependants.

Robert said that when applying for Military school go ahead and apply at all branches. They were 14,000 students apply at the academies and they only took 800 combined.

Future of Schreiner Institute Jimmy Hutto 2021-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

Polio work helps Coronavirus response

The Program last Wednesday highlighted Rotary's fight against polio, and how Rotary's work has helped the world fight the coronavirus.  
Rotarians and others have shared their successes and strategies on fighting polio with health experts to address the pandemic vaccine rollout. Important information passed on to organizers, including contact tracing and worker training, have helped in the initial stage of the pandemic. Other important lessons learned include setting up emergency operations centers, managing data, and getting access to remote areas. Organizers understood that engaging the help of trusted community influencers is key to acceptance of the validity of the vaccine.
There are similarities between the early polio fight and the corona virus. In the 1950s, there was propaganda against the polio vaccine when it was first tested. But, over 1 million children volunteered to be tested, and their efforts ultimately paid off with a successful vaccine.
Today, the wild polio virus is only found in two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through Rotary International and its partners, we continue to get close to eradicating polio from the planet. We can help this cause by signing up for Rotary Direct, to commit to a donation on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. Rotary Direct 
Contact Kristy Vandenberg for help on getting set up:
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Families in Rotary

Cynthia McNeely's father passed away recently. Please keep Cynthia and her family in your prayers.
Stephanie Miller's son participated in the Hill Country Junior Livestock Show, and was awarded the reserve champion honor. 
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The Honorable Rob Kelly

Clint Morse introduced our speaker       The Honorable Rob Kelly

A little bit about Rob.

“I truly believe God has been preparing me for this position all my life,” Kelly said. “I didn’t go looking for this job, it came looking for me. When asked to run, I told them ‘no thanks, my gate is closed.’ They persisted and persuaded me to open it. My family and I earnestly prayed about every aspect of this decision and believe this is the time. I’m ready to serve the citizens of Kerr County as their next county judge.”

Kelly has been a commercial litigation attorney, mediator and arbitrator for more than 40 years. He practiced in San Antonio where he served on the management committee of one of the largest law firms in South Texas prior to running as the Republican candidate for Chief Justice of the San Antonio Court of Appeals. After the election he moved his practice to Kerrville to be near the family ranch in the Camp Verde area.

Kelly has a strong record of leadership in his profession and the community. He has been a frequent author and lecturer for the State Bar of Texas, the American Banking Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, The University of Texas, University of Houston Law School and Texas Tech University Law School.

He chaired the San Antonio Bar Association Ethics Committee, was president of the Christian Legal Society, served on the board of the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center and was the volunteer coordinator of Habitat for Humanity.

He also was active with the United Methodist Church as a lay stewardship speaker and lay director on the Walk to Emmaus. He was involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry and has served on many Emmaus and Kairos teams.

Since moving to Kerr County, Kelly continued his community service on the Kerrville Independent School District board and was president during the successful bond issue to build the new Tivy High School and Fred H. Tally Elementary School.

He continued with Habitat for Humanity and was president as the organization grew from building one house each year to four homes per year.

He was president of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country and served on the Peterson Regional Medical Center Development Committee raising the funds to build the new hospital.

He led the Hill Country Emmaus Community and has worked on dozens of teams. Kelly has taught biblical principles of dispute resolution to numerous Sunday School classes, the Texas Coalition of Home Schools, Laity Lodge and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes among others. He served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Council of the State Bar of Texas.

Recently, Kelly was certified as a member of the Kerr County Community Emergency Response Team. He also is a graduate of the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy and the Kerrville Police Department Citizen’s Academy, as well as has worked with Kerr County Crime Stoppers.

Kelly is a member of First United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Vicki, also a widow, live in West Kerr County, where she is an artist.

Together they have four children and five grandchildren, Meg Russell in Austin, Dan and son, Connor, in Bandera, Jennifer married to Scott Delaney with children, Bradley and Brynne, in Philadelphia, and Alan Van Reet married to Bobbi Richardson with daughters, Jayme and Ashlee, in Keller.

Rob started laying out what he was going to inform us about.

He said he would like to present 3 issues

1. Info on Co-vid 19

2. Property being purchased to make sure we have room for growth.

3. Public Defenders Office.

The first thing he advised was the hot line that will be set up

830-315-5900 1,2,3,4 for a total of five lines. And we will have online portal.

He made it clear about the closing of bars, and dealing with restaurants and the fact that it out of control of any local official. It has to pertain to executive order GA32

Executive Order GA-32 (

This is tied to folks in hospital. When the amount of people in hospital gets over 15% then restaurants must go back to 50%. Then he told us they have 125 beds in the hospital. But the Texas hospital bed capacity determines how many are used in formula.

You can google this for more info. Anyway they say we only have 88. %15 of 88 equals 13.2 and we now have like 23 in the hospital.

Next was the 1A, 1B then the rest of the people.

As new, active COVID-19 cases climbed sharply this week, Kerr County public health authorities have been working fastidiously behind the scenes to organize a communitywide phone bank to assist in the organized distribution of vaccinations to the public when enough doses become available. At the same time, they continued to plead with citizens to be extra vigilant by using safety precautions.

Mass Vaccination Plan

“There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation by word of mouth or social media regarding the vaccinations and when certain individuals can expect to be inoculated locally,” said William B. “Dub” Thomas, coordinator of Kerr County Emergency Management.

“What we hope everyone can understand is that we are still trying to make sure our first tier of vaccine recipients – health care workers, first responders, etc. – are covered if they choose to be,” Thomas said. “Then, and only then, will we move on to Tier 1B, which is the level that includes those individuals 65 years of age and older who have an underlying medical condition.”

“We understand that many residents want to get their vaccination and the protection it will provide as quickly as they possibly can,” Thomas said. “This sense of urgency has resulted in local pharmacies and the hospital being inundated with phone calls.”

“We live in a community where many individuals will fall into the 1B category, and they know their turn will be next,” Thomas said. “Once we receive large doses of the vaccines, we will implement our communitywide vaccination plan to take care of a maximum number of recipients as quickly as possible.”

Meeting on Wednesday afternoon to work on the roll out of the protective doses of Moderna to the local population was the Kerr County Vaccine Task Force, comprised of city and county emergency management leaders, as well as representatives from Peterson Health, Family Practice Associates and HEB.

Working hard on behalf of the welfare of all Kerr County citizens who want to receive the vaccination, they nailed down details of the communitywide vaccination plan, which will include a phone bank for securing appointments, forms to fill out in advance and more.

Many healthcare workers in that first tier still need to get their shot before incoming vials of the vaccine can be given to the next tier of the public, said meeting host Fredericksburg Fire Department and EMS Fire Chief Eric Maloney.

Kerr County has a large number of people working in healthcare – some 3,400 people who work in various medical capacities, whether they are private physicians, home health care nurses, paramedics and the like. The large number of healthcare personnel here, coupled with the small allotment of doses provided in the first round, means that many here in that first tier still need to be vaccinated.

When it is time to vaccinate the Tier 1B category of individuals – those who are 65 years or older and who have an underlying medical condition – Kerr County has a “mass vaccination footprint” model in the form of its communitywide flu clinic developed some 10 years ago.

The fact that recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine will need to be observed for 15 minutes after they receive their shots “would be a problem for a drive-through clinic, so the model will need to be adapted slightly,” Thomas said.

The task force is coordinating with a few select sites around Kerrville, so that everything is set up and ready to go quickly when Kerr County receives a large enough cache of doses.

Thomas is working on acquiring and lining up volunteers from the Kerr County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and others to man the COVID-19 phone bank, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. That way, Kerr County individuals can call and reserve their time to receive their first dose.

Organizers will limit how many people will be in the clinic area at a time by asking vaccination recipients to come alone. The appointments will also allow organizers to space out visits so that attendees will be able to avoid the risk of catching the novel coronavirus from a crowd of people congregated in waiting lines.

“We will release the phone numbers to the COVID-19 Phone Bank as soon as they are established and online for taking calls,” Thomas said. “We will make public announcements asking people to call the phone bank and set up their appointments, but again, that will not happen until we receive enough doses in our area to host a mass clinic.”

In a show of community solidarity through this pandemic, the various sites around town that receive doses of the vaccine are keeping the lines of communication open between them and are coordinating their efforts. That way, if one place finds itself with an excess of doses and another site has a need, they can be sure that the doses are distributed in a timely way to those who want them.

“We do not want to sit on something,” but instead work together to roll out the vaccines as quickly and orderly as we can, Maloney said. The idea is to make sure as many individuals receive their first doses as soon as possible.

Task force members agreed that they could make the shot clinic(s) run faster and more smoothly, by making a pre-registration packet that contains the necessary paperwork. The packet could be read, filled out at the recipient’s convenience and then just handed over at the time of their appointment. Expected to be included with the packet are information sheets, educating vaccine recipients of the requirements they must meet to receive the shot – such as not having had another vaccine within a certain time frame, etc.

Amber Burress, pharmacy manager at H-E-B, also suggested that when a citizen makes his/her appointment, that they will automatically be scheduled for their second dose of the vaccine to come at the same time of their appointment on a date exactly 4 weeks after their first dose. (The Moderna vaccine, which is the one that will be distributed in Kerr County because its storage requirements are more easily met without special refrigeration devices, consists of two doses, given through injection exactly 28 days apart.)

Then we found out that there will only be 6 providers in Kerrville. So when we get the vaccine in bulk. A command center will be set up and open 8 to 5 M thru F. It was noted that if your not on code red for Kerr County you should get on it. Here is link CodeRed Emergency Notifications | Kerrville TX - Official Website

3. The cost of providing attorneys to people that can't afford on was $750,000 last year. A plan to combine 5 counties was developed. The public defender’s office would serve the counties of Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall and Medina County, with Kerrville being the home base. A small number of staff — apart from the approximately 20 in Kerrville with another office in Hondo, officials have said. This will save Kerr county $300,000 a year. 

Various officials have hailed the PDO as an economic boon for the areadue to the new jobs that largely will be paid for with out-of-county money. Salaries and benefits for the office would total about $3,009,996, according to a proposal presented by the TIDC in March.

The amount of the grant awarded to PDO is $2,503,264 for its first year, according to the county's press release. The TIDC, using monies allocated by the Texas Legislature, would fund 80% of the cost of the office the first year and two-thirds of the cost in subsequent years. Participating counties would pay the remainder, shared at a prorated amount based on case counts. They have a goal of meeting with a client within 48 hours of being locked up.

More on TIDC

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission provides financial and technical support to counties to develop and maintain quality, cost-effective indigent defense systems that meet the needs of local communities and the requirements of the Constitution and state law. More information is available at

This was a very informative meeting. We learned a lot. 

Contact and Phone Numbers

Rob Kelly

700 Main, Ste. 101
Kerrville, TX 78028
 (830) 792-2211
 (830) 792-2218







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Trash Pick up

Tom Odom led a group of volunteers last Saturday morning to pick up trash along Goat Creek Road. Thank you to Emily Forsythe, Austin Dickson, Marta Diffen, Tim Campbell, Jimmy Hutto, John Forister and Tom Odom.
Trash Pick up David Martin 2021-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Vaccine Overview

HEB pharmacy manager Amber Burress provided an overview of the COVID-19 vaccine at our last meeting. Amber is a Tivy High School Alumni, and has her doctorate in Pharmacy. 
The sequence of providing the vaccine is for front line workers first (Phase 1A- health care workers and first responders).  Phase 1B follows for older adults and those with significant underlying health conditions that puts them at a greater risk. The general population will follow after that, with persons in higher risk work settings and health conditions of moderately higher risk given priority. In Kerrville, there are approximately 3,400 heath care workers, but so far there have only been about 1,600 vaccines given. The availability of the vaccine is the issue so far- the supply has been limited. 
Kerrville is ready to roll out a large scale immunizations as soon as the vaccine is more readily available. Local officials have been planning for an event like this for over ten years, and continue to monitor and plan for distribution. Newspapers and local media will provide information on how, when and where to get vaccinated. The date of availability is a moving target, but current projections for Phase 1B is late February or March.
Here is additional information from Amber's presentation:
Vaccine Overview David Martin 2021-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

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Dave Samuel reported that the Bell Ringing  for the Salvation Army at Gibson's was a great success, so thank you to all who participated.
Another blood drive will be coming soon. Antibody testing will be available for those who donate blood, so keep that in mind if that is something you are interested in.
Tickets for the SuperBall will be available soon, so be on the lookout for those.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2021-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Blue Santa

 The  Blue Santa will be on December 12th from 8-12 at Ronnie Bocks RV and we are looking for volunteers to help assemble the food bags and give them to the recipients. KCAAP has also asked for additional volunteers to help with their part of the distribution of items since we will be having the event as a drive thru this year. If anyone is interested please contact me at 830-370-5789 for more details or to sign up.
Thank you, 
Volunteers are also needed at the Doyle Community Center from 1 to 4 to help get supplies ready for 65 families.
Stephanie Skrumeda
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The Cards are in contact Kristy for your cards
PolioPlus Christmas Cards
We have ordered 150 PolioPlus Christmas Cards. We have taken orders so far of around 100 and wanted to make sure there were some available for members who had not yet placed an order.
The purchase of these cards goes toward your Paul Harris Fellowship and directly to the PolioPlus fund. The card is beautifully designed and explains to the recipient that 16 children will be vaccinated in their honor.
The cost of the card is $10 and will help to vaccinate 16 children for a lifetime free of the crippling effects of the polio virus.
If you would like to send these cards out to your friends and loved ones, please contact Kristy Vandenberg via e-mail at
Mike Huff was master of the Ace of spades card game.
5 numbers were drawn and no winners
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Bell Ringing at Gibsons

Sign up to ring the bell and raise some money for the programs to help the needy again this year. 
Just two more weeks to volunteer. Lets Get Er Done!!!
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Kroc Center Happenings

 Molly Putnam Director of Operations
   Molly says she has been at the Kroc Center for 9 years and the Kroc Center is 10 years old this year.
Since Easter got canceled this year They jumped thru hoops to figure out how to keep servicing the people of Kerrville.
They started with a back to school bash drive thru that serviced 384 people.
Next they held  a Pumpkin Run that 105 people were involved/
They also help a Harvest Fest that helped 480 people.
Then they help a Thanksgiving Dinner that fed over 1000 plus people.
They are having a drive thru Christmas this Saturday from 10 to 2.
Also Salvation Army Angel Trees are located at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, River Hills Mall, Belk, Gibson’s, Walmart and at local banks during the holidays. The trees are decorated with paper angels, each representing a child or senior who, without this program, might not receive a gift at Christmas.
This will get gifts for 236 families and 50 Seniors. 650 Kids will get gifts.
Molly stated that the Kroc Center acquired a 21 foot, 6 Sided rock climbing wall.
This will go from beginners to pro.
They also acquired an inflatable cover for the pool. This will allow all kinds of water activities during cold days. They pool is also heated
The Kroc Center helps folks in the Kerrville area.
Amazing this is all happening during the Pandemic,
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Kerrville Christmas Lighting

George Eychner provided the program last Wednesday on the Kerrville Christmas Lighting Corporation's (KCLC) successful plans to add some Christmas joy to our town. He also reported on a number of other events and Christmas Spirit shining in Kerrville. 
(Photo from file)
George retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service, and also has a bachelors and masters degree in Music Education. He and Judy have been active in community service for  a number of years,  including George as the president of our club. 
Here's the history of the early years of the Christmas Lighting project:
Christmas Lights haven't been on Sidney Baker St. for 25 years, but the KCLC organized and raised funds to do it in a short period of time this year. Forty four large ornaments are placed on the power poles with KPUB's help installing the trees and providing power to them.
The Holiday Parade to kick off the courthouse lighting was canceled due to COVID this year, but with some creative thinking and hard work from volunteers, a virtual show was held with Charlie McIlvain and Allison Bueche providing the commentary.
And, Mayor Bill Blackburn got to visit with the man in the red suit (AKA Jeff Talarico).
Tranquility Island at Louise Hays Park is lit up again this year.
This is beautiful, and the KCLC wants to do this even bigger, by selling more tree lighting (donate $800.00 to help light one big cypress tree). They also are working on a fund raiser to bring permanent flood proof power on Tranquility Island to power the trees for Christmas and other events, like the July 4th celebration. 
Thank you to George Eychner and all the other volunteers that help make this time of year special in Kerrville.
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Jeff Harris let us know that because of COVID-19, we will not be having an in-person Superball this year. However, the committee is committed to continuing the fund raising part of the SuperBall in order to help with funding of scholarships and other service projects we do every year. There will be a silent auction, so if you have any items or ideas about donating something, please contact Jeff or any of the committee members.  There will also be a raffle, so each member will get four $100.00 tickets to sell. 
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Rotary News from President Tammy

A poll was sent out about the Christmas Party. The verdict was we will try to have a party in the future.
Jimmy Hutto
   2021 Super Ball event. This one event provides all the necessary funds for our many service projects each year, so please pray for him, support him and answer the call for help when he issues it.
All members will be sent 4 tickets to be sold or purchased. The ticket will be a raffle and we have many prizes to be awarded. In order to give everyone time to
sell before drawing date. The date is 3/31/21.
I will see you soon!
Jeff Harris
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer
Nov 25, 2020
My Time as Kerr County Sheriff
Dec 02, 2020
Salvation Army Brass Band
Dec 09, 2020
Christmas Concert

Dave has set up the schedule for Bell Ringing at Gibson's. So got to website and signup. We are still short for Saturday after Thanksgiving
An auction was held for a jar of 1026 M&M Peanuts.  
 Jeff won the bid.
Ex-president gave us a few words.
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Ways to Recycle

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Karen Tucker was introduced buy Betty Vernon
Works at Retired
February 2, 2013 - Present·Hunt, Texas
Former Sr. Sourcing Specialist at GenOn Energy, Inc.
2009 - February 1, 2013·Houston, Texas
Former Sr. Sourcing Specialist at RRI Energy
June 1992 - 2009·Houston, Texas
Former Purchasing Assistant at
Houston Lighting & Power
June 1, 1981 - 1992·Houston, Texas
Karen has been researched recycling for some time. 
Here are her notes
Misc pictures of the ideas in her plans.
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We had 29 folks attending the Zoom Meeting Even ART made an appearance.
We had 27 folks attend the face to face meeting
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Wine is Fine

Mike Wilson was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was drawn, so he won a bottle of red wine.   
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Proposed Officers and Directors for 2021-2022

Past President Charlie McIlvain gave a report that listed the officers and directors for 2021-2022:
President: Jeff Harris
President Elect: Marta Diffen
Secretary: Jeff Wendling
Treasurer: Gena Daniels
Immediate past president: Tammy Prout
Directors: Tom Odom, Phyllis Ricks, Janelle Peralt, Donna Peterson, Roy Boudreaux, Michael Huff
Executive Secretary: Kristy Vandenberg
Thank you all for your service to the club.
Proposed Officers and Directors for 2021-2022 David Martin 2020-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

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On November 6, our club hosted 49 veterans and their guests to a wonderful breakfast and fellowship at our Veterans Breakfast event held at the Hill Country Veterans Center.
This committee, made up of a large contingent of Satellite Club members and Noon Club members as well! They did an excellent job of honoring our military veterans in a safe, socially-distant environment. They took great care in planning to implement masked, gloved single serving stations and individually-wrapped food items.
Thank you all for representing our club so well, recognizing and honoring our community's military hero veterans.
Christmas Cards to Fight Polio
Rotary International has created a wonderful fundraising effort for PolioPlus efforts, offering a Christmas Card campaign in a very unique way.
These Christmas cards are designed in a way that explains to the recipient that the card was purchased in their honor to help continue the fight to eradicate polio. There will be text that describes how the card was purchased with the recipient in mind. The cost of the card will help to vaccinate 16 children for a lifetime free of the crippling effects of the polio virus.
The Christmas Cards are $10 each and will be a very personal, thoughtful gift for family and friends. IN ADDITION, your purchase will be counted toward your Paul Harris Fellowship goals. ALSO, it would be a great way for those who don't normally contribute to the Foundation to do so. 
Please consider participating in this program. We will need to order what we need for our club, so please let us know your interest level.
Here's a sample of the cards:
Blood Drive
Our next South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Blood Drive will be Dec. 8 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. We moved the drive to this location to accommodate the many donors that tried to participate on Sept. 29, but could not get an appointment.
You know how personal this project is to me, but more importantly, the STBTC has issued multiple dire pleas for help for blood donations because of an ongoing shortage caused by COVID-19.
I hope you will consider donating blood on this day. I will send the appointment link once it is supplied to me.
Lot's to be proud of
Our club is doing great things in our community and it is all because of each of you. Thank you so much for your commitment to SERVICE ABOVE SELF and the Rotary Club of Kerrville vision. 
I look forward to seeing each of you Wednesday (in-person or virtually).
Families in Rotary: Congrats to the Ingram High School girls volleyball team for a great season. They played their final game of the playoffs, and ended with a 29-1 record.
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Tivy Basketball Coaches

Tivy head basketball coaches Joe Davis and Christy Dill spoke to us via zoom last Wednesday.
Joe Davis is the boy's basketball head coach and has been in the area quite a while. He went to Schreiner University as a student athlete, and played basketball there. After college he spent several years as an assistant coach at Tivy, then did a stint as a head coach at Van Vleck High school. Joe then returned to Tivy as an assistant coach again, and took over this year as the head coach when Brian Young retired. This is Joe's 15th year in coaching.
Tivy graduated seven seniors last year, so the boys basketball team is young but has been competitive so far. Coach Davis' philosophy starts with the acronym "FACTS", which stands for Faith, Attitude, Character and Teamwork. He emphasizes that the students behavior off the court is as important as on the court. "Do your best with what you've got."
Coach Christy Dill is the girls coach, and has been coaching for 25 years. She also has an acronym for important traits instilled in the team: "CARE".  Character, Attitude, Respect and Effort. Judging from past team performances, this philosophy is working.
She has two assistants, Coach Fierro and Coach Johnson. It has been a hard year on everyone, including the athletes and coaches. They usually participate in team building and off season training in the spring, but because of COVID, they are doing that as they practice and play this season. Coach Dill emphasizes that the girls should only focus on what they can control. They too lost numerous seniors from last year, but are playing well and their games have been close so far.
Tickets for games can only be purchased online, and seating is limited, but they will put on a great show. Live streaming is also available for these games, so you can watch them from the comfort of your living room if you can't make the games.
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Blue Santa

The annual Blue Santa event is scheduled for December 12, at Ronnie Bock's RV in Kerrville. This event provides assistance to needy families in our area just in time for Christmas. Contact Phyllis Ricks for more information or to volunteer.
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Update on Polio Fundraising Event

The Polio Fundraiser was a big success this year. The current total amount raised is $12,392.00   Thank you to Bob Schmerbeck, Doug Whinnery and all the volunteers who participated.
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Treue der Union Monument

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Marta Diffen introduced our guest Dr. Don Frazier, of The Texas Center at Schreiner University.
Don Frazier, PhD
Our presenter will be Dr. Don Frazier, of The Texas Center at Schreiner University.
 Frazier is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University and is the award-winning author of five books on Texans in the Civil War including Blood and Treasure, Cottonclads, Fire in the Cane Field, Thunder Across the Swamp and Blood on the Bayou. His latest work, Tempest Over Texas, is released in May 2020. His other work includes serving as co-author of Frontier Texas, Historic Abilene and The Texas You Expect, as well as general editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War and a collection of letters published as Love and War: The Civil War Letter and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball
One of the things the people in Europe were experiencing rulers telling them what to do. Not letting them practice their own religion.
from 1840 to 1860 over two million immigrants came to the US.
Uncle Sam's youngest son, Citizen Know Nothing
 A bust portrait of a young man representing the nativist ideal of the Know Nothing party. He wears a bold tie and a fedora-type hat tilted at a rakish angle. The portrait is framed by intricate carving and scrollwork surmounted by an eagle with a shield, and is draped by an American flag. Behind the eagle is a gleaming star. The flag hangs from a staff at left which has a liberty cap on its end. The Citizen Know
but trouble finds the peaceful folks in Texas
When Texas votes to succeed from the Union not all Texans were for it. A lot of counties were in the Hill /country

When the Confederates took over they sent Provo Marshalls into cities. The folks that did not want to join and fight with confederates were considered bad. Many younger men were told to head to Mexico until this was over.
check the links below and you can see the names of all the folks killed
Very interesting history of the German people that lived and died here in Hill country.
Several men went to San Antonio and Joined the Confederates to avoid being hunted down and killed.
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Polio Event
Our "Hill Country Families Ending Polio" event committee is working very hard to get ready for our event scheduled for Oct. 24 - World Polio Day - at the River Star Park Pavilion.
This is a family event, scheduled from 3-7 p.m. We will be offering food, drinks, music, games, a silent auction and much more. This outdoor venue will allow for social distancing and masks will be worn.
Our Co-chairs, Bob Schmerbeck and Doug Whinnery are working hard obtaining sponsors for the event and organizing committee members to make this event special.
It will be a wonderful celebration of Rotary International's 35-year effort to rid the world of the poliovirus and we will do our part by raising funds on this special day. Don't forget, every dollar that we submit to RI will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Please plan to attend, sponsor or donate. To do so, please contact Bob at or Doug at 
In-person meetings
I will be meeting with John at the Kroc Center to begin planning for in-person meetings for our club. We will work diligently on providing a safe way to reunite the many, many club members who are wanting to resume in-person meetings.
Please note, we will not return to the Kroc Center unless we can offer a dual platform of both in-person and virtual meetings, by simultaneously Zooming to those members who do not feel comfortable in attending.
I will report back when I know more. If we can meet all of the safety requirements, we will be back at the Kroc Center in November.
Veterans Breakfast
Our club will once again host a Veterans' Breakfast event on Nov. 6 at the Hill Country Veterans Center to honor our local active military and military veterans in advance of Veterans' Day.
You are invited to join us from 8-9:30 a.m. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Super Ball
President Elect Jeff Harris has begun meeting and planning for our February 2021 Super Ball event. This one event provides all the necessary funds for our many service projects each year, so please pray for him, support him and answer the call for help when he issues it.
Because of the pandemic, he and his committee are planning for an in-person event, with contingency plans in place to provide for the fundraising our club needs in case we cannot host an in-person event. 
We will report more when details are available, but please know we will need your help!
I will see you soon!
There were over 40 folks at the Zoom meeting
Richard Lee Oct 28, 2020
My 50 Year Radio Broadcasting Career
Dr. Donald Frazier Nov 04, 2020
Treue der Union
Joe Davis, New Tivy Basketball Coach Nov 11, 2020
Preview of Upcoming Season
Karen Taylor Nov 18, 2020
No More Recycling. Now What?
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer Nov 25, 2020
My Time as Kerr County Sheriff
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Richard Lee, Radio Broadcast career

Richard Lee was our guest speaker last week. He has been in radio broadcasting for 50 years, starting out in Bishop California, working for Buck Owens Productions where Buck had a recording studio and radio station. 
Richard then moved on to Bakersfield Ca.,  Cheyenne Wyoming, and then Milwaukee Wisconsin. He eventually worked in a national format, where music and programs were broadcast around the country, including some locally in Kerrville. Richard had the opportunity to interview many country music stars, and did research on them before the interviews to be prepared with good questions. Some of the performers he interviewed include Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers and Reba McEntire, Charlie Pride, Mel Tillis, George and Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams Jr. and the Judds.
He was working in Dallas when he eventually retired from the network in 2010. Richard then had the opportunity to come to Kerrville and work at 92.3, The Ranch Radio, as a morning show host.
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Rotary meeting Breakout Sessions

At the end of our regular meetings, we have been having breakout sessions with random small groups of our club. Last time we discussed our favorite Rotary Service project. It was a great reminder of the beneficial things we do as Rotarians. Some of the service projects mentioned included Blue Santa, Josh the Otter water safety program, the Salvation Army bell ringing and the Veterans Breakfast. 
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Pints for Polio Event

 The event went off with out a hitch! Or at least nothing we could not overcome.
Jimmy, David & Zach all helped get together Ice, beer & things from storage
 Tammy Opened the meeting                                            Doug gave all some facts about the fight against Polio
Bob Schmerbeck along with Doug were heading up this event! Great Jobs guys!!!
 Kristi & Stephanie at the check in!! Looking good!
 Sausage made by Salvation Army. They were great!
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District Governor Xavier Tonson

  Bob introduces our guest speaker                                     District Governor Xavier Tonson
Xavier was telling the group about Rotary needs to open new opportunities, Stay Positive.
 Get more folks in rotary! Creating new clubs. Think outside the box, Create more satellite clubs to get younger people into Rotary.
 Have clubs support more Rotaract Clubs. This effort should be directed to all clubs.
 Rotary needs to solve tough global problems, Water, Glasses, Social injustices., Need more resources
 Clubs need to hold strategic plan meetings to see where club is heading! Need surveys to see what members ideas are
 Selection of new members carefully, insure they have great sprits, and value alignments similar to ours.
 Need to take care of members needs, reach out to them. Make sure they have the tools & resources they need!
  And of course End Polio! Only two countries still have polio in the world. Afghanistan and Pakistan.
District Governor Xavier Tonson Jimmy Hutto 2020-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Bill Blackburn running for Mayor Kerrville

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Clint introduces Mayor Bill Blackburn to Noon Rotary Club in Kerrville


About Bill

Get to know Bill

Bill Blackburn is a retired Baptist minister who has resided in Kerrville for over 30 years. Bill and his wife Deana, a retired schoolteacher, have two children -- Cara and Carter -- and are blessed with eight grandchildren.

Bill has been a public servant his entire life. Ordained to the Christian ministry in 1972, he served as a pastor in various capacities and locations until his retirement in 1999. Bill led the congregation of Trinity Baptist Church from 1984 to 1999.

Upon his retirement, he did not go quietly into the night. Bill founded Partners in Ministry, a nonprofit organization focusing on the needs of children, youth, and the poor in Kerr County. He has also been involved with numerous organizations in the hill country area:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)
  • New Hope Counseling Center
  • Christian Women's Job Corps
  • Christian Men's Job Corps
  • Doyle School Community Center
  • St. Peter Upon the Water Retreat Center
  • Western Hills Baptist Church
  • Sunrise Baptist Church
  • Soul Cafe
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • Kerrville State Hospital Advisory Board
  • Leadership Kerr County Steering Committee
  • Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
  • Long Range Facilities Committee of the Kerrville Independent School District
  • Peterson Regional Medical Center Foundation
  • AACOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Bill's community service continues to this day, and he continues to be involved in local government. He was the vice chairman of the 2002 Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Kerrville. He also served on the Kerr Economic Development Foundation.

For his community service, in 2006 he was awarded the inaugural “Spirit of Texas Award” by the Kerr County Bar Association.

In September, 2007, Dr. Blackburn was named “Citizen of the Year”
by the Kerrville Daily Times and the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce.




Rev. Dr. Blackburn received his undergraduate education at Baylor University, a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and pursued post-doctoral studies in biblical studies, medical ethics, and psychology at Oxford University in England.


Dr. Blackburn is the author of five books with chapters in five more, and over 200 magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. One of his books, What You Should Know about Suicide, has been translated into Chinese. He has just finished a book entitled What Can You Expect of the Pastor?

For eight years, he has been a columnist for the Kerrville Daily Times. He was previously a columnist for the Bryan-College Station Eagle (TX). His columns for the Kerrville Daily Times will be published in book form as The Effective Nonprofit Organization.


Dr. Blackburn has taught, led conferences, and preached in sixteen states and six foreign countries. He has appeared on over sixty radio and television shows.


Blackburn was a Garrett Teaching Fellow at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, as a Ph.D. student. He has been a visiting
professor at the same seminary. He was an adjunct field instructor for the Center for Studies on Aging at the University of North Texas and has served as an adjunct professor at Schreiner University. He has also served as a visiting professor and Doctor of Ministry supervisor at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University.



Accomplishments as Mayor:

  • Restored an air of respect, civility and productivity to City Council
  • Active participation, leadership and approval of the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan
  • Provided leadership for collaborative task force in addressing community disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic
  • Pursued multiple economic development opportunities, creating new jobs, new capital investment and additional housing
  • Accelerated paving and repair of 277 miles of city streets
  • Completed reworking of Zoning Code and Sign Ordinance
  • Supported River Trail extension to Schreiner University, development of Sports Complex, revitalization of Arcadia Theater
  • And more, all with... No increase in tax rate!

Governing Principles

Bill has identified several principles of good governance that he will strive to embody as mayor. Many of these principles are also identified in the City of Kerrville's Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement for 2018. The principles that Blackburn has identified are as follows:

  • Clarify and build on a commonly accepted vision of the city
  • Mayor and Council set policy, provide oversight, and leave day to day management to staff
  • Hold to a limited role of government and fiscal responsibility as seen in priorities set
  • Balance property rights and the common good
  • Invite and promote involvement of citizens in seizing opportunities and solving problems
  • Promote safety through wise, appropriate, and enforced laws
  • Maintain and set policies that ensure smooth, efficient, and safe flow of people, traffic, water, wastewater, and revenue
  • Maintain a positive environment for business to operate within
    clear, consistent, and reasonable regulations
  • Cooperate and collaborate with Kerr County and the other local governments in the county
  • Protect and promote beauty in the natural and built environment, and preserve the history of the area and historic places
  • Maintain excellent city staff by providing fair compensation and benefits, continual training, and support and encouragement
  • Carry out all duties in an ethical, legal, honest, and transparent manner
 Bill presented his accomplishments so far during his term as Mayor of Kerrville. He also answered questions ask during the question and answer time.
Bill Blackburn running for Mayor Kerrville Jimmy Hutto 2020-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

David Baker running for Mayor of Kerrville 

Clint flipped a coin and Mayor Bill Blackburn won the toss. He elected to have David Baker go first.

 David Barker has over 40 years of cumulative experience in a broad range of businesses including engineering, construction, manufacturing, project management, procurement, finance and accounting, emergency planning, business restoration, start-up, testing, quality assurance and control. He also taught project management at two universities. He has exceptional skills in several engineering disciplines in addition to physics, chemistry and metallurgy. Most recently Mr. Barker started The Barker Consulting Group which provided a broad range of professional business services to many industries primarily focusiing on management challenges and business improvement processes. He is considered an expert in project management, organization, execution and in turnaround assignments across many disciplines for projects that are identified as global in scale.

David was previously employed for 10 years at Dril-Quip, Inc. where he held several key positions as head of Savannahmanufacturing, project management and the Aftermarket Business Unit where he supervised over 500 highly skilled engineers and technicians. As Director of the Aftermarket Business Unit he was responsible for the overall aftermarket support and services which included customer refurbishment projects, capital drilling equipment repair and recertification and field life management services. Additional responsibilities included global service for rental tools, writing of technical service manuals, personnel training and certification of field service technicians.

SoTex Nuclear ProjectPrior to joining Dril-Quip, Inc., Barker had a progressive career in the nuclear power field working on the NS Savannah Program, the world's first nuclear powered commercial vessel. He served as Project Manager on the South Texas Nuclear Project for Houston Lighting and Power Company and was a key manager in bringing the plant to its current operable status where he was directly responsible for 600 employees and as many a 10,000 sub-contractor employees. In addition, he managed major architectural and construction programs on large commercial real estate projects throughout the state as well as several coal fired electric generating stations for the Reliant Energy family of companies (HL&P and CenterPoint Energy). In these assignments his career was progressive rising to the level of COO of CenterPoint Energy Management Services. The Chairman of Reliant Energy at that time identified his career as being distinguished and exemplary. Mr. Barker also worked for the H.B. Zachry Company in San Antonio, Texas prior to joining HL&P.

TowerMr. Barker has a BS in mechanical engineering and MS in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University and an Executive MBA from Penn State University. Prior to enrolling at Texas A&M University in 1964 Mr. Barker received his AA degree in engineering from Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas. He is also a registered professional engineer. David also completed the Executive Development program at The University of Idaho.



At this time in Kerrville's history when we are facing difficult challenges, it is my goal to bring 40+ years of business and technical experience and work with the Council & City Manager to produce long-term viable solutions.

  • We must ensure a safe, long-term water supply based on sound engineering and financial practices.
  • We must have responsible growth across all sections - including residential & commercial - benefiting ALL citizens.
  • We must be innovative, and open to the public, when considering all real estate developments - and certainly not at the expense of our existing residents and taxpayers.
  • Kerrville's infrastructure is in need of immediate attention as well as the development of a long-term capital improvement plan.
  • I propose an objective review of the recent LONG-TERM WATER SUPPLY PLAN to ensure proper supply and safety concerns are understood and presented clearly to the public.
  • All annual budgets proposed by the many city departments must be carefully prepared and based upon ongoing needs, while taking into account new operating and maintenance requirements.
  • The Council has a duty to ensure that all funds are consistent with the annual approved budget. The conduct of the Council must be in accordance with all Texas Governmental Codes.
  • Work with the City Council and City Manager to improve intergovernmental relationships.
  • We must assure cost effective use of long-term debt.

    He presented his plan for Kerrville if elected. Answered questions during question and answer time for both.

David Baker running for Mayor of Kerrville Jimmy Hutto 2020-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

Hill Country College Fund

The program last Wednesday was the Hill Country College Fund. Each year, funds are raised to help deserving area students pay for tuition at Schreiner University. 
Schreiner University President Charlie McCormick provided opening remarks and noted there are several new and exciting things on campus. Schreiner Institute is a new program designed to help students obtain a military academy appointment. Dr. Frazier leads a new program called The Texas Center, aimed at educating students and the community about all things Texas. And, the new section of the river trail in Kerrville now has a trailhead at Schreiner University. Although not yet open due to Covid-19, there will be a beer garden and gathering pavilion for students and residents alike at the trail head.
Mark Tuschak, Vice President for student recruitment, provided some history of the Hill Country College Fund.  He explained that Karen Kilgore, who will retire this May from Schreiner University, had the original dream of the college fund forty one years ago, and it has helped many students who otherwise could not afford to go to Schreiner. 
We heard from three inspiring students who expressed their appreciation to all who donate to the fund.
Annie Wallace is a sophomore Sports Management major. She plays softball and likes being in a small school environment where she can be involved in numerous campus activities, including student government.
Chris Flores is a first year student. He is a great example of a non traditional student, who worked first and now is attending college. Chris overcame a lot of adversity in his life, is a psychology major, and helps out as a shelter monitor at the Salvation Army.
Miranda Spires really appreciates the HCCF because along with the G.I. Bill,  it allows her to concentrate solely on school.
Please consider helping deserving students at our hometown University:
Hill Country College Fund David Martin 2020-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Andrew Murr

Clint Mores introduced our guest                                      Representative Andrew Murr
  Representative Andrew Murr was first elected in 2014 to represent District 53 in the Texas House of Representatives. The district includes Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton Counties. An eighth generation Texan, he was raised on a ranch in Kimble County, and attended school in Junction.
  Representative Murr attended Texas A&M University, receiving a bachelor degree, summa cum laude, in Agricultural Development with an emphasis in economics and policy. Following graduation, he worked toward his master's degree at A&M and earned his teaching certification, completing his student teaching in Mason. He subsequently graduated with highest honors from Texas Tech University School of Law. In 2008, Representative Murr was elected Kimble County Attorney. However, he was appointed to the position of County Judge, due to a vacancy, before he was sworn in. His kids are twelve and one year old.
 Legislature of the State of Texas, operating under the biennial system, convenes its regular sessions at noon on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years. The maximum duration of a regular session is 140 days. There are appoxmently 9 to 12 thousand ideas for bills brought up every session. Only about 20% get passed
The Texas budget shortfall of about 2 billion dollars. This was due the the Covid-19 shutdown. 
The speaker of the house is retiring and Andrew is not looking to fill that positio
He sponsored House Bill HB-297

AUSTIN— Today, the Texas House passed HB 297 which would eliminate the school districts’ maintenance and operations property tax and replace it with a more efficient sales tax.

“Texas’ economy is the strongest in the country — owing in large part to the commitment of policymakers to the Texas Model and strong conservative fiscal leadership,” said Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., executive director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “HB 297, if paired with fiscal restraint in budgeting, would sustain our prosperity.”

HB 297 would establish an interim committee to study the most effective way to move from a maintenance and operations property tax to a sales tax system by January 1, 2022.

“The Foundation has long supported the elimination of property taxes in favor of a less burdensome sales tax system,” said Vance Ginn, Ph.D., senior economist and director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “The Texas House’s passage of HB 297 provides an excellent opportunity to eliminate nearly half of the costly property tax burden along with almost all of the disliked Robin Hood system. This legislation should make its way through the process and to the Governor’s desk so there can be a robust discussion during the interim of how to make Texas an even greater economic juggernaut for prosperity.”


Interested in Ways and Means committee, Jurist and Criminal prudence.

Questions ask Will Texas ever get gambling? He said not at this time

Early voting starts Oct 13th thru 30th.

His director in the Kerrville office is one of our own Kellie Early
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Chip Roy

U.S. Congressman Chip Roy visited our Rotary Club last Wednesday via zoom, and gave an overview of current affairs in Washington. He has been focusing on the fiscal year end and is working with the other members on a funding plan for the government through December. 
Recent highlights of legislative action and answers to some questions:
Congress passed successful funding of the PPP bill last June, and they are now working on expediting the forgiveness part of the loans to businesses.
The President will (and now has) nominated a Supreme Court judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Riots, protests: The federal government can step in to help quell riots if federal property is threatened. Private citizens can sue if states don't protect citizens life and property.
Fracking: He is concerned about the recent attempts to limit or ban fracking, because this could affect jobs in the oil and gas industry in Texas.
Chip Roy David Martin 2020-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Dr Gomez

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Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, Associate Medical Director at BioBridge Global, was part of the team that implemented the Brothers in Arms program to bring lifesaving blood transfusions to seriously injured patients in San Antonio and South Texas. 
The subsidiaries of BioBridge are follow the link
Witch includes the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.
Dr. Gomez talked about since the pandemic started less folks are giving blood. This increases the urgency of blood donations. The Blood center is down to like 2 days supply. 
Dr. Gomez talked about convalescent blood drive. This is taking blood from people that have recovered from
recovered from COVID-19. This blood can be used to help cure people that have COVID-19. For more info
She also talked about antibodies both A and B. to find out more about antibodies see
Dr. Gomez also has advise about giving blood if you are nervous.
* Hydrate
* make sure you eat
* get a good nights sleep
* talk to the tech
Once you get there you will go thru a mini physical, iron count, blood pressure and the like.
then you will have to answer questions.
Its not that hard, I have given over 100 units.
Dr Gomez Jimmy Hutto 2020-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Museum of Western Art

Darrell Beauchamp, the executive director of the Museum of Western Art, provided the program last Wednesday. The Museum opened in 1983 as the Cowboy Artists of America, with works on display by the Cowboy Artists of America. In 2003, the museum changed its name to the Museum of Western Art to expand the type of art and artists in this genre, including women artists and Native American artifacts. 
The Museum closed in March and April due to COVID-19, but reopened in May.
There is a lot to see at the museum, and here's a list of the 2020 exhibition line up:
A few examples of the work you can enjoy:
The annual Exhibition and Sale is coming soon (limited to 150 persons):
So, consider supporting this fine museum by touring the exhibits and art, being a member or business sponsor, attending the Gala, and getting the word out about this gem in our backyard.
Museum of Western Art David Martin 2020-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Prayers go to all the area teams who are starting their seasons,
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

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There will be a blood drive coming soon, and details will follow.
The Labor Day Walk-A-Fun is scheduled for Labor Day, September 7th, and has been adjusted to meet the requirements of the City of Kerrville amid COVID-19 concerns.
It will be at Louise Hays Park, and Rotarians will be handing out cold water and sharing the story of Rotary  from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.. We will be able to post our awareness signs along the River Trail and hand out invitations to NEXT YEAR'S EVENT! We will not have groups of more than 10 people and will be wearing masks and following CDC guidelines for social distancing.
Service Above Self Award
In early August we presented the "Service Above Self Award" to Maggie Rector, a Kerr County 4-H student as part of KC 4-H annual awards night. Maggie was selected by her peers to receive the award, which is based on the Rotary motto. She was unable to attend the awards banquet, so we recently met to take a photo to commemorate the event.
Maggie has performed nearly 100 service hours, even during a Pandemic and is an active member of three local service organization boards, in addition to volunteering on many levels. It was an honor to meet her.
'Thank You' note received
We recently received a "Thank You" note from scholarship recipient Liz Twiss. I want to share with each of you her words to our club. She wrote:
"Kerrville Rotary Club, 
Thank y'all so much for your generous scholarship! I appreciate it way more than you think! Without your generosity, college would be even tougher. Thank you for seeing the grit in me to pursue my dreams, while positively representing y'all. I promise to give nothing but my best in consideration for y'all. Thank you again.
Liz Twiss"
Concession Stand help needed
Past President Stephanie Miller has asked for help manning the Ingram Tom Moore High School concession stand on Friday nights during home football games.
She would appreciate help from membership or businesses. Volunteers can wear club or business shirts for visibility. It would mean a lot to her and the athletes to receive some help.
If you or your business would like to provide the assistance she is requesting, please contact her at
What could be better than spending a night at a high school football game?
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Hotel Fire: Flee or Hunker Down


Clint Morse introduced our guest speaker                      Dan Wheat
Dan started Rotary 65 years ago in Beaumont Texas. Dan did point out that out of that time there was 3 years he did not attend Rotary since they were living in a small town. Dan is the correct man to tell us about fires.
He has been in 3 different fires in 3 different hotels.
Dan noted that the decision to flee or hunker down can be made for Hurricanes, Tornados, Floods or Fires like going on in California. He told us about when he and family we staying at the Conrad Hilton Hotel the time it caught on fire. The hotel had 1,544 rooms and 30 floors. It a grand place for sure. In 1928 the Oscar's were held there. After falling on hard time it was used as a Technical training school for the US Army Air Corp. The Democratic National Convention was held there in 1968.
January 26th 1970 about 6:45 Dan heard fire trucks in the distance. They stopped at the hotel and started going in. They were on the 13th floor and brother and family were on the 19th floor. They then started to head to elevators. One opened and they started down. When they got to lobby they went outside to see what's going on. They saw ropes made of bed sheets hanging out windows. The ladders only went up to 7th floor and the fire was on the 9th floor. The brother was going to start down the outside stairs that were bolted to building. They passed fireman going up with hoses to put out fire on 9. When they finally made it to the lobby they met up with Dan and family.
There was a group of 40 deaf kids from a school staying at the hotel with only one chaperone. Wow they were good boys and all but two made it safely out of the building. These two were the only victims in the fire. See the links below the hear their stories.
After thinking about taking the elevator to get down Dan says that's not a good idea. These days just wait in your room until someone comes to rescue you, or take the stairs. It's a very good idea to find the stairs close to your room when you check into anywhere.
Hotel Fire: Flee or Hunker Down  Jimmy Hutto 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Tivy Coach David Jones

Tivy High School football coach David Jones provided the program on the upcoming season of football and other sports. Plans have been made and remade over the last six months, and we are now finally nearing the start of the season. Tivy football starts out with a tough pre-season, with Dripping Springs on September 25th, Calallen follows and then Killeen Shoemaker as their home opener.
The football team will be able to start practicing in pads on September 7th, and on the 12th they'll have an inter squad scrimmage. Although some schools have experienced a decline in the numbers of players, Tivy has seen an increase from about 150 players last year to 175 players this year. This is the second largest number since David Jones has been here. In addition to the varsity, there is a junior varsity and two freshman teams, with 11 coaches.
The football players are scanned each day before practice, and are asked a series of questions about COVID-19. In addition to those precautions for the players, the football tickets for fans will only be available online, and at a reduced capacity. The home side usually accommodates 3,000 to 4,000 fans, but with limited seating and proper spacing, there will be only about 1,300 fans. Live streaming of the games will be available for the first time this year due to the pandemic.
So, support the local teams, either in person or watch the game live. Go Antlers!
Tivy Coach David Jones David Martin 2020-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Food Drive Veterans Center Pantry

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 22, 2020
Jimmy & Bekki Hutto went to JAM Broadcasting on Monday morning and presented the Food Drive information on all three morning channels the Buck 103.7,107.7 - Mike FM 99.1 - The Rock 94.3
COVID-19 is not holding us back, we are busier than ever!
Have you purchased your food for our Hill Country Veterans Center Food Drive this Saturday? As a club, we have adopted this food pantry and continue to keep it stocked. The effects of COVID-19 have been especially hard on all food pantries, including the one at HCVC.
This particular food pantry is unique in that only veterans are served. Help us help our local veterans.
Drop off your donation of food and/or cash at the Hill Country Veterans Center, located at 411 Meadowview Lane, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All you have to do is pull up and someone will unload your donation. You never have to leave your vehicle!
We also need volunteers, so if you are available, please come and help.
Food Drive Veterans Center Pantry Jimmy Hutto 2020-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

Texas Center at Schreiner University

Marta introduces our guest.
Donald SFrazier is the Director of The Texas Center at Schreiner University in Kerrville,
Don is really motivated to teach all Texans about all aspects of Texas.
His Texas History courses for the general public can be found at He is the award-winning author of books on the American Civil War, Texas History, Military History, and the US-Mexican Borderlands.

Don wants to look into Texas past, Present and then plan for the Future. 
1 Determine how Texas works, Business, Jobs and Technology.
2 Learn about Music, Art & Recreation in Texas.
3 History and culture and instead of teaching 80 kids in a class he now has 26 million folks, of all of Texas.
STATE HOUSE PRESS moved to its new location, The Texas Center at Schreiner University, this summer. It was formerly located in Austin and Abilene. The publishing imprint of The McWhiney History Education Group, State House Press is part of the Texas Book Consortium led by Texas A&M University Press and its books are available wherever books are sold.
With all these additions Studio, Podcast, and Multimedia The Center can get the message out to everyone.
Don used the term weaponize to denote that they have all the tools to get the message to the public.
Don wants to get 300 folks committed to support the Texas Center. Sort of like the original 300 folks Austin signed up tp come settle Texas.
Texas Center at Schreiner University Jimmy Hutto 2020-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

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Work continues on our planned Hill Country Veterans Center Food Drive. As a club, we have been dedicated to keeping the HCVC Food Pantry filled throughout the year. They are running low on food items due to the additional needs stemming from COVID-19. Please consider donating non-perishable food items on Aug. 22 at the HCVC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you would rather donate money, we will do the shopping for you!
Also, if you own a business, include your employees and customers. We adopted this food pantry when we learned that veterans don't usually ask for help and feel more comfortable going to a veteran-run organization should they need something.
Please help us FILL THAT PANTRY.
The Labor Day Walk-A-Fun is scheduled for Labor Day, September 7th, and has been adjusted to meet the requirements of the City of Kerrville amid COVID-19 concerns.
It will be at Louise Hays Park, and Rotarians will be handing out cold water and sharing the story of Rotary  from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.. We will be able to post our awareness signs along the River Trail and hand out invitations to NEXT YEAR'S EVENT! We will not have groups of more than10 people and will be wearing masks and following CDC guidelines for social distancing.
Trash pickup
We are so excited to be able to resume some of our activities, which includes our quarterly Trash Pick Up effort. It's been more than nine months since our last event and we are really going to need volunteers. 
It will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 from 7:30-9 a.m. Event organizer Todd Odom says if you come at 7 a.m., he will provide individually wrapped food and drink for you! The group will meet at 7 a.m. at Tally Elementary. Our assigned cleanup area is on Goat Creek Road.
Todd is hoping for 20 volunteers, so please contact Todd at and let him know you will be happy to give an hour and a half of your Saturday to clean up our assigned highway.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Labor Day Walk-A-Fun 2020

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 19, 2020
put this in your calender

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!

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!

Kristy Vandenberg
Rotary Club of Kerrville

Labor Day Walk-A-Fun 2020 Jimmy Hutto 2020-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Prayers for the family of Bekki Hutto since her son Shane has been deployed overseas.
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2020-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame- 2020

Guy Overby presented the inductees for the Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame for this year. Potential members can be either athletes, coaches or an avid supporter. 
The three inductees this year are basketball star Jacqueline Overby Brummett, Avid Supporter Stuart Cunyus, and Football star Marty Jefferson. Thank you to Guy for a great program!
Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame- 2020 David Martin 2020-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Youth Citizenship Awards

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,
2020 Rotary Youth Citizenship Awards Jimmy Hutto 2020-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

George's Song

George Eychner played the National Anthem on his horn
George's Song Jimmy Hutto 2020-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

Turtle Creek Olive and Vine

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. 
Turtle Creek Olive and Vine David Martin 2020-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

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.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2020-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

River Clean Up - Reimagined

River clean up with Rotaract Club. 8:30-10:30. Land and river. 
Sent from my iPhone

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.
River Clean Up - Reimagined Kristy Vandenberg 2020-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

"Forecasting Weather in Kerr County and Why the Severe Storms Happened.

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.
"Forecasting Weather in Kerr County and Why the Severe Storms Happened. Jimmy Hutto 2020-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

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.
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2020-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

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.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

KPUB's response to the late May storms

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.
KPUB's response to the late May storms David Martin 2020-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Tammy's Starting Year

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.
Tammy's Starting Year Jimmy Hutto 2020-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

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.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-07-08 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jul 08, 2020
Asley leads the group in the Invocation
Invocation Jimmy Hutto 2020-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the 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!
Rotarians of the Year David Martin 2020-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

President Charlie's Year in Review

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!
President Charlie's Year in Review David Martin 2020-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Installation of officers

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.
Installation of officers David Martin 2020-07-04 05:00:00Z 0

Dub Thomas On Covid-19 in Kerrville

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.

Dub Thomas On Covid-19 in Kerrville Jimmy Hutto 2020-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Charlie McIlvain is out of the hospital after surgery.
Please continue to keep Bill Crumrine in your prayers, as he is under hospice care.
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2020-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Picnic Canceled until Further Notice Jimmy Hutto 2020-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

King's Texas Smokehouse

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.
King's Texas Smokehouse David Martin 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

 Stephanie's son is working at Camp Stewart as a counselor. Prayers for safety of campers and staff.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Mark Bettencourt on Protesting Tax Increase

Clint Morse introduces our guest Mark Bettencourt.
Mark received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting & Economics from Texas A&M University. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas. In his spare time Mark is actively involved in community service having chaired or been on the board of many prominent organizations including The Gladney Fund The Gladney Center for Adoption The Gladney Cup the Texas A&M University, Lowry Mays College & Graduate School of Business and Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop 641, one the largest troops in the nation and Holy Spirit Episcopal School.
 Mr. Bettencourt spent his career in the financial and real estate industries initially as a vice president with Texas Commerce Bancshares, then vice president of a national real estate investment services and consulting firm. With the wealth of experience and knowledge gained through his employment in the banking and real estate investment industries, Mark opened his own firm, Bettencourt & Associates, providing real estate investment and consulting services to private, corporate, and institutional concerns. His career has allowed Mark to get involved in many aspects of the commercial real estate business, including new business development, property evaluations, investment analysis, market analysis, marketing and contract negotiations for the acquisition, sale, and financing of office, retail, industrial, multi-family residential, and other commercial property projects. In addition he was involved in asset management of commercial real estate portfolios negotiation of loan restructurings (individually and as a team leader handling portfolios up to and in excess of $500 million) property due diligence the preparation of investment offerings and the project management and resolution of complex real estate litigation involving environmental issues.
 Mark talked about how to go about protesting property tax increase's. In Texas there are 254 counties and 253 appraisal districts.
The appraisal district will access your property on Jan 1. Then let you know around June and your may have 6 months to come forth with info disputing their assessment. He recommends that you should protest your taxes every year. This will give your 
valuable insight on how to get all your info that you need. 
 Its a three step process.
1.  Go see them and discuss the reason you think your property tax does not need to increase. You will need 
to get info on similar properties. The more info you can bring to the table the better your chances are. In this phase your can negotiate and they may work with you. It was noted that if you agree to what was stated then you have no recourse and cannot appeal.
2. Formal Hearing. You will present your info to a 3 person panel from the appraisal district. Again the more info you can bring to show what is selling in your area like yours. Marketing info works well. If they do not think you have presented info that proves your case then they can tell you your property taxes will increase. At this time you may appeal.
3. Judicial or Arbitration. Again the more information you provide the better your chances are. After this your either get your taxes lowered or not. 
Several members ask questions. It was noted by Janelle Peralt that even if your not paying taxes on your property, you may sell it one day and the buyer sees the taxes way out of whack and go look at different property.
I have a story about this. My Brother in law and Sister own a place in south Texas. Some business was built near their property. This business gathered things like raw fertilizer and let it dry. So it was spread over the property. Well the flies came to their house and for a couple of years they put up with it. When appraisal district went up on the assessment, My brother-in-law took one of those fly traps loaded with flies and walked in the office and put on his desk. He had all the proof he needed to not get his taxes raised.
Mark Bettencourt on Protesting Tax Increase Jimmy Hutto 2020-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Early Kerr County Families

Julius Neuhoffer provided a history of several early families in Kerr County. Julius is a 5th generation Kerr County resident, and traces his roots back to Casper Real, who immigrated to America from Germany when he was 24 years old in 1848. Casper landed in Indianola, made his way to New Braunfels and then spent some time in near San Antonio on Martinez Creek. He would meet Emilie Schreiner, and they married, eventually moving to some acreage on Turtle Creek in Kerr County.
They had six boys and two girls, and their managed to thrive as some of the earliest settlers of this area. Their story and others will be available in the near future in the planned Heart of the Hills Heritage Center located in Kerrville.
Early Kerr County Families David Martin 2020-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Rotary Food Bank Delivery ProjectStephanie Skrumeda has made arrangements with H-E-B to pick up food for our food bank project at 10:00 am this Thursday morning.  Food will be loaded into a Ricks Furniture truck for delivery to the various food banks.  Thanks to Ricks Furniture for that contribution.  Once the food goods are loaded into the truck, we plan to deliver food goods to the following food bank at these estimated times.
Hill Country Veteran’s Center, 411 Meadow View Lane – 11:00 am.
St. Vincent de Paul Ministries, 1145 Broadway – 11:30 am
Hill Country Crisis Center, 429 Washington Street - 12:15 pm
CAM, 521 Barnett Street – 1:00 pm
Mustard Seed Ministries and Doyle Community Center will be delivered to Light on the Hill on the Mt. Westly Campus, 610 Methodist Encampment – 2:00 pm.
This was the first stop at the Veterans Center. The truck started out full. The first pallet we unloaded had to be separated. This took a bit longer.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Memorial Day Kerrville

 We were told to be there @9:00 in the morning to help place the flags on the Veteran's Cemetery markers. When we arrived they were already placed.
 The ceremony at the Courthouse was sparsely attended. The speakers were good.
Memorial Day Kerrville Jimmy Hutto 2020-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Attorney's Lessons Learned

Clint Morse introduced the guest speaker. He added that there were 1,325,000 Attorneys in the United States. This is 7 % of the 
Attorneys in the world.
 Harrell Feldt, a Houston based attorney with 55-years of law practice experience as our guest speaker. He has tried cases in over 70 counties in Texas. Also many other states as well.
Admission Details
1963, Texas
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
US Supreme Court
Law School Attended
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 1963
University Attended
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 1961
Bar Fellowship
American Bar Foundation; Texas Bar Foundation; American College of Trial Lawyers.
Harrell says for the most part three things are building character, ethics and Jury understanding.
He spoke of one of his colleagues Warren Burnett 
Learn what people are about. Most jurors in fact want to do the right thing.
Its up to the trial attorney to build there trust, Lawyers do not create facts, facts are what they are. Never try to change facts.
Lawyers learn that the jurors want to be able to trust your case. Does it 
stand up to cross examination?
Good idea to build relationships with jurors,
Be simple in a case, no head down looking at notes/computer, and don't take notes. If it appears to jurors that your not paying attention to the case.
If anyone missed the zoom meeting the entire meeting was recorded and is under the club runner website under home. If you need help getting there
just give me a call. 713-410-1647
Attorney's Lessons Learned Jimmy Hutto 2020-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

 Bill Crumrine has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is now on Hospice. care  Please keep Bill and Pam in your prayers.
 Keep Wayne Uecker's family since he lost his mother last Monday.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

The Facts about Kerrville men lost in WWI

Joe Herring was our guest speaker. He brought pictures and tales of the 3 boys to whom streets are named in Kerrville.
According to the memorial at the courthouse 19 young men died in WWI Only the men from Kerrville, that were killed in action, had streets named after them.
 This is the memorial at courthouse.                                               This is the one by Schreiner.
These are the 3 men that were KIA.                                                     Stats on the entire 19 men.
 Francisco was the oldest.
 A Tivy Grad.
 The youngest.
Sidney had brothers
 Moms at the Memorial 20 years after WWI
 Earl & Sidney are buried in France. Francisco is buried in Kerrville across from stadium.
 For more history see
The Facts about Kerrville men lost in WWI Jimmy Hutto 2020-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Carlina Villalpando

Clint Morse introduced Carlina Villalpando, Publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times. Carlina was born in Brownwood, Texas, studied Communications at Howard Payne Univeristy and has worked her way up in the newspaper industry to her current position.
 Newspapers have been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kerrville Daily Times has seen a 50% decline in advertising over the last couple of months, and 70% of their revenue comes from those advertising dollars. They have about two thirds of their usual work force in place at this time.
In addition to the newspaper business, the KDT has a significant printing capability. They print about twenty five newspapers for other cities including Sonora, Rocksprings and Del Rio. The Times also produces other supplemental publications including the Mountain Sun, Hill Country Magazine and Kerrville Business Link.
The parent company is Southern Newspapers, which owns twelve newspapers. The Owners believe strongly in community journalism, and content and operations are done on a local level.  In addition to the printed paper, the Kerrville Daily times publishes content during the day as it is available on the internet, rather than waiting until the next printed edition.
Carlina Villalpando David Martin 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Schreiner Institute

Shannon Deville, a former marine, is the director of the Schreiner Institute. This new program at Schreiner University will provide students desiring to apply to one of the Military Academies training, classes and coaching to provide the best chance of success. Schreiner will be partnering with the UTSA ROTC program to provide further training and preparation for the students. The Institute will provide military academy preparation, leadership training, a rigorous academic program and physical preparation.
The program will also provide assistance to veterans enrolled at Schreiner University. Veterans who are in college are generally older than the typical student just out of high school, and have different life experiences. The goal is to provide a space on campus where other veterans can meet their peers and obtain assistance and tutoring if needed.
Schreiner Institute David Martin 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Bill Muldoon, who has been a long time member of Rotary, passed away recently. Please keep Nancy and their family in your prayers.
Marianne Wofford, honorary member of our club, suffered a broken hip from a recent fall. Please keep Marianne in your prayers. Here son Brian will keep us posted.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scholarships

Jeff Anderson let us know that the awards luncheon program for our Rotary Scholarships benefiting high school and college students in the area will be in early August.
Rotary Scholarships David Martin 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Heart of the Hills Heritage Center

William Rector Bio
Tivy High School Graduate
Texas A&M Graduate
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, earned MD Degree
University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver-Residency in Diagnostic Radiology
5 years service in Air Force during Vietnam era serving in the far east
Practiced Radiology at Peterson Regional Medical Center for 31 years
Active Radiology Staff at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio
Served on KISD Board of Trustees for 6 years
Served on Kerrville City Council for 2 years
Currently President of Historic Downtown  Business Alliance (HDBA) and Board Treasurer of Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA)
William is a Director with Heart of the Hills Heritage Center. This is going to be a Museum about this area of the state. Going back to the Indian days thru current days. 
Places visited to study.                                                        The place chosen was the AC Schreiner Home.
                                                                                              The flow of people
                                                                                              Second Floor
                                                                                           Third Floor
Heart of the Hills Heritage Center Jimmy Hutto 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

The First Responders Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for June 15th. Contact Jeff Harris for more information.
CLUB PICNIC Jun 23, 2020
 Dietert Center
Look for an email from president Charlie McIlvain, which provides information on how we can make donations to the local food bank to help during these difficult times.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Long time Rotarian Bill Muldoon passed away over the weekend after suffering from a stroke last week.  Bill had represented our Club in numerous ways locally and at the District Level.  The Board of Directors elevated Bill to Honorary Membership in a special called board meeting last week.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Kerrville we extend our deepest condolences to Nancy and the Muldoon Family. 
We'll provide additional details as they become available. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Praise for Guy Overby's thyroid cancer surgery-Success and does not need radiation at this time.
Praise Stephanie's son Cody Miller since he was warded the Warrior Heart Award for ITM Baseball and was hired for his 
summer job a Bridget's Basket.     
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Paycheck Protection Program

Roy Thompson with Texas Hill Country Bank provided the program for our ZOOM meeting last Wednesday. He explained the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The purpose of the federal program is to provide forgivable loans to small businesses to cover payroll, and most mortgage interest, rent and utilities over the eight week period after the loan is paid. Employees are to be paid over that length of time in order for the loan to be forgiven. The intent is to keep staff on the payroll, but the government also added significant money to unemployment benefits, so they effectively created competition with themselves. Some workers realized they could do better with unemployment benefits.
The Small Business Administration administers the program but is overwhelmed with the sheer volume of applications. The first round of funding went very quickly and mainly helped larger companies, who were often better prepared to respond to the loans available. But, the second round of funding is expected to help smaller businesses.
Paycheck Protection Program David Martin 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0


Vice President/COO Rachel London       Rose Bradshaw with the Chamber talked about Chamber activity
Rachel helped open the meeting
This is the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
 There was a drawing for door Prizes
FACES AND PROJECTS Part two Jimmy Hutto 2020-03-25 05:00:00Z 0


 Chamber Luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kerrville
This was a unique meeting for Rotary. The club selected 10 local projects were selected and 10 people were chosen to say what the project was about,
Charlie opened the meeting and presented a U-Tube video on What Is Rotary? Then he introduced the first speaker.
Kristy Vanderburg. Kristy told us was  the Labor Day Walkafun was about. 
Next project was Blue Santa presented by Phyliss Ricks.
Next was Jeff Wendling explaining about the First Responder Recognition Luncheon.
 Next project was Cell Phones for Soldiers presented by David Jones.
Jimmy & Bekki Hutto then presented the Stocking the Veteran's Pantry
Amanda Taylor presented both Pints for Polio project 
Amber Thompson presented the Veterans Appreciation Breakfast project
George Eychner told about the Hill Country Youth Orchestra project
Dave Samuels presented Salvation Army Bell Ringing project.
First Responder Golf Tournament presented by Jeff Harris.
 Robin Miears spoke about Rise Against Hunger project
Dave Rittenhouse ans his accompanied by Kristy Vandenburg presented the Literacy & Water Safety Program
Satellite Club was explained by Denise Lemeilleur
Tammy talked about the fundraiser Rotary Super Ball. This is major fundraiser for the club. Tammy says we did good.
Tricia Bryom lest us know about the $25,000 in Scholarships
Stephanie Miller let us know about Families in Rotary
See the source image
 Sherrie Jones $20,000 in Teachers Scholarships

Cancelling meeting

Good Afternoon Fellow Rotarians,
With almost everything being canceled or postponed until sometime in April, the Rotary Club of Kerrville’s Board of Directors has made the following decisions:
  1. Our Rotary Meetings will be canceled until at least April 15th.  These cancellations will not count against those Rotarians working towards perfect attendance.  If we can’t meet on that date, we may try to conduct an electronic or conference call meeting;
  2. The Veteran’s Breakfast, initially scheduled for April 17th, has been postponed until a later date
  3. The International Rotary Convention scheduled for June 6-10 has been canceled.
Cruise tickets are available.  Please contact Jeff Harris for your Cruise tickets.  All money is due in April.  Purchasing a book of cruise tickets is an excellent method of contributing to the Rotary Foundation.  We only have a small number of Rotarians in our Club not contributing to the Foundation.  Those individuals could purchase cruise tickets and help make our Club one of the largest clubs in the District with a100% of the membership supporting the Foundation.
Other ProjectsTammy Prout is checking on several projects that members of our Club could possibly assist with during the Coronavirus crisis.  We’ll alert everyone if one or both of those projects develop.
Please look out for each other; and, contact me if you need anything as we work through this critical time.
Dear Satellite and Noon Rotary Members,
After careful consideration of the health and safety of our Satellite members, guests and other persons who may have planned on attending the Satellite Rotary meeting scheduled for March 17th, we are taking precautions and cancelling this meeting. 
As of right now we will continue to plan to meet on our regular scheduled date in April. Of course this is subjective to the current and ongoing situation regarding the corona virus.  
The information below is from the CDC:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these actions to combat the virus:
·      Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
·      Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
·      Stay home when you are sick.
·      Wash your hands regularly. 
·     Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the
·      Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a
       regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Please refer to the CDC website,
for further information.  
MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE – We are all in this together and will get through this together. Let's remember Service above Self and reach out to those less fortunate during these difficult days ahead.
Thank you,
Denise LeMeilleur
Satellite Rotary President
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Kerrville made the decision to cancel our Rotary Club meetings for the next two weeks.  At that point, we’ll reevaluate the situation and keep you updated.
The Kroc Center has a larger children’s population than normal with spring break activities.  The Kroc Center is aware and supportive of our decision.
Rotarians wishing to make up the canceled meetings may participate online at  Please download the attendance information so You will be credited with makeups.
Please contact me in the event you have questions or comments
Cancelling meeting Denise LeMeilleur 2020-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Families in Rotary  William “Bill” Fair longtime Rotarian and Club President in 1991-92 passed away on March 6th.  Bill was Mayor of Kerrville twice and served two terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Stockton William's wife, Leslie Williams, Ph.D. passed away on March 18th. Leslie, a very talented lady, was an entrepreneur, an educator including a College Dean, an author, an artist and an excellent cook.
These individuals will be greatly missed. Please keep the Williams family and the Fair family in your prayers.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

The third annual First Responders benefit golf tournament is March 30th. Our Rotary club sponsors this event and the funds raised go directly to training and education for our area First Responders. Contact Jeff Harris ( or Jeff Wendling  ( for additional information.
The next Highway clean up is scheduled for April 4th, and we meet at Talley Elementary School.
The Veterans appreciation breakfast has been canceled..
I will post pics of last meeting in a few days
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

 Rotary Meeting Canceled

Posted by Charlie McIlvain on Mar 16, 2020
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Kerrville made the decision to cancel our Rotary Club meetings for the next two weeks.  At that point, we’ll reevaluate the situation and keep you updated.
The Kroc Center has a larger children’s population than normal with spring break activities.  The Kroc Center is aware and supportive of our decision.
Rotarians wishing to make up the canceled meetings may participate online at  Please download the attendance information so You will be credited with makeups.
Please contact me in the event you have questions or comments.
Rotary Meeting Canceled Charlie McIlvain 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Satellite Meeting  canceled

Dear Satellite and Noon Rotary Members,
After careful consideration of the health and safety of our Satellite members, guests and other persons who may have planned on attending the Satellite Rotary meeting scheduled for March 17th, we are taking precautions and cancelling this meeting. 
As of right now we will continue to plan to meet on our regular scheduled date in April. Of course this is subjective to the current and ongoing situation regarding the corona virus.  
The information below is from the CDC:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these actions to combat the virus:
·      Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
·      Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
·      Stay home when you are sick.
·      Wash your hands regularly. 
·     Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the
·      Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a
       regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Please refer to the CDC website,
for further information.  
MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE – We are all in this together and will get through this together. Let's remember Service above Self and reach out to those less fortunate during these difficult days ahead.
Thank you,
Denise LeMeilleur
Satellite Rotary President
Satellite Meeting canceled Denise LeMeilleur 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student Information Program

Britt Etheredge is the co-chair of the Exchange Student Program for our Rotary district, and provided information to our club about the program. Britt is a member of the New Braunfels club, and has been involved in the youth exchange for a number of years. His family first hosted a student in 2008, and has hosted five students since.
There are 8,000 exchange students worldwide, and on average, 800 participate from the United States. In our district, there are four inbound and four outbound students this year, and seven planned for next year.
A typical exchange student process involves a Rotary Club like ours accepting a student for about a nine moth period, roughly coinciding with the school year. A student lives with a host family for roughly three months at a time, and then rotates to another family. Host families can be Rotarians, but often times are just families in the community who are willing to host a student. Our last two exchange students spent part of their time with host families from outside Rotary, and were very successful. 
The host families are varied in age and makeup, and can be families with younger kids, high school age, or no kids at all. 
Please contact any member of the executive board if you are interested in hosting an exchange student.
Brooke Sibert, daughter of Rotarian John Sibert, also shared some information about her experience as an exchange student in France last summer, and was very appreciative of the program.
Exchange Student Information Program David Martin 2020-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2020-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Ace of Spades

Richard Johnson drew a card, but not the Ace of Spades.
Mark Dizdar drew a card, but no luck.
Philip Stacy also drew a card, but no luck either.
The pot will be even bigger next week, so bring a few buck for a chance to win big!
Ace of Spades David Martin 2020-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

A few pics of the New Members get together at Gravity Check. This wan on Thursday the 27th
It was the 94th Anniversary of Kerrville Rotary Club.
Cutting the cake were Tom Terrell 47 yrs, Neal Masterson 38 yrs, Bill Tucker 35 yrs.
We missed Bob Schmerbeck with 52 yrs
No one drew the Ace of Spades. Pot now over $1,000 
3rd Annual Golf Tourney for First Responders will be held on March 30th at Comanche Trace. We have 12 teams so far.
Veterans Breakfast will be April 17th at 8 AM in the Veterans Center on Meadow View Ln. If you would like to help contact Donna Peterson.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Sheriff Candidates

Three candidates for Kerr Country Sheriff spoke to our Rotary club about their backgrounds and qualifications for the office.

Eli Garcia is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement, with 18 of those years having served the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office and currently holds the rank of sergeant.

Garcia is a 1980 graduate of Tivy High School, completed the San Antonio Police Academy in 1989, is a graduate of the Alamo Area Council of Governments and has completed more than 3,300 hours of training with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Carol Twiss, a 26-year veteran of the KCSO, began her career as a jail corrections officer, obtained her peace officer certification and went on to work patrol and ultimately head of the department’s criminal investigation unit.

She is a certified master peace officer, certified fire and arson investigator and certified child forensic interviewer.   is a court-recognized expert in the field of child forensic interview, sexual assault and child abuse investigations.

Warren Funk “America is an idea based on the concepts of property rights, personal ownership and the sovereignty of the citizen.

“These concepts underlie the stirring ideals enunciated by the Founders in the immortal words of the Declaration of Independence: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’

Sheriff Candidates Jimmy Hutto 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

George's Song

George led us in an appropriate song for the program.
George's Song David Martin 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Ace of Spades 

Several Rotarians had a chance to draw for the ace of spades, but none pulled the right card.
Wayne Uecker
Mark Dizdar
Eli Garcia
Ace of Spades David Martin 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Stockton Williams recently had knee replacement surgery. Please keep Stockton and his wife Leslie in your prayers.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Valentine Love Stories!!

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2020

Kacy Smith  found the most wonderful stories to share with us.  

She added snippets through out to eduate us that Valentine's Day is not just another Hallmark card day.
Saint Valentine Days befan as a Liturgical celebration of one or more of the Christian Saints. Valentine of Rome was maryed on February the 14th.



Valentine Love Stories!! Jimmy Hutto 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows

These members got their Paul Harris pins.
 The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants.
They were awarded chevrons to be wore with their Rotary pin.
Paul Harris Fellows Jimmy Hutto 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Diane Green has been under the weather, Please keep their family in your prayers.
Trey Atkission also been under the weather, Prayers for their family.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

First Responder Awards

Jeff Wendling was the master of ceremonies for our annual First Responder Awards, which recognizes those who are outstanding in their field of service in the community.
Tivy Junior Air Force ROTC provided the colors for the ceremony.
Recipients include (left to right) : Lane Rhea (Firefighter of the year), Zane Zenner, (Fire Department Officer of the year), Ryan McGinley (Game Warden of the year), Paramedic Misty Gordan (Kerr County Volunteer First responder of the year), Sargeant Tommy Hall (Kerr County Sherrif's office) Lifetime Achievement Award, Officer Emilio Ledesma (Ingram Police Department), Officer Jaron Ince  (Kerrville Police Department officer of the year), Corporal Jonathan Correa (Kerr County Sheriff's office Corrections Officer of the year), Captain Scott Prout (Kerr County Sheriff's office Deputy Sheriff of the year)
First Responder Awards David Martin 2020-02-11 06:00:00Z 0


Superball was a great success this year, with a number of new activities for all to enjoy.
Thank you to all who volunteered help and supported the Superball!
Superball David Martin 2020-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

Super Ball 2020

 A few pictures from Rotary Super Ball
Super Ball 2020 Jimmy Hutto 2020-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Permian Highway Pipeline

 Clint Morse introduced our guest speaker Allen Fore.
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Allen Fore

Vice President, Public Affairs
Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan, Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in law, government and public affairs at the local, state, and national levels. At Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore manages corporate public affairs, government relations, and community relations activities for existing company assets and major expansion projects throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore was a Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard, an international communications company. Mr. Fore has served as an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois, as general counsel to the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois and as the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party.

Mr. Fore served as a Judge Advocate General in the Illinois Army National Guard and US Army Reserve, honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Mr. Fore was also elected and served as an alderman on the Belvidere, IL City Council. Mr. Fore received his B.A. from Eureka College and a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University.

 Allen talked about the pipeline running through the Texas Hill Country. It will be a 42" OD line that will be 432 miles long. The reason this line is needed it the fact that in west Texas they are currently flaring gas to the rate of 750 Mcf. This will be gathered and sent to the gulf coast for the growing market LNG facilities.

 One fact I thought interesting was that all the land owners were paid and contracts sighned. Another question was ask about can they put oil in the pipeline. The answer was no. Oil and Gas pipelines are totally different. Also if there was a leak the gas would go into the air since it is lighter.

 It seems that Kinder Morgan has done the due diligence on this entire project.

 The right of way (ROW) will be 50 ft. in some areas it will take an extra 100 ft to move equipment in & out. Kinder Morgan will put the land back in good shape after there done. is a website with more info 

Permian Highway Pipeline Jimmy Hutto 2020-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Prayer and pledge David Martin 2020-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

George's Song

George led us in a song with a reference to our speaker's topic.
George's Song David Martin 2020-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

Satellite Club Meeting

Posted by Denise LeMeilleur on Jan 21, 2020
 This is a reminder for our Satellite meeting, Tuesday, January 21st at 5:30. We meet at the American Red Cross building across from the Kerr County Courthouse. Our special guest speaker is;   Denise Fritter, she is going to do a presentation on child sex trafficking. Here are some statistics from the in regard to Child sex trafficking, a growing epidemic in our country.
  • Sex traffickers target children in foster care and group homes. These children are more vulnerable to exploitation because of the trauma they have experienced and the lack of a permanent, stable home.
  • It is estimated that up to 40.3 million people around the world are being trafficked.
  • Sex trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries. Trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion a year.
  • Children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, especially children connected to the child welfare system. In the U.S., 60 percent of domestic child trafficking victims have a history in the child welfare system.
  • Traffickers target youth in foster care because of their increased vulnerability due to a lack of family and emotional relationships and support.
  • 74% of child trafficking cases involved sex trafficking, and the majority of those involved pimp-controlled prostitution.
  • The average age of child sex trafficking victims is 15, according to numbers of children reported missing to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Many sex trafficking victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children. 1 in 7 runaways reported missing were likely sex trafficking victims, and of those, 88% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
If you are not a Satellite member but need to makeup a meeting please come as our guest to this meeting. 
Make plans to be there on time so we can start our program in a timely manner.
See you Tuesday :)
Denise LeMeilleur

Satellite Rotary President

Satellite Club Meeting Denise LeMeilleur 2020-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Jimmy Hutto
 Superball will be February 1st at the Hill Country Event Center, and will include some fun games for entertainment.  We will each be given two raffle tickets, and are encouraged to sell or buy them to help with the fundraiser.
Bell Ringers  Did well ringing the bell Saturdays at Gibsons. Dave Samuels said we did close to $4,000. Thanks to all the bell ringers that helped out!!
Up coming Speakers
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2020-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Million Dollar Dinner Jimmy Hutto 2020-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

 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
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2020-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

How to win a gunfight

   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.
How to win a gunfight Jimmy Hutto 2020-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Wine is fine

 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 ( ; - )
Wine is fine Jimmy Hutto 2020-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

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.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas message from Reverend Bert Baetz

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.
Christmas message from Reverend Bert Baetz David Martin 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas Song

George Eychner led us in the appropriate "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" song.
Christmas Song David Martin 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas Supper @ YO

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.
Christmas Supper @ YO Jimmy Hutto 2019-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
Ringing the Bell Jimmy Hutto 2019-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

More pics

 Food was collected and delivered to CAM.
More pics Jimmy Hutto 2019-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army band

Posted by David Martin on Dec 08, 2019
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.
Salvation Army band David Martin 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas Song

Posted by David Martin on Dec 08, 2019
George Eychner and the Salvation Army Band led us in a song appropriate to the season, Jingle Bells.
Christmas Song David Martin 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Dec 08, 2019
Sheri Jones led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
The Ultimate Gift of Life Kristy Vandenberg 2019-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Rich Prehistory of Kerr County

 John Forester introduces our guest Steve Stoumire
 Steve is a past president of the Hill Country Archeological Association
 In this program Steve notes the different time zones where artifacts are found.
 By doing the necessary background investigations buy experts it can be determined when the 
 Indians lived in this area.
 Some arrow points brought for review.
 We learned the difference between arrowheads and bow points
 An Atlatl to help with throwing spears. An Atlatl and a Arrow were passed around the room
 Steve noted that there were 3 major sites in Kerr County. Gatlin site ( Saddlewood entrance)
Kemosabe (.6 miles west of Gatlin) and CWR at an undisclosed location along the Guadalupe river.
 the power point is in the Story Content page below.
Rich Prehistory of Kerr County Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Nov 20, 2019
 Just giving thanks to all First Responders that responded to the Incident that happened on 
 Monday night and Tuesday.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Wine is fine

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 20, 2019
John Forester was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
 Way to go John.
Wine is fine Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 20, 2019
 The Noon Rotary Club purchased Pizza for all the First Responders involved in the incident.
 Bell Ringing at Gibson's are needing volunteers for Nov 30th. Sign up online or See Dave Samuels
 Blue Santa program is needing volunteers for Dec 7th , See Phillis Ricks
  Board of Directors
  •  Janelle Peralt
  • Todd Odem
  • Paul Anderson
  • Phillis Ricks
  • Donna Peterson (Satellite)
  • Marta Diffen
  • President             Tammy Prout
  • President Elect  Jeff Harris
  • Secretary             Brenda Thompson
  • Treasurer            Gena Daniels
  • Past President   Charlie Mcllvain
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Special Agent Chris Combs

Posted on Nov 18, 2019
Bryant Truitt introduced FBI Special Agent Chris Combs, who heads up the San Antonio office. His division of the FBI encompasses sixty counties and has 500 employees. One of the biggest threat Agent Combs and his staff face is surge of active shooters, with an average of one every two weeks over the last year. 
The FBI works closely with local law enforcement wherever these events occur. Ninety eight percent of the incidents are under a local law enforcement jurisdiction, but they are often overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of the crime scene. The FBI provides the ability to mobilize dozens or even hundreds of personnel to assist the sheriffs, city or county authorities in assessing the crime scene and gathering evidence.  The average time for an active shooter is just six minutes. The training in place now emphasizes the police response to come in fast and loud because a shooter will often take their own life once they realize the police have arrived. The sooner the police presence is knows, the potential for stopping the carnage increases.
The biggest take away  for the average citizen: "If you see something, say something".  We should be vigilant about looking for unusual signs in behavior that could  lead to a bad situation.
The FBI is also partnering with  Rotary to reduce human trafficking. Their main focus is on crimes against children, and also how to help the victims after they have been rescued from the trafficking situation. As with the mass shootings, law enforcement relies on tips from the public that can lead to stopping the trafficking cycle.
Special Agent Chris Combs David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

George and the Secret Agent Man 

Posted by David Martin on Nov 18, 2019
George Eychner led our group in the appropriate "Secret Agent Man" song  in honor of our guest speaker.
George and the Secret Agent Man David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Nov 18, 2019
Doug Lidiak led us in the prayer and pledge to open the meeting.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Whinnerys honored for Foundation gifts

Posted by David Martin on Nov 18, 2019
District Governor John Hutcherson honored Doug and Sue Whinnery for their significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation, over a number of years.
Whinnerys honored for Foundation gifts David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
Volunteer for ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Gibson's, starting November 30th, and continuing for four consecutive Saturdays. Just go to the our Rotary Club Website to sign up.   
Our Rotary Club has another unique speaker scheduled to speak this Wednesday.  FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs will be speaking on mass shootings and human trafficking.  His program will be longer than most.  For that reason, the buffet lunch service will be available beginning at 11:30, with our meeting beginning at 12:00.
A number of special guests will be attending this meeting.  If you plan on bringing a guest, please let Robin Miears ( or me ( know by Tuesday afternoon so we can make certain our room will accommodate the larger crowd.
Stay warm the next few days; and, we'll look forward to seeing each of you on Wednesday.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Veterans Day program

Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
Tom Terrell provided the Veterans Day program this year, as he has for a  number of years, introducing four veterans and telling a bit about their service stories.
Left to right: Rotarian Ed Hamilton, Keith Selvey, Beck Gibson, and Vernon Ollar.
Ed Hamilton was a USAF Lieutenant Colonel, and served tours in Europe and Vietnam. He flew an AC-130 cargo plane and also was a helicopter pilot. He had numerous experiences, including one time his brakes failed and he went off the end of a runway. Ed calmly backed the plane up, and later realized he had gone into a mine field at the end of the runway.  He retired in 1975 after 20 years in the Air Force, and moved to Kerrville, and has made his home here ever since.
Keith Selvey, pictured above as the captain of this high school football team, was in the infantry in the Army in WWII. He was the fourth of eleven children, and was drafted in June 1941.  By 1944 he was promoted to sergeant, and was sent to the island of New Britain. He fought the Japanese and had several close brushes with mortality, fighting out of a fox hole and spending 120 straight days in the jungle in combat.  After the war, Keith became a commanding officer in the National Guard.
Beck Gipson was a warrant officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He  wanted to fly planes but ended up flying helicopters instead. Beck had several close calls including one instance where his helicopter was losing power and crash landed 100 yards from shore. He helped his companions swim to shore and later found out he had ruptured disks in his back.  
Vernon Ollar served in the US Army in World War II, achieving the rank of corporal. He was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, and his craft took a hit near Omaha Beach.  They hailed another craft and transferred their gear, but had to disembark in 6' of water. They improvised by using life preservers on top of their equipment to float to shore. Their first assignment was to support the Rangers, who lost sixty percent of their men.  His next duty included eleven months serving in France. Vern later returned to Normandy in 2014 and was honored  in a special memorial event.
Veterans Day program David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Song and prayer

Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
George Eychner led us in song, and Stephanie Miller led us in prayer to start the meeting last week.
Song and prayer David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

New Member

Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
John Civello Jr., MD is the newest member of our Rotary Club. John is a retired psychiatrist, as well as an utralight pilot and drone enthusiast.  Welcome to the club, John!
New Member David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Oct 30, 2019
 Chamber Reconitions : Chamber Hall of Fame
 Bob Schmerbeck Garrett Insurance
 Volunteer Organzation of the Year
 Phillip Stacy Habitat for Humanity
 Creation of Trade School Scholarship Fund
 David LeMielleur 
 Donation from Centennial Bank
 Prayers for Ed Warren's family he passed away on the 29th of October. His wife passed away in       September.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Bill Muldoon becoming-a-Rotarian-vs-joining-rotary

  Bill Muldoon told us about his journey in Rotary. His favorite or most memorable was saving one child. He was in Nicaragua and the orphan children were unsupervised. They were called the 
dump children. One was put in a host family and learned English and went to College.
 This family is waiting for next truck. This preacher helped the boy Juan.
Bill Muldoon becoming-a-Rotarian-vs-joining-rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Becoming a Rotarian vs Joining Rotary

  Kristy open with telling her journey up the ranks of becoming a Rotarian. Then she
introduced Stephanie Miller. 
 Stephanie to us about her trip for 6 weeks and showed picks
Becoming a Rotarian vs Joining Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Pints for Polio

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 30, 2019
 Amanda Taylor reports the Pint's for Polio brought  in $11,000 which was doubled and added to make the total donation $33,000. Way to go club!!!
The Rotary Club's Pints for Polio event was held recently at St. Peter's Church. Funds were raised to help with Rotary International's ongoing work towards the eradication of polio.  
Pints for Polio Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Day Before Halloween Rotary Style

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 30, 2019
 With the help of Denise LeMeilleur , John Forister , & Jimmy Hutto candies were placed on all the tables. We even had some sugar free candy for those who preferred.
 The Gang getting ready to start.
Day Before Halloween Rotary Style Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 30, 2019
 Our main fundraiser for the year is SuperBall, and initial organizational meeting was held  October 23 at 5:30 pm. Contact Kristy Vandenberg if you are interested in helping out with our fund raiser. We had about 15 folks show up and volunteer for
different committees.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Honor Flight of San Antonio

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 25, 2019
  Dennis Glenewinkel Introduces our guest Jeannie Slupik.
 Jeannie spoke about her experiences as a Guardian for the Veterans.
  They take like 40 vets on a trip twice a year, to Washington DC to see memorials.
  Rules are every vet get a guardian and must have a wheelchair all the time. When ask     if they could go see other exhibits, she then read their timeline for trip. They barley 
  had time to complete the mission.
 Pete Ryson veteran of several wars, shown in picture came in and shared with us a video.
Honor Flight of San Antonio Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Banner Exchange

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 25, 2019
 Carol Holmes exchanged a banner from her visit to the Rotary club in West Jordan Utah.
Banner Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

George's Song

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 25, 2019
    George led us in the Grand Old Flag song, in honor of our speaker.
George's Song Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Moon Landing

Posted by David Martin on Oct 20, 2019
Bruce McKenzie introduced our speaker and fellow Rotarian Ron Blilie, who talked about the landing on the moon in 1969. In addition to being a highly sought after flight instructor, Ron has some first hand experience as part of the team of engineers on the Apollo missions who helped get the first man on the moon.
The strategy that was developed was the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, where a main spacecraft and smaller lunar lander travel to lunar orbit.   The lunar lander then independently descends to the moon, completes the mission, and then returns to lunar orbit to rendezvous and re-dock with the main spacecraft.
A simulator was developed to test what it would be like to land on the moon, which has just 1/6 the gravitational force of the earth. Over one hundred test flights were performed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and the design was gradually refined to achieve the final spacecraft that went to the moon. There were some close calls along the way in testing, with Neil Armstrong having to eject once from the simulator.
The lunar lander was designed so that a computer would guide the actual landing on the moon, but in all six flights, the astronauts guided the craft in manually. On the first mission to the moon, the proposed landing site was missed slightly, and Neil Armstrong saw boulders the size of VWs, so he manually guided the lunar lander to the surface.
Thank you, Ron, for your work on the missions, and for sharing your story.
Moon Landing David Martin 2019-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Oct 20, 2019
Carol Holmes led off the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Brooke Sibert - The French Connection

Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 16, 2019
Brooke Sibert, daughter of club member Jon Sibert, addressed the club last week about her recent Rotary outbound exchange experience in France.  Some of the highlights include:
  • Flight troubles: Brooke missed her initial flight from Austin to Atlanta when she ran into confusion regarding the location of her departure gate.  When she figured out she was on the wrong side of the airport, she broke into a full-out sprint to try to catch her flight - only to be stopped cold at the door.  Brooke was balling and completely out of breath, but she tried to negotiate her way on to the plane, regardless.  She mentioned that she was a "minor traveling alone," but the gate attendant was unsympathetic.  However, there was a happy ending to the story as Delta provided Brooke with a free ticket to Paris as a result of her troubles (and because it was a Delta attendant who sent her in the wrong direction in the first place)!  Though Brooke ultimately made it to France, she mentioned that she was exhausted after her "25 hour travel day and 4-5 plane rides!" On top of everything else, she lost her luggage in the process as well!  Regardless of the challenges in actually getting to France, she was greeted by her host family with wine and cheese, the perfect French welcome!
  •  Veggies anyone?: Brooke's host family was a vegetarian family, so veggies took the place of some of Brooke's favorite foods for a month.  According to Brooke, "it was hard being a vegetarian, especially coming from Texas!"
  •  Rotary Abroad: Brooke attended a Rotary meeting while abroad, and she described the meeting as long, with a "food bar like" warmup to the meeting, where it didn't feel like anyone was in a hurry.  She also described a long picture taking process after the meeting was done.  See the picture below of Brooke and her flag (along with other flags garnered by Rotarians on recent visits to California & Wales).
  •  A Tourist's Dream: Brooke had the opportunity to travel to multiple locations throughout France, including Paris (which she referred to as "every girl's dream," though she was wholly unimpressed with the size of the Mona Lisa - too funny), Bordeaux (which included cathedrals galore and another transportation challenge as all trains in the city were shut down for 3 hours), and the Basque region of France (where Brooke enjoyed the food fair but was unimpressed with the region's excitement concerning their Independence Day - "they didn't seem very excited about it," proclaimed Brooke!).  Visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triumph were highlights of the trip.  
  •  Reunion Time: Brooke had the opportunity to visit Javier ("Javi"), our former Rotary exchange student from Spain, in Zaragoza, Spain (Javi's home town) during her trip.  She said that the four day side trip was a nice way to reconnect with Javi and his family.
  •  Back at Home: Brooke had the experience of a lifetime, and in her words, she "learned a lot about culture, the world, and myself."  She already references the trip all of the time, and already misses the cooler weather.  However, Brooke said that she was happy to come home as well, actually "shedding a tear" when she saw Chick-fil-A in the Atlanta airport upon her arrival back in the States.
Brooke expressed her thanks to the club for sponsoring her trip.  And to Brooke, we'd like to say "Thank You!"  To say that Brooke's presentation was simply entertaining would not be doing it justice.  She is quite the story teller, and I think it's safe to say that Brooke had the audience "in stitches" as she described her trip.  Thanks for providing the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club with it's very own French Connection!  We look forward to your next adventure!!
Brooke Sibert - The French Connection Paul Anderson 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 16, 2019
Mike Huff provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Ross Rommel 

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
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  Ross Rommel 
  Schreiner University Board Member
  Closed with asking the attendees to fill out the donor cards and send them in.
  Before the meeting started
 This lady standing, was watching the time on each speaker.
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Scholarship Recipients give thanks

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
 Danette Vines introduced student Noah Moreno
  Cecilia Barlow introduced student Autumn Rowlands
Scholarship Recipients give thanks Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Charlie McCormick PHD

Charlie McCormick, PhD
Presidents Office
Tom Murrry Building 
  Charlie said the goal of the HCCF was to get the fund up to $625,000.
 It was noted that everyone should drive around campus to see just how it has grown. See where river trail comes to campus and the Acorn Building. It was also noted that when the students get a scholarship, it cover all 4 years. The average distant a student has to drive to school is 51 miles.
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Marta Diffen

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
 Marta Diffen led the group in Pledge of Allegiance.
 Marta did a Rollcall for Service Organizations, & called forward
 She also read the Campaign Mission Statement, Introduced all of the Leaders,
Campaign Total, And recognized all attending HCCF recipients.
 Marta introduced Robert Kluting
Robert Kluting, MBA
Instructor of Business
Management | Academic Affairs
 Robert noted that 100% of faculity was donating to HCCF
Marta Diffen Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

 HCCF Kick-Off Luncheon 

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
Travis Frampton, PhD
Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost
  Travis Frampton leads the group in the Welcome & Invocation 
  Travis noted that HCCF started in 1978. The fund covers 6 counties in our area.
HCCF Kick-Off Luncheon Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotary Theme of the Month

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019


  Rotary celebrates Economic and Community Development month. To combat unemployment, underemployment, and lack of training, Rotaractors around the world work to empower entrepreneurs and community leaders in local communities.

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George's song

Posted by David Martin on Sep 30, 2019
George Eychner led us with a song honoring our speaker.
George's song David Martin 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rules of Engagement Myth & Reality

 Retired US Army Lt. General Michael Oats. 
 Michael explained rules of Engagement by US Military Myth & Reality.