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.
 
 
 
His director in the Kerrville office is one of our own Kellie Early
 
 
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Blood Drive was a Suscess
 
 
My heart is full as I write this e-mail, thinking of all of our members who gave blood today in honor of my mom, Patsy Moczygemba.
 
We filled all 40 slots in a week and I had members say they tried to sign up, but could not due to the schedule being full. For all of you who gave blood, or tried to .... thank you so very much. While it may be personal to me, the truth is the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center needs these donations badly. I've seen first-hand how important these donations are to individuals and their families.
 
We have set our next blood drive date as Dec. 8, tentatively. I will keep you updated on the details, but just wanted to take the time to say "Thank You!"
 
Thank you also to Tim Crenwelge for hosting our blood drive at his Crenwelge Motors dealership.
Tammy
 
Pints for Polio
 
Speaking of answering the call for help ... shortly after sending out my e-mail last week, longtime club members Bob Schmerbeck and Doug Whinnery volunteered to serve as co-chairs of this event! Wow! 
 
The event will be held Oct. 24, which is World Polio Day, at River Star Park Pavilion. We did not want to cancel or postpone the event, because we are SO CLOSE to eradicating Polio worldwide! However, we did believe that an outdoor event would allow for social distancing and the fresh air atmosphere is a better alternative.
 
We held our first planning meeting on Friday and are formulating our subcommittees. Please take the time to volunteer to help with this event. We need lots of help to make this event happen.
 
To volunteer in any capacity you can, please contact Bob at bob@garrettinsurance.com or Doug at dwhinnery46@gmail.com.
 
Bob and Doug went right to work and announced yesterday that our first corporate sponsor has been secured. THANK YOU CECIL ATKISSION MOTORS, who signed up for our highest title sponsor level!
 
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Wine is Fine

 
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 Richard Bolen was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was drawn, so he won a bottle of  Rose' There were several called that either were absent or not wearing pins.
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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.
 
 
 
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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 https://biobridgeglobal.org/subsidiaries.
 
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 https://southtexasblood.org/covid19.
 
She also talked about antibodies both A and B. to find out more about antibodies see https://southtexasblood.org/covid19.
 
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

THE SPOKE IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Sep 16, 2020

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.

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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.
 
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Families in Rotary

 
 
Prayers go to all the area teams who are starting their seasons,
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Rotary News you can Use

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.
 
Sincerely,
 
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 Steph_hillview@yahoo.com.
 
What could be better than spending a night at a high school football game?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilton_Chicago 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!
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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 www.go2history.com. 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.
 
xxxxxx
 
 
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 todom.stoepelmotors.com@clubrunner.email and let him know you will be happy to give an hour and a half of your Saturday to clean up our assigned highway.
 
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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

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Families in Rotary

Prayers for the family of Bekki Hutto since her son Shane has been deployed overseas.
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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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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
Advancement
Mark talk about the university and the kids.
 
 
 
 
A lot of the kids and parents were present at the Zoom meeting,
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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

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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.
 
 
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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.
 
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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.
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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

Opening Bell

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jul 08, 2020
 
 
This is a picture of who all was logged into Zoom. We got up to 59 folks
 
 
 
 
 
Kristi was getting meeting together                             
 
 
  
 
 
 
  Tammy opened the zoom Meeting and said the Pledge of Allegiance 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Opening Bell 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

Invocation  

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. https://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr/2020/0319b

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.
 
Smokin!
 
 
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
LL.B.
University Attended
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 1961
B.B.A.
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 https://joeherringjr.blogspot.com/
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

FACES AND PROJECTS Part two

      
 
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

FACES AND PROJECTS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KERRVILLE

 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
 
 
 
 
FACES AND PROJECTS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KERRVILLE Jimmy Hutto 2020-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

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.
 
Charlie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
      trash.
·      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.
Jimmy
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  https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/makeups/articles/.  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 (jharris1973@aol.com) or Jeff Wendling  (jwendling@lycos.com) 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.
Jimmy
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  https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/makeups/articles/.  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
      trash.
·      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.
 
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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.’

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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 

 
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.
 
 Go Back

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.

www.PHPproject.com 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 ChildrenRIghts.org 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
 website https://hcarcheology.org/
 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
 
   Officers
  • 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.  kerrvillerotary.org   
 
 
 
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 (robin@joecookagency.com) or me (charlie@kerrvilletexascvb.com) 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.
 
Charlie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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

Veterans Breakfast

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 08, 2019
 
 
 Jeff reminds us of upcoming Veterans Breakfast on November 9th 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Hosted by: Rotary Club of Kerrville
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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.
 
 
  http://honorflightsanantonio.org/
 
 
 Pete Ryson veteran of several wars, shown in picture came in and shared with us a video.
  https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/05/watch-actor-sam-elliott-pay-incredible-tribute-to-d-day-survivor-at-memorial-day-concert/
 
 
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
  
  See the source image
  
  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.
Ross Rommel Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

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
President
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.
Charlie McCormick PHD Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

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
 Representatives.
 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
  
  https://rotaryserviceblog.org/tag/economic-and-community-development-month/
  

  

  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.

 See the source image

October Rotary Theme of the Month Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

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.
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 He answered alot of questions when he was done with the program
Rules of Engagement Myth & Reality Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Perfect Attendance Awards

   
 
Charlie introduced Bob Schmerbeck and noted he had 51 years of perfect attendance in Rotary meetings
 
 
 
  All the above folks also got an award for Perfect attendance handed out by Charlie.
many more were called but were not there to receive their award.
Perfect Attendance Awards Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Ace Of Spades Drawing

  
 Gerald Irion pulled the Ace of Spades out of the 40 cards left in the Deck and got 1/2 of over $1,100. Way to go Gerald!!!
Ace Of Spades Drawing Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

New Member

 
 
 David welcomes Kelly Snyder, as the newest member to the club.  Welcome Kelly!
 
New Member Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Sep 09, 2019
 Prayers are in order for David and Mary Jane.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

John Hutcherson, Rotary District Governor

Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
 
Rotary District Governor John Hutcherson provided the program last week. John was introduced by Carol Holmes, former district governor and new member of our club.
 
John emphasized the importance of the continued goal of polio eradication,  and the support the Rotary Foundation does in this fight. He and his wife Judy have been to India to help in the national immunization day, where scores of volunteers from across the globe provide the polio vaccine drops to locals in need.
 
The Rotary Foundation continues to provide support worldwide, and has given millions of dollars for polio and these six areas of focus: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing clean water, Sanitation and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Helping grow local economies.
 
John Hutcherson, Rotary District Governor David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
 
Mark Dizdar provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Song for the day

Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
 
 
George led us in song in honor of our District Governor, John Hutcherson.
Song for the day David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Red Badge Exchange

Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
 
David Syers exchanged his red badge for a new one. Congrats David!
Red Badge Exchange David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is fine

Posted on Sep 09, 2019
Sue Whinnery's name was called and she was wearing her Rotary pin, so she won a bottle of wine.
Wine is fine David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Chip Roy

Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 04, 2019
 
Our very own U.S. Representative Chip Roy (21st District of Texas) took time out of his busy schedule to speak to the club last Wednesday.  He tackled tough topics including border security, health care, job creation, gun control and other highlights of certain legislation currently up for consideration on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Chip emphasized that American's are great, and are still capable of achieving great things - as long as Washington keeps out of the way!  He also shared his opinion that a lack of communication and neighborly respect for one another is a major reason why we have the divisiveness we have today, and that its time to slow down, say hello and break bready with our neighbors. 
 
Chip also spoke about his recent bi-partisan trip to Israel, and about the privilege of walking where Jesus once walked and standing in the exact spot Jesus once stood to help the blind see.  He also spoke of the dangers facing the country (and region) today, and that Israel depends on the United States, now as much as ever, to tackle these substantial challenges.
 
Chip is a former federal prosecutor and the former chief of staff to Senator Ted Cruz.  He also spent time outside of the political arena as an investment banking analyst, a technology consultant, and as a counsel in the Oil & Gas industry, as well as the Vice President of Strategy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  Chip currently serves on the Budget, Oversight, and Veterans Affairs committees and is the Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  See more about Chip at https://roy.house.gov/.
 
 
President Charlie presents a certificate as a thank you to Congressman Roy.
Chip Roy Paul Anderson 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 04, 2019
Our Labor Day Walk-a Fun was a big success - stay tuned next week for pictures from the event!
 
Pints for Polio will be October 26, 2019 at the Dietert Center - Let Amanda and Kristy know if you can help!
 
Our next Veterans' Breakfast will be November 7th - make plans to attend now! 
 
Military Veterans Rotary pins are available to members who are veterans. Ask Tammy if you are interested.
Rotary News you can Use Paul Anderson 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Chip's Song

Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 04, 2019
 
Richard Johnson pinch hits for George Eychner with "Chip's Song" to welcomed Congressman Chip Roy to the tune of the "The Marines' Hymn!"
 
Chip's Song Paul Anderson 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine & Queen of Spades

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 27, 2019
 
    
 Bob Schmerbeck was wearing his Rotary pin (after one was called not wearing theirs) when his name was called so he won a bottle of wine. Way to go Bob.
                                                                                                
 
 
 
 
 Richard Johnson was called first and then Wayne Uecker neither got the queen of spades. Some where close to $1,100 in the pot now.
Wine is Fine & Queen of Spades Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Coach David Jones

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 27, 2019
   
 
 Robin introduced our guest speaker David Jones.
 
  
 
 Its always a pleasure to hear Coach Jones speak. He grabs your attention and you hang on every word. He brought to our
 attention that Tivy school was ranked 7th in the overall UIL ranking in 5A schools in Texas. This speaks well of both        Teachers and students of Tivy. As for as football team goes, Coach feels he has the 2 best wide receivers in the state,
 and 2 best quarterbacks in the state. He also noted the of the 5 captains on the football team not one has less than 3.8 GPA.
 Coach was ask since his wife was in the school system for over 30 years, Did this make him focus more on the academics?
 His answer was a great answer. He said he owes all of his success to his wife Holly. Looking forward to another great season for Tivy.
 
Coach David Jones Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

George's song TFND

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 27, 2019
   
 
After George called for all Tivy Grads to come to the front he led us in the fight song. 
George's song TFND Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Noon Rotary's Newest Member Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

A Little Wine & Cheese

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 13, 2019
 A Wine and Cheese get together was held at the home of Bekki & Jimmy Hutto. Shelley Hill spoke about Your Rotary Legacy.
 Jerry Hardy also came to the event from San Antonio.
   
 
 
A Little Wine & Cheese Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Class of 2019 Tivy Inductees

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 13, 2019
 
     Guy Overby            Presented the 2019 Tivy Hall of Fame Inductees
  

The Tivy Athletic Booster Club has announced the Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees slated to be honored at a formal ceremony on Sept. 20 at Antler Stadium prior to the the Antlers vs. Boerne Champion Friday night football game.

This year’s inductees include Layton Goleman, Tivy Class of 1951 and Thirman Dimery, Tivy Class of 1988. As the “Tivy Moment,” Jon Chambers, Class of 1979, will be honored. And, the “Avid Supporters” this year are Leonard “Lightning” Hard

The process

Inductees into the Hall of fame will be individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the Kerrville I.S.D. in the field of athletics either as an athlete, a coach, or an avid supporter.

An athlete must have earned two letters or their equivalents in one sport or one letter or its equivalent in two or more sports. The athletic record of the individual must be so outstanding that there is no question of his/her qualifications for the Hall of Fame. An athlete will not be considered until at least 10 years after his/her class has graduated.

The committee

The selection committee shall consist of seven members and have graduated from Kerrville Tivy High School. All members must be a member of the Kerrville Tivy Athletic Booster Club. Selections shall be made in early August each year so that recipients have adequate time to plan for attending inductee ceremony.

The induction ceremony will be held at the second home football game of the season or a date selected by athletic department officials.

  Guy did a fine job explaining how the process work and the history of each inductee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Class of 2019 Tivy Inductees Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Aug 13, 2019
 
  

Congrats to Cody Miller son of Stephanie Miller. He made chief(#220) at Camp Stewart this summer and was awarded LT of the term.

 

Congrats to Gina Carter on her marriage she is now Gina Daniels, husband Jim Daniels

 

Prayers for our school athletes as they have started practices and games. Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country.

Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Orientation Paul Anderson 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 07, 2019
 
 
Trey Atkission leads the group in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Song for the Day

Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 07, 2019
 
George Eychner led us in singing "The More We Get Together" to subtly remind the group that changing up our Rotary routine - and our tables - helps us to get better acquainted with other members and programs in the club!  See George's creativity at work below:
 
Song for the Day Paul Anderson 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Texas Hill Country Olive Company  

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jul 23, 2019
 
 
 John Gambini owner and operator of the Olive Grove was our guest.
He started the company in 2008 and got plants planted in 2009. They have won many gold metal awards with their olive oil.
 Historians have discovered containers with oil that were 10,000 years old. Also 8,000 years ago, people had trees and harvesting olives.
 Olive oil is good for heart disease and diabetes.
 Spain has the most trees somewhere close to 350 million as compared to the 1.5 million trees in Texas. John said that California has been growing olive trees for 300 years where as Texas only stated the industry in 1986. 60% of the world production of olive oil comes from Spain & Italy. It was noted that olive trees will not grow in just any soil. Also the tree will die if exposed to 15 degree temperature for two nights in a row. John said he gives tours of there olive business and plans on having customers pick olives in the future. They also have  a Bistro there is you need a bit to eat. Its just north of Dripping Springs
 
Link to John's place
https://texashillcountryoliveco.com
https://www.agmrc.org/commodities-products/fruits/olives
https://authorityremedies.com/health-benefits-of-olives/
 
Texas Hill Country Olive Company Jimmy Hutto 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jul 23, 2019
 
 
Mike Cave had his Rotary pin on when his name was drawn, so he won a bottle of wine. Way to go Mike!
 
 
Wine is Fine Jimmy Hutto 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Card Picking Winner

Posted by David Martin on Jul 08, 2019
 
In the weekly Draw a Card game for a chance to win big bucks and split the pot with Rotary, John Miller drew the winning card! He generously donated the winnings to the Hill Country Youth Ranch.
Card Picking Winner David Martin 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jul 08, 2019
Please keep Jimmy Hutto in your prayers- he had a hip replacement last week.
 
George Eychner had a knee replaced recently, and is recovering and moving about with a little help from a cane. Keep George in your prayers as well.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Board and officers

Posted by David Martin on Jul 07, 2019
Rotary's new board of Directors includes Phyllis Ricks, Ingrid Painter, Paul Anderson, and Todd Odom. Outgoing President Robin Miears welcomed the upcoming directors.
 
Other members include Jeanelle Peralt, Executive Secretary Kristy Vandenberg, Treasurer Gena Carter, President elect Tammy Prout, and Secretary Jeff Harris.
New Rotary Board and officers David Martin 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Elect Kristy

Posted by David Martin on Jul 07, 2019
Kristy Vandenberg and current District Governor John Hutcherson
 
Our own past President Kristy Vandenberg is the President Elect for our Rotary District Governor position.  Congrats Kristy for being nominated and volunteering for this job! Carol Holmes, who is a past District Governor and soon to be new member of our club, officiated at Charlie's McIlvain's induction, and Kristy's induction.
District Governor Elect Kristy David Martin 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Charlie's Rotary Year

Posted by David Martin on Jul 07, 2019
 
Charlie McIlvain is the new president of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club. Charlie is no stranger to community service. He was previously the youngest president of the Kiwana's club in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the age of 21. Charlie later served as president of the Granbury, Texas, Rotary club, so he is well versed in the ways of Rotary. 
 
Charlie has a number of goals for the year:
1. Involvement: vital to success- think of each member of Rotary as a tooth in the Rotary Wheel Gear- if some of the teeth are missing, our club is less effective. Please consider giving your time and expertise to help Rotary achieve our goals this year. 
2. Membership- obvious key to our success. Let's not only recruit new members, but keep the new ones that join. 
3. Welcome new members and guests. The main reasons new members leave the club is that they don't feel welcome or involved. Let's do our part to make the new members feel welcome, and give them a job. If you need help on a committee, then recruit the new members to jump in.
4.  We will be continuing a number of existing programs and events, including the Walk-a -Fun at the Louise Hayes Park and River Trail. Kids will be invited to bring their bikes and have professionals inspect their two wheelers.
5. A new project will be to promote Eco-Tourism, with the goal of operating a boat ride from the Riverside Nature Center on our Guadalupe River, This will emphasize the great  resource we have in the Guadalupe River, and provide an appreciation of the abundance of wildlife in the river corridor.
 
Thank you Charlie for serving as our new president, and let's help him make it a great year! 
Charlie's Rotary Year David Martin 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jul 01, 2019
Mindy Wendele's husband Raymond Holloway had by pass heart surgery recently. Please keep them in your prayers.
 
Congrats to Jeff Wendling and his  wife for receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by David Martin on Jul 01, 2019
Several Paul Harris Fellows were honored for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Eli Garcia
 
Raysh Aldredge
 
Bill Tucker
 
Cecil Atkission (Trey Atkission accepting award)
 
Art Bell
 
 
John Lang
Paul Harris Fellows David Martin 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Awards

Posted by David Martin on Jul 01, 2019
Robin acknowledged several Rotarians who went above and beyond in their service this year:
 
Rotarians of the Year:
 
 
Donna Peterson
 
 
Amber Thomason
 
Kristy Vandenberg
 
The President's Award exemplifies the Four Way Test and Service Above Self:
 
 
Jeff Wendling
 
Quiet Rotarian Awards- those who work behind the scenes contributing to our club and Rotary International.
 
Past President Doug Whinnery
 
 
Past President Sue Whinnery
 
 
And soon to be President Charlie McIlvain presented Robin with the gavel and plaque.
 
Rotary Awards David Martin 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Robin's Year in Review

Posted by David Martin on Jul 01, 2019
Past President Kristy Vandenberg
 
President Robin Miears
 
It was Kerrville Noon Rotary's President Robin Miears last week on the job. Kristy Vandenberg (also a past president), talked about being a Rotary club president, and how rewarding, but time consuming it is. They often serve on the board for two to three years before serving on the executive board, which is another three years. And, then there is one year serving as past president, attending all the board meetings. So, she honored Robin, and we appreciate Robin's time and effort to keep our club running smoothly, and thank her for her service.
 
Robin then provided some highlights of our clubs activities for the year:
 
Convention in Toronto
Labor Day Walk
Trash pick up on Goat Creek Road
First Responders Luncheon
Pints for Polio
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
Several Local Sports teams visited our club
Bell Ringing at the Salvation Army
SuperBall fund raiser
Support of the Stock Show
Rise Against Hunger event
Drive for Project Graduation
Habitat House Ground Breaking
Interact Clubs at Tivy and Peterson Middle School
District Conference
Josh the Otter Water Safety Education
Youth Citizenship Awards
Veterans Day Program
 
It's obvious that our club is involved in some great community service, so keep these programs and events in mind for next year, and participate!
 
 
Robin's Year in Review David Martin 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Jason Davis

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 18, 2019
 
 
Jason Davis is Chief at Kerr County Juvenile Probation Department.  
 
Jason talked about trying to save kids from getting into more trouble. 
 
He took question from the floor and answered them. The Juvenile age is  13 to 16. above 16 goes to Adult depending on the offence. 
Here is a link showing many different guidelines they follow in order to help kids.
http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/programs/Default.aspx
Jason Davis Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 18, 2019
Please keep Lois Schlieter in your prayers, as she is at Hilltop Village with congestive heart failure.
Dave Samuel's wife Mari had knee replacement surgery, Prayers for rapid recovery.
John Grimes is in hospital prayers for him & family.
Prayers for the passing of former Rotarian Dan Bacon he was 88.
 
 
Dan Wallace Bacon, M.D.

Kerrville - Dan Wallace Bacon left us on June 8, 2019, surrounded by friends, loved ones and beautiful music. He was born December 17, 1930 in Childress, Texas, the son of Joseph Driver Bacon and Georgia Mae Wallace Bacon. He was raised in Humble Oil pipeline camps across South Texas and the Hill Country. Dan graduated from Alice High School in 1948; from Texas A & I University in 1951; and from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1955. He completed his medical residency at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin.
 
 
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Jun 18, 2019
 
 
 
 
Dear Club
 
 
As we're wrapping up this Rotary, please send me any photos you've taken of Rotarians at work in our community so I can include them on my end of year presentation to the club.  
 
Thanks & have a Blessed Day!
 
Rob
 Reminder next week we start meeting at the Kroc Center for lunch.
 
 
 
 Charlie introduced members with guest.
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 18, 2019
Several new Paul Harris fellows were honored at the meeting. Bob Schmerbeck
 
 
 
 Not all listed were in attendance
Paul Harris Fellows Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

June Birthdays

Posted by David Martin on Jun 11, 2019
 
George Eychner led us in singing happy birthday to Rotarians who had a birthday in June.
 
June Birthdays David Martin 2019-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Jun 11, 2019
 
Tom Hamilton led us in the prayer and pledge at our new lunch venue, the Croc Center.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Memorial Day Program

Posted by David Martin on Jun 10, 2019
 
Tom Terrell organized the Memorial Day program, where several members of our club told a story about a member of the armed service who gave his life in combat for our country. It was a very moving tribute. June 6th was the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy during World War II.
 
Jeff Harris told the story of his friend Jacob Leicht. Jacob was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corp, and was born on July 4th, 1985. He served in Afghanistan, and was wounded when a bomb took out his Humvee. He spent two years recovering, and pleaded his case to be sent back to active duty. He did return to his battalion, but died within a month of his tour of duty. He was the 1,000th soldier to die in the conflict. His younger brother had enlisted just nine days before Jacob was killed, and looked forward to serving with his brother in Afghanistan. 
 
 
 
Ashley Phillips relayed how Javier Paredes grew up in a difficult situation at home and was eventually was brought up in foster care. He ended up at Hill Country Youth Ranch where he was nurtured and cared for by the staff and family at the ranch. He was learned well and enjoyed helping others at the ranch, especially the younger ones. Javier worked at the Lakehouse Restaurant here is Kerrville, where he was remembered as a hard worker.
 
Corporal Paredes joined the Army, and became a medic, serving in Iraq. In 2007, he was killed in a rocket propelled grenade attack in Baghdad. 
 
 
Jeff Anderson told the story of his good friend from high school and college, Sandy Stroud.  
 As their sophomore year in college in ‘67 drew to a close... Sandy made the fateful decision to enlist in the Army, planning to later return to College and pursue a medical career like his Father. In August he deployed to Fort Polk & October to Vietnam after one last gathering with friends. 
 
Sandy was part of Operation McArthur in the area known as Đắk Tô, which lies in a valley in the S Vietnam Central Highlands surrounded by ridge-lines that rise up 4000’.  The Americans were badly outnumbered, and Sandy was one of the troops killed.
 
Sandy was the first of Jeff’s classmates to die in Vietnam. His funeral led by best friend Mike Mullen’s father was overflowing with friends who came home to Corpus to honor their friend.

  

Loyd Painter was a naval officer on the SS Liberty in 1967, during the Six Day War north of the Sinai Peninsula. The Liberty was attacked by Israeli Air Force planes and  torpedo boats in International Waters. The attack was reported to be an accident by the Israelis, where they mistakenly took the Liberty for an Egyptian ship. Others dispute this claim.

Thirty four Americans were killed on the ship and many wounded, including Lloyd. Two of Lloyd's good friends died during the attack, and he later had the difficult task of accompanying their widows to the ship yard back home to retrieve their belongings. The survivors of the attack were reassigned and separated, apparently to keep them from telling their stories.

 
 
Roy Boudreaux story was about his friend William Bitsenbarger, who he served with in Vietnam.  William was part of Charlie Company, and his role was on a helicopter unit which rescued soldiers from the dense undergrowth in the jungle. He operated a hoist to bring the wounded back into the helicopter, but on this occasion he volunteered to go down to the ground and assist the troops first hand. He made numerous rounds and continued redistribute ammo and help the wounded, but was eventually was one of 100 out of 120 men killed in the battle.
 
William was awarded the Air Force Cross and the Purple Heart for his missions.
Memorial Day Program David Martin 2019-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Rotary Youth Citizenship Awards

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 04, 2019
 
 
  Jeff Anderson was the master of Ceremonies. You could tell he believed in the work being done.
Jeff is Servant Pastor of SERV Kerrville & Read 2 Win.
 Since Schreiner University started this program for the kids they have donated over one million dollars the students.  
 2019 Collaborators Schreiner University, Kerrville Daily Times, Read 2 Win, SERV Kerrville, Noon Rotary Club of Kerrville .
 16 Students were selected from 8 schools in Kerrville area. They each received a scholarship for $5,000 per year for four years for attending Schreiner University.        
 Other  guest besides the students and their families were Charlie McCormick Ph.D., President of Schreiner University, and Cory Edmondson ECO of Peterson Health.
 Chrystal Dockery was ask to come announce the winning students.
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Also recognized were the recipients of the $1500 grants to attend Police Detective school.
 
 Matthew Reusser along with Victor Martinez
  
2019 Rotary Youth Citizenship Awards Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 04, 2019
 Bret Ford's sons both received awards as players one in college & the other in High school. Way to go guys.  
 
 Stockton Williams wife is ill prayers for the family.
 
 David LeMeilleur's funeral is this Saturday, Prayers for their family
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Memorial Service @ Courthouse Jimmy Hutto 2019-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Red Badge exchange

Posted by David Martin on May 06, 2019
 
Mark Dizdar exchanged his red badge for a new one.
Red Badge exchange David Martin 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Schreiner University Shooting Sports

Posted on May 06, 2019
Members of Schreiner's Shooting Sports team
 
Shreiner University Shooting Sports team visited us last Wednesday, and coach Robert Davis explained how they recently won the Division 1 National Championship for collegiate competition.  Schreiner won the Division 2 championship last year, and had won some events earlier this year. So, the team discussed competing in the highest level
competition for the National Championship this past spring, and decided to go for it. Hard work and lots of practice netted them first place in the Division 1, against much larger schools including Clemson and Texas A&M.
 
 
Coach Davis
 
The Shooting Sports teams started on 2006 with a coach and one student, and has steadily grown to its current size of 30 students. The team competes in a variety of shotgun sport disciplines including American trap, American skeet, International trap, International skeet, Sporting Clays, 5-Stand and super sporting. Most team members have  grown up competing in youth  programs such as 4H. With the success of this program, Schreiner won't have any problem attracting potential students to compete on this team. Congratulations !
 
Schreiner University Shooting Sports David Martin 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on May 06, 2019
 
John Forister led us in the prayer and pledge.
 
 
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Hill Country CASA

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
Amy Hardin, Volunteer Services Coordinator for Hill Country CASA, informed the club about the organization's background, purpose and many successes here in our community.
 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a national volunteer movement founded in 1977. Hill Country CASA is a member of the National and Texas CASA Associations. There are more than 1,000 CASA programs nationwide and 72 CASA programs in the state of Texas.

 

Hill Country CASA provides volunteers who passionately advocate for abused and neglected children.

 

When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.

CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.

CASA continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in the Hill Country. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system. These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.

Hill Country CASA volunteers have enabled the organization to provide representation for 100% of all children in their service area – 100%!!  There are currently over 80 volunteers working 83 cases – serving over 140 children in our community.  Volunteers spend countless hours and travel thousands of miles to help children in need.  The gig is not an easy one, but INCREDIBLY meaningful.  If this is for you, volunteer today!

Hill Country CASA Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
Stockton William's wife Leslie has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Please keep Stockton, Leslie and their family in your prayers.
 
In better news, Wayne Uecker's son reached #9 in the nation as a Division 3 golfer at Texas Lutheran - congrats to the family Wayne!
Families in Rotary Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on May 01, 2019

Dear Club, 

 

This week we have the Schreiner University Shooting team that will be providing the program.  They will give us insight into what it takes to be a Championship Collegiate Shooting Team.  

 

We are winding down the Rotary year so over the next few weeks and getting ready for Charlie to take the helm!  He's got some great ideas and plans.  Please support him in the transition.  We're working out the details of when this will actually take place.  I'll be gone the first week in July with Cole in Atlanta where he'll be playing baseball so we will have the installation either the last week of June or the second week in July.  Stay tuned for more on this!

 

I also wanted to give you an update on the meeting location:  Your board of directors has unanimously voted to move our regular meetings to the Kroc Center starting the first meeting in June (June 5).  The Inn of the Hills has served us well over the years.  The waitstaff is top notch, but it's time to make a change.  I have notified the Inn and out of respect for them, we've given them a month's notice.   


After the meeting last week at the Kroc, we only had one suggestion which was to offer a choice of desserts.  Jeff Harris, Jeff Wendling and I briefly chatted with the Captain and John Green, our liaison, and have given them this feedback.  The Kroc has some features that we've been missing out on at the Inn.  Their A/V system is top notch and has the ability to play videos with sound!  The Kroc also provides a full time IT person for us that will be available during our meeting.  In addition, he will help our speakers get set up and ready to go.   They are eager to please us and have been very easy to work with. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please get with one of your board members so we can address the situation.  I anticipate that there may be a few bumps, but with the Kroc's team in place, I'm confident that we will be able to meet our needs.  

 

Dates to remember:  

 

CRUISE RAFFLE TICKETS - Wednesday is the last day to purchase.  Remember if you buy and sell the winning ticket (meaning you sell it to yourself), you get 2 cruises!  All proceeds go towards foundation and can count towards Paul Harris awards.  Our club will also match up in points to help you get your next or first PHF award.  

 

District Conference May 3 - 4, San Antonio.  If you're interested in attending, please get with me asap!

 

May 8, Rotary Picnic  - you will be getting a signup sheet this week from Kristy to RSVP.  Please make sure you respond so we will know how much food to purchase.  Satellite member, Justin Hamilton, will be our chief cook!  

 

May 29th - Youth Citizenship Awards--This will be a great meeting.  Mark your calendars.  

 

If you're looking for volunteer opportunities over the next few weeks, get with Jeff Anderson (jeff@leadershipinc.us) if you can help present Citizenship awards or get with Paul Anderson (paul.anderson@cpa.com)  if you're interested in reading to second and third grade elementary students our Josh the Otter book.  

 

See you Wednesday!

 

Rob

Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

50 Years!!

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
 
Bob Schmerbeck and Bob Fairchild received plaques for their 50+ years as a Rotarian. Way to set the bar impossibly high guys!!
50 Years!! Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Our Fearless Program Chair!

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
 
Clint Morris receives well deserved recognition for his service as the club's Program Chair. In typical Clint fashion, he redirected the praise to the members of the club that makes his job "easy" for him. We're grateful for your leadership Clint.
Our Fearless Program Chair! Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Song for the Day

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
 
George Eychner led us in "America the Beautiful!"
Song for the Day Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
Larry Freeman led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Posted on Apr 16, 2019
 
Clint Morse was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he was rewarded with a bottle of wine.
Wine is Fine David Martin 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Buy a ticket to benefit Rotary

Posted by David Martin on Apr 16, 2019
 
We have a weekly game where you can buy a chance to win some cash, and help raise funds for Rotary. Lucy Wilke's ticket was drawn, and she drew  card, but wasn't the lucky winner. The weekly pot keeps getting  bigger until someone wins, so buy a ticket this Wednesday. The winner and our Rotary club split the pot.
 
 
Buy a ticket to benefit Rotary David Martin 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Apr 16, 2019
Volunteer Opportunities:  
 
Veterans Breakfast is Thursday April 18 from 8-930 at the Veterans Center on Meadowview Ln.  Come grab a taco & enjoy time with our local heroes.  
 
First Responder's Golf Tournament April 22, Monday.   If you want to play or sponsor a hole, there's still some room!  Get with Jeff Wendling or Jeff Harris.  
 
Josh the Otter water safety program committee has started meeting.  We're arranging to read Josh the Otter's story to local second and third graders.  If you're interested in volunteering to read or work the puppet, contact Paul Anderson or Kristy Vandenberg.  
 
Youth Citizenship Awards-it's that time of year again!  If you're interested in spending a few minutes of your time to present the annual Citizenship Awards to local fifth graders, see Jeff Anderson for details.  
 
Save the date, for our Rotary Club Annual Picnic, May 8th.  Justin Hamilton from our satellite club will be cooking up some yummy barbecue!  Come enjoy fun & fellowship! 
 
Families in Rotary: 
 
I've just been given an update on Stockton Williams' wife, Leslie.  She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.   Please keep the Williams family in your prayers.  
 
Also, continue to pray for David LeMeilleur and the LeMeilleur family.  He's seeing some improvement.  He's finished his first round of radiation and they are going to be trying a new regimen of chemotherapy soon. 
 
TOMORROW WE WILL BE AT THE INN of THE HILLS.......next week we will be at the KROC CENTER.
 
See you all tomorrow.  
 
Rob
 
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Red Badge Exchange

Posted by David Martin on Apr 16, 2019
New members Ken Asel, Mike Cave, and Roy Boudreaux exchange their red badges for blue ones.
Red Badge Exchange David Martin 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

History of Mexican Americans in Kerr County

Posted by David Martin on Apr 14, 2019
 
Robert Puig provided the program on the rich history of Mexican Americans in Kerr County.  Mexican Americans have been in the area for one hundred and forty seven years. His family was one of the first in Kerrville, and his great uncles came to Texas to work as cowboys and found friendship and employment with Captain Charles Schreiner.
The area along Lemos Street (named for a celebrated Mexican American WWI veteran) was the home to their community, and a General Merchandise Store was at the center of their activities.  Father Kemper was one of the first priests in the area, and was disappointed to find out that the Mexican Americans were not welcome at the Catholic Church in town. So, he organized and built them a church and school on the corner of Jefferson and Lemos.
 
History of Mexican Americans in Kerr County David Martin 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Song for the Day

Posted by David Martin on Apr 14, 2019
George then led us with the song of the day, Deep in the Heart of Texas.
Song for the Day David Martin 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Apr 14, 2019
George Eychner led us with the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Apr 09, 2019
 
Tom Terrell let us know about a new game where we draw cards to get a chance to win some cash at lunch, and it also benefits Rotary. Bring a few extra dollars at lunch and see if you are a lucky winner.
 
April 18, Veterans Breakfast, come and greet local Veterans & thank them for their service.  Contact Donna Peterson (donna@joecookagency.com) if you'd like to volunteer for this event.
 
 
 
 
April 22, Second Annual First Responder's Golf Tournament.  Talk to Jeff Harris or Jeff Wendling if you're interested in helping with this event.  
 
Josh the Otter will be starting in April!!  If you're interested in helping read about water safety to second & third graders, talk to Paul Anderson or email him at paul.anderson@cpa.com.
 
Robert Puig
Apr 10, 2019
The Mexican American History of Kerrville
Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Apr 16, 2019
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Chip Roy
Apr 17, 2019
Washington Update
 
Open
Apr 24, 2019
 
Mark Hess
May 01, 2019
The Gillespie County Fair
Spring Picnic
May 08, 2019
Schreiner University
Open
May 15, 2019
  
 
 
 
Our Lady of the Hills Boys Basketball team won the State TAPPS 3A Basketball Champions
 
 The Teams was our guest at Rotary. Coach Chris Ramirez introduced the boys.

 
 
 Principal Mrs. Terese Schwarz was also there to support the boys
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Red Badge Exchange /New member

 
 Roy Boudreaux exchanges Red Badge for Blue. Congratulations Roy
 
 
 Jimmy Hutto Welcomes Mark Dizdar as the newest member Of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club.
Mark moves here from the Kingsville Tx area
Red Badge Exchange /New member Jimmy Hutto 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Something Different

Posted by Kristy Vandenberg on Apr 09, 2019
 
 We were all ask to move to a table that we had never sat at before. Then we were handed instructions
on what to do next.
 
So most folks go up moved and begin telling about them selves.
 
So we moved again and did the same thing,
we were to do this a third time but ran out of time
 
Something Different Kristy Vandenberg 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 09, 2019
Please continue to keep David and Denise LeMeilleur in your prayers, as David continues his battle with lymphoma. 
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine!

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 09, 2019
 
 
 
 
 We had two winners that were wearing their pins and won the wine! 
Chris Braaten on the left and Danny Wheat.
Way to go guys!!!!
 
Wine is Fine! Jimmy Hutto 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Song for the day

Posted by David Martin on Mar 25, 2019
 
George Eychner led us in an appropriate song for the Habitat program.
 
Song for the day David Martin 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Mar 25, 2019
 
Judy Eychner provided the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity

Posted by David Martin on Mar 25, 2019
 
 
Philip Stacy, the executive director for the Kerr County Habitat for Humanity, gave an overview of the local chapter of this global organization. Habitat began in 1976 in Americas, Georgia, and provides affordable housing with a no interest loan to people who go through a qualification process.  Kerr County Habitat is the largest single family builder in the county, and accomplishes its mission with mainly volunteer help. 
 
Various organizations and churches have sponsored  houses locally, and provide volunteer labor and support to get them built. The house that our club sponsored was #113 in Kerr County. The average cost to a home owner is $550.00 to $600.00 per month, including taxes and insurance, which is substantially less than any comparable rent for a local house or apartment.  There is a very low default rate, and the owners put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity into building their and other recipient's houses in order to meet the ownership criteria.
 
In addition to building and financing the house, Habitat volunteers provide life training skills to prepare the recipients for ownership, including education on maintenance, financial basics and insurance. For more information, visit habitatkerr.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Out Rotary club has donated $30,000.00 over the last three years to Habitat, and this photo shows members of the local board accepting the gift.
 
 
Habitat for Humanity David Martin 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Tour of the YO Ranch

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 19, 2019
 
 Baby Giraffe with mom.
 
 
 
a cross between a Donkey & a Zebra know as Zonkeys
Tour of the YO Ranch Jimmy Hutto 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Mar 19, 2019
 
Dear Club:  
 
 
Calendar of Events:  
 
 March 20, Phil Stacy and his board will be talking about Habitat for Humanity & our club's contribution of $30,000 to help build a new Rotary house in Kerrville.  For those new members, Past Presidents Kim Clarkson, Stephanie Miller & Jeff Talarico each committed to donate $10,000 for their Rotary year to build a Rotary house to benefit a local family.  We will be making the check presentation next week at our weekly meeting.   
 
March 21, Chamber Networking Luncheon sponsored by our Club.  Join us for the quarterly networking lunch and hear great things about our club & our contributions to the community.  You will need to pay the entry fee to the Chamber if you choose to attend.  This will count as a makeup for a missed meeting.  
 
March 23, New Member Project at Tivy High School to benefit Project Graduation.  Come and test drive a new vehicle & Ford will donate $10 for every test drive to Project Graduation.  
 
April 18, Veterans Breakfast, come and greet local Veterans & thank them for their service.  Contact Donna Peterson (donna@joecookagency.com) if you'd like to volunteer for this event.
 
April 22, Second Annual First Responder's Golf Tournament.  Talk to Jeff Harris or Jeff Wendling if you're interested in helping with this event.  
 
Josh the Otter will be starting in April!!  If you're interested in helping read about water safety to second & third graders, talk to Paul Anderson or email him at paul.anderson@cpa.com.
 
As my dear friend, Janelle Peralt says, she loves Rotary because there's so much going on, but the beauty of it is that you can jump in and join any event when you have time and not feel obligated to do more than you have time for!  Don't feel obligated to do everything, but these are opportunities for service in the community.
 
For those of you who need to exchange your red badge for a blue badge, today is our board meeting at 11:30 at Community First Bank.  The board meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:30 at Community First Bank.  Sorry for the late notice on this!  If you can't make this month, plan to join us in April!!
 
See you tomorrow!
 
Rob
 Tammy's Thought for the week
 
  The kids had a blast
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

General Michael Hagee CEO Nimitz Foundation

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 19, 2019
 
 
General Michael Hagee CEO Nimitz Foundation was our guest speaker
  
Biography

Hagee was born in Hampton, Virginia, on December 1, 1944 and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and was a classmate of Oliver North, Charles Bolden, Jim Webb and Michael Mullen. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the United States Naval War College. In 2004, he was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.
His father, Robert L. Hagee, served as a United States Navy pilot in World War II and, in the summer of 2009, was awarded a plaque at the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, now known as the National Museum of the Pacific War (formerly Nimitz Museum) in Fredericksburg, Texas. He and his wife Silke, daughter of the German Air Force brigadier general Werner Boie, have two children.

General Michael Hagee CEO Nimitz Foundation Jimmy Hutto 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 19, 2019
 
 
  
Mike Allen's Mother in Law passed away
 
  I received a message from fellow Rotarian, Denise LeMeilleur and wanted to update you all.  David's situation has worsened.  Some fellow Rotarians have set up a bank account at Centennial Bank for anyone interested in helping with medical expenses.  They do have insurance, but the bills are mounting which is adding to their stress.  Continue to pray for David & DeniseRosalie & David Reast and Brian Bowers can be contacted for further details.  
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Satellite Club report

Posted by Donna Peterson on Mar 12, 2019

Satellite Meeting February 19th

Speaker: Mark McDaniel, Kerrville City Manger
 
There are a lot of big changes coming to our beautiful town of Kerrville and Mark McDaniel came to talk to us about the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan. He was able to cram a lot of information in a short amount of time but the changes will range from an updated Olympic Pool, housing, parks, public services and a new hotel and so much more. If you want to read the full plan it is offered online. http://kerrville2050.com/
 
Club Business:
We are starting a new service project and will be teaming up with Christian Ministries CSI group to help fix up, clean, or improve properties of low income/elderly people in our community who are not able to do these things themselves. We are still looking for volunteers if anyone would like to participate. Please email Erin at info@mostybrothersnursery.com
Satellite Club report Donna Peterson 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

New Members

Posted by David Martin on Mar 12, 2019
 
New member Carlina Villalpando, who is the publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times. Her proposed is Charlie McIlvain.
 
 
Roy Boudreaux joins our club, and is the owner of Kerrville Clock Company. David Jones proposed Roy for membership.
 
Howard Freeman serves as Chief Advancement Officer for International Care Ministries, a non profit serving poor communities in the Philippines. Robin Miears proposed Howard for membership.
 
 
New Members David Martin 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Help with Veteran's Food Bank

Posted by David Martin on Mar 12, 2019
 
 
Our Rotary Club helped fill the Food Bank at the local Veteran's Center on Meadowview. Pictured are Jimmy and Bekki Hutto delivering groceries.
Rotarians Help with Veteran's Food Bank David Martin 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer, Pledge and Song

Posted by David Martin on Mar 12, 2019
 
George Eychner started the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
 
 
 
 
In honor of our speaker's topic, hiking the Appalachian Trail, George also led us in singing John Denver's "Country Road".
Prayer, Pledge and Song David Martin 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Lorie Hess and the Appalachian Trial

Posted by David Martin on Mar 10, 2019
 
Clint Morse introduced our program with a flashback to past, introducing three guests in the fashion of the game show "To Tell the Truth". The three "contestants" all claimed to be Lorie Hess, who recently hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.  After some questions from the Rotary audience to determine who was the real Lorie Hess, the truth became known.
 
The real Lori Hess did indeed hike the trail, and she provided insight and inspiration for anyone with their own mountain to climb.
Lorie is actually a Rotarian from Fredericksburg, and started the hike last year on March 21st. She experienced her last freezing night about a month later, and spent about six months hiking the trail. Friends, family and Rotarians sent packages of food, letters, and encouragement throughout the trip, and when she received them, it made a big impact on her ability to keep hiking. Lorie tent camped much of the way, although shelters were available occasionally and were a welcome respite from the rain storms that often came.
 
Although she did hike alone for part of the trip, she did find some hiking partners whose comradery lifted her spirits and kept her putting one foot in front of the other. Although the physical aspect of hiking an average of twelve miles a day with a fully loaded pack took its toll, the mental fortitude was the bigger challenge. She credits the "Tramilies" (trail families) and trail angels, who were strangers that opened up their houses to put her up for a night, with helping her succeed.
 
Lorie continues to give lectures and motivational speeches about her Appalachian Trail experience, and hopes to provide inspiration to others facing their own life challenges.
 
Lorie Hess and the Appalachian Trial David Martin 2019-03-10 06:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual First Responders Benefit Golf Tournament Jeff Wendling & Jeff Harris 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Mar 05, 2019

Dear Club,

 

Several of your Rotary friends recently gathered at Nimitz Elementary to see one of our club grants put into action by watching kindergarteners work with the sphero balls.  It was excited and fun to watch them.  We will have another opportunity in the next few weeks at Tom Daniels if anyone is interested in seeing these things in action.  

 

We have another great speaker coming to talk to us today about "Hiking the Appalachian Trail."  Many of you know Lorie Hess and know she's a great speaker. 

 

We also have 3 new members that we will be welcoming to the club.  Please make them feel welcome by offering to have them sit at your table.   

 

Rob

 

Also -

 

Upcoming Events:  

Habitat Ground Breaking on Rotary House March 23

Veterans Breakfast is April 18

2nd Annual First Responder's Golf Tournament - April 22 

 

Host Families Needed!
We are looking for host families for an exchange student next year. Our club has hosted students from many different countries over the years, and this is a wonderful way to expand your horizons while providing a home for a student for three months next year. Contact Robin or a board member if you are interested in getting more information about the process.
 
Rotarian John Sibert's daughter will be an outbound exchange student next year, so we wish her great success wherever she lands.
 
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Prayer & Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Kerr County Child Services Board

Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 05, 2019
 
The club recently donated $4,000 to the Kerr County Child Services Board. 
 
The mission of the organization is to meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children through local education, collaboration, and provision of emergency resources. By building partnerships with community volunteers, local government, and other agencies, KCCSB increases community awareness of child abuse and helps children grow up to be healthy, productive adults.
 
The KCCSB is composed entirely of volunteers who give tirelessly to assist these Kerr County children placed in the care and custody of Child Protective Services.
 
It's an honor to back to such a wonderful organization that gives so much to the children of our community!
 
Kerr County Child Services Board Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Red Badge Exchange

Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 05, 2019
 
Ashley Phillips exchanged her red badge for a blue one! Way to go Ashley!
 
Red Badge Exchange Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

"The Gambler"

Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 05, 2019
 
George prepped the club for Sidney Hurlbert's shenanigans with the Kenny Rogers classic, "The Gambler"!
"The Gambler" Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Salute to Women Veterans

Posted by David Martin on Feb 18, 2019
A salute to Women Veterans was held last weekend at the Cailloux Theater. Rotarian Jimmy Hutto and Wife Bekki and were on hand to lend a hand and give appreciation to their service.
 
 
 
Salute to Women Veterans David Martin 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

New Members

Posted by David Martin on Feb 18, 2019
 
Ken Asel is a retired Episcopal priest, and was a former Rotarian in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Doug Whinnery introduced Ken to the club.
 
 
Mike Wilson is a semi retired attorney, and he now makes Kerrville his home. Bob Fairchild proposed Mike for membership.
 
 
Jenna Moebes is the new executive director at the United Way, and Rosalie Reast introduced Jenna to the club.
 
 
New Members David Martin 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

George's Song

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
 
 
 
 George played the trumpet during singing of the National Anthem
 
George's Song Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Eight Annual First Responders Awardees Luncheon

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
 Jeff Wendling lead the meeting by telling the Agencies Honored and introducing first guest Rusty
 
 
Kerr County Sheriff's Office Presenter Rusty Hierholtzer
    
 
Kerr County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff of the year                   Kerr County Sheriff's Office Corrections Officer of the year
Narcotics Investigator Luke Flores                                          Corporal Matthew Reusser
 
Kerrville Fire Department presenter Chief Dannie Smith
 
 
Kerrville Fire Department Firefighter of the Year                    Kerrville Fire Department Officer of the Year
Firefighter/Paramedic AJ Reed                                         Lieutenant Billy Williams
 
Kerrville Fire Department EMS Person of the Year
Jordan Garcia          Jordan was unable to attend
 
Kerrville Police Department presented by Chief David Knight
 
 
Kerrville Police Department Police Officer of the Year
Officer Tyler Cottonware
 
 
 
 
 
 
Texas Parks and Wildlife Depatement presenter Captain Jeff Carter
 
 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Game Warden of the Year
Game Warden II Nicole Leonard
 
 
 
 
Kerr County Volunteer First Responder presenter Tom Moser
Kerr County Volunteer First Responders First Responder of the Year
Comfort Volunteer Fire Department
 
 
 
Ingram Police Department presenter Lt. Brian Blackburn
 
Ingram Police Department Officer of the Year
Officer Jose Salazar
 
 
Texas Department of Public Safety  presenter Lt. Sidney Pullin
Texas Department of Safety Trooper of the Year
Sergeant Chris L. LaLonde
 
Lifetime Achievement presenter Chief Dannie Smith
 
Public Safety "Service Above Self" Lifetime Achievement Award
KFD Division Chief Roger W. Lampman, Jr
 
 All the awardees
 
Eight Annual First Responders Awardees Luncheon Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019

Tammy was wearing her Rotary pin and won a bottle of wine. Congrats Tammy
Wine is Fine Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
 
 
   Please keep David Martin and family in your Prayers, his mother in law passed away recently.
Also keep Doug Lidiak's family in your prayers as he lost his mother in law also.
Walter Shellhase's wife Barbara has been put on hospice, prayers please.
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
 Tammy's thought for the week
 
                                                                                                                Above are her parents
 Robin is presenting the Service Above Self Award
for lifesaving safety skills demonstration on Jan 22 2019.  
Madaline Munoz only 10 years old.
 
 
 
 

February 15 Satellite Meeting

February 16 Trash Pickup

 

I am needing help Saturday February the 16th,  we are meeting at Talley elementary by the flag pole. We will be picking up trash for about a hour 7:30-8:30. Please arrive at 7:00 I will have coffee Doughnut and Kolache  for everyone please bring gloves and wear long pants. The area we are working is from Junction highway intersection  down part of Goat Creek. Please invite or bring who you would like to help. Would love  to get 20 Volunteers. Thank you so much for your help. Please respond to this email or you can call or text me. Todd Odom 830-928-2466

 

Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Rise Against Hunger - A Picture Gallery

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 09, 2019
Enjoy More Pictures from the Rise Against Hunger event, held this past Saturday.
Rotary Club was well represented. Way to go!!!
 
 
 
Not sure how many folks were involved this is at the end of 2nd shift
we packaged 41,256 meals
 
 
Rise Against Hunger - A Picture Gallery Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
RYCA-Announcement Jeff Anderson 2019-02-08 06:00:00Z 0


The Things We Still Get Wrong About Davy Crockett."  

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 05, 2019
 
 
  Clint Morse introduces our guest
 
    
 
 
   William Groneman III, born and raised in New York City as a member of the Baby Boomer generation, grew up on a steady diet of Western television shows and films. Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett series of the early 1950s sparked his interest in the frontier hero and the battle of the Alamo.
   He has written a number of books related to the Alamo, among them are Eyewitness to the Alamo, David Crockett—Hero of the Common Man and Death of a Legend—the Myth and Mystery of Davy Crockett’s Death at the Alamo. He also authored September 11: A Memoir.
   

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

Wasn’t Davy:

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

Was lazy:

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

Was uncouth:

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

Was of diminutive stature:

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

Never wore a coonskin cap:

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

Abandoned his family:

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

Kept a journal at the Alamo:

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

Was executed after surrendering:

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

 

 

The Things We Still Get Wrong About Davy Crockett."   Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Theme for month of February

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 05, 2019
    
 
    

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

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

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

Rotary Theme for month of February Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Feb 05, 2019
Dear Club:  

We have another great program this week! William Groneman is talking to us about "The Things We Still Get Wrong About Davy Crockett."  
 
Reminders:  
 
BRING A BOTTLE OF WINE for the SUPERBALL WINE PULL.  If you have a bottle that you got for Christmas that you don't like, bring it!!  SuperBall is this Saturday night.  If you still haven't gotten your tickets, see Amber Thomason or Donna Peterson for information.  
 
February 6th is our 8th Annual First Responders Recognition Luncheon.  We will be in the Conference Center in the back of the Inn of the Hills NEXT WEEK.  
 
February 9th is Rise Against Hunger.  Bring your kids and grandkids to help out.  We're looking for a total of 200 volunteers.  We're about 1/3 of the way there.  If you want to sign up, please go to 
 
 
  Tammy's Thought for the week
 
 
 
 This center helps folks from all walks of life.
 
 
 
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Satellite News

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 05, 2019
 

            This is a great program that was started back in 2005 here in Kerrville. The Christian Men’s Job Corp helps through classes, counseling and much more get men prepared for the workforce. They teach them life skills, baking, anger management, work ethics and much more. It is the second program in the Nation like this and has been one of the leading ones sense they started. Their programs are 12 weeks long and they have one in the fall and one in the spring. The sessions are in the evenings and they run from 5:30-9:30 two days a week. Mr. Jones is very passionate about what he does and pointed out that most of these guys just lack hope and that is what he wants to do is give them hope. They are funded only through local donations so please reach out to them and donate if you are able to.

  

       I'm very excited about our upcoming Rotary Satellite service project with the Christian Ministries CSI group. As we discussed at our last meeting, the volunteer day for this project will be April 13th.

 

     We will work as a team/group to help members in the community to fix up and clean up their properties. The CSI volunteer day includes many different organizations in Kerrville. I hope to have a good turnout to represent our Rotary group!"

Satellite News Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Red Badge Exchange

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 05, 2019
 
 
 
  Charlie introduces the two Red badge Exchange members
 
 
 
  Asley Phillips with Hill Country Youth Ranch           Tim Campbell also with Hill Country Youth Ranch
 
 Way to go Asley & Tim welcome to the Blue Badge folks. Great work.
 
Red Badge Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Super Ball Amber Thomason 2019-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

Kristy's RYLA experience

Posted by David Martin on Jan 28, 2019
 
Kristy Vandenberg  told us about her great RYLA experience recently. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, which is an annual retreat of young folks developing their leadership skills. This is one of many great programs that Rotary organizes and sponsors, and it appears our future is bright with the enthusiasm of these young leaders.
Kristy's RYLA experience David Martin 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Jan 28, 2019
 
Chris Braaten led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Big Bend

Posted by David Martin on Jan 28, 2019
 
Courtney Lions Garcia was the speaker last Wednesday, and the topic was Big Bend National Park. Courtney is the executive director of the Big Bend Conservancy, whose mission is to promote, protect and raise funds for Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Big Bend was the first national park in Texas, and was purchased and established in 1945, making this year the 75th anniversary of the park.
 
With 450 species of birds, 55 reptile species, 11 amphibian and 40 fish species, Big Bend has plenty to offer visitors. Three distinct ecosystems define the park, including the mountainous Chisos Basin, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Rio Grande River.
 
The Big Bend Conservancy partners with the Park to help improve visitor experiences, and has raised over 3.7 million dollars through license plates, grants and membership gifts.  Projects include rehabilitating aging exhibits at Rio Grande Village, restoration of the Homer Wilson Ranch, and a fossil discovery exhibit.
Big Bend David Martin 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Cowboy Breakfast

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jan 15, 2019
 
The Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Association and the
Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau are
teaming up for the 15th annual Cowboy Breakfast.
 
Two new activities will be included in this year’s event commemorating the 75th Stock Show in Kerrville.  In addition to traditional breakfast wraps, pancakes and sausage will be served.  The elected official’s cow chip toss event will be replaced with the “Bouncy Horse Race” sponsored by Fore Premier Properties.  Mayor Blackburn and members of the Kerrville City Council will compete against County Judge Pollard and members of the Kerr County Commissions Court.  
Local businesses will compete for the coveted award as best “Goat Milking Team” with 10-12 teams participating in that event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 its all for the Kids
 
Cowboy Breakfast Jimmy Hutto 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Cody Newcomb, Superintendent of Center Point

 Charlie introduces our guest
 
 
 Cody Newcomb Superintendent of Center Point ISD. 
  Center Point ISD serves over 600 student’s pre k – twelfth grade, and honors a rich tradition of student success in academics as well as extracurricular activities.  It is our fervent goal to provide a quality education and equip our students with the tools that they need to become well rounded citizens and positive members of our society. 
  Being the Superintendent of  a school in an unincorporated city has its challenges. Besides being responsible for 600 students, all the teachers, and staff he has more. The school district is responsible for the water system cleaning operation at least until they the get a new system put in.
  When the School Board decided to have a police force, Cody decided the best place for the office was on the campus. Jimmy Poole was selected to head up the new department on campus as its first chief of police.
  When Cody noticed the old admin office at the campus was not being used except to store old stuff, he decided the make it into a Center Point School Education Center and Museum,
Now folks come from all over to visit the museum and to donate school related items to be displayed.
 This building now has a historical marker. The community needed a fitness center so Cody decided to use the museum to have this center, They have near 40 or so folks a week come in and use the facility. Not one piece of equipment has suffered any damage at all.
 
 
Cody Newcomb, Superintendent of Center Point Jimmy Hutto 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Jan 08, 2019
Dear Club, 
 
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
 
Tomorrow we have Cody Newcomb, Superintendent of Center Point Schools telling us about their district and programs.  Charlie will also update us on Superball.  
 
Important dates to remember:  
February 2  Superball Fundraiser
February 6  First Responder's Recognition Luncheon
February 9   Rise Against Hunger & community food drive
February 15 Satellite Meeting
 
Have a great day!
 
Rob
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

George leads us in Song

Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
 
 
George led us in song with the Salvation Army band.
 
 
George leads us in Song David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris fellows

Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
 
Robin Miears presented three Paul Harris fellows at our Wednesday meeting. Congratulations to John Miller + 6, Trey Atkission +2, and Mark McDaniel +1.
 
Paul Harris fellows David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Band

Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
 
 
Captain David Swyers of the Salvation Army, with family and other members of the Salvation Army band, provided a number of Christmas songs for the Rotary Club last Wednesday.
Salvation Army Band David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Prayer and pledge

Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
 
Ron Blilie gave the invocation and pledge.
Prayer and pledge David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Tivy Fight Never Dies

Posted by Paul Anderson
 
The Tivy Antler Football Team celebrated an unbelievable 2018 season with the club last week.  Tivy finished 11-2 overall, while posting a perfect mark of 7-0 in district play.
 
 
Tivy Football Head Coad David Jones praised his assistant coaches for a job well done and announced individual All District award recipients (too many to individually list here!) to honor the team for their incredible accomplishments in 2018.  As a club, we also recognize the amazing job you've done Coach to elevate our Antlers to these heights!
 
 
Club Secretary Tammy Prout also brought attention to the team's generosity off the field by highlighting their contributions to Coldwell Banker's (D'Ann Harper) local Teddy Bears for Children program.
 
 
The team also showed the club they could hold their own in the buffet line as well!  
 
In all seriousness, the club was truly honored to host the football team as our guests.  We look forward to celebrating in your accomplishments next year!
 
Tivy Fight Never Dies Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Posted by Paul Anderson on Dec 12, 2018
 
Gerald Irion was the lucky winner of the wine drawing last Wednesday!
Wine is Fine Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas Sing Along!

Posted by Paul Anderson on Dec 12, 2018
 
Michael Kahl, Schreiner University Choir Director, leads the choir - and the "vocally gifted" members of the Noon Rotary Club - in a number of Christmas favorites.  The list included hits such as "Winter Wonderland," "O' Christmas Tree," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Jingle Bells," and "Carol of the Bells." In addition to singing our hearts out, we had the opportunity to hear from all of the choir members as well.  A great time was had by all!!
 
Christmas Sing Along! Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

School Song

Posted by Paul Anderson on Dec 12, 2018
  
  
George led all in attendance (which included the Tivy Football Team and the Schreiner University Choir as our honored guests) in the Tivy School Song to kick off the celebration.
 
School Song Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Nov 27, 2018
 
Lew McCoy of the Kerrville Morning Rotary Club provided the prayer and pledge. This meeting provide an opportunity for our club, the Morning Club, and the Kerrville Kiwanas Club to join together in fellowship the day before Thanksgiving, as is our annual tradition.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Jury Selection

Posted by David Martin on Nov 27, 2018
 
 
Martin Peterson provided the program at last Wednesday's meeting, describing the art and science of jury selection. Martin is a successful consultant who assists attorneys in developing strategies to determine the biases of potential jurors.  Some of his work includes doing focus groups to see how people react to certain questions, which they can possibly ask to the jury pool.
 
Martin described two high profile cases, which he challenged us to consider how our biases affected our opinions about the cases. One was the McDonald's hot coffee spill in the lap of the plaintiff, which produced third degree burns. At first glance, this could be dismissed as a frivolous lawsuit, but testimony showed that the cups and lids McDonald's used were not rated for the higher than normal coffee temperatures. It was also revealed that McDonald's considered the cost of settling numerous previous spill and scalding cases less expensive and better business than buying more expensive cups that would allow the lid to the cup to remain intact at the higher temperatures, thus avoiding some potential spills.  The plaintiff was awarded a significant settlement.
 
Other interesting observations: Jurors that attorneys like to avoid (by profession): School teachers- especially elementary school- they are more likely to be rule based in their thinking, and less likely to make moral based judgments.  Lawyers- they become the leaders of the panel and become a jury of one.  Journalists- they may not hear the emotional part of the story. And, people who can't judge because of religious reasons.
 
 
 
 
Jury Selection David Martin 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Nov 20, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving Club!  
 
Tomorrow we have another awesome speaker.  Martin Peterson is a forensic anthropologist who specializes in jury selection science.  We also have our joint meeting with the Kiwanis, Morning Rotary Club, & Satellite Club.  
 
We still need bell ringers for November 24th.  If you're able to ring the bell, please logon to clubrunner at kerrvillerotary.org and sign up.  
 
See you all tomorrow!  If you're traveling for the holiday, safe travels!
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Sign up for Ringing the bell

Posted by David Martin on Nov 20, 2018
 
Dave Samuel reminded us to sign up for the bell ringing for the Salvation Army. We will be ringing at Gibsons for several Saturdays during the Holidays, and volunteers for  one hour shifts are especially needed for this coming Saturday.
Sign up for Ringing the bell David Martin 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Song of the day

Posted by David Martin on Nov 20, 2018
 
George led us in singing God Bless America.
Song of the day David Martin 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Nov 20, 2018
John Onstott provided the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking

Posted by David Martin on Nov 16, 2018
 
Carol Twiss provided the program last week on Human Trafficking. Carol has worked in law enforcement for 26 years, starting out as a corrections officer, transitioning into a jail administrator, and now manages the criminal investigations department for Kerr County Sherrif's department.
 
One important fact is that trafficking is not the same as smuggling, where a number of people might be transported in the back of a tractor trailer to some destination and then released.  Trafficking generally falls into four different categories: Kidnapping, sexual abuse, unlawful restraint and forced labor without pay. High risk groups include runaways, teenagers, children in foster care, victims of sexual or physical abuse, drug addicts, immigrants and those on parole.
 
Trafficking has replaced drugs as the number one industry for organized criminal gang organizations. Trafficking happens in small communities like ours, so be aware and report any suspicious activities to local law enforcement. Carol Twiss can be reached at 830-739-6639.
Human Trafficking David Martin 2018-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Andrew Murr

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 06, 2018
  
 
  
 Kellie Early introduces our guest
 
   
 
    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.
 
  During his tenure in the House, he has served on the Transportation Committee, Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee, Rules and Resolutions Committee, Ways and Means Committee, Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee, State Federal Power and Responsibility Committee (Vice Chair), Local and Consent Calendars Committee, Select Committee on Mental Health, and the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse.
 
  
https://andrewmurr.org/
Andrew Murr Jimmy Hutto 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Families in Rotary

Posted by Stephanie Miller on Nov 06, 2018

Families in Rotary:   

 Please keep Doug & Sue Whinnery in your prayers as she is home recovering

 Prayers for Bob Finch's wife Delores broke her arm, in hospital rehab.

 Prayers for Jacques Dubose is being deployed to flood areas.

 Red Cross Centennial of Hill Country Chapter Celebration Allegria Barn off Hwy 16 5:30 to 8:30 Cocktail Attire.

 

  

Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Getting the Tables ready Jimmy Hutto 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Benefactors

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 06, 2018
 
 
                            
 Bob Schmerbeck introduces the Paul Harris Fellows            Tim Creweige and John Miller received their Paul Harris award.
 
              
 Why to go for guys!!!!                   
Paul Harris Fellow Benefactors Jimmy Hutto 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Wine is fine

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 06, 2018
Many names were called before all the wine was given away. Several were called but not wearing thier Rotary pin.
Wine is fine Jimmy Hutto 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Oct 30, 2018
Dear Club, 
 
I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather this past weekend.  What an awesome presentation last week from Jeffrey Jensen with the FBI!  If you see Bryant Truitt, please say thanks to him for bringing that great program to us!!
 
This week, we have another great program scheduled.  We are welcoming fellow Rotarian, Representative Andrew Murr, who will give us a Texas legislative update.  Since the meeting will be held on Halloween, the fellowship committee has asked anyone who'd like to dress up to please do so!  
 
Next week on November 7th, will be our Veterans Day Program.  I will be starting that program early and there will be no time for announcements.  Also on November 7th, we will hold our Veteran's Appreciation Breakfast at the Veterans Center on Meadowview Ln.  We are looking for volunteers to come and sit with the veterans and eat with them from 8-9:30.  We have volunteers to get set up and help serve, but we really need some club members to sit and talk with the veterans.  Please email donna@joecookagency.com if you can help out.  
 
See you Wednesday!
 
Rob
News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

FBI Agent addresses Rotary

Posted by David Martin on Oct 29, 2018
 
FBI special agent Agent Jeff Jensen discussed various ways scammers attempt to get money out of people. Jeff worked as a bank examiner before he joined the FBI, and this was good training for investigating white collar crime, especially business account take overs. If a business has been hacked and money has been stolen, there are delays built into the system that allow retrieval of the funds if reported within 72 hours. 
 
Con artists tend to be more successful with those who are elderly and those whose judgement is questionable. They generally target home phones, and information about most of us is readily available on the internet. His advice- if you don't recognize the phone number on the caller ID, don't answer the phone.  If you have fallen for a scam, or answered phone and engaged in conversations with someone who is trying to get money, you are probably on a list that is being sold to other scammers.  The IRS and FBI won't contact you by email, so don't fall for those type of scams either. If you use social media, don't friend anyone you don't know- scams are prevalent there too.
 
Health Care, Medicare and Medicaid fraud are commonly investigated. The volume various types of cases of white collar fraud is significant, and local law enforcement will generally try to handle the investigation of cases with input from the FBI.  Unfortunately, the prison sentences are light if conviction is achieved, so that is not much of a deterrent.
 
FBI Agent addresses Rotary David Martin 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Fire Department recognition

Posted by David Martin on Oct 29, 2018
Tammy Prout recognized the Kerrville Fire Department and other first responders for rescuing a person from a vehicle that had washed off a low water crossing during the recent floods.
Fire Department recognition David Martin 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Song of the Day

Posted by David Martin on Oct 29, 2018
George led us in the fourth verse of America the beautiful.
Song of the Day David Martin 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge

Posted by David Martin on Oct 29, 2018
 
Kristy Vandenberg started the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

"History Coach" Clifton Fifer - Buffalo Soldiers

Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 23, 2018
 
Former Tivy History Teacher and "History Coach" Clifton Fifer offered up fascinating historical information on the life and times of the famous Buffalo Soldier regiments of the United States Army.
 
Although several African American regiments were raised during the Civil War as part of the Union Army (including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the many United States Colored Troops Regiments), the "Buffalo Soldiers" weren't officially established by Congress until after the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers, the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army, originally were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army, formed in 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
 
Sources disagree on how the nickname "Buffalo Soldiers" began.  According to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, the name originated with the Cheyenne warriors in the winter of 1877, the actual Cheyenne translation being "Wild Buffalo." Some sources assert that the nickname was given out of respect for the fierce fighting ability of the 10th Cavalry. Still other sources point to a combination of both legends. Another possible source could be from the Plains Indians (the Buffalo Soldiers served at Ft. Davis, in Texas, as well as other plains locations) who gave them that name because of the bison coats they wore in winter. The term Buffalo Soldiers became a generic term for all black soldiers. It is now used for U.S. Army units that trace their direct lineage back to the 9th and 10th Cavalry units, whose service earned them an honored place in U.S. history.  Clifton also noted that the Buffalo Soldiers have fought for our country in every major war since the Civil War (where black regiments fought under a different moniker).
 
In addition to the origin stories of the famous group(s), Clifton involved a good number of Rotarians in games and songs prevalent during their heyday.  Here are just some of the pictures from last week's meeting (and like last week's speaker, Clifton was hard to get on camera because he was always on the move):
 
Clifton shows the group the buffalo hide coverings the soldiers would wear in the winter time, possibly giving rise to the nickname Buffalo Soldier from the Plains Indians.
 
Clifton serenades to group in a rendition of "Buffalo Soldiers," originally sung by the Doo-wop group The Persuasions.  This picture does not do him justice.  He really is an incredible singer.
 
Rotarians Todd Odom and Ingrid Painter assist Clifton in delivering an "authentic" American Indian music presentation.
 
Greg Appel gets the party started on his washtub bass!
 
Other Rotarians are inspired to action.  Who knew we had such musical talent in the club!?
 
Clifton also introduced tools and toys used during the times of the Buffalo Soldier - see below:
Witching Sticks - Need water anyone?
 
Jacob's Ladder - an amazing feat of early engineering!
 
Jon Sibert demonstrating the pull of the Hooey Stick.
 
Clifton Fifer demonstrating the right way to conduct the Wood Dancer.
 
Rotarian Paul Anderson demonstrating the wrong way (who let that guy up there!?)......
 
There was so much action, that it was impossible to document it all.  Thank you Clifton for such a riveting presentation!!
"History Coach" Clifton Fifer - Buffalo Soldiers Paul Anderson 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Oct 23, 2018

Dear Club,  

Tomorrow we have another great speaker, Jeffrey Jensen, FBI Special Agent, coming to talk to us about business account takeovers. In order to give him as much time as possible for his presentation, I will be starting the meeting around 11:55 instead of 12:10 so please try to be on time.  We will not have time for much club business so I'm going to give you the announcements via email now:

  1.  Pints for Polio was a success!  What a fun event!  Amanda Taylor is one of our newer Rotarians and she did a FANTASTIC job planning this event.  The music was superb, the food was tasty, and the beverages were top notch.  We will have those final figures for you next week.  If you missed the event and still want to donate, please see either Amanda Taylor, Kristy Vandenberg, or myself.  

2.  We need volunteers who would like to help with the Veterans Breakfast on November 7th which is just 2 weeks away!  If you would like to help, please email Donna Peterson at donna@joecookagency.com.  

3.  We have the Schreiner basketball mixer on November 8th.  If you want details about this get with Kristy Vandenberg.  

4.  Our Christmas Party will be December 12th.  Please save the date.  It will be held this year at the Inn of the Hills.  

5.  Superball planning has begun!  If you are interested in helping plan our big fundraising event, please get with Charlie McIlvain or Amber Thomason to find out how you can help.  Save the date of February 2, 2019.  As you know this is our main fundraiser and our goal is to raise $50,000 that we use for scholarships for local high school and college students and to run our other projects like Blue Santa, Veterans initiatives, advanced training grants for First Responders,  Chalk Fest sponsorship,  Harper 5K walk/run, etc.  It's a fun event with food trucks with awesome food, drinks, and other tailgating events!

6.  Christmas is quickly approaching.  Dave Samuel will be looking for volunteers soon to ring the bell for Salvation Army at Gibson's.  Stay tuned for additional information soon.  

See you tomorrow - five minutes early!!

Rob

 
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Kerrville Chalk Festival Jimmy Hutto 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Kristy's award

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 16, 2018
 
 
 Making a difference!!! Kuddos to you Kristy
Kristy's award Jimmy Hutto 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Wine is Fine

Posted by David Martin on Oct 08, 2018
 
Amber Thomason was wearing her Rotary pin, so she won a bottle of wine when her name was called.
Wine is Fine David Martin 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Prayer and Pledge and Program intro

Posted by David Martin on Oct 08, 2018
 
Greg Peschel provided the prayer and pledge, and also introduced our program speaker, Bobby Templeton.
Prayer and Pledge and Program intro David Martin 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Tammy gets her award

Posted by David Martin on Oct 08, 2018
 
Tammy Prout was the most recent Rotarian of the year, and now has the plaque to go with it. Tammy is also in line to become president of our club in a couple of years.
Tammy gets her award David Martin 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Bobby Templeton

Posted by David Martin on Oct 08, 2018
 
Greg Peschel introduced Ingram I.S.D. superintendent Bobby Templeton as our speaker last Wednesday. Bobby is a former member of our club and previously was the principal at Tivy high School. Bobby described the way Ingram ISD is addressing security at their campus in light of events in our country over the last several years. Ingram has 74 video cameras dispersed throughout the various buildings, athletic complex, and entrance to the campus. Upon entering the campus, your picture is taken and in addition to being visible to the administration, the pictures also go to Ingram police vehicles and headquarters. 
 
Ingram wants to give their kids a reason to say no to drugs, so they have random drug testing and drug sniffing dogs make the rounds. Ingram is one of four schools in Texas that initiated a School Marshal program this year.  The marshals are possible because of a new classification of law enforcement officer that was recently authorized by the Texas legislature. The five marshals have a badge and a gun, and were already school staff, although their identity is not publicized to the general public. This past summer, they went through an intensive training, including psychological test and profile, concealed handgun carry training, first aid training, and non violent deescalation training.
Bobby Templeton David Martin 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Hill Country Community College Fund

Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 03, 2018
 
Last week's meeting was at Shriner University in support of the Hill Country College Fund ("HCCF").  The fund is celebrating four decades of awarding student grants! 
 
Some quick facts about the HCCF (courtesy of the University's website:):
  • Our goal is to raise $625,000 this year to provide tuition grants for Hill Country students to attend Schreiner.
  • 100% of the money raised goes to scholarships for students with need in Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, and Real Counties.
  • With your help Schreiner makes college affordable by distributing nearly $11 million in financial aid each year.
Rotarians Jack Pratt (Current HCCF Campaign Chairman) and Marta Diffen (University Director of Development) were among those who addressed the crowd at the event:
 
Chairman Pratt mentioned that $11 million-plus each year is distributed in financial aide and mentioned the 2018 fundraising goal was $625,000.  He mentioned that the University expects to give more than 200 grants to approximately 15% of Schreiner's students!
 
 
Marta talked about being part of this effort that's grown over the past 40 years.  She emphasized that every gift counts and that the community's generosity enables student to say "Yes we can!"
 
 
Former HCCF scholarship recipient Frida de la Garza spoke to the crowd concerning her journey, and the support of the HCCF that made her dreams possible.  You can see her story, along with additional details of the event (courtesy of the Hill Country Community Journal), at http://www.hccommunityjournal.com/article_bc220988-c67a-11e8-a51b-4740e84f4bf2.html .
 
To volunteer or for information about the HCCF campaign, call Johnson at 702-7204; or email her at lejohnson@schreiner.edu.
 
Donations may be made online at www.schreiner.edu/giving/hccf.
 
Hill Country Community College Fund Paul Anderson 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Trash Pickup

Posted by Todd Odom on Oct 03, 2018
 
This outstanding group of volunteers was up early on Saturday, picking up trash in our community. We had five students that wanted to get involved as well, including some from the Kerrville Tivy Interact Club!   Also - Thank you to the Stoepel family for the use of the all new Ford F150 Trucks!
Thank you again so much for your help.

Thank You to the following list of awesome volunteers:

Michelle McGinnis 
Robin Miears
Todd Odom
Mayor Bill Blackburn
John Lang
Bill Tucker
David Rittenhouse
Max Reinbach
Carol Twiss
Mike Thornton
Trash Pickup Todd Odom 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary News you can Use

Posted by Robin Miears on Oct 02, 2018

This week, we have Bobby Templeton from Ingram ISD.  Many of you will remember Bobby as a past member of this club.  It should be a good presentation as always!  

 

The First Responder's Golf Tournament went off without a hitch!  For those of you who played or sponsored THANK YOU!  We will have the final figures in the next week or so, but it looks like we made about $6,000 that will go towards our First Responder Training Grants.  This is a huge investment in our community & I thank you all for your support.  

 

Our next big event will be Pints for Polio on October 20.  This will not just be a beer event, but also for those wine drinkers.  We have several different wines and beers that will be available along with some good eats!  Mark your calendars to attend this event & help out the Foundation!  

 

Also, make sure you have these other dates on your calendar:

 

November 7, Veteran's Breakfast

November 21, Thanksgiving Joint Meeting with Kiwanis

December 19, Christmas Party

February 9, Rise Against Hunger & Community Food Drive

 

Also mixed in late November  and December will be Bell Ringing at Gibson's and Blue Santa.  

 

Thanks!

Robin

Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Golf tournament for First Responders

Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 01, 2018
Our Rotary club is hosting a golf tournament to raise money for training and education for First Responders in the Kerrville Area. October 1st is the date, so put it on your calendar to help support this worthy cause. Contact Jeff Wendling for player and sponsorship opportunities. (  jlwendling@lycos.com )
 
Golf tournament for First Responders Jimmy Hutto 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Satellite Meeting - September 18, 2018

Posted by Donna Peterson on Sep 27, 2018

Satellite Meeting September 18th

Speaker: Lee Johnson
Guest: Mr. Overby from Davidson Freedle Espenhover & Overby, P.C.
Our guest came to give us some great information on the upcoming Kerrville ISD bond. He also talked to us about how there will be voting sites at some of the local schools including; Tivy High School, Hal Peterson Middle School, Nimitz Elementary School, and Starkey Elementary School. This will make voting so much more convenient for parents as well as school staff/teachers.
Lee Johnson was our speaker and he came to talk to us about the new member process for Rotary. He talked to us about the process from when you first fill out your paperwork to when you get to remove your red new member sticker off your name badge. The part he went over the most with us was the orientation and how he makes it fun so people are excited about joining. We brought up the idea to him of our new Satellite members we get in the future being able to join in on his orientations so they can get a more in depth introduction to the club.
 
Club Business:
We had a group pow wow of sorts this week after our speaker to decide what we want to use the $3,000 towards that Robin has given our club to start a new committee or project. The two top ideas we have thus far are joining the CSI group volunteers t