Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Dec 05, 2018
Robin Opens the meeting                                     Charlie introduces guest & Members with guest
 Tammy suggested we buy locally & the money stays in town and help supports many families. Sound advise.

Opening Bell Jimmy Hutto 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto
 John and Judy live north of Fredericksburg, Texas, near Enchanted Rock.  John works as a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Fredericksburg. He earned a BA from Allegheny College, a MSW from Florida State University and a PhD from the University of Maryland. For 15 years, John worked in the mental health field, in the US Air Force at the hospital at Andrews Air Force Base, and as Executive Director of a Community Mental Center in Mississippi.  John has been a financial advisor for the past 36 years.
 He joined the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club in 2002 and served as President 2011-2012.  For several years he served as Polio Plus Chair for District 5840 and has been an Assistant Governor.  John and Judy have participated in National Immunization Days in India and polio eradication projects in Pakistan.  In 2015 he rode 104 miles in the Ride to End Polio in Tucson, AZ.
 John is a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society.  He is also a Major Donor and a member of the Bequest Society. John is a member of the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Planned Giving Advisory Council for the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg Toastmasters and is President of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.  Judy is Past District Governor for Rotary District 5840.
Posted on Nov 27, 2017 Rotary raises money to eradicate polio in many ways. One way is the "Ride to End Polio" sponsored by Rotary District 5500 and held in Tucson Arizona in November, each year, as part of El Tour de Tucson. This year’s ride raised over $10,000,000. The longest course is 106 miles around Tucson. There are several other shorter courses of 76 miles, 54 miles, and 38 miles, plus a fun ride. This year John R. Hutcherson, District Governor Nominee, completed the 106 mile "Ride to End Polio" course in 7 hours 49 minutes. Several other Rotarians, we know, also completed the "Ride to End Polio" including. John said he would be in the next ride and get to 100 miles.
 When Rotary got involved with polio, there were like 39,900 new cases of polio. Last year there were only 27 & this year only 37 new cases.
John Hutcherson Governor Elect 5840 Jimmy Hutto 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Dec 05, 2018

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, Paul Anderson, or Sue Whinnery.

THE SPOKE IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS Jimmy Hutto 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Dec 05, 2018
Carol Twiss and Morgan Bond exchanged their red badge for a new blue one. Congrats!!! Way to Go Ladies.
Nice Smiles
Red Badge Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Jimmy Hutto 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Dec 05, 2018

Dear Club:  


I just got notice from the Inn of the Hills that our meeting has been moved to the Conference Center at the back of the hotel.  Please make plans to park towards the back of the hotel for easier access.  





 Tomorrow we have John Hutcherson, DGE (he'll be our next District Governor if you aren't familiar with the acronym) who will talk to us about the Rotary Foundation and some of the good things Rotary is doing around the world with our donations.  
I received an email this morning from Carol Twiss asking for our help with writing letters to Santa.  It sounds weird for grown adults to be writing letters to Santa, but it's for a really good cause.   Tivy High School student, Zackary Reyna, is trying to beat his record of collecting 54,539 letters last year for Macy's Believe Campaign.  Macy's donates $2 for every letter received to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  This organization grants wishes to kids with terminal illnesses.  Zack was a recipient of the Make-A-Wish Foundation because of a congenital condition.  He's a walking miracle as his mother, Soyla says.  The reason I tell you all this is that we need your help.  If everyone would print one of these letters and fill it out and bring it to our meeting tomorrow, this would help Zack reach his goal.  I'm attaching the letter template (see email) so all you have to do is write a short note to Santa.  If you will do this, I'll bring a few extra bottles of wine to give away for the people who participate.  I'll also have a few blank templates available so you can participate if you don't have a printer.  
Thank you & see you all tomorrow!
 50 letters were collected.
Tivy Fight Never Dies! Tivy lost by 10. This was a great venue for a game. Home seats all came with stadium seats. 38 to 48 was final score. 
Bell Ringing @ Gibsons
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Dec 05, 2018
Four bottles of wine were given out one for wearing pin. And 3 were for the Santa letters being selected.
Wine is Fine Jimmy Hutto 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 27, 2018
Exciting new from George and Judy Eychner: Their son Brad, his wife, Jonelle (Lt Col USAF and presently serving a year remote assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan), and 2 boys Aiden (8) and Emmett (6) have been selected by the USO to be part of the White House tree lighting ceremony in Washington DC, on Wednesday November 28th.   It will be aired on Sunday, Dec 2nd, at a time yet to be determined   Pictures will surely be forthcoming.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
Andrew Murr Jimmy Hutto 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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 if you can help out.  
See you Wednesday!
News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
Posted by David Martin on Oct 29, 2018
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 David Martin 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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  

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!!


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
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
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
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
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
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
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 .
To volunteer or for information about the HCCF campaign, call Johnson at 702-7204; or email her at
Donations may be made online at
Hill Country Community College Fund Paul Anderson 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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
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.  




Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
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. ( )
Golf tournament for First Responders Jimmy Hutto 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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 to help fix-up/clean up local properties. Their primary goal is to use volunteers to improve the living conditions of primarily low-income and elderly persons in the community, who cannot afford to provide for the upkeep of their homes. Our other idea was to use the money and volunteers to help improve the Doyle Community Center Garden. This garden currently is kept up by the community but they would like to work on improving and beautifying the space.
Satellite Meeting - September 18, 2018 Donna Peterson 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Sep 25, 2018
 Clint Morris introduces out guest Bryan McAuley
 Bryan is the Interim Site Manager, San Felipe State Historic Site
San Felipe de Austin Historic Site is a historic site located in San Felipe, Austin County. The site preserves the first provisional capital and Anglo-American colony in Mexican-owned Texas.
 So much history that went through this early town. A lot of names we recognized in later history books. Bryan had a few Texas trivia pursuit question to the winner he gave out a copy of the book San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site. I and many others were impressed learning about Texas history.
I added several links below if you want to learn more about San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site.
San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and New Museum Jimmy Hutto 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Sep 25, 2018
 Prayer for the family of Dave Vinyard, a longtime Rotarian  as he passed away.
Bill Muldoon is competing in the World Senior Games in racquetball, St, George's Utah.
Families in Rotary Robin Miears 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 16, 2018
Sue Tiemann introduced  Tivy alum Tom Carpenter, who joined our club. Tom is in the LED lighting business.
Mike Cave was introduced by Judy Eychner as our newest member. Mike is a retired Methodist minister in the Hunt area.
New Members David Martin 2018-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 16, 2018
George led us in the Tivy fight song.
And numerous Tivy graduates joined in.....
Tivy Fight Song David Martin 2018-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 16, 2018
Bill Crumrine provided the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2018-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 12, 2018
City Councilmember (club member) Delayne Sigerman introduces Mark McDaniel, City Manager (at right - also a club member!) at last week's meeting.  Mark has 30+ years of experience in municipal government management that spans seven Texas cities.  Prior to moving to the Texas Hill Country, Mark served as the assistant city manager for the City of Dallas. 
With Mark's background (which includes attending Harvard University's "Senior Executive in Local Government Program") in finance, organizational development, performance improvement, planning, operations management, and economic development, he has proven to be a trusted leader in his profession.  Mark has served as President for the Texas City Management Association and Vice President for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), representing the central US.  He now serves on the board for the Alliance for Innovation. 
Mark addressed the club concerning the city's Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan.
See excerpts from Mark's (KERRVILLE 2050 - YOUR VOICE/YOUR CITY) presentation below:
  • Plan addresses a variety of issues and requirements that will affect the community’s ability to plan for and achieve its vision for 2050.
  • Informs capital improvements planning.
  • Helps coordinate and guide the establishment of development regulations, including zoning and subdivision ordinances.
  • Used as a basis for the review of zoning and development applications
  • Land Use
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Community & Neighborhood Development/Placemaking
  • Mobility/Transportation
  • Water, Wastewater & Drainage
  • Public Facilities & Services
  • Parks, Open Space & River Corridor
  • Downtown Revitalization
The Comprehensive Plan was derived with input from:
  • The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (42 members).
  • Seven Comprehensive Plan Subcommittees (70 members).
  • Stakeholder Interviews (100 participants).
  • Six Community Events:
    -State of the City address (170 attendees).
    -Community Retreat (140 attendees).
    -Two February Open Houses (250 attendees).
    -Two April Open Houses (125 attendees).
  • Website and Social Media (Online surveys and newsletters).
  • Retail Study
    • Performed by TheRetailCoach, and the
    • Goal - better define our primary and secondary retail trade area, and identify leakage or gaps where the region is underserved by particular types of retail.
    • Recommendations:
      • Enhance marketing efforts and recruitment of retailers, brokers and developers.
      • Pitch Kerrville to retailers and developers as a Retail Trade Area Population – not just a city limits or county population.
      • Begin keeping an updated database of available sites.
      • Recognize that Kerrville is competing with communities throughout the region and state for retail development.
      • Begin attending and taking a proactive role at retail industry trade shows
      • Continue investing in wayfinding and marketing efforts to help drive customers to other areas of Kerrville
      • Take a long term approach - typical development project takes anywhere from 12-36 months.
      • Consider developing a Kerrville retail specific website.
      • Downtown Kerrville - continue to recruit entertainment venues and eating establishments that stay open late.
      • Identify one entity in the community that focuses on retail recruitment, responsible for building and maintaining relationships with retailers, brokers and developers.
  • Hotel Study
    • The City commissioned an updated hotel/convention center study in February, 2018.
    • Performed by McCaslin Hotel Consulting
      • Purpose -to perform a market analysis regarding current and future lodging and meeting/event demand.
        • Study addressed new hotel/room supply, mix of demand, and projected demand growth.
    • Deliverables:
      • Recommendations concerning hotel facilities
        • Type
        • Number of guest rooms
        • Size of meeting spaces
        • Food and beverage facilities
        • Brand affiliation
        • Other customer amenities
      • Fair share analysis
      • Economic and employment impact report 
      • A forecast of future financial performance
      • A gap analysis for a public-private partnership
        • To determine probable public investment required to make the project feasible for a private developer.
    • This is a complex project. The City is continuing to perform due diligence on possible partners, possible sites and potential funding sources.
  • Downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone
    • Enabled by Tax Code, Chapter 311.
    • Approximately 313 TIRZs have been created in Texas - Most successful downtowns have a TIRZ in place.
    • Cities, alone or in partnership with other taxing units, can use this tool to pay for improvements in a zone so it will attract new development, facilitate investment, and bring interest and energy to a designated area.
    • How does it work?
      • Taxing entities contribute ad valorem taxes received from incremental value increases on property within the TIRZ above what is collected in the base year the TIRZ is established.
      • Two ways to create tax increment:
        1) New construction/investment; and/or
        2) Annual appreciation of real property
    • What can a TIRZ Pay For?
      • Cost of public works;
      • Public improvements;
      • Economic development programs; or
      • Other projects benefitting the zone
    • Why create a TIRZ?
      • Catalyst to attract even more potential developers and investment into an area (that may not otherwise occur)
      • Demonstrates commitment to creating a sense of place and identity
      • Benefits an area at large rather than being project specific
      • Provides a funding source without impacting current general fund revenues.
        • Does not impose a new tax - Uses improvements to spur development and raise property values within a zone. Then it captures some of the tax collected on that increase in value into a fund that pays for the improvements.
        • In this case, capture of sales tax is not recommended.
        • Any taxing unit that collects ad valorem taxes from property in the TIRZ may participate, but only a city or county can initiate a project and create a TIRZ.
    • Projected TIRZ Revenue
      • To fund public improvements, the City would contribute a % (yet to be determined) of its real property increment for the following possible projects:
        • Water Facilities and Improvements
        • Sanitary Sewer Facilities and Improvements
        • Storm Water Facilities and Improvements
        • Transit/Parking Improvements
        • Street and Intersection Improvements
        • Open Space, Park and Recreation Facilities and Improvements
        • Economic Development Grants
        • Administrative Costs
      • Potential TIRZ Revenue (Gross - based on 30-year term) at:
        • 50% - $9,637,154
        • 75% - $14,455,730
        • 100% - $19,274,307
      • Potential Boundaries:
  • Long Range Water Supply (Including Reuse Water)
  • Development Services (address staffing, process and code challenges)
  • New Software
  • Legion Lift Station
  • Public Safety Complex
  • Workforce Housing Projects
  • Street Maintenance
  • Aquatics Center
  • Tennis Center
  • Parking Garage Updates
Much more detail is available concerning Kerrville's 2050 Plan at
Thank you Mark for such an informative presentation!
Mark McDaniel, City Manager Paul Anderson 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Sep 12, 2018

Dear Club, 


Hello Everyone!  Thank you Mark McDaniel for the great presentation last week.  We are so fortunate to have such a great ambassador for Kerrville.  


Upcoming important dates:  

September 18, Satellite Club Meeting (Next Tuesday)

September 29, Trash Cleanup (Meet at Talley Elementary)

October 1, First Responder's Golf Tournament

October 20, Pints for Polio

February 3, Superball Fundraiser

February 9, Rise Against Hunger


Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 12, 2018
George led us in a song welcoming the City Manager, Mark McDaniel.
Lyrics for Mark - "the man who sees it all!"
Mark's Song (Lyrics by George) Paul Anderson 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson
Pictured is new member Tim Campbell! Tim is the Chief Development Officer at the Hill Country Youth Ranch and is responsible for the organization's fundraising and marketing activities.  Previous to his time in the nonprofit sector, Tim owned and operated an outdoor sporting goods store in Denver Colorado.  A jack of all trades!
Pictured is new member Eli Garcia.  Eli is the Public Information Officer/Training Sgt. for the Kerr County Sheriff's office (18 years of service!).  He is also a Tivy graduate and a father of FIVE Tivy grads!
Please welcome Tim and Eli to the club!
New Members Paul Anderson 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 12, 2018
Pictured is Kim Clarkson - Paul Harris Fellow +2.  Congrats Kim!!
Paul Harris Fellow Paul Anderson 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller/Robin Miears on Sep 12, 2018
Let's remember what happened 17 years ago (9/11/2001), and keep the families of those suffering loss in the 9/11 tragedy in our prayers and thoughts.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller/Robin Miears 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Sep 04, 2018
  Kathy told about her career after the US Coast Guard. upon completion of the Police Academy. She looked towards Kerrville.
They ask her if she would take over the investigating sex offenders and she has been there 4 years. She is the first female detective in the Kerrville Police force. She made us aware of the fact that 55 sex offenders live in Kerrville. We also found out that another near 60 lived in Kerr county.
then click services in the top bar
then Highlight Crime Records
then Highlight Sex Offenders Search.
the you can type city and see where they live.
I went through this process and it was fairly easy
Kristy Harris on Sex offenders Jimmy Hutto 2018-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Aug 26, 2018
A number of members were awarded perfect attendance certificates. Bob Schmerbeck gets the award for longevity, with 50 years of perfect attendance.
Jimmy Hutto gets his award.
Bob Schmerbeck and District Governor Kathy Hubbard.  50 Years!
Perfect attendance awards David Martin 2018-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 23, 2018
Rotarian Guy Jarvis presented the 2018 Tivy Hall of Fame Class to the club on 8/15/2018.  
Back in his prime (just kidding Guy) Guy was quite the athlete himself! Guy graduated from Tivy High School in 1979, served as the Tivy Athletic Booster Club president from 2003-2008, and now currently presides as the chairman of the Tivy Athletic HOF Selection Committee.  As an athlete, Guy dished out 23 assists the night Jon Chambers set the all-time scoring record for most points in one game.  Tivy was 29-4 that year!!  An all-around Kerrville All-Star, Guy has been a member of our club since 1984 and also served as its president from 1994-1995.  And on another note, Guy took time to visit with us on his 37th wedding anniversary.  Thanks Guy!
 Guy began his presentation by pointing out that the Tivy Athletic HOF is celebrating its 13th year, and it remains as competitive as ever to garner induction.  There were 62 nominations for the 2018 class alone.  He noted that it is such an honor to be inducted, that many recipients cry, or literally shout out in joy when they learn of their selection.  And with that emphasis, Guy presented the selections for the 2018 Tivy Athletic HOF.
1. The 1965-66 Boys Track - State Semi-Finalist Mile Relay Team
  • Team Members - Jimmy Bill, Daniel Rhodes, Bobbie Peschel, Melvin Fifer; Alternate: Ernest Garcia; Coach Jung
  •  Set record time of 3:22.6 during the 1966 season
  • Member Bobbie Dale Peschel was the 1966 Outstanding Track Award Recipient, record holder in the 2 mile relay at 8:18.9 and record holder in the 880 yard run at 1:57.8.
2. Former Head Tivy Football Coach Mark Smith
  • More wins than any other Head Coach in Tivy history - Career record of 93-34 (73.2% win percentage)
  • Never missed playoffs - Includes two state semi-finalist appearances in 2008 & 2009
  • Coach Smith's 2010 team set new school records in points scored (662) and total offensive yards (6,421)
  • Smith insisted his players conduct themselves with honor and dignity - both on AND off the field.
3. Kyle Yates (Baseball & Football)
  • Two year letter in Tivy Football
    • Unanimous first team All District Safety (also played cornerback, punter & kicker)
    • West Texas Team selection as Place Kicker
    • Team MVP of Special Teams and MVP of Defensive Backfield
  • Four year letter in Tivy Baseball
    • Career .408 Batting Average
    • 24 Home Runs
    • Team MVP Sophomore-Senior Years - Played Pitcher, 2nd Base & Shortstop
    • Excelled as Starting Pitcher at Midland College before accepting scholarship to UT-Austin
    • Drafted 13th round of Major League Baseball Draft in 2004 by Toronto Blue Jays
    • Played in minor league system 2004-2008 before shoulder injury in 2009.
    • Returned to UT-Austin to finish course work and graduate with his degree in 2010.
  • Kyle & his Wife have a two year old son Kalvin.
A Tivy Moment
Guy also highlighted that this would be the first year the HOF Selection Committee would select a "Tivy Moment" to commemorate "An outstanding moment in Tivy Athletics Sports History that exemplifies the Spirit of Tivy Fight Never Dies!"  The 2018 selection celebrates the 1980 basketball team's ten overtime victory over the South San West Cougars - that's right - TEN OVERTIME PERIODS.  See more below:
  • The boys Tivy Antlers Basketball Team won 55-51 over South San West Cougars in 10 overtime periods (score was 43-43 at end of regulation).
  • The game lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • The game was played 1/4/1980 in Antler Gym on Sidney Baker.
  • Augustus "Gus" Benson lead the Antlers with 25 points.
  • This marked the second longest game (on record) in the United States, trailing only games in North Carolina and West Virginia, each of which lasted 13 OT periods. 
  • See the team picture below. 
Team Members:
Coach James Sharp
Gus Benson
Phillip Sarrell
David Norris
James Ehler
Chuck Downey
Stephen Stengal
Ricky Coldwell
Ricky Mahan
Joe Cook
Buddy Galloway
Manager Stephen Fine
Manager Danny Lara
Tivy 2018 Hall of Fame Class Paul Anderson 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 23, 2018
Jeff Harris gives a big grin to celebrate his new bottle of wine. 
Also, Dave Rittenhouse (not pictured) won a bottle of wine for answering Robin's questions pertaining to our video "homework" for the week - What a teacher's pet!! Just kidding Dave!
Just more great reasons to wear your pin!
Wine is Fine! Paul Anderson 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 23, 2018
Jimmy Hutto leads the group in prayer and the pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Peterson on Aug 21, 2018

Satellite meeting August 21st

Guests: Jeff Wendling (noon), Jeff Harris (noon), Morgan Bond (guest), Rob Poindexter (noon), & Robin Miears (noon)

Speaker: Robin Miears Kerrville Rotary President

Robin talked with us about her goals for the next year as president. She also went over why she joined Rotary and the different reasons most people do join Rotary. Some of our upcoming events we also talked about are the Labor Day Walk A Fun that Kristy is still needing volunteers for. Also The First Responders Golf Tournament that is going to be on October 1st. If anyone needs any more information on joining or helping contact Jeff Wendling or Jeff Harris. Also the Veterans Breakfast on November 7th. If anyone wants to come out and help us serve and thank our Veterans please contact Donna Peterson.

Robin also talked passionately about what we can do to help our community through Rotary. Besides the many committees that people can join Rotary is always looking to starting new committees. The new member group will be coming up with a new project and she has also offered for Satellite to come up with another project. Kristy is also working on starting a Rotaract program that will be $25 a quarter and will be for ages 22-32. There were also two Paul Harris awards given out to Erin Wofford and Tricia Byrom.

Satellite Meeting Donna Peterson 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 14, 2018
Todd Odom won a bottle of wine for wearing his Rotary pin. Don't forget to wear yours.
Robin also sent out a short clip about Rotary. She ask a question and Amanda Taylor answered correctly and won a bottle.
Wine is Fine Jimmy Hutto 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 14, 2018
By Vickie -

 Dr Mark Foust is a dedicated superintendent. The goals the board has set are all about the children. The kids are taught skills for 20th century living.  Also financial literacy.

more can be found in this link

he Kerrville ISD Board of Trustees has named Dr. Mark Foust Kerrville ISD Superintendent of Schools.  Dr. Foust will fill the role vacated by Dr. Dan Troxell who became the superintendent of Leander ISD after 14 years of service in Kerrville.

Dr. Foust previously served on the Executive Leadership Team in Fort Bend ISD as Chief of Schools where he reported directly to the Superintendent. As Chief of Schools, he was responsible for the direction and supervision of the efficient operational and academic management of schools and instructional programming for over 74,000 students. He dedicated the last 21 years of his career to Fort Bend ISD where he began as an English teacher and coach. He was then promoted to assistant principal after seven years in the classroom.  Foust also served as principal of Dulles High School for six years until his appointment as Assistant Superintendent in 2013, and Chief of Schools in 2016.

"I am blessed to be in Kerrville ISD and I look forward to starting to engage with our students, staff, parents and community in January,” Foust said. “Establishing relationships and gaining a deeper understanding of our district's strengths and opportunities are my top priorities in my first 90 days as superintendent."

 Dr. Foust received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria.  He earned his Doctor of Education from the University of Houston in 2014. 

Dr. Foust began as KI
SD Superintendent of Schools on January 2, 2017.


 Mark was ask a question at the end of answer session. Someone ask when he was going to join Rotary? His answer was when the School Bond was passed.

Dr. ark Foust Kerrville ISD Update Jimmy Hutto 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 14, 2018
 Please keep Tim Cooney's dad in your prayers. 
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Aug 05, 2018
Three new members were inducted into our Club:
Bill Blackburn, also known as "mayor".
Carol Twiss is the chief criminal investigator for the Kerr County sheriff's office.
Austin Dickson is the executive director of the Community Foundation.
New Members David Martin 2018-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Aug 05, 2018
Jimmy and Becky Hutto and grandkids provided groceries and supplies from our Rotary Club to the local Veterans Center.
Supplies for Veterans David Martin 2018-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Jul 31, 2018
What an awesome speaker we had last week!  Willie Ng is truly an inspiration.  We have another great speaker this week, Bill Blackburn, mayor of Kerrville.  He will update us on the state of the city.  This will be a great time to ask your questions.  
This month is Membership and New Clubs Month.  Our past President, Kristy Vandenberg, is working on a community Rotaract Club.  If you know of a young person between 22-32 years old that is interested in service, please get with Kristy.  
Upcoming dates:  
August 22 -- District Governor Kathy Hubbard will address our club.  
September 3 -- 2nd Annual Walk A Fun at Louise Hays Park -- Kristy Vandenberg will head this committee.  See her for more details.
October 1 -- First Responder's Golf Tournament at Riverhill Country Club -- Jeff Wendling and Jeff Harris will coordinate this event.  See them if you'd like to sponsor a hole or you just want to get a team together to play.  
November 7 -- Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Veterans Center -- Donna Peterson is chair of this committee.  Email her at if you're interested in helping with this.  
If you have an administrative questions, get with Kristy Vandenberg,, 713 397 6176.  If you have a bookkeeping question, please see Gena Carter at or 830 992 1785. 
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 30, 2018
Satellite Meeting July 17th
Speaker: Josh Rodrigue a Parks and Recreation Specialists from Kerrville Parks and Rec
We had the pleasure getting to have Josh come speak to us about what the Kerrville Parks & Recreation do and what the plans are for the future. He also explained to us about how Parks & Recreation do a lot more things then “just mow the lawns”. Even though there is over 350 acres of grass that they have to mow and keep up.
Some of the future plans consist of redoing the HEB tennis courts and possibly adding more courts and other improvements. They are also currently doing a study for the next six to nine months about how they want to update the Olympic Pool. Also the option to possibly having an indoor competition size pool.
There were two local sisters that are also Girl Scouts who raised $795 to have an adaptive chair installed at the Lehmann and Monroe Park here in Kerrville. The raised all the funds on their own and put in some of their own money.
There is a great Activity guide that you can look at on their website with a list of activities that are going on.
Satellite News David Martin 2018-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 29, 2018
Past President Kristy exchanged her president badge for a regular Rotarian badge, but we know she will continue to be quite active.
Kristy gets a new badge David Martin 2018-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 29, 2018
Steve Pautler enjoys his prize scarf from Schreiner University, as several Rotary members names were called to receive free memorabilia from Schreiner. The university is holding a golf tournament to benefit Schreiner Athletics and their student-athletes. The tournament is scheduled for August 4th, at Scott Schreiner Golf Course, and teams and sponsors are encouraged. Contact Rotarian David Reast for more information.
Schreiner University golf tournament and goodies David Martin 2018-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jul 24, 2018
Clint introduced our guest
 Dawn Buckingham  a Texas State Senator was our guest. She spoke of her career and about why se joined the political field. She said 
she could get a lot more done from the inside rather than outside. She spoke on several issues and knows her stuff. 
Texas State Senator District 24
Dawn Buckingham is a conservative small business owner who believes the best approach to government is "less is more." As a doctor, she has witnessed firsthand how government often interferes, rather than enhances, an individual’s or a business’ success.

Dawn Buckingham’s forefathers were among the first settlers to Texas seven generations ago, and that tough, independent, pioneer spirit is deeply rooted in her personality. Dawn spent her early years growing up on Fox Run Farm until the family moved to Austin. While she graduated from Westlake High School, Dawn remains a country girl at heart as an avid hunter and outdoorswoman. Her commitment to service began early, serving as a volunteer fire fighter, and she is a graduate of the A&M Fire School.

Dawn lived at home and worked two jobs to pay for college, graduating Magna Cum Laude and debt-free. It was during college that Dawn met the love of her life and husband, Ed
Buckingham. Dawn and Ed both received their medical degrees from the Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dawn’s commitment to service and recognition for her work has allowed her to hold leadership positions in local, state, and national medical organizations.
Texas Senator Dawn Buckingham Jimmy Hutto 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jul 24, 2018
Prayers for Calvin Weinheimer's family. He passed Sunday. He joined Rotary in 1999. Services pending at Grimes Funeral Chapels.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Satellite Club Meeting Highlights (May-June 2018) Paul Anderson 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jul 18, 2018

This week we have a great program.  Senator Dawn Buckingham will provide a legislative update.  I will also have committee lists available for sign up for the new Rotary year.  I look forward to seeing you all at the Inn of the Hills!  


Also, Please try and view this video prior to today's meeting (7/18/2018)


At the meeting, Robin will ask a question about the video.  There will be a prize for the member who can answer the question!


Hope to see everyone there today!

Rotary News You Can Use! Paul Anderson 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jul 18, 2018
Todd Odom exchanged his Red Badge for a Blue Badge in no time flat!  See Todd (center w/ coffee cup in hand) below, already hard at work with his road cleanup crew.
Red Badge Exchange Paul Anderson 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jul 18, 2018
Bob Schmerbeck introduces new Noon Rotary Club President Robin Miears, along with her new fearless board, to the group.
(Kristy, Paul, Tim, Jeff H., Jeff W., Gena, Tammy, Charlie & Robin - Not Pictured is Janelle & Ingrid) - See BOD Assignments Below:
Your new Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:
  • President - Robin Miears
  • Vice President - Charlie McIlvain
  • Secretary - Tammy Prout
  • Treasurer - Gena Carter
  • Immediate Past President - Kristy Vandenberg
  • Director - Ingrid Painter (Foundation)
  • Director - Jeff Wendling (Service Projects)
  • Director - Janelle Peralt (Service Projects)
  • Director - Paul Anderson (Rotary Youth)
  • Director - Tim Crenwelge (Public Image)
  • Director - Gena Carter (Administration)
  • Director - Jeff Harris (Membership)
Robin's Inaugural Address Paul Anderson 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 02, 2018
George led us in song with an appreciation for President Kristy's leadership for the past year.
Song for Kristy David Martin 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 02, 2018
Tammy Prout was named Rotarian of the Year for our club. Congratulations Tammy!
Rotarian of the Year David Martin 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 26, 2018
Greg Peschel was wearing his pin and got a bottle of Wine.
Also John Lang picked up a bottle that he had won a few weeks back
Who was Wearing Their Pin Jimmy Hutto 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 26, 2018
 Before Stockton started the program we had technical difficulties 
Once the program got going we were told a lot about Uganda.
Like exactly where Uganda is located in Africa.
 Several ways to say Thank You
Stockton's Uganda Mission Trips Jimmy Hutto 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 26, 2018

  Tim Cooney exchanged his red badge for Blue. Congratulations   Tim !!!
Red Badge Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jun 20, 2018
At the meeting last Wednesday, Javier Ferrebasket reviewed his time as a Rotary exchange student with the club.  See some highlights below:
Why did he travel all this way from Zaragoza, Spain?  According to Javi, he loves to travel, and wanted to come to the U.S. for quite some time.  On top of that, he just "loves adventure" and found himself "getting bored" in his hometown.  Javier's English teacher suggested that he get in touch with Rotary to make that dream a reality, and the rest is history!
Was it worth it? "Of course!" Even though it was tough to leave his biological family behind for such a long period, Javi mentioned that the trip was well worth the time away.  He mentioned how exciting it was to learn new cultures and customs, and that the experience helped him "understand how people in other countries can see certain topics so differently." 
Home(s) Away from Home - And even though Javi had to spend time away from his biological family in Zaragoza, he became part of three host families while here in the Hill Country.  He gave sincere thanks to the Alvarez/Chedzoy, Sibert, and Hays families and shared pictures (some are seen below) and stories from each stay.  You could tell how much Javier really enjoyed himself with each stay!
New Adventures - Javi spoke of his new adventures here in the states, including running cross country and track in lieu of playing basketball (he mentioned he was grateful for this experience, and that he appreciated doing something instead of basketball which he had played his whole life), spending time as a brother to two sisters (he has only brothers back home), making Christmas cookies, hiking the River Trail, indoor skydiving, a trip to Big Bend, bull frog hunting & shotgun shooting over Spring Break, visiting the Rodeo with other Rotary exchange students, attending a Sweet Sixteen Basket Ball game, traveling to California, and experiencing "American" prom! Javi's new adventures also included experiencing a root beer float for the first time (which he said is the "weirdest" American custom he experienced)!
We will miss you Javier, but at least you have cowboy boots (see picture above) and soon will have a cowboy hat (courtesy of David Reast) to take with you on your grand 30 day adventure around the U.S., and then back to Spain.
Thanks for the memories!!
Javi's Year in Review Paul Anderson 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg on Jun 20, 2018

Hope to see you Wednesday (6/20) at our meeting!  Stockton Williams will be speaking about his trip to Uganda.  This will be informative and entertaining!

Thank you to Courtney Compton and Tricia Byrom for chairing the Scholarship Committee.  The club awarded $25,000 in scholarships to deserving college and college bound students this year!!  You can see a picture of the recipients below.
There will be no meeting on Wednesday, July 4th.  Robin will get her year started on 7/11!
See you Wednesday ... wear your pin to win!
Rotary News you can Use Kristy Vandenberg 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jun 20, 2018
George Eychner and Kerrville's most "infamous" philanthropist, Art Bell, led us in the song of the day, "The Philanthropist Song".
Thanks for all you do Art!!
Song of the day (The Philanthropist Song) Paul Anderson 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jun 20, 2018
Kenneth Early led us in the opening prayer and pledges - that's right - two pledges as we also paid homage to the Texas Flag to celebrate Flag Day. 
See the Texas Pledge below.
The Texas Pledge:
Honor the Texas flag
I pledge allegiance to
One state under God,
One & indivisible
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg on Jun 05, 2018
Literacy & Water Safety Project:  Dates and times are being set now for all KISD schools, Harper, Ingram, Notre Dame and Hunt.  If you want to help share water safety information with the 2nd and 3rd graders, please let me know ASAP so that I can get you in touch with the coordinator at one of the schools!  Let's help prevent drownings in our area!
Josh the Otter program reached somewhere between 700 & 800 kids. This is a great idea to teach water safety to the children. Special thanks to all Rotarians who helped put the program on.
Mark your calendars NOW for the New Member Happy Hour & Party!  The date is Thursday, June 14th at Jimmy & Bekki Hutto's house.  Starting time is 5:30pm.  There will be appetizers and drinks!  I will be sending out more information in an RSVP email soon!  Please respond!
Lastly, have you planted a tree lately?  If so, let me know!!!
Charlie introduced guest & members with guest. 
Rotary News you can Use Kristy Vandenberg 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 05, 2018
 Clint Morse introduced our guest.
It was a pleasure to listen to a lady that truly believes in what she is doing. She told of her life in camping world. Staff close to 100. Kitchen staff of 11.
Dr. in the camp 24/ 7.  Has 150 kids at a time and like 350 total all summer. Camp last only 28 days now. Two sessions a summer. This is due to the shrinking of summer by the schools.

About Jane Ragsdale

Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.

a link to find out more about the Camp.



HEART O' the HILLS Jane Ragsdale Jimmy Hutto 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 02, 2018
This tournament was held June 2nd.
a lot of money was collected for the VA's major fund raiser.
VA Veteran Heroes Golf Tournament Jimmy Hutto 2018-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on May 28, 2018
Empty table
  • Table: set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one isolated prisoner. The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. For large events of the Missing Man Table is set for six places: members of the five armed services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) and a sixth place setting reminiscent of the civilians who died during service alongside the armed forces or missing during armed conflict.[9] Table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.[10]
  • Tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.[11]
  • Single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.[12]
  • The red ribbon (yellow ribbon for Air Force ceremonies) represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.[13]
  • Slice of lemon on the bread plate: represents the bitter fate of the missing.[14]
  • Salt sprinkled on the bread plate: symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.[14]
  • Inverted glass: represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
  • The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.[15] (The Bible has been removed from several displays at federal facilities due to pressure from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation)[16]
  • Lit candle: reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
  • Empty chair: the missing and fallen aren't present.[17]
Veteran Memorial Service Downtown Jimmy Hutto 2018-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Memorial Service National Veteran's Cemetary Jimmy Hutto 2018-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 19, 2018
We welcomed our newest member of the club, Gillian Davidson, proposed by Jeff Talarico. Gill is Director of Activities at Riverhill Country Club.
New Member David Martin 2018-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 19, 2018
Congratulations to District 5840's Rotary president of the year, our own Kristy Vandenberg. We knew she did a great job as our president, and it is wonderful that she is recognized throughout our Rotary district for spearheading our club's accomplishments this year.
President of the Year David Martin 2018-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 19, 2018
Congratulations to Rotarians Judy Eychner and Delayne Sigerman for their election to the Kerrville City Council.
Thank you to Warren Ferguson for his service on council as well.
Rotary members in local government David Martin 2018-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 19, 2018
Nadia Noel-Anglade provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2018-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 19, 2018
Last Wednesday, Crystal Dockery was honored for her contributions to our Rotary Club over the last several years. She led the fellowship committee and organized many Rotary events, including the annual picnic, Halloween and other themed meetings, Valentine's day program, Christmas parties and much more. She and members of the fellowship committee have done a great job over the last few years, and we owe them a big thanks for all they do.
We wish Crystal the best of luck in her move to Austin. 
Crystal Dockery thank you David Martin 2018-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 19, 2018
Rotarian Warren Ferguson provided the program on Pakistan.
 Pakistan is an ethnically and linguistically diverse country with a similarly diverse geography.  It gained its independence in 1947, and has a population of about 215 million people. Pakistan has three governing entities: an elected national government, the military, and ISI (their intelligence agency).
America has a complicated history in Pakistan. One interesting book written by Steven Coll is titled Directorate S, which is about America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
China is building a deep water commercial port off the southern coast of Pakistan, and there is some suspicion that it could ultimately be a military strategy to enhance China's presence in the area.
Warren previously worked for a large engineering firm, and spent some time assessing Pakistan's communications network, which has some challenges.
Other interesting notes: Pakistan is estimated to have about 120 nuclear weapons compared to about 20 for India. Russia has had a volatile relationship with Pakistan over the years, but has recently gotten more friendly.
Pakistan David Martin 2018-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on May 15, 2018

Major Donor

When your cumulative donations reach $10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:


Jeff Wendling has been awarded the Level one for donations to Rotary Foundation. This award is presented
by Doug Whinnery.
Speaking of special business, Kristy is happy to announce that our club was recognized at the 5840 District Conference this past weekend with the Outstanding Club Project Award for our collaboration with the Kerrville Morning Club on the Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event and food drive!  
I hope that many of you have marked Saturday, May 19th on your calendar to participate in the Habitat for Humanity work day.  You report to the Habitat office at 8am and will be done around noon!  They do need a head count to make sure that each of you has a job - so please RSVP to Rob or Rebecca Poindexter! 
We are still working to reach 100% participation for supporting the Rotary Foundation.  Unfortunately, none of our members won the cruise - but there is always next year.  If you donate at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation, you will receive a FREE Rotary Club of Kerrville Baseball Cap!  Remember, we cannot reach 100% without you!  We take cash and checks!!!
Kristy is now reading the flavor of the wine                         And the winner is Bill Tucker way to go Bill!!!
for the winner of the person who has wore
their pin.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto
 Clint Morris introduces two of the candidates running to replace Lamar Smith in congress.
 Joseph Kopser Democrat
 Joseph spoke of his military background and why he would be a good representative.
*Fight for universal Healthcare
*Work towards 100% Renewable Energy
*Build a better Economy
Joseph made some good points in his speech.
for more info on Joseph see
 Chip Roy Republican was the second guest to present his views.
Chip also had several bullet points
*Support our Military
*Secure the Border
*Healthcare Freedom
Chip also made some good points.
for more info follow the link
Tale of two candidates Jimmy Hutto 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on May 15, 2018
Charlie announces guest & members with guest.
David Reast introduced Gabby with the Veterans Hospital was asking for volunteers to assist in getting the vets from their room to the bus. And then to assist in getting them to the cemetery for the program on Monday May the 28th
Charlie announces guest Jimmy Hutto 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on May 15, 2018
David Jones is going thru some issues so please keep his family in your prayers.
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 07, 2018
The Satellite Club has been active- click here for the April news.
Satellite News David Martin 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on May 06, 2018
Our annual picnic was held last Wednesday at the Schreiner University Robbins Lewis Pavilion. Great fajitas and fun! Thank you to the fellowship committee for another great picnic. Crystal Dockery was honored for leading this committee for several years. She will be leaving us soon for another opportunity in Austin, so we wish her well. More random photos
Rotary Picnic Jimmy Hutto 2018-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 30, 2018
Jeff Talarico introduced new Member Todd Odom, who is with Ken Stoepel Ford here in Kerrville. Welcome to the club, Todd!
New Member Todd Odom David Martin 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 30, 2018
Don't forget the Rotary annual picnic is this Wednesday afternoon, starting with happy hour  at 5:15 and a fajita dinner at 6:00. Location is at the Robbins Lewis Pavilion on the Schreiner University campus.  There will not be a noon meeting Wednesday.
Bob Fairchild was wearing his Rotary pin at the last meeting and won a bottle of wine.
Donate at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation and receive a FREE Rotary Club of Kerrville Baseball Cap!  This week we will again have cruise tickets for sale.  Buy three ($30) and you not only enter to win a cruise, but you can pick up your customized Rotary Cap!  Working on getting 100% participation.  We cannot do it without your help!  We take cash and checks!!!
Our Literacy and Water Safety Education Project started last Fridays Friday  in CenterPoint.  Then, later in May we will be at Tally, Nimitz, Tom Daniels and Starkey within KISD.  We are also scheduling readings at Notre Dame, Harper, Hunt and Ingram elementary schools!  Do you want to help?  Let me know and I can put you in touch with the Rotarian who is making it happen at one of these schools!  You can participate for 30-45 minutes or 2 hours ... would love to have more readers and assistants!
Ready for our last Habitat for Humanity build?  It will be Saturday, May 19th starting at 8am.  We would love to have a large turnout for this day - you can wear your new Rotary Cap and save your shirt for the next event!  RSVP to Rob or Rebecca Poindexter!
Kristy just received a great email from our International President, Ian Riseley, about the Tree Planting Initiative.  There is still time to plant a tree before June 30th!  Right now we are still encouraging everyone to plant one - and we are at 176 planted!  More members = More trees!  Come on ... get in on the fun!
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 30, 2018
Blake Hastings
Rex Boyland introduced Blake Hastings, who provided the program on the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch. The Federal Reserve Bank sets monetary policy, puts money into circulation and supervises and regulates a number of financial institutions. The organization is a system of twelve decentralized banks, with the Dallas branch serving our area.
Blake indicated that the labor market is tight now, and the recent tax reform should help GDP growth up to 1%, but potential tariffs and resulting trade wars could trim that back. Demographics is an long term issue to be considered, since we have an aging workforce.
In terms of economic growth, two factors can help: Workforce growth and increased productivity. But, there are few places in the world where the workforce is growing, namely India and some parts of Africa. Locally, Texas weakened some in 2015 and 2016, but the good news is that we rebounded in 2017 (2.1 % growth) and are expected to grow by 3.4% in 2018.
Federal Reserve Bank David Martin 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 30, 2018
Coach Paul Harris and the Center Point boys basketball team were honored at the meeting last Wednesday.  The Pirates had a great year, with a Bi District Championship,  a 19-13 overall record and 7-1 in District.  They made the playoffs and had a winning season for the fist time since 2004. Congratulations!
Center Point Boys Basketball Team David Martin 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 29, 2018
The Sargent at Arms committee was recognized for the diligent work they do before and after each meeting, checking us in and preparing the room on Wednesdays.
Pictured are Diane Green, Ingrid Painter, Brenda Thompson, Lloyd Painter, Kim Clarkson, Doug Lidiak, Quincy Smith.
Honoring Sargent at Arms committee David Martin 2018-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 29, 2018
State Representative and Rotarian Andrew Murr led us in the prayer and Pledge.
Prayer and pledge David Martin 2018-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Apr 25, 2018
George and Richard lead us in God Bless America.  As an added bonus, Richard also shared some of the war time lines to the original song!
God Bless America Paul Anderson 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Apr 25, 2018
We took time to honor the Tivy Antler Basketball Team for a great season.  Congrats girls!  It's also worth noting that the ENTIRE team is composed of straight A students and a host of Academic All Americans!  What an accomplishment!!
Tivy Girls Basket Ball Team Paul Anderson 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Apr 25, 2018
Please keep Carolyn Northcutt and Austin Clarkson in your prayers due to the recent passing of family members (Son-in-Law and Father, respectively).
Also, please keep Kristy (who recently had a hip replacement), Bob Finch (wife Deborah is going through kidney failure), Jimmy Hutto (had shoulder surgery recently), and Charlie McIlvain's wife, Rhonda (extended hospital stay) in your prayers as we wish for speedy recoveries for all.
Families in Rotary Paul Anderson 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Apr 25, 2018
New Member Tim Cooney led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Apr 25, 2018
Walt Koenig, Kerrville Chamber of Commerce President, and a member of our Noon Rotary Club, shares his expertise on the country of Afghanistan derived from his time there (and in Iraq) as a U.S. diplomat.
According to Walt, Afghanistan is a country of contradictions - 90% of the population have cell phones, while electricity penetration is amongst the lowest in the world.  It is a landlocked country of about 260,000 square miles in area (about the size of Texas).  The country's population is estimated at 37 million, with 70% below the age of 30.  It's a highly tribal country with 11 major ethic groups and 2 official languages (Dari & Pashtu).  Afghanistan also has a very long history of occupation, resistance and upheaval dating back to the time of Alexander the Great (who conquered the country in 330 on his way to India).
With respect to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, 9/11/2001 is the date that changed everything.  The attack on the twin towers led to our direct involvement in the region.  According to Walt, with little obstacles or military resistance, getting into the country was not difficult (particularly for a fighting force like the U. S. military).  Gains were easy at first, and there was much international involvement and support.  A constitution was drafted and initial elections appeared both clean and fair.
However, early gains were lost quickly, and Walt surmised that the Iraq conflict was primarily to blame.  With a diversion of assets and attention to the Iraq War, things got messy in Afghanistan.  A huge influx of funds earmarked for development led to rampant corruption.  The weak central government was unable to control the provinces and tribal areas, and to make matters worse, Afghanistan's neighbors were less than helpful.  Iran, China, Pakistan and other surrounding ex-Soviet states were all prohibitive and restrictive, also influencing discontent and upheaval in the country's outlying regions.  General complacency also contributed to these troubles.
A military and civilian surge helped the U.S. stabilize the situation as a response to these losses.  The initial military surge, and subsequent increase in troop count, helped restore equilibrium to the country.  Working in tandem with the troop surge, the whole of the U.S. Government worked to rebuild civil society in Afghanistan through re-establishing the rule of law, rebuilding essential government structures, and working to create opportunities for economic development.  Walt was integrally involved in developing economic opportunities in Afghanistan, as he began the first Chamber of Commerce in the country's long history!  He worked to create $100M in trade deals, many with American blue-chip companies, on a $1M budget.  As a matter of fact, Walt mentioned that this experience is what drove his interest in working with chambers in future endeavors. He also met his lovely wife Maria, during his stint in Afghanistan, as it was her responsibility to check references in vetting applications for Visas for the chamber.
According to Walt, despite the relative stability, there is still a lot to do in Afghanistan.  However, with a different approach from the White House - one more of pressuring the enemies of our efforts there instead of appeasing them and criticizing the efforts of the Afghan people - he is optimistic of the continued gains we can achieve.  Pakistan is key.  They are responsible for creating, funding, and mobilizing the Taliban, and were clearly guilty of harboring Osama Bin Laden during our search for the terrorist leader.  Walt mentioned that we have significant leverage on Pakistan, and with a concerted effort, we may be able to work with the country to help bring more lasting stability to Afghanistan.  He also mentioned the importance of maintaining a continued military presence in Central Asia.
Thank you Walt for sharing your expertise!
Afghanistan Paul Anderson 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 16, 2018
Kristi Announces the winner of the Wine Jimmy Hutto
Kristy Closes Meeting Jimmy Hutto 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Charlie take the floor. He does a lot to help bring tourist dollars to Kerrville
Just a partial list of topics discussed
Convention & Visitors Bureau Jimmy Hutto 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Apr 16, 2018
  Praise Kristy is back!!!!
  Prayers for Ronda McLlvain as she continues to recover at home.
  Payers for David Jones who is having some health issues.
  Payers for Lois who is still at Hilltop.
  Praise for Stephanie Miller who finished a 1/2 marathon and raised over $1,300 for HCYR
  way to go Steph!
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tricia Byrom on Apr 16, 2018

      Just a reminder that our next Rotary Satellite meeting is tomorrow, April 17th at 5:30pm. Meeting will be held in the Community Room of Wells Fargo Bank at Five Points (second floor). Our guest speaker this month is Martin Peterson, Forensic Anthropologist. We hope you will join us and as always refreshments will be served.


Thank you,

Tricia Byrom

Satellite Club News Tricia Byrom 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 12, 2018
 Kristy was promoting the veterans breakfast
 Sponsored by the new members of Rotary
Veterans Breakfast Jimmy Hutto 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 27, 2018
 Wendy Weske exchanges her Red Badge for a Blue Badge!!!!! Way to get er done Wendy
Be sure you save the dates...
 Mindy told us about Spellabration 2018. May 3 2018
News You can Use! Jimmy Hutto 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 27, 2018
 Clint Morse introduces Mary Wilson the Democratic Candidate
Followed by Mat McCall the Republican Candidate
 Mary explained why she was running and her ideas.
Matt told us of his plan if elected
Two Candidates for Lamar Smith's vacancy Jimmy Hutto 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 19, 2018
The Satellite Club is having a Social and Networking event at Basement Brewers of Texas, 5:30-7:30, Tuesday March 20th. The address is 521 Clay St.  Come join the club for great networking opportunities and socializing, and bring a potential Rotarian.
 The meeting was a success, this is a picture of the menu. For a lot of the folks that came to meeting this was their first trip the BBT.
Satellite Club Social and Networking Night Out Jimmy Hutto 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 19, 2018
George honored our guest speaker with a song.
Song of the day David Martin 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 19, 2018
Chris Braaten won two tickets to the Symphony of the Hills next show.
Symphony tickets winner David Martin 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 19, 2018
Walt Koenig was wearing his Rotary pin, and his name was called, so he won a fine bottle of white wine.
Walt's pin nets some wine David Martin 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 19, 2018
The program last Wednesday was provided by Dr. Gene Dowdy, who is in his third year as conductor of the Symphony of the Hills. He is a professor of music at UTSA, and conducts the orchestra there as well. Music is in his family, as both his father and grandfather were band directors, and both his daughters are  musicians.
  He gave a great program on a "500 years of music in 5 minutes".  Accompanied by his violin, he explained how dance tunes were a common way to lift people's spirits in the middle ages. Later, composers took these songs and adapted them into concert tunes. Dr. Dowdy expertly played bits of songs from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, and then followed with a bit of relatively contemporary music, "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas.  

The Symphony of the Hills is a professional orchestra drawn from the Hill Country and Central Texas, and provides about five concerts per year. In addition to the orchestra performances, dedicated board members and volunteers educate local kids about music, seeing over 2,000 students per year.   The next Symphony of the Hills performance is April 26th, and is called "Strike up the Band". 
Symphony of the Hills David Martin 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 19, 2018
New Member Chris Braaten led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 13, 2018
 Ed Hamilton introduced our guest
  Since 1980 Blair Labatt has been President & CEO of Labatt Food Service, now the tenth-largest broadline foodservice distributor nationally.  Blair  spoke of  funding or not funding of the Padres Mesa Demonstration Ranch. This is currently being funded by the US Government. This is a program that is teaching native Americans how to raise prime beef to sell in their own casinos. The more they work at it the more money they can make. This leads to jobs & more land being turned into more productive land. This is one program that is actually working. This program is supported by John McCain. In 11 years the profit should rise from $615,000 to 19,830.00. This works. If you were not hear you missed a great program.
 Working the cattle
 Ranch Foreman Bill Inman
 The entire crew
Blair Labatt Business Outlook Jimmy Hutto 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 13, 2018
 Jeff Harris is the newest member of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club. Welcome Jeff.
 Jeff is on the New Member Committee.
 Mike Allen was at the meeting and his name was drawn and he was wearing his pen. Way to go Mike!
Newest Member Jimmy Hutto 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Mar 13, 2018
 Stephanie Miller's daughter Morgan was inducted into the national honor society. Mom is very proud. Co Doo's to you Morgan.
  Please keep Jimmy Hutto's step-son Shane Breneman, with the United States Air Force, in your prayers.  He is currently deployed in Afghanistan.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 13, 2018
 In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. Literacy continues to be one of the focus areas of Rotarians and our Rotary Foundation – and so March is named “Rotary Literacy Month”.

 Literacy is the foundation for virtually all forms of education and a crucial component of effective social and economic participation, human development, and poverty reduction. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) nearly 800 million people over the age of 15 lack even basic reading and writing skills worldwide. In addition, there are roughly 137 million school age children who are illiterate around the world. Sadly, over 64% of all illiterate people in the world today are women.

Rotary Literacy Month Jimmy Hutto 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 13, 2018
Enjoy More Pictures from the Rise Against Hunger event, held this Saturday before last
Rotary Satellite Club was well represented. Way to go!!!
Kristi's car going to the veterans center
Salvation army truck/van they were boxing as they went along
the entire work force
Rise Against Hunger - A Picture Gallery Jimmy Hutto 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg and Paul Anderson on Mar 06, 2018

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 7th when Blair LaBatt will be talking about the Business Outlook for our area.  Hope to see all of you at the luncheon.


What a great time we had last Saturday at Rise Against Hunger!  We had 175 volunteers present to help package 20K meals for Hunger Plus!  We also collected 3 carloads of groceries for Salvation Army, CAM and the Veteran's Center!  See some pictures from the event below.  Also, see the "Rise Against Hunger, A Picture Gallery" section of the newsletter.


Mark your calendars for Thursday 3/15 and plan on attending the Kerrville Chamber luncheon at Schreiner University!  We are sponsoring this event and it is a great opportunity to talk to leaders in Kerr County about what our club is accomplishing! 


Habitat for Humanity build is Saturday, March 24th.  Hoping for a turnout of 20 volunteers - let Rob or Rebecca Poindexter know that you can help!  Hours are 8am-12noon.

Cruise raffle tickets are available- 10 for $100.00. See Robin Miears for tickets.
The Satellite Club will be hosting a "New Member Social" at Grape Juice on 3/20.
Also, if you have a little spare cash at your disposal, please consider providing Javi with some spending money for his trip to California.
Rotary News you can Use Kristy Vandenberg and Paul Anderson 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg and Paul Anderson on Mar 06, 2018
President Kristy Vandenberg revisits the status of major Kerrville Noon Rotary Club initiatives for the 2017-2018 period.  See some highlights below (with status updates in red):
  • Success Measures for 2017-2018 (Selected Items)
    • 100% Giving (expectation that all club members give, regardless of amount)
      • Status - We are getting closer to our goal.  You can also purchase cruise tickets for $10/piece (or a book for $100) to support the foundation.  The winning cruise is considered a "Diamond Level" package, complete with a balcony room and all! And remember, the buyer AND seller of the winning tickets BOTH get the cruise.  Ticket sales also count towards the Paul Harris Fellow designation.  Hurry up and buy! - the drawing is May 6. 
    • Increase Communication Internally & Externally
      • Status - New weekly newsletters to members initiated for 2017-2018 & better coordination with local media achieved for getting word out regarding club news and activities.
    • Increase Pride in Rotary Membership through Accomplishments
      • Status - Club membership is currently at 172 members!  It must be the fine wine! Wear those pins!
  • Service Projects & Activities for 2017-2018
    • Plant one tree for every member of club
      • StatusAlmost complete as over 147 trees have been planted, with many going to schools and local not-for-profits.  Let's get the remaining 30-35 trees planted before Arbor Day (Friday - 4/27)!
    • Host a Labor Day Community Event
      • Status - Done! The trail walk event, held 9/4/2017, drew 160+ participants and 42 Rotarians who volunteered their time to make the event a success.
    • Introduce Literacy & Water Safety (for 2nd-3rd graders in our local elementary schools)
      • Status - Slated for March/April of 2018. Books, coloring books and stickers have been ordered with funding provided by a District Matching Grant of $1,100! The next step is to contact schools & set dates.
    • Continue to Host First Responder's Luncheon
      • Status - Done! Event held on 2/7/18 honoring 12 outstanding individuals. The club received great publicity for an amazing event.
    • Provide Scholarships to High School Seniors, 1st Responders and College Students (current)
      • Status - Will be awarded in April & May of 2018 using proceeds from SuperBall 2018. The scholarships can be used for college or technical school.  The deadline for completing the online application (at is March 9th.
    • Revise and Approve Current By-Laws
      • Status - Done! The By-Laws and Club Constitution were revised and approved on 9/6/2017.  A big thanks to Doug Whinnery for spearheading this process!
    • Host SuperBall 2018 with goal of raising over $55,000 (net) for Scholarships & Club Projects
      • Status - Done! Event held on 2/3/2018.  SuperBall raised $49,000 to help fund scholarships and other club projects!
    • Participate in an International Project (in partnership with a non-USA club) to Utilize Global Grant
      • Status - Project is still in the works.  Club is considering a Magdalene House project (in possible conjunction with a Rotary Club out of Canada) to assist those coming out of human trafficking.
    • Host Polio Plus to raise over $10K to Eradicate Polio
      • Status - Done!  Event held on 10/19 at four different locations (who are already inquiring about helping out next year).  Gross revenues of over $14,700 were raised, #1 in the district (which includes our neighbors down south in San Antonio)!
    • Participate in Veterans Day Remembrance Event
      • Status - Veteran's Day Program held on 11/8/2017.  Veteran's Center Food Pantry drive done in conjunction with the Rise Against Hunger event held 3/3.
    • Host a Rotary Exchange Student & Recruit an Outbound Student
      • Status - Javier (Javi) Ferreras joined us from Zaragoza, Spain on 8/21/2017!  We are still working on finding an outbound student for the program.
    • Initiate a Child Trafficking Education Program (in conjunction w/ local elementary students, law enforcement, Interact & Rotaract)
      • Status - Will begin in April/May of 2018.  Awarded a District Matching Grant of $1,250!
    • Habitat for Humanity - Increase Member Participation
      • StatusHabitat workdays were held 9/9/17, 11/4/17, and 1/20/18.  The remaining workdays are 3/24/2018 and 5/12/2018 - see "Rotary News You Can Use" for more detail!
    • Participate in Rotary Citizenship Recognition program for 5th graders
      • Status - Working with Schreiner University to host luncheon in May of 2018 with 5th graders and their families.
    • Coordinate a Rotary Scholarship Luncheon to Recognize Recipient
      • Status - Planning is in the works....stay tuned.
    • Support Interact, Rotaract & EarlyAct Clubs
      • Status - Interact Clubs are active at both Tivy HS and Peterson Middle School with over 100+ members!
    • Work with Local Media to Promote "Four Way Test" Essay Competition
      • Status - Working with Hill Country Community Journal to hold competition in April of 2018.
    • Partner w/ Rotary AM (and other service clubs) to "Rise Against Hunger"
      • Status - Done!  See "Rotary News You can Use" section for more detail and for pictures from the event.
    • New Member Project!
      • Status - Veteran's Day Breakfast scheduled for 4/12 at the Hill Country Veteran's Center (8-9:30am)!
  • Other Continuing Efforts
    • Cell Phones for Soldiers (Ongoing)
    • Networking Social Event - Schreiner Basketball on 11/15
    • Other Efforts -
      • Blue Santa Program  (12/9/17  District Matching Grant of $1,500)
      • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – December 2017 - Raised $2,500+
      • Local Grant Requests:  Chalk Festival, EasterFest, Storage Boxes
      • District Governor Visit – January 3rd, 2018
      • Quarterly Highway Clean-Up – Completed for 7/8, 10/21 and 1/13.  One more to go (4/7)!
      • State Hospital Christmas Party – Held 12/8
      • Blessings in a BackPack – Holiday Party held 12/13
      • Spring Picnic Food Drive – Scheduled for 5/2/18
      • Mentoring Center Book Drive (Ongoing)
      • RYLA – Jan 12-15, 2018, Sent 4 students!
      • Hygiene Kits for Mexico - Kits for Veterans Breakfast on 4/12
Club Assembly - President's Update Kristy Vandenberg and Paul Anderson 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 06, 2018
Brian Bowers led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 06, 2018

Satellite Member Tricia Byrom introduced new member Christopher Braaten, SVP of Community Banking at Guadalupe National Bank, to the club.


Chris got his start in banking in Dallas in 2000 after graduating from Texas A&M. He loaned money to large corporations for seven years. His largest customer hired him away to be their CFO. He was the CFO for the nation’s largest fireplace distributor for a decade before deciding to slow down the pace of life and return to banking here in Kerrville.


He is a proud Texas Aggie, married to a proud Texas Longhorn. He has a boy and a girl both in Kerrville Schools, and is anxious to get to know as many people as possible in the Hill Country.

Chris’ dad served for 30+ years as a Rotarian in both Tennessee and Texas and he cannot wait to get started serving.


Welcome to the club!

New Member Paul Anderson 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg on Mar 03, 2018

 We will be co-hosting a Rise Against Hunger event with the Kerrville Morning Rotary Club on Saturday, March 3rd at the Hill Country Youth Event Center from 9am-12noon.  (Mark your calendar)


 In conjunction with the Rise Against Hunger event we will be coordinating a county wide food drive to fill all the local Kerr County food pantries.  This includes the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Christian Assistance Ministry, the Veteran's Center and local churches.  Please plan on shopping prior to the 3rd and bringing your box of groceries to the event.  We want to fill all the shelves for our neighbors.

Rise Against Hunger Kristy Vandenberg 2018-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 14, 2018
Kristy makes announcements
and send a very special thanks to Denise LeMeilleur for single-handedly decorating all the tables in the room for Valentines Day.
then Kristy announced the bottle of wine winner who had his pin on Danny Wheat. Congrats Danny
Winding up Jimmy Hutto 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 14, 2018
 Crystal still on point as Master of Ceremony introduces the players
Kellie & Kenneth Early, Rosalie & David Reast & Denise & David LeMeilleur.
 A special thanks goes to the constants that surly the audience enjoyed immensely.
First the Men were ask to leave
And the Ladies were ask questions
Then it was the men's turn
then the all got to compare answers.
Rosalie & David Reast won by a nose. If you were not in attendance you missed a great show.
The Newly Wed Game Jimmy Hutto 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie Reast on Feb 14, 2018
Our Master of Ceremony Crystal Introduces Rosalie
 Rosalie told her side of the story of the meeting between her & David. David had told his side last year. We all enjoyed  the story from start to finish. Several times the entire audience was laughing almost to tears.
A Rebuttal Love Story Rosalie Reast 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 14, 2018
 We knew is was a special day when we walked in. Two Ladies
Denise LeMeilleur and Stephane Miller
were handing our cookies for all the gentlemen & a single rose for all the Ladies. Way to go Ladies
Valentine's Day Jimmy Hutto 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Feb 14, 2018
Jacque Dubose's oldest son Brennan, who is a Type 1 Juvenile Diabetic, Is till having problems. Please keep him in your prayers.
Bekki Hutto's son Shane is currently deployed in Afghanistan with the United States Air force. Please keep him and all other service personal in your prayers.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Feb 07, 2018
An unidentified volunteer shelves books donated by Kerrville Rotarians to a school in St. Lucia.
Morning Rotary provides books to St. Lucia
The Kerrville Morning Rotary Club announced that it has provided more than 700 books and magazines to the library of the Anse La Raye Primary School on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
The project is the brainchild of Rotarian John Aceti and his wife, Carol, who have tutored at the school in St. Lucia.
Assisting in the project were fellow Rotarians, Samantha Booth, Drew Whitehead and Laura Bechtel, who also happens to be the director of Kerrville's own Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.
The Kerrville Morning Rotary Club wishes to thank the following for their generous donations:
• Notre Dame Catholic School and Comfort libraries, and, 
• Friends of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.
Additional expressions of gratitude are due to the owners of the local UPS store, Ginny and Bill Bull, and their daughter, Angela Brinkley, for their assistance.
The morning group meets at 6:45 a.m. Thursdays at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive in Kerrville.
Scheduled to speak on Feb. 15 is Barry Wall, of Texas Rainwater Systems.
Leading the morning group are: Lew McCoy, president; Laura Bechtel,  president-elect; Jon Tilley, treasurer; Kenneth O'Neal, secretary; Frank Dunlap, sergeant-at-arms; Waverly Jones, past president, and Randy McClay, for the Rotary Foundation.
To find out more about the Kerrville Morning Rotary Club, including its calendar of speakers and projects, visit
Books to St. Lucia Lisa Walter 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Feb 07, 2018
Want to make a difference?
Want to make our president, Kristy, SMILE?
Then be sure you wear your Rotary International pin!
Make a difference Lisa Walter 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Feb 07, 2018
Kerr County 1st Responders
honored by the
Rotary Club of Kerrville
Kerrville Fire and EMS
Kerrville Fire Department Chief Dannie Smith, left, presents a plaque and recognizes 2017 EMS Person of the Year, Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Chambers.
Kerrville Fire Department Lt. Troy Seewald, right, is honored as the 2017 KFD Officer of the Year by KFD Chief Dannie Smith.
(Kerrville Fire Department's 2017 Firefighter of the Year award recipient, Justin Blue, a driver/paramedic, was not in attendance.)
Kerrville Police Department
Kerrville Police Department Chief David Knight took to the podium to address the Rotary Club of Kerrville and give thanks to the organization for making the time and expending the effort to honor those in uniform.
Chief Knight, left, announced that Officer Austin Beal was the recipient of the 2017 KPD Officer of the Year award.
Kerr County Sheriff's Office
Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer reported to attendees that the past year wasn't an easy one for his office, what with the closing of the juvenile detention facility,  the expansion of the county jail, the fire that happened during the expansion of the jail, the need to transport prisoners out of county to accommodate the project, and ... oh, and a whole host of criminals his department had to round up.
The sheriff recognized Sergeant William W. Callcott as the 2017 KCSO Deputy Sheriff of the Year.
Sheriff Hierholzer commended Corrections Officer Wayne D. Johnson as the 2017 Corrections Officer of the Year.
Ingram Police Department
Ingram Police Chief Byron Griffin was pleased in his second year at the helm of his department to name Sergeant Trudy Allen  as the 2017 Ingram Police Officer of the Year.
Kerr County Volunteer
First Responder
Joshua "Road" Block, left, was commended by Kerr County Commissioner Bob Reeves for saving the life of a child last year. Block was named the 2017 Kerr County Volunteer First Responder.
Texas Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper James “Jim” Behrens, right, is recognized as 2017 Trooper of the Year by Sgt. Chris LeLonde.


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Filling in for Captain Jeff Carter, who was unavoidably absent due to illness, Major Alan Teague, left, names TPWD Game Warden V Sam C. Harris as the 2017 Game Warden of the Year.
Special Achievement Awards
Kerr County Deputy Constable Reagan W. Givens, second from right, and Deputy Constable James B. Lang, right, both who serve in the Kerr County Environmental Health and Animal Services Department were honored with  2017 Special Achievement Awards, presented at the luncheon by, from left: Kerr County Commissioners Tom Moser, Harley Belew and Bob Reeves.
The 2018 Honorees Lisa Walter 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Feb 07, 2018
Kerrville Fire Department Lt. Troy Seewald, top,
puts his hand over his heart as the
American flag is paraded in with the colors
by Tivy High School ROTC cadet Aidan Baxter, bottom,
to lead off the Rotary Club of Kerrville's annual
1st Responders Awards luncheon at the Inn of Hills
Hotel and Conference Center.
The program for the meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 7, was a favorite of many Rotarians — the annual 1st Responders Salute, during which our membership is joined by those who serve in uniform in our community. We truly enjoy honoring the well-deserving, best of the best within their ranks.
President Kristy Vandenberg, above, led off the program,
while Charlie McIlvain, below, recognized dignitaries who
had joined us for the annual awards program.
Serving as master of ceremonies for the occasion,
and giving the proper introductions of the various
presenters during the program was Rotarian Jeff Wendling.
The program was held before a crowded conference center room full of club members, as well as honored firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, game wardens, DPS troopers, a large gathering of their fellow servicemen and servicewomen in uniform, and, to our delight, some of their family members.
Celebrating our 1st Responders Lisa Walter 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Feb 07, 2018
Do you just LOVE
Then you will not want to miss
today's program.
Rotarian Crystal Dockery has a lineup of
stories sure to warm our hearts.
It's a perfect way to spend your
Valentine's Day lunch.
Be sure to bring your sweetheart!
Lunch starts at 11:45 a.m. at the  Inn of the Hills, 
1001 Junction Highway in Kerrville.
Use the side door for easy access and join us for 
some lovely love stories.
Love a good LOVE STORY? Lisa Walter 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Satellite Club Meeting (1/23/2018) Denise LeMeilleur 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 04, 2018
Bill Crumrine became a lucky recipient of a bottle of fine wine for the second time!  Wear that pin!
Wine is fine if you wear your pin Paul Anderson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg & Paul Anderson on Feb 04, 2018
2018 First Responders Luncheon:  Jeff Wendling and George Eychner have been working hard to make this year's luncheon a great success!  We will hold this special luncheon in the Conference Center Ballroom. 
If you can, please show up a little bit early (by 11:15AM) to welcome our responders as they arrive. The meeting will have a prompt 12:00 noon start.  Additionally, based on the nature of the event, we may go a little past one ‘o clock.  Please don’t walk out early on our honored guests.  Let’s let them know how much we appreciate their service!
2018 Super Ball: The 2018 Super Ball extravaganza was a smashing success.  Stay tuned for pictures and fundraising totals in next week's version of the Spoke!!
Valentine's Day Luncheon:  We already have two great Rotarians confirmed to share their love story.  If this is something that you are interested in ... please contact Crystal Dockery!  This year's luncheon actually falls on Valentine's Day - extra special!  
Odd Jobs and Unique Experiences: If you are attending an event, going on a trip, or are otherwise doing something in the near future that you think would be a memorable experience for Javi, please consider including him in your adventure. 
Also, Javi’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty to garner a little extra spending money for his time here in the states.  If you need something to get done, give Javi a call!
Lastly, we have just firmed up the times for our Rise Against Hunger and Community Food Drive.  The date is Saturday, March 3rd.  The drive up food drop off will be open from 9am-12noon.  Lots of volunteers are needed for the event, so I will be setting up an event in ClubRunner and asking all of you to RSVP from 9:45 am - 12 noon.  The event will be held at the Kerr County Youth Event Center.
Rotary News You Can Use! Kristy Vandenberg & Paul Anderson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 04, 2018
Ron Blilie leads the club in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 04, 2018
Becky Dinnin, Executive Director for The Alamo Endowment, addressed the club regarding the current plan - known as the Alamo Master Plan, to preserve the 1836 Alamo battlefield.
Becky is a sixth generation Texan and a direct descendant of Sarah Dodson, known for sewing one of the first Texas flags.  Sarah's father, Edward Bradley, moved to Texas in 1823 as one of Stephen F. Austin's original three hundred. Sarah's husband, Archelaus, was among the early Texas volunteers when hostilities broke out with the Mexicans in the fall of 1835.  He joined Andrew Robinson in forming the Harrisburg Company of Texas volunteers.  Sarah designed a flag for the volunteers, and that flag was in San Antonio for the December 1835 siege of the city.
In referencing her proud Texas heritage, Becky also took time to honor some of the original heroes of the Alamo preservation effort. 
One such individual was Clara Driscoll, an author, politician, cattlewoman, and activist who purchased the Alamo church for $75K in 1903 (and was later reimbursed by the state in 1905).  She also lobbied the state for $84K to purchase land behind the Alamo church for the Alamo park - now the 1936 gardens.  She is also responsible for building the Alamo gift shop for $50K.  For her efforts, Clara is often referred to as the Savior of the Alamo.
Another notable contributor to the Alamo preservation effort was school teacher Adina De Zavala.  When she learned of the city's plan to tear down the old Convento (long barracks) to build a hotel and park, she barricaded herself in the Long Barrack for three days with no food or water, saving the historic structure.  Adina ultimately convinced the state to protect and make the Long Barrack a part of the historic property.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of Clara, Adina, and many others to protect and preserve the grounds of the Alamo for noble historic purposes, this is the scene you'll often see now - right on top of the hallowed ground where many defenders of the Alamo died in their fight for Texas independence.
The Alamo Master Plan attempts to take back the grounds of this historic landmark, increasing the total public space from approximately 2.7 acres to approximately 9.5 acres, placing a buffer zone between the Alamo grounds and the remaining 6 acres or so of public "1st Amendment" space.
Currently, the Alamo Master Plan proposes a few key concepts toward its goal of preserving the 1836 Alamo battlefield:
1) Preserve the Alamo Church and the Long Barracks. Texas' most treasured historic buildings are in desperate need of repair. The Master Plan proposes that preservation work begins this year, preserving the buildings as they are today, so that future generations can visit and remember.
2) Remove entertainment attractions from the 1836 battlefield. Alamo Plaza and Alamo Street, which were both part of the 1836 Alamo battlefield, are currently owned by the City of San Antonio. The plan proposes removing current entertainment attractions from the battlefield and shifting ownership and care of these battlefield areas to the State and people of Texas.
3) Close Alamo Street (which currently runs directly on top of the 1836 Alamo battlefield) to vehicle traffic.
4) Create an Alamo museum, and the world’s largest exhibit on the Texas Revolution, in the buildings currently known as the Crockett Block, located across the street from the Alamo.
5) Restore and preserve the Alamo Cenotaph, which was erected in the battlefield area in 1939 (more on this in the FAQ section below).
Additionally, Becky mentioned that the Alamo frequently appears as a vulnerable target on terrorist websites and that a major security overhaul is needed to help deter attacks from these organizations.
Economic payback on the project is expected in 6 to 10 years as there will be greater incentive for tourists and local residents alike to stay longer and visit the expanded landmark.
If you're interested, you can find out more about the project, as well as additional images and answers to frequently asked questions at the following website:
Reimagining The Alamo Paul Anderson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 04, 2018
Membership Chair David Jones presented us with different ways we can make-up a meeting.  Those options are listed below in David's well crafted slide:
Also, please remember - Board Meetings count as a make-up activity as well.
However, David did warn us that a gathering of two or three Rotarians at the bar does not constitute a make-up meeting!  Darn!!
A Primer in Meeting Make-ups Paul Anderson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 04, 2018
George Eychner pays homage to the Alamo to the tune of an old Texas favorite!
Song of the Day Paul Anderson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jan 23, 2018
Rick Assunto was ask to step in when the other guest speaker Catherine Mayfield , Rise Against Hunger had to postpone due to weather.
Rick is writing a book. This book is called They Shot my Horse but I Kept on Going.
Rick told of his days growing up in a tough neighborhood, Some of the things
he was involved in was jaw dropping. If you were not there I am sorry but you will
have to wait for the book. Or Movie?
Rick did a great job since he did not have any idea he was going to speak to the
Noon Rotary Club before he got there.
Great job Rick I am sure everyone there were on their seats the whole time as I was.
Rick Assunto Jimmy Hutto 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jan 23, 2018
Kristy opens the meeting with her usual flare.
Opening Bell Jimmy Hutto 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jan 23, 2018
The newest member joined our club last Wednesday. Kristy proposed Brandy Puckett as a new member
Brandy is the Executive Director at the River Point of Kerrville.
Robin introducing guest & making announcements
Newest Rotary Member Jimmy Hutto 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tricia Byrom on Jan 23, 2018

Due to inclement weather 15th thru 19th the decision was made to reschedule the Satellite Tuesday 16th meeting to next Tuesday, January 23rd. We wanted everyone to stay safe!


See you on the 23rd!

Satellite Club News Tricia Byrom 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jan 23, 2018
We still have tables available and we need to sell/buy raffle tickets.
Our main fund raiser for the year, SuperBall, is scheduled for the day before the Superbowl, February 3, 2018. Mark your calendar and plan to purchase tickets and act as a sponsor for this exciting event!
Please see a list of our generous sponsors, updated as of 1/8/2018, below:
NFL Commissioner Level
  • James Avery
Owners Suite Level
  • Kerr County Abstract & Title Co.
Most Valuable Player Level
  • Massey Itschner & Company, P.C.
  • KPUB
  • Nationwide/Hill Country Community Journal
  • Garrett Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Friendship Table
  • Guadalupe National Bank
  • Braun & Carter LLC
  • Ashley Furniture
  • Collum, Wofford & Associates - Ameriprise Financial
  • Community First National Bank
Season Ticket Holder Reserved Tables for 10 
  • Texas Hill Country Bank
  • Crenwelge Motors
  • Security State Bank & Trust
  • Wells Fargo
  • Centennial Bank
  • Caillioux Foundation
  • Additional Reserved Rotarian Tables x 2
Cheering Section
  • Rob and Rebecca Poindexter
  • Marta Diffen
  • Bill Tucker
  • Gerald Irion
See the flyer and sponsorship form below:
Super Ball Jimmy Hutto 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rebecca Poindexter on Jan 20, 2018


Please support our club's sponsorship of a new Habitat for Humanity house by joining us for a Work Day on Saturday, Janurary 23, 2018.   We will meet at the Habitat for Humanity office located at 129 Rankin Nix (at the corner of Rankin Nix and Meeker Road) at 8:00 a.m. and work until about 2:00 p.m.  It's fine if you can't commit to the full work day - any amount of time you can give is needed and appreciated!


Lunch, water, and supplies/equipment will be provided.  We recommend wearing closed-toe work shoes and bringing your own sunglasses/sunscreen/hat, etc.  It may also be helpful to bring work gloves since Habitat's supply is well-worn and large-sized.


You don't need any construction experience or special skills to be able to help.  Habitat staff will find a task that suits your abilities or instruct you in how to accomplish something new to you.  


Volunteers consistently express that contributing to this worthy cause is especially satisfying, so don't hesitate to give it a try!  Please call Rob or Rebecca Poindexter at 830-285-6980 if you plan on helping (and what hours you can be there), need more information, or even if you just need more encouragement to try!  






Rotary Habitat for Humanity Work Day Pics Rebecca Poindexter 2018-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson (with excerpts from Rotary website) on Jan 10, 2018
Carol Holmes - District Governor 2017-2018
Carol Holmes retired as Vice president of Texas National Bank, Tomball, Texas. She joined Tomball Rotary Club in 1992 and served as president from 2003-2004. Carol and her husband, Doug, moved to Mason, Texas in 2007. She joined Brady Rotary Club and served as president from 2011-2012.  In 2012, she was awarded “Club President of the Year” by District 5840.
Carol is a Paul Harris Society member, Bequest Society member, and multiple Paul Harris Fellows. She served as Assistant Governor for Brady and the three Fredericksburg clubs in 2014-2015 and served as a PETS Ranger in 2015. She has completed all three parts of Rotary Leadership Institute. She attended RYLA’s four-day conference in San Marcos as a chaperone in 2015. She and her husband served as Aides to the RI President’s Representative and her husband for the District Conference in 2015.
Carol is actively involved with a Rotary Foundation/World Vision global grant for 23 water wells to be drilled in Southeast Honduras. In addition, she is working with District 5840 and Texas Water Mission to produce a children’s manual to supplement the classes taught by the Honduran Health and Hygiene team at all the well site villages. Carol’s husband has been involved with the water well program in Honduras for several years and currently serves on the board of Texas Water Mission.
See a picture of Carol's children manual below:
District Governor Carol Holmes Paul Anderson (with excerpts from Rotary website) 2018-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Whinnery on Jan 08, 2018
PDG Doug Whinnery has been awarded The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service to The Rotary Foundation. Whinnery has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kerrville since 1992 and served as 2005-2006 District Governor for Rotary District 5840, which includes 58 clubs throughout central and south-central Texas.
The award was presented by District 5840 Governor Carol Holmes of Brady and Past District Governor Jerry Hardy of San Antonio, who will serve as District chair for The Rotary Foundation in 2018-19. In 2012, Whinnery received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, a prerequisite to the Distinguished Service Award.
The Distinguished Service Award, the Foundation’s highest service recognition for Rotarians, is given annually to only 50 Rotarians worldwide for work in support of The Rotary Foundation. Whinnery served twice as chair of the District 5840 Rotary Foundation Committee and in 2011 chaired a successful “Million Dollar Dinner” that raised $1.07 million to further the work of the Rotary Foundation. For the past 15 years, he has presented numerous training seminars on Rotary Foundation programs and fund-raising efforts for Rotary clubs and volunteer leaders throughout the district and state.
He served four years as coordinator for fund-raising efforts and educational outreach for The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus campaign with responsibility for 10 Rotary districts in Texas and Oklahoma. During his tenure in this position, he presented numerous seminars on Rotary’s polio eradication efforts to individual Rotary clubs and at state-wide training events including President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), Zone Institutes and Multi-District Training.
Since Rotary launched Polio Plus in 1985, Rotarians around the world have contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. When this effort began, more than 1000 children were paralyzed by polio every day; in 2017, there were only 20 cases of polio reported in the three countries where the virus is still present in the environment (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria).
Doug Whinnery - Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award Recipient Sue Whinnery 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jan 08, 2018
Bob Schmerbeck kicks off the meeting with prayer and the pledge. 
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jan 08, 2018
Congratulations to our Rotary Interact Clubs at Tivy HS and Peterson MS.  There are approximately 100 high school and middle school students in the two clubs.  They have been very busy helping with Polio Plus fundraising and other community events.  We hope to get them all involved in our Kerr County Food Drive which will be held in conjunction with the Rise Against Hunger event on Saturday, March 3rd!
Let's support the Rotary Habitat for Humanity Build on Saturday, January 20th.  Volunteers should report at 8am to the office located at 129 Rankin Nix.  Work will continue until about noon.  If you can help for a couple hours, please let Rob Poindexter know!!!  Hoping to get at least 10 folks out and building!
AND ... have you purchased your Rotary Raffle Ticket for the SuperBall?  This raffle will fund our service projects and scholarships for the upcoming year!  Tickets are $100 and give the winner a chance to win amazing prizes!  Bring your check book or cash to our meeting this Wed.  We are asking all members to either buy or sell 1-2 tickets to help us reach our goal.  We have a total of 600 to sell - so please help!
Lastly, tables for the 2018 SuperBall Tailgating Event are starting to fill up!  This is a fun event with a great outcome of raising funds for our club.  Contact Kim Clarkson if you are interested in purchasing a table!  If you want to purchase individual tickets - I am working on putting together some tables.  Let me know!   
Come one and all to the 14th Annual Cowboy Breakfast, which will take place on Friday, January 12, at the Hill Country Youth Event Center (3785 Highway 27), from 6am to 8am.  This is a FREE event and breakfast is served by our local 4-H and FFA students to kickoff the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show.  Come laugh at - I mean support - your fellow Rotarians as they partake in the "Almost Famous" Goat Milking Contest and the Cow Chip Toss!
Tomorrow's program (1/10/2018) is on the Dynamic Learning Institute!  We look forward to hearing from Jeff Anderson and others who will share information about upcoming learning opportunities!  What a great topic for the New Year!
Please consider planting a tree to support the goal of 170 new trees for this year. It is a Rotary goal to plant a tree to equal the number of Rotarians in our club. So, if you have a need at your home or business, or know of a church, school, park or other entity that  could use a tree, please contact President Kristy.  Total trees planted to date (as of 1/9/2018) = 148.  We're getting there, but we still have work to do!
Betty Vernon provided a picture of the new red oak planted at Peterson Plaza.  Very nice!

Dates to mark on your calendar now!!!

     1/13    Highway Trash Pick-Up - Coffee & Donuts & Fun

     1/24    Membership Drive - Invite a prospective member to lunch!

     2/3      SuperBall - Have you bought your tickets/table yet?

     3/3      Rise Against Hunger Event & Kerr Co Food Drive

Rotary News you can Use Paul Anderson 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Jan 08, 2018
George Eychner leads the group in "Auld Lang Syne," to kick off 2018 in style!
Auld Lang Syne Paul Anderson 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jan 08, 2018
Jacques Du Bose’s son is having surgery today. Please keep him in your prayers.
Stephanie is asking for prayers for her son Brennan. He has been in the hospital since December 26th.  He has a major infection in his right leg muscles. He is also a type one diabetic. She would greatly appreciate your prayers for Brennan, the Surgeons and medical team operating on him.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Denise LeMeilleur on Jan 08, 2018
Satellite Rotary Minutes          
December 19, 2017
On December 9th, Stephanie Skrumeda and all the Satellite Members helped work and coordinate a successful Blue Santa event.  In total, our club contributed $1,500 to this effort with a District matching grant of $1,500 for a total of $3K to purchase food for 49 families with 106 children! To many families, the gifts, food and clothing received through the Blue Santa program will relieve the stress of trying to provide gifts and “holiday magic” to their children. There were 15 Rotarians who helped with this effort and several family members who together volunteered over 27 hours. The event was again held at Ronnie Bock’s Kerrville RV and was coordinated by the Citizens Police Academy, Satellite Rotary Group and Kerrville Elks lodge. Kudos to Stephanie and all the Rotarians who came out to help.
The Satellite Club held their Dec. 19th meeting at the Kerrville State Hospital by sponsoring a Christmas party for patients of the hospital. They had special guests who attended including Santa Claus, our very own Jeff Talarico, and Chris Huber & Greg Bitkower who played and lead the group in Christmas carols.  Jacques Duhr once again showcased his culinary skills for the dinner and it must have been great because there were very few leftovers. Austin Clarkson came up with a Jingle Bell toss and the patients were all eager to participate. A prize was given to the winner of each of the three rounds. There were plenty of desserts and fun during the night. One patient gave us some one liner jokes and made everyone laugh, Santa even said he gets some of his best work from this patient! Gifts were distributed, and all the patients left with full tummy’s and a present in hand. Another example of “Service above Self”!
Satellite Rotary’s next meeting will be Jan. 16th at the Wells Fargo Bank Community Room
Satellite Club - December News Denise LeMeilleur 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 18, 2017
Thank you to all the Rotarians who singed up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Gibsons over the past several weeks.
Jimmy and Bekki Hutto
The Smithson family
Ringing the bell at Gibsons David Martin 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 18, 2017
Buckhorn Resort hosted our annual Christmas party. The dinner was great, and a good time was had by all.
Rotary Christmas Party David Martin 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 10, 2017
Several new Paul Harris fellows were honored at the meeting.
Lois Schlieiter, Jimmy Hutto (+2), Rosa Lavender (+2), Robin Miears (+3), Delmar Hiller (+1), John Forister (+2), Dave Rittenhouse (+3).
Paul Harris Fellows David Martin 2017-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 10, 2017
Past Kerrville Rotary Club president Kenneth Early presided over the annual meeting last Wednesday where the upcoming year slate of officers was presented and approved by the membership.
The officers and directors are:
Robin Miears            President
Charlie Mcllvain      Vice President
Crystal Dockery        Secretary
Gena Carter                Treasurer
Tammy Prout            Director
Jeff Wendling            Director
Janelle Peralt         Director
Chris Chedzoy           Director
Tim Crenwelge          Director
Ingrid Painter            Director
Slate of Officers approved David Martin 2017-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Dec 10, 2017
Prayers go out to our President Kristy, who had a hip replaced last week. We hope for a speedy rehab and recovery.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2017-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 10, 2017
Tivy High School's volleyball team joined us for the Wednesday meeting. They had a very successful year, winning several matches in the post season, and excelling in the classroom as well.
Tivy Girls Volleyball Team David Martin 2017-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 10, 2017
Members of the Schreiner University Choir provided the entertainment with Christmas songs at last Wednesday's meeting. Led by director Michael Kahl, the students sang a number of favorites, including We Three Kings, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Feliz Navidad, Rudolf and Jingle Bells.
Schreiner University Choir David Martin 2017-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Dec 05, 2017
Mark McDaniel, City Manager, introduces Cliff Kaplan, Program Manager for the Hill Country Alliance, who spoke to the group concerning the preservation of our night skies.
Cliff started his presentation by informing the club that four out of five people in this country have now lost their view of the Milky Way due to pervasive light pollution.  Light pollution is excessive and inappropriate artificial light. The four components of light pollution are often combined and overlapping:
  • Urban sky glow—the brightening of the night sky over inhabited areas.
  • Light trespass—light falling where it is not intended, wanted, or needed.
  • Glare— excessive brightness which causes visual discomfort. High levels of glare can decrease visibility.
  • Clutter—bright, confusing, and excessive groupings of light sources, commonly found in over-lit urban areas. The proliferation of clutter contributes to urban sky glow, trespass, and glare.
This map shows the varying degrees of light pollution we face here in the Texas Hill Country:
The adverse effects of light pollution extend beyond the study of our night skies. 
  • New research suggests that light at night may interfere with normal circadian rhythms—the 24-hour cycle of day and night that humans have used to maintain health and regulate their activities for thousands of years. Light pollution has also been linked to sleep disorders, cancer, and other health issues.
  • Wildlife, too, is harmed by the unnecessary brightening of the night. From newly hatched sea turtles to migrating birds, fish, frogs, salamanders, and lighting bugs, artificial night lighting disrupts the cycles of nocturnal creatures in potentially devastating ways. While research is still ongoing, it is becoming apparent that both bright days and dark nights are necessary to maintain healthy hormone production, cell function, and brain activity, as well as normal feeding, mating, and migratory behavior for many species.
  • Our eyes, when dark-adapted, have good natural capacity in low-light situations. But when nightscapes are over-lit, eyes never have a chance to become dark-adapted, and areas adjacent to brightly lit areas become impenetrable, reducing safety. Some communities have experienced a decrease in crime by reducing or eliminating nighttime lighting in appropriate areas. Over-lighting the night neither improves visibility nor increases nighttime safety, utility, security, or ambiance.
  • Light pollution wastes money and energy. Billions of dollars are spent on unnecessary lighting every year in the United States alone, with over $2.2 billion going directly into the nighttime sky via unshielded outdoor lights. The cost jumps to $3 billion (including $250M for Texas) when lost revenues from a decrease in tourism dollars are factored into the equation as well.  Astro Tourism is a rapidly growing industry in the Hill Country (families staying overnight typically spend 3/4 times more than they otherwise would on a day trip), and this is just one more reason we need to work to protect the integrity of our Hill Country skies.    
Practical actions we can take to reduce light pollution:
  • Use light only when and where it’s needed - Turn off lights when they are not needed and create a curfew for lights-out. Minimize interim light use with timers and motion detectors.
  • Use only as much light as needed. Over lighting reduces the eye’s ability to see outside of the lit area. In addition, excess light can produce glare, which also reduces visibility. Selecting the correct lamp wattage for your needs increases safety and reduces costs.
  • Shine lights down, not up. A well-designed fixture will direct the light where it’s needed most—at the ground. Select new fixtures that are fully shielded; retrofit or replace poor quality fixtures. For more information on selecting dark-sky friendly fixtures, refer to IDA’s Web site and the fixtures featured in the IDA Fixture Seal of Approval program.
  • Use efficient light sources for outdoor lighting around homes and businesses. Consider a compact fluorescent for good, energy efficient, economical lighting—a low-wattage lamp gives plenty of light for most properties and applications, and in a fully shielded fixture, it makes an excellent choice. When higher wattage lamps are necessary, be sure that they are fully shielded and energy efficient.
  • Learn the facts about light pollution - Learn how to recognize fixtures that are well-designed, dark sky friendly and efficient. IDA is the leading authority on the problems and solutions related to light pollution, and IDA’s Web site ( is a great educational resource.
  • See illustrations below for examples of recommended lighting: 
Other ways we can protect our Hill Country Skies:
  • Through Education
    • Star Parties (i.e. Texas Night Sky Festival)
    • Schools (i.e. Schreiner Observatory) & Scouts
    • Public presentations and conferences
  • Night Sky Friendly Business Recognition Programs
  • Resolutions & Ordinances
    • Seven County Resolutions Adopted
      • Bandera, Blanco, Burnet, Kerr, Kimble, Real, Uvalde
    • Twelve Other Outdoor Lighting Ordinances Adopted
      • Blanco, Boerne, Bulverde, Fredericksburg, Llano, Mason, Horseshoe Bay, Johnson City, Kyle, Wimberley, Westlake Hills, San Antonio
  • Donate
    • Established in 1988, the International Dark-Sky Association is an educational, environmental 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting. With over thousands of members in more than 70 countries, IDA relies on contributions from concerned citizens like you who become members, donate, or make us a part of their planned giving portfolios.
Next Steps for the Kerrville Community:
  •  Deeper Dive & Action Planning Meeting
    • Thursday, January 11th, 7pm at the Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St.
  • Develop Partnerships
    • Schreiner, Chamber of Commerce, City of Kerrville, KPUB, KISD, Retailers, Builders
Let's come together and protect our night skies!!
Protecting the Hill Country Skies Paul Anderson 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Before Meeting Started Jimmy Hutto 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 23, 2017
Robin Miears            President
Charlie Mcllvain      Vice President
Crystal Dockery        Secretary
Gena Carter                Treasurer
Tammy Prout            Director
Jeff Windling            Director
Jennelle Peralt         Director
Chris Chedzoy           Director
Tim Crenwelge          Director
Proposed Slate of Officers  Jimmy Hutto 2017-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
Capitan Beth Swyeres Presents Salvation Army Jimmy Hutto 2017-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 22, 2017
Charlie Heuber President of Kiwanis Club of Kerrville opens the meeting and leads us in song.
Captain Beth Swyers lead us in Prayer

 Pledge of Allegiance
Kristi introduces the President of Morning Rotary Club Lew McCoy.
Opening the Meeting Jimmy Hutto 2017-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Nov 22, 2017
Do not forget that today's pre-Thanksgiving luncheon meeting will be at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive.
Start time is set for 11:45 a.m. for this Nov. 22 meeting, which will be a combined gathering between members of the Rotary Club of Kerrville and members of the Kerrville Kiwanis Club. According to President Kristy Vandenberg, Rotarians will also be joined by some members of the Kerrville Host Lions Club and the Morning Rotary Club members.
"It'll be a whole group of people in Kerrville who believe in service to this community," Kristy said.
Reservations were asked for in advance, because "it is very tough to plan how many people to make lunch for if I don't know how many people will actually sign up," Kristy told our group last week, and urged them to sign up either by way of the online portal or by way of sign-up sheets that were distributed among the tables.
The featured speaker today will be Captain Beth Swyre, who will be assisted by her husband, David. They will talk about the work The Salvation Army does and how local residents can assist.
"We have much to be thankful for. Hope to see you at the meeting," Kristy said.
Today's meeting! Lisa Walter 2017-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Nov 15, 2017
Guest speaker for the Nov. 15 was Anne Krause.
A resident of San Antonio for 14 years now, she serves as president and executive director of the Hemisfair Conservancy and has done so since its inception. 
Krause received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, as well as a Master of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
She began her career as an Air Force officer.
While serving her country, she flew jets, deployed to Cuba and served as the executive officer of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team.
When she transitioned to the civilian world, she has served in leadership roles in a number of nonprofits and is passionate about arts and education in her community.
On top of everything else she's accomplished, she and her husband are the parents of four children.

“Thank you so much for that warm welcome. I really do enjoy speaking to Rotary groups, because we do have that shared alignment with service. And, I think that’s really kind of the theme of my professional life. People ask me, 'How did you go from flying jets to raising money for various agencies?’ And the truth is, when I left the military in 1999 to have more time with my family, something was missing and I didn’t realize what it was exactly. I did feel that call to service."

"And, when I got involved in nonprofits, I was just looking to be a volunteer to fill my day and meet people. But, when people find out you were a military officer, you end up as president of everything — whether you meant to or not. And I learned so many tools of the trade from people along the way," Krause said.

She went on to recognize all the veterans in the room and said she wished they had a nice Veterans Day, and then thanked them for their service.



Krause went to pilot training in Lubbock, Texas.

Krause gave a brief history of her time with the Thunderbirds. Congress did not rescind the combat exclusion rule until 1995, so there was no way she was going to be put in a fighter.

But the "neat thing is I did like to go fast and light my hair on fire," she said, so they let her be an instructor pilot and she got to learn to fly the T38, which was "a lot of fun."

It was a "wild ride" and definitely a young person's game, she said.

She was the only female officer for the team. Her job was to be the acting commander when the team was on the road. She was in charge of the budget, of human relations and hiring and all that type of stuff. But, sometimes they needed a female officer to travel with the team, and so she learned a lot about public relations from that experience. "I had the privilege of representing the women in the Department of Defense in that position," she said.

She wasn't the first female officer on the team, but she was definitely one of the first female officers on the team.
"I really was proud of the day that they did hire the first female pilot, because she was exceptionally qualified and reflected well on the rest of us," she said. "That legacy continues today and I am really proud to be a part of the Thunderbirds alumni."
Now, she runs the philanthropic arm of the Transformational Hemisfair Redevelopment Project in downtown San Antonio. She polled those who went to the World's Fair in 1968. She asked if anyone had a memory of that fair they'd like to share. "I love hearing people's stories. It's really neat," she said.
While the World's Fair wasn't a huge financial success, what it did do was bring more than 6 million people to San Antonio from April and October of 1968.
"It really put San Antonio on the map as a travel destination," she said. "And I think San Antonio has done an amazing job of catering to tourists ever since then."
Part of the reason this redevelopment is underway is because the locals want it to be more "for us." "We want our neighbors in Kerrville and surrounding areas — this is a place for YOU to come. And, yeah, the savvy tourists are going to hear about it, but all the design and the programming are for South Texans."
"This is really OUR park. It is excited to see it redeveloped," she said. It fell into neglect. Now, "we believe great cities have great downtowns and great downtowns have great urban spaces."
"What we're going for now is a 36-acre development in the heart of San Antonio" -- 19 acres of which will be green space and 17 acres of which will be developable park.
The first of the 3 parks installed opened in October 2015 and "I'm pleased to tell you that we've had 1 million, 100 thousands visitors since we opened," she said. Of those, 85 percent of visitors are locals.
Transforming it from more of a park to a "district."
The second park is going to be the flagship — the Civic Park. 
The third park will be called "Tower Park" at the base of the iconic structure, the tower that was built for the World's Fair of 1968.
Krause continued on with details in how they involve the public — families and children — in the redevelopment process. They have more than 600 events on the calendar for 2017 and 95 percent of them are free to the public, made possible through partnerships with nonprofits and other organizations in San Antonio.
Thunderbirds, Hemisfair and more Lisa Walter 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Nov 15, 2017
After lunch was well underway, Rotary President Kristy Vandenberg rang the bell to officially start our Nov. 15 meeting.
She called on Stockton Williams to perform a POD (Prayer On Demand.) Having just returned from Uganda, he spoke of the lag in translation and how it complicated his communications and preaching.
After a few chuckles, he then led our group in the following prayer:


“Heavenly Father, we thank you for this beautiful day. We thank you for the blessing of living in the Texas Hill Country. It's just the best part of the best state in the best country. We thank you for Rotary and what it means to all of us — 'Service Above Self.' We thank you for this Rotary Club here in Kerrville. We thank you for this food. In Jesus' name, Amen.”



Following the prayer, Rotary members joined in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.



After that, George Eychner — our bandmaster — announced the members observing birthdays in November and we collectively sang 

"Happy Birthday" to those members standing around the room.


Taking the podium next was Charlie McIlvain, who introduced visiting Rotarians, our Rotary exchange student, Javi, and Rotary members, who in turn introduced their guests for the luncheon at the Inn of the  Hills.

Of course, Charlie had to impart with us another joke. "We've probably all been in airports with flight delays from time to time. And now they have determined there is a new disease related to all that ... it's called 'terminal illness.'"






Greetings and Giving Thanks Lisa Walter 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 12, 2017
Rotary Satellite-Minutes             September 19, 2017


Call To Order/Welcome Tricia
Invocation                         Denise LeMeilleur                                           PLEDGE Tricia Byrom
Introductions    -              Guests-Cynthia McNeely, Kristi Vandenberg (Noon Rotary)
Guests – Pete Calderon and Donna Winstead (pending members) Guest- Rusty Heirholzer


Program- Rusty Heirholzer
Sheriff Hierholzer, "Rusty" to many in the community that know him, is a native Texan that took residence in Kerr County in 1975. He is married with 3 daughters, 1 son. And is a proud grandfather. Sheriff Hierholzer has over 32 years with the Kerr County Sheriff's Department. During his period in law enforcement he has worked as the Criminal Investigator with the 198th District Attorney's Office. During his career with the department over the years he has worked with many sheriffs and in doing so he has served as a Patrol Deputy, Jail Administrator, Instructor, and Chief Criminal Investigator. In April of 2000 he became the Sheriff of Kerr County.
Kerr County Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer shared with Rotary his department currently houses between 85 to 90 inmates in Burnet County, Hierholzer said, “the daily rate for contract prisoners is presently $35 per day with an interlocal agreement between Kerr and Burnet counties. Additionally, the Kerr County Sheriff’s department houses approximately 50 plus prisoners in Bell County, including female inmates.” Hierholzer stated having prisoners in both counties makes for a lot if mileage and keeps employees busy. Sometimes they have two vehicles with prisoners going in two different directions and sometimes more than once a day. His department will transport prisoners for court and then have to take them back. Prisoners can only be held for less than 24 hours and then need to be taken back. He is looking forward to Dec. 22, the projected completion date for the jail expansion project.
When asked about the largest problem in Kerr County outside of the jail housing issue, Hierholzer replied simply “Drugs”. He explained that with the legalization of marijuana in many states, it has changed the type of drug influx coming across the border. It’s no longer simply marijuana. It’s the hard stuff, crystal meth, cocaine, and even a recent spike in PCP and Heroin. Prescription drugs abuse continues to be on the rise, as it is nationwide.
In closing, Mr. Hierholzer indicated he would not be running for re-election this next election cycle. He said he would miss working with his talented crew and the wonderful people of Kerr County but alas, his time has come to slip quietly into retirement.


Club Business
  • Upcoming – Pints for Polio (October)
  • Signups for Prayer/Invocation and Refreshments for the year.
October  Meetings          10/17/2017 Regular satellite meeting
10/19/2017 Pints for Polio
10/25/2017 Noon Rotary Halloween lunch
Closing - Four Way – Tricia Byrom
Satellite Club - September News David Martin 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
George leasds us in Song Jimmy Hutto 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 07, 2017
 Kristy opens the meeting
  Charlie introduces guest & visitors
Opening Bell Jimmy Hutto 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Nov 07, 2017
Prayers for Sue Whinnery she broke her foot when she lost her balance.
She is in a boot and will be consulting her orthopedic surgeon.
  Kudos for Crystal Dockery for the amazing job she does with the Hunt School. Rotary
passed out dictionaries to 27 third grade students.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 07, 2017
 David Reast introduced out guest speaker.
   Bill Raleigh is Schreiner University’s Director of Athletics. Bill explained the differences between the different divisions of the NCAA. Division I gets most the money for scholarships. Division II gets a small portion, Division III gets nothing for sports. For most folks this was a very enlightened program.
Bill Raleigh AD Schreiner University Jimmy Hutto 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 25, 2017
Our next Habitat for Humanity Work Day is November 4, 2017 (this Saturday).
  • We will meet at the Habitat for Humanity office located at 129 Rankin Nix (at the corner of Rankin Nix and Meeker Road) at 8:00 a.m. and work until about 2:00 p.m.  It's fine if you can't commit to the full work day - any amount of time you can give is needed and appreciated!
  • Lunch, water, and supplies/equipment will be provided.  We recommend wearing closed-toe work shoes and bringing your own sunglasses/sunscreen/hat, etc.  It may also be helpful to bring work gloves since Habitat's supply is well-worn and large-sized.
  • You don't need any construction experience or special skills to be able to help.  Habitat staff will find a task that suits your abilities or instruct you in how to accomplish something new to you.  
  • Volunteers consistently express that contributing to this worthy cause is especially satisfying, so don't hesitate to give it a try!  Please let Rob Poindexter (830-285-6980) know if you plan on helping (and what hours you can be there), or call even if you jut need more information or encouragement.
Next week's meeting 11/8 will be our Veteran's Day Salute!  Thanks to Tom Terrell for coordinating the speakers!  He has asked that all Veteran's wear their uniforms, caps and medals!  What a great time to thank our own members for their service!
Our Wednesday meeting before Thanksgiving will be Captains David and Beth Swyre.  Plan on attending this combined meeting with Kiwanis at the Salvation Army KROC!
SuperBall is our big fund raiser for the year, and it is scheduled for February 3, 2018, the Saturday night before the Superbowl. Put it on your calendar, and please support this great event that is all  about helping out our community.
Host a Rotary Exchange Student - Javy still needs a host family for the middle third of the year!
Rotary News you can Use Paul Anderson 2017-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin
Our exchange student Javier provided the program at Last Wednesday's meeting. Javier is from Zaragoza, Spain, and is enjoying his time in Kerrville. He is currently running cross country at Tivy, and has earned medals at several events. He has been busy learning about life in the states and has enjoyed going to the Tivy football games and other activities with his new friends.
Javier comes from a large extended family, and loves to travel, having previously visited New York, Washington D.C. and Disney World.  He would love to experience more of Texas and the states, so if any Rotarians would like to take him hunting, fishing, skiing or similar exciting activities, please volunteer to do so.
Thank you to Chris Chedzoy and his family for being the current host family. Our club is looking for another host family for Javi for the next three to four months, so if you are interested and are able to be a host, please contact Janelle Peralt.
Javi enjoys kayaking on the Guadalupe River.
Exchange Student Javier Ferreras David Martin 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Oct 15, 2017
Rotarian Rosa Lavender introduced two former exchange students that were visiting Kerrville. Karyn Johnson is from New Zealand, and was here in 1982. Stefan Richman was from Germany, and is now living in New York city. He was an exchange student in 1988. It's great to see that these former students were impacted thirty years ago by Rotary and the exchange student program, and still keep up with their host families. Thank you to Rosa and the other host families for making that happen.
Former exchange students visit David Martin 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Burning Old Records Jimmy Hutto 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 10, 2017
Mark Tuschak delivers the Invocation
Mark is Vice President of Advancement at Schreiner University
Invocation Jimmy Hutto 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 10, 2017
Before meeting started
 serving line one end. Lunch was soup or chili served with a salad and baked potato.
Serving Line at HCCF Jimmy Hutto 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 02, 2017
Speaker Theresa Jones addressed the club last week about the unfortunate reality of human trafficking.  Below are excerpts from Theresa's presentation that help define, explain, and address this awful activity.
Human Trafficking Defined
The Trafficking in Persons Report defines human trafficking as the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
  • An estimated 45.8 million people are enslaved by human trafficking
  • More than 1.2 million children are trafficked for sex
  • Modern day slavery prevalent in 167 countries
  • Generates approximately $150 billion in illegal revenues annually
Types of Human Trafficking
Forced Labor - a person is forced to work with little or no pay
  • Examples include sweatshops, agricultural labor, factories, hospitality/restaurant industry, construction, and nail salons.
Bonded Labor - known as debt bondage, traffickers or "recruiters" unlawfully exploit a debt the worker owes, forcing them to pay off an inflated debt beyond what is humanly possibly to pay.
Involuntary Domestic Servitude - a person is forced to work in the same location with little or no pay.
  • Traffickers recruit victims through fraudulent advertisements that promise legitimate jobs as housekeepers, cleaners or other forms of domestic labor.
Sex Trafficking - when a person is coerced, forced, or deceived into prostitution or maintained in prostitution through coercion, fraud, or deceit.
  • Commercial sex trade can include street prostitution, massage parlors, escort services, strip clubs, and brothels.
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children - as many as two million children are subjected to prostitution in the global sex trade.  A child under 18 is a minor and is automatically considered a victim of sex trafficking in any of the above scenarios.
Child Soldiers - The unlawful recruitment or abduction and use of children as combatants, porters, cooks, guards, servants, messengers, spies or for sexual exploitation by armed forces.
Local Impact
  • An estimated 14,500-17,500 number of people are trafficked into the United States each year - 50% are children (US Dept. of HHS). 
  • An estimated 300,000 children are at risk of being trafficked in the U.S. alone (US Dept. of Justice). 
  • Additionally, almost 4% of the world's slave population are in the Americas (Global Slavery Index).
    • Slavery is actually at a historical high.  Slaves are now considered cheaper, more disposable, and sadly, more profitable than in any time in human history.
  • Runaways, orphans, children in foster care, minorities and "impoverished people" are considered at the highest risk for victimization.
    • A child will be approached by traffickers within 48 hours of running away.
    • Average age of a trafficked victim is 13-14 years old.
    • Some members in the foster care community actually feed into and profit from this heinous activity.
What Can We Do?
We can combat this criminal activity in the following manner:
  • Awareness - create awareness through the use of conversation, social and print media, pictures and any other form of communication.
  • Education - educate through schools and communities - children are at a particularly high risk of victimization.
  • Safety Skills - teach safe words victims can use if in an abusive relationship or trafficking situation.  Also, self defense education, including recognizing warning signs, is incredibly important
  • Community Development - combat locally through community education, job creation, vocational skills training, micro-financing, and through the creation of family well-being initiatives.
  • Involvement - Align yourself with one of the following Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations, or better yet, create one yourself!
    • Anti-Slavery International
    • Polaris Project
    • International Justice Mission
    • Free the Slaves
    • A21
    • End It
    • Global Alliance Against Trafficking
    • Not for Sale
    • Stop the Traffik  
We must ALL participate in combating this heinous crime.  Theresa Jones mentioned that "We must teach our children the importance of treating all humans as a deserving population, not a disposable one.  We need to teach our children how to respect each other and themselves."  Additionally, she requested that we keep victims of human trafficking, those that are at most at risk for victimization, and those individuals and organizations currently working to combat this criminal activity in our prayers.
Theresa Jones - Human Trafficking Paul Anderson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 02, 2017
We welcome our newest member of the club, Marta Diffen, who serves as the Director of Development for Schreiner University.
New Member Paul Anderson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 02, 2017
Remember that our meeting today is in the Callioux Ballroom at Schreiner University for the Hill Country College Fund Kick-Off Luncheon!
Plant a Tree!! Our club's goal is to plant 170 trees this year, so contact Kristy Vandenberg if you have a need for a tree in your yard at home, office, or elsewhere.
Halloween will be here before you know it, and Crystal and the fellowship committee encourage you to wear a costume for the meeting on Wednesday, October 25th. Treats are certain to be available.
Our local Interact Club is hard at work.  The club now boasts over 70 members, and 20 participated at our recent Labor Day Walkathon and 8 took part in our club's latest Habitat for Humanity project.  The Interact Club also raised $330 during their recent fundraising efforts.  Good job guys!!
Rotary News you can Use Paul Anderson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin and Paul Anderson on Oct 02, 2017
The Pints for Polio event is set for Thursday October 19th, 6-9 p.m. This annual event raises money for the polio eradication campaign. Due to efforts by Rotary International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many others, the number of new polio cases worldwide has dropped from nearly 400,000 per year in the late 1980’s to less than 100 last year.
This year, there will be four locations where you can have your favorite brew and donate to eradicate polio:  Pint and Plow, Azul’s, Grape Juice, and Wilson’s Ice House.
A $25 wrist band at the door will get you two drinks at one of the four participating locations.  Sponsorships at levels of $100, $250, $500, and $1,000 are also available.  Interested sponsors and other donors can make checks out to the "Rotary Club of Kerrville Community Service Fund," a qualifying charitable organization. 
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George Eychner kicks things off with patriotic song!
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Posted by David Martin on Sep 24, 2017
Sue Whinnery led us in the prayer and pledge.
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Posted by David Martin on Sep 24, 2017
Jeff Talarico and Lamar Smith
Lamar Smith and Ed Hamilton
The Rotary Foundation funds projects worldwide including polio eradication, education, and clean drinking water. The Paul Harris fellowship recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
  Two Paul Harris Fellowships were presented at the meeting last Wednesday. Past Kerrville Rotary President Jeff Talarico’s contribution to the Foundation honored Lamar Smith as a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship. Rotarian Ed Hamilton provided a Paul Harris Fellowship to honor Donald Trump, and Lamar Smith will present the award to the president in the coming months.
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Posted by Lisa on Sep 19, 2017

Greetings to All!

Kristy Vandenberg opened the meeting with the bell, then led the Rotary Club of Kerrville in a beautiful invocation which kept in our thoughts those families recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
She then welcomed club members to join her in reciting
the Pledge of Allegiance.
After that, stepping into the figurative spotlight was
George Eychner, who almost always leads us in song.
For the Sept. 13 program, he had cleverly rewritten lyrics (as he sometimes does) -- this time to the tune of "America, the Beautiful" -- in what he said was an effort to "kiss up" to our state representative, Rep. Andrew Murr, who was a guest of honor and our speaker.
His little tune went something like this...
Kerrville, the Hill Country,
our piece of par-a-dise,
of thee we sing.
Our state rep An-drew Murr
works hard to keep it pure,
we're grateful Lord for liv-ing,
here in this great land.
It was a rousing success!
Robin Miears then introduced visiting Rotarians for the
day's luncheon, including Rep. Murr, who was a visiting
Rotarian from the Junction club.
She also introduced members with guests in attendance
at the gathering at the Inn of the Hills.
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— Rep. Andrew Murr —
Sept. 13, 2017
Rep. Andrew Murr, of Junction, joined the Rotary Club of Kerrville for a guest talk on
Sept. 13 at the Inn of the Hills.
There are 150 members in the Texas House. If you'll look here, our district- they all have the same population - about 170,000 people.
Well, it takes us 12 counties to get to that.
Our district is in red in the following map.
We have about 15,000 square miles
— our district is larger than 9 states.
"The benefit is, I want to put something into perspective for you when we talk policy," Murr said.
"So, I sat down with a colleague one day and we counted the 15 most
populous counties in the state," Murr said. 
"In the 15 most populous counties in the state,
100 of the 150 House members reside and represent."
"So, what that leaves is 239 counties represented
by one-third of the Texas House."
"I guess what I'm trying to say is that there's actually a growing divide between urban and rural, and we have to keep cognizant of that whenever we are talking about politics and policy and what's best for one part of the state doesn't necessarily measure up to what's best for where we live. In doing that, I always strive to build strong relationships. Just as what you do here in the community. You want to get to know your neighbors — the people you do business with and the people you associate with."
He explained that he uses those relationships to form open communications with representatives from other districts, in order to look out
for the interests of the Hill Country.
"I give that, because it applies in Rotary, it applies
in our business and it applies in Austin."
The Texas Legislature meets 140 days every 2 years.
From January to the end of May was
the recent session. 
They also had a special session, which only the governor can call. He also decides when the 30-day special session will be and
what business will be discussed.
One of the items of focus the governor
emphasized was property taxes.
"You all will agree, for the most part, that property taxes play a very important role in what we do,"
Murr said. 
In Texas, when you get billed for property taxes next month, you will see that the majority of the Texans in the state pay more toward
supporting public education than anything else.
Then, we also pay our county taxes, our city taxes. And, then you have
special purpose districts, which vary across the state.
"I wanted you to put that into perspective
in how that works," Murr said.
"In the Texas Constitution, the state is prohibited from collecting property taxes. It's only done at the local level, and that's very important to keep in mind. So, when someone says 'Hey, State of Texas, can you do something about my property taxes?' the answer is 'Well, indirectly, because directly it is all collected at the local level."
"But, there's one thing in the Texas Constitution,
and that is how we pay schools," Murr said.
In Kerr County, on average,
of every $1 that gets collected, 56 cents
goes to schools.
"We're kind of mad, because we pay taxes, and if you live in some school districts, your money goes somewhere else. At the same time, your school district — rightly so — complains, sometimes, they don't have enough funds to do certain things. That's where we start talking about what the state can do."
There was talk about a rollback tax rate.
The Texas Legislature talked about reducing
the percentage before a county has to face a rollback.
"It doesn't put any of this back in your pocket, and that's where a lot of people get frustrated. They were labeling it 'property tax relief.' Now, I will ask a lot of you what you think relief is. Is relief giving you some of this (money) to put back in your pocket? That's what most people I talk to think. But, changing the rollback tax rate doesn't change the pile of money on the table.
What it does do is it changes the way local government
goes about budgeting itself," Murr continued.
"At the end of the day, the House and Senate did not
agree on language, so no change has occurred yet.
I know it'll be addressed in the future."
"When we study the pie chart, it is so obvious that, at the local level, we're paying a lot of money toward schools. Let's talk about school funding for a moment, because that's where I thought maybe we ought to give the attention. The State of Texas and the Constitution provides that the state will pay for a free and public education for our youth. That's the one area that the State of Texas could step up and do something."
In 1994, in the last big revamp of public education, that's when Texas started "Robinhood." Initially, the state paid about half and the local government taxes paid about half toward public education.
"If you advance forward almost a quarter of a century, you can see that the state pays less of its share and WE — everybody in this room —are now
paying a greater share, and that's going to continue," Murr said.
With public frustrations mounting in regard to funding education and property taxes, Murr said he decided to file a bill that proposed abolishing the property taxes collected for school districts, and, offset that by increasing sales taxes statewide to 12%.
"I fully anticipate that, after the hours of testimony we had in hearings, that this will be revisited."
"I can tell you that there is no advocacy for having a state income tax. The Constitution prohibits, just like a state property tax, and you'll never have traction to change that — at least not while all of us are alive."
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Rep. Andrew Murr and his guest, Verna Benham
Rep. Murr invited Mrs. Joe (Verna) Benham to
the podium for a special presentation.
"In recognition for a unique and important individual in all of our lives ... I know that every time I attended Rotary here, I had the opportunity to visit with him before, during and after with your husband (Joe Benham). So, what I'm presenting you with is a resolution passed by the Texas House of Representatives in honor of an admired citizen with a unique historical background. I enjoyed many moments of talking about the enormous things that he had to do and enjoyed doing in life and, with that, I had delayed getting this to you until I could deliver it in person, and I can think of no better place than to do it here
at Rotary Club."
"And, honestly folks, that's the highlight of my presentation."
Recognizing Joe Benham, and Verna Lisa 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
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David Jones introduced the guest speaker,
Rep. Andrew Murr.
He first gave kudos to George as being "amazing" for his song lyrics, before adding a quick quip that "Murr" rhymes with "poor" and George could have used that!
He then moved on to the task at hand,
saying that introducing Andy Murr is an easy task.
 "Andy's standard-issue Aggie," Jones said.
He quoted President Lyndon Johnson, who once said
you're really not a politician until you've run for a
county election in a small county in Texas.
Rep. Murr is the former county judge of Kimble County.
He serves us well in our State Legislature, Jones said,
before turning over the microphone
to our visiting representative from the Texas House.
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Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Sep 12, 2017
 Rosa ask for donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey
 Rosa Lavender's contact info
 Home Phone 830-792-4880
 Cell Phone     830-459-1380
 Please contact by Wednesday Sept 13th in order to make arrangements to pick
up any donated items.
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Posted by Paul Anderson
Justin Moore of Airborne Aerial Photography addressed the club about the new frontier of drone flight and photography.
Since 1999, Justin Moore has been photographing landscapes, nature and human beings as a professional photographer for Moore Photography & Design.  In 2001, his passion for flying became a reality when he earned his Private Pilot certificate. He later earned an Instrument Rating and combined his passions as a freelance photographer for General Aviation News.
In late 2014, Justin was introduced to UAS (Un-manned Aerial Systems) - known commonly to the public as "drones", when he purchased a DJI Phantom FC40 - a small, multi-rotor "drone" with an attached camera.  Needless to say, he was hooked. Drones combined Justin's two passions - flying and photography.  He used his drones to capture low-altitude imagery to promote conservation, parks and communities by donating his time and equipment to promote public awareness of drones and to demonstrate their many positive benefits.
In 2016, Justin officially launched Airborne Aerial Photography - a FAA approved aerial photography division of Moore Photography & Design.  Justin is a certificated Remote Pilot operating under the FAA's new "Part 107" regulations.
In 2017, Justin became the nation's first Certified Drone Photographer after helping to pilot a new aerial photography certification program with the Professional Photographer's Association of America (PPA).  The Certified Drone Photographer program is an intensive program that measures technical competence and aerial photography proficiency.
Justin emphasized the safety benefits of unmanned flight to conduct tasks that are otherwise very risky.  Some of his examples included wildlife management flights, airborne photography (such as filming great white sharks at a close distance), and search and rescue. 
He predicted that drones will be used in search and rescue efforts related to Hurricane Harvey due to their ability to safely travel where other manned aircraft cannot.  Drones can be equipped with thermal cameras to help locate trapped survivors, like those trapped in attics in flooded areas devastated by Harvey.  Drone usage is coordinated by an "Incident Commander" (appointed by the FAA) in such disaster situations.
Like manned aircraft flight, drone flight is also subject to it's own set of regulations.  Some regulations of note include the need for proper licensure (Remote Pilot Certificate or special Section 333 Exemption), the necessity to maintain a line of sight with your aircraft (unless a waiver is granted in special circumstances), flight up to a maximum altitude of 400ft., the need for a permit to uses drones for any reason in our state parks, and the complete prohibition of flight in our National Parks (do in part to the irresponsible use of a drone that ended up on the lawn of the White House!).  It is also unlawful to use a drone for surveillance purposes. 
Drones come in multiple shapes and sizes, but many can be purchased on Amazon, just like anything else you can buy online these days!  An example, like the model Justin brought to the presentation, is a Spark Quadcopter that usually starts at around $500.  See below:
For those that are interested, please check out Justin's website at to learn more about Justin, his business, and the emerging industry of drone photography.  He has incredible photographs in the "portfolio" section of his website for your viewing pleasure like the sample from the San Antonio Botanical Gardens below:
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Posted by Paul Anderson
Betty Vernon led us in the prayer and pledge.
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Posted by Paul Anderson
Our club is committed to planting 170 trees in the coming year, so if you have a need for a tree in your yard or office, or know of a place that would benefit from planting trees, please let Kristy know.  If you are a KPUB customer, you may be able to get a $25 rebate per tree!  We are planning on planting trees in late October/early November, so don't delay!!
Rotary polo shirts were given out (free!) at the last two meetings.  If you didn't get one, there are still some available.
Wear your pin and win some wine!
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Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 30, 2017
Courtney Compton of our Satellite Club is dealing with the recent passing of both her grandmother and her husband's aunt. 
Larry Freeman's brother Dick also recently passed.
Please keep Courtney, Larry and those affected by Hurricane Harvey in your prayers.
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Posted by Douglas R. Whinnery on Aug 29, 2017

As announced at today's meeting the club's constitution and bylaws have been updated in accordance with actions taken at the 2016 Council on Legislation. Your Board of Directors have reviewed and approved the updates as presented. The revised documents were emailed out on 8/23/2017 for your review.


The next step in the process is a vote by the club members to approve the process. In accordance with the governance documents, club members have to have at least 10 days to review the proposed changes. Based on the 8/23 document distribution, President Kristy has set September 6th as the day we vote to approve the documents.


Please review the documents. If you have questions about the documents please contact either me, Walt Koenig, Gena Carter, or President Kristy.


Yours in Rotary service,


PDG Doug Whinnery

Chair, Governance Committee

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Posted by Lisa Walter on Aug 23, 2017


 Rotary Satellite-Minutes July 18, 2017 

Call to Order/Welcome Tricia 

Invocation — Pete Calderon (Guest) PLEDGE — Tricia Byrom 

Introductions - Guests: Cynthia McNeely, Caroline Wilson-Club Admin, Kim Clarkson (Noon Rotary) 

Guest: Otto Segner, invited by Katie Muehlstein 

Guest: Pete Calderon, invited by Leann Fitzpatrick 

Guest: Eddie Byrom, invited by Tricia Byrom 

Guest-Kayla Avirett, invited by Courtney Compton 

Program  featured Dr. Mark Foust, superintendent of the Kerrville Independent School District

Dr. Mark Foust, superintendent of KISD schools presented to the Satellite Rotary a PowerPoint presentation of his vision and objectives for KISD. Prior to coming to Kerrville, he served on the Executive leadership team at Fort Bend ISD where he has spent the last 21 years of his career as an educator. While there he was a coach, teacher and Assistant Superintendent. He also served as a principal of Dulles High School prior to being called to Kerrville. Part of who he is was clearly exhibited with his “Why”, referring to why he became an educator. He stated an English teacher inspired him and he became involved in FCA in high school; he felt it was his mission or “calling” to give back. His core belief is we all make a difference and we are here to serve every student wherever they are. “Serve Kids & Change Lives” is his mission. One core example of this is in his statement; “Our job as educators is to inspire kids to learn.” As we teach and educate we must begin with the end in mind, graduation. He said the best is yet to be and feels like one of the schools’ best resources is the staff. This was evidenced by KISD being awarded educational excellence. In listening to him he talked about the school district and the students, some topics he mentioned were, career readiness, core skills, strong education system and the school district being the bedrock of the community. We are all lifelong learners and we, as educators, need to put the Kids #1. We need to also understand safety throughout our system needs to come first. He would like to see KISD collaborate with local community college to offer medical and technical skills. He quoted Ben Franklin, “An empty bag can’t stand upright” and he also stated his first impression, “Folks, we have a lot of hats here,” when he was talking about needs of the students and KISD’s role in the community. 

Looking to the future he said the KISD Vision, Mission and Goals haven’t been updated or reviewed and as a rule every 3-5 years these need to be updated and refreshed to be relevant for today’s student. He was excited to talk about the collaboration with KPSF and they’re being a recipient of the Kerrville Chalk Festival. Overall, he was excited about the Vision statement of KISD and felt like as a school district we were on point. 

KISD VISION STATEMENT: The purpose of the Kerrville Independent School District is to educate all students to be successful and productive citizens in a way that meets parent and community expectations through continual improvement in curriculum and instruction, a safe and orderly learning environment, sound fiscal management, and leadership dedicated to excellence. 

Club Business 

  • Induction of new Satellite Member: Mike Thornton 
  • Labor Day Picnic and Walk of Fun: Volunteers needed! 


On Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 2-hour shifts. 

  • Attendance requirements and Satellite meeting schedule. All members must attend at least 50% of meetings. Schedule gives plenty of opportunities to attend, in addition to makeup meetings, committee meetings and online. 
  • Reminder to bring hygiene bags 
  • Signups for prayer/invocation and refreshments for the year. 


September Meetings

09/04/2017 — Labor Day Picnic and Walkafun 

09/19/2017 — Regular Satellite Meeting, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Closing - Four Way

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Posted by Lisa Walter on Aug 23, 2017
Rotary Labor Day Picnic & Walkafun

Looking for something fun to do on Labor Day? The Rotary Club of Kerrville is planning its inaugural Labor Day Picnic and WalkaFun — free of charge — at Louise Hays Park.

“We really don’t have scheduled Labor Day activities in our community and I thought, as a service organization, this was something we could do to give back and promote fellowship. What better place to do it than in our beautiful city park and along the banks of the Guadalupe River,” said Kristy Vandenberg, Rotary Club president., who came up with the idea for the event. 

The family friendly festivities will kick off at 9 a.m.. The picnic lunch of free hot dogs will start at 11 a.m.

Although there is no charge to enjoy the event, participants are required to register. They may do that underneath the Sidney Baker bridge in the center of the park, where they will be greeted by their hosts, Rotary Club members from the noon, morning and satellite branches of the organization.

“There is no requirement to the length of your fun walk,” Vandenberg said. “It will really be a laid back, community event.”

Rotary International is an organization of citizens who unite around the globe to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Kerrville, through its membership, has consistently provided more than $20,000 in local scholarships; has sponsored a Habitat for Humanity home; and contributes annually to numerous charitable endeavors.

“The motto for Rotary is ‘Service above Self’,” Vandenberg said. “As a club, we really try to live up to the concept of giving back.”

For more information about the Rotary Club of Kerrville, visit  For updates on the picnic and fun walk, visit the club’s Facebook page.

Vandenberg said she is working with club’s new executive board members Robin Miears, Charlie McIlvain, Jeff Talarico, Dave Rittenhouse, T. David Jones, Cynthia McNeely, Jimmy Hutto, Gena Carter, Jeff Wendling and Tammy Prout on the project.

Getting set to serve up some free hot dog lunches and friendly smiles to those who show up for their first-ever Labor Day Picnic and Walkafun are Rotary Club of Kerrville board members, from left, Gena Carter, Robin Miears, David Rittenhouse, Cynthia McNeely, Jeff Wendling, President Kristy Vandenberg, T. David Jones, Jimmy Hutto and Charlie McIlvain.
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Hey, Rotary friends...
You will NOT want to miss today's luncheon meeting at the Inn of the Hills!
For our Aug. 23 program, we will hear Classification Talks from
long-time member Art Bell, Bryant Truitt and also
Walt Koenig, president/CEO of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce
Don't miss out!
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Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 15, 2017
 Crystal introduced out guest speaker
 Bill Bacon the superintendent of Divide school.
 Bill talked about the school, teachers & students. Just hearing a few of his stories made it apparent that his commitment to the teaching profession was beyond reproach. He truly enjoys teaching the students. This school year he has 19 students.
 Thirty miles northwest of Kerrville, the hills begin to roll over the Divide, a five- to fifteen-mile-wide ridge that dissects the watersheds for the Llano and Guadalupe rivers. Save for the steel or stone ranch gates along the area’s two-lane highways, leading to the homes of descendants of the families who first settled the area, there aren’t many reminders of history here; it’s bluestem grass and live oaks as far as the eye can see. But on one rise, a small stone structure usually does draw curiosity: a 1936 schoolhouse, where, on May 28, 2015, the Divide Independent School District was hosting a graduation ceremony for its eleven students.

“Well, we want to welcome all of you to the 2015 Divide School graduation and promotion ceremony,” said the superintendent, Bill Bacon, as a small crowd settled in on metal folding chairs. “We want you to know we have some great stars for you here tonight and a wonderful program.” He motioned to a preschooler to join him on the tiny wood stage. “This is Grady,” he said. “He has thoroughly entertained us with stories about bad guys who are really good and imaginary heroes who almost die.”

Bacon went on to introduce the other preschoolers: Dax, who was so shy he wouldn’t open his eyes onstage; Savannah, who liked to sing “Five Little Monkeys”; and Savannah’s twin brother, Caden, who was known at school for giving the girls imaginary flowers. Masyn, another preschooler, had been unable to attend the ceremony, noted the superintendent. Then he presented the other students: Grady’s brother, Cody, was a second grader who obsessively watched the Weather Channel and always announced when it was about to rain; he was also the school’s current-events reporter, the first to offer details on a person hit by a truck or struck by lightning. Kameryn, now graduating the fourth grade, had legs so long she was beginning to run like a deer, just like the fifth graders, twins Eimy and Sofia. Sixth grader Caroline, Bacon’s own daughter, could take charge of any situation, such as when she’d answered the phone while the secretary was on maternity leave. And third grader Lidia had matured into a girl whose favorite subject was English, even though when she’d first enrolled she had been a scared, Spanish-speaking preschooler who would stop crying only when Bacon held her. (“I held her for about a month,” said Bacon. “One of my arms is still longer than the other.”)

Other students had come and gone over the year, which was typical: the school district, the smallest in Texas by population, serves families whose fates are inextricably tied to the land. Children of ranch hands don’t always stay, and they are often replaced by new arrivals, so that when asked about enrollment, Bacon had to try to reconstruct the year. “Let’s see,” he said, closing his eyes, “we started with eight, then we had nine, then eleven, then back to nine, then ten, then back to eight, then back to eleven.”

Bacon has run the Divide Independent School District, which consists of only elementary grades, for seventeen years. More specifically, he has been the superintendent, the principal, the third-to-sixth-grade teacher, the ESL instructor, the special-ed teacher, the repairman, the contractor, and the transportation director for the “bus,” which is actually a white limousine he purchased for a steal from a dealer in Dallas. He is not the only employee—there are four others, including two pre-K teacher’s aides, a kindergarten teacher who also teaches first and second grade, and a secretary—but he is the most involved. He says exactly what he thinks, though you might wonder why he bothers, since he often wears his emotions on his face, changing expressions with such frequency that it would take about fifty seconds to fill a gallery show titled “The Fifty Faces of Bill Bacon.” He is tall and skinny, with a graying mustache in the shape of a horseshoe, and when he’s talking, he hooks his thumbs in the pockets of his starched Wranglers. He keeps his cellphone in a belt holster. It almost goes without saying that on most days he wears a white straw hat to school, which sits on his desk while he’s in the classroom.

Bacon shares the values of the area ranchers and their hands, stressing hard work and pride in a job well done. He’s long on praise, especially if a student is exerting effort (“Oh, that’s a good sentence,” he’ll say. “I like that sentence right there”). He’s not above teaching practical problem-solving, as he did one day when he asked the upper grades to replace a doorknob, and like all good teachers, he draws on ideas that his kids can relate to, whether that’s in mnemonic devices (“She’s a pistil-packin’ mama” to remember the female part of the plant) or math word problems (“If sweet feed costs fifty cents . . .”). He’s also big on manners. Early in the school year, he asked a second-grade arrival from Kentucky if she was done with her work, and she turned her paper toward him to show that she was. He raised his eyebrows, then whispered with a wink, “It would have been just as easy to say, ‘Yes, sir.’ ”

As other, bigger districts in the state face the unwieldy challenges that come with managing more students and resources—superintendent problems in Dallas, budget woes in Austin, charter school debates in Houston—Bacon is mindful that he oversees one of the only schools of its kind in the country. Yet his job requires the very same commitment and creativity. Around ten-thirty one morning the first week of class, he’d noticed that Caroline couldn’t seem to keep her legs from bouncing and that Eimy and Sofia were starting to slump like melting snowmen. “Second row,” he called out, “take a lap.” The three girls darted out the side door, their long hair waving as they disappeared past Bacon’s border collie, Ace, and into a back field, hopping over cow patties.

above is an insert from Texas Monthly

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Posted by David Jones on Aug 15, 2017
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces[14] and one of the country's seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. This has happened twice, in 1917, during World War I, and in 1941, during World War II.[8][10]
Created by Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Marine, it is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States.[Note 2] As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue Marine, whose original purpose was collecting customs duties in the nation's seaports. By the 1860s, the service was known as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the term Revenue Marine gradually fell into disuse.[15]
The modern Coast Guard was formed by a merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service on 28 January 1915, under the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As one of the country's five armed services, the Coast Guard has been involved in every U.S. war from 1790 to the Iraq War[16] and the War in Afghanistan.[17] As of 2014[update] the Coast Guard had over 36,000 men and women on active duty, 7,350 reservists, 29,620 auxiliarists, and 7,064 full-time civilian employees.[4] In terms of size, the U.S. Coast Guard by itself is the world's 12th largest naval force.[18]
The Coast Guard's legal authority differs from the other four armed services, as it operates simultaneously under Title 10 of the U.S. Code and its other organic authorities, such as Titles 6, 14, 19, 33, and 46. Because of its legal authority, the Coast Guard can conduct military operations under the U.S. Department of Defense or directly for the President in accordance with Title 14 USC 1–3. The Coast Guard's enduring roles are maritime safety, security, and stewardship. To carry out those roles, it has 11 statutory missions as defined in 6 U.S.C. § 468, which include enforcing U.S. law in the world's largest exclusive economic zone of 3.4 million square miles (8,800,000 km2).[19] The Coast Guard's motto is the Latin phrase, Semper Paratus (English: Always ready).
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Posted by Denise LeMeilleur on Aug 15, 2017



Thanks Denise LeMeilleur
Satellite Club News Denise LeMeilleur 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Aug 15, 2017
   Sympathies go to Kristi in the loss of her brother.
   Sympathies go to Mark Haufler in the loss of his dad.
   Get well wishes go out to Lloyd Painter on the hand surgery to alleviate arthritis.
   Congrats to Trey and Cecil. Trey and his wife are expecting a son in February.
   RI nominating committee has met and chosen President Elect Barry Rassin    2018-2019. He is from Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas.
President nominee 2019-2020 Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary Clug of Decator Alabama.
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Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 09, 2017
President Elect Robin Miears "introduces" Rotarian and Tivy Hall of Fame (HOF) Selection Committee Chairman Guy Overby to the club. 
Guy moved to Kerrville in 1970, graduated from Tivy High School in 1979, served as the Tivy Athletic Booster Club president from 2003-2008, and now currently presides as the chairman of the Tivy HOF Selection Committee.  As an athlete, Guy remembers dishing out 23 assists the night Jon Chambers set the all-time scoring record for most points in one game.  Tivy was 29-4 that year!!  An all-around Kerrville All-Star, Guy has been a member of our club since 1984 and also served as its president from 1994-1995.
Guy started the conversation by outlining the qualifications for the HOF's Selection Committee:
He also highlighted the qualifications for Tivy HOF consideration/entry:
After fondly reminiscing over past Tivy HOF inductees, Guy presented us with the 2017 HOF Class - Please see a recap of the 2017 HOF Class below as presented in the Hill Country Community Journal this past Friday (8/4/2017):
A tennis star, a football and track standout and a state semifinalist basketball team are the latest additions to the Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame. Tivy’s 2017 HOF Class includes four-year tennis star Russ Angell, late 1950’s track and field sensation Raul “Rocky” Hernandez, and the 1986-87 Tivy hoops team coached by Jim Jost.

Russ Angell


Russ Angell was a tennis prodigy during his four-year varsity career at Tivy, winning the district singles championship every year between 1975-78 and reaching the state tournament three years in a row in either singles or doubles play. In his senior season, Angell won all seven tournaments he played in during the spring.


After high school, Angell played collegiate tennis at Tyler Junior College and was a national collegiate doubles champion All-American. Angell went on to become regional vice-president of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and the host pro for the Texas Professional Tennis Association’s annual convention.


Raul “Rocky” Hernandez


Raul “Rocky” Hernandez played football and ran track for Tivy in the late 1950s. He was an All-District selection in football in his junior and senior seasons and an honorable mention All-State honoree as a senior. In track, Hernandez lettered as a junior and senior and helped power the Antlers’ 440 meter relay team to a second-place finish at state as a senior.


Hernandez earned a four-year scholarship to the University of Houston, where he was a member of ROTC. Commissioned a 2nd lieutenant after graduation, Hernandez was severely wounded in Vietnam and spent nine months recovering at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio. For his service to his county, Hernandez was awarded the Commendation Medal with Oakleaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with V Device for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Hernandez later owned Acapulco restaurants in Kerrville and Austin.
The 1986-87 Tivy Antler Boys Basketball Team
Tivy fielded one of its best basketball teams ever during the 1986-87 season as the Antlers compiled a 27-8 overall record and advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals in Austin.
Led by All-District and All-State honoree Thirman Dimery, first-team All-District player Scott Delaney and second-team selection Daron Allen, Tivy knocked off Fredericksburg, 50-45, in a one-game playoff to win the District 13-4A title, then rolled past San Antonio Edgewood, Gregory-Portland and Fredericksburg again in the playoffs — the latter victory coming on a 53-52 decision in overtime.
Tivy led Cleburne 42-32 in the fourth quarter of the two teams’ state semifinal matchup at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, but Cleburne scored the final 13 points of the game to pull off a come-from-behind win. In addition to Dimery, Delaney and Allen, Tivy’s 1986-87 team included Scott Presley, Sean Karger, Marc Genauldi, Lennie Franklin, Pat Baldwin, Blake Zuber, Todd Martin, Troy March and Jessie Polk.
The coaching staff included Jost, Ed Difederico, Roland Herrera and J.C. Gosnell. Managers were Ray Mitchel and Jerry Davis, and Chris Jost served as the ball boy.
Please join us to Celebrate!
This year’s group is the 12th class to be honored by the Hall’s voting committee and will be officially recognized Sept. 8 just prior to Tivy’s football game against Del Rio at Antler Stadium.
Tivy Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Paul Anderson 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 09, 2017
If you haven't already done so, please sign up for a committee for the upcoming Rotary year. Contact any of the board members or executive board  if you need information on what committees are available and what they do.
On Labor Day, along the river trail, , we will be promoting the good things Rotary does locally and internationally with a picnic and Walk-a-Fun! Please consider volunteering a couple of hours that morning for this event.  More details to follow.  A big thank you to Tammy Prout in creating a poster to publicize the event.  Please pick one up at today's meeting to advertise for at your business! 
Thanks to everyone who went online to ClubRunner and updated your profile!  We still need some birthdates and pictures for our site to be complete!  If you haven't yet done this, please take a moment and go to  
We have our dates set for the upcoming Habitat for Humanity Work Days: Sept. 9th, Nov. 4th, Jan. 20th, Mar. 24th and May 12th.  Please sign up!!
Rotary News you can Use Paul Anderson 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 09, 2017
Chairman of Membership David Jones explains the 100% attendance requirements and how club members can make-up a meeting (attend a Satellite Club meeting or another Rotary Club meeting, attend a board meeting, or participate in a club activity or service project such as Habitat for Humanity, etc.).
The Perfect Attendance Award Recipients for 2016-2017:
Bob Schmerbeck - 49
David Jones - 27
Doug Whinnery - 25
Diane Green - 21
Betty Vernon - 20
Sue Whinnery - 15
Bob Fairchild - 15
Bob Waller - 11
John Forister - 10
Sue Tiemann - 10
Krist Vandenberg - 8
Jimmy Hutto - 7
Gerald Iron - 7
Stephanie Miller - 7
Dave Rittenhouse - 6
Jeff Talarico - 6
David Martin - 5
Robin Miears - 5
Dennis Glenewinkel - 4
Charlie Mcllvain - 4
Crystal Dockery - 3
Tricia Byrom - 2
Gena Carter - 2
Courtney Compton - 2
Lee Johnson -2
Denise Lemeilleur - 2
Doug Lidiak - 2
Quincy Smith - 2
Steve Schulte - 1
Congratulations to our honorees in attendance last week!
Perfect Attendance Paul Anderson 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Calendar for 2017-2018 Paul Anderson 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Jul 12, 2017
AUG. 16, 2017
The meeting started off, led by our President Kristy Vandenberg.
After the invocation by Sue Tiemann and the pledge of allegiance recited by all, including 
T. David Jones...
Our Rotarians were led in song, as usual, by George Eychner ...
And, in honor of our featured speaker, Tivy High School Athletic Director and Football Coach David Jones,
Eychner thought it appropriate that we sing the Tivy alma mater.
As many Tivy alum gathered at the front of the room, they assumed the T over the heart and sang...


"We are from Tivy, from Tivy are we...
True to each other, as students should be,
Our dear old high school the good and the best, Our dear old high school in the west.
After we’ve conquered all the rest,
We shall come and join the best.
For we are from Tivy, from Tivy are we,
We’re from the school where you should be. (Tivy Fight Never Dies!)"
Aug. 16 Meeting Lisa Walter 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
2017-2018 Rotary Foundation Giving Form Paul Anderson 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 30, 2017
Cindy McNeely and Crystal Dockery were selected as co-Rotarians of the year. Cindy spearheaded the Pints for Polio event which raised a significant amount of money for the Polio Eradication campaign. Crystal worked tirelessly with the SuperBall fundraising committee and the fellowship committee to make numerous events throughout the year successful. Both were very deserving of the award and we thank them for their contributions to the club this year.
Rotarians of the Year David Martin 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 30, 2017
Walt Koenig with the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce spoke to the Satellite group on June 20th. Walt reviewed the Chamber goals of the 800-member organization which is to be responsive to membership and their member’s business needs. They have hired a new COO and deputy, Rachel London. The new leaders of the Chamber emphasize that they want to be more than a fundraising committee and social networking organization. They will focus on:
  1. Education – coffee talk program, seminars, strategic planning
  2. Mentor programs — young professional forums, retirement community service forums
  3. Government advocacy — addition of government affairs committee, building communications
In addition, the Chamber has a committee dedicated to a comprehensive city plan. And finally, Walt highlighted the Leadership Kerr County program which is an intensive nine month program that immerses members and their employees in topics that are important to our community such as economic development, social services, education, government, healthcare, environment, tourism, travel & leisure and others. Leadership Kerr County teaches leadership through team-building and the completion of a class project.
This month is Courtney Compton’s last month to lead our group. Tricia Byrom will step up as Chair beginning in July. 
Tuesday, July 18th 5:30pm at the Five Points Wells Fargo
Erin Mosty Wofford
Mosty Brothers Nursery
Satellite Club News David Martin 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 29, 2017
A number of Paul Harris Fellows were honored at the club meeting last Wednesday. For the year, an impressive 38 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded, amounting to $42,200.00 raised for the Rotary Foundation. Doug Whinnery presented Sue her PH +8, a very generous gift.  John Lang was the newest PH member, and Cindy McNeely was honored as well. Pictured above and listed below are the most recent recipients:
John Lang
Stockton Williams +1
Rick Assunto +1
Tammy Prout +1
Charlie McIlvain +1
Gerald Irion +2
Jeff Talarico +2
Bill Tucker +2
Tom Murray Jr. +2
Clint Morse  +3
Robert Fairchild +4
Ed Hamilton +4
Sue Whinnery +8
Paul Harris Fellows David Martin 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 27, 2017
  Clint introduced our speaker Elaine Palance
 Elaine was delightful to listen to. She could be a stand up comedian.
 The box was filled with books that were some of Jack's poems & paintings. She gave everyone that wanted one a copy.
  Jeff and Elaine had some fun while signing the book for the mentoring program
 I am sorry if you could not make this meeting.
Elaine Palance wife of Jack Palance Jimmy Hutto 2017-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jun 27, 2017

   Diane Green's son is recovering here in Kerrville. His surgery went well.

Pete Miller Betty's husband continues to get chemo at MD Anderson. His treatments are going well.

Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2017-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 27, 2017

The month of June is considered as Rotary Fellowship Month in the Rotary calendar. There is a misconception among Rotarians on what aspect of the RI programs is being celebrated for this month of June. Let us clarify the issue. When we talk about "Rotary Fellowships", we actually refer to the groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.);
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession;
  • Make new friends around the world;
  • Explore new opportunities for service; and
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary.

Examples of Rotary Fellowships include: Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI), 
International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR), International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians (ICUFR), International Fellowship of Rotary Convention Goers, International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, International Fellowship of Rotarians Musicians, Rotary Global History Fellowship, etc. 

The field is so varied, which includes marathon running, scuba diving, flying, bird watching, chess, doll lovers, environment, Esperanto, go, gourmets, lawyers, magic, nurses, police and law enforcement professionals, recreational vehicles, singles, stockbrokers, venture capitalists, wine and yoga. 

Each Rotary Fellowship operates independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements and administrative structure. Membership is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors. It must be international in nature with active members in at least three (3) countries. Each fellowship elects at least three (3) officers to oversee the group's administration. The Rotary Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI. 

What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowship provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Also, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining our existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serve as an effective tool in promoting membership development and should be actively promoted in our Districts. 

Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by clicking or even start a prospective Rotary Fellowship if their recreational or vocational interest is not in the list of approved Rotary Fellowships. 

- See more at:
June is Rotary Fellowship Month Jimmy Hutto 2017-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 20, 2017
Clint Morris introduces our guest speaker
 Sherry Layton talked about history, and treatments.
 Mission statement.

Why La Hacienda Treatment Center is Different

A treatment center for body, mind, and spirit
La Hacienda Treatment Center continues to set the standard in professional residential care facilities for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. For over 40 years, individuals and families seeking to improve their quality of life have come to our serene campus to heal and ultimately join the growing number of those who have successfully left their addictions behind. La Hacienda is one of the leading privately-owned drug and alcohol rehab centers in the state of Texas and is ideal for those desiring to escape the bustling city while working toward a full and lasting recovery from addictions and addictive behavior.


Medical Doctors — Four full-time board certified MDs and one full-time licensed Psychiatrist


Professional and full-time staff — La Hacienda employs over 55 licensed professionals, including physicians, therapists, and nurses
     24/7 doctor supervised detox unit
     Doctors’ offices are located within the detox unit–your health, safety, and emotional well-being are our primary concern
Daily check-ups – Scheduled daily appointments with at least one MD. Psychiatrist appointments are scheduled if indicated by assessment.

Environment — Our facility rests on 40 acres of serene Hill Country land situated on the confluence of the North and South Fork of the Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas. Hunt is located 90 miles from San Antonio and 120 miles from Austin, Texas. Hunt is also home to numerous summer camps and is a place where deer and other wildlife wander free in an unfettered, natural landscape.

Nutrition — Hot main-course entrees are served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a daily assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and starches. Nutrition specialists are available to accommodate meal planning and special diets. Health issues and/or eating disorders including diabetes, anorexia, bulimia, etc. are considered at meal times to encourage optimal health based on individual goals and needs.

Therapeutic Activities — Challenge yourself with our on-site ROPES Course and stroll our walking trails. Gym equipment and two personal
trainers are available, as is an optional massage therapist, to help increase your heart rate and boost the release of serotonin and other energizing, natural chemicals while you work toward your new drug and alcohol free lifestyle. The community center houses a pool table and a ping pong table in addition to movies, board games, books, and more. An outdoor pool is open on a seasonal basis.

Spirituality — La Hacienda is home of Serenity Hill, the skyview chapel overlooking one of our stunning Texas valleys.
Serenity Hill is one our campus’ most loved places to meditate. Prayer, journaling, and healing all take place at this breathtaking, open-air gem on the hill. Optional Christian Focus groups are available to those who want a biblical perspective on recovery.

La Hacienda - A Legacy of Healing, Happiness & Hopy Jimmy Hutto 2017-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 20, 2017
 David Jones read a toast the flag. A very moving poem


"Toast to the Flag"




by John Jay Daly

Here's to the red of it -

There's not a thread of it,

No, nor a shred of it

In all the spread of it

From foot to head,

But heroes bled for it,

Faced steel and lead for it,

Precious blood shed for it,

Bathing it red!

Here's to the white of it-

Thrilled by the sight of it,

Who knows the right of it

But feels the might of it

Through day and night?

Womanhood's care for it

Made manhood dare for it,

Purity's prayer for it

Keeps it so white!

Here's to the blue of it -

Beauteous view of it,

Heavenly hue of it,

Star-spangled dew of it

Constant and true;

Diadems gleam for it,

States stand supreme for it,

Liberty's beam for it

Brightens the blue!!

Here's to the whole of it -

Stars, stripes and pole of it,

Body and soul of it,

O, and the roll of it,

Sun shining through;

Hearts in accord for it,

Swear by the sword for it,

Thanking the Lord for it,

Red, White and Blue.

Toast to the American Flag Jimmy Hutto 2017-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
George Eychner had quite the surprise in store, especially for one of our Rotary Club members.
His sing-along slide offered up some original words to the tune of "Deep in the Heart of Texas."
As the crowd began to sing the lyrics, Tim Crenwelge, car dealer, was all smiles as he realized the song was about his business' remodeling work.
The "Crenwelge Remodeling Song" -- to the rhythm of "Deep in the Heart of Texas" went a little something like this:
Tim's oc-ta-gon is now all gone,
deep in the heart of Kerrville,
a fix-ture in our town's no more, 
re-moved from Junction Hi-way.
Ol' Tim has been a re-mod-el-in,
and change-in' down-town Kerr-ville,
we'll wait and see what the next change will be, 
deep in the Heart of Kerr-ville.
A song and quite a few laughs Lisa Walter 2017-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 05, 2017
The Rotary Citizenship award luncheon was held last Wednesday, as students from local elementary schools were honored by our club for community service at their respective schools. Jeff Anderson and Crystal Dockery  from our club recognized fourteen 5th grade students, who displayed service above self in their daily lives at school. They were not only good students, but were described by their teachers and administrators as courteous, respectful, quick to volunteer, and took the time to be a friend. Thank you to the committee members who also participated in the award ceremonies at the schools. 
In addition, a very generous offer was made by Schreiner University's president Charlie McCormick, who announced that each student was eligible for a $20,000.00 scholarship to Schreiner University when they reached college age. 
Citizenship awards David Martin 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 05, 2017
Austin Clarkson, satellite club member and husband of Kim Clarkson, was awarded the teacher of the year honor at the secondary level in Kerrville ISD. Austin teaches English at Tivy High School.
Cody Miller, Stephanie Miller's son, was given the Most Patriotic Award the local Elks.
Johnny Grimes' and Bret Ford's sons were members of Tivy High School's baseball team that went deep into the playoffs this year. Congrats to Hunter Grimes and Lance Ford for a great season!
Please keep Betty Vernon's husband Pete in your prayers, as he is getting cancer treatments in Houston.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 05, 2017
The Rotary New Member Social is Tuesday evening June 6th, 5:30 - 7, at Jimmy Hutto's house (Hutto Hill- 2585 Saddlewood Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028.)  Please come and welcome our new members to the club at this fun fellowship party.  RSVP to the email for this event to help the fellowship committee plan for food and libations.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2017
Our beloved Rotary Exchange Student from Sweden, Albert Skogar, presented his visit summary and farewell address to the club last Wednesday.
Albert started by revisiting his conversation with friends back home prior to departing for the states.  They were excited to hear Albert would be spending his time in Texas - not some "boring state that no one cared about like Ohio!" On arriving here in Texas, Albert recalled seeing more "pasture land" from the airplane window than he had ever seen before in his life.  And cowboy boots are for real.  He mentioned seeing more boots than he originally expected to see, and that's saying a lot!
Albert mentioned he had the privilege of living with three great host families during his stay.  He started by thanking Kim & Westin Clarkson, who served as his first host family.  He remembers the initial tour of the area, settling into his new life here and at Tivy High School, and going on several amazing trips with the family.  One trip included Austin City Limits, and the other a trip to Breckenridge, CO with the Clarksons and Greens.  Albert said traveling fifteen hours by car was definitely more than the typical "long" trip of two-three hours back home, but also mentioned the great company helped the time fly by!  Other highlights of his stay included good, "honest" instruction at the hands of the Clarkson's children (he was thankful for their help with the subtleties of the English language!) and "shooting guns with Carson," and item he can now cross off of his bucket list. 
His second stay was with the David & Cathy Martin family.  Albert highlighted spending Christmas at "the ranch - a REAL Texas Christmas."  He also mentioned spending the majority of soccer season with the Martins, and officially converting Cathy to a soccer mom.  Albert turned eighteen during this time as well, and candidly recalled receiving Swedish Fish candy as a gift from a number of his friends!  Albert also talked about his trip to New York, which he said was "cold like home," and gave him the chance to see a lot of iconic American landmarks he always wanted to see.  Though he also planned to tour Washington D.C., Albert got sick on the N.Y. trip and spent the remaining time in a hospital in Newark instead. We're sorry about that Albert!!
Albert's last stay on his journey was with Peter & Tessie Nolan, non-club members who wanted the pleasure of hosting a Rotary Exchange Student.  Albert explained that the soccer season was STILL going on, but that it was a good thing, because his Tivy Antler team was now in the playoffs.  As a matter of fact, the team made it to the third round of the playoffs, marking one of the most successful seasons in Antler Soccer history!  There's no doubt you had something to do with that playoff run, Albert!  Albert attended prom while with the Nolans and also traveled with the family to the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, TX.  He mentioned enjoying that trip, particularly with the hiking and horseback riding experience also involved.
In wrapping up his visit summary, Albert said he was excited to get back home, but that he'll miss his Texas friends, his host families, the Rotary Club, and the "good weather."  He mentioned feeling "more grown up now" and better able to relate to others.  He also feels he's now a more confident speaker with a "better sense of self." Back home, Albert will finish two years of high school, serve as a sailing instructor, and possibly pursue a career in law, politics, or serve in another civic role.  His new favorite food is BBQ and he leaves with basic instruction in the two-step.  So I guess we did our job as Texans on that note!
Albert, I know I'm speaking for the entire club when I say that you will be missed.  Thank you for the great memories and we look forward to seeing you in the future!
Jeff, Chris, Albert & Reece Zunker (Tivy Antler Soccer Coach)
Albert Skogar Visit Summary & Farewell Paul Anderson 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2017
Wear your pin next week, and have a chance to win a nice prize for promoting Rotary!
Rotary Pins = Good Fortune! Paul Anderson 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2017
Our Rotary club is planning to host another exchange student next year, so three host families are needed for a period of about three months each. The host family is often a Rotary member, but is not a requirement. So, if you or someone you know are interested in finding out more about hosting a student , please let Chris Chedzoy know.
Also, Chris is retiring from his position as exchange student coordinator at the end of this year and we want to say thank you Chris for your superb leadership in this important role! 
Janelle Peralt is taking over for Chris and will serve as the main point of contact for interested host families going forward.  Thanks for stepping up Janelle!
Host Families Needed for Next Year Paul Anderson 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2017
Don't miss the presentation of the 2017 Citizenship Awards at our next meeting on Wednesday, May 31st in the Conference Center.
Rotary News Paul Anderson 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
George Leads us in Patriotic Song Paul Anderson 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2017
Jeff Talarico, better known as "El Presidente," delivers the prayer and pledge last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on May 24, 2017
Recognized as Paul Harris Fellows were, from left:
Jack Pratt (+3), Art Bell (+2) and Rhonda Richter. (Also honored as a new Paul Harris Fellow, but not pictured, was John Lang.)
Making the presentation was Tom Hamilton.
Congratulations, all, on obtaining such a milestone.
Paul Harris Fellows Lisa Walter 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on May 14, 2017
Kerrville firefighter and paramedic, David Hernandez, center, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of "service above self" to the local community.
Presenting the award are KFD Fire Chief Dannie Smith, left, and Rotary President Jeff Talarico.
Special Award Lisa Walter 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on May 14, 2017
The Rotary Club of Kerrville welcomed two new members last week.
Inducted and receiving their new member red badges were:
New member Dennis Ferguson, who was introduced by Kathleen Maxwell.
And, new member Clint Morris, who was introduced by Rotary President Jeff Talarico.
New Members Lisa Walter 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 14, 2017
Long time Rotary member Dub Haney passed away May 4th and the visitation and funeral service were held last weekend. Please keep Dub's family in your prayers.
John Miller was given the Peterson Foundation Champion Award for his service.
Stephanie Miller is taking ten eighth graders for several days on a field trip to Galveston, so good luck Stephanie!
George Eychner put a jazz band together for the Sunday morning worship service at the District Conference, and recruited Father Tom Murray III from St Peter's and the morning club to preside at the service.
Families in Rotary David Martin 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 14, 2017
Greg Peschel provided the prayer and pledge to open the meeting on May 10th.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 14, 2017
Dr. John Davis provided the program last Wednesday, describing his unplanned plane landing without an engine. Dr. Davis was flying his six seater plane from Kerrville to Ruidoso, New Mexico, a few weeks ago, with his wife Billie as his passenger. About 2 1/2 hours into the three hour flight, he heard a loud noise and experienced power loss in the engine. After a short period of time, the engine stopped completely, and he considered his options. The Roswell airport was about seventeen miles away and his best bet was to try to land the plane at that airport. Although gliding, the plane was dropping at 1,300 feet per minute, about twice the normal rate of decent. As he approached the airport, he realized he wasn't going to make the runway, and surveyed the area, noting that there were no fences, power lines, gullies or cows in the path where he would land.  He glided the plane down, the wheels bounced a couple of times on the bumpy high plains, and finally made firm contact as he successfully rolled his plane to a stop three miles from the runway.
After some appreciative hugs with Billie, and appropriate thanks, they noticed some curious cows approaching to see what had landed in their pasture. They managed to have the plane carefully loaded on a flat bed tow truck , and slowly made their way to the airport. They eventually made it by car to their destination in Ruidoso.  The plane engine is being rebuilt, but in the meantime, he has already flown again, and felt comfortable doing so.
Landing a Plane without an Engine David Martin 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 09, 2017
Be sure to make it for this week's program. Dr. John Davis will tell us how to land an airplane without an engine, based on his recent unplanned experience in New Mexico.
This week's program David Martin 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on May 08, 2017
Opening cookies!!
before the party
Cooking team. They did a great job!!!
Food table at the early stage                           Wine serving table
 The count was 115 Attending. This is as per Kris.
Fun and fellowship at the Rotary Spring Picnic
And nice door prizes too!
Thank you to the fellowship committee and all who put this great event together.
Rotary Family Picnic Jimmy Hutto 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on May 08, 2017
 Rotary was represented very well at the BCFS breakfast. This was held on May 3rd same day as picnic.
BCFS Breakfast Jimmy Hutto 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 03, 2017
Kris reminded us to bring our hygiene packs for Mexico to the Rotary Picnic on May 3rd. We can still play an important part to help our neighbors south of the border in need!
Hygiene Packs for Mexico Paul Anderson 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 25, 2017
Christine Durham exchanges her red badge in for a new blue one! 
District 5840 Governor does the honors  Judy Hutcherson.
Way to go Christine
   Judy Hutcherson also awards Max Reinbach his Blue Badge
Way to go Max!!!!
Red Badge Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 25, 2017
John Miller introduced our guest speaker
 Mike Hughes CEO of Oceaneering was our guest speaker. Mike gave a short presentation on how he started the business. How he went to making money scuba diving to form a company now known world wide.
 This was sort of special to me since the company I worked for in Houston was only like 6 doors down from Oceaneering's office. I passed the business daily in my routine. I think our company sold products to Oceaneering.
  His way of story telling was really enjoyable. I liked the fact that when he was ask a question that was in his book he was selling, he would hold up the book and say its in the book!!
Pic of silver coins found deep in the Gulf of Mexico from a Spanish ship that had sunk
    Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deep water applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment, and aerospace industries.
Oceaneering’s business offerings include remotely operated vehicles, built-to-order specialty subsea hardware, deep water intervention and manned diving services, non-destructive testing and inspection, and engineering and project management.
Mike Hughes Oceaneering Jimmy Hutto 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 25, 2017
Jeff open the meeting
Robin made announcements
The Opening Bell Jimmy Hutto 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Courtney Compton on Apr 25, 2017
Subject: Rotary Satellite
   In lieu of our regular monthly meeting the Satellite Club hosted an evening mixer on Tuesday, April 18th.  The goal of this mixer was to invite fellow community members to join us and learn more about our Satellite Club and what we have to offer.   We had 12 prospects/guests come join us as well as 13 members of the noon club (we appreciate the support).  We had fliers and brochures printed up and it was an intimate setting where we were able to take time and speak to all of the guests that joined us.  It was a successful evening and a great time to connect with others.  We have received one membership application from this event and have about 2-3 more that are strong possibilities.
It was a good time had be all that attended.
Courtney Compton


Satellite Club Courtney Compton 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg on Apr 12, 2017
The Rotary District Conference is coming to Fredericksburg May 4-7. Our club will cover half the cost of the first ten folks who sign up for the conference, so contact Kristy if you are interested.
District Conference Kristy Vandenberg 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 10, 2017
Rotarians joined together to pick up trash on Goat Creek Road last Saturday. Thank you to Carson Conklin for continuing to organize this quarterly event and thank you to all the participants for cleaning up our Texas highways.
Trash pickup David Martin 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 09, 2017
Schreiner University students entertained us with both familiar and original songs at last Wednesday's meeting. Pictured are Reagan, Vivy, Lily, Michael Kahl (professor and music director) and Jacob. The students are part of Schreiner's Performing Arts Living Learning Community, which consists of students interested in music, dance and theater. They participate in a variety of performances in the area, and also get to see professional productions in music and theater throughout the year.
Schreiner Musicians David Martin 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 09, 2017
Congratulations go to Alain Peralt, son of member Janelle and Patrick Peralt, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for St. Mary's University in San Antonio next fall. Alain was a standout defender on the OLH high school team in Kerrville. Alain plans to major in Forensic Science/Criminology.
Kudos go to the Tivy soccer team, which made it three deep in the playoffs before Alamo Heights defeated them to end their season. Albert Skogar, our exchange student from Sweden, was a member of the team. Tivy rallied to win four out of their last five district games to make the playoffs.  Congratulations to the team!
Families in Rotary David Martin 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Satellite Social David Martin 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 09, 2017
The hygiene kits for needy families across the border in Mexico are still being collected. If you haven't already done so, please bring the items to the regular or satellite club meeting and Kristy will provide the zip loc bags and get them to their destination. Here are the items needed:
1 Bottle Shampoo
1 Bottle Lotion
1 Toothpaste
4 Toothbrushes
1 Bottle Rubbing Alcohol
1 Bar of Soap
2 Chapstick Tubes
Incoming president Kristy Vandenberg will be calling the members of the club for input for the upcoming year. Please take the call and give her some feedback!
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 09, 2017
George led us in wishing happy birthday to all the April birthdays in the club.
Birthday Song David Martin 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 09, 2017
President Jeff led us in the prayer and pledge to start the meeting..
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 28, 2017
Mike Allen, a Noon Rotary Club Member,  started things off by introducing two folks.
David Jackson a Noon Rotary Club Member, explained several ways different clients look at these easements.
Todd Votteler, spoke about both pros and cons of easements and answered a lot of questions

Todd Votteler, Ph.D.
Executive Manager of Science, Intergovernmental Relations and Policy

The Executive Manager of Science, Intergovernmental Relations and Policy monitors and advocates issues related to GBRA water policy with local, state and federal legislatures, agencies, and executive bodies. He participates in regional water planning efforts and represents the general manager in various workgroups for developing or suggesting changes to state surface or groundwater policies. He also provides oversight for two non-profit GBRA affiliate entities. Votteler earned his bachelor’s degree in natural resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, his master’s degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources at Ann Arbor, MI, and his doctorate in geography from Texas State University. Votteler served as Special Master for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, and was Assistant to the Court Monitor for U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, for endangered species litigation related to the Edwards Aquifer.

Phone: 830-379-5822 Ext. 269
Fax: 830-379-7478

The Pros & Cons of Conservation Easements Jimmy Hutto 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
March 2017 is Jimmy Hutto 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 28, 2017
Raffle tickets for the the cruise are still available from Robin Miears. This is a fund raiser for our district, and proceeds benefit the Rotary Foundation. A variety of cruises are available, and buying or selling tickets nets you Foundation points towards your Paul Harris Award.  In addition, if you buy & sell the winning ticket, you could actually win 2 cruises for 2.
Robin announces guest and members with guest 
Members with Guest Jimmy Hutto 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Mar 22, 2017

Congratulations to Mark Cowden and Brett Ford on their children Parker Cowden and Lance Ford on being inducted into National Honor Society at Tivy High School. They will make great Rotarians someday.


Condolences for Judy and George Eychner in the death of George's sister.



Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 22, 2017
Rice University Head Football Coach David Bailiff spoke to the group regarding the state of the University's football program and shared stories about his coaching background and about his tenure on the Rice sidelines. Coach Bailiff cited former Southwest Texas State Head Football Coach Jim Whacker as his inspiration on and off the football field.  He noted the genuine love and respect Coach Whacker showed his staff and players and mentioned that he was a man who "never had a bad day."  Coach Bailiff said he does his best to show that same love and respect to his current players and to display the positive attitude Coach Whacker exuded day in and day out (no matter the circumstances).
The Rice University Football program is looking for young men who truly want to make a difference in the world.  According to Coach Bailiff, "life is too short to coach turds!"  Football players at Rice are true student athletes.  It isn't unusual to field players that are interning at NASA and other prestigious institutions while balancing rigorous academics and football.  The minimum SAT score for Rice Football is 1100 (with certain exceptions as the University touts a holistic approach to recruiting), and the minimum score needed to walk-on is 1300!!  Rice Football graduates a whopping 96-100% of its players, close to first among all NCAA Division I programs.  Rice recruits predominantly in Texas, but it's academic reputation attracts students to the football program nationwide. 
Rice University is a member of Conference USA and is a past conference champion.  Rice struggled to 3-9 this past season, but Coach Bailiff reminded the group that teams win with juniors and seniors, and that last year's team was a very young one. The team opens the upcoming season against Stanford in Australia (wow)!  Lets wish the Owls the best of luck in their 2017-2018 campaign!
Rice University Football Paul Anderson 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 22, 2017
VP Kristy Vandenberg announced that we will be helping the Fredericksburg club out again by providing hygiene / toiletry items for the folks in the towns across the border in Mexico. Please see Kristi's email below:
Please bring your Family Hygiene Kits to our noon meeting!!  These will be distributed during Medical Trips to border towns in Mexico. Here is a reminder of what the contents should be.  If you want to just bring the items in a grocery bag - I will get them put into a bag for delivery!
Everything should fit into a large Ziplock Bag:
1 Bottle Shampoo
1 Bottle Lotion
1 Toothpaste
4 Toothbrushes
1 Bottle Rubbing Alcohol
1 Bar of Soap
2 Chapstick Tubes
I will add a "packing list" to each bag that says:  "A Gift from the Rotary Club of Kerrville" and then get them delivered to our District Governor, Judy Hutcherson.
Thanks, in advance for your help with this project, which will mean so much to some very low income families.
Hygiene Items Needed (for Border Town Medical Trips) Paul Anderson 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 22, 2017
Please welcome our newest member Walt Koenig, who is the new President and CEO of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce.
New Member Paul Anderson 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 22, 2017
Rob Poindexter gave the prayer and pledge last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 08, 2017
A big thank you to all who participated in the Habitat for Humanity house Work Day this Saturday, March 18, 2017!  And an especially big thank you to Rob and Rebecca Poindexter for leading the club's efforts!!
Habitat Work Day Paul Anderson 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 28, 2017
Clint Morris introduced the guest speaker.
William Dub Thomas presented the rotary club a presentation of how well Kerr County is Prepared.
We did not realize how much effort, planning & training it takes to get prepared.
Kerr County Emergency Preparedness Jimmy Hutto 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 28, 2017
George led us in song.
Robin introduces guest along with announcements
Original members of Kerrville Rotary Club
Song of the Day Jimmy Hutto 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
New Member to Noon Rotary Club Jimmy Hutto 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 28, 2017
How to celebrate world understanding month.
The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar because it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated as the World Understanding and Peace Day. In designating World Understanding Month, the Rotary International board asks all Rotary clubs to plan special programs for their weekly meetings and undertake special activities to promote "understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace."
Lands across the planet have become our neighbors, India across the street, Egypt at our doorstep. We have become a citizen of the world - information about the world is just a key stroke away.  In this globally connected world the need for understanding our neighbors are even more important than before.  As our community become microcosm of the 21st century, how do we go about promoting greater understanding of our changing global community?
Rotary's 100 plus years effort to promote global understanding and peace has made a big difference in many parts of the world. Hundreds of thousands people have benefited from the Rotary projects around the world. Many Rotarian had an opportunity to gain a first hand experience about the projects as well as develop Rotary fellowships.
To observe world understanding month, your club can have many variety of programs from arranging to have international speakers to inviting youth exchange students, international scholars, programs with former Group Study Exchange members, discussing on international issues, inviting local ethnic community leaders, presenting entertainment with an international cultural or artistic theme.  
Clubs can also learn about district's more than 10 international projects sponsored by various clubs.  You can invite someone from International project team to come to speak to your club members. It is also a good month to initiate a Rotary Fellowship Exchange, a 3-H project or encourage support for PolioPlus and many other Rotary Foundation programs to help needy people around the world.
World Understanding Month is a great chance for every Rotary member to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service- Rotary's continued quest to promote goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world. Thank you for making a difference around the world with your dedication and commitment. .
February World Understanding Month Jimmy Hutto 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 22, 2017
Superball was a great success, and raised a substantial amount of money to go towards scholarships, Habitat for Humanity and other Rotary programs. Thank you to co-chairs Crystal Dockery and Kristy Vandenberg and all the committee members for their hard work.  Total funds raised by the event topped fifty-five thousand dollars!!
The success called for a "Service-Above-Self Selfie!"
Thanks to all who made Superball a huge success!
Superball success Paul Anderson 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 22, 2017
Jack Pratt started out the fun by walking us through his 51 point checklist for finding the perfect match.  But Jack didn't have to rely on the list for very long once he found Missy!  His blind date turned into anything but, as Missy's friends (who were going to be her dinner guests before the blind date materialized), or as Jack called them, the "judges," kept a close eye on the proceedings.  But despite the "oversight," Jack and Missy ended up together and they've lived happily ever after since.
David Reast followed up Jack (which was no easy task) with an entertaining story that started with a man and a band.  David traveled from Michigan to South Padre to join the Whitewing Band, which was a family band that got it's start playing progressive country (move over Willie & Waylon!) at Shaky's Pizza Parlor.  Winning Rosalie over was no easy task, but David persisted, and after wooing his future wife with his musicianship, Archie Bunker episodes, beer and grapefruit (the only items in his fridge at the time), David and Rosalie married and have been exchanging the same Valentine cards to one another ever since!
Justin spoke of the love of his life (his wife Casey).  He also told us about the way to her heart - cooking up a mean steak that any one of us would just drool over.  Justin, my wife wants you to help me fine tune my grilling skills!
Paul closed out the program with a bang (At least, I'd like to think so - wait - who dressed that guy in a pink shirt?).  He met his wife Courtney on a trip to Ritz Camera (are those even around anymore?) in the mall to get a passport photo for his CPA exam (what a nerd).  Though he doesn't care one way or another about photography, he asked Courtney about EVERY camera in the store just to desperately prolong the conversation.  Things went well, but this bumbling accountant didn't even ask her out until he called back later from the phone book. Wow. Lucky for him, Courtney saw something in this man and they've been together ever since!
Valentine's Day Program Paul Anderson 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 22, 2017
Crystal offered up some advice to the men and women of Rotary by describing just what men and women really mean when they say certain things.  See the list below:
1) Fine - For men it means just that, fine.  For women, it does NOT mean fine.
2) Nothing (as in what's wrong) - For men, it means just that, nothing.  For women, it means DEINITELY something.
3) Go ahead - For men, that means permission.  For women, that means, "I DARE you!"
4) Whatever - For women (men, take note), this means "BITE ME!"
5) That's OK - For men, this means "My way is much better than your way."  For women, this means "I'm thinking long and hard about how you're going to pay!"
6) Five minutes - For women, this means 15 minutes.  For men, "I'll be home in five minutes" might mean WAY later tonight or tomorrow morning.
7) Wow - Men, when women say this, it is NOT a compliment!
Crystal is a certified relationship counselor and is on standby for club members who need advice ;) 
Crystal's Advice to Guys - What Women Really Mean Paul Anderson 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 22, 2017
Jimmy Hutto recently became a Paul Harris fellow +1.  Congratulations Jimmy! 
Paul Harris Fellows Paul Anderson 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 22, 2017
Please keep all those at the Hunt school, as well as others here in the Kerrville area, who suffered from the recent bout with the flu, in your prayers.  
Also, please keep Sherryl Howard's family (her mother recently passed away) and former club president Rand Zuber (who is beginning treatment for a rare form of non Hodgkin's Lymphoma) in your prayers. 
Also, please congratulate club member Warren Ferguson (below) on his new appointment to the Kerrville City Council.  Warren beat out 10 other contenders for the position.  Way to go!
Family in Rotary Paul Anderson 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Feb 22, 2017
Carolyn Northcutt led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and pledge Paul Anderson 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Feb 13, 2017
Our program for this coming Wednesday is Valentines stories from our members, and other entertaining tidbits. This is always a good program, especially Crystal's advice on mind reading, so you don't want to miss it.
Valentines Program this Wednesday David Martin 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Feb 13, 2017
Happy  birthday was sung to all members who were born in this month of the year. Included in the recognition is our exchange student Albert, who is celebrating his 18th birthday on the 23rd of this month.
Birthdays David Martin 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Feb 13, 2017
New Rotary member and realtor Christine Durham was introduced at last Wednesday's meeting. John Sibert proposed her for membership, and noted that she and her husband Ray, who was a  past president of our club, have come full circle, moving back to Kerrville after being away for a number of years. Welcome to the club, Christine!
New Member Christine David Martin 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Feb 13, 2017
Deena Lehman provided the program on the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, which has been the largest show of its kind for the last twelve years.The San Antonio event started in 1948 so this is the 68th annual show. Over the years, 173 million has been awarded to Texas youth, including scholarships for participating in Livestock, Ag Mechanics and the Junior Shootout.
Let's Rodeo! David Martin 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Feb 07, 2017

   Prayers for parents, students and teachers of the Hunt School. An epidemic of the influenza virus has caused Hunt ISD to close for two days — Tuesday and Wednesday — this week.

Stephanie Miller, Chairman, Families in Rotary
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Feb 07, 2017
In a change from its normal meeting format, the Rotary Club of Kerrville hosted its sixth annual First Responders Awards luncheon Feb. 1 at the Inn of the Hills Conference Center.
A large crowd attended for the ceremony, which capped what law enforcement officials called a "trying year." Local peace officers dealt with six murder cases, on top of a high number of calls.
Recognized were public service members in various departments in the Kerr County area, including members of the Kerrville Police Department, Kerrville Fire and EMS Department, Ingram Police Department, Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

First Responder Award honorees

Jeremy Hughes — 
Kerrville Fire Department Officer of the Year 
Micah Booth 
Kerrville Fire Department Firefighter of the Year
 Arnie Segura —
Kerrville EMS Person of the Year

Kerrville Police Department

"We really appreciate the efforts of the Rotary Club to recognize the officers in our community. It makes a big difference to us."   — KPD Chief David Knight




Jason Beard —
Kerrville Police Department Officer of the Year
Brady Rosinbaum —
Kerr County Corrections Officer of the Year
Tim Huchton —
Kerr County Volunteer First Responder of the Year
Cody Buckaloo —
TPWD Game Warden of the Year
Frank Zamora —
Texas DPS Trooper of the Year
E. Bruce Curry, retired 216th District Attorney
Lifetime Achievement Award


Christopher "Mike" Slaughter, left, is named
Ingram Police Department Officer of the Year
(Presenting the award are IPD Chief Byron Griffin,
center,and Rotary President Jeff Talarico.
Tony Lenard, left, Kerrville Fire Department Division Chief
is honored by KFD Chief Dannie Smith, center, and Rotary President Jeff Talarico
with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer

Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said Kerr County had "an unprecedented" six murders in the course of this last year, which all led to arrests. In addition, his patrol division fielded 14,000 calls, of which 677 were assigned to his investigators,
who then cleared 86 percent of those cases. "This department has been through a lot in 2016 — more than I've ever seen it go through. That's why I asked the Rotary Club to allow us to recognize more than one person," Hierholzer said.
His award went to the entire Kerr County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division,
comprised of (below, from left)
Rusty Hierholzer, Carl Arredondo, Capt. Carol L. Twiss, Mark Fields, Jeff McCoy and Eric Piper.




First Responders Awards luncheon Lisa Walter 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Walter on Feb 07, 2017
The Tivy High School ROTC presents the colors ahead of the
presentation recognizing key first responders in our community.   
George plays trumpet.
Tivy ROTC presents colors Lisa Walter 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jan 31, 2017
Please join me in welcoming two of the newest Spoke team members!
Welcome aboard Lisa Walter & Paul Anderson