Posted by David Martin on Dec 08, 2019
The Kerrville Salvation Army brass band provided a medley of Christmas songs for our entertainment last week. Led by Rotarian Captain David Swyers, the band plays a number of gigs this time of year, bringing cheer and good music to all.  The band includes five Swyers family members, including daughter Kathleen, who performed a solo of "Mary did you know".
Each year, the familiar red kettle of the Salvation Army is present at various locations around town, and the donations go directly to services including providing food, clothing and shelter for many of Kerrville's residents in need, in addition to helping with drug and alcohol rehab programs and after school care at the Croc Center.  Please consider signing up to help ring the bell with other Rotarians at Gibsons.
Salvation Army band David Martin 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin
Plans for our main fundraiser are underway now. Superball will be February 1st at the Hill Country Event Center, and will include some fun games for entertainment.  We will each be given two raffle tickets, and are encouraged to sell or buy them to help with the fundraiser.
This week, there is no Wednesday noon meeting, but the Rotary Christmas party will be at The Y.O. Hotel that evening.
Bell Ringers are needed for a couple of more Saturdays at Gibsons. Sign up via the Rotary web site ,  or contact Dave Samuels for times available. 
The Blue Santa program provides Christmas gifts to families in need. Contact Phyllis Ricks (  to help with this program.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 08, 2019
George Eychner and the Salvation Army Band led us in a song appropriate to the season, Jingle Bells.
Christmas Song David Martin 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 08, 2019
Sheri Jones led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
The Ultimate Gift of Life Kristy Vandenberg 2019-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
 John Forester introduces our guest Steve Stoumire
 Steve is a past president of the Hill Country Archeological Association
 In this program Steve notes the different time zones where artifacts are found.
 By doing the necessary background investigations buy experts it can be determined when the 
 Indians lived in this area.
 Some arrow points brought for review.
 We learned the difference between arrowheads and bow points
 An Atlatl to help with throwing spears. An Atlatl and a Arrow were passed around the room
 Steve noted that there were 3 major sites in Kerr County. Gatlin site ( Saddlewood entrance)
Kemosabe (.6 miles west of Gatlin) and CWR at an undisclosed location along the Guadalupe river.
 the power point is in the Story Content page below.
Rich Prehistory of Kerr County Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 20, 2019

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 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Nov 20, 2019
 Just giving thanks to all First Responders that responded to the Incident that happened on 
 Monday night and Tuesday.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 20, 2019
  Lee Johnson led the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
 George leads us in the November Birthdays song
Invocation and Pledge Of Allegiance & Song Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 20, 2019
John Forester was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
 Way to go John.
Wine is fine Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 20, 2019
 Charlie opens the meeting.  Jeff introduces members with guest.
 Before the Bell
Opening Bell Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 20, 2019
 The Noon Rotary Club purchased Pizza for all the First Responders involved in the incident.
 Bell Ringing at Gibson's are needing volunteers for Nov 30th. Sign up online or See Dave Samuels
 Blue Santa program is needing volunteers for Dec 7th , See Phillis Ricks
  Board of Directors
  •  Janelle Peralt
  • Todd Odem
  • Paul Anderson
  • Phillis Ricks
  • Donna Peterson (Satellite)
  • Marta Diffen
  • President             Tammy Prout
  • President Elect  Jeff Harris
  • Secretary             Brenda Thompson
  • Treasurer            Gena Daniels
  • Past President   Charlie Mcllvain
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Denise LeMeilleur on Nov 19, 2019
This is a reminder for our Satellite meeting, Tuesday, November 19th at 5:30. We meet at the American Red Cross building across from the Kerr County Courthouse. Our special guest speaker is; Special Agent Jessica Triola.
This is also our Thanksgiving Potluck meeting, please plan on bringing a side/meat dish based on your last name: 
A-G    Vegetable or Meat Dish
H-R     Dessert or Meat Dish
S-Z      Dressing, Potato or Pasta or a Meat Dish
Paper products, drinks and rolls/bread etc will be provided.
Also, this is our month to do a food drive for the Veteran's Pantry. Please bring non perishable items you would use at a Thanksgiving meal, such as stuffing mixes, potato mixes, cornbread mix, can goods like cranberry, yams, green beans, corn or such. Let's do a great job for our Veteran's and have a  100% participation!
If you are not a Satellite member but need to makeup a meeting please come as our guest to this meeting. 
Make plans to be there on time so we can start our program in a timely manner.
We will also have a sign up sheet for the BLUE SANTA program for you to participate in. 
See you Tuesday :)
Denise LeMeilleur

Satellite Rotary President

Satellite Club Meeting Denise LeMeilleur 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2019
Bryant Truitt introduced FBI Special Agent Chris Combs, who heads up the San Antonio office. His division of the FBI encompasses sixty counties and has 500 employees. One of the biggest threat Agent Combs and his staff face is surge of active shooters, with an average of one every two weeks over the last year. 
The FBI works closely with local law enforcement wherever these events occur. Ninety eight percent of the incidents are under a local law enforcement jurisdiction, but they are often overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of the crime scene. The FBI provides the ability to mobilize dozens or even hundreds of personnel to assist the sheriffs, city or county authorities in assessing the crime scene and gathering evidence.  The average time for an active shooter is just six minutes. The training in place now emphasizes the police response to come in fast and loud because a shooter will often take their own life once they realize the police have arrived. The sooner the police presence is knows, the potential for stopping the carnage increases.
The biggest take away  for the average citizen: "If you see something, say something".  We should be vigilant about looking for unusual signs in behavior that could  lead to a bad situation.
The FBI is also partnering with  Rotary to reduce human trafficking. Their main focus is on crimes against children, and also how to help the victims after they have been rescued from the trafficking situation. As with the mass shootings, law enforcement relies on tips from the public that can lead to stopping the trafficking cycle.
Special Agent Chris Combs David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 18, 2019
George Eychner led our group in the appropriate "Secret Agent Man" song  in honor of our guest speaker.
George and the Secret Agent Man David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 18, 2019
Doug Lidiak led us in the prayer and pledge to open the meeting.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 18, 2019
District Governor John Hutcherson honored Doug and Sue Whinnery for their significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation, over a number of years.
Whinnerys honored for Foundation gifts David Martin 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
Volunteer for ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Gibson's, starting November 30th, and continuing for four consecutive Saturdays. Just go to the our Rotary Club Website to sign up.   
Our Rotary Club has another unique speaker scheduled to speak this Wednesday.  FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs will be speaking on mass shootings and human trafficking.  His program will be longer than most.  For that reason, the buffet lunch service will be available beginning at 11:30, with our meeting beginning at 12:00.
A number of special guests will be attending this meeting.  If you plan on bringing a guest, please let Robin Miears ( or me ( know by Tuesday afternoon so we can make certain our room will accommodate the larger crowd.
Stay warm the next few days; and, we'll look forward to seeing each of you on Wednesday.
Rotary News you can Use David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
Tom Terrell provided the Veterans Day program this year, as he has for a  number of years, introducing four veterans and telling a bit about their service stories.
Left to right: Rotarian Ed Hamilton, Keith Selvey, Beck Gibson, and Vernon Ollar.
Ed Hamilton was a USAF Lieutenant Colonel, and served tours in Europe and Vietnam. He flew an AC-130 cargo plane and also was a helicopter pilot. He had numerous experiences, including one time his brakes failed and he went off the end of a runway. Ed calmly backed the plane up, and later realized he had gone into a mine field at the end of the runway.  He retired in 1975 after 20 years in the Air Force, and moved to Kerrville, and has made his home here ever since.
Keith Selvey, pictured above as the captain of this high school football team, was in the infantry in the Army in WWII. He was the fourth of eleven children, and was drafted in June 1941.  By 1944 he was promoted to sergeant, and was sent to the island of New Britain. He fought the Japanese and had several close brushes with mortality, fighting out of a fox hole and spending 120 straight days in the jungle in combat.  After the war, Keith became a commanding officer in the National Guard.
Beck Gipson was a warrant officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He  wanted to fly planes but ended up flying helicopters instead. Beck had several close calls including one instance where his helicopter was losing power and crash landed 100 yards from shore. He helped his companions swim to shore and later found out he had ruptured disks in his back.  
Vernon Ollar served in the US Army in World War II, achieving the rank of corporal. He was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, and his craft took a hit near Omaha Beach.  They hailed another craft and transferred their gear, but had to disembark in 6' of water. They improvised by using life preservers on top of their equipment to float to shore. Their first assignment was to support the Rangers, who lost sixty percent of their men.  His next duty included eleven months serving in France. Vern later returned to Normandy in 2014 and was honored  in a special memorial event.
Veterans Day program David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
George Eychner led us in song, and Stephanie Miller led us in prayer to start the meeting last week.
Song and prayer David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Nov 10, 2019
John Civello Jr., MD is the newest member of our Rotary Club. John is a retired psychiatrist, as well as an utralight pilot and drone enthusiast.  Welcome to the club, John!
New Member David Martin 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Nov 08, 2019
 Jeff reminds us of upcoming Veterans Breakfast on November 9th 
 Hosted by: Rotary Club of Kerrville
Veterans Breakfast Jimmy Hutto 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Oct 30, 2019
 Chamber Reconitions : Chamber Hall of Fame
 Bob Schmerbeck Garrett Insurance
 Volunteer Organzation of the Year
 Phillip Stacy Habitat for Humanity
 Creation of Trade School Scholarship Fund
 David LeMielleur 
 Donation from Centennial Bank
 Prayers for Ed Warren's family he passed away on the 29th of October. His wife passed away in       September.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
  Bill Muldoon told us about his journey in Rotary. His favorite or most memorable was saving one child. He was in Nicaragua and the orphan children were unsupervised. They were called the 
dump children. One was put in a host family and learned English and went to College.
 This family is waiting for next truck. This preacher helped the boy Juan.
Bill Muldoon becoming-a-Rotarian-vs-joining-rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
  Kristy open with telling her journey up the ranks of becoming a Rotarian. Then she
introduced Stephanie Miller. 
 Stephanie to us about her trip for 6 weeks and showed picks
Becoming a Rotarian vs Joining Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 30, 2019
 Amanda Taylor reports the Pint's for Polio brought  in $11,000 which was doubled and added to make the total donation $33,000. Way to go club!!!
The Rotary Club's Pints for Polio event was held recently at St. Peter's Church. Funds were raised to help with Rotary International's ongoing work towards the eradication of polio.  
Pints for Polio Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 30, 2019
 Jimmy & Bekki Hutto purchased the food from HEB's using the curb side service, then delivered to Veterans Center. These items were items they needed during the Thanksgiving holidays that are not normally donated. This is part of a $2,500 grant from Rotary.
Delivering Food to Veterans Center Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 30, 2019
 With the help of Denise LeMeilleur , John Forister , & Jimmy Hutto candies were placed on all the tables. We even had some sugar free candy for those who preferred.
 The Gang getting ready to start.
Day Before Halloween Rotary Style Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 30, 2019
 Our main fundraiser for the year is SuperBall, and initial organizational meeting was held  October 23 at 5:30 pm. Contact Kristy Vandenberg if you are interested in helping out with our fund raiser. We had about 15 folks show up and volunteer for
different committees.
Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 25, 2019
  Dennis Glenewinkel Introduces our guest Jeannie Slupik.
 Jeannie spoke about her experiences as a Guardian for the Veterans.
  They take like 40 vets on a trip twice a year, to Washington DC to see memorials.
  Rules are every vet get a guardian and must have a wheelchair all the time. When ask     if they could go see other exhibits, she then read their timeline for trip. They barley 
  had time to complete the mission.
 Pete Ryson veteran of several wars, shown in picture came in and shared with us a video.
Honor Flight of San Antonio Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 25, 2019
 Carol Holmes exchanged a banner from her visit to the Rotary club in West Jordan Utah.
Banner Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 25, 2019
    George led us in the Grand Old Flag song, in honor of our speaker.
George's Song Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Oct 20, 2019
Bruce McKenzie introduced our speaker and fellow Rotarian Ron Blilie, who talked about the landing on the moon in 1969. In addition to being a highly sought after flight instructor, Ron has some first hand experience as part of the team of engineers on the Apollo missions who helped get the first man on the moon.
The strategy that was developed was the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, where a main spacecraft and smaller lunar lander travel to lunar orbit.   The lunar lander then independently descends to the moon, completes the mission, and then returns to lunar orbit to rendezvous and re-dock with the main spacecraft.
A simulator was developed to test what it would be like to land on the moon, which has just 1/6 the gravitational force of the earth. Over one hundred test flights were performed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and the design was gradually refined to achieve the final spacecraft that went to the moon. There were some close calls along the way in testing, with Neil Armstrong having to eject once from the simulator.
The lunar lander was designed so that a computer would guide the actual landing on the moon, but in all six flights, the astronauts guided the craft in manually. On the first mission to the moon, the proposed landing site was missed slightly, and Neil Armstrong saw boulders the size of VWs, so he manually guided the lunar lander to the surface.
Thank you, Ron, for your work on the missions, and for sharing your story.
Moon Landing David Martin 2019-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Oct 20, 2019
Carol Holmes led off the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 16, 2019
Brooke Sibert, daughter of club member Jon Sibert, addressed the club last week about her recent Rotary outbound exchange experience in France.  Some of the highlights include:
  • Flight troubles: Brooke missed her initial flight from Austin to Atlanta when she ran into confusion regarding the location of her departure gate.  When she figured out she was on the wrong side of the airport, she broke into a full-out sprint to try to catch her flight - only to be stopped cold at the door.  Brooke was balling and completely out of breath, but she tried to negotiate her way on to the plane, regardless.  She mentioned that she was a "minor traveling alone," but the gate attendant was unsympathetic.  However, there was a happy ending to the story as Delta provided Brooke with a free ticket to Paris as a result of her troubles (and because it was a Delta attendant who sent her in the wrong direction in the first place)!  Though Brooke ultimately made it to France, she mentioned that she was exhausted after her "25 hour travel day and 4-5 plane rides!" On top of everything else, she lost her luggage in the process as well!  Regardless of the challenges in actually getting to France, she was greeted by her host family with wine and cheese, the perfect French welcome!
  •  Veggies anyone?: Brooke's host family was a vegetarian family, so veggies took the place of some of Brooke's favorite foods for a month.  According to Brooke, "it was hard being a vegetarian, especially coming from Texas!"
  •  Rotary Abroad: Brooke attended a Rotary meeting while abroad, and she described the meeting as long, with a "food bar like" warmup to the meeting, where it didn't feel like anyone was in a hurry.  She also described a long picture taking process after the meeting was done.  See the picture below of Brooke and her flag (along with other flags garnered by Rotarians on recent visits to California & Wales).
  •  A Tourist's Dream: Brooke had the opportunity to travel to multiple locations throughout France, including Paris (which she referred to as "every girl's dream," though she was wholly unimpressed with the size of the Mona Lisa - too funny), Bordeaux (which included cathedrals galore and another transportation challenge as all trains in the city were shut down for 3 hours), and the Basque region of France (where Brooke enjoyed the food fair but was unimpressed with the region's excitement concerning their Independence Day - "they didn't seem very excited about it," proclaimed Brooke!).  Visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triumph were highlights of the trip.  
  •  Reunion Time: Brooke had the opportunity to visit Javier ("Javi"), our former Rotary exchange student from Spain, in Zaragoza, Spain (Javi's home town) during her trip.  She said that the four day side trip was a nice way to reconnect with Javi and his family.
  •  Back at Home: Brooke had the experience of a lifetime, and in her words, she "learned a lot about culture, the world, and myself."  She already references the trip all of the time, and already misses the cooler weather.  However, Brooke said that she was happy to come home as well, actually "shedding a tear" when she saw Chick-fil-A in the Atlanta airport upon her arrival back in the States.
Brooke expressed her thanks to the club for sponsoring her trip.  And to Brooke, we'd like to say "Thank You!"  To say that Brooke's presentation was simply entertaining would not be doing it justice.  She is quite the story teller, and I think it's safe to say that Brooke had the audience "in stitches" as she described her trip.  Thanks for providing the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club with it's very own French Connection!  We look forward to your next adventure!!
Brooke Sibert - The French Connection Paul Anderson 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 16, 2019
Mike Huff provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
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  Ross Rommel 
  Schreiner University Board Member
  Closed with asking the attendees to fill out the donor cards and send them in.
  Before the meeting started
 This lady standing, was watching the time on each speaker.
Ross Rommel Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
 Danette Vines introduced student Noah Moreno
  Cecilia Barlow introduced student Autumn Rowlands
Scholarship Recipients give thanks Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Charlie McCormick, PhD
Presidents Office
Tom Murrry Building 
  Charlie said the goal of the HCCF was to get the fund up to $625,000.
 It was noted that everyone should drive around campus to see just how it has grown. See where river trail comes to campus and the Acorn Building. It was also noted that when the students get a scholarship, it cover all 4 years. The average distant a student has to drive to school is 51 miles.
Charlie McCormick PHD Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
 Marta Diffen led the group in Pledge of Allegiance.
 Marta did a Rollcall for Service Organizations, & called forward
 She also read the Campaign Mission Statement, Introduced all of the Leaders,
Campaign Total, And recognized all attending HCCF recipients.
 Marta introduced Robert Kluting
Robert Kluting, MBA
Instructor of Business
Management | Academic Affairs
 Robert noted that 100% of faculity was donating to HCCF
Marta Diffen Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019
Travis Frampton, PhD
Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost
  Travis Frampton leads the group in the Welcome & Invocation 
  Travis noted that HCCF started in 1978. The fund covers 6 counties in our area.
HCCF Kick-Off Luncheon Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Oct 07, 2019


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

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October Rotary Theme of the Month Jimmy Hutto 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 30, 2019
George Eychner led us with a song honoring our speaker.
George's song David Martin 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
 Retired US Army Lt. General Michael Oats. 
 Michael explained rules of Engagement by US Military Myth & Reality.
 He answered alot of questions when he was done with the program
Rules of Engagement Myth & Reality Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Charlie introduced Bob Schmerbeck and noted he had 51 years of perfect attendance in Rotary meetings
  All the above folks also got an award for Perfect attendance handed out by Charlie.
many more were called but were not there to receive their award.
Perfect Attendance Awards Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
 Gerald Irion pulled the Ace of Spades out of the 40 cards left in the Deck and got 1/2 of over $1,100. Way to go Gerald!!!
Ace Of Spades Drawing Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
 David welcomes Kelly Snyder, as the newest member to the club.  Welcome Kelly!
New Member Jimmy Hutto 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Sep 09, 2019
 Prayers are in order for David and Mary Jane.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
Rotary District Governor John Hutcherson provided the program last week. John was introduced by Carol Holmes, former district governor and new member of our club.
John emphasized the importance of the continued goal of polio eradication,  and the support the Rotary Foundation does in this fight. He and his wife Judy have been to India to help in the national immunization day, where scores of volunteers from across the globe provide the polio vaccine drops to locals in need.
The Rotary Foundation continues to provide support worldwide, and has given millions of dollars for polio and these six areas of focus: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing clean water, Sanitation and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Helping grow local economies.
John Hutcherson, Rotary District Governor David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
Mark Dizdar provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
George led us in song in honor of our District Governor, John Hutcherson.
Song for the day David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Sep 09, 2019
David Syers exchanged his red badge for a new one. Congrats David!
Red Badge Exchange David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2019
Sue Whinnery's name was called and she was wearing her Rotary pin, so she won a bottle of wine.
Wine is fine David Martin 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 04, 2019
Our very own U.S. Representative Chip Roy (21st District of Texas) took time out of his busy schedule to speak to the club last Wednesday.  He tackled tough topics including border security, health care, job creation, gun control and other highlights of certain legislation currently up for consideration on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Chip emphasized that American's are great, and are still capable of achieving great things - as long as Washington keeps out of the way!  He also shared his opinion that a lack of communication and neighborly respect for one another is a major reason why we have the divisiveness we have today, and that its time to slow down, say hello and break bready with our neighbors. 
Chip also spoke about his recent bi-partisan trip to Israel, and about the privilege of walking where Jesus once walked and standing in the exact spot Jesus once stood to help the blind see.  He also spoke of the dangers facing the country (and region) today, and that Israel depends on the United States, now as much as ever, to tackle these substantial challenges.
Chip is a former federal prosecutor and the former chief of staff to Senator Ted Cruz.  He also spent time outside of the political arena as an investment banking analyst, a technology consultant, and as a counsel in the Oil & Gas industry, as well as the Vice President of Strategy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  Chip currently serves on the Budget, Oversight, and Veterans Affairs committees and is the Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  See more about Chip at
President Charlie presents a certificate as a thank you to Congressman Roy.
Chip Roy Paul Anderson 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 04, 2019
Our Labor Day Walk-a Fun was a big success - stay tuned next week for pictures from the event!
Pints for Polio will be October 26, 2019 at the Dietert Center - Let Amanda and Kristy know if you can help!
Our next Veterans' Breakfast will be November 7th - make plans to attend now! 
Military Veterans Rotary pins are available to members who are veterans. Ask Tammy if you are interested.
Rotary News you can Use Paul Anderson 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Sep 04, 2019
Richard Johnson pinch hits for George Eychner with "Chip's Song" to welcomed Congressman Chip Roy to the tune of the "The Marines' Hymn!"
Chip's Song Paul Anderson 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg on Sep 02, 2019
put this in your calender

Hello All,

I am emailing this to everyone who worked on last year's Walk-A-Fun event.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping to coordinate this event, please forward them this email.  I am going to make an announcement at lunch too!

We are hoping to add a few more "incentive" activities to boost attendance.  

To make this a success, we need the help of all Rotarians - but we start with a strong committee!  So, let's brainstorm, assign tasks, delegate, and get it started!

Kristy Vandenberg
Rotary Club of Kerrville

Labor Day Walk-A-Fun 2019 Kristy Vandenberg 2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 27, 2019
 Bob Schmerbeck was wearing his Rotary pin (after one was called not wearing theirs) when his name was called so he won a bottle of wine. Way to go Bob.
 Richard Johnson was called first and then Wayne Uecker neither got the queen of spades. Some where close to $1,100 in the pot now.
Wine is Fine & Queen of Spades Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 27, 2019
 Robin introduced our guest speaker David Jones.
 Its always a pleasure to hear Coach Jones speak. He grabs your attention and you hang on every word. He brought to our
 attention that Tivy school was ranked 7th in the overall UIL ranking in 5A schools in Texas. This speaks well of both        Teachers and students of Tivy. As for as football team goes, Coach feels he has the 2 best wide receivers in the state,
 and 2 best quarterbacks in the state. He also noted the of the 5 captains on the football team not one has less than 3.8 GPA.
 Coach was ask since his wife was in the school system for over 30 years, Did this make him focus more on the academics?
 His answer was a great answer. He said he owes all of his success to his wife Holly. Looking forward to another great season for Tivy.
Coach David Jones Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 27, 2019
After George called for all Tivy Grads to come to the front he led us in the fight song. 
George's song TFND Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Noon Rotary's Newest Member Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 13, 2019
 A Wine and Cheese get together was held at the home of Bekki & Jimmy Hutto. Shelley Hill spoke about Your Rotary Legacy.
 Jerry Hardy also came to the event from San Antonio.
A Little Wine & Cheese Jimmy Hutto 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Aug 13, 2019
     Guy Overby            Presented the 2019 Tivy Hall of Fame Inductees

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

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

The process

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

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

The committee

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

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

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

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


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


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

Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Orientation Paul Anderson 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 07, 2019
Trey Atkission leads the group in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Aug 07, 2019
George Eychner led us in singing "The More We Get Together" to subtly remind the group that changing up our Rotary routine - and our tables - helps us to get better acquainted with other members and programs in the club!  See George's creativity at work below:
Song for the Day Paul Anderson 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jul 23, 2019
 John Gambini owner and operator of the Olive Grove was our guest.
He started the company in 2008 and got plants planted in 2009. They have won many gold metal awards with their olive oil.
 Historians have discovered containers with oil that were 10,000 years old. Also 8,000 years ago, people had trees and harvesting olives.
 Olive oil is good for heart disease and diabetes.
 Spain has the most trees somewhere close to 350 million as compared to the 1.5 million trees in Texas. John said that California has been growing olive trees for 300 years where as Texas only stated the industry in 1986. 60% of the world production of olive oil comes from Spain & Italy. It was noted that olive trees will not grow in just any soil. Also the tree will die if exposed to 15 degree temperature for two nights in a row. John said he gives tours of there olive business and plans on having customers pick olives in the future. They also have  a Bistro there is you need a bit to eat. Its just north of Dripping Springs
Link to John's place
Texas Hill Country Olive Company Jimmy Hutto 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jul 23, 2019
Mike Cave had his Rotary pin on when his name was drawn, so he won a bottle of wine. Way to go Mike!
Wine is Fine Jimmy Hutto 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 08, 2019
In the weekly Draw a Card game for a chance to win big bucks and split the pot with Rotary, John Miller drew the winning card! He generously donated the winnings to the Hill Country Youth Ranch.
Card Picking Winner David Martin 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jul 08, 2019
Please keep Jimmy Hutto in your prayers- he had a hip replacement last week.
George Eychner had a knee replaced recently, and is recovering and moving about with a little help from a cane. Keep George in your prayers as well.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 07, 2019
Rotary's new board of Directors includes Phyllis Ricks, Ingrid Painter, Paul Anderson, and Todd Odom. Outgoing President Robin Miears welcomed the upcoming directors.
Other members include Jeanelle Peralt, Executive Secretary Kristy Vandenberg, Treasurer Gena Carter, President elect Tammy Prout, and Secretary Jeff Harris.
New Rotary Board and officers David Martin 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 07, 2019
Kristy Vandenberg and current District Governor John Hutcherson
Our own past President Kristy Vandenberg is the President Elect for our Rotary District Governor position.  Congrats Kristy for being nominated and volunteering for this job! Carol Holmes, who is a past District Governor and soon to be new member of our club, officiated at Charlie's McIlvain's induction, and Kristy's induction.
District Governor Elect Kristy David Martin 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 07, 2019
Charlie McIlvain is the new president of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club. Charlie is no stranger to community service. He was previously the youngest president of the Kiwana's club in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the age of 21. Charlie later served as president of the Granbury, Texas, Rotary club, so he is well versed in the ways of Rotary. 
Charlie has a number of goals for the year:
1. Involvement: vital to success- think of each member of Rotary as a tooth in the Rotary Wheel Gear- if some of the teeth are missing, our club is less effective. Please consider giving your time and expertise to help Rotary achieve our goals this year. 
2. Membership- obvious key to our success. Let's not only recruit new members, but keep the new ones that join. 
3. Welcome new members and guests. The main reasons new members leave the club is that they don't feel welcome or involved. Let's do our part to make the new members feel welcome, and give them a job. If you need help on a committee, then recruit the new members to jump in.
4.  We will be continuing a number of existing programs and events, including the Walk-a -Fun at the Louise Hayes Park and River Trail. Kids will be invited to bring their bikes and have professionals inspect their two wheelers.
5. A new project will be to promote Eco-Tourism, with the goal of operating a boat ride from the Riverside Nature Center on our Guadalupe River, This will emphasize the great  resource we have in the Guadalupe River, and provide an appreciation of the abundance of wildlife in the river corridor.
Thank you Charlie for serving as our new president, and let's help him make it a great year! 
Charlie's Rotary Year David Martin 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jul 01, 2019
Mindy Wendele's husband Raymond Holloway had by pass heart surgery recently. Please keep them in your prayers.
Congrats to Jeff Wendling and his  wife for receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Families in Rotary Stephanie Miller 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 01, 2019
Several Paul Harris Fellows were honored for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Eli Garcia
Raysh Aldredge
Bill Tucker
Cecil Atkission (Trey Atkission accepting award)
Art Bell
John Lang
Paul Harris Fellows David Martin 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 01, 2019
Robin acknowledged several Rotarians who went above and beyond in their service this year:
Rotarians of the Year:
Donna Peterson
Amber Thomason
Kristy Vandenberg
The President's Award exemplifies the Four Way Test and Service Above Self:
Jeff Wendling
Quiet Rotarian Awards- those who work behind the scenes contributing to our club and Rotary International.
Past President Doug Whinnery
Past President Sue Whinnery
And soon to be President Charlie McIlvain presented Robin with the gavel and plaque.
Rotary Awards David Martin 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jul 01, 2019
Past President Kristy Vandenberg
President Robin Miears
It was Kerrville Noon Rotary's President Robin Miears last week on the job. Kristy Vandenberg (also a past president), talked about being a Rotary club president, and how rewarding, but time consuming it is. They often serve on the board for two to three years before serving on the executive board, which is another three years. And, then there is one year serving as past president, attending all the board meetings. So, she honored Robin, and we appreciate Robin's time and effort to keep our club running smoothly, and thank her for her service.
Robin then provided some highlights of our clubs activities for the year:
Convention in Toronto
Labor Day Walk
Trash pick up on Goat Creek Road
First Responders Luncheon
Pints for Polio
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
Several Local Sports teams visited our club
Bell Ringing at the Salvation Army
SuperBall fund raiser
Support of the Stock Show
Rise Against Hunger event
Drive for Project Graduation
Habitat House Ground Breaking
Interact Clubs at Tivy and Peterson Middle School
District Conference
Josh the Otter Water Safety Education
Youth Citizenship Awards
Veterans Day Program
It's obvious that our club is involved in some great community service, so keep these programs and events in mind for next year, and participate!
Robin's Year in Review David Martin 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 18, 2019
Jason Davis is Chief at Kerr County Juvenile Probation Department.  
Jason talked about trying to save kids from getting into more trouble. 
He took question from the floor and answered them. The Juvenile age is  13 to 16. above 16 goes to Adult depending on the offence. 
Here is a link showing many different guidelines they follow in order to help kids.
Jason Davis Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 18, 2019
Please keep Lois Schlieter in your prayers, as she is at Hilltop Village with congestive heart failure.
Dave Samuel's wife Mari had knee replacement surgery, Prayers for rapid recovery.
John Grimes is in hospital prayers for him & family.
Prayers for the passing of former Rotarian Dan Bacon he was 88.
Dan Wallace Bacon, M.D.

Kerrville - Dan Wallace Bacon left us on June 8, 2019, surrounded by friends, loved ones and beautiful music. He was born December 17, 1930 in Childress, Texas, the son of Joseph Driver Bacon and Georgia Mae Wallace Bacon. He was raised in Humble Oil pipeline camps across South Texas and the Hill Country. Dan graduated from Alice High School in 1948; from Texas A & I University in 1951; and from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1955. He completed his medical residency at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin.
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Jun 18, 2019
Dear Club
As we're wrapping up this Rotary, please send me any photos you've taken of Rotarians at work in our community so I can include them on my end of year presentation to the club.  
Thanks & have a Blessed Day!
 Reminder next week we start meeting at the Kroc Center for lunch.
 Charlie introduced members with guest.
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 18, 2019
Several new Paul Harris fellows were honored at the meeting. Bob Schmerbeck
 Not all listed were in attendance
Paul Harris Fellows Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 11, 2019
George Eychner led us in singing happy birthday to Rotarians who had a birthday in June.
June Birthdays David Martin 2019-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 11, 2019
Tom Hamilton led us in the prayer and pledge at our new lunch venue, the Croc Center.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jun 10, 2019
Tom Terrell organized the Memorial Day program, where several members of our club told a story about a member of the armed service who gave his life in combat for our country. It was a very moving tribute. June 6th was the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy during World War II.
Jeff Harris told the story of his friend Jacob Leicht. Jacob was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corp, and was born on July 4th, 1985. He served in Afghanistan, and was wounded when a bomb took out his Humvee. He spent two years recovering, and pleaded his case to be sent back to active duty. He did return to his battalion, but died within a month of his tour of duty. He was the 1,000th soldier to die in the conflict. His younger brother had enlisted just nine days before Jacob was killed, and looked forward to serving with his brother in Afghanistan. 
Ashley Phillips relayed how Javier Paredes grew up in a difficult situation at home and was eventually was brought up in foster care. He ended up at Hill Country Youth Ranch where he was nurtured and cared for by the staff and family at the ranch. He was learned well and enjoyed helping others at the ranch, especially the younger ones. Javier worked at the Lakehouse Restaurant here is Kerrville, where he was remembered as a hard worker.
Corporal Paredes joined the Army, and became a medic, serving in Iraq. In 2007, he was killed in a rocket propelled grenade attack in Baghdad. 
Jeff Anderson told the story of his good friend from high school and college, Sandy Stroud.  
 As their sophomore year in college in ‘67 drew to a close... Sandy made the fateful decision to enlist in the Army, planning to later return to College and pursue a medical career like his Father. In August he deployed to Fort Polk & October to Vietnam after one last gathering with friends. 
Sandy was part of Operation McArthur in the area known as Đắk Tô, which lies in a valley in the S Vietnam Central Highlands surrounded by ridge-lines that rise up 4000’.  The Americans were badly outnumbered, and Sandy was one of the troops killed.
Sandy was the first of Jeff’s classmates to die in Vietnam. His funeral led by best friend Mike Mullen’s father was overflowing with friends who came home to Corpus to honor their friend.


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

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

Roy Boudreaux story was about his friend William Bitsenbarger, who he served with in Vietnam.  William was part of Charlie Company, and his role was on a helicopter unit which rescued soldiers from the dense undergrowth in the jungle. He operated a hoist to bring the wounded back into the helicopter, but on this occasion he volunteered to go down to the ground and assist the troops first hand. He made numerous rounds and continued redistribute ammo and help the wounded, but was eventually was one of 100 out of 120 men killed in the battle.
William was awarded the Air Force Cross and the Purple Heart for his missions.
Memorial Day Program David Martin 2019-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 04, 2019
  Jeff Anderson was the master of Ceremonies. You could tell he believed in the work being done.
Jeff is Servant Pastor of SERV Kerrville & Read 2 Win.
 Since Schreiner University started this program for the kids they have donated over one million dollars the students.  
 2019 Collaborators Schreiner University, Kerrville Daily Times, Read 2 Win, SERV Kerrville, Noon Rotary Club of Kerrville .
 16 Students were selected from 8 schools in Kerrville area. They each received a scholarship for $5,000 per year for four years for attending Schreiner University.        
 Other  guest besides the students and their families were Charlie McCormick Ph.D., President of Schreiner University, and Cory Edmondson ECO of Peterson Health.
 Chrystal Dockery was ask to come announce the winning students.
Also recognized were the recipients of the $1500 grants to attend Police Detective school.
 Matthew Reusser along with Victor Martinez
2019 Rotary Youth Citizenship Awards Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jun 04, 2019
 Bret Ford's sons both received awards as players one in college & the other in High school. Way to go guys.  
 Stockton Williams wife is ill prayers for the family.
 David LeMeilleur's funeral is this Saturday, Prayers for their family
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Memorial Service @ Courthouse Jimmy Hutto 2019-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 06, 2019
Mark Dizdar exchanged his red badge for a new one.
Red Badge exchange David Martin 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2019
Members of Schreiner's Shooting Sports team
Shreiner University Shooting Sports team visited us last Wednesday, and coach Robert Davis explained how they recently won the Division 1 National Championship for collegiate competition.  Schreiner won the Division 2 championship last year, and had won some events earlier this year. So, the team discussed competing in the highest level
competition for the National Championship this past spring, and decided to go for it. Hard work and lots of practice netted them first place in the Division 1, against much larger schools including Clemson and Texas A&M.
Coach Davis
The Shooting Sports teams started on 2006 with a coach and one student, and has steadily grown to its current size of 30 students. The team competes in a variety of shotgun sport disciplines including American trap, American skeet, International trap, International skeet, Sporting Clays, 5-Stand and super sporting. Most team members have  grown up competing in youth  programs such as 4H. With the success of this program, Schreiner won't have any problem attracting potential students to compete on this team. Congratulations !
Schreiner University Shooting Sports David Martin 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on May 06, 2019
John Forister led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
Amy Hardin, Volunteer Services Coordinator for Hill Country CASA, informed the club about the organization's background, purpose and many successes here in our community.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Dear Club, 


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


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


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

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


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


Dates to remember:  


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


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


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


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


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


See you Wednesday!



Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
Bob Schmerbeck and Bob Fairchild received plaques for their 50+ years as a Rotarian. Way to set the bar impossibly high guys!!
50 Years!! Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
Clint Morris receives well deserved recognition for his service as the club's Program Chair. In typical Clint fashion, he redirected the praise to the members of the club that makes his job "easy" for him. We're grateful for your leadership Clint.
Our Fearless Program Chair! Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
George Eychner led us in "America the Beautiful!"
Song for the Day Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on May 01, 2019
Larry Freeman led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 16, 2019
Clint Morse was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he was rewarded with a bottle of wine.
Wine is Fine David Martin 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 16, 2019
We have a weekly game where you can buy a chance to win some cash, and help raise funds for Rotary. Lucy Wilke's ticket was drawn, and she drew  card, but wasn't the lucky winner. The weekly pot keeps getting  bigger until someone wins, so buy a ticket this Wednesday. The winner and our Rotary club split the pot.
Buy a ticket to benefit Rotary David Martin 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Apr 16, 2019
Volunteer Opportunities:  
Veterans Breakfast is Thursday April 18 from 8-930 at the Veterans Center on Meadowview Ln.  Come grab a taco & enjoy time with our local heroes.  
First Responder's Golf Tournament April 22, Monday.   If you want to play or sponsor a hole, there's still some room!  Get with Jeff Wendling or Jeff Harris.  
Josh the Otter water safety program committee has started meeting.  We're arranging to read Josh the Otter's story to local second and third graders.  If you're interested in volunteering to read or work the puppet, contact Paul Anderson or Kristy Vandenberg.  
Youth Citizenship Awards-it's that time of year again!  If you're interested in spending a few minutes of your time to present the annual Citizenship Awards to local fifth graders, see Jeff Anderson for details.  
Save the date, for our Rotary Club Annual Picnic, May 8th.  Justin Hamilton from our satellite club will be cooking up some yummy barbecue!  Come enjoy fun & fellowship! 
Families in Rotary: 
I've just been given an update on Stockton Williams' wife, Leslie.  She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.   Please keep the Williams family in your prayers.  
Also, continue to pray for David LeMeilleur and the LeMeilleur family.  He's seeing some improvement.  He's finished his first round of radiation and they are going to be trying a new regimen of chemotherapy soon. 
See you all tomorrow.  
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 16, 2019
New members Ken Asel, Mike Cave, and Roy Boudreaux exchange their red badges for blue ones.
Red Badge Exchange David Martin 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 14, 2019
Robert Puig provided the program on the rich history of Mexican Americans in Kerr County.  Mexican Americans have been in the area for one hundred and forty seven years. His family was one of the first in Kerrville, and his great uncles came to Texas to work as cowboys and found friendship and employment with Captain Charles Schreiner.
The area along Lemos Street (named for a celebrated Mexican American WWI veteran) was the home to their community, and a General Merchandise Store was at the center of their activities.  Father Kemper was one of the first priests in the area, and was disappointed to find out that the Mexican Americans were not welcome at the Catholic Church in town. So, he organized and built them a church and school on the corner of Jefferson and Lemos.
History of Mexican Americans in Kerr County David Martin 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 14, 2019
George then led us with the song of the day, Deep in the Heart of Texas.
Song for the Day David Martin 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Apr 14, 2019
George Eychner led us with the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Apr 09, 2019
Tom Terrell let us know about a new game where we draw cards to get a chance to win some cash at lunch, and it also benefits Rotary. Bring a few extra dollars at lunch and see if you are a lucky winner.
April 18, Veterans Breakfast, come and greet local Veterans & thank them for their service.  Contact Donna Peterson ( if you'd like to volunteer for this event.
April 22, Second Annual First Responder's Golf Tournament.  Talk to Jeff Harris or Jeff Wendling if you're interested in helping with this event.  
Josh the Otter will be starting in April!!  If you're interested in helping read about water safety to second & third graders, talk to Paul Anderson or email him at
Robert Puig
Apr 10, 2019
The Mexican American History of Kerrville
Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Apr 16, 2019
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Chip Roy
Apr 17, 2019
Washington Update
Apr 24, 2019
Mark Hess
May 01, 2019
The Gillespie County Fair
Spring Picnic
May 08, 2019
Schreiner University
May 15, 2019
Our Lady of the Hills Boys Basketball team won the State TAPPS 3A Basketball Champions
 The Teams was our guest at Rotary. Coach Chris Ramirez introduced the boys.

 Principal Mrs. Terese Schwarz was also there to support the boys
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
 Roy Boudreaux exchanges Red Badge for Blue. Congratulations Roy
 Jimmy Hutto Welcomes Mark Dizdar as the newest member Of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club.
Mark moves here from the Kingsville Tx area
Red Badge Exchange /New member Jimmy Hutto 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristy Vandenberg on Apr 09, 2019
 We were all ask to move to a table that we had never sat at before. Then we were handed instructions
on what to do next.
So most folks go up moved and begin telling about them selves.
So we moved again and did the same thing,
we were to do this a third time but ran out of time
Something Different Kristy Vandenberg 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 09, 2019
Please continue to keep David and Denise LeMeilleur in your prayers, as David continues his battle with lymphoma. 
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Apr 09, 2019
 We had two winners that were wearing their pins and won the wine! 
Chris Braaten on the left and Danny Wheat.
Way to go guys!!!!
Wine is Fine! Jimmy Hutto 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 25, 2019
George Eychner led us in an appropriate song for the Habitat program.
Song for the day David Martin 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 25, 2019
Judy Eychner provided the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 25, 2019
Philip Stacy, the executive director for the Kerr County Habitat for Humanity, gave an overview of the local chapter of this global organization. Habitat began in 1976 in Americas, Georgia, and provides affordable housing with a no interest loan to people who go through a qualification process.  Kerr County Habitat is the largest single family builder in the county, and accomplishes its mission with mainly volunteer help. 
Various organizations and churches have sponsored  houses locally, and provide volunteer labor and support to get them built. The house that our club sponsored was #113 in Kerr County. The average cost to a home owner is $550.00 to $600.00 per month, including taxes and insurance, which is substantially less than any comparable rent for a local house or apartment.  There is a very low default rate, and the owners put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity into building their and other recipient's houses in order to meet the ownership criteria.
In addition to building and financing the house, Habitat volunteers provide life training skills to prepare the recipients for ownership, including education on maintenance, financial basics and insurance. For more information, visit
Out Rotary club has donated $30,000.00 over the last three years to Habitat, and this photo shows members of the local board accepting the gift.
Habitat for Humanity David Martin 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 19, 2019
 Baby Giraffe with mom.
a cross between a Donkey & a Zebra know as Zonkeys
Tour of the YO Ranch Jimmy Hutto 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Mar 19, 2019
Dear Club:  
Calendar of Events:  
 March 20, Phil Stacy and his board will be talking about Habitat for Humanity & our club's contribution of $30,000 to help build a new Rotary house in Kerrville.  For those new members, Past Presidents Kim Clarkson, Stephanie Miller & Jeff Talarico each committed to donate $10,000 for their Rotary year to build a Rotary house to benefit a local family.  We will be making the check presentation next week at our weekly meeting.   
March 21, Chamber Networking Luncheon sponsored by our Club.  Join us for the quarterly networking lunch and hear great things about our club & our contributions to the community.  You will need to pay the entry fee to the Chamber if you choose to attend.  This will count as a makeup for a missed meeting.  
March 23, New Member Project at Tivy High School to benefit Project Graduation.  Come and test drive a new vehicle & Ford will donate $10 for every test drive to Project Graduation.  
April 18, Veterans Breakfast, come and greet local Veterans & thank them for their service.  Contact Donna Peterson ( if you'd like to volunteer for this event.
April 22, Second Annual First Responder's Golf Tournament.  Talk to Jeff Harris or Jeff Wendling if you're interested in helping with this event.  
Josh the Otter will be starting in April!!  If you're interested in helping read about water safety to second & third graders, talk to Paul Anderson or email him at
As my dear friend, Janelle Peralt says, she loves Rotary because there's so much going on, but the beauty of it is that you can jump in and join any event when you have time and not feel obligated to do more than you have time for!  Don't feel obligated to do everything, but these are opportunities for service in the community.
For those of you who need to exchange your red badge for a blue badge, today is our board meeting at 11:30 at Community First Bank.  The board meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:30 at Community First Bank.  Sorry for the late notice on this!  If you can't make this month, plan to join us in April!!
See you tomorrow!
 Tammy's Thought for the week
  The kids had a blast
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 19, 2019
General Michael Hagee CEO Nimitz Foundation was our guest speaker

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

General Michael Hagee CEO Nimitz Foundation Jimmy Hutto 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Mar 19, 2019
Mike Allen's Mother in Law passed away
  I received a message from fellow Rotarian, Denise LeMeilleur and wanted to update you all.  David's situation has worsened.  Some fellow Rotarians have set up a bank account at Centennial Bank for anyone interested in helping with medical expenses.  They do have insurance, but the bills are mounting which is adding to their stress.  Continue to pray for David & DeniseRosalie & David Reast and Brian Bowers can be contacted for further details.  
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Peterson on Mar 12, 2019

Satellite Meeting February 19th

Speaker: Mark McDaniel, Kerrville City Manger
There are a lot of big changes coming to our beautiful town of Kerrville and Mark McDaniel came to talk to us about the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan. He was able to cram a lot of information in a short amount of time but the changes will range from an updated Olympic Pool, housing, parks, public services and a new hotel and so much more. If you want to read the full plan it is offered online.
Club Business:
We are starting a new service project and will be teaming up with Christian Ministries CSI group to help fix up, clean, or improve properties of low income/elderly people in our community who are not able to do these things themselves. We are still looking for volunteers if anyone would like to participate. Please email Erin at
Satellite Club report Donna Peterson 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 12, 2019
New member Carlina Villalpando, who is the publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times. Her proposed is Charlie McIlvain.
Roy Boudreaux joins our club, and is the owner of Kerrville Clock Company. David Jones proposed Roy for membership.
Howard Freeman serves as Chief Advancement Officer for International Care Ministries, a non profit serving poor communities in the Philippines. Robin Miears proposed Howard for membership.
New Members David Martin 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 12, 2019
Our Rotary Club helped fill the Food Bank at the local Veteran's Center on Meadowview. Pictured are Jimmy and Bekki Hutto delivering groceries.
Rotarians Help with Veteran's Food Bank David Martin 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 12, 2019
George Eychner started the meeting with the prayer and pledge.
In honor of our speaker's topic, hiking the Appalachian Trail, George also led us in singing John Denver's "Country Road".
Prayer, Pledge and Song David Martin 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Mar 10, 2019
Clint Morse introduced our program with a flashback to past, introducing three guests in the fashion of the game show "To Tell the Truth". The three "contestants" all claimed to be Lorie Hess, who recently hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.  After some questions from the Rotary audience to determine who was the real Lorie Hess, the truth became known.
The real Lori Hess did indeed hike the trail, and she provided insight and inspiration for anyone with their own mountain to climb.
Lorie is actually a Rotarian from Fredericksburg, and started the hike last year on March 21st. She experienced her last freezing night about a month later, and spent about six months hiking the trail. Friends, family and Rotarians sent packages of food, letters, and encouragement throughout the trip, and when she received them, it made a big impact on her ability to keep hiking. Lorie tent camped much of the way, although shelters were available occasionally and were a welcome respite from the rain storms that often came.
Although she did hike alone for part of the trip, she did find some hiking partners whose comradery lifted her spirits and kept her putting one foot in front of the other. Although the physical aspect of hiking an average of twelve miles a day with a fully loaded pack took its toll, the mental fortitude was the bigger challenge. She credits the "Tramilies" (trail families) and trail angels, who were strangers that opened up their houses to put her up for a night, with helping her succeed.
Lorie continues to give lectures and motivational speeches about her Appalachian Trail experience, and hopes to provide inspiration to others facing their own life challenges.
Lorie Hess and the Appalachian Trial David Martin 2019-03-10 06:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual First Responders Benefit Golf Tournament Jeff Wendling & Jeff Harris 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Mar 05, 2019

Dear Club,


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


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


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




Also -


Upcoming Events:  

Habitat Ground Breaking on Rotary House March 23

Veterans Breakfast is April 18

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


Host Families Needed!
We are looking for host families for an exchange student next year. Our club has hosted students from many different countries over the years, and this is a wonderful way to expand your horizons while providing a home for a student for three months next year. Contact Robin or a board member if you are interested in getting more information about the process.
Rotarian John Sibert's daughter will be an outbound exchange student next year, so we wish her great success wherever she lands.
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Prayer & Pledge Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 05, 2019
The club recently donated $4,000 to the Kerr County Child Services Board. 
The mission of the organization is to meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children through local education, collaboration, and provision of emergency resources. By building partnerships with community volunteers, local government, and other agencies, KCCSB increases community awareness of child abuse and helps children grow up to be healthy, productive adults.
The KCCSB is composed entirely of volunteers who give tirelessly to assist these Kerr County children placed in the care and custody of Child Protective Services.
It's an honor to back to such a wonderful organization that gives so much to the children of our community!
Kerr County Child Services Board Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 05, 2019
Ashley Phillips exchanged her red badge for a blue one! Way to go Ashley!
Red Badge Exchange Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Mar 05, 2019
George prepped the club for Sidney Hurlbert's shenanigans with the Kenny Rogers classic, "The Gambler"!
"The Gambler" Paul Anderson 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Feb 18, 2019
A salute to Women Veterans was held last weekend at the Cailloux Theater. Rotarian Jimmy Hutto and Wife Bekki and were on hand to lend a hand and give appreciation to their service.
Salute to Women Veterans David Martin 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Feb 18, 2019
Ken Asel is a retired Episcopal priest, and was a former Rotarian in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Doug Whinnery introduced Ken to the club.
Mike Wilson is a semi retired attorney, and he now makes Kerrville his home. Bob Fairchild proposed Mike for membership.
Jenna Moebes is the new executive director at the United Way, and Rosalie Reast introduced Jenna to the club.
New Members David Martin 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
 George played the trumpet during singing of the National Anthem
George's Song Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
 Jeff Wendling lead the meeting by telling the Agencies Honored and introducing first guest Rusty
Kerr County Sheriff's Office Presenter Rusty Hierholtzer
Kerr County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff of the year                   Kerr County Sheriff's Office Corrections Officer of the year
Narcotics Investigator Luke Flores                                          Corporal Matthew Reusser
Kerrville Fire Department presenter Chief Dannie Smith
Kerrville Fire Department Firefighter of the Year                    Kerrville Fire Department Officer of the Year
Firefighter/Paramedic AJ Reed                                         Lieutenant Billy Williams
Kerrville Fire Department EMS Person of the Year
Jordan Garcia          Jordan was unable to attend
Kerrville Police Department presented by Chief David Knight
Kerrville Police Department Police Officer of the Year
Officer Tyler Cottonware
Texas Parks and Wildlife Depatement presenter Captain Jeff Carter
 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Game Warden of the Year
Game Warden II Nicole Leonard
Kerr County Volunteer First Responder presenter Tom Moser
Kerr County Volunteer First Responders First Responder of the Year
Comfort Volunteer Fire Department
Ingram Police Department presenter Lt. Brian Blackburn
Ingram Police Department Officer of the Year
Officer Jose Salazar
Texas Department of Public Safety  presenter Lt. Sidney Pullin
Texas Department of Safety Trooper of the Year
Sergeant Chris L. LaLonde
Lifetime Achievement presenter Chief Dannie Smith
Public Safety "Service Above Self" Lifetime Achievement Award
KFD Division Chief Roger W. Lampman, Jr
 All the awardees
Eight Annual First Responders Awardees Luncheon Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019

Tammy was wearing her Rotary pin and won a bottle of wine. Congrats Tammy
Wine is Fine Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
   Please keep David Martin and family in your Prayers, his mother in law passed away recently.
Also keep Doug Lidiak's family in your prayers as he lost his mother in law also.
Walter Shellhase's wife Barbara has been put on hospice, prayers please.
Families in Rotary Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 12, 2019
 Tammy's thought for the week
                                                                                                                Above are her parents
 Robin is presenting the Service Above Self Award
for lifesaving safety skills demonstration on Jan 22 2019.  
Madaline Munoz only 10 years old.

February 15 Satellite Meeting

February 16 Trash Pickup


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


Rotary News you can Use Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 09, 2019
Enjoy More Pictures from the Rise Against Hunger event, held this past Saturday.
Rotary Club was well represented. Way to go!!!
Not sure how many folks were involved this is at the end of 2nd shift
we packaged 41,256 meals
Rise Against Hunger - A Picture Gallery Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
RYCA-Announcement Jeff Anderson 2019-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 05, 2019
  Clint Morse introduces our guest
   William Groneman III, born and raised in New York City as a member of the Baby Boomer generation, grew up on a steady diet of Western television shows and films. Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett series of the early 1950s sparked his interest in the frontier hero and the battle of the Alamo.
   He has written a number of books related to the Alamo, among them are Eyewitness to the Alamo, David Crockett—Hero of the Common Man and Death of a Legend—the Myth and Mystery of Davy Crockett’s Death at the Alamo. He also authored September 11: A Memoir.

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

Wasn’t Davy:

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

Was lazy:

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

Was uncouth:

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

Was of diminutive stature:

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

Never wore a coonskin cap:

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

Abandoned his family:

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

Kept a journal at the Alamo:

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

Was executed after surrendering:

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



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

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

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

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

Rotary Theme for month of February Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Feb 05, 2019
Dear Club:  

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

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


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


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

Satellite News Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Feb 05, 2019
  Charlie introduces the two Red badge Exchange members
  Asley Phillips with Hill Country Youth Ranch           Tim Campbell also with Hill Country Youth Ranch
 Way to go Asley & Tim welcome to the Blue Badge folks. Great work.
Red Badge Exchange Jimmy Hutto 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Super Ball Amber Thomason 2019-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jan 28, 2019
Kristy Vandenberg  told us about her great RYLA experience recently. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, which is an annual retreat of young folks developing their leadership skills. This is one of many great programs that Rotary organizes and sponsors, and it appears our future is bright with the enthusiasm of these young leaders.
Kristy's RYLA experience David Martin 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jan 28, 2019
Chris Braaten led us in the prayer and pledge.
Prayer and Pledge David Martin 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Jan 28, 2019
Courtney Lions Garcia was the speaker last Wednesday, and the topic was Big Bend National Park. Courtney is the executive director of the Big Bend Conservancy, whose mission is to promote, protect and raise funds for Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Big Bend was the first national park in Texas, and was purchased and established in 1945, making this year the 75th anniversary of the park.
With 450 species of birds, 55 reptile species, 11 amphibian and 40 fish species, Big Bend has plenty to offer visitors. Three distinct ecosystems define the park, including the mountainous Chisos Basin, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Rio Grande River.
The Big Bend Conservancy partners with the Park to help improve visitor experiences, and has raised over 3.7 million dollars through license plates, grants and membership gifts.  Projects include rehabilitating aging exhibits at Rio Grande Village, restoration of the Homer Wilson Ranch, and a fossil discovery exhibit.
Big Bend David Martin 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jimmy Hutto on Jan 15, 2019
The Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Association and the
Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau are
teaming up for the 15th annual Cowboy Breakfast.
Two new activities will be included in this year’s event commemorating the 75th Stock Show in Kerrville.  In addition to traditional breakfast wraps, pancakes and sausage will be served.  The elected official’s cow chip toss event will be replaced with the “Bouncy Horse Race” sponsored by Fore Premier Properties.  Mayor Blackburn and members of the Kerrville City Council will compete against County Judge Pollard and members of the Kerr County Commissions Court.  
Local businesses will compete for the coveted award as best “Goat Milking Team” with 10-12 teams participating in that event.
 its all for the Kids
Cowboy Breakfast Jimmy Hutto 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
 Charlie introduces our guest
 Cody Newcomb Superintendent of Center Point ISD. 
  Center Point ISD serves over 600 student’s pre k – twelfth grade, and honors a rich tradition of student success in academics as well as extracurricular activities.  It is our fervent goal to provide a quality education and equip our students with the tools that they need to become well rounded citizens and positive members of our society. 
  Being the Superintendent of  a school in an unincorporated city has its challenges. Besides being responsible for 600 students, all the teachers, and staff he has more. The school district is responsible for the water system cleaning operation at least until they the get a new system put in.
  When the School Board decided to have a police force, Cody decided the best place for the office was on the campus. Jimmy Poole was selected to head up the new department on campus as its first chief of police.
  When Cody noticed the old admin office at the campus was not being used except to store old stuff, he decided the make it into a Center Point School Education Center and Museum,
Now folks come from all over to visit the museum and to donate school related items to be displayed.
 This building now has a historical marker. The community needed a fitness center so Cody decided to use the museum to have this center, They have near 40 or so folks a week come in and use the facility. Not one piece of equipment has suffered any damage at all.
Cody Newcomb, Superintendent of Center Point Jimmy Hutto 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Miears on Jan 08, 2019
Dear Club, 
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Tomorrow we have Cody Newcomb, Superintendent of Center Point Schools telling us about their district and programs.  Charlie will also update us on Superball.  
Important dates to remember:  
February 2  Superball Fundraiser
February 6  First Responder's Recognition Luncheon
February 9   Rise Against Hunger & community food drive
February 15 Satellite Meeting
Have a great day!
Rotary News you can Use Robin Miears 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
George led us in song with the Salvation Army band.
George leads us in Song David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
Robin Miears presented three Paul Harris fellows at our Wednesday meeting. Congratulations to John Miller + 6, Trey Atkission +2, and Mark McDaniel +1.
Paul Harris fellows David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
Captain David Swyers of the Salvation Army, with family and other members of the Salvation Army band, provided a number of Christmas songs for the Rotary Club last Wednesday.
Salvation Army Band David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Martin on Dec 19, 2018
Ron Blilie gave the invocation and pledge.
Prayer and pledge David Martin 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson
The Tivy Antler Football Team celebrated an unbelievable 2018 season with the club last week.  Tivy finished 11-2 overall, while posting a perfect mark of 7-0 in district play.
Tivy Football Head Coad David Jones praised his assistant coaches for a job well done and announced individual All District award recipients (too many to individually list here!) to honor the team for their incredible accomplishments in 2018.  As a club, we also recognize the amazing job you've done Coach to elevate our Antlers to these heights!
Club Secretary Tammy Prout also brought attention to the team's generosity off the field by highlighting their contributions to Coldwell Banker's (D'Ann Harper) local Teddy Bears for Children program.
The team also showed the club they could hold their own in the buffet line as well!  
In all seriousness, the club was truly honored to host the football team as our guests.  We look forward to celebrating in your accomplishments next year!
Tivy Fight Never Dies Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Dec 12, 2018
Gerald Irion was the lucky winner of the wine drawing last Wednesday!
Wine is Fine Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Dec 12, 2018
Michael Kahl, Schreiner University Choir Director, leads the choir - and the "vocally gifted" members of the Noon Rotary Club - in a number of Christmas favorites.  The list included hits such as "Winter Wonderland," "O' Christmas Tree," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Jingle Bells," and "Carol of the Bells." In addition to singing our hearts out, we had the opportunity to hear from all of the choir members as well.  A great time was had by all!!
Christmas Sing Along! Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Anderson on Dec 12, 2018
George led all in attendance (which included the Tivy Football Team and the Schreiner University Choir as our honored guests) in the Tivy School Song to kick off the celebration.
School Song Paul Anderson 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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 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 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