Rotary Club of Kerrville, Texas                  Chartered February 26, 1926                               District 5840

 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kerrville!

Kerrville

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Inn of the Hills
1001 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX  78028-4913
United States
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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.
 
Nadia Noel-Anglade provided the prayer and pledge at the meeting last Wednesday.
 
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.
 
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. 
We welcomed our newest member of the club, Gillian Davidson, proposed by Jeff Talarico. Gill is Director of Activities at Riverhill Country Club.
 
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.
Longtime Rotary member and former Symphony of the Hills conductor Jay Dunahoo passed away May 12. His service will be June 9th, 2:00 pm  at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville. 
 
Bret Ford's son Lance is the valedictorian at Tivy High School this year.
 
Tivy's baseball team is continuing their run in the playoffs.
 
Jeff Talarico's  daughter Caitlyn and her family will be moving back to Kerrville soon. She will be the new Ag teacher at Tivy.
 
 
 
 
Thank you to all who have volunteered for our Habitat for Humanity work days, including the Saturday, May 19th one, which was the last build day of the year.  Big thanks go to to Rob and Rebecca Poindexter for organizing these work days throughout the year.
 
Gabby Flores from the Veterans Hospital made an announcement last week about needing volunteers to help escort Veterans to and from the shuttles for the Memorial Day event at the Kerrville National Cemetery.  The date is Monday, May 28th starting at 10am.  Please contact Gabby at 830-896-2020 ext 12061 or via email:  Gabriella.flores@va.gov to volunteer!  
 
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!
 
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!!! 
 
 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 https://kopserforcongress.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 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 https://chiproy.com/issues/
 
 
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
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

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.
 
 
The Satellite Club has been active- click here for the April news.
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.
State Representative and Rotarian Andrew Murr led us in the prayer and Pledge.
 
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!
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!
 
 
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.
 
David Jones is going thru some issues so please keep his family in your prayers.
 
Jeff Talarico introduced new Member Todd Odom, who is with Ken Stoepel Ford here in Kerrville. Welcome to the club, Todd!
 
Contact Us 

Caroline Wilson 
Club Administrator

(512) 787-7964

Mailing Address:

Rotary Club of Kerrville
218 Quinlan St. PMB #561
Kerrville, TX 78028
kerrvillerotary@gmail.com

 

 
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Speakers
Jane Ragsdale
May 30, 2018
Camp Stewart, Running an Historic Summer Camp in the 21st Century
Club Function
Jun 06, 2018
Citizenship Awards Program
Javier
Jun 13, 2018
Farewell Speech
Satellite Meeting 5:30 Wells Fargo Building
Jun 19, 2018
2nd floor 301 Junction Hwy
Stockton Williams
Jun 20, 2018
My Visit to Uganda
Kristy Vandenberg
Jun 27, 2018
Kristy's Year in Review
July 4th Holiday
Jul 04, 2018
Robin's New Year
Jul 11, 2018