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

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kerrville!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Kerrville Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
201 Holdsworth Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
United States of America
Satellite Club Meeting
Satellite Club Meeting--SECOND THURSDAY of every month
5:15 p. m. Meet and Greet, 5:30 p. m. Meeting
Security State Bank & Trust Community Room
1130 Junction Highway, Kerrville
New Member Bill Penak and two transfers Capt. Jeremiah Romack and Ann Bracher Vaughan
Carol Holmes introduces our own Kristi Vandenburg District Governor
Kristi started out by saying she was more nervous about speaking at this club than anywhere else she has spoke. Her vision statement is Serve to Change Life.
25 years ago there we 1.2 million people in Rotary and today there about 1.2 million people in Rotary. And 1.3 million people joined Rotary during that 25 years. Where are they going? Right out the back door. If they don't find something they are passionate about they leave. Our job is get new members involved in something they enjoy doing.
As a District Governor you get invited to international conventions. Hamburg, Germany was 2019 and it was virtual, 2020 was in Hawaii and it was virtual, this year its in Houston.
She said we all need to bring someone to Rotary. Bring one Loose none!
30% of all Rotarians are over 70.  We need to get the mid 50's folks to Rotary.
She want to try to end Human Trafficking. Wants to get all the 55 clubs in the district on the same page. Of the 313,000 people trafficked 1/3 are for sex and 2/3 are for labor.
She ask folks to buy chances to win a wheel barrel full of Wine & Booze. 14 folks paid for $200 worth of tickets and 11 folks paid for $100 worth of tickets. Jimmy & Asley will help collect the Wine & Booze along with money.
October is Economic and Community Development month.

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

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

Click the link below for the Zoom Replay of the 9-29-2021 Mtg featuring Dale Gaudier who gave a presentation on Amateur Radio, often referred to as "Ham Radio".
Dale Gaudier was the guest speaker last Wednesday, and gave a presentation on Amateur Radio, often referred to as "Ham Radio".  Dale has been past president of the Hill Country Amateur Radio Club, and developed an interest in the field in his early teens. 
Ham Radio is an effective way of communicating with others over the air waves. While hams may use the internet or a repeater system, they do not have to do so. In fact, one of the biggest advantages is that ham radio operators can talk directly with others without any outside infrastructure. This becomes really important during a natural or man made disaster when typical communication systems fail.
Amateur Radio enthusiasts do not use it for business. It is purely a hobby with a purpose. Hams practice efficient communication, and and expand their knowledge of geography, match and electronics while having fun doing it. 
 George Eychner led us in song with a Kerrville Version of "Deep in the Heart of Texas".
Roy Boudreaux was wearing his Rotary pin when his name was called, so he won a bottle of wine.
Congrats to Kristi Vandenberg for completing the recent triathlon.
Bekki Hutto is recovering from surgery, so continue to keep her in your prayers.
Please keep Mark Dizdar in your prayers.
Chad Matlock, a Texas Ranger, provided the program at Last Wednesday's meeting.
Chad has a number of family members in law enforcement, so it was natural for him to be in the field as well. He spent time in the highway patrol before becoming a Texas Ranger, and covers Kerr and Gillespie counties, and assists in several other surrounding counties.
The Texas Rangers are the oldest state police organization in the United States. In 1823, Stephen F. Austin "employed" ten men to patrol the range lands of Texas to protect the early settlers, and so the "Ranger" name stuck. In 1935, the rangers became part of the Department of Public Safety, and today there 161 rangers, including four women.
Their duties include crime scene investigations, body excavations, border security, police shooting investigations and tactical operations and crisis negotiations. They assist local  law enforcement agencies, and also investigate unsolved crimes. Several years ago, Chad survived a shooting while pursuing a criminal. Most Texas Rangers are in it until they retire, so there is little turnover.
Surprisingly, he often gets asked if Chuck Norris (Walker) was actually was a Texas Ranger. Not surprisingly, the answer is no. For more history, visit the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.
George Eychner led us in the "Eyes of the Ranger" for the song of the day.
Thank you to all who participated in the Rise Against Hunger event at Schreiner University on September 19th.  30,000 meals were packaged for those in need.
Clint Morse introduces our two guest  Laurie Rees and Phyllis Blair
Laurie started the program                   and Phyllis finished up.
This mentoring program started 30 years ago. They have volunteers that have been in program for 29 years. Its rewarding for the mentor. This is not tourting but just being a friend and advisor. Its asking questions to let the child see things in a different light. One child told a mentor about having nightmares. Mentor ask when does family watch TV? He said on Friday nights and it always scary movies. The mentor ask student if they would mind if he went to his room during the movies. He said that would be ok and he no longer has nightmares.
Mentors incourage students. They really like being incouraged.
The above link tells a bit more about program.
Contact Laurie Rees on the Daniels campus at 257-2233 or email her at
When ask how many mentors are needed Phyllis they have 60 mentors and over 200 students. 
Bill Groneman was a captain in the New York City Fire Department on September 11, 2001. That was his day off, and he had been for a walk on the beach, but soon after he left he found out there was a disaster in progress and made it to the fire station. His unit then was dispatched to a command post on the east side of the collapse zone.
The smoke and dust were intense, and made for a surreal experience, especially when he saw a jet engine sitting on the corner of a street. He and many others worked for days on the rubble and debris pile left from the collapse, first in rescue mode, and then in recovery operation.
Bill also displayed a unique look at photos from 911, and famous pieces of art that evoked similar emotions of the tragedy, anguish and disbelief from both witnesses and firefighters.
Bill has written a book titled "September 11- A Memoir" about his first hand account in the aftermath of 911.  He is an accomplished writer, and has also written several books on the Alamo.
Dennis Glenewinkel led us in the prayer and pledge last Wednesday.

One Day. One Focus:  Ending Polio

24 October 

We will meet at the on Oct 24th 3 till 6.
Show your support
Thank you to all who participated in the  Labor Day Walk A Fun event at Louise Hays Park.
Bekki Hutto is getting better daily, and Jimmy had foot surgery Tuesday. Keep these folks in your prayers.
Stockton Williams had a knee replaced on Monday.
Prayers out to Carolyn Northcutt as she lost her husband.
Kristi Shepherd lost a dear friend and neighbor who died in an accident.
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Rotary Club of Kerrville
P. O. Box 295335
Kerrville, TX 78029


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