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Welcome to the Oak Hills Rotary Club’s website. Hopefully, you will find it useful and informative. We meet on  Wednesdays at 11:45 am at the Outback Steakhouse, 12511 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78230  United States
 
Rotary is a community service group of business people focused on the needs of their community. Rotary has been around for well over 100 years, starting in  February 1905. The place was Chicago, IL. Paul Harris, an attorney, met with three other local businessmen to discuss improving the business relationships in Chicago. They would “rotate” their periodic meetings between their businesses as they expanded the discussion and brought others businessmen into the meeting. They became organized and incorporated other ideas as they grew.
 
A second club was formed in San Francisco in 1908 with a few more clubs following elsewhere in the United States, one of which was here in San Antonio. In 1911 Rotary became international with the establishment of a club in Canada. Today there are 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 34,000 clubs in over 165 countries.
 
Each club supports programs in their community, state, nation, and throughout the world. Since 1986, Rotary International has been a major force responsible for the near eradication of Polio worldwide and we have been joined by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization in this effort over the last several years. Our Club contributes to the Polio Plus foundation each year.
 
Oak Hills Rotary Club was chartered in October 1977 and we took our name from the original meeting place, the Oak Hills Country Club and have been a community leader in our area from the beginning. Our primary philanthropy is to support Child Hunger Programs, Youth Education Programs, and  Regional & International Programs. Please review the Photo Album portion of this Web Page to gain an understanding of our community interface. 
 
Oak Hills Rotary Club meets most Wednesdays at noon for an hour of fellowship and fun. We take the work we do seriously but not ourselves. Come have lunch with us and learn how you can support the San Antonio and International Community.
 
Gold Raffle Coming Soon!
 
Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
The meeting opened with the ringing of the bell by President Rick Tarbell. Vice President John Legris let us with the prayer and the pledge today. Vice President John also recognized our speaker, District Governor John Hutcherson and guests club member candidate, Glenda Spears and former OHRC member Bob Schero. 
 
National What Day 
 
  • National Hot Cross Bun Day
  • National Make your Bed Day
  • Patriot Day 
  • National Day of Service and Remembrance
This Day in History
  •  In an unprecedented, highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijack four U.S. passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one into the Pentagon, killing thousands. The fourth airliner, headed toward Washington likely to strike the White House or Capitol, is crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers storm the cockpit and overtake the hijackers.
  •  US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is attacked and burned down; 4 Americans are killed including the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.
 
New Member Induction!
President Rick Tarbell wasted no time introducing Glenda Spears, club member candidate to the group! The board approved Glenda's nomination for membership and her sponsor is John Legris. Special guest speaker District Governor John Hutcherson did the honors of conducting her induction today!  John's comments were both enthusiastic and inspiring.  He encouraged Glenda to get involved in community service with Rotary, get to know the members, attend Rotary Leadership Institute to learn more about Rotary and meet other Rotarians. Glenda is a Pre Arrangement Advisor with the Neptune Society.  We feel like you're already one of us Glenda!  You've been a regularly attending guest for some time.  Welcome to Oak Hills Rotary!
 
 
Ken Donoughue says here are just some of the district events:
Rotary Leadership Institute will be held at Spring Creek United Methodist Church Saturday, September 14th. 
Foundation Seminar will be held Oct 5 in the Croc Center in Kerrville. You must sign register to attend. To find out more click HERE!
Morgan's Wonderland's annual event, sponsored by our own Rotary District 5840, "More Delightful than Frightful" will be Thursday, Oct 31. Last year 3,500 children and adults had fun!  This benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. You must register and sign up for a background check. To find out more click HERE!
 
Coffee Friday is Friday, September 13 at Alamo Biscuit Company on Huebner Rd. We meet at 8:00 a.m.
 
Happy Hour is Thursday September 19 at Outback Steakhouse. We meet at 5:30 p.m.
 
Fred Timmons related this cautionary story from one of his CPA friends. (The CPA's) wife's purse was stolen along with her driver's license and debit card. The thief was able to go to her bank and the bank issued temporary checks putting her bank account at risk. If your debit card or driver's license is stolen notify the bank to lock down your bank account.
 
 
Announcements
Next week's meeting will be a club assembly.  We haven't had one is a long while. You will get an email with more information!
 
 
Fred Timmons is asking if anyone has tickets for the Gold Raffle that aren't committed to be sold to bring them in - other members are looking for tickets to sell!
ALL TICKETS with payment are due by Oct 18. If anyone has any unsold tickets past that date, those members will be expected to pay for them.  
 
Treasurer Stuart Dudley is asking that we turn in sold tickets with payment each week so expenses can be paid.
The cost for wine sponsorship is $600 - who wants to sponsor?
District Governor John Hutcherson was our speaker today! He is a member of the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club.  He shared with us a little of his background with Rotary.  Three years ago his wife, Judy, was District Governor.  In 2002 John joined the Fredericksburg Rotary Club which meets at 6:45 a.m. The reason John joined Rotary is because their main goal is to eradicate the Polio virus around the world. When he was in the 5th grade a classmate, Geraldine Miller got polio. Geraldine's cousin also got polio and from diagnosis to her death was 6 short weeks. He shared that at one of their meetings "there was a guy from the Kerrville Rotary Club that bugged them to served." John wondered "Why should they want to do anything different since everything was going just fine as it was?" John Peterson was Governor at the time and asked John to be the Polio Plus Chair. Judy was President of the club before John was. Jason Fritz was District Governor and asked a probing question: "When did you become a Rotarian? When did it sink in?" John and Judy traveled to India with Rotary in 2009 to participate in National Immunization Day and actually helped administer the polio vaccine drops. They participated in service projects while they were in India and he observed some men digging ditches - turned out they were Pharmacists from France - doing service projects, laying bricks. John was a little offended that the Brits were in charge (not Americans)! He was impressed by the fact that people from around the world like France, India, Canada and the US were working together on service. John said "Rotary, through service builds peace." John drew our attention to Rotary International's top ranking with Charity Navigator.

"Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of U.S. charities, ranks the 10 top charities from the more than 8,000 organizations it reviews each year. Rotary International is Ranked #1 with a Score of 100"  To find out more click HERE!

“Charitable givers should feel confident that these national institutions put their donations to good use.” – Charity Navigator

As is our custom, a book will be donated to the Locke Hill Elementary School in honor of our speaker today!

Thank you for coming to our meeting today, John! We hope you have time to visit us again soon!

Donate to sponsor DG John Hutcherson on the 37th El Tour de Tucson. Participants will ride 100 miles in support of Rotary-Ride to End Polio. The goal is $50 Million Dollars. Rotarians are required to log-in to My Rotary to donate. 

 

    Missing Pins and Badges
    John Legris' phone went off so he paid a fine.
    Destiny Mujica and Veronica Ruse were missing their pins so they each paid a fine.
     
    Confessions and Brags
    Bil Trodlier and his lovely wife Linda returned from a recent cruise to Canada. They also traveled to New York and Maine. Bil said he had never seen so many people as were in Times Square! They also visited the 9-11 memorial. 
    Allyson Hamlin paid a happy $5 fine - she was *a star* on live TV - RFTV on behalf of Farmers Bank! Also, she and hubby Richard celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary.
    Veronica Ruse shared that her parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!
     
    Gold Raffle Ticket Update
    Don't forget - the Gold Raffle will be October 23!  Be sure to sell all your tickets and see if Ken Ruiz has more for you to sell!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Vice President John Legris introduced this week's wine offerings: from Germany, Thomas Gewurztraminer Kabinett and from Austria, Sturmfeder Blaufränkisch Trocken. The latter is named for the blue variety of grapes used to make the wine.  Amazingly, John pronounced the names of these two wines - we think fluently - well, at least no one in the club corrected him......
    Gloria Richter held the first ticket drawn and had a chance of drawing the 2 of clubs to win the $875 pot this week. She was looking for the 2 of clubs but alas, she drew the ace of diamonds. "Nobody is a loser at Oak Hills Rotary Club", she took home the red wine. Rick Rhodes owned the second ticket drawn he took home the white.
    Fun Fact: John Legris once was a foreign exchange student to Austria!
     
    ****Notice!  Since no one has been successful in winning the show low pot, it will be $900 next week!**** 
     
    Ken Donoughue donated the wine for September.  Thanks Ken!
    There was no umbrella time this week due to Ken Ruiz' absence. His winning bid for the umbrella goes towards his Paul Harris Fellowship.  He is also fine free as long as he owns the umbrella.  
     
     
     
     
    Volunteer Opportunity!
     
    Volunteer opportunities at Locke Hill Elementary Learning Tree reading program are now open!  To find out more about this awesome program and to register follow this link HERE!
    The OHRC Board approved the proposal for the use of a MagStrip reader that will allow members to use a debit or credit card for making payments. We are hoping that this will make it easier for those who don't normally carry cash. 
     
    Currently taking payments for raffle tickets. Until we familiarize ourselves with this new device and the process, for a while at least please continue to bring cash or checks. 
    We are trying something new this time!  Alamo Biscuit Company is located at 9630 Huebner Road.  We usually meet the second Friday of the month.
    Location: Alamo Biscuit Company
    When: Friday, Sept 13
    Time: 8 a.m.
     
    The next Scheduled Coffee Friday:  Oct 11
    Come join us at the Outback Steakhouse at 5:30 p.m.  Derek Matthys says "the earlier the better!" Come join your friends and unwind on SEPT 19!  Typically the third Thursday of the month.
     
    (Mary Denton with Owl Mask at the Denver Museum!)
    District 5840 Foundation Seminar
    Message from Foundation Chair Jerry Hardy:
    Attention all members from your Club Foundation Committee, Membership Committee, Club International Service Committee, and interested Club Leaders and Assistant Governors!  Join the District 5840 Rotary Foundation Committee for a Rotary Foundation Seminar Oct 5 from 9 to 2.  You may register on the link below!  Here are some of the things you will learn:
    • How to use online reports
    • Fundraising and recognition, grants
    • End Polio Now
    • Scholarships
    • Scholarships
    • Using the Learning Center
    • Relationship with club membership committee
    • Major gifts
    • Million Dollar Dinner
    For more information and to register please click HERE!
     
    THERE ARE TONS OF THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT! FOR MORE  DISTRICT 5840 NEWS PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE!
    President Rick Tarbell closed the meeting and led the members with the Four Way Test.
     
     
    Don't forget!
    "Bring a friend to Rotary. We all need to eat lunch, why not enjoy it with Rotarians and learn something interesting during one of our programs?"
     
     
     
     
     
    Graphic courtesy of Allyson Hamlin
     
    WELCOME TO THE OAK HILLS ROTARY CLUB WEBSITE, THE FRIENDLIEST CLUB IN DISTRICT 5840

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    Outback Steakhouse
    12511 IH-10West
    San Antonio, TX  78230
    United States of America
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