At its August 8 meeting, the OHRC Board approved the application of Glenda Spears for membership.  Glenda would have the classification of Pre-Arrangement Advisor with The Neptune Society. If any OHRC member knows why Glenda should not be admitted into OHRC membership, please advise President Rick Tarbell within two weeks of this notice.
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John Legris continues to educate us on the finer points of wonderful wine! Thank you John for imparting your knowledge so we will now know how to pair wine with our food. Bruce now introduces him as "our Sommelier!"
 
Derek Matthys won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $350 pot. He drew the 8 of diamonds.
Barry Abrams owned the second ticket drawn.
Both took home bottles of wine but since the club secretary and treasurer were talking in the back about important club stuff and not paying attention she doesn't know who chose what.
 
Thank you Derek Matthys for supplying the wine this month!
 
Today our speaker Janet Pedrotti generously donated Girl Scout Cookies and two Girl Scout Fiesta Medals to be raffled!
Joe Montagna won cookies
Veronica Felan and Stuart Dudley each won Fiesta medals
 
 
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Posted on Apr 10, 2019
Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by Past President Bruce Richter. Ken Donoughue led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  Gloria Richter introduced our guest today: Janet Pedrotti of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.  Gloria shared with us that when she was a Girl Scout the cookies were only 50 cents! Bruce reminded us to finish selling tickets for the cruise raffle tickets. Drawing is May 4.
 
 
 
Bruce was excited to announce Coffee Friday is again at Einstein Bagel on De Zavala Rd. The most delightful people gather here....
He was also especially happy to announce that the true Happy Hour is Thursday April 18!!!!  at the Outback Steakhouse around 6:30 pm.
 
Ken Donoughue shared the sad news that Chuck Steinmetz passed away - more info to come. Chuck is the brother of club member George Steinmetz.
 
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Come for the coffee and treats and stay for the riveting conversation and camaraderie! Typically the second Friday of the month.
Location: TBD
Next Month: Friday May 10
Time: 8 a.m.
 
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Did you know that there's a full calendar of events in District 5840?  Being an active Rotarian is never boring!
Don't miss out!  For more information on these and tons of other events going on in District 5840, visit the official website HERE!
Here are just a few of the things happening around our District:
April 18     Dominion Rotary Foundation Clay Shoot for Hope Fundraiser
April 20      Hill Country Craft Beer Festival - Rockin'R River Rides in Gruene 
April 28      Jourdanton Rotary Club Golf Classic - Pleasanton Country Club
May 3        District Conference at the Embassy Suites on 5618 Landmark Pkwy 
May 18      Rotary Leadership Institute - registration is now open!
 
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Roger Thompson confessed that after eye surgery he now has holes in his vision. He worked in the yard pulling weeds and his wife Peggy pointed out that me missed some. Roger replied, "I pulled every one that I saw."
 
Destiny Mujica confessed that she celebrated another birthday. She made a contribution to her Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
Veronica Felan confessed that she is engaged to be married and the happy couple is planning to wed May 11.
 
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In keeping with the theme for today's meeting, Bruce & Gloria shared these:
 
The news is full of alarming problems with the Boeing 737 Max.  As an alternative, Southwest Airlines is introducing predator fares: a no frills flight on a drone and it offers no alcohol, a pair of goggles and a mouth piece. Bug removal for people who smile a lot.
 
Pass the Hat
Today's Pass the Hat benefits Kinetic Kids
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Derek had the floor since he owns the umbrella. He shared quotes from famous people and asked if we could name them. (Answers at the bottom of this bulletin)
1. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." 
2. "I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
3. "Everything you can imagine is real."
4. "If you're going through hell keep going."
5. "Well done is better than well said."
6. "Laughter is an instant vacation."
 
Derek remains fine free during the time he owns the umbrella!
 
 
 
Ken Donoughue said that Marlene Mattox and Gloria Richter have jumped on board to read to the children at Locke Hills Elementary's Learning Tree!  To find out more about this program and to register follow this link:  The Learning Tree
Ken shared with us that NISD Storyfest 2019 will be on May 18 from Noon til 3 p.m. at Pat Neff Middle School, 5227 Evers Rd. 78238. It promises to be a day of fun activities including a visit from author Jonathan Auxier as well as some local authors!
 
Thank you Ken for sharing these great ways to give back to the community while helping children learn to love to read! 
Umbrella Time 2019-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Bil Trodlier closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
 
Don't forget President Fred's challenge:
"Bring someone to Rotary 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."
 
Answers to Derek's quotes: 1. George Bernard Shaw 2. Louisa May Alcott 3. Pablo Picasso 4. Winston Churchill 5. Benjamin Frankin 6. Milton Berle
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The Outback Steakhouse is the new place for libations and munchies - typically the third Thursday of the month. Come join your friends and unwind on April 18!
Happier Hour 2019-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Bruce reminded us to continue selling the last of your tickets for the cruise raffle!  Drawing is May 4.
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Janet Pedrotti has been with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas for four years serving as their Director of Development, handling all fundraising activities for the council. Janet shared with us about Camp Metro and Camp La Jita and shared the 2019 Camp Guide. The Guide will be available at our hospitality table at our next meeting in case you missed it!  Camp Metro is broken into 8 individual weeks of summer camp fun. Groups are split into appropriate age groups. There are hands-on projects and at the end of the week there is a field trip and they try to pair the field trip with the theme. The girls have the opportunity to earn patches. Good news: girls don't need to be a Girl Scout to come - this is open to all girls! To assist working parents the program offers before and after camp care and transportation to the Girl Scouts Headquarters.  The camps are some of the lowest cost in San Antonio - a quality program at an affordable cost. Interestingly, S.T.E.M.: science, technology, engineering & math are worked in every single program. The emphasis is on fun & learning - keeping them engaged during the summer. Girls are surveyed at the beginning and at the end of camp to see how they've grown. Janet reports that Vulcan Materials is the most popular field trip! Tuition is $175 per week and there is tuition assistance available. Our Club donations help with tuition assistance so that no girl is turned away. 
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    Our speaker today was Stephanie Macchia of the Alamo Heights Rotary Club.  Stephanie is a product of The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange program. She has served in various areas of leadership within Rotary including Team Member representing District 5840 for the exchange with District 3460 in Taiwan. Further, she served as president for the Alamo Heights Rotary Club. She was the first woman elected as District Governor in District 5840. She has served in many other areas of leadership in our district such as Lone Star Rotary PETS, Rotary Leadership Institute and the Rotary Foundation just to name a few. She is the District Chair for Human Trafficking Initiative. She spoke to us about the heartbreaking epidemic of human trafficking. She shared a video with us about women who were interviewed and each shared their experiences. Victims of these crimes feel useless, meaningless, hopeless and suicidal. They have a higher rate of suffering from PTSD than troops that have been in combat. Shockingly, one in four children are slaves in this crime. Rotary's mission is to bring an end to this slavery of human beings. It is stoppable and can be eradicated by the Power of One
     
    HOW YOU CAN BE THE ONE
    1. Pay attention to the people in your community, your surroundings, and report red flag behaviors.
    2. Don't wait to call. Make your report timely. Those moments matter.
    3. Don't approach traffickers yourself. That can place you, the victim and any future prosecution in danger.
    4. If the conduct you observe is an emergency, call 911 and tell them you believe that you have observed human trafficking.  Don't worry about being wrong. Your call may be the one that saves a life.
    5. If it not an emergency or you need to remain anonymous, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.
    6. Provide "actionable information": 
    • Descriptions of cars: make, model, color, license plate.
    • Descriptions of people: height, weight, hair color, age, eye color.
    • Specific times, dates and locations: when and where you saw the conduct.
    • Take a picture if you can safely do so.
     
    To learn more visit this website:  BeTheOne
    Download the Mobile app: TraffickCam
    Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas Initiatives on Human Trafficking
      Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
      Derek Matthys owns the umbrella and graciously shared his time to speak to others at the meeting. Derek remains fine free during the time he owns the umbrella!
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Ken Donoughue reported that Marlene Mattox and Gloria Richter have jumped on board to read to the children at Locke Hills Elementary's Learning Tree!  To find out more about this program and to register follow this link:  The Learning Tree
      Ken shared with us that NISD Storyfest 2019 will be on May 18 from Noon til 3 p.m. at Pat Neff Middle School, 5227 Evers Rd. 78238. It promises to be a day of fun activities including a visit from author Jonathan Auxier as well as some local authors!
       
      Thank you Ken for sharing these great ways to give back to the community while helping children learn to love to read! 
      Umbrella Time 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
      Joe Montagna confessed that he was missing his pin so he owed a fine.
       
      Ken Ruiz, who recently attended Rotary Leadership Institute, paid a happy dollar because he enjoyed meeting our speaker, Stephanie Macchia during his training at the institute! 
       
      By the way, registration is now open for Rotary Leadership Institute - May 18 at Spring Creek United Methodist Church in Fair Oaks Ranch.  Follow this link to learn more: RLI
      Fines and Confessions 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
      We are learning that John Legris is never at a loss for words when it comes to wine! John shared with us that Llano Estacado means: palisade plains. Ask Gloria Richter for more information on this area of Texas. Today's offerings were from the vineyards of Llano Estacado and were a Shiraz and a Pinot Grigio.
       
      President Fred won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $325 pot. He drew the 9 of diamonds and generously donated the Pinot Grigio to our speaker.

      Ken Ruiz owned the second ticket and took home the bottle of Shiraz.
       
      Thank you Derek Matthys for supplying the wine this month!
       
      Bruce Richter shared a bit about his time in Lubbock while attending Texas Tech University. Since Lubbock is a dry county, Bruce seized the opportunity as an entrepreneur to facilitate refreshment to those who wished to partake.
       
      Folks, if you're not attending these meetings you're really missing out......
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      Ken Ruiz closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
       
      As always, President Fred challenged us with this:
      "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
      Four Way Test 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
      At its March 21, 2019 meeting, the OHRC Board approved the application of Matthew Sheehan, Associated Director of Campus Operations at Galen College for membership.  Matt would have the classification of Asst Director of College Campus Operations. If any OHRC member knows why Matt should not be admitted into OHRC membership, please advise President Fred Timmons within two weeks of this notice. 
      New Member Proposal 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
      President Fred reminded us that our membership dues will increase to $175.  The OHRC Board of Directors discussed our membership dues and because they have been the same for over 10 years, the board approved a $25 increase to $175 effective July 1, 2019.  If you have any comments, please contact President Fred Timmons.
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      Texas, Our Texas...
      President Fred is a source of most everything related to Texas! He shared these with us:
      You can vacation all your life in Texas and see something different every time - forest, lakes, plains, coastal...
      The hamburger is reported to have been invented in Athens Texas.
      The statue of Sam Houston, located near Houston Texas is the largest statue of a hero in the world.
       
      National What Day 
      • National Scribble Day – inspires children to kindness through art
      • National Joe day – enjoy a cup of “joe” with all of your friends named Joe
      • Manatee Appreciation Day – with a life span of about 60 years, they spend their time eating, sleeping and traveling. They like the Florida waters and migrate as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas
      • National Little Red Wagon Day – for nearly 100 years, Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to kids of all ages.
      • National Spanish Paella Day – a rice dish from Spain. Key ingredients are saffron and olive oil.
       
      This Day in History
      • 1939 – University of Oregon defeats Ohio State Univ 46 – 33 to win the first ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament. March madness began.
      • 1952 – musical comedy “Singing in the Rain” premiers at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
      • 1964 – Largest U.S. earthquake hit Alaska
      • 1513 – The Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon first sight of Florida – can anyone tell me what the oldest city in the U.S. is?   St Augustine, FL
      Humor from President Fred 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
      Did you know that there's a full calendar of events in District 5840?  Being an active Rotarian is never boring!
      Don't miss out!  For more information on these and other events going on in District 5840, visit their website HERE!
       
      These are just a few of the things happening around our District:
      The 72nd Poteet Strawberry Festival is April 5 - "This is a fun event!" reports Mary Denton and her husband Pat McGuyer who enjoyed the good food and entertainment last year. They also enjoyed visiting with other Rotarians and Interact Students!
       
      Youth Day at Winston School of SA is April 6 - If you need to do a meeting makeup this is a good one to do -  these students will amaze you by their accomplishments!
       
      Other Dates to Remember:
       
      April 12   33rd Annual Alamo Heights Night at UIW 
      April 18   Dominion Rotary Foundation Clay Shoot for Hope Fundraiser
      May 3      District Conference at the Embassy Suites on 5618 Landmark Pkwy 
       
      District 5840 News 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
      John Legris once again enchanted us with his superior knowledge of the fruit of the vine. This week's offerings were Messina Hoff Merlot from wineries located in Bryan and Fredericksburg.  Grapes are harvested on the Texas High Plains (Gloria Richter knows where). The white wine was Casal Garcia Vinho Verde from Portugal - John described it similar to champagne and not as sweet.
       
      Marlene Mattox won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $300 pot. She drew the 8 of hearts and was pleased to choose the Messino Hoff.

      Joe Montagna owned the second ticket and happily walked away with a bottle of Casal Garcia.
       
      This month just flew by and we thank John his knowledge and creativity with his wine presentations. Bruce Richter unofficially nominated John for the position of "Sommelier for Life". 
       
       
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      The Outback Steakhouse is the new place for libations and munchies - typically the third Thursday of the month. Come join your friends and unwind on April 18!
      Happier Hour 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
       
      GOALS OF OAK HILLS ROTARY CLUB
       
      FEED CHILDREN
      HELP KEEP CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
      SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN
      PROVIDE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
      SUPPORT VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR ADULTS
      PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SUPPORT ACTIVITIES
       
       
      Goals of Oak Hills Rotary Club 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
      Posted on Mar 27, 2019
      Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
      The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. Joe Montagna led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  President Fred introduced our speaker and guests: Tracey Fontenot, Isabel Jones and Jenna Malsbury of Kinetic Kids. Thank you all for visiting our Club today! We would love to see you again soon!
       
      President Fred asked, "who's still selling cruise raffle tickets?' Drawing is May 4.
       
      President Fred perked us up with Coffee Friday, April 12 again at Einstein Bagel on DeZavala Rd. at 8:00 am - if you're an early bird or need a wake up coffee before going to work....
      For some reason we couldn't put our finger on exactly when Happier Hour is - it's Thursday April 18!!!!  at the Outback Steakhouse around 6:30 pm.
       
       
      Bulletin for March 27 2019 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
      Early birds rejoice!  Coffee Friday will again be meeting at Einstein Bagels.  Come for the coffee and bagels and other treats and stay for the riveting conversation and camaraderie!
      Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
      When: Friday April 12
      Time: 8 a.m.
       
      Coffee Friday 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
      Our speaker today was Tracey Fontenot, Co-Founder of Kinetic Kids. Also joining us from Kinetic Kids was Jenna Malsbury and Isabel Jones.  In a nutshell it is a physical and creative activity program designed specifically for children with special needs.  Their website says it best: "In 2001, Tracey Fontenot and Kacey Wernli were practicing pediatric physical therapists who saw a need. The children with special needs that they served needed more exercise. They needed motivation. They needed camaraderie. They needed the joy that comes from being part of a team. Together, Kacey and Tracey founded Kinetic Kids with just one t-ball team of 12 children. Then word got out, and the requests followed. This year, we will offer 234 sports and recreation programs to more than 2,800 children with special needs." Tracey shared that the program doesn't exclude anyone with special needs - even if there is no diagnosis.  The programs are run in several areas of San Antonio, Schertz and New Braunfels. This allows the kids to participate in the same facilities as their siblings and friends and makes it easier for parents to bring them. The program is designed to not isolate the kids - they are close to family and friends. Coaches are specifically trained as well as the interns who assist the kids. Two staff members oversee every program. The program provides athletic equipment specifically designed for special needs athletes. The schedules coincide with traditional sports seasons. The kids are encouraged to be independent and participate without their parents' help. This allows the parents to spend some time together with other family members and to watch and cheer for their athletes. The programs are fee based and there are scholarships available. 
      For more information and to donate and/or volunteer your time, visit their website HERE. 
      Watch their heartwarming "HOME" youtube video HERE!  
        Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
        Unfortunately Mary Denton was sitting across from President Fred when her phone went off - so she owed a fine.  Apparently no one was missing pins or badges.
        Fines and Confessions 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
        Ken Ruiz closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
         
        As always, President Fred challenged us with this:
        "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
        Four Way Test 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
        It's time to wind up your ticket sales for the Cruise Raffle!  Please remember to bring in your ticket stubs and money this week.
        Cruise Raffle Tickets 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
        The OHRC Board of Directors discussed our membership dues and because they have been the same for over 10 years, the board approved a $25 increase to $175 effective July 1, 2019.  If you have any comments, please contact President Fred Timmons.
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        Ken Ruiz returned the umbrella this week because he feared that he would incur a fine.  Derek Matthys, who owns the umbrella was not at the meeting this week so we continue to be in suspense to hear what he has to say!
         
         
        Umbrella Time 2019-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        Our speaker today was Robert Allen, PI, CPS, IIA. Robert has an interesting background: he was born into a military family at Ft. Hood at the beginning the the Vietnam conflict. During his youth he lived in several cities throughout Germany. When his father was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston Robert was able to attend NEISD schools. He spent his senior year in Wiesbaden Germany where he graduated in the top 5%.
        Robert served in several private security companies and started an international technology company as well as is an NRA firearms instructor, and a host of other concerns to numerous to mention....currently he works as a corporate forensics investigator, and 2 criminal defence firms. He hires former cops to work in his firm - he looks for individuals who are apt in critical thinking. He works in San Antonio, Austin and Seguin. His work is overseen by the Department of Public Safety and takes an ethics course each year. He is skilled in conflict resolution and tries to minimize danger in many situations.
        A book will be donated in honor of our speaker to the Locke Hills Elementary Library.
        Thank you Robert and  your interns for taking the time to visit our Club!  Please join us again soon!
          Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Did you know that there's a full calendar of events in District 5840?  Being an active Rotarian is never boring!
          Don't miss out!  For more information on these and other events going on in District 5840, visit their website HERE!
           
          These are just a few of the things happening around our District:
          The 72nd Poteet Strawberry Festival is April 5 - "This is a fun event!" reports Mary Denton and her husband Pat McGuyer who enjoyed the good food and entertainment. They enjoyed visiting with other Rotarians and Interact Students!
           
          Youth Day at Winston School of SA is April 6 - Mary Denton and her husband were amazed at the accomplishments of the local Interact and Earlyact Clubs and learning about the exciting things these future leaders are doing - while visiting with a family one of the parents of Earlyact Club members even agreed to speak to our club!
           
          March 30 District Leadership Training at the Lexus Dealership at the Dominion. 
          Who should attend: District Officers, Committee Chairs, AG
           
          In the Spotlight:  Our own James Daniel on the District 5840 Communication Team - Social Media.  Thank you James for your work with our District! You are very busy in Rotary and wear many hats - you are Vice President of our Club and served on our Club's Scholarship Committee last year and will again this year and volunteer your time to the community such as the Pancake Supper at MUNSA! We appreciate your patient, steady leadership, and good sense of humor!
           
          April 12   33rd Annual Alamo Heights Night at UIW 
          April 18   Dominion Rotary Foundation Clay Shoot for Hope Fundraiser
          May 3      District Conference at the Embassy Suites on 5618 Landmark Pkwy 
           
          District 5840 News 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Bruce and Gloria Richter were busy once again shopping and delivering supplies to the Daisy Pantry at the Girl Scouts Headquarters. Thanks Bruce and Gloria for always making sure that the pantry is stocked with supplies for people in need!
          Another Daisy Pantry Delivery! 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Posted on Mar 20, 2019
          Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
          The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. Bruce Richter led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  President Fred introduced our speaker and guests:  Robert Allen, PI, CPS, IIA and his three interns from St. Mary's University who are working with him: Alana Pohovich, Maren Craig and Leandra Rodriguez. Robert is no stranger to our club - he is an associate of Brett Ward's - they work together at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. Thank you all for visiting our Club today! We would love to see you again soon!
           
          President Fred reminded us to continue selling District Raffle tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.  The money from this Raffle helps support the Rotary Foundation..more about that later in this bulletin... Drawing is May 4.
           
          President Fred pointed out that Ken Ruiz attended Rotary Leadership Institute last Saturday. Ken said that he resisted attending for 14 years!  He had a very good experience and has lots of good information for the club that he will share with us in the future.
           
          President Fred announced at the meeting the volunteer opportunity is Rotary Day March 23 where Rotary Clubs join together to clean up Brackenridge Park.  No one signed up this time - our "frequent volunteer", Mary Denton shared that she would not be able to participate this year.  Hopefully next year! This is a fun event!
           
          President Fred promoted Coffee Friday, April 12 again at Einstein Bagel on DeZavala Rd. at 8:00 am - if you're an early bird or need a wake up coffee before going to work....
          He also mentioned the ever popular Happier Hour is Thursday April 18 at the Outback Steakhouse around 6:30 pm
           
          Our speaker next week will be with Kinetic Kids.
          Bulletin for March 20, 2019 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          The newest feature of our weekly meetings will be info that Bruce Richter will be sharing about the goals for our Club and the many things that the Club does in the community.
           
          Bruce shared about the Gold Raffle that is held every year to help benefit students with scholarships.
           
          Bruce also touched on the Shrimp Fest, which was a wildly popular event in the 1970's and 80's. It was held at the UTSA campus and was quite an undertaking. It took a lot of planning and manpower and raised a significant amount of money. Wise Club Members at that time used the money to build our local Club's Foundation which is carefully overseen by our Board Members and used to support several non-profits. The club donated a chunk of it to the Rotary International Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matched our gift. 
           
          Did you know? Find out more about what Rotary International Foundation does by clicking HERE.
          "For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, (click on link to learn more), an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S."

           
          Bruce Shares 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Ken Ruiz' phone went off during the meeting so he owed a fine. Ken shared with us that for 14 long years he decided to not attend Rotary Leadership Institute. Last Saturday at last he attended Part 1!  He encourages members to attend RLI to help themselves grown into better Rotarians and to help build up the Club.  
          Brenda Jackson confessed that she is excited about doing some remodeling to her home.
          Ken Donoughue continues to be excited about reading at Locke Hill Elementary School's Learning Tree Program.  Marlene Mattox has begun to volunteer her time to reading to the students as well!  
          Fines and Confessions 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          John Legris, who volunteered to donate wine this month, again did not disappoint with his vast knowledge of wine and interesting background info. He shared with us that Robert Mondavi is reported to have advised Becker to "cut no corners in winemaking". Apparently his advice paid off - Becker has won several gold awards!  Our wine-IQ is increasing!
           
          Joe Montagna won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $275 pot. He drew the two of diamonds and felt like a "winner" when he took home a bottle of Becker Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc!

           Derek Matthys owned the second ticket to win a bottle of Robert Mondavi Merlot which he generously donated to the speaker today.
           
          Thank you John for not only donating wine this month but also putting so much thought into your presentations...
           
          (Mary Denton is rethinking her original plan to donate a box of wine for one of the meetings....)
          Show Low Raffle 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Are You Selling Cruise Raffle Tickets? 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Derek Matthys deferred his Umbrella Time this week - he will keep us in suspense with why he was so passionate about owning the umbrella!
           
           
          Umbrella Time 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Ken Ruiz closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
           
          As always, President Fred challenged us with this:
          "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
          Four Way Test 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          We will be meeting again at Einstein Bagels at the next Coffee Friday! The bagels are yummy and there is a LOT to choose from!
          This group gave it two thumbs up because: lots of parking, acoustics agreeable to talking, plenty of tables & chairs, service good, food was good....
          Great way to end the week!
          Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
          When: Friday April 12
          Time: 8 a.m.
           
          Coffee Friday 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Happier Hour is now at the Outback Steakhouse - typically the third Thursday of the month. The next one will be Thursday April 18. We're happier with the new venue!
          Happier Hour 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Marlene Mattox and Ken Donoughue donated their time last week to read to second and third grade students at Locke Hill Elementary's After School Enrichment Program, reports Ken. Hours of volunteer opportunity are from 4:10 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday. To find out more about this wonderful program, click HERE.  A background check is required. To become a Mentor or Volunteer complete the background check available on the www.nisd.net website by clicking HERE. Ken commented that,  "From kindergarten to third grade children learn to read and beginning in the fourth grade they read to learn."
          Volunteer Opportunity Learning Tree 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Tax Humor
           
          It wasn't a big surprise that President Fred was able to find some interesting and sometimes humorous facts about the IRS and tax code:
          There are more words in the tax code than there are in the Bible. The tax code is about 4 million words long.
          The first known taxes were in Sumer (Mesopotamia) almost 5,000 years ago. They were recorded on clay cones and paid in livestock.
          The writing on the Rosetta Stone, a monumentally important artifact and the key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, is mostly about taxes.
          Al Capone was a famous Chicago mobster. He was eventually brought down by agents from the Treasury Department (this was pre-IRS) who were able to prove that he was avoiding paying income tax. 
          The IRS has more people working for it than the Federal Bureau of Investigation!
          Over 1 million accountants are hired each year in America to help with taxes.
           
           
          National What Day
          • National Proposal Day
          • National Kick Butts Day – a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.
          • Spring Begins
          • National Ravioli Day – many popular recipes either bake or deep fry the ravioli. The toasted ravioli got its start in St Louis, MO around 1940.
          • National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
           
           
          This Day in History
          • 1854 – The Republican Party is founded
          • 1934 – Mildred “Babe” Didrikson pitches one inning of exhibition baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics. She allowed one walk and no hits.
          • 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti -slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is published.
           
          Pass the Hat today goes to Kinetic Kids.
           
          Humor from President Fred 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
          Our speaker today was Margot Duque who was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student last year for one month in northern France and Rotary year long Exchange Student for one year this fall in Belgium. Margot admitted that she felt that she had a reasonable knowledge of French before her trip and after her arrival she realized she needed to hone her skills a bit more.  At one point she was able to communicate with hand gestures and google translate. She shared that she said "Oui" a lot. She enjoyed the culture and attended all the World Games. She was surprised how similar people are in other countries. She said that she was challenged with the metric system that is used in France. Margot stated that Rotary has "the best" Youth Exchange Program.  Margot wants to study Education and Major in Communications at UTSA. Her mother, Nancy Duque, who is a local dentist, visited our club as well.  Thank you, Margot, for sharing your experiences with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program! To learn more about the Youth Exchange Program click HERE.
            Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            Happier Hour is now at the Outback Steakhouse - typically the third Thursday of the month. The next one will be Thursday April 18. We're happier with the new venue!
            Happier Hour 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            During a fast and furious bid to own the Umbrella for 2 months and remain fine free, Derek Matthys won by his aggressive bid of $75! We can't wait to hear why he was so passionate about owning the umbrella.
             
             
            Umbrella Time 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            There were no missing pins or badges this week.
            Derek shared with us that His son, Will, will be attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Derek will keep us posted. (Mary Denton's husband commented with dreamy eyes, "that's where the girls were when I was attending A&M ....")
            Fines and Confessions 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            John Legris, who volunteered to donate wine this month, wowed the club once again with his wine acumen!  Last week's focus was on Texas wines - this week it was California.  If you can make the next meeting you will be sure to learn some interesting facts about wine.
             
            Bil Trodlier won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $250 pot. He drew the three of hearts and felt like a "winner" when he took home a bottle of Wilhelm Bergmann Riesling!

             Our speaker today, Margot Duque, owned the second ticket drawn and won a bottle of Los Osos J Lore Paso Robles Merlot.  
             
            Show Low Raffle 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            Posted on Mar 13, 2019
            Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
            The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Elect Rick Tarbell. Ken Ruiz led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  Gloria Richter introduced our speaker Margot Duque and guest, Nancy Duque - who is Margot's mother. Matt Sheehan was a guest of Ken Donoughue.  
            Thank you all for visiting our Club today! We would love to see you again soon!
             
            President Elect Rick reminded us to continue selling District Raffle tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.  Drawing is May 4.
             
            President Elect Rick reminded us that Rotary Leadership Institute is Saturday at Spring Creek United Methodist Church in Fair Oaks Ranch. Ken Ruiz and Mary Denton are registered to attend.
             
            President Rick also reminded us that Rotary Day is March 23 at Brackenridge Park. A waiver MUST be signed - some will be available at the meeting and also at the event. 
            Bulletin for March 13, 2019 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            Ken has challenged all of us to do our part in selling raffle tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and YOU may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
            Challenge from Ken Ruiz! 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            The Coffee Group voted to meet again at Einstein Bagels at the next Coffee Friday! The bagels were yummy and there was a LOT to choose from!
            This group gave it two thumbs up because: lots of parking, acoustics agreeable to talking, plenty of tables & chairs, service good, food was good....
            So we've decided to try it again in April.
            Great way to end the week!
            Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
            When: Friday April 12
            Time: 8 a.m.
            We welcome discussion on this and your feedback.
            Places we may try in the future:  Broadway Daily Bread on DeZavala, Panera Bread Huebner Oaks and Local Coffee 1604 near NW Military.
            Coffee Friday 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            Did you know that there's a full calendar of events in District 5840?  Being an active Rotarian is never boring!
             
            These are just a few of the things happening around our District:
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
            The 72nd Poteet Strawberry Festival is April 5 - As you can see, Pat McGuyer and his wife Mary Denton enjoyed themselves last year - they had a great time and helped support the Poteet Rotary Club! They met so many wonderful hardworking Rotarians and Interact Students!
             
             
            Youth Day at Winston School of SA is April 6 - Again, here are pictures of Pat and Mary last year not only meeting the local Interact and Earlyact Clubs and learning about the amazing things these future leaders are doing - one of the parents of Earlyact Club members agreed to speak to our club!
             
             
            Coming up:
            April 12   33rd Annual Alamo Heights Night at UIW 
            April 18   Dominion Rotary Foundation Clay Shoot for Hope Fundraiser
            May 3      District Conference at the Embassy Suites on 5618 Landmark Pkwy 
            For more information on these and other events going on in District 5840, visit their website HERE!
            District 5840 News 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            Marlene Mattox and Ken Donoughue donated their time last week to read to second and third grade students at Locke Hill Elementary's After School Enrichment Program, reports Ken. Hours of volunteer opportunity are from 4:10 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday. To find out more about this wonderful program, click HERE.  A background check is required. To become a Mentor or Volunteer complete the background check available on the www.nisd.net website by clicking HERE. Ken commented that,  "From kindergarten to third grade children learn to read and beginning in the fourth grade they read to learn."
            Volunteer Opportunity-Learning Tree 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            President Elect Rick Tarbell closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
             
            "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
            Four Way Test 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            National What Day
             
            • National Coconut Torte Day
            • National Earmuff Day – honors the man that found a better way to keep the ears warm. Farmington Maine is now the Earmuff Capital of the World.
            • National Good Samaritan Day – this is a day for unselfish actions to help those in need and to celebrate kidness.
            • National Jewel Day
            • National K9 Veterans Day – celebration of the U.S. Army K9 Corp which was founded in 1942. Now the military, police and rescue groups have developed a variety of training methods for K9 units.
            • National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
            • National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day
            • Ask Gloria if she knows what Mar 12 is the National Day of – National Girl Scout Day
             
             
            This Day in History
            • 1894 – the horse racing starting gate is invented
            • 1930 – the planet Pluto is discovered at Lowell Observatory
            • 1956the movie the Searchers starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released
             
            Humor from President Fred 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
            Our speaker today was Darryl Greer, the San Antonio Program Lead to Senior Planet. He has an impressive 15 years experience working in the field of Aging and Community Development in San Antonio and Latin America.  Important to note is that the classes are designed to reduce the chances of social isolation and increase social engagement in older adults through the use of technology.Darryl pointed out, "aging affects everyone."  Every day 10,000 are turning 65 or older. As we age the divide is getting larger. As he demonstrated with his smartphone, there is more technology in a single smartphone than was at NASA for the moon landing. Studies show that many seniors either are or feel isolated.  The classes help get seasoned citizens connected not only with their families but also the community and the world. They learn how to use technology in their daily lives - how to use it. There are also courses on how to protect financial security, wellness, money management and socialization.  The courses are free. The classes are funded through Humana and are a study to find the social impact on health. Thank you Darryl for speaking to us today! We enjoyed learning more about Senior Planet and the opportunity to learn more about the world of technology!  For more information go to the website HERE
              Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              Posted on Mar 06, 2019
              Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
              The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. John Legris led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  President Fred introduced our speaker: Darryl Greer our speaker today from Senior Planet (Older Adults Technology Services = O.A.T.S.) and our guest of Destiny Mujica, Kyler Heintz who is assisting her in the Earn-A-Bike program.
              Thank you, Darryl and Kyler, for visiting our Club today! Please join us again soon!
               
              President Fred reminded us to continue selling District Raffle tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.  Drawing is May 4.
               
              President Fred received a Thank You letter from the family of long time Rotarian and member of our club, W. D. Harwood who recently passed away. We made a donation to the Rotary International Foundation in his honor to continue the battle to conquer Polio.
               
              Ken Donoughue announced that he is selling tickets for the Pleasant Rotary Club for Cow Patty Bingo which benefits student scholarships.
               
              President Fred asked for feedback from last week's happy hour at the new location, Outback Steakhouse. Attendees gave a favorable review.
              Bulletin for March 6, 2019 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              Did you know that there's a full calendar of events in District 5840?  Being an active Rotarian is never boring!
               
              These are just a few of the things happening around our District:
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
              The 72nd Poteet Strawberry Festival is April 5 - As you can see, Pat McGuyer and his wife Mary Denton enjoyed themselves last year - they had a great time and helped support the Poteet Rotary Club! They met so many wonderful hardworking Rotarians and Interact Students!
               
               
              Youth Day at Winston School of SA is April 6 - Again, here are pictures of Pat and Mary last year not only meeting the local Interact and Earlyact Clubs and learning about the amazing things these future leaders are doing - one of the parents of Earlyact Club members agreed to speak to our club!
               
               
              Coming up:
              April 12   33rd Annual Alamo Heights Night at UIW 
              April 18   Dominion Rotary Foundation Clay Shoot for Hope Fundraiser
              May 3      District Conference at the Embassy Suites on 5618 Landmark Pkwy 
              For more information on these and other events going on in District 5840, visit their website HERE!
              District 5840 News 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              Rotary Leadership Institute will be held at Spring Creek United Methodist Church.
              Address: 28970 Old Fredericksburg Rd, Fair Oaks Ranch 78015
              When: Saturday March 16
              Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Registration is $50. 
              Modules and Notebooks will not be provided so be sure to download the part you are taking and bring it with you on March 16. 
              Click HERE for more information and to register!  
              Mary Denton has already registered Part 2!  She's excited about meeting more great Rotarians and finding ways to grow our club!
              Rotary Leadership Institute 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              John Legris volunteered to donate the wine this month.  Today he demonstrated his vast knowledge and appreciation for many fine wines. He authoritatively spoke about the regions where the grapes were harvested, the history of the wines and how they might be enjoyed when paired with food.  We think that this is a big departure from our usual descriptions: RED and WHITE.
               
              Bil Trodlier won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $225 pot. Unfortunately he drew the four of clubs and took home a bottle of 2017 Sister Creek Texas Muscat Canelli.
               
              Brenda Jackson owned the second ticket drawn and won a bottle of 2017 Lost Maples Texas High Plains Cabernet Sauvignon. which she donated to the speaker.
               
              Show Low Raffle 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              "We have been approved to read at Locke Hill Elementary in their After School Enrichment Program", reports Ken Donoughue. To find out more about this wonderful program, click HERE.  A background check is required. To become a Mentor or Volunteer complete the background check available on the www.nisd.net website by clicking HERE. Ken said that he was scheduled to read from 4:10 pm to 5:00 the day of our club meeting.
              The Learning Tree 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              President Fred Timmons closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
               
              "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
              Four Way Test 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              Happy Hour
              Happy Hour is now at the Outback Steakhouse - typically the third Thursday of the month. The next one will be Thursday April 18. Our intrepid members report their experience last month - they especially like the fact they didn't need to bring their megaphones to have a nice conversation....
              Happy Hour 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              There were no missing pins and badges this week.
              Destiny Mujica confessed that she celebrated another birthday and will bring money for the Paul Harris Fellowship.
              Also she was celebrating her son's 16th birthday.
               
              Ken Donoughue shared that this is Women's History Month.
              Fines and Confessions 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              Umbrella Time 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              Einstein Bagels was the place to be on Coffee Friday March 8!
              The bagels were yummy and there was a LOT to choose from!
              This group gave it two thumbs up because: lots of parking, acoustics agreeable to talking, plenty of tables & chairs, service good, food was good....
              So we've decided to try it again next month.
              Great way to end the week!
              Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
              When: Friday April 12
              Time: 8 a.m.
              We welcome discussion on this and your feedback.
              Places we may try in the future:  Broadway Daily Bread on DeZavala, Panera Bread Huebner Oaks and Local Coffee 1604 near NW Military.
              Coffee Friday 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              In case you missed it, our own Bruce Richter was named by District Governor Kathy Hubbard as our Hidden Hero!  Bruce is our "jack of all trades" because he doesn't hesitate to do whatever is needed to help run our Club meetings smoothly!  With humor and a "can do attitude" we know we can always rely on Bruce. We appreciate you Bruce and hope that you and Gloria choose to serve this Club and Rotary for a while longer...To read the District Governor Kathy Hubbard's Newsletter and catch up on all the news around District 5840 click HERE!
              If you would like a member of our Club featured please submit your story to Mary so we can all celebrate their accomplishments!
              Hidden Hero Named! 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              They're going fast - not too many left! Get your Rotary District 5840 Cruise Raffle Tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and you may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
              Cruise Raffle Tickets Still Available! 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
              Are you skilled in spreading mulch? Perhaps your expertise leans more towards using a paint brush.  Do you have an interest in keeping Brackenridge Park beautiful for its many families and visitors? Or are you just curious where the group plans to go for lunch or coffee afterwards? We won't judge you if you just want to eat....
              Why don't you don your Rotarian at Work t-shirt and join the happy throngs who enjoy working together to make San Antonio beautiful? If you don't happen to possess this fashion statement please see Bruce at the next meeting - he will definitely help you out!
              Volunteer Opportunity Soon! 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
              This crazy group enjoyed the last Coffee Friday! 
              We're hoping the earlier hour is better for the un-retired!
              Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
              When: Friday Mar 8
              Time: 8 a.m.
              We welcome discussion on this and your feedback.
              Other recommendations so far:  Broadway Daily Bread on DeZavala, Panera Bread Huebner Oaks and Local Coffee 1604 near NW Military.
              Coffee Friday 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
              Rotary Leadership Institute will be held at Spring Creek United Methodist Church.
              Address: 28970 Old Fredericksburg Rd, Fair Oaks Ranch 78015
              When: Saturday March 16
              Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Registration is $50. 
              Modules and Notebooks will not be provided so be sure to download the part you are taking and bring it with you on March 16. 
              Click HERE for more information and to register!  
              Mary Denton has already registered Part 2!  It's a lot of great information on how to build our club...lunch is included! 
              Rotary Leadership Institute 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
              Posted on Feb 27, 2019
              Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
              The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  President Fred also led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  President Fred introduced our speaker: Will Bailey, our speaker today from the Good Samaritan Community Services.  Will happens to be a member of the downtown Rotary Club.
              Thank you, Will, for visiting our Club today! Please join us again soon!
               
              President Fred reminded us to continue selling District Raffle tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.  Drawing is May 4.
               
              President Fred reminded us about Happy Hour tomorrow and it has moved to Outback Steakhouse. Another way to fellowship with Ro
              Bulletin for Feb 27, 2019 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
              President Fred announced the ballot of Officers for the coming year 2018-19:
              Rick Tarbell, President
              James Daniel, President Elect
              John Legris, Vice President
              Stuart Dudley, Treasurer
              Mary Denton, Secretary
              Fred Timmons, Past President
              By a vote of acclamation, these officers have been elected for the coming year.
              Thank you all for your willingness to serve and to lead our Club!
              New Slate of Officers Elected 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
              New Location for Happy Hour
              Happy Hour is now at the Outback Steakhouse - the next one is Thursday March 28. We're hoping that this venue to not as loud and we can actually hear each other's stories now....
              Happy Hour 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
              Our Speaker today was Will Bailey, Chief Development Officer of Good Samaritan Community Services. "In 1951, guided by the parable of the Good Samaritan, members of St. Mark's and the Diocese of West Texas were called to make a difference by furthering their ministry and building a community service center in a part of San Antonio then known as the 'death triangle' because of the high infant mortality rate and the lack of access to health care," says Will.  Good Sam’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for change for our neighbors to overcome generational poverty. On their 4.6 acre campus programs benefit all ages including children, seniors and families. In addition to their ministry in San Antonio, they serve neighbors in Brownsville, Wimberley, Sonora and in the upper Rio Grande Valley. Childhood development includes Early Head Start.  "This is not a daycare," says Will.  "They follow a curriculum." As the children age out many continue on to our preschool program “La Escuelita”. Youth Development Services include an afterschool program, Camp Good Sam, building personal assets (honesty, integrity, achievement, motivation, school engagement, responsibility, planning and decision-making etc.) They have a successful college and career program in High School that helps kids apply for college and FAFSA. Will reports that 1,185 youth in the program planned for a future beyond high school through their College and Career Readiness Programs. Last year $1.1 million in scholarships were awarded. One Good Sam Scholarship is a stipend to help with clothing and meals etc. while the students attend college. One remarkable success is a former student of the program was admitted to Notre Dame University. He became an architect and serves on the Board to "give back". Nationally recognized, their wide range of programs not only help mold the minds of youth. "The Senior Services' activities are designed to promote a holistic approach to healthy living while aging." He also shared that "this is the only nationally recognized senior citizen center in South Texas."  The Center strives to "empower and change lives" says Will.  To learn more, visit their website HERE!  A book will be donated in honor of our speaker to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library.
                Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
                Rotary Clubs from all over the area are teaming up to help beautify our fair city! Let's join Rotary Club of San Antonio and make a difference in the community! Sign up at the next meeting or let Mary know. Pat & Mary had a great time last year working with other Rotarians and Interact Clubs! But they felt lonely without their other Rotary friends there....*sniff*
                Rotarians at Work! 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                James Daniel shared that he recently had surgery to remove a lump on his thyroid. He had an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.  He said that is why he has been absent.  We've sure missed you James! Welcome back!
                 
                Brett Ward had a very busy month working with the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. He reported that Rotary International Exchange Students and their sponsors enjoyed attending this year's rodeo.
                 
                Brett also shared that his son Benton, who is 14 yrs old, goes to STEM at Nimitz Middle School and has been accepted into the Agri Science Program at Madison High School. He is excited about that and plans to work in the commercial cattle field.
                 
                Fines and Confessions 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                Get your Rotary District 5840 Cruise Raffle Tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and you may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
                Cruise Raffle 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                Ken Ruiz owns the umbrella for January and February.  Since Ken was absent we did not have Umbrella Time this week.
                 
                 
                 
                Umbrella Time 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                President Fred Timmons closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
                 
                "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
                Four Way Test 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                James Daniel won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $200 pot. Unfortunately he drew the ten of clubs and took home a bottle of white wine.
                 
                Joe Montagna owned the second ticket drawn and took home a bottle of red.
                 
                Rick Tarbell is providing the wine this month - thanks Rick!
                Show Low Raffle 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                ​​​​​​National What Day 
                 
                1.  National Retro Day – takes us back to a time before smartphones and the internet. That was when kids and families talked to each other instead of texting.
                2. National Strawberry Day – strawberries belong to the Rose Family, there are over 600 varieties, best season is late April to August
                3. National Polar Bear Day – polar bears can reach a height of 9 ft and a weight of 1400 pounds
                4. National Kahlua Day – started being produced in 1936. Kahlua is made from coffee and rum. My favorite is a Colorado Bulldog.
                 
                 
                This Day in History
                1. 1827 – a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans marking the beginning of Mardi Gras celebrations. Today it attracts 300 – 400,000 visitors.
                2. 1936 – Shirley Temple signs a contract at 7 years old to receive $50,000 per film.
                3. 1836 - The Alamo is in its 5th day of the battle with Santa Anna that would last 13 days and end on March 6.
                Humor from President Fred 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
                Well, folks, we have a higher than usual number of confessions this week...
                Roger Thompson confessed that he was missing his pin.
                Destiny Mujica confessed that she is also missing her pin. She suspects that she lost it somehow during her presentation at the Mission Trail Rotary Club. Destiny, we're very proud of your work with the Earn-A-Bike program and changing lives of children in our community! 
                Roger Thompson, who always seems to see the funny side of life, shared a humorous story about his 2 day in the hospital for outpatient surgery. There seemed to be some confusion whether he was in ICU or a private room. The nurses were plugging in all kinds of doodads and gadgets into him... 
                Marlene Mattox shared that she traveled to Park City Utah and went snow skiing last week.
                Allyson Hamlin recently celebrated another birthday so we joined in singing Happy Birthday to her.
                Allyson shared that she recently was promoted to a new department at Farm Bureau Bank as Director of Sales. Congratulations, Allyson! We wish you much success!
                Brenda Jackson's youngest grandson is two years old. He has learned two new words: "No!" and "Mine!"
                Brenda said they recently adopted two puppies from Pets Alive.
                Joe Montagna recently sold his home and is now "homeless".
                Ken Ruiz wanted us to know that he is in the market to purchase another car. If someone has one they are interested in selling please contact Ken.
                Bruce Richter shared an article in the Rotarian Magazine about the Austin Club and is impressed with their wide variety of projects. Our Club has 17 active projects that we support. In weeks to come we will cover some of the projects to learn more about them.
                Destiny Mujica shared that Hoffman will be having their fourth annual STEAM night - (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math).  They're looking for people in the community in these fields to present to the students and share why these fields are so amazing.  If you're interested in presenting please let Destiny know.
                Fines and Confessions 2019-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
                New Location for Happy Hour
                Happy Hour has moved! We will now be meeting at the Outback Steakhouse (y'all know where that is, right?) Thursday Feb 28 at around 5:30 p.m. We're hoping that this new venue is more conducive to conversation....
                Happy Hour has Moved! 2019-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
                Our Speaker, Margaret Costantino, is the Executive Director of the Center for Refugee Services which she helped co-found in 2010. She is a lifelong resident of San Antonio. By profession Margaret is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is retired from UTSA. Her former career involved assisting college students with career planning. She also taught for the Department of Counseling for 6 years. Margaret and her husband Joe have been married 49 years and are the parents of 3 adult children and 11 grandchildren all of whom live in San Antonio. Prior to World War II the US accepted refugees due to war. A lot of refugees are single parents who are raising children alone. Resettlement funding goes away in 4 - 6 months. One third of the volunteers at the Center are from refugee communities. Margaret described the struggles that refugees have living here and trying to assimilate to our culture such as learning about credit, insurance coverage, child supervision and child safety. There is a lot of support from refugees who volunteer. Currently they are trying to raise $2,000 a year to pay for translation services. In 2012 the Center awarded 115 scholarships. Since Margaret has been with the Center she has seen students get advanced degrees such as Masters Degrees and degrees in Medicine. "It's all about self sufficiency," she says.  The Center has a partnership with medical school psychology students. The process of resettlement is traumatic - refugees are afraid even though they are here legally. Some refugees are survivors of torture. The Nursing School Dental School and Medical Students have formed a Clinic at St. Francis Episcopal Church - it is faculty supervised. This is important because after 4 - 6 months services for the refugees go away including health insurance. The Center's budget is $70,000 per year - all else is donations. Harun Rashid, also with the Center, works with the Burmese community. He has lived here for five years and preparing to get his U.S. citizenship. Pat Tappmeyer, also at the meeting, spoke about being known in Nepal as point of contact for the Center. She organizes pick up of donated furniture, household goods and such to make sure the refugees get what they need.  Volunteers are needed due to the overwhelming number of refugees locating here. For more information visit their website HERE.
                 
                 
                The Center for Refugee Services was presented with a check from our Club as well as a customary book that will be donated in honor of our guests to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library. Thank you for speaking to our Club today and for educating us about the Center for Refugee Services and the services that are provided.
                 
                 
                Ken Donoughue pointed out that locally there is also a service called the Faith Based Initiative whose focus and vision is “To facilitate relational collaboration, active partnerships and networked services between the San Antonio faith community, government agencies, non-profit organizations and community groups towards improving the lives of families and communities in need.”  There is currently a waiting list for resources. It is set up based on zip code.
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                  We had a special presentation of our donation to for the Locke Hill Elementary School Library. Elizabeth Garza, Librarian was on had to receive this award. Thank you Elizabeth for all you do for the students to help them excel in reading!
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                  Ken Ruiz owns the umbrella for January and February.  Ken admitted that he was missing his pin today but since he owns the umbrella he is fine free.  He shared with our guests that the umbrella is auctioned off to raise money that goes to the Rotary Foundation to fight polio around the world. The highest bidder wins and has the opportunity to talk. Ken is learning to adapt to San Antonio with traffic and all. Ken shared that a friend of his passed away - her husband was the president of his old Club in Florida.
                   
                   
                   
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                  Wear Your Rotarian at Work T-Shirts!
                   
                  Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
                  Rotary Clubs from all over the area are teaming up to help beautify our fair city! Let's join Rotary Club of San Antonio and make a difference in the community! Sign up at the next meeting or let Mary know. Pat & Mary had a great time last year working with other Rotarians and Interact Clubs! But they felt lonely without their other Rotary friends there....*sniff*
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                  Guest Elizabeth Garza won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $175 pot. Unfortunately she drew the ten of hearts and took home a bottle of white wine.
                   
                  Gloria Richter owned the second ticket drawn and took home a bottle of Chardonnay.
                   
                  Rick Tarbell is providing the wine this month - thanks Rick!
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                  Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                  The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  Bruce Richter led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  
                   
                  President Fred introduced our speakers and guests:
                  Three of our Guests were from the Center for Refugee Services:
                  Margaret Costantino, who was our Speaker
                  Pat Tappmeyer
                  Harun Rashid
                   
                  Elizabeth Garza, Librarian from Locke Hill Elementary School
                  Sid Atkinson, member of the Alamo Heights Rotary Club
                   
                  Thank you for visiting our Club today! Please join us again soon!
                   
                  President Fred reminded us to continue selling District Raffle tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.  
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                  President Fred Timmons closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
                   
                  "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
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                  New Event! Coffee Friday
                  Here's another way to fellowship with members of our club and to start your day off right!  We had fun at our last Coffee Friday - please come and join us!
                  The next one planned is:
                  Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
                  When: Friday Mar 8
                  Time: 8 a.m.
                  We welcome discussion on this and your feedback.
                  Other recommendations so far:  Broadway Daily Bread on DeZavala, Panera Bread Huebner Oaks and Local Coffee 1604 near NW Military.
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                  Get your Rotary District 5840 Cruise Raffle Tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and you may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
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                  All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Quotes
                  Robert Fulgham
                  Share everything
                  Play fair
                  Don't hit people
                  Put things back where you found them
                  Clean up your own mess
                  Don't take things that aren't yours
                  Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody
                  Wash your hands before you eat
                  Flush
                  Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you
                  Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some
                  Take a nap every afternoon
                  When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together
                  Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that
                  Goldfish and hamster and white nice and even the little seed in the styrofoam cup - they all die, and so do we
                  And remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK
                   
                   
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                  New Event! Coffee Fridays
                  The newest event on our calendar is Coffee Friday - we are planning for the second Friday of each month and we will be tasting the beans and leaves of various shops! This group enjoyed the first one at Starbucks on NW Military.
                  The next one planned is:
                  Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
                  When: Friday Mar 8
                  Time: 8 a.m.
                  We welcome discussion on this and your feedback.
                  Other recommendations so far:  Broadway Daily Bread on DeZavala, Panera Bread Huebner Oaks and Local Coffee 1604 near NW Military.
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                  Ken Ruiz owns the umbrella for January and February.  Ken was grateful to family and friends who shared the time with him last meeting for his induction into the Club. This was a meaningful time for him to return to the original Club where his Rotary life began. He gave our guest today, Matt Sheehan, an "End Polio Now" tile. He explained the focus and effort that Rotary Internal has to end polio worldwide.
                   
                  Remembering Ted Harwood
                  Ken reminisced about Rotarian and friend Ted Harwood. Ted and his business partner Dan Hill were Veterinarians. Ken was 24 years old when he joined Oak Hills Rotary. Ted made fun of Ken's New York accent and Ken took his kidding in stride. Ken shared the good time he and his kid brother had when Ted's business partner took them fishing. Someone shared, "Ted was an Aggie". Bil Trodlier shared, "Ted was a good guy." Fred shared that "Ted was soft spoken." Joe said, "Ted was a rancher." Ted is leaving a legacy in the history of our Club - so many friendships - and will long be remembered.  We are forever grateful.
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                  Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                  The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  Joe Montagna led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  Bruce Richter observed that our guests from Girl Scouts US had no problem reciting the Texas Pledge by heart!
                   
                  President Fred introduced our speakers and guests:
                  Kris Richter, son of Bruce & Gloria Richter who is a member of the Terry McGregor Rotary Club in North Carolina
                  Melissa Caplinger, Leader of Girl Scouts Troop 43 and three members of the Troup.
                  Matthew Sheehan, Campus Director of Galen College, guest of Ken Donoughue. Matthew is a prospective member for our Club.
                   
                  President Fred shared some sad news: Long time Oak Hills Rotarian Ted Harwood passed away Sunday night. The family plans to have a private service on their ranch. Members of our Club shared fond memories of Ted.  He and his business partner Don Hill, local Veterinarians, were key to the wildly successful Shrimp Fest. They would fry fish and boil shrimp through the night before to prepare for the event.
                   
                  Another of our Rotarian members, Chuck Steinmetz had a severe stroke Tuesday and is in the hospital. Please keep Chuck and his wife Jackie in your prayers. Chuck was very involved in the Oak Hills and Med Center Rotary Clubs for many years prior to having health issues.
                   
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                  Rick Tarbell confessed that he was missing his pin.
                  Bruce and Gloria Richter are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
                  Bruce shared that he and Gloria awarded their Paul Harris Fellow pin to their son Kris. Their daughter and granddaughter also have Paul Harris Fellow pins. Contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation goes directly to Rotary International and towards their effort to end diseases such polio on a world wide scale. For every $1 Rotary commits to Polio eradication the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has committed $2.
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                  President Fred Timmons won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $150 pot. Unfortunately he drew the Six of Clubs and took home a bottle of white wine.
                   
                  Ken Ruiz owned the second ticket drawn and took home a bottle of red wine.
                   
                  Rick Tarbell is providing the wine this month - thanks Rick!
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                  Girl Scout Troop 43 was on hand today selling cookies!  This unique Troop consists of 15 homeschooled girls and they meet at the Girl Scout Headquarters. Girl Scouts in the US helps girls build confidence and character. When asked what were their favorite activities they listed: A trip the Snake Farm, Volunteering at the Food Bank, the Food Drive at HEB where they helped pack 995 bags with 496 lbs of food.  They also took a night trip to the San Antonio Zoo. Cookie sales help support the local counsel, help earn trips to camp and help support STEM Workshops. The girls work on badges and learn about managing money. These girls are cookie experts! In the fall the girls sell nuts and candy. The girls reported that the #1 cookie sold is Thin Mints. Troop Leader Melissa Caplinger led the girls in the:
                   
                   
                   
                  Girl Scout Promise
                  On my honor, I will try:
                  To serve God and my country,
                  To help people at all times,
                  And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
                   
                  Girl Scout Law
                  I will do my best to be
                  honest and fair
                  friendly and helpful,
                  considerate and caring,
                  courageous and strong, and
                  responsible for what I say and do,
                  and to
                  respect myself and others,
                  respect authority,
                  use resources wisely,
                  make the world a better place, and
                  to be a sister of every Girl Scout.
                   
                  A book will be donated in honor of our guests to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library. Thank you, Troop 43 for coming to our meeting today!  We wish you much success with your cookie sales! We hope that our purchases helped get you closer towards your goal!
                   
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                    President Fred Timmons closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
                     
                    "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
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                    Wear Your Rotarian at Work T-Shirts!
                     
                    Basura Bash was a success on Saturday!
                    We proudly sported our Rotarians at Work T-Shirts collected trash at The Walker Ranch and worked alongside many other hard working groups in San Antonio! Rick Tarbell, who joined in the fun later, is not pictured. Thanks to all who came! Others sent their regrets due to illness or other obligations.
                     
                    Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
                    Rotary Clubs from all over the area are teaming up to help beautify our fair city! Let's join Rotary Club of San Antonio and make a difference in the community. Sign up at the next meeting or let Mary know. Mary & Pat volunteered last year and had a great time working side by side with Interact Clubs! 
                     

                    Robotics Middle School State Championship Volunteers Needed!

                    When: March 2 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.   

                    Where: Lighthouse for the Blind

                    Let Mary know that you want to volunteer!

                    Pat & Mary volunteered recently at Our Lady of the Lake University (High School level championship) and were wowed by the young people who competed and the ingenuity of their robots! Volunteer and be amazed at the future young leaders of this great country!

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                    Get your Rotary District 5840 Cruise Raffle Tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and you may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
                    Cruise Raffle 2019-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
                    New Location for Happy Hour
                    Happy Hour has moved! We will now be meeting at the Outback Steakhouse (y'all know where that is, right?) Thursday Feb 28 at around 5:30 p.m.
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                    These are quotes from the old game show Hollywood Squares:
                    Host: "If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?"
                    Charley Weaver: "Three days of steady drinking should do it."
                    Host: "You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?"
                    Don Knotts: "That's what's been keeping me awake."
                    Host: "According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come right out and ask him if he's married?"
                    Rose Marie: "No, wait until morning."
                    Host: "According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?"
                    Charley Weaver: "It got me out of the army."
                     
                    Pass the Hat goes to: Girl Scouts of America
                     
                    Valentine Day Trivia
                     
                    President Fred shared some Valentine's Day trivia:
                    The first mass produced Valentine was in 1947.
                    Approximately 190 million Valentines are mailed each year.
                    Over half mailed are for others than husband and wife
                    Average spending for Valentine's Day has increased every year
                    "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Charles Schultz
                     
                    President Fred said, "this is a great time to tell someone that you cherish them."
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                    Those of us who lingered after the meeting were honored with a surprise guest!  Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reiner Creutzburg, Department of Informatics and Media Head, Computer Forensics Lab of the Technische Hochschule Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences.  Reiner was attending a meeting at the Outback Steakhouse and noticed a rowdy crowd in the meeting room and thought to himself, "this could only be a Rotary Club meeting!" We presented him with a flag of course.  He plans to visit our club next year when he returns to San Antonio.
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                    Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
                    Are you skilled in spreading mulch? Perhaps your expertise leans more towards using a paint brush.  Do you have an interest in keeping Brackenridge Park beautiful for its many families and visitors? Or are you just curious where the group plans to go for lunch or coffee afterwards? We won't judge you if you just want to eat....
                    Why don't you don your Rotarian at Work t-shirt and join the happy throngs who enjoy working together to make San Antonio beautiful? If you don't happen to possess this fashion statement please see Bruce at the next meeting - he will definitely help you out!
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                    Posted on Feb 06, 2019
                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  John Legris led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  President Fred introduced our speaker Darryl Greer from Senior Planet.
                    Thank you, Darryl, for visiting our Club today! Please join us again soon!
                     
                    President Fred reminded us to continue selling District Raffle tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.  Drawing is May 4.
                     
                    President Fred asked about the last happy hour and it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves.  They especially enjoyed not having to bring their megaphones this time.
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                    Volunteer Opportunities:
                     
                    Basura Bash 2019 Feb 16 We have a great group already signed up for this event!  Registration and breakfast from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and runs till around noon. We have a great group that have signed up! Bruce has a plan to explore local cuisine to reward ourselves for all our hard work!  
                     
                    Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
                    Rotary Clubs from all over the area are teaming up to help beautify our fair city! Let's join Rotary Club of San Antonio and make a difference in the community. Sign up at the next meeting or let Mary know. Mary & Pat have plans to dine at a fine establishment closeby afterwards and you are invited to join them...
                     

                    Robotics Middle School State Championship Volunteers Needed!

                    Pat and Mary volunteered recently at Our Lady of the Lake University (High School level championship) and were wowed by the young people who competed and the  ingenuity of their robots! Volunteer and be amazed at the future young leaders of this great country!

                    When: March 2 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.   Where: Lighthouse for the Blind

                    Let Mary know that you want to volunteer!

                     
                     
                    Wear Your Rotarian at Work Shirt! 2019-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
                    Bil Trodlier won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $125 pot. Unfortunately he drew the King of Clubs and took home a bottle of white wine.
                     
                    Guest Sharon Timmons owned the second ticket drawn and took home a bottle of white wine.
                     
                    Rick Tarbell is providing the wine this month - thanks Rick!
                    Show Low Raffle 2019-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
                    President Fred Timmons closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
                     
                    "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
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                    Barry Abrams introduced our speakers today:  Mary Beth Fisk, CEO and Executive Director and Lejla Cenanovic, Special Projects Coordinator of The Ecumenical Center.  As you all know, our Club has a long standing relationship with the Center thanks to our own Club member Barry Abrams who sits on the Board at the Center.  Mary Beth shared that the Center was charted in 1967 with three clergy with the dream of providing struggling families a place of healing and support.  She shared that all people are welcomed at the Center and no one is ever refused services. Last year the Center provided services to 24,000 people (12,000 of them children). All insurances are accepted, including Medicare.  Mary Beth touched on the Center's response to the Sutherland Springs tragedy. "The Center was on-site within hours to provide immediate comfort and support."  The Center's support goes beyond the immediate need after such a tragedy.  The Center soon began offering services at the River Oaks Church, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and subsequent plans to open at a La Vernia location. Mary Beth said "the mission of the Center is to break the stigma of mental health." Lejla shared with us stories that come from art therapy. Children were given masks and asked to paint the outside of the mask how the child feels they look on the outside (to friends, family) - then paint the inside of the mask how they really feel. She said it's very moving to see how dark and sad the children can feel. This is just one of the ways children are helped at the Center since children can't always verbalize how they are feeling. The Center is continues to grow and build at its location on 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive.  Their phone number is 210-616-0885.
                     
                    For those who were not at the meeting we still have some of the Center's folders and they contain brochures of the impressive and broad range of programs offered such as:  The Center for Treating the Whole Warrior, The Center for Children & Families, The Center for Psychological Testing and Assessment, The Center for Positive Parenting, Life after Loss and many, many more......For more information please visit their website HERE. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Center we invite you to do so. It is a beautiful place and be sure to walk around the peaceful garden that contains the tree that we planted!  Look for another meeting that will be held at the Center soon.
                     
                    As a token of our appreciation, a book will be given in honor of our Speakers to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library.
                     
                    We awarded a check today to The Ecumenical Center as our continued commitment to support the Center's many services to people in need in and around the San Antonio area.
                    We wish the Center's continued success and may you continue to help heal individuals and families who have been affected by tragedy and life's circumstance.  Thank you for coming today and sharing with us.
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                    Destiny Mujica confessed that she was missing her pin.
                    Mary Denton confessed that she was missing her badge.
                    Ken Donoughue shared with us Richard Lounsbery's good news! He is now the proud great grandpa of great granddaughter Aleana, 7 lbs, 10 oz! We rejoice with you Richard and can't wait to see the pictures! Congratulations!
                     
                    Earn A Bike Check Presentation
                    Destiny Mujica was on hand to accept our check to Earn-A-Bike! We're very proud of the work and service to the community families through the Earn-A-Bike Program! We look forward to your continued success and the future of this program.
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                    National What Day 
                    National Lame Duck Day
                    National Girls & Women in Sports Day
                    National Frozen Yogurt Day - first developed in 1970 and was called Frogurt
                     
                    This Day in History
                    1911 Ronald Reagan was born
                    1952 King George VI of Great Britain died. Princess Elizabeth was next in line to inherit the throne.  She was crowned Queen in 1953 at the age of 27.
                     
                    Pass the Hat goes to Girl Scouts of America
                    Gloria Richter reminded us that the Girl Scouts Troup, whose members are all home schooled, will be visiting our club next week selling Girl Scout Cookies.  
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                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  Fred also led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.
                     
                    We were very excited to have a full house this week to help us celebrate our special presentations!
                    President Fred introduced our speakers and guests:
                    Ken Ruiz invited his special guests:
                    Minnie Matos, a.k.a "Mom" or "Mommy" 
                    Biljana West, fiance
                    J.R. Rodriguez, brother
                    Randy Vorce, neighbor
                    President Fred's wife Sharon Timmons
                    Rick Tarbell's guest, Rotarian Glenn Freres
                     
                    Without further adieu, President Fred inducted our newest member Kenneth Ruiz.  Since we currently don't have a Membership Chair, three Club members were asked to help with the induction ceremony:  President Fred, President Elect Rick Tarbell and Joe Montagna.  All three were originally invited by Ken to an Oak Hills Rotary Meeting. Never at a loss for words, Ken shared a bit of his personal journey from when he became a member in 1988 and since he has returned to San Antonio.  During the years he joined the Weston Florida Rotary Club in 1998 with very few members.  He left them with a strong 96 members and growing.  He calls it now "The best Club in Florida." During his transition from Florida back to San Antonio he has experienced a lot of changes in a short amount of time - significantly he proposed to Biljana.  Ken says, "I have an attitude."  He wants to grow Oak Hills Rotary Club and make it even stronger. He also said, "Where we'll be tomorrow depends on where we are today."  We are looking forward to what the future holds for this Club and welcome Ken back with open arms!
                     
                    President Fred had another special presentation today.  Ken Ruiz' fiance Biljana West was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow Pin and Medallion. The Paul Harris Fellow Recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary International has used donations like his to wipe out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Donations are also used to train future peacemakers, support clean water, and strengthen local economies.
                    Bulletin for Feb 6, 2019 2019-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
                    National What Day 
                    National Lame Duck Day
                    National Girls & Women in Sports Day
                    National Frozen Yogurt Day - first developed in 1970 and was called Frogurt
                     
                    This Day in History
                    1911 Ronald Reagan was born
                    1952 King George VI of Great Britain died. Princess Elizabeth was next in line to inherit the throne.  She was crowned Queen in 1953 at the age of 27.
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                    Happy Hour 
                    Happy Hour has moved!  We will now be meeting at the Outback Steakhouse (y'all know where that is, right?) Thursday Feb 28 at around 5:30 p.m.
                    Happy Hour 2019-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
                    Get your Rotary District 5840 Cruise Raffle Tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and you may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
                    Cruise Raffle 2019-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
                    Happy Hour 
                    Happy Hour has moved!  We will now be meeting at the Outback Steakhouse (y'all know where that is, right?) Thursday Feb 28 at around 5:30 p.m.
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                    Barry Abrams shared that he emailed drafts of the New Scholarship Policy and Application to several members of the Club. He needs approval that all the changes are correct. He would like to have this finalized very soon in order to post the Application on our website for students wishing to apply.
                     
                    Gloria Richter announced that on Feb 13 the Girl Scout Troop - whose members are all home schooled - will be visiting our Club and selling Girl Scout Cookies. Hope they bring enough!
                     
                    Destiny Mujica shared more info on the Earn-A-Bike program: It is an education based curriculum aligned with the TEKS, which are the state standards of what students should be learning. The 3 metrics Earn-A-Bike uses are attendance, behavior and course work.When they are awarded their bike they must build it from scratch with the help of volunteers. Parents are enrolled in workshops. The summer program is an adaption of the traditional program.  Destiny shared that Ken Donoughue opened the door for her to speak to the Pleasanton Rotary Club.  The School Superintendent and Parks Director were present at the meeting.  The Pleasanton School District will now have an Earn a Bike Program!
                     
                    Ken Donoughue shared that on Feb 20 Elizabeth Garza at Locke Hill Elementary School will be presented with a check from our Club to purchase Spanish Language books for the school library.
                    Also there are volunteer opportunities at the Learning Tree Program at the school to read to children. Hours are from 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm.  More details to come....
                     
                    Recently James Daniel recently had out patient surgery. Bil Trodlier reported that he is doing better.
                    In Other News... 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Elect Rick Tarbell.  Rick also led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.
                     
                    Rick recognized our speaker and visitors today: 
                     
                    Our speaker, Christa Gregory from the American Heart Association
                    Dr. Roberto Pereira, visiting from Edmonton, South Canada Rotary Club. Dr. Pereira shared a flag with us from his club and we presented him with one of ours!
                    Welcome guests! Please come back any time and enjoy lunch and fellowship with us again soon!
                     
                    Rick announced that we are accepting nominations for Officers of our Board.  If you would like to serve on the Board, then get someone to nominate you.  We will have the election at the first meeting in February.
                     
                    Remember to sell District Raffle Tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.
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                    Derek Matthys won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $100 pot. Unfortunately he drew the 7 of spades and took home a bottle of red wine.
                     
                    Joe Montagna owned the second ticket drawn and took home a bottle of wine.
                     
                    Gloria Richter is providing the wine this month - thanks Gloria!
                    Show Low Raffle 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Opportunities to Wear Your Rotarian at Work T-Shirts! Who rocks it best?
                     
                    Basura Bash 2019 Feb 16 We have a great group already signed up for this event! Be sure to let Mary know so you don't get left behind.  Bruce has a plan to explore local cuisine to reward ourselves for all our hard work!  Registration and breakfast from 8 - 9 a.m. and runs till around noon.
                     
                    Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
                    Rotary Clubs from all over the area are teaming up to help beautify our fair city! Let's join Rotary Club of San Antonio and make a difference in the community. Sign up at the next meeting or let Mary know. Mary & Pat have plans to dine at a fine establishment closeby afterwards and you are invited to join them...
                     
                    Volunteer Opportunities 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Brenda Jackson introduced today’s speaker, Christa Gregory of the American Heart Association. She heads up the Little Hats Big Hearts program. This program began in 2014 in 1 hospital and gave out 300 hats to families with children diagnosed with congenital heart defects. In this past campaign in 10 hospitals, 3,000 hats will be given.  This campaign wants to raise awareness of congenital heart disease in babies. Here is a picture of the hat with letter enclosed that will go to a mom before they leave the hospital. Money from sponsorships pay for CPR kits for new moms. All babies are now screened for heart disease before they leave the hospital.  The Heart Walk is scheduled for May in New Braunfels and November in San Antonio.  Another campaign, Go Red for Women, has its luncheon Thurs Feb 7 at the Witte Museum. The Heart Walk is in April.  A book will be donated to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library on behalf of our speaker today. 
                     
                    Thank you Christa for being our speaker today and sharing all the good things that the American Heart Association is doing to educate us on being heart healthy! Please come and join us again soon!
                    Club Lunch and Business Program  2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Brenda Jackson celebrated her birthday last week. Their oldest grandson, Fin just turned 4 and he sang "Happy Birthday" to her in German. She shared that he loves to play with Legos.
                     
                    Mary Denton and her husband Pat McGuyer volunteered to judge at the Kendall County Robotics Competition last Saturday. There were students from Austin, Boerne, San Antonio and other cities competing. It was certainly an eye opening experience to learn how students prepare and compete. Three judges were former members of the KCRC and were instrumental in assisting the volunteer judges in the finer points of qualification. Mary was delighted to find that there is a STEM program at Harlandale High School where she graduated.  Mary and Pat hope to volunteer again next year!
                    Fines and Confessions 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Destiny Mujica shared this one:
                    "Have you ever seen an elephant hiding in trees?"
                    "No."
                    "It's because they're so good at it."
                     
                    National What Day 
                    National Croissant Day – was originated by an Austrian Military Officer who in 1939 opened a bakery in Paris and introduced the croissant – the key to a perfect one is when you laminate the dough, where butter is folded into the dough creating thin layers of butter and dough.
                     
                    This Day in History
                    1848 – California Gold Rush – first gold nugget was discovered in Coloma, Calif and 500,000
                    people rushed to Calif to find gold
                    1948 – Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi
                    1969 – the Beatles performed their last public performance
                    1951 – Phil Collins was born on this day in England, he was vocalist and drummer for the rock
                    group Genesis, then went on to have a successful solo career. He also had the largest
                    collection by an individual of Alamo artifacts and he donated his collection to the State of
                    Texas within the last couple of years. These are now on display on the Alamo grounds.
                     
                    Pass the Hat goes to: Boy Scouts of America
                    Humor 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Get your Rotary District 5840 Cruise Raffle Tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and you may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
                    Cruise Raffle 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Ken Ruiz owns the umbrella for January and February.  Since he was absent today we didn't have Umbrella Time.
                    Umbrella Time 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Bruce Richter shared with us an article in the February 2019 issue of the Rotarian Magazine called about "People of Action Around the Globe."  CROATIA:  Since 2014 over 350 Rotaractors from around the world have sailed the North Adriatic Sea on annual weeklong trips in 6 tiny ships. Bruce and Gloria traveled to Croatia as our International Ambassadors. He said that Croatia has lots of snow and rocky terrain. It is a walled city with walls dating back 600 years.  The rock goes out to the Adriatic Sea. It is on these beaches where Rotaractors work, cleaning and raising money benefiting youth and victims of flooding in Bosnia. A total of $8,500 has been raised over the years.  You can read more about this project in the February Rotarian Magazine by clicking HERE!
                    Rotary Minute 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
                    Roger Thompson shared with us that he recently was in the ER with a health issue. Much to his dismay the doctors released him with no diagnosis. We were glad to see him this week and pray that all goes well.
                     
                    Brenda Jackson shared good news that oldest son Charles will be returning to the U.S. from Germany. Also, Brenda continues her work with the American Heart Association with the Little Hats Big Hearts campaign. So far 3,000 hats have been received. They will be delivered to hospitals next week.  She will also be active in the Go Red for Women Campaign in February. Thank you, Brenda, for your work in these important campaigns and for serving in the community!
                     
                    President Fred shared that he will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow.  Happy Birthday!  Wishing you many happy returns. Thank you for serving as our President this year!
                     
                    Bil Trodlier expressed appreciation for Barry Abrams for being Chair of the Scholarship Committee and for all his hard work. Thank you Barry!
                     
                    Ken Donoughue shared that Andy Shalit's wife Teresa fell and broke a bone in her shoulder.  We pray that you have a speedy recovery Teresa!
                     
                    Fines and Confessions  2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
                    Larrisa Wilkinson is the Director of Professional Learning and Program Innovation at Pre-K 4 SA. Larrisa and her team are responsible for leading efforts to distinguish the program as a high-quality model for early childhood educational excellence throughout San Antonio and the nation, through city-wide professional development, grants, family engagement and the program's four demonstration sites serving 2,000 four-year olds. Beginning with the vision of former Mayor Julian Castro and what was then named the 'Brainpower Taskforce,' they recommended the development of a program focused on high-quality prekindergarten services for four-year old children. In just a few years since its inception, in 2017 Pre-K 4 SA was honored with the prestigious H-E-B Excellence in Education Award in early childhood education for its social-emotional development curricula in the North and South centers. The purpose of Pre-K 4 SA is to improve San Antonio in one generation by changing the education trajectory of four-year-olds, inspiring students to develop a love of learning and become engaged, 21st century citizens. The program has eight participating school districts and serves 2000 students each year at four Education Centers.  Larrisa shared with us that Volunteer Opportunities are available!  To find out more about Pre-K 4 SA, click HERE
                     
                    A book will be given to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library in honor of our speaker today.
                     
                    Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
                    National What Day 
                    • National Library Shelfie Day
                    • National Handwriting Day
                    • National Pie Day – first pies appeared around 9500 BC. The day was created by the American Pie Council in 1986 to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of serving foods to families everywhere.
                     
                    This Day in History
                    • 1789 – Georgetown - the first US Catholic College is founded
                    • 1845 – Uniform US election day for Pres & VP is authorized
                    • 1916 – the temperature falls from 44 degrees to -56 degrees in Browning MT
                    • 1957 – the Wham–O Company produces the 1st Frisbee disc (originally called the Pluto-Platter)
                    • 1977 – the mini-series Roots premiers on ABC
                    • 1986 – first induction of Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame – Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis
                     
                    Pass the Hat goes to: Boy Scouts of America
                    Humor from President Fred 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  Bruce Richter led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.
                     
                    President Fred recognized our speaker and visitors today: 
                    Our speaker, Larrisa Wilkinson of Pre K 4 SA 
                    Amber French of Pre K 4 SA
                    Jerry Hardy, District 5840 Foundation Chair, and member of San Antonio West Rotary Club
                    Ken Ruiz, who recently moved back to San Antonio from Florida, is visiting with us again.  Ken is a former member of our Club.
                     
                    Welcome , guests! Please come back any time and enjoy lunch and fellowship with us again soon!
                    Bulletin for Jan 23, 2019 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
                    Bruce Richter won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $825 pot. Hurray Bruce!!!!  He won! He was overheard saying that he was confident that a visit to Total Wine was in order.
                     
                    Ken Ruiz owned the ticket drawn for a bottle of wine and donated it to our guest speaker.
                     
                    Gloria Richter is providing the wine this month - thanks Gloria!
                    Show Low Raffle 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
                    President Fred closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
                     
                    "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
                    Four Way Test 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
                    Ken Ruiz owns the umbrella for January and February.  At first Ken said that he was "speechless" and it was clear that no one believed him.  He said that he joined Oak Hills Rotary Club in 1988 and President Fred was his accountant.  He shared that whenever he is asked how he is doing he always answers: "I'm blessed."  He feels that response has an impact on people's heart and soul.  "Rotary is a blessing," he said.  This month he was diagnosed with epilepsy, a cognitive disorder.  He shared that when he left San Antonio and move to Florida he was leaving "the best Rotary Club" and had no desire to join another Club. As it would happen, he would cross the path of Past District Governor Frank Devlin.  It seemed that there was still work to be done in Rotary for Ken so he joined the Westin Rotary Club in Florida and eventually became President. He says "there is power in wearing the Rotary pin."
                     
                    Umbrella Time 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
                    Volunteers Needed! Wear Your Rotarian at Work T-Shirts!
                     
                     
                    Basura Bash 2019 Feb 16 We have a great group already signed up for this event! Be sure to let Mary know so you don't get left behind.  Bruce has a plan to explore local cuisine to reward ourselves for all our hard work!  Registration and breakfast from 8 - 9 a.m. and runs till around noon.
                    You can either sign up for either or both of these at our next meeting or let Mary know!
                     
                    Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30 - Noon
                    This is an area wide Rotary event to a clean up day at historical Brackenridge Park! Sign up at the next meeting or let Mary know. Mary & Pat have plans to dine at a fine establishment closeby afterwards...
                     
                    Volunteer Opportunities 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    President Elect Rick Tarbell closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
                     
                    "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
                    Four Way Test 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    The umbrella for January & February is owned by Ken Ruiz, a former member of our club.  He brought his New Member book when he joined Oak Hills Rotary. He shared the story of the beginning of our club: "On October 27, 1977, Jack Davis of Hamilton Bermuda, signed the official charter for the San Antonio Oak Hills Rotary Club. W. Jack Davis, serving as President of Rotary International, through a stroke of his pen, officially declared that the San Antonio Oak Hills Rotary Club was a member club of Rotary International and that the individuals listed on the charter could henceforth be call "Rotarians."" "The accomplishments of this club have made a difference in the community, in the member's vocations, and in various parts of the world." Ken gave paperweights for everyone with End Polio Now tiles set in travertine.
                    Umbrella Time 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    We didn't know what to AXE-pect with today's speaker.  Sarah Fleming, GM of Class AXE Room Escape shared with us about this new form of entertainment. Sarah was armed not only with 2 actual axes but also good sense of humor and an abundance of puns.  The AXE Room Escape is located behind Sunset Station at Houston St. & Chestnut.  Reservations are recommended. It is a range where the participants are taught how to throw an axe at a target. Sarah shared with us that this is more for entertainment rather than competition. Many companies use this venue as a team building exercise.  Cost is $32 for an 1-1/2 hour experience and it is BYOB. Sarah offered share her AXE-perienced throwing technique to one of our members.  Rick Tarbell gamely volunteered...AXE-dently I believe....We are AXE-ually relieved to report that no axes were actually thrown during this demonstration and we were not in fear for our lives.  Click HERE to find out more....
                    Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    Roger Thompson confessed that he was missing his pin.
                     
                    Destiny Mujica confessed that she missed a lot of meetings while working on the Earn a Bike Christmas 2018 project. President Fred invited Destiny to share with us about the 2018 project.  She said that 500 students from 7 campuses were contacted - 300 registered and 200 students showed up to the event.  This was the biggest event to date. The program begins in September and the program runs for 8 weeks. The students learn about bicycle safety and maintenance.The program requires improved attendance and decreased negative behaviour. The schools involved benefit with improved performance metrics. She also shared that grants are necessary to support the program. Several grants were awarded due to Destiny's grant writing skills. Destiny shared that the current Executive Director, Christian is stepping down to focus on his for profit business and that she has been approved as the new Executive Director.
                    Destiny, we applaud all your hard work for the community and to make a difference in the lives of children.  You are living the model of "Service Above Self" as a Rotarian. We are so pleased that you chose to join Oak Hills Rotary Club! We look forward to hearing about your successes in the coming year.
                     
                     
                    Fines and Confessions 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    Bruce Richter shared a story from the January 2019 Rotary Magazine called "Fight for Families on the Border."
                    Author: Ruby Powers, Rotary E-Club, Houston
                    Author Background: Immigration lawyer familiar with detention facilities, experience in immigration and asylum law (10 years experience), speaks Spanish.
                    Rotary Experience:
                    • While her parents lived in Mexico, her mother was an American missionary.
                    • Grew up in Mexico, Texas and Missouri
                    • Joined Interact in High School
                    • Was Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Belgium
                    • Ambassadorial Scholar in Barcelona, Spain (where Bruce and Gloria visited on their trip in October)
                     
                    Support Effort Given:
                    • Provided pro bono legal support
                    • Spoke to 4 moms, 7 dads over 2 day visit to Port Isabel Detention Center
                    • Offered understanding and advice for "credible fear" interview.
                    • Some parents already deported without separated children.
                    • Some parents waived their rights to reunification without understanding what was happening.
                    Read more about this article here:  Rotarian Magazine Stories
                    Rotary Minute 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  Fred also led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.
                     
                    President Fred recognized our speaker and visitors today: 
                    Our speaker, Sarah Fleming is GM of Class AXE and Great Room Escape
                    Kris Richter, son of Bruce & Gloria Richter
                    Robert Allen, guest of Brett Ward
                    Ken Ruiz, who recently moved back to San Antonio from Florida, is visiting with us again.  Ken is a former member of our Club.
                     
                    Welcome , guests! Please come back any time and enjoy lunch and fellowship with us again soon!
                    Bulletin for Jan 16, 2019 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    Senior Wedding at the Villages in Florida
                     
                    Two very active seniors (Jacob, age 92, and Mariam, age 89), living at 'The Villages' in Florida, are all excited about their decision to get married.  They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore and they decide to go in. 
                    Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?"
                    The pharmacist answers, "Yes."
                    Jacob: "We're about to get married.  Do you sell heart medication?"
                    Pharmacist: "Of course we do."
                    Jacob: "Medicine for circulation?"
                    Pharmacist: "All kinds."
                    Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?"
                    Pharmacist: "Definitely."
                    Jacob: "How about suppositories and medicine for impotence?"
                    Pharmacist: "You bet!"
                    Jacob: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis and Alzheimer's?"
                    Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."
                    Jacob: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"
                    Pharmacist: "Absolutely."
                    Jacob: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"
                    Pharmacist: "We sure do."
                    Jacob: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?"
                    Pharmacist: "All speeds and sizes."
                    Jacob: "Adult diapers?"
                    Pharmacist: "Sure, how can I help you?"
                    Jacob: "We'd like to use this store as our Bridal Registry."
                     
                    National What Day
                    National Nothing Day
                    National Without a Scalpel Day
                    National Fig Newton Day
                    National Religious Freedom Day
                     
                    This Day in History
                    1919 Congress outlaws alcohol
                    1938 Benny Goodman brings Jazz to Carnegie Hall
                    1945 Hitler descends into his bunker for 105 days and then commits suicide
                    2013 Pauline Phillips dies at age 94. She was Dear Abby for more than 40 years.
                    Humor from President Fred 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. 
                    Bruce Richter led us in a word of prayer and with the pledge.
                     
                    President Fred recognized our speaker and visitors today: 
                    Our speaker, Sarah Fleming is GM of Class AXE and Great Room Escape
                    Kris Richter, son of Bruce & Gloria Richter
                    Robert Allen, guest of Brett Ward
                    Ken Ruiz, who recently moved back to San Antonio from Florida, is visiting with us again.  Ken is a former member of our Club.
                     
                    Welcome , guests! Please come back any time and enjoy lunch and fellowship with us again soon!
                    Stories 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    President Fred closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
                     
                    "Bring someone to Rotary 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."
                    Four Way Test 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    Rick Tarbell won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $800 pot. Unfortunately he drew the 4 of diamonds. Since there are no losers at Oak Hills Rotary Club, Rick took home a bottle of white wine.
                    The second ticket drawn was owned by Gloria Richter.  She took home a bottle of red wine.
                     
                    Wine for the month of January has been provided by Gloria Richter.  Thank you Gloria!
                     
                     
                    Show Low Raffle 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons who also led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  
                     
                    President Fred recognized our speaker and visitors today: 
                    Sarah Fleming, GM of Class Axe and Great Room Escape
                    Kris Richter, son of Bruce & Gloria Richter
                    Robert Allen, guest of Brett Ward
                    Ken Ruiz is a former member of our Club and has recently moved back to San Antonio from Florida.
                     
                    Welcome guests! Please come back any time and enjoy lunch and fellowship with us again soon!
                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
                    Our speaker today was Bart Sherwood, Co-Founder of the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program in San Antonio, Texas, and was the Owner-Manager- Pharmacist of Oak Park Village Pharmacy & Sherwood’s Cafe serving the Alamo Heights area of San Antonio, TX from 1985 thru 2004. While enrolled in college, Bart served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and today considers himself a “Weekend Veteran” limited to one weekend a month and 2-weeks during the summer. In 2010, the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program was initiated as a part of the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation (Therapy Dog organization doing Animal Assisted Activity & Therapy); and in 2012, TADSAW, INC. filed as a separate  501(c)(3) not for profit organization, from the parent PFHF. Today, Bart continues to serves as President of the Board of Directors, Executive Director and Program Director, and any other role that needs to be filled.
                     
                    Bart shared with us that "not all service dogs are the same." Dogs are trained for specialized fields. In this case dogs are trained to help vets diagnosed with PTSD, described an "occupation induced job related problem". They are trained to smell cortisol and adrenaline transmitters triggered when the Vet is experiencing a PTSD episode. The Vets learn how to train their service dog which ensures the Vet's future with another dog if the time comes when their dog dies or has to be retired. Many times he Vet can lead a productive life with less or no drugs with their possible side effects with their trained service dog. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 22 Vets diagnosed with PTSD commit suicide a day. Since many times the dogs the service dogs were once in a shelter, the lives of both the dog and Vet are saved. TADSAW provides service dogs at no cost and no application fee to the Vet because "it's an honor and a privilege to serve you. You defended our country."  The service dog improves the Vet's quality of life and allows them to live independently. The trained service dog gives the Vet hope and a future. If the Vet already owns a dog, many times their dog can be trained for service. 
                     
                    Bart shared more information that explains TADSAW and the service they provide the Vets.
                    Please click here to find out more: Train a Dog Save a Warrior
                     
                    We appreciate you, Bart, with the work that you are doing through TADSAW to honor our Vets. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this presentation for us and educating us about TADSAW.
                    Our speaker today was Bart Sherwood, Co-Founder of the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program in San Antonio, Texas, and was the Owner-Manager- Pharmacist of Oak Park Village Pharmacy & Sherwood’s Cafe serving the Alamo Heights area of San Antonio, TX from 1985 thru 2004. While enrolled in college, Bart served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and today considers himself a “Weekend Veteran” limited to one weekend a month and 2-weeks during the summer. In 2010, the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program was initiated as a part of the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation (Therapy Dog organization doing Animal Assisted Activity & Therapy); and in 2012, TADSAW, INC. filed as a separate  501(c)(3) not for profit organization, from the parent PFHF. Today, Bart continues to serves as President of the Board of Directors, Executive Director and Program Director, and any other role that needs to be filled.
                     
                    Bart shared with us that "not all service dogs are the same." Dogs are trained for specialized fields. In this case dogs are trained to help vets diagnosed with PTSD, described an "occupation induced job related problem". They are trained to smell cortisol and adrenaline transmitters triggered when the Vet is experiencing a PTSD episode. The Vets learn how to train their service dog which ensures the Vet's future with another dog if the time comes when their dog dies or has to be retired. Many times he Vet can lead a productive life with less or no drugs with their possible side effects with their trained service dog. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 22 Vets diagnosed with PTSD commit suicide a day. Since many times the dogs the service dogs were once in a shelter, the lives of both the dog and Vet are saved. TADSAW provides service dogs at no cost and no application fee to the Vet because "it's an honor and a privilege to serve you. You defended our country."  The service dog improves the Vet's quality of life and allows them to live independently. The trained service dog gives the Vet hope and a future. If the Vet already owns a dog, many times their dog can be trained for service. 
                     
                    Bart shared more information that explains TADSAW and the service they provide the Vets.
                    Please click here to find out more: Train a Dog Save a Warrior
                     
                    We appreciate you, Bart, with the work that you are doing through TADSAW to honor our Vets. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this presentation for us and educating us about TADSAW.
                     
                    Stories 1-16-19 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. 
                    Bruce Richter led us in a word of prayer and with the pledge.
                     
                    President Fred recognized our speaker and visitors today: 
                    Bart Sherwood is the Program Director of TADSAW, INC and our speaker for today.
                    Salina Shelton, MA, LPC is the Exec. Dir. of Chronic Pain Resource Center of South Texas and the cousin of Veronica Felan.
                    Marilyn Ward is the mother of Brett Ward
                    Ken Ruiz is a former member of our Club and has recently moved back to San Antonio from Florida.
                     
                    We warmly welcomed our guests today! Please come back any time and enjoy lunch and fellowship with us again soon!
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Bulletin for Jan 9, 2019 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
                    Our speaker today was Bart Sherwood, Co-Founder of the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program in San Antonio, Texas, and was the Owner-Manager- Pharmacist of Oak Park Village Pharmacy & Sherwood’s Cafe serving the Alamo Heights area of San Antonio, TX from 1985 thru 2004. While enrolled in college, Bart served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and today considers himself a “Weekend Veteran” limited to one weekend a month and 2-weeks during the summer. In 2010, the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program was initiated as a part of the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation (Therapy Dog organization doing Animal Assisted Activity & Therapy); and in 2012, TADSAW, INC. filed as a separate  501(c)(3) not for profit organization, from the parent PFHF. Today, Bart continues to serves as President of the Board of Directors, Executive Director and Program Director, and any other role that needs to be filled.
                     
                    Bart shared with us that "not all service dogs are the same." Dogs are trained for specialized fields. In this case dogs are trained to help vets diagnosed with PTSD, described an "occupation induced job related problem". They are trained to smell cortisol and adrenaline transmitters triggered when the Vet is experiencing a PTSD episode. The Vets learn how to train their service dog which ensures the Vet's future with another dog if the time comes when their dog dies or has to be retired. Many times he Vet can lead a productive life with less or no drugs with their possible side effects with their trained service dog. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 22 Vets diagnosed with PTSD commit suicide a day. Since many times the dogs the service dogs were once in a shelter, the lives of both the dog and Vet are saved. TADSAW provides service dogs at no cost and no application fee to the Vet because "it's an honor and a privilege to serve you. You defended our country."  The service dog improves the Vet's quality of life and allows them to live independently. The trained service dog gives the Vet hope and a future. If the Vet already owns a dog, many times their dog can be trained for service. 
                     
                    Bart shared more information that explains TADSAW and the service they provide the Vets.
                    Please click here to find out more: Train a Dog Save a Warrior
                     
                    We appreciate you, Bart, with the work that you are doing through TADSAW to honor our Vets. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this presentation for us and educating us about TADSAW.
                     
                    Club Lunch and Business Program 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
                    Bil Trodlier is the featured Rotarian this week along with his lovely wife Linda! This was taken at last year's Basura Bash. Thank you for all that you do for the Club, Bil! 
                    Rotarian of the Week! 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
                    Advice for Anyone Moving to Texas
                     
                    Save all bacon grease.  You will be instructed later how to use it.
                    If you do run your car into a ditch, don’t panic. Four men in the cab of a four wheel drive with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them. Just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.
                    Remember: “Y’all” is singular. “All y’all” is plural. “All y’all’s” is plural possessive.
                    Get used to the phrase “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. And the collateral phrase “You call this hot? Wait’ll August.”
                    Don’t tell us how you did it up there. Nobody cares.
                    A Mercedes-Benz is not a status symbol, a Chevy, Dodge, or Ford is.
                    If someone says they’re “fixin” to do something, that doesn’t mean anything’s broken.
                    The value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but the availability of shade is.
                    If you see a slower moving vehicle on a two lane road pull onto the shoulder that is called “courtesy”.
                    BBQ is a food group.  It does NOT mean grilling burgers and hot dogs outdoors.
                    Everything is better with Ranch dressing.
                    “Bless your Heart” is a nice way of saying you’re an idiot.
                     
                     
                    On This Day in History
                    1870 Construction begins on the Brooklyn Bridge – completed in 1883
                    1871 Oleo margarine was patented
                    1888 1st wax drinking straw was patented
                    1899 1st known use of the word “automobile” appears in the New York Times
                    1925 Benito Mussolini becomes the Dictator of Italy
                    1938 The March of Dimes was established to fight polio
                    1952 Dragnet with Jack Webb premiers on TV
                    1959 Alaska is admitted as the 49th state
                    1962 Ground is broken for the 8th Wonder of the World, the Houston Astrodome
                    1977 Apple computer incorporates
                    1987 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin
                     
                    National What Day
                    President Fred continues Allyson’s tradition:
                    National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
                    National Drinking Straw Day
                    National Fruitcake Toss Day – some of our members had the nerve to admit that the actually like fruitcake!
                    Humor from President Fred 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
                    President Fred invited us to share our most memorable Christmas and New Year's Eve stories.  Fred remembered when he was young going to his grandmother's home in Mark, Texas near Waco. The house had no indoor plumbing and no heat! He said that they slept under many warm blankets.  
                     
                    Gloria shared that her mom had a different take on things: One year she left their Christmas tree up and changed the decorations with the seasons.  One year she found 3 tumbleweeds and had the inspiration to spray paint them and add glitter!  She sounds like an interesting person....
                     
                    Stuart's dad was in the military and they lived in England and several states so their family wasn't always closeby. They enjoyed many Christmases with their small family. He said that he and his brother always looked to see where the gifts were hidden...
                     
                    Gloria shared another memory: she and her brother always found their gifts prior to Christmas. One particular year her brother was going to receive a .22 gun and a portable radio and Gloria was to receive a record player. The gun went off and went through the radio and lodged into the record player!  Her brother then said "Quick! Put them back!" to which Gloria replied, "They're gonna know..."
                     
                    Marlene told us about one year she and her husband took down their own Christmas tree and loaded it into her husband's company Frito truck so they could take it and then put it back up for the family Christmas....
                     
                    Joe said that one year he went to Seattle for Christmas just to see the snow - it didn't snow.  However one of his children got hurt so he spent time in the ER....
                     
                    Brett shared that he always set up his Lionel Train around the Christmas tree. In the background the Percy Faith Christmas Special played on their black and white TV....
                     
                    Brett also shared that while at a masquerade ball in New York during the Y2K Millenium Crisis, he observed an SAPD sniper on the rooftop...
                     
                    Ken D. shared that he grew up in New York and there was no shortage of snow. He remembers street vendors hawking their wares of fruits and vegetables and also vendors that sharpened knives...
                     
                    Ken spent New Years Eve in Times Square and watched the ball drop...it wasn't as crowded with people then...
                     
                    Brenda shared the time at the time of their oldest son's first Christmas they flew to Virginia to visit family. The family went out to eat and Brenda & Charles' son was doing his cute baby things and this man walked up to compliment them about their son.... the man's name was John Wayne.... 
                     
                    Barry shared about the year he celebrated New Years Eve twice...once in New York and again in San Francisco!  He was flying, returning home from Viet Nam...
                     
                    Bil shared his first Christmas - ever - after he married Linda. Bil did not grown up celebrating Christmas and Linda did.  
                     
                    There were many more stories told - hope you enjoyed reading these - we celebrate everyone's memories!  Thank you, everyone, for sharing with us!
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                    President Fred let the Club in the Four Way Test.
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                    Volunteers Needed!  Allyson Hamlin is working on some exciting volunteer opportunities:
                    Kendall County Robotics Club  Last year members of the club along with Kathleen Gately gave a presentation during our meeting.  The students even brought their robots to demonstrate their awesome skills! The club is in need of judges this year. Several of us are planning to go. More info soon!
                    We are shooting for the High School Robotics on January 26. Time is from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake University.
                     
                     
                    Basura Bash 2019 Feb 16 We will need to register soon!  We had a GREAT group last year!  Let's do this again!!!  Registration and breakfast from 8 - 9 a.m. and runs till around noon.
                    We will share more info as it becomes available.
                     
                    Watch for Mary's evite for these events so you can sign up for either or both!
                    Volunteer Opportunities 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
                    Roger confessed that he was missing his pin.
                     
                    Barry bragged that his daughter is pregnant! Congratulations Barry and Jerri!
                    Brett bragged that he shot a 10 point buck with his bow.
                    Brags & Confessions 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
                    Bruce continues to share interesting articles from The Rotarian Magazine
                    In the January 2019 issue he found this and wanted to share:
                     
                    Clean Out of Excuses
                    The writer, Paul Engleman, wrote about his 86 year old mother in law who moved from the Wisconsin farm where she had lived for 40 years to a smaller house 15 miles away.  Many family members pitched in to help. The writer's son was alarmed at the quantity of "treasures" that had been collected and whispered, "Please, don't let this happen to you and Mom."  In this poignant story, which strikes a little close to most of our homes, Paul takes stock of all the "things" that he and his wife have collected including outdated items and that long outlived their usefulness.  He didn't know where to begin - so his research began - on the internet! He was overwhelmed with tips. He decided to start with the "current world champion of decluttering" (did you know there was such a title?), Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Furthering his quest on where to begin decluttering, Paul was surprised to discover MakeSpace, a website that calls itself "your closet in the cloud" and whose business model is mostly about shifting clutter: "We'll pick up your stuff, store it in our secure storage facility, and create an online photo catalog of it so you never forget what you have in storage."  For more of Paul's humorous and sometimes painfully truthful insights on decluttering, Click Here to read the entire article! 
                     
                    Bruce shared a story about his brother who, when being transferred to an assisted living facility, the family needed to put their hands on an insurance policy and had some trouble finding it.  He recommended that we all make a plan so that our loved ones know where important documents are stored so that they can be accessed when needed. He and Gloria have already implemented their plan.
                    Rotary Minute by Bruce Richter 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
                    President Fred won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $750 pot. Unfortunately he drew the 10 of clubs. 
                    John Legris owned the ticket drawn for a bottle of wine. Fred gave John his choice - he chose red so Fred took the white!
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                    President Fred shared with us about Vets Strong, a way to provide furniture for vets. This organization picks up furniture and delivers to those in need.  The drive begins June 18th.
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                    Brett always does an excellent job finding interesting speakers for us!  These are scheduled for the rest of January:
                     
                    Jan 9     Bart Sherwood, Program Director of TADSAW Inc. - Train a Dog Save a Warrior
                                   Bart shared information in advance and this promises to be a very informative and moving program.
                     
                    Jan 16   Sarah Fleming of San Antonio Class Axe Throwing - you'll just have to come to find out...
                     
                    Jan 23   Larrisa Wilkinson of Pre-K 4 SA
                     
                    Jan 30   Christa Gregory of American Heart Association
                     
                     
                     
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                    The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11.  President Fred shared that anyone who is a member of the Club may attend.  The meeting begins promptly at 11:00 at President Fred's office at the Colonnade at Wurzbach & IH 10 W, Suite 350.
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                    President Fred shared that he and his wife Sharon wrapped gifts for Elf Louise. Reservations need to be made in June in order to volunteer and they accept groups of up to 20.  Elf Louise served 5800 families this last Christmas. 
                    Possible Volunteer Opportunity 2019-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
                    District Governor Dr. Kathryn Hubbard presented the "Hidden Hero Award" to our own Bruce Richter.  Bruce was honored today because he has been our long time "go to" person.  He works tirelessly for our Club to lead, organize, research, serve on committees, create slide shows, run the AV for our meetings, fill in for the current Secretary and Treasurer, make presentations during our meetings, provide humor, volunteer for service projects, organize and deliver donations to the Girl Scout Headquarters' Daisy Pantry, deliver books to Haven for Hope and who knows what else? Bruce and Gloria have been our Rotarian Ambassadors around the world for many years making it a point to visit Rotary Clubs wherever they travel and bringing back pictures and stories to share with us!  Bruce said that he has been a Rotarian for 40 years. His positive attitude, good nature and heart of service are a perfect reflection of what a Rotarian should look like.  We all appreciate you Bruce and we're so glad that you're here! Wishing you many more years of good health and ability to serve for as long as you wish!
                    Hidden Hero Bruce Richter 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
                    As a change of pace, Brett Ward provided humor for today's meeting. We may know that a group of cows is called a "herd" and a group of sheep a "flock" or "herd" and a group of chickens a "flock" and puppies a "litter".  Did you also know that a group of squirrels is called a "dray" or "scurry", hedgehogs a "prickle", mice a "mischief", foxes, "skulk", cats "clowder"?  President Fred didn't say it out loud but he was thinking that a group of Rotarians at any given time could be called a "clowder" or "scurry".  You may draw your own conclusions....
                    Humor Mary Denton 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
                    After our tour of the facility, President Fred turned the meeting over to District Governor Dr. Kathryn Hubbard who we all know as Kathy. Kathy reviewed the history of our Club, our ongoing projects,  the successes that we have achieved and the future of our Club.  She talked about our Club's beginnings, charted in 1977 beginning with 35 members and grew to a high of 90 members during our history. The Club was originally sponsored by the San Antonio Rotary Club. The Club's history includes the wildly successful Shrimp Fest held at UTSA for 15 years beginning in 1989. During these events the Club sold 500 tickets making $30,000. The Shrimp Fest then moved to Helotes and was held there for 5 or 6 years.
                     
                    Currently the Club is working on a merger with Med Center Rotary Club.  Kathy recommends completion of the merger by the end of December because of RI dues. 
                     
                    She reminded us the Rotary Day is March 23. She proposed that we plan a project for that day.  She stated that "Success in planning is key."  Her thought provoking challenge to us was, "Would our community notice if our Club left?"
                     
                    She shared with us that donations to Rotary Foundation may be made thru myrotary.org and can be made as a direct donation.
                     
                    She was excited to announce the Million Dollar Dinner planned for January 2020. More information will be shared when it becomes available.
                     
                    She asked if we had considered applying for a District Grant.  District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.
                     
                    She touched on the tragedy of human trafficking.  Our Club featured two speakers within the year who shared this reality with us.
                     
                    She mentioned the community service of the San Antonio West Rotary Club member Chief Master Sergeant Dwayne Hopkins (Ret.), currently the Executive Director of Fisher House.  He was a recent speaker with our Club with his though provoking "Why you should be a Rotarian".
                     
                    Thanks to our District Governor and Assistant District Governor we were all inspired and challenged to get involved in our community.  We appreciate their leadership and look forward to seeing them again at our meetings in the future!
                    District Governor Speaks 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
                    Our Special Guests
                     
                    Today we welcomed District Governor Dr. Kathryn Hubbard and Assistant District Governor Dr. Jackie Parsons. Also joining us was Ken Donouhue of Med Center Rotary Club and his guest Sharon Barber. Also from the Med Center was Rich Lounsbery.  Marilyn Ward, mother of Brett Ward was also with us. 
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                    Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
                    The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons who led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.
                     
                    Today's offsite meeting was held at The Ecumenical Center and was coordinated by our own Dr. Barry Abrams.  Dr. Abrams is a Board Member of The Ecumenical Center and very actively involved. The broad range of services that The Center provides is simply amazing.  The administration and staff were gracious and informative as always.  We all appreciate their willingness to educate us about the services that The Center provides. Play therapy, art therapy, and music therapy are just a few of the effective tools that are utilized.
                     
                    Barry explained that the spirit of ecumenicism is "service to all." He feels a strong affiliation to the center and how it relates to the tenets of Rotary International. The Ecumenical Center offers services to individuals and family: spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. The Center offers ethical training, professional training, and certificates for clergy and those in the healthcare practice.
                     
                    Mary Beth Fisk, CEO/Executive Director of The Ecumenical Center shared even more about The Center and led us on a tour through the facility.  Mary Beth has more than 30 years' experience in the nonprofit sector as a visionary, executive, clinical research scientist and community builder. Among her many achievements, she was named Health Care Hero in 2009 and again in 2012 in the areas of innovation and administrative excellence, respectively by the San Antonio Business Journal.
                     
                    Also with us was Lejia Cenanovic, Special Program Coordinator who handles logistics and communications for The Center’s special events throughout the year.  She always extends warm hospitality to us and shares enthusiastic passion about the work being done at The Center. Lejia shared with us that The Center is designed to be warm and inviting and lends itself to the clients feeling more relaxed. This atmosphere makes the client feel included and more open to therapy.
                     
                    We learned that The Ecumenical Center has an experienced staff that has implemented and coordinated the opening of 21 satellite locations around Bexar County, in the Corpus Christi area and in Laredo and McAllen, Texas. The counseling staff includes men and women, who are Licensed Professional Counselors,
                     
                    The beautiful piece of art that you see on top is offered for sale at The Ecumenical Center located at 8310 Ewing Halsell in the Medical Center.  There are many other pieces that really spoke to me and thought you might enjoy this one!  There are many other works of art on display and available for purchase as well!  
                     
                    If you missed the tour and want to know more you may visit their website click here
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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.
                     
                     
                    Welcome! Bruce Richter 2018-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
                    At our Special Board Meeting last Saturday, the Board arrived at a formula for Scholarships. The only change is the weight of financial need in the equation.
                    The Downtown Club has invited other Rotary Clubs to join in Rotary Day SA on March 23 for a clean up day at Brackenridge Park. Last year six clubs and 130 people worked together at McAlister Park. So put this on your calendar - it will be a great day to meet other Rotarians and people in the community while helping to beautify this historic park!
                    We're glad to see Ken Donoughue back after out patient surgery.
                    Please keep James Daniel in your prayers. He had surgery on his thyroid on Monday to remove a nodule which fortunately was benign. He sent the Board an email on Monday to thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers and to let us know that he is doing well.
                     
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