Visitors and Guest Speaker
President Rick announced that today we are honored to have visiting with us guest Chris Martinez, invited by Veronica Ruse.  Our speaker for today is Dr. Matthew Kraus, Occupational Therapist. 
 
Secretary Mary Denton announced that there is a winner of the District 5840 Cruise Raffle: 
Rotarian McKenzie Moellering from the Rotary Club of Fredericksburg Morning was the buyer and seller of the winning ticket of the District Cruise Raffle.  The fundraiser contributed $48,930.00 to the humanitarian programs of Rotary.  Thank you to all that sold tickets!
 
District 5840 Club Leader Training CLT is where club officers and emerging leaders can learn more about what Rotary has to offer. If you are an incoming Club President, Club Secretary, or chair of Membership, RI Foundation, if you are interested in Grants Management or Strategic Planning for your club, Club Leadership Training is for you. Register Here
 
President Rick announced these special days:
 
National Days
National Nurses Day
National No Diet Day
 
This Day in Texas History
 
Today in
Texas History

 
 
On this day in 1864, former Texas merchant Leopold Karpeles won the Medal of Honor for his actions at the battle of the Wilderness. Karpeles was born in Prague, Bohemia, in 1838. In 1849 he emigrated to Texas, settling with his older brother in Galveston, where he worked as a merchant. In 1861 his opposition to slavery and secession led him to leave Texas for Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Forty-sixth Massachusetts Infantry in 1862, mustered out in 1863, and enlisted in the Fifty-seventh Massachusetts Infantry in the spring of 1864. At several crucial stages of the battle of the Wilderness, during which his regiment lost 262 of its 548 men, Karpeles exposed himself to enemy fire by climbing up on stumps and rallying the regiment around its colors. 

On this day in 1838, the oldest active missionary Baptist church in Texas was organized north of Nacogdoches. It was originally called Union Baptist Church because settlers from various religious denominations made up the first congregation, but was later renamed the Old North Baptist Church. The church was officially organized at a meeting at Liberty School House when ministers Isaac Reed and Robert G. Green preached and invited people with church letters who wanted to constitute a church to come forward. John and Betsy Eaton, Charles Whitaker, Sarah Tipps, Mary Crain, Emily Knight, Ruth Anderson, and Anthony and Chancy, the last two slaves, came forward. Twenty people were baptized at the church in June and July; these were the first Baptist baptisms in East Texas.