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Bulletin for May 22 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: Our speaker today was Pete Van De Putte and Executive Assistant Amanda Burris of the Dixie Flag and Banner Company. Also joining us today was Glenda Spears who is a Pre-Arrangement Advisor with the Neptune Society. Glenda was the guest of John Legris.
Mary Denton took us through our calendar of events
  • next Coffee Friday is June 14 
  • next Happy Hour is June 20
President Fred shared with us the news that Polio Plus has pulled out of Pakistan.  Sadly, ten members of the team were killed giving vaccines. The team pulled out rather than put more lives at risk. We offer our condolences to those who lost loved ones in this battle against this dread disease.  Hopefully the word will spread about the good work and the thousands of lives that have been saved due to brave and dedicated workers with Rotary International.
Umbrella Time
James Daniel shared a little more about his and Eloise' progress towards adoption.  Their last class is Saturday. "There has been all kinds of paperwork," he said. He compared it to the home buying process in the amount of time and paperwork. They began their long journey in October. We applaud you and Eloise in making this commitment and thank you for sharing with your Rotary family!  James' winning bid for the umbrella goes towards his Paul Harris Fellowship.  He will have the opportunity to speak during the meetings that he owns the umbrella and will be fine free!  
Ken Donoughue has been sharing that he, Marlene Mattox and Gloria Richter are enjoying reading to the children at Locke Hill Elementary's Learning Tree!  To find out more about this program and to register follow this link HERE!
Humor from President Fred
National What Day 
  •  National Memo Day
  • National Strawberries and Cream Day
  • National Waitstaff Staff
  • National American Red Cross Founders Day – founded in 1881
This Day in History

 1802 – First Lady Martha Washington passes away at the age of 70  


Overheard in a classroom...

Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.”

She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed.

My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.

I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.
He said they love animals very much.

I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office.

I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.

I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal’s office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked us which famous person we admire the most. I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”

Guess where I am now…

Today's Pass the Hat benefits Blessings in a Backpack
Fines and Confessions
Today Ken Donoughue confessed that he celebrated his birthday on Sunday! Celebrating another birthday was James Daniel who had his cake on Saturday. President Fred Timmons thanked Bil Trodlier for referring a new client to him
Show Low Raffle
Who else to introduce the wines for today's drawings but John Legris?  "Casal Garcia Vinho Verde is back by popular demand!" It has a sparkle and is excellent with seafood. "Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is excellent and full bodied". Stuart Dudley won the opportunity to draw the 2 of clubs from the deck to win the $500 pot. Instead of drawing the 2 of spades he drew the 2 of clubs!  He took home one of the bottles of wine. This editor didn't write down which one but isn't that a great picture of the prizes?   Bruce Richter owned the 2nd ticket and donated his prize to our speaker. We may never know who won which.....
Thank you Derek Matthys for donating the wine for May! 
Club Lunch and Business Program
Bruce Richter introduced our guest speaker today, Pete Van de Putte of the Dixie Flag & Banner Company. Pete is a member of the downtown Rotary Club and with him today was Amanda Burris,Executive Assistant.  Pete took us through the background and history of how the flag of the United States originated. The American Revolution was the most prolific time for flag making - there was a flag for each militia. The "stars and stripes" identify with the U.S.A.  We also learned a new word today: "vexillology".  Pete shared with us that flags usually do 2 things: they denote identity and communicate a message.  For example, when a ship is captured the victor replaces the flag with a new flag denoting conquest. Pete said that the Dixie Flag and Banner Company is a family owned business. Beginning in 1958 his parents ran their business in their home and Pete had a sewing machine in his bedroom! Their flags were hand sewn and Pete was expert at cutting out stars. He asked us "How many stars are on the American flag?" (Answer: 100 - 50 on each side)  Pete shared the poem written by Francis Scott Key, which was set to music and today we call it our national anthem: "The Star Spangled Banner".  Dr. Whitney Smith conceived the term now universally used for the scholarly study of flags, “Vexillology”. We're told that the largest collection of flags is located at The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin. Thank you Pete for speaking to us and for giving us the history of flags, particularly flags of the U.S.A.! As a token of our appreciation we will donate a book in your honor to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library.
    Coffee (or Tea) Friday
    Why drink (tea) alone when you can pal around with your friends?? Typically the second Friday of the month. 
    This is a bipartisan club and both sides of the aisle will be heard on this issue!
    Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
    Next Time: June 14
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Happier Hour
    The Outback Steakhouse is the new place for libations and munchies - typically the third Thursday of the month. Meeting time seems to be when everyone gets there - between 5:30 & 6:30?  Come join your friends and unwind on June 20!
    Is this an actual photo of a recent happy hour?
    Special Announcement
    Our club objective is to have an official list of members for the July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 Rotary year to be completed by Wednesday June 12, 2019
    • The membership due amount for the coming year is $175 per member
    • Members are asked to complete one of the following two payment options with Treasurer Stuart Dudley on or before Wednesday, June 12, 2019
      • Pay the $175 amount to Stuart on or before 6-12-19
      • Discuss and communicate a request to pay the $175 in 2 monthly installments of $100 payment paid by 6-12-19 and $75 paid by 7-10-19
    • Members who make no payments by 6-12-19 will be deleted from our club's membership for the coming year on June 15, 2019 and can be rejoined after July 1 with full due payment
    District 5840 News
    Register today for the 2019-2020 District 5840 District Governor and Officers Installation.  This event will celebrate our outgoing District Governor, Kathy Hubbard, and install our incoming District Governor, John Hutcherson, the District Governor Elect, Xavier Toson, and the District Governor Nominee, Kristy Vandenberg.  
    Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. with the Induction of Officers at 6:00 p.m. 
    A dinner buffet will open at 6:15 p.m.
    At the Random Beer Garden, 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd, Boerne, TX
    RSVP June 25
    New Club Forming: The Passport Club! "A new, exciting and innovative approach to joining Rotary." Membership is open to any currently inactive Rotarian in District 5840. The particulars about this new club is on the District 5840 website - click HERE!
    Four Way Test
    President Fred closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
    President Fred reminds us to:
    "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."
    Graphic courtesy of Allyson Hamlin