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Bulletin for April 17, 2019
Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
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 had a lightness in his step and a smile on his face now the tax deadline is over! President Fred introduced our speaker today, Ramon Gonzales, Regional Director of VetStrong. President Fred reminded us to finish selling tickets for the cruise raffle tickets. Drawing is May 4.
There were quite a few announcements today:
We were reminded that Happy Hour was the next day - Thursday - and President Fred was hopeful that he and Sharon could join the gang!
Coffee Friday was last Friday and the group enjoyed their beans, leaves and baked goods with some deep intellectual discourse. 
District Conference is May 3 - registration is still open. There are several of our members registered so don't miss out!
Rotary Leadership Institute is May 18.
Scholarship Chair Barry Abrams reminded us that scholarship applicant interviews are scheduled:
ISA is Monday May 6 at 3 p.m.
Clark HS is Wednesday May 8 at 3 p.m.
He is looking for more volunteers to help interview. If you wish to help please contact Barry.
Ken Donoughue shared with us the arrangements for Chuck Steinmetz who recently passed away. The Celebration of Life service will be Saturday April 27 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 DeZavala, 78249. Viewing is 9:30 a.m. and Mass is 10:00 a.m.
Humor from President Fred
President Fred virtually danced through the door today - the April 15th deadline was over!
God's Plan for Aging
Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that senior become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking.
And God looked down and saw that it was good. 
Then God saw there was another need.  In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend reach & stretch.
And God looked down and saw that it was good. 
Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise.
God looked down and saw that it was good.
So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it's God's will.  It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath. 
Nine Important Facts to Remember as We Grow Older
#9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
#8 Life is sexually transmitted.
#7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
#6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart.  If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.
#5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, years.
#4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
#3 All of us could take a lesson from weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
#2 In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
#1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.
Pass the Hat
Today's Pass the Hat benefits Kinetic Kids
Fines and Confessions
Ken Ruiz was missing his pin.  He said his pin was sticking him so he will try to get one with a magnet instead.
Ken also had a brag - his sister and her children will be visiting him from New York City. 
James Daniel and his lovely wife Eloise will leave Sunday for a cruise to the Bahamas and Cuba.
Bruce Richter asked James to take a picture of a '54 Chevy while he is away.
Umbrella Time
Derek wielded the umbrella with authority this week!  He shared these gems with us:
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure.
Always remember that you're unique - just like everyone else.
The elevator to success is out of order.  You'll have to use the stairs.
You're born free, then you're taxed to death.
I get enough exercise pushing my luck.
You can't have everything - where would you put it?
Experience is a wonderful thing - it enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
Derek remains fine free during the time he owns the umbrella!
Ken Donoughue reported that he, Marlene Mattox and Gloria Richter are now reading 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 reminded us not to forget 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, Marlene and Gloria for "giving back" to the community and for making a difference in children's lives!
Show Low Raffle
He's now a regular part of our meetings! John Legris elaborated on our two offerings today:  Mia Ragazza (translated "my girl").  It is a Chianti (translated "blood of Jupiter") which is produced in the Chianti region in Tuscany.  The Pool Side Pinot Grigio is a product of Australia.
Ken Ruiz won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $375 pot. He drew the 5 of diamonds. Ken was pleased to take home the Pinot Grigio.  Marlene Mattox owned the second ticket and was glad she was able to take home the Chianti.
Derek Matthys donated the wine for this month.  Thank you Derek!
Club Lunch and Business Program
Ramon A. Rodriguez is a retired USAF Master Sergeant serving as an Independent Duty Medical Technician. Ramon has received many awards for his distinguished service.  Ramon is originally from D'Hanis. Ramon is Regional Director for San Antonio. VetStrong was born out of a VA Program housing homeless vets. Ramon reports there are programs that pay for rent and security deposits for vets - but not day-to-day needs such as a bed. Currently Ramon is giving back to our veterans in their time of need. He and his team deliver household goods and furniture to those who otherwise would go without. Private individuals as well as corporate entities donate to this worthy cause. All partners and vets have full time jobs. Ramon is an LPC and teaches suicide intervention skills. Veterans generally are in need of support - 22 vets commit suicide per day. Most vets committing suicide are 59 years old.  VetStrong wants to open a drop in center where vets can go to talk and get the emotional support they need. The organization is in need of a warehouse to store the furniture being donated by UTSA. They are also looking for volunteers to help. 
For more information and to find out how you can help please visit their website HEREAlso, be sure to "like" their facebook page HERE.
As a token of our appreciation we have donated a book in honor of our speaker to the Locke Hill Elementary School Library. Ramon, thank you for your service and for speaking to us today! Please come back and visit us again soon.
    Cruise Raffle Tickets
    President Fred reminded us to continue selling the last of your tickets for the cruise raffle!  Drawing is May 4.
    District 5840 News
    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 10      New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club Golf Tournament
    May 17      Greater San Marcos Rotary Club Golf Tournament
    May 18      Rotary Leadership Institute - registration is now open!
    Happier Hour
    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 May 16!
    Coffee Friday
    Come for the coffee and treats and stay for the riveting conversation and camaraderie! Typically the second Friday of the month.
    Location: TBD
    Next Time: Friday May 10
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Four Way Test
    James Daniel 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."