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Shilo Inn Suites Hotel

3701 South WS Young Drive
Killeen, TX 76542
United States

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Apr 18, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
Operation Phantom Support
May 02, 2014
Visit to East Ward
May 09, 2014
West Ward Elementary
May 16, 2014
Darnall Building Project
May 23, 2014
Pre-Memorial Day Address (T)
May 30, 2014
MCEC Update
Jun 06, 2014
City of Killeen Update / Homeless Shelter Update
Jun 13, 2014
KISD Career Center Update / KISD Budgetary Concerns
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President Barbara Merlo
President Elect Jose Segarra
Vice President Michael Keefe
Secretary Elsa Trotman
Treasurer Shannan Shipman
Sergeant-At-Arms Joseph Maines
Immediate Past President James Bondi
Director, Club Administration Michelle Lee
Director, Public Relations Dan Elder
Director, Service Projects Minerva Trujillo
Director, Youth Service Jaime Madrid
Director, Membership Jarrod Weaver
Director, Rotary Foundation Stu McLennan
Bulletin Editor Lisa Griffin
Co-Chair, Programs Larry Phelps
Co-Chair, Programs Diana Kaye
Webmaster Lisa Griffin
Posted by Barbara Merlo on Apr 16, 2014

What NOT to do Friday morning:  GO TO ROTARY AT The SHILO!

Your board voted to have a Good Friday holiday, so we will not be back together until NEXT Friday, April 25!  We will see you then, and I will be sending a reminder next week!

Happy Easter!

Posted by Barbara Merlo on Apr 16, 2014

If you missed our meeting on April 11, like I did, be glad that we have a good note taker in Past President Jim Bondi! I'm sorry I missed it, but I was watching my son get his Aggie ring (can I get a Whoop?).

Jose opened the meeting with the Invocation by Stu McLennan and pledge by Dean Honchul. Guests were introduced to include our special guest speakers: (Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans) Jonathan Haywood (President), John A Robertson (Vice President), Karen Powell (Advisory Council), and Sheila Timmons (Executive Director).

Birthday recognitions and celebrations went to Charlie Brown and Emilio Perales - many congratulation and wonderful wishes!

Jose spoke about the Crawfish Boil along with Dave Hall seeking silent auction items, Juan River seeking sponsors and Jarrod Weaver provided a ticket update - 112 envelopes distributed with the challenge building between Stan Passman and Jim Bondi (35 vs. 40 tickets sold, respectively).

Highlights of the Club meeting program:

- Jonathan Haywood serves as the Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans President and provided wonderful insight into Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans (SG VHV) organization.  SG VHV was organized 6 years ago with a vision statement "that each and every veteran and citizens of our communities is given the attention and tools needed to be successful in everyday life.  No veteran, their family or citizens is without food, shelter, support, and a person who cares and understands.
- The organization was formed from a concerned group of veterans who saw unmet needs within their veteran community.  This Group of Veterans with the extreme desire to help others decided something needed to be done.  The Spirit of a Soldier never dies but continues to find ways to adapt and overcome.
- VHV Mission Statement: To support veterans, their families and citizens of our communities; to be a voice in the community to raise awareness for veterans' challenges including homelessness.
- Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose main purpose is to be a viable voice in the community for veterans and to assist other citizens in our community. 
- Throughout the year SG VHV hosts or participate in a number of events in Central Texas, such as:
   Relay for Life & Race for the Cure (Cancer, 3 May, Shoemaker High School)
   Picnic at the Civic Center (28 June)
   Gospel Concert (29 June)
   Independence Day Picnic Celebration
   Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway (select 10 families)
   Christmas Holiday Assistance program 
   Operation Phantom Support - Killeen Food Bank
- When someone walks into the SG VHV building they will leave better than when they entered the building. 
- As a non-profit organization, no one in the SG VHV organization is paid -- it's all volunteers.  To help you do not need to be member!
- Membership is all about helping people - and holding people accountable.
For more information - website -

Following the Jonathan's presentation, he entertained a number of questions. Thank you so much for a fantastic program!

Michelle Lee reminded everyone about Hockey Night in Cedar Park. Other announcements included - Celebrate Killeen Festival on Thursday, 24 April, 5pm-9pm.
Bob Crouch provided an update on Larry Phelps and stated he is doing much better following his By-pass surgery.  Please keep Larry and his family in your prayers.

Jarrod Weaver closed the meeting with the 4 Way Test.

Have a wonderful Good Friday and great Easter Weekend, and remember NO MEETING THIS WEEK!

Posted by Barbara Merlo

It’s just about time for the Annual Conference of Rotary Clubs! Registration is open on the district websiteThis annual get together celebrates, showcases and recognizes successful club activities over the past year. This year’s CoRC will be held on May 16-18 at the fabulous La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa located on Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas.

The festivities will start on Friday night with an opening reception. After that, the hospitality suite will be open for you to enjoy fellowship.

On Saturday, the morning will feature a series of workshops and breakout sessions dealing with the membership challenges presented by changing Texas demographics. Lunch on Saturday will include a short address by our President’s Representative, and a mystery theater where members of the audience will include you in a great “who dun it?”

After lunch, unless you REALLY want (or need) to attend the business meeting, the afternoon will be open for you to enjoy the resort and all it has to offer – there will be time for you to participate in a workout at their state-of-the-art fitness center, to play a round of golf or a game of tennis, or to get some pampering at the Spa.  
Besides having a number of swimming pools, La Torretta also offers a miniature golf course where you and the kids can test your putting skills on a beautifully landscaped, challenging, and yet fun miniature golf course. The course is lighted so you can enjoy a round at night. Clubs and balls are provided at the course, so just come prepared to have fun!

We’ll reconvene Saturday evening for a great meal, to hear again from our President’s rep, and to recognize our clubs and their members for a great year’s work. We will be awarding the RI Service Above Self Award, the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award, several Club Builder and District Foundation Service Awards, and the Presidential Citations for our clubs, Interact Clubs and Rotaract Clubs. After that, it’s back to the hospitality suite. Did I remember to mention that it’s located in the Presidential Suite on the top floor of the hotel?

On Sunday, we’ll hold a non-denominational worship service, gather to remember the passing of some great Rotarians and Rotary family members at our traditional Celebration of Life, and hold the 57th Roll of Fame induction ceremony.  The conference will end on Sunday with a luncheon at which RI Director-elect Greg Podd install Hanspeter Tobler as our Centennial Governor.

As we did earlier this year for the Foundation Dinner, we’ll be awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship to the club with the highest number of members in attendance, and to the club with the highest percentage of members in attendance.
Posted by Barbara Merlo on Dec 03, 2013

Your purchase of a WakaWaka Power will trigger a $16 donation to our Club plus help to
 provide light to families living in poverty and darkness by supporting the work of Grid Earth
 – more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. This remarkable solar-powered smartphone charger
 and light:
  • Charges smartphone in less than 2 hours: Plus delivers 10 hours of white, luminous reading light. 
  • Twice as efficient as competitors
  • USB or AC compatible

It’s perfect for outdoor adventures, emergencies, natural disasters, and smartphone charging on the go.

Plus, your purchase helps support WakaWaka and Grid Earth to

  •  Prevent deaths and kerosene burns and respiratory diseases that impact millions each year
  •  Help children study safely at night and promote education.
  •  Eliminate fuel costs for families living at the bottom of the economic pyramid, improving lives forever.
  •  End Energy Poverty Worldwide

Share this great effort with your family and friends through Facebook, email or other social media

and encourage them to share it with others as well.

Together we can change the world.



Posted by Stuart McLennan on Jan 14, 2014

By Stu McLennan, RCKH Foundation Chair


Congratulations Killeen Heights! Our club continues to be a leader in District 5870 in financial support to The Foundation as well as local and international projects. Our club donated $32,881 to the Annual Program Fund in December 2013 and our total giving this year is now $83,468. This far exceeds our goal of $65,066, and we’re not done yet! Our club has led District 5870 in total APF giving since 1999. This year, Austin University is second ($33,635) and Austin is third ($24,918). Our club is also #2 in per-capita giving at $701, trailing only Austin University (37 members) with $909. 

Your generous giving this year so far has generated numerous initial and additional Paul Harris awards and six new Major Donors. Shawn Trainum, Lisa & Shawn Griffin, Rick & Christine House, and Alan & Linda Ward have achieved Level 1.  David & Lynn Bay and Charlie Brown have achieved Level 2. This is an incredible achievement, one that Rotary International President Rob Burton will recognize at the District 5870 Foundation Dinner in Austin on February 8th. (you can register to see them presented here)

Our club has also donated ~$1,500 of our annual $2,000 goal to Polio Plus.  We are, indeed, “This Close!”

Our club also actively supports educational scholarships and humanitarian projects. Jim Bondi is coordinating a water project in Mexico and a District 5870 scholarship supporting Candace Johnson @ Texas State Technical College. Stan and Grace Passman are coordinating the purchase of commercial kitchen equipment for the Killeen Homeless Shelter. We also plan to assist with the medical clinic project in Nicaragua in RY 2014-2015.

Killeen Heights has earned a reputation for active and sustained involvement in, and generous giving to, The Rotary Foundation. This year’s financial contributions have exceeded expectations and we’re not done yet.  There is a Paul Harvey, so stand by for news!

Posted by Elsa Trotman

The Do’s and Don’t of Attendance and Make-ups

Do come to our regularly scheduled meetings at the Shilo because that is the fastest and best way to be marked ‘present’ on the attendance.

Don’t be afraid that the world will come to an end if you miss a meeting because we allow you to make-up a missing meeting 14 days and 14 days after. You can plan to take a vacation and not miss a beat with Rotary!

Do strive for perfect attendance because there are many great Rotarians you will join.

Don’t think the world will come to an end if you don’t have perfect attendance by the end of the year because there are many great Rotarians you will join.

Do state your name as you walk by me to be absolutely positive that I have marked present.

Don’t just walk in and assume that someone noticed you because that may not be the case.

Do pick up the right name badge unless of course you want to be known as someone else for the day but you must make sure the other person takes your name badge so you can both be marked present.

Don’t assume that I know your complete name because there are 120 of you and only one of me so I sometimes get confused. The husband and wife teams, Passman, Browning, Kaye are not bad but the Griffins, Taylors, 4 Richards and 2 Jones sometimes can be a challenge.   I never get confused with Bubba because he always stands in front of my face and announces, “Hello, my name is Bubba”.

Do check Club Runner at least twice per month to make sure your attendance is where it needs to be and look around while you are there. There are many interesting projects happening.

Don’t stress if you receive the ‘we missed you at the meeting’ email because I send those out to everyone, not picking on anyone specifically.

And finally, Do know that there are many, many ways to make up a missed meeting. A Rotary activity such as RI Convention, Committee Meeting, Board Meeting, New Member Orientation Meeting, Rotaract Meeting, Monthly Socials are just some examples of how you can bring balance back into your world and maintain your perfect attendance.

If all else fails and you run out of time, you can always sit back in the comfort of your home and log into Club Runner, go to Club Links and then to Online Meeting Make-Ups-Rotary, eClub Online. Spend 30 minutes reading or watching a video and then click to submit a make-up. It’s that simple! 

See ya at the next meeting!

Your Secretary






Posted by Elsa Trotman

Rotarians can make-up a missed meeting by visiting any of the following clubs:

Meeting Day Time Club Meeting Place
Monday 12 Noon Temple South Country Lane Senior Center
Tuesday 11:30 AM Salado Johnny's  BBQ
Tuesday 12 Noon Belton The Gin
Wednesday 12 Noon Killeen Shilo Inn Suites Hotel
Thursday 7:00 AM Harker Heights St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church
Thursday 12 Noon Copperas Cove Grace United Methodist Church
Thursday 12 Noon Temple Hilton Garden Inn
Thursday 5:30 PM Killeen Evening Let Us Do The Cooking

Additionally, you can make-up in one of three other ways:

1. On line by visiting Rotary eClub One on line. There are two basic requirements for making up on line:
  • First ... spend 30 minutes or more reading program articles and viewing video content.

  • Next ... click on the REQUEST MAKEUP link and follow the instructions.
2. Attend our club's 4th Thursday social.

3. Attend a committee meeting or service project.