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Courtyard Marriott

1721 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76541
United States

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President Jose Segarra
President Elect Mike Keefe
Vice President Larry Phelps
Secretary Cynthia Burrus
Treasurer Shannan Shipman
Sergeant-At-Arms Dan Elder
Immediate Past President Barbara Merlo
Director, Club Administration Leah McGee
Director, Public Relations Lisa Jay
Director, Service Projects Rich Kaye
Director, Youth Service Jaime Madrid
Director, Membership Emilio Perales
Director, Rotary Foundation Stu McLennan
Director, Programs Bob Crouch

July 11, 2014 Club Meeting

We had our first meeting of the new Rotary year at our new location, The Marriott Courtyard. John Crutchfield gave our prayer and Diana Kaye led the pledge.  President Elect Michael Keefe introduced our guest, Rod Henry, Temple Chamber of Commerce President.  The whole Club sang Happy Birthday to Ann Farris and Leah McGee since almost no one had ever drank a Dublin Dr. Pepper.

Stu McLennan, Foundation Director, presented the Major Donor Award to Jim Foster, an outstanding achievement within the Rotary Organization.  Also receiving a Paul Harris +4 Award was Steve Carpenter and a Paul Harris +3 Bob Crouch.

Emilio Perales, Director of Membership, was presented our first Blue Backer Pin within our club for sponsoring a new members.  This is the new RI sponsoring programs with four different levels based on the number of people a member sponsors.  Emilio also present Blue badges to Senthil Sankaralingam and Nicole Gale.

The results of our 2014 Crawfish Boil event where presented to the club.  There were 1725 tickets sold and 816 people that actually attended the event.  Total raised from the boil was down 37% from the previous year. Click 2014 Crawfish Boil to view power point presentation.

Also presented was this year’s club goals of getting to 123 members, raising $70,000 for the foundation and our community support project, the Killeen Free Clinic inside Homeless shelter.  The two major celebrations the club will do this coming year, are the Holiday Social plus Wine tasting and our big 30 year club anniversary in 2015. 

Four way test was then given by Otto Wiederhold.

Posted by Barbara Merlo on Jun 25, 2014

We held our meeting last week on Thursday night at the planetairum, and if you missed it, you missed the prayer by Ann Farris and the pledge by Dave Hall. Although this was a meeting, we condensed the business portion to consist of a reminder by Michelle Lee that we will hold our FINAL monthly social of the year at the Stillhouse Wine Room on Thursday, June 26 beginning at 5:30 pm. Come on out! Before we enjoyed our planetarium program, we officially closed the meeting with the four way test led by Diana Kaye.

We were treated to a short film about light pollution, followed by our feature, "Supervolcanoes." We even got to ride on a space roller coaster and enjoy a tour of the night sky. If you missed it, there is still hope--these shows and many others are featured weekly at the Mayborn Science Theater! They've even got something special planned for the 4th of July, and the view from CTC of the Ft Hood fireworks can't be beat!

Join us this week for our FINAL meeting of this Rotary year as we present some significant awards including Foundation Major Donor recognition and our Rotarian of the Year award.  Then watch Jose pry the gavel from the death grip I will have on it. 

Posted by Michelle Lee

Please join us Thursday, June 26th for our monthly Rotary Social.  We will meet at the STILLHOUSE WINE ROOM at 403 E. Stan Schlueter Loop.  It is located in the new shopping plaza located at the Northeast corner of Stan Schlueter Loop and Old Florence Road.  Appetizers will be provided, and wine may be purchased by the bottle or glass.


Posted by Barbara Merlo on Jun 16, 2014

ImageRotarian Dr. Robert L. “Bob” Allred died on Saturday, June 14, 2014 with his wife and children by his side after a six month bout with cancer.   Born on July 18, 1938, in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Allred was 75 years old.   

Bob  joined Rotary in 1994 and was a twenty year member of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights and Harker Heights. He was a Major Donor and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Bob was a person and Rotarian with a generous and faithful soul. He was quick to offer to help and often opened his heart, his home and his wallet for others. He was a very active and devoted member of St Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and an active member of numerous Catholic organizations. 

Please keep Bob's wife, Carol, their three children and seven grandchildren in your thoughts.   

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at 6 pm followed by a rosary at 7:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, June 19, 2014. All services will be held at St Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church with Rev. Richard O'Rourke officiating.  He will be interred in Dallas.

The church is located in Harker Heights at the corner of FM2410 and Verna Lee (across the street from Harker Heights High School).

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, 123 W. Laurel, San Antonio, TX 78212.   

Posted by Barbara Merlo on Jun 04, 2014

Eight graduates of the class of 2014 from area high schools were awarded scholarships totaling $10,000 on May 30. Six students, representing five high schools, were selected for $1,000 scholarships based on a combination of grades, references, scholarship essay and overall potential for success in a college/or higher level educational environment.  $1,000 scholarship recipients include Lindae Brinson and Karlie Dallas of Ellison High School,Darin Garrett of Harker Heights High School,Jonathan Rivera Rodriquez of Pathways High School,Angela Bonilla of Killeen High School and Anessa Pitts of Shoemaker High School.

Two special scholarships were also awarded in honor of Rotarians.  Kazandra Munoz, Johnson of Ellison High School was awarded the Jerry Johnson $1500 scholarship. Kyana Lemons of Shoemaker High School received the Dan Bray $2500 scholarship. Both were active members of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights who passed away.Image

Posted by Barbara Merlo

Thirteen members of our club enjoyed all or part of last weekend at the District 5870 District Conference at La Torretta Resort on Lake Conroe. In addition to great food, fellowship and location several of your fellow members were honored.  Stu McLennan was presented the 2013-2014 District Foundation  Service Award and James Bondi was awarded the District 5870 RI Roll of Fame. Maureen Adams and Hilde Arnold reprised their roles in a lunchtime murder mystery, this time joined by Dave Hall. Your CTC Rotaract Club received a Rotaract Presidential Citation, and oiur club received 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Award, and a Rotary Club Presidential Citation with Distinction.

Two members of our Killeen neighbor clubs also received recognition, including Ken Adams of the noon club received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Tom Mahlowski of the Killeen Evening club received the Rotary Vocational Service Award.

Several of your fellow club members worked behind the scenes or gave presentations at the event, including John Crutchfield, Ann Farris and Gene Silverblatt. And of course, our District Governor Rich Kaye was the mastermind behind it all!

Posted by Barbara Merlo on Dec 03, 2013

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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.