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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 Lilli Drayton
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
Chair, Programs Bob Crouch

Morning Meeting of October 17, 2014

The Rotary Club of Killeen Heights met at the Courtyard on October 17, 2014 at 7am.  Dean Honchul led the club in prayer and Rotarian Alan Ward led the club in the pledge.  It was our Sergeant-At-Arms Dan Elder’s birthday and he ask that anyone who has never served on the board for our club sing to him.  He was able to get quite a large group to sing to him while Michael Keefe our incoming president took notes of some names!  Happy Birthday Dan!!

Rotarian Stu McLennan gave us an update on the foundation and announced that the club will be doing a Foundation Match on the 14th and 21st of November.  So if you are looking to get your first or more Paul Harris’s then this is a great time to do it.  The club will match up to $300 max on your contribution to the foundation.

Rotarian Jim Bondi announced our Annual Monster Dash run will be next week, Saturday the 25th of October at Dana Peak Park in Harker Heights.  They are in need of volunteers to assist the morning of the run, so please give Jim a call if you would be willing to help.  The proceeds from the race are divided among the five local rotary clubs for them to use for club charities.

Sign up for our annual Food drive on November 21st is still going on.  If you have not signed up for a time slot, please see Rotarian Dave Hall.

We had a fantastic program today given by Paula Boales and Christina Wilson from the KISD Community Clothing Closet.  They provide clothing to kids and their families who are in need. They are located at 902 N 10th Street and are always looking for more clothing so if you have some clothes that you would like to donate, please contact them.

Our Four Way Test was led by Rotarian Jim Bondi who also reminded everyone one more time about the Monster Dash run next week.

Next week’s program will be "The Killeen Food Care Center" by our very own Rotarian Dr. Ann Farris.

Have a great week as we practice the things we think, say, or do!

Jose Segarra - President

Meeting of October 10, 2014

The Rotary Club of Killeen Heights met at the Courtyard on October 10, 2014 at 7am.  Rotarian Ann Farris led the club in prayer and Rotarian Otto Weiderhold led the club in the pledge.  It was also Otto’s birthday and he asked that anyone born on the 13th day of any month sing him happy birthday but he found out that nobody else there had been born on the 13th and so the whole club sang to him.  Happy Birthday Otto!!!

Rotarian Dave Hall announced that it is time to sign up for our clubs annual Food drive on November 21st.  Sign-up sheets are available for members to fill a spot on that day begging at 6:30am.  For more information on our food drive please see Dave Hall.

Incoming club President Michael Keefe announce the date of our big Crawfish Boil event next year and it will be held on the 11th of April, so please mark your calendars and plan your spring breaks and vacations around this great event. J  Also Michael has almost reach the $5000 mark for sponsorships for the crawfish boil and is looking for that one sponsor to bring him over the top.  Great job Michael!!!

Our program was given by Carter McCoy with the Carter Blood Care who provide blood to all our local hospitals and more and they are seeking more qualified people to roll up their sleeves and give blood.  You can learn more about all the great things they are doing by visiting their website at:

Our Four Way Test was led by Rotarian Diana Kaye to close out our great meeting this morning.

Next week’s program will be KISD Community Clothing Closet – Paula Boales & Christina Wilson

Thank you all for everything that you do and give and especially for being a member of this great club!

Jose Segarra - President

Sept 19, 2014 Club Meeting

We had a great meeting at The Marriott Courtyard last Friday morning. John Crutchfield said our prayer and Ron Taylor led the pledge. President Elect Michael Keefe introduced our guests. We sang Happy Birthday to Bob Crouch, Clyde Glosson and Tom Klincare. 

Our program was Dr. Jerry Jones with the Centex Military History Symposium.  I hope that all enjoyed it!

Four way test was then given by Larry Phelps.

Jose already put this out, but wanted to send a reminder about the Dinner Mystery Theater and Rotary "FUN" Raiser!

Thursday – 25 September

Friday – 26September

Saturday – 27 September


Cost is only - $30 per person.

See Jose for tickets.

See you this Friday, Sept 26th.  We look forward to our program with Dr. Tom Klincar with a CTC update.

September, 15, 2014

We had a great meeting at The Marriott Courtyard last Friday morning. Stu McLennan said our prayer and Lisa Jay led the pledge. President Elect Michael Keefe introduced our guests. The people that did not wear their Rotary pin sang Happy Birthday to David Rylance and Bob Crouch.  I am wearing my pin next meeting!

We had a fun fashion show, hosted by Leah McGee, demonstrating how wonderful our older stock of Rotary wear would look as a gardening outfit or a Halloween Costume.  We also realized immediately that Jim Bondi CAN NOT dance! 

Stu McLennan went over estate planning and the Endowment Fund.  Keep Rotary in your thoughts as you plan your estate.

Crawfish Boil Update: We have another table sponsor, Jose Segarra from Exit Home Vets!! 

We now have a new secretary!  Please welcome Lilli Drayton.  She is going to do a wonderful job!

Our program was really fun and lively.  We enjoyed listening to Dr Joe Burns give us an update on Copperas Cove Independent School District.  Dr Burns is the youngest of 11 children and really knows how to keep the audience’s attention. 

Four way test was then given by Richard Diller

See you this Friday, Sept 19th.  We look forward to our program, Dr. Jerry Jones, CENTEX Military History Symposium

August 1, 2014 Club Meeting

We had a great meeting beginning with our prayer that was given by Rotarian Clyde Glosson and the pledge led by his wife Rotarian Janice Glosson.

We celebrated Rotarian Dean Honchul's Birthday by having the entire club sing happy birthday to him since there where more Rotarians that did not go to an SEC school.

Foundation Chair Stu McLennan presented Rotarian Steven Rinehart his second Paul Harris (X2).  Thank you Steve for your generous support to the foundation!

Our program was started by Devin Morgan, who we sponsored to go to the RYLA camp this year.  He presented his experiences and his excitement showed through his presentation.  He was grateful to the club for sponsoring him and helping him develop leadership skills. 

Club Rotarian Dr Robert Muller and current KISD Superintendent then introduced the new Interim KISD Superintendant Dr John Craft who gave an update on the growth of KISD and a District Overview  He also spoke on the student population growth and KISD budget and the opportunities that KISD offers its students.  He closed with a very good story about his grandparent who at one time actually taught in Killeen.

The "Four Way Test: was then led by Rotarian Connie Kuehl"

Next program will be on the Killeen Tourism presented by the Director of the Killeen Civic and Conference center and Rotarian Connie Kuehl.

July 25, 2014 Club Meeting 

Our prayer was given by Rotarian Greg Schannep and the pledge was led by Rotarian Barb Merlo and Michael Keefe introduced our guests.  We celebrated birthdays for Rotarians Bill Perry and Jeanne Isdale

Foundation Director Stu McLennan presented  a 4 Way Test Club coin to Rotarian and Police Chief Dennis Baldwin - Congratulations on a great achievement within our club.

Membership Director Emilo Perales presented the Blue Badge was presented to Rotarian Jim Yanoplois. 

Our program was presented by District Governor Hanspeter Tobler who spoke about membership and upcoming district events.

The Four way Test was given by President Elect Michael Keefe.


July 18, 2014 Club Meeting

We met at the Courtyard Marriott and Rotarian Charlie Brown gave the prayer and our Vice President Larry Phelps led the pledge and introduced our guests.  We celebrated Rotarian Lisa Griffins birthday by having the whole club sing to her.

Stu McLennan, Foundation Director, presented the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights 4 way Test Coin to Rotarians John Crutchfield, Steven Moore and Shannan Shipman.  These are presented to members for significant achievement.

Emilio Perales, Director of Membership, presented Blue Badges to Rotarians Lilli Drayton and Meredith Armstrong and awarded Sponsorship pins to Rotarians Stu McLennan, Dr. Tom Klincar and Jose Segarra.

Our program was given by Assistant District Governor Teresa Chavez.

The Four Way Test was given by our Immediate Past District Governor Rich Kaye.

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 Michael Keefe


Posted by Michael Keefe

Many thanks to all the sponsors who helped kick off the 2015 Crawfish Boil fundraiser!Image

If you would like to sponsor a table, just send Mike Keefe a logo or graphic of the business to be featured. He will then make a draft copy for approval before ordering the banner. Mike would like to order 4 banners at a time since the shipping cost is the same for 1 or 4. We will not bill the business or sponsor until the ad is actually presented during one of the meetings (we will bill you!).

Posted by Michael Keefe

Call Gary Franke at (512) 238-2219 and he can take your credit card and mail or leave tickets for you at the gate. Attached is the flyer so let's try and boost the participation for the ballgame! OK, the flyer is not attached on this page but is in the download link to the left. So please download and see you at the ballgame.




Posted by Michael Keefe on Aug 01, 2014


Much thanks for the Rotarians who were willing to lead on our new initiative to raise much needed funds for our annual Crawfish Boil. Let's keep the momentum going by presenting at least one table sponsor per week. We have a few more in the pipe but need to keep going so please ask a business owner about sponsorship. Contact Mike Keefe ahead of time and he can draft a mock ad that you can show to your potential sponsor. 

Would also like to get started early with Crawfish Committee meetings to plan out the year. Be looking for first announcement but plan to have a very brief meeting after our regular club meeting on August 15th so please plan to stay behind for 10-15 minutes.


Mike K

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 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.