Posted by Pamela Bratton on Jan 11, 2018

Dripping Springs to have a Veterans Hall

Kathryn Chandler and Mary Jane Hetrick have a passion for helping our Veterans.  The American Legion and VFW in Dripping Springs was founded in 1994 by Shorty Barnett and Gary Hale and have been looking for a permanent meeting home since that time.  Local philanthropists Kathryn Chandler and Mary Jane Hetrick have organized the creation of just such a home for our veterans.  The 2 acre property in Westwood subdivision off of Highway 290 was donated.  People like PGA Architects, Polkinghorn, John Burns and Doucet came together to create plans, site development and building plans to make it happen. 
The 5-6K square foot hall will cost about $1.5M and will be available to all Veterans for a place to gather.  The hall will be built to host events and there is hope that it will be used as a wedding venue to raise funds for upkeep and operations.  The volunteers making this happen are looking for community connections to complete the building and interior to make it friendly for family and veterans.  One of the items is a commercial grade pool table, just in case you know someone who would like to donate.
Starting in April there will be 3 fundraising events scheduled, including a motorcycle ride from the Austin Veterans.  Wish for our Heroes is active in the development.  The website is under development, and soon there will be bricks for sale.
There are about 200 dues paying members of the two organizations (VFW and American Legion) in Dripping Springs who will be anxiously awaiting a permanent home. 
The plans were revealed just today for the new building.  Watch for news of community events and opportunities to support this home for our Veterans.
Veterans Hall Pamela Bratton 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy is January 13-14th and our club is sending two students, Anna Wizkowsky and Sadie Hernandez.  We'll get their review of the academy upon their return.  Thank you Cindy Reynolds for making this happen.
Club Board meets January 15th this month immediately following the regular club meeting.
Burke Center:  The Christmas Party was a big success and if you'd like to see the photos, reach out to Ashley Tullis and she can send you a private link. The pictures are not to be made public for privacy issues.  Also the Burke Center has been nominated for a Chamber Volunteer Organization of the Year award and would appreciate your vote.  If you are a chamber member, please vote for the Burke Center.  They have also been nominated for non-profit of the year by the Wimberley Chamber in case you're a member there.
Pints for Polio raised $47,000 in our district alone.  The District Governor sent our club a letter thanking us for participating in this successful fundraiser.
VFW and American Legion received generous donation from our club as a result of the Veterans Tribute.  A check was presented to VFW founder, Shorty Barnett.
DS Rotary accepts the HEB Community Challenge Pledge. 
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Posted by Pamela Bratton on Jan 11, 2018



January 15 - Robert Henneke, General Counsel & Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Before joining the Foundation, Robert served as the twice-elected Kerr County Attorney where he brought conservative values to county government.  Robert began his legal career serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the General Litigation division under the leadership of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.  His commentaries have appeared on Fox News, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, The Hill and other national publications.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas ands is admitted to practice before the Supreme court of the United States, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Federal District Courts in the Eastern Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.  Robert received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law where he founded the Texas Law Republicans.  He earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Georgetown University.  Robert graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas and he lives in Austin with his wife, Lesley and their two sons.  Robert is an Eagle Scout.
January 22 - TBA
January 29 - TBA
February 5 - Commissioner Ray Whisenant, Hays County Precinct 4
February 12 - Judge Henry, Drug Court
March 5 - Justice Marialyn Barnard, Fourth Court of Appeals
March 12 - Jeanne Arnold, Red Team Training
March 17 - 18 - Home and Garden Show
March 19 - Susan Burkholder - Ransomed Life
2018 Program Line Up & Events Pamela Bratton 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 04, 2018

Individual statements were emailed to all members in December.  If you did not receive your quarterly statement, please see Glenn Wash ASAP.  Remember to get those statements paid as soon as possible.

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Posted on Jan 03, 2018

Happy New Year, Dripping Springs Rotarians. 

I hope all of you enjoyed a joyous Christmas celebration and I hope that each of you are blessed with success in all your goals for 2018.

We have had a successful year so far in Rotary:
  • We raised over $4,000 with the Shotgun Raffle
  • We raised $2,000 for our Veterans program which will be given to them at our next meeting on January 8th.
  • We had a bag full of toys and some cash that was donated to support DSHS Interact Club’s Brown Santa program.
  • We adopted 19 ‘mittens’ and purchased gifts for children in need through the Helping Hands.
  • We had a great turn out for our Burke Center Christmas program where Santa Claus made an appearance and put smiles on the faces of all the boys at Burke. 
  • We had a great Christmas party at the home of Joe and Karen Peterson
Those are exciting things to have happen but we can’t stop now.  Ashley is well into planning our Home & Garden Show and it’s not very far away.  Please help her find sponsors and also vendors to participate and help us raise more funding for Rotary.  Last year, this event raised over $8,000 and it is critical to our ability to fund our Scholarship program this spring.
Also another event that isn’t very far away is the Founder’s Day Parking project.  Debra Maddox is the committee chair this year.  We will need everyone’s participation to make this project achieve the success it should.  We need bus drivers and this year, we will be blocking the entrances to the high school parking lot so that we can capture parking fees from ALL those who park, not just the ones who ride.  In addition, this year there is one more entrance that we will have to monitor.  In addition to Mighty Tiger Lane and Sportsplex Drive, there is a new entrance back on the West side where the new road feeds into the parking area close to the football stadium.  We will need participation from everyone in order to successfully operate this project so those of you who plan your vacation time to be gone over Founders Day, please reconsider your plans.
There is still much to do in order to achieve our goals for this year.  I hope each of you will give of your time to help us finish the year strong.  Welcome to 2018, may you all be blessed abundantly this year.
Letter from the President 1-3-18 Karlon Cox 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Campise on Dec 12, 2017

Meet Rotarian Charlie Campise

Charlie was born in Houston, Texas on September 26, 1941. He attended parochial schools in Bryan, Texas and Houston, Texas. His Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy is from St. Thomas, Houston. His Double Master's Degree in Educational Psychology and Social Work is from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio. Charlie co-founded The Burke Foundation on March 1, 1973. He began as Administrator/CEO and retired as Grant Writer for the Agency. Charlie is am Vice-President of The Scheib Center in San Marcos and a member of San Marcos Noon Lions and Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. Charlie was the co-founder of The Hays County Crisis Hotline in 1970 which is still in operation to assist people who are contemplating suicide.

Why are you a Rotarian?

I am a Rotarian because I think that the members are extremely caring and approach all matters in a very professional manner in efforts to raise money and to give when a need is present in the community and in the world.

What is your favorite service project?

My favorite service project is the effort to raise money while driving people to Founder's Day. I always make it a point to ask if anyone is having a birthday on this day. Five times in the past two years I have sung the 'happy birthday' song and once I have sung 'Las Mananitas'.  One happy recipient of my singing donated twenty dollars to Rotary.

Member Profile - Charlie Campise Charlie Campise 2017-12-12 06:00:00Z 0