Posted by Pamela Bratton on Feb 21, 2018
Judge Bill Henry has practiced law for over 30 years and is double certified in both family and civil trial law.  He is a former assistant district attorney.  He took time to explain the Hays County court hierarchy:   Justice of the Peace handles tickets; the county court at law handles misdemeanor; the district court handles felony crimes, large civil and family cases (all important cases).  In a  typical week of non-jury dockets he will see 80 cases.  Jury dockets are 1-3 weeks usually.  In 2017 he issued 1,725 judgments and had 200 days of trials.
There are 4 district judges, 3 are in New Braunfels and he's the only one in San Marcos.  The judge described the 4 types of cases he sees.  First is criminal cases, and these typically arise from poverty and from the eastern portion of the county.  He believes in a fair, just way of making decisions.  Then there are the drug cases where the court can order rehabilitation if the offender wants it.  He supports drug court because of the 1 on 1 contact.  Family court is code driven, the judge has no leeway in decisions.  Civil cases are very technical in nature.
Hays County is adding 1 district judge and 1 county court in October 2018, and it is much needed.  His court was created in 2005 and his case load has doubled since that time.
Judge Bill Henry, Hays County District Court Pamela Bratton 2018-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Feb 21, 2018



February 26 - Ron Hood, Constable, Hays County Precinct 4

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
March 26 - TBA
April 2 - DISD Bond Election - Dr. Gearing
2018 Program Line Up Pamela Bratton 2018-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Feb 21, 2018


Dripping Springs High School students Anna Wyszkowski and Saidee Hernandez were chosen from a field of 15 applicants to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy by the Rotary Club of Dripping Springs.  The young leaders shared their experience at RYLA with the club.
Saidee Hernandez is a power lifter and runs track and field at DSHS.  She was surprised by some troubled students and their willingness to share their story and left her with the important message of "reach out to everyone".  The academy helped her gain self-confidence.  Her favorite activity was the balloon game where you had to hug someone to pop the balloon.
Anna Wyszkowski is a member of Interact, Young women in leadership and Spanish Honor Society, not to mention she is part of Ballet Austin six days per week.  She was pleased that the academy leaders push you to work as a team and as a leader.  She learned communication skills.  Her favorite activity was to build a mural without talking to her teammates.
RYLA Student Report Pamela Bratton 2018-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
DS Community Library Event Joe Peterson 2018-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karlon Cox on Feb 08, 2018

San Marcos Rotary Club News

he San Marcos Rotary Club is sponsoring an event on Saturday, March 17 called Invest in Youth. The purpose is to raise money for scholarships for San Marcos high school students. Highlights include casino games, wine tasting, catered food, and a silent auction. The event is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 E. Hopkins St. Tickets are $35 and are available from Rotarians or at the door. For more information call 512-393-2005.

San Marcos Rotary Invest in Youth Event Karlon Cox 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Feb 07, 2018
 The only business conducted was as follows.
Home and Garden Show:
Title Sponsor is Keith Zar Pools
Vendors coming in steadily.
Founders Day chair is Debra Maddox and will be seeking volunteers!
Club business news 2-5-18 Pamela Bratton 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Feb 05, 2018

Hays County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant

Commissioner Whisenant will end his term on December 31, 2018.  He was born and raised here and blessed to live in a good community.  The commissioner urged residents to go to the Hays County Website to see how money from the bonds are being spent.  There are multiple parts to the bond passage and each one has unique language to insure that the money goes where the voters intended.
Some highlights of his talk:
*  The public safety part received guaranteed pricing
*  Hays county has a good bond rating because we have fiscally responsible county government (leaders)
*  The roadway improvement part has almost completed the studying/planning portion
*  Watch for changes soon at Trautwein Road (signal at Hwy 290); Holder Lane (at Hwy 290); Roger Hanks Parkway at Hwy 290 will have signal by September 1.
*  4 low water crossings will have new warning signals that will update with real time data
*  Hays County has video magistration for JP's so that work can be completed from anywhere.
Hays County Precinct 4 Commissioner, Ray Whisenant Pamela Bratton 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ashley Tullis on Feb 02, 2018

Dear Business Owner:

The Rotary Club of Dripping Springs is excited to invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Home

and Garden Show to be held on March 17th-18th, 2018, at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. We are

thrilled to showcase our area talent to our current and future residents.

We are currently seeking vendors and three headline sponsors. There are limited vendor spaces

available, and they will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. You will find additional information

about booth prices and other show specifics on the vendor interest sheet. If you are interested in

sponsorship or vendor space, please complete the attached form and return it via email to

Also, please find the vendor map attached. If you have a preferred vendor space, please circle and

return it as well. Preference will be given to vendors who respond and submit payment first.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 512.716.9193.

Yours Truly,

Ashley Tullis

This application for exhibit space at the Dripping Spring Home and Garden Show to be held at the Dripping Springs Ranch

Park on March 17-18, 2018, will become a contract between the Rotary Club of Dripping Springs (“Rotary Club”) and

the undersigned representative below (the “Exhibitor”) upon acceptance by the Rotary Club and is based upon the terms set

forth below. Exhibitor agrees that the rules and regulations set forth herein will be strictly adhered to by the Exhibitor, its

employees, and its representatives.

By signing this agreement, you agree to set up on March 15th 5-7pm or March 16 from 5-7pm and staff your booth during

all shows times. Show times are: March 17 from 10:00 am 5:00 pm and March 18 from 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Company Name _______________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________

Address ___________________________________________ City _____________________ State ________ Zip ______

Contact _____________________________________ Email ________________________________________________

Web address ________________________________________ Signage Name ___________________________________

Products to be shown exhibited: ________________________________________________________________________

Cost and Additional Needs:

Pipe, drape, tables, and chairs

NOT included in the rental price.

Exhibitor: _______ (booths) x $250 = ________ Total

Price will be $300 per booth after Jan. 31st

8’ Tables: _______ (number) x $10 = _________ Total

Chairs: ________ (number) x $2 = __________ Total

1 hr Demo: ______ (number) x $100 = ________ Total

Additional Electrical ____ (number ) x $50 = ____ Total

Will you donate raffle prizes of $25 or greater? Y__ or N


Total: _______________________**

Check No: ___________________

If you wish to make a payment by

Credit Card, please contact us at

Signature of Authorized Representative: _________________________________ Title:_____________________________

Printed name: _____________________________________________________ Date:


Please return form and payment to Ashley Tullis.

Please email all questions to

**Vendor Preference will be given based on date of payment. All Vendor Payments are due by January 31, 2018

Hosted by Rotary Club of Dripping Springs


Exhibitor agrees to comply with the policies (both stated and

implied) of the Event Promoter, Rotary Club, and of the


This contract is non-assignable, non-cancellable, and nonrefundable.

To stay within assigned space

All applications, accepted or denied, are done so at the full

discretion of Rotary Club.

All displays over 4 feet in high and placed within 10 linear feet

of an adjoining space must be confined to an area of the

Exhibitor’s space that is within 5 feet of the back line.

Exhibitors are responsible for abiding by all Health, Fire, andSafety rules and regulations.


Exhibitor is responsible for any damage to exhibit hall or

decorator property and shall indemnify and protect Rotary

Club, its agents, and volunteers from all claims and liabilities

relating to Exhibitor’s use or occupation of the premises.

Venue of any action relating to this contract shall lie

exclusively in Hays County, Texas.


2018 HGS Vendor Packet Ashley Tullis 2018-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Jan 30, 2018
 The only business conducted was as follows.
Home and Garden Show:
Secured a title sponsor - Keith Zars Pools
Placed an ad in the Hill Country View
Still need trades people vendors
Thank you from the Veterans
Reviewed the speaker coordinator list (also listed under programming)
Club business news 1-30-18 Pamela Bratton 2018-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Jan 29, 2018
Don McGraw is a financial advisor with Edward Jones and moved his practice to Dripping Springs 3 years ago and is a member of the Rotary Club of Dripping Springs.  Don shared some thoughts on building a solid foundation for investing.
Conduct a review of your financial needs:
1. Determine where you are today
2. Determine where you want to be
3. Determine if you can get there
4. Determine how to get there
5. Determine how to stay on track
Rules of Investing:
1.  Develop a strategy by considering age and risk tolerance
2. Stick with quality investments by avoiding fads; okay to consider investment grade bonds
3. Diversify by investing in a variety of sectors and stocks such as international and domestic, income funds, bonds.  With Bonds, you're the bank funding the bond and always take them to maturity to get 100% of your investment and interest.  Consider dividend paying stocks and mutual funds.  Remember that we invest to stay ahead of inflation.
4. Invest for the long term
5.  Focus on what you can control:  Plan, budget, review.  You can control your savings and spending habits, have an emergency fund and level debt.  You cannot control the stock market.
Foundations of Investing - Don McGraw Pamela Bratton 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Steve Sowrey is founder of Fourth Wall Productions, a full service video production company that specializes in videos for small businesses. With over 20 years experience creating videos, he’s continuously looking for new and creative ways to tell his clients story. Always at the forefront of technology, he is a licensed drone pilot and was nominated for an award for virtual reality video creation. Steve lives in Dripping Springs, Texas.


"On a traditional stage, the invisible barrier between the actor and the audience is known as the fourth wall. The audience IS the fourth wall. At Fourth Wall Productions, we believe that the audience is the most important part of any story. That's why everything we do starts with them in mind. Fourth Wall Productions is a full service video production studio that specializes in high quality commercial content for any size company from small start ups to international corporations. Our services include, promotional commercials, motion graphics, aerial drone videography, event highlight recaps and 360 virtual reality content. We pride ourselves on helping you tell your story to your audience, whether that audience is your client, an investor, an employee, or even yourself. Everyone has a story to tell."


Steve Sowery - Fourth Wall Productions Pamela Bratton 2018-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Jan 17, 2018

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.  Robert was previously a Rotarian in Kerrville.
Texas Public Policy Foundation - Robert Henneke Pamela Bratton 2018-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
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
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.

Member Dues Pamela Bratton 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0