Posted by Pamela Bratton on May 22, 2018
DS Rotary Club Board Meeting of 5-21-18
Attending:  Karlon Cox, Ashley Tullis, Sharon Collier, Howard Lott, and Pam Bratton
* No treasurer report given
* Foundation report by Karlon reflects a balance of $21,503.27.  Expenditures this month will include $4K in scholarships
* Scholarship recipients, Brooke Krenek and Colton Shelly will be recognized at the school ceremony and will be presented the actual scholarship upon receipt of their class schedules. 
* The board agreed that Charlie's handbook project should be more of a procedural manual as our policies are outlined in our by-laws.
* The board agreed that we need some type of red-badge program for new members that really immerses them in club activities, committees.
* Discussed the possibility of dividing the admin position into 3 parts: Webmaster, Newsletter publisher and then general admin.  Discussed the possibility of producing the newsletter only monthly instead of weekly. 
* Karlon is working on finding a caterer for the June 23 changing of the guard party at Ledge Stone.
* Karlon reported that Robert is working on the Foundation by-laws and after that is complete, they will consider adding the additional member recommended by the club.
DS Rotary Board Meeting 5-21-18 Pamela Bratton 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on May 22, 2018


TIRZ stands for the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.
The program set 2016 property tax values as the base and anything above that generates a match from the city and county.  As we see our property values rise, then we see more money coming into the TIRZ for projects. 
The 4 key projects include:
1. RR 12 at Hwy 290 - flood/drainage correction
2. The new Town Center
3. Old Fitzhugh improvements - sidewalks, street lights, and drainage
4. Parking for downtown
The Town Center project is proposed on the 14 acres of land owned by the school district.  Development would include city hall, the library, retail and possibly the school district offices (however, passage of the bond may change that).  The concept was approved at the end of 2017 and now market studies are being conducted.  The size of city hall needs to double and the library needs 30-35K square feet and they want to be up front in the center.  The county tax office is expected to be in the new Town Center, but the law enforcement station would stay on Roger Hanks Parkway.   The vision is to create a civic complex with shared resources and commercial uses.  450 parking spaces are planned and drainage with holding ponds have been considered. 
This is designed as a public/private partnership.  It is still in the vision stage with the concept approved.  Now seeking private sector developer input.  The TIRZ meetings are the 1st Monday of every month at 4 pm.
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones Pamela Bratton 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on May 22, 2018
Club Business:
News update:  A link to the club by-laws can be found on our home page. 
* Charlie would like input from members about what they want in this 'handbook' he is working on.  Bonnie noted that the policy part is covered by our by-laws and not necessary.  The club will put the by-laws on our home page for members to download.
* 7 Members are past due for this quarter and it is almost time to bill for next year.  If not paid by next week, Karlon will call you by name.
* Club Admin position is open - willing to split the job if you have an interest in any part
The club is awarding two scholarships in the amount of $2K each to Dripping Springs High School students:
Brooke Krenek and Colton Shelly.  Awards will be made at event at high school next week.
Club Business 5-21-18 Pamela Bratton 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on May 17, 2018


Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler and Lt. David Burns put on a great program regarding Active Shooter.  Sheriff Cutler also shared some great information about what is happening with the bond money we passed last year. To view the Power Point presentation by the Sheriff, click on the link below:
Some highlights include:
Our county covers over 680 square miles and crimes in our growing county from 2016 to 2017 include:
19% increase in crime against persons and property
3% increase in property crimes
Animal control actually decreased
Drug Offenses are up by 17% year over year
Progress from the bond package:
The Public Safety Bond should be complete by end of 2019
The jail currently holds 317 inmates and the county has a total of 571 inmates, thus costing the county $13,000 per day to outsource inmates (that's $4.7M per year).   The new jail will house 1,000 inmates and will be able to house and charge for other inmates in our system.
The link/power point presentation has many details you will find interesting.  The Sheriff wants folks to know the progress and how this bond expenditure will improve our law enforcement services.
Civilian Response to Active Shooter Pamela Bratton 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on May 07, 2018


Jad Jadeja leads the DSISD Fab Lab.  He has 25 years in technology, including 2 start up companies and research.  He joined the staff at DSISD in 2007 operating the computer lab, then come on full time in 2011. 
Schools are very competitive today.  Students need to learn that failure offers a very valuable lesson and that failures generate creativity.  He wants his students to think creatively as there is no recipe for innovation.  He has had students from DSISD Fab Lab go on to some great opportunities, such as the student who is now interning at Google; a student went to UTSA and was immediately transferred because her first year classes at UTSA had already been learned at Dripping Springs - she is now an intern at NASA.  He has a group of young ladies who include 4 engineering students and 2 programming students who have created a prosthetic hand on a 3-D printer.  His class is currently working on a printed circuit board and has almost mastered it.
His objectives are to continue to expand the engineering program from current of:
* Programming
* Robotics I & II
Engineering I & II
Computer Science
Current Projects:
F1 in school - Team competing at a national level at COTA on June 14-16.  Come on out and observe.
4X4 in school - Team also competing at national level, came in 12th in international last year;  also will be at COTA June 14-16
Best Robotics
FRC Robotics
Lend a Hand
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Posted by Pamela Bratton on May 01, 2018

Dripping Springs Rotary Club Foundation

Karlon Cox is not only the club president, but current chair of the Dripping Springs Rotary Club Foundation.  He discussed the reason we formed the foundation was to separate club operations from donations to club projects.  The first fundraiser was the Home And Garden Show in 2017, which made about $8K and was the seed money for the foundation.  The foundation raised $19K this year.
The Foundation Board consists of:  Karlon Cox, Sharon Collier, Howard Lott, and Robert Avera.  The board should be elected annually and include rotating terms so there is always consistency and historical knowledge.  The board set the policy this year that no more than 25% of funds raised in any one year can be spent on club projects until the corpus funds are increased enough to be sustainable.
The IRS rulings regarding non-profit boards are one of the reasons the club board and the foundation board should not be identical.  If we wanted to engage in Rotary International matching grants, we would use foundation money, not club money.  There was a very healthy discussion of the foundation purpose, and some good suggestions were made to move forward in growing a health foundation and foundation board.
DS Club Foundation by Karlon Cox Pamela Bratton 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Apr 24, 2018

DS ISD's $132M Bond 2018 - Without raising the tax rate!

Election Day May 5

Dr. Bruce Gearing showed a great video on the details of the bond and you can get all the facts at:
Early voting started April 23rd and will run through May 1.  The actual election day is May 5th. 
Some information from the presentation:
* The District includes:
     7 schools
     6,471 students
     $76,500,000 budget
     198 square miles of coverage
     Has added over 1,300 students in 3 years and expects to add another 2,500 in 5 years
The bond proposal was made after including over 100 stakeholders in 10 group meetings and compiling 1 recommendation to the school board.   Due to the economic growth in the form of new construction and increased property values, DS ISD plans to finance this bond using the current tax rate of $1.52 per $100 value.
Here's the proposed spending:
$72 M for new construction ($33M of that is renovation of existing facilities)
$9 M for land acquisition
$7.2 M for maintenance and update of support facilities (including relocation)
$7.6 M for technology updates and new technology
Other items on the ballot include:
North Hays County ESD Sales Tax Election is proposing a .5% sales tax increase to maintain the current level of services.
DS ISD Bond 2018 Pamela Bratton 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Mar 26, 2018

Foster Village - Chrystal Smith

Chrystal and her family went on a mission trip in 2013 that would forever change their life.  They took their 3 children, ages 1,9,and 3 to Reynosa.  They wanted to make a difference and became licensed foster parents.  Their first was an 8 month old baby girl, which they later adopted.  They are still in touch with the child's birth mother, who was unable to care for her.  When CPS arrived with this precious baby girl in the middle of the night with no clothes, diapers or anything, they realized how unprepared they were.  As they started networking with other foster parents, they all had the same issues, which is partially why the average foster family quits after just 1 year.  These families feel a lack of support and resources.
Foster Village with Chrystal Smith Pamela Bratton 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Mar 19, 2018

Ransomed Life - Susan Burkholder, Presentation Coordinator

Ransomed Life is a healing community for sexually exploited girls age 12-17 years old who are trafficked or at risk of trafficking. 40 Million people are held in slavery per the International Labor Organization (ILO).  10 Million (1/4th) are minors
In 2016 it was a $150Billion industry!  It is the #1 criminal enterprise followed by drugs as #2 and illegal guns at #3.
Trafficking Victims Protection Act:  A human trafficking victim is a person induced into performing labor or a commercial sexual act.  A minor induced into performing commercial acts is automatically human trafficking.
Sex Trafficking in the US:
10 are US born to 1 foreign born
In Texas as of January 2017, 313000 humans trafficked.  79,000 are minors of which 75% are girls and 25% boys.  The other 234,000 are labor/slave trafficked.  74% of trafficked children were somehow involved in Child Protective Services (CPS).
Ransomed Life - Susan Burkholder Pamela Bratton 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Bratton on Mar 14, 2018
 Colonel (USA Retired) Jeanne Arnold is a Principal and one of the founding members of Arnold & Schroeder, LLC., a strategic planning consulting and Red Team Training company. She is also a senior consultant with Red Team Thinking, LLC. She holds a Master of Education from Texas State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business (EMBA ’14).
Jeanne shared some quotes with us that resonated with our business instincts:
"No matter how great your business is today, the only way it can stay great is to continue to evolve."  "Change is the only constant" "There is no end state for any business"
What is Red Team Training?
Red Team Training is a structured and iterative process executed by trained, educated and practiced team members with access to relevant subject matter and using structured analytic techniques.
Jeanne Arnold, Red Team Thinking, LLC Pamela Bratton 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0