Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Dripping Springs!
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Flores Mexican Restaurant
2440 Hwy 290 E
Phone 512-858-2221
Dripping Springs, TX  78620
United States
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Executives & Directors
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Club Administration
Sargent of Arms
Sargent of Arms
Immediate Past President
Foundation President
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Foundations of Investing - Don McGraw
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.
2018 Program Line Up


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

Speaker Coordinators

February - Dan O'Brien
March -Karlon Cox
April - Mike Perdue
May -  Howard Lott
June - Debra Maddox



Club business news 1-30-18
 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 Board Meeting 1-29-18

The board reviewed the club and foundation financial reports.  Noted still outstanding member quarterly dues.
The board approved an advertising budget for the Home and Garden Show of $1,500.
The board approved up to $1,450 for Ashley Tullis (PE) and Sam Callaway (PEE) to attend PETS.
Member Dues

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.

Steve Sowery - Fourth Wall Productions

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."


Texas Public Policy Foundation - Robert Henneke

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.
Veterans Hall

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.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays
Bruce Gearing
January 1
Sharon Collier
January 15
Ashley Tullis
January 23
Brian Thibodeaux
February 24
Join Date
Howard Lott
January 1, 1994
24 years
Joe Peterson
January 3, 2011
7 years
Brian Thibodeaux
February 6, 2017
1 year
Daniel O'Brien
February 6, 2017
1 year
Sam Callaway
February 20, 2017
1 year