Welcome to the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights!

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights!

Killeen Heights

One Profits Most Who Serves Best

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Courtyard Marriott
1721 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX  76541
United States
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AMAZING AMAZING is all that I can say!!!!! The Duncan ramp build this past weekend was a little over 56’and to watch our ramp partners picking up the pace and getting with the program is truly an understatement. In under 3 ½ hours we were finished. We would have been done sooner if my friend Ken Cox had been there ram rodding us! I’m so proud to be part of a team like this. We not only had our regulars but a group of ladies with First National Bank Texas joined us today. All of these ladies have spouses that are Police Officers and seeing how this ramp was being built for a local retired police and office their participation was enormous along with the Rotaract young adults did a great job as well.

What a good looking group!

Sadly, Nigeria been added back onto the list of endemic countries.  Nigeria had been removed from the list of endemic countries in September 2015, following a year of no reported/detected wild poliovirus cases in the country.
However, the recent cases of wild poliovirus detected from Borno are closely linked to cases from Borno in 2011, indicating this strain has been circulating undetected since that time.  This indicates that Nigeria has always been affected by endemic circulation of wild poliovirus and, hence, it is added again to the list of endemic countries, alongside Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Operationally, neither the removal from the list nor its re-addition has an impact, as the country has always striven to improve operations (both surveillance and immunizations), particularly in hard-to-reach and security-compromised areas.  It is, in part, as a result of these efforts that cases and viruses are now being detected.

Well, we did it! YOUR CTC Rotaract & Friends Dodgeball team had a mean 5-0 streak to begin the tournament and made it to the semifinals, coming in fourth.
Thanks to Debbie for helping me be a Dodgeball mom and for Cody for just being Cody! Hope to see you all there next year--it was a blast!

We are looking for a club member to take the lead on finding a candidate for this scholarship. If you are interested, contact Maureen Adams or Larry Phelps!
District 5870 is offering five (5) District Vocational Scholarship for Rotary Year 2017-18.  Each scholarship will provide $5,000 for successful candidates who:
1.  Live in one of the 23 counties that comprise District 5870;
2.  Are planning to study at a community college or technical school located in one of these 23 counties; and
3.  Plan to remain here to work after completion of their studies. 
For the purpose of these scholarships, vocational education and training is defined as education that prepares students for jobs, careers at various levels from a trade to a craft, or a position in engineering, accounting, nursing, medicine and other healing arts, architecture, pharmacy, and law that do not require a 4 year college degree to perform.  Please see Section 2 of the District Vocational Scholarship Handbook for the areas of study that are acceptable for study under a District Vocational Scholarship.
Please note:
  1. These scholarships are not intended for students wanting to attend a community college or technical school with the intent of later transferring credits earned to a 4 year, upper level degree.
  2. Sponsoring clubs will be expected to contribute at least another $250 towards the student’s expenses.
Two very important documents are posted on the district website:  
1.  The District's 2017-18 District Vocational Scholarship Handbook
2.  The 2017-18 Vocational Scholarship application.
Applications must be received by the District Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Rich Kaye, no later than March 18, 2017.
The district will hold scholarship interviews on April 22, 2017.  The time and place of interviews will be announced.

Our next Ramp Project will be on September 24th at 602 Duncan St, Killeen, TX.  Please register for this event by clicking on the event in our club calendar on the club website.

I am excited to announce that our DAP Grant request was approved for the current Rotary year.  With the assistance of the DAP Grant our local project will support the tireless efforts of Families In Crisis (FIC)/Friends in Crisis  shelter and the Greater Killeen Free Clinic (GKFC).
FIC is a local agency that provides 24-hour emergency safe shelter for the homeless, battered women, victims of sexual assault, and families (parent & children) from Bell, Coryell, and Hamilton counties. The GKFC, in coordination with FIC, operates a medical clinic at FIC to provide screening of all clients during intake, medical services to clients, and appropriate referrals and support of sexual violence victims. GKFC also operates a clinic in downtown Killeen that supports FIC clients outside of operating hours and provides further medical care not available at the shelter clinic.
FIC and GKFC help improve the lives of the less fortunate by providing various Intervention and Crisis Services at the homeless shelter for its clients. Services include: crisis Intervention, 24-Hour emergency shelter and ancillary care, free evening meals, access to showers and laundry services, clothing and personal care items as needed, school supplies, and case management services to assist residents in obtaining housing, employment, skills training, financial assistance, and legal advocacy.
FIC has experienced a significant increase of personnel in need of shelter and medical attention in recent months—an amount that has exceeded the current support capabilities of FIC. The objective of our project is to improve services available to clients by replacing and adding new bunk beds in order to accommodate the increase of clients, adding commercial dryers to support the increase of linen and laundry, adding exterior benches for clients waiting for intake, and replacing/increasing medical equipment and supplies for the clinic in order to improve efficiency of medical support to the clients of FIC.
We look forward to the Club’s support in this project.  Please let me know if you have any questions, ideas, or would like to contribute in any way to this effort.

Monster Dash will be held on THIS WEEKEND, October 22 at 8 AM at Community Park in Harker Heights. Your help is needed for this joint project with our local Rotary Club partners, and there are TWO opportunities to help:
Help is needed tomorrow evening (Thursday, Oct. 20) stuffing the runners bags beginning at 6 pm at the Harker Heights Rec Center.  
Or, consider volunteering beginning at 6:30 am Saturday to help get the course set up, help with registration and work logistics and traffic control.
Please contact Eric Kilter with questions-- eric.kilter@gmail.com 
And if you want to run, registration is now online at https://RedemptionRP.formstack.com/forms/2016monsterdash5k !

Did You Know?
Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities operating in the United States, has just announced that The Rotary Foundation has become one of only 52 charities (501c3) that has earned perfect scores for both Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency.  Less than one percent of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator has earned perfect scores.  
Charity Navigator notes that each of these 52 charities executes their missions in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities. 
Congratulations to The Rotary Foundation for clearly exceeding industry standards and outperforming other organizations performing similar work.

Did you know?
Rotary’s Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.
In 2006, our club adopted a 4-Way Test Coin Award Program that presents a distinctive challenge coin to RCKH members who achieve one or more of the following accomplishments:
  1. Served as Club President
  2. Becoming a Foundation Major Donor
  3. Being selected as Rotarian of the Year
  4. Being selected for membership in the District 5870 Roll of Fame
  5. Having at least five (5) years of cumulative perfect attendance
  6. Having been a club member for at least ten (10) years
  7. Having served for a minimum of five (5) years on the Board of Directors
The club President is authorized to award this coin to members who meet the criteria listed above.  With the concurrence of the Board, the President may present a coin to non-members for conspicuous service to our community, state or nation. 
Coins are awarded on a one-time basis even though members may have achieved multiple accomplishments.  On an exception basis, members may be awarded a second coin, encased in Lucite, for recognition of a specific achievement not listed above.

Rotarians would out in fellowship and service to Lend a Hand wherever it is needed.
“Whether we are reaching out to those in our own clubs, or reaching halfway across the world, personal involvement has always been fundamental to Rotarian service.  When we Lend a Hand, we focus on this personal involvement and we celebrate our shared humanity. Together, ready and willing to help our brothers and sisters in need, one hand can become many and there is no limit to what the helping hands of Rotary can accomplish.”
Jonathan B. Majiyagbe, Rotary International President 2003-04, Rotary Club of Kano, Nigeria

Congratulations to Rick Swayzer, our newest member.  Rick was inducted into the club last Fri by his sponsor, Daniel Gonzalez.  He is a retired MSG from the Army and an engineering supervisor.  A resident of Harker Heights, he is excited about joining our club and having opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.  His joining brings our membership number to 96, keeping us well on our way to our goal of 100 for the year.  I ask that all continue to look for other possible candidates who would be great future Rotarians and bring them to a breakfast so we can all encourage them to join our club.  Service Above Self!

Wow when you think it can’t get any better it does. Approximately 24’ of wheel chair ramp was built on Duvall in Killeen on Aug. 27. We had a GREAT TURN OUT! Over 30 folks gave up their Saturday morning to help someone they didn’t even know. Not only was a ramp built but we had a very special surprise as General (Ret) Pete Taylor pinned a Vietnam recognition pin on a well-deserved Vietnam Veteran. 
Now if that does not make the hair on your hairs go up I don’t know what will! As I was looking through the many photos taken during the build and two things stood out: one everyone had a smile on their face and we had a very wide range of ages on this project from the very young to the very mature! This proves there is something for everyone to contribute as once again we had Unity in The Community .

Mark your calendar for the NEXT Early Act First Knight ceremony of the year on December 13 beginning at 1 pm at West Ward Elementary School! 
Ceremonies will also be held February 7, March 7, April 18, and May 23!
EAFK West Ward

“What we do is touch other people . . . open the horizon to them . . . say ‘You matter.’  You see, the five men who chose me to become a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar are gone, but they’re not.  They never will be.  Because along the way, I will in my own way share with others - and have - what those five men and the 60 members of the Rotary Club of Marshall (Texas) and the tens of thousands of other members of Rotary did in 1956 when they said to me, ‘Bill Moyers, you can make a difference.’”
Bill Moyers, TV journalist and commentator, and former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps.

 Our first month of the new Rotary year is now behind us and we are moving quickly towards achieving our goals for the year!  A quick update on the Service projects committee…
 As you know we completed our first Ramp Project for a Killeen resident in need last month.  If you have not read the article written by the Killeen Daily Herald, please take a few minutes to do so—it is a powerful piece that truly shows how we made a difference in Mr. Garcia’s life by a simple gesture and giving a few hours on a Saturday.  Please feel free to share the article on social media to let others know what we are doing in the community.  This month we are building two ramps on August 27th and look forward to seeing you join us for a few hours and making an impact in someone’s life.  If you’re concerned about now knowing how to use a drill or hammer, there are other ways you can participate or you can even come out for the fellowship with great people.
Along with the two ramps being built this month, the Service Projects Committee will be finalizing the DAP Grant, signing an agreement to adopt a road/highway, and will be discussing volunteer efforts with the City of Killeen’s Community Services department.  We are looking for ways to continue making an impact in the Killeen Heights area and after meeting with the Community Services department, there are several opportunities to do just that.
If anyone is interested in joining me, I will be attending the City of Killeen’s Nonprofit Network Luncheon on Friday, August 19th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  The luncheon will be held at the Killeen Community Center located at 2201 E. Veteran’s Memorial Blvd.
I greatly appreciate everyone’s help and support. Service Above Self! 

The good news is that there have only been 19 cases of wild poliovirus paralysis publicly reported this calendar year.  But with polio, for every two steps forward there seems to be one back.
In Nigeria, wild poliovirus type one has been detected from Borno state. Virus was isolated from two local government areas of Borno. Both cases are reported as ‘advanced notification’ this week and will be reflected in the official data next week. 
It is the first cases of wild poliovirus detected in Nigeria since July 2014. Genetic sequencing of the viruses suggest they are most closely linked to the strain of poliovirus last detected in Nigeria in 2011, indicating the strain has been circulating without detection since that time.
An outbreak response plan is currently being finalized, consisting of three large-scale supplementary immunization activities, the first one beginning within two weeks and subsequent rounds being conducted at short intervals (of between two to three weeks).
This is why RCKH is committed to supporting polio eradication until the job is done.

Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.


End Polio Now


Rotary Foundation Centennial
To a young set of parents in Afghanistan, it was a life-saving immunization for their five-month-old son. To a woman with seven children in Malaysia, it was a loan to start a sewing business that enabled her to feed her children. To North Koreans, it was an ambulance that equipped a hospital to be able to take care of them. To thousands of college students in almost every country on earth, it was the chance to study abroad, with all expenses paid, and learn their educational specialty up close and personal.
Ask anyone who has been touched by The Rotary Foundation what it is and every answer will be different. Ask anyone who has been touched by The Rotary Foundation just how important it is, and every answer will be identical.
If you have an idea for a program, speak up! The calendar is filling fast:
StorybookAug. 5 - Nancy Phillips: Women's Storybook Project of Texas
It is an unfortunate fact that Texas has the nation's largest prison population. The unavoidable fallout is women and mothers of young children are a growing portion of the ranks. The problem is close to home with at least 1,600 members of Texas' female prison population  housed in Gatesville, alone.
Founded in 2003, speaker Nancy Phillips will outline how the Women's Storybook Project of Texas is attempting to mitigate the repercussions for the children.
With the motto "Turning Pages, Turning Lives," the project builds relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children via recorded readings by the mothers that are then presented by volunteers to the children and their caregivers. The goal is simple: Reassure the children that they have a loving mother despite the separation, maintain the bonding process - and yes, perhaps make one small step to ensure the family's prison cycle is not repeated.
Our speaker's presentation will end with a short, but powerful video showing its impact on the mothers, their children, the caregivers - and the volunteers.
Aug. 12 - KISD Coaches: 2016 Pigskin Preview
The district's four coaches return to the Killeen Heights Rotary Club to offer a preview into what they have in store for this year's district and Highway 190 corridor quest for pigskin triumph!
Aug. 19 - U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin: 25th District Congressional Update
Representing Texas District 25 in Washington, Mr. Williams also serves on the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the economy, the banking system, housing, insurance and securities and exchanges. Additionally, the Committee has jurisdiction over monetary policy, international finance, international monetary organizations and efforts to combat terrorist financing.
Simply put, if you are in banking, have a 401(k) or waded through the mortgage market since 2008, you will have encountered the era of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Enacted in the wake of the financial and housing meltdown, the measure has led to a whole new world. It doesn't get any closer to home than the roof over your head and the security of the country in which it is housed. Please join us for a truly important congressional update.
Aug. 26 - Maj. Gen. John C Thomson III: First Cavalry Division
The colors will have been cased the previous day and once again the famed First Cavalry is set to deploy to Bagram Airfield in eastern Afghanistan where it will replace the 10th Mountain Division headquarters, which has served as the planning leader for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan since November. The latest First Cavalry deployment is expected to last about 12 months, with the Fort Hood troop presence growing to about 1,500. Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III, who assumed the division helm in January, will take on the role of U.S. deputy commanding general for support in Afghanistan. The rotation follows an announcement last month by the White House that it will leave 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan, essentially halting its draw down of the 14-year war that the president had pledged to end on his watch.
September program lineup:
Retired Gen. JD Thurman; KISD Superintendent John Craft, Killeen Interim City Manager Ann Farris.

The concept of giving to others or “Service Above  Self” greatly appealed to me as a new member.  This is not a new concept as growing up in a military family we were taught to give back to those less fortunate or going through hard times!  No finer truth was ever told as it was evident  during our first wheel chair ramp build a few weeks ago! 
During the construction of the ramp the Killeen Daily Herald was on site writing an article on this project.  The reporter was intrigued to learn that the ramp was being built through the efforts of several groups not exclusively related to Rotary!!!   This in itself is a rewarding feeling to know many can come together and give back in a great way!  As the reporter was finishing her interview she had one last question to ask and that was WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS!  Believe it or not the question took me by surprise!  I don’t know why but I never gave it much thought as to why we would be working on a Saturday!   I responded back saying God has blessed each one of us here today and due to his blessing we MUST give back! 
I guess now days there is always a gimmick or alternative reason for being nice or giving someone something for no other reason than it is the right thing to do!  But the more I gave it thought we do receive something as I tell my daughter don’t give until it hurts but GIVE UNTIL YOU CAN’T FEEL ANY BETTER!   I believe this is the tradition that inspired the founders of ROTARY!  
So yes we lived in real time that day “Services Above Self”
Thank You For Your Service!!!
Bill Webster

In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in industrialized countries, paralysing hundreds of thousands of children every year. Soon after the introduction of effective vaccines in the 1950s and 1960s however, polio was brought under control and practically eliminated as a public health problem in these countries. 

It took somewhat longer for polio to be recognized as a major problem in developing countries. Lameness surveys during the 1970s revealed that the disease was also prevalent in developing countries. As a result, during the 1970s routine immunization was introduced worldwide as part of national immunization programmes, helping to control the disease in many developing countries. 
Rotary night at the ballpark
Don't miss this chance to watch a little baseball and socialize with Rotarians around the district! 
Round Rock Express vs. Nashville Sounds
Monday, August 8, 2016
Game Time @ 7:05pm
$1 Hot Dogs & $1 Soda Night
Order Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016
Contact Leah McGee for more information!

Most of the time, we raise money for The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund because that’s the vehicle by which, three years later, we get back a substantial amount of money to do amazing projects in our local community.  We are going to do that again this year.
But, in honor of The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary, we want you to also consider leaving a permanent legacy by becoming a Bequest Society member.  The neat thing is that it does not require that you send in any money now.


The 30th Birthday Celebration of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights was held at the Marriott Courtyard and attended by members, family, and friends.  Ron Burton, Rotary International President from 2013-2014, joined in the celebration and encouraged all members to continue to meet the challenges of helping those less fortunate throughout the world.
The celebration was a wonderful opportunity for fun and fellowship in addition to conducting some Rotary business.  The 2015-2016 new officers and directors who were in attendance were installed.  Out-going president Jose Segarra smiled on knowing he was turning over the reigns and his last duty as President was done.  New major donors Jim and Ikuko Bondi, and Pete Taylor, LTG, U.S.Army (Ret), were recognized.  Joe Maines received the 2014-2015 Rotarian of the Year.
In-coming President Mike Keefe was enthusiastic about the upcoming year.  He shared his experience in Mexico with the club’s water project that moved him from being a member of Rotary to a true Rotarian.  It looks to be another great year as we move forward to the next 30 years. 
For more pictures of the celebration, visit: https://www.facebook.com/killeen.heightsrotary?ref=hl
The Rotary Club of Killeen Heights presented scholarships to six outstanding local high school seniors on May 28. 2015/16 Scholarship RecipientsPictured, left to right, are: Rutha Miller, Ellison High School, recipient of the Dan Bray scholarship of $2,500. Rutha will attend Central Texas College for two years and transfer to University of Mary Hardin Baylor; Hannah Duke, Pathways High School, recipient of a $1,000 scholarship, will attend Central Texas College; Jesse Ranthum, Harker Heights High School, recipient of a $500 scholarship, will attend Hardin-Simmons University; Yarixza River, Shoemaker High School, recipient of the $1,500 Jerry Johnson scholarship, will attend Sam Houston State University on a track scholarship; and Juniper LeValley, Harker Heights High School, recipient of a $500 scholarship, will attend Texas A&M University. Not pictured, Veronica Dessus, Ellison High School, recipient of a $500 scholarship, will attend Central Texas College.


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!