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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Don't miss our very special guest this Friday October 30th, NASA Astronaut and Shuttle Commander COL (RET) USAF Rick Searfoss.
Texas Land & Cattle Company in Killeen
Please plan to attend October 3rd at TAMU-CT



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.

The Crawfish Boil is fast approaching and we are running out of time to get sponsor banners ordered. If you still want to sponsor one please contact Mike Keefe ASAP (254) 681-0493. In the meantime our Top Rotarian Ticket Scalper, Jim Bondi, came up with a great idea and quite possibly the final sponsor banner to be ordered (see below). Any Rotarian who donates a minimum of 20 tickets to be given to our soldiers, will have their name proudly displayed on this banner. So let Jim know if you want to participate.


The Best Ticket Scalper in Rotary! Don't make Jim hunt you down, pick up your tickets.

A big thank you to our  newest table sponsor.


What fun was had by all who attended the 2014 Holiday Social at Peaceable Kingdom!


Many thanks to all the sponsors who helped kick off the 2015 Crawfish Boil fundraiser!Image

If you would like to sponsor a table, just send Mike Keefe a logo or graphic of the business to be featured. He will then make a draft copy for approval before ordering the banner. Mike would like to order 4 banners at a time since the shipping cost is the same for 1 or 4. We will not bill the business or sponsor until the ad is actually presented during one of the meetings (we will bill you!).



Call Gary Franke at (512) 238-2219 and he can take your credit card and mail or leave tickets for you at the gate. Attached is the flyer so let's try and boost the participation for the ballgame! OK, the flyer is not attached on this page but is in the download link to the left. So please download and see you at the ballgame.






ImageRotarian Dr. Robert L. “Bob” Allred died on Saturday, June 14, 2014 with his wife and children by his side after a six month bout with cancer.   Born on July 18, 1938, in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Allred was 75 years old.   

Bob  joined Rotary in 1994 and was a twenty year member of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights and Harker Heights. He was a Major Donor and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Bob was a person and Rotarian with a generous and faithful soul. He was quick to offer to help and often opened his heart, his home and his wallet for others. He was a very active and devoted member of St Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and an active member of numerous Catholic organizations. 

Please keep Bob's wife, Carol, their three children and seven grandchildren in your thoughts.   

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at 6 pm followed by a rosary at 7:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, June 19, 2014. All services will be held at St Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church with Rev. Richard O'Rourke officiating.  He will be interred in Dallas.

The church is located in Harker Heights at the corner of FM2410 and Verna Lee (across the street from Harker Heights High School).

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, 123 W. Laurel, San Antonio, TX 78212.   





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!



Eight graduates of the class of 2014 from area high schools were awarded scholarships totaling $10,000 on May 30. Six students, representing five high schools, were selected for $1,000 scholarships based on a combination of grades, references, scholarship essay and overall potential for success in a college/or higher level educational environment.  $1,000 scholarship recipients include Lindae Brinson and Karlie Dallas of Ellison High School,Darin Garrett of Harker Heights High School,Jonathan Rivera Rodriquez of Pathways High School,Angela Bonilla of Killeen High School and Anessa Pitts of Shoemaker High School.

Two special scholarships were also awarded in honor of Rotarians.  Kazandra Munoz, Johnson of Ellison High School was awarded the Jerry Johnson $1500 scholarship. Kyana Lemons of Shoemaker High School received the Dan Bray $2500 scholarship. Both were active members of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights who passed away.Image



Pat Derr loved the Rotary Foundation and reminded us of its positive impact each time we recognized a new Paul Harris Fellow. As we celebrate Foundation Month, it’s appropriate that we reflect on and renew our commitment to helping achieve Foundation goals.


Well that's a great question that has been asked more than once by inquiring minds so the answer is . . .



The Do’s and Don’t of Attendance and Make-ups

Do come to our regularly scheduled meetings at the Shilo because that is the fastest and best way to be marked ‘present’ on the attendance.

Don’t be afraid that the world will come to an end if you miss a meeting because we allow you to make-up a missing meeting 14 days and 14 days after. You can plan to take a vacation and not miss a beat with Rotary!

Do strive for perfect attendance because there are many great Rotarians you will join.

Don’t think the world will come to an end if you don’t have perfect attendance by the end of the year because there are many great Rotarians you will join.

Do state your name as you walk by me to be absolutely positive that I have marked present.

Don’t just walk in and assume that someone noticed you because that may not be the case.

Do pick up the right name badge unless of course you want to be known as someone else for the day but you must make sure the other person takes your name badge so you can both be marked present.

Don’t assume that I know your complete name because there are 120 of you and only one of me so I sometimes get confused. The husband and wife teams, Passman, Browning, Kaye are not bad but the Griffins, Taylors, 4 Richards and 2 Jones sometimes can be a challenge.   I never get confused with Bubba because he always stands in front of my face and announces, “Hello, my name is Bubba”.

Do check Club Runner at least twice per month to make sure your attendance is where it needs to be and look around while you are there. There are many interesting projects happening.

Don’t stress if you receive the ‘we missed you at the meeting’ email because I send those out to everyone, not picking on anyone specifically.

And finally, Do know that there are many, many ways to make up a missed meeting. A Rotary activity such as RI Convention, Committee Meeting, Board Meeting, New Member Orientation Meeting, Rotaract Meeting, Monthly Socials are just some examples of how you can bring balance back into your world and maintain your perfect attendance.

If all else fails and you run out of time, you can always sit back in the comfort of your home and log into Club Runner, go to Club Links and then to Online Meeting Make-Ups-Rotary, eClub Online. Spend 30 minutes reading or watching a video and then click to submit a make-up. It’s that simple! 

See ya at the next meeting!

Your Secretary



This weekend (24-25 August), Jose Segarra, Michael Keefe, and Jim Bondi traveled to Brownsville, TX and teamed up with our partner club, Rotary Club of Matamoros Profesional. It was an amazing visit! With everyone's support, it was truly a wonderful example of "Peace Through Service" and one that we will never forget.


ImageThank you Stan Passman for pointing out the fact I omitted the most important fact that make-ups are only good for fourteen (14) days immediately prior to or after the missed meeting. In other words, you can do a make-up 2 weeks before a meeting date you know you are going to miss or you simply have 2 weeks after the missed meeting to get the make-up completed.

You can now view your account balance and pay your bill online.  Statements/invoices will still only be sent out on a monthly basis, but online balances will be updated weekly by end of day Friday.  Instructions are below.  If you have any questions, please contact the treasurer at khrdues@yahoo.com.


I think our focus this year is fitting--"Engage Rotary, Change Lives." In the coming weeks you will see some of our priorities fall in place, but for the sake of brevity it comes down to two items that are at the core of being a Rotarian:  membership retention/recruitment and the Rotary Foundation.  


Dear Rotarians,

I am honored and humbled by being this year’s President of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights.  Your accomplishments as a club are absolutely the best!