Rotary Club of Killeen Heights

Jose Segarra
​Club President

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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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.   



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



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!



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 . . .



After the devastating explosion in West, many Rotarians from District 4130 generously contributed to our recovery efforts.  Now it’s our turn to help them.  I know I'm only one Rotarian but the reason I join Rotary was to help and provide service both locally and throughout the world, especially to our neighbors in Mexico.

District 5870 has established a donation button on our website   All contributions will go to the District 5870 Keyway are tax exempt to the extent of the law.

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


This year we are going to make sure every Rotarian in our club is a member of a committee.  This committee membership will allow you all to live up to our motto of "Service Above Self" doing something that matters to you.  My goal is that each of you will have at least one committee assignment by the end of August.

Some of the committees exist to help us run the club more efficiently. Others exist to help us serve our community and Rotary more effectively. None of them are full time jobs, and you can give as much as you want--or the minimum required.  Some committees will involve occasional involvement, while others will be aligned with duties that may be performed weekly or monthly.

How do you decide?  Take a look at the committee descriptions below and contact the officer or director in charge for more information!  Already on a committee? Make sure the officer or director responsible for the committee know so you can be added to that list in ClubRunner!


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!

Ron D. Burton has been nominated as the President of Rotary International for the Rotary year 2013-14. Mr. Burton retired as President of the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc. in 2007. A Rotarian since 1979, he is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma. Mr. Burton has served RI as a District Governor, Delegate to the 1992 and 1995 Councils on Legislation, International Assembly Group Discussion Leader, Zone Trainer, Rotary Information Counselor, member of several committees and task forces, and President's Representative to numerous District Conferences.
Last week I chatted a bit about the International Service opportunities that are out there and why, to Rotary, that is so important. I wanted to take some time this week to highlight the areas of focus that currently have the attention of the world's foremost service organization (that's us in Rotary, by the way) and what we're doing to move forward in such vital areas!!
Rotary is a world-wide presence and this global reach has opened our final lane of service and that's International Service. International service is the effort on the part of Rotary clubs everywhere to expand the club's humanitarian reach around the world, and just as important, to promote world understanding and peace. The actual focus can be as broad as everything a club does in the fight to eradicate polio, down to the specifics of how to help Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries, and the cultures they'll encounter.
As a Rotary club we have two things that should concern us each and every day. The first, promoting high ethical standards in our various professions, as well as the rest of the business community. The second is serving our community and those in need, our community being both local and international.
Last week we talked about Club Service and the opportunities just being in a fellowship such as ours presents for service to our community and the wider world. The second avenue of service we have as members of Rotary is Vocational Service.
In my last note, I talked about the four service lanes and what they mean to Rotary and should mean to our club. What I'd like to do over the next few weeks is take a closer look at the four, and explore them a bit to see how they do impact our club. The first, you'll remember, was Club Service.
You may or may not know it, but Rotary International recently lowered the requirements for attendance at meetings to 50%. This requirement to be at meetings only one-half of the time even accounts for the increased availability of makeup opportunities at other clubs and on-line.
A certain political figure once stated famously (or, infamously), "it takes a village" with regard to raising children. When it comes to membership recruitment, it takes a team of Rotarians. As our club moves beyond its 25 year anniversary, we need to ensure we are prepared to serve future generations by recruiting, selecting, inducting, and mentoring new members.
March is Rotary Literacy Month. Rotary International is dedicated to the causes of health, peace, and humanity. In 1985, Rotary International declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of world peace.
As many of you witnessed this past week, we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a Rotary club. The following is what will be printed in the District 5870 newsletter:
I have been fortunate to be involved with the planning and preparation of our 25th Anniversary Banquet next week. During my meetings with other Rotarians, I have learned a great deal about our history and the legacy our club, through our members, have left for our community. As a club, we have been blessed with members that been diligent in preserving historical documents, photographs, and other memorabilia over the years, some of which will be seen at the banquet on February 11th.
December is Family of Rotary Month. Rotary "Family" includes not only the individual member, but also the clubs, organizations, programs, and beneficiaries of Rotary endeavors. The Family of Rotary also includes our own families, those loved ones that live in our homes, visit at Christmas, and bring home stray dogs to adopt.
The most recent information from Rotary International tells us there are over 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. There are over 1.2 million Rotarians throughout the world. Needless to say, there are a lot of us that wear the Rotary lapel pin. This month, we have been discussing at length the great work of The Rotary Foundation.
As we continue to recognize Rotary Foundation Month, I want to share with you some additional information about the works of the Foundation. We know already that the Foundation has been instrumental in the worldwide fight against polio and other diseases. We also know from Rich Kaye's email this week that the Foundation supports emergency aid to areas devastated by natural disaster, such as Haiti and Indonesia.
November is Rotary Foundation Month. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is a separate entity from Rotary International. The foundation is a non-profit corporation that is funded solely by contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary. The Mission of TRF is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, support of education, and alleviation of poverty.
As you recall, October is Rotary Vocational Service Month. While focusing on vocations this month, I sought out inspiration and wisdom from others. I found something from author and motivational speaker John Maxwell that is worth sharing.
This Friday while you are at the meeting, I would like for you to look to your left – then to your right – and think to yourself who is missing. Then, you may ask yourself, Why?. Each week I learn of someone going into the hospital, a member who suffered the loss of a loved one, or a Rotarian who is unable to attend due to health or other personal reasons.
As Rotarians, we are all familiar with the motto "Service Above Self." I did some reading this week on service and found the following quotes that gave me inspiration.
This month, we will hear from some of our own members during a "Classification Talk" at our meetings. These short discussions will highlight what we may or may not know about what our friends and fellow members do each day and how they bring the Rotary values and Four-Way Test to their business.
The week of September 5th brought a great deal of destruction to Bell County. Unexpected storms wrecked homes, private property, and local businesses. Steve and Mary Hanik were personally affected when flood waters filled their Salado home up to their second floor.
This past weekend, I ran a race in Anaheim, California. Near the end of the race I was passed by a man wearing a Minnie Mouse dress, mouse ears, and a sports bra. I later learned he is a Rotarian and banker from a Los Angeles club raising fund for leukemia and lymphoma.
A few weeks ago, I stood in front of you at our club assembly and announced that our purpose for the year was once again, children. I have since received many questions about what exactly does that mean - why should we focus on children. At this point I could launch into a 'Rotary Answer,' but instead I am going to give you my perspective.
When we tell folks about the great things Rotary does, we may take this question for granted. You may not know it, but our efforts to eradicate polio are still relevant.
Every three years, the Rotary International Council on Legislation meets to review proposals made by clubs and districts to Rotary policies and procedures. This term, the Council has made a change that I believe we should get excited about.
"Rotary is the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work." Read RI President Ray Kinginsmith's vision for building communities and bridging continents.
Every Friday we get together for breakfast and fellowship with people in our community. For Rotarians new and seasoned, it is easy to forget that we are also part of an international organization.

Sponsored by the Central Texas College Rotaract Club
Entry Deadline: April 13, 2011

First Prize:$100
Second Prize:$75
Third Prize: $25

Wow! Appetizers and a show for $5!

6PM Thursday, April 19

Club Members no charge; Guests $5

We will see the wildest Weather in the Solar System!
Come and celebrate your and other District Clubs' Achievements!

This year's conference is a bit different. It will be held on two weekends in two different places, one of which is right here in Killeen.
The 14th annual Crawfish Boil Fish Fry and silent auction is set for Saturday, May 5 from 11a until 3p at the Killeen Special Events Center.

Sponsored by the Killeen Heights Rotary Club, the event will feature crawfish, catfish and chicken. Tickets for adults are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Kids under 12 pay only $5. For more ticket information, contact Jose Segarra at 290-0548.

The Armed Services YMCA will also feature a Healthy Kids Day and a bounce house. Live music at the event will be provided by Jerry Haisler and the Melody 5.

I was sitting at my computer last night and I happened across the story of an American Rotary club that was working with a sister club in Sri Lanka to help rebuild schools that had been literally wiped out by the great tsunami a couple years ago and thinking what a nice project that must be, how worthwhile, how its right in line with Area of Focus Four for Rotary International (Basic Education and Literacy).
On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake to hit the island nation in recorded history. The 8.9-magnitude temblor, which was centered near the east coast of Japan, killed hundreds of people, caused a tsunami that unleashed 30-foot walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, dragged houses onto highways, and tossed cars and boats like toys. Some waves reached six miles (10 kilometers) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast.
I was reading the stats on our fight against polio the other day and I started wondering why we call it PolioPlus. I honestly thought it referred to the way we were stressing the eradication effort, and that it meant we needed to do more (hence the "plus") as we continued the fight. Wrong!!!
As of today, India has now been free of new cases of polio for a year, putting it on track to end its status as a country where the virus is endemic. In a few weeks, if pending samples test negative for the virus, India will be officially regarded as free from polio for the first time in its history.
The month of January is set aside as Rotary Awareness Month with a goal of refreshing ourselves and our club when it comes to the purpose and the message of Rotary. First and foremost, as we go through this month, our purpose as both individuals and as an organization should be clear; our motto sums it up - "Service Above Self".
The Council on Legislation, Rotary's "parliament," meets every three years to deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions submitted by clubs, district conferences, the General Council and Conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals.
Together, as a community, we brought in more than 103,000 pounds of food on Friday, November 18, for Food for families.
During the month of November, Rotary International will focus attention on the next generation of Rotarians…those (hopefully) coming behind us to carry on the incredible work of Rotary. This new generation, Generation Y as it's being called, has some distinct traits that we might not be aware of or understand and yet, failure to grasp the essence of this new generation could cost us in seeing Rotary continue as a viable force.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary's youth and young adult programs: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange.
The Rotary Foundation has moved up 14 places in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual survey of the top 400 fundraising charities in the United States.
Rotary, as part of Future Visions, has fielded a program to help in world-wide development. The new program (really not so new now) is Vocational Training Teams. Clubs and Districts are putting together grant requests that will allow them to field teams locally, nationally or internationally focused on developing a better understanding of a specific profession, or actually assisting in the professional development of a specific group of professionals in a community.
October is Vocational Service month for Rotarians worldwide. Vocational Service, while sometimes being relegated to a backseat in our approach to service, is actually the very foundation of Rotary. Paul Harris and his friends met to
Two significant occasions are coming up, each giving us further opportunities to recommit ourselves to the good work we have all been doing.
In anticipation of The Rotary Foundation's 100-year anniversary in 2017, the Trustees set out to develop a plan to move the Foundation toward its second century of service. The Foundation has made only slight modifications to its programs since its inception and the Trustees sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders in developing the Future Vision Plan.
The next time you're out surfing the net (and don't try and pretend you don't do it - we ALL are out there from time to time) take a minute and Google "Rotary at Work". Oh my heavens...I got 51 million hits, and while I know there aren't that many clubs, and there were a few duplicates, I went through the first 15 or 20 pages and was absolutely fascinated by what Rotary is doing in the world. Now, last week I covered how we can each make a difference through our service.
The Adopt-a-Unit Committee reports that they had a great time meeting the 27th BSB flights. With the exception of two remaining Troopers, all of our adopted Solders have returned safely from deployment.

My last article dealt with the criticality of our foundation in accomplishing the Rotary areas of focus and, believe me, it is more than just critical, but there is one resource even more important than the Foundation-and that is the vision and determination of Rotarians to serve their fellow man and to make the world a MUCH better place to live!!!
We ask you to consider a gift to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to honor or remember someone special and let your gift build a bridge of hope for those less fortunate all around the world. Your generosity will also provide food for a hungry child, clean water for an entire village, medicines for the sick, and thousands of other good works in our global community.
The last set of notes I shared with the club dealt with the focus we have starting at Rotary International and running through the clubs themselves. You'll remember it consisted of such great themes as fighting hunger, fighting disease, enhancing health and providing a solid education.
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