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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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We have been a busy group of folks over the past few months and I want to take this time to say thank you to everyone for all of your hard work and efforts in all that we have done and continue to do. We have done some outstanding things in the community that will have a lasting impact on others.
Our project at the homeless shelter was a success as we furnished the Friends In Crisis (FIC) Homeless Shelter with 23 bunk beds including a donation from Ashley furniture of two complete bunk beds. We had the opportunity to work alongside members from CTC Rotaract, Ashley Furniture, FIC Board Members and Staff, FIC Clients, and KPD Officers. Please take a few minutes to read the article from the Killeen Daily Herald
Our annual Food For Families Food Drive was also a success! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to collect some food and money for those in need. It was great seeing everyone working together and full of charisma, which played a pivotal role in the food drive. Once again we had the opportunity to work with outside organizations and extend our ties within the community. Joining us in the food Drive was the Greater Killeen Young Professionals, CTC Rotaract, Killeen Firefighters, and Cub Scout Pack 248!
Daniel Gonzalez
There will only be one service for COL (Ret) John Mayer; it will be held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, December 19 at 2 P.M. Colonel (Ret) John Mayer, a member of our club for 11 years, passed away on Saturday, November 26th at a San Antonio area nursing home.  He is resting in heaven with his beloved Nancy.
John was truly an inspiration to all who knew him.   He served as Sergeant-in-Arms during the year I was Club President and for many years partnered with Richard Diller in the supporting both the Crawfish Boil and Food for Families.   A longtime member of Lifeway Fellowship, John was an avid supporter of the Republican Party of Bell County, serving as the county vice-chair, and as a member of Killeen’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
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! There will be two ceremony start times--1 and 1:30 pm. If you've never seen this program, it is well worth your time!
Ceremonies will also be held February 7, March 7, April 18, and May 23!
EAFK West Ward
congratulations go out to Tonda Campbell, the newest member of the RC of Killeen Heights, for becoming the 1,000th recipient of a Jerry Johnson Testamentary Trust match.   This match, along with her contribution, also results in her becoming the newest Paul Harris Fellow in District 5870.
Now in its 8th year, the Jerry Testamentary Trust Match Program has distributed in excess of $203,000 to match the contributions made by 1,000 Rotarians in Districts 5730 and 5870, and to help them earn a total of 528 first time Paul Harris Fellowships. 
So far this Rotary year, the Johnson Trust has distributed $28,093 to help 76 Rotarians become Paul Harris Fellows.
If our annual school choir program on December 16 isn't enough to get you in the spirit, don't forget that evening we will have our Christmas Party at Texas Land and Cattle in Killeen beginning at 6 p.m. We will start with a cash bar social, and enjoy caroling and door prizes following our meal. Please RSVP to Leah McGee at leah.mcgee.tb2w@statefarm.com.
You can also join the CTC Rotaract Club and our handy guitar man Bill Phillips for caroling THIS Saturday, December 10 beginning at 6 pm. The plan is to carol at Wellington Place in Temple so that we can spend some time with Jim Endicott!  More info to come at the meeting this week or email bmerlo@ctcd.edu if you'd like details.
The Rotary Foundation has just been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  Since 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has advanced effective and ethical philanthropy for the world’s largest network of professional fundraisers. AFP’s more than 30,000 members raise more than $100 billion annually.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Director, Club Administration
Director, Service Projects
Director, Rotary Foundation
Director, Public Relations
Director, Membership
Director, Youth Services

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December 2016