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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Reasons why you should consider attending the 2017 Multi-District Reunion:
You can share ideas, find partners for projects, and have fun!
You can connect with other People of Action!
It is conveniently being held in San Marcos!
Registration includes all meals, entertainment, and hospitality suite.
Early Bird and First Timers - $130. Registration deadline 28 September 17
Regular Registration - $145. 
Walk-in Registration - $155
Hotel Rate - $134
Please visit http://bit.ly/2w82IZ3 for more information and to register.

Hope to see you there!
The Rotary Global Rewards program offers Rotary and Rotaract club members discounts and special offers on products and services for travel, dining, entertainment, and merchandise. Some offers also give back to Rotary; the net proceeds of the program go to The Rotary Foundation. It’s easy to redeem rewards and save on future Rotary projects. Every active Rotarian or Rotaractor is automatically eligible to participate.  
You can view offers on your computer and tablet at www.rotary.org/globalrewards, or you can access them on your smartphone through the complimentary Rotary Club Locator App, available through the Apple App store or Google Play store. 

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month; in support of this theme, we will collect Kindergarten age-appropriate books each week beginning on 8 September. We will consolidate and sort the books, then provide them to each of the Kindergarten classrooms at East Ward, West Ward, and Ira Cross so that those kids have books to take home and call their own. In order to accomplish this, we need to collect a minimum of 325 books over the course of the month.

Supporting this effort can be fairly inexpensive - Kindergarten age-appropriate books are available for $1 each at our local area HEB stores.

The annual Harker Heights Rotary Club Dodgeball Challenge is coming up again on October 14th, from noon to 5 PM at Harker Heights High School. Registration is open now through September 15th at HHRotary.com.

Let's put together a club team and accept the challenge! If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!
This year's Rotary Monster Dash will be held on Saturday, October 21st at Harker Heights Community Park (1501 FM 2410, Harker Heights). The 5K will begin at 9 AM, and the Little Monster Dash will begin at 10 AM. The 5K is $25 (through October 5th), and the Little Monster Dash is $5. Please visit https://runsignup.com/rotarymonsterdash to register! 
The Rotary Monster Dash is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights, the Killeen Noon Rotary Club, the Killeen Evening Rotary Club, the Harker Heights Rotary Club, and the Copperas Cove Rotary Club. All proceeds will be used by these Rotary clubs for local projects as well as Rotary International in the fight to end Polio. 
Monster Dash is the primary polio fundraiser for our club - in order to ensure the ninth annual event is successful, we need to support it!  Please consider helping in one of the following areas:
  • Event sponsorship, which will include logo/name placement on the race t-shirts and a table at the expo (if desired), among other benefits.  Click the following links for the Sponsorship Information Sheet and Sponsorship Form.
  • Donation of items for runner’s bags – bags, coupons, samples, etc.  A quantity of 400 is needed.
  • Donation of items for our children’s bags (Little Monster’s Dash).  A quantity of 100 is needed.
  • Donation of items for door prizes or raffle items.
  • Provisions for runners and walkers at the post race expo such as water, sports drinks, fruit, coffee, snacks or other refreshments.
  • Sponsor a company 4 person team for the 5K team competition (team registration fee, $100).
Join us for the inaugural Greater Fort Hood Area Joint Rotary Social! Members and friends of the Rotary Clubs in Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Temple, and Belton are invited!

The social will be held from on 12 October from 6-9 PM at the Walburg German Restaurant, 3777 FM 972, Walburg, TX 78673. Our District Governor, Gene Holiman, will be joining us for this event!

This is a great venue for the entire family! Just behind the antique dining establishment, nestled in oak trees, is a Biergarten that includes an open picnic area, outdoor bar and kitchen and arcade for the kids. 

Tickets for the event are $10 and are available at http://bit.ly/2uq1Baq. The ticket fee goes towards your beverages for the evening. Please note that food will be available in the restaurant on an individual basis and is not included in the ticket price.
Well another great Saturday morning this past weekend. If you missed it you lost out! About twelve volunteers showed up at Friends In Crisis to install a pergola on the west side of the building. Here is what was amazing about this event, we had a new member working (first time), along with a new visitor (who is thinking about joining also), Clarence Enochs, who is not a member but has been on several ramp builds and he bought a guest to assist. The good news Enochs is going to be joining Killeen Heights Rotary as well! Folks' laughter filled the air with our very own on site Safety Officer Ken "The Man" Cox directing the crew and letting us know when we screwed up! LOL No really this club leads in giving above self!!!!!!! 
Again I’m held speechless and amazed at the turn-out for our first 2017 ramp build last weekend.  Thank you so much for all the wonderful support by so many.  The client (like Jim Butler shared) was very grateful with deep emotions.  Feeling the joy of freedom in being able to walk up to door of her home! As if all this was not great enough having a wonderful pot luck only topped of the day! 
Folks WE are making a big DIFFERENCE in so many lives.  ‘Unity With-in The Community’  None of this could have been done without all those working the ramp build, donations to purchase material, providing pot luck, prayers and all the silent  supporters!
February ramp build
Our next build will be the last Saturday of March 25, 2017.  Location has not yet been selected but upcoming information is on its way.  Also March 18, 2017 we will be installing the pergola (hope spelling is right) at the homeless shelter!  Many thanks to Ken Cox, Todd Perrin, Mike Keefe and Bob Crouch for giving up a Saturday to help with the pre-construction efforts!
See you soon where life changing events occur!
Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to:
  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)   
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession 
  • Make new friends around the world 
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary
  • Plus, they’re a great way to recruit new Rotarians!
Examples of Rotary Fellowships:
  • Marathon runners
  • Wine Appreciation
  • Flying
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Fishing
  • And many more!
How Rotary Fellowships Operate:
  • Each fellowship is operated independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure. 
  • Membership in fellowships is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians, and Rotaractors, but they can invite guests / potential Rotarians for recruiting purposes
  • Fellowships (at the RI level) must be international in nature with active members in at least three countries. 
  • Each fellowship elects at least three officers to oversee the group’s administration. • Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI.
Some Benefits of Rotary Fellowships:
  • Opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside of their own club, district, or country. 
  • Contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace.
  • Serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining existing ones
Want to learn more and find out about the many other fellowships? Visit the Rotary webpage for more information.
As I was involved in preparing next week’s meeting notes I couldn’t help but think what Ken Cox said about diversity in seeking others for our Club!  I immediately began to search the internet and see what information was available regarding history of women in the Rotary Club! To my amazement there was plenty of HISTORY.   So please if you don’t mind I would like to share a little of what I found!
It is fascinating by the early reasons women were not considered for membership a century ago, the important roles women played and the many contributions they made as non-members, the eventual foresight that led to allowing females to join and the progressive successes resulting from that decision – as evidenced in our own club with several qualified and distinguished ladies serving as President – not to mention the major services they each continue to provide as Past Presidents.
Some of those early objections:
  • “I think it’s hard enough to handle 2 or 3 hundred men without having anything to do with ladies”. The topic was grist, of course, for newspapers nationwide who penned stories about Men Afraid of Women, Women Peril is Seen, Can’t Manage a Woman?, Men are Alarmed! And Rotarians Ban Fair Sex – Unmanageable.
  •  “The admission of women members to the Rotary Club of Chicago is unthinkable, Rotarians are family men whose wives are home-makers and mothers, period”.
  • “Traditions are worth fighting for and we joined a MEN”S CLUB and should have the right to pick our own members”.
  • “We won’t be able to tell jokes around the table if women join Rotary” “My wife would never let me attend Rotary if women were at the meetings”.
  • “Some cultural or religious standards prohibit co-mingling men and women in public.
  • Would it not cause a crisis should a female R from one country insist on attending a R meeting in a strict Islamic nation?” This was, and remains a valid question today.
When the Minneapolis Women’s RC began in 1911, its founder, Ida Buell, was granted permission a year later to address the R Convention and asked for support in establishing similar clubs in other cities. But no action was taken. In 1918 the International Board suggested clubs should discourage such organizations from using the name Rotary or Rotarians! Auxiliaries was OK but no reference to R. Next came the Rotary Anns: In 1914 Rotarian Henry Brunier and his wife Ann boarded a special train for the convention. Since Ann was the only woman on the train for most of the trip, the Rotarians began calling her Rotary Ann. Once at the convention, they met Guy and Ann
Gundaker and the 2 Anns began their pursuit of Club recognition which resulted in many Ladies’ committees – usually headed by the wife of the Club’s President. Henry Brunier was Rotary International President in 1923-24 and Guy Bundaker was RIP in 1952-53.
Some Dates to Remember
On 4 May, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. Rotary issues a policy statement that any Rotary club in the United States can admit qualified women into membership.
The Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise, California (formerly Larkspur Landing), is chartered on 28 May. It becomes the first club after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to have women as charter members.
At its first meeting after the 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Council on Legislation votes to eliminate the requirement in the RI Constitution that membership in Rotary clubs be limited to men. Women are welcomed into Rotary clubs around the world.
As of June, there are about 20,200 female Rotarians worldwide. The Rotarian runs a feature on women in Rotary.
Women in the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights (notes from the editor)
The first female Rotarian in our club was Patsy Derr in September of 1988. She went on to be our first female club president (1994-95) AND our district's first female District Governor (2000-01). For those of us lucky to have known Pat, we know that she did NOT want to be mentioned as the "first woman" ANYTHING--she was "just a Rotarian."  
Women comprise 26% of our current members! But don't go looking for women who might want to be Rotarians, look for potential members who would make good Rotarians AND happen to be women!
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, Programs
Satellite Club Chair
Director, Youth Services
Executive secretary
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