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 of America
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As membership chair, perhaps the question I am asked most often by prospective members is “Why did you join Rotary?”

This may seem a relatively simple question to answer, however, it is often difficult for me to express the many reasons I value this organization and the depth of my Rotary experience. As members, one of the most powerful ways we can grow our club is by sharing our story. When sponsoring prospective new members, each of us is charged with the responsibility to explain the full benefits of Rotary and to inspire them to become active Rotarians within our club.
 

I attended Rotary for the first time with Barbara Merlo in January 2017. By the end of my first meeting, I knew that as a member of the Killeen Heights Rotary Club, there was opportunity to give back to our community through meaningful service.  Rotary is an organization with the ability to unite over 1.2 million individuals to exchange ideas, put those ideas into action and create better communities across the globe.  Rotary provides the opportunity to serve and to impact mankind starting right here in our own backyard.
 

As many of you know, August is designated as Membership month in Rotary. My challenge to you this month is to take a moment to consider why you joined Rotary. What does Rotary mean to you?  Finally, connect with those interested in joining Rotary and Be the Inspiration through your story.
 
 
 

If there's one thing I'm good at, it's gathering people together to do something fun. Dave Grohl
 

If there is one quote that would describe me its the one above. I am my happiest when I am around people, especially Rotarians and we are meeting outside our normal Friday morning meetings. Studies have shown that an active social life can boost your immune system and improve your nutrition, since you tend to eat more when you’re around others. Being social can lower your blood pressure and potentially reduce the symptoms of depression. As you can see, social activity is vital to people for their health and mental well-being.
 
In line with this years Rotary theme of Rotary Connects the World, I want to connect our club and I want to do so in a way that allows us to get to know more about each other as well as our family. 
 
I am looking forward to serving the club this year and if there is something you would like to do please let me know. 
 
Becky Isbell
 
 
 

 

Rotary International developed five avenues of service for Rotary clubs to use to build relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. Our club uses those avenues of service to establish goals that ensure we are meeting the objectives of Rotary. Those five avenues of service are:
 
Club Service – focused on building strong, thriving clubs through relationships and membership development.
Vocational Service – calling on all Rotarians to work with integrity and use their expertise to address the problems and needs of society.
Community Service – encouraging Rotarians to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to service the public interest.
International Service – promoting peace and understanding through the global reach of Rotary with international projects, partnerships and volunteer service.
Youth Service – empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs.
 
 
Youth Service is my focus this year and it is a multi-faceted avenue with many opportunities to serve and change lives. Many of the programs of Rotary International focus on youth and developing future leaders and Rotarians. Programs such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, and Rotary Scholarships. Rotary also has two additional club types that are focused on developing youth; Interact Clubs, which are for youth ages 12-18, and Rotaract Clubs, which are for young adults ages 18-30. Both of these clubs have to be sponsored by a Rotary club like ours. In additional to the RI programs, our Rotary District (5870) has a Vocational Scholarship program and our club has its’ very own local scholarship program, adopted school program and other service projects that benefit organizations in our community who work with youth.
 
 
 
Phew! That’s a lot of youth services right! That means there are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved with a program of Rotary that will help develop our next generation of leaders. We need volunteers to help with almost every youth program I mentioned above. There are some programs we aren’t even addressing because we don’t have the manpower. Are you interested in working with the youth in our community to build a better world? If so, I would love to hear from you.
 
Stay tuned. I’ll be bringing you more detailed information on each of our youth programs in future installments of the newsletter.
 
 
As we wrap up September, a month dedicated to basic education and literacy, I would like to take this opportunity to expand upon my opening quote from the late South African Statesman Nelson Mandela during last week’s meeting:  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
 
Mandela also noted what happens in its absence:  “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
 
 
Changing the world has been a mission of Rotary since its inception. But as we make strides in many areas, in many places around the globe, perhaps our biggest battle for peace and prosperity needs to be fought in our own schools -  where the “failure to educate” and the subsequent right to live a good life has been identified as a growing threat to national security. Simply put, the Pentagon is finding only 25 percent of Americans ages 17-24 meet the current requirements to serve. Obesity, drug use, or criminal records aside, military leaders have sounded the alarm that a significant number of U.S. students cannot meet the military’s educational requirements.
 
They have good reason for concern. American student scores on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, have been dismal. The test is conducted every three years to measure reading ability, math and science literacy and other key skills among 15-year-olds in dozens of developed and developing countries. The most recent results from 2015 ranked US students 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.
 
 
Sitting in Killeen on a Friday morning, solving the nation’s education woes may seem like “Mission Impossible.”  But, as Brad Henry noted, “No other investment yields as great a return as the investment in education. An educated workforce is the foundation of every community and the future of every economy. Can we afford not to try?”
 
Rotarians before us decided they could not sit by and watch another great threat tear apart our society. They built a grassroots movement and successfully rallied against Polio. We are the home club for Fort Hood, a cornerstone of our national defense. Our military neighbor has identified a critical issue of our time. Can we afford not to heed the call to address it?
 
 
And finally, a local educator last week asked for our assistance in supporting continued funding of the highest tier of our critical education structure, Texas A&M Central Texas. We fought hard to get this campus. Can we afford to let it fall?
 
In closing, if you believe you can “Be The Inspiration” then, as Mahatma Gandhi wisely stated:
 
 “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
 
The solution will follow.
 
 
 
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. 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant-at-Arms
Immediate Past President
Director, Club Administration
Director, Service Projects
Director, Rotary Foundation
Director, Public Relations
Director, Membership
Director, Youth Service
Director, Programs
Chair, Satellite Club
Executive Secretary
 
 
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