H.O.P.E. Ministry

 
Chris Cloyd gave an excellent presentation on H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty Everywhere) Ministry at the September 6 Rotary Club meeting. Chris has been active in missionary work since 1982 and explained that rather than providing “handouts” to those in poverty, H.O.P.E. Ministry empowers them by paying them a fair wage to sew and make crafts. The handmade crafts are then sold at Fair Trade booths and the money raised provides sustainable income for families in extreme poverty and profits for additional missions.
Donations for H.O.P.E. products will:
*Provide livable wages for families in poverty
*Provide coats and blankets for the homeless
*Sponsor children, orphans and missionaries
*Help eradicate diseases like malaria
*Build schools, homes, churches & orphanages
*Drill water wells and much more!
If you would like to host a Fair Trade booth to raise funds for missions, please contact Christine Cloyd for more info. Chris.cloyd@yahoo.com (512) 550-9282.
H.O.P.E. Ministry Connie 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

 
 
Leta Garcia and Pat Clewell recently presented Paul Harris Fellow Recognition awards to five Rotarians of the Blanco County Club. Those receiving the recognition were Harvie Lindeman, Ken Smith, Dixie Van Eynde, Sidney Cox and Jayne Lightfoot. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
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Two New Members Inducted

 
The Rotary Club of Blanco County welcomes our newest members, Matthew and Martha Herden, who were inducted at the August 15 meeting. Matt retired from the San Antonio Policed Department and is active in the Blanco community where he has served on Blanco County's Child Protective Services board, City of Blanco Planning and Zoning board and Blanco ISD school board. He is currently a board commissioner for Blanco County's Emergency Services District 2. Martha is a fifth-generation Blanco County resident and has served the City of Blanco in the following capacities: Planning and Zoning Committee member and chairperson, Blanco Comprehensive Master Plan Review Committee Chairperson, City Council member in 2017, Mayor of Blanco 2017-2020. Martha currently works part time as a clerk at the Blanco County Precinct #4 office in Blanco. Matt and Martha will definitely be an asset to the club. Pictured left to right: Harvie Lindeman (Rotary Club President), Matt Herden, Martha Herden, Teri McKenzie (Rotary Club Membership Chairperson).
Two New Members Inducted Connie 2022-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Human Trafficking Awareness Presentation Scheduled for August 15 Connie 2022-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking Presentation

 
On August 9, Susan Burkholder, a volunteer with Ransomed Life, gave a very informative presentation on Human Trafficking. She shared that there are approximately 313,000 HT victims trafficked in Texas on a daily basis. 79,000 are kids under the age of 18. The biggest threat to our kids is through social media, like FB, Instagram, Snap Chat, What’s App, and other Gaming platforms which are easy to use for offenders to look for victims. Sex slavery is not gender specific. Girls are not the only victims. According to a
local youth center in SA who are engaged with counseling primarily street youth, almost 50% are boys.
Susan stressed the importance of being aware and to report ANYTHING that looks suspicious to local law enforcement AND the Human Trafficking Hotline 888-3737-888. She recommends putting
the phone numbers in your cell phone. Predators have been apprehended and jailed by those who felt that something wasn’t “quite right”. If you see something say something! The next Human Trafficking Forum for all of the Blanco community will be at 3:30 pm upstairs at the Blanco Courthouse on Monday August 15th. Susan Burkholder will present again. Invite a friend or a group of friends who you think would benefit from this presentation. Sodas, tea and cookies will be served.
Pictured on the right are Rotarians Sandy Switzer, Pat Clewell and Tracy Barr. To the right is Susan Burkholder and to the far right is Libbey Aly with the Blanco Chamber of Commerce.
Human Trafficking Presentation Connie 2022-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Greg Stevens Inducted

Welcome to Greg Stevens, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Blanco County, who was inducted at the June 6 meeting. Greg has a long history as a Rotarian in California and Oregon. We are glad to have him in Blanco County.
 
 
Greg Stevens Inducted Connie 2022-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Blood Drive for Victims of Uvalde Tragedy Connie 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Scholarships Awarded to Local Graduates

The Rotary Club of Blanco County recently awarded six $1000 scholarships to deserving LBJ and Blanco High School seniors.  Each student was recommended by a teacher(s) and submitted a Rotary scholarship application to the Club.  Each applicant was evaluated on their academic record, extra-curricular and community activities, and their career and life goals. 
 
The outstanding academic scholarship recipients from LBJ High School in Johnson City were:
              Maura Ibanez
              Rylee Welch
 
To Blanco High School seniors, the Rotary Club has awarded 2 academic and 1 community service scholarship in the past.  However this year, the Club awarded 3 academic scholarships because the 3 recipients were nearly identical in the evaluation or scoring process.  These outstanding students were:
              Joe Hernandez
              Macy Murphree
              Valentina Edwards
 
Named after Lt.Col, USAF, Retired Chaplain, Joe Garcia, the Community Service scholarship was awarded to Macy Murphree for her clearly outstanding contributions to her school and community. 
 
The Rotary Club of Blanco County was formed 4 years ago with the purpose of serving and supporting the County of Blanco.  Beyond awarding yearly scholarships to high school seniors, other service projects include:  distributing Hygiene Kits to local schools, assisting the reading program (Partners Assisting Literacy Success - PALS) at Blanco Elementary School, providing computers to Blanco Middle School, publicizing and educating on Human Trafficking and a host of other projects.  Anyone who is interested in supporting the community through the Rotary Club is invited to the club’s lunch meeting, at noon, the first Monday of each month at the Old 300 BBQ’s Back Forty or at its 6:30 p.m. meeting the third Monday of each month, also at the Old 300.
 
Left to right:
Joe Kustelski (Rotary President), Rylee Welch, Maura Ibanez, Jack Twilley (Rotarian)
 
Left to right:
Jack Twilley (Rotarian), Valentina Edwards, Macy Murphree, Joe Kustelski (Rotary President)
not pictured: Joe Hernandez
 
Macy Murphree was awarded the Joe Garcia Community Service Scholarship
 
Scholarships Awarded to Local Graduates Connie 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament a Big Success!

 
The Rotary Club of Blanco County sponsored the annual Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament May 9th, at Blanco’s Vaaler Creek Golf Course.  Over 80 golfers enjoyed a day of sport, camaraderie, and fun as they supported the many worthy projects sponsored by the Rotary.  The winning foursome, sponsored by Frost Bank, were Fair Oaks Rotarians David Murrah, Ron Hubbard, John Rogers and Dave Driskell.  Prizes were also awarded in contests for closest to the pin, longest drive, etc.
 
The tournament is the major fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Blanco County.  Thanks to the players, many sponsors, and donations to the silent auction, the Rotary Club raised over $25,000.  This money is used throughout the year for such projects as scholarships for high school seniors, human trafficking awareness, art supplies for elementary students, drug and alcohol prevention, Project Graduation support, hygiene and save-a-life kits, and many others.
 
The Rotary is an international organization whose mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  The Blanco Club supports that mission through the above projects and community volunteering.  “Service Above Self” is the Rotary Motto.  If you’d like to join the Blanco Club, contact any member or Tracy Barr at tbarr54@gmail.com. 
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Rebecca Lightfoot O'Shea Inducted Connie 2022-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Richard Pankhurst Inducted

Welcome to our newest club member, Richard Pankhurst, who was inducted at the club meeting March 7.
 
Richard Pankhurst Inducted Connie 2022-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Tom Jones Inducted

 
 
Welcome to new Rotarian, Tom Jones, who was inducted at the club meeting February 21.
Tom Jones Inducted Connie 2022-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

GUEST SPEAKER SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL
 

   
 
 
Senator Donna Campbell, M.D. was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Blanco County meeting on February 21.  Dr. Campbell worked for some years as an ophthalmologist and performed eye surgeries in Ghana on several mission trips.  She is currently working as an emergency room physician even while serving in the Texas legislature.  She became the first woman to be appointed Chair of Veterans Affairs and Border Security. 
Senator Campbell began her remarks by thanking the veterans who were present.  She shared some of her history including how and why she decided to run for state senator.  She explained the process of how a bill is enacted and all the many steps it has to go through to be signed by the Governor.  She also discussed several measures which she has written and/or sponsored and their impacts.  These include the Texas Heroes Act which provides veterans with college credits earned while on duty and increased mental health benefits and another program to promote veteran entrepreneurship.  She was also involved in passing the Lone Star Infrastructure Act which essentially stopped governments antagonistic to the U. S. from buying land and starting businesses such as wind farms that would allow them access to security information on our electric grid, water supply, communications, etc.  Finally she addressed border security and human trafficking in Texas.  She feels there has been some success by the Human Trafficking Task Force but much to be done.  She helped pass the National Child I.D. Bill which keeps childrens’ DNA and fingerprints on file in case they are ever abducted. Club President, Joe Kustelski thanked Dr. Campbell for speaking and informed her that the club will provide a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation in her honor.
GUEST SPEAKER SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL  Connie 2022-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Blanco County Supports BHS Powerlifters

 
The Rotary Club of Blanco County recently presented the BHS Powerlifting Team a check for $1000 for purchase of needed safety equipment such as back braces, or weightlifting belts, bench shirts, wrist wraps, etc. - all necessary powerlifting equipment.  The high school Powerlifters consist of both boys and girls ranging from freshman to seniors.  Though not as popular as football, basketball, etc., Powerlifting is a recognized Olympic sport that builds both inner strength and physical strength of its athletes.  Supervised and led by Coach Tesch and, previously, Coach Rhoades, the Lifters have successfully competed throughout the District.  Purchase of additional safety equipment will avoid sharing of the equipment among the students during meets and practices (a potential health concern), as well as decreasing the amount of suit-up time by the Lifters.
 
The Rotary Club's donation to the Powerlifting team is another example of the Rotary Motto: Service Above Self. If you are interested in joining an organization whose sole purpose is to serve and better our community (and the world) contact Ms.Tracy Barr at her email address of: tbarr54@gmail.com.  The club meets at noon, the first Monday of each month in the Back Forty of the Old 300 BBQ, and the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the same location.
Rotary Club of Blanco County Supports BHS Powerlifters Connie 2022-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

RAISING AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION OF TEENS
 

 
 
On January 17 the Rotary Club of Blanco County welcomed guest speaker Susan Burkholder who provided a very informative presentation on teens lured into online and in person sexual exploitation. Susan is a charter member of District 5840’s E-Club to Combat Human Trafficking, and a member of RAGAS (Rotary Action Group Against Human Trafficking).  She is also the Director of Community Awareness of Ransomed Life, a Bexar County area based non-profit that provides a healing community for sexually exploited youth.  Burkholder provides presentations to service clubs, parents and general audiences as well as in depth trainings for school staff, and people who work with at-risk youth.
RAISING AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION OF TEENS  Tracy 2022-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Wear Blue Day

 
The Rotary Club of Blanco County gathered, wearing blue, to raise awareness against human trafficking on January 11. #WearBlueDay
Wear Blue Day Connie 2022-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Teens

by Tracy Barr
Rotary Club of Blanco County
 
Rotary Clubs in Central Texas are participating in the Department of Homeland Securities WEAR BLUE DAY to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking, since January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  The Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign’s #WearBlueDay is on January 11th every year.  On Jan 17, the Rotary Club of Blanco County is hosting Susan Burkholder, who will be speaking on the topic of teens lured into on-line and in person commercial sexual exploitation. Susan is a charter member of District 5840’s E-Club to Combat Human Trafficking, and a member of RAGAS (Rotary Action Group Against Human Trafficking).  She is also the Director of Community Awareness of Ransomed Life, a Bexar County area based non-profit that provides a healing community for sexually exploited youth.  Burkholder provides presentations to service clubs, parents and general audiences as well as in depth trainings for school staff, and people who work with at-risk youth.
Parents, teachers, community leaders and volunteers are welcome to attend.  The Old 300 Barbecue - The Back Forty room, 318 4th St. Blanco.  RSVP for dinner (mandatory) tbarr54@gmail.com which begins at 6pm or attend general meeting starting promptly at 6:30pm.
 
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January 11 Wear Blue Day Connie 2021-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Women’s Club Assist with Blanco Elementary School Art

 
 
Members of the Blanco Women’s Club and the Rotary Club of Blanco County have joined together to support the Blanco Elementary School’s art program.  The formal art program was discontinued after the district experienced financial difficulties several years ago.  This year, first grade teacher, Rosalind Ellis, reached out to the Rotary Club to inquire if Rotarians would volunteer to teach art classes to Kindergarten through second graders.  The answer was, of course, a resound yes!!  In seeking the volunteers, the Rotarians contacted the Blanco Women’s Club to see if any of their members would like to help with the art project.  They immediately stepped forward to offer their artistic expertise.

The program is conducted each Friday with volunteers alternating every other Friday to help the young students with their art projects.  The most recent project was making “pinch pots” with clay.  Each student made their own pinch pot, engraved their initials on the bottom, and will paint their pots during another class period.  The students were excited that they could give the pots to their parents, relatives or friends as Christmas presents.

Pictured are the second grade artists learning how to work with clay in order to make the pinch pots. The students are watching retired art teacher, Ms. Kuebel demonstrate the technique of working with clay. Jayne Lightfoot, Rotarian Volunteer, and Betsy Scheffe, Blanco Women's Club Volunteer, are ready to help the young artists.
Rotary and Women’s Club Assist with Blanco Elementary School Art Connie 2021-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Mykal Van Stavern Inducted

New Rotary member, Mykal Van Stavern (right), was inducted December 6. Mykal is an insurance agent with Van Stavern Insurance Group.
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BLANCO COUNTY ROTARIANS SUPPORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART PROJECT

    
by Jack Twilley
 
Blanco Rotarian and Artist, Leta Garcia and local Artist Betsy Scheffe, along with Jayne Lightfoot and Jan Gass, are volunteering at the Blanco Elementary School as Artists and helpers to introduce and teach kindergartners through second graders art.  They are engaged in learning art through seasonal projects like decorating for Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
 
The project is spearheaded by first grade teacher, Rosalind Ellis, and supported by principal, Jowie Walker.  The elementary school has been without an art program since 2017 when the district’s financial shortfall forced curtailment of its art program.  The volunteers are now filling that gap and using their artistic knowledge and skills to teach the students the basics of art (shapes, colors, etc.) while allowing each individual’s own creativity to shine through their project. 
 
The project is another example of the Rotary Club of Blanco County reaching out to help our community and its citizens - and living the Rotary Motto: “Service Above Self”.  If you are interested in joining the Rotary club, please contact Rotarian Tracy Barr via email at: tbarr54@gmail.com. (photos by Sandy Switzer)
 
BLANCO COUNTY ROTARIANS SUPPORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART PROJECT Connie 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

PINTS FOR POLIO EVENT RAISED FUNDS FOR END POLIO NOW

 
     
     
     
The Rotary Club of Blanco County held a Pints for Polio fundraiser event for End Polio Now on October 27 at Old 300 BBQ - Back Forty. The eradication of polio is one of Rotary's longest standing and most significant efforts and Rotary continues to raise funds to help immunize children all over the world.
Herman Weber and his wife, Nancy, stopped by to make a donation at the event. Herman, who was born and raised in Blanco County, was personally affected by polio. In 1955 when he was only 2 ½ years old, Herman went from running as a toddler, to walking, to crawling over a short period of time. He had contracted polio. At the event local club President, Joe Kustelski, shared a video about the progress in eradicating polio worldwide. Those in attendance enjoyed a BBQ meal and a beer or wine. The Joker's Wild drawing was won by Doug McKenzie who donated the money back to the polio fundraiser.
 
PINTS FOR POLIO EVENT RAISED FUNDS FOR END POLIO NOW Connie 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker from CoAPT

Amber Corder, Program Coordinator for CoAPT, was our guest speaker at the club meeting October 18. Amber shared information regarding the mission and vision of Blanco Coalition of Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment of Substance Abuse. She shared statistics and strategies used to prevent/decrease substance abuse in our youth.
 
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Walk to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

On October 16 the Rotary Club of Blanco County and the D5840 Combat Human Trafficking Rotary Club held a walk around the Old Blanco Courthouse grounds to raise awareness about human trafficking. Rotarians handed out information and answered questions about the myths and facts surrounding human trafficking. Rotarian Susan Burkholder, who is also a member of the Ransomed Life organization, will provide presentations to your local community and schools about steps we can take to prevent the exploitation of adults and children for profit.
 
 
Walk to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking Connie 2021-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Walk for Human Trafficking Awareness Connie 2021-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

A Walk for Freedom

Please join us for A Walk for Freedom around the Courthouse in Blanco - Oct. 16, 2021 - 10 am - 11:30 am Rotarians with the D5840 Combat Human Trafficking Club together with members and friends of The Rotary Club of Blanco County are hosting an AWARENESS WALK to bring attention to Human Trafficking. On this day, in cities across the U.S., thousands of people will be walking in response to A21’s Walk for Freedom national campaign against human trafficking. Our walk takes place during Blanco Market Days where vendors and shoppers will be on the Courthouse Square. We will carry signs, pass out brochures, and answer questions. The walk will last around 30 minutes, and afterwards the group will gather at Bindseil City Park, (across the street from the Courthouse) for refreshments and a short Q and A session with Susan Burkholder, Rotarian and Randsomed Life volunteer. We will gather at the entrance to Bindseil City Park southeast of the courthouse on Pecan Street at 10 am. Park on the side streets around town, on Pecan and 5th St. near the Old Pioneer Museum, or Pecan and 2nd or 3rd streets, near the Bindseil Park entrance. If possible please wear a Rotary T-shirt, cap or name tag. For further questions please text or call Tracy Barr @ 512-576-1930 
 
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Tristan Schlinke Thanks Rotary for Scholarship

 
Tristan Schlinke attended the club meeting October 4 to thank Rotary for the scholarship awarded to him. Tristan attends Schreiner University in Kerrville. Tristan is pictured with his grandmother, Rotarian Leta Garcia.
 
Tristan Schlinke Thanks Rotary for Scholarship Connie 2021-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Karen Stevenson

 
Karen Stevenson, Director of National Museum of the Pacific War was our guest speaker at the October 4 club meeting.
Guest Speaker Karen Stevenson Connie 2021-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Inducted

 
Chris Van Stavern was inducted to the Rotary Club of Blanco County at the September 20 meeting. Chris is a financial planner at Springs Wealth Group.
 
 
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Pints for Polio Fundraiser to End Polio Now Oct 27 Connie 2021-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Ronni Pue Receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

 
Ronni Pue received Paul Harris Recognition +2 at the September 7 club meeting. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotarian Ronni Pue Receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Connie 2021-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

 
Pictured left to right Candy Cargill, Pam Bindseil and Shannon Millard were inducted to the Rotary Club of Blanco County at the September 7 meeting. The three new members are all realtors at Hill Country Real Estate in Blanco.
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Guest Speaker KK Welch of Rockbox Theater Connie 2021-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting TUESDAY, September 7

Our next meeting is TUESDAY (not Monday), September 7 at 12:00 noon at Old 300 BBQ - Back Forty. Hope to see you there.
 
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Blanco County Community Resource Center

              
Dawn Capra and Alyce Sierra with the Blanco County Community Resource Center (CRC), located in Johnson City, were guests at the Rotary Club of Blanco County meeting August 16. Dawn is the Site Director and spoke about the wide array of services offered to citizens of Blanco County. The mission of CRC is to serve communities by connecting people to resources that meet needs and change futures. The center can connect individuals to resources for food, housing, safety, and transportation. In addition, they can assist with pregnancy and child resources, education, employment, health care, and legal services. The CRC asked for Rotary’s help in spreading the word that the center is there to offer assistance to individuals in need. Pictured left to right Dawn Capra (CRC), Joe Kustelski (Rotary President), Tracy Barr (Rotary Membership Chair), Alyce Sierra (CRC).
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Support our Friends at the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch Connie 2021-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families Connie 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to Cox Paving of Texas

Sidney Cox, President of Cox Paving of Texas, receives the thank you gift of an engraved candy dish from Leta Garcia for being a Gold Sponsor of the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament held in June.
 
 
 
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Thank you to The GVTC Foundation

The GVTC Foundation receives the thank you gift of an engraved candy dish from the Rotary Club of Blanco County for being a Platinum Sponsor of the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament held in June.
Pictured, top Row: Antonio Lucero, Brad Meyer, Rita Acker; bottom Row: Randy Inman, Sonia Aguillon (President of The GVTC Foundation), Bob Backle (Rotarian), Les Johnson.
 
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The GVTC Foundation donates $3000 to the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament

The GVTC Foundation presented a check for $3,000 to the Rotary Club of Blanco County Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament held June 7, 2021.
Pictured, top Row: Antonio Lucero, Brad Meyer, Rita Acker; bottom Row: Sonia Aguillon (President of The GVTC Foundation), Randy Inman, Les Johnson, Bob Backle (Rotarian)
 
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Guest Speaker, Rachel Lumpee, August 2 Connie 2021-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians volunteer at Blanco Elementary School summer program

 
During the month of June, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Blanco County provided assistance to the students and teachers at Blanco Elementary School’s summer program. Rotarians, Kathie Estrada (at top) and Jack Twilley (above), are shown volunteering their time and talents working with students and demonstrating the Rotary motto - Service Above Self. Other Rotarians who volunteered and worked with summer program students were Jan Gass, Jerry Gass, Sandy Switzer, Tracy Barr and Connie Cox.
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Guest Speaker, Tommy Weir, Blanco County Commissioner for Precinct 1

                                
 
Tommy Weir, Blanco County Commissioner for Precinct 1, was the guest speaker at the July 19 club meeting. Tommy talked about some of the challenges faced by the Commissioner’s Court including HOT tax, the actual jurisdiction of the court and what they can and can’t do, development, density issues, growth in the county, water issues, road and bridge repair. He said that Law Enforcement expenditures are about 47% of the county budget. Sheriff Jackson addressed some of the challenges at our meeting a couple months ago. The court fully supports our Law Enforcement agencies and understand how full their caseloads are. Pictured is club President, Joe Kustelski, thanking Tommy Weir for a very interactive discussion.
Guest Speaker, Tommy Weir, Blanco County Commissioner for Precinct 1 Connie 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Foundation Achievement Banner

 
At the July 19 meeting, Bob presented the club with the Foundation achievement banner for 2019-20. Our club has 100% participation in contributions and all members are Sustaining Members. Only 11 of the 54 clubs in our District are at this status! Way to go Rotary Club of Blanco County!
 
Foundation Achievement Banner Connie 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
President, Joe Kustelski, sworn in June 21. Connie 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Online Safety & Awareness Training Connie 2021-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

 
 
 
Three new members were inducted to The Rotary Club of Blanco County at the June 21 meeting. The club welcomes Teri and Doug McKenzie who are owners of RE/MAX Genesis in Blanco and Barbara Propes who is a self-employed event planner.
 
Some of the reasons to join Rotary:
• Friendship and fellowship
• Opportunity to serve and do good both locally and internationally
• Community involvement
• Continuing education and speakers to keep members informed about what is going on in the community, nation and world.
• Fun
If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, please contact Tracy Barr, membership chairperson, at (512) 576-1930 or Tbarr54@gmail.com
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2021-2022 Club Officers and Committee Chairs

 
Incoming District Governor, Kristy Vandenberg was present at the June 21 club meeting to install the 2021-2022 Rotary Club of Blanco County Officers and Committee Chairs. Pictured standing left to right Jack Twilley (Service Projects and Youth Activities Chair), Dixie Van Eynde (Secretary), Bob Backle (The Rotary Foundation Chair), District Governor Kristy Vandenberg, Joe Kustelski (President), Gerald Gass (Sergeant-at-Arms), Harvie Lindeman (President Elect & Treasurer); seated left to right Tracy Barr ( President-Nominee & Membership Chair), Connie Cox (Public Image Chair).
 
 
2021-2022 Club Officers and Committee Chairs Connie 2021-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Outgoing Club President Recognized

 
Bob Backle, 2020-2021 Club President pictured on the left, was recognized for his exemplary service and organization in leading the club for the past year. Incoming club President for 2021-2022, Joe Kustelski, presented Bob with a thank you plaque.
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Rotarian of the Year Award - Sandy Switzer


At the June 21 club meeting Bob Backle, club President, presented the Rotarian of the Year award to Sandy Switzer. Sandy was recognized for her dedication and hard work on the many service projects and for keeping our club in the news despite the difficult year covid-19 presented for us.
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Year Award - Sandy Switzer Connie 2021-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Awards

 
Bob Backle, club president, presented Service Above Self awards to Frank Dubuisson (left) and Ken Smith (right) at the June 21 meeting. These two men worked extremely hard organizing the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser held earlier this month.
 
 
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Outgoing 2020-2021 Officers and Committee Chairs

Bob Backle, club President, presented gifts to the outgoing 2020-2021 officers and committee chairs at the June 21 club meeting. Pictured below, left to right: Gerald Gass, Joe Kustelski, Sandy Switzer, Tracy Barr, Pat Clewell, Leta Garcia, Frank Dubuisson, Jack Twilley, Harvie Lindeman, Bob Backle. Not pictured Ronni Pue.
 
 
 
 
Outgoing 2020-2021 Officers and Committee Chairs Connie 2021-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

THANK YOU

The Rotary Club of Blanco County wishes to THANK the following businesses & volunteers for their support of the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament held on June 7, 2021.  The tournament was a great success!
 
Platinum Sponsor:                                       
GVTC Foundation
 
Gold Sponsor:
Cox Paving
 
Silver Sponsors:                               
Frost Bank
Legacy Hills
Kendall Country Abstract
L & L Drilling
 
Bronze Sponsors:
Blanco Pharmacy & Wellness
Dirt Works
Hal & Sandy Switzer
Henry House
Mattuck Services, Inc.
                                                                                                                     
Special Events Sponsors:
42 on 32 RV Park
Blanco Garden Center
Blanco Hydrogas
Frost Bank
Henry House
JB Hall Construction LLC
Mahoney Custom Homes
Property Medic
Texas Farm Bureau
WCR Land Surveying
 
Hole Sponsors:                     
Apache A/C
Bill & Kathy Fusco
Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky
Blanco Dental Center
Blanco Heating & A/C
Blanco Pharmacy & Wellness
Blanco Vet Clinic                              
Guardian Title & Dean Mayne     
Hal & Sandy Switzer
HC Wireless
Hill Country Real Estate
HNB Blanco Banking Center
James Harris
Josie’s Kitchen
Lightfoot Realty
Lone Star Capital Bank                         
Peterson Tire
RE/MAX
St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church
Security State Bank
Seymour’s Garage
Sidco Enterprises
Steve & Marcie Wagner
Dr. Weaver
Texas Cannon Brewing Company
Trinity Lutheran Men’s Group                      
 
Cash Sponsors:
Blanco Swiss Lodge Hotel
Greg & Cathy Miller
Elaine Drum, CPA
El Charro Mexican Restaurant
Jazel’s Hair Studio & Barbershop
Joe & Victoria Guidry
Mike & Karen Robinson
Thaddeus Millard
                                                           
Lunch Provided by SUBWAY
Dinner Provided by CHICKEN EXPRESS
 
Bottled Water donated by:
Chicken Express
Lowe’s Blanco & Johnson City         
Tractor Supply - Blanco
RE/MAX
 
MANY THANKS to our Blanco County Rotarian Volunteers, and to:
Bernadette Reneau
Carl and Liza Struck
Blanco FFA students
Diana Schwind
Kellye Lane
Rhonda Norville
Maelee Sowa
Michael Thomas – San Saba Rotary Club
Johnson City Print Shop for their excellent work!
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Golf Tournament Great Success

The Rotary Club of Blanco County held the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament at Vaaler Creek Golf Course in Blanco on June 7. Joe Garcia, who passed away December 26, 2020, was the founder of The Rotary Club of Blanco County and made many contributions to the Blanco community. 65 golfers participated in the tournament and a silent auction was also held. Funds raised are used for scholarships, Project Graduation, Human Trafficking Awareness, Blanco Education Foundation, computers, books and other equipment for schools.
 
The winning team shot a 54 on the 72 par course while the second place team shot a 55 and the third place team 58. The winning teams and winners of other events are pictured below.
 
The Rotary Club of Blanco County would like to thank the sponsors, golfers, and those who donated items for the silent auction. The tournament was a great success!
 
1st Place Team: Paul Antrim, Drake Robinson, John Antrim and Ryan Watts
 
2nd Place Team: Roger Burton, Dave Spenny, Mike Robbins and Doc Blanchard
 
3rd Place Team: Bill Fusco, John Rogers, Ron Hubbard and Tuffy Burton
 
Longest Drive Winners: Kayla Wersal and Mike Robbins
 
Straightest Drive Winners: Karen Maxton and Richard Fryover
 
Putting Contest Winners: Ryan Watts (1st) and Joe Bono (2nd)
 
Closest to Pin Winner: Ron Hubbard
 
 
 
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Joe Garcia Golf Tournament Silent Auction

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The Rotary Club of Blanco County is proud to present the Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament on Jun 7th, 2021 at Vaaler Creek Golf Club, 228 Jeff Vaughn, Blanco, TX. 78606.  Tee-time is 12 noon.

At SILENT AUCTION, there’s much to choose from in the way of gift certificates, gift baskets, clothing, and famous local artist’s renderings, prints, and paintings.  Bidding will open at 11 am and close at 5pm.   Winning bids will be announced during dinner which will be served at 5:30 pm.

During the tournament players’ spouses/and or family members are invited to the Silent Auction to bid in person between 1 pm and 4 pm.   The Auction Committee will also have a dedicated cell phone answered by a live person to take bids over the phone if patrons are unable to attend.  Tracy Barr with the Auction Committee has provided a list of the more popular auction donations listed below. Bids can be made to this number 512-364-1724 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on tournament day.

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Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament Scheduled for June 7, 2021

                       
 
The Joe Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament will be held June 7, 2021 at Vaaler Creek Golf Course in Blanco, TX. Tee time is 12PM. The tournament is a fundraiser sponsored by The Rotary Club of Blanco County and will include lunch, dinner, raffle, and a silent auction.
 

 

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CoAPT, Rotary Partner to provide funds for vape detectors at BHS by Jack Twilley  Jack Twilley 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Gives Back Through "Helping Hands" Program

                      
Rotary Club gives back through ‘helping hands’ program
By Sandy Switzer
 
Ladies of the Rotary Club of Blanco County safely spaced themselves and dressed in masks united to put hygiene kits together for several Blanco County outreach organizations.
Sandy Switzer, who is the hygiene kit project team leader, and Connie Cox, Pat Clewell, Dixie Van Eynde, Jan Gass and Leta Garcia decided to prepare the kits for Blanco County as safely as possible.
The organizations the Rotary Club delivers kits to are: Blanco ISD schools, Johnson City ISD schools, the Community Resource Center in Johnson City and senior living areas.
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Put and end to Polio and COVID-19 by Jerry Gass

For those of us old enough to remember, hearing the word polio brings back major discomfort.   It brings the vision of young children being crippled for life or crying in agony while living in iron lungs.   It was certainly a time of celebration when the Salk vaccine was developed and then widely dispersed.   Since that time, tremendous improvement has occurred in most countries of the world in eradicating polio.
 
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Providing Supplies to CAPRA

Blanco County Rotary is helping supply needed materials as soap, washing supplies,  tooth paste, many hygiene needs to community families. 
We are working with  the Community Resource Center in Johnson City,  Blanco who touches many lives in our community.   Rotarian Patricia Clewell is presenting  kits to the site Coordinator, Dawn CAPRA. 
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The Rotary Club of Blanco County Awards Scholarships by Niki Lockwood

             
 
The Rotary Club of Blanco County recently announced the award of $1000 scholarships to four deserving high school seniors, two from Blanco High School and two from Johnson City High School.  Each school will publicly announce the recipients at an appropriate ceremony of their choosing.  The students will further their education at a university or technical training school.  The students are:
 
-Alvin Lopez and Dooley Smith, JCHS 
-Mitchell Barnett and Adelyn Seymour, BHS
 
The Rotary Board evaluated twelve applicants, six from each school, all of whom were extremely qualified.  The evaluation was based on their academic record, a personal letter to the board, extra-curricular actives, and community service.  The board was impressed by the breadth and depth of each applicant’s credentials.  All were outstanding students in their own right.   They will be introduced to the membership at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1 during a virtual club meeting.
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