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Kerrville, TX 78028
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Club News
On Tuesday November 16, Donna Ragsdale and Kenneth O’Neal delivered canned goods to Veterans Center for Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 18. Food was collected for three weeks by the students and families of the Ingram Independent School System.  
Blessings to all. 
Happy Thanksgiving 🦃
On Oct 28th,  David Jones, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at TIVY High School spoke to our club.   After his motivating speech Kenneth O'Neal wrote this article for The Kerrville Daily Times it appeared the Thursday November 4, 2021 edition  (page 4A)..   Thank you David!!

Last week, David Jones, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at TIVY High School, Kerrville, Texas spoke at Morning Rotary with a record of won 1 lost 7. Coach Jones has been directly responsible for the success of a football team and on a more personal basis for each player on the team for more than 40 years. He has devoted his life to teaching others about character, cooperation and winning. He has a firm hold on the knowledge for building and sustaining successful athletic programs especially football at the high school level. Over the years, he has worked with players with the least ability and those with the most skill and talents.  He brought out the best of them with his extensive experience, his knowledge and the love of the game. He has handled many difficult situations, injuries to players, deaths in the families of players and scrutiny from administration, parents of players and the public.
At the beginning, the goal was not to have a losing season. Playing the game of football and the game of life requires the buy in of the players as the team. The initial step in the game is to obtain self-awareness to create personal change, personal development and personal growth. The second step is to come face to face with the truth about life to make better choices on the field.  Thirdly, the players must discover how to move from selfish to selflessness.  And finally, step number four is to understand the most significant item in winning the game of life is to realize and make it all about serving others.

Our Creator is most happy when His children are helping and serving His other children to problem solve. We are in this game of life to create an Intentional Legacy where the foundational principles are left in the souls and hearts of mankind.  In 100 years, we will not be questioning the won lost record of Coach David Jones. How many young men and young women heard him tell of his faith in God?  How many serious injuries of players did Coach Jones cry and pray for healing? How many wedding announcements did Coach Jones receive and how many little boys are named “David” because of his impact on the player. Coach David Jones makes a difference and is a life changer with significant purpose. Tivy lost the game on Friday that would have put the team in the playoffs.  Head coach Jones spoke emotionally of the player feelings after the loss, “I hate it for these kids; they have been through a lot; they have been through a whole lot.  They deserve better than that, and I am sincerely sorry for the outcome.” We love to win and be successful in football but the true character of a coach in life is shown in how he loses. No regrets, no blaming others, outpouring of heart felt gratitude and loving God and others.

In the game of football and in the game of life, It appears to me there are more than 2500 winning lives with minimal losses for Coach David Jones.
Kerrville Morning Rotary recently awarded two, $1,500 scholarships to local students; one from Tivy High School and one from Ingram Tom Moore High School. Scholarship Committee Chair, Bob Green, said, “It’s encouraging to see such qualified candidates.” 
(L-R) Front Row:  CWJC Executive Director Ann Buck; CWJC Interns Jamie Dean, Cheryl Castleberry, and Victoria Goforth; and Morning Rotarian Waverly Jones.  Back Row:  CWJC Assistant Director Edna Vandiver; Morning Rotarians Nancy Riley and Ray Buck; CWJC Interns Linda Lewis, Alyssa Bill, and Vianey Cisneros; Morning Rotarians Kenneth O’Neal and Mike Hunter; and CWJC Board Director Kellie Early.
The Rotary Club of Kerrville-Morning (Morning Rotary) recently awarded $2,000 to the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Kerr County (CWJC) to fund computer upgrades. Morning Rotarian and Club Treasurer, Waverly Jones, initiated a successful district grant request for $1,000 which was matched by Morning Rotary.
Pictured from left, Anne Overby, Arcadia Theatre Chief of FUNraising, Bill Sharp, Rotarian and Laurie Rees, Aracadia volunteer coordinator.  Ms. Overby and Ms. Rees updated the Morning Rotary on the events and future plans at the Arcadia Theatre.
Rotarian Dan Dixon (center) donates his winnings from the Rotary drawing to Meals for Vets Program Director Mike Cagle (right) while President-Elect Kenneth O'Neal looks on.
In an ongoing effort to give back to those who selflessly gave to us through their military service, The Rotary Club of Kerrville (Morning Rotary) provided deer hunts for veterans this past month, thanks to the philanthropy of Morning Rotarian Randy McClay.
Randy McClay, owner of MC2 Ranch in Kerrville, donated whitetail deer hunts for two veterans. Unfortunately, one recipient had to cancel, but Army veteran, Tony Straube was on hand to hunt.
In the words of McClay, “It was a great afternoon with Tony Straube, hunt guide Bill Owen, and myself. Tony arrived around 3:15 p.m. He got his .243 rifle ready and we headed for the shooting range…”
Randy McClay spotting for Tony Straube as he sights in his rifle. Above
Tony Straube hunting from deer blind. Below
L-R): Ingram Tom Moore High School Interact Club members; Cayleigh Palm, Chelsea Parks, and Walker Ragsdale. Members not pictured include Cassidy Tedeschi, Nikkie Dillard, Samantha Sollers, Cody Miller, Ana Harvey, Madison Davis, and Fortima Martinez.
TheIngram Tom Moore High School Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kerrville-Morning (Morning Rotary) conducted a Coins for Christmas fundraising drive during the holidays. Donna Ragsdale, in addition to being a Morning Rotarian, serves as an Ingram Tom Moore teacher, coach, and the Interact Club sponsor. “We collected about 50 dollars in pennies, dimes, nickels, and quarters. It was great to watch students walk by the donation table and drop in their change. The money collected was given to our school counselor who then gave the donations to a couple of our Ingram community families in need for the holidays,” said Ragsdale.
(L-R): Rotarian Nancy Riley; Doyle School Community Center facility manager, Lois Shaw; Rotarians Drew Whitehead and Ray Buck; Doyle School Community Center community outreach coordinator, Clifton Fifer, Jr.; Rotarians Waverly Jones; Lew McCoy; Bart Stevens; Randy McClay; Taylor Finley; Danielle Brigatti; Mike Hunter; and, Frank Dunlap.
(L-R): Morning Rotarian Lew McCoy; Caryn Talarico, KSHVSC community relations director; and, Morning Rotarians Kenneth O’Neal and Waverly Jones.
The Rotary Club of Kerrville - Morning (Morning Rotary) ends this pandemic-influenced year by sharing the Christmas spirit with several organizations including the Kerrville State Hospital, Christian Women’s Job Corps, and the Doyle School Community Center.
After cancelling the Christmas party this year, Morning Rotary opted to continue gift-giving with the Kerrville State Hospital Volunteer Services Council (KSHVSC) by providing gifts for 25 patients at the Kerrville State Hospital. The KSHVSC is a non-profit organization that helps provide for the needs of Kerrville State Hospital patients when those items can’t be purchased with state funding, such as Christmas gifts. Morning Rotarian Waverly Jones coordinated with Caryn Talarico, KSHVSC community relations director, to develop the wish list for 25 patients with a $25 limit per patient. Requested gifts were purchased and if the cost of the gift was less than $25, cash was added to the gift for the patient to spend as desired.
Morning Rotarians Donna Ragsdale and Frank Dunlap doing their part to spread Christmas joy.
Amy Reno encourages her children, James and Joseph, to put money in the red kettle for those less fortunate.
This past week, the Rotary Club of Kerrville - Morning (Morning Rotary) served the Salvation Army in their Red Kettle Campaign. Fifteen Morning Rotarians took turns ringing the bell for a total of nine hours.
In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee launched the Red Kettle Campaign to collect funds in order to feed the hungry in San Francisco on Christmas Day. Little did he know that his idea would become a tradition that would spread throughout the United States and the world. Globally, contributions to Salvation Army red kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.
Morning Rotarians sorting and packing backpacks for middle school and high school girls. Waverly Jones, Treasurer, and club IT specialist is capturing the action via ZOOM for members and guests not participating in person.
L-R: Morning Rotarian and ITM Principal Justin “Critt” Crittenden; Ingram Interact Club members Walker Ragsdale and Samantha Sollers; and, Morning Rotarian and ITM teacher Donna Ragsdale display a completed backpack to be delivered, along with the others, to the ITM counselor.
The Rotary Club of Kerrville - Morning (Morning Rotary) recently had a lot of fun serving as Santa’s helpers. Rotarians assembled 32 backpacks for Ingram Middle School and Ingram Tom Moore (ITM) boys and girls. “Shoppers” Jon Tilley and Taylor Finley bought items for the boys while Nancy Riley purchased items for the girls. Each backpack contains 15-20 personal care items, some “fun stuff” and either cash or a gift certificate to McDonalds. The stylish backpacks were donated by the Rick Ragsdale Family and Ingram Interact Club. The ITM counselor will distribute the backpacks for Christmas as appropriate.
“This type of service project is what makes Kerrville and Rotary special to me. This small act of caring, leveraged with generosity from other local organizations, contributes to building our community. It creates and nurtures relationships, making all of us better,” said Ray Buck, Morning Rotary President.   
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