Mark: Brown Santa makes all the difference to some . . .


Fajita time in the North Fortitude last Friday. With salad and brownies once again. And this even for Rotarians! Wow!

And Prez Lacie arranged for Mark Andrews of the Hays County Sheriff’s Department to come tell us about their Brown Santa program. Mark is a 15-year veteran of po-lice work. He’s a native of Boerne and has also occupied New Braun-fels before finding Heaven here in Hays County. He loves what he does, and he does it well.  Mark told us that Lt. Dennis Gutierrez got Brown Santa started here in Hays County back in the 1980s. At first, he saw what families went though at Christmas when they were truly poor. Then he saw the lights in the kids’ eyes when teddy bears showed up. Then it grew. More variety in what was provided, and more joy on the part of volunteers when they got involved. Originally, only about 40 families received the help. Today it’s closer to 650 families. The volunteers come, buy the goodies, sort out the goodies by family and number of kids, and box it all up for delivery. Notice: it’s not just a bunch of boxes with the same stuff in them. No, each box is specific to each family. The toys are divided up by gender, and the food is allocated according to the number of people

in the home and their preferences for what to eat. Ham and turkey are sup-plied (drool . . .) along with other stuff based on past requests and thanks.

So if we want to volunteer to help, we sure can. We can see the joy, the love, the satisfaction that blesses us when we help others. We can be a real Santa Claus in someone else’s life.

Of course, there are spaghetti lunches to raise money, and opportu-nities to contribute. Brown Santa is in the old Springtown Center, Suite 401, this year. You can also get rid of old toys and other still-useful stuff there. Brown Santa also collects stuff in Dripping Springs and Buda. And de-livery this year is on December 17th. Mark says it’s a "chaotic event."

Wendell visited from Wednesday, Mark came down from Kyle, and Chandler brought wife Anne. And Liann came from RotarAct once more.



Notes and Quotes

He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone. Jesus

Who shall guard the guardians themselves? Juvenal

The more the change, the more it is the same thing. Alphonse Karr

What is honored in a country shall be cultivated there. Plato

And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? The Bible

Those who not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

Executives & Directors
December 16, 2016
You might be a Redneck if...


You’ve ever hit a deer with your car—deliberately.

Your school fight song was "Dueling Banjos."

You think a chain saw is a musical instrument.

You’ve ever given rat traps as gifts.

You clean your fingernails with a stick.

Your coffee table used to be a cable spool.

You keep a can of RAID on the kitchen table.

Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.

Your mother has "ammo" on her Christmas list.



Penalty Box

Beginning on September 2, we are going to penalize anyone $1 who doesn’t wear their name tag at the meetings. This should help us to get to know each other, and be especially helpful to new members as our Club grows.

Wise Crackers...

Don’t ridicule your employees. If they were perfect, you’d be working for them.

A fool and his money are soon elected.

What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.

A Bath Mat is a little, dry rug that dripping children stand alongside of.

A Housing Development is a place where they cut down all the trees and name the streets after them.

Experience is something you don’t get until after you need it most.

It’s called "take-home pay" because you can’t afford to go anywhere else with it.

Land Developers are those who want to build cabins in the woods this year, while Conservationists are those who built theirs last year.


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What is a Paul Harris Fellow?
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 
The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 
Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 
Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 
At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  
The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.  
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