Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons.  Fred also led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.
 
President Fred recognized our speaker and visitors today: 
Our speaker, Sarah Fleming is GM of Class AXE and Great Room Escape
Kris Richter, son of Bruce & Gloria Richter
Robert Allen, guest of Brett Ward
Ken Ruiz, who recently moved back to San Antonio from Florida, is visiting with us again.  Ken is a former member of our Club.
 
Welcome , guests! Please come back any time and enjoy lunch and fellowship with us again soon!
Senior Wedding at the Villages in Florida
 
Two very active seniors (Jacob, age 92, and Mariam, age 89), living at 'The Villages' in Florida, are all excited about their decision to get married.  They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore and they decide to go in. 
Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?"
The pharmacist answers, "Yes."
Jacob: "We're about to get married.  Do you sell heart medication?"
Pharmacist: "Of course we do."
Jacob: "Medicine for circulation?"
Pharmacist: "All kinds."
Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?"
Pharmacist: "Definitely."
Jacob: "How about suppositories and medicine for impotence?"
Pharmacist: "You bet!"
Jacob: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis and Alzheimer's?"
Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."
Jacob: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"
Pharmacist: "Absolutely."
Jacob: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"
Pharmacist: "We sure do."
Jacob: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?"
Pharmacist: "All speeds and sizes."
Jacob: "Adult diapers?"
Pharmacist: "Sure, how can I help you?"
Jacob: "We'd like to use this store as our Bridal Registry."
 
National What Day
National Nothing Day
National Without a Scalpel Day
National Fig Newton Day
National Religious Freedom Day
 
This Day in History
1919 Congress outlaws alcohol
1938 Benny Goodman brings Jazz to Carnegie Hall
1945 Hitler descends into his bunker for 105 days and then commits suicide
2013 Pauline Phillips dies at age 94. She was Dear Abby for more than 40 years.
Rick Tarbell won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $800 pot. Unfortunately he drew the 4 of diamonds. Since there are no losers at Oak Hills Rotary Club, Rick took home a bottle of white wine.
The second ticket drawn was owned by Gloria Richter.  She took home a bottle of red wine.
 
Wine for the month of January has been provided by Gloria Richter.  Thank you Gloria!
 
 
Bruce Richter shared a story from the January 2019 Rotary Magazine called "Fight for Families on the Border."
Author: Ruby Powers, Rotary E-Club, Houston
Author Background: Immigration lawyer familiar with detention facilities, experience in immigration and asylum law (10 years experience), speaks Spanish.
Rotary Experience:
  • While her parents lived in Mexico, her mother was an American missionary.
  • Grew up in Mexico, Texas and Missouri
  • Joined Interact in High School
  • Was Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Belgium
  • Ambassadorial Scholar in Barcelona, Spain (where Bruce and Gloria visited on their trip in October)
 
Support Effort Given:
  • Provided pro bono legal support
  • Spoke to 4 moms, 7 dads over 2 day visit to Port Isabel Detention Center
  • Offered understanding and advice for "credible fear" interview.
  • Some parents already deported without separated children.
  • Some parents waived their rights to reunification without understanding what was happening.
Read more about this article here:  Rotarian Magazine Stories
The umbrella for January & February is owned by Ken Ruiz, a former member of our club.  He brought his New Member book when he joined Oak Hills Rotary. He shared the story of the beginning of our club: "On October 27, 1977, Jack Davis of Hamilton Bermuda, signed the official charter for the San Antonio Oak Hills Rotary Club. W. Jack Davis, serving as President of Rotary International, through a stroke of his pen, officially declared that the San Antonio Oak Hills Rotary Club was a member club of Rotary International and that the individuals listed on the charter could henceforth be call "Rotarians."" "The accomplishments of this club have made a difference in the community, in the member's vocations, and in various parts of the world." Ken gave paperweights for everyone with End Polio Now tiles set in travertine.
Roger Thompson confessed that he was missing his pin.
 
Destiny Mujica confessed that she missed a lot of meetings while working on the Earn a Bike Christmas 2018 project. President Fred invited Destiny to share with us about the 2018 project.  She said that 500 students from 7 campuses were contacted - 300 registered and 200 students showed up to the event.  This was the biggest event to date. The program begins in September and the program runs for 8 weeks. The students learn about bicycle safety and maintenance.The program requires improved attendance and decreased negative behaviour. The schools involved benefit with improved performance metrics. She also shared that grants are necessary to support the program. Several grants were awarded due to Destiny's grant writing skills. Destiny shared that the current Executive Director, Christian is stepping down to focus on his for profit business and that she has been approved as the new Executive Director.
Destiny, we applaud all your hard work for the community and to make a difference in the lives of children.  You are living the model of "Service Above Self" as a Rotarian. We are so pleased that you chose to join Oak Hills Rotary Club! We look forward to hearing about your successes in the coming year.
 
 
We didn't know what to AXE-pect with today's speaker.  Sarah Fleming, GM of Class AXE Room Escape shared with us about this new form of entertainment. Sarah was armed not only with 2 actual axes but also good sense of humor and an abundance of puns.  The AXE Room Escape is located behind Sunset Station at Houston St. & Chestnut.  Reservations are recommended. It is a range where the participants are taught how to throw an axe at a target. Sarah shared with us that this is more for entertainment rather than competition. Many companies use this venue as a team building exercise.  Cost is $32 for an 1-1/2 hour experience and it is BYOB. Sarah offered share her AXE-perienced throwing technique to one of our members.  Rick Tarbell gamely volunteered...AXE-dently I believe....We are AXE-ually relieved to report that no axes were actually thrown during this demonstration and we were not in fear for our lives.  Click HERE to find out more....
Volunteers Needed!  Allyson Hamlin has lined up some great volunteer opportunities for us!
Kendall County Robotics Club  Last year members of the club along with Kathleen Gately gave a presentation during our meeting.  The students even brought their robots to demonstrate their awesome skills! The club is in need of judges this year. Several of us are planning to volunteer and judge the skills of these amazing students. More info soon!
We are shooting for the High School Robotics on January 26. Time is from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake University.
 
 
Basura Bash 2019 Feb 16 We will need to register soon!  Eight of our members volunteered last year and so far we have 10 signed up!  Bruce has a plan to explore local cuisine to reward ourselves for all our hard work!  Registration and breakfast from 8 - 9 a.m. and runs till around noon.
You can either sign up for either or both of these at our next meeting or let Mary know!
 
 
 
President Fred closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
 
"Bring someone to Rotary Bring a friend to rotary. we all need to eat lunch, why not enjoy it with Rotarians and learn something interesting during one of our programs."
 
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