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No-Kill 101 for Animal Shelters

Ask any of the following animal lovers for a 2018 copy of “No Kill 1010 for Animal Shelters:”

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Theodore Roosevelt:  The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.

Leverage every get-acquainted opportunity via sharing your 3 offers & your 3 wishes!



put your organizational contact information at the top:

Join Leaders!  Exchange Ideas!  Take Action!  The Rotary Club of Fredericksburg Morning or visit us on Facebook     #WhereServiceIsFun  #FBGMorning  #1DistrictAllHeart  #District 5840  #District5840PeopleOfAction

Three Offers & Three Wishes

my Wishes:  I wish that

 1.  I could get e-contact information of “everyone” (including Rotary Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotary clubs & Rotary districts; colleges’ & universities’ community outreach & service-learning programs) that coordinate service projects to benefit homeless dogs & cats (e.g., foster homes, food, vaccinations, trap-neuter-return programs; animal / public-health training programs & outreach ideas) – to learn from &/or collaborate with them.

2.   As many Rotaract & Rotary clubs & districts as possible would invite me to give

a.  my hilarious, interactive, Rotary-membership presentation during a weekly meeting or during a Rotary conference or special event.  The title of my presentation is 5+M Rotarians doing even More Good in the World during Rotary’s 2nd Century of Service

b.  my inspiring presentation about why The Rotary Foundation; community, university, college, association & sorority foundations are my charities of choice.

3.  I could pique the curiosity of

a.  community colleges, colleges, universities & public health institutions & their respective associations; non-profit organizations & others – about the $30+K money available for their good causes [academic, research, service-learning, community-outreach; etc. ] through The Rotary Foundation: And ask me about how your Rotary District may help create peace on earth by sponsoring a no-cost “At Large” Rotary Peace Fellow.

2.  folks who might want to invest in great causes in the TX Hill Country

a.  healthy, win-win youth in FBG via basketball courts near the skate park:        or visit our Facebook page

3.  Higher education:


b.  Community Foundation: www.CommunityFoundation.Net

c.  Wolf Creek Camp: providing dyslexic children with individualized tutoring to strengthen language skills & build confidence & enhance


my Three Offers:  I offer to individuals & organizations

1.  To include their Call-To-Action information on my blog that receives 40 visits daily: &/or onto the popular blog

2. To e-forward their invitations or opportunities or resources to my vast resource of e-contacts:  e-lists &/or spreadsheet contact information.

3. To add their e-address(es) to my geographically arranged contact lists … so that I may constantly be of service to them & their good causes.;; 830-990-8101;;  542 Winding Way Court; Fredericksburg, TX  78624-5040



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Doing Good: Growing Local Economies =

Doing Good: Fighting Disease =

Doing Good: Providing Clean Water =

Doing Good: Saving Mothers & Children =

Doing Good: Promoting Peace =


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Be our guest on most (non-holiday) Thursdays, 7a at the Buffalo Nickel Bar & Grill   105 S. Llano in Fredericksburg / south central, TX  — on east side of Llano St. & ½ block south of Main St. / US Hwy. 290.  Llano St. is one block east of Adams St. / SH 16 South


Imagine 2.5+M Rotarians Doing even More Good in the World during Rotary’s 2nd Century of Service!

Q:  Why does Rotary Membership Matter?

A:  because we’re all in this together!*


paraphrased:  IT’S ABOUT TIME by John Denver


There’s a full moon over India and Gandhi lives again

Who’s to say you have to lose for someone else to win?

In the eyes of all the people the look is much the same

For the first is just the last one when you play a deadly game

It’s about time we realize it:  we’re all in this together

It’s about time we find out:  it’s all of us or none

It’s about time we start to face it:  we can’t make it here all alone

There’s a man who is my brother, I just don’t know his name

But I know his home and family because I know we feel the same And it hurts me when he’s hungry and when his children cry

I too am a father and that little one is mine

It’s about time we begin to turn the world around

It’s about time we start to make it the dream we’ve always known   It’s about time, it’s about changes and it’s about time     It’s about peace and it’s about plenty and it’s about time

It’s about you and me [& Rotary] together and it’s about time!

It’s about time!

Fredericksburg, TX: publicize your events on the radio: & 830-997-2197

Fredericksburg, TX: publicize your events on the radio! & 830-997-2197

  1.  Read about event on air as a news/community calendar event

2.  “Talk About the Hill Country” M-F at 10a live.  5-10 minutes:  to highlight things going on in the community and help get the word out.  Free, thanks to paid advertisers / sponsors.

Why God made a dog:

Why God made a dog:

Oprah’s Golden Globes’ acceptance speech: this generation’s version of “I Have a Dream” speech

Oprah Winfrey’s rousing acceptance speech about social values for her Lifetime Achievement Award:

FixFurLife: spay-neuter program in Gillespie County (south central), TX


 Hill Country SPCA, 2981 S Highway 16, Fredericksburg / south-central TX.

The Hill Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HCSPCA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new low-cost spay/neuter/vaccinate program called FixFürLife. FixFürLife will open for business on November 13 & will offer low-cost services for owned pets & donation-based services for community cats (including ferals, strays, barn cats & porch cats).

Thanks to local, caring veterinarians & concerned citizens, FixFürLife’s low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination program offers humane solutions to Gillespie County’s problem of pet overpopulation.

Getting your pet fixed is now easy & cost-effective. Residents of Fredericksburg & Gillespie County can simply request an appointment for their family pets & community cats at the HCSPCA or online at

HCSPCA Executive Director, Elizabeth Loggie commented, “We at HCSPCA are really excited about FixFürLife and are dedicated to its success. As Fredericksburg grows, the need for low-cost spay & neuter services is imperative. With the amount of animal dumping due to unwanted litters in our community, FixFürLife will be the front line to tackle pet overpopulation. This program’s success will directly impact our sheltering system & the health of our community.”

Loggie continued, “We want to thank members of the PAWS Board of Directors for helping us bring this community need to realization.”

To find out more about FixFurLife’s mission and services, to make an appointment for your pet(s) or feral cat colony, to volunteer, or to donate, go to


Spay/Neuter: Good for your pet, good for you & good for our community.


Donate to FixFürLife


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Hill Country Memorial Hospital donation site

To donate to the Malcolm Baldrige award-winning hospital in Fredericksburg, TX: 

& click (for example) Fredericksburg Police Department No Shave November — to support FBG Police Department officers who are supporting those battling cancer.

Connect your international, charitable organization with Rotary International:

Connect your international, charitable organization with Rotary International:

When you partner with Rotary, 1.2 million Rotarians amplify your impact, elevate your brand, advance important causes, improve communities & gain access to global connections.

3 Rotary Clubs in Fredericksburg, TX: Morning, Noon & Night: please visit all three — to decide where you would like to apply for membership.

Mondaysnoon at the United Methodist Church on far north Llano St. — 2 blocks west of the cemetery on the east side of Llano St.  Maria is an honorary member.

 Tuesdays6p at the rear, meeting-area of Western Edge Cellars on the north side of Main St. & 1.5 blocks east of the NE intersection of Milam Ave. & Main St. / US Hwy. 290.

Thursdays6:45a at The Buffalo Nickel, 105 S. Llano St. in downtown FBG:  1/2 block south of Main St. / US Hwy. 290 on the east side of Llano St. (one block east of S. Adams St. / SH 16 South):  park on street or in lot directly west of The Buffalo Nickel.



Take two minutes to read these sayings and be sure to read all the way to the bottom:

Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.  Rooney used to be on 60 Minutes TV show.

I’ve learned that

the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

when you’re in love, it shows.

just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

being kind is more important than being right.

you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in any other way.

no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

life is like a roll of toilet paper.    The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
money doesn’t buy class.
it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
everyone hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned….
That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned that

the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
life is tough, but I’m tougher.
opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned that

a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

… hat the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you:  Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.
It’s National Friendship Week.Show your friends how much you care.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you.

If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends.

Now send this to every friend you have!   And to your family.  This was sent to me by a friend.

Why bother with education?! Education is a powerful passport to your future.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.     Malcolm X

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.     Nelson Mandela

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.   Victor Hugo

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.     Benjamin Franklin

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.     George Washington Carver

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.     William Butler Yeats

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you … grow.     Anthony J D’Angelo


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.     Maimonides

Education is not preparation for life; it is life itself.     John Dewey

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.    William S. Burroughs

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.     Mark Twain








Lubbock & Hill Country AAUW Members, 9-’17


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Viticulture program at TX Tech Univ./ Fredericksburg, TX:


Ed Hellman, Professor of Viticulture, Department of Plant and Soil Science:   806-746-6101

Hurricane: how to help beloved pets, how to donate food & money to help our Houston-area families: humans, canines, felines & more:

Houston-area animal rescue groups that need your financial support

Friends For Life: & Facebook:  look for Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization, Houston. Check out all the animals they are caring for at the George R. Brown Convention Center—a new model for people/animal rescue during emergencies

Montgomery County Animal Shelter:   Facebook – look for Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas. These folks, along with Best Friends, are taking in the animals from Houston shelters throughout the affected areas.

Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project:  Taking care of stray animals affected by Harvey. Their Facebook feed is also posted on this website.

DISASTER AID!  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

LODGING available!  Is there anyone or couple you know who needs place to stay a couple weeks or whatever?  Have guest house. Live out in country 23 miles out of Post / NW Texas near Lubbock. Also have RV hookup. Rotarian Dave Tyler: or 830-990-8101 has lodging in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) for up to six adults &/or children – not for cat-allergic folks, sorry.


PETS!  in the Houston in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) will be taking pet supplies as close as possible to Houston.  Also, you may donate:

  • People can go to FFL’s Facebook page (Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization) to see FFL in action at the GR Brown Convention Center
  • Below is list of items needed per FFL:
    • Kennels and carriers of all sizes
    • Cat food and dog food
    • Collars and leashes
    • Cat and dog beds


FOOD! excellent, high-performance, food-bank for the world: accepting “Harvey” donations (on their front page) to provide food to Houston-area refugees.  I was  a Breedlove board member for 6 yrs. in Lubbock).


MONEY!  Additional, reputable donation sites

from Carol Holmes, Rotary District 5840 Governor / south central Texas:  San Antonio area         Information on Disaster Relief:  …   where anyone & everyone may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Rotary Districts & their contacts:


Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; (Rockport / South TX / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)


Rotary District 5910Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515;  (Palestine / NE TX area)


Rotary District 5890Send checks to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.Palko@Amegybank. (Houston / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)


Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3   Send checks to Rotary District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; (San Antonio, Hill Country / south-central TX Area).   … Continue to keep all the people who have been impacted with this hurricane in your prayers, as we still have a long way to go.  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

Also:;     Although less visible, the Salvation Army is providing massive assistance to evacuees as well.

8-29-’17:  Red Cross reports 17,000 evacuees in TX shelters.  The Houston Convention Center holds 9,000 of them.  All Houston area animal shelters are full.   45 shelters are open in the Houston area, with two more large ones opening soon.  The Dallas Convention Center opened today for 5,000 evacuees.     – National Guard assistance is increasing from 3,500 troops to 10,000 soon.  Assistance from all military branches in surrounding states will total 20,000 to 30,000 troops, plus vehicles and equipment.     Two of the nation’s largest oil refineries are not operating.  Others are affected.     Rainfall from Harvey at 49+ total inches is a new U.S. all-time record.  Several days of this to go.