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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:

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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








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Community Visioning Project

Government Committee Meeting

Fredericksburg City Hall Meeting Room – Law Enforcement Building

on the south side of Main Street / US Hwy. 290 East

Fredericksburg, Texas

Tues., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:30p–7:15p

Please mark your calendars in order to actively participate in our next meetings at the Fredericksburg City Council Room of the Law Enforcement Building

Tuesdays:  Sept. 26, Oct. 10 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21; Dec. 5 & 19. All meetings begin at 5:30p & will last no more than 75 min.

Attendance: Co-Chairs:  Alice White & Brian Vorauer; Committee Members:  Bob Bates, Bob Hickerson, Bryan Benway, Clinton Bailey, Della Zey, Donnie Schuch, Ernie Loeffler,  Ken Carr, Kyle Biedermann, Mo Saiidi, Polly Rickert, Rose Marie Mransek, Tim Lemert & others on attendance list.

Brian Vorauer welcomed all & suggested some working agreements to ensure effectiveness & efficiency of all meetings:  keep comments succinct (no more than 2 min., please), allow others to share their perspectives; stay focused on the topics within our agenda, aspire to attain consensus — in order to prioritize issues on the Government-Committee matrix; & keep our short-term goal in sight:  our dynamic, visionary Dec. 2017 report with can-do recommendations.

Prioritization matrix:  to help us thoughtfully rank our priorities, direction & year-end recommendations (see Matrix, attached, for committee ranking of various issues; note that some issues have comments in lieu of numerical ranking)

Summary of discussions

  • Eliminate items from matrix – that are being addressed by other Visioning committees or that are already being handled by the city or county
  • Harvest “low-hanging fruit” – focus on resolution of issues that are more likely to be easily & quickly resolved
  • Collaborate with other organizations & entities – let competent, trusted, action-oriented organizations / entities take responsibility for designated issues within their respective sphere(s) of influence
  • Envision the “look” of Main Street — after the by-pass, relief-route is completed & the County Court House is re-located: is the enlarged MarktPlatz the largest, friendliest market square in Texas?  In the US?
  • Government Committee will be asked to help the City-County partnership – by advocating / announcing / marketing support for the bond issue that allows for the decades’-long awaited highway by-pass / relief route — to eliminate lethal, high-density traffic forced to travel through downtown Fredericksburg
  • RoseMarie Mazanke agreed to facilitate e-notification to all Visioning Committees about a Gillespie County Court House / PowerPoint slide-show presentation provided by the Houston-based consultant — about proposed location(s) of the Gillespie County Court House … important in the planning of MarketPlatz / current County Court House area as an eventual site for festivals (after the by-pass / relief route guides today’s downtown through traffic away from downtown FBG):  closing both sides of Main St. for festivals; having pedestrian zones with no vehicles; more events at Gillespie County Fair Grounds


for Committee Members’ consideration – to include in our Dec. 2017 report


Vision Statement   Fredericksburg:  an oasis of celebration, innovation & excellence!

 Mission Statement?  emerging from our Matrix-focused decisions?

 Operating Agreements by Tom Musselman

            The City of Fredericksburg will update its Comprehensive Plan on a regular basis. As a living document, the Comprehensive Plan serves as the statement of policy and priority that guides the City in their consideration of development proposals and investment in capital improvements. The Comprehensive Plan will be developed by City staff and stakeholders in the community and will be a statement of direction for the decisions that help achieve the desired community future.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with other organizations and stakeholder groups to enhance the reputation of the Texas Hill Country as a destination for tourism, business, and homeownership.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with other organizations and stakeholder groups to diversify the region’s economic base to include tourism and ecotourism, entrepreneurship, and retirement living.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with businesses and stakeholder groups to work to keep communication infrastructure up to date and accessible to its residents and business community.

             Citizens of Fredericksburg recognize that successful cities plan for the future and continually develop, update, and fund the City’s infrastructure.         Identifying infrastructure needs is the job of the City Manager, assisted by City Staff department heads, under the direction of the Mayor and the Fredericksburg City Council. A city’s infrastructure binds the City together with a shared sense of community.

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.

600M stray dogs need you: & 954-933-6066 &

600 MILLION Stray Dogs Need You:; 954-933-6066 &

Global project to end animal suffering & death.

The animal over-population challenge & solutions … by the numbers:

3 billion = estimated number of street puppies born each year.

600 million = estimated number of adult street dogs who struggle to survive every day

55,000 = number of people who die each year form rabies, mostly from stray dogs

100 = number of birth-control pills, drugs & formulas that already exist

50 = number of years that killing & surgery have been the main methods used to control global dog populations.

30 = number of years that birth-control pills for dogs have existed but not been made available.

20 = number of years that commercially produced birth-control dog food has existed but not been made available.

10 = Number of years a single birth-control injection can work in an animal.

8 = Number of animal species the contraceptive GonaCon is already known to work on.

2 = Number of methods used to control street dog populations:  killing & surgery.

ONE! = The number that really counts … the number of people it takes to change the world:  YOU!

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get the job done! & 954-933-6066

OUR MISSION    Our mission is to use science to end the killing of homeless dogs and cats by ending the overpopulation problem, by developing Spay and Neuter Cookies … food that will only need to be eaten one time to spay a stray.  Our approach … Read more





Inspiring Websites from “The Passion Test” by Attwood & Attwood

Take what you like & leave the rest (copy & paste into your browser, if any links, below, don’t instantly connect to the your chosen Website; or use “Google” to find most up-to-date links): & to take the Passion Test: & to access the e-book: or become a certified Passion Test facilitator:

I participated in two “Money & You” 3-day, intensive experiences & highly recommend the wisdom, focus & power of the dynamic learning:;

Additional resources for your consideration:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

from “Passion Test” contributor-authors:;;

Read interviews of folks, whose remarks are included in “The Passion Test” book:;;;;;;;;;;;

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$upport public broadca$ting

Public Broadcasting System / PBS stations are blown away by the support we get from our community, & the stories we tell of all the amazing people who live here. Thank you for making it happen! As a national system of public broadcasters, we are resolved to continue telling powerful stories of our local communities, while being responsible stewards of the faith & trust you put in us with your financial support.

Whenever the United States Congress debates a new budget, financial support for Public Broadcasting System is more important than ever! We need your financial support to continue the great work you know & love & to send a message to our US Congress that the public / private relationship of PBS & National Public Radio is something you value as an investment as a US citizen. The conversation in Washington about what’s important for our budget reminds me of the story when Ken Burns showed his great Civil War documentary at the White House. After the screening US President Reagan put his hands on Ken’s shoulders & said, “We need more public / private investments like PBS, where federal dollars are combined with private donations to maximize impacts & create great content like your film.”

  US President Reagan was right, with $1.35 from each taxpayer a year, combined with your generous financial support, we create thousands of minutes of content that educates, enlightens & explores our community & our world for stories that speak to the best of humanity. We need your financial & vocal support of public broadcasting.  Visit for our pledge schedule & pledge items.

Also, go to for tools on emailing your lawmakers, social media images to share & show your support, as well as information about the important role public broadcasting plays in American society.  Thank you, it is because of your generous support that we can continue this timeless & ever-important mission.

Paul Allen Hunton, General Manager, Texas Tech Public Media

at-large Rotary Peace Fellow: annually at no cost to Rotary District(s)

“at-large” Peace scholar @ no cost to your Rotary District:

If you are interested in your Rotary district’s sponsoring a Peace Fellow scholar or if you are interested in applying to become a Rotary Peace Scholar yourself:  contact The Peace Center at Rotary International:  Laureen Pugliese   #847 424-5364 or

If your Rotary District is willing to sponsor Peace Fellow(s) at no cost to your district, tell Laureen that your Rotary district is interested in accepting “At large” Rotary Peace Fellow candidate(s).  All-applicants’ deadline is July 1.  They then will send you e-mails (usually late May & June) asking if you will take a particular candidate as each Peace Fellow applicant needs a Rotary District endorsement.  At that time, you start “mentoring” the candidate in preparation for an interview (usually done by Skype) & endorsement by your Rotary District.   All the information you need is online & there are a number of Rotary Webinars (I will send you the links) about how to handle this.  Google:  Rotary Peace Fellow applicant information, & it will call up all sorts of things.  The supplement is full of information.

I need to warn you that this is a LOT of work.  It took me all of May & June working many hours (even with a committee to help) to get through 5 applicants.  They come from all over the world.  Some have never received any help in doing their resume or writing essays.  Some have limited English which is why they have to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to test their English:  they must have a certain score to be accepted at the Rotary Peace Centers.

Rotary International does an initial screening to see if they have 5 years of work or volunteer work in Peace & Conflict before sending them on.  We in the district really have most of the work to make sure they have all application materials in order & all the district endorsements (for or against) are in by July 1. After you read everything & take the Webinars, contact & she will be glad to discuss & respond to questions you may have.