Pilot Knob Rotary Serves to Change Lives

2021 Board of Directors (left to right): David Ford, Debbie Wegman, Kathy Glasschroeder, Karen McDaniels, Steve Slabaugh, Jack Kearney, and Dolores Kearney; Not pictured: Randy Sudderth and Liza Larson

Bill Luisi, Endurance Coach for Team in Training at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Karen McDaniels

July marked the beginning of a Rotary new year. Our theme this year is “Serve to Change Lives.” To kick off the year, we installed our new board of directors at a banquet at The Wildhorse Grill. We also installed six new members to our club on July 2.

As our membership grows, we are welcoming new members from Robson Ranch and the surrounding area. We also added members from their homes in Austin, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Even when our members travel, they can still attend our Rotary meeting.

Prudence Mathis from the Nicklas Foundation spoke at our July 9 meeting about the importance of being an organ donor. She shared the story of Second Lieutenant David Nicklas, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, stationed at Randolph Air Force base in San Antonio, who, at the age of 22, was killed in a motorcycle accident. His heart saved the life of Rodney DeBaun. To honor David, Rodney founded The Nicklas Foundation. They provide transportation, housing, and support to the organ donor, the recipient, and their families at no charge.

On July 16, we welcomed Bill Luisi, a coach with the Team in Training program at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Team in Training is the largest charity endurance training program in the world. Coaches prepare athletes (regardless of age or experience) to race in endurance challenges such as marathons. Team in Training athletes have raised more than $1.5 billion to help LLS find cures for blood cancers.

We invite you to attend one of our Rotary Club meetings to hear some extraordinary speakers and to be a part of our service organization. We meet Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at The Wildhorse Grill Board Room. For more information, contact Karen McDaniels at 512-577-6149 or [email protected].