Rotary Club of Dripping Springs

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Dripping Springs

Service Above Self

Mondays at 11:45 AM
Flores Mexican Restaurant
2440 Hwy 290 E
Phone 512-858-2221
Dripping Springs, TX  78620
United States
District Site
Venue Map
April 2017
Club Officers
President Elect
President Elect-Elect
Sargent of Arms
Club Administration
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
Youth Relations
Interact Sponsor
Past President

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Dripping Springs web site.  We invite you to take a look around our site and to find out more about our club and about Rotary International.  If, after considering what we offer you and the community, you would like to look into membership, suggest a project or are interested in speaking for the club, please contact us here.

The Rotary Club is a service organization focusing on local and international needs.  Locally, we have sponsored projects such as:

 * A multi-year character building program at a local elementary school - Early Act First Knight

 * Construction of concession and restroom facilities at the local sports park

 * Construction of therapeutic gardens at a local assisted living facility

 * Construction of picnic area improvements for the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce

 * Supporting the local food bank

 * Helping a local center for disadvantaged youths with repairs and improvements

 * Annual tribute to veterans on Veteran's Day. 

To pay for all of this we raise funds through dues, and various fund raisers.

We meet Monday at noon at Flores Mexican Restaurant, two miles or so east of Dripping Springs on Highway 290..  We conduct club business, have social time for the members and have a wide variety of speakers discussing issues that impact our community, our country, or internationally.

We host several social events as well as fund raising events throughout the year.  All of our activities are open; we have no secrets and we are proud of who we are.  We enjoy our Rotary membership and seek to support our community and the greater good through service.  After all, the motto of Rotary is "service above self," and we seek to embody that.

Stop by, you don't need a reservation, or drop us a note and we will answer any questions about our club.


Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
Home Page Stories

Fire Protection Sales Tax Election:  Deciding the future of your fire protection and emergency medical first-response.

Fire Chief Scott Collard and Assistant Chief Todd Colvin spoke about Proposition 1 on the Ballot that is now open for early voting.  Proposition 1 reads: "The adoption of a local sales and use tax in Hays County Emergency Services District No. 6 at the rate of one-quarter of one percent."
Some interesting facts about Emergency Services District #6:
* They are a political subdivision/taxing entity paid from property tax.
* They are separate (but work together) from ESD #1 which is Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
* All firefighters are also EMS certified
* 2016 saw 233 traffic accident responses on HWY 290; and a total of 2,140 emergency responses with an average 8 minute response time, which is excellent considering the vast territory covered in our area.
* ESD#6 is the 2nd largest in Hays county (behind San Marcos), but covers the largest geographical area
* There are 6 fire stations in our district, 2 are career staffed and 4 are volunteer staffed
* We have 25 Fire Trucks and 90 personnel; of which only 27 are career personnel (paid), the rest are great volunteers
* Volunteers come I and staff 4-5 nights per week
* When responding to a fire outside of the city limits, the fire trucks have to shuttle water
* Federal guidelines require that a 1st alarm structure fire needs 15 people
* They can only bill for services rendered if it is a HAZMAT spill, but there is not really a collection mechanism. They only collect about $20K per year on these types of spill clean-ups.
* $4K is needed for basic gear for 1 single fireman
* The sales tax increase will only apply to areas that are not already at maximum rate allowed by the legislature.  The City of Dripping Springs and the City of Driftwood are already at limit and would not be affected.  The Comptroller projects that the 1/4 of 1% increase in the unincorporated and EJT areas (primarily Hays County ISD) will generate about $160,000 in revenue.
* The City does not pay for ESD#6 services, but does pay when they use the fire department for inspections/code inspections.
Our own Rotarian, Robert Avera is President of ESD #6 Board.  If you have questions, you can reach out to Robert or to Chief Collard at

Dripping Springs Club News



May 1 - Renee Anderson - Synap2it Learning
May 8 - Dave Edwards - TIRZ
May 15 - Sandra Waddle - Essential Oils
May 22 - Jay Siefert - Lone Start Now


June 5 - TBA
June 12 - TBA
June 19 - TBA
June 26 - Chris Johnson - Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Hays County  
Have you ever wondered how authors come up with information for their novels?  Novelist, Ted Strahan share some excellent insight into how he gathers data and creativity in writing his intriguing spy novels.  First Ted shared some tips from the IRS.  One benefit of working at the IRS in the division he is in is that he sees some very interesting names come across his desk and often utilizes parts of them to create great names for his books. 
Some interesting factoids from Ted:
* Central America generates a lot of fake passports
* North Korea only has 300 miles of paved highway - oh and they are crazy
*Putin will always take care of Russia (and himself) first - and so will the US
* Clinton went to Russia as a Rhodes Scholar - the very best 'spy' opportunity
* There are 200,000 FSB (Russian Spies) in Russia
* SVR is the Russian Spy agency out of country
* Russia trusts no one
* Putin was trained by the KGB, he even has his own web page that creates his persona.  Recently he received a doctorate of economics without attending a university.
* The Russians are wonderful bad guys
* The Cubans recruit spies from Ivy League schools
* Most US spies are capitalists - in it for the money
* There is always a little truth in every good spy novel to make it interesting. 
* 20 years ago, Ted wrote about  the middle east and recruiting US home-grown terrorists - who knew it was going to become reality.
* Technology will not keep you safe
* Ted subscribes to Stratfor (Austin based intelligence gathering organization) to gather information about world events and threats.
You can get Ted's books:
The Borisov Dilemma - can be purchased a variety of sources
The Terrorist Mind - can only be purchased on-line
Visit Ted's blog:

"Why Rotary" - the story of Jack Mayo's passion for Rotary