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An official publication of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

Kerrville Area

Business Issue 17 | february 2011

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Kerrville Area

Business FEBRUARY 9

Member To Member Discounts

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Editor’s Note & Chairman’s Corner

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New Members, Renewals, Anniversaries

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What’s the Point? Background Checks by Dr. Brad Zirkel OTD

Director’s Profile: Ellen Williams Senior Directors of Advanced Academics, KISD

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Give & Tax A Significant Estate Planning Opportunity by Gary Davidson

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Business Barometer

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February Calendar

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Eye on the Sky with Joe Kennedy of Kerrville Aviation by Mary Lee Gowland

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Member Spotlight: Debbie Minns, KACC

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Many Happy Returns Finding a Qualified Tax Preparer by Angela W. Bailey, CPA

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An official publication of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce PUBLISHER Morgan Schooley morgan@mykerrvile.org

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By the time you read this, I will have started my new position with the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. The time we spent together from when I started with the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce to leaving…it went by so fast. My first thought is to thank all of the chairs of the Board of Directors during my tenure with the chamber. Harold Wilson, Greg Shrader, Beverly Buffington, B.K. Cody, Steve Chapman, Trevor Hyde, Joe Herring, Jr. and current chair, Bob Waller…thank you for your leadership, direction and passion for the community. To all of the women and men who have served on the Board of Directors…and there have been a tremendous number who have given of their time so selflessly over the past seven years, thank you. To all of the wonderful people who have served on our committees…Bethlehem in the Hills, Springtime Splendor, Sandbagger’s Open, Sesquicentennial Celebration, James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic, Dancing With The Kerrville Stars…and so many others, thank you. Roger Tedford and Rhonda McGinnis…two KISD educators who never wavered in their passion for bringing students and businesses together. Rhonda…you are a treasure to the Chamber and to your profession. Thank you for leading our Education committee; you’ve had a hand in growing the annual Job Shadowing program to the point where this year, 164 students will be participating. Under your guidance, we’ve added a 7th, 8th & 9th Grade Career Expo as well as a 6th Grade Speaker’s Event…and the annual New Teacher Welcome Bags continue to amaze those educators new to the community. One of my passions over the past seven years has been

“Until we meet again, my friend”…much more appropriate than ‘goodbye’. I am sad to see Brian Bondy leaving the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce and heading up I-35 to San Marcos. There is no question that their gain is our loss. A little over seven years ago I was on the search committee for a new Chamber Executive after Sherry Cunningham resigned. We looked at a lot of qualified individuals and we made our offer to Brian to take us into the future. What a great job he has done in that regard. Brian used the foundation that Sherry had put in place so well, built on it, and took us to the next level. He also brought some great assets with him in addition to his experience and his driving desire to be a true professional…his wife Jean and their two daughters. Jean Bondy heads up the Development Office at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic High School where their two daughters were and are model students. The whole family became a part of our community and worked with Brian to move our community ahead. Brian will be leaving a long list of accomplishments behind

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the growth and improvement of Leadership Kerr County. From Brenda Thompson, Robin Gutierrez, Darlene Bannister, Diane Stern, Theresa Sherman and others to Linda Somerville, Scott Rain, Kurt Schlunegger, Liz Murray, Kyle Bond, Tim Lidiak, Cheri Lucas and so many more, 26 years of Leadership Kerr County have come and gone. And key to the whole program is an incredible partnership with Dr. Tim Summerlin and Schreiner University. It’s a relationship that I’ll treasure for many years to come and a program I hope to duplicate in my new home. To all of the wonderful Chamber volunteers who were here when I started; to Guy Overby, JoAnn Kampf, Laura Forsyth, Debbie Caulkins, Katchen Benak, Leah Clayton and Sandy Humphrey…all people who have been a part of the past seven years…thank you for your time, talents and energy while being a part of the chamber. And finally, to the real heroes…the ones who do the work behind the scenes and stand back so I can take the stage…Dora Gonzalez who has made sure that the books of the organization are in tip-top shape for over 16 years; Kristan Craddock who has mastered the art of event planning and implementation and has broadened the events to reach out to even more people; Susan Rogers who has grown and improved the education committee, the mixers and luncheons and so much more…always with a smile; and Barbara Allerkamp—although relatively new to the staff starting this past April—a constant voice and willing hand and a smile to visitors stopping by the offices…to you, I raise my glass and Thank You! God Bless Kerrville…It’s All Right Here.

Brian Bondy President Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce kerrvilletx.com

as he makes this career move. The Chamber’s Annual Banquet has continued to be the ‘cornerstone’ event each year and has grown to over 600 guests. The Education Committee has done a stellar job in coordinating the annual Career Fair, the B.T. Wilson Career Day which exposes 6th graders to career options, and the Job Shadowing project that gives sophomores, juniors, and seniors from area high schools the opportunity to spend time in a business they think they would like to pursue. Brian helped put together what is now one of the state’s largest amateur golf tournaments...The James Avery Hill Country Classic, which brings a lot of people to our community. We have begun our search for Brian’s replacement, and there will be some big shoes left to fill. The entire Board of Directors, the staff and I wish only the best for Brian, Jean and the girls. Maybe he will agree to come back at some point as Sonny Bono and do an encore of ‘You’ve Got Me Babe’ with Cher, who we lovingly know as Carrie Overby. Thanks again Brian for all you brought to our community from Aransas Pass seven years ago...and thanks for the memories we will cherish. God bless. Bob Waller Chairman of the Board Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce


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New members, anniversaries & renewals

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Braun, Peggy, CPA, PC 950 Jefferson St. Kerrville TX, 78028 830 257-2151 peggy@brauncpa.net Accountants, Certified Public

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Fine Art Life Gallery Don & Teresa Baker 211E Old Ingram Loop Ingram TX, 78025 830 285-3467 bridge@ktc.com www.fineartlife.com Galleries, Artist

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Hill Country Scents Debra Lenard 560 Overhill Dr. Kerrville TX, 78028 830 370-4579 debralenard@yahoo.com Home Accents, Gifts

Snippers Hair Salon Tracie Fox 835 Junction Hwy. Kerrville TX, 78028 830 895-3288 snippers@ktc.com www.snippershairsalon.com Beauty Salons

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Huser Construction Company, Inc. Ingram Oaks Retirement Park James Avery Craftsman, Inc. JCGraphix Jesko & Steadman Kairos/The Celebration Barn Inc. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, Inc. Kerrville Auto Body, Inc. Kerrville Public Utililty Board LeMeilleur’s RV, Truck & Equipment Repair Corp. MG Building Materials, Inc. MagEyes, Inc Main Street Dry Cleaning & Laundry Co. Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. Medical Arts Imaging, Inc. National Car Rental

Painted Horse Bed & Breakfast, The Harford & Harriet Powel Rio Bonito Ranch River Hills Mall Walter & Barbara Schellhase Schilling Overhead Door Co. Sentimental Journey Orchestra, The Special Opportunity Center Steele Ranch T & N Insulation Tenery Equipment Co. Texas Hunt Lodge Texas Tree Service Three Hills Mobile Home Park Ultrafit Resort Waltonia Lodges on the River Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center

member anniversaries - Thank you for 5+ years! Member 25+ Years Cecil Atkission Motors - Kerrville Dairy Queen - River Oaks Dub & Raye Haney H & F Trophies Hill Country Dist. Jr. Livestock Show Hilltop Village Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Kerrville Aviation Kerrville Board of Realtors, Inc. McBryde Oil Company Tenery Equipment Co.

Member 20+ Years Books To Share Davidson Freedle Espenhover & Overby, P.C. Kerrville Public Utility Board Kerrville State Hospital Y.M.C.A. - Kerr County 12 | FEBRUARY 2011

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Member 10+ Years A3 Studio Aqua Beverage Co./ Ozarka Water Community Education of KISD Days Inn of Kerrville Hill Country Lighting Center, Inc. Hurlbert, Sidney C. JCGraphix Jewish Community of the Hill Country

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The agency that employed the worker was found liable for 40% of damages because it reportedly failed to conduct a background check despite the worker’s disclosure of a prior burglary conviction. A background check would have also revealed the worker was previously fired from another agency.”2 Furthermore, it should be noted that, “employers have lost more than 79% of negligent hiring cases and settlements average $1.6 million.”2 Finally, consumers have become more diligent in identifying quality companies with reputable employment practices, thus more reputable employees and services. Regardless of business size or industry, we have found that consumers are becoming more reliant on clear evidence of performance and professionalism. For a relatively small investment in a company, through quality background checks, the overall benefits can be exponential. 1 Carmichael, E. (2010). The True Cost of Employee Turnover. 2 Keller, S. (2004). Employee Screening: A Real-World Cost/Benefit Analysis. Journal of Risk Management.


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ellen Kerrville Independent School District Senior Director, Advanced Academics Family: Married, with two children: Trey and his wife, Sandy, who live in Wylie, TX and a daughter, Sarah, in Houston, TX Education: B.S. from Texas A&M University, Masters of Education from the University of St. Thomas

On growing up, name one lesson you were taught as a child that sticks with you today: I was raised in a ranching family in San Angelo, Texas. My father, a retired colonel in the US Army, has been a lifelong rancher in West Texas. We raised both cattle and sheep on ranches in Schleicher and in Upton County. When I was little, I loved going to the ranch and helping when they sheared sheep. The shearers would throw the wool into a burlap bag and my job was to stomp it down tight until the bag was full. It was smelly, dirty work and I loved every minute of it. My father taught me the value of being an honorable person and the value of perseverance. He never gave up on anything he wanted to accomplish.

Name one mentor and one way he/she has affected you? Dr. Terry Bradshaw was a brilliant professor at the University of St. Thomas. He inspired me to get my master’s in gifted education and to become an advocate for gifted and talented education programs. I believe that everyone should be challenged every day to learn something new and reach his or her own potential.

On your job, What are your responsibilities and how are you taking the district in new directions? In a 4A district

like Kerrville, all administrators wear many hats. My job includes coordinating the gifted and talented program K-12. I provide training and resources for teachers and students, as well as conduct the testing for student placement in the program. In addition, I provide training and resources for the dual credit and Advanced Placement teachers at the high school. I am proud of the outstanding job our teachers do at Tivy High School. More students passed the AP exams this spring than have ever passed before. I also am director for the Career and Technical Education courses at the high school. The teachers and I work together to provide industry standard job training in several fields. Our newest initiative

will begin this summer when the first cohort of students will be enrolled in the Alamo Colleges Greater Kerrville Center Nursing Academy. This special project will allow up to 15 of our sophomore students to take classes that will prepare them to pass the Licensed Vocational Nursing exam in the fall of 2013. We are very excited to team with Peterson Regional Medical Center and Alamo Colleges to fill this community need for health care professionals.

What words best describe you? Thorough

and no-nonsense. I am very goal oriented.

What hobbies do you have? Reading, cultivating a butterfly garden, and going to the shooting range (handgun).

What is the most influential book you have read? The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I love the beautiful structure of her sentences as well as the message of appreciating the importance of love and marriage. Professionally, I like books by Dr. Carol Tomlinson, who is the leading guru on differentiation in education.

What was your first job out of college? Teaching 2nd grade in Spring Branch ISD in west Houston. I taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in three different school districts. I also was the Gifted and Talented Coordinator in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD before coming to Kerrville 7 years ago.

What do you ENJOY most about your job? I love helping children discover their passions. I think

that KISD is an exceptional Texas school district because it is academically strong, financially sound, and a collaborative atmosphere for all the educators in the district. We are a great team.

What do you like most about working with the Kerrville business community? I appreciate the business community

supporting Kerrville ISD in so many ways. Local businesses set an example for students by participating in career fairs, job shadowing events, by providing internships and jobs for our Career Preparation students, and by their support of the career and technical education advisory board. Without the input of local businesses, KISD could not evaluate the relevance and quality of our different programs. The students we teach today are the employees who local businesses will be hiring tomorrow. We care about what knowledge and skills local businesses want our students to have coming out of high school or college and into the work force.

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GIVE&

TAX

by gary davidson

Individuals with significant estates have a substantial challenge in planning how to transfer those assets to their children or other heirs without letting Uncle Sam take a big bite out of them in the form of estate or gift taxes. One of the reasons that this task has been so challenging lately is that is that for the last ten years planners were dealing with a temporary law that was scheduled to expire at the end of 2010 under which the amounts exempt from tax changed almost every year. On top of that, no one knew what the law might be after 2010. Short of making sure that you died in 2010 (when there was no estate tax), the 18 | FEBRUARY 2011

best that one could do was to plan based on the existing laws and guess at what those laws might be after 2010. The recently passed Tax Relief/Job Creation Act of 2010 has created some unique opportunities which may call for action now. To fully understand why the opportunities might only be temporary, let’s look at where we were before the changes and contrast that with the new law. First, 2010 was a unique year. For that year alone there were no estate taxes. Forget 2010, the chances of us ever getting rid of the estate taxes during our lifetimes are now close to zero.

Prior to 2010, there were three primary ways that assets could be passed to your heirs without tax. First, there was an annual gift exclusion. The new law also includes an annual gift exclusion. You may make an unlimited number of gifts to an unlimited number of people each year without creating any gift taxes as long as the value of the gifts to any one person does not exceed the current annual exclusion of $13,000. If the value of annual gifts to any person exceeds $13,000, there is a second exclusion referred to as the lifetime exclusion that may be used to avoid


FINANCE

A SIGNIFICANT ESTATE PLANNING

OPPORTUNITY THAT MAY NOT LAST! gift taxes. Prior to 2011, the lifetime gift exclusion was $1 million. To illustrate how these exclusions worked together, assume that mom gave gifts valued at $800,000 each to a child in two consecutive years. In the first year $13,000 of the gift was covered by the annual exclusion and the remaining $787,000 was covered by the lifetime exclusion and no taxable gift results. In year two, the first $13,000 was covered by the annual exclusion, $213,000 was covered by the remaining lifetime exclusion ($1 million less the $787,000 used in the first year), but the remaining $574,000 was subject to gift taxes. In our opinion, the most significant aspect of the new law relating to gift and estate taxes is the fact that the lifetime gift exclusion has been increased to $5 million. More on that later. The last of the primary ways to pass assets to your heirs is to wait until your death and utilize the estate tax exemption which is also currently $5 million. It is important to note that if you make gifts during your lifetime that utilize part of your $5 million lifetime gift exclusion, the gifts also reduce your $5 million estate tax exemption. For example, a person who made $3 million in gifts during their lifetime that were not covered by the annual gift tax exclusion would have only $2 million in estate tax exemption at their death. Another significant factor in estate planning today is a valuation principle which can often be used to reduce the value of assets subject to gift or estate taxes. If fractional interests in certain assets are transferred by gift or bequest, under current law the fractional interest may be valued at substantially less than its proportionate share of the value of the whole. For instance, let’s say the value of a family owned business is $10 million. If that asset is held until death, its full value will be included in the estate and taxed to the extent it is not covered by the remaining estate tax exemption.

However, assume that one-third of the business is gifted in one year, one-third in another year, and the final third remains in the person’s estate at death. In this case, each one-third would likely be valued at a steep discount in relationship to its share of the total value of the business. If each one-third was valued at $2 million, the value of the assets subject to estate or gift taxes would have been reduced to $6 million. The reason for the reduction in value related to the fractional interest is that most fractional interests have no control over the operations or affairs of

why is there A NEED FOR

action

now?

the business and most lack any significant marketability. The IRS has long fought against such fractional interest discounts, mostly unsuccessfully. If you have a significant estate you should consider using part, or all, of your $5 million gift exemption by making gifts now. So why is there a need for action now? The bottom line is that we don’t know how long some of the current favorable conditions will be around. First, we know for sure that the gift and estate lifetime exclusion during 2011

and 2012 will be $5 million. However, without further legislation both revert back to $1 million in 2013. The vice president is already on record (in a comment meant to calm those in his party who were unhappy with the new law) as saying that the $5 million exemption was something that had to be done as a temporary compromise with the Republicans in order to get the extension of unemployment benefits the Democrats wanted. He made it clear that it is the Democrats’ intention to return the exemption to a much lower level in 2013. Maybe they will have the political clout to get that done in 2013 and maybe they won’t. But are you willing to bet on it? Second, because of the Nation’s recent economic woes, let’s hope that the valuations for many of the assets in a typical estate are as low now as they are going to get. If we are entering a period of economic recovery, hopefully most investment portfolios, real estate and closely-held businesses will be increasing in value in the future. Gifts of assets today not only remove the value of those assets from your estate, but they also remove all future appreciation on those assets as well. Finally, although many feared that the new legislation might eliminate the discounts on fractional interests in family partnerships, small businesses and certain other assets, it did not. Such discounts are still applicable but those in Congress who wish to see them eliminated have not given up the fight. We are under significant risk that they could be eliminated in future legislation. If you have an estate that exceeds $1 million, or could in the future, find a competent estate planner and consider taking advantage of the current opportunity. The new lifetime gift exemption, along with the application of fractional interest discounts to certain assets, provides a major planning opportunity that might be very temporary. mykerrville.org | 19


16th Annual Sandbagger’s MONDAY, APRIL 4TH, Open 2011 THE CLUB AT COMANCHE Monday, April 4, 2011 TRACE CHECK IN: 10-11:30am The Club at Comanche Trace PUTTING CONTEST: 10:30am

ENTRY FORM 1st Place low net 2nd Place low net 3rd Place low net

Prizes

1st Place low gross 2nd Place low gross high gross

LUNCH PROVIDED: 11:00am Check In 10-11:30 a.m SHOTGUN START: 12 Noon Putting Contest 10:30 a.m. Lunch Provided 11:00 a.m. SOCIAL & AWARDS CEREMONY Shotgun PLAY Start 12 Noon IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

Social and Awards Ceremony immediately following play

Low Net Prize for Ladies’ Flight*

*based on a minimum of 4 Ladies’ Teams

***Peoria scoring system will be used*** Entry Fee includes: One Mulligan, Practice Balls, Monster Drive, Dream Shot, Longest & Straightest Drive, & Closest to the Pin contests Players are accepted first come, first serve.

Company/Team Name: ________________________________________________________________________________ Golfer’s Name

Address

Daytime Phone

Shirt Size

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Event Sponsorship-team of 4 players, your company logo embroidered on a golf polo to be given to each player, your banner displayed on the course, full

BEVERAGE CART SPONSOR $1,000 ______

Beverage Cart Sponsorship- team of 4 players, your company logo on the cart,

LUNCH SPONSOR $1,000

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Lunch Sponsorship- team of 4 players, your company logo (in sticker form) on

GOLD SPONSOR $725

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TEAM SPONSOR $500

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HOLE SPONSOR $125 ea. or 2 for $200

page ad in tournament guide, and staffing the cart with one employee to network.

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INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS $135

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your banner displayed in the Pro Shop area, full page ad in tournament guide and staffing the cart with one employee to network.

the box, your banner displayed in the Pro Shop area, full page ad in tournament guide and staffing with one employee to network.

Gold Sponsorship- team of 4 players, your banner displayed in the Pro Shop area, sponsor signage + hole signage and 1/2 page ad in tournament guide.

Team Sponsorship includes one foursome, all four golfers must be listed with this form to qualify.

Make checks payable to: Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

or

Card Number _________________________________________ Expiration Date _______________________________________ Name on Card ________________________________________ Signature ____________________________________________ last 3 digits on back of card _______

Registration form and payment due to the Chamber no later than March 28, 2011 1700 Sidney Baker, Kerrville, TX 78028, phone 830-896-1155, fax 830-896-1175, email kristan@kerrvilletx.com

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BUSINESS BAROMETER

NOVEMBER

2010

2009

21,454 5,088 9,601

21,365 5,069 9,588

2,059 4,624

3,948 7,907

Utility Connections Electric Meters Active Gas Meters Active Water/Sewer

Tourist Inquiries at CVB Month Cumulative (Oct-Sept)

Financial Institute Deposits Bank of the Hills Guadalupe National Bank Hill Country State Bank Security State Bank & Trust Union State Bank Wells Fargo Bank BBVA Compass

341,793,324 308,665,987 75,592,575 52,153,608 102,684,313 96,370,000 108,970,753 101,716,350 32,577,825 31,620,636 250,982,000 244,566,000 89,000,000 N/A

City Sales Tax City Sales Tax - Month City Sales Tax - Cumulative 4B Sales Tax - Month 4B Sales Tax - Cumulative

415,401 784,653 207,677 392,279

376,372 4,152,462 118,186 2,005,569

239,530 448,799

217,046 420,484

County Sales Tax Payment Month Cumulative (Oct-Sept)

Real Estate Statistics Residential Active Residential Sold Residential Sales-Month Residential Sales-Cumulative

601 38 7,745,200 79,499,010

582 48 9,094,200 133,418,377

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THE ROAST OF

BRIAN BONDY!

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MISS THE NEXT MIXER!

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Save $33 by Ordering the Yearly Badge

Order your 2011 Mixer Badge for all the Business Luncheons, After Hour Mixers and the Breakfast OR for all the After Hour Mixers only. The 89th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards banquet in 2011 is not included in the Mixer Badge. At the door Mixer, Breakfast and Luncheon prices wiill increase in 2011 so order now to save!

Number of 2011 Mixer Badges desired: All Events:

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FEBRUARY FEbruary 3-5

Theater at Schreiner

“Sleuth” by Anthony Shaffer presented by Schreiner Theatre Department. Hanszen Fine Arts Theatre,  Schreiner University campus,   2100 Memorial Boulevard.  830-792-7401.

February 11-26 One Act Comedies

Friday-Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2:00pm Two one act comedies, Almost Maine and the other will be decided. The Point Outdoor Theatre, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Two One-Act Hwy 39,Comedies Ingram, 830-367-5121.

Get to The Point! Almost, Maine by John Cariani

February 5-27

American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm See watercolor paintings by some of the best American Artists. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St, 830-895-2911.

& CUT by Ed Monk

Feb. 11-26

Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m.

CUT

February 17By Ed Monk

In the Gallery

After Hours Mixer hosted by Camp C.A.M.P. 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Alma Hobson

Jan. 21-Feb. 26 Reception - Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-4 p.m.

February 11

Hill Country Arts february 26Foundation

Friday at 7:30pm Esther Kim is one of the top young classical artists in the world in violin. She attended the Juilliard School of Music at the age of 10. Her performance will include a major repertoire for solo violin and virtuoso favorites. Playhouse 2000, Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St., 830-896-9393.

Saturday 6:30pm A festive evening that brings together the community and KISD employees. The event includes a dinner, dance, silent Auction and live musicfrom Jay Eric & Blieders Creek.  Schreiner University Cailloux Center Ballroom, 2100 Memorial Boulevard 830-257-9282.

Rohe Classical Music Series: Esther Kim

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Hibachi is Hot... Wasabi is Green...

is Kerrville’s Valentine’s Day Scene!

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Diamonds and Colored Gems

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Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

WEEKEND

presents

FEBRUARY

12 & 13

Wine Seminars & Cooking Demonstrations Delectable Desires Food & Wine Tasting Event Chocolate Fantasy All You Can Eat Buffet Member American Gemological Society

Merchants in America since 1733

“Gabriel” Designs in Sterling with 18k Gold from $150

Silent & Live Auctions

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Spies, Kneese, Bailey & Vanacker, LLC Certified Public Accountants We welcome you to call or stop by and consult with Angela Bailey, CPA or Lee Vanacker, CPA regarding your tax needs.

Locally owned and managed, we are a Hill Country grown CPA firm expanding its roots to Kerrville.

WE HAVE A COMMITMENT TO: CLIENTS: striving to maintain

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RIBBON CUTTINGS

Texas Railing Systems

The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined Wayne Uecker and family to celebrate a ribbon cutting for his business, Texas Railing Systems.

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Story by Mary Lee Gowland Photos by Aaron Yates

I n t h e e a r l y p a r t o f t h e 2 0 th c e n t u r y, t h e r e w e r e n o r u r a l a i r p o r t s i n A m e r i c a . R a t h e r, p l a n e s w o u l d t a k e o f f a n d l a n d i n g r a s s y fields, hence they were considered “mobile operations�.

The

military term, Fixed Based Operation (FBO) came into use when actual airports were established.

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What is now Kerrville/Kerrville County Airport came into existence in 1939, when Louis A. Schreiner donated 111 acres to the City of Kerrville. The City named it Louis Schreiner Field. In 1942, the original airport property was traded for approximately 145 acres and the Airport was moved to its present site – six miles east of downtown Kerrville on Texas State Highway 27. Louis A. Schreiner, Hal Peterson, and Charlie Peterson donated money for improvements to the new airport. Throughout WWII, the Airport remained in civilian control, but served as a base for military flight training. From 1945 to 1949 the FBO maintained a Civil Aeronautics Administration-approved flight training school and provided a full range of services including repair, maintenance, and charter flights. In 1948, the City of Kerrville acquired a surplus hangar from Laughlin Air Force Base when the base was temporarily closed. In 1953, Mooney Airplane Company moved from Wichita Kansas into this surplus hangar. In 1957, Mooney Airplane Company expanded to include the Kerrville Flying Service tract. Kerrville Aviation and Dugosh were established across the field in the current ramp area. Kerr County matched funding for improvements at the Airport from the beginning, and in 1952 the City of Kerrville deeded one-half interest in the Airport to Kerr County. In 1978, the City of Kerrville annexed 64 acres along Hwy 27 and 459 acres of Airport property into the city limits. Over the next ten years extensive development of the east side of the Airport took place. The FBO and other tenant activities developed around the ramp area as it exists today, and the Airport west of the secondary runway became completely occupied by Mooney Airplane Company. In 1989 Joe Kennedy, second oldest of twelve children, graduated from Tivy High School with the intention of majoring in psychology. Two years later he decided to take flying lessons from his brotherin-law, who was a flight instructor. He enjoyed it so much, he took a summer job as the line-service tech and worked in various aspects of airport operations. Joe had married his high-school sweetheart, Scarlet Schmidt, who grew up in Fredericksburg. She became a network engineer, helping to establishing DSL for Kerrville Telephone Company.

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Then, in 2001 Joe and Scarlet purchased Kerrville Aviation. Joe says, “Scarlet is involved in all major decisions.” The Airport consists of approximately 528 acres, surrounded by 6 ½ miles of fence. It has between 120 – 130 based aircraft, including 20 jet turbines, and averages 60,000 takeoffs and landings per year. There are two runways: runway 03/21 is 3,600 feet in length and runway 12/30 is 6,000 feet. Being a “full service” airport means a wide range of services including parking, refueling, maintenance, flight training, plane rentals and a complete concierge

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service that often means four-star catering for flights, car rentals, and even grocery shopping so that when customers fly in from somewhere else, they don’t have to go to the market. The ground power unit and aircraft precooling services provide electricity when planes are on the ground, and there is a pilot lounge with satellite TV and planning room with satellite weather updates. In order to obtain a pilot’s license, 40 hours of training are required - 20 with an instructor, 20 “solo” – after which a written test is taken, as well as an oral test with an FAA examiner. John Travolta and Oprah

Winfrey have flown into Kerrville to attend a wedding, and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon often comes to hunt. Former NASA astronaut Gene Cernan is another frequent visitor. But the airport is not only used for recreation. It is a base for air evacuation helicopters (air ambulances) and is often used by law enforcement or fire service planes when wild fires break out. Not long ago a fifteen-year-old boy from Louisiana, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was granted his wish to hunt here. He and his dad and enjoyed several days in the woods. Then, his health took a sudden turn for the worse and


doctors determined he only had hours to live. Joe made a few phone calls, and within minutes volunteers mobilized. The boy was flown home. The plane, the fuel and pilot’s time were provided at no cost. Sad though it was, the boy was reunited with his family for his last hours on Earth. “I like to give back to the community,” says Joe, “and many of the people who call this airport home, do as well.” Flights are often donated to charities as raffle gifts. Boy Scouts, earning their aviation merit badges, come to the airport to see first-hand how everything works. They love to sit at the controls and learn how they

planes operate. The airport is currently in the midst of a $12 million improvement which is funded 90% by the Federal Aviation Administration, and 10% by local government. Texas Department of Transportation manages the federal funds. Local county and city governments receive income from the Airport in the form of gasoline tax and rent of the land. While the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) does not oversee private airports, they do offer training in how to keep the airport secure and safe. “This is a major airport for a community of its size,” states

Joe. He is proud to be the owner of such a well-run facility, which employees a staff of between 15-18 people. The Kerrville/Kerr county Joint Advisory Board, consisting of five members, oversees management. Joe and Scarlet live on a ranch in Fredericksburg with their two children, an eleven-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter, who both love to fly. In fact, for her birthday her their daughter asked for a “plane party”, and, as loving parents, they granted her wish.

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Deep Texas Roots. Deep Expertise.

NEXT TIME MOM GOES TO THE STORE WILL SHE KNOW HOW TO COME BACK HOME?

We know how overwhelming this can be, so we Texas Roots. Deep Expertise. have designed a Deep revolutionary program that can help. Bridge to Rediscovery is an innovative, Montessori-based approach to Memory Care that can help your loved-one rediscover the joys in everyday life. Through personalized activities that encourage creativity and self-expression, residents have the freedom to discover things for themselves and re-discover things they have always enjoyed. Residents enjoy the comforts of home, combined with the support and security they need. Now is the perfect time to see why Bridge to Rediscovery has been rated “Best of the Best” by the Assisted Living Federation of America. Please contact us today and let us help you regain the sense of security you and your family deserve.

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MAy 5th

the stars

return to Kerrville Inn of the hills

conference center Enjoy dinner, wine, & a starstudded dance competition!

Sponsorships & tickets on sale now! The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce is Proud to Present the 11th Annual

“Dancing with the kerrville stars” AnEncore Event

For more information call the Chamber

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YEE-HAW!

The 7th Annual Hill Country Cowboy Breakfast drew several hundred folks to the Kerr County Courthouse on Friday, January 14, 2011, to kick off the 5th largest stock show in the state of Texas, the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show (HCDJLS). Thanks to two outstanding community donors, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union and Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, Kerrville Downtown Business Association, and 4-H kids served a free breakfast to the community. Hastings Hardback Café donated 20 gallons of steaming hot coffee, while Super S provided orange juice and foil wraps for the tacos. A huge thank you goes to Opa’s Meats and Mamacitas. Over 1000 sausage wraps were served on Friday morning to the crowd! Congratulations to our new goat milkin’ champs: Roy Thompson of Union State Bank and Tammy Prout of Hill Country Community Journal. Thank you to Nuluv Nubians of Center Point for bringing their milk goats again this year. And, congratulations to County Commissioner Buster Baldwin for ‘throwing the bull’ better than any of his colleagues in the Cow Chip Toss. Bill Messer won the Hill Country Radio Turkey Bowling event, representing The Ranch 92.3. Event organizers say they are most definitely bringing back the kids’ turkey bowling contest next year. With good ole’ stock show weather, the Cowboy Breakfast enjoyed a nice crowd and a fun time was had by all.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

KACC Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DEBBIE MINNS Year Organized: 1995 What does your business do for the community? We offer a vast range of

art experiences for the individuals of our community. Art entertains, records history, tells the human story, and makes us think and feel. Whether creating art or simply viewing it, we become better people through our connection to art. Economically speaking, KACC plays a major role in making Kerrville a city rich in the arts where people want to live and visit.

How did you get into this business?

My love for art and creating art goes back as far as I can remember. As a young adult, I volunteered to work at my community art center. Soon, I was offered a parttime position which led to a full time position. After nearly twenty years, my love for the business of art has never waned.

What is your favorite aspect of doing business in Kerrville? The Kerrville area is aesthetically beautiful and full of talented artists! My theory is that the more beautiful the natural surroundings of a place, the more artists will be drawn to it. Kerrville is proof of that. We are so fortunate to have the natural beauty of a rural area combined with the cultural opportunities of a big city.

In what ways has the Chamber been a resource to you? Getting people to

take time from their busy lives for art continues to be a challenge for arts organizations. Through a variety of innovative networking tools, the Chamber has given KACC a way to keep the business community informed about our exciting exhibitions and educational events.

What changes would you like to see for your business? Annually, one third

of our 20,000 visitors are from out of town. I would love to see every Kerrville resident taking time to enjoy an art show, take a class or attend one of our social events.

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

It’s that time of year again when the majority of us go through all of our receipts and bank statements and head to our trusted CPA, enrolled agent or other tax preparer. For most of us, this is just a necessary evil that we must go through every year. We often don’t think past just meeting that April 15 deadline and hopefully getting a decent refund. However, there is more to think about when choosing someone to prepare your tax return. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that there are between 900,000 and 1.2 million individuals preparing tax returns for a fee. Surprisingly, until very recently, virtually anyone could prepare a tax return for another individual for a fee whether or not they had any type of licensing or registration. But as of January 1, 2011, that is going to change. As the tax law has become increasingly more complex, more individuals than ever turn to tax preparers at tax time. This volume had steadily increased over the recent years, and the IRS has become increasingly concerned with protecting 42 | FEBRUARY 2011

consumers and insuring tax return accuracy. In an effort to address the growing number of preparers and competitive nature of the tax preparer industry and to protect the taxpayer, the IRS has implemented a new PTIN or Preparer Tax Identification Number system. Beginning January 1, 2011, all paid tax preparers must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number before preparing returns. In addition and probably more importantly is another requirement being presented by the IRS. In mid-2011, all paid tax preparers signing tax returns who are not CPA’s, attorneys or enrolled agents must pass a competency exam and will be required to take some level of continuing education. These competency test and continuing education requirements have been in place for certified public accountants, attorneys and enrolled agents for many years. Certified public accountants must pass a rigorous four-part exam before receiving their certification and must obtain 120 hours every 3 years in continuing education. A large share of

tax return preparers have not passed any government or professionally mandated competency requirements before they prepare a federal tax return. This new law will help to ensure that those other lessregulated tax preparers will have to adhere to comparable oversight. The tax preparer industry will be addressing these new IRS regulations in the coming months, but what does this mean for you - the taxpayer? The IRS estimates that 60% of American households use a tax preparer therefore millions of Americans could be affected by this change. It is probable that some tax preparers will opt to stop providing tax preparation services due to the stricter requirements. It is also likely that some tax preparers will not be able to qualify once the testing and continuing education components are implemented. All this could force many consumers to find a new tax preparer. Keep in mind the true value of these new regulations to the taxpayer is that in the long run, YOU will be provided better and more accurate tax preparation services.


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How can you be sure your tax preparer is qualified? The IRS is set to publish a searchable online database of all registered preparers. Until that time, here are some suggestions for what to consider when choosing your tax preparer: Level of competency: Are they certified or licensed? This is a question you always want to ask! Adherence to the new IRS registration guidelines: These rules are there to protect you. Knowledgeable about new tax law changes: this should also include a willingness to thoroughly inform and educate you on these issues. Personal service touch: Does your tax preparer know about changes in your life that could affect your returns? This is your financial well being we’re talking about here! Strictest confidentiality guidelines: you need to know that your information will be protected. Reputation and recommendations from others: High ethics and experience

are important! Check with your friends and neighbors – who do they use? Adding value through tax planning strategies: This should be just as much of a part of your tax preparation services as preparing the actual tax return and can help you spend your money smarter for years to come. Availability: This should be a very important point on your list. You want to be able to get in touch with your tax preparer when you need them. Time is often of the essence! Affiliations with professional organizations, these organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants provide professionals with ethical and technical support. Compare service fees! It is a common misconception that a CPA can be more expensive. This is not always the case. Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or those who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers.

Angela Bailey, CPA is a managing partner for Spies, Kneese, Bailey & Vanacker, L.L.C with offices in Fredericksburg and Kerrville, TX. She graduated with a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University and has been a CPA since 2004. Angela and Lee Vanacker, CPA office primarily in Kerrville and are accepting new clients at 941 Barnett Street. They can be reached at 830.895.1367. mykerrville.org | 43


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GRAS ON MAIN It's almost that time of year again! Time for Mardi Gras on Main. The Kerrville Main Street Program would like to invite everyone to join the party on March 8, 2011 from 6 pm - 9 pm at the Inn of the Hills Grand Ballroom. As most of you know, the 2011 Mardi Gras on Main will feature a promenade with the crowning of the third annual Mardi Gras on Main King and Queen. Over the past few weeks, a group of four men and four women have been tapped to be the members of the 2011 Mardi Gras on Main Royal Court. The court members include Jose Flores, Owner of True Fit Training; Matt Sletten of Kerr County Abstract and Title; Stockton Williams, Priest at St. Peter's Episcopal Church; Dr. Tim Summerlin, President of Schreiner University; Dr. Kathrine Seale, Co-Founder of Adventure Boot Camp Boerne/Kerrville; Laura Fore, Co-Owner of Fore

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Premier Properties; Mollie Maresh, The Sweet Potato Queens of Hunt; and Rhonda Taylor, Owner of Rhonda Taylor Insurance. Mardi Gras on Main 2011 will also serve up an exciting combination of fine wine, music, cuisine live and silent auction, signature event poster, signature wine and the unveiling of the Public Art Project. . The 2011 Signature Wine, “Misterioso Rosso” will be featured and was created by Triple "R" Ranch and Winery in Whitesboro, TX. Texas accordion king Ponty Bone and his band The Squeezetones will be providing the music. For two decades Ponty Bone has led his band to popularity throughout the Southwest, the rest of America and across Europe. To date, ten area restaurants will be serving tastings of their specialties to the event attendees, including Conchita’s on Main, Dinner is Served,

Francisco’s, Inn of the Hills – Alpine Lodge, Pampell's, Rails – A Café at the Depot, Rio Ranch Cafe, Riverhill Country Club, Salada's and Water Street Cafe. The 2011 Signature Event Poster is a painting titled “Nola Lisa Smiles” and was painted by Terry McCulla-McTaggart Tickets for Mardi Gras on Main are available at the Kerrville Main Street office, 715 Water Street; and all Bank of the Hills Locations – Kerrville, Ingram and Hunt. General admission is $40 and VIP admission is $75. VIP admission includes early admission at 5:00 p.m., preview party with food and wine, and a special unveiling of the Public Art Project. For further information, contact the Main Street Office at 830.792.8395; visit them at 715 Water Street; or go to www.kerrvilletx.gov/MGOM.


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

Kerrville, TX, December 15, 2010 – The Board of Directors of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) elected new officers for calendar year 2011 during the regularly scheduled Board meeting. Scott S. Parker was elected President and Stan Kubenka was elected Vice-President. Mike Allen and Les Ferguson were respectively elected Secretary-Treasurer and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. Scott S. Parker and Stan Kubenka had previously served on officer’s row. Mike Allen has been active in UGRA’s Outreach and Education Committee and Water Enhancement Program Committee. Les Ferguson has been active in UGRA’s Human Resources Committee, Outreach and Education Committee and Water Task Force. President-elect Parker thanked the Board. He said, "The new officers are committed to continuing the able leadership provided to the UGRA by Lana Edwards and Karol Schreiner and their predecessors. We, and all of the Board of Directors, look forward to meeting the challenges ahead in safeguarding the Guadalupe River as a recreational, scenic and economic resource for the people of Kerr County." Mr. Parker is a retired attorney and currently manages family business interests. He is a member of the Hal and Charlie Peterson Fund Board of Trustees.

Mr. Parker served in the U.S. Air Force. He received a Bachelor’s degree and a Law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Parker was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2008. Vice-President-elect Kubenka is a Branch Manager for INSCO Distributing. He is a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineering Society and a Board member of the First United Methodist Church Children’s Ark Program. Mr. Kubenka received a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. He was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2004 and reappointed by the Governor to serve an additional six-year term in 2009. Secretary-Treasurer-elect Allen is Chairman of the Board of Union State Bank. He is a member of the Conference of State Bank Supervisor’s Board of Directors and past Director

and Treasurer of the Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District in Kerr County. Mr. Allen received a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. Mr. Allen was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2008. Assistant Secretary-Treasurerelect Ferguson is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. He received a Bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University, and attended various military institutions throughout his career. Mr. Ferguson was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2009. The newly elected officers will begin their term January 1, 2011. The Upper Guadalupe River Authority is the respected, efficient, responsive, and forthright steward of the Upper Guadalupe River and its tributaries.

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Ian Harris is an ASE Certified Master Auto Technician who has attended Tarrant County College and Texas A&I, University of North Texas and is working on completing his degree in Automotive Technology. Ian is a drivability expert in the automotive repair industry with over 15 years of experience in service and Repairs. Ian and his wife make their home in Kerrville. David LeMeilleur has recently recertified his ASE certification as a Master Truck Technician with Advanced Level Specialist Certification in Diesel Engines. He has also received Certification in the course of instruction in the service and repair of Ricon & Braun Wheel Chair Lifts & Accessories. David

has over 30 years experience in the Automotive Repair Industry. With the addition of these two employees, LeMeilleur's has made application to be recognized by ASE as a Certified Blue Seal of Excellence repair facility. ASE is well known as the industry-leading certification program for automotive professionals. ASE certification means that an individual has passed tough industry-developed exams and meets experience requirements. In addition, they are now recognized as Wheelchair Lift Certified by the aftermarket industry. LeMeilleur's RV Truck & Equipment Repair Facility is owned by David & Denise LeMeilleur and is located at 214 Peterson Dr., Kerrville.

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In memoriam IN MEMORY OF

Our Guy, Si S i l a s B . R a g d a l e , J r. Always a Camper at Heart

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ilas B. Ragsdale, Jr., a true friend of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, died peacefully at his home at Camp Stewart for Boys in Hunt, Texas, on January 5th. He was 86. Si was born in Galveston, and as a boy he attended Camp Rio Vista in 1935 and Camp Stewart in 1937. The leadership skills he learned at camp as a boy he carried with him his entire life. He attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, graduating as a First Lieutenant and going straight into the army. He served as a Captain in World War II and earned a Bronze Star for his service at Normandy. He served in five major battles during the war. Si was no stranger to chamber work – he served for twelve years as the executive of the chambers in Denton and Trinity, Texas. But the focus of his life’s work was the summer camping industry. Si and his wife, Kathy, purchased Camp Stewart for Boys in Hunt, Texas in 1966, and later Heart o’ The Hills Camp for Girls. The Ragsdales have been tireless supporters of the Kerrville Area Chamber since their first day in Kerr County. He was on a first-name basis with every executive of the Kerrville chamber since his arrival, and also with most of the volunteer board members as well.

One of his greatest contributions to the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce was his help in establishing Leadership Kerr County. In association with Schreiner University, this program identifies Kerr County citizens with leadership potential and carefully trains them in vital areas of need in our community. For over twentyfive years local individuals have participated in the program and many of our community’s most effective leaders are graduates of the classes. It would be impossible to know exactly how many lives Si Ragsdale touched in his time with us here in Kerr County. Thousands of young men, campers at Stewart, were directly influenced by this man. And many adult leaders in Kerrville have also been effected by his leadership: many directly, but many more indirectly through his foresight in helping create programs like Leadership Kerr County. For his service to our community, in 2008 Si Ragsdale was honored with the first (and thusfar only) Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Legacy award. Si Ragsdale is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons Jon and Si III (Jeeper); daughters Jane and Juli; and three grandchildren. With his passing, we’ve lost a great supporter and friend of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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