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Dr. Clark Wernecke — Gault School of Archaeological Research

Posted by on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in Blog

Reported by Samuel Greer

President Elect Bill Davies called the meeting to order at noon (President Julie Benkoski is still in Africa). Dr. Pat Beckham led the pledges and Vera Keric gave the invocation. Richard Payton led us in reciting the “FOUR WAY TEST.” Vera Keric was also our Greeter and our Host was Carl Noble.

Past President Sara Pantin presented Tillery Castillo with a special PHF +1 in recognition of her service and leadership in the Club. President Elect Bill then exchanged Club banners with Arvin Saraf, a visiting Rotarian from Pune Central, India.

Past President Barry Curlee shared a relevant membership message about introducing family members to Rotary from the NXNE Club; and we heard from Tillery Castillo again when she reminded us about the upcoming Pints for Polio/Membership event on October 18, at the new Fairmont Hotel’s Roof Top Terrace, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Don Grillo also made an announcement about the wine tasting he and his wife are hosting on Friday, October 26th.

President Elect Bill asked us to recommend our fellow members, or ourselves, to serve on the Board of Directors or as President, and he told us that nomination forms are due by October 19th. He also congratulated Brad Wiewel for receiving a special award from the Catholic Diocese of Austin.

After Fellowship, Jack Mayo introduced our speaker, Dr. Clark Wernecke who spoke about the Gault School of Archaeological Research/The People of the Americas. After he concluded his presentation, Jack presented Dr. Wernecke with his own Paul Harris Fellowship.

Some of the topics Dr. Wernecke covered were: Re-imaging the timeline of homo sapiens sapiens and his migration patterns; and Clovis people are not necessarily the first people in North America.

For more information, the Gault School of Archaeological Research’s website is

President Elect Bill thanked our featured newsletter sponsors Bill Koen (Joe Koen & Son Jewelers) and Louis Williams (Baker Hill Farms). He then shared a “Thought for the Day” from Rosa Parks, and the meeting was adjourned at 1:00pm.

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