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Rotary hears of St. Philip’s School, hospice care, Ring of Champions and TSCRA programs
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Rotary guest speakers for March included Carol Reagan, Sherry Cortez, Steve Martin and Bill Glass.

Reagan, the new headmistress for St. Philip’s Episcopal School, highlighted the goals for the coming school year. Their ultimate goal is to provide the very best education so that the student achieves one’s potential. Other goals include: increase enrollment, technology update for the school rooms and updating the website. There are 54 children currently enrolled. Each grade is self-contained with four to five children per classroom. Grades are first through sixth. The 3-4-year-olds will have a full day this coming school year. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

Cortez, an RN with Exclusive Home Health & Hospice Inc., spoke to Rotarians about hospice and palliative care. Hospice means comfort care. It is an end-of-life care with pain management as needed. The team’s approach involves the physicians, nurses who help with the symptoms, the social worker who provides resources for burial, religion that provides spiritual care and nurses aides who help with daily care. The Medicare and Medicaid programs have guidelines for hospice care. Hospice care can be given at home and contracted through nursing homes. Hospice also provides a bereavement program for the family for up to one year.

Glass, of the Ring of Champions, spoke about the faith-based mentoring program for at-risk youths. Glass has been preaching in prisons for the last 40 years, after retiring from the NFL with four-time All Pro credentials. After 22 years of amateur and pro football, he never missed a workout or a game. His Champions for Life ministry shares “The Healing Power of a Father’s Blessing.”

He said that 90 percent of men and women in prison said their parents told them they were no good and would end up in prison. He said the weakness of our nation is the weakness of fathers. People become what they think about. “Decide what you’re doing wrong,” Glass said, “and at halftime decide to do the second half right.” We can’t change the past, but we can change what you finish. Throw away excuses, he said, work hard, set spirited goals, exercise physically and mentally, pray and never give up.

Martin, special ranger of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, presented the mission, history and duties of the organization. Their mission is protecting the stewards of land and livestock. The association was founded by 40 cattlemen in 1877 in Graham, Texas. It was created to fight cattle theft in the region. Today, the TSCRA has more than 15,000 members in Texas, Oklahoma and surrounding states.

The special rangers became peace officers in 1893 and are currently commissioned by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The TSCRA maintains a staff of 29 special rangers stationed strategically in multiple-county districts throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Their primary responsibility is assisting with the investigation of livestock thefts and other ranch-related property losses. They may also inspect some cattle shipments from individual ranches when requested and also supervise market inspectors.

Visitors to the March meetings were Isabel Ramirez, Susana Martinez, Jess Chilcoat and Dr. OB Vaughn.
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