Guest speakers for the month of September included Patty Young, executive director of Coastal Bend Wildlife Photography. The organization overlooks the Wildlife in Focus Photo Books, Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest, the Traveling Photo Exhibit, photo exhibits at the Corpus Christi airport and the Kritters 4 Kids. The traveling exhibits go from south of Kleberg County to north of Three Rivers. Kritters 4 Kids is a science curriculum-wildlife education for fifth-graders that covers a 16-county region of the Coastal Bend.
Ralph McMullen, national director of the Bill Glass Ring of Champions and Intervention, also spoke to the group. Ring of Champions is helping at-risk youth to develop a positive vision for their future. The organization does this by providing mentorships that assist youth in nurturing positive skills and values. He also discussed the gangs in our communities, signs and graffiti and their meanings.
Scotty Draper, program director of the Joe Barnhart Scholarship Step Ahead Program, spoke of the program’s mission and goals. It is a freshman career directing program that uses technology to match students to career clusters and an extension of the scholarship program at the high school. Step Ahead is designed to be a unique program that provides an assortment of beneficial services for A.C. Jones ninth-grade students.
Karen Jordan, MSN and Mari Cuellar, MSN from Christus Spohn Beeville Hospital, educated the Rotarians on the facts about vaccination of the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu, preventing the flu and taking care of yourself if the flu strikes. The Centers for Disease Control recommends staying at home until free of fever, or signs of fever, for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication. About 36,000 people die from the flu and related complications, such as pneumonia, each year according to the CDC.
Tammie Shelton, camp director of Camp Aranzazu in Rockport, gave an enlightening presentation about the not-for-profit, year-round camp facility specially designed to serve the needs of people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. It provides unique camping, environmental studies and retreat experiences for children and adults.
Guests were April Quintana, Juliette Manua, the Rotary exchange student from France, Mr. and Mrs. Don McMullen and Neta McMullen.
Donna Johnson of Grants Work, Inc. was inducted as a new member. Dave Moore received the Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Anyone interested in more information about Rotary should contact Jack Seals at 358-1043.