Thursday, December 16, 2010

District Governor - Gilbert Serna

Sunrise President Albert Ruiz,
Asst. Dist. Gov. Maxie Houser,
District 5930 Governer Gilbert Serna
 District Governor Gilbert Serna paid us our official Governor's visit last night and this morning.

Last night, the discussions varied from Sunrise Rotary's service projects, to our involvement with the Rotaract Club, participation in the Rotary Foundation, membership growth strategies, and leadership development plans, just to name a few.

Albert presenting DG Gilbert
with a Wildlife in Photos gift
This morning, DG Gilbert shared with us RI President Klinginsmith's vision for Rotary and a video on the various Rotary themes through the years.  Most inspiring was Gilbert's transformation from being a member of a Rotary Club, to becoming a true Rotarian.  A very inspiring story that demonstrates how we can improve our communities by improving one person's life.

DG Gilbert and Deya Serna
Gilbert's Bio (from the Dist. 5930 Website)
Gilbert’s involvement with Rotary began in May 1998. Only three years and several officer positions later, Gilbert served as President of the Laredo Gateway Rotary Club.

He has participated in and coordinated a number of local and international service projects and events during this time, including RYLA, book drive for South Africa, International Night with Mexico Rotary Cubs of District 4130, ceremony in Acambaro, Guanajuato, Mexico for a matching grant for a fire truck, and numerous others. Additionally, he has helped to maintain his club’s Presidential Citation for 18 years in a row. Gilbert served as Assistant Governor for District 5930 from 2004-2007 and then as the first Lt. Governor for his district in 2007. Other community involvement includes board member of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Laredo Manufacturing and Logistics Association of Laredo.

Gilbert earned an Electrical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He is currently employed as Sales and Operations manager for Mercy Health Plans, a group health insurance provider.

As members of the Laredo Gateway Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellows, Gilbert and Deya participated in and chaired a Rotary Friendship exchange to and from Sweden. They have hosted a youth exchange students from Turkey and Switzerland and have also hosted professionals from Russia, also through a Rotary exchange project. Most recently, they hosted GSE team members from Chile and Spain.

Deya is the past treasurer of the Laredo Gateway Rotary Club. She also facilitated the start of an Early Act Club sponsored by the Laredo Gateway Rotary Club.

Gilbert and Deya have been married since 1990 and have been blessed with 4 wonderful children, Allyson Nichole, Daniel Allen, Andrew Douglas, and Gilbert III.

Travel and new explorations are on their list of goals every year. They have visited more than a dozen states and about another dozen countries including Greece, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, London, France and more. They are certain that traveling is good for the soul and believe that learning the varied cultures is priceless!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Marilu Salazar

This morning's speaker was Marilu Salazar, Director for the Center for Continuing Education and Office of International Studies and Programs.

She gave us a great presentation on all of the courses available from the Center of Continuing Education.  (Link to Spring 2011 Schedule) Courses are diverse, ranging the gamut from dancing (belly dancing  or Salsa, Merengue and Bachata) to Financial Planning, Conversational Chinese, Spanish, French or Russian, Guitar Lessons, Drawing, Digital Photography, Web Design, Yoga, the Road Scholar program and many, many more.

She also informed us about the Office of International Studies and Programs (Link to website). The mission of the Office of International Studies and Programs is to internationalize all aspects of Texas A&M Kingsville and the System Center by involving students and faculty in international studies and research globally.  The office consists of four interrelated areas:  international studies programs and internships, student and faculty “exchange” programs, collaborative international research opportunities and International Educational Exchange Fund (IEEF) scholarships.  And best of all, scholarships are available to help offset costs to students wanting to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity.

A third program is also under her direction - the Intensive English Program (Link to website). The English Language Program is designed for students, business people, and professionals to develop English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, grammar and writing. The Program provides intensive oral and written communicative instruction and practices to facilitate a smooth transition into university academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University and community environment provides students with excellent opportunities to practice English language skills and to engage in multi-cultural experiences.

Email links for additional information:
Continuing Education
International Studies
Intensive English Program

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunrise Rotary Student of the Month

Rotarian Mike Desiderio, Rachel Robinson, and father Matt
Rachel Robinson is a senior at Kaufer High School. Her parents are Linda Dunn and Matt Robinson. She is ranked sixth in a class of 46 with a GPA of 99.125. Rachel is an athlete playing volleyball, basketball, track and softball. She hopes to play softball in college. She is also involved in UIL academic competition, the KEDT TV Challenge team, journalism, National Honor Society, FFA, FCA, HOSA, and BPA. She serves as a mentor for younger children not only at school as a PAL, but also volunteering for the Way Fun Wednesday after school tutorial and activity program. Rachel wants to major in biology and later become a physical therapist.

The Sunrise Rotary is proud to promote our outstanding local high school students. Those who are selected as Students of the Month are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship from Texas A&M-Kingsville for the 2011-2012 academic year. Students are chosen for high academic achievements as well as service to their communities.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dr. James (Jim) Norwine - Professor of Geography

Our speaker on August 26 was Dr. James (Jim) Norwine.  Jim has been a professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville for almost 40 years, and  was named Regents Professor in 1997 by Texas A&M, becoming the first professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville to receive the honor.  In addition to his teaching duties, Jim has published numerous books, including Water for Texas and the Changing Climate of South Texas 1900-2100.  He is also a three-time Fulbright Scholar and been the recipient of numerous awards.

His topic this morning was "After Climate Change and Culture-Shift: Imagining a World".  Various aspects of climate change were discussed, as well as the dynamics of "dueling worldviews of postmodern, modern and traditional values".

Dr. Norwine's books may be purchased at  Be sure to use the link on our webpage to enter the Amazon site - a portion of the sales come back to our club to be used for community service and scholarships.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Nick Brown - Bishop High School National Honor Society

Nick Brown was the speaker at our August 19 meeting.  Nick will be a senior at Bishop High School this fall and is involved in numerous school activities, including drum major for the marching band, speech and debate, and National Honor Society (NHS).

Membership in the NHS requires students to participate in community service projects.  For the 2010-11 school year, Nick will be assisting the Mother Teresa Shelter in Corpus Christi.  Throughout the year, he will be available to speak to other community organizations to raise the public's awareness of the shelter and the numerous services provided to those in need.  He will also be collecting donations for the shelter - either financial or contribution of goods.  Items that the shelter are most in need of are toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, etc.) towels, blankets, jackets, coats, and clothing.

Corpus Christi has an estimated population of 5,000 homeless persons, with 27 dying on the streets last year. The Mother Teresa Shelter provides showers and laundry, lockers for personal item storage, phone and internet service, media to keep their clients informed and instructed, bus tokens, and between meal snacks daily, and breakfast on weekends.  The shelter also provides first aid, assists with SSA, SSI and VA benefits, provides referral letters to other agencies and clinics and works with MHMR and the Health department to diagnose and treat disorders and illness.

If you are interested in donating money or goods, or are interested in volunteering your time, please contact us at Sunrise Rotary, and we will forward your information to the shelter.

Leonard Green - Toastmasters

Our speaker for the August 12 meeting was Leonard Green.  His topic of discussion was Toastmasters - the purpose of the organization, the progressive steps of progression, club structure and the affordability of membership. If you would be interested in joining a club, or think that Kingsville needs to start a club, you can email Leonard for more information.

Link for information on Starting a New Club

From the Toastmasters District 55 Website
What is Toastmasters?

No, we don't make toasters! Toastmasters International is an organization that has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and feel more comfortable speaking in front of an audience.

Toastmasters are members of a Club comprised of approximately 20 people that meets weekly for an hour or two. Participants practice and learn communication and leadership skills by filling meeting roles, for example giving a prepared speech, giving an impromptu speech, or giving an oral evaluation of a fellow member's speech. There is no instructor. Instead, each speech as well as the meeting are critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and suggestions for improvement.

For more information, view the What is Toastmasters? PowerPoint slide show (3.5MB)

Below is a one-minute "Welcome to Toastmasters" video with several testimonials

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dr. V. Thomas Dock - Dean of the College of Business Administration at TAMK

The guest speaker for the July 29 meeting was Dr. V. Thomas Dock, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M-Kingsville.  Dr. Dock was the dean of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) for 18 years prior to coming to Kingsville.  While at UWEC, he oversaw the establishment of the first endowed chair, program and department advisory boards and helped raise more than $4 million in gifts and grants.

Dr. Dock spoke of his vision for the CBA and the many changes needed to get there.  In the future, the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M-Kingsville will be the only College of Business (either in state of Texas or in the Texas A&M System) to offer numerous specialties and students will have more offerings to choose from, and supplemental opportunities to distinguish themselves from graduates of other institutions.

Improvements in technology, non-traditional learning environments and changes in the leadership structure at the College of Business were some of the other topics he touched on.  With such an enormous task ahead of him, we barely scratched the surface and will need to have Dr. Dock back to update us on the progress he is making and what we can do to help surpass his ambitious goals.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bo Atterberry

Texas A&M-Kingsville head football coach, Bo Atterberry, was the guest speaker at the Sunrise Rotary Club meeting on July 22.  Bo talked about the upcoming football season (which he is very upbeat about), some of the new players joining the team, and what it will take for another successful season.

He also talked about the team's off-the-field accomplishments - participating in numerous community engagement projects, contributing to the Javelina athletic department winning the Lone Star Conference Community-Engagement Award of Excellence, and success in the classroom.  He highlighted returning safety, DeIra Glover, recently named a finalist for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team - an honor reserved for student-athletes who stand out for their positive influence in their communities.

2010-11 Officer Installation

Albert presents a plaque of appreciation
to a delighted and relieved Barbara.

The Kingsville Sunrise Rotary recently installed new officers for the 2010-11 year at the home of Lance and Kim Hamm.  The normally brutal South Texas summer weather relented for an evening, allowing the club to enjoy the festivities on the patio overlooking Santa Gertrudis Creek.

Mary Ann, Barbara and Albert
ready for the 2010-11 year
Immediate past president Barbara Oates swore in Albert Ruiz, now the 12th president of the moring club.  Succeeding Albert as President-Elect is Sam Cooper.  Mary Ann Oldham will retain the treasurer's postion.  Dora Martinez will also remain the club's secretary for the upcoming year.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Coastal Bend Blood Center July Schedule

Want Hooks Tickets?    Donate Blood
The CC Hooks have once again graciously donated two tickets for each blood donor during the month of July.

Kingsville-area schedule for July:
July 13 - TAMK 11:00-3:00, HEB 4:00-6:00
July 19 - Colston Family Physical Rehab and Wellness Center 7:00-11:00
July 21 - Kingsville - Public Works 8:00-10:30, Community Action Health Center (415 S. 6th) 11:30-1:30
July 25 - Bay Area Fellowship 9:30-1:30
July 26 - KISD (207 N. 3rd) 10:00-12:00, Courthouse 1:00-3:00
July 28 - MHMR Center 1:00-3:00, Police Station 4:00-6:00
July 29 - Uresti Senior Assistance 10:30-12:30, Kleb. Cty Nursing and Rehab 1:30-3:30

Congrats to Bishop HS for finishing 2nd place in the High School Hero Challenge in Division 2A, and Claudia Perez for being named Outstanding High School Hero.  Students from Bishop HS donated 314 units of blood during the 2009-2010 school year.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotary International Weekly Update 6-25

Klinginsmith asks Rotary clubs to get 'bigger, better, and bolder'
President-elect unveils his plans for the year as Rotarians get a sneak peek at New Orleans

Banerjee elected RI president for 2011-12
A Rotarian since 1972, he thanks convention crowd for 'incredible opportunity'

Dolly Parton sees an ally in Rotary
Parton and Bob Mazzuca, head of Boy Scouts of America, highlight fourth plenary session

Queen Noor praises Rotary’s 'chorus of hope'
Jo Luck, president of Heifer International, also applauds Rotarian efforts

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Albert Ruiz installed as 12th President

Dr. Albert Ruiz was recently installed as the new president of the Kingsville Sunrise Rotary Club.  His plans for the new year include growing the club to at least 150 members and raising $2.5 million for community projects, such as building luxury suites at Javelina Stadium.

The outgoing president, Barbara Oates, commented "Thank goodness this year is over.  It has been the longest twelve months of my life.  Not literally of course.  I know each year is the same length.  I'm not an idiot.  You know what?  Just never mind."