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