Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monty Chamberlain, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Monty Chamberlain is the Employment Recruitment Coordinator for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).  In this role, Mr. Chamberlain is responsible for networking with employers across the state of Texas to share information about the many values disabled individuals can bring to an employer.  Mr. Chamberlain serves as a link between employers and service providers such as Coastal Plains Community Center to increase integrated employment opportunities for disabled individuals.  Mr. Chamberlain has 32 years of state government experience having worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for 18 years in business leadership roles, followed by working for  DADS for the last 14 years in facility operations and business leadership.  
In this presentation, Mr. Chamberlain will share information with attendees about the DADS Employment Recruitment Coordinator project and benefits to businesses of hiring persons with disabilities in the form of productivity, commitment and strategic scheduling to meet peak demand periods in the business. Mr. Chamberlain will also share a recently developed DADS video and discuss the participation form which can produce free publicity for businesses on the DADS website. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 18 - Dr. Ryan Loftin, Driscoll Children's Hospital

Ryan Loftin
Dr. Ryan Loftin
Dr. Ryan Loftin joined us for our August 18th meeting.  He gave a great presentation on Driscoll Children's Hospital in general and the successful effort to separate 10-month-old conjoined twins earlier this year.  Dr. Loftin, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, was instrumental in the prenatal care of the mother and assembling the large team of doctors needed for the delivery of the triplets and later separation of the conjoined twins.

Below are some of the articles about some of the other challenges Dr. Loftin has been involved in:
CC Doctor works to save unborn baby in rare pregnancy complication - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Edinburg parents welcome triplets - KGBT-TV
Texas Couple Welcomes Quintuplets - Growing Your Baby

Stories on the conjoined twins:
Meet the Driscoll doctors who successfully separated twins - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Conjoined sisters undergo rare separation surgery in Texas - CNN
Driscoll Children's Hopital separates infant conjoined girls in Texas - US News and World Report
Conjoined twins’ separation surgery a success - DCH
Conjoined twins separated in marathon operation - DCH
Formerly conjoined sisters doing great - KRIS TV (video)

Forty-five medical professionals took part in the history-making surgery at Driscoll in April 2016.  Yet, so many others in the Driscoll family have been doing their part in caring for the twins since their arrival at Driscoll shortly after their birth May 16, 2015. Doctors were quick to realize the accomplishments of all.

“The teamwork has been phenomenal,” said Haroon Patel, MD, Pediatric Surgeon and Medical Team Leader.  “We could not do something like this without countless others.”

Steve Woerner, President and CEO of Driscoll Children’s Hospital, described the separation surgery as a “man on the moon event” for the hospital.

Such a historic moment doesn’t just happen though.  The team went through countless hours of preparation which included dress rehearsals.  Such preparedness was music to the ears of the surgery’s team leader.  “It was almost like an orchestra.  Everything came together perfectly,” said Dr. Patel.
Just one month after the separation surgery, all three sisters, Scarlett, Ximena and Catalina, were celebrating their first birthday.  A party was held at Driscoll in the theme of “Frozen,” the girls’ favorite movie.  The joyous occasion was complete with balloons, streamers and a huge birthday cake.  
Just two days after their birthday celebration and five weeks after their surgery, Scarlett and Ximena were released from the hospital.  Because of their incredible progress, the girls were released months ahead of schedule.
Team of Driscoll physicians and staff who cared for and supported conjoined twins Scarlett and Ximena Hernandez-Torres.


(From left) Miguel DeLeon, MD, holds Ximena and Karl Mahar, MD, holds Scarlett at the Hernandez-Torres triplets’ birthday celebration.
Post Surgery Press Conference

Recent Programs

7/21/2016 - Caleb Brown, Texas Corps of Cadets and the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band (with videos)
7/28/2016 - Carla Meyer, Kleberg County Adult Literacy Council

8/2/2016 - Update on the Nepal Rabbit Project (with videos)
8/18/2016 - Dr. Ryan Loftin, Driscoll Children's Hospital
8/25/2016 - Jesus Garza, Kingsville City Manager

Friday, August 5, 2016

Update on the Nepal Rabbit Project

Last year, we teamed up with the Kingsville Noon Rotary Club to provide a grant for earthquake stricken Nepal.  Here is an update on how things are progressing.

Thank you to the Kingsville Noon Rotary Club for inviting us to lunch.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 28 - Caleb Brown, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets

July 21 - Caleb Brown spoke to the club, recapping year one as a fish in Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and expectations heading into year 2.

Below are a couple of vides of The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band this past spring.  The first video is the second pass step off at final review (look for Caleb at around the 35 second mark).  The second video is in the stands at an earlier than usual midnight yell practice, the night before the spring football game.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rotary around the Globe

A Century of Doing Good in the World
Doing Good in Guatemala
Doing Good in Australia: Men’s Shed
RI President-elect John Germ
Paul Harris hologram

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Program January 7, 2016

Caleb Brown is once again our speaker at the January 7th meeting.  Fish Brown just completed his first semester at Texas A&M University.  He is member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and marches in the Fighting Texas Aggie Marching Band.

Music City Bowl, December 30, 2015

Final home game November 14, 2015