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                                16th Annual Del Rio Rotary Independence Day Rodeo


Rodeo Kick-Off Block Party

Friday, July 2, 2021, from 6-10 p.m.

by Mesquite Creek Outfitters, 800 South Main Street, in Del Rio.

There will be food, beverages, and live music to kick-off the rodeo weekend!


Independence Day Rodeo

Saturday, July 3 & Sunday July 4, 2021

Gates open at 6:00 p.m., Rodeo begins at 8 p.m.

Val Verde County Fairgrounds, 2006 North Main Street, in Del Rio.

This family-friendly rodeo will have mutton busting for kids, barrel racing, calf roping, bull riding, and more. Trick Riders will perform amazing stunts on galloping horses!


All proceeds from the rodeo will be returned to the community to support scholarships for local students, Rotary Park improvements, the donation of school supplies to local Elementary schools, etc.


Don't miss out on this major event in Del Rio this summer!

Our Guest speaker for this week is David E. Martinez, Val Verde County Attorney.
David E. Martinez, Val Verde County Attorney talking about the Three C's: The county, the courts, and covid. David Martinez was born and raised in Del Rio, being the 7th of 10 children born to the late Leonel Martinez, Sr. and the late Viola C. Martinez. David has been married for 27 years (28 in July) to Car-men H. Martinez; and has two daughters: Clarissa (age 24) and Julia (age 22). David was a Del Rio High School, class of 1982; St. Mary’s University, BBA- Finance 1986; and St. Mary’s University School of Law, JD – 1992. David is licensed as an attorney in November 1992; and elected Val Verde County Attorney in November 2020, and sworn into office on January 1, 2021.
A big round of applause to our guest speaker, David Ortiz, Fellow Rotarian, and Attorney. David spoke about Law Day and spoke about the Rule of Law and how it has changed over the years.
A big round of applause to our guest speaker, Anna Amezcua M.Ed, LDT, CALT of SFDRCISD Dyslexia Reading Specialist. Anna spoke about her struggles because of her dyslexia as well as how she overcame them. Anna also spoke about how this became her passion and felt the need to help students like herself here at our school district.
A big round of applause to our guest speaker, Chef Liam Starbridge, owner of the Floc. He gave an excellent presentation on how you can make a simple but yet delicious meal. Chef Liam also gave tips and regards to local and fresh ingredients. President Ryan sent the recipe for the delicious pasta meal. Try it!
A big round of applause to our guest speaker, Bianca Martinez. April is national autism aware-ness month and Bianca spoke about all the work she has done with her son Mason and other programs available to help with persons who suffer from Autism. Bianca also spoke about her blog that helps educate others.
We are pleased to have Mr. James Reyes as our guest speaker on March 30, 2021. He is the managing attorney at The Law Office of Ruben James Reyes, PLLC, in Seguin, Texas.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Reyes to our meeting!
Topic: Rotary Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 30, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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A big round of applause to our guest speaker, Melissa Merket, Pro-gram Director at Air Evac Lifeteam 134. Mrs. Merket gave an excel-lent presentation in regard to the services offered by Air Evac and how Air Evac became her passion at a young age. Services offered to Val Verde County by Air Evac are a valuable asset to our citizens and eve-ryone is encouraged to register for the annual fee and service. You never know when you will need the service.
For more information go to: https://lifeteam.net/?fbclid=
Chris Flores is a content creator, specializing in videography & Social Media. He is the creator of Eatmigos, something that started off as a hobby & has grown and evolved into a San Antonio brand that has earned him the title of San Antonio Taco King. Eatmigos has also been his vehicle to share his creativity and love for videography with the world through YouTube, social media and client word of mouth.
A big round of applause to our guest speaker, Adrian Davila. Mr. Davila is third-generation pit master, barbeque chef, and restaurateur at his family's acclaimed Davila's BBQ in Seguin, Texas. David took the time to speak about his adventures in perfecting his bbq and his cookbook.
A big round of applause to our guest speaker, Brian “Tiger” Mar-tinez, who gave an awesome presentation. Mr. Martinez wears many hats from working in customer service and the financial industry to also his passion of art and tattoos. Mr. Martinez spoke about how his childhood and how it has formed his passion.
The Rotary Club of Del Rio will be awarding academic scholarships in the amount of $1000.00 each to college/university-bound high school seniors of the Class of 2021 who are residents of and who are currently enrolled in an accredited high school in Val Verde County, Texas. These scholarships are given in honor of Mr. Arturo C. Gonzalez and Rotarians past and present.
Application is available in downloads.
Although Joel Langton is getting more than his share of accolades for the launch of 830Times, his greatest achievement remains getting former Rotarian of the Year Laura Langton to marry him. At Tuesday's meeting, Joel has been asked to speak about the star of www.830Times.com the development of the newspaper, Del Rio's 830Times and finally, the future and where we can find it.
We are pleased to have Joel Langton as our guest speaker on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. He is going to talk about the 830 Times, which is the weekly online newspaper that keeps us informed of regional events. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Langton to our meeting!

Topic: Rotary Zoom Meeting
Time: Feb 23, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Rotary Club District Governor Xavier Toson informed me that there will be two trucks transporting drinking water to south Texas, one truck from Florida and the other from another state. The trucks may be here in 1-3 days. At least one of the trucks will be coming to Del Rio.
We will need Rotarians to help unload the truck(s) and distribute the water. I do not know the size of the truck or when it will be here. When District Governor Toson finds that out, he will share the information with me, and I will let you know.
I reached out to Emergency Management Coordinator John Sheedy to find out where he thinks we should stage the truck. I will let you know what he says.
This is heads up, that we are going to need your help with this! President Chris Ryan
A big round of applause to fellow Rotarian Eddie Amezcua, Jr (Not Pictured) and his team at Skillets (Center), Fellow Rotarian & Property Manager Gregorio Arrambide Jr (pictured left) and Lisa Gallegos Property Staff (right) provided and delivered over 50 meals and fruit to senior citizens who reside at Las Brisas Manor who were snowed in as well as without power for three days. A big thanks for Rotarians working together to help our community!
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Did You Know??
The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of Washington—commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States—was first celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year, but it has been opposed by those who believe that those holidays should be celebrated on the dates they actually commemorate. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honour the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12); although Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday. Presidents’ Day is usually marked by public ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country.
Our Guest Speaker last week Alberto Rafael "Rafa" Roman Soltero, Rotarian of the Club Rotario Piedras Negras in Mexico. Mr. Roman Soltero spoke about Covid19 Global Grant and how it was used to promote and advocate the use of PPE as well as providing supplies and much needed equipment to local authorities, schools and hospitals. Mr. Roman Soltero also took a moment to speak about the importance of promoting Rotary to our youth, Promote Rotary Club in what we do and Speak of what we do as a Rotarian.
Our Guest Speaker last week was Jessica Lee Hamlin Executive Director of Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center. Mrs. Hamlin spoke about their mission that is to preserve the oldest “book” in North America - the rock art murals painted in the canyons. In addition, how Shumla’s four-year effort to dig-itally document the art of the Lower Pecos has become a reality and how the organization’s plans.
We are very pleased to have Mr. Ricardo Rios as the guest speaker for our Rotary Club meeting on January 26, 2021. Mr. Rios is the Head Band Director/Fine Arts Coordinator at Del Rio High School. 
Ricardo Rios is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He taught two years at Fulmore Middle School in Austin before coming to Del Rio in 1991. He became the director of the San Felipe 7th Grade Band and accomplished the 1st ever UIL Sweepstakes Award in the school’s history in 1993. The band was then a consistent UIL winner since that point on under his direction for 16 years. In 2007, Mr. Rios moved up to the high school to become the 2nd assistant and he took the 2nd band to their first ever UIL Sweepstakes award that same school year. Mr. Rios then became the head band director in 2011 and a few years later also took on the title of Fine Arts Coordinator to oversee all fine arts programs in the school district. The Del Rio High School Mighty Ram Band made history again in 2020 by making its first ever appearance at the UIL State Marching Finals at the Alamodome. Mr. Rios was able to compile a great team of teachers to achieve this long-sought goal. Ricardo Rios is married to Claudia Rios and they have 4 daughters – Karina, Karla, Karen, and Karyme.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Rios to our meeting!
Topic: Rotary Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 26, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Our Guest speaker Rotary District Governor - Xavier Toson spoke about COVID and how its affecting Businesses and Rotary. In addition, Xavier Toson also shared what he sees for Rotary in 2021, along with his goals and projects he is working on.
We are honored to have Rotary District Governor Xavier Toson as our guest speaker for our Rotary meeting on January 19, 2021. Governor Xavier is going to share what he sees for Rotary in 2021, his goals and dreams. Please join me in welcoming him to our meeting!

Topic: Rotary Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 19, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Over the last 15 years, Xavier Toson has honed his skills as a versatile Information Technology, Business, and Marketing professional. He is the founder and CEO of Stash Media Group, LLC a digital marketing agency based in San Antonio, Texas. He is an Air Force Veteran. Both he and his wife, Whitni, are Past Presidents of the Alamo Ranch Rotary Club. Before becoming this year’s District Governor, he served the District in a number of capacities. He has a passion for helping the under served, growing local economies and is motivated by the idea of helping to make the world a better place. Please welcome District Governor Xavier Toson.
Our Guest speaker John Hutcherson-Past District Governor spoke about Toastmasters International, with the intention of us potentially partnering with Toast-masters to change and impact the world more powerfully. Mr. Hutcherson also explained how Toastmasters can help Rotarians.
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