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Del Rio

Service Above Self

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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ramada Inn
2101 Veterans Blvd
Sunblossom Room
Del Rio, TX 78840
United States of America
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If any Rotarians know of any high school Juniors who are interested in attending RYLA, please contact Gregorio Arrambide at (830)313-6818.
Veterans Day Flag Service
If you are interested in assisting in our Flag project on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, please reach out to Rachel Beavan at 830-719-9349.
Veteran's Day Guest Speakers
This week, on November 11th, we celebrate Veteran's Day. In honor of this day, we have some VERY special guests.  Representing the U.S. Air Force, we have Ret. Col. William (Bob) Bishop, representing the Navy, we have Dr. Emile Abbott, representing the Marines, we have Eddie Amezcua and representing the U.S. Coast Guard, we have Fred Bowers
Please join us to listen to their experience serving in the military and our country.

Last week’s guest speaker
 We were honored to have Fellow Rotarian Esme Meza Community Services Director.  Esme spoke about ongoing activities and changes that have been made as well as excellent financial grants available for nonprofits. 
We were honored to have District Governor Kristy Vandenburg as our Rotary Guest speaker last week.  District Governor Vandenburg spoke about the various projects going on in our District as well as recognizing the projects being held in Del Rio. 
Don’t forget to register for Rotary at the Park Fellowship which will be on Tuesday, October 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Deadline to RSVP no later than Thursday, October 14, 2021. 
Join us in welcoming our Guest Speaker
Tiffany Burrow is one of the founding members of the Val Verde Border Coalition since Spring of 2019. This started as a faith-based initiative to help migrant families to unite with their American sponsors across the United States.
Tiffany Burrow is a native of California but has called Del Río home for over 25 years. Her husband Steve retired from LAFB and is a simulator instructor at LAFB. They have 3 children.
On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, a groundbreaking was held at Del Rio Rotary Village for gthe new laundry room. The property has outgrown the current facility and a new one is going to be added. 
Service Above Self
If anyone is interested in making a difference with our Club, please join us on the nominating committee for the upcoming board for next year! If interested, please let President Fred Bowers know or Rotarian Cynthia de Luna.
The Del Rio Club was organized as club number 1285 in 1922. Arthur Mayhew of Uvalde Rotary Club came to Del Rio and induced Phil B. Foster to call a meeting of local businessmen in the St Charles Hotel the night of October 12, 1922. Seventeen men were present at this meeting and these seventeen men organized and became the charter, members of the Del Rio Rotary Club. The club got its charter on November 22, 1922.
16 de Septiembre celebration at Rotary Village Pictured are tenants, fellow Rotarian & Property Manager Ruben Cantu, and Assistant Governor Gloria Wilson. 
Assistant Governor, Gloria Wilson, brought Ms. Brittany Johnson as her guest.  Ms. Johnson currently works with the agency which assists in providing meals to the local troopers staying at the Civic Center as well as the Fairgrounds. A big round of applause went out as we much appreciate what they are doing for the law enforcement officers.
Last week’s Guest Speaker- Ryan Schmidt
Our guest speaker was Ryan Schmidt. He is a Wildlife biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife and gave an informative presentation in regards to evasive species and the mission in protecting our creek and surrounding areas.
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Voice your concerns in regards to the American Families Plan.
If you have at least $600 in your account, the IRS could end up monitoring your spending. It’s part of President Biden's proposed tax reform and is raising concerns.
The U.S. Congress is currently negotiating next year’s budget bill.  As a revenue-raising option, the bill could include a new system of information reporting that would jeopardize the security of your personal financial information.  Specifically, there is a proposal that would require financial institutions to automatically report your private account information to the IRS every year.  This includes deposits, withdrawals, loan payments, transfers, and more.
Every American has a reasonable expectation of financial privacy.  This proposal would jeopardize that right.  Furthermore, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures unless probable cause exists.  There is no probable cause justifying the automatic reporting of your personal financial information to the government.  In America, our justice system mandates that we are innocent until proven guilty.  However, if this proposal passes, the IRS is assuming Americans are guilty of tax evasion, and we must prove that we’re not. 
Texans in Washington, D.C. need to hear how you feel about this proposal!  Send your House member and Senators Cornyn and Cruz an email TODAY opposing the IRS Reporting Proposal.
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Fellow Rotarian Liz Calderon and President Fred
Elizabeth Elizalde was born and raised in Del Rio, Texas, and attended local schools.  She is a graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin Texas, where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish.   Elizabeth also obtained a Graduate certification from Midland College in long-term care and holds a license as a Long-Term Care Administrator.  She is currently the Executive Director at Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and has been employed here for 11 years.   Elizabeth served on the City of Del Rio, Texas City Council; she was elected to Council on May 12, 2012, and served for two (2) terms/ 8 years, where represented District III, the district she was born and raised in.  During her tenure on the City Council, she also served as Mayor Pro Tem from May 2019 through November 2020.
Elizabeth is currently a member of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, the Del Rio Hispanic of Commerce, and other local groups.
During the past 25 years, she has served as a volunteer n the community in many capacities:
  • Del Rio Boys & Girls Club -Board of Directors
  • Del Rio Boys & Girls Club – Board of Directors, Ex-officio 
  • Wings over Acuña Missionary Group- Proj. Coord/Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Joint Committee for Animal Awareness
  • Del Rio VITA Coalition Board- Chairperson and Vice-President/Vice-Chair
  • Continental Airlines-Airport Marketing Taskforce TEAM (Del Rio)
  • Community Health Improvement Coalition-Member; Corresponding Secretary 
  • Val Verde Safe Kids- Steering Committee 
  • HEB & City of Del Rio Feast of Sharing- Steering Committee 
  • Christmas Operation Shoebox- local coordinator/founder 
  • Del Rio Little League Softball- Assistant Coach, girls’ 9-12 yr. olds team 
  • Del Rio Boys & Girls Club-Asst. Coach, boys’ 7-9 yr. old basketball team 
  • Flood 1998 Unmet Needs Committee/Board Member.
Last week’s Guest Speaker
Our guest speaker, Val Cadena, Owner of Cadena Appraisal Service and he is a Past President of the Rotary Club. He gave an informative presentation on his perspective of what is going on in the real estate market.
Food for Thought…
On September 10th, as we're placing flags, a gentleman came and thanked us for putting up flags in the community. Fellow Rotarian, David Ortiz, explained what it was for and again he thanked us. As he walked away, we realized he was wearing an Iraq Veteran cap. It brought tears to my eyes as he walked away, and it was difficult for me to keep a straight face. There was so much I wanted to say but was unable to say anything. In thought, we as Americans take our freedoms for granted. Remembering September 11th, we all stood together as AMERICANS, no red, black, white, or brown, we were all AMERICANS. Today, we see a division between red and blue parties, the color of our skin, religions, blue uniform, and black lives. Why can we not JUST BE AMERICANS, AMERICANS who stand together against injustice, terrorism, hate, and disease. Unfortunately, division is destroying us, as fellow Rotarians, we work together in helping and standing together selflessly to better our community. Let our goals be to help spread the values and vision of Rotary and help create AMERICANS WHO STAND UNITED AS ONE.
Last week’s Guest Speaker
Mr. Adrian Bitela, holds the position of the Val Verde County Veterans Service Officer. Mr. Bitela also runs a nonprofit called FOB. Mr. Bitela spoke about the services offered by the Veterans Service Office and the goals of the office.
Rotary Village Senior Citizen Day. Assistant-Governor Gloria Wilson delivered a goody bag to keep tenants active and stress-free during these times.
Help us in welcoming Leslie started her career as a Park Ranger Aide at a city park in Hampton, Virginia. The park consisted of 450 acres of unique, and rich wetland areas.  Her next move was to work for the National Forest Service as a forestry technician at the Coconino National Forest.  The experience she gained there helped her move on to the National Park Service in Florida. While she worked at Canaveral National Seashore as an Interpretive Park Ranger, she was able to develop leadership skills. After working for the Bureau of Land Management for 6 years, Leslie came back to the National Park Service as a Chief of Interpretation and Resource Manager.  It is a sense of pride that Leslie is a public servant.
Our guest speaker for last week was Leslie who is an Interpretive Park Ranger with the National Park Service. Leslie gave an excellent and entertaining presentation and spoke about her past experiences and the many hats that a Park Ranger wears.
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