September Alice Rotary Rewind Bulletin

Alice Rotary Interact On The Move

Rotarian Ofelia Hunter, our Interact Chair, along with Rotarians Dee Dee Cantu Arismendez and Sandra Maldonado-Bowen attended the "All About Interact" virtual meeting early in the month of September.  Their goal was to learn anything and everything they could in regards to… you guessed it Interact.
With the knowledge gained we can say they are already on the road to success having started recruiting efforts and the first meeting of the year.  Alice Rotary Interact is ready to do great things for the community! Let’s wish them the best year ever! Thank you Chair Ofelia Hunter and Rotary Interact Member Mr. Ron Burke for safely meeting with these students.

Extra Mile Member Focus 

Alice Rotary Club member Sandra Maldonado-Bowen worked, independently, to organize a project called "Nurses From Afar" in an effort to show these front liners the appreciation of the community. 
Teaming up with community members and leaders as well as organizations the project was developed to provide meals and snacks for the out of state nurses in the area helping the county’s public health crisis against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mrs. Bowen created the project in honor of Calvin T. Ladner, P.E., the Founder and President of LJA Engineering, Inc. Mr. Ladner, who recently lost his battle with COVID-19, had a vast love for the community and though not a Rotarian proved to be a true example of Service Above Self.
Additional Rotarians that participated in this project were Ron Burke and Margie Gonzalez.

9/11 Patriots Day Remembrance

Alice Rotary Club and Jim Wells County Veteran’s Office, along with Guest Speaker J. Karl Clark LT Col Retired U.S. Army presented Patriots Day in remembrance of 9/11/2001.
19 years ago United States of America joined hands, hugged one another tight, prayed and were One Nation Under God. During the event we came together to remember those who lost their lives. Even though we couldn’t hug or hold hands we were still One Nation Under God and We will never forget the sacrifices of the first responders and civilians lost on 9/11.

New Member Announcements

On September 23rd, Alice Rotary Club officially welcomed three new members. Alice City Councilman Ron Burke, Cynthia Carrasco and Dr. Alma Charles were installed by our Club President Bruce Hoffman and pinned by their sponsors; Ofelia Hunter, Tessa Carrillo and Gail Hoffman.
We look forward to their dedication to Service Above Self.


Meetings In Review

September 2nd

Roxana Gomez, Sr. Business Development Specialist with Minority Business Development Agency informed us in regards to an assistance program and her work with the ‘Covid-19 Business Resilience Center”.
The focus is to assist minority and small businesses located in economically distressed and rural areas. However, as a resilience center, they want to provide help to any small business that has been affected by the COVID-19. Their mission is to educate business owners and help them to become more resilient.
For more information check out their website:

September 9th

Special guest speaker Jason Schad, Patrol Agent in Charge with the Border Patrol.  He provided us an update on the current and year to date numbers regarding illegal activity occurring so close to our home. In Addition he discussed how the men and women risking their lives everyday are holding up to the current unrest within the USA and now COVID-19.

September 16th

Special guest speaker Mr. Tom Schmid, President and CEO of the Texas State Aquarium gave us an update on this very important asset of the Coastal Bend.  Not only a great family attraction, but it is most important in the conservation of sea life and their habitat. 
He also informed us as to how the TSA also has had to deal with COVID-19 both in regards to controlling the spread and financially.

September 23rd

Alice Rotary Club met face to face at the Alice Country Club to install our new Rotarians, introduce our newest Interact group from AHS and hear our special guest speaker Texas Ranger Edward Groves.
Ranger Groves started off by introducing our new local Texas Ranger, Ranger Robert Montalvo. Additional he spoke on several different aspects Rangers deal with 24 hours a day and how all law enforcement is affected by COVID-19 and this ever changing world we live in today.
Thank you Texas Ranger Groves for a very informative meeting.

September 30th

Another exciting Rotary meeting. Special guest speaker State Representative JM Lozano who was introduced by Rotarian Ron Burke. Mr. Lozano spoke on our economy, Texas State Highways, Harbor Bridge, COVID-19 crisis, schools, and family, etc.
We also were presented by our District Secretary Rotarian Dee Dee Arismendez a Grant Check to assist with COVID-19 in our community. Thank you to our grant writer Rotarian Gail Hoffman.
Another surprise was Bud Oliver with YMCA and his team. They are working diligently to move things forward with the natatorium and programs to be offered.
It’s a great day to be a Rotarian!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carl Scarbrough
May 9
Tessa Carrillo
May 16
Ted Bearden
May 23
Spouse Birthdays
Freddy Arismendez
May 25
Lane Bowen
Elaine Bowen
May 6
Join Date
Ted Bearden
May 3, 2006
15 years
Nena Pitts
May 9, 2012
9 years
 May 6, 2020 05:30 PM via Zoom.
Board meeting are open to all members and if you would like to join please reach out to Bruce for meeting details.
Russell Hampton
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