Rotary hears from JHS students, present and former foreign exchange
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Rotary guest speakers for March were Kevin Behr, Mr. and Mrs. Akio Yamamoto, Kala Griffin, Lisa Herring, Leticia Muñoz and Diane Self.

President-elect Behr spoke about PETS, president-elect training seminar. There were about a thousand Rotarians in attendance for the motivating 2 1/2 days. The training meeting is conducted annually for club president-elects. Its purpose is to prepare incoming presidents for their year as president and give district governors-elect and incoming assistant governors the opportunity to motivate incoming presidents and build their working relationship. Also in the discussion was the goal of Rotary to completely eradicate polio by 2015. Polio still exists and can come back virulent as post-polio syndrome. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria currently have children and adults afflicted with polio. The last case of naturally occurring polio in the US was in 1979.

Akio Yamamoto was a Rotarian foreign exchange student from Japan. He came to Beeville in 1970 and attended A.C. Jones High School. He and his wife, Emiko, came to visit his host parents, Jack and Evelyn Seals. They gave a humorous presentation, highlighting his experiences here in Beeville.

Griffin, sponsor for the Business Professionals of America from A.C. Jones High School, and students of the BPA presented their experiences, travels and competitions. The presenters were Taylor Jones, Justin Segovia and Teresa Cano. These students competed their way from regionals to state and now to the nationals in Orlando, Fla. The local BPA has grown to approximately 20 members. As a team, the students have projects in administrative support, flyers, spreadsheets, websites, graphic designs and computerized events.

Herring is the district governor of the local Rotary chapter. This district is comprised of 44 counties, and new members have increased by 77. The theme for this year is “Peace through Service.” A Rotarian can find passion in Rotary, whether it is service or as a volunteer.

Munoz’s program was about the Miss Western Week Pageant of which Beeville Rotary is the sponsor. Five years ago when Rotary took on this project, 18 young ladies participated. In 2012, there were 75 young ladies who learned many life skills and committed to helping this community. Scholarships that Rotary was able to provide totaled $8,000. Sidney Wesson is the current Miss Western Week queen, and Christina Perez is the Miss Teen Western Week. Diane Self is a coach for the participants. She explained the interview skill curriculum that she developed. Forty percent of the girl’s score is the interview and resume they provide. Participation is 10 percent; modeling their active and western wear is 15 percent each, and 20 percent goes to their on-stage presence in an evening gown.

Rotary would like to recognize Jayne Duryea of the CBC Fine Arts & Kinesiology Division, Christi Lansford, the executive director of the CBC Foundation, John Galloway on the Beeville water supply issues and the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life for their presentations in February.
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