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Rotary guest speakers educate on many topics
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The Beeville Rotary International members last month addressed a variety of issues, from taxes to child abuse victims. Guest speakers for the May meetings included Patrick Hodges, president of the Gonzales Rotary Club; Domingo Paloma Jr., chief appraisal of Bee County; Lisa Del Bosque, chair of the Bee County Welfare board; and Newton Warzecha, director of the Presidio La Bahia.

Hodges spoke of the club’s fund-raising efforts and the membership drive that has almost doubled the membership in the past two years. A few of the community projects and service activities that the club sponsors are Wellness Center and Norma’s House, a refuge for abused children. They also furnish the local food bank with meat and give sausage wraps to all the participants in the Texas Independence Relay Day.

Paloma spoke to the group of the Taxpayer Rights and Remedies. He reviewed the steps that the taxpayer may take to protest valuations of property and that goal is that taxation be equal and uniform. His guests were Linda Bridges, tax assessor-collector, and County Judge David Silva.

Del Bosque presented information on the Rainbow Room located inside the Child Protective Services office. Donations are needed for new children and teenage clothes. Gently used items are accepted. Del Bosque explained that some children are extracted during the night for their safety and are therefore without clothes and toiletries.

Warzecha enlightened the group on the history of Presidio La Bahia. La Bahia is a colonial Spanish fort that was established in 1721 and stands as it did in 1836. The first Texas declaration of independence from Mexico was signed in the chapel on Dec. 29, 1835, and the darkest day in Texas history took place there on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, when Col. Fannin and his men were executed on orders of Santa Anna.

Visitors for the month were April Quintanilla, Samantha Woolford, Trace Morrill and Daphne Bianchi. A new member inducted into the club membership was Mike Scotten.

The Rotary International Beeville meets every Wednesday at noon at the Beeville Country Club. For more information about Rotary, contact Jack Seals at 358-1043.
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