Robert Bridge is the emergency management coordinator for Bee County. Bee County and the City of Beeville have a multi-jurisdictional Emergency Operations Plan that is used to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. His job duties are ensuring the health of his employees, conducting inquiries of sensitive nature and risk management for Bee County. He participates in training exercises with the DPS, EMS and the sheriff’s office with such matters as hazardous materials with trailer/tractors, hurricane preparedness and any other emergencies and disasters. He described the Blackboard Connect System: a mass notification system of messages in any part of Bee County to individuals by cell phone, home phone, text and email. The registration can be found at the Bee County website and sign-up at the SMS (short message system). Bridge expressed the need for volunteers. They can apply online or go to his office at 111 N. St. Mary’s St.
Traylor and Stockton presented a slide show presentation of their mission work at the Dominican Republic Spring Break 2013. The Dominican Republic is the second largest nation in the Caribbean and the second largest economy of the Caribbean and Central America. The country shares the Hispaniola Island with Haiti. The South Texas Children’s Home Ministries oversees work there including the Quisqueya Baptist Church and orphanages like the La Romana Orphanage. Individuals can sponsor a child under the Samuel’s Fund Project for $30/month. This can be found www.stchm.org.
Greve, former director of the Bee County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Rotarians an update of the Chamber. There are 85 Chamber members, and membership is tiered. The Chamber website is being updated. Activities of the Bee County area will be posted at the events list and calendar on the website. A new program being initiated is the identification of noble and historical individuals buried in Texas cemeteries. This has become a great interest for history buffs and family genealogy. These are just a few things the Chamber is working on for visitors and tourists to see and do in Bee County. Summer Fest will be Aug. 9-10. There will be fun family activities and bands playing Friday and Saturday nights at the Bee County Expo Center.
Linda Bridge updated the Rotarians on laws pertaining to tax liens/deeds and deferment requirements. The office collects property taxes and is an agent for motor vehicle title and registration. The office handles the election list, voter registration, eight-liner county permits and beer/wine permits. The office is an agent for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and registers and titles boats and motors. Her staff is cross trained for all the positions. Mrs. Bridge was elected to this office in January 2009 and is in her second term.
Jack Seals received his second Paul Harris Fellow pin. Donors of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, Polio Plus or the Humanitarian Grants Program can be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and pin.
Visitors to the April meetings were Raymond Ramos, Eric Green, Mitchel Nestler, Allyson Nestler and Matt Bochat.