the newsletter of the San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club

The nomadic Rotary club of District 5840, better known as the San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club, held its first meeting of the new Rotary year at Noy’s Bistro on Tuesday, July 18th. Our guest speakers were Jeremy Sneed and Analee Reyes of the San Antonio Missions Baseball Club. Jeremy and Analee told us about respective positions with the Missions. They shared with us that the Missions clinched the first-half championship of the Texas League southern division. They also told us about upcoming special marketing nights at Wolff Stadium, home of the Missions. After their very interesting and informative presentation, club president Dan Clark presented Jeremy and Analee with Certificates of Appreciation and a copy of the Rotary magazine. We also want to thank the owner of Noy’s Bistro for their generous hospitality. 
Our August 1st meeting was held at the beautiful La Hacienda de Los Barrios. Thanks go out to DGE Kristen Salazar for arranging for us to hold our meeting here. Steven Silver, Grants Manager of Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletónUSA (CRIT), was our guest speaker.

We were honored to install Trina Forcey as the newest member of our club. Rudy Rubio of the San Antonio Pearl Rotary Club told Trina about Rotary and was on hand as her Rotary sponsor. Thanks for everyone that made it out to our meeting.
We met at Longhorn Cafe on Nacogdoches on Tuesday, August 15th. Our guest speaker was Yvette Ramirez, president of the Farmers Market at Historic Market Square. She gave us an update on the future plans for the Farmers Market and Market Square. She encouraged people to come down and visit the Farmers Market. Thanks to Dan Hernandez for arranging for Yvette to come out and speak to us. Very interesting program.  
We also talked about our numerous upcoming service projects. In addition, we also discussed our upcoming 13th Annual Halloween Bowling Fundraiser. It will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Astro SuperBowl. This annual event raises funds to award a scholarship to a graduating senior at Madison High School; contributes to the Madison Interact Club’s Food Pantry; and also allows our club to sponsor two students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). We are looking for bowlers, sponsors, and silent auction items. Save the date and please spread the word.
We were pleased to welcome back M.E. Martinez, a member of the Alamo Heights Rotary Club, as our guest speaker on September 5th. M.E. is the Chair with Ride for Reading San Antonio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that donates books to children from low-income areas and hosts fundraising events to promote literacy, as well as educating children about bicycling.

Several club members and guests in attendance brought books to our meeting to donate to Ride for Reading San Antonio. Club president Dan Clark presented an illustrated Miriam-Webster’s dictionary to M.E. on behalf of the San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club. Thank you, M.E. for a very passionate presentation.  
We were pleased to welcome Mary Tallouzi as our speaker on September 19th at Salsalito Cantina Mexican Restaurant. Mary spoke to us on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project. Mary’s son, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Tallouzi, was wounded from a mortar attack in Iraq. Shrapnel the size of a quarter crossed both hemispheres of Daniel’s brain and lodged in the center. He endured more than two years in hospitals before returning home. Daniel passed away on February 28, 2009. Mary served as Daniel’s caregiver, a 24-hour-a-day job she performed with great love. 

 It was during Mary’s time as Daniel’s caregiver when she first became connected with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Because of her experiences with Daniel, Mary supports the WWP mission as a spokesperson and has become a member of the National Speaker’s Association, advocating for injured service members and caregivers across the nation. Special thanks go out to Anthony Strickland for arranging for Mary to be with us this evening.  After her very personal and passionate presentation, Mary posed for a photo with Anthony and club president Dan Clark.