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The San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club welcomed fellow Rotarian Sandy Liwang as our guest speaker on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Sandy is the club president of the San Antonio Sunrise Rotary Club. Sandy spoke to us about her grandfather Charles C. Leonard, Sr. He was a volunteer ambulance driver in France during World War I. While in France, he kept a diary and took photos of his experiences. Sandy’s sister Judy Brucker took the diary and the photos and created a book titled “Memories of a WW1 Ambulance Driver”. Sandy shared some photos in the book with all those that were in attendance. She also had copies of the book for purchase with her. The book is amazing. 

After her very interesting presentation, San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club president Debbie Degollado presented a certificate of appreciation to Sandy. As with all of our speakers, a donation will be made in Sandy’s name to the Madison High School Interact Club’s Food Pantry. Thank you Sandy for a great presentation.

Our speaker on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 was Maria Cansino with BCFS Health and Human Services, Human Trafficking Interdiction Division. She serves as an Allies Peer Support Specialist. Maria has been part of the BCFS family for six years and has previously served as a Community Advocate with the Common Thread program and Facilitator for the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education program. Allies Peer Support connects local San Antonio area volunteers with survivors of human trafficking to enrich and strengthen the lives of both allies and survivors.  After per informative presentation, Mara, left, posed for a photo with San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club president Debbie Degollado.  Debbie presented a speaker's certificate of appreciation to Maria.  A donation is made in all of our speakers name to the James Madison High School Interact Club Food Pantry.
Also at our August 2, 2022 meeting, Juan Manuel, Maria Cansino's father, joined us from Mexico,  Juan is also a Rotarian, being a member of the Club Rotario Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Juan and club president Debbie exchanged Rotary club banners.  Thank you Juan for joining us for our meeting.