the newsletter of the San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club

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.
Our speaker on February 6th was Hugh Farr, Chief Development Officer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  

The vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters to help all children achieve success in life. In addition to his presentation, Hugh showed us a short video of how Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a difference with the youth of the community. After his talk, Hugh was presented a speaker’s certificate of appreciation from club member Trina Forcey, and a copy of the Rotary magazine by visiting guest Lorraine Kosub. 
We were pleased to welcome Bobby Martinez and Carmen Maglievaz as our guest speakers at our January 9, 2024 meeting. They spoke about the 75th Anniversary of San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Since 1949, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown to become one of the largest, most prestigious single events in the city of San Antonio, with approximately 1.5 million visitors entering the grounds each year. Over 6,000 volunteers give countless hours to the organization each year.
We were pleased to welcome Jeff Morden, Grants Writer with Texas Public Radio (TPR). The mission of Texas Public Radio's is to engage, inspire and inform, to empower our community to make life better. With seven stations across central and south Texas, TPR serves people seeking news, information, or community engagement, audiences for live performances, music lovers, and more.  

As TPR’s Grant Writer, Jeff is responsible for identifying grant opportunities, coordinating applications and administering grant awards. In addition to speaking about grant writing, Jeff gave us a review of all the news, radio, music, blogs, and events that TPR is involved with. After Jeff’s very informative presentation, club president Dan Clark awarded Jeff a Certificate of Appreciation for speaking to our Rotary club.