Stone Oak Rotary Club

        San Antonio

Speaker Date Topic
Rafael "Rafa" Bejar Mar 30, 2017
Texans for Educational Opportunity (TEO)
Texans for Educational Opportunity (TEO)

Rafael "Rafa" Bejar is an Outreach Coordinator/Policy Advisor with the Center for Education Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Born in Corpus Christi, Rafa is a 30-year veteran in the political field promoting democracy and accountable and responsible government on the local, state, federal and international level.  Rafa has a well-rounded background having worked constituent service and legislative affairs with the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners in Florida; as a Press Secretary for a member of the U.S. Congress; and as National Hispanic Coalitions Director for the Republican National Committee.  He has worked to strengthen democracy abroad through the International Republican Institute as the Resident Country Director for Peru and Mongolia.  Before joining the Texas Public Policy Foundation, he served as Texas State Director of The LIBRE Institute where he focused on a variety of issues including the promotion of School Choice.  Rafa has a Masters in Political Management from Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University where he also served as an Adjunct Professor teaching coalition building. 

Ron Mata Apr 06, 2017
Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center

I graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Sociology in May 1970. I received a Master of Social Work in Community Organization and Planning from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 1972. I graduated from Columbia Law School in May 1975.

I have over 100 jury trials as lead counsel during my 40 years’ experience as a trial lawyer representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in the following areas of law: Personal Injury, Labor & Employment, Consumer, Criminal, and Business & Commercial litigation. I am Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1989.

I have completed mediation training and certification through Manousso Mediation and ADR Services and Training. I have received specialized certification in Elder and Adult Care mediation and in Advanced Family, Divorce and Child Custody Mediation. I have completed the Advanced Mediation Course in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) dispute resolution techniques. Finally, I am a member of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas; the Association for Conflict Resolution; the Texas Association of Mediators and I am a Credentialed Mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. I have participated in over 300 mediations as an attorney participant or as a mediator.

Holy Week Apr 13, 2017
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Diane M. Talbert Apr 20, 2017
Church Under the Bridge
Church Under the Bridge

Dianne Talbert is a the Executive Director of Church Under the Bridge, San Antonio's church for the homeless and at-risk communities. Dianne served in the US Air Force for 30 years, holding positions in communications, family support, military education, and the Inspector General inspection team, to name a few.  Throughout her career, she was recognized for leading with excellence and received many awards and decorations, both military and in the local community.  She is a wife, a mother of 4, and a grandmother of 18.  

After retiring in San Antonio, she came to Church Under the Bridge to use her diverse leadership skills to direct programs and ministries designed to bring hope to those experiencing homelessness.  She orchestrates partnerships with 60 churches and community organizations with over 3,000 volunteers who serve more than 27,000 meals annually.  She manages recognition programs for partners and homeless volunteers, movie days, art programs, an annual Artisan Market, skill development classes, and special events.  She works closely with the Senior Pastor to ensure church services, baptisms, and other church ministries meet the needs of their congregation.

She has also been active in organizations and programs for the homeless.  She served on the Board of Directors for the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH), chaired the annual Point-in-Time count of the homeless in Bexar County required by HUD, and co-hosted The Street Store, a free retail shopping experience for individuals who need community support.  She has a huge love for those who are less fortunate in San Antonio and it shows in everything she does.

Taste of the Northside Apr 27, 2017
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Maria "Duda" Barbosa May 04, 2017
Dr. Richard Drake May 11, 2017
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Dr. Drake earned his DDS degree from the University of Texas HSC in San Antonio, TX in 1989. He practiced general dentistry until 2001, when a trip to the Amazon jungle for peacock bass landed him in a tent with a fellow fisherman who snored so loudly he scared the monkeys away at night! Soon after, he devoted his practice to the treatment of snoring, upper airway resistance, and obstructive sleep apnea. 

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer and also President Elect of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He routinely lectures to dentists and physicians all across the United States.

Michael Lammey May 18, 2017
Safety Happens
Safety Happens

PO1, Michael K. Lammey, Ret.

On an ordinary day in December 2006, under what seemed to be ordinary circumstances, “Safety Happens” was forged in the 720 degree steam and heat of a boiler explosion aboard the USS Frank Cable, Guam. PO1 Michael Lammey was burned over 56% of his body with 3rd degree burns. He decided during the four years following the accident, and after going through 50+ surgeries and thousands of rehabilitation hours, that enough was enough. The explosion affected six seamen and their
families, with two fatalities in its wake. Michael experienced first-hand the toll of the explosion, and the effect it had on his and his shipmate’s family and friends.

He slowly began to understand his life was meant for a definite purpose, and he and his family began organizing resources to meet that purpose. As he defines it, his company, Safety Happens, exists to educate organizations and their safety team members who work in high pressure, dangerous vocations that safety does matter. Every person who leaves for work should expect to return home in good health. Unsafe working conditions affect service delivery quality and worker productivity and retention. Safety should be viewed as an integral part of human resources management systems – hazardous environments
increase absenteeism, turnover, risk of abandoning the profession, short-term sick leave, longer-term disability, and even death. For an organization already suffering safety issues, there is risk of additional accidents, as the workers who remain have an increased risk of physical and emotional harm as they try to navigate the workplace to provide coverage.

If a worker is injured on the job, the company loses – lost work hours, increased insurance rates, worker’s compensation premiums, and possible litigation – as well as dealing with workers who respond to the injured worker. They may end up distracted or needing time off to deal with the aftermath - a single injury can have debilitating effects on an organization. The worker loses – income, physical and emotion distress dealing with their injury, resources stretched to the breaking point, substantial time demands on family members – human loss and suffering is immeasurable.

Michael’s injuries are not a result of a safety protocol violation. His injuries can be directly attributed to complacency backed by a false sense of security. He began to recognize that when people routinely perform repetitive and dangerous tasks, it is very easy to become desensitized to the inherent risk of what could happen, and what also could happen after a risk becomes a reality. The two factors alone - complacency coupled with a false sense of security can and do produce catastrophic results.

Karly Mueller May 25, 2017
Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio
Terina McIntyre Jun 01, 2017
Texas Center for Infectious Disease
Preparation for Annual Awards Banquet Jun 29, 2017
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