Archive for the ‘Children & Families’ Category

anti-Human Trafficking speakers & Websites

George Segura  Joint FBI/SAPD Human Trafficking Task Force

  george.segura@sanantonio.gov. 210-207-2569
District HT Champion
PDG Stephanie Macchia(210)349-8888
or smacchia@elmslaw.com
Video with Ashton Kutcher
Kirsta Leeburg Melton
Deputy Criminal Chief of the
Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section
Office of the Texas Attorney General.
Brooke Axtell, Founder of She Rises: http://brookeaxtell.com/bio/. She charges to speak and is a victim herself.
Diana Mao, Founder/President of Nomi: https://www.nominetwork.org/nomis-story/
 Dr. Ken Small from the H.U.G.S. Foundation @ H.U.G.S.org
The main one we recommend is ransomedifetexas.org
They have several speakers including ones specifically for teens. My favorite  contact and friend is Susan Burkholder. Her email is burkholder@ransomedlifetexas.org.
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5 elephants near Fredericksburg — near Stonewall in south-central TX

The Preserve is open. There are now five, well-trained, circus-rescue female elephants,  which families may interact with & enjoy.

Location:  off of Route 2721 (Olive Street) north of Stonewall a couple a miles, the address is 650 Double Horn Road. Great place to take kids. See

Visit http://www.ThePreserve.com or call Keri Johnson 830-992-0373.  She has been working with elephants for 46 years.

McNeill@BeeCreek.Net; RockBon@BeeCreek.Net; CaDavis2000@GMail.com; CCMooreTX1@GMail.com; HLO1@CTESC.Net; JamesK.Speer@GMail.com;

Hill Country Crisis Council Emergency PET Shelter in Kerrville (south-central), TX

To make a donation:   Hill Country Crisis Council, P.O. Box 291817, Kerrville, TX  78029 or https://www.GoFundMe.com/TheHillCountryPetProject

Subscribe to “Global Polio Eradication” updates: BigZLumber@Aol.com

 

NO new Wild Polio cases Week of May 20, 2018.         

What is that Polio Eradication Picture?   It’s a picture of Elvis promoting the March of Dimes to support Polio eradication.  Many celebrities and sports stars have given of  their  time, talents, faces, voices, and donations to the Polio Eradication cause worldwide over the years..                

Zero is the Magic Number!

The three year Countdown to History starts after the final Wild Polio case. 

Today, we count six weeks since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case.

For Rotary District Leaders (and Influencers) – Know what’s best Polio Eradication “Bang For Your Buck”?  Contributions of your Rotary District Designated Funds (DDF) are matched $.50 to the $1 by The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund and are then matched again $2 to $1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  So, a $10,000 DDF donation becomes $45,000.  That’s an unbeatable deal!  See the DDF donation form here file:///C:/Users/terry/Downloads/ddf_donation_form_rotary_foundation_funds_en.pdf  

Rotary is committed to raise $50 Million (including Rotarian, public, and DDF donations) to be matched by $100 mil from the Gates Foundation – for each of the next three years – for a total of $450 million for the Global Polio Eradication effort!

  • Kenya, SYRIA, SOMALIA, Nigeria & DRC No Polio cases have been reported in Nigeria, Kenya or Somalia.  No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived Poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week in Syria (last case 9/20/17) leaving the total number of Syrian cases at 74 for 2017 and 0 for 2018.  No new cases were reported in DRC leaving their 2018 total at 4 (22 in 2017).
  • Quote of the Day – “If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou, Author & Poet
  • The Final Three Endemic Countries:
  • Pakistan– No new Polio cases reported this week. One Polio case reported in 2018 – the most recent case was from the Balochistan Province with an onset of paralysis on 3/8/18.  Eight cases reported in 2017.  One new Polio-Positive Environmental Sample was reported this week (Karachi).  A Sub-National immunization campaign reached 20 million children in May.
  • Afghanistan– No new Polio cases reported this week.  Seven Polio cases reported in 2018 – the most recent case was from the Kunar province with the onset of paralysis on 03/03/18.  Fourteen cases reported in 2017.  A sub-national vaccination campaign reached 9.6 million children in May.  One new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples was reported this week (Kandahar).

Nigeria – No new Wild Polio cases have been reported in 2017 or 2018.   The most recent Polio case was reported on 8/20/16.  Nigeria has once again gone 1-3/4 years without a Wild Polio case.  

   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator

To help with pet-shelter kennels for families fleeing from domestic violence, contact Suzanne@HCCares.com or 830-257-7088, x. 125

Please let Suzanne@HCCares.com or 830-257-7088, x. 125 know if you / your organization(s) want to help with pet kennels in Kerrville … for pets of families fleeing from domestic violence.

In the backyard of the Kerrville, TX, domestic-violence survivors’ shelter, we have a small enclosure for survivors that bring dogs.  When I say enclosure, I mean 4 chain link panels with a gate, probably 7′ x 7′, no covering for shade.  It is adequate for a dog, or 2-3 from the same family, or maybe two from different families that get a long together.  Only adequate – too small most certain.

We are fortunate enough to have a wonderful volunteer that comes to our shelter weekly to teach a bible study.  Prior to joining us, she had been to the Kendall County Women’s Shelter and saw their pet facility.  I haven’t seen it, but word is, is it outstanding, and most certainly very expensive.  Our volunteer graciously decided to have a fundraiser to build new kennels for Hill Country Crisis Center.  She moved from Houston a few years ago, does not have as many Hill Country connections and lives in Comfort.  She reached out to her friends in the Reserve where she lives, and found an overwhelming number of people wanted to form a committee and help her fundraiser for this project! Very generous and exciting! She is toying around with the idea of a golf tournament at the Buckhorn.  She asked that I reach out to our board in hopes a member or two would like to join this committee.

It may be difficult to understand the dynamics of domestic violence, and even more so to grasp that people not being to bring their pets with them can actually decide to stay in the relationship.  As Brent, and our Director of Trauma Services, Kim Olden can attest to, we have recently had to turn women away because we could not accommodate their dogs.  I asked Kim to help explain this dynamic:

“It is very common for survivors of intimate partner violence to want to take their pets with themThreats of abusing or killing pets are made often times as a form of control.  We have had clients receive pictures of their destroyed animal, and we currently have one in the shelter that had a pet killed the day she left, and has since been told that

he another one was killed.  The most dangerous time for a survivor in an abusive relationship is when she is trying to leave.  The abuser begins intensifying his means to control her.  We do attempt to problem solve the issues with those seeking shelter asking if they have a friend or a family member who can care for their pet/pets while they are here.  Then we frequently run into two more common abuse tactics used by abusers to create barriers to a woman seeking safety:  isolation and social sabotage.  Many survivors have been isolated by their abuser and have lost contact with all family and friends, and many relationships have been sabotaged by the abuser.”

It can be intensified when there are children.  The children are already leaving everything they know; asking them to leave their pets as well is another added trauma.  Include the fact that many children will have heard that their pet will be killed.  Very sad situation.

It would be great to have proper kennels that can accommodate more pets, easier to clean, and safer and more comfortable for the pets! Let me know if any of you would like to speak to our volunteer.

Thank you,  Suzanne Tomerlin, Development Director, Hill Country Crisis Council, 830-257-7088 ext 125

Politics!

Theodore Roosevelt:  The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.

Oprah’s Golden Globes’ acceptance speech: this generation’s version of “I Have a Dream” speech

Oprah Winfrey’s rousing acceptance speech about social values for her Lifetime Achievement Award:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6qQM054B0

Hurricane: how to help beloved pets, how to donate food & money to help our Houston-area families: humans, canines, felines & more: www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

Houston-area animal rescue groups that need your financial support

Friends For Life:  www.Friends4Life.org & Facebook:  look for Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization, Houston. Check out all the animals they are caring for at the George R. Brown Convention Center—a new model for people/animal rescue during emergencies

Montgomery County Animal Shelter:   https://www.mcaspets.org/mcaspetsblog   Facebook – look for Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas. These folks, along with Best Friends, are taking in the animals from Houston shelters throughout the affected areas.

Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project:  http://ForgottenDogs.com  Taking care of stray animals affected by Harvey. Their Facebook feed is also posted on this website.

DISASTER AID!  http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

LODGING available!  Is there anyone or couple you know who needs place to stay a couple weeks or whatever?  Have guest house. Live out in country 23 miles out of Post / NW Texas near Lubbock. Also have RV hookup. Rotarian Dave Tyler:  DTyler@Caprock-Spur.com        Alice.White@TTU.edu or 830-990-8101 has lodging in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) for up to six adults &/or children – not for cat-allergic folks, sorry.

 

PETS!  in the Houston areaKKimmey@TheWorkKs.com in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) will be taking pet supplies as close as possible to Houston.  Also, you may donate:  www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

  • People can go to FFL’s Facebook page (Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization) to see FFL in action at the GR Brown Convention Center
  • Below is list of items needed per FFL:
    • Kennels and carriers of all sizes
    • Cat food and dog food
    • Collars and leashes
    • Cat and dog beds

 

FOOD! excellent, high-performance, food-bank for the world:  www.Breedlove.org accepting “Harvey” donations (on their front page) to provide food to Houston-area refugees.  I was  a Breedlove board member for 6 yrs. in Lubbock).

 

MONEY!  Additional, reputable donation sites

from Carol Holmes, Rotary District 5840 Governor / south central Texas:  San Antonio area         Information on Disaster Relief:  …   where anyone & everyone may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Rotary Districts & their contacts:

 

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; BettyLaraRotary@GMail.com (Rockport / South TX / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5910Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.Herrington@Yahoo.com  (Palestine / NE TX area)

 

Rotary District 5890Send checks to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.Palko@Amegybank. (Houston / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3   Send checks to Rotary District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; Holmes.CF688@GMail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country / south-central TX Area).   … Continue to keep all the people who have been impacted with this hurricane in your prayers, as we still have a long way to go.

http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

Also:  www.RedCross.org;   www.SalvationArmyUSA.org     Although less visible, the Salvation Army is providing massive assistance to evacuees as well.

8-29-’17:  Red Cross reports 17,000 evacuees in TX shelters.  The Houston Convention Center holds 9,000 of them.  All Houston area animal shelters are full.   45 shelters are open in the Houston area, with two more large ones opening soon.  The Dallas Convention Center opened today for 5,000 evacuees.     – National Guard assistance is increasing from 3,500 troops to 10,000 soon.  Assistance from all military branches in surrounding states will total 20,000 to 30,000 troops, plus vehicles and equipment.     Two of the nation’s largest oil refineries are not operating.  Others are affected.     Rainfall from Harvey at 49+ total inches is a new U.S. all-time record.  Several days of this to go.

Where Rotarians may donate to benefit Hurricane Harvey folks

Rotarians may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Districts and their contacts:

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to:  McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; bettylararotary@gmail.com (Rockport area)

Rotary District 5910:  Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com (Palestine area)

Rotary District 5890:  Send checks to District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.palko@amegybank. (Houston area)

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3 – Send checks to District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact:

DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; holmes.cf688@gmail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country Area).

Fredericksburg-area Alpaca Farm! — near Wolf Creek Camp

To visit Beth & Don Weeks’ Fredericksburg, TX-area alpaca farm, call 830-990-9125 & ask about feeding times.  They provide no-charge tours as a gift to kids & adults.

The Weeks’ sell beautiful & soft alpaca wool products in a small, gift shop:  elegant gloves, muffs, scarves & more.

The farm is a commercial operation.  They sell to buyers worldwide.

FBG, TX-area sights to see for youngsters

FBG, TX-area sights to see for youngsters:

MarktPlatz playground

FBG Morning Rotary Skateboard Park near H-E-B Grocery

Lady Bird Johnson swimming pool with near-by butterfly garden + swimming pool south of FBG Middle School

Wildflower Seed Farm on E. US 290

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza on SH 16 — east of Gillespie County Airport & FBO

Science Mill in Johnson City — 1 hr. east of FBG on US 290

Shipping Books for Africa to Atlanta, GA, USA: 404-603-8680. End book famine in Africa!

e-mail me w/ any questions about donating books. Let me know how many books, &  I can guide you in the right direction for moving them:  Sldr99MPLS@Yahoo.com or Brad Mattson, Director Of Atlanta Operations, Books For Africa 3655 Atlanta Ind. Dr., Atlanta, GA 30331  404-603-8680 ATL.    www.BooksForAfrica.org

Help End the Book Famine in Africa!   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPeYHHQWdK0&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygGqW1v2sTk&feature=youtu.be   

Dealing with grief: https://www.neptunesociety.com/resources/the-guide-to-pet-bereavement-what-to-expect-after-the-loss-of-a-loved-one & more

As many years as I’ve been in the health field, it’s never been easy to lose someone, whether personally or professionally. Although it’s something many people avoid talking about, death & the grief that follows it are unavoidable.

I was reminded of this recently after losing a lifelong friend who lost her battle with cancer. We knew some months ago that we would lose her… but it didn’t make it any easier. My grief is something I’m still dealing with (& know I will continue to deal with). I’ve been doing a lot of research for Public Health Corps on this topic lately in an effort to help any of our readers who may be going through a similar difficult time, & I thought I would share some of my findings with you, as well.

Laid to Rest at Home: How to Plan a Home Memorial Service for Your Departed Loved One
https://www.redfin.com/blog/how-to-memorial-service-at-home

The New Stages of Grief: 5 Tasks, No Timeline  https://www.caring.com/articles/five-stages-of-grief

Final Logistics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Loved One’s Belongings After Their Death:  https://www.closetbox.com/resources/final-logistics-step-step-guide-handling-loved-ones-belongings-death/

Supporting a Child When Someone Dies:  https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/bereaved-family-friends/supporting-grieving-child

Coping with a Child’s Illness While You’re in Recovery: Learn Coping Methods While Going Through this Difficult Time:  www.drugrehab.org/coping-childs-illness-recovery/

Dementia Patients and Grief:  https://www.pathwayshealth.org/dementia-care/dementia-patients-and-grief/

The Guide to Pet Bereavement: What to Expect After the Loss of a Loved One:  https://www.neptunesociety.com/resources/the-guide-to-pet-bereavement-what-to-expect-after-the-loss-of-a-loved-one

When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue:  www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2016/03/when-bereavement-becomes-a-mental-health-issue/

publichealthcorps.org   340 S Lemon Ave #5780 | Walnut, CA 91789

LifeStories Alive: MOKrent@LifeStoriesAlive.com

You are invited to FBG Morning Rotary’s breakfast on Thur., June 22, 6:45a at The Buffalo Nickel Bar & Grill at 105 S. Llano St. in downtown Fredericksburg – in case our  “LifeStories Alive” speaker* might be of special interest to you & your family.

* Mike O’Krent –  the founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC, specializes in the making personal history videos for families.  MOKrent@LifeStoriesAlive.com

Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, Mike received his degree in Marketing and Management from Southern Methodist University.

In a life-changing experience, from 1996 through 2000, Mike interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation. It was through that experience he discovered the significance and technique of recording the life stories of loved ones. That formed the basis for his LifeStories business.

 

Since founding the business in 2006, LifeStories Alive has filmed legacy videos for hundreds of client families and non-profit organizations.

Mike currently serves as a Trustee for Austin’s ZACH Theatre. He has served as the Chairman of the Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) Committee for the Jewish Community Association of Austin from 2009 to the present.

Hill Country Crisis Council, Kerrville, TX, board members

BrentIves@HCCares.com; Phyllis@RicksFurnitureCompany.Net; ChadS@GuadalupeNational.com; Melanie@Thayn.com; Curtis.Thomason @KerrvilleTx.Gov; OFlores@Ci.Boerne.Tx.US; LWilke@Co.Kerr.Tx.US; KBHudler14@GMail.com; Patty@Zohlen.com; PamBergman@GMail.com; SNPartin@GMail.com; Tiffanie.Deal@DFPS.State.Tx.US; Cookies_39@HotMail.com); HWHerd@STx.RR.com;

Tiffanie.Deal@DFPS.State.Tx.US  Child Protective Services Supervisor – Unit 33   Investigations – Kerr, Bandera & Gillespie Counties   819 Water St, Suite 230; Kerrville, TX 78028   830-257-0240 = Office; 830-928-1882 = Cell; 512-934-9620 = Fax   Tiffanie.Deal@DFPS.State.Tx.US