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ECISD receives 100 backpacks from Edinburg Rotary!

Rotary donates 100 backpacks to Edinburg ISD
Edinburg Rotary donated 100 backpacks to Harwell Middle School. Pictured: Edinburg Rotary President Frances Dicus, Edinburg Rotary Member Doug Martin, Dr. Raul D’Lorm, principal, Erica Lee Torres, curriculum assistant, and student leader representatives.
Edinburg Rotary Club gives $6000 to Food Bank RGV!
 
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     Marko Alanis                                       Edinburg Economic
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     Carranza Development                   Diane McLarty
     Valley Insurance Service                Dr. Krishna M.
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     Atlas Hall & Rodriguez, LLC            Amigo Power
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     KBW Supply                                       Nario Cantu

     Capital Farm Credit                            Professional Plaza
     Lone Star National Bank                    American Electric Power
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Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic

 

About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980.

Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state.

The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S. volunteers. At one point, volunteers to Guerrero dipped to 20 volunteers from a high of 50. And in 2010, the clinic had to be canceled for six months after the U.S. State Department issued a travel ban to Mexico. Despite the cautious approach, Guerrero is not typically viewed to be as dangerous as some of the border towns in Chihuahua like Ciudad Juarez.

"I tell [volunteers] we're not going to take them to an area where we know there's a problem. We don't take that chance," Branson says.

It's taken not only the support of the community in Guerrero, but the cooperation of Rotary clubs in Southeast Texas and in northern Mexico to grow and sustain the clinic.

The clinic opens its doors and offers free health care services as often as six times a year. Optometry is its primary focus with up to 550 cataract surgeries performed each year, but it also offers cleft palate surgeries, skin grafts, cancer screenings, and pap smears. As many as 1,000 patients come through the clinic each week it operates.

Branson says people have been known to travel over 1,200 miles to be treated at the clinic, many because the services are free. He recalls one couple bringing their baby in to repair a cleft palate.

"They traveled from Acapulco to Guerrero because they had no money to pay for the surgery," he says.

Funding gaps

As the clinic has grown so has the cost to keep it running. To help with funding, several clubs in Mexico formed the nonprofit Rotary Foundation of Guerrero (Fundación Rotaria de Guerrero A.C.) in 2003. The foundation won loans through the federal health care program until loans were suspended in 2012.

Celso Reyes, of the Rotary Club of Torreón, says that the clubs in both countries have had to renew their fundraising tactics to recoup lost funding. Additionally, they have applied for various Rotary grants throughout the years; most recently they secured a matching grant sponsored by several clubs in Mexico. The clinic also relies on non-Rotary organizations such as Alcon Labs, a health and eye care company, for donations of medical supplies.

"It's one thing to hear about the work being done," Reyes says. "But [only] until you visit, until you're actually there and you see the profound change made in the lives of the people who get their vision back or have a cleft palate surgery, do you see how wonderful it is. It is a great experience."

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Ok you have been asked to be a new Member of the Rotary Club. Why Join? What Do we do ? Why do we Do It? Many Rotarians ask this question and many do not know the answer. How can these Questions be answered? Stay Tuned
 
 
 
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Doyle Clark
Dec 29, 2016
Polio Plus Campaign at Vipers Game
Veronica Whitaker
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Comfort House Services
Club Planning Committee
Jan 12, 2017
Cajunfest Planning (Acquisition Deadline)
Club Program
Jan 19, 2017
Students of the Month (UIL Academics)
Rudy & Anna Gorena
Jan 26, 2017
Pay It Forward (local food pantry & children's home)
Club Planning Committee
Feb 02, 2017
Upcoming Cajunfest Event
Club Planning Committee
Feb 09, 2017
Finalizing Cajunfest Event
Club Program
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Students of the Month (Fine Arts)
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Feb 23, 2017
Cajunfest Event Recap
Angela
Mar 02, 2017
Safe Haven for Kids
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Mar 09, 2017
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Mar 16, 2017
Club Program
Mar 23, 2017
Students of the Month (Migrants)
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Mar 30, 2017
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eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
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Convention: City of peace
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The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
 
Speakers
Club Program
Dec 15, 2016
Students of the Month (Choir Students)
NO MEETING
Dec 22, 2016
NO MEETING
Doyle Clark
Dec 29, 2016
Polio Plus Campaign at Vipers Game
Veronica Whitaker
Jan 05, 2017
Comfort House Services
Club Planning Committee
Jan 12, 2017
Cajunfest Planning (Acquisition Deadline)
Club Program
Jan 19, 2017
Students of the Month (UIL Academics)
Rudy & Anna Gorena
Jan 26, 2017
Pay It Forward (local food pantry & children's home)
Club Planning Committee
Feb 02, 2017
Upcoming Cajunfest Event
Club Planning Committee
Feb 09, 2017
Finalizing Cajunfest Event
Club Program
Feb 16, 2017
Students of the Month (Fine Arts)
Club Planning Committee
Feb 23, 2017
Cajunfest Event Recap
Angela
Mar 02, 2017
Safe Haven for Kids
Open
Mar 09, 2017
Open
Mar 16, 2017
Club Program
Mar 23, 2017
Students of the Month (Migrants)
Open
Mar 30, 2017
Open
Apr 06, 2017
Open
Apr 13, 2017
Club Program
Apr 20, 2017
Students of the Month ((Early College High School)
Open
Apr 27, 2017
Open
May 04, 2017
Open
May 11, 2017
Club Program
May 18, 2017
Students of the Month (Valedictorian & Salutatorian)
 
 
The Edinburg Rotary Club and The Service Over Self Foundation are dedicated to these Areas of Focus 
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development