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June 27th, 2008
Charles Speaks To Kiwanis

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The Kiwanis of San Marcos held their weekly meeting Thursday at Grin’s Restaurant.   The group, led by President Pam Cook, welcomed speaker Joni Charles, PhD, from the economics department at Texas State University.  The group also installed a new member – our very own Ronald Oswalt, Sales Director at  The induction was performed by Steve Ferney and Pam Cook.

Charles gave a brief view of the upcoming three-day conference based on the Seven Habits of Effective People written by Stephen Covey. The conference will be provided by Dr. Barbara Trepaginer, Professor, Department of Sociology at Texas State University in August on the 12th, 14th, and 19th. The program will run, 8am-12 noon, and 1:00 pm-4:30 pm each of the three days.

Charles discussed the essence of effectiveness which included competence versus character, and how we effect change by living by certain principals.  She also talked about how trustworthiness precedes trust and gave suggestions to obtain this through being proactive and responsible for our choices.

She said,” Don’t become a victim of your own emotions and to think of yourself as a carpenter, add a board, build wisely and live each day gracefully.”

Delia Cruz-Fernandez was selected by President Pam Cook as San Marcos Kiwanis Member of the Week. Cruz-Fernandez is a San Marcos resident and has lived here for three years since moving from Puerto Rico.

She attended Universidad de Puerto Rico and received her undergraduate degree in Math Education and her Masters in the Arts of Teaching Spanish from Rutgers University. She is currently a high school Spanish math teacher at Lehman in Kyle, Texas.

Cruz-Fernandez said,” I love this small town and the friendly people here.” She enjoys her hobbies of reading and keeping scrap books.

The Kiwanis also recognized a request for funds from the San Marcos Food bank and their new drive entitled “Christmas in June.”  The increase in fuel cost has affected the food bank and the Kiwanis has agreed to assist this community need.



Joni Charles, PhD, at Texas State discusses a upcoming professional development course coming soon to Texas State University.

Delia Cruz-Fernandez discusses current Kiwanis issues with members on Thursday.  She was also recognized as member of the week.

Pam Cook pins Ronald Oswalt with his Kiwanis pin during new member inductions.

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