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The Rotary Club of San Marcos was greeted Wednesday at noon with special speaker Rick Bowen from the San Marcos Performing Arts Association at the Price Center. The meeting was led by President David Bandy, CEO of D.L. Bandy Constructors, Inc, and the group had good attendance for this special presentation and luncheon.

Bowen told the group that building a foundation and a legacy for further community theater is a huge goal of SMPAA, and they hope “Oliver!” will be the cornerstone of things to come.

“One every ten years is not a program,” said Bowen, who also portrays Fagin. “We want a sustainable program and we’re thankful to finally have a theater in which we can produce a large scale musical like this.”

“Oliver!” will be shown at San Marcos High School in the new state of the art theater with seating in the hundreds, and cast members hope every seat will be filled over the show’s 3 day run.

“This theater is perfect for a large scale musical,” said Bowen. The facility holds 999 for each performance and tickets will be sold on the day of the event only so arrive early to avoid long lines.

Bowen said, “I listed the need for volunteers at and David Bandy called me to help with ticket sales.” Bandy asked ten or more members to step up and participate in the presentation through their volunteerism.”

Bowen added,”We chose “Oliver!” because we want to get the middle school kids involved in the theatre arts.” All actors in the play are all local and community actors from the San Marcos area.”

“Oliver!” will run on July 11th and 12th at 7:30 PM with afternoon showings at 2:30 PM on July 12th and 13th. Tickets will be $15 at the door with no advanced purchases available. The San Marcos Performing Arts Center is located at 2601 East McCarthy Lane. Also t-shirts will be sold at the event.

For more information visit the San Marcos Performing Arts Association’s website at

Bandy said,” This is the first meeting for the 2008-2009 year and I want it to be one for the record books.”

The group honored Wendell Hethcock for his perfect attendance over the last 19 years of service. The group watched a video from the Rotary Assembly Meeting held in San Antonio and Bandy discussed ways for the group to participate more in community service over the next year.

The club also discussed linking their site to to keep all members up to date on club news and community issues in San Marcos.The Rotarians also featured one of their own with Featured Rotarian of the Week with Jerome (Jerry) Niemiec being selected.

Jerry and wife Janice (Jan) have two children, Jorie and Julie. His grandchildren include Allison, Matthew, Kyle, Jack, and J.J. Jerry is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He is also involved with his church. His greatest memory as a child is going as a family to the beach on Sunday afternoons – swim, picnic, etc.

Jerry says his greatest achievement in the business world has been helping his clients achieve financial success. He says his best (work-related) advice he received and would like to share is, “Golden Rule – respect others as I would wish to be respected.”

Jerry has been a Rotarian since 1989.

He is a Rough Rider as he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt high school in East Chicago, Indiana in 1959. He attended Illinois Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in 1969. He then attended University of Chicago where he received his Masters in Business Administration in 1973. He also received his CFP, CLU, and CLFC from 1999 – 2001. His greatest accomplishment was attending school in the evenings while working full-time and raising a family.

Jerry grew up in East Chicago, Indiana. He has enjoyed teaching at Texas State (Dept. of Finance & Economics) and playing in the Starlight Symphony Orchestra. His most memorable trip has been to Poland from where his father’s parents immigrated. He is planning a summer 2008 trip to Italy. Jerry enjoys “celebrating another year” at New Years and listening to classical music. He also enjoys watching football and playing golf and tennis.

Special thanks to Diane Riojas for contribution to this story.

From Staff Reports


Tom Brooks, VP Client Services for Priority Personnel, addresses the group on Wednesday.


The group honored Wendell Hethcock for his perfect attendance over the last 19 years of service.


Special speaker Rick Bowen from the San Marcos Performing Arts Association at the Price Center speaks to Rotary members.


Rotarians stand to start meeting and group traditions.

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One thought on “Bowen asks for Rotary help

  1. Many thanks to the David, Rotarians, Ron, Newstreamz, Price Srs. Center and all who participated and volunteered. San Marcos is lucky to have such service organizations and friendly people!
    One correction to Ron’s story, the OLIVER! performances will be in the SMHS Auditorium. SMPAA dreams of the day when we have a San Marcos Performing Arts Center.

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