Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons who led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.
Today's offsite meeting was held at The Ecumenical Center and was coordinated by our own Dr. Barry Abrams.  Dr. Abrams is a Board Member of The Ecumenical Center and very actively involved. The broad range of services that The Center provides is simply amazing.  The administration and staff were gracious and informative as always.  We all appreciate their willingness to educate us about the services that The Center provides. Play therapy, art therapy, and music therapy are just a few of the effective tools that are utilized.
Barry explained that the spirit of ecumenicism is "service to all." He feels a strong affiliation to the center and how it relates to the tenets of Rotary International. The Ecumenical Center offers services to individuals and family: spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. The Center offers ethical training, professional training, and certificates for clergy and those in the healthcare practice.
Mary Beth Fisk, CEO/Executive Director of The Ecumenical Center shared even more about The Center and led us on a tour through the facility.  Mary Beth has more than 30 years' experience in the nonprofit sector as a visionary, executive, clinical research scientist and community builder. Among her many achievements, she was named Health Care Hero in 2009 and again in 2012 in the areas of innovation and administrative excellence, respectively by the San Antonio Business Journal.
Also with us was Lejia Cenanovic, Special Program Coordinator who handles logistics and communications for The Center’s special events throughout the year.  She always extends warm hospitality to us and shares enthusiastic passion about the work being done at The Center. Lejia shared with us that The Center is designed to be warm and inviting and lends itself to the clients feeling more relaxed. This atmosphere makes the client feel included and more open to therapy.
We learned that The Ecumenical Center has an experienced staff that has implemented and coordinated the opening of 21 satellite locations around Bexar County, in the Corpus Christi area and in Laredo and McAllen, Texas. The counseling staff includes men and women, who are Licensed Professional Counselors,
The beautiful piece of art that you see on top is offered for sale at The Ecumenical Center located at 8310 Ewing Halsell in the Medical Center.  There are many other pieces that really spoke to me and thought you might enjoy this one!  There are many other works of art on display and available for purchase as well!  
If you missed the tour and want to know more you may visit their website click here