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Transformation of the Erie Maennerchor
Oct 23, 2019  Julio Reyes: Transformation of the Erie Maennerchor

Julio C. Reyes is the president and founder of IBS an IT consulting company in Los Angeles, and Latinos Restaurant on Parade St. in Erie. The latter closed for business on May 29, 2019 to focus on his newest venture, the Maennerchor project. He and his wife Lilia were born and raised in Mexico and have been married for 37 years. They migrated to the USA in 1983 and started investing in real estate in Erie in the late 1980s. Their latest real estate project in Erie is the Maennerchor Plaza project.  Julio does not have a college degree. He only attended computer technical schools after graduating from high school.

During his professional career in Mexico, Julio worked for a global consulting company and he trained people from all over the world in their center for professional education in St. Charles, IL. While working for multinational companies in Mexico he developed software that was later distributed all over the world and has helped his software company clients incorporate new technology and automate their business operations.

As entrepreneurs, trend setters and investors in Erie, Julio and his wife opened Las Cazuelas in little Italy in 1995. Las Cazuelas was the first tortilla factory in Northwestern PA. The tortilla factory was later closed to focus on Latinos Restaurant.  When they opened Latinos Restaurant for business in 1996, they became the first small business operation in the whole region to install security internet TCP/IP cameras and touch screens POS. They later installed the first Rain Garden and first Dry Well in the City of Erie. They also planted the first trees on the Parade Street sidewalk in over 30 years.

Julio and Lilia became US Citizens in 2000. Julio and Lilia have two daughters and a granddaughter.  Natalie has an MBA in Information Technology, Kimberly has a BA in Communication, Economics, and Sophia is an adorable one-year old. They are proud to say that everybody in the family is fully bilingual and bicultural. When they’re not traveling the world, Julio and Lilia spend their time between Los Angeles and Erie.

Julio will be introduced by Rotarian Ray Sammartino.



Hateland: A Long, Hard Look at America's Extremist Heart
Oct 30, 2019

In his new book, Hateland, a former Department of Homeland Security analyst takes a long view on the domestic terrorism threat from radicalized individuals and hate groups of various ideologies.America is a land in which extremism no longer belongs to the country's shadowy fringes, but comfortably exists in the national mainstream. That is the alarming conclusion by intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson, an expert on domestic extremism with more than twenty-five years of experience tracking radicalized groups for the US government. In this book, Mr. Johnson dissects the rapidly expanding forms of American hatred and radicalization, including white nationalists, antigovernment militias, antifascists (Antifa), militant black nationalists, and extremist Islamic groups.

The author develops a concise model that explains how extremists on both the far right and the far left use the same techniques to recruit and to radicalize individuals, turning them into violent offenders. He also examines the political forces that fuel this threat and have kept the US government from properly identifying and developing countermeasures to deal with it, including a disproportional emphasis on Islamic terrorism.Mr. Johnson concludes by recounting individual stories of deradicalization, each of which was the result of personal reevaluations of formerly held extremist convictions. He recommends more resources at the state and federal levels for combatting radical movements and urges greater communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies. This in-depth analysis of a growing menace that has taken America hostage throws a stark light on the darkest segments of American society and provides practical means for dealing with their violent threats.

A joint program with Gannon University and the Jefferson Educational Society.

Admission to the program is free of charge for all community members interested in attending. Boxed lunches will be available free of charge to Erie Rotarians, all others may purchase them for $10 each.

Daryl Johnson will be introduced by Rotarian Robert Heibel.


Consider inviting potential members to join our club!

Take some time to reflect on your network of friends, colleagues, and associates from work, church, community, and social occasions. Then consider the following two questions:

  1. Who do you believe will potentially make a positive contribution to the Rotary Club of Erie and thus the community?

  2. Will the Rotary Club of Erie in return make a positive impact on their lives?

If so, then tell them about Rotary and educate them on the local and global benefits that the organization has on the lives of millions of people. Also enlighten them of the interaction they will have with wonderful people who share the philosophy of Service Above Self.

The following is from Rotary International:

Who can join?

We’re looking for people who want to give back to their communities.

Rotary clubs also welcome Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and other members of the family of Rotary who qualify for membership.

How can I become a member?

Clubs accept new members by invitation. 

What are the benefits?

Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, you’ll:

  • Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them

  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world

  • Expand your leadership and professional skills

  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones

Julio Reyes
Oct 23, 2019
Transformation of the Erie Maennerchor
Daryl Johnson
Oct 30, 2019
Hateland: A Long, Hard Look at America's Extremist Heart
Christine Hoffman
Nov 06, 2019
The State of Erie Real Estate
Dr. Guiyou Huang
Nov 13, 2019
Edinboro University as Community Partner
Bob Chitester
Nov 20, 2019
The Notable, Quotable Milton Friedman
No Meeting
Nov 27, 2019
Thanksgiving Holiday
No Lunchtime Meeting
Dec 04, 2019
Holiday Dinner
Scott Stewart
Dec 11, 2019
Placing Corporate Espionage in Context
Brian Lasher
Dec 18, 2019
John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2019
Christmas Holiday
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2020
New Year's Day Holiday
Kristin Lazzara
Jan 08, 2020
Join All of Us PA - UPMC Health Data Study
Daria Devlin
Jan 22, 2020
Erie Center for Arts & Technology
No Meeting
Mar 04, 2020
Rotary Ethics Symposium at Mercyhurst University
Service Above Self & 4-Way Test Awards
Apr 08, 2020
Manufacturer and Business Association
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