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  • 26 Oct 2021 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Pat updated her “condition”: CT scan is totally clear - all is good. Her trip was fine, except a problem with the vehicle in Acadia park - they made it back to ABQ with only 10 “starts” left in it!

    Emily put up $8 for Gary, who really did an exemplary job of helping out Silver Horizons on his own.

    Pam says that Bobby did 100 mi. at the TREAD event.

    Libby’s glad to see Pat & Karen at today’s meeting.

    Karen’s latest drug treatment ain’t the best experience! Her son got himself a job (!) at CYFD.

    Mollie’s thanks to Cheryl, for a great “app” that shows the spoken word as text!

    Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl: Prizes were an end polio glass, pumpkin & goodies!

    1. What’s a Hallow?  Answer: A saint or a holy person. As a verb, it can also mean "to sanctify". This is why Halloween can be referred to as “All Hallows’ Eve” or “All Saints’ Eve.”

    2. What Was Dr. Frankenstein’s First Name? Penny told us that his name is Victor.

    Frankenstein is another monster that’s associated with Halloween and he originates from a critically-acclaimed piece of literature written by Mary Shelley.

    3. Which Ailment Did People Believe Could Be Cured By Pumpkins? Answer: Freckles and snakebites.

    Throughout the ages, various people have used plants to cure all kinds of ailments. Pumpkins were used frequently by ancient peoples for a surprising purpose…

    4. What’s the term for having a fear of Halloween? Answer: The term for having a deep fear of the holiday of Halloween is called 'Samhainophobia. ' Just don't confuse it with sanguivoriphobia (fear of vampires), seleneophobia (fear of the moon), or skelephobia (fear of skeletons).

    Our PolioPlus Jar made its usual trip around the room in search of bucks.

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Five of us showed up at Silver Horizons warehouse on the 20th and packed up over 200 bags of canned food and frozen meats for distribution to meals on wheels recipients.

    Did you know that there are 66 Clubs in District 5520?

    President Emily has been in touch with Hannett  House, re: Holiday party & presents for their six residents… They love the idea of our doin’ what we’ve done with them for years!

    Next, we’ve got to talk to Solano House!

    Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    October – Member Bios         November – Barrie     December – Mollie    January – Cheryl

    February – Penny                   March – Pamela         April – Libby              May – Pat             June - Judy

    There’s still time to register for the three Fall Assemblies (links to registration below).  For the Public Image Assembly on October 30th, the topics that will be covered include: Public Image, Social Media Presence, and Web Presence. Registration links for all three Assemblies:

    Rotary District 5520 Membership Assembly - open to all Rotarians | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

    Rotary District 5520 Rotary Foundation Assembly - open to all Rotarians | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

    Rotary District 5520 Public Image Assembly - open to all Rotarians | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

    If you have any questions about these trainings, please don't hesitate to contact Jeff Weinrach, Rotary District 5520 Trainer 1-505-400-1403     jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    Today’s Program:

    Today, it was President Emily’s turn to tell us all about herself… She & family are native New Mexicans. She “did her thing” for years & years, from the age of 17 w/PNM & wound up in the P.R. department.

    There being no further Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    31 Oct             Halloween

    2 Nov              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon - Rotary Friendship Exchange w/ Donna Pedace.

    2 Nov              Election Day

    7 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!  (Fall Back!)

    9 Nov              Board Meeting 11AM

    9 Nov              Regular Meeting – 12 Noon –

    11 Nov            Veterans day

    16 Nov            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon –

    23 Nov            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon –

    25 Nov            Thanksgiving Day!

    28Nov             Hanukkah begins at sundown

    30 Nov            Club Holiday Party – Venue: TBA

    7 Dec              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon -

    14 Dec            Board Meeting 11AM

    14 Dec            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon –

    21 Dec            First day of Winter!

    25 Dec            Christmas Day!

    26 Dec            Kwanzaa Begins

    1 Jan               New Years Day

    7-9 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX

    Mummers have their roots in the past, tracing as far back as ancient Egypt. They're best documented during the medieval period, where the mummers' play was a popular pastime for the poor. There's a wide variety of mummer plays, but they're characterized by big masks and pantomime traditions.

    In Europe these mummers would parade around streets, enter random houses and play dice in silence (because that's not creepy at all). As time went on, the mummers began to beg for food or drink from those in the area after performing a skit (often satirical) or poem.

    (There’ll be more next week! As if you needed it)
  • 19 Oct 2021 6:15 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    There were no visiting Rotarians or guests this week.         

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Pam & Libby addressed the subject of our yearly holiday visits to both Solano & Hannett houses. The attending members decided that we will not visit these homes this year, due to Covid. Instead, we’ll continue in our attempts to contact the home’s supervisors to see if we can deliver goodies to them.

    Furthermore, we considered the subject of individual gifts to their residents.

    President Emily spoke with Ari Herring of RGFP and found that they’ve ordered that big floor scale. She also tried to reach Kandrice Voltaire, regarding the renewal of our lemonade supply.

    Pres. Emily has had no success in reaching the metro Club’s “Pints for Polio” gathering tonight (5:30P Venue: Rio Bravo Brewery).

    Fellowship Chair Judy has announced that our Club’s holiday party will take place on 30 November, for a 12N luncheon. Venue TBA.

     Judy’s happy to see Karen today.

    Allan’s happy to have awakened this morning to realize that he had slept all the way thru the night!

    Libby’s happy “just because”…

    Mollie’s sister is doing better today… They both love to watch baseball.

    Barrie enjoyed his 2 week trip visiting the kids & grandkids… How they’ve grown! He’ll be out for some knee surgery starting on 9 November.

    A pin & badge check yielded nuttin today for the Club coffers.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made its usual trip around the room to gather whatever it could find.

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Don’t forget tomorrow’s work day at Silver Horizons’ warehouse, 10A to 1P, 1913 Eubank Blvd, NE.

    Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    October – Member Bios         November – Barrie     December – Mollie    January – Cheryl

    February – Penny                   March – Pamela         April – Libby              May – Pat             June - Judy

    Wings for L.I.F.E. will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Friday, 22 October. Auction at 5:30P and dinner at 6:30P. $100 per ticket.

    There’s still time to register for the three Fall Assemblies (links to registration below).  For the Public Image Assembly on October 30th, the topics that will be covered include: Public Image, Social Media Presence, and Web Presence. Here are the registration links for all three Assemblies.

    Rotary District 5520 Membership Assembly - open to all Rotarians | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

    Rotary District 5520 Rotary Foundation Assembly - open to all Rotarians | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

    Rotary District 5520 Public Image Assembly - open to all Rotarians | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

    If you have any questions about these trainings, please don't hesitate to contact Jeff Weinrach, Rotary District 5520 Trainer 1-505-400-1403     jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    Today’s Program:

    President Emily introduced members Penny and Pamela. Both told us about the events which filled their lives to date. Ya shoulda been here to hear all the dirt.

    There being no further Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 Oct             A work day at Silver Horizons warehouse- 10A-1P

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    26 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon -

    31 Oct             Halloween

    2 Nov              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon - Rotary Friendship Exchange w/ Donna Pedace

    2 Nov              Election Day

    7 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!  (Fall Back!)

    9 Nov              Board Meeting 11AM

    9 Nov              Regular Meeting – 12 Noon –

    30 Nov            Club Holiday Party – Venue: TBA

    7-9 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX

    So, let’s remember that Mummers in colorful costumes will be filling the streets of Center City Philadelphia on Jan. 1. The Philadelphia Mummers Parade is the longest-running traditional folk parade in the country -- and the perfect way to celebrate a new year.

    A mummer is any man, woman or child involved in the fantasy of song, dance and costume splendor on each January 1st in the annual Philadelphia New Year's Day parade. The mummers devote an entire year to crafting their costumes, writing skits & rehearsing their performances.

    To be continued… (Unfortunately)
  • 12 Oct 2021 6:10 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s October Board meeting, today’s regular meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Libby put in a buck for the rain.

    Cheryl found a buck for the successful balloon fiesta.

    Maggie put up a buck to ditto Libby & for the cool weather.

    Pam depleted her buck collection for last week.

    A pin & badge check yielded $2 for the Club coffers.

    Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl: (Prizes were the last of the tomatoes)

    It’s National Fire Prevention Week… Why? Allan says it’s due to the great Chicago fire.

    Re:Octoberfest!!! Where was it first celebrated? Penny told us that it began in Munich. (200 years ago)

    So where did Columbus reach the new world? (Multiple choice). Everyone knew that it was in the Bahamas.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made its usual trip around the room to gather lots of bucks!

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    October – Member Bios         November – Barrie     December – Mollie    January – Cheryl

    February – Penny                   March – Pamela         April – Libby              May – Pat             June - Judy

    It would be nice if you could bring in your old Rotary magazines for eventual use at our Rotary information table. Usually, the table will be set up monthly.

    Wings for L.I.F.E. will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Friday, 22 October. Auction at 5:30P and dinner at 6:30P. $100 per ticket.

    Today’s Program:

    President Emily introduced member Libby, who was kind brave enough to share her life history with us.

    She first saw the light of day in Phoenix, AZ & spent a while in Mesa, AZ; she has two brothers. Elizabeth studied art history & then managed medical offices. She then attended college again to study graphic design. Santa Fe was another stop, then to Minneapolis followed by a mission & school in Thoreau, NM. That’s when she met Judy (printing) and formed a 20 year relationship… Then to ABQ & is a founding member of our Rotary Club.

    At this point in time, President Emily mentioned that we have received a letter of thanks from the RGFP for folding all of their event’s shirts.

    Horizons ABQ also sent us a letter of thanks for our Club donation which will provide guitars for their students. They’ll be holding a fall gathering on Sunday, 17 October to thank all of their benefactors. Festivities will run from 3PM to 5PM.Location: Manzano Day School, 1801 Central Ave. NW. RSVP to Sandy by 10 October, at (915) 478-2466 or SDonaldson72747@gmail.com

    We also received a card from Ronald McDonald House, thanking us for our ongoing donation of those aluminum pop top can tabs.

    President Emily then reported on the latest area presidents’ meeting, including info on what our area Clubs are up to:

    Rio Rancho Sunrise – has a nursing scholarship of up to $30K.

    The ABQ Metro Club will be running their “Pints For Polio” on Tuesday, 19 October at Rio Bravo Brewing Company, 1912 2nd Street NW. from 5:30 to 7:30PM. Maybe we can join them “for the cause” at lunchtime!

    Los Lunas Club- Ran their pancake breakfast and made $14K!!!!

    The Albuquerque Club now runs hybrid meetings (live & Zoom) & assists the Roadrunner food pantry w/Del Norte.

    The Del Sol Club worked the Balloon Fiesta & is planning their Charity Ball on 21 April, 2022.

    The Rio Rancho Club worked the country store at the State Fair & made lots of $$$.

    There being no further Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    16 Oct             RLI part I – 7:30A-1P via zoom. Register at District 5520 website.

    19 Oct             ABQ Metro Club’s “Pints For Polio”

    19 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    20 Oct             A work day at Silver Horizons warehouse- 10A-1P

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    26 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon -

    31 Oct             Halloween

    2 Nov              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon - Rotary Friendship Exchange w/ Donna Pedace

    2 Nov              Election Day

    7 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!  (Fall Back!)

    9 Nov              Board Meeting 11AM

    9 Nov              Regular Meeting – 12 Noon -

    7-9 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX
  • 05 Oct 2021 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Cheryl found a fiver to tell about the kids belated honeymoon which fell through due to Covid.

    Maggie parted with $2 (sad) ‘cause anti vaccination friends of her son tested positive!

    Gloria put up $5 since her daughter & family in China are coming out of quarantine. Michael tested Covid positive & then negative… go figure.

    Barrie found a buck to say that he & Abby will soon travel to Seattle for a couple of weeks to visit kids and grandkids.

    There was no pin & badge check today.

    Nor was there a Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made its usual trip around the room to gather as much as it can!

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Past President Allan is providing program speakers for the month of September.

    October – Member Bios         November – Barrie     December – Mollie    January – Cheryl

    February – Penny                   March – Pamela         April – Libby              May – Pat            June - Judy

    Bring in your old Rotary magazines for eventual use at our Rotary information table. Usually, the table will be set up monthly (when they let us do it) in the lobby of N. Domingo Baca.

    Today’s Program:

    Our program included the task of folding and packaging hundreds of “T” shirts for use by the Rio Grande Food Project, for their “Hike to End Hunger 2021” event. The scheduled date of our labors was moved forward by RGFP, so we did some double duty today. It appears that Cheryl dragged all of the boxes of shirts to our venue today… And, of course, back to RGFP.

    President Emily introduced Gloria & Maggie. Each of them regaled the attending group with their heretofore deepest and darkest secrets.

    Both Gloria & Mary Margaret permitted us to follow along from their humble beginnings to the glorious and successful culmination of their lives to date.

    Gloria’s story was complete with family pictures (on screen) and we followed her through the family turkey farm and one room schoolhouse, and her travels throughout the world.

    Maggie began life in Johannesburg, South Africa and we also followed her story throughout the world… she was, at one time employed by Al Italia, did some modeling and she even attended finishing school.

    There being no further Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:00 PM. However, we discovered another case of shirts and stayed as long as necessary to complete our task.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Oct             Board Meeting 11AM

    12 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    12-19 Oct        ABQ Metro Club’s “Pints For Polio”… Let’s help with their effort.

    16 Oct             RLI part I – 7:30A-1P via zoom. Register at District 5520 website.

    19 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    20 Oct             A work day at Silver Horizons warehouse- 10A-1P

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    26 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon -

    31 Oct             Halloween

    2 Nov              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon - Rotary Friendship Exchange w/ Donna Pedace

    2 Nov              Election Day

    7 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!  (Fall Back!)

    9 Nov              Board Meeting 11AM

    9 Nov              Regular Meeting – 12 Noon -

    7-9 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX (fly ABQ to IAH)!!
  • 28 Sep 2021 5:26 PM | Anonymous

    Our gathering was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Barrie received his (3rd) vaccine booster shot... Looks like he’s the first!

    Gloria put up $10 ‘cause Mike’s home & he’s feeling better… Also, daughter Lisa & family made it to Shanghai & they’re quarantined.

    Pam attended a TWA convention… Only a few hundred showed up. Bobby has skin surgery- cancer under the eye.

    Cheryl found $2 to say that she had a great time in CO & that she’s happy that it’ll be balloon fiesta soon.

    Emily had no voice mails on her new & very expensive ‘phone. She found out that her new model has “problems”!

    A pin & badge check yielded nuttin for our coffers today.

    Our Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl:

    In what month is Mollie’s birthday? Libby knew that it’s in January!

    Before & after 25 September 1962-1964: The last airing of the tonight show with what host? A: Jack Parr said Penny.

    Parr’s slightly “off color” joke (according to censors of the time) re: W.C., was cut by the censors & Parr walked off the set (left the show) never to return.

    When was Johnny Carson’s last tonight show? A: 1992

    Re: International politics: Sadat replaced Nasser… Who replaced Sadat? A: Barrie told us that it was Mubaric.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made its usual trip around the room to gather loose change, pocket lint & even paper cash money!

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Past President Allan is providing program speakers for the month of September.

    October – Member Bios         November – Barrie     December – Mollie    January – Cheryl

    February – Penny                   March – Pamela         April – Libby              May – Pat            June - Judy

    Bring in your old Rotary magazines for use at our Rotary information table. Usually, the table will be set up monthly in the lobby of N. Domingo Baca.

    Today’s Program:     The changing of our Club’s website!

    President Emily introduced Gloria, our Treasurer & Webmaster.

    Yup, your board of directors had to make the decision to change website providers!

    Gloria reviewed the possibilities which will be considered when “the time comes”.

    We looked at other existing Club websites and discussed the differences available between new website formats compared to the “look” of our present website.

    Our discussion included the new look, i.e.: How much info shall we include and where to place it all; If we’ll have a “slide show”, we should slow it down & simplify the messages; We’ve got to show why & how our Club is different, why our club was formed and that we’re an “alternative” Rotary Club. Photos of our various projects will also be included.

    A committee was roughly formed, which will assist webmaster Gloria in the layout of our new site.

    There being no further Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1-2 Oct            Bi-District Conference

    5 Oct               Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    12 Oct             Board Meeting 11AM

    12 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    12-19 Oct        ABQ Metro Club’s “Pints For Polio”… Let’s help with their effort.

    16 Oct             RLI part I – 7:30A-1P via zoom. Register at District 5520 website.

    19 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    20 Oct             A work day at Silver Horizons warehouse- 10A-1P

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    26 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    31 Oct             Halloween

    7-9 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX (fly ABQ to IAH)!!
  • 21 Sep 2021 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    Our meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Guests:           Charlotte dropped in to say hello.

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    President Emily announced that the Afghan assistance pgm will take place at Holloman AFB & down in TX. That’s too far to travel for us… So, we’ll pass on this.

    Also, the “Pints for Polio” hasn’t confirmed a place or exact date as yet. More info will follow.

    There’ll be a signup sheet for our October program member bios.

    Penny says that RGFP will hold their 6th annual hike to end hunger on 23 October at the Boxing Bear Brewing Co. Also, they’ll need some help with ‘T’ shirt prep & folding for the event (see Cunningham). Maybe we’ll do this at our 19 October meeting.

    Barrie will be out in October & will have knee surgery on 8 November… He’ll be out at least one month. He also needs a member to contact & remind his November program speakers

    Allan mentioned that the Los Lunas Club will be holding a fund raising breakfast on Saturday. It’ll probably be at Ribs Hickory Smoke BBQ – 120 Nelson Lane, Los Lunas.

    Gloria put up $2 sad bucks- Mike is not feeling well in Ghana… her tires are LOW – probably due to the cooler weather. So, stop off at Discount Tire (it’s free).

    Maggie emptied out her piggy bank, in the sum of $19.35 – She was supposed to visit son w/Covid in Panama City (No GO). Her youngest has had ankle surgery (In Alabama) so she’ll be visiting him & will be out during Oct, Nov & Dec.

    Pres.-Elect Karen will be in SF next week & attending meetings. That ax cost her a buck.

    Mollie parted with a buck to mention her support of the Holocaust Museum.

    Cheryl found $2 to say that she’ll be travelling to CO for almost a week to see family.

    A pin & badge check yielded $2 for our coffers today.

    Our Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl:

    1. Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and what equinox is it in the Southern Hemisphere? Answer: Karen told us that it’s the vernal equinox. The September equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward.

    2. What is the Full Moon closest to the September equinox called: Answer from Libby: the Harvest Moon. The Harvest moon rose last night at 5:54, so tonight should be about 6:44 and is the last night it will appear full. In the old days, the early moonrise for a few days around the equinox meant that farmers could work and harvest their crops for a longer time in the evenings.

    3. On Sept. 21, 1968 Soviet spacecraft Zond 5 landed in the Indian ocean after a six-day flight. It was the first successful circumlunar mission with two beings onboard that survived the trip. What were the animals? Answer: Who could have guessed that they were tortoises!

    4. What major engineering project was completed on the Rio Grande in 1916? Answer: Our guest Charlotte knew that it’s the Elephant Butte Dam. The Dam created the largest reservoir in the world at that time and was the first civil engineering water project associated with the international allocation of water.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made its usual trip around the room.

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Past President Allan will be providing program speakers for the month of September.

    September – Allan      October – Member Bios         November – Barrie     December – Mollie

    January – Cheryl        February – Penny                   March – Pamela         April – Libby

    May – Pat                   June - Judy

    Yesterday we packed 220 bags of food at the Silver Horizons warehouse from 10AM to 1PM. The bags will be distributed by meals on wheels.

    Bring in your old Rotary magazines for use at our Rotary information table. The table will be set up monthly in the lobby of N. Domingo Baca.

    Today’s Program:     A beginning of our member bios…

    Pres Emily introduced Karen & Allan Bash, who reminisced about their lives, before and after their being married for 48 years. Karen was born in Denver CO & Allan was born in DeMoines IA. They joined up with Rotary in IA & then met up with us in 2011.

    So much to cover of two interesting lifetimes. But not enough space here, to provide all of their great stories.

    There being no further Rotary business, we vacated the premises at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!!!!

    28 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    1-2 Oct            Bi-District Conference

    5 Oct               Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    12 Oct             Board Meeting 11AM

    12 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    12-19 Oct        ABQ Metro Club’s “Pints For Polio”… Let’s help them.

    16 Oct             RLI part I – 7:30A-1P via zoom. Register at District 5520 website.

    19 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    20 Oct             A work day at Silver Horizons warehouse- 10A-1P

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    26 Oct             Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    31 Oct             Halloween

    7-9 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX (fly ABQ to IAH)!!
  • 14 Sep 2021 8:53 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s September board meeting, this meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Pam reminded us of our 20 Sept. work date at Silver Horizons. She also noted that her Bobby will take part in another bike ride in CO this weekend.

    Judy played 2 hours of pickleball this morning!

    Gloria noted that Mike is in Ghana and returns on the 26th.

    Our Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl:

    1.     Have you read the Rotary District Newsletter “The Yucca” latest edition?  If so, who was the September 1 speaker for the Albuquerque Downtown Club featured in full color?  Answer:  The Gov of course!  (Go Judy!)

    2.     Near what NM town on the old Butterfield Stage Coach route did con men pull off the Great Diamond Swindle of 1872 by salting a nearby mountain with diamonds?  Answer: Lordsburg!  (Quizmaster stumped the crowd on this one!)

    3.     On this date in 1814, what poem, originally titled “The Defence of Four M’Henry” was written after the poet witnessed the fort being bombarded? 

          Answer: The Star Spangled Banner  (Go Libby!)

    The old PolioPlus Jar made a trip around the room once again…

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Past President Allan will be providing program speakers for the month of September. We still need a member to supply program speakers for the month of October.

    September – Allan      October – Member Bios         November – Barrie     December – Mollie

    January – Cheryl        February – Penny                   March – Pamela         April – Libby

    May – Pat                   June - Judy

    Pamela distributed a work signup sheet for Silver Horizons warehouse. We’ll be packing 100+ bags of food for distribution for meals on wheels. This’ll happen on 20 September (Monday) from 10AM to 1PM.

    Bring in your old Rotary magazines for use at our Rotary information table. The info table will be set up in the lobby of N. Domingo Baca.

    Pres Emily reviewed this morning’s board meeting work on Club grants… We’ll donate a total of $ 3350

    to the following: ShelterBox, NM Child First, Horizons Albuquerque, PB&J, Theodora Ghana Project and the Womens’ Housing Coalition. If you gotta really know the amounts given to each, check out our website’s board minutes (in a week or so… when I get around to it). We also reviewed upcoming changes about our web site and changes to our bank accounts.

    President Emily also reviewed some of the happenings at the last presidents’ meeting. Reviewed, were some of the things that local Clubs were doing. The District 5520 PR person, Arturo Barrio, needs stories about what our Club is doing (202) 256-2727; PDG Tom Walker needs us to list our Club goals for the year; Donette reminded us of the 7-9 April District Conference; Our AG mentioned the 24 October Rotary Ball; DG Rausch spoke on upcoming blood drives & Afghan refugee coordination. He would also like to receive any news about new members.

    Today’s Program:     Allan led us on a tour of our thoughts, re: 9-11-01 events.

    Cheryl introduced our Club’s immediate past president, Allan Bash. Allan led things off, by relating his experiences on 9-11. Each of the attending members followed Allan’s lead by telling us where they were and how the events of that day affected them.

    There being no further Rotary business, we vacated the premises at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    20 Sept            A Work Day at Silver Horizons warehouse – 10A to 1P

    21 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!!!!

    28 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    1-2 Oct            Bi-District Conference

    12-19 Oct        ABQ Metro Club’s “Pints For Polio”… Let’s help them.

    16 Oct             RLI part I – 7:30A-1P via zoom. Register at District 5520 website.

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    7-9 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX (fly ABQ to IAH)!!
  • 07 Sep 2021 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    This meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Emily attended her 50th HS reunion… She also has a source of a person who roasts & totally preps chilies for her (for a price)… she then shipped a batch to FL!

    Mollie supports the holocaust museum and bid on &won a painting at their on-line auction.

    Pam roasted her own green chilies on a grille w/mesquite.

    Cheryl told a story about her nephew in Chicago & his quest to find roasted chilies.

    Our Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl:

    The latest Rotary magazine shows a collaboration between Rotary & ? A: The Peace Corps!

    From de “cards”: What’s the official salute to the flag of NM? Karen knew it (of course) and recited the whole thing! So, she got herself a new squash.

    What group runs the Apache Ski Resort? Emily told us that it’s the Mescalero – A squash was awarded.

    The old PolioPlus Jar made a trip around the room once again…

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Past President Allan will be providing program speakers for the month of September. We still need a member to supply program speakers for the month of October.

    September – Allan      October - ???             November – Barrie     December – Mollie

    January – Cheryl        February – Penny       March – Pamela         April – Libby

    May – Pat                   June - Judy

    Pamela distributed a work signup sheet for Silver Horizons warehouse. We’ll be packing 100+ bags of food for distribution for meals on wheels. This’ll happen on 20 September (Monday) from 10AM to 1PM.

    Bring in your old Rotary magazines for use at our Rotary information table. The info table will be set up in the lobby of N. Domingo Baca.

    Today’s Program:     Afghan evacuees in New Mexico.

    Cheryl introduced our own State representative Karen, who informed us about the settlement of Afghan evacuees in New Mexico and how we can assist them.

    Holloman Air Force Base and Fort Bliss will provide temporary housing and health care to evacuees from Afghanistan. The two military installations are among five sites accepting Afghan evacuees – a group that includes people who served as interpreters and risked their lives to help U.S. service members.

    The destinations in five states are set to provide other support for tens of thousands of Afghans.

    Mula Akbar, a former State Department diplomat who owns a restaurant in Albuquerque, said he’s proud to see the state help people from his homeland. New Mexico, he said, “is stepping up and helping fellow human beings in a desperate situation.”

    The evacuees are set to receive temporary housing and health care before they resettle elsewhere, based on their employment skills and family ties.

    The evacuees left Kabul and were screened at sites in Europe and Asia before reaching the United States.

    They undergo vetting to determine whether they’re security threats before arrival in the U.S. and they are tested for COVID-19 when they get to American military installations.

    Holloman Air Force Base is in Otero County in southeastern New Mexico. Fort Bliss stretches from the El Paso area into southern New Mexico.

    The evacuees will include Afghans who have applied for special immigrant visas – a group that includes people who served as interpreters and helped the U.S. military – and other vulnerable Afghans.

    Each arriving family will work with resettlement organizations to determine where they might end up in the United States. The work is part of Operation Allies Refuge.

    Many of those who evacuated are leaving with nothing but the clothes on their back because carrying luggage could have made them a target.

    New Mexico, by welcoming Afghan refugees, is helping our country pay a debt of honor to people who risked their lives to help our troops in Afghanistan.

    New Mexicans are encouraged to be patient and feel free to ask members of the Afghan community in New Mexico questions about their religion or culture.

    The deserts and mountains of New Mexico resemble parts of Afghanistan. But arriving in New Mexico will be a shock especially for those who don’t speak English. The evacuees have gone through so much, especially in the last couple of weeks. The Afghans who are coming here, as far as we’re aware, are people who have ties to the United States.

    New Mexico will be taking in around 400 of the refugee/evacuees. They’ll be processed by Lutheran Family Services (www.LFSRM.org) which will provide housing, employment, monetary assistance, English language, and cultural orientation.

    In preparation for their arrival to New Mexico, LFSRM is seeking monetary donations rather than collections donations of items due to limited storage. However, they can accept gently used laptops and smart phones. Monetary contributions give maximum flexibility to allow a response to their needs.

    Interested volunteers can begin the volunteer process by registering for an orientation class. There are a variety of ways to volunteer to help refugees. Working closely with refugee families, office assistance, or participating in other programs, there’s an array of opportunities suited to a volunteer’s specific preferences. There’s also a cultural mentoring program.

    President Emily also mentioned that, at a recent Rotary Presidents’ meeting, our DG said that he has information about Afghan refugee assistance.

    There being no further Rotary business, we vacated the premises at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    9 Sept              NM State Fair begins!

    14 Sept            Board Meeting at 11:00 AM

    14 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    15 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    20 Sept            A Work Day at Silver Horizons warehouse – 10A to 1P

    21 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!!!!

    28 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    1-2 Oct            Bi-District Conference

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    7-8 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX (fly ABQ to IAH)!!
  • 31 Aug 2021 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon at Rotary Park and President Emily led the attending members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Guests:           Bobby & Gary

    August has been– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Pam was good for a buck, announcing Bobby’s participation in that 100 mile bike tour “up North”.

    Maggie owes us a buck for reminiscing about this here Rotary Park which was built back in 1991.

    Gloria contributed a $20 (!) for being thankful for her recent trip to FL, visiting her daughter. AND for the upcoming 5 week excursion to Ghana and Sicily.

    Emily parted with a buck to thank Gary for setting up at the park today AND for searching for an American flag, too.

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Past President Allan will be providing program speakers for the month of September. We still need a member to supply program speakers for the month of October.

    September – Allan      October - ???             November – Barrie     December – Mollie

    January – Cheryl        February – Penny       March – Pamela         April – Libby

    May – Pat                   June - Judy

    Pamela distributed a work signup sheet for Silver Horizons warehouse. We’ll be packing 100+ bags of food for distribution for meals on wheels. This’ll happen on 20 September (Monday) from 10AM to 1PM.

    Next week, bring in your old Rotary magazines for use at our Rotary information table. The info table will be set up in the lobby of N. Domingo Baca, beginning in September.

    Today’s Program: It’s a picnic meeting in the park !!!

    Yup, there was enough parking for everyone!

    Pictures were taken, comestibles were consumed and a good time was had by all. It was nice & cool, sunny and pleasant.

    P.S. Our bell seems to have gotten a bit smaller than usual!

    There being no further Rotary business, President Emily sent us home at around 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    6 Sept              LABOR DAY & Rosh Hashana begins at sundown.

    7 Sept              Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    9 Sept              NM State Fair begins!

    14 Sept            Board Meeting at 11:00 AM

    14 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    15 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    20 Sept            A Work Day at Silver Horizons warehouse – 10A to 1P

    21 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!!!!

    28 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    1-2 Oct            Bi-District Conference

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    7-8 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX (fly ABQ to IAH)!!
  • 24 Aug 2021 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon and President Emily led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Where was everyone today????

    Pam announced that our work outing at Silver Horizons went very well. She also put up a buck for this weekend’s 100 mile bike tour (Bobby is entered) and there are 360 participants this year.

    Karen mentioned that Allan is doin’ his duty today as AG with the Los Lunas Club.

    Our Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl:

    On the date in 79 A.D., what “blew up? Yup, it was Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii was in the way. Pam won the flowers for the correct answer.

    What other town suffered from the eruption? It was Herculaneum. Yeah, Karen knew it!

    Who recorded this historical story? Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Younger, was a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Pliny's uncle, Pliny the Elder, helped raise and educate him.

    Upon what gulf is/was Pompeii located? A: Naples, Italy.

    Since we have so many tomatoes at our meeting today: Question: Are tomatoes native to the Americas? Some yeses and some no’s… Yup, they were!

    So, is the tomato a fruit or a veggie??? We all knew that it’s a Fruit.

    Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

    Past President Allan will be providing program speakers for the month of September. We still need a member to supply program speakers for the month of October.

    September – Allan      October - ???             November – Barrie     December – Mollie

    January – Cheryl        February – Penny       March – Pamela         April – Libby

    May – Pat                   June - Judy

    Today’s Program: NM State Police K-9 Unit

    Karen introduced NMSP Officer Nick Chavez.

    Established in 1905, the New Mexico State Police is the police agency for New Mexico and has jurisdiction anywhere in the state. The State Police is a division within the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

    NMSP preserves lives and property, prevents crime and disorder, and enforces state and federal laws. NM State Police maintains a variety of specialized teams, such as accident reconstruction, aircraft aviation, bicycle patrol, bomb team and criminal investigation. In addition, the department has an emergency response team and K-9 unit. NMSP is headquartered in Sante Fe.

    New Mexico State Police has replaced all of its K-9s across the state. They were either retired or donated to states which have not legalized marijuana. NMSP hopes to have its newly-trained K-9s by the fall of this year.

    The legalization of recreational marijuana in New Mexico is having a big impact on K-9 units at law enforcement agencies across the state. The department decided to bring the K-9 program back in 2020.

    K-9 police officers partner with highly-trained police dogs to execute police duties. These police dogs are a valuable asset to departments around the country. K-9 units help identify substances or criminals that an average police officer wouldn't be able to track. Each K-9 officer is also a dog handler, meaning that they have to train and care for their canine partner.

    The NM State Police will join with Torrance County to form a K-9 Unit. This team works with trained dogs to help investigate crimes, especially with drug-sniffing dogs in narcotics investigations. The first narcotic-detecting canines started working with New Mexico State Police in the 1970’s. The K-9 Team is an effective tool in the war on illegal drugs and these specially trained dog units have been involved in some of the largest narcotic seizures in the history of the state.

    The price of a fully-trained protection dog ranges between $ 13,000 and $80,000. That price can go much higher if the dog comes from a pedigreed bloodline, or is an award winner.

    Officer Nick has applied for a “Dual Purpose Patrol Dog”, which works narcotics, does tracking and acts as a deterrence. He also explained some situations where K9s assisted officers.

    Dual purpose dogs are trained in handler protection; attacking with or without command if the handler is attacked. Police K9 is trained to guard criminal suspects while searched by handler, searching for criminals in open areas (fields), buildings and other such locations.

    Drug detector dogs are trained to find drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines (meth).

    Preferred breeds for K9s are German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois.

    During a Q&A period, we also found that, when fully trained and ready to work, officers will be on 24 hour call and, when on call, their response time to a situation will be around 1 to 2 hours.

    We also hope that, when fully operational, officer Nick and his new dog will be able to visit us once again!

    There being no further Rotary business, our meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    28 Aug             Rotary "Be a Vibrant Club" Workshop- 8:00am to 11:00am, via zoom

    31 Aug             PICNIC Meeting at Rotary Park – 12 Noon(Bring a friend & your lunch too)

    7 Sept              Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    9 Sept              NM State Fair!

    14 Sept            Board Meeting at 11:00 AM

    14 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    15 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    21 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!!!!

    28 Sept            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    1-2 Oct            Bi-District Conference

    24 Oct             Polio Awareness Day

    7-8 Apr-2022  District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. International Convention – HOUSTON, TX (fly ABQ to IAH)!!
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