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  • 12 Feb 2019 8:07 PM | Anonymous

     

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

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.      

    February is– “World Understanding Month”.

    Oops! There were 3 pin or name tag buck fines today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Mary J – Put up a fiver to celebrate another year, her son’s visit from New Delhi, an old friend’s visit and that her daughter’s arm is healing nicely.

    Gloria – Had a chance to speak to Michael from his “hotel” in Ghana with some difficulty. He’ll be visiting several Rotary Clubs in the area, starting today.

    Patrick – Has a new non leaking fish tank.

    Questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

    What is the largest ocean on earth?  Maggie was the fastest, with the answer – The Pacific Ocean.

    So, how did the Pacific get its name? Magellan named it. When he was crossing, it was very calm so he named it “Peaceful or Calm = “Pacific”.

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

    Emily provided signup sheets for our 21 February working visit (we’ll need 10 members) to The Rock at Noonday and for our assistance at the Silver Horizons thrift store. There’ll be a bowling party ; “Strikes for Seniors” on 24 February. Shall we get a team together?

    Gail reminded us that Casa Esperanza is back in business and we’ll be scheduling a working dinner visit to them during the month of March.

    Yesterday, the guest speaker at our Interact Club RYLA meeting was Hollie Black, a High School Senior who attended RYLA last year. She was also a Rotary Foreign Exchange student. Her presentation seems to have instigated a plethora of interested Interact members.

    RYLA scholarship applications deadline: 1 May, 2019. Gail is our club’s RYLA contact person. HS juniors are eligible to apply. The 2017-18 board has committed our Club to support at least 4 campers (maybe more, this year!). The Boys’ camp 14 July to 20 July. The girls’ camp 20 July to 26 July. We hope that several of our Interact Club members will apply for this scholarship. Now we know that Dayna’s kids attended RYLA camp!

    Egyptian RFE Rotarians will be visiting us from April 29th to May 2nd. They need host homes. It’s a large group and more hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. Donna believes that most members of the group will be of the Christian faith (Does that really matter?). Hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. When hosts have been identified, there’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to/from activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. You can reach her at pedaceabq@aol.comor 505-349-8850 to sign up or if you have any questions about hosting.

    The Rotary District 5520 8th grade four-way essay contest entry deadline is 19 March, 2019. This year’s subject is: What is the 4-way test & how does each question help me to stop & make the better decisions? The top District prize is $400. If a member is interested in heading up a Club entrant contest, we will form a committee which will evaluate their essays. More info is to be found on the District 5520 website. Our Club’s winner does receive a cash award from us. Applications & instructions are on the District website.

    Club members have volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a REVISED list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    February-Emily          March-Gail       April–Allan              May-Fofo        June-Maggie

    Birthdays This Month:          Dayna, Mary J & Gail – Yup, they got the song and cake too!

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar made its weekly trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:     Travels to Japan- and beyond.

    Emily Introduced Club member Dave Fontaine, who has recently visited Japan via a cruise on the Holland America Line’s Westerdam. Along with many beautiful photographs shown and narrated by Dave, he covered the sights and cities on his 14 day trip from Tokyo to Shanghai. The trip also touched upon Korea and China.

    Their cruise included excellent guides and on-board lectures and stopped at many cities. There were excursions every day, when they weren’t at sea. The tour also stopped off at the Forbidden City, The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Meeting- Rose Rose: Her new book :Overturned Bucket

    21 Feb             We work breakfast or lunch at The Rock at Noonday

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    23 Feb             Rotary’s 114thanniversary.

    26 Feb             Regular Meeting- Composting in Tumblers

    2 Mar              Silk Road Connection Fashion Show (See Gail)

    5 Mar              Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    5 Mar              Regular Meeting-

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    12 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    14 Mar            Veteran’s Day

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    19 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    26 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April          Easter

    27 April          Governors’ Ball        

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    Thanks to our members for assisting in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.

  • 05 Feb 2019 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s Chinese New Year board meeting, this meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He then led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Tony Piño LG/AG

    February is– “World Understanding Month”.

    We couldn’t find any pin or name tag buck fines today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dave put out a fiver for his wife’s return home from hospital.

    Emily’s happy for Chris Nolan, our program speaker.

    Michael’s happy that his car is finally clean (after a long wait!)

    Questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

    What was the name of the gathering place/bar, from the TV show Dallas? 

    No takers… It was “The Cattlemen’s Club”!

    In what State are there more TVs than people? No correct guesses… It’s Washington D.C.

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

    Tony has attended our R.I. President’s visit to District 5520 (down in Texas). More than 500 District 5520 Rotarians attended the festivities.

    Tony, our LG, has dropped off the yearly cruise tickets. We’ll soon be able to enter the yearly drawing.

    Our guest speaker for the Interact Club RYLA meeting on 11 Feb is a Senior (Holly) from a different school who attended RYLA last year. Also, she was a Rotary Foreign Exchange student and she’s a wonderful role model for our kids. 

    RYLA scholarship applications deadline is 1 May, 2019. Gail is our club’s RYLA contact person. High School juniors are eligible to apply. The 2017-18 board has committed our Club to support at least 4 campers (maybe more, this year!). The Boys’ camp runs from 14 July to 20 July and the girls’ camp runs from 20 July to 26 July. We hope that several of our Interact Club members will apply for this scholarship.

    The board has passed a motion to provide a $100 gift card to Kelly Hayes/Dutro, our honorary member and Interact Adviser, for her impending baby!

    Dr. Dave mentioned that, in a Rotarian message from Ron Burton, Chair of our Rotary Foundation, our involvement in the Foundation will make a difference by doing good in the world.

    Emily has scheduled work for us at The Rock at Noonday on 21 Feb, 7A to 10A OR 10:30A to 1:30P. We’ll choose to work at breakfast or lunch, by signing up today.

    She also reminded us that our assistance at the Silver Horizons thrift store will be greatly appreciated.

    Egyptian Rotarians will be visiting the ABQ/Rio Rancho/Los Lunas area, April 29th to May 2nd (3 nights). We need host homes for them. Since it’s a large group, more hosts than usual are needed. If you have any interest, please volunteer. Hosting foreign Rotarian guests is an interesting experience and many friendships result from the RFE program. Donna believes that most members of the group will be of the Christian faith. Hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. When hosts have been identified, there’ll be a joint meeting where the hosts will set a schedule of activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and perhaps some sightseeing. The hosts are also asked to drive their guests to/from activities, or to arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Please let Donna know by Feb. 8 if you are willing to host. You can reach her at pedaceabq@aol.com or 505-349-8850 to sign up to host, or if you have any questions about hosting.

    The Rotary District 5520 8th grade four-way essay contest entry deadline is 19 March, 2019. This year’s subject is: What is the 4-way test & how does each question help me to stop & make the better decisions? The top District prize is $400. If a member is interested in heading up a Club entrant contest, we will form a committee which will evaluate their essays. More info is to be found on the District 5520 website. Our Club’s winner does receive a cash award from us.

    We are happy to announce that Vivien has accepted the Club President-Elect position and will serve as President for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year. The 2019 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) will take place in Santa Fe on April 4-6. PETS is required training for all Presidents Elect. The event venue will be the Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe NM, 87501. There’s a special rate of $109 per night for this event. To be eligible for the special rate, confirm reservations by March 4, 2019.

    Do you know what Rotary Global Rewards are????

    Each month, a Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a REVISED list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    February-Emily          March-Gail       April–Allan              May-Fofo        June-Maggie

    Today’s Program:     “The Beatles… Is James Paul McCartney really dead"?

    Mollie Introduced UNM Professor Chris Nolan, who advanced and discussed this 52 year old conspiracy theory for us all to ponder.

    Who is the Paul McCartney who is currently doing the world tours? A history of the Beatles was included in the discussion.

    Did the “original/real” James Paul McCartney really die in an auto accident on 9/11/66 at the age of 24?

    Theoretically, the “original” Paul completed 7 albums, while the “next Paul (Billy Shepherd)” completed the last 7 albums with a different sound.

    Billy/Paul is said to have undergone several surgeries in Nairobi to change his appearance.

    MI5 & MI6 investigated the alleged accident & death, since the Beatles brought “big money” to England.

    Prof. Nolan mentioned many clues, both visual and musical, which point to the alleged demise of the original Paul.

    For more information, we were directed to several books which have been published on the subject.

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Prof. Nolan with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix, in support of Fofo’s Haiti projects.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    5 Feb               Chinese New Year – Year of the Brown Earth Pig - 4716

    11 Feb             Interact Club RYLA meeting.

    12 Feb             Regular Meeting- Composting in Tumbler

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Meeting- Rose Rose: Her new book :Overturned Bucket

    21 Feb             We work breakfast or lunch at The Rock at Noonday

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    26 Feb             Regular Meeting- Devonte Kurt Watson, Economic Development Strategist

    2 Mar              Silk Road Connection Fashion Show (See Gail)

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April          Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    Thanks to our members for assistinng in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.

  • 29 Jan 2019 6:18 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Hugh Formhals, Dep’t of Senior Affairs

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”.

    We picked up three pin or name tag buck fines today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Cheryl’s happy that she’s not living back East!

    Maggie’s not in Minneapolis, where it’s going to be -58°… It’s 114° in S. Africa!

    Pat parted with $5 ‘cause she’ll be vacationing ‘til March- Going to Australia, Tasmania & New Zealand.

    Patrick gave up a fiver, too! He played in a bridge tournament last week & even won a couple.

    Gail is back from Florida, where it wasn’t that warm.

    Questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

    What SW mining town in NM is best known for being a ghost town? Jan told us that it’s Mogollon!

    (Pat had a great story about her trip to Mogollon.)

    From the top of what Raton mountain can you see three states? Marion knew that it’s Capitan (10,201’)

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

    Gail brought in a cake to celebrate birthday anniversaries for Emily, Libby & Mollie. Yup, they got the song, too!

    R.I. President Barry Rassin, visits the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call (915) 833-6616. All District 5520 club members are welcome to attend this event!

    The Rotary District 5520 four-way essay contest entry deadline is 16 March, 2019. This year’s subject is: What is the 4-way test & how does each question help me to stop & make the better decisions?. Prizes: 1st place= $400. If our Club has entrants, we will form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner does receive a cash award.

    RYLA scholarships application deadline is 1 May, 2019. Gail will be our club’s contact person. HS juniors are eligible to apply. The 2017 board has committed our Club to support at least 4 campers (maybe more, this year!). The Boys’ camp runs from 14 July to 20 July and the girls’ camp runs from 20 July to 26 July.

    It is now way past the time to choose a candidate for the position of Club President-Elect. As is our Club’s usual method, the current president usually finds someone who is willing to serve in this position. Note that it is unfair for a new president to come in so close to PETS & to have less time to find their board. 

    The 2019 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) will be conducted in Santa Fe on April 4-6. PETS is required training for all Presidents Elect. The venue for this event will be the Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe NM, 87501. There’s a special rate of $109 per night for this event and it includes complimentary parking and free WiFi access. To be eligible for this special rate, please confirm a reservation by March 4, 2019.

    Each month, a Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a REVISED list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    February-Emily          March-Gail       April–Allan

    May-Fofo                    June-Maggie

    Today’s Program:     Crime Prevention

    Mollie Introduced Laura Kuehn "Crime Prevention Specialist" APD

    She has been employed with the Albuquerque Police Department since 1997 as a Crime Prevention Specialist. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science, a Supplementary Degree in Law and Society and Minors in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Laura is designated by the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners as an International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS); she is certified as a National Crime Prevention Specialist (NCPS) by the National Crime Prevention Association. She is a certified instructor through the International Crime Free Programs Association.

    This program urges neighbors to join with the criminal justice system to help themselves become less vulnerable targets for criminals. Laura speaks to civic organizations, church groups, neighborhood associations, service clubs and other groups about the problem of residential burglary.

    Today’s program discussed and explained the following subjects:

    ·       How to report a crime or an emergency (911) or a non emergency (242-COPS). APD has priorities, so they must have the proper information reported, i.e.: A description of a criminal, a description of the vehicle used, the location of the incident, etc.

    ·       Prevention of auto theft – what NOT to leave in your car- trunks are also a target!

    ·       Personal Safety

    ·       Crime prevention on the road & road rage

    ·       Crime prevention at home

    ·       Neighborhood watch groups

    ·       ID theft and scams

    Community Policing requires partnerships to prevent crime & solve public safety issues. Due to the breadth of crime being committed by offenders, it is important for the criminal justice system and community partners to work together to develop new, innovative ways to combat criminal activity.

    As a result, the Albuquerque Police Department has established "Community Oriented Notification Network Enforcement Communication Technology" more commonly referred to as CONNECT. This technology allows law enforcement and community partners to communicate about criminal activity impacting businesses on a real time basis.

    These partnerships enable the APD to expand its law enforcement capability by eliciting support from community partners. With increased community involvement, we can identify public safety issues and work together to develop an appropriate plan to address community concerns.

    For more information, call Laura Kuehn, Crime Prevention Specialist, Albuquerque Police Department, 505-256-2050.

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Kuehn with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix, in support of Fofo’s Haiti projects.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:10 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    5 Feb               Chinese New Year – Year of the Brown Earth Pig - 4716

    5 Feb               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    5 Feb               Regular Meeting- “The Beatles” – Chris Nolan

    12 Feb             Regular Meeting- Composting in Tumbler

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    26 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April          Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    Thanks to members for their assistance in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.

  • 22 Jan 2019 7:37 PM | Anonymous

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

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests This Week          

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”.

    One pin or name tag buck fine was found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Maggie’s niece is now attending UNM for her master’s degree. Does anyone need a program speaker? Maggie has “extras”.

    Mollie’s just happy to be here today.

    Questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

    What park, West of Albuquerque, protects the oldest rock formation? Most knew that it’s the Petroglyphs!

    What author wrote Western fiction novels & was associated with The St. James Hotel? Zane Grey!

    What Western tribes are famous for their kachinas? Most knew that it’s the Hopi. (Also the Zuni)

    What are the dates of the Chaco civilization? The ancestral Anasazi culture between 850 and 1250

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

    Treasurer Judy reminded us that, instead of fundraising projects, last July, the Club voted to assess each member $100 for our coffers. If you haven’t already done so, please make out your check to the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia.

    Michael also announced that his impending February visit to Ghana will address a future application for an RI grant, re: Job Placement. Rotary Clubs have been contacted in Ghana.

    R.I. President Barry Rassin, will be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call (915) 833-6616.

    The Rotary District 5520 four-way essay contest is under way. Entry deadline is 16 March, 2019. This year’s subject is: What is the 4-way test & how does each question help me to stop & make the better decisions?. Prizes: 1st place= $400, 2nd place= $200 & 3rd place= $100. If/when Our Club has entrants, we will form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner does receive a cash award.

    This year’s RYLA scholarships application deadline is 1 May, 2019. Gail will be our club’s contact person, along with Judy’s assistance. HS juniors are eligible to apply. The 2017 board has committed our Club to support at least 4 campers (maybe more, this year!). The Boys’ camp will run from 14 July to 20 July and the girls’ camp will run from 20 July to 26 July.

    Take your latest Rotarian Magazine to your next doctor or dentist visit and leave it on the rack for others to read. This is a great way to get the Rotary message out to the public. We have labels.

    Each month, a Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a REVISED list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    January–Mollie                    February-Emily                        March-Gail

    April–Allan                          May-Fofo                      June-Maggie

    Today’s Program:     Dining For Women (DFW)

    Mollie Introduced Club member Pat Diem, a member of the Albuquerque DFW.

    Dining for Women is a global giving circle dedicated to transforming lives and eradicating poverty among women and girls in the developing world. Through member education and engagement, as well as the power of collective giving, Dining for Women funds grassroots organizations that empower women and girls and promote gender equity.

    Hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been helped since their inception in 2003.

    In the fall of 2002, a former nurse and mother from South Carolina, read an article about a group of friends who met for potluck dinners and collected donations for needy families using the money they would have otherwise spent in restaurants. 

    She had the idea of using “dining out dollars” to help others, and the idea of DFW was conceived. In January 2003, she invited friends to her home to celebrate, a hat was passed and $750 was raised for Women for Women International. For the next few years, they labored to nurture and raise this idea.

    Over the years, DFW has captivated hearts across the U.S, and increasingly, the world. DFW has been showcased by the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, People, Woman’s Day magazine, Good Morning America and the Today Show.

    Dining for Women works to impact the lives of women and girls worldwide. By focusing on women and girls, DFW empowers women to find solutions to the problems they face through education, health care, and economic development.

    Founding Values:

    §  All women deserve to be self-sufficient

    §  Education transforms the giver and the receiver

    §  Connections are the engine that power giving

    §  Transparency and integrity will mark our work

    §  To reach all, we must believe we can

    DFW celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it; to see need and act to fill it. Dining for Women’s members are deeply involved in the grantees supported and the problems they seek to address. The education component is equally as important as fundraising.

    Although they have invested more than $6 million in grants and partnerships since inception in 2003,  members are generally not wealthy. An average donation is $35 – just about the amount that might be spent for a weeknight dinner out.

    The collective-giving model is proving that small contributions, aggregated together, can make a huge difference. This is especially true in the most impoverished areas of the world, where some subsist on less than $1.25 a day.

    Dining for Women chapters meet on a regular basis and share a meal together. Members share camaraderie and learn about that month’s featured grantees through videos, educational documents and presentations, and free and open discussion. Funds raised each month go to fund the featured and sustained grantees, as well as support of the entire mission of Dining for Women.

    This organization doesn’t just give money, it invests in futures. The organizations and projects supported educate girls, teach women a skill, help develop markets for their products, and fight the prevalent gender inequality in the world.

    The grant selection committee vets scores of organizations every six months, ultimately choosing 12 per year, to whom grants are provided (up to $50,000). The process is strenuous and organizations must meet stringent selection criteria to move along in the process. Once selected, organizations must provide regular progress reports and updates as part of our monitoring and evaluation process.

    Grass-roots projects are funded in education, healthcare, economic and environmental sustainability, safety and security, leadership and agriculture. These projects are aimed at improving the living situations for women and their families, by providing the tools they need to make changes in their lives, in their communities and in their children’s futures.

    For more information, go to www.DiningForWomen.org

    Albuquerque’s Meeting Frequency is monthly, on the third Wednesday – 5:45 PM at the First Unitarian Church, ABQ. This is a “pot-lick” dinner.

    The next meetings will take place on 10 February and on 20 March.

    Chapter Description: Mainly retirees; Mainly members of First Unitarian Church but not essential.

    There are usually 7-12 members who participate at each monthly meeting. Dinner is always good and we take turns presenting the program. The Club is “Co-ed” and lasts for about 2 hours.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting- Laura Kuehn "Crime Prevention Specialist" City of Albuquerque

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    5 Feb               Chinese New Year – Year of the Brown Earth Pig - 4716

    5 Feb               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    5 Feb               Regular Meeting- “The Beatles” – Chris Nolan

    12 Feb             Regular Meeting- Composting in Tumbler

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    26 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    5 Mar               Mardi Gras

    17 Mar             Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April           PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April            Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May           The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May               Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May             Mother’s Day

    27 May             Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    Thanks to our members for their assistance in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.

  • 15 Jan 2019 8:56 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Dayna Crawford (for ½ of a meeting) 

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”.

    Two pin or name tag buck fines were found today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Gail will be going to Florida tomorrow for a week or so. 

    Maggie Is disbursing Bon Appetit magazines today… Anybody want one? She’s all set up for June pgms.

    Libby Had a buck just because! 

    Mollie parted with a fiver, to say thanks to all for their support.

    Emily: So, judge rose’s wife wrote a book… What was that about Elvis?

    Many questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie: We knew the answers to 90% of them!

    What is the official NM State insect? It’s the tarantula hawk (specifically, P. formosa).

    We had a choice to pick the native American born in NM. So, who was it? Mangas Coloradas or Mangus-Colorado or Dasoda-hae ("He Just Sits There")

    Choose the river that DOES NOT run through NM… It was the Colorado River.

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

    Today, Mollie inducted our newest member into Rotary! Dayna Crawford is sponsored by Mollie. Welcome to our Club & Rotary International, Dayna!

    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Governor Linda Woodward's brother-in-law. He passed away last night. Please keep Governor Linda and her family in your thoughts and prayers in this time of mourning. 

    On Friday, we’re scheduled to work at the Silver Horizons warehouse from 11AM to 1PM. 10 workers are needed… So far, we have only 6… Please sign up today.

    There was also a signup sheet provided for those who will volunteer to bring in B.D. desserts for the remaining six RY months.

    In the absence of Allan, our Youth Service Chair, Cheryl noted that our Interact Club is working on the Women2Be project as well as quilts for animal shelters. They’re also going to hold a fund raiser in the near future.

    Join with R.I. President Barry Rassin, who’ll be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call (915) 833-6616.

     LG/AG training will be held on 15-16 February in Socorro at the Epiphany Episcopal Church.

    The Rotary District 5520 four-way essay contest is under way. Entry deadline is 16 March, 2019. This year’s subject is: What is the 4-way test & how does each question help me to stop & make the better decisions? Purpose of the essay: A written essay that explains the student’s understanding of the “Four-Way Test” and how it relates to their life experiences and/or society. How does it influence what they say, think, and do? Prizes: 1st place= $400, 2nd place= $200 & 3rd place= $100. If/when Our Club has entrants, we form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner does receive a cash award.

    We’ve got to start thinking about this year’s RYLA scholarships! The application deadline is 1 May, 2019. Gail will be our club’s contact person, along with Judy’s assistance. There may be 10 possible Interact juniors this year & we hope to have them all apply. The 2017 board has committed our Club to support at least 4 campers (maybe more, this year!). The Boys’ camp will run from 14 July to 20 July and the girls’ camp will run from 20 July to 26 July.

    Here are some numbers: Rotary has 35,678 clubs worldwide,

    111.1 million hours Rotarians spent volunteering, $414.7 million Rotarians raised for the Rotary Foundation, 94 scholarships granted by Rotary Peace Fellowships, 1,195,107 Rotarians worldwide

    Top membership countries:

    United States: 314,224 members, India: 139,641 members, Japan: 87,684 members
    South Korea: 61,416 members, Germany: 55,791 members

    Don’t forget to take your latest Rotarian Magazine to your next doctor or dentist visit and leave it on the rack for others to read. This is a great way to get the Rotary message out to the public.

    Did You Know? Rotary has helped immunize over 2.5 billion children globally since 1985. Polio cases across the world have reduced by 99.9% from 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 37 in 2016. Polio could be just the second human disease to be eradicated worldwide in history.

    Each month, a Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a REVISED list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    January–Mollie                    February-Emily                        March-Gail

    April–Allan                          May-Fofo                      June-Maggie

    Today’s Program:     Public Banking

    Pat Introduced Ms. Sarah Manning, who works with the “Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity” in New Mexico.

    The alliance has been formed to keep our public funds safe, local & working.

    She argued that New Mexicans deserve the prosperity that a public bank has provided in South Dakota.

    At this time, 20 other states are currently looking at the possible startup of public banks.

    Public banks make loans at low interest rates to local governments for their projects. Additionally, these banks will work to create successful new businesses & will reduce the State’s dependence on natural resources. It does appear to most of us, that this state is “poor”. However, NM does have a great deal of wealth. We have the 3rd largest amount of State funds ($24 Billion) which are invested out of state for good returns. A public bank would be owned by the people of the State, receive monies only from the state and would manage state income. This bank would be efficiently run with no stockholders, branches, tellers, ATMs, retail services or advertising and marketing. Maximizing profits from interest and fees, keeping more of public funds working in the state of NM.

    So, it appears that New Mexico would really profit from and could really use a public bank. To accomplish this, we would need our state legislature to pass laws which would amend our state constitution and establish this state bank.

    The alliance professes that, working together, we can establish a Public Bank for NM, to finance the changes necessary for our communities to overcome obstacles and invest in future opportunities.

    How to make this happen? Contact your state representative & senator, learn more about public banking in NM, endorse a public bank for NM.

    For more information from the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity, write to PO Box 421, Santa Fe, NM 87504 & go to www.PublicBankingNewMexico.org AND buy & read the book “Public Banking Solution” by Ellen Brown.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

    22 Jan              Regular Meeting- Pat Diem on Dining Club For Women

    26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting- Laura Kuehn "Crime Prevention Specialist" City of Albuquerque

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    5 Feb               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    5 Feb               Regular Meeting-

    12 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    26 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April          PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April           Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    Thanks to our members for their assistance in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.

  • 08 Jan 2019 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    Following  the January board meeting,  this regular meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He then led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests this week.

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”.

    One pin or name tag buck fine was found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Karen gave up a fiver, to say that she & Allan will be moving up to SF temporarily, for a couple of months. She’ll also have her name on a couple of bills to be passed.

    Emily had a great 3 weeks with the grandkids. She also saw the Rose Bowl parade & came back with a picture of the Rotary float!

    Maggie has Rob’s niece visiting & she’ll be attending UNM for her Master’s degree.

    Gail had a great Christmas in CT. She came back & was snowed in at home. So, Happy New Year to all.

    Pat mentioned that real lobbying can be learned from ABQ Interface. There’s training this evening, too!

    Mollie had a sad buck for her recently deceased brother.

    Our questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

    Re: Chisholm Ranch near Roswell, NM. Who is responsible for its upkeep? UNM, Cornell or Baylor?

    No one knew that it’s Cornell University, in New York.

    How have the Sacramento Mountains been formed? Uplift, Volcano or by an Inland sea?

    Well, once again no one knew that it was an inland sea that formed them.

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

    Emily announced that she’ll be putting our grant to good use for our Don’t Meth With Us project. She’ll soon order “T” shirts & wrist bands for those kids who participate.

    Signup sheets were passed around for:

    Silver Horizons work at their warehouse on 18 January, from 11AM to 1PM and for work at their thrift store during January & February. Hours: 12N to 4P or 12N to 2P &/or 2P to 4P.

    The yearly NM MOM (dental freebies) will be held in Las Cruces on 3 & 4 May.

    Join with R.I. President Barry Rassin, who’ll be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call 833-6616.

    The 2019 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) will be conducted in Santa Fe on April 4-6. PETS is required training for all Presidents Elect. The venue for this event will be the Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe NM, 87501. There is a special rate of $109 per night for this event which includes complimentary parking (normally $14/day) and free WiFi access. To be eligible for this special rate, please confirm your reservation by March 4, 2019.

    Each month, a Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a REVISED list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    January–Mollie                    February-Emily                        March-Gail

    April–Allan                          May-Fofo                      June-Maggie

    Today’s Program:     Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)

    Mollie  Introduced Diane Wikler, Public Information Officer, City of Albuquerque SWMD and Mila Romero.

    The Solid Waste Management Department provides trash collection and disposal. SWMD also oversees large-item disposal, recycling, graffiti removal, convenience centers, and neighborhood cleanup support. Other services include:

    Operating the City's landfills in compliance with State and Federal regulations, Ensuring environmental safety at old landfills, Managing and operating a recycling processing facility and Educating the public about recycling and responsible waste disposal.

    The SWMD initiated an Integrated Waste Management Plan to assist the Department in setting short and long-term goals for a comprehensive solid waste program.

    The City SWMD began development of an Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP) to serve as an important planning tool in order to reach optimal waste diversion for the city.

    The IWMP examines solid waste practices and how those individual elements interact as pieces of a larger management system.

    The IWMP, by Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, reviews the current status of the City's solid waste management system including operations, rates and facilities and proposes an environmental plan for the future.

    While the SWMD has total control over the waste stream through its integrated combination of services and facilities, the system has been oriented toward disposal.

    The purpose of the Integrated Waste Management Plan is to reverse that orientation in favor of waste reduction, reuse, repair, recycling, composting and other forms of diversion consistent with the goal of waste diversion. Pursuit of the waste diversion goal requires a series of coordinated, cooperative efforts between the Department and the private sector over the long term.

    Broad guidance and direction for the SWMD is found in applicable policies as adopted by the City Council and Mayor. These include the overall City sustainability initiative termed “Albuquerque Green”.

    The 2002 Vision Statement, Five Year Goals, and Desired Community Conditions, in particular,  Environmental Protection and Enhancement.

    Other strengths of the SWMD and existing solid waste management system are:

    The City controls the flow of waste through its collection operations and thus can directly impact whether it is disposed or diverted without negotiating or contracting with private entities.

    Plenty of capacity is available at Cerro Colorado Landfill so that the City is not faced with an imminent disposal crisis. Many capital / infrastructure investments have been made for the landfill operation. This situation allows the Department to focus on diversion.

    New leadership and upper management have been brought into the SWMD with the authority and policy support to implement diversion initiatives.

    The City has already enacted a multi–family recycling ordinance that requires apartment building owners  to offer the opportunity to recycle for residents. Building owners are supposed to make arrangements with SWMD, so containers for commingled recyclables can be placed on premises. Further, the ordinance allows the Department to charge each building unit the same recycling service fee that single–family residences pay. Recycling is occurring at City buildings and the Department is seeking to upgrade and expand these internal efforts.

    Based on both formal and informal communication between SWMD personnel and industry representatives, it is clear that there are several potential private sector firms that want to partner with the City in developing a major facility which would significantly increase capacity to process & market recyclables from not only the City of Albuquerque but from the surrounding region as well.

    While there are private recycling service companies operating in Albuquerque, the City itself does not have an organized business recycling program. Thus there is definite potential for much more diversion from institutional, commercial, and industrial generators.

    The SWMD has purchased equipment capable of size reducing and grinding yard waste in much larger quantities than has been handled at the City’s composting operation.

    Glass can’t be mixed with other recyclables in the recycling collection program because glass breakage contaminates these materials and makes them non–marketable. However, glass is not collected curbside  in the City but instead, may be taken to community drop–off recycling centers.

    The City’s residential and commercial rate base is augmented by rate structures in place at Cerro Colorado Landfill and the three convenience centers.

    Free frige magnets were distributed to all, containing Do’s & Don’ts of recycling. & we each received a recycled spork.

    Solid Waste Department Contact Information:

    For general inquiries, contact: Mila Romero  (505) 761-8167 milaromero@cabq.gov

    For media and general inquiries, contact: Diane Wikler 505-761-8134 dwikler@cabq.gov

    For billing inquiries, contact: Mike Sandler  (505) 761-8332 msandler@cabq.gov

    For Code and Ordinance and Enforcement inquiries, contact: Michael Anaya (505) 761-8125
    maanya@cabq.gov

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Wikler & Romero with packets of Fofo’s lemonade mix, in support of Fofo’s Haiti projects.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Jan              Regular Meeting- Sarah Manning on Public Banking

    21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

    22 Jan              Regular Meeting- Pat Diem on Dining Club For Women

    26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting- Laura Kuehn "Crime Prevention Specialist" City of Albuquerque

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April          Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    Thanks to our members for their assistance in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.

  • 01 Jan 2019 5:57 PM | Anonymous

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We did not hold a regular meeting today. A good thing, since we’ve received all of this snow!

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”.

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

    Next Tuesday we’ll resume our regular meeting schedule as well as our January board meeting.

    Join with R.I. President Barry Rassin, who’ll be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call 833-6616.

    The 2019 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) will be conducted in Santa Fe on April 4-6. PETS is required training for all Presidents Elect. The venue for this event will be the Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe NM, 87501. There is a special rate of $109 per night for this event which includes complimentary parking (normally $14/day) and free WiFi access. To be eligible for this special rate, please confirm your reservation by March 4, 2019.

    Each month, a brave and well-meaning Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for each month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    January–Mollie                    February-Allan             March-Karen

    April–Gail                            May-Fofo                      June-Maggie

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    8 Jan                Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    8 Jan                Regular Meeting

    15 Jan              Regular Meeting

    21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

    22 Jan              Regular Meeting

    26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April          Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

  • 18 Dec 2018 6:31 PM | Anonymous

    Once again we did not hold a regular meeting. However, in place of our regular meeting, we all gathered to celebrate at our yearly holiday party.

    December is– “Family Month”.

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

    Our holiday party/social event was replete with potluck goodies. Each member brought a wrapped “white elephant” prize for exchange. This year, we were fortunate to hold our gathering at the Podolny’s home.

    Join with R.I. President Barry Rassin, who’ll be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call 833-6616.

    From Bruce Bortner, District 5520 Trainer for 2019-20: On behalf of District Governor Elect Gary King, Bruce has announced that the 2019 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) will be conducted in Santa Fe on April 4-6. PETS is required training for all Presidents Elect. The venue for this event will be the Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe NM, 87501. There is a special rate of $109 per night for this event which includes complimentary parking (normally $14/day) and free WiFi access. To be eligible for this special rate, please confirm your reservation by March 4, 2019.

    Each month, one Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for

    our meetings. Here’s a list of those responsible for each month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    January–Mollie                    February-Allan             March-Karen

    April–Gail                            May-Fofo                      June-Maggie

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    8 Jan                Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    8 Jan                Regular Meeting

    15 Jan              Regular Meeting

    21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

    22 Jan              Regular Meeting

    26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    5 Mar               Mardi Gras

    17 Mar             Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April          PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April           Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June            Father’s Day
  • 11 Dec 2018 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    Today, in place of our regular meeting, we all paid our yearly holiday visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Our Honorary Members, Bruce Bortner and James Morrison

    December is– “Family Month”.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Presents were distributed to all residents, goodies were consumed and music was played by the team of Bortner & Morrison in accompaniment to our appropriate holiday vocal arrangements.

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

    Our Club’s holiday party really will take place on 18 December at 12Noon. A signup sheet was passed around for potluck goodies. Also, don’t forget to bring a wrapped “white elephant” prize for exchange. Info is forthcoming in order to get us to the Podolny’s home.

    If you want to wear a real Rotary District 5520 shirt, you can order one (or more). Take a look at the order form! At least they’re not pink this year… Prices start at $16.00. http://bit.ly/District5520

    Join with R.I. President Barry Rassin, who’ll be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call 833-6616.

    Each month, one Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for

    our meetings. Here’s a list of those responsible for each month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    December-Judy          January–Mollie           February-Allan         

    March-Karen              April–Gail                 May-Fofo         June-Maggie

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House at 1PM.

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party! In place of regular meeting.

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    8 Jan                Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    8 Jan                Regular Meeting

    15 Jan              Regular Meeting

    21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

    22 Jan              Regular Meeting

    26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    4-6 Mar           PETS – Santa Fe

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    21 April          Easter

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June       Father’s Day

  • 04 Dec 2018 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    Following  today’s December board meeting,  our regular meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He then led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Lt. Gov. Tony Piño                 Our Honorary Member, Bruce Bortner

    December is– “Family Month”.

    No  pin or name tag buck fines were to be found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dave had an apology buck, since he has to leave the meeting early for a doctor appointment. Also, he related an email from his daughter, re: talking to a cow- it goes in one ear and out an udder. He quickly erased the email.

    Gail remembered that, while in Portales, she learned that cows give more milk during the winter season. She also brought in a load of very good looking cupcakes today, even though it was national cookie day.

    Pat had a sad buck, since she will not be able to attend the Club’s holiday party.

    Cheryl put in a buck in appreciation for Club member’s work on Solano & Hannett.

    Maggie parted with $2 for our speakers today & for all of the prep that’s going into our holiday schedule.

    Mollie noted that Dayna Crawford is suffering from pneumonia.

    Pam is happy to be back from Florida. She visited the Cape Coral Club & exchanged banners with them.

    Our questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

    How many tributaries does the Amazon river have? The best choice was over 1100!

    What is the oldest active volcano in the world? A couple of “close but no cigar” answers finally yielded the absolute truth: It’s Mt. Etna!

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

    Since there was only one member present today who will celebrate a birthday anniversary this month, President Patrick, we managed to sing the official song in his honor… The cupcakes were really for him!

    Our Club’s official Assistant Governor has been Twila Larkin. Since she had to resign as AG due to work pressure, both Bruce and Tony will temporarily take over her duties.

    Club members brought their gifts in for the Casa Solano & Hannett House residents. Bring some goodies, too! The team of Bortner & Morrison will provide accompanying music for our attempts at rendering the appropriate holiday songs.

    Our Club’s holiday party really will take place on 18 December at 12Noon. A signup sheet was passed around for potluck goodies. Also, don’t forget to bring a wrapped “white elephant” prize for exchange. Info is forthcoming in order to get us to the Podolny’s home.

    Donna Pedace invites us to the Albuquerque del Norte Rotary Club for their Christmas party. It’s being held on 16 Dec. at the Unser Racing Museum. There’ll be access to museum buildings and there’ll be docents available for tours and explanations of all exhibits. There will be car-themed games, music and more. A catered dinner and open bar are included. To register, go to del Norte’s web site, www.rotarydelnorte.org and click on the Events - Party link, which will take you to the sign-up page. The cost is $50 per person. In the comment box, please indicate your club name.

    Do you want to wear a real Rotary District 5520 shirt? You can order one (or more). Take a look at the order form! At least they’re not pink this year… Prices start at $16.00. http://bit.ly/District5520

    Join with R.I. President Barry Rassin, who’ll be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call 833-6616.

    Each month, one Club member has volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for

    our meetings. Here’s a list of those responsible for each month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

    December-Judy          January–Mollie           February-Allan         

    March-Karen              April–Gail                 May-Fofo         June-Maggie

    Today’s Program:     Community policing in Albuquerque.

    Pat introduced  Lt. Simms and Sgt. Larry Middleton of the Albuquerque Police Department.

    (It’s the copper badges that were worn in Great Britain)

    The Albuquerque Police Department’s mission is to preserve the peace and protect our community through community oriented policing, with fairness, integrity, pride and respect.

    The Albuquerque Police Department envisions a safe, secure community where the rights, history and culture of each citizen is valued and respected. They will achieve this vision by collaborating with the community to identify and solve public safety concerns and improve the quality of life in Albuquerque.

    Community Policing is a pro-active partnership between the Albuquerque Police Department, the citizens of Albuquerque, other agencies within the City of Albuquerque, and other levels of State Government, Federal Government and the private sector. This partnership seeks to expose the root causes of crime and disorder, and to eradicate such conditions through the aggressive enforcement of laws, ordinances, and City policies and through positive community collaboration.

    Community Policing Councils are designed to foster better policing and community practices and community-police relationships. The six Community Policing Councils in Albuquerque coincide with the six Albuquerque Police area commands.

    Council Goals

    The goal of each Community Policing Council is to engage in candid, detailed and meaningful dialogue between Albuquerque Police and the citizens they serve. Councils are independent from the City and Department. They are encouraged to formally recommend changes to Albuquerque Police Department policies and procedures. They are also asked to make recommendations and identify concerns, problems, successes and opportunities within each area command and for the department as a whole.

    The Albuquerque Police Department has six Area Commands: Foothills Area, Northeast Area

    Northwest Area, Southeast Area, Southwest Area and Valley Area

    Council Membership

    Each council is composed of members from the community and voting members. Voting members must reside or have businesses within the boundaries of their area command. All members are encouraged to submit recommendations, provide input, ask questions and submit topics for discussion.

    All attending members were asked to provide their ideas of citizen support for APD.

    Many additional ideas were explained, including “1ABQ” app, “POP”, SARA model, Broken windows theory, copsat (from NYCPD), various community communications (NextDoor”, etc.) and great ideas on how NOT to have your car broken into, ie: don’t leave anything in plain sight, take the registration out of the vehicle & take your garage door opener away with you.

    Contact Information: Chris Sylvan, Community Policing Council Manager
    Department: Police Community Outreach               Email: cpc@cabq.gov

    Law Enforcement Center, 400 Roma NW, Albuquerque NM 87102

    For more information, go to www.cabq.gov/police/community-policing-council

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Lt. Simms & Sgt. Middleton with packets of Fofo’s lemonade mix (in support of her Haiti projects).

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House at 1PM.

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party! In place of regular meeting.

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

    26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

    1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training - Socorro

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    4-6 Mar           PETS – Santa Fe

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico MOM takes place in Las Cruces this year

    Thanks to members for their assistance in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
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