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  • 18 Jun 2019 8:36 PM | Anonymous

    Our meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Tony Piño Lt. Gov, (ABQ DelSol)

    Guests:           Margaret Kramer & Margaret (?), guests of Maggie

    Nary a pin or name tag fine was imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    David gave us the low down on the currently running senior games.

    Maggie spoke to Rob (he called her from Greece).

    Margaret K says hi to all.

    Emily sent a deflated basket ball to her son.

    Fofo’s back from NYC. Her grandson just graduated from H.S. Dan just retired and her clinic is open.

    Tony told us that RYLA is coming up and male councilors are needed (And a few females, too).

    Gloria seems to be happy that Michael is in Ghana.

    Pat put up a question buck: She has a sprinkler system leak… Can someone provide a “fixer”?

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

    Where do the Sangre de Cristo mountains begin & end? They are the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains. They are located in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico (Santa Fe & Vegas).

    Which mountains are older, Sandias or the Organs? Judy won the prize with the Organs.

    What’s the highest mountain peak in NM? It’s Wheeler Peak, at 13,159’

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

    Don’t forget that your 2019-2020 yearly Rotary dues are to be submitted, starting 1 July. If you don’t want to part with your hoard of cash, write your $125 checks to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    Tony Piño announced that Dist. Gov. Gary King’s installation will take place in Stanley, on Saturday.

    Also, he spoke upon next year’s Governor’s Ball. It’ll take place on either 18 or 25 April, at either Sandia Resort or at the ABQ convention center or in his dining room. Both the Del Sol and ABQ Clubs will be running the event. Tables of 10 will sell for $1600. Rotary’s cost is $800 per table. If we can sell tables at $1600, we’ll get $400 back, which we must donate to a children’s charity. The deadline to sell tables is 2 weeks before the event. Tickets will become available on 20 January.

    Our venue for the 25 June luncheon and induction ceremonies will be Mykonos Café. Lt. Gov. Tony Piño will do the honors. Yup, it’s free! Bring a guest. If you really want to sit down and consume some sort of lunch, you’d better have notified President-Elect Vivien that you’d like to witness (or take part in) the proceedings. So far, we have 28 attending. President-Elect Vivien will email the available menu to all. There’ll be 4 entrees, but no desserts. Maybe we should bring a big cake?

    Once again that Polio Plus jar made a trip around the room.

    An RFE group will be visiting from Fredericksburg, TX, 15 July to19 July. The District needs host families for couples or singles. Call Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by themselves or another club member, and possibly a few other costs for some meals and sightseeing. These costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    There are still a few slots available for the RFE trip TO Wisconsin- October 3 – 11. If you’re interested in making the trip, send an email to Donna or to Regina. 

    During the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, Club members shall once again provide a month’s worth of program speakers for our meetings. Program speakers are still needed for the months of September and January. Please sign up.

    Member birthdays to celebrate during June:  Maggie & Jan

    June’s Monthly B.D. “Treats” are provided by Cheryl.

    Today’s Program:     Bringing Consciousness to Unconscious Bias

    Maggie introduced Jan Maples, President of The Connecting Point, which does facilitating training, organizational development, and Human Resources consulting services. She teaches people to accomplish unprecedented results, communicate powerfully and produce healthy, working relationships among staff and with clients. With a remarkably realistic, pragmatic perspective and collaborative approach, she assists clients in building organizations that people genuinely want to inhabit.

    Ms. Maples examined our beliefs about others which have been dictated by society and work place in general. Her presentation covered the following:

    What is unconscious (implicit) bias?

    Understanding subtle stereotyping and ways that bias occurs.

    Examining what messages we received in our lives about “others”.

    Identifying our own belief systems and social categorization.

    How implicit bias leads to explicit actions.

    Retraining the unconscious mind to modify our behavior.

    She showed us how to become more aware of unconscious bias in order to minimize an unhealthy impact on ourselves and others and to expand and become more inclusive in our view of the world.

    Some audience participation was included, in order to help us understand the ways in which stereotyping occurs. Retraining the unconscious mind to modify our behavior was also covered.

    For more info, call 505-294-2586 or go to www.tcphr.com

    In appreciation of her presentation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Maples with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix, which help to support Fofo’s Haiti projects.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 June            Summer Begins!

    21 June            We work at the Rio Grande Food Project, 9AM to 12 Noon.

    25 June            Officers’ Induction party & Luncheon - Mykonos Café at 12 Noon (Show up at 11:45A)

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic- We work the luncheon ONLY!

    2 July              Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    2 July              Regular Meeting – This’ll be a Club Assembly!

    4 July              Independence Day

    21 July            Silver Horizons’ “Strikes for Seniors”- 10A-3P.

    Thanks to our members for assisting with setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
  • 11 Jun 2019 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    This meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    Visiting Rotarians:    James Morrison (Del Sol), an honorary member of our Club. 

    Only one pin or name tag fine was imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Michael parted with $2 to tell us that he’ll be leaving for Ghana next week. His project is exceeding expectations and he’s working with Ghana Rotary Clubs.

    Emily also put up $2 ‘cause she’s both happy & sad: backing out of the garage, she ran into hubby’s truck. Several K damage. Happy ‘cause her aunt’s leaving to FL and left her a Mercedes (to use & sell).

    Maggie’s youngest son in special forces flew in for her birthday celebration.

    James is happy to see the Club doing so well & vibrant, with new members, too! Also, he’s sold his RV and will be soon spending most of his time living in San Diego, CA. He’s buying a condo & a sailboat.

    Vivien gave James a buck to take her Rotarian son to lunch!

    Dayna’s mom is ill. Also, her son moves out & fiancé is moving in.

    Gloria’s garden & roses are doing just fine, now.

    Hap mentioned that he is a friend of Margaret Kramer & she’s doing OK.

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

    What percentage of roads in NM are UNpaved? Patrick told us that it’s 75%

    What animal does NM have, more than people? Libby told us that its cattle!

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

    Don’t forget that your 2019-2020 yearly Rotary dues must be submitted, starting 1 July.

    Student Atyana Lujan sent us a thank you card for our congratulatory message.

    Program speakers are still needed for the months of September and January. Please sign up.

    Our venue for the 25 June luncheon and induction ceremonies will take place at Mykonos Café. Lt. Gov. Tony Piño will do the honors and our very own Banjo Bruce shall also attend. Yup, it’s free! Bring a guest. A signup sheet traveled throughout the room.

    Yet again, the Polio Plus jar made its trip around the room.

    In order to receive a President’s Rotary Citation, OUR club requires only one more item in the

    Public Image and Awareness Area: Albuquerque Sandia Needs only one more item

    The items in the Public Image and Awareness Area are; We’ll be needing a total of three of the following:

    ·        Post successful club projects on Rotary Showcase;

    ·        Use Rotary’s brand materials;

    ·        Arrange for club members to talk to media about Rotary, etc.;

    ·        Host an event for Rotary alumni, etc.;

    ·        Continue or establish a partnership with an outside entity and work on a project;

    ·        Sponsor a Youth Exchange or RYLA student.

    We’ve probably already done at least three of the six items… so, again, the issue is most likely one of documentation and figuring out which ones we already have credit for.

    An RFE group will be visiting from Fredericksburg, TX, 15 July to19 July. The District needs host families for couples or singles. Interested? Call Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by themselves or another club member, and possibly a few other costs for some meals and sightseeing. These costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    There are still a few slots available for the RFE trip TO Wisconsin- October 3 – 11. If you’re interested in making the trip, send an email to Donna or to Regina. 

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. For June 2018-2019 – Maggie’s doin’ it!

    Member birthdays to celebrate during June:  Maggie & Jan

    June’s Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by Cheryl.

    Today’s Program:     Family Emergency Preparedness, Part Two

    Maggie introduced Hap Escue, who has once again visited our meeting. Hap further discussed his ideas related to this subject. Among the preparedness items, he discussed:

    Communications plans (see .gov site); Emergency kits for autos, home, family, grab & go and for work.

    Depending upon the size of each, kits should contain a radio, flashlight (batt’ys separate), limited food and water, contact info in your ‘phone AND written copies including “THE plan”.

    Have written copies of your credit card numbers, pin numbers & passwords, legal documents, medications & medical records, paper maps, cash and clothing.

    Practice your plans! Consider “what if” excercises. Prectice your plan: how to react & what to do. Revise plans yearly. All should stick with the plan!

    Remember that if you’re stranded, you’re on your own!

    For “show and tell”, Hap brought along examples of each type of emergency kit and additional information leaflets.

    Simple, small, prepackaged kits are available. Walmart appears to have kits.

    Check “Ready America” kits from www.Amazon. Also go to www.ready.gov

    For those of us who did not attend last week’s meeting, information packets were distributed.

    For more info, contact Hap Escue, 505-453-2800 or hapescue@aol.com

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Mr. Escue with yet another fresh packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix, which support Fofo’s Haiti projects.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    16 June            Father’s Day

    18 June            Regular Meeting- Your Unconscious Bias- Jan Maples

    21 June            Summer Begins!

    21 June            We work at the Rio Grande Food Project

    25 June            Officers’ Induction party & Luncheon - Mykonos Café at 12 Noon

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic- We work the luncheon ONLY!

    2 July              Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    2 July              Regular Meeting

    4 July              Independence Day

    21 July            Silver Horizons’ “Strikes for Seniors”- 10A-3P.

    Thanks to our members for assisting with setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
  • 04 Jun 2019 6:34 PM | Anonymous

    Following our last board meeting of the Rotary year, this meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    Guests:           Richard Ambrose and Gretchen Kryda, guest of John         

    Maybe just one pin or name tag fine was imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Michael’s not goin’ to jail & got out of Jury Duty.

    Vivien’s happy that Richard & Gretchen could be with us today.

    Richard’s happy to be here.

    John’s glad to have both Richard & Gretchen visiting.

    Karen had herself an educational trip to the permian basin in SW NM..

    Emily heard from her son in “Stanastan”. He received the jerky… The USPS employee paid for her shipping!

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

    What’s the film industry’s contribution to the NM economy? 840 Million, 1.23 billion or 4 billion? Karen knew that it’s 1.23 BILLION!

    NM has the 2nd highest % of native Americans. So, what state has the highest %?

    Yup, it’s Alaska.

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

    Don’t forget that your 2019-2020 yearly Rotary dues must be submitted, starting 1 July.

    Today, we inducted the family of Rotary’s newest member, Richard Ambrose. John did the honors and Richard is now “ours”! How come his new pin doesn’t work so well? Welcome to the fold Richard.

    Program speakers are still needed for the months of September and January. Please sign up for those months.

    Emily’s signup sheets made a trip around the room. 

    President Patrick & President-Elect Vivien have found a venue for our 25 June luncheon and induction ceremonies. We’ll be visiting at Mykonos Café. Lt. Gov. Tony Piño will do the honors and our very own Banjo Bruce shall also attend.. Just wait ‘til you receive your invitation and you’ll be thoroughly amazed!

    Yet again, the Polio Plus jar made its trip around the room.

    An RFE group will be visiting from Fredericksburg, TX, 15 July to19 July. The District needs host families for couples or singles. Interested? Call Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by themselves or another club member, and possibly a few other costs for some meals and sightseeing. These costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    There are still a few slots available for the RFE trip to Wisconsin- October 3 – 11. If you’re interested in making the trip, send an email to Donna or to Regina. 

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. For June 2018-2019 – Maggie’s doin’ it!

    Member birthdays to celebrate during June:  Maggie & Jan

    June’s Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by Cheryl. Since she wasn’t with us today, there’ll be even more next week!

    Today’s Program:     Family Emergency Preparedness, Part One

    Maggie introduced Hap Escue, who has once again visited our meeting (last time was 3 years ago). Hap discussed his initial ideas related to this subject. Among these preparedness ideas, he discussed:

    Early response, “From disaster to hope”, What constitutes an emergency, Do sumpin or else it’ll get worse (turns into a disaster), Be informed as to what’s happening, Take care of your own first, Have a family plan, Have emergency kits (a grab & go kit), Have supplies for yourself and pets (& food too), Don’t forget your medicines & medical necessities.

    PRACTICE… It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark!

    Consider the circumstances… Where is everyone?

    Should we all evacuate? Or, stay in-place? Meet up where?

    Communication! Have a family communications plan. Don’t talk on your ‘phone… TEXT (It’s more reliable). Have an action plan!

    What’s the risk analysis? – What should your response be?

     What NOT to do!

    What are your expectations?

    If all of that wasn’t enough, next week we’ll cover “Kits” & food supplies…

    And, do you have a fire extinguisher?

    The NM family emergency preparedness guide was also distributed to all of us who attended.

    Show up next week and maybe you’ll get one, too!

    Remember the Boy Scout Motto: “Be Prepared”.

    For more info, contact Hap Escue, 505-453-2800 or hapescue@aol.com

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Mr. Escue with a fresh packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix (with shelf life of more than 20 years), which support Fofo’s Haiti projects.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (Ask Vivien about this… OR, look it up).

    11 June            Regular Meeting- Family Emergency Preparedness, Part Two – Hap Escue

    16 June            Father’s Day

    18 June            Regular Meeting- Your Unconscious Bias- Jan Maples

    21 June            Summer Begins!

    25 June            Officers’ Induction party & Luncheon - Mykonos Café at 12 Noon

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

    2 July              Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    2 July              Regular Meeting

    4 July              Independence Day

    21 July            Silver Horizons’ “Strikes for Seniors”- 10A-3P.

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

  • 28 May 2019 4:44 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Richard Ambrose, guest of John       

    No pin or name tag fines were imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Judy’s Grandson #2 got himself a film internship in LA.

    Pat rode her bike to today’s meeting!

    Maggie’s Rob goes to Normandy this week & stays away for 6 weeks.

    Patrick has gotten over all of the ailments… I’m much better now, thank you!

    Emily has heard from her son who’s out in Afghanistan.

    Pam’s garden has been planned and finished.

    Gloria’s garden isn’t finished yet.

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

    What’s the topic of the current issue of the Rotarian magazine?

    Karen had to tell us that it’s the annual photo contest winners.

    So, what’s the subject of the first place photo winner?

    It’s a time lapse image of pilgrimage at Pandharpur Wari observance.

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

    Christine Glidden’s Women2Be grant finally came through from R.I. So, we’ll be sending in our $500 in support of her grant.

    Karen reminded us that each signed up member will be responsible for a month’s worth of program speakers in the new Rotary Year.

    Emily’s signup sheets made a trip around the room for:

    Work at CCI’s Canine golf classic, 28 June.

    Work at Silver Horizons store.

    A Silver Horizons bowling party, “Strikes for Seniors”- 21 July, 10AM to 3PM at Isleta Fun Connection.

    We all signed a “get well” card for Penny.

    Fofo’s in New York City.

    President Patrick & President-Elect Vivien are looking for an appropriate venue for our 25 June luncheon and induction ceremonies. So far, it’s looking like we’ll be visiting Mykonos Café

    The Polio Plus jar made its usual trip around the room.

    An RFE group will be visiting from Fredericksburg, TX, 15 July to19 July. The District needs host families for couples or singles. Interested? Call Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. When volunteer hosts are set, there’ll be a meeting to discuss and plan the visit.  Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by either themselves or another club member, and possibly a few other costs for some meals and sightseeing. These costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    There are still a few slots available for our RFE trip to Wisconsin- October 3 – 11. If you’re interested, send an email to Donna or to Regina. 

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. For June 2018-2019 – Maggie’s doin’ it!

    Member birthdays to celebrate during June:  Maggie & Jan

    June’s Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by Cheryl.

    Today’s Program:     Dress for Success Albuquerque

    Vivien introduced Brejette Emery, co-founder and President of Dress for Success ABQ.

    Dress For Success was founded over 20 years ago to help women gain economic independence and support by helping them dress for the job interview.

    Their vision is a world where women do not live in poverty. They strive for a world where all women are financially independent, are treated with dignity and respect and are directly impacting their lives and those of their families. They aspire to a world that fully harnesses the power of women and recognizes their role in economic sustainability.

    The purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures.

    Each client is provided with professional attire to secure employment. They are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, the programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

    Every woman has the right to realize her full potential and achieve financial independence in a more egalitarian world. It is their belief that with the proper education, tools and action this world is possible.

    Poverty often affects women the most, and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Therefore, addressing women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman but also her family, future generations and her community. In fact, recognizing the significant role of women in economic development is the smart thing to do, as well as being socially and morally right.

    Achieving gender equality is imperative to developing a sustainable and just world for all, which is possible by acknowledging the crucial role that women play in the world economy. By building up a woman’s agency and knowledge, better synergies between gender equality and economic sustainability are realized, enabling her to generate a long-term impact in both her private and public life.

    This is an ever-expanding network of affiliates who work together with referral agencies, volunteers and companies across the world to make a big impact in women’s lives. By supporting each other, a greater number of women can be reached and this vision will become a reality.

    A woman should feel her best while job searching and in the first few weeks of employment. Once an interview is scheduled, she will obtain a referral to visit a local Dress for Success boutique.  Volunteers  work with clients to help choose an interview outfit and also provide guidance and support for the upcoming interview through their career center.

    Women can return once they find employment for the apparel and accessories needed to enter the workforce.

    Drop off at Albuquerque location:  525 San Pedro Dr. NE  Suite 102  (across from the State Fairgrounds)

    Monday May 27th 10 am to 1 pm; Saturday June 8th 1 pm-3 pm; Monday June 24th 10 am to 1 pm

    What’s appropriate to wear to a job interview?

    That’s exactly the type of clothing they’re looking for to distribute to clients. Your suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression, and land a job that could change her life.

    Additionally, many clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered and ironed, not more than 3 years old, and suitable for wearing to job interviews. 

    Clothing Accepted: Suits, Blazers, Knee length skirts/dresses, Blouses, Dress pants, Khaki pants ,

    Plus sized suits, Plus sized skirts/dresses, Dress shoes up to size 13, Boots up to size 13

    Both clothing and money are accepted. Volunteers are also needed

    Dress for Success needs volunteers, monetary donations and partner agencies.

    For more info, contact www.Albuquerque.DressForSuccess.org     (505) 585-4366

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

     

    4 June              The last board meeting of this Rotary Year at 10:30 AM

    4 June              Regular Meeting- Family Emergency Preparedness, Part One – Hap Escue

                            We’ll also be inducting our newest member, Richard Ambrose.

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    11 June            Regular Meeting- Family Emergency Preparedness, Part Two – Hap Escue

    16 June            Father’s Day

    18 June            Regular Meeting- Your Unconscious Bias- Jan Maples

    21 June            Summer Begins!

    25 June            New Officers’ Induction party & Luncheon Meeting-

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

    2 July              Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    2 July              Regular Meeting

    4 July              Independence Day

    21 July                        Silver Horizons’ “Strikes for Seniors”- 10A-3P.

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

  • 21 May 2019 8:02 PM | Anonymous

    Our meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President-Elect Vivien. She led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    None

    Guests:           Richard Ambrose, guest of John        Mardoché Estimé, guest of Fofo

    Only one pin or name tag fine was imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Emily has returned from 5 cities in CHINA! Five bucks earned her the right to talk about the trip as long as she wanted! She distributed ten thousand dollar Chinese bank notes to each of us. There were 30 persons in her group, ate a lot of rice and were happy to have found a McDonalds!

    Judy returns from TX & thanks to Libby for watching doggie!

    Dave is now really into Silver Horizons and is spending less time at The Rock at Noonday.

    Michael was happy to have has relatives visiting.

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

    In what city did Doc Holiday operate his dental practice, a saloon & gambling hall before moving to Tombstone?          So many guesses (all wrong)… It was Las Vegas, NM!

    OK, so, what was the name of the first incorporated town in NM? No one knew that it was Elizabethtown, now a ghost town in Colfax County.

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

    So, do we really have two club members trained so that we are able to apply for a grant?

    District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair (DRFC) Dom Bernardi is running another session of Grant Management Training on Tuesday, 28 May - 6:30-8:00 PM. District Secretary Donette Wagner will place a link to sign up for this training on the District website. This coming year, District 5520 will have over $114,200 to distribute for district grants; this is nearly $30,000 more than we had during the 2016-2017 Rotary Year and nearly twice as much as we had this year.

    Don’t forget that we’re working at Silver Horizons on 24 May at 3540 Pan American Hwy.

    Marion reminded us that during the next Rotary Year, we have applied for a District Community Grant for Cloud Dancers.

    Penny is out for knee surgery today and Mary J is having some back problems once again.

    President Patrick & President-Elect Vivien are still looking for an appropriate venue for our 25 June luncheon and induction.

     Please remember that all of those little bottles & such that you get during your hotel stays, are collected and donated by our Club to St. Martin's Hospitality Center, which provides critical services for people experiencing homelessness and near homelessness. Emily brought back tons of that hotel “stuff” from her trip. Unfortunately, all of the labels were written in Chinese!

    The Polio Plus jar made its usual trip around the room.

    An RFE group will be visiting us from Fredericksburg, TX, from 15 July to19 July. The District needs host families for either couples or singles. Interested? Call Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Once we have volunteer hosts, there’ll be a meeting to discuss and plan the visit.  Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by either themselves or another club member, and possibly some other costs for a few meals and sightseeing. Meal and sightseeing costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    There are still a few slots available for the RFE Wisconsin trip from October 3 – 11. If you’re interested, send an email to Donna or to Regina. 

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for the remaining months of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:   May-Fofo       June-Maggie

    There’s only one member birthday to celebrate during May: Fofo

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by:  May-Mollie            June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     Team Lovelace Volunteers

    Fofo introduced Rev. Christopher Eyrich, Director of Chaplaincy and Volunteers for the Lovelace Medical Center.

    Volunteering is a privilege and commitment. There are many applicants, but not all applicants are interviewed or selected. The selection of volunteers is on an equal opportunity basis regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age or physical challenge. Volunteers are selected in accordance to the best fit for the position and the organization. All volunteers 18 years of age and older are required to submit to a background check.

    Volunteers can work at any of the following facilities:

    Lovelace Medical Center – Downtown; Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital;

    Heart Hospital of NM @ Lovelace Medical Center; Lovelace Women’s Hospital;

    Lovelace Westside Hospital

    When you become a volunteer at Lovelace Health System, the rewards are many – a smile from a comforted patient, a sincere thank you from a visitor, the fellowship of other volunteers, and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

    There are many different types of volunteer opportunities available at these hospitals. The volunteer staff will work with you to select a volunteer position that best fits your interests, skills and schedule. Here are a few opportunities available:

    ·        Assisting families and others in hospital waiting rooms

    ·        Helping visitors at the information desk

    ·        Delivering magazines, mail and flowers

    ·        Helping in numerous departments throughout the hospital

    ·        Escorting patients and families

    ·        Comforting families- through the Spiritual Care Volunteers

    ·        Cuddler program

    There’s also a “PATH” program for High School Juniors and Seniors, to assist volunteers.

    Note: There are only 80 dermatologists in New Mexico!

    P.S. There are no “Candy Stripers” any longer (From another century).

    For more info, contact Rev. Eyrich: Christopher.Eyrich@Lovelace.com  (505) 727-2700

    In appreciation of today’s program, President-Elect Vivien presented Rev. Eyrich with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix, which support Fofo’s Haiti projects.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

     

    24 May            We work at the Silver Horizons warehouse- 9A to Noon.

    27 May            Memorial Day

    28 May            Regular Meeting- Dress for Success Power Walk- Brejette Emery

    4 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 June              Regular Meeting- Family Emergency Preparedness, Part One – Hap Escue

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    11 June            Regular Meeting- Family Emergency Preparedness, Part Two – Hap Escue

    16 June            Father’s Day

    18 June            Regular Meeting- Your Unconscious Bias- Jan Maples

    21 June            Summer Begins!

    25 June            New Officers’ Induction party & Luncheon Meeting-

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

    2 July              Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    2 July              Regular Meeting

    4 July              Independence Day

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

  • 14 May 2019 5:25 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Barrie Segall, District Membership Chair

    Guests:           Richard Ambrose (soon to become a member), guest of John

    There was just one pin or name tag fine inflicted today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Karen & Allan’s daughter has just graduated from NMSU.

    Judy is leaving for Texas tomorrow, to attend her grandson’s graduation.

    Cheryl noted that this Interact year is finishing up. Projects are being completed, esp. the “Women2Be” project.

    Gail had a sad buck ‘cause the deal with her house sale fell through. Nope no refund for last week’s $20!

    Barrie expressed his thanks for ours being a great Club!

    Gloria’s brother will be visiting this week from Ohio.

    Pam’s getting’ better & handed in three more meeting makeups from Florida!

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

    How many farms exist in the USA? No one was even close. There are 2.2 MILLION!

    How many agricultural workers are there in the US? Again, not even close guesses. Only 2.2 Million.

    What’s the #1 state agricultural producer? Yup, it’s California.

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

    Karen will be in charge of our program speakers during the next Rotary Year. To this end, she has decided to keep our present system of providing these programs. A signup sheet was passed around for members to accept the responsibility of providing program speakers for each month.

    Since Emily was nowhere to be found today, Allan passed around a couple of signup sheets for Silver Horizons… One for their thrift shop and another for our work day on 24 May, 9A to 12N.

    The Polio Plus bucket made its weekly trip around the room.

    An RFE group will be visiting us from Fredericksburg, Texas, from 15 July to19 July. The District needs host families for either couples or singles. If you’re interested, let Donna know at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Once we have volunteer hosts, there’ll be a meeting to discuss and plan the visit.  Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by either themselves or another club member, and possibly some other costs for a few meals and sightseeing. Meal and sightseeing costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for the remaining months of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:   May-Fofo       June-Maggie

    There’s only one member birthday to celebrate during May: Fofo

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by:  May-Mollie            June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     Musicians’ Association of Albuquerque

    Fofo really did introduce Tracey Whitney, president of the Musicians’ Association of Albuquerque.

    Musicians Association of Albuquerque, Local 618 of The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The AFM is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. Local 618 represents many of the professional musicians in New Mexico. AFM members, who number over 90,000, perform all styles of music—alternative rock, classical, pop, gospel, jazz, country, folk, rock, big band, reggae, contemporary Christian, etc.. With such active members as Bruce Springsteen, Roberta Flack, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheila E, Suzanne Vega, The Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, and Branford Marsalis, there is a strong representation of major recording individuals and groups.

    The AFM has been promoting and protecting professional musicians for over 110 years. The Musicians Association of Albuquerque has been serving New Mexico area musicians since 1915 (Local 618 was originally founded as The Musicians’ Protective Union on July 23, 1915) and continues to be an effective advocate for musicians’ rights in the workplace (be that a nightclub, a symphony stage, in a recording studio, or on tour). The AFM and Local 618 protect the recorded works that musicians produce from being exploited and protects members’ live performances by providing benefit programs that help them to build successful careers.

    The organization actively lobbies to promote legislation and public awareness that protects musicians’ interests, negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the recording industry, motion picture industry, jingle industry, TV networks, National Public TV and Radio, and providing excellent wages and working conditions for its members.

    AFM Local 618 represents approximately 200 professional symphony, jazz, rock, country, Latin and theater musicians and teachers. You’ll see them performing at all of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony and Santa Fe Opera concerts, playing jazz at the Hotel Andaluz, the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater, the Hispanic Cultural Center and the Outpost Performance Space, and many local area hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.

    Union benefits provided to members:Local and Federation sponsored booking/referral services, Signatory Booking Agents, Exclusive Member Services, Immigration Assistance, Claims on Default, Negotiated Agreements, Legal Contracts, AFM Mastercard, Legislative Representation, International Musician Subscription, Fair Trade and Equipment Insurance.

    They’re currently working to include union signatories in the film industry and Netflix. Additionally, the union is currently striving to include independent musicians into their fold.

    An extensive and very informative Q&A period followed.

    Also mentioned was the 1942 industry strike which lasted two years when James C. Petrillo was union president! This was a strike against the major American recording companies because of disagreements over royalty payments

    For more information, contact the office at (505) 255-2069, email tracey@afm618.orgor go to www.afm618.org

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Whitney with our very last 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:

    21 May            Regular Meeting- Rev. Christopher Eyrich, ordained Anglican pastor and  Director of Chaplains and Volunteers for the Lovelace Medical Center.

    24 May            We work at the Silver Horizons warehouse- 9A to Noon.

    27 May            Memorial Day

    28 May            Regular Meeting- Dress for Success Power Walk- Brejette Emery

    4 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 June              Regular Meeting-

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    11 June            Regular Meeting-

    16 June            Father’s Day

    18 June            Regular Meeting-

    25 June            New Officers’ Induction Luncheon Meeting- (Maybe at Mimi’s Café)

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

  • 07 May 2019 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    Following May’s monthly board meeting, this meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President-Elect Vivien. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    None

    Guests:           Richard Ambrose, guest of John

    There were two pin or name tag fines inflicted today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Gail proffered a $20 to tell us that she has received an offer on her home! She has not as yet chosen a Florida sink-hole of her own.

    Michael’s happy to have returned from their trip to the other side of the world… Also, Gloria is under the weather today.

    Vivien says hi and welcome to guest Richard, who has proffered his member application!

    Pat explained her absence from last week’s meeting: At the last minute, her auto told her that she had a flat tire!

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

    So, where and when should we hold our year end party for the induction of our new board of directors?

    Your board of directors has decided that we will hold this year end gathering on 25 June. The festivities shall happen in place of our regular Tuesday meeting. Furthermore, we shall attempt to secure the luncheon venue at Mimi’s Café. The plan is that each attendee will order and pay for their meal (i.e. separate checks). We shall also invite our AG &/or Lt. Gov. and pay for his lunch. Eventually, a signup sheet will make an appearance.

    Fofo announced that there’ll be a memorial and scheduled program for the Haiti disaster on 11 January, 2020.

    We have requests from four organizations for District 5520 Grant monies for the 2019-2020 year. 

    We are to make a choice as to our preferences. A vote was taken at the today’s General Meeting.

    The Grant Committee will proceed with due diligence to formulate the proposal to be submitted to District 5520. The submission dead-line is June 15th 2019.

    There are several criteria which also have to be fulfilled for the proposal to be evaluated.

    The organization with the most votes turned out to be “Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.”

    Cloud Dancers needs to replace all of their helmets at a cost of $824.25.

    The NM Jazz Workshop came in second.

    The Polio Plus bucket made its weekly trip around the room.

    Since Emily has left us to visit China, Allan made a signup sheet available for volunteer work at the Silver Horizons thrift shop. So, volunteer or just stop by for a visit.

    Karen will be filling the program chair spot next year. We’ll each sign up to provide a month’s worth of program speakers as we’ve done this year.

    There’ll be an RFE group visiting us from Fredericksburg, Texas, with arrival on 15 July and departure  on 19 July. The District needs host families for either couples or singles. If you’re interested, let Donna know at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Once we have volunteer hosts, there’ll be a meeting to discuss and plan the visit.  Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by either themselves or another club member, and possibly some other costs for a few meals and sightseeing. Meal and sightseeing costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    Today, Michael Podolny let us in with a lively narrative about the directions his life has taken. He’s originally from the New York area and that’s why he talks so fast! The presentation took the form of “Pieces of me” and not a chronology. He spoke of overcoming challenges, doing his personal best and his many interests. He still does mentoring and training and will never retire. He’s a “type A” person who has been into sports (track & rugby) and has coached soccer. He is a life-long learner & it still continues. Michael has a vivid imagination and continues to write as much as possible.

    Following his story, Michael updated us on his work in Ghana. He’s going back in June to help create new jobs and will soon have a grant proposal in progress.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:   May-Fofo        June-Maggie

    There’s only one member birthday to celebrate during May: Fofo

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by:  May-Mollie            June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     NM Jazz Workshop

    Fofo introduced Markus Gottschlich, Executive Director at the NM Jazz Workshop.

    The New Mexico Jazz Workshop is a professional organization committed to providing unlimited access to a higher quality of life through education and performance. The New Mexico Jazz Workshop utilizes social programs and performance to connect the community with the essence of jazz – creating a more empowered and vibrant community.

    NMJW offers classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. Their classes offer adults a chance to revisit their passion for music in a supportive setting. With classes ranging from Big Band to Jazz Improvisation to voice studies and beyond, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

    There are various & convenient ways to register for classes: either call Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798 ext. 3, send an email to debbie@nmjazz.org or register on-line.

    There’s a 2019 "Under the Stars" Summer Concert Series. All 17 shows are to be held at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History (2000 Mountain Rd. NW) from June thru August.

    Educational programs include:

    Roots of Jazz: Currently in its twentieth year, Roots of Jazz is a 60-minute assembly designed to teach students about the origins of jazz music.

    Jazz Intensive: Summer Jazz Intensive for Teens is an extraordinary, six-week summer jazz camp for teens of all music skill levels.

    Creative Arts Camp: There is something for everyone at Creative Arts Camp! Kids ages 6-12 learn about a wide variety of art forms-- from drama to visual art, dance to drumming, and more!

    South Valley Band Project: The South Valley Band Project provides free music classes to low-income South Valley middle school students during out-of-school hours.

    Digital Technology: In the Digital Technology Project (DTP), incarcerated youth and/or young people on probation receive instruction in creative writing and digital technology..

    Adult Education: NMJW offers continuing education classes for adults of all ages and skill levels.

    To date, 5000 kids have been served.

    Volunteers are welcome. Anyone wishing to donate time and expertise is invited to learn more about the programs and to see how they might contribute to the success of NMJW. With the diversity of programming, they are sure to find a role for you that is personally rewarding and enjoyable.

    Event Production: Usher, merchandise sales, ticket sales, parking lot and gate assistants and stage crew.

    Publicity and Advertising: Flyer/poster distribution and bulk mailing assistance.

    Office Administration: General office help including telephone, filing and database updates.

    Special Events: Volunteer coordination, silent auction and party planning committees.

    Volunteer Coordination: Phone tree operators, volunteer scheduling and recruiting.

    Education Programs: Creative Arts Camp volunteers, assistance at school assemblies, photo or video documentation.

    If you're interested in becoming a volunteer with NMJW, contact: Vicki Dugger, Assistant Director, 

    505-255-9798 or by email: vicki@nmjazz.org. To become a member, there are nine levels of membership available. For more information, call 505.255.9798  or go to www.nmjazz.org

    In appreciation of today’s program, President-Elect Vivien presented Mr. Gottrschlich 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:

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    14 May            Regular Meeting- Tracey Whitney, president of the Musicians’ Association of Albuquerque.

    21 May            Regular Meeting- Rev. Christopher Eyrich is an ordained Anglican pastor. Director of Chaplains and Volunteers for the Lovelace Medical Center.

    24 May            We work at the Silver Horizons warehouse- 9A to Noon.

    27 May            Memorial Day

    28 May            Regular Meeting- Dress for Success Power Walk

    4 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 June              Regular Meeting-

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    11 June            Regular Meeting-

    16 June            Father’s Day

    18 June            Regular Meeting-

    25 June            Induction Luncheon Meeting- (Maybe at Mimi’s Café)

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

  • 30 Apr 2019 6:54 PM | Anonymous

    This meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He 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

    Guests:           Richard Ambrose, guest of John

    April is– “Magazine Month”.

    There were two pin or name tag fines inflicted today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Pat Diem tried to make our meeting today. However, she had a flat tire.

    Maggie has survived 49 years of marriage (To the same guy!).

    Tony’s Club reports that, their Governors’ ball netted around $140K this year. Hopefully, in the future additional Clubs will be invited to participate & share in the proceeds.

    Pam’s happy that her allergies are getting better.

    Judy’s happy for Libby’s assistance while away. The doggie survived.

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

    In 1952, who was proposed as the new (and second) president of Israel?

    Before the election, Albert Einstein was spoken to by Abba Eban about the possibility of becoming President. He declined, explaining, "I have neither the natural ability nor the experience to deal with human beings."[1]

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

    So, where and when should we hold our year end party for the induction of our new board of directors? Suggestions are welcome!

    Dave has finished up with our participation in the District 5520 Cruise raffle. The funds go to Judy and will be forwarded to R.I. and the ticket stubs are on their way to the District Conference in El Paso.

    The Polio Plus bucket made its weekly trip around the room.

    During the next Rotary Year, Allan will be taking over from Emily. He announced that a group of asylum seekers will be on their way through Albuquerque and will be stopping at St. Michael’s all angels church. They’re scheduled during May 5th through 8th. A signup sheet was passed around for club volunteers to help out at that location.

    RYLA scholarship applications deadline(from our Club to District): 1 May, 2019. Gail is our club’s RYLA contact person. HS juniors are eligible to apply. Boys’ camp 14 to 20 July. Girls’ 20 to 26 July.

    There’ll be an RFE group visiting us from Fredericksburg, Texas, with arrival on 15 July and departure  on 19 July. The District needs host families for either couples or singles. If you’re interested, let Donna know at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Once we have volunteer hosts, there’ll be a meeting to discuss and plan the visit.  Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by either themselves or another club member, and possibly some other costs for a few meals and sightseeing. Meal and sightseeing costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:   May-Fofo        June-Maggie

    There’s only one member birthday to celebrate during May: Fofo

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by:  May-Mollie            June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     Paula Paul

    Allan introduced author Paula Paul.

    Paula Paul was born Paula Griffith on her grandparents’ cotton farm near Shallowater, Texas, in Lubbock County.

    Paul, longtime Albuquerque resident, former newspaper reporter and prolific writer of fiction, was born, raised, shaped and fitted out for her future calling in West Texas. In about 35 novels, she has taken readers around the world, from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Charlottesville, Va., from the eighth-century Europe of Charlemagne to the 18th-century Russia of Catherine the Great, from the Yucatan to frontier Colorado, from 14th-century Italy to Victorian England. She has written gothics, children’s books, young adult novels, historical fiction, cozy mysteries and literary novels, under her own name and pseudonyms such as Catherine Monroe and Paula Carter.

    Her most recent book, “The Mind of a Deviant Woman,” published this past summer, is a fictional account of the disturbingly real eugenics movement, which, supported by a 1927 U.S. Supreme Court decision, called for the sterilization of “undesirable” women such as epileptics, prostitutes, criminals or unwed mothers. She got the idea from a book about famous American court cases.

    “The themes and plots vary in each book,” she said. “But they all have a sense of place, purpose and personality.”

    Sometimes, Paul actually sets her fiction – such as the novels “Crazy Quilt” (2005) and “Inherited Sins” (2008) – in West Texas. When that happens, her writing makes it seem as if she never left. Take, for example, the following sentence from her short story “Divine Intervention,” which appeared in the 2002 anthology “Hot Biscuits.”

    “The wind had given up all its moisture swooping across the Sonoran Desert on its way to the panhandle of Texas where it had come for its mission of drying out the grass and the skin of the women and of turning the blades of the windmill on the Chapman ranch.”

    She got her start as a writer working for the Morton Tribune, a weekly newspaper, during the summers between her student years at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. She also worked for a year and a half at the Portales News Tribune, doing everything from reading copy and reporting to taking photographs and writing editorials.

    She earned a journalism degree at ENMU and met Kenneth Paul there. After marrying, they settled in Albuquerque in 1961. Kenneth worked 40 years as a computer analyst at Sandia National Laboratories, and Paula worked as a reporter at The Albuquerque Tribune from 1961 to 1963 and again from 1981 to 1987.

    “My plan was always that I was going to work for a newspaper and then I was going to quit and write books,” she said.

    Her first attempt at fiction was a young adult novel that was never published. “It was horrible,” she said.

    In the 1970s, she clicked with “Inn of the Clowns” and “The Wail of La Llorona,” gothic suspense novels, both of which are set in New Mexico and were published by Avalon.

    Since then she has been published by Random House, HarperCollins and Dutton, among others.

    Her most successful books have been the five Dr. Alexandra Gladstone novels published by Berkley Books between 2002 and 2016.

    Like many of the protagonists in Paul’s fiction, Alexandra Gladstone is a woman of keen intelligence and die-hard persistence who overcomes extreme obstacles to achieve her goals. In Gladstone’s case the goal is practicing medicine in Victorian England, something almost unheard of for women at the time.

    The Gladstone books are mysteries in which Alexandra gets involved in and solves murders. In 2015’s “Medium Dead,” Queen Victoria herself is a suspect in a killing. Paul enjoyed writing the series and said she may send Alexandra off into new adventures in the future.

    But “When It Rains,” a novel that is with her agent now, is about racial tensions in 1950s West Texas. Paul grew up in the segregation-era and has vivid and unsettling memories of that time. To some degree, the novel is an attempt to deal with that.

    “It just feels like there is some unfinished business,” she said. “I was so much in the middle of it.”

    Paul is the mother of a son and a daughter and the grandmother of six. She is pleased with a writing career that has brought her recognition from the likes of the Texas Library Association and New Mexico Press Women. But she is not yet satisfied.

    Paul is already thinking about the next novel she intends to write. “It’s in the embryonic stages,” she said. “It’ll be based on a boarding house in Anton, Texas, which was run by my mother’s grandparents in the early 1920s, mostly for railroad employees.”

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Paul 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:

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico Mission Of Mercy (dental)  takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    5-8 May          We work at St. Michaels All Angels Church.

    7 May              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    7 May              Regular Meeting- Markus Gottschlich, Executive Director at the NM Jazz Workshop

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    14 May            Regular Meeting- Tracey Whitney, president of the Musicians’ Association of Albuquerque.

    21 May            Regular Meeting- Rev. Christopher Eyrich is an ordained Anglican pastor. Director of Chaplains and Volunteers for the Lovelace Medical Center.

    24 May            We work at the Silver Horizons warehouse- 9A to Noon.

    27 May            Memorial Day

    28 May            Regular Meeting- Dress for Success Power Walk

    4 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 June              Regular Meeting-

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    11 June            Regular Meeting-

    16 June            Father’s Day

    18 June            Regular Meeting-

    25 June            Regular Meeting-

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

  • 23 Apr 2019 7:54 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Marilyn Thurlo, guest of Karen 

    April is– “Magazine Month”.

    There were no pin or name tag fines inflicted today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Vivien’s son, a member of the La Joya Rotary Club, has received his blue badge. 

    Emily welcoms our “visiting” Rotarian & snowbird, Pam, who has returned from Florida, where she frequents the Cape Coral evening Club.

    Libby’s happy to be deaf dog sitting this week. 

    Gail is overjoyed to have returned from Connecticut, Salem & Sedona.

    David parted with two bucks: One for his wife’s (Mary) birthday (today) and the second for his daughter’s and granddaughter’s visit. 

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

    The very first Burger King started up in 1954 in Miami. What was the cost of its hamburger? Some close guesses didn’t hit the mark… It cost 18 cents!

    How many passengers were on the Mayflower? We really shoulda known… There were 102 passengers and 30 crew. How did they all fit?

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

    It appears that a really good entrepreneur has sent a H.S. graduation party invite to Mollie…

    AND she doesn’t even know him!

    Caryl Jonas has reached out to our members, to ask if we would be kind of enough to volunteer for a

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society event. They’re getting ready to host 2019 Walk MS: Albuquerque

    on Saturday, 27 April and are hoping that we can be counted on to join.

    Walk location: Hoffmantown Church 8888 Harper Rd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87111

    Registration begins: 8:30 AM. Walk begins: 10:00 AM. Help is needed to assist at Rest Stops, cheer and

    greet the returning Walkers and help with set up and tear down.

    There are many opportunities available. Information concerning volunteer assignments can be found on

    the volunteer registration page. You can register through Sign-Up Genius using the following Link:

      https://www.signupgenius.com/go/ALBNM


    Marion, next year’s Grant chair person, notes that it’s grant time again and the grant committee is looking for suggestions for the upcoming year’s grant. As you consider possible charitable organizations or businesses that might be interested in working with Rotary on a grant, think about the club’s contribution, merit of the project and ongoing community benefits. The foundation would like our club to evaluate at least three proposals. Right now we have two possibilities:

    1. Cloud Dancers- Provide money for replacement of their safety helmets.

    2. Continue with the Don’t Meth With Us grant.

    Karen suggested that we also consider what the “Horizons” organization might need. Horizons Albuquerque, an affiliate of Horizons National, is a tuition free academic enrichment program that addresses the achievement gap and summer learning loss for public school students from low-income families.

    The Polio Plus bucket made its weekly trip around the room.

    RYLA scholarship applications deadline(from our Club to District): 1 May, 2019. Gail is our club’s RYLA contact person. HS juniors are eligible to apply. Boys’ camp 14 to 20 July. Girls’ 20 to 26 July.

    Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications. As yet, none have been returned for our consideration (You can lead a horse to water…)

    There’ll be an RFE group visiting us from Fredericksburg, Texas, with arrival sometime on Monday, July 15 and they will depart on Friday, July 19. We are requesting host families for either couples or singles. If you’re interested, let Donna know at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Once we have volunteer hosts, there’ll be a meeting to discuss and plan the visit.  Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by either themselves or another club member, and possibly some other costs for a few meals and sightseeing. Meal and sightseeing costs will be determined by the hosting group.

    The Egyptian RFE group visit has been cancelled.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:    April–Allan                May-Fofo        June-Maggie

    There are six member birthdays to celebrate during April:

    Allan, Pat, Vivien, Penny, Gloria & Pamela.

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by:   April-Judy May-Mollie        June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     David Thurlo. 

    Allan introduced author David Thurlo, who’s also a retired science teacher and resident of New Mexico.

    These days Corrales author David Thurlo is writing the next volume in the Charlie Henry Mysteries series. “Grave Consequences,” the second volume in the Charlie Henry series, has been released. Set in Albuquerque, it features Henry, a Navajo and former Special Forces soldier, now owner of a North Valley pawnshop.

    “Looking Through Darkness,” scheduled for release later this year, is the second in Thurlo’s Trading Post series.

    In 2003, “Bad Faith,” in the Sister Agatha Mysteries series, won the Willa Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction.

    David has authored 87 books so far, that span five different series which are all set in New Mexico:

    Ella Clah Mysteries, Charlie Henry Mysteries, Sister Agatha Mysteries, Navajo Rez Mysteries and Lee Nez Mysteries. The Ella Clah book almost became a TV series.

    David described some of the processes of writing, both by partnerships and solo. He also described the plots of some of his mysteries.

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Mr. Thurlo 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: 

    27 April          2019 Walk MS: ABQ

    27 April          Governors’ Ball- Del Sol – 6P-11P- at Isletta. Yup, our Governor will attend.

    30 April          Regular Meeting- Author Paula Paul

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico Mission Of Mercy (dental)  takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    24 May            We work at the Silver Horizons warehouse- 9A to Noon.

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

    Thanks to our members for assisting in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
  • 16 Apr 2019 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    Our regular 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.

    Guests:           Jeff McCullough, guest of Maggie

    April is– “Magazine Month”.

    Nary a one pin or name tag fine was inflicted today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Maggie put up $6 for the six states visited on her latest road trip to the Carolinas. There’ll soon be a 3 month trip.

    Dave pointed out the latest Rotarian magazine’s articles, esp. on the 4-way test.

    Libby’s happy to be back from Minneapolis… She did have fun.

    Patrick had a sad buck for the passing of his grandmother (age 100).

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

    When was the world’s first postage stamp issued? 1760, 1690, 1840 or 1910?

    The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was first issued in Great Britain on 1 May 1840. It features a profile of Queen Victoria.

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

    District Cruise raffle ticket stubs must be returned TODAY to Dave.

    Please buy all 10…Or, at least one.

    Fofo announced that tickets for the NM Jazz concert are available for Saturday PM show.

    The Polio Plus bucket made its weekly trip around the room.

    Signup sheets got loose from Emily for the Rio Grande Food Project, Silver Horizons & the K9 Companion golf fundraiser @ Sandia Casino.

    RYLA scholarship applications deadline(from our Club to District): 1 May, 2019. Gail is our club’s RYLA contact person. HS juniors are eligible to apply. Boys’ camp 14 to 20 July. Girls’ 20 to 26 July.

    Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications. As yet, none have been returned for our consideration.

    A Rotary Friendship Exchange will be with Fredericksburg, Texas. They’ll visit our district on July 8-16, 2019. If you are interested in hosting this RFE group, contact Donna Pedaceabq@aol.com or, call 505-349-8850.

    The Egyptian RFE will visit us from April 29thto May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. More hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. Hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. 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 activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:    April–Allan                May-Fofo        June-Maggie

    There are six member birthdays to celebrate during April:

    Allan, Pat, Vivien, Penny, Gloria & Pamela.

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” to be provided by:   April-Judy     May-Mollie        June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     Dr. Dan Patterson

    Allan introduced Dr. Dan Patterson, Regent at ENMU. Dr. Patterson was appointed to the ENMU Board of Regents in April 2015. He is a noted educator and human resource professional in New Mexico and Colorado with 48 years in education that includes terms as superintendent or assistant superintendent.

    Dr. Patterson spoke about ENMU and the importance of 4 year universities.

    Eastern New Mexico University is a public university in Portales, New Mexico and was founded in 1934. ENMU is New Mexico's largest regional comprehensive university and is the most recently founded state university in New Mexico. They’re not well known throughout NM due to minimal publicity. ENMU has grown for the past 14 years and has 6000+ students enrolled from 48 states and 31 countries.

    There are 5 higher education categories in New Mexico: Research, comprehensive, branch campuses, community colleges and NMMI (Junior College-Military).

    All universities in the US expect enrollments to decrease in the coming years, i.e.: -15% by 2019.

    Reforms are in place… Most courses in all NM colleges are to be similar.

    ENMU is most affordable- $8k/year + $8k for room and board= $16k per year. They are the least expensive in the west. ENMU offers 1200 courses and online programs are offered. ROTC will be new this year.

    For more information go to www.bestcolleges.com

    And www.enmu.edu

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Dr. Patterson 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:

    19 April          Club members work at the Rio Grande Food Project today.

    19 April          The Storehouse appreciation breakfast at 8:30 AM.

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting- Author David Thurlo.

    27 April          2019 Walk MS: ABQ

    27 April          Governors’ Ball- Del Sol – 6P-11P- at Isletta

    30 April          Regular Meeting- Author Paula Paul

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

    3-4 May          The New Mexico Mission Of Mercy (dental)  takes place in Las Cruces this year

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    24 May            We work at the Silver Horizons warehouse- 9A to Noon.

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

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