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  • 20 Feb 2018 7:11 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    No Guests or Visiting Rotarians were present at today’s meeting.         

    February is “World Understanding Month”

    Only one pin / name tag fine was collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Maggie found a buck to introduce “IMPI” (Warrior) her very small rescued canine companion.

    Pat brought greetings from the Amazon, where you can find crocs, birds and many nasty animals!

    Mary B. brought some news, re: Jeff Weinrach, our District Governor Nominee. It seems that he just came home from a stay in hospital (very serious stuff) and is doing fairly well.

    Gail left her pin & name badge in the car today. (No wonder… she does so very much!)

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Somehow, he’s acquired many refrigerator magnets as prizes.

    Who/what was featured on the cover of the March, 2018 Rotarian magazine? It’s ROTARACT! With a picture of Joan Nairuba, a very active lawyer, Rotaractor & Rotarian. Allan tried to give Pat a pineapple magnet.

    Question #2: Who made our box of name tags disappear? Mollie will donate a $10 prize for the correct answer!

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

    Yup… our name tags have been lost and we’ll soon be in the process of ordering new name tags! Those members who have hoarded their name tags have “lucked out”. Please let us know who still has theirs, by checking one of two boxes opposite your name, on the printed sheet designated for that purpose.

    So, we’ve decided that we need to borrow, beg or steal a secure cabinet in which to store our meeting equipment. Any ideas on how to obtain one? Thoughts? Concerns? If new, it’ll cost us $350 or so.

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza TOMORROW, 21 Feb. at 5 PM. We’ll be serving soups, salads, breads & desserts. Bring your dish AND wear your Rotary vest!

    So, it looks like we’ll try to meet in the “big” room (#1) as much as possible. PLEASE check the big white bulletin board located at the facility’s entrance, just to be sure of the room in which we’ll be meeting.

    Interact Wednesday, March 7th.  Save the Date…..The kids are excited about meeting all of us. For lunch, we’ll bring them a fruit plate, veggie plate and a couple of pizzas. We’ll be deciding on some awards that we can bestow on these kids in the next week. Also, maybe do a 4 Way Test.

    We’ve arranged this combined meeting with Kelly Hayes-Dutro and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    Check in at the school front desk at 11:30AM… The meeting takes place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

    Note: There’ll be an APS foundation grant that’ll appear this summer for Manzano Interact.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website.

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has those District Cruise raffle tickets available for Club members. Please pick up your tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY Paul Harris Fellowship.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    The DaVinci exhibit at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be open to Rotarians Only, on 16 April, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We’ll have to “sign up” soon for the event. Who knows what it’ll cost.

    Mollie reminded us about the pancake breakfast tickets… Buy 10 for $90. Hopefully, some of the cash will appear “up front”, in order to pay for food & supplies, which we must purchase.

    She also touted our outing at the Tuesday evening lady Lobo’s basketball game, with dinner before.

    At their next meeting, your board of directors will address your approved business card advert. from our Club, In the New Mexico Peace Choir’s concert program (24 March & 7–8 April) for $65.00

    Today’s Program:     New Mexico PBS-

    Karen introduced Bill Pinnell of NMPBS (KNME). He publishes their Ventana magazine.

    Today, we learned about how a broadcasting station does what it does, how Public Broadcasting works

    and what's new on KNME's schedule.

    KNME has been around for the past 60 years (1958) and is older than PBS. The $250 million that PBS receives from the federal government accounts for 20% of its budget. An additional 20% originates from State government budgets, while the remainder comes from public donations.

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is an American privately owned non-profit corporation created in 1967 by an act of the United States Congress and funded by the federal government to promote and help support public broadcasting (TV & Radio).

    APS & UNM are also very important to the existence of KNME! UNM houses the KNME facility and all of their staff are UNM employees.

    NMPBS partners include Albuquerque Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of NM, ABC Community Schools, Explora, ECAP, NMOST, RGEC, Sandia Nat’l Labs & United Way.

    NMPBS isn’t left out of the picture when it comes to producing their own shows! Besides documentaries like Cloudstreet (Soaring the American West & Balloon Fiesta), they also produce Painting Santa Fe, NM Masterpieces. They’ll also be doing a show called “The Majesty of Music & Mathematics, which will feature the Santa Fe Symphony at the Lensic Theater. Also, there’s the weekly series “Colores” and New Mexico in Focus.

    So, the NMPBS TV digital broadcasting channels lineup is as follows:

    KNME 5.1

    KNME 5.2 – nmPBS Kids – Kids Shows 24/7

    KNME 5.3 – FNX – Devoted to Native American & World Indigenous content

    KNMD 9.1 – PBS World – Documentaries, Science, Current Affairs & History

    KNMD 9.2 – PBS Create – Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, Home Improvement & Travel.

    KNME is one of the best public supported stations in the United States.

    President Gail expressed our appreciation to Mr. Pinnell for his time spent with us today. It looks like the remainder of our speaker appreciation cards disappeared along with our name tags.

    Our thought for the day was presented by Libby: “PBS is a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

    Then, there being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Feb             WE prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soups, salads, breads & desserts

    24 Feb             Who wants to learn how to CURL? Wanna go with John? It’ll cost you $20

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting – NM Voices For Children – James Jimenez

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    7 Mar              We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

    10 Mar            RLI in ABQ- 7:30A-1:30P

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS !

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got a passport?

     PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

  • 13 Feb 2018 8:58 PM | Anonymous
    On this Fat Tuesday, we partook of food & fellowship before convening to our regular meeting business.

    President Gail then called our meeting to order at around 12:30 and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    None

    Guests:           Rhonda, guest of Mary J.

    February is “World Understanding Month”

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mollie’s  happy this week for her sister, who’s doing OK.

    Mary J. had two bucks worth – One for guest Rhonda & one for her grandson’s birthday.

    Patrick was happy for all of the food today.

    Judy put up a buck to commemorate tomorrow’s Valentine’s day.

    Maggie put up a buck for her nine pounds of motivation to walk.

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

    We seem to have misplaced that rectangular plastic container, in which resided our name tags! We have searched high & low for it, to no avail… Does anyone have any idea to whence it has gone? If we must replace all of those name tags, they’ll cost us $7.00+ each!!!!

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. 12 members are signed up. President Gail has set the menu details. We’ll be serving soups, salads, breads & desserts.

    Mollie has set up a date to see the last of the Lady Lobos on 27 Feb., maybe with dinner before.

    Interact Wednesday, March 7th.  Save the Date…..The kids are excited about meeting all of us. For lunch, they selected a fruit plate, veggie plate and a couple of pizzas for us to bring. We will be deciding on some awards we can bestow on these kids in the next week. Also, maybe do a 4 Way Test.

    We’ve arranged this combined meeting with Kelly Hayes-Dutro and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    Check in at the front desk at 11:30AM… The meeting takes place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

    Note: There’ll be an APS foundation grant that’ll appear this summer for Manzano Interact.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available for our Club members. Please pick up your tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY Paul Harris Fellowship.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    The DaVinci exhibit at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be open at No Charge, to Rotarians Only, on 16 April, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We’ll have to “sign up” soon for the event.

    The Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) is one of the oldest fellowship programs within Rotary.  It’s a program that sends Rotarians with/without a spouse/relative/significant other to another district, usually in another country. There, they are hosted in the homes of fellow Rotarians for periods ranging from 3 to 14 days. During that time, they may visit Rotary projects, Rotary Clubs, do some sightseeing, and generally get to know their hosts, their customs and culture, and something of the surrounding area.  Rotarians from the hosting area come to visit our district, where we do the hosting.

    RFE has proven to be very popular in our district and over 400 members who have signed up to host incoming guests and/or to travel out to another district. Anyone who travels pays for their own transportation to/from the other district, some meals, and some sightseeing costs. The hosts provide a private bedroom, usually a private bathroom, breakfast, and usually some other meals. The real benefit of RFE is that you have the opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from another part of the world and can better understand how others live. The hosts do a great job of seeing that you experience their area in a way that no regular tourist ever could.

    The RFE to Egypt will be from May 1 - 8, 2018, in Cairo. The group has been asked to attend their district conference (an additional cost of $285 per person) and give a presentation at that conference. The group will arrive in Cairo no later than April 30 and spend one night in a hotel (at your cost) to rest up from the flight before beginning the RFE on May 1.

    If you are interested in filling a vacancy for either a couple or a solo traveler, please let Donna Pedace know very quickly, as we have to finalize the group. You can reach her by phone at 505-349-8850 if you have questions.

    Today’s Program:     It’s a pot luck Valentine’s party day today!

    There were all sorts of goodies to be had & we all saved room for them! Thanks to all who brought more than enough for all.

    Then, there being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day & Ash Wednesday

    16 Feb             Chinese New Year – It’s the year of the dog.

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting – New Mexico PBS- Franz Joachim, general manager.

    21 Feb             WE prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soups, salads, breads & desserts

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting – NM Voices For Children – James Jimenez

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    7 Mar              Meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

    10 Mar            RLI in ABQ- 7:30A-1:30P

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS !

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- FREE – 5:30P-7:30P

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got a passport?

    What’s the slogan of Rotary?

    Get the food before it’s all gone!

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 06 Feb 2018 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    Upon the conclusion of our monthly board meeting, President Gail called this regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    AG Bill Dennis

    Guests:           Various & Sundry

    February is “World Understanding Month”

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

    We seem to have misplaced the rectangular plastic container, in which resided our name tags! We have searched high & low for it, to no avail… Does anyone have any idea to whence it has gone? If we must replace all of those name tags, it’ll cost us $7.50 each!!!!

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. 10 members are signed up. President Gail will set the menu details. 

    There’s a date set for 7 March, when we’re scheduled to work with Silver Horizons at a food bank OR at their warehouse. This helps to fulfill our Club’s Community Grant obligation.

    We’ll soon arrange a combined meeting with Kelly Hayes-Dutro and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available for our Club members. Please pick up your tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    Today’s Program:     HeartStart CPR instructional class

    Karen Introduced Ms. Amanda Gabaldon, Foundation Project Coordinator.

    The New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1999 to help support educational and research initiatives of the New Mexico Heart Institute such as Project Heart Start.  The programs are designed to enhance the cardiovascular health of people in New Mexico. 

    Project Heart Start (PHS) is dedicated to training all able individuals to perform compression-only CPR (COCPR) and to encourage and facilitate the placement and utilization of automated external defibrillators (AED). Read more.

    A Project Heart Start training session is divided into watching a video, followed by a skill session led by a trainer and a short demonstration of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

    This is a non-certification class. The participants learned to

    ·        assess a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest,

    ·        call 911

    ·        correctly perform chest compressions

    ·        recognize the signs of a heart attack

    ·        save someone who is choking by performing  the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts)

    ·        use an AED

    At the end of the course people have learned to Call 911, Perform 100 to 120 chest compression per minute hard and fast and use an AED if one is available.

    Compression-only or hands-only CPR has only two steps to remember:
    Calling 911 and pushing on the center of the chest 100 times per minute, hard and fast to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive”. Conventional CPR required checking for a pulse, opening the airway and initiating rescue breathing. These components are no longer needed and not part of the compression-only CPR.

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death. Over 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. Performing compression-only or hands-only CPR can greatly increase a victim’s chance of survival. In the past when someone collapsed fewer than 30% of the time CPR was performed. Now, with the new CPR, bystanders are attempting CPR 70% of the time.

    Research has shown that compression-only CPR produces better nutrition for the victim’s organs than conventional CPR with rescue breathing. Breathing was often done improperly, wasted time, and did not add to survival. Removing the rescue breaths encourages people to attempt CPR because it is much easier to perform.

    The Good Samaritan laws protect you from any liability if you perform CPR. In New Mexico, the law also protects the layperson who utilizes the automated external defibrillator (AED).

    For more information, go to http://www.projectheartstartnm.org    Or call 505-843-2814

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:15 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting – It’s a pot luck party day!

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    16 Feb             Chinese New Year – It’s the year of the dog.

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting – New Mexico PBS- Franz Joachim, general manager.

    21 Feb             WE prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soup & salads?

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting – NM Voices For Children – James Jimenez

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    9 Mar              Silver Horizons – Work Gang – 9:30AM to 1:00 PM

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS !

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got a passport?

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

  • 30 Jan 2018 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was a work meeting. Club Members served both breakfast AND lunch at “The Rock at Noonday” facility. All hands manned the line and had a wonderful time. I just hope we don’t have chicken for dinner!

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month” 

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

    David and President Gail have met with The Rock at Noonday reps and they will provide a home for our pancake breakfast fundraiser. As specifics are worked out, we’ll all find out how this’ll happen. The planning committee consists of: Gail, David, Mary B, Patrick, Marion & Mollie. Karen will bug Kathy Fuller, to place a notice in the District 5520 calendar.

    Members have approved a HeartStart CPR instructional class by Amanda Gabaldon. $10 per member at our 6 Feb. meeting.

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. 10 members are signed up. President Gail will set the menu details.

    There’ll be a day set up in February, to work with Silver Horizons @ a food bank. This helps to fulfill our Club’s Community Grant obligation.

    We’ll soon arrange a combined meeting with Kelly Hayes and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website.

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dr. Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available for our Club members. Please pick up your 10 tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Mariott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    31 Jan              It’s once in a blue moon day!!! A super moon, too!

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting – CPR Class by Amanda Gabaldon. Bring your $10.00

    13 Feb             Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting – It’s a pot luck party day!

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    16 Feb             Chinese New Year – It’s the year of the dog.

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    21 Feb             We prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soup & salads?

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                            Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 16 Jan 2018 6:22 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    None, today. 

    Guests:           Ashley Caysan, Iris Bradford, Mary Fontaine, Gretchen Kryda, Margaret Kramer, Margaret Farrer, Viola Garduno & Penny.

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Two pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary J. parted with a sawbuck for friend Penny, happy to be back & just happy to be here.

    Pat also had a $10, ditto for Mary J, & thankful that her John just broke a rib falling off of a ladder.

    Mollie put up a buck for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s treatment of her sister.

    Judy threw in a fiver in thanks to all for their wishes & cards, re: her brother’s recent passing.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

    Non Rotary trivia: Re: MLK Jr. day… What was one of the first NM civil rights laws adopted on Feb. 12, 1952? Marion got the closest, with:   The New Mexico Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, or serious medical condition.

    When did a chapter of the NAACP start up in NM? No takers… 1912/1913 !

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

    So, we seem to have discussed soap processing, since we’ll be sending a card to the youngster who recycles and distributes soap to the needy.

    The Rotary Leadership Institute’s Rio Grande Academy on Jan 20th - 7:30AM to 1:30PM at French Funerals Lomas Office, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE Cost $35. Upon completion of all three parts of instruction, our Club will reimburse members.

    Several members of our club have not as yet attended. Rotarians may attend one of the three parts of instruction. RLI/RGA helps members receive a greater knowledge of Rotary. Sign-up on-line at the District 5520 website. http://www.rotary5520.org/ 

    The Crown Plaza is not able to host our Pancake Breakfast at a responsible cost. They wanted $9.00 per plate as opposed to $3.00 per plate that we needed. David and President Gail are meeting with the Rock on Thurs. or Friday, since they are willing to host our fundraiser. We will go over the specifics and make sure it is a win win for both of us. If anyone would like to come to the meeting, let President Gail know or if you have concerns, suggestions etc. If all goes well, we’ll need a person to head up this fund raiser with David as the Logistics guy.

    Mollie will be planning a Club outing to see a lady lobo game during the 3rd week of February.

    Karen – Our Feb. meeting suggestions: A show of hands approved a HeartStart CPR instructional class by Amanda Gabaldon. $10 per member at our 6 Feb. meeting.

    Signup sheets were passed around by Emily for:

    The 30 January work meeting at The Rock at Noonday,

    Our work days at Silver Horizons on 1/24 & 1/26 and for

    Our yearly dinner that we provide at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. This is part of our Community Grant!

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website.

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Today, Dr. Dave has made District Cruise raffle tickets available to our Club members.

    10 tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can.

    Our PolioPlus jar travelled about the room to pick up all of our spare change.

    Today’s Program:     CPR program, including “AED” use

    Karen introduced David Crettol, American Heart Association (AHA) certified instructor in CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

    Mr. Crettol discussed quick steps to take if you or someone else is having a heart attack.

    Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills more people than traffic accidents, handguns, house fires, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined, about 350,000 per year.

    It can happen to seemingly healthy people, but those with coronary heart disease and the elderly are at high risk. A family history of arrhythmias or heart related problems can also indicate higher risk.

    While AEDs have been conclusively shown to save lives, keeping one in your house will far from guarantee a positive outcome after an SCA. Although SCAs can happen anytime, anywhere, 75% of them occur at home[2]. Therefore portable defibrillators for those at high risk should save lives, but it’s not quite that simple.

    1.     AEDs cannot be used by the person in cardiac arrest, so there must be another person nearby to see it happen. SCAs aren’t a common occurrence and may not happen to everyone who is at high risk, so it’s usually impractical to keep tabs on a high risk family member 24/7, especially considering at least 6-8 hours of each day are spent sleeping. In fact, less than half of SCAs at home are witnessed.

    2.     When an AED isn’t kept in the house and the first shock comes from paramedics, the victim’s chance of survival is only 2%. One study found the survival rate of SCAs at home increased from 2% to 12% when an AED was kept in the house. Those numbers might not be completely accurate because the study didn’t have enough participants to accurately represent the whole population.

    3.     SCAs usually happen so fast the person having one cannot notify anyone.

    4.     Instead of having AEDs in homes or targeting specific, high-risk patients, AEDs are most efficiently used in high traffic areas. For this reason many public places have defibrillators available.

    Portable defibrillators are expensive and only raise your chance of success from terrible to bad, but they do raise your chance of success. Taking a CPR course as a family along with having a portable defibrillator will also improve outcomes.

    No response to tapping on shoulders.

    Cardiac arrest strikes immediately and without warning. Here are the signs:

    ·        Sudden loss of responsiveness.

    *   No response to tapping on shoulders.

    *   Does nothing when you ask if he's OK.

    *   No normal breathing: Victim is not breathing or is only gasping.

    If you suspect someone is suffering from cardiac arrest:

    ·        Tap and shout

    *   Check if the person responds. Tap him and shout, “Are you OK?” If he doesn’t move, speak, blink, or otherwise react, then he is not responding. 

    ·        Yell for help

    *   Tell someone to call 911 and get an AED. 

    *   If you are alone with an adult who has these signs of cardiac arrest, call 911 and get an AED if one is available. 

    *   Check breathing: If the person isn't breathing or is only gasping, give CPR.

    ·        Give CPR: Push hard and fast

    *   Push down at least 2 inches at a rate of 100 to 120 pushes a minute in the center of the chest, allowing the chest to come back up to its normal position after each push.

    ·        Use an AED as soon as it arrives by turning it on and following the prompt.

    ·        Keep pushing until the person starts to breathe or move or someone with more advanced training takes over.

     

    Heart Attack Warning Signs:

    Chest Discomfort

    Discomfort in other areas of the upper body

    Shortness of Breath

    Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 

    Other signs with or without chest discomfort.

    may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

    SCA is due to an “electrical” problem.

    Heart Attack is due to a Clogged up artery.

    The American Heart Association does not endorse "cough CPR," a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet. As noted in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, “cough CPR” is NOT useful for unresponsive victims and should NOT be taught to lay rescuers.

    During a sudden arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), it may be possible for a conscious, responsive person to cough forcefully and repetitively to maintain enough blood flow to the brain to remain conscious for a few seconds until the arrhythmia is treated. Blood flow is maintained by increased pressure in the chest that occurs during forceful coughs. This has been mislabeled "cough CPR," although it's not a form of traditional resuscitation.

    Why isn't "cough CPR" appropriate in CPR training courses?

    "Cough CPR" should not be taught in lay-rescuer CPR courses because it is generally not useful in the pre hospital setting. In virtually all lay-rescuer CPR courses, the finding that signals an emergency is the victim's unresponsiveness. Unresponsive victims will not be able to perform "cough CPR."

    Go & buy “The Body Electric” a book by Becker. It cost only around $6 to $8 !!!

    Remember that you’ve got only 10 minutes ‘til oxygen depletement to the brain. So, get to work quickly!

    Also mentioned: The Good Samaritan Law in NM: Do your best & keep doing it (No liability)!

    President Gail presented a packet of our gift cards to Mr. Crettol in thanks for his time today.

    A thought for the day was presented by Pat, who actually recounted a joke for all of us.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting – Kathleen Raskob – Albuquerque Oasis

    24 Jan              Work day at Silver Horizons food distribution

    26 Jan              Work day at Silver Horizons food distribution

    30 Jan              A working meeting at “The Rock at Noonday”. Both 8:30A-10:30A & 11:30A-1:30P

    31 Jan              It’s once in a blue moon day!!!

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting – CPR Class by Amanda Gabaldon. Bring your $10.00

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    21 Feb             Dinner service at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    PLEASE don’t forget that ya just gotta continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 09 Jan 2018 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s monthly board meeting , President Gail called our regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Guests:           Viola Garduno, Mary Fontaine, Gretchen Kryda, Neshan Rampered, Pam Janner, Margaret Farrer, Dave Crettol, Doreen & Dick ?, Steve Noyes Smith, Margaret Kramer.

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month” 

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks: 

    Vivien was happy to welcome Dr. Ramo.

    David was happy to wake up in time to see last night’s game. 

    Mollie’s sister is doing much better & is driving.

    Maggie owes $3 for sons- one here, one in Guam & one in Colombia 

    Pat’s Happy to be back from vacation. But, she’s going away again in 3 wks to Amazon.

    Mary B happy to have Neshan Rampered visiting our Club & her friend is doing well. 

    Margaret wishes us all a happy new year!

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

    What does it say on the January cover of the Rotarian? Doreen guessed part of it & got herself a lollypop: What It’s Like… “Ordinary Rotarians, Extraordinary tales.”

    And, One story comes from a Rotarian in Tokyo, telling what it’s like to… What?

    Libby once again refused to accept that autograph book after answering “to survive an atomic bomb!”

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

    The Rotary Leadership Institute’s Rio Grande Academy will be held on Jan 20th - 7:30AM to 1:30PM at  French Funerals Lomas Office, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE (One block east of Eubank Blvd).

    Cost $35/ attendee. Upon completion of all three parts of instruction, our Club will reimburse members.

    Several members of our club have not as yet attended. Rotarians may attend one of the three parts of instruction.

    RLI/RGA helps members receive a greater knowledge of Rotary. Sign-up on-line at our District 5520 website. http://www.rotary5520.org/ 

    Please note that Judy’s brother has recently passed. No further details are available at this time.

    Today, our board of directors discussed the upcoming pancake breakfast’s new location possibilities. We’ll have (we hope) a couple of choices to vote upon next week.

    It appears that the Student of the Week (by Nusenda) may be gone. If you know of any children who are deserving of recognition, please forward their info to us. We have plenty of cards to send out.

    Birthday cake and appropriate singing indelibly marked the three January member birthdays.

    A signup sheet was passed around for the 30 January work meeting at The Rock at Noonday.

    Our PolioPlus jar travelled about the room to pick up all of our spare change.

    Today’s Program:     Heart Health

    Karen introduced Dr. Barry Ramo MD FACC, cardiologist and Amanda Gabaldon, HeartStart project director..

    Dr. Barry Ramo delivers medical news and information on Action 7 News -- everything from the latest treatments for diabetes to the best ways to lose weight.

    In addition, Ramo is a staff cardiologist for the New Mexico Heart Institute, and holds medical professorships at the University of New Mexico and Duke University.

    He also founded Project HeartStart, an effort to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Albuquerque-area residents.

    The New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation, a 501©3 nonprofit organization, was established in 1999 to help support educational and research initiatives of the New Mexico Heart Institute such as Project Heart Start. The programs are designed to enhance the cardiovascular health of people in New Mexico. 

    The New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation is dedicated to supporting education and research to enhance heart health for all New Mexicans.

    Project Heart Start (PHS) is dedicated to training all able individuals to perform compression-only CPR (COCPR) and to encourage and facilitate the placement and utilization of automated external defibrillators (AED). Read more.

    A Project Heart Start training session lasts only about 45 minutes and is divided into watching a 12 minute video followed by a 15 minute skill session led by a trainer and a short demonstration of an AED ( Automated External Defibrillator). It is a non-certification class. The participant will learn to assess a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, call 911, correctly perform chest compressions, recognize the signs of a heart attack, save someone who is choking by performing  the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts) and how to use an AED.

    At the end of their course, people should remember to:

    Call 911, Perform 100 chest compression per minute hard and fast and use an AED if  one is available.

    Following this presentation and talk by Dr. Ramo and Ms. Gabaldon , an extensive and informative Q&A session took place.

    More info? Go to www.ProjectheartStartNM.org

    President Gail presented a packet of our gift cards to Amanda & Dr. Ramo in thanks for their time today.

    And, for some reason, we forgot to have a thought for the day… (I had a thought once)

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:15 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Jan              MLK Jr. Day – Do people actually take the day off?

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program with “AED” use. – David Crettol

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting – Kathleen Raskob – Albuquerque Oasis

    30 Jan              A working meeting at “The Rock at Noonday”. Both 8:30A-10:30A & 11:30A-1:30P

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting –

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Ruidoso, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    24 Mar            District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    PLEASE don’t forget that ya just gotta continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 02 Jan 2018 5:47 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests attended today’s meeting. 

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month”

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Karen’s happy that NM won it’s bowl game in Tucson.

    Mollie’s happy that 2017 is over & done with.

    Dave’s happy for the Aggie win… It was a great game… the best of 39 bowl games.

    Vivien wished us all a happy new year in Hawaiian!

    Gail had a great holiday.

    Maggie also wished us a very happy new year in Afrikaans.

    New Year’s wishes were also offered in German, Spanish & French!

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Who, in our Club, is our Club’s R.i.Foundation Chairperson?  President Gail won herself a nail clipper for telling us that it’s DAVE.

    A name badge holder was offered to the member who could name our Club Membership Chair. Maggie was able to present Vivien’s name as the holder of that office. Now Maggie’s neighbors will be able to send her to the correct home written on that name badge.

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

    Only 363 days left this year! Wow, it’s going by really fast!

    Dave mentioned that work at The Rock at Noonday could be scheduled within the next couple of months.

    It looks like we’ll help them out on 30 January.

    Each week, Jan will input information onto our Club’s “sandwich board”.

    In order to accommodate a larger than usual crowd at our meetings, we’ll schedule a bigger room (upstairs) for the next two weeks.

    Since the Club membership is committed to provide a working presence at Silver Horizons “Pantry Stops”, Marion will work with Emily to schedule work the grant’s required days.

    Our PolioPlus jar travelled about the room to pick up all of our spare change.

    Today’s Program:     Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    Today, we planned and prioritized our Rotary work. Three areas were focused upon:

    Club Membership was addressed by our membership Chair, Vivien.

    Vivien offered her thanks to Jan, for the new brochures, business cards and “posters”. All attending members received samples of each. We were reminded that Club members are all Rotary ambassadors. We are to ask potential members to come visit with us at meetings.

    Allan reminded us that he has reserved a space at the next H&G show.

    A dissertation on The Rotary Foundation (TRF) was accomplished by Dave, our Foundation Chair.

    Several points were dwelled upon, including the fact that TRF has a positive impact upon the world. The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

    Remember that over 90% of all TRF funds go toward projects in the world.

    Also, the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) program was discussed. We will attempt to donate to this program, by selling District 5520 cruise tickets. Any amount donated will permit our Club full member participation this year. Tickets will be distributed soon.

    Fundraising, a can of worms, was opened up by President Gail. A discussion regarding a method of continuing our pancake breakfast was opened to all attending members. We must, in some manner, replace all of the income, or a large portion of that income ($2800 last year). A lengthy brainstorming session ensued and the following ideas emerged:

    Should this fundraiser still take the form of a pancake breakfast? This remains to be seen. We should look into other similar fundraising events, where we could receive a percentage of total sales.

    We think that such a Club fundraising event should coincide with a District event, in order to maximize attendance at our planned function.

    The District Assembly will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. In Albuquerque.

    It was decided that the event shall NOT take place at any of the following venues:

    The Manzano High School, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, The Range Café,

    The Village Inn, Chile’s.

    We’ll contact and attempt to hold this fundraiser at one of the following venues and set up some sort of split in profits:

    Jimmy’s restaurant (Mary B)

    Dion’s (Maggie)

    The Rock at Noonday (Dave)

    Chipotle (Gail)

    Crowne Plaza Hotel

    If the Manzano HS Interact Club members participate, they’ll receive a portion of our profits.

    We’ll sell tickets at N. Domingo Baca site.

    Last year, we paid $4 per patron to Applebee’s and $40 to the cook. We charged $9 per ticket.

    If it is decided that the pancake breakfast is a “go”, we must advertize once again on the District website.

    If all else fails, how about using food trucks at the hotel, after clearing such an event with the hotel.

    So, now, we have some sort of a plan. More work will follow.

    There being no further Rotary business and because someone else wanted to use the room (some nerve!), President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:15 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    School starts up tomorrow!

    6 Jan                New Mexico Statehood Day

    9 Jan                Board Meeting- 10:30 AM

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    15 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program with “AED” use.

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    30 Jan              Maybe a working meeting at “The Rock at Noonday”.

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting –

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar             District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                            Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?
  • 26 Dec 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting was held today. It’s Boxing Day! 

    December is still “Family Month”

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

    Remember that we’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such: 

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    30 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar             District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 Apr        District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                            Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?
  • 19 Dec 2017 6:41 PM | Anonymous

    This evening we held our holiday party & a fun “white elephant” exchange. We all brought finger food as usual, while Pat provided the libations. Everyone also brought some non perishable food for donation to a food bank. The festivities began at 6PM and Allan was the last to leave.

    December is “Family Month” 

    It was great fun to have so MANY Guests present at today’s party meeting.    

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

    Remember that we’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26 Dec             NO MEETING ! (Because it’s Boxing Day)

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    30 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar 2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?
  • 12 Dec 2017 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    December is “Family Month”

    First, we set up, wrapped gifts and packed up Saranam’s bags of goodies. Then, at 12:35PM, President Gail called our regular meeting to order and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    There were no Visiting Rotarians or Guests present at today’s meeting.           

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary J. Glad to be back &thanks for the great goodies today. Happy that she’ll have no guests for the  coming holidays. Also thanks for a visit to Chicago & 13 family.

    Mollie Put up a fiver & glad to be back. Sis is stable & thanks to Pat for her help.

    Emily had a Great trip to Orlando & St. Augustine. Also thanks to our bell ringers. We picked up $1552 total, which included $1K from Jan’s friend. Great to have Mollie back, too!

    Pat’s happy for her tutoring student & their pot luck dinner and for the Interact quilting.

    Mary B. Visited friends & family in Wheaton, IL (NOT Chicago) then further North. Great travel & trip.

    Judy Thanks for Hugs from Mollie & good to have Mary J. back.

    Jan’s Going to CHICAGO this January, but not to Evanston.

    Gail’s happy that we’re happy!

    Maggie had a lot to say, since we have no speaker today, Still packing up after the 10 day BD party. Brother-in-Law finally going back to Tokyo.

    Bruce’s happy to visit once again & reminds us of RLI on 20 January.

    Where DID that $20 come from?

    Sgt-at-Arms questions for today:

    A packet of travel woolite was rewarded to anyone who could recite the official salutation to the New Mexico flag… It’s "I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures", So, there!

    An empty autograph book did not get awarded for an answer to the following question: “What happened in 1956?” Besides the founding of the Albuquerque Petroleum Club, 1956 also marked the 250th anniversary of Albuquerque. Also, Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera, 18th Duke of Alburquerque was present and presented a gift to ABQ. What was that gift? (No takers) It was a tapestry.

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

    Take the time to “Like” our Facebook blurbs!

    Remember that we’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Holiday party & “white elephant” exchange: Pat says that we all should bring finger food as usual. She’ll provide the libations. Also bring some non perishable food for donation to a food bank. The festivities will begin at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 December. Directions to Pat’s place will follow via email.

    Our holiday visits to Hannett House & Villa Solano: We’ll visit both homes on Friday, 15 December at 1PM. We brought our wrapped & labeled gifts to today’s meeting. Banjo Bruce & James Morrison will provide musical accompaniment.

                Villa Solano – 1419 Solano Drive, NE

                Hannett House – 4720 Hannett Avenue, NE

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Our PolioPlus “spare change” jar made its usual trip about the room.

    Today’s Program: SARANAM

    We assembled gift bags for Saranam. President Gail will bring them to Saranam following today’s meeting.

    Our thought of the day didn’t happen.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:10 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO REGULAR MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home at 6 PM.

    26 Dec             NO MEETING ! (Because it’s Boxing Day)

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for their assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meetings.
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