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  • 18 Dec 2018 6:31 PM | Anonymous

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

    December is– “Family Month”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January–Mollie                    February-Allan             March-Karen

    April–Gail                            May-Fofo                      June-Maggie

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    8 Jan                Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    8 Jan                Regular Meeting

    15 Jan              Regular Meeting

    21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

    22 Jan              Regular Meeting

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

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting

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

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    5 Mar               Mardi Gras

    17 Mar             Saint Patrick’s Day

    4-6 April          PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April           Easter

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

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

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

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

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

    December is– “Family Month”.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December-Judy          January–Mollie           February-Allan         

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

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

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    8 Jan                Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    8 Jan                Regular Meeting

    15 Jan              Regular Meeting

    21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

    22 Jan              Regular Meeting

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

    29 Jan              Regular Meeting

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

    2 Feb               Groundhog day

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    4-6 Mar           PETS – Santa Fe

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    21 April          Easter

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

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

    16 June       Father’s Day

  • 04 Dec 2018 6:46 PM | Anonymous

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

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

    December is– “Family Month”.

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

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

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

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

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

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

    Mollie noted that Dayna Crawford is suffering from pneumonia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December-Judy          January–Mollie           February-Allan         

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

    Today’s Program:     Community policing in Albuquerque.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Council Goals

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

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

    Northwest Area, Southeast Area, Southwest Area and Valley Area

    Council Membership

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

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

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

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

    Law Enforcement Center, 400 Roma NW, Albuquerque NM 87102

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

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

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training - Socorro

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    4-6 Mar           PETS – Santa Fe

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

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

    Thanks to members for their assistance in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
  • 27 Nov 2018 7:04 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Mary Fontaine, Dave’s timekeeper

    November is– “Foundation Month” and Dave, our RI Foundation Chair, gave us a short spiel about what the RI Foundation does with our donations.

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Allan now has a place to stay, when in Santa Fe… At least for the next couple of months.

    Michael suggests a great hair stylist!

    Maggie proffered a “confused” buck, since many of her trips have been cancelled… She puts up with it!

    Gail had a great time with grandkids in New York! Also, she announced that Saranam has contacted her with a wish for 26 “used” faux Christmas trees.

    Mollie’s sister & brother are both doing well.

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

    What city was home to the first NM radio station? It was in Las Cruces – KBOM-AM.

    And, what percentage of New Mexico is above 4,000 feet elevation? We finally got it right: it’s 75%.

    Mollie gave us another chance: What are Mogollon and Shakespeare? Dave instantly knew that these are names of ghost towns!

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

    Allan brought our Interact Club’s tote bags to today’s meeting, for exhibit & for sale.

    Please bring your gifts for the Casa Solano & Hannett House residents to Libby at our 4 December meeting. Please don’t leave any of the residents without a gift!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

    December-Judy          January–Mollie           February-Allan         

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

    Today’s Program:     Events of 1968

    Dave Fontaine helped us remember (not celebrated) that time of 50 years ago, when some of the happenings which made it a year to be remembered.

    1968 is arguably the most historic year in modern U.S. history. It remains one of the most tumultuous single years in history, marked by historic achievements, shocking assassinations, a much-hated war and a spirit of rebellion that swept through countries all over the world. Occurring at the dawn of the television age, the historic events of 1968 also played out on TV screens across the country, bringing them home in a way that had never been possible before.

    During the lunar new year (or “Tet”), North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched a series of attacks against Hue, Saigon and other key targets in South Vietnam. The Tet Offensive, which surprised U.S. and South Korean forces and caused heavy casualties, would eventually be a turning point in the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

    President LBJ’s administration had become increasingly unpopular, along with growing opposition to U.S. involvement in Vietnam, student demonstrations and urban unrest.

    While in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers in that city, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon in which he told listeners: “I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.” The following evening, Martin Luther King was assassinated at a Memphis motel. As news of King’s murder sparked rioting in dozens of cities across the country, an international manhunt for his shooter, ended in his capture in London.

    Many other historic events also took place:

    Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant,

    The first Big Mac went on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents

    Boeing 747 made its maiden flight

    Emergency 911 Telephone service is started in the USA,

    Hong Kong Flu pandemic

    Vietnam: US soldiers massacre men, women and children in My lai,

    Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia

    Average Cost of new house $14,950.00
    Average Income per year $7,850.00
    Average Monthly Rent $130.00
    Gas per Gallon 34 cents

    The minimum wage in the USA was $1.60/hr.

    The average cost of a new car was $3500

    Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded when he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.

    The music scene was once again set by the "Beatles" and the "Rolling Stones", and fashion flirted with see through blouses and midi and maxi skirts joined the Mini Skirt as part of the fashion trends.

    There was a Flu Pandemic in Hong Kong

    The first Black power salute is seen on Television worldwide during an Olympics medal ceremony.

    The Intel Corporation was created by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce.

    London Bridge sold for 1 million and later re-erected in Arizona .

    France became the world's fifth nuclear power

    Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy were married

    The Aswan Dam in Egypt was completed

    The CBS television program "60 Minutes" shown for the first time

    NASA launches Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission

    Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.

    First Philadelphia Bank installs the first automated teller machine in the U.S.

    Former Governor of Alabama George Wallace ran in the presidential election.

    The water bed was invented!

    Additionally, more personal events were also added by several Club members.

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Doctor Dave with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix (supporting Haiti).

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    2 Dec               Hanukkah Begins

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 Dec               Regular Meeting - New member induction

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

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

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training - Socorro

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    4-6 Mar           PETS – Santa Fe

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

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

    Thanks to the members who help to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 20 Nov 2018 7:07 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting was held today, due to the Thanksgiving day holiday, which has been scheduled this year, to happen on the 22ndof November. I hear that this will be a nationwide event. Gretchen & Judy have both made their most favorite things for this holidat… reservations!

    November is– “Foundation Month”

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

    Please bring your gifts for the Casa Solano & Hannett House residents to Libby at our 4 December meeting. Please don’t leave any of the residents without a gift!!!!

    We have launched Rotary’s redesigned Learning Center and club officer courses are now ready. I f you don’t have a My Rotary account, learn how to create one. If you do have an account, sign in and:

    1.     Go to www.Rotary.org/learn

    2.     Take the “Getting Started With the Learning Center course to see all the ways you can use the new Learning Center.

    3.     Search for the learning plan for your role.

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

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

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

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

    November-Dave         December-Judy          January–Mollie                        February-Allan           

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    22 Nov             Thanksgiving Day.

    27 Nov             Regular meeting- Events of 1968, with Dave Fontaine

    2 Dec               Hanukkah Begins

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 Dec               Regular Meeting - New member induction

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

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

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

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

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

    Thanks for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 13 Nov 2018 7:05 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           John Barber, guest of Pat Diem.       

    November is– “Foundation Month”

    Pin and Badge check:Mollie had to borrow a pin. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Emily had a “thank you” buck for the coats & back packs for the “Coats for Kids” project. She also told of her visit to the ABQ Sign Language School. She’ll be away for Thanksgiving and had a good time in Las Vegas (???).

    Libby will send out an email for the Hannett House/Casa Solana visits, reminding us of our contributions.

    Judy threw in a dollar.........

    Cheryl parted with a dollar because her clothes dryer blew up!

    Mary J found a fiver! She was happy to be back.

    Vivien gave a dollar for Mary J and for Karen.

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

    Which State is the flattest? Nebraska, Florida or Illinois? Answer: Florida.

    Which State has the most river mileage? Answer: Nebraska.

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

    Thanks to Allan and Karen for the cake and drinks! Yum.

    A signup sheet for our yearly holiday party visit to both Solano & Hannett has been circulated . Since we know what each resident would like to receive as gifts, Club members are asked to indicate their gift recipient. Please bring your gifts to Libby at our 27 November OR 4 December meetings.

    Our District Governor is getting antsy about this! Please consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club as a candidate for Club President-Elect. A candidate shall have served as a member for a year prior to nomination. The president-elect shall serve as a director, to preside at meetings of the club and the board in the absence of the president. The president-elect must attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

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

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

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

    November-Dave         December-Judy          January–Mollie            February-Allan

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

    Our PolioPlus jar made its weekly rounds, picking up whatever loose change that could be found.

    Today’s Program:   Campaign Experiences by Karen Bash, Representative-Elect NM House District 68.

    Dave introduced our Club member, Karen Bash. Dave had a great trip to Asia as evidenced by the hat that he wore! He introduced Karen by saying that she had great courage for stepping up for the challenge.

    One year ago, Karen was researching the fact that she had had no visits or contact from the current office holder. She questioned that fact and mentioned to Allan that she would like to run for office and asked his opinion. After a long silence, he said “OK”! The next step was to contact the Democratic Party HQ for an interview. She met with the Campaign Manager and photos were taken.

    Next came the door-knocking. She encountered all political stripes: Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Green Party, Independents and “others”.

    Karen had to redo her petition notices to include her middle initial in order to match her other official documents. She met with the “Energy” group who train and orient candidates. Meeting for two Saturdays each month concluded with a Round House graduation.

    Asking for financial contributions was the most difficult activity.

    Karen passed around a cut-out map showing the borders of District 68. It was very convoluted and complicated, drawing many comments from the membership. She also passed around samples of the promotional material that she used as well as examples from her opponent.

    Meanwhile, Karen had other issues to contend with: Rotator cuff surgery, low platelet counts, and then a dog bite to the stomach while canvassing.

    Her campaign recognition improved after her opponent had legal issues. Karen then underwent a Hollywood style photo shoot which made her feel like a movie star! Facebook ads were created.

    Cold call telephone calling resulted in many voice mail responses and hang-ups.

    She hopes to also be reelected in 2020 to have the effects of the 2020 Census and re-districting.

    Karen's’ platform is:

    a.      Better schools. Early child hood education. Better pay for teachers. Money to be directed to the classroom rather than administration. However, some school buildings do need repair. She proposes that 9% of the 13% interest from the Land Grant fund be used for these purposes. Vocational training and trade apprenticeships need to be emphasized.

    b.     Safer neighborhoods.

    c.      Good jobs for New Mexico.

    Her interim plans are as follows: A December intense orientation session. Contacting a mentor: possibly Debbie Armstrong of HHS. Session on Ethics and sexual harassment policies.

    Members asked many questions. We all much appreciated her commitment and energy.

    In appreciation of her visit today, President Patrick presented Karen with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix (supporting Haiti) in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 Nov             NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    22 Nov             Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov             Regular Meeting- Events of 1968 – Dave Fontaine/Pot Luck

    2 Dec               Hanukkah Begins

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 Dec               Regular Meeting/ New member induction

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House. No regular meeting.

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

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 06 Nov 2018 7:01 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Dana Crawford, guest of Mollie        Marion Ramirez, guest of Karen

    November is– “Foundation Month”

    Only one pin or name tag buck fine was to be found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Vivien had a reflection buck for her poppy, denoting commonwealth remembrance day on Nov. 11.

    Judy left us with a happy buck, for closing on her mom’s house.

    Gail bought John’s cataract for a buck- operation next Tuesday. She’s also going to CT on Saturday for a week.

    Patrick hopes that Dave comes through today’s operation.

    Plus a late buck from Maggie.

    A 1978-79 quote from Clem Renouf, Rotary Club of Nambour, Queensland, Australia.

    Rotary vision: That it marshal its vast resources to Reach Out to people everywhere.

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

    What is the most populated country in Africa? The correct answer is Nigeria, with 184 million people.

    In what European country is Transylvania?  Yup, it’s Romania… Who woulda known!

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

    Nothing heard today, about those Interact Club’s cloth shopping bags…

    This month’s only birthday anniversary is Judy’s! So, she got herself a group song & a cake from Gail.

    Our immediate past-president, Gail, announced the following:

    On 27 November, we’ll have a potluck luncheon at our regular meeting, celebrating member achievement.

    Our Club’s Holiday party will take place on December 18that Gloria & Michael’s home. It’ll be a pot luck luncheon and a “White Elephant” trade. More info will follow.

    Also, Gail has confirmed that we have received a check for $2630.00 from District 5520 for our community grant! This’ll pay for the “Don’t Meth With Me” project AND we do NOT have to match that grant!

    Don’t forget that we’re collecting coats & backpacks for kids (& for adults, too). Please bring them to our 13 November meeting for collection.

    A signup sheet was circulated for our yearly holiday party visit on 11 December at 1PM, to both Casa Solano & Hannett House. Since we know what each resident would like to receive as gifts, Club members were asked to choose and indicate their gift recipient. Please bring your gifts to Libby at our 27 November OR 4 December meetings. Write to & from names on the gift & wrap it.

    Judy even paid a buck to announce that John’s Gretchen has moved 5 bags of big and beautiful Iris Rhizomes to the garden center on Lomas. These have become surplus after three days of digging, replanting and sulfuring. If you want some, they’re FREE for the taking.

    Our District Governor is getting antsy about this! Please consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club as a candidate for Club President-Elect. A candidate shall have served as a member for a year prior to nomination. The president-elect shall serve as a director, to preside at meetings of the club and the board in the absence of the president. The president-elect must attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    District 5520 Bi-District Conference - November 9 & 10, at the El Paso Civic Center. This is a joint conference along with Mexico District 4110. Hotel - DOUBLETREE BY HILTON El Paso Downtown / City Center, 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, TX. Rate - $99.00 per night (505)532-8733, Rotary Bi-District Conference. Conference registration is required through our District website at $75.

    Do you want to wear a real Rotary District 5520 shirt? You can order one (or more). Take a look at the order form! Prices start at $16.00. http://bit.ly/District5520

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

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

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

    November-Dave         December-Judy          January–Mollie                        February-Allan           

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

    Our PolioPlus jar made its weekly rounds, picking up whatever loose change that could be found.

    Today’s Program:   The Rock at Noonday

    President Patrick introduced Ms. Karen Polich, Development Director of the Rock.

    Karen has chosen to talk about the status of the homeless and also food insecurity in Albuquerque.

    The Rock was founded as Noon Day Ministries in 1982. Noon Day was founded ago by the Calvin and Ruth Horn family, who saw a need and took a stand against the destructiveness of homelessness. This became one of New Mexico’s largest feeding programs, serving over 137,000 meals yearly to adults and to lots of kids. Today they‘re much more than a provider of nutritious, well-balanced meals (free to guests) and also a day-shelter providing for those in need. The new location better serves their guests. The new name, The Rock at Noonday, supports new strength and their long-standing promise to help those who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet stands even stronger.We all know that the key to survival is nutrition. Without it you can’t be healthy, can’t work, can’t even think straight, let alone plan for a job to improve your life.

    And as a kid, how can you study and learn with an empty stomach? How can you get out of that place?

    That’s why last year, over 113,000 meals were served to men, women and children who bear no responsibility for their plight as they’re carried along on the rising tide of homelessness. That’s more than 360 breakfasts and lunches every single day to homeless people who desperately need  help.

    When you think of the homeless, you probably picture a man standing at an intersection, with an outstretched hand. You don’t see the nearly invisible homeless families in Albuquerque. They’re mostly hidden, trying to sleep on those streets that you don’t travel, in cars parked in vacant lots, on rooftops, in abandoned buildings, or with any luck, in shelters.

    You probably don’t know that an astonishing number of homeless are kids. In fact, APS says 6,000 to 7,000 of its students are homeless and many of them are under six years old, being swept along, leaving their lives a wreck.

    The Rock also provides showers, laundry, clothing, toiletries, rental/utility assistance, food boxes, telephone services, job programs, travel aid, legal aid, counseling, healthcare, haircuts, etc.

    Visit The Rock with our Club to see firsthand how the meals and the services are provided to promote self-sufficiency. We suspect that you wouldn’t have listened to this story if you didn’t believe as they do, that helping others is not just an obligation or responsibility. We can, therefore we do.

    Currently, around 70 organizations help to support The Rock in their efforts.

    Address: 2400 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102           Phone: (505) 246-8001

    For more information, go to www.therockabq.com OR

    Karen Polich, Development Director development@therockabq.com

    In appreciation of her visit today, President Patrick presented Ms. Polich with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix (supporting Haiti) in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    9-10 Nov         Bi District Conference-  El Paso, TX Civic Center

    13 Nov             Regular Meeting- Election Experiences with Karen Bash

    20 Nov            NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting- Events of 1968 – Dave Fontaine

    2 Dec              Hanukkah Begins

    4 Dec              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 Dec              Regular Meeting –

    11 Dec            NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

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

    18 Dec            Club Holiday Party!

    21 Dec            Winter Solstice

    25 Dec            Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec            Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 30 Oct 2018 6:54 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Dana Crawford, guest of Mollie

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Zero pin or name tag buck fines were to be found today.

     Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

     Mollie is out sick today.

     Dave has returned safely from his trip to the orient (He’s still jet lagged)

     Pat had sad bucks for the Pittsburgh incident. And, happy for Karen.

     Dana’s sons are in a band & they’re travelling to LA to record an album.

     Emily (&Pam) did their first “Don’t Meth With Us” session. Also, everyone who signed up for the RGFP work day did show up!

     Michael is happy to have visited with three Rotary Clubs on their trip. They also met a DG in Montgomery. Also, a happy buck for Karen.

     Our questions for the day from Ass’t Sgt-at-Arms Libby:

    What act signed into law by President LBJ, was instigated by a NM ecologist & forest service ranger? No one knew that it was The Wilderness Act.

    What property was designated for protection? Dave told us that it was The Gils Wilderness!

    So, who was the Forest Service ranger? It was Aldo Leopold (was I supposed to know that?)

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

     So, there weren’t any of those cloth Interact shopping bags this week… They’ll show up at our next meeting.

    Don’t forget that we’re collecting Coats For Kids (& adults, too).

    Next week, there’ll be a signup sheet for our yearly holiday party visit to both Solano & Hannet. We now know what each resident would like to receive as gifts.

     We really must have a President-Elect for our Club! Our District Governor is getting antsy about this! Please consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club. A candidate for the office shall have served as a member for a year prior to nomination. The president-elect shall serve as a director, to preside at meetings of the club and the board in the absence of the president. The president-elect must attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

     District 5520 Bi-District Conference - November 9 & 10, at the El Paso Civic Center. This is a joint conference along with the Mexico District 4110. Hotel - DOUBLETREE BY HILTON El Paso Downtown/City Center, 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, TX. Rate - $99.00 per night (505)532-8733, Rotary Bi-District Conference. Conference registration is required through our District website at $75.

     Do you want to wear a real Rotary District 5520 shirt? You can order one (or more). Take a look at the order form! Prices start at $16.00. http://bit.ly/District5520

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

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

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

    November-Dave         December-Judy          January–Mollie                        February-Allan           

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

     Our PolioPlus jar made its weekly rounds, picking up whatever loose change that could be found.

     Today’s Program:   United Way of Central New Mexico - Center for Nonprofit Excellence

     Pat introduced Larry Alei, Director of the Encore Fellowship Program (CNPE).

    The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE), is a program of United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) and is funded through the UWCNM Community Fund, UWCNM Corporate Cornerstones and community members.

    The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE) was established in 2005 with funding from UWCNM's Corporate Cornerstone Partners and the Albuquerque Community Foundation. CNPE’s mission is to strengthen the capabilities and capacity of New Mexico nonprofits so they can more effectively meet their missions. They do this by providing training, resources, online directories and community networking opportunities with peers and community leaders.

     The New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide and Companion Workbook to the New Mexico Guide is now available. These resources were developed to help organizations of all sizes improve their operations and governance and to fine-tune strategic planning and evaluation processes. A free digital version of the Guide is made possible by Internet Essentials from Comcast. The Guide and Workbook can be purchased in hard copy. Both were designed to help non profits understand the foundation of a healthy and sustainable nonprofit in NM so they can achieve their mission. Mr. Alei also explained how the guide was created, between 2016 & 2018.

    UWCNM’s Core Beliefs:Healthy nonprofits lead to healthier communities

    Volunteer expertise can be harnessed to improve nonprofits

    Strong leadership at all levels is critical to a strong nonprofit sector

    Strategic collaborations help nonprofits achieve more and better serve their clients

    The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a provider of resources and services to nonprofits that want to:

    Have positive impact on the communities they serve

    Strengthen their board engagement and governance

    Improve their financial sustainability

    Understand and proactively monitor their financial status

    Enhance their internal management and operations

    Develop performance indicators and metrics to better evaluate and measure impact

     CNPE Trainings (They have around 30 training events per year):

    Training Name


    Topic


    Communicating Evaluation Findings


    Evaluation


    Financial Management from a Leader's Perspective


    Financial Management


    New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide Info. Session (Albuquerque)


    Workshop


    Building Community Legacy: Communications Strategies for Nonprofits


    Communications & Marketing


    Fundamental Policies Every Nonprofit Should Have in Place


    Leadership Development


    Building Your Nonprofit Brand


    Communications & Marketing


    Communication, Trust, and Conflict Resolution for Nonprofit Boards


    Board Development


    Collaboration- The Obvious and Non-Obvious Partners


    Collaboration


     CNPE really wants to support all non-profits in our state. They have three Value Propositions: 1) Connect non-profit organizations with people who will work for/with them. 2) Education of the non-profit organizations. 3) Have people and organizations share some types of information.

    All non-profit organizations in NM basically NOT associated in any manner! It appears that many of their (necessary) departments could be combined in order to save time & money.

     For more information, go to  www.centerfornonprofitexcellence.org/

     In appreciation of his visit today, President Patrick presented Mr. Alei with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix (supporting Haiti) in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

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

     Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

     31 Oct             Halloween

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    9-10 Nov         Bi District Conference-  El Paso, TX Civic Center

    13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    20 Nov            NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    2 Dec               Hanukkah Begins

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 Dec               Regular Meeting -

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

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party!

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 23 Oct 2018 8:38 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Barry Segal- Del Sol Club

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    One pin or name tag buck fine was to be found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Karen paid up ‘cause she has appeared in the newspaper AND on TV.

    Emily parted with $2 for Karen.

    Pam is happy to be living in NM & not Mississippi.

    Pat’s happy not to be living in a “red” state!

    Gail’s going to Sedona really soon. She also told us about her granddaughter, who’s working on a Haiti project.

    Our questions for the day from Acting Sgt-at-Arms Libby:

    Where is Capulin Volcano located? Following many suggested directions & locations, Libby had to tell us that it’s located in the NE corner of New Mexico.

    So, what five states can be seen from the top of the volcano? Including many incorrect answers, including New Hampshire & Florida, She had to tell us that the states are: New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma & Colorado.

    Next: We know that livestock outnumbers people in NM. Our population density is 2,090,708 +/-.

    So, how many people are there, per square mile? 17, 12 or 21? Yup, it’s only 17 per sq, mile!

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

    Emily reminded us about tomorrow’s work detail at the Rio Grande Food Project. Also noted, was Emily’s and Libby’s first meeting today, with the Solano & Hannett house people, about our visits on 11 December. We’ve got to get gift lists, and signup for our visits.

    Emily has also met with school people, re: the “Don’t Meth With Us” project.

    Additionally, Emily reminded us about the “Coats For Kids (etc)” project, from Diego Garcia, a student at Volcano Vista H.S.

    There’s NO service project scheduled (as yet) for the month of November!

    Allan reports that our Interact Club has a production goal of 20 quilts for their HS students, by December. In January, they’ll be working on more kits for Women2Be. They’re also working on those cloth shopping bags! (at $10 ea.) Sales are looking good! The Club meets on Mondays 12:05P to 1:35P.

    Fofo’s now president of the Jazz Workshop!

    Immediate Past-President Gail suggested that we look into Saranam goodie bags this year. The board will take this idea under consideration at their next meeting.

    We have scheduled our holiday party for 18 December. Gloria & Michael have graciously offered their home for our use, if we’ll celebrate the usual pot luck as a luncheon affair.

    We really need a President-Elect for our Club! Consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club. A candidate for the office of president shall have served as a member of this club for a year prior to nomination. It’s the duty of the president-elect to serve as a director, to preside at meetings of the club and the board in the absence of the president and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board. The president-elect must attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    The District 5520 Bi-District Conference will take place on November 9 & 10, at the El Paso Civic Center (map). The District Rotary Foundation Committee will host the Conference. This is a joint conference along with District 4110, our neighbor Mexican Rotary District. Hotel - DOUBLETREE BY HILTON El Paso Downtown/City Center, 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, TX Discounted rate - $99.00 per night. Contact the hotel at (505)532-8733, Rotary Bi-District Conference. Conference registration is required through the District website at $75 per person.

    Do you want to wear a real Rotary District 5520 shirt? You can order one (or more). Take a look at the order form! Prices start at $16.00. http://bit.ly/District5520

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

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

    October–Pat      November-Dave       December-Judy          January–Mollie

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

    PLEASE REMEMBER: If you sign up to work at one of our Club projects, Ya really gotta SHOW UP!

    Our PolioPlus jar made its weekly rounds, picking up our loose change.

    Today’s Program:   Rotary Membership

    Pat introduced Barrie Segal, District 5520 Central Action Team Membership Chair.

    Rotary is the world’s largest service organization. Among other great things that Rotary has accomplished, we’ve been instrumental in the establishment of the United Nations!

    There aren’t enough younger Rotarians! What’s OUR Club’s membership goal? Note that the North American Clubs have lost 25% of membership in the past years.

    We must establish the primary reasons that people have, in order to join Rotary.

    Why did most of us join Rotary? Some of us have joined through the efforts of our friends. Some have joined for the service and some have joined for friendship/fellowship.

    It’s been the experience of most Rotarians, that (usually) people don’t know anything about Rotary.

    In the past AND for some clubs, prospective members must be interviewed and made aware of their future duties, etc.

    Classification screening has also been of importance to most Clubs. Barrie passed out lists of possible Rotary classifications to everyone, just to give us ideas on who we may ask to join Rotary. How come there were no plumbing contractors or doctors on that list?

    Perhaps we could institute a schedule of “personal Rotary moments”, as an inspiration to members and visitors alike. We did try sharing that today and it proved to be a great idea!

    For more information, about Rotary Membership, go to www.Rotary.org Or www.District5520.org

    Barrie got his package of lemonade… A different flavor, too!

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    24 Oct             We work at the Rio Grande Food Project.

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    27 Oct             DelSol’s Clay Shootout- Contact Jean Skipp 505-831-8500. $1000 for a team of 5

    30 Oct             Regular Meeting- United Way- Larry Alei

    31 Oct             Halloween

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    9-10 Nov         Bi District Conference-  El Paso, TX Civic Center

    13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    20 Nov            NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    2 Dec               Hanukkah Begins

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 Dec               Regular Meeting -

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party!

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 16 Oct 2018 7:19 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Barry Segal- Del Sol

    Guests:           Christine Robinson, Cheryl’s sister.

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Two pin or name tag buck fines were to be found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Cheryl’s sister’s son being married in Oakland, CA.

    Patrick attended a friend’s wedding in Durango this past Saturday.

    Emily is now (officially) a GRANDMA, as of last Monday… Her name: Alexis.

    Karen’s opponent went to jail!!!!

    Maggie’s back from the Galapagos & she’s back into horses, too!

    Pat’s happy to give up a buck.. She’s “prepaid”.

    Mollie’s brother from Las Cruces visited her.

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

    What plant is the trademark of the old west? Christine immediately told us that it’s the Tumbleweed!

    What’s the largest county (by area) in New Mexico? No one knew that it’s Catron County!

    So, what’s the smallest county? We didn’t guess that it’s Valencia County.

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

    The President of Rotary Club of Santa Fe Del Sur, Leona Zastrow, has suffered a stroke. She is stable and recovering. We ask for your thoughts and prayers for her and her family.

    Gail noted that there’s a N M Children’s Foundation meeting TONIGHT– 6PM to 8PM @ N Domingo Baca. Rotary Clubs (& we) are sponsoring this event! Also, the Rotary Peace Fellow that our Club has sponsored, has been accepted for her scholarship!

    We have scheduled our holiday party for 18 December. Gloria & Michael have graciously offered their home for our use, if we’ll celebrate the usual pot luck as a luncheon affair.

    It’s true!  DG Linda actually visited our Club!

    We need a President-Elect for our Club! Consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club. A candidate for the office of president shall have served as a member of this club for a year prior to nomination. It’s the duty of the president-elect to serve as a director, to preside at meetings of the club and the board in the absence of the president and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board. The president-elect must attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect. As DG Linda says: “It ain’t that hard of a job!”.

    The District 5520 Bi-District Conference will take place on November 9 & 10, at the El Paso Civic Center (map). The District 5520 Rotary Foundation Committee will host the Conference. This is a joint conference along with District 4110, our neighboring Mexican Rotary District.

    Hotel - DOUBLETREE BY HILTON El Paso Downtown/City Center, 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, TX Discounted rate - $99.00 per night. Contact the hotel at (505)532-8733, Rotary Bi-District Conference. Conference registration is required through the District website at $75 per person.

    Do you want to wear a real Rotary District 5520 shirt? You can order one (or more). Take a look at the order form! Prices start at $16.00. http://bit.ly/District5520

    The unfortunate withdrawal of Jeff Weinrach as our District Governor-Elect has created a vacancy on the District Finance Committee.  Consequently, DG Linda has appointed Past District Governor and Immediate Past Finance Committee Chair Tom Walker to fill this vacancy until a new District Governor Nominee is identified and confirmed in accordance with District Bylaws.

    Just a note… Our Interact Club at Manzano H.S. now meets on MONDAYS, 12:05P to 1:35P. They’re making very nice cloth shopping bags ($10 ea.) to raise funds which will continue their quilt project and Women2Be items. This year, most members are juniors. Many will be applying for the District 5520 RYLA scholsrships. Their school Rotary adviser will soon be leaving on maternity leave. Teachers Teddy & Laura will fill in for Kelly as needed.

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

    October–Pat      November-Dave       December-Judy          January–Mollie

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

    The 2019 Rotary International Convention will take place 1-5 June, in Hamburg, Germany. The convention  offers entertainment, motivational speakers, great scenery, inspirational sessions, and great cuisine for you to enjoy with old and new friends alike.

    PLEASE REMEMBER: If you sign up to work at one of our Club projects, Ya really gotta SHOW UP!

    Our PolioPlus jar made its weekly rounds, picking up as much of our loose change as possible.

    Today’s Program:   PEP (Parent Encouragement Program)

    Pat introduced Cheryl Wieker, past executive director of PEP.

    Pat gave us a rundown of her past life and continued to touch on non-profit organizations, in general. She also addressed the subject of “child maltreatment” and accepted our thoughts on the subject.

    PEP was founded in 1982 and the first classes were held in a private home. Incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 1984, PEP expanded its classes into nearby schools and established its headquarters in 1990 in Kensington, MD, where it remains today. Numbers of classes and parents taking them grew through the 1990s and an instructor certification program was introduced in 1994. In 2000, PEP welcomed a new executive director, Cheryl Wieker. In 2014, Cheryl retired. Today, PEP’s educational programs serve thousands of families each year.

    PEP has been recognized for its many contributions by the Governor of the State of Maryland, the Wheaton and Kensington Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Charities of America.

    “Parent education strengthens families by providing relevant, effective education and support and encouraging an optimal environment for the healthy growth and development of parents/caregivers and children.” - National Parenting Education Network

    Parents raise children in a different world from that of 50 years ago. As the National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy notes (Zepeda, Varela and Morales, 2004), many people become parents at an older age; there are more families with both parents working outside the home; and there are more single-parent families. And, new technology presents all kinds of new opportunities and challenges.

    In addition, many people don’t want to parent in the same way that their parents did. They want to develop a style that is consistent with their current beliefs and values. New times demand new ways of learning parenting skills and using them.

    Today, parents find themselves in situations where they wonder what to do and where to turn for answers. Parenting education provides a roadmap and guidance through all the years of the parenting journey.

    Overall, Positive Parenting’s approach helps adults and children learn positive, respectful ways to belong and contribute to their families and to their communities.

    PEP focuses on the positive impact of a democratic style of parenting versus either a permissive or an authoritarian style. What sets democratic parents apart?

    ·        They are both firm and kind.

    ·        They create and uphold sound boundaries, within which children will learn and grow.

    ·        They are clear and assertive, but not intrusive or restrictive.

    ·        Their disciplinary methods are supportive rather than punitive.

    PEP’s philosophy, which was founded on the internationally acclaimed work of Alfred Adler, M.D., and Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D., is optimistic and pragmatic. It promotes understanding of children’s reasons for misbehavior, mutual respect between adults and children, shared responsibility, developing children’s capabilities, fostering cooperation, social inclusiveness and giving back to one’s community.

    Currently, there are a few organizations in Albuquerque that provide parenting education.

    Cheryl also provided us with resources for national positive training organizations, positive parenting books and websites that we can “check out” before making donations to nonprofit organizations.

    For more information, about PEP, go to www.pepparent.org

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 Oct             Pumpkin Chukin- 1.5 miles west on hwy 55 from NMSH 44 in Estancia- 8:00A – 4:00 P
    23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             We work at the Rio Grande Food Project.

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    27 Oct             DelSol’s Clay Shootout- Contact Jean Skipp 505-831-8500. $1000 for a team of 5

    30 Oct             Regular Meeting- United Way- Larry Alei

    31 Oct             Halloween

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    9-10 Nov         Bi District Conference-  El Paso, TX Civic Center

    13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    20 Nov            NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    2 Dec               Hanukkah Begins

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    4 Dec               Regular Meeting -

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party!

    21 Dec             Winter Solstice

    25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

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

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

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

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
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