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  • 16 Apr 2019 5:44 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Jeff McCullough, guest of Maggie

    April is– “Magazine Month”.

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please buy all 10…Or, at least one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Egyptian RFE will visit us from April 29thto May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. More hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. Hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

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

    There are six member birthdays to celebrate during April:

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

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

    Today’s Program:     Dr. Dan Patterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For more information go to www.bestcolleges.com

    And www.enmu.edu

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

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

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting- Author David Thurlo.

    27 April          2019 Walk MS: ABQ

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

    30 April          Regular Meeting- Author Paula Paul

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

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

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

  • 09 Apr 2019 6:52 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Richard Ambrose, guest of John.

    April is– “Magazine Month”.

    Just one pin or name tag fines were inflicted today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Judy mentioned that there are only two birthday people present at today’s meeting.

    Cheryl’s glad to be back from the humid east coast!

    Emily’s going to El Paso on Thursday (Too early for the District Conference!)

    Fofo’s happy that her cataract surgery is over with.

    Mollie’s brother’s memorial service went well.

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

    Guess which invention came first: The rubber band, chewing gum, the dish washer or the cash register? Believe it or not, it was the rubber band, in 1845!

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

    District Cruise raffle ticket stubs must be returned by 16 April to Dave.

    Please buy all 10…Or, at least one.

    Mary J will be out for a while… She’s injured her back.

    Vivien’s out sick today. Must have been a bug loose at PETS!

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

    Signup sheets got loose from Emily for RGFP & the K9 Companion golf fundraiser @ Sandia Casino.

    Who’s got an idea for our May project????

    Grants Management Training: Remember that two Club members must attend a 2 hour training course if we plan to apply for a grant. The training takes place at the District Conference. District grants applications are due between 15 April and 15 June.

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

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

    Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

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

    The Egyptian Rotary Friendship Exchange will visit us from April 29th to May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. It’s a large group and more hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

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

    There are six member birthdays to celebrate during April:

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

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

    Today’s Program:     Dede Feldman

    Allan introduced author and former NM Senator, Dede Feldman.

    Ms. Feldman is a Democratic former member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 13th District from 1997 to 2013. In her book, “Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from NM” are more reasons to hope even in the face of military parades, the disgraceful use of dreamers as political pawns, massive transfers of wealth to the 1%, and looming cuts to Medicare, Social Security and safety net programs. This time the solutions are extraordinary people.

    Dede mentioned that there are some problems with New Mexico… Higher education student registration is down, The State population is decreasing (many younguns are leaving in search of better jobs) and there’s also a lack of development in the state.

    So, what can be done to improve the situation? Dede offers several ideas , including efforts which can reverse current trends. There are youth oriented educational projects, including education improvements and youth mentoring which can be expanded. Charitable organizations help with solutions also. There are organizations of farm collectives, since older age farmers can’t hand over farms to their children. Community clinics and public health care collaboratives currently exist and can be expanded. Additionally, there’s not enough use of federal resources (funds) that can help us. If the problems seem insurmountable, we must remember that one person can make a difference!

    Following an informative Q&A period, it was suggested that Ms. Feldman be contacted in order to become a speaker at our District’s RYLA programs.

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 April          The Ides of April

    16 April          Regular Meeting- Dr. Dan Patterson, Regent at ENMU

    19 April          We work at the RGFP today.

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

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting- David Thurlo, author and former treasurer

    27 April          2019 Walk MS: ABQ

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

    30 April          Regular Meeting- Author Paula Paul

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

  • 02 Apr 2019 6:17 PM | Anonymous

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

    No Visiting Rotarians or guests attended today’s meeting. 

    April is– “Magazine Month”.

    We were unable to collect any pin or name tag buck fines today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Marion spoke about next year’s grants… Perhaps there’ll be around $500 available? Any grant ideas?

    Pat did a bit of bike riding during her New Zealand trip. She loved the E-Bikes so much that she went and bought one!

    David’s daughters and grand kids have visited and left. He tossed in $2- A buck for each.

    Gloria will be visiting family soon. She (& Michael) will be gone a few weeks.

    Our Quiz for the day from our acting Sgt-at-Arms Dayna:          

    What famous person dropped out of Harvard in 1975? Marion took the prize for telling us that it was Bill Gates!

    What Benedictine monk invented champagne? Penny knew that it was Dom Pierre Pérignon.

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

    Once again, Dave passed around packets of District Cruise raffle tickets for those who haven’t received theirs as yet. Please buy all 10…Or, at least one. Return your stubs and payment by 16 April.

    The Polio Plus spare change bucket travelled throughout the room.

    Emily made signup work sheets available for RGFP & CCI’s golf classic.

    Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training course if we plan to apply for a grant. The training via “Zoom” takes place on: April 3. AND at the District Conference. District grants applications are due between 15 April and 15 June.

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

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

    Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

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

    The Egyptian Rotary Friendship Exchange will visit us from April 29th to May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. It’s a large group and more hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

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

    There are NO member birthdays to celebrate This Month (March).       

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

    Today’s Program:     Club Assembly

    At today’s Club Assembly, the membership discussed and voted upon proposed changes to our bylaws.

    On 21 March, all Club members received an email copy of the proposed bylaw changes.

    A quorum of active club members is 1/3 of 23 = 8 members who must be present at today’s meeting.

    2/3 of this quorum must approve the bylaw changes = 6 active members.

    The proposed bylaw changes were reviewed by President Patrick, for all to hear.

    Twelve (12) active club members are in attendance at this meeting.

    Pat submitted a motion that all active members present vote by acclaim, to either accept or reject the bylaw changes.

    All members present voted to accept the proposed bylaw changes, also revising Article 5, Section 4.

    Additional discussion included the following matters regarding Club business:

    A verbal treasurer’s report included our operating account’s and grant account’s current expenditures and the total funds available.

    Pat asked Treasurer Judy if she could recommend a minimum amount that should be kept in our general account for the following Rotary Year. Judy suggested that we could keep the amount of $5,000.00.

    Further discussion included suggestions on which projects the Club may support. We could “piggyback” with other Clubs, in order to support and fund additional causes.

    It appears that CLNKids hasn’t scheduled their yearly fundraising breakfast this year.

    It was mentioned that Cloud Dancers could use new helmets for around $800. Could we donate this amount? OR set up a District grant to fund this?

    Emily (Project Chair) reported that the “Don’t Meth With Us” project / Grant has given 11 classes to 142 students this year.

    All of our 2018-2019 Club projects have a total of 351 Member hours at a total of $1306. Perhaps Gail could send this info to our local newspaper.

    President Patrick has asked for ideas and recommendations as to where the Club should hold our year end party / induction of new officers.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting concluded at 12:45 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    9 April            Regular Meeting-

    15 April          The Ides of April

    16 April          Regular Meeting-

    19 April          We work at the RGFP today.

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

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting-

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

    30 April          Regular Meeting-

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

    Thanks to our members for assisting in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
  • 26 Mar 2019 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    This week’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test and a moment of silence and reflection followed.

    There were no Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.  

    March is– “Literacy Month”.

    Just one pin or name tag fine was found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Michael will be “on the road” to Armenia, Georgia, etc. for the next 33 days.

    Cheryl notes that Interact Allan is back! No RYLA applications as yet. She’s going to Washington soon.

    Judy says that we’ve got ourselves a famous artist … It’s Jan! She’ll be displaying soon.

    Jan’ll be doing work for Wayfair soon (Boston).

    Pat’s feeling much better, thank you very much!

    Vivien was missing her name tag… Oops! Found it!

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

    Which state has the most earthquakes in any given year? Judy knew that it was Alaska.

    Parts of which state are farther West than Los Angeles? NOT Alaska… It’s Nevada!

    The PolioPlus jar made a trip around the room, collecting all of our loose change.

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

    Note that the Club membership will be voting on changes to our bylaws at the 2 April meeting. Please make every attempt to be present at this meeting.

    Kelly Dutro, our Interact adviser, will be returning from maternity leave on 5 August.

    The Rotary 4-Way Essay deadline has been extended to March 24.

    According to Allan, we had a very unbirthday cake today, for all to enjoy!

    Vivien called upon Gloria, since it was Gloria’s turn to tell us all about herself and the deepest darkest secrets about her past life.

    She grew up in Minnesota farm country and attended a country school and then a town school. Schooling continued at a Kansas college (Tabor) where she majored in teaching & psychology. Working for a living then began, first at Guadalajara, Mexico, then to Wichita, KS  and Hartford, CT. A dating site hooked her up with Michael and then to Waterbury, CT & Europe . 1976 saw their first of three daughters, then to Maryland, nursing school and accounting classes. Then moving to Europe once again, they set their sights on New Mexico where they (finally?) settled. Gloria then became employed in accounting work and, eventually retired. She likes to travel, is interested in photography and genealogy and currently enjoys  eight grandchildren.

    Emily passed around signup sheets for work at RGFP – 19 April;

    And at K9 companions 28 June, 6A to 9A OR Noon to 2P.

    A couple of congratulatory “Student of the Week” cards were also passed around for our signatures.

    Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training course if we plan to apply for a grant. The training via “Zoom” takes place on: March 28, April 1 & 3. AND at the District Conference (2 sessions). District grants applications are due between 15 April and 15 June.

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

    Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications.

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

    The Egyptian RFE will visit us from April 29thto May 2nd. More host homes than usual are needed. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Call Donna if you’re willing to host. 

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

    There are NO member birthdays to celebrate This Month (March).       

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” to be provided by:

    April-Judy            May-Mollie               June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship

    Gail once again introduced Karen Moloney, who told us about introducing challenged people, ages five thru adult, to the wonder and joy of horses. Cloud Dancers mission is to provide the unique benefits of equine-assisted activities to individuals with physical, developmental, emotional, and/or social needs through innovative riding, vaulting, and ground programs. Cloud Dancers is a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International, (PATH) and instructors are PATH-certified.

    Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Inc. is an IRS recognized tax-exempt 501c(3) organization and has been around since 1982. Cloud Dancers offers Therapeutic Riding and Vaulting.

    Therapeutic Riding is a recreational activity designed to teach riding skills to individuals with disabilities. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. During lessons, participants may engage in grooming, tacking, and/or riding. The professional staff and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure fun and safe riding sessions. Classes are taught by an instructor who has a strong equine background, as well as an understanding of various disabilities. Both group and private lessons are offered.

    Vaulting is an equestrian discipline of gymnastic movement on the back of a moving horse. Therapeutically, vaulting lends itself well to participants with a broad range of abilities and goals—from simply feeling the movement of the horse to more advanced gymnastic exercise. Unlike other mounted disciplines, vaulting allows the rider to move freely into different positions on the horse while it is kept on a circle by a person on the ground. Vaulting lays a great foundation for all kinds of riding because it encourages balance and core strength. It also promotes focus and teamwork as it most often requires participants to work together for success. At Cloud Dancers, both group and private lessons are offered in vaulting. Both therapeutic riding and vaulting often include unmounted activities.

    Currently, 28 clients are being served by Cloud Dancers. Sessions are held once per week for 8 weeks.

    At present, four gentle trained horses are used to provide their programs and they are located in Corrales, NM. Saddles used: English, Western, Australian and Bareback pads.

    Volunteers are needed and Emily has volunteered & worked with them.

    Fundraisers are scheduled as follows: “Goat Yoga” on 11 May and a dinner & auction on 6 December

    For more information, call (505) 926-1426. Also, check out CloudDancersTHP.org

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

     

    2 April            Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    2 April            Regular Meeting- Club Assembly- Member voting on proposed bylaw changes.

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    9 April            Regular Meeting-

    15 April          The Ides of April

    16 April          Regular Meeting-

    19 April          We work at the RGFP today.

    19 April          The Storehouse Appreciation Breakfast- 8:30 AM

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting-

    27 April          Governors’ Ball

    30 April          Regular Meeting-

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic… We can work for them 12N-2P or 6A-9A.

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

  • 19 Mar 2019 6:42 PM | Anonymous

     

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

    There were no visiting Rotarians or guests this week.

    March is– “Literacy Month”.

    Just one pin or name tag fine was found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Cheryl’s Unitarian Church is collecting needed children’s clothing for those immigrants who are passing thru Albuquerque.

    Mary J parted with a twenty, to tell of her recent old friend who has visited & her book is coming along nicely.

    Allan & Karen found a fiver to say it’s good to be back… It’s cold in Santa Fe. They had to buy a windshield ice scraper.

    Pat’ recovering from a bout of pneumonia and also threw in a five ‘cause she had a great time in Australia, New Zealand & Tasmania. She went hiking (totaling 180 miles), biking, Paddling & Rafting.

    Gloria & Michael had a great time hosting the RFE Swedes.

    Gail’s happy to see that our new Rotarians have hosted RFE people.

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

    Which State with access to the ocean, has the shortest coastline? With a little help, we finally guessed that it’s New Hampshire.

    OK… What brand of cigarettes did Phillip Marlowe smoke? It was “Camels”!

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

    Fofo was out today. It’s her turn to get cataract surgery.

    Gail mentioned that three members attended our Interact meeting yesterday. Still no RYLA applications received.

    Dayna’s in Florida.

    Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training course if we plan to apply for a grant. The training via “Zoom” takes place on: March 20, 26, 28, April 1, 3. AND at the District Conference. District grants applications are due between 15 April and 15 June.

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

    Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications.

    Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

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

    The Egyptian RFE will visit us from April 29thto May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. More hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Call Donna if you’re willing to host. 

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

    There are NO member birthdays to celebrate This Month (March).       

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” to be provided by:

    March- Bash   April-Judy     May-Mollie      June-Cheryl

    An 82 year-old man, went to the doctor for a physical. A few days later, the doctor saw him walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. The doctor said, “You're really doing great!”The old man replied, “Just doing what you said, Doc: Get a hot mamma and be cheerful'' 
    The doctor said, “I didn't say that.. I said, You've got a heart murmur; be careful.”

    Today’s Program:      New Mexico legislative experiences.

    Gail introduced Club member Karen Bash. Karen is a Democratic member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 68. She was elected to the office on November 6, 2018.

    Karen told us all about her experiences on "The Hill".

    The New Mexico House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the New Mexico State Legislature. Alongside the New Mexico State Senate, it forms the legislative branch of the New Mexico state government and works alongside the governor of New Mexico to create laws and establish a state budget. Legislative authority and responsibilities of the New Mexico House of Representatives include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.

    All 70 seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

    This session of our legislature lasted 60 days and 310 bills were passed.

    New Mexico has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

    Today we found out all of the following information:

    While staying in Santa Fe, the Bashes resided at a friend’s casita & had their doggie along, too.

    There are many new, young female representatives in the house… They’re “pushy” types, too.

    Karen served on two committees: Health & Human Services and Labor & Veterans & Military Affairs.

    Her assigned seat on the session floor was in the back row near a door.

    She received lots of little goodies and small gifts.

    Karen carried (sponsored) nine bills and signed onto others too. She listed and explained each of the bills to us.

    Also, she got to spend money! Each representative gets to allot $2,400,000.00 of capital outlay money.

    All of her expenditures were explained, in turn.

    When a freshman representative sponsors their first bill, they must sing a song to all present… and she did it very well, too.

    Also, there’s a bit of adversary between urban & rural legislators.

    During the month of May, interim committees start to meet. So, Karen will be involved with a couple.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 Mar            Spring Begins !!!

    26 Mar            Regular Meeting- Cloud Dancers Therapeutic horsemanship

    2 April            Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    2 April            Regular Meeting-

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    9 April            Regular Meeting-

    16 April          Regular Meeting-

    19 April          We work at the RGFP today.

    19 April          The Storehouse Appreciation Breakfast- 8:30 AM

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting-

    27 April          Governors’ Ball

    30 April          Regular Meeting-

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

  • 12 Mar 2019 5:59 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:            Amanda, Gail’s granddaughter

    March is– “Literacy Month”.

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dayna will be on her spring break next week & plans to visit Florida.

    Gloria’s going to be hosting the RFE Swedes.

    Michael’s daughter is an expert in writing Grants & volunteers to help us.

    Gail just came back from Myrtle beach, FL & has her granddaughter visiting.

    Emily divested herself of a buck for Karen Moloney.

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

    Our newest member, Dayna Crawford, told us all about herself and narrated a condensed version of her life!

    Originally from West Texas, she comes from a railroad family and attended UNM. Dayna loves the water, the outdoors and nature. Although an extensive traveler, she’s never been to Maine.

    Dayna has two sons and they’ve both attended RYLA camp! She’s worked in D.C. at the Naval War College, the Dep’t of Commerce and for the Republican Nat’l Committee. She has run her own PR firm,  has been employed at French’s and is currently at the city of Albuquerque’s Special Projects division. She’s engaged to be married to James and will tie the knot in November, in The Czech Republic.

    Emily announced our next project. It’ll be at the Rio Grande Food Project on 19 April.

    Once again, Dave passed around packets of District Cruise raffle tickets for those who haven’t received theirs as yet. Please buy all 10…Or, at least one. Return your stubs and payment by 16 April.

    Casa Esperanza is holding its fifth annual Gala for Hope fundraising event on March 16. "Singing in the Rain" is their movie theme this year and folks are invited to join in on the fun for a very worthy cause.

    Tickets can be purchased at Casa Esperanza or by calling Casa Esperanza at 505-246-2700. Tickets are also $125 per person or $1250 if you purchase a table.

    Rotary Leadership Institute will take place on 16 March at French Funeral home, 10500 Lomas, NE starting at 7:30 AM. Signup on the District website for $35 per session. All three sessions will be offered.

    Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training course if we plan to apply for a grant. The training via “Zoom” takes place on: March 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 28, April 1, 3. AND at the District Conference. District grants applications are due between 15 April and 15 June.

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

    Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications.

    Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

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

    The Egyptian Rotary Friendship Exchange will visit us from April 29th to May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. It’s a large group and more hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

    The Rotary District 5520 8th grade four-way essay contest entry deadline is 19 March, 2019. If one of our members is interested in heading up our Club entrant contest, we’ll form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner will receive a cash award from us. Applications & instructions are on the District website.

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

    There are NO member birthdays to celebrate This Month (March).       

    Monthly B.D. “Treats” to be provided by:

    March- Bash   April-Judy     May-Mollie      June-Cheryl

    Today’s Program:     Canine companions for independence. (CCI)

    Gail introduced Karen Moloney who told us about providing assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities free of charge. She also ran a couple of videos about CCI.

    The concept of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities began with Canine Companions for Independence in 1975.

    The assistance dog instructors staff six Canine Companions training centers across the country. These professionals possess hundreds of years of cumulative experience in both assistance dog training and instruction to people with over 60 different types of disabilities.

    Canine Companions is the largest provider of assistance dogs in the world and all follow-up support is provided free of charge to recipients. Demand for these highly trained assistance dogs is ongoing and growing.

    CCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. They have an annual budget of $25K and all of their personnel are volunteers. The Executive Director is Linda Valiant and they accept inquiries about volunteering. The assistance dogs are bred, raised and trained to serve as the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They open up opportunities and possibilities, and spread incredible joy. CCI unites people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.

    CCI breeds Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and a cross of the two to be assistance dogs. Volunteers care for breeder dogs and nurture newborn puppies for eight weeks. Canine Companions puppies spend the next 14-18 months with volunteer puppy raisers who provide basic obedience training, socialization and care. Four types of assistance dogs are trained:

    Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
    Hearing dogs
    alert their partners, who are deaf and hard of hearing, to important sounds.
    Facility dogs
    work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting.
    Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.

    Several hundred Canine Companions release dogs are currently functioning in such human services roles as bomb searching, border patrol, customs, and therapy and guide dogs.

    Service Dog Etiquette:

    Don’t touch the dog without receiving permission.

    Show respect by speaking to the person rather than the dog.

    NEVER offer food to a service dog.

    Do not whistle, make sounds or talk to the dog.

    Never make assumptions about the individual’s intelligence or capabilities.

    Don’t be afraid of the dog.

    There’ll be a 12thannual “Enchanted Canines” Golf Classic on 28 June at the Sandia Golf Club and we’ll attempt to assist CCI at this event. Maybe we can sponsor a hole for $500.

    For more information, go to www.CCI.org or call Karen at 235-8358.

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    14 Mar            Veteran’s Day

    16 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute- 7:30A-1:15P- @ FRENCH, 10500 Lomas, NE

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    19 Mar            Regular Meeting- Karen Bash Legislative experiences

    20 Mar            Spring Begins !!!

    26 Mar            Regular Meeting- Cloud Dancers Therapeutic horsemanship

    2 April            Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    2 April            Regular Meeting-

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    9 April            Regular Meeting-

    16 April          Regular Meeting-

    19 April          We work at the RGFP today.

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting-

    27 April          Governors’ Ball

    30 April          Regular Meeting-

    2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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

  • 05 Mar 2019 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    Following today’s March board meeting, this week’s Mardi Gras meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President Patrick. He led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test and a moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Bruce showed up but he wasn’t visiting! 

    No Guests Today.     

    March is– “Literacy Month”.

    There were no pin or name tag buck fines today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Michael’s glad to be back in the USA. There was great Rotary fellowship in Accra. He even brought back three trading banners.

    Bruce put in a buck for Vivien as Club President-Elect. Also, it’s good to be here today!

    Emily – Says thanks to Vivien for the link to the NM History Museum. There’s a seminar this Thursday & exhibits on the adverse effects of Meth ($8 at 9:30AM). She has presented the DMWU program to 50 students and 43 teachers last month.

    Mollie needed a favor: What restaurant that has a room for about 30 people for luncheon? Many answers were forthcoming; some that even served booze, too!

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

    Which New York island was known as “Gilbert” ?  Yup, it’s Ellis Island. That’s where fort Gibson stood.

    The island had many names over time: Kioshk, Gull, Oyster, Dyre, Bucking and Anderson’s.

    Which was the only State of the union that was an independent republic? It was TEXAS!

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

    Today, our RI Foundation Chair, Dave Fontaine, distributed the yearly District 5520 Cruise raffle tickets. This year there are many prizes to be had at our District Conference drawing. District Rotarians are asked to buy or sell all 10 tickets (or more) OR, buy at least one, for $10. The income will benefit both the District and R.I. through the Annual Fund. Checks should be made out to The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia, so that we can send one Club check to R.I. Note “Annual Fund” and “ Cruise Raffle” on your check. Please return checks and ticket stubs to Dave by 16 April. Yup, each member does receive credit towards their Paul Harris Fellowship by contributing to this raffle.

    On 10 April, PB&J will hold a fundraising luncheon at the ABQ Marriott. $100 to get in.

    Bruce announced the resumption of the Rotary Leadership Institute. The next one will take place on 16 March at French Funeral home, 10500 Lomas, NE starting at 7:30 AM. Signup on the District website for $35 per session. All three sessions will be offered. There’ll be some changes to these courses in the 2019-2020 RY.

    Tomorrow, 6 March, at 4:30 PM, Club members will once again be providing dinner to the folks at Casa Esperanza. It’ll be Italian. A signup sheet was passed around. We’ll be feeding 50+ persons.

    Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training course. The training via “Zoom” takes place on: March 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 28, April 1, 3. AND at the District Conference.

    District grants applications must happen between 15 April and 15 June.

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

    Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications.

    Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

    The first Rotary Friendship Exchange will be with Fredericksburg, Texas. They’ll visit our district on July 8-16, 2019. We need one more volunteer hosting club for our Texas guests. If our club has been thinking about hosting, this could be the opportunity to ease into the program. If our club is interested in hosting, someone in our club must be the local coordinator & work with the hosting families to plan the visit. If you are interested in hosting this RFE group, contact Donna Pedaceabq@aol.com or, call 505-349-8850.

    The Egyptian Rotary Friendship Exchange will visit us from April 29th to May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. It’s a large group and more hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

    The Rotary District 5520 8th grade four-way essay contest entry deadline is 19 March, 2019. If one of our members is interested in heading up our Club entrant contest, we’ll form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner will receive a cash award from us. Applications & instructions are on the District website.

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

    There are NO member birthdays to celebrate This Month (March).       

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

    Today’s Program:     Focus on The Rotary International Foundation (TRF)

    Vivien Introduced member & Club Foundation Chair, Dave Fontaine, who spoke about celebrating Rotary in our lives. Today, Dave narrated his journey in Rotary beginning with his first exposure to Rotary.

    Yes, R.I. has to change in order to meet the challenges of today’s world.

    The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 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.

    At the 1917 convention, Rotary president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. Thanks to his vision and advocacy and the generosity of Rotary members worldwide, this fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.

    During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

    One donation can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make a donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

    TRF Promotes peace, Provides clean water, Saves mothers and children, Supports education, Helps grow local economies and Fights disease.

    The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. The operations of Rotary International (a member organization) are overseen by its Board of Directors.

    The headquarters of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are in Evanston, Illinois, USA. We have associate foundations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

    Investments are critical to the sustainability of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

    The Office of Investment manages Rotary’s investments according to policies set by The Rotary Foundation’s Trustees and Rotary International’s Board of Directors.

    The Annual Fund is the primary source of funds that support TRF’s programs and areas of

    focus. Contributions to the Annual Fund are invested for three years to generate earnings to meet the Foundation’s operating expenses. To achieve the objective of the Annual Fund, the portfolio is invested conservatively with an emphasis on liquidity and income over capital appreciation.

    The objective of the Endowment is to provide a permanent and sustainable source of funding.  

    Contributions to the Endowment are invested in perpetuity and investment earnings are used to provide a permanent source of income to support Foundation programs. The long-term nature of the Endowment dictates a bias toward equity investments because of the higher return potential in comparison to fixed income investments. 

    The PolioPlus Fund has always been invested only in fixed-income securities (i.e., bonds) because of the need to protect and preserve the funds. In the past, when the time horizon for both investment and grant-making was longer, the investment portfolio held longer-term bonds that generated higher yields. The Fund portfolio benefited from the long cycle of declining interest rates. Today, the investments are limited to short-term fixed-income securities because the Foundation is raising and disbursing funds within a short time frame as we get closer to reaching our goal. 

    We’ve surpassed the $300 million goal set to mark the Foundation’s historic year. Donations to the Annual, Endowment, and PolioPlus funds empower members to continue fighting disease, reducing poverty, providing clean water, promoting peace, and advancing economic development in communities all over the world.

    Bruce also mentioned that the easiest way of contributing to The Rotary Foundation, is by the way of “ROTARY DIRECT” on the RI website.

    One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. We discussed the principles of the 4 way test and the placement of each.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    6 Mar              We provide dinner at Casa Esperanza at 4:30 PM… It’s Italian!

    10 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins

    12 Mar            Regular Meeting- Canine companions for independence.

    14 Mar            Veteran’s Day

    16 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute- 7:30A-1:15P- @ FRENCH, 10500 Lomas, NE

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    19 Mar            Regular Meeting- Karen Bash Legislative experiences

    20 Mar            Spring Begins !!!

    26 Mar            Regular Meeting- Cloud Dancers Therapeutic horsemanship

    2 April            Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    2 April            Regular Meeting-

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    9 April            Regular Meeting-

    16 April          Regular Meeting-

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting-

    27 April          Governors’ Ball

    30 April          Regular Meeting-

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

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

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

  • 26 Feb 2019 6:46 PM | Anonymous

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

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests Today. 

    February has been– “World Understanding Month”.

    There was only one pin or name tag buck fine today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Gloria’s Michael is coming home today from Ghana. 

    Judy’s mom has been moved to Salt Lake City.

    Emily’s son left to Afghanistan for 8 mos. She’s also done 8 “Meth” classes this month. 

    Maggie will be motoring across the land to N. Carolina for 5 to 6 weeks.

    Dave commends Emily’s great work in scheduling our service projects. 

    Gail dittos to Dave & raises him one. She’ll be in S. Carolina next week.

    Fofo announced that there’s an Aretha Franklin exhibit on Friday- Go see it! 

    Mollie noted that there’ll be an art gallery exhibit on Friday at Hoffmantown.

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

    In which State is the Cumberland Plateau? It’s in Alabama (Kentucky & Tennessee, too).

    Where do the Missouri and Mississippi rivers join ? Marion took the prize – It’s in Illinois!

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

    Our Interact adviser Kelly Dutro has announced the birth of her new daughter! She also thanked us for our Club’s gift to her and husband Greg.

    As of 1 January, 2019:

            There are 1,206,501 ROTARIANS, which is an increase of 11,394 members since 1 July. 

            35,663 CLUBS (down 18 from 1 July).

            Women now make up 23 percent of membership.

    The cyclical nature of our membership count shows that, during the first five months of each year, member numbers grow. That’s followed by a slight dip just before the 1 January, when clubs report membership changes. Membership increases again through May, only to drop before 1 July, as clubs update their membership records.

    Of the members who leave clubs, 52 percent were in their clubs less than two years.

    Members are particularly vulnerable during two phases: before their third year and again after their tenth.

    Here’s what we know about the members who are leaving Rotary. 

    Most gave one of three reasons for leaving: cost or time demands, general club environment, or unmet expectations. The expectations that aren’t met include volunteering and community involvement, friendship, networking, and service projects and events.

    Rotarians value community service, networking, and friendship. Some prospective members are also seeking global service opportunities. If they don’t get those things from Rotary, they may leave.

    To ensure that the club experience remains relevant and worthwhile to members, many clubs are shifting their emphasis from perfect attendance to perfect engagement.

    On March 5th Michael will be speaking to the Club’s board about the purpose of his trip to Accra, Ghana.

    On 6 March, at 4:30 PM, Club members will once again be providing dinner to the folks at Casa Esperanza. It’ll be Italian. A signup sheet was passed around & filled up quickly.

    Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training. The training via “Zoom” takes place on: March 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 28, April 1, 3. AND at the District Conference.

    District grants applications must happen between 15 April and 15 June.

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

    Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications.

    Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

    We’re offering a few domestic RFEs. The first will be with Fredericksburg, Texas. This may include a visit to San Antonio. They’ll visit our district from July 8-16, 2019. Our group will travel to Texas in early winter. We need one more volunteer hosting club for our Texas guests. If our club has been thinking about hosting, this could be the opportunity to ease into the program. If our club is interested in hosting, someone in our club must be the local coordinator & work with the hosting families to plan the visit. Hosting families are expected to provide: A private bedroom and, hopefully, a private bath; breakfast each day; and to be willing to drive guests to/from activities or to find another driver from the club willing to do that. The local hosts and their club are asked to be as creative as possible in thinking about how to minimize other expenses, such as meals and sightseeing costs. If you are interested in hosting this RFE group, let Donna know at Pedaceabq@aol.com or, call 505-349-8850.

    The Egyptian Rotary Friendship Exchange will visit from April 29th to May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. It’s a large group and more hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

    The Rotary District 5520 8th grade four-way essay contest entry deadline is 19 March, 2019. If one of our members is interested in heading up our Club entrant contest, we’ll form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner will receive a cash award from us. Applications & instructions are on the District website.

    An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's home. After dinner, the men were talking. One said, 'Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.' The other man said, 'What is the name of the restaurant?' The first man thought and thought and said, 'What’s the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that's red and has thorns.' 'Do you mean a rose?' 'Yes, that's the one,'.

    He turned and yelled, 'Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?'   

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

    Birthdays This Month:          Dayna, Mary J & Gail

    Today’s Program:     “Overturned Bucket” (A cultural experience)

    Emily Introduced Ms. Rose Spader, author and mother of five.

    Based on a True Story, the life of one woman, born during the New Mexico Territorial fight for land, is told as seen through her daughter’s eyes. The fortitude to keep going when life throws the worst it has to offer, is turned into meaningful lessons as the little girl, the tenth of twelve children, confronts her world with optimism.
    ​In 1943, realizing she is on the wrong bus, eight-year-old Rosabelle is dropped off and left by the side of the road. All she wants is to get to Taos—the place of her birth. Now, seventy-two years later, Rosabelle is the last person alive to tell her family’s story. From the seat of an “Overturned Bucket” she recounts the adventures and traumas of her mother’s life. Born before the turn of the nineteenth century, at a time when New Mexico was still part of the untamed Territorial West, and raising her children through World War I and II, and the Great Depression in between, Lenore relies on her strong survival skills. The second of twenty children, she is a hard-working, compassionate woman who never gives up her sights of a better life. Dealing with her alcoholic husband, impoverished conditions and a lack of education, Lenore does all she can to set her children on a better path. Born lucky, Rosabelle is her last child still living at home—a free-spirited, independent optimist.

    This book is a personal and real window into another time and place. Rose Spader's anecdotes capture the tiny moments and the major events that lodge in memory and carry the nuance of daily life that fiction can rarely convey.

    This book has been made into a short film.

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    2 Mar              Silk Road Connection Fashion Show (See Gail)

    5 Mar              Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    5 Mar              Regular Meeting- The Rotary Foundation

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    6 Mar              We provide dinner at Casa Esperanza 4:30 PM… It’s Italian!

    10 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins

    12 Mar            Regular Meeting- Canine companions for independence.

    14 Mar            Veteran’s Day

    16 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute- 7:30A-1:15P- @ FRENCH, 10500 Lomas, NE

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    19 Mar            Regular Meeting- Karen Bash Legislative experiences

    20 Mar            Spring Begins !!!

    26 Mar            Regular Meeting- Cloud Dancers Therapeutic horsemanship

    2 April             Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    2 April            Regular Meeting-

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    9 April            Regular Meeting-

    16 April          Regular Meeting-

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting-

    27 April          Governors’ Ball

    30 April          Regular Meeting-

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

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

    Thanks to our members for assisting in setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
  • 19 Feb 2019 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was cancelled by President Patrick . The N Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center was closed today due to inclement weather and we thought that it would be best not to meet in the parking lot.

    February is– “World Understanding Month”.

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

    Grants Management Training: If our Club is considering applying for a grant during the next Rotary Year, two Club members must attend one 2 hour training. Training via “Zoom” takes place on: March 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 28. April 1, 3. AND at the District Conference.

    District grants applications must happen between 15 April and 15 June. Apply to A.C. Sanders (El Paso). Global Grants apply at any time to Tom Simon.

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

    Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

    We’ve had three international RFEs cancel in the past few months. While we’re waiting to firm up details on additional RFEs with other countries, we’re offering a few domestic RFEs. Domestic RFEs are becoming much more popular around the U.S., as other districts have had the same cancellation problem recently. It is also much less expensive to travel to & from domestic districts, so we hope you’ll be open to this new Rotary offering.

    The first RFE will be with Fredericksburg, Texas. This will be an opportunity to see one of the most beautiful areas of Texas and will probably include a visit to San Antonio, as well as other local attractions. This info was put out earlier but the Texas group needed to change the dates.

    They’ll be visiting our district from July 8-16, 2019 and our group will travel to their area in early winter. The domestic RFEs are easier, as there will be no language problem (well, almost none!) and it’s a fun way to meet other Rotarians from around the U.S. 

    We need one more volunteer hosting club for our Texas guests. If your club has been thinking about hosting, this could be the perfect opportunity to ease into the program. Just think of them as long lost cousins and what you would like to show them in your area. If your club is interested to host, we will need someone in your club to be the local coordinator to work with the hosting families, to plan the visit.

    Hosting families are expected to provide: A private bedroom and, hopefully, a private bath; breakfast each day; and to be willing to drive your guests to/from activities or to find another driver from your club willing to do that. The local hosts and their club are asked to be as creative as possible in thinking about how to minimize other expenses, such as meals and sightseeing costs. Pot luck meals are a great way for your club to meet and interact with the incoming guests and there are often many no-cost activities that can be planned. 

    If you are interested in hosting this RFE group and showing them some good D5520 hospitality, let Donna know by return email at pedaceabq@aol.com. You may reach her at 505-349-8850 with questions.

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

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

    Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, a student nurse found an elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted that he didn't need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let her wheel him to the elevator. On the way down she asked him if his wife was meeting him. 
    'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'

    Club members have volunteered to be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings.

    Here’s a REVISED list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

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

    Birthdays This Month:          Dayna, Mary J & Gail

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

     

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

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    23 Feb             Rotary’s 114thanniversary.

    26 Feb             Regular Meeting- Composting in Tumblers

    2 Mar              Silk Road Connection Fashion Show (See Gail)

    5 Mar              Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    5 Mar              Regular Meeting-

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    10 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins

    12 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    14 Mar            Veteran’s Day

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    19 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    20 Mar            Spring Begins !!!

    26 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    2 April            Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    2 April            Regular Meeting-

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    9 April            Regular Meeting-

    16 April          Regular Meeting-

    21 April          Easter

    23 April          Regular Meeting-

    27 April          Governors’ Ball

    30 April          Regular Meeting-

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

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

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

  • 12 Feb 2019 8:07 PM | Anonymous

     

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

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.      

    February is– “World Understanding Month”.

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

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

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

    Patrick – Has a new non leaking fish tank.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

    18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

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

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

    22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

    23 Feb             Rotary’s 114thanniversary.

    26 Feb             Regular Meeting- Composting in Tumblers

    2 Mar              Silk Road Connection Fashion Show (See Gail)

    5 Mar              Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    5 Mar              Regular Meeting-

    5 Mar              Mardi Gras

    12 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    14 Mar            Veteran’s Day

    17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

    19 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    26 Mar            Regular Meeting-

    4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

    21 April          Easter

    27 April          Governors’ Ball        

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

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

    5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

    12 May            Mother’s Day

    27 May            Memorial Day

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    16 June            Father’s Day

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

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