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  • 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.
  • 09 Oct 2018 8:07 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.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests this week.

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dave will be out for 2 wks. He’ll travel to Tokyo, South Korea, etc.

    Cheryl’s happy that there was good news on the front page of the Journal, today!

    Pam’s happy for the balloon fiesta.

    Pat dittos Pam’s remarks.

    Mollie recounted the one year anniversary of her balloon accident/crash, in which several were injured, including herself!

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

    Uranium deposits can be found 70 miles West of ABQ (in the San Juan Basin)… What’s the percentage of the total national amount of uranium produced there? Marion won the prize for telling us that it’s 40%.

    Each year, kokanee salmon are stocked in deep-water lakes around the state. When did this start? Pat knew that it was in the year 1963!

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

    Our newest member, Cheryl Wieker, was inducted into our Rotary Club membership today! Cheryl’s sponsor, Pat Diem, presented her with a Rotary International pin and Pat also officiated at the ceremony. Gail obtained & served the mandatory cake.

    Welcome to the fold, Cheryl! We hope that this begins many years of Rotary service.

    Birthdays this month: Marion, Karen & Dave. They had to share one group song today.

    Please remember that Pat is still collecting those complimentary bits that you receive from hotels. She donates them to St. Martins shelter.

    Our Immediate Past-President, Gail, announced that there’ll be a FREE docent guided tour of the KIMO theatre on Friday, from 12N to 1PM. Call Gail (505-350-2204) so that she can obtain the correct amount of tour tickets.

    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 shall be 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 Fri, November 9, 12N & Sat, November 10, at the El Paso Civic Center (map). The District 5520 Rotary Foundation Committee will host the annual Conference. The Conference is a joint conference along with District 4110, our neighboring Mexican Rotary District.

    During the conference, clubs view exhibits and discuss humanitarian projects in which they are involved, inviting other clubs to financially participate in their projects.

    Day One - Registration, display setup, kickoff ceremonies and reception; Day Two - The main event in which the participants show and discuss their projects and make commitments of supporting various projects wrapping up the conference with lunch. Most of the projects shown at the conference are associated with a TRF Global Grant & some are associated with District Grants seeking additional financial support.

    Hotel accommodations are at DOUBLETREE BY HILTON El Paso Downtown/City Center, 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, TX at a discounted rate of $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.

    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.

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

    Today’s Program:   HopeWorks

    Pat  introduced Annam Manthiram, development director of HopeWorks.

    HopeWorks’ mission is to assist people who are experiencing homelessness by providing resources, opportunities, and HOPE. HopeWorks wants to end homelessness one person at a time.

    The organization was originally founded as St. Martin’s Hospitality Center in 1985. They obtained grants and worked with the city to do more for people experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque.

    Outgrowing their first location, the center moved to its current location at 1201 3rd St. NW. and Rev. Susan Sager became Executive Director. 

    Rev. Paul Lawson, Rev. Susan Sager and many other local clergy from a variety of faith communities formed a coalition of congregations and individuals who offered hospitality to the homeless.

    Over time, HopeWorks has evolved into a non-sectarian 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is  ABQ’s leading day shelter, employment center, mental health facility, and housing program. The organization grew, the number of services offered and the community of people served also grew. In addition to the shelter and behavioral health services, there’s also the Hope Café. The Cafe serves as an employment training site for individuals attempting to leave the streets and escape poverty. The Coffee Shop opened in downtown Albuquerque in September, 2011. The shop relocated to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science in 2017. All proceeds fund programs at HopeWorks.

    Job Developers provide services such as: resume and cover letter writing assistance, mock interviewing, application assistance, basic computer skills training, job referrals, job placement and assistance with accessing higher education. They can also offer interview clothing, hygiene packs and haircuts, and transportation assistance when applicable.

    HopeWorks has partnered with the NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to provide job development services to individuals with documented disabilities and a desire to work. DVR Specialists will make referrals to DVR as appropriate and will then provide specialized job development services to help them obtain gainful employment in the community. The DVR Specialist also screens and refers people for the internship program at Hope Café.

    HopeWorks has partnered with the City of ABQ to facilitate the “There’s A Better Way” van program, which runs two vans, five days per week, employing up to 20 people per day. The purpose is to identify and find homeless, low income, and underemployed citizens that are panhandling on the street corners. A HopeWorks driver is paid to pick up active panhandlers on the streets and take the workers to worksites that are pre-designated by the City’s Solid Waste Department in order clean up specific areas of the City. The City also provides all safety equipment, goggles, vests, tools, a porta-john and water. The driver remains at the job site to ensure that clients work and to engage with them to see what their needs might be. Workers are then referred to HopeWorks as needed. The drivers are provided with sack lunches for the workers from the shelter kitchen. Workers are paid $9.00/hr. at the end of each shift. The Driver returns the workers to the administrative building where the clients are paid cash for their day’s work. All workers are referred to Hope Works for additional services and to complete the Coordinated Assessment for housing purposes if appropriate.

    The new name “HopeWorks” reflects a commitment to inclusivity and is indicative of the many programs, acts, and deeds that the agency performs on a daily basis. Not just hope is offered, but the works that also inevitably lead to its manifestation and positive results for both individuals and our community. 

    The Day Shelter located at 1201 3rd St. NW, is open for dinner six nights a week. Guest chefs come from faith based organizations, businesses, civic groups and individual families. For more information about the evening meal program, contact Annam Manthiram by phone (505-242-4399 x 238) or via email amanthiram@hopeworksnm.org . If  you’re looking for a way to make an impact, consider becoming an evening meal sponsor.


    The day shelter serves meals to the homeless three times a day, five days a week. Also, a healthy dinner on Saturday and a breakfast on Sunday is provided. The shelter sees approximately 250-300 people daily.

    For more information, go to www.HopeWorksNM.org        or call: 242-4399

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 27258, Albuquerque, NM 87125

    In appreciation of her visit today, President Patrick presented Ms. Manthiram 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:

    16 Oct             Regular Meeting- PEP (Parent Support group) - Cheryl Wieker

    16 Oct             N M Children’s Foundation meeting – 6PM to 8PM @ N Domingo Baca

    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             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 –

    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.
  • 02 Oct 2018 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Following our monthly board meeting, this 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:    DG Linda Woodward,                        Bruce Bortner, our Honorary Member

    Guests:           John Woodward

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Judy’s back from a trip to Cheyenne Wyoming, where she visited a really big Rotary Club.

    Vivien’s happy to have DG Linda & husband John as our guests today.

    Bruce’s happy to visit once again. He’s back from Denver & has a new grandchild expected.

    Emily has another granddaughter due tomorrow.

    Dave visited his brother in Reno & couldn’t win a game of gin rummy.

    Pam had a great time at her TWA reunion/convention in Kansas City & visited the TWA museum, too!

    Pat contributed a late buck.

    Mollie’s sister has an art showing tonight.

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

    The DH Lawrence ranch sold from Luhan for what? The manuscript from the novel “Sons & Lovers”.

    What big Santa Fe building has a Moorish motif? Libby told us that’s the Scottish Rite Temple!

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

    We still really need a President-Elect for our Club! Please 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 shall be 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!”.

    On Tuesday, 16 Oct, join with the N. M. Children’s Foundation, Rotary clubs and Searchlight New Mexico for a forum to address the needs of young children. The forum features Kelly Klundt, senior fiscal analyst at the NM Legislative Finance Committee. She serves on the Prenatal-to-Three Legislative Advisory Group of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    The evening will be moderated by Searchlight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that devoted the last year to writing exclusively about child well-being in New Mexico.

    The event takes place 6-8 p.m. at the N Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.  Host Rotary clubs include del Norte, del Sol, Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho Sunrise, Sandia, and Rio Grande. Show up at 5:30PM & there’ll be goodies! To attend, contact Donna Pedace, at pedaceabq@aol.com or 505-349-8850.

    For many years, the Del Norte Club has hosted foreign exchange students in our District, to a two day visit during the Balloon Fiesta. Other clubs should help & are invited to join in hosting two students this year on 5&6 Oct. There’s little work involved - taking them to their meeting place EARLY in the morning and picking them up each night & providing a bedroom for your guest. If you wish to host a student, contact Scott Honsowetz, New Generations Chair of Del Norte at:  scotth@homecareabq.com or call him at 505-803-7597.

    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 be here before you know it. Taking place 1-5 June, in Hamburg, the convention will offer entertainment, motivational speakers, great scenery, inspirational sessions, and delicious cuisine for you to enjoy with old and new friends alike.

    Our PolioPlus jar once again made its weekly rounds, picking up all of our loose change.

    Today’s Program:   District 5520 Governor Linda Woodward

    President Patrick introduced District 5520 Governor Linda to the Club members.

    DG Linda told us all about the things happening at District 5520:

    There’s a District project collecting quilts & making crochet bags going to Ft. Bliss & then to Kuwait. So far, they’ve sent 120 pieces out.

    The 2018-19 District conference will be a bit different (May 2019 in El Paso). We’ll be doing more fun stuff and fewer dull speeches & such.

    So, Twila Larkin is our Club’s Assistant Governor & Tony Piño is our Lt. Governor this year.

    We’ve a new District Secretary, Donette Wagner.

    And, there’s a new District Governor Elect, Gary King, since Jeff Weinrach has bowed out due to medical problems. Gary will be receiving his training in Reno.

    DG Linda has recognized that our Club has a great membership chair, project chair & youth service chair… they’re real “crackerjacks”(& proved it by giving each of them a box of crackerjax)!

    So, she thanks us for all that we do & our Club is an inspiration… we have a great story.

    Additionally, she spoke of Rotary and that Rotary is needed to change the world.

    DG Linda also asked of us, what we need that the District isn’t helping out with.

    Districts AND R.I. both need improved communications!

    Additionally, she asks of us, to: use the 4-way test, go the extra mile for each other, work with others and also understand them.

    Remember that people are our inspiration, fellow Rotarians form lifetime relationships.

    We are improving and will continue to improve the world; Don’t be afraid to work hard & do what needs to be done.

    We keep each other coming back to Rotary… It’s the people… We inspire each other!

    Her final message: Be grateful & kind…Laugh & smile a lot!

    In appreciation of her visit and for all of her hard work, we presented DG Linda with a $100 gift donation to the Rotary Foundation in her name.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    8 Oct               Columbus Day

    9 Oct               Regular Meeting- HopeWorks - Annam Manthiram

    16 Oct             Regular Meeting- PEP (Parent Support group) - Cheryl Wieker

    23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    30 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    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 –

    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

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

    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.
  • 25 Sep 2018 10:30 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Joaquin Moya, ABQ Club.

    September has been– “New Generations Month”

    ½ pin or name tag buck fines were found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Gail announced that we’ve received a matching District Community Grant, which will support the T-Shirts for our Don’t Meth With Us project. We’ll get $500 & our Club will donate $500.

    Also, thanks to Emily, we recently served 98 customers at Silver Horizons.

    Emily has signup sheets for 24 Oct. & for 28 Sept. workdays. She has also made headway with the Mayor’s office & has received a letter permitting us to expand the Don’t Meth With Us project in multigenerational centers.

    Gloria leaves on Friday for a 4 week road trip!

    Gail is leaving again on a 1 week vacation.

    Libby is house sitting for Judy, Will & their doggie.

    Pam’s going to Kansas City for a TWA convention.

    Joaquin will soon attend a conference in Salt Lake City.

    Pat had a sad buck for her recently deceased cell phone… It still works in her car!

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

    Why was the Santa Fe Resort & Spa named as the Bishop’s Lodge? Libby instantly knew that it was originally the residence of Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy.

    Who said “If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life”? Pat told us that it’s a quote from Georgia O’Keeffe.

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

    We’re working at Ronald McDonald House (28 Sept-10A-1P).

    Did you pay your yearly Rotary dues? They became due on 1 July and the Club has paid your dues to both Rotary International AND to District 5520. Some members haven’t as yet paid & they’re 3 mos. late.

    DG Linda notes to us: “It saddens me to inform you that Rotary District Governor-Elect Jeff Weinrach is resigning due to health concerns. At this time we are canceling 3 Sessions and will reschedule these at a later date. The three canceled sessions are Long Range Planning, AG/LG Training, and Nominating Committee Meeting. If you were involved with these, please call the hotels and cancel your reservations. Thanks for all your prayers and concerns for Jeff.”

    We have a new phone and email to use for Rotary District 5520 communications: 505-269-6585 secretary5520@gmail.com      ​Donette Wagner, Executive Secretary ​​Rotary District 5520

    We still really need a President-Elect for our Club! Please 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 shall be 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.

    On Tuesday, 16 Oct, join with the N. M. Children’s Foundation, Rotary clubs and Searchlight New Mexico for a forum to address the needs of young children. The forum features Kelly Klundt, senior fiscal analyst at the NM Legislative Finance Committee. She serves on the Prenatal-to-Three Legislative Advisory Group of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    The evening will be moderated by Searchlight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that devoted the last year to writing exclusively about child well-being in New Mexico.

    The event takes place 6-8 p.m. at the N Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.  Host Rotary clubs include del Norte, del Sol, Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho Sunrise, Sandia, and Rio Grande. Show up at 5:30PM & there’ll be goodies! To attend, contact Donna Pedace, at pedaceabq@aol.com or 505-349-8850.

    For many years, the Del Norte Club has hosted foreign exchange students in our district to a two day visit during the Balloon Fiesta. Other clubs should help & are invited to join in hosting two students this year-5&6 Oct. There’s little work involved - taking them to their meeting place EARLY in the morning and picking them up each night & providing a bedroom for your guest. If you’re willing to host a student, contact Scott Honsowetz, New Generations Chair of Del Norte at:  scotth@homecareabq.com or call him at 505-803-7597.

    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:

    September–Patrick     October–Pat      November-Dave       December-Judy          January–Mollie February-Allan           March-Karen                  April–Gail              May-Fofo                    June-Maggie

    District Governor Linda Woodward has scheduled her official visit to our Rotary Club on Tuesday, 20 November. We’re trying to reschedule the date of her visit, since we have planned to cancel that meeting.

    The 2019 Rotary International Convention will be here before you know it. Taking place 1-5 June, in Hamburg, the convention will offer entertainment, motivational speakers, great scenery, inspirational sessions, and delicious cuisine for you to enjoy with old and new friends alike.

    Our PolioPlus jar once again made its weekly rounds, picking up all of our loose change.

    Today’s Program:   Horizons Albuquerque

    Emily introduced Joaquin Moya, the founding Executive Director of Horizons Albuquerque.

    Mr. Moya spoke about the work of Horizons. The organization provides trans-formative tuition free academic programs to low income public school students at the Bosque School and Manzano Day School. 

    Horizons Albuquerque, an affiliate of Horizons National, is a tuition free academic enrichment program that addresses the achievement gap and summer learning loss. The per student scholarship costs Horizons $2500 per year. The Host Schools work with Albuquerque Public Schools each year to serve 128 students in a six-week intensive summer academy, supplemented by family engagement workshops and after school tutoring throughout the school year. 

    Horizons Albuquerque is a non­profit 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization offering enrichment programming. Their yearly budget is privately funded and is currently $350K. Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that develop academic skills, enhance self ­esteem, foster responsibility, build problem-solving skills, and encourage a life­long interest in learning. The program emphasizes academic enrichment, social growth with structured group dynamics, swimming lessons, and the arts.

    The NM program began in 2014, with 46 students entering second, third, and fourth grades. Entering the summer of 2015, Horizons had 59 students entering second, third, fourth, and fifth grade. The program added a grade level each subsequent year until the program serves K to 12 students.

    The program brings the public and private communities together and builds collaborative partnerships. Students from APS will have access to an education plan in partnership with Bosque School.

    Horizons is partnering with APS, specifically Los Ranchos, Griegos, and Navajo Elementary Schools. All of Horizons students are classified as low ­income. Students are nominated to the program by their teachers and principals.

    Students gain on average two to three months academic progress in reading and math each summer and improve their attitude toward learning over time.  

    Horizons increases school­ year attendance and maintains a high rate of return to Horizons from summer to summer. Parent involvement is built up, engagement and advocacy regarding their child’s education.

    The first Horizons program started in 1964 at New Canaan Country School in CT to serve low-income families. During 1981 through 1994, Dr. Edward Zigler and his team of Yale University graduate students and faculty demonstrated that participation in Horizons reverses summer learning loss. Dr. Zigler recommended replicating the Horizons model in more locations. 

    Horizons National was formed in 1995 to bring Horizons to new communities, and two new programs were added and by 2007, there were 13 programs at independent schools across 9 states. 

    Horizons students attend a 6-week summer program on the campus of an independent school, college, or university, and receive additional support throughout the year. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, and art. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities break down barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities. Children join Horizons the summer before Kindergarten and return to the program each year through high school, building lasting relationships with their teachers and peers, and developing life skills essential for success. 

    Horizons transforms the way students see themselves and their future. Their reading and math skills improve significantly. They return to school excited to learn. 97% graduate from high school and 85% go on to attend college or other post-secondary training. With a network of support behind them, Horizons students embrace a more expansive view of what’s possible.

    Horizons Albuquerque accepts monetary and gift-kind donations of: Food and Snacks, Sunscreen/Bug Spray, Classroom Supplies, Field Trips and Technology Resources/Equipment.

    You can mail donations directly to PO Box 6066, Albuquerque, NM  87197-6066

    We can help during the regular school year, by tutoring & assisting with literacy support once a week at Explora or at the Central public library, 4P to 6P.

    For more information about Horizons Albuquerque, go to www.horizonsalbuquerque.org/

    Or call 505-270-1377

    Following today’s program, President Patrick presented Mr. Moya with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix (supporting Haiti) in appreciation of his time spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    28 Sept            Club members work at Ronald McDonald House- 10A to 1P

    2 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    8 Oct               Columbus Day

    9 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    16 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    30 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    31 Oct             Halloween

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Board Meeting with DG Linda Woodward at 10:30 AM.

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Regular Meeting- DG Linda Woodward shall be our program speaker.

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    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!

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

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 18 Sep 2018 5:33 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Mary Bresnahan         Cheryl Wieker, guest of Pat               Dana, guest of Mollie

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    One pin or name tag buck fine was found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Mollie’s brother Frank is on chemo & is staying at her home for a while. Pat’s at her mom’s funeral.

    Emily’s pushing the city for permission to schedule our meth classes at community centers.

    Mary’s happy to be visiting with us today. She’s doing Stay in School project at West Mesa.

    Maggie wondered if Gail has North/South hemisphere problems, since her badge was upside down.

    Gail was in CT last week, sitting for her kids who took a 20th anniversary vacation in Charleston! (oops)

    Dave professed his thanks to Judy for her service as treasurer.

    Judy will be out next week on vacation.

    Libby’s happy to be house & doggie sitting next week for Judy & Will.

    Fofo’s trying to reduce her angst by turning her rental property into a B&B!

    Patrick had a great time in Michigan, attending his grandmother’s 100th birthday celebration.

    Karen’s son’s doggies got loose! One was injured & one was killed.

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

    What happened in California on 9 September 1850? No correct guesses…It was admitted into the union!

    Which State was admitted into the union first- Arizona or New Mexico? Karen guessed correctly- NM in January1912 (AZ was admitted in February 1912).

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

    We’re working at Silver Horizons (20 Sept-11:30A-4P) & at Ronald McDonald House (28 Sept-10A-1P).

    Did you pay your yearly Rotary dues? They became due on 1 July and the Club has paid your dues to both Rotary International AND to District 5520. A few members haven’t as yet paid up.

    We still need a President-Elect for our Club! Please 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 at least one year prior to being nominated for office. It shall be 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 shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    On Tuesday, 16 Oct, come and join with the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, Rotary clubs and Searchlight New Mexico for a forum to address the needs of young children. The forum features Kelly Klundt, senior fiscal analyst at the NM Legislative Finance Committee. She serves on the Prenatal-to-Three Legislative Advisory Group of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    The evening will be moderated by Searchlight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that devoted the last year to writing exclusively about child well-being in New Mexico.

    The event takes place 6-8 p.m. at the N Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. 

    Host Rotary clubs include del Norte, del Sol, Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho Sunrise, Sandia, and Rio Grande.

    Show up at 5:30PM & there’ll be goodies! To attend, contact Donna Pedace, at pedaceabq@aol.com or 505-349-8850.

    For 15 years, the del Norte Club has been hosting the foreign exchange students in our district to a two night/two day visit during the Balloon Fiesta. Other clubs are invited to join in hosting two students this year. The nights in question are 5&6 Oct. There’s little work involved - taking them to their meeting place EARLY in the morning and picking them up each night & providing a bedroom for your guest. If you’re willing to host a student, contact Scott Honsowetz, New Generations Chair of Del Norte at:  scotth@homecareabq.com or call him at 505-803-7597.

    Preventing conflicts from escalating into violent crises is 60 times more cost effective than intervening after violence erupts, according to the Carnegie Corporation of New York. A recent partnership between Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) aims to bring community-based solutions to prevent conflict in more communities.  

    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:

    September–Patrick     October–Pat      November-Dave       December-Judy         January–Mollie  February-Allan           March-Karen              April–Gail             May-Fofo                    June-Maggie

    District Governor Linda Woodward has scheduled her official visit to our Rotary Club on Tuesday, 20 November. We’re trying to reschedule the date of her visit, since we have planned to cancel that meeting.

    Our PolioPlus jar made its usual rounds, picking up all of our loose change.

    Today’s Program:   Rio Grande Food Project (RGFP)

    Emily introduced Ari Herring, Executive Director of RGFP and Kathi Cunningham, Development Director.

    Ari & Kathi spoke to us about the current work and future plans at the Rio Grande Food Project.

    In 1989, Rio Grande Presbyterian Church members were challenged by their pastor to feed hungry New Mexicans. The original vision was to be a satellite of another food pantry and to provide emergency food to the neighborhood around the church. The vision quickly expanded to establish an independent food pantry for the west side of the city.

    By December 1989, the Rio Grande Food Project opened and distributed its first food boxes. Seed money from the Bicentennial Fund of the Presbyterian Church USA helped provide funding for the first year. Donations from church members, other congregations, and community grants were used to purchase food. Members of the church congregation distributed 2,000 pounds of food to their first clients.

    RGFP has now been in continuous operation for 27 years and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    During these years, the number of people served and the amount of food distributed has continued to grow. In 2017, they’ve provided a week’s worth of groceries to an average of 4,230 kids, adults, and seniors every month, provided over 1 million pounds of groceries to low-income individuals and families, including 33,725 pounds through their Food for Health initiative, received 59,239 pounds of food for immediate distribution via community donations, rescued and redistributed 190,588 pounds of grocery store food that would otherwise go to waste and provided $484,879 in PNM Good Neighbor Fund utility bill assistance to 3,802 low-income households.

    Rio Grande Food Project works in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority for the Low-Income Water and Solid Waste Credit (LIC) program.

    Citizens may also qualify for PNM Good Neighbor Fund assistance at Rio Grande Food Project.

    Food distribution hours (walk-ins are welcome): Mon, Wed, Fri: 10A–noon, 12:30–2P Sat: 9A–noon

    What must be brought upon a first visit to Rio Grande Food Project: Photo ID or copy/picture of photo ID (if available) for all adults in household and documentation to show guardianship of any children under 18 in household (Medicaid card, Social Security card, birth certificate, etc.).

    RGFP is promoting their 3rd annual “Hike To End Hunger” on Saturday, 20 October. To enter the “hike”, goto www.rgfp.org & click on the HIKE popup to RSVP. Click the blue “Purchase” button for a free ticket to the event.
    For more information about RGFP, go to www.RGFP.org Or Call: 505.831.3778

    Following today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Herring with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix 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 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons- 11:30A to 2P. Then at the Highland Senior Center to 4:30P.

    22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

    25 Sept            Regular Meeting- Horizons Albuquerque - Joaquin Moya

    28 Sept            We work at Ronald McDonald House- 10A to 1P

    2 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    8 Oct               Columbus Day

    9 Oct               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    16 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    30 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    31 Oct             Halloween

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Board Meeting with DG Linda Woodward at 10:30 AM.

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Regular Meeting- DG Linda Woodward shall be our program speaker.

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    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!

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2018 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s board meeting, our meeting was called to order at 12 Noon and Past President Allan led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Guests:           Cheryl Wieker, Guest of Pat              Benjamin Hamilton, Our honorary Rotarian 

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    No pin or name tag buck fines were found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Mollie’s brother is in hospital and she’s “coordinating”.

    Emily’s happy to return from her Mexico visit, where she also visited with their ex-president for dinner.

    Judy’s sister & nieces visited for 4 days… they’re vegan.

    Pam’s just happy for no good reason.

    Our question of the day from Acting Sgt-at-Arms Libby:

    Which is the longest river in the world? Is it the Amazon, the Nile, the Yellow or the Congo?

    Maggie took home three unused pencils for telling us that it’s the NILE!

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

    Donations to The Rotary Foundation helped us raise more than $414 million last Rotary year.

    Did you know that Rotary was instrumental in the founding of the United Nations? It started in 1942 during World War Two, when a group of Rotarians convened a conference in London. These Rotarians were ministers and observers from different countries - many of them in exile. They decided to form a committee, which later became UNESCO.

    Rotary also played an important role at the charter meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco 1945. The meeting was organized by Rotary because there was no United Nations at that time. Rotarians helped with many important functions at the conference. Forty-Nine of the delegates, who represented their countries were also Rotarians. The U.S. State Department asked Rotary International to provide the preamble for the Statutes of the United Nations.

    We’re working at Silver Horizons (20 Sept-11:30A-4P) & at Ronald McDonald House (28 Sept-10A-1P).

    Did you pay your yearly Rotary dues? They became due on 1 July and the Club has paid your dues to both Rotary International AND to District 5520. A couple of members haven’t as yet paid up.

    We still need a President-Elect for our Club! Please 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 at least one year prior to being nominated for office. It shall be 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 shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    Each month, one Club member shall 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:

    September–Patrick     October–Pat      November-Dave       December-Judy          January–Mollie     February-Allan           March-Karen           April–Gail      May-Fofo        June-Maggie

    PDG Dick Jones (District Operations Chair) has announced that District Governor Linda Woodward wants to make her official visit to the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia on Tuesday November 20, 2018. We’re trying to have her reschedule the date of her visit, since we have planned to cancel that meeting.

    Our PolioPlus jar made its usual rounds, picking up all of that loose change in the room.

    Today’s Program:   "Heroes Walk Among Us" (HWAU)

    Judy introduced Shane D'Onofrio, founder and executive director, who spoke about working with Veterans here in Albuquerque.



    HWAU’s mission is to Empower America’s Veterans for Continued Success.
    Heroes Walk Among Us is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit with a primary mission to help our local veteran community here in New Mexico. It was founded in March of 2008 by Shane D’Onofrio who has been the head and driving force for HWAU.
    Their goal is to help veterans who are honestly looking for help to improve their lives, not just get a handout and maintain the status quo in a terrible situation. HWAU extends services to veterans and their immediate family; the veteran, their spouse and children. The goal is helping New Mexico Veterans overcome the obstacles that are keeping them from moving forward. Some of those obstacles are homelessness, job loss, debt management, and health issues.
    When helping a veteran that comes to the organization, they are verified. They are asked for a form of Government ID and their DD-214 to check their veteran status. Any veteran that has served 91 days active duty and has been discharged “honorable” or “general” can be helped. Any veteran that has an “other than honorable” discharge cannot be helped.
    HWAU looks at veterans as brothers that are accountable for their own actions. Those that ask and are ready to make a change in their lives receive assistance. Veterans are trained to be their own chief or first sergeant, to learn to take their charge of their lives for the better. They are given tools and guidance to boost their confidence and to be successful.
    HWAU’s beliefs follow Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in that when veterans are safe, secure, and have a means to be gainfully employed, they will be successful. The primary mission is to keep veterans off the street and help them succeed in life after the military. The four areas focused upon are:
    Veteran housing, Education and training, Job placement and Wheels 4 Vets.

    HWAU House- Heroes Walk Among Us primary mission is to keep veterans and their families off the street.  HWAU House makes that possible to fulfill this mission. Housing has been donated or we work with local lenders to find reasonable financing to purchase the property for our veterans.
    When a veteran family hits hard times, they have the support necessary to keep American Heroes from becoming homeless. They are kept in their homes by charitable donations, debt analysis, and counseling. If a veteran is homeless, they and their families are placed in permanent housing or rental apartment that is affordable. The current project is the renovation of two apartment buildings that will house 8 veterans and their families.

    The Veterans Education Program (VEP) of Heroes Walk Among Us helps Veterans, their families, and affiliates (what kind of affiliates?) earn a college degree through partnership with the College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, a nonprofit, fully-accredited college built specifically to help working adults succeed.

    Wheels4Vets.org accepts vehicle donations—whether the car runs or not. They refurbish vehicles and give them to deserving veterans that need a reliable means of transportation. Even if the vehicle is not serviceable, they still accept the donation to sell for funding the Wheels4Vets.org program. They are the nation’s premier vehicle donation program that supports our American heroes and their families. The main goal is to improve the lives of as many veterans as possible through this local supporting program.

    Future: The organization will become more of a conduit for vets to become reintegrated into society.

    For more information call (505) 217-2230 or go to www.HeroesWalkAmongUs.org

    6601 4th Street NW #G Albuquerque, NM 87107


    Following today’s program, Allan presented Mr. D'Onofrio with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix in appreciation of his time spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 Sept            Regular Meeting – Rio Grande Food Project

    18 Sept            Yom Kippur

    20 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons- 11:30A to 1P. Then at the Highland Senior Center to 4PM.

    22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

    25 Sept            Regular Meeting- Horizons

    28 Sept            We work at Ronald McDonald House- 10A to 1P

    2 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    8 Oct               Columbus Day

    9 Oct               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    16 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    30 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    31 Oct             Halloween

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Board Meeting with DG Linda Woodward at 10:30 AM.

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Regular Meeting- DG Linda Woodward shall be our program speaker.

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    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!

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

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 04 Sep 2018 7:23 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Cheryl Wieker, guest of Pat               Dana, guest of Mollie 

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    No pin or name tag buck fines were found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Marion went to Telluride, CO w/family and found that many people, are concerned & helpful.

    Maggie’s niece is 27 and taught in Thailand. Hopefully, she’ll be working at UNM. AND thanks for the doughnuts.

    Michael experienced use of the 4-way test in MD. After staying at a not so good inn, the owner asked that they give a favorable review. They did not do so (Is it the truth?)and were thanked by the manager.

    Gail had a shot for her pains & is feeling better. She’s travelling to CT tomorrow- it’s her kids 20th anniversary.

    Patrick travels to his grandmother’s 100th birthday anniversary in Michigan.

    Pamela is thankful for the end of her recent travels.

    Gloria’s happy for contact with her two daughters each weekend.

    Our question of the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie: What ocean has 75% of the world’s volcanoes?

    Guest Dana was the first to tell us that it’s the Pacific Ocean. You know, the circle of fire, etc.

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

    District 5520 reports that Rotarian Kathy Fuller has tendered her resignation as District Secretary, effective September 30th. For the past three years Kathy has worked tirelessly to support our District and Clubs. Her service will be missed as she pursues a full-time position in education and various personal commitments. So, the District is now looking for a paid replacement contractor/secretary.

    Signup sheets were passed around for both Silver Horizons (20 Sept-11:30A-4P) and work at Ronald McDonald House (28 Sept-10A-1P).

    Did you pay your yearly Rotary dues? They became due on 1 July and the Club has paid your dues to both Rotary International AND to District 5520.

    We still need a President-Elect for our Club! Please 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 at least one year prior to being nominated for office. It shall be 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 shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    Each month, one Club member shall 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:

    September – Patrick   October – Pat   November - Dave   December - Judy   January – Mollie    February - Allan       March - Karen         April – Gail   May - Fofo     June - Maggie

    PDG Dick Jones (District Operations Chair) has announced that District Governor Linda Woodward wants to make her official visit to the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at 12:00pm. We’ll try to have her reschedule the date of her visit, since we have cancelled that meeting date. Since Thanksgiving day falls on the 22nd and many of our Club members will be travelling to visit with family, a sparse turnout is anticipated on the 20th. On the day of her visit, the Club should plan that the Governor will be the only program that day.  Her presentation will take approximately 25 minutes. Prior to speaking with the Club, Governor Linda plans meet with the Club’s Board of Directors at 10:30A.

    Today’s Program:   Money and Me, LLC.

    President Patrick introduced  Ms. Sara Money, director & developer of Money & Me.

    In July, 2011 Sara was challenged to teach low-income people how to manage their money. She looked at several money management curriculums and discovered that they were written for people who have money. Because of her background working with low-income people, she recognized the need for a customized curriculum. The language and culture for low-income people needed to be addressed for successful learning to take place. For example, in the middle income world, budget worksheets discuss “vacations,” “dry cleaning,” and “babysitting” as an expense (not an income). Even the word “debt” is not typically used by low-income people because the word debt implies having a credit card. Low-income people typically owe money to pay day loans, friends or family, student loans, etc. The Money & ME curriculum addresses “debt” as “money owed” and helps participants develop a plan to pay off ALL the places and people they owe money to. It also helps with basic life skills, organizing techniques, and self discipline. All of these simple and practical strategies lead to success.

    Money & Me is a financial literacy education program for low income people.

    The Money & ME curriculum focuses on simple concepts including menu planning, tips for getting laundry organized, price per ounce, savings for emergencies, and a plan to pay off money owed. The cash envelope system is taught and envelopes are included in the money kit. This money management guide focuses on life skills that impact all areas of a person’s life.

    Money & ME focuses on behavior change to be effective. Participants discuss various habits and are given strategies for changing habits. Many have stopped smoking or gambling as a result of seeing how much it is costing each year. Others learn how to be better shoppers and how emotions are related to spending money. People that stop spending $1.00 a day on a drink or snack can save $365 every year!

    It is important to have the right tools to create a budget and money management plan. That is why Money & ME provides workbooks and money kits which include a receipt organizer, notepad, mechanical pencils and envelopes so participants can have the tools they need to be successful. Money & ME University provides program support through active licenses. This includes PowerPoint Presentations, applications, forms, flyers, and more.

    To understand and work with students and adults from generational poverty, a framework is needed. This analytical framework is shaped around these basic ideas:

    Each individual has eight resources which greatly influence achievement; money is only one. Poverty is the extent to which an individual is without these eight resources.

    The hidden rules of the middle class govern schools and work; students from generational poverty come with a completely different set of hidden rules and do not know middleclass hidden rules.

    Anyone can become a Money & ME trainer. The training is approximately 6 hours of videos, online quizzes with additional reading materials recommended. Volunteers or staff from organizations can do the training in their own homes at their own pace. No travel necessary! Training includes cultural sensitivity,  content of the program (videos of all PowerPoint presentations) and logistics to implement the program.

    This program seems to be similar to our Stay In School project, as discussed in our Q&A session. It can also (probably) be useful at Wings, PB&J and Saranam.

    For more information on this program, go to www.MoneyandMe.Cash  or call Sara at 505-400-1626

    Following today’s program, our President presented Ms. Money with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    9 Sept              Rosh Hashanah

    11 Sept            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    11 Sept            Regular Meeting-

    18 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    18 Sept            Yom Kippur

    20 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons- 11:30A to 1P. Then at the Highland Senior Center to 4PM.

    22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

    25 Sept            Regular Meeting-

    28 Sept            We work at Ronald McDonald House- 10A to 1P

    2 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    9 Oct               Regular Meeting-

    16 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    30 Oct             Regular Meeting-

    31 Oct             Halloween

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Board Meeting with DG Linda Woodward at 10:30 AM.

    20 Nov            MAYBE a Regular Meeting- DG Linda Woodward shall be our program speaker.

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

    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!

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

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

  • 28 Aug 2018 6:19 PM | Anonymous

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

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dave was good for two bucks… One for his wife’s 52nd anniversary celebration dinner and one in honor of the recently deceased Senator John McCain.

    Michael put up a happy buck for his newly cleaned carpets.

    Emily parted with a buck for the Ronald McDonald people and a buck for a new roof on her rental property. The painting is almost finished, too! She’ll be taking a 2 week trip to Mexico.

    Our question of the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

    What are the most Western states of the USA? Noone guessed that it’s Alaska AND Alaska!

    AND, What continent contains the most fresh water? Patrick got hisself a Judge Judy book for the correct answer: It’s Antarctica, with 90% !

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

    It is with our deepest sympathy that we offer our condolences to Pat on the recent loss of her mother.

    Emily announced our next two work dates:

    20 September at Silver Horizons, 11:30AM to 1:00 PM, then at the Highland Senior Center.

    28 September at Ronald McDonald House – 10AM to 1PM

    Did you pay your yearly Rotary dues ????

    On Friday and Saturday, club members worked at The Rock and at the Bernalillo Brew Fest. So, we helped people and we helped our Club, too! We were supposed to work at the Brewfest from 10AM ‘til 8PM… However, the skies opened up at around 5PM and the whole event came to an early end. Anyhoo, it appears that we worked a total of 19 ½ hours to the benefit of our Club.

    Your Board of Directors is in the process of figuring out how to award / distribute the Club’s accrued RI Foundation Recognition points to the Club’s members. You can access the Rotary International website, sign in to “My Rotary” and find out how many Foundation Recognition Points that you have accrued towards your Paul Harris Fellowship. Of course, you can also call President Patrick and ask him how you’re set with PHF points.

    We still need a President-Elect for our Club! Please 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 at least one year prior to being nominated for such office. It shall be 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 shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    Each month, one Club member shall 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:

    September – Patrick   October – Pat    November - Dave     December - Judy        January – Mollie February - Allan         March - Karen                            April – Gail            May - Fofo                June - Maggie

    PLEASE NOTE: From this day forward, all speeds (miles per hour/mph, feet per second/fps, etc.) published in this weekly bulletin will be expressed as furlongs per fortnight / fpf.

    Today’s Program:   Ronald McDonald House

    Emily introduced  Ms. Sarah Newman, Development Director, assisted by Sarah Moulton.

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico provides comfort, care and a “home-away-from-home” for families whose children are in medical treatment. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM, a 501(c) 3 is a nonprofit organization.

    Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. For children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having a parent close by for love and support. Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico (RMHC-NM) provides that “Home-away-from-home".

    The Ronald McDonald House was conceived in 1979 by a collaboration of three Albuquerque hospitals, medical groups, private citizens, and the Junior League of Albuquerque. Seed funding from McDonald’s Ray Kroc Fund was just the beginning. The group incorporated and established a volunteer board. The Junior League pledged time and money to build the Albuquerque House. Following extensive real estate searches, a 50-year lease was awarded by the UNM Board of Regents for the present site on North Campus. The house (# 45 of 380 worldwide) opened in 1982 with eight guest rooms.

    Eighteen months following the opening, the House was already too small and plans began to expand to meet the need for family services. By 1985, 10 bedrooms, 10 baths, a large living room, 2 solariums, more laundry space, and another kitchen were added.

    Over the years the House changed and so did the organization. In 1996, they began serving the community as RMHC-NM with a mission to provide temporary housing. In 2007 the Ronald McDonald Family Room at UNM Children’s Hospital was opened, where respite services outside the walls of the Ronald McDonald House are provided. This Program serves local families who need to be near their children. It now serves over 600 guests monthly.

    In 2008 another house expansion was completed by doubling the capacity of family guestrooms to 30. The House now has the capacity to provide over 10,000 family lodging-nights annually.

    The House has been a temporary home for families while employing a full-time staff of less than 10. The environment would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers who are crucial to the programs. Students, retirees, civic and social organizations, as well as corporate teams have cooked, cleaned, computerized, raked, weeded, laundered, listened and cared for families and the house’s mission. 15,000 volunteer hours are donated annually.

    Yes, they still collect tabs from aluminum cans.

    Local McDonald’s restaurants and their customers provide 10-15% of the RMHC-NM operating budget annually. McDonald’s customers show their support by donating change in the restaurant donation boxes.

    The partnership with McDonald’s Corporation and Ronald McDonald House Charities and its programs dates back to the charities inception. Members of the McDonald’s franchisees, crew members, suppliers and business partners provide participation and support from local, national and international sources. Locally they provide RMHC-NM Board and Committee Members, event support and utilize their restaurants, food promotions, advertising dollars, packaging and donation boxes to create customer awareness and support for the charity. Additionally, they get to share best practices and assistance in areas such as legal, tax, accounting, safety and security, human resources, communications, construction and maintenance with other Houses and RMHC Programs. This support helps to minimize costs that would otherwise be incurred conducting fundraising, and delivering program services. Locally, fundraiser events are also scheduled.

    It does cost $75 per night to house a family. A $15 per night donation from each family is suggested.

    In order to improve the health and wellbeing of children, RMHC-NM relies on strong partnerships with the medical community. Because of this, they can address health care needs for children and families through the two core programs supporting families being cared for in Albuquerque.

    Medical professionals contribute to RMHC in a variety of different ways:

    ·        Referring families in need of supportive, affordable accommodations to our programs.

    ·        Being actively engaged as members of the RMHC-NM local board of directors.

    ·        Providing space within hospitals for Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.

    For more information, go to www.rmhc-nm.org  or call 505-842-8960

    Following today’s program, our President presented Ms. Newman with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    3 Sept              Labor Day !

    4 Sept              Regular Meeting-

    9 Sept              Rosh Hashanah

    11 Sept            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    11 Sept            Regular Meeting-

    18 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    18 Sept            Yom Kippur

    20 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons- 11:30A to 1P. Then at the Highland Senior Center.

    22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

    25 Sept            Regular Meeting-

    28 Sept            We work at Ronald McDonald House- 10A to 1P

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting -

    20 Nov            NO MEETING!

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party!

    2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- ElPaso, TX

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 21 Aug 2018 1:27 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Gloria & Michael Podolny, Dayna Crawford and Fofo’s daughter.

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Only one pin or name tag buck fine was collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Fofo’s happy that her daughter is working for Haiti’s recovery.

    Dave finally had a 20 changed and offered $5 for his daughters teaching back at school.

    Libby’s happy for the past week’s visit from her two friends & travel throughout NM.

    Mollie parted with a sad buck for the recent passing of Pat’s mother.

    Our question of the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie: (Via Libby)

    Guess how many cans of soda the average US citizen drinks per year? Not 100, not 1000, but 300! Fofo guessed correctly & took the H20 prize.

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

    Member Dues payments for the 2018-19 Rotary Year are in progress. Your checks or cash are welcome. Checks should be made out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    Today, Membership Chair Vivien introduced the Podolnys to the Club. President Patrick inducted both Gloria & Michael Podolny into Rotary membership. Patrick has sponsored both new members. Welcome to both into Rotary International. We know that you’ll be a prized asset in our work.

    Gail announced that she no longer receives her local newspaper. She hopes to continue our tradition of sending cards to students of the week. So, she asks that someone send her the announcement from each Monday’s newspaper, in order to continue our sending of cards.

    Allan announced that our Club involvement in the Mission:Graduate project begins once again on next Tuesday.

    We still need a President-Elect for our Club! Please consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club. Each officer and director shall be a member in good standing of this club. A candidate for the office of president shall have served as a member of this club for at least one year prior to being nominated for such office. It shall be 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 shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    The Rotary Leadership Institute has scheduled sessions on August 25th at French Funerals/Lomas Office 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM in Albuquerque. For more information, contact Bill Rothweiler at   wrothweiler1@comcast.net.

    Each month, one Club member shall 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:

    July & Aug     Emily              September  Patrick                October           Pat

    November       Dave            December   Judy                   January           Mollie

    February         Allan             March        Karen                   April               Gail

    May                 Fofo             June         Maggie

    Today’s Program:   Haiti Projects Update 

    Vivien introduced Club member Flaurance (Fofo) Voltaire-Herrick, who spoke about her Haitian work through her 501c3 charity “Hands of the Caribbean”.

    Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti's landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact. These include Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountaintop fortress, and the nearby ruins of Sans-Souci Palace, the baroque former royal home of King Henry I.

    Capital: Port-au-Prince          President: Jovenel Moïse       Population: 10.85 million (2016)

    Hands of the Caribbean Inc., was founded in 2008 by Fofo, a native Haitian herself, from Ley Cayes, Haiti. She has lived in Albuquerque for over 30 years. Her vision has been to help the people of Haiti, and what better way than by education. Her motto has always been to teach them to fish vs. giving them a fish. Fofo is an active member in many different organizations including Rotary, Links International, and many more.

    Hands of the Caribbean Inc. was organized to help people who have fallen between the cracks in the Caribbean Countries. In 2010 the focus point was the 550,000 homeless and families of the 210,000 dead earthquake victims of Haiti. From 2012 to present day, the focus has been education, to help those who have fallen between the cracks, to learn to survive and make a future for their families. Remember that this is the 4th poorest country in the world! Jobs must be created, even though some clothing manufacturing exists.

    Fofo has sent a commercial truck with over $30,000 worth of medical supplies, wheel chairs, toiletries, clothing, tents, camping stoves, imperishable foods, canes, tarps and a Commercial Grade Water Purification System. The Commercial Grade Water Purification System is providing water to over 25,000 people and is used for irrigation. Also, a Medical X-Ray Machine was sent to Haiti.
    80% of the food consumed in Haiti is imported. Increased farming will eventually solve this problem. A reforestation project is also in effect, since only 2% of trees remain in the country.

    In order to further assist the inhabitants, Fofo supports a school which teaches cosmetology, plumbing , culinary arts and tailoring at a cost of $750 per student over a nine month period. A clinic with 15 travelling nurses is also supported.

    Note that the Chinese are beginning to move into Haiti.

    Also note that, of The Clinton Foundation’s donations, only 5% has actually reached Haitian citizens.

    As with other charities, Hands of the Caribbean will accept donations of used vehicles.

    Now, Fofo is looking for an ambulance to send to Haiti, since a travel time of hours to an existing hospital is prohibitive.

    For more information, go to www.HandsOfTheCaribbean.net

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    24 Aug             Members work at The Rock at Noonday, either breakfast or lunch service.

    25 Aug             Bernalillo BrewFest- We must work at this fundraiser for US! 10A to 8P

    25 Aug             Rotary Leadership Institute, Albuquerque 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM

    28 Aug             Regular Meeting- Ronald McDonald House

    3 Sept              Labor Day !

    4 Sept              Regular Meeting-

    9 Sept              Rosh Hashanah

    11 Sept            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    11 Sept            Regular Meeting-

    18 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    18 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    18 Sept            Yom Kippur

    20 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons

    22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

    25 Sept            Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov              Election Day

    6 Nov              Regular Meeting -

    20 Nov            NO MEETING!

    22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party!

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 14 Aug 2018 7:57 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s board meeting, President Patrick called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Guests:            Gloria Podolny 

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Only one pin or name tag buck fine was collected today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Allan & Karen celebrated their 40th anniversary!

    Mollie had a great weekend in Colorado.

    Vivien parted with a fiver for her kids, grandchildren & family getting together for a family reunion!

    Patrick ran a 10K & finished #1 in his age group!

    Penny has returned from a great trip to Europe w/family.

    Gloria also had a family reunion.

    Gail’s family is still visiting. Also, thanks to all for Saranam school supplies.

    Fofo thanks club members for helping out at her Haiti garage sale.

    Maggie confessed to being somewhat confused about the duality of name tags.

    Our question of the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie: What is the smallest independent country on the earth?  We all knew that it’s the Vatican City.

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

    Member Dues payments for the 2018-19 Rotary Year are in progress. Your check or cash would be welcome. Checks should be made out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    According to Gail, Saranam needs school supplies! So, you should have received an email from Gail  listing their needs. We’ve brought all of that needed stuff to today’s meeting!

    We still need a President-Elect for our Club! Please consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club. Each officer and director shall be a member in good standing of this club. A candidate for the office of president shall have served as a member of this club for at least one year prior to being nominated for such office. It shall be 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 shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

    The Rotary Leadership Institute has scheduled sessions on August 25th at French Funerals/Lomas Office

    7:30 AM – 1:30 PM in Albuquerque.

    For more information, contact Bill Rothweiler at   wrothweiler1@comcast.net.

    Each month, one Club member shall 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:

    July & Aug     Emily              September  Patrick                 October           Pat

    November       Dave            December   Judy                     January           Mollie

    February         Allan             March         Karen                     April               Gail

    May                 Fofo             June           Maggie

    Today’s Program:   Casa Esperanza (Spanish for “House of Hope”)

    Emily introduced Daniel Jaecks – Development Director

    Casa Esperanza, Inc. began with the vision of the UNM Cancer Center Board of Advisors and the Realtor Association of New Mexico. Founded on April 9, 1987 as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization, Casa Esperanza began raising funds to build an independent nonprofit home to house families who are referred to Albuquerque for cancer treatment, regardless of their financial situation. The original sponsors were joined in 1990 by BUILD New Mexico and their combined efforts resulted in completion of the residence in February 1992.

    Casa Esperanza has been designated to house patients who are able to care for their own personal needs or who can be assisted by a family member or other caregiver. Esperanza lacks the resources to care for unaccompanied patients.

    Casa Esperanza has 28 rooms available. Their first priority is housing cancer patients and their families. The small rooms accommodate three people and rent for $30.00 a night; suites accommodate five people and rent for $35.00 a night. For financial assistance, a hospital social worker should be contacted. There are also 4 handicap rooms, Wheel chairs and shower chair are available on site. No pets of any kind are allowed on Casa Esperanza premises.

    This is a private home with security and surveillance systems to protect guests. All residents are expected to sign out each time they leave and return so that the staff may know who is in residence in case of a fire or other emergency.

    Each room has a private phone number and voicemail. Guests may place local calls and receive calls at any time without going through the main office switchboard.

    A Clinical Counseling Program provides professional counseling and clinical support services to residents, families, and staff through the following services:

    Professional counseling and confidential consultation regarding any mental, emotional, or psychological issues related to their diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families.

    Presentations and discussion groups on a variety of issues related to cancer and cancer treatment.

    Ongoing training for Guest Services Team and support staff.

    Confidential consultation for Casa Esperanza Staff.

    The program is directed by Bob Stice, LPCC. He has worked professionally with individuals and families for over 30 years in a variety of settings, including private practice and hospital settings. He has extensive experience with the cancer community, including providing clinical supervision for staff at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

    NOTE: For the first time in 26 years, Casa Esperanza has had to close their doors! Casa Esperanza was severely damaged during recent hail and storms. Continuous rain storms have further devastated much of the facility. While rain is a welcomed sight in the desert, it has destroyed a majority of rooms that families rely upon. In addition, there is water and roof damage in hallways, boardroom, laundry, kitchen and offices. The Esperanza families are in turmoil from being displaced due to this disaster. Each of the families rely on Casa Esperanza and the resources provided during life saving medical treatment. These clients become part of Casa’s family and it truly saddens the management that they cannot open their doors for families. Esperanza is asking the community to find it in their hearts to help during this challenging time. Fortunately, they did have insurance. It’ll take 3 months to rebuild.

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 40472 Albuquerque, NM 87196-0472

    Street Address: 1005 Yale Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87106

    For more information, go to http://casanm.org/  or call (505)277-9880

    Following today’s program, our President presented Mr. Jaecks with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix in appreciation of his time spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    16 Aug            Working & harvesting at Seed2Need – 7AM to 9 AM

    21 Aug            Regular Meeting- Haiti Projects Update with Fofo

    24 Aug            Members work at The Rock at Noonday, either breakfast or lunch service.

    25 Aug            Bernalillo BrewFest- We must work at this fundraiser for US! 10A to 8P

    25 Aug            Rotary Leadership Institute, Albuquerque 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM

    28 Aug            Regular Meeting- Ronald McDonald House

    3 Sept             Labor Day !

    4 Sept             Regular Meeting-

    9 Sept             Rosh Hashanah

    11 Sept           Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    11 Sept           Regular Meeting-

    18 Sept           Regular Meeting-

    18 Sept           Yom Kippur

    20 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons

    22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

    25 Sept            Regular Meeting-

    24 Oct             World Polio Day!

    20 Nov            NO MEETING!

    4 Dec               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House

    18 Dec             Club Holiday Party!

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