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  • 31 Mar 2020 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    Yet again, today’s weekly Club meeting has been cancelled!

    (I’m beginning to forget what you look like!)

    March has been – “World Understanding Month”

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

    Our District 5520 conference has been cancelled! The R.I. Convention in Hawaii has also been cancelled! The Center is closed until further notice.

    The Governors’ ball has been rescheduled to happen on 8 August.

    So, do you think that:

    If baseball season ever starts, they’ll still be playing in December?

    That cruise lines will be going out of business?

    Please note that we will not have any meetings until May 5th. In the interest of caution, we will not meet during the month of April. The Governor has us on "home hibernation" until at least 15 April.

    Just to include this reminder to take a look at our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information there which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and also important messages. There are probably a few members who aren’t aware of this important source of Club information.

    Maybe we could consider holding our board meetings via “ZOOM”! Let’s take a look at https://zoom.us If that works out, perhaps we could hold our regular meetings in the same manner! 

    Our yearly EREY donations to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever the amount that you can afford, should take the form of a check written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Also note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Give/Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. You should note your Rotary membership number on that check.

    Please note that you can also donate on the R.I. website with a credit card!

    Did you know that you can make up for missed meetings by joining “on-line” Rotary meetings?

    Interested? Go to our District 5520 website https://rotary5520.org/ , log in and click on “Online Make Ups From Around The World” at the top of the home page. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

    District grants management training will take place via “Zoom” on the following dates in April: 7, 8, 13, 15, 21 & 22. All from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9789988731 Meeting ID: 978 998 8731. (“Zoom” seems to be a simple system to use.)

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year: May– Emily      June– Pam 

    Here’s some interesting info from the CDC:

    Human Coronavirus Types

    All Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are four main sub-groupings of coronaviruses, known as alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s.

    The seven coronaviruses that can infect people are:

    Common human coronaviruses

    1.           229E (alpha coronavirus)           

    2.           NL63 (alpha coronavirus)

    3.           OC43 (beta coronavirus)       

    4.         HKU1 (beta coronavirus)

    Other human coronaviruses

    5.               MERS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS)

    6.               SARS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS)

    7.               SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19)

    People around the world commonly get infected with human coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1. Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Three recent examples of this are 2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, do animal coronaviruses infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

    So, what have we learned that we didn’t already know? There’s a heck of a lot of viruses!

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Apr               It’ll be a great day for foolishness

    9 Apr               Passover

    10 Apr             Good Friday

    14 Apr             Easter Sunday

    5 May              Regular Meeting ?

    10 May            Mother’s Day (Maybe you’ll get a card)

    12 May            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Regular Meeting

    19 May            Regular Meeting

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular meeting

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (How do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June   Installation of New Officers

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July               The New Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July        Boys RYLA

    18-24 July        Girls RYLA

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)
  • 24 Mar 2020 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting and our Club’s weekly meetings have been cancelled for the remainder of March!

    March is – “World Understanding Month” 

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

    PETS AND our District 5520 conference have been cancelled! The R.I. Convention in Hawaii has also been cancelled! The Center is closed until mid April. We await further instructions. 

    The Governors’ ball has been rescheduled to happen on 8 August.

    Bruce clarifies: Although PETS at Ruidoso has been cancelled, PETS will be conducted online using Zoom technology. It’ll take place in the same time period as previously scheduled for Ruidoso, March 26 and 27. All Presidents-Elect should have been notified about the change. Now there’s no excuse to get your training… AND it’ll save everyone some money!

    Our yearly EREY donations to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever the amount that you can afford, should take the form of a check written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Also note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Give/Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. You should note your Rotary membership number on that check.

    The visiting Brazilian RFE group on April 14 – 24 has been postponed. 

    Our RFE group going TO District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2 has also been postponed. During June 12-26, 2020, our District is still scheduled to host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia. That may change but we have not received news about any changes. More info? Call Donna Pedace at pedaceabq@aol.com or Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    District grants management training will take place via “Zoom” on the following dates in April:

    7, 8, 13, 15, 21 & 22. All from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9789988731

    Meeting ID: 978 998 8731. (“Zoom” seems to be a rather simple system to use.)

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26-27 Mar       PETS via “Zoom”.

    1 Apr               Foolishness Day

    7 Apr               Regular Meeting ?

    9 Apr               Passover

    10 Apr             Good Friday

    14 Apr             Board Meeting at 10:30 AM ?

    14 Apr             Regular Meeting ?

    21 Apr             Regular Meeting ?

    28 Apr             Regular Meeting ?

    5 May              Regular Meeting

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    12 May            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Regular Meeting

    19 May            Regular Meeting

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    20 June            Summer Begins!

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino
  • 17 Mar 2020 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    Happy St. Patty’s Day !!! Today’s meeting and our Club’s weekly meetings have been cancelled for the remainder of March (so far)!

    March is – “World Understanding Month” 

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

    The U.S. CDC has rated the following countries at Level 3; the highest rating and recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the countries listed below.

    *China Mainland (CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan)

    *Iran (Iran is already under the travel ban for any funded travel)

    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland (+Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)

    What about Canada & Mexico?

    PETS AND our District 5520 conference have been cancelled!

    Wonder when our meeting venue will be shut down???

    The Governors’ ball will now happen on 8 August.

    Our yearly EREY donations to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever the amount that you can afford, should take the form of a check written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Also note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Give your checks to Gloria, ASAP. You should note your Rotary membership number on that check.

    If these following events are not cancelled, Donna’s looking for a Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. Our RFE group is supposed to go TO District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2. Doncha wanna just get onto a plane & spend hours flying?

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia.  Interested in providing a place for them to stay? Respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    There are no March Club member birthday anniversary celebrants.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    19 Mar            Spring Begins! (The vertical Equinox… Infernal?)

    1 Apr               Foolishness Day

    7 Apr               Regular Meeting

    9 Apr               Passover

    10 Apr             Good Friday

    14 Apr             Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    14 Apr             Regular Meeting

    15 Apr             TAX DAY!

    21 Apr             Regular Meeting

    28 Apr             Regular Meeting

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino
  • 10 Mar 2020 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    Following our board of directors’ monthly meeting, President Vivien called our Club meeting to order at 12 Noon. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Guests:           Julia Huested, guest of Emily

    March is – “World Understanding Month”

    There were two pin or name badge fines imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Fofo goes to Santa Barbara tomorrow. Also, thanks for the $500 donation to the NM Jazz Workshop scholarship fund.

    Karen said that it’s filing day for candidates! She’s all ready to go.

    Emily parted with two bucks. One was for a happy visit from her granddaughter and the second was to invite all to her estate sale.

    Michael’s happy to have submitted his Ghana project hours to Emily.

    Libby found that her driver’s license expired today. She was terribly happy to have spent only 9 minutes at the MVD. There was only one other person there.

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented five weekly spring trivia questions:

    The person with the most correct answers wins a prize this week. True or False-

    On the first day of spring, there are equal periods of day & night… True.

    During the Vernal Equinox, can an egg stand on end?... False

    What are two Western states that border on each other, known as the Easter lily states? CA & Oregon.

    Baby birds must learn how to sing… True they must learn their species song.

    There is such a thing as “Spring Fever”… True.

    Judy won with four correct answers. For this knowledge, she won herself a pair of St. Patty’s day sox.

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

    President Vivien asked the membership to help run the Club in the new year. Also, she noted that R.I. has communicated their desire for our compliance with local authorities, re: Covid virus meeting cancellations.

    At this morning’s board meeting, we’ve committed $700 to sponsor one RYLA camper. Since we haven’t found a camper of our own, President Vivien has set up an arrangement with the Del Norte Club, to sponsor an “extra” camper of theirs.

    In addition, the board has approved donations to RGFP, Horizons, NM Jazz Workshop and the Ghana/Theodora Project.

    Judy announced that we’ll be having a St. Pat’s social event at next week’s meeting.

    At our 17 March meeting, Julia will be inducted into the fellowship of Rotary and she’ll tell us all about her past, present and future life.

    There’ll be a presentation of an Honorary Member certificate to Tom Gallagher on 24 March.

    Our yearly EREY donations to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever the amount that you can afford, should take the form of a check written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Also note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Give your checks to Gloria, ASAP. You should really note your Rotary membership number on that check.

    Please remember our work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 12 March, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM.

    Donna’s looking for a Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. 

    Our RFE group is going TO District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. 

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia.  Interested in providing a place for them to stay? Respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    March– Judy & Libby                        April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    There are no March Club member birthday anniversary celebrants.

    Today’s Program:     Pegasus Legal Services for Children

    Libby introduced Sophie Asher & Morgan Demic, lawyers from the Pegasus Law Firm.

    Pegasus was founded in 2002 by two Albuquerque lawyers. They believed that children and youth outside of the foster care system would also benefit from access to legal services. Pegasus was incorporated under New Mexico state law in April of 2002, and received its initial 501(c)(3) determination letter in February of 2003.

    Pegasus provides civil legal services to children and youth in dire situations. Most of the clients they serve have suffered extreme hardships such as abuse and neglect. Clients are helped to find positive, long-term solutions. Also offered are a range of services to homeless and runaway youth, teen parents, children in the abuse/neglect system, children being raised by their grandparents, and children who have been denied appropriate educational services.

    Pegasus provides:

    ·       Legal representation to families seeking to enforce their children’s right to a free and appropriate education, with a particular focus on the needs of children with disabilities. They work with child protective services and the judiciary to ensure that the educational needs of children in foster care are met.

    ·       Legal services to grandparents and other kinship caregivers taking care of children whose parents are unable or unwilling to provide them with proper care. The Guardianship Legal Helpline, a project of Pegasus and Law Access New Mexico, provides information, advice, and assistance to self-represented litigants in kinship guardianship cases statewide. Pegasus also provides full service direct legal representation in contested guardianship cases in many parts of the state.

    ·       (Youth Law Project) Legal representation to youth on a range of legal issues including emancipation, family law for young parents, access to health and mental health care, and helping youth transition from foster care to adulthood. Pegasus prioritizes services to youth who are homeless, parents, or transitioning from foster care. Pegasus does not serve parents over age 25 in family law matters. 

    ·       Representation of children and youth in foster care as guardians ad litem for children up to age 14, and as attorneys for children 14 and older, in the Seventh Judicial District which includes Torrance, Socorro, Sierra and Catron counties.

    ·       Pegasus works with policy makers to ensure that children’s needs and rights are taken into consideration in the development of state and local laws, policies and regulations.

    1500 clients were helped last year, by a staff of five attorneys.

    Pegasus is funded by State funding, Federal grants, Fundraising events, The United Way and by private donations.

    The firm also provides brochures as listed below:

    Pegasus Agency Brochure

    Consent to Healthcare Printable Brochure

    Paternity Printable Brochure

    Child Custody and Timesharing Printable Brochure

    Mental Health Rights Printable Brochure

    Getting Into School Printable Brochure

    Kinship Guardianship Printable Brochure

    Need more information? Go to http://pegasuslaw.org

    Or call (505) 244-1101

    In appreciation of today’s program, President Vivien presented Sophie & Morgan with packets of Fofo’s lemonade mix which support her charities in Haiti.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:00 PM our meeting was concluded and we vacated the premises.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Mar            Member work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM

    15 Mar            The Ides of March!!! Don’t attend any forums today… You’ll be sorry.

    17 Mar            Regular Meeting

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day – It’s Party Time.

    19 Mar            Spring Begins!

    24 Mar            Regular Meeting

    26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

    27-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

    31 Mar            Regular Meeting

    1 Apr               Foolishness Day

    7 Apr               Regular Meeting

    9 Apr               Passover

    10 Apr             Good Friday

    14 Apr             Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    14 Apr             Regular Meeting

    15 Apr             TAX DAY!

    18 Apr             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino!

    21 Apr             Regular Meeting

    28 Apr             Regular Meeting

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

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

  • 03 Mar 2020 9:28 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Julia Huested, guest of Emily

    March is – “World Understanding Month”

    Only one pin or name badge fine was imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Cheryl parted with 2 bucks to thank Emily for her work on our service projects and to thank Fofo for the great field trip and luncheon last week.

    Vivien coughed up $5. She owed $2 for previous weeks. Her daughter is moving her family to Houston from London. The rest was “for the pot”.

    Mary signed a check for $83 !! One for each ??? Her book is finished!

    Karen & her President-Elect are happy to be back home.

    Gloria found $3. One for a great time with daughter, one for a 24 hour delay in getting back to the USA, another for niece who visited and baked a cake (of which we all had a sample) and the last (sad) for having her computer hacked!

    Michael managed to find $2… One for the great job that Gloria did, in changing all of their accounts, to protect them from the hacker and the second for finishing his trip #5 to Ghana.

    Pat’s happy to have her home back after hosting 6x family members as house guests.

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented our weekly trivia questions:

    State Trivia: What were the first 3 States in the Union? Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

    The 2nd 3 states were Massachusetts, Georgia & Connecticut.

    When Rotary started up (in 1905) how many states were there? 45 !

    Which vote for only Democrats today? American Samoa!

    Why is march “special”? No, not for St. Patty’s day… It’s Girl Scout Cookie Month !!!

    The Polio Plus loose change jar made a trip around the room.

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

    At our 17 March meeting, Julia will give her new member Bio (15 mins).

    AND, there’ll be a presentation of an Honorary Member certificate to Tom Gallagher.

    After a long, slow & painful death, Emily’s computer will rise from the dead tomorrow!!!

    Karen says that she’ll run again for election!

    Dave reminded us once again, that our yearly EREY donations to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever the amount that you can afford, should take the form of a check written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Also note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Give your checks to Gloria, ASAP. You should really note your Rotary membership number on that check.

    Please remember our work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 12 March, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM.

    Donna’s looking for one Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. District needs six host families and the group will be with the club for three to four nights.

    An RFE group is going to District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. . 

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia.  Interested in providing a place for them to stay? Respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    Our President-Elect Allan goes to PETS in Ruidoso in March!

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    March– Judy & Libby                        April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    What ??? There are no March Club member birthday anniversary celebrants.

    Today’s Program:     Overview of the 2020 Santa Fe legislature.

    Libby introduced Club member and State Representative (District 58) Karen Bash

    So, what Did the Legislature Do?

    The 2020 Legislative Session started on 21 January and ended on 20 February. Lawmakers passed the $7.6 billion budget with a few hours to spare and also sent 88 bills out of 727 bills that were introduced, to the governor’s desk.

    Our Lawmakers main focus was on the budget, but they also made time to cover everything from guns to healthcare and education.

    “From public safety, to the environment, to education, including early childhood education from cradle to career and healthcare. There isn’t a single area where this state requires attention in that they didn’t pay attention to in this legislative session,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

    About half of the budget is going towards public education, which includes a 4% raise for teachers. Lawmakers also added in a very trimmed-down version of the governor’s plan for free college into the budget, $10 million will go towards that.

    A controversial victory for the governor was passing the “Red-Flag” gun control law.  

    In the final version of the budget, $75 million for road infrastructure was cut. That money was put in the Rainy Day Fund. That fund has around $2 Billion kept in reserve.

    Health care was a big talk this session. This year, lawmakers sent a bill to the Governor that would cap insulin’s co-payment to $25 dollars, which would be the lowest in the country.

    This year’s approved budget is $500 million more than last year. All that extra money came from the oil boom.

    Some of the other bills that passed, included the early childhood fund bill.

    Legislators rejected a proposal that called for sharply increasing the gasoline tax as part of an effort to reduce pollution and improve New Mexico’s roads. The proposal would have raised about $300 million in new revenue a year – with the proceeds split among road improvements, investments in “clean” transportation projects and tax rebates to help low-income New Mexicans.

    A proposal to restructure the Public Regulation Commission died in the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee.

    At this time, Recreational marijuana is out of reach for New Mexico. A bill in New Mexico’s Legislature that would have legalized recreational marijuana was rejected by a committee in the Senate, killing it for this legislative session

    A plan that would increase contributions from public workers and the state to the Public Employees Retirement Association to get the pension system on a path to solvency has been approved.

    A bill that would permit New Mexico to import prescription drugs from Canada has also been passed into law. The House unanimously approved Senate Bill 1, which calls for the state to create a plan for Canadian drug imports, late Sunday night in a 68-0 vote after the Senate previously passed the measure.

    Since NM is one of the most difficult to count for the Census, a bill was passed to use $8 million to campaign for and advertise the need to answer your census form.

    Eight new judgeship positions were created in the State.

    The age for foster care was increased from the age of 18 to the age of 21.

    NO tax credit yet, for electric vehicles.

    NO paid legislature, yet.

    The Governor has until 11 March to sign the passed bills.

    In appreciation of her service and for today’s program, President Vivien presented Karen with the packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:00 PM our meeting was concluded and we had to leave.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    8 Mar              Daylight Savings Time Begins

    10 Mar            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    10 Mar            Regular Meeting

    12 Mar            Work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM

    17 Mar            Regular Meeting

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day – It’s Party Time.

    19 March        Spring Begins!

    24 Mar            Regular Meeting

    26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

    27-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

    31 Mar            Regular Meeting

    18 Apr             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino!

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

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

  • 25 Feb 2020 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    This Club meeting took place at 12 Noon, at the Haitian & New Mexican art exhibit at the Afro-American Performing Arts Center (AAPAC) at the NM State Fair Grounds. We met at the Event Palace at 11:15AM. Following the Haitian/New Mexican art exhibit, the art lovers then retired to the Event Palace for a Caribbean lunch supplied by Past President Fofo.

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

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

    There’s a work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 12 March, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM.

    DG King needs district Clubs to support our District Conference. Should we send him a few bucks?

    Please sign up for District Conference if you have not already done so. The link for the registration is on the left side of the page at Rotary5520.org. The hotel deadline for special rates is Feb 26.

    Donna’s looking for one Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. District needs six host families and the group will be with the club for three to four nights.

    An RFE group is going to District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. . 

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia.  Interested? Respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    President-Elect Allan goes to PETS in Ruidoso in March!

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    March– Judy & Libby                        April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    February’s birthday anniversary celebrants are Mary and Richard.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    29 Feb             “LEAP DAY”!!! (Jimmy Dorsey’s Birthday)

    3 March          Regular Meeting – Karen Bash reveals all about Santa Fe!

    8 March          Daylight Savings Time Begins

    10 March        Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    10 March        Regular Meeting

    12 March        Work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM

    17 March        Regular Meeting

    17 Mar           St. Patrick’s Day

    19 March        Spring Begins!

    24 March        Regular Meeting

    26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

    26-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

    31 March        Regular Meeting

    18 Apr             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino!

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July      Girls RYLA
  • 18 Feb 2020 7:11 PM | Anonymous

    Following our monthly board meeting, President Vivien called this Club Assembly meeting to order at 12 Noon. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Guests:           Julia Huested, guest of Emily and future member. 

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    Just one pin fine was imposed today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dave said that we seem to be a procrastinators club! 

    Maggie thinks that she’s a “Loosie Goosie”. They’ll soon be in Europe for training sessions.

    Emily parted with $3 for the three weeks that she left her pin in her car. Also, they’ve finished work on the house!

    Today, our Sgt-at-Arms presented our weekly trivia questions:

    Actually, 02-02-2020 must have a name for this type of number sequence. What is it? Mollie found out that it’s called a “Palindrome-Day”.

    In the Feb. Rotarian, the article “How to tell fact from fiction” the author tells us how to stop fake news in 3 easy steps. What are they? 1- Gut-Check, 2- Fact-Check, 3- read real News.

    There was also a great quote in the March issue re: Working with Rotary to eradicate Polio. From whom was this quotation? It was from Bill Gates.

    The Polio Plus loose change jar made a trip around the room.

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

    Fofo went over the plans for our Club excursion on Tuesday, 25 February.

    We will be going to the Haitian & New Mexican art exhibit at the Afro-American Performing Arts Center (AAPAC) at the NM State Fair Grounds and then retire to the Event Palace for a Caribbean lunch.

    The agenda:

    Meet at the Event Palace at 1413 Eubank Blvd at 11:15 AM.

    Car pool to AAPAC. This saves on individual parking fee of $5.00 per car.

    Stroll through the Haitian/New Mexican art exhibit for about an hour. Fofo will provide commentary.

    Car pool back to the Event Palace where Fofo will provide a home baked Caribbean lunch.

    Caribbean style rosemary chicken (tasty but not too spicy), Caribbean rice, vegetable salad, guava and mango cake. Soft drinks and hot rum cider.

    We should be all done by 1:30 PM.

    To cover cost for parking and lunch Fofo's asking $15/person. Members can pay on the day of the event. There was a signup sheet at today’s meeting.

    Our R.I. Foundation chair, Dave, spoke about our latest EREY plan. Instead of the usual District raffle this year, all District members are asked to donate as best as they can, to the R.I. Foundation during February &/or March. Several members donate $100 per year or more.

    Today, it was Judy’s turn to introduce herself to all of the newest members via a short bio. Judy has been with Rotary since 1995!

    Please remember our scheduled RGFP work day on 21 February, 9A-12N. Also, there’s a work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 12 March, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM.

    DG King needs district Clubs to support our District Conference. Maybe we should send him a few bucks…

    Donna’s looking for one Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. District needs six host families and the group will be with the club for three to four nights.

    An RFE group is going to District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. . 

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia.  Interested? Respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    Our President-Elect Allan goes to PETS in Ruidoso in March!

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    March– Judy & Libby                        April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    Maggie provided a cake in celebration of 2020’s three months’ worth of member birthdays.

    February’s birthday anniversary celebrants are Mary and Richard & we sang “the song” to all.

    Today’s Program:     Club Assembly

    Emily & Libby presented a questionnaire survey about our Club projects. Just to get us to show up, there was “finger food” at today’s meeting. Our Club’s project survey was distributed to all in attendance. Hopefully, everyone filled ‘em out for a tabulation of results.

    Due to a “slippage in volunteerism”, the questionnaire was generated and distributed. We needed input to find out what our Club’s members really want to accomplish. All 14 members present complied and the results are as follows:

    A project frequency of once per month was settled upon by a majority of members.

    Most members would hope for more notice of every project than is currently given .

    Not everyone is interested in every project.

    10 votes for projects similar to The Rock at Noonday.

    8 members voted for projects like the Storehouse.

    8 votes for Casa Esperanza dinner service.

    10 like the holiday celebration at Solana and Hannett houses.

    8 are partial to Silver Horizons.                                                        

    Many suggested that we accomplish less physical jobs since we’re aging and have physical limitations. Fewer members join in due to the fact that many travel.

    Note that Karen & Allan were not present. However, they do join in on many of our projects.

    Additional suggestions and discussion included: Working with other Clubs, i.e. Fisher House w/Metro Club, Saranam and CLN Kids. More outreach to RYLA and Interact was hoped for.

    Most members joined due to their love of service and fellowship and expect community involvement.

    All of the above will be taken under consideration and implemented as soon as possible.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:05 PM our meeting was concluded and we went away.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Feb             We work at the Rio Grande Food Project- 9A-12N – 600 Coors, NW.

    23 Feb            Rotary International’s 115th Anniversary !!!!

    25 Feb             Regular Meeting- A field trip to Expo NM- Haitian art showing w/ a luncheon to follow.

    25 Feb             FAT TUESDAY!

    29 Feb            “LEAP DAY”!!! (Jimmy Dorsey’s Birthday)

    8 Mar              Daylight Savings Time Begins

    12 Mar             Work day scheduled at the Rock at Noonday, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day – Party Time ???

    19 March         Spring Begins!

    26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

    27-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

    18 Apr             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino!

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June           King Kamehameha Day

    21 June           Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

    Thanks to members for assisting with setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.
  • 11 Feb 2020 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Due to the forecast of snow today and the possible closure of N. Domingo Baca, President Vivien cancelled our Board Meeting and Club Assembly today. Do not rejoice or fear! Both will be held next week, 18 February.

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

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

    Our scheduled RGFP work day will take place on 21 February, 9A-12N.

    DG King needs our district Clubs to support our District Conference. Maybe we should send him a few bucks…

    Donna’s looking for a Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. District needs six host families and the group will be with the club for three to four nights.

    Our RFE group is going to District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. . 

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia.  Interested? Respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    March– Judy & Libby                        April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    Next week, Maggie will provide a cake in celebration of the past two months’ birthdays.

    February’s birthday anniversary celebrants are Mary and Richard.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day !

    17 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    18 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    21 Feb             We work at the Rio Grande Food Project- 9A-12N – 600 Coors, NW.

    25 Feb             Regular Meeting- A field trip to Expo NM- Haitian art showing w/ a luncheon to follow.

    25 Feb             FAT TUESDAY!

    29 Feb            “LEAP DAY”!!! (Jimmy Dorsey’s Birthday)

    8 March           Daylight Savings Time Begins

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day – Party Time

    19 March        Spring Begins!

    26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

    27-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

    18 Apr             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino!

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July      Girls RYLA
  • 04 Feb 2020 8:49 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Bruce Davis (ABQ)

    Guests:           Julia Huested, guest of Emily

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    No pin or badge fines were found today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dave parted with $2 today, ‘cause many times, people call him John, the name of his deceased brother! Also, for the 3 ½ decades of RYLA. And, for the fun of volunteering in our Club projects.

    Maggie left us with another $2 for including Rob… Also, she received a comment from a vendor, when she came up with a Rotary coin with her change stash.

    Gloria put up yet another $2. One for Mike’s next impending trip to Ghana and another for her return from a visit with friends in CA.

    John let loose with and wrested a buck from the pocket moths, just to celebrate the ending installation of all new windows at his place.

    Vivien helped pile up the bucks for her son in ABQ & his acceptance to a doctorate degree program in physical therapy.

    Emily’s happy that her son’s moving to his new home soon.

    Today, our Sgt-at-Arms presented our weekly trivia question:

    Her long plane ride from the East coast prompted a question: In how many ways can we protect ourselves from contracting pneumonia or a flu virus? We all wrote down as many as we could think of. The winners won yummy sterile chocolates & Dave won an infected RYLA hot mug..

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

    President Vivien told us about her receipt of an announcement of a new Rotary peace fellowship.

    Emily announced our scheduled RGFP work day on 21 February, 9A-12N. Additionally, there’s a Silver Horizons bowling “Strikes For Seniors” fundraiser at the Isleta Fun Connection. It’s scheduled for 29 February, 12N to 3PM. $20 to enter as a single or as a team of five. Sign up at www.my505tickets.com.

    Did you know that Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans begin on 6 January & last ‘til 25 February?

    DG King needs district Clubs to support our District Conference. Maybe we should send him a few bucks…

    A Club Assembly is scheduled for 11 February. Emily & Libby will present a questionnaire survey about our Club projects. Just to get us to show up, there’ll be “finger food” at next week’s meeting. A copy of our Club’s project survey was distributed to all in attendance. Fill ‘em out & we’ll tabulate the results at next week’s meeting.

    Donna’s looking for one Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. District needs six host families and the group will be with the club for three to four nights.

    An RFE group is going to District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. . 

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia.  Interested? Respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    March– Judy & Libby                        April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    Next week, Maggie will provide a cake in celebration of the past two months’ birthdays.

    February’s birthday anniversary celebrants are Mary and Richard.

    Today’s Program:     RYLA camp

    President Vivien introduced Bruce Davis (ABQ), who has served the RYLA program for 35 years.

    Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership & sometimes life changing experience organized by Rotary clubs and Districts where campers develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections.

    RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30. Our District (5520) admits participants who are High School Juniors.

    Our RYLA takes the form of a weeklong camp. Typically, events include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics. Our camp venue is the Manzano Mountain Retreat.

    This week-long experience also develops bonding and team building within cabin groups. Usually, the daily program includes two speakers, with very little free time left to individual campers. There’s a “visiting day” scheduled per week. A staff of 25 males and 25 females runs things. The staff receives some orientation with minimal training.

    Note that the cost of the per camper scholarship has been increased to $700 this year.

    Some Q&A revealed the following: Maybe Manzano H.S. isn’t the best fit for our club’s search for RYLA. Perhaps the District could “assign” each ABQ & Rio Club a High School.

    It is strongly advised that each Club assign the responsibility of a RYLA representative to one member.

    IMPORTANT RYLA DATES for 2020:

    1. February 15 – Camper Commitment Form Due from Clubs

    2. March 1 – Payment for Campers Due from Clubs

    3. Now through April – Camper Selection and Interview Period

    4. May 1 – Camper Applications Due to the District RYLA Chair

    5. May through June – Camper Orientation Meetings/Selection of Alternate Campers (if necessary)

    6.2020 Boys’ Camp: Sunday, July 12th – Saturday, July 18th (Arrival between 10 AM & 11 AM)

    7.2020 Girls’ Camp: Saturday, July 18th – Friday, July 24th (Arrival between 10 AM & 11 AM)

    IMPORTANT CONTACT: Shane LeMon, District RYLA Chair Phone: (505) 3430400 ext.101

                                                      Email: shanelemon@aol.com

    See the RYLA Information Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yBxkWKJ_g8

    President Vivien presented Bruce with a lemonade packet which supports Fofo’s Haiti projects. This “prize” was awarded for putting up with us today.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1 PM our meeting was concluded.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

     11 Feb             Board Meeting at 10:30AM – Club members may attend if it so moves them!

    11 Feb             Regular Meeting- Club Assembly

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day !

    17 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    18 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    21 Feb             We work at the Rio Grande Food Project- 9A-12N – 600 Coors, NW.

    25 Feb             Regular Meeting- A field trip to Expo NM- Haitian art showing w/ a luncheon to follow.

    25 Feb             FAT TUESDAY!

    29 Feb             “LEAP DAY”!!! (Jimmy Dorsey’s Birthday)

    8 March          Daylight Savings Time Begins

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day – Party Time

    19 March        Spring Begins!

    26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

    27-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

    18 Apr             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino!

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

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

  • 30 Jan 2020 5:21 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Julia, guest of Emily.

    January is – “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Only one pin fine today… Don’t leave yours in the car!

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    FoFo’s just happy to be here.

    Emily’s happy to have Julia as her guest today.

    Pat’s happy that she’s not sick & Glad that her kitchen repairs are done.

    Michael’s happy that Julia is here.

    Gloria’s happy to be going on a short trip to CA & happy about email communication with Gail Mandel.

    John owes us a buck for having the temerity to be under the weather today!

    Today, Libby was Acting Sgt-at-Arms and presented our weekly trivia question: From the February “Rotarian” magazine, author Frank Bures asked what action could improve our energy, health and world view? No-one knew the answer, although several good guesses were made. The correct answer is “to spend a day without the news”. A preponderance of negative news is detrimental to our health.

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

    Ten members are needed to work at Silver Horizons (9540 Pan American Highway) on 31 January, from 10AM to 1PM. Only one member has signed up for our inventory work so far!

    Signup sheets went around once again. Another signup sheet was for RGFP (600 Coors, NW) on 21 February, 9A-12N.

    DG King needs district Clubs to support our District Conference. Should we send a few bucks to the District to help out?

    Club Assembly scheduled for 11 February. Emily & Libby will present a questionnaire survey about our Club projects

    Donna Pedace is looking for one Club to host the Brazilian RFE group on April 14 - 24. District will need six (6) host families and the group will be with the club for a maximum of three to four nights.

    An RFE group is going to District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. The visit mayinclude Asuncion, Iguazu Falls, etc. 

    During June 12-26, 2020, our District will host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia. If you’re interested, respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com and let them know if you’re willing to host.

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

    January-Michael        February ????          March– Judy & Libby                        April– Dave   

    May– Emily                June– Pam

    January’s birthday anniversary celebrants are Emily, Libby and Mollie. No cake this month?

    Next week, Maggie will provide a cake in celebration of the past two months’ birthdays.

    February’s birthday anniversary celebrants are Mary and Richard.

    There’ll be “finger food” at next week’s meeting.

    Today’s Program:     Ghana Adventures

    Michael introduced himself to those who don’t know him and then proceeded to tell us all about his project in Ghana, along with a video presentation.

    The Theodora Project is a program that facilitates the transformation of women who end up working in

    the sex trade in developing countries because of a lack of opportunity. It creates viable career

    opportunities in the field of virtual personal services sold into developing countries. It has a number of

    unique features that promise to greatly improve the lives of the women it serves.

    The Theodora Project (named after the Byzantine Empress Theodora who started life as a sex worker yet

    rose to the highest level of attainment) is a joint venture of the Hunter Foundation, a Ghana nongovernmental organization and The Podolny Group International, an United States not-for-profit

    company (501.c.3 status applied for).

    The principal of the Hunter Foundation, Gail Grant, is a life long educator who has worked with

    disadvantaged women in Africa and Asia for over 20 years. His understanding of the real-life dynamics of

    these women allows him to modify the educational best practices to suit the necessities of a population

    that has desire but has never worked in an environment requiring the disciplines of the daily workforce.

    The Podolny Group International is in the process of raising the funds necessary to conduct a six month

    Beta Test of the concept. The Beta Test will consist of the following:

    • Provide a monthly stipend to our initial participant group in return for their commitment to discontinue sex work and undertake the training and work of the Theodora business model.

    • Complete the creation of the training curriculum, recruit and provide for the monthly payment of the teachers required.

    • Establish and pay for the physical facility necessary for training and doing work including adequate internet access.

    • Initiate the training program.

    • Recruit an initial group of ‘test users’.

    • Test and debug the use work specification, onboarding, execution and quality control process.

    PGI is in the process of raising $30,000 to fund the Beta Test. We have commitments to date of $20,000. The goal is to complete this funding round by March 31 so we can initiate the Beta Test in the 2nd quarter of 2020.

    Yup, President Vivien presented Michael with the lemonade packet which supports Fofo’s Haiti projects.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1 PM our meeting was concluded.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    31 Jan              We work at Silver Horizons inventory from 10AM to 1PM.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    4 Feb               Regular Meeting- RYLA camp – Bruce Davis (ABQ)

    11 Feb             Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    11 Feb             Regular Meeting- Club Assembly

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day !

    17 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    18 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    21 Feb             We work at the Rio Grande Food Project- 9A-12N – 600 Coors, NW.

    25 Feb             Regular Meeting-

    29 Feb             “LEAP DAY”!!! (Jimmy Dorsey’s Birthday)

    8 March          Daylight Savings Time Begins

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day – Party Time

    19 March        Spring Begins!

    26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

    27-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

    18 Apr             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino!

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    6-10 June        2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

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

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