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  • 20 Oct 2020 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    This Zoom meeting was called to order by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance, the 4-way test and a moment of silence and reflection followed.

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Allan noted that we have received a card from DG Sunny expressing her thanks for our donation to PolioPlus in her name.

    Pam needs an oven repair person!

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

    October birthday anniversaries:  Karen, Cheryl and Dave.

    Soon, we’ll have to start thinking about our December “visits” to Solano & Hannett House. Maybe gifts only this year??

    Navajo food donation collections take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4PM. The food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE.

    24 October. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States.

    For info about Rotary Day at the United Nations, go to www.Rotary.org/un-day. Read your October Rotary magazine to find out about Rotary’s involvement in the UN.

    Oct 24 is World Polio Day – Gloria will mail in our contributions before then. It’s suggested that everyone who has Happy Bucks and/or Polio Jar funds, write a check to Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia and mail it to Gloria. 

    District 5520 will hold an Art Auction for the National Polio Month event. The auction will be held via Zoom on October 2 9th, 6:00P to 7:30 P. Donated items will be auctioned off from each of the clubs in the district. Each Club is asked to donate an item by 24 Oct. Speak to 5520 Sec’y Donette Wagner (secretary5520@gmail.com ).

    Register for our annual Bi-District Conference.  This is the first time in 35 years that it’ll take place VIRTUALLY and AT NO CHARGE. DG Sunny is hoping that each of us will come and check this out -- and, especially, that clubs with an interest in partnering on a Global Grant will be sure to attend.

    The Conference will be held on Friday, October 23, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM MDT and on Saturday, October 24, from 8:00 AM to Noon, MDT.

    Please remember that Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the remaining months, please contact Judy. If there isn’t a program, we’ll just sit and stare at each other!

    Today’s Program:     Gold Star Mothers of New Mexico (GSM)

    Emily introduced Pat Merville, President of the GSM Albuquerque, NM chapter.

    A Gold Star Mother is a mother whose child has served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or its Allies, or those who have died as a result of injuries sustained in such service.

    In 1928 a group of mothers residing in Washington, D.C. made plans to organize a national organization.  This group was composed of women who lost a son or daughter in World War I.

    American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  It’s a Veterans Service Organization chartered by the United States Congress in 1984. American Gold Star Mothers continue to honor their sons and daughters through service -- service to veterans and patriotic events. Members work closely with all Veteran's organizations, giving many hours of volunteer work and personal service in Veteran's Hospitals and the community in which they live.

    American Gold Star Mothers Mission shall be:

    ·        To keep alive and develop the spirit that prompted world services;

    ·         To maintain the ties of friendship born of that service, and assist and further all patriotic work;

    ·         To provide a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation;

    ·         To assist Veterans of all wars;

    ·         To provide lessons of patriotism and love of country in the communities in which we live;

    ·         To inspire respect for the Stars and Stripes in the youth of our nation.

    Albuquerque Gold Star Mothers meet at least six times a year in the Albuquerque area. There are members of this chapter throughout the state of New Mexico.

    Their mission is to support newly bereaved families by attending funerals around the state and remaining in contact with the families. They support and work with the Veterans and VA Hospital. They also work closely with Blue Star Mothers & the United Veterans Council.

    Annual Dues: $35 - $30 of which is passed on to the National organization

    Contact:  Pat Merville, President

    188 Square H Road     Edgewood, NM  87015           (505) 235-5545 phone

    OR, ABQ Gold Star Mothers PO BOX 91561, Albuquerque, NM 87199

    OR, go to www.gsmnm.org for more information.

    Note that there’s also a gold star dads organization.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110.

    24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting – Women’s Housing Coalition – Angie Ludi

    29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Sec’y Donette to donate an item.

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation  Zoom Training

    10 Nov            Board Meeting

    10 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

    12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW (It’ll cost you $49)

    14 Nov            RLI part 1 via Zoom- 7:30A-1:30P. Register on the District website.

    16-22 Nov       The “Zone Ride” during Rotary Gratefulness Week.

    17 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    8-11 April        District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April           Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 13 Oct 2020 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    Following our monthly board meeting, this Zoom meeting was called to order by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test and a moment of silence and reflection followed.

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman visited with us at both our board and regular meetings today. She was our program speaker for the day. As is our Club custom, we’ll be donating $100 in DG Sunny’s name to the R.I. PolioPlus effort.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     In the ROTARY world, what do the initials GPEI stand for? Answer…. Global Polio Eradication Initiative sounded out by Pam and friends. The GPEI is made up of (major members) WHO, Gates Foundation, ROTARY, UNICEF,  GAVI Vaccine Alliance (a non-profit dedicated solely to getting vaccinations to under-served parts of the world, mostly to children.)

    2.     October 24th is World Polio Day. From the Rotary Magazine, how many Rotarians have volunteered their time and resources to end polio since 1988? Is it: 650,000  900,000  1 million+. Answer: Over 1 million Rotarians have volunteered or contributed or both, including YOU.

    3.     In the Rotary Magazine article on pollinators, what percent of the world’s plant species are dependent on pollinators to survive?  Is it 35%, 55% or 75% ?  Answer:  It’s 75% (several correct guessers!) Go to https://friendsofvalledeoro.org/abq-backyard-refuge/  to learn ways to help pollinators in your balcony, yard or estate! 

    4.     Trivia: On This Day In History: On October 13, 2016 what American singer-songwriter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature? Answer: Bob Dylan! He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 and the Nobel Prize in 2016 for creating new poetic expressions within the American song tradition. What’s your favorite ? “Come gather round people wherever you roam”?  (The Times They Are a-Changin’ – 1963).

    5.     On October 13, 1987 the US Navy used what mammal for the first time in military use? Answer: Dolphin!  Dolphins can dive deep and use their echolocation abilities to locate underwater demolitions (mines).The US Navy phased out the program in 2012 and will replace underwater mine detection (and more!) with robots…any day now!

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

    We’re sorry to hear of the passing of Emily’s sister. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her at this time.

    Navajo food donation collections will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4PM. The food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE.

    24 October. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States.

    For info about Rotary Day at the United Nations, go to www.Rotary.org/un-day. Read your October Rotary magazine to find out about Rotary’s involvement in the UN.

    Oct 24 is World Polio Day – Gloria will mail in our contributions before then. It’s suggested that everyone who has Happy Bucks and/or Polio Jar funds for the month of September, write a check to Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia and mail it to Gloria. 

    District 5520 will hold an Art Auction for the National Polio Month event. The auction will be held via Zoom on October 2 9th, 6:00P to 7:30 P. Donated items will be auctioned off from each of the clubs in the district. Each Club is asked to donate an item by 24 Oct. Speak to 5520 Sec’y Donette.

    Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the remaining months, please contact Judy. If there isn’t a program, we’ll just sit and stare at each other!

    Today’s Program:    

    President Allan introduced District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman.

    Today, DG Sunny gave us an update on the happenings in our district as well as her vision for the Rotary 2020/21 year.

    Our DG spoke on several subjects, including:

    “Now more than ever”, the world needs Rotary & we need each other. We’re one of humanity’s greatest hopes. Thousands have been touched by Rotary.

    To date, our Club has donated over $30,000 to the Rotary International Foundation.

    She told us of her introduction to Rotary, early in 1990.

    Re: Membership… Consider where we need new Clubs.  We must choose members carefully and meet member needs. We were admonished to take care of our members… remember that everyone can do something! Involve everyone!

    We can inspire people with Rotary, then invite them to join and get ‘em to work right away.

    DG Sunny spoke of Rotary International conventions and reminded us of the upcoming convention in Taipei during June of 2021. Also, there’ll be the 2022 convention in Houston! So, let’s go!

    Additionally, re: via RI Foundation, District 5520 works in Guatemala. We consider sustainability of such projects and look for more needed projects, such as consideration of the abstraction of clean water, which will change and save lives.

    We must pay attention to our District’s “culture” including the five core values.

    There are also three aspects of culture:  Cultural kindness, collaboration and creativity & invention.

    DG Sunny also reminded us of the upcoming District 5520 conference, 8-11 April 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center. There’ll be great speakers and events, some virtually and some in person.

    We were “let in” on the new “Polio Plus Society”, where one donates $100 per year (See PDG Linda Woodward).

    Finally, we were admonished as follows: “Don’t rest yet”. We’ve got stuff to do!

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:05 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting – Gold Star Moms – Pat Merville

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting – Women’s Housing Coalition – Angie Ludi

    29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Sec’y Donette to donate an item.

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation  Zoom Training

    10 Nov            Board Meeting

    10 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

    12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW (It’ll cost you $49)

    14 Nov            RLI part 1 via Zoom- 7:30A-1:30P. Register on the District website.

    16-22 Nov       The “Zone Ride” during Rotary Gratefulness Week

    17 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    8-11 April        District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April           Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 06 Oct 2020 3:35 PM | Anonymous

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

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Allan asked us to remember that District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman will be visiting with us at both our board meeting and regular meeting on 13 October. She’ll be “the program”. Please make a showing! We’ll be donating $100 in DG Sunny’s name to the PolioPlus effort.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     In the Rotary Magazine October article on pollinators, what was the main insect being described? No takers… It’s the Monarch Butterfly.

    2.     In the article on “Why Partners Matter” what organization’s representative said: “In pretty much every country where the polio eradication initiative is active (over 50 countries) the assets of that effort have been dedicated to the covid-19 response.” Vivien got this one. It was Christopher Eilas, president of the global development division at Gates Foundation. He went on to say that “The world is benefitting – particularly in the poorest countries- from the infrastructure that the polio initiative has built over the past three decades”

    3.     What high-tech way has the Rotary Club of Plainview, Texas, been contributing to covid relief  in their community?  Using a 3-D printer to make face masks for hospitals, doctors and dentists. 800 so far with help from a grant from District 5730. Judy identified the printer picture.

    4.     ELECTION TRIVIA:  What is the minimum age for a US Senator? (30,35 or 40?) Answer from Penny: 30 years.

    5.     Minimum age for a US Representative? (21,25 or 30?) Answer: 25!

    6.     What are the (minimum) ages for New Mexico state House and Senate?

          Answer: 25 for the Senate, 21 for the House.

    7.     When does “Early Voting” start for the coming election in New Mexico? (Already Started, Starts Today, Starts Sat. October 17th) Answer: Both “have already started” and “Starts Today” are correct!  You can vote at the clerk’s office starting today, and at the alternative Early Voting centers starting SATURDAY OCTOBER 17! Pat & Judy shared this answer.

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

    Pam noted the following item:

    Don’t miss this special YouTube Premiere event with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

    I HAVE A SONG TO SING, O! - A Livestream Concert Event - Saturday, October 15, 2020, 7pm

    Tickets: Free (required, only one needed per household)

    Under the direction of Albuquerque native and UNM alumni, James Mills, I Have a Song to Sing, O! explores repertoire from seven Gilbert and Sullivan operas while giving audiences the opportunity to chat with cast members from the show. Join James and the cast of seven principal performers of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in an exclusive video celebration of timeless Gilbert and Sullivan favorites!

    Claim Your Ticket   The livestream link will be emailed to all purchasers, Friday October 9.

    See this interview-  https://nmliving.com/2020/10/05/popejoy-presents-new-york-gilbert-sullivan-players-virtual-event-i-have-a-song-to-sing-o/

    Navajo food donation collections will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4PM. The food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE.

    24 October. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States.

    For info about Rotary Day at the United Nations, go to www.Rotary.org/un-day. Read your October Rotary magazine to find out about Rotary’s involvement in the UN.

    Oct 24 is World Polio Day – Gloria would like to mail in our contributions before then. So, it’s suggested that everyone who has Happy Bucks and/or Polio Jar funds for the month of September, write  a check to Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia and mail it to Gloria before Oct 10. That’ll give her time to deposit the checks and write a check from the club & mail it to the R.I. Polio Fund.

    District 5520 will hold an Art Auction for the district's National Polio Month event. The auction will be held via Zoom on October 2 9th, 6:00P to 7:30 P. At the event, we’ll auction off Items donated from each of the clubs in the district. Each Club is asked to donate an item by October 24.

    Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the remaining months, please contact Judy. If there isn’t a program, we’ll just sit and stare at each other!

    Today’s Program:     City of Albuquerque, 311

    Emily introduced Ms. Carrie Prothero, Division Manager, 311 Citizen Contact Center, City of Albuquerque.

    The 311 Community Contact Center is the centralized call center for Albuquerque. The service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    Currently, 50 persons answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Their hours are Monday through Saturday - 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    What to Expect from 311

    ·        Personal service — People actually answer the phone.

    ·        Timely service — 80 percent of calls are answered within six rings.

    ·        Accurate service — Call takers have access to City information.

    ·        Efficient service — 75 percent of all calls are handled without referral to another City office.

    ·        Accountable service — Calls are monitored and tracked to ensure services are delivered.

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Alexa Device, City website, Computer, One ABQ App, Online 311 Services, Telephone & Twitter.

    The 311 Center is a division of the City of Albuquerque's Technology and Innovation Department.

    You can report an issue or request a service to the City of Albuquerque through the tools above: Abandoned vehicles, Broken street lights, Graffiti, Lost animals, Missed trash pick-up, Pothole, Weed or litter complaints, Request Information about City events, programs, and services, Large-item garbage pick-up, Residential trash or recycle bins, Traffic pavement markings, Traffic signs.

    Information on the most requested from 311 customers.

    ABQ BioPark - The ABQ BioPark includes the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach.

    Bicycling - Information about biking in Albuquerque.

    Fares & Bus Passes - Information about bus fares and transit pass prices.

    Parks - Albuquerque's Park Management Division maintains & manages more than 286 park sites, 127 median and streetscape sites, and a total of 113 miles of developed urban and soft trails.

    Routes & Schedules - Information about ABQ RIDE bus routes and schedules.

    Search For a Lost or Adoptable Pet - Information about searching for a lost or adoptable pet.

    Street Repair Request - Use this form to notify the City of a pothole or other street failure.

    Swimming - Information about pools and other aquatic facilities in the City of Albuquerque.

    Zoo - Welcome to the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

    The following are all resident services that can be completed online

    Animal Noise Complaint

    Use this form to file a complaint about a barking dog or other noisy animal.

    Cable Complaint Form

    Report concerns about cable television service.

    Crime Mapping

    The Albuquerque Police Department is now making local up-to-date crime data.

    Crime Statistics (Prior to February 2008) Generated from crime data provided by the Albuquerque PD.

    Gang Member Registration

    The City of Albuquerque has developed and passed an ordinance that puts in place a comprehensive anti-gang strategy for Albuquerque.

    GOV TV - Government Television. View government meetings online.

    Group Tour Request Form - Submit your reservation request for a group visit.

    Interactive Public Art Map - Locate public art in Albuquerque

    Leads Online ~ Pawned/Stolen Property - The APD uses LeadsOnline as a method of tracking and recovering stolen property.

    Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Comments - Your comments on the MS4 permit are welcome. The authority will review your submission and take action accordingly.

    New Mexico Roads - See the current traffic, weather and road advisories in New Mexico.

    Online Police Report - File a police report in Albuquerque. Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately and print a free copy of the report. You can use online citizen reporting for the following crimes: Lost Property, Vandalism, Vandalism of a Vehicle, Theft / Larceny, Auto Burglary, Telephone Harassment.

    Report Illegal Dumping to Storm Drains - Dumping any pollutants to storm drains and arroyos is illegal and a violation of the Clean Water Act.

    Report Restaurant Concern - The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department wants to ensure that your dining experience is enjoyable. If that experience is less than acceptable, the Environmental Health Department would like to know about it.

    Report Smoking Vehicle - Use this form to report a smoking motor vehicle.

    Sex Offender Lookup - The City of Albuquerque's decision to post sex offenders on this website is based on the fact that the sex offender was convicted of a sex offense.

    Special Interest Vehicle Recognition Program - Cultivating responsible special interest vehicle club activities and events that promote the City’s cultural heritage and cultural tourism industry.

    Street Repair Request - Use this form to notify the City of a pothole or other street failure.

    Submit a Discrimination Inquiry - Submit a discrimination inquiry to the City of Albuquerque.

    Swimming Group Use - Groups can request to use Albuquerque's swimming pools.

    Tickets - KiMo Theatre ticket sales

    Volunteer with Open Space - If you enjoy the outdoors and love nature volunteer with open space.

    Information about tickets for events and attractions.

    Freedom 4th - Free | Family | Fun | Concert

    Plan a Visit - Balloon Museum hours, holiday schedule, and admission prices.

    Print-At-Home Tickets - Purchase ABQ BioPark tickets online for general admission and special events.

    Tickets - KiMo Theatre ticket sales

    For the Community Contact Center, just Dial the three digit number 311 (505-768-2000)   ccc@cabq.gov

    www.cabq.gov/311/311-information

    For emergencies, call 911.

    For NON-emergency police calls, call (505) 242-COPS.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:05 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Oct             Columbus Day… Already???

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.  

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting – Gold Star Moms – Pat Merville

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting – Women’s Housing Coalition – Angie Ludi

    29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Sec’y Donette to donate an item.

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation  Zoom Training

    10 Nov            Board Meeting

    10 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

    12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW (It’ll cost you $49)

    17 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    8-11 April        District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April           Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 29 Sep 2020 3:26 PM | Anonymous

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

    September has been– “New Generations Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Allan asked us to remember that District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman will be visiting with us at both our board meeting and regular meeting on 13 October. She’ll be “the program”.

    Bruce reminded us of Saturday’s “Vibrant Club” zoom workshop. President Allan will not be able to attend. In his place, our immediate past president Vivien will attend.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1) Rotary Magazine reports that RI Foundation approved grants in June, 2020 for continuing polio work. Which of the following statements are true?

    1) Approved 19,306 vehicles for frontline  workers in Afghanistan

    2) Approved training for 6,000 vaccinators in Sudan

    3) Recruited 2,530 community health workers in Pakistan

    Answer:  1 and 3 are correct, and # 2 understated Sudan training number by 100% - grants were approved for 12,139 vaccinators to be trained. Also...funds for 90 million doses of oral polio vaccine.

    2) Also from Rotary Magazine…What is the story on “The Road to Piyali Junction” about?

    a) Ways to convene a sensible highway engineering plan for rural roads that are repeatedly washed out in monsoons.

    b) RI helps Girl Scouts eco-camps expand into southern Africa – lions, zebra & wildebeest notwithstanding!

    c) A California Rotarian sets up a school for girls in her hometown of Kolkata, India.

    Answer:  Vivien guessed it – it’s # c - 3) A  Rotarian now living in Santa Ynez Valley in California sets up a school for girls in her hometown  of Kolkata, India (a rural village near West Bengal). The PACE Learning Center founded in 2003 by Deepa Willingham is now a collaborative effort of many ROTARY clubs to educate girls in a  low-income community. Kolkata is a big sex-trafficking village- many girls are abused and sold into sexual slavery for as little as $30.

    3) We have all heard about the 1918 Philadelphia war bond parade held (against many doctors’ advice for quarantines) in the face of news from Kansas and Boston that an epidemic flu was gaining hold. The head of Philadelphia’s Naval Hospital told the Public Ledger in the days before the parade: “There is no cause for further alarm. We believe we have it well in hand.” So, the parade went forward. “In the streets of downtown Philadelphia 200,000 people gathered to celebrate an impending allied victory in World War I. Within a week of the rally an estimated 45,000 Philadelphians were afflicted with influenza.”

    What American city withstood political and social pressure to “lock down” their city twice and dramatically lowered their death count?  (Hint 1: It is one of the ten (10) major cities on the second-longest river in North America, Hint 2: It is in the mid-west, and 3) the city has an arch!   Allan guessed correctly even before the arch hint!!

    St. Louis Pandemic story: St. Louis took action early. St. Louis was the sixth-largest city in the USA with a population of about 756,000. News of the flu spreading through Boston, Philadelphia and other cities provided early warnings, and officials took notice.

    “St. Louis had an energetic and visionary health official in Dr. Max Starkloff,” He was fully supported by the city’s mayor, “was very quick to implement city closures”. He closed public places such as schools, theaters, playgrounds, city courts and churches and banned gatherings of more than 20 people. He canceled the city’s Liberty Bonds parade. “They recognized that crowds were a danger”. Businesses protested closings. “They were upset because they were losing revenue,” “It was a constant conflict between them and the city.” Though “Starkloff listened to business pleas to reopen, he didn’t reopen the city all at once,” Navarro said. “He did it in a step-wise fashion.” Starkloff reimposed restrictions as infection cases rose again in November 1918. Infections subsided, and restrictions ended in December. St. Louis fared better than other cities. Post-pandemic analyses revealed that “social distancing was highly effective against virus transmission.”

    So…history does repeat itself. Stay the course and hang in there!

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

    Navajo food donation collections will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4PM. The food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE.

    On Saturday, October 3rd, 8:00A - 11:00A, there’ll be an on-line "Be a Vibrant Club" Workshop. All Club Members may attend. Below is the registration link for the workshop. You can also register through the home page of the District 5520 website:

    https://rotary5520.org/event/be-a-vibrant-club-workshop---primarily-for-the-central-area/

    If you have any questions about the Workshop, contact Jeff Weinrach by phone or e-mail.  505-400-1403 jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    24 October. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States.

    For info about Rotary Day at the United Nations, go to www.Rotary.org/un-day. Read your October Rotary magazine to find out about Rotary’s involvement in the UN.

    Oct 24 is World Polio Day – Gloria would like to mail in our contributions before then. So, it’s suggested that everyone who has Happy Bucks and/or Polio Jar funds for the month of September, write  a check to Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia for that amount and mail it to Gloria before Oct 10. That’ll give her time to deposit the checks and write a check from the club & mail it to the R.I. Polio Fund.

    District 5520 will hold an Art Auction for the district's National Polio Month event. The auction will be held via Zoom on October 19th,6:00P to 7:30 P. At the event, we’ll auction off Items donated from each of the clubs in the district. Each Club is asked to donate one item by October 24.

    Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the remaining months, please contact Judy.

    Suggestion: Give a call to a member who hasn’t attended our Zoom meetings!

    Need tomatoes? Call Gloria in 2 weeks.

    Today’s Program:     New Mexico Child Advocacy Network (NMCAN)

    Cheryl introduced Kayla Strickler, Community Engagemant Coordinator of NMCAN. Kayla builds and manages relationships with NMCAN’s community partners, working to improve the support offered to young people in New Mexico.

    NMCAN  partners with young people to build community, promote equity and lead change. Since 1990, NMCAN has been leveraging community partnerships and volunteerism to improve children’s and youth’s experiences in foster care. NMCAN has grown to engage young people (ages 14 to 25) impacted by the foster care and juvenile justice systems to improve their transition to adulthood. NMCAN works to:

    1. Reduce systemic barriers that negatively impact their lives

    2. Help them learn how to build positive community networks and strengthen their sense of belonging

    3. Access tools to achieve goals related to education, employment, health, housing, and personal finance

    They are dedicated to young people as partners and understand the complexities of these systems. NMCAN is a leader within the child welfare community, driving positive change in New Mexico.

    NMCAN’s work is grounded in four central approaches:

    AUTHENTIC YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

    Meeting young people where they are—connecting them to resources and mentors, and supporting them to advocate for their own policy solutions.

    EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES

    Promoting anti-racist policies and practices across systems, and encouraging young people to utilize their unique experiences as they pursue their education, careers, and personal goals.

    BUILDING COMMUNITY

    Encouraging young people to build the life they want by providing them with healthy, stable relationships as well as work with partners to understand the situations young people face.

    STRENGTHS-BASED PRACTICES

    NMCAN recognizes that, in addition to trauma that brought them to the foster care or juvenile justice systems, many young people face further stressors in these systems. Programming is developed in a way that fosters resilience, supports families, and is responsive to their distinct needs.

    Young people aging out of foster care endure poor outcomes with high social costs. At age 18, they leave the system without the life experiences and the necessary family supports to become successful adults. Some states have extended the age to 21. National data provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that by their 19th birthdays:

    ·        1 out of 3 experienced homelessness

    ·        3 out of 5 have not obtained their high school diploma/GED

    ·        2 out of 3 are unemployed

    Similarly, young people who are impacted by the juvenile justice system or homelessness may face the same challenges. They often have a history of abuse, neglect, or trauma, and have few healthy social connections. Most mainstream initiatives are unable to address the complex barriers and challenges faced by those who have experienced foster care, the juvenile justice system, and/or homelessness. The Brookings Institute estimates Central New Mexico is home to 8,300 young people ages 17 to 24 that are disconnected from their community, school, and work. NMCAN works to address these challenges by improving their transition to adulthood. Those who are “aged out” of care in New Mexico are eligible for free tuition at publicly-funded state colleges and universities.

    We may be able to help with “Opportunity Passport” asset matching, by providing small matching grants.

    For more information, go to www.nmcan.org or call 505-217-0220

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    6 Oct               Regular Meeting – City of ABQ (311) - Carrie Prothero

    12 Oct             Columbus Day

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting – Gold Star Moms – Pat Merville

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting – Women’s Housing Coalition – Angie Ludi

    29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Sec’y Donette to donate Items.

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation  Zoom Training

    12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW (It’ll cost you $49)

    8-11 April       District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 22 Sep 2020 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    Our meeting was called to order on this first day of autumn via Zoom by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test and a moment of silence and reflection followed.

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Maggie’s middle son is 45! They’ll be away to Alabama, She’ll get to “pin” her younger son, who’s being promoted to Sgt. There’ll be a 7 Oct trip and they’ll be motoring, starting on 25 Oct.

    Fofo’s teaching her 5 yr old granddaughter to read & she’ll be starting school, too.

    Gloria’s glad that they made that Finger Lakes trip.

    Pat has 4 turtles in her yard & her doggies love to look at them (& bark, too).

    Judy has a resident doe & 2 fawns.

    Allan’s happy to see everyone today.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    So, what’s the big deal about today? It’s the first day of Autumn!

    What’s an Equinox? The terminator or the position of (sunrise/sunset) is vertical, north-to-south, from the north pole to the south pole. There’s almost equal day & night.

    When’s the EquiLUX in New Mexico? That’ll be on Friday. THAT’S when day & night are equal.

    President Lincoln did something on 22 September, 1862. What was it? He issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

    In what State is Nathan Hale a hero? By an act of the General Assembly and the efforts of the Sons of the American Revolution, Nathan Hale officially became Connecticut's State Hero.

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

    President Allan noted that a list of program speakers can be found on the Zone 26 website!

    Also, Navajo food donation collections will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4PM. The food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE.

    On Saturday, October 3rd, from 8:00am to 11:00am we’reconducting on-line a "Be a Vibrant Club" Workshop. All Club Members are welcome to attend. Below is the registration link for the workshop.  You can also register through the home page of the District 5520 website:

    https://rotary5520.org/event/be-a-vibrant-club-workshop---primarily-for-the-central-area/

    If you have any questions about the "Be a Vibrant Club" Workshop, contact Jeff Weinrach by phone or by e-mail. 1-505-400-1403        jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    Rotary District 5520 will hold its e-Assembly on District Youth Programs for Club & District Committee Chairs, Club Presidents and Officers and the District Leadership Team TODAY, 6:00P to 7:30P. The program will provide Club and District Leadership with the information on our District Youth Program and how we’ll be moving forward. Registration is available on the homepage at rotary5520.org under “Upcoming Events”. There is no charge for this program. You must register to receive the Zoom link for this event. Contact Dick Jones at rjones9755@aol.com if you have questions.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” with login names and passwords for yourself.

    Oct 24 is World Polio Day – Gloria would like to mail in our contributions before then. So, it’s suggested that everyone who has Happy Bucks and/or Polio Jar funds for the month of September, write out a check to the club for that amount and mail it to Gloria before Oct 10. That’ll give her enough time to deposit the checks and write a check from the club & mail it to the R.I. Polio Fund.

    Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the remaining months, please contact Judy.

    Today’s Program:     Reflections of life during Covid-19 

    Today, we checked in with our members and asked what each of us has been doing to cope with the pandemic. So, how’re you getting through all of this?

    Some ideas and solutions included:

    Reading more than usual & joining book groups (President Allan has 30 mystery books that you can have); Some are binge watching older TV series or solving puzzles helps. Many of us seem to be cooking and eating more than usual. Try quilting! Get into a routine! Walking helps, too. Have something repaired or, do it yourself.

    We named Michael’s neighborhood roadrunner… It’s “Phil”. He’s leaving for Ghana on Thursday (not the roadrunner).

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    25 Sept            District Happy Hour!

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting – NMCAN – Kayla Strickler

    6 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    12 Oct             Columbus Day

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Se’cy Donette to donate Items.

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation zoom training
  • 15 Sep 2020 8:42 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Frank Rivera, District Assistant Governor

    September is– “New Generations Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Vivien’s grandson will be 9 yrs old soon.

    Fofo’s granddaughter started kindergarten!

    Gloria had a disappointment buck for a class cancellation.

    Emily’s granddaughter started “ninjas” for one year olds class.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     170 years ago in September, 1850, what New Mexico big event occurred? Was it:

    NM Admitted as a territory of the US?

    NM Admitted to statehood of the US?

    Lost out on the Texas panhandle?

    First railroad train enters Santa Fe, NM?

    Answer: NM admitted to US as a Territory. The boundaries of New Mexico then contained most of the present-day New Mexico, more than half of the present-day Arizona, and portions of the present-day states of Colorado and Nevada.  Although this area was smaller than what had been included in the failed statehood proposal of early 1850, the boundary disputes with Texas had been dispelled by the Compromise of 1850.  Michael got it!

    2.     What other nearby area also gained Territory status that day? Was it Arizona, Utah or Wyoming?

    Answer:  It was Utah ! Emily and Maggie guessed correctly.

    3.     What area became a STATE that day? (Oregon, Texas, California or Arizona)

    Answer:  California!  Though it had only been part of the United States for two years (and never was even a territory!) California became the 31st state on the day New Mexico was admitted as a Territory. Allan got this one I think!

    4.     Which of the US Govt. agency logos shown are NOT in the US Dept. of the Interior?

    4-H Cooperative Extension Service, National Park Service, US Forest Service, BLM or Fish & Wildlife Service?  Answer:  4-H and US Forest Service are in the Department of Agriculture, Emily knew 4-H

    5.     In what year was the 1st National Wildlife Refuge System (part of the Fish and Wildlife Service) established ?  1883, 1893 or 1903

    Answer: Following the establishment of Florida's Pelican Island as the first National Wildlife Refuge, in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the System has grown to encompass more than 566 National Wildlife Refuges spanning approximately 100 million acres of lands and 750 million acres of oceans in the United States. Great guess Judy!

    6.     How many National Wildlife Refuges do we have in New Mexico?  3,5,8 or 11

    Answer: New Mexico has 8 NWRs.  How many have you visited? 

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge,          

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge,  

    Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area, San Andres National Wildlife Refuge            

    Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge & Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge, here in ALBUQUERQUE!

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

    President Allan reminded us about the District’s Northern Action Team’s “Becoming a Vibrant Club” workshop. It’s scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You can register for  this workshop on the District web site. 

    He also reminded us about the 29 October District Art Auction (6P-7:30P). We should contact District Se’cy Donette to donate Items.

    Rotary District 5520 will hold its virtual e-Assembly on District Youth Programs for Club & District Committee Chairs, Club Presidents and Officers and the District Leadership Team next Tuesday, 22 Sept. from 6:00 to 7:30. This program will provide Club and District Leadership with the latest information on our District Youth Program and how we will be moving forward.

    There will be presentations on the following topics:

    Youth Exchange, RYLA, Interact, Rotaract, The 4-Way Test Essay Contest and Youth Protection

    Registration is available on the homepage at rotary5520.org under “Upcoming Events”. There is no  charge for this program, but you must register to receive the Zoom link for this event. 

    Please contact Dick Jones at rjones9755@aol.com if you have any questions.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” with login names and passwords for yourself.

    Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the MANY remaining months, please contact Judy.

    Today’s Program:     ABQ Backyard Refuge Program

    Cheryl introduced Ms. Aryn LaBrake, Executive Director, Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Ms. Ani Jamgyal, program coordinator of the backyard refuge program also attended.

    Ms. La Brake introduced the new ABQ Backyard Refuge Program and updated us on the big changes happening at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

    The land that was a dairy farm and historically part of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro historic trail, is now Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, the Southwest’s first urban wildlife refuge. After the  Dairy Farm in the South Valley closed, the 570-acres were farmed for alfalfa and a potential development site for a sewer plant, racetrack, or housing/industrial development. Rather than see the land developed,  the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, began advocating for the protection of one of the largest remaining areas of undeveloped land along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque.

    The Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, along with local partners and in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, played a significant role in the funding ($18.5 Million) and acquisition of the property in 2014, which was designated the nation’s 559th national wildlife refuge in 2012. The refuge became a non-profit in 2013.

    Valle de Oro is rooted in the South Valley community in Albuquerque. They’re building the refuge from the ground up, directed by community input. 

    The Refuge is still in its initial phases of development. It continues to work on restoring the land to its natural state of native habitat along the Rio Grande. Admission to the refuge is free.

    Already home to hundreds of species of wildlife and migratory birds as well as a premier environmental education field trip destination, the Refuge will expand over the next years to include:

    ·        Visitor’s center with amenities for the public

    ·        Resources for educational and community programming

    ·        Expansive restoration projects to transform the land back into a native high desert, wetland, grassland, and Bosque forest habitat landscapes

    The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is envisioned as a dynamic urban wildlife refuge with  connections to the community, innovative design and programming that increases a sense of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

    The vision is that the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR of the future shall be a dynamic group - a force for positive change, with a diverse membership, a healthy, well-managed budget, with growing financial and resource capacity.

    The Friends contribute to Valle de Oro being a place of learning with a wide variety of environmental education programs, community activities and events drawing many visitors. Trails and other Refuge features guide the steps of adults and children who visit regularly, gaining a love for the outdoors, and an awakening sense of stewardship. Refuge amenities and activities support increasing development of a conservation ethic and inspire engagement in related local, regional and national issues. There are increasing numbers of visitors from outside of Bernalillo County and around the world who become aware of and are sympathetic to this mission.

    Join in the mission and support the realization of Valle de Oro NWR as a valuable community resource. By becoming a Friends member, your annual membership fee is providing sustainable funding to help  accomplish their mission. “Friends” members are the backbone of this organization and they not only sustain the planned work, but have the opportunity to become involved advocates for the transformation at Valle de Oro National Wildlife to a community asset and foster a community engaged conservation ethic in our own backyards and the nation.

    Membership Prices: Individual - $25.00      Senior (65+) - $15.00

    We share our backyards with hundreds, even thousands of different plants and animals, but as cities grow, places for wildlife become fewer and farther between. Fortunately, in Albuquerque, our backyard is home to a multitude of public lands, like Valle de Oro Urban National Wildlife Refuge, where both wildlife and human communities benefit from ecologically rich habitat that exists within the city and its immediate surroundings.

    So as important as public lands are to the conservation of wildlife, it is also essential that we do not think of protecting wildlife as something that only happens on the public lands we visit on the weekends. The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the partners in this ABQ Backyard Refuge program want to support Burquenos to create a system where our public lands are not island refugia, but rather part of a larger system of private and public, rural and urban lands that can all contribute to helping our wildlife and community thrive. This program began in 2019.

    All species are in constant need of suitable habitat in which to dwell and give the next generation a chance to thrive. With wildlife gardening, we can enhance our own outdoor spaces while providing resources for our wild neighbors to make their homes. Even in urban areas, we can make changes that allow other species to flourish with us. Wildlife gardening provides a means of cooperating with our wild neighbors by being aware of their needs and deliberately creating spaces that embrace their presence.

    From a large, one acre lot that can host numerous different trees, shrubs and flowers to a deck or balcony large enough for just a small container garden, everyone can contribute by making an effort to garden for wildlife and landscape for conservation.

    There’s an education guide available with a workbook and best practices guide to follow. Currently, you can find a very large listing of local plantings on their website. Also, there’s a three level space certification that’s available.

    For more information, go to www.friendsofvalledeoro.org  (505) 750-3383

    AND, see www.abqbackyardrefuge.org

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    19 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute – Part 3 via ZOOM (Register on D5520 website)

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!  How did that happen?

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting – CABQ Recycling Program

    25 Sept            District Happy Hour!

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting – NMCAN – Kayla Strickler

    6 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    12 Oct             Columbus Day

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Se’cy Donette to donate Items.

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation Zoom Training

    12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW (It’ll cost you $49)

    8-11 April       District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 08 Sep 2020 5:35 PM | Anonymous

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

    September is– “New Generations Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Cheryl’s happy that the weather will be changing really soon!

    Pat’s also happy that her self-imposed quarantine is over.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     What changed at Rotary International this month? The “Rotarian” Magazine turned into “Rotary”! 

    Emily noted that some of the stories in the September issue were very interesting, read up for next week’s trivia!!

    2.     What percentage of Rotarians get a regional Rotary Magazine instead of The Rotarian? 17%? 36%

    ANSWER: More than 50% (Allan guessed it) More than half of Rotarians worldwide receive a regional magazine instead of The Rotarian. The Rotary World Magazine Press publishes more than 30 officially licensed Rotary regional magazines. These publications are produced independently by Rotarians, and are distributed in more than 130 countries, and published in more than 20 languages.

    3.     When and where was the first Labor Day celebration in the USA? (1.  Detroit  1828, 2.  Chicago  1856, 3.  New York City 1882, or Santa Fe 1912) 

    Karen again (she’s a good guesser) New York City, September 5, 1882. On that Tuesday, 10,000 citizens marched for labor rights down the streets of Manhattan. During this time the average American worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. It wasn't until the Adamson Act passed on September 3, 1916 that our modern eight-hour work day was established.

    4.     Where did the “Eight Hour Day Movement” begin?  USA, Australia or Egypt? 

    It was in Australia!  On April 12, 1856, Australian stonemasons in Victoria undertook a mass stoppage as part of the 8 hour day movement.

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

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” with login names and passwords for yourself.

    Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the MANY remaining months, please contact Judy.

    Today’s Program:      “One Thing You Can Do” (The New Red Flag Law in New Mexico)

    Cheryl introduced Christine Robinson, from MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense.

    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, is a national organization advocating for common sense solutions to gun violence in our nation. Ms. Robinson focused on suicide and homicide prevention. Both suicide and homicide are much more likely to happen when angry, disoriented, or distraught person has a gun. The law is not very useful if people don’t know what it means or how to use it, or if they have misperceptions about the law.

    She shared important things to know about firearm suicide: First, how prevalent it is in the United States. Suicides account for nearly ⅔ of gun deaths in the US every year. In New Mexico, which ranks 8th in the nation for the rate of gun deaths in the population, 67% of gun deaths are suicides. The second thing to understand about gun suicide is its extremely high fatality rate. 90% of suicide attempts with a gun result in death. By contrast, the average fatality rate of all other kinds of suicide attempts combined  is only 4%.

    The Red Flag Law allows courts to determine whether certain individuals are such a serious risk of danger to themselves or others that they should be temporarily disarmed. It gives New Mexicans who are concerned about someone doing violence to themselves or others something they can do to save lives. This new law, particularly in regards to those who may be depressed or suicidal is called the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). The extreme risk protection order is a civil order. The court’s decision to issue such an order does not result in a criminal record .

    The basic concept of red flag laws makes some sense—specific threats are addressed instead of broadly infringing on the rights of all gun owners. Such laws should follow strict guidelines to protect the due process rights of those accused of being dangerous. 

    Unlike Colorado’s version, the new law in New Mexico made “take guns first, ask questions later” the norm, chose a low standard of proof for determining dangerousness, and failed to incorporate mental health and addiction treatment systems to help people deemed dangerous under the law to regain their Second Amendment rights.

    Moms Demand Action is a movement fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.

    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, commonly referred to as Moms Demand Action, is a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. The group was founded by Shannon Watts in 2012. The group started as a Facebook page entitled "One Million Moms for Gun Control." By 2013, it had grown into an advocacy group with 130,000 members and chapters in all 50 states. Moms Demand Action has lobbied Congress to strengthen and expand background checks for individuals purchasing guns. An ad campaign launched by the group compared assault weapons to less harmful things which have been banned in certain areas of the United States. Watts modeled Moms Demand Action after Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In 2013, Moms Demand Action announced that it had joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition of over 1,000 mayors that advocates for common sense solutions to gun violence.

    Everytown is a movement of nearly 6 million Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Moms Demand Action, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Students Demand Action are all part of Everytown. Moms Demand Action is the grassroots arm of Everytown.

    Federal law requires licensed gun dealers to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales, but a loophole exists that allows unlicensed sales, including sales online and at gun shows, to take place without background checks. Gun violence prevention advocates, including Moms Demand Action volunteers, have successfully pressured state legislatures to take the lead on closing this dangerous loophole that allows unlicensed sellers to sell guns to strangers with no background check and no questions asked.

    NM has become the 21st state to enact a law to close this loophole for the sale of handguns.

    Here are basic steps to seek an extreme risk protection order: Call the police or the sheriff. Under New Mexico law, a law enforcement officer may file a petition for an extreme risk protection order on their own or because a “reporting party” requests it. Therefore, you tell the officer why you believe the person poses a significant risk to self or others, including recent behaviors or threats of violence, or other warning signs. In a crisis situation, a court can issue an emergency order that would immediately suspend the person’s access to firearms until a hearing can be held. If they currently own any firearms, those would be held by law enforcement or a federally licensed gun dealer for as long as any extreme risk protection order is in effect. These temporary orders last no longer than 10 days.

    The court sets a hearing date within that 10 days. At that hearing, the court evaluates whether a final extreme risk protection order is needed, and the person who is the subject of the order also has the opportunity to contest the order. If a final extreme risk protection order is issued, the person is prohibited from possessing guns for the duration of the order, which can be up to a year.

    For additional information, go to www.Momsdemandaction.org  or  www.OneThingYouCanDo.org

    Also, there’s a ‘phone #  1-800-273-8255 for the suicide prevention lifeline.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Sept            Regular Meeting – ABQ Backyard Refuge Program- Aryn LaBrake

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    19 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute – Part 3 via ZOOM (Register on D5520 website)

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!  How did that happen?

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting – CABQ Recycling Program

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting – NMCAN – Kayla Strickler

    6 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    12 Oct             Columbus Day

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation Zoom Training

    12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW (It’ll cost you $49)

    8-11 April       District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 01 Sep 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous

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

    September is– “New Generations Month ”

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1)What is the AVERAGE TEMPERATURE for Albuquerque on September 1st?  84 degrees, 86 degrees, 91 degrees (It’s 86 degrees as many people guessed)

    2) Today is of what significance to weather-people? (It’s the beginning of meteorological fall)

    3) August 20, 1920 was the 100th anniversary of ratification of what constitutional amendment​​ ? (Allan got it – 19th Amendment – Women’s Right to Vote. He also supplied that it was the right for WHITE women to vote, not all women!)

    4) How long did women campaign to finally attain the right to vote? (Karen got it – 72 years!!!)

    5) When did NM ratify the 19th Amendment ? (1912, 1916, 1920) Several guessed correctly… it was 1920! On February 21, 1920, New Mexico voted to ratify #19. By August of 1920, 36 states ratified the amendment, ensuring that across the country the right (of white women) to vote could not be denied based on sex.

    ·        A question came up about when we can get absentee voting ballots. Karen Bash supplied the info. You can go online now to the Bernalillo County Clerk office https://www.bernco.gov/clerk/bureau-of-elections-overview.aspx

    ·        If you don’t want to wait til September 14, (see below) to request an absentee ballot. If you prefer NOT to put your SSN into an online system, wait for the absentee application to be mailed to you.(see schedule below) Call the Election Office for more info. Request an application by phone by calling (505) 243-VOTE (8683) option 2 and it will be mailed to you. 

    Here’s some info from the BERNCO.GOV web site:

    On September 14, 2020 Clerk's Office mails absentee applications to registered voters. Please check your voter registration and update if necessary. 

    On October 6, 2020 Clerks begin mailing absentee ballots to voters who have requested them.

    Books close for online and paper voter registration and Absentee Voting Begins.

    Early Voting and Same Day Registration (SDR) at Clerk’s Annex begins Oct. 6-16, 2020, M-F 8A-5P

    October 17-31, 2020 – Early Voting and SDR expand, Mon to Sat, most locations open 10A to 7 P (You can drop off completed absentee ballots during Early Voting at ALL locations). 

    October 20, 2020 – Deadline for clerk to receive a mailed absentee ballot application

    October 27, 2020Recommended final day for voters to mail absentee ballots.

    November 3, 2020 – Election Day 7A to 7P.

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

    It is our pleasure to announce that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.!

    This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary, the African region, our GPEI partners and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries. During the last Rotary year, we raised more than $408 million for The Rotary Foundation! What we accomplish next will be possible because of your generous support. Thank you for your dedication to Doing Good in the World.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” with login names and passwords for yourself.

    Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the MANY remaining months, please contact Judy.

    Today’s Program:      “Flourishing in these challenging times”

    Cheryl introduced Paul Smith, PhD and Steve Poland, PhD, Instructors from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

    OLLI is the senior continuing learning program at the University of New Mexico and was established at  UNM in 2007.

    Paul & Steve spoke on what it takes to live the good life and how we can help ourselves and others around us flourish - even during a pandemic. There are upcoming on-line courses for seniors at OLLI that introduce Positive Psychology and ways that you can’t just survive but thrive even in tough times.

    Membership in the OLLI at UNM allows adults 50 plus to choose from a diverse set of thought-provoking courses taught year round by current and emeritus University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned experts from the local community. The emphasis of the academically-based, daytime, evening and weekend courses is on building an accessible and affordable experience of the best of the University's learning environment. There are no entrance requirements, no tests, and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all — it's a love of learning that counts. The Membership year is Now through - December 2020. The fee helps support the program and is a requirement of all lifelong learning programs supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Fees vary among university sites. The annual membership is $20. OLLI is a non-profit, member-based organization.

    Most OLLI classes are held at the Continuing Education building on 1634 University Blvd NE just north of Indian School on the east side of the street. Classes are now being held via ZOOM.

    Maralie Waterman is the Program Manager and can be reached at (505) 277-6179 or at maralie@unm.edu

    Go to https://ce.unm.edu/osher for a description of classes, dates and costs.

    Here’s a link for more info on the online Positive Psychology course our speakers were describing: http://ce.unm.edu/osher/index.php#collapse-90514

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting gave up the ghost at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    7 Sept              LABOR DAY (So soon?)

    8 Sept              Board Meeting – 11AM

    8 Sept              Regular Meeting – Red Flag Law w/Christine Robinson

    15 Sept            Regular Meeting – ABQ Backyard Refuge Program- Aryn LaBrake

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    19 Sept            RLI – Part 3 via ZOOM

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!  How did that happen?

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting – CABQ Recycling Program

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting – NMCAN – Kayla Strickler

    6 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    12 Oct             Columbus Day

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation Zoom Training

    12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW 

    8-11 April       District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 25 Aug 2020 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    Today, we got together at Rotary Park (7725 Quintana Drive, NE) at 12 Noon and President Allan called our gathering to disorder.

    August has been– “Membership & Extension Month”

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

    Since we must report lots of numbers to R.I., a total of “In Kind” donations must also be reported.

    PLEASE contact Emily with today’s total of your PB&J school materials donation.

    Pretty please pay your Rotary membership dues. Make your check out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” and send it to Gloria. We paid your dues to RI & to District 5520 so please pay us back!

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” with login names and passwords for yourself.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Volunteers supply program speakers for one of the MANY remaining months. Please contact Judy.

    Today’s Program:     Rotary in the Park

    We all wore masks and maintained social distancing (sort of). We didn’t have lunch, but there was cold water available and some snacks to take home thanks to Judy. There was enough shade to go around. Everyone remembered to bring school supplies for PB&J, happy bucks and polio donations that we have been saving and used or new Christmas cards that the kid’s at PB&J can use to make their own cards.

    For those of you who were unable to attend and have PB&J school supplies, call Emily and she’ll make arrangements to pick them up. Some of us DID search for Rotary signs and plaques and found them, too.

    It was just wonderful to get together with our members today.

    Yes, there were enough parking spaces to go around.

    A few weeks ago at a board meeting, the following was mentioned with reference to our meeting today at Rotary Park: It appears that there’s some sort of ruling which limits gatherings to 5 persons or less. In light of this ruling, Today John suggested that, if our meeting were raided, we quickly scatter in all directions. How many of us could they apprehend? Just the slowest ones?

    There being no additional Rotary business or gossip, our get together concluded at 12:55 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Sept              Regular Meeting -

    7 Sept              LABOR DAY

    8 Sept              Board Meeting

    8 Sept              Regular Meeting -

    15 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    19 Sept            RLI – Part 3 via ZOOM

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!  So soon? How did that happen?

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    6 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    12 Oct             Columbus Day

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation Zoom Training

    2021

    8-11 April       District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 19 Aug 2020 3:14 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Kent Cravens, Del Sol

    Guests:           Nick Fowler, guest of Kent

    August is still– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    Who is shown in this picture? She’s very familiar! – It’s Jennifer Jones, the 2022-23 R.I. President!

    What was the very first NON-English speaking Club admitted into Rotary? It was CUBA, in 1916.

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

    It’s way past the time to pay your Rotary membership dues. Make your check out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” and send it to Gloria. We paid yours so please pay us back!

    We’re getting together at Rotary Park (7725 Quintana Drive, NE) on 25 August at 12 Noon.

    So, we’ll do it in “groups” of five (or so). Bring your PB&J school supplies, happy & polioplus bucks and dues.

    On Saturday, August 15th, we worked at the Road Runner Food Bank from 8AM to 11AM.

    PB&J needs school supplies. 

    Bring items when we meet at Rotary Park on 8/25. If you’re not going to Rotary Park, call Emily to meet you at another location. Emily & Gloria will drive contributions to PB&J. They need: Pencil bags, Crayons, Colored pencils, Washable markers, No.2 pencils & grips, Pencil sharpeners, Glue sticks, Erasers, Blunt-tipped scissors (Fiskar brand if possible), Plastic folders, Wide-ruled notebook (composition & spiral bound), Loose leaf paper, Tissues, Backpacks, Rulers, Highlighters, Pens, Index Cards, Construction paper, Watercolors, Sanitizer, Clorox wipes (if possible). 

    For PB&J Teachers: Mounting putty, Dry eraser markers, Laminating sheets, Sharpies, Baby wipes.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” with login names and passwords for yourself.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. We’ve got to volunteer to supply program speakers for one of the MANY remaining months. Please contact Judy.

    Always remember to wear your Rotary pin  – Especially at meetings.

    Today’s Program: Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors                          

    Pamela introduced Mr. Kent Cravens, CEO of Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors (GAAR).

    Mr. Cravens spoke to us on the current real estate market in Albuquerque.

    The Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR) represents the region of Central New Mexico, which includes Bernalillo, Valencia, Sandoval, Torrance, parts of Socorro and Santa Fe Counties and is the leading provider of real estate information services and data in New Mexico.

    Chartered in 1921 as the Real Estate Board of Albuquerque, GAAR today is the largest, local professional trade association in Central New Mexico, with 3,900 members pledged to uphold a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. GAAR is an association of professional REALTORS® who work cooperatively to advance the industry and actively support the communities and people they serve.

    GAAR envisions a community where REALTORS® are a vital part of every home’s story.

    GAAR is a Community of Practice dedicated to providing members with value-added products and services, employing leading edge technology, upholding high ethical and professional standards, and advocating for private property rights.

    In addition, we learned the following:

    GAAR doesn’t license realtors… That’s the state’s job.

    GAAR has a code of ethics & they train their realtor members.

    There are State and Association rules which must be adhered to.

    There IS a difference between a Realtor and a Real estate Agent.

    GAAR runs the website – www.NewMexicoHomeSearch.com

    Also explained, was the GAAR “Greensheet” of comparative market analysis.

    Zillow and MLS were also described and their relationship with GAAR.

    There’s also a Commercial Association of Realtors NM (CARNM) which is associated with GAAR.

    For more information, go to www.GAAR.com

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    25 Aug             Regular Meeting… We’ll be meeting at Rotary Park -12 NOON!

    25 Aug             National Cowboy Day !

    1 Sept              Regular Meeting -

    7 Sept              LABOR DAY

    8 Sept              Board Meeting

    8 Sept              Regular Meeting -

    15 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!  So soon?

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    6 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    12 Oct             Columbus Day

    13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

    13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

    20 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    27 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation Zoom Training

    2021

    8-11 April       District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

    12-16 June    Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
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