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  • 12 Jan 2021 4:55 PM | Anonymous

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

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Ranjan, Vivien’s son, wrote to Gloria that Vivien is still at the Neighborhood and looks like she will be there for the foreseeable future. His sister is flying in to ABQ and staying the week to help sort out some of Vivien’s stuff and closing out her apartment. She and Ranjan’s brother are going to do a window visit with their mom on Facetime.

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented us with Our Trivia Quiz:  

    1.     What is the coldest month of the year in Albuquerque?  It’s December! (Glad that’s behind us!) Average high of 41 degrees.

    2.     What is the average high temperature in Alb. on Jan 12 for the past 30 years​?    A: 47 degrees.

    3.     How many minutes of daylight do we gain in January? Over the course of January in our fair city,  the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 37 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 15 seconds.

    4.     Who was this historical figure? Hints: born January 12, 1737, Harvard grad - was never President- warned to skeedadle out of Boston by Paul Revere - first Governor of Massachusetts - first signer of the Declaration of Independence!  Yes, it was John Hancock hisself.

    5.     The TV show All in the Family premiered on Jan 12 of what year?     A: 1971

    6.     What Presidential Palace suffered damage from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010? It was Haiti, where Fofo adds “over 350,000 people died from this earthquake”.

    7.     Born on January 15, 1929, this famous American contributed many memorable quotes, among them:  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, and

                “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear”  A: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which becomes due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event.

    January birthdays:  Emily, Libby and Mollie

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the remaining months of April, May & June, please contact Judy.

    Remember Pat’s wedding this week. We’ll send a card. Maybe you should, too!

    Today’s Program:     Dental Hygiene

    Emily introduced Ms. Darly Barkley, owner of Utopia Dental Care and dental hygienist.

    In addition to their office, Utopia also runs a mobile unit which services their outreach program to seniors and schools. They’ll also schedule a visit to your location.

    Darly commenced to educate us about what should be regularly accomplished to keep our teeth and gums in a healthy condition. We need healthy teeth and gums to prevent other nasty things from happening to our bodies. Among other preventive care procedures, she suggests that we eat healthfully, don’t brush too hard since it’ll cause gum recession. Take 10 to 20 seconds brushing each area, while being gentle around the gums. Flossing is not to be ignored! She loves water pics too! Also, get checked out by a hygienist at least once each year. Darly noted that plaque is bacteria and causes other problems.

    She (Utopia) also educates, screens, cleans and includes preventative care and provides regular checkups.

    For more information, they’re located at 1100 Lomas Blvd Nw Ste 1a, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1878
    Phone: (505) 800-9576

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Charisse and Maribel Ventura -financial literacy.

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – speaker pending.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    12 Feb             Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day.
  • 05 Jan 2021 4:43 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Frank Rivera, our AG

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    So, on 13 January at 1:30 PM, Pat will be married to John!

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1. People have been pledging to change their ways in the new year for an estimated 4,000 years. The tradition of resolutions is thought to have first begun in what civilization? (Egyptian, Babylonian or Sumerian) Answer: Babylonian. The tradition is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot!

    2. Ancient civilizations typically pinned the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with_(Rising of the star Sirius, The flooding of the Nile, or the first full moon after solstice). Answer: Flooding of the Nile

    3. From which Roman God is the name January derived? Answer: Janus, God of Portals and Transitions.

    4. What event triggers the Chinese New Year? Answer: Second new moon after the winter solstice!

    5. When do the practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism celebrate New Year’s? Answer: February

    6. What event prompted the first New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square in 1907? (A publicity stunt, A drunken accident, A fireworks ban, or A newspaper rivalry) Answer: The world-famous celebration held virtually this year with a few hundred inoculated medical and first responders in attendance, dates back to 1904, when the New York Times newspaper relocated to what was then known as Longacre Square and convinced the city to rename the neighborhood in its honor. At the end of the year, the publication’s owner threw a raucous party with an elaborate fireworks display. 

    When the city banned fireworks in 1907, an electrician devised a wood-and-iron ball that weighed 700 pounds, was illuminated with 100 light bulbs and was dropped from a flagpole at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    7. On January 1, 1788 who emancipated their slaves? Answer: Pennsylvanian Quakers.

    8. On January 1, 1971 what kind of commercials were banned from American television?

    Answer: Tobacco

    9. What was the first group researchers believe to have had burial practices? Answer: Neanderthals. Evidence suggests that the Neanderthals were the first human species to practice burial behavior and intentionally bury their dead, doing so in shallow graves along with stone tools and animal bones.

    10. Which of the burial practices listed below are not in current usage? Burial in the Air, Mummification, High up in a Tree, Mausoleum, Coral Reef, Tree Pod, Space Shot, Burial at Sea, one good set of Fireworks. Answer : All of the above are current burial practices somewhere in the world (and space!)

    11. What four factors caused the increase in the practice of embalming in the 19th century?

    Answer: 1. People sometimes wished to be buried at far-off locations which became possible with the advent of the railways, 2. Mourners wanted the chance to pay their last respects beside the displayed body, 3.Belief in prevention of disease and 4. The wish to prepare funerals and burials, which were becoming more elaborate, without undue haste.

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which becomes due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event.

    Some January (Capricorns & Aquarians) birthdays:  Emily, Libby, Mollie, Joan of Arc, Elvis Presley & Alexander Hamilton.

    It is with great regret that our Club’s board of directors has accepted the resignation from Rotary, of member Dr. Dave Fontaine. He stated that the involvement he has had, has been very positive - up until the virus precluded in person meetings and interactions. He has taken on a major commitment with a church committee and it will involve considerable time. Dave has expressed his thanks to all who have been so supportive of his membership.  It’s possible that he’ll rejoin Rotary in 2022.

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

    Today’s Program:     La Puerta Green Burials.

    Emily gave us some information about La Puerta Natural Burial Ground, a 40 acre private conservation burial site. Located an hour south of Albuquerque near the base of the Manzano Mountains, it lies adjacent to 14,000 acres of open space, preserved for future generations.
    La Puerta’smission is to provide a respectful, simple, affordable & environmentally sound burial choice.
    Natural burial is an environmentally sound burial option where the body is simply returned to the earth without embalming chemicals; wrapped in a bio-degradable burial shroud or placed in a bamboo casket, willow carrier, or pine coffin. Families care for each other in life and they encourage families to take that final step and care for loved ones in death by participating in lowering the body into the grave, adding flowers or other natural mementos.
    Families may plan and direct a graveside service or arrange a graveside service through a funeral home. Funeral and memorial services may also be held as is customary in one’s church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. Families may use any funeral home that agrees to the guidelines of the ​La Puerta Natural Burial Ground. 

     Commemoration:

    ·        Site is recorded with GPS coordinates by La Puerta staff, the surface is restored, and a native plant and/or stone may commemorate the site.

    ·        Natural, indigenous plants or trees, and numerous varieties of yucca or sage may be placed on grave as a marker. Plants of the Southwest has a broad selection available- see their website www.plantsofthesouthwest.com

    ·        Graves may also be marked with a stone that lies mostly flat on the ground. Engraving or non-toxic paint allowed on flagstone or other flat stone

    La Puerta staff offers at no charge:

    ·        Education to hospitals, hospices, care facilities, clinics, churches, and community service groups  regarding guidelines and information on natural burial rights and choices

    Environmentally Sustainable Products Offered - 

    By selecting the burial shroud, bamboo coffin, or willow carrier by Passages International (an Albuquerque based company), you commit to a product that is sustainably produced and fully biodegradable, made from natural, unbleached cotton or fast-growing willow or bamboo. These materials help absorb harmful CO2 from the atmosphere, and grow well on low quality land where crops could not survive. No metals, plastics, or harmful dyes are used in the construction of these products.
    The weavers who make Passages coffins and caskets are artisans in rural Bangladesh and create some of the most beautiful and high-quality woven products available. Passages shrouds, caskets, and coffins are certified Fair Trade, ensuring respect for the environment and a fair price for materials and labor.

    For more information:   Donal W. Key  505-716-2543          Linda Canyon 505-360-4480 www.naturalburialnewmexico.com

    Mailing address:  Natural Burial New Mexico  601 Griegos Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

    After our presentation, each of us related our holiday happenings for Christmas & New Year’s Day/Eve.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:10 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Darly Barkley -Utopia Dental Care, LLC- dental hygiene.

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Charisse and Maribel Ventura -financial literacy.

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – speaker pending.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    12 Feb             Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    18 Feb             MLK Jr. Day

    19 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June     Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).
  • 29 Dec 2020 9:12 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting was held this week due to a possible new year. SO, just in case, Happy New Year to all !!

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which becomes due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event which we’re too darn tired to hold.

    Some December birthdays:  Michael, Charles Goodyear, Pablo Casals, Jude Law & Woodrow Wilson.

    Vivien spent 6 days at Rust and is now back at The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho for rehab. Calls are appreciated and she sounded chipper on the phone. 

    Happy Bucks or Polio Plus contributions haven’t been happening at our meetings. Gloria would be ecstatic to accept donations towards either worthy cause. Mail her a check. If you would rather that she came by to pick up an envelope of $$$, she’d just love to do so. It would be nice to have some of that stuff to mail to Polio Plus or happy bucks to deposit to our Club bank account.

    Mail to:  Gloria Podolny        2108 White Cloud ST NE      Albuquerque, NM  87112

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

    Here’s a few Rotarians that you didn’t know about:

                Charles R. Walgreen, Jr.   Rotary Club of Chicago, IL (I buy my drugs from him)

                Charles Lindberg   Rotary Club of Edinburgh (I never bought anything from him)

                Thomas A. Edison   RC of Orange, NJ (Remember when we used to use “real” light bulbs?)

                Gerald R. Ford   Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, MI

                Franklin D. Roosevelt   Rotary Club of Albany, NY (When I was born, he was president)

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    5 Jan                Regular Zoom meeting – Emily Blea- alternative burials.

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Darly Barkley -Utopia Dental Care, LLC- dental hygiene.

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Charisse and Maribel Ventura -financial literacy.

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – speaker pending.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    12 Feb             Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    18 Feb             MLK Jr. Day

    19 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).
  • 22 Dec 2020 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting was held this week due to a thing called Christmas.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETING on 29 December due to a possible new year.

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which will become due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event which we are too tired to hold.

    Please note that, as of 10 December, Patrick is no longer a member of Rotary due to business pressures which resulted in his non attendance since July.

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael

    Vivien has been readmitted into the Pres Rust Hospital for a while… Room 4101

    We haven’t been very good about Happy Bucks or Polio Plus at our weekly meetings. Gloria would be overjoyed to accept donations towards either worthy cause. Mail her a check. If you would rather that she came by to pick up an envelope of cash, she’d be happy to do so ‘cause she likes money. It would be very nice to have some of that stuff to mail to Polio Plus or happy bucks to deposit to our Club bank account.

    Mail to:  Gloria Podolny        2108 White Cloud ST NE      Albuquerque, NM  87112

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

    Some well known Rotarians:

                    Orville Wright, Rotary Club of Dayton, Ohio.

                    HRH Prince Charles   Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan 

                    Sir Winston Churchill   Rotary Club of London

                    Walt Disney   Rotary Club of Palm Springs, CA

                    Pope Francis   Rotary Club of Buenos Aires

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    25 Dec             Christmas Day (Didja get sumpin good???)

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    5 Jan                Regular Zoom meeting –

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).
  • 15 Dec 2020 5:41 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Jan Strizek & Gail Mandel

    December is– “Family Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     Red…green or…(Christmas)

    2.     Luminarias or Farolitos?  In a December 3, 1590, journal entry, Spanish explorer Gaspar Costaño de Sosa mentioned the small bonfires his cohorts had lit to guide a scout back to camp. Luminarias, he called them, thereby casting the first stone in what’s now a 426-year-old, northern-versus-southern New Mexico debate over the little paper bags that light up our holiday nights.

    Chinese paper lanterns found their way to Santa Fe via the 18th-century Manila galleons and El Camino Real, but the fragile paper didn’t invite outdoor use. Once cheaper paper bags arrived on the Santa Fe Trail, locals discovered they could fold down the tops, anchor them with a few handfuls of sand, and set a small candle inside for a subtler display that didn’t deplete the winter woodpile.

    3.     What three characters sing the chipmunk song?      (Alvin, Theodore  and  Simon of course!)

    4.     What was Scrooge’s first name?    (Ebeneezer)

    5.     What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?  (White Christmas)

    6.     Where did there arise “Such a clatter” ?    (“when out on the lawn there arose...)

    7.     In “It’s A Wonderful Life” what type of spirit is Clarence? (An angel)

    8.     What were Frosty’s last words? (“I’ll be back again some day”)

    9.     Where was I when I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus?  (“...down the STAIRS  to have a peep..”)

    10.  Who said “God Bless Us Everyone”   (Tiny Tim)

    11.  What carol demands “FIGGY PUDDING”? (We Wish you a Merry Christmas – “Now bring us some figgy pudding”)

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which will become due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event which we are too tired to hold.

    Please note that, as of 10 December, Patrick is no longer a member of Rotary due to business pressures which resulted in non attendance since July.

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael

    Oops! Vivien has been readmitted into the Pres Rust Hospital for a while… Room 4101

    Another oops… Emily went and injured herself (fell & broke a bone) whilst making our gift deliveries to Solano & Hannett!

    In the spirit of the holiday season, DG Sunny invited all to join her for the third quarterly District Happy Hour, Today, December 15, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  A Zoom link appears below.

    Time: Dec 15, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85814342474?pwd=QkV5K3BOVFpQbXo0RjIxMndWOVNlZz09

    Meeting ID: 858 1434 2474   Passcode: 016273
    One tap mobile:   +13462487799,,85814342474#,,,,,,0#,,016273# US (Houston)

    It’s an "Ugly Sweater" Party so wear one if you have it -- or pin a stuffed animal to a regular sweater, or wear a hat....or just join us -- and bring your favorite beverage.  If you’d like, come prepared to share a brief sentence or two about one of your favorite holiday traditions. It’ll be grand to be together again on Zoom as we sit tight & safe, and look forward to some fantastic in-person partying when vaccines are available.  Do come if you can.

    We haven’t been very good about bringing up Happy Bucks or Polio Plus at our weekly meetings. A couple of people have mentioned dollar figures for happy/sad events in their lives. Gloria would be glad to accept any donations towards either worthy cause. The best method is to mail her a check. But if you would rather that she came by to pick up an envelope of cash, she’d be happy to do that. It would be very nice to have some money to mail to Polio Plus or happy bucks to deposit to our Club bank account.

    Mail to:  Gloria Podolny        2108 White Cloud ST NE      Albuquerque, NM  87112

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

    Today’s Program:     It’s virtual party time!

    Members & guests joined in wearing hats, sweaters, lights & some libation, too. Each of us shared favorite memories and stories of past Christmases.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day (Didja get sumpin good???)

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    5 Jan                Regular Zoom meeting –

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar        President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April         District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).
  • 08 Dec 2020 5:47 PM | Anonymous

    Our regular meeting didn’t happen today. Instead, following our monthly board meeting, those of us who have been assigned, will call & “visit” and drop off cookies & goodies, etc. to the members who do not regularly attend meetings via Zoom. Ya gots to keep in touch somehow!

    December is– “Family Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    On 12 December, our gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett house residents.

    Remember to wear your Rotary pin!!!! (But not on your PJs)

    Bet that you didn’t know that Rotary was almost bankrupt in 1915! Frank Mulholland, then RI President, realizing the seriousness and urgency of the situation, conceived the simple idea of asking Rotarians each to contribute a dollar. This common sense method of raising a sizable amount of money proved quite successful; Rotary has not been financially embarrassed since then.

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

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael and Patrick

    Did you know that Sir Edmund Hillary was a Rotarian? He was a member of the Rotary Club of Auckland, New Zealand.

    In the spirit of the holiday season, DG Sunny invites all to join her for the third quarterly District Happy Hour, on Tuesday, December 15, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  A Zoom link, courtesy of District Secretary Donette, appears below.

    Time: Dec 15, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85814342474?pwd=QkV5K3BOVFpQbXo0RjIxMndWOVNlZz09

    Meeting ID: 858 1434 2474   Passcode: 016273
    One tap mobile
    +13462487799,,85814342474#,,,,,,0#,,016273# US (Houston)

    This is an "Ugly Sweater" Party so wear one if you have it -- or pin a stuffed animal to a regular sweater, or wear a hat....or just join us -- and bring your favorite beverage.  If you like, come prepared to share a brief sentence or two about one of your favorite holiday traditions.

    It will be grand to be together again on Zoom as we sit tight, stay safe, and look forward to some fantastic in-person partying when our vaccines are available.  Do come if you can.

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

    “THE RULE OF 85” was mentioned by President Allan at today’s board meeting. Here’s what it’s all about:     A Rotarian is exempt from attendance requirements if

    1.     The aggregate of the member’s years of age (must be over the age of 65) and years of Rotary membership is 85 years or more.

    2.     The member notifies the Club board of directors of the desire to be excused from attendance.

    The “rule of 85” does not exempt a member from payment of dues. Rule of 85 members are still considered as active members and are highly encouraged to continue in attendance at regular meetings and service events.

    Those “rule of 85” members are not counted in attendance totals. Additionally, such members are excused from partaking of meals at meetings and the cost thereof.

    To be considered for “Rule of 85”, a member must submit a signed request to the Club’s board of directors for consideration at the following meeting of the board.

     

    Remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. Deliver your gift to Emily and they’ll be delivered to Solano & Hannett.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Dec             Our gifts to Solano & Hannett house residents.

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM!

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

    12-16 June     Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).
  • 01 Dec 2020 5:52 PM | Anonymous

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

    December is– “Family Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    After next week’s board meeting, we’ll deliver cookies & goodies instead of attending a regular meeting.

    On 12 December, our gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett house residents.

    Both Marion & Julia have paid their yearly Rotary Membership dues.

    Vivien is still on oxygen & is spending a short time in rehab @ Rio Rancho. She has also requested a two month leave of absence. We can reach Vivian Lahiri, c/o The Neighborhood at Rio Rancho, 900 Colorado Ave NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

    Emily had a $5 happy/sad bux… After all was thought to have been said & done, their home buyer made some unreasonable demands ($$$) and backed out of the sale! Anyhoo, Emily found another buyer & the place is finally gone.

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

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael and Patrick

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

    Remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. You’ve received an email from Emily. Deliver your gift to Emily by 5 or 6 December and she’ll deliver them to Solano & Hannett. A couple of weeks ago, the Club decided to provide holiday cards filled with $25 each and given to each of the 15 staff members.

    On 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, etc. to those of our members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Ya jes gotta keep in touch somehow!

    PB&J is still looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts. To be matched with a family of the size you choose, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    We are saddened to learn of Pat’s illness which will prevent her from attending meetings for the remainder of the Rotary Year. Our prayers, thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to her at this time. Pat does not wish us to call her. Her sister has come in from Oklahoma to be with her. However, cards and emails would be appreciated. 5712 Mariola Place, NE ABQ, NM 87111

    If you've not yet had an opportunity to participate in our District's Vibrant Club Workshop, we are invited to join in on Saturday, December 5th, from 8:00-11:00 AM by Zoom. This event is open to Rotarians in our District. It's a rare opportunity to pause and inquire, "What is my definition of a 'vibrant club'?" and "What would make my club even more vibrant?" We'll examine some of the key factors that boost our Rotary experience and share ideas with one another about what works and what could be improved. Registration is free on our District's home page, www.rotary5520.org.

    Today’s Program:     ’Tis The Season

    Today’s speaker is Cheryl Wieker.

    First, each of us shared our Thanksgiving day stories.

    Charity giving goes where you want it to go.

    We all receive many requests for charity giving at this time of the year. From environmental causes to our favorite Rotary grantees, we like to share what we can with others less fortunate or those who can’t speak for themselves.

    When you donate to a nonprofit, you want your hard earned money to be well spent. We “Zoomed” through several ways to check out and check up on charities using easily obtained online information - once you know which key indicators to look for.

    Researching Charities On Line

    ‘Tis the season of giving – whether it is time, talent or treasure!  Here are some tips for finding out about charities in which you are interested.

    1.     Check out their website and their annual report,  

    2.     “Google” them, read their press,

    3.     Volunteer at the charity to “look around”

    4.     Charity rating and listing services (listed below) collect data primarily from their IRS tax return (Form 990) and larger charities from the charity’s website, rarely the press, never the charity client! That’s why it’s important to go and visit to get a sense of the place.

    5.     The services are non-profit themselves and independent. Most information is free to the user. Various services focus on different types of organizations (i.e. international aid, US only).

    6.     It is important to understand the term Functional Expense. It’s simply the annual expenses of the charity, divided into three types:  Program, Administrative & Fund Raising. Program (direct services to the client or meeting their direct mission like buying land in the case of the Nature Conservancy) should always be 75% or more of the organization’s expenses. Combined Administrative and Fund Raising should be NO MORE than 25% COMBINED.

    7.     Charity Navigator www.CharityNavigator.org is an example of a charity rating online service we used today. It LISTS all US charities in business over 18 months. They RATE most charities 7 years old +1 million in revenue/year for a minimum 2 years.  

    8.     The reason to use them to find smaller or newer organizations like the ones we Rotarians grant to is that it gives you an easy and direct portal to the organization’s tax return (990) which tells you ALL about the finances and a lot about the administration of the organization. New sections being develop (beta) so some are blank.

    9.      Here are the 9 KEY THINGS to look for about an organization when you go online:

    *Ratings

    *Program Accomplishments

    *Financial Health (audited)

    *Board independence

    *Expanding or shrinking…    

    *Sources of support, (i.e. donations, grants government, investments, dues, fees)

    *Executive Pay Amount

    *Use of Paid Fund Raisers

    *Member of United Way (local social service orgs belong – usually very tightly run)

    If Charity Navigator does not have much information on the organization (too new or too small), reading the IRS Tax Return for a charity (990) looks overwhelming but really isn’t.  If you want to pursue this, let Cheryl know and she can walk you through the 12 important lines to look at.

    10.  List of some charity ranking services:

    www.charityNavigator.org     www.GiveWell.org (international)    www.Candid.org

    www.CharityWatch.org

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    5 Dec               District’s “Vibrant Club Workshop” 8A-11A

    8 Dec               Board Meeting – 11AM

    8 Dec               Today, it’s the time to deliver goodies to our rarely seen members.

    12 Dec             Emily delivers gifts to Solano & Hannett

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar        President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April         District 5520 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.
  • 24 Nov 2020 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    As is our custom, there was no meeting today since it’s thanksgiving day on Thursday.

    November is– “Foundation Month ”

    Announcements:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    On 8 December, following the board meeting, we’ll be delivering  “cookies” &stuff and such, instead of the regular meeting. To whom do you say?

    On 15 December, gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett houses.

    There will be no Club holiday party this year…

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

    November birthday Anniversaries:  Judy & Bruce

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

    Please remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. Deliver your gift to Emily by 5 December… Or, she’ll have to pick up from you and deliver the gifts to Solano & Hannett. So, wrap your gifts and LABEL them. 

    On 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, alcohol, etc. to those Club members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Ya jes gotta keep in touch somehow!

    At last week’s meeting, Emily mentioned that, since the staff at both Solano & Hannett are really working so hard, we could recognize their work in some manner. The Club will provide holiday cards filled with $25 each and given to each of the 15 staff members.

    PB&J is still looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts. To be matched with a family of the size you choose, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26 Nov             Thanksgiving Day

    1 Dec               Regular Meeting –

    5 Dec               District’s “Vibrant Club Workshop” 8A-11A

    8 Dec               Board Meeting

    8 Dec               Delivery of goodies (as explained above).

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar        President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April         District 5520 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.
  • 17 Nov 2020 8:09 PM | Anonymous

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

    November is– “Foundation Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 24 November, 22 December & 29 December.

    On 8 December, after the board meeting, we’ll deliver cookies instead of the regular meeting.

    On 15 December, gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett houses.

    There will be no Club holiday party this year…

    Emily spoke to Julia and found out that she’s working very hard at her classes. Julia wants to stay in our Club and will pay her “forgotten” dues.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     Rotary Trivia:  What week is this in the Big West Zone?  Answer: It’s gratitude week!  Write a note of thanks to your mail carrier or catch that delivery person to say how much we appreciate their work during the pandemic.

    2.     What is a Rotex ? (Pick from:  white cards in a rack with phone numbers on them, youth exchange alumni association, or  Rotary system for selecting grant proposals.     It’s the Rotary Youth Exchange grads association. This year they have invited the people whose trips were cancelled to join them on their new website.  Karen got this one I think.

    3.     What UNESCO World Heritage Site dedication was attended by French Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III on this date 151 years ago on November 17, 1869?  Hints: It’s in Africa, it’s a waterway, it saves ships 5600 miles in travel. Answer:  Suez Canal Michael of course got this one first.

    4.     It’s a Monday morning in November, 1969. Across the US, parents and babysitters, grandparents and aunts and uncles are turning on the TV, because there's a new show out today. What is it?  Answer: Sesame Street and the Muppets. Vivien nailed it!

    5.     Question: How many turkeys are prepared for Thanksgiving in America in a normal year? Answer: About 46 MILLION (Blow out question – none of us got it!)

    6.     Question: Black Friday is the biggest day of the year for what trade profession? Answer: Plumbers! (Thanks Pam!)

    7.     Question: What popular song’s real title is “The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”? Answer: Over the River and Through the Woods.. (Karen aced this one)

    8.     Question: Who was the first President to pardon a turkey? Several suggestions starting with Reagan, but it was JFK according to the trivia source.  (Karen on this one too!)

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

    November birthday Anniversaries:  Judy & Bruce

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

    Please remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. You’ve received an email from Emily, permitting each of us to select a resident’s requested gift. Return your selection via email (REPLY TO ALL) & deliver your gift to Emily by 5 December… Or, she’ll pick them up from you and deliver them to Solano & Hannett.

    On 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, etc. to those of our members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Ya jes gotta keep in touch somehow!

    Emily mentioned that, since the staff at both Solano & Hannett are really working so hard, we could recognize their work in some manner. A motion was presented by Cheryl, to have the Club provide holiday cards filled with $25 each and given to each of the 15 staff members. The motion received a second from Penny and was passed unanimously by all attending members.

    PB&J is still looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts. To be matched with a family of the size you choose, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    Today’s Program:     Conversing with Difficult People & Understanding Your Own Triggers

    Michael introduced Anne deLain W. Clark, cofounder of Stanhope & Clark.

    Anne helps people to ask, listen and respond better in the public and private sectors. As an interpersonal communication and conflict management expert, consultant and educator, Anne discussed the power of conscious communication to improve relationships.

    Among some of the facts touched upon, were: Holiday interaction & reactions to election results.

    What do we do in these difficult times? Exploring your best & worst conversations.

    We covered what parts of the brain we use for what… Listening & conversational intelligence, low & high trust and what parts of the brain they work with, ie: the cortex is the part of the brain in which we should do the most thinking (high trust). Outrage & injustice = neocortex, reflex action=low trust & it’s in the primitive brain; the amigdala is where fear lives. We have centralized and non centralized nervous systems.

    We should move to or stay in the prefrontal cortex as much as possible, in order to analyze what happened and how to deal with it.

    For more information, go to  Anne.delain.W.Clark@gmail.com  OR www.StanhopeAndClark.com

    505-470-4427 or 505-819-3861

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    1 Dec               Regular Meeting –

    5 Dec               District’s “Vibrant Club Workshop” 8A-11A

    8 Dec               Board Meeting

    8 Dec               Regular Meeting –

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April        District 5520 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.
  • 10 Nov 2020 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    Immediately following the November board meeting, this regular meeting was called to order by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    November is– “Foundation Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 24 November, 22 December & 29 December.

    On 8 December, after the board meeting, we’ll deliver cookies instead of the regular meeting.

    On 15 December, gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett houses.

    Dere ain’t no Club holiday party this year…

    President Allan reminds us to sign up for the Rotary Zone Zoom meeting, 12-14 November. Also, his congregation is running a trip raffle. For information, call President Allan.

    Michael’s back from Ghana!

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     In 1957 this man (President Dwight D. Eisenhower) received the Gaither Report which urged the expense of up to $30 billion to build what?   Hint: NOT the Highway System!

          Answer:  Fallout shelters!!

    2.     (Picture of juggler on top of a cement wall with lots of grafitti on it). What happened to this juggler’s perch in November, 1989?   Answer: The Berlin Wall came down.

    3.     When was the Berlin Wall first erected? Answer: Constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off (by land) West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989.

    4.     Why was Alex Trebek nearly expelled from boarding school and dropped out of military school after 3 days?? Answer:  His hair….he didn’t want to get a buzz cut!  (It was 1958 after all…..)

    5.     Why did Alex Trebek decide not to become a priest?  Answer:  “The vow of silence... enough said” he said! RIP Alex Trebek.

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

    November birthday Anniversaries:  Judy & Bruce

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

    Emily announced that we’ll be providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. There’ll be an email from Emily by Friday, permitting each of us to select a resident’s requested gift. Return your selection via email (REPLY TO ALL) & deliver your gift to Emily by 5 December… Or, she’ll pick them up from you and deliver them to Solano & Hannett.

    Cheryl mentioned that, at this morning’s board meeting, Judy had suggested that, on 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, etc. to those of our members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Those members present today have set up a list of recipients.

    PB&J is looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts for the holidays. Each of their families is asked to complete a wish list that provides suggestions to their sponsors.

    To be matched with a family, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    Today’s Program:     Theodora Ghana Project update (Theodora Africa Virtual Assistants)

    Michael introduced Mary Fiadese (Sales) and Justina Ansah (CFO).

    Today, they’ll be doing a practice run of a presentation designed for major donor and new business development.

    Theodora is empowerment. Millions of African women turn to the sex industry because they can’t find any other work. The Theodora project trains them to support small U.S. companies with administrative and marketing tasks.

    Theodora Virtual Assistants serve professionals acting as solo practitioners, very small businesses and solopreneurs. Clients often feel like they’re not in control of their workload and don’t have time to market and sell their services. We help them develop systems to organize and offload some of this work so we can get important tasks done for them.

    Small US-based businesses are helped to do more with less by relieving them of tedious administrative and marketing tasks.

    Task Management

    Our VAs keep you and your to-do’s organized and on schedule. We help our clients keep track of all the moving parts involved in running a busy professional practice or small business. We help you stay organized, and we keep you accountable.

    Marketing Support

    Few professionals enjoy marketing and sales. We help you promote your business by executing your marketing campaigns to your specifications. This includes content development, sales letters, mailing list management and social media marketing.

    DOCUMENT PROCESSES

    We help clients delegate tasks and develop systems to keep work flowing. Following interviews with you, our VAs create process documents specific to your business so the next time you contract for administrative services, your contractors have a roadmap to follow.

    Started in 2020 with a pilot group of six women, today Theodora is serving twelve small businesses with new prospects being added every month. The next step is to help more women in Ghana and to persuade more small US businesses to use Theodora. Following Ghana, other African countries will join the program.

    Theodora Africa is possible through the financial support of individuals, businesses and organizations. Join and help us expand this important program by hiring their services & donating to the project! To date, the program is ¾ of the way to self funding.

    For more information, go to  www.TheodoraAfrica.com

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    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 – Conversing with Difficult People & Understanding Your Own Triggers

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    1 Dec               Regular Meeting –

    5 Dec               District’s “Vibrant Club Workshop” 8A-11A

    8 Dec               Board Meeting

    8 Dec               Regular Meeting –

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April        District 5520 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.
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