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  • 03 Oct 2017 8:49 PM | Anonymous

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Today the group gathered at our new meeting venue, the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.

    Following our board meeting, President Gail called our regular meeting to order at 12 noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test, followed by a moment of reflection.

    There were no Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.          

    Just one pin or name tag buck fine was imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Pat put in a buck for Fofo’s help in redirecting her to N. Domingo Baca today.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Questions for the day:

    Between 2 & 8 October, it’s Rotary Connect Week. So, it’s connections to what? Libby was the closest guess. It’s about connections to Ambassadorial and Peace Scholars, youth fellowships and all other Rotary Alumni.

    As per our recent Ghost Tour guide, what’s the difference between major & minor ghosts? The first to give up the correct answer was Marion, who won herself a box of unused toothpicks.

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

    Thanks to Judy & Mollie for arranging our fun Rotary park picnic. The lunch box auction brought $160 into our Club coffers.

    Thanks to Pat, a great time was had by all at the ghost walk tour in old town and at the preceding dinner.

    Your board of directors is reviewing the Club’s process of donations to worthy causes. Should we budget for donations & for RYLA, etc?

    Should the proceeds from our pancake breakfast be dedicated to a specific cause?

    Are more fundraisers needed?

    Is anyone interested in joining a temporary focus group which will address the above questions? Dave will set up a meeting of this temporary group.

    Let’s think about our 31 October meeting… It’s Halloween! Is it party time?

    At a meeting BEFORE our Christmas party, we’ll have a “white elephant” gift exchange!

     

    Treasurer Judy reports:    The operating account and The Grant Account.

    The check for our labors at Bernalillo’s Brew Fest came in today, via Fofo.

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day.

    However, we’ll be having our regular holiday party at Pat’s place. We’ll also be visiting Villa Solano & Hannett House as usual. On a Saturday during the holidays, we could also consider assisting the USPS with sorting & unloading food donations. We’ll check to see which post offices need help & when they’ll need it. We are also considering a workday at The Rock at Noonday.

    We’ve provided pins for our Interact Club members and officers.

    We’re considering sending representatives (via RailRunner) from our Interact Club to the District 5520 Regional Assembly on Sat, October 28, 10am–4pm at Inn At Santa Fe Hotel, 8376 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA (map). If they go, the Interact Club will provide a presentation on their latest quilting project.

    Join fellow Rotarians for networking and building bridges in Santa Fe! Special rate at the Inn is $69/night - specify reservation is for the North Action Team Regional Assembly.

    District 5520 Regional Assembly Sun, October 29, 10am–3pm 2953 S Broadway St, T or C, NM 87901.

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

    Today’s Program:        The Working Classroom

    Allan introduced Ms. Gabrielle Uballez, executive director of Working Classroom.

    Gabrielle is an alumna of Working Classroom where she has participated as a student, public art apprentice and instructor.

    Working Classroom (WC) is a multi-ethnic, inter-generational community of student & professional artists, writers, actors and directors with a conscious commitment to supporting new and diverse voices and visions in the arts. The underrepresentation and caricature of historically ignored communities hampers our understanding of who we are as a nation and how we interpret our past and contemplate our future. WC contributes to a more nuanced understanding of American identity by training aspiring artists and actors from historically ignored communities and creating art and theater by, for and about these communities.

    In 1987, an English professor spent time at a training project in Nicaragua. At home, she visited a middle school where she told students about the effects of civil war on Nicaraguan children: In addition to fear, hunger, insecurity and violence, they attended schools with no books, pencils or paper. The middle school students, poor immigrants themselves, wanted to help. They suggested collecting pencils or sending old toys. A 12-year old boy raised his hand. “Why not write books?” he asked. From his vision, Working Classroom was born.

    Working Classroom prepares students to contribute to a more nuanced definition of our collective identity. To this end, WC recruits the majority of students, board, staff and instructors from ignored communities, nurtures students’ ability to work in their native languages, utilizes formal and informal education to prepare students for professional success and promotes human rights and peace through the arts, seek and nurture international artistic collaboration and do not accept contributions from weapons manufacturers.

    Working Classroom has expanded. Students, staff and parents have created an internationally recognized model program that includes a street conservatory where students study art and theater, a bilingual theater company, a student gallery, academic tutoring center and college scholarship fund. Every project and program emphasizes community advocacy and incorporates academic, entrepreneurial and life skills. For example, acting students have written, performed and toured original plays about alcohol and domestic violence, AIDS, immigration and New Mexican history. They have performed across New Mexico and in Columbus, Ohio; represented the United States in Rio de Janeiro and represented New Mexico at the First United Nations Congress on Girls. Art students have written, illustrated and published a comic book about predatory lending and a fotonovela about domestic violence. Their landmark public art brightens homeless shelters, food banks, community art centers and clinics and is anchoring a major cultural tourism project in one of Albuquerque’s poorest neighborhoods.

    FACTS ABOUT WORKING CLASSROOM

    1. 95 percent of WC’s enrolled students have graduated from high school; 70 percent attend college.
    2. WC students and guest artists have created 17 landmark murals in Albuquerque and one in Toronto.
    3. WC alumni have graduated from: the College of Santa Fe; Institute of American Indian Arts; Hampshire College; Macalester College; Pitzer College; Pomona College; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Art Institute; Theatre School at DePaul University; New Mexico Highlands; New Mexico State; University of Miami; University of New Mexico.
    4. Alumni have earned law degrees.
    5. Our first PhD candidate received his doctorate in 2014.
    6. WC’s theater company has performed across New Mexico and across the country.
    7. WC alumni and brother and sister Gabrielle Uballez and Michael Lopez are collaborating on arts, education and economic development projects in Albuquerque and the south valley.
    8. The Institute of International Education designated WC as a model program and host site for its South African Career Development Program.
    9. Additional international collaborations include Partners for America (Mexico, Colombia) and artists from France, Thailand, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Haiti, China, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
    10. WC student authors’ original short stories were published with a press run of 150,000 copies by Houghton Mifflin’s in …elementary school Spanish-language reading series.
    11. Alumni brothers David and Victor Meneses each have two careers. David is an award-winning composer with a degree in composition from Montgomery College in Maryland AND a professional magician. Victor is the guitarist with Predator, an internationally touring heavy metal band AND the executive chef at Park Tavern in Delray Beach, FL.
    12. WC artistic partners include the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), Tectonic Theater Project (New York) and Tamarind Institute of Fine Art Lithography,
    13. Guest instructors include faculty at Yale School of Drama, Arizona State University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
    14. WC students participated in the First United Nations Girls Conference.
    15. WC students represented New Mexico/ the U.S. at Mexico’s 2nd Annual Youth Congress
    16. WC alumna Rebeca Mayorga is the artistic director of ETERneo, an award-winning theater company in Madrid, Spain.
    17. Hundreds of students in Nicaragua learned to read with books written and illustrated by WC students and published the Albuquerque Tribune. The Embassy of Nicaragua hosted a formal reception for the young authors.
    18. WC students traveled to El Salvador to found Creaciones, an educational theater company for war-traumatized children and teenagers.
    19. WC student actors represented the United States at the VII International Festival of Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro.
    20. WC student artists created (Hear) By The River, a video mural installation in the Convention Center, commissioned by the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, depicting Albuquerque’s diverse character and characters.
    21. WC student artists wrote and illustrated “Three Months Notice/Tres meses de aviso”, a graphic novel, commissioned by the NM Mortgage Finance Authority, to educate low income consumers about the dangers of predatory lending.
    22. WC student artists wrote and illustrated “Hasta que la muerte nos separe”, a fotonovela about domestic violence.
    23. WC student actors have performed the Roundhouse Comedy Revue three times at the New Mexico Legislature, where the cast has been joined by over 20 legislators over the past five years.

    Working with a $440K yearly budget, their body of 200 students is provided with all of the after school and summer programs. Funds come from the county, city and private donations. College & grad students tutor WC’s student body.

    For more information, go to www.WorkingClassroom.org

    They’re located at 423 Atlantic Avenue, SW, ABQ.  (505) 242-9267

    Following today’s talk, President Gail presented Ms. Uballez with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

    Our thoughts for the day were presented by Libby: “I became an artist because I wanted to be an active participant in the conversation about art.” – Kamand Kojouri

    “Music is exciting & easy to enjoy, the rhythm & voice. It does not need interpretation. That is why it is called the universal language.” – Ellen J. Barrier

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    6 Oct               ABQ Area Presidents’ Meeting- AM

    9 Oct               Columbus Day

    10 Oct             Regular Meeting AT The Event Palace– “Nutrition & You” - Dr. Janet Greger

    17 Oct             Regular Meeting – The Nuclear Museum - Jim Walther

    21 Oct             Estancia Rotary’s 22nd Pumpkin Chunkin… Ya just gotta go!

    24 Oct             Regular Meeting - "The JFK Assassination: A Reporter Reminisces" - Eddie Hughes

    24 Oct             World Polio day! So, we decided that we’ll throw lots of green stuff into our polio jar.

    31 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    31 Oct             Halloween! Will there be a party????

    3-4 Nov           LG/AG Training

    5 Nov              Daylight Saving Time ENDS!

    7 Nov              Board Meeting

    7 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

    14 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    21 Nov            NO MEETING !

    23 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    28 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar, 2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Our thanks to all for their continuing assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 26 Sep 2017 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    This week we didn’t even meet indoors (Are we orfinks?)!  Today the group met at Albuquerque’s Rotary Park (Quintana drive, NE) for a picnic luncheon. Everyone brought a pretty box lunch for auction to members and a liquid prize was given to the best box lunch. Judy even brought desserts! 

    President Gail sort of called our meeting to order at around 12ish.

    We didn’t try to collect pin or name tag buck fines today. 

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

    Today, President Gail wanted to call a vote on a permanent meeting venue.

    The vote asked: A- Shall we change venues? B- If we change, shall we meet at N. Domingo Baca OR at the Good Shepherd Church?

    After all the voting tabs were calculated, North Domingo Baca won with 14 votes. 

    Karen & Allan are away until 27 September. So, hopefully, a member or two will attend the Manzano H.S. Interact Club Wednesday meeting on 27 Sept. They meet in room K-113 at 12N to 12:30P.

    Don’t forget that the day of our board of directors meetings has been changed to the first Tuesday of each month, starting on 3 October.

    The Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental service mission was our September Project. Several members signed up for and worked at the 22 Sept. session which began at 11:30AM in Albuquerque.

    Pat has taken lots of time & energy to set up a “Ghost Tour” 90 minute guided tour in Old Town on 28 September @ 8:00PM. Cost $18. Some of us meet for dinner- 6:00 at the St. Clair winery/restaurant just across Rio Grande from Old Town. If you didn’t let Pat know last Tuesday, you are too late for the tour and for the dinner before the tour.

    30 September: Women2Be “Swap it Out” event- $50 tickets & bring some apparel accessory or décor item worth $50+ to trade. 2P-5P. Food, beverages & music provided. Pre register for tickets at their website. Event is at 834 Alameda, NW. www.women2be.org

    District 5520 Regional Assembly Sat, October 28, 10am–4pm at Inn At Santa Fe Hotel, 8376 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA (map). Join fellow Rotarians for networking and building bridges in beautiful Santa Fe! Special rate at the Inn is $69/night - specify reservation is for the North Action Team Regional Assembly.

    District 5520 Regional Assembly Sun, October 29, 10am–3pm 2953 S Broadway St, T or C, NM 87901.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar made yet another trip around the room.

    Today’s “Program”:   Food, Fun & Fellowship

    Patrick was our Lunch Box Auctioneer today and the Club even made $164.00! The coveted bottle of liquid refreshment was won by the artistic Ms. Jan, with her “Day of the Dead” themed box. Pat glommed onto that box for a mere $20.

    It was a bit cool but it didn’t rain. Thanks to Judy & Mollie for organizing this event! The members did decide that this’ll be an annual event.

    Our thought for the day wasn’t presented and has yet again gone by the wayside.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our gathering was concluded at 1:00 PM when the food ran out.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    28 Sept            A “Ghost Tour” walk in Old Town @ 8:00PM. Dinner at 6PM

    30 Sept            “Swap it Out” event- Women2Be- 2P-5P- $50 tickets

    3 Oct               Board Meeting (NOTE THE NEW DAY!)

    3 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    6 Oct               Presidents’ Meeting- AM

    9 Oct               Columbus Day

    10 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    17 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    21 Oct             Estancia Rotary’s 22nd Pumpkin Chunkin… Ya just gotta go!

    24 Oct             Regular Meeting -

    24 Oct             World Polio day! So, we decided to throw lots of green stuff into our polio Jar.

    31 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    31 Oct             Halloween! Will there be a party????

    3-4 Nov           LG/AG Training

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?
  • 19 Sep 2017 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    So, this week we met once again at North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center- 7521 Carmel Ave. And, instead of the 2nd floor, they had us meet on the first floor once again.

    Immediate Past President Karen called our meeting to order and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests this week.

    No pin or name tag buck fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Mollie parted with a buck to tell of her (& friends) trip on the ART publicity bus ride.

    Libby had a sad buck for her friend’s passing on Sunday and another friend who’s in hospital in a coma.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Who’s picture is on the cover of the October Rotarian magazine? Libby’s instant answer was rewarded with a little paper clip. It’s Bill Gates!

    Additionally, there’s an article in the same issue titled “The Fun in Fundraising”. An 18 member Club in IL raises what huge amount? Tom came close, but no cigar. They raise $90,000 each year! How do they do it? Read the article!

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

    President Gail hopes to call a vote on a permanent meeting venue during our 26 September meeting at the Rotary Park picnic. The vote will ask: A- Shall we change venues? B- If we change, shall we meet at N. Domingo Baca OR at the Good Shepherd Church?

    Allan will be away until 27 September. So, hopefully, a member or two will attend the Manzano H.S. Interact Club Wednesday meetings on 20 & 27 Sept. They meet in room K-113 at 12N to 12:30P.

    The day of our board of directors meetings has been changed to the first Tuesday of each month, starting on 3 October.

    The Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental service mission: This is our September ProjectYOU must sign up individually for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend. Sign up at District 5520 website www.Rotary5520.org

    On Tuesday, 26 September, we’ll meet at Rotary Park (Quintana drive, NE) for a picnic luncheon! Bring a pretty box lunch for auction to members. Label the contents- Peanuts? Shellfish?, etc. Judy will bring desserts AND there’ll be a liquid prize for the best box lunch.

    Pat has set up a “Ghost Tour” 90 minute guided tour in Old Town on 28 September @ 8:00PM. Cost $18. A signup sheet will follow, soon. For those who want to meet for dinner: 6:00 at the St. Clair winery/restaurant just across Rio Grande from Old Town. You must let Pat know today, if you will be coming on the tour and if you want to join in the dinner before the tour.  Based the responses today, she will firm up reservations for the tour and dinner. An email from Pat w/ more info follows.

    30 September: Women2Be “Swap it Out” event- $50 tickets & bring some apparel accessory or décor item worth $50+ to trade. 2P-5P. Food, beverages & music provided. Pre register tickets at their website. Event at 834 Alameda, NW. www.women2be.org

    District 5520 Regional Assembly Sat, October 28, 10am–4pm at Inn At Santa Fe Hotel, 8376 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA (map). Join fellow Rotarians for networking and building bridges in beautiful Santa Fe! Special rate at the Inn is $69/night - specify reservation is for the North Action Team Regional Assembly.

    District 5520 Regional Assembly Sun, October 29, 10am–3pm 2953 S Broadway St, TorC, NM 87901, USA (map)

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar made yet another trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:   Albuquerque Planning & Urban Development

    Mollie Introduced Mr. Russell Brito, Division Manager of the Urban Design & Development Division of the City of Albuquerque.

    Mr. Brito outlined the latest planning going on in our city.

    The City of Albuquerque Planning Department provides a full range of services from processing building permits to developing long range, regional plans and policies. The department also houses several boards and commissions including, but not limited to, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Examiner.

    Existing physical boundaries prevent a great deal of Albuquerque expansion. It appears that one of the only ways to continue the city’s expansion, will be in a vertical direction. A simplification of zoning laws seems to be in order, i.e. the existing 900 zone categories will be brought down to only 20 base zones.

    Zoning code regulations will change and technical standards will be updated with an updated comprehensive plan. There’ll be more transparent, enforceable small area protections and there’ll be future long range planning.

    Follwing Mr. Brito’s presentation, additional facts were obtained through an extensive Q&A session.

    Demographic changes are forseen: In the future, city citizens will be moving around. By 2040, it is calculated that only 20% of our households will have children!

    ART “park & ride” lots will exist.

    Answers to our questions regarding the future of our water supply can only be answered by a totally separate department- the Water Utility Authority and their 100 year plan.

    For more information go to http://www.cabq.gov/planning/            or call (505) 924-3337

    They’re located at the Plaza del Sol building, 600 2nd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

    Our thought for the day wasn’t presented and has gone by the wayside, today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Sept            Rosh Hashanah

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy dental project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute (RGA) - Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Meeting at Rotary Park- Bring a box lunch to be auctioned off! Quintana Dr. NE 87109

    28 Sept            A “Ghost Tour” walk in Old Town @ 8:00PM. Dinner at 6PM

    30 Sept            “Swap it Out” event- Women2Be- 2P-5P- $50 tickets

    3 Oct               Board Meeting (NOTE THE NEW DAY!)

    3 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    6 Oct               Presidents’ Meeting- AM

    9 Oct               Columbus Day

    10 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    17 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    21 Oct             Estancia Rotary’s 22nd Pumpkin Chunkin… Ya just gotta go!

    24 Oct             Regular Meeting -

    24 Oct             World Polio day! So, we decided to throw lots of green stuff into our polio Jar.

    31 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    31 Oct             Halloween! Will there be a party????

    3-4 Nov           LG/AG Training

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for their continuing assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 12 Sep 2017 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    September is– “New Generations Month” 

    In order to further test our feelings about a possible change in our meeting venue, today we tried out and met at the Church of the Good Shepherd (COGS), located at 7834 Tennyson Street NE, Albuquerque.

    Following our monthly board meeting which was attended by DG Doreen, President Gail called our meeting to order and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection. 

    Visiting Rotarians:    DG Doreen Kelsey                 ADG Bill Dennis

    Guests:           Rev. Sarah Tevis Townes, pastor of COGS 

    No pin or name tag buck fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Mollie – Parted with an honest buck, ‘cause Bill lent her a Rotary pin today.

    Judy – Was good for a buck for this “earliest” DG visit. She’s also impressed with our “hands on” DG.

    Dave – Found $2 (not 50¢ each) for happy and sad: Happy for upcoming cruise trip to Europe, sad to miss 2 meetings, ecstatic over the great pecan pie (by Gail).

    Mary B – Parted with a buck to tell of the Farmers vs. Ranchers “golf tournament” this past Saturday.

    Mary J –  Put up a buck to say sorry that she’ll be gone ’til 16 Oct. due to lots of company & travel.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: 1- In Sept’s Rotarian, there’s an article titled “The Age of Invention”, about the creativity of older adults, in which it says that young people are just smarter.

    Q: Who said that? (No, it wasn’t Allan) Give up?- It was Mark Zuckerberg (BOO!)

    2- In ABQ, there’s some great art of steel & glass @ the Metropolitan Forensic Science Center. It’s a BIG magnifying glass. Q: What’s on it? Well, it’s a big fingerprint that’s projected on the walls when the sun hits it. I wonder why only Allan knew this? (It’s located at 5350 2nd Street, NW)

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

    Our search for a change in meeting venue continues. President Gail hopes to call a vote on a permanent meeting venue during our 26 September meeting at the Rotary Park picnic. The vote will ask: A- Shall we change venues? B- If we change, shall we meet at N. Domingo Baca OR at the Good Shepherd Church?

    Next week, we’ll meet once again at N. Domingo Baca in room 6 on the second floor.

    Grant Chair Marion has News on our District Community Grant: Our District grant project with Silver Horizons has been approved and may be starting in October. Dom Bernardi & DG Doreen have expressed their feelings that we’ll be able to keep the remainder of our last grant & use it for Silver Horizons!

    Pat has planned a “Ghost Tour” 90 minute walk in Old Town on 28 September @ 8:00PM. Cost $18. A signup sheet will follow, soon. Let’s meet for dinner before the walk.

    Since it’s Casa Esperanza’s “Pantry Month”, each of us brought cans & non-perishable food to this week’s meeting. Good Work Guys- It looks like we have around $150 in-kind donations.

    14 September- A.M.: Club members will begin work once again, on the “Mission:Graduate” stay in school project.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey visited our Club today. There were sandwiches & libation provided by the Club. As requested by DG Doreen, our gift to her will be a $100 donation to the RI Foundation’s annual fund in our Club’s name!

    Our work at the Bernalillo Brew Fest has resulted in a $609.00 check, which will soon be added to our Club coffers.

    Go to the Mission of Mercy (MOM) website to learn about their dental service mission. This is our September ProjectYOU must sign up individually for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend. Sign up at District 5520 website www.Rotary5520.org

    On 26 September, we’ll meet at Rotary Park (Quintana drive, NE) for a picnic luncheon! Bring a pretty box lunch for auction to members. Label the contents- Peanuts? Shellfish?, etc. Judy will bring desserts.

    District 5520 Regional Assembly Sat, October 28, 10am–4pm at Inn At Santa Fe Hotel, 8376 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA (map). Join fellow Rotarians for networking and building bridges in beautiful Santa Fe! Special rate at the Inn is $69/night - specify reservation is for the North Action Team Regional Assembly.

    District 5520 Regional Assembly Sun, October 29, 10am–3pm 2953 S Broadway St, T or C, NM 87901, USA (map)

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar made yet another trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:   Rotary District 5520 Governor, Doreen Kelsey

    President Gail introduced District Governor Doreen Kelsey to the attending members.

    Before proceeding with her comments, DG Doreen presented IPP Karen with a Paul Harris +2 fellowship award. Congratulations, Karen!

    DG Doreen then shared with us, the story of her 21 year Rotary journey as a three time Club president and Assistant Governor. Included in her inspirational & amusing comments, was her commitment to the RI Foundation, her journeys to Bangladesh (cataract surgery hospital) & to the Philippines (microcredit startups).

    OOOH! And we all received pretty 2017-2018 Rotary theme pins today, from DG Doreen!

    A couple of thoughts for the day were presented by Mary B: “To lead a great life: Dream, take action, repeat.” – Jonathan Lockwood Hule

    And: “If you have zest & enthusiasm, you attract zest & enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    7-17 Sept        NM State Fair

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting – We’ll meet back at the N. Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center

    21 Sept            Rosh Hashanah

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy dental project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute (RGA) - Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Meeting at Rotary Park- Bring a box lunch to be auctioned off! Quintana Dr. NE 87109

    28 Sept            A “Ghost Tour” walk in Old Town @ 8:00PM.

    ?? Oct              Punkin Chunkin at Moriarty… Ya just gotta go!

    3 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    6 Oct               Presidents’ Meeting- AM

    9 Oct               Columbus Day

    10 Oct             Board Meeting

    10 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    17 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    24 Oct             Regular Meeting -

    24 Oct             World Polio day! So, we decided to throw lots of green stuff into our polio Jar.

    31 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    31 Oct             Halloween! Will there be a party????

    3-4 Nov           LG/AG Training

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar 2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

     Thanks to everyone for their continuing assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 05 Sep 2017 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    September is– “New Generations Month”

    In order to test our feelings about a possible change in venue, today we tried out and met at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center at 7521 Carmel Ave. NE, Albuquerque. 

    President Gail called this meeting to order and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Christine Glidden, Rio Rancho Sunrise

    Two pin or name tag buck fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Dave told of a furniture store owner in New Orleans who permitted anyone who needed shelter to stay in his establishment- free space to all. He was heard to say: Service Above Self!

    Pat’s happy for Libby & her computer. It’s working at last! Also, Interact has finished 80 kits for Women2Be.

    Gail to Pat, for getting the kit manufacturing going at our Manzano Interact Club

    Jan’s happy that out Club facebook page is up & running…So, go and “like” it!

    Mary B told of meeting past Rotarians at the brew fest. Maybe we’ll pick up a few new members. Also, go to UBS & donate blood in the name of ROTARY!

    Allan told a patron at the brewfest that the ticket was for glasses. She said that she didn’t need glasses & that she had perfect vision!

    Emily parted with $2 to thank Fofo for the Club’s free use of the Event Palace since 2010.

    Tom asks that we collect & bring in all of our plastic bottle tops. 1000 of them will get a free chemotherapy at UNMH.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: On September 7, what’s happening? No one was aware that the NM State Fair begins!

    Giving us another chance, he asked “What happens in 4 days from today?” Mary B won the prize for knowing that it’s the Farmers vs. Ranchers golf tournament.

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

    Club members worked at the Mountain West Brew Fest this past Saturday & Sunday. 12 worked on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. The fest was held at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. This was one of only two Club fundraisers and we made at least $500 (maybe $600)for the Club.

    Pat is planning a “Ghost Tour” 90 minute walk in Old Town on 28 September @ 8:00PM. Cost $18. A signup sheet will follow, soon. Let’s meet for dinner before the walk.

    Pat told us of the great fun at the Isotopes ball game- go to our website for pictures!

    Tomorrow morning there’ll be training for the “Stay In School” project.

    Big wonderful news: Yay! Our President-Elect has been named... It’s Patrick Zetterholm!

    Four of our members have been trained at SARANAM for reading to children. Reading will happen on Wednesdays at either 4-5PM or 5-6PM.

    Treasurer Judy let us in on our current bank totals: There’s $4513 spendable in our regular account and $1956 in our Grant account!

    Next week we’ll be meeting at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 7834 Tennyson St., NE, Albuquerque.

    Turn West off of Tramway onto Tramway Terrace Place. Make a right onto Tennyson Street & go 800 feet to Church. Since it’s Casa Esperanza’s “Pantry Month”, please bring cans & non-perishable food to next week’s meeting.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey will visit our Club on 12 September board & regular meetings. She’ll be our program speaker that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting! There’ll be sandwiches & libation provided by the Club. Members are to sign up and bring some desserts. Our gift to DG Doreen will be a $100 donation to the RI Foundation in our Club’s name!

    Our pending District grant project with Silver Horizons may be starting in October. We have a tentative approval for the grant from District 5520. Dom Bernardi & DG Doreen have expressed their feelings that we’ll be able to keep the remainder of our last grant & use it for Silver Horizons!

    Go to the Mission of Mercy (MOM) website to learn about their dental service mission. This is our September ProjectYOU must sign up individually for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend. Sign up at District 5520 website www.Rotary5520.org

    On 26 September, we’ll meet at Rotary Park (Quintana drive, NE) for a picnic luncheon! Bring a pretty box lunch for auction to members. Label the contents- Peanuts? Shellfish?, etc. Judy will bring desserts.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar made yet another trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:   Women2be’s efforts in Nepal

    Karen introduced Christine Glidden, fellow Rotarian and Founder/President of Women to Be.

    Ms. Glidden proceeded to give us an update on her Women2Be project. Our Club and our Interact Club have taken part in this project by manufacturing kits for distribution.

    Women To Be was established because all women everywhere deserve freedom. The 501c3 organization is the invention of Christine Glidden and she’s on a mission. Two of her Bhutanese friends who now live in the US grew up in Nepal. They have galvanized her into action and she’s on a mission to show that the world has not forgotten the women and girls they left behind; the women and girls who need kits to elevate their dignity.

    ‘Kits’ of underwear and washable sanitary pads are distributed to girls who too often live with nothing.

    Access to underwear and sanitary pads contribute to girls’ overall health and success.

    The ‘kits’ last up to three years! Also provided are a sex education class and a calendar to help avoid unintended pregnancies.

    When part of an included comprehensive health program, the kits help girls stay in school and learn a skill, avoid serious infection, often delay marriage and have fewer unwanted pregnancies, participate more fully in life and village decisions and develop self-esteem and confidence!

    This year’s project will include an R.I. International Grant application with the Dhulikhel Rotary Club (Nepal), w/Ranjeev Shrestha. They’ll attempt to start up a new sewing center with paid operators, to manufacture 5000 of the “kits”.

    There are future plans to expand into Chitimukulu Zambia  AND New Mexico.

    Christine is also planning to write a book (“IF”).

    There are 4 events planned by the organization.

    Swap 2017 – Clothing and Accessories for Women. September 30th (Saturday) 2-5pm: An Exchange Event for Women featuring Food, Wine, Live Music in an Elegant Setting.

    1.     Buy a ticket ($50)

    2.     Bring clothing accessories (nothing that needs to be tried on) or a household item @ $50 or more.

    3.     ‘Swap’ the item you bring for another item that someone else brings!

    4.     Eat, drink, laugh, listen to music and have fun!

    Please attend her events, Spread the word and support/commit our Club to help! She’ll be needing $18K for the RI Grant project.

    For more info, go to www.Women2Be.org

     Our thought for the day was presented by Karen: “Whoever saves one life saves the world.”

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    7-17 Sept        NM State Fair

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – Our District Governor Doreen will be the program speaker.

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting – We’ll meet back at N. Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center

    21 Sept            Rosh Hashanah

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Meeting at Rotary Park- Bring a box lunch to be auctioned off! Quintana Dr. NE 87109

    28 Sept            “Ghost Tour” walk in Old Town @ 8:00PM.

    ?? Oct              Punkin Chunkin at Moriarty… Ya just gotta go!

    3 Oct               Regular Meeting –

    9 Oct               Columbus Day

    10 Oct             Board Meeting

    10 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    17 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    24 Oct             Regular Meeting -

    24 Oct             World Polio day! So, what are WE doing about it?

    31 Oct             Regular Meeting –

    31 Oct             Halloween! Will there be a party????

    1-4 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for their continuing assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 29 Aug 2017 9:56 PM | Anonymous

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    President Gail called this meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    Guests:           Mary Fontaine, guest of Dave

    No pin or name tag buck fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Gail spoke on our Club’s need to have a greater presence in the public eye and to attract new  members. In light of that need, it may be necessary to change our meeting venue in the near future. In order to test our feelings about a change in venue, we’ll try out a meeting next week at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. The center is located at 7521 Carmel Ave. NE, Albuquerque.

    Re: Our proposed meeting with the Del Sol satellite Club hasn’t been set. The meeting will plan a joint event for World Polio Day.

    Mollie’s happy to be here and not in Texas.

    Judy put up two bucks to tell of her great weekend in Colorado Springs w/ family. She got to visit Comicon, too! Well, hubby Will picker her up at the airport w/ a supposed sprained wrist… No such luck; a visit to urgent care turned up two broken wrist bones!

    Maggie visited CO also and six state parks. They also got to stay in a Costco parking lot, too.

    Karen parted with $2 (one for Allan) ‘cause their stint with summer pasturing is done.

    Mary B. attended an ABQ mayoral forum and found it very informative.

    Gail handed over $2 also. One for Marion being back on her feet & the second for Patrick having our Club facebook page up & running.

    David’s happy because he has no presence on any social media. (His wrist operation is healing nicely)

    Mary J’s 12 yr old grandson’s kitten was AWOL for two days and has returned safely.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s two Rotary questions for today:

    1)     Where’s the next Rotary Convention going to be held? Vivien took the paper clip prize with the answer: Toronto!

    2)     Four countries have taken in large numbers of Syrian refugees: Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. Which of these has hosted the most? Know-it-all Karen told us that it’s Turkey (2.9 million!) and took home a whistle.

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

    If you still haven’t paid your annual Rotary dues for the 2017-18 RY, write us a check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” and hand it in to Judy. The Club has already paid everyone’s dues to RI & to District!

    Members attended the Isotopes game and a fireworks show last Sunday nite AND it didn’t rain. It was a beautiful evening and the Isotopes lost as usual. Where else can you get an $8 hot dog?

    Reading to children at SARANAM: 6 members have signed up and “training” will take place following today’s meeting. The Club has allocated $200 to buy books for this event and President Gail has most of the necessary books.

    Pat is planning a “Ghost Tour” walk in Old Town on 28 September @ 8:00PM. Cost $18.

    Club members will be working at the Mountain West Brew Fest Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. It’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM. This is one of only two Club fundraisers. We need you to help out… It’s fun! It looks like they’ll be getting passes for us soon.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey will visit our Club on 12 September board & regular meetings. She’ll be our program speaker that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting! There’ll be sandwiches & libation provided by the Club. Members are to sign up and bring some desserts. Our gift to DG Doreen will be a $100 donation to the RI Foundation in our Club’s name!

    Mary B & Karen have planned a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. A signup sheet has been passed around for this event. It’ll start at Mary B’s (5PM) & continue at the Bash’s place. Can we do it & not get lost over there?

    Our pending District grant project with Silver Horizons may be starting in October. We have a tentative approval for the grant from District 5520. Dom Bernardi & DG Doreen think that we’ll be able to keep the remainder of our last grant ($1000.00) & use it for Silver Horizons! Mary will “close out” the Henderson House Grant.

    Go to the Mission of Mercy (MOM) website to learn about their dental service mission. This is our September ProjectYOU must sign up individually for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend. Sign up at District 5520 website www.Rotary5520.org

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar travelled about the room.

    Today’s Program:   Albuquerque Fire Department

    Mollie introduced Battalion Chief Robert Hartley, who informed us about ABQ fire department operations.

    The Albuquerque Fire Department is a paid municipal department, comprised of 700 uniformed personnel, serving a jurisdiction of more than 182 square miles and an estimated city population of 555,417 ; the greater metropolitan area population is estimated at 901,700. The fire department’s boss is Fire Chief David Downey.

    The mission of the Albuquerque Fire Department is to save lives, and protect property and the environment, while continuing to emphasize fire fighter safety and survival.

    The Department fulfills its mission through the coordinated effort of the Fire & Rescue Emergency Services (Operations), Human Resources division, and the Office of Emergency Management. The Fire and Rescue Emergency Services Division is the largest division within the Albuquerque Fire Department. Under the direction of a Deputy Chief, the division is tasked with providing the residents of Albuquerque with a rapid response to incidents and control of a wide-range of emergency situations. Serving in dual roles as both fire fighters and emergency medical technicians, the men and women of the Division are responsible for providing fire suppression and emergency medical services.

    Under the direction of the Deputy Chief for Human Resources, the Human Resources Division consists of all programs that support the efforts of emergency-responder personnel through the following programs: Communications (Alarm Room), Fire Marshal's Office (Fire Prevention Bureau), Fire Investigations, Capital Improvements Program (CIP), Albuquerque Fire Academy, and the Fiscal Program.

    The Deputy Chief of Operations directs the specialty programs that include Wildland, Heavy Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials and Swiftwater Rescue. These programs are comprised of trained firefighters who are able to respond within minutes to extraordinary incidents throughout the City of Albuquerque.

    Since ABQ is growing, the ABQFD must grow also. We have one of the best departments in the country and it’ll take a larger budget to keep it that way. Our FD services an area of 200 sq. mi. with 230K households and responds to 154,000 calls per year.

    The department replaces their engines every 4 to 5 years (wear & tear) and they donate much of the older equipment to needy countries and cities.

    Following today’s talk, President Gail presented Bob with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that he has spent with us today.

    Our thought for the day was presented by Allan: “It’s not really a party ‘til the fire department shows up.”

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Sept              Monthly area Presidents’ Meeting

    2-3 Sept          We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest! Do it for de money.

    4 Sept              Labor Day

    5 Sept              Meeting at N. Domingo Baca– Nepal’s Women2be update w/ Christine Glidden.

    7-17 Sept        NM State Fair

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – Our District Governor will be the program.

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s- It starts at 5PM

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Meeting at Rotary Park- Bring a box lunch to be auctioned off (only if its pretty)!

    28 Sept            “Ghost Tour” walk in Old Town @ 8:00PM.

    24 Oct             World Polio day! So, what are WE going to do about it?

    1-4 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado   Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for their continuing assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 22 Aug 2017 5:32 PM | Anonymous

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    President Gail called this weekly meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection. 

    Guests:           Dean Melvin, guest of Emily

    No pin or name tag buck fines were collected today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Mary’s husband had himself 4 hrs of surgery & he’s OK, now.

    Mollie’s just happy to live here in NM.

    Libby had a great 5 day trip w/ friends from Minneapolis.

    Judy was happy to have seen 60% of the solar eclipse up in Santa Fe.

    Karen’s neighbor, Jack, had bypass surgery & he’s OK now.

    Emily’s guest, Dean, will undergo minor surgery tomorrow (It’s only minor if it ain’t your surgery)

    David says that we don’t mention the names of those who have passed… speak out for them.

    Fofo’s happy that last week’s incident with the gate lock is done & gone away.

    Allan’s happy that this is the first week in 3 months that both he & Karen are here together. 

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s question for today: What are the words on the cover of our August Rotarian magazine? Hint: the first word is “Why”. A few close guesses were heard, but no cigar. The words are: “Why I Joined and how I learned there’s a club to fit everyone.”

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

    If you haven’t paid your annual Rotary dues for the 2017-18 RY, write us a check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. The Club has already had to pay your dues to RI & District!

    Marion has been hospitalized and will be home. She’ll need transport to & from meetings and, perhaps to a few other places. Give her a call & see what’s what. 

    24 October is World Polio Day. Another Club (Who?) has approached us and wants to plan an event with us, for that day. So, we’ll plan with them & see what will happen!

    Reading to children at SARANAM: 6 members have signed up and “training” will take place following next week’s meeting. The Club has allocated $200 to buy books for this event. 

    Pat has planned a Club outing at an Isotopes ball game on 27 August. To join in and car pool, meet at “Quarters” on Yale @ 4:30PM for some food. We’ll leave at 5:30PM for the 6:05PM game. Tickets are $14 each.

    Pat is also planning a “Ghost Tour” walk in Old Town on 28 September @ 8:00PM. Cost $18.

    Club members will be working at the Mountain West Brew Fest Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 4P (?), Labor Day weekend. It’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM. This is one of only two Club fundraisers. We need you to help out… It’s fun! It looks like they’ll be getting back to us about the hours that we’ll really be working.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey will visit our Club on 12 September board & regular meetings. She’ll be our program speaker that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting! There’ll be sandwiches & libation provided by the Club. Members are asked to bring some desserts. Our gift to DG Doreen will be a $100 donation to the RI Foundation in our Club’s name!

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info follows. A signup sheet was passed around for this event. It’ll start at Mary B’s (5PM) & continue at the Bash’s place. Can we do it & not get lost over there?

    Our pending District grant project with Silver Horizons may be starting in October. We have a tentative approval for the grant from District 5520. Dom Bernardi & DG Doreen think that we’ll be able to keep the remainder of our last grant ($1000.00) & use it for Silver Horizons! Mary will “close out” the Henderson House Grant.

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy (MOM) website where you’ll learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September ProjectYOU must sign up individually! Several members have already signed up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend. Sign up at District 5520 website www.Rotary5520.org

    DG Elect Linda Woodward says that there will be NEW training next year at the District’s President Elect Training Seminar (PETS). It’s called CATS (Club Administration Training Seminar). CATS is for Club board members, Secretaries & Treasurers. PETS will take place Mar 1-4, 2018 in Ruidoso at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. The last evening will be a dress up affair.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar travelled about the room.

    Today’s Program:   Real I.D. What’s needed to renew a driver’s license!

    Mollie introduced Ron Goldsmith, who walked us through the MVD maze. 

    You really can do it in only one visit to the MVD! All you’ve got to do, is bring the correct documentation to the first MVD visit. The following documentation is actually required by Homeland Security (2005 real ID act of 2005):

    You‘ve got to establish proof of I.D. number with: A Social Security card, a W-2 form, or an SSA-1099, or a pay stub with your SS Number and name on it.

    Then, you must provide a document that establishes proof of identity and age with: A current U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, or a birth certificate, or several other different types of proof, if you are foreign born.

    Also, you’ll need two documents that establish proof of New Mexican residency, i.e.: A current real property rental or purchase agreement, A local property tax statement or mortgage document, An insurance bill, card or binder dated within 6 mos., An original document from city, county, state, tribal or federal government organization (dated within 60 days) attesting to the fact that the applicant is a NM resident, A utility bill, bank or credit card statement or an employment pay stub (with your name & address) all dated within the last 60 days.

    A few notes:

    If a female has been married several times, she’ll need all of the linking documents, too!

    A voter registration card is not acceptable!

    Any little discrepancy can foul things up!

    You’ll only have to go through this once!

    You CAN (and should) renew before your license expires!

    For more information, go to www.mvd.newmexico.gov

    Attendees also told their stories of MVD visits and what (if any) problems arose during their visits.

    Following today’s talk, President Gail presented Mr. Goldsmith with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time he has spent with us today.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    27 Aug             14 of our Club members will take in the Isotopes ball game tonight! 6:05PM

    29 Aug             Regular Meeting –

    29 Aug             SARANAM training follows meeting.

    2-3 Sept          We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest! Do it for de money.

    4 Sept              Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – Our District Governor will be the program.

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s- It starts at 5PM

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Meeting at Rotary Park- Bring a box lunch to be auctioned off (only if its pretty)!

    24 Oct             World Polio day! So, what are WE going to do about it?

    1-4 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar 2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for their continuing help in setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 15 Aug 2017 6:18 PM | Anonymous

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Following our monthly board meeting, President Gail called the regular weekly meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    There were no Visiting Rotarians or Guests present at today’s meeting.    

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Gail – Had a great 2 week vacation back East with her kids and grandkids.

    Mary J. – Had a roof leak which hit her garage & office… It coulda been worse!

    Mary B. – Happy to be a Rotarian & an AG… She’s always learning something from visiting other clubs.

    Pat – Just happy to be happy!

    Judy – Had no heat in the bedroom (no HVAC). Now it’s been fixed… wonder what that cost!

    Mollie’s happy that Allan carried the roving microphone around today.

    Tom’s looking for help from a young artist/cartoonist to assist him with a project. He’ll pay, too!

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s roving reporter today: Allan tackled Patrick & strong-armed him into telling us something about himself.

    Patrick is a Mets fan who was born in Chicago! He grew up in Poughkeepsie & Buffalo New York and likes to ski, hike & play golf. Q&A time ended up having him talk about real estate (of course!).

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

    We all have to pay our annual Rotary dues for the 2017-18 RY. Write your check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    News from our August board meeting:

    The board has received and approved Andy’s resignation.

    Emily- Projects:

    Brewfest- Club Fundraiser 2 & 3 Sept (See below)

    Mission of Mercy- 22 Sept. (See below)

    Pat- Outings & such:

    We’ll take in an Isotopes Ball Game on 27 August. Let’s plan to carpool too! More info will follow.

    A “Ghost Tour” will happen soon.

    Progressive Dinner Party- 16 Sept (See below)

    Allan - Interact Club – We’ve finally received their certificate of organization from RI. Many new students have signed up to join Interact. Pat suggests that we buy them a 4-way test banner.

    Treasurer Judy – Has things in-hand. She reported on our two accounts’ starting & ending balances and what we owe & to whom.

    Club members will be working at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. It’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM. This is one of only two Club fundraisers.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey will visit our Club on 12 September board & regular meetings. She will be our program that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting! We’ll even feed ya!

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info follows. A signup sheet was passed around for this event. It’ll start at Mary B’s (5PM) & continue at the Bash’s place. Can we do it & not get lost down there?

    We’re hoping for a District grant project with Silver Horizons, maybe starting in October. We’ve got a tentative approval for the grant from District and should have the funds very soon. DG Doreen thinks that we may be able to keep the remainder of our last grant & use it for Silver Horizons!

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already signed up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend. Sign up at District 5520 website www.Rotary5520.org

    DG Elect Linda Woodward says that there will be NEW training next year at the District’s President Elect Training Seminar (PETS). It’s called CATS (Club Administration Training Seminar). CATS is for Club board members, Secretaries & Treasurers. PETS will take place Mar 1-4, 2018 in Ruidoso at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. The last evening will be a dress up affair.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar travelled about the room.

    Today’s Program:   Homegrown speakers introduced by Mollie.

    New Member Mary Johnson gave us the tall tale of her life so far! She’s an only child who was born in Texas and the mother of four kids, of which three remain living and none in NM. Married twice and now single, she has herself a doctorate in educational psychology from UNM. Mary is currently researching and writing a book on Adult Asperger’s Syndrome and is reopening her Counseling practice.

    Mary likes soft jazz, Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, Reislings, Gin & Tonics, Margaritas, Mexican food & follows football. She’s lived in NM a total of 35-40 years & even has a “tat”.

    Member Pat also let us in on several select secrets of her life! Born in Kansas in 1948 (we’re not in Kansas anymore!), Pat attended Southwestern University & Wichita State. She has also gone through two husbands, worked at Sandia Labs, then at AT&T and Technology Partners (IT Solutions). We learned a bit about the AT&T breakup, too! Pat loves to travel and is one of the friendliest people we’ve ever met!

    So, there wasn’t a thought of the day (or, of the week).

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Aug             Solar Eclipse

    22 Aug             Regular Meeting – Ron Goldsmith - Real I.D. needed to renew a driver’s license!

    25 Aug             Sean Connery B.D. He must be really old!

    27 Aug             14 of our Club members will take in the Isotopes ball game tonight! 6:05PM

    29 Aug             Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept          We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept              Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s- 5PM

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Meeting at Rotary Park- Bring a box lunch to be auctioned off (only if its pretty)!

    24 Oct             World Polio day! What are WE going to do about it?

    1-4 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar 2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for their continuing help in setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 08 Aug 2017 7:21 PM | Anonymous

    At 12 Noon Past President Karen called our meeting to order and led the assembled membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    There were no visiting Rotarians or other guests present at this week’s meeting. 

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Karen & roommate Allan will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary tomorrow!

    Pat’s grateful for good times during the past 5 weeks… trips & vacations, etc.

    Mary J’s just plain happy.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Judy’s story for the day: In the year 2001, her 4 year old grandson collected and owned many action heroes and each of them had medals with ribbons attached. He noticed that Judy was also a hero! Why? Because he saw that she had a Rotary Paul Harris medal with a ribbon attached. She said “I’m not a hero!” But, upon looking up the definition of “hero”, she realized that, as a member of Rotary, she did indeed fit that definition. Judy hopes that we all know that each of us fits that definition, too!

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

    We all have to pay our annual Rotary dues for the 2017-18 RY. Write your check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. The Club has received July dues invoices from both R.I. & District 5520.

    Mary B. attended last Friday’s presidents’ meeting and brought the following information back to us:

    1.     The Special Olympics funding has been recently cut back. So, they are in need of additional funding, i.e.: They’re trying to get $1 from as many people as possible to meet their costs. Go to www.CanYouOneUp.com to donate your dollar.

    2.     At the meeting, Banjo Bruce informed the attending presidents that Kirtland FCU is starting up a program for new residents called “Home Away From Home”. Volunteers are needed to get the newbies acquainted with the area. Contact David Seely (Del Sol Club) at 503-5598.

    2017 Bi-District Conference: Districts 4110 and 5520 - Making a Difference. This’ll happen on August 11th and 12th, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum-4100 Dripping Springs Road ∙ Las Cruces, NM. Registration $75 per person. Late registration (August 6) at $90 per person. For hotel reservations, contact Hilton Garden Inn, Las Cruces. Rooms $90 per night. Mention  “Rotary Bi-District”.

    Club members will be working at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. It’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM. This is one of only two Club fundraisers.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey will visit our Club at our 12 September board & regular meetings. She will be our program that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting!

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info follows. Pat, our social director, is thinking of organizing a Ghost Tour in old town &/or an Escape Room night. There’ll be a night at the ballpark on 27 August.

    Emily has plans afoot for more Club projects. We’re also hoping for a District grant project with Silver Horizons, maybe starting in October. We’ve got a tentative approval for the grant from District.

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already signed up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shiftPlease sign up ASAP ‘cause that time slot will fill up and it would be fun to be all together. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx. We’ll try to sign up to be Escorts.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend.

    Mary B. received a letter from DG Elect, Linda Woodward last week. Linda says that there will be NEW training next year during the District’s President Elect Training Seminar (PETS). It’s called CATS (Club Administration Training Seminar). CATS is for Club Board, Secretaries & Treasurers. PETS will take place Mar 1-4, 2018 in Ruidoso at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. The last evening will be a dress up affair.

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

    Today’s Program:   Office of Neighborhood Coordination

    Mollie introduced Ms. Sara Mancini, ONC manager.

    Neighborhoods are the essential building blocks of our city. A healthy, vibrant and connected community can completely transform a city. A neighborhood association is a group of residents, property owners, businesses and non-profits who come together to form a community and to advocate for and organize activities within a specific geographical area that shares a common identity.

    A neighborhood association comes together to build relationships, exchange information, discuss concerns, prioritize needs in the area, identify solutions and work toward a common goal. By building relationships and creating a sense of community, a neighborhood can positively impact the life of each person within the boundaries of the neighborhood association for the better.

    Formed in the late 80s, ONC’s goal is to help create and promote healthy and vibrant neighborhoods and support residents as they more actively and constructively engage with their community. ONC wants to assist neighborhoods in utilizing existing resources, finding and using new ones, and maintaining meaningful involvement with local communities and government.

    With more than 250 registered neighborhood associations and homeowner associations citywide, the ONC provides trainings, promotes increased communication, and shares information between neighborhood groups and residents, helping them build stronger relationships and communities.

    ONC publishes a hard copy and electronic version of their monthly “Neighborhood News” letter.

    Groups and associations are encouraged to provide articles, announcements of events and meetings and volunteer opportunities for the newsletter.

    ONC will soon begin neighborhood association training sessions which will be offered quarterly.

    Sara has comprehensive information cards for homeless persons available upon request.

    For more information, go to https://www.cabq.gov/planning/office-of-neighborhood-coordination/

    1 Civic Plaza NW, Suite 9087, 9th Floor, Albuquerque NM 87102  (505) 768-3105

    Following today’s program, IPP Karen presented Ms. Mancini with a packet of our gift cards in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

    Our Thought for Today was presented by Mary J.: “Livable neighborhoods with a vibrant street life will stimulate our economic life as well.” – Gavin Newsom

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11-12 Aug       Bi-District Conference- Las Cruces, NM

    15 Aug            Board Meeting at 10:30AM. All members are welcome to attend.

    15 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    21 Aug            Solar Eclipse

    22 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    25 Aug            Sean Connery B.D.

    27 Aug            Our Club members go to the Isotopes ball game tonight!

    29 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept          We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept             Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    24 Oct             World Polio day! What are WE going to do?

    1-4 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

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

  • 01 Aug 2017 7:17 PM | Anonymous

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

    There were no Visiting Rotarians or Guests at this week’s meeting.

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month” 

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

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Mary J. – She’s alive & well and still above ground!

    Emily parted with a late buck & she’s back from El Paso where she helped her son move.

    Mollie put up a buck for Emily’s peaches. Now Mollie’s besties with all of her neighbors!

    Libby had a “just because” buck.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Judy’s Rotary fact for the day: A Rotary moment in history- 1979- The oral polio vaccine introduced into the Philippines (Manila). By 1979, polio had been eradicated in the U.S.

    The date was 29 September, and when then-RI President James L. Bomar Jr. put the first drops of vaccine into a child's mouth, ceremonially launching the Philippine poliomyelitis immunization effort, Rotary's first Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant project was underway.

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

    IT’S TIME !! We all have to pay our annual Rotary dues. Write your check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. The Club has received invoices from R.I. & District 5520 for $1358 and that’s only for the first half of the Rotary Year.

    2017 Bi-District Conference: Districts 4110 and 5520 - Making a Difference

    August 11th and 12th, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum-4100 Dripping Springs Road ∙ Las Cruces, NM. Registration $75 per person. Late registration (August 6) at $90 per person. For hotel reservations, contact Hilton Garden Inn, Las Cruces. Rooms $90 per night. Mention  “Rotary Bi-District”.

    Club members will be working (AND the Club is getting paid for it) at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. As usual, it’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM 87004. This is one of our two Club fundraisers. So far, 12 members will work at the Brew fest on Saturday & 9 members on Sunday.

    The District 5520 Governor will be visiting our Club at our 12 September board & regular meetings. She will be our program that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting!

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info follows.

    Pat, our social director, is thinking of organizing a Ghost Tour in old town &/or an Escape Room night & maybe a night at the ballpark.      

    Rumor has it that Emily has plans afoot for Club projects. We’re hoping for a District grant project with Silver Horizons, maybe starting in October.

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already started us by signing up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shiftPlease sign up ASAP as that time slot could fill up and it would be fun to be all together. Click on the link, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx. Guess that we’ll sign up to be Escorts.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. Note the new location. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00.

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

    Today’s Program:   Prosperity Works

    Mollie introduced Mr. Daya Khalsa, Director of Development at Prosperity Works.

    Every New Mexican has the opportunity, knowledge and relationships to achieve economic prosperity.

    Prosperity Works builds the capacity of organizations and advocates for policies that generate economic prosperity for all New Mexicans.

    New Mexico is known as one of the poorest states in the country. With smart investments, it can become prosperous. Since their startup 12 years ago, PW uses an effective strategy, moving limited-income families from the margins to the mainstream of economic security. They work with organizational partners to provide family supports, financial education, and asset planning. These steps enable limited-income families to begin accumulating savings that can then be used to open an IDA. Savings through IDAs can be used to purchase a home, a college education, or to start or expand a business.

    IDAs are matched savings accounts at a 4:1 ratio. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) were created to encourage savings, investment and asset accumulation among moderate income and working families.  Assets, such as a home, a college education or a business, enable low-income families to move into the economic mainstream.

    IDA holders are required to complete a financial education program which runs 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. Most IDA programs are offered through local nonprofit organizations, which also provide financial education. IDA savers learn to develop and manage a household budget, manage debt, and set and achieve financial goals. In order to qualify, a household must be 200% under the poverty level and have one income.

    PW advocates keeping energy costs down for limited-income households for more affordable energy rates and for efficiency measures. Weatherization of a home can save energy costs each year. That’s money that could be invested in an IDA. The costs of basics, like heating & cooling, prevent working families and individuals from being able to save for the future. Investments create opportunities for NM’s families to move from poverty to prosperity.

    Though New Mexico is one of the nation’s largest states, PW has created a network that reaches into communities in need across the state. “The New Mexico Assets Consortium” is a network of 32 community based organizations that collaborate to bring opportunity to the moderate-income families in their communities. They provide IDAs, tax return filing support, home weatherization services and other initiatives which maximize household income and decrease expenses. 

    Specifically, PW creates and nurtures programs to help families save and secure financing by working with local banks, build communities by encouraging home ownership and save to start local businesses.

    PW creates these programs and trains local organizations to support opportunities for prosperity. There are currently 21 partners offering IDAs throughout New Mexico. Thanks to 29 funders, PW works with organizations in the pueblos, villages and towns where New Mexicans live.

    There are now 120 IDAs/year in NM.

    Funding comes from a federal grant, individual grants, from some non-profit partners & foundation supporters. The state may also help in the future.

    For more information, go to www.ProsperityWorks.net

    Address: 909 Copper Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102  Phone: (505) 217-2747

    Following today’s program, Allan presented Mr. Khalsa with a packet of our gift cards in appreciation of his time spent with us today.

    Our Thought for Today was provided by Vivien: “Comfort & prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” – Billy Graham

    There being no additional Rotary business which needed to be addressed, our meeting was concluded at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange goes TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    8 Aug              Regular Meeting –Office of Neighborhood Coordination: Sara Mancini

    11-12 Aug       BiDistrict Conference- Las Cruces, NM

    15 Aug            Board Meeting at 10:30AM. All members are welcome to attend.

    15 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    22 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    29 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept         We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept             Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    1-4 Mar           PETS in Ruidoso, NM

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

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