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  • 24 May 2022 8:12 PM | Anonymous

    This meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    May is –Youth Service Month

    Our PolioPlus donation Jar made another trip around the room.

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

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries celebrated during the month of May:   Julia

    Today, president Emily inducted Tanya McCue, our newest member, into the family of Rotary. Tanya received her pin from sponsor, Pat. Tanya is now “ours”! Welcome to the fold Tanya. Yes, there were cookies, too!

    Today’s Program:     Therapy Canines

    Pat introduced Sherry Mangold of Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers, Inc.

    Today we were lucky enough to have three service doggies and their handlers as visitors.

    SCCV is a not-for-profit organization in the Albuquerque area. SCCV has more than 70 + members and multiple dogs. They’ve been offering pet therapy to this community for more than 30 years. The organization partners with over 35 facilities, allowing members to visit a wide variety of locations and provide pet therapy to hundreds of individuals in need of a furry friend.​

    The types of facilities SCCV works with include hospitals, hospices and nursing homes, assisted living and memory care, rehabilitation centers, public libraries, children’s clinics, schools and colleges and emergency dispatch centers.

    They also work with numerous organizations to coordinate special community event opportunities.

    ​Because SCCV is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers, it is supported only by members’ dues. There is no office, just a post office box and a web site.

    As people who are dedicated to their dogs as well as to the people who are served, the Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers, Inc. and their canine partners offer comfort, compassion and educational opportunities. They strive to facilitate friendship and mutual support among their members as they serve the community.

    SCCV volunteers attend many community events, providing canine therapy to attendees. For instance:

    ·        Each semester several teams attend Cuddle-a-Canine at The University of New Mexico (UNM), the UNM School of Law and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), to provide stress relief to students studying for exams.

    ·        Special “Read to the Dogs” sessions are available to elementary teachers who want their classes to develop their reading skills by reading to non-judgmental furry friends.

    ·        Skilled presenters bring their dogs to local schools to provide dog safety demonstrations, teaching students how to approach an unknown dog and what to do if a dog seems dangerous.

    ·        Upon special request, individualized programs and presentations involving therapy dog teams are available. SCCV coordinates special events with several facilities such as senior centers, community centers, and organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and New Mexico Cancer Services.

    SCCV therapy dog teams are frequently invited by Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) to participate in interactive presentations. These outreach opportunities are only available through SCCV and are a wonderful benefit for SCCV members.

    We also learned today, that there are three types of these working dogs:

    Service Dogs, Facility Dogs and Therapy dogs.

    For more information, go to www.sccvtherapydogs.com  No ‘phone & no address.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Mandy’s Farm

    7 June              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    14 June            Board Meeting 11 AM

    14 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    19 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    21 June            First Day of Summer

    28 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX

    5 July              Induction of new Club officials & celebration of Club achievements.
  • 17 May 2022 6:49 PM | Anonymous

    Our regular meeting was called to order at 12 Noon and President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    Guests:           Martha Ketelle, guest of Pat

    May is –Youth Service Month

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Judy’s back from her visit to grandson’s graduation in CA

    Maggie Sad buck for her terrier’s plight

    Emily’s happy that Pat’s doing very well!

    A pin & badge check gathered nary a fine today.

    Our PolioPlus donation Jar made another trip around the room.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    Way back in 1872, who was the equal rights party’s candidate for president? Victoria Woodhull.

    What’s the May birthstone?? Emily instantly told us that it’s the Emerald!

    What’s the month of May’s flowering (toxic) plant? Lily of the Valley!

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

    Yesterday, we accomplished our work at the Silver Horizons warehouse.

    Our Club’s grant check for $500 was presented to Silver Horizons. It’ll be used for a new frige in Santa Fe.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries celebrated during the month of May:   Julia

    Today’s Program:     Albuquerque Interfaith organization

    Pat introduced Xavier Benevidez, lead organizer. (& Martha Ketelle, a volunteer in abqinterfaith) 

    Albuquerque Interfaith is an organization of 15 institutions -- schools, churches, and non-profits all working to create a better community. This is a broad-based, non-partisan, multi-issue organization. Members are united, trained and organized communities across religious, racial, ethnic, economic and geographic lines to work collectively for the common good. Their primary goal is to develop leaders in these institutions who recognize and utilize their power to build a more just society.

    ABQI is a part of the West / Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation, a network of organizations building power to revitalize our democracy for constructive social and economic change. They’re part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation's first and largest network of community organizations.

    All the organizations of the W/SWIAF are politically non-partisan. They will not endorse any candidate or party for elected office and will not pursue or accept government funding. Their mission is to build organizations that are "universities of public life", dedicated to developing citizens in the fullest sense: participants in our democracy and agents in the creation of a more just society.

    Albuquerque Interfaith will soon be changing their name. There’ll also be a “big push” in 2023.

    For more information, go to www.abqinterfaith.org

    Located in: St. Mark's Episcopal Church 431 Richmond Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

    Phone: (505) 268-3991

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    24 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Therapy Canines  & McCue induction

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Mandy’s Farm

    7 June              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    14 June            Board Meeting 11 AM

    14 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    19 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    21 June            First Day of Summer

    28 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX

    5 July              Induction of new Club officials & celebration of Club achievements.
  • 10 May 2022 8:22 PM | Anonymous

    Following today’s AM board meeting, our regular meeting was called to order and President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    Guests:           Assorted invitees of Mary J.

    May is –Youth Service Month

    Our PolioPlus Jar made another trip around the room.

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

    We’ll be working at Silver Horizons warehouse (1913 Eubank, NE) on May 16th - 11:30AM.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries celebrated during the month of May:   Julia

    Today’s Program:     Mary Johnson

    Pat introduced Mary Johnson, Ph.D., a past member of our Rotary Club and a counselor in Albuquerque. She currently practices at New Day Youth and Family Services. She wrote A Caregiver's Guide: Insights into the Later Years, in 2015, based on her academic and experiential knowledge of the aging process. Her doctoral minor is Aging Studies, she managed senior housing facilities for several years. She has written and read from her second book, Love and Asperger's: Jim and Mary's Excellent Adventure, which her second husband asked her to write, about their life together. It was published in the fall of 2021.


    Asperger syndrome is simply known as Asperger’s. As of 2013, it is no longer a condition on its own. Instead, it’s part of a group known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is known as a “high functioning” type of ASD. This means that the symptoms in Asperger’s is less severe compared to other types of ASD which may have extreme mental disabilities. No brain abnormalities have been observed among those with Asperger’s compared to other forms of autism.

    Experts believe that there’s a genetic cause as family members tend to have the same disorder. While there are theories on how Asperger’s develops, there’s no conclusive theory that’s been proven. One of the main differences in Asperger’s compared to other autism disorders, is that those afflicted with Asperger’s don’t have a delay in communication and language. Diagnosis includes an assessment, developmental history and observation. Remember that this condition is a difference not a deficiency.

    It is thought that around 10% of the population has this condition.

    An extensive Q&A session followed Mary’s presentation.

    For more information, go to www.MaryAJohnsonPHD.com

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    17 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    24 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Therapy Canines

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Mandy’s Farm

    7 June              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    14 June            Board Meeting 11 AM

    14 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    19 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    21 June            First Day of Summer

    28 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX

    5 July              Induction of new Club officials & celebration of Club achievements.
  • 03 May 2022 6:51 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order and President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    Guests:           Rachel Valenzuela, guest of Pam

    May is –Youth Service Month

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Pat’s happy that on 22 April, she was 1 year past.

    Judy mentioned that it’s national teachers’ day – She remembers her 6th grade teacher… He was a relative of Mollie Eatinger.

    Pam traveled this past weekend & glad to be back. Tomorrow she visits friends in Florida.

    A pin & badge check gathered nary a fine today.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made another trip around the room in search of funds.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    On this day, way back in 1948, CBS started their nightly news program. How long was it scheduled to run? Libby guessed that it lasted only 15 minutes! Who was the first anchor person? Doug Edwards.

    On this day in 1954, In Hernandez v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that Mexican Americans and all other racial groups in the United States are entitled to equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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

    We’ll be working at Silver Horizons warehouse (1913 Eubank, NE) on May 16th, from 11:30AM.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries celebrated during the month of May:   Julia

    Today’s Program:     Albuquerque Public Schools- Family Stabilization Project (FSP)

    Pat introduced APS Ms. Joey Wilson, community coordinator & Jami Ramos, outreach assistant.

    The Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Title I Homeless Project shall provide the means, motivation, and encouragement needed for homeless students to reach their potentials as productive members of society in an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect.

    Title I is a federally funded program designed to meet the needs of students primarily in the areas of language arts, math, science, and higher thinking skills. Homeless children are eligible for these services regardless of where they attend school.

    Homelessness among families has increased considerably in recent years and is most often due to unexpected financial setbacks that create a situation where the family can no longer pay for their housing.  Research indicates that the enriching experiences of a high-quality education can be especially beneficial for homeless children because they provide stability and daily routines that may otherwise be scarce in these children's lives.

    The trauma of homelessness, severe poverty, and high mobility combine to wreak havoc on the academic progress of children and youth in school. According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Education (2020-2021), more and more students continue to struggle with the burden of finding a stable place to live, and the number of homeless students in America has topped 1 million for the first time as a result of the prolonged economic recession. The largest and most important safety net for homeless children and youth is the public school system, which provides both basic services as well as the education that is necessary to avoid poverty as adults.

    According to McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, homeless children and youth means “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” and includes:

    ·        Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship, living in emergency or transitional shelters, abandoned in hospitals, or awaiting foster care placement

    ·        Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

    ·        Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings

    ·        Migratory children who qualify as homeless due to living circumstances described.

    For more information, go to www.FamilyStabilization@APS.edu

    Location: 1730 University Blvd, SE  Albuquerque, NM   (505) 256-8239

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    8 May              Mother’s Day

    10 May            Board Meeting 11 AM

    10 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Mary Johnson & her new book

    17 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    24 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Therapy Canines

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Mandy’s Farm

    7 June              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    14 June            Board Meeting 11 AM

    14 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    19 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    21 June            First Day of Summer

    28 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX
  • 26 Apr 2022 9:59 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s hybrid meeting was called to order and President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    Guests:           Rachel Valenzuela, guest of Pam

    April has been – “Rotary Magazine Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Judy – Found a buck for her daughter’s BD in April. Also, she’ll be visiting grandson’s graduation in CA.

    Mollie – Her Rebecca is graduating from West Point!

    Emily – Forwarded a buck from Rachel for her membership application. And, a buck from Emily for a very (horribly) rainy visit to NY State.

    Libby – A buck for Twuana’s visit.

    Cheryl – Thanks to Libby for her April program speakers.

    Allan – Parted with a buck “just because”.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made another trip around the room and relieved us of our cash.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    What 1981 film w/ Jason Robards was shot in Santa Fe? Libby says that it was “The Lone Ranger”.

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

    President Emily presented Cheryl with her first Paul Harris Fellowship today! Congrats Cheryl!

    Our Rotary charity ball took place last Saturday night at the convention center… You shoulda seen those gowns! It looked like there were around 500 attending the event.

    We have finally received all of the necessary paperwork from Angie Ludi at the Women’s Housing Coalition.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries which have been celebrated during the month of April: Allan, Pat, Penny, Gloria & Pamela.

    Today’s Program:     Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (LTTR)

    Libby introduced Twuana Raupp, co-founder, executive director and lead instructor.

    Therapeutic riding in Rio Rancho provides horsemanship equine assisted activities and lessons for all abilities. They specialize in Special Needs children and adults, Veterans, Foster children and Kids without disability. This is a Path Intl, Premier Accredited Center.

    During 2008, Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding was established by Mike & Twuana Raupp due to a  need for a supported riding environment for their own disabled daughter. Their mission is to empower and improve the quality of life for people with mental and physical challenges through therapeutic horsemanship, equine assisted activities and educational outreach to all. LTTR currently serves 50 riders per week. LTTR is a 501(c)3  Non-profit Charity.

    LTTR is a Premier Accredited Center through PATH, Intl. (Professional Assn. of Therapeutic Riding, Intl.). As of 2012, they have been the only PAC in the entire state of New Mexico. Accreditation is awarded after site visitors confirm compliance with 165 standards of care including facility care, horse care, volunteer training, records documentation, and staff certification.

    LTTR has started a new life with their 7 May grand opening celebration at 1 Calle Caballo, Corrales, NM.

    They’ll be running a summer program this year. We found that six week scholarships can be made available to those who can’t afford lessons… Cost $385.00.

    Currently, LTTR has 10 horses for their programs.

    For more information, go to www.lovingthunder.com         (505) 554-9493

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    30 Apr             Rio Rancho Gala - Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

    3 May              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    8 May              Mother’s Day

    10 May            Board Meeting 11 AM

    10 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    17 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    24 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX
  • 19 Apr 2022 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order by President Emily. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    Guests:           Rachael Valenzuela, guest of Pam     Tonya McCue, guest of Pat

    April is – “Magazine Month ”

    Our PolioPlus Jar made a trip around the room and relieved us of various sums of hard cash..

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

    Tom Gallagher was finally inducted into honorary membership of our Club and received his certificate.

    We received a membership application from Tonya Baker-McCue.

    Some of the website committee met last Friday.

    Yesterday, we worked at Silver Horizons’ warehouse, packing food for Meals on Wheels.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    April – Libby    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries celebrated during the month of April: Allan, Pat, Penny, Gloria & Pamela

    There was chocolate cake & we all sang “that song” to them.

    Today’s Program:     The New Saranam Campus

    Libby introduced Diane Campbell, Saranam’s director of  development.

    During the past 18 years, success for families experiencing homelessness in New Mexico starts at Saranam, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Their proven, two-year program provides everything they need to break the cycle of generational homelessness and achieve long-term stability and independence. 

    Saranam offers housing, food, education, and training. Residents receive much more: a place of refuge, a supportive community, help healing, and hope for a brighter future for themselves and generations to come. 

    Maxed out at its current space for the past eight years, Albuquerque nonprofit Saranam says it will double its impact with a new Westside facility. They currently serve 20 families at its east side location.

    Saranam broke ground Tuesday, February 23, 2022, on their new 3.5 acre Westside campus near Montano and Coors, to help with area homelessness. The campus has 15 new two-bedroom homes, 10 new four-bedroom homes, playgrounds, a community garden and a family center. The cost of this new facility is estimated to cost $9.3 million and they’re scheduled to move in during March, 2023.

    For more information, go to www.SaranamABQ.org           Call: (505) 299-6154

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23 Apr             Annual Rotary Charity Ball- 5PM at the ABQ Convention Center

    26 Apr             Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 Apr             Rio Rancho Gala - Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

    3 May              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    8 May              Mother’s Day

    10 May            Board Meeting 11 AM

    10 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    17 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    24 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX
  • 12 Apr 2022 5:26 PM | Anonymous

    Following this month’s board meeting, our meeting was called to order by President Emily. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    Guests:           Tonya McCue, guest of Pat. Tonya is in the process of applying for Rotary membership!

    April is – “Magazine Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    President Emily reviewed the latest news from other Clubs which she gathered at her last Friday’s presidents’ meeting.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made a trip around the room and relieved us of various sums of hard cash..

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    All of the following happened on the 12th of April:

    In 1861, the civil war started up & the Confederate forces attacked what fort? Fort Sumtr… Where was that fort? Judy told us that it was in South Carolina.

    In 1877, (It’s baseball week!) What was the first safety rule in baseball? It was the introduction of the catcher’s mask! Pam was the only one who knew!

    In 1955, What was the great public health vaccine? It was the Salk polio vaccine!

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

    The website committee met last Friday. And we’ll do it again & again ‘til we get it right!

    A good time was had by all who attended our District 5520 conference! We were treated to informative and enlightening panel discussions, meetings and youth programs. Unfortunately, during the evenings, we could only find cash bars! So, you all missed a great steak dinner at the Saturday night “Celebration of Service” gala. Yup, there were many tuxedos present. AND, during the District awards presentations, OUR CLUB won ourselves the “Enhancing Participant Engagement” award, in the small Club category! It was further explained that the award was earned for our Fun Club Activities during the Rotary year. It must be true, ‘cause our District Governor, Bob, signed the thing.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    April – Libby    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries to celebrate during the month of April: Allan, Pat, Penny, Gloria, Pamela

    Today’s Program:     SAGE

    Libby introduced Dennis Weber from SAGE, Albuquerque.

    SAGE Albuquerque (started up in 2014) is a key partner of Equality New Mexico Foundation and an affiliate of SAGE USA. There are 29 SAGE affiliates nationwide.

    SAGE Albuquerque is the primary provider of support, social, and educational programs for older LGBTQ+ people in Albuquerque. Working with local government agencies, providers, and other LGBTQ+ organizations, their goals are to educate the general public, service providers, and the LGBTQ+ community about the unique challenges older LGBTQ+ adults face and to connect them to opportunities for support. SAGE Albuquerque is a project of the Equality New Mexico Foundation and is managed by an Advisory Committee.

    For 40-plus years, SAGE has worked on behalf of LGBTQ+ older people. Building off the momentum of the Stonewall uprising and the emerging civil rights movement, a group of activists came together to ensure that older people could age with respect and dignity. SAGE formed a network of support for LGBTQ+ elders that’s still going and growing today. SAGE is more than just an organization. It’s a movement of caring activists dedicated to providing advocacy, services, and support to older members of the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ elders fought— and still fight—for our rights. And we will never stop fighting for theirs.

    SAGE creates family for elders in our community who need it. SAGE was honored to be named one of the beneficiaries of the WorldPride Opening Concert that took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on June 26, 2019

    We envision a thriving community of older LGBT people with access to resources and support to meet their social, advocacy, educational, and health needs in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.  

    Our mission is to provide support for older LGBT people in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area through advocacy, social programs, education, support groups, and resource distribution. We counter isolation, fear, and loneliness by creating a caring community of LGBT elders who will look out for each other and share some laughs.  

                                        We refuse to be invisible!

    Managed by an Advisory Committee of mostly older LGBT community members, we provide social and educational programs to enhance the lives of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Albuquerque and the surrounding area.

    SAGE’s goal is to educate the general public, service providers, and the community about the unique challenges that older LGBT adults face and to connect LGBT elders to opportunities for support.

    www.EQNM.org                     www. sageabq.org

    PO Box 27070 Albuquerque NM 87125        (505) 224-2766

    6121 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 April          Good Friday & Passover begins at sundown

    17 April          Easter

    18 April          We work at Silver Horizons’ warehouse, packing food for Meals on Wheels – 11:30 AM

    19 April          Regular Meeting- 12 N Tracy Weaver and Diane Campbell - New Saranam campus

    26 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 Apr             Rio Rancho Gala - Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

    3 May              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    8 May              Mother’s Day

    10 May            Board Meeting 11 AM

    10 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    17 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    24 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX
  • 05 Apr 2022 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting has been cancelled. All members are encouraged to attend the “All Club Luncheon” at our District 5520 Conference on Friday, 8 April, 2022 at 12Noon.

    April is – “Magazine Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Did you know that R.I. provided the translation equipment that’s used at the UN ?

    Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council. The Rotary Representative Network maintains and furthers its relationship with several UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies. This network consists of Rotary International representatives to the UN.

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

    The website committee met last Friday. And we’ll do it again & again ‘til we get it right!

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    April – Libby    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    Member birthday anniversaries to celebrate during the month of April: Allan, Pat, Penny, Gloria, Pamela

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    7-9 April         District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    12 April          Board Meeting at 11 AM

    12 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    15 April          Good Friday & Passover begins at sundown

    17 April          Easter

    19 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    26 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 Apr             Rio Rancho Gala - Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX
  • 29 Mar 2022 5:42 PM | Anonymous

    Our meeting was called to order by President-Elect Karen. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

    March has been – “World Understanding Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Mollie received a BIG tax refund… Gotta give it back… It’s a scam! (Someone filed in her name)

    Pam’s happy to host her first fl’t attendant friend who is visiting this week.

    Penny’s happy that her family is visiting this week!

    Gloria’s happy that Michael has returned from Ghana. Daughter in Shanghai is undergoing Covid problems.

    A pin & badge check didn’t get us one red cent in fines.

    Our PolioPlus Jar made another trip around the room to help us empty our pockets.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    What’s a popular adage for April? April showers bring May flowers.

    Who’s the Greek godess of fertility & plants? Penny knew that it’s PERSEPHONE !

    Who couldn’t deal with the change of dates in 16th century France? They’re April fools!

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

    The website committee met last Friday. So, we’re getting closer!

    Remember that we’ve cancelled our 12N meeting for 5 April, so that we can all attend the “All Club Luncheon” at our District Conference on Friday, 8 April at 12 Noon.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    April – Libby    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    There are NO member birthday anniversaries to celebrate during the month of March.

    Today’s Program:     Wings for Life International (WFL)

    President-Elect Karen Introduced Ann Edenfield Sweet, executive director & founder of Wings for Life International.

    Since 1995, Wings is transforming lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration.

    Life-Wise family workshops are designed to teach inmates how to build and strengthen relationships with their families through discussion, mentoring, empowerment and support with WFL staff and volunteers by teaching life skills addressing individual family needs.

    Wings For LIFE International offers workshops at prison facilities, halfway houses and juvenile
    facilities. Workshops are designed for inmates with a release date in one year or less, or any
    inmate who has been identified by the prison/facility. Family members may also be included in the workshops so they learn together with their incarcerated loved one.
    Wings has created a way to rebuild lives during and after incarceration and uses its curriculum,
    Strengthening Families from the Inside Out, to teach basic life skills to inmates so they can implement
    these skills in everyday life.

    Objectives:
    1. To reduce recidivism rates by teaching best-practices and strengthening family relationships.
    2. Prepare inmates for job success.
    3. Teach inmates practical ways to stretch a dollar and be more financially savvy.
    Outcomes:
    Wings recognizes that Education = Knowledge = Empowerment = Action = Change = SUCCESS.
    Pre and post surveys are given to those attending each workshop series. Voluntary comment
    forms are encouraged at each workshop to help leaders better help clients.

    Workshops teach social skills, developmental assets (Ways to cut at-risk behaviors), ways to strengthen those assets & manners.
    Participation in pre-workshop mixers teach self-confidence and public speaking skills.

    Soon, WFL will have a new building of their very own, in Albuquerque. They’ll also hopefully partner with CNM. GED’s are a necessary achievement for inmates.

    WFL is currently set up in 20 states, India, Kenya & Liberia.

    Of course, WFL always needs volunteers.

    www.WingsFLI.org                Phone: (505) 554-6698

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    2 April            Ramadan begins at sundown

    5 April            NO MEETING! - Attend the All Club Luncheon at our District Conference (8 April-12N)!

    7-9 April         District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    12 April          Board Meeting at 11 AM

    12 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    15 April          Good Friday & Passover begins at sundown

    17 April          Easter

    19 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    26 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 Apr             Rio Rancho Gala - Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX
  • 22 Mar 2022 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    SPRINGTIME is here & President Emily is travelling. So, our meeting was called to order by President-Elect Karen. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence.

    Guests:           Tonya McCue, guest of Pat

    March is – “World Understanding Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Maggie’s happy to have attended the Van Gogh immersive experience.

    Pat’s happy that she just has a sinus infection!

    Karen forgot to attend the Silver Horizons festivities.

    Gloria’s daughter is going to Copenhagen. Michael’s coming back from Ghana this week!

    Cheryl wonders just how much of the Ukraine is really left.

    Four of us, plus one, worked at Silver Horizons yesterday & packed up the usual parcels of goodies.

    Our bowling teams attended the Silver Horizons “Strikes for Seniors” event on 19 March, at Skidmore’s Holiday Bowl. Prizes were won & a fun time was had by all.

    Currently, there’s no District budget for our District Conference. Since the District has asked us to contribute, your board of directors has voted to donate $100 towards the conference cost.

    Our PolioPlus Jar even made another trip around the room to help us empty our pockets.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    What’s so special about today? (Besides it being Tuesday) Libby says that today is World Water Day.

    On the 22nd of March, 1765, what act was passed in Britain? It was the tax Stamp Act. In U.S. colonial history, first British parliamentary attempt to raise revenue through direct taxation of all colonial commercial and legal papers, newspapers, pamphlets, cards, almanacs, and dice.

    On the 22nd of March, 1972, what constitutional amendment was passed? The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to the states for ratification.

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

    The website committee met last Friday. We’re getting close to our new site & it’s starting to look good!

    Register for our District Conference online at the District 5520 website. Remember that we’ve cancelled our 12N meeting for 5 April, so that we can all attend the “All Club Luncheon” at our District Conference on Friday, 8 April at 12 Noon.

    Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:

    March – Pamela    April – Libby    May – Pat    June - Mollie

    There are NO member birthday anniversaries to celebrate during the month of March.

    Today’s Program:     Some things that you don’t know about the Ukraine.

    It’s Gloria!!! Through the use of many photos taken on family visits to the Ukraine, Gloria showed us how the country used to look before current events have changed things around a bit.

    Her daughter & family resided there for four years, while working for the US State Department.

    She has lots of photos of churches, street art, statues/ monuments & hedge hogs. The Ukraine also has their own “GoldenGate”, as proven by real photos!

    Additionally, Gloria presented several pictures of her trip to Chernobyl, where that 1986 accident happened.

    P.S. Gloria’s son-in-law wants to return to the Ukraine to help out. However, many clearances  & approvals must be obtained from the US, Ukraine & China!


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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    25 March        Website committee meets at Gloria’s – 1:00 PM

    29 March        Regular Meeting- 12 Noon – “Wings for Life”

    2 April            Ramadan begins at sundown

    5 April            NO MEETING! - Attend the All Club Luncheon at our District Conference (8 April-12N)!

    7-9 April         District 5520 Conference at Isletta Resort.

    12 April          Board Meeting at 11 AM

    12 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    15 April          Good Friday & Passover begins at sundown

    17 April          Easter

    19 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    26 April          Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

    30 Apr           Rio Rancho Gala - Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

    4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX
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