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  • 12 Dec 2017 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    December is “Family Month”

    First, we set up, wrapped gifts and packed up Saranam’s bags of goodies. Then, at 12:35PM, President Gail called our regular meeting to order and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

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

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary J. Glad to be back &thanks for the great goodies today. Happy that she’ll have no guests for the  coming holidays. Also thanks for a visit to Chicago & 13 family.

    Mollie Put up a fiver & glad to be back. Sis is stable & thanks to Pat for her help.

    Emily had a Great trip to Orlando & St. Augustine. Also thanks to our bell ringers. We picked up $1552 total, which included $1K from Jan’s friend. Great to have Mollie back, too!

    Pat’s happy for her tutoring student & their pot luck dinner and for the Interact quilting.

    Mary B. Visited friends & family in Wheaton, IL (NOT Chicago) then further North. Great travel & trip.

    Judy Thanks for Hugs from Mollie & good to have Mary J. back.

    Jan’s Going to CHICAGO this January, but not to Evanston.

    Gail’s happy that we’re happy!

    Maggie had a lot to say, since we have no speaker today, Still packing up after the 10 day BD party. Brother-in-Law finally going back to Tokyo.

    Bruce’s happy to visit once again & reminds us of RLI on 20 January.

    Where DID that $20 come from?

    Sgt-at-Arms questions for today:

    A packet of travel woolite was rewarded to anyone who could recite the official salutation to the New Mexico flag… It’s "I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures", So, there!

    An empty autograph book did not get awarded for an answer to the following question: “What happened in 1956?” Besides the founding of the Albuquerque Petroleum Club, 1956 also marked the 250th anniversary of Albuquerque. Also, Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera, 18th Duke of Alburquerque was present and presented a gift to ABQ. What was that gift? (No takers) It was a tapestry.

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

    Take the time to “Like” our Facebook blurbs!

    Remember that we’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Holiday party & “white elephant” exchange: Pat says that we all should bring finger food as usual. She’ll provide the libations. Also bring some non perishable food for donation to a food bank. The festivities will begin at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 December. Directions to Pat’s place will follow via email.

    Our holiday visits to Hannett House & Villa Solano: We’ll visit both homes on Friday, 15 December at 1PM. We brought our wrapped & labeled gifts to today’s meeting. Banjo Bruce & James Morrison will provide musical accompaniment.

                Villa Solano – 1419 Solano Drive, NE

                Hannett House – 4720 Hannett Avenue, NE

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Our PolioPlus “spare change” jar made its usual trip about the room.

    Today’s Program: SARANAM

    We assembled gift bags for Saranam. President Gail will bring them to Saranam following today’s meeting.

    Our thought of the day didn’t happen.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:10 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO REGULAR MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home at 6 PM.

    26 Dec             NO MEETING ! (Because it’s Boxing Day)

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

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

    26-29 April, 2018       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 assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meetings.
  • 05 Dec 2017 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    December is “Family Month”

    Following this morning’s monthly board meeting, President Gail called our regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection. 

    Visiting Rotarians:    James Morrison looked in.

    Guests:           Ben Butler, guest of Vivien   Alettress, guest of Tom          & the NM Peace Choir

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Maggie – A survival fiver for all of the guests at her Hubby’s 75th birthday week.

    Tom - $2 for loss of memory… He remembers being married for 45 years to the same woman. And for the attending Choir.

    Karen – Daughter is in the NMSU marching band & their visit to Tucson.

    Pat – A Mollie update: Sister leaving Health South, Cousin visiting, Her car door broken shut.

    Gail – Happy that we’re all here, today.

    Libby – happy to have the choir visiting, today.

    2x Choir members-    Good to see so many women in this Rotary Club.

                                     Thanks for her daughter’s Rotary scholarship to S. Africa.

     Sgt-at-Arms questions for today:

    Correction to last week’s great western trail- Colorado was bypassed, NOT Wyoming. So, Judy was correct and received the teeny note pads as a consolation prize.

    Maggie won a new pen for her correct answer to the question “When & Where is our District Conference this year?” It’s in Santa Fe & April 26-29, 2018.

    A wonderful fingernail clipper was also awarded to Maggie for the partial correct answer “Toronto”- What’s the place and date of the RI convention? 23-27 June, 2018.

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

    Re: Presidents’ breakfast meeting – The Natural History Museum will hold a 16 April PM Da Vinci exhibit only for Rotarians! More information will follow.

    Then, there’s the yearly Rio Rancho Club fund raiser on 16 April for nursing scholarships.

    We’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Holiday party & “white elephant” exchange: Pat says that we all should bring finger food as usual. She’ll provide the libations. Also bring some non perishable food for donation to a food bank. The festivities will begin at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 December.

    Our holiday visits to Hannett House & Villa Solano: We’ll visit both homes on Friday, 15 December at 1PM. Wrap & label gifts & bring them to our 12 December meeting! This way, we’ll make sure that all of the residents will receive a gift.

    We’ll be bell ringing for the Salvation Army, on Saturday, 9 December, from 10AM to 6PM. Location: Smith’s at Tramway & Montgomery. We’ve signed up for 2 hour shifts. Wear your Rotary vests!

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Glidden’s RI matching grant for a sewing center in Nepal needs pledges totaling $1700. Karen presented a motion that the Club pledge $500 to this cause. With a 2nd from Libby, the attending members voted unanimously to accept the motion.

    RYLA: Since there are no Interact Juniors this year, we plan to sponsor 4 campers next year. Maggie has one prospective female camper candidate this year. So, we’ll have to work this out.

    Our PolioPlus “spare change” jar then made its usual trip about the room.

    Today’s Program: The NM Peace Choir (NMPC)

    Karen introduced Christy Conduff, Founder and Director of The New Mexico Peace Choir.

    The New Mexico Peace Choir was founded in December 2015 as an inclusive, mixed voice choir. They sing inspiring songs about nature, social awareness, the human spirit and peace.

    The choir fills a need and bridges the gap between head and heart. The effect of the energy that the choir gives and receives while singing is palpable. They believe that this energy will help transform our world.

    The mission of the New Mexico Peace Choir is to inspire harmony and promote world peace and justice in our communities. The choir strives to connect with individual human beings, which is where change must begin.  It is said that "an army moves on its stomach but a movement moves on its music."  People who hear the Peace Choir are moved to live and act differently in their world. Singers and listeners benefit directly, and the people whose lives they touch benefit indirectly. The NM Peace Choir is a 501c3 tax exempt organization.

    Since their recent beginnings, NMPC has experienced exponential growth and are making a difference in people’s lives. The NMPC has had sell out concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and sang for Earth Day at the historic Loretto Chapel. The choir has opened the last two sessions of the NM Legislature and helped celebrate The World Day of Peace by performing at The Albuquerque Center For Peace and Justice.

    Invitations for the choir’s unique sound, repertoire and “heart” continue to come in. Recently, the choir was honored to represent The U.S. at The World Peace Choir Conference in Vienna, Austria and sing with The Vienna Boys Choir and other Peace Choirs from around the world. The choir then traveled to Prague, for more touring and a performance at The U.S. Embassy that was live streamed to other American Embassies worldwide!

     The 90 voice NMPC has performed The National Anthem at the opening ceremonies for The 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, followed by a concert on center stage!  NMPC was also recently honored to perform at The Baha’i Faith’s 200th Anniversary celebration in Albuquerque.

    For more info, go to www.NMPeaceChoir.org

    Our thought of the day was presented by Jan: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    6 Dec               Visit with our Manzano Interact Club meets at 12N at H.S.

    9 Dec               Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army- 10A-6P- Did you sign up for your 2 hr shift?

    12 Dec             Regular Meeting – Bring Solano & Hannett gifts to meeting. Solano gift bag assembly.

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO REGULAR MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home at 6 PM.

    26 Dec             NO MEETING ! (Because it’s Boxing Day)

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

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

    26-29 April, 2018       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 assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meetings.
  • 28 Nov 2017 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    November is still “Foundation Month”

    President Gail called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    No Guests or Visiting Rotarians today.      

    Two pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Karen divested herself of a fiver to announce that she’ll soon be running for the State legislature.

    Tom put up $2 for the hard working volunteers at Silver Horizons.

    John is happy to still be alive.

    Pat told us that Mollie’s sister has completed surgery & is in rehab. Mollie’s exhausted.

    Emily’s son & family visited.

    Bruce visited daughters in CO for Thanksgiving. He’s still very busy doing District work. His Club now has two Interact Clubs & their Rotaract Club is still alive & well. RLI is coming up soon.

    Libby for the fun of visiting both Solano & Hannett homes with Emily.

    Paul just updated his home flooring.

    Gail tossed in a fiver and she’s once again fostering a slew of poopies.

    Sgt-atArms questions for today: Postit notes were won by Pat for answering the following question: What was the great western trail? Well, part of it was the Chisholm Trail.

    Next, for the magnetic clip & measuring spoon, Allan asked the musical question: Name three of the six states that the trail crossed. Pat got it again. (Texas, Oklahoma & Kansas)

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

    Our membership list was circulated today. We were asked to make corrections and additions of emergency contacts to the official list.

    Our Club’s Newspaper Articles were finally published! Now, they know that we really exist.

    Today, we all signed two cards for exemplary school kids.

    Saranam Mommy Bags for 14 ladies this year. The Club will pay $20 each & we’ll add a few additional things, too. Judy says that we can afford the $280.00. With a motion from Allan & a second from Pat, we voted to “do it again”!

    Our holiday party & “white elephant” exchange: Thanks to President Gail we know how & where that name originated. Pat says that we should bring finger food as usual. She’ll provide the libations. We should also bring some non perishable food for donation to a food bank as usual. The festivities will begin at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 December.

    Our holiday visits to Hannett House & Villa Solano: Libby let us in on the plan. We’ll visit both homes on Friday, 15 December at 1PM. A signup sheet was passed around for gifts & goodies & snacks. Wrap & label gifts & bring ‘em to our 12 December meeting! This way, we’ll make sure that all of the residents will receive a gift.

    We’ll be bell ringing for the Salvation Army, on Saturday, 9 December, from 10AM to 6PM.

    Location: Smith’s at Tramway & Montgomery. We signed up for 2 hour shifts.

    On 18 November, James Morrison (One of our Club’s charter members) rode for the District 5520 team in Tucson, AZ - a grueling 106 mile race which is part of the El Tour de Tucson. He was joined by 100+ cyclists from Rotary International and Rotarians representing 40 clubs around the world.

    The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we make lives better in our community and around the world. Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. Over 90 percent of our donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world. Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With these donations, we’ve wiped out 99.9% of all polio cases. Donations also help to train future peacemakers, support clean water and strengthen local economies. One donation can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make our donations go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

    Our PolioPlus “spare change” jar then made its usual trip about the room.

    Today’s Program: Camp Rising Sun

    Karen introduced Mr. Paul Brouse, Exec. Director of Camp Rising Sun.

    Camp Rising Sun was founded in 2006 by a group of parents and professionals who wished for a summer camp experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Mexico. In 2009, this camp  became a part of the autism programs at the University of New Mexico Center for development and disability. The programs of Camp Rising Sun are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).

    Camp is held at the Manzano Mountain Retreat in the Mountains southeast of Albuquerque. The site is also  accredited by the ACA. The camp’s mission is to provide a specialized summer camp experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their peers, provide an opportunity for students, community volunteers, and professionals to gain experience working with those diagnosed with ASD and to provide respite for parents and caregivers of children with ASD.

    Camp sessions are designed specifically for children ages 8-17 years old. The camp provides an inclusive summer camp environment for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their same-age peers. Children sleep in male or female dormitories and are supervised by adults at all times.

    Camp activities include swimming, hiking, sports and games, arts and crafts, theater, photography and video, geo-caching, music, campouts, nature activities, high ropes and challenge courses, martial arts, and a variety of other activities. The camp also contracts with additional trained specialists to provide specialized programs which may include: horseback riding, kayaking in the pool, and other creative specialized programs.

    Determination of camp to counselor ratio is dependent upon each child's needs. One to one staffing is available for those campers who need more supervision.

    Volunteers are university students, community volunteers, and professionals from  the community desiring additional experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum. All undergo a rigorous screening process including: reference checks, interviews, and criminal background checks. Most positions are volunteer assignments and may provide a small stipend.

    Camp Rising Sun has received many generous donations through the United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign this year totaling $10,784.00. Cost of camp is $200,000.00 each year.

    For more information, contact:

    Center for Development and Disability, 2300 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87107

    (505) 272-3000 www.cdd.unm.edu/camprisingsun

    For additional site information, go to www.manzanoretreat.com

    Our thought of the day was presented by Allan.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    5 Dec               Board Meeting

    5 Dec               Regular Meeting -  

    9 Dec               Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army- 9A-6P

    12 Dec             Regular Meeting – Bring Solano & Hannett gifts to today’s meeting.

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home at 6 PM.

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting -

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting –

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick must go to PETS!)

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

    26-29 April, 2018       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 assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meetings.
  • 21 Nov 2017 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    November is– “Foundation Month”

    Since today’s regular meeting was canceled, we met at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center and assisted Silver Horizons in the AM prep & at their 2:15 PM scheduled food distribution.

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

    There’ll be NO MEETING during the week of Christmas. However, we’ll be holding our December holiday party at Pat’s place. We’ll also be visiting Villa Solano & Hannett House as usual.

    John had his cardiac stress test today and was refused any surgery (just pills, forever). He’s allowed to drive again (watch out!).

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23 Nov             Thanksgiving Day

    28 Nov             Regular Meeting –Camp Rising Sun – Paul Brouse, Exec. Director.

    5 Dec               Board Meeting

    5 Dec               Regular Meeting -  

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home.

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting -

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting –

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick must go to PETS!)

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

    26-29 April, 2018       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?
  • 14 Nov 2017 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    November is– “Foundation Month”

    It’s Election Day! We get to choose a Mayor in Albuquerque.

    Today’s meeting took the form of a group private tour of the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo. We met at the N. Domingo Baca center at 10 AM and car pooled it up to Bernalillo. So, for an entrance fee of $5 each, Docent Brian Gilmore showed us around the site. Luncheon then followed at the Range Café.

    Guests at our Outing: Margaret Kramer & Margaret Farreo

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

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    However, we’ll be holding our regular December holiday party at Pat’s place. We’ll also be visiting Villa Solano & Hannett House as usual.

    Happy Birthday to Judy!!! We all sang to her in the parking lot.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 Nov             Food Sorting for/at USPS 3P-5P at 111 Alvarado Drive, SE

    21 Nov             NO MEETING !

    21 Nov             Work at Manzano Mesa 2:15P-4:30P

    23 Nov             Thanksgiving Day

    28 Nov             Regular Meeting –Camp Rising Sun – Paul Brouse, Exec. Director.

    5 Dec               Board Meeting

    5 Dec               Regular Meeting -  

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home.

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting -

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting –

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick must go to PETS!)

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

    26-29 April, 2018       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?
  • 07 Nov 2017 6:22 PM | Anonymous

    November is– “Foundation Month”

    Following this morning’s board meeting, President-Elect Patrick 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. 

    Visiting Rotarians:    Michelle Frechette, Rio Rancho        AG Bill Dennis

    Guests            :           None 

    No pin or name tag buck fines were imposed today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Mary had a sad buck for the loss of her 21 yr old kitty this past weekend.

    Michelle’s happy for 2 of her camp girls outbound Youth Exchange. 

    Pat sad for Mollie- her pain is somewhat better but one of her sisters has been diagnosed with brain & lung cancer. Mollie will be missing several meetings.

    Libby, Tom, Maggie & Karen each put in a buck for John’s return. 

    Our Sgt-at-Arms had two Questions for the day: An article in Nov’s Rotarian “Could be Worse” may provide 2 great prizes this week: An autograph book and a big magnetic clip. Question #1: What are the neat things happening? No answers, even though many of us read the article. Violence is at an all time low, Poverty is going down, each day 300,000 get electricity for the first time and 285,000 get their first access to clean drinking water.

    Question #2: In ABQ history, what was our first newspaper? Two incorrect answers had Allan tell us that it was in 1853 that the “El Amigo” ran for 1 year.

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

    Mary has recently attended AG/LG training at our RYLA camp. She says that it’s a great place!

    Next week’s meeting will be taking the form of a TOUR/Field Trip! We’ll be visiting the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo for a private tour. Meet to car pool at the N. Domingo Baca center at 10 AM.

    Cost $5 each. Lunch at the Range Café follows the tour. A signup sheet was passed around at today’s meeting. If you want to join in, call Karen. The Site is located at 485 Kuaua Road. Take Rt 25 to exit 242.

    Here’s some news from today’s board meeting:

    Our annual holiday party will take place at Pat’s home on 19 December. There’ll be No regular meeting on that Tuesday. At our Christmas party, we plan to have a “white elephant” gift exchange!

    Emily hasn’t as yet set up the dates for our visits to Solano & Hannett house. Maybe the 12th ??? We’ve got to set up gift lists & bring in gifts (to be counted) to a meeting the week before. Gotta include Banjo Bruce & James Morrison.

    The board has voted to contribute $50 to the Rotary Rose Bowl Parade Float this year.

    The board will ask the Club membership to vote on donations larger than $100.

    Today, 100% of the attending Club membership voted to donate $400 to purchase a new freezer for Silver Horizons.

    The board has also decided that, if there aren’t two local candidates for RYLA this year, we’ll hold over the RYLA camper tuition to the following year.

    Re: Christine Glidden’s application for an RI International grant: She must raise $15,000 to match the  grant. Karen proposed the motion that, if there are enough pledges from clubs to reach the needed $15K, we also pledge to donate $500. With a second from Libby, the attending members voted unanimously to pass the motion.

    Treasurer Judy reports:          Operating account= $6,374.29

                                                    Grant Account =      $1,094.68

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

    However, we’ll be holding our regular December holiday party at Pat’s place. We’ll also be visiting Villa Solano & Hannett House as usual. On Saturday, November 18th, we are also assisting the USPS with sorting food donations.

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

    Today’s Program:       

    Karen introduced Michelle Frechette (Rio Rancho), our District 5520 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program chair. As a part of the Youth Service programs, our District offers long term (1 school year) inbound and outbound exchanges for young men and women who will be 15-18½ years of age when they begin their exchange.

    Clubs begin accepting applications in September and October of each year and District interviews begin near the beginning of November.

    Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

    Exchange students are able to unlock their potential to develop lifelong leadership skills, learn a new language and culture, build lasting friendships with young people from around the world and become a global citizen.

    Exchange students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.

    Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for round-trip airfare, travel insurance, travel documents (such as passports and visas) and spending money and any additional travel or tours.

    Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained. Each student will be “shared” between 3 families during the year. We are in need of host families in Albuquerque for inbound students.

    Our District is currently working with 13 outbound countries.

    Clubs are able to share with other Clubs. RYE students can be invited by any Club to visit a meeting, to join us at dinner or join in an outing. Just call Michelle to set something up.

    Cost for an outbound student = $6100. Cost for an Inbound Student= $3000

    Following today’s talk, President-Elect Patrick presented Michelle with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

    Our thought for the day was presented by Jan “Friendship is the only cement that can hold the world together.” – Woodrow Wilson

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11 Nov             Veterans Day

    14 Nov             TOUR Meeting at Coronado Historic Site

    18 Nov             Food Sorting/Collection for USPS 3P-5P at 111 Alvarado Drive, SE

    21 Nov             NO MEETING !

    21 Nov             Work at Manzano Mesa 2:15P-4:30P

    23 Nov             Thanksgiving Day

    28 Nov             Regular Meeting –

    5 Dec               Board Meeting

    5 Dec               Regular Meeting -  

    __ Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    19 Dec             NO MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home.

    2 Jan                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       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 members for their continuing assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 30 Oct 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    ROTARY CLUB of ALBUQUERQUE SANDIA
    WEEKLY BULLETIN FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 24th 2017
    October is Vocational Services Month
    Attendance: Fourteen Rotarians were present to-day.
    Our guest was Tom Graham, guest of Maggie. Welcome Tom!
    Our Visiting Rotarian was Ed Hughes, Executive Secretary, Del Norte Club, our Speaker to-day.
    The meeting was held in the Committee Room at N. Domingo Baca Center.
    The meeting was called to order by President Gail at 12 noon. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way test. We thought of those in need to-day.
    Update on John’s condition : Gail reported that John was full of energy and may be discharged soon. He says that Rotary is very important to him. We all wish him well.
    A card was signed by all to recognize the achievements of Jacob Birk, an 8th grader with Jimmy Carter Middle School.
    Sargent-at-Arms: Allan presided.
    Happy Bucks:
    Pat was happy to-day.
    Emily gave a dollar because she was late.
    Maggie gave a dollar because she was happy (scared?) that she raced her Mini Cooper at great speed down Paseo Del Norte.
    Judy gave away her bottle top collection to Mary B to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
    Question of the Day: Can anyone remember the 8 words that comprise the “Elevator Speech: that we discussed last week? Judy sort of remembered and received a beautiful small pot surmounted by replica of the Wells Fargo wagon. Great for re-gifting! See the November edition of “The Rotarian”, page 6, for the answer.
    Reminder: Next week-end is the District Rotary Conference in Santa Fe.
    The Polio Jar was passed around to collect “greenbacks” for the “End Polio Now” effort.
    NOTE: Treasurer Judy reported later that $198.25 was collected to-day. This may be combined
    with the $165.75 collected through September to make a total of $364.
    OTHER BUSINESS:
    President Gail reported that Pat will hand over her Social duties to Mollie in January. Karen will
    be the sole Program chair director. Please send your ideas for speakers to Karen.
    Mollie is recovering slowly, we all wish her well.
    Dave reported the results of the Finance Committee and presented a set of guidelines for use
    of resources to support outside projects. A copy was given to each member.
    Projects: Emily sent round a sign-up sheet for the Post Office food collection for November
    18th from 2-5pm. The N.E. location is yet to be determined. We will help sort out the food
    donations from the P.O. Food drive.
    “The Storehouse” will need helpers on Wednesdays and Fridays only, in November and
    December. Contact Emily .
    “The Rock at Noon Day” will need help in December. Contact Dave for the dates/times.
    Gail announced that PB&J will not be requiring Christmas thank you cards since they are
    planning to issue flyers. Gail offered her large collection of cards and stickers for anyone who
    may want them. Libby suggested the “Art Attack for Healthcare”.
    Grants: Marion reported that we received the $1400 check, as mentioned last week, and was
    informed that we could keep this since RI had extra funds. We shall use the monies for extra
    carts. Amazon can supply the carts at a cheaper rate and with free shipping .
    SPEAKER INTRODUCTION: Karen introduced Ed Hughes, a news photographer with the Dallas
    Morning News, who witnessed the events on November 22nd 1963. Ed gave riveting speech
    which took us back to that tragic time. He witnessed JFK giving his last speech and also
    working the crowds at the Dallas airport. He illustrated his talk with poster-sized photos of JFK
    and the also of the funeral of Lee Harvey Oswald. He also displayed the camera that he used.
    Karen thanked Ed and presented our note cards to him as a “thank you”.
    Gail read a card from John and Gretchen thanking us for all the kind thoughts.
    Thought of the Day: Maggie gave 3 quotes from JFK: 1. “Forgive your enemies, but never
    forget their names”. 2. “The rights of everyone are diminished when the rights of one are
    threatened.” 3.” As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest
    appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:00pm.
    Up-Coming Events: We will now meet at the North Domingo Baca Multi-generation Center,
    located at 7521 Carmel NE (off Wyoming near Paseo). Be sure to read the Calendar emails and
    the web site to verify any changes that may occur. Our web address is www.rotarysandia.org.
     October 28th: Regional District Assembly in Santa Fe. Go to www.rotary5520.org for
    details and registration. Held at the Inn at Santa Fe.
     October 31 : Hallowe’en ! Leba Freed will introduce us to ABQ’s newest Museum “The
    Wheels Museum”.
     November 1st: Interact Club at Manzano High School.
     November 7th. Board meeting at 10:30am followed by Regular meeting. Speaker to be
    determined.
     November 14th. Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
     November 21s. NO MEETING….THANKSGIVING WEEK.
     November 28th: Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
    Note from the Acting Secretary: Please let me know if you plan any absences (travel etc) so
    that I can mark you as “Excused”.
    Respectfully submitted by Vivien Lahiri, Acting Secretary.

  • 17 Oct 2017 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    ROTARY CLUB of ALBUQUERQUE SANDIA
    WEEKLY BULLETIN FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 17TH 2017
    October is Vocational Services Month
    Attendance: Fifteen Rotarian members were present to-day.
    Our guest was Meredith Eisenberg, guest of Mary Bresnahan. Welcome Meredith!
    The visiting Rotarian was Jim Walther, our Speaker, from the Downtown ABQ Club.
    The meeting was held in the Committee Room at N. Domingo Baca Center.
    The meeting was called to order by President Gail at 12 noon. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way test. We thought of John, Gretchen and also Mollie during our silent invocation. Mollie had suffered injury during a hard balloon landing at Fiesta. She was able to attend our meeting to-day. Good to see you. Mollie!
    Update on John’s condition : Judy reported that John is much improved and will be moving to Health South Rehab Hospital. He is now welcoming visitors. We should co-ordinate our visits to avoid over crowding John.
    A card was signed by all to recognize the 6th Grade Student achievement of Orlando Ortiz of McKinley Middle School. Also a card was signed for John.
    Sargent-at-Arms: Allan presided.
    Happy Bucks:
    Mary J. announced that she will soon become a GREAT GRANDMOTHER!
    Maggie was thankful that she had a great trip to Pueblo, CO in their motor home. They were racing their cars in a Rally and were successful. Also gave dollars for John and Mollie.
    Karen was visiting her daughter, Kerrie, in her dorm room at UMSU, and fell off the bed and hurt her shoulder. It is hazardous to pretend to be a student!
    Gail was visited by her husband’s brother, whom they had not seen for 18 years.
    Mary B, is happy to welcome Meredith to our meeting.
    Pat Diem was thankful that she did not have Balloon Fiesta guests this year.
    Mollie thinks that she is happy. Her cousin is leaving to-day. She also was injured in the Balloon accident.
    Dave gave $5 because of a great trip to W. Europe and also visiting family.
    Pin and Badge check: Dave was missing his Pin because he was confused by the new surroundings.
    Polio Jar was passed around. Remember, next week is “The Greening of the Polio Jar”.
    QUESTION OF THE DAY: The November edition of the “Rotarian” (page 6) listed 8 words that should compose an “elevator” speech. What are those 8 words? There was a long silence before Libby said she could not remember. So she got a prize: a teeny tiny set of post-it notes for teeny tiny messages. Those 8 words: “ We help people, Globally and Locally, Through Service”.
    OTHER BUSINESS:
    Bottle cap collection was given to Tom for his project.
    Reminder about the Pumpkin Junkin event in Moriaty next week-end. (see Gail’s email for details).
    Gail reported that a $500 check from PNM will be received soon through Emilys’ connections. Also a check for $1400 was received from RI for our Grant Project. This will be researched since this may be a duplicate.
    Gail reported that we are now listed in the RI Club Finder.
    Marion reported on the status of the carts to be donated to Silver Horizons. She is in talks with the distributor about ordering quantities and freight charge.
    Dave reported that the new Finance Committee will meet following this meeting to discuss policies for the disbursement of monies to community propjetcs.
    SPEAKER INTRODUCTION BY KAREN: Jim Walther, Executive Director of the National Museum of Science and Industry was introduced. Jim is a Rotarian with the Downtown ABQ Club since year 2000. He and Dave discovered that they are both natives of Charlston, SC.
    Jim gave an exciting presentation about the history and growth of the Museum. The web address is www.nuclearmuseum.org. Visit the web site and then the Museum for all the exciting programs presented. The Museum is the largest of its kind in the world and is affiliated with The Smithsonian.
    Originally the Museum was located at Kirtland A.F. Base, but had to relocate after 9/11 for security reasons. Old Town was the next site. The late Sen. Pete Dominici was instrumental in obtaining funding. Then a 10 million dollar building was constructed at Eubank and Southern Avenue. The Museum is open almost every day. Membership has many advantages and Karen wrote her check! This week is Nuclear Science Week which is commemorated nation-wide. (www.nuclearscienceweek.org.
    A lively discussion followed.Jim was presented with NM note cards as a thank you.
    Thought of the Day: Patrick gave the thought: “As Human Beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world-that is the myth of the Atomic age- as in being able to remake ourselves” Mahatma Ghandi.
    Up-Coming Events: We will now meet at the North Domingo Baca Multi-generation Center, located at 7521 Carmel NE (off Wyoming near Paseo). Be sure to read the Calendar emails and the web site to verify any changes that may occur. Our web address is www.rotarysandia.org. Check often to find the upcoming events and speakers. Be sure to invite a friend!
     October 18th: Interact Club. Manzano High School. See Allan. 12 noon to 12:30pm. Come and encourage our students!
     October 24th: “Greening of the Polio Jar”. Speaker will be Eddie Hughes: The JFK Assassination: a reporter reminisces about this historic event.
     October 25th: Interact Club. Manzano High School. See above.
     October 28th: Regional District Assembly in Santa Fe. Go to www.rotary5520.org for details and registration. Held at the Inn at Santa Fe.
     October 31 : Hallowe’en ! Leba Freed will introduce us to ABQ’s newest Museum “The Wheels Museum”.
     November 1st: Interact Club at Manzano High School.
     November 7th. Board meeting at 10:30am followed by Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
     November 14th. Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
     November 21s. NO MEETING….THANKSGIVING WEEK.
     November 28th: Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
    Note from the Acting Secretary: Please let me know if you plan any absences (travel etc) so that I can mark you as “Excused”.
    Respectfully submitted by Vivien Lahiri, Acting Secretary.

  • 10 Oct 2017 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    ROTARY CLUB of ALBUQUERQUE SANDIA
    WEEKLY BULLETIN FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 10TH 2017
    October is Vocational Services Month
    Attendance: Twelve Rotarian members were present to-day.
    Our guest was Dick Bresnahan, guest of Mary Bresnahan. So good to see you, Dick!
    There were no visiting Rotarians..
    The meeting was held at the Event Palace since the N.D. Baca room was not available
    The meeting was opened by President Gail at 12 noon. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by the Rotary Four-Way Test. We thought of John and Gretchen during the moment of reflective silence.
    Update on John’s condition : Judy reported that John was being moved to the 7th floor, still in Cardiac Intensive Care. His condition is improving, but requests no company at this time. Gail brought lovely flowers, which were much appreciated. He had extensive arterial blockages which will be treated initially with medications with surgery being an option.The CPR administered by Gretchen at home was instrumental in saving his life. We all send our very best wishes.
    Mary suggested that we have a program about CPR. Dr. Barry Ramo of the New Mexico Heart Institute has expressed an interest in speaking to Rotary Clubs. This will be explored. We all felt that hands-on instruction would be needed.
    A card was signed by all to recognize Student achievement. Also a card was signed for John.
    Sargent-at-Arms: Allan passed the Polio Jar around. There was only one “pin” default (Vivien who forgot ) for a $1.00 fine.
    Question of the Day: The Rotarian magazine has an article about shelters for those evicted from their homes. The question was: how many shelters are there in ABQ? Judy had the correct answer (5) and won a prize of sorts.
    Happy Bucks: Judy gave a dollar for John. Also she noted that Rotary was mentioned in a Funky Winterbean (?) comic strip…????
    Mary gave a dollar for John and Pat gave one for Gretchen.
    Gail recognized that Vivien had volunteered to step in as Acting Secretary.
    DG Doreen Kelsey has sent an email to all members about the October 24th Polio Day. Various activities have been planned throughout our District. We will be having a “greening of the Polio Jar” at our October 24th meeting…we put all our greenbacks in the jar. No more nickels and dimes!
    Mary discussed the annual Salvation Bell Ringing. If we choose to do this, then we must notify the Salvation Army early so we can get choices of time and place.
    David is back after a great vacation. He will set up a time for the newly formed Finance Committee to meet. The purpose is to formulate a plan for the allocation of our funds to fulfill the various requests for community giving. Contact Dave if you wish to participate.
    Speaker Dr. Janet Greger was introduced by Pat. The title of her talk was “Nutrition and You”.
    Dr. Greger is Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She brought along informational brochures and copies of her books. She is an accomplished prize-winning author here in New Mexico. Her goal is to make science understandable, exciting and relevant. Her web address is www.jlgreger,com for complete details.
    She talked about obesity and the many studies that have been done to find the causes. Many studies give confusing information and do not always show cause and effect. Probiotics and the role of intestinal bacteria are at the fore front of current research.
    Her talk was followed by an extensive Q and A session.
    Thought of the Day: (Libby). “Primates need good nutrition, to begin with. Not only fruits and plants, but insects as well” Richard Leakey.
    Up-Coming Events: We will now meet at the North Domingo Baca Multi-generation Center, located at 7521 Carmel NE (off Wyoming near Paseo). Be sure to read the Calendar emails and the web site to verify any changes that may occur. Our web address is www.rotarysandia.org. Check often to find the upcoming events and speakers. Be sure to invite a friend!
     October 11th: Interact Club at Manzano High School. 12 noon to 12:30pm. See Allan.
     October 17th: Regular meeting. Jim Walther will speak about the programs and events at the Nuclear Museum.
     October 18th: Interact Club. Manzano High School. See above.
     October 24th: “Greening of the Polio Jar”. Speaker will be Eddie Hughes: The JFK Assassination: a reporter reminisces about this historic event.
     October 25th: Interact Club. Manzano High School. See above.
     October 31 : Hallowe’en ! Leba Freed will introduce us to ABQ’s newest Museum “The Wheels Museum”.
     November 1st: Interact Club at Manzano High School.
     November 7th. Board meeting at 10:30am followed by Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
     November 14th. Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
     November 21s. NO MEETING….THANKSGIVING WEEK.
     November 28th: Regular meeting. Speaker to be determined.
    Respectfully submitted by Vivien Lahiri, Acting Secretary.

  • 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.
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