Weekly Bulletin

16 Feb 2021 6:07 PM | Anonymous

Our Fat Tuesday Zoom meeting was called to order by President-Elect Emily at 12 Noon. She led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

Well, no Mardi Gras parades today…

Visiting Rotarians:    Michael Podolny & James Morrison

February is – “World Understanding Month”

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

President Allan could not be with us today… Why? He’s had a stroke yesterday AM and is at UNM hospital! The stroke appears to have affected his right side. He’s somewhat better now and the prognosis is good & he’ll be out on Friday (rehab follows). Get better soon, Allan! (NO, you can’t visit him.)

Pat called in an update on how she's doing. Friday she had enough energy to use the phone. She got out of bed and walked a few steps to a chair. She’s off the morphine and is getting oral pain meds. Needless to say, she's wiped out. She was under anesthesia for five hours during the surgery and everything looked as it should after having the three rounds of chemo. She’s home now.

Following our weekly roll call,

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

1.     Abraham Lincoln stopped his train on his way to his 1st inauguration to thank 11-year old Grace Bedell in person & to gain more votes. What was her advice? Answer: Her advice to grow a beard.

2.     This town was founded around 1900 and was located 18 miles southwest of Roswell. Until the mid-1920s, about 300 African American people lived there. What was the name of the town? Answer: Blackdom represented an opportunity to those who wanted to shape their own destiny at a time when choices for African Americans were extremely limited. (History: Francis Boyer was a well-educated man who had graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta. His wife Ella Boyer also graduated from college, having attended Atlanta University. They were both teachers.  Sometime in the late 1890s, Francis witnessed the murder of a black barber who was executed in cold blood because he nicked a white patron’s cheek as he gave him a shave. He started collecting stories about atrocities but the Klan threatened him. Francis and his wife decided to found a community in New Mexico because Francis’ father had noted that there was less discrimination in New Mexico when he was in the Army during the Mexican American War.

Francis and his brother-in-law walked 2,000 miles from Atlanta to the Roswell area. Ella followed the next year. The community of Blackdom grew to over 15,000 acres. It then folded because of drought.)

3.     On Feb 16, 1923, Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber  of ??????.  Answer: King Tut – the child king of Egypt.

4.     Feb 16, 1938, the film "Bringing Up Baby" directed by Howard Hawks made its debut. Who were the 2 stars of the film? Answer: Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. 

5.     In the above film, who was “Baby” Answer: A leopard. Side note: Bringing up Baby was a commercial flop upon its release, although it eventually made a small profit after its re-release in the early 1940s. Shortly after the film's premiere, Hepburn was labeled as "box office poison" by the Independent Theatre Owners of America and her career would not recover until The Philadelphia Story two years later. Who knew?

6.     February 16, 1959, What Caribbean gentleman, son of a sugarcane farmer, became the 16th Prime Minister of what country? Answer: Fidel Castro – Cuba (And not by a certified popular vote!)

7.     February 16, 1968, who flew (with their wives) to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ? Answer: The Fab Four of Course (The Beatles)

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

District 5520 leadership has created a 501(c)(3), corporation identified as “District 5520 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Inc.” The new corporation will function as a foundation; therefore, scholarships and  funding provided by District Clubs and private individuals and companies will be treated as donations meeting all of the guidelines outlined by IRS.

February birthday:  Richard

Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of April, May & June, please contact Judy. What do you want us to know?

Today’s Program:     Rotary Cycling Fellowship

Judy introduced our Club’s founder direct from San Diego’s Point Loma Club, James Morrison ,Vice President and member of the International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians, USA/Canada.

First, James reviewed some of the many (95 of them) international Rotary Fellowships that are available for us to join.

It’s all about fitness, fellowship and some fundraising along the way. It doesn’t matter if your cycling is on the road, mountain, electric-bikes, competitive or just weekend family fun rides. The International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians (Cycling to Serve Fellowship) is a group dedicated to promoting cycling as an opportunity for fellowship. The fellowship has 600 members spanning 14 countries and has accomplished 51 fund raisers.

The objectives of this Fellowship are to develop and promote world-wide friendship through cycling competitively and recreationally; to serve the community locally, nationally and internationally through cycling activities; and to promote international understanding and peace through cycling activities.

Today, more people of all ages are discovering the health and mental benefits of cycling. Let’s face it, we’re all getting a little older, even if you’re a millennial. What better way to stay in shape? Cycling, fellowship and service. It just doesn’t get any better.

Rotarian cyclists were hard at work on World Polio Day. Our General Secretary John Hewko set an example by riding (and raising funds) around Evanston ; Past District Governor Ernie Montagne in Tucson, Arizona; District Governor Tom Drennan around St. Louis, Missouri; Ildus Yanyshev, District Governor of Russia, in Kazan; a Cycling to Serve booth with its chairman Jean-Luc Berger in Aix en Provence, France.

ROTARY PEDAL is a collective that brings together 20 Rotary clubs in Peru, which organized major cycling events and road safety education campaigns called “Respect the cyclist” since 2015.
ROTARY PEDAL promotes the use of bicycles as a sustainable means of transport, to promote healthy lifestyles, to preserve the environment and to develop Rotary’s public image in our community.

The fellowship publishes a newsletter, a membership directory, an event calendar and they have a website. Yup, they pay dues ($20/year) as do most Rotary fellowships and they have neat jerseys too!

Many events are scheduled throughout the year, i.e.: Tour de Cookie (November in Tucson), Tour de Blast and the Rodeo Road Rally. There’s also “Team Rotary RAAM” which is a ride across America, which takes 7 days and runs for 3000 miles. They’ve raised $1 million! The fellowship has run a Polio ride, a centennial ride and an End Polio Now ride (for 30 years).

Also, there’s the Rotary International Cycling Championships 2021, which will take place on August 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday) in Nancy, France.

Want to get involved with the International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians?

Click onà Contact us today!

Cycling to Serve is one of the recognized Rotary Fellowships. Throughout the month of June, we’ll be celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month by sharing inspirational services stories from various Rotary Fellowships. We hope these stories inspire you to join or start a Rotary Fellowship.

Want more information? Go to  https://www.cyclingtoserve.org

Also, see www.RideToEndPolio.org

There being no additional Rotary business, we closed up shop at 1:08 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

23 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting – Wild Birds Unlimited - Claude Vallieres

23 Feb             Rotary’s 115th Birthday. That day is also World Understanding and Peace Day.

2 Mar              Regular Zoom meeting –

6 Mar              President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom- 9A to 12:30P

9 Mar              Board Meeting at 11AM

9 Mar  `          Regular Zoom meeting –

13 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

14 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

16 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day

20 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

23 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

27 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

30 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

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

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

1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

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

1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

15 July            Saint Swithin’s day. 

The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia.  For more information on service, please contact us:  service@RotarySandia.org

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