Weekly Bulletin

16 Mar 2021 7:20 PM | Anonymous

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

Visiting Rotarians:    Michael & Barrie

March is – “World Understanding Month”

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

Pam has sold her condo in FL!!

We all discussed our various successes in receiving our Covid vaccinations. Cheryl’s going how far West to get hers???

Following our weekly roll call,

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

1.     Rotary Trivia: Rotary has 5 Core Values. Which one of the 5 is missing from this list?  Leadership, Diversity, Fellowship, Integrity?  It’s FUN ?

            (Actually, the correct answer is SERVICE!)

2.     Why Is St Patrick's Day Celebrated On March 17th? Was it because St. Patrick was: born on Mar. 17;  Died on Mar17;  he was canonized on March 17, OR Hallmark needed a March holiday? Answer: He died on March 17at age 79. St Patrick's Day has been celebrated since the 9th or 10th century.  P.S. Turns out that Karen Bash is Irish so she got several of these trivia questions!

3.     Where was St. Patrick born ? Ireland, Great Britain, US, or Scotland?  Answer: At 16, St Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders who attacked his family's estate in Great Britain. They took him to Ireland where they sold him as a slave. He spent many years herding sheep and learning about the Irish people. It wasn't until he was 22 years old that he was able to escape. He had a dream in which God told him to flee Ireland and where he could find a ship to leave. The trip to the coast was estimated to be a 200 mile walk. Once he got to the coast of Ireland, he boarded a ship to take him home to Great Britain.

4.     Why was St. Patrick sainted? He escaped slavery and the “pagan Irish”; he went back to Ireland to “convert the pagan Irish”; he founded the soap brand “Irish Spring”, or he chased the snakes from Ireland.  Answer: He became a priest and returned to Ireland to minister to Christians and convert more! P.S. That whole snake thing is apparently a myth.

5.     Why do some people wear orange instead of green to celebrate St. Patrick’s day? Answer: to show unity with the Protestants in Ireland. P.S. Friendly warning you might still get pinched (or punched) if you aren’t wearing green tomorrow!

6.     What percentage of Americans are or descended from Irish immigrants? 15 million, 26 million, 36 million or 66 million?  Answer: 36 million, including 144,000 who are first generation Americans. Irish is the second most reported ancestry in the United States. The first one is German.

7.     How many miles from New Mexico to Haiti?  Answer: 2,300

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

Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of April, May & June, please contact Judy. Let’s consider another meeting at Rotary park!!

We’re on the way to getting grant requests from RGFP, Horizons, PB&J, The Womens’ Housing Coalition and The Ghana project.

Today’s Program:     Hands of the Caribbean

Judy introduced Kandrise Voltaire-Snow, VP of Hands. Kandrise has taken over the non-profit from her mother, FoFo. (Current President – Cecilia Sanders (?), past member of the Del Norte Club)

Hands of the Caribbean Inc., a nonprofit 501 c3 organization was founded in 2008 by Fofo, a native Haitian herself, from Ley Cayes, Haiti. Her vision has always been to help the people of her country, and what better way than by education. Her motto has always been to teach people to fish vs. giving them a fish.

Hands of the Caribbean Inc. was organized to help people who have fallen between the cracks in the Caribbean Countries. In 2010 the focus point was the Earthquake victims of Haiti. From 2012 to the present day, the focus point has been education; to help people to learn to survive and make a future for their families. Their trade school teaches nursing and culinary arts.
Hands of the Caribbean supports local African-Caribbean-American people.
Their mission is to help the people of the Caribbean Islands achieve a better way of life by providing short-term emergency relief assistance and long-term educational grants.
Currently they’re working in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to provide support to an orphanage operating in Les Cayes, Haiti.

Hands of the Caribbean Boulangerie Haiti.

On 24 August, 2020, graduates from the culinary program opened their bakery in Haiti.

The clinic in Jacmel Haiti desperately needs an ambulance for emergency transport and medical supplies. Visit their Go Fund Me to donate. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/ambulanceforhaiti

Hands is currently trying to tap into the Clinton Foundation and they’re looking for grants from other foundations. There’s a great deal of kidnapping going on in Haiti. Their currency and government is not stable, pregnancies are up and hunger exists.

There’ll be a “garage sale” soon, to sell remaining artwork. We could assist by helping label pieces of that artwork. Fofo’s family will attempt to hold a celebration of Fofo’s life on 30 May.

Note that some of her lemonade mix stock still exists… However, the recipe has been lost!

Our Club has voted to donate $500.00 to Hands of the Caribbean. Today, we announced that donation during Kandrice’s visit and will send our donation to her.

For more information, go to https://HandsoftheCaribbean.com  (The website is temporarily down)

There being no additional Rotary business, we adjourned at 1:00 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

17 Mar           St. Patrick’s Day

20 Mar           Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom. 7:30AM-1:10PM

20 Mar           First Day of Spring!

23 Mar           Regular Zoom meeting – Paula Getz - NM-NEW (New Elder World).

27 Mar           President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

27 Mar           Passover

29 Mar           Grant Management Training- 6PM-7:30PM

30 Mar           Regular Zoom meeting –

4 April            Easter Sunday

6 April            Regular Zoom meeting-

8-10 April       District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

12 April          Ramadan begins at sundown

13 April          Regular Zoom meeting-

20 April          Regular Zoom meeting-

24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball Telethon

27 April          Regular Zoom meeting- Donna Pedace

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

9 May            Mother’s Day

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

20 June         Father’s Day

1 July            The new Rotary Year begins.

15 July          Saint Swithin’s day.

4-8 June-2022  International Convention – HOUSTON, TX !!

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

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