Weekly Bulletin

30 Mar 2021 4:57 PM | Anonymous

President Allan called this Zoom meeting to order at Noon. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

Visiting Rotarians:    Barrie Segall

March has been– “World Understanding Month”

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

Pat’s doing well & we all hope for a timely remission. It looks like she’s got herself a great MD & health plan… Wonder what it is…

Cheryl & Penny have attended grant training as planned.

President-Elect Emily has attended her last session of President training!

The members present today, are considering a hands-on project for the month of May.

Following our weekly roll call,

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

1.     When was the first observance of April Fools Day?  (1582,1721,1805) Answer: Historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” Pranks involving fish were played.

2.     What are some modern day pranks? In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees. In 1992, National Public Radio ran a spot with former President Richard Nixon, saying he was running for president again… It was an actor, not Nixon, and the segment was all an April Fools’ Day prank that caught the country by surprise. (Unlikely that NPR will do that again!)

3.     What company is being advertised in the following jingle? “I don’t wanna grow up…..” Hints: Company is now out of business. A giraffe was their animal mascot Albuquerque had a store in Uptown area. Answer: Toys “R” Us! WW II ended and vet Charles Lazarus predicted the baby boom. He started selling cribs, strollers and furniture in the DC area. He added toys to keep parents (and grandparents) coming back to the store.After the lean years of WWII, shoppers were AMAZED by the “megastore”, which quickly drove other mom ‘n pop toy stores out of business.  Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy in 2017, after the advent of even bigger box stores (Walmart) and ecommerce (Amazon). Plus a few risky business decisions.

4.     New Mexico Trivia:  Besides being a hideout for Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, Whitewater Canyon served as a sanctuary for what  Native American Chief? Answer: Geronimo, Apache Chief.  (Note: Whitewater Canyon, NM is in the southwest part of NM, near the town of Glenwood, NM and better known now as the location of the CATWALK. Read more: https://www.desertusa.com/desert-new-mexico/catwalk-national-recreation-trail.html#ixzz6qdGBw4Fc  When we can cautiously travel, this makes a great stop on the way to Silver City.

5.     What NM County is largest in land size? Answer, Catron County    6,928 sq mi, then Chaves County 6,071 sq mi , then Cibola County      4,540 sq mi.

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

Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Please get in touch with Judy to supply programs for the months of May & June. Let’s consider another meeting at Rotary park!

What’s a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF)??? PHFs are people like Jimmy Carter, Boris Yeltsin, Jonas Salk and James Lovell. You can be a Paul Harris Fellow too! Go to www.Rotary.org/donate/recognition

Michael will not be able to host our meetings after today. He’ll be travelling to Ghana on All Fool’s Day. So, Cheryl has volunteered to host our meetings on her account ‘til we can eyeball each other once again. Thanks Cheryl!

Today’s Program:     Recruiting New Members

Cheryl showed some slides and discussed Club membership, with a discussion to follow.

A Rotarian from Portland Oregon believes that service clubs are recruiting using “old school methods” and that we need to embrace some new science based approaches. The video clip flopped, but here’s the link to watch it for yourself!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPff-gC9w8g

Cheryl presented a few thoughts about Membership. Our club is getting smaller!

This makes it more difficult to find speakers for our small group.

It limits our Service chair in finding enough people to volunteer for projects.

We become less attractive to charities needing a group to volunteer.

We have less grant money to donate and have a smaller impact in the community.

Fewer friends, Less comradeship, less FUN!

Subjects covered today were:

Reasons that Clubs are getting smaller

How small size impacts a Club

New concepts for recruiting members- Is there a shortage of altruistic people?

From the December issue of Rotary Magazine headliner article on Altruism (Joe Queenan) There aren’t enough altruists around anymore (But do we agree with this??) “It’s the thought that counts is incorrect. If you’re going to do the right thing, you have to do it the right way”

More people need to be recruited to spread the work load.

He wonders about embarrassing people into volunteering work? (We think that’s unlikely!)

He sees the bright light of the pandemic as the number of new people involved in volunteering and tipping service workers and showing our thanks to medical people.

Review of why people say that they volunteer- Working with others; Motivations to volunteer.

New methods of recruitment…

What about the tried method of each member bringing in one other?

Should self interest motivate service?

Perhaps we should not focus on altruism. Instead, we could focus on the value of connection with others, i.e. reaching out to others – enjoyment of being with and doing with others & having fun.

Pitch self interest NOT altruism. People like to “do stuff”- not just go to meetings.

Perhaps we could focus on “come along with us & do some good & enjoy.”

Members then related the reasons why they joined our Club.

In the near future, we should explore the matter of membership recruitment further.

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

4 April            Easter Sunday

6 April            Regular Zoom meeting- Barrie Segall – Can’t get him to stop talking about himself!

9-10 April       District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be via ZOOM!

12 April          Ramadan begins at sundown

13 April          Board meeting at 11AM

13 April          Regular Zoom meeting- The Gourmet Farmer- Tammy Farmer-Stocker

20 April          Regular Zoom meeting- The Legislative Session – Rep. Karen Bash

24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball Telethon

27 April          Regular Zoom meeting- Scandalous Women of the Old West w/Donna Pedace

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

4 May            Regular Zoom meeting- Human Trafficking w/ PDG Tim Parker

9 May            Mother’s Day

11 May          Board meeting at 11AM

11 May          Regular Zoom meeting-

18 May          Regular Zoom meeting-

25 May          Regular Zoom meeting-

31 May          Memorial Day

12-16 June    Rotary International Convention.

20 June         Father’s Day

1 July           The new Rotary Year begins.

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

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