Weekly Bulletin

13 Apr 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

Following this morning’s monthly board meeting, 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.

April is– “Magazine Month”

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

President-Elect Emily is still looking for member volunteers to fill the following 2021-2022 Club officer and director positions:  President-Elect Nominee, Project manager/chair and R.I. Foundation chair.

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!

There’ll be a District Assembly on May 8th for training incoming Club Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs. The Assembly will be a combination of plenary and breakout sessions with a special guest presenter for the opening session, RI Chief Strategic Officer Tom Thorfinnson. Breakout sessions will be by Club role (e.g., Club Secretary, Club Membership Chair). The Assembly will run all day with three scheduled breakout session times. 

There’s a single registration whether participants attend one or more of the breakout sessions. Jeff will send registrants a detailed agenda. Here’s a registration link for the assembly. It's also accessible through the District website. Rotary District 5520 Assembly | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

If you have any questions about the assembly, contact Jeff Weinrach, Rotary District 5520 Trainer 1-505-400-1403  jweinrach5520@nmia.com

Today’s Program:     The Gourmet Farmer

Pat introduced Ms. Tammy Farmer-Stocker.

Tammy presented her program on health promoting foods & nutrition as medicine.

Responding to the need for healthy food choices in the West Texas area, The Gourmet Farmer launched as the only organic food choice within 100 miles and quickly grew to a following of 800+ in the community. Without access to organic food suppliers (they did not stock organics in distribution centers at the time), Tammy grew produce at her family farm and developed relationships with area farmers and ranchers to establish a supply chain for the business.

She closed her cafe in 2009 when the farm was killed by a crop duster spraying a neighbors GMO cotton field with RoundUp. That event led to an interesting journey toward writing a book on the topic and obtaining a masters degree in the study of living systems and interrelatedness of sentient life forms.

With the intention of inspiring local farmers to once again grow gardens and share their bounties, Tammy created and organized Scurry County's first-ever farmer's market, attracting regional farmers, ranchers, and artisans. The market quickly grew to more than 850 followers and continues to thrive today.

“It’s hard to be 100 percent organic in West Texas due to the amount of crop dusting that happens in the summer and fall, unless you are growing in a green house,” she said. “But we all do our best to protect our garden areas.”

Subjects covered today were:

Your relationship with food, toxic & damaging elements; your bodies and reactions to food intake.

Food used to prevent disease (the microbiome).

Covid-19 & what it does to you- Defenses against viruses & boosting the immune system:

Fight it with mushrooms, broccoli sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, pomegranate, blueberries, blackberries, oysters, pecans & omega-3 and pistachios.

Super foods for stem cells are tomatoes (3x per week reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 30%) and chocolate (73% dark).

The development of new blood cells (Angiogenesis) (vitamin K12) is helped by some cheeses.

To quote Tammy, “The future of medicine is food.”

Her ‘phone number and email to follow.

There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was adjourned at 12:38 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

8 May            District 5520 Assembly

9 May            Mother’s Day

11 May          Board meeting at 11AM

11 May          Regular Zoom meeting - Cecilia Sadler

18 May          Regular Zoom meeting -

25 May          Regular Zoom meeting -

30 May          A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

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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