Weekly Bulletin

20 Apr 2021 6:52 PM | Anonymous

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

Visiting Rotarians:    Michael P       Frank Rivera, AG

Guests:           Paula Getz

April is– “Magazine Month”

Following our weekly roll call,

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

1.     Yesterday was the birthday of an important person in Rotary history. Whose birthday was it and where was he born? Answer: Paul Percy Harris was born in Racine, Wisconsin on  4/19/1868. At age 3 he moved to Vermont where he was raised by his paternal grandparents. After his grandfather died, Harris could not return to a second year at Princeton and sought work as a law clerk in Iowa.

2.     Where did Paul Harris first meet his wife Jean? Answer: According to Wikipedia, Harris met Scotswoman Jean Thomson at a nature club meeting. They were married on July 2, 1910 in Chicago.

3.     Advertising Jingle Trivia: What product was being promoted by this 1971 jingle: "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing”? Answer: Coca Cola. “Buy the World a Coke" was produced by Billy Davis and portrayed a positive message of hope and love, featuring a multicultural collection of teenagers on top of a hill in Italy appearing to sing the song. The idea originally came to Bill Backer, an advertising executive working for McCann Erickson, the agency responsible for Coca-Cola. Backer, Roger Cook and Billy Davis were delayed at Shannon Airport in Ireland. After a forced layover with many hot tempers, they noticed their fellow travelers the next morning were talking and joking while drinking Coca-Cola. Backer wrote the line "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" on a napkin and shared it with British hit songwriters Cook and Roger Greenaway. It was a hit single in 1971 and The Seekers went on to produce a full song and album with the same name that also achieved success.

4.     Now that you have your covid vaccination card, where should you keep it? Answer:

            *. Make a copy of your CDC covid 19 Vaccine card

            *. Carry the copy in case it is needed, (like to show your primary care physician)

            *. You can laminate the copy (never the original) Reason: more vaccines may be needed in future

            *. Using your cell phone camera, take a picture of the original to have a backup.

            *. Store* the original card with your other vaccination records and important documents like

                passports, etc.

            *Before you store it, Emily says you can show it at a Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut every

              day thru 2021. Warning – this could add poundage!  

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

Cheryl has received our Club’s new Rotary masks !!!

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:

Our Club was recognized as one of the 2020-2021 ShelterBox Hero Clubs at the District conference!

Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Please get in touch with Judy to supply a program for the months of May & June. Judy is considering a meeting at Rotary park!

Then, there’s the District Assembly on May 8th for training incoming Club Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs. It’ll be a combination of plenary and breakout sessions. The Assembly will run all day with three scheduled breakout sessions. There’s a single registration to attend one or more of the breakout sessions. Jeff will send registrants a detailed agenda. Here’s a registration link for the assembly, which is also accessible through the District website. Rotary District 5520 Assembly | District 5520 www.Rotary5520.org   Questions? Contact Jeff Weinrach, District Trainer 1-505-400-1403  jweinrach5520@nmia.com

Today’s Program:     The New Mexico Legislative Session

President Allan introduced Karen Bash, District 68 NM Legislature Representative.

Karen updated us on the doings of the 2021 New Mexico legislative session. She also filled us in on those bills on which she has worked. Her priorities have been schooling, child welfare and food insecurity.

A $7.4 billion budget has passed both chambers. It offers long-term, low-interest loans up to $150,000 to eligible New Mexico businesses and nonprofits.
Legislators also charted an economic exit from the COVID-19 pandemic and set up priorities on policing reforms, abortion rights and child poverty.

Legislators have ramped up state tax breaks for working families — a finishing touch on a broad package of economic relief measures.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed bills that provide grants and minimal-interest loans to small businesses, a $600 tax rebate to low-income workers and a four-month tax holiday to the food service industry.
Lawmakers also passed an overhaul of the state’s liquor laws which will help the tourism and hospitality industries. The new law makes it easier for restaurants to serve mixed drinks and allow home alcohol delivery. At the same time, the legalization of recreational cannabis was also passed.

With backing from Native American and Black activists, lawmakers approved a bill that bans hair-based discrimination in the workplace and schools.

But, bills fell flat that challenged police procedures on use of force, chokeholds and misconduct reviews.

A budget bill from the Legislature directs new financial resources toward public education.

The session highlighted shifting attitudes toward abortion, as legislators made good on promises to rescind the state’s dormant 1969 ban on most abortion procedures — ensuring abortion access in case the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down its Roe v. Wade decision.

In another political change, a bill to ban the use of traps, snare and poison on public lands won final approval from the House of Representatives by a one-vote margin.

The testing of self-driving vehicles in New Mexico has been authorized, putting our state at the forefront of that industry and creating a new economic driver for our state.

New Mexico has been positioned on the cutting-edge of space tourism by facilitating the uninterrupted operation and growth of the commercial space flight industry in our state. 

A centralized, comprehensive plan is now provided to deliver broadband internet to every home and business in our state. This legislation establishes a director of broadband for New Mexico and leverages federal and state resources to build this infrastructure. The plan also establishes an office of broadband, resulting in a comprehensive broadband program in New Mexico. 

Another bill provides terminally ill, mentally competent adults in New Mexico, who are given six or fewer months to live, with the option to obtain medication allowing them to pass away peacefully. The bill contains strict eligibility requirements and extensive safeguards to protect patients and regulate the practice.

There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was adjourned at 1:05 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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 with 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 –

22 May          Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, Via Zoom.

25 May          Regular Zoom meeting -

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

31 May          Memorial Day

1 June           Regular Zoom meeting -

8 June           Board meeting at 11AM

8 June           Regular Zoom meeting -

12-16 June    Rotary International Convention.

15 June         Regular Zoom meeting –

19 June         Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

20 June         Father’s Day

21 June         First Day of Summer !!!

22 June         Regular Zoom meeting -

29 June         Regular Zoom meeting -

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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