Weekly Bulletin

10 May 2022 8:22 PM | Anonymous

Following today’s AM board meeting, our regular meeting was called to order and President Emily led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence & introspection.

Guests:           Assorted invitees of Mary J.

May is –Youth Service Month

Our PolioPlus Jar made another trip around the room.

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

We’ll be working at Silver Horizons warehouse (1913 Eubank, NE) on May 16th - 11:30AM.

Club members who are providing Program speakers for the Rotary Year:    May – Pat    June - Mollie

Member birthday anniversaries celebrated during the month of May:   Julia

Today’s Program:     Mary Johnson

Pat introduced Mary Johnson, Ph.D., a past member of our Rotary Club and a counselor in Albuquerque. She currently practices at New Day Youth and Family Services. She wrote A Caregiver's Guide: Insights into the Later Years, in 2015, based on her academic and experiential knowledge of the aging process. Her doctoral minor is Aging Studies, she managed senior housing facilities for several years. She has written and read from her second book, Love and Asperger's: Jim and Mary's Excellent Adventure, which her second husband asked her to write, about their life together. It was published in the fall of 2021.


Asperger syndrome is simply known as Asperger’s. As of 2013, it is no longer a condition on its own. Instead, it’s part of a group known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is known as a “high functioning” type of ASD. This means that the symptoms in Asperger’s is less severe compared to other types of ASD which may have extreme mental disabilities. No brain abnormalities have been observed among those with Asperger’s compared to other forms of autism.

Experts believe that there’s a genetic cause as family members tend to have the same disorder. While there are theories on how Asperger’s develops, there’s no conclusive theory that’s been proven. One of the main differences in Asperger’s compared to other autism disorders, is that those afflicted with Asperger’s don’t have a delay in communication and language. Diagnosis includes an assessment, developmental history and observation. Remember that this condition is a difference not a deficiency.

It is thought that around 10% of the population has this condition.

An extensive Q&A session followed Mary’s presentation.

For more information, go to www.MaryAJohnsonPHD.com

There being no further Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:05 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

17 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

24 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Therapy Canines

30 May            Memorial Day

31 May            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon    Mandy’s Farm

7 June              Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

14 June            Board Meeting 11 AM

14 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

19 June            Father’s Day

21 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

21 June            First Day of Summer

28 June            Regular Meeting- 12 Noon

4-8 June-2022 R.I. Convention – HOUSTON, TX

5 July              Induction of new Club officials & celebration of Club achievements.

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

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