Weekly Bulletin

27 Feb 2018 7:01 PM | Anonymous

President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

No Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.       Well, there was one unnamed guest.

February is “World Understanding Month”

No pin / name tag fines were collected today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

Mary B’s happy ‘cause Patrick & she will be attending PETS along with a couple of bottles of wine.

Mollie’s happy because there are only 6 more members to get their pancake breakfast tickets.

Gail & Jeffrey & de doggies went to Las Cruces & Messia for a couple of days & learned where the saying “the real McCoy” originated (Elijah).

Allan - yesterday, he got Mary to drive him to a meeting… one month early!

Emily parted with many bucks, for her trip to Vegas, Greece, NYC and a brand new car!

Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s question for today: So, who’s going to be next year’s RI President? Allan had to tell us, ‘cause, even though we see his name in every issue of The Rotarian, we couldn’t remember! It’s going to be Barry Rassin from East Nassau, Bahamas. Next week, there’ll be a couple of dream catchers up for grabs. So, read your Rotarian magazine.

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

Well, we have our new replacement name tags. That’s the good news.

For the not so good news, we found all of our old name tags today. They were well hidden!

We’ll soon get a decision from N. Domingo Baca, re: a locking cabinet for our “stuff”.

Interact: Wednesday, March 14th.  Save the NEW Date…..The kids are excited about meeting all of us. We’ll  bring them lunch and some awards. Check in at the school front desk at 11:30AM… The meeting takes place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM. We have 3 volunteers to review their 4-way test essays.

District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25. To attend, register at District website.

Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available. Pick up your tickets and buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY and Paul Harris Fellowship.

“Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6 to 7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

The DaVinci exhibit at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be open to Rotarians only, on 16 April, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We’ll have to “sign up” soon for the event. Who knows what it’ll cost.

Mollie reminded us about our pancake breakfast tickets… Buy 10 for $90. Hopefully, some of the cash will appear “up front”, in order to pay for food & supplies, which we must purchase. Judy passed around a signup sheet for jobs at the breakfast. We’re donating our paid unused tickets to Interact… they’ll be our guests this year.

Mollie also reminded us about tonight’s outing at the evening lady Lobo’s basketball game, with dinner before at Quarters on Yale at 5 PM.

Our next Rotary Friendship Exchange travel opportunity from our district will be to Sweden, August 15–27, 2018. Travelers must arrive in Stockholm no later than August 14. They’ll stay overnight, then take the train to their hosting destination in District 2380.

Most Swedish citizens speak English, so language issues will not be a barrier. All travelers are  responsible for their transportation to/from the hosting district, some meals, and some sightseeing expenses. The Rotarian hosts will provide a private bedroom, bath, breakfast, some other meals and sightseeing. The RFE program offers the opportunity to experience another country from the local viewpoint rather than as a traditional tourist.

If you’re interested in joining this trip to Sweden, please respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com ASAP. As always, it’s first come, first served. Anyone who has been on an RFE in the past 18 months will go to the bottom of the list to give others the opportunity to participate. Questions? call Donna 505-349-8850

All participants are asked to attend one general meeting of the RFE group in order to meet each other and to discuss the travel plans in advance. Remember, if you want to travel on an outbound RFE, we ask you and your club to be willing to host an incoming RFE sometime in the future. It’s an “exchange” program!

Today’s Program:     NM Voices For Children

Karen introduced Mr. James Jimenez, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children.

Originally called the Coalition for Children, New Mexico Voices for Children (NM Voices) was founded in 1987 by three pediatricians. The group sought a way to change the causes of poor child well-being — causes like poverty, inadequate nutrition, violence, pollution, homelessness, and the like. They knew that such entrenched problems would only be solved by changing the systems that perpetuated them. These systems include underfunded schools, the prevalence of low-wage jobs, wage theft by unscrupulous employers, unchecked predatory lending, substandard housing, and the criminalization of drug use, among others. Changing these systems requires educating lawmakers and other leaders about the problems and their solutions, and then holding them accountable.

Voices is a non-profit, non political group with 10 on their staff.

Thirty years later, NM Voices, a nonpartisan, statewide advocacy organization, still works to create systems-level sustainable change to improve the lives of New Mexico’s children. To accomplish their mission, they work with state and national lawmakers and officials to shape and implement public policies that are supportive of children and working families.

NM Voices conducts rigorous research and data analysis, creates and disseminates reports, policy briefs, and other publications and educates and informs policy-makers, the news media, and the public, using the research and analysis. They also make their research available to communities and other organizations so they may advocate for their specific needs. Additionally, they identify and advocate for innovative public policies to improve the lives of New Mexico’s children.

While working both at grassroots and governmental levels, often in coalition with other advocacy organizations, business leaders, community groups, and the faith community, NMV reaches out to and educates the community through various initiatives and events around the state.

Over the years, their work along with dedicated partnerships and policy-makers has resulted in significant victories on behalf of New Mexico’s children and working families

For more info, go to http://www.nmvoices.org/

Following an extensive Q&A session, President Gail presented our gift cards in appreciation to Mr. Jimenez for his time spent with us today.

Then, there being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

10 Mar            RLI in ABQ- 7:30A-1:30P


13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

14 Mar            We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                       Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conferene chairperson.

23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Hope you’ve got a passport!

PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

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

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