Weekly Bulletin

13 Mar 2018 7:16 PM | Anonymous

President Gail called this 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.

Visiting Rotarians:   

Guests:           Gretchen Kryda, guest of John           Amanda Simes, guest of Gail                                                            Penny McElhaney, guest of Mary J.

March is “Literacy Month”

One pin / name tag fine collected today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

Gail’s happy to have granddaughter Amanda visiting.

Maggie was good for $2- She’s here today because the motor home needs repairs AND found that Penny is her neighbor.

Mary J put up a buck for Penny’s member application AND her office will be ready in May.

Mary B had a happy RLI buck AND at least “5x plus ones” were to be had at “Ragtime”.

Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Where was Conrad Hilton’s Hotel, in Albuquerque?

Hotel #4 was located at 2nd and Copper. There was some argument as to its present name.

By now, we all know that RI’s next President is Barry Rassin. In his last  article, what does R.I. need?

It’s a need to better connect with each other!

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

N. Domingo Baca has approved our installation of a locked cabinet for Rotary! Where to purchase? New? Used? Minimun ht= 45” inside. Libby suggested that we try Restore office furniture.

Interact: Wednesday, March 21st.  A combined meeting of both Interact & Rotary -The kids are excited about meeting all of us. We’ll buy and bring them lunch and some awards and prizes. Check in at the school front desk at around 11:30AM… The meeting will take place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25. To attend, you must register at the District 5520 website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

Pick up your District Cruise raffle tickets from Dave and buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY and Paul Harris Fellowship. Make out checks to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

“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 (evening?) 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! This’ll be a book signing event.

Our pancake breakfast tickets… Buy 10 for $90 (A special price for today). Hopefully, enough cash will appear “up front”, in order to pay for food & supplies, which we must purchase. We’re donating our paid unused tickets to Interact… they’ll be our guests this year.

Judy announced that the 10th annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. All we need is a table host/manager. We have to register by 27 April.

Today’s Program:     Ghost Ranch

Karen introduced Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

Ghost Ranch is a 21,000 acre interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (USA), located in northern New Mexico approximately 2 hours drive from Albuquerque. The ranch’s mission is to enrich lives. The landscape of Ghost Ranch has been made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe. People from all over the world come to work together, to paint, write poetry, to hike, ride horseback, to research globally renowned archaeological and fossil quarries or simply to rest and renew their spirits.

There are two different guided Georgia O’Keeffe Tours and a Trail Ride through the landscape she painted during the fifty years the artist spent painting and living here. Other guided tours include Archaeology and Paleontology, the Ranch History, and our Movie Site Tour which visits sites of the numerous movies filmed here (Cowboys and Aliens, City Slickers, Wyatt Earp, and many more).

Visitors may tour the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology, which displays Native American tools, pottery, and ancient artifacts from Paleo Indian culture, 10,000 years ago through ancestral Puebloan times to present time pottery and weavings from local Pueblos.

The adjacent Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology displays the fossils of the Coelophysis (SEE-low-FY-sis), a dinosaur discovered at Ghost Ranch in 1947. Ghost Ranch is the site of one of the best known paleontological digs in the Northern Hemisphere.The Coelophysis Quarry is a National Natural Landmark as designated by the National Park Foundation.

The Welcome Center houses a Trading Post stocked with books, art, O’Keeffe ephemera, and a cafe.

As a retreat center, the Ranch specializes in offering workshops on topics ranging from photography, painting, fiber arts and writing to yoga, wellness, spirituality, sustainability and social justice. Throughout the year guests may choose from programs led by leaders of conscious thought and skilled teachers of creative pursuits. Guests stay in basic, no frills lodging or in the campground. There are also RV hookup sites. Meals in the Dining Hall are included.

Ghost Ranch is available for groups, meetings and conferences with meeting room areas for a day retreat or week long event with overnight lodging and meal plans for as many as 350 people. Integrate our Farm, Library, Museum Classroom into your program. Our ropes, challenge and waterfront courses help promote team building and interactive fun. The Ghost Ranch Bodywork Program can help participants renew body and mind.

The facilities are open for guests who wish to simply lodge here. You may stay while workshops, retreats and conferences are bustling and integrate with this energy over meals in the Dining Hall. “Overnight Stay Lodging” includes breakfast.

While lodging at Ghost Ranch, guests may access to the 24-hour library, children’s playground, labyrinth, karesansui garden, water wheel and four hiking trails.

There’s a Farm to Table program using their own seasonal farm produce whenever possible. Menus highlight vegetarian entrees. A salad bar is featured at lunch and dinner each day. Meals are served cafeteria style, with choice of indoor or outdoor dining.

HISTORY: Arthur Pack, one of the country’s first environmentalists, bought the Ranch and sold a little piece of it to Georgia O’Keeffe. Scientists took respite time here from the stresses of building the nuclear bomb at Los Alamos. Famous guests have included Charles Lindbergh, Ansel Adams and John Wayne. Arthur Pack and his wife Phoebe gave the Ranch to the Presbyterian Church in 1955 and even though Georgia O’Keeffe wanted the Ranch for herself she eventually became friends of the first director of Ghost Ranch, Jim Hall. The history of Ghost Ranch reads like a novel.

When the cattle rustlers were hiding their stolen goods in the box canyon alongside Kitchen Mesa, they discouraged their neighbors from looking around by spreading the rumor that the land was haunted by evil spirits. “Rancho de los Brujos” it was called, “Ranch of the Witches,” which naturally evolved into Ghost Ranch. The turn-off to Ghost Ranch was marked by an animal skull long before Arthur Pack bought the ranch in 1936. When Georgia O’Keeffe came looking for the Ranch she was told to watch for the skull on a fence post. O’Keeffe made a drawing of an ox skull and gave it to Arthur Pack; he promptly adopted the artwork as the logo for Ghost Ranch. When Pack gave the Ranch to the Presbyterian Church they used a sketch of Chimney Rock as a logo. By 1971, partly as a result of O’Keeffe’s encouragement, the familiar skull design was firmly established as the official Ghost Ranch logo.

For over fifty-five years Ghost Ranch has been a national education and retreat center. At one time in history it had the largest number of employees in Rio Arriba County. From the beginning, Ghost Ranch has been deeply involved in support of the surrounding communities and committed to the preservation and protection of the environment. Classes are offered each year in subjects ranging from Memoir Writing, Adobe Building and Paleontology to Painting and Yoga. Groups reserve rooms and meeting spaces for their meetings; individuals and families come for the day or the week to hike, kayak or just to relax. Beaver national park is nearby.

Need more information? Call them at (505) 685-1000 or go to www.GhostRanch.org

President Gail presented a packet of our gift cards in appreciation to Mr. Picha for his time spent with us today.

Our thought for the day was presented by Emily: “I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” - Georgia O'Keeff

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

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

20 Mar            Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golondrinas - Laura Gonzales-Meredith

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

24 Mar            District Assembly & 6 PM Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel. 10AM start

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

27 Mar            NO MEETING – Maybe there’ll be a field trip today! Maybe to the PBS studios.

30 Mar            Good Friday AND Passover begins.

1 Apr               Easter

3 Apr               Board Meeting

3 Apr               Regular Meeting –

10 Apr             Regular Meeting –

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

17 Apr             Regular Meeting –

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

24 Apr             MAYBE Regular Meeting – (Maybe NOT)

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

27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker

4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

13 May            Mother’s Day

28 May            Memorial Day

17 June            Father’s Day

21 June            Summer Solstice

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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