Weekly Bulletin

20 Mar 2018 7:35 PM | Anonymous

President-Elect Patrick 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.

Guests:           Penny McElhaney

March is “Literacy Month”

Just one pin / name tag fine collected today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

Mary B has to be happy ‘cause it’s the international day of happiness!

Maggie wound up being happy… She didn’t know why she received a call from South Korea! Her navy Seal son is stationed there (until June) and she didn’t know it.

Dave’s residually happy, since his three grandchildren visited last Tuesday.

Mary J agrees with Mary B – Let’s be happy… Also happy to have las Golondrinas here today.

Mollie touted an art show at Hoffmantown.

Vivien’s happy for Penny’s presence, today.

Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: What 4 things are happening this week? Judy almost took what looked like a slightly used dream catcher for her answers! Spring is here, Interact luncheon on Thursday, Our pancake breakfast on Saturday & I didn’t catch the fourth one.

Then, what’s on our latest Rotarian magazine cover (if you received yours)? Dave read his; It’s the year of the tree, i.e.: Rotary plants for the future.

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

Pancake breakfast: WE setup on Friday night at 6:30PM. On Saturday, WE show up at 7:30AM to prep for  8A to 10A service.

District 5520 is seeking a District Bookkeeper to assist the District Treasurer and Secretary in maintaining the District’s financial processes and records. This position will be filled by issuing an independent contract between the Bookkeeper and District 5520, effective July 1, 2018. The selection process will be co-chaired by Dick Jones and Lonnie Leslie. Interested parties should submit a resume including education and work experience by mail or e-mail to Dick Jones no later than April 20, 2018. 

Interact:Thursday, 22 March,  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. So, we’ll meet in the parking lot to check in at the school front desk at around 11:40AM… The meeting will take place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

District 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 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. No, you don’t get to sign any books.

The 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:     Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows)

Karen introduced Ms. Laura Gonzales-Meredith, Education and Volunteer Manager and Mr. Michael King, deputy administrator.

Along with a PowerPoint presentation, we learned that the mission of El Rancho de las Golondrinas is to inspire learning and preserve the legacy of the land through encounters with the traditions and culture of New Mexico’s Hispano past.

This is a historic rancho and is now a living history museum. It was strategically located on the Camino Real, the Royal Road that extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The ranch provided goods for trade and was a place where the caravans would stop on their journey. It was a paraje, an official rest stop for travelers, and was even mentioned by the great military leader and governor, Don Juan Bautista de Anza, when he stopped here with his expeditionary force in 1780.

The rancho is located on 200 acres in a valley just south of Santa Fe. They strive to maintain examples of life during the period when Spain ruled in the southwestern portion of the North and most of the Central American continent. The museum opened in 1972 and is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. Original buildings on the site date from the early 1700s.

In 1932, Leonora Curtin and her mother purchased the ranch property. Leonora is known for the founding of Santa Fe’s Native Market in an effort to save and reestablish traditional craft forms and techniques, and to provide local artisans with a source of income during the Great Depression. In 1946, Leonora and her Finnish husband, Yrjö Alfred (Y.A.) Paloheimo, saw the potential in the old ranch as a site for an outdoor living history museum.

Both Leonora and Y.A. devoted themselves to transforming the property into a place where visitors could physically engage with the rich culture of the region and become immersed in the history of New Mexico. Existing historic buildings were restored, period structures were erected and historic buildings were brought in from other sites around New Mexico. The museum officially opened its doors in the spring of 1972 and has grown into New Mexico’s premier living history museum. Today, the 501c3 museum promotes and preserves the Hispano heritage of Northern New Mexico, while at the same time building a better understanding of the lasting influence of Hispanos in the Southwest and the rest of the country. They’ve a $1.6 million yearly budget to run the place and there are 30 structures on the property. There are guided tours (free for our tour!) and bread baking classes. This is a working farm/ranch and they’ve got a working mill, too. For more information, go to https://golondrinas.org/

334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507    Phone: (505) 471-2261

President-Elect Patrick then presented our speakers with gift cards in appreciation for their time spent with us today.

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

22 Mar            We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact Club for lunch & awards.

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

24 Mar            OUR Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday. WE show up at 7:30AM

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 –

15 Apr             It’s the IDES !!

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 ( & a booth) 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.

 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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