Weekly Bulletin

08 May 2018 6:56 PM | Anonymous

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

No Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.

May is “Sharing Community Month”

Two pin / name tag fines were collected today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks: 

Karen will be undergoing some rotator cuff surgery tomorrow. 

Maggie announced that she collected a carload of stuff for animal humane. But, she found out that Fofo will be soon holding a garage sale for Haiti & brought her stuff to the Event Palace.

Mary J. put up a fiver! She’s now a great grandmother!

Pat was happy to have nine guests attending the CLNKids fundraiser breakfast.

Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: How did the American Society of Civil Engineers rate the USA infrastructure? Barbara Bruce guessed that we received a D- and won a set of notebook tabs.

#2 What’s the number of newspapers that closed up shop in the last 15 years? Maggie guessed the closest to the 600 papers that have closed. She won a pure metal box which contained a golfer’s kit with a metal Tee, a divot fixer and a tape measure.

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

We’ll be holding our installation party on either 21 OR 23 June. Stay tuned for further developments!

Allan has confirmed that parents DID sign papers for our Interact kids photos to be taken and released.  Patrick, Jan and Gail can now post the interact party pictures on our Club’s website & face book page..

There’s a signup sheet for our “Storehouse” work day on 1 June, 8:30A to 1:00P.

Pres-Elect Patrick announced that, at the last Presidents’ meeting, RYLA needs more adult male assistance at camp. RYLA will take place during the week of July 13.

Since there’ll probably be no District Assembly in ABQ next year, this’ll affect our usual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Shall we do sumpin else? Join the temporary fund raising committee to figure out what we’ll do & when we’ll do it.

Mollie has purchased a special award for the Club’s installation ceremonies.

Today’s Program:     "Breaking the Silence"

Mary B. introduced Ms. Barbara Bruce, Program Director and Sandy Staplehurst of “Breaking the Silence”. Barbara and Sandy spoke to us about their work in reaching out to kids about mental illness, stigma and suicide.

In 2007, Desiree Woodland began presenting lessons on mental illness in classrooms around Albuquerque. As a mother and teacher in Albuquerque schools, she recognized the need for education about mental illness in middle and high school classrooms.
In a talk to the Albuquerque mayor in 2013, Desiree shared the fact that ". . . . I realized that I was ill-equipped to understand mental illness. I began to educate myself and saw the great need to educate youth to make it okay to talk about something that had been hushed up, covered over with shame as if it was the fault of the person who HAD mental illness. It is not a moral weakness or a character flaw but an illness. . . . I have endeavored to speak up and give youth the language to engage in dialogue, and remove the shame from mental illness."

In 2012, Executive Director Michele Herling of Compassionate Touch Network and Desiree met and spoke about the need for mental health education in classrooms.

BTS is a core program of Compassionate Touch Network, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to increasing mental health literacy for youth, teens, and adults utilizing education and the arts.

In 2013, they brought their shared vision to fruition and Breaking the Silence / New Mexico (BTS/NM) became a core program of Compassionate Touch Network.
They scripted a curriculum to meet the needs of teachers, psychologists and social workers in middle and high school classrooms. The outcome was an interactive curriculum about mental illness and suicide that complements anti-bullying instruction, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

BTS/NM confronts the myths and stereotypes that reinforce the silence about mental illness and suicide. Since 2013 BTS/NM-trained adult and youth facilitators have presented to youth in middle and high school classrooms in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, and Zuni Pueblo. Lessons include personal stories, information, warning signs and resources.

Offering BTS/NM curriculum by a team of trained facilitators to upper elementary, middle, and high school students in the classroom.
Teaching professionals and nonprofessionals to be education facilitators in the class- room and at community forums.
Raising awareness about mental illness and educating city and county community leaders, school administrators and staff, teachers, parents and the general public.

Breaking the Silence / New Mexico works with upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms to bust the stereotypes and prejudices surrounding mental illnesses and suicide. A team of trained facilitators presents an interactive lesson that educates students to:

·        Recognize that mental illnesses are biologically based,

·        Understand the value of peer support systems,

·        Recognize warning signs, and support early treatment and

·        Utilize local and national resources

Some additional facts: 20% of adolescents struggle with a mental disorder. One half of such disorders begin by age 14. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in NM (ages 14-24).

BTS needs facilitators and sponsors.

Barbara Bruce, Program Director - Breaking the Silence / New Mexico  (505) 577-7840
email: Barbara Bruce / info.breakingthesilence@gmail.com and www.CompassionateTouchNetwork.org

President-Elect Patrick presented Ms. Bruce with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

Our Thought For the Day was presented by Mary J: “To be or not to be is the only question.”

– Albert Camus, French philosopher, author, and journalist. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism.

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

13 May            Mother’s Day

15 May            Regular Meeting -

15 May            Ramadan begins

22 May            Regular Meeting -

28 May            Memorial Day

29 May            Regular Meeting –

1 June              We work at The Storehouse- 8:30A to 12Noon

5 June              Board Meeting

5 June              Regular Meeting –

12 June            Regular Meeting -

17 June            Father’s Day

19 June            Regular Meeting -

21 June            Summer Solstice

21 or 23 June  Club Officer installation Party.

23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

26 June            Regular Meeting -

Please continue to help 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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