Weekly Bulletin

15 May 2018 7:36 PM | Anonymous

President Gail 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.

Visiting Rotarians:    Maureen Anderson, Del Norte

Guests:           Lawrence Qutbuddin

May is “Sharing Community Month”

No pin / name tag fines were collected today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

Karen’s happy that her rotator surgery is done & over with.

Judy’s glad that Karen’s finished with surgery.

Emily mentioned that there’ll be a big dance show @ the Kimo, Thursday at 1PM- “History of NM”. She’s also happy for Karen & sad for the passing of her puppy, “Charity”.

Mary B spent some time up at the springs.

Gail had a great trip w/ Jeffrey & is happy for recovering Karen.

Penny also put up a buck.

Mary J needs a crown & is happy that she can afford it, too!

Pat spent a day in Santa Fe, re: Childhood Poverty. +black lives matter in ABQ next.

Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

For the “can kitty mask”, who can tell us what this month’s Rotarian annual issue is about? Too many knew that it’s the annual Photo Contest Issue1

The photo contest judge also shed some light on what subject? Maggie won a Chinese nail clipper for her answer “the lives of women”.

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

Our guest Lawrence was talked into giving a recitation of one of his poems, “Light, Sound & Word”.

Today we officially inducted Pamela Tanner into the ranks of our Club membership and sponsor Emily officiated at the ceremony. Hope that Pam will not be FL bound for a while. Welcome to Rotary Pam!

Cake & munchies were thoughtfully provided by President Gail, too!

We’ll be holding our installation party on Thursday, 21 June, 4P-8P, at the Elena Gallegos picnic area, (Kiwanis Reservation Area).

There’s a signup sheet for our “Storehouse” work day on 1 June, 8:30A to 1:00P. So, find it & affix your name to it.

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 & how much we’ve got to make. Members will meet on Wednesday, 23 May, at Mollie’s home at 1 PM.

Emily has been kind enough to wade through our past Club records and to have come up with an 8 page spreadsheet that includes our Club’s income and expenditures. This really helps us to put numbers on next year’s budget!

A quiz followed just to make things interesting, instead of just reading back figures to us. Tickets to an Isotopes ball game were awarded as prizes for the closest guesses as to our yearly average income and expenditures! Yup, there were winners- Mollie & Libby took ‘em home.

Our District will have our first Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to Russia from Sept. 8-15, 2018. Due to the political climate, we expect the visa process to be difficult, just as it was for the Russian group who recently visited us. Please check that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the end of the RFE before you respond with your interest in participating. The outbound group will visit Ekaterinburg (third largest city in Russia) and Chelyabinsk.

Please respond with your interest by emailing pedaceabq@aol.com. Those who join the group will be asked to send a $100 per person check, made out to Rotary 5520, as a deposit to hold a space.

Emily also went over some possibilities for next year’s grant. Currently, there are three candidates: The Storehouse, CLNKids and Rio Grande food Pantry. It looks like they only need funds at this time. In order to receive a District Community Grant, members must also spend time & work on a project.

Today’s Program:     "Don't Meth With Me"

Karen introduced  Ms. Maureen Anderson, a member of the Del Norte Club who gives these talks to area school children.

"Don't Meth With Us" is an anti-drug program for 5th graders and is a 501(c3) tax exempt foundation.

The Mission is to educate children and families about the consequences of methamphetamine, arming them with the tools necessary to combat illicit drug use and addiction. To accomplish this, representatives go into schools and engage students on a personal level, opening their eyes to a bright, drug-free future.

Paul McQueary (Farmington Club) is the founder of Don’t Meth With Us, the NM organization that started the original effort to curb the high rate of meth use. Many Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts in the USA are currently “on board” with this effort.

Ms. Anderson showed us how a typical school presentation is accomplished. She also listed the ingredients that are used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.

In 1887, meth was first synthesized from the drug ephedrine, an organic substance used in China as medicine for hundreds of years. The first known epidemic of meth after World War II was in Japan. Both the US and Japan used this drug to improve their soldier’s performance during World War II.

In 2009 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported that there were over 26 million meth addicts in the world and called it the most abused hard drug on earth. In the US there were 1.5 million users.

Trying a small amount of meth can cause bursts of energy, anxiety, tremors, jitteriness, convulsions, paranoia, hypothermia, and insomnia. Further effects include dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, weight loss, skin rashes, sores, & infections. The convulsions and hypothermia can result in a stroke and  death.

Long term effects include meth mouth (addicts often lose teeth), sores, chronic fatigue, paranoia or delusional thinking, changes in personality, bone loss, malnutrition, liver and kidney damage and  permanent psychological damage.

ABQ & Rio Rancho Clubs have assisted with this program when it was first begun:

Albuquerque - Gordon Hennessy & Dom Bernardi

Albuquerque Del Sol - Dan Wilkinson

Albuquerque Del Norte - Bill Michael

Albuquerque Metro - Waylon Gentry

Albuquerque Sandia - FoFo Herrick

Albuquerque Rio Grande - Ryan Jaseph

Rio Rancho - Earl Waid

Don't Meth With Us Foundation, Inc. PO Box 6725  Farmington, NM 87499

President Gail presented Ms. Anderson with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

15 May            Ramadan begins

22 May            Regular Meeting – “Spotlight” – Donna Pedace

28 May            Memorial Day

29 May            Regular Meeting – What Does an Appellate Judge Do Anyway? - Judge Hank Bohnhoff

1 June              We work at The Storehouse- 8:30A to 1:00 PM.

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 June            Club Officer installation & celebration of our 2017-18 year.

23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

26 June            Regular Meeting -

Thanks for continuing to help with setting up and striking the 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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