Weekly Bulletin

11 Sep 2018 6:04 PM | Anonymous

Following this morning’s board meeting, our meeting was called to order at 12 Noon and Past President Allan led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

Guests:           Cheryl Wieker, Guest of Pat              Benjamin Hamilton, Our honorary Rotarian 

September is– “New Generations Month”

No pin or name tag buck fines were found today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Mollie’s brother is in hospital and she’s “coordinating”.

Emily’s happy to return from her Mexico visit, where she also visited with their ex-president for dinner.

Judy’s sister & nieces visited for 4 days… they’re vegan.

Pam’s just happy for no good reason.

Our question of the day from Acting Sgt-at-Arms Libby:

Which is the longest river in the world? Is it the Amazon, the Nile, the Yellow or the Congo?

Maggie took home three unused pencils for telling us that it’s the NILE!

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

Donations to The Rotary Foundation helped us raise more than $414 million last Rotary year.

Did you know that Rotary was instrumental in the founding of the United Nations? It started in 1942 during World War Two, when a group of Rotarians convened a conference in London. These Rotarians were ministers and observers from different countries - many of them in exile. They decided to form a committee, which later became UNESCO.

Rotary also played an important role at the charter meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco 1945. The meeting was organized by Rotary because there was no United Nations at that time. Rotarians helped with many important functions at the conference. Forty-Nine of the delegates, who represented their countries were also Rotarians. The U.S. State Department asked Rotary International to provide the preamble for the Statutes of the United Nations.

We’re working at Silver Horizons (20 Sept-11:30A-4P) & at Ronald McDonald House (28 Sept-10A-1P).

Did you pay your yearly Rotary dues? They became due on 1 July and the Club has paid your dues to both Rotary International AND to District 5520. A couple of members haven’t as yet paid up.

We still need a President-Elect for our Club! Please consider volunteering your time & efforts to your Club. A candidate for the office of president shall have served as a member of this club for at least one year prior to being nominated for office. It shall be the duty of the president-elect to serve as a director, to preside at meetings of the club and the board in the absence of the president and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board. The president-elect shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.

Each month, one Club member shall be responsible to provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list of those responsible for each month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

September–Patrick     October–Pat      November-Dave       December-Judy          January–Mollie     February-Allan           March-Karen           April–Gail      May-Fofo        June-Maggie

PDG Dick Jones (District Operations Chair) has announced that District Governor Linda Woodward wants to make her official visit to the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia on Tuesday November 20, 2018. We’re trying to have her reschedule the date of her visit, since we have planned to cancel that meeting.

Our PolioPlus jar made its usual rounds, picking up all of that loose change in the room.

Today’s Program:   "Heroes Walk Among Us" (HWAU)

Judy introduced Shane D'Onofrio, founder and executive director, who spoke about working with Veterans here in Albuquerque.



HWAU’s mission is to Empower America’s Veterans for Continued Success.
Heroes Walk Among Us is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit with a primary mission to help our local veteran community here in New Mexico. It was founded in March of 2008 by Shane D’Onofrio who has been the head and driving force for HWAU.
Their goal is to help veterans who are honestly looking for help to improve their lives, not just get a handout and maintain the status quo in a terrible situation. HWAU extends services to veterans and their immediate family; the veteran, their spouse and children. The goal is helping New Mexico Veterans overcome the obstacles that are keeping them from moving forward. Some of those obstacles are homelessness, job loss, debt management, and health issues.
When helping a veteran that comes to the organization, they are verified. They are asked for a form of Government ID and their DD-214 to check their veteran status. Any veteran that has served 91 days active duty and has been discharged “honorable” or “general” can be helped. Any veteran that has an “other than honorable” discharge cannot be helped.
HWAU looks at veterans as brothers that are accountable for their own actions. Those that ask and are ready to make a change in their lives receive assistance. Veterans are trained to be their own chief or first sergeant, to learn to take their charge of their lives for the better. They are given tools and guidance to boost their confidence and to be successful.
HWAU’s beliefs follow Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in that when veterans are safe, secure, and have a means to be gainfully employed, they will be successful. The primary mission is to keep veterans off the street and help them succeed in life after the military. The four areas focused upon are:
Veteran housing, Education and training, Job placement and Wheels 4 Vets.

HWAU House- Heroes Walk Among Us primary mission is to keep veterans and their families off the street.  HWAU House makes that possible to fulfill this mission. Housing has been donated or we work with local lenders to find reasonable financing to purchase the property for our veterans.
When a veteran family hits hard times, they have the support necessary to keep American Heroes from becoming homeless. They are kept in their homes by charitable donations, debt analysis, and counseling. If a veteran is homeless, they and their families are placed in permanent housing or rental apartment that is affordable. The current project is the renovation of two apartment buildings that will house 8 veterans and their families.

The Veterans Education Program (VEP) of Heroes Walk Among Us helps Veterans, their families, and affiliates (what kind of affiliates?) earn a college degree through partnership with the College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, a nonprofit, fully-accredited college built specifically to help working adults succeed.

Wheels4Vets.org accepts vehicle donations—whether the car runs or not. They refurbish vehicles and give them to deserving veterans that need a reliable means of transportation. Even if the vehicle is not serviceable, they still accept the donation to sell for funding the Wheels4Vets.org program. They are the nation’s premier vehicle donation program that supports our American heroes and their families. The main goal is to improve the lives of as many veterans as possible through this local supporting program.

Future: The organization will become more of a conduit for vets to become reintegrated into society.

For more information call (505) 217-2230 or go to www.HeroesWalkAmongUs.org

6601 4th Street NW #G Albuquerque, NM 87107


Following today’s program, Allan presented Mr. D'Onofrio with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix in appreciation of his time spent with us today.

There being no additional Rotary business, Allan concluded our meeting at 1:00 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

18 Sept            Regular Meeting – Rio Grande Food Project

18 Sept            Yom Kippur

20 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons- 11:30A to 1P. Then at the Highland Senior Center to 4PM.

22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

25 Sept            Regular Meeting- Horizons

28 Sept            We work at Ronald McDonald House- 10A to 1P

2 Oct               Regular Meeting-

8 Oct               Columbus Day

9 Oct               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

9 Oct               Regular Meeting-

16 Oct             Regular Meeting-

23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

24 Oct             World Polio Day!

30 Oct             Regular Meeting-

31 Oct             Halloween

4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

6 Nov              Election Day

6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

13 Nov            Regular Meeting-

20 Nov            MAYBE a Board Meeting with DG Linda Woodward at 10:30 AM.

20 Nov            MAYBE a Regular Meeting- DG Linda Woodward shall be our program speaker.

22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

4 Dec              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

4 Dec               Regular Meeting -

11 Dec             Our yearly visits to Casa Solano & Hannett House

18 Dec             Club Holiday Party!

2-5 May, 2019 District Conference- El Paso, TX

Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

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

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