Weekly Bulletin

18 Sep 2018 5:33 PM | Anonymous

Our meeting was called to order at 12 Noon and President Patrick led the attending members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

Guests:           Mary Bresnahan         Cheryl Wieker, guest of Pat               Dana, guest of Mollie

September is– “New Generations Month”

One pin or name tag buck fine was found today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Mollie’s brother Frank is on chemo & is staying at her home for a while. Pat’s at her mom’s funeral.

Emily’s pushing the city for permission to schedule our meth classes at community centers.

Mary’s happy to be visiting with us today. She’s doing Stay in School project at West Mesa.

Maggie wondered if Gail has North/South hemisphere problems, since her badge was upside down.

Gail was in CT last week, sitting for her kids who took a 20th anniversary vacation in Charleston! (oops)

Dave professed his thanks to Judy for her service as treasurer.

Judy will be out next week on vacation.

Libby’s happy to be house & doggie sitting next week for Judy & Will.

Fofo’s trying to reduce her angst by turning her rental property into a B&B!

Patrick had a great time in Michigan, attending his grandmother’s 100th birthday celebration.

Karen’s son’s doggies got loose! One was injured & one was killed.

Our questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

What happened in California on 9 September 1850? No correct guesses…It was admitted into the union!

Which State was admitted into the union first- Arizona or New Mexico? Karen guessed correctly- NM in January1912 (AZ was admitted in February 1912).

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

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 few 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.

On Tuesday, 16 Oct, come and join with the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, Rotary clubs and Searchlight New Mexico for a forum to address the needs of young children. The forum features Kelly Klundt, senior fiscal analyst at the NM Legislative Finance Committee. She serves on the Prenatal-to-Three Legislative Advisory Group of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The evening will be moderated by Searchlight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that devoted the last year to writing exclusively about child well-being in New Mexico.

The event takes place 6-8 p.m. at the N Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. 

Host Rotary clubs include del Norte, del Sol, Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho Sunrise, Sandia, and Rio Grande.

Show up at 5:30PM & there’ll be goodies! To attend, contact Donna Pedace, at pedaceabq@aol.com or 505-349-8850.

For 15 years, the del Norte Club has been hosting the foreign exchange students in our district to a two night/two day visit during the Balloon Fiesta. Other clubs are invited to join in hosting two students this year. The nights in question are 5&6 Oct. There’s little work involved - taking them to their meeting place EARLY in the morning and picking them up each night & providing a bedroom for your guest. If you’re willing to host a student, contact Scott Honsowetz, New Generations Chair of Del Norte at:  scotth@homecareabq.com or call him at 505-803-7597.

Preventing conflicts from escalating into violent crises is 60 times more cost effective than intervening after violence erupts, according to the Carnegie Corporation of New York. A recent partnership between Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) aims to bring community-based solutions to prevent conflict in more communities.  

Each month, one Club member has volunteered to 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

District Governor Linda Woodward has scheduled her official visit to our Rotary Club on Tuesday, 20 November. We’re trying to 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 our loose change.

Today’s Program:   Rio Grande Food Project (RGFP)

Emily introduced Ari Herring, Executive Director of RGFP and Kathi Cunningham, Development Director.

Ari & Kathi spoke to us about the current work and future plans at the Rio Grande Food Project.

In 1989, Rio Grande Presbyterian Church members were challenged by their pastor to feed hungry New Mexicans. The original vision was to be a satellite of another food pantry and to provide emergency food to the neighborhood around the church. The vision quickly expanded to establish an independent food pantry for the west side of the city.

By December 1989, the Rio Grande Food Project opened and distributed its first food boxes. Seed money from the Bicentennial Fund of the Presbyterian Church USA helped provide funding for the first year. Donations from church members, other congregations, and community grants were used to purchase food. Members of the church congregation distributed 2,000 pounds of food to their first clients.

RGFP has now been in continuous operation for 27 years and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

During these years, the number of people served and the amount of food distributed has continued to grow. In 2017, they’ve provided a week’s worth of groceries to an average of 4,230 kids, adults, and seniors every month, provided over 1 million pounds of groceries to low-income individuals and families, including 33,725 pounds through their Food for Health initiative, received 59,239 pounds of food for immediate distribution via community donations, rescued and redistributed 190,588 pounds of grocery store food that would otherwise go to waste and provided $484,879 in PNM Good Neighbor Fund utility bill assistance to 3,802 low-income households.

Rio Grande Food Project works in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority for the Low-Income Water and Solid Waste Credit (LIC) program.

Citizens may also qualify for PNM Good Neighbor Fund assistance at Rio Grande Food Project.

Food distribution hours (walk-ins are welcome): Mon, Wed, Fri: 10A–noon, 12:30–2P Sat: 9A–noon

What must be brought upon a first visit to Rio Grande Food Project: Photo ID or copy/picture of photo ID (if available) for all adults in household and documentation to show guardianship of any children under 18 in household (Medicaid card, Social Security card, birth certificate, etc.).

RGFP is promoting their 3rd annual “Hike To End Hunger” on Saturday, 20 October. To enter the “hike”, goto www.rgfp.org & click on the HIKE popup to RSVP. Click the blue “Purchase” button for a free ticket to the event.
For more information about RGFP, go to www.RGFP.org Or Call: 505.831.3778

Following today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Herring with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

20 Sept            We work at Silver Horizons- 11:30A to 2P. Then at the Highland Senior Center to 4:30P.

22 Sept            Autumnal Equinox

25 Sept            Regular Meeting- Horizons Albuquerque - Joaquin Moya

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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