Weekly Bulletin

09 Oct 2018 8:07 PM | Anonymous

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

No Visiting Rotarians or Guests this week.

October is– “Vocational Service Month”

Two pin or name tag buck fines were to be found today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Dave will be out for 2 wks. He’ll travel to Tokyo, South Korea, etc.

Cheryl’s happy that there was good news on the front page of the Journal, today!

Pam’s happy for the balloon fiesta.

Pat dittos Pam’s remarks.

Mollie recounted the one year anniversary of her balloon accident/crash, in which several were injured, including herself!

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

Uranium deposits can be found 70 miles West of ABQ (in the San Juan Basin)… What’s the percentage of the total national amount of uranium produced there? Marion won the prize for telling us that it’s 40%.

Each year, kokanee salmon are stocked in deep-water lakes around the state. When did this start? Pat knew that it was in the year 1963!

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

Our newest member, Cheryl Wieker, was inducted into our Rotary Club membership today! Cheryl’s sponsor, Pat Diem, presented her with a Rotary International pin and Pat also officiated at the ceremony. Gail obtained & served the mandatory cake.

Welcome to the fold, Cheryl! We hope that this begins many years of Rotary service.

Birthdays this month: Marion, Karen & Dave. They had to share one group song today.

Please remember that Pat is still collecting those complimentary bits that you receive from hotels. She donates them to St. Martins shelter.

Our Immediate Past-President, Gail, announced that there’ll be a FREE docent guided tour of the KIMO theatre on Friday, from 12N to 1PM. Call Gail (505-350-2204) so that she can obtain the correct amount of tour tickets.

We need a President-Elect for our Club! 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 a year prior to nomination. 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 must attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect. As DG Linda says: “It ain’t that hard of a job!”.

The District 5520 Bi-District Conference will take place on Fri, November 9, 12N & Sat, November 10, at the El Paso Civic Center (map). The District 5520 Rotary Foundation Committee will host the annual Conference. The Conference is a joint conference along with District 4110, our neighboring Mexican Rotary District.

During the conference, clubs view exhibits and discuss humanitarian projects in which they are involved, inviting other clubs to financially participate in their projects.

Day One - Registration, display setup, kickoff ceremonies and reception; Day Two - The main event in which the participants show and discuss their projects and make commitments of supporting various projects wrapping up the conference with lunch. Most of the projects shown at the conference are associated with a TRF Global Grant & some are associated with District Grants seeking additional financial support.

Hotel accommodations are at DOUBLETREE BY HILTON El Paso Downtown/City Center, 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, TX at a discounted rate of $99.00 per night. Contact the hotel at (505)532-8733, Rotary Bi-District Conference. Conference registration is required through the District website at $75 per person.

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:

October–Pat      November-Dave       December-Judy          January–Mollie

February-Allan           March-Karen       April–Gail             May-Fofo        June-Maggie

The 2019 Rotary International Convention will take place 1-5 June, in Hamburg, Germany. The convention  offers entertainment, motivational speakers, great scenery, inspirational sessions, and great cuisine for you to enjoy with old and new friends alike.

Our PolioPlus jar made its weekly rounds, picking up as much of our loose change as possible.

Today’s Program:   HopeWorks

Pat  introduced Annam Manthiram, development director of HopeWorks.

HopeWorks’ mission is to assist people who are experiencing homelessness by providing resources, opportunities, and HOPE. HopeWorks wants to end homelessness one person at a time.

The organization was originally founded as St. Martin’s Hospitality Center in 1985. They obtained grants and worked with the city to do more for people experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque.

Outgrowing their first location, the center moved to its current location at 1201 3rd St. NW. and Rev. Susan Sager became Executive Director. 

Rev. Paul Lawson, Rev. Susan Sager and many other local clergy from a variety of faith communities formed a coalition of congregations and individuals who offered hospitality to the homeless.

Over time, HopeWorks has evolved into a non-sectarian 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is  ABQ’s leading day shelter, employment center, mental health facility, and housing program. The organization grew, the number of services offered and the community of people served also grew. In addition to the shelter and behavioral health services, there’s also the Hope Café. The Cafe serves as an employment training site for individuals attempting to leave the streets and escape poverty. The Coffee Shop opened in downtown Albuquerque in September, 2011. The shop relocated to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science in 2017. All proceeds fund programs at HopeWorks.

Job Developers provide services such as: resume and cover letter writing assistance, mock interviewing, application assistance, basic computer skills training, job referrals, job placement and assistance with accessing higher education. They can also offer interview clothing, hygiene packs and haircuts, and transportation assistance when applicable.

HopeWorks has partnered with the NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to provide job development services to individuals with documented disabilities and a desire to work. DVR Specialists will make referrals to DVR as appropriate and will then provide specialized job development services to help them obtain gainful employment in the community. The DVR Specialist also screens and refers people for the internship program at Hope Café.

HopeWorks has partnered with the City of ABQ to facilitate the “There’s A Better Way” van program, which runs two vans, five days per week, employing up to 20 people per day. The purpose is to identify and find homeless, low income, and underemployed citizens that are panhandling on the street corners. A HopeWorks driver is paid to pick up active panhandlers on the streets and take the workers to worksites that are pre-designated by the City’s Solid Waste Department in order clean up specific areas of the City. The City also provides all safety equipment, goggles, vests, tools, a porta-john and water. The driver remains at the job site to ensure that clients work and to engage with them to see what their needs might be. Workers are then referred to HopeWorks as needed. The drivers are provided with sack lunches for the workers from the shelter kitchen. Workers are paid $9.00/hr. at the end of each shift. The Driver returns the workers to the administrative building where the clients are paid cash for their day’s work. All workers are referred to Hope Works for additional services and to complete the Coordinated Assessment for housing purposes if appropriate.

The new name “HopeWorks” reflects a commitment to inclusivity and is indicative of the many programs, acts, and deeds that the agency performs on a daily basis. Not just hope is offered, but the works that also inevitably lead to its manifestation and positive results for both individuals and our community. 

The Day Shelter located at 1201 3rd St. NW, is open for dinner six nights a week. Guest chefs come from faith based organizations, businesses, civic groups and individual families. For more information about the evening meal program, contact Annam Manthiram by phone (505-242-4399 x 238) or via email amanthiram@hopeworksnm.org . If  you’re looking for a way to make an impact, consider becoming an evening meal sponsor.

The day shelter serves meals to the homeless three times a day, five days a week. Also, a healthy dinner on Saturday and a breakfast on Sunday is provided. The shelter sees approximately 250-300 people daily.

For more information, go to www.HopeWorksNM.org        or call: 242-4399

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 27258, Albuquerque, NM 87125

In appreciation of her visit today, President Patrick presented Ms. Manthiram with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix (supporting Haiti) 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:

16 Oct             Regular Meeting- PEP (Parent Support group) - Cheryl Wieker

16 Oct             N M Children’s Foundation meeting – 6PM to 8PM @ N Domingo Baca

20 Oct             Pumpkin Chukin- 1.5 miles west on hwy 55 from NMSH 44 in Estancia- 8:00A – 4:00 P
23 Oct             Regular Meeting-

24 Oct             World Polio Day!

27 Oct             DelSol’s Clay Shootout- Contact Jean Skipp 505-831-8500. $1000 for a team of 5

30 Oct             Regular Meeting- United Way- Larry Alei

31 Oct             Halloween

4 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

6 Nov              Election Day

6 Nov              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

6 Nov              Regular Meeting –

13 Nov            Regular Meeting-


22 Nov            Thanksgiving day.

27 Nov            Regular Meeting-

2 Dec               Hanukkah Begins

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!

21 Dec             Winter Solstice

25 Dec             Christmas Day NO REGULAR MEETING TODAY!

26 Dec             Kwanzaa Begins

26 Jan              Rio Rancho Sunrise Nursing Scholarship Gala Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel

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

3-4 May          New Mexico MOM in Las Cruces this year


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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