Weekly Bulletin

15 Jan 2019 8:56 PM | Anonymous

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

Guests:           Dayna Crawford (for ½ of a meeting) 

January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”.

Two pin or name tag buck fines were found today. 

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Gail will be going to Florida tomorrow for a week or so. 

Maggie Is disbursing Bon Appetit magazines today… Anybody want one? She’s all set up for June pgms.

Libby Had a buck just because! 

Mollie parted with a fiver, to say thanks to all for their support.

Emily: So, judge rose’s wife wrote a book… What was that about Elvis?

Many questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie: We knew the answers to 90% of them!

What is the official NM State insect? It’s the tarantula hawk (specifically, P. formosa).

We had a choice to pick the native American born in NM. So, who was it? Mangas Coloradas or Mangus-Colorado or Dasoda-hae ("He Just Sits There")

Choose the river that DOES NOT run through NM… It was the Colorado River.

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

Today, Mollie inducted our newest member into Rotary! Dayna Crawford is sponsored by Mollie. Welcome to our Club & Rotary International, Dayna!

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Governor Linda Woodward's brother-in-law. He passed away last night. Please keep Governor Linda and her family in your thoughts and prayers in this time of mourning. 

On Friday, we’re scheduled to work at the Silver Horizons warehouse from 11AM to 1PM. 10 workers are needed… So far, we have only 6… Please sign up today.

There was also a signup sheet provided for those who will volunteer to bring in B.D. desserts for the remaining six RY months.

In the absence of Allan, our Youth Service Chair, Cheryl noted that our Interact Club is working on the Women2Be project as well as quilts for animal shelters. They’re also going to hold a fund raiser in the near future.

Join with R.I. President Barry Rassin, who’ll be visiting the Rotary Clubs of El Paso & Juarez on 1 February, 2019. There’ll be a 9AM breakfast at Cibelas ($20) & a dinner gala at the El Paso CVB - 7PM ($50). For Info call (915) 833-6616.

 LG/AG training will be held on 15-16 February in Socorro at the Epiphany Episcopal Church.

The Rotary District 5520 four-way essay contest is under way. Entry deadline is 16 March, 2019. This year’s subject is: What is the 4-way test & how does each question help me to stop & make the better decisions? Purpose of the essay: A written essay that explains the student’s understanding of the “Four-Way Test” and how it relates to their life experiences and/or society. How does it influence what they say, think, and do? Prizes: 1st place= $400, 2nd place= $200 & 3rd place= $100. If/when Our Club has entrants, we form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner does receive a cash award.

We’ve got to start thinking about this year’s RYLA scholarships! The application deadline is 1 May, 2019. Gail will be our club’s contact person, along with Judy’s assistance. There may be 10 possible Interact juniors this year & we hope to have them all apply. The 2017 board has committed our Club to support at least 4 campers (maybe more, this year!). The Boys’ camp will run from 14 July to 20 July and the girls’ camp will run from 20 July to 26 July.

Here are some numbers: Rotary has 35,678 clubs worldwide,

111.1 million hours Rotarians spent volunteering, $414.7 million Rotarians raised for the Rotary Foundation, 94 scholarships granted by Rotary Peace Fellowships, 1,195,107 Rotarians worldwide

Top membership countries:

United States: 314,224 members, India: 139,641 members, Japan: 87,684 members
South Korea: 61,416 members, Germany: 55,791 members

Don’t forget to take your latest Rotarian Magazine to your next doctor or dentist visit and leave it on the rack for others to read. This is a great way to get the Rotary message out to the public.

Did You Know? Rotary has helped immunize over 2.5 billion children globally since 1985. Polio cases across the world have reduced by 99.9% from 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 37 in 2016. Polio could be just the second human disease to be eradicated worldwide in history.

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

January–Mollie                    February-Emily                        March-Gail

April–Allan                          May-Fofo                      June-Maggie

Today’s Program:     Public Banking

Pat Introduced Ms. Sarah Manning, who works with the “Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity” in New Mexico.

The alliance has been formed to keep our public funds safe, local & working.

She argued that New Mexicans deserve the prosperity that a public bank has provided in South Dakota.

At this time, 20 other states are currently looking at the possible startup of public banks.

Public banks make loans at low interest rates to local governments for their projects. Additionally, these banks will work to create successful new businesses & will reduce the State’s dependence on natural resources. It does appear to most of us, that this state is “poor”. However, NM does have a great deal of wealth. We have the 3rd largest amount of State funds ($24 Billion) which are invested out of state for good returns. A public bank would be owned by the people of the State, receive monies only from the state and would manage state income. This bank would be efficiently run with no stockholders, branches, tellers, ATMs, retail services or advertising and marketing. Maximizing profits from interest and fees, keeping more of public funds working in the state of NM.

So, it appears that New Mexico would really profit from and could really use a public bank. To accomplish this, we would need our state legislature to pass laws which would amend our state constitution and establish this state bank.

The alliance professes that, working together, we can establish a Public Bank for NM, to finance the changes necessary for our communities to overcome obstacles and invest in future opportunities.

How to make this happen? Contact your state representative & senator, learn more about public banking in NM, endorse a public bank for NM.

For more information from the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity, write to PO Box 421, Santa Fe, NM 87504 & go to www.PublicBankingNewMexico.org AND buy & read the book “Public Banking Solution” by Ellen Brown.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

21 Jan              MLK Jr. BD

22 Jan              Regular Meeting- Pat Diem on Dining Club For Women

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

29 Jan              Regular Meeting- Laura Kuehn "Crime Prevention Specialist" City of Albuquerque

1 Feb               R.I. President Barry Rassin visits El Paso & Juarez for B’kfast & for a Dinner Gala.

2 Feb               Groundhog day

5 Feb               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

5 Feb               Regular Meeting-

12 Feb             Regular Meeting-

14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

15-16 Feb        AG-LG Training – Socorro

18 Feb             Presidents’ Day

19 Feb             Regular Meeting-

22-23 Feb        Del Norte’s Rotary Gala 2019

26 Feb             Regular Meeting-

5 Mar              Mardi Gras

17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

4-6 April          PETS – Santa Fe

21 April           Easter

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

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

5 May              Ramadan begins at sundown

12 May            Mother’s Day

27 May            Memorial Day

11 June            King Kamehameha I Day

16 June            Father’s Day

Thanks to our members for their assistance in setting up & striking Club equipment used 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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