Weekly Bulletin

22 Jan 2019 7:37 PM | Anonymous

This meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by Maggie. She then 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          

January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”.

One pin or name tag buck fine was found today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Maggie’s niece is now attending UNM for her master’s degree. Does anyone need a program speaker? Maggie has “extras”.

Mollie’s just happy to be here today.

Questions for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Mollie:

What park, West of Albuquerque, protects the oldest rock formation? Most knew that it’s the Petroglyphs!

What author wrote Western fiction novels & was associated with The St. James Hotel? Zane Grey!

What Western tribes are famous for their kachinas? Most knew that it’s the Hopi. (Also the Zuni)

What are the dates of the Chaco civilization? The ancestral Anasazi culture between 850 and 1250

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

Treasurer Judy reminded us that, instead of fundraising projects, last July, the Club voted to assess each member $100 for our coffers. If you haven’t already done so, please make out your check to the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia.

Michael also announced that his impending February visit to Ghana will address a future application for an RI grant, re: Job Placement. Rotary Clubs have been contacted in Ghana.

R.I. President Barry Rassin, will 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.

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?. Prizes: 1st place= $400, 2nd place= $200 & 3rd place= $100. If/when Our Club has entrants, we will form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner does receive a cash award.

This year’s RYLA scholarships application deadline is 1 May, 2019. Gail will be our club’s contact person, along with Judy’s assistance. HS juniors are eligible to 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.

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. We have labels.

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:     Dining For Women (DFW)

Mollie Introduced Club member Pat Diem, a member of the Albuquerque DFW.

Dining for Women is a global giving circle dedicated to transforming lives and eradicating poverty among women and girls in the developing world. Through member education and engagement, as well as the power of collective giving, Dining for Women funds grassroots organizations that empower women and girls and promote gender equity.

Hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been helped since their inception in 2003.

In the fall of 2002, a former nurse and mother from South Carolina, read an article about a group of friends who met for potluck dinners and collected donations for needy families using the money they would have otherwise spent in restaurants. 

She had the idea of using “dining out dollars” to help others, and the idea of DFW was conceived. In January 2003, she invited friends to her home to celebrate, a hat was passed and $750 was raised for Women for Women International. For the next few years, they labored to nurture and raise this idea.

Over the years, DFW has captivated hearts across the U.S, and increasingly, the world. DFW has been showcased by the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, People, Woman’s Day magazine, Good Morning America and the Today Show.

Dining for Women works to impact the lives of women and girls worldwide. By focusing on women and girls, DFW empowers women to find solutions to the problems they face through education, health care, and economic development.

Founding Values:

§  All women deserve to be self-sufficient

§  Education transforms the giver and the receiver

§  Connections are the engine that power giving

§  Transparency and integrity will mark our work

§  To reach all, we must believe we can

DFW celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it; to see need and act to fill it. Dining for Women’s members are deeply involved in the grantees supported and the problems they seek to address. The education component is equally as important as fundraising.

Although they have invested more than $6 million in grants and partnerships since inception in 2003,  members are generally not wealthy. An average donation is $35 – just about the amount that might be spent for a weeknight dinner out.

The collective-giving model is proving that small contributions, aggregated together, can make a huge difference. This is especially true in the most impoverished areas of the world, where some subsist on less than $1.25 a day.

Dining for Women chapters meet on a regular basis and share a meal together. Members share camaraderie and learn about that month’s featured grantees through videos, educational documents and presentations, and free and open discussion. Funds raised each month go to fund the featured and sustained grantees, as well as support of the entire mission of Dining for Women.

This organization doesn’t just give money, it invests in futures. The organizations and projects supported educate girls, teach women a skill, help develop markets for their products, and fight the prevalent gender inequality in the world.

The grant selection committee vets scores of organizations every six months, ultimately choosing 12 per year, to whom grants are provided (up to $50,000). The process is strenuous and organizations must meet stringent selection criteria to move along in the process. Once selected, organizations must provide regular progress reports and updates as part of our monitoring and evaluation process.

Grass-roots projects are funded in education, healthcare, economic and environmental sustainability, safety and security, leadership and agriculture. These projects are aimed at improving the living situations for women and their families, by providing the tools they need to make changes in their lives, in their communities and in their children’s futures.

For more information, go to www.DiningForWomen.org

Albuquerque’s Meeting Frequency is monthly, on the third Wednesday – 5:45 PM at the First Unitarian Church, ABQ. This is a “pot-lick” dinner.

The next meetings will take place on 10 February and on 20 March.

Chapter Description: Mainly retirees; Mainly members of First Unitarian Church but not essential.

There are usually 7-12 members who participate at each monthly meeting. Dinner is always good and we take turns presenting the program. The Club is “Co-ed” and lasts for about 2 hours.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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               Chinese New Year – Year of the Brown Earth Pig - 4716

5 Feb               Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

5 Feb               Regular Meeting- “The Beatles” – Chris Nolan

12 Feb             Regular Meeting- Composting in Tumbler

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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