Weekly Bulletin

26 Feb 2019 6:46 PM | Anonymous

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

No Visiting Rotarians or Guests Today. 

February has been– “World Understanding Month”.

There was only one pin or name tag buck fine today. 

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Gloria’s Michael is coming home today from Ghana. 

Judy’s mom has been moved to Salt Lake City.

Emily’s son left to Afghanistan for 8 mos. She’s also done 8 “Meth” classes this month. 

Maggie will be motoring across the land to N. Carolina for 5 to 6 weeks.

Dave commends Emily’s great work in scheduling our service projects. 

Gail dittos to Dave & raises him one. She’ll be in S. Carolina next week.

Fofo announced that there’s an Aretha Franklin exhibit on Friday- Go see it! 

Mollie noted that there’ll be an art gallery exhibit on Friday at Hoffmantown.

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

In which State is the Cumberland Plateau? It’s in Alabama (Kentucky & Tennessee, too).

Where do the Missouri and Mississippi rivers join ? Marion took the prize – It’s in Illinois!

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

Our Interact adviser Kelly Dutro has announced the birth of her new daughter! She also thanked us for our Club’s gift to her and husband Greg.

As of 1 January, 2019:

        There are 1,206,501 ROTARIANS, which is an increase of 11,394 members since 1 July. 

        35,663 CLUBS (down 18 from 1 July).

        Women now make up 23 percent of membership.

The cyclical nature of our membership count shows that, during the first five months of each year, member numbers grow. That’s followed by a slight dip just before the 1 January, when clubs report membership changes. Membership increases again through May, only to drop before 1 July, as clubs update their membership records.

Of the members who leave clubs, 52 percent were in their clubs less than two years.

Members are particularly vulnerable during two phases: before their third year and again after their tenth.

Here’s what we know about the members who are leaving Rotary. 

Most gave one of three reasons for leaving: cost or time demands, general club environment, or unmet expectations. The expectations that aren’t met include volunteering and community involvement, friendship, networking, and service projects and events.

Rotarians value community service, networking, and friendship. Some prospective members are also seeking global service opportunities. If they don’t get those things from Rotary, they may leave.

To ensure that the club experience remains relevant and worthwhile to members, many clubs are shifting their emphasis from perfect attendance to perfect engagement.

On March 5th Michael will be speaking to the Club’s board about the purpose of his trip to Accra, Ghana.

On 6 March, at 4:30 PM, Club members will once again be providing dinner to the folks at Casa Esperanza. It’ll be Italian. A signup sheet was passed around & filled up quickly.

Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training. The training via “Zoom” takes place on: March 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 28, April 1, 3. AND at the District Conference.

District grants applications must happen between 15 April and 15 June.

RYLA scholarship applications deadline(from our Club to District): 1 May, 2019. Gail is our club’s RYLA contact person. HS juniors are eligible to apply. Boys’ camp 14 to 20 July. Girls’ 20 to 26 July.

Some of our Interact Club members have expressed interest & they have applications.

Request for RFE host club from Donna Pedace and Regina Guest, RFE Co-Chairs:

We’re offering a few domestic RFEs. The first will be with Fredericksburg, Texas. This may include a visit to San Antonio. They’ll visit our district from July 8-16, 2019. Our group will travel to Texas in early winter. We need one more volunteer hosting club for our Texas guests. If our club has been thinking about hosting, this could be the opportunity to ease into the program. If our club is interested in hosting, someone in our club must be the local coordinator & work with the hosting families to plan the visit. Hosting families are expected to provide: A private bedroom and, hopefully, a private bath; breakfast each day; and to be willing to drive guests to/from activities or to find another driver from the club willing to do that. The local hosts and their club are asked to be as creative as possible in thinking about how to minimize other expenses, such as meals and sightseeing costs. If you are interested in hosting this RFE group, let Donna know at Pedaceabq@aol.com or, call 505-349-8850.

The Egyptian Rotary Friendship Exchange will visit from April 29th to May 2nd. They’ll need host homes. It’s a large group and more hosts than usual are needed. If you’re interested, please volunteer. As usual, hosts provide a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, and breakfast each morning. There’ll be a meeting at which the hosts will schedule activities and determine if they’ll cover additional meals and some sightseeing. Hosts drive their guests to activities, or arrange for another club member to assist with driving. Let Donna know if you’re willing to host. 

The Rotary District 5520 8th grade four-way essay contest entry deadline is 19 March, 2019. If one of our members is interested in heading up our Club entrant contest, we’ll form a committee which will evaluate their essays. Our Club’s winner will receive a cash award from us. Applications & instructions are on the District website.

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's home. After dinner, the men were talking. One said, 'Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.' The other man said, 'What is the name of the restaurant?' The first man thought and thought and said, 'What’s the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that's red and has thorns.' 'Do you mean a rose?' 'Yes, that's the one,'.

He turned and yelled, 'Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?'   

Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Here’s a list for each remaining month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:   March-Gail       April–Allan             May-Fofo June-Maggie

Birthdays This Month:          Dayna, Mary J & Gail

Today’s Program:     “Overturned Bucket” (A cultural experience)

Emily Introduced Ms. Rose Spader, author and mother of five.

Based on a True Story, the life of one woman, born during the New Mexico Territorial fight for land, is told as seen through her daughter’s eyes. The fortitude to keep going when life throws the worst it has to offer, is turned into meaningful lessons as the little girl, the tenth of twelve children, confronts her world with optimism.
​In 1943, realizing she is on the wrong bus, eight-year-old Rosabelle is dropped off and left by the side of the road. All she wants is to get to Taos—the place of her birth. Now, seventy-two years later, Rosabelle is the last person alive to tell her family’s story. From the seat of an “Overturned Bucket” she recounts the adventures and traumas of her mother’s life. Born before the turn of the nineteenth century, at a time when New Mexico was still part of the untamed Territorial West, and raising her children through World War I and II, and the Great Depression in between, Lenore relies on her strong survival skills. The second of twenty children, she is a hard-working, compassionate woman who never gives up her sights of a better life. Dealing with her alcoholic husband, impoverished conditions and a lack of education, Lenore does all she can to set her children on a better path. Born lucky, Rosabelle is her last child still living at home—a free-spirited, independent optimist.

This book is a personal and real window into another time and place. Rose Spader's anecdotes capture the tiny moments and the major events that lodge in memory and carry the nuance of daily life that fiction can rarely convey.

This book has been made into a short film.

In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Spader with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix, in support of Fofo’s Haiti projects.

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

2 Mar              Silk Road Connection Fashion Show (See Gail)

5 Mar              Board Meeting at 10:30AM

5 Mar              Regular Meeting- The Rotary Foundation

5 Mar              Mardi Gras

6 Mar              We provide dinner at Casa Esperanza 4:30 PM… It’s Italian!

10 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins

12 Mar            Regular Meeting- Canine companions for independence.

14 Mar            Veteran’s Day

16 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute- 7:30A-1:15P- @ FRENCH, 10500 Lomas, NE

17 Mar            Saint Patrick’s Day

19 Mar            Regular Meeting- Karen Bash Legislative experiences

20 Mar            Spring Begins !!!

26 Mar            Regular Meeting- Cloud Dancers Therapeutic horsemanship

2 April             Board Meeting at 10:30AM

2 April            Regular Meeting-

4-6 April         PETS – Santa Fe

9 April            Regular Meeting-

16 April          Regular Meeting-

21 April          Easter

23 April          Regular Meeting-

27 April          Governors’ Ball

30 April          Regular Meeting-

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 Day

16 June            Father’s Day

Thanks to our members for assisting 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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