Weekly Bulletin

12 Mar 2019 5:59 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.

Guests:            Amanda, Gail’s granddaughter

March is– “Literacy Month”.

Couldn’t find any pin or name tag buck fines today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Dayna will be on her spring break next week & plans to visit Florida.

Gloria’s going to be hosting the RFE Swedes.

Michael’s daughter is an expert in writing Grants & volunteers to help us.

Gail just came back from Myrtle beach, FL & has her granddaughter visiting.

Emily divested herself of a buck for Karen Moloney.

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

Our newest member, Dayna Crawford, told us all about herself and narrated a condensed version of her life!

Originally from West Texas, she comes from a railroad family and attended UNM. Dayna loves the water, the outdoors and nature. Although an extensive traveler, she’s never been to Maine.

Dayna has two sons and they’ve both attended RYLA camp! She’s worked in D.C. at the Naval War College, the Dep’t of Commerce and for the Republican Nat’l Committee. She has run her own PR firm,  has been employed at French’s and is currently at the city of Albuquerque’s Special Projects division. She’s engaged to be married to James and will tie the knot in November, in The Czech Republic.

Emily announced our next project. It’ll be at the Rio Grande Food Project on 19 April.

Once again, Dave passed around packets of District Cruise raffle tickets for those who haven’t received theirs as yet. Please buy all 10…Or, at least one. Return your stubs and payment by 16 April.

Casa Esperanza is holding its fifth annual Gala for Hope fundraising event on March 16. "Singing in the Rain" is their movie theme this year and folks are invited to join in on the fun for a very worthy cause.

Tickets can be purchased at Casa Esperanza or by calling Casa Esperanza at 505-246-2700. Tickets are also $125 per person or $1250 if you purchase a table.

Rotary Leadership Institute will take place on 16 March at French Funeral home, 10500 Lomas, NE starting at 7:30 AM. Signup on the District website for $35 per session. All three sessions will be offered.

Grants Management Training: Two Club members must attend a 2 hour training course if we plan to apply for a grant. 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 are due 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:

The first Rotary Friendship Exchange will be with Fredericksburg, Texas. They’ll visit our district on July 8-16, 2019. If you are interested in hosting this RFE group, contact Donna Pedaceabq@aol.com or, call 505-349-8850.

The Egyptian Rotary Friendship Exchange will visit us 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.

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

There are NO member birthdays to celebrate This Month (March).       

Monthly B.D. “Treats” to be provided by:

March- Bash   April-Judy     May-Mollie      June-Cheryl

Today’s Program:     Canine companions for independence. (CCI)

Gail introduced Karen Moloney who told us about providing assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities free of charge. She also ran a couple of videos about CCI.

The concept of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities began with Canine Companions for Independence in 1975.

The assistance dog instructors staff six Canine Companions training centers across the country. These professionals possess hundreds of years of cumulative experience in both assistance dog training and instruction to people with over 60 different types of disabilities.

Canine Companions is the largest provider of assistance dogs in the world and all follow-up support is provided free of charge to recipients. Demand for these highly trained assistance dogs is ongoing and growing.

CCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. They have an annual budget of $25K and all of their personnel are volunteers. The Executive Director is Linda Valiant and they accept inquiries about volunteering. The assistance dogs are bred, raised and trained to serve as the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They open up opportunities and possibilities, and spread incredible joy. CCI unites people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.

CCI breeds Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and a cross of the two to be assistance dogs. Volunteers care for breeder dogs and nurture newborn puppies for eight weeks. Canine Companions puppies spend the next 14-18 months with volunteer puppy raisers who provide basic obedience training, socialization and care. Four types of assistance dogs are trained:

Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
Hearing dogs
alert their partners, who are deaf and hard of hearing, to important sounds.
Facility dogs
work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting.
Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Several hundred Canine Companions release dogs are currently functioning in such human services roles as bomb searching, border patrol, customs, and therapy and guide dogs.

Service Dog Etiquette:

Don’t touch the dog without receiving permission.

Show respect by speaking to the person rather than the dog.

NEVER offer food to a service dog.

Do not whistle, make sounds or talk to the dog.

Never make assumptions about the individual’s intelligence or capabilities.

Don’t be afraid of the dog.

There’ll be a 12thannual “Enchanted Canines” Golf Classic on 28 June at the Sandia Golf Club and we’ll attempt to assist CCI at this event. Maybe we can sponsor a hole for $500.

For more information, go to www.CCI.org or call Karen at 235-8358.

In appreciation of today’s program, President Patrick presented Ms. Moloney 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:

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-

19 April          We work at the RGFP today.

21 April          Easter

23 April          Regular Meeting-

27 April          Governors’ Ball

30 April          Regular Meeting-

2-5 May          District Conference- El Paso, TX

3-4 May          The New Mexico Mission Of Mercy (dental)  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

28 June            CCI’s Canines Golf Classic

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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