Weekly Bulletin

07 May 2019 6:55 PM | Anonymous

Following May’s monthly board meeting, this meeting was called to order at 12 Noon by President-Elect Vivien. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

Visiting Rotarians:    None

Guests:           Richard Ambrose, guest of John

There were two pin or name tag fines inflicted today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Gail proffered a $20 to tell us that she has received an offer on her home! She has not as yet chosen a Florida sink-hole of her own.

Michael’s happy to have returned from their trip to the other side of the world… Also, Gloria is under the weather today.

Vivien says hi and welcome to guest Richard, who has proffered his member application!

Pat explained her absence from last week’s meeting: At the last minute, her auto told her that she had a flat tire!

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

So, where and when should we hold our year end party for the induction of our new board of directors?

Your board of directors has decided that we will hold this year end gathering on 25 June. The festivities shall happen in place of our regular Tuesday meeting. Furthermore, we shall attempt to secure the luncheon venue at Mimi’s Café. The plan is that each attendee will order and pay for their meal (i.e. separate checks). We shall also invite our AG &/or Lt. Gov. and pay for his lunch. Eventually, a signup sheet will make an appearance.

Fofo announced that there’ll be a memorial and scheduled program for the Haiti disaster on 11 January, 2020.

We have requests from four organizations for District 5520 Grant monies for the 2019-2020 year. 

We are to make a choice as to our preferences. A vote was taken at the today’s General Meeting.

The Grant Committee will proceed with due diligence to formulate the proposal to be submitted to District 5520. The submission dead-line is June 15th 2019.

There are several criteria which also have to be fulfilled for the proposal to be evaluated.

The organization with the most votes turned out to be “Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.”

Cloud Dancers needs to replace all of their helmets at a cost of $824.25.

The NM Jazz Workshop came in second.

The Polio Plus bucket made its weekly trip around the room.

Since Emily has left us to visit China, Allan made a signup sheet available for volunteer work at the Silver Horizons thrift shop. So, volunteer or just stop by for a visit.

Karen will be filling the program chair spot next year. We’ll each sign up to provide a month’s worth of program speakers as we’ve done this year.

There’ll be an RFE group visiting us from Fredericksburg, Texas, with arrival on 15 July and departure  on 19 July. The District needs host families for either couples or singles. If you’re interested, let Donna know at pedaceabq@aol.com or 349-8850, or Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com or 792-0942. Once we have volunteer hosts, there’ll be a meeting to discuss and plan the visit.  Hosts are responsible for a private bedroom, hopefully a private bath, breakfast each morning, transportation by either themselves or another club member, and possibly some other costs for a few meals and sightseeing. Meal and sightseeing costs will be determined by the hosting group.

Today, Michael Podolny let us in with a lively narrative about the directions his life has taken. He’s originally from the New York area and that’s why he talks so fast! The presentation took the form of “Pieces of me” and not a chronology. He spoke of overcoming challenges, doing his personal best and his many interests. He still does mentoring and training and will never retire. He’s a “type A” person who has been into sports (track & rugby) and has coached soccer. He is a life-long learner & it still continues. Michael has a vivid imagination and continues to write as much as possible.

Following his story, Michael updated us on his work in Ghana. He’s going back in June to help create new jobs and will soon have a grant proposal in progress.

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

There’s only one member birthday to celebrate during May: Fofo

Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by:  May-Mollie            June-Cheryl

Today’s Program:     NM Jazz Workshop

Fofo introduced Markus Gottschlich, Executive Director at the NM Jazz Workshop.

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop is a professional organization committed to providing unlimited access to a higher quality of life through education and performance. The New Mexico Jazz Workshop utilizes social programs and performance to connect the community with the essence of jazz – creating a more empowered and vibrant community.

NMJW offers classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. Their classes offer adults a chance to revisit their passion for music in a supportive setting. With classes ranging from Big Band to Jazz Improvisation to voice studies and beyond, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

There are various & convenient ways to register for classes: either call Debbie Dobson at 505-255-9798 ext. 3, send an email to debbie@nmjazz.org or register on-line.

There’s a 2019 "Under the Stars" Summer Concert Series. All 17 shows are to be held at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History (2000 Mountain Rd. NW) from June thru August.

Educational programs include:

Roots of Jazz: Currently in its twentieth year, Roots of Jazz is a 60-minute assembly designed to teach students about the origins of jazz music.

Jazz Intensive: Summer Jazz Intensive for Teens is an extraordinary, six-week summer jazz camp for teens of all music skill levels.

Creative Arts Camp: There is something for everyone at Creative Arts Camp! Kids ages 6-12 learn about a wide variety of art forms-- from drama to visual art, dance to drumming, and more!

South Valley Band Project: The South Valley Band Project provides free music classes to low-income South Valley middle school students during out-of-school hours.

Digital Technology: In the Digital Technology Project (DTP), incarcerated youth and/or young people on probation receive instruction in creative writing and digital technology..

Adult Education: NMJW offers continuing education classes for adults of all ages and skill levels.

To date, 5000 kids have been served.

Volunteers are welcome. Anyone wishing to donate time and expertise is invited to learn more about the programs and to see how they might contribute to the success of NMJW. With the diversity of programming, they are sure to find a role for you that is personally rewarding and enjoyable.

Event Production: Usher, merchandise sales, ticket sales, parking lot and gate assistants and stage crew.

Publicity and Advertising: Flyer/poster distribution and bulk mailing assistance.

Office Administration: General office help including telephone, filing and database updates.

Special Events: Volunteer coordination, silent auction and party planning committees.

Volunteer Coordination: Phone tree operators, volunteer scheduling and recruiting.

Education Programs: Creative Arts Camp volunteers, assistance at school assemblies, photo or video documentation.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer with NMJW, contact: Vicki Dugger, Assistant Director, 

505-255-9798 or by email: vicki@nmjazz.org. To become a member, there are nine levels of membership available. For more information, call 505.255.9798  or go to www.nmjazz.org

In appreciation of today’s program, President-Elect Vivien presented Mr. Gottrschlich 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:

12 May            Mother’s Day

14 May            Regular Meeting- Tracey Whitney, president of the Musicians’ Association of Albuquerque.

21 May            Regular Meeting- Rev. Christopher Eyrich is an ordained Anglican pastor. Director of Chaplains and Volunteers for the Lovelace Medical Center.

24 May            We work at the Silver Horizons warehouse- 9A to Noon.

27 May            Memorial Day

28 May            Regular Meeting- Dress for Success Power Walk

4 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

4 June              Regular Meeting-

11 June            King Kamehameha Day

11 June            Regular Meeting-

16 June            Father’s Day

18 June            Regular Meeting-

25 June            Induction Luncheon Meeting- (Maybe at Mimi’s Café)

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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